Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

(This is one of the finest pieces I have ever read on Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is by Dr. Peter Howard and appears at Spiritualdirection.com. I have come to think that the titles, Tepeyac and Guadalupe are equally important, for in this image she is a profound sign of unity, uniting the Old World and the New World, and encompassing almost all of Christian history. Dr. Howard marvelously connects the dots in a concise way here. There is much to ponder in this. A hat tip to our reader, Jose, for bringing this to my attention. – CJ)

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

December 12, 2015 by

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

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“The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.”

These words of Venerable Fulton Sheen echoed across the radio waves back in 1947 when he spoke about the effects of communism on modern womanhood and the decision our age must make whether or not it will accept the gift of woman, which produces the strongest societies, or reject that gift and live with the catastrophic consequences that come with that. Who can better reveal to the world the unique gift of womanhood that will make or break modern civilization than “the Woman” herself, who in her usual style of beauty and mystery left the world a timeless revelation at Tepeyac Hill on 12 December 1531, forever memorialized under her title “Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

The global significance of Mary’s appearances in Guadalupe cannot be underscored enough. What took place in 1531, and the Marian revolution which followed for the next eight years, is a message for all the world! Let’s briefly look at the history of this event in order to appreciate its more important spiritual significance. It is a history contextualized between the seemingly endless conflict between Christianity and Islam and, more broadly, the culture of life versus a culture of death.

Our reflection takes us back to the 8th century when the Moslems swept through Spain and the Christians there hid a highly revered statue, given to them from Pope St. Gregory the Great, of Mary who held the Christ Child. It was a statue referred to as the Divine Motherhood and to protect it from the Moslems, it was buried in the ground in the Extremadura mountains. When the Moslems were driven out six centuries later, the statue was miraculously recovered by a humble RoyalMonasteryOfSantaMariaDeGuadalupeshepherd and later enshrined in a Franciscan monastery next to a river called “The Wolf River” (“Guada” = river, “lupe” = wolf) a name derived from Arabic during the Moslem occupation. So, the statue of the Divine Motherhood became known according to its Islamic name Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is an interesting fact considering Our Lady would do this again centuries later by becoming known as Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 – a name connected with Mohammed’s daughter.

What our secular history books do not include about Christopher Columbus were the predominantly Catholic roots of his inspiration to discover what was later called “the new world.” Even less known is that the Franciscan monastery now located where the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spain) is currently enshrined was where both Columbus and Hernán Cortés came to pray before setting off to the Americas.

Fast forward to 1531 . . . the Church of the “Old World” in Europe is being torn to pieces by the Protestant Revolution and the impact of the early Franciscan evangelization into the New World is sparse as they encounter a diabolically inspired Aztec religion which was characterized by human sacrifice. From a Catholic point of view, things are a disaster on both fronts. You also have the growing threat of Islam returning to western Europe. Is heaven just passively watching the beginning of the end of Christendom? 9 December 1531 gave us the answer.

Juan-DiegoMost are familiar with the story of St. Juan Diego and the visitations he experienced from a woman whom he learned was the Mother of Jesus Christ. I’d like to dial in on the deeper significance of the events and revelations.

First, let’s reflect on the significance of the date. The visitations to St. Juan Diego began on December 9. Some may say, “Oh! just one day off from the Immaculate Conception date!” Well, historically, the first feast celebrated in honor of Mary’s conception was in the East and goes back perhaps as far as the 5th century in Syria . . . and it was celebrated on December 9. It was called “the Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy and All Pure Mother of God.” A few centuries later the feast was celebrated in the West on December 8. Is there any connection here that Our Lady was trying to make? Do Mary’s visitations beginning on this date even have any connection with her being the Immaculate Conception? This is where it really gets interesting, but because we have such limited space in a blog post, I will attempt to be brief in summarizing it.

During Mary’s apparitions, she appeared to the uncle of St. Juan Diego, Juan Bernardino, and mediated a miraculous healing of a life-threatening illness. During her apparition to Juan Bernadino, Our Lady revealed that she wished to be known as “the ever-virgin Holy Mary of Guadalupe”. Catholic historians believe that Mary would have spoken this in the native Aztec language of Juan Bernardino, which would have communicated “Guadalupe” as coataxopeuh, which is pronounced “quatlasupe” (sounding very much like Guadalupe). This is indeed significant because the breakdown of the word coatlaxopeuh is the following: oa means “serpent”, tla means OurLadyofGuadalupeHolyCard“the”, xopeuh means “to crush or stamp out.” Putting this all together, you have the name “Quatlasupe” meaning “the one who crushes the serpent” (and the Aztecs worshiped a serpent-god Quetzalcoatl). This allusion to Mary as “the woman” of Genesis 3:15 is remarkable as it is also used by the Church as one of the Scripture references supporting the dogma and feast of the Immaculate Conception.

If that isn’t already awesome, we fast forward to the miracle celebrated today of St. Juan Diego’s tilma bearing the miraculous image of what one can say is Revelation 12 woven, literally, into the very fabric of civilization’s vestiture. There is the woman of Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 depicted [pregnant with Christ] in all her humility and glory at the same time: “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child . . .” [Revelation 12:1-2].

And this “woman” who revealed herself as Our Lady of Guadalupe amidst one of the most violent cultures of death came as the Advent of Christ, pregnant with her Divine Son, ready to bear Him as the Mediatrix of Divine Mercy, to a civilization lost in darkness and death with the tenderness and power portrayed in that miraculous image. Historians report that within eight years, Our Lady of Guadalupe achieved the impossible — that approximately nine million Aztecs (basically a Pentecost a day for eight years) were converted to the Christian faith. Some even say that the number of Aztec conversions equalled those souls lost to the Protestant revolution.

MiraculousMedalFront2What Our Lady of Guadalupe accomplished in the heart of the Americas reveals that she indeed is the bridge-builder par excellence as she connected and expanded a fractured Church in the Old World with the budding Church in the New World (since Mexico was known as the “New Spain”). Mary appeared at the geographic center of all the Americas as the Immaculate Conception (compare Mary’s appearance on the tilma with how she is described by St. Bernadette in Lourdes when she said “I am the Immaculate Conception” — they are basically identical). So, we have the Church of the East and West being united under Mary’s Immaculate Conception on 9 December, the Church of the Old World and the New World being united by the Blessed Mother bringing her Son to New Spain under the title “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, which also connects Mary with the Christian-Moslem problem. So, we’ve got North – South, East – West, Old World – New World, Christianity’s response to Paganism, Christianity’s response to Islam (In the battle of Lepanto, in 1571 Admiral Doria of the Holy League carried a small image of Our Lady of Guadalupe into the battle against the Moslems), Christianity’s response to the culture of death — all these represented in Our Lady of Guadalupe (aka Our Lady of the Divine Motherhood)! To what does Our Lady of Guadalupe not relate? Now we begin to see why in 1999, at the dawn of the new millennium St. John Paul II pointed to Our Lady as the Patroness not only of the unborn, but as the patroness of the new evangelization . . . because she is the Advent of Christ in every way. Or, to put it another way, as Venerable Fulton Sheen did, she is the spiritual Trojan horse who gets Christ, hidden within her (as we see in the Tilma), behind the most fortified walls (beginning with the walls of our own soul).

So, what does this all of this have to do with womanhood? Wherever Mary enters, she crushes the head of the serpent and recalibrates a disoriented society according to its worship, its womanhood and its “yes” to life! When womanhood rediscovers this is their genius, we will have a renaissance of culture the world has never seen! And we men better be the ones fighting for this!

As we enter the Jubilee of Mercy through the holy “door” of Mary let us take to heart the tender words that she spoke to her “Juanito” [her nickname for St. Juan Diego] during her visitations in 1531:

“Know and understand well . . . that I am the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live . . . I am your merciful mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants on this land and all the rest who love me, invoke and confide in me; [I listen] to their lamentations, and remedy all their miseries, afflictions and sorrows . . . Hear me and understand well . . . that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish?”

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mediatrix of Mercy and Patroness of the New Evangelization, pray for us!

Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Mercy, pray for us!

Beginning in 2016, my family will be traveling around the country bringing to other families this critical message and the mission of Heroic Families. I would love to speak at your parish, university or event! Reach out to me at ascend@heroicfamilies.com to see how we can make this happen and work together for the Renaissance and counter-revolution of the Catholic family!

