Mark Mallet’s Short Story. Prepare.

(I will be in transit the next few days. You need to see this brilliant short story Mark Mallett wrote on the rising controversies in the Church. It is truly inspired. -CJ)

By Mark Mallett

That Pope Francis! …A Short Story

THAT Pope Francis!”

Bill slammed his fist on the table, turning a few heads in the process. Fr. Gabriel smiled wryly. “What now Bill?”

“Splash! Did you hear that?” Kevin quipped, leaning across the table, his hand cupped over his ear. “Another Catholic jumping over the Barque of Peter!”

The three men laughed—well, Bill sort of laughed. He was used to Kevin’s cajoling. Every Saturday morning after Mass, they met at the town diner to talk about everything from baseball to the Beatific vision. But lately, their conversations were more sober, trying to keep up to the whirlwind of change that every week brought. Pope Francis was Bill’s favorite subject of late.

“I’ve had it,” he said. “That Communist crucifix thing was the last straw.” Fr. Gabriel, a young priest ordained only four years, twitched his nose and sat back with his coffee cup in hand, bracing himself for Bill’s customary “Francis rant”. Kevin, the more “liberal” of the three, seemed to be enjoying the moment. He was 31 years younger than Bill who had just celebrated his 60th birthday. While still mostly orthodox in his views, Kevin loved to play the devil’s advocate… just to drive Bill nuts. Kevin was typical of Generation Y in that he bucked the status quo, even though he didn’t always know why. Yet, his faith was strong enough that he knew going to Mass and saying Grace was a good thing; that he shouldn’t surf porn, swear or cheat on taxes.

To any outsider, they would appear a bizarre trio. But even the occasional waitress would get pulled into their mostly friendly debates that, admittedly, were never dull and just challenging enough to make Saturday morning brunch a tradition.

“Every time this Pope opens his mouth, it’s a new crisis,” Bill sighed, rubbing his forehead.

“What about the crucifix, Bill?” Fr. Gabriel asked calmly, even dispassionately. And that only made Bill more angry. Fr. Gabriel always seemed to have an answer in defence of the Pope. Mind you, it calmed him down somewhat—at least until the next crisis. But this time, Bill thought that Fr. Gabriel ought to be outraged.

“Jesus, crucified to a hammer and sickle? Do I need to say any more than that? It’s blasphemous, Padre. Blasphemous!” Fr. Gabriel said nothing, his eyes fixed intently on Bill and a small bead of sweat rolling down from his thinning hairline.

“Well geez, Bill, Pope Francis didn’t make it,” Kevin responded.

He liked this Pope, liked him a lot. He was too young to really remember the charismatic John Paul II who likewise loved to sit with the youth, reach out from his “pope-mobile” and joke around with the faithful. So for him, Francis seemed like the end of centuries of pomp and untouchability. Francis, to him, was kind of a revolution in personi.

“No, he didn’t make it, Kevin,” Bill said in his most condescending tone. “But he accepted it. He even called it a “gesture of warmth”, an “honour”, which he placed at the feet of a statue of Mary. [1], July 11, 2015 Unthinkable.”

“I thought he explained that?” Kevin said, looking to Fr. for reassurance. But the priest continued to stare at Bill. “I mean, he said he was surprised to receive it and that he understood it to be “protest art” from that priest who was murdered there in Bolivia.”

“Still blasphemous,” Bill pronounced.

“What was he supposed to do? Throw it back? Geez, that would be a nice start to his visit.”

“I would have. I’m sure the Blessed Mother would have.”

“Phh, I don’t know. I think he was trying to see the positive side, the artistic expression while trying not to insult his hosts.”

Bill turned in his seat and faced Kevin squarely. “What was the Gospel this morning? Jesus said ‘I didn’t come to bring peace but the sword.’ I’m sick and tired of this Pope trying to placate everyone else while thrusting a sword through his own flock, scandalizing the faithful.” Bill folded his arms in defiance.

“Scandalizing you,” Kevin retorted, irritation rising in his own voice. Fr. Gabriel saw his moment.

“Hm…” he said, drawing the eyes of both men. “Bear with me for a moment. I don’t know, I saw something completely different in the whole thing…” His eyes drifted toward the window as they often did when their discussions struck a chord in him, when he seemed to hear a deeper “word” in their discussions. Both Bill and Kevin loved these moments because, more often than not, “Fr. Gabe” had something profound to say.

“When the President of Bolivia put that chain with the hammer and sickle over the Pope’s neck…”

“Oh yah, I forgot about that,” Bill interrupted.

“…when he put that over his head…” Fr. continued, “…it was, for me, as though the Church was receiving the cross upon her shoulder. While others were shocked and horrified—and it was shocking—I saw, in the person of the Pope, as though the entire Church were entering her passion in which Communism will once again crucify her in a new persecution.”

Bill, who had a deep devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, knew immediately what Fr. Gabriel was getting at, though he was still fighting a sense of repulsion. Indeed, it was at Fatima where Our Lady predicted that the “errors of Russia” would spread throughout the world and that “the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.” Still, Bill was too fired up to concede just yet.

“Well, the Pope seemed pleased by the gifts, contrary to the first media reports that suggested he wasn’t. I don’t think the Pope saw anything prophetic about these so-called ‘honours’.”

“Maybe not,” said Fr. Gabriel. “But the Pope doesn’t have to see everything. When he was elected, he changed mitres, not minds. He’s human, still a man formed by his own experiences, formed by his own environment, a product of his seminary, study, and culture. And he’s still not…”

“…personally infallible,” Bill interrupted again. “Ya, I know Padre. You remind me every time.”

Fr. Gabriel continued. “When I saw that crucifix of Our Lord fixed upon the hammer and sickle, I thought of the alleged seer in Garabandal… um… what’s her name again….?”

“That was condemned, wasn’t it Fr.?” While not strictly opposed to prophetic revelations, Kevin typically dismissed them. “We have the deposit of faith. You don’t have to believe in them,” he would often say, though lacking in conviction. For in private, he often wondered if anything God said could be unimportant. Still, he was a bit jaded by what he perceived to be an unhealthy attachment to the “next message” that so often consumed the “vision seekers”, as he called them. Still, when Fr. Gabriel explained prophecy, something stirred in Kevin if only to make him feel very uncomfortable.

Fr. Gabriel, on the other hand, was a student of prophecy—unusual for both his age and vocation where “private revelation” was often dismissed with a smirk by his fellow clergymen. As such, he kept much of what he knew to himself. “Too hot a potato for the bishop,” his mentor Fr. Adam used to warn.

Gabriel’s mother was a wise and holy woman whom, he did not doubt, had “prayed him into the priesthood.” They used to spend hours sitting in the kitchen discussing the “signs of the times”, the prophecies of Fatima, the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje, the locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, the claims of Fr. Malachi Martin, the insights and prophecies of layman Ralph Martin and so forth. Fr. Gabriel found it all fascinating. As much as his fellow priests often “despised prophecy”, Gabriel was never tempted to set it aside. For what he had learned in those teen years in his mother’s kitchen was now unfolding before his eyes.

