Concerning Islam

(This piece may be downright terse. I have boiled it down relentlessly. It is a beginning of the conversation, not an end. -CJ)

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(Joan of Arc – by William Etty)

By Charlie Johnston

People in all cultures reach out to God – usually in the way they are taught. It is instinctive to us to want to know, love and serve our Creator. Most people, even if errant, are sincere in that desire. We are all embedded with a desire for the good, as well. To care for each other, love our neighbor…so we have tools to approach the throne of God even if our basic knowledge and wisdom is deficient.

Most Muslims, like other peoples, want to reach out to God…and do so in the way they were taught. Most would like to do so without the bloodshed, coercion and oppression. In fact, I suspect that many Muslims who emigrated to America over the years came specifically because they wanted to reach out to God in a way that was familiar to them, but without the violence and oppression. America, a land that guaranteed human rights, must have seemed the perfect place to do that. But America betrayed them. In America rose a toxic notion of tolerance, a notion that first enabled, then celebrated and favored cultural practices that were inimical to the values of freedom. This new American “tolerance” empowered the very brutes those Muslims came to escape – and all in the name of tolerance.

Up until 9-11, I considered Islam one of the three great monotheistic religions. It was not the actions of the terrorists that roused my suspicions, but the silence or obfuscation of the rest of Islam on the matter. If a group of Catholics had done that, I knew my Church would immediately rise in righteous anger to denounce the terrorists, to condemn them and proclaim excommunication on any who adopted such poisonous doctrines contrary to the faith. That did not happen with Islam. About the best they could muster was the “street-gang” defense: “It wasn’t us.” – denying personal responsibility while remaining ambivalent – and often excusing – the act.

It was that disturbing episode that led me to study the Koran. It is not very large…only about the length of the Psalms. I was stunned. I had heard all the quotations “proving” that Islam was a religion of peace. It was a shell game. To simplify, the Koran has two very different sets of rules, one for fellow Muslims and another for infidels. All the quotations supporting the “religion of peace” fantasy come from sections on how to treat fellow Muslims with whom you are in conflict. The rules for infidels are that they must convert or die. The only wiggle room is how long you give them to convert before you kill them. Even more shocking, all manner of brutalities against them, including torture, rape and murder – even against children – are not forbidden but are, in fact, considered blessed acts. When Muslim terrorists attacked the Beslan School in Russia in 2004, I stunned some of my friends when I said the Muslims would torture and rape some of the children. They accused me of bigotry – until it happened. Then they asked how I knew. I told them it is in the Koran – and I had read it. My study of the Koran had led me to the shocking realization that the terrorists WERE the expression of authentic Islam.

To be sure, the Hadith are important in Islam. These are commentaries written after the Koran, by various Islamic scholars, purporting to give additional words of Muhammed not included in the Koran. Some of those scholars made attempts to try to soften the clear homicidal bent of the Koran towards non-Muslims. Yet the Koran remains – and it is binding, no matter how much some of the Hadith tries to square the circle.

The great Christian writer and historian, Hilaire Belloc, argued that Islam is not a unique religion at all, but a singularly perverse Christian heresy. Belloc was an occasional collaborator with G.K. Chesterton and was president, for a time, of the Oxford Union. While I think his case is somewhat overstated, it carries deep insight into the historical phenomenon which is Islam. Certainly Islam recognizes but one God, emphasizes that man is to serve him, and posits an afterlife. Other than that, the differences are more striking than the similarities.

In Islam, God is a distant, alien thing. There is –and can be – no kinship between man and God whatsoever. The relationship is that of master to a dog, with a master who encourages a brutal viciousness in his dogs. There is no spark of divine dignity in any human, even the holiest of Muslims. They are either good pets to their malignant master or they are not. People are ever treated like things. This is how you get “honor killings” of family members for various – mainly sexual – transgressions. But those sexual rules only apply to women. A sister who has been raped is “broken, like a plate,” as I heard one moderate Muslim man describe it. She is no good anymore and must be discarded. Islam is a religion of appetites, not transcendent aspirations. It is a religion of rules, not of principles of morality. There is no kinship between God and man. Even the supposed rewards of the afterlife are purely temporal in nature – and still treat women as things. The great Muslim warrior supposedly gets 72 virgins to do with as he will. What, precisely, does a Muslim virgin get other than a vicious man?

G.K. Chesterton once said that the man who is intellectually serious about his faith must “either ascend into Catholicism or descend into disbelief.” While that may be overstated, too, it presumes that a man starts from a spark of truth to begin his inquiries. If your image of God is not as Father, as the source of good, but instead as a demanding, petulant murderer, you are severely handicapped in your search. I have said – and maintain – that most Muslims honestly want to know, to love and to serve God in peace with their fellows. I have also said – and maintain – that Islam, itself, is a satanic deception. In that sense, Belloc is absolutely right that it is one of the greatest of the heresies.

Our challenge then is to evangelize Muslims where we can and defeat Islam where we cannot. Christians can be terribly naieve. We think we have been at peace with Islam for much of the last few centuries, with some sporadic hostilities. We have not. Islam’s aim has always been to conquer the world and wipe out any remnants who will not convert. It has occasionally been engaged in strategic armistices with the west, but has been at war with it since late in Muhammed’s life. Ultimately, it will only accept victory or death.

I never propose that Christians should act with coercive aggression, even with Islam. If an Islamic nation is willing to live within its borders and maintain peace with its neighbors, it should be left alone. But the robust vigor of St. Joan of Arc and the best of the Christian Crusaders is my model for how Christians should behave in defending their faithWhile yet a teenage girl, St. Joan of Arc was sent by God to rescue France from annihilation. and lands against military assault. Understand that Islam is starkly different than Christianity in how it defines the role of the state and the citizen to religion. In Christianity, individual conscience is respected. The state is expected to act justly, according to transcendent principles that guard human liberty. In Islam, religion, politics and ideology are inextricably entwined. There is no freedom of conscience, only religious rules that must be ruthlessly imposed in all walks of life.

I see myself quoted frequently as saying that Our Lady of Tepeyac is going to convert the Muslims en masse. That is true, but only half of what I have said about the matter. I say that Our Lady will, indeed, convert Islam, mainly through its women, but not until we in the west confront it seriously, both militarily and intellectually. Then it will collapse on itself quicker and more easily than anyone can imagine.

All democracies before America ultimately degenerated into chaos, then dictatorship. Because of our success, we have completely lost sight that democracy is one of the most unstable forms of government ever devised. The genius of the founders was primarily in introducing stabilizing elements into the mix, elements that we have systematically and slowly dismantled over the last century or so. The system I would adopt presupposes at least a temporary absolutism. We are headed in that direction. Pray that whoever the absolutist leader is is committed to faith, family and freedom – and that after clearing away the cultural, ideological and structural brush and deadwood that has accumulated, he will return to us a system that is based on our foundational principles.

This is what I would do:

  1. Declare America formally a Judeo-Christian country that is open and tolerant to all people of goodwill, whatever their faith. No unit of government and no official can ban public or private displays and expressions of Christian or Jewish faith. No institution shall coerce any non-Christian into participation of public expressions.
  2. Do not allow Islamic terrorists to hide behind human shields in their own countries any more. Protect civilians in hostile zones by giving them frequent warnings that if terrorists have embedded themselves among them, they need to eject them or get out – because we are coming.
  3. Forget about notions of proportionality. If hostile powers insist on targeting the west or western citizens, the only acceptable solution is their unconditional surrender or their destruction. Continue pounding them until one or the other has been accomplished.
  4. Send FBI agents to watch over every mosque in the country. If worshippers do not incite violence, leave them be. If they do, shut them down. In the 50s and 60s, some racial supremacists used churches as cover for their nefarious schemes. The FBI shut down such covers while respecting the right of innocents to worship. We have a much larger, malignant force using some mosques as cover. End it.
  5. Sharia law is incompatible with freedom and American principles. Outlaw it throughout the country. Remove it root and branch anywhere it appears. Deport any who scream about it.
  6. A false dualism has arisen over the matter of refugees. Taking them in here or leaving them to die are not our only options. We have had such situations before – and in the Middle East. We can work to set up refugee camps in the Middle East to receive and house the refugees without endangering our population in a time of war. If that is not sufficient, we can find geographic locations elsewhere where western citizens are not endangered and then commit to humanitarian assistance.

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation being spread – and even shrewd people don’t seem to notice. I watched a segment of Fox News where a conservative host conceded a liberal guest’s point that current rules require two years before a Syrain Refugee can be integrated into the U.S. The next segment announced that 351 such refugees have been integrated into the U.S. this month – and it did not even occur to the host to ask how that could be since it has not been two years. Be deliberate. Don’t let emotion blind you to obvious questions. Bad information leads to bad policy. Steady on.

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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722 Responses to Concerning Islam

  1. Mack says:

    If anyone doubts that Islam is fundamentally flawed, read the article “A Theology of Rape” (link below). To commit evil deeds against non-Muslims is perfectly OK for Muslims to do, according to their teachings. That is why Islam is evil, and as Charlie has said, a satanic deception. ISIS et al. think that rape is a holy act, along with all the killing, etc., they even “pray” before and after doing it. That is not worshipping the same God. Even if other Muslims don’t act that way because they have some basic human decency, the problem is that their sacred texts tell them it is OK. That is wrong, that is an error, and errors in the mind lead to evil deeds.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/middleeast/isis-enshrines-a-theology-of-rape.html

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  2. Barb Freeman says:

    Thank you so much for your posts. You give me hope. I feel overwhelmed trying to think about how we will get food and water for us and our children and grandchildren. I am trying to spread the Flame of Love message and the more I feel the Blessed Virgins love the less I worry. Thank you so much for all of your guidance. I hope I can help others not panic. Love, Barb

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  3. Francis Philip says:

    Let all Catholics begin their dialogue regarding Muslims with what the Holy Spirit provided through the Magisterium with the Pope. See here in Nostra Aetate. http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_nostra-aetate_en.html

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    • snowowl says:

      Thank you, Francis Philip for this. After reading it, I thought about the Communion of Saints and the Church Militant, Church Suffering and Church Triumphant! We really are all in this together. God’s Will be done in all things!

