The Summer of Our Discontent

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By Charlie Johnston

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is proposing legislation to protect churches and pastors from being forced or fined for refusing to perform same-sex “marriages.” The Heritage Foundation says that is not sufficient, but that a law must be passed preventing states from legally attacking Christians. It makes sense when you consider Oregon, which recently presumed not only to bankrupt and destroy a baker who chose not to make a cake for a homosexual “wedding,” but to order them never to speak out loud about their opposition to homosexual “marriage” again. That great anti-religious crank, Voltaire, once said, “If you want to know who rules you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

All those who are proposing new statutes have still not wrapped their minds around what happened the last few weeks. The Supreme Court has not been in the business of adjudicating law this summer; it has been in the business of claiming and exercising raw power. What statute supercedes the Constitution? None. The Constitution forbids the federal government from exercising any jurisdiction at all on the free practice of religion. It is why I actually opposed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. When you adopt a mere statute to defend a Constitutional command, you have already drifted far afield from the rule of law. You’re like a liar who says “This time I really, really mean it.” You don’t have to say such a thing unless you have already proven yourself a liar. You don’t have to pass a statute to defend a Constitutional command unless you have already tossed the Constitution to the curb. The Supreme Court simply followed what lower courts and federal agencies of the Executive Branch have been doing for a very long time. They have abandoned all pretense of following the law and simply exercise the raw will of a transient elite. I told my priests back in 2000 that the breakdown of the rule of law had begun and would end in chaos. So it has. Traditional politics is dead but, like a fresh corpse reflexively twitching, political solutions keep popping out of the mouths of people of good will.

Our judges and officials have adopted the ethos of Humpty Dumpty, who told Alice in Through the Looking Glass, that words only meant what he wanted them to mean. Judges do not interpret the law as enacted by legislatures and enshrined in the Constitution. They cleverly torture the clearest words to mean whatever the ruling elite wants them to mean. This is not the first time a great society has come to this pass. People often speak of the fall of the Roman Empire; I have always thought the earlier fall of the Roman Republic to be more consequential in the long term – even if it was not as showy as the fall of empire. The Caesars anesthetized the citizenry to what they had lost by keeping the forms of institutional freedom while simultaneously gutting those forms of their substance. Caligula showed his contempt even for the forms when he made his horse a senator. I thought of this incident when IRS Commissioner John Koskinen did not disagree with the Congressmen who said he was in contempt, but simply dared them to do anything about it.

I expect we will continue to be hit with convulsions throughout the summer, all designed to show everyone who is paying serious attention that there is no law any more, only will. It is our hubris, our belief that we are masters, that has led us to destroy the very system of law that gives legitimacy to the decisions we collectively make. Once legitimacy is destroyed, the days of any system are numbered. If you were a baseball player and the umpires decided to change the rules however they felt in order to make a winner out of whoever they wanted, the game would soon collapse. If they decided players on your team only got one strike before they were out while players on the opposing team got five, at first the other team might rejoice because they were sure to win. The jubilance would be short-lived, though, for soon enough your team would walk off the field altogether rather than participate in a sham that used the form of rules to put the fix in. That is where we are now; figuring out that it doesn’t matter how we change the laws or who we support for election. The fix is in and the law will be contorted by those who have seized its reins to ensure we lose.

If those waging war on the livelihoods, reputation and person of any who dare to remain seriously Christian had a quarter as much wit as they do attitude, they would be terrified. Whenever a faction uses brute force and the exercise of raw power to impose its ideological agenda for an extended period in a comprehensive way, it always sets off a feeding frenzy that ends by consuming them, too. The progressive left is busy mounting the very guillotines on which it will ultimately end. Even more to the point, when a faction uses raw power to deny all but fellow travelers the right to consistent and fair standards of redress of grievances, one right ever remains with the oppressed – the right of revolt. Fortunately, the Storm will enter into its fullness before that final right is exercised. Even so, the crisis will continue to grow as more and more people begin to regard – and treat – public officials as an internal occupying force rather than a legitimate means of expressing the common will, withdrawing both their support and cooperation from that occupying force.

I was initially shaken to realize over the last few days that, despite his increasingly strident, bombastic political pronouncements, Pope Francis has not yet made the major blunder I was told about last December. Then I was comforted to understand that he, too, is being formed for the fullness of the Storm. When the blunder comes, he will shed the brashness, while holding fast to a holy boldness necessary for both him and us to weather this great Storm. He is in his prelude to greatness. When I say that all of us are going to be knocked back on our heels as we are confronted with our hidden vanities, I truly mean ALL of us. Some it will destroy, others it will purify and strengthen. Do not judge by appearances right now. Some who seem strong will be destroyed when confronted with the fact that they are not what they should be. Others who seem weak or even malicious, will be forged into a useful tool of God by the experience. Just hold fast…acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. We have entered the final countdown. Wait on the Lord, for He will strengthen your hearts and reveal Himself in the midst of the howling winds. Be slow to judge hearts and wait on the Lord.

People often assume that to be directed by an Angel or by other heavenly beings is to have a sort of divine GPS system. It is not. My angel does not tell me things like, “take a left in three miles.” Rather, he shows me where we start, where we are to end, gives me a world of information and then tells me to figure it out. He will episodically tell me how I am doing along the way. The information he gives me is not suggested routes – and even if it were it would be confusing, for we will not get to the destination point by a straight, direct line. Rather, he gives me the equivalent of landmarks I should be watchful for…and particular configurations of common landmarks that have a deeper meaning. It is all well and good to tell me, in effect, to watch for the boulder covered in moss beside a great oak…but as I sometimes irritably note to him, there are a lot of boulders covered with moss and great oaks in this vast land. He just chuckles at me and tells me I am doing fine…except when I am not. It is a daunting task…I have to translate a vast amount of raw material into information that is useful to you. Sometimes, I will misunderstand the material; at others I may understand fine but translate badly. My task is not to tell you what to think, but how to approach the trials before us…in essence, how to think in new and deliberate ways in unprecedented times, to help you develop a new framework for approaching these trials.

It took me almost two years after I was told the time for a final decision on my part was coming before I actually made that commitment. I was told on December 7, 1995 and I did not fully embrace the work until the very late summer of 1997. I believe I have mentioned that I was promised a prolonged storm in miniature in my life to prepare and steel me for the real Storm. That was scary enough, but that was not the most daunting part by a long shot. I was told that if I fully accepted what the Lord intended for me, I would be held to account for every soul that I could have given effective witness to but did not out of anger or fatigue. I would also be held to account for every soul that was attacking the faithful that I could have prevented but did not out of a false sense of charity. By all human standards, this sort of balance is utterly impossible to maintain – and I had no illusions I could maintain it. To be held to account by God for an impossible standard was not an inviting proposition. I had been told that I would not lose my chance at salvation by declining what was asked (but I would not be guaranteeing my salvation by accepting, either), so I asked what would happen if I refused. I immediately found myself in the vortex of a great abyss. People were falling to destruction all around me – and every one of them was bitterly cursing me because I had known – and yet done nothing to help them. I was, one could say, on the horns of a mighty conundrum. Finally, I thought of when I first became a single father. The first year I worried myself to death. If I worked enough to properly support my kids, I did not spend enough time with them. If I spent the time I felt I should with them, I did not earn enough to properly support them. It was driving me crazy. Finally. I decided there was no answer. I could not solve it. I resolved to just do the best I could, quit worrying, and trust God to cover the gaps. Once I made that resolution and lived it, grace took up residence in our household. We had great joy. Oddly, kids from around the neighborhood started centering everything around our house. I was even inundated with local kids who wanted to go to Church with us on Sundays…so much so that I had to limit it to two kids a week and rotate who could come when. How lovely that the kids chosen in any particular week considered themselves truly blessed for the week! In both cases, the Lord put me in impossible situations in which the only hope was to surrender to a trust that human reasoning could never justify. The Lord was not putting me into impossible situations, but inviting me to trust – to taste and see His goodness and providence. But boy, that sure wasn’t what it felt like at the time.

So you must understand my prime motivation. I am not focused on being perfectly theologically refined, though it is important to me to work from a solid theological foundation. I am not an orthodoxy cop and will not be. In everything I do, in everything I say, the first motive is to move people to stay firmly in the faith, to keep them to the ship that will carry us all to safety – and to do it knowing the devil is using every wile he has, exploiting every weakness in every man to persuade him to jump ship. Sometimes, I am just cranky or just react. But one of my secrets is there is far more calculation behind how I react to people than I let on – and that calculation is always based on what will best serve to cement them to the faith and the ship that will carry us to safety. Sometimes a gentle answer will work best, sometimes a tart answer seems more suited to a different personality, sometimes forbearance seems the most effective approach – and all must be in context of how it will affect others who read the encounter. There is no doubt I make misjudgments on some of these approaches, but you must know that that is the motivation behind everything I do or say. If I say precisely the right thing theologically, but say it in a way that will push people away, I will be held to account for my failure. If I am gentle in a way that enables disorder to grow, I will not be credited for charity, but held to account by God for my failure. Keeping people to the safety of the ship is my lodestone and everything else a detail. Like St. Paul, I will be all things to all men that by all means some might be saved.

