Remnant Faithful: We Need the Chastisements Also

(I felt much better this morning. Though I sounded like a frog for much of the day, my throat felt much better. I took this last day of quiet to get myself back on track. It was a nasty bug that ripped through me this week.

Daniel O’Connor is a budding young theologian who I have come to admire. I got to visit with him all too briefly while I was in Albany, New York this summer. This piece he wrote is something we need to contemplate deeply. One of the things that often worries me is how many people of piety somewhat smugly think that chastisement is something “they” have earned, not something that “we” have earned. -CJ)

By Daniel O’Connor

Remnant Faithful: We Need the Chastisements Also

(Apologies for another post so soon, but a brief important update: As I am now freely and openly disseminating the PDF of my book, I no longer want it to be listed on Amazon for a price as well. Amazon, however, is refusing to let me change it to be a free Ebook on their site. Therefore I have removed The Crown and Completion of All Sanctity from Amazon. If you’ve linked to that page or distributed the link to it, I just ask that you update the link to simply refer to the PDF posted here, or even post the PDF directly if you like. Additionally, I have received word that two of Luisa’s works, namely, The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, and The Hours of the Passion, have had the moratorium entirely lifted and may now be freely disseminated. Please do not quote me on that as I have not yet been able to confirm this, but if I can, I will post them here!

In another note — to willingly risk sounding like a broken record — please remember that our calling in these days is to live in the Divine Will and proclaim the Divine Mercy. We can still do so much good. I will say that DWMoM is going great. But in particular, this simple little pin makes amazing things happen if I choose to be so bold as to actually wear it when I am out and about after Mass; at the store, out to eat, or wherever. I bid you consider doing likewise, and living the spirit of a DWMoM even if you do not feel called to be an actual missionary.

Now, since I have pestered you with a new post anyway, feel free to read the following if you are so inclined!)

How easy it is to say, regarding what is coming upon the world, “Good. It is needed. I do not want anyone to suffer, but I know that the vast majority of the world has become so sinful that the Chastisements will really be a blessing in disguise for them.”

There is certainly truth in that, but it also misses something enormous:

We, the “remnant faithful,” the devout Catholics, followers of Our Lady’s messages, daily Mass-goers and daily reciters of the Rosary, etc. etc. etc….

We need the chastisements for our own good also.

And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)

There are clearly two distinct references being made here, and while I would wager the first is a reference to the rampant grave sin and error in this age of the Great Apostasy, I am afraid that the second part of Our Lord’s prophecy there can — at least in part — be taken to refer to us.Image 1175 Jul. 01 15.29

I wrote much of this post a year ago (so forgive me if it’s a bit of a patchwork) after attending a certain Marian conference (described below). I decided against posting it then because I was afraid it might have been too harsh. But two recent considerations have made me decide to post it now: 1) The likelihood that the Chastisements are right around the corner, and 2) The behavior of some in the Divine Will movement. Suffice it to say that, in response to my writing the book (even distributing it for free), certain “veteran” individuals and groups promoting Luisa’s revelations treat me like trash– like some kind of imposter, apparently thinking that they and they alone should have control of what is said, and to whom, regarding Luisa’s writings. (This all despite the fact that they have not been able to point out one single error in the book.) I will not be giving any names, but I do just want to say that I am not referring to Fr. Iannuzzi with this; my admiration for him remains strong.

I do not mean to complain: I am, in fact, very glad that I am finding this journey of promoting Divine Will spirituality to not be mere sunshine and roses. If it were, I would know I was not walking in Christ’s footsteps; for His path is the Way of the Cross, and it is narrow and fraught with difficulties. So please trust me that I do not write this post to complain or to rant; rather, I write it to encourage my dear friends of the remnant faithful to react as they ought to the time when the Chastisements hit them as well, when (cf Matthew 5:45) the rain falls on them just like on the unjust: with gratitude.

