Adding Flint to Our Resolve

mary crushing snake

By Charlie Johnston

A couple of things…

I am being inundated of late with people in panic and/or frenzy about crash coming next week or some other specific date. First, I have given no date – though I routinely see myself being quoted elsewhere as having done so. Second, I don’t understand the frenzy, even if it proves to be so. I have long said that knowing what will happen and when is vastly over-rated; that knowing how to behave whatever happens is the important thing. I have also said that nothing is lost in God’s economy…the good that you can do now is not squandered if it is interrupted for a time.

I do not have any particular expectations as to when crash will come, other than that it will come soon. Even more, I don’t care to know the moment. If I knew, it would only tempt me to make some impotent plans to prepare for it other than keeping to my post and trusting to God. Heaven knows, when it does come, I do not want the Lord to find me wringing my hands in woe or wailing about what I am going to do. I pray He will find me standing my post, taking it in, then looking to Him for guidance on what the next right step from there is. That is enough. Be deliberate, stay your post, turn to God and take refuge in the mantle of Our Lady.

Understand, what lies ahead is humanly impossible. Many of the questions I get asked are akin to wondering whether it is better to take a sword or a rifle to a duel with Godzilla…it doesn’t much matter. Others are akin to asking me if Godzilla is going to stomp us with his left or his right foot, as if that made a difference as to what the result of either would be. If there is no God, we would be doomed. If there is God and we persist in worrying about such things, as if we can resolve it, we are doomed. But there is God. He is our sword and our shield – and Godzilla is not even a gnat to Him. Hold fast to Christ, under the refuge of Our Lady’s mantle and Godzilla is doomed. The way you do that is to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. I have been telling you that for a year and a half. Now you must live it.

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In fairness to those few commenters who want to spread the anti-pope apostasy, I must tell you something: I do not clear the occasional comment from them to open up a dialogue or an argument. That apostasy is beyond the pale here…just as I would not entertain a serious argument with holocaust deniers. Rather, I clear some such comments in order that readers may see the sort of specious nonsense these guys are peddling and thus be inoculated against it.

If you want to disagree with Bishops or even the Pope on matters that are not settled, you may do it respectfully here. If you want to disagree pointedly on economic, political or scientific matters, you may do it cordially here. But the minute you try to undermine the legitimate authority of the Bishops or start advocating the overthrow of the Pope, you are anathema here. I will not be polite in shooting you down. If you get a shot at all, it will likely only be once. There will be no long strand of debate. And as for the names some of you call me when you realize I don’t allow that sort of thing, you should probably know that to hear an anti-pope apostate call me a false prophet or a dirty guy or a stupid fool is music to my ears. I will ever be counted among the loyal sons of the Church Christ founded. Her allies are my allies: her enemies are my enemies.

This website is for other such loyal sons and daughters. I give a wide range for disagreement among them. But we are the people who have set our jaws like flint and will stay firmly ensconced in the Barque of Peter regardless of how the winds howl and the waves church. So howl on, if you must. We are set. As for this house, we will serve the Lord.

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I know there are many new readers here, so I ask those of you who are new to please read the “Comments” link on the bar at the top of the Page. We have some rules and guidelines to help keep the forum lively, but respectful. I have had to reject some comments lately – more than since I began this site – which substitute an insult for an argument, offer an opinion as fact while condemning others on the site, or make factual assertions that do not hold up even on superficial examination. Yes, we can throw some stiff elbows here, but I always seek to have more light than heat generated from the comments, so an insult is not an argument and consistent disdain for others on the comment board is not looked upon kindly.

Also, there seems to have grown a lot of personal side conversations unrelated to the issues or the article they are attached to. A little banter adds a little spice and I appreciate it, but this is not a message board. Our friend, Tom Kuipers, set up the private Next Right Steppers Forum, which is the proper place for extended personal conversations. Just sign up for it and use it – and let’s stick to the issues at hand here.

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Our good friend, Bishop Rene Gracida, has had a bit of a flare-up of a chronic condition of late. He continues to put up some marvelous articles at his marvelous Abyssum Website. Let us all offer some prayers for this good Bishop who has done so much for the Church and the faith that he may be back to full strength soon.

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I have been inundated by requests from Priests and by various Diocesan officials I have visited around the country to address more directly what they can do to help keep people encouraged and heartened during difficult times. I am working on a piece specifically geared towards that. I have asked some of our correspondents who work on various devotions to give me their thoughts. I met Sr. Marie Hesed, SOLT, in Carroll, Iowa

Sioux City Bishop R. Walter Nickless with the Sisters of the Holy Trinity.

Sioux City Bishop R. Walter Nickless with the Sisters of the Holy Trinity.

this last week. She worked with Mother Teresa for 27 years and is now working on a project called Domus Trinitatis, which I think is a great refinement in the idea of building small, healthy communities, where families, religious and priests live in proximity to each other and work to build each other up. These will all contribute to that piece.

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And finally, a gentle piece by the Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland. He is one of the American Bishops I admire. I have spoken often of the trials and difficulties our Priests and our Bishops are trying to manage right now – and how we need to be more vocally supportive of their good efforts. They have a lot on their plate and will have much more soon enough. In this piece, Archbishop Sample speaks of the challenges they face daily from so many sides – and does it with a light touch, gentleness, and a little humor.

I have recommended before – and I know there are many new readers here – that people watch what Bishops and Priests do, then once a week send a handwritten note of thanks and encouragement to one, whether in your diocese or not. Yes, you may write to seek guidance, to occasionally complain…but you need to write to say thanks, too, to let our faithful clergy know you have their backs as they try to confront these challenges. It is all part of building each other up.

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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144 Responses to Adding Flint to Our Resolve

  1. Becky-TN says:

    Thanks for the constant reminder, Charlie! Going to try to stick to my post!

    Lord, have Mercy!

    Becky-TN

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  2. Tom says:

    “we are the people who have set our jaws like flint and will stay firmly ensconced in the Barque of Peter regardless of how the winds howl and the waves church.”

    Amen to that, brother. I think those ill winds will really begin to howl now during Pope Francis’ trip during the synod. I pray we all let Jesus and Mary guide us to stay in the safety of the boat.

    We are looking forward to hearing more about Sister’s project!

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  3. Deborah Seiter says:

    thank you so much for this article today Mr. Johnston. I was especially needing to hear these words and God used you in a powerful way. Please say a prayer for my family as some of us are driving from St. Joseph , Mo. to see the Holy Father in Philly. I have been apprehensive about going for several reasons but mainly because unfortunately I read some alleged locutions about what’s coming and I learned my lesson. I will only be reading from you from now on. Never when I have read your comments or watched the Birmingham video did I feel anxious at all. God bless you and may Mary, our mother keep you close. Please pray for us that our trip will be a true pilgrimage and time of blessing for my whole family. Thank you.

