A Little Hopeful News

I heard some good news from EWTN today. Apparently, Mother Angelica has stabilized nicely after having the feeding tube put in. You can keep up with her at the EWTN Facebook Page.

Mother_Angelica

Mother Angelica

It has been a decade that she has suffered – and I am sure she offers it all up for this bleeding world of ours. What a gift to the Church and the world she has been!

 

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I see that one of the names of the shooters in San Bernardino today is Syed Farook. I imagine this means federal authorities will soon dismiss it as “workplace violence” or “disgruntled shoppers.” I don’t know if I said it here, but I told friends the day after the French shootings that Paris was the beginning of the downfall of President Obama. Our government has reached Monty Pythonesque levels of absurdity. The old “dead parrot sketch” looks like a documentary next to the absurdist statements coming from the president these days.

My first few days back home are really the first days of real decompression since early June. I have several projects I need to get finished. I said at the beginning of November we had entered a new phase when the worldly dysfunctions  would speed up to a dizzying pace. Some have told me I am already right. We’re just coming out of the chute. I won’t be focusing on all the details of the dysfunction. These things must come. Rather, I have spent a lot of time contemplating how to address this new wave – how to practically take the next right step and be that sign of hope as darkness gets downright smothering. I have told you before, it is not what it seems. All those who think they are winning battle after battle are deceived: they have delivered themselves up to judgment. When all is revealed, it will come right quickly.

I have a piece I will put up tomorrow afternoon, whether I am fully satisfied with it or not, entitled, “What is Truth?” It opens the theme that will dominate for a while – that we are to live as the Family of God.

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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165 Responses to A Little Hopeful News

  1. jnursester says:

    Boy Charlie you got THAT right.

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  2. Jeff Bernard says:

    Great words Charlie. Good night from Ohio.

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  3. Thomas Forbes says:

    Well said comment. That name sure doesn’t sound like an Irish Catholic or Southern Baptist either. And our fearless leader still feels gun control will solve the problem. I don’t have a gun nor want one but it makes no sense to disarm the law abiding.
    I had the strangest feeling just before the last presidential election results came in that Obama would win and the Storm begin. A good God fearing man seems to have little chance anymore. The Lord Jesus is the only one who can straighten is out and I pray that I and my family have the courage to cooperate with Him. I also feel the toughest, most profound line in any prayer is “thy will be done”. May we all have the grace to really mean that in these times. Thank you so much for your ministry. You truly are living what you preach, to be a sign of hope to those who follow your blog. You’ve been giving me Hope for sure! I just don’t want to let the Lord down when the testing comes.

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  4. Lilibet says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Greetings from Down Under.
    Great news regarding Mother Angelica.
    It would be great to hear your contemplation on the practicalities of taking the next right step, especially as we commence the coming Year of Mercy. As part of my parish’s liturgical committee, we are thinking of ways to bring practical steps for our community/parish to be signs of hope to our families, workplace and broader community. Like Mark Mallet, I think there needs to be Truth with Mercy. There is no point dressing the wounds without fixing the cause.
    Your insights would be greatly appreciated.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Lilibet, in 1999, I was a young mother of two small children and I was in a difficult marriage. A massacre occurred in Columbine, Colorado at a high school that shook me to my core. I was feeling morose about life and wondered and worried about raising children in the world that was becoming increasingly violent in nature. I decided that day to keep a written journal and dubbed it My Daily Blessing Journal. Each day I wrote about a blessing I had throughout the course of those “dark days.” My preface to the journal was that Good will overcome Evil, and Love conquers all. After months of entries, I decided that I would end this journal on the one year anniversary of the date I began it. It turned out that day was on Easter, the following year, and that fact alone sent shivers through my body. God is with us always.
      Starting on December 8th, the first day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I have committed myself to perform an Act of Mercy daily throughout the year and keep a journal as inspiration again to chronicle that same point, however this time I am determined to be the blessing to others, even if it is just doing simple things, like offering a smile or a caring touch.
      “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
      ― Mother Teresa

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    • Linda says:

      Hi;
      Some great ways to be signs of hope in a parish community are things like: priests focusing on being joyful and encouraging, powerful and passionate preaching, encouragement of the flock, small groups that focus on discussion of God’s word, and very welcoming ushers. People need to be encouraged to be joyful because it is hard for people to be joyful these days so if they don’t encounter it at Church, they will most likely not find it anywhere else. We need to support one another, like the early Christians did and truly love and live for one another. I see all of these things very much lacking today and those are a few ideas in which your committee can focus on.

      Blessings on your day and protection for all.

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    • Beckita says:

      Lilibet, I have found that making a committment to reading from the archives on this site (even for a limited time each day – and for me now it’s rereading) has become a powerful way to internilize and deepen the teachings. We each have a different learning style for truly anchoring knowledge and understanding, yet it’s well established in brain/learning research that deeply thinking about new knowledge anchors it in our heads.

      I know this is a bold statement: I’ve discovered there are gems on every page of this site. So, on this reread, I’m copying all of Charlie’s replies to people. I’m still in the process of organizing them but I’ll be happy to share some gems when I can.

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    • Beckita says:

      A Charlie reply well worth a reread: 8-11-14 THE NEXT RIGHT STEP this is completely simple – and you can do it with sure confidence. When you worry about your failures, you put your confidence in yourself. Think about this…if one of your children took on a project that was beyond his abilities and asked your help, knowing it was more than he could handle, you would eagerly help him. More than that, you would be proud of his initiative. You would not expect him to di it just right: rather, you would tenderly stay with him and gently correct his errors as you went, sometimes not even letting him know you had done so. And if you are a good parent, your son would proceed with absolute trust that he was safe in your hands and that the project would come to fruition – because you are with him.

      God is no less tender a Parent – and will stay steadfastly by your side so long as you hold fast to Him. Even so, you will make an abundance of errors. But so long as you humbly hold fast to God, He will draw fruit even from your failures. So long as you humbly hold fast to Him rather than vainly trying to prove that every thought that pops into your head is right – He will use even your errors to guide you back into what is right. So the truth is, you are incapable – and you will err. But the good God will lovingly glue back the pieces you break in your clumsiness.

      That is what “The Next Right Step” means: Do not think you know the answers or succumb to delusions of grandeur – that is what got us into this mess. Neither be paralyzed by how much bigger the problems are than you are capable of even understanding, much less solving. God does not expect you to save the world, just to do the little work right in front of you. Everyone can do that.