I will get to that, but let me now present what I wrote last summer:

I recently attended a Marian Conference, and I came back greatly disheartened by what I saw. This was supposed to be the cream of the crop; part of that exceedingly small group of people left on this planet who are devoutly Catholic, who listen to the apparitions of Our Lady, who keep all of the Commandments, who, like righteous Lot, are vexed day in and day out by what they see happening. Instead, the behavior I witnessed at this Conference was no better than the world at large. Giddiness was the mood that dominated; even the concelebrants of the Mass – and certainly the congregation – were devoid of reverence and were instead ready at a whim to chuckle or comment on this or that… during Mass. After coming back to my seat after Communion and giving a brief thanksgiving after Mass I looked up for a moment and realized that all those in attendance — hundreds — were already gone. All had rushed out the moment Mass ended to try and get in line early for the food. The talk given before Mass amounted to 30 minutes of screaming ranting about how evil the world has become, how anti-religious our government has become, and how bad Obama is, and how we are not “standing up” enough against this all – the assertion being that what is really needed to resolve the present distress is more noisy rants. I left this event early… I doubt anyone noticed my coming or my going, because I was alone, and everyone was far too busy gabbing away with their comfortable cliques to bother reaching out to anyone who wasn’t in their group.

I came out of this event with one unavoidable conclusion in my mind and in my heart… we need the purification of the coming distress as well, not just the world and worldlings.

Now, that was only one event of so many experiences that Providence has given me, and I am sure has given you all, which teach the same lesson. Some of the most selfish, dictatorial, harsh bosses I’ve had have been Catholic ones in Catholic apostolates. Some of the most immoral people I’ve known have been moral theologians. (No obvious public mortal sins, of course… just a demeanor of utter disdain toward other people than is far worse than, say, contraception). Some of the rudest and least charitable people I’ve ever brushed up against have been priests. I take 5 minutes to click through the Catholic blogosphere and I find it permeated by snark, sarcasm, and venom (now, even directed — God help them — toward the Vicar of Christ). I have found Catholic circles to often be about as cliquey, closed-off, and judgmental as they come. Catholics are just as, if not more, divided than everyone else. I could go on, as I’m sure anyone reading this could as well.

If ”By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) is how the Catholic Church is supposed to grow, then it is no wonder that evangelization is such an utter failure today.

Pope Francis is trying to change that. He becomes very easy to understand as soon as you recognize one thing: dear fellow conservative, orthodox Catholics: the universe does not revolve around us. There are billions of souls — masterpieces of God’s creation for whom He shed His Blood and whom He loves more than you could possibly imagine — languishing for lack of knowledge, for lack of love, for lack of mercy. When was the last time we looked into their eyes and felt their pain? If we had done so, and if we had one small flicker of the love of God in our hearts, we would spend less time wringing our hands over Pope Francis’ every comment, and more time pouring ourselves out for their salvation; for mercy to be poured out upon their lives even now, and especially at the hour of their death.

That is what Francis is trying to do; please let him. What is coming soon upon this world will suffice to reveal to souls the hideousness of their sins, but the world is finally taking the Vicar of Christ seriously. Do not squander that. They need it. Do not believe their masquerading confidence, their venom and the torrent of errors coming from their lips. They are our patients, not our enemies. Fallen angels are our enemies. I do not argue with my five month old son. I care for him and I give him what he needs no matter how much he opposes my efforts, no matter how much he squirms, even if his flailing fist strikes me on the nose. We must do likewise with those in the world; they do not simply need more people condemning their sins with more vigor. They are already suffering beyond description. They need their wounds bound and the balm of the Divine Mercy applied.

It is not easy at first glance for the remnant to understand how Pope Francis’ pontificate fits into things. They ask, “Why, in this age of unprecedented evil in the world, do we need a Pope who is a friend of the world?” But when you realize that we ourselves are in great need of pruning, and you realize that what looms on the horizon will bring the whole world to its knees, it makes perfect sense. Jesus tells Luisa of a time when people will turn to the Pope for safe harbor after Chastisements. It seems clear to me that we are approaching such times — and for such a scenario to occur, people will need to like the Pope.

There is no greater hater of heresy than I; anyone who reads this blog knows that. I will remain staunchly such until death, even if it requires the shedding of my blood. But the magnificence of our orthodoxy is not what Judgment Day will focus upon; that is far too easy. On that day, what we will be judged by is our love.

But is our love where it must be?

We ourselves, dear friends in Christ: are we worthy of the Era of Peace as we are now? I know that I am not. The degree of my response to Our Lady’s call in her many apparitions is pathetic. Far too often, if not usually, my prayer is weak and merely external. Despite condemning worldliness, I know I succumb to it constantly. I am inundated by sloth and my failures are more frequent than my victories. I constantly fail to treat my neighbor with even reasonable charity, much less to love him as I do myself, as Our Lord commands. It is ridiculous how many times — over, and over, and over again — I have to confess the exact same thing. Though at this point I should be confronting temptation like a seasoned warrior, I rather confront it like a weakling novice. The list could go on for pages… volumes. (Please pray for me!) Perhaps some of you can relate.

