As For Me and My House…

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By Charlie Johnston

 

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”-Joshua 24:15

In the late ‘90s I wrote out for my priests how the most useful powers of the satan would evolve during the course of the Storm.

For the last century, the primary power of the satan has been that of seduction, to persuade people that what is objectively good is actually evil and what is objectively evil is actually good. We are surrounded by the bitter fruit of this poisonous seduction, which has substituted means for ends and left tens of millions despairing of anything being actually and objectively good, leading lives of quiet desperation while trying to ameliorate their emptiness through ever more bizarre sensations. While this was an incredibly productive vein for the devil to mine, it had largely become played out – still useful but having snared just about all it had the potential to snare. Satan is ever looking for new avenues from which to catch the unwary.

In the period leading up to the breaking of the Storm, I was told the most important power of the satan would be that of terror. I always called this prelude the period of rumblings. I knew it would begin in September of 2000, but not when it would end. I had said we could expect large-scale, institutionalized terrorism during this period. From other things, I predicted that the opening of the period of rumblings also served as prelude to the collapse of the rule of law in America, which would serve to intensify confusion and add a low-level thrum of terror…kind of a rising bass line to accompany the rise of terror, as law morphed into a rule of power and will detached from any rational or moral framework. I confess, I was too dim to understand the full implications of this, so though I worried about it, I largely only interpreted it as large-scale terror. I did not see how it really would dramatically advance the satan’s cause during the period of rumblings. In retrospect, I now see two huge matters that the power of terror inflamed. First, the advocates of terror have gone into a feeding frenzy throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia – and it is spreading. It is like a virulent infection spreading through the cultural body, destroying all it touches in its feverish heat. Second, when most Western elites were confronted with the reality of large-scale terror, to deal with it effectively would have required them to discard many of their favored nostrums. Instead, they chose their vanity and corrupted themselves…constantly pretending that the prime perpetrators of terror were merely advocates of a “religion of peace,” while simultaneously accusing cultural opponents – Christians, pro-lifers, small government advocates, gun owners, military veterans – of being hotbeds of terrorism. The power of terror inflamed the malicious into committing great atrocities routinely while causing those caught in the seduction of their own vanity to double down on the determination that good was evil and evil, good. So it was a far more productive vein for the satan to work than I first understood.

The third power was the one that most terrified me. It was the power of deception, to imitate that which is objectively good in order to lead souls astray and destroy them. It terrified me for two reasons. First, it would be the predominant power the satan would use during the fullness of the Storm; its visible rise was the predominant sign that the fullness of the Storm was upon us. Second, it would ensnare many new souls – those genuinely, but flawed pious people, who truly believe in God but trust more to their own interpretations and superior piety than they do in the instructions of Christ. It is not as rich a vein as seduction gained, but it gleans the final fruits of those who think they are pious but lack obedience and humility. This is why I reacted so strongly when Kelly Bowring launched his full frontal assault on Pope Francis. It does not matter how prominent he is; he once had credibility. This assault will grow. When his European counterpart, Antonio Socci, rises to mount a full frontal assault – or even any other figure who once had credibility does so, the crash that will lead us into the fullness of the Storm is nigh – and we have entered a very brief period of judgment and choosing.

We have entered that final period of judgment before the fullness of the Storm. Things are not what they seem.

I expected the progressive left to celebrate the jailing of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses. I am disturbed at how many Christians and traditional conservatives have condemned her for failing to follow the “rule of law.” The rule of law is dead in America. I understand some being nervous that to resist would likely spread wide-scale civil unrest. But to wail impotently about each new outrage visited upon the Constitution by officials who transiently hold office, then to submit to those outrages when officials enforce them with coercive power is a formula for descent into atheistic tyranny. Such a strategy would have confirmed the gulags of the Soviet Union, the concentration camps of Germany, and the cultural purges of Maoist China as the “law of the land.”Once law – particularly in America – is redefined to describe the whims of the powerful rather than the consent of the governed, it is already dead.

What is happening now is that Jesus is asking each of us to answer the question He so pointedly put to St. Peter three times in John 21:15-19: “Do you love Me more than these?” You cannot serve two masters who are diametrically opposed to each other, so you must choose, by your actions, who you will serve, The Lord God or the perverted state. It pleases the Lord to allow the state to seem supreme for a time, but not so it may impose its will. Rather, it is to reveal who is fit for His service. If you cannot bear a little hardship in His name, you may be rescued, but you are not fit to be numbered among His trusted servants. Choose well, for He will soon shake up the world – and the first shall be last and the last shall be first. There is no place of neutrality now. Quivering in submission while giving lip-service to the Lord will have you being spewed from His mouth.

I have said that I do not fear a schism so much as I fear several schisms. If a schism comes from the progressive left, led by some German Bishops or others, that will be a sorrowful thing, but not a disaster. Those who would enter into that schism are already in functional rebellion: it would just formalize what has already happened. Schism from the right would ensnare many new souls, constituting the satan’s final harvest before the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. I know this must come, but I would that every soul put himself into the hands of Christ under the mantle of Mary, that few may be lost. These schismatics openly attack Pope Francis as a fraud. In the process, they subtly indict Christ, as well, maintaining that His promises to His Church are without effect. (“so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose”-Isaiah 55:11) I have no use for those who pretend to be holier than the Pope and wiser than Christ.

They offer subtle, beguiling arguments to deceive. Some will attack the election process, claiming there was some technical procedural error – as if God can be deceived by a spiritual “hanging chad.” Others note boldly that there have been anti-popes before; why not now? (Counting on people not knowing the criteria for an anti-pope). They will try to dizzy you with faux technical details. If you get lost in the details, you may get lost, indeed. The bottom line is that a validly elected Pope cannot be an anti-pope. Over the millennia, several different methods have been used for selecting a Pope. Regardless of what procedures are used, if the Cardinals of the world assemble after a reigning Pope has died or resigned – and consent to the announced election of a new Pope, that Pope is validly elected. End of discussion. Stick with the simplicity of First Things.

Some will try to confuse you that trying to overthrow the Pope is no different from disagreeing with him. To the contrary, one may freely (but should respectfully) disagree with the Pope on any secular matter. One may even disagree with the Pope on musings about faith or morals that he has not proclaimed Magisterially (though one should take great caution and be most respectful in this). But on those Magisterial statements he makes we are obliged to accept. On those Magisterial statements he makes that are confirmed by the world’s Bishops together, it is more than that: we are privileged to know with certainty.

I tell you that Pope Francis, warts and all, is the man chosen by God from all eternity to lead us through this Storm. If you do not tremble at the idea of striking the Lord’s anointed, you are far from Christ.

Some will point to my insistence that we are to treat all faithful Christians and Jews as full and equal partners in the work to try to persuade you that that injunction includes saboteurs and mutineers. I am glad that we have a flotilla of boats, allied with each other, heading in tandem towards the other side of the Storm. I will defend any of them from internal efforts to sabotage them by undermining the faith they have been handed on either solely by the Bible or by the Bible and the Magisterium (noting that the New Testament IS a product of the Magisterium).

It is about to get a lot stormier very quickly, regardless of how quick we enter the fullness of the Storm. Hold fast to the Barque of Peter. Keep your eyes on Jesus – and His promises. Hide yourself under the mantle of Mary. Do not be beguiled by clever arguments that would lead you from the ship of safety into the rising waters of the Storm. There is only destruction there. It must come, but you do not have to be deceived by it. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. This is the sure way of simplicity that will carry you through the Storm, safely berthed in the Barque of Peter.

Now you must choose whom you will serve – the successors of the Amorites amongst whom you live or the Lord. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

I have told you true.

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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360 Responses to As For Me and My House…

  1. Thomas Rumore says:

    Thank you Charlie for opening my eyes I want to serve the Lord.

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  2. June1 says:

    I think I have mentioned a YouTuber who goes by the name of “The Patriot Nurse” here before. Look at this video she posted four days ago:

    Now, I must warn you all: I scrolled through the comments a bit and there is a lot of anti-pope garbage. Just awful stuff. BUT quite a few people have been feeling this “storm” coming for a long time, it seems, and some of them do talk about there being nowhere to hide in this world and that all we can do is hold fast to God. That kind of gives me hope. I feel like just sliding the URL of this site in the comments and being like, I’ll just leave this here… as you were, all. *hat tip, walk away*

    Part of me doesn’t know if I want a little more time or just to hurry up and get it all over with.

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    • Believer says:

      The concerns about the pope seem to be very well founded.
      Catholics should do their homework and check his list of his invitees to the Synod.
      Family leaders alarmed at Pope Francis’ personal invitees for Synod
      https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/family-leaders-alarmed-at-popes-personal-invitees-for-synod?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e149e0677d-LifeSiteNews_com_Canada_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-e149e0677d-397659149

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      • NancyA says:

        Perhaps he wants them evangelized by their brothers.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Yeah, Nancy! Evangelizing is so many facets we can use at our disposal which come from God. Maybe it is the clergy who need the evangelizing the most. Do any of you out there know about Lanciano? I am so blessed to have been able to be there to see that bleeding Host which was told to begin bleeding while the priest who had faith issues of his own, was consecrating this Host. It is still intact today and does bleed usually for a time in the month of June. Now, we must chew on that, don’t we? God bless for you insight, sister lady. pam, from NJ.

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      • TLM says:

        I know Believer, a lot of us have seen very disturbing things going on, things that point directly to the Pope, BUT…..we DO NOT KNOW what is going on behind the scenes. I am sure that there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Vatican. BUT, we don’t have any idea how or if he’s being misinformed or maybe WHO he has delegated very important matters to. The Vatican is an extremely political place and some Bishops are very cunning. I firmly believe that Satan is indeed spewing his ‘smoke’ even there, and maybe even especially there. The Pope has asked us time and again for PRAYERS, especially for the Synod. We need to PRAY INTENTLY because I cannot help but think that he is being pummeled at this time with certain people who are the Devil’s ‘yes men’. They may be cunning, and deceptive, but I am confident that the Holy Spirit will reign at the Synod, even as dark as the picture looks at this time. PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER! PRAY FOR THE BISHOPS! PRAY INTENTLY AND DAILY FOR THE UPCOMING SYNOD. There is danger that is lurking in the Vatican at this point in time. Our prayers are CRITICAL!

        I read not long ago that Sr. Lucia of Fatima told an Archbishop before she passed away that the final battle between The Lord and Satan would be ‘The Family’. If she was correct, we are now living the final battle. PRAY!!!!

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Well, the only thing I can add to your prior comment is, you are right. Keep at it, and keep telling it like it is. This is the truth what you have said about the Vatican. It is a hotbed of intrigue and God will help the Holy Father maybe in unprecedented ways, like the coming storm. Great you get the truth out, and you did use words. Blessings for your kindness in telling it like it is. pam, from NJ.
          p.s. Paul VI I think was the pope who said that the smoke of satan was now in the Vatican. I will try to make sure next time. p.

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      • Kathleen Wimmer says:

        I agree with Believer. I just do not get a comfortable feeling about this Pope. I have been watching his appointments and his demotions. His desire to impose himself in American politics and his recent proposed changes on annulments.

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        • Please remember that the Pope is answerable to God, not us. He will answer to God for any missteps as we all will. We will answer to God for how we have treated his anointed, as Charlie has said, and that includes what we say about him. If those thoughts come, we could instead say something like, “Jesus I trust in you. I don’t understand all that is happening, but you do. Protect the Holy Father from error, purify your Bride, and in your mercy purify me as well.”

