Pray for Dallas

(I have several things going on over the next few days. I will head back to the cabin, where I will seriously work on preparing for the challenges of the coming year. I will attend the dedication of a Chapel to Our Lady of Tepeyac, also. It is at the cabin last year that I developed my plan of visits throughout the country this year. As I have told you, the key theme of the coming year is living as the “Family of God.” Last year, while not saying it publicly (though I spoke with my closest advisors on it frequently) the things that most worried me was the sense of despair and isolation that would rise in many Christians over the course of the year – and the coming rise of the “anti-pope apostasy.” In fact, my conversations on that subject with theologian Peter Bannister played a role in inspiring his marvelous book, “No False Prophet…” which crushes the arguments of the anti-pope apostates.

This year, many – maybe most – of you have been tried by fire. For those of you who continue to endure, despite the trials, you are more ready than you know to be a sign of hope. This year, most of the secularists are going to enter into a deep despair as all their cherished illusions come crashing in. That is a great opportunity, for most will be looking for some ray of light, some reason to hope, some safe repository for their hopes. Those who have already come through fire are best able to credibly bear the light of Christ to the broken. That is how the Family of God is called to live and behave.

Right now, our friends in Dallas are reeling from devastating tornadoes on Christmas Day.  I fell in love with the Dallas-Arlington-Ft. Worth area during my visit last year. They have so many people of vibrant faith reaching out to each other. My heart goes out to them. Yet I know they will endure and become greater signs of hope to each other and to all who suffer. Please join me in prayers for the good people of Dallas.

Right now, as I contemplate how to begin the New Year, I reprint the piece with which I began the year now ending.-CJ)

The Challenge of the New Year

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By Charlie Johnston

I meant everything I wrote in my last post about the Consecration of Russia. I believe it is accomplished and was fully accepted. But it would not surprise me or be at all inconsistent with how God works if the consecration turned out to be ongoing – and that there was to be a final consecration of Russia individually by name before the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. What I know is that God always accomplishes His will, sometimes through our stumbling efforts, sometimes despite them. So I don’t worry much about it.

Truth is, I had an ulterior motive. I have been deeply concerned with the visitation I briefly referenced from the early morning hours of December 20. In part of it I saw a great multitude of demons, spewing up as if from a great fountain and spreading across the whole earth. Their primary target in this year, knowing their time is short, are those who are most overtly pious and faithful. If they can cause despair here, they can destroy many. Their primary method of causing despair is to reveal to the most overtly pious that things are not as they thought they were. Think here of the crucifixion. The apostles were scattered, for even though Jesus had warned them of this, it is not what they expected. They expected the triumphant re-establishment of a temporal kingdom. I frankly think even Judas thought that all his betrayal would do was force Christ to reveal His mighty power and establish the kingdom while putting the Romans to rout. This is why Judas despaired and killed himself: things were not like he thought and so he despaired of God, rather than of his own misinterpretation. Think of the pious friends of Job. They kept defending God’s honor to Job, who kept challenging and complaining of God. In the end, God was so angry with Job’s friends that He would not even hear their prayer – but made them go and ask Job to pray that they be forgiven. I saw that even the greatest are going to be sifted like wheat in the coming year, shown that some things are not as they think. Because of it, some will despair of God.

Within the Church there is great freedom. You are not obliged to believe anything except that which is definitively revealed through Scripture and the Magisterium – and the Church is the authentic teacher of those truths. And on these things, it always irritates me to hear the phrase, “obliged to believe,” for in truth, we are actually privileged to know these things with certainty. On matters that have not been definitively taught, we are allowed room to ponder, study, speculate and propose what we will, so long as it does not lead people away from the safety of the faith. On matters of private revelation, even of approved private revelation, we are permitted to follow or ignore them as we will. The speculations of many saints and theologians have enriched the Church’s depth of understanding of the things of Christ through the ages. Every approved private revelation was once not approved…a few were even briefly condemned. These have enriched our understanding of how to respond to Christ’s invitation to salvation in particular times and places.

Yet, if you are the most brilliant and faithful person in the history of the Church, there are still many things you do not understand or misinterpret. St. Thomas Aquinas despaired of his efforts near the end of his life, when he was granted a vision of heaven – and then thinking all he had written was so much straw. Our ignorance is fine, so long as you understand that and hold tight to God, happy to be corrected when it is meet, and happy to do your humble duty when it is not. But many, perhaps most, are not engaged with God. They are engaged with their expectations of what God is, an image they have erected in their minds. For the apostles, the image of God was of a glorious warrior who would set the Romans to flight and resurrect the temporal kingdom of Israel. When they saw Him die on a cross, confounding their expectations, they were scattered. For a time they despaired of God rather than shedding their erroneous expectations.

Many theologians are dismissive of anything not penetrated in their dusty cells and dustier tomes. They regard any who deal with spiritual things as ignorant fools. They think they have captured Christ in their meanderings. Many who advocate apparitions and private revelations think they have perfectly mastered the mind of God, that they are uniquely privy to His plan of salvation and feel it their duty to denounce any who dispute their interpretation. Many who run ministries are not involved with Christ or His people, but have set up little fiefdoms to give themselves more honor and glory in this life. They are not so engaged with the people of God as they are with their dreams of the statues they think will be erected in their honor. Many who have been called to be Shepherds are more interested in protecting their sinecures than they are in feeding the Lord’s sheep. Among all of these, it is not black and white. Many who have deceived themselves actually do some very good things and preach good homilies as a fig leaf to cover their central animating vanity. They think they have tamed Christ. But like Aslan in the Narnia series (who was an image of Christ) the Lord is a Good Lion, but He is not a Tame Lion. Satan has been given leave to prove us all, to find if our love of the image of God we have erected in our minds, which is a vanity, is greater than our love of God. If it is, we will despair of God when we are shown how much we are wrong about, rather than jettisoning our errors.

Meantime, all the Bishops, even the Pope, if they love playing at the role of politician while neglecting their role of shepherd, will be tried as if by fire this year. All the laymen and politicians who love playing at being Bishops will suffer the same – though most of the politicians have already been exposed as the impotent irrelevancies they are in the last few years.

If you reacted to any suggestion that your interpretation might not be correct with an edge of bitterness, you will be tried in this coming year. If you choose to edit out facts which counter your favored position in order to bolster your beliefs, rather than considering all that you know, you will be severely tried in this coming year.

I ask you to remember that the most Scripturally knowledgeable men when Christ came were overwhelmingly arrayed against Him. Those who knew the words of the prophets the best were the most eager to condemn Christ as a fraud. Confronted with the reality of God, they chose to hold fast to their expectation of God and condemn the Real Thing. It was not merely some who did this; it was the overwhelming majority. Those who knew the most, those who were the most overtly pious were overwhelmingly those who were the most virulently hostile to Him. What makes you think we have changed so much? Or that you are exempt? To know carries with it grave responsibility – and grave danger – for it is always a source of temptation to believe you have penetrated the very mind of God. Those who loved and followed Jesus with enthusiasm were almost entirely those who did not pretend to know much of anything, except the hardness of their lives – and the despair of being oppressed by both their Roman overlords and the religious authorities who collaborated with them. To contemplate this is to begin to understand how dangerous knowledge can be. Seek wisdom.

I write this not to chide anyone. We have much freedom in the faith. I do not know who merely defends their position with vigor

Our sure defense.

while ready to accept whatever corrections God sends and who has gotten completely involved with their own expectations of what God must be. I gave a few stiff arms in the debate on that column, too. But if you look at yourself in serious examination, you will know. A bitter edge is perhaps the most obvious sign that you are not where you need to be. Rather, I write this so that you will not be taken unawares – and when your trial comes, you will not despair of God, as Judas did, but will despair of your own frailty as Peter did, and resolve to love more and unto death. Then, the satan will suffer a serious reversal, for all he will have accomplished is to burn away some of the dross that impedes the purity of your soul.

I used this method, because the Lord often used it on me – and still occasionally does. As anyone who knows me well can attest, I can easily go off into a rant. For nearly two decades, I made unwarranted assumptions from bits I was given, turned out to be terribly wrong in my interpretations, and God let me suffer the embarrassment that my brashness reaped. In time, I quit running off to obvious assumptions – or even secondary assumptions – from what I was told. I assumed far less and listened and pondered far more. Through this prolonged and often humiliating gauntlet, I learned to see a little more clearly from the eyes of eternity. Even now, it pleases the Lord to show me on a fairly regular basis where I have misinterpreted what I was told or shown. In the visitation I speak of, I was corrected of one misinterpretation I have long held – and shown what is potentially another. But it doesn’t matter. Even with my priests, I have been careful to note what is my interpretation and what is the raw message I am given. I know how stumbling and foolish I am…and solely because of my training, I am less stumbling and foolish than most. I have told you what I think of the consecration of Russia. But if it pleases the Lord to prove me wrong, it will not slow me a bit…for I know that is not my responsibility, even though I am free to speculate on it. And I know that His will is always accomplished:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

and return not thither but water the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10,11

If it would shake you to find that your interpretation of the consecration, or any other matter not defined by the Church, was wholly wrong, you have a rough year ahead. It does not matter whether you turn out to be right or wrong, but whether your reliance is in God rather than in your expectations.

Fortunately, there is a sure way to avoid this sort of trial, the way of simplicity, humility and abandonment. Remember, after the resurrection Jesus repeatedly asked St Peter if he loved Him. Peter was getting frustrated at having to repeatedly assure the Master. And each time he did make the assurance, the Lord told him to “feed My lambs.” If you want to be sure of staying in the will of the Lord, abandon all vanity and take the simple way: Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. I hope this helps you to gird your loins. Heaven knows I have told you true on the matter.

I will close with a phrase I did not think much about when I first wrote it, but have come to think was deeply inspired: “As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.”

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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307 Responses to Pray for Dallas

  1. Phillip Frank says:

    The link below is a good meditation for those of us entering into trials of fire this year and describes in another way some of what Charlie has been telling us here.

    http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2013/03/01/blessings-that-are-difficult-to-receive

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  2. Beckita says:

    Praying, Charlie… praying for your days of contemplation that the Holy Spirit overshadow you… praying for hearts to open to the Lord as events continue to unfold… praying that all of us NRSteppers be true Ambassadors of Christ’s Light as expressed in this commission: “This year, most of the secularists are going to enter into a deep despair as all their cherished illusions come crashing in. That is a great opportunity, for most will be looking for some ray of light, some reason to hope, some safe repository for their hopes. Those who have already come through fire are best able to credibly bear the light of Christ to the broken.” Amen and thank you.

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  3. YongDuk says:

    Nice close to the Feast of the Holy Family and St John the Evangelist!

    As always, please pray for me to be faithful, my own conversion, for patience, love and gentleness at all moments…

    Be assured of my prayers in the Immaculata,
    +Yong Duk

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  4. jessisamom says:

    always need to hear, just in time with what you have to say… miss you, Charlie. Hope you make it South again soon.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Charlie. I see some of these trials in the discord within my family. The clash between us, but I can only work on my relationship with God. Of course I can only pray for them. I expect it may get worse as I try to do the next right thing. Pray for us. I pray for God’s mercy. Amen

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Anonymous. May God’s Mercy abound for your family in this Jubilee Year!

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    • Rita Warfel says:

      I know I will be judged and found wanting. Pray for me so that at least I never despair of God’s pure and perfect love for me. Our Blessed Mother knows our hearts and like our earthly mother, she will scrub all of sins our away, until we glow. Just ask Her, she pleads for this.

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      • Beckita says:

        Yes, Rita, we are all wanting in some fashion and we all will be in placed in the Crucible of God’s Love. Praying for you and all here as we pass through the trials which bring the New Beginning. God bless you.

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      • Mick says:

        Prayers for you, Rita.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Dear Rita, God knows your distress. Luke 18:11″The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12’I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13″But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14″I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Be at peace. Stay introspective and close to the sacraments. 🙂 Love Zenia Jane

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your family, Anonymous.

