Be Not Afraid. God Calls All Men to Salvation

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By Charlie Johnston

My goal since I began writing this has not been to tell you precisely what is going to happen and when (with the exception of the Rescue late in 2017), for those are the wrong questions, questions that can only give you a false sense of security.

If one is a captain charged with preparing his troops on the eve of a great battle, he does them a great disservice if he tries to choreograph the battle to come in precise detail for them. Once it commences in full, battle takes on a life of its own. It is filled with unexpected twists and turns. The soldier who thinks he knows every detail that will unfold will probably not survive the battle for he is basing his hope on his own expectations. Rather, the effective commander is honest with his troops, giving them a general overview of what to expect and, most importantly, how to act and react with honor whatever turns the battle takes…how to be effective in the moment as the battle unfolds. The soldier who seeks out sure knowledge rather than proper preparation deceives himself. His unease about the unknown ahead leads him to trade off hard knowledge of the habits of mind and heart to endure later for a false sense of security and superiority now. This foolish trade, however much it may soothe him, dramatically cuts his odds of enduring the battle.

I had thought – and still hope – that the striking failure of the Locutions to the World (LttW) a few weeks ago, would gently lead people to quit worrying so restlessly about precisely what and when various events will happen. I had hoped that it would lead them to examine their own expectations and shift their focus to how to behave whatever happens. But vanity dies hard – and many would rather convince themselves that they have the inside scoop rather than merely trust in God by living each moment with extraordinary love and faith. God is raising up a people who trust in Him by loving their fellows and taking the next right step. Please put yourself radically into God’s hands that you might live. Say with me my constant prayer: “Lord, do not show me a single thing I don’t need to complete my work. Give me the strength to bear those things You must show me to do the work You have for me. Jesus, I trust in You.”

Some outlets have taken to calling me the prophet of the Storm. That is not unfair, but largely misses the point. Since I first began writing for my priests nearly 21 years ago, I described the Storm that is now unfolding around and engulfing us in no little detail. But if that was all I was shown or had to say, I would never have publicly said anything. You have plenty of people, secular and religious, who can and are accurately describing the Storm that gathers force around us. Anyone who has eyes to see can see where we are headed. If I had just been called to do color commentary for Armageddon, I would have declined the invitation and stayed home. The main reason I was called to describe the Storm with such accuracy decades ago, when it scared me, was to lend credibility to what my central prophetic message is: “Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.” I was sent to proclaim the Rescue – and to teach you how to participate with God in reclaiming His children, just as I have been taught to participate with Him in the same. That is a calling worth sacrificing much and even dying for. Even more, it is a calling worth living for.

I promised the Lord from childhood that if these things, this Storm I saw in such detail, should indeed come upon the world, I would speak in His behalf to assure people that He was calling them back to Him, not crafting their destruction. As the Storm slowly took shape, painting the cultural sky first with an eerie, then ghastly shade of sickly yellow, I tried to find a way out of my calling. And then the dreadful, ominous darkness. While I was in the process of conversion, I first heard the magnificent song, “Here I Am, Lord.” It was – and is – a reminder to me of the promise I made and have renewed over and over since childhood…that if the darkness I was shown should come, I would speak – not to describe the darkness, but to assure people of God’s light…to bring it to them. Every time I hear or sing it, I choke back tears. To me, it is a renewal of a promise I made long ago, to assure you that God’s plans for you are for a future and a hope…for your rescue, not your destruction.

Many continue to think that the Storm is God’s punishment of us. IT IS NOT. Get that out of your head. The Storm is what we have brought on ourselves. It is an evil that is entirely wrought by our hands. God has nothing to do with it. If you don’t firmly get that right, you will get almost everything else wrong. The great evil is that we have convinced ourselves that we are sufficient to ourselves, that we are masters of our destiny with no need for God, whatsoever. This hubris has caused souls to be lost to eternity at an unprecedented rate for the last century. For a time, God restrained some of the consequences of that hubris, to give us a chance to come back to Him of our own

Reader Dawn Tehonica snapped this photo near Philadelphia shortly after the Pope was there.

Reader Dawn Tehonica snapped this photo near Philadelphia shortly after the Pope was there.

accord. That would have been best. But we would not. So God has lifted the hand of His restraint for a time, that we may see what WE have wrought without Him. Once again, God is using the evil we have wrought to bring about good – to let us see some of the consequences of our rebellion, that we will lose our confidence in our mastery of events without reference to Him. When our confidence in our own supremacy is dashed, we must either despair or turn to Him. Already, the rate of the loss of souls to eternity has slowed as people see what we have wrought.

Some pray for mitigation  of the Storm. They think they do well, but what they are actually praying for is mitigation of the consequences of what we have wrought. Over the last century, that sort of mitigation has been given – and the result has been the continued loss of masses of souls to eternity because of our stubborn, stiff-necked rebellion. For the last century, every time God has shielded us from the consequences of our stupid vanity, we have simply doubled down, thinking the mitigation proof that we are in control and do not need God. Our preening arrogance has formed a deadly cancer on the Mystical Body of Christ. All we ever had to do to rid ourselves of the cancer was to embrace humility and our need for God. Every time the Lord has mitigated the symptoms, we have doubled down on our arrogance, making the cancer worse. God is not using the Storm we have wrought to destroy us, but as a form of Divine Chemotherapy guaranteed to rid us of the cancer and leave us healthier than ever. The Storm, used as God is now using it,  IS an act of Divine Mercy. It is an act of supreme folly to pray for delivery from the cure rather than from the cancer.

Begin to contemplate prophecy from the perspective of rescue and Divine Mercy. Downplay or drop entirely interpretations grounded in disaster scenarios. Authentic visions often come from the perspective of eternity, rather than a crabbed earthly perspective, so they can look very apocalyptic. Because of this, someone might see true, but interpret badly. Authentic visions, though they rarely result in the temporal disaster scenarios we usually imagine, nonetheless reflect the eternal reality. From heaven’s standpoint, a soul lost to eternity is a catastrophe. From an earthly standpoint, if such a soul nearly dies, then lives past their final state of grace, we think they have been rescued, when they have actually perished. Look at all private revelation through the filter of how it relates to Rescue. Let me give you two examples of what I think are likely authentic prophecies that have been misunderstood because of our childish insistence on temporal special effects.

First, when I was on the West Coast of the U.S., many asked me what I thought of the “prophecy” some had heard of a great tidal wave swallowing up most of the West Coast, bringing water all the way up to the Colorado border. I usually told people I thought it might be authentic, but not as they thought. Water represents Baptism. Baptism washes away sin. The West Coast is terribly disordered. If this prophecy is authentic, I interpret it from the standpoint of Rescue – that God is going to send a tidal wave of repentance and mercy over the west coast, washing away the hideously disordered sin that mutilates our culture from there.

Second, there is a prophecy that has gained some currency that the earth is going to shift on its axis. I started hearing about this a lot while I was in the  Northeastern U.S. I told everyone that I couldn’t say about the disaster scenario most envisioned, but whether that happened or not, that prophecy had already been fulfilled. I pointed out that 1,600 years ago the Emperor Constantine had made Christianity an officially favored religion…and that ever since, the cultural axis around which western beliefs revolved were fundamentally Christian. Oh, we have lived it poorly many times…but if asked what the good was, serious educated people would always point to the Judeo-Christian values that were our heritage and gave the world a slow-motion blossoming of freedom, prosperity and meaning. That axis has been besieged the last few decades. The vote in Ireland to legalize and impose same-sex “marriage” ensured that it would soon be imposed in much of the rest of the Western World. We do not just sin any more, we call sin “the good” and Christian values “the bad.” For the first time in 1,600 years, our foundational cultural assumptions are fundamentally pagan rather than Christian. The axis of our cultural assumptions has shifted dramatically. God is not giving you inside info on the end, but calling you to participate in shifting the culture back to the foundation that gives life, rather than one that has always given death.

Don’t interpret things in a way that makes you a pitiful spectator in the stands, but as a recipient of God’s mercy who is called to participate in His Rescue. Big disasters may come. Sometimes they do. But prophecy is far more often missed because its fulfillment is subtler than expected rather than more dramatic. If something big comes, you cannot stop it. Do not let worry over it distract you from the little you can do – for it is in the little, ordinary things that you find God…the little whisper rather than the great thunderclap.

Worry less about outrageous external events. I frequently get asked about the possibility of the imposition of Martial Law in the U.S., the imposition of One World Government by U.N. and European Statists, and the evil designs of shadowy groups. Here’s the deal: they lose. None of them are stronger than God. All of them put together do not amount to a clipping from the Master’s fingernail. They lose. The only reason to contemplate these things at all is when it helps you to discern what God calls YOU to do. None of us can do great things: all any of us can do is the little right in front of us. When we offer that little to God, He transforms it and feeds multitudes. When we worry about it to the point it distracts us from what we can do, we toss away God’s promise in pursuit of delusions of grandeur and intrigue. God wins. There is no suspense or doubt about the outcome. Those who are with God are those who DO His will, not those who only talk about it. Each soul is the battleground. If you get caught up in things bigger than you, the satan has seduced you to the losing side by distracting you from what you are called to. If you relentlessly stick to the little things right in front of you, always acknowledging God, you hold fast to Christ and will share in His victory.

Think of a few things. Two years ago, had you been told that by mid-2015, if you refused in conscience to actively participate in an homosexual “marriage” ceremony, you could (and some would) be stripped of your property, heavily fined, bankrupted, fired, and even jailed, would you have believed that? Yet that is the reality in this new world. If you had been told that the “reasonable accommodations” to the abortion provisions the president spoke of would turn out to be forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to participate in abortion coverage, would you have believed it? Yet that is the new reality in this world. But what has been the result of this arbitrary exercise of coercive power contrary to law and traditional American values? Even as their egos and malicious contempt for dissenters has inflated, actual power has collapsed around the offenders without them knowing it.

Twenty or 30 years ago, if a president had declared Martial Law in response to a grave crisis, I would have gone along with it, whether it was a Democrat or Republican and whether I objectively agreed or disagreed. At that time I had a base level of confidence in presidents that, particularly in crisis, they genuinely loved both their country and their countrymen – and would not do such a thing merely to cement their power. A year ago, many would probably have gone along with such a thing. What would happen now, though, if the federal government declared Martial Law? At a minimum, there would be large pockets of active resistance among groups and entire states. It would likely trigger actual revolution. By abusing their authority, officials have not enhanced their power, but have forfeited all but a pale shadow of its form.

The European Union was supposed to both unite Europeans and subject them to the iron rule of an unelected bureaucracy. We are watching it burst its seams as it comes apart before our eyes. The statist dreams of narcissistic elites who would subject free peoples are ever doomed to ultimate failure, though the unraveling can be violent and ugly.

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A little girl, Catherine, drew this picture at a meeting of readers in Southern California. She gave it to my brother, Steve, and asked him to give it to me. Thanks, Catherine!

Do not worry much over big things you cannot change. Rather, stick to the little things you can do for those right around you and God will take care of the big things. Know that when you take firm hold of Christ, no one on earth has any power over you whatsoever save that which God allows…and once you hold fast to Him nothing is allowed save that which will help bring more souls to Him. All the attacks and bile of the most powerful will fall harmlessly at your feet when you hold fast to Christ. If your trust in the Lord is deep enough, He may let you be taken for a bit by malefactors, not that they may destroy you, but that their power might be broken in the effort.

God has a plan to carry us to safety. Jesus Christ is, Himself, the safe harbor to which we are aimed. His Holy Church is the vessel which will carry us safely to Him through the violent ragings of the Storm. Our Lady, Holy Mary, is our Stella Maris – the Star of the Sea –  the sure navigational guide which will ever keep the ship of His Church pointed steadily towards the Harbor which is her Holy Son. Stay safely berthed in the Church with your eyes on Our Lady who will ever point you to her Son. Do not be distracted by the violence of the winds or the waves. The Lord is Master of the Storm.

Even in the midst of stormy tribulations, joy will rise. People will know that God has not abandoned them. They will know that life DOES have meaning – and that the Lord calls them to participate with Him by caring tenderly for their neighbors. People will watch as, even in the midst of the Storm, God knits together a people resolved to build each other up rather than tear each other down…and see a culture which was in tatters become strong, noble and true again. I saw the Storm truly from my earliest days. I saw the Rescue just as truly…and I have seen the sublime joy that rises even in the midst of the Storm. How I wish I could convey it to you now! But I guess it is better that God lets you see it later, when you need it, so you will know I have told you true. It will fill you with a joyful resolve to press on and endure for those you love. There is rejoicing in your future if you hold fast to God and just do the little things right in front of you.

Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.

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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353 Responses to Be Not Afraid. God Calls All Men to Salvation

  1. Mary says:

    Oh Charlie! This is just the best! The more I read your calm and encouraging words, the more focused I become….the more filled with resolve and the more aware indeed of the still, small voice of the Lord and His presence in my heart. Thanking the Lord for His work shown forth in your life!

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  2. Brad J says:

    Thanks so much Charlie for this writing. I love it and read it to my family right away. It’s serious stuff, but not doom and gloom. Let’s be carriers of hope and joy to those around us and not get all wrapped up in stuff we can’t change. Dear Father please give us the grace to accept the lessons out of this that we need to.

    God bless you all,

    Brad

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  3. Charlie, I have to tell you that from the info you have shared over the past 2 years, I do believe that you have corrected my perception of what is coming and in so doing, you have made me realize how to proceed forward with hope. That being said, I do however have one simple question. It refers to your ongoing statement to acknowledge God; take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. What exactly do you mean when you say acknowledge God? Do you mean that we must do so publicly in the midst of the storm so that others may see our faith in Him. I’m not quite sure what you mean.
    God bless you for being faithful to your calling.
    Michael

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    • charliej373 says:

      Acknowledge Him always -not just formally, but as the source of all you are and all you do. A story I like to tell to illustrate that is from a July 4 when I took my then young-kids to the Six Flags Park just ten miles from home. A secret about these parks is that they are less busy than usual on the 4th, not more. Anyway, we first went to Mass – and my kids asked me why. I told them that we were going to thank Jesus for giving us this day together and to make it a great day for all of us.

      At the park, we rode all our favorite roller coasters four or five times – for the lines were very small. At the time, my son was a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Late in the day, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed up for a surprise concert. It was a fabulous day. When we were leaving, my son looked at me with wide eyes and said, “Wow, Dad, Jesus really did give us a great day.” My daughter enthusiastically piped in that, “Yeah, He really did.” After that, the kids always reminded me on a day off to go to Mass first to ask Jesus to bless our day. That is acknowledging God formally, in joy, and all the time – without it being heavy-handed.

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      • Gotcha… Thank you. I understand.
        God bless you.

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      • Josh P. says:

        I would like to add something to the question of what “Acknowledging God” means. I had said to myself that if I saw that question posted again, I would put my two cents in.

        I think a good way to “acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you”, is to consider every action you take as a prayer. What I mean is, every action’s primary purpose should be to bring you closer to God. And, every action you take should be a gift for God. And, every action you take should be placed in God’s hands, with the Hope that God will take your choice and bear fruit from it.

        If you consider your actions as prayer, then God will always be at the forefront of your thoughts (Acknowledge God). You will always do the right thing, because whatever brings you closer or closest to God is a good and right decision (Take the Next Right Step). And, you will be placing your trust and hope in God, that He will take your prayer and sacrifice and do something amazing with it (Be a Sign of Hope to Those Around You).

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        • charliej373 says:

          Beautiful Josh…our impoverished modern definition of prayer rarely encompasses that most neglected form of prayer…the prayer of doing.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            That’s why I love the Morning Offering Prayer…all our prayers, works, joys and sufferings offered through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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          • Josh P. says:

            I appreciate your kind words. I agree, sometimes people forget or don’t realize that prayer includes what you do. It’s a good way of working toward praying 24/7 if even the stressful work you do at a job or picking a piece of trash off the ground can be offered as prayer, so long as your reasons for doing those things are for the sake of Love.

