Go Forth

go forth workers

By Charlie Johnston

I have often told you that my messages are primarily for me, not for the world – to help me do what I am sent for. I will speak a little more plainly today. I am sent to proclaim the Rescue even as the Storm darkens around us, to give people heart to raise the siege of the culture, to endure the Storm and participate in the Rescue now, that they may be united in one flock under one shepherd, honoring Our Lady as Our Lord, Himself, honors her when it is accomplished.

Before two and a quarter years have passed, all of this will have been accomplished. I pray that I am steadfast and true. But it will be accomplished because the people of God and who God has called begin to rise now. I call on you to begin to go forth in faith now with steadfast resolve.

Many restlessly wait for the “invasion of Poland” moment when all will know the form of the struggle we face. Of those, many restlessly seek to know precisely how and when it shall come. I tell you, France and England did the same as the Nazi menace rose, restlessly parsing Hitler’s words instead of preparing for whatever came. Such dithering cost France her liberty for a time and nearly did the same for England. People think if they could only see, then they would surely do. I tell you it is exactly the opposite: do and you will see.

You already know what to do: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. Live this steadily and you cannot fail.

I know I am often impatient when talking about predictions – others or my own. I have far fewer specific ones than many credit me with – but that is not the reason why I don’t like to dwell on such things. It is because it is the wrong question. Most believe the prophecy some have made of three days of darkness is quite literal – that there will be three days of absolute darkness for the whole world all at the same time. I take a little more figurative approach…that it probably means each person will be rocked and, for three days, bewildered as they try to get their bearings and live real conversion. My irritability at lengthy discussions of such is not because I want to prove I am right in my interpretation – but because I want to get the discussion back to productive matters. If others are precisely right on the three days, what do they gain if they do not occupy themselves acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope? Bragging rights? I gain no more if I am right and do the same. It is not that I don’t like being contradicted – it is that I don’t care about details of the question and spending inordinate time on it. Sometimes I feel like Dad has left us to split a cord of wood and we occupy ourselves arguing incessantly whether it is oak or maple or pine. If Dad comes back and we haven’t split the wood, it is not going to impress him at all who is right. If we do split the wood, even if we don’t know what kind it is, we have occupied ourselves doing his will – and he will be pleased when he comes. How I wish we would occupy ourselves splitting wood instead of splitting hairs!

Many still say I predict a Storm. I do not. I did 21 years ago, going into no little detail about its contours. Now I say we are IN a Storm – and predict it will get much worse before it gets better. Now temporal commentators, public intellectuals and former governmental officials in both America and Europe, in fields of economics, military and intelligence, routinely describe the Storm that is already well underway. Oddly, the less people know about fundamentals and history, the more sanguine they are that current troubles are just business as usual. They say we have been in debt before. They are right, even as their ignorance is appalling. We currently have about 100 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities. I often use the passing of time to illustrate stark orders of magnitude. It takes 11 days for a million seconds to pass, 32 years for a billion seconds to pass, and 31,974 years for a trillion seconds to pass. In seconds, it would take 3,197,000 years to retire that debt. We have amassed debt that makes a geologic era seem a trivial thing and we think because we have overcome the equivalent of several hundred years of debt before that it is no big deal? We think because we have occasionally caught lizards that fighting an army of Godzillas is a trifling thing? We have gotten very stupid at the highest levels – and revel in our own stupidity, calling it enlightenment, even as we summon the darkness. The world is more volatile and unstable than it has ever been. The only close recent approximations I can find are the prelude to World War I, when every nation in Europe was itching for war – and the French Revolution, when every nation in greater Europe was threatened with upheaval. Those were only regional. Now every continent in the world, save Antarctica and perhaps South America are seriously threatened with war or revolt. And those are just the places where it has not already openly broken out. Throughout the world, Christians and Jews are under serious assault, with their livelihood, property and freedom threatened in the best of circumstances – and butchered, beheaded and burned in the worst. It takes no prophet to see this Storm now, nor to see its trajectory. It only takes a quick look around.

So what do we do with all this? The functionally atheist, progressive statists that currently hold sway simply double down on the very things that have brought us to this point. I don’t expect more than this from all those delusional pigeons who think themselves peacocks. (And yes, I know, many clerics have functionally abandoned the faith to curry favor with the pigeons who think themselves peacocks.) But what do many of the pious do? They act like denizens of a betting parlor, choosing their favorite locutionist or visionary or apparition, restlessly parsing the betting forms to discern which will prove most precisely literally accurate. It is going to get brutally cold this night – and your knowledge of the variety of wood you were supposed to split but did not is not going to keep you warm to survive the night. I have said repeatedly that we are not called to be spectators of destruction, but participants in the Rescue.

