Through a Glass Darkly

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By Charlie Johnston

Authentic prophecy is always an invitation from God. It is an invitation to remember His goodness in times past, to see His mercies in times present, to come back to Him with our whole heart, and to call others to do the same. It is guidance on how to act in particular times and circumstances to accomplish this. It is assurance that He is there, that He loves us, that He wants us back, and that He will walk with us if we heed Him. It is an invitation first to the one called to prophesy, and then to all who will hear. It is an invitation to come to God and participate with Him in His gathering of His children. The most important part of prophecy is its call for what we should do.

It is a great achievement of the devil that he has seduced so many into reducing prophecy to fortune-telling, a sort of mystical mystery theatre in which most act as passive spectators, choosing the character on-stage who best appeals to their interests, beliefs and vanity – then sitting back and enjoying the show. God calls you to act, to act with Him, to act selflessly to rescue His children from despair and disorder. If the emphasis of any mystic is on what will happen rather than what you are called to, it is a diversion, not prophecy. Authentic prophecy is active, requiring you to stretch out your heart and your mind to God and to stretch out your hand in solidarity with your fellows. It is not passive.

Many seem to think interpretation of prophecy is simply getting the narrative right, then charting it two-dimensionally. The foolishness of this reminds me of the ancient fable of the six blind men and the elephant. The Book of Revelation is fascinating for many reasons, not least of which that it presents the closest thing to a raw telling of what the mystic actually is shown than anything I have ever seen. Oh, there is plenty of interpretation in it to make it somewhat comprehensible to us, but St. John gives us a good look at much of the raw material he was working with. Revelation has been seriously studied by thousands of great saints and theologians – and there are almost as many variations in interpretation as there are people who have studied it seriously. There is a general consensus on some larger themes in it (though even here some things are hotly disputed) but there are huge disputes on the meaning of many of the details.

Now, as then, a glimpse into eternity does not produce a neat, little, linear narrative. If it were so, I would not have spent a lifetime being instructed. I have told you I spent nearly two decades getting much wrong when I was instructed by my angel. I think you know that, in earthly terms, I am a pretty smart fellow. If it was as simple as studying a linear narrative, I would not have needed five decades of instruction and testing. So, with a caveat that I cannot describe it with precision unless I made up a whole new vocabulary, let me tell you a little about how it actually is.

I gave you a hint of it in my piece, “Into the Whirlwind.” I described the cosmos, in part, in these words:

Imagine that God showed Job our world, sparkling blue and green like some impossibly rare and precious gem, glittering with life and light. Then God shows Job the entire universe. Think of Job’s wonder at the billions of stars, comets, quarks and planets all pulsing and whirring, a symphony of light and rhythm…”

When you are shown, when you get a glimpse into eternity, it is like that. Trillions of parts all pulsing and whirling, traveling at different speeds and directions, often changing speeds and directions. It is like a three-year-old trying to make sense of the working of a nuclear reactor. At the most elementary level, you try to discern the convergence point of several different elements. It is a game that appeals to your vanity – kind of like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube writ large. Except it is impossible. Things change speeds and direction regularly. After a while, if you are wise, you largely drop that effort and focus on patterns that emerge. While you can’t discern all – or even many – of the details, you can see the larger trends they form.

There are several complications even in this. First, some things are symbolic and some are literal – and it can be difficult to recognize the difference. Some things can’t be changed; others are changed dramatically by our response. It is similar to a cruise liner sinking in the open ocean. Once it reaches a certain point in its distress it is certain to sink. It is almost certain that some people will die. How many will die, though, depends on the behavior of those caught in the catastrophe.  If everyone is in panic and acting in an “every man for himself” way, many will die. If many are steady and resolute, they can help others do the same and many lives will be saved.

Meantime, there is a huge disconnect between how things appear here and how they appear there. We come up with clever schemes we think will solve problems – and most don’t even make a dent in the heavens. The sincere and humble prayer of a single person can change multitudes. When you get a cohort of people praying – and living the prayer of doing, of denying their own appetites and caring for those around them tenderly, it can change the trajectories of entire realms of those moving parts. If you knew the power of sincere, humble prayer and doing the little right in front of you, you would eagerly live it well. The machinations of those in power are mere sparklers in comparison to the majestic, tidal power of a single sincere and humble prayer.

Obviously, I explain this allegorically to you. I do it to give you some sense of what it is like, not what it is. Applied to current times, the Storm is something that is set, it must be fulfilled. But the intensity and duration of it can change based on our response. Some things about it have already changed. The intensity was increased by our determination to persist in rebellion; the duration of its fullness has been decreased because of the rise, often quietly, of renewed faith and fidelity among many who have already despaired of hope in human devices. There are far more troops out there ready to  answer the call. Even in the midst of the Storm, we have entered into a great Christian revival. What God intends is that you live it and bring the hope that is in Him to those around you. If you do that well, it will spread like wildfire. It is not sufficient that you be right, but that you be effective, which means you must bury your ego. If you simply browbeat those around you, so they run away from the faith, you have utterly failed. If you never defend the faith when it is assaulted, you have utterly failed.

I am very careful in dealing with my critics. If they seem animated by a restless malice – or a vanity to prove themselves right – I largely ignore them. If they are serious, perhaps pointed, but showing no signs of malice or vanity, I try to answer them well – sometimes provocatively, sometimes gently. Many of my honorable critics have helped refine my thinking. But the key reason is that I am not sent primarily to say, but to do: to give heart to people, assurance that God is right at hand to them, in the midst of a great crisis in world and salvation history that they may endure until rescue. I am responsible for doing that for my critics, as well, insofar as it can be done, as for everyone else. So I largely refrain that their malice or vanity does not fossilize around them – and when they see God act, they may take firm hold of Him, whatever they think of me.

When I hear purported private revelations, there are certain things I watch for. Does it sound primarily like a running commentary on current events? While authentic prophecy does touch on some current events, its focus is always on the eternal and what our response to it should be. So if it sounds like a radio talk show, it may have value, but it is not prophecy. Does it have heavenly beings profusely condemning various people or peoples? In my entire life, I have never heard Our Lord or Our Lady speak in bitter condemnatory tones about anyone. I have only heard the angels speak with contempt for one person, one time. Often, they condemn sin, but there is a yearning sorrow, almost a lament at times, for their poor lost children The focus is always calling the children of the Kingdom back, not casting them into outer darkness.

The Rescue, late in 2017, is one of those things that is certain. I get nervous about it sometimes because I have frequently been wrong about times – but this is one of the incredibly rare occasion where I was told that, specifically, rather than the enigmatic “soon” or “now.” But I am constantly examining and re-examining those matters which are interpretation, for it pleases God to show me, too, how little I understand. Until my spinal event in 2003, I always assumed I would be in excellent, robust health throughout the Storm. It seemed a good interpretation because I could not see how anyone could do the things I was called to without such health. But it pleased God to show me that He writes straight with crooked lines – and that my robust health was not necessary to accomplish His purposes. I assumed too much. It is why I am grateful for my little disability, often calling it “God’s leash.” It reminded me that God is not at all dependent on me, but I on Him.

I constantly go back to what I call “first things,” what I was told specifically or the larger, immutable principles that have been embedded in me, to re-examine my interpretations. I have often said there will be no presidential election this year. Actually, there are some narrow circumstances in which there could be, but the results would be irrelevant. What I was told was that President Obama would not finish his term and that our next stable national leader will not come from the election process. You could have an explosion of events after an election and before an inauguration. You could have Obama declare a national emergency, cancel elections, extend his term and then depart before the extension was up. The most likely scenario is that everything will be up in the air before election, but there are narrow circumstances where that may not be.

I knew that the fullness of the Storm could have begun as early as the summer of 2012. I was grateful that it did not. But I thought, along with many of my critics, that with all that had to happen, we really did need to enter into the fullness by mid-2014. I somewhat nervously was telling the Lord that I knew He knew best, but didn’t we need to get a move on? After enough of this, He appeared to me and simply said, “When I act, it is done.” It was a reminder to me that, even with all the instruction, I was thinking of these things and time in the way men do, that He is not subject to such limitations. I have since come to see what a grace the delay is. If anti-Christian governments had wanted to assume emergency powers, the fall of 2014 was about the last time they had a reasonable chance of imposing it and making it stick for more than a few weeks. Since then, their real power has been ebbing away even as they act more arbitrarily and oppressively. Their very oppressive and harassing actions have sapped the fundamental consent of their citizens.

The key to everything in these times, after five decades of instruction, is not in the grandiose, but the simple. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That is wisdom that will last and will not fail. Live this well and you are already part of the Rescue.

I want to finish with a meditation which originally appeared as a comment here. It was written by YongDuk, the pseudonym an American Catholic Bishop uses to comment with. I often hear people explain to me the meaning of various Biblical prophecy and private revelations. They give me their complex explanations for the two-dimensional linear narrative they have come up with. I usually listen politely but know that, like early Job, they have not entered into the whirlwind and have no clue that the things they speak of are too big for us – and not subject to linear narratives. Whatever YongDuk’s intention was with this piece, I recognized it as one of the best meditations on prophecy I have read.

By Yong Duk

 

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

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

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

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

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

There is a change in Genesis 11:

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

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

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

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

St. Peter says as much in 2 Peter 2:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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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629 Responses to Through a Glass Darkly

  1. zeniazenia says:

    Dear TNRS, FYI– For all of us who are devotees of Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy,
    Fr. Michael Gaitley has written, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told.
    “God’s mercy is the gift that’s so great it makes us wonder: Can it really be true? There must be a catch. Fr. Gaitley tells the story of Divine Mercy and Marian consecration in this popular history of the great devotional currents of the century just past. This is not an academic exercise. This is a page-turner — and a life-turner — because so much turns on the question of God’s love for us, and the ways we love him in return. This book about Divine Mercy and Marian consecration in our time needs to become the backstory of my devotional life and yours.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. –ZJ

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  2. CrewDog says:

    The West is under attack from without and within. Enemies abound be they Islamic terrorists, common thug urban gang-bangers, rural dope-heads or satan’s useful idiots. The below is interesting and should give pause to those here that believe that … “God will protect me!” … and so He will! ….. but how, where and with what means will that “protection” come!!?? … that’s The Question?!?:

    “Buy a Sword” – By Fay Voshell
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/buy_a_sword_.html

    GOD GUIDE & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for the link to this marvelous, pointed article, CrewDog.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Hi CrewDog,

      I have two swords … one is a cheap but real epee blade (fencing sword) bought at a historical reenactment, the other is a prop for professional stage magicians. Neither one would really “do the trick” in a combat situation, and besides that, I’m a small woman. I wonder if you know a good place to buy pepper spray?

      Other than that, as far as preparations go lately …

      This past week, I’ve spent only a little money on a very small amount of practical things like Epsom salts, echinacea, and aspirin (I want to buy more organic apple cider vinegar too) … But a whole lot of money on art supplies … canvas, paints, paint brushes. And I’m going to invest even more into art. Looking at it side by side, it seems a little crazy that my next right step seems to be, to keep taking steps along the path of an artist. I guess some of us are called to fight (the spiritual battle) with the Rosary in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, with a scapular and camera around our necks. And someday, the “bigger picture” will appear!

