Take No Thought of What You Shall Speak…

(I am taking a little time to clean up a few things – and pondering how to address the challenges now before us most effectively. We are in a relative calm before things speed up incredibly. I know, it is tough to call this a calm – as ISIS rampages across Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Asia…and as Europe is coming undone under a soft invasion, when the lawlessness in west gets ever more stark and Christianity is under hard and soft siege throughout the world. But this is a little pause as the Storm gathers hurricane force.

When ever I am unsettled, I like to go back to first things, the guiding principles I try to live and interpret by. So I reprint two pieces here, one from last December on keeping steady and calm – and one of my favorites about God’s tender mercy. -CJ)

Musings – Take No Thought What Ye Shall Speak

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In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 20, (2014) I was woken up to receive a brief, but intense visitation and conversation with my angel. I am still contemplating it before submitting it and the full implications of it to my directors.

At the heart of it was the warning that the satan has sent his minions now to foment despair, and that the most faithful are the primary targets. Naturally, I thought of attacks on families and disorders so violent that people went into panic. But I am contemplating another form right now. For many of the most faithful, their security comes from feeling they have this largely knocked. They know what to expect and how to expect it. Even bad things won’t usually shake them, if it is consonant with what they expected. But if they find things are not like they thought they are, they can go into despair and decide there is no God or that God has deceived them.

Contemplate Job’s pious friends, who had their expectations blown right out of the water when God actually appeared. Contemplate all the priests and doctors of the law, who thought they knew precisely what the ancient prophecies meant. Their knowledge was so certain that almost all of them dismissed the actual Messiah as a fraud when He came.

I do not write this to chide any of you, but to plead with you. If your votive interpretation of something the Church has not formally pronounced on is prickly and defensive, you probably do not trust in God, but rather trust in your interpretation of what God is. This century, which was given over to satan, is now nearly at its end – and satan has carefully mounted his final attack on those who are seemingly the most faithful. If you sit from a pious perch and pass internal judgment on those around you, this year you will find yourself in the seat facing judgment. If you are completely vested in your own judgment and interpretation, this year, God will permit satan to slap the complacency right out of you – whether your interpretation is right or wrong. If you are a brilliant theologian who has come to functionally think that Christ is man’s creation and you are master of the intricacies of this creation, rather than a humble servant of the living God, this is going to be a very hard year for you, indeed.

It is God’s will that all be stripped of human vanity before we are fit for rescue, both the subtle vanity of the pious and the obvious vanity of the impious. When the reversal comes for you, I tell you to keep your faith in God, humbly accepting that you did not know as much as you thought, rather than despairing of the possibility of God. This year, many of the most pious will enter the dark night of their passion. It is not God forsaking you, but burning away the last obstacles to pure union with Him. It will separate what is dross from what is gold…and if you are engaged with your expectation of God rather than God, Himself, you will be terribly shaken. I will touch on this more tomorrow when I write about concerning the consecration of Russia.

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Into the Whirlwind

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Since God’s interaction with each person is so intimately personal how, then, do we encounter Him properly and help others to do so? However interesting it might be for a finger to explain its function to a foot, it won’t be terribly helpful in teaching the foot to walk. One of the best answers to this question is to be found in the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book of the Bible; the Old Testament Book of Job.

There is good reason why many skim over – or skip entirely – the Book of Job. It turns the nostrums of traditional piety upside down. As it opens we are introduced to Job, a just and pious man who is blessed in all his affairs. He is prosperous, healthy and has a big, joyful family. In fact, Job is so notable for his good-natured righteousness that God boasts of him before the heavenly host. Hearing this, the satan appears before the throne and tells God that the only reason Job is so faithful is because God has given him such abundant blessings. Satan proposes a wager: if God will let him afflict Job, the man will curse God to His face. Though the Anti-Gambling Coalition would surely disapprove, God takes the bet anyway.

Disaster after disaster befalls Job. His crops are ruined, his livestock perish, his children are killed, his health is afflicted and his life becomes an almost unbearable misery. It is idiomatic to speak of the patience of Job; even Jesus comments on it. But if patience is understood to mean meek acceptance of whatever comes, that most assuredly does not describe our Job. There are 42 chapters in the book. By Chapter Three Job is in full dudgeon. He complains of God, complains to God, insists he has done nothing to deserve this, and demands that God appear before him to explain.

In the course of his bitter complaints Job is visited by three traditionally pious friends (a fourth pops up briefly near the end) who come to defend God, urge Job to repent of his complaints and to confess to the sins that have caused these disasters to befall him. But Job is adamant. He insists that if God would agree to stand with him before an independent tribunal where both presented their case without intimidation, his own righteousness would be confirmed.

The two most commonly quoted verses of Job are at 13:15 and 19:25. The former is quoted as, “Slay me though he might, I will wait for him; I will defend my conduct before him,” (NAM) and, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him,” (KJV). The latter reads, “…I know that my Vindicator lives…” (NAM) or, “…I know that my redeemer liveth…” (KJV). Though both are beautiful expressions of faith, what is notable about them is the contrast they present to Job’s usual litany of complaints and demands. For those who would make Job into a meekly pious, long-suffering man, they are about the only useful quotes in the whole book.

Rarely is any of Chapter III quoted. In his opening complaint, Job goes into a lengthy curse of the day he was born. He comes perilously close to cursing creation, itself, in the process – which would be blasphemy. Even so, the two quotes cited earlier are consistent with Job’s main argument, even if not in the way that many would like them to be. Job does not argue that God is unjust, though he skirts close to that argument frequently; his argument is that his own treatment is unjust. Job demands, often quite stridently, that God appear to him and explain; yet he remains faithful that if he could obtain this he would ultimately receive justice from the Almighty.

His friends, on the other hand, insist that God’s justice is always immediate. So if Job suffers, he must have sinned grievously.

Astonishingly, God does exactly what Job demands. At the beginning of Chapter 38 God comes roaring out of the whirlwind to answer Job. For the next four chapters God takes Job through all of creation; the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sky, the animals, the darkness and the light. At each step, God asks Job what he knows of such things, what he can command. The Almighty is not gentle about his questioning of Job. Dripping with sarcasm, He taunts and mocks the man, showing him how small he is and how little he knows.

After four chapters of God roaring at and apparently browbeating him, Job submits. “I put my hand over my mouth…I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know,” (Job 40:4, 42:3 NAM). It is at this point that many commentators who are candid about Job’s impassioned dissent lose their way. Though God appears, He does not seem to answer Job’s questions, only to roar at and intimidate him. Observers who admire Job’s courage and passion in challenging God lament that, in the end, he buckles before God’s power rather than persisting in his demand for answers. Though trying to approach the book honestly these commentators are as limited as Job’s ‘pious’ friends.

God certainly roars at Job, but He does much more than that. He spends fully four chapters showing Job every aspect of creation. Think about that. God did not just come out of the whirlwind to Job; He took Job back into the whirlwind with Him.

I love contemplating what it was Job saw that caused him to put his hand over his mouth and dispute with God no more. Imagine that God showed Job our world, sparkling blue and green like some impossibly rare and precious gem, glittering with life and light. Then God shows Job the entire universe. Think of Job’s wonder at the billions of stars, comets, quarks and planets all pulsing and whirring, a symphony of light and rhythm. Then the stunning realization that our world amounts to less than a grain of sand in the ocean of this staggering abundance. Most stunning of all, God shows Job that this vast universe is merely the support system for our little speck. Every passing comet, every collapsing black hole, every bursting supernova, every moon, every planet in the most distant galaxy is designed to maintain the dynamic tension which keeps our world ticking. Utterly amazing that in the grand physical scheme of things we are less than a speck – and yet are the very reason for that grand scheme. We are God’s beloved.

Zooming back to Earth, Job is shown how all the animals and plants, the land and sea, winds and waters, fire and ice in striving with each other maintain the vitality of life. He sees more than this, though.

Standing with God outside of time, that remorseless captor from whom no man has robbed even a minute, every moment of Job’s life is present to him; his birth, his death, his sufferings and his restoration. Watch with Job as he considers this divine terrarium contained in time and space.

Though He constrains Himself against compelling our will, God manages the divine economy so that every event, every chance encounter calls us to Him. Here is a child of great purity born to parents given to licentiousness. There a child of great courage is given to parents who are rootless. An arrogant rake named Augustine is born to Monica, a woman of astonishing purity, persistence and fortitude. Bathed in the grace of decades of her prayers, Augustine ends by becoming one of God’s most fruitful servants. How often are parents sanctified through their children and children through their parents! There are saints with great sins on their consciences. In them, it merely opens up new channels of grace as their remorse gives them a larger spirit and a tender empathy for other sinners. There are great sinners who only have a small virtue, but grab hold of that lifeline and follow it back to God. Many people are inspired to find their path to salvation through an encounter with one who suffers with dignity. Ah, but many others are seduced by the transient glitter of vanity and power, fooled by the false luster of what is only paper and paste compared to what God intends for us.

Job sees great natural catastrophes – and a flood of divine grace pouring forth just before the catastrophe hits. For a time even enemies recollect their common humanity and pull together in solidarity with each other. Many are saved through this. But there are those who loot and exploit their fellows, unaware that they tear a piece of their humanity away from their soul in the process. God weeps over it. There are untimely deaths which seem tragic. But most are souls in their final state of grace. It is God’s mercy which plucks them before they can fall into perdition. In God’s economy every event is a potential new channel of grace opening up.

Job does not see God punishing anyone; He is far too busy trying to save them. A little temporal or physical suffering is often applied to help heal a soul. But souls can only be damaged by their owners’ free choice. Certainly, the satan busies himself trying to undo God’s grace, encouraging souls to maim themselves by chasing after sex, money and power at the expense of those around them. With every step away from God it becomes harder for a soul to hear and respond to His call. God not only calls each of us to salvation; He calls us a thousand times a day in little whispers. The Lord of Hosts suffers intensely over each of His children who so maim their souls that they begin to lose the capacity to respond to Him. Everything leads to eternity. In eternity, outside of God, there is only agony and isolation.

Job sees that, in temporal time and space, the greatest conquests and the greatest accomplishments are less than a puff of smoke on a windy day. The only thing that matters – the only thing – is the witness we live with those we encounter and, especially, with those given into our care. Everything in this bubble is always passing away. Those who anchor themselves in temporal things will perish with those temporal things. All that counts is to help others to choose life, the life that is when all this passes away.