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  4. Barb Watry says:

    Thank you Charlie. I don’t comment much, but these are the kind of words I need to hear and thus wanted to say thank you. I have been letting the satan tempt me to despair and fear lately.
    P.S. I love the picture of the Bishop Nickless above. He was a priest of the Denver Archdiocese and before becoming bishop. I remember him fondly, although I did not know him personally.

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  5. Lois says:

    God Bless you and Thank you for keeping us on the right path. Thank you for your loyalty to the Church . It is the next right step!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. And a reminder that there is also the “Our Blessed Hope” board that was set up to provide extended discussion space for readers of Charlie’s Blog — including a private forum which TNRS readers can ask to be admitted to once they register:

    http://blessedhope.yuku.com/

    There are plenty of existing topics to bounce off of, and lots of room for starting new ones. Welcome to all who come in good will. 🙂

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  7. Beckita says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for the reiteration, clarification, guidance and reminders concerning the use of this forum. Having been born and raised not far from Carroll, IA, it warmed my heart to know you were there. Joining my prayers with this community for continued blessings as you are on the circuit, fulfilling your mission.

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  8. 1.2012 says:

    Bravo Charlie, bravo! I too have occasionally come across some of the anti-pope types. Unfortunately they base their stance on false private revelations, personal opinion or a misunderstanding of Church history. I have to remind them that the Holy Spirit subsists in the Catholic Church, that it is divinely founded and guided, and that our dear Spouse, Jesus Christ, never abandons His bride. I believe that when it comes down to it, many, many folks would rather trust in themselves rather than on Divine Providence (hence, the effects Original Sin).
    If you look at my email address (private) I think I might a couple of items of interest for you. Thank you for your witness.

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  9. Katherine says:

    This is great. I have noticed that sometimes congregations tend to treat their parish priest like a government official, trusting that “Big Church” takes care of the priests and all of their needs. There is a parish near here who took it upon themselves to collect money to buy their priest a better car. I loved that. They didn’t just let their priest drive some beat up piece of junk around, figuring it wasn’t their problem. They took action. It was wonderful. We need to take care of our priests, they are a PRECIOUS part of our world.

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  10. EllenChris says:

    When I was growing up, I had uncles who loved to argue as a sport. The activity was never mean-spirited or angry, but always very lively, challenging and fun. At some point a person who was trying to prove himself right against the facts would be told, “Aahh — you think you are more Catholic than the Pope!”

    The thing I have trouble understanding is how a person who says he is Roman Catholic can somehow be more Catholic than the Pope. If you are Roman Catholic, then the Pope is the Pope, and you don’t get to second guess him when he exercises his Office. It is not up to you to evaluate and judge his magisterial authority. If you reject the Pope’s Office by rejecting the person who legitimately occupies and exercises that office, then by definition you are no longer Roman Catholic. Which a whole lot of very faithful Christians are not — but you can’t have it both ways. Face the fact that you have left what had been your Church and move on, but do not pretend to be something you cannot be — a “True” Roman Catholic who rejects one of the essentials of the very definition of that term. You cannot be “More Catholic than the Pope.” Cause, well — he is the Pope and you are not. It ain’t complicated — deal with it. Love and blessings from your friendly Anglican.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ellen, God love you! I love it when our Anglican partners give better Catholic teaching than some of our Catholics do!

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    • SMT says:

      So maybe you can help me, or anyone for that matter. How do I respond to a fellow Catholic or non-Catholic who points out the pope supports the Iran Deal, the Pope supports one-world-order, and the Pope supports the global warming claims? I don’t feel educated enough to give a good spiritual response!!!

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      • charliej373 says:

        The Pope is not authoritative in matters of politics, science, and economics. You are free to disagree with him on those. He is authoritative on matters of faith and morals – and has been solid there. We have largely lost sight of that….but it is kind of like disagreeing with a Judge in St. Louis on what the starting lineup of the Cardinals should be. His opinion may be interesting or shrewd, but it is not binding. His decisions in his court are. On faith and morals, the Pope has been rock-solidly in line with the ancient doctrine of the Church.

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  11. Miriam Rosales says:

    Charlie God Bless, The reason I think for the frenzy is due to the locutions of the world, messages saying that the collapse will happen while Pope Francis is in America. The reason, allegedly according to Mary it’s to have the World know and look to the Church for guidance and light. She stated the collapse will signal the satan’s time or action, but The Pope will be her action. I paraphrased… God Bless YouTo Jesus through MaryMiriam

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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  12. vicardwm says:

    Charlie, you made me laugh really hard with the Godzilla analogy about sword vs. rifle, and getting stomped with the left foot vs. the right foot! Thanks!

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  13. Lily says:

    You know what Charlie? You have been helping us all out for a few years now in preparations for what is to come. Now, from what I recall on all your writings you have just simply stated to trust and trust. The same theme that we are receiving from so many other people our Lord uses to help us all. What is wrong with people!!! Why are there those panicking! We need this cleansing ….yes it will be difficult but Jesus promises and Mary,our Mother, to be with us to help us to guide us!! Are people more concerned of losing their money??? Or will we join His army and be a light for others to turn to God our Father! Oh my gosh people get a grip here and look at the amazing Grace He is giving us for our future and our children’s future!!! Our prayer should be have Mercy on Us and on the whole world!! Trust….that’s the engine of our life!!

    Lily

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    • mmbev says:

      I do understand your feelings and sentiments, Lily. I am on the other side of the fence in trying to provide with the money God has given me to spend. Since I am now looking at a potential thirty five people in three places, it lays a bit of a heavy on one’s shoulders.

      I still don’t know about the couple who will be adopting a newborn that should arrive mid October and has to be picked up at the hospital over 400 miles away and brought here. It really just keeps people praying and those who must decide on the expenditures hopping. I think that is one of the most difficult tasks. Since I am purchasing food, and I have no idea what is best to buy, I check expiry dates and trust Our Lady to determine the shopping list. I am very grateful that I do not have the stewardship for all the other needs.

      Regardless of what is gathered, all recognize that it may all be for others, not those we prepared for. That and we remain open to those who, as Charlie has said, need and ask. Again, impossible to prepare for three different places.

      I think that from whatever direction in a person’s life, that concern, even fear, about WHEN etc, has to do with each’s perceived fulfilling what they believe is the post God has placed them in.

      And, as an aside Charlie, (not that you aren’t busy enough) you mentioned I think in the past, that you might get a chance to post about the “rules” that will be needed for strangers to live in close proximity together. Help, help…..I looked at the mention of the community above and wondered if even a guess column would work.

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    • Janet says:

      “Jesus I trust jn you.” Pray it till you mean it!

