The Genesis of My Journey

(I promise you will get a new piece tomorrow evening or Thursday morning. I have been processing all I learned and saw on my four and a half month tour of visits throughout the country this year. There were many reasons for these visits – but one of the important ones was to raise troops to the Lord. I knew that all were going to be tried terribly this year – and that many could sink into despair. I knew that the Church, itself, was going to come under heavy attack. I feared it might come under heavy attack from some of the seemingly most pious. I knew there would be much confusion.

The article below is the one that sparked my plan to travel the country. I had no clue how I would do it when I wrote this, but this was the genesis of my determination that this was my next right step. Three of my major priorities as I began contemplating how to do this were to assure people that they were not alone – both by what I said and by letting them see the crowd of people from their own area in the crowds I spoke to. Second, I wanted to inoculate people from worry over the rising confusion. I could not stop the confusion from rising nor the assaults that families were going to feel – but again, I could let people know this was to be expected and one of the satan’s last assaults before the Rescue began in earnest. Finally, knowing that the authority of the Church, itself, was going to come under siege, I wanted to do my best to fill people I spoke to with an iron resolve to stay to the Barque of Peter with the same loyalty they would live with their own families in times of ferocious trial. My goal was to exhort and encourage you, to fill you with a joyful, serene determination even as the winds and the waves rose to a shrieking howl around you.

Some have insightfully said that I was busy training sub-sherpas to help keep people steady under great trial. This is it exactly. I spent those four and a half months raising troops to the Lord – troops who would not go seeking a battle, but would help those around them, defend the faith, hearten the faithful and defend the faithful. Troops who would support the Church Christ founded, working as loyal subjects, defending that Church from all assaults from without – even as they exercised their right to debate within the Church. People who would treat the Church as the true Family of God – and defend it with the zeal of true sons and daughters. You are those troops. I come back refreshed, confident that as things get darker, you will get steadier and more solid. I have met laymen, theologians, canon lawyers, priests, deacons, pastors and bishops who I rejoice to say are firmly resolved on their course to defend the faith, hearten the faithful and defend the faithful.

We are now in a pregnant pause – a moment when what is to come is not yet seen, but expected by all. I have been quiet for a week or so because the demands of what is to be born are different from the demands of the last year. So I ponder how to proceed, just I did at the last pregnant pause nearly a year ago. You are troops, not yet seasoned, but well drilled and prepared. What is about to be born is the Rescue of humanity: its return to Jesus Christ under the mantle of Our Lady, Holy Mary. You are called to be the guard of honor that escorts her and her Holy Son back to the center of the life of mankind. I was thinking along similar lines – on how to address the challenges then ahead – when I wrote this piece last New Year. The fruit of that was the journeys where so many of you got to know each other. May the next step be even more joyful in the fruit it bears.

The Challenge of the New Year

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By Charlie Johnston

I meant everything I wrote in my last post about the Consecration of Russia. I believe it is accomplished and was fully accepted. But it would not surprise me or be at all inconsistent with how God works if the consecration turned out to be ongoing – and that there was to be a final consecration of Russia individually by name before the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. What I know is that God always accomplishes His will, sometimes through our stumbling efforts, sometimes despite them. So I don’t worry much about it.

Truth is, I had an ulterior motive. I have been deeply concerned with the visitation I briefly referenced from the early morning hours of December 20. In part of it I saw a great multitude of demons, spewing up as if from a great fountain and spreading across the whole earth. Their primary target in this year, knowing their time is short, are those who are most overtly pious and faithful. If they can cause despair here, they can destroy many. Their primary method of causing despair is to reveal to the most overtly pious that things are not as they thought they were. Think here of the crucifixion. The apostles were scattered, for even though Jesus had warned them of this, it is not what they expected. They expected the triumphant re-establishment of a temporal kingdom. I frankly think even Judas thought that all his betrayal would do was force Christ to reveal His mighty power and establish the kingdom while putting the Romans to rout. This is why Judas despaired and killed himself: things were not like he thought and so he despaired of God, rather than of his own misinterpretation. Think of the pious friends of Job. They kept defending God’s honor to Job, who kept challenging and complaining of God. In the end, God was so angry with Job’s friends that He would not even hear their prayer – but made them go and ask Job to pray that they be forgiven. I saw that even the greatest are going to be sifted like wheat in the coming year, shown that some things are not as they think. Because of it, some will despair of God.

Within the Church there is great freedom. You are not obliged to believe anything except that which is definitively revealed through Scripture and the Magisterium – and the Church is the authentic teacher of those truths. And on these things, it always irritates me to hear the phrase, “obliged to believe,” for in truth, we are actually privileged to know these things with certainty. On matters that have not been definitively taught, we are allowed room to ponder, study, speculate and propose what we will, so long as it does not lead people away from the safety of the faith. On matters of private revelation, even of approved private revelation, we are permitted to follow or ignore them as we will. The speculations of many saints and theologians have enriched the Church’s depth of understanding of the things of Christ through the ages. Every approved private revelation was once not approved…a few were even briefly condemned. These have enriched our understanding of how to respond to Christ’s invitation to salvation in particular times and places.

Yet, if you are the most brilliant and faithful person in the history of the Church, there are still many things you do not understand or misinterpret. St. Thomas Aquinas despaired of his efforts near the end of his life, when he was granted a vision of heaven – and then thinking all he had written was so much straw. Our ignorance is fine, so long as you understand that and hold tight to God, happy to be corrected when it is meet, and happy to do your humble duty when it is not. But many, perhaps most, are not engaged with God. They are engaged with their expectations of what God is, an image they have erected in their minds. For the apostles, the image of God was of a glorious warrior who would set the Romans to flight and resurrect the temporal kingdom of Israel. When they saw Him die on a cross, confounding their expectations, they were scattered. For a time they despaired of God rather than shedding their erroneous expectations.

Many theologians are dismissive of anything not penetrated in their dusty cells and dustier tomes. They regard any who deal with spiritual things as ignorant fools. They think they have captured Christ in their meanderings. Many who advocate apparitions and private revelations think they have perfectly mastered the mind of God, that they are uniquely privy to His plan of salvation and feel it their duty to denounce any who dispute their interpretation. Many who run ministries are not involved with Christ or His people, but have set up little fiefdoms to give themselves more honor and glory in this life. They are not so engaged with the people of God as they are with their dreams of the statues they think will be erected in their honor. Many who have been called to be Shepherds are more interested in protecting their sinecures than they are in feeding the Lord’s sheep. Among all of these, it is not black and white. Many who have deceived themselves actually do some very good things and preach good homilies as a fig leaf to cover their central animating vanity. They think they have tamed Christ. But like Aslan in the Narnia series (who was an image of Christ) the Lord is a Good Lion, but He is not a Tame Lion. Satan has been given leave to prove us all, to find if our love of the image of God we have erected in our minds, which is a vanity, is greater than our love of God. If it is, we will despair of God when we are shown how much we are wrong about, rather than jettisoning our errors.

Meantime, all the Bishops, even the Pope, if they love playing at the role of politician while neglecting their role of shepherd, will be tried as if by fire this year. All the laymen and politicians who love playing at being Bishops will suffer the same – though most of the politicians have already been exposed as the impotent irrelevancies they are in the last few years.

If you reacted to any suggestion that your interpretation might not be correct with an edge of bitterness, you will be tried in this coming year. If you choose to edit out facts which counter your favored position in order to bolster your beliefs, rather than considering all that you know, you will be severely tried in this coming year.

I ask you to remember that the most Scripturally knowledgeable men when Christ came were overwhelmingly arrayed against Him. Those who knew the words of the prophets the best were the most eager to condemn Christ as a fraud. Confronted with the reality of God, they chose to hold fast to their expectation of God and condemn the Real Thing. It was not merely some who did this; it was the overwhelming majority. Those who knew the most, those who were the most overtly pious were overwhelmingly those who were the most virulently hostile to Him. What makes you think we have changed so much? Or that you are exempt? To know carries with it grave responsibility – and grave danger – for it is always a source of temptation to believe you have penetrated the very mind of God. Those who loved and followed Jesus with enthusiasm were almost entirely those who did not pretend to know much of anything, except the hardness of their lives – and the despair of being oppressed by both their Roman overlords and the religious authorities who collaborated with them. To contemplate this is to begin to understand how dangerous knowledge can be. Seek wisdom.

I write this not to chide anyone. We have much freedom in the faith. I do not know who merely defends their position with vigor

Our sure defense.

Our sure defense.

while ready to accept whatever corrections God sends and who has gotten completely involved with their own expectations of what God must be. I gave a few stiff arms in the debate on that column, too. But if you look at yourself in serious examination, you will know. A bitter edge is perhaps the most obvious sign that you are not where you need to be. Rather, I write this so that you will not be taken unawares – and when your trial comes, you will not despair of God, as Judas did, but will despair of your own frailty as Peter did, and resolve to love more and unto death. Then, the satan will suffer a serious reversal, for all he will have accomplished is to burn away some of the dross that impedes the purity of your soul.

I used this method, because the Lord often used it on me – and still occasionally does. As anyone who knows me well can attest, I can easily go off into a rant. For nearly two decades, I made unwarranted assumptions from bits I was given, turned out to be terribly wrong in my interpretations, and God let me suffer the embarrassment that my brashness reaped. In time, I quit running off to obvious assumptions – or even secondary assumptions – from what I was told. I assumed far less and listened and pondered far more. Through this prolonged and often humiliating gauntlet, I learned to see a little more clearly from the eyes of eternity. Even now, it pleases the Lord to show me on a fairly regular basis where I have misinterpreted what I was told or shown. In the visitation I speak of, I was corrected of one misinterpretation I have long held – and shown what is potentially another. But it doesn’t matter. Even with my priests, I have been careful to note what is my interpretation and what is the raw message I am given. I know how stumbling and foolish I am…and solely because of my training, I am less stumbling and foolish than most. I have told you what I think of the consecration of Russia. But if it pleases the Lord to prove me wrong, it will not slow me a bit…for I know that is not my responsibility, even though I am free to speculate on it. And I know that His will is always accomplished:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

and return not thither but water the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10,11

If it would shake you to find that your interpretation of the consecration, or any other matter not defined by the Church, was wholly wrong, you have a rough year ahead. It does not matter whether you turn out to be right or wrong, but whether your reliance is in God rather than in your expectations.

Fortunately, there is a sure way to avoid this sort of trial, the way of simplicity, humility and abandonment. Remember, after the resurrection Jesus repeatedly asked St Peter if he loved Him. Peter was getting frustrated at having to repeatedly assure the Master. And each time he did make the assurance, the Lord told him to “feed My lambs.” If you want to be sure of staying in the will of the Lord, abandon all vanity and take the simple way: Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. I hope this helps you to gird your loins. Heaven knows I have told you true on the matter.

I will close with a phrase I did not think much about when I first wrote it, but have come to think was deeply inspired: “As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.”

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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299 Responses to The Genesis of My Journey

  1. Anne says:

    I believe the rescue is a process we have been in for some time….. Now we are in a time of quiet expectation before very late stages happen. The fullness of the storm will really be battle between pride and obedience. As Adam left the garden by disobedience….. We will come back to an era of Love through obedience. Hence so much stripping has and is going on.
    mallett has been very powerful…. Especially the last week.

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  2. BD says:

    Thanks Charlie, we appreciate this post and await your new one.

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  3. Barb Freeman says:

    Thank you so much for leading us and trying to make us calmer. I am trying to spread the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Flame of Love devotion to help us in the coming storm. I have recently seen info on Jesus King of all Nations and Our lady of America that seem legitimate. Do you agree? God bless!!! Barb

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  4. YongDuk says:

    SteveBC or Anyone, do you know how to register to receive comments on new pages without having to post a comment on each new one? (All would add that you all’s comments sprinkle my day and ministry with dew as if “tiny bubbles in my wine”, more than “all the pearly shells”–if the callback weren’t possibly lost from “Take No Thought of What You Shall Speak….”)

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    • Petra says:

      YongDuk: SteveBC hasn’t been posting so I bet he’s on his way to Florida with his mom.
      But your question is a common one, and Steve put together an instruction page which you can find under *Contact/FAQ’s/Help* along the top of Charlie’s blog page. Once you click on that, about halfway down the page is a blue link titled “A guide to help you sign up to get notified when Charlie publishes a new post.” Click on that and it will open to an instruction page that walks you through how to do it.
      God bless.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thank you, Petra! YongDuk, I think I will change the name of that link so it also says it is about comments, not just posts.

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      • NancyA says:

        Steve and Petra, the place I linked to in the comment above brings you directly to that very comment of yours, Steve that explains it, followed by Petra’s which elaborates on it.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Thank you so much, NancyA! As it turns out, I took the info from those posts you have pointed to, mixed in other stuff from Petra and my own research, and wrote a full FAQ which is now on the Contact/FAQs/Help post in the navigation bar. You might want to familiarize yourself with that and see if you want to help others with similar concerns later by pointing there instead. It’s always so helpful when you step up to help others as you did here.

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        • Petra says:

          NancyA: Oh, I know…and I thank you for that. But after I saw the *FAQ/Help* link SteveBC put up a while ago, and looked at it, I figured it’d be better if people could know to just go there to see if something addresses a problem they are having. That way any further instructions and solutions can all be in one place, and people will begin to look there first for answers. But I appreciate you having saved the instructions Steve and I wrote in the comments early on. Thanks, NancyA.
          God bless.