Now when you ask God for the virtue of trust, He does not magically give you serene trust. Rather, he gives you opportunities to trust. He allows you to be put in dire or even impossible situations that reveal how little trust you have, situations that don’t make sense, that seem offensive, that seem utterly hopeless. These are not trials so much as invitations to trust, to reach deeper and, despite your fears and your desire to come up with a futile plan, to trust Him. Every time you do, your confidence in Him will grow, Do enough and your trust becomes iron. Your fears fade as you give up confidence in yourself – and your confidence grows as you place it in Him instead of yourself. You must do the little you are capable of, knowing how little it is, but confident in the abundance and power of God. What freedom comes as you truly abandon yourself to this! But getting there is truly a trial by fire. The good news is that, throughout this summer, you are going to be given many opportunities to trust as new convulsions shake the world and the Church every week. The even better news is that if you set your jaw like flint and live this summer well, you will have gotten through the basic training that will give you the trust you need to endure the Storm. Even as darkness covers the whole earth, you will find a peace, a confidence you never knew was possible in this world. Give thanks for the trials, the convulsions, the fearsome things that this summer will continue to bring, for they are the means by which the Lord is making you fit for His service. Please make use of the Prayer of Miraculous Trust frequently to help you get through this period of final convulsion, for trust is at the heart of it all.

We have entered into the summer of our discontent. It will be marked by convulsions, confusion and terror throughout the world and the Church. But after the summer comes fall…and great will be the fall.

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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167 Responses to The Summer of Our Discontent

  1. Charity says:

    Worth the wait Charlie….Words to take to heart whether the storm comes soon or not.
    thanks.

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  2. CrewDog says:

    “I was initially shaken to realize over the last few days that, despite his increasingly strident, bombastic political pronouncements, Pope Francis has not yet made the major blunder I was told about last December. Then I was comforted to understand that he, too, is being formed for the fullness of the Storm. ”
    Well Charlie….. I’m not sure what the Pope’s Big Blunder is gonna be but in a MOG Post it occurred to me that the Big Blunder might well come in September during his USA visit @ The World Meeting of Families.
    As I recall, the “Catholic” Democrat Party Vote was “only” 45% in Election 2012 down from 50+ % in 08. http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/11/the-catholic-swing-vote/
    When near half of American Catholics vote Democrat at a time when it has become obvious, to even the most ignorant, that the Democrat Party has become synonymous with Abortion, Gay “Rights” and Suppression of Believers, …… “Houston, we have a problem”! Some here may recall that Pope Benedict refused to allow the Far left Democrat CA Congresshumanoid, Nancy Pelosi, any Photo-Ops during an audience with him. The message he was sending her and other phony Catholic politicians was: I will not allow you to use me in your re-election campaigns to confuse and mislead the Faithful over your, contrary to Catholic Faith, support of abortion/gay “marriage”!
    Pope Francis is coming to the USA in a few months…… One year prior to what may be a very critical USA Election….. There will be huge attention paid to what he says, who he glad-hands-n-back-slaps with and those allowed Photo-Ops. If the Pope spends an inordinate amount of his time “Hanging-Out” with FarLeft Democrat Politicians, Liberal bishops/clergy and front groups that are blatantly Anti-Catholic, …. well! …… The worn-out excuse of “Jesus “Hung-Out” with sinners too” ain’t gonna Cut-It!
    This all reminds me of a quote from Churchill in regards to one of his WWII generals: “I don’t know what fear he strikes in the heart of the enemy but he absolutely terrifies me”.
    I believe, evermore in my theory that we are living a five act Divine Play and we are only in Act II.

    GOD GUIDE POPE FRANCIS AND ALL HERE!!

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  3. Mike S. says:

    Thank you for the choice you made in 1997 and for all you are doing for us now. I just pray that I don’t flunk out of Basic Training!

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  4. Eric says:

    Your comments about the death of the rule of law are spot on. What people are seeing at the Supreme Court level is, in my opinion, merely the confirmation of a rot that permeates the legal system now. Much has changed in the day to day processes in that system over the past twenty years, most of it not good. In fact, the system itself has now become an instrument of political policy instead of a neutral arbiter of law enforcement or disoute resolution.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, that is so sadly true, Eric. It is a sorrowful thing. At least 30 percent of my closest friends are lawyers and judges – and they are often bewildered by a system that has become a parody of itself. I have such respect for those who soldier on as a system they loved and gave themselves to with real honor and nobility dies before them. It is a sorrow. But most will eventually be able to live their honorable calling when justice is once again paramount – after the Storm. So for all who are honorable workers in that system, I salute you and assure you that your best days are ahead of you.

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  5. Pat says:

    Thank you Charlie. So much here to digest. Yet it is comforting to hear/read your words and know in my heart The Lord is speaking directly to me to my heart as well as to many others. Praise God, and thank you Charlie for speaking a Word to my very soul. Jesus, I trust in you. Please help me trust You more.

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  6. Alex ireton says:

    Hi Charlie,
    This is a great article. Thank you. I was also wondering if you’ll be coming to the Sacramento Calif. area on your tour. Let me know.
    Blessings,
    Alex

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  7. Jay G says:

    Thank you Charlie. In keeping with your baseball analogy you have hit a home run! Your comparison of what is going on in America today to a corrupt form of baseball where the rules are so unfair so as to be blatantly noticeable to all is so true!

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  8. aj says:

    Charles, you are so correct! When we pray for more Trust…He sends us situations to develop and exercise it. I have been a promulgator of us Trusting in the Lord, so you know what He does to me. I have learnt 1 fundamental and crucial lesson…we must acknowledge our frailty but also know far beyond it is the Power of GOD to transform us…if we abandon yourself to Him.

    When I was much younger I played Peter in a musical an later on in life I think it was not a coincidence on many levels. I believe He is molding me as much as I let Him for some kind of leadership, but it is also to show me that I am also very capable of deny Him…in my case I’ve gone pass 3 times.

    The world, academia and society teaches us to have self confidence, self esteem and self worth, but this has led is further away from Peace and stability. We are only to be confident in GOD! Th more we grow in His confidence the more we become confident…my prayer for all of us, “all” of us is that today, now, we say to JESUS…I abandon my entire being and life to You LORD! JESUS I TRUST in You.

    Courage my friends, He will not abandon us!

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    • Beautiful AJ. And like I always say sometimes, “Pray it till you mean it–Jesus I trust in you!” I had a great opportunity to practise that this past week. God did not disappoint, but the trial is ongoing. One morning I woke up with the Al-Anon Third Step in my head: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.” In other words…Jesus I trust in you! Amen!

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      • Sarah says:

        Janet: a few months ago, when I was being overwhelmed by all this on Charlie’s site, I would look at a little holy card of Jesus and just say, “Jesus, I trust in you!” Over and over until I could get calm again. After about 10 days of this, a small thought came to me: “Do you?” I realized, no I do not trust Him, not really or at least, not much. I realized I needed to acknowledge how little I did trust Him, and work on doing that more. A lifelong project, for sure!

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        • Well, Sarah, the Lord knows us *quite well* and in order to build up our trust, he sends us situations in which we have to practise trust. Otherwise, we just don’t get it. 🙂 May God be praised in all things!

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        • Cheryl says:

          I think what the Lord is teaching me is that faith/trust is found in the absence of tangible answers to prayer and when internal consolations are not given… do we/I trust God for His word or only when He brings consolations of heart and soul? Where do we stand when there is nothing tangible except what was written in the word of God… I realized and still struggle that faith is found in what I perceive as Divine abandonment. Maybe He is preparing my heart for a time when everything physical is stripped away and there is really nothing left except blind faith.

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  9. What I fear is that even those of good-will — and I don’t mean people on this forum, I mean the mainstream traditional voices like Glenn Beck, et al — have no idea how far we have now sunk.

    They speak of our nation’s checks and balances being disregarded, our judicial system run wild, the legal principles of our nation being cast aside, our Constitution being disparaged, etc. In all these things they are right. Nevertheless, that is like lamenting a section of paint peeling on the Titanic moments before it completes its plunge into the depths.

    The very foundation *and* fabric of society itself — that is, marriage — has just been formally demolished by the most powerful nation on Earth. (Not that marriage *itself* has been harmed; but as far as our government and most Americans are concerned, it no longer has any meaning)

    We’re not on a slippery slope. We’re at the very bottom of the hill; bruised and bloodied among the debris, unaware that we are moments from death. It’s a true miracle that the Chastisements have not yet begun.

    In 1902, Jesus time and time again blasted Europe’s attempts to legalize divorce, to Luisa Piccarreta. (In my own research, it seems that would have been a reference to the debates leading up to the 1902 Hague Convention). He explained in great detail that this was an utter travesty. Luisa offered her entire life as victim to fight against this law, and Jesus accepted it; thus, divorce did not wind up being formally legalized at that time. He told her, though, that when she is taken to heaven, that the restrainer of her life as victim would no longer be there to hold back these demonic efforts.

    Now we have come full circle. Then, they sought to blaspheme against the Divinely-mandated lifelong nature of marriage. Now, they have *succeeded* in blaspheming the very naturally *and* Divinely mandated definition of it.

    There’s no more travesties to wait for. The cup of justice is now full.

    Pray, pray, pray.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Daniel Sez: “I mean the mainstream traditional voices like Glenn Beck, et al — have no idea how far we have now sunk.”
      Apparently Daniel you have not “Tuned-In” to Glenn Beck since he got bounced from CNBC! Glenn is anything but a “Mainstream Traditional Voice” and is well aware of the impending SHTF Moment. He is a Watchman on the Wall who has been raising The Alarm for months…. and, as near as I can figure, his and Charlie’s Message is at least in 90% agreement!! Yeah!! He’s a Mormon and as I said before! When that SHTF Moment arrives, I’d rather be in a neighborhood full of Mormons than Boston Catholics!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Sorry, I should have done my homework. I haven’t actually listened to Glenn Beck recently so I should’ve used a different example. Perhaps Sean Hannity. (Of course, I haven’t listened to him either, so I don’t know 😉 )

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Dan! I greatly appreciate the very serious points that you made so well above But I couldn’t help but chuckle at your quip about Hannity. 🙂

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      • mvislander says:

        Hi CrewDog, I know a few Boston Catholics who will be with you but we are dwindling in satan’s withering attacks. It is like the Battle of the Alamo here.

