Confusion

Over the last few days there have been some intense and edgy discussions in the comments here. I am deeply pleased and honored that here, people spoke candidly and honestly about controversial, emotion-laden subjects, often disagreeing deeply with each other, while still assuming each other’s good will. This is how we reason together. I thank you for that.

I am doubly pleased because a few years ago I said that if we were to be prepared properly, people must stop speaking in abstract platitudes and start thinking seriously about issues that they would soon face, rather than merely imagine. The greatest experts on how to handle children are those who are childless. their confident expertise and certainty on the subject lasts until they actually have…children. At which point, they usually find themselves humbly asking people they recently condescendingly criticized for advice. Reality intrudes on our pious certainties – and when it does, we grow in both humility and wisdom. People don’t have solid answers yet…but the first step in finding solid answers is to think seriously about the problem. People here are doing that now. God bless you.

I am going to take another day or two to calibrate my article on Islam and the challenge before us as well as I can. In the meantime, I am puzzled why the issue of refugees is treated with such limited dualism. Taking them – and Jihadist plants – into the western world or letting them die are not the only options. In previous crises, the U.S. and the west have worked with other Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt to set up and administer large-scale refugee camps. I do not know why that is not being discussed. Perhaps it is because the United States has so badly damaged its credibility in the world and among its own people. On Friday, just a few hours before the Paris attacks, it was leaked that the U.S. State Department was NOT going to include Christians as genocidal victims of ISIS who could seek asylum. Wow! Let’s admit the terror culture, but not the people who are being beheaded, burned alive, and crucified. Seriously!? This administration is uniquely feckless, incompetent and malicious in the annals of U.S. history. Thankfully, Paris is the beginning of its downfall.

For now, I am going to repeat an article from a year and a half ago. It is about playing our position well.

Prepare the Way

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By Charlie Johnston

I have maintained radio silence for about a week now. Sorry for not responding to those who have emailed or messaged. It has been an intense period. In three primary areas, I have been taking instruction for preparation. I know many are frustrated, wondering why things seem to turn so slowly in the widening gyre. Give thanks, for it is a mercy, however frustrating. It is the God of Mercy who extends time so that you may have every bit of preparation you need to stand as the greatest crisis in history unfolds upon the world. Training is hard, often boring. You itch for action. But mastery of the training is often the difference between life and death – and, in this case, your soul.

Two of the areas involved I will speak of only to those who have need. The third is for all. I spoke recently of the piece concerning family I am working on. The premise is that family is not just a value of faith but, in fact, the blueprint given us by God on how to participate in His Trinitarian life. Family as authentic worship and practice is terribly undervalued even by very pious Christians, though unknowingly. I continue to work on it. But I do not wish – and God does not intend – that I should correct that error by promulgating a new error of undervaluing other more traditional forms of practice and worship.

In faith, we need those who live pious practices, those who devote themselves to traditional prayer with great intensity for much of the day. We need our hierarchy, for it is the means Christ left us to govern His Church on earth. We need our theologians and thinkers who push the envelope, for though the fulness of revelation was completed in Christ, our feeble minds grasp only bits and pieces of it at a time. We need prophets to help us read the signs of the times and to help us apply the revelation of Christ to the specific times we are passing through.

All of these things are good in themselves, but satan is constantly at work trying to pervert things. The devil uses even our piety to foment pride in us, robbing it of its very efficacy.

Bishops, priests, pastors and rabbis are critical to guiding us through our faith. They are appointed by God to care for and protect His people. They must both guard their own prestige while living as servants. Why guard their prestige? In times of crisis, you are not interested in how folksy or charming the captain is. What is most important is confidence that he is competent to steer you safely through the storm; that his orders are worth following even when you don’t understand them and that his praise is genuinely meaningful when he gives it. These are the tools a good captain must use to carry his people to safety. He cannot do it if he has squandered his prestige. But it must always be about the people he serves. If his captaincy is just an exercise in self-actualization, he both squanders his prestige and evokes bitter resentment. So he must be a servant who has earned his prestige and continues to earn it with the decisions he makes and the care he gives. We all know pastors who are completely self-absorbed, smugly satisfied with their own righteous superiority. Christ will say He never knew them. But we should pray for them and with them, that they find the joy of real self-sacrificial service. They will be held to a heavy account, May they be worthy. For any pastors who read this, know this: when you sit in judgment, Christ will not first seek the testimony of your fellow pastors, nor even the recipients of your charitable works. He will first examine those underlings you worked with every day. If you treated them like things, like mere means to accomplish your ends and did not recognize the fulness of the dignity God bestowed on them, the Lord will not even bother with the testimony of your colleagues or the recipients of your charity.

Then there are theologians, those who devote themselves to deep study and contemplation of Scripture and the Word. How my life has been enriched by the works of such as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Paul the Great and C.S. Lewis, just to name a few. The work of a theologian is to approach the Master’s throne a little closer, then make the glass through which we see the Lord a little less dark, so we see the Lord more as He is. When a theologian does that, he is a gift from God to the world. But many theologians instead use their cleverness to try to capture Christ in a cage of their own vain musings. They deceive themselves that they have the Gospels mastered, forgetting that no one masters the Master. A theologian who congratulates himself on his own erudition will find that, on judgment day, the Master will say He never knew them.

There are prophets, those who hear the voice of God and sometimes behold His countenance. How well I know the temptations for a prophet. Many begin well and end terribly. A few begin badly and end well. Narrow is the path on which one can begin well and end well, too. You must speak that which the Lord commands and say nothing on that which He commands you to silence – and NEVER blame the Lord for your own vain musings. One would think it would be safest to be silent altogether – but it did not end well for the man who buried his talent in the ground, hoping to avoid responsibility for what he was given. When the Lord commands you to speak, you must speak, however much you would rather be left alone. I often hear people say that the Lord has told them thus and such…and what the Lord tells them always matches perfectly with what they want. I give thanks that next to none of them actually is called to prophecy, for what a terrible accounting they would have to give. The Lord rarely has you speak directly in His name on anything that is comfortable for you. Yet it sits like a rock in your stomach until you have obeyed. If people start paying attention, you still must be restrained. You are not a columnist or entertainer who must constantly come up with new material. Try to prophesy on command and you will soon find yourself apostate. Sometimes, the temptation is overwhelming to give comfort to one you love who suffers – but you must not offer false comfort that the Lord has not spoken. If you offer natural comfort and the one you comfort knows you are a prophet, you must be clear that it is from you, not the Lord. God is perfect; you are fallible. God writes straight with crooked lines. If you endure, you may be a profound source of hope to many. But if you follow your own counsel the Lord will hold you to a terrible accounting for the damage you do to His people. He will tell you He never knew you at the judgment.

Then there are the contemplatives, both those in religious life and those in private life who devote themselves to traditional prayer for most of their day. They are rich food for the faithful, drawing down incredible grace on many. How much richer my life is because of the “Little Way” of St. Therese of Lisieux, whose brief life lived in obscurity as a cloistered Carmelite, did not visibly shower the earth until after she had passed on to the next life. Many of us know people who cheerfully live prayer constantly, pausing only to offer help or consolation to one in need. Most will pass on to the next life in perfect obscurity. Oh, but they will be rock stars in heaven! And the Just Judge will make sure you know what they did. But the contemplatives are rich food for the faithful only if they genuinely offer up their prayers with real love and humility. If it is just an effort to prove to God or others their own holiness, it is a caustic substance, driving others away from the faith and eating up their own souls.

This, then, is the heart of the matter. All devotions, all genuinely pious practices are good, when offered with complete humility and love. But if even your authentic calling is used as a perch from which to judge others, it is a vanity and you already have your reward. Should the builder look askance at the farmer because the farmer doesn’t build anything? Should the farmer hold the builder in contempt because he does not feed anyone? God has a place for you in the family of man. If you use your properly ordered place to try to establish dominance over your fellows, or from which to view them with contempt, you have a hot surprise coming at the judgment. But if you use your place to serve and to love and to build up your fellows, then you are the Lord’s good servant – and He will write straight with the crooked line you are.

 

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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298 Responses to Confusion

  1. JeanE says:

    To my Beloved,
    I see before me my heart.
    O I am tormented and afflicted!
    I did not see you but only me.
    O wretched sight! There is nothing here but darkness and all corruption!
    My deadliest enemy has arisen from his hiding place and he is tearing me from you!
    But I turn and see a wondrous and beautiful sight!
    On my knees I see You, my Savior crucified!
    And my heart broken, I turn to see You so beautiful and crucified.
    And there is nothing so beautiful as You!

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    • JeanE says:

      Good morning everyone! I wanted to say something about this post above. It was one of the very first writings I received and it came to me during my conversion when I was called back to the Church by Mary, through Medjugorje. I love Medjugorje. I was in a world of trouble and pain at the time and was so deeply confused…I was taught by my three favorite Saints, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St Francis of Assisi that no matter what happens or how lost and confused we ‘feel’ we always have Jesus Crucified to turn to and He will comfort us in His Passion. He will allow us to offer our own pain and confusion in union with His Passion and this is so comforting and so solid and it grounds us firmly in Truth and in Life! St. Teresa said that we should never take our eyes off of Him Crucified. I have remembered this more now because I have been dealing with so much confusion! I know most of you know this but it is so very comforting! God bless everyone!

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  2. M M says:

    Hello Charlie, This video is all over the internet, but they keep trying to take it down. It’s about the muslim invasion of Europe.  It’s scary.  At our college right now, at a different campus, is a shooter.  I keep reminding myself to trust God. Thank you for all of your support! WITH OPEN GATES: The forced collective suicide of European Nations

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  3. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    Charlie, I always wait for your pieces😊! I did forward a piece on to you regarding the comments by Pope Francis on communion for Luthern married to Catholic. He does not seem to agree, nor does he mention Canon Law, once again he seems to desire progressive changes in the Church. I cannot help it, I look to Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Sheen as well as a few of the European Prelates. I am left wanting by those such as Burke, Wuerl and Cupish. I do not feel disresptful having the feelings I have either. I did not see the post I sent, would like your comments.

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  4. Mack says:

    Despite its provacative title, this article discusses exactly what Charlie suggested: why it is best to settle refuguees in nearby places instead of bringing them to the US. In terms of funding, it costs much, much, less and so enables more people to be helped:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427153/refugee-resettlement-immoral

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  5. Michael says:

    Being a Uk citizen ,I probably have a different perspective from you yanks .Slowly but surely i have watched our Christian culture be irradiated away by the so called Pc brigade,frightened to offend everyone and anyone except Christians.Giving this & that to every religion under the sun except again Christians .Now we are marginalised ,and most so called Christians are rolling over without even a whimper & we wonder why we have got to this stage?I keep telling my daughter who is 14 & like most 14 year old’s put’s her catholic faith & wellbeing at the bottom of her to do list ,that we must all rediscover our faith in the west & that ( as well as a strong United military response ) will be what defeats radical Islam.
    God bless you all.

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  6. Diane says:

    If you use your properly ordered place to try to establish dominance over your fellows, or from which to view them with contempt, you have a hot surprise coming at the judgment. But if you use your place to serve and to love and to build up your fellows, then you are the Lord’s good servant – and He will write straight with the crooked line you are. – this is key – to be who God created us to be. In the soul of every man there is a part of God that God created just for Him and Him alone, that is the part that we are ever so slowly trying to bare to ourselves, the quicker we peel away the junk that we pick up from the world, ourselves and the falsities that the satan throws at us the quicker we can be one with Chirst. It is no longer I who exist but He who exists in me. If You and I are truly one, let there no longer be I but only You. We struggle every day just to walk closer to Him and take part in the journey that He has mapped out for us, but there are so many forks in the road, so many obstacles, so much blind siding us all the time. Like you say Charlie, Gird you loins, plant your feet and set your jaw. Being one with Christ means we convert everyday, we transform everyday, we wake up each morning with the hope that we will not fall, but knowing that if we do, we have the strength to get up and start anew. Being a follower of Jesus is so invigorating and so exciting, I cannot imagine a better mountain to climb, than the one God gives me. The love just keeps growing and growing, the joy is a constant overflow, the desire to be good is overwhelming, I am ever so thankful that when I knocked He said, come on in, sit for a while and be with me. Oh my what a journey it is to walk with Him. He is our God and we are His people. Love. I do.

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    • Shirley Bachmeier says:

      Diane, you speak with my heart who is yearning for this transformation and I want it today! I received a New Wine Skin filled with the Holy Spirit anointing in l971. This is another Wine Skin that I am asking for which you so aptly described. Pray for me!

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    • JoyInTheLord says:

      This is so comforting a read. Thank you, Diane. The humility to accept my fall and the dependence on Him that I can rise again.

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  7. Joyce Brown says:

    As an American it IS the complete suspicion of this administration and distrust that leads me to want to refuse admission to this country of “refugees”. I would warmly receive Christians and cultural muslim FAMILIES of women and children from Syria, but I don’t trust my government and especially the current administration to make those calls. I have young, adult children and I care about their future and the future of our country.

    I will continue to pray for the conversion of all non-Catholics in the meantime.

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  8. Doug says:

    Nice, but scarey too when thinking of my own responsibility. I heard a saying once, “no matter how much you try to raise your kids to do the right thing, they will turn out just like you.”

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  9. Mick says:

    Charlie, you wrote, “Paris is the beginning of [this administration’s] downfall.” By this, do you mean merely that public opinion and the House/Senate are finally going to turn against Obama and Co., such that they won’t be able to do any more to hurt this country? Or, rather, are you now of the opinion that Paris was the “invasion of Poland” moment? Or do you mean some third thing that I haven’t envisioned?

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      • Donette says:

        And pray, I might add, Charlie.

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      • Jer007 says:

        Hi Charlie, would you say that this article by CNN “Obama unyielding on ISIS as criticism mounts after Paris attacks” on http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/16/politics/obama-isis-strategy-paris-attacks/index.html gives some good insight to your comment.
        Some interesting quotes:
        – ISIS might be the “face of evil,” but President Barack Obama is determined that it will not deprive him of his chosen place in history
        – But sticking to his ideological guns in order to be a president who ends wars rather than starts them … risks having his legacy instead defined by violent events on the ground that critics can blame on an unwillingness to adapt to new realities
        Thank you
        A reader from South Africa

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        • Jer007 says:

          …Being from Africa, I want to ask one last thing.
          I understand from your blog which I have read from the beginning, that as the Storm deepens, technology will fail but that you yourself will play a very important role to hearten and defend the faith and faithful during the Storm.
          Since someone like myself receives a lot of encouragement via your Blog, will you still have an impact in my life and communication link in the near dark future, even if I am not able to access the Internet? Should I start printing some of your blogs now for the darker times or will your message and leadership somehow transverse continents even to dark Africa and those of us outside USA?

