American Eclipse

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(Sorry guys…I had a few things come up in the last few days. One is that I got a copy of the archives of my private writings on a flash drive from the Priest who has kept them. I will deliver a copy of it to the Archdiocese on Monday. In the meantime, I have been reading through it with a certain wonder and fascination. There are hundreds of items on there, all but three of which I have not seen since I originally sent them, up to nearly 20 years ago. It is breathtaking to have the distance to read yourself as a reader would.

It has given me a great sympathy for many of your questions. I can see myself struggling sometimes to make sense of what I was being shown, at times desperately trying to find a way out, at others proclaiming a confidence and surrender I did not really feel yet. It brought afresh to me how scared I was 20 years ago, even 10 years ago…and how desperately I hoped it might all go away.  Sometimes, I chased up a few blind alleys. Funny, to sympathize with my younger self in the same way I often sympathize with fearful readers.

Yet through it all, the larger themes are consistent. I first wrote of the coming collapse of the rule of law on September 20, 2000. I wrote of many things that have happened and more of what is happening now. I worried that the larger message might be obscured by all the trees. But as I read, the fundamental principles are clear in almost every letter.

I wrote then of almost the same things I write about and are happening now. For now, these archives will be given to my Archdiocese and, a little later, I may make them available to some other bona fide researchers. I may quote from a private piece from time to time, but fundamentally, I prefer to keep them private to the entities I mention until after the Rescue. Each of you has to discern for yourselves how to approach the troubles we are in…and it is important that you contemplate the meaning of the signs of the times. For today, I offer a piece I wrote in 2006. It was published in a secular journal, so it is not formally private. I did not change anything, including using the term, ‘Islamofascists; while I now prefer ‘Jihadists.’ Some of the language is dated and some references beginning to get obscure – but it is an archive. I was wrong about when we would abandon Iraq, but dead on that it would happen and what the consequences would be. I hope you enjoy this blast from the past.-CJ)

By Charlie Johnston (2006)

Very soon those who believe America to blame for most of the world’s ills will get to see what the world is like without American pre-eminence. Unfortunately, so will the rest of us.

In the last 120 years, the decline of great western powers has, with the exception of Spain, come as a result of loss of will rather than loss of power. Spain blundered into the Spanish-American War when it did not have sufficient strength to back up its claims on Cuba. Effective diplomacy could have maintained Spanish influence in Cuba, although a diminished influence, and bought her time to recover her strength. War not only exposed her weakness, but made her weaker by ending her influence in both the Americas and the Pacific. Spain exited the table of great powers as America took its seat.

World War I, ‘the war to end all wars,’ dramatically changed how statesmen and world leaders viewed war. School children learn that the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, while visiting Sarajevo, caused World War I. (Well, at least school children used to learn that). But while the assassination was a catalyst for the conflagration, had it not happened some other catalyst would have. The real cause of World War I was that several European powers were busily seeking some reason to go to war – for all the traditional reasons; territorial enhancement, national influence, etc. The real cause of World War I was that, until the horrors of extended trench warfare that that conflict brought, nations throughout the world considered war a normal, if intense, tool of ordinary diplomacy.

France suffered more than any other nation in WWI. After the war, she maintained the largest, most powerful army on earth to deter any such event from happening again. But she had lost the will to back up her potential power with effective action. As Hitler rose to power, France both feared him most and was his foremost European apologist, desperately hoping that wishing his peaceful intentions would make it so. By the time even the most obtuse appeasers realized conflict was inevitable, France had already abdicated any serious role in holding back the darkness. Just a decade before the conflict began, France was the mightiest land power on earth. When the war came, she had ceased to be a premier world power at all. And it was a matter of will, not munitions, that enfeebled her.

England narrowly escaped the fate of her neighbor and traditional rival, France. Were it not for Winston Churchill, who chose to spend a decade as a pariah, making himself unelectable to high government office, rather than joining the apologists for Hitler, it probably would have. Though the English people seemed to have lost their vigor and will, when the darkness arrived at their border, Churchill become the only figure electable to high government office. Following the lead they had scorned in him for a decade, the people were so thoroughly invigorated by his will that they stood by him as England stood alone against the darkness that had enveloped Europe. Remarkably, the critics who railed against him waged a lonely battle, mounting only one feeble genuine ouster attempt even though Great Britain won not a single battle for over two years. (Churchill’s common jest after the war was that they never won a battle until Alamein, and never lost a battle after it.)

But as William Manchester aptly noted, Churchill was England’s ‘Last Lion.’ After the war, the forces of deconstruction of the empire, which had advanced so far in the first half of the century, were ascendant. By the mid-50’s, England was often a vigorous squire to America. But America was the last knight in the western world. And the forces of deconstruction were making themselves heard here, too.

Less than 30 years ago American intellectuals confidently assured us that Soviet-style Communism was the irresistable wave of the future, and the sooner we reconciled ourselves to that, the more practically we could manage our diminished future. That debate raged with intensity for several decades. We were not quite as flaccid as England was before the Hitlerian threat in the 30s, certainly not the paper tiger France had become in the 20s and 30s, but we were not the confident, resolute power we had been for the century before Vietnam, either. Yes, we had battles of isolationism before both World Wars I and II, but those were debates over whether we should engage, not over whether we could prevail. Fortunately, Jimmy Carter was so stunningly inept at almost every level that people were willing, in fact eager, to turn to the optimistic confidence of Ronald Reagan. Once again, American will was respected around the world as Reagan refused to let America be hapless victim to the world’s despots. He enraged the sophists who had taken over academia, the media, and the arts by reinvigorating the American ecnomy and toppling ‘irresistable’ Soviet communism while still getting in a few afternoon naps.