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  6. Ellen Lopez says:

    We in the Dallas/Arlington/Fort Worth area loved having you here Charlie and, yes, we all are praying for those in the eastern Dallas areas hardest hit by the tornados yesterday. Here in Arlington, we just had some intense storm activity; even today, the loudest, most intense hail I have ever heard hit our area. Things certainly seem to be intensifying – personally as well as in the world around – yet ‘bad’ things seems to help or support us in other challenges. Always trusting in God, we recognize that so many others are suffering terribly and whatever difficulty arrives is from God for our greater wellbeing and the wellbeing of all. Sure is feeling intense; the good is ‘gooder’ and the bad is worse in some qualitative, existential sense.

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  7. Laurie says:

    Praying for our Dallas area family. And also want to share a short poem from an old Christmas card that expresses hope:
    I heard
    a bird sing in the
    dark of December
    A magical thing and
    sweet to remember,
    “We are nearer to
    Spring –than
    we were in September.”
    I heard a bird sing in
    the dark of December.
    –Oliver Herford

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  8. Robert Cunningham says:

    Just a few thoughts on the Dallas tornados last night. We had 11 tornados, all in a long vertical line running along the East side of the Dallas area and suburbs. I live North of Dallas, so got the storms but not the tornados. The damage is extensive and hundred of people are in real need. To make matters worse, we went from the 80s last night to the 50s today and the 30s tonight with rain off and on all day. If anyone with damaged homes tried to sift through the rubble of their homes to find anything salvageable they had to it in very cold rain. It is tragic and I have been praying for them all day.

    Having said that, I noticed that as the local news interviewed people in that area most were grateful to just be alive and that their families were ok. I also noticed that neighbors whose homes had escaped damaged were concerned and helping those who were not so fortunate. Some were bringing clothes to neighbors, while others brought blankets, etc. It occurred to me that the event was catastrophic but at least one result was neighbor helping neighbor. I wonder if that might be a common theme in 2016: tragedy followed by people coming together and turning to God.

    Charlie’s admonition is true – acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to those around you . . .

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    • charliej373 says:

      Robert, I rarely link just to any site that raises funds to help in these things because there are so many frauds these days. I prefer things that I personally know are sound or have a trusted reader recommend. You are on site and I trust you. If you know of a group that is doing good, solid, honest work in collecting for relief, send it to me and I will put it up.

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        Hi Charlie

        The local news is saying that all who want to help should donate to the Red Cross as they have the structure in place to help on the spot. I’m also meeting with my men’s faith share group from ACTS on Thursday. They may have some ideas. The ACTS community in my area is large and covers many parishes now. I’ll let you know

        Robert

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    • SteveBC says:

      For all, Glenn Beck’s Mercury One charity is helping out. His headquarters are in Dallas, so he’s right there. Go to mercuryone.org and scroll down the page until you see the section on disaster relief in Texas. Click there to go to the page. They want “stuff” but can also accept monetary donations.

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  9. Mary says:

    Charlie, thank you for all your words of wisdom they have helped me immensely over the last 18 mths or so that I have been following your site.

    I would like to share this link that I came across today as I think that it opens up another perspective on Pope Francis and his at times somewhat perplexing comments and sayings.

    http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/12/appeals-to-the-heart-pope-francis-in-the-belly-of-a-paradox.html

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  10. Michael King says:

    Charlie, that’s so good I want to shamelessly steal it for a homily. I especially liked your observation that having a bitter edge is a sign of probably not being where we should be. Thanks!

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  11. Regina says:

    Many of the points in the article are, for me, an opportunity to reexamine my conscience and the state of my “true” belief in my Faith and how I respond to challenges and complications…

    It did not occur to me that at the face of all that is going wrong around me might be signs of God’s love prompting me to continue to trust in Him only…

    Thank you so much…
    Resolution: I will print the article and go over some important points which now elude me at first reading, but are leaving traces to follow…

    God bless you
    Regina

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  12. Linda says:

    Amen..I pray that we all be little, humble loving people no matter what happens.. Acknowledging God always.. Taking that next right step.. And being a sign of hope to those around us.. May God’s will be done and may we ask except it graciously.
    God help us all. May Our beautiful Mother’s heart triumph in us all.

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  13. Linda says:

    Amen Charlie! May we all get the grace to be simple, little and humble accepting all the Good Lord wants to permit to happen… Please protect us all Dearest God from any error or cowardness we may face.. Help us always to always first acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign off hope not only to ourselves but to all hose around us. Jesus We trust in you. Mary we love you Our Mother. May your Immaculate Heart Triumph soon. Amen

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  14. Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

    I know there are at least a few readers here from St. Louis; I live in the general region, and the flooding we are getting has shut down Interstate 70 for some miles.We were traveling to in-laws yesterday and met with numerous road closures at places I have never seen flooded before. It is a cold rain now, too. With natural disasters in other regions of the country, like Dallas, there is a stress, it seems to me, on the whole emergency response system.

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  15. Christine says:

    Dear Charlie ,Thank you. This is the 3 rd
    Time, I believe , that I have read This post and every time it re encourages me.
    I read It now at a time of the end of a LONG trial that tested our faith , that made me question if I had any true faith because surely at times it felt like God was not answering the way He always had in our life. The trial while not physically painful was
    Emotionally painful and yet the blessings were also evident if one remembered to be grateful and lean on God’s word . The OT one from Isaiah on Christmas day for one. I still however find myself questioning if I have faith even as much as a mustard seed and you have today helped me realise that this kind of questioning is OK because it keeps me humble . Thank you. May God bless you all this coming year.

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    • Mick says:

      Hang in there, Christine. Your TNRS family has your back through prayer. 🙂

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      • Christine says:

        Thankyou so much Mick, I have become convinced that prayer is our number one duty because it is a sign of our own “yes” to God. I guess I perhaps should caveat that with the kind of prayer that is for others because when we pray for others we are acknowledging God CAN and WILL . 2 homilies I heard on 2 consecutive days the week before Christmas from 2 totally different priests in different parishes we should pray in this order : Jesus 1st ( worship and thanksgiving = Mass= obeys the 1st commandment ), others next ( love your neighbour as yourself) , and then yourself ( acknowledges our own weakness and need for salvation).
        Without your prayers we could not have hung in there. This is how we get through any storm- because of the prayers of others. I am in an intercessory prayer warrior group , in the beginning we ( who probably thought were pretty ‘up there ‘ spiritually ) would pray for the needs of the group members but with wonderful guidance of our priest /SD we learn’t that every time we knew there was a trial that one of us or our loved ones were going through and needed prayer for we needed to pray for all the people who were suffering the same trials and were in need of the same healing. Gosh this was supposed to be a quick ‘thank you ‘. Forgive my rambling. I was up all night praying for the safety of our son who was turning his mother’s hair white by insisting on driving across country in the storm. As I prayed the complete rosary and DM chaplet for our son I was also praying for the safety of all who were traveling in the storm so he did a good thing after all ! kids who think they are invincible …… like the squirrel who attempts to run across the road.

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        • Petra says:

          Christine said: “…we should pray in this order..Jesus…others…yourself”
          And I’ve heard this as an acronym, JOY! I originally heard it as, “this is the order of how you should serve: Jesus, Others, You.” but it’s the same as the priests you heard said. Joy.
          God bless and Merry Christmas, on this 5th day of Christmas! (Fiivvee Golden Rings…..Fo-ur COLLY birds…) 😉

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    • dianebelv says:

      and may God bless you, Christine!

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  16. Pmarvin says:

    Charlie, I’ve been following for 6 months now and am blessed with your insites. Here is an article of hope, and a young aggies i spiration. This is exactly what you speak if when you encourage all to take the next right step. I live in Aggieland, a very special place indeed.

    http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/AM-Student-Uses-Social-Media-to-Help-Deliver-50-Pizzas-to-Storm-Victims-363591671.html?device=phone&c=y

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    • charliej373 says:

      I tell you there are troops and missionaries of mercy that don’t even know that is who they are yet. But God knows their hearts…and when the need arises, they rise. Oh, how glorious that so many will rise and reveal themselves to be missionaries of mercy this year, by selflessly doing little things like this that they can rather than worrying about complex and grandiose schemes.

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  17. I remember when you first posted this and appreciate the reposting. It reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in the Gospel, John 21:1-23. There we get a good glimpse of Jesus’ Peter who had undergone a trial by fire. Now humbled and docile, I imagine him thinking, ‘sure, what do I know about anything,’ after hearing the Voice on the shore.

    “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered Him, “No.” So He said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.

    This post makes me wonder how the old Simon would have responded. Would he have simply rolled his eyes, confident in his own ability as a fisherman? If that were the case, he would have missed out on recognizing Jesus, having breakfast with him on the shore, having the opportunity to profess his love for Jesus, and of course probably missed out on having the Mission and Pontificate conferred to him.

    I love the fact that they were fishing. I really love that Jesus called out to these skilled, seasoned fishermen as “children,” and with the simple trust of children, they were able to take the next right step.

    It’s painful, I know, but what a great blessing and relief it will be if those of us who are still relying too much on our own abilities and knowledge can be brought to that same place. I still tremble to think of it, but… heck, I just want to go fishing and I appreciate any of your prayers.

    Praying for you all here.

    God Bless,

    MP

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  18. zeniazenia says:

    Breakfast isn’t necessary really– a coffee hour with Jesus is fine. Come to think of it- I do pretty much that when I find myself in the church for a holy hour, No doubt MP, Jesus meets you in the wilderness adoration chapel. 🙂 –Jane

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    • ZZ, I posted that then went for a morning jog. At the 4-way stop where I typically start, I had to wait for a truck to pass, which happened to have this bumper sticker: “Fish AZ.” I groaned, then ignored it, because my imagination is always running on full throttle. Also, the fishing in Arizona is really bad because… well, this is mostly desert. Later, I headed north into the desert where a coyote ran in front of me chasing a cottontail bunny. I recalled Charlie’s earlier crack about fuzzy bunnies, laughed, then tried to ignore that as well so I could focus on prayer. An old raven squawked at me from the top of a tree. Well, I thought, I suppose I could close my eyes and plug my ears, but I’d just fall on my face. “Fish AZ” (i.e. – do the little things in front of me) came rushing back in. At that point, I also recalled Charlie’s wise counsel to keep some things close to the vest. Lord, I thought, if You are going to have a good chuckle this morning, then at least allow me to let my friends in on the joke.

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  19. Patrick of South Dakota says:

    God bless Texas! That State has been pounded this year with flooding too.

    I debate whether or not to bring this up, but maybe others are in a similar boat.

    I’ve given up all of my personal goals this summer. I dropped out of school while nearly finished with a doctorate (mostly medical reasons, but also because I believe graduation will not happen in 2017). I’ve sold everything that is not essential. For the first time in decades, I have no computer. Though unemployed, I spend every free dollar on food and medical supplies (I’m an RN by trade). I single-handedly filled with food my friend’s cellar at our future refuge. And I’m trying not to talk, act, or feel “crazy” about having done so.

    I feel completely alone. Yes, I have Jesus who is with me always even when I forget Him. Yes, I know the Blessed Mother is still by my side when I fail to dedicate my work to Her. I’m active at the cathedral that is full of devout people. I HAVE ALL OF YOU DEAR PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG! Never met any of you but Charlie, but I feel the love from ALL OF YOU. I have dear friends, but there is only one in particular that I can share the Storm with. Surround by people, but I feel completely alone.

    I sense that many who have been called by the Holy Spirit to prepare both spiritually and materially, are alone. Many of you may be married, but your spouse hasn’t “bought in” to the idea of the Storm yet — so you are pressing on…alone.

    When people talk of building their dream home, or about the many travels they plan to take in their retirement, or when I see money wasted on frivolities, or when I hear my upstairs neighbor playing video games, or other neighbors drinking another day away…I sometimes let sad feelings overwhelm me as I imagine their shock as it all abruptly ends…and I cry “Oh, no. Oh dear me, Lord! This is so terrible. Why must this happen to them?” Yet I do know why…

    …so I walk to the adoration chapel, and pray the Divine Mercy. I beg, from the bottom of my heart I beg the Lord our God for Mercy on me and on the whole world.

    I’m more ready than most, but is my house in order, am I rooted strongly enough in my faith to be a bright sign of hope? Maybe as the Storm hits I’ll begin to shine, but right now I feel unprepared and deeply sad for myself and for what awaits others, and lonely because I can no longer participate in life with the abandon and ignorance that others blissfully enjoy.