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      • little one in PA says:

        Ah, Charlie, you don’t want to steal the Lord’s thunder! After Mass tomorrow, I will pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet for all here and the whole world. Blessings.

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    • Beckita says:

      Mick, thank you for giving voice to some of my own pondering today. Hmmmm. Watch and wait we will. Watch and see follows.

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  10. stjoesfarm says:

    Dearest Charlie: I read you in 2002 or 2003 and was struck in my heart that you were true. I saved the Spirit Daily papers next to my bed. Recently, I met you in person in Riverside, California when my Goddaughter, Vanessa brought you to speak. I brought up the garbanzo beans and I still chuckle thinking about your asking why I did not sprinkle some pinto beans in the mix. It really brought to my thoughts how I can get blind sided by one track thinking. I was raised on pinto beans and never even thought of them! During the Y2K scare I just kept buying the garbanzo beans that someone suggested. I have thought since you made that very funny quip, that I can get so focused on one thought, that the other very helpful and necessary thoughts cannot get in. I now care for my husband who is dying of cancer. We have been married for 50 years. I cry a lot and feel very alone in here sometimes, even though I have a very close relationship with our Lord, Our Holy Mother and the saints. The Lord is very present in here, but I have been thinking that this is the time I must quit focusing on the garbanzo beans and remember to add pinto beans, like you suggested that night. It helps me to think more of eternity and not the physical suffering of my husband in front of me that is so agonizing. I can never tell you what your articles mean to me. I am very homebound as he has to have 24 hour care. He was a very strong and industrious contractor for 40 years and so we both have had to enter the very difficult part of the marital vows, “in sickness and in health.” We are doing it together as we did everything else. I pray for you Charlie. You are a great blessing to all of us of which I am sure exacts a very high price from you. Thank you for your Yes, your Fiat to God. I pray we can meet someday and share. I am deeply grateful to Jesus and Mary for their great Love for all of us. In the Most Holy Trinity of God, Teresa Brownlee

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you Teresa. I have asked the Lord to send St. Margaret to comfort, protect and guide your husband and you through all trials. God bless and keep you.

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    • Beckita says:

      Dear Teresa, your situation has deeply touched my heart. I became a young widow ten years ago and had only been married for 34 years when my husband was diagnosed with advanced cancer. He fought to live that he could fulfill our newly engaged daughter’s dream of having him walk her down the aisle. It was not be. My vital, active husband, teacher and coach, involved in many ministries at our local parish, friend and mentor to so many, wasted away while encountering all manner of complications during treatment.

      I understand providing 24 hour care and the accompanying loneliness of the journey. Oh Teresa, you shall remain in my prayers in a special way. May St. Elizabeth of Hungary whose memorial we celebrate today, remain at your side. May she bring you angels and saints to accompany you and meet your needs while strengthening and consoling you with God’s Grace. Even in the great sorrow you experience may you be imbued with the Lord’s Peace at this holy time of accompanying your dear husband on his Final Journey Home.

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for your husband and for you, Teresa.

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    • marcyc48 says:

      Prayers ascending for you and your husband. I will offer my rosary up for the two of you this evening. God bless you both and may our Blessed Mother wrap you and your husband in her mantle of love.

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    • Petra says:

      Dear Teresa: as I was living though the last months of my mother’s life, one day in church just before Mass I got an image of the Mother of Our Lord, Mary, dressed all in black, wearing a dress that I guess would be like a modern day *burka* and I was wearing the same, and we were walking together along a barren, rocky road, her right arm around my waist, her left hand holding my left hand — two women, one (me) weak and sorrowful and stumbling along, and the other, (Our Lady), my friend, walking the lonely, barren road with me, supporting me. And so I felt and knew Our Lady held me close and walked with me in that desolate time. She did not speak, because there were no words.
      I will pray for you to have her company and that of the angels and saints as you walk this path of sacrificial love. I will pray for your husband as well.
      God bless.

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    • barb129 says:

      Praying for you, Teresa, and for your husband. May our dear Lord and His Blessed Mother surround you with their comfort and peace. May dear St. Joseph intercede for special graces for you both during this difficult time…

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    • cathyg2015 says:

      Dear Teresa,
      You and your husband are in my prayers. I understand the pain and loneliness you are enduring as I witnessed the same as my mother was caretaker to my father for five years after he suffered a stroke and then lung cancer. They were also married for 50 years when he died in 2009. There is such sadness and stress! I will pray that yours is somehow alleviated and please know that you can always share your concerns and burdens with your friends here at the NRS.

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    • marlonancy says:

      Stjoesfarm,
      You are so blessed. What a sweetheart you are. You are such an inspiration to me. Our blessed lady is with you I can feel it in everything you do and say. You will be in my prayers from now on.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Jesus wept. I will pray that your tears will be united with His and your broken heart will be united with our Lady’s heart. Jane

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  11. Gary Templeton says:

    Thank you Charlie. I am a new reader of about 1 month. I have been reading Mark Mallet for over 18 months, but have dropped the few others for lack of time. This writing, THO written long b4 I would have seen it, touched me deeply. Sometimes, we ordinary people, say things just as a matter of fact, or even forcefully to make a point, from studying the faith. Yes, we do keep learning what the Church teaches, and what individual scripture passages means. But I for one, having been in a small group that was forced ( for years) to study the faith to challenge New age, Call to Action clergy, abuses, heresies taught, witnessed sacrileges, and am very weary of the ever increasing and steady watering down of our beautiful faith. I may not always be as charitable and understanding anymore, when presenting what TRUTH really is, to supposed CATHOLICS who should know better. Your article was a heavy reminder that we MUST be gentle even in those situations. As I believe St Bernadette said, “Our Lady told me to tell you, She didn’t say I had to convince you.” Thank you for sharing your gifts. Many blessings to you Pat

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Pat. I understand. I can get a little terse here when asked the same question for the 50th time…a hazard of apologetics.

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      • Have you thought about adding a detailed FAQs on your blog? I know there’s one there (along with Contacts and Help), but it isn’t detailed or loaded with frequently asked questions. A summary of events as you have been told and have shared should also be posted there. This section should be by itself and should stand out so that new visitors can easily see it (right after your “Home” link).

        Thereafter, if a new reader should ask you a faq, you can easily post your link to your FAQs.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Emanuel, thank you for your idea here. As you can see on the Contact/FAQs/Help page, we do now have some FAQs for the major questions we get in general both here and at the TNRS Answers service. We’re hoping that people will see that and go to that page to get help in answering their questions.

          Unfortunately, most new visitors to this site interact first through commenting and don’t see that page right away, so even if Charlie were to ask us to put up more FAQs, he’ll still get those questions, as we do still also get them at the TNRS Answers service.

          On the subject of the summary of events or a timeline, that is available on the page in the navbar titled “Summary for Newcomers” and is quite a good summary. Are you saying we should have a link to that summary also on the Contact/FAQs/Help page, or were you simply unaware that this Summary exists?

          Charlie, the TNRS Answers team stands ready to develop more FAQs with you if you would like to propose specific issues to us. Feel free, especially when you find yourself with a specific example causing you frustration in the moment. Then perhaps the NRS for you to handle that specific question is to propose a FAQ to the TNRS Answers team. 🙂

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    • SanSan says:

      “Our Lady told me to tell you, She didn’t say I had to convince you.” I NEED TO TAKE THIS TO HEART…..I WANT TO CONVINCE EVERYONE BECAUSE THEY’RE SOULS ARE AT STAKE……Ok, just tell them and then Let God.

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  12. Kim sevier says:

    I don’t think Obama is feckless and incompetent. Malicious –yes. I really suspect he is intentionally doing what is not good for our country. He has made it clear in his actions and writings that he has not appreciated the United States and what we stand for, that we should be the number one world power. I just don’t think he is necessarily a dope– I think he knows exactly what he is doing and is succeeding in his goals.

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you knew him, I doubt you would think that. In Illinois, when he was in the State Senate, he was almost universally regarded as an intellectual lightweight with astonishing self-regard. There are people around him with that type of malice, but Obama himself is a lazy, shallow man. He is easy to manipulate because as long as you stroke his ego, he thinks you are his friend.

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      • KimS1111 says:

        I say if you want to know the Churches teaching on ANYTHING, it’s the exact opposite of what Obama believes and does.
        Whether that is from being an intelectural lightweight, malice or evil, I’m not sure but I do know it’s true.

        His one saving grace is that he appears to be a good father and love his children.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Well my husband always says he is a mental lightweight. I thought otherwise. Pitiful either way. For sure he must have smart nefarious advisors. My cousin is a lobbyist in Chicago. He met him and wasn’t too impressed either. I had a conversation with a very sharp fellow who voted for him just ’cause he is (half) black. Hard to understand melatonin being the deciding factor for casting your vote. Oh my goodness our country!

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      • Beckita says:

        I have long thought of him as a perfect puppet for evil forces.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Beckita, I long stayed out of politics by choice to focus on the spiritual (Eph 6).

          Long ago, my Spiritual Director called me and asked if I thought Clinton was possessed. He knew me better than I knew myself at the time and God’s Gift.

          It grieves me to know the spiritual side of politics, especially the politics of the Dioceses of the Church, of Seminaries and of Parishes.

          Forgive me for speaking this to you. Charlie’s vocation included formation along that path. Consider your formational path and your best way to suffer all this.

          I learned from my South African Trapping Spiritual Director that he reads the newspaper to know what to pray for.

          Please don’t think I am at all directing, but I look at your God-given Joy…

          +Yong Duk

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          • Beckita says:

            Yong Duk, I receive your words as coming from the tender shepherd I know you to be and I thank you for caring for my soul in this way.

            My ONLY inclination to follow politics has come from a standpoint of being the responsible citizen Jesus Himself calls us to be by giving to Caesar what is his. How ever can I do this unless I take the responsibility to be informed at some level which leads to gaining understanding and opinions? This further leads to responsible voting as well as speaking with those God has placed on my path about issues which either build up or tear down the Culture of Life.

            All that being “said,” I know next to nothing compared to many on this forum. As an educator, I was trained and continue to go to primary sources for information and I do consult with people whose depth and experience in the political realm I respect.
            (Hi Charlie ;-)!)

            YD, I’m with you concerning the sad state of affairs concerning political elements in spiritual life. Certainly not as widely experienced as you, yet where the Lord has planted me, I have calmly and surely named truth in spiritual settings which only earned me spiked tomatoes of ridicule, resentment and behind the back whispers. It’s AOK with me and, by God’s Grace, I have developed a skill set of defusing my anger rather than puking it on others. Best of all, I can still sleep at night. Perhaps the greater burden (and it is a joyful one) is remaining in prayer for the clergy and religious who have lost their way in this Passion Time for our Church.

            I appreciate this statement: “Forgive me for speaking this to you. Charlie’s vocation included formation along that path. Consider your formational path and your best way to suffer all this.” It very much confirms my ordinary work of continuous prayer. No better than anyone God has created, I know He has opened wide the door of my life circumstances and my heart to be in union with Him in His Eucharistic Presence. In all His Glory He is present in my home in this way. Ten years ago, when my husband was still living I would have never dreamed this would be my life, yet here I am. Recently, I have taken a side trip from this work of prayer to tend to preparation details to which I felt called. Now that those are nearly complete, I shall return to my primary work as a consecrated widow (private vow) which is adoration and tending to the care of a holy, wise, Marian priest who, along with all you blessed priests, is about to engage in some of the most rewarding times in his priestly life.

            Yong Duk, have you a contingency plan for walking in the footsteps of St. John Vianney’s confessional schedule? I mean, you really should consider prepping with confessional-stable snacks and foods and drinks because you’re about to spend hours there. Talk about JOY unfolding!!!

            PS You have my permission offer direction at any moment you discern appropriate. Just don’t ask for a public confession please. But beware! My best way to express gratitude is via stir fried road kill.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckita, I am relieved that what I wrote was received well.

            From all that I have seen you write… And your well-spring of spiritual knowledge… You don’t get that, but through suffering. And politics frustrates me. Lol so I wrote to a spiritual sister, so I am happy it made sense.

            More importantly, thank you for your prayers!

            Indeed, what you mention is part of the “Holding Pattern” I mentioned. I have an “idea” how it will play out and am humbled how it may, but honestly I am scared that that might be fanciful thinking having no confirmation except for one concrete experience of which I speak. St Jean Vianney’s way would be more ordinary and I have always dreamed of that joy of sitting in the Confessional for long hours, but am not sure if that is what mine will be. The devil instills the fear that I will be holed up and forgotten. I am on the Cross (by the grace of God as it is), so in that being holed up and forgotten isn’t a bad thing at all.

            Oremus pro invicem
            +勇德

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          • Doug says:

            YD, you are an inspiration. Makes me think about is Paul in Philippians where he has learned to be content in all circumstances; whether well fed or hungry. This happened to be an Ignatius reading for me this past week. I still have many miles to travel on my spiritual journey. Consolation 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Indeed, YD, we pray for each other and all in this NRS Family. I appreciate the spiritual sister relationship and expand that familial tie to place you and your priestly life in my maternal heart of prayer. It should be done in a hidden way but I acknowledge it here to encourage you, YD, in this time when you are so deeply pressed to the Cross. Take heart! You are not alone. This commitment continues to my death.

            To ALL here: Please consider reading the following document which gives background to an effort which originated from the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican in 2007. For those not yet aware, it consists of a concerted effort to tap into Spiritual Maternity, in a hidden way, throughout the Church for the purpose of praying for our clergy, particularly praying in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament since the priesthood is intimately and integrally linked to the Holy Eucharist. There are a plethora of apostolates and prayer efforts which have sprung forth in response to the letter.

