The Hour of Lawlessness – Mark Mallett

(Sometimes a column of Mark Mallett’s is so spot-on to the times we are in, I reprint it in full as well as providing a link to it. We are in dangerous times where we need to act with great deliberateness. This is an extremely worthy effort by Mallett. We are all finding our way as the Storm howls ever louder. I should note, too, that Mark operates as a full-time ministry with a large family to support. He relies on donations – and he is one workman who is definitely worthy of his hire. – CJ)

The Hour of Lawlessness

A FEW days ago, an American wrote me in the wake of their Supreme Court’s decision to invent the right to same-sex “marriage”:

I have been weeping on and off a good part of this day… as I attempt to go to sleep I am wondering if you could help me understand just where we are in the timeline of events to come….

There are several thoughts on this that have come to me in the silence of this past week. And they are, in part, an answer to this question…

THE VISION

Write down the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is a witness for the appointed time… (Hab 2:2-3)

There are two things that guide and inform this writing apostolate that are worth highlighting again. The first is that interior light the Lord gave me to understand that the Church and the world are entering a Great Storm (like a hurricane). The second and most important dimension, however, has been to filter absolutely everything through the teaching authority and memory of the Church, preserved in Sacred Tradition, in order to faithfully respond to Saint John Paul II’s directive:

The young have shown themselves to be for Rome and for the Church a special gift of the Spirit of God… I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” at the dawn of the new millennium. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Inuente, n.9

In this regard, I have found that the metaphor of a “Storm” fits perfectly with the early Church Fathers’ vision of the “day of the Lord” and what would transpire before, during, and after the Storm.

THE BIG PICTURE

What exactly is the “Storm”? Taking into consideration the Scriptures, the vision of the Church Fathers, the approved apparitions of the Blessed Mother, the prophecies of saints such as Faustina [1]cf. Faustina, and the Day of the Lord and Emmerich, the unequivocal warnings from the papacy, the teachings of the Catechism, and the “signs of the times”, the Storm essentially ushers in the day of the Lord. According to the early Church Fathers, this is not the end of the world, but a specific period prior to, and leading to the end of time and the return of Jesus in glory. [2]cf. How the Era was Lost; see also Dear Holy Father… He is Coming! That time, the Fathers taught, is found in the vision of St. John who wrote that after the reign of Antichrist (the beast), there would be a period of peace, symbolized by a “thousand years”, a “millennium”, when the Church would reign with Christ throughout the world (see Rev 20:1-4). [3]cf. The Popes, and the Dawning Era

…this day of ours, which is bounded by the rising and the setting of the sun, is a representation of that great day to which the circuit of a thousand years affixes its limits. —Lactantius, Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 14, Catholic Encyclopedia; www.newadvent.org

And again,

Behold, the Day of the Lord shall be a thousand years.Letter of Barnabas, The Fathers of the Church, Ch. 15

A “thousand years”, however, is not to be understood literally, but figuratively as referring to an extended period in time [4]cf. Millenarianism—What it is, and is Not when Christ would reign spiritually through His Church throughout all the nations “and then the end will come.” [5]cf. Matt 24:14

The reason I point all this out is because, according to both St. John and the Church Fathers, the appearance of the “lawless one” or “beast” occurs before the triumph of the Church—those “times of the kingdom” or what the Fathers often referred to as a “sabbath rest” for the Church: 

But when The Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from Heaven in the clouds… sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day… These are to take place in the times of the kingdom, that is, upon the seventh day… the true Sabbath of the righteous. —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.

That is, things are going to get worse before they get better. As one of St. Thérèse de Lisieux’s favorite authors wrote,

The most authoritative view, and the one that appears to be most in harmony with Holy Scripture, is that, after the fall of the Antichrist, the Catholic Church will once again enter upon a period of prosperity and triumph.The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, Fr. Charles Arminjon (1824-1885), p. 56-57; Sophia

In this regard, I want to relay what is one of the most significant harbingers of the Antichrist that appears to be unfolding at this hour…

THE HOUR OF LAWLESSNESS

I want to recount for new readers an indelible experience I had in 2005 that a Canadian bishop urged me to write about. I was driving alone in British Columbia, Canada, making my way to my next concert, enjoying the scenery, drifting in thought, when suddenly I heard within my heart the words:

I have lifted the restrainer.

I felt something in my spirit that is hard to explain. It was as if a shock wave traversed the earth—as if something in the spiritual realm had been released. [6]cf. Removing the Restrainer

That night in my motel room, I asked the Lord if what I heard was in the Scriptures, since the word “restrainer” was unfamiliar to me. I grabbed my Bible, and it opened straight to 2 Thessalonians 2:3. I began to read:

…[do not be] shaken out of your minds suddenly, or… alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed…

That is, St. Paul warned that the “day of the Lord” would be preceded by a rebellion and the revelation of Antichrist—in a word, lawlessness.

…before the Lord’s arrival there will be apostasy, and one well described as the “man of lawlessness”, “the son of perdition” must be revealed, who tradition would come to call the Antichrist. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, “Whether at the end of time or during a tragic lack of peace: Come Lord Jesus!”, L’Osservatore Romano, Nov. 12th, 2008

But there is something “restraining” the appearance of this Antichrist. With my jaw wide open that night, I went on to read:

And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed…

When we think of lawlessness, we tend to envision gangs roaming the streets, the absence of police, crime everywhere, etc. But, as we have seen in the past, the most insidious and dangerous forms of lawlessness come on the wave of revolutions. The French Revolution was fueled by the throngs wanting to overthrow the Church and monarchy; Communism was birthed as the people stormed Moscow in the October Revolution; Nazism was democratically employed through the popular vote; and today, working parallel to democratically elected governments, in unison with lobbyists, is the practical force behind the present Global Revolution: judicial activism, whereby the courts simply invent laws as an “interpretation” of constitutions or charters of rights. This is all to say that there has been a progression where lawlessness appears more and more to take on the face of liberty when, in fact, it is undermining it. [7]cf. Dream of the Lawless One

…when the culture itself is corrupt and objective truth and universally valid principles are no longer upheld, then laws can only be seen as arbitrary impositions or obstacles to be avoided. —POPE FRANCIS, Laudato si’, n. 123; www.vatican.va

Thus, adds Pope Francis, “lack of respect for the law is becoming more common.” [8]cf. Laudato si’, n. 142; www.vatican.va However, as previous popes have warned, this has been the goal all along of those working against the present order. [9]cf. Mystery Babylon  

At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together… No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus, Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20thl, 1884

THE BEAST DEVOURS LIBERTY

Brothers and sisters, I say this by way also to warn you of those well-meaning Catholics who insist that we cannot possibly be nearing the time of Antichrist. And the reason for their insistence is this: they have limited themselves to scholastic theology and a biblical exegesis that does not take into account the full scope of patristic writings, mystical theology, and the entire body of Catholic teaching. And so, Magisterial statements such as the following are conveniently ignored:

Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical, On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

Nonetheless, a cursory examination of our times reveals present at this hour every hallmark that would precede and accompany the “lawless one.”

I. Lawlessness and apostasy

As already stated, lawlessness is breaking out everywhere, not only in the overturning of the natural moral law, but in what Pope Francis calls the growing “atmosphere of war”, [10]cf. Catholic Herald, June 6th, 2015 family and cultural divisions, and economic crises.

But the word St. Paul uses to describe the lawlessness is “apostasy”, which means specifically a rebellion toward, and mass rejection of the Catholic faith. The root of this rebellion is compromise with the spirit of the world.

There has never been such a falling away from Christianity as there has been in the past century. We are certainly a “candidate” for the Great Apostasy. —Dr. Ralph Martin, a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, What in the World is Going On? Television documenatary, CTV Edmonton, 1997

…worldliness is the root of evil and it can lead us to abandon our traditions and negotiate our loyalty to God who is always faithful. This… is called apostasy, which… is a form of “adultery” which takes place when we negotiate the essence of our being: loyalty to the Lord. —POPE FRANCIS from a homily, Vatican Radio, November 18th, 2013

As noted above, more than one Pope has spoken of an apostasy unfolding in our midst.

Apostasy, the loss of the faith, is spreading throughout the world and into the highest levels within the Church. —POPE PAUL VI, Address on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, October 13, 1977

II. Disappearance of liberty

Both the prophet Daniel and St. John describe “the beast” as an overpowering world dominion that is “granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation.” [11]cf. Rev 13:7 Evidence of an encroaching world power that controls is becoming more evident, [12]cf. Control! Control!  not only in laws that are passed that restrict liberties in order to “fight terrorism”, but in a global economy that is increasingly enslaving not only the poor, but the middle class through “usury”. [13]cf. 2014 and the Rising Beast  Furthermore, Pope Francis decries the “ideological colonization” that is forcing nations across the world to adopt an increasingly anti-human ideology.

It is not the beautiful globalization of unity of all Nations, each one with their own customs, instead it is the globalization of hegemonic uniformity, it is the single thought. And this sole thought is the fruit of worldliness. —POPE FRANCIS, Homily, November 18th, 2013; Zenit

III. Unguided technology

Pope Francis has likewise elucidated the growing threat of technological power that threatens “not only our politics but also freedom and justice.” [14]cf. Laudato si’, n. 53; www.vatican.va A false idea prevails as though ‘every increase in power means “an increase of ‘progress’ itself.”’ [15]cf. Laudato si’, n. 105; www.vatican.va But this is not possible, he warns, unless there is a frank and open discussion on the ethics and limitations of technology. Like his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who frequently framed economic and technological trends as risking the enslavement of mankind, Francis has likewise taken a universal tone that, while noting the benefits and necessity of human creativity, warns of the increasing dominance of technology by a few:

…those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them, [have] an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world. Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used. We need but think of the nuclear bombs dropped in the middle of the twentieth century, or the array of technology which Nazism, Communism and other totalitarian regimes have employed to kill millions of people, to say nothing of the increasingly deadly arsenal of weapons available for modern warfare. In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? It is extremely risky for a small part of humanity to have it.Laudato si’, n. 104; www.vatican.va

IV. The emergence of “the mark”

One would have to be somewhat naive not to recognize the very real and growing danger of commerce becoming more and more restricted to the digital domain. Quietly, subtly, humanity is being corralled like cattle into an economic system whereby there are fewer and fewer players and more central control. Small retailers have often been replaced by box stores; local growers displaced by multi-national food corporations; and local banks swallowed up by huge and often anonymous financial powers that have put profit before people, “anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve,” said Pope Benedict XVI. [16]cf. Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour, Vatican City, October 11, 2010

Technologies that reduce buying and selling to digital recognition systems run the risk of eventually excluding those who do not “participate” in the broader social experiment. If, for example, a business owner is forced to close his business for not baking a cake for a same-sex wedding, how far away are we from courts simply ordering the “switch” to be turned off on the bank accounts of those who are deemed “terrorists” of the peace? Or perhaps, more subtly, after the collapse of the dollar and the rise of a new global economic system, could a technology be implemented that also demands adherence to the principles of a “global treaty”? Already, banks have begun to implement “fine print” that insists that their customers are “tolerant” and “inclusive”.

The Apocalypse speaks about God’s antagonist, the beast. This animal does not have a name, but a number. In [the horror of the concentration camps], they cancel faces and history, transforming man into a number, reducing him to a cog in an enormous machine. Man is no more than a function. In our days, we should not forget that they prefigured the destiny of a world that runs the risk of adopting the same structure of the concentration camps, if the universal law of the machine is accepted. The machines that have been constructed impose the same law. According to this logic, man must be interpreted by a computer and this is only possible if translated into numbers. The beast is a number and transforms into numbers. God, however, has a name and calls by name. He is a person and looks for the person. —Cardinal Ratzinger, (POPE BENEDICT XVI) Palermo, March 15th, 2000

STRANGERS AND SOJOURNERS

It is evident that Christians in Western society have become the new “outsiders”; in Eastern nations, we have become targets. As the number of martyrs in the past century exceeds all of the centuries before them combined, it is clear that we have entered into a new persecution of the Church that is becoming more aggressive by the hour. This too is another “sign of the times” that we are getting closer to the Eye of the Storm.

Yet, all of this I have been writing and warning about for a decade now, along with many other voices in the Church. The words of Jesus are echoing in my ears…

I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you. (John 16:4)

This is all to say, brothers and sisters, that the winds are going to get more fierce, the changes more rapid, the Storm more violent. Again, the Seven Seals of Revolution form the beginning of this Storm, and we are watching them break open in real-time on the daily news.

But in all of this, God has a plan for His faithful people.

At the end of April, I shared with you a word on my heart: Come Away With Me. I sensed the Lord calling us, once again, out of Babylon, out of the world into the “desert.” What I didn’t share at the time was my deeper sense that Jesus is calling us much like he did the “desert Fathers”—those men who fled the temptations of the world into the solitude of the desert in order to safeguard their spiritual life. Their flight into the wilderness formed the basis of Western monasticism and a new way of combining work and prayer.

My sense is that the Lord is preparing physical places that Christians may be called to gather, either voluntarily or through displacement. I saw these places for Christian “exiles”, these “parallel communities”, in an interior vision which came to me several years ago while praying before the Blessed Sacrament (see The Coming Refuges and Solitudes). Yet, it would be wrong for us to think of these only as refuges for the future. Right now, Christians need to band together, to form bonds of unity to strengthen, support, and encourage one another. For persecution is not coming: it is already here.

Thus, I was fascinated to read an editorial that appeared in TIME magazine this past weekend. I was deeply moved for obvious reasons and quote it in part here:

…orthodox Christians must understand that things are going to get much more difficult for us. We are going to have to learn how to live as exiles in our own country… we are going to have to change the way we practice our faith and teach it to our children, to build resilient communities.

It is time for what I call the Benedict Option. In his 1982 book After Virtue, the eminent philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre likened the current age to the fall of ancient Rome. He pointed to Benedict of Nursia, a pious young Christian who left the chaos of Rome to go to the woods to pray, as an example for us. We who want to live by the traditional virtues, MacIntyre said, have to pioneer new ways of doing so in community. We await, he said “a new — and doubtless very different — St. Benedict.”

Throughout the early Middle Ages, Benedict’s communities formed monasteries, and kept the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness. Eventually, the Benedictine monks helped refound civilization. —Rob Dreher, “Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country”, TIME, June 26th, 2015; time.com

Indeed, Pope Benedict warned that “the faith is in danger of dying out like a flame which no longer has fuel” in his letter to all the bishops of the world. [17]cf. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to All the Bishops of
the World, March 12, 2009; Catholic Online
But this hour of lawlessness also presents an opportunity: to be a keeper and guardian of the faith, preserving the truth and keeping it alive and burning in one’s own heart. Right now, the “era of peace” to come is being formed in the hearts of those who are giving their “fiat” to Jesus. God is preserving a people, often hidden from the world, through home-schooling, new vocations to the priesthood, and the religious and consecrated life in order to become the seeds of a new era, a new civilization of love.

We are drawing closer, faster, and nearer to the Eye of the Storm. [18]cf. The Eye of the Storm How long will these things take to unfold. Months? Years? Decades? What I will say, dear brothers and sisters, is that when you see events unfolding (even now) one upon the other as though the Church and the world are on the verge of being lost… just remember the words of Jesus:

I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you. (John 16:4)

… and then, be still, be faithful, and await the hand of the Lord who is a refuge to all who remain in Him.

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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258 Responses to The Hour of Lawlessness – Mark Mallett

  1. Mark hits the nail on the head. We must return to God with the passion of his love. Blessed Mother has been warning us. We did not listen to her. She loves us and we turn our backs on her.
    We must Focus on more time praying in canticles and alone in quiet adoration. The power of satan grows daily. Look what we have done as a human race. The list of sin is too long to mention. God has been very gracious with us. We have failed to trust God and live Christs Passion. We must live as if today was our last day and do Abba’s will. A multitude of Saints are praying for us right now.

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  2. Fran says:

    I’ve been reading Mark Mallet’s writings for years, and they are truly inspired by the Holy Spirit, and this one is no different. Since he hadn’t posted for over a week, I thought he must be thinking, praying, and discerning quite a bit. I was surprised to see something about “The Benedict Option”. I had just come across that term yesterday, so that definitely seems a confirmation to me that it is something to pray and ponder about.
    it is really becoming clearer in the aftermath of this latest Supreme Court ruling, and the reactions that have followed of so many family and friends, how being grounded in our Catholic faith, firmly planted in the Church’s teachings, along with a vibrant prayer life is really the only thing that is going to keep us from being lost in this storm. You can really see how people are blinded by the lie, and are now divided, and in so many families it is really “son against father, mother against daughter, and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.”
    I am still a little stunned at how easily, quickly, and readily the lie is accepted as truth, and truth made to seem all a lie. I would never have guessed even 5 years ago that we would be where we are today already with gay marriage legalized, even though I could see the signs of the times then. So as the storm is gaining strength and momentum I wonder if now we will see things collapsing on a weekly or even daily basis. And I wonder if once a force of evil reaches its goal in some area, like this mockery of the Sacrament of Marriage, if then evil turns on itself, if that makes sense. I mean will we soon see after all the jubilation, problems quickly emerge and then chaos and collapse from within?
    It’s late at night when I am typing this, so I hope I am making sense…

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Fran you make more sense than most people I have heard wide eyed and bushy tailed!!!

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    • jaykay says:

      Fran, you are making total sense! Beautiful comment and, as our host sometimes says, “wisdom here”. Over here in Ireland we’ll have our March for Life through Dublin city centre this Saturday, 4th July (yes, yes, I do realise the significance 😉). In previous years there has been a small, but vilely abusive, presence of, well, you know who. This year, I have every expectation that their presence will be even stronger, buoyed up by recent, erm, developments not only here but in your USA. Pray for us, friends, please. Blessings to all, J.

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      • Fran says:

        I will certainly pray for you all and for your March for Life, jaykay! May God bless you.