    I will close with this: Even though the thought of this Storm is sobering, I still do enjoy a faint, underlying joy and an optimistic glimmer of hope, thanks largely to Charlie’s words. Perhaps others share these doubts and joys.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Hi Patrick of South Dakota,

      As long as we follow what we are truly called to do in this Storm, putting God first, as well as Mass and the Sacraments. (and then of course, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to others!) 🙂

      In October 2014, I attended … you guessed it … a Star Trek conference. (and yes, this relates to your post) It was in Binghamton, NY. It wasn’t my favorite, as conferences go. But looking back, I can see why I was meant to go there. It was to attend Mass at a certain church in Binghamton, and hear the sermon there. Of course, I got lost in the car on the way to Mass and had to stop to ask directions, but that’s another story … * grin *

      The priest was from Kenya in East Africa, and was speaking about current events and how we should respond to them. He spoke about the Islamic militants beheading people in the Middle East. He spoke about Ebola in Africa, and how he had dealt with someone who had lost a lot of his family there to that disease. And then he reminded us in America not to be complacent … we had our crisis and numerous deaths as well, namely, in the scourge of abortion. And finally, the priest encouraged us to “Have faith and follow your dreams.”

      Personally, I’ve continued to feel called to be an artist during the Storm. Who knows why. My life is such that for me to have a chance at survival in a major crisis is going to depend on God. I would love to live out in the country … even just to create artwork, let alone build a refuge … but based on my current circumstances, that doesn’t seem too likely. Basically, I have a very modest supply of canned goods and water. And the feeling that I should do what I can to be a better artist. And offer what I have in the way of both food and art.

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Thank you, Phoenix. Don’t know if you caught my response to your post a while back, but I share your love of Star Trek — except for the Godlessness and hedonism of it, of course. I really dig the Abram’s reboot, BTW.

        As I pick up more medical supplies — like Claritin, baby Tylenol, preparation H and saline enemas, to name but a few — I do look forward to doing my “art”, which is caring for the sick as a nurse. It will be wonderful to help others in this way. I’ll also being playing the piano for Mass, and that will also be a joy! There will be plenty of need for artists, and plenty of nice moments during the Storm.

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        • the phoenix says:

          Yes, Patrick of South Dakota,

          I did see your response to my other post regarding Star Trek, and hope to get together to take you up on your offer to chat about it after the Storm. Like you, I’m not a fan of the planet Vulcan’s demise … to me, it symbolized the destruction of logic.

          And you’re right that medicine is an art as well as a science … We all have a role to play, and some have a piano to play besides! As for medicine, over the last several years, I’ve discovered natural remedies like apple cider vinegar and epsom salts and just plain regular aspirin.

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          • Patrick of South Dakota says:

            Please, just call me Patrick! 🙂

            Well, take heart that logic has not been lost with the destruction of Vulcan…now there are just fewer logicians. 👽👽👽

            I remember hearing of a home-schooled man who was accepted to Harvard and graduated Summa cum Laude (4.0). When asked by his liberal classmates why someone so intelligent would believe in the bible and live the teachings of Jesus as a devout Catholic, he answered, “Because Christianity is intellectually inescapable.” I love that answer. Sacred Scripture: accessible to children, confounding to PhD’s.

            I too prefer using simple, traditional home remedies when possible, like the ones you listed. (Charlie, I’ve been wondering if there isn’t some way I can and perhaps should offer my knowledge on basic nursing and medicine to the NSR family in preparation and during the Storm?)

            Thank you, Phoenix. May we live long and prosper in the love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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          • charliej373 says:

            That might be an excellent thing to do. Let me ponder a bit on how it could be accomplished.

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          • Mick says:

            Oh, Patrick, please do! I would love to benefit from your training and wisdom.

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          • Beckita says:

            I wonder if Patrick’s nursing/medicine ideas could possibly be saved and accessed as a Google document, as we did for the transcript of the Birmingham Dinner video…

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now there’s an EXCELLENT idea, Beckita. I will have to get Patrick to contact you at the tnrs.answers email.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Dear Patrick, Yes that would be helpful. God bless –Jane

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Phoenix, my daughter is an artist and I believe with all my heart that your creativity and knack to envision things like few people can will be a most valued gift to have and bestow upon others in the days ahead. Your works of art will inspire too! God bless you.

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      • Beckita says:

        I can’t wait to meet you in person, Phoenix. I have many family members gifted in the visual arts and was going to plunge into seeking a mentor for what I have felt is an inate ability yearning to be freed for exploration. I was actually going to do this in retirement but felt called in different directions so that I’ve said it’s on the back burner until the major purification is complete. If not on this side of the veil, may I sign up for classes with you in Heaven?

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        • the phoenix says:

          Hi Beckita,

          I’m always happy to meet like minds and kindred spirits! It sounds like you have plenty of artistic mentors available to you right in your own family. That said, if you wouldn’t mind a female Forrest Gump wandering the wide world with a camera for a teacher, it would be fun to take you up on your offer. As for the timing of how and when to use your talent, prayerful discernment is key. My artwork is at this point pretty well dependent on electricity … camera batteries, a computer, the Internet … so we’ll see what happens during this Storm … for some reason it’s not on the back burner with me, though it might seem more practical for it to be.

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          • Mick says:

            Phoenix, I have the artistic ability of a tree stump. However, my 16-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son are very artistic. So… if your Storm or post-Storm wanderings ever take you to our neck of the woods, please come and stay with us for a piece! My kids would love the art lessons; and although the food is simple, it is plentiful and would hopefully please the palate of an American Indian Princess such as yourself. ( 🙂 ) We’ve got the “three sisters” that we harvested a couple of months ago, some venison in the freezer, and some sheep and goat “on the hoof” in the pasture. And my husband makes the best lamb stew I’ve ever tasted. (Well, the Indians probably didn’t eat lamb stew, but whatever.)

            Oh, and I’m sure that my 13-year-old son would LOVE to talk Star Trek with you.

            So, when are you coming? 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks Phoenix. I’d love to wander the world with you and your camera for a while. You went to the heart of the matter: “As for the timing of how and when to use your talent, prayerful discernment is key.” That’s why my visual art development/exploration is on the back burner. I KNOW what I’ve been called to in these days of Storm intensifying. I trust you are listening and doing what you are called to as well. No impracticality whatsoever crossed my mind. Beauty is God calling us to Himself. May your beauty and that of your artwork continue to light our world and lift our hearts, minds and souls to the Source of Beauty.

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          • the phoenix says:

            Hi Mick,

            Who knows, I just may be able to find an opportunity to visit you … I’ve been to Michigan twice in the past several years. It’s not too far away, and I’m always looking for rural scenery. Add to that your description of Catholic community, friendly folks, art aficionados, delicious dining (quite a tasty menu you’ve got there!), Star Trek, and it sounds like a worthy adventure indeed. I would be happy to meet you and your family and be of service as a teacher to your daughter and son. Wow, it feels like the days of bards and minstrels coming to life again! 🙂

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          • the phoenix says:

            Hi Beckita,

            For sure everybody knows their own role in the Storm best. You’ve reminded me of the song by Kathy Troccoli, “Go Light Your World” … “Carry your candle, run to the darkness. Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn. Hold out your candle for all to see it. Take your candle, and go light your world.” Which song now takes on new meaning after hearing about the Flame of Love prayer. So although we each carry our own candle, we can unite them together in prayer. ” We are a family whose hearts are blazing
            So let’s raise our candles and light up the sky Praying to our Father, in the name of Jesus
            Make us a beacon in darkest times.”

            Here is a link to the song on YouTube:

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Phoenix! I appreciate Kathy Troccoli’s voice and style.Thanks for sharing this song, surely apropos for praying to spread the effect of the Flame of Love! I have several of KT’s CDs from the days of music ministry with youth in the parish setting. I’ve been drawn back to: “May I Be His Love for You” when meditating on the works of TDL during the intensity of the Storm. God bless you and your artwork!

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    • Wildflower says:

      Hi Patrick! Thank you for your comments! I too have felt very alone and even crazy at times because of my “world view” and the way I live. I am exactly one of those married people whose spouse doesn’t get it! He already knows everything and thinks I’m nuts. I pray daily for this family and my marriage and others who suffer with family discord and trouble. I know something will happen eventually and I’m doing my best to know, love and serve God the best way I can. All I can do it hold tightly to Him and my Rosary and pray I can somehow take the next right step. I will pray for you and all here! I don’t feel quite so alone now! Thanks for being a sign of hope to me Patrick! Your words have reached out and touched me!

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Hi Wild Flower – and thank you too! The day will come when those who aren’t on board will say, “Golly gee! You were right. Glad YOU prepared for it!” And we’d humbly say yeah — not to rub it in.

        I think many more people think we’re actually on the right track with our preparations than not — but to consider the implications of the Storm is just too depressing for them because they’ve put hope in all their material plans and don’t have sufficient faith in God, perhaps, to handle the negative emotions. They’d rather stay distracted about the cares of the world…but in the back of their mind, the wheels are turning.

        This is not unlike American’s cultural attitude toward mortality and death, which so often sneaks up on them like a thief in the night even though they know death visits everyone.

        Thank you again. You are in my prayers Flower!

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        • janet333 says:

          What I find is that many don’t want to know about these things because of the many false prophets that have prophesied events that didn’t come to pass. I myself have been guilty of following false seers, wrongly believing that all was about to happen. Now I can’t say too much to anyone. 🙂

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          • janet333 says:

            That emoticon should not be smiling but should look like this…:-(

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          • janet333 says:

            Where’s the edit button? lol

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          • charliej373 says:

            It was – and is – one of the satan’s tools to protect his cover. First, get people to think of prophecy as some sort of glorified fortune-telling, a fancy carnival act, then have them judge by those standards – and they will love the false ones, decry the authentic ones, then dismiss all when the false prophets are revealed to be false. A pretty good strategy, I must concede…but the satan will lose anyway.

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          • janet333 says:

            .”…A pretty good strategy, I must concede…but the satan will lose anyway.”

            I agree Charlie..also some persons I know who helped expose the false prophet, MDM won’t touch prophecy now. Some are even doubting if Fatima was true! There’s been a lot of damage done but as you say… we know who wins in the end. 🙂

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            I think the 🙂 is better because you were not one of the ones that stopped wanting to hear Truth just because you made a few mistakes…and that says everything!

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          • janet333 says:

            Hiya Snowy..I figured that if Satan was sending his own seers then it had to be because God was sending authentic ones in order to give us an important message for these times. Then I found Charlie. 🙂

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    • Patrick, I only feel alone if I pay any heed to that temptation when presented. Thank God that I’ve gotten better at ignoring it. I’m also sometimes tempted to freak out that my physical preps are almost nil. On that front, I’ve spent most of my time trekking outdoors and familiarizing myself with the wilderness. I’m thankful for a good set of footwear and have gotten fond of a solid hickory stick that I found down by the river. That’s about it.

      If it comes to all this, I’d feel grateful to run into a fella such as yourself, “Doc” Steve BC types, Clergy, prayer warriors, musicians, story-tellers, squirrels, eccentrics and other little ones of all stripes. I would also gladly take a Doug, but there would be no “Kumbaya” permitted around the campfire. I’ve got a family (wife and kids), and I would definitely be grateful to have that intact. Not sure how it all plays out, but I imagine there will be a lot of winging it, praying and trusting in the Lord.

      Now that I’ve carefully scripted all that out, you can be certain that nothing will go according to plan.

      God Bless,

      MP

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Hi Michael Patrick,

        I love your approach to trek around, actually. I believe it was you who said he’d rather be fishing than shooting squirrels? I love fishing too — got my pole and tackle ready to go, and a map of all the stocked lakes in South Dakota. (And, yes, Charlie, for such a land-locked State as this, our Walleye is phenomenal!!)

        The family at my refuge could potentially become very large, so even with all my investment we’d burn through the food fairly quickly. Fortunately, God knows what we need. In my case, this family is full of hunters and we’ve got a dozen ranches around us with Steaks walking around. I also bought the wife heirloom vegetable seeds for Christmas – gardening is her passion and gift.

