For the Conversion of Muslims

By Dan Lynch

Terrorist attacks by militant jihadist Muslims are becoming so frequent that we soon forget them. I use the term “militant jihadist Muslims” because peaceful Muslims profess that jihad is not a violent external struggle, but an interior spiritual struggle. Therefore, I use the word “militant jihadist Muslims” to distinguish the violent terrorists from the peaceful Muslims who do not engage in violent terrorism.

Militant jihadist Muslims include whatever groups they may call themselves such as Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boca Horam, etc. Regardless of the name that they call themselves, they are those Muslims who through violent terrorism seek their ultimate goal of world domination and control with an Islamic state (Caliphate) under Muslim Sharia Law. They are driven by their belief that they are following the example of Mohammed and pleasing Allah by pursuing their goal of global union of mosque and state under their law.

On November 17, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, characterized the so-called Islamic State as a “satanic terrorist organization.” The Cardinal addressed an ecumenical conference and referred to the bloody victims of these militant jihadist Muslims as sharing in an “ecumenism of blood.” He said that the lives of Christians are threatened in 25 nations and that it is an “odd phenomenon” that the media ignore this truth.

The most recent attacks of militant jihadist Muslims seem to obliterate our memory of the past attacks. Can you remember them?

Thousands of Victims, Hundreds of Attacks, and 32 Years Later

There were attacks on United States embassies and consulates in foreign countries; the  CIA headquarters; the USS Cole; the first World Trade Center bombing; the second annihilation attack on the World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon; the Boston Marathon Massacre; Fort Hood, Chattanooga and, most recently, San Bernardino.  Moreover, there were foreign attacks in Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Madrid, London and Paris and on the parliaments of Canada and India. They have attacked on four continents and claim territory across the Middle East and Africa.

There were attacks in airports, airplanes, military bases, hotels, churches, synagogues, schools, movie theaters, restaurants, trains, buses, automobiles, malls, offices, markets, neighborhoods and oilfields.

Thousands of innocent noncombatant civilians have been killed by militant jihadist Muslim terrorists in hundreds of attacks over the last 32 years. That’s too many victims, too many attacks and too many years! We need terrorism control and not more gun-control.

In case you can’t remember some of these attacks, our country now reminds us of them in Washington DC in what they call a “Newseum.” It contains exhibits of our nation’s recent history, including militant jihadist Muslim terrorist attacks.

On May 2, 2010, the day after a thwarted terrorist attack in Times Square, New York, I was there and spoke to a young mother witness who had watched the apprehension of the terrorists’ SUV on the day before. She told me how frightened that she had been and how thankful that she was being saved from harm.

Today, you can see the actual SUV that was used in the thwarted attack in the “Newseum.” You can also see the propane tanks that they planned to use as explosives. There are also exhibits of actual letters and notes written by the militant jihadist Muslims who were behind both of the World Trade Center attacks; relics of those attacks; and displays regarding the Boston Marathon massacre and the planned attack on Fort Dix.


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Militant Jihadist Muslims


Today’s media reports of militant jihadist Muslims terrorizing, raping, killing, beheading and crucifying their victims and burning their homes are showing us how they are located throughout the world. They are not armies of any state. They don’t have any national boundaries. They can strike violently anytime and anywhere. They want to terrorize and destroy in order to create chaos and to achieve their ultimate victory of world domination and the implementation of global Muslim Sharia law.


Jihadists Want You! 

However, the one true God knows who they are and where they are. He can protect us from them, disable their violent terrorism and convert them through the power of prayer and fasting.  I agree with Islamic scholar Father Zakaria Botros  who wrote:

As a human being, I have a deep concern for the impact of this aggressive doctrine that encourages the murder of the Jews and the Christian. The West cannot comprehend that Islam urges people to fight, kill non-Muslims and consequently be rewarded in paradise. Therefore, I have intellectually and respectfully studied, questioned and preached on the impact of the aggressive ideologies of Islam.

“My ministry has been motivated by a sincere love for all Muslims and a desire to stimulate spiritual, academic and calm discussions. I aim to help Muslims to discover for themselves the truth of their faith, to make informed decisions and to question their unexamined assumptions. ”


The Chastisement of Militant Jihadist Muslims


Is it not clear what is taking place? Violence and godlessness increase daily. Hatred and a complete disrespect for life grows wantonly. There is no sense of sin or of the Divine throughout the earth! Militant jihadists Muslims have been unleashed upon the world as a chastisement due to the great sinfulness of mankind.

Basically, when we are good, God restrains evil like a wolf on a leash. When we are bad, he unleashes it to punish us and bring us back to goodness and Himself.

He has allowed the jihadists to run amok as a chastisement upon the world for its sinfulness.

God has always used enemy armies to chastise His people. He used the Assyrians against the Jews of the Northern Kingdom, which resulted in its destruction; the Babylonians against the Jews of Judah, resulting in the destruction of the temple and the Babylonian captivity; the Romans against the Jews resulting in the second destruction of the Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world; militant Muslims against Christians resulting in the conquest of their homelands and the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the Middle Ages. It continues today. Pope Francis has referred to the depredations as a “Third World War.”

Barbarians attacked the early Christians everywhere, without warning, terrorizing all who never knew where or when they would strike next. Later the Vikings did the same. Neither the barbarians nor the Vikings could be defeated. They could only be converted, and they were. This applies to the militant jihadist Muslims today. We cannot dialogue with them, they strike everywhere without warning, terrorizing all who never know where or when they will strike next. They can only be converted or totally disabled. We should pray through Our Lady of Guadalupe that they be brought to conversion to the knowledge of the one true merciful God who loves them.

We must remember in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that God is infinitely merciful and accepts a smaller amount than His justice requires. This is the pre-eminence of His Divine Mercy. It is His greatest Divine attribute.  However, chaos shall reign and more blood will be shed around the globe so long as the acknowledgement of His Sovereign Kingship, His Divine rights is denied.


