2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

I was away a few days, but am back now, and will get to it tonight or tomorrow morning.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 2,400,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 103 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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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325 Responses to 2015 in review

  1. Bob in Minnesota says:

    So whats the big deal?
    2,400,000 views in one year divided by 365 days is 6,575 people looking at the web site once each day.
    I assume each one us viewers looks at this web site at least once each day, correct?
    So 6,575 or so followers of this site, Would have thought a couple of hundred thousand people were following this site. What a surprise.
    24 months to Mother Mary’s intervention. Lots has to happen between now and then, doesn’t it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Gosh, Bob, I don’t know what I would do without folks like you telling me how useless and futile my efforts are. I reckon I will soldier on anyway.

      Okay, now that I have the smart answer out of my system…many times I was told in uphill campaigns how hopeless my early efforts were since my guy was unknown, blah, blah, blah. We won most of the time anyway. The early supporters create the vital infrastructure for spreading when the moment of critical mass comes. Then people find what they need very quickly – and you need to have a support structure to deal with it. If you ever create something big from nothing, you will discover that. During a good 80% of the time of the whole project, next to no one knows who you are or what you are doing. If you don’t do it out of love, you would wither under all the sniping from people telling what a fool on a fool’s errand you are. So the very serious question is, if nothing ultimately happened, what has been lost? If all happens as I tell you it will, what have you done to help be a sign of hope? Those are questions each of us will have to answer to God for.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        I think I am understanding this more and more. When I first started reading your writings one year ago my burning questions were what to do with my pets if I have to leave suddenly and if you thought it was a good idea to have a few extra gallons of gas on hand or was I over-planning. Now such thoughts rarely cross my mind. Mostly, I am so busy dealing with the intense messes right in front of me, all the while following your guidance, that whether the Storm unfolds as we have discussed or not, it is all the same as far as what I think the Lord is calling me to do at the moment. I don’t think I will be held accountable for not planning for the Storm as I think I would like to. I simply do not have time, money or even skills for that matter. But I will be held accountable for how I deal with the situations I have all over the place in my life now. Hopefully I am a sign of hope in some of these situations and hopefully that will carry over in my life and theirs, Storm or not. Is this on the right track?

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      • Petra says:

        That’s right Charlie. And does God need an army of 100 million, or just 12 uneducated fishermen (okay, one at least was a tax collector) to get things started….???? 😉

        Whose project is this anyway, Charlie’s….or God’s? Maybe God only needed one humble girl to say “Let it be done.” to change the world. (Please note the use of the passive voice in this passage; not “I will do as you say,” but rather, “let it be done via me.” She’s always teaching and leading to Christ.)

        God bless you Bob in Minnesota. Merry Christmas.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It pleases God to do big things with small numbers of unworthy people – that we may know the big results are from Him. In Judges 7:7, God kept winnowing Gideon’s army down rather than bulking it up.

          The Lord will accomplish what He will accomplish.

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      • YongDuk says:

        During a good 80% of the time, I don’t know what I am doing or who I am …yet alone anybody else.

        Thankfully, per Moral Theology, I am safe when I give that answer to God for what I did–I will just say I got it from you, Charlie, adding, “but I did it out of love as a fool for Christ!”
        😀

        (Just joking, God 🙂 — it’s more like 99% of the time)

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      • Linda says:

        Dear Charlie.. I feel sorry for you sometimes when I read these things people say to you.. you are surely a Job. My husband always tells me I have to have tougher skin.. but you… you must have to have skin like an elephant! God Bless you and I do believe in you and what you are saying and what Heaven is relating to you. I hope this positive cancels out one of the negatives! 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Actually, I was kicking myself because my initial response to Bob in Minnesota was rather thin-skinned and defensive. I should have reassured him that whether we witness to one, ten, 6500 or multitudes on a daily basis, it is the same Lord who fed 5000 with two little fishes that will feed the multitudes this time, too, for that is His nature when any of us give Him a little obedience. We are such sad-sacks because we only see as people see, and so always doubt that God can do it because we can’t.

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      • Pat says:

        I Hoping Ted Cruz … Ted de la Cruz … Ted of the Cross … is as genuine as I’m Hoping he is … just as I Hoping you are genuine … in the same way as that.

        You say it doesn’t matter who wins … because the storm will progress .. but surely … it matters.

        Ted is the only one who has been consistently on GOD’s side and on the side of the Constitution … in his words and in his actions and in his results … as far as I can tell.

        None of the others is able to do so … even if they are willing.

        Am I off on this line of thought ? … Does it matter who wins ? … Is it possible for a non-member of ‘their’ group .. to win and survive … if we Repenting of our sins and praying for him ? … like in the days of George Washington ? … Lincoln and Kennedy didn’t survive coming against those evil forces of their day … but the sacrifice of those two preserved our freedoms a little longer.

        Do you have anything you can offer to these thoughts, Charlie ?

        Thanks and GOD Bless you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I have written about it frequently. I share your high regard for Ted Cruz. But what I have said is that our next stable national leader will not come as the result of an election. God has a different plan.

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    • Beckita says:

      To the rude way of beginning your comment and the sarcasm throughout, I must say, sincerely pray: God bless you, Bob.

      Charlie, thank you for your persistence in every way.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I suspect Bob is actually all right. He wants it all to be true…but he fears it won’t be. He will be one of the happiest around when it turns out it is.

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        • Beckita says:

          And then there are people like me… I sometimes pause in the middle of the day experiencing just a surreal orientation to know what I know …I then simply carry on step by blessed step, remembering God has this Plan and it’s all His… and I also know each of us has a part to play in His Great Plan and I trust He’ll make known to each one just what He’s calling each to do.

          Bob, please forgive me if I sounded sarcastic myself. Online communication lacks the power of facial expression and vocal tone. I was frustrated with your style of expression yet in all candor, love and sincerity I meant, and still do: God bless you. Happy, Blessed New Year to you and to everyone here!

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, Bob, we agree more than we disagree.

            Agreed: No doubt about the satan prowling around like a roaring lion looking for souls to devour. After making pilgrimage to Medjugorje, 22 years ago, I revisited the messages of Church-approved apparitions. Our Lady of Fatima got my attention when She said too many poor souls go to hell because not enough good people are praying for them and this pierced my heart to the point of discerning, with the help of a spiritual director, that focusing a good part of my day on praying for the conversion and salvation of souls is an additional job I’m happy to pursue, setting aside other interests until we get through this transition in which we currently find ourselves.

            Agreed: Test everything! Bob, my husband passed away ten years ago, shortly before I retired from teaching. A year later, I began making an annual private vow or promise as a consecrated widow. At that time, I moved in residence to provide care for a priest with whom I’ve been able to assist and collaborate in ministry. He is a very holy, brilliant, Marian priest who is also a canon lawyer steeped in knowledge of theology, Mariology, mystical theology, Church history, Biblical studies, etc. I’m still a nobody and I do not mean that as false humility; it’s a simple reality. I am mightily blessed with wise counsel from this priest and other priests with whom many a discussion has ensued concerning these times in which we live. I have mentioned before that I ended up at the Holy See at the CDF in Rome some years ago defending Our Lady’s presence at a site and seeking a new commission. For now, we’re waiting on the Lord for that outcome.

            Agreed: Divine Mercy Sunday is AWESOME!!! Do you know, by a great blessing from God, we began publicly celebrating in our area this beautiful Sunday nine years before it became a universal feast in the Church?! I was delighted to compose a sung setting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in 1991 which we continue to use.

            Disagree: What is happening with this site. One of the most interesting courses I took while earning a Master’s Degree was Educational Research and one piece of required reading which launched unending discussions was the book, “How to Lie with Statistics.” It’s a dated book but its theme is timeless: interpretation.

            You see, I think God knows exactly what He’s doing here and how He’s growing this site via Charlie’s mission. Charlie is the leader here all right, but that’s because Christ needs Charlie’s hands, feet, head, heart and soul to do the work to which Charlie’s agreed.
            Personally, I look at the events yet to unfold and expect an explosion of visitations once the first domino falls catapulting us into the chaos and confusion which will ensue.

            I’ve thought deeply about Charlie’s story. I have read every archived article and all the accompanying comments and am now rereading them. I viewed every video published because I found the questions asked in the videos varied from location to location. I respect that each one of us must discern for himself/herself so I deeply respect your right to discern, Bob. For me: after studying Marian apparitions for the last twenty-five years and delving into the writings of many mystics, I am convinced, without a doubt, that Heaven has saved Charlie for this leg of the journey as we transition into the Era of Peace and Glory. Thanks be to God and our Mother!

            Thank you, Bob, for being here. Special blessings on your work with the high school kids!
            Peace of Our Lord and Our Lady.

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          • Beckita says:

            Deereverywhere, thanks for the podcasts’ link. I’ve bookmarked it and will be happy to have a listen. I appreciate opportunities to learn and delve into the richness of our faith’s teachings and I admire your committment to ongoing study. Isn’t the internet a true gift from God when you’re not able to get out much? Thanks, too, for your prayers. They are pure gold! I have enjoyed your posts here very much. May we continue to grow together in God’s Love as a community. Praying for you, Deer, for whatever your needs may be.

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        • Bob in Minnesota says:

          Beckita my comment was not rude or any sarcasm.
          I was not pleasantly surprised at the low number of people that look at this web site, as I stated I thought many hundreds of thousands of people were looking at his web site.
          This site is not reaching people, in numbers to make an effect on the population.

          I believe unfortunately most people today that die are lost to lucifer, and many Catholic Priests and Catholic Bishops are lost also. That’s not acceptable to me.
          I teach high school kids religious education in the evening, these kids do not know God, they know of god but have no relationship with God, if you understand what I stated, like the rest of society. Man wants to make the rules to live by and the children have bought into that false thought. Its a struggle to get through to the kids. I wonder if they understand. They leave church, hang around with their friends, live in this world that rejects God and the kids forget God. Next week try it again, its like the week before never happened.

          By the way the last couple of centuries there have been many false prophets claiming the world is coming to and end, I know Charlie says this is a correction not the world coming to an end. Look at Youtube it is full of prophets claiming Jesus told them this and that and that. Many more prophets are not on Youtube.
          Charlie is one of many prophets today.
          We have been told to TEST everything, if it is truth hold onto it.

          If the world is going to implode during the next 24 months into the worst violence man has ever experienced the number of people this web site is reaching is not anywhere near what is needed to save many souls. I know many other groups are involved in this mission, I also am a member of two of these groups, and it is difficult work, you can not order people to accept God as their God, and have them live with God at the center of their life.

          But I and others do not claim that Angles or Mother Mary or Jesus talks to us and tells us what is going to happen. As for Charlie well let me say I have questions.

          I will state that I have difficulty accepting that in the next 24 months all that is to unfold will happen, it confounds my mind how all this can happen in so short a time frame thinking about logistics of moving army’s around the world to fight wars, in between society totally collapsing and being rebuilt to function and then waging wars, very hard to accept this story. God still has to work with Man to accomplish things or events.
          Man takes time to do things especially events on a world wide scale.
          Have you thought about Charlies story or just accepted it as truth, TEST everything.

          It would be wonderful if Charlies story is truth. Think about all (or the fast majority) of people accepting God as their personal God and living life with God at the center of their life, I think that would be near Heaven on earth.

          Even if Charlies story does not become reality, if people who hear of the story are led to accept God as their God and they live the rest of their life with God at the center of their live it will be worth the peoples time to be involved in what ever way with Charlies ministry.

          For the record I do not dislike Charlie, I admire him, I am just not completely sure of his story,
          I hope its truth

          Now I ask that you reread my message, so you read what I wrote; not what you thought I wrote. Not being rude here. 🙂

          DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is coming up CELEBRATE CELEBRATE !!!!!!!!
          the greatest day of the year, at least for me it is.

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          • In times like these, Bob, it is precisely the seemingly “realistic” prognostications that I would be most inclined to doubt.

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          • leel9790 says:

            Bob, i myself am new to this website…about two months following. When i came back to the Church about 20 yrs. ago, i was saddened by all the ignorance of the flock that the teachings offered in this MANSION. SO many discussions with fellow catholics in name astounded me in the disconnect from faith to practice…ESPECIALLY in the voting booth.
            I was reaching a bitter point with the majority of catholics in name being silent in the demise of society morally. Here in ‘paradise’, small c catholics see nothing wrong with constant support for laws amd politicians who stand against the Church, ie..homosexuality, abortion, funding planned parenthood, and lawsuits against groups wanting freedom to speak on moral issues. One of my strong Catholic friends has been saying for years that it will take an act of God to get us out of this demise, amd she has been saying that for 15 years. She is right, and so is Charlie.
            Reading the Old Testiment, God worked many miracles with Israel in short timeframes.
            Reading Charlei’s website gives me hope. I can’t change one person’s opinion or position, but i can pray that bondage be broken, and grace accepted. I can be encouraged to do the next right step, and break my cycle of frustration and anger with such stupidity that abounds in society. I have shared this website with like minded Catholics who are in agreement with the premise of God is the ONLY answer, AND correlates with other Catholic prophesies. Maybe Charlie is right and is preparing us as God desires, or maybe delusional as you may surmize, but the facts are the same….society has reached a point that WILL break, we have not repented as a country, our moral compass is broken, and the ONLY hope we have is to pray for grace for ourselves, family, friends, and neighbors for eyes to be open and do the right things, instead of the convenient or nuetral things. Charlie offers me incentive to not give up as the Church teaches. I am a rusty old car that sometimes thinks “let me be on this hill and let others go downward cuz i am running on empty and there is no close gas station nearby”. But Charlie is the tow truck that says “i will haul your rusty old bucket to the gas station so you can get to work”. Aloha and God bless

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          • Kim sevier says:

            Leel– I am pointing to you and saying,”What he said”. So eloquently expressed as so many here are also so gifted. As noted before, this is such a marvelous family. Charlie’s words ring so true and genuine and he says what most of us have known and sensed for years. How reassuring to have confirmation of what we sense and loving reassurance to face what is happening.

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          • Charlene says:

            Dear Bob,

            Just finished reading your last comment. Thankyou for being a Catechists for high school young adults. This is a noble undertaking. All I ask is Never lose your Joy. I truly understand how you feel and please pray for me and my family, as I will pray for you. Remember the faith of the mustard seed, and all the history of thoses who have gone before us and thoses giving their lives now so others may live.
            In Christ and a Blessed New Year,
            Charlene

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            Bob, I’m really glad you posted this. I thought you were just someone who came and posted to give Charlie a few whacks every now and again, sorry :). Your comment here is very good and I wish you would comment more! You make very valid points.

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          • Mick says:

            Bob, God delights in working miracles through the insignificant, and through insignificant numbers. If you take a look at the book of Judges, chapters 7 and 8, you’ll see that God’s servant Gideon, with an infinitesimally small force of 300 men, routed an army of 150,000. Gideon did not lose a single man of his troops. And as a catechism teacher, I’m sure that you know the story of Lepanto. And again, Zechariah 4:6 states, “Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” God doesn’t require huge numbers; He requires our love and obedience, our prayers and our “next right steps.” And if we–ragtag, miniscule, motley crew though we be–give Him what He asks of us, then all Hell cannot stand in our way.

            Joseph Stalin once dismissively quipped, “How many divisions does the Pope have?” And yet the Soviet Union’s bones lie on the ash heap of history; while the Church, though wounded, still stands. Pope Blessed Pius IX once stated, “Give me an army saying the Rosary, and I will conquer the world.” Let us–you, and I, and all of Charlie’s family here–be the Rosary-praying, God-loving, next-right-stepping 300; and victory over the satan and his minions will be assured. Oh, how many multitudes we few will help Our Lord and Our Lady save from Hell, if we are simply faithful!

            God bless you, and have a very Happy New Year! 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Mick, I have given you a standing ovation and an Amen!

