Key Piece Coming

I am working right now on a piece that explains in more detail than I ever have before the experience of the mystic – or at least my experience. I do not do this to edify your curiosity, but because it is on me that it is important as we enter into this year. People’s idea of such things is absurdly misguided and simplistic. Sometimes, after discussing something very serious, some of the questions I get sound, to me, like, “But when do I get chocolate” or “Are we there yet?” My occasional prickliness is more a product of being completely bumfuzzled by the question rather than actually irritated at it.

Over the course of this year, all of you are going to be called to do some very heavy lifting with some real fortitude. I am reminded that my questions used to be pretty much the same as the ones that now bumfuzzle me. It has been suggested to me by my angel that many of you here really have been stretching your hearts and minds out to God, emptying yourself of some of your old certainties even while committing yourself with greater faith and fervor to the Church. We have reached a point where giving such witness will be more help to most of you than it would be a distraction, hindrance or point of contention. And if you are to do some heavy lifting, it is time you know how the car works, as it were. I have many pieces I want to put up, but I will post nothing else until I have this one up. I hope it will be tonight or tomorrow morning.

And though it may disappoint some, there will be no chocolate until the Rescue and no, we are not there yet.

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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243 Responses to Key Piece Coming

  1. Becky-TN says:

    OK, Charlie, I’m going to wait on the piece. But be assured, I’m kinda puzzled by just this small piece. I’m really slow….don’t worry, the Holy Spirit knows this all too well about me. Will wait for the piece and then ask the questions running around in my head, if I still have them.

    God Bless you and all here!

    Becky-Tn

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  2. Kim sevier says:

    🙂 look forward to it. Thanks Charlie!

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  3. Fran Reddy says:

    Word of the day! Bumfuzzled! Patience is a virtue and one very much tried in these times.. Bless you for hanging in there with us Charlie : )

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    • DanSouthChicago says:

      Charlie not only helps us to stretch our hearts to our Lord. He also helps us to stretch our vocabularies! (Thanks for both, Charlie.)

      God bless!

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  4. Ed Kleese says:

    + In Volume V of Maria Valtorta’s book, “The Poem of the Man-God”, Jesus is walking with the Apostle John and He reminds him that no water can be added to a container that is already full. I try to remember this daily Charlie and your Angel is telling us the same. Thank you for the trust that you place in all of us by passing on what you yourself have been given and trusting that it will return to Him who gave it to you as Fruit for the building of the Kingdom. May God Bless you my Brother and I wish you Peace in His year 2016 A.D. Ed +

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    • kathleen says:

      Maria Valtorta’s Book is problematical. Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN – a wonderful priest – and Mother Angelica had problems with it. Be aware. God Bless.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have noted that here many times, Kathleen. It was once forbidden by the Vatican. Now the Vatican has approved it being read AS PIOUS IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE ONLY, while forbidding it being treated as any sort of private revelation.

        Many have found profound comfort in it, so as long as they treat it as pious literature, I am perfectly happy to have people cite it.

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    • Ed Kleese says:

      + I meant to say Volume IV of “The Poem of the Man-God” for the discussion of Jesus with Apostle John about no water being able to be added to a container that is already full. My apologies and my bad. Ed +

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  5. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    ….the mountain is high, my Sherpa. I wait to listen, ponder, and reflect. Only then do I climb ahead.
    http://www.newstatesman.com/sites/default/files/styles/nodeimage/public/blogs_2015/12/sherpa_2_sherpa_on_mountain.jpg?itok=Ll7r10Gv

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  6. prayingflower says:

    Bumfuzzled. You’re going to have to print a dictionary of your funny little sayings, Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know they are funny…so you will have to compile them. I will confess I make up some of my own words – but everyone seems to understand them.

      My son was talking to me last week. At one point he told me, “You’re ridiculous, Dad.” I told him that everyone knows I am serious and sober, but I love it that he also knows I am ridiculous. He chuckled and said, “Yeah, and everyone knows I am ridiculous, but I love it that you also know I am serious and sober.” He can probably help you compile the dictionary.

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  7. I’ve been reading Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God. It has been helping me so much. Not many things are hard for me (I tend toward being a very disciplined person) but Brother Lawrence is helping me with my faith, and my rest in God. It is a struggle for me to constantly turn my attention to God! It’s a wonderful struggle. So if anyone needs some good spiritual reading, I encourage you to get the book.

    I was talking with a friend today who was questioning the validity and correctness of Pope Francis. She so loves her Church and her faith, but an ear worm got in there and spread discontent. All I could think of was your posts. Here we go, folks, here we go.

    Looking forward to your posts!

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    • Beckita says:

      Love Brother Lawrence’s great work, Briana. After first reading his book, I used to play the audio version as I was about the business of mundane tasks like putting up/taking down bulletin boards.

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    • victura98 says:

      When my spirits were very low, in deep spiritual discouragement, my spiritual director recommended to me “The Practice of the Presence of God.” Brother Lawrence trains the soul to keep his eyes on the Lord, always, which is a panacea for every spiritual illness. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will never be shaken.” (Ps 16:8)”

      I would also highly recommend this book to anyone who needs the grace of perseverance.

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  8. joseph Antell Jr says:

    Thanks Charlie, it is really amazing how many are in la-la land. thanks for the plan talk

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  9. Phillip Frank says:

    That’s right, just lay it out there Charlie. As you know, pure chocolate is VERY bitter without sugar. The Holy Spirit will add the spoon full of sugar to help it go down. But it’s our job, not yours, to allow Him to enrich us with sweet wisdom of all you tell us here as these words of yours will come to each of us very differently.

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  10. Praying to the Holy Spirit living in Mary for you Charlie. I am very much looking forward to your post. The above is serious yet gave me a chuckle. We really are sheep aren’t we?! Just as the Lord said. And the bumfuzzling questions remind me of Our Lord’s response to Philip: “Have I been with you so long and yet you still do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me HAS seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ ” I can just hear the exasperation in his voice!
    You truly are walking in the footsteps of your Master 😉
    And I am already encouraged by the observations of your angel. Thank you for your fidelity to Our Lord!

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  11. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    Thank you for your story “the Pivot of Civilization.” Needless to say, it helped me have a good confession this past Saturday. For that, I am grateful and Thank you. I look forward to the one you do about Holy Saturday and Christ’s descent into Hades.

    May I request/suggest one thing in your article? I have always wondered whether you have talked to angels besides Gabriel and your Guardian Angel. I hope this is not unhealthy curiousity or an invasion of your privacy, but have you talked to Michael, Raphael, or Uriel, or at least seen them? Also, I know you have seen our Lady, but have you seen any other saints, like John the Apostle?

    There is more I want to say, but my angle is amused. He has put up with a lot of crap from me, but I do want to make him proud of me, and not embarrass him.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is a perfectly legitimate question, James, but I have been reticent of speaking of it even with my Priests, and I don’t discuss it publicly.

      Some years ago, one of my Priests noted that if all comes to pass, my autobiography would be fascinating. I told him there will never be one. That is something I will not write. But I did tell him that these stories, once complete, will form a sort of autobiography – the autobiography of my interior life.

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  12. Julie says:

    I am looking forward to your next writings, Charlie. I have been looking for them but have also been looking more intently at those around me. Strangers and loved ones alike. My awareness of what a rough ride this is going and needs to be to shake us out of our ambivalence of who God is and how He intended us to be. Thank you and God bless you for driving the car that will continue to lead us in how to witness to each other. I love chocolate but am ready to give that up if needed until more souls are forever saved!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Julie…the challenges that confront us make me wish I had paid closer attention during Driver’s Ed. 😉

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      • Jane says:

        Yes –Driver’s Ed needed to avoid squirrel crossings.

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        • Julie says:

          Charlie, you aren’t alone in that…there are a lot of things I wish I would have paid attention to when I was younger!! LOL, Jane! I remember Driver’s Ed told us NOT to swerve for the little creatures.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was a teenager, I once swerved my truck in the middle of the road nest to a park when a dog ran out suddenly. It was icy and I hit the poor dog and went spinning, slamming into a snowbank on the other side of the street. I jumped out of the truck mortified and near tears trying to see if the dog was okay. The owners came running out of the park and were white-faced. I apologized so profusely and my grief was so obvious, the Father of the little group, shaking, told me he saw it all and chided me for trying so hard to avoid the dog that I endangered myself.