      Thanks as always for your sound advice, and you along with everyone else here is in my prayers, as always.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Hi Phoenix. Being an artist you are probably already familiar with this “Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists” (April 4, 1999). Perhaps other artists will be encouraged to take your lead in venturing out in faith to be the artists that the Lord is positioning for service during the Storm and after.

        His letter is about 9 pages long. It is a challenge to choose only small excerpts to share here because every paragraph is beautiful, inspiring, and insightful. Here is just a sampling:

        “On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.

        From this wonder there can come that enthusiasm of which Norwald spoke in the poem to which I referred to earlier. People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world.”. (25)

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      • You know, everyone else out there is into this minimalism thing, and my house is an explosion of art supplies (and other supplies, of course).

        “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don’t know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.” Gandalf

        I’m a mom of 7, who homeschools, gardens, bakes, and is an artist. I totally understand what you are saying.

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    • Little Bee says:

      You raise a question that deserves a thoughtful consideration, and much prayer, Crew Dog. I, too, thank you for the article link.

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    • Judy says:

      Everyone I know is thinking of buying a gun. What a complete turnaround! None had ever thought they would be brought to this point.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Judy sez:”Everyone I know is thinking of buying a gun. What a complete turnaround! None had ever thought they would be brought to this point.”
        Judy & Gang,
        I say again! If you are unfamiliar with guns, think hard about owning one. Do re-search! Find knowledgeable friends/family to teach you the basics. Learn how to safely handle and become proficient with your piece …. how to clean/maintain same. Simple designs! Revolvers, pump shotguns or lever/bolt action rifles. Guns-n-ammo ain’t cheap and it takes time to learn …. like anything else! Hollywood & TV ain’t the place to be learning the safe-n-accurate Shooting!

        GOD GUIDE & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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        • luvmercy5775 says:

          How about in Jesus name, taking authority over and binding the evil motivating the person/ threat, while holding a crucifix in one hand and holy water in the other. For what it’s worth, that’s my plan.

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          • CrewDog says:

            LuvMercy,
            I certainly will not argue with Simple Trust & Faith in God’s Protection, Guidance & Mercy. God does seem to work through man’s hands for the most part .. as near as I can figure … so .. that tells me that we are all called in different ways to different tasks according to our abilities, means & skills … plus Guidance from The Holy Ghost! 😉

            GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • Lisa V says:

            Hello all! Dear luvmercy5775, Your idea sounds just like the events of the film, The Mission. Robert De Niro has the gun and Jeremy Irons, the Monstrance! Both priests loved God. Amazing film based on truth. I feel, a must see. God bless all here.

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        • A 20 gauge with birdshot is a good idea for such people :-). Easy to handle, guaranteed to stop anyone, but very unlikely to kill anyone.

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          • Beckita says:

            You may have solved my problem, Daniel.

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          • Mick says:

            Personally, I’d rather have a 12-gauge with buckshot; but that’s just me. Because if an unjust aggressor is threatening my family, I’m not going to be worried about whether I have killed him rather than just wounded/stopped him. Plus, I live in the country and so don’t have to worry so much about over-penetration of the walls of my home.

            For what it’s worth, here’s a discussion of 20- vs. 12-gauge from an online “gun-guy” forum. There are guys coming down on both sides, and it’s pretty fascinating as well as instructive:

            https://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352305

            🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Nice crew dog. St. Augustine perpetuated the just war doctrine.

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    • Kim sevier says:

      Good article CrewDog. I heard a cd of Fr. Larry Richards’ talk to a men’s morning of spirituality he did probably about 5 years ago. He told the guys they needed to be ready to go into battle– literally. It was interesting to hear how he spoke to a group of men only. Really virile strong language. It was so refreshing — men being men. My husband and I are on the verge of gun purchases now too. God bless all here!

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      • lambzie37 says:

        Don’t wait too long or you may miss your chance. 😆

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        • Kim sevier says:

          For sure lambzie!

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        • Jill Marie says:

          I’m wondering if we may have already missed our chance in NY. My husband applied for a permit a month ago. A recent local news story indicated it will take 12 -14 months to process the recent surge of applications. I imagine they aren’t in any hurry, either. ( I only heard this once and didn’t further investigate time frame so can’t vouch report is 100% accurate.) Though disappointed with the news, I do appreciate when God seems to close a door we were considering so we can focus on other things.

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  3. Beautiful!

    Regarding the discernment of alleged revelations and apparitions, permit me to add into the fray the following:

    The Church has been using a specific (short) document for guidelines in discerning such phenomena since 1978. This was not (to my knowledge) made public until a few years ago; at least not an official English translation. I believe this is Providential, as God Willed that we have more confidence in His and His mother’s words to various visionaries around the world, before formal Church approval, while also knowing how to not get caught up in the confusion of false apparitions and revelations. It is just another sign of the urgency of the times.

    Here is the document: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19780225_norme-apparizioni_en.html

    I recently gave a talk in which I summarized these norms, so I’ll also present that here:

    Criteria supporting the alleged revelation/apparition being authentic:

    A mentally balanced, honest, moral, humble, sincere, docile alleged seer who continues a “normal regimen of a life of faith” outside of the apparitions

    No heresy in the messages
    (The document adds, however, that even if there is a small error somewhere, that does not necessarily negate the validity of the entire apparition, since even in valid apparitions, the messages come through the “filter of the senses” and could have a small, rare errors that the seer himself inadvertently added and do not negatively impact the main thrust of the message)

    Spiritual fruits of 1)prayer 2)conversion, and 3)testimonies of charity from the phenomena

    Criteria supporting the alleged revelation/apparition being inauthentic:

    Mental problems or evident search for profit “strictly connected” to the messages.
    (The Church is very clear that this has there has to be evidence that the alleged seers searched for profit FROM the apparitions themselves. Seers need to eat and have shelter also; the fact that they might make money and not be nuns is not considered a negative criteria by the Church.

    The document also makes it clear that the local Bishop is NOT necessarily the final say in the validity of an apparition, but that the Holy See has the full right to intervene and decide the case on its own if it so chooses. Absent that, the local Ordinary is to be strictly obeyed, even though the Church never rules infallibly on the authenticity of an apparition.

    So that’s the gist of the document 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Charlie and Dan,

      This is good information for Jan K. Who recently commented on “Concerning Medjugorje” post. I think it is timely information. Dan, can you re-post this as a response to Jan? God bless!

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      • I’m not sure where that post is, Doug, but feel free to use that comment of mine wherever you please!

        Timely indeed — it’s very common in the rad-trad crowd to denounce apparitions that don’t “feel traditional enough,” while at the same time categorically dismissing fruits as legitimate criteria for discernment. Such people should be charitably shown that, in insisting fruits are not relevant for discerning an apparition (which is often stated by Medjugorje’s most ardent opponents e.g. Michael Voris), they are contradicting the Magisterium :-).

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        • Doug says:

          Thanks Dan. I will copy it over there.

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        • Harry Flynn says:

          I think you have here given a caricature of what this group of people thinks about “fruits.”

          If you go back and re-read the very document you mentioned above, you’ll notice that “fruits” are not very high on that list. That does not instill confidence that they are seen as the “end all/be all” of discernment.

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          • Quite the contrary, Harry, the document specifically says that the fecundity of the fruits should be given *special regard* (Introduction, 2c). How do you gleen, from that, that fruits are “not very high on the list”?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I would be interested to know what you consider to be fruits, Harry. Whatever the document says, Our Lord says baldly, that we will know a tree by the fruit it bears. I have sometimes wondered whether the rad/trads have given themselves over to an obsessive legalism that ignores the spirit of the law, straining at gnats while swallowing camels. Again, I have had private visits to several very faithful traditionalist groups that are completely loyal to the Church, Magisterium and the Pope – and I hate it that these good people are so often oppressed by authorities who should care for them and harassed by abusive sede-vacantists who, like the satan, choose to be the accusers of mankind. So I am sensitive to anything that makes a caricature of these faithful traditionalists, but am also offended when traditionalists make a caricature of others. So I really would be interested in the discussion you propose.

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          • Bob says:

            Jesus Himself said “By your fruits you shall know them”. Matt Ch 7, vs. 16 Jesus word is enough for me!!

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  4. Joe says:

    One of your better posts Charlie. We don’t think like heaven but ascertaining to think like heaven is a continual growth in grace and virtue for us. We are all like painters. To a greater or lesser degree some are taught and directed what to paint while others are taught how to paint (growth in holiness and virtue) and merely are asked to paint. I feel in this time a growing desire for and realization of the mercy of God. I believe that this years Jubilee of mercy and the doors of mercy is a huge sign. To participate in my opinion is to choose to walk through the door of the Lords mercy (in reference to the Lords respective words to St Faustiana). I feel the Lord giving me more in this time the words “Lord I repent and I plead the blood of Jesus). Heaven always knows better than us but oh how patient they are with us (little children).

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  5. Maria M. Smith says:

    If more people would really listen to Gods calling them they would be in awe of his presence. I have been given the gift of Prophecy and I only give what up lifts people. Just really enjoyed your words and meditation.

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  6. Charlie et al

    As always a great post, and both timely and informative.

    For a few years, I have been assisting Father (Martin) Sam Johnston, an 87 year old retired priest of the Diocese of London Ontario, who has provided spiritual direction to two women, who have allegedly received prophecy from Our Lord Jesus regularly, all of which Father Sam reviews very carefully. Some time after the death of the first woman, the second woman started to receive prophecy. I have met the second woman, and she is a humble woman of prayer and ever deepening devotion to Our Lord.

    In the opinion of Father Sam, who spends hours with each one rereading and reviewing their content, these are inspired words. After he reviews them I post them on the internet at the location below.

    http://frsamjohnston.blogspot.ca/

    But, a couple of years ago, I was introduced to the Locutions to the World, and confess that there I found something more ???. By this I mean, I could see when we were going to get some chocolate, and I love chocolate. Ooh, my ears were being tickled. Like so many others I was duped and learned a valuable lesson, for which I am grateful.

    I have believed all along that the messages received in Ridgetown Ontario at the link above are the real deal, and now as I read your explanation of what prophecy really is, and now read Daniel O’Connor’s comments today as well, I am firmer in my belief.

    When I first started reading The Next Right Step, I was in recovery from being burned by LTTW. It seemed to me that many of the comments at the time here, were questions about the chocolate, quite possibly from others burned by the fake chocolate promised at LTTW.

    But, I am finding that there are many wise folks posting comments here that are very worthy of contemplation.

    The other thing I am finding as I read what you are inspired to write is that it brings peace to my soul, as do many of the comments.

    So, here we sit at a point in time where the satan is doing his best to make us all crazy with fears, and trepidations abounding, with natural and man made disasters galore, and economies that have no real good reason for continuing on as they have.