      I used to tell people who worked for me, if they bragged they were error-free, that that only meant they weren’t doing enough. Get busy. So the things you can count on is that you are going to mess a lot of things up if you work hard enough – and God will draw fruit from them all if you keep your eyes on Him the whole way.

      Always remember that it is not just God’s will we must be docile to, but God’s time, as well. He often withholds knowledge of certain things from people for a time that they may be more fruitful servants to Him. St. Paul was a profound example of this. His misguided zeal and passion when he did not know Jesus was Lord were prerequisites, in a peculiar way, for when the Lord did firmly tell him. I have often wondered how important the prayers of St. Stephen, as he was being martyred with Paul standing nearby, were to eventually giving us the Apostle to the Gentiles. Whether we are a Stephen who is faithful to death, a John who sees from the start, or a Paul who goes blindly charging up a terrible path until the scales are removed from our eyes, may we be fruitful servants and act in a way that brings more on board.

      Add to the above reply, this one: 8-23-14 SEEKING HELP FROM GUARDIAN ANGELS Another thing we can all do and should do more – particularly in these terrible times – is to silently acknowledge both our guardian angel and those of the people around us to help guide and direct and keep us steady. In one situation where I sniffed a sudden crisis coming before anyone else around me, I had the presence of mind to do this. I think it probably saved a few lives or at least serious injury – and gave me the presence of mind to stay steady in a dangerous situation and help defuse it, thus being a sign of hope, rather than panicking or being stunned into paralysis. Our guardian angels are very powerful intercessors – and particularly like to be asked to collaborate with the guardians of others around us.

      Thank you, Charlie!

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      • Matthew says:

        Beckita:
        I think I have shared this on here before but here is a prayer to my Guardian Angel that I composed and pray every morning:
        “Holy Guardian Angel please speak with the guardian angels of all those I will meet this day that our encounters may be fruitful in time and eternity. Amen”
        Matthew

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        • Beckita says:

          Now that is a perfect add-on to the traditional Guardian Angel Prayer I offer each morning. I also pray to the guardian angels of my family members, Godchildren and Confirmandi so I’ll adapt yours for them as well. Thanks, Matthew!

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  5. Sandy says:

    I’m a new subscriber and really appreciate your inspiring words of wisdom. We will be praying for you each day during our family rosary as you have the ability to reach so many people with your messages and your apostolate. We are reading words to meditate upon from “My Ideal Jesus Son of Mary” and my husband commented that you are the only person he has ever heard mention this little booklet. Many things that are happening here locally in our ministry are converging with the timing of us being sent to your site. God is weaving together a new tapestry and assembling a great army of believers. God bless you for listening to Him and for sharing with all of us.

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    • Doug says:

      Welcome here Sandy! You are in a good place here.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome, Sandy! There are many ways to discover the wealth of information here. Please take a look at the search possibilities at the bottom of this page. You’ll find the “tags” as well as the function of searching via categories. On the right side of this page at the top, there is an open bar to search for words or phrases as well as the “archives.” When I first arrived here, I simply started through the archives with January 2014 in a day by day, article by article adventure. It’s so worth it!

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to Charlie’s little “family,” Sandy. 🙂

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  6. Janet V says:

    God Bless you for being a sign of hope Charlie….I would normally be be very anxious! Thank you always for the reminder that God is with us…and if God is with us who could be against us?

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  7. Take the next right step. While in Mass today, I was contemplating many things, my friend Eva is not doing well. I will post about that soon. I felt (in my head) the Lord tell me, Do you still not trust me? I do not work the way you think, I am loving all the time, you do not know my ways. After Mass I had a friend show me a Rosary with a Miraculous Medal and Padre Pio on the Rosary. It was made for Eva. I was amazed. I shouldn’t be, but I was. These two things mean much to me at the moment. I thought God is showing me He is here. Hope is here, operating all the time. In the midst of anxiety He is here.

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    • Petra says:

      veilofveronica: Regarding Eva, and death in general: We Christians often act like we don’t actually believe in heaven, Christ’s promises, or the Resurrection of the dead. I know when faced with the death of someone I love I act like, “no God, not yet, not yet, not yet.” Logically, I see that I should be thrilled someone who believes in Him is dying or has died. But my human heart that has bonded to the person does not want the separation, does not want to face daily life without the companionship of that loved one. So I protest to Him, and I cry.

      During my mother’s last illness as I sat with her each day, I would pray, Oh, Lord, please heal her once again, but not my will but Yours be done. I prayed this from my heart, trying to be brave to accept His will should she not get well. I tried to picture Our Lord in the garden of Gethsemane praying this prayer, and unite myself with Him.

      I am sorry Eva recently had such hopeful news but now there has been a (seeming) reversal. God has intervene mightily for Eva in the past few months, and He will determine when He is ready for her to come home. If He chose, He could heal her this moment, or allow her to simply live longer than anyone expected, or He could take her home in a short while.

      For me, the only way I have been able to get through this sort of very difficult time is saying the surrender prayer, as has been posted so many times by commenters here: “Lord, I surrender myself (this situation, Eva) to you. You take care of it.” And then let go trying to influence the outcome.

      I will continue to pray for Eva and hope her Faith and love grows during whatever time she has left. I do pray she will be able to stay long enough to raise her son. But as always, this is in God’s hands. I do believe He is reassuring you that He is on top of the situation. So ours is to trust.

      God bless. Praying for you and Eva.

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  8. a fool says:

    Yes, the only way to live is to live as “A Family Of God!” From One Breath of God, it brought the clay form God made in His Image into a living breathing man whom God named Adam. From one of Adam(aton)’s ribs God made Eve, without an other breathe. After their unions as man and wife, that was passed down to us now, the entire human race unto whenever it is to be The End Time, all came from that ONE CLAY FORM! Regardless we like it or not, we are One. Together we all suffer the Fall of Men, together we all rejoyce our Salvation by the Passion of Chrst! We must help each other to gain the door of Heaven! To our Islam Brothrs and sisters, please, look for Christ to lead you to your salvation, retrun to God! No one dared to say: “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Only Jesus Did! Believe in Him so you, too, will be able to return to Heaven. God never favored men over women. He condemns Killing! In no way could God ever allows some one to commit suicide in the name of God then,God wil reward that man 70 virgines! From which house holds will those 70 virgins be picked? Our God is a Mercyful God, Who is also a Just and Loving God, He will never allows anything like that to happen! No where in the Scriptures has God ever showed any sign of charishing religious suicids, then rewards that soul with 70 Virgins! Unthinkable!! How base! The Family of God is made of Love ~~ God is LOVE!