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  4. Great post Charlie!
    I have been struggling a while with conflicted feelings on admitting Syrians into the US en masse. My bishop is Cardinal O’Malley, and I have a great love for him and honor his teaching. Many good and holy leaders say… Let then in! My unease is where we will be down the road.
    In every instance that I read about in England, France, Belgium, Dearborn MI, Maine, etc., down the road in 5-10 years, an isolated community has formed. And even if the original group was families and good people, the 10-20% radicalized Islamists begin to take over and then the host country has a very big problem. I was pondering. If the refugees came for a year and then returned, I would have no hesitancy. But making a huge decision to relocate thousands with no view to the future, and knowing that over and over in recent history and past history, Moslems will not assimilate, “let them all in” seems like a short-sighted decision. Reality is that Islam is both a Political force and a Spiritual force, with very violent threads.
    I would support humanitarian aid and actions to restore them to their own communities in their home countries.
    I believe Mary has a special love for them, and pray for wisdom to discern the truth in all this churning.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Marianne, one of the things our Shepherds are supposed to do is give us guidance on principles – in this case, to defend the faithful even as we care for the afflicted. That, in fact, guided my writing of this article. But many of our Shepherds have gone beyond their portfolio into political matters, telling us HOW to accomplish this. Means are the responsibility of the laity. Some Bishops have given short-shrift to First Things, foundational principles – which is their duty, while playing at politics, which is not and which they are usually rather naieve and clumsy with. When a Bishop gives a political prescription, I give it as much weight as that of any reasonably knowledgable layman – and no more. But when he speaks of transcendent principles, I take that very seriously, indeed. Sadly, a host of Bishops fell for the false dualism on how to aid refugees that I discussed in point six.

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      • Ellen Lopez says:

        Yes. Our shepherds are confusing and dividing the flock – and those outside the flock gain more and more ground to attack. Heartbreaking.

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      • Alfred says:

        Charlie, how does what you write square with Evangelii gaudium? (c.f. para 252-253?). Is there not a moral aspect to everything under the sun? I.e., if a law or social attitude is in error morally, are the shepherds not obliged to speak out on it? Why must we keep Muslims out? If your predictions come true, should they not be welcome in the West *now*? We must not leave them by the roadside, or in so-called “safe zones” where wolves can easily infiltrate and continue to terrorize them? Can you imagine what a well-placed ISIS bomb could do in a crowded safe zone? (Last–are your views on this part of the angelic predictions?)

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        • charliej373 says:

          Alfred, on this I must ask that you read more extensively in the work already done. I have addressed your sorts of questions before. I know there is a raft of material here now and it can be a chore to get through, but I am absolutely slammed most of the time now, so I can ill afford to go over old ground. Some of the answers team may direct you to specific pieces.

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        • Beckita says:

          Alfred, several ideas come to mind in response to this question. One is to encourage you to read more of Charlie’s posts via accessing the tag word “Islam” from the side of the page. Actually, here you go: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/tag/islam/

          Additionally, if you haven’t had a chance to view the Birminham DInner Video, please do. It can be accessed via “Visit Videos” from the black nav bar at the top of the page. If you prefer intake via written word, there is also a transcript available there. In this talk, Fr. Mitch Pacwa makes reference to the Mideastern bishop(s) who have told him of Heaven’s direct intervention in the lives of the Muslim people. Blessed Mother is appearing to Muslim women as Our Lady of Guadalupe and advising them to seek Her Son. Additionaly, Jesus is appearing to Muslim men. The shift from Africa being predominently Muslim to predominantly Christian is amazing. (Additionally, you can search online for ways non-Catholic Christians are evangelizing in Muslim countries with remarkable success.) God’s Plan is unfolding before our eyes. It’s not just a prediction. We are living it. (I hope these are simply links and do not embed.)


          In the Birmingham Dinner Talk, you will hear Charlie speak about what we must do to confront and extinguish the evil in the Islam religion. This is part of God’s Plan. There are good people caught in its trap. At the same time, as Charlie has advised, pick up a copy of the Koran and read the reality of its teachings.

          Another Fr. Mitch resource: http://www.stmarkbeaman.org/all/christianity-islam-are-we-at-war-by-father-mitch-pacwa-s-j/

          God bless you, Alfred.

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    • Tarja says:

      I did not know where to put this article. And I don’t know if it will interest anybody here, but it was such a rare coincidence to find it: this article from the Washington Post tells about refugees coming to Finland, to a town nearby my home town, only about 50 km away. And it’s a very realistic story, it tells truthfully how we Finns see our new situation.

      Yesterday we heard news about a rape of 14 year old girl in a small Northern town (a young refugee man is accused of it) – and today I went and bought warm winter jackets for refugee women living in our town. ..That’s the way it goes and we just have to do our best. They are here and it’s our Christian duty to help them. At the centers they are trying to teach these Muslim men how to behave towards Finnish women and girls. Most of them are already learning and they also know that otherwise they are out of here! And most are of course normal people not attacking women on the street. But believe me: this is a great test and learning opportunity to all of us!

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/world/2015/11/25/end-of-the-line/

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  5. Robert Cunningham says:

    Below is our Lady’s message to Fr Gobbi in 1989 concerning the meaning of the number 666 and three general times in history (not specific dates) where the evil spirit manifests himself. The first is Islam in the 7th century.

    I eagerly await the Rescue that Charlie speaks about. Not putting words in your mouth Charlie but I see the some similar points although expressed in different ways: the conversion of the Muslims to Christianity (or most of them), the healing of divisions within Christianity and full visible unity in the one Body of Christ and the end of the apostasy.

    Marian Movement of Priests Message 407

    “Calculate now its number 666, to understand how it indicates the name of man. The number, 333, indicates the divinity. Lucifer rebels against God through pride, because he wants to put himself above God. 333 is the number which indicates the mystery of God. He who wants to put himself above God bears the sign, 666, and consequently this number indicates the name of lucifer, satan, that is to say, of him who, sets himself against Christ, of the antichrist. “333 indicated once, that is to say, for the first time, expresses the mystery of the unity of God. 333 indicated twice, that is to say, for the second time, indicates the two natures, that of the Divine Person of Jesus Christ. 333 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, indicates the mystery of the Three Divine Persons, that is to say, it expresses they mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Thus the number, 333, expressed one, two and three times, expresses the principal mysteries of the Catholic faith, which are: (1) the Unity and the Trinity of God, (2) the incarnation, the passion and death, the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If 333 is the number which indicates the Divinity, he who wants to put himself above God himself is referred to by the number 666. 666 indicated once, that is to say, for the first time, expresses the year 666, six hundred and sixty-six. In this period of history, the antichrist manifested through the phenomenon of Islam, which denies the mystery of the Divine Trinity and the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Islamism, with its military force, breaks loose everywhere, destroying all the ancient Christian communities, and invades Europe and it is only through my extraordinary motherly intervention, begged for powerfully by the Holy Father, that it does not succeed in destroying Christianity completely.

    “666 indicated twice, that is to say, for the second time, expresses the year 1332, thirteen hundred and thirty two in this period of history, the antichrist is manifested through a radical attack on the faith in the word (Parola) of God. Through the philosophers who begin to give exclusive value to science and then to reason, there is a gradual tendency to constitute human intelligence alone as the sole criterion of truth. There come to birth the great philosophical errors which continue through the centuries down to your days. The exaggerated importance given to reason, as an exclusive criterion of truth, necessarily leads to the destruction of faith in the Word (Parola) of God. Indeed, with the Protestant Reformation, Tradition is rejected as a source of Divine Revelation, and only Sacred Scripture accepted. But even this must be interpreted by means of the reason, and the authentic Magisterium of the herarchic Church, to which Christ has entrusted the guardianship of the deposit of faith, is obstinately rejected. Each one is free to read and to understand Sacred Scripture according to one’s personal interpretation. In this way, faith in the Word (Parola) of God is destroyed. The work of the antichrist, in this period of history, is the division of the Church and the consequent formation of new and numerous Christian confessions which gradually become driven to a more and more extensive loss of the true faith in the Word (Parola) of God.

    “666 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, expresses the year 1998, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. In this period of history, Freemasonry, assisted by its ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design; that of setting up an idol to put in the place of Christ and of His Church. A false christ and a false church. Consequently, the statue built in honor of the first beast, to be adored by all the inhabitants of the earth and which will seal with its mark all those who want to buy or sell, is that of the antichrist. You have thus arrived at the peak of the purification, of the great tribulation and of the apostasy. The apostasy will be, as of then, generalized because almost all will follow the false christ and false church. Then the door will be open for the appearance of the man or of the very person of the antichrist. “That is why, beloved children, I have wanted to enlighten you concerning the pages of the Apocalypse which refer to the times you are living through. This is to prepare you with me, for the most painful and decisive part of the great struggle which is on the point of being fought out between your Heavenly Mother and all the forces of evil have been let loose. “Take courage! Be strong, my little children. To you befalls the duty, in these difficult years, of remaining faithful to Christ and to His Church, putting up with hostility, struggle and persecution. But you are a precious part of the little flock, which has the task of fighting against, and in the end of conquering, the powerful force of the antichrist. I am forming you all, defending you and blessing you.” (To The Priests: Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, Message 407).

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  7. Julia says:

    @Robert Cunningham, thank you for sharing this piece from Fr Gobbi’s book. I had read it years ago and it was well worth reading again.

    All these pieces of information along with Charlie’s work are a great help in keeping me positive about my Catholic Faith. It is all indeed too big for me to understand in one mental picture. So I just carry on practising the precious Faith, with more fervour for the Glory of God.

    It is a privelidge to aim to be a simple foot solder in Gods service and all we have to do is ‘take the next right step, Trust in God, and be a sign of hope to those around us.’ As we wait for the great unfolding.

    The interesting thing is. From what Charlie writes, all these scenarios could turn out to be turned on their head by the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, around the end of 2017. But I wonder if the intellectuals in our societies would ever admit where leaving God out of societies has led us, and where it nearly wound up without the intervention of God, (holding hope He does intervene).

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  8. Arby says:

    Hi Charlie, thank you so much for your crystal clear summary of Islam, I’m a third grader on the subject and on world politics for that matter and so i appreciate your concise clear summary. I love Father Gobbi and had the grace and honor of attending two Masses in Santa Fe. The only one thing i remember from his homily’s is: “Mary wins in the end”!
    Can you please explain something to me; in Our Lady’s message to Father Gobbi of 1989 submitted above What exactly is the beast of 1998?

    Thanks,

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry Arby, for matters of discipline, I rarely read others prophecies, much less comment on them.

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      • janet333 says:

        I have met Fr Gobbi’s and also have his book somewhere.. but I am a little cautious since he spoke about the Second Coming, the reign of Jesus, the Bride coming down from heaven, as being something that will happen soon. These things don’t occur till the end of the world…before this we will have the era of peace. It all confuses me. I have to admit. 😦

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        • Doug says:

          Ah, but even Jesus said he was coming soon in Revelation 22:20. So “soon” is a very relative term here. God’s time is not necessarily our time.