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          • Julie says:

            Awww…you have a tender ❤, Charlie! I bet you would react the same again if it happened. It will always amaze me how emotions in the head and the heart don’t always match and how the heart usually wins.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Julie, drivers education can not prepare you for critter crossings when you are on two wheels. A quick Hail Mary may be my best bet as a licensed motorcycle mama. 🙂
            Better yet, my prayers to avoid such a challenge are serving me well. Thanks be to God.
            When my husband purchased a 150cc scooter for me to be able ride with him and his 200cc, I was studying the motorcycle rules of the road, it seemed as if every other page was prefaced with and you can die if…can cause death…and so on. I’d ask repeatedly, why I am doing this?!? My love is an excellent teacher of riding, safety and maintaining our scooters. He completely mechanically adapted them with LED lights, semi-truck sounding horns, and an audible turn signal for me as I forget to shut it off otherwise, his has an MP3 dock and speakers for his tunes. No thank you for me, I can live without that distraction. They came in handy when gas prices were averaging $4.00 per gallon. I am grateful for the knowledge and skills, now.

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          • Julie says:

            From one biker momma to another…For sure, a motorcycle is an altogether different “animal”. We have a Classic Harley, but I don’t drive it. I would love a canam because I don’t need a special license for it and it looks comfortable and easy to drive!! Maybe some day! Glad you are a safe rider. Do you wear a helmet?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Yes, at the urging of my husband. It is not a requirement in our state, Illinois.

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          • Julie says:

            🙂

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          • Joe says:

            Charlie, My how times have changed! Now you would be praised for putting yourself in harms way to save a dog and chided for not doing more to save it. Please tell me post rescue, people stop elevating animals (particularly dogs) to the same dignity as Man. My hope is that our collective minds will become so engrossed and in union with God, that we won’t artificially elevate the small goods around us (alcohol, money, pets) that he places there to better know him and give us a brief glimps of the jous of Heaven; into distorted ends themselves.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Joe, I can’t say I wouldn’t do it again the same way. I hate to needlessly harm any creature.

            I have always had an aversion to spiders. When my son came to visit me in Baton Rouge during my pilgrimage, we were sitting in the woods. A spider came right in front of us. I gently scooped it up and tossed it back into the woods. Chaz asked me what I was doing – that usually I kill stray spiders. I flushed and told him, well, I was in his home right now, so I figure I ought to treat him with a little deference.

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          • Joe says:

            Charlie, I understand the swerving amd even do it to squirrels when in reality I shouldn’t. My bumfuzzlement comes when I have conversations that go like this:
            Me: I like that picture of your dog.
            Them: Oh that’s not my dog, that’s my granddog.
            Me: ummmm…I’m sorry, your what?
            Them: My granddog! My daughter and her boyfriend are waiting another 15 years to have kids so they got a dog. And all the other grandkids treat him just like one of their own. He’s really like a hairy human. All the kids call him their cousin. Blah blah blah.

            Dogs are not humans, nor are they children.

            Also, I do the same with spiders OUTSIDE of my house too hahaha

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, absolutely, Joe. I get so annoyed when people scorn children and use animals as a substitute. Frankly, animals and kids go together. I have had plenty of dogs – but no granddogs. Now my grandkids have had some cool dogs…but that is it. Nicely stated with clarity and precision, Joe. Thanks.

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          • BD says:

            Hhhmm, I would consider your grandkid’s dogs as granddogs but I guess that is subject to interpretation and qualification. Does that make sense??? Better yet, I’ll just grab another coffee.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I’m not sure…but between us, BD, I think maybe we have helped release a few souls from purgatory 🙂 And that, I think, deserves a cup of coffee.

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          • Satan loves suffering. Animals suffer. It’s not that we elevate them to a human level; it’s that they can suffer horrible physical agony and horrible mental agony as much as we can – maybe more since they cannot understand it. An animal struck by a car would suffer no less than I would if I were struck by a car.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I think (I ate and am feeling better) I think it would be nice if you had dogs down the generations, so your kids get the next generation of pet-of-choice then the grandkids, get the next. Seems quaint. Sort of like the family of birds that keeps coming back to the wreath on your front door.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ooo…that is a lovely idea. I wish I had a descendant of my noble dog, Hercules, from my late teens and early 20s.

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  13. Laurie Harris says:

    Hi Charlie and all on this site,
    Sorry this is late, but it’s still Christmas, after all, Three Kings Day is January 6th! I’m sharing a poem that I wrote this past November upon beginning a Marian consecration with Bob my husband. I truly feel this past year has been one of conversion for myself and my husband, one where we have grown in our devotion to our Catholic faith. Enjoy the poem! God bless us all in this new year!

    This Christmas……

    This Christmas, Lord Jesus,
    Our hearts we give to you.
    Please help us to live
    In your ways, in all we do.
    Through Mary your mother,
    Help us to love like you did,
    Unconditionally, without judgement,
    Love is the gift we will give.
    We will not be afraid
    For we know that you share
    All the crosses in our lives
    All the pain that we bear.
    So this Christmas our gift,
    One we’ll place at your feet,
    Are our hearts filled with love,
    To do your will to all we meet.
    To walk in your ways
    To be merciful and kind
    To humbly serve others
    And through this gift we shall find
    The true meaning for our lives
    Is to love our neighbors as ourselves,
    To repent and forgive,
    To put God before all else.
    For God so loved us,
    He gave us you, His only son,
    The guidance of Mary, our Mother,
    The Father, Son, Holy Spirit as One,
    To lead and to guide us,
    To live in your ways,
    Jesus, we give you our hearts,
    This Christmas day.

    Poem written by Laurie, inspired by Mother Angelica & the Holy Spirit With much love and wishes for a peaceful Christmas and blessed New Year!
    Laurie, Bob, Jenna & Sean Harris, 2015

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    • charliej373 says:

      Laurie, if you are the same Laurie who became one of my friends in South Florida, one of the happiest moments of the year for me was when our mutual friend, John, told me you had kind of adopted the dear Marianitas Nuns. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but those sweet sisters who give from the next to nothing they have, acting in complete trust, deeply endeared themselves to me. In loving them, you have spread love to many…and once real love takes root, it grows and spreads.

      Please tell Sr. Doris and Sr. Elsie that I think of them and their ministry often and I look forward to visiting again with them.

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      • Laurie Harris says:

        Hi Charlie, yes I am the same Laurie who took you and John to the Marianitas (well, we got lost though, remember?)! Many others besides Bob and me have adopted the mission of the Marianita sisters, and because of that they continue their ministry in that very poor and crime-laden area of Opa Locka, FL. If anyone on this site would like to donate to them, I humbly offer their information and will let you know that it all goes to the poor in that community:
        Santa Mariana De Jesus Institute, Inc.
        2781 NW 135th Street
        Opa Locka, FL 33054
        Tax ID 650115194
        While they still struggle financially, they are working towards expanding their ministry to the youth and teenagers with an after-school program. When I attended their benefit dinner in October of last year, I learned more about Sister Ana Luisa, their beautiful sister whose loss they still mourn deeply and is the nun who started this ministry and passed away at the age of 99 last June just prior to your visit – she held 3 different college degrees, and arrived first in North Carolina to initiate the Marianita mission in the United States. Because of the language barrier, the mission there did not transpire into a reality and they were forced to return to Equador – but that never happened! Their flight back to Equador took them through Miami, and Sister Ana Luisa sat in the Miami airport for 3 days, refusing to leave, while she figured out how to start the mission there. She knew Miami was where their mission could do the work of the Lord. She truly had a calling from our Lord, and these humble, feisty nuns have helped so many in a rough part of town here in South Florida! Sister Ana Luisa trusted God always – she told the other nuns that “God will provide” and never to worry about where the support would come from. The Marianita sisters also completed their consecration to Mary on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s (Tepeyac) feast day, December 12th. I will see them this week, and tell them you are thinking of them and praying for them! Take care Charlie, and thank you for leading us all through this storm. We feel truly blessed and not afraid of what lies ahead. We know in our hearts that what comes next will be a blessing for those around us who don’t currently carry the light and love of Christ in their hearts. That includes our own children, who have both no longer believe in God. I’ve entrusted the care of our family to our Blessed Mother, Mary, and who I know takes my prayers ever day and gives them to the souls who need them the most. Without your leadership in this storm, I doubt my husband Bob and I would have come so far in our faith this past year. Thank you, Charlie. And your angel there is right – there are many of us who are in a place with God where we just never thought we would be in our lifetimes, yet we listened with our hearts and He has brought us right where we need to be in our Catholic faith- boldly and proudly professing His name, ready to serve our neighbors and our community come what may, to be a sign of hope to those around us, taking the next right steps:). BULU (Bless you, love you), Laurie Harris (and Bob too:) And if you can, I had asked John for your address, I want to send you a late Christmas gift and another poem. Thanks, Charlie.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you for blessing us with this poem from your heart, Laurie!