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  9. DanSouthChicago says:

    I look forward to your next post, Charlie. I do not look forward to the full onslaught of the Storm, but then, I think of all the souls that are being lost and I realize that whatever is necessary for the salvation of souls. . . His will be done. My prayer becomes one asking for a mitigation of the Storm without the loss of any souls.

    My wife had a dream last night. She saw herself, me and our son walking uphill in a field, along with a lot of our friends and family. We were heading towards heaven and she saw our deceased family and friends joyfully welcoming us home. That dream is a great comfort and I will remember it in the months and years to come.

    Thanks for your work, Charlie. God bless.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dearest DanSouthChicago, you wrote- ‘…His will be done. My prayer becomes one asking for a mitigation of the Storm without the loss of any souls.’ I understood Charlie to say we should not pray for mitigation at this point, but an increase in our Love for the unlovable. The Storm and Rescue IS truly God’s Will. ( ‘get thee behind me satan’ comes to mind–St. Peter not you sorry :)) Again proving our ways are not God’s ways. Jane

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      • charliej373 says:

        I might not have been clear, Zenia. It is okay to pray for mitigation. The fullness of the Storm has already been dramatically shortened because of such prayer. But the Storm must proceed – it is the Divine antidote for the disorder and rebellion we have embrace – a sort of Divine chemotherapy. It is an integral part of the Rescue. To pray that we not have it at all would be to ask not to have to undergo the rigors of the antidote – so I do tell people not to pray that the Storm pass us by…but it is fine to pray that it be as gentle as possible while still being effective.

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        • Beckita says:

          I love that: “…as gentle as possible while still being effective.” I never tire of my daily intention prayed aloud at Mass: “For a mitigation of all chastisements in so much as people respond to the effusion of purifying grace now pouring forth on th earth.” I’m happy to be OCD on that one ‘cuz I know the power of the whole assembly agreeing: Lord, hear our prayer!

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  10. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Yes, thank you, Charlie, for ALL!

    Prayers sent for that beautiful daughter of our Lord, Rita Antoinette Rizzo, who we all know as Mother Angelica. May God bless and keep her.

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  11. leel9790 says:

    Charlie, your article of Mother A. was so endearing to my heart! This weekend after hearing about the medical change, i was listening to her Classics on EWTN. She is my favorite Joe 6-pak theology teacher. She was so inspirstional bringing me back to the faith, along with my mother’s prayers. And you are so right about how this will be spun from the truth…work place violence, “not to jump to conclusion” type mumbo jumbo from the political controlled media. You give me great hope in having to undure the watching of our demise. Jesus did indeed warn us , but it a good bite of reality when you can add to the clarity, AND remind us constantly of doing the next right thing. With much aloha, I wish you Godspeed in those projects you need to finish up, and that your contagious desire for pleasing Jesus and His Mama may be spreading like wildfire, especially in this reason season for Jesus and His birth! God bless you, your readers, and all those who getting more familiar with the Heavenly desires! Alooooooooha!

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  12. kathleenmarshall777 says:

    In 2012 I received the charism to found a new religious community in the Catholic church which has now been approved by our Bishop. Our spirituality is Franciscan and our apostolates are to widows, our heroic priests, the elderly, mothers and families. You can read more about us at our website and our entire charism at http://www.familyjacopa.com. I wanted to mention though that I felt called to write that our mission is “to reveal Our Lord’s compassion for the family of God” and to use the word “Family” in our title. Thank you for your work Charlie and may God reward you.

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    • Beckita says:

      How beautiful, Mother! Thank you for sharing. Praying for your community and asking the Holy Family to intercede for you all. What a sign of Hope!!!

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    • Mick says:

      Mother, thank you for what you are doing for the Church and for the world. May God richly bless your community and send you many vocations.

      P.S. I really like your website. 🙂

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    • BlessedToLiveNow says:

      What a beautiful mission, like Beckita I will pray for you. It looks like much is starting to happen in your community and the monastery is quite peaceful looking. I like the use of family and the Hope you are bringing to an oft forgotten group.

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    • Snow Owl says:

      Oh how beautiful this is! I visited your website and immediately felt the peace of Jesus. This is so clearly blessed. God bless all of you even more and more!

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  13. donna says:

    thank you Charlie….God Bless Mother Angelica….my husband and I turn on EWTN at 6pm and start with the news through the 7pm Mass…..such a blessing in our daily lives….

    Also, thank you for your current words of wisdom. Believe it or not, Fox just stated possible workplace violence….dear God, what have we become? We can’t tell the truth anymore on national news….fear we should offend? Dictates from the top? Thank you dear Sherpa for lending some sound advice in a crazy world….this place is my respite. Let us all continue to pray for one another at TNRS for fortitude and strength and to act in God’s will….

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  14. Kim sevier says:

    Thank you Charlie. Glad you are home safe!

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  15. Rick says:

    I think gun control would be ideal in a world that started from scratch. Unfortunately Pandora’s box was opened a long time ago, and those who want guns will get guns regardless of the severest of gun restriction laws. Obama is a supreme contortionist. It will be interesting to see how he spins this with regard to the background of the perpetrator. It seems as if he privately wants gun restriction for Americans but unfettered access to government officials and agencies and Islamic extremists. I feel that the San Bernardino event was the beginning of a new massive avalanche of similar and more severe events, but at the same time chemotherapy for our nation.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That’s a hopeful thought, Rick. But actually, the arrival of the technology of guns made liberty possible. In medieval cultures before guns were created, only those who had the training in swords held power. It took years to become sophisticated and competent with them. Most oriental cultures prohibited lower classes from having swords or receiving training in their use. Guns were the great “equalizer,” allowing commoners to challenge their betters. It always gets down to human nature. Humans always compete with each other for dominance – and when systems seek to make “all equal,” they generally turn out to be the bloodiest, most tyrannical systems of all. It will not be enough to empty ourselves of guns culturally – we must fill ourselves with Christ.