But I think I can at least grant myself one thing: I recognize the fact that if I am brought to my knees in suffering, I will receive the grace to shed those vices like dirt is removed from the body under a waterfall. Therefore I do not lament the looming Chastisements; neither their coming upon the world, nor their coming upon myself. I bless God in anticipation of the graces I know He will give me through them, for what is worth desiring other than holiness?

I recognize I need them because my love is not a roaring fire like it should be; rather, it has grown cold, and I suppose it is that way for many other Catholics today. Who among us would fail to admit that, looking back at our lives, it is when we have suffered that we have grown closer to God?

…every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2.

You hear much of “pruning,” but usually that word is directed at “them”– the heretics and those living in sin within the Church. What we forget is how much pruning we need.

So you will be very disappointed, very quickly, if you look toward what comes with a false, self-invented confidence that, because you are a good orthodox, devout, Catholic, you will be spared any trials. But if instead you look to what comes with the trust that comes from knowing that, despite your own misery, nothing but perfect love comes from His hands, and if He permits you to suffer, it is because that suffering is the greatest blessing He can imagine for you at that moment — then you will never be disappointed. You are invincible. You can say, with David, “[I] have no fear of evil news” (Psalm 112). To arrive at that point does not require a long and arduous ascent of the mountain of moral virtue. It just requires that, even in this very moment, you say with all of your heart “Jesus, I Trust in You.Image 1173 Jul. 01 15.25

  • So when your loved ones die, trust that God knew it was the perfect time for them to go home to Him, and that you will see them soon enough, when your own time comes; and give thanks to God that He has given you an opportunity to be detached from creatures so as to become more attached to your Creator, in Whom you will find more joy and peace than in a perfect relationship with a million friends and family members combined.
  • When you lose your home and all of your possessions, give thanks to God that He has deemed you worthy of living that most blessed life of St. Francis’ — perfect reliance upon Providence with each moment — and that He has also given you the grace to live what He asked the wealthy young man to live without, a young man who nevertheless was not given the grace to follow through, for he “went away sad,” (Matthew 19:22)
  • When you are thrown into a jail cell for a crime you did not commit, or for a good deed you did indeed do, which is falsely considered, in this twisted world, to be a crime — give thanks to God that He has given you the life of a monastic — the highest vocation–, and that you can dedicate yourself entirely to prayer.
  • When you are beaten or tortured, whether literally by a malicious person or simply by circumstances that are extremely painful (whether hunger, exposure, fatigue, illness, or what have you), give thanks to God that He is permitting you to suffer for Him, in Him. Such occasions, when there is no means to avoid them without sinning, amount to God Himself serving as your spiritual director, deciding that you need mortifications. And the mortifications that Providence chooses are always better than our own, and they always yield great joy and build up enormous treasures both on Earth and in Heaven.
  • When persecution in any form touches you, rejoice with unutterable joy because you have been deemed worthy — among the billions of Catholics who have not been– to be so dealt with. ”Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” — Acts 5:41. For the only Beatitude that Our Lord deemed so great that He needed to dwell upon it and reiterate it was the last, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Jesus told Luisa Piccarreta that it is quite easy to distinguish the reprobate from the elect: just as, on the last day, the Sign of the Son of Man (the cross) in the sky will cause terror in the former and ecstasy in the latter, so too now, the reaction to one’s crosses in life reveal one’s eternal destiny.

In all things say, with Job, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.”

The good thief and the bad thief found themselves in an identical situation. One praised God in the midst of it, and one cursed Him. Which will you be?

Endnotes:

  1. I’m not saying, dear friends, that we are primarily to blame for what is coming, or anything of the sort. Please do not let this admonition I here present be a cause for you to fret and worry and be anxious. It is primarily the four sins that cry out to God for vengeance that are causing just that — God’s justice — to be about to fall upon the earth (especially the murder of billions of unborn children over the past 100 years). All I am saying is that we are very imperfect, and God’s plan is perfect — so it entails the perfection of each of us. If we are to suffer (and we are), then there is a reason for that. Let us acknowledge that reason and use it for His glory and our salvation and sanctification.
  2. Whether or not my own personal speculations regarding what is going to transpire in this world actually come to pass, this advice holds true. We will all face huge trials either way.