I only have eight public prophecies that I insist on. Only the visible, miraculous Rescue by Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception in late 2017, is time sensitive. Five things must happen between now and the Rescue, but can happen at any time during that period. They are:

– The continued toppling of governments throughout the world, including that of the U.S. The toppling of a government does not mean the nation shall fall.

– The confrontation with and fall of political Islam.

– The mass conversion of most Muslims

– The confrontation between the Judeo-Christian world and the current government of China.

– The alliance between Russia and the U.S. to lead the Judeo-Christian world to endure the confrontation with China.

To get caught up in the times and the means of each of these is to miss the point. Most will come at a time and in a way you do not expect. Busy yourself splitting the wood right in front of you and it will not matter, for you will be prepared. Do not assess these things by your estimation of how much time it should take. The rules have changed for this period. Just as St. Joan of Arc rescued France within a few months after over 90 years of decline and despair, rest assured that when the Lord acts, it is done.

Then there are two prophecies that happen shortly after the Rescue. They are the unification of the faithful into one flock under one shepherd and the building and location of the Shrine of thanksgiving for the Rescue.

My fundamental duties are three: to defend the faith, hearten the faithful and defend the faithful. These are actually tools to facilitate the proclamation of the Rescue and to hearten people to begin to participate in it now that we may knit the culture back together, build each other up and endure the balance of the Storm until Our Lady is sent.

So when an argument breaks out over which locutionist, apparition, or interpretation is most precise, my exasperation has little or nothing to do with who is right; it is frustration that we are still not occupying ourselves with serious things just because those things are plain and homely. We KNOW the basics of what we need to do by the perfectly normal means of the Church and Scripture. We want to spend time speculating and parsing. But we have entered very serious times and must confront it with sober humility and steadfast resolve if we are to endure and build each other up.

I have said repeatedly that I am sent to do, not primarily to say, and to encourage you to do the same. Going forward, I will occupy most of my time talking to you about how to do the same…to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That is what will revive the culture even as the darkness seems to mount. That is what will build people up and fill them with courage to endure. That is what will keep people to the safety of the ship until we are safely in the port which is Christ. No matter how violently the wind and waves rise and howl, know that Christ is Master of the Storm. Man your post. Eschew vain speculation. Quit using your desire to see as a substitute for living your obligation to do. Do and you will see.

I apologize now for the fact that I will rarely indulge curiosity on speculative matters any more. We already know enough from what already surrounds us. We have a lot of wood to split – and it is time to get to it with passionate resolve and focus.

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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402 Responses to Go Forth

  1. Centurion says:

    Charlie, Our Lady of Fatima warned that Russia would be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the world; but your messages indicate that it is China that will perform that function with Russia poised to become an important ally for us in the fight. Any idea why the seeming disconnect between the two messages?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Russia HAS been the instrument of chastisement – introducing authoritarian coercive communism into the world and leading us down this statist path. It is one of the divine ironies that the first nation fully infected, the nation by which all other nations were infected, is also the first to recover as the rest of the world succumbs to the fever. If Russia had been consecrated early enough, this all might have been avoided. Had it been, there might not have been such widespread apostasy. It is entirely consonant with how God works that the source of the original infection should, in the end, become an integral part of the Rescue. There is no disconnect.

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      • BD says:

        (Our Lady of Fatima warned that Russia would be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the world)

        The above caption was told to Fr. Fuentes in 1957 by Sr. Lucia in an interview. It was proceeded by the words certain nations would disappear from the face of the earth and indicated future tense.

        Charlie, I mention the above not for the sake of argument, but to point out that many Catholic prophecies indicate Russia will attack the west militarily, and at some point will then be converted. Perhaps this part has been averted, I don’t know. I believe this is why Centurion says there is a disconnect.

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        • Doug says:

          That is history. After the concecration, this would change.