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        • audiemarie2014 says:

          Josh, thank you for adding your “two cents.” I love it. I’m one who needs some things spelled out for me, and you did it beautifully.

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  4. gdallaire1 says:

    Charlie,
    While I have read most of your articles, while reading THIS ONE I felt very strongly that I should print it (while you have written a number of good articles, I have never felt inspired to actually print any of them before). To me, THIS ARTICLE goes right to the heart of God’s purpose and reason for the Storm, and I have felt called to print a few copies of it so that I (and perhaps others I know?) might read it when the Storm descends upon us in all Its fury, and find great comfort and meaning in your words that tell us that God is always near to us, that He has a plan, and that we should always trust in the promise of God’s infinite love and mercy for each of us.

    May God bless you and your loved ones,
    Glenn Dallaire

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    • LukeMichael says:

      May God bless you Glenn for all you have done as the Storm blows wildly about you. May St Michael protect and defend you in battle!

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    • Sandy says:

      I agree with you, gdallaire1. I also felt compelled to print this article and took it to my Catholic Doctor today. She was very receptive when she saw the title and said she is studying the Book of Isaiah in scripture study this year, and Be Not Afraid echoed in her mind. God bless you, Charlie, and all here!

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  5. Kris says:

    Oh yes Charlie. I already can feel periods of such peace and our lady’s and our Lord’s presence in a spiritual way as I just practice the three steps. I am no longer planning. I am just happy doing what each day asks. It is amazing. Although it requires frequent return to prayer and Jesus I trust in you flowing from my heart and lips when I don’t actually FEEL it. I am getting a very clear picture of where my weaknesses are and am now asking for the grace to overcome these. I get sad that I have been blind to these things for so long and celebrated them as my good qualities! But then I realize now humbling is in order and an awareness that I must trust only in God to be able to overcome them. So much time lost! Yet, I know that now is the time God must have wanted me to see more clearly. So I go on…..thanks for your clarity

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  6. Pamela M says:

    Thank you. That must have been a lot of work to write but it brings much peace and joy. My Dad ( now departed) who also loved that hymn ” Here I am Lord”, used to gently remind me when I would fret about our future, that we know how it ends. He was the most peace filled person I have ever known because he trusted. God bless.

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  7. Becky-TN says:

    Going to read this over and over until it sinks in…..

    God Bless,

    Becky

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    • Mick says:

      Hey, Becky… how’s Samuel? 🙂

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Hey Mick,

        He’s doing well. Allergy blood test came back negative for milk allergy today while He tested positive last week to skin test. So, allergist says to slowly try milk again and watch for signs of reaction. He’s doing really well though. He’s just a big ball of goo…growing and talking (clearer words) more and more.

        Thanks for thinking of him. Keep up the prayers.

        God Bless,

        Becky

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      • Mick says:

        Becky–yay! Glad to hear that Samuel is doing well. Still praying. 🙂

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  8. Mary Timmons says:

    Wow Charlie! What a fabulous post.Thanks so much for keeping us level headed and focused on the next right step and Our Lord and Our Lady rather than the storm. You truly are anointed and I want to thank you for your “yes” to God to help give us hope during these times. God bless you!
    PS: I can’t sing Here I Am Lord without choking up either!
    Mary from Danville, IL

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  9. Alicia says:

    Amen, Charlie – this post is one of your best. I had to comment that I thought I was the only person who chokes back tears when we sing “Here I am, Lord” in church. To the point, where I have to stop singing to fight back my tears. My kids look over at me and don’t get why I’m about to cry and my voice is cracking. And the other song that does that to me is “Be Not Afraid”. Both very powerful. I think I am going to download them now for strength I might need later……God Bless Charlie!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Kitty Cleveland does the best version of “Be Not Afraid” I have ever heard.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Alicia, both of those hymns choke me up too! The Lord of the Dance, Amazing Grace, and America the Beautiful, forget about it, my face is buried in Kleenex.

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    • Kati says:

      Alicia, I totally identify with you. Another song that does it to me is “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord…”

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Both of these hymns do tug at the old heart strings for me, too. I remember being at a talk for my deceased friend, Tom Rutkoski, and during the mass, both songs were sung. Tom, Mary (his wife) and I were all in tears and could not contain ourselves. They just get right to the heart of why we are catholics in a world that despises what it truly means to be catholic — humility and obedience. We must love more, too, as, in Catholicism, more is required. Thanks for tugging at my heart strings. pam, from NJ.

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  10. Anne says:

    After reading this I keep hearing …….. Strong and constant is my Love ….. Words from the hymn.
    Read this straight after Mallett’s latest. he mentions a man from Louisiana who speaks of confession to a person a day……. That really hit me.
    Thank you Charlie for the straight talk and giving clear examples to help us understand.

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  11. Kristin says:

    Normally when I read replies, they leave me upset and frustrated. It seems like people are looking for conflict. But here, there is an environment of peace. Charlie, that you so much for waking me up. I’ve always felt God was a part of my life, but I struggle to ask for help and like to do things on my own. Because of your words, my eyes have been opened. I see my family around me and am grateful for their love. I go outside and truly thank God for the beauty I see. I have a calmness now. Knowing that this is a part of God’s plan and there is going to be a day when the world will make sense has made all the difference. When I first heard what you were saying, I feared for my children–what they would have to endure. I’ve always have been afraid of what they would have to go through as adults–especially with the ways of the world right now. It is such a relief to know whatever God’s plan is, they will know peace and love like I never have! From the bottom of my heart, I ask God to bless you. I realize it can’t be easy doing what you’re doing. Putting yourself out there saying “This is it!” Thank you for being true. And even if this will not be as you say because of your message you are teaching many the true meaning of following God. I feel him closer to me than ever before. Again I say thank you.

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  12. Sandy says:

    God is pouring out His mercy and grace during this time of warning. My brother had been away from the Catholic Church and sacraments for a long time. We have been praying a lot for him. On Saturday, he went to confession. After he called to tell me what a wonderful experience he had (the priest was very kind and welcoming), I looked out my window and there was a rainbow on a sunny afternoon with only a few rain drops. Thank you Lord Jesus!

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  13. audiemarie2014 says:

    Charlie, thank you for your guidance. You have helped me so much, as have the rest of the “family” here by their comments. I clicked on the link to the song, “Here I am, Lord”, and I can see why this is a much loved song. I had never heard it before. I also wanted to say how sweet the drawing by the young girl, Catherine, is! I was getting all bent out of shape due to plans being made in my immediate family that seem to me to be silly right now and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. But, now after reading your post and the comments, I’ve let go of my concerns…realizing that I was trying to control people and things and wasn’t trusting God. Reading more about the Little Flower (which is the name of the school and church I attended as a young girl) has calmed me into focusing on St. Therese’s little way. Such a peaceful, loving, and calm way to live each moment. Thank you again!!

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  14. Doug says:

    Way cool. One of best posts yet. I am in the bull pen waiting for the call up……

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  15. Aaron Pfoutz says:

    “….And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
    And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
    It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness….” – President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, March, 30 1863

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  16. Mack says:

    Even some secular commenters are talking about a rescue, as in this piece by Kevin Williamson. At the end he says the Bankruptcy Fairy will rescue us–well, we know that’s not who it will be, but he’s on the right track:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425658/debt-crisis-approaches-kevin-d-williamson

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  17. SteveBC says:

    This is an excellent post and has, as always, helped me refocus a bit. However, at the risk of having you tell me “a couple of things, Steve,” I want to ponder on a distinction I think may be getting lost here, but which I view as critically important.

    In a comment above, Charlie, you said, “I am weary of an entitled people demanding what they want because they want it…and they want it now. I have told you the time of the Rescue…and what must come before that. That is all you get. Live the next right step – or don’t.”

    This is excellent advice. You have indeed told us the date of the Rescue, and that what is coming upon us is rescue and not punishment (a crucial distinction), and you have outlined for us the framework for what is to come (as in the “Summary for Newcomers” tab).

    The distinction I want to explore rests in how we sub-sherpas are interpreting how to take the next right step.

    When it comes to your teaching/training and to prophecy in general, it seems to me that there are three “poles” to keep in mind. However, this post and your cited comment appear to *me* to have mooshed the second and third pole together. I think it’s important to keep them separate.

    Pole #1 is why we all are here. Your message and your training is to T-D-L. This is great advice for every day, not just for a time of Storm. I take it as such and apply it every day.

    Pole #3 is the one you appear to be addressing here in this post. You see how a few people got caught by an unhealthy attachment to LttW and are worried that all of us were caught that way, that we are all restlessly seeking secret knowledge even now, over a year since you started publishing posts. You have provided the framework for what is to come and believe we should be satisfied with that (I am, by the way) and that we need to focus on Pole #1.

    However, there is a Pole #2 that I believe to be consistent with long-held teachings on prophecy and its proper use. That is where prophecy is used to help people live better in the present. This can take the form of “If you don’t change now, God’s gonna whack you,” or it can take the form of interpretation of events as they are unfolding in the present so that we can see how God is working in the world and take a better Next Right Step *now*.

    I get it that you do not want to be viewed as a Monopoly “Get out of Jail Free” card, expected to say what will happen months or years from now. You’ve done enough of that, and that material is beautifully summarized by Linda Summerfield in “Summary for Newcomers.” However, with the exception of a relative few who arrive here looking for that, the vast majority of people here mostly get this already.

    That does not mean that we just want Pole #1 kind of guidance from here on out. Speaking for myself, I also want Pole #2 *insights* into what is happening as it unfolds. I will never have your ability and training in interpreting events to see this. In the past, say for example during the first Synod, I had my eyes opened once or twice by your perspective on what was happening. Not news, like color commentary for a prize fight or baseball game, but *insight* to help me see with better eyes. Better eyes help me take better steps, and they also help me help others around me to take better steps as well.

    The Synod is going on now. I know you are extremely concerned about schism and that you see the currents and forces unfolding. I don’t. I’ve seen almost nothing on the Synod. I do know it’s important within your framework. Yet unlike during the first Synod, you have not commented on this Synod. I know you’re busy and still a little ill, but nonetheless it surprises me that you have not commented on the Synod at all.

    Is that because you haven’t had time, or is it because you think you should not delve into this even wit Pole #2 information due to fears you have that we will want Pole #3 material you think it best not to give us?

    If the latter, I would like to suggest that we are capable of distinguishing the two types of potential material and would treat any Pole #2 material you give us with the respect and care it would deserve even as we let it inform our ongoing attempts to take the next right step.

    My final point is a story of the near future. Me sainted mither and I will soon be getting into her car and driving south to Florida so she can stay there over the winter. I will fly back and spend the winter on the Cape. Let’s say we get in the car on a Saturday and are in Tennessee on a Monday, when something very serious happens. Let’s say you say nothing about it on your website by that evening when we are sitting in our hotel room considering in a responsible fashion what we should do. We know the Collapse is coming due to information you have already given us, but we probably won’t know if this “serious thing” is the beginning of the Collapse or something more typical. Do we proceed to Florida, or do we head back to Massachusetts?

    If we are sitting in that hotel without ever having heard of you, we would go, whether blissfully or not, on to Florida. However, because we do know you and have heard your warning and read your framework for what is to come, our decision will be affected by this Pole #3 information you have already given us. Seeking refuge in the few days before the Collapse is complete is something you have stated is fine to do, even the responsible thing to do. We just can’t change our plans *beforehand* based on the framework.

    Pole #2 information by means of a post on your site that carefully explains either that this is *not* the start of God moving in the world or that God has begun to move in the world would be something we would welcome in that hotel room. It might help us decide. It might help us make sense *in*the*moment* of things you have said before in your framework. Properly set forth, your post that day could act as a navigation guide for us in choosing what our next step should be. We will hold responsibility for deciding what to do, but a little more light on the subject could, and probably would, be helpful in choosing well.

    Guiding us now through the currents of the Synod, or giving us insight into the first signs and turbulence of the Collapse once it begins is guidance I think all of us sub-sherpas could benefit from, not just for ourselves but also for all the people we know who you are effectively guiding through our work as sub-sherpas.

    Perhaps I am concerned about a distinction you are aware of (and I know you are) and am clarifying this just in my own mind. If so, perhaps you could let me know how you intend to approach Pole #2 information as we go along. However, if your concern about LttW is getting you thinking that even Pole #2 information is inappropriate or even dangerous for us, I would like to request you reconsider.

    Please don’t let a few people who developed an unhealthy attachment to LttW distort your approach to the rest of us who I think can be trusted to handle Pole #2 interpretation from you responsibly and use it well to save lives and souls as we take our next right steps each day.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Thank you so very much, Steve, for taking the time to formulate and write this question/discussion. There are lots of events going on these days which are significant parts of the beginning of the Storm. Some of these events are probably a lot more important than most of us realize — some may not be significant at all although they look ominous. How do we sort these out?

      A few people in previous comments have brought up a question about sorting out the difference between symbolic or metaphoric “events” in reference to Charlie’s attitude toward predictions of tsunamis and axis shifts as compared over and against actual tangible events in this world such as economic collapse. I have to admit that I am also a little confused at this point about the difference or the way to discern the difference.

      Mark Mallett’s article posted on Tuesday, Oct 13 was very clearly warning of massive earthquake activity, and he quoted 6 or 7 other people who have described the same. Steve, you seem to be asking (if I understand you correctly) how we are to navigate through such questions in a way that will make it possible to respond correctly and make use of discernment in a manner that will be genuinely and concretely helpful.

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      • Katherine says:

        I used to be just as curious, but you know, I figured that it doesn’t really matter if there are earthquakes or not. It’s not necessary to know for sure, it’s enough to know that we are to look for the hand of God in the events to come. I read his article, and you know, sure, there may be earthquakes, but it doesn’t change a thing for my preparations. All I can do now is exactly what I would do if someone just said “tough times are coming”. The difference with Charlie’s prophecies is that there is a rescue, the point is not to know everything, but to know enough to not panic and to have hope. I have my little stores for my family, and now I just live like normal and wait patiently. I think prophecy is one of those things that is designed to be clearest in hindsight, but clear enough initially to get us ready. Mountains reduced to plains could maybe mean powerful governments reduced to nothing .. . . or maybe it does mean massive quakes. I bet there is a natural disaster component to all of this, because, while I am no environmentalist, we HAVE damaged the earth and are doing things without thought to their affect. Birth control chemicals in every waterway comes to mind. Our sins also have impact on the natural order. Anyway, I think prophecy is meant to be something which has many levels of consideration. For good reason. How boring would it have been if God had said through the prophets to the Jews “Hey,head’s up, I’m coming as a baby and I’m going to establish a universal church.” The realities behind that statement would never have been fully appreciated without the colorful prophecies. Then, much later, we have the “Aha!” moment of understanding . . . and so we are engaged in almost a dialogue of understanding with God. I think that God trained Charlie as a special mercy, so that we could have even extra clarity so that we won’t be thrown OR disappointed when what is to transpire actually occurs. Because God knows we’re weak and easily spooked. And it may be that all of these other prophecies that relate to this time will be our “Aha!” moments later on in the storm and help deepen our understanding of what it means to trust God and maybe give us further illuminations as to how He works. So it’s not necessary for us to discern everything Right Now. Sorry, this was a bit rambling . . . I’m just thinking a out loud as I wait for the pizza I’m making to finish baking.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Well, Ellen, *if* I’m understanding your last sentence correctly, yes and no. I’m trying to distinguish between Pole #2 and Pole #3 information so that we focus on the right stuff and let the rest go. As we get up to and into the Storm, we are all going to need to pare down our thinking and our activities to reach for simplicity. When all about you is chaotic and unpredictable, simplicity of thought and action aids focus, learning, and response. In that respect, information about disasters to come becomes less important, and information that gives context and understanding of present-moment situations looms larger in importance.