        I’m tempted to despair more often than I do. I get great consolation from the Blessed Sacrament, which is only 3 blocks away. I guess I distract myself from the blues by focusing on my material preparations — a little irony there (re my reply to Wild Flower)!

        Thanks, brother, you and your family are in my prayers. Something tells me you are already more than sufficiently prepared for the Storm.

        Patrick Daniel

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      • Mick says:

        MP, regarding that hickory stick: a future shillelagh, perhaps?

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        • Mick, that would take some good Blackthorn, but I know I won’t find that in the desert. For now, it’s just a good all-purpose walking stick, but it’s also got a nice feel when I swing it like a bat. Maybe I’ll carve a couple of squirrels on it and bring it to post-storm Mt. Meeker if such a thing is possible. Heck, it might look good in a display case next to YD’s kung fu hair extensions.

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          • Doug says:

            Inspiring Mick and MP. I can see a whole line of squirrel products after the storm to support Mt. Meeker shrine project?

            Squirrel rosaries
            Squirrel scapulars
            Squirrel hair extensions
            Squirrel walking sticks
            Squirrel prayer cards
            Squirrel creche for Christmas
            etc.

            Charlie OK not to post this since I know you are not trying to raise any funds until after the storm.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I like that Doug! Perhaps MP’s hickory stick and YD’s hair extensions may be pulverized into bits and pieces and placed in reliquaries down the road too. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            That would work. Although, one of us would have to be declared a saint by the church first and then we would have to give them away instead of sell them. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, MP, here’s the thing, if you carve one to bring to the Mt. Meeker gathering, you must carve many, that is, if you will please. I’d be happy to make a contribution to a very excellent cause for one. I can’t specifically name that cause at the moment or I’d be getting ahead of the Sherpa and he might just have to borrow that hickory stick to tamp me down a bit.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I never use walking sticks. They are just something more to carry for me. People would often give me one during my pilgrimage. I would thank them, take it with me, and give it away as quickly as I could.

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          • lambzie37 says:

            Thanks Charlie, That explains the mysterious stick left by my …… 🐿🐿🐿

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes. I would treasure one.

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          • Mick says:

            Well then, MP, I’ll look forward to seeing your squirrel-emblazoned not-a-shillelagh at the Mt. Meeker shindig.

            YD, please do oblige by keeping the hair extensions for the entirety of the Storm, so that we may check them out at the aforementioned shindig.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Souvenirs remind me of St. Bernadette Soubirous or Sister Marie-Bernard. She despised those things at Lourdes. She also doubted that she ever encountered Our Blessed Mother. How haunting and sad. She had difficult trials in her life. St. Bernadette –pray for us !!

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          • YongDuk says:

            MP, I think that display case is called a reliquary: my head in a glass box like St. Agnes’, St. Catherine’s and St Andrew’s passed from place to place or Patriarch to Patriarch–hair extensions and all.

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          • YD, thanks for providing the proper terminology. As for that image… well, that’s going to be tough to shake.

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          • Doug, it’s settled then. God willing, I’ll make the trek to Mt. Meeker and leave you the hickory stick. If I don’t make it, I’ll be sure to leave it in the woods somewhere, probably up against a tree for some other kid to find.

            B, I’d love to make more, but there can really be only one Wonder Squirrel Stick Bat.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, have you never seen St Anges’ head?

            Whenever I am back in Rome, I visit my favourite Saints: Philip Neri, Stanislaw Kostka Monica, Agnes, Catherine of Siena and then all the several in St Peter’s… (Like a b-line first day back including a walking pilgrimage along the River from St Peter’s to St Paul’s back up to St John Lateran (I loathe that part of the walk with the traffic).

            Anyway… When they were remodeling the Church where St Agnes is (across from the Spanish Stairs, I believe), her head was moved. No one knew where it was — just put away. So I was very happy that it was back out last time I was there.

            Unlike St Catherine of Siena, Agnes’ body is only a few kilometers away from her head.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I must confess as a devoted, loving and grateful son of the Catholic Church, I remain as creeped out as a Catholic over the Catholic penchant to sever saints bodies and parade them all over the place as I was as a Protestant. I don’t get it. The biggest disincentive, to me, of pressing on to conform yourself in a saintly manner to God is the fear that, if you succeed, your remains will be made into a morbid carnival display.

            I see people, at places of such display, showing real devotion and even ecstatic joy – so I know it has a real and positive effect. But the idea of such fills me with horror and revulsion.

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          • Doug says:

            I was thinking similar reading YDs post and then read your response Charlie. I don’t understand it either. Best I can muster up is Acts 19:12 “so when aprons and handkerchiefs that had touched his skin where brought, to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them”. This refers to touching Paul. Of course, there is also the woman who was bleeding for 12 years and touched the hem of Jesus garment and was healed.

            I went to world youth day in Cologne, Germany in 2005 and class 1 relics (body parts) of the wise men were there in the Cathedral. I like to say I actually visited the wise men. YD, do you have any theological insight on this? Happy New Year everyone!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Hmmm… I never thought of it that way. Of course, part of it may be that I went through gross and neuro anatomy classes, so I may be immune. (That’s biographical, Doug, if not autobiographical.)

            I always feel bad for large reliquaries with many saints and you see huge pieces of bone from one somewhat obscure Saint (such as from St. Zenobius in one little church in Île Saint Ignace in Quebec) that is outshone by splinters from many other more known ones… especially that they are more or less lost in a church museum display.

            Splinters from MPs walking stick shall surely outshine strands of hair extensions hanging off barren scull bone.

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          • Doug says:

            So St. Zenobius was an arch deacon. Perfect saint for me. Also, I never heard the term arch deacon and did not know deacons can become bishops?

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          • zeniazenia says:

            The miracles and reverence surrounding relics in the Old Testament 2 Kings 13:20 Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year. 21 As they were burying a man, behold, they saw a marauding band; and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha. And when the man touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet.

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          • Doug says:

            Now Mick, that is just way cool! The Israelites were Catholic before the Catholics.

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          • Doug says:

            Oops! I said Mick. I meant to say Jane. I guess a soul gets out of purgatory 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            I will have to pray for Saint Zenobius intercession now so he does not feel left out 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            I’m so happy Doug gets the stick, MP. It’s perfect! Perhaps you could have a short knighting ceremony before we eat. Naming possibilities are wide open for our Doug,
            Sir _____________.

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          • Doug says:

            No, no, no. Charlie should get the stick. I am a simple undeserving squirrel.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t like sticks. Now a nice Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup, that I would gladly trade a stick for. (For a hair extension, I would need two such peanut butter cups – Butterfinger brand).

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          • Sometimes I miss out on these older threads, but fortunately I revisited this one. Wow. Only our NRS family could start with the innocent mention of a stick and patch together a comments thread like the above. So here we are at peanut butter cups… via shillelagh’s, squirrel souvenirs, YD’s hair extension reliquary, Elisha, St. Agnes, St. Zenobius (for whom I can find no reliable biographical information), Sir Doug… etc.

            CJ had mentioned that one of his goals in the past year was to help folks to not feel so alone. Speaking for myself (and I’m sure others would agree) –– mission accomplished!

            More determined than ever to show up at Mt. Meeker with my nothing stick –– and peanut butter cups,

            MP

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          • …of course I need to clarify that it’s neither accurate or humble to say that this started with a stick. I was just looking at a recent stitch. If I had to trace the myriad threads, I’d find all sorts of joyful instigators involved (from the conspicuous to very subtle). We won’t get Heaven until we get Heaven, but if this is just the tiniest inkling of what family will be like there… OH! What joyful bliss awaits!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, MP, I think we get a richer understanding of family – and ourselves as the Family of God – with the Rescue. I have come to think of this comment section as a foretaste of that culture of family.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, this song came to mind after reading your words, *culture of family* pertaining to the rescue. (I will be singing it in my head all day now.)

            JOHN MICHAEL TALBOT
            One Bread One Body Lyrics

            Refrain:
            One bread, one body,
            one Lord of all,
            one cup of blessing which we bless.
            And we, though many,
            throughout the earth,
            we are one body in this one Lord.
            Verse 1. Gentile or Jew,
            servant or free,
            woman or man, no more.
            Verse 2. Many the gifts,
            many the works,
            one in the Lord of all.
            Verse 3. Grain for the fields,
            scattered and grown,
            gathered to one, for all.

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          • Doug says:

            I just put up my squirrel proof bird feeders. Ha, ha squirrels. I dare you!

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          • charliej373 says:

            They are clever little fellows. Just watch – they enjoy squirrel-proofing: it gives them a good laugh while depriving them of no food at all.

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! If they get in there, then it will compel me more to make squirrel stew 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            You are my friend, Doug, but I am rooting for the squirrels.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dearest Patrick, Seems to me that you might be ready! I personally like the St. Francis model, which in my mind gets right to the point during an emergency. Ask the St. Francis Question, “What do you need brother?” After that question is answered, we both know that we are not alone. He knows I care. We might (or might not) be able to help with his need, but we will file it away for the next day when we might find the help for him. Next we can say, “Let’s pray for a moment together now, and we will see how the Lord can help us take care of this need.” Whatever happens will be The Next Right Step. We are 3 for 3. We have already acknowledged God to this person, and we are very much a sign of Hope (and Love). I think I have a friend for life! Mission accomplished!! He might ask me why I have such Joy. We can give him the amazing news about The Rescue in late 2017. We can offer to bring him to church. Get the whole neighborhood there. It should be the center of community life. I love Beckita’s and YongDuk’s idea of ordering hosts and keeping a few boxes (I normally buy bottles but…) of wine for a possible shortfall. I think I have lived long enough to know that these scenarios take on a life of their own and we will live one day at a time until we see the Immaculata on that glorious day in 2017. I expect miracles throughout.
      Personally I don’t know what to do about family. I’m winging that part. Charlie said family is super important during the Rescue, but I can’t imagine leaving my neighbors and my parish family here in CT to make my way to VT or CA to be with one of my sons. (They both know about the Storm and Rescue and I have told them I plan on staying in my home, I’ll be fine. Now they are free to listen for God’s Will for their own family and friends.) I have a few odds ad ends, sugar, protein powder, coffee, veggie seeds to share mostly totally abandoning myself to the Divine Will on that front. We will let each other know how well we listened and trusted God and how well we showered mercy on our neighbors–or –we might actually spend the time together! I’m open and I am willing to be led by my angel! God bless you Patrick. I know your angel has it all under control. I believe you might finish your degree after 2017 if it is God’s Will. You should know you will have friends in abundance! –Zenia Jane

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Hi Zenia Jane,

        I’ve got 1000 hosts and a box of red wine – hopefully I can stay out of the wine until it’s time!

        Like you and Ed (below), I can honestly say I’ve done what I can and if the Storm hits, so be it. God will provide the rest and miracles will abound. I’ve got one final big day of shopping at Sam’s club with my refuge “Mom”, and then after that, we just pick up odds and ends until we can no longer do so.

        God bless you, ZJ.

        (This is a complete aside, but as I look at the expiration dates on many if not MOST of the things I bought, so many say “Use by Oct 13, 2016” in the case of the red wine, or “Oct 13, 2017” for much of the other stuff! Hard not to notice that little coincidence!!!)

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Love it Patrick! I don’t have the hosts yet. Should I freeze them as long as possible or keep them cold? I can probably look it up somewhere. Keeping them dry would keep them from molding which is always a concern I have been told. Thanks for the blessings. May God bless you, Charlie, TNRS and all our brothers and sisters. –ZJ

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        • Christine says:

          Dear Patrick , that is a very interesting observation about your expiration dates. It just makes me think about how many signs or as a friend of mine likes to say ” little God tracks” are out there that may or may not be a sign and yet for those whose eyes are open we hear them.
          I have enjoyed reading this entire discourse.
          As I pray for other’s eyes to be opened ,there are times too when I gef overwhelmed with the imensity of the unbelievers who will one day get a rude awakening . So I too pray for Mercy, for conversion now , for awakening now. Yes sometimes I feel a wave come over me that makes me realise how small I am in all of this and that is when I am reminded about what a blessing the call by Charlie ,to be steady and stay the course is. At these times I am reminded about growing up sailing the English channel ( usually on a wine and cheese run) with my father who used to skipper racing yachts for the British Army. As you can imagine , he knew his craft so his passengers had to trust him- even during the storm when we ‘just knew’ we were going to die ( now there are some stories I draw much hope from ) . My father’s nick name by the way , was Peter……. Another ‘ God track ‘ in my life! I am not a cradle Catholic

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          • Patrick of South Dakota says:

            Hi Christine. Keep praying for Mercy.