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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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152 Responses to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

  1. Ellen Lopez says:

    Absolutely incredible. Our God is All Majesty and Wonder.

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  2. kim sevier says:

    “The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.” Could not be a more perfectly stated truth! Women have the ability to civilize men — I believe that is God’s plan–if only we would do it! Respect ourselves! Stay on that pedestal and elevate the culture too.

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

    I remember when there was talk, years ago, about putting women in combat on the front lines (which I think is sadly coming to pass now), and exclaiming in exasperation (and even calling in to the local megawatt radio station when the topic was being discussed), “If we as a country are not fighting to protect women, children, childbearing and child raising — the family, civilization– why are we even bothering to fight?”

    Sadly, I have lived to see the wholesale abandonment of an understanding and appreciation of true womanhood that our Lady exemplifies and the Holy Family models.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Boy, are you ever right, Monica. I have long thought that the only nations that send women into combat are those in deeply dire straits or hopeless barbarians. Do you know they even have military desensitization training for male soldiers so they won’t follow their instincts and try to protect women in distress. We are intentionally training men to be insensitive thugs – and call it enlightenment. May God have mercy on out souls. May He set things to rights through the instrument of this Storm our rebellion and disorder has called down upon us. May He raise a righteous remnant to carry the flame of faith and hope to all the world.

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      • God has indeed lit this Flame of Faith and Love in the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the remnant will be incredibly powerful by taking this “Greatest Grace” bestowed upon us in 2000 years. Our Mother has indeed given us all we need to help her crush the head of satan and bring Victory to Jesus Christ In the Most Blessed Sacrament and the New Pentecost of the Holy Spirit! For those new to this Church approved Grace, see http://www.flameoflove.us and read Cardinal Peter Erdo’s passionate approval as the local ordinary. Cardinal Erdo is also the President or Head of all the European Bishops’ Conferences and was the General Relator of the recent Synod who gave the passionate defense of Church teaching on marriage to open the final part of the Synod.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Wow, Charilie, that’s sad about the desensitization training.

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        • Centurion_Cornelius says:

          Yes, YonDuk. The issue of the women recently “passing” the U.S Army’s most rigorous combat training and becoming the very first female “Rangers” was one made by diktat not by performance nor accomplishment. My contacts in the military said that orders to Instructors at Ranger School came down “right from the top,” that before these Army women even began Ranger training, that all would pass and become elite Rangers, but more troubling was the threat that “anyone who did not see things this way should retire from the Army immediately.” Very troubling.

          God made man and woman. He made them different and complimentary. Women are the reflection of the loftiest goals of all human hearts. Mortal combat is not.

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        • Kim sevier says:

          YongDuk– I was at a monthly Queen of Peace Mass tonight. During Mass we say a prayer of consecration to Our Lady. In the prayer we join our prayers with our bishop. I immediately thought of you at that point.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Thanks, Kim… that it was attached to a reconsecration to our Lady makes it all the more poignant. I may not be “your” Bishop, but I am “her” Bishop.

            Speaking of which, Beckita, how do you know you will recognize me if on Mt Meeker?

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          • YongDuk says:

            (Meaning by that point I will probably be in my camping clothes and such. Long homeless man’s beard, unkempt hair extensions, curls, etc. )

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          • Beckita says:

            Because, YD, I notice details… always have… you are so very special and your emotive personality, brilliance, piety, wisdom, humor, extensive and expansive studies, capability to speak many languages, childlike qualities and playfulness, mystical gifts, love of everything Byzantine, especially liturgy and music, and exorcism and deliverance ministries all comprise a very unique shepherd. We are so blessed with you here, both shepherd with heartpiercing and instructive contributions as well as kid in the Heavenly chorus.

            Further, it wasn’t a simple courtesy to convey that I will pray for you. You are very present in my prayers, in gratitude and in petition. I just know I will recognize you if we, God-willing, gather at the Shrine. Besides, you and your ashen hair extensions are sure to stand out in a crowd. 🙂 Please, YD, along with all the families here, take my daughter and her husband into your heart of prayer that the dragon be gone and virute reign their hearts, especially the Love and Simplicity which you uphold for us all to seek. Thanks be to God for you!

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          • Kim sevier says:

            I remembered them at Mass last night sweet Beckita!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beckita, I am praying for your beloved.

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          • prayingflower says:

            I, too, am praying, Beckita. Two praying flowers praying for the little flowers of another praying flower 🙂 Much love and God bless you all and you also, jlynnbyrd, who, along with Beckita, are so helpful to me in your comments. I receive so much from both of you. pf

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Prayingflower, your comments and kindness are a gift and a blessing to me and all here too! ❤

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          • Beckita says:

            Dearest Kim and Jen, thank you so much! We’ll need a manly man with a crowbar to extract me from the embrace of gratitude i will extend to you and all who have so generously lifted my dear ones in prayer when, God-willing, we meet at Mt. Meeker. In the meanwhile may my prayers of gratitude enfold you and may God reward you at least a hundredfold! Praying for your intentions and for all here. XO

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          • YongDuk says:

            Be assured for my evening Mass tonight you will be remembered in a special Way, Beckita. I will be using the Marian Sacramentary and the Mass of Mary, Mother of God, Prayer B.

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          • Beckita says:

            YD, I am grateful through eternity for your reply and I repeat: Thanks be to God for you! Ave Maria!

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          • Beckita says:

            BTW, YD, I’m very familiar with the Marian Sacamentary as it gets a workout in our chapel. Deo gratias!

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        • Beckita says:

          XO Prayingflower!

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Exactly, Charlie. And, Crew Dog or others who know military history better than I can correct me, but I don’t think even the barbarians put their women on the front lines, if for no other reason than they wanted to win, since women in actuality, in contrast to some feminist fantasy, ARE the weaker sex in this area (I say this as was woman who gave birth without any anesthesia three times; I know I could not do what our fighting men do). Likely, the barbarians wished their “civilizations” to survive and prevail, so they at least had sense enough to understand the basics of how two complementary sexes work. :/

        I second your prayer that this diabolic confusion and deception be put to right.

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        • breadoflife55 says:

          Ditto to your ditto, MJ!

          Charlie, it seems as if I recho Your “Lord Have Mercy on us all” everday, and that it has turned into almost a lament on my part. I will just make sure I turn my laments over to Our Lady too.

          Been thinking about the “genius of womanhood”lately and I realized that the faithful are called the “bride” of Christ because we are “receptive”, which is an attribute of the female human body, and really of her heart, too which is nurturing, by nature. My mind doesn’t go as deep as many here(that i am very grateful to for developing and explaining many concepts for the good of all) so, that is about as far as I got when I contemplated on the attributes of woman. Oh, except one other thing I noticed, and was reminded again when MJ commented on women going into battle and it is this: it is a great mystery, one i have pondered on before when any time my husband and I are getting our hands dirty. He can go all day without washing the mud, grease, grime off his hands, but iT WILL DRIVE ME BONKERS IF I CANNOT CLEAN MY HANDS!! I think this alone would exempt me from going into combat. Is there ant women out there ageeing? Just sayin’……… :]

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            BOL, your post made me smile. “Lord Have Mercy” at one time had become my battle cry. I would say it so frequently that my DH would respond dot com. At one point I kindly let him know that it would actually be dot org. 🙂
            When we get our hands dirty in the garden, he wares gloves and I love to dive in barehanded and get the earth under my nails. However mechanically he will get grease and oil up to his elbows and I just watch in wonder with no desire to assist.
            We are each uniquely and beautifully made! Thanks be to God.

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          • breadoflife55 says:

            Now, you made ME chuckle , Jen. Agree with you wholeheartedly that we are all unique and beautiful! God is the Genius. I pray we all one day will marvel at the genius of man, the genius of woman, the genius of a child, and the genius of each other, unique and beautiful in God’s sight.

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      • Petra says:

        You would believe what a wonderful heartening feeling wells up inside me when I consider a man would fight to defend and protect me, a woman, simply because it is only through women that it is possible for the human race to continue. When a man, in an army or otherwise, protects women he is risking his own life in an attempt to preserve all human life. That, to me, is incredible, and wonderful. Not surprising the satan would be against it. 🙂
        God bless.

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  4. Patrick of South Dakota says:

    The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a prophet for our times. I listen to him often.