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  14. Bob says:

    Charlie when I click on the highlighted item ” a gentle peace” by Archbishop Sample I am directed to a site that is not viewable, any idea why??
    Would like to read it and print is out to send to my Priest and Deacons.
    Bob in Minnesota

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  15. bflocatholic says:

    Well said, Charlie. I laughed out loud at the Godzilla reference!

    Further up and further in! Let’s roll!

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  16. Hereford says:

    Thank you once again Charlie, for being our beacon in this Storm. We truly believe you are the “real deal”! Your advice and guidance will be invaluable in the coming weeks and months and we truly appreciate all you are doing! I think people just need to take a chill pill and take one day at a time, keep God on speed dial and do not worry. We look forward to all your writings! God Bless You.

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  17. Jennifer says:

    The more I hear of specific dates in September the more suspicious I get. It reminds me of the Dec. 21st 2012 deal. Yet, we also know what we have economically is unsustainable and the economic indicators are plain. It’s possible that things are happening that in hind sight, will be very significant. I do think the Pope’s visit is spiritually going to be a watershed moment even if we can’t point to anything right away. That’s just my sense. But I do think this frenzy over September is unsustainable and it would be tempting to crash emotionally after life seems to limp on in October. That would be a mistake. I feel we are called to a new lifestyle of sorts. We each must prayerfully discern what that means for our household. May God grant all here discernment, wisdom, and preserverance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now here is wisdom.

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    • Marti says:

      How blessed I am to be your sister, my dear Jen. Your gift of wisdom is so important and I treasure you. ❤

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    • Mack says:

      The Sept. date for the crash came from those locutions to the world. But they have contradicted themselves. For example, before the election of Pope Francis, Mary supposedly said:
      “Do not give me a pope who will not consecrate Russia to my Immaculate Heart. Let him not be vague on this issue. It is already late, very late. This must be his primary goal. Consecrating Russia must have been in his heart years ago. I will reject every candidate for whom the consecration of Russia is not first in their hearts. If their names are put forth, I will personally defeat them. I will act through those who are my closest friends.”

      In a locution from last week, Mary supposedly said that Pope Francis will not consecrate Russia, but the next pope will. So much for Mary personally defeating a candidate (in 2013) who won’t do the consecration!

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  18. Debi Rodham says:

    Charlie, I am fairly new here so you may have already answered this question but I would like to know what it means to ‘acknowledge God’. What does that mean? Is that prayer? Is that keeping God in your thoughts? God bless you for your wonderful and helpful articles, you are strengthening me! Thank you, Debi

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Debi. It means keeping God at the center of everything you do. That does not mean engaging in formal prayer all the time. Live your duties well. When you pray, acknowledge God. When you work, do it in God’s presence. When you play, give thanks to God. Remember that He is the source and center of all you are.

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  19. thecrane123 says:

    Charlie, I want to let you know that through your website, and the prayer of miraculous trus, I had a deep religious experience that brought me back to Christ. I went to confession for the first time in 8 years, and am trying my best to live the way Christ taught. Thank you for being an inspiration and my sign of hope.

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    • 1.2012 says:

      Just wanted to say ” bravo to you too”! Congratulations – heaven rejoices !!!!

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      • Doug says:

        That is so awesome. May God bless you ever so deeper with his Holy Spirit and may you ever more grasp how deep and wide is Christ’s love is for you!

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome home, Crane! 🙂

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    • torilen says:

      Woohoo! It’s always heartening to hear such good news!

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Oh, how very wonderful! Deepening your resolve to come closer to Christ in the sacraments! God bless you for this news. I know that so many of us are praying for all catholics to be very on fire for God. Thanks be to Jesus! I will continue to pray for you and your relationship with Christ, and maybe one day, you may even find you way to Eurcharistic Adoration and daily mass. I will pray for this. Oh, let God keep filling your heart. Many, many blessings! pam, from NJ.

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  20. Therese says:

    Archbishop Sample is a humble Soul, powerful leader and a man of God for these times.
    He refers to “A major controversy at one of the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese has erupted over a change in hiring policy that presents challenges to maintaining a Catholic identity while respecting the dignity of human persons.”
    I think that is a key, “maintaining our Catholic identity while respecting the dignity of human persons.” I am learning daily how to love others with the purest childlike heart without judging and leave the rest to God. TDL (trust, do, love)

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  21. Mack says:

    I love the part about it doesn’t matter if Godzilla stomps on us with his right or left foot!
    A good Scripture to reread now is the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel, ch. 17. They gave David armor to put on, but he took it off since he couldn’t walk around in it. Even if we have nothing God can still work mightily through us. As David said, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” This battle of the Storm is the Lord’s and he will help us not just get through it but to use it to help bring others to the Lord.

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  22. Katherine says:

    I learned about your website through a series of coincidences. I used to be rather fond of reading Catholic prophecy, and I learned about these times to come. It was becoming a real temptation to continue to dig and stray farther from the approved apparitions . . . which I knew was a vanity . . . so I had a talk with God, I told him that, since I am kind of an idiot, He would have to give me a good hard shove if He wanted me to get ready in any way besides praying. After putting the ball in His court, I quit thinking about it for a year . . . and then your Birmingham video fell into my lap one month ago. God has always been rather blunt with me when I sometimes ask Him for specific things. He never forgets. I took it as the kick in the behind I was waiting for. My husband and I have prepared a few things physically for our little family, but really, the greatest preparation has been to be mentally ready to roll with it and remember that God is the Master here. I read a great deal of what you have written and you are spot on. I hold a degree in Catholic Theology and everything you have written is not only orthodox but it is common sense and good for the soul, with an appropriate balance between spirituality and practicality. You’re likeable to boot. So, keep up the good work and thank you!

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  23. Marti says:

    Thank you for this post, Charlie. It brings peace, calm, purpose, encouragement and a sense of belonging to this wonderful Church, our safety, our home! Semper Fidelis–always faithful~through Our Lady’s grace!

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  24. Debbie says:

    Charlie,
    Thank you for coming to my area. I thought I was awake but discovered I was a bit drowsey. I thank Our Father, Jesus & Our Lady, all of the Heavens and you for accepting this mission. I am trying to be a better Christian although I do fall short. I pray for the strength and knowledge to make the right decisions and not falter when the moment comes. God truelly loves us all.