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      • Theresa says:

        May St. Michael and his holy angels protect you and your march. May the holy angels under our Lady protect both our lands. We have turned our backs on God’s commandments but we must remain vigilant in our daily prayer life so that we do not succumb to all of the attacks. Let us pray to the GA of America for the conversion of our land and to your GA of your country. We can never underestimate the power of every little prayer we utter for the conversion of sinners. Satan is strong because his time is limited but our Lady is more victorious and she is protecting us and asking the Holy Spirit to give us His gifts, esp. wisdom and fortitude. God’s blessings to all.
        Theresa

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      • Mick says:

        Be assured of my prayers, Jaykay. And I’ve been thinking about you lately… Ever since our illustrious (cough, cough) Supreme Court made its historic (gag, choke) decision last week, I’ve been thinking, “So this is how Jaykay has been feeling for the past few weeks.” And then I can’t help but chuckle a little. Not that any of this is funny, but sometimes a chuckle keeps one from falling into despair.

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        • jaykay says:

          Many thanks, friends. Mick, yes, a good laugh is essential. I confess I gave in to bitterness until I realised that I needed to get over myself. A good confession helped, of course. Yep, looking forward to tomorrow’s Rally for Life. It’s always so joyful. True witness.

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    • Mary N says:

      Hi Fran,
      I “like” your comment. What both troubles me and yet gives me hope at the same time is that we are seeing clearly with our eyes this outward “manifestation of hearts”. Years ago I was given a word of knowledge that this would take place and I believe we are beginning to see its peak. I see it happening everywhere, even within my family and friends. As frightening as these obvious manifestations of evil are, they are allowed by the Lord as part of our purification. When evil is made obvious to this degree there can be no “fence sitters” (at least not for long). A clear choice has to be made.

      Satan has a lot of power right now but only because we have given it to him. As people come face to face with evil (especially their own) many will come to repentance but there will be some who will not and their hearts will remain obstinate. A while back, Charlie made a comment about “the cast of our hearts” and I was struck by this comment because that’s what it boils down to in these times. Our hearts are being weighed and measured. The reason our country (and the world) are seeing the extremes of evil that we are seeing now is because the evil was already there in our hearts. It is just not hidden anymore.

      I’ve heard people say that it seems as if God has abandoned us but I believe He is pouring down His grace upon us as never before and this is why we are seeing this manifestation of hearts. A small snapshot of this can be seen when we look at the two criminals on the cross next to Jesus – one hardened his heart against the grace of God’s presence while the other deeply repented. Both were given Christ’s light but only one was humble enough to receive it. We can see this happening all around us.

      I guess what I’m trying to say is there is cause for great hope. When things are brought to light like this healing is not far behind.

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      • Mary N says:

        Oh and I just wanted to add that it’s a HUGE grace that is being given to us to see this so clearly here on earth! Like a mini judgment while still getting the chance to make it right!

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        • Fran says:

          I agree with everything you’ve said Mary N, especially about the “manifestation of hearts”,and I believe that the Lord is pouring out graces through His Mother’s hands to us, and I am imploring her to keep doing so! She is our hope, and I have full confidence in her! I too think that healing is not far away. And yes, I have had my” mini-illumination of conscience” so to speak. It is a great grace which I continually thank God for, and I am also very aware of the responsibility given to me since I do “see”. I know that some of my family and friends think I am a little bit “out there” and crazy, but I cannot be quiet about truth, and these signs of the times because I am only concerned about what the Lord wants and that their souls are ready to meet God. I have come to realize that I do not have to convince anyone, just speak truth, because the truth is from God, and then pray, fast, offer sacrifices and then have great faith and hope that He will bring them all to HIm. God bless you. Please pray for me as I will for you.

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          • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

            I agree Fran, God bless you, you are in my prayers!

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          • Mary N says:

            Hi Fran, I will pray for you. Thank you for yours as well!

            Speaking of the manifestation of hearts, I was chilled to see The White House draped in the colors of the gay flag and to read the tweet from a senior adviser to the President: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/26/politics/white-house-rainbow-marriage/
            Note the wording “rainbow illumination” and “what we always knew in our hearts”. It’s kind of bizarre that they are unwittingly revealing their hearts in this way through words as well as actions. The president too. Weird how it’s called “Love wins” too. Kind of like an inversion of the kingdom of God with a satanic twist on love. It kind of reminds me of the president’s words after 9/11 when he inadvertently spoke words of judgment over our country. Strange what accidentally on purpose comes out of our mouths at times.

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          • Fran says:

            MaryN, I was very disturbed by the rainbow lights on the White House too! I will read the article on your link. Scroll down further and look at another post I made and you will find a link to Bellarmine forum. There is an article that I think you would be very interested in reading!

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      • Mick says:

        Great points, Mary. I can’t stand it when I hear people saying that God has abandoned us or has withdrawn his grace and protection from us. God never abandons or withdraws his grace and protection from those whom He loves. It is we who abandon Him and thus put ourselves outside of His grace and protection. Like you, I believe God is flooding the world with His grace right now. I just pray that more and more people turn to Him before it is to late.

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        • Mary N says:

          So do I, Mick – I pray God will soften the hearts of His people. It seems that everyone has family members that are far from God these days. It’s heartbreaking.

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          • Mary N says:

            Hi Fran,
            I lost the thread so I’m not sure where this comment will end up but just wanted to thank you for the link. I will check it out.

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          • Mary N says:

            Fran,
            That was a really good article and fits in very well with our comments here. Chilling, actually. Almost as if satan is giving a false “illumination” to those who are open to it. Mark Mallett left a link in these comments somewhere about the New Age and how people will be fooled – I’m going to go check it out to see what he has written about it and to see if there is a correlation to what we were discussing. Thanks for the link!

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  3. I am translating this into Spanish.

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    • and Portuguese, & Italian too.

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      • Doug says:

        That is so cool!

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      • Mick says:

        Sweet! You speak Italian, too?! My daughter just finished up her first year of high-school Italian. She really enjoys it and is looking forward to starting up again in the fall.

        This is the one thing that I can say fluently in Italian: “Io non parlo italiano bene.” 🙂

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        • Ha! Io stesso non posso parlare molto bene l’italiano , ma lo capisco perfettamente! My ancestors come from Emilia and Piamonte/Liguria (like Pope Francis!) and I grew up listening to lots of Italian music and reading Italian also Edmundo D’Amicis, Emilio Salgari, and all those things kids would read in those days, then I graduated to Italo Calvino and Indro Montanelli (best!) and the ineffable Giovanni Guareschi author of Don Camilo, a must read for all Catholics born in the 20th Century.

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          • Mick says:

            Hee hee, Carlos! I bought my daughter one of the Don Camillo titles (I can’t remember which one) in both English and Italian. She hasn’t started them yet.

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          • It impossible not want to be Catholic after reading Don Camilo. The best is Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camilo in my humble opinion. If you can find it rent the movie, the original one with Fernandel. There is one version in Italian with English subtitles.

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          • It is actually “Camillo” with a double “l”. My written Italian leaves much to be desired. 🙂

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    • Kati says:

      Carlos, Will we be able to access this in Spanish from your website? We have a fair-sized Hispanic community here that is full of faith and would rejoice to have it 😉

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      • Yes Kati. Through my ministry I produced two main sites: PRIMERALUZ.ORG (in Spanish) and DELUMEN.ORG (in English) also my personal site which has Spanish, Portuguese, and English sections. There are several associated sites like REVISTAFEYRAZON.COM and OSP6.ORG both in Spanish which I currently produce and sometimes write for them. I will post here where the final translations will be but I can advance that PRIMERALUZ and CASOROSENDI.COM will be presenting this article in SPANISH as soon as the translation is ready. God bless!

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        • marie says:

          Carlos, your linguistic skills are truly impressive. You write English as though you were a highly-educated native English speaker, yet I presume that Spanish is your Mother tongue. In addition, you have Italian and Portuguese. Respect! (as my teenagers would say 🙂 )

          BTW, I’m keeping your prayer requests – and those of everyone else on this blog – in my daily prayers.

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          • Marie, I was exposed to languages from a very early age so I am used to change languages. What I type sometimes is not what I mean to type! ha ha! Some think that once a person knows Spanish, it is easy to speak Italian, French, or –oh dear!– Portuguese. No such luck. Some words in simple good Spanish are unspeakable insults in Portuguese. There are all kinds of tricky combinations and I have gone through my share of embarrassing mistakes! English came through my early love of American westerns. I had easy access to English also through my paternal grandmother who spoke Spanish, English, and French like a native (all three of them) and some Irish Gaelic too! So I used to repeat the phrases I could memorize from the movies and she would correct my diction, some phrases like “I wanna shoot his legs off, papahw!” were quickly erased from my early vocabulary, ha ha. The Lord is putting all of that to good use now.

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          • Mick says:

            Carlos, I also love American Westerns. And I’m laughing at your grandmother’s having to remove certain movie phrases from your repertoire.

            Your “embarrassing mistakes” when switching between languages remind me of a seriously embarrassing mistake I made in Germany in 1993. I was there to visit my brother’s wife’s family (my sister-in-law is from Bonn). Her brother and I are the same age; and since we were basically family, he decided to take me out with his friends and show me a good time in Bonn. So we were at some club and all of us were dancing, and some guy asked me how I was. Well, I knew just enough German to be a danger to myself and others… maybe 20 words that I would try to mix and match. Well, when I answered the guy, I THOUGHT I said that I was hot (it was at least 85 degrees in the club, and we were all bouncing around on the dance floor). What I actually said was that I was fully prepared to engage in activities that would have violated the Sixth Commandment. As soon as I uttered my unfortunate response, my sister-in-law’s brother grabbed my hand, shouted something to the other guy, and dragged my carcass out of the club… at full running speed. Bewildered, I asked why we were leaving in such a hurry when we had been having such fun. He was NOT a happy camper as he explained to me what I had actually said. I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life, but it was kind of funny!

            Where will I be able to find the Italian translation of your article? I’d like to print it off for my daughter (she likes to practice trying to figure stuff out in Italian).

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          • Mick: for some reason I cannot respond to your comment but I think I can click on Marie’s “reply” and get in the thread. Let’s see if it works. I know exactly what you said in German. The same thing applies to Spanish: “hot” can be “caliente” (like in “hot water”) but for a person (more so if we are talking about a lady) the right word is “acalorada” (“acalorado” for a male.) To refer to a person as “caliente” in common parlance may mean: (a) that the person is very upset (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) or (b) he or she is being sought by the police (Caribbean, Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, Mexico, the US) or (c) Everywhere, in the context of a sexually charged conversation and always in the reflexive mode (referring to oneself) it basically means “I am ready and eager to commit a certain mortal sin.” 😀 Idiomatic expressions are a continual source of fun. Like Fiorello LaGuardia used to say: “I don’t usually make mistakes but when I make one, it’s a beaute!” That applies perfectly to my case. I won’t describe any of the many times I seriously embarrass myself but there is one that is innocent enough. I once told this a co-worker (who was also a part-time singer/musician.) She was looking for a bassist. I told her that I could “play bass” but I pronounced the word as “bass” the fish. She had to explain to me that “BAH-SS” was a fish and “BAEH-S” was the musical instrument. I then picture myself playing music with an enormous trout. I still laugh when I remember that, ha!
            When I have the article translated I will post it as a PDF attached to the Spanish and Portuguese versions. I do not have a blog in Italian. I will provide the link here when it is ready. Give it a week or two. God bless.

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  4. Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

    Wow, I agree, Mark hit the nail right on the head!!

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  5. Judith says:

    I have been waiting for Mark’s words, knowing they would be profound and “spot on”. Strangely, I feel hopeful and at peace [for now]. Blessed be God, forever! Off now to Mass and to live TNRS.

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  6. Mack says:

    I have great respect for Mallett. I agree mostly but I don’t think this is the time of THE anti Christ yet. I follow Desmond Birch’s chronology in Trials etc. That also agrees better with Charlie’s timeline. Rescue is now in 2.5 years. All Catholic prophecy says anti Christ us an individual who reigns worldwide for 3.5 years. Anyway we are certainly in the Storm.

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    • Kathleen from NJ says:

      1 John 2:18-4:6New International Version (NIV)
      Warnings Against Denying the Son

      18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

      20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

      24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

      26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are on target, Mack. Mark and I have discussed a few times that we see some things a bit differently. I once likened it to looking at the same battle from significantly different perspectives – he may be watching it from the plains while I am viewing it from the mountains. When that is the case, even though you see the same things unfolding, you see it in sometimes dramatically different ways. He is in a position to develop insights that I will completely miss from my vantage point – and vice versa. In the meantime, each of us will misinterpret some things, but misinterpret them differently. Look at any sets of eyewitness descriptions of a major battle or event taken from different vantage points and you get that. For me, the key is whether someone is authentic, grasps the gravity of what they are dealing with, and grapples with it seriously and with fidelity. Mark is totally solid and authentic…and you have no idea how grateful I am to have someone like him to wrestle with these things with, a man I completely trust and respect and sees from that different vantage point.

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      • Mack says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I like both of your perspectives, you and Mallett’s, but I like your timeline a lot better! Maybe that’s because the thought that the rescue will come in 2.5 years gives me a lot of hope! Mark Mallett is certainly a great witness to Christ and I’ve profited from his writings as well as yours.

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        • Mark Mallett says:

          Charlie, Mack,

          Thanks for your comments, and thanks Charlie for the invitation to make a comment. I do want to say that I do not believe that the Antichrist is “just around the corner.” I mean, it is possible… and perhaps that is the point… but I too believe there are many, many things to happen yet, and even possibly many years before the arrival of the “son of perdition.” However, I wonder what St. Piux X would say if he were alive today since it was in 1903 that he wondered if the Antichrist might not already be on earth. 1903!

          Yes, Charlie and I have chatted about “the rescue”, and I see the “Illumination” as that also. I see it as Christ opening wide the “door of mercy” before it closes, and the door of justice opens wide. I believe Charlie has said this begins an era of peace, according to his angelic visitors. It may very well be a period of peace. But the Era of Peace that I write about above is the one that the Church Fathers put forth, the “thousand years” in Revelation 20 that follow the Antichrist. This is not the heresy of millenarianism, which hoped for Christ to reign physically on earth amidst carnal banquets and indulgences. Rather, this is the spiritual “sabbath” that the Church Fathers and even St. Paul (in Hebrews 4) spoke of. Clearly, the chronology for this Era of Peace is after the beast and false prophet are cast into the lake of fire, and prior to the final uprising of Gog and Magog. As St. Augustine wrote: “We shall indeed be able to interpret the words, “The priest of God and of Christ shall reign with Him a thousand years; and when the thousand years shall be finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison;” for thus they signify that the reign of the saints and the bondage of the devil shall cease simultaneously… so in the end they shall go out who do not belong to Christ, but to that last Antichrist….” (The Anti-Nicene Fathers, City of God, Book XX, Chap. 13, 19). Here too, we see a confirmation of the teaching of St. John that there are “many” antichrists.

          While I do not expect to see the Antichrist tomorrow, the point above is that the conditions, technology, social momentum, spiritual zeitgeist, etc. are all rapidly leading to an environment that has been predicted and described by a plethora of mystics and prophets. Here is the “warning” I felt compelled to give above: many are saying, no, the Antichrist and his reign can’t possibly be near. But of the “day of the Lord”, which St. Paul clearly states is preceded by the Antichrist, Paul states elsewhere that it will come “like a thief in the night.” I believe, in fact, that the Rescue is the very thing that will firmly and definitively divide the camp of the saints from the camp of satan. In fact, Scripture itself indicates that it is a period of peace of some sort: the seventh seal (a half hour of silence in heaven, before all hell breaks loose—what I call the last half of the Storm).

          I hope this brings a bit more clarity. This is what I see from the plains. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks for coming on to join in the conversation on your marvelous piece, Mark. I should say a few quick things:

            First, I put more credence in what Mark has to say about things long-term than what I have to say. I have a very intense, but very limited area of responsibility. Mine is solely to help get everyone through the Storm, to exhort, encourage, and defend the faithful and our faith leaders. After that, the only duty I will have left in the time I remain here is in organizing support for the Shrine. Otherwise, my public responsibility will be at an end. I rather think Mark will participate in the long-term rebuilding of a truly Christian culture after I am gone from the scene. Now, I rather hope that the heavenly “half hour” Mark describes is actually felt as hundreds or thousands of years here. But that is not my affair…mine is simply to help get us there.

            Ha! Perhaps I should have had Mark looking from the mountains and me from the plains in my little analogy because the scope of what he deals with goes further in time than what I do. But, I actually live in the mountains and I believe he actually lives in the plains…so there you have it.

            Also, though I am glad he is using this forum as a place to interact with some of his readers – and I let him know that if he ever wanted to take comments on a piece and discuss it with readers, he is welcome to use this site – please don’t hector him about how he should do his site. My work does call for me to do it this way, with a lively discussion and debate. He and I discussed this once and I told him then I think dealing with comments would be a distraction from his authentic work. I still feel that way. I benefit a lot from the depth of his study and the wisdom it brings forth.

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          • GB says:

            On the topic of the antichrist, the internet sure deserves a close look. To preface, I’ve thought of how the antichrist is one who is a mockery of God (as I’ve heard said, the devil is an ape, an imitator of God, and bad one at that). What makes more of a mockery of God than the Internet? Not that the internet is a bad thing in and of itself, but the access to information that it provides makes us feel God-like — for instance, Facebook, who but God had been able to know and have information about people in an instant. We scroll our newsfeed and absorb and contemplate in a few moments the thoughts and concerns of our “friends” like a god of the false light of the computer screen. And the information about ourselves that we put out there is absorbed by the internet and, as we now know, has been and is constantly tracked – every website we visit, every purchase, every bit of information we share electronically etc…it’s consolidated and “known” to the Web. But, there is no escape from that ‘tracked’ knowledge, once it is out there it makes, in essence a permanent truly inescapable record — there is no forgiveness with the internet, it stores forever your missteps, embarrassing pictures and the like. It can become a demoniac accuser, judge of man. Yet is only a pale imitation of God, who knows us even deeper than we can convey through economic activities, but with God, our record is not permanent, he can wash away, forgive and forget all our transgressions. The internet is a false god, a digital master over us all and the closest thing to a god that has ever been.