        Further, I’m trying to focus us on the right information not to give us a leg up on any particular disaster but for the purpose of understanding how God is moving in the world – at which point we as sub-sherpas can give more valid and useful information to those who will inevitably look to us.

        The key here is not the actual tangible events. Presuming that we end up in the Collapse and enter the Fullness of the Storm, we will have all sorts of disasters du jour to pick from on any particular day.

        I think we need always to keep in mind that the main point of the Storm is to get us to look first to God, with all that that implies for trusting Him. That’s the Big Enchilada idea and objective for *all* of this Storm.

        It seems to me that the key here is to know that God is *here*. As we get closer to the Fullness of the Storm, the prophecies about earthquakes and so on seem to me to matter less and less, while the lessons that any of the coming disasters can teach us come more and more to the fore in our daily choices.

        I don’t think that there is much benefit left in news about disasters. I do think there is enormous benefit in providing deep context to our daily choices.

        In that light I think Charlie’s statement “It is time to move away from the “what is going to happen?” phase and move into the “here I am” phase.” is exactly correct. That is precisely what I was concerned would be lost to us, so I find this comment of Charlie’s reassuring.

        We can talk further about this if you wish, but I believe we’ve come to a good place. I think we should now rest from these labors and let Charlie get some sleep. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Man, Steve, I could just about have you write my next piece. What a great learning curve you have! God bless you.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thank you for the blessing, Charlie, as well as the compliment.

            I have no illusions about ever being able to write your next post – that ain’t ever gonna happen – but I’m thinkin’ maybe you should up your game. You’re a fine teacher, so we’re all hot on your heels! 😀

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        • Beckita says:

          “Further, I’m trying to focus us on the right information not to give us a leg up on any particular disaster but for the purpose of understanding how God is moving in the world – at which point we as sub-sherpas can give more valid and useful information to those who will inevitably look to us.”

          Such wisdom, Steve! I, for one, have confidence in the action of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives when we are in scenarios such as you suggest in your comment. I count it as a tremendous grace to have landed here, with Charlie’s mission and message coming to fruition in each of our lives. I welcome further formation, preparation, counsel, understanding and whatever else God deems to facilitate through Charlie and each of us in the ways the Lord draws this forth in Charlie’s posts and feedback as well as in the pondering and processing shared in the dialogue here.

          For me, I have come to realize there are particular graces which will be needed and which are forthcoming. We don’t have tomorrow’s grace today but we can be sure Our Lord and Our Lady will deliver exactly what we need when we need it. In my mind, this also includes grace to discern in a given situation whatever we are called to give by way of information, or whatever we are called to give, to those who look to us for guidance.

          I don’t mean to discount, whatsoever, the dialogue which you began yesterday, Steve. Thank you for doing so! I so appreciate the practical, temporal, ordinary means we have been preparing. I also strongly believe we MUST be sure and certain the Holy Spirit is and will continue to guide each of us. Our Lady’s Spouse is the POWERHOUSE Who will ultimately get us through our discerning and commensurate decision-making.

          Veni Sancte Spiritus!

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          • Doug says:

            Our third monthly storm dinner is tonight. This is one of our small tangible steps. I am so looking forward to the fellowship. One of our priests ia xoming too. First thing we do is pray a mystery of the Rosary. Will offer a decade for everyone here!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Nicely said Steve! I believe trust is the key no matter where we find ourselves. I just read a prayer from Thomas Merton, who seemingly was facing a similar quandary.

          “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

          ― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nah, Steve, I am not going to stop discussing things as they happen…to help people see what they portend. But I think I will speak a lot less about what is ahead, for I have already said what must be said there. A certain hunger arises for more details, more details. That can get unhealthy, lurid and addictive. You have the details you need – and what is important now is how to live events as they unfold to help participate in the Rescue. As events unfold, I will give some analysis on them, but I am determined to get people more focused on the next right step and being a sign of hope under God and less focused on various details to come. The only one that is vitally important to know now is the Rescue. I will talk plenty about how various events, as they happen, contribute to that Rescue. As for the Synod, last year there was a great hoopla with people thinking the Pope was going to go AWOL. I spent a lot of time insisting he would not – and was right. I just think it more prudent this year to wait until it finishes, for we have a history of the Pope listening – and then proclaiming orthodoxy with an astounding touch of both clarity and charity.

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      • Katherine says:

        Oh good, Charlie. I was beginning to wonder if we were wearing you down. I’ll be remembering you in my prayers. And if you start to feel like a broken record, as a mom of a seven year old and a four year old . . . you’re in good company!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, you stated “Nah, Steve, I am not going to stop discussing things as they happen…to help people see what they portend. But I think I will speak a lot less about what is ahead, for I have already said what must be said there.” I am completely fine with this assurance, which I read as Pole #2 stuff, yes when useful, Pole #3 stuff probably not or even no.

        You are absolutely correct that we have enough Pole #3 stuff. For you to focus on helping us take our next right step and have enough of an understanding of what’s going on to help others who *will* ask us for our thoughts and guidance once things start, well, that seems to me to be what we need and within prudent discussion. I appreciate the clarity.

        And thank you for letting us know about your different approach to the Synod. The Pope certainly did wrap up the Synod last time with a bit of brilliance, didn’t he? It seems a stretch to think he can repeat that, especially in the middle of the stresses and strains of this synod, but I’m hoping he will and aware that he *could*, given his track record so far when it really counts.

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        • Beckita says:

          SteveBC, I believe firmly the Holy Spirit will be blowing mightier than any wind of nature afloat during the Storm and His Infinite Imagination will absolutely light our discretion in helping others via words and deeds. Come Holy Spirit!

          This rendition is especially in honor of all who visit here from around the world. As Charlie says: we are in solidarity. WE ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST!

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        • Doug says:

          Where’s Monty Hall? Do you want pole #1, pole #2 or pole#3? Do you want to trade one for what is behind the curtain?

          Just sporting with you Steve. You raise some good points. The best advice I heard about prophecies is to put them on a shelf and let them incubate and continue to move forward and live our lives. I think this is what we are called to do in most cases. I think the best thing we can do is ensure we are right with God and our neighbor since we never know when our number is up. Reconciliation is the name of the game. I think this is wise whether there is a storm or not. Have we loved our wife and family? Have we made peace with parents, people we struggle with? Etc…

          But we are weak little humans and sometimes it helps to get a boost with some special miracle or message from on high. God knows we have a certain level of frailty and need a little touch in these areas. We all want to be loved and know that who we are and what we do has value.

          That said, I’m doing prepping to a certain level. There are some good prudent common sense things to do anyway to be of service in times of crisis of any sort.

          I think it boils down to proper perspective and balance in all we do.

          I so appreciate you, Charlie and all here!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ha, Doug, you’ve given me a great laugh. Monty Hall definitely has earned a place in history, hasn’t he!?

            Your advice is well taken for all of us for the Pole #3 stuff, and that’s the path I take with it. However, as Charlie and Katherine have pointed out, that kind of material is, in a way, losing its usefulness even when it’s accurate (or turns out to be accurate). As we get closer and closer to what appears to be coming, it becomes more and more important to bring things in close, which means T-D-L within proper context.

            Further, that means that as we get closer to what appears to be coming, we need to finish our preps and start to get more sleep, to relax, and to let go pre-game anxiety. For the first time in weeks, I had a low-work-and-nap day today. It was quite nice! 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I’ll take the sleep too. And afterwards, I’ll break out the popcorn and stand at the window and watch for the storm.

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        • Petra says:

          Well, it’s late in the evening, and I just got online and see that the Archbishop of Chicago, my home town, has dropped a bombshell at the Synod.
          Headline: “Archbishop Cupich lays out pathway for gay couples to receive Communion at Vatican press scrum.”
          https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archbishop-cupich-lays-out-pathway-for-gay-couples-to-receive-communion
          He gave Cardinal Kasper’s book to “all his priests” in Chicago to read. Oh Lord!
          Not that I expect this idea to win the day, but I’m afraid it does seem to cast a very long dark shadow across the Church in Chicago…
          St. Maria Goretti? PRAY!
          God bless.

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      • alee106 says:

        “I am determined to get people more focused on the next right step and being a sign of hope under God and less focused on various details to come.”
        Thank you Charlie. I’m sure that behind that “sign of hope” personality of yours, you must suffer a great deal (and have been suffering a great deal) for all of us. Thank you for your example. I pray for you and pray that I will throw in my two little fish.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you alee, but it is a joy to do what I was made to do. For every purpose there is a price to be paid. The soldier must train and drill…the athlete must practice. How trivial the price is when you can live what you were made for.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      If y’all come through Memphis, SteveBC, and something happens while you are here–we would welcome you and your Mom!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Kim, that is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you so much for your kindness. I will tell my mother. In fact, we will be going through Knoxville, but that’s the closest we will get to Memphis.

        We’ve built such a nice community here, as well as during Charlie’s many visits and presentations, that I think each of us would readily open our house to those of us in need during the Storm. It would be one of the easier decisions I would face, in fact, what “they” call a no-brainer. 🙂

        Unfortunately, I can’t give contact information here or broadcast it at the forum, and in the midst of chaos it would be difficult if not impossible to get address or phone information for me. It’s a problem I don’t know how to fix at this point, but I will noodle on it. It would be nice to have a kind of 911 or emergency contact tree or whatever, once things collapse. Hmmm.

        One of the things I have done is that I’ve put one of Supply House’s T-D-L car stickers on my car, as has my mother, which is our way to open up to any fellow T-D-L-ers who happen to find themselves near us. If anyone has not done that, I urge you to consider it.

        To my mind one of the toughest questions for me to face could be how to help strangers who come to our door seeking food, help, or even shelter. I pray every day for an improved discernment so that I can give any such person what they need in the most positive and constructive way, even as I gently or vigorously turn away the attentions of any who seek advantage or to steal or harm.

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        • Doug says:

          Steve, I have to be honest too. I don’t know how I would respond with many people coming to my door. I hope i do the right thing. Mick responded to another post about Corrie Ten Boom who did not get her train ticket from her Dad until she was about to get on the train. In other words, God will give us the grace when it is needed. Corrie was sent to a concentration camp in WW II.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Steve— just saw your reply! We are at the other end of Tennessee from Knoxville — I should have figured you would be traveling down the eastern side. I have a large extended family here and for years we have said that if things “fall apart” we would all head to one sister and brother in law’s home– they live about an hour away on a lot of land out in the country. It has turned into more organized planning and maybe transforming into a refuge. We have a doctor friend and his wife who plan to go there as well as a couple of priests and other friends. I think about how we might get people there who need to be there or how to determine who needs to be there but we have decided we want to help whomever asks. There are a lot of us and there is a lot of land. I also thought about communicating and contact info but just figured people will find each other if they are meant to. BTW– what is A Supply House sticker?

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        • Doug says:

          Steve, Charlie et al, I just reread this string posts here again and have to say it has been done with great care and respect in a way that I see as lovingly nudging with a dispostion of seeking a healthy understanding. I am greatly edified!

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        • NancyA says:

          I recently experienced that very thing, Steve . Actually, several times, and I just did what seemed most needed. But one young homeless fellow did start to hang out at my front door and I grew nervous for my young adult daughter coming home at night. I had to tell the young man he was not to knock on my door, nor hang out on the curb of my street. I had taken care of him in various ways, including “bus money” and home cooked breakfasts the likes of which I don’t even fix for my children. I finally had a somewhat maternal chat (read: tirade) with him, and soon thereafter learned that the fellow had lied from the start. By then, I had refused him any more money, while still giving him food. Now that he knows I am not giving him money, he has not returned.

          I think it’s always best to give what we can while remaining prudently safe (he was never welcome to come in my house, but I would sit outside and talk with him. I would not drive him anywhere, but my adult son was willing to, if he really wanted and needed the ride, I lieu of bus money…he didn’t) We have to use common sense, and gauge the need vs. the risk. And as Doug says, expect the Father to give us all we need, but only when we need it.

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          • SteveBC says:

            During the Depression my grandmother always had an extra meal available if someone obviously out of work or on the streets were to come by. She *never* gave them money. She also kept aside her husband’s pants, various coats and other old clothes. When someone came by obviously needing pants or a coat or shirt or shoes, she would give what she had, one item to one person, and one item to another. She was never overwhelmed, and as far as I know, never at risk. Nobody ever stuck around but went off again.

            I once gave a street person a $20 bill and watched to see what would happen. Each time I came to the store near which he hung out, I would stop and ask him how he was doing and give him a bit more money. Each time I did this, he would make up a story even more amazing than the last time. After a while it became apparent that whenever I gave him money, he just got into some kind of weird situation or trouble. (He wasn’t being a liar but was obviously unbalanced.) In that respect, I received confirmation of at least part of my grandmother’s wisdom – Money isn’t necessarily a good way to contribute to someone in need. Give something they obviously need and will use, like a meal or a piece of clothing, or a task through which they could earn a fair wage.

            I’m glad you told me your story, since it caused me to remember my grandmother’s actions. In the midst of chaos, when money may be worthless, there are still things we will be able to do for others, like providing a drink of clean water or a meal, or providing a contributing task so the person can earn a small sack of rice to take home to their family. I just hope I can keep my equilibrium with such contacts. God has His plans to help us all connect. May we all respond appropriately and generously.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Ah yes– Full of Grace! I am going to order stickers for our cars right now! I ordered the prayer of miraculous trust holy cards from them. I hope all on this website can indeed meet after the rescue!

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        • Steve,

          Let me know what your noodle comes up with. This new ministry I began – Prayer Ministry for the Dying – is taking off much faster than I anticipated. I’ve only advertised a few times in one parish and I’ve already been asked to expand to four others. Need to find a way to send group texts (which seems to be the preferred way to communicate) or develop a telephone tree. Perhaps Google has something…

          It sure would be nice to be able to contact the other members here on the NRS forum, too. Frankly, I’m willing to give out my personal info here — as foolish and contrary to my private nature as that would be. OK, here’s my area code: 6 0 5.

          I share your concerns about helping others: to be willing and glad to offer help to strangers, but to remain vigilant and watchful to protect our resources and those around us. It’s impossible to anticipate, but we must be gentle as lambs yet cautious as serpents.

          BTW, you wrote some excellent posts (as usual), Steve. Thanks.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Wow, Patrick, this is a blast from the past. 🙂

            I haven’t noodled much on this, primarily because the forum and the TNRS Answers email contact team have evolved, and we have extra capacity now (May 2016). The TNRSA team expects to see a spike in emails if and when the larger situation in the US (at least) becomes seriously unstable. Further, most members of our email team are active here on the site and read pretty much every comment. We’ll do what we can when circumstances truly change.

            It’s my belief that when times get seriously rough, spontaneous solutions will develop here. Letting the community tell us what is needed *then* will give us a chance to expand what we do here to help. Until then, we’re staying focused on the site and on our current support system.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yeah Steve BC! Well done, Patrick… you pulled our ever diligently working geeky guy away from his labors. Appreciate all you do around here, Steve.

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          • Steve, at the risk of sounding like a fool (more so than usual), would you elaborate on this TNRS email system? Will we be able to reach each other? Or just the NRS team can reach us members? Is this assuming no Internet but that email is available? Communication, both sending and receiving, from Internet to phone to radio, has been weighing on my mind, as I’m sure it has you.

            Sorry for not totally following the big picture, man. Despite my computer savvy (databases, spreadsheets, Word, Coral Draw, Steinberg, etc.), I’m even still learning new things about this simple site. Thanks for taking the time, Steve.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Patrick, you are doing the Lord’s work! It has been my desire to minister to the bereaved, who I feel are often isolated. One day, God-willing.