    It’s incredible to contemplate how Mary, who exists outside of time, effortlessly moves herself into and out of time to bring key messages to her children, not unlike the way she effortless moved in and out of scripture with her Magnificat (an observation from Pope Benedict). For all we can imagine, she could have left the children at Fatima on June 13th, 1917, and immediately — or simultaneously — appeared to Juan Diego on December 9th, 1531. She sees all of us, those alive now and those who were alive, before her. She is artistically weaving God’s divine plan of redemption over the span of millennia. She is ageless, wise, all-knowing (as in she sees an infinitely bigger picture yet knows each one of us intimately), and remains very active DOING the work of God.

    Her message to Juan reaches each one of us in a personal way. She sees our sicknesses, sufferings, and anguish. She reassures us that we are under her protection as part of her fold. Her closing question “What else do you wish?” might have two meanings: That we can turn to her for our needs, but that we should also find nothing lacking in our life because she is an ever-present, loving part of it.

    Enjoyable piece from Dr. Howard.

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  5. prayingflower says:

    It is difficult to speak when one has been left speechless. O Mary, total humility, perfect purity and sweetest simplicity, be our health and our hope in the coming storm. One day we, gathered as one, will honor you in the name of your Son, Jesus, with one voice of utmost gratitude and profound praise. Love to all here.

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    • Kris R. says:

      Prayingflower, this is beautiful! May I quote you? I would like to make a prayer card of this prayer to carry with me. It has found a home in my heart.

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      • prayingflower says:

        Obviously the home of your heart is a very warm and welcoming one, Kris. Please do be my guest. And while you are there, please give our Mother my love. On second thought, I will say this prayer together with you tonite at 9 p.m. if you can make it. Love and God bless. pf

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  6. Annie says:

    This is beautiful, Charlie. It is my belief that no human fully understands the power and role of Mother Mary. I could write a book about what she has done in my life! One brief example was reading de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” many years ago. It was as powerful as, and added to, my experience of the Holy Spirit. Mama is His Spouse and they work together in a wonderful way! It was interesting to find you recently, by the way, through Michael Brown or Mark M. There is much coming together in these days.

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    • Patrick of South Dakota says:

      Hi Annie.
      The Treatise on the TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN is at the top of my list of indispensable spiritual writings. It was instrumental in Saint Pope John Paul’s life (Totus tuus!). It truly is a beautiful gift to those who wish to explore a deeper devotion to Mary. I read this book often; in fact, I’m in the middle of my third or fourth read of it now.

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      • Mary Anne says:

        These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schisms, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, namely, the Blessed Virgin, who is called by the Fathers of the Church the Temple of Solomon and the City of God . By word and example they will draw all men to a true devotion to her and though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone. This is what God revealed to St. Vincent Ferrer, that outstanding apostle of his day, as he has amply shown in one of his works.”
        -Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, #47-48

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  7. Picket Fence says:

    In the farming community where my parish is located, devotion to Mary is very apparent.

    She always has lovely flowers in front of her statue. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe fills the church to overflowing. One pastor of ours described it as so full that people are hanging from the rafters and chandeliers! There is a parade in her honor on the Sunday closest to the Feast, and the local paper always gives it coverage. There are floats with children dressed as Our Lady and as Juan Diego, depictions of the Nativity scene, colorfully adorned horses and riders, groups of dancers from the Ballet Folklorico, and many devotees walking along the route.

    Last year a group from the parish went to Mexico City to see the shrine, and we had a priest come and give a talk about Marian shrines. By far the Guadalupe shrine has the most information attached to it. To know that the image on the tilma is “living”, that you can hear the heartbeat of a preborn male child, that the eyes of Our Lady react and move, is absolutely breathtaking!

    This is a wonderful article, and I love hearing the words of Bishop Sheen. They ring so true decades after he said them.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I love processions. Sadly, in America, we don’t do enough of them. In these days of official disapproval of any authentic Christian faith, I think organizing religious processions would be a great way of re-igniting the faith and peacefully expressing our determination to live it whatever popular culture says.

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      • Laurie says:

        Yes!

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      • Picket Fence says:

        Right on, Charlie.
        Just a month ago, for the procession, the rain, which we have been praying for, ceased just as the procession was to start. With everything so very wet, the little parade could only be described as humble……..even ordinary. Those who love our dear Blessed Mother did not mind the puddles. And I’m so glad that God loves the ordinary.

        Sadly, across the river in our “twin” community, there is a large parade every year to honor the Chinese water god Bok Kai. Schools participate, and local and even state government officials, appear in this parade. Yet these same people would probably be rather embarrassed to honor the Mother of Jesus by walking with her statue. The organizers even brag that it has never rained when their parade occurs, due to the Chinese deity. But that is incorrect, for it did rain at least one year on this large procession which includes a dragon. May God forgive and heal our blindness.

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      • YES, I agree! You may find it interesting that here, in sprawling metro-Phoenix, the Yaqui have preserved processions and other rich traditions in their tiny, almost forgotten town of Guadalupe, Arizona. Here’s a picture of that humble Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church:

        http://sweetwaterhaven.com/olgaz.html

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      • Centurion_Cornelius says:

        Processions? Try Zeffirelli’s artistry in Pietro Mascagni’s masterpiece:

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  8. RJW says:

    Mary our refuge in the coming storm. I fear nothing as I huddle at her feet.

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  9. Sr Elisabeth says:

    Charlie, Would you come to Canada? Edmonton, Alberta? We would love to have you at our Parish.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do not expect to visit outside my home country until the Storm has entered its fullness. So I could very well schedule a visit before the year is over. Send a note to my volunteer assistant, Mary, at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com. She handles my schedule.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        I just emailed Mary about Memphis!

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      • Will Europe (France) be part of your schedule?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Once the Storm enters its fullness, I may well get around quite a bit.

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          • LJD says:

            Do you think the pope’s coming writing on the synod conclusion will spark the schism you have spoken of? People are already sharpening knives or salivating

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          • charliej373 says:

            People whose hearts are set on having their own will whatever Church authorities say will have their own will, to their ultimate sorrow. Let us begin to pray and make reparation for them now.

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          • Paul Meyer says:

            That’s puzzling, since what I get from your talks/articles, travel will be extremely limited, if not impossible, especially when the storm is at its fullness! Could you give us any hints as to how this will work or where I’m going wrong in my assumptions? Thanks & God Bless, Paul

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          • charliej373 says:

            Paul, travel may be disrupted for a time, but I do not expect there will be terrible constraints for very long – and have never expressed such. I have said that after the initial chaos and some upheaval, we will begin fairly soon to see things stabilize. So I am not sure how you got that idea, except perhaps that when things strike catastrophically, everything is disrupted for a time.

            As for the other, hoe it will work, I don’t know – and honestly don’t think about it. The Lord told me that, except for brief periods, He will see that I am able to continue to give heart to the faithful. I believe Him and don’t worry about the details. I’ll know them when I see them.

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          • canada1nw says:

            That you may get around quite a bit in the fullness of the storm, in itself, is VERY encouraging, Charlie. I hope Moncton is one of your stops..we need you..and by then the people will believe and need you too! Unless the Lord gives you bilocation,(I wouldn’t be surprised!) this may mean we may still be able to travel 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think (and largely hope) that all my work will be played out through the ordinary, but in extraordinary circumstances.

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          • Patricia says:

            Charlie,
            I agree with Paul that it is surprising you would be traveling. I was about to post a comment to ask the same thing he did. True, you did not say it and I think others would say this along with me, that we felt we would be quite constrained for a bit longer than a short time and if circumstances did not prevent it, finances would. Anything you care to explain, I would and others would be happy to hear. Or better yet, PLEASE say more.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Patricia, one of the constant issues I have is that I say one thing and people assume a whole lot more than what I said. A big part of what I have been trying to do is to get people to focus on their own conclusions less and trust God more. God will give us what we need to serve Him well in being a sign of hope to those around us. You will see it as events proceed. And you will certainly continue to be able to do the wonderful work God has put in front of you.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yeah, today’s post confirms it–and I say this mostly playfully: Charlie is going to be the rebuilder of nations in the midst of the storm.

            I was putzing around this morning getting ready to leave and was thinking–because I don’t have better things to think about in the morning pre-coffee besides “where is the other matching black sock?” and today was a “fast day”, “Charlie was a political consultant. Why on earth would a man who was saw Angels end up as a political consultant of all things?” (I hate politics, if it doesn’t show from prior posts.)