Though they had been dead wrong about the economy, communism, the ‘unstoppable’ coming ice age (just a few decades ago that was the bete noir of the environmentally deranged and media science elites) and the depletion of natural resources (we were supposed to be completely out of oil, copper and manganese by the mid-80s triggering mass famine throughout the industrialized world), the sophists who play at being a modern intelligentsia lacked the decency to even acknowledge their errors, much less shut up and go away. They continued about their deconstructionist ways while solidifying their hold on the academy and the arts. Like a 17th Century French aristocrat, their mannner is progressively more haughty and sneering as their proclamations are progressively more divorced from reality.

Since the death of former Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, finding a Democrat who believes in the legitimacy of American power or the nobility of Ameircan exceptionalism is like finding a rose in a dung-heap; both striking and rare. Like their intellectual forbears in the once-great European capitols of the last century, they have become the unapologetic party of retreat.

Republicans, though beset with deep flaws and inconsistencies, have been the party which has consistently believed in the legitimacy of American power and the nobility of American exceptionalism. But that is changing fast.

George Bush’s major flaw has been his inablilty to communicate what battle we are in and what the stakes are. Over the last few years he has allowed the debate to focus on the battle in Iraq. He has been unsuccessful in explaining that the war we are in is with Islamofascism. The fronts in that war may change, but the war will not be over until we have defeated or surrendered to Islamofascism. Iraq is merely a front in that war. The debate over Iraq should always have been a tactical one: that it has been successfully made into a strategic debate has emasculated our likelihood of prevailing any time soon in the war we must win. Those who oppose the Iraq engagement believe retreat will end the war with Islamofascism. Most of those who support the Iraq engagement believe that victory in that battle will achieve the same. Neither supposition is accurate.

Other than the failure of Bush to effectively communicate what we face, I have often likened his plight to that Churchill would have faced had he miraculously been elected Prime Minister in 1935. Such a scenario would not have stopped the rise of Hitler. Though Churchill was ready to lead in ’35, the English people were not ready to follow. They were too deeply seduced by the delusion that they could talk or negotiate themselves out of the danger. But the Bush presidency has almost certainly bought us some time, and inspired some minds to prepare themselves for the trial to come.

Almost certainly, though, we are going to abandon Iraq. Republican leaders, who have been getting less reliable this last decade, are no longer reliable even on national security. All the Democratic senators, save Lieberman, are prepared to vote for effective withdrawal. Four Republicans have already caved. Seven more are ‘weighing their options.’ That means we are going to withdraw without victory. The wholesale slaughter that engulfed Vietnam and Cambodia after our abrupt withdrawal there is in Iraq’s future – and the prudent Iraqi leader would already be approaching other forces in the region, including the darkest ones, to try to prepare for survival after we have gone.

Thus, Osama bin Laden’s fundamental wager, that we no longer had the will to press on to victory even if we were attacked on our own soil, will pay out. It will embolden Islamofascists throughout the world, as well as other actors who have been making their own bets and hedges.

Because of a near-perfect storm of historical circumstances, which I will explore in future articles, (that was future articles for this now-defunct journal-CJ) this retreat will lead not to a setback of American interests, but a collapse of American power and pre-eminence in the world. For a time, China will be the first power in a chaotic and brutal world. In my lifetime, we will see the end of western civilization and the descent into a new dark ages, or we will rally and see a new birth of commitment to the principles that make liberty possible. But even if we rally, it will not be until after we have seen firsthand what a world without American pre-eminence actually looks like. And like the first dark year and a half of England fighting alone for the survival of free Europe, this time the mere summoning of will will not be sufficient to bring victory. We’re going to need some lucky breaks or divine intervention to stave off the darkness this time.

 

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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108 Responses to American Eclipse

  1. YongDuk says:

    Mack, in reply to your post on the previous screen starting, “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,” I see WWII just like the rest of the crises throughout the world as preparation for the ultimate crisis (Charlie’s historicopolitical circumstances leading to the near-perfect Storm). St John says there are many anti-Christs. There are many predecessors to the Anti-Christ or the ultimate spirit of the Anti-Christ. A building and building, crisis upon another to make us immune to evil, just as an individual soul sins little by little, first venial until it commits a mortal sin and then more and more and becomes immune (hardened) to the grave and dead state of his or her soul.

    Someone a few days ago asked me what was my favourite devotion. I replied, “The Stations of the Cross.”

    When I was in one of the Baltic Nations for Easter one year, I saw an old Stara Baba saying the Stations on Easter Monday. I don’t know if I scoffed or just said, “That is most strange.” The Lord, I feel it was, prompted me–challenged me–to go pray the Stations and see the mystery. It was beautiful.

    I look at all the “Storms”, the crises of history, I see Satan’s hand and those of his minions, and I wonder why no mass conversions have happened–but I am not surprised.

    It is hard to keep our eyes fixed on the Cross. To contemplate frequently, as St Faustina writes, the Passion. Yet, Christ Jesus says how efficacious it is. St Paul states that he preaches Christ Crucified…

    I could go on, but am getting distracted by the … and would rather sit with God.

    If I could say to the masses, focus on Christ Crucified, not in a morbid way, but like on that Easter Monday praying the Stations, what joy, what solidity, what kindness we would maintain. (Yet, I don’t always well maintain that myself.)

    It’s funny, or just profound, to say like St Peter: Lord, it is good for us to be here!

    I say the Stations and I rest and I say, indeed, it is!

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  2. Irish7 says:

    Hey CJ. God is awesome and so are you. Thanks for sharing this retroactive truth. It’s balm to the soul to hear truth spoken these days. And thanks for noting the GWB/Churchill “will” connection. They may not be on the same plane, but there is something to it. So glad you had a fun holiday and lived the Lily pictures. Xx

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    • Mick says:

      Hey, Irish! Good to “see” you! How are you and your lovely crew doing? Are you going to be heading up this way during the Christmas season?

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  3. CHADPRO123 says:

    You have mentioned before that if the Blessed Virgin Mary doesn’t intervene then this would be the end for all of us.