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          • NancyA says:

            Oh, I didn’t save them. I just went there and found the comment. You can right click on the date stamp of any comment, and copy and paste it as a link. That’s all I did. Hah! To think I am so organized as to have had that saved. 😉

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      Until yesterday I would get emails about new posts and comments, but I don’t get those anymore–don’t know what the glitch is because the website says I am following. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions?

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Kim, check your account settings up in the right corner of this page and see what you have checked for notifications. I hope that helps.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Thanks Audiemarie– realized the emails had started going into my spam for some reason. I have corrected it!

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        • Beckita says:

          Nancy A , I appreciate your confirmation of this site’s shenanigans. In the end, when things are not working smoothly I just think. “Aw shucks! Deal with it, Chickita! What a pittance of a price to pay for the treasures unearthed here, blessed day by blessed day.”

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      • Petra says:

        Kim Sevier: That happened to me a while back and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I checked this website and connections and all seemed okay. I turned them off and then back on but it didn’t have any effect.

        The only thing I could think of is that I noticed my email provider had put a few of the comments from here in my spam folder, and I did not move them back to my inbox, so I wondered if they decided the emails were spam. I sent a note to my email provider (got no response) and a few hours later Charlie’s site’s emails started showing up again. So try that. Other than that, I don’t know.
        God bless.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Thank you, Petra.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Glad you are safe in Florida with your mom, Steve!

            Petra, thank you for all your clarity and keeping track!

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          • Beckita says:

            Steve, you won’t believe all the things happening on the site this evening. Here’s what I’ve experienced: one of my posts had been sitting waiting for moderation since the early afternoon and when I opened a new comment and pasted the comment in a new comment box, it was posted right away.

            The same post of CHADPRO’s coming through the copies of all the comments I receive in my inbox but with a statement in paraentheses saying it’s a repost because he doesn’t see the initial comment yet posted here in the lineup but I do see the first post here and I don’t see the second post here; I only have a copy of it in my inbox.

            Once I shifted back and forth between most recent comments and checking them where they are located there was a whole new lineup of recent comments showing and when I rechecked this page and went back to recent comments the lineup was just as they had been before the new set appeared.

            Strange.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Today was a travel day for me. I was away for six hours – and had 120 new emails and 5 new comments to clear when I got checked in. When I have a delay like that, I get bogged down further because people start putting multiple versions of the same post up. You do have to refresh the page – it does not automatically refresh on most browsers.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for that clarification, Charlie. Phew! What a day!

            I am familiar with the need to refresh the page. I was getting a different lineup of recent comments without refreshing. And the most strange thing was as I went back and forth between the current listing of recent comments and actually reading them, the lineup switched from the current lineup to the lineup just before and then back to the current listing again.

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          • NancyA says:

            Beckita, it WAS a little odd… that recent comments bar on the right did keep changing order, and SteveBC’s several new comments stayed at the top ( and they WERE the same comments;I checked a couple of times) while under his the order changed several times as comments were cleared. Maybe they post there according to time stamp rather than order of clearance. Still, was different from what is commonly experienced.

            There’s really no way to get around newer or less frequent commenters doing things like reposting because they think they’ve been missed. It’s understandable.

            I find it interesting that when incoming notification emails pop up on my desktop as a preview, they say “Howdy…” etc, and read differently than what I see when I actually go to my email inbox and open them. It’s like invisible ink, a secret message, ha!

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          • Beckita says:

            Charlie, as you know, I was one guilty of re-posting my comment yesterday when I thought it had been lost in the shuffle. Please forgive me for miscuing on that score. You have mentioned this scenario in the past and I will keep this in mind as we continue on our way here. Thank you for putting up with all the messes here. The only way I can repair is to offer extra prayer for you. No putting you on a pedestal, no guru status for you, just plain and simple love overflowing with gratitude pouring from this heart to yours. THANK YOU!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Beckita! You would have to re-post the same thing about a dozen times before I could begin to feel agitated. I just love your comments!

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          • SteveBC says:

            NancyA, I would assume that comments list according to two things. First is the time-date stamp (not the time-date of clearance). Second is the comment’s position in the hierarchy of replies above it.

            I don’t know if people are still having problems with lost comments or comments listing somewhere other than below the comment they were a reply to. Once someone sensitizes people to possible issues, more will see the issues themselves, even when (hah!) they didn’t happen.

            So I hope things are back on track for most everyone.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Yes Petra– that was it. They were in my spam. Thanks!

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Figured it out. Emails started going to my spam. The cyber world is a mystery to me!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Kim, I don’t know what the cause is. It could be a problem with your mail program deciding to classify all such emails as spam, so check your spam folder.

        If it’s a problem with the site, I suggest you use the FAQ in the first section of the Contact page to help you “unfollow” Charlie’s site and then refollow it from scratch. Once refollowing, check to make sure you will get notifications for both posts and comments.

        If the problem continues after that, comment again or email me via the TNRS Answers service at the bottom of the Contact page.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Thanks Steve– the emails were in my spam! I don’t know why they started going there all of a sudden. Glad you got safely to Florida. We missed your posts while you were traveling.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Kim, I’m delighted to hear you figured it out!

            Also thank you for missing me! I am going to fly home to the Cape tomorrow and will be able to catch up on things. I’ve been able to read all the comments. However, writing replies on my phone is a little difficult so I haven’t participated as much as I normally might have.

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          • Doug says:

            Wow! Steve, you are back out of hiding! Awesome!

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  5. Beckita says:

    Recently, there have been two repetitive thoughts emerging interiorly: 1. Enough! 2. It’s Time.

    Will you let me be your servant
    Let me be as Christ to you
    Pray that I may have the grace
    To let you be my servant too

    We are pilgrims on our journey
    We are travelers on the road
    We are here to help each other
    Walk the mile and bear the load

    I will hold the Christ light for you
    In the night time of your fear
    I will hold my hand out to you
    Speak the peace you long to hear.

    I will weep when you are weeping
    When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you
    I will share your joy and sorrow
    Till we’ve seen this journey through.

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    • Beckita, my breath caught at the words you have been feeling interiorly. Sounds like something’s about to change? As for me, I’ve not ‘heard’ anything, but there’s an odd, extended stillness within me – no words, no feelings, no echoes of hymns sung a long time ago to lead me forth. But no spiritual dryness either. It’s like everything has been stilled so that I may hear without hindrance.

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      • 1.2012 says:

        Caitlyn, for the past several weeks what you describe pretty much sums up my own experience in these regards too.

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        • Is it saying the same thing to you? I used to be able to sense a coming danger, a gathering of clouds. But not in recent weeks.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Oddly enough Caitlynn we just watched a movie from our local library titled The First Silent Night. It is a short documentary that touches on the history, splendor and resilience of our church and the creation of the beautiful poem/song, Stille Nacht. The writing of one of, if not the best Christmas song ever, took place during a great time of natural disasters, war and famine. The writer Joseph Mohr was both humble and obedient. The heart of the documentary consoled me in its message of beauty in the Advent/waiting and preparing for Christmas.
            Much like many here, myself included, I have sensed a void in the air of the Rescue so to speak too. Our Catholic Faith and Our Church have stood the test of time and will continue to Reign Triumphant. I recommend watching it. While my beloved and I were enjoying the presentation, our new neighbor, a single mother, sent one of her daughters over to thank us with an apple pie for welcoming her family to the neighborhood, lending her garden tools, and giving her some spare lumbar we no longer needed. All I can say is God is good! So we wait and anticipate and continue to do the work before us and be a sign of hope. May we all hood fast to our personal paths of light.

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          • The most beautiful of things are sometimes fashioned in the bosom of pain and uncertainty. Thank you, jlynn ❤ May we all hold on to that.

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      • Beckita says:

        Caitlynn, yes, my spirit concurs with what Charlie has been hinting and then more clearly conveying: there is a major shift in progress.

        Thank you for sharing about the beautiful stillness within you. It resonates with another sense within me connected to Heaven: the angels and saints are waiting with one, collective, hushed breath for what is about to unfold as Abba moves upon His creation.

        We have each had a part in contributing to the mess in which we find ourselves for we know each sin affects the entire creation. Even so, God has never ceased His efforts to bring us back to Himself because He loves us and is, after all, Divine Mercy. So, while the Storm is our own stew we have cooked, God’s Love will be the saving seasoning, poured out in forms directly, expressed in the assistance of His angels and saints, and filled with rescue surprises stemming from His Infinite Imagination.

        St. Therese proclaimed she would spend Heaven doing good on earth. Surely every saint, known and unknown, in some fashion shares this mission from Heaven. All we need do is ask for their assistance and by the Grace of God and VOILA! Blessed be God forever!

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Yes. Perhaps this song will touch even more among us in the months to come. “Listen and obey” recur for me virtually daily. Good thing too..I could spin some pretty tall nonsense in a hurry out of my old ‘self reliant ‘ stockpile! Yesterday was the day to unceremoniously close my account at a Planned Parenthood supporter bank. The bank officer seemed unphased by my reply when she asked the reason for closing. But my part was to just speak the truth.

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    • 1.2012 says:

      Hah! Me too, but unfortunately mine are based on my own impatience. “Enough” and “Its’s time”. I would certainly appreciate your prayers.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      love that hymn, Beckita!

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    • jaykay says:

      Ahh, Beckita: lovely. Thank you. My choir often sings The Servant Song, but particularly on Holy Thursday at the washing of the feet. A capella, as is proper, the organ being silent after the Gloria. It is so beautiful. For me that Song, along with the Pange Lingua at the procession to the Altar of Repose, and the Improperia and Stabat Mater on Good Friday, then the all-stops-out Gloria on Holy Saturday vigil, are so much a part of the real meaning of Holy Week. Lovely to hear others singing it, for once 😉 J.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Good song… Like the guitar-ier versions, but Michael Patrick plays guitar ( 😛 own it) , so we are good if you are coming for the Field Trip, Beckita!

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      • Beckita says:

        Oh YD! I have chuckled and giggled and rolled my eyes at all the song and field trip comments recenly . Why? Because I spent more than thirty years dreaming up and organizing field trips for kids like you. Yes you! (Honestly, the way I see it, all we are in this family is a bunch of kids walking around in adult bodies!) And at the end of a field trip day I was nothing short of completely exhausted from all the excitement from all the adventuring souls in my charge. I shudder to think of the enregy which would be created and expended in a field trip with this ever-growing family!

        I also spent 30+ years as a liturgical music director in a local parish. By the way, you have dissed a few of my favorite selections from some years back. (Not Kumbayah… I completely agree with you on that one. In fact, y’all prompted me to search the song on You Tube last week. My Goodness! There’s a version for every musical genre out there. There was even a toilet version. No kidding.) Now, if you need musical instruments: I can play percussion (love the West African talking drums I discovered in the Peace Corps), guitar: 6 string or 12 string just take your pick, bass, piano, madolin, organ – even played one of those pump the bellows while you play types (broke in a pipe organ when I was twelve years old – try stuffing that in your backpack!) and I loved composing (It was always rewarding to hear an entire congregation bringing a song to life which the Holy Spirit had placed in this heart.)

        So thanks for the invitation but I have had THE MOST fun watching the joy unfold in all the comments. And sometimes when you post, YD, I still chuckle a bit when I think back on our first interactions on this site. I had no clue you were a priest, theologian, seminary-mentor type. I thought I was communicating with someone in a difficult irregular marriage. Oh the joys of getting to know you! This song’s for you, YD!

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        • YongDuk says:

          My ears are bleeding!! Help me, Michael Patrick! Doug?

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          • Doug says:

            Sorry YD, you are on your own. Kumbaya………

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am going to admit something here that will probably make some of you think I am dumber than I sound: Until I was 17, I did not realize “Kumbaya” was some sort of African word. I thought people were singing, “Come by us, my Lord, come by us…” That is how I sang it and how I understood it. I got into an argument about it with another kid…and when I looked it up, found to my embarrassment, that she was right. I still sing it my way when I am with kids.

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          • I’m guilty of a certain sentimentality when it comes to Rodger & Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Reminds me of my ma. She used to watch and sing along with this kind of stuff on WGN when I was a kid. [I’m not a fan of emoticons, so you’ll just have to imagine a sheepish shrug here.]

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          • Petra says:

            charliej373: I tend to fact check at Wikipedia to make sure I have the basic facts of what I think I remember about something correct, and so I went over there to look up Kumbaya.

            Wikipedia goes into a discussion about how the song is first found and recorded as an American folk song in around 1926 and Kumbaya is really (Charlie, I think you were right as a kid. Vindication!!!!) *Come By Here* (Cum By Yuh, or Come by Heah) and was sung in a dialect of the Creole language called *Gullah* in South Carolina by former slaves of African origin.

            The idea that it is an African word came later, and seems to be a legend begun by a preacher in the 1930’s who claimed he wrote the song based on a prayer he heard from a storefront evangelist in Portland, Oregon. Later he claimed the song was sung by a returning missionary family who had heard it in Africa (Angola; in a language called Luvale.) But no such word or similar word exists in that language or any related language.