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Doug,

            Ah, but even Jesus said he was coming soon in Revelation 22:20. So “soon” is a very relative term here. God’s time is not necessarily our time.”

            Yes I understand this but we are now preparing now for an ‘Intermediate Coming,’ which the Fathers of the Church spoke about, and which Charlie tells us is a “rescue”. and then a period of peace. All before the time satan is let loose for a while and then the Second Coming. This is why I get confused when seers warn us to be ready for the Second Coming.

            I am ready to be corrected on the above 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Janet. Thanks. This is actually how I view it too. I was trying to infer that the scripture points that we do not know the time and hour where as what Charlie and other seers through various approved and unapproved apparitions say that we will be going through times of trial, but it is not the end. From this and since we are being given fare warning, it is probably not the “official” end time. I don’t know if we will really recognize the “real” end of time. Does this make sense? Either way, I take the view we can die tomorrow. So I have to ask myself, am I ready to meet God? I have much growing to do.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            ‘‘I am coming soon’ is not the physical second coming of Jesus but the visitation. A visitation, as understood among the ancients, would be when a general who has already conquered a city, and had established a covenant with a city, goes on to conquer other cities. And eventually to test the allegiance and the fidelity of the citizens of the first city he had conquered he comes back suddenly, apocalypses- he appears. A surprise visit. He is revealed to determine whether they are faithful to the covenant or not. This is what is indicated behind the “I am coming soon”. It is the visitation that Jesus will do under the guise of political powers, under the guise of economic powers, because all of that is His dominion. These are all ways through which Christ indicates how he rule. ‘
            Taken from the bible study — Book of Revelation CD or teaching #42-Epilogue by Naji Mouawad Qorbono

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          • Doug says:

            Very insightful. I have never thought of this before. Thank you.

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Janet

          Prophecy is never fully understood until it is over. I do not believe that it is God’s Will that we know the future. Rather, God gives us prophecy through chosen vessels to give us hope and so when the event does occur we are left in awe and exclaim that only God could do this and we praise him.

          The Jews had prophecy about the coming of the Messiah for centuries and were waiting for him but no one got it right in all their study. God did enlighten a few of his coming, namely three foreigners (Magi) and a small group of the poor (shepherds) and they rejoiced at his coming.

          Prophecy is meant to give us hope. That is one of the things that I like about Charlie’s message – it is hope in a dark time.

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          • janet333 says:

            “Prophecy is meant to give us hope. That is one of the things that I like about Charlie’s message – it is hope in a dark time.”

            I agree Robert..and Charlie says it right….we are heading for a ‘storm’ and thankfully a ‘rescue’ It’s not the Second Coming yet.

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        • snowowl says:

          Janet, do you know what’s always helped me? Charity, being charitable,, believing all good things in Charity when it comes to things like this. When I read about yet to be or unapproved prophecies and/or visions if I find them filled with Truth I accept them and learn from them. If the Church approves them I am so happy. If the Church condemns them I instantly let it go, walk away and pray for the person(s) involved. Either way I am safe because I remain faithful to the Church! Someone taught me this long ago and it has always stayed with me, I can’t recall who, but I am pretty certain it was one our Popes expounding on St.Paul who says this in the Bible.

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          • janet333 says:

            Believe me I do understand about unapproved writings. I have been fooled too many times in the last few years..and the last one is causing me a lot of work trying to get the followers away from her demonic writings, despite her being condemned by her Bishop..

            “Either way I am safe because I remain faithful to the Church! ”

            Yes absolutely Snowowl. I also remain faithful to her 🙂

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        • NancyA says:

          Janet, like you, I have been to a Cenacle with Fr.G. and was very much involved with the MMP… but I read some things that cast doubt that I could not adequately refute. I also saw some not altogether good fruits. I chose then to stick again to what the Church has already pronounced upon . I will wait. It has led to some awkwardness with someone I esteem, but has also left me more clearheaded, I think.

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        • Beckita says:

          Perhaps the greatest fruits of Fr. Gobbi’s work for MMP were the multitude of prayer groups formed worldwide with people consecrating themselves to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. It was an honor to be part of a MMP cenacle for nearly 25 years. (When I prayed with Fr. Gobbi in a large cenacle, I quietly giggled as he rather impertinently corrected the choir’s interpretative rendition of the Portugese folk song to which he had written lyrics.) No doubt to me, this movement was a powerhouse of prayer contributing to the days of intense Storm being shortened. As for the interpretation of the locutions given him, here’s but one excellent piece to consider while attempting to interpret them:https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/189/ Or take your pick from this extensive list: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/category/prophecy-2/

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          • janet333 says:

            I was pleased to read this morning that Fr Gobbi had said that “Jesus will not return in the flesh, but He will return in spirit. He will not reign in the flesh, but He will reign in the Holy Eucharist.”….Also “Satan will be loosed upon the world for a short period then Satan will be confined in Hell for eternity. The second resurrection and the Last Judgement are to follow.”

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          • Doug says:

            Janet, are you referring to after the rescue or the final second coming?

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Doug…I was referring to the Rescue. Many people seem to think we are near the Second Coming events..but they are not to happen until after the period of peace.

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. Thanks. I think that too.

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      Arby

      The Beast is freemasonry supported by the evil one. It has been building since the French revolution and growing in power and has been condemned by many popes. In fact, Catholics are forbidden to be members of the masonic lodge. In essence, it denies the divinity of Jesus Christ and reduces the Catholic faith to just one of the many religions in the world. In the end, it makes man then center of one’s worship.

      In our times, the Beast is assisted by ecclesiastical freemasonry (beast with two horns). That is to say, members of the clergy who deny aspects of the faith like the Resurrection of our Lord, the Real Presence in the Eucharist, the miracles, the authority of the Church and the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. Through naturalism, rationalism and pseudo-intellectualism it seeks to downplay the Rosary and other devotions. It reduces Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to as minimalistic a place as possible. It is the loss of faith and rebellion.

      You can see both of these spoke of in the Book of Revelation in prophecy language.

      Robert

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      • zeniazenia says:

        the beast from the land (Israel–Promised Land ) refers to any unjust temple priests during the time of Jesus. That includes the present insiders in all the way to the Vatican who are corrupt, The beast from the sea (meaning .gentiles) refers to corporate corruption in the world and politics.–then and now.

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  9. snowowl says:

    Charlie, not sure if you had a chance to listen to any news this morning- I heard a Muslim man in France has gone viral, I guess on Facebook… with his call to action. He said “I am addressing all Muslims, Muslims of France: lets protect our beautiful religion. Let’s go and track down these “impostors” who pretend to be Muslims and kill people.” It’s not authorities who are going to get rid of them- It’s up to us”. He said this is how ‘most’ Muslims feel”. He’s a former Jihadist himself, his name is Mubin Shaikh and he has a book out ‘Undercover Jihadi’. Fox News interviewed him..I’m sure anyone can look this up and listen to it. I found this amazing!!! What an iincredibly brave and courageous man- God save him!

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    • Doug says:

      I know this will sound cynical and I want to be careful here. I have not read this nor do I know this man’s story. I truly hope he is sincere. However, I would like to understand if he is still professing to be Muslim and how he reconciles Islamic teaching against promoting anti violence? I am cautious because this can actually be a firm of jihad.

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  10. snowowl says:

    I also heard this one…I loved it- thought you might enjoy it as well. “Why would this administration tell us not to judge a certain group of people because of a few radical terrorists but they judge all gun owners because of a few radical users?” William- on Fox News. Very good question, William- I like the way he thinks!

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    • Mick says:

      God bless and protect him, Snowowl. I fear, however, that he may be a dead man walking; and that it will be his co-religionists who do him in.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Snowowl, I saw two pictures side-by-side online. One with a single Christian football player kneeling in prayer on the sidelines of the field and the other was a busy city block which is allowed to be closed during business hours to allow a multitude of Muslims to pray in the street. Guess which one was considered offensive and worthy of being banned? How, pray tell can anyone not understand those threatened by this?!? It is less about refugees coming to the US and more about our citizens feeling that we may have to seek asylum from our own nation, imho.

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      • snowowl says:

        jlynnbyrd, I think Satan has blinded them and there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. People are either going to snap to attention and act in an instant (what ever is called for for each person’s different situation) when the storm hits full force or perish of their own free will and wrong choice. God keeps giving us the time needed to wake up. Charlie keeps saying this in so many ways. I believe that God, in His mercy, will make Himself known in a way never seen before so that people will actually KNOW the Truth. They won’t be able to say they didn’t know or choose in ignorance then. I believe Mary will be His chosen one to do His will…who can stand against this? Not Islam, not Satan…so who>? Only us, because of our freewill.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          I fully trust our Rescue and Triumph will transpire as prophesized. In the meantime, the building up of evil as good and good as evil fuels the fires of fear and discontent in a whirlwind of chaos and confusion. It is truly time to be a light in the darkness at any cost.

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      • snowowl says:

        I forgot to add this 🙂 hehe
        Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit, Merry, says to Treebeard, “Well have you made your decision yet?”
        Treebeard says, “The Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always done.”
        Merry says ” How can that be your decision?!”
        Treebeard responds, “This is not our war!”
        Merry yells “But you’re part of this world…aren’t you?”
        Ents look around sheepishly and grumble…and then Treebeard actually sees the destruction, calls his friends to the fight and they save the day!

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  11. Bobg says:

    As for what God Muslims worship, John said “God is love” and as such evil does not reflect the acts of a God of love, the best possible interpretation of these misguided souls is that they either have a totally misguided view of who God is or they are worshipping a demon. I read once a book about Islam, I don’t remember the title, but the author believed Mohammud had taken allah, one of a pantheon of Arabic polytheistic Gods, allah being the moon god and made him the only one allowed to be worshipped in his “religion”. An aside, I had read the revelations of a nun who had believed that God the Father had appeared to her and asked that a feast be named in honor of God in his role as Father, the first person of the Blessed Trinity. I had once asked my spiritual director why we have no feast in our liturgical calendar for God as Father and he asked my to write and ask our bishop that question. A feast fro God as Father would serve as a teaching moment to educate us on how good and loving our true Father really is.

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    • Bobg says:

      Thinking further I find it interesting how both misguided ideas of what the true God wants as in Paul of Tarsus witnessing the stoning of Steven as well as the worship of demons as in the Aztecs murdering thousands can both lead to great evil. Without God’s grace and our response to the same how stupid and blind we poor humans can become!

