Wrapping Up the Summer of Discontent

(The weekend has been busier than I expected. Besides being stuck for hours in Los Angeles traffic yesterday, I did get to spend a few hours with my original priest director, who is getting older now – 84. He chuckled and said every time he reads the news these days, he thinks of me and the things we began discussing 20 years ago – and how scared and nervous I was about everything. The priest who keeps the archives and monitors my website was there, too. Afterward, my brother and I left and met David Daleiden for dinner before heading home. Please keep him in your prayers. He is a solid young man, but the controversy over these Planned Parenthood videos is intense. You probably know that PP and its media allies keep arguing that these videos are “heavily edited.” What they don’t say is that Daleiden has released the FULL videos of each encounter along with the shorter versions – and the full videos do not make what is in the shorter versions any less damaging. They are throwing any argument out there. Hang tough. I have an important dinner tonight, too…so I hope that tomorrow afternoon and the next day I can do some catching up.

My next two presentations are in Michigan. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, I will speak at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing Michigan at 6 p.m., then I will speak again on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Commerce Center, 209 E. Washington Ave., Jackson Michigan. Please check the “Upcoming Events” link at the top for regular updates.

Though it was only two months ago, I think the following piece is worth a look – CJ)

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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73 Responses to Wrapping Up the Summer of Discontent

  1. mmbev says:

    ” 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 ….”

    And He has you say just what is needed just as it is needed.

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  2. Jason says:

    Hey Charlie, you might get on me for the specificity of this post but my radar went up last week when I saw this article in the “Old Grey Lady” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/world/asia/with-force-deployments-north-korea-raises-stakes-of-talks-with-south.html?_r=0

    I have many evangelicals friends that radar is also up with the blood moons and shemitah. Maybe our Lord Jesus and His Sweet Mother are providing sign posts for our sisters and brothers in other faiths. I’m actually pretty sure they are. Again, want to thank to everyone for the prayers for my daughter who was just diagnosed with autism. You can be assured of mine for you and yours. God bless, Jason

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  3. Marie says:

    As a fairly new follower, I was thinking of printing out one of your posts that is most encouraging and tells us what to expect in stages, as the internet will probably be down for a long time , if not permanently , once the eye of the storm hits, and we won’t be able to refer back as to what you posit online would take place next before the rescue, etc. Is there any particular one that would fit the bill, with both your encouragement and prophecy;
    and please don’t say, ‘ whatever one speaks to you’; I haven’t been able to read them all yet, so I need your help in choosing, Thanks Charlie.

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  4. Donette says:

    Charlie, you would not believe the amount of time I just spent with my daughter talking about your phrase “hidden vanities.” Conversations on such subjects can turn into jovial discussions between us when we bring into the discussion the Eternal Father. In other words, my daughter laughs at what I say. For instance, my priest will frequently give absolution at the end of a confession for any sin that has been forgotten to be said or not remembered.

    So I developed for my daughter a pretend dialogue with a priest in imitation of a confession. At the time it was not a laughing matter for me. When one reaches my age, one wants nothing on one’s soul to cause it to be dark when standing before the Lord. I said to her “Charlie says that all of us are going to be knocked back on our heels as we are confronted with our hidden vanities,”

    My only understanding of “vanities” comes from my “Imitation of Christ” prayer book. It says: “Vanity of vanities: all is vanity.”) Therefore, I said to my daughter, I wonder if one can enter the confessional and ask the priest for absolution for all of one’s hidden vanities? What would his response be? I imagine he would say “Yes, I will give you absolution. Now tell me, what are your hidden vanities. I would have to answer “I don’t know. They are hidden.”

    When I told my daughter of this pretend dialogue, she thought I was hilarious. So I guess what I am struggling with is how to translate “hidden vanities.” into “known vanities” to be able to fight them ahead of time before I am knocked on my tush when they become presented to me.

    Can you provide a few more translations of your meaning of “hidden vanities.” I feel a need to study. “Course, it is highly possible that the Eternal Father will provide some sort of recognition of a vanity for me when I am asleep. I take the dreams He sends seriously. I don’t know. Maybe just asking this question of you is a vanity

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  5. GB says:

    I took to reading the upcoming Mass readings for Sundays in the coming weeks, and have noticed they do bear an interesting correlation to the notion of the Storm intensifying…given God will not leave us bereft, I figure the Mass readings will be a key way He will bring us closer to him and hearten the faithful. That said, the First Reading next week has a certain touch that, on the one hand, almost leaves a sense that this week will include some truly shaking events (perhaps the stock markets finally just go kaput, or the percolating race war in America will explode), or on the other, maybe its assurance to those who have been struggling along but understand that the Storm must come….