Militant Muslims Wars against Western Civilization

Militant Muslims have been at war against Western civilization for the last 1300 years. They advanced from their beginning in the early seventh century and conquered North Africa, Sicily, Spain, Portugal and parts of France.  In 718, the militant Muslims conquered Spain. Fleeing Spaniards buried for safekeeping a statue of Our Lady reportedly carved by St. Luke. It was a gift from Pope St. Gregory the Great to St. Leander, Bishop of Seville. They buried the statue in the province of Estremadura, in the northern part of Spain.  In 1326, a humble cowherd named Gil Cordero reported that Our Lady had appeared to him and asked him to unearth the statue that had been buried for approximately 600 years. He did so and found it perfectly preserved. It was located near a river that the Muslims had named “Guadalupe”, an Arabic word meaning “Wolf River.” Soon thereafter, the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was constructed there to house the statue. Both Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes made pilgrimages to this shrine before they left Spain for the New World.

In 1453, Mohammed II assaulted Constantinople and the Byzantine capital in the East fell.  In 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella completed the Reconquest of Spain with the Muslim surrender of Granada. Then began the Age of Discovery with the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the West Indies in 1492 and Hernan Cortes to Mexico in 1519. After Cortes’ conquest of Mexico in 1521, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531 and left her miraculous image on his tilma (cloak).  By 1571, the Muslims ruled the Mediterranean Sea from the Strait of Bosporus to the Strait of Gibraltar and constantly preyed on Christian vessels. They were on the verge of defeating all of Christendom. Pope Pius V called Christendom to pray the Rosary and to form an alliance to defeat the invading Muslims.

The Christian and Muslim fleets met on October 7, 1571, at Lepanto, off the coast of Greece. Before moving to the attack, the 65,000 Christian sailors received Holy Communion and continually prayed the Rosary.  The first Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was present in the Christian fleet’s flagship under the command of Admiral Andrea Doria. The Archbishop of Mexico

City had sent the image to King Philip II of Spain 40 years after Our Lady left her miraculous image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma.  The King directed the placement of the image in the Admiral’s cabin. In the midst of the battle, the Admiral reportedly knelt before the image and begged Mary’s help. This was the largest naval engagement in the world since the Battle of Actium in 30 B.C. The wind, which had been in the favor of the Muslims, suddenly and mysteriously changed to the advantage of the Christian fleet.

Through the prayers of the Rosary, the Christians won the battle and freed over 10,000 Christian galley slaves from the Muslim ships. The Muslim fleet and its threat to Christendom were defeated.

The Venetian Senate wrote to the other States which had taken part in the battle, “It was not generals nor battalions nor arms that brought us victory, but it was Our Lady of the Rosary.” October 7, the date of the Battle of Lepanto, is now the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.


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The Battle of Lepanto



In 1683, 200,000 militant Muslims invaded Europe and were defeated at the gates of Vienna in a battle that began on September 11 and ended on September 12. They did not forget this defeat for 318 years, when Osama bin Laden retaliated on September 11, 2001 with his attack on America.  On November 1, 1922, after its defeat in World War I, Ottoman Turkey, the last Muslim Caliphate, was dissolved. Since then, there has been no Caliphate. A Caliphate is an Islamic state. It is led by a Caliph, who is a political and religious leader with absolute power and authority. One of the goals of militant jihadist Muslims is to re-establish the Caliphate. That is why some militant jihadist Muslims give themselves the name of a state, such as the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

Militant Muslims Wars against the United States 

In the late 18th century, Americans pushed for direct governmental action to stop militant Muslims’ piracy against American ships in the Mediterranean Sea.  In March 1786, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, our future presidents, negotiated with Tripoli’s Ambassador regarding their piracy against American vessels. They reported:

We [Adams & Jefferson] took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.   The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their prophet [Mohammed]; that it was written in their Koran; that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners; that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Mussulman [Muslim] who was slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise. (Letter from the Commissioners [Adams and Jefferson] to John Jay, March 28, 1786).

We defeated these militant Muslims, as the United States Marines sing, in the Battle Hymn of the Republic, on “the shores of Tripoli.”  Over 200 years later, on February 23, 1998, Osama bin Laden used words similar to those of the Tripoli Ambassador and Issued a Declaration of War against the United States. He instructed Muslims everywhere to kill Americans, including innocent civilian non-combatants.  He wrote:

The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it…. [E]very Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.


Know Your Enemy 

Terrorism is an effect from human enemies. Our war is not against terrorism, it is against militant jihadist Muslims. Their goal is to rule the world under Muslim Sharia law, which violates most universally recognized human rights. This enemy will not dialogue, negotiate nor surrender unless and until they are converted to the worship of the one true God and live according to His law as He revealed it to us in the Ten Commandments, or they are totally disabled. Otherwise, they will continue to come at us to kill and terrorize us, as they have declared, and we must stop them! They must be totally disabled from waging war and terrorism wherever and whenever they present a clear and present danger to the safety of American people.

Climate change is not the greatest threat of our time, as President Obama has unfortunately said, it is militant jihadist Muslim terrorism. And the means to end it are not, as President Obama said, gun-control. Reasonable gun control is necessary, but not enough and won’t stop them. We need terrorism control!

Militant jihadist Muslims will not be deterred by more United States gun-control laws. They can easily obtain guns throughout the world. Moreover, they can use all kinds of weapons such as bazookas, mortars, improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades, bombs, explosive suicide vehicles and explosive suicide airplanes, knives, hatchets etc.

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis said, “May the attention of the international community be unanimously directed to ending the atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa, which reap numerous victims, cause immense suffering and do not even spare the historical and cultural patrimony of entire peoples.”

He condemned recent “brutal acts of terrorism,” including the November 13 attacks by militant jihadist Muslims that killed 130 people in Paris, and the downing of a Russian plane over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula that killed 224 people on October 31.


Know Your Weapons 

Our weapons are to employ the strategy and tactics of our military and intelligence forces, the best in the entire world, and our spiritual weapons of prayer, fasting and self-sacrifice. We know that we are not merely fighting evil human beings, but rather evil spirits. As St. Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the

evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.” (Ephesians 6:12-13). St. John Paul II said that prayer and fasting are our most powerful weapons in the fight against evil.  The militant jihadist Muslim terrorists are not robots who are mysteriously “radicalized”, as if this lessens their personal responsibility. They know what they are doing and they freely choose barbaric violence to terrorize us. We need to show them that they have made evil choices for which they are personally responsible and that they will suffer the consequences.  Let us pray that our military and intelligence forces will plan strategy and tactics to protect and defend us against militant jihadist terrorists so that we will feel safe and be safe and be hopeful and confident in our leaders. Let us pray that President Obama and our Congress will follow the advice of our military and intelligence forces, supported by our prayers and encouragement. Let us also pray and fast for the conversions of the militant jihadist Muslims.