    Yet, many of us are very much at peace. Why? Because Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ does not bow down to satan, and we will not either, being made in His image. Knowing what is coming tomorrow or the next day or the one after that will not bring us peace. Knowing that God is in control, and that He is love and mercy for each one of us individually brings the peace that passes understanding.

    So, what is our responsibility in all of this? It is simply to take the Next Right Step, filled with the knowledge of that abundant love and mercy, and the wisdom that that provides to us.

    Charlie, I think that I am getting it.

    Thank you for your patience and May God Bless you and all those who pass by here.

    Michael Brandon

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  7. EllenChris says:

    Wow — that’s a LOT of comments in a short time.

    Loved the article. The important part, to me, is that the Book of Revelation was not intended to be understood as a chain of events in linear time. Throughout the Holy Scriptures you have the phrase, “Day of the Lord.” This is not a 24 hour period of earth time; it is a powerful unleashing of God’s awesome glory and power. It is an Act of God in which He makes things happen. Creation is described as 6 “Days of the Lord” together and culminating in a Day of Rest, but the intention was not to present a week of ordinary time on planet Earth. Chronos time is ordinary and linear. Kairos time is a kind of interface between our time and Eternity. The Day of the Lord is Kairos not Chronos. We are *now* involved in a major Day of the Lord.

    I have always looked at the Book of Revelation as a kind of layer cake, not a road. It is Kairos — the Day of the Lord. All of this wild stuff is, in a certain sense, going on simultaneously. God has everything in His view outside time in His eternal “Now.” People sometimes talk about the breaking of the seals and the coming of the four horsemen with the question, “When?” Look around. They have been riding around the earth since humans first fell from Grace. The beasts rise and fall. The point is that the beautiful New Jerusalem is real and is our Home. When the Day of the Lord is occurring, we can only cling to God in trust.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now here is some serious insight.

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      • LukeMichael says:

        I have some insight of Revelation as well and it comes from some holy people. I am not tied to anything definitive except in some very general ways. Maybe we should start a separate thread on this topic as it may yield some beautiful insight and be a source of consolation to many. Trust God, He never fails us!

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    • Doug says:

      Yes Ellen. It is beautiful and mysterious. Scott Hahn has a nice book that shows much of Revelation is what happens at every Mass; the saints, prayers, the incense rising, etc.

      I personally think we are currently living Revelation 12. We are Mary’s offspring and the bad evil guy is making war against us.

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  8. Julee says:

    “The most important part of prophecy is its call for what we should do.”

    This is a struggle for me. Once I’ve cautiously concluded that someone is worthy of reading and watching, I struggle with what I am personally called to do. Why did I stumble on this blog and Mark Mallet’s? Certainly you’ve both helped me put the signs of the times into a meaningful religious context, but why do I personally need to know that? Many of my faithful friends don’t follow any prophecy, so it’s something I ponder. Is there something I personally need to glean or is it more of a curiosity and distraction? Long before finding these blogs, my one consistent prayer was offering my day, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of sinners, in reparation of sins, and for my own personal intentions (thanks to a Marian conference). After that, I get on with it. As some readers know, I’m a stay-at-home mom happily taking care of my special needs son. The message of acknowledging God and taking the next right step was something I thought I was already doing, so perhaps finding this blog was an invitation to draw even closer to God and to help me recognize my daily joys and sufferings have meaning (and that I most likely could do a better job in my station in life because that’s what I’m called to do). Could it be as simple as that? When I shared these blogs with my husband, he went into major prep mode. Again, something to question. Is that the wrong direction, or is it what he was called to do, so we can help ourselves, family, and friends when food and supplies are short in supply and be a sign of hope? Or are we deceiving ourselves, thinking we have a plan and because we have good intentions, we have God’s blessing? My husband and I talk about spiritual preparation being the most important, but honestly we haven’t really amped up our prayers as a result of following present (or past) day prophecy even though I’m often inspired. I love the rosary and divine mercy chaplet, yet we’re very inconsistent. I’m more likely to say a little, “Jesus I trust in you” or “Help me Mama Mary” throughout the day than any formal prayer or devotion, so while I’ve been inspired to deeper prayer, I’ve had very little follow-through. So many questions. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sit here wringing my hands constantly thinking and worrying about it, but every now and then I can’t help but wonder why I stumbled on the blogs I currently follow and if I’m doing what I’m called to do, if I am indeed being called. All in God’s time, I’m sure. And I can most definitely say that coming to understand through these writings that the fullness of the storm is God’s merciful answer to our prayers for a better world, a return to Him, is comforting and will help to keep me from falling into despair.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Julee, one thing Charlie has iterated is things may get so dark that it will lead to much despair. The analogy is when often a ship goes down in the storm and many people give up and drown later to be found out by others that they were just 100 feet from shore. If they knew this, they would not give up. That is the understanding we we are allowed to know about the rescue. It is not so much so we know dates or times per se or so we can watch or see as a spectator as Charlie says. It is to encourage us to hang on and maintain the faith so we don’t drown 100 feet from shore. I suspect that many, many people will despair who don’t know and this is where we can also be a sign of hope to others. I don’t feel compelled to run out and tell everyone there is a storm coming except those who I feel God is leading me to and usually its folks who have a similar sense. When the storm intensifies, it will be obvious and many will be seeking. Our calm and help through our love will bring home many souls. It’s about living the ordinary and doing right to the people that are put in our path. So it can be scary, but scary or not, whether one knows or not, it will happen. However, knowing ahead gives us hope. So it is not about impending doom. It is about the hope at the end; thus, knowing the rescue is near the end of 2017. If one was drawn here out of curiosity, I think that is ok. We need a little bait to bite the hook sometimes, but when the core of the message is understood, it is beautiful and amazing that we have a God who loves us so much as to warn us, lead us, love us and save us. I am glad you are here. God bless you!

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Julie
      I get where you’re at. Keep it very simple. Short prayers and aphorisms. You are very busy and repeated prayers like “Jesus, I trust in you” will grow naturally. Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart Like unto thine. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Jesus, son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.
      15 minutes with the gospel of the day will make all prayer expand. And the Holy Spirit will do it for you. God Bless you and your family!

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    • Julee says:

      Thanks for the responses and encouragement. Yes, the benefit of knowing there will be a rescue in late 2017 is a gift that I would not have known had I not been led to Charlie’s writings. I’m grateful and hopefully that knowledge will help keep me and those around me afloat until we reach shore! I don’t remember which post it was, but I remember asking what it meant to be a sign of hope. To paraphrase you, Charlie, you said something to the effect that doing normal things like preparing food, washing a dish, or tending to children in the fullness of the storm (with whatever means are available) could foster a sense of normalcy and give people hope that all is not lost. I don’t need to try to convince panicked people with words about a rescue, but just try to persevere in my own faith and let my actions be an encouragement to others. I think that’s what you meant and those are things, with God’s grace, that I feel I can actually do to be a sign of hope. In regards to my original post, I think I sometimes get lost in my own ponderings and temporarily can’t see the forest for the trees. Lately, I’ve been tempted to doubt, mainly my own discernment.

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    • tresorgirl54 says:

      Hi, Julee! I couldn’t help but notice you saying several times that you don’t know why you stumbled into this site. May I give you my thoughts? I feel there are NO COINCIDENCES. Everything is part of God’s plan. It was He who guided you to this site on your journey to a higher level of spirituality. Don’t sweat it or stress about your progress….as has been stresssed by Charlie and the members who post here….God’s time is not linear. Try to remember that the Holy Spirit is guiding your journey and you must measure it not in blocks of time but rather in levels of peace, inner tranquility and insight. Let it flow into you and flood you with God’s peace. Pray to the Holy Spirit for His gifts of discernment and listen to your Heart because there you will find God!.

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      • Doug says:

        Yes. We are all uniquely and wonderfully made for different purposes. We are each given different talents and much of the journey is using those talents to live the ordinary. For instance, it is amazing to have Charlie here and inspiring and teaching us, but I would not want to be Charlie for all the money in the world. This is not a slight against Charlie at all, but is about the responsibility that comes with his particular calling. I am quite content to be ordinary squirrel and if God calls me to be otherwise, well, I will deal with that then. Another way to look at it is God is not looking for us to do great things. He is looking for us to follow him and listen to him and love him. It is very simple.

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      • Julee says:

        Thank you Tresorgirl 54! You’re right, no need to stress. I’ll continue to pray for the grace to discern God’s will and the strength to remain faithful. If the Holy Spirit led me here, then I can only assume it was to hear Charlie’s thoughts regarding the storm and rescue and his advice on how to endure by acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope. I suppose I was stressing about falling short and/or getting the particulars wrong in “answering my call” because I think responsibility (in addition to hope) must come with this knowledge and awareness. I trust, however, that God knows my desire to do His will and the Holy Spirit will keep inspiring and nudging me, especially when I get a few things wrong or am slow to respond if I just keep opening my heart and stretching out my hand. I was reading a book of St. Therese of Lisieux’s last conversations and this quote struck me as another admonishment to acknowledge the love of God, be present in the moment, and don’t worry about the rest– “We who run in the way of love, shouldn’t be thinking of sufferings that can take place in the future; it’s a lack of confidence, it’s like meddling in the work of creation.”

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  9. Laurie says:

    my heartfelt gratitude to you and Yong Duk. Pope Benedict once said, “Christ’s light becons you to be guiding stars for others.” What a starry night it is! May we always remember and act as the Family of God.

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  10. James Todd says:

    Charlie,

    I am sure you are familiar with the many Marian apparitions and the general thrust of these which predict a warning (illumination of conscience), miracle and chastisement. Is what you foresee consistent with these? Is it the fulfillment of these Marian apparitions? This might be the topic for a new post??

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  11. Jack says:

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your relationship with the eternal. I am by personality a cautious person when it comes to accepting predictions, be it a claim of divine or scientific insight unless it falls within the pillars of the Church and Gods unfailing love. Too many broken promises and modern philosophies have reinforced that mindset unfortunately.

    That being said, your call for conversion and action (guiding us on how to interact with the Eternal here and now) has changed my relationship with God and neighbor. Thank you for that. Regardless of what happens in the next two years. I know that I want to continue turning more to our Lord in a more humble and courageous way.

    That being said, it will likely be essential to know that He has spoken and will save us. I believe that in my greatest moment of doubt God will have shared the season of rescue with you for people like me. It will be my final surrender of skepticism driven self-delusional control when I can either despair or fall into our Mothers arms. And I pray that that day does comes and that I meet God as He originally created man to, and that my children, through my purification, with grow to know and love God more intimately than I have.

    Thank you again. Have a wonderful day and God bless.