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    • breadoflife55 says:

      Bless you, Laurie for sharing your poem/prayer with us and for us! Speaking of Mother Angelica, I was wondering today, Charlie if you have ever met Mother Angelica. l suspect you and she would get along like bacon and eggs! I remember how much I loved her “talk show” when she had Raymond Arroyo and Scott Hahn. You would have fit right in to
      that lively bunch!

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      • charliej373 says:

        When I was at EWTN last summer, they offered to see about taking me in to see Mother Angelica, but warned me sometimes she was better than others. I declined, figuring the poor woman did not need to be bothered with meeting a stranger at that time, but was pleased to realize that she soldiers on. I really would have liked to meet her when she was in full fighting spirit!

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  14. Joseph J says:

    Speaking of comments, this is a great article about the need for circumspection and reflection in the age of digital communication. It is certainly very apropos for the endless controversies surrounding Pope Francis.
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/jacobs/im-thinking-it-over/

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  15. Teri (Theresa) says:

    Charlie you are a modern day Shakespeare . You have a mastery of the written word. However,great as my high school education was , I and many of us boomers are just that…high school grads only. Please keep it simple for our simple uncollege educated minds. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Teri, my friend, since high school people have been telling me to dumb it down, as people won’t understand me. When I was in radio, some of the hoi polloi thought no one but them listened to me. Yet I always get a strong audience – and it is regular folks who form the strongest component. I do not devise how to say things to pander…I just write like I talk and talk like I write, and somehow it seems to get through.

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  16. Vickie says:

    Charlie, from the moment you mentioned that Jesus replied, “I know,” to you – from a earlier piece you wrote, I’ve known that what you say is true – without saying too much here – I would really like to email you and talk to you about a prayer need – thank you for all you do for our Lord Jesus.

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  17. Fran says:

    Charlie, there are trials, crosses, and/or turmoil in just about every family I know. They seem to be compounding, but it has just made me more determined than ever to keep going, and to help others keep going! I feel like I will get through to the other side with Our Blessed Mother and Jesus’ help or die trying. If I die trying that’s ok though because the Lord will take me to Him (I hope!). In some way, I feel like my world, while expanding in prayer to encompass more and more people as “family”, has also circled inward in my relationship with Jesus. This is helping me not worry so much about tomorrow, but focus on today. Jesus is with me, and He is giving me direction, inspiration and even words for others. The more I surrender to Him, and draw nearer, the more He seems to use me. It’s truly humbling, and astonishing because I know full well that this is all Him, and that if I get in the way I will just bungle it!
    I look forward to your next post and guidance for this coming year. God bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There is a lovely pool of wisdom in this comment, Fran.

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    • Irish7 says:

      Yes Fran! We too are living our own mini storm right now. I am learning so much. I knew there was wisdom in the take the next right step motto, but learned first hand that the mentality is pure gold in surviving the fire. I am also learning that I need more practice in communing with God through the prayer of doing (as Charlie has exhorted us). I got a bit disoriented when stripped of the familiar — especially prayer routines and Sacraments for a time. It surprised me how worldly my instincts were in the midst of chaos. Acknowledging God first was less instinctive than I imagined and required some discipline and course correction. It shook me, and I’m trying to train in these areas now…tapping into Christ’s current of power and guidance in the midst of swirling confusion and replacing natural survival instincts with spiritual ones. My experience is also uncovering hidden vanities and pride. I’m not enjoying the prelude to the Storm, but clearly need the training. Thought I’d share in case we can trade wisdom gleaned from our personal preludes to the Storm. Be well friends.

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      • Ellen Lopez says:

        Boy, can I identify with these comments regarding personal, intense storms. And the self realizations in vanities and prides that are unveiled. That opening line from Charles Dickens “It was the best of times, the worst of times.” I paraphrase, but it pretty well sums up 2015; the graces and growth have been immense but not without an accompanying price and some terribly difficult day and patches of time. One step at a time, doing the next right thing, depending on God only as I can do nothing.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I think of it not so much as a surrender to God, but as a surrender to trust in Him. Once you do it for real, though the winds howl and the storm rage, you have a peace more unshakable at your core than you had on the calmest day before. The Lord is the eye of the storm that rages around you.

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          • Wow Charlie! You say that sometimes you don’t know if what you write is good? This reply will be copied and hang on my refrigerator with the other pearls!

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          • Connie says:

            Like Ellen said, graces and growth are forthcoming yet immensely painful at times to get there. But I am starting to get an inkling of that level of trust you talk about Charlie. It has a certain sweetness and a definite freedom to it. I am not very good at putting things into words, but I can say that I seem to, very slowly now, am beginning to be able to be free to do the thing I should be doing because I am trusting God to do the thing that He is doing. It has freed me from so much fear, kept me from being so paralyzed. But the best thing that
            I have noticed is that my heart is not so sick or constricted in worry or feeling so helpless over my loved ones most esp my children and grandchildren. Now it is still something I am getting used to so I am actually feeling a little guilty because I don’t have those feelings of angst so much. Guess thats part of what makes us human. So many people of been courageous in revealing their innermost hearts that I have written this emerging realization in me, in hopes others can identify or find some hope in what I write.

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      • Jacquie says:

        Irish
        I thought you have been rather brave! Your “mini storm” seemed very challenging to me. And you learned so much about yourself! Not everyone can be as honest with themselves. Pretty sure you will put it to good use.
        Still praying for you and your family,
        J

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      • Mick says:

        Hi, Irish! How are you and your crew?

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  18. Kelli says:

    I know I’m ready to help anyone I can…

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  19. motherjackie says:

    No chocolate! OMG how will we survive? (to be read tongue in cheek) I’m a chocoholic. I guess abstinence is around the corner. Good thing I received some chocolate for Christmas!!

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  20. El ingeniero de Tepeyac says:

    “And though it may disappoint some, there will be no chocolate until the Rescue and no, we are not there yet.”

    Ay Charlie, I make a very good home-made chocolate. All natural ingredients. I could make some for us for after the rescue when you have your shrine at Mt. Meeker.

    I was once asked to commercialise it. I was shocked and offended by the suggestion. What chocolate I make, I make out of love for family and friends. that’s what adds the savor and the flavor.

    I appreciate the comments by Laurie Harris (it’s a beautiful prayer) and by Fran. The satan (satanás) is trying mightily to break -up my family by preying on the fears and childhood traumas of my wife. I have to be the “rock” for her so that she is not swept away.

    thank you once again for this inspiring blog. “It has been suggested to me by my angel that many of you here really have been stretching your hearts and minds out to God, emptying yourself of some of your old certainties even while committing yourself with greater faith and fervor to the Church.”
    Your angel is correct in my case. The words you write, the stories you tell have caused me to begin develop a stronger interior life.

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  21. donna says:

    Snapping on my crampons and awaiting instructions, dear Sherpa

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  22. the phoenix says:

    As for there being no chocolate until the Rescue, it reminds me of something my Dad once taught me. “You’ll see that by giving up chocolate for Lent, it will taste better on Easter Sunday than if you hadn’t given it up.”

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  23. vvtaranto@aol.com says:

    That would be helpful Charlie. After reading what happened in Oklahoma with the desecration of Mary in front of a Church, by a Satanic group, I found myself reacting quite passionately. How dare they do that to my family! Mother Mary is our family and we must stand up and defend the family we have in Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Onward Christian Soldiers!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Desecrations abound, VV. The one that has bothered me the most this Christmas season – on a primetime network show, a woman had an abortion. As she was having the abortion, the background music was “Silent Night.” At the close of the show, they ended with “Ave Maria.” That was surely demonically inspired, though the writers undoubtedly thought they were being edgily ironic. It troubled me that there was no public outcry of this desecration. I tremble for the souls of everyone connected with the show, for they dance merrily with demons to cheerfully commit such hideous blasphemy. But, I know the devil already knows he is losing, so his taunts and jeers grow all the louder and more profane. Come, Lord Jesus!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dear VV–If we plan ahead, we can have a Holy Hour or Eucharistic Procession scheduled at the same time as the desecration. –Jane.

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  24. Bumfuzzle is indeed a word in the median webster dictionary meaning to frustrate. I had hoped there might be squirrels involved! It sounds like it could be a word related to squirrels. The squirrels darted out of the trash can bumfuzzled having yogurt all over their furry faces! (Yes, I was a fan of Steve Martin in his heyday).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well I will be, Anthony, I really thought I made that word up. I must have heard it somewhere and pulled it out of the cubbyholes of my mind. I’ll say this – it’s a good word that does not get near enough use. And if it wasn’t related to squirrels before, it soon will be!