            I had also thought as a teen the word was a folk version of “Come by us” and then heard the African origin story and so accepted that. I’m glad to know it really is a pronunciation in dialect of Come By Us (or Come By Here).

            God bless.
            P.S. 🙂 Sure hope Our Lord is not going to be using whether we like Kumbaya or not to separate us into the sheep and the goats! I wonder which side will be which! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Cool, Petra. It reminds me of the fellow who said he thought he was wrong once, but it turned out he was mistaken. Wish I could find my teenage friend so I could tell her “Nyah nyah nyah!”

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          • Beckita says:

            HA, Petra! I, too, looked this up before I got as far as reading your comment! Amazing.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Sigh…

            And to think I sat one day in NC with my mouth agape as a Lady from SE SC spoke Gullah.

            Not sure why, but it was surreal…

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        • YongDuk says:

          This is more my soul’s hankering:

          (Mick and Beckita, I don’t use the + lightly.)

          Thankfully, Charlie, is a good mediator when kids are fighting. We were just talking apples and oranges. Or Fuji/Macintosh vs. other crummier apples. lol

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          • Beckita says:

            LOL is right YD! I can see your cassock flapping in the breeze as you soar through the skies all the way from wherever you now live all the way to Colorado over Mt. Meeker and veering to the northern Rockies for a blessed shout out before you make your way home again home again, jigeety jig!

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          • Beckita says:

            You know, YD, I receive emails from both laity and priests who use the +. I’m counting on your priestly blessing for all of us, please, every time you write +. Thank you for your FIAT and blessings, Father! I’ve been praying for you from the begiining of “getting to know you” in this family.

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          • Petra says:

            YongDuk: I have always loved John Denver’s voice – the clarity, the strength, the tone of it, and the sincerity and depth of meaning he gives to his songs. Some many others of his era had political leanings and used music to impose those. But John Denver was a true minstrel – seeing the beauty around him and bursting into song, so to speak. One of my favorite lines from a song of his is: “He was born in the summer of his 27th year; coming home to a place he’d never been before…”
            Sorry he’s no longer with us, but I can imagine what magnificent songs he is composing in the presence of God our Father!
            God bless.

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          • YongDuk says:

            LOL, I would not presume to use the + in that case(s) 😉

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          • YongDuk says:

            Petra, yes… an Idealist like that, lost here, surely is Found There!!!

            Like Oscar Wilde: Swallow, Swallow, Little Swallow…

            You can’t write that or the Selfish Giant for your children lying / deceiving (as perhaps Dostoyevski does in Brother Karamazov) and go to Hell! (Comments closed on that one please 😦 )

            Talk about sentimentality!

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          • Beckita says:

            YD said: “LOL, I would not presume to use the + in that case(s) 😉 ”
            To that, Dear Father, I would say: “Get to work!”

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        • YongDuk says:

          And: Yes, Beckita! I prayed God years ago that I would be in the Little Kids’ section of Heaven…

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          • Beckita says:

            Me too, YD. I taught 6 and 7 year olds for 30 years and learned so much from them… still learning through my granddaughters now in this age range… was married to another first grade teacher… I tell you dinner time in our home was filled with childlike – not childish – behavior as we shared the challenges and joys of the day. May we all live up to the Scriptures, embracing the child within just as the Lord desires. Ah the Rescue! A great opportunity for childlike virtues to be restored

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          • Doug says:

            My son in law teaches 4th grade and he is a little kid at heart. He has a life goal to be a deacon some day. I feel like I won the lottery to have him as a son in law.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Mine is probably more selfish: if I gotta stare fixedly at the Beatific Vision for the Rest of Eternity might as well be around other people squirming in their Seats as they do!

            (jk)

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          • Doug says:

            I love it!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Beckita, I use to sing that to my babies as a young mother getting to know and love them during our bonding phases. The King and I was one of mine and my mother’s favorite shows. We got to see the musical play at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago starring Yul Brynner in 1982. Of course the Sound of Music was another favorite of ours. Mom told dad in 1959, the year they were married, that it was a war movie to convince him to take her to the movie theater to see it :p Thank you for allowing me to reminisce on the tail end of your trip down memory lane.

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          • Beckita says:

            What special memories, jlynn! I can hardly wait to see God’s imagination flowing through His people to create wonderful movies again!!!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Thank you and ditto! As a family on Sunday evenings we would watch Family Classics with Frazier Thomas to start the week ahead. There was always a moral to the story that became opportunities for family conversations and teaching/learning moments.
            The Mt. Meeker fundraising children’s book, you may ghostwrite (or perhaps are working on a draft copy now) in collaboration with Steve’s illustrator, may just be another shining example of the beauty of faith, family, and tradition. I picture a Pillsbury Doughboy like family breaking bread together. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Jlynnbyrd, I hate to disappoint you, but there has been no progress on the Mt Meeker dough-boy book. Beckita and I and several others got sidetracked into something much less important but much more urgent, the TNRS Answers effort. Sorry about that, but it appears that that will not be a “happenin’ thing.” More’s the pity. 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Understood and all here are blessed with your assistance to Charlie’s team. Bless you and welcome back home. I am so very glad that your mother is safe in Florida and you are secure back at home.

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        • Petra says:

          Beckita: I so enjoyed hearing that song again! Thank you.
          By the way, that’s Debra Kerr, not Julie Andrews. I looked it up on Wikipedia, because it really does sound like Julie Andrews. And I found out the singing is dubbed, and the singer’s name is Marni Nixon. I had never heard of her, but it turns out she also dubbed the singing for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and for Natalie Wood AND Rita Moreno in West Side Story. She is now 85 years old.
          Thanks for the song, and for something new I learned today!
          God bless.

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          • Beckita says:

            Such interesting history, Petra. I do remember Debra K playing the starring role. I had no idea about Marni Nixon’s vocal dubbing. Thanks for sharing!

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        • Doug says:

          Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya. Ooooh Lord, Kumbaya……… Now, if you still like me after this post, then I know this Web site is authentic.

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug, if you visit You Tube, you could Kumbaya your heart away, all day, all night and still find ways to sing it to your heart’s content!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha. I tease you guys because I love you guys!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Doug, I still mostly still like you… ONLY because Linda2 has “It’s a small world after all” mashed together with “Eagle and the Hawk” with “Rocky Mountain High” playing in my head canceling out your voice…

            Abba, Abba the Father, you are the Potter, we are the clay; the work of your hands.

            Mold us, mold us and fashion us, into the Image of Jesus your Son, of Jesus your Son.

            See that song, goes with the latter two and can be over played with Linda2s!

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          • Linda2 says:

            YongDuk, you had me at John Denver. I have gone so far as to say his music, although secular, is truly inspired. And Rocky Mountain High is one of my favorites. I love to bake and I often play his classics when I am baking. For some reason, those two just seem to go together and make me and my house very relaxed and happy. So yes, count me in if John Denver will be along. Beckita, I, too, worked with first graders, in a Catholic School. Lots of music, drama, musical drama, children’s liturgies, and so forth and I envy you your 30 years as this was my “second vocation”. I worked with other ages as well, but during those 11 years it was the first grader whom I found most engaging. Sweet memories indeed.

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. You have past the test. You still somewhat like me. So you and this Web site must be authentic. I know this must be a painful Next Right Step 😉

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        • Linda2 says:

          Oh, Beckita, thank you for this beautiful post. What a lovely singing/prayingflower you are! You have had such a rich life. Getting to know you has been very rewarding indeed.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Linda. I feel the same way about you and each commenter here! I am sure there are rich stories and experiences all around. Each of us has been fashioned by Our Lord and Our Lady to “Go Forth” at this point in salvation history as Charlie has conveyed. I expect the stories yet to unfold will be marked by extraordinary ordinariness which will be told, again and again, for generations to come.

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          • Beckita says:

            I was thinking about your line, Linda: “…I, too, worked with first graders, in a Catholic School. Lots of music, drama, musical drama, children’s liturgies, and so forth…” I’ll bet we would have been a famous teaching team! I’m so glad you decided to remain here and post!!!

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          • Linda2 says:

            Thank you, Beckita. I totally agree it would have been a good team, I was thinking last nite that one day we will all be doing all of these fun things together and we’ll be laughing at YongDuk’s bad jokes (sorry, couldn’t resist that, YongDuk.) But really, doesn’t this just give us a little glimpse of the joy we are going to share when we finally do meet? I want to spend my eternity with children, I love them so much. And that’s what we all will be! How fun is that? Onward! to the children’s section. If you get there first, YongDuk, please save me a seat. And Beckita will lead us all in singing “Getting to Know You.” Now, doesn’t that sound like fun? 🙂 I can’t hear you, YongDuk.

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          • Doug says:

            Linda, some how, I can see you teaching all the little aborted babies in heaven.

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          • prayingflower says:

            Awwww, the highest privilege!!

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          • YongDuk says:

            The nice thing about exsanguination from one’s ear is that you don’t have to worry about hearing that “lovely” song!

            Suddenly a profound insight flashes through my head:
            There is mercy in the martyrdoms we face…

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          • Doug says:

            Ooooh Lorrrrd, Kumbaya……

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          • YongDuk says:

            Hmm…

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          • prayingflower says:

            You’re so funny, YongDuk (I spelled it right this time!). I read your funny posts to my husband and we laugh so hard together. We are so fortunate, also, to have you here to guide us in our faith. A big thank you for that. God bless you abundantly.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I laugh so hard! I very joyful relief!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I secretly admit that YD is a breath of fresh air. But please don’t tell anyone I said this.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh… now you like my humor, now that you changed your name! (I still only mostly-like Doug. No button for that.)

            My name is only transliterated. Michael Patrick’s Young Duck is perfectly fine. The final “k” or “c” is more a glottal stop, however.

            Blessings upon your and your husband, everyone in the World and especially those in France, where “Charlie” has such a different meaning, lest anyone forget…

            +Young Duck

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        • Hee…hee. I love this banter as well, but here’s my only reservation: that someone will one day be compiling/publishing quotes from the Saints of this age (and I’m highly optimistic that you will all become Saints) only to repeat this corker:

          St. YongDuk on “Getting to Know You” – “My ears are bleeding!!”

          Then again, maybe it will make perfect sense to future generations of the Faithful. If not, that possible EMP might just be a blessing in disguise.

          God Bless,

          MP

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          • YongDuk says:

            St. YongDuk, Bishop and Martyr, exsanguinated from his ears as he stood up to the satanic horrors of Musicals and Rock and Roll, o.p.n.

            Sorry, St. Josaphat, you know I love you and miss visiting your tomb!!!

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          • Doug says:

            You know, I think we can all reminisce this in heaven . I may have to go through purgatory first though because I caused someone’s ear to bleed….

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  6. naisy says:

    “Heaven knows I have told you true on the matter.” Thanks for that.

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  7. the phoenix says:

    My case seems to be different. It seems I am to be pretty much alone, for whatever reason. But that said, just to take things recently, I was spared from two car accidents in the past two weeks … the first one, while praying the Rosary, right as I was saying the words of the Decade Prayer … “and help especially those most in need of Your mercy … ” A car ran a red light in front of me and I was able to stop just in time. The second one, swerving to hit a deer right after hearing a song that I associate with my guardian angel on the radio. And also, since we are now in the Storm, I feel I can say I am an artist in the Storm, like I said I thought I would be earlier. And I found a very special bird feather in October while on the nature trail … the yellow shaft from a Yellow-Shafted Flicker. And then there was a “rainbow connection” on June 13th of this year, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So it seems like the Lord will give me different kinds of blessings than other people get. And anyways Charlie, being one of those who has had the privilege of meeting you along the way, I would definitely say you have heartened me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Phoenix, I remember on the way to Windsor, saying to you that someone was like “a horse with blinders on” just as an Amish man on a cart pulled by a horse with blinders on pulled onto the road about a hundred yards ahead of us.

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    • Phoenix, you’re speaking my language. “…a Yellow-Shafted Flicker.” I don’t think that it’s so important what we particularly see and hear, just that we’re actually seeing and hearing as Jesus exhorted us to do. I once ran into a solitary desert tortoise and was brought to tears by the encounter, once I took the time to appreciate how lovingly Our Creator had outfitted the little guy to survive and thrive in such a seemingly inhospitable environment. That gave way to praise and rejoicing and the sure consolation that we’re never alone. Keep up with the artwork. Folks will take the time to fully appreciate that gift once again, when the blinders are taken off and the horrid distractions cease.

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  8. MarieUrsula says:

    About the gatherings . . . . One by one (or two by two), I have been sharing your information and website with people whom I think will be on board. On Sunday I met with a married couple in our little community in the woods who are known to be strong Christians, solid citizens, and attentive parents / grandparents. Just now, via email, I sent some basic information to a lady in Ireland whom I know in other circles. I, myself, learned of Charlie from a woman who had attended his gathering in Portland. So this summoning and training and heartening of sub-sherpas happens both through cyberspace and through old-fashioned face-to-face encounters. Charlie, it’s clear that your gatherings throughout the United States were inspired ~ and heartening. Many thanks.

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  9. Julie says:

    Charlie you said “If it would shake you to find that your interpretation of the consecration, or any other matter not defined by the Church, was wholly wrong, you have a rough year ahead.” I think I am reading this wrong and am sorry to be dense but isn’t the consecration defined by the church?