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  12. Margaret says:

    Charlie, like many in TNRS family, it will take a long time to digest your words in this post. I am still pondering on one line from the 1st paragraph…”It is an invitation to come to God and participate with Him in His gathering of His children. The most important part of prophecy is its call for what we should do.”
    As a gift to ourselves in the Christmas season, my husband & I purchased a beautiful 3 foot statue of Mary, which sits in our little piece of God’s garden near the Ocala National Forest in Florida. Before placing her on her pedestal, we had our very holy priest bless her. In his blessing he said “…may all who look upon her be blessed…” I have been meditating/contemplating the above words. I believe that the intentions that I offer in prayer, always requested according to the Lord’s will, one day will be answered!
    Many in my family are away from their faith walk with Jesus. I have prayed for 32 years for my family to return. After being away from my Catholic faith for almost 18 years myself, I promised Jesus I would NEVER stray again. I feel responsible for family straying to some degree, whether I am responsible or not, I know that leading by a holy example is the safe & sure way to lead others to Eternal Life! I have failed in that area at times, but have greatly improved in taking the next right step.
    As I gaze on our lovely Blessed Mother, with her eyes looking down & her arms hanging open by her side, I realize that her holy example to fully surrender to her Father, her Son & her Spouse has been such a holy example for me in my Catholic faith journey. She is so selfless, ALWAYS saying YES for me & ALL her children. She invites, not by words but by example, patiently waiting for her children to answer YES too, by participating.
    We ask ourselves “what is the next right step”?? How are we called to participate. I say that it is simpler than we think….Mary, our mother was a young, simple Jewish girl that could have said no. I am much older, yet simple in my faith. I am happy that she said YES & I know that the message that I get from her example is that the Lord wishes that ALL of His children will realize salvation. It is in His plan for all of us not just some!!! He wouldn’t have made it difficult because He knows just how dense I can be at times, he makes it POSSIBLE for my family & the larger family of God. He just wants us to say YES too!!!
    My prayer for each of us once again is “that Every child of God will Surrender to The Divine Will and be Fully open to the Love & Abundant Graces of our Blessed Mother, who will aid us in taking The Next Right Step”
    Jesus I Trust in You & our Blessed Mother!

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  13. lambzie37 says:

    Baked cookies today. Alas, I used baking soda instead of baking powder. I had to make them all over again. It was sort of my own form of auto correct 🙀. So I guess forty-eight cookies means forty-eight souls out of purgatory! No wait! Would it actually be ninety-six the originals plus the new batch?
    Of course after doing too much today I am now stuck I. Bed this evening in a fair amount of pain. If you’re wondering why the cookies, we have 22 coming for a late lunch tomorrow.at two. We are hosting our group reunion from our Medjugorje trip in October. So can I sneak another 22 souls into my previous figure?
    After all, the cookies were stockings meant to represent out groups’s status as Pilgrims and as I did stand on my feet too long baking and frosting cookies–voila 96 + 22 = 118 souls. Whoo Hoo! I wonder, do we get to bake cookies beyond the pearly gates? I sure would miss cookies in eternity! Squirrels too!

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    • Doug says:

      I will bake cookies in heaven with you Lambzie!

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    • Beckita says:

      LOL Lambzie! You are AMAZING! Rest well and praying Blessed Mother will ease your pain.

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    • Mick says:

      Jacki, if you ever again accidentally put baking soda rather than baking powder in your cookies, there may not be a need to start over. One teaspoon of baking powder is the equivalent of 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. So next time, you could just throw in some cream of tartar and increase the amounts of your other ingredients accordingly.

      I pray that your pain may subside quickly, and that you have a great reunion tomorrow. 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Mick, leave it to you to come up with a practical answer to save the cookies. I think the merits buying you some cut flowers 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Doug! I wish I could take credit for the “save”; but I read about this substitution in a book in about 1998, and my family has been using it ever since (most baking powder has cornstarch in it, and several of us are allergic to corn). The book was appropriately titled “The Tightwad Gazette.” Awesome book, providing skinflinty suggestions for cheapskates everywhere.

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    • Julie says:

      Lambzie, I have often wondered too how we will pass time in heaven. I want to plant flowers…all kinds…especially the ones I can’t get close to on earth cuz I am so allergic. I imagine pleasing God with all the beautiful flower arrangements I can come up with.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Julie, it may amuse you to know that I sometimes earnestly pray that there be baseball in heaven. Our Lord once teased me about it. I’m still hoping.

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        • Bob says:

          And long walks in God’s country too? but wait heaven IS God’s country so what next?

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        • Joe says:

          He did happen to tell the joke about where in the Bible baseball is first mentioned, did he? Hahaha
          For those who don’t know, baseball is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 1:1….”In the Big Inning” 😀

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          • Julie says:

            Very clever, Joe! Charlie, how wonderful to know that our Lord teased you! Wow! So humanly wonderful! O.K. I have to know if you would want to be a spectator or a participant if baseball is in heaven?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I’d be playing…starting at either 2nd base or catching.

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          • Julie says:

            Yes, without any back pain! I am hoping so for you too. My first husband that passed away loved playing on his “old man” team. When he suddenly passed in a car accident, his team built benches on top of the hill looking down on the field and put a stone in the ground with his name on it dedicating the benches to him. I enjoyed sitting on those benches late in the nights that were difficult for me during my grieving process. I hope you sleep well tonight and dream of running bases with the new healthy body God will restore back to you.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was not so great at running, but I could hit the snot out of the ball – and that is what I most loved. It was satisfying to be a slightly built fellow and knock that ball around and out.

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          • Doug says:

            Groan! Groaners are the best!

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          • Joe says:

            Nice, Charlie! I’ll take Center Field, however, do you think Gabriel would allow me to borrow his wings while I play? Also, my eyes aren’t what they used to be…St Lucy????
            (Sorry, idk if that is disrespectful or not…i found it funny, tho)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I doubt the eyes in your glorified body will have any defects…but I have it on good authority that you better keep your mitts off Gabriel’s wings.

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          • Doug says:

            So will we compete to win or will both sides out of love defer tothe other?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, we will compete to win – and both sides will genuinely admire the skill with which the other played. When I was a kid, my brothers and I would drill all day with friends – and would stop occasionally to sit and compare notes and admire the great plays of the other, even (sometimes especially) when they came at our own expense. In a strange way, we competed in an intense way that built each other up and admired each others growth. If there is such in heaven, I think it would be something like that.

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          • Julie says:

            To sum up our Flying Squirrel team thus far in the Spirit Charlie described (by the way Beckita, I think this should be a co-ed team): Charlie (lucky #13) will be our designated hitter and catcher (fitting), YD will be our hippie manager (fitting and cool), our logo making MP will be our designated runner (creative fast guy), Sharp eyed Joe will play center field, Beckita…well Beckita…you are just too nice and would probably feel bad for the other team if our team one…so you will co-manage with YD. Mick, you and I can sit in the stands and just look cute and be the best cheerleaders EVER!! If anyone here goes before the rest of us, I am sure you will be prayer warrior(s) for our little team here! Anyone else want to play?

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          • prayingflower says:

            I’ll sit on the sidelines with all the little kids and squirrels and clap my hands or paws or anything I got then.

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          • Doug says:

            Love it Julie!

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          • Barb129 says:

            I think Mark will love to play but I think I’ll sit on the sidelines with you and Mick and cheer everyone on! I will bring the Cracker Jack…=)

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          • Julie says:

            I haven’t been able to keep up with who wants to be the bench cheerleaders, but the more, the merrier, Barb129! We will have lots of good company!!

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          • Mick says:

            I’ll be in the stands, right behind home plate and about 10 rows up, cheering on my team and playfully heckling the opponents. 🙂

            Julie, I was very touched by the story about your husband and what his team did after he passed. I’m still kind of choked up.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I get dibs on the name for my team of “The Flying Squirrels.” 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! I love it.

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          • BD says:

            The sword of Damocles is literally hanging over our heads and the people on this site are carrying on with their lives, even relaying humorous stories. Well you gotta love it.

            (Go Squirrels and by the way, Go Steelers)

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          • charliej373 says:

            I once heard someone say gallows humor is necessary to make the gallows bearable.

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          • BD says:

            Well gallows humor it is then. Did you here the one about, oops, just never mind.

            It really does help you know…

            Like

          • Doug says:

            BD, I can’t find my “not like” button 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Hmmmm. I don’t think I would making light humor on that gallows

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          • Doug says:

            Amen to everything but the Steelers. Go Patriots!

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          • Barb129 says:

            Amen to everything except the Steelers and the Patriots….hehe…..

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          • Doug says:

            “Not like” Barbara 😦

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          • BD says:

            Barb129 and Doug, Those comments do not sound like you are practicing “The Next Right Step”. Lol

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! We’ll see about that! 🙂

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          • Julie says:

            Thanks, Mick, for your sweet comment.

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          • victura98 says:

            Times like this, I wish I knew how to post images.
            The Flying Squirrels are a real baseball team. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            We’ll have a better logo in heaven! And YD will be our manager.

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          • prayingflower says:

            I love it!

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Charlie and Victura! Love the team name and the image.

            By the way, how is it that every thread seems to end up coming back around to squirrels? 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Because we love them!

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          • Doug says:

            It’s because squirrels keep running around in circles Mick 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Julie! What a beautiful tribute to your husband. We’re sister widows and I’ve got you tucked in my prayers. Not in a morbid way, but in faith and joy, I pray with my husband every day in our relationship that never ended, just changed dramaticaly.

            In my glorified body, I’ll be happy to get the ladies softball team going. When I played as a teenager I failed miserably due to amblyopia which caused poor depth perception, finally corrected in surgery at age 18. But when my team’s not playing, I’ll be with you in the stands, Mick, cheering and catching up on all those Storm stories to share.

            Where logos are concerned, I expect MP’s skills for dreaming up a dynamic idea will be amazing. Eye hasn’t seen what will flow from his glorified imagination.

            YD’s managerial sciuroid hair extensions will command respect!

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          • Julie says:

            Thank you, Beckita for your prayers! It has been almost 6 years for me which doesn’t seem possible. I have found love again, but have not, nor ever will, forget my first. That is so beautiful you still pray together (Where there are two or more gathered…)! I have not heard of someone doing that before. I will remember that and give it a try. For a while after Pat died, I sent him emails. Since nobody, including me, knew his password, I felt safe doing that. I talk out loud to him sometimes especially when it comes to our children. I could go on and on about some very spiritual experiences I have had with him, but I bet you have had some too.

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          • YongDuk says:

            At least I am not relegated to being water boy.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha! That will depend on our win-loss record, YD. Still gotta justify your stripes!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Being the water boy would be purgatoty.

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          • I flipped on Fox first thing and was assaulted, as usual, with the morning mirth crew. Thank God I can come over here for my fix of serious topics and sober thoughts………. Anyone take shortstop yet? If so, I’m also a decent designated runner.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, MP! You got it. Shortstop. By the way, my number is 13, so everybody else know that is already taken.

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          • BD says:

            (13) Sounds to me like a lucky number, right?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Amusingly enough, I always considered and proclaimed 13 to be my lucky number when I was a kid. That was largely the contrarian in me, I think. But when I got to know of Fatima as an adult convert and saw that the visitations were always set for the 13th, I thought, “Cool! I was on to something even then.”

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          • BD says:

            Great number CJ. Go for it…

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          • Doug says:

            I’ll be 37.