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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185 Responses to Remnant Faithful: We Need the Chastisements Also

  1. Beckita says:

    Dear All, I have just returned from a Mass offered for each of you who post and who visit as readers. It was a private Mass (Of course that’s actually incorrect since every saint, angel and holy soul was invoked and present.) offered during the Hour of Mercy today after I had conveyed to Father the most beautiful, humble comments shared here in response to Daniel’s post. I wish you could have heard Father lift his prayer for you, your families and your needs as he acknowledged to the Lord the infinite value of the Mass and asked the Lord’s Precious Blood to cover each and every one as we continue loving and serving the Lord.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Beckita, I was moved by and wish to thank you and Father for the precious gifts of your prayers and blessings upon us!

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    • Doug says:

      Awwwwwwe. That is so special Beckita. It warms my heart. Melt, melt, melt………..

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    • NancyA says:

      Beckita, your prayers are always so eloquently formed, and movingly pertinent. Thanks to you and thank Father, also, for this priceless gift! We are blessed.

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    • vkmir3 says:

      Thank you and Father so much for that blessing!! I pray it blessed you both as well.

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    • Thank you so much. I am so grateful. There is no better gift of mercy than for someone to offer up Mass for one’s intentions. Maybe we should all commit to attending one Mass a month specifically for each other here on the forum. I will make that commitment. Anyone else?

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        That is a wonderful commitment Singingflowers. Thursday I will offer the mass honoring the life of St. Maria Goretti for Charlie our patriarch, and all of our NRS brothers and sisters in Christ.

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      • Beckita says:

        I’m in, singingflowers! Thank you for suggesting this. Imagine the powerhouse of prayer rising like fragrant incense to our Abba! I’ll commit to offering our Fist Saturday Mass for Inter-generational Healing for everyone here, readers and commenters alike. Your families will be equally anchored in the Mass and in the prayers which bind and cast evil from one’s family lines. They are comprehensive and potent.

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        • lauralee77 says:

          WOW, I am blown away by your powerful words, Beckita, and most importantly your faith-filled actions of intercessory prayer on behalf of our souls! I have been an active reader of this blog, but I haven’t actually started “following” and joining until now! 🙂 I suppose there is a reason for everything, under Heaven. I am reaching out to you now, and anyone reading this, because I have actually been severely afflicted and suffering with the ill-effects of “generational evil” and demonic “attachments” to my life. I have knowingly been suffering incredible torment of mind, body, and soul ever since I was a child, in grade school. I never knew how to deal with “it” and completely lived most of my late teenage years and all the way up into my early 30’s in complete “masking” and “numbing” through alcholism and too many anti-depressants to count or name. I am currently almost 38 years old, but the real, raw, internal changes started to occur after God placed me in the path of a great Spiritual Director, in 2012. Truly, through the power of Jesus Christ- equipping this young Priest with the Grace of “redemptive suffering” through his fasting, constant intercessory prayers for my life, and direct guidance, I can say that my life has been acutely and INWARDLY changed. However, it has taken 3 years and counting for MY “cooperation” to actually “get serious”- and only through major trial and hardship; which I am still very much actively going through. After getting to the “complete end of SELF” for the (almost-literal) thousandth time, and almost “giving in” to the enemy of my soul; I was miraculously placed in the “hands” of a devoutly Christian Psychotherapist, by my primary doctor, for intense 3 day/week analysis. I have been committed to seeing this therapist since April of this year. She has the incredible spiritual gift of Discernment and also a very strong intuitive sense to the “spiritual” happenings that are constantly taking place. She actually works with Priests in referring and/or assisting her patients by being with them as they undergo Minor (and Major) Exorcism consultations. I have come to find out that there is some very real and extreme demonic oppression and attachments in my life; and her sense is that they are “generational”. (based on the tormenting sin and corruption that existed very strong on one side of my family line.) The other side of my family line was complete opposite and filled with incredible Faith, hardships, sufferings, and more Faith and Grace! It is literally like I am “split in two” between the two…one side of me is strong and faithful and completely devout, devoted to practicing and living out my Catholic Faith…and the other half of me is in complete and utter torment, self-loathing, and complete inadequacy as a “human being.” & the effects are not limited to my “inner soul”, by any means. The “attacks” are creating major illness in my body and also very much attacking my FAMILY. I am a divorced mother of two young, gradeschool children, who are suffering much on account of their mother’s own many suffering and mental and physical illnesses. Long story short, I am finding this site incredibly encouraging, and it is so intriguing to me that you will be asking for Mass intentions to be offered for this INTERGENERATIONAL oppression/attachment and HEALING- which I pray for so badly for my soul! Please, I will kindly ask you to offer prayer for me on this behalf. My therapist has been trying to coordinate a time with one of the “best” Priests in our diocese who practices Exorcism rites, but it’s been extremely hard to coordinate time with his schedule…and nothing is happening…except maybe my “awareness” of what is happening is getting worse. I do pray the Saint Patrick Breastplate prayer of “binding” over my life, but it seems to be like a mere “taunt” to the enemy, and I am knocked down hard again. Anyway, I need great Spiritual help. Thank you for bearing with my looong comment/post and for offering up my intentions. Thank you so much for your incredible inspiration and prayers!! God bless you, and everyone here!! 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Welcome, Lauralee, to posting on this forum! I will certainly keep you tucked in those prayers at our Masses for Inter-generational Healing. You have suffered much. As you have shared some of your story, I rejoice with you, and all of us, that we are in the process of a Mighty Rescue which will culminate in a special miracle of Our Lady’s intervention. Such HOPE!