          In 1 Samuel, King Saul had been trying for many months to kill David out of envy. Here is David’s reply when he had the chance to kill the King and his followers were encouraging him to do so:

          “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. (1 Sam 24:6-7)

          Remember that the Holy Father is anointed. That doesn’t mean he is perfect, but chosen by God for a mission. None of us has been appointed as his judge and will answer to God for any assassination of his character that crosses our lips. Jesus we trust in you!

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        • TLM says:

          I know where you’re coming from Kathleen. With all the reports, how can anyone be comfortable? But that said, we DO NOT really know his intentions or his heart. So many factors are involved here, and so many people that are surrounding him that we have no idea about THEIR intent. The Vatican is an extremely dangerous place right now, and we have no idea of how many are in collusion with darkness or who they are. I have felt for a while now that indeed, we DO NOT have a true handle on what’s going on. But just pray for the Pope and all of the Bishops, they are truly under siege at this point in time. Satan is so very desperate. Leave it all in Our Lord’s hands through Our Lady and ask for the grace to TRUST UNCONDITIONALLY. And my constant mantra is: ‘Stay in the Boat’! Cardinal Burke recently gave a talk on the crisis, and someone asked the question: ‘What happens if the Synod should take a strange turn?’ He answered: ‘STAY FAITHFUL’. This is TRUTH!

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      • Tom says:

        Please remember this: Jesus asked Judas to be one of his 12 apostles. Trust and live your name, Believer 🙂

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      • Catholic says:

        Canon 751: “Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.”

        Canon 1364 §1: “an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.”

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      • CrewDog says:

        Believer sez: “The concerns about the pope seem to be very well founded.
        Catholics should do their homework and check his list of his invitees to the Synod.
        Family leaders alarmed at Pope Francis’ personal invitees for Synod.”
        I frankly don’t care about the Synod or the ramblings of this prelate or that. If The Storm is upon us (or even if it isn’t) it will not impact my personal life or The Faith of My Fathers that was instilled in me back in the Golden-Olden Days of Pre-Vatican II. I must say that in my Bible Belt Area, the Pope’s “Messages” distorted though they probably are have stirred up the Anti-Catholic Types and created divisions-n-confusion on the local level. If it is, as I theorize, a Divine Play happening before our eyes….. I can only assume that the Acts-n-Actors are unfolding as Directed by The Master…………… with the Last Act, We Pray, having a happy ending 😉

        JESUS I TRUST IN YOU ……….. AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kim S. says:

      I have followed Patriot Nurse for several years now. I’m not sure, but I think she has Jewish roots. We must remember that we are still in protestant America. Our brothers and sisters in Christ still are very uncomfortable with the Catholic Church.
      I read another message yesterday that reminded me of what Charlie wrote, that our Holy Father will see his mistakes and become what God intends for him to be. Sorry if this is poorly phrased. The message I read that supposedly came from our Holy Mother is that she wanted him here in the US (New York?) when the final warning/financial collapse happens. That will be his wake up call (and ours) on how he is to lead the Church and be a sign that the Catholic Church from and of God. I know I am not doing the message justice, but it is basically what Charlie said, the Pope was meant for this time and our Holy Mother is helping him. He is more like us than we want to admit. When God shakes us and our world, we will become what we are fully meant to be in His eyes. We should be pleasing to God now, but if we aren’t, we will be shown our true colors when our world changes. I use to be in the military. I did not always trust my superiors if I knew they were unethical and secular, crude or perverted. I am only 5’1″ and an old fashioned Catholic Christian. But I did my job, defended myself when I had too, and always try to be respectful and cheery. I could not worry about my bosses, but I also had to know my job and my rights so I would not follow any bad advice or examples they might set for me. Basically, I always prayed that no matter who my superior was, they would do their job and know the rules or military standards. God in His great mercy protected me. There was (and still is) much corruption in the military and many people lose their souls there.
      Pray for the Pope and our church leaders. That is our job. Know your faith so when you hear or see something wrong, you will not believe and follow it. Stand up for the true faith peacefully and with courage. Be a good example to others. Be firm when you are being attached, because people only respond to courage sometimes (I know, because I had to defend myself as a woman with moral /ethics a few times. Plus, my Marine father taught me to be firm not wimpy). And always start your days with prayers. It has always been my shield and armor. Our Holy Father is good and well meaning, but a man none the less, and a Catholic brother. I love him and I know his cross is heavy. He has a real messy world to deal with. Could any of us do any better in this day and age? We know who he is getting advice from. (Think about the scene in the movie “The Passion of Christ” when the devil character was roaming through the crowd of Jews before Jesus was to be condemned to be crucified.) I know I felt that way sometimes when I was in the military.
      Blessings and prayers to everyone. May our Lord guide and protect us all.

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  3. Rose says:

    Charlie, what do you think of the locutionist saying there will be an financial collapse while the Pope is here next week?

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  4. KimS says:

    People like Pope Francis. I talk with non Catholics and they say, I like this Pope. When he sold his motorcycle and gave the money to the poor, people noticed. He is getting people’s attention and drawing them in. We are supposed to love like children. He is our Father and we don’t need to second guess or over think everything he says. Love with a child’s love for their father. I also love my new auto magnet of the Vatican flag….I smile every time I see it. 🙂

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  5. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen. (and nice to have you back writing and replying too after your short posting hiatus.)

    In the meantime, I have been soaking our RNS family in much prayer.

    Much love in Christ through Mary!

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  6. June1 says:

    For our discernment (and especially for those here who follow the events at Garabandal): http://www.sign.org/videos/important-synod-before-the-warning

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    • ann says:

      June 1, thanks for posting this. I have lately been rereading and listening to info on Garabandal. I had not known about the prediction of a synod before the warning. Very sobering.

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    • TLM says:

      Quite telling, especially if she actually used the word ‘Synod’……which she also described as a ‘small counsel’. I also, as I’ve said above, find it telling that Sr. Lucia of Fatima talked about ‘The Family’ being the last battle between Our Lord and Satan.

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      • TLM says:

        Oh wait, I think she said ‘Marriage and The Family’………will have to look it up again, but I think that describes the situation more precisely. 🙂

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  7. Maeb says:

    Sometimes I think we need to quit reading tea leaves and get about our own business and leave the bishops, etc, to theirs. We will not be judged on how well they do their job, nor on how well we criticized or praised them or figured them out.

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    • Maeb says:

      And if we are doing what we should, living humbly and minding our own business, we will be enlightened. Meanwhile, here is a really great story and song: https://www.facebook.com/ld0yl3/videos/10207679653169678/?pnref=story

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      • Maeb, thanks. I thoroughly enjoyed this video. Unrehearsed, simple, heartfelt, authentic… crusty Kristofferson and all. I sit out on the patio some nights trying to sing along with Bocelli, but know full well that it’s not among my gifts. Heck, I can’t even hang with Kris.

        T.D.L. sounds simple enough until we actually try to T.D.L., and it seems like everyone struggles on some level. I trekked all over the desert for decades searching, thinking, fretting, praying, etc., before I learned how to be still, and that can still be elusive sometimes. Fortunately, I finally looked at my hiking boots one day, sucked in some fresh air, watched the sunset and thought, “oh, yea.”

        Here’s a funny thing… my 9-year-old really wanted me to take her to the river after Mass on Sunday. Great! She knows I love getting away to the wilderness areas. I also find it’s a great opportunity to tie those experiences to matters of faith as we wander around, but apparently Our Lord figured that He would do all the talking that day.

        Five minutes into our hike we ran across a small herd of wild horses and there was an encounter like that around every bend. A bald eagle buzzed us low (twice). A great white heron here, a blue heron there. We sat under a large tree by the river and she decided that that was “her spot.” An enormous great horned owl swooped in and stared us down for about 20 minutes from a branch about 20 feet away. We just sat there like a couple of kids, mouths agape. We followed some free range cattle downriver trying to get close. They’re pretty skittish, but we managed to outsmart them by using all the cover and the noise of the rapids to hide any noise we made on our approach. That got us within about 20 feet, and boy, were they surprised. Right after, we just sat down in the water and rode the rapids. Waterfowl and birds of all kinds. Frogs and crawdads galore. We were in awe, laughed, explored… had a great time.

        When she gets to be my age, I’m certain she won’t remember 99.9998% of what I’ve said, but I’ll bet you my favorite hiking hat that she doesn’t forget any of the great things we saw and experienced that day.

        That all said, I still really like to listen to Bocelli, and a great many other singers and musicians as well.

        God Bless,

        MP

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        • Doug says:

          Way cool MP!

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            There is a book called “The Final Warning and a Defense Against Modernism”, written by Paul A. Mihalik, Sr. Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret.), published by Queenship in 1997, which may help some folks understand more about what has been going on among the hierarchy in the church and laity. There has been a concerted effort to prevent them from knowing anything about Fatima, LaSallette or other messages given by Our Lady. A particular message by Our Lady at Medjugorje goes thus:
            “Dear Children! In invite you to reflect about your future. You are creating a new world without God, with only your strength and that is why you are unsatisfied and without joy in the heart. This time is My time and that is why, little children, I invite you again to pray. When you find unity with God, you will feel hunger for the word of God and your heart, little children, will overflow with joy. You will witness God’s love wherever you are. I bless you and I repeat to you that I am with you to help you. Thank you for having responded to My call.” (Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje on Jan. 25, 1997); I hope this gives all of us more peace in the heart as we grow in holiness with the help of the Mother of God. pam, from NJ.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you Pam.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Doug, I just wanted you to know about the book and the parallels the author gives to reasons why God has sent the Blessed Mother to help us as she points us to Her Son. I studied, and not on my own, mind you, so many of the approved apparitions of the Blessed Mother. I had learned that she was very strongly tied to us when she was given to us by Her Son while He was dying on the Cross. That got to be a very powerful seen for me in the Gospels, and when I saw this in “The Passion of the Christ”. I remember my heart was like it was being reformed even more as things she had taught me through the studying I had done about her in approved messages, that she does not waiver from what Her Son asked her to be for us. Well, you are welcome for now. The book is worth looking over from time to time as it is a thin book, and writing is minimal as the author puts things down that are just enough for us to understand that there is so much we cannot understand why God does particular things He does to help us come closer to Him. He is giving us His mother, and, I know I need her so very much. So, God bless to you and your bride. pam, from NJ.

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        • vkmir3 says:

          Michael: Your writings are so descriptive that I can picture what you are describing in my mind. What you have written here is a bit of what I imagine life to be after the rescue by our Blessed Mother. Thank you for sharing. God bless, *Vicki*

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          What a beautiful holy communion with nature. Loved it. Send more. pam, from NJ.

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          • Pam, I found Charlie’s blog because of the link in his name when he posted over at Pelianito’s Blog. Same way I found Veil of Veronica, Daniel O’Connor’s Blog, and others. I don’t want to detract from what Charlie is doing here because his mission is so important, but you may find some more of those stories if you poke around. Just don’t expect anything profound out of me, plus you’re going to have to dig for a nugget, if even that. At the very least, I hope folks stop fearing the desert. I do find pockets of gold with the other NRS bloggers though. I really enjoyed one of Daniel’s blog posts on why he posts so infrequently. Gold!