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          • Doug says:

            I will be outfield. I like to day dream. I think that is called contemplation as an adult.

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          • Joe says:

            I’ve got 35; I was a Frank Thomas fan growing up (I’m a bit younger than you guys 🙂 ) and yes, Charlie, that does mean I’m a Sox fan. I would understand a Cubs fan blocking this comment hahaha

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          • charliej373 says:

            Good stuff, Joe. Honestly, I never got why being a Cubs fan meant you had to hate the White Sox and vice versa. I was proud whenever the White Sox entered the post-season. I would rather it be the Cubs, but gotta love the hometown boys. Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Bo Jackson…some great players there. So go Sox! (unless they’re playing the Cubs).

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          • bflocatholic says:

            Boy, I certainly hope being a good baseball player isn’t a requirement for heaven! If so, hopefully God will be as creative as my grade school baseball coach, who put me way out in right center field as a way to get me in the game while doing minimal damage (yes, I was a tenth man!).

            Perhaps we can play basketball in heaven, too? I’m much better at that 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            Why shoot, buffalo, in heaven all things are present…so if there is baseball, there is sure to be basketball. For that one, I will just organize a pep band to cheer you on.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Can I bring the Food Truck?
            – Stir fry (your choice protein) 🙂
            – Hot dogs
            – Granola Bars
            – Chocolate chip cookies
            – Ginger kobucha
            – Kale chips (help me here)

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          • Mick says:

            Bflocatholic, I can commiserate: I played right center on my 5th-grade softball team, for the same reason you did.

            Julie, I’d love to be a cheerleader with you! But you’re on your own for “looking cute”; I’m going to have to just “look.” 🙂

            MP, when you design the team uniforms, will you please put the same logo on the cheerleaders’ duds? Julie and I want to match the team.

            Joe, I’m a Cubs fan; but my husband and kids are Sox fans. I always liked Frank Thomas.

            Charlie, Bo Jackson was incredible; and the Nike “Bo knows” commercials were hilarious. Here they are:

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          • KimS1111 says:

            Count me in……I’ll handle the popcorn and cracker jacks! Just look for me in my Red Sox cap 🙂

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          • Ed Allison says:

            I like the corners…. 1st or 3rd. I’m in!

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          • Joe says:

            Agreed, Charlie! My best friend was a Cubs fan growing up, so I always had a soft spot for them in the NL races. Plus, WGN always only played the Cubs during the day when we were out on summer break. We would watch a part of the game amd then go outside and play a game. Boy those were some great memories.
            #best.tangent.ever

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          • Joe says:

            Bo Jackson…WOW! Charlie, you talk about prophecy and how eternity is like moving parts that can change. I would LOVE to have seen The Creator’s original outcome of what Bo was to fully become, athletically. Probably like a real life superman, but so as to protect humanity (or Bo’s opponents), He allowed a “Bangle” to even the playing field hahaha. Talk about athletic ability straight from Heaven, the man was GIFTED!

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          • charliej373 says:

            He was a pleasure to watch in his prime.

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          • Beckita says:

            My Goodness! It took a l-o-n-g scroll up for a reply!
            Julie: You are a joy-filled instigator and I’m happy you found love again.
            Charlie: Your reply ignited the joy with your plea for heavenly baseball!
            Joe: You’re right in the instigation trio with your Genesis reference!
            YD: You’re the main man manager!
            PF: You are adorably sweet with clapping paws!
            BD: The sword of Damocles LOL!
            Victura: Congrats on getting that graphic to post!
            Mick: Can hardly wait to hear those sheers!
            MP: Can you play shortstop AND get with the graphics?!
            Doug: You’re really only 37? WOW!
            ZJ: !!! The food truck, yes!
            Kim S: Yeah for popcorn and Cracker Jacks!
            Ed: Can you pack some quail snacks with your glove?
            Lambzie: Let’s hear it for Flying White Squirrels!

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          • Doug says:

            It is wonderful Beckita!

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          • Mick says:

            Zenia Jane: Oh, yes! We’ll definitely need a food truck! Along with ginger kombucha, I’d like to suggest kielbasa (please, God, let there be kielbasa in heaven).

            Beckita: If MP can multitask as shortstop/designated runner/logo-and-uniform designer, can you multitask as co-manager and cheerleader? I’m sure YD wouldn’t mind; he’ll be busy trying to keep his hair extensions from blowing in his face and obscuring his view of the playing field.

            BD: Sword of Damocles… hahaha! This reminds me of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, who must be the patron saint of gallows humor (well, gridiron humor… and not the football kind): When they’d burned him over the fire for a while, he quipped, “You can turn me over now; I’m done on this side.”

            Prayingflower: While I’m cheering with Julie (and, hopefully, Beckita), you can hold my 2-year-old; and the two of you can clap your paws and dance and sing (and you can give her hugs and kisses in person, which she would absolutely love).

            Kim: Can we have real butter on the popcorn? There aren’t any calories in heaven, right?

            Doug: Love the comment about contemplation being daydreaming for adults. But would it be impolite of me to boo the Patriots?

            Lambzie: But then the flying black squirrels will take offense and disrupt the game with an on-field protest, hee hee…

            Ed: You said that you’ll take first or third. But since we’ll have the gift of agility in heaven, can’t you take first AND third?

            Jlynnbyrd: With your massage-therapy skills, you’d make a great trainer for the team. You in?

            Jaykay! Calling Jaykay! I know that y’all play cricket over across the pond; but I’m sure you could figure out baseball in no time. And with your wit and way with words, you’d make a great color commentator for HRTV (Heavenly Realms TeleVision).

            Oh, and we need a home plate umpire. I nominate CrewDog.

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          • Doug says:

            Mick, you made my day 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Mick, I second the nomination for CrewDog, and you’ve helped me declare a niche – sports massage. I’m in!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh…I would love to argue a call at home plate with CrewDog. That would be, as the young folks say, Epic!

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          • prayingflower says:

            This is really great, Mick, and I can’t wait to swing and sway and share sugar with your little angel. We have so much to look forward to. God is Good.

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          • Beckita says:

            Love your most recent summation, Mick. Not only will we be agile, we will also be able to multi-locate and multi-task with ease… so anything that pleases you, I’ll tackle… oops! wrong sport.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Joe, I ran into Minnie Minoso a couple years ago at the doctor’s office. Very cordial man, all decked out in Sox gear — jacket, sweat pants, scarf, hat all with “Sox” on it. We wished each other well, he with his Sox gear and I with my Cubs jacket. Hopefully, he and Ernie are swapping Chicago stories now.

            BTW, my favorite movie is “Field of Dreams.” I tear up when the son and father play catch at the conclusion. (But I hope we don’t have to walk through the tall corn to get to the diamond.)

            Charlie, didn’t you comment sometime ago that you asked our Lord not to interrupt a Cubs championship season with the full brunt of the storm (maybe my brain is making this up?), ’cause, you know, this is the year! And what about Gabriel and his wings?

            And remember that baseball is like heaven — there is no time clock. A game can go on indefinitely — and I’ve watched some games that have seemed that long!

            God bless!

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          • charliej373 says:

            No I didn’t ask that, but I sure hoped it.

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          • Barb129 says:

            Once again, I’m way behind on reading comments but this ballgame surely does sound like it will be heavenly!! And Mick, you’re beautiful now….of course, you’ll be cute sitting on the sidelines cheering!

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        • Doug says:

          Iliene George would be worth reading to understand this better.

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        • lambzie37 says:

          How about flying white squirrels since flying squirrels is already spoken for!

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        • Jill Marie says:

          Though my husband was an avid baseball player I never fully appreciated the sport. So sorry, my ball playing friends, but the game always seemed terribly long for my incredibly short attention span. However, if you’ll be running the bases in a squirrelesque fashion, that would certainly keep me cheering even past the 7th inning stretch 🙂

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      • Beckita says:

        Julie, Julie, Julie! Your beginning plans for the team exhibit some excellent management skills yourself. (In a whisper: Psst! Please don’t tell YD we’re co-managing; he just might faint or weep or soar off the premises searching for an eagle cathedral! Double psst! You’re exactly right that I would be grieved for the losers and on second thought, YD might just head to the nearest martial arts center.)

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  14. lambzie37 says:

    Wow three typos and a missing grammatical clause separator in that post. Four more souls! Am I on a roll or what?

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  15. Steve says:

    Joe Biden will be the next president!

    Two years ago I was praying and asking for insight as when the storm would be at its worst. Then I had several dreams that Joseph Biden would be president. I was encouraged when Biden considered running for office but was confused when he dropped out. In light of Charlie’s comments in the post above, it seems logical that if President Obama resigned his office for some reason, Joe Biden, as the Vice President, would legally be the next person to assume the presidency.

    Perhaps if the Warning and Great Miracle occur this year along with other economic or geophysical disturbances, President Obama might resign. He appears weary and not to have the heart to continue in office should the world situation become too complex.

    Perhaps Biden’s earlier consideration about running for president were the result of God’s nudging him to consider what he might do if he should hold that office… Quien sabe?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think so, Steve. I sometime indulge this, but I have spent a couple of years trying to get people to step back from this sort of speculation. Let’s say you were right, what would it gain you? Bragging rights? That will do you no good if you don’t live the three simple steps. I would be glad to indulge idle speculation sometimes, but it really seems so out of place coming attached to this article where I most emphatically noted what a fruitless pursuit this type of speculation is.

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      • Steve says:

        Charlie,
        I understand your perspective. Nonetheless, if such dramatic changes occur that the current US president does not finish his term, that set of circumstances would be very unsettling for people in this country and throughout the world. People would need hope.

        Biden could be a great sign of hope to those around the world because he is known for his religious faith and that he has suffered from losing family members. As such, Biden as a leader would provide more reassurance and hope to the US and the world that the two leading candidates in the race.

        The dreams that Biden would be the next president are also reassuring because they indicates that the rule of law should still be in place to some extent in the midst of the chaos that caused the president’s resignation or departure. As you know the rule of law is the basis for civilization and the recent abuses of the rule of law have worried many.

        I agree with you that there is too much speculation and rumor mongering about the negative events of future. But looking forward to positive future events gives faith and the hope to persevere: i.e., till late 2017.

        I suppose a Biden presidency would give hope to the world. That is what I interpreted the dreams to mean. I thought sharing that might encourage some folks who might be inclined to worry.
        Accurate dreams have saved my life in the past so I personally have learned to consider their messages.
        Finally, I have no one to brag too, don’t care about bragging and am tired of being misunderstood. I won’t comment anymore in your blog. God bless

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        • charliej373 says:

          Steve, sorry to be harsh, but I was very startled on several levels by your comment. First, never have I been more clear and emphatic in an article that worrying about the two-dimensional linear timeline is not only impoverished, but can be dangerously distracting. In the article I encourage people to quit imposing their little ideas of what would be the right thing and instead wait on God, humbly just doing the little right in front of us. When you jumped in with your own enthusiastic linear timeline it had me doubting you had even read the article. If you had argued that the linear timelines are the way to go, contrary to what I wrote, it would have had some relationship to what I actually wrote. But you just ignored my central point altogether. I don’t think you are an impolite man, so I guessed you had not actually read the article.