Pray for Your Enemies 

Father Dankha Issa is a Chaldean monk in Alqosh. Last summer, hundreds of Christian refugees found refuge in the city after their villages were seized by militant jihadist Muslims.

He said, “We are very thankful to Our Holy Father that he has proclaimed a Holy Year of Mercy. It is a time of grace for us.”

He himself was forced to flee Mosul in June of 2014 after it fell to ISIS, or Daesh, as the militant jihadist Muslims are known in Arabic. Father Issa continued, “This Jubilee gives us new hope. Let us hope that this year will extinguish the fires of hate and bring peace.”

“In this year our attention is particularly drawn to how merciful God is with us sinners. God forgives us. But, this also means that we have to forgive each other. Even the people of Daesh, who have done so many evil things to us. After all, as a Christian you also have to love your enemies. This is almost humanly impossible. But, it is easier through faith. God is capable of everything.”

“Of course we hope that God will open and soften the hearts of the people of Daesh so that they cease their murderous doings. Let us pray that he will dispel the hate and violence in their hearts and let love take hold.”


Pray for the Conversions of Muslims


In his Christmas message, Pope Francis said, with reference to the atrocities of militant jihadist Muslims, “Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst. The grace of God can convert hearts and offer mankind a way out of humanly insoluble situations.”

In the 16th century, conquering Ottoman Muslims forced the Balkan’s population to convert to Islam. Today, in Kosovo, a growing number of Muslims, especially young people, are discovering their Christian roots and are being baptized. The Church expects these young people to spread their faith in their personal networks and within their families. One man said that “before the Ottomans Islamicized the region of today’s Balkans, we were Christians.”


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Baptism of a Muslim



Father Marjan Uka is a Kosovo priest charged with looking after the newly baptized. A recently baptized man told him, “Compared to Islam, Christianity has a depth that is filled with God’s light.”

Muslim Pilgrims Come to Mary’s House, Hope for Peace for All Humanity

I made a pilgrimage to Ephesus in Turkey in the first year of the third millennium. It was in September, 2001, just after the September 11 terrorist attacks on America by militant jihadist Muslims. I flew to Muslim Turkey on an almost empty airplane. Everyone was afraid to fly for fear of more airplanes being hijacked.

I went there to pray for reconciliation and peace with Muslims at Mary’s House. Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI all made pilgrimages to Mary’s House. In the year 42, St. John the Evangelist and the Blessed Virgin Mary fled from a persecution in Jerusalem and came to Ephesus where he built a house for her. The remains of this house still exist. It is called Mary’s House and many Muslims and Christians come there to pray together.

Each year millions of Muslims come on pilgrimage to Marian shrines throughout the world such as Fatima in Portugal and Harissa in Lebanon, but also to Egypt, Syria and Iran. Many of them come to Mary’s House. They have a great devotion to Mary who is mentioned several times in the Koran. Chapter 3 verse 40 says, “Mary, God gives the good tidings of a word from him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, high honored shall she be in this world and the next, near stationed to God.”

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Lynch visits the Reputed House of Our Lady


Pope Pius XII said, “The holy House should be a Marian center which is unique throughout the world, a place where Christians and Muslims of all rites and denominations and of all nationalities can meet each other to venerate the Mother of Jesus, and make true the prophecy, ‘All Generations will call me blessed’.” (L’Osservatore Romano, April 24, 1954).             Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass there on November 29, 2006 on the open air altar before a large crowd of pilgrims, just five years after the 9/11 Attack on America. In his Papal Homily he preached peace:

Christ “came to proclaim peace” (Ephesians 2:17), not only between Jews and non-Jews, but between all nations, since all have their origin in the same God, the one Creator and Lord of the universe. Strengthened by God’s word, from here in Ephesus, a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy – who we know is loved and venerated also by Muslims – let us lift up to the Lord a special prayer for peace between peoples. From this edge of the Anatolian peninsula, a natural bridge between continents, let us implore peace and reconciliation, above all for those dwelling in the Land called “Holy” and considered as such by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike: it is the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, destined to be the home of a people that would become a blessing for all the nations (see Genesis 12:1-3). Peace for all of humanity! May Isaiah’s prophecy soon be fulfilled: “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4). We all need this universal peace; and the Church is called to be not only the prophetic herald, but even more, the “sign and instrument” of this peace.

A New Spiritual Rosary Crusade for Peace

In December 2014, Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament.   He asked Jesus how to stop the militant jihadist Muslims in his diocese who called themselves Boko Haram. Suddenly, Jesus appeared to the Bishop with a sword in his hand. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus’ hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, “Boko Haram is gone.”

The Bishop recalls, “I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.” Clearly, Jesus hopes that we take up the weapon of the Rosary as a sword to totally disable and convert militant jihadist Muslims.

Bishop Doeme said that he has seen the size of his diocese cut in half, since Boko Haram began terrorizing them in 2009. Most of them had to flee for safer grounds.  “Boko Haram is evil, demonic, and can only be removed through prayer,” Bishop Dashe says. Citing Jesus’ words in the apparition, he insists that no matter how long it takes, with faith in the Most Holy Rosary, “Boko Haram is gone.”

Father Jacques Mourad, the Syrian priest kidnapped by ISIS who later escaped said, “The jihadists frequently insulted us, but what was most difficult is when they tried to intimidate us, saying, ‘Either you convert to Islam or we cut off your head.’ ”

During his long months of imprisonment, Father Jacques found comfort in reciting the Rosary and in the prayers of abandonment composed by Father Charles de Foucauld, who was murdered by a Muslim after devoting his life to Christian-Islamic dialogue.

Let us follow the good examples of Bishop Doeme and Father Mourad and implore God’s mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy by praying the Rosary to deliver us from evil militant jihadist Muslims and, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to bring the peace for all humanity for which Pope Benedict XVI prayed.  Please click here to join A New Spiritual Rosary Crusade for Peace.



lynch profileDan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world. You may learn more about Dan here.