            Lauralee, I just posted a greeting for you on The Next Right Steppers Forum in the Northwest Members section. If you’d like to join this forum, a place appropriate for more extended personal visits, we’ll connect there. I have some ideas for you to consider.

            Please remain with us here, though, as we continue on our way into the Storm. I invite you to read the archives for a wealth of information at each of our fingertips. Reading an archived article a day builds a stronger scaffold of understanding Heaven’s treasured mission and message given to Charlie for us all.

            There is GREAT LIGHT shining on your journey of recovery! You are blessed!!!

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          • barb129 says:

            Praying for you lauralee…

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Hi LauraLee. I understand your challenges and suffering all too well. For years now, at every Mass during the consecration of the wine I ask the Lord to pour His Precious Blood out on myself and my kids, cleansing the present blood lines, then cleansing the bloodlines of the generations yet to come, and then to cleanse the bloodlines of the generations that have gone before. Maybe your family’s bloodlines will be cleansed through your persistence in seeking healing. I too went through a similar process as far as finding a therapist with discernment to determine what were my issues versus demonic oppression. In the process of working with 2 exorcists it was made known that there were 14 generations of Freemasons in my family (in Purgatory now) that were looking to me for prayers and sufferings for their release. There are many people here on Charlie’s site who are being called to pray and suffer for family members in order to help get them home. My guess is that because time is short and the world is growing so dark, so quickly, all of us who are willing are being asked to step it up a bit, if you know what I mean. And that is really hard. One book in particular I find very helpful is “The Way of Divine Love” by Sister Josepha Menendez. There are any number of quotes I could share with you here but I will just choose one. Since I too often feel like nothing other than misery, I chose this one: “Ah! Josepha, how often I have told you that My one longing is for souls to bring Me their miseries!” LauraLee, we may not have much, but we do have misery, and the Lord is not only looking for it, He is asking for it! I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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          • Doug says:

            Lauralee,

            It’s a small gesture, but I lit a candle today at Mass for you and asked the Blessed Mother to crush the evil influencing your family. God bless you!

            Doug

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          • Doug says:

            Lauralee, my wife and I are heading to Medjugorje tomorrow. I will be printing out your post and bringing it with us as a prayer petition. Please pray for me too if you find it in your heart. I have a few struggles I am dealing with and covet your prayers since you have suffered so much. Because of this, your prayers mean so much more!

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      • Barb Watry says:

        I will singingflowers. I have offered my mass intention and Holy Communion for all Prophets and Watchmen and those who read/hear them, in the past, in a random way (when I think of it), but I will commit now once per month.

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      • Mick says:

        Beckita, thank you so much for offering your Mass for all of our intentions. Singingflowers, thank you so much for your suggestion that we all get in on that action! My parish has a Wednesday-evening Mass, after which Father leads all attendees in the novena to Mary, the Queen of the Miraculous Medal. I will try to make a point of offering up my Wednesday Masses and novenas for everybody here. (Lord, now I need for You to jog my memory every Wednesday…) 🙂

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    • Thank You, that was very sweet of you. Prayers are always needed. God Bless You!