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          • Bereavement support is the beautiful other half of hospice care…administered by special people who offer themselves to help the surviving family move forward with their lives. I hope you will one day have the opportunity to offer this unique and important ministry to others, J Lynn.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Patrick
            Take a look at the “Whatsapp” application for group texting/messaging on smartphones.
            We use it for family around the country and world.

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          • Ah, great — just what I’m looking for. Thanks, Luke Michael!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Patrick, if LukeMichael’s recommendation to try WhatsApp suffices, that’s great. We don’t have a WhatsApp presence here at this site. The TNRS Answers team (see the Contact Us page for more information) is large enough to provide some sort of email coverage, and the world’s email system will likely be a bit more resilient than webpage service. We have several people able to work if work is possible. We will do what we can to help any who contact us once the Storm hits in deep earnest. And if webpages are being served on the internet, Charlie and I and anyone who can comment here will do all we can to help each other and pass news around.

            The most resilient comm system will likely be texting. Setting up a WhatsApp community beforehand to link all of your particular group or locality is a good idea.

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          • Thanks Steve. I imagined as much. Good to know you’ll all be trying your best to stay in touch. Well, either things will work or they won’t. We can always try the old “send your Guardian Angel” technique employed by St. Gemma Galgani if all else fails! (BTW everyone, my Angel’s name is Damiano 😇 Just leave a message)

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          • Beckita says:

            Message to Damiano: Thank you for taking such great care of Patrick!

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          • Hey B! – an apparition was just approved in Argentina. I’m unfamiliar with this one, Our Lady of the Rosary in San Nicolas.

            http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/sannicolas/index.html

            http://www.english.santisimavirgen.com.ar/historia_de_maria_del_rosario_eng.htm

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, Patrick. Caught the links on Spirit Daily and actually read these messages in the mid nineties. I continue to be amazed at how Our Mother has “worked overtime” all over the world to call her children back to Her Son and exhort them to intercede for all souls.

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    • Well, I sometimes fret that I’m not paying enough attention to big-picture stuff, but it seems my little life just amounts to an ongoing string of small-picture events, the full meaning of which only God knows. Here’s one such thing, for what it worth, and I’ve been pondering it for the past week.

      Towards sunset, I spotted an enormous raptor overhead in the backyard being chased by a hummingbird. Turns out it was great horned owl, and this little hummingbird had managed to pin him down on the corner of the neighbors roof. The owl was glaring at that hummingbird which was hovering in place just a mere yard from its nose. Moments later, three more hummingbirds zipped in from somewhere to join the other, and took up formation. No fooling, their airborne battle formation was in the shape of a cross. What a picture that was! (Yep, I even got pictures, and will throw them up on my site when I have a few minutes.)

      I hurried into the house to call my children, but only my youngest was available. Fortunately she shares my passion for nature, so she shot out the door in a heartbeat. I was really hoping that she could see the cross of hummingbirds giving the full what for to that befuddled old owl. She got to see it and was delighted, even climbing up a tree to get a birds eye view for the next half an hour.

      My daughter wandered back into the house eventually as the sun went down, leaving me by myself to ponder the scene for the next couple of hours. When I finally joined her, old owl was still frozen on the roof in the same spot, and she was recounting the scene to her older brothers who seemed more interested in whatever was on the TV.

      In the days leading up to the encounter, I had found a dead rodent here and there, as well as a dead gila woodpecker in the backyard. I suppose the hummingbirds had just had enough and were defending something of importance. For now, it seems the owl is history. I also should mention that every time I see a hummingbird, it calls to mind Our Mother.

      I suppose my fascination with small stuff like this maybe puts me on the other end of our NRS expeditionary party from our brother, Steve BC, and others, but what does that really amount to. I’m darn glad to have some up trail sniffing the wind and reading sign, as well as everyone in between about their particular business.

      Call out “danger ahead” if you see it, and forgive me if I occasionally point out some little critter, or cactus, or whatever. I suppose we can spend some of the other time practicing Charlie’s song so we can all be singing off the same sheet music there. I can’t sing a lick, but you can be sure I’m humming along.

      God Bless,

      MP

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      • Karen says:

        Michael Patrick, classic! From the owl’s perspective I guess there is wisdom in ‘no offence is the best defence’ – what a hoot! Sorry you Yanks say ‘defense’ – and I pray that that is not offensive – to me, it is like calling me an Aussie. Let us all praise God through your looking glass because it’s an angle that does not come naturally to me and I just love it.

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        • Mick says:

          Hee hee, Karen! Most of us in the US wear the term “Yank” as a badge of honor, so don’t worry about causing any “offence.” 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            I am a yank and it does not bother me. Although, being a Yankee fan would bother me as I am die hard Redsox fan being from NH. Hee, hee….

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          • Mick says:

            Doug, Hahahaha! In my reply to Karen, I almost added a quip about, “Just don’t call me a Yankees fan”; but I decided to leave it out. Thanks for adding that caveat. 🙂

            Go Cubbies!

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        • Karen, you may spell English however you please. Half of us wouldn’t even notice (a jab at our education system, not the dear NRS readers).

          Is it better to be an “Aussie” than a “Kiwi”? I met a large group of both at the Hofbrau Haus at Oktoberfest in Munich. Talk about making a huge trip just to get to a party!! And those boys from Down Under can REALLY put away the brew! Us Yanks are no match. I also got a cousin that’s been living in New Zealand for 2 decades delivering babies, but she’s still a Yankie at heart.

          So, Karen, you’re a sheila from the Lucky Country. Do you enjoy a pot of amber fluid with your roo, or do you prefer Maccas? (Sorry, not sure what I just said to you — it’s clear I must have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock!)

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      • Mick says:

        MP, please let us know when the pictures go up! I can’t wait to see them.

        I was fascinated to hear that whenever you see a hummingbird, you think of the Blessed Mother. I’m a bit like that with cardinals: every time I see one, I think of my own dearly departed mother. Thankfully, there are lots of cardinals in Michigan; and whenever I see one, I smile and send a prayer heavenward.

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        • Sorry, Mick, I meant to put them up yesterday but trekked up river to see the migrating monarchs instead. Here’s the pics:

          http://sweetwaterhaven.com/spiritual_adventures_photo_gallery_9.html

          The owl/hummingbird pics are a bit grainy, but I had to move fast and only had my cell phone handy. Check out the one of him glaring at me. The monarch pictures are better because I had my normal rig. The monarch trek started out rainy and gloomy, but just try standing in pristine riparian habitat surrounded by 10’s of 1000’s of butterflies… not possible to have anything but awe, wonder, and joy at God’s handiwork! The sun finally popped out at the end of the trail yesterday and I snapped that pic of the rainbow. I couldn’t help but smile at His encore.

          God Bless,

          MP

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          • barb129 says:

            Love the pics Michael! Thank you for sharing…

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Michael, thank you for sharing the breathtaking pictures. It’s almost like being there.

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          • Mick says:

            Ha ha, MP! What, you’re not going to rearrange your entire life so as to post pictures for me (’cause “it’s all about me”) on your blog? You selfish brute, you! 🙂

            In other words, no apology necessary. And thanks for the pictures. They’re stunning! 🙂

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        • Nah, Mick, it’s encouraging when someone shows some interest (if even for this small stuff) and I was a bit annoyed at myself for not getting it done right away. I’m just happy if it’s a little sign of hope for folks because I seem to be falling flat on my back frequently on a number of other fronts. Well, I’ll just keep getting back up and dusting off like I did in the ravine wipe out, and I’m still convinced your prayers helped that day. I also meant to acknowledge your cardinal mention which is special. I’ve only see a total of 7 cardinals so far in the desert (only once in my backyard). They’re very rare here, so are always a show stopper for me because they remind me of a number of things. Glad that everyone else enjoyed the pics as well. Wish I had more to give, but that and my little prayers are about as good as it gets from me right now. God Bless, MP.

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      • What a crazy tale! Reminds me of that video of the fluffy bunny rabbit that terrorized and ultimately treed a rattlesnake.

        I visited your website for the first time. Beautiful images! (BTW, I lived in Tempe briefly — next to Guadalupe — and spent several years in Tucson. My mom is still there. I really do love the desert).

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    • In His Hands says:

      Hi Steve,

      First I want to say how much I have admired and benefited from so many of your replies here…was wishing the other day that there was a way to privately contact you to ask for some perspective on some non-storm-related issues. I could use all of the “good influences” I can find.

      Second, I might be missing something here (probably am) but isnt your asking for a heads up or directive on what to do if collapse occurs en route to Florida a classic example of exactly when we need to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope? If collapse comes and you are on the road then thats exactly where you were supposed to be. If it happens, dont panic…trust. God knows where you are and He listens from any location. Dont assume that just because you feel safe in your home that it is the right place for you to be. Indeed, if you do feel that way I might venture a guess that it will be removed from you. Remember, this is all about a complete and radical trust in God…no holds barred. Do we love Him more than friends, family, home, comforts, ourselves? What “little thing” are we storing up for ourselves or relying on that isnt Him? Wherever we are olaced is where we need to trust-do-love. He has the perfect plan.

      I hope I do not offend you. I know you have said all of these things yourself and none of it is new but your question sounded like (and again, I am likely missing something and could be completely out in left field) you were perhaps sidestepping trust somewhat and hoping to find the playbook.

      Best wishes on a safe and beautiful trip.
      Megan

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        No , Megan, you have it exactly right. Wherever we are at any given moment in time, our time, God knows this. So, whatever happens, whenever it happens, rest assured, we will all be where God knows we will be. When we question about where we should expect we need to be should a huge event in the world happens, it kind of is like second-guessing God. I only ask God that should something happen and I am near a church, I will be able to be near or inside it to pray so God sees I have not given up hope in Him, not my best guess as to am I here or there to avoid ruin or loss of life. We are watching so many people, who are converts to the faith, losing their lives everyday. Do we realize how good we have it? Even with all the evil plan of the wicked in our country, we are still in a much better place. Always best not to second-guess God, He knows what is best for us and the world at any given moment in time. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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      • Petra says:

        I like this comment, In His Hands, because although I cannot speak for anyone else and how they see it, I’ve come to understand that I must be where I am, radically trusting that where I am is where I should be, as long as I am living each day doing what my duties are and making normal decisions. I very rarely make decisions regarding ambitions of my own. My plans and goals don’t revolve around my own desires. Sure, I wish things, I want things but if the paths don’t open for me to move into those things, I don’t hang onto them. If I want something, I pray for it, and then if God brings it or if I see a path to it open up, I accept it. If not, I just go on as I am.

        Perhaps this is irrelevant here, but by way of illustration I want to describe how I came to make St. John Cantius in Chicago my parish. I was attending another parish I liked very much. I really loved going to Mass there. For the 10 or so years I attended, there were several elderly priests in residence, and they typically had the Mass I attended. I knew about St. John Cantius, but really I had no desire for the traditional Latin Mass, or to attend there, not that I had anything against it. I just didn’t have an attraction to it.

        At the parish I attended, over the years, one by one the elderly priests got sick and died. Priests who said the Mass instead were very devout as well. But then, the pastor changed. And a new priest came in residence. And I knew at the first Mass I attended he was not orthodox. And he was assigned to every Mass in English there. And so, what could I do?

        Over the years I told God numerous times I DID NOT want to attend at St. John Cantius. I just didn’t. But then when this new priest came I couldn’t keep going where I was going. So I began to attend the Novo Ordo Mass at St. John’s. I did not want to attend the Latin Mass. But then I realized the Novo Ordo Mass at St. John’s is mostly attended by families, and the distractions were a little much for me. So the only option I had was to attend the early Low Latin Mass. And so I have. And do. And I pray much while I am there. I really didn’t want it. But I think God wanted it for me. And I tell you, it has been a huge blessing! I now go to Confession more often. I attend the First Friday and First Saturday devotions. I think God is using St. John’s to bring me closer to Him.

        My brother occasionally attends Mass at the parish I used to go to, and the other day he told me, Oh, boy, you would have gone crazy if you had been at Fr. Heterodox’s Mass today! And he proceeded to tell me about the homily and the abuse of the rubrics during Mass. And he was right. I would have been very disturbed.

        What I am saying is it became very clear to me over time God wanted me at St. John Cantius. I was so very happy to attend my former parish. But if something I like is not according to the Church, I get up and leave. I don’t make any excuses or take into consideration my own feelings about it. I just do as I am led.

        I don’t worry at all about where I am at any given time, or if I should or shouldn’t move or travel. I don’t try to figure out what I will do if my family is far away at any given moment, or if I should make a major change or not. I just do what seems to be the next thing to do. I can’t see too far ahead anyway, and have no idea what God’s plan is for me (except to get to heaven and be with Him forever!) so I just kind of live each day as it comes, and expect He has the future figured out for me.

        I’m sure others (in my family) who don’t live like that think I am just drifting along letting life control me, instead of taking charge of my life and directing it. But I am trying to follow the direction of My Savior, and not my own ego. So they probably don’t understand. I am making a bet, (and am “all in”), on God. I hope I’m right!
        God bless.

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      • SteveBC says:

        In HIs Hands, you don’t offend me at all. 🙂 I knew when I put that story in that someone could call me on it, as you quite rightly have now done.

        First, let me deal with what I have learned over the past several years about where I am to be during the Storm. Of course, you don’t have this information. Before I had even heard of any Storm, in 2010, I was literally forced to leave California, and the only place I could go was where I am now. Since arriving here in 2010, God has forced us, through breakage or potential failure, to spend tens of thousands of dollars to rehabilitate, make safe, and winterize this house. My contractor found our foundation was near collapse. We fixed it. When Hurricane Sandy came through and did about $3,000 of damage to our roof, I was stunned when the adjustor said, “Well, Steve, I’d like to give you a whole new roof.” $17K of help, and finally we get full plywood sheathing on our 150-year-old house. New septic system that means we will have no sanitation disposal issues. Winterizing with massive benefits from our utility programs, and a new high-efficiency furnace with a substantial rebate. But far more important than all of that is that I fell right into a village community which welcomed me and respects my contributions to many here. A very Christian community, for Heaven’s sake. There is no question in my mind that if I am anywhere other than here when Collapse comes, I am duty-bound to get back here. I’m as certain as anyone can be that God wants me here.

        Of course, I also know He can change His mind! I must be ready to trust at all times, but the signs are powerful and definite for me. Obviously, if I am driving south and am in Knoxville with my mother, and the world falls apart, and our car breaks down, and planes stop flying, then I know I was actually meant to be in Knoxville for the Storm. I will trust God that He just changed all the signs, and I will go ahead and do my best there. God can always change His mind, and I will adjust. However, I believe my community here will suffer from not having me here to help them understand and cope with what is to happen.

        Second, I am not going to be sitting in Knoxville without an understanding of what is going on overall. In physics, if you observe something, you change it. Charlie has in effect “observed” things with all of us here. He has perturbed our trajectories into the Storm. If the world suffers a collapse, well, it could be *The* Collapse, or it could be just a collapse like so many others in the past. I do *not* want to react to a small-c collapse. I would want my mother and me to continue on our journey to Florida. She is better off there in the winter and has a slew of friends there to hang out with. If it is The Collapse starting, then Charlie has said that we all will have the opportunity over the next few days to get where we believe we are meant to be to ride out the Fullness of the Storm. He is saying that we need to live our lives normally albeit prudentially, not adjusting our activities in *anticipation* of the Collapse. However, when the Collapse happens, we are entirely responsible for living prudentially in *that* light, and that light is much different.