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    • Beckita says:

      Mother Eugenia Ravasio is the nun to whom you refer, Bobg. I found these revelations to be very moving as Mother Ravasio conveyed that God the Father sat next to her, removed His Crown of Glory and expressed His desire to be loved by His chidlren. This leaves me nearly speechless. These revelations were investigated by the Church and, in 1945, the Bishop of Grenoble, France, the Most Rev. A. Caillot, made an official pronouncement, deeming them to be of supernatural origin http://www.motherofallpeoples.com/2008/08/god-the-father-speaks-to-his-children-part-i/

      Heaven has worked overtime to get our attention. Now the Storm intensifies. In the words of our Sherpa: “Steady on.”

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      • What a blessing to have come across your comment about God The Father Beckita! This is the first time on Next Right Step that I have seen any mention of Mother Eugenia. The message of God The Father had a profound effect on me some years ago and at one level or another I have been promoting it ever since, including recording the entire message as an audio file about five or six years ago. I invite you and anyone else interested to visit Divine Mercy Network to read my post on this revelation and to download the text and / or audio of the The Father Speaks to His Children.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for the link, John. How interesting! Where, may I ask, did you find that image of God the Father which is posted on the page? I’m looking forward to seeing the ways our God Who is Love brings to fulfillment all authentic prophecy as we live through the Storm, Rescue and Rebuilding process. God bless you, John, your family and your good works!

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          • Mother Eugenia wrote that when the Father took on the appearance of a man, He wasn’t the old man we often see and in the revelation the Father even makes mention of this – that He is not the stern old unnapproachable man depicted in many works of art. So after I read this and gave it to my mother-in-law (an accomplished iconographer) to read, I then asked her to create an icon of Mother Eugenia’s description of God The Father. We have a growing group of people who celebrate God The Father on the first Sunday of August each year and I have had the original of this icon on the Altar on several occasions where it has been blessed by the Celebrant. Feel free to “right click” and save the icon to your devices. Clicking the icon should also play the full audio recording I did of the book (which can also be downloaded as an MP3.)
            God The Father

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, the approachability and tenderness capturing so much of what Jesus revealed in the Gospels about Our Father is infused in these remarkable encounters in both Abba’s words and described demeanor! Indeed your mother-in-law is accomplished in her work. The icon is absolutely beautiful. I love entering the mysteries of our faith when meditating and gazing upon icons. John, has your MIL ever considered making prints of this image?

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          • Beckita says:

            Please take a peek at a beautiful image of God the Father and Jesus the Redeemer on the FB page of the good World Apostolate of Fatima connected to the Blue Army Shrine in NJ: https://www.facebook.com/WAFUSA/?fref=photo The expression of Abba clinging to Jesus brings to mind Jesus clinging to our Mother in icons of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Merciful Like the Father. Amen!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            It is beautiful and warms my heart.

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  12. Bobg says:

    I remember the discussion Scott Hahn, the theology professor, recounts of his meeting with an Imam he planned to have a debate with and how the Imam became outraged when Scott called God “Our Father” calling it blasphemy to talk of God like that and the Imam said that you could think of God as a dog owner who can use or dispose of his dog at will but for the Muslim, he didn’t believe they could call God Father. And the debate wasn’t held as without even basic agreement on who God is there was not common ground to debate from.

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  13. Bobg says:

    And apart from us knowing that Jesus had died and freed us from our sins, who among us would have the audacity to call God our Father? So it is most fully in the revelation of our redemption that we can best understand who our God is. Others without that understanding keep trying to work their way to God and I suppose for them any understanding of God would be a fearsome thing, to believe that God wants to be a Father to us miserable sinners!

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    • prayingflower says:

      I hesitate to post this because I cannot remember the source and I cannot locate it. But I will do my best here because I think the message gives us an important evangelical tool. I heard a radio interview last year of a young man who is a convert from Islam and who is also a musician. He lives in the Middle East. His father was an Assembly of God pastor who was killed. The son converted to Christianity and took his father’s place as an AG pastor. He said that they are converting many muslims by explaining to them the Father/Son relationship. This appeals to them very much because of the love and respect muslims have for their fathers. Someone here may know who this person is and can give us his name and the name of his website, which I no longer have. His music is beautiful!

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  14. Arby says:

    Thank you Robert Cunnigham, for the explanation.

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  15. capo828487@yahoo.com says:

    Thanks for a wonderful article have sent to many, may His Spirit continues to guide and anoint you! Blessings

    Sent from my iPhone

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  16. Bob says:

    We are Christians here. It is our job to “test the spirits to see if they are of God”, as the Bible says in several places. We routinely test various visions and apparitions here but as for those of Mohammud, they should be easy to discern. As John says in first John somewhere “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus came in the flesh is not of God”. As his so called “revelations from a so called Gabriel contradict the revelations of Jesus, His death and resurrection they are not of the same Gabriel who came to Mary, or most likely to Charlie, our friend here. So instead of “let’s get along together” let us ask God for the grace and wisdom on how to speak the truth in love which is what our Pope Emertus Benedict used to always say. And that includes to Muslims too when the time is right.

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  17. Philip says:

    Hi Charlie–Thank you for your reflections, as always.

    My question has to do with Pope Francis’ words in “The Joy of the Gospel”. In that document he addresses Islam in paragraphs 252 and 253.

    He ends that section by writing: “Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

    What are your thoughts on this? It seems that it makes it a little harder for an obedient, orthodox Catholic to take up the position you promote. It seems like one could respectfully disagree with Pope Francis on this issue, but then it comes to the issue of causing scandal by promoting something different than Pope Francis wrote.

    Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts! Peace an joy!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, I will defer to some of the bona fide experts we have here…but the Pope is authoritative and binding on Catholic Doctrine. He may or may not be astute on comparative religions…that is a quality that attaches to the man, not the office, I think. The Pope is certainly not authoritative on what a “proper” reading of the Koran would be. He can speak of what he thinks it should be, but I assume a “proper” reading would be something other than a literal reading, for literally, it is just blood-curdling.

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      • Mack says:

        I’m not an expert on this, but just to note, Joy of the Gospel is an apostolic exhortation, not an encyclical. So it’s a bit lower on the rung of authoritative documents, so to speak. It’s more of a pastoral exhortation and not as much about doctrinal matters.
        Of course, as Charlie noted, teaching on Islam does not come under the pope’s authority as such. I think it’s somewhat similar to the judgments the pope made about scientific matters in his encyclical on the environment. Although he clearly agrees with one side of the debate, he does at one point admit that there can be divergent views on that matter. It would be the same here.

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      • Bob says:

        I must take time to read the Koran myself in more depth. As for the Bible there are some “blood curdling” things there too. Some of the battle psalms of enemies being ground in the dust, heads rolling, and other places of “their corpses being given to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the fields”, putting their enemies under the ban, etc. But in the Bible we have the violence of those times being put in perspective with the teachings of Jesus on mercy and forgiveness. And we have a progression from more blunt responses to evil to Jesus asking for more tempered responses without denying the need for self defense when necessary. And we now use many of the psalms in focusing on spiritual warfare. With the Koran, just what I have read, I don’t see any progression to a more tempered response, just a hodge podge of varying sayings. In fairness some Muslims have come to think of Jihad in terms of fighting evil within themselves, of bettering themselves and society, but many still take these violent saying far too literally.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It is not the same, Bob. Throughout history, there have been brutal times. Jews and Christians have gone to war for standard reasons – territory, national glory, resources. But Islam is unique in demanding the death of any who will not convert – and it is the prime motivating factor in the Koran.

          In Christianity, if someone commits violence to force someone to convert, we disobey the command of Our Founder. In Islam, if someone refuses to commit violence to force other to convert, he disobeys the command of their founder. Huge difference here.

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          • Bob says:

            I will put my hand over my mouth so to speak at this point as I know the Bible and the Koran both have references to violence and to warfare but I have not read the Koran enough to speak with understanding about this point about it and Charlie has read the book.

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        • Doug says:

          Bob, an absolutely great place to start to get info is a Web site called http://www.politicalislam.com

          Click the books link and then audio books link on the right. There is a 14 part audio series you can down load for $9.99. The series is an excellent introduction to Islam. The curator of the site, Bill Warner, is very good at giving an educational understanding.

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        • Doug says:

          One more thing Bob. If you do check out political Islam Web site, instead of asking “how or why can people do such things like Paris?”, if you are like me, and see these things, they will not surprise you anymore. I now say yup, it’s what they teach.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Bob, to add to Charlie’s comment, when you say, “I don’t see any progression to a more tempered response, just a hodge podge of varying sayings.”, I can tell you are reading the ahistorical version of the Qu’ran. It has been deliberately jumbled. If you can get hold of a Qu’ran that is historically laid out, you will find a relatively steady progression on Muhammed’s part from concern, to annoying, to banditry and violence, to genocidal anti-semitism, to genocide-of-all-kuffar (the latter definitely including you and me in its ambit).

          This kind of evolution, or should I say personal devolution, is consistent with the hypothesis that “Gabriel” was demonic.

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    • snowowl says:

      ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

      Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State group, who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Islam or flee their homes.

      “In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Francis said. “I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I’m not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ just ‘stop.’ And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.”
      I found countless articles on where Pope Francis-(there’s more if you see link below)
      http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/pope-endorses-use-force-stop-isis
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2725880/Pope-Francis-calls-urgent-military-action-stop-systematic-violence-against-minorities-Iraq.html
      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-francis-tells-muslims-stop-isis-article-1.1947719

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  18. narnialion54 says:

    Such a brilliant article, Charlie. Thank you!

    So much to read, here, I can hardly keep up with the comments. 😉
    I used to wonder about Jesus saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)

    As you can tell from my moniker, I love C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles (they kept me believing in a loving and mysterious God when all around me was ashes). So my understanding of Jesus’ saying came from C.S. Lewis.

    This passage is from The Last Battle when Aslan, the noble Lion (representing God) meets Emeth, a young soldier of the Calormene Empire who has lived for the god Tash (representing satan). Here, from WikiNarnia, is the passage:

    “When Emeth looked up he found he was no longer in the stable, but in a strange but pleasant land. Thinking that he had come to Tash’s country he began to journey through it to find him. But instead of finding Tash, he encountered Aslan, who welcomed him and addressed him as a son. Emeth was confused by this, telling Aslan that he must surely be mistaken, as he was a son of Tash. Aslan explained to him that as he had lived his life uprightly;

    “I take to me the services which thou hast done to Tash. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.”
    ―Aslan, talking to Emeth[src]
    Emeth had not entered Tash’s country, but Aslan’s Country.”

    http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Emeth

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    • Andy says:

      Read this article that cites Fulton Sheen it will blow your mind

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      • LukeMichael says:

        I love Bishop Sheen but the reference to Pope Francis preaching damnation not salvation is repugnant.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I have removed the link. Sorry about that. Some things sneak through.