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Thanks so much for the nuggets. But, alas, I cannot spend too much time on this computer as I get tired fast from a chronic condition. I found out about this site from the Cukierski family site where I get my candles from, and saw the video he did, and you can actually hear Fr. Mitch Pacwa in the background. So, I checked out Charlie’s writings which impress me more than the messages he has been receiving, as I am a purist about approved apparitions and messages for some time now. I do not just turn away from what Charlie says, but, I also know that prophecy can be mitigated with prayer and fasting, and I offer up my sufferings daily for the conversion of all sinners, especially, priests. We need them to help the Holy Father guide this church to where God wants it to be. In the end, all will be as God intended. But, we will definitely have further struggles along the way. We would be also doing ourselves a disservice just turning away from prophecy. Since discernment is key, and I am no expert in discernment, and leave it all to the Magisterium and Holy See, I try to be zealous in my resolve to be a little child that God wants me to be in the world. I don’t know how else to express this. I must be humble and obedient to His Church, and that is what God asks and I have much to learn. pam, from NJ.

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          • Doug says:

            Well said Pam! I echo your thoughts!

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        • Maeb says:

          Thank you for that!

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        • Maeb says:

          Apropos of this, we should remember that there are two ways to God, the via negative, which I find many people think is the only way, and the via affirmativa. God reveals Himself in His creation. If we paid attention to the sky alone, and what it says, we would all faint dead away.

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        • Mick says:

          Hey, MP… how’s Brother Gideon? 🙂

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          • I don’t really know, Mick. I suppose he’s immersing in the rule of his order and his new life as a monk. He doesn’t have a cell phone anymore, so I might just have to wait until heaven to catch up. I’m certain that he benefited from your prayers though. I came across a picture the other day of he and I as kids… wearing our pj’s along with cowboy hats, toy holsters and six shooters. I almost choked up, but ended up chuckling instead. Yep, I’m thinking he’s fine.

            God Bless,

            MP

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        • LukeMichael says:

          Wow! Where do you live?

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        • Beckita says:

          MP, Thanks for sharing the stunningly beautiful pics. Your area looks to be another piece of truly Heaven on earth. God bless you and your family as well as all the community and clans here.

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    • ann says:

      Maeb–I find your comment about “tea leaves” very confirming to something I experienced at Mass yesterday (Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows)–a realization of the need to resist the sin of curiosity. It is a sin. (that shocked me as this “epiphany” was taking place) We are not meant to know things beyond our immediate purpose and duty in life–to know love and serve God( and our neighbor for His sake) and to be happy with Him in heaven. (Baltimore Catechism) It’s kind of like “let your yes be yes, let your no be no, everything else is from the evil one.”) Now obviously we are also warned to stay awake and to read the signs of the times, but this endless probing and searching to know the exact sequence of events, the day and the hour, the identity of those who work for the dark side, etc.–seems to me Our Lady let me know it is above my pay grade. What I need to do is pray for all poor sinners(of which I am one), pray for the Holy Father and our priests who are in grave battle, and let God sort out everything else. Otherwise we’re in real danger of wandering into the devil’s territory who is always happy to tempt us to secret knowledge. We have to trust Our Lady to keep us from falling off the narrow path. She’ll lead us through “many dangers toils and snares” but its not up to us to map out every curve in the path. Anyway, that’s the insight I received yesterday.

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        I would like, but I am not on WordPress. So like like.

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      • Hopenjoy says:

        A year or so ago, I was pondering all the news, prophecies, news developments etc and got this clear impression that the Lord has me on a “need to know” basis…and to keep my focus on Him and what He calls me to do in my little life, and that’s sufficient.

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      • Petra says:

        Thanks ann, for sharing this. In a coincidence (some people say *God-incidence* 🙂 just two days ago I heard almost the same message given in a spiritual talk I was listening to – that our motives for wanting to hear *prophecy* can be a form of superstition and akin to just wanting to know the future (curiosity) and using it as a kind of divination to do so (as you say *tea leaves.*) I am taking your insight combined with that same observation in the talk I was listening to as a correction from Our Lord – not really a rebuke, but simply information imparted to me so I may correct any error I may be slipping into. I wholeheartedly agree that God has given me the task of infantryman, not lieutenant or colonel or general, but foot soldier, and my role is to pray, do what’s in front of me, and let the leaders lead.
        I think of an expression my mom used to use when everyone wanted to have their say about big decisions but didn’t want to do any work, “Too many chiefs, not enough indians!” Makes me smile. 🙂
        God bless.

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      • TLM says:

        Very wise advice from Our Blessed Mother Ann. I think ‘She tells us true’ as Charlie seems to say. Yes, it’s important to keep our eyes open to the signs of the times indeed it is, but to get too much into the nitty gritty details and all the speculation and sometimes obsession about the ‘crisis’ in the Church (and in the world for that matter) is counter productive, not to mention putting oneself in danger of the sin of pride, and judging those prelates that we have really no idea of the reality of the situation or what is really going on. The important thing to know, is that Satan is sewing confusion and deception EVERYWHERE, including inside the Church. The really important thing to focus on is taking the next right step to Jesus through Mary, she will beyond a doubt lead us to where we need to go.

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      • NancyA says:

        That YES is to reiterate MAEB’s “quit reading tea leaves..” comment. And, now, to Michael Patrick, Bocelli will be singing when I see the Pope at the Festival of Families on Saturday , next week!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          I love Andrea. Pope Fancis’ 20/20 virtual audience to American’s moved be to tears. Watching Andrea sing to Our Holy Father will have me bawling me eyes out. Such amazing grace they both embody.

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          • Maeb says:

            You will have to forgive me, and feel sorry for me, because I am that one in a million person who thinks Andrea Bocelli (sp?) has a so-so voice and delivery, but is a very good guy.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Maeb, no forgiveness is necessary. Andrea touches in heart on many levels. My new husband introduced his music to me, my father (God rest his soul) was blind, I massage my clients to his music, “The Prayer” song has become an anthem of sorts for my children, etc. 🙂

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        • Excellent! Glad to know the NRS family will have a sister at the Pope’s visit. Enjoy Bocelli live for the rest of us. I hope even more are attending. What a blessing!

          Boots on the ground in the desert,

          MP

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  8. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much, Charlie, and also all who post comments. I have been given a much greater degree of interior peace, though I am still busily preparing whatever I can for my family and those who will be reaching out to us in need.
    A particular prayer/devotion came to mind while I was reading this post: the St. Philomena cord. The prayer which goes with this devotion is so relevant to our times, and to all you have talked about:
    “O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr St. Philomena, whom God in his eternal power seems to have revealed to the world in these disastrous days of ours in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope, and inflame the charity of Christian hearts, I kneel at they feet. Deign, O kindest Virgin, to receive my humble prayers and to obtain for me that purity for love of which thou did sacrifice all the most attractive pleasures of the earth; obtain for me that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks of tribulation and suffering; that ardent love for Jesus which the most fearful sufferings could not extinguish in thy heart. And protect me in all the events of my life, from all dangers, spiritual and temporal. Be present with also me in my last hour, which I commend to thy loving charity with confidence, since in life I love thee and wear thy holy Cord as a mark of special devotion towards thee, the beloved of Jesus and Mary. Amen.”
    Visit http://www.saintphilomena.com for more info about her; she’s a wonderful intercessor.

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  9. CrewDog says:

    I’ve already figured out what I expect will “Go Down” next week during the Pope’s USA visit … I hope to be pleasantly surprised when proven wrong!! We need to spend less time worrying about events we can’t control and spend time praying for Pope Francis’ safety and those that travel to be with him:
    “Michael Hayden to Newsmax: US Faces Big Challenge in Protecting Pope”
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Michael-Hayden-arrest-plot-against/2015/09/15/id/691728/
    I also feel it’s past time to pray, “Hard”, for guidance and protection for a time soon when our “Area of Concern” may well encompass only a five mile radius of where we happen to be standing at the time!!
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  10. Elizamary says:

    Maeb I get what you are saying,but what if they change the Doctrine of the Church what do we do then just bury our head in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong or do we choose to follow Jesus Christ

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    • charliej373 says:

      Eliza, your concern is not with the Church, for it cannot change the Doctrines – and has not in 2000 years. Your concern is with Christ and whether His promises are to be trusted, for He promised to keep the Church inviolate. If His promises are empty, why would you worry about following Him? The problem is your lack of faith in Christ’s promise.

      The Bishops may flirt with error…could even possibly recommend it in the end. But the Pope has to confirm it before it becomes law. Christ promises to deliver the Church inviolate. I believe Him. Once you really believe Him, you won’t worry about such possibilities – only about the number of people who might be deceived and pulled away from the Church by their confusion and lack of faith in Christ’s promises.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Doctrines can change but not usually very much, dogma will never change. When the Holy Father speaks dogmatically, it is something which never will change. peace. pam, from NJ.

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        • Beckita says:

          Pam, It’s discipline which is man-made and can be altered. Both doctrine and dogma are unchangeable. God’s Peace and Blessings

          From Colin Donovan STL who works with EWTN

          Question from Don on 12/5/2008: Mr. Donovan. I have been following these forums for several years and am still confused over the difference between a doctrine, a dogma and an infallible statement.

          It seems that there is the mistaken belief by many that ONLY an infallible statement need be followed be a Catholic. And even then, there’s often confusion over what’s an infallible statement from the Magisterium.

          I would greatly appreciate explanations of these three. Thank you.

          Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 3/10/2009:

          These are terms that are easily confusing.

          Doctrine. The word doctrine comes, by way of the Latin doctrina, from the Greek word doxa, meaning belief. The doctrine(s) of the Church, therefore, are those teachings which must be believed by the faithful. These include 1) dogmas, teachings which the Church has solemnly defined as formally revealed by God, and, 2) other teachings definitively proposed by the Church because they are connected to solemnly defined teachings. The first (dogmas) can be called doctrines of divine faith, the second doctrines of catholic faith. Together they are said to be “of divine and catholic faith.” Both kinds of doctrine require the assent of faith. Both are infallibly taught by the Church. Dogmas require it because they are formally revealed by God. Doctrines definitively proposed by the Church require it, because the infallibility of the Church in matters of faith and morals is itself divinely revealed. A side note, doctrine shares the same root as orthodox, meaning correct belief. Those who hold the Church’s doctrines faithfully are thus orthodox.

          Dogma. Dogmas, therefore, are those doctrines solemnly proposed by the Church as formally revealed in Scripture or Tradition. This may have been done by papal pronouncement (Pius IX: Immaculate Conception), by a General Council (Chalcedon: Christ is two natures in one Divine Person), or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium (killing an innocent human being is gravely immoral).

          Definitively Proposed. Doctrines that are definitively proposed are no less certain, even though they are not proposed as formally revealed by God. They are connected to dogmas, however, by either historical or logical connection. An example of logical necessity would be the reservation of priesthood to men in the witness of Scripture and Tradition. The Church has not yet taught that it was formally revealed by God, but such dogmatization is possible. Papal infallibility was similarly infallibly taught by the Church before it was proposed as formally revealed by God. An example of historical necessity would be the election of a Pope or the celebration of a General Council. While a portion of the Church could elect an antipope, or hold a false council, the Church as a whole could not err in this way without compromising Christ’s revealed promise to be with the Church until the end of time.