    Your words are somber and grave, even the second time around, pulling me by the nape of the neck,shaking me soundly. Such a fine line between being a Pharisee like Paul who, when blinded by the “Truth “, threw himself totally into the Divine Will, and being a Pharisee like the high priest who tore his robes in indignation, when he heard the truth.

    I so very much want to embrace the truth, and move powerfully forward. I am afraid I will run and hide. Of all the things I have heard predicted is that the Holy EUCHARIST will no longer be easily available. I live from Eucharist to Holy EUCHARIST. Without this divine food to sustain me I fear I will cave in to despair. I have given this concern to Mary along with prayers and rosaries for all of us sprirtual dwarfs whose pea brains make us a flock of stupid sheep who can drown in a rainstorm without strong leadership. Thank you for the sacrifices you made to go on your trip. I pray God either me home or allows me to always be near holy priests for whom I also constantly pray that they may remain hidden from the enemy of our souls.

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    • charliej373 says:

      On the consecration, while I believe it has been done and accepted, no – infallibility is not at issue here, so people can have other views and remain obediently Catholic, if they give due consideration to what legitimate Church authorities say. The most plausible variation I have heard is that the consecration is ongoing and not complete. St. John Paul did as much as he could without abrogating legitimate Church agreements with Russia – so Russia was not specifically named, as was originally asked. It would have been dishonorable – and thus disobedient – to unilaterally abrogate a treaty freely entered into after the original request was made. Sr. Lucia said that the 1984 consecration was accepted by heaven. I have little patience with those who would make of St. John Paul and Sr. Lucia liars and conspirators as some bombastic types do. But I can see the point of those who say it has been accepted in incomplete form and will ultimately be fully completed exactly as originally asked.

      As for fears, I have written several times here that many saints have said that when normal communion is not available, a spiritual communion is a true communion. Please, quit giving counsel to your fears? Do you not know that the devil knows what you fear and that this is where he attacks – where you are weakest? Trust God. When I was walking on my pilgrimage, I was frequently unable to physically receive communion, yet I felt the presence of God and lived prayer as fruitfully as any time in my life. Trust God. If you worry about a thing you cannot help, you do not yet fully trust God. Do not give counsel to your fears, for you leave a door open for the devil when you do.

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      • YongDuk says:

        It’s several hours past when you posted this, so I assume several family members have pointed out the misread of each other [I made the same immediate misread, Julia, and had to think what Charlie meant skipping along as I was reading this to the rhythm of a Don Ho song], so I will just do what I do best:

        Charlie, I can’t wait to read that piece on the Transubstantiation of Russia and see all the comments it stirs up!!!!

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      • Andy says:

        What is the worst thing that can happen to you. Die be tortured, as long as you keep the faith Christ will let you enter Heaven – which is the only goal. The worst thing that can happen is you become or become more attached to this world and reject the faith. Then you may not be welcomed into heaven or spend a huge time in purgatory. Again I am not worried about the storm because I just focus on talking to Christ and the saints all this world can do is cause a little temporary pain. I can’t wait to die, with that said it is not up to me to decide when I die – I have a family to protect.

        What do you think of your Death Charlie? I think most of the saints longed for death because they new the truth.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, I may disappoint you, Andy. I am indifferent to it. I am amazed and awestruck at the beauty of this world – and the amazing pageant of the people in it. One of the things I delighted in was the promise that I kept faith through the Rescue, I would be given a few years here to just enjoy this world and the joy of its people at having been given another chance to live with hope. The Lord has always seemed delighted that I admire the beauty of His creation much as He, Himself, does – without worshipping it. It is like the most staggering divine piece of art ever.

          I have had some ask me how I can bear to be here and not there. I have the coolest Father ever – we all do. He sent me to care for and build up His people, to fortify His Bishops and Priests at a seminal moment in salvation history. How could I not rejoice in doing the assignment this magnificent Father gave me? How could I do it at all without having been given a measure of the love and delight He has for it. And yet, heaven is not an abstraction to me. It is like knowing I will go to Florida sometime. Not that it is commonplace, but that I know it is my home if I keep faith. So, on my pilgrimage – and on my way now, I have no fear of anything save the little pain of death…of transition. If it pleases the Lord that I should go sooner than I expected, that is fine…though I desperately hope that my faith never fails and I finish my work. To spend some time rejoicing here with the rest of His people, I like that just fine, too. I am just a happy – if occasionally crabby – man. I trust my Divine Dad…and I LOVE His work here.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Charlie! So very beautiful!

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          • Andy says:

            yes I think this is why so many people are completely lost or living asleep. they have no point to their lives. all they do is try to hold onto what they have. you cannot live until you understand death. I understand this world is not my home, I look at my life as being at work. I do my job the best I can while I am there but if the boss sends me home early all I can say is I will be happy to take that direction. I think and almost feel I know I will be here much longer because my job helping my wife and kids to heaven is not over – so I will do my best.

            CHARLIE – has your angel ever talked of heaven to you?

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          • YongDuk says:

            It is worth it, this world is worth it! You are lucky to have that Joy and Ease with other People, Charlie!

            Reminds me of St. Paul: I want to stay here, even though I want to be There!

            I heard a story once about a man who ministered to women who had abortions and who fell into persecution. An aborted child had been named after him to the surprise of those who knew the situation. He asked in prayer why and got the reply from the Lord: They did not want to give you [both] the Joy of giving, receiving, sharing Love.

            Can’t wait for our Field Trip, the Little Kid’s Section will be empty while we see the Glories of creation!

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          • Doug says:

            YD. I love your intellect like a giant and your faith like a child. You inspire me.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie, we are all looking forward to sharing a glass of wine with you in celebration at Mt Meeker. So you have to be here.

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    • Beckita says:

      Julie, you might like to read Vinny Flynn’s book: http://www.amazon.com/7-Secrets-Eucharist-Vinny-Flynn/dp/1884479316/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447262571&sr=1-1&keywords=vinny+flynn

      He does a wonderful job discussing his former erroneous belief that spiritual communions were second rate. He shares St. Maximilian Kolbe’s practice of making a spiritual communion every 15 minutes. (Now that would take discipline, wouldn’t it?!)

      Another resouce to consider when preparing as the Storm continues to intensify are the words of Fr. Jacques Philippe. He has a short presentation entitled, Trust in God:the Key to Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAYkIDD8Erw

      Praying for us all to be anchored in peace and trust.

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      • Kati says:

        Beckita,
        I cannot thank you enough for posting this video. I have a friend who is going through a VERY rough time since her husband walked out and this was just perfect for her…particularly since she has returned to the Church and is now working on her intimate relationship with God.

        Also, Fr. Jacques Phillipe is one of the very BEST of teachers in the realm of spirituality! We should thank God for him and keep him in our prayers. 😉

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  10. Katherine says:

    Oh boy, so here’s my skeleton plan for the hard times ahead: I’ll take opportunities God provides as they come to do good, I’ll reach out to those in my immediate area, I’ll speak up at meetings, I’ll remain upbeat and I’ll share with others. I will pray and invite others to pray, I’ll be more public with the depth of my belief in God, I’ll work even harder in my vocation as a mother and a wife. I’ll expand my garden in the spring and build a chicken coop and look for some pigs to raise. I’ll work with my neighbors to create a kind of makeshift homestead. I will learn to not be afraid of canning. It’s not a real plan, like the kinds of plans you warn against, Charlie. It’s more a vision of the future to work towards which I recognize could change in an instant. If it changed then I’ll work with that new information as it comes. Right now, standing in the present moment, this is the vision for me to work towards and it will keep me from wasting time when the normal supports for our lifestyles are knocked out. It doesn’t matter if in the end God has other plans for me, He’ll deal with me and my family as He sees fit. I’ve found that when God takes control, and when He answers prayers, it isn’t always what you had hoped for right away, and for a while it might even seem that things won’t ever work out. But eventually, through some other means that you couldn’t have figured out on your own, He answers in a way that is better than even what you had hoped for initially. So I hold to that trust. I don’t mean that if I loose my home I’ll be living in a mansion some day, I mean that He’ll take care of us and we’ll find joy again if we cling to Him.

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  11. Barbara Dore says:

    for the difficult times….make the spiritual Holy Communion…

    Those unable to receive the Eucharist can have spiritual …
    http://www.dolr.org/…/those-unable-receive-eucharist-can-have-spiritual-com...
    What is spiritual communion? St. Thomas Aquinas described it as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him” at a …

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      I hope I’m not repeating myself, as my first reply vanished (or maybe I just accidentally deleted it?). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you, Barbara, for providing that link to explain making a spiritual Holy Communion. The link didn’t work for me, so I’ll search for it online. Thanks though. God bless you.

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    • Joseph77 says:

      Barbara,
      Spiritual communion is a prayer to Jesus Christ when one is not able to receive Him in the Eucharist at Mass. It can be made anywhere, anytime you desire to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.. God is absolutely free in His will and is not limited to the sacraments of His Church. God will dispense his gifts, graces, blessings anywhere, anytime, to anyone of good will He so chooses. Here is prayer for spiritual communion from EWTN:

      My Jesus,
      I believe that You
      are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
      I love You above all things,
      and I desire to receive You into my soul.
      Since I cannot at this moment
      receive You sacramentally,
      come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

      Amen.
      Joseph77.
      PS: Pray for me when you make a spiritual communion. Thank you.

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    • Joseph77 says:

      Barbara,
      I apologize for hitting your “Reply” rather than Julie’s.

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  12. Patricia says:

    Thank you for reposting this. The last paragraph is something I need to enlarge and print so it is always in front of me. When I came back from Medjugorje, decades ago, I would tell people we face very serious chastisements. That, however, is not very joyful, hopeful or loving. At the time, in the eighties, life in the US was quite optimistic and people were doing well. Consequently, this resulted in a reputation of chicken little. As a result, I have been fairly quiet about it for the last several years excluding this past one. Still does not help one’s reputation but we shall all live it soon enough.
    Now my hope is that I will be able to do what is asked of me. I do not like pain, I like to be comfortable, do not tolerate people very well who irritate me and do not like to be separated from my family. Therefore, I expect I will be tested in all those ways and more. It makes me want to dig a hole in the ground and pull the statute of the Blessed Mother over me and stay there. So I continue to pray.

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  13. Sheryl says:

    Charlie is it wrong to share some of your thoughts in correspondence with friends and family with out identifying you…..example …I think it would be good for people to know we are all going to be tested in the coming year.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Please note, Sheryl, that the main body of that article was written on Jan. 1 of this year. This HAS been a year of testing. But you can share it however you want. I write publicly, so there is no need to hide my identity.

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  14. Doug says:

    Charlie, Your introduction reflects one of the main reasons why I want to be a deacon. I honestly don’t know, but I hope I have courage to love and remain faithful to God when the time comes. Thanks.

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    • YongDuk says:

      If I can boldly say, find me 🙂

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    • little one says:

      “I honestly don’t know, but I hope I have courage to love and remain faithful to God when the time comes. ” I agree wholeheartedly ! I have been spending time recently getting my house in order: writing letters to family and friends in my influence. Asking them personally for forgiveness for what I have done and failed to do. I hope to get all my letters out in time as I feel compelled to finish the task quickly. I have been led to know that I won’t survive the storm. It is my great hope that I do not fail The Lord and Mary our Mother S I have done in the past. I pray to do as Charlie is teaching us…Trust-Do-Love. Prayers for All Here!! Jesus I Trust in You!

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  15. Linda says:

    I’m a little confused. I know Charlie is saying that this is a pregnant pause of sorts, but I remember from a video I watched – I think it was the “Birmingham” one – where he stated that the storm will really amp up between July and October of this year (perhaps I’m wrong but that is what I thought he said.) I guess I misunderstood because I thought that by the end of October there would be chaos everywhere, but much of the world still seems to be unaffected. (Not that I’m hoping for chaos as proof, I’d much rather have peace of course, but I’m just trying to understand this in the proper context.)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Linda, read this piece to see precisely what I have said prophetically. Now I have said, in response to questions, that I personally think it would be hard to go beyond this fall. And also, for much of the summer I was going nuts because people kept attributing things from LttW and other sites wrongly to me. I have only said two things definitive that involve a time – that there will be no presidential election in the U.S. in 2016 (there may be other sorts of elections) and that the Rescue comes in late 2017. I have purposely been ambiguous about times otherwise because I largely am not sure – and more importantly – don’t care. From purely temporal analysis, we are on the verge of economic chaos, already in a global war that continues to spread, and in a global cultural civil war. For heavens sakes, look at our inner cities and college campuses just in America. I have tried to pull people away from dates – because they impose some disaster movie scenario on it and get so distracted they cannot see the disaster already around us and growing. Be glad your door hasn’t caved in. Maybe it won’t throughout the chaos. Maybe your home will be a safe haven. It doesn’t matter. What matters is being a sign of hope in the darkness that is completely visible and growing much deeper all around us. But if you keep waiting for the Ferguson or Yale or Mizzou or Baltimore riots to hit at your doorstep; or ISIS to come get you here, you are going to miss the things that are happening right NOW you need to confront in your daily life. The “invasion of Poland” moment is important, but it is by far not the most important thing. The most important thing is to act NOW to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. Do the little things in front of you that you can do now. If you wait for the “invasion of Poland” moment, it may well be too late for you – and certainly will distract you from the things you could do. For six months, Poland sat with the sword of destruction hanging over it. Many convinced themselves that because invasion was delayed, it would never come – so did nothing. That moment will come at a time and a way almost no one expects. Please don’t focus on it. If Poles would have quit worrying about the time and place and the “if” of what was so obvious, many more would have survived and been prepared to move quickly if they had to. It so frustrates me that so many continue to focus on a date I have not said and miss the gathering chaos already here. It makes me feel like I have failed – for people keep asking the wrong question. Do the little right in front of you and don’t worry about the rest – and don’t waste your time trying to impute a date I have not said (except, regrettably, sometimes in idle speculation. I have learned that to say bluntly and upfront that something is merely a temporal opinion of mine does not keep people from going off to the races. It is a continual frustration that so often people run with my casual comments and discount my definitive statements. But I’m learning and adjusting as we go.)