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  16. Siobhán says:

    A little earlier today I was praying for Mother Angelica, I often have EWTN on in the background while I do my house work, and she was on. I asked God to accept her suffering in reparation for the sins of the world and I was thinking about how she said she would like to live a very long time so that she would have a lot of suffering to offer. God seems to be answering that prayer, she is a living saint for sure. I’m from Ireland and we are in such a battle here. High on their success in the same sex ‘marriage’ referendum they’re now pushing for legalizing abortion. By outward appearances they do seem to be on the winning side but thank you Charlie for reminding me that it is only an illusion.

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    • jaykay says:

      I don’t have a satellite dish so I can’t access EWTN on TV, only on my laptop, but I do enjoy it when I can and am so grateful for it. I utterly refuse to watch, as much as I can, either my own national Irish channels or those of the BBC (the airwaves over here are still dominated to an extent by State-owned networks like PBS, the private ones have a small share of the market) as they are infested by activists posing as objective reporters/commentators.

      The mask slipped quite some while ago and they now rarely even pretend to be objective… or rather I should say that if they do keep up the pretence it’s so transparent as to which side they really favour that it can be entertaining, in a horrible sort of way. Like looking at roadkill.

      Siobhán, we’re going to have a miserable couple of months in the near future, with the run-up to the election and the naked triumphalism that will be paraded concerning their “successes” in “modernising” the country. Their shills in the media will be in full throat in their support… ahem, sorry, I mean they’ll contribute the usual balanced and dispassionate analysis. Yeah, right. Still, Nebuchadnezzar paraded the vessels of the Temple at his orgiastic feast and look what happened shortly after. But at least he saw the writing on the wall. Our crowd refuse to admit any such thing. The illusion is strong with them. God help them.

      I’ve been drawn to the book of Daniel recently, not only because it formed the readings for the last week of the liturgical year recently but because it stands so much for our time. The carefree, orgiastic, arrogant defiance of God and defilement of sacred things, “pushing the boundaries” (as they like to say) but in reality spitting in the face of the Creator. Whose existence they of course refuse to acknowledge, and even more now are starting to refuse to allow others to acknowledge. Weighed in the balance and found wanting, indeed. Like Siobhán said, Charlie, thanks for reminding us it’s only an illusion.

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  17. SanSan says:

    God bless Mother Angelica. I was so very happy to hear the news about her. The Lord, her spouse, loves her so much and she loves her dear Lord all the more. She is surely assisting in bringing more souls to Him.

    Yes, the darkness envelopes the world……but we can light our Advent candle and sing praise for all of the Grace He bestows upon us. God is good, all the time!

    Peace dear NRS friends. God Bless you Charlie always.

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  18. dcjbhm says:

    Hi Charlie. Charlie, here. I’m curious: what do you think is the difference between the bloody terrors of “today” versus all of the bloody terrors in the various ages of “yesterday”?

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    • charliej373 says:

      A few quick things, though I have written more extensively about it before here. First, the emptiness of the growing cultural terror is similar to both the French and the early days of the Russian Revolution. There is a cold, bloodlessness at the center that deceives itself it is idealistic. Probably a function of Enlightenment errant thought on the nature of man. The difference is that it is now global rather than regional – or at least affecting all of western civilization. The second is the simultaneous rise of Islamic Jihadism in a way not seen since before the Crusades when Islam mounted an effort to conquer the world and exterminate all competing religions and cultures. That, too, is a global effort.

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      • Snow Owl says:

        Charlie, I was watching Fox for a few minutes this morning and I saw that there is a large number of Muslims rising up against the Jihadists and stating that only they can deal with them to stop the terrorism (though I never heard mention of a real plan to actually do anything). These are Muslim leaders and I’m wondering how they can separate themselves from this, as this is exactly what their Koran teaches- they have to know this! Are they blinded by their zeal to protect what they know and believe is beautiful about their religion? Are these possibly the ones who will eventually convert- do you think (?) because they are against the violence? I find this confusing but also very interesting…

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        • charliej373 says:

          As I have often written, people of good will’s hearts long to know and love God – and they do so most often in the way they have taught. Some of the hadith (formal commentaries on the Koran) have tried to maintain the faith of Islam while exorcising the bloody violence of it. In the end, that proves impossible. But give thanks for the many Muslims who try, for they draw ever closer to the true, the Triune, God by their efforts.

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  19. Chris says:

    It’s Great news about Mother Angelica. She Is a doll and so funny.Listening to her broadcasts on EWTN from the 1990’s and it seems like she is talking about the world today. She was and is always a sign of hope with her wit and wisdom.
    With the violence intensifying all over the world and here in New Orleans, the local media can no longer hide the fact that the murder rate, shootings and violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate.Social media is doing a great job reporting it long before we turn on the 10 o’clock news. As it becomes a bit overwhelming, I loose hope and then God shows me something new and beautiful and hopeful and Ii’d like to share it with you. Yesterday I went to the abortion mill to pray and sidewalk counsel at 8am as usual.There was one other person there with me.He stood in the front of the clinic and I took the back. I was exhausted, feeling hopeless in general about the world around me and set up a chair to sit for the next 3 hours. I started to pray and thought “oh Lord, what what kind of craziness are you gonna show me today, you know I really just wanted to stay in my bed this morning.” Suddenly a white van pulled up and out jumped 8 bubbling young girls and boys ages 18-22 wearing shirts with large bold letters that Read “Team Jesus.” They were as excited to meet me as I was to meet them. They explained they were a part of a blare team of actors called the New Life Drama Company. They travel all over the United States performing funny skits to encourage and evangelize in the name of Jesus.They were full of life, excitement and love for God and love for everyone who came to the mill that day. They performed skits, made us laugh and prayed with us. In such a time as now, they are a sign of hope. God is sending “us” troops the most amazing reinforcements….so as Padre Pio used to say…pray, hope and don’t worry! Love to you all NRSteppers.

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  20. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie, when you say ” All those who think they are winning battle after battle are deceived: they have delivered themselves up to judgment. When all is revealed, it will come right quickly”, who are you referring to as “they”. Is this folks living under the world view such as progressives or something else?

    I am glad you were able to get some down time. We need our sherpas to be strong during the storm. If you need us to hold up your arms like Moses, let us know.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  21. prayingflower says:

    Looking forward to it Charlie. Praying for your health.