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      • CrewDog, I love it when you say “GOD SAVE ALL HERE!” I have been thinking for a long time that Charlie’s online group is like a mystical refuge and this saying of yours illustrates it. This may be wishful thinking on my part but I keep getting this thought that all of the people on this forum who are praying for each other every day will be sheltered in some way, as long as they keep praying for one another. It’s a mystical lifeboat of some kind. I know that there are physical places that are going to be refuges. But I think that there must be mystical ones as well for those who can’t travel. Maybe I’m wrong. But I just get a feeling of peace when I am praying for all of the people in this group and when you post “GOD SAVE ALL HERE!” Maybe He will.

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        • Elizabeth G. says:

          Singingflowers, you expressed the feeling in my own heart exactly. It is a gift to be a member of this community. ….Lifting up everyone’s intentions in prayer.

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        • CrewDog says:

          Singing-Flowers & Gang,
          “GOD SAVE (BLESS) ALL HERE!!” was, still is – I hope?!, a common Irish expression as one enters a home or assembly. I remember it from the 1940s John Wayne “The Quiet Man” movie. I think they used the BLESS version but I figured SAVE is best for our “times”. I have no doubt that GOD WILL SAVE ALL HERE … but the path to that Salvation …??? …. Below is a portion of Winston Churchill’s 13 May 1940 speech which, I believe, with very little modification could apply to us here (USA) and the Faithful Worldwide:
          “I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering.
          You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
          You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terrors – Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”

          GOD BLESS AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

          PS: Donette wondered what MOG post meant. That’s Padraig’s “Mother of God” site. http://motheofgod.com/ I’ve been known to “Infest” that place as well 😉

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Crew Dog, Just had to comment, since you brought up ‘The Quiet Man’. That was the movie my parents went to see on their first date. My mother still remembers it to us and how handsomely dressed my father was, how they stayed out so late after the movie at “The Bumble Bee” – a. Route 40 late night spot “in the day.” Feeling such a loss here. Especially after the Churchill quote.

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          • Judy says:

            Fine quote!

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      • If you want an inservice on how to set up an emergency supply of foods, ask a Mormon. Their religion requires that they have (I think) a 2 year supply on hand.

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    • Well said Daniel! Your foundations reference reminded me of several messages from my blog that also reference foundations being torn down. http://pelianito.stblogs.com/?s=foundations

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    • Susan, MI says:

      Daniel, I was struck by your statement, “There’s no more travesties to wait for.”
      Your are absolutely right. This just hit me like a ton of bricks.
      The ultimate blaspheme, the ultimate mockery of the Holy Trinity and Jesus the Bridegroom and His Adoring Bride, the Church. There is no greater travesty with which the satan can seduce our darkened hearts.

      Charlie, thank you for your willingness to trust and endure trials to be a light unto our path. As I contemplate the gift of faith that has been given me, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our Lord. He leads me to still waters. And, now in particular, He accomplishes this through you, as he will lead many to still waters, through you.
      I breathe because He wills it. As I listen to Matt Maher rejoice, “I’m Alive Because He Lives!”
      Over the last few months, a greater sense of responsibilty has been put on my heart to speak to people in my life with a boldness about the Storm that I never have before. For some, I am still putting the Holy Spirit on hold. And there is Jesus with His hand stretched out over the water, and me in the boat trying to trust once again. I pray that I fulfill my responsibility to be the hand of Jesus to those around me during the Storm. Thanks for trusting and holding out your hand, Charlie.

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  10. Donette says:

    We are seeing law as an effective means of protecting people totally abandoned not just in high places, Charlie, but in even the lowest of places. Eg. My daughter, behind other cars at a stop light was rear-ended by a woman going down a two lane roadway right outside the company my daughter worked. She plowed into my daughter’s 4 year Subaru going God only knows how fast over 40 mph. She flew out of the car and screamed at my daughter for stopping too quickly. Now, mind you, this was at a red light which the woman obviously missed.
    The speed was such that her front end fell off, under my daughter’s car and her hood was pushed up against the windshield. My daughter notified the police.

    The woman was sited. She was driving with no license. It was removed after two previous accidents and she had no insurance. According to the police report, this was not over a long period of time. Is that all that the law does to people when the law says you must be licensed, and you must carry insurance? It just lets them go on their merry way with no “penance” for their breaking of the law.

    Then to add injustice to injury, the Subaru service place finds a damaged area under the car that the inspector for some unknown reason claims to have not been the result of the accident even though the frame of the car is bent and twisted. No truth presented to him that the car was never in an accident, only three years old, and only been serviced by the Subaru dealer from which it was purchased changed his mind. To fix it, he says she will have to make two claims resulting in a large sum of money going…of course to the dealer. This man has no metallurgical background and nothing but his two eyes that has caused him to set his opinion. Therefore, he tells the insurance claims adjuster his opinion and the insurance adjuster takes the position of the dealer’s service agent. So the innocent once again is punished while the guilty party runs free. This is the way this world functions and has functioned for centuries… no….since the fall of Adam.

    It does not surprise me at all to see today that those who live by their human will are bringing hell on earth. What they don’t seem to grasp is that sooner or later he who they serve will destroy them also.

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  11. diane says:

    Charlie,
    Wow – wonderful insight you give us.
    I was wondering if there are any politicians reaping benefits from your writings and from your commenters – they would sure be wise to do so. But all get from them is hubris and no wisdom. I am somewhere between petrified and fearless – taking one step at a time, trusting the only good I know – God. I fluctuate all the time wishing I could find a solid footing, but some of the winds from the storm knock me over every now and then. Going through basic training is supposed to be difficult – I pray we will all be at the graduating class. God Bless you for all you are doing for the troops. Don’t give up on us. We are in this for the victory. Love. I do.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Some of my old friends and colleagues do read…but they are seeing more and more that what I was saying back in 2007 (that traditional politics was already a dead man walking) has come to pass. Those are not shouting from the rafters, but quietly planning what they might do after all comes down and we have to emerge from the chaos. The loudmouths right now are almost all doing damage…and efforts to slow it are drowned. But there are some very good men and women there – most are just not the ones you are hearing much from right now.

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    • nanannda2 says:

      My thoughts exactly Diane. One day at a time. Some days, one moment at a time!

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  12. Donette says:

    Charlie, I read this post several times. First for the information, Second to admire the articulate and detailed way you write and when I got to the third time I had one of those “light bulb” moments.

    The Sherpa, as everyone here refers to you, is leading us in the exact same way his angel led him; by providing us with really tiny bits of information, but nothing that can be considered the real meat of the coconut. Acknowledging God is for most the simplest directive. The next right step is like being among all those trees and moss covered boulders trying to determine which way to step and I think, giving hope to others should be an everyday act for Christians. So we are an army, still in basic training, but still a hidden force to be reckoned with.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have got it exactly, Donette. The Lord often forced me to stretch out my hand when I wanted Him to just tell me plainly. I did NOT like it at the time and still often get testy about it…but I have come to see the profound value in it, far more profound than I could have ever imagined. He gave me just enough to lead me to continue on. Now, I not only take full responsibility for what I say – blaming none of my flubs on God, but also what I have I have earned…and earned with great effort. There is a confidence there…a confidence you absolutely need when going forth to things that are far too big for you. I am confident both in what I have – and confident that the Lord will take care of the many things that are too big for me so long as I do the very little that I actually can. He IS the God of abundance and He IS raising up a great army right under the noses of those who would destroy Christians. And oh, how grateful I am to be a part of it, to have stayed the course. May I never despair, no matter how badly I occasionally mess up. There is no mess I make He can’t both fix and even use for good so long as I hold fast to Him. You have hit the nail precisely on the head.

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      • bflocatholic says:

        Yes, it is truly a blessing that God writes straight with the crooked lines we so often give Him.

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      • mmbev says:

        OK, I have read comments and comments. Has anyone mentioned to Carlos that God maybe has some obviously great plans for him? Seems to me that his ongoing family trials and having to depend on God’s Providence virtually continually (which he does), is polished him like crazy. (And I have a feeling what I just said applies to a whole lot of you guys.)

        There have been times when I am so grateful I live up here in Canada, a long way away from the rest of you. Just in case some of those major trials rub off somehow….

        If you could actually see me, I am in diapers, which probably need changing after reading any of the “heavies” Charlie posts.

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      • I get an image of the Dread Pirate Roberts leading Princess Buttercup through the Fire Swamp. Nothing to worry about, he says, as her dress catches on fire and he puts it out. Rodents of Unusual Size? Quicksand pits? Tut, tut. Not a problem for me. What are you afraid of? Oh okay, you are a little scorched and your mouth is full of sand but it wasn’t so bad, was it?

