He Knows

AMO112276 Jonah, Seated Under the Gourd, Contemplates the City of Nineveh, 1566 (pen & brown ink incised with a stylus on paper) by Heemskerck, Maerten van (1498-1574) pen and brown ink incised with a stylus on paper 19.7x25.2 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK Dutch, out of copyright

AMO112276 Jonah, Seated Under the Gourd, Contemplates the City of Nineveh, 1566 (pen & brown ink incised with a stylus on paper) by Heemskerck, Maerten van (1498-1574)
pen and brown ink incised with a stylus on paper
19.7×25.2
© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK
Dutch, out of copyright

By Charlie Johnston

I am finally home today. Got home this afternoon with my luggage intact and everything.

Something for you to contemplate while I get resettled. Most of the time, I am given some information and expected to figure it out, work out an approach. On rare occasions, I am given a direct order by the Master. I have told you before that sometimes I am rather sulky during our interactions, as I am told to do or say things that do not make sense to me, that I don’t understand, or that I think will make things worse.

On a couple of occasions, I have sullenly remarked to the Lord that “that is not how I would do it.” His response on each occasion was merely to say, “I know,” with a wry smile.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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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131 Responses to He Knows

  1. Fred says:

    AMEN!!! I think we can all relate, Charlie.

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  2. LJD says:

    LOL
    Thanks Charlie, imagining that conversation made my day

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  3. Becky-TN says:

    Praying for you, Charlie

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  4. MaryE says:

    So glad to have you home safe and sound, Charlie. We are looking forward to any meeting you may have in the Denver area after a well deserved rest. May God sleep on your pillow – as the Irish would say.

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  5. Opal Boudreaux says:

    How blessed are you Charlie to have a one on one relationship with our Lord!

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  6. SanSan says:

    Gosh, if I had a direct line (with communication back and forth) to Our Dear Lord, it would be “yes sir!” “whatever you say sir!”…….I mean, I try to do that now…..but I’m not always sure “who” is talking.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Really SanSan? Do you cheerfully do all the things you know from the Church and temporal means that you should. Again, I have had two people who got a taste of it and went screaming in terror. And one thing we know: Jesus said He would build His Church on the rock that was Peter and that Peter’s faith would not fail. Yet people across Christendom are calling for Peter’s head. If people cannot even do – with faith – what they are clearly and unambiguously told by Our Lord directly in Scripture and indirectly in the Magisterium, why do they think they would be so dutiful? The good Lord knows that whatever my complaints, I will do as I promised. Frankly many have people have told me what they would do if they were in my shoes. The only two who ever got a light taste of it ran screaming. I tell people it is not what they think…and you should not ask it unless you can pay the price – and it is a LOT heavier than I cheerily make it out to be.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Thankfully Abba has a sense of humor and unconditional love. All good children have a rebellious streak and seek to push the limits. 😉

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      • YongDuk says:

        True That…. But Charlie, dare I say — and this is not corrective in the least, but an ejaculation — that you then have those souls in a beautiful position before the Lord in your prayers? Meaning, sometimes God allows a chance encounter so that you hold those souls in your heart!

        My friend, Bishop Elya, would carry a notepad. I thought in my young priestly at-that-time arrogance that maybe he was senile, but later that day it came to me that he honestly meant to pray for all those he met.

        Now, I see those as the constant people God asks us to support. I need not tell you that, but am reminding myself.

        (You can understand that once against a Shepherd as in Zechariah I desired / struggled to be angry, but am faced with Christ Crucified and can only cry out mercy and in that my lips / my hands / my heart — my being — is nailed to the Cross as much as I would love to curse him and them, I said “Yes” and “Mercy [upon them]” to God. You don’t need me to affirm this as you say as you know, as you have been formed, but please Charlie, pray I don’t see as far as you see, but I see the Fields of ministers and wish I knew why I know the “Grey”, but only have the horror of my friends from WWII to say “It’s okay… that is enough” Ugh. I wish I knew, as you say it is so heavy, so in that, what I know… To give them comfort and the Sacraments… Sorry.)

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      • rdlafleur says:

        A cross rhat can be difficult to carry. As the one I have been asked to carry. Right now I fall alot but with His help I will run. Sometimes what we ask for He gives in a way that can seem impossible. I will continue to say yes.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Know what you mean Charlie. I felt like God was prompting me to daily adoration and I argued with Him like I was a little kid. ” Why do I have to Lord? Why don’t You make everybody else too?” Then later I felt He was asking me to try to get perpetual Eucharistic Adoration started in my parish. I dragged my feet on that for a long time. I would pray,”Why me God?” Wa wa wa!

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      • I don’t envy your position for anything in the world — especially with the personal “storm” you went through. However, I can honestly say that we’re glad that we have you! For the rest of us, someday we’ll get to know the Lord in a personal manner too.

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      • SanSan says:

        oh, key word, “cheerfully”…..I must of missed that. Mea Culpa.

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    • NancyA says:

      I am NEVER sure “who” is talking. I don’t know what YOU meant by it, Sansan, but for me, I always question whether the prayer I pray or the “answers” I feel are just from my own imagination… am I talking to myself and am I answering myself?

      as far as me answering…I might get an “inspiration” …to pray, for example… I ignore it as often (or more!) as I follow it. That sure isn’t “yes, sir!” etc!

      I recently read the little quote by Fulton Sheen that ends with “do you hate your hate, your selfishness, your quick temper, your wickedness? Then you are a good soul.” Tears sprang to my eyes and I hope it’s so… Like St. Paul, I do the bad I do not want to do and I do not do the good I want to do.

      But I’ll keep trying, and I’ll keep praying to WANT to!

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  7. Jacquie says:

    Charlie,
    Hhhmmm…the whole time I was preparing for your visit here I would be led to think of Nineveh. That you were similar to the prophet, ‘forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed’. That was never, ever your direct message. None the less, I perceived similarities. A man sent on a mission that he was ‘sullen’ about doing. A message that unless we repented of our lack of trust and our independence from God our chastisement would be great, indeed. Trust, Do, Love was not given to Jonah. We are the better for it.
    If one reads between the lines, I’m pretty sure Jonah let the Lord know that was not how he would have done it! But I am so glad you did.
    I thank God for your ‘message’ and your persistence in bringing us the ‘message of Trust, Do, Love, that we all needed to hear.
    God Bless you, Charlie and thank you.
    ps: Don’t go near the water! Stay out of the belly of the whale ;~)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, I was obedient, unlike Jonah at first. And if God rescued by other means than what I originally saw, I would not sulk…I would give thanks.

