Refining Our Faith

(I am in Louisiana, preparing for my joint presentation with Mark Mallett and Kitty Cleveland tomorrow night. It is a joy. I am staying in Covington – and have already visited several sites I walked through during my pilgrimage. Before I leave, I am going to go under the bicycle bridge I slept under while I was here then. Hee hee…I am sleeping in much more comfortable digs this time around. For much of the latter part of the week, I will have a car and drive my pilgrimage route, stopping to visit many of the friends I met along my way. I am very excited about it. I truly fell in love with Southern Louisiana when I was here the first time, so much so, that I would have moved here had I not known my work must begin from near Mt. Meeker in Colorado.

I regret that I have not been getting stories up about my various stops on this journey…but I will get them done when I get back home. Right now, it is like I have two full-time jobs…meeting with people and doing the presentations – and trying to keep my head above water on this site and correspondence.

One of our relatively new commenters, Beckita, wrote that the following post from last January 19, was a must-read. In a very short time, I have come to respect her comments for the balance and insight they contain. I like getting the perspective of those who have not been here forever on what most moved them as they went back through archives. So, I repost the piece she spoke of now.-CJ)

Into the Master’s Refinery


By Charlie Johnston

Thank you all for your many prayers. The truth is I have been in a bit of a funk since December 20. I think I have been grieving for what has passed away. The old order is gone. Oh the forms remain: we argue about politics, argue about whether unilaterally releasing terrorists back to the battlefield within a week of their cohorts murdering thousands of Christians and westerners as if it is the same thing as arguing what the budget for widgets should be. I said back in November that all the last American election would show is how impotent the political system now is to confront the problems before us. And so, the president issues more unconstitutional and anti-American edicts before breakfast each morning than all his predecessors combined, the Congress howls like a tortured dog in its impotent rage, and we draw a little closer each day to the doom that eagerly seeks to embrace us. Many people still deceive themselves there is a political solution to all that is wrong in the world. I don’t begrudge them. The forms remain, the substance is dead and I say let the dead bury their dead. We have work to do – and it is faithful and cultural, not political.

Though I got noticeably physically ill on Christmas Day, I went into a lethargic depression on December 20, when I was shown a vision of a fountain of demons spewing up and spreading across the whole world. This last Saturday night I learned I was not shown a vision on that matter; I was shown what was happening as it happened. I was shown much more about what I have been contemplating for a month – and so am much cheerier today. I told you a few weeks ago, perhaps improvidently, about the line of division that would come when I reached the summit of Mt. Meeker – something that I was prevented from. In the coming year, everyone will go through the Lord’s refining fire. All will make their blunders. For those who genuinely love and hold fast to Christ, this fire will be a purification, a burning away of their flaws and vanities, that will leave them forged with the steadfast resolve they need to endure and truly be a sign of hope, another Christ, to those around them. Some very ordinary people will find a little glorification and beauty through this purging forge. For those who have made their own selves the sole recipient of their worship, they will simply be consumed by this purging fire, all to be left the fury and preening bitterness that their infernal master has formed in them. This fire will not so much change souls as reveal them for what they are. It is the final forming of the lines of battle. There will be a few surprises, some we know and think to be deep turning out to have no root within them; others we thought to be lukewarm suddenly blazing with fire for the Kingdom when their trial is through.

I won’t tell you to be joyful when your fiery trial comes. No one greets pain and uncertainty with joy. But regard it as you would emergency surgery – a little fearful that you may be too far gone for it to help and yet mostly hopeful that it will get you on your feet with steady resolve. I will tell youSilver_Melting not to gloat if you see your neighbor undergoing it first. Your time will come – and any passive malice you feel towards others only means there is more flaws to be burned from you than you would like. This year will be a great opportunity for truly learning how to live solidarity with each other.

Offer your suffering up, particularly this year, for those you love and those around you. The lines of division are being finalized. Before the year is out, all will have been revealed for what is in their hearts. As it advances, it will get steadily harder for people to cross back over from serious disorder into faithful soldier. As my son and nephew sometimes like to say, it’s go-time!


Pelianito had a wonderful column the other day that touches on this matter from a different, but equally intense, perspective. If you have not visited her websites, I strongly recommend you do. I am re-posting her column in its entirety here. It is a gem, but when you go to her website you will find yourself at a sort of divine jewelry store. Also, Mark Mallett is ON FIRE of late. You need to keep careful watch on his site, as what he writes is very appropriate to these times of fulfillment. And now, Pelianito’s piece on Holiness:

Holiness is not optional…

Posted by Janet Klasson in holiness, prayer, self-denial January 18, 2015

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)

“…cannot be my disciple.” These are harsh words for the followers of Jesus, then and now. Jesus gives us two choices: carry your cross and come after me—or don’t; be my disciple—or don’t; live with me forever—or don’t. Two choices. Seen through the eyes of faith the choice is obvious, a no-brainer.

Then why do so many, and even so many Christians, seem to be making the wrong choice? “Carry a cross? Now? Can it wait until after the game?” “Be your disciple? Sure! I’ll give you an hour every Sunday. You’re welcome.” “Live with you forever? Wow! That would be great! Come back when I’m on my deathbed and we’ll talk.”

Frank Sheed in his book Theology for Beginners says:

“As a body, we hope to go to heaven, which means spending eternity with the Blessed Trinity, and we expect the experience to be wholly blissful; but in the prospect of spending an hour with the Blessed Trinity here below, there is no anticipation of bliss.”

So many of us are like St. Augustine before his conversion, who prayed: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” Yet he was converted. Our gratitude can never come close to thanking God for the unfathomable mercy and patience he grants to sinners. What hope this gives us for ourselves and those we are praying for! St. Augustine and St. Monica, intercede for us! Beg the grace of conversion for all those we are praying for and for all sinners! Pray that all will finally make the right choice.

I have been reading the book, The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin. The book draws on the wisdom and experience of the saints on the path of holiness. He makes this statement in the first chapter:

“Holiness isn’t an ‘option’. There are only saints in heaven; total transformation is not an ‘option’ for those interested in that sort of thing, but is essential for those who want to spend eternity with God.”

Total transformation is essential. Period. Ralph Martin goes on to point out that we must aim high to enter heaven. If we aim for purgatory and miss—well, there just isn’t a good backup plan if you miss purgatory. Aim high. zzzzsilvermakingAnd you can’t aim higher than total transforming union with the Trinity.