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          • Patrick of South Dakota says:

            Actually, Bob, your post was curt and the tone had an element of sarcasm to it, particularly the phrase “What a surprise” which is often used sarcastically. Let me say that you certainly were not rejoicing with us.

            Our mission here is not to shout to the rooftops that the end of the world is coming and save millions. It seems to be more for helping prepare just a modest number of people who have “heard the call,” either from a friend or Charlie directly, or from the Holy Spirit, or both.

            You get the “sour-puss” face: 😠

            God bless you, buddy, and may your 2016 be showered with abundance and blessings!

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          • Mick says:

            Welcome, Leel9790! 🙂

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          • EllenChris says:

            But this is not the only weblog calling people, and Charlie is not the only one speaking out. God uses every willing person and every opportunity to reach people. He is working everywhere, and hearts are being touched. This just happens to be out little patch of the vineyard — so let’s make the most of it and pray for our sisters and brothers throughout God’s Vineyard everywhere. Love to all.

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          • Oh. That explains it. He’s with “Catholic” teenagers each week. I used to do that, too. I can see why you are discouraged. I suggest, Bob, that you switch over to R.C.I.A. There you will be refreshed by those who are discovering the Faith for the first time and who are joyously enthralled by it. There you will see the underground river of hope that is bubbling beneath the surface this sad, old world and know that God is bringing about his triumph even now. Besides, the last thing our teens need is someone who is discouraged and burnt out. No offense. Just saying. As for having doubts about what is coming I have none. Secular sources alone give plenty of evidence that the brunt of the storm is HERE AT THE DOOR! You know what? Just go to YouTube and type in Greg Hunter and listen to the guests he has had in the last couple of months and you won’t have any doubts anymore. His latest guest, Bill Holter, makes a very interesting observation at the very end of the interview about the shift in power that just occurred quietly that no one has noticed. Scary? Oh yeah. Hopeful? Also. Even these secular analysts say the chaos will be temporary and a new, better system will arise. As for how long a war would last, how long does it take to launch missiles and incinerate a few nations? It can be done in a day. What Charlie is saying just doesn’t seem farfetched to me. As for the small number of people reading Charlie’s blog, those are not the only people who know what’s going on. God is getting the word out in a lot of ways.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi Bob, I agree with ‘Daniel O’Connor December 31, 2015 at 8:18 am -In times like these, Bob, it is precisely the seemingly “realistic” prognostications that I would be most inclined to doubt.’ My Kaspersky Internet Security will not give this site a ‘yes- They call it an unknown web page– but I beg to differ 🙂 –Zenia Jane.

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          • Beckita says:

            Welcome to the Family, Leel! It’s been inspiring to read everyone’s reflections here!!! So many voices and so much wisdom. Love this, Mick: “God delights in working miracles through the insignificant, and through insignificant numbers.” Ellen, yes!: “God uses every willing person and every opportunity to reach people.” So true, Kim: “Charlie’s words ring so true and genuine and he says what most of us have known and sensed for years.” Singingflowers, I’m going to check out Greg Hunter. Did you mention him before? Or was it Jim SInclair or both? Both are interesting sources for observations of these times. God bless us, one and all.

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          • I hope Bob is still speaking to us. You really are most welcome here, Bob.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Wow, Beckita, I know you are humble but how impressive. How wonderful that your perspective is Christo centric. How blessed you are! Praise God and thank you for your prayers

            Bob, thank you for your comment. I think you will be amazed, when you get to heaven how much of an influence you have had on those kids. They are hearing you. They will use what they heard when they need it. Father Jeffery Kirby wrote a book called Lord, teach me to pray. He had nine one hour teaching sessions on the book, at our parish. They are available on podcast at http://www.stmarys-aiken.org/. At the top of the this page is the podcast dodad. You may have to go to the older, previous podcasts, but I urge you to start with class one and continue to nine. He was the priest that went around inspiring vocations ( I cannot think of the official title) and he has much to say about our youth . If I may say one thing to you it is let God be God.(let go and let God)

            Beckita, if you choose to listen to these podcasts, you would find a wealth of misuderstandings by us everyday Catholics. I would give some of them the same advise I gave Bob, let God be God. I listened to them on podcast. I do not get out at night, or much at all….but that’s another story.

            Thank you for listening to my two cents, everyone is in my poor prayers.

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    • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

      Bob! Merry Christmas 🙂 I highly recommend ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens! It’s a fabulous read!

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    • Tom says:

      Not a surprise to me at all. If hundreds of thousands of people were awake enough to see the signs of the times and be reading Charlie’s blog, the world wouldn’t be in the state it’s in, now would it?

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      I would do the math a little differently. The numbers haven’t been, for the sake of argument, an even 6,575 followers all year. They’ve been increasing over the months. So a simple average wouldn’t reflect that.

      I agree that “lots has to happen between now and then.” Lots can.

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Here’s another way of looking at numbers. I just now went back to Charlie’s first post on this blog, dated January 14, 2014 ~ a little less than two years ago. The very first comment in response to that blog post was dated July 18, 2014 ~ about seven months later! (Unless a bunch of earlier posts were deleted in the meantime, which I rather doubt.)

        So with minimal publicity except word of mouth and links from other sites, very many people in the world have found this website. I, myself, found it unexpectedly.

        Isn’t that just like God?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Bob in Minnesota, I agree it seems small. However, I alone have at least nine other people who are aware of Charlie’s teaching through me. They don’t follow the site except occasionally. However, if and when the Full Collapse occurs, it will be like flipping an electric switch to “on.” Every one of these people will “go live” with their own knowledge of Charlie’s teaching and will spread the word to still others with excitement and hope.

      Until the Big Trigger occurs, none of us, even Charlie, can be sure it will happen at all. If it does happen, *everything* will instantly look different to us, as well as to all those we’ve “inoculated” with the basics. Those of us visiting here regularly are the ones who are truly *practicing* every day. However, our active network will instantly go up by an order of magnitude if the Big Trigger happens.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Bob– I agree with Stevebc– probably a lot of us are passing on info from Charlie to other folks. I have a very large extended family to whom I transmit info from this site, plus a boatload of friends who ask me regularly,” what’s Charlie saying lately?” Gotta be at least 50 people. Charlie– you said maybe Bob is afraid it won’t happen. That is exactly the fear I was having a few months back. Terror that no of this would come to pass. I am over that fear and enjoying blessed peace right now. God bless all here and Happy New Year!

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      • EllenChris says:

        Yes, Steve — I do believe that this is how it works

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      • barb129 says:

        This is what I was thinking too, Steve BC. I have told people and shared Charlie’s blog. Some have believed and read occasionally; some have ignored it because it scares them. But I think if things start happening, they will remember and it will be a comfort and they will be asking questions and reading his blog if possible. It will spread….

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Yes barb, I have some of the people whom I am closest to terrified of the storm o r even the thought of it put their heads in the sand. The thought of it scares them. They choose not to see the sky falling, so I must be chicken little. I ask God to take care of them and I know that he will.

          On a different note it is J. R. R. Tolkien’s birthday todaty! I say we all have cake!

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    • Sandy says:

      Dear Bob, I’ll bet that there are many followers to this site who, like me, catch up every few days (sometimes even just on the weekends) due to demanding work and family responsibilities. So the answer to your question “I assume each one us viewers looks at this web site at least once each day, correct?”, is no. Consequently, the calculation of 6,575 unique people each day viewing the site is too low. Also, these numbers don’t account for the articles printed and given to other people, or those sent via email to friends or family (I have done both). But even if the number were not low, if 6,575 of us are each taking the next right step, we should all be positively effecting nearly everyone we know, right? While I’m sure that many are stumbling like me, I would hope that we are each having at least some positive effect on those around us. That would make the statement “This site is not reaching people, in numbers to make an effect on the population” untrue. Remember it only took a couple fish and loaves to feed a multitude. 6,575 should be plenty to effect the whole world – yes the whole world! – if we each have faith, take the next right step, and allow God to multiply our efforts.

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  2. Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

    Amazing Grace! How merciful God is and when He wants His message to be heard, His Will to be done and His Mercy to be known, the many searching souls are lead right here! Amen!

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  3. Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

    Charlie, another thing that just came to me concerning this~ My Spiritual Director once told me that Truth always has a profound effect on the person reading or hearing it- even if, at the time, they do not know this. It may remain silent and hidden for a time, but once received, it remains with them and the Holy Spirit brings it to the forefront the moment it is most needed! This is, I think, what is so precious and beautiful about your messages, about God.
    So many will receive and be grateful for the Truth and comfort they will experience because you said YES to God! Thank you 🙂

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  4. Mary says:

    Please pray for us in Missouri. We are experiencing unprecedented flooding, entire neighborhoods and towns evacuated, utilities cut off, freezing temperatures coming tonight which means standing water will freeze. The devastation is so widespread. We need prayer and lots of it Thank you.
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    • charliej373 says:

      Mary, I call on your namesake to watch over Missouri.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      You have our prayers Mary. We pray for a break in the weather. Love Jane

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    • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

      Mary, I will pray! I feel so bad when I am seeing this on the news- how hard and scary for all of you! We can pray and ask Noah to help! I just love that the entire Army of the Communion of Saints is ready and willing to help us all here! God bless you and all who are suffering s much!

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you in Missouri, Mary, and all who are in danger. According to a Spirit Daily headline today, 17 million are under flood watch along the Mississippi. God be with you. Invoking honor guards of angels to hover over the Mississippi in prayer. May people cry out to God in their need and may that moment of prayer swell more mightily than the river to bring to fruition Psalm 67:3: Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee!

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    • SanSan says:

      Praying for our MO brothers and sisters!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Mary, I have seen pictures of the devastation and you are and will remain in my prayers.

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    • prayingflower says:

      Praying, Mary. God bless you and yours.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      You are being prayed for. My grandmother kept a picture of the Sacred Heart above her doors. During the 1937 floods, when my mother fretted, my grandmother would point to the Sacred Heart picture and said it will not come into the firat floor. The cellar, of couse was flooded, but through all the floods it never came into the first floor. My mother always had Sacred Heart pictures above the doors of our house, and through all the floods that we went through in the ’70’s it never came into the first floor. Needless to say, I have Sacred Heart pictures above my doors. In our adoration chapel, I read a story (maybe it was Eucharistic Miracle’s) about how there was a flood in Europe where the Host was exposed for adoration. When the priest hurried to take care of the Host, the water was held back on each side of the aisle(like the parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites) and not one drop of water was near the Host. So, keep the faith.

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      • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

        Deereverywhere that is just so beautiful!!! What a sign of hope! Thank you so much for sharing this! Last week, while digging for Christmas boxes, I found two very old pictures that I thought I had lost. Somehow, both made it through being in an old moldy box in an attic-type closet for over 11 years, both in perfect condition. They are the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. I could not believe it when I found them and now they are both up on the wall in the middle of my house. I was thinking as I hung them, that this beat up old cabin needs protection! 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for Missouri, Mary.

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  5. Beckita says:

    Thanks for sharing the report, Charlie. How beautiful that among the many fine attributes of our home here, this site can be called a Powerhouse of Prayer for the greatest number of views came to prayer requests!

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  6. Petra says:

    From the report:
    These were the 5 most active commenters on this blog:
    #1 – Mick….. 🙂
    that’s because Mick does all the prayin’ for us around here….God bless her heart! 🙂
    Keep it up, Mick. You’re changin’ the world!!!

    God bless everyone on this 6th day of Christmas!
    On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Six geese a-laying, Fi-ve golden rings…fo-ur COLLY birds….three french hens… 😉

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks for being so nice, Petra. When I saw that statistic, all I could think was, “Good grief, aren’t I a blabbermouth!”

      (I may be Polish-by-marriage, but I definitely got the Irish gift-of-gab from my great-great-great grandfather). 🙂

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      • Petra says:

        It’s your one or two line responses assuring people of your prayers that made you Number One. And through those short acknowledgements you not only give the requester peace of mind knowing someone is responding to their request for prayers, you also show in follow up comments you not only remember their prayers but even the names of their loved ones. By this they know you really DO keep them in your prayers. I have taken your good example to heart, and thank you for showing us the way to be true Catholic Christians, by following St. Jame’s admonition to pray for one another. “….pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

        God bless you Mick, and Merry 8th day of Christmas.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mick, I agree with Petra. A lot of prayers for those in need.

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      • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

        Mick, please do not ever stop “blabbering” as you call it! I love your comments and I actually cheered and startled my dogs when I read what Petra wrote LOL! You’re like the NRS cheerleader! You always bring so much CHEER here… I picked up on that immediately when I first came here.! 😀

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        • Mick says:

          Thank you, Snowy. You have me laughing (and grimacing) because I actually was a cheerleader in junior high and high school. You may be wondering why a tomboy would want to be a cheerleader. Answer: It allowed me to attend every football and basketball game for free, with transportation provided, and with better-than-front-row-seats.

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  7. Sr Lorraine says:

    Those are some impressive stats, Charlie! Amazing–almost 2 and a half million views. That’s wonderful!

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  8. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    In a world wrapped in darkness, THANK YOU, Charlie, for sharing with us the light of Our Lord and Master!

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  9. victura98 says:

    What a helpful tool is this year end report, especially the interactive world map. When I see North Korea, with zero visits, faith assures me that God has not deprived of his grace those souls there which still seek the truth with a sincere heart. I have a sense there are some heroic stories there that we will learn about, one day.

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  10. Charles Walther says:

    The numbers are in this society a (false) gauge of success. Star Wars a billion dollars in ticket sales! Will that possibly save a single soul? Who in the entire Roman Empire was aware a carpenter from Nazareth (where?) was executed by crucifixion just outside of Jerusalem’s walls?
    By any standard at all, it is safe to say; no one heard of it! The single greatest event in ALL of
    HUMAN HISTORY, and nobody knew, or cared, it was another non-event in the day of the Imperial Roman Empire which at the time ruled the entire known western world. God has chosen
    an unheard of soul to speak to His children via a vocation to spreading what he is told to tell to any who will listen. The script is always the same, repent, forgive and seek mercy and forgiveness. Does anyone listen, or gratefully try to respond? Read scripture, who responded to Noah’s warnings of God’s intentions. Who responded to Our Blessed Lord? Twelve minus one plus 72 +/- !!! A failure is what that is called by the world’s standards.
    I am blessed to have become aware of Charlie Johnston’s mission quite unintentionally, but God has often worked that way in my life and with many others without any merit on my part or theirs.
    God, please continue to bless the work, and please support the soul You have chosen to announce Your Love and Mercy in our present times.

    s

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  11. janetjoyvic says:

    Charlie-
    With respect to you and your mission and relative to what Bob had to say…I’m scared….not scared of what you say will come to pass – scared that what you say will not come to pass. That many who have seen you speak and have read your blog will be among those who fall away as their “cherished illusions come crashing in” to use your words. I hope and pray I will see what you prophesi because I so want to see this world raised out of the muck and mire we are in. But if by Oct 17 2018 we’re still deep in the pit I fear many will become disillusioned and may fall into a crisis of despair, feeling there is no way out of this mess. Help me with my fears…please.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Janet – though I wish people would quit saying October of 2017. I have said publicly about 20 times now that I do NOT know that it is October of that year, only late in the year. When Mary was told she was pregnant with the Messiah – which made her apparently an adultress, which was a capital crime – do you think she wasn’t fearful? When Gideon’s army of 300 took on the army of 10s of thousands, do you think they weren’t scared? Of course they were. You endure out of love for those around you. No other motivation is sufficient. I have seen and described the progression of the Storm privately for over 20 years now – and publicly for two. I was told true about that – and I am confident I am told true about the Rescue. I get a stab of fear sometimes, too. But what would I do? Just go into despair and give up? No, of course not. I know our redeemer lives – and He will rescue us. He told me so and I believe Him, and live it, despite my occasional fears.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Beautifully put, Charlie–we should be secure in our Baptism and live for each other and above all God!:

        What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

        “For your sake we are being slain all the day;
        we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”

        No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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      • Linda says:

        The first thought that hit me was Dec 8.. feast of Immaculate Conception.. The second was is it Dec 12? Our Lady of Guadeloupe or Tepiac.. But only God and Our sweet Mother know….tbd

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      • Joseph77 says:

        Charlie,
        I thank God He sent you and the beautiful people who comment on this blog. Your posts gave me hope,peace and strength to face the Storm by acknowledging God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to all those around me.I was a total basket case of misery, fear and discouragement but you lifted me up. I cannot fully express my gratitude but just saying “Thanks a Million with Lots and Lots of love”!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Joe, even in some of our private notes, I can see how you have taken heart over the last year or so and are truly living what God calls you to live. I know when you are in fear, it takes a lot of work to gird your loins, get outside yourself, and be that sign of hope to those around you. Thank you for hanging in there with me and taking up the mantle God wanted you to.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Wow Joseph! I am thrilled to read of your joy!! God Bless all TNRS and Happy New Year going forward!– Love Zenia Jane

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        • Linda says:

          Joseph77 i sure understand your thoughts.. It was the same here with me.. and it only gets worse and hurts more. I see myself very well and understand that I bring my own turmoil into my own life from bad choices but at least we know what to do now.. Offer it up and pray for ourselves and the whole world.. We are really all broken people at this point.. Jesus I trust in you😀

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      • janetjoyvic says:

        Thank you Charlie. As I read your response I thought of many others…Abraham walking up the mountain to sacrifice Isaac, Moses as he lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Joshua as he crossed the Jordan to Jericho, David as he faced Goliath. So I will not grumble like the Israelites when they reached Moab and were told that they had to do battle with the Canaanites. They remained in the desert with Moses for another 40 years because they didn’t trust God. I often thought about that and wondered why God didn’t let Moses cross into the The Promise Land. If there is one consistent theme in the bible its that God has a reason for doing what he does and we are not to question his actions but must abide by them. Ultimately Moses tells Joshua – “you must finish the work I started, I am the past, you are the future.” What the future holds…no one knows. We may lack faith in others…but we must never lack faith in God. Trust in the Lord and he will make it happen!

