Thoughts on Our Lady and Prophecy, From Ireland

My next presentation will be this Saturday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at Pauline Books and Media, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, California 90230. I am getting people who missed me in a town asking why I didn’t announce it anywhere. I DO. The “Upcoming Events” link on the bar atop the column is constantly updated. Please check it from time to time to note when I might be in your area. For those of you in Southern California, please check it as some venues have changed. I will be in Riverside on the 26th at the Canyon Crest Country Club and in Escondido on the 28th at the Park Avenue Community Center. Please check the “Upcoming Events” link for details.

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(The following is a piece by our friend, Padraig Caughey, who publishes the lively Mother of God Forum out of Ireland. It has a worldwide audience and focuses on a variety of serious Catholic topics – CJ)

By Padraig Caughey

Our Lady was giving me a little prayerful nod to write an article,
which I hope to write tonight.
I have a question . Concerning the Signs of the Times and Prophecy,
If you had one question to ask God about things , what would it be?
‘I would ask , Lord ,what words come after ”In Portugal the Dogma of
the faith will always be preserved”
If the answer backed up the official line …”There is no more” ”All
has been revealed”
I would be shocked , and have to change much of what I think.’
I was thinking there about how often the truth can jump up and really
bite us, especially when we are not ready for it. I read one
time how sometimes when patients are in therapy they can start
screaming when confonted by a truth buried in thier long distant path..a
truth they tried to keep buried in their past.
I think the truth can act as a cleansing antiseptic that can often
sting. The Illumination of Conscience or Great Soul Sight will act like
this. For some the truth will be so painful ,we are told it will
actually kill them, so far gone in a mist of lies they may be. A Friday.
But coupled with this great Universal Truth telling by the God who is
Truth telling itself, two days later will be a great outpouring of the
Holy Spirit, a new chance of Resurrection for the entire World.
The hand that hurts will indeed be the Hand that Heals. Sometimes the
truth on its own is more than we can stand: we need the strength to carry
it on through life on our shoulders….and this the Holy Spirit will
give. On a Sunday. The Third Day.
Isaiah 40:5
Prepare the Way for the Lord
…4″Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made
low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a
broad valley; 5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all
flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Exodus 16:7
“and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has
heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble
against us?”
Isaiah 52:10
“The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and
all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.”
Habakkuk 2:14
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.”
Joel 2:28-The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
I got taken aback  when I read this question because I thought to
myself, it is so technical and controversial I will only end up getting
drawn into a row over the Third Secret of Fatima..and anyway no matter
what I write it will not accepted.
In either case  most people who read this and are interested will know
far more about the Third Secret of Fatima than I do and Fatima
generally. So I felt my feathers droop a little, especially since this
was my very first question.
But then I remembered I was supposed to take these questions to the Feet
of Mary in prayer; so I did and this was the answer I got back. I
am sorry if it was not the answer you were expecting.
Our Lady explained to me in prayer that the reason why we tend to
get stuck in questions like this is that we are not viewing her message
in the correct light. We are using human reason to decipher instead of
being laid by prayerful grace. That we have to pray about them, rather
than studying them with human reason, in much the same way as we
approach Scripture.
She pointed out that we often make the mistake of breaking down her
apparitions into specific events, and so we think of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, Fatima, Lourdes, Akita and so as separate and even support
one apparition against another in a quarrelsome and partisan fashion.
In fact all Marian apparitions are one single part of a continuing
Rather like each pearl in a pearl necklace held together by a gold chain
forming a single strand of beauty. Or each thread in a tapestry being
woven together into a single picture.
In order to gain understanding we should be standing prayerfully back
from them and viewing each pearl as part of the greater whole.
If we did this we would not quarrel over what particular apparition is
or is not authentic, drawing the fullness of the message from what pearls
we can hold in our hearts and accept. Discarding the rest but still
coming to the fulness of grace led understanding heaven both demands and
Understanding being the first step to putting these messages into
practice in our own homes and hearts. Being reminded that even the devil
sees God and fears. But still does not act as he should. We who are
visited by the Blessed Virgin must take our messages into our hearts in
such a way that our lives should be changed. That we should be converted
and in so doing act as instruments for the conversion of the entire
James 2:19
Faith and Works
…18 “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me
your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
19You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and
shudder. 20But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that
faith without works is useless?…”
Our Blessed Lady went on to explain to her have as a key to the
understanding of her messages, simply this:
That she came and comes first, second and last for the good of Holy
Mother Church and so in the renewal of the Barque of Peter to lead to
the conversion of the Entire World. She showed me that in understanding
his truth we understand all. That this is the source and centre of all
the Marian Secrets, set forth plainly in Scripture.
She warns against getting caught up in vain speculation , but to work
with the help of the Most High God for our own conversion , first step
to the conversion of the entire world.
She warns that time is short but she will walk hand in hand , securing
and guiding with many graces those who walk beside her in fulfillment of
the messages she was sent from heaven to plant in our hearts.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.