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  22. vicardwm says:

    “Our government has reached Monty Pythonesque levels of absurdity. The old “dead parrot sketch” looks like a documentary next to the absurdist statements coming from the president these days.”

    Indeed. Our government is like the cheese shop that has no cheese. I wonder when the moment will come when the customer realizes it, as in the skit.

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  23. Bob in Minnesota says:

    Charlie
    24 months before Mother Mary comes per your statements.
    Germany invades Poland September 1, 1939.
    Japan Bombs Pear Harbor December 7, 1941
    Germany Surrenders May 7, 1945
    Japan Surrenders September 2, 1945
    1939 to 1945 was six years activity.
    The coming STORM is supposed to be the worst in human history!
    Dose not make any since Charlie, in two years more horror then in the six years of World War II.
    WHAT ever is happening in the world today does not EVEN BEGIN to compare to the horror
    of World War II.
    Not much time left in your communicated time frame {end of the year 2017} of events before the end, Mother Mary arrives.
    I am not the only one following this site with this thought!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good, Bob. Do you know why God sometimes compresses so many events in such a short time? So that all know that He did it – because it was not possible – or incredibly unlikely by human standards. So what do you want me to do? Go to my angel and the Lord who have always told me true and tell them, “Well, I’m just not buying this. Some of my readers think it ridiculous – so I’m going to edit it and put my own spin on it.”? I’ll stick with what I am shown. For well over three decades I did not believe the Storm that is already well engaged would actually come. Believe od don’t – but that really isn’t the point. The way I speak to you of doing is good regardless of what happens. If God does not intervene – as He has assured me repeatedly He will – there is no hope. If He does, best to be found doing what you are called to do when it is accomplished. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

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    • CHADPRO123 says:

      Bob you know how to read a calendar. Congratulations.

      But seriously, Charlie is the last person who needs to be reminded of what his own statements are. Let his yes be yes and don’t obsess over the particulars.

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    • Snow Owl says:

      Bob, I pray you don’t mind me spouting off here 🙂 but the “time” we find ourselves in has been spoken of for centuries by many, many saints, they be-moaned not living to see it come, they called the followers of Christ, Blessed, who would be alive when this incredible time was upon the world! They were overjoyed at seeing it!
      There are literally BILLIONS of souls at stake here in this time, unlike any other time ever on Earth… and so many of these precious souls have been deceived and led astray by Satan..so many, that only the intervention of God will save them! God is ALMIGHTY and can DO anything He wants to do and is no way inhibited by “TIME” as we know it…since time is something He created for man! This reminds me of a writing I received long ago, when I questioned God on something I could not understand with my own little mind. The response that I heard (literally) was this:
      I AM the LORD GOD and I WILL DO as I PLEASE and GO where I WILL! And when I heard these words (aside from the fact that I almost fainted on the spot) I was immediately filled with a JOY I can never describe. A PEACE that went beyond anything I have ever known and TRUST! Complete trust! God is GOD, He is OUR FATHER in Heaven and we need to trust Him completely 🙂 God bless you, Bob, He IS!! I loved your questions and I know they will be answered!

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    • Petra says:

      Bob: If you are skeptical and do not believe what Charlies says, isn’t that okay? After all, we are all called to discern and determine whether something we are reading or hearing is true or if it is worthy of our belief. If you are incredulous, then you have discerned (I assume) what Charlie says could not possibly be true, and should reject it. Like the LttW messages, if you reject them then it is assumed you leave off reading them. So if you do not find Charlie credible, then isn’t it yours to leave off reading what he says, and pursue your holiness in other places?

      Is it that you are you concerned others are being misled or worried about the future for no reason? If the timeline seems astounding to you, you are not forced to believe anything written here. You can reject it with no consequence. If Charlie is reporting what he heard/saw, and is wrong, then so be it. In that case he will be very embarrassed, and maybe have to go on medication for having hallucinations, 🙂 but since he is not leading anyway away from the One True God, where is the harm?

      God bless.

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    • Mack says:

      I think the Storm is happening at more levels than we realize, and the demonic activity is the highest level. Surely that’s going on at a level never seen before. The widespread acceptance of abortion, same-sex “marriage,” genetic engineering and disregard for human life, not to mention all the horrors being perpetrated by ISIS. It happens in the spiritual realms before being acted out on earth (according to Fr AMorth, chief exorcist of Rome). This is different from WW II, but far worse already in moral terms. At least during WW II the family structure of society was much more intact than today.
      Besides, it could also be part of God’s mercy to compress the worst of the physical sufferings so as to shorten the days “for the sake of the elect.”

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      • charliej373 says:

        You understand it well, Mack.

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      • Beckita says:

        Absolutely agree, Mack! The numbers of people showing up at our door and calling for prayerful help and conseling with BIG stuff has definitely increased in this house.

        Your last two lines make me think of how short but very intense was the labor as each of my children for each birth.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mack, I was reading a science fiction book late last night. One theme struck me, as I read of a hidden group intending to wreck a society. Their strategy was to “distract and destroy.” And I was suddenly struck by how well that applies to our time and world.

        For instance, we have many jihadist attacks now. They draw a huge part of our personal attention, and they draw a large amount of the attention of the people who protect us at various levels of our society. Yet in reality, these attacks are pinpricks, almost irrelevant (but not irrelevant!) to the larger trends.

        As I thought of this and tried to loosen my eyes from being drawn to these attacks, I gained what seemed like a better understanding of the usefulness of these petty distractions in drawing our eyes and efforts away from the efforts being made by others who are hidden to quietly but increasingly quickly undermine the major institutions of our civilization. As you say, the efforts by these hidden others to create a crisis so large that we will turn to them for rescue is an effort being made at many levels.

        It pleases me to think that their efforts to create a crisis they can control well enough to come out on top of the rest of us will simply provide the fall that God will push into complete Collapse, removing them from the power they believe they already grasp. They will not only fail to win what they thought they would in all their planning and setup but will see themselves being turned into an instrument through which we are delivered not to their evil boss but to the One they contend with.