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      • Gilbert J Fain says:

        Charlie; I don’t post much, but I read a lot. Our Lady told St. Dominic.
        ” One day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World” You were told she would save the world late in 2017. October fits that prophecy. October 13th 2017 is also the 100 year anniversary of “The Miracle of The Sun” My guess is that’s why people keep referring to Oct., just saying not predicting GJ FAIN

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Dear Charlie– Happy New Year! I have wondered (and you certainly do not need to respond to my question here)– have you personally, or with your angel, reconciled the rumored ‘October 2017’ date with the actual ‘late 2017’ corrected date, which you have passionately restated? I sense it troubles you. Do you have any idea how that misunderstanding might be of service to the message or might it weaken the hope of a hearer, or maybe God uses such problems to ‘bless us individually in His Mercy.’? Do you think God allowed that conflict for a purpose? I have needed to make a correction in my own family too. One of my sons has said in conversation, ‘that Rescue in 2016’ (oops – he’s happily filed away the rescue data – only with a typo ) 😦 . If he continues to recall incorrectly that there will be a rescue in 2016, he has a whole year to sweat it out before the actual rescue ‘late in 2017’. Besides prayer, I will continue to make that correction for him and that I think, is all I can do– Zenia Jane

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        • charliej373 says:

          An interesting note, Zenia. the error was allowed to proceed until it was published in a Spirit Daily article. Only then did my angel rebuke me for it. I know that the satan has worked to get people to reduce prophecy to mere fortune-telling. God is not pleased by that, so is working (and particularly directed me to encourage people to see rightly concerning these matters) to change people’s perspective. Prophecy is not designed to tell you exactly what is going to happen, but what to do in particular times and circumstances in salvation history. I was telling someone the other day that God is quite the drama queen (or king, I suppose). He loves to let us think all is lost – particularly when we have based our hopes on our own poor expectations rather than trust in Him, than rescue us from those expectations after we have lost hope. I think He does it because it underlines the message in our memories that He is in control – and that our erection of specific expectations is a formula for disaster. I must confess I also think it tickles Him to see our despair transformed to gratitude and joy so quickly.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      It is sane to be afraid. Look at the world. Could Charlie turn into Jonah running around saying ” Repent” and everyone will dress in sack cloth and ashes? I don’t think that the world, at least the US would . Besides Charlie kind of already did that. If for some reason (like Medjugorje )does turn back to God and He withholds chastizement, you wouldn’t be wrong because the scales would be released from the eyes and they would see with their hearts. This is the big step, to trust God. To ease my fears I say the chaplet of Divine Mercy everyday. One of my favorite prayers is the one at the end that says “In difficult moments that we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy Will, which is love and mercy itself””. Which tends to lead me back to John, chapter six when Jesus asks Peter if he is leaving, too, and Peter says “where would I go Lord, You have the words of everlasting life. ” So for me, it comes to putting my money or rather heart, where my mouth is. I have no other refuge except God. Take heart in the fact that He picked you to be in this time and place. He knows what He is doing. He is holding you in the palm of His hand. Jesus I believe, help my unbelief. If a centurian, who is a warrior and faced many fears, I don’t see why it should not be a motto impressed on all our hearts. Going back to the Divine Mercy, I believe it is recommended to write, in your own hand, Jesus I trust in You. Pray hope and don’t worry

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      • Diane says:

        Well put deereverywhere – This group is strung together by prayers and a golden thread of Love – without you all as back up for what I believe I would feel very alone and very unable to march forward in the boldness of Christ as His warrior. We are all fighters and we all have the goodness in our hearts to fight what is coming, but the unknown and how to fight with anything but prayer seems so feeble, especially when there are no many soap box scheemers and screamers bellowing out false orders and empty promises of victory. The only victory is in Christ, but my goodness if I didn’t have you all as troops I would believe be fighting alone and give up quickly, but you all keep me going and we keep each other going. Yesterday I saw a squirrel run across the street and I laughed out loud and whispered a prayer for all our needs. That would not happen without this site. There are so many of us hurting and many of us know of heart wrenching stories, I see death daily in the work and my tears flow easily these days, and yes God did choose us for these times and put us together so we could be stonger and bolder. Everyday is a new day to praise His Name, to Glorify our God, to begin with Joy and that is a struggled in a world so dark and so without His light. We are His light and may we all shine brightly this 2016. Love. I do.
        Diane

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    • Sandy says:

      Janet – I understand your fear. At this point, I find myself wanting the storm, hoping that it will bring loved ones back to God. We had devastating tragedy in my family this year, the loss of our oldest child. Some of my family are angry with God, others are drowning their sorrows in alcohol. I can’t fix them. And when I lose hope in my ability to make a difference, I love less, which truly does remove salve from their wounds. I worry that my hope now in the storm bringing us together is some twisted tool of the evil one as I know it enables me to withdraw myself. I am counting on a rescue, and the sooner the better. But regardless, remembering the words a priest once told me, surrender yourself and those you love into the hands of God and trust that He will mercifully heal them and call them near. He can do what I cannot.

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      • Beckita says:

        Oh Sandy! I’m so sorry about the passing of your eldest child. Praying for the repose of your dear one’s precious soul and praying for you and all the family on the journey of mourning. God bless you.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Sandy that is truly sound wisdom. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

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      • janetjoyvic says:

        Dear Sandy. My heart goes out to you. I will be praying for you and for your family. There is nothing worse than losing a child. My heart breaks for you. Thank you for sharing such a deeply emotional matter to help me see clearer. I am very grateful and I am crying as I type this. You are obviously a loving and giving person….thank you. Yesterday my husband called my attention to the lyrics of a song (quite unknowing the affect it would have on me). The song is called “be held.” The lyrics say,
        “If your eyes are on the storm
        You’ll wonder if I love you still
        But if your eyes are on the cross
        You’ll know I always have and I always will”
        To me it sums up what Deereverywhere said and that is Jesus I Trust in you – no matter what. We can’t think like God-we never will be able to do we have to trust in Him. HE has a reason for everything.
        Sandy I’m sure you know this already, but Our Mother u dear stands what it is like to lose a child, stay very close to her. She will hold you and carry you.
        With much thanks and much love,
        Janet

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      • Mick says:

        Oh, Sandy–prayers for you, for your family, and for the repose of the soul of your oldest child. God bless you all.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Oh, Sandy, I am so sorry. If I may relate part of a sermon I heard in 1995. In our parish we had a deacon from MA. He had transfered to the south. The reason he transfered was that his ten year old son was hit by a car and killed. He moved his wife and other children here. He spoke of the devastation to his family,but the one line I will never forget was when he said “I know that I am a sucessful parent because I have gotten my child to heaven.” Since then he has joined his child in heaven. Not knowing the circumstance of the death of your beautiful child, I will assume they were baptized. Here I go again with the podcast thing but, Fr. Kirby says when one is baptized you literally become a member of the body of Christ, like an arm and it is very hard for a member of the body of Christ not to make it eventually, to heaven. I know what it is like to take a mother to the grave of her youngest son and try to comfort grieving mothers. My brother-in-law was killed in front of my husband over 30 years ago. I supported my mother-in-law to the cemetery many times. She has since past. I also comforted my husbands ninety something year old grandmother when my father-in-law passed. neither were Catholic nor is my husband. I still told them that God chose them to bear the burden that He gave His own mother. God must believe you are a very special person to bear that burden for it is hard. Having the drinking stuff and somewhere or somebody on drugs (as in most families) makes it exceptionally hard. I will pray for you and I kind of know (with the drinking thing) what you are carrying.

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      • prayingflower says:

        You sound like a brave woman, Sandy, in the face of such a loss. Be assured of my prayers for the soul of your son, for your family, and for you. God bless you.

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    • breadoflife55 says:

      Here is a quote by Nelson Mandela that has given me consoIation since I first stumbled upon it: ” I have learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

      P.S. all: I am going under the name of “breadoflife55” since signing onto wordpress so that I can finally officially “like” these awesome comments. Connie

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  12. Joe Crozier says:

    Thanks Charlie
    Conchita at Garabandal was told to make sure her hands were full for the Father when her time came to meet Him. Yours are certainly full…and getting fuller.
    Happy New Year

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  13. jacks5 says:

    The number of views is very, very impressive, Charlie. Thank you from England. Don’t forget, many of us are repeatedly telling others, friends, family, reluctant husband etc. what is being discussed on your blog. Thus, there are many, many more “listening” or “absorbing” even though they are not “clicking”.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Once, after we had been working our butts off for two months, traveling to every corner of the state, the first poll in a race I was running. It showed us at 2%. My candidate was beside himself. To calm him, I told him “the big cats walk late,” something sportscaster Harry Caray used to say that I never quite understood, but I had to say something. My candidate nearly spit out his coffee laughing…and then we talked. I explained that first you had to get your committed activists – the people who would project your message when it counted. Hold them close, then pound, pound, pound and the moment will come when you break through. He asked me if I really knew what I was doing. I told him yes I did. So he did not drop out. We won. I had many more such conversations in later years, but then, since I had done it before, my clients were more docile in accepting there was a good chance I could do it again. I was often scared…but I never lacked fortitude.

      A key was that, whether we broke through or not, we had a message worth carrying. And it would affect the future. This message is much more worthy. It is worth carrying. I know this – whatever happens here, God wins. I hope to be of some use to Him along the way. If it turned out to be sparking hope in 6,500 people a day (it is actually up to about 12,000 now) I could live with that.

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      • Beckita says:

        While numbers are interesting to analyze, it seems to me, Charlie, an important understanding is you said “Yes” to this work but you weren’t invited to be a push button prophet who calls the shots of timing and sequence. You said “Yes” to becoming a servant prophet of God. You serve the Lord and His Mother while having been guided and trained by your dear angel. You serve their children and Christ’s Church. Sherpa you are AND you remain the Master’s servant.

        I see in this longer-than-expected waiting period God Himself telling us HE is the ONE to Whom we must look, on Whom we must focus, on Whom we must ultimately rely. Days are coming when I know I’ll be thanking God we had to wait so long to suffer so much. FIAT.

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        • prayingflower says:

          “push button prophet”…where do you get this stuff, Beckita? I am still laughing, as Doug often says. Charlie does serve, and he serves and he serves and he serves. And it is mindblowing to me how much Charlie does in spite of all that comes against him. It must be very, very difficult to be a prophet. I am sure we don’t know the half of it. Thank you, Charlie. A million times, thank you. Even if it doesn’t develop as you said (after all, we are praying) I am still awed and edified by our Sherpa’s trust, commitment, faith and love to and for the God we believe in. To God be the Glory. prayingflower

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      • Joyce Brown says:

        When the rubber hits the road, I am one of 6,500 who will share what I’ve learned here to anyone and everyone who will listen. By focusing now on the simple 3 point mission you’ve given us, by the time people will finally see what we here know, I’ll be better prepared to offer real hope to those I encounter. This website is a mustard seed, Charlie.

        God Bless!

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      • Jerry Bonagofski says:

        I, like many I would assume, do not go to your site every day and so the 12,000 viewers is actually even higher.

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  14. Diane says:

    Charlie and family,
    I look back on when I first began to follow this site about a year and a half ago, and I remember that is was the only one that really made sense to me. Most other messages were frightening and quite difficult to follow – If we didn’t wake up we would be devoured. Now I am aware of my need to awaken to a firmer and more grounded foundation, along with everyone else in my family, but I am also very aware of how God is the flame thrower, it is He who will give to us as He wills, when He wills, as much as He wills. And only He knows what we can handle. He fine tunes us constantly and draws us closer to His heart constantly. Having lost our business in 2008 due to in house/brother embezzlement and now looking back and seeing how He brought our family through that mini storm, I see how we were all strengthened and humbled by how little we actually did to make things okay. He made things okay not us. So when I found this site, it made everything come together. I am at peace. I absolutely trust in Him and Him alone. My kids are a mess, my friends struggle with cancers, sadness, all the normal aches and pains in life, I am a delightful mess as well. But I do know God loves us and will do anything to pull us back to Him. I like that. I live for that. The pulling and tugging at my heart. What a wonderful struggle it is to live in these times. How very blessed we are. There are no boring down days with God. All is work sprinkled with a few moments of joy. To my NRS Family – Happy New Year, hang in there, all is well and remember… Love. I do.
    Diane

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  15. I Had to change my user name from MT Butterfly to mtbutterfly2626 to be able to create a wordpress account and FINALLY be able to hit the LIKE button :).

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  16. Contemplative Grandma says:

    Rock on Squirrel Man!!!

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  17. jeanO says:

    Dear Charlie,
    This is pure seduction on WordPress’ part. No wonder Pope Francis asks us constantly for our prayers. Hold fast.

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    • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

      jeanO, what do you mean by pure seduction on wordpress’ part? Sorry, I just don’t understand 🙂

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Snowy Cherry Blossoms, I don’t know either. One of those things that goes over my head.

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      • jeanO says:

        I tried to respond but my awful tech disability cut off the attempt. I was trying to express how awkward it is when WordPress spit out statistics about this group. It is so not about quantities here and I get defensive when something valuable is drawn down into the cheap…

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  18. Mary says:

    Thank you, everyone, for the prayers. In spite of everything that is happening here in Missouri, I know we are not the only ones suffering, it is global and to tell the truth, not unexpected at all. I just kept wondering when it would be “our turn”. The insurance industry will never recover from this, many lives will be changed forever. Keep your rosary in your hands and look for the helpers, they are all around.God bless.