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      • breadoflife55 says:

        One of my favorites is cattywampus (which means something is off kilter or out of alignment) which doesn’t make sense because I am obsessive compulsive…..

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  25. Sr Lorraine says:

    Charlie, your experience reminds me of what St Bernadette had to endure when visitors would come to her and ask all kinds of ridiculous questions about the Blessed Mother. It was a great penance for her.

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  26. Jacquie says:

    Heavy lifting? You lost me…Hope it’s not the whole car!
    Looking forward to your latest post.
    I keep in my heart a previous post where you mentioned a gentleman who built the bunker etc..You said that God knew where he was and could send lightening to blast all his certainties to kingdom come. Or words to that effect. I took it a bit differently.
    God knows where I am! God knows me and where I am and how I am trying to rely on him..first. He knows me intimately, completely. And he has all my uncertainties well in hand. I think it’s easy to forget that God knows where I am ;~)
    At least for me it is.
    Jacquie

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    • Petra says:

      I remember when I was a very little girl, maybe 4 or 5, I used to like to go hide (under the dining room table, under a bed, in a closet) and sit very quietly, and I remember having a very delicious and wonderful thought that only God and I knew where I was at that moment. It was like having a secret with God. Thanks for reminding me of that!

      God bless and Merry Christmas.

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      • Mick says:

        Man, Petra… you sound like you were such a good kid.

        I, on the other hand, am the kid that convinced my parents that they were done. 🙂

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        • Petra says:

          Oh, Mick, not at ALL. I was a tomboy. I was the only girl, the fifth child in a family of six. My brothers had no pity on me. 🙂 I was as naughty as anybody else, but I didn’t like to get into trouble. None of us kids in our family were troublemakers, but trouble sometimes found us. 🙂 I remember getting a spanking one time (yep, my mom used a 2 1/2″ leather belt to spank us when we were bad.) for helping my one brother put my little brother (age 3) in a tree on the first branch, about 5 foot above the ground. Of course, my little brother started screaming bloody murder, and my mom came out to see what was happening, and man, did we get it!

          My mom and dad were pretty conservative and didn’t countenance being bad. And I absorbed their values I think. One time when I was about 7 I found an old purse of my mom’s that had a candy bar in it. I ate the candy. But since the purse wasn’t one she was using at the time she didn’t even know it was gone. But I felt so guilty that I outed myself, confessing everything with copious amounts of tears! She told me not to ever do that again, and that was it.

          One time I asked my mom if she ever thought I was weird as a little kid when I’d be under the bed or in the closet, just sitting quietly. She said no. She never thought much of it. But I love that memory because it’s my first sort of memory of being with God. At that time I didn’t know that wasn’t what everybody did.

          Well, enough of traveling down memory lane. God bless Mick.

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  27. Jack says:

    There is joy in doing the Lord’s will, even when we think it doesn’t quite match our current disposition. Grace will suffice to see you through. It’s time for us to get off the fence and exercise those big muscle groups of virtue: courage, fortitude, justice, and temperance; always acting out of love, with faith and hope in God (if you forgotten what all the virtues actually mean, look it up in the Catechism or at least a dictionary. It will change your life!). If you’ve waited to see where the world is going before you turn more to Godthen now is the time to ask the Spirit to send you (go ahead; say it, “send me” to God knowing that it might be rough). Say it again with conviction and orient it to God. One more time; awesome. Now seek protection in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts during whatever you just asked for; be courageous and stick to it! We don’t have to wait for a modern sign, apparition, or disaster to fulfill the commands of Christ. That sign came about two millennia ago and he is still speaking directly to you, yourself, as a single loved person through it today. Listen; say “thank you for your love; send me). It can be scary at first! Trust me; I was. But God doesn’t work through fear and he’s not going to let you slip from his grasp if you’re acting in earnest love.
    Now, start by warming up and stretching out those old virtues; it might have been a while since they were consciously used; next time you see someone you go ahead be courageous and smile, hold the door, or say thank you earnestly with eye contact. Break the inertia of being stagnant; take small steps until you get those virtue muscles feeling good again. You got me going, Charlie! Thanks to God for His grace and mercy.
    “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:8)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marvelous, Jack…what I’ve been trying to get across. It is simple. Not easy, but the sign did, indeed, come in a manger 2000 years ago. Call on Him and all will be well.

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    • breadoflife55 says:

      Wow, Jack. I mean NO disrespect when I say that reading everything you wrote, I was reminded of Jack Lalane who my mother use to excercise with on tv and I was thinking, Wow, wouldn’t it be cool if there was actually a tv program where we could follow the instructor showing us how to flex and strengthen those spiritual virtues. But I guess we will be in shape spiritually when the storm is completely over.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Jack, I often recall the story of a woman who was tired, confused and very much in need of spiritual direction. Frustrated, she told her story over and over without advancing. Finally speaking the truth, her spiritual director inserted, ‘But madam– I still see in you no evidence of virtue!’ ‘ Your words are sweetness … (Let’s) exercise those big muscle groups of virtue: courage, fortitude, justice, and temperance; always acting out of love, with faith and hope in God (if you forgotten what all the virtues actually mean, look it up in the Catechism or at least a dictionary. It will change your life!).’ Much of that training is what I call sacrifice, and our Lady asks for sacrifice and prayer (sometimes prayer and fasting). There are litanies to pray for the Gift of the Holy Spirit and Novenas to the Holy Spirit. Thanks for getting us back to basics Jack! These gifts should be a part of our spiritual fitness as the result of our Confirmation… and we ALL can pray for the Gifts to be released. We might see more clearly when we do an examination of conscience every night –then take those insight to confession. Lord , let us ask our parish, family and friends to pray over us for release of the spiritual gifts we received at Confirmation. Thank you Lord!! Amen — 🙂 ZJ

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks, Jack! As a former sports nut, I was really touched by your analogy. You’ve inspired me to do a virtues workout.

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  28. JeanT says:

    Charlie,
    I was so glad to read this post. I have been contemplating sending you a message for about the last two weeks asking you if you still regularly receive visitations, and if so, are you still being prepared. Then you posted your meditation and I was struck by how you depicted Archangel Gabriel. I loved it! You mentioned before how heaven rejoices when we get something right. So I laughed at the descriptions of how frustrated our angels can get over our interpretation.

    I almost cried when I read that your angel told you that we are really stretching ourselves out to God. I admit that in the beginning I was filled with curiousity and wanted to know many more details of what was coming. I have come to realize that I can’t handle too many details ahead of time. God gives the Grace needed at the moment and not before. So I am learning to trust more.

    I look forward to your next post, and any help in preparing for the heavy lifting ahead. Oh, and tell Archangel Gabriel that I love him and to pass on a word of thanks to my guardian angel.

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  29. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    I was always taught that the point of communication is not the multiplication of words, but rather the right word choice to convey one’s thoughts. I love your word choices!

    I hear from clergy and theologians sometimes that there is a need to speak of theological things in a simple manner so that the common folk can get it. I completely disagree. The common folk are sheep but we are not dumb. I appreciate your writing like is it and in your own voice

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Robert. I always regarded with contempt those people who try to “dumb things down” so “ordinary” people will get it. First, ordinary people are a lot smarter than they think. Second, it is such obvious vanity on their part. Third, it is a pathetic excuse to explain to themselves why their words fall flat – they think it is you, not their incompetence masquerading as erudition.

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  30. Tony says:

    Does the small next piece have anything to do with who will get the democrat or republican nomination?? Joking…..seriously though, anxious to see your post as I’m sure everyone else is…………a cookie would be nice on our pillow if your not giving us any chocolate!…….LOL

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  31. Ed Allison says:

    I’m not one for fudge, but I make the best pumpkin cheesecake!
    Charlie, many of your posts lately have created questions in my mind. Mostly, I think they’re idle curiosity, and I simply let them go. It definitely made me smile that your angel commented on the community here. I’m not sure why it would surprise me, but it did.

