(I have been a little quiet lately. I have spoken the last year and a half about what we face. Now the time has come where the focus changes to what we should do…how to live the faith, to proclaim the Good News, to actively be that sign of hope I always speak of to an increasingly battered world.
The devil loves to seduce us into false dualisms: Mercy or justice? Love or prudence? Faith or reason? Whenever we enter the lists as impassioned partisans of any one of these poles, the devil wins regardless of which particular broken standard we champion. In Christianity, we are called to live love AND mercy, to love prudently, and to regard faith and reason as the two oxen yoked together that pull us closer to truth. The system of thought and governance in the west has been broken for so long that many people of good will cannot imagine anything other than a broken, impoverished solution to much of anything. Thus, they are the more easily seduced into becoming passionate partisan of their preferred flavor of brokenness. And the devil wins.
The challenge we face is to fully live our faith, becoming partisans of neither one pole nor the other. We cannot advocate mercy and dismiss calls for justice – or vice versa. I spend less time responding to questions about what will happen. It is happening, so I direct my attention to what to do, how to keep our heads and live the fullness of the faith as confusion and terror rises around us. We are called to proclaim the joy of the Gospel, the life that is in Christ, and the security that is ours through the Father. It will be a fruitful Season of Advent.
God is close to hand to you. He calls you now. I wish you all a glorious Thanksgiving – and ask you to give special thanks that the Lord has chosen you to be alive in these times, has chosen you to participate with His most favored daughter in rescuing His people and bringing His children back to Him. I reprint this piece from earlier in the year, as it foreshadows some of the thmese I will be highlighting. – CJ)
By Charlie Johnston
A few days ago a friend suggested to me that certain important things I take for granted might have been obscured in the day to day discussions on this site. Then yesterday, one of our readers reached a staggeringly insightful understanding of what the world after the Rescue will look like – almost simultaneously with a man who operates another website who wrote one of the most important and profound columns I have ever read just a day earlier.
Now for a few first things…
- There has been much talk of preparation here. I don’t discourage it and usually encourage it. Many are called to make physical preparation. My son is one of those; I am not. But remember the rules have changed from the way the world usually operates. Four years ago I wrote my priests, in part, “Unlike survivalists, who withdraw from others, thinking to survive by their own strength, we are to respond to terror by reaching out to others, to draw family together and form community, knowing it is in this we find the strength of the living God and co-operate in His work.” Whatever your situation, you must behave like the widow at Zarephath did with Elijah: if anyone asks humbly and honestly for help, you must help them, trusting that God will provide. By the same token, if anyone tries to take by force what you have in your community, even if you have abundance, you must defend you community. Turn away no supplicant and suffer no marauder.
- Along the way of my pilgrimage, several of the people most taken by my journey, both offering me prayers and asking for mine as I went, were pious Muslims. One Muslim man who worked at a convenience store near a spot I stayed at for two days would not let me buy anything. Whatever I got, he paid for and put in the register. We must not deceive ourselves that radical Islam is anything but what it actually is, a brutal, murderous, tyrannical ideology that we must confront vigorously and defeat. Many, probably most, Muslims are trying to reach out to God in the way they have been taught. In fact, our politically driven “tolerance” of Jihadists has made it harder for those honorable Muslims to live their faith peacefully – for gentle Muslims are considered apostates by Jihadists and are the first target of their murderous rage. Let us boldly attack the murderous ideology of Jihad defeating all who proclaim it, while respecting the person of all who do work to live in peace with real tolerance for one another.
- Some have speculated wildly about the way I have told you the world will look after the Rescue. Some insist on having a paradise here on earth which I always dismiss by noting we don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. Some are disappointed that it will be ordinary, like it is now but transformed by extraordinary love of God and neighbor. They want a fairy tale kingdom – and it isn’t going to happen that way. Others don’t see how we can go from crisis to peace so quickly. Well, if you have got a bunch of wildcats tearing through your house, the first order of business is to get rid of the wildcats. But once they are gone, you still have a house torn up by wildcats to deal with. The Rescue will rid us of the wildcats. The cleanup is our responsibility – and it is a big one. Actually, it is your responsibility. After the wildcats are banished, my public work is done. Clean-up and rebuilding is the work of those who survived – minus me.
I was near tears yesterday when our regular reader, EllenChris wrote a comment that expressed a refined understanding of what the transformed world will look like. It followed the single most insightful and important column I have ever read, written by Glenn Dallaire over at has marvelous website, “Mystics of the Church.” Besides this link, this column is important enough I reprint it in its entirety at bottom. But first, the comment from EllenChris:
“I have also pondered quite a lot concerning Charlie’s vision of the future and have wondered how it all fits together. This is just my “take.”