            Then I figured, “Charlie, must have been being formed in the political arena to help re-build political structures once things fall apart in a way pleasing to God and that is what he means that he is going to get around during the Storm in an ordinary way: he is going to be a consultant traveling from nation to nation in the West.”

            God speed, Charlie: I will take my unkempt hair extensions and being in the bottom of a pit any day over that job! 🙂

            (Could you imagine the irony if I get called to the Vatican to be the rebuilder of the Curias for having poked fun at you for this? [Dear Reader, that will never happen–thanks be to God!–and do NOT pray that it does!])

            +YD

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, YD. I have always had an interest in history and politics. As it turned out, I was a pretty good and original strategist. One of the few parts of my life where I was “unorthodox.” For a time, my political activism was a (very) feeble effort to affect the elements that made the Storm necessary. Yeah, I know; ridiculously, hopelessly naieve and presumptuous. Within two years of having won my first statewide upset, I was told that the Storm was unavoidable…that it was the only means strong enough to bring us back. It became a classroom for me. In very intense situations, I learned the way people behave under extreme and constant duress – and I learned to endure with jaunty outward confidence even when I was shaken to my toes. I learned to deal with hostile opponents and press – and even to make them friends and sometimes allies. I learned to value tough and honorable opponents – they eventually were the best allies to have. I learned to give respect and live protocol with those who initially gave me none. I learned to give those who acted with malice towards me many opportunities to act honorably. I learned to lead them to reveal that malice and take themselves down instead of getting caught up in distracting and fruitless battles with them. They always thought they were much cleverer than they actually were. I learned to use their malice to my advantage and to gain insight into their character and plans. I learned when to refrain and when to strike. I learned to strike effectively and never out of mere anger. I learned to let malicious opponents up easy if they would abandon the malice – and to crush their effectiveness if they would not.

            I saw the first hit piece against me in a local paper when I was 20. A shock then, but I got to be an old hand at it. I’m not one who gets shaken when people talk ugly about me. Usually, if it is ugly enough, I light a candle in prayer for them and let it go, unless they become a nuisance that must be dealt with. I learned to keep myself and others focused on the work, rather than supposed “glamor.” I frequently told staffers that, when it seemed like the world was collapsing around them, they weren’t as bad as they thought – and that when they were flying high, they weren’t as good as they thought. Keep focused on the work and all will work out. I told them that triumph and disaster were the same fraud wearing different clothes – stick to the work. I learned to keep my eye on the main goal, neither shrinking from a public lead out of false humility nor failing to step back out of a preening vanity – just do whichever is best for the goal. I learned to comfort powerful people in private when they needed it – and to rip into them in private when they needed it, while always maintaining public solidarity with them. I learned to be their sounding board in private when they needed to vent their frustrations. (At a small luncheon for about 15 people, a former client who had gone through a brutal public controversy was asked how he dealt with the frequent intense attacks. He said, in all seriousness, that he usually got in the car with me alone, pounded the dashboard and yelled at me. Everybody laughed. When I walked with him out to the car, he said in some befuddlement, “I think they thought I was joking, Charlie.” I chuckled and said, “yeah, it’s the sort of thing you don’t understand unless you have lived it.”) I learned to deal with tremendous highs and crushing lows and keep the same steady pace, knowing that neither the highs nor the lows would last – it was the work that counted.

            I learned to see and acknowledge the humanity of all I dealt with, whether I was helping them or battling them. I learned that seeing the best in people usually brings it out in them. I learned that things are too big for any one of us…and to treasure and value the unsung heroes who made the effort possible, simply because they believed in something rather than seeking any notoriety. Once I had a regional head call me on a Saturday to tell me he had 20 volunteers working a phone bank and asked if I could stop by since he knew I was near the region. It was two and a half hours out of my way each way…but I did it. And when I got there, I did not do anything cheesy like calling the media or make phone calls myself. Rather, I had everyone take a break for an hour while we talked about the race and what the strategy was. I learned to treasure most highly the valiant efforts of those footsoldiers who do so much and are so little recognized, but without whom nothing could be accomplished – and to keep faith with them through thick and thin.

            This barely scratches the surface of what I learned, but I cannot imagine a better classroom for learning to how to live fortitude and steadiness in a Storm than this.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, in response to your parsed quote below:
            “triumph and disaster were the same fraud wearing different clothes – stick to the work.” I was ready to say I love that!! Before my fingers hit the keyboard, it occurred to me that since we are all waiting with bated breath for the *Triumph* of Our Blessed Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart, that you might consider stating that human or perceived triumph and…same *fraud*… Just a thought that popped into my mind on second thought.
            By the way, I do love your bold honesty.

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          • charliej373 says:

            In politics, when you are talking about such things, it is always the earthly variety. I did talk about religious and heavenly things at times, for everyone who was not completely blinded by malice knew that was my prime source of strength and belief…and I sometimes said the only realities are those decreed by heaven and that here, everything but straightforward work was an illusion. I was the leader of the troops in these things and never pretended to be otherwise. That would have just caused confusion and weakened the effort. But I knew and valued all the workers. In fact, in one race where we were not given a chance, our opponent was at a dinner in Peoria. I subbed for my candidate because I would not have him at a dinner the opponent was at unless he had equal billing. I always had a key local take my candidate – or me, if I was subbing for him – around table to table and make introductions. The opponent’s people did that for him at this dinner. When my people started to take me around, I told them to sit down; I would do it myself for this one time. So I went around and greeted a few people by name at each table – and had them introduce me to anyone at the table I didn’t know. After the election was all over, our opponent’s campaign manager and I had lunch – and he told me he first knew they might be in real trouble when I did that.

            People get caught up in being “important” and don’t really get to know the many important people who make victory possible. I don’t make that mistake.

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          • prayingflower says:

            How very inspiring, Charlie. This calls to mind Paul who learned to be content with whatever situation/condition he found himself in. What trust. This is the sort of thing that inspires me to steady on, so for me this is a keeper. I will read it again and again and I will certainly share it with others. God bless you, Charlie, in all that you do with the Lord. pf.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Dear Charlie, I completely embrace your lessons in politics. In my experience, I label that ;Be united with all in love with Jesus and don’t take anything that I see or hear afterward personally.’ If something stings, I know Jesus wants to chat about being other-centered or poor in spirit… time for confession and adoration. Thanks for the good example as always!!– ZJ

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  10. canada1nw says:

    I have two sons in Edmonton, Alberta. That would be awesome, maybe I could meet you there or at least my sons could attend. It’s a five hour flight. for me. We’ll pray! That would be fairly close to Mark Mallet, since he lives in (the province of) Alberta too.

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  11. Judy says:

    This is a fabulous article. Before the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, tens of thousands of young people (aka virgens) were grotesquely murdered on Aztec altars. The the Aztec “priests’ ate parts of the the bodies after the hearts were cut out of living young people. The most important “god” of the Aztec people was first pictured as a snake with wings. Our Lady of Guadalupe did, indeed, crush the serpent!

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  12. canada1nw says:

    I have been honoured to have Our Lady of Guadalupe’s life size, laser copied image, blessed for Canada, in our home several times. I have a small shrine of her in my kitchen. She comes as a mother, who wants to visit her children. She is the Patroness of the America’s . I loved to learn about the Islamic word of Guadalupe. I had not heard this before. I knew of the connection with Fatima and Mohammed’s daughter, through Archbishop Sheen’s writings. God seems to be revealing His plan to give us more hope ! It’s like a holy puzzle, we get a few pieces in place from time to time, to help us continue to wait to see the beautiful picture the Lord has planned.