I found Ralph Martin’s book a few years ago after attending the annual retreat of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis, where we were graciously blessed to have Fr. Thomas Dubay as our retreat master. He spoke on the universal call to this transforming union through contemplative prayer, which is beautifully outlined in his book, Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer. After hearing what Fr. Dubay had to say, I thirsted for more. That is what led me to Ralph Martin’s book, which in my opinion is a must-read for all Catholics who wish to grow in holiness. One of the gems I gleaned from these experiences is that if you aim high there is no need for a backup plan. If you really desire this union more than you desire to cling to what is standing in your way, God will grant it to you. You will become a saint, for his mercy desires to give you this gift far more than you could ever desire it yourself.

St. Therese of Lisieux and all the saints who walked the way of perfection learned and taught that total trust and confidence in God was the secret to holiness. Self-reliance is death; self-abandonment is life.

One thing that gave me great hope in listening to Fr. Dubay at the retreat was that in living faithfully the Rule of the BSP, the penitent has a great head-start on the path of self-renunciation so necessary to transforming union. Devotion to the sacraments and time spent in prayer foster the deep conversion of heart that God desires from all his children in order that the words of Jesus may be fulfilled: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23)

St. Teresa of Avila teaches that there is no reason why a person who is living a good Catholic life can’t progress all the way to “spiritual marriage” in this life. Then what is stopping us? Our bridegroom awaits. What will we choose? Brothers and sisters, let us choose the cross. Let us choose discipleship. Let us enter into the life of the Trinity. It is the fulfillment of all desire, most especially God’s desires for all of us.

“I set before you life and death…Choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)


Finally, a report on a homily by Pope Francis a few days back from the Vatican Insider. Spiritually, he is working valiantly to prepare us for this great Storm which truly is, as one of his predecessors said, a springtime for the Gospels. It will help you to gird your loins.

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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110 Responses to Refining Our Faith

  1. Good Morning, We are you next LA site, Lake Charles. Couldn’t help but comment that the pic of refining fire looks alot like a hurricane, which, 10 years ago 2 swept through southern LA. As someone commented at the time, we were being purged. Can’t help but feel that the “refining fire” will be the Warning. What do you like to munch on besides cherry coke, soft serve ice cream & grass? We want to make you feel so welcome, you don’t want to leave. “If you want to serve the Lord, be prepared to pick up your cross & follow me.” Only problem is, we don’t get to “pick” our crosses. Excitedly awaiting your visit & your blessings on our area, Shiela Pizzolatto


    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Sheila…I don’t know who told you I LIKED to eat grass. Sometimes I had to eat weeds when I was in wilderness areas for a bit, but I can’t say I ever liked it. I look forward to getting out there. Though I should tell you, Lake Charles is where the disturbed young man with a pistol followed me into the woods and threatened me one day. One of the dicier moments of the pilgrimage, but it worked out okay.

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      • janet333 says:

        “Lake Charles is where the disturbed young man with a pistol followed me into the woods and threatened me one day. ”

        Oh my goodness that must have been so scary! Thank goodness you have your angel close by. Nothing can happen to you because the Lord still has work for you to do.

        God Bless you and Keep you safe.


  2. Colleen DeRose says:

    In rereading this post, I think of what refining I have undergone this year. It hasn’t been what I would expect…no huge temptations, no very new family struggles-just the same ones. Rather, and If anyone recognizes this as well, please say so!, it’s been an almost relentless time of dullness, weariness and lack of zeal accompanied by a constant whine of “not good enough, faker, ineffective, etc” in my mind. It’s difficult to combat– like a politician who has to defend himself against criticism- any response seems to just deepen the rut. More subtle stuff than I foresaw though I recognize the accuser at work. What dark hordes have been released have many of the nagging, whining, guilting sort; unglamorous, tedious, exhausting work it is to fend them off.
    Just reflecting? It helps to say it “out loud”.

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    • alee106 says:

      Thank you Colleen, for saying “out loud” what I “feel” everyday. You are a sign of hope to me because now I know I’m not alone. There might still be some chance that I can be a sign of hope to others.

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    • Barb Watry says:

      Colleen, I too have been wondering just what refining I have might have been going through. No great trials have come to me, like so many others who post here. These words of yours — “it’s been an almost relentless time of dullness, weariness and lack of zeal accompanied by a constant whine of “not good enough, faker, ineffective, etc” in my mind.” ” — describe my life to a tee. I especially feel the “not good enough” when I fail in some little task … like fasting. l keep thinking that if I cannot even fast for one day, how can I ever weather the Storm.
      I just continue to pray.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Colleen, I have had my own lessons, but they have not been like yours. Mine have been increasing demands on my time. I don’t begrudge these demands. Most are good. I’ve even taken up biking all over the Cape, which has been a delight. But the time demands are very high.

      I think that once I hear that everything is collapsing, I’m going to say, “Good” and go to bed for a week. 😀

      I do hope your malaise and difficulties pass away soon. Think of what your life will feel like when it does, and that might bring you some ease.

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      • Colleen DeRose says:

        Maybe the strains are tailor made for us, SteveBC?

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        • SteveBC says:

          I would be amazed if they were not, Colleen. For me it is a matter of trust, that somehow God and I together will work out what truly needs doing and what can be dropped. Charlie has spoken of this when he had to take care of his children and go to work to take care of them. Eventually, he just did the best he could and trusted God for the rest. I’m trying to take that lesson to heart myself now.

          So what lesson(s) are you trying to learn or being asked to learn? Focus on the lesson and on living according to that lesson, rather than focusing on the events that bring the lesson to you. Maybe that would help.

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      • Doug says:

        Steve, I think I will go to bed for a week too.

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      • MBA says:

        “I think that once I hear that everything is collapsing, I’m going to say, “Good” and go to bed for a week”

        Same here!

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    • Carmelite says:

      “it’s been an almost relentless time of dullness, weariness and lack of zeal accompanied by a constant whine of “not good enough, faker, ineffective, etc” in my mind.”
      Yes, Colleen, this surely hits the nail on the head. Oh, there have been plenty of trials, like health issues, people issues, and to top it all off, my beloved spiritual director keeps getting pulled away from me for various reasons. Once again, I have not been able to talk with him for over a month to even discuss these things.
      Yesterday at Mass a young family bebopped in one at a time during the offertory. Then the children (teens) laughed and poked and talked throughout what was left of the Mass. Tried soooo hard to ignore them, but alas, they were right in my line of sight, and I sit in the 3rd pew! Let me tell you what exhausting work THAT was trying to ignore and not judge!! But, woohoo, I kept a sincere smile on my face during the sign of peace.
      Subtle stuff indeed.
      So, yes, Colleen and alee106, you are not alone. The good God cleanses us as He sees fit, so these scrubbings (I have a picture of a steel scrubber cleaning out a pot, hahaha), although irritating, are truly cleansing.
      And you both have been a sign of hope to me. Thank you.