    So was your final line where you reference “divine intervention” a subtle way to reference The Rescue in this secular journal or had your angel not yet revealed to you the late 2017 timetable?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I already knew…but I did not speak publicly of my visitors until late in 2012. I had DECADES of experience speaking about things that were informed by my visitations without giving a reference – or even a clue – that I had such things. The only people who knew it about me were my priests and a few very close friends.

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  4. LukeMichael says:

    Can we still expect the “What is truth” post?

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  5. Becky-TN says:

    God Bless, Charlie.

    Scary stuff…but it’s true.

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  6. CrewDog says:

    For those of you considering Home/Family/Self Defense the below article might be of interest … time is running out to buy and become proficient!!:

    “7 Reasons You Should Buy a Gun After San Bernardino”
    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/12/04/7-reasons-buy-gun-san-bernardino/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks, CrewDog.

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    • SanSan says:

      Well, even before the latest attack in San Bernardino, my husband and I decided to purchase a couple of guns for defense. It really became concrete for me when I went to my granddaughters preschool to pick her up–I had a disturbing vision that the school was under attack and that I could do nothing to help, unless I had a gun. I wrestle with these thoughts, because I want to rely on God alone…..but I believe that He wants us to prepare to help in various ways whenever the time comes……shelter, food, defense, etc. We’ve prayed on it and will purchase through a friend licensed to sell federal arms. This is so out of character for us.

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      • CrewDog says:

        SanSan sez: December 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm
        “Well, even before the latest attack in San Bernardino, my husband and I decided to purchase a couple of guns for defense………….”‘

        SanSan & Gang, If you make the decision to buy firearms and are unfamiliar with the Shooting Sports. Do research! Buy simple designs!! Pump shotguns, Bolt/Lever Action Rifles and revolvers if you feel the need for a pistol. Pledge to find a knowledgeable friend and place to shoot so that ALL members of your family may become proficient and safe. There is much good information “Out-There”!

        GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  7. Jennifer Mary says:

    Young duk, Marino Restrepo says the demons flee when the Stations of The Cross is being prayed. They hate that devotion in particular.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      1. Teach the Divine Mercy message
      2. Venerate the Divine Mercy image
      3. Have mercy on others
      4. Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Novena starting on Good Friday
      5. Honor the Feast of Divine Mercy
      I believe these are the five ways Jesus asks us to live the message for end times—someone please correct me if I have missed something. I can see the sisters at the Krakow’s Lagiewniki Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy now- counting these out on their fingers to teach the message to the pilgrims. Let us use our storytelling memories to keep our culture alive in our homes and hearts as St. Pope JPII did with his drama troop in Poland.. Memorize the faith as the ancients did! Love–Jane
      PS off to my first grandchild’s baptism in CA. I will miss your posts but I will be devoted to my little ones for a few days. Looking forward to catch up day on Tuesday– Glorious Dec. 8th!!. pray for me please.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Interesting. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to it given that ministry

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    • Judy says:

      Padre Pio always said that the Mass and Rosary are the great weapons against evil. However, I am sure that many devotions and prayer are effective, if said with a sincere and humble heart, as long as they center themselves in the life of Christ and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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  8. radiclaudio says:

    Hey, fasinating read. Thank you for sharing. Now get to work and finish the What is Truth post. lol.

    Much love and affection.

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  9. Lily says:

    Wow, Charlie, thank you. I have never thought of this or had it explained to me this way before. The comparison with WWII is really interesting. I was raised with the ‘USA is stupid’ crowd, and I had no idea really, somehow, that this was what the Iraq war was even about, even through I watched all the news… Are you saying that if the Iraq war had been won, this thing with ISIS wouldn’t be happening?

    Also, if anyone would, could you pray for my extended families? I never thought there could be so much hostility in my families. I was on great terms wih people even in March, but things are going downhill fast, relationally. I was preparing for lack of electricity; I did not anticipate a family breakdown. I feel like everything I do or say, or don’t do or don’t say is wrong and causing offense when that is the furthest thing from my heart. And thus attitude is between all members of my family, in and amongst themselves. I don’t know what to do, other than pray, but I wish I was more skilled, relationally.

    Thanks kindly.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Iraq War WAS won after the surge. We ultimately abandoned it and made it a haven for Jihadi atrocities and expansion. What I was saying is that the war is with Jihad – and Iraq was only a front. We did not define the war properly. In any war, if you simply declare victory and withdraw after winning a battle, the opponent will always win the war. You have to know what you are fighting and then destroy it or get its unconditional surrender. We pretended we were fighting Jihadists in Iraq. So we were, but the battle was never confined to Iraq – and winning that battle meant nothing if we were not going to finish prosecuting the war with Jihad wherever they are. Now, had we secured our gains in Iraq and kept a force there – like we did in Japan after WWII, we would have denied Jihadists a new haven and crippled their ability to create a caliphate. So yes, we would not see the caliphate as it is right now and able to project its power so easily throughout the world. But Jihad will NOT go away until the west completely destroys it or gets unconditional surrender AND has a long-term force in place in battlefields won to prevent it from rising again.

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      • Becky says:

        Charlie,

        I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now and feel that your messages confirm the inner “warning” I’ve felt for almost 8 years now. I’m struggling with some things, however, especially in regards to this post and the jihadists. Part of my struggle is because of my own lack of knowledge in history and politics (which my grades from college mercilessly reflect), but I also struggle because I have a hard time agreeing with our nation’s foreign policy, let alone the ding dongs who keep getting elected as our president. I apologize in advance for any comment that may sound naive or just plain idiotic. As I said previously, history and politics don’t come naturally to me. The thing that struck me in your comment here is that the “Jihad won’t go away until the west completely destroys it or gets unconditional surrender AND has a long-term force in place… to prevent it from rising again.” I think the reason I’m having a hard time with that sentence is because it seems like the whole mess we see ourselves in is because we meddled over in the Middle East a long time ago, and the radical Islams didn’t like it. I might need to rephrase that and say that the reason we are in this mess today is because of the sin of man. But I wonder if we would be in the position we are today if we had never sent troops over in the first place. It is my (perhaps ignorant) understanding that we stirred up the hornets’ nest by placing our troops on their soil (their Holy Land) decades ago, which then allowed for a united hatred for Americans, not because of who we are, but because we meddled in their land. (and you’ll have to pardon me here, because I’m still learning and trying to understand why and how and where this whole problem started – i.e. was it before the WTC bombing in ’93 or before that?) And then I also wonder that if it hadn’t been for our government putting our troops there, would these extremists have gained so much force so quickly? I realize that these people believe down to their core that their purpose is to convert all to Islam, even when it means mass killings. So, I also realize that this will not stop until they are squashed or surrender. But I guess I also wonder how helpful of “good” our own troops have handled being over there and all of the innocent people we have killed in the process who had nothing to do with al-Queda or ISIS, or any other radical form of Islam. I worry that having a long term force in place in Iraq, or any nation, might end up in continuous bombings or killings of innocents, both in the Middle East and in other countries, including ours.

        I thank you for taking the time to read this. And I ask of your patience with me as I clumsily try to convey my thoughts. I have much, MUCH to learn still.

        God bless.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Becky, I sympathize with you, but the business of Jihadists only acting because we came there is pure poppycock. Yes, it is a useful fable that the left uses to justify not doing anything and that Jihad SOMETIMES uses to justify its atrocities, but it is not true and does not hold up under even superficial scrutiny.

          We had problems with Islam from the beginning. In fact, the U.S. Marines were created in response to the depredations of the Barbary Pirates – an Islamic group that attacked peaceful nations on the high seas. This came during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson – and we had NO troops in Islamic lands then.

          The Crusades in Christendom were only mounted after Islam had taken over all of Spain and Portugal – and much of France and some of Italy. The Muslims avowed purpose was to take over the world, wipe out Christianity, and slaughter any who would not ultimately convert to Islam. Islam allied with Hitler’s Germany in WWII. All the Arab states gathered together to try to wipe out Israel in the 1967 War. It didn’t work out for them. In fact, that is how the modern “Palestinians” were created – the Arabs would not take back the “losers” who had fought against Israel and so the region of Palestine (which has NEVER been a country) was flooded with radical Muslims who hated Israel.

          During the Carter Administration, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat actually made peace with Israel. It was truly a breakthrough – and perhaps the single real accomplishment of the Carter era. Sadat was assassinated for his troubles by forerunners of the Muslim Brotherhood. Fortunately, Sadat’s successor, Hosni Mubarak, kept the peace and ruthlessly suppressed the brutal Muslim Brotherhood – until he was ousted on Feb. 11, 2011 – with a supporting push by Barack Obama. We had several strongmen – the Shah of Iran, Mubarak, Ghadafi and some others who allied with the U.S. In our eagerness for an Arab “Spring,” we keep wanting to support the ouster of strongmen who are allies in hopes that the equivalent of a modern Midwestern U.S. governor will take over and all the Muslims will have a coke and a smile and be our friends. What happens endlessly is that much more brutal ideologues take over who are our enemies. The worst attacks against us have happened when we our engagement in Middle Eastern countries was on the decline, not the rise.

          Islam has been pretty consistent in its history. When it is weak, it is relatively quiet and strikes only sporadically. When it sees an opening or has any strength, it strikes ruthlessly trying to expand – and makes up all sorts of reasons to justify its aggression to western ears that desperately don’t want to have to fight. The ISIS Caliphate began after we LEFT Iraq. The 9-11 strikes came when we were at peace with all. The “leave them alone and they’ll go home” trope has been in fashion among faculty lounge leftists for a century – and has been responsible for slaughter this last century that eclipses all previous recorded history. It was the primary justification for appeasing Hitler: if we would just leave him be – and not complain too loudly about his brutal takeover of lands that are not us, all would be well. Some 80 million deaths later, one would think we would have learned.

          Now certain countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt (they are not alone) have played a subtle double game. The Jihadists are a big part of their population, so they try to mollify them to stabilize their own power while quietly cooperating with western states to tamp down the aggression. Thus, Saudi Arabia has both funded Jihadist organizations AND been our primary source for intelligence on them. When Israel knocked out the nascent nuclear facility in Iraq in 1981, it did it with the silent help of Arab nations that publicly were enemies of Israel.

          Very simply, Jihad strikes when it is strong and perceives weakness – and bides its time when it is weaker and its western opponents resolved. That has been its entire history – from its inception in 622 A.D. and in the last century. “Leave them alone” is a wish that has ever proved futile – and the worst violence we suffer is when we try hardest to do just that. It must be defeated entirely.

          Now here is a piece done by the late Christopher Hitchens just under a decade ago. He was a man of the left and an atheist, but he did not nurture naieve fantasies about Islam – because he knew the history. The “we started it” trope is utterly false and the “leave them alone” trope is a formula for complete surrender and the destruction of Christianity and the west.

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        • Doug says:

          Hi Becky, welcome here.

          To go along with Charlies reply, there is a great website site that gives good background on what Charlie dscribes. It is: http://www.politicalislam.com

          Click on Books, then audio books. There is a 14 part audio series for $9.99 (well worth it) that describes well what is happening. I used to ask why? Or how can this be? Now, when I see these violent situations, I say, yup, it is what Islam teaches. We have intentionally been kept ignorant which makes us more vulnerable. There are also nice u-tube vignettes on this Web site that are very educational and informative.

          It will connect all the dots for you. God bless!