Job sees great souls whose purity and love unite them with God. Even greater souls manifest their love of God through their love of and tender care for their neighbors. But the greatest souls are those who embrace what little sorrows and sufferings come their way in penance for themselves and as an offering for those who do no penance. Everyone wants the consolation of God, but these are the souls who console God. Their willing participation in His sorrows opens up profound channels of grace through which many otherwise unreachable souls are recalled to God, to life.

This is some of what I see when I enter into the whirlwind with Job. He does not put his hand over his mouth in servile fear, but in awe and with gratitude. Though he can’t understand all he sees, he discovers a bit of the magnitude of God’s love for us. And he takes new joy in knowing that his sufferings, too, make him a participant in God’s redeeming grace for us.

As Job’s tale comes to a close God does what may be the most astonishing thing of all. In what should (but somehow does not) send a chill of terror up the spine of every religious scold in history, God turns furiously on Job’s ‘pious’ friends. “You have not spoken rightly of me as has my servant Job,” He tells them. The Almighty is so angry He refuses to hear their prayers for forgiveness. Instead, He directs them to go to Job and ask him to pray for them, for He will hear and accept Job’s prayer on their behalf. These are the very people who have spent the entire book defending God while Job has been busy raging at and challenging Him. What are we to make of this?

Perhaps the friends were not defending God at all. Perhaps all they were defending was their preconceived notion of God or what they thought He should be. Even worse, if what they said had been true, it would have meant that God truly is unjust. They said God only afflicts those who have sinned grievously. But Job spoke truly in defending his righteousness. For all his histrionics, Job never accused God of being unjust. In fact, Job seemed quite confident that if God would only appear to him justice would follow. God did come to him and gave him even more than what he expected. Job had, indeed, been the one who spoke rightly of God. God always responds to the honest heart. Job was certainly noisy in complaining of his pain and discontent. His questions were less requests than demands. But he was candid and entirely sincere. And God came.

Whatever your beliefs, you would certainly like to know if God is. Go ahead. Acknowledge where the shoe of faith pinches – or even if it does not fit at all. Then ask whatever you can with sincerity. You shall receive.

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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263 Responses to Take No Thought of What You Shall Speak…

  1. Patricia says:

    After a bruising election day here in MA for good, strong pro-life candidates, I am glad to know you are still thinking of us day to day. Yes, to all the nay sayers, these races were competitive. The one I worked on brought the entire establishment against us and they won by 51.9% of the vote. My take is, let them deal with the storm.

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  2. Mimi Sternhagen says:

    Hi, I really enjoy your blog and I thank you for all you’re doing. Thank you for saying “Yes” to God. I am very encouraged and hopeful when I read what you post. But I have a question: I wonder if you would be able sometime to connect the Year of Mercy with the Storm? If the Storm hits soon it will surely be during the Year of Mercy, yet you say the Storm isn’t God’s chastisement but the consequences of our own sins. How does the Year of Mercy fit into this, or do you know? God bless you and thanks to your posting I am trying to take my prayer life much more seriously. Also reconsecrating myself to the Blessed Mother. In Christ, Mimi Sternhagen, Ann Arbor, MI

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    • charliej373 says:

      I spoke of it in a comment the other day, Mimi:

      “I was ecstatic that Pope Francis declared the Year of Mercy. I have deeply dreaded the fullness of the Storm not because of its terrors, but because it will be so difficult for people to come back over from where they have settled once the Storm is fully engaged. I think that this is another example of God’s extravagant mercy – keeping the door open a little longer even after the Storm is fully engaged. But oh, it will go hard, indeed, for those who have not repented by the time the Year of Mercy closes – for then there is only justice until the Rescue.”

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      • JeanE says:

        Charlie, when you say “it will go hard for those who have not repented” are you saying that they must actually go to confession or simply be repentant? There are so many who are not Catholic and so would not go or even think to go to Confession. After this is all over I know everything will be different, but where the world is at now… how will this work? I have always assumed that God in His Mercy, will meet each person where they are at and/or does this at all tie into the mercy (or the Warning as some understand it) where each will see where he stands with God? Thank you.

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  3. YongDuk says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for reposting these! I stumbled by Divine Providence on these weeks ago…

    My fifth-grade Franciscan Sister once stated that we will spend eternity gazing at God (at the Beatific Vision). I honestly was disheartened at that thought as I wanted to know what was on the other Planets and in the other Galaxies. Not in arrogance, but in the Joy of pondering God and the Infinitude of the Skies on this Blue Marble. (Okay, honestly, it was the idea of the boredom of everyone just staring in one direction at God fixated-ly.)

    The Stations of the Cross call me back nowadays. Perhaps a Gift of Saint Faustina or the Pieta Prayer Book. I don’t esteem myself at all highly, if I write badly to try to be brief or nonbiographical. I would rather smile at the Swallows flying along the Rivers in Europe or the Farmlands of America.

    The Stations remind me — are an Examen (Examination of Conscience). As my exiled-Monk friend once said, “The First Station reminds us off all those we unfairly judged.” To be Jesus and not Pilate.

    “Encourage each other while the Day is still today.” — Heb 3:13

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Yong, my godmother Joann told me that same thing about how we’d spend our eternity when I was child. I had the same thought you did. Since then I imagined the most wonderful I’ve ever felt here on earth and times that by infinity in intensity for all time, and subsequently think that heaven will be beyond amazing. Ah, to be fully enveloped in Pure Love.
      1 Corinthians 2:9 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Quite the Blessed Geandmother you had!

        How many of them brought back and bring back their grandchildren and children through their silent Rosaries…

        There is a beautiful Franciscan priest whose joyful way of saying Mass I was observing. The thought came to me how I can’t wait to see his joy once he makes it to Heaven…

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    • Doug says:

      Yes YD. This is what I want to do too! I want to visit the universe and marvel in awe at all the beauty God created! I think you and I can travel together and be travel buddies when the time comes!

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    • Seems like Charlie experienced and shared some of this, but I don’t recall all the details.

      For my part, it’s a hope I have (just a small one) that I alluded to earlier in the “victory lap” or “rounding the bases.” Not my victory lap, but the whole Body of Christ. I think the universe just might see The Glory of The Conquering Victor with the entire retinue make a round, just once. I can imagine the heavenly bodies bowing to The King, and maybe smiling as the blissful little ‘swallows’ glide on past with a song of praise. Count me in.

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      • YongDuk says:

        I missed this, Michael Patrick!

        It would be a glorious Field Trip, the more the merrier, but no campy songs!

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        • Doug says:

          Oh. I like camp songs…. 🙂

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        • Done. My feet could be held to the campfire and I still wouldn’t sing along with “Kumbaya.”

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          • Doug says:

            I don’t understand. Why is this song so unliked? I have a lot of other friends who don’t like it either. Has this song been tainted by something?

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          • YongDuk says:

            Really, Doug?

            Styrofoam creaking. Nails on a chalkboard. Kumbaya?

            Really?

            American Liturgical Dance?

            Charlie, prayer request a good Saint for Doug to see the light

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. I can’t stop laughing, but I really don’t understand why the song is not liked.

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          • Petra says:

            Doug: And you and YongDuk are going to fly around the universe together? I hope you don’t start humming Kumbaya or it’s going to be a very short trip! 🙂

            I think people don’t like Kumbaya because it’s so syrupy sweet and sometimes is associated with a kind of hippie mentality of easy spirituality that omits sin and the Cross.
            I think it’s fine for little kids, but really panders to adults.

            Anyway, God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Thanks Petra. I really did not know. I am a little past the hippy movement and the start of my conversion experience was 1983. When I heard Kumbaya for the first time (I think around a camp fire no less), I really liked it. Of course, I was not tainted with the history. Hmmmm. As I write this, it makes me think about the difference between the Protestants of today and the original Protestants of the 1500s.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, I was super sappy. In high school, I also like “Tiny Bubbles” and “Pearly Shells.” Along with “Kumbaya,” these constituted the trite trinity of adolescent sentimentality.

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          • Doug says:

            I have not heard pearly shells. I will have to look it up. I may like it and sing it when YD and I travel the universe in heaven. That is of course if YD does not dump me at the first star….

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, I am super sappy too–haven’t even ever tried to watch Old Yeller, more folk music sappy than Don Ho or Kumbaya ever could be: Michael row the boat a-shore or Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, etc.

            Sorry for slighting “Kumbaya” (totally not sorry) and “All are Welcome” (mostly not sorry)!

            😛

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          • Doug says:

            I still can’t find the “not like” button. I can’t wait to learn Kumbaya in Latin…….

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    • Katherine says:

      Aw, Duk, don’t worry, I was taught that part of what will be ours when we go to heaven will be complete scientific knowledge. I myself admit to a sheepish desire to know more about prehistory. God takes care of us so well that He will also take care of those curiosities for us. They will pale in comparison to being face to face with God, but He will show us these things.

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  4. I had another moment in the chapel. I keep questioning though, trying to unpack it. But I will relay it to you. I was looking at the statue of Mary again. And as before my vision blurred, like going into a haze. This particular statue has Mary dressed in white with a blue sash. Anyway, in the haze what looked like shadows of the rays of the sun came off of her. Like on Our Lady of Guadelupe, those rays, but the shadow of them, not the actual ray’s themselves. Her sash looked more like the cincture on Our Lady of Guadelupe. So I asked, what do you want to say to me? In my head popped, “I am the Queen of Peace. It is urgent to get right with God.” I prayed for Eva after that and said I would bring her to the healing Mass that evening. I *felt* her say, “I will be here.” I left to go pick up my kids. I work with another woman who I send bible verses to daily and I was pondering what I should send her, when into my head popped, “Mark 13 but it’s for you to read, not to send to her.” I was astonished when I read it because though I know I have read it before I don’t have book,chapter or verse memorized. Anyway, also in the evening when I brought Eva to the healing Mass the priest asked for the intercession of the Patroness of the Americas, which of course is Our Lady of Guadelupe. I had never heard him do this before. I’m still unpacking what all of this means.

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    • Susan, I know you will wait on Her and that She will lead you to what you need to do. I will keep you in my prayers. I sense it is pivotal.

      You know, that it was OL of Guadalupe whose intercession was called that evening for you and Eva, is a bell going off for me. Mother Mary has only now come to me in the form of OL of Guadalupe. I’m still trying to confirm what She wants me to pay attention to but I came across something in this link, http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2127-apocalypse-now-another-great-sign-rises-in-the-heavens, and I think I might have a vague idea of what I’m called to.

      Reading it, what I’m taking for myself is to make all efforts to continue to Commend my spirit into Her hands (This is a short prayer Jesus taught me on the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross in the midst of an odd storm. I’ve said it very often since then, and it has worked miracles for me = stilling my soul). I think OL of Guadalupe wants me to do just that. It’s a Herculean task alright, as there’s not much of me that’s quiet, but I’m trying to heed Her.