          Infallible. As noted above, all that the Church teaches as being of “divine and catholic faith” is taught infallibly. Infallibility is not limnited, therefore, to extraordinary acts of proposing dogmas, whether by popes or councils. Those looking to believe only such “infallible” statements deceive themselves. In both the category of divinely revealed and definitively proposed doctrines there are many which are taught only by the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Church. This means that the Church has “always and everywhere” taught it as true, and, therefore, that the contrary position has never been taught. Perhaps, the most debated example is contraception. At no time in history has the Church taught that contraception is morally licit. Whenever in the Fathers, Doctors or the Magisterium it has been discussed it has always been as an evil. There is no formal declaration, no extraordinary act, but it is certainly infallibly taught from the beginning of the Church, to Paul VI, to today.

          Authoritative. Finally, the Church teaches things which are neither proposed as formally revealed or definitively proposed. This is the category of authoritative teaching. Anything in the Catechism or a pope’s writings and addresses that is not “of divine and catholic faith” if clearly meant to take a position, without deciding it by proposing it as revealed or as definitive, is authoritively taught. It should receive “religious obedience of intellect and will,” as opposed to the assent of faith. Such obedience is an act of justice. It shows the respect Catholics owe the Pope, and it humbly acknowledges that by charism and grace of vocation the Pope is more likely to be right than those who disagree with him. As Vatican II noted, the weight to be given such teaching is “according to the mind and the will manifested; this is shown especially by the nature of the documents, by the frequent repetition of the same doctrine, or by the tenor of the verbal expression.” Thus, more weight would have to be given to something taught many times by successive popes than to something taught once by one pope.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            The Magisterium of the Church (CCC No. 86) “Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication, and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith.” (CCC No. 87) Mindful of Christ’s words to his disciples: “He who hears you, hears me,” (49) the faithful receive with docility the teachings and directives that their pastors give them in different forms.
            Beckita, this is why I said what I said. I had to learn this as well. But, thank you for helping me bone up on Colin Donovan. I think that guy is aces. God bless him and you, kind lady. pam, from NJ.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for that quote from CCC, Pam. It specifically addresses the Teaching Magisterium in relation to the Word of God. Certainly our teachings are rooted in God’s Word AND as Catholics, unlike our non-Catholic brothers and sisters, the Teaching Magisterium also draws on Sacred Tradition to formulate the unchangeable teaching.

            I quoted Donovan’s statement for it clarifies the language with which we speak about Catholic teachings. BOTH doctrine and dogma are unchangeable.

            In light of schism talk I particularly take note of the example given above in “definitively proposed” teaching. For example, Bowring states Pope Francis invalidated himself as Pope. Impossible!!! I wouldn’t be surprised if the schismatic factions proceed with this possibility stated above: “While a portion of the Church could elect an antipope, or hold a false council, the Church as a whole could not err in this way without compromising Christ’s revealed promise to be with the Church until the end of time.” Such a false election has been done in the past but UGH! to a repeat performance.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            And, oh, boy, do we need Jesus to return now. The faithful in so many cases have been lead up blind alleys as far as true teachings go. Our pope is supposed to help us understand our faith, I just wish the cardinals and bishops (notice the Fatima and LaSallette, etc. parallels?) would stop what they are doing and give us good solid teaching, and with words, as well. What exactly are they showing us when they are at odds with one another and the pope has to take extra steps to insure us that we are in good hands? We are, but, we have so much more praying to do. I think I will pray to Our Lady of Good Counsel for sure for the clergy. There is also so much addiction and so much other scandal they have caused, and some, sadly, are proud of it. Well, much praying we have to do. So, we better be at it. Many blessings. I watch what you write and am very grateful to see your true pilgrim spirit. pam, from NJ.

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      • Maeb says:

        To be fair, Charlie, during the Arian crisis, most of the bishops went astray. And the Pope supported them to the point of exiling St. Athanasius. The Pope didn’t teach heresy formally, but he was clueless or on their side. Also, on the local scale, all the bishops of England but one or two went with Henry. We may not be able to figure out who is on the right side, as many saints could not in the middle ages, and as the common people had not a clue of being able to figure out, but we can stay on the side of the faith of our fathers. Pray for the Pope. Pray for the Pope. Pray for the Pope.

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        • Maeb says:

          http://voxcantor.blogspot.com/2015/09/popes-protection-of-minors-is.html And I for one am tired of hearing people say, from JPII to Benedict to Francis: “The Pope is kept in the dark!” JP II was aware, but conditioned by his communist environment to regard acciusations as work of the Party to take down good priests. Benedict was aware, but conditioned to clericalism and a false collegiality. I love them both, but we all have our blind spots.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Maeb: if you go onto Catholicwire you will find that St. Athanasius was exiled not by a pope but by Emperor Alexander the Great, and would continue to have problems with other emperors, not a pope. Check it out. pam, from NJ.

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    • Doug says:

      The doctrine of the church won’t and can’t change because it is Christ’s church; not mans. This was God’s promis to Peter.

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  11. Jean says:

    I have recently been following your writings and have taken about a month to get up-to-date on all that has been written. To say the least, they have resounded within me. I was surprised at how fearful I was at first in reading all that has been written. It took much prayer and time in adoration to be at peace again. I am not a stranger to prophecy or Marian apparitions, and have visited on pilgrimage many sites.

    With that being said, I especially liked this article. I have said this phrase out loud many times and have debated having it painted above our doorframe. I keep thinking that perhaps Pope Francis is selecting these Cardinals for the synod to pull off all masks and to confront some of the errors within our Church. The bride of Christ is beautiful, but we, her children, have muddied her veil. This morning in prayer, I wondered where did I hear the phrase “Cardinal against Cardinal” before. I googled it and found the warning from Our Lady of Akita from October 13, 1973 shown below.

    The third message on October 13, 1973, the actual anniversary of the final visions and miracle of Fatima is as follows: “As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

    A few priests in our diocese have discussed how to prepare their flock without scaring them. One very hokey priest held up his rosary and said “with this!” May we continue to pray for Pope Francis, all the Cardinals and attendees at the upcoming Synod.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Jean,
      You said, “I keep thinking that perhaps Pope Francis is selecting these Cardinals for the synod to pull off all masks and to confront some of the errors within our Church.”

      That is my hope too. And if I am wrong and Pope Francis really *is* in sympathy with the Kasper’s, Maradiaga’s, and Danneels’ of the world, then I will trust the Holy Spirit to keep him within the bounds of orthodoxy, as Christ promised He would.

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      • Jorge Bizarro says:

        With all respect… God gives a given ‘messenger’ some pieces of the puzzle and to another other pieces. Based on 20 yeras of reading and studying private Catholic prophecy, I sincerely think that the real motives or reasons why God decided to ‘change Popes’ have not yet revealed themselves (only the tip of he underlying Iceberg). And after a friend from the US sent me the links to Charlie’s work I was stunned to read that Pope Francis is here to GUIDE THE CHURCH trough the Storm, a confirmation of I came to acknowledge from my readings of other sources … I think that everything else in Pope Francis mind for this Pontificate will be eclipsed after the Storm reveals itself to the larger public of the World. The events will ride the Pope, the Church and the World… not the opposite. Out of respect for Charlie’s mission I wont’ quote other sources that point to this; but I now sincerely believe that an important motive for God to have chosen this man is the large audience he enjoys today both INSIDE and OUTSIDE the Church… much more than Pope Benedict. So, God and the Church will be heard by this World when the moment comes, and frankly, what can the Synod do, etc if the Storm arrives in its plentiful??? – ‘Normal’ life will be gone and this will affect the Church also.
        God Bless.

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        • Mack says:

          Your point that everything else in Pope Francis’ mind for his pontificate may be eclipsed once the fullness of the Storm is revealed–that’s very insightful. That thought came to mind when I read his climate change encyclical. It came out before everyone wakes up to the Storm, and when it’s in full swing, few people will care about climate change, I’d wager.
          It’s like what happened to President Bush (I’m not trying to be political). After 9/11, everything changed in his presidency. Whether you agree with his policies or not, at least that much is clear. Yes, that will happen to Pope Francis too with the Storm.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Like Jesus, Pope Francis is inviting everyone to the table, Judas.

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      • LukeMichael says:

        Sorry, “including Judas.”

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        • Petra says:

          🙂 🙂
          LukeMichael: Whew! Thanks for the correction! 🙂

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        • jmst says:

          Mark Mallett’s 9/17 article touches on this “Judas” subject…
          “…Pope Francis is literally throwing open the doors of the kingdom of heaven on earth, which is present in mystery through the Church (see Opening Wide the Doors of Mercy). He has invited scoundrels and sinners, feminists and atheists, dissenters and heretics, population reductionists and evolutionists, homosexuals and adulterers, “the bad and good alike” to enter the halls of the Church. Why? Because Jesus himself, the King of this Wedding Feast, announced that we are living in a “time of mercy” in which chastisement has been temporarily suspended:

          I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking down upon our earth with great severity; but because of His Mother’s intercession He prolonged the time of His mercy…the Lord answered me, “I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation.” —revelation to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 126I, 1160

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      • NancyA says:

        Funny; I was thinking the very same. Who among us would tell Jesus he ought not to choose those very twelve, including Judas?? He would rightly say to us, “Get behind me, Satan!”

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        • Doug says:

          YES! Scandal and Satan has been battling the church from the beginning through people in the hierarchy of the church and Christ triumphed. Why would it change now?

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    • Beckita says:

      Jean, I too was struck by your comment: “I keep thinking that perhaps Pope Francis is selecting these Cardinals for the synod to pull off all masks and to confront some of the errors within our Church.”

      As we entered last year’s portion of the synod, from the outset I sensed Pope Francis was allowing ALL voices to be heard at the table of discussion so that the darkness of errors and outright heresies, secretly (and often not so secretly), held and preached in parishes all over the world would be revealed for all the world to see and hear AT THE VATICAN, from whence Christ’s Light brilliantly emanates His Truth via Magisterial teaching.

      When the closing statements of Pope Francis resoundingly upheld dogmatic teaching, to me, it was as if to say to all the world: There! You who clutch errors and heretical ideas have had your say. Let it now be known: Christ’s teachings have again been reaffirmed with a clarion call to repent of disobedience and, again, embrace the Gospel!

      St. John the Baptist and all you Holy Ones who courageously and boldly upheld Truth in the face of disobedience and heresies throughout the ages, including our Saints of this day, Cyprian and Cornelius, pray for us!

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    • Barbara Wenzel says:

      I had similar thoughts, that Pope Francis is being guided by the Holy Spirit on who to have at the synod so that God can reveal what he needs to his people.

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      • Ruth D says:

        and perhaps having them at the vatican during this time is leaving the good and strong ones in their own part of the world, where they can be a strong voice and great help to those who will be struggling to know the truth and believe the truth when it all comes down. I hope I have the strength and faith to hopefully also to be of help to those around me. I have a large family in various places that I have worried about, but have come to know that it is all in God’s hands. Thanks to all of you here and your comments that have strengthened me..I have no idea where I will be during the storm, I just know I need not fear.

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  12. Joshua says:

    Hi Charlie,

    It would be an interesting thing if you would write a post about Catholic marriage (and also reading the comments), it is the main thing at stake in the next session of the Sinod on the Family in October.

    I have been arguing this week with a theologian (an ex-jesuit priest), about a recent article that he posted, in which he does not believe in the indissolubility of the Catholic sacrament of marriage (when it is validly celebrated).