“Conchita. That’s her name,” Fr. Gabriel said snapping Bill back to attention. “And no, Kevin, Garabandal was never condemned. A commission there said that they hadn’t ‘found anything deserving of ecclesiastical censure or condemnation either in the doctrine or in the spiritual recommendations that have been published.’ [2]cf.

Kevin said nothing more, knowing he was out of his league.

“Are you ready to order yet?” A young waitress with a polite but forced smile stared down at them. “Ugh, give us a few minutes,” Bill replied. They picked up their menus for a few moments and then set them down again. They always ordered the same thing anyway.

“Garabandal, Fr.?” While he wasn’t too much interested in anything but Fatima (“because it’s approved”), Bill’s curiosity was piqued.

“Well,” Fr. continued, “Conchita was asked when the so-called “warning” would come—an event when the entire world will see their souls as God sees them, almost a judgment-in-miniature before coming chastisements. I believe it’s the sixth seal in the Book of Revelation [3]cf. The Seven Seals of Revolution  and what some of the saints and mystics have spoken of as a “great shaking.” [4]Fatima and the Great Shaking; see also Great Shaking, Great Awakening As for the timing, Conchita responded, “When Communism comes again everything will happen.” When she was asked what she meant by “comes again”, Conchita replied, “Yes, when it newly comes again.” She was then asked if that meant that Communism would go away before that. But she said she didn’t know, only that “the Blessed Virgin simply said ‘when Communism comes again’.” [5]cf. Garabandal—Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal – The Finger of God), Albrecht Weber, n. 2; excerpt from

Fr. Gabriel gazed out the window again as each man retreated into his own thoughts.

Bill was a “pro-lifer” and heavily involved in the “culture wars.” He followed the headlines assiduously, often forwarding commentaries decrying the irrationality of abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia to his children and extended family who had all left the Church. Rarely did he ever get a reply. But for all of Bill’s sometimes bold insensitivities, he also had a heart of gold. He spent two hours a
week in adoration (sometimes three or four when others couldn’t fill their slots). He prayed once a month in front of the abortion clinic and visited the senior’s home with Fr. Gabriel straight after their Saturday brunches. And he prayed his Rosary every day, though he often fell asleep half way through. Most of all, unknown to even his wife, Bill would weep silently before the Blessed Sacrament, broken-hearted over a world hell-bent on destruction. The Supreme Court’s decision to invent out of thin air same-sex “marriage” left him numb… It was tyranny by judicial activism. He knew that the assurances they gave that “freedom of religion” would be safe-guarded were nothing but lies. Already, politicians were calling for the Church to lose her tax-exempt status if she would not conform to the new religion of the State.

While Bill often shared with others the warnings of Fatima, it was always kind of surreal to him, as though those days were still a ways off. But now, as though shaken from a deep sleep, Bill realized they were living them in real time.

Fidgeting with his napkin, he looked up at Fr. Gabriel. “You know, Padre, Fr. Josef Pawloz used to say that, what happened in Germany, is now happening here in America. But nobody sees it. He used to say that over and over again, but everyone dismissed him as an old Pole with paranoia.”

The waitress returned, took their orders and refilled their coffee cups.

Kevin, who would normally attempt to vanquish Bill’s “doom and gloom”, tapped nervously on the top of an unopened creamer. “I have to admit, I always thought that the rhetoric of the “right-wing” was a bit over the top. You know, that the President is a commie, a socialist, a Marxist, yadda yadda. But what’s with his statement that people should have the “freedom to worship” as opposed to saying “freedom of religion”? [6]cf., July 19, 2010 Okay, so people, you’re free to worship your god, your cat, your car, your computer… go ahead, nobody’s stopping you. But don’t you dare bring your religion into the street. I don’t know, I’m a bit young and rusty on my history in terms of Communism, but from what I do know, that sounds more like Russia 50 years ago than the United States.”

Fr. Gabriel opened his mouth to reply but Bill cut him off.

“Okay, ya, so that’s my point. I mean, what the heck is the Pope saying these days? Just this past week, he slammed capitalism calling it the “dung of the devil.” I mean, first he takes this hammer and sickle cross-art-thing and then rips into capitalism. For the love of God, is this Pope a Marxist??”

“’Unfettered capitalism’”, Fr. Gabriel replied.


“The Pope criticized “unfettered capitalism” not capitalism per se. Ya, I saw the headlines too, Bill: ‘Pope condemns capitalism’, but that’s not what he did. He was condemning greed and materialism. Once again, his words are being given a twist, just enough of a twist to make him say what he didn’t say.”

“What, you too?!” Bill said, his mouth gaping wide. Kevin smirked.

“Wait a minute Bill, listen to me. We all know the stock market is rigged—you yourself said it’s totally manipulated. The Federal Reserve is printing money to pay the interest on our trillions of dollars of national debt. Personal debt is at an all-time high. Jobs are getting more scarce as machines and imports take their place. And the crash of 2008 is nothing compared to the one that’s coming. I mean, from what I’ve read, economists are saying that our economy is like a house of cards, and that Greece may be just the start of it all coming down. I read one economist who said that ‘the crash of 2008 was just a speed bump on the way to the main event… the consequences are gonna be horrific… the rest of the decade will bring us the greatest financial calamity in history.’ [7]cf. Mike Maloney, host of Hidden Secrets of Money,; Dec. 5th, 2013 In the meantime, the rich are getting richer, the middle class is disappearing, the poor are getting poorer, or at least, more in debt.”

“Okay, fine. We can all see that the economy is sick, but… but… well, the Pope is calling for ‘one world with a common plan’. Those were his words, Fr. Gabriel. Sounds to me like something a Freemason would say.”

Before he could stop himself, Fr. Gabriel rolled his eyes. They’d been down this road before. Bill, having read some alleged “private revelation” and a few conspiracy theories in the Catholic press, still toyed with the idea that Francis was a Masonic implant. That was two weeks ago. The week after, Francis was a promoter of liberation theology. And this week, well, he’s a Marxist.

“Splash! Did you hear that?” Kevin said, laughing out loud.

Fr. Gabriel, sensing that the conversation could quickly spiral into a war of papal quotes and misquotes, decided to change tactics.

“Look Bill, you’re rattled because you think the Pope is leading the Church into the mouth of the beast, right?” Bill looked at him with his mouth open, blinked twice, and said, “Yes. Yes, I do.”

“And Kevin, you think the Pope is inspiring and doing a fine job, right?” “Uh, hm-hm,” he nodded.

“Well, what if you learned that Pope Francis fathered four children?”

Both men stared back in utter disbelief.

“Oh my God,” said Bill. “You’re kidding, right?”

“Pope Alexander VI fathered four kids. Moreover, he gave positions of power to his family. Then there was Pope Leo X who apparently sold indulgences to raise funds. Oh, then there’s Stephen VI who, out of hatred, dragged his predecessor’s corpse through city streets. Then there’s Benedict IX who actually sold his papacy. It was Clement V who imposed high taxes and openly gave land to supporters and family members. And this one’s a keeper: Pope Sergius III ordered the death of anti-pope Christopher… and then took the papacy himself only to, allegedly, father a child who would become Pope John XI.”

Fr. Gabriel paused for a moment, casually sipping his coffee to let the words sink in a bit.