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          • Lin says:

            Mark, thanks so much for chiming in! I so much appreciate all your writings; a couple of years ago, the Lord used your work to help me re-commit firmly to the faith during a time of wavering. God bless!

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          • Mary N says:

            Mark,
            Your words “I see it as Christ opening wide the door of mercy before it closes, and the door of justice opens wide”? Confirmed. I had such a profound witness to the truth of your words.

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          • Erin says:

            Hi Mark,
            I have read your blog for a really long time and it’s how I found Charlie. I just wanted you to know that someone in Texas prays for you and your family in Canada! God bless you for your ministry.
            Erin

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    • CrewDog says:

      Somebody help me out here as I can’t remember exactly where but … was it not BVM that told us that our Prayers and Faith would shorten the days of “Trouble” and lessen the the intensity of the chastisement? Anybody have any good info about how all this might relate to the discussion of “time frames”?

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • June1 says:

        I am pretty sure the Blessed Mother has said that every time she has appeared anywhere. 🙂 Maybe this is controversial, but she has said it at Medjugorje (especially regarding the 10 secrets) many times, too.

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      • Nancy says:

        Crewdog, were you thinking of Mt 24:21-22? “For then there will be great tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

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        • CrewDog says:

          Thanks Nancy & June1,
          Actually I’m thinking that God has given us the message that our Faith & Prayers will “stay His Hand” from Day-One. I recall, in Genesis, Him telling Lot that if he could find 10 Good Guys He wouldn’t level the #$(*&%^ place. Did Ya notice that the Mass Readings a day or two after the Gay SCOTUS Vote was Genesis Sodom and Lot story. I’m thinking that was no accident! Are not Mass Readings on a three or four year cycle to cover the Bible?
          I have come to believe, over the past few years, that the Alternate Christian Media (TV, Radio and Blogosphere) is where God is inspiring monumental work to gather as many Good Guys of all Faiths together for The Long March through The Storm! Considering the latest “suicide pact” to come out of the Episcopalians, I’m more convinced than ever of God’s Alternate Media Plan…… and Yes!! …. there is a lot of BS Out-There … just like everywhere!! ;-(
          GOD GIVE US DISCERNMENT THROUGH THE STORM & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have to emphasize pride of place, here, CrewDog. It was not Lot that God seemed to bargain with, but Abraham – whose namesake I am for my Confirmation name. (Genesis 18:16-33). I think God was not actually bargaining, but was drawing out Abraham’s sense of mercy as opposed to his sense of justice. The Father wanted Abraham to learn to be merciful as He is merciful. I love the frequent little games of chicken God and Abraham play with each other…truly, Abraham was blessed to be treated as a friend by God.

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  7. David S. says:

    Hi Charlie,
    The pieces presented by Mark Mallett all seem to fit together with one exception…Pope Francis. Maybe it’s me, but something just ain’t right with this Pope. I just don’t understand why Pope Francis seems to believe the most pressing issue of our time is our carbon footprint. At Fatima, the Blessed Mother said that more souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason. She mentioned nothing about turning off the air conditioning. And yet in light of what happened in Ireland, and now the United States, the moral clarity offered by Pope Francis when asked point blank about this issue is: “Who am I to judge.”
    I’m sorry but I just don’t get it. BTW, I’m looking forward to meeting you when you come to Boston.
    Regards, David

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    • charliej373 says:

      David, the much-quoted “Who am I to judge” comment was NOT about the man in question’s homosexual proclivities, but the quality of his stated repentance for those. It is perfectly reasonable and absolutely true for the Pope – or any Bishop or priest – to say this when questioned whether they are certain of a penitent’s repentance, which is what the Pope did in this case. The media did suddenly overlay it onto the whole issue of homosexuality itself – and far too many people have repeated the smear without knowing the context. I do not say the Pope should never be criticized, but this particular criticism is not grounded in the facts of what he actually said. AND I need to note that Pope Francis IS authentically the Pope who is charged with carrying us safely through this Storm. I will discuss that at more length in an article I am working on.

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      • JoyInTheLord says:

        Thanks, Charlie for that penultimate sentence. I have loved the Pope from the beginning, but somehow, a little discomfort crept in lately. I pray for him everyday, and for my cardinal/archbishop, my parish priest, in obedience to the call of Our Lady to pray for our shepherds, but I do not like what I am feeling lately towards the Pope.

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      • Theresa says:

        The Holy Father is our spiritual father. Just as we don’t want anyone to criticize our early father, we don’t want anyone to criticize our Pope. You may disagree with him, but why the need to criticize him? Go before the Blessed Sacrament and sit there and tell Jesus your concerns. He will fill your heart with understanding and peace. We have enough people criticizing our Church today, we don’t need to be amongst them. The Pope has more wisdom than myself and I trust Jesus to guide HIS Church (Mt. 16:18)

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        • charliej373 says:

          Theresa, I appreciate your sentiment, but must disagree. One of the things God brings to light is that EACH of us must play our position. We cannot simply give over what is OUR responsibility to another. We each have the right to comment on what is the primary prudential responsibility of another, but we MUST take responsibility for what is ours. Primary prudential responsibility for matters of faith and morals lie with the Pope and assembled Bishops. We may comment on that, advise or whatever, but they affirmative responsibility AND authority for it. They will not be excused from their obligations by telling God they were just trying to make peace with secular authorities.

          Similarly, it is the laity which has primary prudential responsibility for political decisions touching on economics and technology. The Pope and Bishops may – and often should – speak on such matters, but the responsibility for them lies with us, the laity…and we will NOT escape our responsibility for living that by saying to God that we just did whatever the Pope, or our Bishop, or our Parish Priest said on something that God gave us specific responsibility for. We are each to live our responsibilities.

          Now, we can argue about what the proper line and etiquette is, but as soon as I cease to speak honestly about how I see his political sentiments as opposed to his Magisterial direction, that is the moment I will cease to have any credibility with any but the already fully-converted. I made a great case the other day for why even though many might disagree with the Pope’s political opinions, they need desperately to stay with the barque of Peter, for it is the only place of safety. I have been engulfed with people thanking me for resolving that dispute that was going on in their minds, some right here on the comment boards. It has stung a little for some to criticize me for having, in blunt language, persuaded many who were waving to stay firmly planted in this ship.

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    • Lin says:

      I wonder if perhaps the Pope is using the issue of “climate change” as a vehicle to broadcast some of the truths he inserted into the encyclical? Because the issue is in vogue right now, perhaps he chose to address it as a means to speak emphatically of other truths, “slipping these truths in”, so to speak, and knowing that otherwise many people will not be exposed to these truths….

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      • JoyInTheLord says:

        I just read today something to that effect, Lin, that this encyclical is ‘shrewdest’.

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      • Mick says:

        Hmmm….. Lin, I’d never considered this possibility before; but I think that you may very well be onto something. Wouldn’t it be delicious if the “climate change” issue were just a Trojan horse?

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        • Lin says:

          “Trojan Horse”—LOL—Love this, Mick!
          JoyintheLord—could you share where you read about the encyclical being “shrewdest”?
          I was having a hard time expressing myself that day…glad it made sense, LOL!

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  8. A Quiet Person says:

    If an anti-christ is supposed to have been reigning for 3.5 years before the Rescue which is to occur around 10/2017, is it possible that something significant happened back around April 2014 (which would have been 3.5 years before 10/1017) that we can look back at and recognize as a major event now or turning point, even though we may have missed it back then?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It may be, Quiet. On matters of interpretation, I leave a wide berth for various possibilities…for it is so easy to misinterpret things. I am more persuaded that the individual personification of anti-Christ will come at the actual end, many years after the Rescue, which I expect in late 2017. Mark expects it sooner. For me, the key is the authenticity and seriousness of the person speculating. Mark Mallett is a completely solid, authentic guy…but we interpret a little differently on the appearance of the anti-Christ. Meantime, there are many antichrists already present in the world…subordinate ones, as it were.

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      • Dave says:

        Charlie, I’m a bit confused. Didn’t you tell of a character referred to as “menses” by your angel, that was to be the personification of anit-Christ??

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        • charliej373 says:

          Actually, Dave, I have emphasized repeatedly that I do NOT know that Menses is the anti-Christ – and that I do NOT think he is the actual Biblical person spoken of as so being. He is someone who seems entirely Orthodox in his faith and is a hero to many very orthodox Christians, but is completely given over to satan – by his conscious choice. His whole purpose is to subtly deceive people. He will be revealed for who he is as the Storm ends. I have emphasized that I do NOT believe him to be the formal anti-Christ several times because, no matter how forcefully I say it, people keep assuming he is the anti-Christ.

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          • I had the displeasure of meeting a such a person, years ago. I did not have a revelation although there was something funny about him. Having suffered abuse throughout infancy and early youth, my senses are quite honed to detect sadistic cruelty. There is a tension of sorts and a physical contradiction between the expression of the eyes and how the lips move. I can’t quite describe it but when I see it I cringe and all my alarms are up because I sense I am in the presence of someone who can kill. Later when I got to know this person a little better I realized he enjoyed other people’s discomfort and noticed he was a master at messing other people’s lives. Then I learned he is a false Catholic, he has a different religion but I cannot quite pinpoint which. He was very disturbed by the mention of St Joseph once. I pray he will repent and stop posing as a Catholic. His demise can hurt a lot of people that trust him and may hurt those simple enough to have put some faith in him. Evil exists, Charlie. Christ has a body, the Church, composed by many souls, perhaps the Antichrist is the same representing the devil in a like but opposite manner. Just a thought.

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          • Doug says:

            Carlos, are familiar with reactive attachment disorder (RAD)?

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          • SteveBC says:

            Carlos, that’s an interesting concept. I’ll have to think about that a bit more.

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          • Doug, I know barely the definition. Can you explain the connection with what I was describing?

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          • Doug says:

            Carlos,

            Most people that suffer RAD were neglected which could occur for various reasons. It does not mean every neglected or abused person has RAD. The person can become emotionally detached which leads to it. Another symptom is the person will exhibit extreme control to the point of ignoring logical consequences or cause and effect scenarios.

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      • Lily says:

        Charlie, I thought you said after the rescue in 2017, there would be peace and renewal of love for God? Why would the anti-Christ be revealed afterwards?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Lily, I have also said consistently that eventually there will be another mass falling away of the faithful – and that when that comes, it will herald the literal end of time. My hope is that we have over a thousand years before that comes…but I rather think the final personification of the anti-Christ comes then, not during this Storm or any time soon after it (though many little antichrists will play their role now).

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      • Mark Mallett says:

        Actually, it is not true that I expect to see the Antichrist within a year or two (see my comment above). The point of this article is precisely to underscore what St. Paul wrote: “But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.” (1 Thess 5:4-6)

        That was written 2000 years ago. I think it would be presumptuous of me to calculate when the Antichrist arrives. But what I think Monsignor Pope, Michael D. O’Brien, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, and other “prophets” in our times are saying is that the conditions are ripe for the arrival of the man of lawlessness. But this could be years down the road. It could also be very soon. Hence, the need to watch and pray, remain at peace, and continue to live the Gospel as if it is one’s last day on earth.

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      • Mark Mallett says:

        Actually Charlie, I agree that the Antichrist is to come after the Rescue (what I think is also the Illumination), and possibly even years after. As I wrote in the Coming Counterfeit, however, is that the Illumination will be twisted into a New Age experience, and will serve to further crystallize the two camps of Light and Darkness.

        There is a lot that has to happen yet before we see the Antichrist.

        http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-coming-counterfeit/

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    • Mike S. says:

      Well, Quiet, if you work back from 10/17 to 4/15, that was roughly the time of Putin’s annexation of Crimea, which could be viewed as the initial move in a WWIII. If you work back from 12/17 (If that is when the Rescue comes), then 6/15 is when ISIS exploded on the scene with its victories in Iraq, e.g. the capture of Mosul. So either of these events could be viewed as the significant beginning of the 3.5 year period.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Wow. Thank you. Well, we will see. Or if not us, future historians might be able to uncover what may be an underlying thread of evil, or secret evil alliances (which we could appropriately refer to an an anti-christ) that launched us to where we are now.

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      • Doug says:

        Carlos,

        RAD explains why there can be such evil people who can commit heinous acts. We almost adopted a Russian orphan what was 8 and as part of training we had to learn psychological disorders prior to a temporary summer visit. After seeing symptoms in the child realized the he had this disorder. It was an eye opening experience. My wife and I realized we would have to sacrifice well being of our 3 natural kids to rescue this boy. We sadly had to decide not to adopt

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        • Doug says:

          There is a lot to explain about RAD. I suggest to search the Internet and you will find lots of info. What is very interesting is people with RAD can be very smart, driven individuals and display manipulative charm.

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          • I see. But there is also evil in the world. Long ago I read People of the Lie, The Hope For Healing Human Evil (Scott Peck) and in reading it I was convinced that there is pure evil. Psychoanalyzing evil is also a great danger. The behavior of a person who is an educated leader who uses his position to entertain himself creating “jokes” where other people suffer, just to entertain himself … that is hardly a psychological condition. Concealing one’s true beliefs to attach to the Church and live off it like if it was a business,,, that is not a psychological condition, it is evil. You know them by their fruits: concupiscence, a spirit of envy and contradiction. Something shows up on the surface from time to time, no one is a perfect actor.

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          • Doug says:

            Carlos,
            I agree. It is pure evil. I don’t view psychology as an excuse, but it can be a tool to understand circumstances that lead a person to where they are and apply best approach to deal with them with the ultimate goal being healing through Jesus via confession, forgiveness, sacraments, etc.

            I think the thing with most RAD is people with this disorder need to be confronted quite differently than normal psychological disorders. Normal cause and effect behavior/response does not apply well.

            As an aside, I am inspired by your witness. One of my life goals is to learn Spanish fluently. God bless!

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          • Charles V King of Spain, Germany, etc. said once “To converse of Philosophy: German; to talk about Art: French; to speak to the ladies: Italian; but to talk with God: Spanish.” (paraphrased)

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          • Kati says:

            Hey Doug!

            Learning another language is good for your brain, Doug! Learning Spanish is especially good. (I’m biased.) ;-D

            “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” King Charles the 5th

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          • charliej373 says:

            I never saw that quote before, Kati, but I love it.

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          • connie says:

            Doug, I just read some info on kids and adults who have RAD. I have the feeling that in the midst of the storm we may come into contact with people who have much woundedness moreso than most of us do in normal circumstances. I imagine myself having to better understand what may make a person do or say the things they do as many different types of people may be thrust together in different situations.

            You have said that you have fostered children for a long time( if memory serves me) and so I wanted to find out why kids with RAD would make them so difficult and/or dangerous to be placed in homes. I have always wanted to adopt or foster but have not been able to at this point but I see how other areas in the world where society has broken down and orphans are made in seconds. If that should happen here in America, I thought how if again, people(children) are suddenly thrust into my world, it would help if I had some insight into how to deal with or care for aperson.

            It is sad that severe neglect or abuse can cause so many problems if healing doesn’t happen. It is good to know though, that human touch is so important, and as one article mentioned, “in a touch phobic society” http://lakesideconnect.com/trauma-and-trauma-informed-care/rad-and-the-importance-of-touch , being able to make a human connection again with a person may help soften their hearts for conversion to take place so that healing begins maybe hopefully in the midst of the storm.

            Thanks for a very thought provoking introduction on RAD. There is real evil in this world but evil loves for us to think evil and brokenness is the same thing sometimes.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Connie,

            I see the thread ended at the end of your message. I am not sure what causes that. Anyway, I picked off one of the intermediate threads. I hope you get this.

            I have not fostered kids before. My wife and I wanted to adopt a Russian orphan who was 8 years old at the time. The organization we went through allows for the kids to come visit the US for a summer with hopes that permanent adoption ensues. If it does not work out, the kids go back to the orphanage in Russia. As part of preparation we have to go through training where we learn about different issues that can be manifested when dealing with kids from orphanages. Many of the kids in these orphanages do not come from pristine family backgrounds (i.e. abuse and neglect is why many of them are there). During the training, my wife and I learned about RADs. This was an eye opener to me and I never expected that we would receive a kid with most of the symptoms.

            If you study what RAD is and what it takes to rescue someone with RAD, it is a 24/7 effort. As my wife and I had 3 young natural kids at the time, we would have had to neglect our 3 natural kids to rescue the one kid we considered adopting. It was a very difficult decision to not go forward with the adoption and to this day, it still pains me. Never the less, it was the right decision. I still pray for this person every single day!

            This all took place about 12 years ago.

            Today, my 3 natural kids are grown up and leading productive lives.

            Anyway, there is usually a manifestation of evil in the way people with RAD behave. It explains a lot about how cruel people can get when you understand it. When I hear of serial killers and people that do crazy things like walk into a theater and kill dozens of people, RAD is one of the first things I think of. You best understand it when you witness RAD first hand as my wife and I have. It does not in any way excuse evil or bad behavior, but gives understanding as to how it can arise. From my perspective, it goes back to the break down of the family and the seeds that are sewn as the result of this with the abuse and neglect that goes along with it.

            With RAD, it is not “simple love” that breaks through to people that suffer it. With most people, when love is expressed, there is a definite cause and effect relationship that normal people respond to in a positive way. In the case of RAD, the normal cause and effect relationship is not there. Thus, people with RAD, do not usually respond as you think they might. I wonder some times if it is really possession. People with RAD can be very intelligent and functional, but there is a very cold detachment to their personality. They can master charm which is in a very manipulative sense. They can be very driven individuals that will stamp on anyone that gets in their way. They can be ruthless and enjoy torturing someone just for fun. They can achieve very high positions in society. I can easily imagine the antichrist as being someone with this back ground.