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    • narnialion54 says:

      How well you express what is going on invisibly, Colleen.

      And I do have to say that although we have had the “train wreck” sort of attacks, the subtle, cunning, nasty, shadowy, quietly desperate attacks you describe are harder to stand against because part of it is making one feel so alone.

      “not good enough, faker” is almost constant.

      You have SPOKEN and NAMED the enemy. I am not alone!


      Thank you for being a sign of HOPE!!

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  3. Maeb says:

    When you are in Covington, stop by and visit the grave of Walker Percy and his wife. The cemetery is amazingly beautiful, and he was prophetic.


  4. Fr. Frank says:

    We are looking forward to hearing you, Mark, and Kitty tomorrow evening. At least 4 of us will be there early to hear confessions before your presentation. Thank you so much for coming. I’ve rented a van, and am bringing my parish staff and their spouses.

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  5. anthonymullendivineantidote says:

    Charlie, this was indeed a prophetic post for many of us. I for one know I have been further purified and I give praise and thanksgiving to God for so lovingly treating me to show me my shortcomings. As St. Therese said in one of her many gems, I beg The Lord to punish me with a kiss, as I admit my total helplessness and inclination to self love and trust more in Him from this moment forward. Let us sound the call for the “army of infants in battle arrayed”. Fiat!

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    • Mick says:

      Oh, Anthony… I LOVE that quote from St. Therese! I need to write it down. Being punished with a kiss wouldn’t be so bad.

      And I’m giggling over the image of an “army of infants in battle array.” I’m imagining my 2-year-old with a helmet and armor several sizes too big, so heavy that it makes her lose her balance and topple over. Haha… St. Joan of Arc ain’t got nothin’ on my Anne-Marie! 🙂

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  6. Just watching the end of the Holy Father’s final Mass in the United States … and thinking about the tragic results of various studies over recent years showing Catholics in this nation don’t believe that Jesus Christ is TRULY PRESENT in the Eucharist!

    Actually – I don’t think it is that people don’t believe … so much as they have just never been properly Catechized. A tragedy either way.

    I hope that while we still have whatever time is left, perhaps “the Year of Mercy” … that many more will come to know the Truth of the Eucharist … beautifully presented in a video I recently posted at A modern and recent miracle that came to us from the very diocese of our current Pope (while he was Archbishop).

    “Refining Our Faith” as Catholics must be centered on this Miracle of the Holy Mass! The more we come to understand this astounding Truth, the less we have to fear! For fear is useless. What is needed is TRUST.

    And to repeat the late Fr. George Kosicki, a great proponent of Divine Mercy … TRUST stands for Total Reliance Upon Saving Truth!

    Jesus, I Trust In You! Thank You for giving us Yourself in The Holy Eucharist!

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  7. jlynnbyrd says:

    Charlie, I will always hold a special place in my heart for Louisiana too. I keep you and all here in NRS in my thoughts and prayers daily. May you have and enjoy a blessed event tomorrow. I extend my love to all.

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  8. Jennifer Mary says:

    I have been a Lay Apostle of Jesus Christ the Returning King since 2007.
    The website…
    Are any of you lay apostles or have you heard of this mission?
    As the web name suggests, the messages are direction for our times.
    Jesus calls it The Rescue Mission and The Work. The messages and teachings are extraordinary.
    Encouraging words given at the beginning of each Volume by the late Archbishop
    Philip.M.Hannan. Also Dr. Mark Miravalle ( professor of theology and mariology)
    And Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore, Ireland.

    Thanks Charlie.


    • charliej373 says:

      Glad to give some space to what seems a very worthy group. The only thing, Jennifer, is that any time Jesus is quoted from private revelation rather than Scripture, I need people to note who said the Lord said this. We do not automatically assume any heavenly being said something from private revelation – even those approved – but rather note who makes the claim so that people may use that in their discernment.

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    • Christiaria says:

      A number of people in Louisiana (myself included) were buying the books of “Anne, a Lay Apostle’s” private revelations. However, it has lost some momentum ever since Sr. Briege McKenna and Fr. Kevin Scallon, who used to publicy support her, withdrew their support. While the bishop in Ireland has given his Imprimatur, I do know of one exorcist who recommended burning them. I make no judgment either way. There is more information about it on Johnnette Benkovic’s website:

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  9. Doug says:

    I hope I can have courage through the storm. It does scare me and i honestly do not know if i will hold up. Write now, I feel like I have things easy except a for stress as t work. It humbles me. Time will tell i guess. Thank you Charlie.


    • June1 says:

      I’m praying for you, Doug. Please pray for me, too. I’ve neared despair a few times already this year and we aren’t even in the worst of it! Let’s call upon all possible heavenly help to guide us and keep our eyes on Christ through it all. We can make it. We know the deadline (2017). Each passing day is one less day to endure until the Triumph. 🙂


      • Doug says:

        Hi June. It is not the storm that physically scares me so much as doing the right thing when persecution or recognizing when I need to help someone. It’s my own selfishness that scares me.

        I will try to do my best to trust God. I pray for you too! God bless you!

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      • Doug says:

        June, lean on God with everything that cries out within your soul! He will not disappoint you!

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        • Kristen says:

          Thank you so much for your prayers and your support! Your rosaries are making a difference already. Thank you!! Our Blessed Mother is hearing your prayers. Continued prayers for your intentions.

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      • I’ve had some struggles of late, and have tripped up quite a bit. I was on the Luisa Piccarreta 24 Hour Passion of Christ novena, more than half way through, when I sensed a call to let it go for a while. I wasn’t sure I was hearing right as I’ve never abandoned a novena yet, but that did seem to be the way. Since the feast of St Padre Pio (my father, Pio) was approaching, I began a novena to this saint. Soon, I was led to his pearls of counsel and I felt a prompt to compile it into a booklet for my morning meditation. A quick look through startled me slightly – I feel as if he’s speaking to me on every weakness I possess, and guiding me in every single trouble I am facing. I now understand why I was called to “change course in prayer”.