“What I’m trying to say,” he continued, “is that popes have at times, in the Church’s history, made some very, very poor choices. They’ve sinned and scandalized the faithful. I mean, even Peter had to be corrected by Paul for his hypocrisy.” [8]cf. Gal 2:11 The young priest took a deep breath, held it for a moment, and then continued, “I mean, to be honest guys, I can’t say I agree with Pope Francis’ choice to throw his moral authority behind so-called ‘global warming’.”

He glanced over at Kevin who rolled his eyes.

“I know, Kevin, I know—we’ve had this discussion. But I think we can both agree that with “Climategate” and the totalitarian attitude of those who disagree with the science of global warming, that something isn’t right here. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [9]cf. 2 Cor 3:17 Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” [10]cf. John 18:36 Someday, in hindsight, we might look back and realize that this was another Galileo moment, another misstep from the mandate Christ gave the Church.”

“Damn right, or worse” said Bill. “Oops, sorry Padre. But I’m worried about all those bloody scientists and other advisors the Pope’s been gathering around himself who have openly hinted at population reduction, even proposing that people who are climate “deniers” should be arrested. I mean, there is an ideology behind some of these global warmists that is really just Communism with a facelift. I tell you, Padre, it feels like the Church is being set up to be crucified.”

Bill stopped and realized what he’d just said.

Being prepared for her own passion,” Fr. Gabriel echoed.

A long minute passed as no one said a word. Kevin was piecing together all the little tidbits of Saturday brunches, the prophecies he tried to ignore, the troublesome but truthful words that both Bill and Fr. Gabe shared, but which he managed to keep on the periphery of his predictable life. Now he found himself on the inside, surrounded by a crushing reality… and yet, he felt a strange peace. His heart was stirring, burning in fact, as though he sensed his own life was about to take a massive turn.

“So what you’re saying, Fr. Gabe…” Kevin squinted over his coffee mug as though ceramic could hold back the deluge of truth, “…is that you see this hammer and sickle cross as a “prophetic sign” that the—how did you put it last week—that the “hour of the Church’s passion” has arrived?”

“Maybe. I mean, there’s a momentum today, almost a “mob mentality” growing against the Church. Once a mob forms, events can move very quickly—like they did during the French Revolution. But this time, it’s like a global revolution underway. No, I don’t believe the Pope is purposely leading the Church to her demise. I can’t say I understand everything he’s doing, but then, consider this. Jesus said that He came to do the Father’s will and that He did only what the Father told Him to. It was the Father’s will, then, that Jesus choose Judas as an Apostle. While this must have shaken the faith of the other Apostles that their wise Teacher would have chosen, in His words, “ a devil” as one of the Twelve, [11]cf. John 6:70 in the end, God worked this evil toward the good, toward the salvation of mankind.”

“I don’t follow you, Padre.” Bill ignored the plate of eggs and sausage placed under his nose. “Are you saying that the Holy Spirit is prompting Pope Francis to forge these, these…. ungodly alliances?”

“I don’t know, Bill. I’m not the Pope. Francis has said that the Church needs to be more welcoming, and I think he means it. I think he chooses to see the good, to listen to the good, even in those whom you and I might call ‘enemies of the Church.’”

Kevin nodded vigorously.

“Jesus openly dined with the ‘enemies of the Church’ as well,” Fr. Gabriel continued, “and in the process, converted them. It’s clear Pope Francis believes that building bridges rather than walls is a better way to evangelize. Who am I to judge?” [12]cf. Who Am I to Judge?

Bill coughed while Kevin choked on his egg. “Oh God, don’t go there,” Bill said as he drove his fork into a sausage. It was needed comic relief.

“Okay, I have one more thought,” Fr. Gabriel added as he pulled his plate in front of him. “But we should say Grace first.”

As they finished with the Sign of the Cross, Fr. Gabriel looked up at his friends seated across from him and sensed a great love well up in his heart. He felt the transcendent authority and charge laid upon him at his ordination to shepherd and guide souls, to encourage and lead, to admonish and mend.

“Brothers—and that’s what you truly are to me—you’ve heard me say that we are entering into a Great Storm. We see it all around us. Part of this Storm is not only the judgment of the world, but first and foremost, of the Church herself. The Catechism states that ‘she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.’ [13]cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 677 What does that look like? Well, what did Jesus look like in those final hours? He was a scandal to his followers! His appearance was beyond recognition. He seemed utterly helpless, weak, defeated. So it will be with the Church. She will appear lost, her grandeur gone, her influence dissolved, her beauty and truth all but destroyed. She will be crucified, as it were, to this “new world order” emerging, this beast… this new Communism.

“What I’m saying is that we don’t have to understand everything that’s happening with the Pope, in fact, we cannot. As Fr. Adam used to say to me, “The Pope’s not your problem.” It’s true. Jesus declared Peter, this man of flesh and blood, to be the rock of the Church. And for 2000 years, despite some of the scoundrels we’ve had at the helm of the Barque of Peter, not one pope has ever changed the deposit of faith and morals that comprises Sacred Tradition. Not one, Bill. Why? Because it is Jesus, not the Pope, who is building His Church. [14]cf. Jesus, the Wise Builder  It is Jesus who has made the Pope that visible and perpetual sign of unity and faith. It is Jesus who has made him rock. As Our Lord said, “It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.” [15]cf. John 6:36

Bill silently nodded as Fr. continued.

“The Proverb comes to mind:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. (Prov 3:5-7)

“For all the suspicion, [16]cf. The Spirit of Suspicion  speculation, and conspiracies flying around the Pope these days, what is it doing except creating anxiety and division? There is only one thing necessary: to be at the feet of Jesus, to be faithful.

“I think of St. John at the Last Supper. When Jesus said that one of them would betray Him, the Apostles began to murmur and whisper and try to solve who it was. But not St. gesuegiovanniJohn. He simply kept his head upon the breast of Christ, listening to His divine, constant, and re-assuring heartbeats. Do you think it is a coincidence, then, that St. John was the only Apostle to stand beneath the Cross during that bitter Passion? If we are going to get through this Storm, through the Passion of the Church, then we have to stop whispering, speculating, fretting and worrying about things beyond our understanding and begin to simply rest in the Heart of Christ instead of relying on our own intelligence. It’s called faith, brothers. We must begin to walk by this night of faith, not sight. Then, yes, the Lord will make straight our paths; then we will sail safely to the other side of the Harbour.”

Gently hitting his fist on the table he cast a glance that would freeze a lion.

“Because, gentlemen, the Pope may be the Captain of the Barque of Peter, but Christ is its Admiral. Jesus may be asleep in the hull of the Ship, or so it seems, but He is the Keeper of the Storm. He is our Leader, Our Great Shepherd, and the one who will guide us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. You can take that to the bank.”

“Unless the banks are shut down by then,” Kevin winked.

Fr. Gabriel’s face suddenly became sad as both men returned his gaze. “Brothers, I beg you: pray for me, pray for the Pope, pray for us shepherds. Don’t judge us. Pray for us that we will be faithful.”

“We will Fr.”

“Thank you. Then I’ll buy brunch.”

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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55 Responses to Mark Mallet’s Short Story. Prepare.

  1. bflocatholic says:

    I agree – a brilliant and timely piece from Mark. I identified with both of the non-priest characters to a certain extent. I suspect we have all seen this dynamic playing out in our daily lives these past weeks.