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      • Jacquie says:

        I know you would Charlie.
        In one of the Biblical studies program I discovered the reason for Jonah’s reluctance. If the people of Nineveh did not repent, that was good. He wanted it to be destroyed.
        Nineveh was Assyria. Assyria conquered Israel. Jonah did not want his beloved country of Israel to be destroyed by the hated Assyrians. He was, in essense saving the country that would destroy his.
        His motive was entirely different than yours.

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  8. kathleenmary514 says:

    Hello Charlie,
    I’m befuddled by your reluctance to follow what you are being given to say or pass on. If you believe you are getting messages from an archangel or directly from God, what’s to worry about or to question? Perhaps it’s your long time friendship that you have become too “familiar” with the sacred & the holy, but I think I would just write it down as it is told to me. God will bring the fruit to ripen in His people, I assume & trust. Maybe I’m just a simple Simon. Thank you though. Your messages have been very consoling & affirming to me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I have all sorts of people tell me what they would do if they were in my shoes – and they would all be obedient, cheerful and jumping to the occasion at every moment. I console myself that many of the people who actually have been in my shoes, such as the fellow up top…and Jeremiah, Chapter 20, were a lot more surly than I have ever been. I would be more convinced if people would be jumping to what God has actually told them through Scripture and the Magisterium.

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      • peppermill says:

        Kind of reminds me of when non-parents tell parents, “I’d NEVER do that.” Well, yeah, I was a better parent before I had kids, too. Sometimes, I wonder if some parents would become parents after getting a taste of what it really entails. Oh, there’s love and joy like no other, but some days, weeks or months can be so very hard.

        So, Charlie, I hope this big job has brought you some amazing love and joy to balance out the hard work. Thank you for all you’ve done, are doing, and continue to do.

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      • Joseph77 says:

        Charlie,
        I love it: “I would be more convinced if people would be jumping to what God has actually told them through Scripture and the Magisterium.” That takes faith and for some souls, a very dark faith in which there is no consolation and light for years as in St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul.

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  9. jlynnbyrd says:

    Welcome back home Charlie. Upon getting settled, may you get some time to recharge. Blessings to you for touring and reaching out to the faithful and to all who hosted Charlie’s visits. I am planning to see you in Elmhurst in November at the Marian Conference and perhaps in a less formal setting, if a Chicago visit is planned and arranged around that time. 😉 Peace and blessings to you.

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  10. He Knows. This is title of the 1869 hymn of the same name that by the supernatural way it came to my awareness was the instruction for me to say YES to host your visit in the DFW area. God bless, Charlie, and may the fruit of your visit be this assurance to every person who heard your message that “He Knows”.

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  11. diane wyder says:

    Welcome Home, Charlie! Have you read the sobering Dr Moynihan’s latest letter, I believe number 51 on the “withdrawing of the Logos”, sobering indeed. Therefore: Acknowledge God, Take the Right Next Step and Be a sign of Hope to another…..stay close to JESUS, THE LOGOS….
    Jesus I trust in You!
    Diane Wyder

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  12. Michelle says:

    “His response on each occasion was merely to say, “I know,” with a wry smile.”
    Ahhhh, I love that response!

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  13. Debra says:

    Intriguing title.

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  14. Christine says:

    It was “our way” of doing things that got us in this big mess.. Thanks for doing as you promised. ::)

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  15. irosemj says:

    Are you letting us gently know that the Lord has told you something to tell us that you would rather not?

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, Rose. I am telling everyone to search their conscience – and quit judging things by how they would do them. Wait on the Lord. You don’t have to understand to be obedient, merely to trust – and to do.

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    • I was wondering the same thing!

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    • NancyA says:

      Charlie didn’t (ever) say he would NOT do what the Father or the Archangel had told him to do; merely that he might tell (them) that he would prefer to do it a different way, or not at all. And God knows… He also knows so much more than that. He knows WHY He wants it done or said as He does. Charlie knows that, and when he’s “lucky” he gets to see in retrospect that he was right to do as he was told and trust in the Lord. He’s just telling us to do the same. Trust, Do. Love.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oh, every time I have seen that God’s plan was MUCH better than what I had in mind. What I am really getting at is if people will wait on the Lord…trust a little in His promise that He will preserve His Church, they may see something unfold much better than anything they imagined. I have been dismayed at how many people are disenchanted with Pope Francis because he is not doing things the way they think he should. Often, I privately feel the same way, too…but I trust Christ’s promise, so rather than jumping on everything that doesn’t suit me, I contemplate and try to see how God is accomplishing His purpose – according to His promise. I don’t know, but I think Pope Francis may rescue a lot of people who would have been lost in heresy and rebellion by the way he defends the doctrinal basis of the faith while letting rebels vent. If so, that is a lot better than just cutting the rebels off. Again, I don’t know – but I do trust Christ’s promise, even when it is not what I would do and even when I don’t understand how it is unfolding.

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        • NancyA says:

          And we don’t NEED to know, or even to try to guess, how it is coming about… someday, it will all become clear.

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        • janet333 says:

          “There is another explanation…that Pope Francis is firmly exposing the heretics.”

          This is how I saw it too Charlie. Everything that is in the dark is coming into the light. Now we know who these people are and their intentions.

          God Bless the Pope.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            The pope is exposing just who the true workers in the field are, and who is not. We need new wine for the new skins God is providing. More priests who are humble and obedient in their desire to serve God in the vineyard. Please pray for our future priests coming out of tedeumfoundation.org. They need all the prayers they can get. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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        • Karen, OCDS says:

          Something you wrote a while back has really helped me re: all the upset/speculation around Pope Francis and what he says/doesn’t say and does/doesn’t do. You asked us to consider what are our responsibilities in all this? I am a foot soldier. My job is to remain faithful and pray. It is not my job to understand nor correct all the machinations in the Vatican. That is up to the princes of the Church and Our Lord Himself. He promised the Church He established will stand. I believe Him, and maybe in some small way I can help by praying and suffering to obtain grace. Getting distracted with all the discussion is just weakening my ability to actually do my assignment. I’ve had lots of peace since you gave us this illustration. Thank you!

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  16. Margaret Dorsey says:

    My first and foremost concern is when all this happens how do we get to receive the Eucharist ? My second concern is how do we help the children and the elderly?