      I talked to a southern Deacon last week who told me he was planning a family Christmas cruise. He said he didn’t know if we would make it there, but that he was doing it because I said to do your normal things – especially where they knit the family closer – and trust God to know where you are and what He wants of you when it is needful. It made my day: someone who gets me and has listened carefully to the full sweep of what I actually say.

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      • rdlafleur says:

        It is not the “when” that is important. It is to be prepared and ready for the “when”. And since we don’t know when, prepare now and be ready now.

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      • LJD says:

        My family actually just got back from Disney yesterday. I was nervous leading up to it and wrestled with the boogie man fears while there at times. God used it to train me into trust and to just live and enjoy the day without fear of tomorrow or things outside my control (like my older boys being home alone). All worked out well, thanks be to God!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Love and enjoy the day you have before you – and leave the ones you don’t to God. It is a good way to live.

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          • Christine says:

            Charlie your reply reminds me of the story of my mother . At the age of 3 her parents up rooted her from what used to be Prussia and is now Russia. Her father answered the call of Hitler to come and farm in the now invaded Poland , even though he was not a Hitler supporter you can say he was an a young father looking for better oppertunity not thinking of the moral side of things. 5 years later when she was 8 she was a refugee leaving that beloved home in Poland. Her father – along with all the rest of the people ther could read the ‘ signs of the times’ . He farmed a 3000 acre estate , they were ‘ landed gentry’ . He was a prudent man however. They had heard the reports of Russian reprisals against Germans they encounteredd and he knew Germany was loosing. He didn’t think ‘ well I have all this land and wealth they can’t hurt me’ , nor did my grandmother listen to the families of the Polish that worked at the estate who loved my grandparents and begged them to stay and they would hide them. No he commissioned 2 ‘ prairy scooner ‘ type wagons. At the time when he got his conscription papers only one had been finished . My grandmother rode out to the fields with money and his passport and told him not to obey the conscription order but to flee. He refused because he knew it would have meant that his wife , 6 children and extended family would end up in the concentration camp or excecuted on the spot. He reported for duty to the Russian front and was never seen again. My grandmother took her mother , cousins and 6 children packed into that one wagon and headed west . Begging the rest of the Polish families to come with her. They refused except for the butler and his son who drove the wagon but they turned back at the old Polish boarder . My mother was 8 and the 2 nd of 6 children . It was Winter , they trecked for 6 months . My grandmother had previously had 2 nannies and plenty of servants. They lost everything but she survived and ended up in the west part of Germany . The Polish families who clung to their posessions and roots ended up under comunism. They had all headd the same warnings . My mother – 80 in March just said to me that I just fulfilled a dream of hers. She had always wished that her mother had kept going west to America . I came over to the US 25 years ago and on Friday I finally became a citizen . I started the process before I heard about Charlie which is probay a good thing because my main reason was to finally vote in the next election. However I still have a peace about it and have found it oddly liberating – no pun intended! I was a British soldier , daughter of a British soldier who jumped in the Day after D day , daugyter of a German conscripted soldier who died on the Russian front, married a US soldier with 30 years service next May and now mother of a soldier – today is Armistice Day , Veterans Day , Rememberance Day – lest we forget .

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you for this saga of courage, faith, and love that transcends mere self-interest. May God bless your family, Christine.

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          • Linda2 says:

            Oh my, how does one even respond to that? Except to say, Praise be to God Almighty! Thank you for taking the time to share your story and that of your family, Christine. God bless you and yours.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Christine, my heartfelt congratulations on becoming a US citizen as well as my thanks and blessings to your family members in the military!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beautiful!

            Happy Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day to you all who served, blessings and peace upon all who have been served!

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          • Petra says:

            What an awesome story, Christine! I hope you write it out in detail, as best you can, with names people and towns so your children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren can know what noble honorable brave people they come from.

            Both sets of my grandparents came to America from Poland as single people around 1900, met their spouses here, married, had children, and saw their grandchildren (and even a few great grandchildren) and have all passed away now. I don’t know the particulars of their histories, or struggles, or even the reasons they left the security of their homeland. But every night I pray for them, and their parents, and grandparents, and great grandparents, and great great grandparents, and all those people’s sisters and brothers and children and so on…my entire extended family living or dead, where ever they may be. I have come to love them all very much.

            Your family story is amazing. Thank you for sharing it.
            God bless.

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      • Mona says:

        Hey all you great pray warriors!
        I am traveling on holliday to Istanbul in Tyrkey on saturday. There is an old Catolic Churh funded after Paulius christeianize people in Turkey and surronding countrys. I will visit this church.
        I did not belive it would be a reality, but I ordered tickets and hotel as I would ordinary do. Now it seems to be a reality. I am worried for a big catastrofe, suicidebombers and that I am not able to come home. Please pray for my yourney and that I come home in one peace and in good health.
        Mona from Denmark

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      • BD says:

        Thanks for the heads up on 2016, but to be honest with you, I wasn’t planning on voting anyways.

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      • Josh in IN says:

        That part about the Deacon and the cruise makes me think about my family’s recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Before we left we talked about whether we should go given expectations. But we remembered Charlie said to “keep it normal,” so we went (and, if I’m being honest, a bigger factor was how very awkward it would have been to tell the other family members we were backing out because “there’s this guy with a blog we ran across a few months ago and he said…”). As we were heading to the hurricane shelter, I thought, “hmmmm…keep it normal, huh?” Praise be to God the hurricane moved and all we got was a rainy afternoon and a pretty decent test run in trusting God!

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      • Beckita says:

        “It makes me feel like I have failed – for people keep asking the wrong question.” Charlie, when I think of the challenge in this statement, I think you haven’t failed at all. I taught for 30 years and delved into all manner of continuing studies to deepen and strengthen my skills to foster a more effective learning process with my students. From that perspective, I see you are an excellent teacher! We’re just human, weak and some are still pretty new here.

        Some were with you from the inception of this blog; some individuals and groups have come at various intervals over time and I’ll bet we’ll get a slew of new comrades here once the guacamole really hits the fan. (Imagine the forthcoming questions when people are in panic mode. Aye Yai Yai!)

        I wish to thank you again, with all my heart, for staying the course with us and laying down your life that we might be as mindful and prepared as possible. I’m always grateful for the re-posting of articles such as this one.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You’re right, of course, Beckita…and mostly I am delighted that so many have gotten it and are asking the right questions. That will play a big role in times that are upon us. I just get whiny sometimes, especially when a newbie asks me for the first time for them – but the 800th time for me, “When is the comet going to hit?” Makes me want to tear my hair out. (And if there are any newbies lurking on this comment, I have NOT NOT NOT said anything about a comment. This is just a joke because someone actually asked me that once at the height of the LttW business).

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          • We all get whiney sometimes. And we will get whiney-er as things get tougher. But we will do our duty nonetheless. That’s the beauty of training. The training kicks in automatically when the emergency comes. Don’t worry; your training of us will kick in when it needs to.

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          • Petra says:

            Whenever things get really frustrating for me, I will sometimes joke with my brother, saying out loud, “Com’on comet!” 🙂

            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie, this is the opportunity I was waiting for to chime in. One of the most convincing proofs for me for Medjugorje was/is the patience of the visionaries when asked the same silly questions over and over and over and over and over and over (you get the picture) and with tremendous grace an patience continually answer the questions; no frustration, no “gee whiz, this is the 1 million th time I have answered this”. Classic questions are: what color is her hair? What color is her dress? One person even asked does she wear makeup? Their gentle patience in poltitely answering these questions was astounding to me.

            I am a seasoned engineer and get many engineering 101 questions from junior engineers where these questions seem ridiculously obvious to me and I can feel the frustration building up in me and I think, can’t people think and figure this out for themselves? I am easily tempted to lash out. God is teaching me in this area.

            I do so appreciate the guidance and wisdom you bring to us in your posts. I greatly appreciate all you do in a big way and want to encourage you in a big way! Thank you so much for what you do!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was watching a private tape of Mirijana. Somebody asked her what Our Lady says about “us Americans.” With a twinkle in her eye, Mirijana said, “She says you are the strongest and the smartest and the best…” Though she was saying it with nearly a straight face, the audience figured out she was having fun with them and started laughing. I thought, “I feel your pain, Mirijana.” It tickled me to death…and made me resolve to try to imitate her patience and gentle resolve.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Honestly, Charlie, you should have a little more faith in the strength of your efforts to teach us. 🙂 Many here get it by now. We live our lives and prepare as best we can. As an example my mother and I are in her Florida home. I sat out in the sun today while she played golf. It was and still is a beautiful day. Tomorrow I will fly north, leaving her with her many friends here while I plan dinner with a few friends I know back on the cape next Monday evening. We worry, but we also trust. We owe that to you, my friend.

        Some don’t get it, but they may be new here. That’s ok, because we who get it know you will keep teaching them until they do get it.

        What none of us here want to see is you getting discouraged or losing your faith in us. Always remember that we increasingly have your back.

        Let me give you some advice I have heard from a wise friend and remember it when you feel discouraged.

        Acknowledge God. Take the next right step no matter what. Continue to be a sign of hope to those around you.

        What could be simpler? 😀

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      • SanSan says:

        wow, I see the chaos around me and have for quite awhile……the current University “insanity” is really ramping up. Yesterday while walking at a Mall, a man came up behind my husband and myself and asked “did you just return from Church” (we had our Sunday best on and yes, we had just returned from Church). I said “yes”–then the verbal attack began that all Churches are of Satan and blah blah blah. I said that was his opinion and he started to go ballistic on me. My 70 yr old husband started to “bark” right back at him and puffed up to twice his size (my hero). The nut backed down. Anyone walking around with God on one side of a poster and Churches belong to Satan on the other aren’t dealing with a full deck. The guy went away, but all of sudden returned as we got into our car…..I told my husband to be prepared for a bat on the windshield and prepare to call the police. The man left with no futher action. But, there are a lot of violent angry people out there looking for a fight. Satan is unleashing everything and everyone he has hold of. We have to pray for these poor lost souls.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          SanSan, that is awful. I learned a while back that when someone confronts you with a question, the best response is, why do you ask? More times than not, this will throw them off of their game and God willing be able to open up constructive dialogue. 😉 For what it is worth. So glad you left unharmed and that your husband protected you!!

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          • The following has worked for me: “That is an interesting point of view. Thank you for sharing it. I hope you have a wonderful day.” People who aren’t playing with a full deck, as you put it, may need a loving (but also very cautious) response.

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          • SanSan says:

            jlynnbyrd, I will try to walk though life “mindful” so that next time I can ask “why do you ask”…….it would have been a better response.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            SanSan, I think you and yours handled the matter with grace. I too have to be mindful, and it a similar predicament I would most likely have had a knee-jerk reaction and not have had my wits about me. May we all be guided to handle our challenges with both wisdom and courage guided by the our Holy Advocates.