        Just because we are to trust God does *not* mean that on the first day of the Collapse, we have to assume we are where we are meant to be to ride out the Storm and should just stay in our hotel rooms. Not at all. It just means we were meant to be there on that first day of the Collapse, for whatever purpose that was needed (or perhaps as proof we honored God by not anticipating). It doesn’t at all mean that we have to stay there. It says *nothing* about what we are to choose to do the next day. In short, we need to take the Next Right Step *as*we*perceive*it*to*be*at*that*moment*.

        What I’m hoping is that Charlie will keep in mind that he has already “perturbed” our paths into the Storm. All of us will need to act quickly and decisively to help ourselves, our family, and our friends and neighbors. For me that means getting back here to where I am living, unless God makes clear it is to be otherwise. Charlie can help me make the correct Next Right Step the day after the Collapse begins. He can post material that provides context for the events of that crucial day but only once it has actually happened. Of all of us, it will be he who has the clearest picture of which events are important and which not, which events and changes show God moving in the world and which are not related.

        Charlie is teaching us to be sherpas like him. We are meant sometimes to lead and to care for others, but we are also – as he is to us – a source of information about how God is moving into the world once the Collapse occurs. From my perspective, it certainly appears to me that Charlie can help me (and all of us) start making Right Choices and taking our Next Right Step the sooner he can give us a sense of context and perspective when the world changes utterly. And that will redound massively to the benefit of those around us who will not know what is going on or *why* it is going on.

        Ultimately, in this discussion, I am *not* trying to get Charlie to save me. I’m going to cope with whatever comes. That’s my responsibility, not his, and he doesn’t have to post a thing. I’m hoping that his “Here I am” material can help the rest of us be more effective in our own lives and more able to care for and educate those around us, and for that, I think we need timely posts that help us understand what is happening “right here, right now” once it has happened.

        Of course, this all could be self-justification. 🙂 I’m aware of that. However, I don’t think it is. It’s important for us to do the will of God, particularly starting from the day He begins moving into the world with the arrival of the Collapse. The arrival of the Collapse does not fix us in place, however. I could be wrong, but I think that is a serious misunderstanding of T-D-L. Instead, I think the arrival of the Collapse heightens our need to be aware, alert, and decisive in our selection of the Next Right Step to take. For you, that may mean staying right where you are. For me, if in Knoxville, it almost(!) certainly will mean ending our trip to Florida and bringing my mother (and me!) back to the place we very strongly believe is where we are meant to be for the remainder of the Storm.

        The main point is *not* that we have to be fatalistic the Day the Collapse begins. I think the main point is to be decisive in choosing our Next Right Step, whatever it may be that day. I also think that that will be better done when the context in all its glory is available for us to consider as we choose among the options available to us at that time. For the most part, that glorious context will need to come from Charlie. We just don’t have the training or information he has. If Charlie finds himself willing to give us that context in the moment, I believe all of us sub-sherpas will be able to be far more effective in getting to where we are meant to be and providing help and hope to those we are with by the time the Collapse completes itself.

        I hope that helps, In His Hands. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Steve, you are well advanced in understanding what I mean. If crash comes while I am on the road, it would affect where I end up to hunker down for a time, but it would not limit me to where I happen to be. You have gotten that precisely right.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thanks, Charlie, that’s good to know. I will be honest that my main concern is not what to do. If my mother and I are on the road to Florida, we’re turning around and heading back to Massachusetts. If my mother is in Florida, we have plans to get her back up here as quickly as possible, so she will be with me here where I believe we will be in our place of greatest safety and contribution to others.

            No, my concern is that I might not recognize the change in time to get moving as quickly as needed to get my mother here to our home. There is always a certain inertia to human affairs that can get anyone to pause and lose valuable time before reversing course. I am deliberate in my affairs and have a tendency to wait and see. Regardless, you have taught us well — she and I will always trust God and do the best we can with what we face, no matter what it turns out to be.

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        • Megan says:

          Thanks for the clarifications, Steve. I didn’t realize we would have a few days of warning. Great to know. I am also glad to hear your house is so well prepared and that you have a supportive community. They are lucky to have you.

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        • Doug says:

          Steve, this post is marvelous. I think you should author Charlies next post.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Not likely, Doug, but thank you for the compliment. 😀

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Oh, come now, I agree with Doug! pam, from NJ.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Pam, you are kind to say so. Thank you. However, I have no such plans. 🙂

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Maybe not, but, I choose that you will pray to the Holy Spirit on this count. It is good to be humble, and remembering obedience is a gift, but, sometimes, we do have to remember to pray for ourselves to ask God what He wants of us. It would be a shame to deprive those with ears to hear the truth of God’s mercy, to be kept in the dark as to what God may want to hear what you can impart. We all have ways of speaking, but, allowing God to speak through us, that is great humility and obedience. Please pray on it. If only good comes from it, and it is the truth, it is worthy to speak of, so, sometimes, the inner heart needs to make a little outward noise so others can hear your faith. Trust in God in all things. Be a trumpet! pam, from NJ.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC, once again, you have written a post that has astounded me into speechlessness (and that’s hard to do). Well done!

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          • SteveBC says:

            The Mighty Mick left speechless?!?!?! How could that be? I count 21 words from you – hardly speechless, O Mighty One. 😀

            Pam, thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I ask God every day to show me my best path and to help me take that next right step. At the moment He has me very busy on other things. 🙂

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            And, so, we continue to pray that God’s will be done. Amen. Blessings. pam, from NJ.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC… yeah, I left myself wide open for that one. I KNEW that I should have said “practically speechless.” 🙂

            “Mighty Mick”? Ha! “Mighty Mouth” (or maybe “Mighty Mouse”?) is more like it. 🙂

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          • Petra says:

            Hee hee! Maybe you could be Mighty Mouse’s girlfriend, whose name is (get this) Pearl Pureheart!!! Mick, I think you are the Pearl of Great Price due to your Pure Heart!
            🙂
            God bless!

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          • Mick says:

            Petra, thank you for your kind words. Mighty Mouse’s girlfriend? Hmm… my hubbie might object to the Other Man, er, Mouse. Ha ha! 🙂

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        • CrewDog says:

          What I have come to believe, for years, was “comin’ down” has only been reinforced by Charlie/other Blogs and reading the News every morn. I just returned from my trip Back-East and must admit that I left more prepared for “eventualities” then ever before! The AAA and travel experts have always warned travelers to be prepared .. especially in Winter! Most of us have “blown-off” these words off wisdom with ye olde idea that it can’t happen to me. This time I left prepared for Whatever. A case of H20 and a box of “survival food”, a good quality back pack filled with basic survival gear, hiking boots and frankly, I was better armed than usual. All quite legal except for those few Blue State crime-n-troubles free workers-n-peasants paradises. I don’t travel thru States where my Bill of Rights are infringed upon. As I have opined before, trust God but, I believe, God trusts us to use the brains He gave us to be prepared … not only for our sake but for the sake of those He may send our way …. so that we can do His will by answering their prayers!

          GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  18. Becky-TN says:

    Hey Steve,

    Here’s my take and struggle (btw, I agree with a lot of what you wrote). I’ve read a couple of times when Charlie has stated in the utmost honest and straightforward way:

    “I am weary of an entitled people demanding what they want because they want it…and they want it now. I have told you the time of the Rescue…and what must come before that. That is all you get. Live the next right step – or don’t.”

    My first emotion/response, honestly, “Well, that must be nice. You’ve seen God all your life, an angel, had a wonderful, strong earthly dad who taught you wonderful fatherly noble things, protected you, lived at a time when the world was still sane, etc….”. That’s the ugly, unfair response of the little scared girl inside me who wants to know her daddy (God) will really be there to protect her. Truly wanting to believe Angels and Saints really are fighting for me cause I never really had that as a child. So, I go into a Storm not so strong, weak, fearful, responsible for all these little people God has somehow thought I am responsible enough and sane enough to care for…debating back and forth EVERY SINGLE DAY what the RNS in fact is cause I didn’t have a whole lotta help growing up (i.e. guidance of trusting in God, good choices, etc…) living in a world that is, well, crazy and disfunctional.

    Now, Charlie, I love you dearly and this is nothing personal. Just my feelings and weakness getting the best of me. It changes nothing in the end, you have told us true. You are not a genie. But we’re lost, Charlie. But that’s not your responsibility. That’s our journey and God knows that. And I do have to make a choice: TRUST or NOT. Problem is this, and our Lord said it, our ways are not God’s ways. And we as humans just don’t like that. I DON’T LIKE IT! Why?! ‘Cause I want to be able to control things. The more I can control (or think I can control), the more I know ahead of time, means protection from chaos. Less hurt, less rejection, less bad choices, less suffering. So, in the end, for me Pole #2 is the biggest battle and I haven’t had a lifetime to get it right (via visions, etc)

    Of course, I read the above and God begins to bring truth and light into it. The truth of the cost to Charlie, the struggle and pain he has suffered and lived on OUR behalf all these years. Then the guilt sets in and the moments I tell God I’m sorry for my humaness (the bad part) and that I wish I could personally tell Charlie I’m sorry for being such a baby and so selfish. So, sorry Charlie.

    Charlie, I would assume your biggest frustration with us is our lack of TRUST cause that’s what it truly comes down to.

    Sorry for the rant – love you, Charlie. Oh, and Steve, if you and your momma get caught in TN, well we got plenty of room :).

    Becky

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha…well, the frustrations you speak of were frustrations I often felt – because there was a time when I wanted to know precisely, when I did not trust enough. God let me sweat…and see that His grace truly is sufficient. I guess maybe I am seeing a little now how my petulance looked from His perspective.

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      • EllenChris says:

        Dear Charlie, I don’t think people are being petulant. We want to respond correctly to the movements of God. I can give God my willingness to be obedient or to go and do what He wants me to do. But in any situation the “next right thing” may not be entirely clear or simple. Last year I posted a comment in which I described wondering if I should acquire some silver or gold to use if currency fails. I prayed about it quite seriously. I felt I got an answer: I was led to a verse in Holy Scripture (I don’t remember the citation) in which God scolded the people of Israel for trusting in their gold and silver instead in Him. Okay, then. I did not buy any gold or silver. But, metaphorical incidents are vastly different from concrete realities in the physical realm. All that people are trying to say is, that it is difficult to respond correctly if you don’t see how to discern the difference. That is not petulance or panic — it is an honest and understandable human response to a big challenge.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are probably right, Ellen. I am bone-weary, still struggling with this blasted cold, and a little flustered. The visits around the country have been amazingly fruitful. Many people are committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope in concert with their neighbors. I am deeply pleased with that…feel like the country is now seeded with people who will help calm troubled waters and give people hope when serious troubles rise. That’s a good summer’s work, however you cut it.

          I have to spend some time thinking this through. It is time to move away from the “what is going to happen?” phase and move into the “here I am” phase. I have always maintained that when we got into that phase all would have to live intensely in the present moment. This article is the beginning of that transition. So I have to find my way through to help – and I am going to have to recharge a little to do that right.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Charlie, Steve, Becky, Ellen, and Katherine. It is a delciate balance you must stirke, Charlie. Actually, we all must strike it with the commensurate wisdom, prudence and discernment which so often rise best via contemplation and peace-filled listening.

            Along with the many here, Charlie, praying in gratitude for what God has accomplished through you from springtime through the summer and now into autumn. WOW!!! Also praying for your refreshment and whatever restoration is needed as you recharge. May every angel, saint and holy soul hover round you, praying with us for you, your guidance, your strengthening, your whatever you need right now. They will.

            Hey! I heard my hug was delivered to you in perfect proxy in Dallas as my friend enlisted her friend for that special delivery!

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          • Mack says:

            I used to worry more about what would happen as the Storm unfolds. Now, as we’re presumably getting closer to the final crash and whatever may follow it, I’m feeling more and more at peace, and living more in the present moment. Maybe it’s just that I’m realizing I can’t really know how to prepare for whatever will come, and that’s fine. It helps me trust in God more. I’m letting go of some supplies I stored (but not all!) What Charlie said about the Storm actually being the Rescue has helped me tremendously.
            Also, even if we knew what was coming, we might be more likely to prepare for it in the wrong way. I’ve mentioned this before, but there’s that story about a man in the 1930s who foresaw a great war coming to Europe–and he moved to a beautiful Pacific island named Guadalcanal…. I would probably do the same thing if I knew more details, so it’s best I don’t know!

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          • EllenChris says:

            To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose. . . . . . .

            Perhaps it is time to rest for a little. Your second long, hard journey is paying off, indeed. Perhaps the real “seeding” is what happened on the first long journey that you walked. Resting in the Lord means soaking in His Presence and letting His Love heal you. It is “don’t just do something — — stand there.” I will pray specifically that you are able to just relax a little and know His Presence in the stillness. I remember that last Spring you wrote that you were going to turn on your “On” persona to deal with all the people and personalities. Maybe it is time to power down for a little bit — just enough to let the ol’ batteries recharge. Even if just for a few days, doing the “not doing” can help. Hey — there is a picture of a beautiful Pousitnia at the top of this page. Hhhhmmmmm. . . . 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yeah, I am going to post lightly for a week or two, relying heavily on guest posts as I switch gears.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            So I had to look up the definition of petulant :).
            Not the first time I’ve had to grab the dictionary to look up one of the really big words Charlie uses. Did I mention I wasn’t that great a student either in my youth ;).

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hot dog! I give you guidance AND improve your vocabulary all at the same time. That’s what you call a two-fer.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            That is great Charlie. My dear mother, may she rest in peace, was an orphan at age 12. Angel Guardian Orphanage, now Misericordia Home in Chicago, sent mom to a convent in Indiana for high school. She planned on being an English teaching nun, Sister Theodore (Ted was her father’s name.) She fell in love with my dad and had a family instead.
            Growing up, whenever I asked her how to spell a word, she’d reply, look it up. I’d grumble how I am supposed to look it up if I can’t spell it. As I grew older, she’d stump me in games of Scrabble with her clever vocabulary.
            So each time I look up one of your crafty words, I do have fond memories of mom. I appreciate it, more than you could know! 😉

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          • Anne says:

            I am sure we all understand completely Charlie.may God carry you and rejuvenate you.
            I fully believe you are dead right about the phases…… Live intensely in the moment.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I think this is perfect: “It is time to move away from the “what is going to happen?” phase and move into the “here I am” phase.” I’m in.

            Your service to all of us around the country has been amazing. I can’t imagine how you’ve managed to get through it, but you have, and I hope you can see here how appreciative we all are. We’re praying for you to get some deep rest and spend quality time recharging.

            Get well, now, y’hear? 🙂

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      • donna says:

        when I am questioning and trying to the Lord, I am Peter…..when I just do the Next Right Step I am John at the foot of the Cross next to Our Lady…..

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    • EllenChris says:

      Thanks, Becky. Ditto

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      • Doug says:

        We love you Charlie.! What has brought credibility of the messages to me is the fruit of the content, the way you live your life and the consistency that you do it and for that, I am grateful! You have been given a great responsibility and you are still human like the rest of us. I can only see your responsibility increasing as the storm intensifies.

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      • Mona says:

        What shall I say. 😐
        A Norwegian living in Denmark. I have learned norwegian, english and german during my education. Danish during my grown up education.
        English is my third language and it has a lot of words. I have learned a lot, but I do not always understand everything. I am using an I Pad most of the time. If it is a word I do not understand I press on the word, and the i-Pad give opputunitys to define the word on internet. It is quicker than a wordbook.

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    • Dorothy says:

      Hi Becky ,
      Thank you for your post !!!
      I had the same feeling , as much as I admire Charlie I thought he was too tough on on poor guy from previous posting. I hope he did not get discauraged and will continue to read this blog!
      Charlie is sick and he has so much on his plate, but people are on different levels of realizations and will have questions ( some so repetitive and even annoing ) to the very end.
      Charlie is a human like all of us, we all make mistakes !!!
      I will try to copy what Charlie always says … I will try in my simple
      Prayer ask heaven to send him a Little Flower tonight to comfort him,
      To put a hand on his head and bring him rest healing and patience.
      Amen !