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    • Noah603 says:

      People are resourceful when push comes to shove. I’m willing to bet that priests, who have chosen to enter a ministry that deals with all types of people and all types of problems, are more resourceful than most. I think we’ll find a way to Receive.

      I would humbly suggest that we each consider the children and elderly within our reach and pray for and plan for them as we are able. But even more importantly, if we have a servant’s heart, and clearly you do or you wouldn’t be asking, then if we’re open to the promptings of the Spirit, He will show us what to do when the time comes.

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  17. Carmen says:

    Charlie, in your short post you have given us a lot to contemplate and I’m not sure where to start… the obvious is to go to Scripture and pray over the readings which describe Jonah’s situation as he looked over Ninevah. I also looked up the words of the OLD song He Knows:
    I know not what awaits me,
    God kindly veils mine eyes,
    And o’er each step of my onward way
    He makes new scenes to rise;
    And ev’ry joy He sends me, comes
    A sweet and glad surprise.

    Refrain

    Where He may lead me I’ll follow,
    My trust in Him repose
    And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
    I’ll sing, He knows, He knows;
    And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
    I’ll sing, He knows, He knows.

    One step I see before me,
    ’Tis all I need to see,
    The light of Heav’n more brightly shines,
    When earth’s illusions flee;
    And sweetly through the silence, came
    His loving “Follow me.”

    Refrain

    O blissful lack of wisdom,
    ’Tis blessèd not to know;
    He holds me with His own right hand,
    And will not let me go,
    And lulls my troubled soul to rest
    In Him Who loves me so.

    Refrain

    So on I go not knowing,
    I would not if I might;
    I’d rather walk in the dark with God
    Than go alone in the light;
    I’d rather walk in faith with Him
    Than go alone by sight.

    Refrain

    He knows, He knows, He knows.

    What are you telling us Charlie? That you were told something directly? I am not nearly as clever as many of you here who comment… but I do take great comfort from all of the insights. I am re-reading the song verses,” I would rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the light. ”
    Charlie, I have personally known one mystic.. and recognize all that you say about no one should ever want that role. It comes with much suffering. God bless you for your faithful yes. I will go sit with Jonah now 🙂 and see if God wants to reveal anything to me. If not, I’ll still sleep well trusting that He knows what’s best. And when I need to know, He’ll grab my hand.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is very simple. Most who are attacking the Pope right now and are not in outright rebellion do so because the Pope is not handling things the way they would or think he should. Sometimes you need to watch and wait. Just because it is not what you would do does not mean it is worse than what you would do. Often it is better.

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      • janet333 says:

        Hi Charlie,

        I’m getting the most awful posts from the mdmers over the outcome of the Synod. I ask what bothers them..and not one can answer me. This only tells me that they actually WANTED the Pope to change doctrine. They have a need for him to be the false prophet, because they are the ‘elect’…the ‘remnant’ chosen by God to sort this world out. It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. 😦

        Lord open their eyes.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You got it Janet…and the MDMer’s are busy attacking me constantly now, too. Hee hee. I like the quality of my opponents as well as those of my friends.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          The good pope will never change doctrine or there will then be utter chaos among the faithful, and it is not what God asks of His pope. He asks him to stick with what the church has always known is true, and those who decide to do the same heretical things they did when the pope had to come out with Humanae Vitae, they will be swallowed up some day when God decides. Each catholic must decide to be a devout catholic or a heretic, and there then they can form their own church like so many others before them. God will never allow false prophets, false priests or otherwise to destroy what already is so beautiful for all those with hearts and eyes to hear and see. Watch and pray. Jesus did not die on the cross so we could have a more touchy-feely, fuzzy warm feeling when we go to mass. We go to mass to worship the Lord, not the things foolish men do to confront God on His turf. God will always win against those who think they can second-guess what God’s next move will be. It will be as it has always been. Nothing can change that! pam, from NJ.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Carmen, I would also add to Charlie’s comment that this applies for certain sure as we consider our expectations about the Storm and when it could or would begin. Charlie made an estimate based on what he knew and could figure, and the Storm did not begin by the time he thought it might. I had a couple dreams that I thought might be indicating when the Storm might break, and I turned out either to be wrong about that beginning or in my assumption that it was for everyone when perhaps it was just for me.

      The fact that we are both wrong in some fashion does not at all indicate that God has decided there will be no Storm, or He postponed it just to make us wrong (although of course, maybe He has done either or both, who knows?). He will begin the Storm when it is best to do so in HIs eyes and not a minute sooner or later, and He will start it without any regard to what kinds of calculations or interpretations we will create for ourselves.

      That doesn’t mean that calculations or interpretations should never be done or are always useless. As Charlie says, “He knows” we are going to do that kind of thing, and He will teach us lessons or let us push ourselves through the spiritual or secular preparations we want or need to make, all to the good.

      The key is not to let the calculations and interpretations, or any other *expectation* you might hold about what God is to do, to turn into attachments that you defend. No, we move on, and we continue to acknowledge God, take the next right step as best we can, and remain hopeful and a beacon of hope.

      (Now where is that darn slide rule – I’ve got new calculations to make!)

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      • Anne says:

        Good heavens Steve….. Slide rule!!!
        Obviously you have not seen threw film the Martian. They are geniuses with computer calculations…… No mention of God of course!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Anne, I *loved* the book and thought the movie was good enough. I’m a nerd, so the science and engineering was wonderful to see. I hope it helps encourage younger people than I, and that we get many more scientists and engineers.

          The movie had a better ending than the book, I must say. I find that the movie is a wonderful way to learn T-D-L and for endurance in crisis.

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      • Carmen says:

        Thank you Steve, this is very helpful for me! I have no problem not worrying about Pope Francis… I completely concur with all that Charlie and Mark have said about him being the Pope of the Storm. But you addressed the issue that I struggle with…. thinking I can plan for ” the Poland moment”. The Lord has given me many great opportunities to trust Him since my cancer diagnosis this summer, and I am trying to be a sign of faith and hope to others. I too, am thinking that my physical preparations are as good as they are going to get, and will continue to keep my spiritual preparation the priority. And I love Charlie’s advise to love others in the simple things like having a family dinner or bringing some other simple joy to those around me. St. Therese is my role model, as I am afraid that the courage and bravery of St. Joan of Arc is beyond me.
        That slide rule may come in handy if we love electricity 🙂 Thanks again Steve!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Oh, Carmen, I’m sad to hear of your diagnosis, but I see you are doing well with it by doing as you are. I’m glad my comment was helpful. Be blessed. 🙂

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      • Steve said: “I had a couple dreams that I thought might be indicating when the Storm might break, and I turned out either to be wrong about that beginning or in my assumption that it was for everyone when perhaps it was just for me”…

        Ah yes, I can identify with that. Just before Sept 14th this year, I sensed something was coming. I couldn’t exactly tell if it was just for me or if others were included as well, but fearing some huge boulder crashing down on me, I sought safety in assuming it’d be for us all.