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          • Andy says:

            I am sorry – I love pope Francis – and Fulton Sheen is my greatest hero but I obviously need to be more diligent in my readings.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, don’t worry about it, Andy. The anti-pope apostasy is growing and using very clever means to lure people in. They have come to use titles of Our Lady and several beloved saints to try to get people to read them. Amusingly, some of my more shrieking critics on other sites are actually coming from MDM people these days, always couching their attacks in my supposed lack of orthodoxy. The devil is frantic and clever. We must be diligent – but every once in a while something will get through. That wolf is getting better sheep costumes for this final assault. So long as we toss him when we recognize him, we will be fine.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Charlie! Frantic and vile at every turn. I see it all around me up close and personal as well as in every possible venue on the world scene. Onward!

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      • narnialion54 says:

        Dear Charlie and Andy,
        This is indeed a beautiful piece. However, I read down to the end and it promotes Pope Francis as the anti-christ, which Charlie, you have assured us he is not.

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      • jobrower says:

        Charlie,

        The following quote is taken from the website, returntofatima.org. “It is becoming increasingly clear, even to the Novus Ordo “conservative” Catholics, that Pope Francis is preaching a “religion of man”, emptied of all concept of sin, and even of Jesus Christ crucified. Thus, he is not preaching salvation but damnation.”

        Don’t think this kind of language will resonate with the Next Right Steppers.

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  19. Marcia Smith says:

    Dear Mr. Johnston, I am a new subscriber, a friend of Michael and Lisa Brown, and learned of you through Spirit Daily. After reading through everything you have on your website, I have questions, and please excuse me if I seem to be too direct. Did you receive your following predictions from Gabriel, Jesus or Mary directly , or have you discerned this by connecting the dots of our Catholic mystical history. Nothing wrong with that. Just need to know as I spread to others what you are saying.
    #1. The Triumph in October 2017 – 100th anniversary of Fatima.
    #2. The reunification of the Christian denominations – 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation
    #3. The world wide eco collapse.
    #4. The “Illumination”.
    #5. The visible manifestation of Mary for all to see.
    #6. The collapse of technology with grids being hit.
    #7. 26 million will die in the worst upheaval in civilization.
    #8. Obama will not finish his term, but will leave in shame.
    And all of the above to be fulfilled by late 2017.

    By way of my being a credible witness to our Faith, I am devoted to Our Lady Queen of Peace in Medjugorje and have promoted her messages daily since 1987. I have taught in the Catholic Church for 40 years, am devoted to JPII by way of a blood connection, and devoted to Our Lord in
    Eucharistic Adoration, and to Our Lady’s Rosary – for sure the chain that binds satan!!! I have taught in the Charismatic Renewal and the Marian Movement. I am a mother and a grandmother, and very much involved in the pro-life movement in Calif, as well as defending traditional marriage in the Church. Well, that’s enough about me to help you know that what ever answers you can give me will be helpful as I extend your warnings of the Storm to family, friends and all my pagan friends and acquaintances. Thanks so much for your time. God Bless you with all the graces you need for Heaven. In JMJ Marcia

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    • charliej373 says:

      Usually I just redirect people to the “Search” feature on this site, Marcia, but your list is nice and concise – and zeroes in on key elements. So let me respond. First, know that I was taught to take responsibility for everything I say myself unless I am specifically ordered or given leave to attribute it. But even if I am merely repeating what I am told, I have to take full responsibility for it unless allowed otherwise. You zeroed in on some key things I am given leave to speak fully on.

      1) I was told by my angel that we will be visibly and miraculously rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception late in 2017 – and ordered to tell people that and from whence it came. The connection with Fatima was obvious once I learned what Fatima was (I am not a cradle Catholic). The heavenly beings have always called it the Rescue to me. Some people I respect said it sounded like the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. After some study, I agree – but that is my interpretation.

      2) I was told that God, Himself, will see to the unity with the Rescue – and that in the meantime we are to treat each other as full and equal partners in the work before us. I did not put the chips together and realize this would be 500 years exactly after Martin Luther’s original break until I was walking on my pilgrimage.

      3) I was shown the collapse of all our institutions in no little detail.

      4) I have been told nothing specifically of the Illumination. Anything I have said on it is interpretation from what I have been shown.

      5) Both my angel and Our Lady, herself, have told me this.

      6) Our technology will fail – but it will not be permanent.

      7) It certainly is not the greatest upheaval in physical casualties…only about a third of WWII. But it is the greatest upheaval in history to this point, with no place of safety from the terror.

      8) This I was told before he had even secured the nomination.

      I realize some of my answers may not completely satisfy you, but these are my answers. I am impressed with how clearly you zeroed in on salient points.

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      • janet333 says:

        Charlie I’ve just been reading Mark Malletts latest article…….” A holy priest I know in the U.S. sees the souls in Purgatory most every night, spends his days in prayer, and evenings in vigil. In April of 2008, he confided to me that the French saint, Thérèse de Lisieux, appeared to him in a dream wearing a dress for her first Communion. She led him to the church, however, upon reaching the door, he was barred from entering. She turned to him and said:
        Just as my country, which was the eldest daughter of the Church, killed her priests and faithful, so will the persecution of the Church take place in your own country. In a short time, the clergy will go into exile and will be unable to enter the churches openly. They will minister to the faithful in clandestine places. The faithful will be deprived of the “kiss of Jesus” [Holy Communion]. The laity will bring Jesus to them in the absence of the priests

        A year later, he heard St. Thérèse, audibly this time, repeat her message with more urgency:
        In a short time, what took place in my native country, will take place in yours. The persecution of the Church is imminent. Prepare yourself.”

        Have you written anything about this coming persecution Charlie?

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        • charliej373 says:

          That persecution is ongoing – yet I do not see what is described above as happening for very long at all, if at all in the literal sense. God never leaves us without recourse. There are details I could miss or be wrong on, but the sweep of the whole thing is playing out as I have seen – although as usual, it is more compressed than even I imagined it would be…for which I am very thankful.

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      • BD says:

        Thank you Charlie and Marcia for the recap. When I step back and ponder those points, I find myself frightened and rejoicing at the same time.

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      • Joe says:

        Charlie,
        I know you don’t like going into details, but regarding point #1, i always assumed “late 2017” meant either Dec 7th (obvious for the Immaculate Conception being the savior) or Dec 12th (obvious since it will be through Our Lady of Tepeyec). October 13th does really strike me as late, but i guess the 10th month is considered late…either way, the sooner the better 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          I do not know the date – and when I presumed to interpret it, I was tartly corrected by my angel.

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          • Joe says:

            Thanks for the reply. I do realize and admit to this “vain musing”; the comment just got that part of my mind going. I don’t make a habit of spending much time on the actual date. Those were just my initial thoughts.
            Now, back to more sincere and deliberate “steps” in accord with His will in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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    • Marcia Smith says:

      Thank you so much Mr. Johnston. I may have a few more questions in the days ahead, and I am most grateful for your response. Blessings and Prayers for you, Marcia

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    • Doug says:

      Marcia, welcome here!  God bless you!

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  20. James Todd says:

    I’d say Charlie hit the nail on the head with this post. The problem is not radical Islam — it is Islam PERIOD. I learned this from a person whose name is Mark Christian. Mark has a very interesting background. He was born in Egypt as the son of a radical Muslim Imam and was being groomed to take his place. He converted to Christianity and now lives in the U.S. There is a price on his head (fatwa) because of his conversion. I have met Mark and a meal and conversation with him at my brother’s home. Mark travels the country speaking about the problems with Islam and trying to educate the people of our country. Sadly it is an uphill battle. Most people have their heads in the sand and don’t want to believe the obvious. And it is obvious.

    To compare and contrast

    If a Christian takes his faith seriously and earnestly, and lives his life according the the tenets of the faith it will show in his outward charity (love) for others.

    If a Muslim takes his faith seriously and earnestly and lives his life according to the tenets of his faith he will try to kill or enslave the infidel (anyone that is not muslim).

    The difference is clear, the faithful practice of Christianity brings about a manifestation of love.
    The faithful practice of Islam is manifested with violence, hatred and killing.

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  21. janet333 says:

    I found something interesting..that many of you might already know about.

    In 2017 there is to occur something like the star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi . Interesting also is the fact that this event will start November 20, 2016 when Jupiter (the king planet) enters the body (belly) of the constellation of Virgo (the Virgin). At the foot of Virgo, we find the moon. Above the head is a crown of twelve stars, formed by the usual nine stars in the constellation of Leo with the addition of Mercury, Venus and Mars. Very much like the vision of Revelation 12 This astronomical event will happen just three weeks before the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Fatima. I’ve Just realised also that November 20, 2016, is the same day the “Year of Mercy” will end . The same day of the feast of Christ the King. God’s signs are in the heavens!. Wow!

    Maybe someone else can explain this better than I have as I cannot locate the source right now, so having to use my own words to describe what I’ve read.

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  22. Clare Anderson says:

    An excellent article, and very helpful. I’ve travelled in Moslem countries and met ‘experts’ on Islam but all the same am viewing it from the outside, as it seems we all do here. it seems so strange. In the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul they have the swords and a few hairs of the beard of Muhammed, on permanent display. We on the other hand have the Shroud of Our Lord who never carried weapons or killed people.

    However, I think you are not right in saying that Islam has no contemplative dimension – this would appear correct for most Moslems but there is Sufism which claims to be the mystical side of the religion. I looked it up on Wiki because I know so little about it, and apparently Sufis do try to conquer the passions and live in the Will of God. BUT they regard Muhammed as the perfect man and the supreme model. I would not take such a killer as a model nor someone whose final marriage to a child would not be approved in any culture now or in the past. Incidentally, there is a school of thought that Muhammed didn’t exist – he doesn’t appear in any documents other than Islamic ones.

    Where are the women saints of Islam? You are spot on about it being a religion of appetites – women are objects of carnal desire or brood mares. I don’t think there are any women saints, thinkers or theologians in Islam.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Clare, I think you misunderstood. I never said there is no contemplative side to Islam…you just attributed that statement to me without me ever making it. The Hadith ARE contemplative documents – and many have been written trying to soften the harsh literal statements of the Koran. I would that there were more such contemplation in Islam. If there were enough, they would soon be Christians.

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  23. BD says:

    I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving especially the Contentious Squirrel. God Bless to All…

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    • Doug says:

      Happy Thanksgiving BD! I took Charlie to heart that it was OK to do some temperal preparations for the storm. Thus, I have my attack squirrels ready and trained to protect my family from any nefarious diabolical sceme against us during the storm.