    Thus says the LORD:
    Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
    Be strong, fear not!
    Here is your God,
    he comes with vindication;
    with divine recompense
    he comes to save you.
    Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
    the ears of the deaf be cleared;
    then will the lame leap like a stag,
    then the tongue of the mute will sing.
    Streams will burst forth in the desert,
    and rivers in the steppe.
    The burning sands will become pools,
    and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

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  6. GB says:

    … and if you REALLY want to get the fantods about matters, the Second Reading on September 27 will not disappoint:

    Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
    Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
    your gold and silver have corroded,
    and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
    it will devour your flesh like a fire.
    You have stored up treasure for the last days.
    Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
    who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
    and the cries of the harvesters
    have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
    You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
    you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
    You have condemned;
    you have murdered the righteous one;
    he offers you no resistance.

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  7. mmbev says:

    So I’m not the only one who does the week ahead so that I can meditate on the readings. Good to know.

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  8. Pam Nicholson says:

    And, het, when one suffers, he is doing it for Christ, and hopefully, joy is still the outcome of those working hard for conversion of sinners. pam, from NJ.

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  9. Phillip Frank says:

    Donette,
    You cannot confess a vice you do not know is a sin because a sin gets its power from the law which must be known.
    Sin is an action of three root causes, pride, selfishness and disobedience. All sins stem from these three.
    Like Charlie said, to have a better sense of sin is to KNOW a certain vice you have is a vice. This we accomplish by our sanctification. As we draw nearer to the Lord, the better we see Him and the less we see ourselves. But when we do see ourselves, the better we see ourselves as we truly are including all our vices and shortcomings. The funny thing is, by the time we can see them, they have already been left behind as we drew nearer to our Lord. Now we can confess them as one standing on the outside looking in to our past selves who are now dead, but the smoldering wick that’s still burning from our past life needs to be snuffed out by the light of God’s grace through the confessional.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Man, you commenters are bringing it today. Great stuff, Phillip!

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    • Very strengthening, optimistic, positive. Beautiful.

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    • jaykay says:

      “But when we do see ourselves, the better we see ourselves as we truly are including all our vices and shortcomings.”

      Excellent, Phillip. Well and truly said. Could I recommend a recent book by Kevin Vost – “The Seven Deadly Sins”. He examines them in the light of St. Thomas Aquinas. It’s a really accessible guide, written for the average person, and available in Kindle. Not at all high-falutin’ and well worth it, in terms of self-examination and recognition of where we tend so often to fool ourselves. Mea, in that respect, maxima culpa! It should add so much to appreciation of Confession and Divine Mercy.

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  10. MaryE says:

    Charlie, I just learned that here will be a seminar at Regis University on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 to 9 pm MDT on what can be done to save Christians in the Middle East. They will have Catholic and Evangelical Christians there as well as Jews. Two 4- star generals will also be there. It will be broadcast on 710KNUS.com.
    It will also be broadcast by Vatican radio in Arabic to the Middle East.
    It sounds like Christians and Jews are beginning to work together here.
    I pray for your safe travels and your safe return to Denver. God bless you.

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  11. Kim Sevier says:

    Cannot open Our Lady of Tepayac prayer tab. Had sent that link to my daughter. When she tried to open the email her phone went crazy and the email disappeared.

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  12. Dan Cheely says:

    Charlie, et al.,

    I am a good friend of Al & Kathy Salvi. I was the tour director for the pilgrimage to Spain in which they participated last year. I have been following your blog on a daily basis for well over a year.

    I have a radio show on Relevant Radio. I mentioned you by name in the context of your essential advice (Acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to those around you) in my heroes segment (Heroes Who Light up Our Way) of my weekly program. I featured the heroes on the French high-speed train of August 21. I believe you.

    Here is the Facebook page for my radio show: https://www.facebook.com/thedancheelyshow?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

    Currently I have retired from the law and I am the Director of Evangelization for a parish in the north side of Chicago.

    I wanted to devote professional efforts directly to the service of the Church.

    By the way, I have been a close friend of Father Peter Armenio since he was 18 years old!

    I would like to help host you for a small group gathering in Chicago. I can’t be the “main guy,” but I’m certainly in your corner and would like to help.

    Good luck, and God bless – Dan Cheely

    PS – check out my radio show site, and go ahead and Google me. You’ll find a lot of background

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think we ever met, except in passing, Dan…but Al and Kathy always had wonderful things to say about you and your faith. November would be a good time…I have to come out in mid-November for an event, anyway. Send a note to Mary at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com or to me at chrljhnstn@gmail.com. I would love to visit you. Any friend of the Salvi’s AND Fr. Peter is definitely a friend of mine! I tried to pull up your homepage, but I couldn’t get it right now. I will try again and “like” and follow it.

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      • Kathryn says:

        Then you should count me as a friend too! Kathy leads our prayer group sometimes, and Father Peter has been my friend and my husband’s since we were introduced to him several years ago. Dan, I am in your parish. The “coincidences” on this page always amaze me.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Dan, I am a newly planted suburbanite and former native of Chicago. I would love to assist in coordinating a Chicagoland pow-wow. Please keep me posted.