            I’m involved in a Divine Mercy cenacle here, and I realized that because this is the Year of Mercy, our mission has moved to front and center of the Church’s mission. We are going to hold a meeting with 3 DM cenacles around the area to come up with ideas to promote the message of DIVINE MERCY, for both now and during the Storm..

            St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us.

            Yes, Charlie is a blessing to us, his rag-tag bunch of chosen followers. We are very few in number, but he has beckoned us with his prudent warning and message of hope to help us to bring change to the world! He is inspiring us and preparing us spiritually to become saints for Jesus — GREAT saints!

            Boy, I would LOVE to go on a wine and cheese run on a yacht across the English Channel! One more thing on my “to do” list of things to enjoy after the Storm!

            God bless you. And welcome to the Catholic Church.

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          • lambzie37 says:

            God-incidences are indeed great signposts!

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Patrick, I assure you that you are not alone. Although, I understand the temptation to fell that way. I speak to many of the people that I know about the coming storm. I have seen it coming, from a secular viewpoint, for a very long time. That is the tack I take with most folks. I don’t mention the rescue, or the fact that the storm is a divine chastisement. I just point out the completely unsustainable path we are on. I tell them that it has to break. It’s not a matter if ‘if’, but of ‘when’. And I tell them it’s very soon. Most giggle and tell me that I’m nuts. That’s fine. I smile back and tell them they’re right. But that that doesn’t have any bearing on what’s coming. Everyone has ‘normalcy bias’. “Oh, that can’t happen here!” Uh-huh….. But they’ll remember what I said after it happens, and maybe, some will seek me out if they are totally unprepared. I hope I can help them.
      I have spoken here about many of my preps. I too, still have a list of things that are yet undone. If the collapse comes before ALL of them are done, so be it. I really don’t waste too much time worrying about it. I’ll have what I have, when it happens. But, in the meantime, I continue to live my life with a positive attitude and as much joy as I can muster.
      Several years ago, I bought some land (85 acres) in another state, that I thought would be my ‘bug-out’ spot. The plan was a 7 year plan, to pay it off, make improvements, and move there. I’m only a third of the way through the amortization schedule. But, I continue to make the payments, even adding additional principle to each payment. Should I be plowing that ‘extra’ cash into more preps? I don’t know. I do know that I can’t afford to build on my property and move there until the land is paid for. So, I continue to work towards that goal.
      I am drawn to Charlie and to his message because he confirms what I already see and believe to be happening. But, we are dealing with private revelation here, which does not have official Church approval. Each of us is responsible for our own discernment. And even though many (myself included), believe that Charlie is the real deal, it is still possible that he is not. So, if Charlie ends up right, I’ll be as ready as I can, even if I’m not really completely ready. If Charlie is wrong, I’m still on my 7 year timeline because I still think it’s coming. In the meantime, I need to keep living life. I think that if I stopped doing that, and simply waited for something bad to happen, it would be very difficult to fend off that ‘alone’ feeling. So, keep your head up!

      “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Ed, nicely said! You nailed it.

        I’ve mentioned the Storm to no more than 2 dozen people, mostly because something on my heart is actually telling me to withhold it, to remain quiet, to not squander it like pearls to swine. And, more times than not, when I do tell of the Storm, the response is exactly as you describe.

        The NRS members have indeed discerned that Charlie speaks truth, even without approval from the church (although four spiritual directors adds a lot of validity). We proceed as if we “know” it to be true because the Holy Spirit has put it on our hearts to listen. In my case, Charlie’s message fits perfectly with what I’ve been feeling for many years now.

        And again, you are spot on: even if Charlie’s message proves to be untrue, I have no regrets for what I’ve been doing since this summer; namely, preparing for disasters which invariably will come, removing extraneous things from my life that serve no heavenly purpose, and spending more hours with Our Lord in prayer than I would have otherwise.

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for you, Patrick. Please know that you are not alone. 🙂

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      • Patrick of South Dakota says:

        Thank you Mick. I feel so much a part of a big, warm, loving family!!

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        • YongDuk says:

          Patrick, I have been praying for you since you made the post above.

          I cannot imagine what you are going through health-wise, home-wise, career-wise, education-wise. However, a word keeps coming to my heart: be careful of escapism.

          I apologize if this is not good discernment, but maybe it is good enough in the sense of your being in a very tough situation and Satan perhaps trying to push you towards escapism.

          By escapism, I mean hoping for the Storm to be the catalyst to fix things, as opposed to simply being prudent in finishing what you started step by prudent step.

          My good Confrère in Seminary and now fellow Bishop was persecuted in Seminary for liking the Tridentine Rite by those who then judged him ultra-traditional (without knowing that he already loved the Byzantine and Syro-Maronite Rites and this was actually more a love for Liturgy and the Spirituality of Liturgy), he was forced to change Diocese. However, nearly one year before that and when he already saw the writing on the wall, my Vocation Director approached him appreciating his gift and offered to take him as a Seminarian–also seeing the writing on the wall. However, to our surprise, his Spiritual Director forebode him to entertain switching Dioceses saying to him: God put you in that Diocese and if you change to escape suffering, you will likely be doing your own will, not His. (He added to wait for one door to shut and trust God to open another. He paraphrased Luke 9:62: No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.) I look back and see for him that that was indeed Divine Providence in what it taught him and changing the Priesthood into one more closely united to Christ’s Suffering.

          Please, Patrick, discern with a holy Priest or Religious or Spiritual Director the practical, such as sorting out about your doctorate. This too was on my heart, as after the Storm, we will need educators with doctorates–even if titles and papers mean little in the Grand Scheme of Things, there is a benefit to the hierarchy even in academia and credentials.

          Please pray, please be hopeful. I don’t know your situation, so please do not take my word as absolute truth or special discernment, but just my reflection.

          Pax Tecum,
          +Yong Duk

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          • charliej373 says:

            Such wonderful, advice, YD. I have often told people who have asked about deferring education, “You think we won’t need educated people after the Storm? You take care of what you are called to and trust God for the rest.” (I may have sometimes been a bit testy…but that actually was useful in getting people to snap out of whatever speculative haze they were in. God knows where you are and what you are doing…nothing is lost in God’s economy, so do the good that you can and leave the rest to God. But you say it so much nicer than I do, YD. Maybe those Oriental hair extensions soften your personality.

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            Yong Duk, this is just beautiful~ wow! I especially loved this, “…and if you change to escape suffering, you will likely be doing your own will, not His. (He added to wait for one door to shut and trust God to open another. He paraphrased Luke 9:62: No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.)” Just beautiful!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, YD, for sharing wisdom as you do. You offer it to someone in particular and, at the same time, it bears fruit for others who may be prompted to self-check that particular facet of spiritual awareness and growth.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Dear YongDuk, This reminds me of a rule of thumb which asserts – never make an important change in the midst of desolation, so long as the original path was chosen in a state of consolation. So, we are to continue on in life- from consolation to consolation, (how lovely really) relying on God for His Grace to make it through the times of desolation. I can’t say I have actually made concrete decisions with this rule, but I think it fits in hindsight. Thanks for some heartfelt direction- Jane

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          • YongDuk says:

            Pray for me to be more and more gentle, Charlie. I get hangry 😉 and grumpy with loved ones without meaning to when tired.

            Our Lady of Gentle Love, help please!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I know how it is, YD. I retreat into myself when overly tired, because I have a sharp tongue and a quick wit – and if I am not alert behind the wheel, it can do damage. Our Lady of Gentle Love, help us all.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Hangry. Likewise. I think it is a common flaw us humans have. It is all too easy to snap at ones we love or are closest to when we are at our most weakest. Lord have mercy on us!

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          • YongDuk says:

            (Not to be biographical, but I was back at my parent’s home for Christmas wonderfully, but just reminds us of old patterns and slipping and such. Nice to be humbled, but sad to not be always a good example of God’s love [would that Beckita would know that I am always biographical].)

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          • charliej373 says:

            How often it is in our flaws and quirks that our lovability lies. Sometimes our virtues can be intimidating.

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          • Doug says:

            YES Charlie ! My kids have taught me this especially when they were little. The dumb silly things they did sure brought a smile. Like eating a crayons, dressing up in mommy’s old cloths, caking on lipstick, putting on Daddys shoes (picture 4 year olds doing this).

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          • Doug says:

            YD, “not to be biographical”? Are you sure this is the intended word?

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yes, Jane, that is sage! I believe I first heard that from Dr. Ralph Martin in regards to discerning a vocation and the trials those in a vocation struggle with: Go back to the original call.

            For the sake of prudence in dealing with many and varied souls, I am not completely sure I would place it in terms of consolation verses desolation–unless speaking to those well versed in Ignatian / Ignatian-influenced spirituality / discernment of spirits–due to the emotional weight of “consolation/desolation”

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          • Beckita says:

            There you go again, Charlie: “How often it is in our flaws and quirks that our lovability lies. Sometimes our virtues can be intimidating.” Inspired and I like meditating on just a line or two.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Beckita. Pithy and to the point.

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          • Beckita says:

            YD, the way I figure your biographical stuff is like this: your flying cassock widens to embrace the world! You do a fine job of remaining incognito concerning specifics yet the best part: our prayers for you are not the least inhibited by space. So whether you’re flappin’ over the northern Rockies or not, no worries… gotcha’ covered! (But I will share a true curiosity: I’d love to see just one photo of you all wrapped up in one of those Jacobite Syrian-styled scarf-miters, hair extensions flying and long whiskers flowing. No doubt a sight to behold.)

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          • Patrick of South Dakota says:

            Ah, thank you, Young Duk.

            When I see your blog name, I can’t help but think of that lovable Asian character from “Sixteen Candles.” 😂

            I thank you for your genuine concern. Rest assured, I have made a careful and purely logical choice regarding my necessary decision to take a medical leave of absence from school, and, unless the good Lord finally decides to call me into the priesthood, I intend to complete my degree after everything settles down. I can safely say that now, however, is not the time for school.

            I am also blessed to have a phenomenal confessor who his DEEPLY devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and another spiritual director trained in mysticism and aestheticism. I have ample help and am far from being alone.

            It seems rather clear to me that what I’m doing now will help many people during the Storm…as a nurse I’m deeply motivated to help those in need and alleviate suffering where I can. I’m competent at anticipating the suffering of others, so I feel confident my efforts will not be in vain.

            But, I decided to make some selfish purchases just for me for Christmas…a nice pair of Wrangler Riggs Workwear pants in brown 32×34″ and a CB radio. Can’t wait to get them!

            I apologize if my initial post sounded negative and pessimistic. I felt drawn to bring up the topic to stimulate conversation and perhaps help those with doubts. I am actually very happy right now, and I truly enjoy this little stint of preparing for the unexpected!

            Thank you so much for your prayers, Yong Duck!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Trying to post a picture…

            anyone know how to do it?

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          • Doug says:

            Picture came through to me ok. How did you do it YD?

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          • Doug says:

            By the way, beautiful picture.

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          • Beckita says:

            Please speak, YD! How did you post the image?!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Charlie did it or it was just copying the photo’s Web address

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          • SteveBC says:

            As far as I can tell, any picture a commenter wants to load into a comment must be located somewhere on the web on a server, and it has to have a web address. It also has to have a dot extension that marks an image or media file. This one loaded by YD ends with “.jpg”.

            The media dot extension tells WordPress to download and display the image (or whatever), and the URL tells where on the web the media file is located. You can’t just dump a jpeg file into a comment text and expect it to display – WordPress can’t find it when it generates the page.