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  32. Jacqueline Marie says:

    Thank you – everyone – for continuing to focus on what is real. I am asking God for His guidance daily, moment by moment, to help me become the person He desires me to be. I fail constantly, but pray for forgiveness and strength. I must work to sustain myself, so I ask for my Father to help me be the hope He wants for others in that arena. I cannot comment on the blog site very much because of time constraints, but I am always blessed by the community interaction here. I desire to be able to be more involved, but must wait for the time. Please know that I am praying for us all to acknowledge God, take TNRS, ans be a sign of hope to those around us. I don’t know how to reach so many who just don’t see the coming storm. My heart is aching for them, us….. and all…. But I am encouraged by all of you. Thank you for your steadfastness and love of the Holy Triune God, Mary, Joseph, and all our wonderful friends, the saints. thank you, Charlie for your own “yes” to help us all find our way, stumbling as we go.
    I feel a great weight tonight, but will pray for guidance and fortitude. Maybe I need to do some heavy lifting? Thank you, Everyone! and many blessings.

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  33. Jacqueline Marie says:

    I spent the last 30 minutes writing and revising a comment here. It seems that when I pressed “send” something didn’t quite go right, and I sent a blank “comment”??? perhaps it was too long…Suffice it to say that I truly appreciate this community and all who contribute. I am unable to be a “regular”, but I am so edified by the posts I can read. Thank you, Charlie for you own “yes” to God. And thank you all for your perseverance in being a light to us all. I will continue to pray for us all to be a sign of hope. Many, many blessings to this community. I work, and have limited time, but would like to interact more often. Many, many blessings to you all.
    In His Love, JM

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    • Hi Jacqueline……The same thing happened to me recently on this site when I tried to post. It simply disappeared. I took it as a message from my angel that I was supposed to let it go for whatever reason. Not as easy as I would have thought, LOL! So perhaps it had to do with vanity on my part. Anyway, I have enjoyed the posts that you have been able to give us in the time that you do have. You are wise to attend to your daily duty first. It is so encouraging to be in a place where we can share our joy in the Lord and His works, and to lift each other up and encourage…..I find that I have to be disciplined about it….it’s a bit addicting!! I truly love this family….squirrels and all! God Bless….

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have cleared all I have seen from you, Granny. But there are the occasional black holes here in which things get lost.

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      • SteveBC says:

        ContemplativeGrandma, it could very well be that your angel saved you from a horrible faux pas. 🙂 However, sometimes, when a person publishes the comment and has it “disappear” from sight, it’s because WordPress has placed it in an unexpected location further down the page. If you know how to “Find” something on a browser page, use that method to search for, say, your screen name, or an unusual word that you remember putting in the comment. It’s possible that you will then be able to find it. Note that the Search field on Charlie’s site is not useful for this kind of search. It has to be your browser’s Find function. On my Mac, I just hit Command-F and a little search box opens in the upper right corner of my browser page.

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    • CrewDog says:

      I often compose longer rants on a “Word” document and then “copy-n-paste” to the Reply Window here or elsewhere…. that way you still have it if QueerTrons intervene. I have also noticed that you must wait until you see your message has been placed into Awaiting Moderation status before you Click-Out.

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!.

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      • Mick says:

        I love your rants, CrewDog. 🙂

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi CrewDog and Mick, My daughter in law once called my email a ‘manifesto’ ha!!! (I thought it was a simple old fashioned type letter– who knew?) Now when I write those, I put a warning in the subject line THIS EMAIL MAY TAKE A WHILE TO READ– oh those kids–with PHDs! Blogs are the better venue for my thoughts 🙂 ZJ

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  34. Joseph J says:

    I was wondering if you could comment on this Charlie:
    Something about Revelations 20 bothers me. One thing I don’t understand is how, at the end of the era of peace, Satan will return by means of Gog and Magog and obtain such a near complete victory over the Faithful. I mean, first of all, if the era of peace is such an incredible outpouring of holiness, how will there be ANY pagan nations left? Will it be too short a period for the powerful witness of sanctity to overwhelm doubters? How is it that Gog and Magog are so numerous? Is there a mass apostasy? How could Satan get so far when the time he will be given is ‘short’, and coming in a world so saturated with grace? And if the Church does become so much stronger in the era of peace than it has ever been before, how could it lose so much ground as to be nearly destroyed?

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    • charliej373 says:

      A few thoughts, Joseph:

      1) Saints and theologians have been studying and interpreting Revelations for over a thousand years – and there are almost as many variations in interpretations as there have been years since it was determined to be canonical.

      2) I do like that it is part of the canon, for it is as unalloyed an expression of a mystic’s actual experience as anything I have ever read. St. John did some interpretive overlay, but left most of it as he saw it. That is unusual, but God has His purposes – which I think is that, Like Mary, we need to ponder it in our heart rather than deceive ourselves that we have come up with what all the saints of the ages have fallen short on: come up with the one definitive interpretation.
      3) The Israelites went full apostate just because Moses took too long in the mountain for their taste. These were the people who had seen the waters of the Red Sea parted, who had followed a pillar of fire, who were given manna and partridges from heaven to eat when they thought they would starve. And at the first sign of inconvenience they abandoned ship. This is the depressing and consistent story of salvation history.

      People think they would do exactly what God wants if He would just give them a sign. When He does, they seem no more inclined to trust Him through thick and thin than before – sometimes even less, for they begin to feel entitled to their signs…and if they don’t get it, well, they will show Him by going apostate. It makes the serious student want to cry. Signs, miracles, theological proofs…none of it is enough. Only love will sustain faith…love for your neighbor and an understanding of how transient this life is.

      I only am here to give people heart through the Rescue and then raise support for the Shrine. I hope that people will keep faith for a thousand years after the abundance of visible miracles that accompany the Rescue. But I have read the Bible repeatedly and am a serious student of World and Christian history, so I have no illusions about how easily people will talk themselves out of the proof of God’s presence when they think it might get them an extra dime, or dame, or fame to do so. We are a depressingly unfaithful, inconstant, vain race.

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      • johnmcfarm says:

        My son and I were discussing how even now and in the past one has to be pretty blind not to see the many miracles God provides daily. I have come to think of those who don’t see it as a person who looks at the surface of the glass on a window without looking through the glass to see the wonder of nature outside. My son presented the idea that atheists may literally have a problem in their brain formulating the idea of God…in other words a flaw in their minds. I have to contemplate that a bit…

        There is a “normalcy bias” that is so much more prevalent than I had imagined when I first learned of the concept as a way of avoiding looking at impending trouble. It involves anything that a person may consider risk…but, how does someone consider regarding a miracle or whisper from God a risk?

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        • charliej373 says:

          It baffles me, John. Most admire the heroic virtue of men of old, who would die before betraying their faith and honor…yet so many of these same people will sell their soul rather than suffer someone talking ugly about them. Have we really become such a race of blind moral dwarves?

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        • BD says:

          John, the book called The Fourth Turning by Strauss and Howe touches on the subject of how mankind seems to continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. They point out their thesis that explains the 80 to 90 year cycle where we experience booms to busts, and also from peace to massive conflicts. Conflicts being either wars or revolutions. The main point being every 80-years or so, the pain of depressions and war are forgotten by the subsequent generation. I am not suggesting that mankind will forget the “Storm and Recue” after a mere 80-years but we are all reminded that mankind has a very short memory indeed.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Amen

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      • gettimothy says:

        G.K. Chesterton: “… though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.”

        (:

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Joseph, Just a few words to fill in a tiny gap about the Catholic understanding of Gog and Magog: According to my bible study (Quorbono), these places (peoples) are not such a big deal as some Christian denominations make it in Revelation 20.and certainly have no specific correlation with contemporary cities that we should know about now. In Genesis 10:2, the second son of Japhet was called Magog, but Ezekiel uses the word as the name of a country.The origin of the word is probably from translations of Hebrew names. Ezekiel 38:2-3. ‘Set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog ‘ and this represents the terrifying forces who move against God’s people. In Psalm 2, it is used as frequent standard expression for rebellious nations which gather together against the Lord. The expression was used commonly by Jews, to refer to the violent acts – as we would use the word assassins or terrorist, — simply represented any forces coming against them .Gideon and Joshua felt outnumbered, so in a similar way, we will see the number against us to be like the ‘sand of the sea’. We must know that everything being showcased and shown to us by Jesus, is the triumph of the small outnumbered people of God. ‘We ask, “Why will satan be unleashed at the end of time?’ Satan is being unleashed expressly for the purpose so God can prove it is by His might and power, not ours, that He triumphs!! 🙂 –Jane

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Joseph, I think when you and your son are discussing the end times tribulation, you should recall how we weak humans are fooled by the lies of satan. (good reason to stay strong in the sacraments). The antichrist comes as an imposer of Jesus– and people want Jesus! So they are fooled with the unique problem solving signs and wonders which come with the demonic powers of antichrist. He will look like Jesus to many people who have not studies the catechism and who have not prayed with Jesus through scripture. The power unleashed at the end times will be bigger than at any time we can know, probably in all history. I take it that people will let their guard down. This is a reason we refrain from the wrong music and games, yoga, dangerous images…whatever lets satan in through the cracks in our concupiscent humanness. We also need to trust Jesus to solve our problems through His Holy Will. We will ultimately be called to oppose the great numbers who fall pray to all the evil lies.
      CCC 675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a RELIGIOUS DECEPTION (my emphasis) offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. 😦 ZJ

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  35. Rhonda says:

    Charlie,

    The comment you made about your angel suggesting to you that some of us here have been stretching our hearts and minds out to God is to me a great source of hope! How comforting and heartening it is to know that the Angels actually notice and appreciate our little human efforts to love God more fully! I have been trying to do just that, and wondering if I was making progress. I now feel even more encouraged to keep on and reach out further. Thank you so much, and God bless you for all you do. I look forward to reading your new piece!