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  19. vbrewing says:

    Thank you A Quiet Person for your comment about your day to day focus. I can really relate to that. Sometimes I’m so overwhelmed by the non stop action we are getting in our daily lives, I look around and can’t understand why I feel like I’m constantly drowning and other families seem like they’ve got it all together. I’m a mom of 3 under 6yrs, we own our own business both work it, homeschool, have a mini home ranch, and life that seems to go crazy. But reading you relating your own experience helped remind me of my focus so thank you.
    I can only post rarely as wee hours are my only time to.
    And Charlie your reminder about pounding the message had me nodding as thats what we see with our business but I’ve missed a few opportunities latley of saying something (with love) about whatever to people and well its good to read it again in light of our faith and being a light to others and not just marketing. Kelly S

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Thank you vbrewing. I am so overwhelmed right now that I cannot imagine having said anything useful to anyone about anything, especially about being overwhelmed. That there be value to suffering . . . that is the only prayer I can seem to squeeze out, for myself and everyone else. Today at Mass I just totally broke down in tears. It was awful. My poor daughter reached over to hold my hand a few times. I just couldn’t control it. It is times like this when I despair of being that sign of hope to anyone. Either I am totally failing at this, which is a pretty good possibility at this point, or that somehow the sign of hope is that I keep on showing up.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I once asked my Dad, who had gone through some serious trials with family, how he kept hope when things seemed so hopeless. He was a great family leader. He told me, “When I had no hope, I pretended to have hope. If I did that for enough days, real hope always rose again.”

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        • A Quiet Person says:

          Well, one of my dad’s favorite lines was, “You know those lights at the end of the dark tunnel? That is a train, coming right at you.” He suffered from severe depression all his life. What can I say? Your dad’s approach is a whole lot better. I am a lousy actress, but for the sake of my kids I will work on it.

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          • Beckita says:

            Quiet, the next time someone in your family reaches for your hand as your daughter did today or gives you a hug, please, just imagine all your NRS Family joining in that hug. Let’s cling to Revelations 21:5 in these difficult days: “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

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        • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

          Charlie, one of my Spiritual Directors used to say that too! “Ask and you shall receive! If you don’t have any hope or trust, ask the Lord for it.. and fake it until He gives it to you! (finger pointed directly at me lol) because if you are sincerely asking, He will surely give it to you!..and don’t you doubt that for a second…EVER!!” 🙂

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Quiet, you are a sign of hope to me. Sending you a virtual hug. God bless you.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Yes, A Quiet Person, the sign of hope is that you keep on showing up. You are an inspiration for us to carry on.

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        • A Quiet Person says:

          Thanks phoenix. You are an inspiration to me too, with your plans to be an artist during the Storm. I am much more of an artist than a teacher, but the Lord asked me to lay down those plans for a while. I hope He changes His mind pretty soon.

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      • Beckita says:

        Your presence is pure gold, Quiet. You have been a sign of hope to me this day and I am grateful.

        And, Charlie, yes to your dad’s choice to pretend! Hope is so often a choice made in darkness rather than a feeling.

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      • LukeMichael says:

        May the Eternal Word, the Great I Am, meet you and uphold you at this time Quiet!

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      • Petra says:

        Quite, you’re not failing. You’re human. And it’s all too much. You’re only human.
        A few months back I said to Our Lord in prayer, ‘I don’t get it. How can you expect us to bear and overcome these sometimes overwhelming impossible trials that come upon us? After all, we’re only human.’

        As an answer I realized, yes, we’re only human, but these things drive us to our knees. That’s the first step. Only then can we begin to listen and see; He is God, and we are not. And by our response to these trials we are measured as to our Faith. Painful, very painful. And we begin to see we actually don’t have much control over the things that are most important to us, and we are not at all as detached as we think we are.

        He knows we’re human. He’s leading us to Himself via trials. We’re slow learners. We do not want to step out of the boat, especially into the storm, even if it is He who beckons us.

        I will continue to pray for you, Quiet. When you think you are failing, He is succeeding.
        God bless and Merry Christmas.

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      • Mick says:

        You’re totally NOT failing, Quiet. Your kids, and all of us in the TNRS family, are blessed to have you. Hang in there.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        I can’t count how many masses I have cried through. Once I read that your guardian Angel collects all those tears and gives them back to you when you get to heaven. You are doing much better than me because I didn’t make it to mass (bad bones with rain plus dirt road and small car that could fall into the craters created by the rain…) Your blessing is that you humbled yourself through your tears to the Lord (shortest bible quote “Jesus wept”). Your daughter is beside you (when my son goes to church with me he sits in the back and I in the front) and that your daughter is there at all (out of my mother’s four children, I am the only one that remains Catholic and goes to any church at all) What a great job you did. Praise God and keep up the good work (tears, daughter…etc.) don’t worry, it will get worse before it gets better but you are strong, stronger than you think you are. Remember, you are church militant!, a confirmed warrior for Christ! On ward Christian soldiers..

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      • Dear Quiet Person…..First I must tell you how much I like your posting ID. I like being able to hold you close to God’s heart and say, “For my Quiet Friend….”. I want to give you a little quote which has often carried me and given me hope through many a time of darkness and suffering over the last 25 years. It is this……

        “Without your wounds, where would your power be? The very angels cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheel of living. In Love’s service, only the wounded soldier’s can serve.”
        Thornton Wilder, “The Angel That Troubled The Waters”

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  20. Cherie says:

    Never forget who is in control….God Bless one and all in 2016.

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  21. Julia says:

    Charlie, thank you for your site. I have learned a lot of practical things that I would never have thought of because of your writings.

    Firstly, we do have a living Heavenly Father who cares for each one of us. And is ready to step in if man puts His earth at risk, to ensure it remains for future generations.

    Secondly, we need to shape up and return to living more in keeping with God’s plan for us.

    Thirdly, it is not over the top to make sensible arrangements for emergency situations. We have extreme weather problems in USA and UK and other places in the world these days. And I would never have thought of having emergency light or heat to fall back on if power cut came; but for comments on your site mainly.

    I do feel a great sense of hope from reading your observations. And I hope you will continue in this mission. I am able to encourage anyone who worries about the way the world is going, because of your writings. Numbers are purely academic. I always think, two people died with Our Lord on Mount Calvary. One was saved. And people who need encouragement will come and stay to get more encouragement if things get tough down here on earth.

    I confess, reading your little snippets about your encounters with Angel Gabriel and hints at encounters with Our Lord or blessed Mother are delightful. It is like hearing from dearly loved ones who are in a far away place. Yes, yes, I know they are always near. But when someone encounters them and shares. That is as good as a visit. Thank you Charlie. Hope you had a lovely Christmas; and God willing a very successful New Year. God bless, Julia.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Come what may, you are stuck with me until late 2017 (actually mid-2018, for there will be some mop-up needed). I made a promise when I was a boy, renewed that promise many times when I did not believe I would actually be called to it if these things should come upon the world as they have. The Lord has kept His promises to me. In the end if it turned out I was a little nuts, I would still be a nutty fellow who kept his promise.

      Now so you know, I will always be obedient to the lawful authority of the Church. If my Archbishop told me not to speak of private revelation any more – or even directly on my faith, I would obey him immediately. But I would not abandon you. I lived my public life mostly from a political and cultural perspective, carefully hiding any hint of the mystical. It would be a little tougher, but I could go back to it in an instant. So I will be fully obedient and fully steadfast.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Remember Gang!! Come what may, we still have a duty as Citizens to do our best for our country and countrymen. … “For God and Country” is the motto of The American Legion. Franklin Graham is not giving up on the USA … Nor should we … likewise in other places too Christians must stand for what is Right & Good!!. I believe that we are in the “Fix” we are due to … Good men doing nothing!
      “Our Nation Is in Trouble’: Franklin Graham Warns That ‘We’ve Turned Our Back on God’ — but He Has a Bold Plan to Fight Back”
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/31/our-nation-is-in-trouble-franklin-graham-warns-that-weve-turned-our-back-on-god-but-he-has-a-bold-plan-to-fight-back/

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Yes, yes, Praise God (she shakes the tambourine)

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      • janet333 says:

        “Our Nation Is in Trouble’: Franklin Graham Warns That ‘We’ve Turned Our Back on God”

        Sadly we turned our back on God a long time ago CreweDog. How I look forward to the time when England will once again be Our Lady’s Dowry. 🙂
        http://www.acatholicland.org/england-mary-s-dowry/

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I, too, can’t wait for Mary’s Dowry to he returned to the Catholic church. My mum was born in Scotland. My great grandfather was a lifer in the English army. I believe he was in the Boxer Rebellion. My great uncle received the St. Alexandria cross for his work on nursing the wounded. My great uncle Willy, a boy in WWI died and is buried in France. He was my grandmother’s younger brother, the baby. When they found Richard the thirds remains I thought that to be a sign. I love St. Etheldreda! I wish I could make it to her church but I don’t see that in the forecast. Have you read any of Robert Hugh Benson’s books?

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          • janet333 says:

            “I, too, can’t wait for Mary’s Dowry to he returned to the Catholic church. ”

            Hi Deer…I don’t think its far off 🙂

            No I haven’t read any of Robert Hugh Benson’s books but recently I bought ‘Lord Of The World’ so hopefully will get time to read it soon.

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          • charliej373 says:

            So glad of your comment here, Janet. I was going to go looking for one to tell you that your instinct on the matter of praying for demons was better than mine. I am glad the discussion brought out some specific, palpable direction so that we may all know with certainty. Thanks for hanging in there.

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  22. audiemarie2014 says:

    Hi Kelly S. For some reason, I found your screen name (is that what it’s called?) uplifting. Vbrewing and I thought, “Victory Brewing”. Yes!

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    • Mick says:

      Audie, you’ve really got your head in the game: I saw Kelly’s screen name, and I thought of beer. Looks like I need to get more with the program. 🙂

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Love it! Thanks for the first smile of 2016! Happy New Year and God bless you, your family and all here!

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks, Audie. May God also bless you and yours. 🙂

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          • vbrewing says:

            audiemarie2014 you are right, I added Kelly S. to my post as I couldn’t seem to get a new login and Mick you are right vbrewing is for beer! Its Valiant Brewing (close to Victory! ) My login is tied to our old wordpress website and so I’m stuck with it for now!
            KellyS.

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      • vbrewing says:

        I just reread my post and yours and realized I’d read your’s wrong. Thank you!

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      • breadoflife55 says:

        That’s because brewskies go with football you, little cheerleader, you.Can anyone get up a pic of a cheerleading squirrel??

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        • Beckita says:

          As you wish, Bread of Life: a cheerleading squirrel yelling, “Let’s go nuts! Let’s go nuts!”
          Cheerleader squirrel
          And. Mick, I tried out for cheerleader and ended upon the drill team which turned out great. This ADHDer could simultaneously march through the drill practices and read “Gone with the Wind!”

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          • Beckita says:

            How the heck did I do that, SteveBC? Christmas isn’t yet over… Drum roll…
            Adapted lines for the book, The Night Before Christmas:

            And what to my wondering eyes should appear?
            But a cheerleader squirrel minus her beer!

            Of course, Clement C Moore is rolling over in his grave.

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          • breadoflife55 says:

            Awwwwe. How cute…..and it’s a momma squirrel too.

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          • Mick says:

            Oh, Beckita! I can’t tell you how hysterical that picture is! I’m trying not to laugh because I have a chest cold, and laughing makes my chest hurt. But, try as I might, I can’t keep from giggling. That “pom pom” is perfect. And I was expecting you to write “let’s go, team.” But “let’s go nuts” is so much more fitting, and so much more hilarious!

            Drill team sounds like fun; reading “Gone with the Wind,” not so much. 🙂

            In law school, I had a buddy who would drive from Ann Arbor home to Indianapolis on occasion. He told me that he would read novels while driving on the interstate! He was a good Catholic, but a bit presumptuous toward his guardian angel, I think. 🙂

            On a serious note, “Let’s go nuts” reminds me of that incident during World War II when a German commander demanded the surrender of the surrounded and greatly outnumbered American troops during the siege of Bastogne, Belgium. The American commander’s reply was one word: “Nuts!” The rest, as they say, is history:

            http://www.military.com/Content/MoreContent?file=ML_mcauliffe_bkp

            I think you’re on to something profound here, Beckita. I think that “Let’s go nuts,” or just “Nuts” for short, could well become the TNRS battle cry. When the Storm breaks full force, when all Hell is unleashed against the world and the Church, when all temporal hope seems gone, and when surrender seems to be the only “reasonable” option, I pray that Our Lord and Our Lady may help each and every one of us to shout “Nuts!” and to continue to faithfully man our posts until the glorious Rescue.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that Mick!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh Mick! Praying that your cold is relieved and healed swiftly! I’ve been lounging much of the day ‘cuz I pushed limits by driving and fulfilling the music ministry I was asked to provide on the weekend. Rough night with chills and congestion. Ah well! Great opportunity for sacrifice, right? We need to pray for Jacki to heal from her nasty cold as well. ‘Tis the season, I guess.

            Thanks for the link with Gen McAuliffe’s reply. And let me add, my novel reading days were in my teens, long gone.

            Let’s ponder some more on the Nuts cheer. You’ve got a great point about working it into a phrase to persevere… I love your closing paragraph!

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          • Mick says:

            Au contraire, Beckita; Clement C.Moore is having as good a laugh as I am.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks for the prayers, Beckita. I’m praying that you and Lambzie get well soon, too.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Breadoflife! I guess beer and football do go together. Funny thing is, I don’t even drink. My husband, father, brother, and brother-in-law are all big football and beer fans, though.

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          • breadoflife55 says:

            Well, Mick, I think the Charlie Squirrel (that JLynn shared a few posts up) took that brewski that you passed up. I’m still giggling over the cheerleading squirrel and the Charlie playing the trumpet squirrel, HeeHee!

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  23. Vanessa Joy says:

    May we all grow in courage, grace, and deeper trust in our sweet Lord’s merciful love and truly be a sign of hope to others when we experience the consequences of our daily messes and struggles to push back the fears within as they bubble to the surface in moments of weakness and doubt. Prayers and abundant blessings to all with great joy and expectation for a happy and holy new year.

    Let us especially moi, not forget this powerful truth , when storms thunder , ego runs. During World War 2 , Anne Frank’s family and neighbors huddled together to survive , there was more love than ego. All our walls of what about me and my needs seems absolutely absurd as the community is forced by circumstances to shed ego and LOVE . The reality of death is even more present than before the carnival mirrors of illusion and fantasy ego lives in. With confidence let us hold hands , and serve one another with all our heart, soul, and mind with every breath we take and purpose by His grace, to throw away our mirrors of vainty and illusion this coming year. Let us keep the day of our death tightly held in our heart more than the closeness of our ego feeding gadgets around us. Amen!

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  24. CrewDog says:

    As the Old Year goes and “SIGNS” abound ;-( …… I just posted over at MOG an idea in reply to a happy miracle, baby cames back to life, hospital story. We humans have a tendency to dwell on unpleasant “SIGNS”. I think we should have a thread called “Happy Signs”!
    I’m guessing that The Lord-n-Scripture does not tell us to look for only Bad-Signs!?
    Merry 7th Day of Christmas … & Happy New Year 😉

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  25. Sr Lorraine says:

    This is from today’s office of readings for the feast of St Sylvester. It almost reads like a description of the Rescue!

    From the Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesaria
    (Lib. 10, 1-3: PC 20, 842-847

    The peace of Constantine

    Glory to God the almighty, the King of the universe, for all his gifts, and gratitude to Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls, through whom we pray that this peace may be preserved for us stable and unshaken for ever: a peace that will keep us safe from troubles outside as well as from all anxieties and disturbances of soul. When this bright and radiant day, darkened by no cloud, shone with heavenly light on the churches of Christ throughout the world, even those outside our community, though they had not the same cause for rejoicing, shared at least some of the blessings that God had bestowed on us. For us above all, who had placed our hopes in Christ, there was inexpressible joy and a heavenly happiness shone on every face. Every place that a short time before had been laid waste by the tyrants’ wickedness we now saw restored to life, recovering, as it seemed, from a long and deadly disease. Churches were once again rising from the ground high into the air, far surpassing in splendor and magnificence the ones that had previously been stormed and destroyed.