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    • YongDuk says:

      I am so undeserving, thank you though. . .

      The cat keeps killing squirrels here.

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      • Doug says:

        Oh no! Cat killing squirrels! You must be in the full furry, I mean fury of the storm. 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Okay, I keep reading about squirrels with you guys and I keep hoping, as I read, I will ‘get it’ but alas, I’m not getting it… so Doug, will you kindly explain this to me? I can be pretty dense at times!

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          • Doug says:

            I am not sure I should tell you because Snowy Owls eat squirrels 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thanks Doug! You are so very helpful 😛

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          • YongDuk says:

            It’s all Michael Patrick’s fault, Squirrel-Eater.

            Charlie, can you put up a link or a search feature on squirrel/roadkill/Michael Patrick, please, and the bike ride the started this all?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Haha, Jackie just threatened all of the squirrel with a very yummy sounding recipe 🙂 Their time is short!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            YD, I was able to pinpoint the beginning of our squirrel trail tale to November 15, 2015 – and the rest is TNRS squirrel history (in the making!)

            New comment on The Next Right Step

            Michael Patrick commented on Soldiers of Christ; Missionaries of Mercy.
            in response to YongDuk:
            You and I would agree on the Wilderness and Eucharistic Adoration Chapel! I typed a long reply but lost it. It ends that I took a 2 hour bike ride to pray and thought of you too, but it was a squirrel killed by a car. My thought was that you too probably prayed for […]
            Dead squirrel, eh? Ha! You do realize the American Coot (Fulica americana) is an actual water bird and I wasn’t simply making an ‘old coot’ jab, Young Duck. Words. They’re so very important and I’m once again humbled by my haste and some deplorable sentence structure I’d prefer to fix… but too late.
            I would relish lengthy speculation on things to come, but I’m not much counting on seeing critters in Heaven in the short run. Still, I’m holding out for the new Heaven and new earth and all that John describes in Revelation 21-22. Who knows, maybe Mercy will let us wander along the banks of that life giving river… look, there’s that ‘ole Coot over there… and hey, squirrel!
            At the moment, though, I’ve got my hands full getting to the bottom of one of Charlie’s pithy gems that I apparently missed as well in my haste.

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          • Doug says:

            I’ll see if I can find the original squirrel tail, I mean mean tale, I mean trail on TNRS.

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          • janet333 says:

            I sdon’t know what the squirrels mean. I thought it was an American thing. 😉 lol

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          • Doug says:

            I am having fun laughing Snowy Owl. The squirrel got its start from one of Yong Duk’s posts back on Charlie’s November 14 Post. You can find it in the achieves. Let me know if you cannot find it. Basically, YD was writing a response to a post by MP and lost his reply after writing. He ended with that he went for a 2 hour bike ride and saw a squirrel road kill. At the time I read this, I caught a squirrel eating out of my bird feeder and commented that he is being fattened up for when I need to shoot him for food during the storm. Well, that started a chain reaction of hilarious squirrel comments that have included camp fire squirrels songs and squirrely behavior that has kept going to date. As such, the squirrel has sort of morphed into the TNRS mascot. Some of us are even going out to buy squirrel ornaments for our Christmas trees.

            As I reflect on this, I think the squirrel is a great representation of TNRS. Here are some reasons:
            1) The squirrel spends its time in the warm season gathering nuts for the long stormy winter. We are preparing here temporally and spiritually for the storm like the squirrel gathering its nuts.
            2) The squirrel will unsuspectingly twitch its tail to warn other squirrels about impending danger. As preparation for the storm, we are building each other up here and helping take The Next Right Step to do God’s will and help our fellow brothers and sisters through the dangers of the storm.
            3) Squirrels are very trusting animals and remind us that we will need to be entirely dependent on God and totally trust him as we progress through the furry, I mean fury of the storm.
            4) Squirrels tend to run in erratic paths. This is intended to deceive potential predators as to its chosen direction so that it may escape. We may need this tactic during the storm to evade the dangers and traps of the evil one. Of course, the down side of this is potential indecision that often turns squirrels into road kill…..
            5) The squirrel is the Native American symbol for preparation, trust and thriftiness.
            6) This may be unpopular to some folks, but squirrels are a good food source if during the storm conventional means of acquiring food is scarce.
            7) Squirrels are so cuddly cute, furry. How can anyone not like a squirrel?

            God bless you and Merry Christmas!

            Doug 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Okay…a quick story. My late Uncle Harold was a great tree man – and absolutely hilarious. He literally could read you the phone book and have you rolling on the floor with laughter. When I was 16, he caught a couple of squirrels while he was working in a tree. He brought them to us and we took them on as pets. They took to us real quick and enjoyed it in the home. They were so funny. If I would go stand quietly in the living room, they would start chasing each other around and, every time, both would run up one of my legs, across my shoulders, and down the other leg in their mad, merry chase. It felt so weird and funny. It broke me up with laughter every time. We only had them a few months, though – for when my youngest brother was born, my Mom insisted we return them to the wild, for fear they might bite the baby. I argued, noting that they had never attempted to bite any of us…but I knew, too, that Mom was right. I was sad to see my little squirrel buddies go. It seemed to me they were happy to stay with us for a while…and they were equally happy to get back to their home in the trees. I still miss them sometimes.

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          • Doug says:

            You know Charlie, with stories like that, it will make it very hard for me to shoot a single squirrel if it comes down to it during the storm 🙂

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          • Our favorite family squirrel story. My young son of 12 was testing his hunting skills with his new BB gun and brought home two squirrels. He begged me to cook them for dinner. I told him that I was just a city girl and didn’t know how to cook squirrel. He persisted and I agreed to try. Of course I couldn’t find a recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook but I did find one (the internet was just beginning.) Four of us were greatly anticipating dinner that night (my husband, two sons and one of my daughters), two of us (myself and my youngest daughter who was 6 at the time) decided that no way were we eating squirrel so I also prepared fish sticks. Well my older daughter took the first big bite and took off screaming for the bathroom, haha, apparently she got a big squirrel hair stuck between her front teeth and couldn’t get it out. If that wasn’t funny enough, my husband took the next bite, and in his quiet, serious way spit two BB’s out on his plate. Oh, we laughed and laughed. My 6 year old and I just happily munched on our fishsticks and watched the show.

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          • Doug says:

            I love it Michelle! Your family is well prepared for the storm with that experience.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Michelle, you are a brave and good mother and wife. I greatly appreciate the good laugh your family story gave to me. God bless you all.

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          • prayingflower says:

            Nice reflection, Doug. Yes, even I would eat a squirrel if I was starving, but someone else would have to kill it and prepare it.

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          • Doug says:

            Aaahhh yes (laughing) 🙂

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          • Petra says:

            Doug said: “1) The squirrel spends its time in the warm season gathering nuts for the long stormy winter. ”
            (Sorry folks, I can’t resist.)
            yep, I’ve seen a lot of nut gathering going on on this blog since squirrels entered the conversation. 😉
            God bless you, all my nutty friends!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha, ha, ha…… Love it ! 🙂

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            Doug, I like your description of TNRS squirrel qualities a lot. (Some of my near neighbors here are squirrels.) Charlie says we’re to endure, because we won’t be able to conquer by superior might. Some other animals could represent superior might, but squirrels are small creatures able to endure.

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          • Doug says:

            Great thought Marie! Fits right in.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Doug, that’s a great list. I would second Charlie’s tail (er, tale) of their playfulness and humor, of which we have much here. I would urge you to add playfulness and humor to your list!

            I lived for a couple years in Seattle. In the front yard was a tree that stood alone and had a squirrel living in it. One day, I went out the front door and found the neighbor’s dog coming in and barking at the squirrel as the squirrel ran up onto the trunk of the tree. It was at that point that things got funny. The squirrel circled around the trunk until the dog could see him there and came down to about 2-3 feet off the ground. The dog ran a little way around the tree barking like mad, and the squirrel ran up and behind the tree again. The dog quieted. Then the squirrel came back down around the other side of the tree until the dog saw him again and raced around barking. This went on from side to side for several more such teasings, as I sat on the front stoop and watched and laughed.

            It was quite obvious that the squirrel was playing with the dog. I *think* the dog was also playing with the squirrel, but he seemed perhaps a bit too earnest and might not have gotten the joke. The squirrel instigated *all* of this and obviously had a wonderful time.

            As did I, watching.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            SteveBC, I wish I could have seen that! Our Chihuahua, Chia, sits on a perch in our kitchen surrounded by windows and will bark like crazy and try to scratch her way through the screen in the window every time she sees squirrels, chipmunks and bunnies.
            My mother loved oriental poppies and grew them in our garden. For several years the squirrels would eat the buds of the stem before they opened. She finally went to our local Amlings flower shop and purchased an inflatable snake, to scare the little critters away. She inflated it and set on the ground next to the emerging flowers. A few days later, to her surprise and amusement she saw a squirrel one afternoon pouncing on it and rolling around with it, like a kitten with a ball of yarn and called me over to look at it while in play. She just laughed it off saying now she has bought a new toy for her poppy eating squirrels.

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          • Doug says:

            Love it Jlynn!

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          • Doug says:

            Hilarious Steve! I was trying to keep the list to 7. Maybe I can rethink on combine this. I have an idea. I think I can combine with number 7.

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          • Mick says:

            To Snowy and Doug:

            Doug, that was a really good synopsis about the squirrel thing. And I agree that, for all of the reasons you mentioned, the squirrel has become our TNRS mascot of sorts.

            Snowy, now I’m going to get in touch with my inner Yong Duk and state: “Squirrels are nice; put one on your tree today!” (YD put that at the end of several posts in the various squirrel threads, and it made me giggle every time).

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Haha, this whole thing was really funny! I don’t need a squirrel on my tree in the house, if I do it’ll be a stuffed one! I have a dozen of the little buggers eating all of my bird food…boy, can they pack it away! They even get in fights with our pterodactyls ( the pileated woodpeckers lol)

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          • Doug says:

            I have my squirrel on my tree! And so no one gets the wrong impression, I did not shoot it. It’s a fake one…..

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          • barb129 says:

            My squirrel with Baby Jesus ornament arrived!! =)

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          • Doug says:

            Now that sounds like a cool squirrel!

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          • zeniazenia says:

            I’m still going with a chicken coop with eggs and capons . 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Me too! I just hope we have time to get the chickens and the coop up and running!

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          • Mick says:

            Barb, YAY! I’m really glad you got your ornament. Mine hasn’t arrived yet, but hope springs eternal! 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Gee Barb! It would be great to see your ornament with the Baby Jesus and the squirrel!