        As it turned out, it was just for me.
        I take it as a timely lesson in humility, one that I can take in myself, anywhere, be it in receiving correction or even when the Holy Father does not work according to My plans 🙂

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  18. jessisamom says:

    All this time reading and first I have ever replied… your “family” in Atlanta, especially your pugnacious toddler friend miss you! Enjoy your own bed and the comforts of home. You have earned a little rest. Stay safe and if you ever come down South again, I will have the cheesecake waiting. 🙂

    God bless you always, Charlie!

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  19. Whitney says:

    If I was able to see life events unfold before my eyes before they begun- I’d run away screaming in the other direction! How amazing you get up Charlie and face each day with strength and fortitude. Sometimes I want to hide under the covers and all I have is a messy house to clean and a hard to manage child at times!
    I wish more people understood how difficult this is for you to handle at times.
    If I saw God’s ways ahead of time for me- there’s no way I’d agree with the plans! There’s what we want to know, what we think we know and what God really knows.

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  20. June1 says:

    My mom would certainly vouch for the fact that too many times to count, I would respond to every single idea or suggestion she had with a firm and loud, “No!” or an, “I know, I know!” Now my son does it to me. We think we know everything when we know way less than we could ever imagine. God is a father. He knows. 😉

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, June1! When I was being a pain as a kid, my mother would often say, “I hope you get one just like you.” I got FOUR (the jury is still out regarding the baby). Ahh, the maternal “curse.” Paybacks, as they say, are… well… purgatory. 🙂

      (Not to give the wrong impression about my kids; they are wonderful. They just all seem to have my quick tongue and quick temper, as well as my argumentative streak. Thanks, Mom!) 🙂

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Well, pray, pray, pray and pray some more. Be all you can be for your kids. If we could all say that we have then done our job. But, we need God in all of this. Pray to God the Father for yourself, your wife and your kids, not that all will be fine, but that all will seek to grow in holiness. pam, from NJ.

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      • JeanE. says:

        Mick, that is hysterical!! I used to tell my son this same exact thing every time he drove me crazy and now he is going crazy and he has his hands very full. He calls me and says MOM! why did you do this to me! Ooops 😉 Now I am praying for the Lord to ease up just a bit for him haha- Love it!
        A wonderful spiritual director once told me that God gives each generation the extra spunk needed to survive in our world until He can get his hands on them!

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        • Mick says:

          Ha ha, Jean! I never got on my mom’s case about “the curse.” In fact, my kids’ behavior caused me to do a bit of apologizing to my mom for my own behavior during my youth 🙂

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      • Petra says:

        So funny. Sometimes I remember my youth and mom mom’s face, frustrated at me beyond belief, and me not having a clue what was bugging her. Now? Well, now it’s crystal clear! I see me at that age though her eyes, and I can see where her grey hair came from!
        God bless.

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  21. Jacqueline Nevinger says:

    I’m sorry Charlie if I offended you. Just trying to provide a bit of levity. It was only sharing a partial insight I had. I still think of you along with Jonah. But just the 40 days more part. Told you I couldn’t write. J Sent from Jacquie’s iPhone

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  22. SteveBC says:

    Yah, Charlie, heh. I have updated people on my wave dreams here, but the most likely time for those dreams to have meant anything for anyone but me has now just come … and gone.

    I went out this afternoon to do some errands, get some equipment for my secular preparation. As I came home, I felt myself relaxing and feeling that I was basically done with those preparations. Of course, spiritual preparation is on ongoing thing for all of us, including me, but I felt the secular work is done (maybe some minor cleanup, maybe not).

    As I felt this sense of completion, I looked down and saw my odometer. The last three digits were “777”, the number of completion three times. I felt confirmed in my feeling, and I smiled, figuring God was telling me I am indeed done, done, done! 😀

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    • jessisamom says:

      I find your “777” comment intriguing – I have been plagued with triple digits, particularly 1’s and 3’s for several years now, lately there seems to also be 2’s and 4’s. I always feel like it means something but I have no idea what. Do you have any insight?

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      • SteveBC says:

        JessIsAMom, no I was just enjoying the making of connections about 7s. I gather in the Bible they are associated with completion. So it seemed like a nice little handshake from above to confirm my feeling. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything else to do, just that the major work is apparently done.

        As for other numbers, I have no clue. In situations where you notice things, you have to keep in mind that the human brain is a pattern-seeker. Once you decide that something is significant, then you will see it more often, simply because your brain sets up a filter that screens for that.

        Unless someone else here has the answers you need, I would recommend that you reprogram yourself. Months ago I started seeing “9:11” and “11:11″ often, well, often according to my brain. Of course I was also looking at clocks many other times of the day, but since they weren’t part of this filter in my head, they were just times. Think of all the times you see several numbers together and they *aren’t” a series of the same digit. I’ll bet it’s far more often than you see the single-digit series. Make yourself see these other non-significant numbers whenever you are looking at numbers, and pretty soon you see that the numbers you see and think are significant are actually minor occurrences in your life.

        In my case, the *feeling* that I am complete on my preps came *first* followed *immediately* by seeing three 7s in a row right in front of me. The numbers weren’t important per se. They were important to me as *possibly* a kind of light-hearted sign from those who watch over me because of their close juxtaposition to my feeling. So if I see triplet 7s again tomorrow when I look at my next check number, I’m not going to assume the 7s have any meaning.

        I realize this will probably disappoint you, but I can’t see any reason to assume these number sequences that you are picking up on are anything significant. However, they are your numbers, so I really don’t know for sure.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Steve, forgive me for making a small correction, but which might add more beauty to your numberings.

          7 is the number of “covenant” or “oath”, one could say “promise”. God rested on the 7th Day as a sign to us to live His promise as opposed to acting like beasts (thus, the number of the Beast).