  2. SteveBC says:

    Yes, Charlie, I saw this yesterday and loved it. Thank you for putting this up so I could reread it. 🙂


  3. Teresa D says:

    Thanks, Charlie. I read this yesterday and thought I hope Charlie reprints this because the more people who read this the better!!!


  4. jaykay says:

    Yes, Charlie, and friends, Mark M. is truly telling it as it is now for so many of us. I like to relate things to past times, even though the past never truly repeats itself (how can it, since we have free will, God-granted), but I feel we’re currently in something like a parallel to about 1938, with Chamberlain (a good but misguided man) waving his silly piece of paper and proclaiming “peace in our time”. And the truth, as I see it, is that evil sniggers at our self-deception while we haven’t even begun to prepare our defences. It’ll come, as September 3rd 1939 came to Europe. December 7th 1941 in US terms. But the whole Western world is like Poland circa August 39, not realising the onslaught to come. We’ve blown it, basically. Only God can help us now. And we’ve rejected Him, largely.

    This is not despair, just reality. And could I ask your prayers for the soul of young Mary Ann O’Driscoll, aged 24, whom I’ve just heard was killed in a road accident in Liberia earlier today. Her sister is a friend of mine from the Irish Chartres pilgrimage group. She was on missionary work there. God grant her rest, and peace and healing to her family who are the salt of the Earth. I know she, and her family, will be in your prayers.

    God bless all, J.

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  5. Ann says:

    I read this this morning. It is truly inspired. And it was like reading one of my favorite Catholic novels, Pierced by a Sword by Bud MacFarlane Jr. but I was reading our reality.

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    • nanannda2 says:

      That is a wonderful comparison Ann. I love Bud McFarlane Jr.’s novels as well. Did you read House of Gold? There was another one too, but I can’t remember the name. If the Lord keeps giving Mark these inspirations, he’ll have to write another book too!!


      • Teresa D says:

        “House of Gold” is the sequel to “Conceived Without Sin”. I just finished re-reading all three Bud Macfarlane, Jr. books; the time seemed about right.


  6. Rob Crossland says:

    Charlie – my thanks and appreciation to you, Mark, and my sister-in-law, Patti, who referred me to you both. Your writings have brought me back to Catholicism. Your forthright dealing with tough issues in a knowledgeable and intellectually honest way has done it. Loved Mark’s story.
    From my point of view I felt Fr. Gabriel represented you and Mark, Bill represented Patti and me, and Kevin represented those Patti and I reach out to.

    From kindergarten through junior high I was sent by my parents (who I never saw pray) to Sunday School at the local Congregational Church. I quit and over the next 34 years went about my life practicing law and raising 3 kids becoming complacent not knowing if God exists. Then, my oldest son was killed in an accident at the age of 17 in 1992. Devastating. He was very well liked and loved by all who knew him. I was 48 and not knowing was no longer good enough. The idea that all we have is this physical life and his was so prematurely snuffed out made me nearly throw up. But I couldn’t believe just because I wanted Christianity to be true. I had to be convinced it is true – another doubting Thomas. I needed help if this loss was not going to make my life go black. The best support I received was from my wife and her family, Catholics, and my cousin, Barbara, Catholic, who co-founded a grief support group at the Fresno, California, Newman Center. I knew I could not find God without help and since it was Catholics who reached out to me that is where I started, but it did not really take. It seemed to me to be just memorizing rules and ritual.

    In 2004 at age 60 I was invited by my true friend, Ron, another convert to Catholicism, to join a Bible study group led by an old friend of his, an Evangelical named Tom who is a well respected interdenominational Christian leader in Fresno – a patient, good humored believer. We started with C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, which had me riveted from the beginning. C.S. Lewis made it possible for me to believe. Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ also helped. I accepted Christ and tried to follow but giving up control – trusting in the Lord – has always been a stretch for me. My wife, Denise, and I attended Catholic Mass pretty regularly from 1994 through about 2011 when I became more and more troubled. All ritual and rules and intermediaries. Evangelicals seek a personal relationship with Christ, but until you and Mark I did not hear Catholics self identify as Christians. You do that and do speak of a personal relationship with Christ.

    End Times Prophesy: There are excellent Protestant Biblical scholars but I was not aware of how rich Catholic teaching is on Prophesy until Mark knocked my socks off with his extensive Papal quotations, from early years through the millennia up to and including the present. And your faith, knowledge, wisdom, strategy, and patience – especially for one who I suspect is – like me – impatient by nature – Wonderful; thank you. You have such an interesting combination of confidence and humility. I believe your Angel speaks to you and get that it is not a gps to the future. An honor and a frightening burden. And thank you for relieving me of my misguided quest to try very hard to figure out what is going to happen. Trust in God. Do the next right thing. Be a source of hope for those around you. Wonderful. I hope to get better at it. Thank you, Charlie, and thank you, Mark

    Oh yes. I believe Mark and others you have written about receive messages from the Lord. I am not aware of modern day Protestants receiving such. Maybe some do and I believe there are good Protestant Christians who trust in the Lord and will have eternal life. I wonder though if God’s speaking mostly (entirely?) to Catholics is a message to Protestants to come on home. I remain too ignorant to answer these questions but they do intrigue me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Rob. You have been through the refiner’s forge. The thing I most feared is losing a child in this life. My heart goes out to any who have been through that fiery trial. As for patience, you have it. I am not patient by nature…but the good Lord has knocked some patience into me. It remains a work in progress.

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    • Sarah says:

      Rob: Have you noticed how Protestant churches in the last few years have started doing “Catholic” things? I mean like celebrating Advent, Ash Wednesday, Lent — things I never remember any of them doing in the past. (Episcopalians being a special case.) By the way, I was baptized a Methodist, confirmed an Episcopalian, and received into the Catholic Church in 1979. Been all around the block.


      • marie says:

        Sarah, I’ve noticed that too. They’ve also started providing candles for people to light (at least here in Denmark).


    • Lily says:

      I think that Protestants are being called as well, but it may be harder to see iy because of all the separate groups. There are people all over that see the signs of the times. It is interesting though, as Sarah mentions, Protestant churches doing ‘Catholic’ things. Seeing the faith of people on this blog strengthens my faith too, and draws me in. Something that I hadn’t thought about before, is how valuable and important the Pope is, even for Protestants, simply to have a Christian leader on the same level as the other leaders of nations, advocating to the world for God’s ways. It is amazing. God is amazing.


      • Belinda says:

        Lily, when you say Protestants are being called, I think of Rick Warren. He seems to be a church leader that looks for the good in all the religions and has spoken positively about the Church and the leaders he has encountered. And for this he has been attacked by other Protestant church leaders. When I read some of his comments, I see him trying to unite all Christians, as our Lord has asked us to do. I pray for him and those of like mind.


  7. MTbutterfly says:

    I can’t even find words to describe how touched I am by this story. It is so true. The part about what the crucifixion of the Church will look like was chilling, but made perfect sense as the days continue to unfold and the part about St. John gives me great hope. Trust in God. Take the next right step. Be a sign of hope to those around us. Prayers for you Charlie as you continue to guide us and for all of us here at TNRS.