    Obviously, I am not versed in Canon Law, but my “sensus fidei”, and also the words of Christ in the Gospels, tell me that this theologian is all wrong in his arguments.

    I would like to read readers comments on this.

    Thank you.

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    • Joshua, I can understand the temptation to meet that challenge by assuming the battle posture of a little theologian ourselves, yet what would that effort risk? You’re not simply contending with your ex-Jesuit-theologian, you’re contending with the mountain of pride who is the wretched instigator of all such things, and The Word himself (Who your guy clearly ignores) gives us the proper posture. Have recourse to God. Be patient. Pray. Having first done all those things in the desert, Jesus, The Word, then answered the tempter with, “It is written…”

      There’s a lot of ways to skin a cat (maybe I should say “perform the surgery”), but Our Lord has the sharpest of knives and knows how to use it. I’ve tried to wield a knife on many occasions and sadly have the scars to prove it, as well as sometimes having done more damage than good.

      Of course there’s already much to be said on this in Sacred Scripture, and your namesake is a great example. He had recourse to God, was patient, prayed, and God delivered up the prize.

      God Bless,

      MP

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    • Bob says:

      The Sept letter from Renewal Ministries, Ralph Martin’s outfit, speaks of the the final battle involving the satan’s attempt to destroy the family.
      https://www.renewalministries.net/files/newsletters/september_2015_newsletter_web.pdf

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    • Bob says:

      I notice the word “ex Jesuit priest” in your post Joshua. Before even listening to this nonsense I would ask why he is an ‘ex Jesuit priest” when he had the honor of being able to bring Jesus truly present into our midst and he walked away from that blessed gift from God. I know that some priests may have good reasons to leave the priesthood and the church will even grant some permission to do so but still I wonder. I would suggest you read the Catechism of the Catholic church, the section on marriage for more understanding on this Joshua. Glad you have a certain sense something is wrong here.

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      • June1 says:

        That jumped out at me, too, Bob.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Well, at least he showed his true colors, unlike what is still lurking around in the shadows. They say, “once a priest, always a priest”, like “once a catholic, always a catholic”. We can choose to leave and then come back. God is really that merciful. I have heard of former priests coming back to the One True Church. They had admitted their actual intention to create distraction of the faithful from the sacraments, cause scandal. They will come back with our prayers. Bless them all. pam, from NJ.

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          • TLM says:

            I read just recently an article by Matt Damon who said that his reliable resources indicate that Fr. Corapi is now working with the Church to come back into the fold. We can only hope that this is true, and it would definitely be an answer to prayer of many people praying for him for many years now. Yes, even Priests do come back, they all need our prayers, because they are under such tremendous satanic attack. The Blessed Mother has in past approved messages, asked us to pray for our Priests because she knows better than any of us how dangerous it is for them and how very many graces they need.

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          • Doug says:

            That would be awesome! But I don’t think he she be In public ministry and needs to be obedient to his superiors. Forgiveness is granted and instant, but trust takes time and is earned.

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    • Mary-Louise says:

      A post on the controversy in Boston over the archdiocese’s publishing an article ridiculing traditional Catholic ideas concerning marriage. It comes from The Vortex, Michael Voris’s site: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cardinals-paper-publishes-heresy

      Cardinal’s Paper Publishes Heresy
      A heterodox priest is using the archdiocese of Boston’s official paper to push a dangerous synod agenda

      LEXINGTON, Mass., September 11, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – A notorious dissenting priest in the archdiocese of Boston, Msgr. Paul Garrity, is advocating for heretical changes at the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family — and he’s doing so with the help of the archdiocese of Boston’s official newspaper, The Pilot.

      In an article published earlier today, Msgr. Garrity, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Brigid parishes in Lexington, addressing the “hopes and fears” surrounding this fall’s synod, effectively smears proponents of orthodoxy while promoting blatant heresy. In his article, pitting “history and experience against dogmatism and unchanging truths,” he takes up Cdl. Walter Kasper’s scandalous proposal for finding a way to let civilly divorced and “remarried” adulterers receive Holy Communion.

      The monsignor, in favor of such a path, then proceeds to dismiss defenders of traditional Church doctrine as if they’re simply too fear-bound and pharisaical to appreciate the “love” and “truth” of the heterodox “Kasper proposal.” Traditional, faithful Catholics, says Msgr. Garrity, merely “fear that the teachings of the Church will fall like a house of cards if we begin to tinker with something like allowing divorced people to receive Holy Communion.”

      That’s when the outlandish repudiation of binding Catholic doctrine begins.

      Though they [traditionalists] don’t say so in so many words, they effectively believe that divorced and remarried Catholics should be punished for their failed marriages and for seeking happiness with a new spouse. They cling to the notion that all second marriages (without the benefits of annulments) result in adulterous unions which makes the reception of Holy Communion sacrilegious in total disregard of the many years of marital faithfulness that husbands and wives in second marriages may have experienced. (emphasis added)

      In other words, Msgr. Garrity reduces the infallible teaching of the Church to a mere mistaken notion that fails to see some alleged goodness in what he assumes isn’t adultery.

      He continues, asserting, “It is ludicrous to assert that divorced couples who have found love and fidelity with new spouses are still recognized by the Church as being married to their former spouses after the passage of many years.”

      This despite the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s stating: “The love of the spouses requires, of its very nature, the unity and indissolubility of the spouses’ community of persons.”

      Apparently rejecting the first spiritual work of mercy and the fact that true pastoral charity is rooted in truth, he calls it “untenable (and disrespectful)” to alert people living in adulterous unions of the gravely sinful nature of their situation.

      “Moreover,” he states, “the Church’s current prohibition regarding the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried couples would seem to be at odds with the consistent teaching of the Gospel about love, forgiveness and mercy.”

      Monsignor Garrity then laments that some people opt to leave the Church, according to him, “because the official teaching of the Church makes them feel unwelcome.”

      Next, presuming the agreement of the Holy Father, he writes:

      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Pope Francis finds enough support at the Synod to do something dramatic about these difficult situations! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could welcome people in second or third marriages to join us at the eucharistic table, if they so desire! Isn’t this what real evangelization needs to be about in the 21st century!

      Concluding the piece, he ends with a prayer in which he asks the Holy Spirit to help “Synod bishops to put aside their fears about change and respond with common sense to the plight of our brothers and sisters who long to nourish their faith on the Bread of Life, the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus!”

      This is not the first offense against the Church’s Magisterium for which Msgr. Garrity is guilty. He’s already been featured for rebuke by Michael Voris’ Vortex, after he wrote a letter in his parish bulletin last year where he placed homosexual “families” on the same level as the Holy Family. Drawing such a blasphemous parallel garnered the objections of many faithful Catholics, reportedly leading to his having to issue a follow-up correction.

      ChurchMilitant.com reached out to the archdiocese of Boston for a statement on the matter but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

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    • NancyA says:

      You are certainly right, that the “theologian” is all wrong in his arguments if he is arguing against the indissolubility of sacramental marriage. You don’t need Charlie to tell you so. The Gospel and the CCC tell us enough. There are also many good people defending Catholic teaching on marriage these days.

      It is so unfortunate, but not surprising, given what the prophetic Humane vitae said, that marriage has become one of the many ‘throwaways’ of our culture these days. So many are duped, others are embracing evil.

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    • Joshua says:

      Thank you, Michael Patrick, Bob, Pam Nicholson, Mary-Louise and NancyA, for your very interesting comments and advice.

      Meanwhile, I have also found the following text from Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, who finds the right balance between defending the sacrament of marriage, and pastoral care for the divorced:

      “TESTIMONY TO THE POWER OF GRACE: ON THE INDISSOLUBILITY OF MARRIAGE AND THE DEBATE CONCERNING THE CIVILLY REMARRIED AND THE SACRAMENTS” (Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)

      http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/muller/rc_con_cfaith_20131023_divorziati-risposati-sacramenti_en.html

      Also, the following articles:

      http://www.foryourmarriage.org/the-hope-of-the-family-a-dialogue-with-gerhard-cardinal-muller/

      https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/marriage-indissolubility-is-a-definitive-dogma-of-the-church-cardinal-muell

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      • NancyA says:

        In my reviewing of the offerings of “Breakout sessions” for the World Meeting of Families, I was actually drawn to a session being given by a panel that includes Archbishop Müller. It’s called “Family: the Home of Holy Anarchy.”

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        • NancyA says:

          Actually, it is NOT a breakout session, and it is open to the public, so if any are near to Philly and interested in attending, more info: A Special Presentation and Panel Discussion on the
          Nature of the Family in an Age of Scientific Control
          Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
          Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119 A/B
          Free and Open to the Public | Note: No World Meeting of Families Registration Required

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  13. Sr. Catherine says:

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9

    I clicked on ‘comments’ because, as a new reader, I wanted to thank you, Charlie, for your blog, your courage and your leadership.

    Having read the comments I feel compelled to remind everyone that all of this is God’s plan. He knows that we are weak and not capable when we operate under our own strength. That is the point. On our own we will fall. And even with Him we will still fall. However, He will not abandon us so we don’t have to worry. We have to trust Him. Doubting yourself is actually doubting Him and is a temptation. Fear is a temptation. And this is part of our formation. He is preparing us to help our brothers and sisters. Ask Him for the grace of trust so you may be at peace with all of this… but don’t forget how it feels (to doubt, to fear, and to fall) because soon we will all meet many others with the same issues and they will have an incredibly steep learning curve. As Charlie writes… be a sign of hope…

    Your Canadian cousin, Sr. Catherine

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  14. Vijaya says:

    Thank you Charlie for being a true prophet. I thought you might enjoy this article: http://aleteia.org/2015/09/16/to-be-a-prophet-is-a-blessing-and-a-burden/

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  15. I pray often this prayer from the Divine Office, which is one of the readings for the memorial of St. Catherine of Siena. It is a lovely prayer for the Church, for the mercy and forgiveness of its members.

    From a dialogue On Divine Providence by Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin
    (4, 13: ed. latina, Ingolstadii 1583, ff. 19v-20))

    The bonds of love

    My sweet Lord, look with mercy upon your people and especially upon the mystical body of your Church. Greater glory is given to your name for pardoning a multitude of your creatures than if I alone were pardoned for my great sins against your majesty. It would be no consolation for me to enjoy your life if your holy people stood in death. For I see that sin darkens the life of your bride the Church – my sin and the sins of others.

    It is a special grace I ask for, this pardon for the creatures you have made in your image and likeness. When you created man, you were moved by love to make him in your own image. Surely only love could so dignify your creatures. But I know very well that man lost the dignity you gave him; he deserved to lose it, since he had committed sin.

    Moved by love and wishing to reconcile the human race to yourself, you gave us your only-begotten Son. He became our mediator and our justice by taking on all our injustice and sin out of obedience to your will, eternal Father, just as you willed that he take on our human nature. What an immeasurably profound love! Your Son went down from the heights of his divinity to the depths of our humanity. Can anyone’s heart remain closed and hardened after this?

    We image your divinity, but you image our humanity in that union of the two which you have worked in a man. You have veiled the Godhead in a cloud, in the clay of our humanity. Only your love could so dignify the flesh of Adam. And so by reason of this immeasurable love I beg, with all the strength of my soul, that you freely extend your mercy to all your lowly creatures.