    Debbie

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  25. Judy says:

    Charlie, this is not a criticism but a question for clarification. You say that we must hold fast to the Barque of Peter (which I believe is a reference to the Roman Catholic Church) and the mantle of Mary in order to get through the storm. But you have also said that all Christians and Jews will be equal partners during the Storm. I do not understand these two statements. Certainly Jews and Protestants are not seeking the protection of the Barque of Peter and most fully reject the role of the Blessed Mother. As for me, I have found beloved Blessed Mother, whose spouse is the Holy Spirit, to be a true handmaid of the Lord, who continues her calling in the modern day. And I fully believe that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. No matter what (big) mistake the Pope may make (as you have been shown), I will always be Roman Catholic and simply wait until he shows this greatness that you have predicted.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have met many Protestants who are developing a real love for Our Lady. The first Protestant, Martin Luther, retained a devotion to Our Lady all his life. Even John Calvin spoke respectfully of her always. Disdain for Our Lady is a relatively recent innovation in Protestant circles. It is not necessary. The movement of Messianic Jews – Jews who fully maintain their Jewish identity while acknowledging Christ as the Messiah has been exploding almost unseen beneath everyone’s noses. That Protestants and Jews universally scorn Our Lady is increasingly an old stereotype that is diminishing by the day. It was once true. It is not any longer.

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      • Mona says:

        Charlie
        Long ago you wanted to ecplain Marys role for us protestants because I asked for it, so I could explain it for my protestant friends. I do not want to stress you, and accept that other topics was more urgent.
        Personally I love her dearly, and I think she called me several times. The reason I became an active Christian is thanks to our beloved blessed Mother Mary. As a protestant I have been in Medjugorje two times and attended several Catolic Masses in Bosnia and in Denmark.

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      • TLM says:

        Wow, Charlie, this is amazing news! How awesomely wonderful that the Blessed Mother is calling ALL of her children to come to her. I had heard rumblings of some of the Jewish people acknowledging Christ as the Messiah though. Heaven is moving there is absolutely no doubt about that! And I do know that if you can get Protestants to understand that praying the Rosary is actually ‘Praying the Gospel’, they will and have gotten that too. And……if you can get them to pray the Rosary, the Blessed Mother will absolutely lasso them in;) (I’m gently working on some of my Protestant extended family now on that one;)

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      • Judy says:

        I know priests who do not fully accept Mary’s role. In fact, one I know preaches the she was not at the wedding of Canna.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Judy, of course you do. I did not say all Protestants revere Mary. Many, perhaps most, don’t. I said that many more are finding their way back to Our Lady. To say you know people who don’t does not refute that.

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  26. Doug says:

    Thank you Charlie.

    We are having our second monthly storm dinner tonight in New hampshire. We are doing this to pray, build each other up and eat each other’s delicious home cooking. And because we are Catholic, we may just have a little wine.

    Anyone who wants to see more details of what we are doing, you can go to: stormnewhampshire.com

    I encourage others (especially newbys ) to start a storm dinner locally to help reach out to others who are scared and struggling.

    Also, if you are in New Hampshire, I welcome you to join our storm dinner.

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  27. Pam Nicholson says:

    Charlie, you had to know that this kind of thing might happen, but, you hopefully have roused people to think more about their faith, rather than their “stuff”. Good that you set people straight about what the site is for and what it is not. But, you know how opinions of many folks who maybe are not fully aware that it is their solemn duty to know their faith, rather than to exploit it on a blog site, their lack of understanding what God is calling all of us to do, to trust Him completely. God shows us the way, and we can choose to do what we believe we want to do or what we understand what God is calling us to do on our path towards our own salvation. I would not be surprised if you will have to set all of us straight again. Human nature. How can you fight it? You wrote once again very well-stated and well-plated. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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    • Doug says:

      Well said Pam.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Well, sometimes I get a reminder of how hard it is to evangelize. I remember back to when I was trying to get talks/speaking engagements for Tom Rutkoski and I had the naysayers and the nasty comments, and clergy all in unison here in NJ my my diocese who just treated me like dirt. Good cleansing tho, to be treated like dirt trying to do God’s work and being hammered into the ground by those whose very responsibility it is to allow evangelization within their dioceses. And, Tom had a letter from now Cardinal Wuerl when he was bishop of Pittsburgh. Tom has passed away now, and the mission continues, and we have three orphanages, two in India and one in Nigeria, and plans to build a new one soon. Still going strong when you do God’s work with the aid of Our Lady. He loves when we listen to His mother as well as Himself. God will take care of the mission and those who are taking care of the mission, so I have no doubt that God takes care of His Own. pam, from NJ.
        p.s. Heck you do like what I say so I must be listening more closely to God than I thought. Many blessings. pam, from NJ.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Pam from NJ your response made me call to mind two key mantras I raised my children with;
      People are important, “things” are not &
      No matter what you do in life, keep God in the equation.
      Thank you for the trip down memory lane. 🙂

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  28. Melanie says:

    I have noticed at our church in Oceanside, CA that the Priests seem very much aware of the times we are in and are taking steps to strengthen their parish. Last Sunday, they had placed a wooded treasure chest type box at the front of the altar and had each parishoner sign a pledge and renew their “covenant” with God to whom they would be faithful. Also, the steps they would take to become even stronger in helping their church, neighbor and community. I was quite pleased as it brought to the front the importance of God, who keeps His promises and the accountability we have to each other in being of service to one another. A sign of HOPE! Pray that all Priests take to heart this kind of attitude that will be of help when things get rougher.

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  29. Laurie Harris says:

    Thank you, Charlie. Last week Bob and I went fishing, on what turned into an exercise in faith, positive affirmation of God’s promises to us, and stormy waters – I will e-mail you the summary of our day that I sent to an Emmaus sister of mine who is battling cancer. What I love about this Emmaus sister is that she doesn’t let her diagnosis define her actions or her attitude. She lives quite joyfully and in awe of the little miracles that happen around her every day. She does not live in a gloom, doom or panicked emotional state, but rather chooses to trust in God, in all things, including challenges that come with stage 4 metastatic cancer. What your posts tells me is that we all need to know that whatever happens today, tomorrow or next year is all in God’s hands. Choose trust, choose love, and make a difference in just one other person’s life today. The more we focus on ourselves or the craziness of the world around us, the less time we spend getting to know how to truly trust in God and how to do His will on earth. Yes, just acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you, and one person at a time is just fine. It really is a great road map for this pilgrimage and for this world. “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts” Proverbs 8:34 and one more “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. Take care, God bless you, and know that you remain in our prayers daily.

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  30. Marita says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I’m going off topic here, but I don’t think you’ll mind this. I read today on Spirit Daily that supporters in the government of Planned Parenthood are going after David Daleiden and their goal is to “put him in jail, and destroy him financially.” We knew the evil ones would launch an attack on this brave man. I’ve prayed the prayer of miraculous trust for him, and asked Jesus to send St. Michael and his warring Angels to protect him and battle his enemies until they are crushed. I know you’ve already urged everyone to pray for him, I’m just reminding them again. God bless you David, we need many more brave, faithful souls like you!

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  31. Kris R. says:

    Hello to my NRS family. Since it has been so long since I’ve made a comment, I wanted all here to know I am still reading and learning from you. Thank you. My 91 year old father has been seriously ill for several months so my attention has been on him. It has been on my mind for a few days to share this simple piece of wisdom given by Fr. Pablo Straub: in matters of personal insult, sit down and shut up. In matters of Divine Truth being insulted, stand up and shout. That piece of advice has guided my actions well when heeded.