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  5. It’s important to note that I don’t feel as though I am having visions and I am not in an ecstasy. It’s more like a hazing of my vision but I am very aware of my surroundings. It makes me question if this is just in my own head or not. I actually have had my vision checked and it was fine. Anyway, Perhaps I need to do an Ignatian discernment.

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  6. audiemarie2014 says:

    I know I just said that I need to be quiet, but I just love this piece! Thank you for posting it again, Charlie! Your timing is, as usual, perfect.

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  7. Diane says:

    It has felt to me, a calm before the store. I have tried to take advantage and get my “house” in order. Figuratively and very literally. My husband and I have spent this autumn, lightening our load, by purging our home, every square inch of it. We have let go of stuff we no longer love, or need and donated it to Good Will. “Stuff”we regret even buying! It took six trips to get it there, plus two trips to a recycling center. It has been so freeing to focus on each other, our family, simplicity. I kept my beautiful books of Saints, Mary, books on many Popes. A few years back I felt very compelled, to rescue vintage Catholic books every time I found one at a flea market or yard sale. My book collection is such a treasure, and I read from it daily.

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    • Kim sevier says:

      Wow Diane–me too. For a couple years I have felt a need to clean out and minimalize. In the last couple weeks I have gone through closets and taken several car loads to Goodwill! Lightened up and I know better what I have and where it is!

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      • June1 says:

        Me three, Kim! Actually, thinking about it now, I have a lot more to get rid of. Mostly useless papers and documents I have literally just been stuffing into a basket. “I’ll get to it later.” Maybe later is today.

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    • Sr Lorraine says:

      It’s funny you mention that, because I’ve been doing the exact same thing. With my superior’s permission, since the summer I’ve been cleaning up a large basement area we have. Just this week we donated a truckload of good stuff to charity, and also called a scrap metal guy to pick up some junk, etc. I think this is part of our spiritual preparation. In letting go of material things now, we can be better prepared to face privation during the fullness of the Storm, and to cling only to God.
      Charlie’s words about the calm before the storm resonate with me, too.
      I’m feeling spurred to do things now that I might have otherwise put off, thinking about what we will soon be facing here.

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      • Diane says:

        This autumn has been a time of Grace for me, to be able to take this huge task on. I’m 8 weeks in and not finished yet. It felt Divinely inspired. After 32 years of marriage 3 kids, pets…stuff piles up. Then I will help do my parents home that they’ve been in for 60 years, they would like to get at this too!

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    • Diane, Kim, June, Sr. L., et al,

      Your thread reminded me of this article on Spirit Daily yesterday written by Theresa Thomas: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2015/11/thomas-what-to-dump-for-a-better-life/

      She’s a Catholic mom of nine kids, very positive and sweet, but also with some spunk. I’ve known her since we were classmates at Marian H.S. decades ago, so that’s at least been my experience. I enjoyed this article because I’m cleaning house as well, and thought you might enjoy her take.

      God Bless,

      MP

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    • jaykay says:

      Diane, it could be – well, most likely will be – that your “dead tree” books will be a precious resource whenever our current little electronic playthings are inoperative… either temporarily or ( oh the horror!) permanently. Just sayin’ 😁

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      • Diane says:

        Wonderful. Letting “things” go, temporal or otherwise frees us up in so many ways. New Graces will abound. Each day, I revisit a certain drawer or shelves and release even more that I thought I wasn’t ready to get rid of. (I’ve discarded 6 large bags of paperwork in the past two weeks). Blessings Kim and June all who are purging and clearing the way!!! Yes, I have felt for a few years, these books would come to be very important. I have an 1888 copy of The Glories of Mary and a 1902 copy of Pope Leo, and an 1861 copy of Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, its 800 pages and leather bound, and about 200 books on various saints. I felt called to save these for “one day”.

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    • Bonnie C says:

      Ahhh. I have wanted to clear out my basemen of dross. Heavily weighing on my conscience were Christmas decorations, and even intended gifts, on shelves – some impulsively purchased or used only once. I took a load over to Good Will today, also. Funny. I was listening to Glenn Beck. He was talking about a Sunday school class he taught on Acts where St. Paul respectfully warned about taking the grain ship out, but he was ignored. Once the storm commenced, the crew “secured the dinghy” to the ship. My understanding is a dinghy is a smaller boat. He made the analogy of securing your dinghy, or securing those thing you believe are necessary to ride out the storm. Another option is to cut the dinghy loose, as it may be an encumbrance to safely weathering the storm. I decided to get busy and assess what was dragging me down. There is more. Much more. But, I was so relieved to have just loaded stuff up, even some things that had sentimental attachments, and cheerfully donate them. Yes, secure our dinghys, cut them loose, or both!

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  8. Bob in Minnesota says:

    Charlie it’s the 4th of November, 2015, for all the events you have communicated to occur in the now less then 24 months before the late October 2017 rescue to occur; for a modern era man thinking this is stretching it a bit. Maybe you could add a paragraph to your next posting on this matter. I remember what Jesus told you about the time frame of events, but if you could embellish this time frame a bit it would help many people other then just me, many of the followers of this site have to wondering the same thing. Even yourself must have questions on how all these events are to occur in such a short a time period.

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    • charliej373 says:

      First, a technical detail, Bob. I have not said late October of 2017…but very late in 2017.

      In the 1400s it stretched credulity for a then modern man to believe that after over 90 years of crushing defeat, within a few weeks, a teenage girl would revive France and lead it to victories which would break the iron-fisted English hold. Even the uncrowned King had accepted that he would be, at best, a noble in an English protectorate. But God had other plans. France had to rise, itself – but God made sure the instrument of that rise and the time frame were such that it obviously came from Him.

      I sympathize with you. We each have to do our part to participate in the Rescue, but it pleases God that it happen in such a way and in such a timeframe that no reasonable person can deny it was from Him. I have been told many unbelievable things – and at one time didn’t believe them. But they came to pass anyway. So I say what I am to say. The minute I start embellishing to give it more credibility from a worldly standpoint is the minute I become utterly useless.

      If I am now wrong, all there is to look forward to is darkness and strife. What I say is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope – and you will become a participant in Rescue He has appointed from all eternity. And as you see what was once unbelievable come to pass as you do the little right in front of you, you will be both overjoyed and find an iron trust in the God who made us all. Watch and wait, for already the Lord is moving.

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    • CHADPRO123 says:

      Hey Bob in Minny,

      I have also spent an unduly amount of time wondering how God is going to fit all these events into a 2 year window. The best conclusion a worldly person like myself can come up with is nuclear bombs. If there were a nuclear strike or strikes on the United States then i can easily see how Charlie’s predictions might be fulfilled. The devastation wrought by one or more of these weapons is so extreme that the world would change in a matter of days, much less 24 months. In fact, if nuclear weapons are involved, i think that Charlie’s predictions could even fit into a 6-9 month time-frame. So even though we are experiencing relative peace this late in 2015, the world and its priorities can shift dramatically in a few heartbeats.

      But as Charlie says (i’m paraphrasing) speculating on future events is vain and pointless. It doesn’t provide your soul with anything useful for salvation. Knowing the month/day/hour of the “invasion of Poland moment” is not going to do anything except give you a few more grey hairs. The important thing to do (in peacetime and otherwise) is to trust fully in God to provide for you and those around you.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Chad, if in 1428 someone had said that after near a century of unremitting devastation, France would be rescued and restored – and the instrument of this stunning reversal would be a teenage girl, they would have been hooted out of whatever village they were from. I have said repeatedly that this is not something you are going to figure out by normal human devising. The way forward will be astonishing. The rules have already changed. Wait, watch and see what God is going to accomplish. Do your part by acknowledging Him, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope – and you will be witnesses to one of the greatest miracles in history.

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        • Beckita says:

          And again I say, “AMEN!!!” Thanks for this little yet oh-so-spectacular light this morning.Our God is the Source of Infinite Imagination and it is a complete privilege to know, love and serve him while knowing, loving and serving Him in those around us.

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        • Gene Church says:

          Well this raises the question: are we to be witnesses, or does our acknowledging God, doing the next right thing, and being a sign of hope call for us to tell others of our hope in Christ, and of the Storm we are now in, and of the miraculous rescue revealed to you?

          My wife and I have spoken to some friends and acquaintances about this, but have refrained from explaining our changes of actions in consolidating what we have and moving to a safer area to others, referencing that my wife was raised in the country, and you can take the girl out of the country, but can’t take the country out of the girl.

          In doing the next right thing, do we have an obligation to share our hope with others, based upon your experiences?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Gene, I think it might help to read this page and then this one. Give witness to your faith, primarily by making a joyful and welcoming home. Insist that others respect your conscience as you respect theirs. Everyone will see that we are in trouble at some time…and when they do, they will gravitate to those who have been steady. Before I spoke publicly, when I was with friends and they would talk about how rough things are, I would often cheerily note, “Yeah, they’re bad and going to get worse. But not to worry: God has a plan.” Then I would move on…always with cheery confidence. It is enough.

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      • NancyA says:

        I remain cautiously skeptical of prophecies… they may or may not be fulfilled. That skepticism does not detract from my complete agreement with Charlie’s continued exhortation to the three points. It really does not matter… but, I would not question “how God is going to…” Fact is, simply, He can. (And really, history gives many examples of this, besides Charlie’s example of St. Joan of Arc, where the unthinkable is sudden and unexpected, but real.) No need to try to work out how, nor when… just be ready. Always. Put God first, know that He can, and does, intervene; allow Him to, remind others that He can and may, and be that sign of hope, showing our own hope and faith and readiness… it’s contagious!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Exactly, Nancy. Actually it kind of puzzles me when people wonder how God can possibly do something (though I have, at times, wondered it myself). He’s God. He can do anything any way He wants.

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          • Petra says:

            Occasionally I begin to try to think about God’s omnipotence, and I get about 2 seconds into trying to conceive of it, and my mind becomes so overwhelmed I have to stop. 🙂 When I consider the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things on this terrarium we call Earth, and try to think of not only the micro but the macro components that make it all work together, many of which even the most brilliant minds among us have great difficulty teasing out – from the workings of a single cell in a human body, to the spinning of the earth on it’s axis while orbiting around the sun – well, my mind just jams up!

            And that’s only considering things He made that are relatively stable so we have time to explore them. But what about other aspects of His omnipotence? For instance, the other day I considered that if He so chose, God could change all of history for every person alive in a single moment, and none of us would even notice, because He could change our memories too. In the blink of an eye. (Would He? I seriously doubt it, because He has designed our universe to use “time” that moves in only one direction, and He has a Plan and desires it to reach completion. But He could.)