            One of my favored ones is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests: http://www.foundationforpriests.org/ The launch of this website coincided with the release of Kathleen Beckman’s book, PRAYING FOR PRIESTS, in July 2014. (Kathleen is, again, featured on Women of Grace this week.) I appreciate the ways Kathleen has expanded Spiritual Maternity, with Blessed Mother as our role model and patroness, to include Spiritual Paternity, with St. Joseph as model and patron.

            Charlie, with your permission, I am willing to coordinate, in a simple and straightforward way, matching any of our readers with any priests who would be interested in participating in spiritual adoption. I’d take this task to a separate email address, repeat (for the next month and from time to time) an invitation to participate and then match priests and willing Spiritual Mothers and Fathers.

            The link for the letter from the Congregation for Clergy:
            http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/parents/upload/spiritual-maternity-congregation-fo-clergy.pdf

            Kathleen Beckman’s book:http://www.amazon.com/Praying-Priests-Mission-New-Evangelization/dp/1622822110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447974486&sr=8-1&keywords=Praying+for+priests

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          • charliej373 says:

            Wonderful, Beckita!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I would love to participate!

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        • MarieUrsula says:

          That’s what I’ve thought for quite some time, too.

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        • Kris R. says:

          Beckita, that is my exact opinion too. You summed it up well.

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        • Donette says:

          My thought also, Beckita.

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      • SanSan says:

        I’ve read that Obama was “groomed” to do and be who he is. Others are pulling the strings and always have been. Just the fact that we can’t see any of his college transcripts, not to mention his entire history, shows that someone doesn’t want us to see the truth.

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      • prayingflower says:

        I have always regarded Obama as Kim describes, but I know you know what you’re talking about, Charlie, so I’ll try to go a little easier on him :/ (My last comment posted under my “old” name. The name shows up properly in the reply box but it posted differently. We’ll see what happens with this one.)

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      • Mick says:

        Ego-tripping nimrod or malicious schemer, I just can’t wait until he’s gone.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I have come to believe that there is an Evil Power behind this man and his Political Party! How else can you explain his/their “Allegiance” to unlimited Abortion, Sexual Perversion and BigBro Government in your Home, Church and Face ….. Oh!! and A-OK on casual Drug Use …. Dope Dealers are just Non-Violent Entrepreneurs . Ya Know, Open Borders … ignore the Drug Cartels, Terrorists and all those misguided thieves, rapists, drunk drivers and murderers … otherwise they label you a racist and ….he/they are getting away with it ALL without serious intervention from ANYBODY!!! … Political, Social, Religious!!
        Is there any doubt here that Divine Intervention is required!!???

        GOD SAVE THE USA & ALL HERE!!

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      • tim says:

        Thanks, Charlie, for that personal insight into the man. That is very useful in knowing better what he is about. I’ll increase and tailor my prayers for him based on this information.

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      • Ed Allison says:

        I too have long thought Obama is just a puppet on strings. The real life, Manchurian candidate. I think George Soros is the puppeteer. Obama has been bought and paid for, groomed from an early age by the radical left.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Ed, my read on Soros is that he operates pretty much separately from the shadowy groups behind the Chicago machine or the Clinton family. Obama’s connections are through his wife and Valerie Jarrett, both of whom have close connections with the Chicago machine, and to Christine Lagarde at the IMF who passed through Chicago at one time in the past. As far as I know, Soros does not have strong or possibly any connections with that machine and its dark puppeteers.

          Not being an insider, though, I could very well be wrong on this.

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        • Petra says:

          Ed, I agree with you wholeheartedly that Soros is the puppeteer behind the Obama puppet. Here is an article from the New York Times dated Dec. 5, 2006 reporting that Obama met with Soros and then some “other donors” in Mr. Soros’ offices.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/05/us/politics/05obama.html?pagewanted=print&_r=0

          I read fuller reports of this story at the time and it was reported that after meeting privately with Soros, Obama was led to an adjoining room and introduced to CEO’s and executives of various major international banks. The then Chairman of the American division of UBS (the bank), Robert Wolf, took Obama “under his wing.” Shortly after, Obama declared his candidacy. (Feb. 9, 2007) Robert Wolf was pretty much Obama’s handler until the election, and afterwards golfed with him very frequently. (Hard to set up hidden microphones to eavesdrop on conversations on a golf course.)

          (here’s a link to a PBS report of June 2012 that references Robert Wolf’s relationship with Obama. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/business-economy-financial-crisis/money-power-wall-street/trouble-at-ubs-for-obamas-favorite-banker/)

          I wonder if anyone recalls the very bizarre incident in Sept. 2008, just before the election, when Bush invited the candidates John McCain and Obama to a White House “summit” about the financial crises, where it was reported Obama humiliated McCain, the senior senator, by bluntly asking him:
          “”What do you think of the [insurance] plan, John?” he asked repeatedly. McCain did not answer.
          One Republican in the room said it was clear that the Democrats came into the meeting with a “game plan” aimed at forcing McCain to choose between the administration and House Republicans. “They had taken McCain’s request for a meeting and trumped it,” said this source. ” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/26/AR2008092603957_3.html

          Further stories I saw on this meeting mentioned it was clear Obama was coached and briefed by insiders (bankers) to appear knowledgeable and confident in this meeting, and to embarrass McCain who appeared to flounder.

          There is no doubt in my mind Obama was placed in office for a variety of agendas and takes his direction from the likes of Soros and other power brokers around the world. He was picked, I think, because he was so green and because he is a lightweight, and so doesn’t have any real leadership skills or agenda of his own. To me that means he takes direction well. I know many people leap from here to say it is the New World Order agenda, and so on, and I don’t know that is what it is, but to anyone with a few brain cells working, there is something very fishy about the guy residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

          God bless.

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          • Mick says:

            Excellent comment, Petra, Thanks.

            When my family lived in Illinois, Obama was our senator. Then and now, the sight of him and the sound of his voice nearly make me ill. But I still pray for him (albeit sometimes through clenched teeth).

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          • Bobg says:

            Petra’s comments above show why we need God to intervene to make things better. With our “Useful idiot” politicians largely supported by those with so much power and money what hope do we have apart from God for their removal and change?

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        • Beckita says:

          Lily, I hope I’ve chosen the correct “reply” option to reach close to you.

          I just wish to acknowledge the words of Divine Mercy Himself: (Diary, 1789-1790) “Today I saw the glory of God which flows from the image. Many souls are receiving graces, although they do not speak of it openly. Even though it has met up with all sorts of vicissitudes, God is receiving glory because of it; and the efforts of Satan and of evil men are shattered and come to naught. In spite of Satan’s anger, The Divine Mercy will triumph over the whole world and will be worshiped by all souls.”

          And (caps are my own): (Diary 723) “Today, I heard these words: The graces I grant you are not for you alone, but for a great number of other souls as well… And your heart is My constant dwelling place, despite the misery that you are. I unite Myself with you, take away your misery and give you My mercy. I perform works of mercy in every soul.THE GREATER THE SINNER, THE GREATER RIGHT HE HAS TO MY MERCY. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool.”

          We all have a history and Jesus calls each one of us to be at PEACE in His Mercy. Each of us walking with Him now is living proof He makes all things new. He WANTS us to be at PEACE in HIM, even more than we wish to be at peace. Praying with renewed fervor that each and every one of us, commenters and silent readers alike, are restored and/or secure in the equilibrium of embracing HIS TRUTH that we are forgiven, that the Good Shepherd seeks unceasingly day and night, night and day, to bring all the lost to His Sacred Heart and bind up all our wounds.

          If anyone continues to struggle considering guilt associated with wasted time, we may pray with St. Theresa of Avila: “O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen.”

          Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally!

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          • Frances3 says:

            Perfectly framed, perfectly timed comments deep with insight and blessing. I am grateful and continue to pray for the infinite grace unfolding now in formerly wasted lives, for the years which the locusts have eaten… We will see all the works of death and destruction unravelled into life and true beatitude. Thanks, Charlie, for reminding us that the gifts we are granted may be a burden but also bring the balm of humility and Jesus’ peace in our souls.

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          • snowowl says:

            Beckita, I really love that you posted this!
            “THE GREATER THE SINNER, THE GREATER RIGHT HE HAS TO MY MERCY. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool.”
            For me, this is and always has been one of the most comforting things Jesus said to St. Faustina! How wonderful He is! Every time I read this, I think about how He is all powerful and yet who is more humble, merciful and inviting than this great King we have? Gd bless you!

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      • Josh in IN says:

        For everyone who can’t stand Obama (myself included), I’m reminded of something Charlie said in one of the videos (Birmingham?) about Obama living long enough to repent. If this is the case (and we should all hope it is!), we may be spending a very long time with him. Something to keep in mind as we nominate him for the Worst-Person-Now-and-Forever-Amen Award! 🙂

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        • SteveBC says:

          Josh in IN, in a number of previous comments, Charlie has said that Obama will not finish his term and will not be relevant to public affairs thereafter. I gather from Charlie that he will have a conversion experience much later in life and will apparently see how much opportunity to do good he squandered and how much of the pain and suffering in the Storm was aggravated by what he did do.

          Personally, when I found that out, my reaction was to pity the man. I think I would be crushed by the realizations he will have on how poorly he has done. For a person who comes close to qualifying as a narcissist filled with self-love and not much else, he will probably suffer greatly at that time when he figures out how useless and damaging he has actually been.

          However, I will be glad when he leaves office — one of the benefits of the Storm once it hits in its fullness.

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          • Lily says:

            As a struggling person myself, it is horrible to realize how awful you actually are and have been when all you wanted and meant was for good. To think that somehow Obama was picked from his youth and educated as such is really sad. I think of the things I was misinformed about and the damage that caused. I am glad that he will repent; I’m sure trying to.

            Also, thanks so much for the link on the psstor doing street prayer. That sort of thing is so much on my heart, even 10 years ago.

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      • Diana says:

        I so agree with you, Charlie! God protect us all!!!

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      • A real good business would be to buy Obama for what he is worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth.

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    • Andy says:

      Obama is just a hood ornament on the freight train that is the USA. He is the representation of the evilness and immorality of our Country. We have no moral authority. I try to remind myself I am a Christian 1st not an American First. Being an American will not get you into heaven. Many good Americans are still caught up in this PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN TRANCE. What are they proud of about this country. That we have the freedom to mutilate God’s intention for Man. That we have the freedom to commit genocide in the womb with Tax money. That we have the Freedom to go to Public schools who attempt to re-educate our children that GOD does not exist. I turn my back on the Flag. Most of the people in America are good but confused or sleeping because of the countries terrible Culture and Government. THE USA IS AS MIXED UP AS ANY COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF MAN.

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      • Barb H says:

        Andy,

        I’m heartbroken at what our nation has become. I am so ready for the ‘chemotherapy’ Charlie has spoken of! No matter what course it takes and how difficult it will be I wait for the time I can once again love my country.

        Since 911 I have felt our country spiraling out of control in a last frenzy of evil. Each year surpassing the last in its macabre dance with the devil. Evil is now good, good evil.

        I have felt strangely oppressed with illnesses that had kept me bedridden at times for the past 6 years or so. Spiritually oppressed as well. I often wonder if others are going through similar things. The satan has been attacking me and until recently had no idea that it was indeed the evil one. Now I know it and have been able to crawl my way forward, mindful that I am needed to spiritually support my husband and teen and adult though special need sons, along with my natal family. I’ve been made to understand that I am needed to help my family through all of this because if I don’t they may be lost. They still may be, if I don’t do my part faithfully. Taking care of the state of my own soul has been difficult and I struggle daily. Figuring out how to help my loved ones is a struggle as well as I am a very weak, lazy vessel who has been accustomed to comfort.

        Don’t know why I wrote all of this, but perhaps others are going through similar issues and they can know they are not alone.

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        • JeanE says:

          Barb, I loved your post it was very honest and courageous. God bless you +++! I don’t know if this will help you at all but satan and his minions are terrified of the Blessed Mother- so if they are oppressing you, just start saying a simple Hail Mary and they will flee! I learned this well after many years of dealing with that kind of oppression. My heart goes out to you.

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        • jobrower says:

          WOW, Barb. I don’t comment often, but your contribution is powerful. Thank you. I have been experiencing what you are describing since I abandoned myself to God over thirty years and am eternally grateful to Him for all the trials/crosses He has, in His Mercy and Justice, sent me. Of course I could have never endured or welcomed them if I had not been consecrated to Him through His Mother.

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        • marcyc48 says:

          Barb H,
          Oh how l needed to read your letter, because l feel the same way. About a year ago l moved out of my apartment in HUD subsidized Senior Housing. It was just a simple little place but l had my computer, phone and dog. I said my 3 rosaries each morninhg, went to mass each Sunday and did Bible studies with a Facebook friend half way across the USA. I had my gramdkids visit and spend the night occasionally. All was well in my soul.
          My older sister meanwhile, was floundering in debt, despite my two sons living with her and paying rent.l had promised my parents l would not let my sister lose her house. I moved in with her and the satan began chiping away at my financial and spiritual life. My computer is still not plugged in, despite my paying a $300 cable bill, all the utilities and some of the groceries each month. My room is wall to wall boxes, and for 8 months l slept in a recliner till l bought a hospital bed.My son, who helped me move, has done nothing to help me out. He lies around and smokes pot, despite his chronic lung disease. My health had declined, l have had 2 back surgeries and now l can’t stand long enough to do dishes. My dentures broke when l dropped them on the tile floor and they would cost $1200 to replace and l can’t get financing.
          I practically live in my room. I can barely mention God or the Catholic Church to either son, without causing world war lll. My daughter is sympathetic but has problems of her own being a single mom.
          My sister continues to let my oldest son take her bank card, yet cries she has no money to do anything. She won’t listen to me when l tell her to quit lending him the bank card!.
          Last month l heard Fr. Pacwa mention Charlie’s name on his radio program. I googled his name and started reading his blog each day.I started saying the rosary again. .My daughter got me this tablet so l can once again comnect with my friend in Montana. I brought a big bottle of Holy Water home from church and blessed this house with it. I bought some St. Benedict medals to put under the couch cushions and under matresses. I plan to take a box of salt to church and have my wonderful priest bless it! Anything and everything l can think of to drive the satan away from my family! Oh and i do pray the St Michael prayer each morning,
          I have warned my famiiy about the Storm, my daughtee believes it. My sons really don’t have much to say about it. Maybe when it intensifies, they will realize they need to drop to their kness, repent, get up ànd take the right next step!
          God bless you and again l tank you for making me look at my own situation, not liking what l saw, and thinking long and hard about how l can rectify it!