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      • andy says:

        Would you say the only way it goes away is from God through Mary’s intervention. I would guess there is no human answer for it? There is definitely no American answer for it. America has no moral authority. America says we are outraged by ISIS. They killed number ___ many people in the middle east. ISIS says we are outraged by America, you killed 700,000 baby’s in there mothers womb last year.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Lily, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Not everyone in my family is ready to accept the truth. Denial has had a heavy hand in our family dynamic. I ask only that they respect me in my faith. I too pray that I am not over zealous and that they will remain cautious and curious so with God’s hand, all with come together, as I fully trust it will.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your family, Lily. I wish not to minimize your pain; in fact, I hope you take heart in the knowledge that what you are experiencing is pervasive. Many who visit this site have commented, over time, that they are experiencing all sorts of personal and family trials. Division is everywhere. Chaos, confusion and division are demonic calling cards. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

      Nearly forty year ago pope St. John Paul II said: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II), reprinted November 9, 1978, issue of The Wall Street Journal from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops

      May you be at peace even amidst the trials. We’re in this together. The prayers of the elect have shortened this time of intense Storm. Our prayers are with you, Lily.

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    • Sandy says:

      Lily I am offering prayers for you and your family this morning. I can relate to how you are feeling. I too was preparing for the storm to come to my family through some type of more global catastrophe. But it came more personally and unexpectedly and filled our home with profound grief. I remember reading in one of Charlie’s posts that we would all lose hope at one point. At that time, I assumed that would be sometime after the power went out and when we ran out of food or were on the run. Then one day it occurred to me I may have misinterpreted that. Perhaps that time too will come, but we can’t lose hope now, however difficult that may be with our own personal crises. When words fail, let your family see your love through your actions, even the simplest of gestures. Even when they don’t understand you or what you are trying to say, if they see your love, hope will prevail. Whenever I say something that angers my husband, instead of trying to explain or make him understand I just stop talking and reach out my hand for his. When his grief overwhelms him, my words are useless, but I can hold him or reach out my hand for his. A gesture of love is not easily misinterpreted and is almost always healing. Combine this with prayer and Advent will bring a healing family reunion at Christmas. Just love them, and have faith.

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    • Mick says:

      Lily, I will pray for you and for your family.

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    • naisy says:

      Lily, I will pray for your relationships with your family. Pondering your situation tonight actually gave me an odd hope. I also have trying relations. My aren’t as unsuspected as yours, but tonight I thought they must be very valuable to be so attacked.

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      • Lily says:

        Thanks to everyone. I agree, I think the relationships are so valuable. I can’t give up on them, but it is hard to know what to do. It also seems like others are pulling away from me, which I am helpless to stop. What other small things, like holding hands instead of talking, show love?

        Confusion and hostility; that is definately what surrounds me. I can’t make any sense of anything and i have no clue who is right or wrong, or how and to what degree i am at fault. i have also lost confidence in my own judgement/ability to discern, which perhaps is a good thing but it also adds to the confusion.

        I am oddly comforted to know these issues are common in families too. It helps me to look beyond the apparent problem to try to see the bigger picture, and helps me be more forgiving.

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        • Sandy says:

          Their will not yours. If you cannot discern who is right and who is wrong, there is probably some of each on both sides. If your church has an adoration chapel, go there to pray. If you have lost confidence in your own judgement, ask God to show you clearly. I truly believe that when we pray for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as right judgement, the Lord will provide. But also be prepared for humility in the answer. I struggle with this every day and hope someday to get it right. Praying for you Lily.

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        • torilen says:

          Lily, about 10 years ago my family was in the middle of a very difficult situation that was tearing us to pieces – from my husband’s family relations all the way through my own. I was so numb from the constant chaos & so worried about the safety of my children that I could hardly manage more than, “Help me” in prayer for several years. Finally, a good friend encouraged me to Enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our home. We wiped the dust off of an old Sacred Heart bust I had found at a flea market, touched it up with some paint & placed it on the mantle in our dining room along with photos of our entire family. We got info on the Enthronement from the National Enthronement Center in Fairhaven, MA & Enthroned Our Lord in our home in a wonderful little ceremony with our children. We had Adoration in our home as recommended by Rev. Francis Larkin, SS.CC. in his book Enthronement of the Sacred Heart.

          It was a miracle for us. Our problems did not instantly go away, of course. In fact, many family relationships are still not what I wish they were (whose are?), but a heavy dose of peace came immediately. Many misunderstandings & grudges with extended family members were resolved in ways I could not have foreseen.

          Of course, as our situation improved & relationships healed, our fervor for the Enthronement & its promises waned & we have not renewed the Enthronement in a long time. My husband brought this up not long ago & we are planning a new celebration after Christmas.

          I encourage you to look into this devotion for your family. In the meantime, I am praying in solidarity with you.

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  10. Lilia Florentiae says:

    As always, I find your analysis very interesting, though it is from the recent past. Thanks for this post. On my part, as a European, I recognize our Governments are really too weak and feeble and too politically correct to stand their ground against Islam. We’ve been fed too much politically correctness. Italy used to have one of the largest European Communist party in the west for many years.
    Moreover, there is no vision for the future, only improvisation. In 2014 European Union kept telling Italy that migrants were an Italian problem and left our military ships alone to collect castaways, dead and alive, out of the sea. Then suddenly they woke up from their beauty sleep and began to share the financial expenses of the rescue at sea. Then Frau Merkel said we would welcome anyone! From one extreme to the other in less than a year.
    We are the European Disunion, everyone on his own, deciding day after day without a strategy. I’m very sad that America is not like it was once.
    Since ISIS has become so violent, I have begun to think that, probably should Isis try to conquer Italy (they are in Libya, so not very far from our coasts), no traditional ally would come to help (like I had been taught to believe, when I was a child, and we were on the border of the Soviet block and I trusted the Americans as our friends). Perhaps Putin would come after all (on Tuscany coast the most beautiful villas are being bought by Russians, lol). Or, as a Sicilian friend told me and I hope it was a joke on her part, we shall rely on mafia gangs to confront Daesh. Comically tragic.
    I started reading your blog in June 2014. I hoped you were crazy, so that the Storm wouldn’t come. Now I hope you are right and I thank you for existing and vigorously supporting our hopes in the Rescue. Thanks also to all the friends commenting here.
    Lilia

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    • Tarja says:

      I liked your interesting analysis!
      Tarja from Finland

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    • jaykay says:

      Lilia Florientiae: no, Italy can’t rely on Mafia gangs to clean up the seeming powerlessness of the State. They will always sell-out and look to their own interests (they’re deeply involved in the whole smuggling of “immigrants” anyway). They have the intelligence, and morality, of sharks. And then those they think they “controlled”, for their own short-term interest, will shortly have them kneeling with the knife at their throats, gasping out their wretched worthless lives… well, Mafiosi should recognise that scenario. Poetic justice, in a way. But I know you were only speculating. God knows, we all do. I’m Irish, and my own country is no stranger to criminal gangsters, as you know. Some of them, in a “cleaned-up”, (hah!) version now approaching political power. God help us.