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  13. Jason says:

    Reading this post reminded me of a a prophecy was given by Catholic author/theologian Ralph Martin in the presence of Pope Paul VI, at St Peter’s Basilica. The occasion was the closing Mass of the International Catholic Charismatic Congress (Pentecost, 1975). Here it is:

    “Because I love you I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation… Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people will not be there. I want you to be prepared, My people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert…. I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of My Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen. And when you have nothing but Me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you…”
    BTW- Mark Mallet did a wonderful video teaching on this word. It can be found on the internet.

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  14. mmbev says:

    Ah, Phillip.

    How do I sin? Let me count the ways.

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  15. Kim Sevier says:

    Our Lady of Tepayac prayer tab?

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  16. Kim Sevier says:

    Thanks Charlie. I am such a goof. I kept going over to the right and clicking on the Guadalupe novena- that is the one I could not access.

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  17. eightlambs says:

    I had a profound meditation as I was driving home from work today.
    I was thinking about the media frenzy over Pope Francis’ visit to the United States this month.
    All of a sudden, it came to me that it was similar to Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
    Maybe Pope Francis’ visit is God’s last attempt to reach hearts and minds in this country.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Eightlambs, your comment really struck me. I think you’re onto something. But if so, somehow, the Powers That Be in this country, like the media and government talking heads, or we the People, would have to turn against him by the time he leaves.

      Charlie has mentioned that he thinks Pope Francis will make a big mistake sometime this year. Perhaps if he makes it during this visit, those welcoming him at the beginning will want him gone by the end of his visit. That would be symmetric with the situation you cite for Jesus in Jerusalem.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Steve: I believe we need to pray very much for our Pope. He is doing all he is told to do by the Holy Spirit in a very powerful way. So much is being taken out of context of what the Pope is saying. We must remember that we in the US, Christians and Catholics, have been given a somewhat watered down faith through the efforts of shepherds who came into the ministry for an ungodly purpose, to confuse the sheep they were left to tend for our good and the good of all His church. If it seems as though the Pope will have made a mistake, it will no doubt be a calculated one which will have some good come from it. I believe we must be so careful about what we say about the Vicar of Christ, as he is human, but, he is His representative on earth until He returns. Let us just pray and fast for this Pope. Not await the mistakes he may make in this American church. There have already been so many mistakes, missteps in the seminaries, and that alone, must tell us we must be more prayerful and more mindful that God will provide priests who seek to be holy and to help the sheep see it is his job to help us seek holiness and full communion with the church, as well as God. Caution about what the Bishop of Rome or any bishop or priest is the best action. It is too easy to fall into a trap. Prophecy is a powerful tool, but, we must be spiritual about what we hear. Charlie is human, and he is giving out what he believes is what God wants him to tell, and remember, Charlie does what he does so the faithful will pray more. Our spirituality is in question, and we must not focus on the negative things Charlie says, mostly we must focus on the things we can do to help mitigate the negative that is placed on Charlie’s heart. Charlie is a very spiritual guy, and prophecy, true prophecy is given to those who are willing to be tested in their own faith as well. We all have a lot of praying to do, and we must not allow ourselves to become entangled in a few words, as opposed to the full message of what Charlie is saying. God bless, pam, from NJ.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Pam, I pray pretty regularly for the Pope and by and large think he is doing an excellent job. His speech at the end of the Synod was crystalline. His encyclical on stewardship threaded the needle in a useful way, despite the occasional comment about human-caused global warming being a problem (it isn’t, but a number of stewardship issues definitely are worthy issues to discuss).

          I will not simply pray and fast for the Pope, however, as you appear to be advising. Nor will I sit in wait for him to make a significant mistake. Charlie has speculated on this possibility, apparently based on visitations and his own informed place in this world. Eightlambs’ own comment is of significant interest. Therefore, my speculation to round out her comment is not out of line in any respect.

          Pope Francis is a very thoughtful and energized man, someone who thinks and then moves with vigor. I would not be surprised if he believes that moving with vigor may court error in world affairs but that vigor is needed. Such people can indeed end up making a serious mistake, and the Pope is not an exception here. In fact, a mistake for him can have an enormous effect. Everyone, even the pope, is human and can make mistakes when dealing with worldly issues.

          Charlie may be wrong on this point, and in the great scheme of his work, it may turn out to be a minor error if so. However, if he doesn’t warn people of this possibility, of the Pope making a significant and disruptive mistake, and the Pope makes that mistake, and people here are shocked and made more prone to schism, then Charlie himself has made a serious mistake, in effect aiding the satan in the satan’s attempt to split and destroy the Church by deception. The cost of responsibly speaking on this point for him is low, but the cost of not speaking could be very high for him and many others. I find your criticism of Charlie’s credibility and of his sense of responsibility in such matters based on your own feelings to be at best unnecessary, and your casting of subtle doubts could possibly be damaging to his mission or to some readers here.