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  13. Mary-Louise says:

    If there is a major blunder to come from Pope Francis, does this mean that what we’ve heard and seen so far have all been minor blunders? Yikes! The thing that has been most painful with this Pope has been listening to the crowing of the very liberal Catholics in my town when the media makes the Pope out to be in favor of their agenda…

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    • CrewDog says:

      I Know!! Many here think I’m some kind of Pope Francis hater. I am not and pray for the poor guy daily & often! ….. but the below post/article is just an example of what comes through my my e-mail box daily from my Military and Civilian Friends/Sites …. and as the only Catholic, renegade that I am, left in my neighborhood I’m doing my best to minimize the damage the Pope is doing to USA Catholic vs Protestant Relations in my “Little World”. Unless there is a “Sea Change”, I fear the Pope will do great damage to conservatives in general and Catholic/Protestant conservatives in particular two months hence during his USA visit! ………….. Act III of The Storm!!??
      MILINET: Resp “What Pope Doesn’t See: Devil’s Dung Can Be Fertilizer
      http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/071015-761185-pope-does-not-see-devils-dung-can-be-fertilizer.htm
      “Cato economist Michael Tanner estimates that in the last 20 years, capitalism has lifted more than a billion people out of poverty and halved the number of those living in developing countries on less than $1.25 a day.”
      With such results, failing to see capitalism in its unfettered form as a viable solution to poverty borders on the immoral.
      What else would you expect from a communist cleric embroiled in the cesspool of the politics of a multi-time failed Argentine economy for more than 20 years. The College of Cardinals owes the Catholic world answers to some hard questions because it is long past time for this clueless communist ideologue pope to step down or be deposed.
      Dennis *********

      GOD GUIDE POPE FRANCIS AND ALL HERE!!

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      • Mary-Louise says:

        An idea for a major blunder popped into my head this afternoon. What if the Pope allows a negative ruling on Medjugorje — and it is in fact a true apparition? I would abide by the church’s ruling out of obedience, but I think the secularized Catholics would react with glee, and try to enlarge the ruling to cast doubt on other Marian apparitions.

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        • Doug says:

          Medujugorje was the tipping point for me to come I no the Catholic church.

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        • Doug says:

          Ugh! “It was the tipping point for me to come into the Catholic church “. That’s what I get for posting with a smart phone with a tiny little key pad……

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    • Judy says:

      I have read that “On Monday the Pope focused his sermon on the family and hinted that changes that some Catholics might consider “scandalous” could be coming to the church. (Another word he used was ‘impure’, I believe.). So, Lord help us, what could this mean?!

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  14. Janise McElveen says:

    Thank you so much for an article of meat and benefit! We need this so very much….glad you are up on your game, and Godspeed in your missionary visits. My prayers are with you, and all of us in these days of trial and confusion. Praise be to God for the support and involvement of Prayer Warriors for Christ

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  15. Mack says:

    I feel like with this post, Charlie, you have given marching orders to the troops! What you say about trust is really hitting home, since I’m dealing with a family situation in which I am not sure what to do and just have to trust it to the Lord.
    The political system is truly a wreck. Scalia said it best in his dissent on the Obamacare case: “Words no longer have meaning.” The law itself clearly said one thing, but the Court just wanted to get their own outcome. It didn’t matter what the law said.
    I read a reflection from someone who said that now we have to be like Nehemiah. God gave him the task of rebuilding the Temple. When people came and tried to get him involved in other arguments and diversions, he wouldn’t even go down to talk to them because he had to finish the work God gave him. Nehemiah is a great model of acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. I fervently hope and pray I can do that too. On my own I can do nothing, but God will give the strength to all of us.

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  16. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, I echo Mike S’s comment above thanking you for your choice in 1997. Your words and attitudes have affected me in some very positive ways, and I see positive effects on many others here as well. Thank you.

    Now to a different point. My village here is generally Christian, either Catholic or mainstream protestant. Recently, a book has been circulating here, called “American Fascists – The Christian Right and the War on America.” I have not read the book and won’t – I have better things to waste my time on. However, I note that it is exercising a peculiar influence on some people here. With your background in non-Catholic sects here in the US, you might know something of this supposed “dominionist” movement that I would not know. However, I have a severe desire to roll my eyes in disbelief when people treat this book seriously. Yet they do. At the moment I just don’t react when someone brings it up but at some point probably will.

    More to my point though is that I have noted a significant uptick in anti-christian comments and attitudes even among some christians since the Supreme Court decision. As I recall in the French Revolution, massive destruction of churches and persecution happened very fast once the beginning of the Revolution gave a form of permission for that kind of behavior to take place, like a behavioral switch moving from Off to On. I sense that same sort of permission having been given by the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. And people are acting on it, whether consciously or unconsciously. The more incidences of anti-christian attitude or act, the faster this behavior will grow. It’s a Mob thing.

    Any advice on whether this process can be tamped down somehow by us, or do we need to trust God and let this process play out fully while we stand aside waiting for a more opportune moment to step in and turn the tide somehow?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Part of my quiet has been contemplating how to deal with that very thing, Steve. I will…but mostly indirectly. In fact, I am also dealing with it through these trips and having people look and see that they really are not alone. It heartens them…and sets up a line of defense.

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    • jaykay says:

      Steve, yes, your penultimate paragraph is exactly what happened during that Father of modern revolutions. Yet, in a couple of years, Robespierre went under his own guillotine, as the revolution devoured its own spawn. France, however, has never truly regained her lost Faith in the measure that it was present prior to 1789. Louis XVI tried to carry out the command of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary, but too late. Nevertheless, it seems that after our own revolution (I mean the revolution of the whole world) the Faith will be truly restored in a penitent world. So we can hope in that.

      I’m not sure we can stand aside, at least those of us in Europe anyway. I have the impression it may be “easier” for you in the US, where the apostasy has not been so total and you have more basic fighting spirit. I had hoped Ireland might stand firm, but that hope is now largely dashed. Nevertheless, I’m not despairing, particularly after our very successful Rally for Life through Dublin last weekend. There is still a core who will give witness. But it’s going to get much nastier soon, I think. Blessings to all, J.

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      • Karen says:

        I really appreciate your insights into Europe’s spiritual condition jaykay. Thank you!
        And Charlie, for what it’s worth, I thank you on behalf of all those souls (myself included) which are heartened by your writings. You help us to make sense out of what essentially seems to be the unhinging of our world. No small task that!

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  17. Judy says:

    There are so many people I know who are in a terrible crisis. The number seems to grow daily. I feel the weight of this because they often call me. I cannot begin to imagine the great weight that you are carrying, Charlie. You are on my prayer list, and I am sure you are on many others. Thank you for your efforts to help all of us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      People are in great crisis and agony all over. I see and hear of it all the time…all the priests I correspond with tell me of it having grown tremendously of late. Hold fast and we will endure – and thanks for the prayers. We all need to lift each other up right now.

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      • Murt says:

        Charlie, here be the key to all our problems. Prayer, prayer, prayer. It cannot be stressed enough. You may feel it is going nowhere, but DO believe, Just DO believe……

        A voice in the wilderness, maybe. But The Baptist WAS there and yet even he had doubts……………

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  18. Noreen says:

    Charlie, thank you for explaining your motivations in answers and explanations you give. I had prayed you would address this issue. Prayer answered! Very helpful.

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  19. Vijaya says:

    Thank you for your Yes to God. May He bless you and keep you always.
    Sometimes I wonder if my little sufferings are all preparations for what is to come. All I can say is that I’ve drawn closer to God because of them. Here is a Thanksgiving poem by Joyce Kilmer that resonates deeply and I hope it will bring some comfort to all of us here. Pax Christi.

    The roar of the world is in my ears.
    Thank God for the roar of the world!
    Thank God for the mighty tide of fears
    Against me always hurled!
    Thank God for the bitter and ceaseless strife,
    And the sting of His chastening rod!
    Thank God for the stress and the pain of life,
    And Oh, thank God for God!

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    • Vijaya I once felt the Lord tell me that when we get to heaven we will be surprised at what was purchased for us and for others through our trials, and that it is the trials we will be most grateful for. Let’s not waste them!

      Here is a message along those lines that I received in 2008:

      Psalm 99:8 O LORD, our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God, though you punished their offenses.

      “Child, my mercy is unimaginable to the human heart; yet my justice demands that the very great sins of humanity not go unpunished. That is why the great tribulation is coming. It is sin that brings it upon mankind, but if many will repent and offer their sufferings to God in Jesus, great miracles will take place, miracles of mercy leading to peace unknown and undreamed-of by the human heart. Child, you are told of these things that you might pray and sacrifice for them. Let the Lord’s will be done in you.”

      Lord Jesus I trust in your mercy and ask that all you desire for souls will be accomplished even in great trails. Lord have mercy on us all and may your mercy lead to the conversion of sinners through the Immaculate Heart. Amen.

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  20. Jeff says:

    Thank you so much for this well-crafted and helpful artifact of faith. How grateful I am for all you do Charlie…looking forward to your next transmission! Jeff in central Minnesota

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  21. Sally Ford says:

    Does Pope Francis know and understand what will be asked of him after the blunder? He seems to have such a strong belief and trust in the Lord no matter what. Will his judgement/particular decision be the caused of the blunder or the manipulation by those around him? He is in my prayers daily. I trust in God but at the same time am so scared, just my human weakness getting the better of me. God bless you Charlie.

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  22. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    In retrospect I think I went through my own mini-storm back in 2012-13.
    Right now I am visiting the UP of Michigan to look at the diocese here. Trying to discern if this the place to which God is calling me to serve as a priest. Also trying to discern if I should push to get up here and leave metro Detroit sooner rather than later. I feel some obligation to be a light to my students in this darkness. Prayers that I take the next right step are appreciated.
    Pax, Matthew

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  23. Thanks for the meat! I also really appreciated the comments, particularly the Joyce Kilmer poem that Vijaya shared.

    I was raised on meat and potatoes in a small city in northern Indiana. My mom did a great job of serving it up, and I often liked to shoot out the door afterwards (partly to avoid kitchen cleanup detail). I liked to scale a favorite pine tree on a hill and sit on a limb high up to contemplate various things and let my dinner settle. From that vantage above the rolling tree line I could make out the glistening golden dome with Notre Dame on top, way across town to the north. It was typically peaceful and quiet. There were always birds chirping somewhere, or squirrels dropping acorns here and there. Sometimes a train was plodding down the old Grand Funk line through town and the sounds easily carried across the distance.