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  19. Beans says:

    What a great message here and a lot to meditate/pray over. I just read Fr. Peyton’s meditations last night on the Luminous Mysteries, while praying the rosary, and I thought it was just exactly what was being said here in this post: (for the 3rd mystery–found online)
    “Poor in Spirit” means to be lowly and humble. Humility is a virtue because it helps us to see ourselves as we truly are. The humble have no delusions about self. Humble people know what they can do themselves and for what they must rely on God’s help. It takes the grace of the Holy Spirit to discern the difference. Jesus knew who He was and leads us on a journey to discover our role in His mission.
    Also I love the reference to a “stiff-necked” rebellion. It is such an apt and vivid description. I remember it being used in the Bible (probably many times) to describe the people of Exodus and being exasperated with their lack of faith in light of all they had personally been through. I am sure we are much worse off.
    Thanks for the guidance.

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  20. Yup. Life it’s risk. In the investment world risk-taking is what leads to great gains or great losses… but the investor that wants the absolutely perfect market conditions to get in … will never make any money. That is certain. The same with God’s events: once one thinks he knows the date he does not know it any more. It is a bet, just like a market investment in all that concerns to risk. The bad servant who said “My Master tarries …” is caught sleeping on the job after spending the night drinking and he’s cast to the darkness outside. He placed his bet where his heart was (we all do) but he got the timing wrong and lost his shirt. That is why I placed that warning: “Be aware that, if you are expecting to figure out the day of the “end of the world,” you will be wasting your time reading beyond this sentence.” It is good to meditate, it is good to study, it is good to listen to God’s many clues but like the actor backstage we have to follow the plot and be very clear about when to walk in. We should be ready, and stay up all night like the prudent virgins of Jesus’ parable. God is not tied to any calendar and He knows how to surprise everyone.

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  21. A Quiet Person says:

    I am already in the “here I am phase ” and doing the little you can that is right in front of you. I have a few stories about what I think this means but if they are lame, please don’t print them. (No wonder I am chicken to post under my real name.) A couple of night ago I had a real good, long laugh with a friend (and, you know, that hasn’t happened in the longest time.) The funny thing is that we are both in miserable shape financially and yet we are the only ones (in a very affluent parish) that are helping each other. Recently, I bought a tire for her because she just did not have that much money. She had no one else to turn to. It just so happened that I had enough. She has returned the favor in an unexpected way when I really needed it last week. Then she told me how another acquaintance in the parish, one who has had an almost unbelievably brutal life and who is now dealing with huge problems, not the least of which she is doing it with very little support, gave the first friend $200. We burst out laughing at the unlikelihood of any of the three of us being able to help anyone, especially when we are surrounded by very rich people. Yet, we are the ones helping each other. We often talk about how the earliest Christian communities looked after one another and about how it will soon be like that again. But in the meantime . . . Then there is my neighbor across the street. She started cutting the grass for me a few years ago. Can you believe that? She doesn’t make a big deal about it. She probably just sees that I am often gone for 12 hour days and she probably notices that sometimes the lights go out in my house really, really early because I am just beat. She says she just likes to cut the grass (yeah, right) but really, she is just the best neighbor in the world who is naturally being a sign of hope for others (that would be me) and doing the bit in front of her. For my part, whenever I bake something, she gets half. And I pray for her every day by name. I just had to shell out several hundred dollars to get pipes going out to the sewer fixed and it took all the money that was supposed to go for normal bills. So, guess who was coming over every once a while with a meat loaf or something? And it is funny too because she does not want to hear anything about the coming Storm. I have tried to bring up the subject gently, every once in a while, from the standpoint of maybe trying to stash away a bit of food . . . but she really doesn’t want to hear about it and I understand. She is too busy mowing my lawn! So, right this minute, I am not being a sign of hope to very many people, but I have stashed away a little bit of food and you know who I will be sharing it with. She smokes like a chimney too, so I am going to have a stash of cigarettes for her as well, just in case.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wonderful stories, Quiet! I don’t worry the least about people who are unsure of the Storm but who are already living it – mowing the grass for their neighbor. They will be champions…because that is already who they are.

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    • Rose says:

      Beautiful food for thought…thank you for this–it is wonderful!

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Quiet, for the beauty, grace and truth shining forth from these stories, saturating our hearts with hope and love!

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    • Doug says:

      Quiet, that melts my heart. All I can think of is the widow who have her last penny. She gave everything she had and the rich gave out of their wealth and Jesus said the widow gave more than all the rich people. You are a wonderful example ro us all. God bless you!

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    • Petra says:

      I laughed out loud, Quiet!
      You ARE a sign of hope. To me. You really are. Because I have such a huge sense of what you go through, and the difficulty of it. I pray for you and your needs. And I love that you soldier on in the darkness. If I don’t get to meet you on this side of the veil someday, I hope I do on the other side! 🙂
      Thanks for sharing it. I love it. (
      God bless.
      P.S. See how God takes care of those who love Him? He’s inspiring you to anticipate her need for cigarettes, even though she isn’t even thinking of it! 😀

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    • SteveBC says:

      Wonderful, Quiet, just wonderful. 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      Hahaha! I can’t think of a better reason to store a stash of cigarettes, Quiet!

      Great comment. I do, however, need to make one correction. You said, “I am not being a sign of hope to very many people.” I must say ix-nay on at-thay. You are constantly a sign of hope to your kids, to your friend for whom you bought the tire, and for the neighbor that mows the grass (because by your gracious humility in accepting her gift, you allow her to practice the virtue of charity). And I dare say that you have been, and continue to be, a sign of hope to many, many of us who frequent Charlie’s Comments section. 🙂

      Oh, and I have to get your pie plate and pretty green bowl back to you. Chocolate pie! I’m hoping that one of the side benefits of the Storm and Rescue will at least a temporary hiatus in food allergies.

      We’re still carpooling to the Rescue Anniversary party in 2018, right? 🙂

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        I am just clicking on the “reply” button under Mick’s comment, but this is for everyone. Thank you so much! I wonder if you know how much you all hearten me. Humility has been a big part of my path but, I think I might just be having a head-start in preparation of what is to come for us. I grew up in comfort. It only lasted for a few years but it was when I was a kid and that idea of comfort stuck! My mom and I (after being knocked down quite a few notches economically) used to laugh about how stuck up we were that we looked down on people who shopped in the bargain section of the department store we used to frequent. Oh, we ate quite a portion of humble pie. Now, I am even further down that I ever thought I would be. I’m sure my mom would be horrified. Over the past few years we’ve gone without an oven, fridge, washing machine, dryer, hot water, and who knows what else and it takes me forever to replace these things. (no credit card debt!) The worst was when my pipes from the house to the sewer were blocked. All last summer I would do my laundry at night so no one would notice the water coming out onto the sidewalk. I wish I was on the helping end of things, because it is very humbling to be in the receiving end, that is for sure. My friend I mentioned before grew up extremely wealthy but the Lord took her on a different, painful path. She is the first to tell you that because of it, her relationship with Jesus is solid like it never would have been otherwise. The same for me. Last week we laughed ourselves silly at the idea of us smacking our lips over the good canned food we have while others are wringing their hands outside the closed banks. We won’t be there because we don’t have any money in it in the first place! I have to be careful to not get mean-spirited about it. In the meantime though, I would think I could use more pride (the healthy kind) but it seems like the Lord wants to keep me down here, so here I will stay. Things will be changing soon enough and maybe I will be called into service in a different way. The Lord sure has been working on me. I must be a tough customer because He keeps going at it.

        It looks like I caught Charlie’s cold and guess who brought over chicken soup last night!

        You are like family to me. It is something that never would have occurred for me to even pray for, and look at what I (we) have here in Charlie’s community! I hope to meet you all at Mr. Meeker. Mick, the pie plate is yours by now. That green bowl is nothing fancy but it does remind me of my mom. That was our popcorn bowl. If we don’t meet up before, just fill it with some good munchies for the road . . .

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        • Doug says:

          Quiet, you are just simply wonderful. I am glad you are here. You bring a lot to this venue. I think you have found true wealth and no one can take that from you and, if the storm gets that bad and you have a can of Chief boyardee, you may be the richest person in town.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Don’t you just love to watch all the little ones like us going through that beloved honeymoon period with the Holy Spirit? What a joy it is to see people coming along and hopefully, their unfailing obedience and humility to the will of God. So, Quiet, you hang in there for and with God, He so loves to surprise us with graces we could not imagine He wants to give us. What we pray for is so small in comparison to what God can do. Oh, please pray for my sister-in-law, Pat. She has an illness which is something we think is neurological, so she is on antibiotics from an RA doctor, and when she gets the blood results, we will know more. She thought she might have Lymes, but, the doctor seems to think it is RA. Please pray for her healing and conversion. She has yet to make it back to the church, but she has been busy with all the things in life, but not much with God. I don’t like to think she will have a devastating illness, but, we have all seen how God allows for things to wake us up to His Mercy. Thank you all in advance for your prayers. pam, from NJ.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Pam, I will keep Pat in my prayers for both physical and spiritual healing.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Oh, thanks so much, jlynn, I know I can count on you. You are such a kind and loving soul. I cannot tell you how many years I have been praying for her conversion, but, that is not important. I am finally understanding that it is foolish not to ask for prayer when prayer is needed even if the person does not really want it or ask for it who needs it most. Blessings. pam, from NJ.

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          • Mick says:

            Prayers for Pat, Pam.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Thanks so very much. Today Pat called and said that she can move her hand after three days of antibiotic treatment, so, this is a good sign. She may have lymes, and thank God, she has a specialist who will treat her well. The prayers mean so much, so thanks to all! God bless. pam, from NJ.

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      • Petra says:

        You guys…pick me up in Chicago on your way past, ‘kay? 🙂 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          It’s a deal! 🙂

          By any chance, do you live near St. Mary of the Angels? That’s where my husband and I were married 20 years ago. If you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you love it as much as I do. If you’ve never been, it is most definitely worth a visit.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It is also my favorite Church.

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          • Petra says:

            Mick: Well, it’s not too far from me. About 10 minutes by the Kennedy (if there’s no traffic). I do love that church. A few years back they had the relics of St. Anthony there, and man, I just HAD to go to give personal thanks to my good buddy! I go to Mass there occasionally.
            I CANNOT believe you go married there! What a gorgeous church to be married in. Some of my relatives lived in that parish, oh, from about the 50’s to about the 90’s, but they’ve all passed on now.
            St. Mary of the Angels, pray for us!
            And about the carpool for the 2018 Rescue Anniversary Party— thanks!!! I’ll have my *go-bag* at the front door! 😉
            God bless.

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    • NancyA says:

      I agree with Mick, Quiet; you are most definitely being a sign of hope to many in your day to day life, and here, as well! xo

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  22. A Quiet Person says:

    Using Steve BCs language of Poles 1, 2, and 3 . . . I think most of us were guided to this site through our earnest desire for sure guidance, not for access to the inside scoop. I think we can be trusted with Pole 2 information that will not betray our trust in the Lord. We all use Pole 2 information in our everyday lives anyway, not necessarily Storm related. For example, in a hypothetical scenario, a weather reporter may make a Pole 3 prediction that the coming winter may break all records for snowfall. Well, maybe some people would pack up and leave, but if so, they were probably planning on it anyway. Pole 2 information though is necessary in order to make the best decisions for our own particular situations. We often have a day or more notice for big snowstorms and then I make decisions like, “Kids, make sure you bring your books home in case schools are closed tomorrow,” or I will make sure the shovels are out of the shed, in case the overnight snowfall blocks the door shut, or, I will certainly want to know of an upcoming cold snap in order to have a full tank of gas. If I know the roads will be bad, but not so bad as to close the schools, I want to know before hand so I can leave early. In other words, I am not going to leave early every single day of the winter season just in case a snowstorm should develop, but, if I know that one is one the way I need to know in order to keep us all as safe as possible. And, if a predicted storm fizzles out, no one is at fault for making the prediction, and no harm has been done in making the preparations for it. It seems like it could be the same for Pole 2 information regarding the Storm, but, of course, I don’t really know for sure.

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  23. Maeb says:

    Charlie, here and elsewhere you have said several times that many souls have been lost. I don’t think we are allowed to say that souls are lost. We cannot know that. Even the Blessed Mother at Fatima said souls “are falling”, and so did Don Bosco. The present progressive defines the state of a soul on its way to hell. A state that can be reversed!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think you are mistaken, Mary Ann. We are not allowed to make that judgment of a particular soul, but it is an uncontroversial matter to say that souls who persist in sin until death are lost. I have been told that souls have been being lost to eternity at an unprecedented rate in the last century – but not the disposition of any particular soul.

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  24. jlynnbyrd says:

    “Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.”

    In my efforts to “lighten my load,” I’ve sorting and donating and/or purging my excesses. I happened upon a stack of papers I kept from the turn of the century. Reading the post 9/11 articles I have come across, has been a bit cathartic.
    I found this poem on an AOL.com printed page dated November 5, 2001, titled Poem Of The Day, that I felt compelled to share.

    I’ve cried to God as I’ve beheld
    The world wrapped up in fear
    Of lack and death and war that looms
    To snatch lives held so dear.
    I said, “My God! – Have you not heard
    The newsmen on TV?!
    Do you not know the shape we’re in?!
    Do you not care for me?!”
    “I’m scared, Dear Jesus! – Help us! – Please!
    There’s news of fear and war
    And I’m afraid, Lord – I admit! –
    Of what might be in store.”
    “Peace, be still, My child,” He said
    “And hear now what I say
    For I have seen and heard the cries
    Of those who, to Me, pray.”
    “Keep your eyes upon ME now
    Not what you hear or see
    And, as you do, you’ll keep My peace –
    IF your mind stays on ME!”
    “It matters not what one man says
    Or even many more
    For I am God, and I decide
    Each day what lies in store.”
    “I’ve told you there would be such times
    When, of these things, you’d hear
    I told you so you’d be PREPARED
    And FULL OF PEACE, not fear.”
    “For all these things MUST be fulfilled
    Yet MY WORD fails not
    For I AM still your Hiding Place
    As all the fires rage hot.”
    “You’re hid beneath MY shadow now
    And you can rest in Me
    Yes you can trust My Words of LOVE
    To last eternally.”
    “For I’m your Father, Counselor, Friend
    Your Alpha and your End
    And if this was the world’s last day
    Be sure, for you, I’d send.”
    “I’ve promised I’d save you a place
    If you would stay in Me
    Stay pure and faithful, eyes on Me
    And, victory, you’ll see.”
    “I can’t tell you if it’s ‘the end’ –
    NO human man can know
    But I CAN tell you, it IS close,
    So be prepared to go.”
    “Each day I give you, reach in love
    To save another soul
    For snatching them from Me for Hell
    Is truly Satan’s goal.”
    “Occupy until I come
    Live each day FULL in ME
    Just keep your eyes upon MY face
    And know that I DO see.”
    “I see the world, I see YOUR LIFE
    And I DO care for YOU
    And know, no matter WHAT occurs
    My love for you stands TRUE.”
    “I’m Alpha and Omega – God –
    I’m King and Lord of ALL
    I’ll be right near to care for you
    As, on My name, you call.”
    “For I can change the hearts of Kings
    And I, their hearts, do try
    And I’M the one who formed this world
    And says when it shall die.”
    “So, USE this time to SEEK THE LOST
    And tell them of My Love
    That they, too, may be saved
    And live with Me, again, above.”
    “Don’t listen to fear’s voice – hear MINE!
    Then STAND on what you’ve heard
    Don’t fear yours or the world’s fate –
    It’s destined by MY WORD.”
    “Keep your eyes on ME, My Child,
    And let Me wipe each tear
    For I am God and IN CONTROL –
    So live in peace, not fear.”