          Likewise, if a commenter here brings in an interesting possibility, and I can round it out, she and I together may help readers of this site be a bit forewarned of such a possibility, should it occur. I consider this a positive contribution, not an entanglement. If you disagree, that of course is your prerogative.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah well, Pam was doing okay. She and I see different on it. But I love that you touched on Pope Francis’ vigor and how much we need it. I am always nervous about people who fail to act for fear of making mistakes. An honest mistake can cause a little damage, but will be steadied if made by an honest person. Failure to act can be deadly in crisis situations – and I LOVE that Pope Francis never fears to act.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Well, we can all do as we please, but, I know in my heart that I am nowhere near the holiness one needs to become a saint. Is that not what we are called to be? In the end, when all is said and done, the Holy Father is our go-to prince of the Church, and, there are things he knows which maybe none of us can know which he alone is given to know by God directly. God’s purpose for us to become saints in His kingdom is still God’s top priority, come what may, on this earthly plain. I know I have lots more humility and obedience I have yet to grown in, in acceptance of God’s immediate plans for me. God knew us before we were ever born, we were formed in His Mind and our path is still to grow in holiness. I pray we will never forget that. I know I have enough trouble with daily routines of life as a disabled person living in the world with little consolation hoping that I have a stocked pantry, when I know whatever I have belongs to God, so if my neighbor needs what I have, or anyone who needs what I have and I cannot go to a store to stock up, I know that the Lord will provide. Why worry about the things we cannot do anything about? If God is not liking what this Holy Father is doing, He will take him out of this world. But, for now, since this man of God, prince of the Church, has been placed in our midst to guide His church, what more can one plan to do if one is not in accord with the teaching of the Holy Father. Think of if as though you are one who like me, is unable to go out and do the things the most of the world can take for granted. How do or will people like me fair then, if I am completely disabled as I am. This was God’s plan for me. So, if this is true, what more can I do? Am I up a creek without paddles? I guess so. But, God knows I suffer so much, but, He takes it all and uses it for His purposes. Which I willingly say, “Your purposes are mine, Father.”. Am I perfect in even saying that day after day? I do not believe I am as I am human. Are we only to stay as we are each day worrying that maybe the Holy Father is sending a wrong message by something which seems wrong to us, but, where then is our faith?

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            By the way, maybe Charlie, what has been given to him, that is, is correct. We cannot ignore the prophets, but, we have all which God has given us to help us along. It is not a case whether Charlie is wrong, it is a case of where is our faith? Do we spend so much time reading scripture and the encyclicals and all that the deposit of faith offers? If we only concentrate and place our worldly efforts on one thing a chosen prophet says which concerns us deeply, we may be missing the whole picture. No one is saying Charlie is wrong. But, we must test the spirits. Do you think that the children at Fatima had a good time trying to just get people to believe that the Holy Virgin spoke to them period? Then, throughout all these years, people had been clamoring trying to find out if the third secret of Fatima was completely put out there for the faithful. We clamor over things which come from God, through human beings, and some do not want to believe that one has actually had an encounter with God or one of His chosen spirits from Heaven. Then, if Charlie misheard something he was told, and it turns out the Holy Father did not make a mistake, will Charlie then be stepped on, cursed upon or spat at? That is all I am concerned about. No one of God’s little ones who prophesies in God’s name must ever be spat at. There is a level of protection I feel towards Charlie, not merely what he says but how we react to what happens. Are we waiting to test God and the spirits, or test Charlie? Are they all one and the same. I am only saying Charlie is human. Just as St. Faustina was human and such a hard time was had when the Church waited longer to see that she had a problem with the language. God help us! pam, from NJ.

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  18. Gabrielle says:

    OK folks, I am in some serious need of advice. I am struggling emotionally with all of this and I don’t know how to handle it at all. I have felt since I was a small child that I was suppose to live through some sort of catastrophic event and my job would be to care for others, particularly children and older people. So Charlie’s message more than resonates with me. I have been doing everything I can to spiritually prepare for what may come (weekly confession, 15 mystery rosary most days, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Chaplet most days, reading everything I can get my hands on, getting some canned goods in , etc) while trying to continue running our small business and be of my usual service to others. This has personally been a tough year additionally since we have gone through many personal tragedies. I am really trying to maintain a positive and up bet attitude. But now that we are in September and the storm is growing closer, the one tool I use to get through life, goal setting and planning, is rather useless now. How do you set any goals or plans for this type of scenario? Frankly, this is causing my normal “turn a negative into a positive” personality to become very depressed. I have been praying for a vision of the way forward for months but no vision comes. I am terrible at this “take it one day at a time” stuff. Can anyone please give me some advice? I feel like I am sinking. Thank you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Be still and know that I am God.”-Psalm 46:10

      Don’t try so hard. Live in the present moment and be glad for what it is. If you keep trying to plan for what might happen instead of reacting to whatever does with fortitude and hope, you will ever sink into despair.