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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11 Responses to Thoughts on Our Lady and Prophecy, From Ireland

  1. Sr Lorraine says:

    Charlie, I was so surprised but thrilled to see that you will be speaking at out bookcenter in LA. I’m a Daughter of St Paul and I didn’t know that somehow the sisters there had connected with you. I just emailed the superior to tell her I’ve been following your blog. I hope it goes well and will pray in a special way for the talk on Saturday!


    • jobrower says:

      Hi Sr. Lorraine. When I lived in San Diego I visited the store there often. In fact, it was located very close to the Diocesan Pastoral Center where I worked. I will be praying also, Charlie. Am wondering how it went in San Francisco, Charlie. Am sure you know “why!” You are in the intentions of my daily Mass.


      • charliej373 says:

        I had a great visit in San Francisco. They have so many truly wonderful people there laboring in the most difficult of circumstances. My heart is certainly with the noble Christians of San Francisco.


    • Judith says:

      A beautiful reflection and lesson on the power of prayer…and trust. This writing has come at just the right time for me. I’ve often felt discouraged at the passing of years since the Row vs Wade SCOTUS decision [1973]. But in reflection, there have been many answers to prayers and outright miracles on the battle front. My discouragement comes from God just not doing it my way, in my time, or not seeing His work, which I believe was the gist of you words.

      This Saturday AM,. August 22, Bishop Scharfenberger of the Albany, NY Diocese, is calling on all the faithful to hold a prayerful vigil at the area Planned Parenthood clinics. I shall be praying for God’s miracle. His plan, His time. Thanks for the inspiring post.


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  2. Barb says:

    Thank you to Charlie and Padraig —all so true and we must pray rosaries stand for God and trust.

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  3. radiclaudio says:

    Excellent reflection.

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  4. Julia says:

    Thank you Padraig for your inspirations on prophesy from Ireland.

    How very true, we talk and banter about what may or may not be in some said secrets, while all the time we have the messages from Our Lady to pray, fast, convert or we’re all on our way to hell in a hand basket.
    Blessings to Padraig and Charlie.

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  5. jaykay says:

    “In fact all Marian apparitions are one single part of a continuing conversation.
    Rather like each pearl in a pearl necklace held together by a gold chain, forming a single strand of beauty.”

    Or, indeed, like the individual beads in a rosary! Thank you, Padraig, my fellow countryman, for that beautiful meditation. Yes, we shouldn’t get caught up in all the speculation as to times, dates, seasons. What will happen, will happen in (as we say in Ireland) God’s good time. Better one Rosary, even hastily said, than two hours of fruitless speculation. And to think that Angel of Portugal (gently but firmly) rebuked the three children for not praying enough! Lord, I wonder what the Angel of Ireland would have to say to us wayward children? Of course, we can contemplate about what may happen, but always in trust of God’s mercy, and then apply that in love… and works (thanks, St. James 😉). Which, I think, is one of the key themes of this site. Yep, trust, do, love. And, as a rather well-known blogger says frequently: “Go to confession”. Because, as is also said: “We know not the day nor the hour”.

    Beannachtaí ort, a Phádraig, a chara, agus oraibh go léir atá ann. Blessings to all here. J.

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