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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164 Responses to For the Conversion of Muslims

  1. YongDuk says:

    May it be as God wills


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  2. johnmcfarm says:

    There are many more Muslims converting to Christianity than we probably realize. Because of the harsh laws, converting to Christianity in many Muslim countries has a death penalty so the numbers are difficult to determine, but there are many thousands by all accounts from Evangelists doing missionary work there. A common theme is that individual Muslims are actually receiving visitations from Jesus in their dreams. In fact, one Protestant missionary joked ironically that Jesus has been visiting them more than us Christians it seems.

    I appreciate very much the importance of trying to convert the “militant jihadist Muslims” but perhaps am a bit calloused in thinking most will have to be killed. They have embraced evil not God, they do not worship our God…their religion is a perversion of Christianity…which I believe is one of the satan’s trademarks.

    I have been reading the Quran, yes it is evil…hidden in parts by “loving” sounding verses but the very apparent evil in other verses tells the story of Islam. They behead, burn alive, and create terror as instructed in the Quran. They rape, enslave and leave none untouched within their reach as put forth in the Quran.

    Read for yourselves so you can understand the enemies mindset.

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    • luvadoxi says:

      This is something worth thoughtful consideration. There are bits in the Old Testament where God seems to call for the annihilation of Israel’s enemies. I don’t know how to interpret these. So I think I’d have to see what peaceful Muslim scholars have to say about the Koran’s violent parts to get a full picture.


      • Doug says:

        Luvadoxi, in the Old Testament, it was for a time and purpose that was always temporary and most often in defence. With Islam, it is a timeless systematic elimination of ALL until it is world domination or subjugation. It is not out of defence. It is genocide or slavery for those who do not convert. In Christainity, martyrs are killed for what they believe. In Islam, there is no such thing. An Islamic martyr is one who kills to die. It has an entirely different meaning. Christian martyrdom is saintly while Islamic martyrdom is quite contrary to being saintly. God bless you!

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      • Doug says:

        Also, I would not trust peaceful Muslim scholars as there is a form of Jihad that will lead you to believe it is a peaceful religion at its core. This is entirely false. Dan has alluded to many examples through history to illustrate it is a never ending conquest to dominate. I suggest better to see for yourself. Read a chronological Quaran, Sira and Hadith which are the 3 books that show Islam. A good Web site to get these is:

        God bless you!

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        • Nance says:

          Jeff Cavins in a video on James (3rd session) had an insight into the Muslim religion that struck a chord with me. The Muslims claim to be descendants from Ismael, the son of a slave. He saw Abraham as “Master”, so Muslims have a Master/slave relationship with God. The Jews, hence the Christians, claim descendancy from Isaac, the son of the wife. So we have a Father/son relationship with God.

          Whole different ballgame.

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  3. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Thank you for this, Brother Dan. I, too, pray earnestly for the conversion of Muslims as well. I have also read their Koran, Hadiths, and Sura. Not pleasant reading in the main.

    So it is part of my job, as husband, father, and community member to be aware of my surroundings. Part of this awareness is the self-protection and preservation of both myself and my family’s life. Just like the door on my local LEO patrol car announces: “TO PROTECT and TO SERVE.” This is part of my job entrusted to me by God.

    He, through His teachings, Holy Mother Church and Tradition has outlined this in our Catechism (2264:)

    Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life.

    As another Catholic has succinctly said:
    “In other words, loving one’s neighbor means nothing if you don’t first love yourself in a rightly ordered way. After all, Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The instinct of self-preservation is based on the fact that life is a good given to us by God. We have an intrinsic and fundamental right to live. Therefore, we also have a right to defend ourselves.”

    I will, of course, pray for the conversion of Muslims; I will also concordantly and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend myself and the lives of family members, friends, and community with all legitimate means available to me. Thanks for putting this all in focus for us, Dan.

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  4. Joseph J says:

    I had a friend growing up whose father was a fundamentalist Muslim of some sort. My friend told us how his father believed in an apocalyptic scenario in which Muslims would fight a global war against non-Muslims. At first the Muslims would be losing but then they would receive an influx of weapons and would succeed in conquering the world. My friend ended up becoming a drug dealer and going to prison. I met him several years ago after he had come out of prison and was seeking to change his life for the better. You can bet that the Islamic religion that had darkened his home was not an area of interest for him in his pursuit of self-improvement. But what alternative did he have to turn to? It will haunt me for the rest of my life that I failed to introduce him to the Gospel.

    Islam is like a pernicious weed that is always waiting to take over a field in the absence of healthy plants – i.e. Christianity. Whenever Christianity weakens and retreats, Islam begins to encroach on our traditional territory. Like any heresy and cult it has the strength of focused fanaticism, but it seems to me to lack the breadth of human passions and interests possessed by religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, and certainly of the true religion. Like the fundamentalism of Charlie’s youth, many Muslims have had bad experiences with their religion, and the life of fear and emotional poverty it brings. If they manage to break out of the prison of fear that holds them in, they need a clear and positive alternative. Western hedonism is temptation to a new kind of degradation, not something that appeals to their better nature. If my friend had been introduced to a robust and vibrant Christianity like that of the Evangelical missionaries who are making such great strides in certain parts of the globe, I am inclined to think he would have embraced it like a thirsty man.

    We have neighbors who currently practice Islam in a sort of half-hearted manner, probably because of their concern about their religion’s mixed record. Their moral beliefs and way of life feels so very Christian that we find ourselves much more at ease with them than many of our secular and even supposedly Christian friends. We connect with them in the similarly profound, instinctive way that we connect with our other orthodox Catholic friends. I think of them as a clear example of what Charlie means by, I forget his phrase, something like ‘partners in grace’.

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  5. TNRS family, this is the ONLY answer/solution. Yet, less than 3% of Catholics pray the Rosary faithfully every single day! If not us, than WHOM? The next right step is always the Rosary well prayed! Then fasting from something…these are the weapons to win!! Because these two always lead to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, where He pours out Mercy and Victory to set us all free! May God inspire all of us!

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    • EllenChris says:

      I wish more Roman Catholics said the rosary. But if not you, then who? Well, you might be surprised at how many Anglicans pray the Rosary; we even have a kind of “sodality” for it. I have given several workshops in local Episcopal parishes on how to use the rosary — well attended. We are not many compared to RCs, but we are here.🙂

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen. We know that in Our Lady’s messages fully approved by the Church, such as The Flame of Love, she has pled with us, again and again, to pray the Rosary. Here, with your excellent article, Dan, we have another Heavenly intervention pointing us to the power of the Rosary: the encounter of the Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme in a chapel with Jesus where the sword transformed to Rosary beads.