    Then came the spectacle that we had prayed and hoped for: dedication festivals throughout the cities, and the consecration of the newly erected houses of worship. For this there were convocations of bishops, gatherings of pilgrims from far distant lands, warm and loving contact between the different communities, as the members of Christ’s body united in complete harmony. The mysterious prophecy: There came together bone to bone and joint to joint was thus fulfilled, as were all the other prophecies which had been unerringly proclaimed by type and symbol. All the members were filled with the grace of the one divine Spirit, all were of one mind, with the same enthusiasm for the faith, and on the lips of all there was one hymn of praise.

    Yes, and our bishops performed religious rites with full ceremonial, priests officiated at the liturgy the solemn ritual of the Church, chanting psalms, proclaiming the other parts of our God-given Scriptures, and celebrating the divine mysteries. Baptism was also administered, the sacred symbol of our Savior’s passion.

    Without the slightest distraction, men and women of all ages united in prayer and thanksgiving, their minds and hearts full of joy as they gave glory to God the giver of all good gifts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nice, Sr. Lorraine.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Sister Lorraine, that is beautiful. Tomorrows readings echo NRS sentiments too.
      Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God)

      For: Saturday, January 2, 2016

      The Days of Christmas

      Memorial: St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen,
      Bishops and Doctors

      From: 1 John 2:22-28

      Not Listening to Heretics (Continuation)
      ———————————————————
      [22] Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the anti-
      christ, he who denies the Father and the Son. [23] No one who denies the Son
      has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. [24] Let what
      you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning
      abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. [25] And this is
      what he has promised us, eternal life.

      [26] I write this to you about those who would deceive you; [27] but the anointing
      which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one
      should teach you; as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true,
      and is no lie, just as it has taught you, abide in him.

      [28] And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have
      confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

      *********************************************************************************************
      Commentary:

      22. “Jesus is the Christ”: this is a basic truth of Christian faith. As in most of St
      John’s writings, this wording means not only that Jesus is the Messiah but also
      that he is the Son of God (cf. Jn 20:31). From the earliest days of Christianity
      faith in Jesus, which included both his messiahship and his divinity, could be ex-
      pressed by applying to him the titles of “Messiah” and “Son of God”, or simply
      one or other of those titles. Over the course of the centuries the Church has been
      developing and deepening its understanding of revealed truths about Christ — part-
      ly in reaction to heresies attacking that truth. In recent years also the Magiste-
      rium has taken issue with erroneous ideas: “The opinions according to which it
      has not been revealed and made known to us that the Son of God subsists from
      all eternity in the mystery of the Godhead, distinct from the Father and the Holy
      Spirit, are in open conflict with this belief likewise the opinions according to
      which the notion is to be abandoned of the one person of Jesus Christ begotten
      in his divinity of the Father before all the ages and begotten in his humanity of the
      Virgin Mary in time; and lastly the assertion that the humanity of Christ existed
      not as being assumed into the eternal person of the Son of God but existed ra-
      ther of itself as a person, and therefore that the mystery of Jesus Christ consists
      only in the fact that God, in revealing himself, was present in the highest degree
      in the human person Jesus.

      “Those who think in this way are far removed from the true belief in Christ, even
      when they maintain that the special presence of God in Jesus results in his
      being the supreme and final expression of divine Revelation. Nor do they come
      back to the true belief in the divinity of Christ by adding that Jesus can be called
      God by reason of the fact that in what they call his human person God is su-
      premely present” (SCDF, “Mysterium Filii Dei”, 3).

      23. “Has the Father”: a very graphic way of referring to union with God (cf. 2 Jn
      9). St John, who has other ways of saying the same thing–for example, “knowing
      him” (1 Jn 2:3f; Jn 14:7); “seeing him” (Jn 14:7, 9) –may have had in mind the er-
      rors of the Gnostics, who held that union with God was attained through a special
      kind of knowledge (gnosis), available only to initiates of their sect. The Apostle re-
      peats the teaching given in his Gospel: only through Christ, through faith in him,
      can one attain union with and knowledge of the Father (cf. Jn 1:18; 14:9-10); Je-
      sus and the Father are one, only God (Jn 14:11). So, faith in Christ is insepara-
      ble from faith in the Blessed Trinity; so, too, denial of the Son’s divinity involves re-
      jection of the Father. “Once the mystery of the divine and eternal person of Christ
      the Son of God is abandoned, the truth respecting the Most Holy Trinity is also
      undermined” (SCDF, “Mysterium Filii Dei”, 4).

      27. The anointing (cf. note on 2:20) refers to the Holy Spirit, who acts on the
      faithful by instructing them “about everything”. Our Lord had said this would be
      so: “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he
      will teach you all things” (Jn 14:26).

      The Apostle does not mean that the faithful have no need of the Magisterium of
      the Church (the very fact that he is writing to them shows otherwise); what he
      wants to make quite clear is that their true teacher is the Holy Spirit (he it is who
      guides the Magisterium in its teaching, and he also acts in the soul of the Chris-
      tian, helping him or her to accept that teaching). “If his anointing teaches you eve-
      rything, it seems that we [pastors] are toiling to no purpose; why so much shou-
      ting on our part […]? This is the marvelous thing. The sound of our words is stri-
      king your ears, but the Master is within. Do not think that it is a question of some-
      body learning from a man; we can attract your attention by the power of our voice,
      but if he who does the teaching is not within, all our sermons will be in vain” (St
      Augustine, “In Epist. Ioann. Ad Parthos”, 3, 13).

      28-29. These two verses sum up what has gone before and also act as an intro-
      duction to a passage on divine filiation. The central idea which St John has been
      repeating–“abide in him”–now opens out on to the prospect of the Last Judg-
      ment: Jesus Christ, who will be our Judge, is the same person as gave us reve-
      lation and life. This is one of the foundations of Christian hope.

      “We may have confidence”: the sacred writer changes to the plural, to include
      himself: we all have to give an account of our actions and we should have confi-
      dence in Christ our Judge. The word translated as “confidence” is much richer in
      Greek than in English; it is the equivalent of freedom, frankness, confident auda-
      city. “It will be a great thing at the hour of death”, St Teresa of Avila writes, “to
      realize that we shall be judged by One whom we have loved above all things […].
      Once our debts have been paid we shall be able to walk in safety. We shall not
      be going into a foreign land, but into our own country, for it belongs to him whom
      we have loved so truly and who himself loves us” (“Way of Perfection”, 40, 8).

      *********************************************************************************************
      Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
      Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
      the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

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      by Scepter Publishers in the United States. We encourage readers to purchase
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  26. BD says:

    Greetings to all and I want to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year. Charlie, feel free to limit my post to the prior sentence if you feel it is best for the integrity of your site.

    I’ve read with great interest some recent posts calling into question both the substance and the timing of Charlie’s messages. I find Charlie to be credible, sincere, and authentic. His messages although not exact, certainly rhymes with what I was told personally some 30-years ago by a spiritually gifted woman from Pittsburgh and also a certain nun that lived in Ohio.

    The up coming “Crash” Charlie mentions will change everything. It may not happen next week or next month, but one thing for sure, this event will turn our world upside down. No, I am not speaking of a pole shift, but we shall see. Even certain economists and financial analysts are at least whispering a financial collapse is possible. One of my favorites again is Jim Sinclair. I copied and pasted below his warning for 2016 and some suggestions on how we should prepare for a possible collapse. He posted this message on his website on December 26th. God Bless to All…

    Posted December 26th, 2015 at 2:29 PM (CST) by Jim Sinclair & filed under General Editorial.

    Dear Extended Family and Friends,

    JSMineset is an educational site which presents information throughout the year for your consideration. The information provided can be about precious metals, the markets, geopolitical events and other topics and articles of general information.

    Today, I would like to share with you an outline and some suggestions to consider about general emergency preparedness. We have written about getting out of the system (GOTS). Getting out completely isn’t possible for most people. Whether you are in the system, and to what degree, and having precious metals isn’t going to be enough to keep you safe in an emergency situation. Being prepared for an emergency is something we all need to consider. Preparedness can be for any emergency. Preparedness can be for any crisis. It can be for a natural disaster like an earthquake in California, or a hurricane on the Eastern US, power outage, credit or currency crisis, terror attack, etc. The disruption of services (utilities, transportation, etc.) we depend on can create societal conditions in which we may need to depend on ourselves and our personal resources. Our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our loved ones may depend on our preparedness in the times to come. Precious metals won’t be enough to keep us safe from harm.

    The main thing about preparedness is that regardless of the emergency, for the most part, preparedness is the basically the same. The second thing about preparedness is that, it is better to prepared and not need it, than to need it an not be prepared. The third thing about preparedness is that it will do no harm. Being prepared for any emergency is like insurance. You hope that you never need it, yet you acquire insurance because you prefer the protection and peace of mind it offers. In this, you prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. You get the insurance, but hope you never need it. If you do need it – it can be priceless.

    In hearing your concerns, we have prepared an outline of things to consider, and some suggestions to assist you in being prepared for the disruptions in world conditions the future may bring.

    Money – Most of us understand that precious metals are real money. Precious metals are not dependent on a governments promise to do or pay anyone or anything. Precious metals have no national borders and are a store of value and medium of exchange. Having precious metals is an important part of preparedness, yet you can’t eat a Krugerrand and you can’t defend yourself with silver eagles. There is much more to preparedness than precious metals. Precious metals alone are not enough to be truly prepared for an emergency, but possessing them is an important step. Having some junk silver coins in your possession can be a readily accepted medium of exchange for goods and services. Even so, during a period of chaos or disruption of essential services, we need to plan further. Since most people readily accept paper currency, it is a good idea to have a month of dollars, or euros, etc. in your possession to pay for your needs. Paper currency is for transactions. Precious metals are for a store of wealth to be used when paper currencies fail. Three months of paper currency is better, but enough paper currency to pay bills for a month is a first aim. Having cash on hand could aid you and your loved ones enormously. If you couldn’t access an ATM, and your credit/debit card didn’t work, how well off would you be if it happened this moment – without a moments notice? How much currency would you have to live? Some people live from ATM transaction to ATM transaction or rarely use cash at all. Consider what you would do if you had no credit or debit cards, or electronic ability to pay.
    Money Alternatives – If you don’t have cash on hand, you are in the majority, but there are still things you can do. If you look at the historical currency crisis’ of the world there are other things you can keep and stock up a little at a time which can act as money in an emergency. These are alternatives other than gold and silver. Consider keeping money alternative items like liquor, ammunition, seeds, guns, food, weaponry and even things like cigarettes and over the counter medicines. Alternatives to money can be obtained in small increments. In the hyperinflation experienced in Argentina in the 1990′s the small airline bottles of liquor were as good as gold. They were cheap to buy before the financial crisis, but almost impossible to get when the crisis hit. Money alternatives are a step to another method of securing what you need, but it is more a money alternative that is generally acceptable than actual barter.
    Barter – Barter is a form of money alternative in which goods and services are exchanged. The problem with barter is that in urban and suburban areas, there isn’t a tradition of barter as there is in more rural and agrarian cultures. Most communities in the US today have local Internet networking sites like internet community bulletin boards, and front porch forums. Many are hosted by civic groups or religious organizations. See what is available in your area and perhaps check with your public library or see what bulletin board groups put ads on sites like craigslist.org. These can easily be Googled and you can subscribe to a bulletin board in your area. You may find an internet location to buy, sell, swap and trade information in your local community. These sites also allow for easy community networking and getting to know your neighbors, and their skill sets. If interested, a Google search will reveal what is available in your community. When looking for community bulletin boards, be discerning about you privacy. Use common sense, and practice safe internet practices with your personal information.
    Neighborhoods/Neighbors – Get to know your neighbors or others of common interest and like minded people in the location where you live. Neighborhood organizations can be valuable in protecting yourself, and your family in your community. Knowing your neighbors is a good start toward self and home defense in a situation of civil unrest. Know the people around you with whom you have things in common. Getting to know people in an emergency isn’t the best time to meet and greet. Safety is every communities business.
    Defense and personal safety – This includes the safety of those you love. This is a highly personal topic and will depend greatly on where you live and what you have available. It will be determined largely by your personal values. If possible, plan for and consider having a dog. A dog is not only an intelligent alarm system, it is a first line of defense. Your alarm doesn’t go off in a power outage and it serves you selflessly. If you are comfortable with guns then consider fire arms with appropriate training for safety and use. The best fire arm is the one with which you are most comfortable. Stock ammunition. Without ammunition, a firearm is only a club. Many states, like the state of Virginia this week intend not to honor concealed carry permits. Be aware of the gun laws in your jurisdiction and be law abiding if you choose fire arms. The most likely to kill you item in the USA isn’t a gun, it is a blunt force object – hammers, baseball bats, clubs, etc. If you feel you can use a blunt force object against an attacker in your home, then have some. In a home invasion, you have a certain advantage. You know the inside of your home, and (usually) an intruder doesn’t. Take a self defense course. Studying martial arts is a wonderful discipline, but it takes years of training and practice to be effective and skilled at it. If permitted by law in your area, consider a tazer, stun gun or a mace/pepper spray and know how to use them. Ask local law enforcement what is lawful and what may be appropriate for yourself and your circumstances in and emergency situation. These are things to consider and there are lots of sites on the internet devoted to the subject of self and home defense.
    Location (present) – Right now your location is your neighborhood. Have a meeting plan with your loved ones to meet at a specified location in an emergency. This is no different than teaching children fire drills in the home when the smoke detector alarm sounds. You have a meeting place close by where everyone goes and you do a head count. In an emergency, loved ones may be in any location. Have a specific meeting place in the event communications are not available. Create a safety plan for your family and the location to meet. Searching for loved ones in an emergency can be a very stressful and time consuming undertaking. It is best to have a plan which is not communications dependent.
    Location (desirable) – if possible seek a location where you can retreat which is not in an urban or suburban area. Have enough stabilized fuel to get there without stopping to refuel. Have paper copies of maps and know how to read them. In any period of disruption or social unrest, have a rural location to go with your family. Move to a location not in an urban/suburban setting, if possible. Rural areas are more stable and less dependent upon public services and trucking for food and other necessities.
    Location (type/optimal) – farmland is a good investment. Farms are the foundation of any sustainable society. Food is necessary to support life. Learn to grow food, and if you can’t relocate – grow a garden. A container garden or square foot, raised bed garden if you have only a small space is preferable to none. If you can’t grow food, or don’t want to, then live in or near locations where food is grown. Get to know farmers. This will help to assure your food supply. An optimal location is a place not dependent on trucking or other shipping to acquire food. In the Wiemar Republic, farmers would not travel into city areas for fear or robbery.
    Food – Look around in your kitchen or pantry and see what you have on hand right now. Estimate how long it would last if it was all you had. Most grocery stores only have enough food for a couple of days and store shelves could empty fast in an emergency. Consider storing some food. Even if you can’t afford much right now, or don’t have much space, put some things aside which are shelf stable every time you shop. Purchase items which can last on the shelf for months or longer. If you can, buy storage food units from a reputable vendor. Be sure to consider babies, pets, and anyone in the home with special dietary needs. Stock up slowly if you need to, and dedicate just a closet for this purpose if space is limited. In storing food, the things you need to protect against are vermin (mice, insects, etc), temperature extremes and moisture. Build up your larder slowly if you can’t buy what you need all at one time and aim at a stock pile of food for three(3) months. Be sure to consider how reliable your water supply is. Know what has the potential to impair the delivery system (power outages, etc.) If you do not have water in a power outage, store water, or know where to obtain potable water nearby. If you don’t know how to make water safe to drink, learn three methods to make water safe for consumption in an emergency situation.
    Health and Home safety – Stock needed medicines, and prescription medicines if possible, with bathroom and personal hygiene needs. Have a first aid kit and know some first aid by reading the pamphlet in the first aid kit. Have additional eye glasses and a repair kit. Cloth diapers and baby needs. Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher and smoke/CO2 detectors and flashlights. Be sure to consider those with special needs (babies, pets, elderly, etc.)
    Financial information backup – Be sure to have hard copies of all important documents. Birth certificates, bank statements, wills, deeds, titles, credit/mortgage obligations, powers of attorney, medical documents, stock certificates, living wills and advance directives, etc. Keep them together in a safe place in your home and a duplicate set elsewhere.
    Mental preparedness – Educate yourself. Feeling confidence in being able to do things and create things is empowering. Learn new skill sets and educate yourself. Learn basic skills like cooking, preserving, fermenting, canning, sewing, basic carpentry and handy type services, care of people and animals, gardening, first aid, basic herbal medicine, hunting, repairs of any kind.
    Physical preparedness – Get yourself in shape. If you have been putting off that dental visit or eye exam, or that nuisance procedure, do them now and get them over. Consider your diet and nutritional needs, and rethink alcohol consumption and tobacco use. Lose that 5 pounds you keep wishing were gone. Be in the best physical condition you can be.
    Emotional preparedness – This is usually the support of those you love. It could be supporting each other in a family setting. It could be friends or other loved ones. Those you serve and those who you can count on, not only to do the right thing, but to be there for you and with you. You offer the same care, concern and support in return. Combine time and trade skill sets with others. This helps create bonds and networks for emotional security.
    Spiritual preparedness – This could be your religion or your philosophy or your connection with your sense of ideals, values, ethics or whatever gives you (and others) inner peace in difficult times or under challenging circumstances. Spiritual preparedness is that which helps you remain in balance and preserves the integrity of your highest sense of who you are. It enables you to be true to yourself and be honorable.
    I am aware that many of you can’t buy a working hobby farm in a rural area, move there and be off of the grid. Most people are unable to do this. Even so, be optimistic that there are things you can do in an emergency with some planning. Be optimistic that you can prepare and be able to be safer in what is sometimes an unsafe world.