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          • Kim sevier says:

            Oh my gosh I love it! Think I need to get one of them. That needs to stay out all year. Thanks for the link!

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          • barb129 says:

            Only 3 left so you better order soon! Hehe…I found the first link for the ornament on Amazon and Mick and I missed out on it because people on the blog bought them out before we got a chance! Mick found another source on Amazon for the same ornament and now they’re down to only 3 left. These people are probably wondering why they’re selling out so quickly…I love it.

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          • Doug says:

            I love it! Laugh up a storm.

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          • kim sevier says:

            woo hoo– mine is on its way–thanks!

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          • Petra says:

            barb129: I can just see the person who does the ordering for these companies calling the manufacturer…”I don’t know Joe. We’ve suddenly had a run on the Baby Jesus Woodland Animals ornament. I mean, we sold out our stock of 5 last week, and the 15 new ones you just sent us. Better send us 100 of these things, rush…..” 🙂

            God bless.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Hilarious and awesome!

          MP’s childlikeness in his wilderness Eucharistic Chapel bore us grace upon grace of Divine Providence with the squirrel!

          And when I wrote that nigh one month ago, Charlie, I did not in any way mean to usurp or put forth a mascot and yet here squirrels are quite more significant for you due to what you shared than for any of the rest of us I surmise!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. It was a perfect storm of posts along with. MPs beautiful imagery of nature that brought the squirrel to the forefront of TNRS.

            YD, have you heard of the American expression of “the perfect storm” and where it came from?

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          • zeniazenia says:

            YD– When my son was a freshman in college, the narrative at the dorm was all about squirrels. One of the guys climbed out of his second floor window onto a tree limb after one, and there was a mishap. I remember buying squirrel trinkets that year for his desk. I think my son gave his friends squirrel Christmas tree ornaments . When I speak with him, I will get a refresher on the origins of that hysteria. Jane

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        • Mick says:

          Barb, my baby Jesus and squirrel ornament arrived today! Yippee!!! 🙂

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          • barb129 says:

            Yay!!! Isn’t it cute? Mine has a place of honor on our tree! Mark just got out the little Christmas village that we put around our Christmas tree. We both had forgotten, but there are a group of squirrels that I had bought several years ago that go with it to scamper about. We were laughing….God inspired me several years ago in the way of squirrels!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          It was fun re-reading this tonight. Doug, MP and YD haven’t changed a bit! Haha! It’s funny how time flies, all this seems like it happened years ago! What a laugh.

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      • Doug says:

        YD, we are all undeserving, but our God is so merciful. I am humbled. Anyway, it looks like the cat will survive the storm.

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        • Doug says:

          MP, yours and my BB gun stories reminds me of St. Augustine who stole an apple, not because he needed to eat, but just purely for the thrill of it. So in effect, this is his BB gun story. So there is great hope for us!

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  24. Bobg says:

    This blog is worth reading on migrants and the Islamic world view:
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/medina-the-first-muslim-refugee-resettlement-program

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  25. Bob says:

    Why is it right that God will ask us with painful circumstances to deal with Islam first? We know that to make our world better we need God. And with another shooting today we need God. And yet what do the seculars say about the belief in God and religion? Well they say that religions are always fighting each other. So how can religion or belief in God be the answer to our problems or our need? Clearly God will need us to do our part to firmly address Islam as it is the counterfeit view of God which leads to most of the world’s religious wars and to most religious violence. After we address the prime cause of this religious conflict, than maybe the world will be more ready to admit our need for God.

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  27. Deacon Bruce Ziter says:

    Charlie – Deacon Bruce from North Adams, Ma. Question – is there a version of the Koran that you would recommend reading?

    Thank You

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  28. Oh Charlie, after reading all that Trump has been saying about Muslims and knowing what Clinton stands for, promise me there won’t be an election. Talk about having to choose between the lesser of two evils! I know you can’t promise me that, but I can’t imagine having to choose between those two. Lord, have mercy!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Again, Curlyq, one of the things that I did not anticipate was that the time would come when all with eyes to see would realize that the Storm IS the primary act of mercy. How we have fallen. Thanks be to God the Master is not finished with us!

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      • moomba1 says:

        Hello Charlie ~ May I ask you to explain your comment in more ‘solid’ terms? Much appreciated!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Moomba, it simply means that things have gotten so toxic that if some great change were not forced on us, there would be no hope at all. Looking at the culture around us now, do you want your children and grandchildren growing up in this environment of ever-deepening despair? Of course not! So the Storm is become, itself, a profound sign of hope.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      Ditto Curlyq–if there was an election I sure wouldn’t vote for either of those — I would have to write in someone. The comfort is that there won’t be an election–as you say, Charlie, who would have thought we would be glad for that? I have never understood why liberals support the candidates that they support, but what really surprises me is that conservatives support Trump. How low we have sunk. I do not wish to offend anyone here who supports Trump but I feel he is a dangerous, narcissistic loose cannon–kind of a mirror image of obama.

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      • andy says:

        best of 2 evils is Trump. it is easy, you write in someone’s name you may as well vote for clinton, don’t you understand, at least he does not stand behind the platform that supports genocide in the womb – and then brag about it. write in a name and that is what you will get— but as you said i pray we don’t get the chance to vote

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        • YongDuk says:

          Did anyone ever hear of the buckthorn?

          Jotham’s parable?

          That’s the best part of Charlie’s Storm. The buckthorn debates on the news will end.

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        • Mick says:

          With all due respect, Andy, I’m not sure we can accurately say that Trump is the lesser of the two evils. With Hilary, as evil as she is, we actually know what she believes. That is not true with Trump because he has for years made it his habit to change his “beliefs” based on the audience to which he’s trying to appeal. So we don’t really know what he believes. In the years that I’ve been watching him, I’m still not sure whether his “conversion” to the pro-life camp is authentic. And given that he’s buddy-buddy with Hill and Bill, I’m just not convinced that he can be trusted.

          This is not even to mention that on a personal level, he is an arrogant, self-absorbed, loud-mouthed bully that makes a habit of mocking those (including women and the disabled) who dare to disagree with him. He’s not even that good a businessman (as evidenced by the multiple bankruptcies that his businesses have filed). I’m just not sure that these qualities would make him a better choice for president than HIlary is. And I do not say this lightly. Hilary would be terrible. I’m just not sure that Trump wouldn’t be just as terrible.

          My consolation in all of this is that it’s a moot point. And I’m hoping and praying that the “benevolent dictator” that arises out of this mess is somebody who will be like Cincinnatus and surrender his power when he’s no longer needed.

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          • BD says:

            Mick. Debating Trump versus Hillary is a moot point. Until the power is stripped from the shadow government there will be no change. Just my humble opinion.

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          • andy says:

            go ahead and write in a name then, but you may as well write in Hilary

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          • Mick says:

            BD, I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is a moot point. My only point was that, in my opinion at least, we can’t accurately state that as between Trump and Hillary, Trump would be the lesser of two evils.

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          • Mick says:

            Andy, I think that you may be mistaking me for another commenter. I never said that I was planning to write in someone’s name. I merely took issue with your assertion that as between Trump and Clinton, Trump ought to be viewed as the lesser of the two evils. Just my two cents. 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            There is not a single candidate in the lime-light right now I am willing to vote for. Not one. I am happy and hopeful there will be no election. Enough of this insanity!

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          • SteveBC says:

            When considering Trump, I don’t have any real idea what a Trump Administration would be like.

            However, what actually dismays me the most here is that the process of Trump’s rise is the right’s equivalent to the process of Obama’s rise in 2008 using his Hope and Change malarkey. This despite the fact that many people on the right saw through that Hope and Change nonsense in 2008. Yet it garnered Messiah status for Obama among those his narcissism and manipulation drew in.

            Sometimes the most attractive candidate simply reflects back to you what you want to see. Obama did it quite successfully in 2008, and Trump is doing it as well in 2015-2016.

            I’m dismayed that so many people on the right could fall for the same approach, after 6-7 years of proof the 2008 leftish incarnation of it was for suckers.

            Just as in 2008, we’ll be getting a pig in a poke. Someone his supporters *think* they know but really don’t. Maybe it will work out, but history is not supportive of that assumption.

            So think of this as deception, a process involving the generation of an illusion. Do I think Trump is evil? No, I’m not saying that. However, who he is to his supporters may have little relation to who he actually is. I like to think that people on the right are smarter or at least more canny than those on the left, but this has shaken my assumption quite deeply.

            I think it should shake any similar assumptions you hold, as well.

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          • Kim sevier says:

            SteveBC– I totally agree. I can’t believe conservatives go for trump. I get such a creepy bad vibe from him. A vote for the lesser evil is not right in my opinion. He and Hillary are BAD news.

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          • andy says:

            it is simple- we states he is now prolife. hilary is one of the ost liberal abortion rights people in the race. trump is the lesser of two evils, hilary stands with the dfl which is the machine that has driven this counties morals into the toliet.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Kim sevier, if I were faced with choosing, I would choose Trump. Four years of Hillary would be four years of fingernails drawn down chalkboards – truly awful, with no hope of even temporary respite. Trump might turn out to be as damaging as Hillary, but at least he would be occasionally entertaining. And if I had to rate the two for evil, Trump seems less evil than self-absorbed, where Hillary has gone all in for power.

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        • SanSan says:

          I don’t think Trump is evil. The man has never drank nor smoked which shows disipline……Hillary we know for sure is a liar.

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      • Jill Marie says:

        Every once in a while, I catch the episode where Mother Angelica explained how she put “Jesus” down as a write in candidate. Her storytelling candor makes me laugh and long every time.

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  29. Bob says:

    I heard it said by a commentator yesterday that most of the republican candidates are like battered women in their fear of the media and media condemnation while Trump at least is seemingly unafraid of what the media thinks and, at times seems to feed off of their reactions to gain more support. I don’t think Trump has the depth to understand what is needed for leadership and if Charlie is right none of them do without God’s intervention to totally uproot things. And yet Trump is willing to speak his mind which is at least a beginning of what we need in a leader. Where is the courage of other candidates on either side?
    As for the incompetance of our present leadership read this article linked from Drudge today:
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/12/ex-guantanamo-detainee-now-an-al-qaeda-leader-in-yemen.php

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  30. CrewDog says:

    YUP!! ;-(
    “You Can Never Be “Nice” Enough to the Muslims” by Naomi Ragen
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Controls/SendFriend.ashx?print=1&type=1&item=18024
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  31. Deereverywhere says:

    I don’t think they count our votes anymore so it doesn’t matter. After the last election, I do not think the current president won. Currently, smoke and mirrors are obstructing the view and the ‘Lord of the World’ is moving. Our Lady’s message in April of this year was to pray to the Holy Spirit to transform us with His strength of faith and hope that we may stand firm in this current battle with evil. I will just do that.