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      • JeanE says:

        Andy, what you are saying and what we are seeing now is happening all over the world, not just in our Country. America was very blessed by God and had a special gift for the good of the world that she has squandered. The Liar and deceiver has succeeded in causing this crisis now because we abandoned God as a Country…but not all of us! There are great and good, God loving people living in America and all over the world!!!
        The Blessed Virgin has other plans and he has absolutely no power over her or over God and His plan to rescue all of the world…as you know. He is a miserable, ugly and horrid “creature”- and he will be thrown into Hell like the road-kill he is. (I won’t insult squirrels! 😉

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        • Andy says:

          We kill more humans than can be counted. my tax money pays for it, your tax money pays for it. there were good people in Nazi Germany. Could you be a Good proud German Nazi and a Faithful Christian at the same time.

          I was just saying that I think you can no longer be a proud Americana and a faithful Christian at the same time. our government has believed it to be God since they dropped the Bomb on Japan.

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          • snowowl says:

            (formerly JeanE) I hear you Andy. America is about to learn how to kneel before God. Being humbled is always a Grace, a gift, even when it hurts 🙂

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        • jobrower says:

          Amen!

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  13. NancyA says:

    My 22 yo daughter and I were discussing the issue of the refugees from Syria at length yesterday and we agreed that there was a need for mercy, at risk of allowing for entry of bad actors, but that they did not need to be assimilated. They do need to be completely investigated, and perhaps analyzed neuropsychologically, and then they could be kept under a sort of ‘house arrest’ and monitored, similar to the way some political asylum seekers are. Something like a refugee camp IS appropriate, if it could be executed properly, with the large numbers that are being spoken about. I fear that too many are speaking in sound bytes instead of thoughtful consideration of the situation at hand.

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  14. Bob says:

    The state department is not going to allow Christians to be protected from Genocide. I wouldn’t think there is Anti Christian bigotry within our government is there?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I suspect you are being sarcastic.

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      • Bob says:

        Of course, but more seriously the state dept shows a good example of not Judging righteous judgement. Doing right would be to help any we really could who were not a danger to us and who were being persecuted. This administration seems more concerned about same sex couples, transgenders and even Muslims being persecuted than of the Christians. I suppose if we were in power we would need to be concerned for these groups too even if it would be difficult for us to have the same affection for them as we would have for the Christians. This response shows why many of us believe the present leaders are not worthy of having power and as many of our electorate are too stupid to see things clearly God will need to do the acting to remove them from their places when he sees fit.

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    • Andy says:

      Anyone who is pro death is anti-Christian. The USA is as evil as any country in the history of man. The USA just has a better PR department. We call all our wars just, and all our Genocides Woman rights. What a marketing department Satan has created in the USA. We are entitled to Nuclear weapons – but on what moral authority do we have to tell any other country they cannot have Nuclear weapons. If I was Iran or Russia I would look at the USA and say WOW – they are just as bad as us or worst. Look at the things they allow and protect in their country. Who are they to tell me I can’t have a Nuclear Weapon.

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      • Connie says:

        Yes, Crew Dog! Totally agree there is evil power behind Obummer. Now the “ADMINISTRATION” has been saying “it will take Time” to deal with
        ISIS and I think every time I hear that, how much more time do you want ISIS to have to destroy,maim,and kill?????? THere HAS to be evil intelligence behind many of the decisions this administration makes, because the decisions many times lead towards the path of death instead of life.

        PS. Just got a tablet and i am soooo stoked!!!! Now I can type what I want to type instead of what the computer wants to type, and I can scroll thru all the comments at lightening speed so I have realistic hope of catching up again. Also, I think something of heaven must be descending down to earth because you all are such a cut above, as C harlie says with genuine love and good will towards each other, and such edifying comments! Wow, it’s just so delightfully refreshing to be away and return here, I do feel as if a piece of heaven is amongst us. Thank you friends. BTW, has anyone heard from MMBev? I have been gone away for awhile, perhaps I just haven’t seen a recent posting.

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        • Petra says:

          Haven’t seen anything from mmbev for a couple of weeks. She *liked* a few comments but didn’t write anything. It’s been a while. Hope she’s okay, and just really busy serving the Lord. 🙂
          Hey mmbev, if you read this, check in okay?
          God bless.

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  15. This is so profound and a challenge as a pastor that I stay faithful and true to my calling. Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. Sister Dina Marie Egong says:

    Praised be Jesus! Dear Charlie, We are the sisters here in Missouri at Queen of Heaven Solitude, you visited last Sept. Who is this man Menes? That you mentioned in your blog? God Bless you and keep you in His gentle presence! I hope my message will not be posted on your web page.

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    • charliej373 says:

      He will not be revealed until after the Rescue. He will not do much damage, though he will try to deceive many. I think the purpose afterwards is to underline that not everyone who agrees with us is our friend nor is everyone who disagrees with us our opponent.

      I love your ministry!

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  17. elizmeehan says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Just want you to have this information…one, regarding this viral video you should be aware of; and two, just some insight as to why these refugee camps are not being set up as you questioned. Blessings to you and yours, Charlie.

    SOROS ADMITS INVOLVEMENT IN MIGRANT CRISIS: ‘NATIONAL BORDERS ARE THE OBSTACLE’–
    http://www.alipac.us/f12/soros-admits-involvement-migrant-crisis-%91national-borders-obstacle%92-325161/

    Hungary’s Orban: Migrant Invasion Is European Left, American Democrat Plot To Import Left-Wing Voters–http://www.alipac.us/f12/eu-migrant-invasion-left-wing-american-eu-plot-says-hungarys-orban-325384/

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    • Tarja says:

      I’m sad to see this video With open gates on this blog. I would call it propaganda.

      Other matter: link to Pope’s alleged words:
      http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-address-to-romano-guardini-foundation

      Those words are at the end of this article.

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      • Josh in IN says:

        I agree, Tarja. The video ends with a pretty obvious implication that the Jews are the real problem. This tells you everything you need to know about the video.

        It follows classic the propaganda technique of making a good (largely emotional) case for the most part and then injecting poison in what’s left. In this video, we see a good presentation of the crisis, but we get the poison of 1) these refugees are animals and 2) this is probably a Jewish plot.

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      • kris says:

        The video was interesting. How much is put together for propaganda I really would have no idea. Yet, the pictures are real of something going on, where? how much? Who knows. Does it matter, I would definitely say YES! Even one riot, one threat by masses of people is significant. I was watching a video that took place here in US at Dartmouth College with a group of students that were moving through the library where other students were studying. The students moving through were chanting Black Lives Matter. The video showed other students either leaving or sitting quietly trying to stay calm. One of the chanters put her face into that of another student who was sitting down, shouting at him asking, Do you think Black Lives Matter? The young lady shouted several times demanding an answer. The thought ran through my mind, how scary that must have been. The obvious threat was there. There are many sources on the radio and national talk show hosts like Sean Hannity that have had guests on in the last week that speak of all the things that were in this video going on in Europe. One of the phrases that was used was a rape culture in Sweden. The rationale used was that men of muslim religion have the right according to their religion to take women by force, use them and dispose of them. The police were having a hard time dealing with this in Sweden because they did not want to disrespect the Muslim religion. I ask, how can we as Christians not confront what is a horrible act of violation? Here in the US we are learning of dignity killings of muslim women, children because they had done something that was not allowed by the muslim faith and the husband/father had the right to execute them! Once catholic friend of mine who recently moved back to Denver stated to me that he did not have a problem with Sharia law being recognized by our courts for the muslim people because it was their right to be judged by their religious policies, not ours. The logic of these examples is the tip of the iceberg where we would see the light of reason fade away with the light of western civilization.
        Reason, the rule of law , although never perfect are being overrun by sectarian needs. Europe is dying out because of its own choice to contracept/abort themselves out of existence. Is the United States far behind? Mrs. Merkel knows this too well. I would propose the risk of letting in culturally opposing dynamics on this scale is a desperate attempt on Europes part of keep the future of their countries alive. Yes, that may work as long as the culture is not taken down being replaced by a theocracy that does not recognize Natural Law/human law and the linked but separate relation with Divine Law. St. Thomas Aquinas spent a lot of time on these issues and the culture we live in depends on these distinctions. I have been pondering the history of the fall of Rome and the invasion of the many barbaric tribes that flocked over Europe afterward. Mayhem, death, destruction was common. Slowly the Catholic Church converted these people but not before much slavery, murders had taken place. The amazing concept of the monasteries arising all over Europe to bring law and order back, this time incarnated by the universal morals of Christianity is what we call Western Civilization. Pope Benedict Emeritus warned us of this while still Pope. Is this what we will face again? Will we have the great saints/martyrs that will give their lives to convert the muslim people? I am not so sure I would right this all off as propaganda. I shiver at the sight of not only this video but of the students marching on campuses in our own country, communities rioting and killing police in violent protests . I think there is far more things to consider from this video. Sorry I took so much time to respond.

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        • Connie says:

          Our nation has become fat, lazy,arrogant, and forgotten God because of the very wealth that God has blessed us with. We all are guilty of wasting our talents or hiding them and thankfully, as Beckita reminds us, we can still ask our Infinitely Merciful Lord to turn our wasteminto fruit. We will spend our eternity thanking, praising, and adoring the Triune God for These undeserved gifts.

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  18. Hi Charlie!! God bless!! I’m still reading everything…..just not commenting as often.
    I saw the above comment on mr. M You say he won’t be revealed until after the rescue…..and that he won’t do much damage. My question is…..what happens to those who were deceived by him? If after the rescue of Our Lady…..won’t people KNOW that God is real and HIS Mother has been sent to us? Why would people follow someone else? I expect it’s because of lies and people will again doubt. Sounds like mr. M will try to undo good that will be going on. GRRRR! Will there be chatisements after the rescue ? The reason I’m asking now is that if mr. M is going to pop up after the rescue……and he will do damage …..sadly to souls……it seems like there will be some reprocutions for that. Thanks Charlie!!
    God bless you always!!!

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  19. Becky-TN says:

    God Bless, Charlie.

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  20. Katherine says:

    I love all of this. Very nice. I was reading something Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote, it came up on my facebook feed. He mentioned that Muslims have a special devotion to Mary, in a way. They don’t recognize her as the mother of God, but of having a station above all women. Above, even, the prophet Mohammad’s daughter: Fatima. I know! Cool, huh? Archbishop Sheen went on to say that Mohammed wrote, after the death of his beloved daughter that she would be the greatest of all women in heaven, except for Mary. Sheen wrote that it is through Mary that He believes the Muslims will be converted, for they already revere her, and He was sure that through this, some day, She would rescue them from Islam and bring them to Her Son. He advised evangelizing them through their devotion to Our Lady, that eventually they would see that what they know of her was originally taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke, and that she could not possibly be the greatest in heaven if she was not also the Mother of God. It was such an interesting article. It was called “The Power of Islam” written in 1952.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Yes, Katherine, I’ve heard the same thing. I think Charlie may have commented on this some months ago. Other people have noted the connection to Mary through Fatima.

      From the various stories I have heard about visitations to muslims, it appears to me that Jesus is visiting the muslim men to initiate their conversion process, while Mary is appearing to muslim women to initiate their conversion. Someone who had studied this said that the average time from first visitation to actual conversion by baptism is about 5 years, which seemed long to me. However, given how difficult and dangerous it is for muslims to convert, and given that I gather most of the time the muslims visited have no idea who the visiting “person” is until later, I guess it’s not all that surprising.

      In a book she wrote, one missionary gave examples of muslim men who were belligerent to her, only to find that these men had received visitations and had become uncertain about their commitment to Islam. Their uncertainty led them to challenge her or to be belligerent. Other men became withdrawn or closed down while they wrestled internally with the challenge of being visited. So outward attitude is not necessarily an effective way to judge a muslim man’s internal state.

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    • marlonancy says:

      He dedicates a whole chapter on this in his book THE WORLDS FIRST LOVE, MARY MOTHER OF GOD.
      I love Blessed Fulton Sheen. There are many of his talks on youtube. Very prophetic. .

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  21. Denise says:

    Charlie, I read an article today about a pastor who happens to be in Paris during this crisis. When I read what he had to say and what he is doing, it made me think of your “next right step.” He acknowledged God, did the next right step right in front of him and has been a sign of hope to the people of Paris, all by going door-to-door asking people to pray and holding public prayer. Here’s a link to the article: http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/11/17/nyc-pastor-going-door-door-and-leading-services-paris-hungry-prayer

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  22. YongDuk says:

    So after the squirrel comments of the last few pages due to Michael Patrick’s gift to us and independent of him thinking me an old coot, I come to realize that I may have to stand before God someday and account for why the squirrel became the symbol of the NRS Remnant over and above the beautiful symbol of the ICTHYS [ἰχθύς]. I am happily slightly neurotic and in that the Lord keeps me humble and hidden. I stand up for the Truth, but then always question if I did the right thing the right way and pray that whatever I did is changed for the best (much like the roadkill being transformed into the NRS Christmas ornament).

    With all brotherly love, I ask please pray for the Bishops of the world. You all may have no idea how narcissistic they can become in their Office not the sense of self-inflation and self-aggrandisement, but in the sense of self-preservation at the expense of not pondering the effects of their decisionstuff upon the Flock.

    They need our prayers, as it is in my heart to say, as without them our Families through the Storm will not be rejuvenated with new Priests unless miraculously. As do I…

    Perhaps as you hang your squirrels and every time you look at them, you would pray not only for the NRS Family, but the Bishops of the World to be holy and humble Fathers to the Flock!

    In Pace Christi,
    +Young Duck

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    • JeanE says:

      ” I am happily slightly neurotic and in that the Lord keeps me humble and hidden. I stand up for the Truth, but then always question if I did the right thing the right way and pray that whatever I did is changed for the best (much like the roadkill being transformed into the NRS Christmas ornament).”
      I just loved this 🙂 it’s a gem!

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    • NancyA says:

      My little dog (a tiny Russian Bolonka) has only a few toys that are made to withstand his innate desire to dismember and disembowel them. One, his favorite, is a squirrel. I will have ample opportunities now to remember to pray for the Bishops, and I will remember your exhortation! (I will NOT be putting a squirrel in the Christmas décor. Sorry.)