Luisa was describing a state in which the human will becomes so fused into the Divine Will that there is a restoration of the relationship which Adam and Eve had with God before the Fall. That does *not cancel* our sinful human history, Redemption in Jesus Christ or the continued possibility of choosing to sin. It is heresy to say that Jesus did not possess and use a fully functioning human will, and Luisa does not say that. However, He was so fully and completely submitted to and filled with the Will of the Father that Luisa uses the language of, “Oneness” with the will of God. The full flowering of Redemption in Christ is the ability to live in this same Oneness, this unity with the Will of God as Adam and Eve did before the Fall and as our Lord Jesus and our Lady did. This ability to live IN the Divine Will was inaugurated by God through the “Little Daughter,” Luisa, in order to be made available to all who truly belong to Jesus Christ.
It is my personal belief that one of the main reasons that “The Great Storm” is occurring is in order to bring humanity to the full realization of what it means to have chosen our own wills instead of the Will of God. When we come to the place where it is completely obvious that we are totally unable to save ourselves, then God will show us the full Truth, and we will desire God’s Will and turn to It. Of course, the best course of action is *not* to wait for the full blast of the Storm before doing that. I believe that there are many faithful Christians who have experienced an “illumination of conscience” already in anticipation of the world events in order to begin growing into union with God’s Will. From where I sit, it also appears that people are being allowed to experience desperate “Dark Nights” for the same reason as the purpose of The Storm: to be brought to the point of surrendering deeply, fully, completely to God’s Holy Divine Will which is all goodness, love and joy. Some are just getting a little bit of a head start.
Early on, I foolishly thought that all I had to do was pray some prayers, and God would drop union with His Will into my lap. Oh, no. For the past 20 years or so, He has been allowing me to go through many soul-shredding experiences to get me to the place of being able to surrender more truly. I am a hard head and a very slow learner — I am not there yet, of course. But the process goes on.
So, what might — and I mean *might* because we do not know for sure — the world look like on the other side of The Storm? I offer my guess according to what I know of what Luisa wrote: As we learn the lessons of living in the Holy Divine Will, we will become progressively more able to flow with God’s desires for our world. Nature will be relieved of the great burden of our rampant sin and therefore the planet will begin to be healed by God. A little at a time, we will find ourselves able to live in harmony with God and a restored Nature similarly to the life in the Garden. Somewhere in the Volumes, Luisa hears from our Lord that God’s Will for Humanity cannot ultimately be thwarted — so the restoration of the Garden, and the Kingdom of the Divine Will — — “On Earth AS it is in Heaven.” But this may take some time as we learn the lessons of full surrender. The words of God’s blessing and commissioning of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:15 are usually translated, “work and keep” [the Garden], but actually the full meaning of those terms carries the sense of “protect and defend it” and “make it fruitful.” So that is God’s mandate to humanity which He will fulfill through the Gift of living in the Divine Will. Luisa herself grew into being able to live fully the Gift of the Divine Will through the difficulties and pain she suffered, and so will we.
Immediately after the Storm, we will be picking up the pieces and trying to settle down again. But this time, the great majority of people will be striving to do this in God’s Holy Will by His Grace and direction. The short term may look a lot like it does now, but with the profound difference of the power and activity of God’s Will in us and among us. As we grow in His Holy Will, we will live His blessing and mandate which He gave to our first parents. We have been taught to pray: “Thy Kingdom. . . Thy Will. . . on earth AS in heaven,” and God will truly and fully answer that prayer however and in whatever time frame He chooses to do that. So all I can say is, “Fiat!!”
And then, the full text of Glenn Dallaire’s incredible column:
The upcoming time of the renewed Man on the renewed Earth—Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven!
By: Glenn Dallaire
The sense of the nearness of God was a part of God’s Divine Intimacy with Man that was lost at the Garden of Eden, the Terrestrial Kingdom
Apart from Original sin coming into the world through the sin of Adam and Eve, perhaps one of the greatest additional losses for humanity that stemmed from their disobedience was the loss of the direct communication between God and man, along with the sense of the nearness of the presence of God. In the Garden of Eden, the Father shared a Divine intimacy with Adam and Eve that likely can only be compared to the intimacy between God the Father (in union with the Holy Spirit), and the Blessed Virgin Mary–a most intimate bond between Creator and creature. But we must realize that God’s original intention for mankind was to share in an intimate union with him, literally feeling his divine presence and conversing with Him, as a child with his loving Father.
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:8-10)
Oh! how close and intimate was the communication between God and Adam and Eve, and how close they felt His Divine Presence! The Garden of Eden was truly a Paradise lost!
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven
The Lord’s prayer—the only prayer Jesus ever taught us in the Gospel—states in part “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
But what is this Earthly Kingdom to come that Jesus is referring to in His prayer, wherein God’s Will will be done upon the earth, as it is in heaven? Apart from sin, what is there that differentiates our relationship with God here on earth, in comparison to the beings of heaven with God? While those in heaven enjoy the beatific vision of God, they also enjoy His Divine presence and they participate in open and free communication in Divine intimacy with God in an intense closeness and union. Not only do the beings and creatures in heaven see God, and gaze upon His infinite glory, they literally feel His love and closeness to them at every moment, and they communicate openly with Him.