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        • Doug says:

          Wow! More than ever we need God and each other.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Linda, I have felt that by now I would witness more visible signs of the Storm, especially economically by now. However, I must say, in Illinois we have not been paying out monetary winnings for large lottery winners due to lack of funds. Jobs are being cut and companies are closing. The other day I heard a news sound bite indicating we could no longer afford security for armored cars. This is just on the financial front! I read stories daily about the ethical and moral decay that threaten our way of life too. I am grateful that we are not yet in full out chaos mode. Incrementally though, it is plain to see that we are headed in that direction. I believe that our prayers and deeds have and will continue to mitigate the overall destruction of the Storm.
      I have been unemployed since July and it has been a gift like no other to my heart and soul. I strongly feel that I am exactly where I need to be in order to prepare, mind, body and soul for the days ahead. Being a recovering control freak, I am beside myself with the lack of panic and the total confidence and calm that I embodied at this time. This was well over one month before I even knew about the Storm and was guided to Charlie and the NRS family. I praise the Lord for the treasure of this sustained stance.
      I had a phone interview last week for a job I had applied for. This job utilizes my healthcare skills, knowledge and experience and is in the community. The position was ideal in those aspects. I had some reservation about the odd and demanding hours of this role, however I would like to be able to contribute more to our choking budget. I prayed and put the matter into God’s hands. The second call back never came. Part of me would like to know that this search for gainful employment was fruitless and I can stop spending valuable time looking for work and instead focus 100% on my energies on more crucial matters of faith and serve. I realize that my trusting God depends on living in these times according to His will and not my own. So I carry on in the dark tunnel of the *unknown* (not my favorite friend) with the armor of my lighted hardhat, prayers and ever developing trust. Hi, ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go! 🙂

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    • Mack says:

      I can relate to what you’re saying. Yet things actually have ramped up, even if we are not in chaos yet. Look at what’s happening in Europe with the waves of migrants coming in. It’s causing major disruption and trouble is brewing. From a purely secular standpoint, an economic forecaster named Martin Armstrong pegged Sept 30/Oct 1 of this year as a major turning point. Not the kind where everyone wakes up and finds out a tsunami has washed away Japan, but the kind where major things happen but go unnoticed because we are not paying attention. On those dates Putin started his military action in Syria, which will have vast implications. Other things too, like the way China’s economy has been going, etc. I think a lot of things that have just happened will be seen for their true significance only after the Storm.
      http://www.armstrongeconomics.com/archives/37594

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    • Mack says:

      I think the comment I just made was lost, but check out this link to a secular forecaster Martin Armstrong. He had pegged Sept 30/Oct 1 as a major turning point. And Putin invaded Syria that day. Some things happening now won’t be seen for their full significance until after the Storm.
      http://www.armstrongeconomics.com/archives/37594

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mack, excellent comment. For any who are interested in secular forecasters, I think Armstrong is almost the only such forecaster out there with his head screwed on right.

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  16. Debbie says:

    My son and I have been working to expand our gardens as well. Hoping there will be good harvests and being able to help others get through the times before us. My amounts are small though next to the big farms. I don ‘t know if any are in areas where apples grow wild. I thought of how heavy a harvest the apples and berry crops were this year. It is a wonderful gift from God. Helped me to come to terms with more of my fears as I continue to step forward. I just need to keep putting my hand out for Jesus and stepping forward. Doing the little things before me. Thank you for this post. I come here all the time to read your messages and the comments.

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  17. Francis Philip says:

    Your words and insights are very helpful Charlie. Thank you for your good example.

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  18. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    You may be more right than you know (or maybe you do know). A few night ago I went through a very strong spiritual attack. It has been a while since I have had an attack like that. In the past it was terror or lust but this time it was vanity. I can’t really explain it but it was the strongest ever and the first time to really face vanity. I woke up at 3:00 am and felt that I needed to pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy. It then left me.

    The next morning I started to detach from things that had caused my vanity. I’m sure that I have much more to go but wanted to say thanks for your post. It provided hope this morning

    Robert

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    • jaykay says:

      Robert: I’m with you there, brother. Could I say that this bit of Charlie’s post resonated with me – and no doubt did also in January, but things were different with me then, I thought I was relatively going along fine. Hah! Anyway, it was this bit: “Our ignorance is fine, so long as you understand that and hold tight to God, happy to be corrected when it is meet, and happy to do your humble duty when it is not”. Because I have just recently received a big correction to personal vanity, or pride. Alright, I knew I was subject to that vice, and confessed it, or thought I had, and then… well, all I can say is that I got a new perspective, and from an unexpected source. And not uncharitably, either. Still trying to deal with it, I hope as God wants, not as I think is o.k. Lord, what will the true illumination of conscience be like! But I’m glad it happened, now I’ve had time to take it to heart. So… T.D.L. Blessings to all, J.

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      • SanSan says:

        great post. I can totally relate. Talk about major soul surgery this past year. Everytime I think I’ve got a vice or character defect in check…..BAM! Not. He shows me where and how I need to change and repent. God is preparing His soldiers……from such imperfection (in my case). What I love, is that He hasn’t given up on me! Praise the Lord!

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  19. Whitney says:

    Charlie, (and all here!) I love that quote at the end of your article. It reminds me immediately of Corinthians 13:1-4. This is how I am spending my days. I’ve started a ministry of visiting and signing at nursing homes this month, singing weekly in life teen and spreading joy and love wherever I go. I try to smile at every single person in my path and it has invited in so much conversation and love. I try to be the best mother and wife I can be and when I fail at the end of the day, I don’t despair like I used to but pray even more for help and grace. I recognize now finally with God’s grace that the devil is trying harder than ever to disrupt my family. I understand God permits these things to help me grow stronger for what is to come. The thing is, what I am not doing- is preparing my family and those around me with canned goods, chickens, farming. Part of me feels badly that I am not doing these things since you support these endeavors. Is it okay in your humble opinion to just plod along not preparing in that particular way as well? I just don’t feel called to take that approach. But I do not admonish those who do. That is a good thing to do as well. Do you suppose it is the same idea as we all are different flowers in God’s kingdom doing what is needed best in preparation around us? That’s what I think God is telling me because I don’t feel anxious for not preparing that way, just happy to love and sing and serve to those who are away from God. I’m ready to go whenever He decides to take me and my family, I’m also prepared in my heart to stay put. Whatever He wills for He is the divine planner.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think your preparation is near perfect – build relationships with people and let the rest take care of itself. Your method of preparation, quite frankly, sounds very much like my own. Keep it up! Pray, hope and don’t worry.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        I keep hearing: “Community is key. Build it with Holy Spirit wherever you go.” Wow, living for the other may be simple but isn’t so easy – keep finding those old inclinations to ‘judge’ falling out of my pockets where I thought they were out of sight! God’s Mercy and Grace still abound though in each opportunity to repent. Mantra for thr week – ‘Lord please keep me repentant and dependant.”😊

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  20. BD says:

    Charlie, thank you again for reposting this piece. I especially appreciated your view of the Consecration. I know this won’t make sense to anyone, but that was very moving for me.

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  21. Mary Schott says:

    “Their primary method of causing despair is to reveal to the most overtly pious that things are not as they thought they were. ” Charlie:  When I read the above quote of yours, my mind went immediately to all the homosexual clergy that have been ministering for years, undetected by the laity.  When folks find out the truth I hope the will be horrified (and very prayerful) and not complacent.  Re:  Michael Voris, churchmilitant.com Mary

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    • YongDuk says:

      Mary, I am well aware and too aware and well too aware of what you are speaking.

      However, I am shocked at (I will not say horrified) at the lack of charity that your comment suggests. Would you rather these homosexual clergy members spend their eternity in Hell? Or would you rather pray for their conversion and repentance and that they return to active and viable and holy Service to our Lord?

      Mercy!

      The measure you measure with…

      Gather the Wheat and the chaff…

      In the Immaculata,
      +YongDuk

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        • YongDuk says:

          Sorry, Charlie, you know my “Ministry”… a choice to cry out “mercy”, when my own sense of justice would cry out a curse.

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          • ann says:

            I think we have to remember the sanctity of the priesthood and PRAY for priests. Francis of Assissi showed this when he approached a priest who was supposedly scandalizing his Church with an unholy life. People expected St. Francis to scold or chastise, but he got down on his knees and kissed the priest’s hands because the priest was anointed to bring Jesus down on the altar. It’s not up to us to judge. We should be grateful for our priests, yes even the ones that may not live up to our ideal. They belong to Jesus and He will sort it out. In the mean time, they bring us the sacraments and they are under attack 24/7 with a bulls eye on their backs. We just need to pray pray and pray some more. That’s my two cents worth. Sorry if I sound strident.

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  22. Diane says:

    Dear Family in Christ,
    Last week I was able to visit my son in PA, when I bought the ticket a month ago, I just figured either I would go or not, I am very grateful to God that I was able to take the trip. We just hung out when he was not working, I made him enough soup to las the winter (3 pots), and I never once mentioned the coming storm, he would not understand my language so I thought it best to just let him know I loved him. I do repeat the mantra Trust. Do.Love. Hoping it will stick when it needs to stick. Next month is my mom’s 83 birthday, again I bought the ticket, but leave it up to God as to whether or not I get on the plane. Everytime I visit her, i visit like it may be the last visit we have, so it is a heart warming event. This site keeps me from spinning out of control and standing firm in my faith. Thank you Charlie et al.
    Most days I walk firmly in Christ, get a few minor bruisings from attacks, but usually brush off the satans insidious attempts and plant my feet again and carry on. Somedays my heart is so saddened by the way the world is turning lives upside down. My husbands cousin just had a cancerous tumer removed from his brain, doctor says he has 9 months – he’s in his 50’s, has a wife, and two daughters, he is baptized Catholic, but thats about it – God certainly knows his heart. My husband went to see him and gave him a rosary, he grabbed it and held on to it. I ask for prayers for this man, he is a good man, hard worker and provides for his family. How very sad. Another good friend, had a tumer taken out of her neck, she is in pain and offering it up and uniting her sufferings with Christ. I see victims of cnacer every day at the funeral home, every day and they are young, leaving behind children and loved ones much too early. But then I figure God knows best that they will do a better job getting us through the storm in a different place than where we are. We need the Church Penitent and Triumphant to carry us Military Warriors through this fight. God knows full well how to set up his Troops.
    Sorry I didn’t mean for this to be such a downer. If one every met me they would never know I had such a heavy heart, I am genuinely up beat and smiling, very easy to be around, but oh my soul, oh my soul how it is anxious for God’s creation.
    Love. I do.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Praying for you and all you encounter, Diane. God bless you.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Pax vobis!

      S. Sebatiano, o.p.n.

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      • YongDuk says:

        (Sorry my lower case s broke to misquote SanSan 😉 Sebastiano…)

        Lovely that in SouthEastern India that he is a huge Patron of theirs due to the Missions of St Francis Xavier… so many arrows in what you described tormenting your family, Diane. Pax

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    • the phoenix says:

      You are a realist, Diane, and the world needs more like you. Joining you in prayer.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Diane, I will keep all your intentions in my daily prayers. Thank you sharing your heart and soul.

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    • Beckita says:

      Lifting you in prayer, Diane, and praying for all you have mentioned.

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    • Petra says:

      Diane: When you mentioned your husband’s cousin grabbed the rosary and held onto it, my heart just thrilled! Hope! Hope. He sounds like a person ready to try to turn to God, who maybe already is turning to Him after having been far away for a long time. Perhaps your husband can suggest a priest come and see his cousin, maybe just to talk, and maybe 🙂 for Confession and the Sacrament of the Sick? Sometimes the sick are not brave enough to ask, or think they don’t deserve it, or don’t know where to ask. Maybe your husband could do a lot to help a Prodigal Son get home.
      I will certainly pray him very hard and ask Our Lord to see to his soul.
      God bless.

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    • Linda2 says:

      Diane, several times when we have prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for someone who was dying and had refused to see a priest, the person ultimately asked to see a priest and died after having received the sacraments. This is how we will pray for your husband’s cousin.

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    • Mick says:

      Diane, I will pray for your brother-in-law, and for your friend.

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    • Mick says:

      Oops! Sorry… I don’t know why I thought that your husband gave a rosary to his brother. I will pray for his COUSIN. (Well, does he have a brother that I can pray for, too?) 🙂

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  23. CHADPRO123 says:

    I apologize if this comment is only tangentially related to the topic at hand but i feel the link below is a useful evangelical tool to awaken those resistant to belief in the supernatural/spiritual world.

    In fact, in the years leading up to my conversion in 2014, I found that one of the strongest arguments supporting the supremacy of the Catholic Church was their documented and undeniable authority over demons in Rite of Exorcism. During R.C.I.A I even called the Rite of Exorcism my “back door” to the One True Faith. The “front doors” of the sacraments, the liturgy, and Church history were all appealing in their own way, true, but it was the indisputable evidence of the demonic (and the Church’s power over it) in the Rite of Exorcism that put me over the edge. As Charlie has repeatedly said, nothing is lost is God’s economy. Not even the terror and loathing inspired by the devil.

    Anyway, my point is that the sensational aspects of the faith (exorcism, prophecy, miracles, etc.) can be used to bring souls to Christ and his church.

    I’m sure everyone here has family or friends that flat out deny the existence of any supernatural activity in the world. If this is the case, then the web address below links to a video that shows (irrefutably to my mind) the spiritual world does indeed exist and intervenes regularly in our world.

    Perhaps it is only after seeing the shadows of the spiritual world that they will embrace the Light.

    Magicians Prove a Spiritual World Exists

    (P.S. please ignore many of their other videos promoting sedevacantist twiddle-twaddle and/or conspiracy-theory spiffle regarding the Popes and the Novus Ordo)

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Chad, I am half-way through watching this and I am blown away and offering up prayers to St. Michael.

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      • CHADPRO123 says:

        Yeah it’s an unbelievable expose on the occultic and demonic aspect of street magicians and self-styled illusionists.

        I’ve heard 3 main reasons why satan uses and permits others to use such blatant displays of supernatural power.

        1) to entice a very small number of souls into the world of authentic demonic magick and the occult;

        2) to persuade people that fallen angels do not exist and to accept the idea that all supernatural phenomena (on stage or off) is the result of sleight of hand, complicated props, and paid actors; and

        3) to deceive a large number of souls into the belief that Jesus was nothing more than an accomplished magician (in other words a very skilled human performer).

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      • JG says:

        Watched 14 mins and got creeped out by the David Copperfield stuff. I remember him as a kid and my parents would always change the channel and say there was demonic stuff with magicians. Hmm this validates what they said many years ago. Praise God for their wisdom and faithfulness to the Lord. Sadly I know people who are curious about this stuff and open themselves up to bad things .