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      • Beckita says:

        LOL, Nancy! You have mastered the art of compromising without being the least bit compromising.

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      • YongDuk says:

        NancyA, while heartened by your story of your tiny Russian bologna dog, I am just as disheartened that in these dark days of trouble that the 勇德 of squirrel feng-shui [ 風水 ] shan’t be present in this time of festal joy in your home.

        Embraced by Charlie and us lesser sherpas, consider what the squirrel represents: Food. Clothing. Character.

        Perhaps your “ba humbug” can be turned into the Joy of the new Christmas of the Storm and impending Rescue.

        Perhaps you could enlist Kruse Solutions to spread Holiday Cheer of the Divine Mercy under the humble and happily slightly neurotic sign of the squirrel to the Glory of God and our Joy.

        Be assured of my prayers; squirrels are nice, put a Squirrel in your Tree today!

        +Yong Duk

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        • Doug says:

          Great YD. As I ponder the squirrel more, this is good symbolism and a good sign for the storm as squirrels are known for carefully gathering and preparing for the long winters. May we prayerfully gather and prepare spiritually and temperally with great discernment and prudence as the storm approaches with furry, I mean fury. 🙂

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        • Connie says:

          Ya’ll are making me laugh so hard, I am crying. YD, Ilove your playful banter of words with NancyA, and it all starts with bologna…

          I was telling my husband who had returned from deer hunting(who will only half listen and only during commercials) THAT I MUST HAVE MISSED QUITE Q LOT WHEN I BEGAN READING(sorry, hit the cap ans i am NOT going to retype this!) about cavemen wearing squirrel speedos and really one can never tell where this lively group will end up conversatin’ only to realize husband had fallen asleep and i was conversatin’ by my self. Oh well, I am still amused. Carry on.

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          • Kim sevier says:

            So sorry I have to do another squirrel post but we were watching Green Bay / Minnesota game today and a squirrel sprinted across the field in the middle of the game. He was really fast! Yesterday my son brings out a squirrel puppet. Crazy!

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    • Beckita says:

      With all due respect for a not-so-young-duck anymore, YD, I’m going to conjecture, without absolute proof, that this savvy group of NRSers are painfully aware of, “… how narcissistic they (our poor bishops in need of prayer) can become in their Office not the sense of self-inflation and self-aggrandisement, but in the sense of self-preservation at the expense of not pondering the effects of their decision stuff upon the Flock.”
      Nevertheless, thank you for calling us to pray for the bishops of the world. They have certainly been on my prayer radar for the last twenty-five years as I ask Our Lady to procure graces of holy boldness for each one.

      About the squirrels… You remind me of Eve. MP is responsible for taking us to new appreciation for nature as analogous for so many life lessons. You, Dear YD, stand alone by injecting road kill into the discussion. And when you, and you alone, first brought up the “dead squirrel” I must have giggled all night long at any remembrance of your most serious report of the beauteous bike ride with the stinky squirrel d.e.a.d. ahead. I am just SO, not just slightly, neurotically happy you didn’t leave us way back when we first met you here.

      Onward! We pray for holy, humble, bishops and you, please, carry us in your priestly heart to the altar.

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      • Doug says:

        Yes YD. I am grateful you are here with your keen insight into different things.

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      • NancyA says:

        chuckle, chuckle, chuckle. And amen.

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      • Well, I just think it’s a good change up when so many are struggling with various relationships, events… and so many other worries. Fighting with a family member? Irritated by politicians? Pursing your lips at the way other folks practice their faith? Then get outdoors (or whatever your equivalent) in the fresh air and sunshine for a bit. Observe, interact, rest, breathe… live. If nothing else, you’ll find many good examples of other creatures doing precisely what God designed them to do (oh, yea, He’s there too). I also like it for the remedial training and deliberation.

        I found my ornament (you know… that critter Doug vowed not to discuss further but couldn’t resist). Mine is outfitted in fly fishing gear, complete with a little rod and a basket of fish. How do you like them apples, YD!? That replaces the first one I got which actually did look like a dog toy, but I think I’ll just keep that one and put it on the tree for NancyA.

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  23. Julie says:

    Charlie, your article challenging each of us in the church to be true, really convicted me. I could see myself being and doing everything wrong in capable of little good. It truly is a narrow road with much grace to the church. Yesterday, after prayer time yesterday I journaled this:
    “Jesus told Luisa Picarretta. that He went ahead of us only to meet us right in the middle of where we are. My problem is that I have lost my sense of self. I pray for souls everyday for 2-3 hours. I know myself to be capable of every sin ever committed. I know myself to be LOVE. 
    Because Jesus said we are “all one in Him” and in each other, we can cover each other in His Precious Blood and ask for forgiveness for young men determined to kill themselves and all “infidels”, for mothers who bring drug exposed babies into the world and then forget them, for men who traffic in human souls.  They all could be me or my son had we been born in another place or part of the world. We can bless those “terrorists” and “terrible people” with all the gifts in our Abba’s Divine Treasury. We pray this amazing concept during Holy Mass when the priest spills drops of water into the wine before the consecration “by the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the Divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share in our humanity. ” in scripture it says Jesus “became sin” that He might nail our sin, once and for all, to the cross where our robes (our earthly lives) become washed white in His blood. 

    So you see, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we ARE MISERABLE CLUMPS OF NOTHING and we are also THE BELOVED OF THE LORD!!! We are LIVING HOSTS TO ONE ANOTHER!! What nobility we are, dressed in His Blood, ADORNED WITH HIS WOUNDS! Our Abba sees His Son when He sees us, who are nothing but misery dressed in the Holiness of our Savior. So you also see we, who know ourselves to be walking right there, alongside the “most horrible of sinners”, are also sitting in the lap of our most Sacrosanct Abba, with only the garment of our Savior’s Blood protecting us from annihilation by His very gaze. It is a most troubling and exhilarating predicament. I find the experience very unsettling, wanting it to be an “either or” situation, when in fact, it is “both and”.  The remedy for what ails me: listening, allowing and cooperating.”

    And then minutes ago I read from a book called “THE THREE WAYS OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE which I found on EWTN” about exactly what you wrote except it provides an apt description of what we should look like as “church”:

    “Every Christian community, then, must conform to the example of
    the infant Church. What must we learn from her?

    To be of but one heart and one soul, and to banish all divisions
    amongst us. To work for the extension of the kingdom of God in the
    world, despite the difficulties with which we are confronted. To
    believe firmly and practically in the indefectibility of the
    Church, which is always holy, and never ceases to give birth to
    saints. Like the early Christians we must bear with patience and
    love the sufferings which God sends us. Let us with all our hearts
    believe in the Holy Spirit who never ceases to give life to the
    Church, and in the Communion of Saints. ”
    Thanks Charlie for the guidance YOU are providing to us, the church, in real time. I say that true. Julie

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  24. eightlambs says:

    http://www.romancatholicman.com/march-the-ark-for-paris/
    I got this from a dear friend…..and think it is important enough to share.
    Peace be to all.

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  25. Ed Allison says:

    I am conflicted, with regard to the refugees. The Syrian conflict has been raging for 5 years. Why the sudden swarm of refugees? I watched that video mentioned above, that supposedly has been deleted from several popular video sites. It shows, IMO, an invading force coming into Europe as a high percentage of the refugees are young men. I understand that a video can be made to present just about anything, in any way. It can be used as a propaganda tool. But if that video isn’t real, why has it (supposedly) been deleted from the usual outlets? I just don’t know.
    On the other hand, I see the Knights of Columbus doing work to help the refugees. I see comments attributed to the Holy Father saying that we must help the refugees. I have not done any digging myself to see if Pope Francis was quoted accurately. But the last thing I want to do is help to welcome terrorists into my country or state! I have seen a map of cities that have already (supposedly) taken refugees and a city about 25 miles from me is listed as having received 50. I do not live in a state whose governor is refusing to take refugees.

    So, again, I say that I am conflicted. I do not know what to think, or do. I pray for God’s will to be done, and for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

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    • jotaperro says:

      I agree that it is confusing. I too am conflicted. Regarding the video, I don’t know of any specifics about media outlets pulling it, but I know why I would pull it: it ends (last minute of the video) with a 5 year-old clip from an otherwise obscure Jewish academic (Barbara Lerner Spectre) talking about Jews leading Europe in becoming “multicultural.” The juxtaposition of this clip with the preceding video is a clear message that “the Jews” are orchestrating this migrant crisis. So, I would pull it because I think Jew-hatred is poisonous and disgusting. It contains a lot of “real” footage, but it’s deceptive and anti-Semitic. The Barbara Spectre clip is a favorite of the anti-Semitic crowd. Search youtube for her name and you’ll see.

      You can also go here for an interesting look at the video’s creation and viral spread: http://www.snopes.com/2015/11/17/disturbing-muslim-refugee-video/

      As things get worse, I think it will become more and more important that we vet our sources. The wolves in sheep’s clothing are not always on the other side of the political divide.

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    • monica0333 says:

      Hello Ed,

      I’m not at all confused about the refugees coming into the US. In the beginning of this crisis I used to think we should take them in here for that would be the right thing to do because we are Christians and helping our brothers and sisters is what Jesus told us what we must do. This point is a fact of our faith for you and I – but it is not true for our government -especially a government whose leader prides himself on taking our money to kill a helpless unborn child in the womb at the hand of someone, in my opinion who is actually worse than Islamic terrorists because the babies cannot defend themselves. And to make matters worse, a government who tries to coerce other countries into doing the same to their unborn by bribing them with our tax dollars. In the words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, “Christendom is dead in America – 1973”.

      The refugees who are seen in the news, in video, and in pictures are mostly men. If our government officials actually cared about them, they could set up refugee sites away from ISIS. These refugee men who are of fighting age should go and fight against ISIS to gain back their lives for their wives and children in their own countries. Why should we do their fighting and dying for them?

      Common sense has ceased to exist in this country of political correctness and I for one am getting tired. I’m a compassionate person and I love everyone, but we must draw the line on our borders. In Ex 34:24 God tells Moses “For I will cast out nations before you, and enlarge your borders; neither shall any man desire your land…” And again in Josh 13:23 “And the border of the people of Reuben was the Jordan as a boundary.” Borders were placed on us for our sake by our Creator from the beginning for our good so that we could worship Him in peace. Therefor, I have no problem refusing the refugees whether they are Christian or Muslim. They should stay in their own country and fight with our help with their own men, again with the help of our military jets in the air, not on the ground.

      I believe that if Obama would get out of the way, our military led coalition would win this non-existent war against ISIS in a few short weeks by bombing them and their oil and fuel supply. God bless you. M

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  26. Charlie, you might be interested in the graphic they use at National Geographic! The number of alleged visions of the Blessed Mother are off the charts since the 1950’s. Someone is trying togged our attention! God bless you and your mission! Fr. Steve

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151113-virgin-mary-sightings-map/

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  27. Donette says:

    Charlie, Sister Dina’s question to you on “who is Menes?” Could he be one and the same as Maitreya that is all over the internet as they prepare for his coming?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have said I will not reveal the identity of who I have seen as Menses.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Good morning!
        May Our Lady of Tepeyac help us.
        In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
        By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; we ask you Lord that bishops, priests, pastors and rabbis may guide us through our faith, and care for and protect Your people. May they both guard their own prestige while living as servants. May theologians make the glass through which we see You, Lord, a little less dark. May prophets, those who hear the voice of God, be a profound source of hope to many. May contemplatives live prayer constantly, pausing only to offer help or consolation to one in need. May all our devotions be offered with complete humility and love. May we all serve to love and to build up our fellows. We ask for the intercession of all holy men and women of God. Thank you for hearing our prayer.  Thy will be done.  Amen.
        We give it over to God entirely with trust.
        In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
        Happy Wednesday! –Jane

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  28. MarieUrsula says:

    Wow. If you’ll indulge me, here is something my 28-year-old nephew, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, posted on Facebook a few hours ago. Earlier today (tho I don’t think he’s had a chance to read it) I spoke with him on the phone and sent him the transcript of Charlie’s Birmingham talk. My nephew wrote this. Thank God for members of the young generation (pardon some of the “Marines” language 😉 ):

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Looks like the full content wasn’t included, which is okay. Suffice to say that my nephew gets it.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I cleared everything you sent. Did you include a link? If so, it didn’t come through to me.