            God could have created a multitude of worlds and universes – with all kinds of inconceivable (to us) elements and components, all done simply to please Himself and use His creative powers. Even our own imaginations are limited by what we already know. But His is not. There are probably created things that even if we saw them (assuming they were visible to us in the light spectrum our eyes can perceive… 😉 ) we would not understand what we were seeing.

            How teeny we are in every way. Yet, He regards us the apple of His eye.
            God bless.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          You are so right NancyA. Hurricane Patricia was a miracle in our midst, before our very eyes. Poor Abba and those with little faith. My mother used to often say to me, how many times does a ton of bricks have to fall on your head before you get it! I think Our Almighty Father feels much the same way at times. Like my dear sweet mother, He will never give up on us!

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    • JeanE says:

      Hi Bob, After reading this, something came to me. I am wondering, do you or does anyone here think this shortened time ties in at all with what Jesus said about having to shorten the time or even the elect would be in danger of being lost? From what I recall, He described the times as being so terrible that He would shorten it for their sake.

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  9. Beckita says:

    An apropos twosome follow-up to the last post’s ensuing comments. And I make that remark with full intent to scrutinize the plank in my own eye. Thank you, Charlie.

    I must say, your line in the introductory remarks resonated with me: “We are in a relative calm before things speed up incredibly.” I had just said after praying our family rosary this evening, “My heart deeply senses a distinct calm before the Storm.”

    Lastly, I have intended to mention I wrote a petition for our NRS family’s deceased members and friends in our “Book of the Dead.” They have been and will continue to be remembered each day this month in the Masses offered in our chapel. A light of reparative prayer rising from the northern Rockies for everyone’s family and friends here with gratitude for the Infinite Redemption in the Lord’s Precious Blood.

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  10. JoyInTheLord says:

    Thank you for these 2 posts, Charlie. I sit and I wonder. Truly, there is no reason why I should not trust God. Lord, help my unbelief!

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  11. johnmcfarm says:

    I have just been thinking how there is a calm…at least in my family for which I am thanking God! Seems my prayers are being answered. This Thanksgiving all my family…including all three kids, my parents, sister and her family will share Thanksgiving with us here at our farm. They are coming in from all over the nation for this and to share in my Confirmation that Saturday. I am feeling truly blessed that as the world is still unraveling at breakneck speed my family is being restored! And being given at least one more chance to be together whole, loving and filled with gratitude.

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  12. Doug says:

    On our way home from Medjugorje now. Good reading for the ride. One person on this blog, I have been informed, has already received a physical healing from petitions. Our group leader brought petitions and carried them around to all the sites. I thought that was a wonderful idea. So I followed suite and carried a back pack with everyone’s petitions to all the sites (and I do not like to carry a back pack). Upon leaving, we gave them to our guide who will bring them to an apparition to be blessed by our Lady and after that, they will be burned. Everyone here is in my heart. God bless you all!

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  13. Olga says:

    Dear Charlie,
    My friend just recently told me about you. I have a question. I really feel that pot use in our country is one of Satans tools. My husband and I have 11 children. We raised them well in the church and tried to lead by example. We are struggling with this issue with our almost 18 year old and a few of our adult children. It is so hard because the world is saying it is fine to do. Can you give some insight on this problem in society. Thank you

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    • charliej373 says:

      Drugs have created much despair throughout the world. I have sadly seen it in my own extended family. We live in a time when good is counted as evil and evil counted as good. But Olga, live your faith and witness well. Make your home a welcoming and a joyful one, while insisting that those who are there respect your conscience. Reality catches up to everyone. If they have had someone in their life who lives true peace and joy, they will return as the prodigal son did when they see the wages of this toxic culture of sin. Live it…and those you love will return in God’s time, not yours.

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      • Bob says:

        Of course, I see the drug issue daily as I am a drug abuse assessor and I’d say 30% or more of our clients are there for heroin or other opiates with lessor numbers for meth, alcohol. cannabis and others. And when I ask most admit they really didn’t believe this stuff (heroin and opiates) is addictive or they thought they would be the exception. So I wonder daily of how so many can delude themselves that they don’t know the dangers? And I do believe Augustine had it right that “Our hearts are restless” and people look for anything to fill the void in our stupid culture where we are not giving them God. And add the traumas of family breakup, Godless media, Godless schools, and we have the “perfect storm” for these addictions to infest many. I for one was always told of how addictive heroin and opiates were but that didn’t protect me from using others before God freed me from my own stupidity.

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  14. naughtd0tty says:

    It feels like my family already passed from the eye of the storm. All I am trying to do is take Charlie’s advice. I am definitely under much stress right now from all my spiritually blind family members which consists of my husband and two married children, one of which is going through a nasty divorce. I am definitely overwhelmed! I Thank the Lord for my sister everyday, whom I consider my best friend. We pray together as often as we are able and often on an emergency basis.

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh naughtdotty! You are in good company here as so many are living their personal storms right now. From all I’ve read on this blog, from the actions of Mother Church right now, from the ways in which the Good Shepherd has tended to me even in the most horrific moments of my life, I must trust Him to take care of my loved ones, seemingly so far from Him right now.

      I have even discovered that the fuller I open myself to trust in Him (which can demand risk-taking at times), the more readily I let go of control, get out of His way and allow Him be the God of Mercy that He is. In His Own Words to St. Faustina: “Oh, how much I am hurt by a soul’s distrust! Such a soul professes that I am Holy and Just, but does not believe that I am Mercy and does not trust in My Goodness. Even the devils glorify My Justice but do not believe in My Goodness” (Diary 300) This quote can be found here: http://www.divinemercy.org/elements-of-divine-mercy/trust-in-divine-mercy/115-complete-confidence-in-jesus.html

      Well acquainted with the Pharisee in the mirror, I must examine and challenge myself daily to grow in complete trust. I’m venerating a first class relic of St. Faustina for you, naughtdotty, and for all here. May her intercession procure graces for each of us to deepen our total confidence in Jesus.

      Finally, here’s a gem to which I was introduced years ago and it is another powerful means for maintaining serenity while opening our hearts to trusting in God: http://tonyhickey.org/surrender-novena

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      • naughtd0tty says:

        Thank you Beckita, I have been learning to putting it over to God’s hands and trusting. I am a take charge person and everyone tends to rely on me, so it is definitely hard for me. I am usually a healthy person, but lately have been sick a lot ,sleep poorly, anxious, etc., So the Lord is showing me that I need to let go and let him take over.

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        • Beckita says:

          Beautifully said, naughtdotty: “So the Lord is showing me that I need to let go and let him take over.” It seems every last one of us is getting the opportunity to do just that and, in my mind, it is the bedrock lesson of life.

          May you be especially gentle with yourself in these challenging days as they are. You know, when the going was especially tough for me, I would pray the Surrender Novena throughout the day and let each phrase and its meaning sink into my spirit. Sweet refreshment and consolation!

          Praying for you and that all the Lord wishes to accomplish in our trials is brought to fruition.

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          • naughtd0tty says:

            Hi Beckita, I am in the process of doing the Surrender novena. It is short, but oh so sweet! I have some good news. I wanted to go to confession at a nearby shrine this week and asked my daughter-in law if she would be interested in going. I have asked before and she said she was all set, but this time she said she was ready to go to confession after 10 long years. It was a very positive experience for her and she said she felt so good afterward. We visited at the shrine for a bit and I urged her to write in the Book of Intentions there and light some candles. She really wants to have a baby, not sure if that is what she wrote, but I lit a candle to St. Anne for her.

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          • Linda2 says:

            And the Angels rejoice! How this must warm your heart, naughtd0tty. I, too, will pray for her to St. Anne and I will pray, as well, to Our Lady of La Leche. I went back to confession after being away from the Church for ten years and I never looked back. Enjoy your new daughter. God has blessed you.

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          • Beckita says:

            Your mother’s heart must be soaring with joy at the deepening conversion of your daughter. Thank you for sharing your joy here, naughtdotty! I’m joining you in prayer to one of my patrons, St. Anne, for your daughter’s dream of pregnancy to come to fruition.

            I heard a story once of a priest who happened to be seated next to Mother Teresa on a flight and he asked her to pray for his niece who wanted a baby and was having difficulty conceiving. Mother Teresa advised him to keep a Miraculous Medal nearby and ask Our Lady to send his niece a baby. He later reported the good news that his niece was pregnant.

            I took this cue when years ago someone from my choir was newly married and having difficulty conceiving. Every choir member and all the family members began wearing/carrying Miraculous medals and invoking Our Lady’s intercession and sure enough the woman conceived. Ave Maria!!!

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          • Linda2 says:

            What a marvelous evangelization, tool, Beckita! I’m going to remember this one. It’s surely something I can do. We can only imagine the ripple effect of this and how many people were edified. And how happy Our Lady must be when we do such things. Thank you for sharing.

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          • Petra says:

            naughtdotty: I “surrender” your daughter-in-law to Jesus, and tell Him, “Lord, You take care of it.” – not only her coming closer to Him and for a deeper conversion, but that He may send a child. His will be done. Jesus, You take care of it!
            God bless, and thank you for sharing that uplifting sign of hope!

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      • Melba Pourteau says:

        Yes. Yes. Yes. I received this Surrender Novena in Medjugorjie in 2014.I thought God worked wonders with it then. It has cycled back to the ‘must do’ stack now again. Will begin Charlie’s ‘Prayer of Trustful Surrender’ tonight, concurrently with 33 Days to Morning Glory. That should take us to December 8, opening of Year of Mercy.

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  15. SanSan says:

    Need help understanding the last sentence, please,
    “Whatever your beliefs”, you would certainly like to know if God is. Go ahead. Acknowledge where the shoe of faith pinches – or even if it does not fit at all. Then ask whatever you can with sincerity. You shall receive.

    Even those who are not in the “fullness of the faith”? Non-Catholics?

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    • charliej373 says:

      All who ask with sincerity and humility will receive. ALL.

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    • Beckita says:

      Arm in arm we walk and pray, SanSan… And the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven, shall rise together, shall rise forever and God shall rule!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oooo…I love that!

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      • Rara Avis says:

        Thank you Beckita for mentioning our Song of Thanksgiving. I have been wanting to ask a question about it for over a month. Now, if the answer is not for this time and we will fully understand after the Rescue, I accept that. Charlie, I have done my homework using the search feature, reading all related posts and pondering these words. How is it that the people of the Kingdom (those of us on Earth now, I assume) and the people of Heaven (obvious) SHALL RISE TOGETHER, shall rise forever? How do we rise together? I have contemplated this along with you speaking of your mother gently guiding you from Heaven, but have come to no conclusion except that I must have a poor understanding of the veil separating Heaven and Earth.