            What saddens me more is that marriage in this country is disintegrating to such a great extent and this is what leads to a lot of this unnecessary suffering. My wife and I have been married for 30 years. She has suffered through cancer 3 times and through the whole ordeal, God has given me a special grace to understand how much dignity there Is in suffering. My wife’s story is much more incredible than surviving cancer. I hope I can post it some time. Anyway, part of the grace that was given me was to interiorly see her as God would see her. It has brought our relationship to a whole new level. Both of us have placed our trust in God in the first place of our relationship and it has brought us through difficult times. I so pray and wish other couples could see and understand how precious a gift marriage is.

            God bless you! I would also add again that there are so many wonderful people on these posts. It is a blessing to see all the things that people write.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Connie,

            I checked out the link you provided. This appears to just touch on the surface of RAD. Someone coming out of an abuse or neglect situation that has RAD usually requires 24/7 care which really means supervision. The close touching that one needs for therapy is dramatic. Some remedies are things like strong sitting, taking an older child and literally treating them as if they are an infant and go though the infant bonding process (picture feeding a 7 year old with a bottle). RAD is extreme and it takes extreme care to negate it which requires a very dedicated individual with highly focused attention.

            God bless!

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Connie, one last thing. I hope I don’t discourage adoption as there are many kids that have suffered abuse and neglect that do not have RAD. These kids can thrive in a normal home. adoption is a beautiful thing and in some respects, I envy people that are able to adopt. The main thing is to be aware and realize what you could be getting into and be prepared. God bless!

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          • Mick says:

            Love the quote, Kati! 🙂

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  9. Doug says:

    I am amazed at how prophetic our modern day Pope’s are. It is mind boggling how the press picks and chooses pretext of Francis and ignores context. But, this is no surprise.

    Doug

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Agreed!!!!

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    • jaykay says:

      I completely agree, Doug. In fact, I would say that we have had great Popes since Pius IX back in the 1840s. Yes, for all that time we have been blessed with exceptional Shepherds, and all of them fearless when Truth needed to be spoken. The Father, in His mercy, has given us them precisely because of the lawlessness that increased exponentially since that time, the development of our industrialised “civilisation” and the self-exaltation of man that has accompanied it, now reaching its unholy culmination.

      Which brings me, in a way, to Mark Mallett, who has spoken for some time now of the “lifting of the restrainer”. I have valued his ministry (I was going to crassly say “his site”, but it’s so much more than that!) for many years now. Could I again recommend his book, “The Final Confrontation”? I found it a great, sound, profoundly rooted guide to these times.

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  10. Doug says:

    Interesting perspective. I always viewed the antichrist as a person or persons, but it could also be the personification of an evil through the manifestation of an evil culture.

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    • Murt. says:

      Quite the thought that really as it has been a thought of this writer for many a long year. As I have traveled about those islands and some of the world and this country of mine and indeed those Islands off the coast of Western Europe. Those islands often it would appear to me to have been but one great experiment in humanity. Having been a reader and collector of olden histories I have often wondered if there were some form of plan being involved in all this. Being from a small place which is first mentioned in history at the time of The Crucifixion one has to wonder of what is really behind all our histories. Jacobs Pillow supposedly being the real Stone of Scrone being the headstone to Newgrange. Queen Scotia the daughter of Jacob being buried in some insignificant grave in my own country. Scotia of course being the forebear of olden Scotian and modern Irish history. The Tuatha De Dannan supposedly being of the Tribe of Dan. Our modern European, and most especially the British royals claiming to be of The Blood of David. Most of the royalty of our world claim to be of That Bloodline of course as one Mr Bush would lay claim to freeing Iraq on a historical date of his own royal line.

      Father of lies would have to be a thought here in a long line of deceit which is present in our modern world. We have been given heroes in all our wars through time, but those would be nothing without our anti-heroes. Anti-heroes are always the creation of the hero as the hero will always tell us how we are to perceive our history. Most all of our histories are of course lies written by the victor who is really the manager of the factory of war/confusion we seem destined to repeat. That great factory of course like all industry is coming to an end as more and more workers seem to have gained some insight into how those managers seem to operate. Places like here have been given to us through the ages just as we have been given great minds. Tesla/Einstein, choices, one of but many, but we now have abortion as but one choice as to not observe those given choices. We are always given but two choices at any given time in creation, we choose and move on to but two more choices. We are now in search of some anti-Christ for our troubles Whilst seeming to forget The Christ is not of this world. Perhaps this anti-Christ is not really one person but more a person who is trying to be the manager on behalf of the father of lies. He or she would be manager on behalf of that father for spiritual control. There seems to be many applicants for that position but that father of lies is not above using the many to have them all of one mind in a material world.

      I have said here before of perhaps this scribbler being perhaps a better thinker than a writer. I tend to look at broken things from an inside perspective. As a recovery mechanic I always tended to think it was never the obvious which laid that old truck broken, it was more something I had to see within which was the problem. Only ever left one of those behind but given time that too was brought home. Made me wonder as I looked at the symbolism of Mr Mallet with his broken Cross and Star of David. There was no broken Star of David in that latest fiasco of votes in America. The judges and their affiliations would have me think of there being but ONE broken thing. The Christ Crucified was and what IT stands for was The only thing which was meant to be broken. I liked reading Mr Mallet over time but gave up on him for his use of symbolism. Heroes, anti-heroes, the use of pictorial to promote thought. His use of Scripture is way above my grade. His writing/thinking was always thought provoking, but alas when it leads to thinking in a historical context I have to try to discern more. We are as he rightly points living in lawless times, but those times are a result of a long history of a careless humanity. We have had all our faiths in any number of satanic dupes over time. Where we go from here as a species is beyond my remit other than to be truthful as I can be whilst trying to observe lies of the past. Most of our so-called heroes/politicians/ those we aspire to be like have been base liars. Whether intention or foolishness on their part I have no idea. A personal thought would have me think it has always been satanically driven. It has been a view of mine for a great while of hell being empty for a great while. We could but just try to live through this harvest. As a footnote in the above. This is not meant to take from a very great writer, but more a chide to what may well be a writer to our modern needs.

      As always Charlie you do with this scribble as you will. It just appears to me in my thinking (maybe hubris) of we all needing to be much more discerning in where we are now. There seems to be so many good people in the parlours of places like you have here. Good people who seem to be in need of some sort of saviour. Good people who are looking without for something to save them, when it seems we should look within as some of your commenters seem able to do. We really are in trying times as it seems to me. This country seems to be of the leading edge in the re-Crucifixion of The Christ as we wave the banner of the rainbow, that sign given as warning by The Creator of All Things. A sign of fire and brimstone in the last days which all are unaware of. I suppose I should end this on a footnote of history of our English speaking world. It really has been an experiment on how peoples may be manipulated by belief of what we seem to perceive. The duplicity of how the Irish people were duped by control of national media bias, foolish political elite, lack of spiritual guidance by their clergy. Your readers will have to forgive me if I am leaning to the belief of we not having to fear one human being being this anti-Christ…………..Sometimes Charlie, and those who read you. At times I think we are better not knowing things. Just try to keep the faith.

      Godspeed. Murt.

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      • Doug says:

        Hi Murt,

        I was just in Ireland in Limerick. Beautiful country and very friendly people. I pray for your country.

        One thing to not from scripture is that many antichrists have already gone out into the world. So in essence, there’s already been a personification in some form. This may give us insight into future antichrists or the antichrist.

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      • Mark Mallett says:

        Hi Murt,

        Scripture speaks of many antichrists, and Pope Benedict affirmed that he wears “many masks” through the lineage of time. However, he also affirmed that, in Tradition, there is a man, an individual, who is THE Antichrist, so to speak: the “man of lawlessness.”

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  11. Diane says:

    Charlie, as you have many times stated, these things must come. The storm is getting louder and stronger, and it will stay that way for a little longer, but it will peak and then subside, slowly. We were in our hallway during hurricane Andrew, with 3 little children and 1 on the way. My husband held a mattress over our heads for 4 hours, while we listened to the storm which sounded like a jet airplane was revving its engines in our back yard. Once it stopped the recovery took a few months for some and a few years for others. My question is about the recovery … you mention that we will still have bills and mortgages etc., if there is a financial collaspe as it seems there will be one, will we start anew? Building a new monetary system (not a one world one – that is EVIL) -the Euro System is proving that it will fail and our system will fail – The constitution is falling apart, our education system is failing, everything the government has its hands in is a huge mess, the cushions are gone, the damage to lives will leave people deparate, do we pause and start anew. New regulations, new homesteads, new ways to educate our children, or do we immediatly pick up were we left off and have a bunch of gypsies running our government again. I know it will be up to us and we have a Kingdom to which we can build after, God’s Kingdom has given us many examples to which we can follow, but in the recovery, will there be time to reflect and pause and go forth with only God’s will in mind and not our own? When I think of the stories in the Old Testament I find stories of the Jewish people constantly going to the other tribes god’s – again and again God would call them back and they would wander and he would call them back. We have proven no better in that we have wandered far from the Truth and we have the answer, we have what it takes to fight this battle and look at us – were a mess. If the veil is thinned after the storm and it seems to me it has to be then we will be fine, because God’s greatness will be more fully revealed to us. But, it also seems to me we had what it took to win and we were mealy mouthed and weak. So when you mention mortgages and bills to pay, that will take a bit of savvy to reset so we don’t mess up again – right? For example if you have a mortgage now, and there is a collapse and you nor can anyone else pay their bills, does it pick up where it left off – or does some kind of system kick in to reestablish the gudelines? I feel like these are unimportant questions and if you do to then don’t answer. Its just that I am hoping and praying we are not going to be where we are now after the storm passes. God will have to show His Majesty because we are so slow to learn. Love I do.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nothing picks up where it left off. It has to start anew. This has happened quite frequently in much smaller scopes historically. After Pancho Villa’s Mexican economy collapsed catastrophically, the new currency that ultimately emerged was still called the peso…but it was new. The rebuilding during the Storm to confront the challenges is a big part of my work. The permanent rebuilding after is none of my business at all. Except for the Shrine, I am specifically ordered to play no command role in it if I want a few years to enjoy this new world. We better get it right, though, for the next mass falling away from the faith will be prelude to the literal end of days. But whether we are faithful for a mere generation or for a thousand years, I have no job to perform in it.

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      • Diane says:

        Thank you Charlie.
        Today my heart has been so heavy and my spriit so solemn, I have a beautiful picture of the Blesses Sacrament on my desk, in front of me all the time and today I just look at that photo and ask God to look at me. There is such a somber feeling in the air, a feeling of relinguishment, failure and sadness. We need strength to ge this right and work once again for the Kingdom of God. The idea that God gives us another chance is hopeful because He wouldn’t do this without Love for us and He does Love us. Love. I do.

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  12. Mary Anne says:

    Another informative, grace filled article by Mark. Thank you.
    Last night I was driving after another burst of powerful rain here in St. Louis, and there in the blackened sky was the most ominous sight. The reddest ball of sun I have ever seen. I realize it was sunset and the sky was darkened by gray, but it physically alarmed me. I told the Lord just that and immediately, from the bottom, it disappeared into the gray like an eclipse. Things are happening quickly now. Stand firm.

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    • Mark Mallett says:

      Hi Mary Anne,

      Last night, we had a deep red moon, clear as bell. There is a lot of smoke in the air from forest fires, and so that was why, but still… it made me think of the prophecy of Joel.

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  13. Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, “there it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” — Luke 17:20-21

    I observed four little lessons recently that were illustrated to me by way of a cat, a bird, a handful of bees, and a lizard. I’ve been wanting to share them, but held off because they just didn’t seem to have completely run their course yet.

    Late last night, I was catching up on all the recent posts here while sitting on the patio, turning the critter lessons over and over in my thoughts, as a violent thunder storm was flashing and raging all around. It all finally peaked with a blinding bolt of lightning that seemed to rip right over my head, posing there for what seemed an unusual, extended period of time, then breaking apart and dropping to the ground like smaller glowing fragments from a sparkler. Suddenly it was quiet, but I could smell what was left from the ionization in the air… or whatever the actual scientific explanation is.

    Out running this morning, I noticed that the air was clean and fresh and it was a bit cooler, although not cooler by much since this is the Arizona desert… and it’s summer. I was again thinking about the cat, the bird, those bees and that fat lizard.

    As for the cat and bird, I’ll ponder those in my heart a bit.

    As for the bees… I was out back with my wife and daughter on Saturday and noticed a few bees. I rarely get bothered by bees, so let them do their thing, but these bees got unusually aggressive. Naturally, I got concerned that they might sting one or both of my gals, so grabbed a small kick board and took a swat at one buzzing my daughter’s head. That weapon of choice did little more than give it a boost with a swoosh of air, enabling it to launch into loop, dive bomb my face, and sting me squarely above the eye brow.

    Not to be outdone, I headed for the storage bin to grab a better weapon. Smack! That did the trick. Moments later, one of his buddies went to inspect the damage and suffered the same fate.

    “Well, the rest of the hive just lost that data,” said my wife. Hm. I suddenly noticed that she had that bemused look on her face which she does so well, at which point I returned the kid toy to the bin and quietly slipped off into the house to survey the small welt above my left eye.

    “Let the little children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

    As for that fat lizard… there’s a massive Eucalyptus tree where I end all my desert runs with an image up in a nook that reminds me of Our Lady of Tepeyac. Often, there’s a little hummingbird that hangs around there, and I’ve seen various owls, eagles, hawks and the like hanging around from time to time. Lately, a long, fat lizard showed up, and I have to say that it bothered me a bit.

    Now, I don’t have anything against lizards (they’re God’s creatures too), but I suppose I got hung up on the image of that slimy lizard winding around that tree and crawling up into that nook. OK, so I chucked some rocks at it, missing wildly, and can only imagine what that must have looked like if anyone happened to be around. Sure, I felt a bit ridiculous, so decided on a better course and promptly sought the intercession of the Little Flower.

    Day after day I came to stop at the tree, hoping the lizard was done for. Some days it was nowhere to be seen, while other days it seemed to be even more emboldened. I also discovered that it could be very crafty with its camouflage. How many days did it appear to be gone, yet it in fact it was just concealed? I’m guessing many.

    And where were those raptors? I had not seen them for quite some time, and surely that lizard would be easy pickings. More prayers.

    This morning I ended another run at the tree. There was the lizard, scrambling up the tree and into the nook. Should I have been surprised? Considering that I was expecting to see it there, I guess not.

    At my feet were a pile of small stones. Every day I leave one there after a run. There was a slate grey smooth one, smaller than the size of my fist that I put there yesterday. I carried that one on yesterday’s run as I remembered all the folks in this particular community of faithful.

    I stood there holding that stone for a bit until something finally dawned on me with regards to my little world of symbology. Looking up the tree at that fat lizard, I finally realized that it was my sin that I was looking at. Ah.

    We pray, and rightly, for the kingdom of heaven to come as Jesus taught us. Frankly, I wish it would come this minute, but I’m starting to focus less and less on the ‘when’, and a bit more on the ‘how’ and ‘from where’ I suppose. By God’s grace alone, of course, but I think that I’m going to give a hearty shout out to the Little Flower and this community for helping me get refocused on the real work at hand. Starting with my own heart.

    And I’ll say it again, and will never tire of saying it: I love the diversity here! There’s varied nuggets and gems in all the posts.

    Jesus, we trust in You.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • Colleen DeRose says:

      So interesting MP: that you’re also from AZ, and that critters inform you as well. My husband and I have a birding area which instructs in ways mightily and simply, but it was an episode searching the fig tree last week that echoes your insights. I was out in the late afternoon after work looking for ripe figs when fear hit me…fear of snakes known to hang out near the tree. The whole temptation event replayed in my mind and I had to stop and consider whether I was temptation proof. Been reflecting on it since, thinking that it was God’s nudge to keep searching my ways and be mindful of His.

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      • Colleen, awesome! As you know, there’s nothing quite like Arizona when it comes to birding and other critters. And the lessons! If I had my choice, I’d spend all my free time outdoors. If I only count backyard birding, my nine-year-old and I have spotted 163 different species between us… and there’s a good parable attached to every instance!

        So, there’s at least a couple of us in Arizona. I’m not quite sure if that’s the critical mass we need to get on Charlie’s tour schedule, but nothing is impossible for God.

        God Bless.

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        • Colleen DeRose says:

          Yes, I was thinking the same thing…how many does it take to get an AZ stop? I was actually considering going to NOLA in October for the gathering there, but there seem to be dark clouds hovering over September and October so I’m not sure it will happen.
          The whole development and growth of this site and its commenters is quite uncanny…I’ve been reading since Mark Mallett posted the early link to Charlie’s and Peli’s sites; for a long time I couldn’t manage to comment so felt like an eavesdropper but that stance at least allowed me to feel somewhat like I was just reading a novel. Going to an actual faceto face meeting of Charlie’s would add another level of reality to the Storm, though I’ve been aware of it building for a few years. Does anyone else feel the dissonance of it all?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Colleen, if you want to set up a visit, contact Mary at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com. She is now the prime mover in these things – and preference is always given to those areas who have a ready sponsor and vigorous host committee. As for me, while I contemplate crash, I will continue doing the visits until events prevent me from it. From November through January I will take a break…some time among my friends in Denver and in solitude at the cabin. But I will keep at this until events themselves force it to be otherwise.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi colleen, I am fairly new here and it is a breath of fresh air to read the comments at this site. I find encouragement and mutual edification.

            By the way, the birds are beautiful in NH. Sitting on my porch this morning and a humming bird flew right on my porch within 7 feet of me to feed on a flower. God’s beautiful creation is amazing. It inspired me to put up a bird feeder my wife recently bought.