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  13. Judge McGlynn says:

    A great read. I have no doubt you and the author will discuss it. I am always amazed that no one ever seems to contemplate the significance of the angel. Every time I read an analysis of the Tilma the angel is either not mentioned or is mentioned only in passing.
    I believe the angel has tremendous significance. For what it is worth, this is how I interpret it. Remember, at Fatima, the children were visited by an angel before they were visited by the Blessed Mother. The angel identified himself as the Guardian Angel of Portugal.
    The angel in the Tilma has red, white and blue wings. Coincidence? I think not. I believe the angel is in fact, the Guardian Angel of the Americas or of The USA and the angel is telling us to hold fast to the Blessed Mother. Examining the image, one notes that the Angel is neither holding up the Blessed Mother nor her cloak. He is grasping the Blessed Mother’s cloak. His grasp does not alter the cloak at all. His weight is borne effortlessly by the Blessed Mother. His wings are not in movement. They are spread, but not actively flying – they are not under stress or activated. He is telling us to hold fast to the mantle of the Blessed Mother. While the coloring of the angel’s wings may not have been necessarily poignant in the 1500s, its color scheme is relevant now. I believe the reason the Tilma has lasted this long, is that it has relevance for each successive generation and has a profound message that is not just dated to the 1500s.
    Additionally, few seem to contemplate the crescent moon other than to say that it shows she is the Woman described in Revelations. I think there is much more to it. First, consider that the Tilma has “recovered” from a serious acid spill that should have destroyed it. It went essentially unscathed from a dynamite blast that should have blown it to smithereens. Efforts to add paint to it have proven unsuccessful, EXCEPT, that when someone tried to brighten the silver color of the crescent moon it turned it black. Again, all other paint applied simply faded away. I believe that the Blessed Mother allowed the Tilma image to be altered to change the symbolism. I believe the black crescent moon is meant to send a message about Islam and to Islam, as that symbol is used by Islam, especially by those perpetrating evil in the name of Allah.
    The name refers to she who stands on the head of the serpent. In the 1500s, the Aztecs would have understood reference to the serpent to be the serpent god of the evil Aztec religion. Could this not now be interpreted as She who stands on and crushes the evils of Islam?
    The New World, hold fast to the mantle of the Blessed Mother. Deliverance from the evils of Islam will be through the Blessed Mother. These are two very important messages I believe the Blessed Mother is conveying to us through the Tilma today.
    Charlie, when you and the author of this great article do converse, I hope you two explore these two points.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for this analysis Steve. Astute readers may recognize that this is my best friend.

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      • Dhnt233 says:

        Really?!The author Dr. Howard is your best friend. Interesting!
        It’s funny in Sept. I was on the Spiritual Direction site and read a wonderful article by him titled “Mary, Ark of Salvation – “Last Call! All Aboard!” I made a comment to something that he said in his article about…
        “We are the Ninevites of the modern world and Jonah is not being sent, …” I said yes he has!!
        Haven’t you been reading Charlie Johnston?!!
        Watch his video and they basically shut me down and disallowed the link. But know I can see the connection when I was reading it I kept thinking of you and what you were saying …that explains it!

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, I don’t know Dr. Howard at all. I have never met the man. When I referenced my best friend, I was talking of the comment made by Judge McGlynn, who has been my boon companion and crony for 21 years. I just admired the article Dr. Howard wrote.

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    • Beckita says:

      Wow, Judge! Thank you for the history and the contemplation concerning the angel.

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    • Bonnie C says:

      Dear Judge, Thank you for sharing your ponderings and insights! I, too, love to study the beautiful image of Our Lady. I like to think that the hem of Our Lady’s mantle that the angel holds represents the “remnant.” – To me, for most of my life, a remnant was a piece of cloth. My mother made my clothes as a child, and her twin sister, my Godmother, was a quilter. I’m sure this is why I made that connection..

      Also, and this is my own “idea” – I noticed one morning as I was contemplating the image I have in my bedroom – the Angel looks like he is carrying the child the woman gave birth to, (to safety in heaven). If one looks closely, there is what looks like a baby, including “his” face, wrapped in the same cloth Our Lady’s gown is made of. The wrap has a trim around the face of the babe (who looks like his mother – same shape) with three lines. After seeing this, I did just a little research on it and one person stated the three lines represented divinity. It made sense to me, but I have no inside information or evidence, but I enjoy pondering it. Yes, I know the placement of the waistband, the flower over the womb, the date/timing of the image – but its there in plain sight, yet seemingly invisible.??? Seen, but not seen?

      I also like to contemplate the meaning of the fold in the mantle, under her left arm. I often ask her what she has hidden up her sleeve. 🙂 I have had the privilege of seeing a life size replica of the Image at a Marian shrine and one of the women there showed it to me and pointed out two babes, wrapped in blankets right above this arm. She truly is Patroness of the Unborn!

      I have read that the Angel is St. Michael, and possibly Juan Diego (I like to think it is St. Michael), but the Guardian Angel of America is another consideration.. Also, there is a piece of art on the Presentation of Our Lord at the Temple where angels with similar wings are at Simeon’s feet as he reaches for (or holds), the Infant.

      There is a LOT, many many layers of meaning and mystery to this Image. Truly miraculous and truly speaking to generation after generation.

      God bless you dear Judge. He has,and does, as you are so blessed to be the best friend of our beloved Charlie. I’m sure I speak for the most of us when I thank you for your friendship and support.

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      • canada1nw says:

        Bonnie, so many see many images in the Image of our Lady of Guadalupe. She is truly present in her blessed and miraculous image, which remains miraculous today by the many experiences which souls have, in the presence of this image, which causes them to ponder Heavenly things. In my area we have a Judge, who has the image in his care for several months of the year. He allows me to help care for her when she is in my area. A good friend, whom we have in common, introduced us. It is such an honour to have her in my home! He is like St. Juan Diego, a very humble man, who can walk with kings, as when he was our Lieutentant Governor, in our province, and dine with paupers. Judge Dan Lynch also brings our Lady of Guadalupe’s image to conferences. He brought her to my city, 13 years ago, for our Marian Gathering. That was my first experience with a life size image. I felt the baby Jesus’ heart beat, as many did, at that Marian Gathering. It is always good too hear that these learned judges have the faith of a child!

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Hello Canada! Thank you for your reply. I am happy to report to you that several women from my prayer group are hosting a visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning tomorrow when it will be delivered. I will have the honor of a brief visitation (overnight) in my home as a guardian. (What an honor!) Perhaps it will be the same one that you have had in your home!!!

          Our Lady’s Image will be at several Churches in the Wheeling, WV area, and other very special places including a Our Lady of Peace Catholic School, also with the Sisters of St. Joseph, in the 10 day period we will host her visitation – all beginning with a special prayer service at the Bishop’s Chapel tomorrow evening.

          What we are most excited about as a prayer group is that the image will be present for visitation at a candlelight prayer vigil on the eve of the March for Life, and then all night and all the next day (in solidarity with the March for Life) with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Michael’s Church in Wheeling, WV. We are soooo excited.

          I would LOVE to have a replica image of Our Lady. I believe that my husband and I are supposed to build a shrine on our property, and her image, along with an image of The Divine Mercy – that I already own – would be such a great blessing. I just don’t have any idea on how to acquire such an amazing gift. The Divine Mercy Image was an easy “find” – but a true replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – that is a complete other story.

          Canada, and all, I will remember you and your intentions and all prayer requests in front of Our Lady’s Image, and I also do at every Mass I attend. God bless all here!

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          • canada1nw says:

            I bet that is the image which Judge Dan Lynch has in his care. I believe he lives in Vermont. I am an 18 hour drive from Virginia..I’ve been there a couple times. God bless you and your plan for a shrine. Prayers going your way through our Lady.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Thank you Judge, We discussed the Tilma here on Dec.9 or 12 and I remember prayingflower and I pondered over the red, white and blue wings and the crusty black moon. You have helped me. I thought possibly the blue, white and red wings could point us further to France(St. Joan we love youn- pray for us) but that isn’t as obvious. Thanks for touching on these points. –ZJ

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  14. Phillip Frank says:

    My parish is named after Our Lady of Fatima.
    Back when Fr Gobbi was alive, He came to our parish during an event called The Mariopolis and prophesied over our community, saying it would be protected.
    We used to do Marian processions and during one of them we processed to each end of our county and dedicated it to Our Lady.
    Sadly, during the 1980’s prohibition on all “cult” activities in the church, these devotions were halted and our priest ostracised.
    But Fr Gobbi’s blessing and prophesy still lingers on.
    Awhile ago, my nephew, who knew nothing of Fr Gobbi and is not overtly religious, saw a TV program featuring a mystic/seer. During the question and answer part of the show, one person asked where the safest place in the country was.
    The mystic pondered a moment, then blurted out my home town!
    It might not have been such a shock but I live in a very small, mostly unkown, part of the country. So the fact that this person even knew of it, is miraculouse in itself!