        Thank you for your answer if it is appropriate to give one.
        Brenda

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        • charliej373 says:

          I understand, Rara. I think sometimes people think I am given lengthy explanations of all the details. Most times I am not – and I lack much curiosity about it either. (I used to have more, but that was knocked out of me long ago. It is enough to trust.) The song was given to me. I was not given any lengthy explanation of the theological nuances of it. It was given and given joyfully – and I received it with great joy. That, for me, is sufficient.

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        • YongDuk says:

          One theological insight could be that each Saint has a Mission that they carry out into Eternity within the Communion of Saints. This is much akin to each Angel being created for a specific purpose in reflection of a certain aspect of God. (I am speaking from the stand point of speculative theology, of course.)

          St Theresa said she would spend Heaven sending roses down upon Earth.

          St. Faustina said she would spend Heaven proclaiming God’s Mercy.

          Given the Cloud of Witnesses of Hebrews 11 and the Communion of Saints, much like the Angels in the Battle between Good and Evil or in 2 Maccabees that fought against the Enemies of the Hasadeans, the truth might lie in the realization [the becoming reality] of the Saints’ Missions within the Communion of Saints in the Battle between Good and Evil. This realization of each Saint’s Mission may be long awaited for in Heaven and they are excited and joyous at the Time that they will rise along with us…

          But I only speculate.

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        • Matthew says:

          Rara:
          I am puzzled by your distinction between the People of the Kingdom and the People of Heaven. I have always understood these two phrases to refer to the same group of people that is all who are living in the will of God. Any victory for any part of this Body is a victory for the WHOLE BODY thus we rise together.
          Matthew

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          • Rara Avis says:

            Matthew,
            I have never studied Theology and, being that my intellect tends toward the simple, I have a more basic understanding of God and my faith than some on this site. My faith is strong, my understanding is growing; but, many of the nuances of the faith can be lost on me. I fully understand what I was taught when I converted that the Catholic Church is made up of the Church Militant, Suffering and Triumphant. I take that literally just as I pondered our song literally. The People of the Kingdom are differentiated from the People of Heaven. I searched this site looking for an understanding of these titles. When I found none, I relied on the militant, suffering and triumphant explanation I had learned. Being that they represent souls in the different realms, I was asking about the interaction between those realms as Charlie has alluded to when mentioning the guidance he now appreciates from his mother who has passed into Heaven. My question was an honest inquiry about an aspect of our faith of which I have a basic understanding, not a theological one; hence, I appreciated YD guidance. If God likes the ordinary, then I’m his gal!

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      • SanSan says:

        Protestants too? Really? That’s not what I’ve learned from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Please cite the section – for I have studied it and various Pope’s commentaries on it. All of which maintain that all salvation is THROUGH the Church which Christ founded, but that even those who are not aware of their obligation know the good – and if they pursue it honestly, even if they never understand their obligation, they can be redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice.

          If you think you have found a formulaic answer which casts all those who are not like you into outer darkness, you are like Job’s very “pious” friends. That did not work out well for them.

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            And you have also said that God will take care of the unity. Initially, people of good will might not be completely there yet, even when they (especially non-Catholics) repent heartily outside of Confession, but that’s for God to handle.

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          • SanSan says:

            thank you for trying to help me understand your statements…….which I fully don’t–even with all your wonderful attempts Charlie, MarieUrsula and YongDuk. So when my Pastor announced to the 8th grade class that even an Atheist can get to heaven if he’s a good person (all of Pslam 15)…..then he wasn’t in error?

            then why be Catholic? Just live the Golden Rule and love Jesus? done.

            I am a cradle Catholic and I know in my heart that I am apart of the one true faith. I know that I will never see the beatific vision if I reject any part of our creed. I know that being a servant of God and the good work I do for my neighbor, along with my faith, trust and obdience in Him, Jesus Christ, does not quarantee my place at His table……but, I’m trying to store up treasures in heaven so that one day perhaps He will say to me, come my good and faithful servant. I fully consecrate myself to Our Blessed Mother so she can use me however needed for the greater good and to save souls.

            My neighbors that I’m trying to help bring to Jesus are lost in one way or another, but they ALL are good, kind, sweet people…..should I just not fret about them entering the Church and gaining salvation? What about all the teachings of Our Saints? Siena, Avila, Faustina on the amount of souls that perish?

            Maybe we’re talking apples and apples and I’m just seeing apples and oranges?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Could be, SanSan. Perhaps this article – taken from the Catechism, will help. The Church has always taught that those who are unaware that the Catholic Church is truly Christ’s Church may attain salvation by seeking honestly the good that God has implanted in them. At the same time, everyone has the obligation to seek that which is true…and should they sense that the Catholic Church might be the place to be, they must examine in good conscience.

            For those of us who are Catholic, we have a great treasure. But remember that Christ said that to whom more is given more is demanded. So we have a profound obligation that goes along with that treasure – to show people the Face of God, not merely to condemn them or think we sit in an elite club. Ours has always been an Evangelical Faith – to bring the Good News to all, both by what we say and how we act. Many Jews condemned Jesus for going to obvious sinners – and even Samaritans who did not believe in the Jewish God. Many were opposed to At. Paul going to the Gentiles – who also did not believe in the Jewish God. When St. Paul spoke to the pagans in the Areopagus (Acts 17) he did not begin by rebuking them – but by acknowledging and congratulating them on their piety (Acts 17:22).

            So your Pastor was right – provided the atheist is genuinely unaware of the truth of the Catholic faith. You do not have that option, though, for you know the truth of the faith…and if you were to apostasize you would bring condemnation on yourself. To whom more is given, more is expected.

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          • Doug says:

            Why be Catholic? This can be expounded on all day. I will mention a couple things. With the sacraments flow many, many graces. Although God loves all equally, he is not an egalitarian (contrary to progressive thinking). As Charlie said, with great knowledge comes great responsibility. The other side of this is there all also great rewards. The parable of the talents talks to this. If we use the talents that have been given us, we have much grace to receive in eternal life. Another way to look at this is judgement is not just Condemnation as is typically perceived, it can be like when you get judged for the first prize ribbon for winning a contest. This judgement is a good thing and most welcome. Although, we are not competing against each other but we are doing the best with what we are given. Being Catholic is a most cherished gift to us, the faithful, when fully understood. God bless you!

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          • Doug says:

            Let’s see….. another way to look at it…… Will you settle for a ham sandwich or do you want veritable fast with all the trappings and trimmings along with apple pie ala mode for dessert.

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        • YongDuk says:

          SanSan

          I have used Psalm 15 as the clearest prooftext of all those Protestants who say that non-Christians go to Hell.

          In the same, while there is “no salvation outside of the Catholic Church” must be read correctly, as Charlie alludes to or states (did you allude or state, Charle?).

          All Grace comes through Christ, His Saving Passion, for Which He became Incarnate. Period. That is entrusted to the Church. Period. Nostra Aetate gives voice to how the Spirit moves as He will and move He does, both in the Old and the New Testament, both with nonJews and nonChristians alike. (Think of Cyrus [O.T.] and Cornelius [N.T.]). All God needs is Good Will [and Love].

          Period.

          Remember, SanSan, there is a difference between a nonCatholic/nonChristian being saved and a nonCatholic Christian being in Heaven. I contest (and do not speculate) that there are only Catholics in Heaven. To be in Heaven, you have to be Catholic (think of having to acknowledging the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the Eucharist, Mary, Peter and the Keys, not to mention Purgatory), to get to Heaven you do not need to be Catholic. You have to be as Psalm 15 says–but there indeed must be a moment of conversion to be Catholic, and that is the Mercy that Charlie speaks or alludes to.

          Do not limit God’s generosity. Think of those who got paid the same at the last hour as at the first 🙂

          Ps. 15
          A psalm of David.

          I
          LORD, who may abide in your tent?*
          Who may dwell on your holy mountain?*
          II
          2
          Whoever walks without blame
          doing what is right,
          speaking truth from the heart;
          3
          Who does not slander with his tongue,
          does no harm to a friend,
          never defames a neighbor;
          4
          Who disdains the wicked,
          but honors those who fear the LORD;
          Who keeps an oath despite the cost,
          5
          lends no money at interest,
          accepts no bribe against the innocent.
          III
          Whoever acts like this
          shall never be shaken.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, can you articulate the baptism of desire as spelled out by the Church?

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug, look in the CCC on baptism.

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          • Doug says:

            Sorry Beckita, I was looking to here specifically from YD on this to hear and see the beautiful scented rose of his theological explaination.

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          • Katherine says:

            Okay, I just want to chime in here with some speculative theology. Baptism of desire: For those outside of the Church one must have a salvific implicit desire which meets 4 requirements: has a belief which is equivalent to “God exists and rewards those who seek him”, they must be disposed by grace (which comes through the Church) to act upon this belief, that there’s no TRUE description of the Catholic Church under which they wouldn’t want to be Catholic (because you can’t have an implicit desire and an explicit desire . . .meaning a desire to act . . . that are opposed when focused on the same object) and lastly, that if evangelized, there is nothing in them that would hold them back from conversion. It’s really up to God to judge. NOW, a different topic, but related: When Jesus died on the cross he summed up and fulfilled ALL previous sacrifices. His sacrifice alone remains valid. In other words, to worship God you must worship in Christ. Non Catholics praise God, which is good but it is at best partial and anticipatory, for praise is praise. Sacrifice is the hallmark of worship. God hears ALL prayers, but it makes a difference if He hears them in the voice of His Son. Two kinds of people are saved: those with the characters of the Sacraments, and those who lack the characters but get the effects from our prayers. The cup runneth over.

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        • YongDuk says:

          (Sorry, if it wasn’t clear, Psalm 15 says who will be in God’s Presence abiding with Him in the Close Union of His Tabernacle upon and in His Holy Mountain [in the ancient languages]. In other words, what follows is who: never is it specified only the Jew or only the Christian.)

          Some days, I wish I was Borg to just download my thoughts succinctly in flashes. But we have concluded that Borg don’t exist with Souls and Doug and I will have to wait till Heaven to figure out in what Quadrant they reside should they indeed exist. But I digress…

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          • Doug says:

            I love it YD, many smiles.