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  36. johnmcfarm says:

    I love and eagerly anticipate every word you write…but, I have to tell you Charlie I have my little bit of chocolate every day. God taught me years ago that each day is a blessing and that evening during difficult times we should take a few moments each day to be grateful for our blessings. That is my “chocolate” and after years of practice I cannot remember the last time I have not had at least an hour of pure pleasure filled with gratitude and love for my life at least once per day. I try not to take myself or my problems too seriously, but to trust in the Lord that His will is in line with my best interests, even if it means my final steps to heaven.

    So, while I wholeheartedly agree with nearly everything you write…I strongly disagree that there will be no “Chocolate” until after the storm. I hope all will train their hearts and minds to find some happiness each day…some joy…some gratitude. God bless you Charlie! I hope to see you at least once again prior to the whole gale of the storm, I really enjoyed seeing you.

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  37. donna says:

    woke up to read your piece like a child on Christmas morning…guess I will go to work and it will be Christmas afternoon or evening instead! God is so good…..I praise, adore and glorify Him.

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  38. Linda says:

    What a wonderful community of support, friendship..seroiusness…and humor this is in these very difficult times! Thank you Jesus & Mary St. Gabrielle & Charlie! ;-). BTW.. is there a prayer to st Gabrielle like there is to St. Michael.. Just curious

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    • charliej373 says:

      There are several formal prayers to him, but none quite as suited for these times as the prayer to St. Michael. Don’t worry about it…just say what you want to him.

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      • Linda says:

        Thank you Charlie😇

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Charlie, Here is the old Collect for the Feast of St. Gabriel, Archangel, March 24 found in the 1960 Roman Calendar and used in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite:

        O God, out of all the Angels You chose the Archangel Gabriel to announce the mystery of the Incarnation. We are celebrating his feast on Earth; make us feel the effects of his patronage in heaven. This we ask of You, Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with the God the Father in unity with the Holy Spirit for ages of ages. Amen.

        The old feast of Gabriel used to be a forefeast for the feast of the Annuciation, and the Breviary Matins readings found in the 1958 Roman Breviary serve as a wonderful preparation for the Annuciation. However, men of more learning and less wisdom diminished his day in the 1960 revisions and expunged his separate day in 1969.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you for this, James. I deeply appreciate it. Perhaps we can revive this practice.

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        • YongDuk says:

          James, I astounded by your arrogance abrogating to less wisdom those who combined the Three Archangels’ Feasts and perhaps even under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!

          Perhaps, instead, you should meditate on the Wisdom of their choice to connect those feasts.

          (Now, on a side note, I actually do celebrate the Feasts and hold St. Raphael’s Feast dear. However, I am not — I must be in a mood — so arrogant to not believe that the Holy Spirit does not guide the Church and her Liturgical practice–which if one might ponder is infallible.)

          Do not be so arrogant to assume the liturgical abuses of different nations or translations are equivalent to what you here propose.

          And I stand firm in my pronouncement to you versus to Doug of weeks ago! And I know where I placed my comment and very much why.

          Wisdom,
          +YD

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, YD, I think that you, like me, may be a bit cranky today. Maybe I should try a persimmon for my stomach problems.

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          • James Ignatius McAuley says:

            As we Byzantines say, “Wisdom, Be Attentive.” Yong Duk, your comment is illogical as nothing I said had anything to do with liturgical abuse or translations (of what? scripture, the Roman mass?) What I spoke of referred to the liturgical reform of the Roman Rite that commenced with the reform of the psalter for the Roman Breviary in the 1940s. I saw many changes in the mass as a boy growing up and often received from priests patronizing answers instead of the truth. Therefore, I spent many years studying the creation of the modern Roman Rite and talking to those involved or their lieutenants. As a trained historian and attorney I looked for primary sources and not hearsay or secondary sources, as Michael Davies did. That the Holy Spirit played a role in the liturgical reform, I do not deny. But not every liturgical act is infallible , or otherwise liturgical acts and translations could not be changed. The change to the Office of Readings from the Office of Matins was a good one, but replacing the reading of John of Damascus for the Feast of the Presentation on November 21 to the one of Augustine that has nothing to do with the Feast was silly. If you insist on calling the suppression of Gabriel’s feast day an infallible act of the Holy Spirit, go ahead, knock yourself out, but when you see how Pius XII creates an Octave of the Assumption in 1950 and suppressed in 1955, your opinion does not hold water.

            But here is where your argument is shown to be truly silly – in the 2002 Roman missal, saints who were expunged by Blessed Paul VI in 1969, such as Catherine of Alexandria (a good friend), were restored by St. John Paul’s directive. Was the 1969 expungement of Catherine an act of the Holy Spirit? I doubt it, but I believe St. John Paul’s restoration was guided by the Holy Spirit. So there are good grounds for Charlie and I to work together to restore the separate feasts of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. I do not deny the merit of having all three angels together (a synaxis as we Byzantines call it), but in the modern Roman liturgy for September 29, Gabriel and Raphael no longer manifest their distinctive graces that shine forth in their old separate feast days found in the Extraordinary Form. Pope Benedict the XV showed great wisdom by having Gabriel’s feast placed on March 24 in 1921 in order to allow us greater opportunity to meditate on the mystery of the Annuciation. Consequently, there is nothing wrong with petitioning the appropriate Roman dicastery to have the feast restored as it was for 48 years. Religious orders do it all the time (The Trinitarians want some of their saints restored to the modern Roman calendar and I have met Precious Blood fathers who want the Feast of the Precious Blood restored on July 1)

            So, I think you are barking up the wrong tree, yelling at me like Jerome did to poor Rufinus. If I am wrong, then Pope Benedict XVI was arrogant for issuing Summorum Pontificum and freeing the Extraordinary Form from the restraints Blessed Paul VI placed on it. St. John Paul was arrogant to question the wisdom of the Concilium by overturning their abrogation of Catherine of Alexandria’s feast day. If to be arrogant as you define it means that I am in the company of a saint and a grand old man, then I prefer their company to yours. In any event, Charlie’s suggestion was not the first (Father Zuhlsdorf, Hunwicke, Blake, and Finnigan) to have all thought that the restoration of Gabriel’s day into the modern Roman liturgy would be splendid. Tongue in cheek, perhaps that is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to do so!

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          • YongDuk says:

            James Ignatius, your reply is as expected, sadly.

            The “Be attentive” was quite intentionally left off in light of that. I spoke what I did about the Lord not showing me your soul in regards to ordination.

            Consider your use of expunged. Is that the correct word? Did they truly loose their feast day from the calendar?

            Can you articulate why some memorials were suppressed or made optional in light of the Tridentine Mass and the goal of the Novus Ordo Reform?

            Simply put, you missed the attentive part:

            “Perhaps, instead, you should meditate on the Wisdom of their choice to connect those feasts.”

            We Bi- and Tri-rituals know often know our liturgies and liturgical calendars quite well and many more!

            Humility

            +YD

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          • YongDuk says:

            My apologies, I am undertheweather and wrote too provocatively above, James Ignatius and everyone else.

            James Ignatius, please, pray for light that the Holy Spirit does like the many and various liturgical expressions, as how we pray is how we believe. I am very fearful when I see rigidity in aspiring clerics and in clerics …not just for the sake of the Church.

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          • Snowy says:

            YongDuk, I couldn’t reply to your post saying you weren’t feeling well, but hope you’ll be feeling better soon! I’ll bake you and Charlie some get-better-quick chocolate chip cookies and then I’ll eat them for you, since I can’t send them 😉 har har

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          • charliej373 says:

            Have a coke and a smile for us while you are at it.