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      How can anyone tell anyone not to worry. It is a quandary. But, in the face of human tragedy, God is still with us, no matter what. Worry reminds us that we need for help from God (grace) to have greater faith and trust in Him. Worry devours, don’t let it devour your spirit. Worry comes not from God but from His nemesis, who wants you to worry, and not remember that God is your one and only God. He gave us, this nemesis, so very long ago on trusting in God the One Who Created all things good. Worry is not good, it is a waste of time, which God would want you to take to come to Him with all your worries or concerns. We all will die one day, this is certain. But, when worry seems to take over, know that that is not God, God is peaceful, and always there in that still quiet voice. Don’t waste your time with worry. All is in God’s hands. Go to Him in all things, and ask Him for the grace of joy in times of turmoil. Then, when you want it and need it, as we all always do, will you find that worry is just a waste of time. Give it all to God. Peace and blessings, pam, from NJ.

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      • Gabrielle says:

        Thank you for your message. It is very helpful! BTW I am in PA. We are practically neighbors 🙂

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          So happy we are neighbors, but, mostly, I love getting the truth out there through any means possible which God allows. Never let anything disturb your peace, not that there will not be so many reasons to be tested in this regard. I just keep thinking about St. JPII and St. Pio, Peace comes from God where worry and chaos comes from His nemesis. Great time of testing we are going through and Our Lord did promise us there would be a great time of testing before He comes back. Peace and blessings I pray for you. pam, from NJ.

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    • Beckita says:

      Gabrielle, you have been given a potent insight: “…the one tool I use to get through life, goal setting and planning, is rather useless now.” And so it is for each and every one of us.

      I will pray to St. Faustina to be by your side and intercede for graces of trust for you. Further, here’s a powerful novena for truly surrendering to God: http://tonyhickey.org/surrender-novena When I first began praying this novena to overcome any temptations to worry and/or anxiety, I simply took my time while praying each of the nine days all at once. This brought the PEACE which ONLY CHRIST can give.

      I echo Charlie’s scripture “Be still and know that I am God.”-Psalm 46:10 and invite you to consider doing this before the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus has His particular Ways of healing us and tending to our every need when we love and adore Him for He clearly sees exactly what we need. His PEACE be yours, Gabrielle.

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    • LittleLight says:

      I say set your goals and plan for them anyway. Remember God is not a tame lion and does as He will. Sounds like you’ve done all you humanly can to be prudent as far as your situation allows for the troubled times we are in. Now you must just trust.

      It seems that the greatest prayer of trust is to move forward with life the only way you can, and leave all the pesky details to God. I’m guessing He can handle them. I feel such total dependence on Him pleases Him greatly.

      I understand your coping mechanism because I do this, too. I am moving forward with all my usual plans, as well. I too, don’t know what else to do. The only thing I’m certain of if that giving up is NOT an option. If planning for a future that I know may not materialize, (but I dearly hope good things happen) helps me here and now, then why not do that? The agony of hope in the face of such uncertainty is a gift that I can give Our Dear Lord.

      The way I see it, that’s a win/win: moving forward as if nothing will change gives me normalcy and hope here in the present. The agony of knowing we are a hairs-breadth from total destruction is soooo big, I surrender it all, along with all my hopes and dreams for only good things to God.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Gabrielle, this feels rather familiar to me, since I can get in the same state. What I have found for myself is that it is actually a smallish sin of vanity. In my case I think I carry the world on my shoulders, but of course, I do not and couldn’t even if it were given to me to hold. I think reading this comment of yours that you may be similar to me in this regard.

      Dr. Baker has a prescription for you:

      1) Ask God for forgiveness for believing the world will fall apart and never recover if you don’t do all the stuff you currently believe you must do. God carries the world. You don’t have to. Trust that He will continue to do so.

      2) Declare that you are fully prepared for the Storm and can return to living your normal life. Live as if there is no Storm coming. Remember, you’re fully prepared and so need not worry about doing more than what your day-by-day life asks of you if the times were normal.

      3) This evening, sit down with a small bowl of your favorite ice cream, enjoy every single bite to the fullest, then go to bed early and sleep the sleep of the fully prepared. Don’t set an alarm but simply get up tomorrow when your body has had enough rest, and start your day.