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          JG, I finished the whole production. Toward the end, they showcased a magician who on video, produced a 3 foot loaf of bread out of his hand, turn water to wine, produced a seemingly endless pile of fish out of an empty bucket and filmed him walking on different bodies of water. If my memory serves be correctly, his magician name was dynamo and he states that Jesus was only a magician. Other men highlighted where a few magicians I watched on America’s Got Talent and I remembered being wildly perplexed by their abilities. It makes sense now that it is supernatural.
          I loved the way that the clergyman narrator and I believe a Vatican production company would reference scripture to illustrate the devils/demons work in these so called *miracles.* I had no idea to recognize the sign of these false christs and false prophets that have given their souls at such tender young ages, most before reaching 13 years of age, in return for fame and fortunate. Magic is another threshold for evil to cross over and take advantage of poor needy souls. The strong message I gleaned from this that ties into Charlie’s warnings for us all is to watch for the fruits of the *miracles.* Are they for God’s glory or their own? It was a powerful affirmation that the powers of darkness are deceiving us now and we may not even be aware, myself included! In that respect, it was well worth the investment of time to watch the entire video, even though was eerily creepy to me as well.

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    • little one says:

      This is soooo scary!!! It was hard to watch at times! Very well put together and very informative! Thank you for sharing. I get a bit confused… what about Harry Potter? Isn’t he a magician…and like a gateway drug to this kind of magic? or am I off base. Some of my Christian friends let their kids read it, even my former priest mentioned Harry Potter from the pulpit. If anyone can help me discern….

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      • charliej373 says:

        Hi little one. Serious Christians have different takes on Harry Potter. If you read this article, Discerning – and Rejecting – the Occult, you will get a good flavor of the various opinions on it. The very orthodox Cardinal Pell largely shares my opinion that it is a marvelous epic tale of good vs. evil. That does not mean it is innocuous. I would not give it to kids to read unless I had firmly explained the difference between magical creatures and those who call on arcane forces. Read both my article and the one from Michael Brown that I link to and I think you will be pretty well-informed.

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    • Karen says:

      Chad, I decided to watch this expose to see if it was a suitable tool for the reasons you give. After praying to St Michael I hit the ‘go’ button and something about the presenter’s voice struck me. Then his name appeared on the screen and I thought ‘oh oh!’ I googled Br Michael Dimond to see why I might be getting red flags. Even though you gave the warning at the end of your post I chose not to continue watching. I would pretty much call myself a coward on these things but also I am on clutter-overload and that helped me in my decision. St Michael one of my closest allies these days and I thank and praise the Lord and Our Blessed Mother for that. I love your comment about ‘back door’ entry to the One True Faith. It reminds me of the ‘fire and brimstone’ homilies given by a priest of my childhood – when my family would holiday with my grandmother for the otherwise joyful Christmas holidays!

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  24. Erin says:

    Thank you..this article is uplifting

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  25. Linda2 says:

    Thank you, Charlie. I’m still back there where Judas despaired because things didn’t unfold according to his expectations. And he walked right beside Jesus for three years! I fold my wings.

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  26. Becky-TN says:

    As always, needed to read this! God Bless and praying for all of you,

    Becky

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  27. marlonancy says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I live in California and it is crazy here good and bad. We have Jerry Brown as governor a (Catholic?) who passed euthanasia because he says he listened to his conscience. We also have a warrior Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco who is walking the walk. Speaking out about what marriage is, and keeping Catholic schools well CATHOLIC. Every year he is at walk for life west coast in s.f. with 50,000 and growing pro-lifers. About this prolife event you probably hear very little if any in the media. For some reason God has put my family and I in this crazy state that I love. There is bad here but I have so much hope for the good I see in so many.
    Thank you ,
    Nancy from crazy CA

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  28. Christine says:

    Dear Charlie, i have been following you for a bit now. I am encouraged as it is always good to be encouraged to do the next right step. I am also, however, a little perplexed after reading much of The book of Revelation today. Especially the latter half. Are you suggesting that this great trial/
    Storm/ tribulation is the ushering in of the 1000 year reign? OR is this the second coming ?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, Christine, I am not – but that is one possible interpretation. I rather think what we are dealing actually is described in Revelations 12 – the woman cloaked with the sun, about to give birth with the dragon pursuing her.

      But more importantly, I think in every age, many have missed the little they are supposed to do in their own time because they insist on trying to align everything that happens in their time with the BIG ONE. What I teach is to try to let go of most of that and take care of the little right in front of you – acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. If you do that, you will not neglect the things you should do if this is, once again, not the BIG ONE. On the other hand, if it is, by doing the little things you will be well prepared for it.

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  29. EllenChris says:

    Apparently Pope Francis spoke to a very large crowd of clergy and lay people in Florence, Italy yesterday, November 10, 2015. He was speaking of the continued need for reform in the Church, and he was quoted as saying: **“we are not living an era of change but a change of era.”** Now that is a very large statement. The times we are living in are not simply changing in some qualitative or even quantitative ways. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is quoted as saying: “I will be with you always, even to the end of” — the word then is variously translated — “Age, Era or Epoch.” This does not mean that He will be with us for a time and then somehow leave. It means that His Ascension began an Era that will be somehow fulfilled at a time when His Presence will be beyond that of the time we have been in until then.

    I believe that, as Pope Francis said, we are in the time of the change into a new Era. This seems to be what Pope Francis is talking about; in the context of the Storm, we need to look up. Things are not merely getting a little better or worse. A whole New Era is upon us in which we need to be centered more intensely in Jesus Christ Who is revealing Himself and His Kingdom. Luke 21: “and you, when all these things begin to happen, lift up your heads, for your vindication is at hand.”

    We are going to be SO Glad to see this!!! Fear nothing –the Kingdom COMES!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      While we tremble, we must remember that many holy men and women wished they could see the times we live in – for it truly is the beginning of a new era. This IS the Pope of the Storm.

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      • I remember my dad saying that his time as a pilot during WW OK was the happiest time of his life. “Why?” I asked in astonishment. “Wasn’t war terrible?” He replied “Yes, but it was also happy because we were all united in a cause greater than ourselves. There is no feeling greater than that.” Then he looked at me sadly and said “You wouldn’t understand. You haven’t lived through anything like that…and probably never will.” Well, Daddy, I think I just might. And someday, those who live through it may say the same thing to their kids.

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      • Doug says:

        Hey Charlie, quick question for you. I enjoy pressing the “like” button on posts that I enjoy reading. That means I am inclined to press it many times for your responses. Being that you are the lead sher pa here and are inundated with 100’s of replies daily along with “likes” in reply to your responses, would you prefer I skip pressing the “like” on your replies? I am thinking of your work load. If I could press one big like to cover everything, I would do it. You do not have to post this, but it would be nice to know your preference. Thanks for all you do here!

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen. Alleluia! Thanks, Ellen.

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    • Kati says:

      Wow, EllenChris! I noticed that as well. The CHANGE to a NEW ERA. It almost bounded off the page to me…and I thought again that our God is strongly with Pope Francis. I have been praying the following:

      “Oh, Father, I love You, and I ask that my every breath, every heartbeat, every prayer, joy, suffering, thought, word and action of this day incessantly pray to You,
      “May your Kingdom come!
      “May your Kingdom come!
      “May your Kingdom come!”
      Jesus, Mary, Joseph, pray for us.
      Luisa, Littlest Daughter of the Divine Will, pray for us. Amen.

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  30. Nancy says:

    Thank you Charlie, for your “yes” to God and for your beautiful insights. I feel so blessed to have found you thru Wendy Cursiekis website! I was wondering if you would be coming back to NY State at any time. I saw that you came to Scotia to talk,I live so near there and was looking to see if I knew any of the people in the picture you posted…unfortunately, I didn’t recognize anyone. I have been involved with the Marian Movement since my conversion in the early 90’s thru Our Lady of Medjugorje. Anyway, would love to meet you in person and do hope and pray you are able to come this way again! I also am reading Daniel O’Connors blog,from Albany,you had mentioned him . Thank you and all who have prayed for my grandson, John Paul,he has been diagnosed with severe anxiety and continues seeing a sociologist. He actually won an award for integrity at school and his teacher emailed his mother ,my daughter,Monica,what a joy he is to have in class. Although, he seems to “act up” more at home.!!!THE SATAN, as you call him, is most certainly after our children and family’s. Again, I thank God for you and all the beautiful people who reply to your blogs….May God Bless Us…Every One!!! And continue to pray for one another…

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    • charliej373 says:

      You should meet up with Daniel O’Connor and Ellen Neufeld. Mr. Ellen and her husband, Fr. Mike, are at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Scotia – and are completely committed to Christian Orthodoxy – and know how to reach out to Daniel. You have a wonderful group of Catholics and Anglo-Catholics working with each other to defend the faith and the faithful there.

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      • EllenChris says:

        Thanks so much, Charlie — your kind words are much appreciated. Our bishop has just now returned from his sabbatical, and it seems like the sabbatical did him some good.We shall see what comes of it. I am now at St. Andrew’s full time and enjoying it a lot.

        That quote I posted from Pope Francis was a lot bigger than it looks. As Pope, he signaled a “CHANGE OF ERA” which means the Pope himself is aware and getting folks ready! Wow!

        Christine, who helped with dinner when you were here, and I are staying in touch. And yes, I do know how to contact Daniel here.

        Nancy — if you email tnrs.answers@gmail.com with the title line: To EllenChris I will be happy to be in touch with you. I think it is time to get together again if at all possible. many blessings.

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  31. Bob says:

    Preparation came up again. I have to consider that God has placed me in working with addicts and I know the reality of addiction in my own life. So I am considering that God must have me where He has placed me to be a sign of hope there. And right now it is hard to see much hope with the severity of addictions I am seeing and the lack of real support most have to experience freedom. So I am hoping to learn over time of how more can begin to experience a bit of the rescue in their own lives. And how I can learn to be a sign of hope there. So a few prayers are always welcome.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Some of your addicts will be heroes before all is finished, Bob. Having endured their own personal storm, they will find real meaning and hope in helping others do the same. Many of them will be recalled to life by the vicissitudes of the Storm.

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      • Mack says:

        It has already started to happen. I was very impressed with Keith Broomfield, the young American who on his own went over to fight ISIS and was himself killed. He had been in trouble with the law and with drugs, but then converted to Christ (he was Baptist). He was a hero of the Storm.

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      • Bob says:

        I keep thinking “help is on the way”. I sometimes think of those in great battles being overrun by the enemy, running out of ammo and seeing little hope now, and yet being told to hold on as “reinforcements are coming soon”. And may it be soon. There are times I do question God as I have struggled with addiction in my own life and yet have had so many helps from Catholic upbringing to stable parents to praying parents and I ask: “If I have at times struggled so much, what of those who have not had the benefits I have had?” May help come soon!

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    • Linda2 says:

      You certainly have my prayers, Bob! May God bless you for this important work that you do.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Bob, and all with whom you work. May Venerable Matt Talbot intercede for each of you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Prayers are on their way for you Bob in your vocation and for addicts to be freed from the chains that bind them.

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  32. Phillip Frank says:

    “But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be granted to humanity.”
    A very astute author mentioned rather obviously that the initial call from Our Lady to censecrate Russia was BEFORE Russia spread her errors. Since this did not happen, with obvious consequences, Pope JPII could not have stopped what had already taken place so it was more appropriate to consecrate the WHOLE WORLD as it had fallen under communist error.
    But the above quote also alludes that eventually Russia will be consecrated by a Pope, so it seems we still await this day.

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  33. SanSan says:

    I’m a late comer to your blog Charlie. I’ve learned a lot in a very short time. I to have been preparing for quite some time and this past year I’ve been “tested” many times. I fail at many things, but get right back up. I have an inner peace most days. Their has been a lot of turmoil, sadness, sickness, death, anger, etc around me, but even so, I have peace. My prayer life has gone deeper than ever before. I use to want to understand things immediately, but now have developed the ability to “ponder” on things and in His time He lets me know what I need to know. If nothing comes, then it’s something I didn’t need to know. When I feel I’ve been just too direct with people and have blown it, He shows me that that is exactly what I needed to do in order to help the person in question. Some days, I feel like I’ve gone on auto-pilot. Does that make sense? Anyway, thank you for sharing your most important messages. I will continue to take the next best step and be a sign of hope to everyone I encounter. Not perfection by far…….but trying really hard.

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  34. SanSan says:

    p.s. next week I will take a trip with my daughter and two granddaughters to Salt Lake City, UT. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with them. Fear entered my soul and I thought about not going. But today I resolve to go and not let any of the impending trials get in the way. Everything is in His hands and I Trust in Him completely no matter what. Satan places fear in the soul. God places peace.