      Still, the high-level criminality of our global political “masters”, who have allowed all this to happen thinking it’ll advance their Statist agenda, will come crashing down. Some of us in the deeply corrupt European “Union” (the European Commission, which those of us in the Anglo part of the continent deeply despise, hasn’t had its accounts passed by its own auditors for 18 years, Third World stuff) can see it unravelling already. And still they strive to build their Babel. Mene, mene, tekel Parsin.

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  11. victura98 says:

    This NRS blog is among the most hope-filled writings I have ever seen, from any author. It must be part of the heavenly Father’s plan that some of His children should be allowed to share in the hope of knowing this message, so as to radiate that hope to others.
    I encourage all readers here to listen to the scriptures, particularly the Psalms, in light of this central thought: “God will come to the rescue of his people. He will not abandon them to face their perils alone.” You will discover a consistent message, from Genesis to Revelation, that God rescues his people precisely at the hour of their deepest darkness. Our Father waits until all seems lost before acting…give Him credit for being a superlative dramatist. 🙂
    The transformative power of what is written in these pages is the realization that this same heavenly Father has not forgotten us in this hour of darkness. Be of good cheer. It’s contagious. 🙂

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  12. SanSan says:

    such a sad state of affairs……Our Beautiful America, the shinning beacon of hope to so many in the world…….lost?

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  13. Mary says:

    Where you wrong about Iraq, Charlie?

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    • charliej373 says:

      How so, Mary? That was just secular analysis. I wrote there that when we abandoned it, it would trigger a Jihadist explosion. That is exactly what happened…almost precisely as I explained. So how was I wrong – except that I expected us to abandon it a few years sooner than we actually did. But the consequences of doing so were almost precisely what I said they would be. So I really don’t understand your question.

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      • Mary says:

        Ok I see, I left out a word from my question, I meant to say where were you wrong since you said at the top that you got the timing of it wrong but i didn’t see that you got the timing wrong at all. The font is so small on my iPad mini, I sometimes make (important) mistakes!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks for clarifying that, Mary. The question puzzled me. At the time, I feared we were going to bug out in 2007. I was certain we would bug out under whoever the next president was if we did not do it in ’07, as Congressional critters were all on the run – and probably 80% of them are historically illiterate. (A better percentage than the general population, but not reassuring in the people charged with long-term security.) After the surge led to actual victory, I thought at least that battlefield was secure. With Obama’s election, I figured the crisis would re-ignite as the left has a penchant for thinking they can wish away hard problems. I was utterly astonished when Obama squandered the victory Bush had won after great doubt and just evacuate. The rest is…history.

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  14. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    Could you speak more on the subject of America and her relation to Russia? While we have seen the federal government in the US take on some of the elements of restrictions of faith and liberty that were seen in communists countries we have seen Russia rise from the ashes and are accepting faith and life more and more. Things are not perfect in either country but could you speak more to the relationship of the two?

    In IC XC

    Robert

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    • charliej373 says:

      Robert, it is a consistent theme here. I will be speaking of it more…maybe posting some stuff from the archives I just got that has already been published. But there are urgent needs now that I must get to so people will be prepared.

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  15. Phillip Frank says:

    It seems more to me that God allows us our free will in the knowledge and truth He supplies, to live out our lives without His supernatural intervention, at least openly.
    But once we reach the point of no return, He intervenes supernaturally to save His belovids and reaffirm I Am Who Am.

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  16. Diane says:

    Charlie and family,
    After reading this I felt a settlement in my soul as I have not felt before, Most of your posts are somber and read with heartfelt concern for God’s creation, but my goodness this one left me fearful because despite generations of faithful remnant prayers we have become more and more vulnerable to the tactics of the evil that the satan has been devising from the fall of Adam and Eve. I would hope that somewhere along the path of history there may have been a stop gap to prevent the darkness from spreading so rapidly, so solidly, and so deeply. Hitler was supposed to be involved in the occult and there stories where he escaped death before his evil ran rampant, supposedly protected by evil so he could proceed with what he was directed to do by evil. God can and will put all things aright, but it seems like we are the alcoholics needing to bottom out before we can begin to climb up and out of our drunken stupor. And how low is our bottom, how much does mankind have to reek of the stench of sin before we begin to bring the light of Christ to the hopeless and defiant. I was not only left with fear, but a heavy sadness. I pray that I am not drowning 2 feet from the shoreline when all I have to do is stand up. I pray that the very little faith I have will carry my me and my family through to the rescue, I pray that when I stumble and fall, I reach for the hand of Christ and be pulled up quickly and swiftly and carry on to the work at hand that He has devised for me. I pray that my family and friends do not succeed in pulling me down with doubts, ridicule and defiance. i pray that I am a light to my children and husband, and that the light I carry will pass onto them. I pray mightily that I will be who God created me to be, very small and very insignificant in all eyes but His. You guys are my family, I really have no one who would let me speak so freely what is in my heart. Love. I do

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying right beside you, Diane, that these intentions, your heart cries, are fulfilled in Jesus through Mary. Heaven’s message through Charlie: “Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope,” are the ways to Christ’s Victory NOW, in the days ahead and, really, for all the days of our lives.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Diane, as Charlie said, “We have all sorts of flowers in this garden,” and as we are being pruned (tested) we form new buds that will open to the fullness of their beauty and magnificence, only to be nipped off again and again. If we keep to our NRS akin to the flower nurtured with water and the sun light, we will be fruitful and multiple. 😉

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    • Mick says:

      Praying along with you, Diane. All of us are; like you said, we’re a family. 🙂

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  17. prayingflower says:

    What a nice gift to you, Charlie. And I’m sure God has His reasons for delivering this to you at this particular time. As for me, it will take me some time to digest it, but I am so looking forward to it! You are such a gift to all of us.