    My favorite season to sit up there was Fall, when all the trees were presenting a fiery show. Winter would come soon enough with its own particular joys and challenges.

    Folks might have differing views on this, but I tend to take the latter portion of this particular blog post as the ‘meat’ and the first part as the ‘potatoes’. Either way, I’m a meat AND potatoes guy, so appreciate something other than just protein on the plate. That said, I apologize in advance if it seems like I’m typically just serving up potatoes. I’m very serious about being deliberate as well, just prefer to express myself in a subtle way.

    Like Donette, I didn’t rush this meal and read it at least four times. Later, I went running in the desert, which serves as today’s equivalent of climbing that tree in my youth.

    First I went to the closet for my running shoes and was greeted with the familiar layout of the past 23 years. On my right is my wife’s side, stuffed from floor to rafters. On my left, my scanty side with a touch of OCD apparent in the organization. Sigh. I learned to stop harping on this a long time ago because I figured that if the obvious contrast doesn’t speak volumes, then no amount of badgering her about it would ever make a dent.

    Sad to say that this was among the things I was contemplating on my run. Even worse, I was briefly tempted with an image of her suffering in Purgatory under a heap of clothes, shoes and other excess clutter. Briefly tempted, I say, because it was quickly interrupted by an image of me suffering in Purgatory, naked and ashamed.

    I was also thinking about Pope Francis while my body was making it abundantly clear that it was in no mood to run. As head of the Church, no smaller wonder that our Pope is under such intense scrutiny and vicious attack. I’m not really tempted to question his orthodoxy, nor be scandalized by certain things he says (the things that various twisted factions misinterpret and delight in). I think he’s rock solid. If I’m tempted to think something he says is scandalous, all I have to do is open the Gospel, read, and contemplate THOSE WORDS. If I still can’t square something, then I simply just pray about it.

    Of course I contemplated Charlie’s post for the long backstretch on my run. I was expecting “meaty”, but this was a king cut of prime rib as far as I’m concerned. Side order of baked potato with butter and sour cream.

    I was happy to be done with today’s run. It was hot and I felt crummy from the start. While walking the short cool-down stretch back home, I again was thinking about my wife and the whole closet thing. The fact is, I understand where she comes from (a very difficult childhood with poverty), and she’s frankly much better than me at doing many things. I may be the head of the family, but she is the heart –– without a doubt.

    I can also envision us someday coming to our closet only to find it stripped clean. She’ll probably think nothing of it with something like, “none of that stuff really mattered,” (and mean it) while I’ll more likely be stung by the loss of my favorite pair of pants and running shoes (but eventually getting over it).

    A big thanks to the whole community here. No one is alone.

    Jesus, we trust in You!

    God bless,

    MP

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well I’ll be, Michael…I didn’t know you were a golden domer. A whole bunch of my friends are domers!

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      • Dyed-in-the-wool (someone stuffed an ND football next to me in my first baby picture as evidence). Dad, many siblings and friends are alumns (Mom was a SMC Chick). Sad to see that the storm has long since reached UND on a number of fronts. Flashback to those days and my old neighborhood in South Bend… it really meant something special to be a part of the Notre Dame community. As Catholics. As a big Irish family. As Americans.

        Fr. Hesburgh referred to his mission priorities this way: God, Country, Notre Dame!

        Fast forward to today’s attacks on all those things… well, the enemies had better not underestimate God, Notre Dame, real Americans… or The Fighting Irish!!!

        I’ll be in ND Stadium for the Texas home opener (but not before taking the kids to Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica on campus, and down to the Grotto by the lake to light a candle for this group).

        Notre Dame, Our Mother, pray for us!

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    • MP, one of my favourite sets of Saints quotes was cited by Ralph Martin in his book, “The Fulfillment of All Desire”. These quotes are taken from the chapter called “Growing in Freedom”.

      >>>
      Ralph Martin: “The goal of the process of detachment is not to stop loving the things and people of this world, but, quite to the contrary, to love them even more truly in God, under the reign of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

      John of the Cross: “We are not discussing the mere lack of things; this lack will not divest the soul if it craves for all these objects. We are dealing with the denudation of the soul’s appetites and gratifications. This is what leaves it free and empty of all things, even though it possesses them.”

      Bernard of Clairvaux: “They do possess earthly things, but with the spirit of men who possess nothing…The miser hungers like a beggar for earthly possessions, the man of faith has a lordly independence of them. The first is a beggar no matter what he owns, the latter by his very independence is a true owner.”

      Francis de Sales: “So also you can possess riches without being poisoned by them if you merely keep them in your home and purse and not in your heart. To be rich in effect and poor in affection is a great happiness for a Christian. By this means he has the advantages of riches for this world and the merit of poverty for the world to come….I willingly grant that you may take care to increase your wealth and resources, provided this is done not only justly but properly and charitably.”

      Ralph Martin: “Part of the vocation of those who have money is using it well under the guidance of the holy spirit….This must mean regularly giving part of our wealth away for the service of the Lord and the relief of the poor, and by personally serving them…The ‘contentment’ that the Scriptures talk about is dependent not on how much or how little money we have but on knowing who is caring for us – God himself!”
      <<<<
      The same might be said about shoes! 🙂

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      • barb129 says:

        I am reading Ralph Martin’s book right now after hearing about it on this site. What a wonderful book! I am learning so much. It’s one of those books you could read over and over and gain something new from it each time.

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      • starxedee says:

        Thank you Janet! Your comment has offered me some insight into things I’ve been contemplating lately…how to let go of the worldly, but still love those around us and all of God’s beauty around us too. As many have said…its amazing how sometimes what we read and share here is exactly what someone needs at the right time. God bless!

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  24. gettimothy says:

    Charlie, thank you.

    When I say that all of us are going to be knocked back on our heels as we are confronted with our hidden vanities

    I pray God humbles me when He does. He has surprised me before by showing me parts of myself that are not acceptable to Him. I have been truly surprised by some of it–my anger for instance–was unknown to me until He showed it to me. I know it is futile to look and try to preempt Him in order to “fix things”, but still I wonder what I am missing.

    Trust does not come easy, but it is becoming easier and I have taken to asking Him to do what is necessary to change me to His will. Boy! is that disorienting, but it is the only way.

    I pray for you and thank God for you.

    Grace and Peace,

    t

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  25. mvislander says:

    From the bottom of my heart I wish to thank all those in this community of faith who extended their love, support and prayers for my dearly beloved mother. She went to be with our Lord this past week and is now in a safe Port away from the Storm and that is my solace in these dark days. During the past eight years of her illness I felt a bit like St. Polycarp on the rotisserie as our Lord tried to purge the vanities from me. Watching my mom so courageously fight the terrible disease without ever complaining has been a model that I hope to follow during the Storm. God grant me the graces to have one tenth of the courage of a 91 year old woman who was tougher than most men nowadays.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks be to God, Mvis. I visited with one lady from the onset of her terminal leukemia to a few days before she died. On our last, she told me how desperately she wanted death to take her. I told her I had been praying she would pass on – but that I was counting on her to intercede on my behalf from the other side. She brightened and said she was already planning on it. Your mother is doing the same for you – and I hope for me, too, now.

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      So sorry for your loss mvis, you now have another Saint, who loves you dearly making intercession for you to make it through the storm spiritually intact. I do know how hard it is, but you will feel her inthe most wonderful way now, God bless, you are in my prayers!

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    • Mick says:

      So sorry for your loss, Mvislander. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord….

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    • barb129 says:

      May your mother rest in peace, mvislander and our dear Lord and our Blessed Mother surround you with their peace and comfort.

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    • Petra says:

      mvislander, know I prayed for you and your mother during these last weeks of her life. Thank you for letting us know she passed. My deepest condolences.
      “May the angels lead her into paradise; may the martyrs receive her at her coming and lead her to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive her and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may she have eternal rest. Amen.” (from the Requiem Mass)

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  26. Murt says:

    I was reading this latest post thinking it was of some guest you would have on here. Then I thought, hey there this seems like something Charlie would be of a mind to write. Aye, looked back to see none other. Summer of discontent seems like a nice way to put things. We here offered to the British one year of a long hot Summer. Aye Charlie I’m Irish, I just seem to use a lot of proxy on here. That year though we got 26 young children of other men in one fell swoop. Just one plan of many on both sides. They did raise a monument to those “fallen” just as we raise to those of our own. Where was this god I wonder then as of now as I espy that sniper scope me as we thought we were about our daily business……………

    Just too many thoughts there Charlie, ( and reader,) I am The Lord thy God, the rest is really self explanatory.

    Just to change the note of thought on the part of this scribbler there Charlie. I cannot but think of the observation of the Spider to the Fly as I read your post. Much more in the offing mayhaps, but then we shall see. Just too many thoughts there dear reader as I have been known as the village drunk of this here parish in some quarters of this here net. I did somehow enjoy that and my Joycean wannnabee status of long ago as I don’t seem to write here anymore……………

    Though luck Charlie as I seem to have adopted you of all things. Musta been that old tramp who passed my way which I would liked to have had in here for dinner. But then his countenance, my family seemed to make me think he really didn’t need me. He just is.

    Dia dhuit A Charlie, Dia dhuit, Murt.

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  27. Hi Charlie! I was wondering something…..will Pope Francis blunder cause people to leave the church? I have grown to love him so much. I would hate to see him male a blunder that would cause people to leave the boat or have the media twist something that makes his blunder look more horrific than it was….and then have them leave the safety of the boat too.
    It’s making me sad thinking that people will abandon the church.
    God bless you Charlie
    I’ve been reading all your stuff and not missing anything.
    Thank you so much!!!