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      • connie says:

        Michael, you weave a good tale. I love that you are such a knight, defending all the ladies in your life! Please don’t forget us when you turn over enough times the ponderance of the cat and the bird. Thank you for the stone you carry on your runs- I might have to get me a cool, smooth stone to ponder and pray with- sometimes a rosary isn’t practical outdoors with the critters.:]

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  14. Jean says:

    I love Mark Mallett but was always disappointed that he doesn’t seem to have a functioning comment section. Now that I have the opportunity to comment on one of his writings, well, I’m finding myself speechless.

    About all I can say is I always agreed with Mark Mallett’s timing of the arrival of the AC, that is his coming before the Era of Peace and not afterwards. The reason is that I have never heard a really good explanation about how the Antichrist will rise up out of a period of evangelization and growth of the Church, where “the whole world will be Catholic”, as it is often described. It simply makes no sense to me that the Antichrist will have achieved victory in battle at 12 years old, recovered from a mortal wound, and taken over half the world by the time he’s gained dominion over the rest of the world “immediately after the Era of Peace”. Isn’t anybody paying attention to the rise of evil during the era of peace, or better yet, how is he gaining followers if the Church is growing???

    But I’ve also read a lot about the Great Monarch, and all those prophecies, or writings about them say definitively that the Antichrist comes on the scene immediately after the Great Monarch lays his scepter on the Mount of Olives (I believe) and dies (in old age). The Great Monarch is supposed to be the one whose victories in battle saves Europe from conquering Islamic armies; his power grows and expands eastward into most of Asia and his influence tames the entire world so that Catholicism can grow.

    Please someone, if you have a really good explanation, please help me to see how the Antichrist rises up in this period, because those prophecies say the AC will come immediately after the death of the Great Monarch.

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    • Observer says:

      Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi has written a book entitled “Antichrist and the End Times” where he treats, from scripture, Church doctors, and approved mystics, both the antichrist BEFORE the era of peace and the antichrist before the final judgement.

      The way things are speeding up these days with the world economies in shambles, it could easily be in the picture an enabling soon of a NWO control with its own individual head who just might fit the description of the predicted personality type of the future antichrist as was prophesied here 100 years ago:

      http://papistfilioquistazymite.blogspot.com/2009/08/vladimir-sergeivich-soloviev-on.html

      and which also seems to fit the description of the long timed Cambridge Theological Seminary’s researched antichrist here: (even to the honorary degree issued to him, among so many other such world awards like head of the infamous Club of Rome, from Tubingen): speculation of course, but check out the various recognized environmental, ecumenical, “peace” positions (UN et al) of one who was denied his seemingly due place of world authority and who has been on a quest for a larger world recognition and audience:

      Since 1977, the Cambridge Theological Seminary has attempted to identify who the prophesied Anti-Christ is. If these are truly the end times, then he or she is already alive and in a great position of power right now.

      http://www.whiteoutpress.com/timeless/is-jordanian-prince-el-hassan-the-anti-christ/

      In the same book Fr. I also deals with the prophesied comet (which could be as a real natural result from the magnetic pull on the orbiting belts of space junk by the reported – since the early 1980’s by major media – incoming planetary system) which comes as that prophesied punishment from heaven (one from man; other from heaven/God) and which then deals with said antichrist and his rule: Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi: “God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from heaven”

      And of course we have Akita with its own warning about that chastisement sent from heaven: “Fire will fall from the sky, etc.”…..comet!

      Yet it does seem to be a lot to stuff into a short period of time! Of course we are also told that if God didn’t shorten the time (and He has His ways) no one would be left!

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      • Jean says:

        Thank you Observer and I will check out these links. But am I understanding you to say there are 2 beasts or Antichrist figures or do you mean to say that Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi looks at both possibilities of him coming before or after.

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        • Observer says:

          Jean,

          He (Fr. Iannuzzi) seems to see similar scenarios occurring both at the end of this era before era of peace and the end of that era when Satan and his minions are once again released….only at that time an even greater horror of events before the final judgement like never before.
          In fact he designates a separate section at the end of the book as “Antichrist AFTER the era of peace”! And re: the Great Monarch Fr. Iannuzzi writes

          “During the era of worldwide peace, the laws and the common good will be secured under a new monarch and under a newly elected pontiff. The monarch, or king, shall be of French descent, but not French in the narrow sense, for prophecies suggest that he will come from Belgium and will be of Austrian and German blood as well. He will establish a theocracy in which the Church and state are united under the one God. The monarch will champion the newly elected pope’s mission of re-evangelizing those who, by God’s election, have survived the war and the comet.”

          Also a quote he mentions from Blessed Catherine Emmerich is also interesting when speaking again of the signs in the sky (having natural causes within the cosmos itself?):

          “When the combat on earth was over… the cross (that appeared in the heavens) also vanished (that cosmic planetary system that goes back out into its orbit away from earth??) and in its place stood a tall, resplendent lady extending over it her mantle of golden rays… I felt the kingdom of God was near. I perceived a new splendor, a higher life in all nature, and a holy emotion in all mankind… I saw a new pope, earnest and energetic. I saw before the feast began a great many bad bishops and pastors expelled by him…. I saw the petition: ‘Lord, Thy Kingdom come,’ being verified.” !!!

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    • Mack says:

      Jean, if you have the book “Trial, Tribulation, and Triumph” by Desmond Birch, he goes through quite an exhaustive list of prophecies, including saints and Biblical prophecies. St Robert Bellarmine, a doctor of the Church, wrote “Antichrist shall come a short time before the end of the world…after Antichrist at once comes the Last Judgment.” Bellarmine made an in-depth study of eschatology.
      It’s my understanding that this is the traditional teaching of the Church. This is based on 2 Thessalonians 2:8, where Paul says, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” That seems like a definite reference to the Second Coming. While prophecy is always difficult to interpret, on the basis of this I think it more reasonable to hold that Antichrist is right before the second coming. Also, he will be the consummation of evil, and that is reserved for the end of days. Besides, the Catholic Catechism states: “Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers…. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. (no. 675)
      The one thing the Church definitely teaches against is the idea of an earthly millennium: “The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism…” (no. 676).

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      • Jean says:

        Thank you for your reply. I do happen to have that book but haven’t looked at it for many years. It’s very deep. But….I seem to recall that the Book of Revelations speaks of a period after the AC is destroyed when the saints that were beheaded return (the first resurrection or something)…then there is a period of rest and the God/Magog. This is where I get the idea the AC comes before that period of rest or Era of Peace (not to mention the logic I spoke of above).

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        • Jean says:

          It is in Revelations Chapter 20, that Scripture differentiates between the death of the beast, a first resurrection and then Gog/Magog. I see the period in-between that as the Era of Peace.

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          • Mark Mallett says:

            Dear Jean,

            Thanks for your comments and questions. I have two writings that address this subject.

            http://www.markmallett.com/blog/antichrist-in-our-times/

            and

            http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-last-judgments/

            Scripture is clear of two instances of an “antichrist” rising: one before, and one after the Era of Peace. Maybe it is not so difficult to understand how there could possibly be a final satanic uprising immediately before the end of the world, given that the Church will have triumphed and reigned with Christ to the ends of the earth, when you consider Europe and Quebec. These were two thoroughly, beautifully Catholic regions. They lived and breathed Catholicism, but today, they are all but pagan. We will really only understand at the very end of time why God has permitted these revolutions. Perhaps I can shed a bit more light with this writing:

            http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-vindication-of-wisdom/

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          • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

            Hi Mark, I have just recently started reading your blog, (I am Charlie’s sister), and I have to say you have a new follower, you have touched on things that he and I have talked about for more than 20 years. It is wonderful for me to know that he has a great friend like you, who understands where he is coming from, and what he goes through at times. People have the misguided idea that they want this “gift”, but they know not what they ask for. I was given a glimpse for about 6 months, I did NOT ask for it, I almost lost my mind! So I thank you and Larry, (that’s what our family calls Charlie, feel free to make fun), for what you both do, and God bless!!!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mark Mallett, it’s great to see you commenting here. I began reading your posts several years ago (and your book and your daughter’s book) and want to thank you profoundly not only for all your careful and illuminating work but also for being the guy who pointed me to Charlie’s site.

            I heartily endorse your decision not to accept comments on your site. Unlike Charlie’s site and his remit, which involves developing a true community of people, your remit appears to be knowledge and wisdom. That does not need an active community. However, it is very nice to see you becoming a part of the community here, and I hope you will occasionally comment in the future as the spirit moves you.

            You have helped me along my path for some time now, and I want to re-emphasize my gratitude for all the great work you have done.

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      • Mark Mallett says:

        I have read Desmond’s work. However, he does not account either for the chronology of St. John nor does he properly examine, as Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi has done, the theological development of the Era of Peace. Desmond fails to differentiate between what the heresies of chiliasm, millenarianism, etc. are and what the Church Fathers taught as a spiritual, sabbath rest. He also appears to conflict with several Popes who have emphatically stated that we are living in the apostasy.

        In that regard, noting a statement of yours above, my own work pegs the arrival, at least on one level, of the “woman” and the “dragon” of Revelation with the 16th century beginning of the Enlightenment and the arrival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. One was begun by the Father of Lies, who is a “murderer from the beginning”… and the latter, Our Lady, comes to crush the murderer—that is, the culture of death. But this is a process unfolding over four centuries now… but coming into its “final confrontation”, as we can see.

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    • Mark Mallett says:

      Dear Jean,

      I have answered some of your questions below. But I do apologize that I don’t have comments activated. It’s because I simply don’t have time to moderate or respond to them. Case in point: it’s 4am here in order to answer, at Charlie’s invitations, some of the comments here.

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      • Jean says:

        Mark, I’m extremely grateful that you answered me here and a little embarrassed too for having mentioned the comment section. I always understood that it was for the reasons you stated above but I was just getting a little excited about having the chance to comment and read comments on something you wrote and so it just came out!

        My brother and I have read your writings for years and rarely miss anything. However I will go back and read again the links you provided because I tend to forget things over time.

        Thanks so much for your apostalate and the deep dive that you do to research the writings from the early Church. I’m grateful!

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  15. I am reading this article over and over because it has so many sides and good information and references. I just noticed the date of the release of the restrainer: 2005. Our Blessed Mother promised to Sister Lucia that she would live long enough to see the “beginning of the end times.” I believe that happened about 1940. Now, Sister Lucia of Fatima passed away on February 13, 2005. That seems to fit nicely with Marks “release of the restrainer” warning. Add 12 years (a complete biblical term of time) to 2005 and we get 2017. Having said that, I am not a fan of biblical timetables. I find them useful but I also see that is very easy to miss one thing or the other and reach some crazy conclusion in the end. In fact, I think God has organized things neatly so that no one can construct the definitive timetable on this subject. He wants us to “keep on the watch” and so He states it in a number of parables. I believe this timetable is pretty useful, and it seems to coincide with other prophetic timetables we know of. That 2005 detail really caught my attention. We lost Pope John Paul II in 2005 on April 2, vespers of Mercy Sunday.

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    • On the “body” of the Antichrist I mentioned earlier. SteveBC responded briefly but the “reply” button is absent, indicating the end of thread, I guess. So I start it anew here.
      In Holy Tradition and Scripture one can see that things related to God’s plan of salvation appear to our understating in a “symmetry” of sorts. One example would be what I always mention in my chats of apologetics: “Eve listened to a bad angel, then desired the fruit of a tree, finally gave birth to a condemned race. God then announces a new mysterious “woman” (Greek: gunai) who is Mary. Our Lady listens to a good angel, she desires the “fruit of the Cross” (death) for herself in her Immaculate Heart, she gives birt to Salvation (Jesus.)” That kind of symmetry appears often in prophecy, sometimes in simple or complex ways. Because that symmetry is like a habit or mark of God’s work in the world, we can expect it to a degree. Now how will this help us to nail the concept of the Antichrist? I only have the most rudimentary tools to work this problem but I’ll try.

      Christ is a Divine Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son of God. He has two natures, one divine, and one human. That is the mystery of the hypostatic union. But there is more, Christ also has a body composed of all the souls who find salvation in the Church. We live in Him. We all know that. Now I wonder if the seed of the devil form a similar body. Those lost souls are not “cleansed with the Blood of the Lamb” but actually made unclean with the bloody results of the work of evil in the world. They do not “live in Christ” but “die in the devil” by persisting in the error (and death) of Adam. To complete the symmetry there must be one individual who, like Jesus but in an evil manner, will walk this earth calling the lost sheep to persist in error. His relationship with the devil must be one of total possession, doing exactly the bid of his “father.” That should complete the “symmetry” with perdition aping the way of salvation. After all, God’s enemy cannot create anything new, he can only imitate with poor results what God does perfectly.

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      • Dave says:

        Carlos, although I am not a complete supporter of political Israel, I do believe in a spiritual level to it all. I see Israel as both as a continuing effort to convert the Jews, and as a symbol of the people of Jesus Christ.

        I find it interesting that the flag of Israel has on it, both an upward pointing triangle (God’s Holy trinity), superimposed over a downward pointing one (satan’s perverted copy) so it can be said that the symbol of the Star of David is a representation of the struggle between God and satan. I doubt this was a conscious choice, but significant just the same.

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          I still wonder who picked this flag? Who decided to use this logo?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Barbara, it’s roots go back to Jesse Jackson’s “Rainbow Coalition,” which he named his group of ethnically diverse ideological allies. Since it was already well-known in liberal circles as indicating “inclusiveness,” the gay movement adopted it and made it their own.

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          • Fran says:

            I just read an article that explains this Charlie, Barbara, and all ! There is a link between Noah and the rainbow covenant and the Theosophical Society which came from the “bowels of Russia” and which wanted to remove the influence of Christianity everywhere. The woman who started this movement Madame Blavatsky would channel demons and travel across a “rainbow bridge” to speak with them! This is truly demonic in origin. The meaning of the rainbow which is given to Noah is “inverted”, and warped. I have tried several times to get the specific link to copy here and it just won’t, and I can’t adequately explain it all, so you have to go to http://www.bellarmineforum.org and look up “Breaking the Rainbow Covenant” If you are like me, you won’t believe it! This must be what the Blessed Mother meant when she said that Russia would “spread her errors”!

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        • Dave: I think the meaning of the star is related to Numbers 24:17

          I see him, but not now;
          I behold him, but not near—
          a star shall come out of Jacob,
          and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
          it shall crush the forehead of Moab,
          and the skull of all the sons of tumult.

          I like to think that the six points of the star are a symbol of the humanity of Mary Most Holy, prefigured in queen Esther (star.) The general sense of this verse seems to be connected to Genesis 3:15 but that is just an idea of mine.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Didn’t some folks here recently comment on 6s and 7s? That 6 is the number of imperfection and 7 the number or perfection or completeness? (I may be getting the details wrong, sorry.)

            If so, then the Star of David, being a six-pointed star, is somehow incomplete. I wonder if that means anything?

            Perhaps in the coming Era of Peace, the combined Christian-Jewish tradition will be denoted by a seven-pointed star.

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          • Six, according to St John is the “number of man.” Curiously we have recently discovered that human beings relate to each other in 6 degrees of separation. Any person in the world is separated by any other person by a maximum of six human connections. That is one of my friends knows someone who knows someone (repeat five more times) who knows i.e. the Dalai Lama. I also think the Star of David has an ancient meaning that has been lost to present generations. I see it also as a meaning of the Messiah: “I am the root of Jesse and the bright Morning Star.”

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  16. Kathryn says:

    Interesting perspective: keep fighting!
    https://stream.org/benedict-arnold-option/

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  17. Dan Lynch says:

    I am surprised by the various posts suggesting the removal of bumper signs of our faith, apparently for fear of damage to their cars.

    Jesus said, “Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)

    We should consider that Jesus’ words might also apply to those who are afraid of exhibiting signs of their faith for fear of property damage. What will they do when the enemy tries to remove them and not just their signs? Will they renounce the signs of their faith for fear of damage to themselves?

    If we can’t stand up for the faith for fear of damage to our cars, we probably will not have the courage to stand up for it for fear of damage to ourselves.

    “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge
    till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).
    “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge
    till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

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    • Dan,

      These are the times that try men’s souls. One can see murder in the eyes of the crowds. This is their hour. Little do they know that this could be the hour of their salvation but they won’t repent and they will murder. Anyone thinking that removing a bumper sticker or taking down a Crucifix, will solve the problem is gravely wrong. Dying is not a big deal. The lights go out and then you see Christ. That is the best way to think, that those killing us will be doing us a big favor by sending us straight to Heaven. I am in that predicament right now and I may get shot at any time. But I have made my mind that up to that moment, no matter how bad things go, I will continue to shout in their faces that God loves them and they can be saved if they only ask for mercy and repent. We had once case in my family, a wicked person if there ever was one, and yet on the last day of consciousness she repented and turned to Jesus — to everyone’s amazement that was the last act of her life. We have to go always against the tide. John Paul II put it in simple words: andare sempre in contro. Nero, Julian the Apostate, Domician, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, etc. are all pushing daisies and we are here. The year I was born the Churches of Buenos Aires were all attacked and burned. For that awful sin the whole country has been slowly burning for 60 years but they don’t even see the connection. The important thing is that we see the connection, we give witness, fearless witness is the only way. No one gets to Heaven from under a bed. Shout and shout until the walls come down!

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      It is a matter of prudence. It has nothing to do with denying one’s faith. For example, if a person is headed off to a Mass being celebrated in secret, well, then, the location is secret. It is a time for discernment. I am preparing for that possibility. The Lord has an individual (and different) plan for everyone, so the best one can do is pray for that guidance and listen to it when it comes.The Lord will protect us, but He also gave us common sense for a reason.