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        • Jeanna says:

          I agree with Charlie. Our Lady of Fatima said that Russia would spread her errors throughout the world and this has obviously happened. Of course keep in mind that Communism is German in origin. (So often we think about Russia being communist we forget the deeper history). Fulton Sheen explained how Communism made it to Russia in one of his addresses.

          https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R9WgpS4y-ytahyLKqunteDLVIXvRrC6Z9JOlPSR2j4I/edit#

          For me the big takeaway is that whether it comes from Germany, Russia, or China, it will be Communism that is the instrument of our chastisement as Ven. Sheen explained on pp. 54-55 of “Communism and the Conscience of the West”:

          “Our Western bourgeois world may yet suffer for being un-Christian; communism may suffer for being anti-Christian. As many a parent who educated his child in an extremely progressive school, where the child equated freedom with doing what he pleased, is now the parent who wants to know what to do with his recalcitrant, alcoholic, neurotic son, so the Western world that taught Russia some bad ideas may soon want to know how it can be saved from a country which learned which learned its lesson too well. A Freudian psychoanalysis cannot help the son, so neither politics nor economics can help the Western world, for the fault is deeper; the world is under the judgment of God and needs repentance.

          Though Babylon fell because it was the very wicked, it was none the less God’s instrument for disciplining the people of Judah. Assyria was bestial, but it was the “rod and staff” of God’s anger against the people of Israel. It may very well be, therefore, that unless there is a moral revival in our Western world, a fulfillment of the pledges of the Atlantic Charter, a rebirth of family life, communism may be the instrument for the liquidation of a bourgeois civilization that has forgotten God. Communism is not to be feared just because it is anti-God, but because we are Godless; not because it is strong, but because we are weak, for if we were under God, then who could conquer us?”

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      • Centurion says:

        Charlie, I see your point. But for the influence and support of the Soviet Union, Mao might not have led China down the path of communism.

        Incidentally, on Tuesday (two days ago), the US and Russia successfully tested a new protocol that allows direct communication between each nation’s fighter pilots while in flight. The purpose is to de-conflict the airspace above Syria, but in light of your message about the future relationship between the two nations, God likely has bigger plans for that capability.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are thinking with wisdom, Centurion.

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          • BD says:

            So when Pope St. John Paul made the following comment about the third secret of Fatima while in Fulda Germany [“Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves”] he was really referring to China knowing the conversion of Russia was at hand?

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          • charliej373 says:

            With respect, BD, that is a leap unsupported by the facts or logic. It is pure speculation. I don’t believe that – and I’m not sure what led you to leap to that conclusion.

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          • BD says:

            Charlie,
            I hope and pray you are correct about Russia.

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  2. KimS1111 says:

    There are so many of my generation, 40’s that I worry for. So many that don’t go to church, good people that don’t know what they are missing. They either came from families that didn’t attend church or have fallen away and don’t take their children.
    Will Christ open their hearts and minds in the storm?

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  3. KC in Texas says:

    I just recently discovered your site, and must say I am cautiously intrigued by your message. I can see how we can look at the world today, and very easily describe the state of the world as being in the midst of a storm. However, it is difficult for me to fathom such a drastic crash such as described in your prophecy, one where where President Obama will not even finish his term. That’s only a little over 13 months from now. Also, according to your prophecy, the rescue will take place in less than two years. Forgive me for my skepticism, but it’s very hard to imagine such a catastrophic collapse in such a short period. How are we to discern if the messages are of Divine nature, or from a diabolical source intended to invoke fear in faithful Catholic, and protestant Christian hearts. Forgive me if my questions have offended anyone, but I guess only time will tell soon enough.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No problem, KC, but you are obviously new here. First, check the links along the black bar at the top of the page…I include some of the most weighty points there specifically for newcomers and for easy reference. And I am going to suggest you start with this piece, Go Forth, from last week. I have been under direction for over 20 years, I am co-operating with my Archdiocese, and I have submitted to other legitimate investigations. I am most definitely not acting as a law unto myself.

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    • Doug says:

      KC, look at the fruit of Charlie’s message. Also, welcome here!

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome, KC. Please, as well as reading past posts, when you have time do listen to the Birmingham video and any of the others posted under “Visit Videos” in the black bar to which Charlie directed you. While Charlie’s initial talk is similar in all the videos, I have found the question and answer sessions after his main talk to be filled with information.

      I have taken time, since last spring, to read whatever new article was posted as well as a couple of old posts from the past. It has been time well spent. Reading the comments which accompany each major piece of writing is also valuable as clarification, understanding and great insights are collectively shared.

      I am convinced Heaven saved Charlie for this segment of the transition out of these “End Times,” as many call this period of salvation-history-in-the-making. Thanks be to God for sending us our modern day Abraham.