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  28. donna says:

    this was worth the long wait, Charlie….thank you for being our sherpa in rough times….you give us solid instruction……I am fearful because my son is leaving for Vilnius, Lithuania for 6 weeks for work. I am concerned about Putin’s intentions in the Balkans and fear for his safety…..When you talk about some chaotic things occurring in the summer, I hope this won’t be one of them. I know the American Generals have been on a press spree talking up Putin as the most dangerous threat to world peace right now…..and then I think about your comments that it’s not Russia but China and North Korea to be concerned about…..I suppose the real concern is the American politician, though, huh?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Trying to work out precisely what will happen and where it will come from is relying on yourself, which is largely what brought us to this pass. Be prudent, but live without fear, knowing that when you acknowledge God, He always knows and cares where you are.

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for safety for your son, Donna; and for peace for you.

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    • Donna I have been reminded often lately of something my Spiritual Director told me once, “Don’t MAKE it happen, LET it happen.” When we try to force solutions things usually end up worse than ever. Taking the next right step is all about trust. If you son is in Lithuania for some catastrophic event, it could be part of God’s plan for him, that God has a role for him to play there. Trust and be at peace. Fiat!

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    • Jorge Bizarro says:

      The western media depiction of RUSSIA is really awful and unlawful… Putin doesn’t really need to occupy any neighbouring country to set Russia influence there. If you want a more balanced view on Russia reality and politics go to this western expats living in RUSSIA website: http://russia-insider.com/en
      In my opinion, the lies spewed on Russia by the western ‘presstitute’ media are more worse than the one’s on Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.

      For Intelligence and military issues this is also very interesting:
      http://thesaker.is/

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      • charliej373 says:

        These are some interesting websites that will give you a dramatically different perspective. Now, I think they are every bit as skewed as western media, though in a different direction, but they do cover some things western media is not even aware of.

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  29. Mack says:

    Other people who claim to get “words” from the Lord also are saying a storm is coming. I happened to see this, and make no judgment if it’s really from God or not, but it does run along similar lines to what Charlie has been saying: “A storm comes to America, a storm that has been brewing for some time now, and I AM in the storm. My judgment is in this storm. This storm comes in response to the stench of evil that rises up to Me each day from that wicked nation – once beautiful to Me – that has turned from and defied Me in every way.”

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  30. waitingNwondering says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Hope you’re well and thanks again for allowing the forum to be set up. Some of us are getting to know each other a bit over there and that’s a good thing.

    If you’re able to talk about this, I’m wondering if you can tell us whether there will be any warning for those who may need to “hunker down” in their homes?

    Likewise, will there be any warning for those who need to leave their homes?

    Just thinking about the many folks who are unaware that “a bigger storm” may be on the way.

    Thanks!

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  31. Donette says:

    Michael Patrick. Every woman should have her own closet along with, if possible, a chest on chest, a cedar chest and maybe even an armoire. If a major challenge does come our way, think of all of the things she will have to barter for more important stuff. I don’t think there will be any exchanges for stinky running shoes and sweaty pants.

    As for “hidden vanities”, that gettimothy mentions, mine is my collection of the archangels. I’m even considering getting the Angels of Light collection at the Bradford Exchange. I would rather starve to death then give away my angels, Michael, the Prince, Chief Commander and protector of my soul; Gabriel, a true hero, song and dance man and definitely a warrior commander and after Charlie’s description of him possibly a cowboy. Raphael, a guerilla fighter, quite handsome, a dashing healer and full of light. If you take them around your house, you can have some really great conversations with them; not that they speak a lot which is a typical “male like” behavior. It’s mostly a one sided conversation; me talking and they listening while holding their weapons in their hands.

    You know, if we make it to Heaven, we are going to have a really great family gathering.

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  32. Alphonsus says:

    Charlie, I’ve got to agree with your analysis of the state of politics. I grew up when the concept of loyal opposition meant something because it was a reality (I am your age). Now there is only opposition, or more accurately under the present administration, revenge on the opposition who, by the sheer fact of having a different opinion, have become a declared enemy. This is the stuff of banana republics run by amateurs and strongmen. It most certainly is not the stuff of the great American nation we were born in.

    At any rate, I just wanted to say I appreciate your thoughts about it all – particularly as you point out that we no longer are living under the rule of law but under the caprices of those who control the power of the state – the American state. It’s like we have crossed over into the Twilight Zone except we are not on a journey into a wondrous land of imagination. It’s all very real and it’s a helluva thing to be witnessing.

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  33. Donette says:

    For all those who are concerned about Pope Francis and what he is doing and saying; run, don’t walk to Mark Mallet’s site and read his latest post…The Parallel Deception. Perhaps it can help you understand what the Pope is doing.

    Now for all of the Newspeak that is being thrown around on this site, I can’t tell you how it can be like a jig saw puzzle for me. It began with Crewdog’s “MOG Post” Is that a magazine, I wondered? Then there was Michael Patrick’s OCD which I am still working on and how Charlie came up with the “golden dome” clue was beyond me. And Crewdog’s SHTF had me doing four letters across and four spaces down before I figured that one out. And then I thought, “It’s a good thing Crewdog used Newspeak for that one. If he had spoken plainly we could all have been thrown off the web for words unbecoming”…hehehehe. Oh, well. It was Crewdog, old salty. We can amuse ourselves and delight with some of his insights. Can’t we Charlie?

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  34. GB says:

    Have several observations, one was watching a video from NWO commentator Alex Jones on his perspective on Pope Francis. This stuff to me is a bunch of hogwash, but its probably a good preview of what may be coming in terms of the “flub” by the Holy Father and a potential apostasy afterward (I find this a good test to listen to, but to withstand the withering and ill advised criticism that is to come): http://www.prisonplanet.com/special-report-pope-francis-is-a-vatican-coup.html

    Also, as one who practices law, I find Charlie’s comment above comforting about the proper place of those who practice the esteemed profession of wielding the Law. It is true the system is a parody, words are meaningless, its all like a childhood game of guessing the magic words to get to the Truth (remember when a former president played games with the meaning of “IS”?). Ironically, the WORD himself will hopefully give words true meaning in the heart of those who practice law in the days to come.

    Last, it was interesting, at Mass after Communion, was praying the potential that the STORM would pass us over, but then I found in my heart, no, we need the Storm. . . Living in the midwest and experiencing those steamy 100+ degree days, I’ve often found myself hoping that we had a “Pop-Up” thunderstorm to cool us during those fiery heatwaves, to give an oasis in its midst, because without such a Storm, it would just keep us hot and we’d stay hot and miserable. But such is our era now, everything is overheated, on fire — is it the refining fire, or the fire of hell? No matter either way, a Storm will cool and wash away all the nonsense. Anyone with eyes can see that things are too far gone and our trajectory is dark and terrifying. I am forgetting about who is a sinner, who is a saint and just planning to hold to my neighbor, and hoping a our chain of hope will be lifted to a higher plane….

    Grateful to you and your message.

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    • Thanks for posting that video, GB. Eye opening (sad, but insightful) that it has so far garnered over 42 thousand views, and an overwhelmingly “thumbs up” reaction. It looks like, in their overzealous (and arrogant, might I add) desire to not be “sheep,” many conspiracy theorists have become just that to their own sub-group leaders.

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      • GB says:

        Daniel, as I watched the Alex Jones video I thought a lot of Mark Mallett’s recent post, http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-parallel-deception/ (which im sure you and most here have seen), and how we are heading toward globalism, the question is whose globalism? God’s or Mammon’s? Obviously we know WHOSE will win, but there are and will be many who will distrust any consolidation of leadership around the Pope. Im sure such events will be trying and uncertain times for all the faithful….I shudder to think. I just know Jesus is still praying as this comes to pass “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” Confusion reigns over many…

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        • Jessica says:

          I read a lot of different types of “stuff” about the coming Storm (mostly because I find it interesting) but I would definitely say that most non-Catholics really have a hard time understanding the Church – how does She work? What is She about? Etc. I know that if I really understood the beauty She offers us I would be much more grateful but I do now I will be keeping these commentators in my heart in a special way during the Storm.

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          • GB says:

            Jessica, I think the best description I could give in context is that from the time of Peter (an imperfect man as we know from the Gospels, who denied Christ) to Pope Francis, there has been an unbroken chain of authority on WHAT we are to believe about Jesus. For literally fourhanded years, there was no certain agreement on what even was or wasn’t scripture – so instead, the Church relied then on an oral tradition that passed faith and morals. The same messages hold firm today, so in these confusing times, we have 2000 years of tradition to hold on to, and which can essentially provide surety even when the media portrays a message of the Pope that sounds confusing in light of Church history etc. While perhaps the Pope can talk about merciful practices toward sinners, it doesn’t change the truth of sin etc…. not to ramble but I think that’s super important surety in these days… 🙂 [excuse any typos…]

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          • Doug says:

            Jessica, do you read the Catechism?

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  35. Kathy Falls says:

    Paying attention: regarding the coming storm. Money will be useless! Have you noticed lately the push for “Tiny Homes”. Where people are encouraged to give up all the excess and live with what they absolutely need . . . Some of them are on wheels like the travelers in Europe. My husband and I relocated two years ago to be near family and gave up our large 2000 sq ft home for a smaller 1300 ft home. We got rid of all the excess! And love it. We lived around Amish people previously and I love that lifestyle . . .there are many things to stock up on, such as clothes pins and matches. Small flashlights. I bough a fully operational antique treadle sewing machine. We have books for reading . . .canning jars, pot, lids etc. Heirloom seeds, you get the idea. And we could be very helpful to our neighbors in a crisis. Honey never goes bad and is medicinal as well as healthy. But most of all Trust in our Good God and have Faith. Pay attention to what is going on and have oil for your lamps. Thanks for the insightful articles, Charlie.