      Hey, it works for me! 🙂

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    • Kim S. says:

      Gabrielle, you are not alone. Charlie is so right. We have to remind ourselves every day to bring our mind away from what will or may come in our future. I am 51 years old now and have known since I was a child what Fatima and LaSallete (and other Catholic sources) warned us about and it would come in my lifetime. So, here we are in 2015 and its nerve wracking. I am a mom of 2 teenage boys, one with Asperger and the other a gifted teen with social anxieties. I have a husband who may have lung cancer and who hasn’t been to confession since we were engaged 22 years ago. For the last 10 years I have been trying to prepare for the future and I’ve had to do it alone. I’ve hinted to my hubby about what God must do to correct the world/people. But, the past 5 years more so. I have seen how some of my family’s eyes are being opened and some of my husband’s retired friends are speaking of the problems in the world. I think God is speaking to my husband’s mind (hopefully, his heart too) through these Christian friends. It would be an answered prayer. One way to fill our souls with joy is Christian music. I have found that it reaches deep into my soul and lifts me up and becomes prayers. I like contemporary Christian music (K-Love), bluegrass gospel, Gregorian Chants, classical and Celtic style Christian music. Even Christmas songs if that works to put a smile on your face. A long time ago when I was still single and struggling with the ways of the world, I found that if I wanted to be a true Christian, I had to stop listening to worldly music. It is a pied (sp?) piper into sin and despair. Sorry, but the oldies were not the goodies if you understand the songs are about sinful things. One example that I changed the words to and sing to myself, “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right….” about adultery. I say, “If loving God (Jesus) is wrong, I’m not going to be right.” May I sing these words if ever I am going to be martyred.
      Its all about Jesus. Eyes on Him, not on the waves, the thunder, or the raging rain of the storm. Blessings to you and yours and all of Charlie’s readers.

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    • barb129 says:

      Praying for you Gabrielle….you’ve already received some wonderful advice here so all I can think to add is to look back in your life and think of times when things didn’t go as you planned and things still worked out. Times when you did have to live day by day to get through and you did it by His grace. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. I was diagnosed with cancer in May, 2011 and I spent the rest of that year going through treatment including two surgeries. At first I was saying to God, “I can’t do this!” But I had to, so I did; and day by day He got me through and yes, there were days when I was tired and when I cried, but He got me through and I even had people tell me they couldn’t believe how peaceful I was and I would laugh a bit to myself.
      The last few months I have thought about what we might do when things get bad because my parents are 95 and 91 and my dad has been in poor health the last 18 months since he had a stroke. I thought we had a pretty good plan then two weeks ago, my dad had another stroke and has gotten worse and my mother has health issues also and needs rehab. They’re both in a rehab center together which wasn’t part of my plan at all. It seems that God is telling me that He is in charge and when things get worse, that He will be here with us. He has a plan and it’s better than mine! He has a plan for you too. =)
      I pray that our dear Lord and our dear Blessed Mother will bless you with their peace and comfort in the days to come..

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      • Petra says:

        barb129: So sorry about your dad’s second stroke. Know that I am keeping both your mom and dad and you and your family in my prayers.
        Honestly, I too found with elderly parents it’s day to day, and you have to just go with the flow. We too had tentative contingency plans for a variety of situations while caring for my elderly parents, but oh, I would pray mightily all the time, because I worried that in light of disaster and unknown circumstances what we would do given my mom was totally non-ambulatory and my dad used a walker. Sometimes Julee comments here, and she has a disabled son who needs medical equipment and supplies and is 100% dependent. She voices the same concerns and fears.
        And I learned what you learned. God has a plan, and it’s for my good, not for disaster for me and my family. As it says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Now that I have gone though some very difficult years, I feel confident this is absolutely true. Times may get tough, but He’s got this.
        I feel like sometimes I am like one of those annoying children who keep reminding their parent over and over again about my needs. The parent knows. The parent heard. The parent is taking care of it. God does hear me. He’s got this. I have to believe it. I do believe it. He’s showed me over and over He is really there in every moment and my good and the good of those I love is His aim.
        Isn’t it funny? We have faith, but having learned while growing up we must do so much for ourselves, now if we are to grow more, we have to sort of “unlearn” this, that we have to realize if we love Him we have to depend on Him, especially during tough times.
        God bless.

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        • barb129 says:

          Thank you so much Petra for your prayers and your comforting words. I just keep reminding myself of all the times that things have been difficult and things have not gone like planned and He has taken care of us and brought us through. What a blessing!

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  19. nicky says:

    Gabrielle,
    I think many of us are struggling with the same thing. We are all human after all. I believe the answer lies in learning to live only in the present moment. God is a God of the present. Most of our fears come from our imagination. His grace is sufficient. Lately, when I catch myself getting anxious it because I’m trying to see things only through my strength. I see my misery and weakness, and know it will be impossible with my strength. As we give up more of out self reliance we begin to let God act. Recently, I started prepping physically and started getting fearful. I realized no matter how I prepare it could all be taken in an instant. So I have limited this for my peace of mind. Sitting with Jesus at the Tabernacle brings me back to reality quickly. Let us pray for one another.

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    • Gabrielle says:

      Nicky, I so appreciate you sharing that you have similar fears. I just tried to explain this to my husband and I started crying very hard because I am so afraid I will let those under my care down. That I won’t have prepared properly enough to take care of them and they will suffer for it. I hope that God only requires me to pray and He will show us the way. I really hope that very little of this depends on me. I will be praying for all of you. Thank you for your prayers for me.