Now while Adam and Eve did not completely share in the Divine Presence to the extent that the beings in heaven do, they certainly did have an deep sense of the nearness of God, and they communicated with Him openly, as we read in the Book of Genesis. It is because of the sin of Adam and Eve that we–as the sons and daughters of these our first parents—lost a significant part of the Divine intimacy and communication with God that our first parents originally had, along with the sense of the presence and nearness of God. However we must recognize and realize that in the story of the Terrestrial Paradise, this loss of ours was not God’s original intention, for His Will was and is based in an infinitely loving desire for an intimate, unitive, and communicative relationship with humanity, His beloved children. While He has remained ever present with us, through the sin of Adam and Eve we lost the intimate sense of feeling His closeness and nearness to us.
The new Adam and the new Eve
Jesus came as the new Adam, and the Immaculate–Virgin Mary, Mother of God–was sent as the new Eve, to open the gates of heaven which were closed through the sin of Adam and Eve. Through His passion and death on the cross, Jesus took upon Himself the sins of humanity, so that we might be forgiven of our sins and enter heaven. He did not come to restore humanity’s place in the Garden of Eden or what was lost in the fall– he came to cancel Original sin, along with our own personal sins, thereby opening the gates of heaven once again.
God’s original will for humanity will be restored upon the earth
Many theologians and scholars believe that God’s original will for mankind in the Garden of Eden, that is, His desire for his creature to feel His closeness and His Divine presence strongly, will one day be restored upon the earth. Some even believe that all the individuals of humanity will once again be able to openly communicate with God in a renewed Divine intimacy and conversation.
|The Mystics share in a special Divine intimacy with God, and therefore foreshadow the people of the upcoming Kingdom|
The Mystics of the Church are a prefigurement to the people of the upcoming Earthly Kingdom
Earlier in this article it is stated: “In the Garden of Eden, God shared a Divine intimacy with Adam and Eve that likely can only be compared to the intimacy between God the Father (in union with the Holy Spirit), and the Blessed Virgin Mary–a most intimate bond between Creator and creature.”
We can also recognize how Mystics of the Church foreshadow the people who will live in upcoming earthly kingdom. In their ecstatic visions, the Mystics see Jesus, and they speak with Him in conversations so very loving and intimate. They almost constantly feel His nearness and closeness to them, and they live with a deep and abiding trust in Him. In this most intimate union, some even share in His wounds, and in their suffering as victim souls, His blood is mixed with theirs for the conversion of sinners. And so it is that the mystics of the Church foreshadow the people of the upcoming “Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
Not that the people of the upcoming Kingdom will be “mystics” in a strict sense, but they will be more mystical, because they will have the renewed sense of God’s nearness and closeness to them, but in a very ordinary and natural way. And it may very well be that they will not simply talk TO God, they will talk WITH God, as Adam and Eve did in the Terrestrial Paradise. The people on the renewed Earth will see most everything from a heavenly perspective, unlike the people of this current age in many ways. It is believed that the Kingdom come will be very much like a restoration of the way things were between God and Adam and Eve before the fall—not in all ways of course, but in many ways. And some believe also that in the upcoming earthly Kingdom, God will communicate with the individual, and they with God, much like Adam and Eve in the Garden. In other words, the people of the Kingdom will be much more closely united with God in their overall disposition than we (humanity) are now. They will sense His nearness and closeness to them in a most extraordinary way. Oh, how blessed are those who will live in the renewed Kingdom on earth!
The Kingdom on Earth—“When all will seem lost, in the end My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”
The words of Our Lady of Fatima were a prophesy: “When all will seem lost, in the end My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”. It will be the Immaculate Heart of Mary who will bring forth this Kingdom of a renewed humanity upon a renewed earth, but first will come a period of intense purification for all of humanity. And many sense that it will likely be very, very soon. We must recognize that for this to happen—“Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”—we (humanity) will all first have to be brought to our knees, in recognition of our sins and of how far we have strayed from God and His commandments, and thus humbled, we will deeply repent of our sins and will thus draw down upon us the infinite mercy of God, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will obtain our miraculous Rescue, and thus it will be the Immaculate who will give birth to the Kingdom on Earth.
Then it will be that God’s original Will and desire in what He intended His relationship and interaction to be between His beloved sons and daughters—much in the way it was between Him and our first parents in the Garden of Eden—will be in many ways renewed once again. Or to put it as a great friend of mine has stated it:
“….The world will remain perfectly ordinary and completely transformed: people will know and love God as Father – and want to be friends with Him.”
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That is it exactly: God does not just want us to act as His children or His supplicants. He wants us to laugh with Him, to play with Him, to live the intimacy of the dear friends He intends us to be.