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    • canada1nw says:

      Wow Phillip, that is consoling! When Fr. Gobbie came to my city he said that there was a black cloud over it -holding it back. Three other prophets said the same thing including Fr. Michael Scanlon from the FIRE Team in the 80’s along with Babsie Bleasdale and Vasslla Ryden. years ago. We have heard from a prayer group across the Pond, that Moncton (they never heard tell of it) was going to be a safe place to be in the time of purification. The lead singer in Robin Mark’s band from Ireland prophesied while in our city, ‘that living waters would flow forth, not just for us but for the nation.’ We wait and pray to see if we the people respond to the will of God and the possible prophesy.

      Saint John Paul the Great, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Charlie all have been here bringing us blessings:)

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  15. SteveBC says:

    I’ve spent a little time thinking about something that seems apropos here. One of the reasons for what I’m about to write is that when I was living in California for many years, I often found women engaging in a kind of triumphalism, or as a Power issue, when considering women rising in the world.

    When you look back in history, you see that we started with societies that may very well have been matriarchies, where the woman held prime position. Eventually, of course, this flipped to patriarchy, which is what we have now and which is about to collapse. You have only to look at Islamic societies to see how the suppression of women corrupts the men, too.

    What comes next? I think the answer is partnership, not a return to matriarchy. Men and women seeing each other as equals but not the same. Women rightfully should be in the fullness of womanhood, just as men should be in the fullness of manhood.

    For women to become all they are meant to be is *not* something that is competitive with men becoming what they are meant to be at the same time. Rather, they are complementary.

    To paraphrase Charlie’s song, we rise *together*.

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    • SteveBC says:

      A note to all: I have finally gotten to the point where I can no longer read all the comments that now arrive in my email box and still have time to take care of all the other projects I have going in my life, including projects involving this site.

      Starting today, I will be checking in for comments less than perfectly. If anyone needs me specifically to answer a question here, please include my screen name “SteveBC” in your comment (“SteveBC” is all one word, no spaces please).

      I have a way to search pretty much all comments each day and will check for my screen name each day. I also will be visiting here regularly to look through comments. I just will no longer be reading every comment.

      Don’t worry – I’m not going away. 🙂

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    • Picket Fence says:

      And when you think about God forming Eve out of Adam’s rib, then it is easy to see that men and women should walk *side by side*.

      Excellent observation, SteveBC, and thank you.

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    • Kim sevier says:

      Yes yes Stevebc!

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  16. veritas2 says:

    Just bought a wonderful new video, “Guadalupe: the Miracle and the Message.” Narrated by Jim Caviezel. 5 Stars on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0158XOLI0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    Our Lady will have a victory over the Moslems if more of us pray to her. The kings of Spain attribute the “reconquest” to her. From A Handbook on Guadalupe, p. 25.

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  17. Phillip Frank says:

    The greatest created thing was Mary, a Woman. It is also said that the FIRST created (planned) thing was Mary. Thus Mary was begotten through the Son of the Trinity, who then was begotten of Mary. By this she holds the highest dignity of All creation. Despite this, she remained humble and obediant to the Apostles who had the apostolic authority, not her.
    Similarly, Adam has authority over Eve.
    All of creation was created from nothing….but man. He was made out of clay or “slime” by one interpretation.
    God did this to keep Adam humble even though he was God’s highest creation.
    Eve though, was made from Adam, God’s high creation, so it is thought her dignity is greater than Adams because of this.
    But despite this, God still made Adam the head of the family because Adam symbolised God’s headship.
    Mary’s proper role is advocate or help mate to Jesus.
    Eves role was help mate to Adam.
    So a woman’s proper role is to HELP men despit our flaws and failings, not to userp our role. Do not be inablers of our weaknessess but to be a compliment to our actions.

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    • I suspect that this man/woman topic may be far more important than we think. The fact that we are seeing weird gender dysfunctions in society means that this is important to the Satan. It is important to him to stir this particular pot, to disrupt this particular order. Therefore we should be contemplating this issue in prayer. There is a great mystery here about the differences between men and women that we are overlooking. An important mystery. Otherwise Satan wouldn’t bother messing with it.

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      • charliej373 says:

        You have tapped into something important, songster. Destroy the objective concept of gender and you destroy the concept of family. That is at least part of it.

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        • Yes, that, but it also destroys something bigger…something that strikes directly at God Himself…can’t quite put my finger on it…hmmmm. Need to pray about this.

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          • Beckita says:

            SF, I believe that:”Destroy the objective concept of gender and you destroy the concept of family.” *is* a primal strike at God Himself.

            I used to meet with couples preparing for marriage so they could select their liturgical music and I rooted the selcting process in catechesis on the meaning of the sacrament. (You’ll probably not be surprised that some of the desired selections brought by couples included, “Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone?” Really? This is liturgical music? Yikes!) Anyway, this reference to a writing of Pope St. John Paul II makes the point much more eloquently than I: http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/the_trinity_marriage_as_a_reflection_of_the_god_who_is_love1/

            Then, again, perhaps your contemplation is taking you into other realms.

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          • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

            Yes, Beckita, I agree a primal strike to God.

            If you go all the way back to the Big Inning :>} Our Loving Father gave us paradise, heaven on earth. Eve and Adam (we) told God, it’s OK, we got this. We lost physical paradise, the garden of Eden, but God is so good, he left us with the opportunity for paradise still. Within each home, within each marriage, within each family. I firmly believe that family IS an opportunity for heaven on earth. We have the opportunity for the leadership of the father, the nurturing of the mother, unconditional love, forgiveness. These are all gifts that Our Beautiful Lord left for us to call upon, to accept, to allow the breath of the Holy Spirit to swirl and call us to use the individual unique gifts given for us, and for the world….the bigger family of faith, another really mind blowing gift we too often take for granted. We have this spiritual heaven in our homes, or at least the opportunity to accept the Love of Our Lord to allow that to flow through us to the others in our lives. Folks, it’s not easy. I’m pretty sure, this is not startling news to any of you, thus we get to wade our way through the consequences of it’s OK God, we got this.

            Forward on, I so see us pulling that apple off the tree again with the destruction of the beauty and gifts that are inherent to a man and a woman. The evil one is so clever, so clever. We get seduced by thinking, oh, what’s wrong with a strong woman, men need to know it’s ok to cry….blah, blah, blah. Yes, all of that is true (women ARE strong, men ARE compassionate), but it starts this warping of what God has given us at the very BASE of all. And, on it goes. Our Lord is amazing, brilliant, awesome, all knowing, all good, HE’s GOT THIS! He knows that in the family, strong, confident, faith-filled, disciples come forth. Unfortunately, so does the other one, and this has spiraled into something that looks like the pure destruction of the mine filled battle field. In my mind, this is the women’s lib movement in America, birth control, giving women “power” over sexuality, removing mother’s from the home, equal rights/equal pay, removing mothering from our (women’s) hearts, abortion, complete loss and destruction of the genius of a base of safety and love, nurturing and predictability of being cared for. So, our men got to start filling in the “female” gaps left, along with consuming water and food inundated with hormones from all the women on birth control releasing those hormones into our water supply, along with the slyness of the rolling ball of worldly thoughts and expectations, and we have completely put all these most BASIC desires of Our Lord for us, straight up backwards.

            Forward on again, look at what the destruction of the family does to the greater family, community, the Body of Christ. Look how we all come running here for prayer requests, for encouragement, for humor. We CRAVE knowing the Love, the Joy of this family, within the safety of the Discipline of Our Father’s care. Our Lord planted that seed in each of us, each breath of life is eternally called to Him, arms outstretched. Yet, out here in the world, broken, falling, suffering, wading through all the left-overs of it’s OK God, we got this, we get to be a light. We get to be a little twinkling star that gently, with Love, with plates of cookies, cups of coffee, a crucifix hung prominently in our homes, a statue of Mary or the Holy Family in our front yards, I hug for a heart that is suffering, a pair of gloves to a shelter, a four year old reciting the rosary with me until she drifts off to sleep (oh, it was beyond heart warming), a reminder to the teens in our homes why modesty and purity of heart is God’s plan, any opportunity we can see and take to wash the feet of the others we encounter. Kinda sounds like Pope Francis is onto something with this Extraordinary Year of Mercy, now doesn’t it. Just as we run here to be encouraged, grow, and LOVE one another, others will run to our light if we just acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

            One last little (I promise) thought on discipline. I was listening to our catholic radio station here in town a couple of days ago, and Jeff Cavins was on. He was talking about suffering in our lives, and this little line caught my attention. God is Our Father, and with that comes discipline, (my insert-safety, predictability, a great desire for our growth and good) we need to stop treating God as our Grandfather, just wanting to be spoiled (given OUR desires).