      Seriously, if I was forced to take the rosary off of my rear view mirror, I probably would do it. That won’t stop me from praying the rosary though. And if the enemy came to my house forcing me to take down my statue of Mary, I would probably comply because, for the time being, at least I would still be alive and could then continue to carry the Church in my heart and hopefully be that sign of hope to others and help rebuild the Church, if that is how the Lord wants to use me. If I was forced to take it down AND deny my faith, well, then, that would be the time of my martyrdom.

      Do you know the story of St. Tarcicius, the young boy who was martyred on his way to delivering the Eucharist? He was living in Rome during an era of intense Christian persecution. There would be daily meetings in a secret location in the catacombs. Deacons would then be given the Eucharist to be delivered to Christians in prison who were scheduled to die. One day though, for some reason Tarcicius was sent instead. On his way he met up with a group of kids that he normally would have stopped to play with. Obviously, on this day he was not able to stop. He was on a secret mission. He did not announce to anyone his business. (i.e. no bumper stickers.) Nonetheless though, the kids noticed he was carrying something. Things got ugly very fast and in the process of defending the Eucharist he was martyred.

      I think we are very close to entering those times now. I’m not real sure it is fair or even helpful to question someone’s faith based on whether they are taking prudent steps to protect themselves. Would we criticize the early Christians for meeting secretly and laying low? No, they are our heroes and may very well be our role models sooner than later. That is very different than denying one’s faith to protect their lives. That is what Peter did and all of us here are praying for the grace of perseverance so we do not fail like he did.

      The real signs of my faith are how I treat those the Lord brings into my life – friends, neighbors, enemies alike. Do I love them? Do I pray for them? Do I forgive them as I wish to be forgiven? Am I charitable? And do I love God with everything I have? Am I following the Catholic Church faithfully? Am I, at least trying as best I can, to follow what the Lord is telling me to do? Am I willing to give my life defending the Church? These are the signs of my Faith and I pray for an increase in them every day.

      I truly believe that when it all comes crashing down, we will be in a new phase of evangelizing that we have not experienced before. I don’t know what it will look like but I have a feeling that when people are desperate, they will know how to find us and we will know how to find them. And we will know what to say. For me, I think it will be done without bumper stickers.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Savvy observation, Quiet. When the Nazis made it a capital crime for a man to attend a Catholic seminary in Poland, St. John Paul attended in secret. Too often, we look for a reason to condemn someone – and our reason is simply because that person does not do things quite like we would. We need to take more care that we do not condemn a saint just because he is not “like me.”

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        • Yet John Paul II face the Communists in Nova Huta celebrating a Mass in the face of several hundred troops sent to stop the event. He started and something prevented the troops from carrying their orders. What you say is OK. No one needs to foolishly expose oneself to death, Jesus took the long way around once because there were some who were ready to kill him. I still cross myself and say grace at restaurants and I noticed that sometimes others follow suit. I don’t think there is a formula but what John Paul said, to walk always against the wind, obviously with prudence. Everyone knows I am Catholic. If I had not gone to that silly EWTN show I wold still have clients and could make a living. No one in the Church gives a hoot that I don’t have anything for dinner tonight so I am a bit ticked off and when some idiot communist here tells me he is “a Marxist” or “a militant of the left” I tell him to his face that he has joined a club of assassins and oppressors, I tell him that there will be hell to pay for all they’re doing. If they shoot me, they do me a favor: I am out of here and straight into Jesus arms (I presume) but so far, no luck.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Perhaps, but it is not necessarily clear-cut. Very, very few are converted via something such as a bumper sticker, although if we were truly people of prayer, this might change. It could be prudent to remove bumper stickers just so as not to draw attention to one’s family which might have children…there probably is not a “one size fits all” approach in this case, but your post is definitely worthy of careful thought.

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      • Jean says:

        This is off topic, but I actually had a monumental illumination and turn-around in my life after seeing a bumper sticker that said: “if you want to change the world, change yourself”.

        I had spent most of my life to that moment thinking I had to change everybody else’s thinking or viewpoint, and then all problems would be solved. This moment led me to take action to actually work on changing myself.

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      • Lily says:

        It is hard to say. I don’t think there is a one size fits all either. I am glad that people are speaking up and refusing to be bullied, really. But there are instances in other places and times where it has been necessary to be quiet. And yet, here, we had real freedom and it is being removed – what would it look like if there was a flat refusal by all Christians to allow it, somehow? Could we decide to be unified in some way, that we won’t accept this culture of death any more? This seems to me to be a turning point. I don’t know very much about these things, nor do I have much influence. I don’t want to expose my family to unnecessary harm, but I do not intend to deny my faith either, come what may.

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        With OUR White House so proudly bathing itself in 6 colors of the rainbow, people losing their lively hoods because they won’t cater, or bake a cake for a same sex union, I feel all the more obligated to bathe my car in bumper stickers, put statues in my yard, I live in a mobile home I will cover it in Christian bumper stickers, and of course that makes me an intolerant bigot, but let me catch someone trying to damage my property and I would be willing to bet they would learn how to pray pretty quick. I will also stand for my faith, come what may!!!!

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    • Kati says:

      Amen!!! Others agree …

      “A county clerk in Hood Texas isn’t going to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because, she said, she has rights too. “I will not be issuing same sex marriage licenses due to my religious convictions,” Katie Lang wrote. Lang said that the Constitution guarantees her freedom of religion too. (CNN)

      Congratulations to Ms. Lang for her courageous stand! We need many more conscientious objectors – public officials, private businesses, advertisers, religious leaders, and family members – people of courage who will abide by their conscience, protect their religious rights, and not support or enable the furtherance of this moral aberration – so called, “same-sex marriage.”

      As the American Bishops said, “the Supreme Court decision allowing “same-sex marriage” is “a tragic error that harms the common good.” Catholics, and other citizens of goodwill, should oppose this misdirected innovation and steadfastly proclaim the unchanging truth about marriage as we have received it from God!” Bishop Tobin, Diocese of Providence

      “Just as the Roe vs. Wade decision did not end the debate over the right to life of the unborn, so this decision by the Supreme Court will not silence those of us who will continue to advocate for a just and proper understanding of the very nature of marriage itself based on the natural differentiation of the sexes.” Archbishop Alexander Sample, Diocese of Portland

      Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html
      We are supposed to RESIST! (Thanks to Fr. Z.)

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    • charliej373 says:

      I would not condemn someone for being discrete, Dan. Certainly, St. John Paul maintained discretion when he went to the secret seminary in Poland during the Nazi occupation. But I have more sympathy with your point of view. If we hide our faith just so people won’t talk ugly about us, that feels like a sort of betrayal – like Peter before the crucifixion. But people are fearful, so I leave some room for folks to sort out what they are thinking internally and get their sea legs for this era of persecution. I fear I may do some damage by not more forcefully encouraging people to live boldly even if they speak softly…but you have covered that gap nicely with this comment.

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      • Bob says:

        Well I am a social worker and if I speak openly in my agency I am sure I would be quickly shown the door so I will be discreet and I have discussed this with my priest but if I were put in a position where I was asked to make a concession which would be evil, I would have to state clearly and yet with love and gentleness my position.

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        • Doug says:

          The scriptures say “Do not give to dogs what is sacred. Do not throw your pearls before swine or they may trample them under foot and then turn and tear you to pieces”

          We have to exercise prudence when witnessing the truth or faith. I think we don’t compromise, but do it in a respectful way.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        I read somewhere that St John Paul always kept quiet and discreet. He was no threat to the Government or the secret police. He was dangerously smart and quiet. He was allowed to go to Rome for a vote to pick the Pope by The Polish ( maybe secret) Police. It had happened twice and it is believed that they was extremely shocked when they heard about his pontificate. Please correct me if I am wrong?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Actually, that is dramatically incorrect in many particulars, Barbara. St. John Paul was very shrewd…but he confronted the government in ways they could not safely stop, such as the Church at Nowa Huta. Communists had refused permission to build it – so then-Krakow Bishop Karol Wojtyla, the future sainted Pope, started holding midnight open-air Masses there on Christmas Eve – and erected a Cross on the property. Every time the Communists removed it, he had it replaced. After seven years, the communists finally gave in and issued the building permit.

          In the Mitrokhin Archives, an extensive dump of Soviet intelligence records going back to Lenin, both authorities in Poland and the Soviet Union had considered St. John Paul one of their most dangerous enemies long before he became Pope. Yuri Andropov was reported to several times lamented that they had not killed or arrested John Paul when they had the chance, since they knew how dangerous he was. It is true that they were all shocked at his election, but that is not because they did not know the measure of the man. Rather, it is because for many centuries, only Italians had been elected to the Papacy…so they figured however dangerous, clever and brilliant he was, at least they did not have to worry about that.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        I think the Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne are the epitome of discretion, while living boldly AND quietly all the while being faithful to their profound call to witness their Faith, even to the point of being martyred. They lived during the French Revolution when convents were forced to disband which they did on 9/14/1792 shortly before which they had consecrated themselves as a community, offering their lives for the sake of peace. They were forced to disband, but they lived in quiet (emphasis on “quiet”) defiance of the government. They dressed as laywomen, they lived in small groups, but they gathered together for prayer. (My guess is that this was undercover too.)

        The government eventually caught up with them. They were arrested and sentenced to the guillotine in 1794. Then, their amazing combination of boldness AND quietness becomes even more dramatic. They did not shout or shake their fists or threaten anyone. Rather, they sang hymns (joyfully!) on their way to the guillotine. At the foot of the scaffold, each sister renewed her vows, in addition to asking her Superior for a blessing and permission to die.

        Apparently, onlookers to guillotine deaths used to cheer, but in this situation there was an uncharacteristic silence, even as the nuns were being paraded down the street to the guillotine. It was the holy demeanor of the sisters which projected peace, forgiveness, and joy at their oh-so-near eternal life with Jesus that converted so many on the spot that day and which continues to inspire people even now.

        The fact that these sisters chose to go undercover for a while, appearing as laywomen was not so as to avoid people saying bad things about them. They were, far above that. They were simply being obedient to their Superior, who listening to her Boss, saw to preserve their lives for a while so that their final witness to the Catholic Church could be as absolutely powerful as possible. Which it was.

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        • connie says:

          Not like but LOVE! Thanks for that wonderful story Quiet. BTW, was it the Sisters of Compeigne that inspired your screen name?

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            No, I am quiet for real. Horribly shy, actually. (Although I did meet with someone in person from this site and we talked for 4 hours non-stop, so she might disagree with me.) Plus, my hearing has deteriorated to the point that I cannot hear much of anything in a group situation any more, not even Mass, which just exacerbates everything. If I had been a little kid today I probably could have been diagnosed with all sorts of things like being selectively mute, pathologically shy, social anxiety disorder . . . all that stuff. Back then though I just slipped (quietly) under the radar. By the way, that makes me particularly grateful to have the opportunity to participate here because I can be part of this wonderful community without the baggage that usually accompanies me wherever I go.

            I have heard that what happened during the French Revolution is coming to our doorsteps soon so in the process of trying to understand what that could mean for us, I discovered the Sisters of Compeigne. Their quiet but bold defiance really spoke to my heart. It seemed like their story fit in with some of the recent discussions here so I decided to share it. I am very gratified that you found value in their story.

            Connie, if your real name is “Constance” you might be interested in knowing that the first of these nuns who was martyred was Sr. Constance. I think she was a novice and the youngest one of the group.

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          • Doug says:

            Quiet, I enjoyed the story.

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Thanks Charlie, but I wasn’t condemning anyone, just expressing my surprise that someone would intentionally remove a bumper sticker expressing their faith. We need to be discreet as you wrote, but my cars have worn the following bumper sticker for the last 8 years:

        “Our Lady of America, Pray for our Purity, Peace and Protection!”

        So far, no damage to my cars and I’ll continue to display it at the risk of damage to my cars in the hopes that I will have greater courage to stand up for my faith when I am personally threatened.

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          • Nancy says:

            🙂 Dan, that was the bumper sticker that got “keyed” at my place of work–a hospital. It stayed on my car until road salt, heat etc., caused it to start to peel. I know I irritated someone. I have a “new” car now and I am thinking of a sticker of St. Michael.

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        • the phoenix says:

          I used to have a political Bush bumper sticker on one of my cars. And people seemed to equate that with pro-life, and yes, I was in fact persecuted for it. There were two instances where it seemed very clear that the bumper sticker was involved with people’s treatment of me… when I was staying as a guest at a Bed and Breakfast … two different Bed and Breakfast places in different states!

          In one case, the owners started a conversation with me almost as soon as I had walked in the door about how they were liberal and had limited their family size … I could tell that one of them in particular seemed to not like me, and it seemed related to my beliefs. Made it a little awkward for me to sleep there. But I got some really nice photos, and was meant to be there.

          In the other case, the owner started a debate with me on abortion … at the breakfast table in front of other guests! I could sense the hostility while staying there to the point where I considered going to a nearby hotel, but it seemed God wanted me to stay, and I got a really nice photo on my last day there. In neither of these instances had I mentioned being pro-life. The only other thing I can think of that I did besides have the bumper sticker was mention that I would be going to Mass so we could better figure out the breakfast schedule.

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          • Dan Lynch says:

            I’m so sorry Nancy! But, it’s the hour of lawlessness and perhaps the bumper sticker didn’t cause this. It may have been a random act of vandalism.

            So, I would suggest that you exercise great faith and courage and call us for another free bumper sticker of Our Lady of America. We can’t take discrimination and hate sitting down, but need to stand up for Jesus and His Mother as best as we are able.

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        • My big huge bumper sticker of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe has been on my car(s) for at least 6 years, and hasn’t garnered any negative reactions as far as the well being of my car is concerned. I have, however, heard of multiple people deeply touched by grace through them, thanks be to God.

          Clearly, friends, when the *true, unrestrained* great persecution comes we will have to be discreet. Now is not that time. Now is the time of mercy, and woe to us of we fail to proclaim it.

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          • Mick says:

            Daniel, I wholeheartedly agree that we will have to be discreet when the unrestrained persecution erupts. However, I must respectfully disagree with your blanket assertion that “now is not that time.” For some of us, it is. And the only way to know whether it is or isn’t is through hardcore prayer and discernment. Some of us here have done that type of discernment and have determined that it is indeed time for us to lay low and keep our heads down. To do otherwise would be disobedience to God’s will.

            Speaking of which… I am making my way through your book on Luisa and the Divine Will. It is excellent. Thank you for making it available to all of us (I just sent the PDF address to a friend who wants to learn more about Luisa). 🙂

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          • I should have been more specific, Mick — I don’t mean that everyone needs a big huge Divine Mercy bumper sticker; I just mean that now is indeed (at the insistence of the Vicar of Christ) the Time of Mercy, and we each must be zealous proclaimers of it, in whatever way we discern we are specifically called.

            I hope you enjoy the book! Forgive me for any shortcomings it has — which I’m sure are numerous!

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Dan… you should have seen my cars’ bumpers before late 2012! They were a sight to behold. My kids thought I’d lost my mind when I took off all the bumper stickers. My husband didn’t even notice; he figured that I’d lost my mind a long time before that. 🙂

            Regarding your book, it is truly a gem. And believe me when I say that you could’ve written a better book in third grade–in your sleep–than I could currently write on my best day. 🙂

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    • Dave says:

      There are many different callings in this regard, as there are throughout the body of Christ with all it’s different body parts. I for one have never been the type to put bumper stickers on my car advertising any beliefs or causes. I’m not the type to want discussions or arguments from any random encounter.

      In school I was terrible at the vague general case theories, but could sink my teeth into a good specific application. So it is with faith. Some are made to fish with a net, and some are made to fish with a fishing pole. I’m the fishing pole type. I will see an open door with an individual and see that I can make a remark to open a faith dialogue that is more likely to bear fruit than when I try to force the topic.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        I agree Dave. I think it is important for a person to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses in terms of doing the Lord’s work and to be ok with it. I also think it is important to be aware of the motives for our actions as well. If a person did plaster bumper stickers all over the place, is it to tell others about themselves, or is it to bring others to the Lord? I like your analogy a lot. I am the fishing pole type too.

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        • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

          Quiet, my motive would be to first, hopefully help others not to be afraid to be “openly” Christian, second yes I want the world to know that I am Christian, and proud of it, not afraid to show it,and third, hopefully to bring others to Christ, which is most important, we are under attack, the time for me anyway to be shy, careful, and Suttle has passed.

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Kim, I can imagine down the road, when the Storm is fuller and people are feeling confused, clueless, maybe even desperate, that they would beat a path to your door because they would know that you are fearless and you would be able to boldly, proudly, and joyfully tell them what they need and want to hear. It could be that your courage, displayed that way, is what inspires someone to turn toward Jesus.

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          • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

            That is my prayer Quiet!! God bless you and everyone here, I love you all so much!!

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        • Mary W. says:

          Me too: fishing pole type !

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    • Mick says:

      Dan, I am one of the people who have removed bumper stickers from their vehicles. I am a couple of days behind in reading comments, so I don’t know what others may have said in response to your post. Somebody else may have already written a response like the one I am about to write. If so, please forgive me for the unintended repetition.

      With all do respect, my decision has nothing whatsoever to do with fear of damage to my car (in fact, I was really surprised when I read that, and got kind of a chuckle over it). It has everything to do with having prayerfully discerned God’s will for my family in these days of the Storm. The people whom I know have removed bumper stickers have children. I myself have 5 children ranging in age from not-quite-2 to just-turned-19. Four of my children are minors. My youngest has Down Syndrome and is therefore being “tracked” by various medical/health professionals and organizations. Through no fault of our own, my husband and I have had what can only be described as profound (and occasionally confrontational, on their part) disagreements with medical professionals regarding decisions involving the best medical care for her. Our family is also being tracked by at least two health and governmental organizations because of our educated decision not to vaccinate our children. I know this for a fact because two years ago, when our then-14-year-old daughter ended up at an urgent care facility because of a recreational injury, we were questioned about her vaccination status. A few weeks later, we discovered that the urgent care had contacted a state agency, which then sent us a letter that essentially ordered us to contact the state about getting our daughter “up-to-date” on her vaccines.