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  16. Bob says:

    The last week I have read some of the posts and am reminded that several major feasts have occurred in the church, The Birthday of Mary Sept 8, the Triumph of the cross Sept 14 and the feast of “Our Lady of Sorrows Sept 15. And while discussing what may be ahead is important I also believe we should be acknowledging God by taking time to celebrate and to meditate on the special feasts our church gives us to remember, celebrate and reflect on.

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  17. Dorothy W says:

    Dear Charlie and friends,
    As for me and my household we will follow the Lord. I am not sure all my family will be there by the time the storm comes. I keep trying and praying but at some point I have to put them in the hands of the Father. I think that this will be the great crisis that we have coming to for a long time. The evil one has been trying to destroy the family for many decades. Why? Because the family is the “greenhouse” where love grows. God is love, so when you have parents who love each other, who love their children, children who love their parents and each other you have a place where God is in residence.
    When in 2004 the great tsunami hit Indonesia many people died, homes and villages were lost. They saw the waves come in but we’re not immediately aware of what they were witnessing. Often until it is too late do we see the danger. But the damage was done and the stage for tragedy was far removed from the actual damage. The earthquake was far out to sea and under the ocean hidden from view. We are seeing this damage done to the family now, but the “earthquake ” was many years ago when the marriage act was separated from God by the idea that we could divorce that conjugal act from the creative power of God. Good Pope Paul warned us in his encyclical Humanae Vita. Not just the words but the rebellion that followed. Now we see the degradation that follows. Abortion, single parenthood, sky high divorce rates, casual sex without consequences. These are the waves that are destroying the family now.
    I know that this is just one aspect of the evil that infects this world but it has affected many people in my life and I pray with all I have that when the storm does come many of those affected by this disease will see the light and return to God.
    God bless all and keep me and mine in your prayers as I do you in mine.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Dorothy, (my dear mother’s name), my immediate family was fractured by addictions and divorce and my children as a result are distant and estranged from me and God as a result. I understand and pray for them as I will pray for you and yours in a meaningful way.

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      • Doug says:

        My heart goes out to you both. God bless you!

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Oh, the family and addictions? Pray to Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano. You can find the novena in the book by Michael H. Brown called, “Seven Days with Mary” (the image is right on the cover), or sacramentals.org. There is a great history of this image and how it came to be in Italy when it was brought over on angels’ wings on the feast of St. Mark in 1467. The approved visionary, Petruccia, had multiple visions and messages from Our Lady, and the town laughed at her so much, but, she remained steadfast. So, you also must remain steadfast in your resolve to get your family to get their spiritual “acts” together. The novena works and you also have to pray a mystery of the rosary, which makes it all the more powerful as Our Lady prays the rosary with us each time we pray it with all our hearts knowing she is our mother and she will help us, intercede for us. Especially, in this day and age, we are called to go to her for all our needs and she is such a wonderful mother. She does not go back on her promises. So, please, pray this novena. It is very powerful and works. Peace and blessings. pam, from NJ.

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  18. Tom says:

    Charlie
    What diocese are you in and what is the diocesan office’s response to your alleged “visits”?
    Thank you.

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  19. MT Butterfly says:

    Thank you so much for this post Charlie. It helps keep me on even keel and helps me make sense of all that is happening in our country and world. Your message is a sign of hope to me that there will eventually be an end to all the craziness and evil that has enveloped our world. I continue to ask God and Holy Mother Mary to keep me faithful and strong during the storm. Prayers for Pope Francis, our bishops and priests and for all of you here. I also pray for the conversion of all sinners and the salvation of all souls. Lord have mercy on us all>

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  20. Judith says:

    O my goodness!!! Go away for a few weeks, almost completely out of touch with the world, come back, and all hell seem to be breaking loose – not surprised! [It was a great time with many family/relatives in the Adirondacks]

    Went to a Marion Conference during this time and received an awesome prayer of surrender to God Will, right in line with the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. The prayer, actually a novena , was given by Jesus to Fr Dolindo Ruotolo 1882 -1970. “O JESUS, I SURRENDER MYSELF TO YOU, TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING.” [boy, did I need THIS.]

    The little I know about Fr Ruotolo [Naples, Italy] is that he had profound humility and experienced tremendous suffering throughout his life and lived his self-offering to the Divine Father. His name means “pain”. Would that I could give you the novena, but it is to long to write out, and I know of no web site. It included Jesus’ words to Fr Ruotolo about surrender, then the prayer “O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything.” [10 times] At one point Jesus says: “I only act when you say, in peace, “You take care of it”.”

    There is much troubling our hearts these days; Jesus, you take care of it.
    Pray in his peace, brothers and sisters,
    Judith

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    • I am on day 2 of that novena Judith. We referenced it somewhere else in the comments. A printable version may be found on my prayers and novenas page http://pelianito.stblogs.com/prayers-and-novenas/, along with links to other wonderful, powerful prayers. Jesus we trust in you.

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      • Judith says:

        Thanks Janet. It’s called “novena of surrender to the will of God” on that web site

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      • ann says:

        I really cherish this novena–first discovered on Janet’s blog–simple and true. And comforting!

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      • MT Butterfly says:

        Thank you so much, Janet, for posting this link to the ” I surrender myself to Jesus” novena. The Holy Spirit said to me, “This is a prayer you NEED to pray.” I am on day four today and am finding that it is giving me much peace in these troubled times.

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    • NancyA says:

      Thanks for sharing that, Judith. I like simple.

      There seems to be quite a bit on the web… maybe you can find it and point to it specifically? https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Fr+Dolindo+Ruotolo+novena

      Long ago, when I was promoting the cause of Gianna Beretta Molla, I wrote on the shelf above my sink words that were attributed to her, which she had written in a journal during a retreat. I later found the same exact words in another saint’s writings, so I believe she just copied from the retreat. Maybe Consolata Bertone, or no; I think it was Josefa Menendez? “Oh Jesus, I promise to submit myself to all that you permit to happen to me; let me only know Thy will.” Simple and direct.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Judith. This powerful novena has received a workout in my life over the years and restored my equilibrium when needed. In certain crises, I make it a novena to pray at the top of consecutive nine hours throughout the day or into the evening.

      Here’s a link for the novena which also includes more background about Fr. Ruotolo, a truly holy and graced man of God: http://tonyhickey.org/surrender-novena

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  21. Elizamary says:

    Charley I have faith in Jesus Christ that He will not Abandon His church.Jesus said to Peter I will build my Church He did not say I will build your Church Peter ,HE SAID I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH which is the word of God. I am saying if they change the doctrine of the Church we cannot follow blindly.We must always follow the word of God that’s where is remenant church will be.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes. Eliza, and He also promised to protect His Church and bring it through the ages and battles safely and that ever the gates of hell would prevail against it. I am curious, though, as to why you would cite the passage in which Jesus said He would build His Church on Peter as evidence for why Peter might fail and Christ’s promises prove false – and that you might have to leave the Church to follow the Christ whose words you fear might prove to be false.

      Many before you through the millennia have argued themselves out of the Church, believing they had a better way of interpreting Christ’s intentions than trusting themselves to the authority Christ, Himself, established. I tell you it is a delusion to think you can safely reason yourself away from the Church in order to preserve the faith – and a mortally dangerous delusion. It is why I am so adamant about this. Trust to your own judgment if you must while raising hypothetical scenarios in which you would leave the Church. I will live and die a faithful son of the Church – and am tasked with keeping as many to its safety as I can.

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      • vicardwm says:

        Charlie, I am worried that people will leave the Church and start a schism if some bad decisions are made by the Synod. I am not sure if a lot of people know that a Synod has no authority in itself – it is simply a vehicle for discussion and makes recommendations. The Pope could also theoretically promote false doctrine in an non-infallible forum. Catholics must know this – otherwise the demonic forces can create a schism simply over people’s lack of knowledge.

        The Gospel does speak of a time when the devil will be trying to “deceive even the elect, if that were possible.” I believe that these are the times.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I agree, vicar. But I feel kind of like the Lord must have when many said they would leave if He really meant they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have life within them. He told them if they could not accept it, then they must leave. At this point, those who insist the Church must be in their own image or they will jump ship cannot be counted on in a storm, anyway. I pray for their conversion to humility, but if they cannot, then best they go.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Hi Charlie! I just thought I would mention this as I had been praying for some time how God wants me to help naysayers regarding the consecrated host being Jesus and His words being true food and true drink and His Body and His Blood. Well, you know, women have been feeding their kids with mother’s milk from their breasts since the beginning. Jesus steps it up a few more notches to give us Himself, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. So, if women can feed their babies and give them so many necessary nutrients from their milk, which does so much for a baby, why is it so hard to believe Jesus can manifest Himself at the consecration in a piece of bread and wine? We get lots of nutrients and we get fed Jesus Himself. WOW! I just love my catholic faith, and hope to grow myself and others as God would be pleased. pam, from NJ.

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          • Doug says:

            Smiling……… 🙂

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            I guess this is evangelization-worthy??? Glad to get you to smile. Prayers and thoughts do help us see things much more clearly when we see how God has worked already through us to sustain us. Well, peace and many blessings as you look forward to pilgrimage. Good time to prepare spiritually for this. pam, from NJ.

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          • Doug says:

            Still smiling…………

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          • vicardwm says:

            Right. My point was that there are at least some who (if the Synod were to endorse something antithetical to Catholic teaching) would feel that the “gates of Hell had prevailed” simply because they do not understand the specifics of what it means that the Church is protected from error.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            To Pam

            As you reply to Charlie my daughter labors to give birth. Jesus said man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Jesus is indeed that word and our food!

            We are witnesses to the great birth pangs that Jesus talked about: the birth of his Church!

            Today I am contemplating two great mysteries: the mystery of the family which is about God and his Church and the mystery of the Eucharist which is about life and love!

            No wonder the Early Fathers summed up Christian faith: “Deus fit homo ut homo fierit Deus!” God became man so that man might become God!

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            How wonderful! God pushes into this world with a little help from His child a new little person to spread the Gospel, and maybe with a great scream as he makes it into the world. Have a very blessed weekend. I know you will. Blessings. pam, from NJ.

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        • Mick says:

          Vicar, I see your point; but I’m not the least bit worried that the Pope could “theoretically promote false doctrine in a non-fallible forum.” The reason I’m not worried is because Pope Francis, when he has spoken on faith and morals, has been absolutely rock solid, 100% of the time. True, a lot of his political or economic or ecological statements make me scratch my head. But as far as I can tell, hell will freeze over before Pope Francis promotes false doctrine in a non-infallible venue.

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          • vicardwm says:

            Hi Mick….yes, I’m not worried about it either, but it is theoretically possible for this Pope or any Pope.

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Actually Mick, it is NOT possible in a ‘non-fallible’ (or infallible) forum. It is, however, possible in a ‘non-infallible’ forum. It may simply be a typo in your post, but if so, it’s a biggie.

            The promise of papal infallibility is often confused with impeccability. No pope is protected from personal error.

            I am not worried that this, or any pope, will officially promulgate error because it is not possible. Jesus Himself has declared it so. I believe Him. But I do worry about those who are less confident in that truth. All we can do is explain, and pray for them.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Yes, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom He sent will never allow it. Grace, mercy and peace. pam, from NJ.