          8 is the number of completion or perfection: males were circumcised on the 8th Day, the Temple took 8 days to consecrate, Christ rose on the 8th day. (This is also echoed in the “day” of Hebrews 3; “perfection”/”to perfect” there is also the word for consecration of a Priest.)

          This is a fact that Seventh Day Adventists miss and a nice tool when talking with them.

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          • Kathleen from NJ says:

            Hi Yong Duk- I think what I’m going to say is significant to the discussion. My husband is currently undergoing chemo and radiation treatments for cancer and the chemo comes in the pill form. Well we checked the amount of medication on Sunday and saw that he was 8 days shy of the pills he needs to complete his treatment. Of course I flew into a panic and called the doctor. We expect the 8 additional days of dosage to come in the mail today.

            So to me your comment about 8 being the number of completion or perfection is totally true in this personal matter. Your comment made me take extreme notice of the significance of the number 8 with respect to the medication and with respect to Our Lord. It was also a good boost of confidence for me that all will work out perfectly. I didn’t have to panic or be upset – God already had everything in perfect order.

            Another thing that is significant for me personally is every new year I do an 8 day consecration Novena to God the Father in Heaven. But it was only your comment that made me take notice and connect the dots as we Catholics like to say. I thank you Yong Duk and Our Father in Heaven

            Father! YOU are an AWESOME God! Amen!!!
            God Bless
            Kathleen

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        • Katherine says:

          I felt that same way last month. Just . . . done with prepping, that if I did anything more or bought more supplies, I’d be treading into that “trusting myself” zone. And I just feel peace right now. I am feeling little impatient for a crash to come; because I want to feel justified and because I feel a little silly living life with two parallel universes in my head: one where life goes on as usual, and one where I’m eating pinto beans out of a pot with half the neighborhood for Christmas. Terrible reasons to be impatient. I should be rejoicing that there is more time at hand in which I get to sleep well, take my daughter to dance class and stay in our home. And get my free turkey with my Shop Rite rewards points. 🙂 I’ve been wandering around my normal life just feeling incredibly grateful to God for everything He has given me. I am trying not to care about a time table, because it shouldn’t matter. Do I WANT to make soap out of wood ashes? No. So I’m going to just be grateful. And Charlie, I just want to say that when I was little I used to pray that I could be a “cool” Catholic saint who got to “see” something. Then I got older and wiser: now I just pray that God lets me slip into heaven through a crack in the pearly gates . . . I just want to pray, live my vocation, keep my house sorta clean and help my kids love their God and their faith. There’s enough holiness and greatness to be found in those things.

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          • jessisamom says:

            Katherine, I think we may be soul sisters 😉

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          • JeanE. says:

            Katherine, I love your ‘parallel universes’! I’m praying the Lord will allow time for me to get my chickens (promise- I’m being silly and not selfish) in the spring because I can’t imagine having them in my home this winter since the coop isn’t built yet! I ran out of time this fall….But alas! if it has to be, I’ll have to deal with it and if it comes to that I won’t be in the least surprised- I’ve lived with worse 🙂 The time given and the waiting has its benefits for some of us haha!!

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          • barb129 says:

            Katherine, I love your line of “living life with two parallel universes in my head”. Exactly what I’ve been feeling. I’m just busy helping take care of my very elderly parents who have increasing dementia and grateful for every day that I don’t have to do it all alone.

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          • It is a strange way to live, isn’t it??

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      • Al Chandanais says:

        Jessisamom, I too experience looking at the clock and seeing 111, 333, 444 for several years now. I asked my bible study group that had 40 members and most if not all were experiencing the same thing. I was also told by the leader of our group the they had heard from other bible study groups they were having the same happenstance. It is not as rare as you would think but i truly have no response as to why. I myself, immediately think of the Holy Trinity and when seeing 444 I think of the Trinity and Mother Mary and always find myself smiling and giving Glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. My opinion and truly it is only my opinion, that God is reminding me He is close to me.

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    • SteveBC says:

      😀 If I had known the can of worms I would be opening up by mentioning my 777, I would have done something else!

      YongDuk, you may very well be right, but I’ve never seen that bit about 8, and I recall Charlie saying 7 meant completion. To my mind 8 would mean renewal and beginning, not completeness. Whoever heard of 7 meaning covenant? Not me! And lo these many 64 years of life, I always thought Christ rose on the 3rd day. 🙂 And if you mean that Holy Saturday was #7, I think 7 means completion of the old, and the 8th day would mean new beginnings, given that it was the Resurrection that started our era. Then there are the seven days of the week, the 24 hours of the day, the 365.25 days of a year, and I’ll bet they’re all important numbers, too. Alas, my head is about to explode. 😀

      Al Chandanais, I think everyone sees same-digit numbers because they are patterned and because our brains like patterns. I suspect that if you were to ask anyone on the street anywhere in the world, a very large proportion of them would reply, “Hey, yeah, now that I think about it, I *have* seen a lot of 333s and 444s recently.” And if they said no, you can bet that in the next few days they would see 3s and 4s everywhere they looked. The vast majority of the time, I don’t think it means anything.

      Katherine, you really make me laugh! I feel *exactly* the same. If 777 meant the end of the old, perhaps God was telling me the Collapse and the beginning of the New Era is only days away. Who knows? I don’t.

      To all: I noticed the 777 yesterday, not because 777 means anything per se to me (other than a Boeing airliner), but because I already had a feeling of completeness running through me, and it just so happened that I then immediately saw that 777. Despite the good possibility that YongDuk may be right about 7 and 8, to me *yesterday* those 777s meant “completion.” If God wanted to give me a little wave and a little humor right then, he would not have given me 888, because He would have known I wouldn’t see any significance in a bunch of 8s. He did know how I would actually interpret a bunch of 7s right then, not how the Bible would tell me to interpret it sometime later.

      Although numbers can have significance, most of the time that significance is entirely in the eyes and pattern-seeking brain of the beholder and nowhere else. Nonetheless, numbers can be fun. Thank you all for the information and the entertainment! 🙂

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      • YongDuk says:

        Lol. Christ was Crucified on Good Friday and rose on Sunday. Yes, the 3rd day has import in regards to the O.T. Prophesies, but that Christ rose on Sunday, the 1st and 8th Day has great import for the Early Church Fathers and why we no longer celebrated the Sabbath (Saturday)/on the Jewish Sabbath/on Saturday.