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    • Aaron Pfoutz says:

      Beckita, Thanks for the Masses. I think it was St. Faustina who got the message that Masses are much more important for the living then the dead. Not that they are unimportant for the deceased.

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  2. Theresa Lawson says:

    Thank you, Daniel, for sharing these wonderful insights! For many years I have pondered these things…and prayed for the purification for our family with every Holy Communion received, every Rosary prayed, and all of my daily prayers. I recognized that our family needs so much of Our Lord’s Healing grace, and this is what I am begging Him for during the purification to come. I am convinced that none of us really know what this life is supposed to be like, as we were all born and raised during the time given over to satan to roam the earth and attempt to destroy EVERYTHING good that Our Lord has made…especially His Church. I long for the day when our children and children’s children (we have 11 children, 6 happily married, 13 grandchildren and 2 on the way!) will be able to live in peace and harmony (the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart and the coming of Our Lord’s Kingdom on earth). Whether I am here to see Her Triumph or not is of little consequence…I firmly believe that I will see it, one way or another, either here on earth, or on the other side of the Veil…God Bless You~

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    • Doug says:

      Now that is a true next right step! God bless you Theresa!

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    • jaykay says:

      That’s a beautiful thing that you do, Theresa – and you are blessed in your vibrant family, it seems. Like you, I’ve been wondering about all the disruptions, to society and family especially, over the last 50 years – which, as you say, has been all of my life. The unreal has become the real. He is targeting families, there’s no doubt, since the family is the bedrock. And now our societies, of their own free will, deceived, are abandoning the bedrock of the family and attempting to build their houses (their God-free utopias) on sand, with their ‘rights” for all sorts of unholy novelties. How much that creature is laughing at them! Still, we can put the sneer on the other side of his face… we know how, especially in this month of the humble Maiden who will crush his head. And today is October 13th!!!

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  3. David says:

    Haven’t heard from Charlie in a few days. Hoping he is ok.

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  4. David Armannp says:

    I ponder whether or not Charlie will be discredited if Obama’s conversion does not take place before his term is up like he predicted. I also wonder will the same happen to him if the storm and the military coup does not take place the same way. Just feeling out people’s emoticons these days….

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    • charliej373 says:

      I did NOT say Obama will be converted before his term is up. I said he will not finish his term – and will convert LONG after he has left power. I have never said ANYTHING about a military coup. And the Storm is all around us. Forgive me, David, but you hit a nerve. I see myself misquoted on sites around the world at least five times a week – and usually 10-20. I take that in stride. But if you are going to join us here at my site, please have the wit to quote what I have actually said, not what I have not.

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  5. Jeanna says:

    I was re-reading part of an old article (written in 1850!) titled “German Prophecies on the State of the Church” in volume 29 of the “The Dublin Review.” The author ends by quoting a passage from Thomas Beykirch’s book “Prophetic Voices with Explanations. A Collection of Prophecies” which seems to really mesh with this post and Charlie’s message in general. It’s that light at the end of the tunnel I need to get through these years with out falling into despair. 🙂

    “Amid these great changes and mighty storms,” says he, ” the old religious contests will disappear, opinions will be changed, and the way for the re-union of minds be prepared. This is the time of which Mohler had predicted ; ‘Catholics and Protestants in great multitudes will meet ; they will extend the hand of fellowship one to the other, and, conscious of their faults, will mutually exclaim :
    ‘We all have erred ; the Church only it is which cannot err ; we all have sinned ; she only is immaculate on the earth : — and this open avowal of a common guilt will open the great festival of reconciliation.’ Then will all nations, from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof, arise, and worship the Lord God in the true faith ; and under that holy Pastor of nations, the enlightened Pope, will the erring and scattered sheep be united in one flock. Under this Pope the clergy will rise to new honours, and be animated with a fresh zeal……….Then will superstition, as well as infidelity, disappear ; for the long-enduring, contrite people, subdued by the strokes of adversity, will receive the old, genuine Bible-wine — the pure word of God in its evangelical strength and simplicity. Even science will then no longer play with empty forms, will no longer be a torment to the mind, but will be a clear, intelligible doctrine respecting God and all things necessary and useful for man to know. The Christian Schools, Seminaries, and Universities will then be no longer mere institutes for disciplining the understanding, but establishments for training all the faculties of the mind. Christians will eagerly resort to the fountains of eternal water, which flow out of the sanctuary of the Church. — Beykirch, pp. 140—2.”