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          • Glad you’re not Borg, YD, because it would suck all the character and spirit out of your words. According to fictional accounts, it’s the Delta Quadrant, but I think we all have our hearts set on the empyrean realm. I don’t want to digress further, but considering my big imagination… it’s a speck, on a speck, on a dust mite compared to the imagination of God the Creator… well, I like a good surprise so won’t rule anything out. Just makes me wonder all the more what Job experienced.

            And sorry to have started this “Young Duck” business, because I can come off as irreverent sometimes. On the other hand, a nickname was a real sign of endearment if you grew up in my family. Once my oldest sister pegged you with a catchy moniker that stuck, you knew she really loved you. We weren’t just family. We were FAMILY.

            God Bless,

            MP

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        • Doug says:

          Ugh! I meant to say veritable feast; not fast………

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          • SanSan says:

            Thank you all. I pondered all of your comments and felt some divine surgery going on in my soul. Yes, as Catholics we are held to a higher bar because we do have the “fullness” of the faith. I cherish my faith and I cherish the grace that brought me into full communion with Christ’s Church. God Bless all for your assistance.

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          • Doug says:

            SanSan, I also want to add, welcome here! You are among friends!

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        • YongDuk says:

          “On what it is to be Catholic” by YoungDuck

          SanSan, a few pages ago I waned eloquently on The Christian Meaning of Suffering and February 11.

          Charlie’s response is great and accurate. As is Doug’s joy.

          As the poor man, that I am, to have been blessed by God to see certain mystical glimpses. I can’t tell you how humbling they are. I alluded to how painful they are to see where they [the mystical reality] are compared to the reality of where I am, sinful, poor, alone, unfaithful, slow. But I can tell you, that if I could take out my heart and give it to you to know, I would.

          That is what it means to be Catholic.

          It means being given the Heart of Jesus. It means wanting to give the Heart of Jesus.

          It means being given the Heart of Mary through the Holy Spirit. It means wanting to give the Heart of Mary.

          It means wanting God to be shared, given, received, in this reciprocal loving, abiding, admixing, ad infinitum.

          It means wanting to give God the joy of love It means wanting to give another the joy.

          It means rejoicing in my suffering that fill up the Sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, The Church. (Col 1:24)

          But why Catholic?

          As Doug said: all the Grace that the Sacraments bring.

          Jesus–God–wants us to have the joy of sharing in His Salvific Work, of sharing love: giving, receiving, abiding.

          He gives us His Heart so that we can abound unto this Work.

          The Holy Spirit gives us Himself so that we can abound unto this Work.

          Not just for our own joy–our own sake–but for the sake of His Body, the Church, for the sake of all the Elect, for the sake of the Salvation of All, past, present and future!

          That to me is the joy and the hope of being Catholic: we have certitude–and that concept of certitude is most essential–to participate, actuate, realize the Grace and effect good and Good for others unto the Glory of God!

          Our desire to live, abide, love, give, share, receive are made actual and made real.

          (And here Doug along with the CCC is the only thing beyond the historical that I can the Baptism of Desire for those who cannot obtain the Sacrament of Baptism to become Christians, especially on the point of Death.)

          It is about Love, pure and simple, received, given, shared!

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          • Doug says:

            Wonderful Yong Duk!

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          • SanSan says:

            Beautiful YongDuk. Yes, that’s how I feel, zealously! I want all whom I encounter to know the love of God. I was “stuck” in the fact that unless you came into the “fullness” of the faith, into Christ’s Church, you would not, could not attain heaven.

            We were given the Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus tells the disciples:
            “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

            I thought that “all” had to be baptized into the Catholic Church, because every other religion is a “protest” against Holy Mother Church–those outside the Catholic Church do not “observe all that” Jesus “commanded”.

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          • Doug says:

            It is nice to go back and digest what you said here YD. The Eucharist brought me much consolation today. After communion, a young couple with two young kids; a toddler and infant walked by and interiorly, I was shown that my wife and I were graced to influence them living out their sacrament marriage through the marriage prep process. The mere presence of them walking by made me shed many, many tears. It was a sight to behold to just watch them.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Doug, what a beautiful grace.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful sharing, Doug!

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          • Doug says:

            YD, another treasure worth re-reading. Can you figure out why I am going back to re-read all these posts?

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          • YongDuk says:

            Ummm… no… Your version of a spit ball?

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          • Doug says:

            No. I am looking for my homework assignment. It’s fun to reminisce what was written before though.

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  16. SanSan says:

    My husband and I have brought under our roof a young Nigerian mother of two and her mother. All have only been in the U.S. for a year on Asylum (mother fears what’s going on in her country). The mother (sole provider for the family) was moving from the expensive Bay Area to AZ this week, where she anticipated a better future. She was literally all packed in her car and headed out. However, she found a lump in her breast and was told yesterday it is cancer. We find out tomorrow what stage, etc. God has placed this family in our care, right before my husband retires (Dec 12) and we go on a fixed income. Well, I really needed to read this post Charlie……..uncertainity abounds, yet I’m feeling peaceful , although scared somewhat (the unknown?) Please pray for the health of this young mother (H) and her family. Please pray for my husband and myself that we shake off the attacks of Satan, stay strong and stay close to our loving Mother. We want to be a sign of hope. We are currently on Day 17 of a 33 Day Consecration to Mary. We will give all to Her so she can use all that we have to bring souls to Christ. p.s. Mother is “Angelican”, baby is unbaptized–but her saintly Mother is Catholic with a big “C”……..! I will have the mother read this beautiful meditation on Job. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked the Lord to send St. Edmund Campion to guard and guide both H and your family, to keep you steadfast in faith and hope.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      SanSan, I am praying for all your intentions and will continue to. Bless you for your gift of grace to others. May you all endure with health, healing and strength.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for all of you as you request, SanSan. You are a sign of hope as you share what you are doing.

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    • Doug says:

      SanSan, prayers have been offered up in Medjugorje for your friend. My wife is a 3 time cancer survivor including breast cancer. There is very good care for this these days. I hope this brings some consolation.

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    • narnialion54 says:

      Prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for you, San San, your husband and H and her family through the intercession of St. Joseph. You are a great sign of hope to me!

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    • SanSan says:

      Thank you all for your prayers…..keep them coming. H has Stage 3A breast cancer. She’s only 29, homeless, with two children. She is terrified right now, but with all the support offered her she will beat this and be able to care for herself, her mom and her children once more. We will keep her with us for however long it takes. Thank you again for taking the time to offer up prayers for her.

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      • SanSan says:

        Update on H, mother with breast cancer. We have moved her family of 4 to another county where she can get treatment. We paid for a week in a motel and others have come forward to pay for more weeks until welfare can find her emergency housing. She’s got a lot in front of her and being homeless on top of it all.

        These past two weeks I have learned that as much as I want to help others, I am limited–very limited……emotionally, spiritually, and financially. We have room in our home for more, but the obligation of a sick mother with a family from another country was just too much to take on. I realize, I am not Mother Theresa, no matter how much I want to be like her. I am not Our Blessed Mother no matter how much I want to be like her. I fall oh so short. I feel like I tell Jesus, “use me any way you see fit”…….then He does and I say “not that much, just a little”. Mea culpa Mea culpa

        How can I be a sign of hope for others when I’m such a wimp?

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        • SanSan says:

          Please keep H in your prayers. Please keep her mother and two babies in your prayers. They need soooooo much. God will provide.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Sounds like you did more than you know by rallying so many to help. Sometimes people think we have to do it all ourselves or we have failed. That can end by fueling a vanity. You suffered the humbling experience of seeing your limitations – and then got others involved. sounds like a few next right steps to me. Part of wisdom is doing the little we can. Another part is learning how little it actually is that we can do. But the greatest part is seeing how profoundly and abundantly Christ acts when we do that very little we can and offer it to him.

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        • Doug says:

          Just do what is in front of you. We are not God and he knows that. Soak in his love. Know how much he loves you in spite of your weakness. It is our weaknesses that also make you so lovable.

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  17. Christiaria says:

    Your post on Job is magnificent, Charlie, and a true wake-up call to those who fancy themselves “holier than the Pope.” I will continue to ponder it.

    I ran into my friend, Sue, yesterday–the one who helped me organize the Covington gathering with Mark Mallett and who had the luncheon for you–and she had remarkable news! She and some other Covington friends (also at that luncheon) were in Denver for a wedding last month, and they went for a hike behind St. Malo’s on the trail where St. John Paul II hiked. When they looked up to Mt. Meeker, they all saw the miracle of the sun the way it’s often seen in Medjugorje! This was a first for some of them, and they all dropped to their knees in prayer. This just got me so excited for the shrine and is further confirmation that it is holy ground. I hope it gives you some encouragement, too.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is wonderful, Kitty. Tell Sue and my other friends in Covington I said “Hey!” (I still brag about having sung a little back-up to Kitty Cleveland while there!)

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      • donna says:

        Charlie:
        have I ever told you my story of St Malo’s? I have been in Colorado one time. We were in Rocky Mountain National Park with our then 19 and 15 year old sons. One night I asked if we could go for a ride…..we wound up stumbling upon St Malo’s. I have several pictures of this exquisite chapel….I ran to go in and it was closed. So I sat outside…..by myself…..just staring at it from the front with the mountain backdrop….my husband and sons after a while were like, c’mon…..let’s go, ….and I just sat there all peaceful…..I just knew it was a special place….I felt it was peaceful and special….and now I know why…..I feel so privileged to have experienced that…..we just happened upon the place….

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Christiaria, your story is chilling in a most magnificent way. On my faith journey Our Blessed Mother Mary has been a powerful guide and advocate for me. I was blessed to be able to visit the Our Lady Of The New Millennium Statue on several occasions at the turn of the century. Here is a video of the statue for those here who have not seen it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zfEaB_2Uus When Pope John Paul II blessed the statue as it rolled passed him on his visit to St. Louis, I was filled with such joy and peace.
      Over a decade later when sharing my faith and my love of Our Blessed Mother with a co-worker and colleague, she told me that she was the niece of the creator of the statue. I was overwhelmed by this and did research on her Uncle Carl Demmas and got to learn about his incredible love for her as well. Today as I look to find and share his story of great graces with our NRS family, I have learned that he is now deceased, and will pray for his intercession for us and for the Mt. Meeker Shine as well. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/carl-demmas-mighty-metal-madonna/Content?oid=904608
      Thank you Christiaria for being an inspiration to us in many ways.

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  18. Judy says:

    Charlie, This question is a bit far from the discussion, but my aunt brought it up this week. You say that Job saw the universe and how is all revolved around the creation of man (if I am not misinterpreting). People claim that they have seen or experienced extra terrestrials. Do you think they exist and that there are other planets out there that support life and advance beings? I have always thought that these sighting could be a construct of satan.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I used to think they might exist, Judy. I don’t any more.