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        • MarieUrsula says:

          Thanks, Charlie. Maybe it was my formatting when I copied and pasted. Here it is again with different formatting (BTW, he generated a remarkable number of comments pro and con his position, which he handled with poise and grace):

          If the American people are going to sit there, cross their arms and say “we shouldn’t be in Iraq” or “we shouldn’t be in Afghanistan” or “we shouldn’t get involved in Syria,” then why do we suddenly feel compelled to raise such a huge fuss about states that refuse Syrian refugees? Why all of a sudden does it become our burden? Why, WHY, are people so intent on protecting the innocence of the Islamic population in the US as a whole when hundreds of thousands of violent, extremist Muslims walk the earth and carry out countless acts of violence against innocent civilians? Why do we defend their innocence when they don’t take a more active and vocal stance against the violence committed by those claiming to live under the same banner? Why do we place such an emphasis on protecting the innocence of a group of people from which terrible people can find obscurity and anonymity, and slip into a country under the guise of seeking safety so that they can position themselves to strike truly innocent civilians? Why are we so quick to ignore the dangers of leaving our borders wide open and allow such minimal processing for people to come in, particularly when a large percentage of the nation in which they are coming from are hostile towards us? Why are we swallowing this facade of liberal humanity, hook line and sinker and assuming that we are doing ANYONE a service by leaving ourselves even more exposed to violence? Why all of a sudden does the media explode with stories around the so-called injustice and so-called discrimination of American people exercising their right to the safety and the integrity of the borders put in place to keep bad people from wandering our streets and attacking at will? All this is is a ploy from the Democratic Party to appear altruistic towards minorities, towards the “victims” of a war none of them gave a hoot about two weeks ago. All this is is the liberal press attempting to appear righteous by sensationalizing the matter of our border. Now that the world has its attention on the violence in France, they are positioning the story to find validation for their messiah, St. Obama and his blameless administration, and to give liberals an excuse, 5 years from now, to justify the (covert) operations he has been taking in Syria for years. Not only did we bomb the bad guys in Syria but now we are so sincere in wanting to help them find security in our own borders, too. Right. Just in case anyone forgot, Obama is the one who decided to withdraw our troops from the “unfavorable” occupation of Iraq, and in doing so has lifted our foot from the head of a very violent snake. The Democratic Party has allowed attack after attack, both in the US and throughout our outposts around the world. They’ve lifted the restraints on Iran and their capabilities to produce the weapons they vow to use against our allies, they sat back and washed their hands of the tragedy in Benghazi, they’ve left Iraqis to be slaughtered by ISIS, they’ve allowed the Kurds to be attacked by Turkey, they’ve withheld intelligence from France about an ISIS presence and impending attack, they’ve politicized gun violence to attempt to take away our ability to protect ourselves, they’ve done NOTHING about the blatant violence against law enforcement and sat back and let the flames of racism grow and devour entire communities, they’ve lied, they’ve stolen, they’ve hidden the truth in every manner, they seek to impose Socialism, enable unqualified and unmotivated people under the false flag of “empowerment,” taught our young generations that it’s ok to take what’s not theirs, that they should be given whatever they want for free, regardless of the cost to others, they’ve reached into our wallets, our hospitals, our homes and our hearts and spewed nothing but lies, hatred towards “the white man and his Christian church” and taught us to ignore the silence of the Muslim people towards the cowardice and constant violence carried out under the name of their prophet, and they’ve taught us to lick up the words of the media like a spoonful of sugar, to shut up and raise our fists to fight for whatever cause they will us to fight. Dear God, people, open your eyes, your ears, your hearts, your minds but not to let yourself be swayed or swallowed in the sea of political-emotional power plays, but to see that what you call “freedom” is really just a choke collar around your throat, a blindfold over your eyes and those stepping stones to your success are really just the backs of those that don’t get the same favoritism by the liberal government as you do. Otherwise a day of reckoning will come when the true patriots will say their piece and you’ll find that you were either misled before or attempt to stand in the way of those brave men and women who are filled with the same blazing fire that inspired us to declare our independence in 1776. Because I’m telling you, this country you’re in, the one you’re in the process of stealing? It belongs to me and millions of Americans much more pissed off and ready to actually fight, and have already fought, for something, mind, body, and soul than you are.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks Marie. I edited out a few expletives. But folks, I have gotten several such agitated letters from members of our military, particularly young ones. Their lives are on the line, they are given terrible rules of engagement that put them at much greater peril, and morale is bad – not because of the fight they are in, but because of the leash they are on. Sadly, we have treated our troops like pawns. I have heard several high-ranking military men say that morale has never been so bad in their career.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, I feel very strongly the same way. It is difficult for me to want to shake the hand of a soldier and say thank for defending our country when I do not believe our country is being defending by the Commander-In-Chief. I almost would rather say I am so sorry that you are in this position and give them a hug of condolence. Of course the United States of America that I was born into no longer exists. Our hope and promise is that we will be more united in ways like never before after the Recue. Praise be to God and the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

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          • Mick says:

            God bless your nephew, MarieUrsula. Wow! He really does get it.

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          • JeanE says:

            Amen! Today I turned on the news for a minute and in the first few seconds I hear about a football/soccer game between the Turks and Greece- they call for a moment of silence to remember Paris and those who died – immediately the entire stadium erupts in BOOING and yelling and they continued it for the whole time and beyond. Am I to understand now that these 1000’s of Muslims in the stadium are OK with what the so-called terrorists did? There was an entire stadium filled with Terrorist sympathizers???..or were they just regular Muslims? Talk about sending a confusing message to the world! What a mess this is!
            Sweden just went on high alert..something is happening there now.
            I LOVE our military and pray dearly for them! Lord have Mercy!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, Marie. Praying for your nephew and all our troops!

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          • Marie,

            The “blazing fire that inspired us to declare our independence in 1776” is still alive, in what’s left of these United States and as someone who proudly served in the Marine Corps I sympathize with your nephew, who like all Marines is my brother for life. It is truly disgusting and incredibly aggravating to witness what the “president” and the progressive marxist establishment (political and media) has done and continues to do to our military and our nation in general.

            For twelve years (1988-2000) I was blessed to have a very close relationship with Fr. John Hardon, S.J. (now Servant of God) who said many times (both publicly and privately) that “Unless we recover the zeal and the spirit of the first century Christians—unless we are willing to do what they did and to pay the price that they paid, the future of our country, the days of America are numbered”.

            He used to tell my father and me that if things didn’t change, eventually there would be blood on the streets of America and that much of it would be “Catholic blood.” That was in the late 80’s and 90’s … and we know things have only become worse. Exactly where we are headed regarding a “day of reckoning” in America is from all appearances headed in that direction.

            Yes, there may come a day when once again, we have to physically fight for our survival on our own streets. But until that day comes, we must fight spiritually with the same zeal and spirit of the first century Christians, using the weapons that God Himself has given us, remembering what St. Paul wrote: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

            So mindful of the fact that all any of us have is this Present Moment I want to share (or help “deploy” if you will) an extremely powerful weapon that I hope you and your nephew and millions of other Christian American’s will use every day. It comes from the mouth of God Himself, communicated through his “Secretary” St. Faustina:

            In 1933: +Today Jesus said to me, I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.”

            In 1937: Today I heard a voice in my soul: Oh, if sinners knew My mercy, they would not perish in such great numbers. Tell sinful souls not to be afraid to approach Me; speak to them of My great mercy. The Lord said to me, The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.

            So there it is … We are facing terrible problems because of sinners in need of conversion and our Lord has given us a “most pleasing” prayer for their conversion that is “always heard and answered” as long as we offer that prayer with “a contrite heart and with faith” on their behalf.

            O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

            It’s truly up to each of us to respond with TRUST (Total Reliance Upon Saving Truth).

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            Thanks for your prayers, everyone. He is an idealistic young man, a Christian, with various talents. My prayer is that he and people like him will be among those to help get us all through The Storm and into a beautiful future with God.

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          • vkmir3 says:

            With your permission, Marie Ursula, I would like to share what your nephew wrote with my family and friends. I have a nephew who has served two tours in Afghanistan and his wife, my niece, is also a member of the Armed Forces. I know that they feel the same way. My heart is encouraged by this writing and I will keep him and all those who serve our country in my prayers that they may be encouraged and fortified by the grace of God.

            I also just read Mark Mallet’s recent writing entitled “Our Lady of the Cab Ride.” He is, as always, right on. It is a must-read, I believe, as it goes right along with what Charlie has been writing for us.

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          • Petra says:

            Kruse: My father went to confession a year before his death after I had been praying that prayer for him for about two years. My father was a good man, an honest man, a solid faithful husband and father. He went to Mass every Sunday, but hadn’t gone to Communion in 50 years since he hadn’t gone to confession in 50 years. I did not judge him or even speak to him about this. At age 85, in the hospital with a serious GI bleed, a priest came in and apparently offered the Sacraments (Confession, Communion and Sacrament of the Sick) and my dad took the offer.
            When I arrived in the late morning that day, as I came in he began to cry (my father! I only saw him cry one other time in my life, and that was when my brother died of leukemia.) and blurted out to me through his tears, “I went to Confession!”
            A day or so later the GI bleed stopped on it’s own (they were thinking he was going to die of it) and he came home. My brother said he often heard my dad praying during the night. My dad passed away of a heart attack one year and one day after his GI bleed started.
            So I know from my own personal experience what St. Faustina heard from Our Lord is true. I say this same prayer nightly for those I love who are far from God, and for some politicians by name. Thank you for relating this critical prayer God wishes us to use to help those far from Him.
            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Beautiful Petra! So beautiful.

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          • Petra says:

            Doug: God is so good. He doesn’t lie, and He keeps His promises. If we all only had more Faith.
            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank God for God!

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            vkmir3 ~ Of course, share. It’s out there in public now for anyone to find. God bless your nephew and niece (and you!).

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  29. kris says:

    Charlie, I have no idea what your answer about Menes means. I supposed after the rescue that man’s eyes would be open to the Divine Will and someone like Menes would be no more. What do you mean by the purpose afterwards?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I say he is allowed to thrive now and be revealed at the Rescue so that those who cheered him without looking for the fruit will know that not everyone who agrees with them is their friend nor everyone who disagrees with them, their enemy.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Revelation 12:
        1 And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
        2 she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.
        3 And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads.
        4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth;
        5 she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,
        6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

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      • kris says:

        Awh! gotcha. Makes sense now.

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  30. Cloe Roesler says:

    Charlie, I have a question about a previous post. Judge righteous judgement — I think you mean something other than judging righteously, but I’m not getting it. Can you help me?

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  31. Tarja says:

    We talk here about confusion….but I want to offer you a moment of harmony. I heard this Russian spiritual song today, it is called Glory to God for everything! It has most beautiful lyrics of human suffering and joy. And Russian photos…

    With love, Tarja

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    • prayingflower says:

      Oh, this just makes this life so much more beautiful, doesn’t it? Thank you, Tarja, for transporting me to Another World. Praise be to God for music!!! Praying for you and all around you, Tarja. Stay strong in Jesus and Mary. They’re loving you so much, my sister.

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    • NancyA says:

      so lovely. thank you!

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    • marlonancy says:

      So beautiful. .. thank you

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    • Beckita says:

      Ethereal music, Tarja. Thank you.

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      • Tarja says:

        Specially for you, Beckita!

        This nun, choir conductor, lost her husband (in divorce) and now she is a nun and a great church musician. Her husband and music (and of course children) were the most important things for her before BUT now: God and music. I have seen a film about her life, in Russian.

        It’s interesting that this song is called “One the most important thing”.

        Tarja

        P.S. Sorry about those texts, this clip is taken from the movie.

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        • Beckita says:

          Tears streaming… Gratitude swelling… Thank you, Tarja! Such beauty! Both the music and images can bring us to dream of the New Tomorrow: the light of the church shining in the darkness illustrates that the Church will be reunited and resplendent… the baby being baptized foreshadows the many baptisms to come as the Rescue is underway… the wonder of the baby being raised high as a new creation in Christ brings to mind we will be one flock under one shepherd… families worshipping while surrounding their babies with love bespeaks the strengthening of the family, the domestic Church, in the age to come… the sunlight breaking through the clouds over the church calls us to remember Christ’s Light will never be diminished in this Storm… the priest praying with crucifix in hand reminds us the priestly life will again be widely revered and renewed in holiness… the sisters wearing their habits will profess these are garments proclaiming the treasure of Christ’s Love poured out in religious life… the burning candles held by each one in the church convey that each life was created for God’s Own Purpose and we shall value each and every person as we rebuild our civilization… woven throughout are the dynamic expressions of the nun, living out her calling, step by step, just as we all are as we do the little each one of us can do, even now.

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          • Tarja says:

            I am glad you enjoyed it! And you could wonderfully crasp it’s content… New aspects for me to ponder. My tears are streaming, too, when I listen it. It’s from Another World as prayingflower said about the other song. I have got so much from you all when reading these comments and these songs were my gift to you, Mother of God gave me the idea, I think.

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  32. barb129 says:

    Thank you for reposting this, Charlie….much needed.
    Has anyone heard from Bev lately? She has popped into my thoughts the last two mornings during my prayertime…I’m hoping she is well. I miss her here…

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  33. Michael says:

    Thank you Beckita & Mick .just read that link from the holy father .So true & so sad that Europe has , since then moved even further away from it’s true selves & values .
    Have also been wondering that while all the bombing’s & shooting’s in this past month have happened , where is the United States?Has it lost it’s voice?is it afraid of reprisal ?
    The only strong voice I can hear is coming from Russia.Who say & do exactly what say they will do .I would trust Russia’s above any European leader right now .I for one think politicians will never change the world but that prayer will but in this time of conflict we need a strong voice and for now I’m happy with Russia being that strong voice .
    God bless you all again
    By the way Mick .Hope you like I are praying daily to our name sake?😀

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    • Beckita says:

      Michael, I personally believe the voice of America has been lost by design yet we take heart for everything will soon be upended and then rebuilt with God at the center of our lives.

      But he told them, “You see all these things, don’t you? I tell all of you with certainty, there isn’t a single stone here that will be left standing on top of another. They will all be torn down.” (Matthew 24:2)

      If you haven’t yet had a chance to do so, please take a look at the Birmingham dinner video. (Just go to the black navigation bar at the top of this page and access it by clicking on “Visit Videos.”) There is also a transcript of the recording for those who prefer that style of intake for processing. The contents of the talks as well as question and answer time will give you a solid overview of what is transpiring and what is to come. Ultimately, we’re all practicing the gold standard for the Storm: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

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      • Michael says:

        Thank you Beckita ,will have a look at that later .Sorry my response & post’s are somewhat late,operating in a different time zone from you guys.God bless you all & wait in anticipation for God to make all things new as you do.

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    • Mick says:

      Michael, my youngest son (who is 6 today) and I say the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at night before I tuck him into bed.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I find myself talking to St Michael and St George a lot these days myself ………… I ask among other things to make sure my Guardian Angel, DA, has got plenty of reinforcements On-Call. DA is gettin’ old too … Ya Know 😉

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Beckita says:

        Prayers ascending for your little Michael, Mick. Can you hear the strains of “Happy Birthday” billowing eastward?

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        • Mick says:

          Hee hee, Beckita! I was sitting here, trying to figure out why you and Barb think my son’s name is Michael (it’s actually Anthony). But then I re-read my comment and started to laugh myself silly. I was attempting to use “Michael” as a direct address to our new friend from across the pond. But the way I wrote my comment, it looks like Michael is my kid’s name. Ha!

          True story, though: When Joseph, our third child, was born, the hospital put me on Vicadin even though I told them not to give me any morphine-related pain meds (I’m allergic to morphine and all of the related meds). Well, it totally messed up my memory for 6 weeks, during which I constantly referred to Joseph as Michael… which was odd because it’s not a name that we even considered for Joseph

          Thank you for the prayers for my little ankle-biter. And yes, I can hear “Happy Birthday” wafting in on the 22-mph winds that have been blowing all day (from the west, no less). 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh My Goodness, Mick! That is funny… about Anthony’s name, that is… not about the wicked reaction to the morphine-related drug. I’m not on any medications and I still call my three granddaughters by the wrong name ALL THE TIME. (Oh well! Sign of greater things to come!)