            Most places where people now have photos stored give links to that media file that don’t end in a dot extension that WordPress can recognize as a media file. Instead, the URL is a shortened one that ends in letters and numbers. WordPress will just display that kind of URL in the comment text, and any reader wanting to see what the link is for has to click through to see what it is.

            Charlie’s website has a media library that he uploads his selected image files into first, and then he can get a URL address with the proper dot extension that will tell WordPress to go to his site’s media library and download the image into his posts. YD’s picture exists on a page at udayton.edu.

            If you want to put a photo in your own comment text, and it’s stored on your computer, you have to upload it to a website you have control over and which will give you a URL that ends in a dot extension WordPress will recognize. Then you have to put that URL into your comment, and you have to keep that photo at that location essentially forever.

            If you take the photo down from that place at your website, say at the end of January, 2016, then if someone comes to Charlie’s site and looks at your comment on February 1, 2016, they won’t see your photo, because all WordPress pages are dynamically created at the moment someone comes to that page. If they load the page on January 30th, voila, there is the photo. If they come February 1 and download the page, no photo.

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          • Doug says:

            Thanks Steve for that good explanation

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          • Kim sevier says:

            Oh my goodness gracious Stevebc. I don’t think I will ever get to post a picture of my cute 6 grandsons then. Over my low tech head!

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          • Petra says:

            SteveBC: I’m not sure how to do this, but if a reader here has a WordPress account, could they load a picture onto that account somewhere, then use that link to post a photo on Charlie’s page? I’ve never run a blog, but from my preliminary looking at this in WordPress, it seems like you can create an image library on your own WordPress account under *Blog Post* (Add) then *Add Media.* I would think then you could use that as a link here.
            I can’t really test to see how this works, but would it, do you think?

            God bless and Merry Christmas.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you very much, Steve, for the clarity of your explanation regarding posting of images in comments. I so appreciate you and your presence here for many reasons, just one being the fact that you are so gloriously geeky!

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          • Beckita says:

            Hmmm… I just tested the posting of a URL ending with .jpeg and it only posted the link. Think I’ll get some sleep and consider Petra’s Plan in the morning. But I will also add, I did a search for a couple of days concerning Word Press and commenters posting pics. ALL I kept finding was the need for a plugin. ‘Night Jim Bob and the rest of ya’!

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          • Beckita says:

            Petra, thanks for thinking and checking for us. It sounded like a great idea! I just did a test using my own dormant blog and its image library but it doesn’t work for a commenter to add the link to produce the image… unless I get a surprise and an image appears tomorrow after it’s moderated. With You Tube, as soon as I click “post comment” the image shows before Charlie clears it.

            Steve, how Centurion and YD did it is a mystery because that’s two I’ve tried with the URL ending in .jpeg without success. Please, Wise Geeks, Stay Calm but Noodle On…

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          • SteveBC says:

            Petra and Beckita:

            Anyone who has a WordPress.com website within their WordPress.com account should be able to access the Media Library and “Add Media” to that library (via the “WP Admin” selection). You then need to get the correct URL (NOT a shortlink or the permalink) to the picture in the media library and use that URL in the comment text you write here at Charlie’s site. That will work. See below.

            I would guess that the plugin news that Beckita found would be related to websites being run directly on WordPress software hosted elsewhere. A WordPress.com account with a website has access to 3GB of space for media files (except video files, which appears to require a paid upgrade). I have not installed such a plugin. So a plugin is *not* be needed for a WordPress.com website.

            I will show Beckita’s “Pirate Squirrel” picture here but will edit it out after a couple days and remove the picture from my site. I don’t think my existing WP.com website is suitable for use for pictures that are to appear here on Charlie’s site. I am considering setting up a different WP.com website, but I’m not sure I want to do that. [160102 The picture has been edited out.]

            For those interested, it would be useful to have a WordPress.com website separate from Charlie’s, since he needs to have control over his own media. Such a WP.com website will have its URL in the pictures used, so it should be specific for use on Charlie’s website. Any suggestions are welcome.

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          • Doug says:

            Works good Steve. The squirrels now can defend themselves.

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          • Doug says:

            Beckita, did the file have .jpeg or .jpg?

            .jpg is the appropriate extension (no “e”).

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          • Beckita says:

            Aha, Steve! (applause… cheers… whistles) Doing a quick check on the site but will come back later to chew on your info Steve. Thank you. Funny, after all those tries yesterday, this little pirate has lost his allure for me.

            Doug, thanks for the clarification on .jpg My typo and my head has been so full of congestion I’m about the business of releasing more holy souls… soon to hit the road on our way to ministry substitution. I’ll be passing through the diocesan cathedral’s Holy Doors and will carry all our NRS family and intentions with me.

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          • Beckita says:

            Did you see that, Doug? I just wrote that my typo is full of congestion. (Oh Victura! That’s one more soul!) It’s time to rest before searching for some road kill to stir fry. Seriously, please say a prayer for safety as the roads are quite snowy and icy and there’s a pass to navigate today.

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          • Doug says:

            I will offer up a decade Beckita. Safe travels!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Praying Beckita.

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          • Mick says:

            Beckita, I’m praying for safe travels for you.

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    • Doug says:

      Patrick, I personally encourage you to continue with getting your doctorate precisely for the storm. There is also be a possibility God could use your talents for such a time. God bless.

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    • Kim sevier says:

      My fondness for all here just continues to grow. Delightful folks are you all! Just so doggone unique is this blessed community.

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  20. motherjackie says:

    Patrick of South Dakota thank you for sharing such truth from your heart and your willingness to be so vulnerable. My husband and I are in the process of buying a house, stocking up on food for ourselves and others, putting in a water collection system and learning how to use firearms. If anyone had told me that my formerly progressive, left leaning husband would do a 180, I wouldn’t have believed them in a million years! My husband and I listened to Charlie, when he visited St. Andrews Episcopal Church, in Scotia, NY, this past Summer. Due to Charlie’s humility, sincerity and self-effacing style, my husband became convinced of the reality of The Storm. He also became tuned in to what Our Lord was telling him. We share your despair and sadness that the veil has been lifted from your eyes and you see life with a different lens than you used to. But, be of good cheer, you will continue to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others. There are more of us out there than we know.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, Mother Jackie…I remember you. What a faithful cohort there is in the Albany area! I remember how it was hot as blazes for both presentations…but Fr. Mike and Mother Ellen took me to a little (but incredibly busy) roadside fast food spot on the river that had marvelous fried clams!

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    • Patrick of South Dakota says:

      Thank you, Mother Jackie; and Praise God about your husband’s 180!

      It’s funny, but I’m sad because the veil has been lifted, and I’m also joyful because the veil has been lifted!

      Thank you: I will endeavor to be of good cheer! I read that St. Catherine Laboure said Our Lady has so many graces that she wants to give, but that people don’t ask Her for them. These past months, I’ve been asking Our Lady for the grace of a joyful disposition because I’m easily prone to being a sour-puss. 😠

      I’m glad to hear you and your husband are working together as a team to prepare for the Storm.

      Patrick

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      • Mick says:

        Ha, Patrick; I loved your “sour-puss” emoji!

        I appreciate what you said about St. Catherine Laboure and Our Lady. By any chance, do you wear a Miraculous Medal? Mary promised great graces to those who wear it, “especially if they wear it around the neck.” And lately, there’s been a bit of discussion here about the Brown Scapular. If you wear that, it’s really easy to just attach a Miraculous Medal to it. Just a thought. 🙂

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        • Patrick of South Dakota says:

          Yes, Mick, I do wear the Miraculous Medal and a Brown Scapular. In fact, I just asked my confessor to invest me in the Miraculous Medal using a specific prayer:

          https://www.ewtn.com/library/PRAYER/MIR-MED.TXT

          I was also thinking about purchasing a bunch of scapulars and medals for the Storm. Has anyone else done this?

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          • Beckita says:

            Been collecting all kinds of sacramentals for a long time, Patrick. You have a beautiful way of drawing out people to comment with your lovely questions. I’m so glad you’re part of this family!

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            Patrick, yes, I have. I did this many years ago and stashed the Scapulars and medals away for this coming time. Mick brought it up to me a few weeks ago concerning my granddaughter so I found the stash! I ended up sending my granddaughter home with one of each at Christmas and explained everything to her- she was very happy! 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi Patrick, I may buy medals in bulk. Good idea. We should keep asking for the graces from the Immaculata. In her second visit to Catherine Labouré,, Our Lady showed the image of the medal that was to be struck. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers, as she held the globe, were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them. Now, I have miraculous medals on my office desk, and I ask for those available graces all day long. But I will share. I will even send some your way if you forget to ask. Just a reminder for everyone to ask for Graces. There are a miraculous graces for the taking. –ZJ

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          • Mick says:

            Awesome, Patrick! I have purchased scapulars, Miraculous Medals, and St. Benedict Medals. Here are the best prices I have found:

            http://www.immaculateheartcatholic.com/?page=shop/browse&category_id=19
            Brown Scapulars for as low as $1 each

            http://www.amm.org/M002_M002-Aluminum_Miraculous_Medals.aspx?panel=3&productid=573&categoryid=34
            Miraculous Medals for 8 cents each if you order more than 10; and once you pay for them, they have one of the Vincentian priests bless them for you.

            http://www.saintmeinradgiftshop.com/category.asp?c=50122&start=18
            I don’t see them on the website, but they used to have bulk St. Benedict medals for about 15 cents apiece. You could try calling the 800 number at the top of the page, and asking if they have them. If you ask, they will also have one of the Benedictine priests at the abbey bless the medals with the Benedictine exorcism prayer/blessing.

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          • Beckita says:

            Great links for sacramentals, Mick! Thank you.

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          • Mick says:

            Glad to help, Beckita! 🙂

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Dear Mick–I have 4 medals (Miraculous, St. Benedict, The Bloodied Face of Jesus, St. Simon Stock, and a Crucifix) on my scapular. There will probably be more as time goes on. –Zenia Jane 🙂

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      • motherjackie says:

        For anybody in the Capital District of NYS that restaurant Charlie referenced is Jumpin Jacks, in Scotia, on the Mohawk River. Great food, but only open early Spring to Labor Day. Come back to Scotia, Charlie. I’ll come visit from Watertown and we’ll all go and have some wonderful clams. Patrick, thank you for your kind comments. Remember, the joy of the Lord is my strength.

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    • jaykay says:

      O Lord, seeing the comments from those of you in the U.S. deeply affected by this weather, I mean really affected, not just like us here in Ireland bothered (and it really is only that, and not even in my area) by the aftermath of the Atlantic storms, really brings it home. Your fortitude and trust is truly uplifting. Yes, we know about storms but they are really nothing compared to what some of you have to endure. How privileged we are, really, and how much we have forgotten to thank God for His mercy for that. How much will we have to (re)learn when shtf, over here? And it will.

      “And on these things, it always irritates me to hear the phrase, “obliged to believe,” for in truth, we are actually privileged to know these things with certainty”.

      Charlie, yes, you’ve said it true. We are, in fact, privileged to have the gift of Faith. Or, really, we’re privileged to have been given the gift to listen to the still, small voice in the storm. It came late to me; thank God it did actually come, but I pray for the grace to share it. And that’s not easy; for me, it’s a constant struggle, despite all the gifts I was given in an earlier, easier time when it was, just, part of the landscape, suffused in family, education, society. Now that’s gone, and in an uglier challenging time as we have now it’s all too easy to retreat into private space and bury the talent given to us by many generations past. May I not be unworthy of them when the real challenge comes, as it will.

      Anyway, bless all here and best wishes from Ireland for this year of 2016, the year of Mercy, now upon us. J.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I often tell parents who are upset because they think they have badly erred on something with their child – been unfair, been irritable, been snappish, gave wrong advice…that that is the human condition. We mess up, make dumb mistakes and then, when we correct those, make even dumber ones. The only real mistake is to despair and fail to endure. Hang in there. Keep coming back. Never give up, despite your many stumbling, bumbling failures. Repent of them, but do not despair over them. That is the key to everything.

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      • Mick says:

        God bless you, Jaykay, and Happy New Year! (I wish I had the Irish, so that I could say it to you properly.) 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Sound advice Charlie. Sound advice.