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  10. Hello Larry (Charlie to most all of you) and greetings to all the sojourners on this particular path. I have read the prelude and the first paragraph of the featured article. I do remember reading this article but I want to comment in here now before I go any further. I’ll let you all know I have followed Larry faithfully for the last two years. I was also fortunate enough to host him on his Southern California trip along with my brother Steve. Not fortunate because I got to spend time with Larry but because I got to meet the people that were receiving this message in this area. As many of you know I am Charlie’s brother, David. Let’s just say I was considered the wild one of the bunch. After much wrestling in the spirit and back-and-forth contemplation of whether I should start contributing or not I thought now was a good time to begin to express and speak my faith. I have known Charlie all of my life and he has known me all of my life. Early in life he watched me go through the ringer of worldly things, watched me destroying myself time after time with drugs and alcohol but mostly with an ego and rebellion towards God. You see I have always known Jesus and I have loved him deeply. I was never malicious in my intent however my actions were damaging and frightful for those around me. I always had a plan or a scheme of some nature to get me through life, but never a true dependence, a radical dependence if you will, on God. We all have flaws, shortcomings and inadequacies as human beings. It is the nature of the human condition. What I have discovered is that when I have given myself over to the nature of my particular human condition I am miserable, lonely, angry and frightened. When I give myself over to a discipline of faith, walking in integrity and humility with the cloak of Christ on me, my life is peaceful and I am happy, joyous, and free. I say all of these things to let you know that, as a flawed human being I finally realized no amount of human power could have relieved me of the spiritual sickness that I suffered. But that God could and would if He were earnestly sought. Some of you may have already realized that I am plagiarizing a bit of the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous, but I tell you it is where I finally learned what I call the ancient principles. Those principles that God laid out in the 10 commandments, that Christ so eloquently displayed in his lifetime here on earth. The principles of humility, honesty, accountability, responsibility, altruism, acceptance, faith, honor and integrity. I do my best to live those principles in every aspect of my life every day. In other words to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around me. I had the unique opportunity of expressing my gratitude to Charlie for his discipline and faithfulness in his work to this point during his visit here in our area. He has been a powerful influence in my life during my conversion to the Catholic Church. I watched with some skepticism as he proceeded on his pilgrimage and was blessed to accompany him to his final destination at Mount Meeker after the pilgrimage. It was upon arrival at Mount Meeker approximately one year following our mothers passing that my brother, my lovely Coleen and I sat at the foot of that mountain and the word of the Lord came to me and said “This is my chosen place to renew the faith of the world”. I will never forget that. I felt the presence of Christ, our blessed mother Mary, and the presence of Charlie’s and my mother as well. I have known and felt that these times were coming upon us as a people all my life. Charlie has beautifully articulated this message for us and from that moment on Mount Meeker I have done my best to surrender my will and my life into the hands of a loving and caring God full of mercy and grace.
    Charlie has given us this message both personally and through this blog and has done his work well. It is now incumbent upon us as the faithful to live our faith in our every day life, to behave in such a way as to bring the light of Christ into a world of darkness no matter what may come. I watch, sometimes with amusement and sometimes with disgust, the hysteria that gets whipped up in people concerning the state of the world and all of the nonsense and insanity. We should never seek to follow after any man but to willingly give ourselves over into the loving embrace of Christ our King. I see the fear and anxiety that many of the faithful have, particularly concerning our Pope and it amazes me that many that proclaim Christ as their salvation act as if it were not true and that a pope can lead us to destruction. I firmly believe that Christ spoke true when he said that the gates of hell would not prevail upon his church. All of these things must come. All of these things are part of the flawed nature of humankind. We will never prevail except through Christ. In Christ we have life abundantly. I look forward to coming together with those that I have met in this community, to break bread, to pray, to endure and to live as Christ proclaimed for us. I appreciate all that Charlie has done and all that he continues to do and now I feel it is our time to live the life of faith and prudence in our communities and expand out the living message of acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to all those around us.
    I thank God for all of you and look forward to perhaps meeting some of you along the way. Until then may God bless and keep you always.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good stuff, David. You have spoken well…though it is still weird (though now sometimes necessary) to hear someone from the family call me Charlie instead of Larry. (For new readers who don’t know, my middle name is Larry – and that is the name my family uses).

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Dave you have a profound testimony to your brother Charlie, your addiction recovery and your conversion. Your firsthand accounts of your life with Charlie is a powerful witness, that I am glad you shared with us so eloquently. I do hope and pray that all here will feast together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Until then, may we continue to be illuminated by the hope, grace and mercy that we share with one another here, and our family, friends, and neighbors in the years to come. It is a real pleasure to hear from you, and until we meet again, cheers to you!

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you,Dave, for this powerful witness to God’s Love and Mercy in your life! You are an inspiration in speaking, from the depths of your heart and life experiences, about what is ever ancient, ever new.

      Among all the wisdom you share here, the words which leaped like flames from the page for me were: “…a true dependence, a radical dependence if you will, on God.” Tony Hickey, a retreat master from Manchester, England has a series of CDs available on his website which are recordings of his retreat: Growing in Holiness. Tony speaks to the importance of not just white-knuckling our way to obtain virtue, but to ask in prayer for the grace of a particular virtue while God provides ample opportunity for practice. Every day I pray to advance in total, true, radical dependence on God and I now include in the asking, the grace for continued growth in this way of being for all in this community.

      Thanks again for speaking up, Dave!

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    • “This is my chosen place to renew the faith of the world”
      I’m guessing that we don’t need to wait until the Storm is over to make a pilgrimage there to ask for the grace of renewal for ourselves and the world, hmm? I mean, we could go …like.. now?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Wow, thank you Dave. Very helpful words and message. 🙂


    • mmbev says:

      Thank you. Thank you so very, very much. Know that there are times that Our Father uses our words to travel a distance and touch deeply the heart of another.


    • Bob says:

      Dave, thanks for sharing. I have needed to review the Big Book recently myself as I was starting to, in small ways, begin to trust in myself again and in my vanity was beginning to slip into some of my old addictive thinking. But God is good and if I learn to trust in Him and not in myself I will be ok.


      • Bob says:

        I thought I should share a major learning for me before I leave this mini thread. Several years back I was struggling with my addictive obsession, which for me is lust, and as I was trying to push it away, which for me, often led to the temptation sticking a bit like a fly trying to push away a spider’s web, and I was finding myself alternately pushing the thoughts away and yet attracted to them at the same time. and I felt God say “If you give it to me (the obsession and temptation) I will take it from you”, and I gave it to God and was freed from it. And I learned to give the obsession to God and not to try to fight it myself. And yes sometimes I have needed to give it to God many times. But he is faithful in that if I give it to Him, He will take it from me. But if I begin to trust in my own will power I will again begin to sink and fall.

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        • janet333 says:

          “And I learned to give the obsession to God and not to try to fight it myself.”