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      • Michael says:

        That’s good to hear Mick .How the whole world need’s the help of st Michael right now.God bless you & yor son.

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      • barb129 says:

        Saying a prayer for both you, Michael, and Mick’s son, Michael. I also will add in my oldest son named Michael (who has fallen away from the faith) and my daughter, Beth, whose birthday is today, Mick….only she’s 29 years old. Is that confusing enough for all of you?

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  34. Just found your pages. Swam the Tiber in 2012, and have been wondering where the Catholic prophets were.

    I’ve been trying to read a little of your blog every day, and I have to say, I’m greatly comforted by your writings.

    I will be praying for you.

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  35. Charlie, I am new reader (just over a month). Thanks so much for your writing and ministry. I personally am discerning a seminary diocese to apply too. God Bless!

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you as you discern, John.

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    • Anne says:

      John …… Wonderful!

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    • Praying for your discernment as well John. And I suggest your discernment process include the most highly praised retreat in the long history of Christ’s great Church: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

      The Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, S.J. was instrumental in bringing a relatively new congregation of Priests to the United States (originally to the Detroit area) who are in giving this retreat. Now they are all over the nation and I cannot recommend them highly enough! For you, and anyone else interested here please check out Miles Christi. Click on the “Spiritual Exercises” link under the Activities menu. These guys are truly a shining example of holiness in this sea of darkness!

      God bless you.

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    • marcyc48 says:

      John, l pray our Lord will lead you to a diocese with a good holy bishop that is in need of good young men to pastor his flock. God bless you for answering the call.

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      • Thank you for your kind words and prayers. One more seminary and diocese to visit. God Bless.

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        • Mick says:

          John, I will pray for you as you discern God’s will. Thank you for considering the priesthood; and may God make straight and clear the path that He wishes for you.

          I see that you have one more diocese to visit. I obviously don’t know which ones you’ve visited already, but might I suggest that you also consider the diocese of Lansing, Michigan? We have a wonderful bishop (Earl Boyea); and the Director of Vocations, Fr. John Linden, is fantastic. About 3 years ago, he started a group which meets either monthly or bimonthly (can’t remember now) for high-school-aged boys who are considering the priesthood. They read good books, watch great films, pray and discuss, and eat pizza (naturally). About a year ago, Fr. Linden started a similar group for men who are college-age and older (my 19-year-old son attends this group). They begin with Mass, and they are working their way through the book To Save a Thousand Souls. Then they go out to lunch. Father also plans a few outings for them: For instance, this past summer, he took the young men to a baseball game for our local Single-A team, and he took them on a canoe outing one day. This group is really growing. When it first started, my son told me that maybe 3 or 4 guys would come. This past Saturday when they met, my son says there were 12 guys (which, for it being Thanksgiving weekend, is especially awesome).

          Anyhow, I just wanted to throw that out there for your consideration. God bless you and all those who are in discernment regarding the priesthood or a religious vocation.

          (P.S. If you have a second, would you please say a quick prayer for my son and his discernment process? Thanks! I’ll ask him to pray for you, too.) 🙂

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          • Petra says:

            Wow Mick, that sounds great. And you know what? Even if none of these guys become priests, certainly they are being formed to be good solid Catholic men, and are finding the healthy fellowship and camaraderie with other young men that got lost when the Church veered left in the 1960’s. I love that they do fun wholesome activities with God at the heart, trying to listen to see if they hear that still small voice calling.
            I’ll pray for this group of young men, that Our Lord will shield them as they grow, and make them great warriors for His Kingdom. And I’ll also include you in those prayers, johnfofarrell, that Our Lord will show you clearly where He want you to go.
            God bless.

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          • Mick says:

            Petra, thanks for your prayers for the young men in my diocese. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Awesome sharing, Mick! Lifting your son and his discerning companions in prayer to the intercession of St. Charles Borromeo.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Beckita!

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    • JoyInTheLord says:

      May you become a holy priest as God wills. We will need many holy priests henceforth. Well, even now, or more so now.

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  36. Julia says:

    The strangest thing I feel in seeing all those young men from Syria fleeing to Europe is. Why are they not staying and defending their own country. Yes I know you will say Mr big bad Assad is barrel bombing them. It is not that long ago we saw them screaming how much they wanted a revolution. Well they got it. And now they have run like yellow cowards. To make war on the rest of the world……….. until we fight back.

    What would USA do if it’s young men exited en masse rather than go into the army. The same goes for UK.

    And if our governments think they are getting the man power to fill the army with front line fodder for fighting. They are in for a shock when they see these aliens will turn coat against them if asked to fight. They have run away from defending their own land. Why would they risk their asses for another country.

    What sort of logic would then ask that non muslim countries should send ground troops in to risk their lives, when so many Syrians have fled instead of defending their own country.!!!!!!

    On the other hand, they hold homosexual disorientation in the same light as prostitution. They find the Darwin theory a joke. They hold promiscuous sex as not acceptable. They hold immodesty in dress as not acceptable. They hold Blessed Mother in high esteem, and gave their lives in her defence in the early years when the Jews accused her of immoral behaviour, rather than acknowledge the miracle of Jesus conception.
    We do have a lot to share with muslim beliefs. A pity about the demonic element in terrorists.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Two things jump out at me as needing a little massaging here, Julia. First, Muslims oppose promiscuity for women, but not for men. It is why they have slaves – and why women are punished or killed for it but men go their merry way. Not our values at all. Second, I am not sure what you mean about Muslims giving their lives to defend Our Lady in the early years. Islam did not even exist until seven centuries after Christ Ascended and Mary was assumed. Did I misunderstand what you were trying to say here?

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Good morning Charlie and all TNRS. Your daily trials and concerns are in my deepest prayers at the end of my day and when I get up again!

        Can you teach a bit on how the satan becomes unbound or unchained in Church history?
        Jesus gave His authority to the disciples, told in Luke ch. 10, that when the 70 came back from ministering to the crowds, ‘And He said to them, “I saw satan fall like lightening from heaven”.
        I know in 1884 Pope Leo XIII reported a vision of Jesus allowing satan a certain number of years to try to destroy the Church. This might explain the satan’s activity now still in the 21st Century.
        The satan will be bound again at the end of the Rescue, but will apparently be front and center with the antichrist for the end times tribulation.
        Does our concupiscence slowly unchain satan, is there more to it regarding Church authority since is it Our Lord’s battle and we simply need to be obedient to our King? I am missing the causes for the fluctuations.
        Just realized – the Rescue will be taking place during a Holy Jubilee Year. How merciful our God is!
        Happy Wednesday all! Jane

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      • zeniazenia says:

        In the Battle of Vienna, which was just as miraculous as the Battle of LaPonto, (decided by praying the rosary) the King of Poland, John III Sobieski led his cavalry, under the protection of our Lady of Czestochowa, into the Suleiman’s Ottoman camp flying a huge banner of our Lady. Upon seeing this image of our Lady, the Turkish troops unexpectedly ran away leaving their animals, food and weapons, and lost their lives.
        Charlie, do you have knowledge of an image of our Lady which would be the banner for us to fly during the Rescue? –Jane

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      • Julia says:

        Thank you for highlighting the different standards of how promiscuity is dealt with in the muslim way of life. Good point well and clearly presented. Much room for thought.

        I certainly did read many years ago that Mary the mother of Jesus was accused of liaising with Roman soldier/s, by her peers. This may have been in response to the Apostles making it known that Jesus was conceived miraculously . I believe you will find this train of thought while it may be taboo, has not died out in some Jewish circles.
        It must clearly have still been on the agenda 700 hundred or so years after Mary’s lifetime, since I certainly read muslims defended Mary’s integrity, and that was long before the internet. If I was misinformed, well maybe Angel Gabriel will let you know this information was not truthfully told. I am sorry not to be able to remember the source to bring to your attention.

        I was attempting in my post to put forward a positive view of muslims. Maybe that was for my own peace of mind; because everything seems so deadly at the present time. I found reason to pray for muslim conversion based on my perceived understanding of one great good they had done, and no doubt would do even now if called to. ‘Defend the honour of our Blessed Mother.’

        That is best I can do Charlie. God bless. Julia.

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        • Doug says:

          Julia, there may be some nice Muslims, but Islam is evil to the core. I have shared this before and I hope you down load it to see for yourself.

          http://www.politicalislam.com

          Click on books and then audio books and down load the 14 part series. It cost $9.99. Well worth it.

          I used to think Islam was nice, but I have changed my tune. I was ignorant before. The series will connect the dots and instead of asking “how or why can anyone do these things?”, you will be saying about Paris, no surprise. It’s what they teach.

          God have mercy on them and bring them to conversion through the immaculate heart of Mary!

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Doug,

            Islam can never be nice seeing as how satan is the real author of the Koran. Muslims, on the other hand can be nice because they look for the good things in the book. Satan had to begrudgingly allow some truth in order to entice the Jews and Christians of that time. When you speak to a Muslim about the violence etc in their book, they point out the violence in the Old Testament.

            I was shocked to discover recently that 100 Sharia law courts have been established across the UK!

            God Bless You

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            That is shocking and disconcerting.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. It is disconcerting.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Makes sense. One thing I would like to add is old testament violence is different then Islamic violence. In Islam, it is built in to the religion to destroy the person who does not convert or pay Jisia tax. In old testament, wars were fought over temporary circum stances and most often in self defence. There was not an effort to dominate the world nor is it built into the Judeao Christian ethic. In Islam, it is not self defense. It is world dominance. Huge difference. The only thing that has been holding this back in modern times is it has been politically weak until we pulled out of the middle east. Now with ISIS, folks are seeing its true colors. God bless!

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          • janet333 says:

            “One thing I would like to add is old testament violence is different then Islamic violence.”

            Yes it is Doug.

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  37. jlynnbyrd says:

    How wonderful John. I will pray for your discernment. God bless you.

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  38. Laurie says:

    Thanks to everybody for the wonderful music. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is another inspiring piece. I don’t know how to upload, but YouTube has many renditions. One seems to have far more lyrics than the others and shows words on a blue background with a bouncing ball.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Laurie, I have not been able to figure out how to add a photo, but I can add YouTube URLs.
      Yesterday, I had a dream about “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” https://youtu.be/qzGVlMGhKaE Johnny Cash and
      “When the Saints Go Marching In,” https://youtu.be/wyLjbMBpGDA Louie Armstrong as battle cries and inspiration for the Rescue, In the same dream, I heard
      Hail Mary: Gentle Woman as a love song for the Rescue, https://youtu.be/fjNDpZiR2Gg
      Then I read that Beckita’s, Onward!, and that reminded me of “Onward Christian Soldiers,” https://youtu.be/4f2U_cUGq7k West Point Cadet Glee Club. 🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have to tell you…I was once at a conference and the very gifted musician was playing the Hail Mary: Gentle Woman. I thought, rather disapprovingly, that he wasn’t playing it quite right. Then I found that he was a songwriter – and that was his most famous song. He wrote it. In my best mental Emily Litella imitation I thought, “Never mind.”

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          The writer/artist Michael O’Brien was in Elmhurst and he did sing the song. I saw him for the first time at a Marian in the late 90’s at a Marian Conference in Rosemont. Then he had longer hair and my young daughter was star struck and got him to sign the cassette she begged me to purchase of his music. 🙂
          He seemed to be a bit off that weekend. I was too, so I am not complaining. He turned out to be a sweet man and still dedicated to his faith and Mary after all these years!

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      • Beckita says:

        Smiling at these selections, jlynn. You are an inspired woman, from squirrel gloves to music and I somehow imagine this is but a sliver of your creative potential!

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  39. Anne says:

    Just saw the movie…… The Bridge of Spies…. So worth seeing. Honour … Integrity…. Being you own person …… Doing the next right step….. Not playing games….. Putting individuals first. So much!

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  40. Vivi says:

    This terror it is created in my mind by corrupted “agencies” including goverments. Who is arming ISIS? Really. They drive new car models. We cannot forget who trained them and armed them. Where are they getting all this financing? For sure it is not free. It was intended to disrupt certain goverments and yeah why not got out of hand. there is s big chance im not reading it all. Zap me charlie😁

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    • barb129 says:

      I read that ISIS is funding themselves by selling the oil in the areas they have overtaken. They are making a million dollars a day…

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  41. Jay says:

    Guys,
    I have been reading NRS for a few months now. I stumbled upon this place after praying to Our Lord for wisdom regarding our current times. It’s striking to me that as our times have become increasingly perilous, these discussions in the comment areas have become increasingly substantial. I have benefited so much from them. We are truly experiencing iron sharpening iron. I thank God for leading me here.
    YBIC
    -Jay

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    • Jer007 says:

      Having read Charlies Blog for awhile now and the current world news, this is my understanding of how the Storm might turn to full force:
      The war on ISIS is a tipping point for global war – USA has revealed its weakness in not having contained ISIS with Obama being currently criticized for not taking a stronger stance and seeing ISIS expand rapidly and mushroom out of control… . China may see USA weakness as an opportunity to exert its own force to become the dominant world power which is why it has been building military islands this year and taking over the China sea in preparation Yesterday, Obama calls for China to stop construction and China’s response today is to tell Obama to stop interfering. Just more than a week ago USA tested the boundary waters of China’s new proclaimed sea space and sent a nuclear-capable missile from California for all to see as a clear example of military prowess.
      China itself has vowed revenge today for a killing of Chinese hostage… but Russias current backing of Assad will see Russia gaining a strategic friendship and foothold in the Middle East which China will not like.

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  42. Tarja says:

    I just want to tell my story. Mother of God led me to this blog over a year ago, but at first I found Charlie’s prophecies in Spirit Daily. And that happened the same day (actually after one hour) I had asked our Mother very seriously: What is this time we live in? I was so serious because my sister had fallen ill with cancer and I used to ponder how much she has time here on earth…and how much we others have. (Thank God she is still alive and travelled recently to Mexico to see her son, not bad! Coming home today, prayers please!)