  8. Mary W. says:

    Wow! This briliant short story took my breath away. Begs the question: are we ready and willing to accept the duty of living and dying for our Church, for Our Jesus, right here and right now? Charlie, Mark, and all those guiding stars here are reassuring us that we are indeed able to preform that duty as long as we Trust and Love, as John did, following in the footsteps, if I may add, of Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, with her Fiat.


  9. nanannda2 says:

    I was astonished at the brilliance of Mark’s short story! Not that I think for a minute such a thing is beyond him! It is so cleverly done, and as usual it is great food for thought. I love it!


  10. Catma27 says:

    Thank you for putting this up! I was hoping you would!!!
    Lord, lead us and guide us! Amen Alleluia Glory!!


  11. Dorothy W says:

    When I read this story on Mark’s blog I was struck by how little the communists understand about God and His great love for us. I had read the story of the crucifix presented to the Holy Father but had not seen a picture of the “artwork” until Mark’s post. Is this not a true symbol or illustration of what the goals of communism have been for the past century? In their ignorance they have created a symbol of that truth. And I truly believe that God has allowed this so they have inadvertently been made to show the author of their actions. The father of lies does not want the world to see his plans but our Lord has a way of using their arrogance to unmask the true purpose of their evil deeds. The Blessed Virgin warned us at Fatima. I believe Our Lady would embrace this symbol with tears of love for all those who have been martyred because of this ideology knowing that their sacrifice has been joined to that of her son. God bless all who will join her through prayers and sacrifices.

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    • Irish7 says:

      Very insightful, Dorothy. Thank you for sharing.


      • jaykay says:

        Beautiful insight, Dorothy. The cross, of course, was originally an infamous symbol, until we were redeemed by it. As He said: “I make all things new”. And he uses evil, in its snickering, arrogant self-delusion, to serve His purpose. The joke is truly on the father of lies in this instance!And he probably can’t even see it. Hah!


  12. Jean says:

    When I first heard about that Crucifix on a hammer and sickle, my immediate gut reaction was that it was a sign of things to come. I admit I’m well versed on Garabandal and about the Church following our Lord through His Passion, so it was not a stretch to interpret it that way. I am quite shocked to come on here and read a story that reads it the same way. Also, I’m surprised to see what it actually is because I thought it was a necklace. Gees, what is the Pope supposed to do with that thing?


  13. GB says:

    This article is extremely interesting in context of Mark Mallett’s current piece and Charlie’s earlier piece about a potential blunder by the Holy Father…


  14. Murt. says:

    That Pope Francis !!

    Quite the three words to describe an old Man of The Cloth I would think. My own view on him is not yet where I would like it to be alas. I have been reading of him, the things he would say, maybe not say, but most always bent to a media bent of modernity. He does have quite the task ahead of him I think. Needing a lot of guidance which seems to come from all quarters in his ship of office. The smoke of old red legs about his house is but one of his main concerns. I have read on numerous occasions of seers and the like of him being the chosen son of Our Holy Mother for times such as those. Two captains of one ship of our Christian past is not a new thing, but we are given more to discern in those times of those Pastors. Francis would be more easy on the eye it would appear, but wrappers contain sweets of different values.

    I for one like his countenance, his not too quick of reply without thought. How our media will sell him is quite the other story, but old red legs has quite the handle on those misfits to give them a nice title for that fellows reasons. Those in my locale who are not all that afraid of my twist on things who have the misfortune to ask of my view on him deserve my thoughts only as I try to read up on what I really think as to my reading of him. For our/my part I would only hope we could offer up a great deal of our Rosary to Our Holy Mother with the fervent hope he is Her choice as given by God for our times. Those presstitutes really give him some small honour as they refer to him as a Communist of late. Any old ism will suffice to denigrate his efforts but Commune-ism seems no small accolade if we call those dupes out on playing with words.

    Easily applied ism’s are no small accident in any given number of years. We only have to travel back a short while really in the plan of evil minds to see how those words are so apt to confusion. Communism it would appear now of some modern writers to have been a curse of Russia to plague our modern world. A study of history of the invention of communism of Engels, Marks, Lenin, and those who espoused their thoughts. Mao, Pol Pot, any of those really in modern times. Their financing, their murder of Intelligentsia, Thinkers, with a particular bent on Christians and their way of adoration. No small accident of thought it should arrive on American and other societies. The culling of Christian devotion in the war to end all wars was but a plan to yet another war to continue war as a means of control. Profit and loss in the great plan of the factory of war where clocking out seems to have become such a hazard to division of labour.

    Well geez indeed as our learned suppers would use a word of man to replace The Christ. Not this scribblers place to accost more learned people than I in all the conversation of how we scandalized and use the names of the choice of The Holy Mother of Her child. I too cry but alas in an inward way as I hear people use this word in any form. I decry the coward in myself as I hear people use His name as a curse word in any form. I am trying to correct people of late for this little abomination, but not doing all that good of a job. Just one more abomination I had thought as I read of this sycle and hammer with The Christ Crucified. We should take some comfort of it thought I thought as Francis had the good manners to accept this gift. Given as it may have been by insult or injury he did know where to place it. At the foot of His Mentor we have to believe as I have to believe it were an offence to His Holy Mother, that old serpent will have company. There is also the possibility of Francis knowing it was a depiction of The Christ overcoming the miss use of the word Commune-ism.

    I wrote you some time ago Charlie as I would chide you on your wish to as of us here to support young Joey in his dilemma. Not meant in a bad way I assure you but more of an observation as to how you would request aid for him and his family. Not all that well put together on my part which did annoy me, not you and your good intention. That see now Charlie is my thought on Communism. No need really to ask for help on here as it is something of which those here who have more than what they may need. A simple mention of the word trouble of our neighbour needs no initiation. Not a slight on my part as to readership here as most are like myself just trying to get by, give to those in our family and local community if possible. The debate on prophecy, prophets good and not so good. All telling the one story of where we are and just what it is we are about to be served up with. Just rewards for a man given over to human nature. Just rewards for man turning a blind eye. No need to cast a view of the minds eye to know we have been lied to, lied to again by those who seem to control all of where we are. No need to quote heroes of the past to allay our fears as we are to look to modern heroes. They are all cut from the one cloth of humankind. We get those we deserve as we seem to mostly to choose self as we are programmed to do. Germany, Russia of old, Syria, Ukraine of new, just a hop and a trip to industry of old where managers send our children to work and die for just cause.

    Alas Charlie in all of this I am mostly bereft of how we are to act out this final scene in this sad opera of life. Try to give good advice to those who are foolish enough to ask of me direction. Try not to be mean in my judgment, but always being a little critical in observation. Thankfully there are more people on here who seem to have their heart in the right place, give honest advice, prophecy and how to guide us. We have to pray for all who try to tell us things, but most of all we have to pray for all we read of regardless of how we see it. Some prophecy seems to stand alone on places we seem to look for guidance. One place I was reading recently asked for prayers for a local Priest. A simple thing really but also a most important plea……………

    Prayer, The Rosary, and Divine Mercy as a short and simple prayer. Mercy will be given. We only have to ask for Mercy as we seem to be living in a time of Divine Mercy.

    Dia agus beannacht leat. Murt.