          Then the substance of your supposition surprised me. Joe Biden is a radical pro-abortion, disarm the victims, nationalize health care with death panels, have the government run everything establishment statist. Now I have said when the penultimate upheaval crests, we may have several transitional national leaders in a very short period. So you may be right that Biden is one of those. But if he were God’s answer, that would fill me with despair, not hope, for it would just be business as usual.

          I appreciate your concern about being misunderstood. But it would be helpful if you acknowledged the point of what you are commenting on, then explained why you didn’t accept it, then make your point. Otherwise, it feels like you not only misunderstand what is written, but that you don’t care to try. I know this is hard, but I also know you are an intelligent man…and if you spend your time restlessly trying to figure out the details of God’s Divine Plan, the Storm is not going to go well for you. I tell you – and I mean it – acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. I am more emphatic about that these days because it is getting more and more urgent. God’s plan is greater than you can imagine. Wait on Him and do the little right in front of you.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, thank God you said this about Biden, Charlie! I can go back to sleep.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you for reiterating, Charlie. We children of the God need it.

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          • Whitney says:

            I stopped acknowledging any dreams of my own as I learned a great lesson awhile back Regarding pride and depending on my own intuition. They were very convincing but God told me to ignore them and then they stopped happening once I did this. Wonder if they were not from the right source?? Like Mick said earlier to me in a separate post, ‘anything can be a distraction from God’ and I got a good dose of humility from the trial. Hopefully Steve, this will be a great gift to you. Soldier on- you have many gifts to offer. Btw, My son received coverage for a new med- so thank you all for the prayers and thanks be to God. The most profound things come in simple packages. We are too small to figure out God’s plans.

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        • BD says:

          Steve, I find no consolation in a Biden presidency. In all likelihood he would/will be ousted with Obummer. The greater question is why he has not been excommunicated.

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    • Patrick of South Dakota says:

      Who’s Joe Biden?

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Joe biden. What a nightmare. Yes why isn’t he excommunicated? My friend saw him in a church in Rehoboth Beach DE. He received communion! She was so scandalized she followed him out to protest directly to him but alas, secret service dudes whisked him into a limo. She wrote the priest and bishop but no response. That’s the kind of stuff that makes hearts heavy.

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        • Patrick of South Dakota says:

          Ah, yes, Jokin’ Joe. Who can ever forget his classic one-liners and gaffes?

          “I promise you. The President has a big stick. I promise you!”

          “Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.” –Joe Biden, Aug. 22, 2012

          “His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so. God rest her soul. And although she’s — wait…your mom’s still alive. Your dad passed. God rest her soul.”

          “People, when I say that, look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?” he said at a stop in Virginia. “The answer is yes.”

          Biden encouraged viewers to visit a government-run Web site that tracks stimulus spending. When asked for the site’s web address, Biden could not remember the site’s “number.”

          Biden said, “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”

          “Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya.” –-Joe Biden, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008.

          “A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!”

          “A successful dump!” –Joe Biden, explaining his whereabouts (dropping deadwood at the dump) to the reporters outside his home, Wilmington, Del., Aug. 20, 2008

          “Isn’t it a b*tch? This Vice President thing?”

          Joe is the gift that keeps on giving!!

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        • donna says:

          I’m no Biden fan, but I think we have to be careful about who can and cannot receive communion….if we followed people around deciding who shouldn’t receive communion based on their sinfulness, I suspect the communion line would be empty….

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          • YongDuk says:

            Donna, the Catholic Church is very clear on who and who should not receive communion.

            To do so knowingly in the State of Mortal is to add the Mortal Sin of Sacrilege.

            It is not about “we” the average Catholic following people around. It is about “we” in positions of Authority to whom the Protection of the Eucharist is entrusted to make sure people know and who should not and, in the case of Public Scandal, be all the more quick to act lest a situation evolve where most people objectively in the State of Mortal Sin receive–oh, wait, that has already happened.

            Better an empty communion line than Sacrilege! And woe to the Soul which commits Sacrilege knowingly and which does not repent!

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          • Beckita says:

            Donna, there are people publicizing their sin, as in the case of support for abortion, euthenasia, etc. Unfortunately, too many shepherds speak in terms of not wating to politicize the communion line which, in my view, is a disingenuous way of shirking responsibility to guard the Eucharist as well as souls.

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          • The operative word…SCANDAL.

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          • donna says:

            Yong Duk and Beckita….I agree it needs to come from hierarchy in the church to defend the Eucharist and sacrilege however, I am not sure one Catholic should be following another out after communion to scold them for receiving it…..it just doesn’t seem right even though we KNOW he supports abortion….not sure I have the right to tell a fellow Catholic if they are worthy of recieving….what IF he had just confessed his sin of not defending the life of the unborn…how are we to know what is in his heart? Just playing this through….

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          • YongDuk says:

            Donna, I am not sure I follow completely.

            I can’t recall if it was Bl. Raymond of Capua or St Catherine of Siena’s Letters or some dusty 14th Century Italian Manuscript I was paging through in a Rare Book Room in DC, but whoever wrote it said something to the effect of the following:

            Sometimes I am [or Catherine of Siena was] given insights on a soul and saw darkness. The Lord told me that that was not the State of that Soul that was shown, but to teach me [her] to love no matter what.

            It is not for you or the ordinary lay person to judge or reproach or whatnot, unless you can charitably correct them knowing the situation. Or unless you have a direct and responsible family tie to edumacate that person.

            It is for me, in my proper Authority–and even mystically when shown–to correct. And I will indeed correct and I will indeed approach that person B-lining to them after Mass. And I am sure with my sciuriness, I have come across as more than intimidating with Braids and Chasuble flying.

            But even with the mystical gift given me at times, I am VERY cautious knowing what I know from my friend and patroness and her friend. But if the Lord shows me something, I am sure that He is not showing something for my vainglory, as I don’t need more vanity than I already have.

            If you are still speaking in the case of Biden, then the condition of Public Scandal comes into effect. He has created and creates Public Scandal.

            Sorry if this offends political correctness or political divides, but too long has permissive Sacrilege continued and from what I have seen of God and His Dealing with a certain Bishop–who hasn’t even died yet–I would not want to be Biden’s Ordinary either in DC or in Wilmington and have to answer for this.

            So, please take this to prayer and consider that Reception of the Eucharist is a lot more than just showing up at a Prayer Breakfast and going through the motions and emotions–not to sound harsh, but to focus on how awesome is the Gift and the Responsibility!

            A Priest friend of a Priest who reads souls once said that for a parishioner to come up and receive the Eucharist in the State of Mortal Sin, he would rather see the floor open up and Hell swallow that soul than give that Soul in Mortal Sin the Eucharist.

            The Spiritual World and the Spiritual Life are not Lollipops and Rainbows, as I may be wrongly hearing you to somehow suggest in what you have said–apologies if I misunderstand you, I honestly am not following well or am very bumfizzlifuzzledliflummoxicated.

            With regards to how things went to Lollipops and Rainbows and everyone, including those not in the State of Grace, receiving the Eucharist, I don’t know how that happened. And I cannot say more about Biden or Bishop Malooly and Cardinal Wuerl, but I will say, Donna, if in your life your permissiveness with people with whom you have authority in family ties receiving the Eucharist has led to Sacrilege that God will ask you… Just like with Charlie.

            This is not light stuff… And while it might not mean Hell–and I am sorry for being blunt or sounding harsh–it might mean a long, long, long time in Purgatory despite any Medals or Scapulas and such (or at least the most intense Purgation that will seem a long, long, long time).

            Quod scripsi, scripsi,

            Il Suo [Sciurineness], Yong Duk

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          • Julie says:

            This reminds me of Ted Kennedy and his letter to Pope Benedict before he died. I wonder if he asked for forgiveness. It seems crazy to me that when somebody leads the kind of public life Ted Kennedy did and his stand on abortion and the terrible crime he committed, then asks for forgiveness at the end of his life, it just doesn’t seem right unless he had an epiphany and is truly sorry. Nancy Pelosi is another Catholic that doesn’t live according to the Catholic church teachings. I had a young priest once tell me “the Catholic church has gotten too big”, meaning there are Catholics that aren’t truly Catholics.

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          • Julie says:

            I forgot to say “BRAVO”…I love your response, YD!!

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          • Kim sevier says:

            Thank you YongDuk, so so much for this post. It supports what I was thinking about Biden, but way more importantly it convicts me as to my being remiss in speaking up, when I should have, with respect to protecting Our Lord against people that I was pretty positive shouldn’t be receiving the Holy Eucharist, or at least have a conversation with to be sure. Yipes I need to get to confession and do lots of plenary indulgences. And I am not going to go crazy and be the Communion nazi, but I am talking about those near and dear to me. I have had opportunities in the past that I have missed and please God that never happens again! God bless and thank you and I claim you for my bishop! I don’t know if I am expressing myself well, as I have had posts that were misunderstood before!

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          • Beckita says:

            Would that all shepherds were as courageous as clear as you, YD. With many here, I imagine, I’ve long been praying in reparation for the shepherds who have not clearly upheld truth. Praying too for excellent confessors for those shepherds when they come to their senses in the Storm so they be reassured that, yes, God forgives even this area of sin which has deeply damaged so many, many souls. I can only imagine the angst to come.

            Donna, I think you raise two concerns. The case of Biden is a public one. if any politician who has been so involved in promoting and supporting abortion confesses this sin which has had a such a massively damaging effect on souls, surely a public statement would be in order. Here I think of the witness of converted abortionists who publicly state their awakening to the reality of their error and then go on to work vigorously, in a public way, defending life in hopes of converting others.

            I see your point about knowing individual Catholics who, in a private way, support the culture of death and how to handle that. All I’ve ever done is speak the truth in settings where such discussion emerges. YD speaks well about our responsibility to family members. I have found myself doing so even when I believe what I say will not seemingly register or make a difference. Sadly, I’ve even been in positions where I’ve been compelled to defend life issues with those where I am *under* their authority, with priests and elder family members. I have refrained from anger in doing so for it too easily allows them to focus on an angry outburst rather than the truth firmly spoken. For me, I then sleep better at night.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckita, I would wish my sufferings of my Priesthood upon NO ONE!

            Once, looking over a certain Sea, I saw the Moon dancing on the Waves and the Lord said, “You could have had a Priesthood like most, gliding from wave to wave, but you did not want “that” Priesthood. You [desired] that Priesthood that imitated My High Priesthood the most in its sufferings.”

            I am weak, but I am His and Hers.

            I rightly said that if I showed up on Mt. Meeker, I would not be recognised, but by a few children who would wave their innocent wave as their Guardian Angels would greet me in a silent recognition for who I am not and smile for Whom I serve,

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          • prayingflower says:

            And the beauty of that, YongDuk, is that those children – even in this earthly existence – will love you even in who you “are not.” They can really break your heart open sometimes and show you who you are, but this is such a precious gift because it causes one to long to love as they love. Thank you again for directing and correcting us. pf

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            PF, that is so sweet and true!