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          • Mick says:

            Ed… it was a typo, and a boneheaded one. Thanks for catching it. That’s what I get for not proofreading my response before hitting “send.” 🙂

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Wasn’t Peter who gave the answer to Jesus when Jesus asked who they thought He was? “Ah, Peter Bar Jonah…”. Then, he assigned Peter (Simon) as the first pope. Charlie, I have seen people misguide themselves out of the church for so many reasons. I remember a catholic who left the church because she did not like the “atmosphere” there, so they (she and her husband) decided it would be nicer to join her friend’s Episcopalian church in her neighborhood. Eventually, I learned that this lady did come back to the church and it happened to be mine. Our Lady and St. Ann know how to rope them back in. I think when people do not know their faith and how truly important it is, they must remember this is part of the endgame towards their eventual salvation. I think as people get older, sometimes to their deathbeds as we have heard so often, they do come back. We do make the mistake of using our heads too much as what goes through them can be mistaken for the truth. Our hearts know better. I wish people would think more with their hearts, but, all we can do, I guess, is pray for them. Blessings and peace. pam, from NJ.

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    • Eliza there are thousands of Christian denominations that followed their interpretation of the Word of God, but Christ established only one Church. Please heed Charlie’s words. He is telling you true.

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  22. I’m hanging on Charlie’s every word now. Its weird but his messages validate what I’ve long been feeling. I’ve cried a lot the last few weeks. My heart welled up in my throat when I thought of my children and my grandsons, but realized they are not mine, they belong to Who created them. I can pray though and sound the alarm, God’s Coming! The songs from Godspell are rolling around in my head. Day by Day, Prepare Ye…

    God protect our Holy Father…Jesus I Trust In You

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  23. June1 says:

    I just went to Spirit Daily, saw the title for the following article on the home page and my jaw dropped. The title was:

    “Times columnist: will Pope cause a schism?”

    This is a secular publication!!! Of course, I immediately thought of what we’ve been talking about here for the last few days. I also thought to myself, “Omigosh, omigosh, omigosh…”

    Here is the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-popes-marriage-endgame.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

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  24. Something I read somewhere in the comments here reminded me of an excerpt from “Abandonment to Divine Providence” by Fr. J.P. de Caussade–a spiritual classic. I particularly like the last few paragraphs of this excerpt, but include the entire section for context and because every word in this book is a feast in itself.

    CHAPTER IV.
    CONCERNING THE ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY THE FATHERLY PROVIDENCE OF GOD TO THOSE SOULS WHO HAVE ABANDONED THEMSELVES TO HIM.

    SECTION XII.—The Triumph of Humility.
    To the souls which are faithful to Him, God promises a glorious victory over the powers of the world and of hell.

    If the divine action is hidden here below under the appearance of weakness, it is in order to increase the merit of souls which are faithful to it; but its triumph is none the less certain.

    The history of the world from the beginning is but the history of the struggle between the powers of the world, and of hell, against the souls which are humbly devoted to the divine action. In this struggle all the advantage seems to be on the side of pride, yet the victory always remains with humility. The image of the world is always presented to our eyes as a statue of gold, brass, iron, and clay. This mystery of iniquity, shown in a dream to Nabuchodonosor, is nothing but a confused medley of all the actions, interior and exterior, of the children of darkness. This is also typified by the beast coming out of the pit to make war, from the beginning of time, against the interior and spiritual life of man. All that takes place in our days is the consequence of this war. Monster follows monster out of the pit, which swallows, and vomits them forth again amidst incessant clouds of smoke. The combat between St. Michael and Lucifer, that began in Heaven, still continues. The heart of this once magnificent angel, has become, through envy, an inexhaustible abyss of every kind of evil. He made angel revolt against angel in Heaven, and from the creation of the world his whole energy is exerted to make more criminals among men to fill the ranks of those who have been swallowed up in the pit. Lucifer is the chief of those who refuse obedience to the Almighty. This mystery of iniquity is the very inversion of the order of God; it is the order, or rather, the disorder of the devil.

    This disorder is a mystery because, under a false appearance of good, it hides irremediable and infinite evil. Every wicked man, who, from the time of Cain, up to the present moment, has declared war against God, has outwardly been great and powerful, making a great stir in the world, and being worshiped by all. But this outward semblance is a mystery. In reality they are beasts which have ascended from the pit one after another to overthrow the order of God. But this order, which is another mystery, has always opposed to them really great and powerful men who have dealt these monsters a mortal wound. As fast as hell vomits them forth, Heaven at the same time creates fresh heroes to combat them. Ancient history, sacred and profane, is but a record of this war. The order of God has ever remained victorious and those who have ranged themselves on the side of God have shared His triumph, and are happy for all eternity. Injustice has never been able to protect deserters. It can reward them only by death, an eternal death.

    Those who practise iniquity imagine themselves invincible. O God! who can resist You? If a single soul has the whole world and all hell against it, it need have no fear if, by abandonment, it takes its stand on the side of God and His order.

    The monstrous spectacle of wickedness armed with so much power, the head of gold, the body of silver, brass, and iron, is nothing more than the image of clay; a small stone cast at it will scatter it to the four winds of Heaven. How wonderfully has the Holy Spirit illustrated the centuries of the world! So many startling revelations! so many renowned heroes following each other like so many brilliant stars! So many wonderful events!

    All this is like the dream of Nabuchodonosor, forgotten on awaking, however terrible the impression it made at the time.

    All these monsters only come into the world to exercise the courage of the children of God,
    and if these are well trained, God gives them the pleasure of slaying the monsters, and sends fresh athletes into the arena.

    And this life is a spectacle to angels, causing continual joy in Heaven, work for saints on earth,
    and confusion to the devils in hell. So all that is opposed to the order of God renders it only the more to be adored. All workers of iniquity are slaves of justice, and the divine action builds the heavenly Jerusalem on the ruins of Babylon.

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  25. NancyA says:

    I wonder if any of this community are paying attention to politics, the debate in particular tonight, or discounting it, given the suggestion that there will not be an election?

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  26. Julee says:

    I’m praying I can keep my eye on Jesus and not on the storm, lest I sink! As for the Pope, there’s no question in my mind—I’m holding fast to the Barque of Peter. Maybe I’m naïve, but these anti-pope rumblings seem to be the result of people discerning to the point of distraction. If I’m being deceived and holding fast to an anti-pope, then I’m doing so in good faith with the desire to be obedient to the Church and since God knows my humble intentions, what do I have to worry about?

    The same can be said about discerning prophecy. It can be a huge distraction. We’re all called to watch and pray, but it’s not my job to piece together the details. That said, I believe I was led to Charlie, Mark Mallet, and Pelianito for a reason– to give me hope…to be spiritually prepared…to remind me God is in control and that I shouldn’t be afraid. I believe I was also called to make some prudent preparations, but who knows? Many family members and friends will be blindsided and I’m prepared to offer them food and supplies, but more importantly hope. My son is g-tube fed and I’m thinking I was given a little forewarning to stock up on food for him and some of his super special friends. I don’t know, I just know I’ve given my “yes” and I’m praying and trusting the Holy Spirit will guide me and that I’ll be receptive to His inspirations, even if I’m nudged in unexpected ways. I have no idea if my preparations will be for me, family, friends, or strangers. Things can change in an instant. I live in Sacramento and a fellow special needs mom had to evacuate due to the Butte fires with only a few hours’ notice. Her son’s disabilities are very similar to my son’s—he’s nonverbal, in a wheelchair, and requires complete care. This served to remind me that we’re not going to get a special pass; that we may have to leave our home and necessities with only a moment’s notice. If that happens, I’ll be stretching out my hand and trusting God knows better than me where I should be. That’s it.

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      Oh, so very well said. I appreciate Charlie’s writings more than the prophecies he has given, as, for me personally, I have read enough prophecy to fill books, which they were. I like his straight-forward approach to catholic teaching and he corrects when he sees he should. God bless him for his catholicity. pam, from NJ.

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    • Mick says:

      Julee, I am very encouraged by your faith, your trust, and your charity. Thank you for your witness, and my God bless you and your family (especially dear Justin).

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      • Julee says:

        Thank you, Mick. You’ve lifted me up several times with your support and prayers and it’s so very much needed and appreciated. I’m still worried my faith and resolve will crumble when things get really tough

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        • Everyone’s faith will crumble Julee. That is what Charlie said. But if we cling with our will to the hem of our Mother, we will be safe. Jesus I trust in you!

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          • TLM says:

            Yep, I am already clinging to the hem of my Jesus and also hiding under the Mantle of Our Blessed Mother.

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Janet Klasson – Asking myself why this statement, “Everyone’s faith will crumble..” makes me feel better? It shouldn’t, but, without the Rosary, the hem of Our Lady’s mantle – and even her hand, or without the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, perhaps the hem of Jesus’ garment – I would not be comforted. That – or “misery loves company”? 🙂 Yes, cling with our will to the hem of our Mother.

            Also, Charlie’s words that the collapse will be the beginning of Our Lady’s Triumph! I must keep that in front of me. Rejoice, even. Is that really possible – to be like St. Lawrence (“you can turn me over, I’m done on this side”). I was inconsolable when our current president was elected. He represented everything that was wrong and promised to increase it. I was crushed then (ask my poor husband). It was like watching your dearest love succumb to cancer, even though the cancer had been there for a long time. Was that MY faith crumbling?

            I had only the promise of an “illumination of conscience” – ” someday” and Our Lady’s Triumph, “someday.” I almost can’t help but be happy in my deepest interior. Sometimes joy and wonder, it just bubbles up inside of me. The ugly, rank, oozing mess of corruption, collusion, murder – by the millions and millions. Over. Going to be OVER.

            And the people of the Kingdom, and the people of Heaven, shall rise together, shall rise forever – and God shall rule!!!

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        • Bonnie, sorrow and joy are two sides of the same coin. I remember when my 9 year old son died in 1985 being so surprised at the joy I felt even in the midst of unimaginable sorrow, just to think that he was in heaven walking hand in hand with Jesus and Mary. That joy was pure grace! Praised be Jesus and his holy Mother!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Janet you are a beautiful witness to joy in the midst of such grief over the loss of your beloved son. My heart ached just reading your words and rejoiced in the strength of your faith! Joy is not the absence of sorrow, it is the presence of God.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Amidst the sorrow, the pain of loss of a child, God does have a way to remind us that this life is so short, but, faith is the remaining greatest reward. Oh, I have seen children, so many, die in my life, and I am not in the medical field or anything that encompasses those who rescue children, but, like so many of you, I believe it hurts so much more when a child is lost. Children are hope for the future. But, God does seem to know what He is doing, and we can see this when we allow His plan, His joy, and us in His daily plan. What a God we have! God bless you mother of 9 year-old, I will pray for you. May God continue to mend your heart. pam, from NJ.

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Amen. This is so true. I read where one of the mystics, (Emmerich?) saw Our Lady in the tomb with Jesus, and Jesus shared his descent with Our Lady and she experienced Jesus’ meeting the Patriarchs, St. Joseph, too. I can’t remember where I read that – too long ago. But, Our Lady described her joy, deep interior joy, even in the tomb. Yes, dearest Janet, this is absolutely true. It was her FAITH, and your FAITH that opened the channels of GRACE to comfort your aching heart, to know there IS more than this.

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          • As Charlie has said, our loved ones in heaven will be looking out for us during the storm. Praised be Jesus in all things!