    I knew already many prophecies from different denominations and most important of them for me was a prophecy about the year 2017 which one Russian saint, St. Matrona of Moscow had – allegedly – told to her care taker near her death. And THIS prophecy was me very important because I had translated the biography of this saint Matrona earlier and she had told about very strange happenings to take place in the future. But they were so difficult to understand that native speakers of Russian did not understand everything. It’ s a long story but they maybe had elements of this Storm prophecy (by Charlie and Mark Mallet). There were only a few phrases about the Storm in that biography and one ca’nt make a solid picture of them. That’s why I’m so interested in Catholic prophecies. Protestant prophecies I have mostly rejected but there is a woman, Glynda Linkous, who is very interesting. Orthodox prophecies are of course important to me but there are many contradictions in them and their language is very difficult and old. Only a small fraction of the Orthodox prophecy is translated into English and there are quite bad translations among them. And they are really cryptic which makes everything more difficult…

    Anyway, Mother Matrona saw that the year 2017 is important, clearly a turning point… Some Russians has interpreted that it is the end of the world! But from Catholic prophecy I understood it may be some kind of End of Era as you speak. Orthodox don’t speak in these terms and usually (on the higher, clerical level) they are not inclined to address end time issues. Perhaps some saints talk more about the end time, Elder Paisios from Greece for example. His prophecies you can hear on YouTube and read from different sources. I recommend them because he talks much about Turkey and Russia, about their relations, about war between them. And reasons for that war we can see before our eyes. In spring I still pondered how this can happen but nowadays all is much more clearer. Turkey maybe turns into an extreme Islamic state – and what then… Everything is open and Russia is a very active player today, it may take action. And Orthodox faith and believers may be one reason for that action because Russia defends their people and Faith everywhere.

    P.S. They had a war with each other before our time (the years1877-1878)! Finnish soldiers were in Turkey with Russian groups and we have some stories and folk ballads from this period! Interesting stuff!
    There is nothing new under the sky!

    I’m glad you liked that song! It made me cry SEVERAL times yesterday…

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  43. George says:

    All – terrorism, immigration issues, world event, politics, and the rest: i keep up with but none of it is where my heart or head is. I’m trying to advance as quickly as Jesus will take me into abandonment to try to live in the moment in trust, peace, and silence. I’m asking Our Lord to prepare my heart to weather the terror, fear, noise, and frankly suffering, that I will be progressively confronted with. Anchoring my interior self to heart of Jesus, to live out this thing we’ve been called to while staying face to face with Jesus, to feel his breath and life moment to moment. I’m no saint and I’m not a mystic but I see no other way. We all know where this is going. We must think ahead and do today what we we wish we would have done to prepare our hearts. I’m preparing my heart. Just my take on it all. Love you all. God bless you. George

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  44. Mick says:

    Here is an excellent article, written by our friend Carlos Caso-Rosendi:

    https://casorosendi.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/sous-le-ciel-de-paris/

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    • Thank you for the promotion, Mick! Sometimes I leave a link when it pertains to the topic being discussed. I hope the reference does not distract anyone.

      One thing that is good to have in mind in my very limited opinion: this is barely beginning. At this point I believe most reasonable people in this planet are beginning to wake up to the fact that the problem is not limited to “radicalized Muslims” — one could talk about a chicken as a “radicalized egg” and observe very accurately that most eggs do not behave like a chicken but (putting all Darwinism aside) every chicken in this world comes from and egg. Islam is functional to violence both in its proposal “the submission of the whole world … etc.” and in the final results.

      Since the 7th century Islam has always generated violence and mayhem in diverse degrees. Now, every ethnic, religious, or political aggregate has been involved in violence, some more, some less. Once could accuse Germans of being cyclically involved in bouts of violence towards their neighbors, or perhaps Persians, or Mongolians, Japanese, or Americans. One could accuse Buddhists, Shinto, Catholics, or Animists … but one would have to be very much twisting the truth to affirm that violence is functional to all those groups in the same manner that violence is functional to the doctrine and practice of Islam because there is one element missing: the constant application of violence through 1400 years of that cult’s history. Islam, is a violent cult even if only some Muslims apply the violence while the rest play the part of the “egg” in my imperfect allegory.

      The other thing people in this world are beginning to realize is that the “world without God” proposed by Liberal Capitalists, Fascists, and Socialists/Communists is no picnic either. I am temporarily residing in Argentina, a country that used to be as prosperous as Britain, Canada or the US only 100 years ago and was taken in turns and ‘liberated’ by three different kinds of populism: the Radical Party, the “Army” Party (“elected” through military coup d’etat) and the Peronist Party that started as a typical fascist movement copied form Mussolini’s and lately has morphed to some sort of leftist-fascist-crony-capitalist entity bent on dominating politics for the purpose of ransacking the State. I call that whole collection “Liberals” and that includes all those who propose a world with no Church and no God that can interfere with their plans of abolishing not only God but also man. All of course is done to ‘liberate’ the people and ‘save’ them from ‘oppression.’ 😡

      Biblical identities of the two: a) the false prophet and b) the beast.

      Both entities have the same objective: world domination (bo-ring!) 😦 just like all the other nuts that came before from Nimrod to Stalin etc. Some of us are beginning to surmise that none of the two are good for the neighborhood. Both want to use common men and women to climb to absolute power through intimidation and deceit.

      Our mission is to open the eyes of the people through the Gospel, the “sword” that Jesus Christ our King has given us to give witness of Him. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will expose these nefarious entities and finish them. We have to shine the light of Christ on them until they fall defeated.

      “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him [Jesus Christ] Who sits upon the horse and against His army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone. And the rest were slain by the sword of Him Who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from His mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.” The Apocalypse of St John 19:19-21.

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  45. Christene Bartels says:

    This comment is on a purely secular, earthly plane, but I think it is important because it reflects directly on our willingness to compromise our Christian values and calling for our earthly comforts and riches.

    Until this country has a discussion about our favorite Middle East lap dog, Saudi Arabia, any discussion about our so-called “war on terrorism” is moot.

    It is Saudi Arabia’s unique, virulent, extremist, toxic version of Wahhabi Sunni Islam that provides the moral authority and religious cover for the psychopaths in ISIS and Boko Harem to carry out their carnage and mayhem.

    It is Saudi Arabia where all of the terrorist’s “sugar daddies” live who fill their coffers with money.

    It is Saudi Arabia who, as the most powerful and influential country in the Middle East, controls the Black Market where ISIS is able to sell a billion dollars worth of oil per year.

    And, finally, it is Saudi Arabia who is responsible for the rise of extremist, jihadi violence in Europe and the U.S. with their building of Wahhabi Mosques all over the West where their toxic version of “Islam” can be taught and spread. They are, at this moment, building no less than SEVEN in Paris alone.

    Wahhabism has about 5 million adherents out of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. We wonder why Muslims don’t stand up and condemn these acts of violence more vociferously. Well, it could be because Saudi Arabia controls the most sacred and holy sites in Islam, Makkah and Madinah.

    We have a moral responsibility to address our part in this worldwide chaos and carnage because of our refusal to hold Saudi Arabia culpable. We can no longer afford to tap dance around the giant, oil covered elephant in the room.

    But will we? Will we confront our President and presidential candidates on our cozy 70 year relationship with them if it means severing our easy access to their oil?? Or will we just blame the refugees we helped create? Blame 1.5 billion Muslims for the actions of the few who we cover for? We cannot serve both God and mammon. We are at a crossroads. Which will it be.

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  46. JG says:

    Hello all,
    Sorry I’m compelled to add my 2 cents regarding Mense. I don’t want to know who Mense is and I don’t want to know who pulls Obama strings. Sorros has been called the devil by many countries. Evil is evil no matter what face it wears. That curiosity will only get me in trouble and keep my eyes off what’s really important focusing on Christ and staying under our Lady’s Mantle ( gosh I hope I’m lucky to be there) Daily as the storm increases I’m challenged to act with charity. Always thinking – ugh blew it that time as I snapped at my disobedient child. Praise God for an act of contrition and for second chances. Working on the virtue of temperance.

    I try to have hope,faith, perseverance but focusing on who the bad guy is causes the light in my candle to dim. We are called to be the light in the darkness and to let our candle shine from the mountain top. I remember being told stories about black out drills in WW2. Not the smallest amount of light could show for he bombers would see it. Well my dear friends we are called to be that little light in these dark times. We have to shine no matter how flawed we are. Let that light of Christ which is with in us escape. We have to lust try to love our fellow man even if it’s from a distance. Some are called to be on the front lines while some are called to be the prayer warrior. We have to man our post and do our job. We have to continue on. Stumble and fall we will but we must move forward – with Christ. ( Gosh sounds like Charlie – you are rubbing off on us!)

    Donald Trump has been suggesting for a while to have safe havens – camps for these refugees but over there and not Europe or USA . What concerns me is The Donald has been making sense. I don’t like Donald but he’s the only one making sense out of all this craziness. He’s the only one talking with a spine. Don’t get me wrong Ben Carson appears to be a good person but no the one to deal with China.

    Now I understand we will not have an election so I tell myself… OK guess Trump is the mouth to motivate whoever will lead us. Yes he has a big mouth. Perhaps he’s necessary to motivate the person/people who gets Russia and the USA to work together. Trump has to have mafia ties as well as Obama. The gambling business is run by the mafia. So don’t trust him but let’s keep a careful eye on him and his ilk – meaning whoever is to be our leader. God can work through rotten people to do good things.

    So who ever is the one to pull this country together and help the rest of the world is going to be flawed. My concern is we are so desperate and sick and tired of weak leaders that when we do get out of this hole that we will idolize this person. Look at Regan.The Right idolize him but for Heaven’s sake he was a man. Can anyone remember the Iran Contra (Sp?) Scandal and his amnesty deal?
    Let’s learn from the past. When this leader (s) who we’ve been praying for arises let’s keep that person’s feet to the fire and hold them accountable and not set them up as a demigod. This world is so malformed I’m concerned we will set up anti-christ thinking he’s a great guy. I don’t want to fall into that trap. I’m basing this on what Charlie said Mense isn’t anti- christ.
    God help all here!
    May God’s will be done and may I have the grace to stay in the Divine Will.
    Pax!

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    • andy says:

      In pray we do not have an election and Charlie is right and as he says not uts, it sounds awful to say but i would rather face the storm for a short time period than have my 5 children grow up in this country under current circumstances.

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is one of the main things that sustains me, Andy. When I grow weary, I think of the glorious world my children and grandchildren will inhabit – and my vanity is to want them to remember their “Poppy” helped usher it in. It is hideous to think of those children condemned to inhabit the toxically dysfunctional world we have made in our rebellion.

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        • Bob says:

          Dare we hope that God will really intervene to make things better? talk of a storm I can understand as things do look like they are going from bad to worse in our world but there are times I wonder if the hope of God to really intervene to make our world a lot better seems like a “Pipe dream” and I don’t smoke the pot any more. So let’s hope and pray that God does truly intervene soon so that as Isaiah says “Knowledge of God will cover the earth as water covers the sea”!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Everybody wonders at times, Bob. Remember how, near the end of his life, St. John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the one they sought or should they look for another? This was the man who leapt with joy in his mother’s womb at the presence of the Lord…the man who recognized Him as Messiah at the Jordan on first sight…and yet he wondered near the end if it might be a “pipe dream.” Where would you go but to the Lord?

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          • MT Butterfly says:

            That very line stood out to me this morning, Bob, as I was reading Isaih this morning. What a wonderful vision to pray for!

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          • Bob says:

            Yes we must maintain hope against hope that God will soon act more powerfully in our world. As I am in the trenches working with addicts and just today a lady almost died recently from IV drug use and from complications caused by her diabetes, which she was ignoring due to her using, so maintaining hope on some days takes much grace. Thanks for sharing Charlie.

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        Ditto and amen, andy!

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  47. JoyInTheLord says:

    This is the best I have read so far, Charlie. Thank you. It outlines well what I should do. At some points in the post I felt myself cringe because you are hitting where it hurts and He knows that I am made aware of those —can’t make any excuse. I am just thankful for the Year of Mercy coming up and I hope to soak in every minute morsel of it. Pray for me and I request yours and everyone here at TNRS, that I may really see what He wants me to do and be humble to accept the grace to do so. Just yesterday, I was so high and mighty while conferring with somebody, and how self-absorbed was I when I dealt with a colleague. Lord, have mercy!

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  48. Centurion says:

    Charlie, do you know if there are others, in other parts of the world, who are sharing the same message with God’s people that you are — warning them of the coming storm but giving them reason to hope in the coming Rescue?

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    • charliej373 says:

      These messages are already being read throughout the world. The only two countries from which I have never had visits are China and N. Korea – and I found from someone who got out of China that I have been read there on some sort of servers that bypass that country and don’t show up as having come from China. Many have work to do going forward, but God’s work for each is unique.

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  49. luvmercy5775 says:

    While the terrorist attacks in Paris and other parts of the world are truly horrific, as true of all things, God uses what the enemy intends for evil to bring about good.
    Watch “bad boy” Justin Bieber crying and praying about Paris while on stage. Imagine the impact his testimony had on the young people who came to see him.

    Justin Bieber — Praying, Crying, Celebrating in Concert | TMZ.com

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    • Mick says:

      Wow, Luvmercy; thanks. Let’s pray for Bieber, that his very lost soul turn to God.

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      • luvmercy5775 says:

        Mick, From the sound of his prayer, I have to believe he has already had an encounter with Jesus! Glory to God!

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        • janet333 says:

          I remember reading some time ago that his mother and Grandmother are staunch Christians..and his mother very pro-life. Being in the limelight changed him somewhat, but his family have never stopped praying for him. Now I see that it is all still inside of him. God is still there. This young man is capable of bringing many of his adoring fans back to God.. Maybe initially only because they love Justin…but it is a good start for many of them to come to know the Lord. I’m praying! 🙂

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  50. Becky-TN says:

    Charlie,

    Is this the right or wrong way of thinking about the refugee crisis?

    http://taylormarshall.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c3419ef22aaa45aea4663ebb&id=fcd2e40d87&e=e088d03467

    God Bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      It explores the right questions and deals with some hard facts. It is a worthy beginning at looking at this issue.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        I found Dr. Marshall’s analysis very helpful. The venom being spewed towards anyone who says maybe we should make really, really sure what we are doing vis a vis the refugee situation is breathtaking — Charlie, you have written in the past that we have a duty to protect the innocents we are responsible for! I think Dr. Marshall’s analysis highlights this, using the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, and I, for one, am grateful. Father Mitch Pacwa had an excellent verbal, sober analysis on Open Line on EWTN yesterday, too.

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