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          • YongDuk says:

            P.S. That is no way said saying that I am unique, but that I think few Diocesan Seminarians enter Seminary with that hope.

            And even if they did, most Seminaries would kill that as they could. If they could not, it would take a great grace to get them through.

            I look forward to the Storm to gather those men, if God allows, so that they no longer suffer the thought that they were un-invited to follow Peter and the Apostles to the Hill of Ascension.

            And those unallowed to be gathered, if in Heaven, I could great them and ask the Lord to give them a Martyr’s Crown even if they lost faith and faltered. I would beg our Lady to recognise them as her Priestly Sons and hope to give them that consolation and eternal joy. And I would ask St. John Paul do what I could not for their love and joy.

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          • donna says:

            It is not for you or the ordinary lay person to judge or reproach or whatnot, unless you can charitably correct them knowing the situation. Or unless you have a direct and responsible family tie to edumacate that person. (Yong Duk) This is exactly what I am saying….I understand you are church authority, and God Bless you for protecting the church in every way you can….what I am trying to say here, is what is MY role as a lay person when I see a politician in church receiving communion who supports abortion. Do I run after them? It doesn’t see like my role….but truly the role of the priest or bishop….that is all. I go to weekly confession and take receiving the Eucharist in a state of grace very seriously….but I feel uncomfortable judging others receiving communion because there is no way I know the state of their soul….that is all I am trying to say here….from a lay person’s perspective, not the priest or bishop….just wanted to clarify that. God bless all….sorry to have thrown a monkey wrench here….

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          • LukeMichael says:

            YD
            We will recognize you at Mt Meeker by your hair extensions, by your Flying Squirrels manager cassock, and your place in line which I am sure you will choose to be last!🤓
            (Notice, squirrel dentition!)

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, YD! Reading your words without time to reply this morning I simply took you to Mass with me today. Suffering like that deserves a bedrock of prayer to support you from those who are brought to the knowledge of what you convey. You and all clergy who, by the Grace of God, have striven to remain faithful will have much rejoicing as you welcome brother priests to God’s Merciful Embrace! Tears streaming… gratitude swelling… All Glory to God!

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    • Doug says:

      It could also be Paul Ryan if there is a double vote of no confidence.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ha! Or it could be James Patterson…or maybe one of the Kardashian girls. I imagined, this morning, the medieval French being told with prophetic certainty that France would be saved from their seeming annihilation at the hands of the English in the Hundred Years War – and people sitting around trying to guess which of their generals would become commander in chief to effect the rescue. None of them would have guessed an uneducated teenage girl from an obscure corner of the country. If anyone had, he certainly would have been laughed to scorn. I tell you, eye has not seen and ear has not heard…

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  16. Kevin says:

    Awesome post Charlie!!! Loved it!!! Thank You!!!

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  17. victura98 says:

    Charlie, I rarely say “thank you” twice (no need for redundancy in the world) but “Through a Glass Darkly” might be the most helpful to me, of any article you have written. This article has correlated and clarified many of my disparate ideas about the nature and purpose of prophecy.
    I had a seminary professor once who said that a good education imparts “very few, but very big ideas.” I am grateful to you for this “big idea,” written here. I will use this paradigm to guide my words and thoughts for many years. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Victura. You know, when you study, you see that even the greatest saints were also products of their time – and absorbed some, sometimes much, of the environment they lived in. A fish that swims in polluted waters is going to ingest some pollution. What polluted times we live in! So our thinking, often while rightly reasoned, starts with subtle assumptions drawn from these polluted times. I am glad this was helpful to you/

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  18. Beans says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for another awesome post. It is one I am sure I will be prayerfully reading again. From your recommendation in another post, I started reading Jesus of Nazareth (Baptism in Jordan to Transfiguration) using the study guide for added insight. Wow! What a treasure! In the Introduction, Pope Benedict gives a very clear description of the task of a prophet,– to reveal the face of God and to show the path to Him. Here is a quote from the book that I believe is just what you are trying to communicate about your role and task, partly at least. “His task [a prophet] is not to report on the events of tomorrow or the next day in order to satisfy human curiosity or the human need for security. He shows us the face of God and in so doing he shows us the path that we have to take. The future of which he speaks reaches far beyond what people seek from soothsayers. He points out the path to the true “exodus” which consists in this: Among all the paths of history, the path to God is the true direction that we must seek and find….It is the translation of this faith into the everyday life of a community before God and on the way to him.”p.4. I am overjoyed to be reading this work from Pope Benedict and am highlighting nearly ever sentence!! 🙂
    I enjoy reading the comment section too, but I am not sure I have read every one of them, so if this has been mentioned already, my apologies!
    In Christ,
    Jenny

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I don’t think this has been mentioned before. That wonderful book has been a great treasure…a true gold mine.

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      • LukeMichael says:

        I find BXVI the most edifying of all the Popes of my lifetime, a true spiritual teacher with a gift for bringing alive the Word of God.

        I would recommend anything he has written but a great way to pray with him and sift through the vast lexicon of his work is “Benedictus: Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI”
        Rottweiler, indeed. Much more a lamb!

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  19. alee106 says:

    Thank you Charlie. I managed to give up on everything and everyone, a couple months ago, after finding myself hopelessly unable to “plan” for this, that and EVERY other thing, finally realizing it was to no avail, and that I couldn’t live life anymore, but could only stay frozen in misery and fear. Your description of “God’s leash” and the fact that we are dependent on God, and He is not dependent on us, reminded me of the smallness of me and the enormity of our Heavenly Father and his love for us. “When (He) act(s) it is done”…and so all of creation came to be. Hopefully I am ready to take TNRS again.

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  20. alee106 says:

    Thank you Charlie. I managed to get too overwhelmed trying to plan for this, that and the other thing (“coming up with *clever* schemes”) and just curled up in a little ball and quit trying to take TNRS a couple months ago out of fear. But this article reminded me of the ENORMITY of God’s plan over my own, and how I need to trust in him, and hopefully start doing the small thing in front of me, once again.

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  21. jotaperro says:

    Charlie, is non-anonymity/a willingness to be named on the part of the seer/prophet a criterion for discerning the legitimacy of publicized prophecy or supernatural messages? Specifically, is anonymity a red flag? I’m pretty sure we can rule out a willingness to be named as a guarantee.

    Thanks for this post.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t actually know, Jota. But I was directed from above that I was to take full open responsibility for all I had to say or do concerning these things, so I do.

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      • Josh in IN says:

        Thanks for the reply.

        (When I post comments from my phone it uses the silly nickname I used years ago when I set up the account.)

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        • Bob says:

          I’m sure there are reasons when due to specific reasons prophetic ideas are vetted by good direction and shared anonymously. Mark Mallott shares several who are tested but anonymous.

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          • Josh in IN says:

            Yeah, the “vetted by good direction” thing doesn’t go far with me. It’s not a negative, of course–it just doesn’t mean anything. You’re essentially judging the credibility of someone based on the reputation of another. Usually this doesn’t even take the form of a solid case made by another, it’s just the another’s reputation (and we all know how accurate those can be!). (I’m speaking about this from the viewpoint of the majority of us who don’t actually know the director or seer. It’s different if you do, I’m sure.)

            Mallett favorably shared LttW and Mary Reilly (though anything referencing Reilly seems to be removed from his site–I found it through Google and reposts). I don’t mention that to judge what Mr. Mallett does or his “authenticity” (about which I have no opinion), but to show that reputation is not enough. Mark Mallett has a good reputation that seems well-deserved. Msgr. Esseff has a good reputation that seems well-deserved. I have nothing against either man, yet it seems LttW and Mary Reilly were not authentic seers. Inauthentic seers seem very, very dangerous to me. Not so much because of the risk of heresy–once it goes that far, the gig is up already–but because of the risk of losing confidence in one’s own judgement. I told someone the other day when talking about Charlie that if the rescue doesn’t happen, I’m going to be mad. First, because the rescue sounds pretty nice, especially for my kids (just imagine growing up in a post-rescue world!), but also because I’ll feel like a rube and doubt my ability to judge people soundly (not that I’m confident I have much to loose on this front–I rely on my wife’s ability to read people for the most part. She’s the best I’ve seen. FWIW, she’s on the Charlie train.)

            I’m trying to figure out this “discernment of prophesy” thing. It’s very hard, but I feel it matters a great deal and that God wants me to spend some effort on this.

            (Also, just to be very clear, I know Mark Mallett never actually endorsed either LttW or Mary Reilly as true. He seems to always be sure to include a lot of caveats, which is prudent.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I think maybe you are looking at it from the wrong angle, Josh. Think of the criteria you use for the people you trust in your life, who you go to when you are troubled or need help figuring out a problem. Are they people who are always right? Of course not, for no one is. They are people who care about you, who care for your good, and who always give serious consideration to what is best for you. They may be wrong sometimes…at other times when they are right, they tell you things you don’t want to hear…but you trust they are both wise and genuinely care for you.

            People still use the criteria for a good fortune-teller in considering a mystic. In fact, when people go to prayer and ask God for guidance, they often are not interested in what God prompts at all. Rather, they want Him to just confirm whatever they want. They reject anything that doesn’t confirm what they have already decided they want; they just want to blame God for whatever the outcome is. If they keep rejecting God’s promptings, the devil will come along soon enough and give them a sign to confirm their desire – and then he will chortle with malevolent glee when it goes wrong and they blame it on God. I have some dear friends who thought they should move. After a couple of promising situations fell apart unexpectedly and for strange reasons, they were expressing frustration – and I told them it sounded to me like God wanted them to stay put.

            The people I most trust and value are those I consider authentic. Not that they are always right, but that I trust them to always do the most right they can think of – and I completely trust their good will. Several people here whose counsel I trust most highly are people who I have had sometimes vigorous disagreements with. You all know I admire Dan Lynch. We spent about a week in an animated dispute near the beginning of our friendship. Mark Mallett and I spent several weeks last summer exploring some difficult points. All three of my priest directors and I have had vigorous disputes at times. But all of these people I absolutely trust to want to do the most right thing they can, to serve God fully, and that they genuinely care for my good. That is my lodestone – authenticity of mind, heart and spirit.

            Obviously, with a mystic, other criteria come into play. Is it consonant with the Bible and the Magisterium of the Church? Does it give you confidence in how to deal with your daily life and grow closer to God?

            So you are at least partly right. The testimony of those known to be of good and serious character lends credibility, but is not decisive. Even great saints have been deceived for a time. That they were deceived does not not discredit those of known good character. But the testimony of the best does not relieve you of your moral obligation to decide what is most right, in obedience to the faith.

            So I guess if you are looking for someone who will tell you exactly what God wants of you in every situation, you are looking the wrong way. If you found someone willing to do that, it would certainly be a fraud, for God holds each of us accountable for our individual decisions. But if you are looking for someone who gives you good insightful counsel that makes sense and helps you trust in God all the more, then you are on the right track. Not everyone who gives you such a sense is a mystic…not even most. But that is a hallmark of every authentic mystic. They help you turn your eyes and your heart to God above. I hope this helps a little.