      Another important point to keep in mind: what Charlie emphasizes is practicing how to cling to Our Lord and Our Lady during the Storm while essentially focusing on St. Therese’s little way. His main message which he has taught, retaught ad continually stresses is: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

      With or without a Storm, this focus is plainly and simply: fully living the Gospel. Since there IS a Storm, intensifying day by day, thanks be to God for defusing fear by refocusing us on His Plan and surrendering our nothingness to Him which allow His Greatness to guide us in the little each of us can do. Praying for you, KC, and all here.

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  5. CJ, the exhortation to “go forth” has rung in my ears since your first posting, and I appreciate the reposting of this important piece. I think that I’ve been going forth for some time, in my little way, but needed to up my game with “passionate resolve and focus.”

    Your timing was encouraging since just prior to this repost I finally said, “O.K.,” during Eucharistic Adoration. I was sitting alone in the Chapel when suddenly someone entered the Church and turned on all the lights. It was the musical director followed by a bunch of children. They quickly got organized to rehearse for the upcoming Christmas Mass, so the sound of soft angelic voices was soon filling the Church with “Silent Night.” A woman joined me in the Chapel, pulled out her battle beads and began her usual hour of Adoration.

    Another woman entered the Chapel, dumped a bunch of stuff in the seat next to her, and sat there like she was simply waiting and distracted. Shortly after, I noticed a guy enter the Church carrying a briefcase. He sat down and glared at me briefly through the glass separating us until he noticed the distracted woman. Honestly, my hackles went up. He joined her in the Chapel and they started discussing something, which soon degenerated into foul language and blasphemies from the guy. Not what I was expecting in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel! I’m not sure what that was all about other than that he was legal counsel… but his epic rant was nothing short of demonic.

    Of course the woman with the Rosary was deeply offended and clearly flustered. I don’t blame her for gathering up her stuff and making a hasty exit. I was ready to launch into some language of my own, but it was as if the Lord was telling me to be silent. After fighting back a withering glare, I moved forward by focusing all my attention on the Blessed Sacrament. This went on for some time until they eventually left and I was deeply thankful that the children were oblivious to the whole episode.

    In the ensuing silence, some other words of yours came to mind: “These things must happen.”

    I ran into the pair on the way out and was again confronted with raging hate. Again I wanted to deliver a look that would shake down thunder, but instead turned to the woman with peace and a look of compassion that I hoped said, “don’t listen to him.”

    Very well, I think Our Lord wanted to show me how to proceed after my “O.K.” His Way. Not mine. That, and I’ve got a jarring snapshot of what we’re up against.

    You said we need to join up with others. I normally prefer to go it alone, but took a group of people out to the river this weekend. What a clamor they made! I had to remind them on several occasions that in order to see the beautiful wildlife, they were going to have to tone it down. Well, they took it down from level 10 to about level 8, so what could I do but sigh and trust in the Lord. In spite of the racket, they were treated to wild horses, a bald eagle perched in in a cottonwood, and a beaver playing joyfully in the river’s current. Amazing how the conversation changed after that… how transformed they became after those simple joys.

    I was really surprised at how docile those creatures were and how close they let this group get considering the ruckus. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. This is Our Lord’s show, not mine.

    I thought of you when I saw the beaver and sent up prayers for you and your mission. Funny, but I haven’t seen any squirrels out there. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising either considering all the raptors about. They’re no doubt there, just NRS’n and going about their business quietly.

    So many good posts and comments here to ponder, but I typically find that it’s enough for me to focus on one or two little gems at a time. Maybe I’m just used to traveling light.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for checking in by sharing your stories and reflections, MP. Prayers for you, and for your family, as you take your steps based on pondering your ways immersed in His Ways..

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    • YongDuk says:

      MP, I was in a hugely miserable mood this afternoon struggling with those I was ministering to (I am sorry to say), your story changed that; thank you!

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      • You’re welcome. I’m keeping tabs, so that’s 1 instance of MP alleviating miserable mood to 42 instances of YD providing substantial help on spiritual formation. Hm. I either have to up my game, or resign myself to being grateful all the time.

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        • YongDuk says:

          naah… your count is way off!:We are more silent in giving compliments like the Blessed Martins towards St Theresa’s so as to keep you humble!

          Where can one, who loathes anything but grocery shopping, get squirrel ornaments?

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          • I got a few of ours at two of mega stores here which also happen to sell groceries. Just say’in.

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          • Doug says:

            My wife found ours on Amazon.com.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Really? Amazon.com? That’s like a store, right?