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    • Beckita says:

      Interesting, Jeanna. This prophecy is consonant with some thoughts spoken by, among others, the Servant of God Maria Esperanza as well.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Someone mentioned servant of God Maria Esperanza! She died right here in NJ, but our Metuchen diocese has to do the work the Trenton diocese says it cannot do in her cause. Many miraculous events surrounding her, too many to mention. So, do pray for her intercession. She was here when our country was hit on 9/11. She foresaw this. Thanks for making my day by mentioning someone who I often prayed to even while she was alive for her intercession. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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        • Beckita says:

          Maria Esperanza is one of my spiritual mothers, Pam. I was blessed to first spend time with her in 1994. She called me back to Betania in 1997 and 2001. Our times together were very memorable and spiritually fruitful. Her photograph remains on my home altar and I, too, call upon her intercession and frequently. God’s Peace and Blessings!

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          • NancyA says:

            She blessed several of my children on one of her visits. When I went up to her at an event, she simply repeatedly said “pray for the Pope!” Beckita, and Pam, have you read the new bio from Fr. Byerley, her vice postulator? He is of my diocese. It’s a wonderful account of her life, her charism and her vision.

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          • Beckita says:

            Nancy, yes, I’ve been slowly reading Fr.Byerly’s book since the summer. It IS wonderful. I especially appreciate that Father has had access to much more detail than was allowed to be known while Maria was on earth due to her humility. In our retreat on one of the Betania pilgrimages, Maria must have said a hundred times: humility is the crystal bridge to Heaven.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Then, you must be the spiritual sister she sent to me in her place! You see, I have known a great deal about her, not just by the reading about her, but others who had some interesting mystical experiences while she was in her presence at retreats and so forth. Now, I know she sent you to me. I have been having this feeling there was something more I was still yet to find out about you. She is our friend in death as well. Your patroness is the Little Flower? I have two middle names. One is Therese, so named after a grandmother and a great grandmother, which was not a name liked to use because the grandmother was I felt as a youngster, too harsh to us kids. I was so blessed to be able to pray to Maria and to the Little Flower for the soul of my grandma for an entire month before she died. A relative had my grandmother’s life cut short due to one of those ‘no code blue’ forms. I never got a say in anything related to my grandmother but that’s a long story, but, most surrogate judges would say most of their cases are like mine due to greed in the family. Out of all the sadness that came out after my grandmother died, I was yet, still on fire knowing that she lay there with the roses and lily decanters I had ordered to go on either end of her. The florist who filled this order, was so kind. I told him I could not believe the amount of roses he put into the decanters. He said, “I know, all I remember about filling the order was that I just kept putting more and more roses in them, and could not stop myself.”. I also got to evangelize him, and he did go back to mass. Isn’t God so wonderful. So, I owe prayers answered to both Maria and St. Therese. My grandma looked so radiant, like she was just asleep. And, the hospice person could not stop commenting on how beautiful she looked. My grandma and I parted as friends from this world, and she will be waiting for me when my time comes. I have no doubt of this. So, you were also praying for my intentions when my grandma was dying. I thank you so very profusely. God bless you in your walk of faith. Your humility and obedience shines forth greatly! pam, from NJ.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Beckita– I have a friend in Boston– a priest– Fr. Clancy– who was friends with Maria Esparanza. He has been interviewed for her canonization consideration. He was with her once when she bi-located. Needless to say he has amazing stories about her. He began Divine Mercy Oblates group of which I am a member. Do you happen to know him?

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        • Beckita says:

          How interesting, Kim. I don’t know Fr. Clancy but I also was with Maria when she bi-located. She went to my son. Maria Esperanza was a woman of pure love, totally selfless. She used her God-given gifts to bless every single soul the Lord brought to her presence and prayers. When she prayed for healing (and I winessed many miracles which the Lord granted through her gift), she would then go to bed for as long as a month as she bore our infirmities as part of the healing process.

          On one pilgrimage, when Maria and I had some private time together, we held hands and visited. For that entire evening, for many hours after our encounter, her odor of sanctity was pressed to my hands. I am sure she is interceding for us and with us as we make this journey more deeply into the Storm. We are a blessed people as countless saints, angels and holy souls await our prayers seeking their assistance.

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  6. Marcy Shrode says:

    This actually answered my downside, thank you!

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