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  32. waitingNwondering says:

    Hi Charlie!

    Wondering if you might be willing to elaborate a bit more on what you meant when you wrote, “what lies ahead is humanly impossible.” Does that mean that we humans are incapable of imagining what lies ahead? Or, what lies ahead is impossible for humans to accomplish? Or?…

    Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      It means, as I followed up, that it is humanly impossible to accomplish. Unless we turn to and trust in God, we are doomed. All we have is the equivalent of two fishes – and that is all we will ever have. It is not enough. Yet when we offer those two fishes…what little we have…to Christ, he feeds multitudes. So if we restlessly keep trying to figure out how we are going to feed 5,000 with two fishes, we will ever fail. If we give them to Christ, the multitudes will be fed.

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  33. Anne says:

    Read spiritdaily……… Blog.. Revaluation overlad.
    And …. Gospel reading for first day of synod.

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  34. Alphonsus says:

    I don’t think there is a better answer to any circumstance one may face than to be in the spiritual state one would wish to die in. That is the antidote to fear of the future, at least for me anyway.

    I have said continuously that I don’t know whether a crash, or cataclysm, or violent storm, or hell or high water is ahead. I have no sense either way. But still I have made some tepid preparations in case something like that is coming. I have bought bottled water, extra food, stashed some handy cash. I even bought a metal gas can that holds 5 gallons which still remains empty after months even at the price of gas now. When I look at that stuff, I can find no security in it whatsoever. None of it makes me feel “safe”. I wonder what I am doing by getting it when it has never had any importance or interest to me before. It has the feel of materialism and distrust. I have never stockpiled anything in my life, yet the Father has always provided for me. Sometimes I feel that I am betraying the trust I have had for Him by doing it.

    I don’t know what anybody else discerns they must do, but for me I just want to continue on with trusting my most beautiful Beloved Who has never failed to provide for me in spite of my failures of Him. It’s just not worth changing that regardless of what the devil or men or nature may bring. I would not wish to die in any other state than that. The last moment of life presents the ultimate choice of trusting or not trusting. When I reach that moment, I hope to trust, so I try to live every moment in that trust, not knowing when the last moment will arrive.

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    • Doug says:

      Aplphonse, I think it is personal for each person. My wife and I are storing with the thought to help others. We are content to give it away. We are in a position to do this without it being a financial burden (at least until the crash). At the same time, we recognize that God provides the means. One thing I absolutely love about the Catholic church is it recognizes spiritual and temperal. There is such a beauty in our humanity when seen through spiritual eyes of the Catholic church.

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    • A beautiful spiritual lesson, Alphonsus, but allow me to give my 2 cents on the preparations aspect.

      Many are called to make absolutely no preparations because it would hinder or distract them from the complete and total devotion to the salvation of souls; perhaps you are one of them. But if you are like me; with a wife and kids, then that would be downright imprudent (perhaps sinfully so). All such people should at least have some extra food, water, cash, gasoline on hand. There is no need to look at a few reasonable preparations and think to yourself “distrust!” any more so than you would look at your health insurance or home insurance plan and think the same.

      Our Lord does not disagree :-). Luke 22:35-36: “And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.”

      But I am still glad you said this as a reminder to us all that the far greater danger here is to focus too much on preparation (even if it is just mental — endlessly and pointlessly pondering what is to come) than too little on preparation. Our calling in these days is above all to Live in the Divine Will and Proclaim the Divine Mercy.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Daniel. I try to encourage people to know there is not a “one-size fits all” strategy here except to trust God, so to do specifically what God calls their heart to – and don’t condemn others for doing different. I would that everyone do as St. Paul recommends in I Corinthians 10, where he discusses our freedom in the Lord. “Why should my liberty be determined by another man’s scruples?” I Cor 10:29 – and “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”-I Cor 10:31. On what Christ has left us free for, respect others freedom. Whatever you do that is not forbidden, if you do it to the Lord, you do well. If you try to bind another’s conscience according to your scruples on what Christ gives them freedom, you deliver yourself up to judgment.

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  35. Fran says:

    We don’t know what is going to happen this coming week, and the Lord doesn’t want us to worry about it anyway. Our Blessed Mother’s messages aren’t to frighten and worry us, but to prepare us, so that we will be better able to hear her, and Our Lord. If I feel myself starting to get anxious or worry about anyone or anything, I just try to say a prayer of trust, and then let go of it. So right now I feel immersed in grace, and perfectly peaceful in the present moment. Let’s pray for this for each other, so that when the time does come, we will have the grace for the moment, and be ready to do what the Lord asks us to do.

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  36. Kathy says:

    Charlie,
    Very recently, my husband and I had the great blessing of spending nearly a week in Colorado. We were able to fill our souls with the Presence of God, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver (so much beauty, holiness, and peace within), the Mother Cabrini Shrine (especially walking the Way of the Cross as we climbed the steps to the Sacred Heart statue at the top), and of course the incredible beauty of the Rockies and other mountain ranges.
    That journey will continue to bless us in the difficult times ahead, as we recall the message of God in the majesty of the mountains that He created: “Don’t be afraid. I’m in charge.”

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  37. SteveBC says:

    Good, Charlie. We all need occasional bracing. 🙂

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  38. GB says:

    What is the significance of the picture on this post of the sisters and Bishop in Sioux City? I may have missed it, but I did not see information about that in the post.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is the site of Domus Trinitatis, which I spoke of. At left in the picture is Sr. Marie. I did not yet have the picture of Sr. Marie with me there – and wanted to put something up showing it – so I pulled this from a Page of theirs.

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  39. Joshua says:

    We should always try to use common
    sense (which we often don’t), in good
    times as well as in bad times.

    Life is very cruel in the animal kingdom
    (I often wonder if what we call “original sin”,
    actually started there, as death is present
    in all life), all life in Nature is struggling
    for survival.

    (How many fish will die
    today in the oceans of this planet Earth,
    after having tried to do their best?)

    As a species, we have been granted the
    opportunity of reaching something
    higher, we shouldn’t lose that
    opportunity.