      Realizing we laity can surge forward even now and that each of you, Dan and Anthony, has worked tirelessly for this action (Thank you and Praise God!), along with the many of us who have worked locally. Still, imagine this effort moving forward under the endorsment of the national hierarchy. Have either of you thought of seeking the leadership of the USCCB to invoke a National Rosary Crusade?

      When the USCCB first announced its “Fortnight for Freedom” praying efforts to ensue, I wrote individually to several cardinals and leading bishops seeking such a National Rosary Crusade. Perhaps there were others who wrote but just a few does not grab the attention of those in leadership.

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      • jaykay says:

        Yes, Beckita, and First Friday and Saturday (it’s all about reparation, we shouldn’t forget) coming up. Yet another opportunity. And it should be permanent, of course, not just a sort of “grab” for the particular graces promised… no, guaranteed! But look at it like you would a garden, that you’ve taken care to dig out, plant and cultivate. It needs to be kept up, otherwise it’ll degenerate into weeds. And the “effort” stops becoming a “duty” and becomes a pleasure. I’m the first to admit I often have to kick myself into doing it but I believe our Mother loves our little efforts, and smiles on them, and blesses them. The two Hearts unite in blessing us.

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    • Anne says:

      You are right…….. The thought came to me…….. Therefore we need to raise up an army of rosarians …… So for this we need conversions in our own family of God first.
      Lord may you send your Holy Spirit to all ……. An illumination of hearts.

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  6. melomel says:

    Please visit my WordPress site for audio and video assistance in prayer. I have found it helpful to pray along with these. Click my Gravitar image to enter. I will put up a rosary video today that I use and like. God bless us!

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  7. Julia says:

    Dan, I have not read all your article yet, it is long. But I will surely read every word of it.

    But have you heard of Cardinal Burkes’ request that we join forces and join his Rosary to storm heaven for assistance this year. I think about 17000 people have signed up and I am one of them.

    Charlie wrote an article on his findings about the religious/political nature of islam. It was very well articulated, and I learned a great deal from it.

    We have of course got to understand that every muslim is not a jihadi john; but just trying to live life the best they can and bring up their families the same as the rest of us.

    May God direct us through these difficult times, and grant us the grace we need to trust Him in the solution to the awful mess our governments have brought about in recent years.

    One right step at a time, trusting God and learning the art of becoming a sign of hope to those around us. For we shall be judged on love at the end of the day.

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  8. Doug says:

    The inocent people killed by the Islamic Jihadests are not inocent in their eyes. If you have not accepted Islam, you are an enemy by default. That is how killing and enslaving them is justified.

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  9. Pat Murphy says:

    While “peaceful” muslims say jihad is an interior battle, the majority of them support Sharia Law. I recommend you read Glenn Beck’s book It Is About Islam .

    Thanks for your blog; once I got over losing sleep at night worrying about your prophesies, I found it to be spiritually renewing – especially today, since my birthday is October 7th, and Our Lady brought me back to the arms of the true church 20 years ago.

    God bless you and keep you safe,

    Pat Murphy Yoldi

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Welcome to posting, Pat. It is good to see you here.

      I learned about Charlie and this blog in August 2015. Since I had been following the state of things for several years and had felt burdened by the growing weight of it all, I actually felt relief and hope when I began to follow this blog. Charlie’s “little way” ~ acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope for those around you ~ is not necessarily easy, but it is simple and comforting.

      “Let God arise . . . .” Psalm 68

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      • What got me interested in this blog was Charlie’s statement that God desires the salvation of everyone. And then mulling about the TNRS sealed it.

        Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the LORD. I heard from a priest this morning that another significance of this feast is that it is about purification. May we all seek to do with love the will of God in all things, and realize them only for His greater glory!

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  10. EllenChris says:

    Yesterday my husband, Mike, ran into a friend of ours who is one of our priests and the pastor of a large parish a short way up the road from us. He said that a Muslim woman came to him to be prepared for Baptism, which she received. She is now bringing a LOT of her female Muslim friends who are engaged in preparing for their baptisms and bringing their friends. It reminded me of what Charlie has said that Islam will collapse largely through the movement of their women. Wow — it is happening in my own backyard right now!

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  11. I pray all the time but not the rosary. I really just need to memorize it.

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  12. prtx says:

    My sons and I are involved in a new Father/Son Apostate called Troops of Saint George.
    When our troop started out 3.5 years ago we selected the Rosary as our weapon of choice and thus we carry this banner around with us everywhere we go.

    It is amazing to all sit around the campfire at our camp outs where all boys and dads are praying the rosary together.

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  13. Barbara Dore says:

    Rosary is the hammer!

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  14. Sr Lorraine says:

    Yes, prayer, especially the Rosary, is so important. I often respond to questions people ask about the Catholic faith on our webpage. In the past few months there have been a few Muslims coming on to ask sincere questions, something that never happened before in the few years I have been doing it. Praise be to God!

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  15. donkeyholler says:

    Dear friends,
    I pray the Rosary in my car using a CD from (a great resource for Catholic CDs!). I “fast” from listening to music or talk radio and instead I pray the Rosary on my way to work and home. If I’m running errands or have more time in the car, then I also pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (also on the same CD from Catholicity). I’ve been doing this for about a year and my intention is always for my 3 adult children to return to the Catholic Church. I’ll add the conversion of all Muslims as an intention, as well. I have a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Garabandal and I’m so grateful for this blog and for Dan Lynch’s apostolate!

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  16. Michael says:

    I don’t disagree with anything the author states, but wHy is a post such as this regarding Muslims necessary? If we are just days or at most weeks away from a total collapse of our monetary systems, global civil wars, and 25 million dead…and if we are just 20 or so months away from the Triumph of The Immaculate Heart after which those of us who survive will live in a world akin to Mayberry, shouldn’t our time and focus be on prayer?


    • charliej373 says:

      Michael, the most neglected form of prayer is that of actively doing. God does not just call us to be supplicants, but to be participants with Him. This is not a site that teaches that we need do nothing except ask God to solve all our problems for us and sit back and wait for Him to act. We are to walk with God, to be His hands and His instruments on this earth. For some, that means constant and contemplative prayer. For most, it means pray your devotions, then get off your duff and pray BY your actions. I suppose you could say this site is very oriented to the spirituality expressed in the epistle of St. James. Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        “It’s up to God and down to us.”