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    • Mick says:

      Kathy, thanks for the shout-out about the medicinal properties of honey. We just had to use some this evening on one of our sheep, which got a nasty gash on her neck somehow. Just a heads-up, though: honey only has medicinal properties if it is raw, because pasteurization kills the enzymes, etc. that make raw honey a supreme antimicrobial and healing agent.

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      • CrewDog says:

        “…. that make raw honey a supreme antimicrobial and healing agent.”
        It’s a great survival food too …… just yesterday it occurred to me that it might be a good time now, next Wally-World visit, to get a case of Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter …. and Honey!! …. considering what might be coming … I probably won’t have to worry about that, pesky, “Expiration Date”!

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!!

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        • connie says:

          Well, Crew, even with that expiration date the Lord will provide. I often think of Charlie drinking straight out of the streams and amazing the park rangers.

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  36. John Beutler says:

    RE: Pope Francis has not yet made the major blunder…
    Whenever I think about our pope, I will pray for him, since he really wants and needs our prayers. His major blunder probably does not pertain to the following request he made recently, but it is another reason to pray for him. See the article: Pope says families need a miracle, hints at ‘scandalous’ changes for the church at http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/06/world/pope-ecuador-scandalous/

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    • Mack says:

      I don’t know what he meant by his remarks: “The bishops will “consider concrete solutions,” Francis said, “to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time.”
      “I ask you to pray fervently for this intention,” the Pope continued, “so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it … into a miracle. Families today need miracles!”

      It could just mean to pray that people married outside the Church will and stuck in that situation will find a way to clear up the problem so they can receive the sacrament. However, it does bother me to have the Pope speak in this very unclear way, since some people will think he’s about to change Church teaching on marriage (which he can’t do because he is charged to protect the teachings of the faith).

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      • charliej373 says:

        He actually could proclaim error non-Magisterially and it would affect nothing outside of the firestorm it would trigger. Only if he tried to contradict Defined Doctrine Magisterially would we have a real theological crisis.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie, if it really is “God’s ” church, won’t he protect it from dogmatic error? Won’t the holy spirit work to prevent theological error of the “official teachings”?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, He will, Doug. It is why I was so sanguine while so many were panicked last year about the Synod. However, you have a press eager to garble whatever the Pope says to further their own agenda, you have a Pope that is strikingly brash pretty often, and you have some people eager to always make the worst possible construction of even his carefully considered words to justify their own apostasy…so you have a volatile situation that could be damaging to many unformed souls. I am not at all worried about actual formal teaching error…but am more than a little worried about the perception of error from the combined rumble of all the factors I cited.

            Even now, people like to either celebrate or criticize the Pope’s stand on homosexuality by citing the “Who am I to judge” quote. That quote had NOTHING to do with homosexuality. If you read the transcript, he had been asked about whether he believed the repentance of a homosexual priest was genuine. That is where he made that quote – concerning the quality of the man’s repentance, not his active homosexuality.

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          • Doug says:

            Thanks Charlie. The previous post sounded like the blunder could have been formal teaching. I could not imagine that that is what was meant. As such that is why I asked the questions hoping you would give clarification. Again, I so do appreciate reading yours and everyone else’s posts. God bless!

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        • Judy says:

          What is the difference between a Magisterial proclamation and a non-Magisterial proclamation?

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          • charliej373 says:

            A formal writing concerning faith and morals that is binding on the conscience of Catholics is Magisterial – such as an Encyclical. It is like a judge’s ruling…it has a binding power. Non-formal writing or public statements, even if in the form of a document, are not Magisterial – like a judge writing an editorial for a newspaper. Pope Emeritus Benedict was great when writing on theology in a book to flatly note that “This is not Magisterial.” Defined Doctrine not only binds the conscience, but is immutable.

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  37. Doug says:

    Thanks Charlie for answering the call!

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  38. siobhanolp says:

    Charlie, are there regions in this country (USA) that will be hit harder than other areas? I live on the east coast (Long Island, NY) and I’m getting the feeling that my loved ones and I should live. I’ve read other sites which state that either New York City will be destroyed or we will be hit with a Tsunami. I just want your advice.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Siobhan, I have often said there is no place of safety. The thing is God knows where each of us are. Some in what turn out to have been the most dangerous places will thrive. Others in the seeming safest places will be lost. Go where you think you are called.

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      • siobhanolp says:

        I want to share with you a dream I recently had. I saw myself standing on the shore of some beach on Long Island. Suddenly, I was being projected across the water. I was actually skimming right on top of the water as I traveled across. When I saw myself out in deep ocean, seeing the waves and the white foam beneath my feet I got frighten, but then I heard a voice say, “hang on.” When I came to land I found I was in New Jersey. For some reason the town Norwood came to mind. My first thought was, “New Jersey! Now how do I get home!” I’ve discovered that the town is located in the northeast section of the state, but the truth is, to be really out of harm’s way, I would have to be much further east or north. This all may be just gibberish or subconscious wishing thinking, but I thought it was interesting. I know sometimes God sends messages in our dreams.

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        • Siobhanolp when I read your comment it seemed to me that the Lord was telling you to let go of all your pre-conceived notions of safety and of how things will play out. “Hang on” is really good advice! Hang on to Jesus and Mary. God’s got it all under control. 🙂

          Reminded me of Corrie Ten Boom’s book “The Hiding Place” in which she documents her time in a Nazi concentration camp. She refers to the will of God as her Hiding Place. Of course the ONLY safe place for any of us is the will of God. Her book is a good one to read if you want to find out what it means in challenging situations to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope for others.

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          • siobhanolp says:

            Thank you, Peli!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Nice book. Very inspirational!

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          • I love your advice, Janet! It reminds me of yesterday when my husband and I were at a gas dock to fill up our boat. As my husband pumped the gas, I had to “hang on” to the line that was tied to the dock so the boat wouldn’t drift. At one point we did start drifting a bit from a wave. I just held on and pulled the line a little tighter. The boat glided effortlessly back to the dock – even though the boat must weigh a couple of tons:) That’s when I thought, “Wow”, “hanging on” to the line is like “hanging on” to Jesus and Mary… If we would just hold on tight to the line of faith – They’ll help us deal with tons of weight (our burdens) … making “the yoke easy and the burdens light”.

            Lets hang on tight, my TDL friends!

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        • At prayer I once had a vision of being in a turbulent sea. I was clinging to a large rock. I was not afraid, but joyful. I felt that the rock represented hope and that joy was the “glue” that helped me cling to the rock, even in the midst of a turbulent sea. That is when I first heard the phrase: Cling to hope with joy. I have pondered this phrase often and used it as the title for my first book. Our Lord has given me many messages on the importance of hope and joy in the life of a Christian. Hope and joy are two sides of the same priceless coin. With Mary, let us ponder this in our hearts, so that we can be a sign of hope for others in the turbulence that surrounds us.

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          • Doug says:

            Nice. That is one of the main points of Francis first encyclical. The joy comes from Jesus and not dependent on affirmation by humans (although affirmation is nice every now and then). Point is if we are wholly dependent on others for how we feel, we will eventually be disappointed. Sharing the faith comes from that interior joy.

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          • Kathleen from NJ says:

            James Chapter 1

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        • siobhanolp says:

          Yikes – typos. I meant to say wishful thinking. And I would have to be further west than east. (I have no sense of direction!)

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  39. Doug says:

    Charlie, a couple of things.

    First, I trust that Jesus will live up to his promis and protect the church. It is God’s church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (promis, promis, promis). This gives me hope and comfort in spite of what appears on the surface. God will send the Holy Spirit and the right saint for the right time. Always has through the ages. Does not mean things will be pretty, but his will will be done.

    Second, in terms of interpreting law, I think all law should be interpreted by the language and dictionary for when the law was written. It is not logical that meanings of laws should change as language evolves. After all God is the same yesterday, today and will be tomorrow (thank God). Marriage should be on the technical definition when laws were originally created.

    Lastly, Charlie, I lit a candle for you in church after Mass today and prayed that The Blesses Virgin Mary would intercede for you that God would give you strength, courage and wisdom to stick with it when things get tougher. I can’t imagine the load you carry. My wife and I talk about about what a blessing it is to not have notoriety. We are quite thankful to be an average Joe!

    My wife and I plan to be at your talk on July 25 in Boston. So looking forward to it!

    Peace and Blessings!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well thank you, Doug. I look forward to seeing you in Boston. I LOVE it when people light a candle for me…the prayer goes up as a sweet incense until the candle is out.

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  40. Murt. says:

    Hello Charlie,

    I would think I owe you and your readers one very great apology yet again. I should really have shouted that in a paper bag with some of my old memories rather than have scribbled it on the wall of your parlour. Paper bags though are just able to hold so much rubbish, and I seem to have quite a few here already. They were ruminations which passed through my old head though. Of a life not lived all that right. Lack of strength in belief. Maybe suited here in a strange way in a strange world. This scribbler with his one good eye is not all that good a writer I think. I tend to believe I make a tad more sense as I say what I mean. Hopefully I won’t have use for the fingers of my mind in the time we are facing. In real life I think I am quite the resourceful sort of an old git as I fix old broken things, but those things I could touch, feel, know as I plod along. Where we are now though is something of real conundrum for all of us. In some ways if it were not yet another sin I would be jealous of some here who seem to know God. There be the kernel in a nut of it all as old red legs seems that bit more keen to plant doubts in the mind of man. I asked that of a Priest one time who seemed to think it an odd thought, but alas he like me had no real answer to it. All the more reason to pray that bit more feverishly for Her favoured children I have to suppose.