          I got the following information from my daughter who is in a healing ministry. Take authority over it…the spirit of lust……bind it.. rebuke it. cast it out in the name of Jesus. Command that it looses you and send it to the foot of the cross in Jesus’ name. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill the area where lust was with purity…always fill up with the opposite.

          God Bless You

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          • Bob says:

            Thanks, Janet, I have used that approach sometimes too. And our healing and deliverance ministry has used it. Sometimes, it seems different approaches work but not if I am trusting in myself and feeding my own pride.

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        • Petra says:

          Bob: Thank you for sharing this valuable insight. This is so important and helpful, because somehow these days we are not being taught by our Church the ways of spiritual warfare. In fact, most times we’re not even taught that these attacks are from our spiritual enemy. That our Lord Himself helped you in this way is huge. Maybe it means He is permitting the attacks to use them to teach you a kind of spiritual jujitsu, (Jujitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique and leverage.), showing you how to turn the tables on the evil one by turning the attack over to Him, and to teach others to do so as well.
          You saying this reinforces in me this *technique* and encourages me to use it more often in all my spiritual trials. Thank you!
          God bless.

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        • Petra says:

          Bob, the technique I usually use, and have used effectively in the past when confronted with strong and relentless temptation, is to repeat the first part of our baptismal promises, “I reject you satan, and all your works, and all your empty promises.” over and over until the attack subsides. It usually works quite well. It is easy to remember and fill your mind with so as to prevent the tempting thoughts from taking root.
          Recently I came across an old prayer card with a beautiful prayer for the renewal of Baptismal Vows. It appears to be something used with children on their First Communion day:

          Renewal of My Baptismal Vows
          (The communicants recite the Creed and the Our Father.)

          Priest: Answer these questions now which your sponsors answered for you in Baptism: Do you renounce Satan and all his works, and all his pomps?
          Children: We do renounce them.

          Priest: Do you believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?
          Children: We do believe.

          Priest: Do you believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord, who was born into this world, and who suffered for us?
          Children: We do believe.

          Priest: Do you believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
          Children: We do believe.

          Priest: Do you believe all the Holy Catholic Church teaches, and just as she teaches it?
          Children: We do believe it, because Jesus Christ, her founder, has built her upon a rock, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail: because He has promised her the assistance of the Holy Ghost, and because he has promised to remain with her until the end of the world.

          Priest: Then say with me: I give Thee thanks, O God, because Thou has called me to the true Faith, to Thy holy and infallible Church. I profess solemnly and publicly before Thee, Thy Holy angels and elect, and before this Congregation, that I firmly believe, and hold as truth, whatever Thy infallible Church teaches. With complete submission of my understanding, I will faithfully follow the doctrines and practices of this Church and will never separate myself from it. A Catholic I will live and die.

          Priest: Never forget, dear children, that promise. If you remain faithful and constant in it, I promise you, in the name of God, life eternal.

          God bless you Bob.

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  11. June1 says:

    OH. MY. GOSH. That article is right on the money; I’m printing it for sure. What struck me was that Charlie said we would ALL make a blunder this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve done it. Without getting into detail, let’s just say I told a certain person very personal information regarding someone extremely close to me. It was for a good reason but then this particular person discovered it in a surprising way and confronted me and now everything is tainted. Nothing has been the same since.

    The other part of the article that stood out to me was when Charlie said those who seem faithful will be found to have no root and vice versa. The whole Josh Duggar/Ashley Madison scandal absolutely FLOORED me when it came to light. He was the LAST person I would ever have pictured doing something like that but it happened. I’m a huge fan of the Duggars and was deeply (and surprisingly) affected.

    Lord have mercy on us all. We are so weak without You.

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    • Kristen says:

      Hi June1- yes, the poor Duggars! Prayers for them all. Any mistake or great sin the faithful make, comes to the light of all through the media, whereas the truth of those who want to continue without change or coversion, seems to be hidden from the public. I am sad for their family- we are truly weak and in need of a Savior every second of the day.

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  12. Mack says:

    Now that the pope is safely on his way home, we can say locutions struck out again. The crash they predicted when he was in ny didn’t happen.Debate over.

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    • June1 says:

      Looks like it! And if you check the last locution, the speaker seems almost defiant, essentially stating that she will not stop posting and even going on to talk about two more coming events. Doesn’t seem very obedient, and we all know obedience is the hallmark of a true locutionist/visionary/seer. I’m feeling kind of annoyed. Reminds me of the Maria Divine Mercy fiasco (which I fell for at the beginning).

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  13. Kristen says:

    Dear Charlie,

    Is it possible that quite a few may be going through an intense interior purification? Just wondering if what seems to be quite unusually strong (internally) is part of God’s plan for the storm. I know a few who are going through intense turmoil now. It seems that although it is painful to see in ourselves what we were previously blind to, can be a great grace so we can truly convert. But, how do we change more quickly? Do you have any advice or suggestions on how to joyfully embrace this “interior storm?”

    Thank you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Jesus, I trust in you.” Say it until you mean it – and His Divine Mercy will take up residence in your heart.

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      • Kristen says:

        Thank you, Charlie! So funny as I was just thinking about the back of the Divine Mercy book and prayers to increase trust! Yes, even the grace to trust comes from Him – please pray for me.


      • Kristen says:

        Thank you, Charlie. It makes me think of the back of the Divine Mercy Booklet and the need to pray to increase trust. Thank you- it is tough to do sometimes when we are faced with big decisions for the sake of someone else’s welfare and we look back at all the other decisions we have made. It is good to know that even if we continue to make decisions that are not the best at the time, that the Lord knows our weaknesses. We are called into question when we make the wrong choice and that is what scares me, because the responsibility is huge! So is the message, that even if we make the wrong choices, that we are not to worry? It is confusing to me as we are only human and can only do our best. Sometimes our best is not that great, but we continue to try and continue to pray. We really are in great need of his Divine Mercy and am thankful for his Divine help and how he works through so many.