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      • 1.2012 says:

        One of my favorite sayings, “Faith must have feet”. Pax et bonum to all!

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      • I’ve been a bit frustrated lately. Yesterday, I was struck down unusually hard by my back — worse pain in nearly 6 months. Couldn’t walk or sit long or even stand up without assistance (I know you, Charlie, and many others can identify). I hobbled in to church anyway, grimacing, but ended up drawing attention to myself, then I gimped back home instead of staying for Adoration. I don’t mind pain much at all – it’s spiritually very useful and it doesn’t get wasted – but to be incapacitated completely frustrates me to no end.

        Sometimes I wonder if God prefers me to just pray. It’s like he’s saying: “Heel, boy!” I already pray many hours a day, but I can’t stand being helpless as a kitten up a tree (look at me), on meds and lying in bed not doing any appreciable work. I accept it, but I don’t prefer it.

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        • To add in partial response to Michael’s above: …because I’m anticipating having a lot of physical work to do during the Storm: Helping others, getting food and medicine to them, to provide nursing care, to plant and maintain a garden, to feed the horses and chickens, to cook and clean, to walk great distances if need be, to fight if absolutely necessary, and a million other possible things. I should be conditioning myself physically, but can’t. THAT is what is frustrating me being laid up during this interim!

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          • Beckita says:

            Turning in with special prayers for you this night, Patrick.

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          • Patrick, my heart and prayers are with you. I do know what that pain is like and how debilitating it is. And though I’ve been healed, (God’s use of amazing Drs) I was diagnosed with Lupus recently, and am keeping my symptoms in check with a very strict diet and lots of rest. I have the same, exact worries as you. God, so much work to do, why, at this time, are my abilities so reduced?

            We must learn on Him. It’s the only way I manage to get done what I NEED to get done, and then, like Mother Theresa, I can’t worry about the rest. I have to trust that what I have accomplished is His will, and He will take care of the rest.

            It has been humbling. I used to be a whirlwind of productive activity. But now I have limitations. So I often ask God, Lord, how will I keep myself the healthiest I can when we’re stuck with a bag of oatmeal and I can’t eat it? (I’ll be like Charlie, eating leaves and woodland plants,😀 ) I have to constantly give it over to Him. It’s just my pride, anyway.

            And yes, during those times we pray and offer it up.

            I’ll light a candle for your intentions.

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          • Briana Elizabeth,

            Thank you for sharing. Lupus is a real bear — you mustn’t do too little, you can’t do too much, gotta get the balance just right. Well praise God that you’ve got it managed! Sounds like you’ve got some excellent healthcare providers, here and above.

            So…does this strict diet allow for squirrel? 🤓

            I thank God every day for giving me life, I thank Jesus so much for allowing me to suffer with him, and I offer my pain and frustrations to Our Blessed Mother for the intentions of her Immaculate Heart. Isn’t it remarkable how pain and discomfort changes from being bothersome into something joyful and infinitely valuable when united with Christ’s?

            I don’t wish to go on about pain because it cheapens the offering, but I want others in the NRS family who suffer. in any way to know we suffer together, especially now as the Storm approaches.

            You, too, are in my prayers, Briana!

            St. Blaise de Sebaste, pray for us! If it is God’s will, pray that our infirmities be healed! Amen.

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          • Beckita says:

            Prayers for you as well, Briana Elizabeth!


        • al chandanais says:

          I remember a number of years ago my dentist told me the pain I was experiencing was from an infection that must have surgery. With it being a front tooth it couldn’t be pulled for my lack of funds to get it replaced. Two days before the surgery the pain came on me full strength a 2am. I went in the living room in agony just holding my face and rocking back and forth when the Lord appeared next to me with tears in his eyes and his hands outstretched to me telling me, no begging me, to give him the pain. I finally stopped holding my face and just relaxed in his presence and the pain was gone. He smiled at me and after thanking him and praising him left me alone. again I went to bed smiling and touched in a whole new understanding that we do what we are able but if we stay in love he will come to our basic needs. On the morning of the surgery my dentist took another x-ray and found a healthy tooth. He asked and when he heard my story he smiled and said “Praise God”.
          He who is everything loves his children with everything he has, even to come to a nobody in a small tx town in the middle of the night making a house call to someone who just loves his master and learned a most loving Jesus in a very personal way. It is not my works God finds use in me, it’s in my desire to spread His love to others. I also know that the physical troubles I’m having at this time may or may not end when the storm turns it’s full force on us. But I know without a doubt that if he needs me to do something He will make it possible no matter what it is. Till then I will lift all my pain, the sorrow I have at my wife’s difficulties to Jesus and our Great Queen to use them as they need them. Who knows what will happen in the storm, we may see things very clearly and be free of pain for those we suffer for. Don’t know don’t care I will trust God and do my best and hope to see his smile again when I reach heavens gate.

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    • Doug says:

      Michael, that is a fatalistic approach. Our prayers and actions can move God and influence events. God is not reduced to a machine or formula. He actively participates in our lives. Also, before, during and after the storm, we will still need conversion. Concupiscance will still exist which means there will be a natural tendency to still sin. The world will not be totally perfect, but the direct influence of the Satan will be greatly reduced. The best way to reach the hearts and minds of souls will still be prayer, fasting, conversion and love by our actions and genuine concern. God bless you and thank you for coming here!

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    • Yong Duk says:

      Michael, there was a heresy call Quietism popular in the 17th Century. It is a perversion of the understanding of Providence (cf. Julian of Norwich) and our own responsibility. A neglect of doing in preference to praying. (In modern terms, it could even be likened to escapism.)

      St. Paul also refers to those who were expecting the imminent return of Christ and were not doing anything.