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    • anna819 says:

      Mother Jackie, I also remember you from Charlie’s visit to Albany. And now you have moved three hours away and have befriended my very best friend. How great is God to arrange such a special meeting.

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    • anna819 says:

      Mother Jackie, I also remember you from Charlie’s visit to Albany, and now you have moved three hours away to the town where I was born and spent most of my life. My very best friend drove the three hours to come visit me and be here for Charlie’s talks. It was great to meet you and your husband that day and now you and my friend are living in the same town. I know that you will be a blessing to each other during the coming months. How great is our God to arrange such a special meeting.

      P.S. Somehow my original post showed up in the wrong place and I figured that you wouldn’t see it so here is my revised one.

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  21. Maria says:

    Hello Charlie
    My name is María and it’s the first time I’m commenting here. Every time I read your blog I am either ediflied, given food to meditate, or just simpy encouraged to not give up especially when I read everyone’s comments. There’s one thing I just can’t agree with you and that is the fact that you have decided on your own to change Our Lady of Guadalupe’s name to Our Lady of Tepeyac. Her name is Our Lady of Guadalupe. She made herself known under that title and there was no error with translations, the historians have this all documented. Though we know Our Lady crushes the serpent’s head, in the Guadalupe image she does not appear crushing the serpent’s head as she does in other devotions such as The Immaculate Mary or the Miraculous Medal and neither of these two devotions make reference to the crushing of the serpent in their Titles. I believe you only confuse people by renaming Her. She has Her name, and as all christians know, the Mission is the name, which is why I wouldn’t change Her name. Guadalupe means “River, Mirror of Light” impressive!!! There are great historians that have investigated right to the crux of it all and their conclusions are founded. One marvelous investigator and an expert on the apocalypse is Antonio Yagüe. Most of his videos are in Spanish. For those readers who know Spanish I assure you their worth watching. He is an expert on Sacred Scripture and the main approved marian apparitions such as Guadalupe. Mexico has given the world Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Virgin of the Apocalypse. With all my respect Our Lady does not need a new name especially when She didn’t ask for it and I think it is a Little bit disrespectful to her, to the Mexicans and it does not help to promote the apparition if some refer to her as Our Lady of Guadalupe and others Our Lady of Tepeyac which I myself first thought was a different apparition at first.

    Heres a link to an explanation of the name for Spanish speakers.
    Jesús I Trust in You. Immaculate Heart of Mary be my salvation.
    María

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, let’s see, Maria, should I do what you tell me or what she told me over a decade and a half ago? In a visitation she told me that, for these times, she wants to be honored under her American title as Our Lady of Tepeyac. She said she wants it this way because, as bad as things are in the New World, they are far worse in the Old World – and she will re-evangelize the Old World from the New World. There is nothing wrong with the OL of Guadalupe title and I do not say there is. Pope Francis, last year, sent a message to the Priests of the world referring to her as the “Virgin of Tepeyac.”

      As for how the title came to be, when St. Juan Diego asked who she was, she said in his native Nahautal, “tuh-cuad-luh-shoe-pay,” which means “she who crushes the serpent.” That was very important, for Qexlcoatl, the Aztec god, was a feathered serpent who demanded constant human sacrifice. That she was the one who would crush the serpent foretold the end of that abominable practice. Bishop Zumarraga’s ears, quite naturally, heard “Guadalupe.” Now whether that is the title she wanted to be called by or not no one can know – only speculate. I personally think it was at that time, because evangelization came from the Old World for the New – and because of the Muslim antecedents of that name (a wolf river or wolf valley). This is, by the way, the only image which is known by a geographic title other than where she actually appeared.

      Now, what I have done is private revelation, so you are free to accept or reject it. I submitted it originally through my Priest directors – and now inquiries have begun informally with my Archbishop. But when she told me to spread devotion under that title and you tell me to stop, I am going to have to go with what she said, unless the Church directs me otherwise.

      I appreciate your kind spirit. I suspect that since you are new here, you had not read my full discussion on the matter.

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      • This post is even more powerful the second time around. And that last phrase Charlie! I love it! I’ve had it hanging on my refrigerator all year.

        “As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.”

        If I may, one quick story re: Our Lady of Guadalupe…
        I was on a checkout line at a store yesterday when I noticed the young woman at the register was wearing a medal of “Our Lady of Guadalupe”. After commenting how beautiful it was, I added, “Did you know that She is also known as Our Lady of Tepeyac?” (Of course I learned that from Charlie:) Her response was priceless! “Of course I know that! I’m from Mexico. I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for Her! … She saved my life after I prayed to her when I was struck with a severe neurological disease. Our Lady of Tepeyac is a part of my life everyday!!”
        Oh! how I wish we could have had a longer conversation – but she was done ringing up my order.

        Needless to say this young woman – devoted to Our Lady of Tepeyac – made my day, and was an incredible sign of hope to me!

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to the site, Maria. Here are just a few links to give you some background on Blessed Mother’s desire to be named, “Our Lady of Tepeyac,” for our times. Already, people who are part of this family in which you are welcomed, have given praise reports concerning prayers answered via Her intercession invoked by this powerful name given to us through Charlie.

      I invite you to read as much of the archived material as you possibly can. It is rich material which will prepare anyone who desires to be as prepared as one can be for the Journey we now continue into the intensity of the Storm.

      Charlie has also written many posts concerning obedience. He is living what he preaches by bowing to Our Lady’s request and now calling Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Tepeyac. It’s an incredible time to be alive! God bless you, Maria.

      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-old-world-re-evangelized-by-the-new/
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/prayer-of-miraculous-trust/
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/musings-a-time-of-division-mexico/
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/our-lady-of-tepeyac-the-beginning-of-conversion/

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    • YongDuk says:

      Maria, Thank you for posting and Welcome here.

      The Roman Catholic Liturgy actually reflects both usages of Guadalupe and of Tepeyac.

      As you likely know, the title of our Lady stems quite often from the site name. Thus, the formula is “Our Lady of [location].” Examples would then be Our Lady of Laus, our Lady of La Salette, our Lady of Czestochowa, our Lady of Siluva, our Lady of Fatima, our Lady of Lourdes, etc. etc. One would then need to look at the geography of Tepeyac and Guadalupe and the original testimonies to confirm that both Tepeyac and Guadalupe were used. From this follows and allows the usage of our Lady of Guadalupe or our Lady of Tepayac.

      Basically, what that means is that we can rely on Holy Mother Church (Rome has to approve the translations of the different languages) regarding our Lady of Guadalupe AND our Lady of Tepeyac and thus we do not have to rely on Charlie’s private revelation on the matter. In like manner, we can find confirmation of our Lady’s supposed words to Charlie in the Liturgy and thus see that Charlie is not off-his-rocker or prideful to introduce some novelty or innovations when the Church has been referencing both Guadalupe and Tepeyac in her prayer on the December 12h Solemnity.

      In the translations in English prior to the revision of the English in 2010 shows both locations:

      God of power and mercy,
      you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac
      with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.
      May her prayers help all men and women
      to accept each other as brothers and sisters.
      Through your justice present in our hearts
      may your peace reign in the world.
      We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
      one God, for ever and ever.
      – Amen.

      The current translation does drop Tepeyac, but in no way proclaims or insinuates that the prior one using Tepeyac is or was invalid or errant:

      O God, Father of mercies,
      who placed your people under the singular protection
      of your Son’s most holy Mother,
      grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
      may seek with ever more lively faith
      the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and peace.
      Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
      one God, for ever and ever.
      – Amen.

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    • Patrick of South Dakota says:

      Welcome, María! Please do consider it an honor to experience the gentle “smack-down” from Charlie.

      I know little Spanish, like cerveza and taco and burrito, but I can actually say this like a guy from Nogales:

      Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Seńor es contigo.
      Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
      y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
      Santa María, Madre de Dios,
      ruega por nosotros, pecadores,
      ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

      Dios te bendiga, María!

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    • Doug says:

      Maria, welcome here! You are among friends.

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  22. Vivi says:

    Well there is a song in Spanish that “she came down to the mountain tepeyac”.Y bajo al tepeyac. Meaning a known place. Any person from Mexico and South knows the song.

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  23. lambzie37 says:

    Will be praying for you Charlie as you enter into a new time of discerning your call as our shepherd in ‘2016. May all your steps, and ours in this NRS community be just the “right ones.”
    Jacki and Doug

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  24. Chantal says:

    I’m a little in shock here. My sister-in-law just told me today that if her 5month old baby had Downs she would have aborteThis is her 5th child. She is awesome in raising her children and loves them. I guess, I’m just shocked. I hope, I really hope what you say is true, Charlie. Everything is confusing and when I look at the craziness, I wonder, is God really going to be able to convert and clean our minds from our perception of having children as products. Is the faith really going to be renewed? I think I am one of the only one in my family that tries to follow the teachings of the church, and even then I have failed. I have never received the Eucharist unworthily even when I was in a state of sin. I don’t know why I believe so strongly and being pained by the sin of many in my family receiving communion in disregard. The statement of my sister-in-law really made me sad. It seems that God does choose one person in the family whose faith eventually helps bring the rest of family members avoid hell. Anyway, I hope and pray that what you have said is actually true Charlie. I don’t need visions, but I would like my relatives and friends, ect to truly know and love God.

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    • lambzie37 says:

      We are hoping the storm will bring our daughter Jess around. It is hard to think that you may not share eternity with those you so dearly love in this life especially our children.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Dear lambzie, In 1917 Our Lady gravely said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. ‘ ” Your daughter Jess has you to pray for her, to fast and make other sacrifices. She is fortunate and you will help her. I am sure. Love Jane

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      • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

        Lambzie, about 30 years ago my Spiritual director gave me a list with many, many Biblical promises concerning our children- If we are converted and faithfully follow Christ our children are promised and so are our grandkids- I believe it says up to 7 generations! And if I remember correctly, there are at least 15 verses! I just spent half an hour trying to find it so I could type it out for you but I haven’t found it yet, I probably put it in a safe place which means I’ll have to ask St. Anthony, yet again, to help me find it, sorry! I am the worst stasher ever! lol. Anyway, when I do, I will post it for you. It is really something how many promises there are in the Bible concerning this and it is so comforting!

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your family, Chantal. You’ve come to a good place to seek support. It IS a crazy-making world and we ARE waiting on the Lord’s timing, His Perfect Timing I must add. Nothing is impossible for God and He ALONE can accomplish what He says He will do.

      I’ve communicated with hundreds of people who have remarked just as you have: “I think I am one of the only one in my family that tries to follow the teachings of the church…” In a great mystery, but for the Grace of God you, I or any one of us could find ourselves a resistant prodigal. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”(Luke 21:28 KJV) So, take heart, Chantal. We ARE at the door of such a widesweeping renewal!

      Perhaps when you find yourself feeling as you do at times like these, it could be very helpful to reveiw one of the visit videos or do a search of Charlie’s past posts on a topic which is pressing on your heart at the moment. EVERY time I reread something he’s posted here, there are words which reignite dedication and hope for me.

      In this Jubilee Year of Mercy together let us pray for hearts to soften while keeping in mind that Jesus Himself told St. Faustina: “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my Mercy (Diary of St. Faustina, 723)

      May we all be at peace.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dear Chantal, Offer your sadness for your sister-in-law’s conversion. When you find something about a person makes you feel uncomfortable, offer that discomfort as a sacrifice for that very person. Love Jane

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    • pattyami says:

      Chantel, this recent message to Pelianito from Jesus has given me hope that our family members who seem so far away will be given many graces this Year of Mercy.

      Jesus says “Remain faithful. Keep to the prayers. All those you place in our Mother’s Flame of Love will be given her special protection.”

      https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/read-this-scripture-passage-and-claim-it-for-your-loved-ones/

      Patty

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  25. prayingflower says:

    Sorry about this, Family, this is one of my off the topic questions: how does one “unlike” a “like” when one, in an addlebrained state, “liked” one’s own comment? (I don’t find it in FAQ’s) I’ve already done this three or four times! Pray for me 🙂 Thanks

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  26. Frank says:

    Mr. Johnston,

    Thank you for your spiritual insights and reflections. I have been discussing them with a good friend who also shares my feelings that you are a good and humble man. I have also shared them with my wife and am praying whether to share them with my men’s spiritual group. These are men who are strong in the Lord. I guess I’m wary that some of them will think I’ve gone off of the rails. I know that your advice for us to be completely submissive to the Lord no matter what happens is absolutely authentic. God bless you and protect you.