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      • LittleLight says:

        Hey Gabrielle, LittleLight here. Thank you for your prayers, keep ’em coming! All of us are in similar desperate need and praying/ hanging on together. As CrewDog said (and made me smile/laugh all stinkin’ day, and every time I think of it! Such a Blessing!) “Target Fixation Jesus!”

        Um, I just wanted to share here, that I have suffered from Fear/Anxiety my whole life—even when things were good. I have 8 kiddos, aged 20 to 4. We homeschool. Two in college (one just launched this week, Mom’s praying, worrying, wanting only good things, terrible commute/new driver, first time in formalized edu. setting, etc, etc!). My wonderful husband gives any extra time to the local youth soccer club. We live paycheck-to-paycheck and God has always provided a way for us to move forward, keep the bills current.

        I share all this, to give Him Glory. In this situation, the tasks and mission He has given into my hands, is Awesome, Wonderful and Terrifying—all at once. Also Impossible. Humanly 100% Impossible for me with my ‘special set of failings, sin and brokenness.

        Anyone who knows me well can testify to this. I am type A (weeelll, that had to be purged long ago, LOL!) When I was a new staff RN (i haven’t worked in 13ish yrs but keep my lic. current) the orderlies nicknamed me “Dark Cloud”, LOL I am not patient, but am a student as I dearly long to be. I mistakenly long to have all the puzzle pieces fit beautifully. Then I would erroneously think myself very swell. TYG, my life circumstances constantly humble me.

        So the fact that we are not only surviving, but thriving is 100% testimony to God’s Awesomeness. When I try to prepare (laying aside this paltry bit etc because little/big eyes and tummies and “Mommy I’m hungry”) I won’t lie, panic >always< seizes me. Then I think of the things I've set aside, could I share them? Knowing how historically selfish I am, panic seizes me. I've decided I'm gonna take God up on His Word, about not abandoning me. I'm taking Him up on it. I tell Him every moment: "Okay, we both know, whatever hope you want me to be/give, however selfless you want me to be, You are going to have to Do it, because I'm not capable." This is my mantra. Constantly. Every moment. I ask for hope, joy, humility, endurance. I ask Him to take over the finances. I ask Him to triage whatever I should be spending His money on. What does He want me to do with it? Btw, I hear nothing, but I feel Him listening. I have a sense of Joy. I don't know, this joy is 100% alien to me. I tell Him Charlie says I need to take ownership, make my best decisions, knowing I Will Fail. I tell Him this terrifies me, heck everything does, so, "You're gonna have to do it" I've made a deal with myself that the harder/uglier the circumstance, the more I need to remember to bring it before God. Please pray for me that I can continue to do this, bringing Him my nasty puss-filled spots. We will all pray for each other, no?

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen, Little Light! Praying for you and ALL of us here as well as ALL who will join us on bended knee as we are prepared, via the events of the Storm, for the Rescue of Our Lady. A New Day is dawning!

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Hi! I don’t think that the foretelling of the Storm is meant to make us get to a point that we KNOW we are prepared in the things we do to try to prepare for it on an earthly basis. I believe what Charlie and some other folks have been prophesying and things the Blessed Mother of Medjugorje has been saying is that God the Father is ready to lash out at humanity in a very definite way so we know it is from God. We cannot fight the prophets, rather, we can do what God Himself has asked us to do by trying with all our hearts to love Him by not sinning. Whatever happened to, “What would Jesus do?:? Are our hearts prepared? Are our souls prepared? This Storm will be like none other. Are we prepared to help each other through the misery and pain of what seems so cruel when it does occur? Parents sometimes (and of late in the case of what has been going on with gay marriage being adjudicated from the bench, abortion and selling of dead/murdered baby parts, and overall lack of sense of sin in the world) have to watch and wait to see if their children will wake up on their own, but, not so lately. I am dismayed at how things really went down the drain from WWI to now. How did this all happen? We make the road easier for the nemesis of God to prowl with Ouija boards, paranormal shows, pre-teen satan worship, and addictions. These are all choices. We have all made bad choices, and now, when the time is what God decides, we will have a big upheaval, and we will know it is from God. He will show us exactly what we have been giving Him, and He has not liked it one bit. God bless you Beckita. We must hang in there for God! pam, from NJ.

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          • Beckita says:

            Pam, when I wrote: “…prepared, via the events of the Storm, for the Rescue of Our Lady.” I was not speaking to preparation FOR the Storm but to what the Storm’s events will do to prepare US for the Rescue. As I ponder these things, I believe we must be open to God’s Light streaming from Our Mother’s Immaculate Heart in order to receive it. How we respond to the Storm’s events will determine our receptivity or rejection of the Rescue.