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  32. djmoforegon says:

    Hi folks, I’m sure some of you have already seen this on Aleteia but for those who haven’t please take a moment to witness our modern day saints. They are our brothers and sisters and we would do well to imitate their heroic faith.

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  33. Bob says:

    This time tested weapon to defeat terrorism should be widely employed along with other options including boots on the ground, at least temporarily, when needed:
    http://www.1millionrosaries.com/petition/defeat-isis-english/?utm_campaign=2016

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  34. CrewDog says:

    Some Dark Humor from Fred with more Truth than I care to think about 😦
    “Allahu Akbar! :The View from 2018”– Fred Reed
    http://fredoneverything.org/allahu-akbar-the-view-from-2018/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  35. janet333 says:

    “The squirrel got its start from one of Yong Duk’s posts back on Charlie’s November 14 Post….”

    Thanks for the explanation Doug. 🙂

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  36. CrewDog says:

    “Saudi Arabia’s ‘Islamic military alliance’ against terrorism makes no sense”

    It makes sense if you believe in Biblical Prophecy that tells of massive alliances coming against Israel in the “End Times”. Does anyone NOT think such an alliance would not eventually be used to wage war on the “Little satan”!!??
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/12/17/saudi-arabias-islamic-military-alliance-against-terrorism-makes-no-sense/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  37. janet333 says:

    I actually ate some rabbit today 🙂 Thought I better start getting used to it.

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  38. Mick says:

    I have no trouble believing Charlie when he tells us that it is Muslim women who will lead the way in the mass conversion of Muslims to Christianity:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/22/africa/kenya-bus-attack-al-shabaab-muslim-christians/index.html

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  39. CrewDog says:

    I wished I’d checked the schedule … but I’m watching Sunday Night Prime on EWTN now. The show is about St Joan of Arc and quite interesting. Charlie and I have become quite fond of her and her mission that continues to this day!
    EWTN will re-run the Show tomorrow, Monday 4 Jan @ 1 AM & 8AM Central Time … for anyone interested.

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  40. CrewDog says:

    The Thomas More Law center is part of The Good-Guys” Movement. They give a “Point-Out” to “Crisis” Magazine. The below is probably not news to most here:

    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=adf1a83154acea60d091b413c&id=d280a74868&e=3b7c597bb1

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  41. janet333 says:

    I think this is what we’ll see a lot of when we are in the midst of the storm.

    the http://www.aish.com/jw/me/IsraAid-Helping-Syrian-Refugees.html?s=mm

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  42. CrewDog says:

    BO’s “Religious Allegiance” has been suspect since Day One. I personally believe that his “religion” is Marxist Socialism seen through the eyes of Black Liberation. Like most politicians he will say, do and act as necessary for the next election cycle. His next “election”, reportedly, is that of UN Secretary General?
    There is something very strange about this Islamic resurgence that is ongoing across the Planet. I believe that there is much more behind it than Gulf Oil $$$!?…… I’m guessing the satan & pals are working their evil “wonders & mind tricks”? ………. here and EU it seems that Islam has been given a Klingon Cloaking Device by someone/thing!

    “To ‘Reaffirm the Importance of Religious Freedom,’ Obama to Visit US Mosque With Extremist Ties”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/01/31/obama-mosque-visit-n2112781

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  43. Anonymous says:

    Charlie, do you think it’s possible that any of the current presidential candidates might end up as the benevolent dictator? Just wondering.

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  44. Alfred says:

    I’m late to this thread but is this an area that was informed by Charlie’s angel visitors? It doesn’t seem to square with Evangelii Gaudium (para 252-253)? Also, why would we be concerned about bringing thousands of Muslims to the West, following Pope Francis’ example if Islamists are going to be converted en masse?

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  45. CrewDog says:

    I awoke this morn to news of another Terrorist Assault on The USA and The Republic!
    RIP Citizens and may The Lord be with you and US always!
    It appears, early on, that this is another “misguided” Religion of Peace Incident. An “Incident” that, no doubt, The Left-Stream Media will “Fly-Cover For-n-Spin” the Muslim side of the “Incident” into something less than it is and, somehow, will blame All People of Faith for the Worldwide Terror that is/has been 99.5% Islamic. They will also use, as usual, the “Incident” to push their Gun Control side of “Their” Agenda. An Agenda that DOES NOT include serious Border Security, Urban Criminal Control, Islamic Terrorist Control or Cartel Drug/Sex Slaver Control ……… all because November Democrat Votes count most! …… but THEIR Agenda does include Producer/Taxpayer Class Control, particularly the conservative God-n-Gun Clingers &/or those who support The Rule of Law, The Constitution/Bill of Rights, Pro-Life/Family principles ……. and the marginalizing, slandering, disarming, …… of same!! ;-(
    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Crewdog, there are not words to express the outrage I feel and the disdain for these successful ISIS lone-wolf random attacks on our soil and the DC & media responses. I offered my prayers and shut off my tv and radio so that I did not get sucked into the lunacy vortex. I will return to learning more and praying more when more information is collected. Indeed, God save us all!

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    • Doug says:

      You know it Crewdog!

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  46. Mack says:

    I’m very distressed over the Orlando attack, and also over the usual spin: it’s all about gun control, tolerance, blah blah. It seems there is a willful desire to ignore the truth about Islam and to blame everything but that. I suppose all this is part of the general confusion of the Storm.

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  47. CrewDog says:

    The reaction of The Left is amazing & sickening. An Islamic Terrorist kills 49 and maims 53 Gay People, a prominent Liberal (Democrat) Victim Group, and The Left is in Spin Mode as they attempt to obscure the fact that one Liberal Victim Group slaughters another Liberal Victim Group! Perhaps some of our Liberal TNRS friends can explain this phenomenon?
    “Anything But Islam: Media Attack Guns, Men, Christians, GOP Instead of Ideology in Terror Attack”

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2016/06/13/anything-islam-media-attack-guns-men-christians-gop-instead

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Perhaps, CrewDog, it will reveal to some leftwing victim groups that when push comes to shove, they can’t count on their fellow travelers. Perhaps it may make them ponder on the faith that speaks of the fullness of the dignity of all human persons. Perhaps not.

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      • Lisa Jenkins says:

        Hi all, have been waiting a couple days to write in. We live 5 miles north of Orlando. It too surprised us waking up Sunday. As we headed out pre- dawn for our usual walk and
        God-incidentally saw our parish pastor walking his dog before our 8 am mass.(he lives in our neighborhood actually in our old house) None of us had a clue what had transpired a hour before, as we hadn’t been up long enough to see the news. Fr. David’s homily Sunday changed in a matter of minutes upon discovering the carnage
        Immediately the thought of how many souls unprepared possibly to meet Jesus were taken. I prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet and have as much as I can now
        So, I’ve been following Charlie and TNRS for a few months…. totally onboard that we are due for a cleansing storm, I’ve been at odds with myself on how to spread this need to be running back to Jesus with both those who believe (yet not quite as deeply) , and with those who don’t practice a faith at all who are placed in my life. I want to help Jesus save souls, (mine, my family and anyone else placed in our lives)
        When we walked back to the house got a call from My brother immediately to see if we were ok, (we all felt silly as anyone who knows us would know we’d never be at a club, or after 2am ..or a bar which catered to gay people….none of which any of us knew those details at the time… my hubby and I are 55ish and they no we go to bed before 10pm to get up at 5!) but amazingly this call opened up the opportunity to my brother who is 2 years older and a fallen away Catholic to bring up the state of our world and imminent storm that a tragedy like in Orlando points too on a large scale. It’s been hard to initiate any faith conversation before, but this I feel the Holy Spirit allowed to have us talk as siblings and discuss his family and his grown daughters safety too. Thanks be to God!

        So in prayer this week… I thought is this pointing to what you’re messages about the upcoming storm said perhaps about the culture vs culture, race division , ideologies bringing the civil strife. Am I interpreting this event correctly, especially now that Christians are being blamed for this massacre of souls here in our hometown Orlando ? I think of the Tower of Babel

        Any insight is welcome and May God Bless all of you here and keeping each other in prayer always
        ,
        Peace be with you !
        Lisa

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are interpreting well, Lisa…a global civil war fought on cultural lines. We will not prevail, God will. But we are called to fight, to endure and to rescue.

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          • Lisa Jenkins says:

            Thank you for keeping at the rudder….its been daily prayer at the Tabernacle lately and part of my “prep” always. We were supposed to drive out to Estes Park for August and I pray that this still can be. As a retired PE teacher my hubby and I spend summers in Co usually in summit co outdoor adventure …but planned to explore hiking trails in RMNP. Love to climb Mt. Meeker. Been a while since backpacked in front range …want to visit chapel at base for sure

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          • moomba1 says:

            First, I’d like to thank you, Charlie, and the TNRS team, for your work, dedication and patience. I am wondering Charlie, do you interpret the global civil war to progress along a similar path to Orlando or many different types of destruction/killing occurring in the U.S. and across the world? Mass killings? Religious attacks? I have a hard time with what has already transpired yet know that things will intensify… . When my mind wanders away from an internal repetition of “Jesus, I Trust in You” I find myself turning back to Our Lord and Blessed Mother, praying for strength – I don’t know about others, but sometimes for me, it is all encompassing, frightening! The political situation in the U.S. certainly doesn’t lend itself to allowing one to feel confident about our current/wanting to be leaders. Any sense of safety has disappeared, it seems. Charlie, do you continue to feel that there will be many casualties during the Storm? I ask only because I can see how many just one person can kill in a night club. That is probably just the tip of an ice berg!

            Thank you Charlie, and to all in this group. If not for all of you…..

            Blessings to all here.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t spend any time worrying about the details of how downfall comes. It has long been enough for me to know that it must come – and I don’t want any more detail than I need to do my work. What is important is that I focus on what I am called to do, for doing it faithfully will help many I encounter to find hope and life. It is the same for each of us. I cannot repeat enough that worrying about the details of the Storm is the devil’s way of distracting you from the little things you must do to prepare for the Rescue and help all endure.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Gentlemen, it is sort of peculiar how in the aftermath of San Bernardino there was sickening prayer shaming in print and social media. The twisted talking point was,*a lot of good your thoughts and prayers are doing…* to the gun grabbers. However I do believe there were a couple of explosive devises that did not detonate which I gave God the glory for! In the wake of the Orlando tragedy the media is embracing and highlighting prayers, vigils, and songs. On one hand it is sad, and on the other hand it is encouraging. Talk about confusion!!

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