    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Here is a quote from St. Vincent DePaul on this his feast day:
      Free your mind from all that troubles you; God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this (choice) without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires.
      I too need to trust more. I am calm but have spurts of doubts or trying to control (be self-sufficient) daily myself. I pray that with each right step forward I am strengthened in my letting go and trusting completely. I’ve had years of practice.
      In 2007 at the start of my divorce, while living here and there out of bins and boxes for a couple of years, I carried a decorated post it noted that had imprinted the words: Let Go and Let God. Eight years later I see it each day on my bathroom mirror as a constant reminder.
      Another tidbit that I carried with me, I purchased on my first birthday during the separation when I was alone. I decided to catch a Greyhound to St Paul/Minneapolis and visit the Mall of America for my birthday gift to me. I spent several days there and walked form one city to the next. Days before I arrived, the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse had occurred. I attended an interfaith church service held for the victims and their families at the historical St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown with dignitaries, clergy, and scores of news crews, just after President George W. Bush had left the town. After the mass, there was a fellowship gathering that I attended. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself being forgotten on my birthday and away from my home and children. One by one guests told of how the tragedy affected them personally via a family member or someone they knew, dying, being severely injured or making a last minute decision that somehow saved their lives as a result. When it came my turn for me to speak, all I could say was thank you for making me realize that my cross paled in comparison to theirs and I would offer my sorrow up for them. I took a walk to the bridge and sat in horror of the tragedy and at the same time in utter glory for the evidence of the good side of humanity clearly shown in the aftermath throughout my stay.
      The gift I purchased at the mall for myself was a small 1″ x 1 1/2″ frame of a picture of a yellow tulip on one side and the words, “All matters of things will be well” on the other side. It had a 6″ gray velvet string attached to a loop on the top. I tied this to my bag and went with me everywhere. The words were confirming and tulips remind me of spring, the season of new life. After a few years, I gave it to a companion to see her through some trials in her life. I journaled and kept newspaper clippings and mementos of this eye-opening birthday tribute to myself. I just pulled it out of the closet and the cover frame has a quote from Marcel Proust ~ “The true voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”

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    • Kristen, I too suspect it has begun for some. It seems to be different from the usual. A terrible intensity – both the trial and the pain of sin uncovered. Whether it is the Storm itself or a precursor, I’m not sure, but I guess it doesn’t matter as much as the coping. When some of my weaknesses were brought to light recently, I struggled with the pain and the relentlessness of the attacks. Then, I recalled a prayer taught to me on the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.
      a) The prayer was: Mother Mary, into your hands I commend my spirit.
      b) And a day later, the tempests in full force, I was interiorly reminded to say, Blessed be God forever.

      If I understood correctly, the 1st prayer was a complete resting of my will in God’s hands, through Mary; the 2nd was to thank Him in advance for the pain for the end that it would bring. I’m a rebel, not one to easily let go of my will, and certainly not one to thank God or anyone for my sorrows. But those 2 prayers – Mother, into your hands I commend my spirit & Blessed be God forever, are somehow calming the storms within me and giving me the strength I need to put one foot in front of the other.

      Charlie has given you a very powerful prayer, Kristen, or you might find comfort in another. But keep these simple ones at hand, because, simple or not, the power in them is undeniable.

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  14. Pam Nicholson says:

    Yes, we must be willing to be little living crosses in the world to follow Our Lord. We have the most happy hope of being with Him someday in Heaven, and that is enough for me. I know I need help to be able to live as best as I can in this world but not because I need the material things so much as I need the spiritual so much more than anything in this world, and it is readily available. No matter what we suffer, are we truly willing to give it all to Him for His greater glory? I know I love saying this phrase so much, but, there is nothing in this world which can be described this way except about God. I love Him because He loved and knew me first, and all He has which He gives so lovingly and freely, He has given Himself first. We are so little and we receive so much, so we have what precious little time at our disposal to be one with God on earth, so we can be one with Him in Heaven. His words and His life must be our words and our life. So many blessings to us all! pam, from NJ.

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  15. lillibeth says:

    Greetings once again from “Down Under”.
    Thanks for reposting this article. Like so many have testified here, this year has surely been a year of refinement for me (and not the glamorous kind). (:
    I recall receiving a similar “word: around that time after receiving the Lord at Mass. As you said, I didn’t exactly welcome that bit of news with open arms, and even up to today, accepting the Cross and the accompanying thorns, lashes and stings over the year hasn’t been something that I have enjoyed. But each time the trouble came, I accepted what came (not with good grace; that came later) and submitted.
    I take comfort that I am not alone and that I am being “klssed” by the Lord.
    I also want to thank you Charlie for your continuing guidance, especially in regard to keeping to our posts. This has been particularly important this past year, when the temptation to run away from life was very strong.
    May His will be done in us, so that as His children, we can be the sign of hope to a hurting world.
    God bless and keep you all.

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  16. Like so many of you, I am mightily reflective tonight, looking forward to driving the Mandeville tomorrow night to fellowship with Mark Mallett and Charlie. Peace fills my heart–I posted some thoughts about this on my blog [] but want to share this with you:
    “Whatever happens, we need to remember what I read last night in the introduction to Archbishop Martinez’ book TO BE JESUS CRUCIFIED,” Jesus taught Conchita filial love for the Father:
    ‘‘I want you to invoke the Father who is My Father and yours. Call upon Him with filial love, which pleases Him so much. His role is that of the authority between us. Entreat Him, entreat Him a lot and with great confidence. Call upon Him: ‘Father, Father!’ When desolation or any other kind of sorrow afflicts you, when you are exhausted and I hide Myself from you, and your little Dove hides too, cry out to Him imitating Me, and say to Him: ‘Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit!’ Place all in His loving hands. Where better will you be able to rest? Who will be able to take care of you with tenderness like His? You cannot imagine how much He appreciates a crucified soul.”
    When the waiting seems interminable, as we wait for the sky to fall or whatever seems more horrendous or unexpected, one of my favorite little scriptures is that of Ps. 39,8: “And now, Lord, what is there to wait for? In You rests all my hope.”

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  17. Lynette says:

    From the Ballad of the White Horse, G.K. Chesterton. I’m going through the kids’ school work and pulled this out. Our Lady of the Rosary feast day is coming up next week, as a “coincidence”.

    (Our Lady to the King)

    But you and all the kind of Christ
    Are ignorant and brave,
    And you have wars you hardly win
    And souls you hardly save.

    I tell you naught for your comfort,
    Yea, naught for your desire,
    Save that the sky grows darker yet
    And the sea rises higher.

    Night shall be thrice night over you,
    And heaven an iron cope.
    Do you have joy without a cause,
    Yea, faith without a hope?

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    • ann says:

      Lynette–thank you for quoting Chesterton. I love this poem. And his poem about Lepanto as well. Whether he knew it or not, he was a prophet for our times.


  18. Donette says:

    As we near the end of September, Charlie, I was wondering, “Do you believe you are reaching more people via these travels to various parts of the U.S. or do you think the cyber world is the better way of communicating with more people in carrying out the mission given you?”


    • charliej373 says:

      It is not either/or, Donette. Both are very important right now. The visits create little communities of hope – and introduce committed believers to one another. I am joyful that in so many places I have been, people have made connections with each other and started actively working to be a sign of hope to those around them.