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  18. Doug says:

    Divine intervention sounds good to me!

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  19. MT Butterfly says:

    Amazing. Much for me to contemplate. Thank you Charlie for continuing to put pieces of the puzzle together for us. May St. Michael continue to protect and guide you and all who strive to follow God’s Divine Will.

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  20. Kati says:

    Great and pithy historical summary of our situation at present Charlie…even though you wrote it some time back. 😉

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  21. LukeMichael says:

    I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’m not sure who posted about praying for an early and slower illumination but I have done the same thing and it has been a little painful for me since 2008. I think it was Petra. I am grateful for the Lord’s response. It has been measured but…ouch! Some of these things have been major character revelations about myself pbut a few have been so personal and painful that I wonder at God’ incredible Mercy and Love. I expect it will continue and hope and pray I respond.

    Charlie, this piece kind of brings this all home. It is so clear you could see 2015 in 2008. May we all look forward to the Rescue whenever it comes. (I kinda think late 2017 looks good!)

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    • Beckita says:

      It was singingflowers on December 3rd, LukeMichael https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/heading-home-2/ God bless you!

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    • Petra says:

      Thanks Beckita, for letting LukeMichael know. I was going to say, it wasn’t me who said that. In fact, when I read singingflowers’ post, I thought, man, that’s brave, I don’t know if I could ever stand to do that!! I don’t think I’m quite ready to see myself as God sees me. 😉 All I’m brave enough to do is ask Him to reveal to me things I need to confess or correct. Maybe someday I’ll work up the courage to ask to see myself as He does. Maybe when I’m a saint… 🙂
      God bless.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Petra, when I read that comment from SingingFlowers, I thought the same thing! However, I also realized that there’s a very good chance it will happen to me at some unknown moment in the near future as part of the Storm, so it wasn’t a question of avoiding it, but rather of accepting it a little more readily and consciously.

        This seemed like a possible approach, so I sat down and wrote a prayer for myself, which I pray every day. It goes like this: “God, if you believe that today would be a good day for me to see myself as You see me, then with fear and trepidation as well as with trust, I open to Your Illumination of my conscience.”

        I offer it to you for your consideration for your own use. 🙂

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        • Lily says:

          This is happening to me too. I am glad, but it’s painful at the same time…

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        • Petra says:

          SteveBC: That is a great prayer! I really like it. If I can summon the courage I might even begin praying it. Except, knowing me, when praying it I’d probably add, “But you know God, if today’s not a good day for You, that’s okay too.” 😉
          God bless.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ah, Petra, that’s implicit in the prayer. I’m not asking Him to Illuminate my conscience today. I’m trusting Him to do it on the day when He believes it would be the right time for me to experience that. I figure He’ll do it at the best time, and that may mean it may wait until after I die.

            I on the other hand could never possibly pick the best time, since I (or my ego) would be either too eager or too scared to choose the best time, or even to know whether I need the experience while alive or not.

            In other words, on this choice I trust God far more than me, so why not reach out my hand and be open? He’ll make the perfect decision, but I have to reach out my hand so that the choice indeeds rests in His hand and no longer in mine. Until I do that, it rests in my hand by default.

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        • prayingflower says:

          I very much like this prayer. Thank you, Steve. God bless you.

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        • torilen says:

          Thanks for this, Steve. It’s the extra little push I needed!

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      • Beckita says:

        Honestly, Petra, you’re already seeing yourself as He does when you’re asking Him and then confessing. You’re a veritable saint-in-the-making, leaving the most beautiful imprints of Love outpoured in comments all over this site. In the end, we will be judged on how we LOVE.

        This brings me back to one of Charlie’s comments yesterday evening concerning how to pray for mitigation concerning the Storm: “…but it is fine to pray that it be as gentle as possible while still being effective.” See, this is why frequent confession is right up my alley. I really WANT to see and I WANT to change but my request has always been framed with asking our Good Shepherd to be tender while He unmasks what is hidden in me. He certainly knows the best way for each of us.

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        • Doug says:

          Yes. If we knew everything about ourselves instantly, most of us would probably be overwhelmed. Probably because we then become instantly responsible. God is so tender in that he gently reveals to us in his mercy without condemnation, adding gentle and tender love hoping we come to repentance through perfect contrition. What a beautiful process! What a beautiful God!

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        • Petra says:

          God bless you, Beckita, you’re too kind! Thank you for the lovely compliment. From your mouth (typed words?) to God’s ears.
          God bless.

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  22. Joshua says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Do you see the possibility that the “Storm” (since it would be more terrifying than any other previous conflicts in history, with 26 million casualties) would be related to the outbreak of a Nuclear war, happening either through the Middle East or East Asia?

    Also, I wanted to comment that you have a talent for thinking and writing about History; and I lament some misunderstandings during previous discussions – which I can’t delve into now, it would distract and take us away from the actual question.

    Thank you in advance for your answer.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Honestly, Joshua, I give very little thought to such specifics EXCEPT when it will help me do my work. I do analysis many times, but I just don’t have much of a taste for speculation. Seriously, how much difference would it make whether the bulk of the problems came from a nuclear exchange, land wars, an EMP or whatever? The fundamental matter is that destructive forces have been unleashed, but God has a plan – and our job is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us – to build each other up. I am not just this way about these things: when I was doing politics I would call staffers – and even a few candidates – up short when the conversation veered into speculation that was not going to help us advance our cause.