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      Well, original sin came when Eve was very curious about that fruit she picked disregarding what God said about that fruit being forbidden to eat. I think original sin, for my take, is that unfruitful curiousity about things we could not possibly understand why they are present in our world, but they are, and God has spoken thousands or millions of times as to our true ability to follow His directives, but we choose to forego these directives, as they are meant to help us, not to hurt us. In the end, it comes down to human weakness which He knows that since the evil one and his minions are here for now to tempt us to forego God’s directives to human beings, we are being tested, used by God, the evil one is a willing participant in God’s plan, but, to our relief or our detriment. WE have free will, the devil knows this and hates us for it. We choose. If that is common sense, how come it is not so common for so many people for so long as the world had men (that means all people, no pc around here, okay?). Because we just do not seem to want to have a wait and see attitude. Sometimes God reveals things as He has through HIs prophets. I believe the Apocalypse is basically what Jesus is talking about regarding His Church. God the Father spoke of His Bride, Israel at great length, and Jesus speaks of His Bride, His Church, in the Apocalypse. I believe all things that are happening are due to our unfortunate indifference to how God has worked through His church, and there are too many interpretations, hence, protestant teachings which may never be in accord with the teachings of the One True Church of Jesus Christ. The truth is out there and it is what I just said. The One True Church of Jesus Christ. If this is the truth, why would one decide to not use common sense and not come into communion with His Bride? Common sense says, this is a given, but, not so when you want to be your own pope. Blessings. Always learning, pam, from NJ.

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      • Joshua says:

        Hi Pam,
        I should have explained better each of the points of my previous comment, which I wrote as a general “philosophical reflection”:

        1) Preparation: We should always do it, in good times as well as in bad times (this could take out the guilt feeling that some have about it). I realize that I personally don’t do it, and I should, I always buy small quantities of food each week, it would more intelligent to have some stock in reserve, which also allows you to save money.

        2) Nature and predation: Whenever I see a wildlife documentary, it always raises questions to me about the existence of predation in nature, why God allowed it in the process of evolution, while he could have created a perfect universe. It makes me think that the universe in its present state, has not yet fully reached the level of complete spiritual evolution that would cause death and predation between species to completely disappear. Animals are trapped in this process, whereas human beings seem to have reached a higher level of freedom, but they still behave as predators towards each other. The present crisis is related to this, as financial investors only think in terms of money returns for themselves, but not in ethical terms, about how their investments could favor a real lasting development of mankind, while respecting the resources provided by Nature.

        As I am not from the United States, the next time that I post a comment, I will follow Charlie’s advice, and limit myself to asking questions, to understand better what he sees as the coming “Storm”.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          But, Joshua, what do you see? How do you see the coming “storm”? What do you know is part of your faith which is not only in your mind, but in your heart? How do you see how God works in the world and how He has in the past when 5-6 thousand years ago, or so, He sent floods, He sent fire to earth and major explosions, shakings and rockings of the earth in diverse places. Diverse. Diversity. No one can judge only from one person who is reporting that this heavenly being allegedly is saying to him. We must look at the whole picture of how God works when His children stray from the narrow path. I am asking you, what do you see from what you have studied and read about these times? Why does God send prophets in the first place? Ask yourself that, and you may be surprised that what you already know, you maybe have a fuller picture than you realize. That is all I say to you. We have dug ourselves a very deep hole, and now, it is up to us to find our way back to the path God intended for us. You can see this, I know you can. Blessings and peace. pam, from NJ.

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          • Joshua says:

            Hi Pam,

            Just a short comment for now, that you are right that I should ask myself more about what I sense from my heart, and not only from my mind.

            I read your message this afternoon, precisely at a moment when I was asking myself about my own personal feelings.

            I was telling myself: “You have read lots of articles in recent months, about a possible coming financial crash (as it seems, affecting first the United States), trying to understand it all; what are your personal “intuition” and “feelings” about all this, and what would you decide for your own life, on the basis of these feelings, and not only on reason alone?”

            What triggered this question about “intuition” and “feelings”, was reading a comment to an article about economic predictions of investor James Dale Davidson, from a secular point of view, where one person tells about his own wife “feeling” a coming real estate crisis already in 2005, and feeling a crisis again in 2015, that something is going wrong, and the urgency of taking immediate actions.

            You can read this person’s comment (which triggered my own personal questions about intuitions) about his wife’s feelings about the present situation, here (user name “JonK”):

            http://www.stockgumshoe.com/2015/08/microblog-james-dale-davidson-the-age-of-deception/

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        • SteveBC says:

          Joshua, I don’t believe Charlie has ever said commenters should stick to just asking questions. Many commenters here, including me, do not so restrict ourselves, and we are all better for the give and take that leads us all to greater understanding and perhaps a bit of wisdom.

          Please continue to contribute whatever you believe will add to our discussions here, whether question, observation, or answer – or a good joke and a bit of fun. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Absolutely right, Steve.

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          • Joshua says:

            Hi SteveBC,

            You are right that I should not restrict myself to just asking questions, I often act this way because I tend to be an introverted person (although I certainly have my extroverted side). I was told by friends that I would gain much in opening myself more to other people. Also, I am writing from another country, I do not feel the same social climate around which you are living right now in the United States, people are just living their normal lives as if nothing really important is about to happen, this makes me wonder a lot. I will now try to answer Pam about how I see and feel things, not just from my mind, but from my heart (this is what women actually want)… 😉

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            The heart. Yes, women do love when we share what is truly in our hearts, and not what others think we want to hear. There is so much freedom in just telling your heart, but living it also. There is no miscommunication when we listen to our hearts when we speak or use actions to show what we feel. God really does transcend all barriers and borders! God bless. pam, from NJ.

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          • SteveBC says:

            That’s wonderful, Joshua. We all have welcomed many to this forum and are glad to have you join us.

            Like you, I have been an extreme introvert most of my life. However, that has eased as I have grown older and learned to relax and let things flow more than before. What I think others here would note about me is thoughtfulness, a care for deeper analysis, which is I think partly due to my introversion, and a willingness to have a bit of fun sometimes.

            Thoughtful analysis or observation, caring deeply about a particular subject or person, it’s a wonderful and sometimes powerful way to add to the lives of others.

            Take your time, relax, and let it flow from your heart and your mind. You will find people on this site who will welcome your contributions and give you much in return.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Steve, there is an expression about quiet people or introverts that I heard a long time ago. “Still waters run deep “. This was said of me.

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          • Mick says:

            Doug, the expression that you mentioned is also the title of a great song:

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Mick. The link did not work for me. Not sure what’s up.