            The complete breakdown of structures in society will be a nearly overwhelming process to experience. I do not see this as God lashing out at us in any way. He only acts from Pure Love – always. We have brought on the Storm by our rejection of Him. He told the Servant of God Luisa Picarretta He doesn’t wish to chastise us for we are made in His Image. When I ponder this I think, in a great mystery, He will suffer as much as we in the chastisements.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Exactly, Beckita…you have hit the nail on the head. This is not God’s doing, but ours. The Rescue is God’s doing.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Hi! Every time God loses a soul to purgatory or hell He is very sad, so very sorrowful, as I have read. We are now at a point wherein we are called to suffer greatly. The court clerk who is unwilling to compromise her religious beliefs by issuing marriage licenses to practicing homosexuals is on her way to prison. What do our prophets say we should do now? Are we ready to join her? pam, from NJ.
            We must live day-to-day, as we never know what is about to hit us.

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      • LittleLight says:

        More blathering, if you can stand it. I just know, Our Awesome God is pouring out miracles upon All of us who truly seek His face. Because in the midst of the agony of these times, amazing things are happening.

        Here’s one. This past weekend was payday, so I had to get groceries. One of the stores I go to had a problem with their computer systems. Turns out in my state, there are only 2 credit processing houses and one of them went down, big surprise (LOL—no not really LOL, but thinking of Charlie and what he’s told us!). Anyhoo, what ended up happening was I was charged 2x for one transaction.

        I paid the mortgage on Fri, but it doesn’t clear until Mon or Tues. On Sunday I check and notice our acct does not have enough in it to cover this and 2 other legitimate charges. Panic sets in, did I overspend? Then relief, TYG I didn’t, then panic, ruh-roh there’s a problem!

        Long story short, the bank & the store both worked to get this 2nd debit lifted, so my mort., check wouldn’t bounce. Our mort was recently sold to a bank outta Texas that seems just itching to re-po homes. So the debit hold was removed. TYG, all’s good right?!

        Monday morning the 3 legitimate charges clear, everything is as it should be, TYG. All done, right!?!

        WRONG!

        On Tuesday, the error-2nd-debit goes through, sending the account into overdraft. (Remember I said I have no patience, am lacking trust/humility? Weeel, God’s got a remedy for that! LOL! Any Mom knows, medicine is yucky, LOL) I’m thinking, angrily (oh, SHame!) Um God?! Saint Mother Theresa’s 9 Memorare Novena is a fail?!

        Well, I get a phone call from my banks fraud department. Turns out my card was hacked. 25 charges hit my account starting @ 4am from anywhere from $8 to $1000. Turns out none of them posted to my account, they were all rejected because of insufficient funds, because of the double charge. The fraud dept saw it, isolated, closed my card down.

        Sooo, God used a minor problem to protect us from a worse pain. And I thank Him by not Trusting Him and being angry. Oh, the lesson! Oh the miracle. My wonderful husband & I had a good laugh. We talked about the collapse, hackers, etc. We laughed about the irony of it all and marveled at the lengths God uses to protect those who turn to Him.

        I will praise Him always and Forever!

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  20. Jason says:

    I have been disappointed in some of the Holy Father’s statements and personnel moves (see Cupich) but I love what he did with the SSPX today by granting them the ability to forgive the sin of abortion in confession (see story below). If we’re going to enter the storm, let’s do it together.
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-issues-jubilee-year-letter-calls-on-priests-to-absolve-those-who-procu

    Like Nixon having street cred to go to China, P1 may be the one to heal this wound. Viva il Papa.

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    • Jorge Bizarro says:

      This is definitive proof that he his an exceptional pastor of souls and magnet to attract stray sheep… he has a gift for pastoral work, example and preaching by his example. We shouldn’t forget that Pope Benedict is hidden doing his part for the Church and has during the times of Pope JP II (he and Ratzinger were close friends even when both were cardinals), today might be a counsellor of Francis on more doctrinal issues. I would like to point out that Pope Francis apparent ‘doctrinal blunders’ seem all related to facilitate people to access the pastoral work of the Church. He is a very practical man!

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  21. nicky says:

    From Liturgy of Hours this morning:
    “Through your Son you taught us, Father, not to be fearful of tomorrow but to commit our lives to your care. Do not withhold your Spirit from us but help us find a life of peace after these days of trouble.”

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  22. Mack says:

    Many of us are expecting the final crash to happen in the near future. Charlie also said that it will actually be the beginning of the visible triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Of course I don’t know when it will be, but the thought came that October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, would be an appropriate day for it to start. I recall reading that at Fatima, Mary said, “One day, through the rosary and the scapular, I will save the world.” Also, the US began its bombing of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Perhaps Our Lady might show us that our real salvation does not lie in military arms, necessary though they may be at times, but in the weapon of the rosary.

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  23. Terry Nelson says:

    What do you do if you feel you don’t have the strength to go on? What do you do if you can’t get up by yourself and are afraid? What do you do when everything you thought you were doing was right and good but you were only fooling yourself?

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