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      • YongDuk says:

        The way one mystic put it to me once, it that there may be worlds teaming with life, but not life with Souls.

        I think Doug asked me to a travel companion to find out… Would be overjoyed to, Doug!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Excellent, YD…just excellent.

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        • Katherine says:

          This is my thought as well, despite the fact that I enjoy a good science fiction story now and again. There is room in Catholic doctrine for them: if they didn’t need saving then we have nothing to worry about, if they did, then we trust God would have some other means to save them. However, that seems unlikely to me, it seems to me that God really poured Himself out for us. He gave us His Son, he really gave us His all. I believe that we’re it for the phenomenon of souls united to a body in this universe. That might sound sad, but think of the angels. They are, each of them, their own species. I believe that there is an unbelievable diversity “out there” that we can’t even comprehend that extends far beyond extraterrestrials. I hope this comment wasn’t too “out there”! I love contemplating the creative genius of God. From quarks to elephants to planets to the universe and beyond. It’s all incredible.

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      • jaykay says:

        Yes, Charlie, like a lot of people brought up in the 60s/70s I was a bit of a sucker for some of that stuff. I shudder now to think that I actually bought, at the age of 11, the book by that kook (sorry, couldn’t resist the alliteration!) Von Daniken. Anyway (shudder again)… anyway… it now strikes me that if the Father and Creator of the universe had actually created ensouled life on other planets – and I firmly don’t believe He did – then those beloved children of His would have both fallen, as we did, given the hatred of that creature for mankind, and also would have been redeemed, as we were, in His infinite love. I think all that fascination with ETs largely stems from unbelief and a nihilistic desire to “show” that we’re fundamentally no better than animals: you know the whole mindset, of course. It’s currently striving to become regnant, and even thinks it’s succeeding, so the masks are being rapidly dropped. Pride cometh before a fall, of course. But we believe in the rescue. Now, would that I could have the strength to live up to the calling!

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        • Matthew says:

          For any who are interested I think some SF writers have attempted to address this issue. CS Lewis wrote his Space Trilogy – volumes one and two address life on Mars and Venus respectively. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle has elements of this as well. Mike Flynn wrote a book called “Eifelheim”, a very interesting treatment of the whole question and rather philosophical. “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell is basically the story of the North American Martyrs told as a space age adventure – think “Jesuits in Space”. I tend to think that there are no other bodied rational creatures in the universe but I think exploring the idea raises interesting questions.
          In his second volume, Perelandra, Lewis raises the notion of other planets with intelligent races that have NOT fallen into original sin and that the Earth is basically in quarantine because we are infected.
          Just thought some might like a little light reading.
          Matthew

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    • CHADPRO123 says:

      Hello Judy,

      The best book i have ever read on this subject is called Alien Intrusion by protestant speaker and writer Gary Bates. In it, he shows that the existence of aliens is not compatible with Christian doctrine or a Christian understanding of the universe. He does this first from a scientific perspective by showing how the technology necessary for extra-terrestrial space-travel simply doesn’t exist nor can it. Then he evaluates the alien hypothesis from a theological perspective and points out the various incongruities and inconsistencies a Christian would have to accept in doctrine if they believe aliens are real.

      The book also examines various testimonies of those that have been “abducted” or experienced a “close encounter” with extra-terrestrials. He finds that virtually all of these experiences are uncannily similar to those from people who claim they are oppressed or possessed by demons. There is also a riveting section in the book where different people from different countries and at different times claim that invoking the name of Jesus stopped the “abduction” altogether and sent the non-human entity fleeing.

      His main argument is that if aliens exists then they are virtually indistinguishable from (and in fact are) demons, i.e. non-physical, inter-dimensional, highly intelligent creatures that are capable of manipulating objects and defying the laws of physics, and, as the books shows, totally hostile to human life in general and the Gospel message in particular.

      Hope this helps.

      P.S. the author has a few videos on youtube if you want to check him out.

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      • Judy says:

        I am not concerned about aliens. I do not think they exist except perhaps as a deceit of satan and, thus, are demonic. I will recommend the book to my aunt. Thanks.

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    • NancyA says:

      That’s what I believe, too, Judy, with nothing to back it up but feelings…

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  19. On my journey says:

    Though I do not contribute to this site often, I do read it daily and treasure the help it gives me.
    Charlie, I love this post. I really needed it today. I have recently been feeling strangely oppressed,
    a little unsure of myself and my relationships with close friends and family, in a way I have never felt before. This instruction from you was like a shot in the arm. I no longer feel discouraged. The need for me to focus on my trust in God has become more real and I am putting it at the top of my list.Thankyou, everyone who regularly share at this site. Your sharing also inspires me.

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  20. CrewDog says:

    Two years is plenty of time for SHTF!! Think 1914-1916, 1939-1941, Spanish Flu 1918-19 or the French Revolution or …………………… and when the SHTF evil politicians/others will be looking for scapegoats to blame for their incompetence, circumstances and fear. This time it might well be Catholics, WASPs or Tea Party Patriots?? Think Jews 1933-45! ………. and how you don’t intend to be the “Jew” of the early 21st Century!!!

    “Billy Graham’s Warning to American Churches: ‘Prepare for Persecution”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/03/billy-graham-warning-to-american-churches-prepare-for-persecution/

    Ted Koppel is an old liberal News Guy who seems to have figured out that we are in grave danger form Cyber Hacking …. a threat just as dangerous as a Nuke or EMP or Solar Flare

    “Ted Koppel points to LDS Church’s preparedness in book ‘Lights Out”
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640307/Ted-Koppel-points-to-LDS-Churchs-preparedness-in-book-Lights-Out.html?pg=all

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Petra says:

      CrewDog: I just read in the paper today that a new law bill was introduced in Britain’s Parliament to allow recording of every web site visited by every person in Britain over the previous 12 months and made accessible to law enforcement agencies there. Ostensibly to fight crime. How long do you think before that same law is adopted by every country on the planet?
      God bless.

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    • Mick says:

      CrewDog, I saw that article today about Koppel’s book. It kind of puzzled yet gratified that even an old lib like him could have a “come to Jesus” moment of sorts. I do hope that the Storm helps him come to Jesus for real.

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  21. JeanE says:

    Charlie, I can’t believe how good this is, it is the first time I’ve read it and wow!!! I love Job (I also love Jeremiah) This is so perfect for the time we are in and it really cemented in me the need to love everyone, to forgive everything and to always want Mercy for everyone! No matter what! One of the first thoughts that came to me was how nothing happens in our lives that is not allowed by God and He knows best!! Father really does know best 🙂 I really needed this today as I am having such a hard time with my own family- especially my son and his situation. Thank you for this and for giving me the hope and courage I need.
    Also, can I ask for prayers for my son, my Grandchildren and their mother…the situation they are in is extremely hard and painful and I worry about the choices they are making- or not making. Thank you all and God Bless you all.

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  22. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    Thank you for remembering our loved ones who have gone home to The Lord this has been a unusally year for our familiar and friends going home. Prayers go out to all NRS and their loved ones

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  23. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    I just watched a video of Ben Carson being asked about a 1999 commencement speech he gave where he stated that his belief is that Joseph of the Old Testament had the pyramids built for the storage of grain. He said there were hermetically sealed compartments in the structures that would not be needed for tombs but would be for long term storage of grains. He said anything is possible if God is with you. Carson said he still holds this belief. Morning Joe and his cohorts were speechless that he could believe this and then when they could get it together, they were laughing. I thought it made good sense. What do you think?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think the people who are speechless that anyone could actually believe in God will soon come to us for help – just like the ancient Egyptians did to Joseph. The stone the builders reject becomes the cornerstone.

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      • Matthew says:

        Charlie:
        I now really believe you worked in politics. That response was perfect – you completely dodge the historical questions (really what does it matter anyway) and use the question to get back on message! Well done! 🙂
        Matthew

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      • Beckita says:

        Charlie, you are delivering all manner of priceless pearls these days that continue to confirm so many lights from my own meditations. As for me, I simply copy and save your pearls to savor and edify this longing for souls to return to the Lord. Thank you.

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  24. marlonancy says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I have recently been reading your blog. I dont know what to make of all your predictions. I don’t know if they will happen or not but this site has impacted my life. I have begun attending daily mass, I have been praying more, I have found this beautiful place where I can be with God instantly inside of me. I will start a 33 day Marian concecration today. Please pray for me. Thank you Charlie because I don’t know if your revelations are true or not but something in me has changed. God bless you

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  25. Laurie says:

    Years ago, during a time of great trial for me, a friend guided me to read Job. I got as far as Job’s “friends'”comments–then put it down, discouraged. Thank you for reopening the book of Job. Your reflections clarify and help.
    Psalm 85, is one of my favorites, especially: . . .Mercy and truth have met each other, Justice and peace have kissed. . .through the end. I think it dovetails with this message, giving God’s assurance and hope in this moment.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen to Psalm 85 and your favored line, Laurie! In yet another beautiful dimension, it captures the meaning of the Storm and ultimate Rescue by Our Mother the Immaculate Conception.

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  26. Maria M. Smith says:

    I like what job had to say. Even though everything was taking away from him, he stayed faithful to God. So Satan didn’t win him over. I have read that store and I feel this that I have been in this same situation at times. But we must stay faithful to are Savior. Just trust in his word.

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  27. Anne says:

    Any idea how many could be reading the blog Charlie. I get the impression numbers have jumped.

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  28. Doug says:

    Please pray. We just got off the plane from our Medjugorje trip. A couple we got close to who have been struggling for 3 years with their son’s suicide just got news that the wife’s nephew died. Not the news you want to hear when you step off the plane. I don’t know details but they are very grief stricken especially after they think they were moving beyond their son’s death.

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  29. Donette says:

    Charlie, Did you read Mark Mallet’s post today….Wormwood? He hit the nail right on the head. Every time I make the comment that the world went bad when the Catholic Church lost its way ( I put that date around the 1960’s, not to say there weren’t symptoms earlier) I get hammered by mostly converts who live near me..
    Traditional Roman Catholics can be quite cutting when speaking about the problems in the Church. I say “cutting” because the cancer was there, we saw it and we were not allowed to do surgery and the hierarchy in its silence refused to do surgery. In the early years no one would accept those arguments. Well, now people can weep and gnash their teeth at the devastated vineyard that the Church looks like today.

    But fear not! We have not been abandoned by God. He is simply alerting us to the fact that we are coming to the end of the Era of the Redemption. May the Era of Sanctification come for all. We will rise again!
    Fiat! And Praise God!