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          • Mick says:

            Doug, try this one:

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          • Doug says:

            Now that is a blast from the past! Thanks Mick

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  40. Christine says:

    I wonder if the ‘ this week’ dates / fear comes from thise who are aware of Johnathan Cahn and the Shemitah . I read his 2 books last year and put it all aside to just pray- that is my calling. However today I came across a post where he me tions that the 13th has passed and the next Shemitah starts on the 26 th of Sep and ends in Sep 2016 . I had not Remembered to pay attention to the 13 th Sep . I am just a little one ,all I can do is pray and trust anyway so I do not see much sense in worry . Not to mention the fact that I often scratch my head at believers wanting to ‘survive’ . I won’t say I am NOT afraid of death, I have no allusions that I have an assurance of heaven – all I have is Hope and trust in God’s Mercy BUT I will say ( aside from ‘thanks be to God for Purgatory-‘ that alone is Hope and Mercy) that I scratch my head when people want to ‘survive’ , shouldn’t we as believers in a sense just trust that if it is our time to die then we are in God’s hands and if we have done what we are all called to do we have the Hope of eternal life with God. If it is not our time to die but rather to suffer on earth a while longer then it is because we still have a mission – perhaps a personal trial of purgation that we need in order to get us on the right path to heaven and being able to spend eternity with God. OR our mission to suffer through a storm is in order to be the beacon that point the way to eternity with God for others. Either way it should be ” all good ” for a believer who’s hope lies in the Lord . Frankly ‘ the next right step’ is actually what we all ought to be doing all our lives not just now , the next right step on The Way – Jesus is the Way. The Way to what? The Way to spending eternity WITH God – that is the true goal! Baltimore Catechisim 101 right? I am a convert but I believe that is one of the questions : why did God make us ?

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Christine, I second that notion. However the thought of living to see the Triumph of Our Blessed Mother, to come to a banquet table as brothers and sisters united in the true faith world-wide, while evil has been chained up for a time, and to take part in the rebuilding of God’s glorious creation on earth is a rare and splendid treasure to behold. Clean slate, do-over, even playing field and such.
      Some people are blessed with second chances at life, my daughter was one who was at death’s door seven years ago. But for all humankind to witness such mercy and grace and then get a second chance at salvation, all I can say is WOW! Well I could say so much more, but you get my point. 🙂

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      Oh, my, I had to tell you right away that I believe what you say is true about trusting God in all His decisions for us. We die. It is our time. Do we trust God that much? How many times have prayer warriors prayed for someone who is going to die, but, alas, God takes them. God reminds us that there is a right time to die for all of us, whether it is from a catastrophic event, illness, or whatever happens on this earthly plane. Yes, this is 100% correct what you have said. Thank you for putting best into words what I seem unable to do. I do try to say it, but, not as well as you have, and so simply and easily put, any child could understand, little one of God. Yes, you are so very right! Of course, I also know this is my humble opinion. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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    • Doug says:

      Nice Christine. I think you are in a good place.

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    • Al Chandanais says:

      A beautiful summary of our concerns and final place in God’s plan. I am reminded of our Lords words ” He who loves his life will lose it and those who hate this world will live” Here is the point as I see it. We must truly trust God with our lives now, not just talk, but truly believe he knows what is best for each of his children. Let us love one another as he loves us and may we find the peace that goes beyond all understanding so we may take the next right step. I myself would love to make it through the coming storm and see our Lady Rescue us, to be there when all the world looks up and see’s our Lady. WOW. But God’s will be done must be our Life now.

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  41. Donette says:

    Charlie, The following, if it is a nefarious plan of BO, is one very good reason to stay on the Barque of Peter. I hope the detected incoming radar opens up many eyes of people who stand against this Pope. We may not know what he is doing, but evidently, God does and that is all that counts.

    The President’s Plot to Exploit the Pope

    By John White

    This is what the millennials might call “beyond beyond.”

    This is beyond President Obama’s typical Chicago-style politics. This is beyond the more vile tenets of the Alinsky catechism. Hell, this is beyond the bozo Soviet nonsense that John Paul II had to put up with.

    No, what we have here is special. We haven’t seen such a raw, naked attempt by a secular head of state to manipulate a pope in centuries. This here is Borgia crap, and not just any Borgia crap. This is top-shelf, vintage Borgia crap at it’s finest.

    You see, President Obama has hatched a plan. It is a simple but elegant plan, in which he hopes to create the illusion of a rift between the American bishops and Pope Francis and to exploit and broaden the already existing divisions among Catholics in this country.

    So how does he plan to do it?

    By putting on a spectacle and forcing Pope Francis to star in it.

    Here’s how it will unfold. When Pope Francis visits the White House next week, he will be greeted not only by President Obama, but by a group of selected individuals who openly live or preach lifestyles directly contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

    The cast of characters in this contrived stage drama will include:

    Sister Simone Campbell, the pro-abortion Catholic nun and Obamacare champion, who organized the “Nuns on the Bus” tour and worked with the Obama White House to undermine the U.S. bishops and sow confusion during the debate on the Affordable Care Act.

    Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop who recently divorced his gay partner, and who has accompanied President Obama at several religious events, including the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast.

    Mateo Williamson, a cross-dressing woman who identifies a gay man (and if you even paused for a second over that you really need to get with it). Williamson is the former co-chairman for the Transgender Caucus of Dignity USA.

    Vivian Taylor, a male transvestite and former Executive Director of Integrity USA, a homosexual and transgender activist wing of the Episcopal Church. Taylor was apparently told to bring several friends.

    So that’s grand.

    But why? What does President Obama hope to achieve by luring the Pope into this cheap theatrical production?

    At least three things Obama is hoping for:

    1. To force Pope Francis into “accepting” these individuals. Of course, Pope Francis will accept them because they are fellow human beings with human dignity, and Pope Francis is a good and holy man who loves every person as a child of God. He will greet them with a smile and be courteous and respectful. But the perception Obama wants to promulgate is the one we are used to by now – that Pope Francis is accepting the behavior of these people, even though he is not.

    2. To project the narrative that the “conservative” U.S. bishops are at odds with Pope Francis. The bishops have been outspoken regarding issues of same sex marriage, religious freedom, and the problematic aspects of Obamacare. By selecting individuals who represent the ideas the bishops have been fighting against to appear in a scene of warm greeting with Pope Francis, the President hopes to say, in effect, “See, look who’s side Pope Francis is on.”

    3. To drive a wedge between Catholics in this country. Of course, the wedge is surely there already, but Obama wants to drive it deeper. He wants the liberals to claim victory by declaring Pope Francis supports them and only them, and much more importantly, he wants the conservatives to concede as much. He wants them to grumble, to be scandalized, and to blame and accuse Pope Francis. He wants them to race to their blogs and raise hell.

    President Obama’s ultimate goal of course is to weaken and ultimately cripple the strength and influence of the Catholic Church, the greatest source of resistance in this country to his regime of religious persecution and state-sponsored and state-mandated moral relativism.

    This is what he wants. The media will gladly help him. So will some Catholics.

    http://www.catholicvote.org/the-presidents-plot-to-exploit-the-pope/

    PS. I hear Cardinal Wuerle speak to Fox news today about the Pope’s visit. At these type of events. the invite go out to as many as 1500 people.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, the president’s plan is obvious and contemptibly classless, but I don’t think the Pope is so clueless as to just meekly walk through it. The Vatican has already formally objected to this carnival freak show. We will see how it plays out.