    Author Unknown

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    • charliej373 says:

      Jo, I am going to put this up as it gives me a chance to remind all regulars – and tell the new readers here – that I routinely do NOT approve standalone links, no matter how worthy they might be. As I note in the Comments rules, all links must be in support of some point you make in your comment- not a freestanding link to something you like. Not to worry, you didn’t know. I have to let one through every couple of months to remind people that I do NOT let these through. I am interested in what my commenters have to say.

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      • NancyA says:

        I was mainly glad to see the author give a comment on helping others and following religious faith and morals.

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      • alee106 says:

        Oh goodness! For someone who just started learning about all this a couple months ago, and finally got moving off my couch about a week ago, after YEARS of being frozen in fear (thanks to prayers of those of you here!) and believes she just may be able to put God first again (thanks to encouragement by some of you here!)…the idea of storing 50 gallons of bleach, growing food and figuring out water filtration is more than my brain can handle without freezing right back up again. I hope that the hope I have in just offering my 2 little fish and doing my best to help others while trusting God is not actually presumption on my part. Maybe I’ll be one of the ones God pulls me out early. WHATEVER he does, I only pray that I (and all of us here) will be with Him in the end.

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  25. I can only remember the point and not details, but there is a saint, who was said to be sweeping the floor one day, and someone asked him what he would do if he knew the world was going to end that night. He paused, thought, and said, “I would continue sweeping this floor.” In other words, he was already striving for holiness, to live right with God, and this is what the duty of the moment called for, and therefore, this is what he would do! (Does anyone know that story and who it was? I’m thinking a Franciscan friar?) At any rate, let us just keep sweeping the floor and not worry. I slightly object to the notion that those who have prayed for mitigation have somehow caused more problems. hahaha! I know you didn’t mean it this way literally. But let’s just say, it doesn’t matter what we pray for or how we pray, when we pray to the Father, to His angels and to His saints, it all works for good. This is how we open ourselves to Him and to His action in our lives. We never have to worry that prayer has caused harm. 😉 I like your writing, Charlie. Peace be with you all.

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    • Pete says:

      I believe it was St. Isidore.
      God’s strength and peace to all here.

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    • NancyA says:

      Actually, I think it was playing cards that the saint was doing… I tried to look it up: St. Dominic is said to have replied he would keep on playing with the fellas.

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    • Doug says:

      I thought this was St. Francis. I have heard this before and have thought of this often recently. I will see if I can confirm.

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    • Doug says:

      Ok, here is what I found on totascriptura.com with some good advice.

      Here are three responses to the question of what one would do if they knew all would end in a day:

      St. Francis of Assisi, hoeing his garden, was asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he was to die at sunset that day. He said: “I would finish hoeing my garden.”

      Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my little apple tree and pay my debts.
      —Martin Luther

      A lady once asked John Wesley that suppose he were to know that he would die at 12:00 midnight tomorrow, how would he spend the intervening time. His reply: “Why madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to Rev. Martin’s house, who expects to entertain me, talk and pray with the family as usual, retire to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in Glory.”

      The point is that they would all do what they had already set out to do, trusting that their daily plans accorded with God’s will; whether it’s Wesley’s preaching, Luther’s planting and settling of debts, or Assisi’s cultivating of his garden. Can we truly say that we have such confidence in the activities of our day?

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      • Petra says:

        Doug, you are amazing! Thank you for finding this. I was wracking my brain to remember (but it’s like a sieve) because I’d heard the same as Daughter and too thought it was a Franciscan, but couldn’t remember the details, only the point of the message. I searched online, thinking it might be one of Francis’ companions, maybe Brother Bernard or Brother Giles, but I couldn’t find it.
        Mick, you have an amazing memory! Thanks for suggesting it was St. Francis and he was weeding. I guess hoeing is weeding, right? 🙂
        God bless.

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        • Mick says:

          Hee hee, Petra! Regarding hoeing: it can mean preparing the ground for planting (such as digging furrows in order to plant potatoes). But in my experience (we have an enormous garden and do not own a tractor or a tiller, so we work the whole thing with old-fashioned grape hoes, grub hoes, and a “wheel hoe”), hoeing and weeding are almost always synonymous.

          “Amazing memory”?! Ha ha… not so much. A few years ago, I was at the store and I wrote a check. When I signed it, I wrote my maiden name. One of my kids pointed out my mistake. I’d been married about 15 years at the time. And just yesterday, when I was trying to get the attention of one of my kids, I went through several names before I got to the right one. My eldest son asked, “Why do you always do that? Why can’t you remember our names?” I mumbled something about, “That’s just the way moms are.” I don’t think he bought it. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha…I can tell you from experience, Petra, that if you get to talking with Mick in the car, she will miss her turn EVERY time. In a part of Michigan to which I had never been before, several times I had to say to her, “Um, Mick, wasn’t that where we were supposed to turn?” She is lively and fun – and her memory is great…it just isn’t traditionally linear.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie: Hahahahahahaha!!! I’ve been laughing so long over this, that me neck and head are starting to hurt!

            And here I’ve always thought of myself as a linear thinker… 🙂

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          • Becky-TN says:

            Hey Mick,

            I do that all the time. Only now, when I call one of my children by one or all of their siblings names before their own, I end it with “you know who you are”!

            God Bless,

            Becky

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          • Mick says:

            Becky,

            Well then, you’re a step ahead of me because I usually end with, “Whoever you are” or “Whatever your name is.”

            Oh well,

            Mick 🙂

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          • barb129 says:

            What really gets my kids is when I start calling them by MY siblings’ names…hehe….”Hey, Mom, I’m not that old!”

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          • SteveBC says:

            I have not engaged in a rigorous statistical analysis about this, but doing a back-of-the-envelope survey and pondering for at least 4 seconds, I find all mothers do this. Seems they try to hold all their babies (and siblings in some cases, I guess) in their minds at all times and end up in this situation.

            I must say, however, that there is another possible mechanism going on here and that is that any woman who has a child forms a single “My Child” concept in her head when the first child is born. Thereafter, it doesn’t matter how many kids she has, all of the kids get lumped inside this “My Child” concept.

            So it may be that moms really don’t remember their kids’ names but just have this generic sort-of-like-a-permanently-cute-Pillsbury-Dough-Boy “My Child” figure in their heads with small Post-It notes stuck on it with each child’s actual name. If so, it would indeed take awhile to get to reading the right Post-It note, especially if the mother doesn’t have her brain-reading glasses on at the time the mouth is engaged.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            That may be so, but how then do you explain how “us” moms can remember not only first names, but the first and middles names when duly warranted, and on the flip-side of how they become, “your” child when they misbehave? 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Taking what is inside a mother’s head and making it analytical. What a concept. Can’t stop laughing. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            JLynnByrd, I had to ponder this at very great length, not being a mom myself and only able to surmise what actually happens in a mother’s brain when a child misbehaves, for that is what I believe you are referring to when considering the use of first and middle names.

            This is something my mother would do when we were misbehaving, and it did not matter one whit whether she was looking at us or had her back turned to us. I can only conclude that mothers are very efficient at whipping out their brain-reading glasses when faced (or back-turned-to) a young miscreant, for my mother (and every other mother I ever knew) *never* missed calling the unfortunate child by his or her correct first *and* middle names right off the bat.

            A mother’s brain-reading glasses are of a very high order of awesomeness to those of us who came under their gaze, even if our mothers were in an entirely different *room*!

            Any mother seriously using her brain-reading glasses will have absolutely no trouble whatsoever with reading the child’s first and middle name off the Post-It note stuck to the dough-boy “My Child” figure in her mind. Further, when the transgressing child has committed a transgression above a certain pre-set level of horribleness, the Post-It note gets so hot that it peels off the dough-boy figure, floats through the air, and gets magnetically drawn to the father whose child it obviously is.

            If the child is fortunate, the father will step in and require the little misbehaver to apologize to “Mom.” This results in the cooling winds of reconciliation wafting the Post-It note back toward the mother, who ceremoniously reattaches it to her permanently cute dough boy “My Child” figure, reacquainting herself with the delightful babe in the process.

            And so it goes. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Magnificent, Steve! You have just authoroed a fantastic children’s picture book story. All you need is an illustrator to bring your images to life with perhaps a little revsion of the story, to your own taste of course. I’m not kidding. It’s got all the makings for a chidlren’s book award which means it will be a hot seller which means it’ll be a perfect fundraiser to build the shrine at Mt. Meeker.

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          • Mick says:

            Ha! I can’t stop laughing! This is just too hilarious of a thread! It must needs be preserved for posterity (and for all our cute little dough-boy figures in our mommy minds).

            First, our resident ponderous ponderer both ponders and pontificates quite precisely. Then Jlynnbyrd parries with a particularly pertinent point (I never, ever, EVER mess up my kids first, middle, and last names when I’m telling my husband that HIS kid is busted). Then Mr. Ponderer makes quite a nice rejoinder (sorry, I can’t think of any more “p” words), and all is again right with the world.

            Thanks, guys; this has been fun! 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Steve, I agree with Beckita. If you get it published, I promise that I will buy at least 7 copies.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Beckita and Mick, your comments really made me laugh, but I must admit that I cannot see a children’s book where you do. Apparently, my imagination has reached its limit and pulled up short. Maybe it’s a Mommy thing? Or long hours spent with Dr. Seuss? My main experience reading to my young nephew was of long hours enthralling him with the John Carter of Mars series, hardly the right background for such a book as you suggest.

            I guess I need ghost-writers – are you both interested? I have a friend who would be a great illustrator. We’re already up to seven copies and a promise to help the Shrine, so the book should have no problems getting onto the New York Times bestseller list. 😀

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          • Mick says:

            Steve… Nah, it’s not from reading Dr. Seuss. In 19 years, I’ve never read Dr. Seuss to my kids (it’s just not my style). But you can count me in. What do you say, Beckita: you ghost-write, and I edit/proofread? (As you know, writing’s not my forte.) I’ll also be happy to help sell copies… I’ve got LOTS of connections in the mommy world! 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love this idea. Proceeds to go to the Mt. Meeker Shrine fund. In the spirit of the inception of this idea, the author’s pen name could use the initials NRS with the first name being a derivative of both a male and female name (since this is a collaborative effort) and after a saint, of course.
            The name Nic means – “people of victory.” Just saying. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh Mick! I quite disagree with your assessment of your writing skills. You have pizzaz and depth. I enjoy your style immensely. As for ghost-writing Steve’s story, I’ll say: “Sure! AFTER Our Lady rescues us!”

            Steve, the possibilities with your original story are inviting. Not only does the Post-It note absorb Mama’s heat but the dough-boy bakes and transfigures. He becomes a veritable replica of a gingerbread boy, all ready to journey here and there. Can you see a thirty book series developing based on the adventures of the spunky, animated dough boy? Now that translates into a lotta’ dough-oh-boy! for the shrine!!!

            Seriously, we’d better bring this wonderful play to conclusion or Charlie may drop us a subtle as a brick suggestion to take this to the private forum. It’s been delightful but as my former first graders loved to say at the conclusion of EVERY story: THE END. : )

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am amused enough that I have not even looked toward the brick pile just yet.

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          • Petra says:

            Mick: “Then Mr. Ponderer makes quite a nice…PRONOUNCEMENT, and all is again right with the world.”
            I loved your alliteration. You’re a gem, girl!
            God bless.

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          • SteveBC says:

            You folks just have me rollin’ on the floor here. Honestly, you’re wonderful! 😀

            However, as you say, this is either going to have to go private, or it is really THE END.

            Charlie, thank you so much for your patience. I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as the rest of us did. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Sorry to extend this, but I just wanted to thank Petra for the perfection of “PRONOUNCEMENT.”

            Alright… THE END. 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          Hoeing, weeding, close enough. No problem looking it up. Helps remind me too to stay focused on the right things too. Thanks and take care.

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    • Mick says:

      Daughter, Pete, and Nancy… Now I’m giggling. The way I heard the story, it was St. Francis of Assisi; and he was weeding a garden. 🙂

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    • I love that little story about the Sweeping Saint. Thank you! It takes off my shoulders a burden that shouldn’t even be there in the first place – the burden of fretting and worrying over things beyond me, but to keep busy doing what actually needs to be done.

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  26. Aaron Pfoutz says:

    I don’t know where else to take this concern but here. I understand the storm has started and it will get worse before it gets better. The concern I have is this: I am a 7 year pancreatic cancer survivor. I am blessed to survive a horrific type of cancer through the Mercy of God, the prayers and sacrifices of friends and family. The problem is that through the last seven years I have become disabled due to many of the complications to the things that were meant to save my life. I take many pills and supplements to keep me going daily. Not complaining, I offer many of sacrifices and trials to the Lord through Mary. My concern is without these drugs and supplements I will probably survive for a while but I will be very sickly and diminished. I will do my best to offer it up with our Ladies help. I am really worried I will make the struggle way to hard for the ones I love. I don’t want them to loose hope because of the struggle I may or not make it through. I pray if it is best for my family that I will go early in the worst of the storm to give them a chance. If it is better that I stay and suffer through than I pray for that outcome. I am also concerned for my daughter who is a type one diabetic. With out insulin she will not live. She is in rehab for addiction right now and we pray and sacrifice everyday for her deliverance from the evil that has captured her. I know there are others in this type of boat. I have not given up faith or hope In Jesus Christ and the Church he gave us. I pray for you and your family.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Aaron, your question – which is one of the most common I hear – has prompted me to devote myself to writing a piece today for the sick and infirm. Not everything is going to be worse when crash comes…many things will be immediately better. Doctors will still be here…and they will be able to spend their time living their vocation, caring for people, instead of filling out forms for their government overseers. Yes, the supply of medications will be diminished for at least a time, but we will not lose the knowledge of how to make them. I have said that you always have recourse to God – and that we are entering into an age of miracles. I know you fear, as do many. But you have more reason to hope for, rather than dread, what will come. I have spoken of it all obliquely before. I will speak plainly of it today in the article I am writing.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Hi Charlie. I was wondering if this could be the article where you could address some of the things that many of us have brought up such as the negative effects of generational sin resulting in various infirmities, diseases, alcoholism . . . I also wonder about some of the struggles people have that seem to be part of our own times such as Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, and others conditions that are likely to be related to the toxins in our environment. Steve BC recently responded to one of my posts and in it he described how his health was ruined for decades because of problems with his teeth and the metal toxins he was up against. It seems that if the Kingdom of Jesus is to be established on earth as He wills, the very physical earth itself must be purified. No more pollution. And our souls are in the process of purification even now and will continue as we endure and cooperate with the grace the Lord extends to us. So, could it be that our bodies themselves could be purified as well (i.e. no more toxins, no more cellular memories of traumas, no more food allergies, no more effects of all the garbage we have eaten . . . ?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Be prudent, Quiet, but I remind you that Our Lord said it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out.

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          • Mick says:

            Your point is well taken, Charlie; but I must say that I’ve been wondering about some of the same questions that Quiet has. My kids and I have countless food and environmental allergies, including allergies to some agricultural pesticides. And even though we cook everything from scratch and even have our own garden, chickens, and goats for veggies, eggs, meat, cheese, etc., it’s impossible to avoid some allergens. (For instance, when the farmers across the street and behind our property spray the pesticides on their fields, we can taste it in the air in the house if we don’t get the windows closed in time; and we dare not venture outside for hours). It is absolutely true that what goes into a man does not defile him; but it can sure screw up his health.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, Mick, I know I have the digestive system of a dog. I eat whatever and keep right on going. BUT medically, my pilgrimage should have been impossible for me. It is good to be prudent, but the rules are already changing in some profound ways. I know my sometimes cavalier attitude to such things is, in part, from my lack of any significant allergies at all…and that when I am sick, usually a quiet couple of days where I don’t leave the house at all is a miracle cure. I think counsel both to be prudent with your family AND pray, hope and don’t worry are mutually compatible, maybe even mutually reinforcing.