            So, as you can tell, my habits include not posting often, yet allowing you to either 1)run away in horror at the length of my posts or 2)grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and sit a spell every now and again. Thanks for hanging in there with my little thoughts.

            May Our Lord’s Blessings be upon each of you today, and may the grace that you each need the most flow freely to you as God’s great goodness and LOVE covers us all together in this FAMILY. Mamma Mary hold us close. Thank you for your constant example of being the genius of woman and Mother for us all.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Marvelous meditation, Little, absolutely marvelous. Deep insight here.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. The deception is birth control liberates woman. The reality is it allows men to use woman more because, with it, men do not have to be responsible. They can use woman more like they are sex commodities. It may stop pregnacy, but now there are a whole lot more betrayed and wounded woman as a result. Us men will have to give account for this in the end for failing to protect woman in this area. Lord have mercy on us all!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Pope Paul VI predicted with deadly accuracy what the contraceptive culture would become in his controversial encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.” It is the single most prophetic document of my lifetime. Of course, he was scorned for it – and it is almost entirely ignored now that every particular has been proved dead on.

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          • prayingflower says:

            Amen, Littleness! and Wow. Living fully in the Trinity, the first family, is going to be heaven.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            That was thoughtful and beautiful. I read every word with great interest, while sipping on water, (I’m not a coffee or wine drinker.) 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Littleness. Amen and Alleluia! You have struck a chord of many tones related to the sly, perverting agendas of evil striving to destroy the marriage covenant from every possible vantage. In a great mystery beyond my ability to articulate well, I know the marriage covenant is rooted in the Essence of the Trinity as the Primacy of Covenant is Theirs. Too awesome for me the knowledge that the LOVE of the Father and the Son brought forth the Third Person of the Trinity yet Each One IS from all Eternity. Unfathomable.

            Yes, the Mystical Body is deeply impacted! I posit: to damage the marriage convenant, in any way, is an all out attack on the Holy Trinity. It is also an attack on the Covenant which Abba initiated with His people. (Oh! What a list of distortions we could make of those many ways damage has been inflicted on the marital covenant in our times, gender confusion being but one with contraception, abortion and too many others.)

            Abba, LOVE, loved us first, before we could even begin to return His Love when He invited us into a Sacred Covenant with Him. Love is the measure of our judgement. Really learning how to love is the work of purgatory. LOVE is the essence of the Beatific Vision. The attacks on gender identity are, indeed, attacks on LOVE Himself.

            Please jump in YD, Charlie, anyone with words to expound!

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          • Ellen Lopez says:

            very very beautiful exposition of the connection of marriage to the Trinity

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Beckita. A covenant cannot be broken. So when God establishes a covenant, God will honor it even when we don’t. This is immutable and is about God’s love and faithfulness to us. Marriage is a micro reflection of God’s covenant with us. A true marriage covenant cannot be broken. It is not like a contract. There is an indelible mark on our soul. This is why marriage should never be entered into lightly. It is as serious and sacred as the priesthood. Marriage was designed this way for us to reflect God’s love to the next generation. This elevates the family to a very important distinction.

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          • canada1nw says:

            We know that our gift of sexuality, the family and the priesthood have been attacked. greatly. They are the primary area where the sacrifice asked of us, is offered. Gender identity is another tentacle of the octopus which satan has used against human sexuality.

            I am the mother of nine adult children, ages 21 to 43, seven sons and two daughters. I talked a lot to God about the sacrifice of having children. I didn’t have one priest in our diocese who upheld Humanae Vitae vocally or even privately to me. I prayed and cried after the fourth , who was eleven pounds but with great Grace went on to have five more. I was a maternity nurse back then, so i knew the size of families in our area…only one other RC family in our city had large family 30 to 40 years ago. Now there are several large families, mostly homeschooling families.

            I wrote this years ago, (and more). I don’t know if it will make any sense to anyone but here it is:

            THE PERPETUAL SACRIFICE(, will be abolished).
            I truly believe that artificial contraception has been one of satan’s tactics which has deceived the elect. It has been the cause of the perpetual sacrifice asked of women, in particular, to be decreased.

            The word sacrifice seems to be disappearing from our hearts and our vocabulary. The priest’s prime action is to offer sacrifice. Since we are priestly people, our prime action should be to offer sacrifice. St Paul tells us we should ” offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” Romans 12 vr 1. The prophet Daniel says that there will come a time that the perpetual sacrifice will be abolished. I believe, since we are both body and spirit, that this spiritual sacrifice, the Mass, which will be interrupted for a time, will affect the sacrifice of the body -that our bodies will no longer perpetually offer the sacrifice asked of us. This sacrifice of the unordained priesthood was given to us in the Garden of Eden- that is in working and especially in having children.

            Artificial birth control has been the main cause of the interruption of the sacrifice asked of woman. It has influenced the perpetual sacrifice of the Mass in that many priests were never conceived, decreasing the number of Masses which would be said daily if these men were given life.

            The sacrifice of the priest and the sacrifice of having children can be compared;

            -both are living sacrifices, eternal covenants, called to be offered perpetually for the glory of God and the remission of sins, through suffering.

            -both are a blood and water sacrifice

            -both have two natures, human and immortal

            It takes three to offer the Holy sacrifice of the Mass- the priest, as the person of Christ, yet retaining his own human identity (2 as 1), through the power of the Holy Spirit (3 as 1) offered to the Father.

            It takes three to offer the sacrifice of having children, man and woman in one flesh (2 as 1) through the power of the Holy Spirit-the Lord the Giver of Life, (3 as 1).

            The words spoken by Jesus through the priest at the Consecration:”This is my body given up for you”, can be said by most women who bear children- at least for the nine months of gestation.

            Abortion is the greatest triumph of satan- this creature is being given the sacrifice which should be offered to God – this is an abomination-a blood and water sacrifice of a human with the spirit of God living in it, is being destroyed on the altars of choice.

            Jeremiah 32:35
            35 They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

            Today we offer up our sons and daughters to Choice-satan’s choice, when these children are aborted. How many are offering their children up to God in this generation? Who accepts children in God’s Name, or do we accept children in our own name, for our own fulfillment?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Canada, that was very insightful and well written. Thank you for sharing it.

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          • Ellen Lopez says:

            VERY powerful, instructive, true correlation of the sacrifice of the mass and of having children. So beautifully done, in words and in your life. Thank you for your sacrifice.

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      • victura98 says:

        This article by Fr. Dwight Longenecker was very enlightening to me, regarding transgenderism, androgeny, and demonic activity. There is no doubt that what God created clear and distinct, the evil one strives to confuse. Singingflowers, and others, may find this helpful.
        http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2015/07/the-devil-detroit-and-caitlyn-jenner.html

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        • Snowflakesdancing says:

          Thank you, Victura98. I love Father Dwight Longenecker! I was reading some of his pieces yesterday but did not see this one, it is very good..enlightening and that image is really creepy evil! I will pray for those poor souls..oh Lord have Mercy on them!

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  18. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    Great choice of articles. It really does summarize how our Mother has been with us since our Lord gave her to us from his Life-Giving Cross. She is the All Holy, Ever Virgin, Mother of God (Panagia, Aeiparthenos, Theotokos) but in more intimate terms she is my mother, she is your mother, she is the Mother of all who call on the name of the Lord. Over the door of the Basilica in Mexico City it says, “No estoy aqui que soy tu madre?” (Am I not here who am your mother?). That touched me deeply when I looked up and read that in Spanish years ago.

    As a mother she unites her children in Europe and those in the Americas, East and West and even extends her hand to those outside of the flock like Muslims as she leads many to Her divine Son. She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Mediatrix of all Graces. Outside of the Eucharist, our Lady is perhaps the greatest gift of our Lord to us. I am just somewhat sad that I did not know her until I was 26. I am excited about the Christian unity to come that you speak of and the conversion of most Mulsims and the Rescue through our Lady in late 2017.