        7 means covenant/oath: the 7 Wells in Genesis 7 leads to 8. So for many, 7 is the “already. not yet” and in that aspect of completion and perfection they are right, but, from Hebrews 3, entering into the 8th Day is Final. Christ’s Resurrection is the Final Act of entrance, completed on the 40th Day into the Promise Land (just to throw a wrench in there with the Ascension.)

        There are great Biblical scholars who expound upon this in more detail including in regards to the Wedding of Cana and the “Days” of John 1–2.

        But the Octave Day is highly, highly, highly significant and the Novus Ordo has lost all but Easter and Christmas!

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Just speaking of this to a friend who knows better than I do about these things. You are exactly dead-on right, YD! But, I know you knew that, just by your writing. Thanks for keeping getting the truth out there and many blessings. pam, from NJ.

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        • SteveBC says:

          YongDuk, thank you for “doing an 8” in our conversation and showing me conclusively that I am all wet (another American English phrase that will give you conniption fits, I’m sure!).

          Actually, I’m intrigued with what you say here. I really did not know.

          I have mentioned elsewhere on the site today how I see a number of people saying that they are close to finishing or are finished with their prepping work. In other words, a lot of people are getting 7s in their lives right now, setting up the means to satisfy their covenants to care for others during the Storm.

          And what comes after 7 is 8, Final. Seems to me our lives may change sooner rather than later, just on this basis alone.

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  23. Good to know that I’m not alone in thinking how things ought to go sometimes. I tried to formulate a prayer along these lines, but all I could think of was encountering Mercy at the end where He says, “Aren’t you glad we did it My Way.” I suppose that’s a prayer of sorts, but if that’s the best I can come up with, the least I can do is to stop bellyaching.

    Jesus, I trust in You!

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  24. Linda says:

    I can just picture Jesus saying “I know” like that with a little grin. His patience and gentle humor with us is so endearing. I love Him so much.

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  25. Laurie McCloskey says:

    Sleep well tonight. You’re the best Charlie!

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  26. jnursester says:

    I went to Confession today, Charlie, I asked Father if he enjoyed the visit with you. He said “I hope he was very blessed to be here.”

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  27. barb129 says:

    This post is bringing to my mind a quote from Blessed John Cardinal Newman that I love:

    “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

    He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.

    I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
    while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

    Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”

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  28. Pam Nicholson says:

    Charlie, what else do we have? We know we have God, and He has us, if we want Him. I always prefer to keep cheering God on, as I am so disturbed by things happening. But, I know that I have to struggle on, no matter how hard things get. When you were sick, we were all praying for you. I also came down with bronchitis at that time. I am just beginning to get myself to feeling more like my normal self, which is that I am disabled still, but, I know where this will take me as I offer up all of this suffering daily for God’s plan, not mine. You are human, and I thank God for you being in the world helping God wake up restless hearts and souls. You have woken up mine, but, you see, I also had to remember that there is new wine coming to fulfill God’s promise to us that He would never leave us. He is giving us orthodox priests, who are centering their lives on Eucharistic Adoration and the rosary and all things orthodox in the faith. I am fed up with people calling catholics either progressives or whatever. We are catholics, and we have every reason to keep our chin up no matter what comes down the pike. I loved the pictograph. I often speak about Nineveh, and I think I started talking about it on this site. I pray for you to be refreshed and recharged spiritually and physically. You had a tough journey. Time to give yourself time for you. Blessings. pam, from NJ.

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    • janet333 says:

      “I am fed up with people calling catholics either progressives or whatever. We are catholics, and we have every reason to keep our chin up no matter what comes down the pike”

      I agree Pam..was it really any better in the past? I believe there was a separation after Vatican I over Papal authority. And we all know the problems surrounding Vatican II re contraception.

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  29. BD says:

    Thanks Charlie, I will study what you say. Too many seemed to want the minutia but that is just my opinion. Please add more posts as you see fit…

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  30. aj says:

    Hey…my best example is our first Pope, Peter. Lived, touched, spoke with, listened to, played with and learned from the physical person of JESUS The CHRIST, GOD of the universe. Saw the Transfiguration with Moses actually speaking with JESUS. Now what manner of man after experiencing all these things and more (Miracles and deliverance of evil spirits) for three consecutive years, would deny JESUS and run away? Me and many of you. Why? Because Peter saw face to face the consequence of his association with CHRIST! Just the same way when he walked on water…he once again didn’t fix his eyes on JESUS and fear of the “Storm” surrounding him got the better of him.
    Many of us, if not all, will hear and see the frightening winds of the “Storm” soon enough and whether we have visions, dreams, apparitions or locutions, if we dont fix the eyes of our hearts on JESUS, we’ll sink.

    The courage and humility of the Lord be with us all, now and forever..JESUS I Trust in YOU!!!

    PS: I just posted this and it doesn’t show up on pending approval…so in case it’s still in cyberland I’m sending again…:-)

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    • Mick says:

      Great points, AJ. Thanks.

      And as an aside, I’ve also noticed over the past few days that my comments aren’t showing up on pending approval; and after I comment, the page that I’m on goes back to the top rather than back to where I was when I commented. I thought that maybe my computer was messed up, but maybe it’s an issue with WordPress.

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  31. Gail Pawlik says:

    Am so concerned about a friend who follows Maria Divine Mercy “religiously” ,,, and this is partially what she’s sending out……………..
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    “No one knows the hour or the day”. YOU BETTER NOT READ CHARLIE JOHNSTON AS HE PREDICTS THE END OF 2017. Now when you talk about MDM (Maria Divine Mercy) you do not know if she is correct or not. It is coming down from the Vatican that it says she is not. Now do you believe everything that is said in these confusing and heretical days especially from the evil that is in the Vatican? Our Lord said to MDM that Bergoglio is an imposter. Do you think the Vatican wants that out? NO. A BIG FAT NO.
    MDM (name never revealed)has a spiritual director (never had one before, and who is he?) who guides and helps her.. There are too many lies and misdirection out there and I am not about to believe everything I hear especially when they tell us not to read her books. (With the devil so rampant, all the more reason I SHOULD READ HER MESSAGES)”
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    Please tell me you think…..when it is said “No one knows the hour or the day”….I thought that this refers to when Jesus the Returning King on HIs throne, descends from Heaven as Judge at the end of the world, and not refers to every time a date is prophesied.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes Gail, Our Lord says that no one knows the hour of His second coming. Since I say a Rescue is coming from Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, that is irrelevant. MDM was exposed over a year ago to be a complete and utter fraud. Her name is Mary Carberry, a public relations consultant who is not even particularly religious. She made this stuff up in hopes of selling apocalyptic books. It is astounding to me that after being fully revealed as an intentional fraud, some still follow her. Her people now attack me regularly because I have firmly denounced her and give links to the exposure when I do, as I did here. She is condemned by her Bishop. She is a malicious fraud, preying on the gullible. Period.