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          • Doug says:

            Mick, I’m laughing at that last sentence…. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            “Digestive system of a dog”…. Ha! That had me laughing so hard that I had to stop reading.

            And I wholeheartedly agree that prudence coupled with Padre Pio’s advice is the winning one-two punch.

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      • moomba1 says:

        Many of my feelings are similar to SteveBC’s & Aaron’s, insecurity, if you will. A few week’s ago Bekita and some others got me on track which was extremely helpful. I have read & re-read what you’ve written Charlie, and I did feel peaceful. Now, what should be my right steps seem to be wrong steps once again. Serious health issues of my own and in my immediate family, as well as worries about getting my daughter (with special needs) to doctor appointments/surgery in Boston are always lingering sources of concern. I guess it’s natural to feel some angst over such issues and have been able to calm my fears, at least regarding my daughter. ‘
        I felt the video of you, Charlie, and Mark Mallett was great, fully realizing you have different styles of presenting what is to come. It may be that by following both of you since watching the video, brought about a new dimension of angst, I’m not certain. I’ve tried to discern if my feelings are due to my misinterpretation, (linguistically), or if I had lulled myself into a false sense of peace.
        Like many others, I don’t have anyone to talk about this with. Having to keep such feelings to yourself can be quite unhealthy, I do know that. Being responsible for elderly relatives dependent on O2, trying to do my very best to work, pray, prepare a bit, and do the next right step have me feeling like I am in a maze and can’t find my way out. My (semi) newly married son, who was brought up Catholic, graduated from a Catholic college, married in the Church and hasn’t been back in one since, thinks I’m crazy. Naturally, it is of great concern and all I can do is pray…
        I’m beginning to wonder if I have the “steps” backwards, or if I have simply over-reacted to two men, with different writing styles, trying to help us with what is to come?
        Thank you Charlie and to everyone else on this forum, I cannot describe my feelings for everyone and always keep everyone in my prayers. And, Charlie I bet you never said “yes” to becoming a psychiatrist!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha, moom…you are right on your last sentence…but I find it comes with the territory.

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        • Beckita says:

          Moomba, when I see how God is at work in each authentic prophet I marvel at the ways Holy Spirit lnspires each one to share a facet of our story unfolding. If reading a particular piece which contains more specific details of possible disasters to come disturbs your peace, then maybe taking a break from considering that facet is a peace-restorative act.

          Once I read the healines and highlights accompanying each newly-released Planned Parenthood video, I could not bear the video portion. I am grateful the gruesome truth has been bluntly revealed because I believe there are many who need it. In the words of Fr. Frank Pavone, “America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion.”

          I continue to be amazed at how our thinking leads our feelings. I like to turn to the “Surrender Novena” when I’m tempted with nasty little thought barbs pelted from the enemy: http://tonyhickey.org/surrender-novena I also have spray bottles of holy water with the blessing from the Old Roman Ritual, where the priest first exorcises salt and incorporates it into the blessing of the water. I have been known to spray myself with misted holy water when in need. No magic formula here, just a strong, brief, effective prayerful, “In Jesus Name, I send you evil spirits to the foot of His Cross!” powered with the use of a potent sacramental. http://www.spiritdaily.net/webbackup/blessingsacramentals.htm Then I invite the Holy Spirit to FILL me with His fruits. I remind myself I am the gatekeeper of my thoughts. If I need to, I’ll pick up a short meditation on which to refocus any fear-inducing thoughts. I LOVE the work of Fr. Jacques Philippe. One of his jewels is entitled, “Searching for and Maintaining Peace.”

          I’m praying for you, Moomba, for me, for all of us in those moments when we’re tempted to lose our peace.

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        • Doug says:

          Moom,
          Do you live in Massachusetts? I am in NH.

          Have you thought about going to a monthly gathering? We meet once a month in NH every 3rd Saturday. I believe there is one in Massachusetts.

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    • NancyA says:

      Sometimes our infirmities give others an opportunity to practice charity, or to return to prayer to which they would otherwise not commit. We do not know the ways that our situations, while looking dire, will actually be blessings.

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    • Julee says:

      I read a blog post written by a fellow special need’s mom entitled, “Why do I have to fight for everything?” and it completely hit home with me. The way our culture is today it feels like our special need’s son is not completely our own but part of a “system.” A system where he’s been deemed a problem or burden for society and one in which we constantly have to prove his worth for supplies, equipment, health care, and education. The “system” has lost sight of the fact that we’re talking about lives…precious vulnerable lives.

      God is aware of all our needs and I trust He won’t overlook the sick, elderly, and disabled in this storm, but will turn around the prevailing mindset and people will see what I see in my son and in all those who’ve been marginalized…a person deserving of all our prayers, love, care, and compassion. Will he/we suffer during the storm? I don’t know, I don’t presume to know God’s ways, but I can’t imagine anyone I know being more of a sign of hope than my son and he will definitely prompt my husband and I every minute of every day to acknowledge God and take the next right step. I see him, a boy who needs complete care, helping us and those around us in a meaningful way, something he’s done since he was born.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oh, I think you will like the piece I am putting up in minutes.

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      • moomba1 says:

        Julee, you stated your thoughts about your son so beautifully. I often say that the person in this world I have learned the most from is my daughter (internationally adopted) with special needs. God Bless.

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautifully written, Julee! What an edifying tribute to your son, your family and LOVE! Thank you and God bless you.

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      • Petra says:

        Julee, I hate the way our society has turned on the sick and infirm and disabled. I hate that human life has become so cheap that people, human beings, that are not able to “keep up with the pack” are turned on, and treated as worse than useless. The whole “health” industry acts this way, like they are accountants, and it’s all about the bottom line. They have lost their healing mission. They have lost their charism to use medicine to heal the body and the soul. They are the ones who are nearly useless.

        The sick, vulnerable, and infirm are God’s greatest gifts to us. They challenge us to defy our tendency toward selfishness, and to give beyond any measure we could ever dream of being able to give. They offer us an opportunity to love without sentimentality, because it’s hard to be sentimental when you’re cleaning up someone’s soiled bottom for the 50 millionth time. They give us a chance to sacrifice our greatest gift, our time, and to lay down that time, our life, for another, so that person may live. The sick, the infirm, the disabled are the road to heaven.

        I defy these people who discount the ill and disabled. Life is not cheap. Life is so darned precious. Not one person on the planet ever has brought an inanimate object to life. Man cannot create. He can only assist the Creator in helping life to continue.

        One time at Mass the priest told a sort of joke that related to his homily about God’s creation. He said a scientist approached God and said, “Well, we’ve done it. We’ve figured out how to create life.” God said, “Wow! This I’ve gotta see! Show me.” So the scientist picked up a handful of dirt and put it into a beaker, and God said, “Whoa there! Wait a second! Get your own dirt!”

        We live in the culture of death. What you do every day for your son is pro-life. But the culture fights you. You and the mom who wrote the piece you cite are the standard bearers that must stand up against the lie that discounts the value of some lives. You are in the trenches, and fight that battle daily. The Cronins were in the trenches and fought that same battle for their Joey. Rely on Our Lord to give you the words and actions to make sure everyone knows your son is not useless. He’s your miracle.

        God bless, Julee. I pray for your and your husband and your son often.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I should say, Petra, that I am in contact with many doctors and nurses who are desperate to be able to do their job again. The problem is not with most of them (though some have gone round the bend) but with the bureaucrats and power-mad gov’t officials and bean-counters who are actually running things in the health industry these days. It truly is hideous, depraved and brutal.

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          • Petra says:

            You are so right Charlie. I did generalize in a way that made it sound like doctors and nurses are the problem. I have seen in my own experience though some are, most are not. I have seen deep compassion in their eyes even while toeing the company line, as if they are being forced to do what their own judgement tells them is not the right thing to do. And it is also true that some seem to be just happy to have a protocol in place that allows them to mindlessly apply a simple formula somebody else came up with and not be accountable for the outcome.

            I wrote my comment before I read your latest post, and see you make distinctions between the health care industry’s heartless bureaucratic policies, and the human beings who are the medical care providers, and you describe how that will change, which is heartening.

            I’ve read some articles on Bishop Gracida’s site, Abyssus Abyssum Invocat – Deep Calls to the Deep – regarding health care and the disabled and the elderly, and much like the kinds of things that happened to the Cronins when Joseph got sick, what is happening to the the elderly is chilling. It is a dark and ferocious storm in itself. And I cannot wait until it is over.
            Thanks Charlie. God bless.

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          • Julee says:

            Thanks for your kind comments, Petra. When my mom died in 2006, I didn’t feel like she was deprived of treatment, but in 2013, when my dad died it was a different story. My dad had one doctor who, as Charlie says, “had gone round the bend.” My dad knew it and confronted him. The doctor didn’t hide it and in fact asked him “How long do you want to live anyway?” My dad was 89, but living alone, still driving (probably better than me!), and caregiving for my oldest brother. He had another doctor, a urologist, who went to bat for him and put the pressure on his colleague to treat my dad. Because of the system as well as the cancer doctor’s mindset, he was only moderately successful and he cried with my dad on more than one occasion. I think he felt he failed him. I imagine for doctors like him, it will be a gift to actually practice medicine without their hands being tied.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            Being married to an MD, I can tell you for him, some times are heart-wrenching. Many do try and fight for their patients. I think that’s why my husband loves medical missionary trips to places like Africa so much. He can practice true medicine without all the paperwork, bureaucracy and people screaming at him constantly (patients) threatening him with physical harm, lawsuits, etc…. Pease pray for him and those really trying their best.

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          • Mick says:

            Praying, Becky.

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          • Beckita says:

            Prayers ascending as you request, Becky.

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        • Mick says:

          Wow, Petra… awesome.

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      • Mick says:

        Just beautiful, Julee. Justin is so blessed to have you and your husband as his parents. 🙂

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  27. peppermill says:

    Since I learned about your site, I’ve had many different emotions (most were in the “Oh, crap!” territory!). To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure to believe. A few years ago I’d stumbled across MDM and after a week of reading those messages, I decided it was bunk, so was not sure what to make of these messages. But, yours have such a different tone. It sounds like truth. Lord knows. I’ve been looking around for a number of years thinking the world is going crazy, but kept thinking that every generation thinks that and it’s probably just how it goes. I guess not. We are finally hitting rockbottom.

    But, now, my emotions are shifting. I’m finding joy in the simple things I didn’t see anymore. I had been too busy getting things done and checking off the lists each day. After school to bedtime had become a grind of homework, dinner and sports/music practices. But, now I’m lightning up and finding joy in making dinner again. I’m enjoying helping with homework (well, maybe not math so much…ha!). I’m even agreeing to a some of my kids’ silly requests. I let them buy balloon animals from a gentleman at a restaurant the other night. I don’t tend to give in to every whim, but I saw a retired man who probably gained immense joy in making balloon animals, and my kids aren’t going to be thrilled with balloon animals forever. What’s a few dollars for joy for him and them? After school today, I ran a frivolous errand to make my daughter happy. Who knows how much longer we really have for these kinds of things? In the meantime, I can find more joy with this world. If you’re wrong in all of this, then, so what? I’ve discovered so many treasures about the Church I didn’t know (even went to confession after a long time away) and I’m truly having fun in the simple things. No harm in any of that. If it’s all true? Well, we got to enjoy the last bits of this world before the storm. We’ll find joy there as well.

    Thanks so much for this gift, Charlie. I owe you huge. God bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, pepper. Making your household a joyful one for your children is one of the most refined acts of faith one can carry out. Keep it up! God bless you.

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    • Doug says:

      Peppermill, I love your blog name. I think you are already tasting the rescue. Beautiful how you have discovered joy in simple things. We all can learn from this!

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    • Whitney says:

      Peppermill- your post resonates with me. I also had the same feelings and experiences with Charlie’s blog. So touching to hear you are taking the next right stuff. Just this morning after a very dry spiritually week and humbling- I received the inspiration to call Kitty Cleveland and see if she’d come and speak with the women of our parish. I find myself and a couple of friends at daily mass or the rosary and would love for the moms with young to Rlemntary age students to really fall in love with the word of God, find joy in everyday things and know suffering is not God’s punishment but rather so much more to it. Pray for me and I will pray for you. I’m so happy to hear about your joyfulness in the everyday. Now back to minding the kids and a myriad of errands, snack making and chauffering – oh and IKEA building lol.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I absolutely fell in love with Kitty and her sisters! I love listening to her albums even more now. Not only do I hear a great singer – but I hear the voice of a cherished friend.

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      • Whitney, I’m Kittys assistant and kid sister, the one you emailed. I hope we can get this event together for you. As a Mom of 4 myself, I love that you’re reaching out to the young, weary mammas in your parish!

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        • Whitney says:

          How awesome that we connected on Charlie’s site. I will begin looking into it in our Parish and seeing how I can hopefully host her here in Boston!

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      • peppermill says:

        Whitney, I will absolutely pray for you! What a wonderful thing you are doing in your parish. Our society just doesn’t teach finding joy in every day things, that suffering can be joyful. It’s such an odd concept! Everything in the U.S. is so “me” oriented. I was unhappy with my role for too long and it saddens me because I live where we have it so good. And, now I see so many other moms desperately unhappy by chasing the ideals that society gives us, and that just leads to more unhappiness. It was surrendering to my role as wife and mother (the opposite of what everyone around me is telling me to do) that brought peace in my life. The joy came with having my eyes opened by reading Charlie’s frank words. I’m so grateful that I learned this lesson while my children are still young.

        Right now, I’m called to focus on my home and not venture out too much with volunteer work or anything else. But I will pray that when the time is right, I can go out and help other moms find joy in the everyday things.

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        • charliej373 says:

          God bless you, Pepper. When we are chasing after “things,” we are ever doomed to disappointment. When we hold fast to God, joy rises inside us and spills out to those around us. Keep spreading joy. (We are the new counter-culturals!)

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  28. lynnmgarrison1@aol.com says:

    I wonder. Now that Paul Ryan is in place, as third in command of our country, will the center of the Storm now strike. You say the election for 2016 will not happen. That would mean our president and vice president’s terms have expired and no newly elected people are in place to replace them. So we now have a Catholic, Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House still serving his term, and arguably their replacement. Yes?

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    • charliej373 says:

      There you go parsing. I say there will be no PRESIDENTIAL election this next time. I have also said the way things are going to come will be in a way you do not expect and NOT according to current rules. So parse away, but it will not happen the way you think.

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  30. BlessedIam says:

    Here I am Lord. That song has always brought me to tears also.

    When you say you can’t tell us how it will all play out and we will have to wait and see what God has planned….I think about movie trailers. I never like to watch those because they never truly give me the information that I am interested in. Have to see the real thing.

    Here I am Lord….I will go if you lead me.

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  31. CrewDog says:

    As The Storm deepens and we become more distracted, anxious and fatigued with “Carrying-On” with Life, it might be good to ponder on today’s Verse? …. as satan & pals are doing everything they can now to sow confusion, dissention and conflict amongst The Flock …. keep your “crosshairs on the Target” … In case you have misremembered? ….. that’s Jesus and The Pearly Gates 😉 ….everything else is peripheral!!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – May 21
    1 Corinthians 1:10
    I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    For churches to get along, sometimes their leaders must remind them about unity, using the authority of the One who made his dying prayer a prayer for unity. We must work together or perish.
    Prayer:
    Lord Jesus, you have presented so many of my prayers to our Father, but today, I want to thank you for loving me so. I promise that I will do all I can, to the glory of our Father, to live at peace and serve those who belong to you. By your name and through the blessed Holy Spirit I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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