    Most wonderful and sincere wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

    Jim Sinclair

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate that this advice is sober and measured rather than overheated and frantic. So I clear the whole thing. Good eye, BD.

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    • Bob in Minnesota says:

      It would be a wonderful thing if all people at this site toke to heart what Jim Sinclair wrote.
      It is for your well being and your family and loved ones benefit if you do so, because you know they will not do it.
      Take the lead, do in now not tomorrow, tomorrow may be to late.
      Think about this truth:
      A father or mother for that matter who’s children are starving to death, and the father knows you have food, that father will do everything in his power to take your food away from you to feed his children, that is truth. Be prepared. Do you love your family members.

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  27. my curiosity got the best of me and I had to google how many countries there are in the world :). The answer was 196. 90 % of 196 is 176.4. So I find it very encouraging that Charlie’s message has reached parts of 90% of the world. Praise God!!

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  28. nicky says:

    Charlie,
    Can you clarify for me. If and when the grid goes down how will you keep in touch with this little community? I was just thinking with what you said in a prior comment. Happy New Year everyone!! Beautiful solar storm will be seen in some parts.

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  29. donna says:

    NRS Family….today I had a walloping from hairy legs….I woke up in fear especially surrounding my two sons. I want them to embrace the faith they were raised with but can’t make that happen as they are young men in their 20’s. So I did what I knew would help….I went to church and prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I wrapped them each in a spiritual blanket and gave them to God. I also lit a votive candle in front of St Joseph and asked him to help as the stepfather of Jesus….After an hour in the church, I felt so much better. I asked God to help me live in the Divine Will. I praised, adored and glorified Him. I went home and had a greater peace in my life. I guess these lessons will help as things worsen around me. Trust God and Take the Next Right Step….thanks Charlie for these lessons I can take with me anywhere I go…..

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  30. Linda says:

    Just got home from vigil Mass.. Everyone was so kind afterwards.. Reminded me of Mayberry USA… should we make it through the storm on this side.. I can’t wait for it to be like that daily.. Holy Mary Mother of God.. May your heart Triumph in the hearts of us all..

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  31. As I write this that grand hotel tower in Dubai is burning in a most spectacular way. I remember the words of Our Lady –I believe it was in 1973 in Akita Japan but I am not sure– “their proud towers shall burn.” May be someone here remembers exactly where Our Blessed Mother mentioned the burning of the tall towers. Let me remind you that a crane fell on the main mosque of Islam on the anniversary of 9/11 1915. That was quite a sign. I think this is also a strong sign given the time of the year.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Carlos, that was a keen observation, that crossed my mind too. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. I thanked God for prayers answered this morning that there were no US acts of terror throughout the nation in last nights celebrations too. Happy New Year.

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      • Today I remembered that the Saudis are building a huge tower — a Babel like tower — in Jedda. Those are monuments of human pride… The building of towers is always depicted negatively in Scripture (as fas as I can recall) If you look the artistic depictions of the planned building they picture it with its top above the clouds.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi Carlos, That is very similar to the sight I saw when landing in Chicago last month. re: towers– I believe the ancients wanted to build towers in order to get to heaven (or escape floods ) by their our own clever ideas. God wants us to depend on Him alone and He will surprise us with His Loving response. 🙂 ahhh… what blessed relief– yes! Amen. — Jane

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        • YongDuk says:

          Carlos (and all):

          While quite possibly historical, I am sure you are aware that the city and tower in Gen 11:3-4 are allegorical to all the false gods that we humans make for ourselves, to make a “name” for ourselves, to make ourselves–individually or collectively–a man-made habitation away from God and above other people or proper hierarchies and authorities out of ourselves: our creativity, intellect, bodies, spaces, etc.

          «They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.”

          Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky,* and so make a name (Heb: shem) for ourselves.»

          The tower in Genesis 11 comes out of the city and therefore the city might be seen as the essential component wherein mankind fosters the creation of false-god — again individually and collectively — as the Author is careful to note who first founds a city in Gen 4:17. (The clan is wherein God and the Family of God is protected.)

          The theme of Cain and Abel are sown through Genesis and the Torah into the rest of Scripture. The structure of the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 echoes the list in Genesis 4 and 5.

          There is a change in Genesis 11:

          Initially, it is an individual and individuals acting. After the Flood, it is the collective.

          Genesis 10 and 11 shows that while Shem, the firstborn son of Noah, is still alive and kicking, almost immediately (within a generation or so) the collective revolts against him and in him, as the Patriarch of the Family of God, against God by the theme of city being reintroduced. This introduction of the tower shows the degree of the pride and perhaps even intends to show the degree that the Flood failed to due its job.

          Charlie many times speaks that he hopes that it is generations upon generations before the Great Apostasy happens after the Storm. While Grace (i.e. sanctifying grace wherein we become friends of God and temples of the Holy Spirit) had not yet been restored in the case of the Flood, St. Peter echoes the theme of Noah’s Ark in his epistle, so that we should see our Time of Grace (the fullness of time, Gal 4:4, when God sent for His Son, born of Mary) as parallel to the Time of the Flood and the restoration of humanity. Yet, how few of us ponder the connexions? How few of us truly sift through our egos and tear down our temples to false gods. How few of us stop aiding and abetting in other’s building bricks that lead to temples to false gods in them?

          And then, with the Storm and after the Storm, who of us will to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” How much time, years or generations? (I mentioned weeks ago that it will be the challenging of hierarchies that will usher in the Great Apostasy. It is making for ourselves a “name” over and against the Patriarch and Patriarchs of the Family of God. This is reflected in Genesis 11 in the Schisms and Heresies throughout the Ages, the break up of families and the family.) How will we respond and will we endure and judge righteous judgment?

          St. Peter says as much in 2 Peter 2:

          For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned…
          and if he did not spare the ancient world,
          even though he preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness…
          and if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah…

          making them an example for the godless [people] of what is coming…

          and if he rescued Lot…that righteous man…
          then the Lord knows how to rescue the devout from trial…

          Charlie mentions the role of the prophet in preparing in speaking of what is to come.

          I politely disagree with him in the object of prophesy.

          The object of prophecy in the Old Testament is to remind people, to cause people to remember what God has done for them.

          The Prophet points to the past to prepare God’s People for the future trials and to live righteously:

          “See what God has done for us? He has done it again and again and again in Christ and will do it yet again! But will you do it again?”

          +YD

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you for this beautiful meditation, YD. Actually, I fully agree with your definition of prophesy…for to remember God’s goodness IS to know how to behave whatever the circumstances. I sometimes oversimplify because I get so upset and contemptuous of the reduction of prophecy to mere fortune-telling. It is a lie and a lie of the satan. One of the happiest, most memorable moments for me was once when someone asked me some silly thing when my son was with me. His eyes lit up with fiery intensity before he knew what happened and he angrily said, “My Dad is not a fortune-teller. That is not what this is about.” He quickly recovered and apologized for getting so hot. But oh, how I loved my son for saying it!

            With your permission, I would like to use this as a stand-alone article here. It is deeply profound, with many facets.

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          • YongDuk says:

            It would be an honour… Please edit it and re-arrange it as the Spirit leads you (including fixing omissions of some words).

            I meant to say “slightly disagree” not politely as in I meant a polite readjustment. Sorry ’bout that.

            Butterfinger mint chocolate cups could be good, but not like buttery ones…

            I did want to ask you about sloth in the modern era. What with all our luxuries, compartmentalisation of our life, tendencies to work-a-holicism (meritocracy included) and etc. l has Heaven (your Angel) given you direction on that deadly sin that you might be able to share or your own insights?

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          • charliej373 says:

            It sets off a meditation, YD, concerning sloth. Often I have felt guilty about not getting done what I wanted to in the time I wanted to…and later understood that God was preventing me from doing what I thought was the “good” I should be at. A much greater good came from waiting – but I had to be forced. I don’t have answers, but I think you are very much right that we have gotten way off track – and don’t even know what a well-balanced godly life looks like any more. I have felt since shortly after it happened, that my disability because of my spinal surgery, is a wonderful leash from God, rather pulling me back to a proper rhythm. I always have pain, but sometimes it flares so much it debilitates me for a time – and if I try to press through. it gets worse. When I have been stubborn, it has often knocked me out for three days – and once for a week. I fatigue far easier than I did before the situation – and now if I don’t rest when I get fatigued, again, I am knocked out for days. Yet despite this disability, I walked across the country. Last year, I often spent time alone in my hotel room in bed between public events, often groaning in weakness and pain. Yet I made every scheduled public meeting and enjoyed visits with all the wonderful people I met. In fact, I think the only two places where it was kind of obvious that I was in no little distress were Houston and San Antonio.

            So my faith AND docility have increased dramatically because of this. I am sometimes knocked down by trifles because of the condition – and yet the condition has not prevented me from doing things in God’s name that would have been challenging when I was in my 20’s. It is a mystery, but one which makes me think how true it is when the Lord says to us in our weakness, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

            Sometimes we don’t do enough…and then sometimes we do too much, thinking it is what we should. But we are wrong. I don’t have a clear understanding of this, but I think you are VERY much on the right track pondering how badly we have lost the rhythm of God in our lives.

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          • I do believe, with the Fathers of the Church that “Littera gesta docet, Quod credas allegoria. Moralia quod agas, Quo tendas anagogia.” For brevity’s sake please look the phrase up in Google. There was tower, and there was a moment when Adam was induced into a profound sleep, etc. Each one of those things was written “in the manner of a rhapsody” (St Jerome) like the Iliad by Homer, for example. The building of a tower occurred and it was used by God to represent something He wanted to communicate. He had done that before and He continued to do it through History. In my poor limited and very uneducated way I understand towers are a representation of human pride. Eve was born of the side of Adam (Hebrew, sela) and Longinus cut the side of Our Crucified Lord. From those realities we understand that the Church was born from the side of Our Lord, blood and water forever mingled as His Sacrifice and Our Baptism, forgiveness and cleansing. Should we reject the reality and say it did not happen because it is analogical? I don’t think so.

            Before the Empire State and the Eiffel Tower were built, the citizens of Seville in Spain, proposed to their Christian King Alphonsus, to build a tower for the Cathedral they just had recovered from the Muslim Moors. The words are recorded in stone near La Giralda, the tower they built: “ ..y hagamos una torre tan alta que los que están por venir nos tomen por locos.” (Let us build a tower so high that still to be born would think us mad.) The phrase captures the madness of pride, the stupid need to demean others by climbing above them, to be come a god of sorts by mere accumulation, the need to be remembered and admired as great players in the pissing contest of the history of human endeavors.

            Towers, pyramids, tall engenders of all kind multiplied by mankind over History are not rare. Christ used a tower accident, a fortuitous real event to teach: “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Mark 13:1-4

            Jesus Christ made an allegory out of a real event, like I said, He had done it before and He would do it again. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered Matthew 10:29-30

            The wisdom of God ordains the entire world to serve as a model for our instruction; even the minutest things are (or are not) there for a reason. Reality has a meaning because it was created by the Word of God. Shakespeare the Catholic placed in the mouth of a man the foolish human conclusion that the successive events we witness have no meaning: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28. Of course, Shakespeare knew better because he wrote plays with a moral meaning and knew that God could weave parables too. God did it once and will do it again.

            Romans 8:5-7 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

            To know this is to enter deeply in the mystery of original sin. Eve was made to envy God’s wisdom. See the allegory there; the foolishness of envy always is on the opposite side to wisdom, divine or human. All wisdom comes from God so ultimately human wisdom is not something a human being can boast about but the human ego can manage to stain even the sacred learning. The contemporaries of Jesus wondered, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offence at him.

            I remember when I was a kid some poor young man in our neighborhood earned a prize after inventing a certain medical device. The event was in the newspapers and one astonished (and knuckleheaded) neighbor of mine commented, “How can he be a genius? He lives next to my sister’s!” Like if belonging to his neighborhood was a guarantee to be as thick as he was! Ha ha! It happens among men of the cloth also and it has a name: invidia sacerdotalis I may have mangled the Latin but that’s how I remember it.

            Romans 1:18-22 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools … etc.”

            Men compete with each other but in reality they are competing with God. The building of towers is the result of that futility. Osama Bin Laden conspired to bring down the World Trade Center towers, and his family is now involved in building the tallest building in the world. That is a strange thing to do in a country where space is not as scarce as in Manhattan to say the least. So on the morning of the 14th anniversary of 9/11 a huge crane belonging to the Bin Laden Construction Co. was hit by lighting during an unexpected storm. The lightning hit at the base of the structure —that in itself is a rare event— and caused the contraption to collapse on top of the nearby Mosque at the time of prayers killing a number of people. Only a few days later a stampede caused the death of several hundred in the same place.

            Later the announcement was made that the huge tower depicted in my previous comment will be built costing over a billion dollars. What followed was God’s comment, in my humble opinion. On the first hours of 2016, when the attention of the world was centered on the largest fireworks show in the world in Dubai … one of the tallest hotels in the world caught on fire. The flames advanced at a spectacular speed up the front of the building. Firefighters could do very little to stop them. It all happened on 1/1/2016 a date which resolves to 11 (1+1+2+0+1+6=11) the biblical number for “last things” but that may be just a coincidence although “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

            I believe God talks to mankind through the events of the day. Some may think me a simpleton or a loony but my thoughts are the result of a lifetime observing curious coincidences that seem to point at something. Of course I believe in Scripture like the Fathers did: a Divine Oracle or Expression built in for layers: literal, analogical, moral, and mystical. That is what I received from the Church and I am in no position to dismiss it.