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  35. Gordon says:

    Charlie, Sorry if this is a question you’ve answered before, but reading your introduction and reference to Sherpas, was just curious as to whether your mission is one particularly geared to Americans and America? Obviously, our faith is a worldwide faith, and know that your website reaches across borders and oceans, but knowing the scope of our travels was in the U.S.–I was just interested in your thoughts on this, as of course or our whole world needs saving. 🙂

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  36. Reuben says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months. You have given me much needed perspective and hope at several key times. Over the past 3 months, my mother suddenly became ill with cancer. She spent 5 weeks in the hospital only to discover that the cancer was beyond treatment. She then had 6 weeks at home before passing on Sunday. I was able to take my family down to see her before the end. When I first heard the news of cancer, I was reminded of some of your exhortations to view the present from the perspective of eternity. I have been given peace that this painful loss was engulfed by God’s mercy. She was 66 years old and left a husband, 4 children, and 16 grandchildren behind. My brother got engaged just weeks before her death. She lived as a faithful protestant (I am a convert to the Catholic faith). Please pray for Ruth Ann and for the many who will be traveling to the memorial service next week.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Praying for Ruth Ann and your family, Reuben. My Mother died the day before Mother’s Day in 2012. Pancreatic Cancer. It was both so sorrowful and so blessed.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Reuben, You dear sweet mother, family and friends are in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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    • Linda2 says:

      Be assured of my prayers, Reuben, for your grieving heart, for your family, and for the soul of your beloved mother. God bless you all.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for the repose of Ruth Ann’s soul and for you, Reuben, and all the family and friends who loved her.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
      Requiescat in pace…

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    • Petra says:

      Reuben: So sorry to hear of the death of your mother. How difficult to be taken so quickly after such a dire diagnosis. Your entire family must be in shock. I will pray for her and your family and all who will attend her funeral services. May she rest in peace.

      May the angels lead her into paradise; may the martyrs receive her at her arrival and lead her to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive her and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may she have eternal rest. (Roman Missal)
      God bless.

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      • Bob says:

        Reuben, it is good she has Catholics praying for her. My wife always thinks to pray when she passes a Protestant cemetary, thinking “These don’t pray for the dead”. May God quickly bring Ruth Ann into paradise!

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      • LukeMichael says:

        Reuben
        My prayers are with you and your family. The blessed Mother held her dead son in grief at the foot of the cross. She knows your pain and will help you at this time.

        It’s Friday now but Sunday’s coming!

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    • Doug says:

      God bless you Reuben!

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    • Diane says:

      May the angels lead her into Paradise; may the martyrs come to werlcome her and take her to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem. May the choir of the angels welcome her. Where Lazarus is poor no longer, may she have eternal rest. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Him will live even if he dies, and every lliving person who puts his faith in Him will never suffer eternal death.
      God Bless you, Reuben, you traveled a difficult road well.

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    • barb129 says:

      Praying for the repose of your mother’s soul, Reuben, and for peace and comfort for your family.

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    • Whitney says:

      Reuben!
      I have had a sinilar experience in the same time frame. I am so sorry for your loss. My Father in law passed last Thursday the 4th, Diagnosed with late stage jujenum cancer August 1st and passed three months later. I will pray for the repose of the soul of your mother. My father in law was a no practicing Anglican living in Glastonbury, England. I sent him the green scapular and my rosaries and within the past three months he had begun praying with his wife the rosary. Despite all his suffering which was intense he died quietly and peacefully just finally telling his wife he was going to rest for a moment. So I do believe the Lord answered and gave him a peaceful moment to depart. I’m so sorry that she has gone so soon.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Though always a fundamentalist Protestant, in her last week my Mother refused medication – offering her pain up for her sister who she saw in purgatory (which she had not believed in before she saw her sister there those last few weeks) so they could go into heaven together. And she asked that a Rosary be wrapped in her hand for her funeral. God’s mercy falls like the gentle rain.

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        • Beckita says:

          WOW! Thank you for sharing this beauty, Charlie.

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        • Linda2 says:

          Charlie, this touched my heart deeply. What saintly behavior on the part of your mother. I will pray for her soul and that of your aunt.

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        • YongDuk says:

          What a blessing for your Mom, Charlie! God / Mary / Your Guardian Angel was so good in paying it forward / backward / upside down / inside out for her to see that Grace!!! What a blessing for you to have that Peace about your Mom!

          My best friend in NC died tragically, she brought me back to the Faith, flinging wet branches in my face as we once walked through the woods decades ago. But she remained a staunch nonDenominational.

          As tragic as her death was, I pray it was her release. Still, I pray for her everyday at Mass! You have so much more of a guarrantee!

          R.I.P., K_S and Ruth Ann

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        • Doug says:

          Beautiful. Just beautiful…

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        • JeanE says:

          Oh Charlie! This is just so amazingly beautiful. I can’t stop smiling, God is so good and your last sentence- “God’s mercy falls like the gentle rain” Just simply Heavenly. Thank you for sharing this. So much hope and happiness and peace.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Whitney, I offer my heartfelt prayers for you and your family. You are a beautiful witness and blessing.

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      • barb129 says:

        Beautiful witness, Whitney! My condolences on the loss of your father-in-law. Prayers for his soul and your family…

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying for the repose of your father-in-law’s soul, Whitney, and for you and all who loved him as you mourn his passing.

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      • Mick says:

        Whitney, prayers for your family and for the repose of your father-in-law’s soul.

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    • Mick says:

      Reuben, I am very sorry for your loss. I will pray for the repose of your mother’s soul, and for your whole family.

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      • Whitney says:

        Awe, Thank you so much everyone and have been praying for you all. I did hear from my Step- mother in law today and she said in the last hour of my FIL’s life they prayed the Rosary (lol-my favorite glow in the dark ones – so simple- yet that’s what we are here for simplicity!) And she said the rosaries are going to also go with him inside his casket. How amazing is Our Lord?! Oh my word. I will pray for everyone’s ministries. Whether it be a simple prayer, a sacrificial penance or being the voice of the neglected, ignored. There are so many special places in this world for each and everyone of us.

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  37. Teri says:

    I woke up this morning with these words in my head. “How long to the point of no return?” Realized it was a song from the past and searched for the lyrics. Thank you Charlie for all you do and may God Bless all here!

    THE POINT OF NO RETURN

    I heard the men saying something
    The captains tell they pay you well
    And they say they need sailing men to
    Show the way and leave today

    Was it you that said, “How long, how long?”

    They say the sea turns so dark that
    You know it’s time you see the signs
    They say the point demons guard is
    An ocean grave for all the brave

    Was it you that said, “How long, how long
    How long to the point of know return?”

    Your father, he said he needs you
    Your mother, she says she loves you
    Your brothers, they echo your words

    How far to the point of know return?
    To the point of know return?
    Oh, how long, how long?

    Today I found a message floating
    In the sea from you to me
    Wrote that when you could see it
    You cried with fear, the Point was near

    Was it you that said, “How long, how long
    How long to the point of know return?
    How long, how long to the point of know return?
    Know return

    How long
    How long
    How long

    Songwriters
    Robert Steinhardt;Steve Walsh;Phil Ehart
    Published by
    KIRSHNER CBS MUSIC PUBLISHING
    Read more: Kansas – Point Of No Return Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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  38. marlonancy says:

    Hi all,
    I am not super smart like a lot of you who post here but I feel so inspired and at home here. This is a happy place for me. Like the feeling you get when you walk into church. Thank you all so much for sharing. All prayers, songs, stories, ect. the long posts or short.It helps me so much. God bless you all.
    Our Priest spoke about the book of Revelation today. He said some people live waiting for Jesus second coming and life passes them by. That we have to build up the Kingdom of God know today. That is what I love about Charlie’s message. It reinforces everything the Church teaches and helps us to stay focused on taking the next right step.

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  39. linda says:

    Thank you Charlie! I look for your words daily. Thank you for what you are doing for us all. . Sure it’s windy today. . God bless charlie😇

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  40. little one says:

    “(I promise you will get a new piece tomorrow evening or Thursday morning. I have been processing all I learned and saw on my four and a half month tour of visits throughout the country this year. There were many reasons for these visits – but one of the important ones was to raise troops to the Lord.” Hi Charlie are you still working on this piece or was it the Refugee piece that you posted? I’m thinking that some orders from the General are in order. A pep talk before the chaos increases and communication may collapse for awhile. Something like: 1. Sacraments for Strength. If you can’t get to the Sacraments then do a Spiritual Communion- have the prayer on hand. What to do if someone needs baptized and there isn’t a priest. How to be the field hospital for all the wounded that will be sent to us. How to bandage them. What to do when faced with brute force? Try to convert their hearts with kindness or arm ourselves for real protection. 2) Don’t be fooled by….traps opened for our vanity… I know you’re the guy who can provide this valuable information. Help us to put on the Full Armor of Christ! Thank you Charlie and all here! Peace and blessings to all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Little One. No, the internet was out this morning and I was in transit to the Marian Conference I will speak at tomorrow night. Working. My plans don’t always turn out when I intend them to these days.

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      • Teddy says:

        Man, I pray I have patience like you do Charlie. I don’t know how you do it. I need to be more like you with my fellow humans! Thanks for inspiration.

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      • little one says:

        Charlie, Peace be with you!! I do not envy you your next important steps. God loves you always and everywhere. May Dearest Mother Mary wrap her mantle around you and protect you. And may all the saints in heaven pray for us!

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      • little one says:

        Thank you Charlie for your patience. I am a pickle. Sometimes sweet sometimes sour. But still a pickle. What did I want you to tell me that you haven’t already said? I am severely suffering from “normalcy bias” There is something in us that wants to look the other way or to discount the reality. It is called “normalcy bias”. It’s like I hear and see the sky is falling but I still don’t WANT to believe it… it is all surreal but it is reality… It is like I am in the stages of death and stuck in semi-denial… Please forgive me for adding to your stress or the complexity of your life that you are living. “Lord, do not show me a single thing I don’t need to complete my work. Give me the strength to bear those things You must show me to do the work You have for me. Jesus, I Trust in you.”

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    • YongDuk says:

      Doug and Beckita can explain that one does not need a Priest to baptize. One only needs water and the formula, such as in the Latin Rite: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The person pours water over or immerses the person to be baptized into water after the mention of each Person of the Holy Trinity.

      In Ecclesia latina, hanc triplicem infusionem haec verba comitantur ministri: « N., ego te baptizo in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ». In liturgiis orientalibus, catechumeno ad Orientem verso, sacerdos dicit: « Servus Dei, N., baptizatur in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ». Et ad uniuscuiusque Personae Sanctissimae Trinitatis invocationem, ille eum in aquam mergit et ab ipsa extollit. (CCC 1240)

      That’s it. The person pronouncing the words has to be the same person doing the action of the pouring of the water or the immersing. I shan’t create contention by mentioning that the person saying the words or doing the action with the water need not even be Christian, believe it or not! However, they have to have the intention to do as the Church does regarding Baptism:

      Ministri ordinarii Baptismi sunt Episcopus et presbyter et, in Ecclesia latina, etiam diaconus. In casu necessitatis, quaelibet persona, etiam non baptizata, intentionem habens requisitam, potest baptizare, formulam baptismalem adhibens trinitariam. Intentio autem requisita est id velle facere quod facit Ecclesia baptizans. Ecclesia huius possibilitatis perspicit rationem in Dei voluntate salvifica universali et in Baptismi necessitate ad salutem. (CCC 1256)

      The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of necessity, anyone, even a non-baptized person, with the required intention, can baptize, by using the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The intention required is to will to do what the Church does when she baptizes. The Church finds the reason for this possibility in the universal saving will of God and the necessity of Baptism for salvation. (ibid.)

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks, YD! Would you please rcarry all our NRS Family in your priestly heart when you go the altar? In advance, xiexie Shenfu. (Don’t let that fool you, YD. My Mandarin is pitifully limited.)

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      • Doug says:

        Yes. That is my understanding. Also, it has to be fresh water. What that means is it cannot be spittle or ocean water.

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        • YongDuk says:

          I understand it to be flowing water… Let me check.

          But yes on the spittle.

          However, I know a medical student who baptized a baby that way on the surgery table as it was dying. I would like to think that his intention, even though done in ignorance, was honoured by God.

          (You think I would check before posting this, right?)

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          • Doug says:

            YD, I can be guilty of not checking too. I was sure this is what I heard from our deacon when teaching baptism in an RCIA class. Now I must go look it up. It is good you are here to challenge me.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes . I like to think God will honor this even though he was ignorant. Like St. Faustina, I trust in his Mercy. Oh Jesus, how I trust in you in all things. May I not be blind in offering mercy to others.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Flowing water, but triple immersion is ok if not flowing. I found a source that says ocean is ok, but i could not find a direct reference in the CCC for ocean water. It must be in the priest training manual 🙂

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        • YongDuk says:

          Oh, Hi, again! (A full minute later.)

          Yes, ocean water is valid.

          Remember that Holly Water used to be blessed by the addition of exorcised salt.

          So, any water–I said flowing in the sense of it being water–not steam or ice–can be used even if tainted (unlike in the case of the species used for the Consecration at Mass). One could then use ice in so long as one–I may be wrong or be being rigid here, so I submit this to the Church or people more knowledgeable than myself–melts the ice whilst performing the baptism (i.e. I could foresee that one need only hold the ice “dipping” it against the skin leaving flowing water). In this sense case steam could be foreseeably [wow, so many vowels together!] used as well as long as it condenses.

          I got distracted by the vowels, I think that is all I had to add.

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      • little one says:

        Thank you, Thank you, thank you!

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