      Do you remember the Justina Pelletier case? Have you heard of other cases in which parents have had their children taken away from them because the parents disagreed with medical or educational professionals over the parents’ decisions regarding what is best for their own children? These are not rare occurrences, and they are becoming alarmingly more frequent. We now live in a world in which California no longer allows religious or philosophical exemptions for parents who wish to not vaccinate their children. We live in a world in which the public schools (and perhaps religious schools, too?) will now have to teach students that homosexuality is a good, and that homosexual “marriage” is a constitutional right. It’s not a stretch to imagine that parents who object to this might be labeled, tracked, ostracized, or even sued or investigated by the government. We live in a world in which the government reads and collects citizens’ e-mails, and listens to and saves records of citizens’ phone calls (remember the whole brouhaha about the NSA in the past year or so?). We live in a world in which homeschoolers are often the targets of anonymous reports of child or educational neglect because somebody (a relative, acquaintance, or complete stranger) doesn’t like our decision to homeschool (check out the website or newsletter of the Home School Legal Defense Association for some current cases). We live in a world in which both the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Army have released documents which indicate that Christians, states’-rights advocates, “Tea Party” types, and pro-lifers should be considered as potential threats for domestic terrorism.

      These are some of the reasons that I have removed bumper stickers from my vehicles. As the mother of young and young-ish children, I have a duty to protect them from harm. I have an obligation to prayerfully assess potential threats and to guard my children from them. In this day and age, a political or religious bumper sticker could pose a real threat to my children by drawing unwanted and unwarranted attention from individuals who or government entities which have the power to hurt us.

      Again, this is not about fear of property damage or fear of standing up for the Faith. I have a two-foot-tall statue of St. Joseph on my front porch, a rosary hanging at eye level on my front porch, and a 3-foot-tall statue of the Blessed Mother in my garden. All of these are clearly visible from the road. At the edge of road, on a post which has our house number on it, I have a plaque of the Holy Face of Jesus. Under no circumstances will I move or remove any of these blessed objects. Moreover, I wear the brown scapular, as do all of my children. I also wear a (tucked-in) rosary around my neck, as do all of my children except the baby. I never take off my rosary or my scapular; I even shower in them. I have instructed my children to never remove their scapulars or rosaries for fear of what other people may say to them. If someone threatened to kill me unless I removed my rosary and scapular, I would immediately start to pray and to prepare myself for death; and I would expect my children to do the same. “[I] am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation….” (Romans 1:16). There is a difference between fear and prudence. Jesus Himself tells us that there are occasions when observing the “signs of the times” should result in fleeing from danger (Matthew 24:15-20). Jesus Himself calls us, whom He has sent out as “sheep in the midst of wolves,” to be as “wise as serpents” (Matthew 10:16). Have you ever seen how a serpent behaves in the face of a perceived threat? First, they generally lay low or they flee. They generally only go on the offensive if their instincts tell them that there is no other option.

      I am trying to follow Our Lord’s directive to be as wise as a serpent. I have perceived the threats which these times pose to my children, and I have prayerfully discerned (over the course of the past 2 1/2 years, I should add) the course of action (to wit, lay low and keep your head down) which I sincerely believe that the Lord would have me follow. That course of action includes the removal of bumper stickers from my car, so as not to attract unnecessary attention from those who could do us harm. A decision such as mine surprises you. Perhaps this is because your may not have minor children in your home, so these considerations might not have occurred to you. Or perhaps it is because you may not have a child with a disability or a chromosomal issue, so this would not be on your radar. Or perhaps it’s because you are a father, and fathers tend to perceive and respond to threats differently from how mothers do… and this is as it should be. My only issue with your post is your statement that a decision such as mine was apparently motivated by fear of vehicle damage. I am not angry with your post and am not trying to lecture you (I sincerely apologize and beg your forgiveness if my response comes off as either one of those). I simply ask respectfully that if you choose to opine on something that others have posted here, please consider–as an matter of Christian charity–doing so without imputing a less-than-worthy motive to the ones who have posted.

      May God bless you and yours, now and always, and may the Blessed Mother always keep you and yours under her mantle. A+M+D+G

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you for this witness, Mick. All of us here know how deep, steadfast and profound your faith is, so this may be of help to other people who are discerning what they should do – and trying to separate fear from prudence. I am acutely aware that I have an easy situation – my children are grown, I am single, I don’t care about fancy things, I don’t care about threats, so I am able to be very bold. But if I had young children in tow in these troubled times, I might well be much more prudent. Part of me thinks that each of us standing our authentic post means that people like me need to be bold for people who must think first of their young children. It is a conundrum…but the theme here remains “Take the Next Right Step,” not tell everyone else what the right step for them is. And in the authentic witness of people such as you, Dan, and my sister – where we all recognize the authenticity of each other’s faith and commitment, it may very well help others discern what the next right step for them is.

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        Mick, my boys are grown and living on their own, so yes it is easy for me to be bold. I believe I would feel the same however if they were still young and at home, I don’t know. I know that my youngest is in the military, he was contacted about a year and a half ago and told that it would be wise not to talk about being in the military, or about God on Facebook or other Internet outlets, and to contact family members and tell them the same because they were being targeted by different terrorist groups. We made the choice to plaster his military pics, and God all over our Facebook, but again there were no children involved, we were all grown, so I cannot say I would have made the same decision if I had small children in my home! God bless you, you and your family are in my prayers!!

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks, Kim. You and yours are also in my prayers… especially your son in the military. God bless all of our troops!

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Thank you so much Mick! I really appreciate your post here. I think I was the one who inadvertently started the whole bumper sticker discussion in an effort to try to further discern the best way for me to conduct myself in public during these dangerous times. I have to admit I was taken aback by some of the comments, especially ones having to do with questioning my faith and my willingness to stand up for it if push came to shove or my willingness to die as a martyr. And how my comment could have been understood to have anything to do with fear of damage to my car made me question my ability to communicate through writing. I wish I could have chuckled over that comment as easily as you seem to have been able to do but I tend to take things too seriously. It was very disconcerting.

        I don’t have the exact same circumstances as you do although I am a mother of two teenagers so I totally understand that Mama Bear instinct we are hard-wired to have. My decision came not so directly from that though as from the immediate and strong feelings of agitation I felt when I put the bumper stickers on a few days ago and the immediate peace I felt, one day later when I removed them. I was and continue to feel that I need to pay attention to feelings like that because that may very well be how the Lord speaks to me as I go through the Storm (or everyday life, for that matter.) Everyday I pray, “Lord, show me what to do, how to do it, and give me the grace to proceed.” He is giving me good practice now as He answers that prayer. It sounds like your decision came from the much more concrete and realistic possible scenarios you absolutely want to avoid. Both of our decisions however came ultimately from deep contemplation and prayers for guidance over an extended period of time regarding these very issues. I respect that, and from your post here I feel respected in return. Thank you for that.

        It would be my hope that in this community, we would give each other the benefit of the doubt as we support each other in discerning the Lord’s will, even as the specifics will be different for each of us, depending on our situations and responsibilities. Thank you again Mick for taking the time to post this. It means a lot to me.

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        • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

          Amen Mick, I don’t want anyone here to think that I am judging them, I am merely stating what I am doing! I love this blog,it’s diversity, and each and everyone here, you are all in my prayers ♡

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          • Mick says:

            No worries, Kim. I knew that your kids are grown and that your comments were in that context. I can’t shake the image, though, of some godless perp trying to sneak off with one of your bumper stickers or statues from your yard. I’m imagining you standing there with a shotgun, Yosemite Sam-style, and growling at the perp, “Say yer prayers!” Goodness, I can hardly keep from howling with laughter! 🙂

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          • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

            HHHAHA….yep Mick, that’s about right!!!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Mick, you picture my sister very well. Only after subduing them, I can hear here telling the perps, “Alright dirtbags…let’s talk about Jesus.”

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        • Petra says:

          Quiet: I too pay great attention to any sense of agitation or peace when I make a decision or take an action. I have found if I feel agitation, it’s time to stop, pray, and discern. This recently happened to me as I considered whether to participate in a one day retreat. I decided to go, but then felt great agitation and disquiet, more than once when I went to sign up. So I pulled back, prayed, and discerned, and then understood my agitation was not from God. So then I signed up, and felt great peace.

          So it goes both ways. If I had experienced what you did (felt agitation and disquiet from putting on bumper stickers and peace by taking them off) I’d have prayed and if I still felt agitation at having them on, then I would know the Lord was indicating to leave them off. It really is a matter of individual discernment.

          This is the great advantage we have over those who do not rely on the Lord. At times our decisions are simply our own to be done in freedom according to our preferences, but at other times there are strong spiritual indications not to do something that seems on the surface inconsequential or even counter to religion, but then at other times to be bold.

          I’m so glad this topic came up here, because we do have a responsibility never to deny Christ out of fear of persecution (“…but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matt. 10:33), but also He said “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matt. 10:16. As things heat up we have to apply all we know by way of the wisdom given us by God to act in accordance with His will.

          So thanks for this discussion, because it shows what lessons we need to consider as we move forward. God is helping us by bringing out these things we all need to consider and letting us learn from each other.

          God bless!

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Thank you for your thoughtful response Petra. Our responses are a delicate balancing act for sure, so I value this time when I can learn from everyone here and I am grateful if I have been able to help anyone along the way.

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Yes, Mick, Big Brother is watching! May God bless you for being a mother who makes faithful and prudent parental decisions for the welfare of her children.

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  18. Vijaya says:

    Thank you for these thoughts. I am chilled at how the enemy works, in golden words of equality, freedom. Alas, we are slaves to our sinful desires and now even more people will be enslaved due to the confusion that will be sown. Esp. young people.

    I’ve been very ill for several months now and all I can do is pray. I am strangely at peace because as long as we are faithful, we have nothing to fear. Our Lady has already crushed the head of the serpent. I was looking at some dates and next Good Friday is also the Feast of the Annunciation. I cannot express how much this means to me. Perhaps nothing big will happen, but in my heart, there is a certain loveliness to this convergence.

    Pax Christi.

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    • Mack says:

      That is an interesting convergence, and can make us think of Our Lady at the Annunciation and at Calvary. She became a mother both times; first of Jesus, then of us (“Behold, your son”). But liturgically when the feast falls during Holy Week it is moved to after Easter week, so next year the Annunciation will be celebrated on April 4.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your health, Vijaya.

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  19. CrewDog says:

    I still have my “Keep Christ in Christmas” magnet on my truck and for the past 10+ years I buy enough Christmas Madonna and Child postage stamps to last all year 😉

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE

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  20. Alphonsus says:

    I believe the response for the times in which we live, so very perilous to salvation, has been given by our Spirit-filled Pope Francis in the name(sake) he chose for his pontificate.

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    • Alphonsus says:

      I’d like to expand on what I wrote above, realizing that I’m committing the internet no-no of replying to my own post. 

      I feel that when Cardinal Bergoglio took the name Francis (after St. Francis of Assisi) he reminded us of a model of Christian perfection that is within the reach of everyone. St. Francis is everyman’s saint. There is something about him that appeals to everyone, so complete was he in his love for God and the virtues. But perhaps rising above all his traits – so necessary for our times – was how he evangelized by example. How many souls were won to Christ and saved from perdition through that alone?

      The central problem in the world during our time, in my view, is that the devil’s evangelists have carried the day. They have not accomplished this by words alone, but mostly by their examples which teach that the only accountability one has is to oneself and THAT is the proper order of things. The devil’s evangelists live by example the “truth” of the lie that man is a being without meaning, without a fixed nature, who nevertheless has a purpose – self-gratification, for which every other person and worldly thing is a means to that end. The example they give is the sanctification of the concupiscence that besets us all. Nothing could be more dangerous for salvation to imitate. Nothing could be more anti-St. Francis.

      So, whenever I have seen or heard Pope Francis mentioned lately, I have thought about St. Francis of Assisi, and have asked myself: what is it in my example that could help save a single soul in peril who crosses my path? Honestly, I haven’t been able to identify a single thing. But I think my personal answering of the present times lies precisely in producing something (the talent invested, not buried), and this I believe is the stirring of soul our wonderfully pastoral Pope Francis is trying to create.

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  21. Julia says:

    I am surprised how many posts make reference to when and if the anti Christ might appear.

    I don’t think God wants us to worry about this person appearing in our time. I feel we are asked to do what Charlie is asking us to do. ‘Trust’ (in God). ‘Do’ (take the next right step). ‘Love’ (the people around you…easier said than done sometimes LOL).

    In Charlie’s writings I see a call to be sensible in having some basics for survival in case there is an economic crash to get through a period while things recover, and more importantly be spiritually prepared.

    In Mark Mallet’s writings I see much insight into the prophetic nature of our Holy Fathers writings over the years, and the way our lives are panning out since the second Vatican Council. I have to be honest and say Marks writings have a completely different perspective than Charlie’s to me. Yes they both contain prophesy; but from very different angles, as is mentioned earlier.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have wisdom, Julia. What a comfort it is to me to have Mark there! On the one hand, I do not encourage speculation on the anti-Christ…I think it is mostly a useless distraction. But this is your forum, too, and many of you have different priorities than I do. I obviously have my say and you are patient enough to listen seriously. I extend the same courtesy to you. Also, it is very important to me for people to quit worrying so much about whether someone agrees with them in deciding whether they are a friend. Far more important is whether they are a serious person of good will. People who care for me who disagree with me have often done me a great service – and I have occasionally done them the same. The key is that the very best of us can only grasp a little piece of what God wants us to find…and the very emphasis of mind that helps us find one thing may blind us to another. We have real diversity here – and it helps. Dan Lynch takes a much more institutional approach to the hierarchy than I do. I appreciate it when he states views that have a significantly different emphasis than mine, for they are always well-considered and precise…and we all need to hear them. I don’t have to fully concur with his approach to benefit from it – and I always do. Daniel O’Connor often, in some disagreements, refines my theological thought. EllenChris with her deep knowledge of the history of the faith often lights it up here. Steve BC is still a seeker in many ways, but what acuity he brings to his questions and comments! I could go on and on…but the point is, this is tough and we need each other. We are climbing a mountain where the enemy has laid many perils for us. One day I might rescue a fellow from an unseen danger and the next day he rescue me. This is how God wants to treat each other…fully using the mind and heart he has given us, staying true, and helping each other. I really love this community.

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      • Kati says:

        LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Mark Mallett says:

        Charlie, I am quite convinced that all of us will be surprised at how the days and years unfold. I mean, if St. Paul and Peter and a host of the early Church got the timing wrong, surely we will too.

        As I said above, I have no idea when the Antichrist will arrive. But as I have written dozens of times on my website, the Popes have been all but saying that we are living in what appears to be those days of darkness. John Paul II said we are facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. Someone attending a seminar with famed philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft wrote me. He said that Dr. Kreeft, quoting John Paul II above, said these are nothing but code words for “Christ vs. the Antichrist.”

        My ministry, it seems, has been to simply lay out what the Church Fathers and Popes are saying, primarily. I have purposely avoided timelines (under strict orders from my spiritual director at that) to the degree that I don’t even like yours, Charlie. 🙂 But then, I haven’t had any angels come by lately…

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        • Mark Mallett says:

          I should add, however, that things are happening very, very fast—almost breathtakingly fast—and that fits very much with what you’ve been saying Charlie, and what the Lord showed me as the winds of a hurricane as one approaches the eye of the storm…..they get faster, and faster, more lethal, dangerous, and damaging. Only hanging onto Mamma and Jesus is going to keep all of us from being sucked away…

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          • Pam says:

            It is such a blessing to us all to read your words, Mark, and Charlie’s and Janet’s (Pelianito) all these years. Many times the Holy Spirit has layed something on my heart only to be confirmed by one of you or sometimes all of you at the same time. Maybe I’m wrong but all I see is symmetry when I read all your words and thoughts and comments. At first glance the words are like songs in the heart. Mark’s are prophetic, Charlie’ are practical and Peli’s reflect the heart of the Father. So very necessary for the Church Militant right now. Today the storm gains momentum but in the center is the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So much Peace! May God Bless you all. I am so grateful to Him for you and your readers and commenters. They are a great blessing these days.

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      • June1 says:

        “One day I might rescue a fellow from an unseen danger and the next day he rescue me.”

        Charlie, that sentence brought the following story rushing back to memory:
        http://www.bitsofwisdom.org/2010/12/20/today-you-tomorrow-me/

        You WILL get misty, all; just a warning. 🙂

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  22. RMD says:

    Charlie,
    This comment relates more to your future article, but I wanted to ask the question: since 2 “catholic” judges voted to legalize same sex marriage, when will their presiding bishop (Wuerl/Dolan?) excommunicate them for such a blatant public rebuke of Catholic doctrine? Confusion reigns, but we need leaders now in the Church to step up and defend the sheep!

    Bob

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    • CrewDog says:

      Bob sez: ” …., when will their presiding bishop (Wuerl/Dolan?) excommunicate them for such a blatant public rebuke of Catholic doctrine?”
      Probably six months after Hell freezes over!! The same people that promote the Gay Agenda, support Abortion Agenda and the entire godless/secular Agenda. Last I checked, 45% of USA “Catholics” voted for the above and 62% of “Catholic” Ireland ….same deal in “Catholic” France and ……………… ;-( If Charlie & others be correct, in short order the Clergy “Big Shots” on down (and parishioners too) will have to make a decision. Follow The Faith or be Damned! Political Correctness, $$$ for a new Cathedral roof or praise from a corrupt politician or “Media” will be of little import!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Murt. says:

      That has always been something which has bothered me as an onlooker to American Catholicism. Mostly as America has always been a forerunner of the world owing to it having such sway in the media culture. How could I often wondered could the religious elite be so comfortable to hob-knob with the political class. Pope Francis is I hope trying to make inroads into the poor, the downtrodden, and unwanted in modern society. A back to basics sort of teaching, but that would be a whole other story of Social-ism, Commune-ism really. I had always thought if I were serving those people in America, (or elsewhere in our world) who flout Christ-ian teaching, I would refuse them point blank from the pulpit.