            There is this problem of the crescendo of envy and pride that is the natural result of that moment of envy our mother Eve had in the Garden of Eden. The fall was great but men foolishly think they can accumulate stones to climb back to a self-built paradise of their own. Inside the man who has allowed the devil to seduce him, there is this necessity to assert himself, to show his value, to cast a longer shadow than the rest. That is pure lunacy. We have been building those towers since the days on the plains of Sinar and our poor constructions keep falling. The Saudi tower will not fare any better. The only stairway to Heaven is the Cross firmly planted in the House of God. (Genesis 28:17)

            God still controls reality and He still uses it as a teaching tool for those who are paying attention.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            Thanks for this meditation. It gives me much to think about.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, you’re absolutely correct. I can’t count all the events or illnesses or fatigues that have forced me to slow down and realize I either didn’t need to do something and should leave it for others, or that gave me time to think over things I had been too shallow about, and so many more. This has had an enormous impact on my life, on who I am, and on what has worked and what hasn’t and shouldn’t have worked.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Carlos, YD and Charlie, I think you guys went a bit over my head. Am I understanding you to say, cities are not good because we lose track of God with all the hustle and bustle, get too involved in making our own plans and greatness and build towers and name them after ourselves because, obviously, God didn’t hire the construction crew or architect it was only us who built it. We get to write our name on it and wallow in our own glory? It is better to be a family unit which supports each other in an agrarian society because we depend on God to bless the earth and not commit sin like Cain did so God doesn’t take that blessing away? YD, Charlie is right, a great meditation (once I think I understand it). I love Genesis. I can get lost in it, but I wouldn’t have seen these thing there, so thanks. Charlie I don’t see where sloth came from?

            Carlos, I wish I was as uneducated as you! Okay so I copy the latin phrase, open a tab paste the saying and only get the Divine Comedy. I go to google put in latin to english translate and get: “The letter speaks of deeds; allegory, what we believe. Moralia have something to do, and where they anagogia.” (Did Yoda say this in Star Wars?) Even now that it is in English and looking up the word ‘anagogia’ (when was the last time you used it in a sentence) I still don’t know what it means. You quote Dante, Shakespeare, the old and the new testament, make excellent apologies on what God is saying through the ages as well as through current events and do so eloquently, know the Hebrew meaning for numbers, and introduced the side of Adam and the side of Christ, all in a short column. I, my friend, am the poor limited and uneducated one (you know that newspapers are written at a sixth grade level for a reason.) Seriously, while I think I got most of what you fellow said after I went back and read parts of Genesis, I am still trying to mind meld the latin phrase with Jacob’s ladder. (I bet ya’ll didn’t know there is a comic con this week.)😀

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, I don’t mean either cities or towers are evil. It is the intention behind whatever you do that sanctifies it (while understanding you have a duty to be competent – and not justify your failures by your intentions). Read Romans 14, as St. Paul says, in part, “…I am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for any one who thinks it unclean…”

            That said, towers are often used as images of man’s vanity, a vanity which separates him from God. We should all be most careful of situations which seduce us to think we have wrought something magnificent rather than that God has wrought something magnificent through us. The hard discipline of country life does seem to help people from getting too puffed up.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Thanks Charlie, when I have read that before ( Romans) I supose I was thinking of Acts, with Peters dream of the clean and unclean foods. It makes more sense your way because we can sanctify our work through intention. My new year’ s resolution is to use anagogia in a sentence 😂(still ruminating that one…I just figured out how to copy and paste more than one word on my kindle)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Deer! My New Year’s resolution is to NEVER use anagogia in a sentence! (Oops, another resolution bites the dust…maybe next year. I’m used to saying that: I’m a Cubs fan).

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        • zeniazenia says:

          I did think the juxtaposition of the fireworks and the burning hotel was chilling. It seemed strange no one died in that fire. Crazy!

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          • Mick says:

            Jane, in one of the articles that I read about the blaze, the authorities finally said the 14 people were killed. However, from what many of the witnesses said (especially those who had been inside the building), it seems like the real death toll should be much higher and that the authorities might not be telling the truth–especially considering that for the first several hours, they insisted that there had been zero fatalities.

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        • Deereverywhere: I did not mean to say anything bad about cities or towers, per se, only that towers have been a symbol of vanity, reserved to kings in the past, to countries and top businessmen these days. The renaming of the Sears Tower was followed by the exclusion of Sears & Roebuck from the blue chips exclusive club sometime ago. High they go and low they fall but they keep building towers. There is a practical need to build a tower in Manhattan, not so much in Australia or Saudi Arabia where space is not scarce methinks. I am all for country life and the agrarian way of living but cities can be great, after all we are all striving to be citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem! More info on the latin dictum in: https://casorosendi.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/towers/ The literal teaches the facts; allegory what you should believe. The moral sense what you should do, and anagogy what you should hope for. God presents to us Scripture full of meaning, on a variety of levels, literal, allegorical, moral, and mystical. ALL OF THEM ARE TRUE but more specifically the LITERAL. If Scripture says “And he went out to the wilderness” that means “He went out to the wilderness”. If Scripture says that men decided to build a tower to make a name for themselves, well that means exactly that. A different thing is the “parable” when explicitly used as “there was a widow who lost a coin” In that case the very presentation is the literal meaning but that does not mean that that widow existed. We know that the parable was told in such and such manner, literally. Then we can progress to the rest of the layers of meaning.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I greatly appreciate this teaching! You have no idea how wonderful this is to me. I kind of knew some of it but breaking it down into the individual components is marvelous. I am self taught so this information really helps me ( unlike the dictionary definition of analogy which gave some weird Freudian unconscious definition that really had me confused. I was going to do more research on it but now I don’t have to, I can go into the Latin site and see what kernels of wisdom are there. I have been meditating on the Adam/Nesus side thing, thanks for that.😀

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          • Deereverywhere: read the Apostolic Fathers, most of it is online but there are inexpensive collections out there. My studies are technical so … I am also self taught. Praying Scripture helps a lot too. God bless. CARLOS

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Many thanks for your wisdom

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          • Let us both give thanks to God for the Fathers of the Church 😉

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  32. Linda says:

    Happy New Year everyone😀

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  33. CrewDog says:

    Happy 2016!
    My friends Jack & Linda always send me these Holiday E-Cards so I’ll hi-jack it & pass it on :
    http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=5960582074966
    & a toast to all our Family, Friends, Comrades in Faith & Comrades in Arms who have gone before:

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE & LEAD US WELL IN 2016!!

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    • Happy New Year, Crew Dog!

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    • Ed Allison says:

      That’s from one of my favorite movies: Waking Ned Divine. A great tune, for sure. Thank you for posting it! Happy New Year Crew Dog! God Bless you!

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      • CrewDog says:

        That is a great Movie Ed and it introduced me to “The Parting Glass”. I’d never heard before it’s a Irish/Brit “Thing”. I liked it so much I researched the song and came up with my own version that I told my sons I wanted “Performed” at my Wake/”Going Away Party”:
        “The Parting Glass”
        Of all the money that e’er I had,
        I spent it in good company.
        And all the harm that e’er I’ve done,
        Alas! It was to none but me.
        And all I’ve done for want of wit,
        To memory now I can’t recall.
        So fill to me the parting glass.
        Goodbye and joy be with you all.

        Of all the comrades that e’er I had,
        They’re sorry for my going away.
        And all the sweethearts that e’er I kissed,
        They’d wish me one more day to stay.
        But since it falls into my lot,
        That I should go and you should not.
        I take my leave and fondly call,
        Goodbye and peace be with you all.

        Fill to me the parting glass,
        And drink to health what’er befalls.
        Then gently rise and softly call,
        Farewell and God be with you all.

        Traditional Irish c. 1700
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  34. Carmelite says:

    From a previous post: ‘Next year is the year of Fatima, when the scope of the battle is fully revealed. But all who press on through the battle have recourse to God’s mercy. ‘
    Thank you,Charlie, for your fiat. Thank you all here for your fiat.
    I am compelled to share a short story (at least, will try to keep it short) about being ready for the new year and trusting in God’s infinite mercy. Quiet Person, you come especially to my mind – you are dear to my heart.
    Our daughter, who is separated from her spouse, came with her children (6 and 9) for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday she broke 4 bones in her right foot – her driving foot, ugh. Now, we have been trying to gather a bit of extra food and supplies and figured we were doing pretty good with the space we have (1100 sq. ft, which is pretty darn small).
    We have a Skye Terrier and an ancient cat. Daughter has a Chesapeake Retriever and 2 cats. Fine for a week’s visit, right? Picture us all together for 6 weeks, trying to prepare for Christmas!!
    Do tensions arise? You bet. No place to really get away. Children are homeschooled, which puts an extra strain on space. Daughter is frustrated at inability to do more to help, as clothes and dishes mound up and food must be prepared tooooo often, sigh.
    We get along well, praise God, and with His help and lots of prayer, we have made it through some tough days. We are learning humility and patience (one bathroom, hahaha) and living in His Will like never before. We have learned that a few extra food items and whatnot go FAST with only 3 extra people in the house. We are learning – sometimes with tears and rebellion – that total surrender to Jesus and trust in Him is the only way to survive. I cannot even imagine having several people around whom I only know on the surface. Preppers beware :-))
    I make it to daily Mass only 3 or 4 times a week now. Quiet prayer time is when I can grasp it. We really have had recourse to God’s mercy and hopefully, prayerfully, will continue to do so. May He never let us out of His loving embrace!
    Our God is in charge and He is the victor, bless His Holy Name now and forever.

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    • Petra says:

      Thank you for this insight. We really have become very spoiled regarding our space in this prosperous United States. I grew up in a family of six kids in a 3 bedroom house (one bathroom). There was not much privacy…or quiet. We didn’t have enough chairs, so two of us had to sit on the piano bench brought into the kitchen for dinner. We barely all fit. And lookout when somebody spilled their glass of milk! (Everybody got a little on them!)

      In 1963 my parents took us on an extended camping trip out West (long story…my dad had lost his job as a supervisor in a machine shop. He decided to start his own business, but had to wait for 3 months for the first machine. So what better to do than take a cross-country vacation with the kids in tow? (My dad probably didn’t have another vacation for about 15 years!)) Imagine two adults and six kids ranging in age from 17 to 4, crammed into a station wagon, camping every night for six weeks. You learned to get along.
      I have a feeling these early lessons in sharing are going to help me, but I worry for those who grew up in 2 children homes, with their own rooms, own T.V.’s, and abundance in everything. They are going to be VERY uncomfortable, I think. It will be a huge adjustment for them to make due with one room for their whole family to sleep. But I think if those of us who are able to host someone in our homes keep in mind the others have nowhere else to go and be safe, it will not seem like such a burden, but that we are rescuing them. And if we are the ones who are being housed, it’s up to us to make sure we assist the running of the household in every possible way, looking with gratitude on those who opened their homes to us and gave us refuge. It certainly will be a test and refining of our Christian charity.

      God bless.

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      • All of this is true. I am going through something like this in my life at the moment. It has been the worst year of my life. Remember this: it isn’t the inconvenience that will be the most difficult, it will be the terrible grief of loss. Loss of a way of life, loss of traditions that won’t come back, loss of security, loss of independence, loss of home, loved ones, possessions, pets, neighbors, parish, keepsakes, and so many things dear to you that you can’t now imagine. Over the last year I have lost everything. Yet it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It is making me trust God more than I ever have and it has been the best preparation I could have for what is coming. I know first hand the depth of grief that will be experienced by others I will meet and also the strength that will arise in them from it. And contrition. And self knowledge. And compassion. And perspective. And freedom. And new life. So throw your arms around those you will shelter; they will be grieving. Be patient with yourself if you must be sheltered; you will be grieving. But don’t despair. This grief is transformative and that is our hope for the future.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I came to think that was one of the great purposes of my pilgrimage, flowers. Though voluntary, I lost so many of the things that give us a sense of security. Each day, I did not know where I would sleep that night. Often, I did not know that I would have water nearby. At times, I was not sure about the supply and availability of food. I guess the scariest was not knowing where I would bed down for the night. It took about a month and a half to really gain confidence I would find good cover each night – and even then, if a found a comfortable spot, I wanted to hold on to it. Even when you have nothing, you want to hold on to the nicer bits of nothing. Yet intimidating as it was early on, such sublime joy rose from the midst of it.

          What is old has mostly already passed away. But what God has planned for us is joy…and peace…and family.

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          • Helana/MomofSeven7 says:

            I believe Charlie mentioned something about those who were pious or think they know how things should be, would be severely tested in 2015. That was, and is, me. After 25 years of marriage and 7 children, my bipolar husband left for another woman and is now practicing the Catholic faith freely with her when he was disgruntled about practicing it with me. All the devotions I shared with him, the Rosary, Adoration, etc., he know embraces with her, as he is planning another marriage. i received and annulment thinking I would feel “free”, but I do not. My world fell apart. I know see that my marriage and “perfect” life, was not so perfect on the inside, and I can tell it became my idol by the fact of how difficult it is to “let go” of it. I still struggle with the “how” and “why” God would let this happen to me….that’s Pride for ya, which is probably why it happened.

            When I think about the Rescue and all things being made new, I don’t know what to make of it. The idea of rejoicing without an intact family doesn’t seem possible to me. I had always prayed for my spouse’s conversion and healing, hoping it would happen before the “Storm” so our family could be as spiritually prepared as possible.

            Yikes! To say that ALL things will be stripped away so all you have is God, is an understatement. A good friend told me this trial is the BOOT CAMP for what is to come.
            I still pray for the joy…peace…and family that Charlie says God has planned for us. I hope all is restored again.

            I must say, however, that I am surprised I haven’t abandoned my faith. How true it is that God doesn’t give us a cross harder than we can bear, even if we don’t always carry it as well as we should.

            I follow Pelianito’s blog and Jesus says to claim Baruch 5:5-6 for your loved ones, so I share it with all of you here:
            https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/read-this-scripture-passage-and-claim-it-for-your-loved-ones/

            God Bless all NRS readers and Happy New Year to you!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Helana, I hold you and yours close to my heart in prayer. God is good and will reveal Himself in your journey in many ways. “Let go…and let God” was my saving grace during my divorce and annulment when I finally surrendered to it, over and over again, I may add.

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          • janet333 says:

            “I still pray for the joy…peace…and family that Charlie says God has planned for us. I hope all is restored again.”

            Helana….I am praying for you to experience such joy and peace when the Triumph happens! 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Helena, I’m so sorry for what you have been, and are, going through. I will keep you, your family, and your ex-husband in my prayers.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Helana/MomofSeven7, a Prayer of Miraculous Trust going up for you and your family. You’ve faced a very tough time but seem to be drawing good from it. May you continue to do so.

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          • OHHHHH how interesting that you said that. I did not mention it in my post but there is a pattern to what I lost. I lost everything that I had been clinging to for security. That was too coincidental to be coincidental. It was that pattern that made me see it was from God. As soon as I realized that I was able to calm down and view it rationally: God is doing this and He is trying to help me prepare for what’s coming. He is making me let go and teaching me trust. That’s not to say I don’t still get the occasional panic attack and grief attack. But prayer quickly dispels it. I have great hope for the future.

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          • Beckita says:

            SF, love this: “As soon as I realized that I was able to calm down and view it rationally: God is doing this and He is trying to help me prepare for what’s coming.” I think it IS the maintaining of Peace which alows God’s purpose(s) to be more readily fulfilled. Just imagine being innoculated. With calm endurance the prick and pain pass more easily. With tightening of muscles and all manner of resistance, more difficulty ensues.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          How terrible and how beautiful. Thank you singingflowers, for sharing your heart.

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        • Beckita says:

          Helena, praying for you and your family. May the Holy Family be especially close to you all at this time.