      It is a logical temptation, but it is a temptation nonetheless. We are given charge to care/till and have dominion cooperating with God in the keeping of the Earth and our own. We are our brother’s keeper and we have to persevere in the drudgery of work despite how nice it would be to kick back and enjoy a prolonged Sunday waiting–and I am not correcting you, but reminding myself after a long day and wanting so bad to take a nap.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Every soul is precious to the Lord. The Fatima prayer of “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially though s most in need of Thy mercy”. You and I were fortunate enough to be brought up in a Christian nation (not so much anymore) However what if the shoe was on the other foot. What if you were born in Iran or, heaven forbid North Korea. You would need to be saved by the blood of our Lord. Wouldn’t it be wise to pray for the conversion of those who don’t know nor have anyway to learn of the Lord so when you get in front of the Father’s Throne you don’t have to say that you were to busy worried about what tommrow will bring to pray for someone to know Him? If He can feed the widow, her son and Elijah for (either one or three years memory laspe) He will provide for you if you let Him. You are in His Palm, you have nothing to worry about. Please pray for your muslim brother to see the Son and join you there.

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  17. Lynette says:

    We were shaken by news in mid-December of missing propane tanks and large buy-out sales in Walmarts here in the fly-over state of Missouri. I know it is hard to take the news seriously. Jesus, forgive us our sins…

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  18. stormrescue says:

    The names, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Fatima mean so much to me and all who are devoted to Our Holy Mother .Now i read that these names are inner twined with the Muslims. Our Lady is going to help reach them through all of us with her rosary. As a small child whenever we would pray for a special healing or a greatly needed answer for something, we would say, we have to storm Heaven with our prayers and the rosary! i am so hopeful for the Muslims who are finding their way to the true church of Our Lord and Savior…God bless them! God be with all of you who carry hope in your hearts. MarciofUtah

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  19. stormrescue says:

    what a strange coincident for me here at my work. i work in an office and after reading this article and posting a comment earlier the very next client who arrived for a meeting in my office was a man named “‘Mohammad”. I say all your prayers are needed right now! Prayer is powerful! MarciofUtah

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  20. al chandanais says:

    If we look we see the work of Jesus everywhere huh Charlie, Just gotta love being involved in our small ways. Praise God and let us Honor our Queen for their work is mighty indeed.

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  21. Bob in Minnesota says:

    Mark Mallet has a good post today, maybe you should copy it to your daily posts so the rest of the readers could read it, as they may not follow Mark Mallet.

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  22. jcg17jcg says:

    “If not us then who? If not now, then when? “(first-century Jewish scholar named Hillel). Problems, like garbage, only tend to stink more the longer we wait to deal with them. Dan wrote the above awesome article, and has named the problem we need to deal with. “Terrorism” is not it. Militant jihadism is.

    We must not only 1)know our enemy, 2)know the weapons that address our enemy’s greatest weakness, and 3)act upon this knowledge, we must also know ourselves. Americans have become a people without a moral compass, and in some respects deserve to be “called out” for our ungodly behavior among the nations of the earth.

    In the 70s, my husband and I went on a mission to British Columbia to work in the Catholic school system for the Bishop of that diocese. The entire Catholic school system was mostly manned by volunteers from around the world. Our nightly meals together resembled mini versions of the United Nations. Our particular school had 13 volunteers. We were both ashamed and surprised to find out how hated Americans were around the world. We spent many evenings explaining apologetically that the behavior of American businesses did not necessarily reflect the ordinary United States citizen’s beliefs or practices.

    Fast forward to 2016. Now, I’m not so sure. American corporate greed has made it’s ugly mark on the lives of citizens of most Third World countries. We, the citizens of the United States, I now believe are culpable through lack of action to stop these hideous practices.

    As Dan mentioned, Pope Francis has said repeatedly we are in a Third World war. I would like to suggest that fasting and praying the rosary are not the our only weapons. We need to look at our collective selves, and like King David, acknowledge our sin before God, and seek forgiveness and clean hearts and hands before we pick up the beads to ask the mother of our Lord, once and for all, to crush the head of the ancient serpent. We are at war and the time is now.

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  23. Joseph J says:

    Here’s an amazing thought by the great spiritual writer Fr. Jacques Philippe:
    “Priest: Pray for jihadists’ conversion – one of them could be a future St. Paul”

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  24. jaykay says:

    What an immensely powerful article, Dan L. Thank you. Especially for those of us here in Europe, where such solidly based historical exegesis would be seen as a “hate crime” by the powers that be. Yet any reading of true history backs it up. But it threatens all the “safe spaces” of the bien-pensants in our power centres. There’s even a current of thought that believes the Ottoman Empire should have been left intact post-1918, as it more or less kept the lid on muslim extremism. Well, yeah, it did, but that was only in its sclerotic end-phase, when most of its territory was gone anyway. Ask the Armenians about its tactics in keeping dissent at bay; that’s when the true nature of the beast was seen. Nothing had changed between the fifteenth century and 1915, when it came to dealing with defenceless Christians. And it probably would have morphed into something resembling Saudi Arabia by now, if left intact.

    This isn’t “hatred”, it’s dealing with reality, which is that we in the West have created a crescent of actual, living hatred from the Gulf practically to the Atlantic, in North Africa, that is actively seeking our destruction. Lord knows, I’m no xenophobic bigot (the history of my own nation should innoculate me against that evil) but reality is not knocking at the door, it’s battering it down. And yet our rulers continue to consume the lotus.

    Our election here in Ireland is now upon us. They want to further their “progress” in advancing the killing of the innocent, which is being trumpeted as an achievement. As if the birth-rate stats weren’t bad enough already. I honestly ask myself if we’re worthy to continue as a nation anymore? Well, First Friday and Saturday coming up. I pray for the grace to engage them in charity, and solid, evidence-based Truth. You in the US will have your own opportunity for that later this year. If I were you, I wouldn’t be looking to Ireland to exactly provide a shining example there!

    Still, T.D.L. God bless all… and please pray for us. J.

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    • Beckita says:

      Haven’t stopped praying for you all, Jaykay. The best part of the election story here is there won’t be one. And for you Irish, remember that those who snub their noses at God’s Law will soon come tumbling down all over the world. As a mother in labor, suffer we must but OH! What a beautiful baby is the New Tomorrow.