            I wish they made squirrel-shaped butter for Christmas like them Lamb-shaped butters they make for Easter (coś polskiego?)… But squirrel-shaped butters and Christmas tree lights might could be real bad.

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          • Doug says:

            Lamb shaped butter? I have never heard of this tradition.

            Yes. Amazon.com. she had to dig hard to find them. Do you get Amazon delivery where you are at or would it not matter since it is a store that you expressed you do not like to shop at?

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          • Petra says:

            Doug: No? You’ve never heard of this? This is a big Polish thing. In fact, my mom had no lamb mold to shape the lamb, so she would take a stick of butter, cut off 1/3 of the stick, put it on top (at the end) of the other 2/3rds (this would become the head) and begin to *sculpt* her own lamb with a butter knife. Then she’d put two whole cloves for the eyes, and break off the stem of another clove for the mouth, then she’d take a small piece of red ribbon and put it around the *neck* and make a tiny flag out of red ribbon and glue it onto a toothpick and stick it in the back. (Like the *Lamb of God.*)

            On Holy Saturday afternoon she’d take a basket of food (a piece of ham, polish sausage, dyed eggs, home made horseradish (my dad prepared this), rye and sweet twist bread, salt, and of course the butter lamb), to have it blessed at church.

            For dinner that Holy Saturday night we’d have borscht that had been made from boiling the ham and sausage, and add the hard boiled eggs and horseradish to our bowls, and have buttered bread using the butter lamb.

            Of course, growing up I was tutored in the making of the butter lamb, so I know all about it. But I have no artistic abilities whatsoever, so my lamb often looks like a clunky unknown creature, but everyone gets the idea. ;-). If I say it’s a lamb, they accept it as a lamb. 🙂

            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Wow Petra. This just shows how not Polish I am. I am 54 and this is the first time I ever heard of this tradition. From you and YD, I can say I learned someting new today. Now, I wonder if I can make squirrel butter……

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          • Petra says:

            Well, Doug, just because you asked I looked it up, and yes, there are molds out there (typically for chocolate) that will give you a 3D squirrel. I’m sure you could use butter too. Here’s one example I found on Amazon:
            http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=+mold+squirrel&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3A+mold+squirrel

            You can also see a variety of lamb molds on this site too, just to get an idea of what the Polish do at Easter. BTW, I have seen butter molds shaped as a turkey for Thanksgiving in my grocers butter section, so it’s not uncommon to fancy up the butter this way for holidays.

            See, a whole new area of life opened up to you! They say what we don’t know we don’t know is 90% of everything that exists! (What we know: 1% of things that exist. What we know we don’t know: 9% of things that exist. What we don’t know we don’t know: 90% of everything that exists.) 🙂

            God bless you guys!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Petra, that is sweet. Thank you for finding and posting that. I had a similar chocolate mold of angels and used wax instead to make ornaments!
            I did watch a YouTube video of how to make the lamb butter, just out of curiosity. I losing my ability to do intricate crafty work due to my vision aging. However, I am not willing to throw in the towel just yet. So when I do detailed crafts, I thank God that in my old age I have increased in my ability to be patient and accepting. Patterns these days are merely suggestions! 😀

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          • Doug says:

            Petra, this is awesome. Thanks.

            While on the subject of squirrels, I saw them in my bird feeder again. Eat up little squires! We may need you later.

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          • Doug says:

            OK Petra. I ordered my squirrel molds (and a few other squirrel items)! Thanks!

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          • Doug says:

            Oh. YD already touched on squirrel butter….

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          • Doug says:

            YD, if I had your address, I would seriously send you a squirrel ornament. We have a private email: stormnewhampshire@gmail.com if you are so inclined. Again, I understand if your desire is to keep confidential. In that case, I would send you a squirrel ornament in the former of prayer.

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          • Beckita says:

            “coś polskiego?” Uh Oh! That’s biographical info!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Lol, yes, you caught me: that’s one of the twelve. There is something about reading St Maximilian Kolbe’s writings and travel logs in Polish (and Italian) that makes me smile…

            So all told you have five so far. 😉

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Oh, yeah, Doug. Lamb-shaped butter “flies” off the shelves around the Triduum here in Chicago. It’s part of the Easter Basket Blessing (Swieconka) popular among those of Polish – and other – heritage.

            God bless!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I’m not Polish, but am from Chicago – so I know about Lamb Butter.

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          • Doug says:

            Amazing. I married an Italian. So for me, it’s pasta and gravy 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Totally impressive lamb butter story, Petra!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Okay, now I am hungry for Wigilia! How many more days?