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    • Beckita says:

      Deliver us, O Lord, from MDM and her ilk. God bless you, Gail!

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      • jaykay says:

        Oh dear Lord, Gail. That is terrible. I’m a fellow-countryman of that MDM fraud (her rubbish was condemned by the Archbishop of Dublin) and to think that she’s still having influence is just awful. If you can get through to your friend at all, please tell her that the Primate of Ireland has condemned MDM’s trash, as per Charlie’s link. Lord, what has my country come to. Bless you – and your friend J.

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        • janet333 says:

          The mdmers are as stubborn as mules. Even though MDM, aka Mary Carberry, has been exposed, and fled out of fear, the damage has been done. Some of them are now following the convicted paedophile, Little Pebble. They also forget that he said the Pope after John Paul would be an anti pope. Dr Mary Jane Even has also been resurrected now too!
          Keep praying for the followers to have their eyes opened.

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  32. Dolly says:

    I think I understand what you are saying Charlie. I believe the Holy Spirit prompts all of us all the time and many times, if we even acknowledge the promptings, we brush them off. When I started noticing promptings I would have a back and forth conversation with seemingly myself and think that I was getting goofy. The first time I acted on a prompting I argued and made deals with the Holy Spirit and/or myself because I really didn’t know if I was really just talking to myself. The thing is, I had a nagging feeling to do something for a stranger I saw twice. I had been praying in front of a planned parenthood and it was cold and starting to snow. A young man walked by behind us and I heard him say, “Brrr, it’s cold!”. I looked and saw that he was wearing a sweatshirt that was too small and no hat, coat or gloves. My first thought was he didn’t know how to dress for the weather. For some reason it’s not “cool” to bundle up. I didn’t think anymore about him until a few weeks later I happened to be in that part of town, driving to a different grocery store than I normally go to and it was also in blizzard like conditions. Hardly anyone was out on the roads and certainly not walking except for this young man and this time a gal was with him. She had a coat and hat on but he just had a hooded sweatshirt. Suddenly I realized he must not have had a coat or hat or gloves because if he had, he would have been wearing them this time! I couldn’t put him out of my mind. Finally a week or so later I was in a store doing some Christmas shopping and that is when the conversation started. “Buy him a coat”. “I have no idea what size to buy. I’ve seen him twice for a few seconds each time. He’s large but a size large might be too small. An extra large might be insulting. How about I do the hat and gloves and skip the coat?”. “Do the hat and gloves AND the coat!”. “Really? This is nuts. I have no idea if I will ever see this fellow again. Probably not”. By this time I knew I was going to buy the hat, gloves, and coat but wasn’t quite finished arguing with God or myself. I wasn’t really sure who I was having this conversation with. A few days later I was heading to planned parenthood for my hour of prayer in front of their facility and it was a few days before Christmas. I told God that if this was His Will, then he would have to produce this young man in that hour because I really am not going around the neighborhood looking for him AND it would be less embarrassing for me if he was not wearing a coat, hat and gloves. (Yes, I felt embarrassed). I had the items in a bag in the car. If I didn’t see him, I would take the items to the mission so this whole thing wouldn’t be for naught. I parked, got out and took my place in front of planned parenthood and said, “Ok, it’s up to You now”. Maybe five minutes went by and suddenly there he was……without a coat, hat or gloves! I told him to wait, I had something for him. He waited, he hugged me and wished me a Merry Christmas. My husband was down at PP later that afternoon for his hour of prayer and he told me a young fellow he had never seen before walked by with a few people, telling them that this was where some woman gave him the coat, hat and gloves he was wearing.

    Needless to say, God gave me a huge gift that afternoon. First, He proved He was talking to me, that I wasn’t just talking to myself, and secondly, He showed me He could be trusted. I’m aware of His promptings more and more and each time I act on them I am blessed, yet I still question and even ignore Him at times. I realize now that His promptings are meant to prepare me to trust Him completely. Still, it is easier said than done. “I know”, says He.

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    • Petra says:

      Dolly: I love this story.
      One time at Mass an old woman came in and sat a few pews in front of me. She had several full bags of “junk” and was wearing mismatched clothes, a sweater buttoned up over her shabby dress, a knit cap squished down on her head, and solid looking black shoes with no socks on her feet. It was cold out, and I felt so bad for her. When I went home I put a package of new crew socks in my car, and I carried them into church with me for the next couple of weeks, planning to give them to her, and you know, I never saw her again.
      I would have LOVED to have something like happened to you happen to me!
      God bless.

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      • Dolly says:

        Petra, the thing is you responded to God’s prompting and He took notice. He knew I needed “proof” so He gave me the proof that He does indeed exist and He does hear and respond to our prayers. Even though I have been a practicing Catholic all my life, that afternoon He became REAL to me. I have had a more real relationship with Him ever since. I talk to Him, I cry to Him, I make demands, I apologize, I thank Him, I seek Him, I beg, beg, beg Him, I smile with Him, I laugh with Him, I love Him!

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  33. JoyInTheLord says:

    The story of Jonah.

    I assisted at Mass celebrated by a priest who is teaching in the local major seminary. He spoke about a challenge that was posited before him and two other priest-professors. (This was the day when the first reading was from the beginning of the Book of Jonah) The challenge was what books of the Bible one must choose if he has but 50 pages to compile.

    One of the priests said that he must include the Book of Jonah.

    He didn’t tell us why the priest chose so, and instead, he encouraged us to read the remainder of the Book so that we would know why. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the Mass the next day as I had to be at another parish. Until now, I don’t know why someone would prefer THAT book quite readily instead of, say, the Gospel of John.

    And here is the latest post from Charlie. Jonah under the gourd looking at Nineveh from a distance.

    Any thoughts from the pew? By the way, please say a prayer for this priest as he is currently sick. He has not celebrated Mass for a week now.