        At this point, though, perhaps we should hold in our minds the strategy being used: “distract and destroy.” Then perhaps in the increasing craziness of everyday news, we will be able to see more widely and more deeply, and we may see better what in our lives is most important to do.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Excellent, Steve. You are seeing to the heart of the matter.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Good, thanks. Now that I think about this, I’m thinking that your current change of direction or strategy will at least in part likely include ways to see through such illusions and misdirections *efficiently*, so that we don’t get caught up in them but rather can stick to our specific roles in our daily life. Without that kind of help, we may not be able to implement the other part of your counsel, which presumably will deal at length with roles and approaches to the real issues, questions, and needs we will face with our own situation and in helping our neighbors. We don’t want to be vulnerable to being drawn away into unproductive emotions, thoughts and actions. We need to endure on the one hand and be profoundly active and helpful on the other.

            I can see why that’s taking you some time to figure out, at least partly because some of the misdirections we may be subjected to are not going to be obvious until they actually pop up, and some will be incredibly subtle.

            In rocketry, golf, and Storm transit, one needs to remember that one cannot expend all effort simply whacking the problem. One needs to divert about 5% of the expended energy into staying on course. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            My journey has been a struggle to understand simple instructions. I went up more than a few blind alleys. It frustrated that God would not tell me more plainly then, but I am much more grateful now. It is not so much a specific instruction as a habit of mind God is about inculcating in us. Having struggled so mightily, it makes it easier for me to give you things that will actually be helpful rather than just be smug. But then, often I have to gently prod you all to contemplate, too, rather than giving a direct answer. Contemplation is a vitally important way in which we reach out to God.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie, if God made it too easy, would you really be relying and trusting on him? I love the struggle (not that I wish it) because it makes the victories taste so sweet. It is a love relationship where you each discover each other in mystical ways. It’s like my marriage with my wife. We dance spiritually together in so many amazing ways. Sometimes we just sit together, be with each other and contemplate. We have been married 30 years and our relationship has taught me much about God. After 30 years, there is a depth there that cannot be replaced. I wish so many married couples could experience this.

            Anyway, assuming we will be moving into a more intense phase of the storm, I imagine it would be more difficult for you since you have insight we do not have and will shortly bare an increasing responsibility to boot. When I pray my Rosary, I often come up dry who or what to pray for the 3rd Luminous mystery. I will now continually offer this up for you and all here for the duration of the storm. I am not looking for Kudos. No need to respond back.

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        • Doug says:

          Interesting thought Steve, but too much speculation for me 🙂

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  24. Anne says:

    Last paragraph ……. Whether I am fully satisfied with it or not……. Yes Charlie….. Do your best and allow the Holy Spirit do the rest……. Do not “over craft” the article.

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  25. CrewDog says:

    God keep Mother A and EWTN 😉
    I have believed, long before Charlie and my seeking answers in Catholic/Christian Prophecy, that the USA and Western Christendom was dying! Frankly, only a fool would think otherwise. I know! I’ve the background and time to do the study of this “dismal science” ;-( Anyway! Dying though it may be, we have the duty as citizens to “petition” our Government and Reps! I truly believe that The Lord expects US to do our part in re-building our society … starting now! Let’s Face It, GANG!! If we citizens of our Nations AND of Our Church had taken an interest in the “Direction and Affairs” of Church & State, in years gone by, we wouldn’t be in this @&^?<*! STORM!! Now!! I send Rants to my Reps too knowing full well that the Rep will never read it ….. but one of his 3rd Class Wipers will read it and keep a tally …. and it might, ever so slightly, change the course of the Ship of State … or Church. Below is my latest feeble attempt. You will see that I'm thinking that Trump may be an Instrument of Good … He doesn't know it I expect! I wish I could "Sit it Out" and watch it all on the Moon or someplace!!
    ISLAMIC TERRORISM is HERE … has been since, at least, 1993!!
    Past Time for my Arkansas Reps and the entire GOP to grow a pair and confront Obama, LeftWing Media and his Administration over their NRA, Christian, Tea Party, Israel and/or White People BASHING Gang. The very same Gang that turns a blind eye to CRIMINAL ISLAMIC/MUSLIM TERRORISTS, Criminal Illegal Aliens, Criminal Urban GangBangers and Criminal AIDS/STD Carriers … YES!! I SAID IT!! …. and mean it!! Past Time to flush Political Correctness down the toilet and take back our United States, Constitution, Bill of Rights and all the Civic Traditions and Christian/Judeo Religion/Culture that made US great … I fear it's too late?
    Better get on the Trump/Cruz Bandwagon because they may be The Ticket?

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC!!

    ………. AND ALL HERE!!

    PS: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
    PPS: Get a load of this:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/12/02/ny-daily-news-mocks-invoke-god-instead-gun-control/

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  26. Joni C says:

    Reading Charlie’s words always helps me refocus. Thank you so much!
    I’m wondering if anyone can point me to a Next Right Step group in my area ((East Bay, San Francisco, WLnut Creek?)). It would be nice to know if there a supportive group close by. Any help?
    Thank you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Check with Deacon Chris at the Cathedral. I think he has some people gathered together.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Joni C, you can also join the Next Right Step Forum, which is designed at least in part to get people together by region and facilitate meetings. Go to the “Contacts/FAQs/Help” page in the navigation bar at the top of the page and look a bit down the page for the section on the Forum.

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  27. Diane says:

    I was brought to tears this morning because I left a prayer request late last night – urgent for Gordon, Lindy and Chad who are going through an attack by the satan, and the father, Gordon, broke down in tears over the phone, just too much for him to handle. Anyway, you all stepped up to the plate with prayer and my heart was very moved by the response. Just a good good feeling to part of this group. With great gratitude in my heart for you all, thank you. Love. I do.

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  28. Laurie says:

    So happy to hear of Mother Angelica’s progress! On the topic of family, there’s a book of photos by Edward Steichen called “The Family of Man”. For anyone who hasn’t seen it already; it’s beautiful.

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  29. Jennifer says:

    Hey, folks haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been in my own mini storm with the life threatening illness of my friend, Molly who I asked all to pray for. She survived and is going to a rehab hospital. I wanted to share what I was inspired with the night before the Paris attacks. I had a sense of being spiritually deployed in a hasty and hidden manner. That it was all out warfare in all it’s intensity. But that we would be fighting with the greatest weapons of all: God’s Love. We would be embedded right where He needs us and we must be willing and ready. I also sensed that we must be willing to “strike” while we have the chance with the truth of the Gospel or the Rosary or what ever “weapons” in the church we have. It was like using the tactics of terrorism but spreading God’s Love instead. I think it was the next day I was asked to step in and care for Molly’s 4 small children while she was in the hospital. It’s been very hard. But this was my next right step, actually a mini mission. We must do what ever love requires.