            How many dishes do you do, Janet? A bigos z grzybami has become standard for Christmas Eve… Sigh… tęsknę za Polską. I love how they keep the Christmas Trees up until Candlemas and how so many people process with their Baptismal Candles from their homes to the Church.

            I remember Wawel tolling its Bell at 18:00 that Candlemas in 1994. It is and was and will ever be one of the most surreal earthly Experiences of my earthly Life here. More sureal than getting lost in the Vatican Gardens and practically being arrested by the Gendarmerie, you know Asian, camera. Tourist? Who would think Bishop? 😀

            But I digress:

            Oj, maluśki, maluśk!

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Yes, YD, that’s one way to tell which parishes here in Chicago are heavily Polish. The trees and Nativity scenes stay up until Candlesmass Day and the parish usually offers blessed candles on February 2. It’s a nice contrast to the Christmas trees that are in the alley before New Years Day. God bless.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Dan, I lived in the St. Tarcissus Parish. Home to the Superdawg Drive-in hotdog joint on Devon and Milwaukee. I moved from Chicago in 2007. Currently I am not in a heavily Polish populated city. We and most of our friends and neighbors will celebrate Christmas with all of the décor until the Feast of the Epiphany and last year there was a lot of viciousness toward Christians for that reason. There were threats and social media attacks that Christmas was over and why don’t we take our religious symbols down, etc. We were accused of being blatantly irreverent, intolerant, and disrespectful to other religions. It broke my heart and unnerved me a bit too, not about the joy of Christmas and our celebrations, but of humankind and where we seemed to be heading.

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    • Doug says:

      Hey MP, I got my squirrel ornaments and they are up on the tree. I’m so excited!

      I love your post. I miss my kids (youngest is 23). God bless you!

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      • Excellent. We added our official NRS squirrel ornaments to our tree in the spirit of YD’s tagline, “squirrels are nice, put one on your tree.” My youngest picked this one out: http://www.sweetwaterhaven.com/squirrel_ornament.html

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        • Doug says:

          Love it! Wife and I are laughing right now. 🙂

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          • That one is funny looking! I’m not a poet, but Beckita inspired me, so here’s a little something my youngest and I came up with to go along with the picture (and thanks –– everyone –– for sharing all the great nuggets on this NRS trek):

            He smiled at the squirrel up in the tree;
            Squirrel darted and danced,
            then jumped on his knee;
            “I’ve heard of you,” said squirrel,
            You are critter friend,
            long sufferer, steadfast knight…
            “Naah,” said the man, “let’s set you right,
            I’m just another nut lover;
            Here, reach in my shoe;
            You’ll find a tasty nut there,
            that one is for you.”

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          • Adorable! Do I sense another children’s book in the making? The Daddy Daughter Nature Trek Series. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            I LOVE that you did this with your daughter, MP! If you wish to write a series based on Grace’s suggestion, I have ideas on what to do with the profit but we’ll need to wait a bit for that further discussion.

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          • Mick says:

            Impressive, MP! I agree with Grace: write a book! I’ll buy a copy, and my kids will love it.

            Or maybe you and SteveBC can team up on a squirrel/nut-lover/Doughboy children’s book. THAT would be fun to read! 🙂

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  6. Linda says:

    What exactly are we suppose to being doing aka “cutting wood” except prayer, sacrifice, penance, Eucharistic visits, Holy Masses & Communion? or am I missing something?

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  8. MarieUrsula says:

    I think Charlie’s eight points (which don’t include the 2016 election and 2017 inauguration matters) are important to remember as the year wears on, giving us a lens through which to view unfolding events. Of course, it’s far too soon to evaluate them as prophesy. Time will tell on that.

    But looking through this lens, I was impressed yesterday by a short news analysis by Sharyl Attkisson, a true journalist. For example, this paragraph:

    “However, the disproportionate media and political attention paid to Russia’s alleged efforts in 2016—and to the Russia threat generally—smacks of politics and propaganda. For example, top former Obama intel sources tell me they consider N. Korea, by far, the biggest foreign threat to the U.S. today. But N. Korea is barely mentioned in news reports. These intel officials put Iran and China next on the threat list—both, again, rarely discussed on the news, relative to Russia. The intel experts also mention ISIS and Islamist extremist terrorism as higher on the list than Russia.”

    Here’s the link to her article:

    https://sharylattkisson.com/that-time-china-interfered-with-u-s-elections/

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