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  27. SteveBC says:

    PrayingFlower, you can reverse the “Like” process by going to the comment you want to “Unlike” and finding the star to the left of the “Liked by you …” phrase. Click on that star and wait several seconds. The phrase should change to remove you.

    Given your question, I altered the FAQ in the “Contact/FAQs/Help” page to say how to activate the “Like” button and how to “Like” or Unlike” a comment.

    Thank you for pointing out this lack in our documents! 🙂

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  28. Pawel says:

    Charlie, it hit me at 3:30 am, that by advising ATB (acknowledging God, taking the right step and being the sign of hope to those around us), you are simply encouraging us to pray for and utilize in the first place the following three gifts of the Holy Spirit, that is Wisdom, Understanding and Fortitude.

    ATB = TDL = WUF

    Acknowledge God – is Wisdom ( “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”, Proverbs 9:10) , so trusting God implies at least intermediate level of Wisdom because we acknowledge God not merely out of fear but out of trust

    Take the Next Right Step – is Understanding – whatever we do it should be done by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “Take the Right Step Bro/Sis!” means pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and take the best action in the light of trusting God

    Be the sign of hope around you – is Fortitude ( “Fortitude ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good ” – Catholic Catechism, verse 1837 )

    God bless You and the whole Community in the coming New Year!

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  29. Linda says:

    Praying flower.. I’ve accidentally liked my own posts too and then figured..”oh well.. I wrote it.. so I must like it.. Lol”

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    • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

      Linda, that is so funny, I cracked up when I read it! I love it! 😀

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    • Ha! I had that happen as well early on but fortunately figured out how to unlike immediately. I found it more troublesome to comment once, only to later cringe upon seeing it post. All I could think was, “D’oh! There’s no getting that one back.” I even thought of contacting CJ to get rid of it, but figured he’d probably see more value in letting me soak in a vat of humility in the public square for awhile.

      I go back and forth on that “Like” button, because I actually like ALL the comments for the simple reason that folks are engaged.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ah, whatever the comment, another soul got out of purgatory. This is even better than an angel getting his wings.

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        • YongDuk says:

          I am not sure that I catch the connexion, but I assume from “It’s a Wonderful Life” you are playing off of the “Like button”.

          I would be happy to Petition Rome for an Indulgence for the meritorious use of “Like”; whether or not it will get a Plenary Indulgence, I don’t know.*

          (I laugh at all the things that are going to go out the Window Ecclesiastically when it all comes down. Ordinations [Yes, you Doug], Flying Bishop Squirrels, Mass on the Fly. St Tarcisiuses, etc. So why not changing the Indulgentiarum? It’s not like I haven’t done crazy things in Rome already (e.g. the Vatican Gardens just beckon me to meander with my camera while praying).

          *Liking something on Charlie’s WordPress page just doesn’t seem to have the same gravitas as the
          “[f]our of the seventy [that] are singled out for special mention.”

          It, from EWTN, continues:

          To these are attached a plenary indulgence daily. They are:

          Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for at least a half-hour

          Pious reading of Sacred Scripture for at least a half-hour

          The Stations

          The Rosary said in common.

          But then again, the theology of “It’s a Wonderful Life” also lacks the gravitas. 🙂 Again the Liquid Television Stick Figure Theatre.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, I think the baptism of desire should apply 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Dear YD- The suffering comes, not from using the ‘Liked’ button, but from being embarrassed by using it incorrectly or not knowing how to use it (or any other mistake, spelling punctuation etc. ) in public replying to this blog 🙂 – Zenia

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          • zeniazenia says:

            I’d like to know how to recall a comment I have just posted! 🙂

            Like

          • charliej373 says:

            Alas, you can’t. I tried to find an edit feature, but there is none for commenters. So think carefully before hitting the send button.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Jane,

            I have asked Charlie in the past and he has obliged to not post something I wrote. He has the ability to un-post. I am not sure it can be done by you. Good question though. Steve, any comment? This is worthy of being part of the FAQs regardless of the answer (Beckita, please take note).

            God bless, Doug

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, you need to do it quickly – because the my viewer for the comments is different than yours – and once I have cleared something, it can be the very dickens to go back and find it.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, Again the Liquid Television Stick Figure Theatre? I don’t understand that one. The angel gets his wings when a bell rings is from “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This and the Charlie Brown Christmas special are my two favorite Christmas specials. I can identify with both main characters.

            By the way, Thank you for info in plenary indulgances. Again, I am grateful you are here YD. I wish you a blessed, joyous and Happy New Year!

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug, while this is true: “I have asked Charlie in the past and he has obliged to not post something I wrote. He has the ability to un-post. I am not sure it can be done by you.”

            It’s also now true that there are literally hundreds of posts coming quite frequently. Just yesterday, I went searching for a particular comment to reply to an email in the TNRS Answering Service. Charlie’s not kidding “it can be the very dickens to go back and find it.” Too time consuming, I think, especially when more pressing duties call. It is a limitation of Word Press.

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          • janet333 says:

            I have the same problem searching for a post. I usually press F on the keyboard and type in a key word into the drop down box that comes up on the top right hand side of the screen. That usually helps.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I agree Beckita. The one time he un posted was when I felt I hastily wrote a response on Islam. I immediately wrote another post to ask Charlie not to post what I just wrote as I wanted to think through thoroughly what I planned to write. He obliged me and I think it was easy because I did it immediately so I guess he did not have to go fishing for what I wanted un posted. I could not imagine Charlie going back to search something already posted with some elapsed time. This would be unrealistic (my opinion).

            What I would suggest for folks who post and have later regrets is to create another post and give clarification. This may have a nice side effect to teach teach humility. Yes. We error, but humility comes in our response to that error or what we do to make things right. In other words, it can be a real opportunity. And heck, we are all human and family here. So this is also an opportunity for us, the community, to ask clarifying questions to try and understand.

            Lastly, since we have run amuck here and now get souls out of purgatory by errors in wording or spelling and misteps, what the heck!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yeah, I am feeling quite daft on this one missing Fr. V’s earlier comment. I guess that too is a soul out of purgatory: an indulgenced squirrel!

            (First squirrel comment for me in 2016!)

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        • prayingflower says:

          Thanks, everyone. I am really happy I did it now because it is so fun to see the Family celebrating our humanness. Gosh, we’ll just celebrate anything, won’t we? Squirrels that we are. Love you. PF

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  30. Linda says:

    Oh.. it’s a wonderful life💟

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  31. dianebelv says:

    Christmas was a blessing but also so interesting at my house this year. Over that weekend my daughter and her family came to visit and stay for a few days. At one point I was telling my granddaughter, age 14 and my son-in-law (her father) about Charlie’s messages and his blog here. I had mentioned them to my daughter on a previous visit and she believed me. When I told my son-in-law and granddaughter about the messages, she suddenly got big round eyes and said it all tied in with what her 11-year-old brother Michael had told her this past week. I know that I have never mentioned it to Michael before so I checked with his mother, who also never mentioned it to him before. We then brought him in and asked him about it and he said he had a dream that difficult times were coming and that 2017 would be very important. He also said that he has known since 1st grade or so, that he won’t live to see 2020. I was pretty surprised by that and saddened to think of it. We had a friend, a catholic priest, visiting with us that day, so the kids then ran down to tell Father about Michael’s dream. He pooh poohed it and wouldn’t even really listen to what Michael was telling him. I could see the hurt on the faces of my two grand kids and wondered why this priest wouldn’t even consider the possibility of Michael’s dream, or at least take the time to listen to it. Oh, my husband doesn’t believe any of Charlie’s messages either….every time I try to explain it to him….he shrugs it off and says that kind of thing won’t happen here, then continues to wear his rose-colored glasses. I feel blessed to have found this community of good people and I treasure each of you as I see your continued kindness and care of others….and especially you Charlie. Thank you all.

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    • Doug says:

      Dian, is your Husband a practicing Catholic? If not Catholic, is he practicing a Christian faith? If so, not to worry much. Rejoice in that. If what Charlie says comes to pass, then it will be apparent and he may really step up to the plate.

      I got to talk to daughter in CA this past week and she previously read posts and saw the video. She got very apprehensive of some of the prognostication. She and her husband have a very strong faith. I told her not to worry. Being right with God is what counts most. No need to read here if not compelled. It is ok. I am confident God will take care of them. They also know they can talk with me if the guacamole hits the fan.

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      • dianebelv says:

        Thank you for your reply Doug. Yes, my husband is a practicing Catholic and we go to Mass together every morning. I will take your advice and not worry so much about him as I’m sure you’re right…when/if these things come to pass….he will understand then.

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    • Beckita says:

      Incredible dream which Michael had, Diane. Very soon, I think, many doubters will be amazed. God bless you and your family!

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      • dianebelv says:

        Yes, it was incredible Beckita. Hearing him talk about it with such assurance was so amazing….even the part where he said he believed he wouldn’t be around very long. I will trust God with our future and try not to be a worrier and also know that I can’t talk everyone into believing what I do. Thank you for your Blessing, and I send the same back to you and your family! :o)

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    • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

      Diane, that is a very beautiful story and that is an incredible dream Michael had, wow! Very sad about the Priest, I wish he could have at least listened to him and talked with him…because even the Bible talks about young men dreaming dreams etc…I think we just have to keep praying for our Priests! They have such an incredible gift and responsibility!
      My husband sounds the same- ignore it long enough and it’ll pass?..We’ll get over it….makes me think of Matthew 10:34, 35, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” It gets very hard, I love that we have this community here and can share with one another, it really helps lighten the crosses we all have!

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      • dianebelv says:

        Snowy, I think the thing that hurt the most was that my two grandkids really look up to this Priest and couldn’t wait to tell him about the dream and they were just shot down so fast without any further questions being asked. Maybe Father is one who becomes very uncomfortable hearing things like this….I don’t know. I do know that he is one of the best Priests you could hope to have for confessions and his homilies are wonderful. So I’ll stop trying to figure it all out and rejoice in the gifts that he certainly has been blessed with from above. Speaking of family…..I have one daughter who believes what Charlie is telling us and another that I haven’t even mentioned it to yet, because she would probably laugh. She married and moved to northeastern US about 20 years ago and wow, has she changed. When she has a problem, her friends tell her they will “send up good vibes into the universe.” I’m praying for her and her family and friends. May all be called back to God and His light.

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        • YongDuk says:

          It may not have been the fact that the child dreamed a “mystical” dream, but the content of the dream.

          The majority of Clergy that I know have a Star Trek mentality about time and poo-poo (I hate that word, but I don’t edit what comes into my head–including this parenthetical) any mention of End Times or prophetic omens. Rather, (1) they think that things have been going on for millennia and will continue to go on for millennia or (2) they are closet Deists or quasi-Deists as they believe in the Sacraments, but not so much the miraculous like Lourdes or Fatima [and yet, it is oddly hit or miss, as in they believe in the Divine Mercy or the Sacred Heart devotions or Fatima, but think that is so rare and few and far between and don’t contemplate what it really means: that (ugh, I am digressing into more parentheticals) and sometimes that it even could reflect that the Clergy themselves are the dead ones to whom were entrusted the Living Word of God and if they were faithful and lived only for the Living Word of God they would be the truly prophetic giving the Flowing Waters to the thirsty masses and yet God Himself needs to intervene. How blessed we have been with the last Century and a Half of Holy Pontiffs… etc… Anyway, it’s always been bizarre to me how little Clergy reflect on their being the dross drowning the masses with their lack of vital humor enlivening as it should–Thank God for His Fidelity!]

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Diane, perhaps it was just not the right place or time. I would speak to him about it again if it baffles you. Going directly to the source of the mater with the person(s) involved will alleviate any misgivings and may ease your mind.

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  32. Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

    Diane, God bless you! I’m praying all of the time too. Trusting God, begging for Heaven’s intervention. It’s all I can DO at this point!

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