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  30. Charlie, I had a wonderful experience once with Mother Angelica and reading your post today with the update on her inspired me to share that experience on my Divine Mercy Network blog.
    And on my post prior to that I share a testimony of how the message from God The Father had a profound experience on me and my family. I think of all the times since that experience that I have still fallen so short in my faith … all of us need to be constantly converted. Your work here on this blog is helping in my daily conversion. Thank you! And thank the Lord.

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    • Snow Owl says:

      Really good article! I enjoyed reading it very much! You and Charlie are working hand-in-hand and that’s wonderful to see!! God bless!

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  31. An irony how news of a great saint, the City of Paris, an American terrorist, & a minor mention of a most vile servant of the Antichrist all appear in the same post.

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  32. Theresa O says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I have watched Mother Angelica for years and was so happy to hear Doug Keck say she is doing so much better on the feeding tube. I do hope people pay attention to that. There are times when a feeding tube is necessary. Remember the Terry Schiavo case in Florida. Poor women literally starved to death..

    God Bless you for all you are doing.

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  33. mary says:

    Today your next right thing was giving me a little ray of hope in a fallen world. Thank you.

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  34. MarieUrsula says:

    I am quite moved by Deacon Keith Fournier’s article published today in The Stream (online). Much of the content is excerpts from a small book Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger / Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote in 1969, Faith and the Future. One paragraph especially moves me, and I think it pertains to all who are gathering here:

    “Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.”

    BTW, the image at the top of the article is the chapel at St. Malo’s with Mt. Meeker in the background. 🙂

    Here is the link: https://stream.org/church-militant-world/

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Wow, thank you for sharing.

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    • donna says:

      beautiful, isn’t it?

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    • BlessedToLiveNow says:

      I listened to an excellent interview of the Deacon on a Christian news channel I follow on YouTube: Trunews. What is different on this channel is the lack Catholic bashing. I have been heartened to hear from multiple Catholic sources on this one hour show. I feel that our coming together is getting closer, especially for those who are open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I feel that the news stories are more in depth. What was interesting that in the last two weeks, the view of Russia and Putin has changed dramatically. Knowing what I have read here, that really caught my attention. Have a blessed 1st Friday!

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  35. lambzie37 says:

    Let us all give our HEARTFELT PRAISE to God. In this sad land of the politically correct, left wing media mesmerized, weak kneed political “leadership” et al, we still have the freedom to post the truth and be a sign of hope to one another and to those who are finally ready to listen. Be well warned though, you WILL be persecuted for your unmitigated gall to actually chime in with something that contains independent, clearly thought out and logical thought. Hmmmm. I so miss the America I grew up in. It is dark out there. Shine on my brave friends!

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  36. Paul says:

    Thank You Charlie for your Hopeful News. You have my prayers to continue the Lord’s will. It is a tradegy that now Prayers are being “shamed” more and more here in the U.S. FYI on this article http://on.wsj.com/1lzUEua

    Prayerfully yours,

    Paul

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  37. Snow Owl says:

    Charlie, I just found your post on Stalking the Anti-christ and it is so so amazingly good! I was wondering if you would be willing to re-post this as you sometimes do with previous articles while we wait for your new ones? It would be so good for us to read and comment on again now that time has gone by! There are so many new people here now- like me, and I just keep finding these gems! You say such amazing things in this post and give us such sound teachings! I really loved it.
    My favorite on this is, you wrote: “If you are utterly ignorant and know it to be so – and so trust all to God, concerning yourself solely with being a sign of hope to others and taking the next, right step, you are utterly invulnerable to the efforts of the antichrist and even of satan, himself.” This is absolutely beautiful and so filled with hope..wow! And so needed to know!
    Also, all you said about pride and vanity, so deceptive and dangerous. This is just SO good!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I will think about it…but that piece also engendered an unhealthy obsession with the antichrist, the personification of which I do not believe comes now – even thought the world is infected with the spirit of antichrist.

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      • Snow Owl says:

        Oh, it was everything else you had in that piece that was so amazing to me…if I had copied and pasted everything that I loved, I would have pasted 90% of the entire piece! It is so rich in good council! It is all so solid! You are solid in everything you teach.The comment section with your replies are Heaven sent!! I don’t know, maybe it’s just what I needed to hear 🙂 I saved the piece to my tool bar so I can re-read it several times to let it all soak in.
        I gave up worrying about the antichrist many years ago. After having years of dealings with satan and his minions, I learned well to leave these future evils to God because I had enough in the moment..so it was harmful to me to focus on that, as well. Satan loves to side-track us. I have realized, God help me- I am so dense, that satan has many ways of getting us and I am weak and he found new ways that I didn’t even see until it was too late. Your article helped me to SEE this very clearly and now I must deal with this again. The future is Gods’ alone. I don’t know what I am seeing but I know I need to be much more careful to trust God completely and never to trust in myself and even this is a grace from God! It’s almost as if scales have been peeled off of my spiritual eyes. God help me! Please say a prayer for me because when I deal with cross I see the demons and it is terrorizing and it’s extremely painful. They are so evil and hideous and I hate it. Thank you Charlie. God bless you, always.

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        • charliej373 says:

          God bless you, Snow. Many are led to the pit by their own assessment of their brilliance. If we all knew how truly weak and foolish we are, we would paradoxically be much more wise. The present moment is all we have – and God is there with us. It is enough.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Sigh, once again I feel scolded for the brilliance of my kung fu hair extensions… Vanity of vanities: 75% off. (Or was that 175% increase, Beckina?)

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          • Beckita says:

            YD, may I please ask: are you congested? It’s that Beckina twang you’ve developed of which I’m concerned. Now I do have some great viral chasers; they have all kinds of Mandarin charachters on the box therefore I have no idea what’s in the mix but they are effective. Hmm… now for the bi-location part. I need a LOT of prayerpower to get these to you.

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          • Doug says:

            Checkita Beckita. You better be careful. I just read this morning that there is a big world banana blight that is dramatically affecting crops. The banana storm is coming 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          You are not just Snow Owl, you are the wise old snow Owl 🙂

          I learned that the way the department of treasury finds counterfeit money is not by studying all the different ways that folks counterfeit money, they spend all their time studying the real thing. Then, when they see the counterfeit, it is recognized right away as missing something authentic. Focus on God, Take The Next Right Step and don’t worry what the devil has planned.