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          • Snowy says:

            Oh yes, I forgot, you like coke when you’re sick. I’ll try dipping the cookies in coke but not sure how that’s going to taste 😛

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  39. Mals, Philip says:

    Charlie, Thank you for being candid and to the point. My hope is that people will realize that God the Father, Jesus our Savior, Holy Spirit our Enlightener, Mary our Mother and your guardian angel will speak to you in Their time. When they have something to say or something They want you to tell us. Thank you. I will pray for your strength.

    Have a blessed day! Phil

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have got it exactly. We want them to act according to our time, but they act according to their own superior knowledge of when it will do good and when it will do harm.

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      • Bob says:

        And may we remember that God can speak to us too, not as prophets perhaps, but at least enough to encourage us in our own personal journeys and also to help those we are responsible for.

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  40. Pamela Rivers says:

    Uh boy. I have a long way to go, although I work on it every day and every night. When someone blocks me in the fast lane on the freeway because they’re on their cell phone, I absolutely LOSE it and I turn into a foul mouthed sailor no one I know would even recognize me. Charlie, you have come into all of our lives (into mine completely by “accident”) for which I am so very thankful. God help me defend my faith, take the next right step and be a sign of hope for others. And y’all, please pray for me when I’m driving on these TX freeways.

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    • dianebelv says:

      Praying for you Pamela! May things calm down on the roads you travel! God Bless You!

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    • Mick says:

      I will pray for you, Pamela. Gotta admit, though, I got a chuckle out of envisioning you driving down the highway with a stream of “%@##$#&!” coming out of your mouth, like in a comic strip from a few decades ago.

      On the other hand, what came to my mind when I read your comment was: “Now there’s a strong Texas woman.” In the days not too far hence, God is going to need some strong Texas women. Sometimes the flaws which so chagrin us are the very traits that God is the quickest to make use of for His glory (His strength being made perfect in our weakness, a la 2 Corinthians 12:9). So, of course we can all use improvement; but you sound like you’re doing great, to me. 🙂

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    • Hi, Pamela. I too am a Texas traveler. Driving the roads definitely gives us opportunities for patience and charity, huh? Let’s pray for each other 😉

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  41. I was just wondering if my comments are working? I have been having technical difficulties lately.
    Just give me a thumbs up Charlie if you see this.
    LOL!!

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  42. Jacqueline Marie says:

    Thank you, all, especially Bekita and Conteplativegrandma, for the words of encouragement. The heaviness involves a grandchild and in my heart, for her to reverse a destructive path I see her heading toward. I will also appeal to Our Lady of Tepeyac for her. Her birthday is May 13th, a date that does not escape my attention and prayer. She needs protection, and who better than Our Lady to do what needs done. I do appreciate your prayers and comforting suggestions.
    God’s Love and Blessings to all.

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  43. Francis Philip says:

    Charlie, why do you advertise that you are working on something? I have not heard before of a mystic who proclaims oneself to be a mystic. Please explain why you title yourself that way.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Francis, I say what I have to say – and I answer to my spiritual directors and my Archbishop and several key priest advisors beyond that. If you find value in what I have to say, then I am glad. If not, then I am probably not for you.

      I must say I think your question odd. In her writings, St. Teresa frequently discussed her mystical experiences, as did St. John of the Cross. I am not going to go through a laundry list, but your premise does not hold up under even cursory examination.

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      • Francis Philip says:

        I would think it odd for a saint to confirm oneself as a saint….or a doctor (teacher of the Church) to confirm oneself as a doctor.

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        • charliej373 says:

          What, you change the subject now? We were not talking about saints or doctors. You said mystics never call themselves mystics. I pointed to the evidence of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross who did so and you change the subject. A little slippery, don’t you think?

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          • YongDuk says:

            Ok, so I am trying to relax and eat dinner and this is the first thing I see all excited for some good relaxing spiritual and sciurine conversation. I have agita. 🙂

            Okay. That is all I have to say and had to say something. I should just keep a list of replies that I gave before.

            Like the following:

            “Francis Philips, I am a Roman Catholic Bishop and do you think that I would be so stupidly idiotic to be posting on this site if I thought that what you said had any merit as I could have discerned that for myself?”

            But I am not sure that that has the proper decorum due. But I fall back on the fact that I do get “hangry” and that I have agita on top of it now.

            😀
            +YD

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          • charliej373 says:

            You and me both, YD.

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        • andy says:

          Francis you are rabble–rouser: i have no clue if charlie is right or wrong but hope he is correct. You are a different kind, board with his day and trying to stir others up by portraying yourself as a protector of the faith. I am guessing you are offended that others may have faith and that is what is really bothering you.

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      • Francis Philip says:

        I don’t think God would speak through a prophet about a world-wide storm but limit the message to a few. And I know that God wants all to be saved, and would rather urge us to listen, not send us hiking at the first tickle of the prophet’s ego. I don’t think you are an actual prophet, but your writings are interesting.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Francis, I was not sending you hiking. I told you bluntly that I submit eagerly to the Church’s lawful authority on these things. I do not respond to demands from others, including you, to explain myself. For what it’s worth, I get about a dozen a week. You are entitled to accept, reject, or watch and wait concerning me. You are not entitled to set up your own standards outside the Church and demand that I answer to them.

          You know little about the power of God. Why would God, Himself, come and limit the message to a few in a small corner of the known world instead of going to the heart of the empire? Yet that is what he did, whether you would have approved or not. Why would God use an enemy of the faith to spread it to the Gentiles instead of one of those who had kept faith with Jesus from the start? Yet that is what he did. Why would God ignore the generals of France and seen an obscure teenage girl to lead the armies and rescue the country? He had never done that before, yet that is what He did. Why would God send His most favored daughter to appear in a garbage dump and raise a spring of healing waters there? Yet that is what He did.

          Always God acts in ways that confound human expectations of how He must. I will not waste time trying to convince anyone to believe I am authentic. Read and see.

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          • Francis Philip says:

            I was testing the waters. We are supposed to test everything, keep what is good.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Fair enough. That even makes me chuckle.

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          • Francis Philip says:

            Good.

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          • Bob says:

            And I recommend watching and waiting for awhile Francis. The church says and teaches to test prophecy both by what is said, does it conform to church teaching and not violate revealed truth and does the mystic or prophet appear to be under proper submission to the church and striving to live a holy life with a good bit of humility thrown in. As for me I see good evidence that Charlie is attempting to live a good and solid Catholic and Christian life and is under obedience but as for what he says will happen, as my spiritual director who is himself a member of Opus Dei says “We will see”. And on private revelations the church has always withheld final judgement until after the revelations are complete and the results are seen, although with some prophecies the response can clearly alter what is predicted, as for example the punishment can be lessened by repentance but some of what Charlie hears is not conditional and he says will happen, so “We will see”. But it is wise to be prepared anyway as it doesn’t take a prophet to see that God’s action in our world is deeply and clearly needed.

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        • Beckita says:

          Francis, I don’t know this for a fact, only in my prayer life of contemplation have I come to sense that the work which has begun here at this site is in its infant stages. We are a mere bud of something which will bloom into a magnificent flowering of God’s Own Glory being magnified throughout the Ages as the People of the Kingdom and the People of Heaven give thanks and praise to God eternally for what He is NOW doing for us as the Storm intensifies! What God will fully do with this good work He has begun in Charlie is fully in God’s Domain. As for me, I continue to pray, watch and see.

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        • Katherine says:

          I tell certain people about Charlie, even when they look at me funny, or aren’t sure. Can’t say that I blame them, on the surface it seems crazy. But the reason why it seems crazy is because maybe we don’t really believe that God would act in history again, that He’s supposed to be “up there” or in our hearts, certainly not giving us road directions through a guy with visions of a heavenly Rescue. It seems too good to be true, really. As though there was some kind of time limit on awesome stuff God does. Also, there are enough approved apparitions and saintly messages that indicate something dramatic is coming which has been in the works for a long time. There’s certainly plenty of stuff in the news these days to make one wonder . . . if I tell people about Charlie, it’s not so much to try to convince anyone right NOW that he’s legit . . . when he writes he’s sincere and orthodox, submits to all the right authorities and echoes my own intuition on things, so I believe him . . .but for other people, I just tell them so that maybe, when things go south they might remember their nutty friend who talked about a guy preaching hope and rescue. So, it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe him, I’m glad that you like his writing. But now that you know about him, I hope that his message gives you some hope, if not now, then in the future.