    Jesus, I Trust in You!

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  34. Petra says:

    When I read this I’m reminded of a time in my life when I was frustrated by many things, and one time I blurted out to my brother, “Boy, they should just be glad I’m not God, because they’d be cinder crisps by now.” He was so startled at what I said we both immediately burst into laughter.
    Of course we wouldn’t do it God’s way. That’s why He is God, and we’re not! 🙂 And as someone already mentioned above, note the mess we’ve made of things doing it our way.
    God bless.

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  35. Momof6g4b says:

    What perfect timing for this short-but-sweet post. I saw it after coming out of a visit to the neurologist for my daughter (on her 23rd birthday). What we thought/hoped was going to be a straight forward diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy (serious enough in itself) turned into a referral to a high ranking specialist at UIC Medical Center. All I can keep saying is Jesus I trust in you, while crying and shaking inside. How can I want anything for my daughter, but God’s will? But, “that is not how I would do it”.
    Please pray for her, my dear and trusted prayer warriors. I will post more details in the prayer request section. God bless you all.

    Laura B

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked the Lord to send St. Lucy to comfort, protect and guide your daughter and family.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Laura, you can count of my continued prayers for your daughter and entire family for healing of body, mind and soul according to God’s will.

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    • Petra says:

      Momof6g4b: My heart goes out to you! I am praying for your daughter, and for you and your family, that you will be able to shoulder this cross (of the serious diagnosis and possible worse diagnosis) with courage and faith. Regardless of how dire and treacherous it looks now, hang on to Jesus (I know you will.) You DO want God’s will for her, because that is perfect, and if His will leads through a dark forest with dangerous cliffs all around, never fear. He will lead you though safely. I promise (only because I trust Him and He doesn’t lie.)
      There’s a lot about this situation you cannot control, that you will not be able to control. The strategy is to put your bow (of the little boat of your life) into the wind, facing it head on, and ride out the storm that way. Think of the scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest and Captain Dan are going through Hurricane Carmen. (I LOVE that scene, especially Captain Dan railing at God from the crow’s nest during the worst of it. I just love the story of Captain Dan’s life journey in that movie.)
      (I know, I know, everyone thinks it was Hurricane Camile. Even I did. But the year would have been wrong. Camile was in 1969 and this event was happening in 1974.)
      Regardless.
      Praying, praying, praying Momof6g4b.
      God bless.

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  36. Doug says:

    Welcome home Charlie. Praying for you from Medjugorje.

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  37. Barb H says:

    I’m nodding, smiling wryly today. Just this week I *virtuously* promised during Adoration to suffer for Him in whatever ways he sent.

    Yes, Lord, I am willing to suffer for you. Here I am! Use me, Lord! At your service, Lord! And I mean it passionately Lord!

    But…..only not THIS suffering, Lord! This wasn’t what I meant at all!! Really, Lord? 😉
    I meant physical suffering, Lord, not mental anguish! I can’t deal with this horrible knife in my heart that my middle son just dropped like a bomb into my lap today. And while we’re at it, not arthritis pain in the hands either…I need to be able to knit But anything else….within reason…..here I am!

    How weak I am! How ridiculous HE must think I am! But I am bowing my head humbly to Him now and saying, “Yes, Lord. Please help me to bear it all.”

    Barb H

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you for witnessing to faithfulness and courage, Barb H. Praying for you and for your middle son. May St. Joseph who was stunned with shocking news stay right by your son’s side, interceding for him in every way. May you be strengthened and consoled in the Lord’s perfect-for-you ways.

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      • Barb H says:

        Thank you Beckita. I am very grateful for your prayers. I prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for my son. INSTANTLY, all anxiety melted away. That was a miracle for me, and a clear sign that Our Lady has taken it all and is working on it. I gave it all to Jesus thru Our Blessed Mother.

        It has made me realize how little I’ve ever trusted. In anyone. The realization that I need to trust Jesus and Our Lady, that I hadn’t before has really surprised me. I thought I had but had but it was only in theory and in words, not in my heart. I now know God wants this from me and he is asking for total abandonment to His will.

        My son’s issue hasn’t gotten any easier but I know I am called to be calm and steady and take the next right step. Because of the prayer, I now see that, before I was too panicked about all the anguish I was feeling. But it’s not about me, it’s about my son’s immortal soul and I need to be a steady and strong prayer warrior for him and my other boys.
        I’ve also sent my guardian angel to help minister to my son.

        Barb H

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        • Beckita says:

          WOW, Barb H! Thanks to Our Lord and Our Lady for taking care of you. As God’s process for resolving your son’s issue ensues, you may find this novena helpful: http://tonyhickey.org/surrender-novena You and your son remain in my prayers.

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          • Barb H says:

            Beautiful, Beckita! Just what I needed, thank you! I printed out two copies so I can share with someone as you have with me! Be assured of my prayers for you as well!

            What a beautiful community we have here!

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          • janet333 says:

            Ever since the surrender novena was sent to my email box…from whom I don’t know… I have been seeing it everywhere! It reminds me of Charlie’s message to let go and trust in God.

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          • Petra says:

            janet333: I don’t know if you’re the first person that posted the Surrender Novena in the comments here, or if the first time I looked at it was one of the times you posted it , but I want to thank you, because this novena by Fr. Ruotolo has been a great spiritual help to me. No matter how anxious I become about situations that arise in my life, if I say “O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!” even one time, I get peace.
            I’ve come to believe this is the Next Right Step in my spiritual life, led by the Lord, and so I thank you and anyone who posted this novena here, because it has been such a help to me.
            God bless.

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Petra..I am so pleased to hear your testimony. It seems that everyone who is saying it is receiving a great calm and peace in their lives. I believe the Lord wants everyone to know about this gift. 🙂

            God Bless You

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Susan, someone else sent the link earlier today. It is certainly intriguing.

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    • Karen says:

      Susan, I notice on your blog that you live down south and that the people at bethlehemstar.com, which is mentioned in the article you link, are promoting a presentation of this fascinating DVD on December 11 in Houston. The DVD also shows the particular alignment of heavenly bodies in relation to the Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord. I wonder if the attendees of the upcoming presentation, especially the producer, would be interested in the article you reference! There are plenty of comments and clips on the net about this DVD. I particularly like how the Lord initially reached out to the producer, Mr Larsen, and the use of modern technology in these findings which in itself is a ‘sign of the times’.

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