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      • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

        Oh Petra, I love this! It reminds me of my own childhood 🙂 We had this big old station wagon and we would pile into it like sardines! My Aunt and her two kids would pile in as well, they always went everywhere with us and practically lived with us. They would squeeze in (with their dog no less) on top of our own family (6 kids) my mom and dad and two big dogs. I was always rescuing animals so we often had a few boxes, cages or aquariums filled with baby birds (that had to be fed every 15-20 mins and kept warm), bunnies, squirrels, pet turtles, salamanders, toads, tadpoles, snakes and a crow named Clyde that all had to come along. Then we’d all head up to this tiny log cabin with 2 bedrooms- 4 hours away, and then all pack into that as well! Can you imagine what that car must have looked like to other people driving by? Hahaha! It was just crazy but we learned to share everything! Privacy? Ha- what the heck is that? With 8 little kids, my mom and her sister would stuff 4 of us in the bathtub at once! If it was warm enough we’d all just jump in the lake or stand out in the rain under the gutters with the shampoo and scrub away! I would spend hours out on the lake fishing with my dad until we caught our limits and then hours cleaning the fish to feed the tribe!
        On Christmas Eve all 8 of us kids would sleep on the floor in one room and try to stay up all night waiting for Christmas morning. I love these memories!! It is so sad that people no longer seem to have these experiences, they are precious….and good training for what is coming!

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        • janet333 says:

          I loved your story Snowy..and not a cell phone Ipad or computer in sight. Those were the days 🙂

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            Janet, I know! They all live in ‘virtual unreality’ now. I don’t allow any of that here at my house when they come to visit. They kids just have to be kids without their gadgets. I can’t wait for this to change- can’t come soon enough for me! They are missing out on so much of life.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          Ha Snowy! Our family was a bit like that. I am the oldest of 7. We too would pile in the station wagon for trips local or afar. At stoplights people would invariably try to count how many of us there were. Those times were so sweet, innocent and joyful. Most of the world has lost that and hopefully our “reset” will bring it back. To regain simplicity! My family jokes about being really squished together again soon!

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          • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

            Kim, I sure hope so. I pray that when everything changes people will see the damage that living this way causes and choose not to do this again!

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        • Petra says:

          Oh, Snowy, you made me laugh with your response! Yes, I can imagine. (BTW, we too always seemed to always have a menagerie of pets in our house, but they never came on vacation because we weren’t going to a cabin or anything. Charlie Dodd, our elderly neighbor (what a lovely man, gone many years now.) would take care of the pets while we were gone. He was like an uncle to us. So kind.

          And wow, compared to your trips, ours sound like we had the room of a limousine to ride around in. But we really didn’t. The effect was the same – we were all jammed in. And yes, I remember bath time when we were little – there were 3 to a tub, and the littlest one in the kitchen sink! And the next bather (the older boys, one at a time) used the same water, maybe a little warmed up. My parents’ house didn’t have a shower until about 1990. (!)

          Actually, it made for pretty good relationships, and built understanding and tolerance, (along with the need for parents to referee the bickering) but eventually, sharing happened, and kindness, and wanting to be close to each other, and yes, love. The expectation was set that selfishness doesn’t fly.

          Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your childhood life. Many of us who grew up in the ’60’s and ’70’s lived this. It’s the next generations where these sorts of family experiences no longer happened. I always felt that was a shame.

          God bless.

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Carmelite, God bless you. You are dear to me too.

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    • Mick says:

      God bless you and your whole crew, Carmelite. How long until your daughter is cleared to drive?

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    • Maryj says:

      Carmelite, Oh how I can relate to this story. I am the youngest of 11 children,three bedrooms, one bathrom…and Dad left for work fifteen minutes before we were to leave for school,Dad made the money that supported us, he got the bathroom first!! What really caught my attention was this….Quiet prayer time is when I can grasp it….If you can even fathom this, mom never made us do the dishes after supper, everything was rinsed and stacked on the counter next to the sink, she did the dishes the next morning, very,very early. We were not allowed into that room until she was finished, only dad was allowed into the room, it was their time together and many a Rosary was prayed over that sink of hot water and bubbles! Thanks for the Memory!!

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful, Maryj!

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      • vbrewing says:

        Wow Maryj. I love that. I’m going to see what my husband thinks of that. Its so hard to find time together, alone, and for prayer.

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      • Carmelite says:

        What a beautiful memory, Maryj .
        I also find early morning to be the best time… somewhere between 4 and 5. Liturgy of the Hours before anyone else is up and about and meditation on Divine Intimacy, which is sometimes done with the children awake and noisy :-/. However, I find that it was much easier to hop out of bed when I was younger, hahaha. The spirit has the want-to, but the body rebels after 60. At least mine does, sigh.

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  35. CrewDog says:

    Sounds like good advice for “These Days”!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 2 January

    Psalms 90:12
    Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    So often we look up and time has passed us by. The things we promised ourselves we’d accomplish and the deeds we told others we’d do get left undone. Before we know it, days have become weeks, and weeks months, and months years. We find ourselves unable to do what we once assumed we could do any time we want. We must ask the Spirit of God to help us see and seize the opportunities the LORD places in our path.

    Prayer:
    Father, I confess that so often I leave undone what needs to be done. Please help me see your plans in each of my days and live in a way which not only honors you, but also blesses those you want me to reach. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! …….. & Merry 9th Day of Christmas! 😉

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  36. Carmelite says:

    Thank you, AQP!! How lovely to hear that 🙂
    Petra, you say ‘It certainly will be a test and refining of our Christian charity.’ Indeed.
    If living with family who are used to their routines is a test (and this for maybe 6-8 weeks), then we will indeed be refined in the fires of charity if we must adapt to others not of family – and in close quarters, eh?
    Please know that I prayed for this NRS family in a special way during consecration this morning.
    God bless all here.

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  37. Spikenard says:

    Charlie,

    I realize many here are tuned in to what you have to say and, like myself, belief you are sincere. Certainly your pilgrimage, your inspirational writings, your amiable nature with animals, your conversions to the Faith seem to earmark you as a saint in the making. Still, Bob in Minnesota does have a valid point about “testing everything”. Heaven, itself, proved several apparitions as divinely inspired such as the tilma, when the Bishop asked Juan Diego for a “sign”, and the sun dancing in the sky of Fatima for those unbelieving. Have your Spiritual Directors asked for a sign? And if a miracle, or two, attest to your mission, would not that enable us lay folk to consider you as passing the test? Maybe a low profile is desirable, and that is certainly understandable, but wouldn’t a supernatural mark spread your mission and be more of what God would desire? It could be that a sign is pending as the Storm unfolds, and I apologize if I overstep my place in asking this in the first place. I am just thinking that maybe a great multitude of people might be convinced with a miracle, and then there would be more followers. Thank you, in any event, for all you do, whether with a sign or not……I cannot imagine what it is like to be in your moccasins!

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, that is perfectly legitimate to ask, Spikenard. There are things I refuse to speak of, somewhat to the frustration of one of my priests. The thing is, the Lord has told me not to concern myself with these things; that He, Himself, will confirm me at a time of His choosing. Meantime, the things I encourage you to do are things that are solid and good regardless of anything else. God does not want anyone following a guru in these times, but is calling to see who will do what is solid and good because it is solid and good. If there were such a public sign at this point, many would do whatever I say – but the point is to get all to call upon the Lord, the Most High – to stretch out their hearts and minds to Him and take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around them.

      There will be a time (at least so I am told), but that time is not now, for it would only lead people astray, following yet another guru instead of taking heart that God is close to them.

      I appreciate your frustration, as I lived it for many decades. But let me say that signs are often over-rated. I received many compelling ones along the way of my hidden journey, yet managed to justify doubt in my mind anyway. In the end, it comes down to whether you trust God – which really has nothing to do with whether you trust me. But I do appreciate your frustration.

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  38. Spikenard says:

    You keep me scratching my head Charlie about what’s to come…..hmmmmm…..

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good. If you’re scratching your head you are contemplating. As long as you are committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope, all things will become clear when you need them.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      An old Chinese proverb: “He who scratches his head too much will soon be bald.”
      Wait a minute, I made that up!😉
      We all ask for signs though we are taught to “walk by faith, not by sight.” Jesus said , “it is an evil generation that asks for a sign and the only sign that will be given it is the sign of Jonah!” Wow! The sign of Jonah is the sign of the Resurrection! New life after three days in the belly of the beast. This is the sign that is given to all generations, all of them evil.

      We are to test prophecy and retain what is good. If Charlie has a flat tire along the way (like LTTW), God does not change. However, we might need to get out of Charlie’s car and walk the rest of the way home.

      If that happens, I believe the Lady in blue will still pick us up in a bus!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Who knew you were an old Chinese man, MP?

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        • sweetwaterhaven says:

          That would be LM (not MP), CJ, although he shared something I was thinking as well (minus the nice proverb). I was chuckling the other day about our use of acronyms at TNRS, considering the voluminous writing. I know that I toss one in here and there out of guilt, but really… the actual space I saved in a typical comment is laughable.

          LM, I like walking, but if I have to get out of CJ’s car at some point I’m definitely taking the squirrel bobblehead off the dash for a souvenir. Seriously though, the core message here is solid. I would say that TNRS was the final piece I needed to ditch what was left of my pre- and poorly conceived scripting about the road ahead. That’s good, because I also like a blank canvas.

          God Bless all,

          MP

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oops…sorry about that, LM. I have a brother and sister who are 11 and 12 years younger than me. I used to watch them when they were kids, and if I was angry at them, would say, abruptly, “Steve and Kim!” My two children are a year and a half apart…a girl and a boy. So when I was angry at them, I would say, “Christie and Charlie!”

            My two oldest grand-kids, Mya and Camron are just a year and a half apart. When we lived close I took them many places and often watched them. Once, while visiting a cave, I got irritated at something they did and shouted, “Steve and Kim!…uh, I mean Christie and Charlie!…dogone it, Mya and Cammie!!!” They looked at me baffled for a moment, then Mya looked at her brother and said, “Poppy is nice, but he gets confused sometimes.” Still do, still do.

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      • Spikenard says:

        As far as asking for a sign, in the context of private revelation, I mentioned the Bishop in Tepeyac asking for a sign. Was he evil? If so, why did God comply with his request? Charlie, himself, said he didn’t mind replying if his apparitions were ever asked to be proven with a sign by his Spiritual Directors. So I don’t think he thought it evil either. Prophesy can be proven with a sign, or a miracle, and we’re told by Scripture to ask for it. Holy Mother Church proves apparitions by their supernatural quality, their “signs”. So I think my questions need to be addressed in that context.

        As far as scratching my head, I had mentioned that I believe Charlie is sincere, so what I meant by that is that I wonder what his role in the future will be. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with that. I think Charlie understood where I was coming from and the context from which my questions were asked. I had asked without bad intent. I like Charlie too, and his message….maybe if God so desired him to show a sign, many more would believe his message, and that’s where I was coming from. But, as per Charlie, his hour has not yet come.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh gosh, Spikenard, I don’t think LM was taking a shot at you at all – and I also think you both have good points. In the Bible, sometimes God tells a particular person to ask for a sign…but Jesus also rebukes all the people who are asking Him for a sign, telling them in MAtthew 16:4 that “…an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah…”

          There is no little mystery here. Even when Jesus said this, He was trailing a whole host of signs that people could have realized had they been paying attention to what He was saying and doing. Sometimes God gives a sign to a good-hearted person who asks; sometimes He reacts with a rebuke.

          I did not detect any ill intent in your original question, nor did I detect any in LM’s comment. We are all finding our way. God has His plan how all this will unfold. He told me not to concern myself with that – that He will confirm me in His own time…and that all now will serve as a good testing of hearts. I speak little specifically about this, because ultimately it is God’s business and He has His purposes. But let me assure you, it requires no belief in me, whatsoever, to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. God will reward all who do that resolutely, regardless of what they think of me.

          Please, though, I value both you and LM here very much – so don’t take offense to each other. You both have things of value to say and share. I’m greedy. I want everyone of good will and serious insight or inquiry here.

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  39. Linda says:

    Im sorta scratching my head at what’s going on in the stockmarket and China.. i wonder if this is the initial trigger??? Only God knows… tbd

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    • BD says:

      Linda, these gyrations in the markets are controlled demolitions for now. I believe the collapse that began in 2008 never ended, it was only stalled or postponed if you will. Enormous amounts of money/capital has been created out of thin air to save the banking system and keep this Ponzi scheme going. Fraud and market manipulation has been both rampant and encouraged by our fearless leaders. Unimaginable monetary vehicles have been created and exponentially expanded such as derivatives, in amounts that dwarf the entire GDP of the planet. Some speculate these markets exceed 1-quadrillion dollars in notional value. Nobody but the banks themselves know for sure. Are we the common man/woman to be the bag-holders again?

      The current financial system is living on borrowed time. At some point the powers that be will just pull the plug on it all. No doubt they are positioning themselves right now for maximum financial gain and increase in power and dominion over the entire world. They have devised the perfect plan, right? What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly stop this diabolical plan put forth so many years ago?

      In short it will be “The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”. Enough said…

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      • Beckita says:

        Well said, BD. Amen!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Ah, BD, I think you’re onto something here. Like you, I think the Powers That Be are setting up a controlled demolition. They figure – or at least hope and intend – they can retain control of it, like a roller-coaster cab on a track. God seems to like to work *with* the trend, so when they pull the plug and send the roller-coaster cab down the carefully designed waterfall track, God’s going to take His hand and push the entire roller-coaster structure to the ground. And the PTB will be out of work.

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  40. MarieUrsula says:

    This isn’t exactly the right thread to post this on, but it’s related since it talks about 2015 and what’s coming in 2016. Michael Snyder (whose financial credentials and veracity I can’t personally evaluate adequately, but I know he has a wide following) writes about various signs of global financial troubles, which we don’t always hear about in the mainstream media. And note especially his last few paragraphs, which express our attitude here:

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/what-really-happened-in-2015-and-what-is-coming-in-2016

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    • Mick says:

      MarieUrsula, I’ve been reading Michael Snyder for a while. I’m no expert, but his stuff seems solid to me. He’s a teenie, weenie bit anti-Catholic, though; but it’s not too often and so is easy to ignore.

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  41. CrewDog says:

    I hate to be the Proverbial “Wet Cigar” at the Party here but below is a final item from 31 Dec 15 that my be an indication of what’s coming in 2016! In the USA this is benignly, by “Media”, called a Flash Mob of “bored youths”. It should be called a Criminal Terrorist Mob here and anywhere! This was obviously orchestrated via “Social Media” or worse? Designed to cause Terror, Disruption of Civil Services and Cripple Economies that are already tottering on the brink!
    NOW!! I don’t watch/listen to “MainStream Media” but I’m “Betting the Farm” that if this story was covered at all the word Terror was not used and the perpetrators were excused for all the Liberal Agenda and Kumbiya Reasons!
    I hate to make grim New Year’s Predictions but I see a 2016 where Anarchists, Race Hustlers and Islamic Terrorists form up together or separately to wreak havoc upon the West ….. and all the usual West/Christian Hating “Suspects” standing by to take advantage….. and PC Liberal Governments, Politicians and Media “Pointing Fingers” at everyone/thing except the Perps ;-(

    “REVEALED: 1,000+ Migrants Brawl, Rape, Sexually Assault, And Steal At ONE German Train Station On New Year’s Eve”

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/01/04/revealed-1000-migrants-brawl-rape-sexually-assault-steal-one-german-train-station-new-years-eve/

    Merry 12th Day of Christmas! 😉

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  42. Susan Rineer says:

    Charlie,
    We are planning a spring “Bible” study at our parish, with where you see us in 2016, do you have any suggestions as far as a topic or even specific study you would recommend that might best prepare us?

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Church as the Family of God. Contemplate what a family is and should be, then apply it. And I will have a few posts that will help illuminate the subject – and lead you to lines of thought on that. Also, I think my piece, “Into the Whirlwind,” is a nice place to begin study of the Book of Job, which is apropos in many ways this year.

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  43. BD says:

    The “Storm” continues. North Korea may have detonated a hydrogen bomb. Curiously when I researched the 2009 NK nuke tests, I was surprised to find at least one expert believed they may have tested a super EMP device as well. Interesting times?

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  44. Is a similar report for 2016 available as well?

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  45. But like Saint Josemaría used to comment, when you work for the Lord, numbers don’t matter.

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