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          • Mick says:

            Josh, I remember reading about Mary Reilly on Mark Mallett’s site. Has there been a negative judgment about her claims?

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          • Beckita says:

            Wow, Charlie! Thank you. Truly helpful and profound!

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          • Josh in IN says:

            Mick, I don’t know of any negative judgments against Reilly, but then I don’t know much about her. I didn’t mean to imply she’s been proven false. I wouldn’t even say LttW was proven false (who can say her claims about the pope in NY weren’t just a mistake?). I can say I find both unconvincing, but that’s neither here nor there regarding the objective truth or falsehood of their claims. I should have written “it seems to me LttW and Mary Reilly were not authentic seers,” instead of “it seems LttW…” which probably implies a judgment made from common or shared knowledge.

            Of course, I don’t think the burden of “proof” is on disproving. We don’t need solid proof or a statement from the Church that a visionary is false to disregard his or her message in good conscience.

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          • Josh in IN says:

            Charlie, thank you for such a thorough reply. There’s a lot to chew on there and thought about it throughout the day yesterday. I’m not looking for someone to tell me exactly what to do or what is going to happen. Like you said, if I found someone who would, that would be indication enough that the person was a fraud. I was actually seeking counsel the other way–to avoid, not seek mystics.

            I think I’ve mentioned before that before discovering your work, I didn’t give much thought to non-Church-approved mystics and when I did it wasn’t positive. I believe God led me here and I trust your work. This was confirmed by my spiritual director explicitly telling me he approves of me reading you. But it’s been unsettling to believe someone else’s public claims about specific mystical messages without the security of Church approval. That’s my subjective experience–that someone would make such claims is not “unsettling” (of course). Lately I’ve been anxious about what to do with other purported mystics. If I believe Charlie, do I need to believe others? Who to believe? If I find someone unconvincing, is that right judgment or pride?, etc. Anyway, it’s becoming scrupulous. However, last night at an Evening of Recollection it became clear to me that I can just not worry about other non-Church-approved mystics. Maybe they’re true, maybe they’re false, but I can be confident that right now I lack nothing necessary for my spiritual instruction (except a willing heart sometimes 🙂 ). I have the Church, the Bible, my family, the inexhaustible Christian tradition, a good pastor, a good spiritual director, and great group of faithful friends. Unless God makes it clear he wants me to pay attention to someone else, I have no moral obligation to peruse the messages of active mystics on the Internet and make judgments.

            Thanks again for your reply. It was very helpful.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Much wisdom, there, Josh. And I really appreciate it that you take spiritual direction seriously.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Josh. And go Hoosiers!

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

    I am reluctant to post this comment, because it makes more work for someone to clear, but that is a really, really stunningly beautiful picture at the top of this post, and I just finally couldn’t resist saying it!

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  23. Gordon Curry says:

    Charlie, your feelings of both certainty and nervousness about the time frame when the Rescue will occur had me thinking.

    First, once all hell breaks loose, a single day will seem like an eternity to us mortals. Many will be begging for mercy and looking for direction. That will be something we here can help with. And all will be glad to know the time of the storm was shortened and when it will end.

    Second, as we know with a house of cards, it only takes a small breath to topple it, no matter how extravagant it looks. The situation in America–and around the world–is just that.

    We are rotting from the inside. Things are totally out of control economically, but the current guard is manipulating the markets and the news we receive to hide and stall the inevitable. I believe they just might be confounded that their power is slipping away. But the new boss (China) apparently will be worse than the old boss.

    When the masks come off, it will be all too soon. And most won’t be able to fathom the “sudden” change, as things are now poised to collapse in an instant.

    I thank God for this prolonged period of mercy. May we all make the most of it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Gordon. Actually, I am not nervous at all. Rather, that is the reality I have lived with for a very long time. I step out and trust because of my long experience, which I really needed. Rather, I found it is time to get people to contemplate more deeply on what prophecy is: an invitation by God to do, with only the large sweep of things revealed. Much damage is being done by people grabbing on to linear narratives with passionate certainty. I want people to truly take that leap of faith and trust God by doing the simple – and to know that their trust is well-placed. If they place their trust in a particular narrative, their trust is NOT in the mercy and sovereignty of God, but in what they think is their superior discernment skills.

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  24. milliac says:

    I received this email from Henri Nouwen Society and thought to share. I think the message is so timely with this message:

    “Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say, “How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten years from now?” There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let’s rejoice in the little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.”

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  25. prayingflower says:

    I can see the angels clapping their wings and shouting, “Here come the Squirrels!” just prior to the run onto the field. What a glorious day that will be for the Team. Praise be to God.

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, Prayinflower! Have you ever seen the movie “Angels in the Infield”? Your comment made me think of it. It’s a really cute movie; and hilarious, to boot.

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      • prayingflower says:

        I never did see it, Mick. I know it was quite popular when it came out. I see it is on youtube so I will put it on my bucket list. (Not really, although I am old enough to have one by now). I do thank you for the suggestion and I will look forward to relaxing and watching it soon. I do see a slight difficulty, however, in that my eyeballs will no doubt create an overlay of squirrels on the field. And they will all have familiar names. ;0

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  26. CrewDog says:

    I have no doubt that this guy is right and his article appears to be well researched. One only needs to look to the 20th Century to see how fast godless Socialism … be it Nazi or Marxist … can take over in times of economic or domestic/international turmoil ….What We Have Now!! …. Eh??
    In the USA we, still, have the Occupy Wall Street Anarchists “Out-There” and Islamic Terrorism percolating … everywhere! The tactic of funding Front Groups and Useful Idiots to further your Agenda and Goals is nothing new.
    I don’t think the SHTF Moment by 2017 is a Far-Fetched Notion …even if you have never heard of TNRS, MOG or any prophecies.

    “Reds Exploiting Blacks: The Roots of Black Lives Matter” by James Simpson

    http://www.aim.org/special-report/reds-exploiting-blacks-the-roots-of-black-lives-matter/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kati says:

      Dear CrewDog,

      THANK you! That is a VERY well researched article. It makes much of the often unseen able to be SEEN. May God bless you …

      (Consider this my LIKE ) 😉

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    • Beckita says:

      Agreed, Crew Dog. I have read about and viewed a documentary concerning the research of former Idaho Congressman Curtis Bowers who makes a compelling case that the communist party has been alive and active, implementing an agenda of breaking down the society in this country in a stealth fashion for years.

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  27. Sean says:

    Charlie, after hearing about you on Ewtn and from an Uncle, I have a few concerns regarding this year’s election. I am conservative orthodox Catholic and I am curious about your thoughts on Donald Trump. I kinda like him. Should we be concerned about him?

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  28. Sean says:

    Could you ellaborate a little more on why you dont like Donald Trump. Is because he supported both parties when he was in business or because of what he now says during his campaign speeches. Thank you for you comments.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Just simply because he doesn’t seem to have any core convictions. He says whatever seems popular at the moment. Now he’s pro-life – though he will continue to fully fund Planned Parenthood. Just a few years back, he was pro-choice. Four years ago, he was criticizing Mitt Romney for being too harsh on illegal immigrants, while now taking a much harsher position than Romney ever dreamed of. Take any position you want on just about any issue and Trump has espoused it in the last decade. That is the classic definition of a demagogue…a constant danger when democracies are deeply stressed.

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  29. *whew, I caught up* My goodness. (only two more posts+comments to go…haha) And now I understand the squirrel banner! So cute.

    When I first read this post this line struck me, ” But it pleased God to show me that He writes straight with crooked lines – and that my robust health was not necessary to accomplish His purposes. ”

    Writing straight with crooked lines is one of my favorite lines about the Christian journey I’ve ever read, and I don’t know where it comes from. But I often console myself with it!

    As to your non robust health, Charlie, I understand. I have 7 children (they are 25 -10), and used to be a whirlwind of activity. We homeschool and even with homeschooling, I was able to get everything done, all the time, and extra, too. I was the mom that had bread baked before school started, and was sewing dresses and painting a room that day, too. However, last year, that began to change. It’s not that I didn’t want to, it was that I couldn’t. After many blood tests I found out I had lupus, which utterly exhausts you. I hated it. I WAS all that I could get done. That was a part of me. But now it’s changed and I have to ask God for the grace to accomplish things, schooling being my #1 priority. I have to say, having to ask God for the grace to get everything done (and then not worrying about the rest that doesn’t get done) has been quite a lesson. I can’t say I’m upset that I’ve learned to rely on God this way.

    Thank you for the morale booster that He doesn’t need our robust health. If He puts it in front of me, it’s what He wants me to do and He will give me the grace to get it done.

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  33. Charlie, it always seems like I’m a number of months behind in reading your posts. Sigh.

    This post was fantastic.

    It is interesting that you wrote this in January and reflected on the compressed timeline of the fullness of the Storm in relation to the rescue in 2017. I admit, I’ve reflected on that as well as I continue to discern all that you write.

    I have found peace with it all. It is whatever it is, and as I look around today and question what really is the “fullness” of the storm, I think of all that has transpired just in the last 6 months and how continually oppressive our spiritual opponents are, the upheaval of temporal politics, immigration issues in Europe, this last weekend’s shooting in Orlando… well, why anyone wants to wish for a rushing of the fullness of the Storm is beyond me. Don’t look at a gift from God with skepticism!

    I am often incredulous at how quickly our social fabric went from one of relative normalcy and proper thinking on marriage and family to a complete reversal of all that is good and right and an acceptance of all things perverse. Given the speed with which all these things come, I have no question in my mind that God can accomplish what needs to be accomplished with the greatest of speed.

    I don’t think it can be lost on us that we are in a year of Mercy. What a wonderful blessing at this critical time. It does not preserve us from all evil, but I have to believe it has a staying hand when it comes to seeing the fullness of the Storm play out. I am not eager to see the end of the year of Mercy.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hey Joe, I just have to tell you the name you gave your website, “The Diatribe Guy,” is one of my favorite names ever. And I have enjoyed more than a few of your diatribes!

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      • Funny… years ago when I started that blog I called it “Digital Diatribes of a Random Idiot.” My moniker was “The Diatribical Idiot.” I started off not taking it too seriously, but I made a couple posts regarding some personal research and analytics on raw temperature data and one thing led to another and suddenly I had people contacting me regarding the type of work I was doing. Feeling obligated to keep it up, I dropped the “Idiot” part because I was supplying information to professors and others in that area and having “Idiot” in your moniker when trying to present something serious was somewhat counterproductive.

        But after a while it got all too much and it really wasn’t what I wanted to spend all my time doing, and I wanted to actually vent on other topics, particularly Catholic issues, so I pretty much stopped that and moved on to those on Catholic Diatribes.

        Alas, I am so busy with work and family that I seldom post there anymore. It’s been months. Every now and then I put my thoughts out there.

        Thanks for the kind words. I kind of miss having “idiot” in my name. I try not to take myself too seriously.

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