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  23. Laurie says:

    Could we together offer a spiritual bouquet on the eve of the Jubilee Year of Mercy by praying a rosary for the intentions of Pope Francis–in gratitude to God for the Year of Mercy and in honor of the Immaculate Conception?

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  24. jlynnbyrd says:

    I would love to pray the rosary together for that intention.

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  25. Joshua says:

    The reason I asked you this, Charlie, is because a woman from the USA who receives locutions, told me that it was her own personal interpretation, but she also emphasized to me that she was not told specifically so.

    I think that it would be very worrying if it indeed happened (imagine for example if it happened over any big city in the world, or a symbolic place like the Vatican – ie. does the ghost city of Chernobyl have people living in it right now?), but I won’t argue with you over this, I just think we have different structures in the way in which we understand things.

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  26. little one in PA says:

    Charlie, how do I prepare my young son for what is to come? It is hard enough to prepare myself. And my warnings to friends and family seems to have no effect. Everyone is sleepy! Is it likely my son will witness a massacre? I have protected him from the World and he is a sensitive soul. Praise God he attends a Catholic School. He will be receiving First Penance and First Holy Communion in 2016, God Willing. Thank you for responding to my questions.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I encourage you to read the link on the top bar, “How to Convert Family and Friends.” You cannot directly prepare anyone else. You can only live it well, yourself, and they will gravitate towards your strength when they see how bad it has become.

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    • YongDuk says:

      If I might offer something, LIttle One. I remember being in elementary school and praying the Stations during Lent. We had those little books. I just stand before a Station–or kneel–and I contemplate.

      But the seed was laid as a child.

      Perhaps, that is not a bad way to start preparing someone young,, faced with the cruel scorging and crowning with thorns and walking the Stations till the End.

      My exiled-Monk friend said to me a long time ago, that the First Station should start with the recognition (and repentence) of how many times we judge. SingingFlowers echoed that the other day with her personal Illumination of Conscience and no longer does she judge.

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    • starxedee says:

      My first born son will also be receiving First Penance and First Holy Communion in 2016. Your son sounds a lot like mine! Also in Pa!

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  27. Beckita says:

    Joshua, you’ve hit an important point in your comment: “I think that it would be very worrying if it indeed happened …” The work in which we are engaged here is not about “worrying” because we think we know what will happen. Rather than expending efforts and energy speculating, as Charlie has often stated, he and we in his care, place our main focus on his simple yet oh so profound message: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us. Charlie’s mission focuses on heartening us, strengthening us, defending the faith and defending the faithful.

    If you haven’t yet had a chance to do so, I think the Birmingham dinner talk, available as a video and transcription brings great insight into what is to come. I also wish to share a link which discusses prophecy and its interpretation. You can search for the word “prophecy” on this site and find more main articles discussing topic. https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/189/

    PS I have studied Marian apparitions and prophecies for twenty-five years, visited many an apparition site and numerous Marian shrines internationally, even walked the halls of the CDF at the Holy See defending Our Lady’s presence at one site which I firmly believe will be vindicated and I have some strong ideas on what will happen in the Storm and I continue to ponder these things in my heart. In the end, my knowledge, understandings, intuitions, discernment and perceptions on these matters guide me in important ways yet STILL I have learned SO MUCH since being here. I have been the benficiary of deepening conversion graces which flow from the work being done here.

    God bless you, Joshua! Praying for you and all here as we make our way through this transition into the deepening intensity of the Storm.

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  28. Charlie, I am sure you might enjoy this post from Msgr. Pope. I found it to be challenging, and sadly rings true. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/msgr-pope/a-dangerous-post-on-the-recent-terrorist-attacks/#ixzz3tZ2vD9ks

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  29. jaykay says:

    Thank you for this post, Charlie. I always appreciate your historical analysis, but this in particular is chiming with a lot of what my parents, both born 1918/1919 and very interested in history, as well as actually living through it (!), told me what the atmosphere was like just pre-WW2 in Europe. My father, in fact, was about to embark on a cycling tour of western England in late August 1939 but had to cancel it, for obvious reasons😉. He had to take care of his widowed mother and stay working (he was lucky to have a job) but his friend promptly joined the RAF… and survived the War. Many young Irishmen did so. Many didn’t survive. I think Dad always felt a bit guilty but family duty came first, as it should.

    Anyway, your comment about France’s disastrous collapse, its basic failure of will after colossal military stupidity, struck me. I don’t think that country has ever really recovered from that shame, fundamentally. But their underlying arrogance found a new outlet in the EU, which they control with Germany, through bureaucratic systems that have now strangled the basic Christian life out of our Continent. I really don’t want to get into the whole Freemasonry stuff but… they did it in 1790, they did it in the the third “Republic” and that same spirit is again rampant. Please don’t get me wrong, I love France, but their rulers with their overblown pompous State cult of secularité… well, they’ve had a bit of a rude, and long-deserved, awakening recently.

    Which brings me to the final point. My mother was travelling in France in the early 50s, during the IndoChina war. The trains, as she described them, were full of ill-shaven, ill-behaved, shabby conscript soldiers. She spoke French, and let them know that their “advances” were unwelcome, to put it mildly. But her impression remained, that these people, despite their arrogance, had already lost the war. As they did. And she loved France, and French culture. And yet, with that Merkel woman, the descendents of those losers are now spreading their atheistic nihilism across our continent, under the guise of the “European idea”. And we, in Ireland, are sucking it all in and feverishly throwing overboard the last remnants of our Catholic culture. Our forthcoming election will prove this. Dear God, help us.

    Oh well, as the War generation (my parents) used to say: We can take it. May I continue to have their spirit. I’m so grateful for all they gave me. If only I’d realised that sooner. Still, never too late.

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