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        • Snowy Cherry Blossoms says:

          Hi Francis Philip, God is speaking to many, not just Charlie, in these days. The Blessed Virgin has been warning us and pleading with us for a very long, long time now. I see this as God’s Mercy yet again..and again, and again. He never tires of trying to comfort and save us! If you fear you are being deceived, pray about it (I’m sure you have) put yourself in Mary’s hands because she will protect you. Test away, which you are doing, and wait which is what every one of us is doing, including Charlie- I mean we are all still here! Lastly, I would just enjoy everyone here and share and learn along with the rest of us. It’s a very enjoyable, peaceful and loving group of people. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned here and in such a short time. There are so many knowledgeable people here and even a few Priests and Bishops..all of them are completely committed to following Christ, His Vicar and His Church.
          God bless you, Francis Philip! Fear not!

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          • Francis Philip says:

            Thanks. I have followed a mystic previously who, after years of support from clergy, was formally disapproved. It happens, even when you think you’re right.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Understand, Francis…once bitten, twice shy. Actually, I think the piece I am working on may be useful to you, for it touches on discernment and right reason. I sympathize with you more than you might think. I suspect that reflexive skepticism is healthier than reflexive credulity on these matters. Hang in there with us. You have offered some valuable insights since you started occasionally commenting here.

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          • Snowy says:

            Well many have been disapproved and later approved- the Church tests too and God does allow this for His own reasons. Anyway, what matters is the message- How can trusting God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to other be wrong or against God’s will or be a deception in any way? Just share your faith with others…and be of good cheer 🙂 and keep asking about and testing what irks you. I do!

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          • Snowy says:

            Francis Philip, I was thinking (God help everyone) what exactly do you mean by following a Mystic? I follow Christ and abide by the teachings of His Church. I guess people who say things like that confuse me. We are never obligated to follow or go along with anything outside of the Magisterial teachings of the Church. And we won’t be judged for doing so. Charlie is the first one to say so from what I have seen of the many times he’s been questioned. So do you get what I am saying- meaning- asking?

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          • Francis Philip says:

            By “follow” I mean to stay abreast of their messages, and give their messages a sort of credibility in my mind. Of course, if they teach another Gospel, I would know that they are not credible.

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          • Snowy says:

            Francis Philip, here is where I am coming from on this…this is how I live my own life or try to…
            I believe God is, in His mercy, doing everything in these times to reach out to us and save us and prepare us for what is coming (even without Charlie helping us, we all know something is happening, changing- coming). I believe God gave this mission to Charlie for that reason. If Charlie ended up being wrong about what he has stated is coming, I would pray for him and leave all in God’s hands and continue on doing what God has called me to do. I would not choose to be angry, judgmental or to despair because any one of us could be deceived or fall, so I would not choose that way because that is the way that leads to fear and despair. I would trust that Jesus had allowed this for a reason and anything that happens is being allowed by God for my good. It would not shake my love,faith or obedience to God or in the solid foundation of His Church. If I did fall into all of these things, I would get on my knees, ask forgiveness, get back up, pick up my cross and continue to follow Christ. Those would be my next right steps.

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          • Francis Philip says:

            Very good analysis and recommendation. Thank you, Snowy.

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          • Francis Philip says:

            But, I must admit, at that time, I was not as critical or as experienced or as knowledgeable as I hope I am now (having more instruction and wisdom now than I did then).

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          • Beckita says:

            Love the new Gravatar photo, Snowy!

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          • Snowy says:

            isn’t it the best? I loved it!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Hi, HSNE! Licking my fingers after eating a persimmon.

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          • Snowy says:

            Hahaha, Hi 🙂 I missed you YongDuk!

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        • janet333 says:

          Francis.. I have been listening to so called prophets for some years now. My ears were tickled by the ‘promises’ and I felt safe because I was told I was protected from future chastisements because I was in the remnant army! They all turned out to be false! Charlie promises us nothing. He doesn’t tickle out ears…He repeats his message TRUST IN GOD AND TAKE THE NEXT RIGHT STEP. So yes he is different and that is why I am here learning and listening. There is no boast coming from him regarding the visions he has, like there is with the false prophets.

          Anyway what I am trying to say is that Charlie is honest and straight..and yes cranky at times..but he rings true for me. 🙂

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    • Beckita says:

      Francis, I am troubled by the words choices: “advertise” and “proclaims.” I receive Charlie’s statement that he’s working on a piece (actually motivated by an observation from St. Gabriel), as informing us concerning his current topic of writing. I further receive the statement concerning his mystical life as a simple statement of fact, (not a proclamation), which I believe anyone who reads his posts and/or views the videos of his talks given last year can readily perceive. God chose him for a particular work in our day and time, just as God chooses each of us to do particular work for His Own Purpose(s).

      In fact, we each have a mystical life which is actually comprised of our interior relationship with the Lord. We can consider the desire of the Lord to be in union with each soul. Now, there is an endless variety of ways and depths which God Himself chooses to engage each soul for *He* loved us first and He Alone has determined His Perfect Plan for each life. He Alone originates what He pleases in way of relationship with each of us and we make choices of how we respond. From the Catholic Encyclopedia: “Mysticism considers as the end of philosophy the direct union of the human soul with the Divinity through contemplation and love, and attempts to determine the processes and the means of realizing this end.” Quote from: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10663b.html

      There is a great link on the side of this page to a catholic spiritual direction site which has a search function to take us to many instructive articles granting further knowledge and understanding of Catholic mysticism and mystics: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/

      Charlie has given his Fiat to do as the Lord wishes and God has simply chosen to place Charlie in a visible, public role. A faithful mystic does not act alone; s/he does what Charlie has conveyed in placing himself/herself under obedience to spiritual directors/advisors and proceeds with listening for what God wishes to accomplish in his/her life for His people. In my understanding, the gifts are given not for the edification of Charlie but to help God’s people (Oh! How we need the Lord’s help!) in a particular time in salvation history.

      God bless you, Francis, and each of us here.

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  44. bandgmac says:

    Thank you Charlie. You give us hope.I need prayers for my whole family. I feel so alone as no one in my family seems to want to seriously pray with me and develope a relationship with Jesus and Mary.I am asking for miracles and I pray for you all as well.

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    • charliej373 says:

      May you find hope in this community. I have offered prayer for you.

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      • Kristen1984 says:

        Charlie, I’m feeling very overwhelmed and alone. I’m wondering if you have had moments like this during your journey?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Frequently. Read the lament in Jeremiah 20:7. I often feel it is mine. Read the various laments in the Psalms. But while I cannot stop the feelings that come with being overwhelmed and near despair, I have learned to treat them as what they are: prelude to joy. The Lord says that he who will be saved is he who endures. If you never feel overwhelmed, what do you have to endure?

          During a very difficult period of my life when I frequently felt overwhelmed, I would find myself praying for some relief – then I would catch myself and instead pray for greater strength. David, Moses, Abraham, most all of the prophets felt overwhelmed many times. So shall I and so shall you. Endure and trust – and joy shall rise anew in God’s time.

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        • Beckita says:

          Prayers for you, Kristen. May you unite your loneliness with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and may the Angel who strengthened Him, strengthen you. Asking St. Rita of Cascia to remain by your side interceding for you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Band, it is so nice to have you here. You and your family are in my prayers.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you so much for your prayers, Bandgmac. Praying for you and your family as well. May the Lord strengthen you and may all His Purpose(s) be fulfilled in your life and those of your family members. May Christ infuse His PEACE in you through the trials.

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    • Linda says:

      We sure understand you here b andgmac.. We are all feeling lonely right now with these times so hard.. I find comfort in closing my eyes and letting Christ and our Lady hold me… I heard this from fr Larry Richards and do it daily I try or more often as the day goes… Christ and Our Lady do indeed comfort us and I don’t know how

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful, Linda! I’ve long had a meditation where the little child within me crawls onto the lap of Our Lady. She scoops me up as lovingly as She did Her Son, wraps Her Mantle around me and I am in Heaven on earth. To be cradled by our Blessed Mother is dear, oh so dear.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you, Bandgmac; and welcome!

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Band….I think, as things begin to worsen in the world, our families and friends will be only to glad to pray with us. Keep praying then for them to be not so mule headed when things turn really bad.

      God Bless you.

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  45. tresorgirl54 says:

    God Bless you, Charlie! “Bumfuzzled” is one of my favorite words and it’s perfectly descriptive! Keep on with your funny words because we baby boomers use the same words! I can’t wait to read what’s coming! We will anxiously await it!

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  46. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    YongDuk,

    No hard feelings. Someday, God willing, we will meet at Mount Meeker and share some bread and beer (or cider or wine, if you prefer). I will pray for wisdom as I need it! You are in my prayers, too. Take it easy, now.

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  47. What?!! No chocolate in the Rescue?!!

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