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      • YongDuk says:

        I might agree with you, Charlie.

        However, it is interesting that you came to the ultimate conclusion (or perhaps reply) that you did regarding the “spirit of the Anti-Christ”.

        While we have many Fr. Gobbi readers here who can quote you about the Beasts of Revelations, I think many miss the “aping (to ape)” of God that goes on: demons aping God’s Angels. (Forgive me, but I do not want to enter into speculative angelology and daemonology here, but Satan does indeed set up an unholy “trinity”), in like manner Satan sets up an anti-Gabriel (the announcer who present Satan as worthy to follow, subtle and cunning, even the lie that Satan doesn’t exist) and an anti-Michael (the one who says, “who is like unto Satan” and who with power promised [or sensuality and lust in all its forms] pulls humanity into the mire of pride and pride it is in all its forms satiating the thirst, be it carnal, intellectual and–God forbid, be warned those who stray into Vain Curiosity–spiritual.)

        So, yes, Charlie, I agree.

        New Agism seems to have died out. Many an exorcist and I, even a mystic or two, have sat around talking about “yoga” and “Tai Chi” with varying convictions.

        However, I tell you, New Agism has become more subtle…

        So, I do not mean to stir anything up, but to say, “Beware of vain curiosity into spiritual realms!”

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  38. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    So… as of Thanksgiving my family has been wacked not once but twice very very seriously. I thought I might not handle the first wack very well but I got up and kept saying “do the next right thing”. As of last night, after the second wack, I started sounding like a chicken with it’s head cut off. My mom said “when it rains, it pours”.
    My spiritual director has told me that my personality is such that I would make a great firefighter since I do well in a crisis and deal with the fallout later. Meaning, I fall apart after everything is taken care of. However, I am already falling apart. The question is then does the storm, in all its forms, ebb and flow or is this like a crescendo which will come to a final explosion? Because, if it is the latter, I am not sure I can handle it with two more years to go. I already need a break.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Patricia, I went through it for five years. I would pray for matters to ease – then repent and pray for more strength to bear it. When my great personal Storm ended (which was preparation to steel me for these times) I told my priests that the wolf had been howling at my door for five years and, in the end, neither of us prevailed. We both just collapsed of sheer exhaustion, each amazed that the other persisted for so long.

      I have met you. You are strong. Pray both for relief and that the Lord give you greater strength to bear the burden. If you persist and endure, you will help MANY others do the same.

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      • Patricia says:

        Thank you for your kind response Charlie. See, I am so out of it, I wrote that I sounded like a chicken with its head cut off. Well, I have chickens and looking at them it is obvious, obvious to anyone even without chickens, that they will not sound like anything with their heads cut off. But they will act in a “frenzied manner, distractedly, crazily” for a few seconds or so till they drop. Yes, that is me. Better this morning. But “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” I do not like this, no not at all.

        I, too, as you know, have been through my own personal great storm for as many years and I knew in the later years it was to steel me also. It allowed me to know I can count on friends in heaven and that God will work out things his way which will be the better way. My job is to match up my human situation with his divine way (will). So my prayer is that these health problems will bring them back to God and be healed both spiritually and physically. It is the only way out.

        Padre Pio story: Back in 1999, I visited San Giovanni Rotundo, the town where Padre Pio lived and suffered. I have prayed and relied on him for many a year now. I called my spiritual director last week to give him the news. He knew how upset I was and I said, not happily, I am going to go have a talk with Padre Pio and he said “good, go do that”. A few minutes later I went up to my bedroom. On my dressing table mirror, which sits on the table, I have four prayers cards stuck in the base of the frame. One of the cards is Padre Pio’s. When I got over to the table, I saw that Padre Pio’s card was out of the base and upside down on the table. Father said later to me ” they have their ways”.

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      • Doug says:

        Patricia, we would love if you could make a storm dinner! You would be in good company.

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        • Patricia says:

          Doug,
          I would like to make one also. However, I am often not within 50 miles when you have one. I am paying attention to the emails though. Thank you!

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          • Doug says:

            We have a very nice in law apartment. So you are always welcome to spend the night with us if driving is an issue.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Patricia, I know you’re not usually within 50 miles of my home on the Cape, either. However, if you’d like a few hours away from your life, or would like to rest overnight and gather your strength (of which I know you have much, scattered though it may now be), you are also welcome here in the next week or two. I believe you have my email address or phone number, and I encourage you to use it if you wish to get away for a bit of a break.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your family, Patricia, and especially invoking the intercession of the Holy Family as they faced Herod’s rampage with the Holy Innocents and their subsequent Flight into Egypt.

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    • Snow Owl says:

      Patricia, Oh, can I hear you! I will pray a Divine Mercy for you and your family! God bless you and may Jesus, Mary, St.Joseph and St. Michael protect you!

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and yours, Patricia.

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  39. Patricia says:

    Doug and Steve BC, thank you both for the invitations. Steve I did not keep your cell. But would you kindly email it? Doug, I will email you later today. Could one of you tell me how to “like” a comment. When I try to it wants me to sign in and I have no idea what I used for what. Too scattered. Must I reregister?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Patricia, I was hoping you had my contact information. Likewise, I thought I had yours, but I don’t. Please email me at the TNRS Answers service. Click the link:
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/contact/
      to go to the “Contact/FAQs/Help” page, and then go to the bottom of that page to find the TNRS Answers email address. Click on that address link to open a New email in your email program and send me an email. I can then use your Reply To email address to send you my contact information.

      While you’re on that Contact/FAQs/Help page, look at the top of that page in the “Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions” and look down a bit to find our article titled “A guide to help you activate the “Like” button for Comments.” That should give you what you need. However, if not, then send me that email with a note that it didn’t work.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Actually, Patricia, I will email Doug my information and ask him to forward that email to you. 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Patricia, I originally had that issue with the like button and now I don’t. Maybe Lambzie37 would know.

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  40. CrewDog says:

    There IS plenty of Good News “Out-There”… but Ya gotta dig …..Let’s dig and post as much as we can find .. These-Days!!
    “Birthday girl makes lunches for Detroit police”
    http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/172371330-story

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Mick says:

      Ah, CrewDog; what a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. Wow… that is a girl whose family has taught her to “acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around her.” 🙂

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