  15. Great story. The “gift” was quite ominous I must say. The Communists have been planning the destruction of the Catholic Church since 1917. I believe they will manage to cause much damage but in the end they will be used to purify the Church through trials and to bring about the glorious day of Our Lord. IN THIS UNIVERSE ALL ARE WORKING FOR NO ONE BUT FOR OUR ALMIGHTY GOD.

    I was quite busy on taking care of many unproductive things this week and so I was not able to do much study but I did have one or two days to continue revising the work I have been doing on the matter of the two witnesses on Revelation 11. I won’t repeat the whole thing here but suffice to say this to refresh the basic hypothesis on everyone’s memory:

    We have for the first time in history two living popes who are in accord. The Old Testament states that two witnesses are needed to establish a legal fact. Revelation 11 mentions two witnesses who live and act in the last part of the end times (that is deducted from the context, please read it) thus my hypothesis which by no means tries to calculate “the time and the hour.” On 19MAR2013 Pope Francis ascends to the papacy. Therefore we have the two witnesses since that day. Those two witnesses have to preach penance for 1260 days. If we add 1260 days to 19MAR2013: We arrive to 31AUG2016. By that time the two witnesses should be martyrs. They are “left outside the walls” for three days and then they are resurrected in view of the whole world and taken up to Heaven. The “outside the walls” expression may be important. I remember from my readings in Roman History that the center of Rome (intramuri) was consider sacred by pagans. Corpses and weapons were strictly forbidden. That seems to indicate a temporary return of Rome to pagan control

    Duality + Martyrdom
    I connect this with the vision of Fatima where the little seers contemplate a Holy Father that walks through a city destroyed blessing many dead on the streets and ruins. Later in that vision “a bishop dressed in white” (sic) is pierced by arrows. That reminded me of St Sebastian who was twice martyred by a Roman emperor in the same manner. Get the clue? Arrows + twice martyred, and arrows + two martyrs. While the visionaries see “one bishop” their vision may represent the Papacy itself, the arrows represent (and conceal until the right time) the duality of that particular martyrdom.

    Destruction of the city + Martyrdom
    Obviously there is a city being destroyed before the Pope in the vision can walk through it blessing the victims. Is that city Rome? I tend to think so, there are some signs. St Malachi of Armagh says of the last Pope before the Triumph: “and the city of the seven hills will be destroyed” but lots of cities have seven hills besides Rome, including Jerusalem and Lynchburg, Virginia! Still I think our saint refers obliquely to Rome. Now to some of the new findings — new for me for these are old knowledge — Jerusalem was taken by the Babylonians in 588 b.C. The Jewish historians note the Nebuchadnezzar “broke through the walls” on the 17th day of the month of Tamuz. Now that is a day “that will live in infamy” because in the same day long before, the Israelites made and worshiped the golden calf. In that occasion most priests and people had abandoned pure worship while Moses was “up the mountain conversing with God.” Remember that because that is a powerful model of the final days when Christ is still “up there in Heaven” and many in the Church unfaithfully consort with the world. So in 17 Tamuz the Babylonians break through the wall. After a few days of heavy fight, later on the 9 of Av they reach the Temple and destroy it at three in the afternoon (I have to confirm this hour, I only have one source.) Now six centuries later the Roman legions of Titus Vespasianus surround Jerusalem again. This time Jerusalem had rejected Jesus (see Matthew 23:37.) Now get a load of this: the Romans broke through he walls on 17 Tamuz and the forward legion (mainly Germans and Celts) burns the Temple on the 9th day of Av at three in the afternoon!

    There is a pattern here of religious impurity being punished on certain dates. I mean no disrespect but I must make this next remark. The US Supreme Court passed that measure on homosexual unions on the days leading to the 4th of July (how awful!) and that 4th of July of 2015 was also the 17 of Tamuz, I am not making this up. The following 9th of Av falls on next July 25. I think those events indicate that our nation, like ancient Israel will be purified by various trials.

    Going back to the schedule of the two witnesses in Rome:
    The 17 of Tamuz falls on 23JUL2016, and the following 9th of Av falls on a Fatima date: 13AUG2016! That is exactly 1260 days after the conclave of 13MAR2013 elected Pope Francis. It seems to me that this is pointing at the destruction of the city before the martyrdom of our two beloved Popes. May my simple and ignorant interpretation be most absolutely wrong but that is what I sincerely believe to be the sequence (or at least a possible sequence) using simple common sense.

    Brothers and sisters, the following days bring much to pay attention to:

    13SEP2015 End of the Sabatical Year and begin of the Jubilee Year (5776, Liberation)
    23SEP2015 Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
    28SEP2015 The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
    A Super Moon rises that is also a Blood Moon that night, the 4th Blood Moon of a Tetrad that started on Passover of 2014 (the 4 moons of the Tetrad rose on Pesach+Sukkot+Pesach+Sukkot)

    May the Lord grant all of us purity, endurance, wisdom, and the glorious gift of seeing Him on the other side of the Storm. God bless you!

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    • Murt. says:

      Not all that sure of putting the reply of mine to the correct poster, but I am most impressed with this description of Carlos as to so many variables on so many well thought out thoughts on so many of prophecy, Quiet succinct really as in the quote,


      We have to try to remember of one constant in all things Prophetic in modern times. Not really all that modern really as we have any number of boffins who would put their own spin on where we are, where we are destined to be in those times. The figure of the two Pontiffs has always been a thought of mine but how to figure it seem to have always alluded me. I have to admit I have no great knowing as to how this plan of God works. I just trust He knows what He is about, so I could only look to my faith in those things I have come to believe, and just trust in His plan.

      The great jewels of this place in my opinion has always been those who ponder such thoughts. Put some effort in trying to explain in layman’s terms to old fools in need of ideas. Not political harangue to confuse Cesar with those who lead us to seeming perdition. I have said on her on occasion of we being living in strange times, but truth to be told times are only strange if we lack guidance by those who try to study of where we are now. I am slightly at odds with the both Popes being martyred as it seems to me if God had a plan He would not be inclined to leave His people without a shepherd when all is in confusion.

      Malachi would have been someone I have read a little of. He would most likely not have made a severe mistake in his vision, but there are many people with different views on his interpretation. God in His wisdom is not averse to use all of His creation to correct our modern snub of His thinking. The German, and Celts were a formidable faction of olden times. Doberman as a weapon with no tail to show emotion as a prelude to war was quite the turning point of man in his plan as they were released pre battle. The DNA according to some modern conspiracy buffs is still an asset to our modern he-man as my own history of an older Elizabethan soldiers faced old Celts. Poisoning,subterfuge, of “Braveheart”, the last great defeat of Welsh dissent, but then I will meander.

      The scribbler would have no great part of knowing of this Jerusalem you write of, but it has always been a thought of the US being the New Jerusalem. I was never a great believer of the modern state of Israel being the one of “This One up there” as I always took it to be a modern construction of cute connivance of modern man. The Israelite I always believed to be the one true people of a tired God. Modern man is not above using dates of God given to The Israelite to suit his own bent. But I will bow to your using dates which I know nothing of. The dates you use of old may well be relevant to modern times, but then we shall see alas.

      “May the Lord grant all of us purity, endurance, wisdom, and the glorious gift of seeing Him on the other side of the Storm. God bless you!”