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    • YongDuk says:

      (Sorry, left out Religious [was thinking State of Perfection already in that…])

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    • Doug says:

      Donnette, the laws of physics can’t change, but you can have a bad or uninspiring physics teacher. I see the Magisterium and dogma of the faith in this light. If you can separate the bad example from the truth, that may help. Bad or scandalous priests is not an excuse to walk away. I would say that most ex Catholics have been wounded or hurt in one way or another and there is resentment and unforgiveness under the surface of these statements.

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      • Donette says:

        Sorry Doug. I don’t know any ex-Catholics. But as far as bad or scandalous priests, the question is why are they still permitted to function as priests? Why are they not defrocked?

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        • Doug says:

          Oh. Sorry Donette. I think I replied to the wrong person. I need to figure out who this was for now. 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          By the way, I agree with you. My main point is that we, the lay faithful, still have an obligation and a bad priest does not obviate us from our responsibility. Thanks.

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  30. YongDuk says:

    Sigh… Maybe I am a fool, but the Church and the Sacraments never changed; therefore, the Catholic Church never lost Her way.

    I love hearing how Protestants say that the Early Church lost her way and they found it. Mormon’s too with St John the Evangelist still being alive… And Sedevacantists?

    Who lost their way? Certainly, and forgive me, Donette, but the Church did not loose Her way!

    Sheesh, I should be quiet, Beckita!!!

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      I wonder if she meant simply that individuals, including some leaders, in the Catholic Church have lost their way. That has been the case since Jesus Christ founded the Church, yet the Catholic Church (Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Magisterium) itself has remained true ~ thanks be to God. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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    • Beckita says:

      You cannot be quiet, YD 😉 People within the Church surely lost their way but Mother Church is protected by her Bridegroom.

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    • Petra says:

      Yongduk: I bet Donette is speaking from an American perspective, and really probably is referring to the Church in the United States. I don’t know where you live or if you’ve had the experience of living in the United States, but in many dioceses in the U.S. there are progressive and heterodox priests and bishops who are not pious or devout. Many Catholics in the United States have experienced this. Although we have not technically lost the Sacraments, the behavior of some priests why administering them brings scandal.
      Sometimes we Americans think we are only talking with each other about our own neighborhood, forgetting that the whole world may be listening in.
      God bless.

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  31. YongDuk says:

    Donette, I just read Mark’s piece, “Wormwood.” Either you spoke unintentionally or misquoted him.

    Do you have any idea how offensive your line could be takeb to those of us, Lay or Ordained, who not only gave our lives, but desire to give our lives to the Fullest for the Sake of the Church is?

    I trust this is just a misunderstanding.

    I will be quiet.

    But please… Words have import.

    +YongDuk

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    • Katherine says:

      I’ve always thought of the Church as having a core, like a laser beam, straight, unwavering, cuts through any obstacle, cutting through all of time. However, it also has an outer surface that changes and moves with the currents of time and feeling . . . disciplines change and people can stray from the core. The Church, I feel, never actually strays, but the outer part can waver and stretch itself pretty far. Teachings can be obscured, hidden, watered down . . . but that core will always remain the same. I know, it’s an extremely abstract and clumsy analogy, but that’s how I think of it when people start bickering about the Church and the Second Vatican Council and the 60’s and whatnot.

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    • Noah603 says:

      Let’s not bicker and quarrel….

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    • LukeMichael says:

      For those who worry so much about the Church I would offer this heady talk given by Pope Benedict in a farewell to the Roman Curia. In a wonderful way he ties the Church to the body of Christ and the people of God and the Holy Eucharist and Communion.

      The Church, he says,is not just an institution but a living organism: Christ the head and we his members.

      It is a long meditation but just read the last two paragraphs to understand Vatican 2 properly. You can substitute “The Synod on the Family” for “Vatican 2” to get the same understanding of the Church.

      Pray,do,love!

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  32. nicky says:

    Hi everyone,
    I was on this site awhile ago to ask for prayers and trust regarding my 14 year old daughter’s health. She has been on a wack of seizure meds since she was 5. The doctor wanted to do one more trial of reducing her meds before assuming she would be on them for life. Our family decided to do a novena to St. Dymphna. Also, promising a pilgrimage to a shrine in thanks giving for whatever God’s will was. Usually we pray and pray endless for an intention. We decided this time to just extend trust in God’s will. As we reduced her meds we would thank God for Ashley being seizure free today. We made our pilgrimage to Our Lady of Grace Shine and did the Staton the Cross in thanksgiving to God. My daughter had seizures a lot throughout the day. She was on 1100 mg of meds. It’s only been a few months but she’s off meds and seizure free at present. This is one sign of hope. I know there will be great suffering, but I believe healing as well. Through all the darkness of this world there is still seen the light of Christ in our daily lives to keep us going. So when we worry about no medication during the Storm, it’s simple. Those whole are meant to get to the other side, will by His power alone. Those who don’t it may be an act of Mercy for our souls. Just thought I’d share this miracle of hope with you.

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  33. Beautiful and challenging homily this morning from Pope Francis: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-morning-homily-christians-can-t-be-cliquey

    Simply refined. Let the Bride continue to make ready for the Groom.

    “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” — Mother Theresa

    Many would have never pegged my wife and I as an obvious pair for matrimony, but I shall never forget the smile she first met me with, particularly as we prepare to celebrate our 20-year anniversary. Could I possibly explain to you every beautiful thing that I saw and see in her? I suppose it would be easier if you knew her as I do. Often I just wonder what she saw in me, all tattered and torn at the time.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • Doug says:

      Beautiful MP! Congratulations!

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    • Just to clarify, I was sharing that I (not my bride) was tattered and torn at the time. Sorry, I find my sloppy sentence structure appalling at times.

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    • Beckita says:

      Happy Anniversary, MP! If your wife loves visual art, poetry, and analogies, she captured one who gives fine expression to all of these!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      MP it is lovely how you speak of your wife. My impression of you from your posts about your family and the amazing pictures you share are that you stand out like a gem verses tattered and torn.
      The Popes homily of inclusion and non-judgment has been on my mind for days now. In early September we had an officer, Joe Glenowitz killed in Fox Lake Illinois that gained national attention and sympathies. So many people were fond of him and his reported and alleged killers (2 white men and one black man) were being sought after in a massive manhunt.
      He was honored in grand fashion at his televised funeral with officers attending from out of state. Early on details of his alleged indiscretions were being made public and there were outcries from the community and reporters that felt a great injustice due to fear for their lives, the outpouring of love, sympathy, and monetary donations made in his honor buy those who knew and loved him. I told my husband that I think the outcry by those who now in the wake of his flaws sadden me, because they knew and loved him anyway, and in its best form, should be unconditional.
      However, in the past couple of days emerging details of his alleged abuse of power as a high ranking officer, including inquiring about hiring a hit man to kill the investigator uncovering his crimes, extortion, infidelity, lies, staged suicide and involving his own family in his sins and crimes have many in an uproar. I am finding it difficult to stand by my own assertion of unconditionally loving due to the magnitude of his hidden character and actions.
      So as we prayed together in September for Joe, his family and community, again I turn my self over to asking for prayers for all concerned to instead of judging. Pope Francis’ homily and Jesus’ example have now hit home. I pray for the repose his soul, that his family will turn their lives around, that the media will use discretion, and that the community will find forgiveness in their hearts.

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      • JLB,

        I understand. When virtually all else fails for me in a situation like you’ve described, I do this: I picture that person as the little toddler or baby I imagine they once were and keep thinking of them that way as long as necessary. I can’t even tell you where I got that idea, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Our Mother taught me that. Every time I do this, I just want to pick the ‘child’ up and hug them. Maybe it will help you too.

        God Bless,

        MP

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    • YongDuk says:

      Happy Young Ducky Anniversary, Michael Patrick–Belated-style

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  34. Linda says:

    Beckita
    I just want to thank you and couple of others for mentioning the renewal of your consecration to the Immaculate Heart on December 8th. My husband and I have decided to do this as well, beginning tonite with November 5th and 6th prayers.

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  35. Beckita says:

    Here’s an important reminder to continue praying for our friend, David Daleiden, and his legal team: http://thomasaquinas.edu/alumni/faith-action-blog/alumna-attorney-leads-defense-journalist-who-exposed-planned-parenthood

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  36. waterstreetbarandgrill says:

    Charlie I just want to say thank you so much for saying “yes’ to God and helping us all lost little sheep trying to find our way. Thank you also for this article for it really spoke to me this night. God Bless you, Charlie, and keep you well. We are all praying for you in this hard job you’ve been given, and please keep praying for all of us.

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  37. linda says:

    Very good, Charlie!

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  38. Mary Schott says:

    Seems to me that the message of this video fits directly in with the messages you have been sharing: The Vortex—Slouching to Oblivion

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  39. Mary Schott says:

    Charlie:  When I read ‘football season’, I think not American football, but the worldwide soccer!   Don’t you think ??   I think it makes more sense. M 

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    • charliej373 says:

      Can’t say I do, Mary. I am an American and I think of the gridiron…the Monsters of the Midway…the Greatest Show on Turf…Kurt Warner, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, Marshall Faulk, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka….

      When people from other lands think of their cultural games, that is as it should be. My childhood hero was Ernie Banks. He was by no means the greatest baseball player ever – but he was MY hero.

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        Speaking of football–the American gridiron type—we went to a U of Memphis football game Saturday night–alas, our beloved Tigers lost and broke a 15 game winning streak–but they lost to Navy–and since that is the military and we love our military, that lessened the pain of defeat. But I digress–what with tailgating, etc., we were outside for about 8 hours. I was really cold–even way down here in Memphis–and thought about the fact that soon we may be battling the elements and it won’t be for the fun of a football game. It is frightening to anticipate a collapse and all the ensuing hardships–we are so spoiled and pampered as we go through our days with all the attendant conveniences and comforts. I hope I will be brave when creature comforts disappear, knowing an eventual fresh and beautiful culture will be ours to relish. I am so anxious for our “chemo” to start because the state of the world is so horrifying, and being cold at the football game reminded me the chemo is going to be hard medicine. Thank you all for your contributions and support. Charlie–you sure do attract an awesome bunch of folks. It is interesting that our family here at this website is very immersed in prayer life–and we are drawn to your words. When I watched the Birmingham video it immediately clicked for me–down in my heart it rang so true. I am trying to say I think our spirituality is what brought us here. And to whom much is given, much is expected–so we must be strong. God bless you all—you and your prayer requests are in my daily prayers.

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