      Confusion does reign though as you rightly point out, but then that one would be The master of confusion. I neglected to cry as Mark did on the occasion of how our voting went here. It did hurt though quite a deal to just know it was going to go the way it did go. I was more of the opinion of Thy Will Be Done at my expected outcome. The veil was lifted here for this vote just as it has been in so many countries. We were given our choice as to which path we would like to traipse along. It did hurt all the more here as of older people like me here. Older memories of grannies/forbears, old priests hiding in forests/dug-outs in the ground. No need to go to Germany/Russia in our modern times, it has always been alive and well as man will do as man will choose. No need to be a learned Bible reader to understand God and Mammon.

      Lack of guidance seemed to be our downfall as we seem to have a clergy divided with lack of will for the most part. An old priest I know here eyes me with great suspicion as I told him one time of this generation being the one to be purified. A kindly old man who does great work to visit his parishioners, but maybe just tired of it all I sometimes think. They do make mistakes, get tired, become discouraged, but we have to be here for those chosen children of Our Most Holy Mother. Prayer, prayer, prayer is the only answer with This The Most Holy Rosary as our greatest weapon as given to us by Her Father with great reason for those times.

      We have to believe we will be given leaders at the appointed times, but those times are not of our choosing. Hopefully those leaders will step up and be counted if not martyred. Nothing new in old times we seem to think are so modern. Most of our local towns and villages always have a place which would go by the name of “Gallows Hill”, with good reason one has to suppose as the clergy and the faithful ended up there when not burned on the sea-shore, (Think the use of relics here). There has always been a plan, evil has always had human weakness as it’s greatest strength. We just have to try to hold on to our faith, pass it on where possible, and pray for those who don’t care to listen.

      Godspeed, Murt.

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      • connie says:

        Agree with you Murt, that there is nothing new in our so called modern world, as in Eccles 1:9 “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” KJV .

        It is no wonder Our Lady always calls us “little children” and unless we all begin to realize we really are not so enlightened and sophisticated but little children reaching our hand out to the Father, we will let our weaknesses be a boon for the devil. But 2Cor 12:9 reminds us “And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.” So it is better for us to remember our littleness and weakness and give it to the Lord than to let the devil ruin us by it all the while we think we are so smart and strong.

        I like that Charlie keeps reminding us that we can no longer ride the fence for the Lord is letting events play out so that hearts may be revealed, yet even in this we do best to pray for one another— because conversions can come from people being illuminated, to their hearts being revealed, to themselves and others. This happened to me right before I had a reversion my faith. I had decieved myself and others but the Lord let events play out in my life- only for me I was living hell on earth it seemed as I was so miserable. What a relief it was too realize I was a little foolish child and following St. Therese’s example, I asked the Lord to pick me up and lead me. I imagine many great politicians and prelates will realize this also and humility will replace pride and that is when greatness will truly return to our leaders. Thank you St. Therese! Pray for us. Let us pray, pray, pray.

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    • Murt. says:

      Oops. Had meant the reply to you for what that may be worth. Sorry…..
      Godspeed

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    • Jean says:

      Well, I’m not Charlie, but I would say…looking at the track record…it will never happen.

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  23. Bob says:

    I have been quiet here the last few weeks. My wife and I bought a house yesterday in St Charles county as our new grandbaby is an absolute magnet for my wife and my daughter, the grandbaby and most of my family lives on that side of the river. I, of course, love the boy too but more of my attention is focused outward as well as enjoying my wife’s joy in the baby she is doing child care with. So I have mixed feelings with the way things are going and a future storm predicted and all and yet moving seemed the right thing to do after sharing with my director. So I will be a bit busier the next few weeks. And thank God at 63 I can still carry my load of boxes, furniture and can even keep up with those much younger than me on this moving business. I should remember to do some penance every day with the evils of late but perhaps more of my short term penance is to deal with the mountain of stuff at the old house I once thought we needed so much!

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  24. This post is awesome. He is so inspired. On Monday night here, I witnessed a strange phenomenon in the sky, as I am sure many did. But it was very symbolic to me, I wrote about it here; https://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/the-darkness-descends/

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    • VeilOfVeronica: It was the same conjunction (Jupiter-Venus) that announced to the Magi that the King of Israel was coming. I think the Star in this case indicates what is prefigured in the book of Queen Esther, the meeting between Esther (whose name means “star” and it is also the name of Venus in the Babylonian pantheon) and King Ahasuerus when Esther asked her people’s lives to be spared from the unjust and murderous law passed by wicked Haman. I think the sign means that Our Blessed Mother is interceding before God for the persecuted Church as Queen Esther did before the King of Persia, when she obtained the liberation for the Jews and their right to defend their lives and possessions.

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  25. Mary-Louise says:

    Veronica, that was a lovely post!

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  26. Doug says:

    Charlie, So many beautiful people leaving posts. I wish we could all get together. Looking forward to when you come to the North East. My wife and I have a home with an open in law apartment. You are welcome to visit any time.

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  27. Tarja says:

    Here is the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops’ statement on the Supreme Court decision:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 2nd, 2015

    Response of Assembly of Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges

    The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such “marriages.”

    The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government to establish in law a “right” for two members of the same sex to wed. Such legislation harms society and especially threatens children who, where possible, deserve the loving care of both a father and a mother.

    As Orthodox Christian bishops, charged by our Savior Jesus Christ to shepherd His flock, we will continue to uphold and proclaim the teaching of our Lord that marriage, from its inception, is the lifelong sacramental union of a man and a woman. We call upon all Orthodox Christians in our nation to remain firm in their Orthodox faith, and to renew their deep reverence for and commitment to marriage as taught by the Church. We also call upon our nation’s civic leaders to respect the law of Almighty God and uphold the deeply-rooted beliefs of millions of Americans.

    ———————————-
    I just wanted to inform you! Tarja

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  28. bflocatholic says:

    What a blessing to have Mark come and engage with us here. Thanks, Mark – thanks, Charlie – and thanks to all who make the insightful comments that merit these thoughtful responses.

    Whatever the case with the AC or any of the rest of this, I personally find it so heartening that God has given us these little enclaves of love and discernment.

    Onward and upward, friends (or should I say, “Further up and further in”)!!

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  29. luvmercy5775 says:

    Several comments have questioned the meaning and use of the Star of David. For what it’s worth, following is my take on this symbol.

    The “Star of David” is more properly translated as the “Shield of David”. I believe it may hold much spiritual significance. There’s a legend that claims, while hiding from King Saul who was seeking to kill him, David awakened after a fitful nights sleep to find the entrance of the cave he was hiding in covered with a web woven in this pattern. Thus this symbol has come to be known as a shield and sign of God’s protective covering. Some related verses are:

    Gen. 15: 1″After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. “Do not be afraid Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. ”

    Psalm 3:3 “For thou O’ Lord are a shield for me. My glory and the lifter of my head.”

    And lastly, “…I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Rev. 22:16.

    For me, this appears to be is saying, “I AM the Star of David “

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  30. luvmercy5775 says:

    Some additional information I should have included in my comments on the Star of David.

    What caused me to come to this conclusion was reading a comment attributed to the Blessed Mother stating that the symbol of the trinity is a triangle. Shortly afterwards, I experienced, what for me, is a rare interior vision. I “saw” a triangle, pointing down, drop into a second triangle pointing up. This of course formed the Star of David. As I pondered the meaning of this, over time, the Lord revealed much more about how the Trinity and His plan of salvation were included in this six pointed Star. I wrote an essay on it which I will submit to Charlie for consideration before attempting to post it to comments.

    As always, to God be the glory.

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  31. MT Butterfly says:

    Sadly it didn’t take long for the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage to trickle down here in the state of Montana :(. The following week a man filed a petition at the Yellowstone county courthouse for a marriage license so he could legally marry his “second” wife, on the basis of “marriage equality.” He plans to sue if the application is denied. I have not seen any follow up as of yet.

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  32. luvmercy5775 says:

    Charlie, I sent you an e-mail. Not the essay, just some background info on me. The rest will follow soon.

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  33. CrewDog says:

    NOW HEAR THIS!!! …………………. Time for a Humor Break!!!
    “Peter Sellers and The Muppets on Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women”

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!
    PS: At least I never developed that filthy cigarette habit ;-(

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  34. Jessica says:

    This might be a bit off topic, but is anyone considering leaving America because they feel that it’s a way to protect their children?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Understood, Jessica, but there is no place of safety during this Storm except under the mantle of Mary and the protection of Our Lord. That is the heart of the horror of it…there will be an unusually small number of physical casualties over the course of it, but there is no place of safety…no Switzerland, as it were, which will sit out the troubles.

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      • June1 says:

        You know what’s hilarious, Charlie? When I was much younger and saw that things were starting to generally get worse, I often fantasized about where I could escape to and the one place I concluded had to be safe was Australia due to its distance from North America, Europe, etc. I know now, of course, that the country is home to tons of highly venomous species, both on land and in the water, not to mention the vast, deserted Outback. Funny how my “refuge” ended up being the opposite. In a way, it’s kind of comforting, though, because if there is nowhere to hide for us, we’re all in this together. Lord have mercy.

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    • Doug says:

      Where would you go? Do you think it would be any better?

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      • Jessica says:

        My husband and I were considering a South American country …. mostly because they seem to be more able to survive without the government. In the sense that people understand that no one is out there to save them and that it’s necessary to them to be (more) financially stable, grow gardens to supply their own needs and have skills that give them the ability to survive without some basic amenities. I live near D.C. and I look around and think “this is going to be an absolute bloodbath when people realize that society has collapsed.” It just seems unwise – knowing what we know – not taking that to its conclusion. Even before the rise of Hilter people left areas that they thought were unsafe, and I’m feeling a bit like the U.S. might be a less safe place than other lands.

        Also, I’m trying to gauge this against just plain fear. I’d like to make an educated decision, rather than one from fear. (and finally, thanks Doug, for asking clarifying questions … it helps to work through these things).

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  35. Mona says:

    I am scared. I do not know what will happend, and I am alone. My husbond died in january. My children live theire own lives away from here. Maybe not so fare away, but I also worry about them and their families. I worry about money, food, toiletpaper, dipers, heat and a lot of other things. I wake up during the night and worry about things. I do not like all the unknown. I hope I can do the right thing, love and be a hope for others. ( my spelling control is in danish so sometimes my comments are special If I do not controlle the spelling properly)
    Mona

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    • Mick says:

      Mona, I understand how you feel… what is about to happen is terrifying, on a natural level. That is why it is so important for all of us to acknowledge God (“Trust”), take the next right step in front of us (“Do”), and be a sign of hope to those around us (“Love”). As far as physical preparations, we should all prayerfully discern what God wants us to do. Some people will prepare a great deal; others will prepare a little or not at all. We should all just follow what God leads us to do. And regarding all the rest, I love the advice that Padre Pio gave: First, he said, “The Rosary is THE weapon.” Secondly, he said, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” That’s the hard part for me… not worrying. But if we cling to Our Lord and Our Lady and pray our rosary, then they will help us to have hope and not to worry.

      I am very sorry about the death of your beloved Anders. Do you have anyone–even just one person–that you can talk to about the Storm? Even if there is only one other person, then the two of you could support, help, and pray for each other. And please know that I am praying for you (I was just thinking about you a day or two ago, wondering how you were doing).

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      • Mona says:

        I have reasently connectet whith Marie who is commenting here. She lives in Denmark and are from UK. I sometimes talk whith 2 of my 3 gilrs about the storm. One og my girls told me that I was mad. I askes how mad I was from 1-10. She told me that she thaught I was 8 whith all that I believed. But some of them think it it is a little interesting.. They listen a little. But they are worried about me and what I belive.
        Mick, I am so toutched that you remember me. I startet crying over it. Thank you.
        Mona

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        • marie says:

          Well, Mona, if it helps, my husband thinks I am mad.☺ He would probably put me at number 10. I haven’t spoken to my two teenagers about it, as I don’t want to scare them, so we are pretty much in the same boat.

          Mick, I agree with Mona. You are so very caring and you really make a huge effort to reach out to everyone on this blog. God bless you.

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          • Mick says:

            Mona and Marie, thank you for your kind words. And just so that you know, my husband AND my daughter think I’m mad! My other children just think that I’m a little weird. 🙂 God bless you both, and your families.

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    • Doug says:

      Mona, I pray that the peace of Christ reigns in your heart, give you strength and wisdom.

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    • marie says:

      Mona, I am praying that Our Heavenly Mother will wrap you in her mantle.

      Please know that you are not alone. We are all praying for you and for each other. As someone on this site said, ‘We’re all in this together’.

      I know that you already pray the Rosary. Keep praying it every day. It will bring you comfort.

      How I wish we didn’t live so far from each other.
      God bless.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Mona, Mick and Doug have said most of it. One thing I would add is harking back to something Charlie has mentioned before. Part of waking up will involve realizing that there are people nearby who need help and that the person waking up will want to help that person nearby.

      Just as there are people who are to wake up and help others, there is a need for people who will need help. It is generous to give help, but it can only work if the person receiving the help is open to it and grateful.

      How easy is it for you to ask for and accept help? Some people find it a very difficult action to take. If you have that issue, you might want to start practicing. I’m sure you have neighbors or nearby family or friends who will be happy you let them know your situation and ask for friendship or help. 🙂

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    • barb129 says:

      Praying for you Mona….
      It is terrifying. Every time I think about our adult children and our extended family I wonder how they will react when it happens. My husband and I have been doing some physical preparations but we keep praying and trying to discern how far we should go with them. I am blessed to have my husband on board with me so I will pray that the dear Lord will surround you with His comfort and peace and I trust that He will help you through the difficult days ahead.

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      • Doug says:

        My wife and I are on board. We are also doing some physical prep with pruedence. I have a wayward daughter taking an around the “worldly” tour as I call it. I hope that she comes back to the faith through all this. I live in NH and if anyone is close by, it would be neat to get together.

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Mona, I will pray that the Lord brings people into your life that you can share these things with in person. But in the meantime, as long as we have the internet, we have each other. And when that goes, we will have each other still through prayer. I think about the people on this site often, and the more one shares about their struggles and concerns, the closer and dearer they become to me. And then the more I pray.

      I truly believe that the Lord will bring the people you need into your life according to his timing. In the meantime here is one teeny little story of hope from my own life. I know I manage to mention (and complain) about my lousy job in a horrible school system that is in one of the worst cities in the world in almost everything I write. (Sorry). Anyway, on a recent post (under the Atlanta visit) I mentioned two friends who have a pastor who was being more open about the coming world events than most. So, guess where I met these friends? At my miserable, stinking job. And it is funny because they are almost the only ones who talk to me there. Somehow or another I have managed to alienate just about everyone else. And, one of them is an aide in my classroom as of just a few months ago. I mean, of all the unlikely places to find kindred spirits! It gives me hope that you will find kindred spirits there, even if it does not seem likely now.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Let’s remember that, I believe, The Storm is the necessary “Operation” for saving Humanity from it’s acquired “Illness”. Just like we trust our doctor and local hospital to do their best for us we must assume that Our Lord will come through like a Champ in our need. Much (most?) of that help will come from fellow humans inspired by God-n-Faith. We wouldn’t be here unless we were “called” somehow. I’m here ’cause around a year or two ago I started looking for Catholic Prophecy Net Sites. I found a few questionable ones and then found Spirit Daily and Mark Mallet where he gave a point-out to Charlie, Janet and Deacon John down in Texas … Charlie gave a point-out to MOG … I’ve infested these places since 😉 Anyway!! Charlie didn’t invent TDL! It’s been around since Old Testament Times …. but we keep forgetin’ ;-( Now The Lord be gettin’ us back to “health” and into “Divine Therapy”! Those with the wherewithal should do what the can to prepare physically and all can prepare Spiritually …. and don’t be discouraged by your limitations … do as best Ya can … and remember! God is with all of US today and forever …. there are a whole bunch of Good People Out-There! Some have been silenced by Political Correctness, some are struggling with Faith/Life and some haven’t figured out that they will become one of God’s “Tools” yet!

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Doug says:

        Well said quiet person! You are so encouraging!

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  36. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I came across this article in Forbes that describes debt relative to percentage of government revenue. It says that comparing against GDP is misleading. The perspective shows Japan at number 1, Greece at number 2 and surprisingly the U.S. at number 3 very close to Greece. The interesting thing is this article was written 1 year ago. I suspect this is not much of a surprise to you, but it shows how precarious our financial system is. I think this even shows to non religious people that a storm is brewing. I would be interested in hearing your comments on this. The link is below. I appreciate reading your posts and all the comments on your blog. Peace!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2014/07/12/forget-debt-as-a-percent-of-gdp-its-really-much-worse/

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  37. CrewDog says:

    It didn’t take long. I have no doubt that the Gay Radicals and their shyster lawyers … probably in collusion with the Department of Just-Us, “Civil Rights” Division …had all the legal attack angles figured out long before the SCOTUS Decree came out!

    “For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420928/churches-gay-marriage-insurance

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  38. CrewDog says:

    “Syrian Catholic Bishop: ‘Church is Turning Last Page of Her History’ In Middle East”
    http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/syrian-catholic-bishop-church-turning-last-page-her-history-middle-east
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      I saw that, CrewDog, and it broke me heart. I appreciate you keeping us informed. Thank you and God bless you.

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  39. For those who asked to know when the translation of this article is ready. It is ready and can be seen here. This is the Spanish translation, the Portuguese translation is forth coming.

    http://www.primeraluz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=14&Itemid=419

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