      Kudos to you indeed in this forum with some insight, food for thought, a very well thought out piece. I have tended to be known as something of a thread killer as I post on blogs. Not meant in a bad way I hope as I seem to take issue with some who cry in pottage which I may add is not meant in any general direction. I tend to cry in my whiskey on occasion. That barkeep of my rant would on those occasions just Cock His eye as He seems to wish I use another bar for my tired musings. He just stands at a distance it seems and wonders if I should just grow a brain, but, oh well I seem to like old places of my miss spent scrying. There are great writers here, people who look for guidance, (me in particular), but then I do get annoyed as I read people who seem to put trust in pa-ra-dime, political hacks, presstitutes, and the lifetime of the toady/dupe vista. The one saving grace of where I am now in life is the gift of knowing I don’t know so many things. I suppose this gives me the gift of some form of faith of that which I cannot see. Would it were I could stick to looking at broken old clocks, not knowing what made them give up the ghost, but most of those I have here driving visitors insane. A time of grace, all different tick and tock, but counting down to that which will be.

      Dia dhuit A cara,
      Godspeed. Murt.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Carlos, very interesting about two witnesses. I know I am off from this track.

      Just let you know that Pope Francis asked for “very unusual request” to have the Incorrupt body of St Padre Pio to be displayed in St Peter, Rome on 8th February 2016. I think Pope Francis wants to show the World that The Catholic Church is the True one by using the Incorrupt Body of Padre Pio.

      I am quite sure that it will be on the big television news around the globe….I am very excited to see this day coming.

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      • When I read your comment I felt in my heart the words Sollievo della sofferenza, the name of Padre Pio’s mission to alleviate the suffering of the sick. Padre Pio is instrumental to the end of times. He received the Lord’s stigmata on a September 20, 1918 shortly before the end of the Great War. Some believe that God, through Pio’s suffering and persecutions, shortened the carnage of the war. From now on EVERYTHING the Pope does will be highly significant, more significant than ever before.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Moon phases for Jerusalem, Israel in year 2015 – Time and Date

      The moon phase calculator shows exact times of the various moon phases for …
      month); Super Full Moon occurs on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:50 AM …

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      • Thank you, Barbara. This is very useful. I copied it to my study Excel spreadhseet. That Super Full Moon will also be in eclipse. It is significant because it is happening right on Sukkot and it is the first full moon of the Jubilee.


        • The spirit of the abomination is present at every age. In fact that is the biblical view of it according both to St Paul and St John. However there is a clue to know why the abomination is manifest in History and yet not able to engage in a full rebellion against the Church.

          “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? And you know what is restraininghim now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thes. 2:1-12

          Compare the image with this other passage:

          It was just before the PassoverFeast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father […] Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

          Notice the correlation between both passages. There are many passages in the Bible that can be used but these two are quite clearly related, in my humble opinion. What do I see here is a sequence of events.

          a. The revelation of the abomination occurs before the Passover of the Lord, that is before the day of liberation at the end of days.

          b. The abomination is “standing where it ought not” like Judas among the disciples in the most intimate and sacred of all moments with Jesus.

          c. The abomination — until that moment — operates under a divine restriction. In the Last Supper that restriction is lifted at the same time that the abomination is revealed to those closest to Jesus (John and Peter) by an act of kindness, the giving of bread, Jesus points at him. Instead of receiving Jesus’ kindness with repentance Judas continues to conceal his evil plans and rejects the Eucharist and even a mere piece of bread dipped in the juices of the sacrificed lamb. Judas then goes and does not partake of the real Eucharist. Before going to the “darkness outside” he is released of all the restraints by the word of Jesus: “what you are about to do …” he will do by divine permission. The restrainer has been lifted just like Mark said in a previous article.

          d. The night will progress until at three Judas shows up and fulfills his treason with a kiss. Pay attention to that detail because when the Antichrist is about to destroy the Church, he will feign allegiance to Christ.

          The great Passover is what follows. In this first 14 of Nisan, Jesus is sacrificed. They went up to the upper room on Nisan 13 but at sundown the next day began, the day when the Paschal Lamb is sacrificed. Jesus dies at the same hour when all the lambs were being killed at the Temple. That is our first Passover, the Passover of the Passion of the Lamb. The second Passover of the Church is the Passion of the Church itself. Persecution and the martyrdom of the “two witnesses” is how it will come about.

          Why do we know that this is the time and not merely another bitter moment in History? Because of the profusion of concurrent signs: on Earth, in the Heavens, in the calendar, in the particular behavior of the world and the Church at large, plus many prophecies.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Carlos, thanks for this. I’ve been following your thread of comments here, not sure where it was going at first, but this comment is densely packed with information.

            I went to Mark Mallett’s site again and searched for “Restrainer”, He had his first intimation that the restrainer was being lifted in 2005. He confirmed it was further lifted by 2012, and his post after the recent Supreme Court decision seems to say the restrainer is either fully lifted or very close to such. Certainly I and others I know (of) feel that that decision removed the USA from being a Christian nation ruled by law.

            Charlie has mentioned that the Church may suffer schism this year, that Pope Francis may make such a gaffe that one or perhaps two anti-popes will appear. Are you considering that as possibly the manifestation of the unrestrained abomination, who will “stand where it ought not”?

            And I thought that the two witnesses testify in Jerusalem, not Rome, in the passage about them. Am I remembering incorrectly?

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          • SteveBC: Quote from Revelation 11: “And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will make war upon them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.” All I have read about this passage (the Fathers at different ages) interpret this as Rome, not Jerusalem but even so, one city seems to be the spiritual reflection of the other.


          • SteveBC says:

            Oh. Thanks, Carlos.

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    • Serendipity says:

      Carlos!!! this is SOOO hugely interesting! It was interesting before in the way earlier post but life got in the way before I could tell you that and why. It was nearly 20 years ago that I had this impression that somehow the Jewish feasts where important in prophecy and its meanings. Through time I learned a little of the Hebrew calendar and the importance of its feasts. Many of the Jewish rabbis believe that God acts on certain days in the same way that He has in the past on those same exact days. The 9th of Av is a fast day and a day of great mourning. Many national tragedies happened on this day, those you stated and there were others I’m pretty sure but more recent.
      I have some theories on the 2 popes/2 witnesses too and there are a bunch of other points that you talk about but for right now I just want to talk about the 17 Tammuz deal. I imagine that you have heard of Jonathan Cahn -***Wikipedia quote: Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jewish Rabbi and pastor best known for his best selling novel The Harbinger in which he compares the United States and the September 11 attacks, to ancient Israel and the destruction of Kingdom of Israel.*** He has another book out ‘The Shemitah’ which I haven’t read but it’s about the jubilee years. My point about him is that he takes the Jewish past prophecies and how the Jews reacted to the prophecy and uses them to illustrate that we are doing exactly the same thing; it’s uncanny.
      When I read about the SCOTUS deal being on the 17 Tammuz that was interesting but when you said the 9th of Av is July 25th my heart dropped a beat; that was shocking.
      On the 4th of July this year my husband and I were to take a flight home. The flight #, which I had not even noticed, was flt # 1776. When the plane arrives and deplaning of passengers begins our flight is cancelled. The plane arrives but the wind shield had shattered! So on the 4th of July flt 1776 is grounded because it is flying blind! It was a perfect representation of what had just happened in DC and it was also a prophecy. A prophecy because that’s what happens when you’re flying blind, you get grounded. We didn’t get out that night. As I prayerfully pondered what could this mean, because it always seems God is trying to tell me something when I get unexpectedly stuck somewhere, it just seemed to me that it was stop, look, listen moment.
      A few days later, perhaps triggered by this, I remembered something from years ago. One day I was reading the mass readings for that week, it must have been 2001 and or so. The reading was the one where Moses and the people had arrived at Mt Sinai (Exodus19). God tells Moses to tell the people to wash, sanctify and prepare themselves for the day after tomorrow God was going to come down onto Mt Sinai in the sight of the people. And so it happened and the people were terrified. For whatever reason, only God knows, I got it into my head that that reading was going to happen just like it said in that the reading would be read at mass and then the day after the next day there would be some scary manifestation of God. It didn’t happen that year (I wasn’t expecting it) and after that I don’t think that I heard it but one other time. I did think it weird that I never heard it but I pretty much just didn’t think about it. But I never forgot it either, I remember even where I was sitting. Well long story not so short is that this reading is on Thursday. The day after the next day is July 25th – the 9th of Av!
      What does it mean? I have no idea but it does surely seem to be in line with Jonathan Cahn’s hypothesis of things happening to the US as they did with Israel.
      The US is certainly flying blind and will be grounded, it maybe time to fasten our seatbelts! I did think that someone who likes prophecy would like to hear from another prophecy brother/sister. God is so good and loves us so much, I think that He just likes to give us hints so we can learn to trust Him more and maintain a peaceful heart in all situations.
      May God’s peace be and remain in all hearts here- seen and unseen.

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      • Serendipity, thank you for the comment. There is so much there. I pray whatever happens in July 25 will awaken the nation and move everyone to repentance. We must wait for that day in awe and prayer. Prayer is always good even if nothing bad is expected. You are right: trust in God is the objective, and the motto “in God we trust” was never more important in all history. Now is the time to trust.


        • Serendipity says:

          Carlos, something I too believe, and am hoping to be wrong about, is the martyrdom of our 2 living popes as the 2 witnesses of Revelation. But I was really fascinated when you said the dates of the 1260 days of the pontificate of Francis. Now I know you said this before but this time it really made me think. A most poignant train of thinking for not just the deaths of the popes but for the whole church if you consider that the 13th of August (the 1260th day) could be some of the prophetic fulfillment of Fatima.
          The 13th of August was the apparition date that the children were unable to attend because the government had captured them and were actually terrorizing the children.(As an aside: according to witnesses that went to the Cova da Iria, our Lady must have come because a miracle happened and everyone’s faces turned rainbow colors from reflected light that could be seen on the faces of the people next to them. This story is told by Father John de Marchi, I.M.C,in his book THE TRUE STORY OF FATIMA found on the ewtn website.) But there are parallels to prophetic significance that stand out.
          If there is a rebellion in Rome and martyrdom wouldn’t this date also signify, or at least be pointing towards, that those who want to worship, who want to go to Jesus thru Mary would be unable to do so without severe ramifications? just as the children were imprisoned? It does make for an interesting ponder…
          May God bless all here – seen and unseen.

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          • Serendipity says:

            Oh and I forgot to say that the 13th of August 2016 is the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Could also be another ominous sign especially or depending on what happens on the 17th of Tammuz…


          • There is an amazing array of coincidences there in August. For us the 13-31 (mirror numbers) 13 beingthe 9 of Av, the fateful Hebrew date, and then all the Fatima connections. When I received the St Sebastian understanding I felt like someone walked on my grave. Is that the meaning of the arrows in the vision of Fatima? It makes me shudder! Now you mention the connection with the persecution of the little shepherds. It all makes sense. If it is not too much to ask, please contact me through the email service posted in my site I would like to ask you a few details about that cancelled flight #1776. Thank you for helping me with these great insights!


      • Serendipity, I read your comment several times. Your nickname here is “Serendipity” I would add nothing to it! How appropriate! You have been granted a great grace and you did not keep it to yourself. I can see that something is due to happen on or before Saturday 25, the 9 of Av. I have been reading the news — only Internet news due to my being away from the US. I think this humble blog has been given a great grace through you, Mark, and of course, Charlie. Let us pray, pray that God will have mercy on those who seek His justice. With many blessings to you, your family and all here.

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        • Serendipity says:

          Southern accent : oh Carlos, you just say the nicest things to a girl! 🙂


          • ??? Hey! Just prophetic talk on my part! I don’t want to get in trouble with your hubby! 🙂

            Seriously: I am really very grateful for the insights you have posted here!
            Also remember I am an adoptive Virginian: the correct phrase for the Commonwealth of Virginia would be something like this: “Oh, Cah-loz yer such a nah-ze mah-yun!” I miss hearing that south-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line accent! Thanks!


    • Barbara Dore says:

      Carlos, I wonder if Padre Pio is chosen to be the Witness in Rome? so that he will be viewed by millions in person, TV news, and other technologies etc. I wonder what is Pope Francis’s motive to have his remains at St Peter’s Square. It still leaves me wondering. I feel Pope Francis wants to use the remains of Padre Pio as the first class witness to the world and it may lead many people , even may convert some muslims back to Our Holy Catholic Church. It is very , very unusual. I agree with you that we may get more surprises in relation with Pope Francis starting now!

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      • I have been thinking about this for a few days and may be the Holy Father wants to do that. I don’t think it will work with Muslims because they simply assign any supernatural event to the actions of the devil so, you can even resurrect Padre Pio in St Peter’s Square and it is not going to do diddly-do as far as Muslims go. They will convert though when they see the promised “sign of the Son of Man” that will become visible to all of mankind. I don’t think there will be any member of that religion by the time the Storm is over but that is just my personal opinion. See Revelation 19:20.


  16. Judy says:

    I knew that we had had some popes that were were in serious error, but I had no idea how bad they were. I was astounded by what I read….. Mark Mallet’s writings are very thoughtful and clarify the age in which we live.

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  17. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, I’ve been thinking over the headline you wrote for this post. It’s been nagging at me since I first read the title line “Mark Mallet’s Short Story. Prepare.”

    You didn’t have to say “Prepare” in the title in order to put up Mark’s story. Why did you add that word?

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  18. Julia says:

    What I took from Marks writing above, is how Jesus is the Admiral. He is in charge and will come to the rescue when it is Gods’ will.

    We just have to practice trusting in Jesus. He will take care of everything. Glory be to God.

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  19. Jessica says:

    For those of you who were looking for a very brief letter to introduce someone to the storm, the letter is available in a Google doc format:

    This letter was written for those you have spoken with that have mentioned they think something might be happening, or are worried about world events, etc. It is not written for a “cold contact” – meaning trying to convince someone who isn’t interested to believe the Storm is coming.

    Please feel free to send me edits as you see fit too.


  20. Jeanne says:

    Used to wonder why God was so angry that Moses struck the rock twice. As time went by, it became more clear that the extra strike must bring about a second strike on the Body of Christ. It has probably been mentioned before, but I’m new to this site.


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