    I’m sure that it will bring great joy to our Lord to show all how much her honors his mother and her God given role in these times.

    Keep up the good work Charlie

    In IC XC
    Robert

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    • Ellen Lopez says:

      Robert, you never fail to inspire and enlighten me. Thank you and God bless! Ellen

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        Thanks Ellen. I am inspired by Charlie with his “common sense” mysticism (very refreshing) and YD’s theological gifts but I am also inspired by the many other priests, religious, and so many faithful on this site who love God deeply and don’t squabble with one another seeking the important seats at the table. I for one am just glad to be at the table.

        I woke up this morning with joy in my heart meditating on our Lady as Mediatrix, “The Woman with the Redeemer” as JP2 referred to her. The Greek Fathers often referred to Mary as the “Neck” in that Christ is the Head of the Church and we are his body and Mary is the neck. All graces flow from the head to the body through neck. A good mother knows how to distribute the graces flowing from her Son’s heart to her children so much in need.

        The Greek Fathers also say that Mary’s giving birth to Jesus did not stain her virginity, rather it purified it. In Spanish “dar la luz” means to give birth but it literally means to give light. How fitting that the Woman who gave birth to the Incarnate Son of God now distributes the Light flowing from that same Son to us as rays flowing from her hands as she appeared in Rue de Bac.

        “No estoy aquí que soy tu madre”? Yes my Lady, you are my mother. You are the mother of us all . . . and I love you.

        Robert

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  19. This was an amazing article and the comments are as enlightning . Deo Gratias.

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  20. Julie Baker says:

    Charlie I have some doubts of your message. Why do you say that All Christian religions are equal and the Catholic faith will regain something it lost when all come to “The pot luck”? My understanding is that the Protestants spilt from The True and fullness of faith, Catholic Church-which has never lost anything-as Christ created his Church to stand to the end of time. I am unsure of your statements regarding the Storm, because we are asked by Our Blessed Mother to pray constantly for help and strength-yet you do not mention this as one of the ways to be prepared. I appreciate your sincerity and efforts to inform us, but have doubts of whether it is a heavenly angel our the satan fooling you and us. Sincerely J.B

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    • charliej373 says:

      Julie, I have to think you have not read me much, for your premises simply do not hold up. I do NOT and NEVER have said all Christian religions are equal. I have said, always that the fullness of truth resides in the Deposit of Faith given in trust to the Catholic Church. What I havfe said is that we are to treat all sincere Christians and Jews as full and equal partners in the work before us and that God, Himself, will take care of the unity. Of course, Jesus, Himself, scandalized traditional Jews who accused Him of treating those filthy Samaritans, Pagans and other Gentiles as if they were equal to Jews.

      You clearly could not have read me much, though you must have read a lot from my malicious and determined attackers when you say I do not encourage people to ask Our Lady to give us strength and help. Asking for the help of Our Lady is one of my most persistent running themes here. Your charge is completely and utterly contrary to what I actually say. It is ironic that you should make this comment on a piece I published emphasizing the dignity and importance of Our Lady.

      I suspect you are sincere, so I encourage you to read what I actually say, rather than what others say about me. I have not hidden anything: it is all here on this site and in the videos. Most of my critics depend on people not actually reading what I say, but only their criticism of me. I actually have many friends here who originally came because of nasty things they had heard about me, then read what I actually say instead of the distortions they had read, and became friends. During my tour of visits last summer, in the majority of presentations, I would have a few people come up to me afterwards and apologize, telling me they came to show me up for the fraud they was sure I was based on what they had heard – and that I was not at all what they had been led to expect.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, on reflection, I hope my first reply did not come across as needlessly argumentative. I sense your questions are completely sincere, but based on a fractured understanding of my message. I was especially befuddled about the comment on Our Lady since I constantly insist on reliance on her intercession as one of the two most important means of enduring the Storm. I go through hundreds of comments a day now and sometimes get a little rushed. Do not think I question your sincerity – only your actual familiarity with my message.

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      • Re: the restoration of some charisms we may have lost. I can think of a few really good example of that. Look at what people like Scott Hahn, Marcus GRODI, Jeff CAVINS,( have to capitalize to outwit auto spell) have brought to our church. Their charisms of excellent preaching, teaching, and scripture scholarship have set thousands of souls on fire, brought many converts into the Church and brought many fallen-away Catholics back. Fantastic preaching is one of the gifts that have gotten a little rusty over the centuries, IMHO.

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  21. Katherine says:

    Wonderful article! It has always pleased God to use the humblest to shake the mighty from their heights. I think it’s cool that it is a pregnant Woman who will save us. The image of a woman at her most vulnerable time. . . I bet it bugs the satan that he’s being trounced by a pregnant lady. Just musing. and laughing.

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  22. Donette says:

    Charlie, Some Catholic school children are acknowledging God, taking the next right step and giving support to others. Please watch.

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  23. Beckita, just wanted to let you know that I will keep your daughter and son-in-law in my prayers.

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  24. janetjoyvic says:

    Our Lady of Tepayac pray for us and help us defeat the the human sacrifice that is abortion is Jesus’ name.

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  25. Doug says:

    Nice article Charlie. Thanks!

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  26. Monique Janke says:

    It is so encouraging to read these posts! It is no wonder that the most insightful, uplifting thoughts elicited in this discussion are about Our Lady…her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

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  27. ann says:

    Canada, I couldn’t find a reply link for your wonderful comment above so I comment here. I commend your incredible insight into what abortion really is, what motherhood is, what sacrifice is in the giving of life and how it ties in so masterfully with God’s covenant with us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the priesthood. Just an amazing inspired powerful meditation. I intuited this a bit myself but never could pull all the threads together but you have done it. thank you for sharing what God clearly has revealed to you.

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    • anne ovari says:

      Dear Canada I just read your powerful and beautiful meditation up above (I’m always behind with the comments😀).I hope you don’t mind but I am going to share it with my 2 eldest daughters who are married and very open to having babies. I know it will give them the encoragement they need in their sacrifice of motherhood as they need as much as they can get in this anti baby/family society we live in. Thank you for sharing and taking that next right step to be a sign of hope to others. God bless

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  28. Charlie, it seems to me that this song should be the theme song of your site and mission:

    Just my humble opinion! Pray for us priests! God bless you and your mission! Be assured of prayers!

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  29. Laurence D says:

    I have heard Guadalupe “experts” say that her face is obviously Aztecan. Other people assume it is Jewish. And you could look for a little Arab too. I mostly thought she meant to look like herself. The New Eve should look like us all, don’t you think? So it is right for any of us to see ourselves in her. Then as Charlie has brought China into view, I thought, “What if a Chinese soldier barged into my house and saw my 26″ by 42″ print of her image gazing at his feet, what would he see in her?” So I looked, and sure enough, even I can see some Chinese in her. And don’t anthropologists or whoever say that the new world got populated from China/Siberia or such? What goes around comes around, full circle.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Interesting contemplation, Laurence!

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    • Laurence D says:

      One more thing with her image. (I’m like a dog with a bone.) I have made only one pilgrimage in my life. That was in 2000. It was to be with Our Lady in her image at Tepayac. While there I had a dream that something would “soon” be coming out from her (or out from her image!). Lately now I’ve noticed that this Woman must be the Mother of all magicians. I mean, she always has something up her sleeve, is always hiding something so as to reveal it at just the right time. Just look at her self-portrait. In her cloak and crown of stars (like a wizard) she even hides the sun behind her; her double white sleeves hide a fruitfulness-bow (those sleeves may be the brightest part of the picture); plus, her mantle itself makes a big sleeve. What all is she hiding? Yes, there was a Son in the sleeve of her womb, but maybe the encore of that show is us, the people of the kingdom! As she told little Juan (named for the one given her under the cross), “Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?” On with the show, merciful Mother of conversion!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, I don’t know that I like the metaphor comparing it to magic, which is actually a mere imitation of the divine – but I get the point you are seeking to illustrate – and I like that a lot.

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  30. janet333 says:

    A new film explains how Our Lady of Guadalupe converted millions to Christianity.

    http://www.romereports.com/2015/12/12/new-film-explains-how-our-lady-of-guadalupe-converted-millions-to-christianity

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