    Strange enough it was none other than a flower that started this old mind working as I read your post. An Orangeman’s Lilly which my Loyalist mother would have growing about my old home place which I had been painting for my daughter who now lives there. My mother’s family having lived on some old grand estate where they had to doff their hat to the master. Walk ten paces behind the master as he strolled about. Some old irreverent uncle of my mother was facing deportation for his incursion of that rule, but then he also had a habit of spitting too close to his betters, would pooch the odd bit of game. Generally not your average stand up sort of serf. The odd mix of pictures she would hang about the house. The Sacred Heart, JFK, The Pope, and of course The Queen of England. Quite the tangled web indeed for this country, the people and their allegiances, but then civil wars sort of sorts those thing out. Those damned flowers always come out for Orange Day which is today by all account. Old habits die hard I thought as I tried not to spray over my past.

    Generational sins I have to ponder as I curse those who are supposed to be our leaders/betters in this well named vale of tears. I remember coming to the conclusion of what a waste of life we had in our latest little escapade which we have come to know here as “The Troubles”. Could I possibly have been right I wonder if this country of mine has been but part of one great experiment. Was there really someone there watching as we here would kill each other over some god of a different colour. Now those troubles seem to be on such a grand scale as we have become immune to the evil men do. No parish seems safe now as The God of all things has finally given us over to our own mess of pottage. This country though of all places seems to defy logic of late. For centuries we suffered for our religion, so called freedom, and then we as a people allow our leaders to thumb their noses at God. I often think of Judas as he was not able to believe of how Jesus could not forgive him. I sometimes feel like that very Judas as we are not worthy of forgiveness in what we as a nation are about.

    You do with this as you will Charlie, but the above meander is in no way meant as excuse for my lack of patience, lack of belief in forgiveness. The hour seems to me to be very late though. We have to believe in forgiveness, prayer, most especially God if we could find him. For my part I try to believe in a mother’s love as I do things for my own children. I always tell those about me to ask The Holy Mother to draw the hem of Her Garment about them when they are in difficulties, and yet as I sheepishly look for somewhere to hide as I ask Her to lead me to Her Son as I try to pray to Her after my latest error. No more time for error really, much like discernment as I was looking at something regarding the Sun today. For what it may be worth I follow such things as it appears to me it among other things may have something to do with teaching us manners. Quite frightening really as we are going to know I suppose in our very near future. Not the done thing to just say the word Trust, but Do.

    Nar laga Dia do lamh A cara, Murt.

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  41. Mary Ann says:

    Yesterday’s sermon called for Change through grass roots organizing. A mention of conversion as part of institutional change, but no mention of to what.

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  42. LittleLight says:

    Oh how I wish I could be there July 25th, but we are returning from vacation then. It is wonderful that you post your talks. Thank you for this and all you do.

    My dear, wonderful husband thinks all this storm stuff is much like the political cartoons where the guy in sack cloths holds a sign saying “The End Times are Here” and they never come. He tolerates my interest (for lack of a better word) barely. Many times I wish he and I could share this. Anyways, he is like you said in one of your posts—a person who confronted with chaos would roll up his sleeves and just start to do whatever was most needed to give hope. He has such a God-given talent for that. He would do it quietly and relentlessly and would make a huge difference. I thank God for him every day.

    Hey Charlie, once a few weeks ago I was out on a run. It is a blessing, a time of prayer for me. It was a horrible run, as runs go, as life obligations and such have prevented me from devoting as much time and consistency as I want to my hobby. Anyhow, it was an extremely humid, miserable day. The air was at saturation and storms were coming. My body hurt and I was slow. I was bringing to God what you’ve told us about how we will all be challenged to keep hope. I was telling Him that he’s got the wrong person for this here. Maybe I will be one of those called home unexpectedly?? (I’ve actually told my husband and friends if I died suddenly, be happy for me! God had mercy and knows I did not have what it takes to weather what’s coming. One of my friends laughed at me and said no such luck–I won’t escape it that easy.) He well knows I have always been hope-challenged. Heck in the early 90’s, as a new staff RN, I was nick-named “dark cloud” by some of the orderlies, argh (hanging head). I was telling God how broken I am, how I needed Him to Breathe, how He’s gonna have to do it all. I have added the intention of “please give us hope, to persevere and have courage no matter how dark things look” to the rosary I pray with the kids. Mainly referring to me always having to motivate my kiddos to keep up and be engaged with their studies, that we can and will succeed with God’s grace! We will not give up! We will finish this year strong and start the next on time in September! They are chronically behind and it is not good. But it nicely covers the storm without me frightening them further. I was contemplating the benedict option that folks are talking about. It occurred to me that God has been preparing us all along, for decades through homeschooling and in other ways I won’t know.

    About two thirds of the way into my run it started raining. The skies opened up. The feeling of relief was instant. A warm wonderful, refreshing relief. The harder it rained the happier I felt. Then the thought came to me, that the fullness of the storm will be just as this rain was to me in my run. The greater part of the agony is has/been ongoing—trying (and failing) to be leading a christian life during the acceleration of everything. But when everything breaks open, it will be a relief.

    I don’t know if this is true or not. The inspiration was quiet, much like God when He inspires. Anyhow, it filled me with such hope, I want to believe it. I choose to believe it. I’ve been wanting to share it for awhile now. I sure hope it gives others hope, too.

    I love reading everyone’s comments and love being part of this group. Please know I am praying for us all. I especially feel drawn to pray for His mercy for food and financials as Pellitier wrote about.

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    • LittleLight says:

      As I re-read, I realized I did a very poor job of conveying what a small miracle this whole episode was. First 2/3’ds of the run slow, agony, hurting. Much like the attempt to trust Our Jesus, and hope. Just when I surrendered all that agony and accepted it as a Reality That I Cannot Change, it started to rain. Instantly, I felt giddy. Hope swelled in a ridiculous way I cannot adequately describe. I was running faster, lighter and not aware of any pains. That was when I heard what I believe to be Our Lord telling answering my prayers. I treasure the memory.

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      • Sarah says:

        Hey, LittleLight, that’s a post right there!

        There’s nothing for it but for us to put one foot in front of the other, or as the Sherpa says: take the next right step.

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      • SteveBC says:

        LittleLight, this is a fine story and metaphor (or is it analogy – I can never keep those straight!). This encapsulates my own feelings more and more. Recently I am often worried that the Collapse and Storm *won’t* come, and we’ll be stuck with the increasing lack of freedom, the corruption, yada, yada, yada.

        So I think my first reaction when the Collapse becomes obvious as beginning to happen, I think I’m going to feel seriously relieved and even happy.

        Then of course, I will realize what’s coming and take a big gulp, and say, “What the heck was I thinking!?!?!?” Once we get into it, the difficulties will tough.

        However, hope for the Rescue may be what we need to cultivate at that point. It’s kinda like the joke about the little boy who gets a box of horse manure for a Christmas present and says right away, “Wow, this is great! Where’s my horse?” When the Collapse happens, I’m going to say, “Wow, this is great! Where’s our Rescue?!?!” 😀

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      • joanp62 says:

        Amazing. God Bless.

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    • Doug says:

      I am inspired! Thank you!

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    • Another Karen says:

      Little Light, you sound very much like me – right down to the husband situation, feeling it would be merciful to go before the storm, and even being an RN. You do have it over me in the running department though, and I do hope I will not need that skill during the storm! I’m sorry that you will be missing the meeting in Boston too, as I would love to meet you….maybe some day. Thanks for the comment and for being part of the group – your insights are appreciated! Enjoy your vacation!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Becky, people whipped up all sorts of concerns at the first session of the Synod last year that, theologically, the Pope blew out of the water at its closing session. I regard this sort of article as akin to speculative nonsense like asking breathlessly, “What if the Synod decides the moon actually IS made of green cheese?” Speculation has to at least be in the near neighborhood of plausibility for me to bother myself with it. This is not.

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  43. Mack says:

    I’ve been noticing more lately how even secular commenters are talking about the world going into a storm. Here’s Victor Davis Hansen:

    “We think the world is growing tense; in fact, it is only the calm before the storm.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421120/our-four-horsemen-apocalypse

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  44. Mary Ann says:

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/understanding-cardinal-walter-kasper

    This is the theological and philosophical explanation, in plain English, of what is going on in the Church. We are “Back to the 70’s” but now there is another false “Thomism” to back up modernism. This interview with a German professor is actually fun and simple.

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  45. Carmelite says:

    “If those waging war on the livelihoods, reputation and person of any who dare to remain seriously Christian had a quarter as much wit as they do attitude, they would be terrified.”
    We should read those words and stand behind them with God’s strength.
    This article sent to be my my “Dubai daughter” is inspiring: https://catholicmoxie.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/a-christian-womans-promise-i-will-not-be-dissuaded/
    Let us get out our weapons .. rosaries prayer ropes, fasting, and whatever we have, for God is at our side and He will prevail!

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  46. Marita says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I was wondering where Iran fits in the Storm? Since our Muslim president gave Iran everything it wants now. We know the world will combat Islam and defeat it, but does Iran do any damage beforehand? I should say more than it’s doing now? Is there a chance, in your opinion, that Israel could strike Iran, to try to slow them down? BTW, you promised a post a couple of months ago about Israel and Iran. I have an excellent memory so I thought I’d remind you. Happy travels, can’t wait to see you in MIchigan.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Though we are not in the fullness of it yet, we ARE in the Storm right now. I expect all of what you are saying, but I don’t spend much of any time fitting it together, for it makes no difference to what is ahead of us…just as Poland knowing whether Germany was going to invade in the early morning hours or the late night hours made no difference. The salient point was that it would invade.

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