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  19. CrewDog says:

    It all boils down to Faith … The Faith of Our Fathers …… The Pope’s Visit went down about the way I expected … I really don’t understand though I’ve got my opinions ……. back to Faith 😉

    Heartlight Daily Verse 28 September

    1 Corinthians 2:14
    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    The Holy Spirit is God’s abiding gift, God’s seal and promise. The Spirit is our assurance that what he began with Jesus’ sacrificial death and our participation in it through faith and baptism, he will bring to completion. But the world cannot understand this great promise, just like it cannot understand much of Scripture, because without the Spirit, their eyes see only what they can touch with their fingers and not what is true in God’s heart.
    Father, I thank you for sending Jesus. Jesus, I thank you for sending the Spirit. Spirit, I thank you for never leaving me alone. As I am filled with the Spirit, O Lord, so fill me more until my will and my life more nearly reflect your desires. Use me to bless others just as your presence now blesses me. Through Jesus I pray. Amen. Visit for more

    PS: Sheba, my puppy, and I watched the Blood Moon last night. It was in/out of clouds which always reminds me of a verse from “The Highwayman” … and the Moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas ………… Back in the olden days the Nuns made us memorize poems. ;-(
    Oh!! …. I did “break-out” my dusty bottle of Jameson’s Irish!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Today, just as it seems everyone is chiming in with their thoughts on the Pope’s visit, today’s excerpt, from Pope’s Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium seems telling:

      The Joy of the Gospel – 271
      Posted: 28 Sep 2015 12:00 AM PDT

      271. It is true that in our dealings with the world, we are told to give reasons for our hope, but not as an enemy who critiques and condemns. We are told quite clearly: “do so with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet 3:15) and “if possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all” (Rom 12:18). We are also told to overcome “evil with good” (Rom 12:21) and to “work for the good of all” (Gal 6:10). Far from trying to appear better than others, we should “in humility count others better” than ourselves (Phil 2:3). The Lord’s apostles themselves enjoyed “favour with all the people” (Acts 2:47; 4:21, 33; 5:13). Clearly Jesus does not want us to be grandees who look down upon others, but men and women of the people. This is not an idea of the Pope, or one pastoral option among others; they are injunctions contained in the word of God which are so clear, direct and convincing that they need no interpretations which might diminish their power to challenge us. Let us live them sine glossa, without commentaries. By so doing we will know the missionary joy of sharing life with God’s faithful people as we strive to light a fire in the heart of the world.


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    • Beckita says:

      Cheers, Crew Dog!


    • ann says:

      Crew Dog–LIKE. Especially the Jameson’s and the quote from the Highwayman.


  20. deaconmnrick says:

    Thank you so much for reposting this article. I remember reading it last January and have recently been thinking about the fiery storm you said each of us will go through this year. My wife and I certainly went through a fiery storm this year, beginning at the end of February when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She had surgery for the cancer and it had moved to nearby lymph nodes. After recovering from surgery she began chemotherapy, followed by radiation treatments. During this time she also had a PET scan, which showed no more cancer. All of her treatments ended in early August, and now she is working to regain strength and stamina, and regrowing her hair.

    In December 2006 she was diagnosed with colon cancer, so we knew a lot of what to expect from chemo this time. We were living in Madison, WI at that time, far away from friends and our deacon community. I likened our first go around with cancer to living in the Triduum, with most of the time feeling like Good Friday. We had people praying for her, and that did help with the trial we went through.

    In 2008, we moved back to the area of Minnesota we had left, and got plugged back in with our local parishes and the deacon community. When the diagnosis came this past February, the help and support we received was much greater than before. In addition to our bishop, there were priests, deacons and their wives, and people in all three parishes I’m assigned to praying for us.

    For myself, this latest fiery storm taught me a lot about relying on God. The night before her surgery, I was lying awake and thinking about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, particularly that part where He accepts the cup from the Father. The Passion of the Christ shows Him standing up, crushing the serpent, and moving forward into His Passion with what appears to be a firm resolve. During my meditation on this scene, I told the Lord that I would drink deeply of the cup of suffering that He was offering. I experienced a supernatural sense of inner peace as the suffering came, and that inner peace helped me to be Christ to my wife in ways I hadn’t in the past. To be clear, I still felt deeply all the sorrow and pain associated with seeing my wife suffering, and the stress and strain of caring for her, but deep inside, the Lord’s peace sustained me.

    May God continue to bless and guide you.

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  21. Donette says:

    Crewdog, This aging Scottish lass always thought the poem The Highwayman was the saddest poem I was ever required to memorize. Love that lays down its life for the loved one. A true, but pale reflection of the Actions of our God. To recall it again, I will have to get out my Bailey’s Irish Crème and take a sip to avoid becoming teary eyed again. For those who don’t know the poem:

    The Highwayman By Alfred Noyes

    The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.

    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.

    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,

    And the highwayman came riding—


    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

    He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,

    A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin.

    They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh.

    And he rode with a jeweled twinkle,

    His pistol butts a-twinkle,

    His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jeweled sky.

    Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.

    He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.

    He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there

    But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,

    Bess, the landlord’s daughter,

    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

    And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked

    Where Tim the hostler listened. His face was white and peaked.

    His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like moldy hay,

    But he loved the landlord’s daughter,

    The landlord’s red-lipped daughter.

    Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—

    “One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,

    But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;

    Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,

    Then look for me by moonlight,

    Watch for me by moonlight,

    I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”

    He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand,

    But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand

    As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;

    And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,

    (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)

    Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.


    He did not come in the dawning. He did not come at noon;

    And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon,

    When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,

    A red-coat troop came marching—


    King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

    They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.

    But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.

    Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!

    There was death at every window;

    And hell at one dark window;

    For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

    They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest.

    They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast!

    “Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her. She heard the doomed man say—

    Look for me by moonlight;

    Watch for me by moonlight;

    I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

    She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!

    She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!

    They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years

    Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,

    Cold, on the stroke of midnight,

    The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

    The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest.

    Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast.

    She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;

    For the road lay bare in the moonlight;

    Blank and bare in the moonlight;

    And the blood of her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love’s refrain.

    Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse hoofs ringing clear;

    Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?

    Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,

    The highwayman came riding—


    The red coats looked to their priming! She stood up, straight and still.

    Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!

    Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light.

    Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,

    Then her finger moved in the moonlight,

    Her musket shattered the moonlight,

    Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

    He turned. He spurred to the west; he did not know who stood

    Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own blood!

    Not till the dawn he heard it, and his face grew grey to hear

    How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,

    The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,

    Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

    Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,

    With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.

    Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat;

    When they shot him down on the highway,

    Down like a dog on the highway,

    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

    And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,

    When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,

    When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,

    A highwayman comes riding—


    A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

    Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard.

    He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.

    He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there

    But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,

    Bess, the landlord’s daughter,

    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

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  22. Anne says:

    Charlie…. You say hearts will be revealed this year and as the year advances it will be harder to cross over from serious disorder to faithful soldier.
    Is not the year of Mercy which still has not started the big opportunity for everyone to turn back?
    Yes …. The Graces will be huge for such change.


    • charliej373 says:

      Absolutely, Anne. I have written before that I was thrilled when Pope Francis declared the Year of Mercy. I had looked forward to the crash, for that is actually the visible beginning of the Triumph, but had dreaded it at the same time, because it will be much harder for those who have chosen to be on the other side of the line to cross back to the safety of the faith once crash comes. Establishing a Year of Mercy extends that mercy even after crash has begun. But weep for those who have still not come back once the extraordinary Year of Mercy comes to a close.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        I have been praying for years for the conversion of our children. I figured it was close to a slam dunk with the storm. It sounded like mass conversions etc. But now it looks like maybe not? We have some stubborn progeny! I hope St. Monica is helping me pray for them.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        God’s mercy is so right so why would we choose to not accept it when offered. God’s mercy endureth forever. Thank God for God! I love that so much! pam, from NJ.

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      • Anne says:

        Thank you Charlie…. Re the year of Mercy…. The BIG opportunity…. May all hear the call of the Holy Spirit and return to God . People have stopped connecting with God thru prayer and has lost sight of the Truth.
        There is little peace in the world because we have rejected Truth. Pope Francis.
        Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust in my Mercy. Diary of sister Faustina

        It all follows and thus people are chasing false hope and living in false peace.

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  23. Bob says:

    I wonder why when the crash comes it will be harder for persons to turn to good again? It seems now that so often difficulties and being in the “foxhole” so to speak turn many back when comfort and security doesn’t shake people as much! So how will it be different then?


    • charliej373 says:

      Those who don’t turn quickly are captive of a disordered pride.


      • Bob says:

        Let us pray for all. That pride is scary. Jesus had more problems with the proud, by far, than with those who knew their own need and weakness.


        • Nancy says:

          I saw a short news clip about PP hearing in congress. Opinion of commentator seemed to be that Cecile Richards held her own and that the majority of citizens are ok with govt. support despite the videos. It seems as though there is a “hardening of hearts” when it comes to this issue. Despite the horror, they double down and refuse to even examine the possibility that they could be wrong. It all reminds me of the ever increasing darkness that Tolkien wrote about in The Lord of the Rings.

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  24. Anne says:

    Went for a walk in our glorious sunshine…… Got to thinking….. I am sick to death of rumours etc…… Common sense seems to have gone out the window!
    For goodness couldn’t someone near esseff in usa just flat.out ask him so all the rumours would stop . Rumours on what Charlie said …. Or didn’t say….. Or whoever for thatmatter.
    Just call a spade a spade and get on with it!!


  25. janet333 says:

    There is a “hardening of hearts” alright Nancy. I received the following in my mail this morning

    ” London, 30 September 2015: BBC journalists have revealed that they are planning to join the attack on pro-life pavement-counsellors who operate peacefully and lawfully outside abortion businesses. The BBC have said that they intend broadcasting this item today (Wed 30 September). Pro-life pavement-counsellors offer pregnant women help to avoid abortions. A campaign to prevent women receiving such help was launched by a major commercial abortion provider earlier this year. Prayer-vigils, which often involve only small numbers of people, are dubbed “protests” by the BBC and pro-abortion campaigners.

    At one point the BBC said there had been allegations of women being assaulted, and asked a pregnancy support group: “Would you like to condemn assault?”.

    Commenting, Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said: “The unprofessional behaviour of the BBC betrays a clear one-sided agenda. Asking people to disown violence which the pro-life life movement has have never espoused or practised is like the devious lawyer’s question: ‘Have you stopped beating your wife?’ Pavement-counsellors provide help to women facing such problems as abusive partners and homelessness, problems which abortion providers simply don’t address.

    “The BBC says it has seen a report about pavement-counsellors based on abortion clinic records. Abortion clinics lose an average of about £600 each time a woman chooses to keep her baby, so they are hardly an impartial source of data. This is only one half of the story. Hundreds of women find the help, sympathy and support they need to continue their pregnancies from pro-lifers outside abortion clinics. Despite being offered information about these women, the BBC has refused to report their perspective.

    “The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) campaigns for the right to life of the unborn to be upheld in law, and we do not run pavement-counselling activities, but we recognise the great work that groups like Good Counsel Network, 40 Days for Life and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants undertake outside many abortion centres to help women and babies”, concluded Mr Tully.

    Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) can be contacted on mobile 07939 178719, landline 020 7820 3127, email

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    • Pam Nicholson says:

      Well, all they do is show they are biased in reporting the news in their actions against pregnant women. God help them as we pray for their conversions of the heart to God. Life, new life, is such a precious thing. The Church or churches who are providing help and counsel to pregnant women, are a godsend. But, once again, we can see who is at the helm of this driving force to keep abortion not only legal but a regular happening in the world. The day will come when abortion is almost never a reality, and we must continue to pray for this. God help them all! pam, from NJ.

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  26. crewdog says:

    Today’s Verse seems to be a good one to reflect upon …. for US NRS Gang 😉 ?
    Heartlight Daily Verse – 30 September
    Philippians 1:9-10
    This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    I don’t know about you, but my most difficult decisions are not about choosing between good and bad. I usually know what is good and what is bad, especially when bad involves evil. My toughest choices are when I have to choose between good, better, and best. My love for God usually overcomes my weakness and I choose good over bad. But unless I’ve placed myself before God’s word and surrendered my heart to him in prayer, I have a very tough time choosing between good and best. Yet I’m convinced that much of what God would love to do through us today does not happen because we’ve settled for good when he longs to lead us to best!
    Gracious and Almighty God, teach me your ways and give me your heart as I strive to love you, know your will, and have insight into your ways. Help me to know the best things to do today and to use my time in the best way in my work, my family, among my friends, and especially before those who do not know Christ as their Savior. Through him I pray. Amen.
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  27. Bob says:

    An executive order from our 16th president Abraham Lincoln. Would that we would again have such wise orders from our leaders


  28. Bob says:

    And Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address is worth reading also for it’s references to faith and to God’s judgment on wrongdoing which he believed the Civil War was, at least in part:

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