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  27. D.O. says:

    The pope wears white. So, who’s the real pope?
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/february-27th-2015/the-pope-emeritus-experiment-is-working/
    If Benedict XVI was forced out, there would be an issue about Francis being a legitimate pope. Remember that Benedict said early on, “pray for me that I don’t flee for fear of the wolves.” https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/homilies/2005/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20050424_inizio-pontificato.html
    The question is valid: who is the real pope?
    Francis’ first encyclical is called, “Laudatio Si”. Loosely translated, it means, “Praise Be”, or “Blessed Be”. Blessed Be is a common pagan salutation.
    http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/Blessed_Be.htm
    The question is valid: who is the real pope?
    …etc. one could continue to elaborate as there are many questionable issues.
    Pray for him? Yes, indeed, but know the faith, know the Bible and the catechism.
    The Church is the beautiful Bride of Christ. Christ died and resurrected. So, also will the bride die and be resurrected. Where the head goes, so goes the body…

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    • charliej373 says:

      D.O., these are not arguments, merely feeble efforts to justify the rebellion already sprouting in your heart. Item one is silly, item two requires one to believe that the man who maintained his faith and integrity during the Nazi oppression now cowers at the idea of people speaking ugly about him, and item three takes a common phrase used by St. Francis of Assisi (Laudato Si) which is well translated as “Praise to You,” garbles the translation to resemble a common pagan phrase – which the pagan movement adopted because it mimics and mocks Christianity – and seeks to discredit the Pope because of the mistranslation. Seriously?!

      I allow these things now so people can see how pathetic and banal the arguments against the Pope and the faith are – knowing that these banal arguments will appeal to certain conspiracy-minded minds that have many opinions and scant learning. They are used to justify rebellion that has already sprouted.

      If you must, I can’t stop you from jumping like lemmings into the storm-tossed sea in which you will meet your destruction in order to soother your gnostic ego that you have found secret knowledge. But I was shown this apostasy over two decades ago. I will not be polite in opposing it. It is the satan’s final gleaning. I can’t stop someone who is already bent on rebellion – but I will warn all who can be turned away from this noxious, foul lie.

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    • Benedict left no room for the slightest doubt in his resignation — read the text, watch the video, listen to his reiteration of its validity even after the fact. Authoritative Papal proclamations are not subject to our discernment as to whether they were made in freedom and therefore valid — they are valid by the fact they are made. If you don’t believe that, then you have nothing, because you’ll simply need to spend all your nights in dread that all of the Papal Ex Cathedra statements of the past were made under duress, and that you must therefore abandon all Papal dogmas from the entirety of Church History! I am aware that a Papal resignation is not a matter of Faith or Morals, but it is nevertheless absolutely infallible concerning its proper object; namely, whether the resignation in fact occurred.

      So all you are left with, then, is claiming that the conclave elected Francis invalidly. This, of course, could easily have been acknowledged by *one single* Cardinal of the hundreds present. It has not been. Not even by Cardinal Burke. Are you calling Cardinal Burke a deceiver and a coward, then?

      Unclench the fist, bend the knee, and submit to Peter.

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  28. CrewDog says:

    Today’s verse & meditation fits in with the NRS Message.

    Heartlight Daily Verse – 17 September

    Ephesians 5:8
    You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Before and after — that’s the story of grace. “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” If we could only fully grasp what we so easily sing then life would be filled with more grace and our churches with more confident servants of God.
    Prayer:
    Lord God Almighty, by your grace I know today that I stand before you welcomed into your presence and received as a beloved child. Thank you for rescuing me from all the traps of the darkness and bringing me into your light. Guide my heart and my feet so they will walk your path and show forth your light. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  29. Elizamary says:

    Charley I am not talking myself out of the Church,I said if they change the doctrine of the Church what will I do bury my head in the sand and pretend nothing has changed,or stand up for Jesus and follow the word of God. It is a simple question, under Pope Benedict I would never have to ask this question but I am afraid in to days church it is necessary,

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Eliza. But when you start playing with hypotheticals, you are already considering reasons to leave. That is the real danger in it. What if they say Jesus is not the Christ…what if they say there is no God…what if it turns out Pope Francis is really a Chinese Communist spy? You can quickly go down a rabbit hole wrestling with hypotheticals. Jesus said He will deliver His Church unblemished to the end of time. I believe Him. Whether you know it or not, you are hedging your bets by positing hypotheticals that maybe Jesus was wrong. That is prelude to apostasy for many – maybe even most – who engage in it.

      I do not say you can never take a position on such things before they are decided. I am not one who says you must never criticize a Priest, a Bishop or even a Pope. In fact, I think that mentality helped enable the sexual abuse crisis. Have your say on these things, but commit to stay to the Barque of Peter, for it is the place of safety. If your faith is dependent on your confidence in whoever happens to be Pope, then it is not securely rooted in Christ, who has preserved His Church through many trials, even of unworthy Bishops and occasionally Popes.

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    • Doug says:

      Elizabeth. The doctrine won’t change. It can’t. This is Christ’s promis. Now matter how things appear, take solace in that.

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  30. Q says:

    Charlie you stated that ” When his European counterpart, Antonio Socci, rises to mount a full frontal assault – or even any other figure who once had credibility does so, the crash that will lead us into the fullness of the Storm is nigh – and we have entered a very brief period of judgment and choosing.”

    Is this the start? There is an article by him on RORATE CAELI
    http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/09/socci-with-papally-mandated-catholic.html

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    • charliej373 says:

      This is a side-swipe, but Socci is building up to his frontal assault. I suspect it will come during the second session of the Synod. But the apostasy is certainly visible now. Trust God and hold fast to the faith.

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      • Q says:

        THnx Charlie.. Will do!

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      • NancyA says:

        Charlie, I feel perfectly calm and trusting of the Holy Father and all the goings on that so many are up in arms about, and then I wonder if I am deluding myself, denying the challenges it will bring to me or my faith, personally. I guess I can’t expect that you will have any way of knowing, but I want to ask, am I in la la land, or on the right track to just calmly accept that “these things must come?” I guess, in other words, am I being presumptuous of my strength of faith, setting myself up for a great fall? it all seems to simple to me but maybe that is where my fault lies.

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      • BD says:

        Charlie. Have you considered putting a chart or list together of the events you are permitted to disclose? It may help the new people especially to get up to speed as well as help clear any confusion as to what you have said.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I put a link on the Summary for New Readers at the top bar. That is all. At this point, every day I am reading sites misquoting me. I have worked in some high-profile political things. It is the nature of the beast. Someone who gets caught up refuting every misquote quickly squanders the good they are accomplishing. I will be held to account for telling people true – others will be held to account for how they judge, and it will go hard on them for making things up or judging without checking on things I have not said.

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  31. Jason says:

    This has been a humdinger of a com box. I worked for a two star who once said, “Gentlemen this is good, hard talk.” I’m not going to bury my head in the sand regarding the synod. I’m not happy with the appointment of Cupich and others. What he did forbidding his priests from going to the abortion mills with 40 days for Life was well…despicable but we can’t rush to judgment on Pope Francis on what Cupich’s record is . I don’t like some of the folks he is “hanging with” but I would tell him that if I were to counsel him. Pray for him, I was intrigued from this story about him feeling betrayed by some of his friendships in the Vatican http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3234978/I-never-friends-Pope-Francis-complains-feeling-used-people-claim-close-pontiff-despite-meeting-once.html

    I would suggest that you might go to these two websites for info on Synod
    http://www.lifesitenews.com and http://www.ncregister.com
    Edward Pentin’s reporting has been excellent. I would characterize it as critical but respectful same with lifesite. Although I disagree with him, John Allen at Crux is fair. Charlie, hope you enjoyed driving around and having some independence. Blessings to all, Jason

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  32. Donette says:

    Beckita and Nancy A. I watched the debate last night, curious to see what lousy questions the moderators would ask that would provide light for the people who think there is going to be an election. There was no real light that I saw.

    Now I keep stumbling over articles that claim that Obama is going to remain in office after 2016 for multiple reasons. Then I wondered if Charlie’s invisible gps system that never tells him when to turn right or left had suggested Obama would remain to see all of the death and destruction because of his decisions from his present position.

    Charlie has a great sense of direction even if he is not given a visible gps system.

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  33. Jorge Bizarro says:

    Hi Charlie
    Out of respect for your work (aka, not mixing ‘charisma’) I have thought twice before posting this and decided to do so because:
    1 – you’re free to moderate the comment and publish it or not (up to you to let it go public or not)!
    2- given that the foretold events are barely ONE WEEK ahead more or less, it will be possible to dismiss them in case Locutions.org are false messages in a very quick time frame.
    3 – If true, on the other hand this will help many ‘reticent’ Catholics to reconsider their view of Pope Francis and any other future Popes. Popes start their Pontificates with their own personal ideas, but slowly the Holly Ghost ‘takes over’ so to say… we’ll see this on Pope Francis very, very soon
    So here I quote entirely a message from this week about the role of Pope Francis
    and I sincerely advise you all to read the last collection titled ‘The Future Economic Collapse’
    http://www.locutions.org/category/the-economic-collapse/
    God Bless
    ———————————–
    “By Editor On 09/13/2015 ·
    Mary
    I want to speak of Pope Francis whom I have raised to the Chair of Peter. Each pope brings his own personality. However, each day, graces pour into the popes to lead them in a definite direction. Each pope brings his personal thoughts but these are quickly subjected to the Holy Spirit’s purpose in raising him to the papacy. I want to highlight these gifts and put them in the context of what the future holds.

    I have often said that I want the Church and the papacy to have a stronger and larger role in world governance. The world leaders have rejected this idea and deprived the Church of the role it had enjoyed for centuries.

    I have been bringing forth popes with great charisms who have captivated the minds and hearts of so many. Pope Francis is certainly one of these. His greatest gift is to win over hearts, to help people to see the Catholic Church in a new light. This has been his role up to now. In the October Synod of Bishops, he hopes to widen and to spread out the net even more (although he is well aware of the danger of breaking the nets themselves).

    These two gifts flow from his personality and from deeply held convictions. They are not superficial nor the result of overnight thinking. He knows this path and he knows how he wants to have the Church reach out.

    As great as these are, they are not the special, unique gift of his papacy. They are gifts which flow from below. The greatest gift will flow from above. After the event my heavenly purpose in choosing him will begin to come to the foreground. This event will be definitive. New papal graces will pour out and I will lead him on a new search to discover the Church’s role in this new situation”[end quote]

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Jorge. This is a refined message, bereft of the bitter, hectoring tone I most object to from that site. With a caveat that this is from a third-party site, not from me, I am glad to clear this.

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  34. NancyA says:

    I hope you all don’t mind me sharing this here. I believe my Betsy is being a sign of hope, unwittingly, just by being her sweet self . I won tickets to the World Meeting of Families, and we are also planning to go to the Papal visit events. Betsy is very excited. I just attended her back to school night and learned that she is talking it up quite a bit, in her public jr/Sr high school. Several people asked me about it, saying they’d heard we have a very exciting week planned. When she returns to school after her excused absence, I know she will share all about it! I am tickled to know that she is evangelizing in her way, in her little community of teachers, administration and fellow students !

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  35. EmilyP says:

    What is scary is, because the grid will be down, we will no longer have these encouraging words from Charlie. There are some I copy/paste & pdf them, print them out so I can refer to them during the middle of the Storm when hope seems lost. Thank you Charlie.

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    • Doug says:

      Yes. It will be sad. Good news is an economic crash won’t cause grid to go down. It will take a physical catastrophe which will come later during the storm if I understand Charlie. So I suspect we will be able to come here for a while.

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