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      Yes, all this Alinsky-style tactic will no doubt confuse and befuddle the masses, but, I believe it is an excellent oppty for the Holy Father to evangelize them, and maybe, hear their confessions. All they are doing is exploiting the fact that they, like us, are sinners. And, the so-called catholic abortion nun, has truly severed herself from the One True Church due to her beliefs, and the pope will handle the situation with all the grace needed to handle this band of self-labeled sinners. All they do is say what sin they are guilty of in the way they wish to be presented to a head of state and a visiting head of state, the Holy Father (all sins against the family due to modernism). I thought I would be more concerned about the way the world will see this meeting as planned by BO, but, I believe we must see this whole thing like little children would. Our prayers and our hope and trust in God will have to suffice here and it will. I know it will be fine. We have a sick society in need of great tending to, so, our prayers will see to this matter. What more can we do about a head of state who shows his true colors, whom catholics should have made sure at the last election, that they made it to the polls to vote him out. There was a 3 million vote margin. That amount of catholics could have made a real change, but, that was not to be. Too many poorly catechized catholics out there have this liberal mentality and it is a sickness, a sickness which cannot allow one to see the truth as their eyes are showing it, but there heads are not knowing it. God bless. Watch and pray. pam, from NJ.

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    • Doug says:

      Donette, no surprise here. When I heard, I suspected as such.

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    • Petra says:

      I remember Mother Teresa’s talk when she was invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, and how she didn’t pull any punches. What a powerful talk she gave, condemning sins against the family (abortion and abandonment of the elderly) but spoken with charity. I especially recall the reaction by the Clintons and Gores as they sat and listened to her: all smiles and cheery as she began, but by the end, sitting with set jaws and scowls on their faces.
      Pope Francis may use the opportunity Obama has given him in the same way. I sure hope so. I sure pray so.

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  42. MC says:

    Charlie,
    Thanks for all of your insights as we approach the pending storm. Do you recommend that we share your information with our local pastors? Seems like they should at least hear what we’re hearing from you. If so, what’s the best approach?
    Blessings

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    • charliej373 says:

      Many pastors are regular readers here and have been the co-ordinators or co-ordinating teams of various regions I have visited. Direct them to the site…ask them to watch the Birmingham Video and give you their take. Some will object, some will be enthused, some will be indifferent. All are fine…as events continue they will see the spiritual reality behind the ongoing temporal events. Many you think to be indifferent will rise to be heroes of the faith as troubles become undeniably present.

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  43. Bob says:

    Several comments were placed about what it means to for our situation to be humanly impossible. I have been pondering addiction recovery again as I had a recent struggle precipitated by the seemingly impossible situations many of my clients seem to be in with the multiple prisons many find themselves in. Today for example I had a client addicted to heroin, with almost every family member save one being an addict and with no non using friends. And I look at that situation with the meager human resources and lack of funding for drug TX and I say that situation is humanly impossible. yes it is but any true addiction is impossible with human means alone. And so for me the issue is to surrender the person to God and to pray that He will soon provide a means or reclamation for each person individually and for our world which is caught in prison after prison of it’s own making since it has largely rejected God the only source of hope there is.

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  44. Linda says:

    You must feel like Moses.

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    • Bob says:

      And that is the problem. If I try to take the weight of the burdens upon myself instead of giving it to Jesus and doing the little I can do I will fall under the weight and be useless to myself and to others.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Bob, I pray that you are never useless but always carrying out the mission you were given for this life, to the best of your ability, with God’s help.

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      • Petra says:

        Bob: I imagine you must feel much like Mother Teresa felt when realizing the massive need and cultural reality of people dying on the streets of Calcutta. What could she really do, picking up one person at a time? She just began, and she gave it to God. In actuality, SHE was helping GOD do something about it, not God helping her. When questioned about the massiveness and intractableness of the problem of people being left to die on the streets, she famously said, “God does not require we be successful, only that we be faithful.”
        God is the true actor in the lives of those you assist. You are helping HIM. God bless you for wading into this sort of work which can be most discouraging and intractable. It takes great faith and courage to face the kind of spiritual illness that usually comes with addictions. Take refuge in the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. Big problems like addictions need big guns!
        God bless you Bob. I’ll be praying for you and those you serve.

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  45. mmbev says:

    My brother gave me a scripture passage almost fourteen years ago. It was the Annunciation with the most important sentence to cling to being: “Nothing is impossible for God”.

    He said my doctors were incorrect regarding the time line for my recovery from brain surged. He also said I would be able to do everything I could before. He died a month and a half after I left the hospital three months after surgery. He was right. They were big time wrong.

    It has taken thirteen and a half years. I can now do everything I did before, just not as well, or as quickly. My minor glitches don’t affect that…..”Nothing is im…….”.

    As these months have passed, the direction that it seems God is making subtle changes week to week. It’s been a one eighty at times. Or less. Or more. But constant changes with both my “preparation partner” and I reaching the same conclusion simultaneously, but independently.

    That last sentence keeps us sane. Or semi. Or not.

    Somehow I feel like absolutely everyone else commenting on this blog. (Maybe. Or not.) Great or small, preparing and praying or just pleading. we are pretty much being led over the same ground in different places. Our one single consistency seems to be listening to Charlie, and repeating the “STEPS”.

    Not knowing what you’re doing is just about as good as knowing (maybe or maybe not) what you think you are doing.

    That clear? Good. Carry on.

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  46. Gia Underhill says:

    How will we recieve the Eucharist during the storm, should we talk with our parish priests?

    Thank you for your service and strength all these years. We are so appreciative for your leadership and guidence and are praying for you and your family.

    < Gia Underhill
    Massachusetts.

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  47. CrewDog says:

    Another appropriate one for today:

    Heartlight Daily Verse – 24 September

    Hebrews 10:35-36
    Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Boy there are some tough times in life! They’re inescapable. That’s when our confidence in the Lord’s salvation and our relationship with him get tested! It is one thing to sing “it is well with my soul” at the end of a peel-the-paint worship service, but it is quite another to be able to sing it when they auction your house off at the courthouse steps or you’ve lost a child to death. That’s when the commitment to be who we want to be overrides the weakness of what we feel. Faith can’t take a holiday when we travel through the suburbs of hell or we’ll never find our way out. So don’t throw it away. Be like Job or Jeremiah who both argued and complained to God. Just don’t quit.
    Prayer:
    Holy and Almighty God, today is a good day. But I am profoundly aware that some of those I love are wrestling with throwing away their confidence in your love, mercy, grace, peace, and deliverance. Please use me, but even more I pray that you use your Holy Spirit to renew their hearts. I pray that you intervene directly to change the course of events and give them relief. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  48. “…Her enemies are my enemies.”

    You have no enemies, you say?
    Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
    He who has mingled in the fray
    Of duty, that the brave endure,
    Must have made foes! If you have none,
    Small is the work that you have done.
    You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
    You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
    You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
    You’ve been a coward in the fight.
    – Charles Mackay 1814-1889

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