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      • jaykay says:

        Yes, I know you haven’t, Beckita and all dear friends here. And I return that daily for you all here, not forgetting also our bestest ever friends, the Holy Souls. No divisions of race, creed or class among them! Their arms are out, imploring. And when we help them, even with a simple aspiration (“Eternal rest grant unto them…” etc.) how much they pray for us in turn. So I’m really going to enlist the help of all the past generations of Ireland gone before us , in faith, that they beseech the aid of our Lady, Queen of Ireland, for Her wilfully wayward children. Heck, we preserved Christian civilisation in much of Europe and re-evangelised large parts of it in the bad old, bad old… what is it with us now? Once we were warriors. Christian warriors, as well as real bad-ass ones. As the Vikings learned, when we got our act together. Why are we such wussies now? Lord, awaken us. And I know what you’re going through as well, in the US. But as Elijah sent the child to watch for the rain cloud, it’s coming. And the priests of Baal will have their own little appointment… but may they repent, we hope.

        Again, God bless all. J

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          JayKay, I can’t tell you how much I love what you just said, Our bestest friends ever, the Holy Souls. That is absolutely priceless!🙂

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        • Beckita says:

          Beautiful, Jaykay! And how beautiful your country will resplendently shine again, thanking Our Lady for rescuing you from these sorry times while recalling all the honorable history you have recounted here, only to reknit your culture and country in the beauty, grace and truth of the Lord.

          Yes the Holy Souls! We’ll keep ’em busy over here as well, Jaykay, as the gucamole hits the fan. We’ll not forget you as we take our next rights steps while you take yours in the days ahead. Then somehow, some way, we’ve got to get you to Mt. Meeker after the Rescue. Following that celebration: field trip to Ireland!

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    • jaykay says:

      I do beg pardon, Charlie, for coming back to this, for what it was worth. When I said that we in the West had “created” the hatred, I really meant that we had, with our deeply selfish, un-Christian, behaviour re-awakened the monster that was there anyway. The same monster that we all have within us, but which Christianity constantly calls on us to overcome. As to the conflict between “us and them”, on the fault-line here in Europe, there’s a lovely book called “Bosnian Evenings” by Ivo Andric, set in the Balkans at the decline of the Ottoman Empire. Very revealing. I read it in the 90s, just after the Balkan atrocities of that time. And here we go again..

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      • charliej373 says:

        I knew what you were getting at, jaykay. It has never worked well when Christians get too prosperous and think they have no need for God – and the satan always takes advantage of that blind hubris. It is a big reason why I say we ALL bear responsibility.

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  25. Meriadoc says:

    Indeed, we must pray for those Muslims who want to convert, but can’t without suffering grave consequences. We must also, however, prepare to defend ourselves against maniacs who want to kill us. I keep waiting for the dam to break during one of our now international sports events (Super Bowl, World Cup, et al) and become the occasion of a kind of “Tet Offensive” Jihadi-style. One possible scenario is described at Gates of Vienna:

    Whatever form it takes, the assault will break out soon. I gave thanks for every peaceful day we have these days. Never forget that every passing day brings us one day closer to the Rescue. Rejoice in every peaceful day between now and then!

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  26. CrewDog says:

    “Obama Goes Trolling at Baltimore Mosque: ‘Islam Has Always Been Part of America”

    YEP!!! Lord Obammy be Right!! Islam has been part of The Republic since the early days …. & doing what they are still doing …. Murdering, Raping, Pirating and Holding Hostages for Ransom!! In 1805 President Thomas Jefferson sent the Navy & Marines over there to kick their RagHead Asses. Lord Obammy is no Thomas Jefferson … you probably already knew that … even if you have forgotten The Barbary Wars.


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  27. Charlie, in one of your videos (it was a dinner? And Fr. Pacwa was there?), you spoke of the host having a painting, or a picture of Jesus that was the most like how He revealed himself to you. Could you share that picture, or have you shared it and I missed it? Thank you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I did share it…it is part of this article – down near the bottom.

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      • Thank you for the link, Charlie, so us late-comers can catch up. The Birmingham visit was the first video I saw of you. You grabbed my attention right away despite the poor audio (looks like we use the same brand of vape, too!). And when I recognized the voice of Father Mitch talking to you plus other EWTN personalities, I figured you were probably the real deal. (I was honored to meet Fr. Mitch in Cincinnati – what an intellectual!)

        Is that picture of Jesus with the Angel in the Garden the one that resembles him best? If so, that makes me happy for that is the very painting we picked for our prayer booklet for the dying.

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  28. A friend posted this study that Scott Hahn was doing for Lent titled The Bible and the Virgin Mary.

    As a revert from fundamental Protestantism, I had a very hard time coming to terms with Mary as our Mother, let alone asking her to intercede for me. Last Lent I decided to spend the year learning about her, and trying to grow closer to her.

    I wanted to share this Lenten study on Mary and the Bible for those TNRSers of the Protestant persuasion, so that if you wanted to, you could grow closer to her before it gets really awful out there.

    ” The St. Paul Center is offering limited-time access to it’s new video Bible study series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary. Over the course of 12 lessons, beginning on Ash Wednesday, this study presents the participant an opportunity for growth in knowledge of Scripture and devotion to Our Lady.”

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  29. CrewDog says:

    PS: I’d almost forgot these BO incidents at Christian Institutions ;-(
    “Obama Hid “Jesus” at Catholic University – But Allows “Allah” to Be Widely Displayed During Islamic Center Speech”


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    • al chandanais says:

      Yes crew Obama is wrong on many levels, I would be almost insane if I didn’t know 2 things, Obama will leave office in disgrace before his term is up and Jesus will save him and he will be our brother at the rescue. For what it’s worth my friend.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        al, it is amazing how freeing that is, knowing this. Thank God!

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        • al chandanais says:

          yes it is snowy, i could care less about the election and just keep praying for the world, our babies and purgatory. If we have an election Cruz is the man for me but whatever is God’s plan i’ll hopefully roll with it.

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      • Mack says:

        That makes me feel good too, Al. Charlie has said Obama will be converted, but i recall correctly, he said it would be long after Obama has left the world scene. So he may not yet be converted at the rescue. But whenever it comes, thanks be to God!

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  30. Bob says:

    An issue for discussion with the election season coming is what is the NRS for us and I assume we need to discern this individually? Do we sit out this election believing that the whole thing is rotten ad God will bring it down anyway or do we hedge our bets in case Charlie is hearing wrong? As for me I have lost faith in most of politics apart from some friends with integrity working in pro life and I will offer them some support but otherwise I can’t give money to any of the parties but if an election is held I would vote for the lessor of the evils involved. My take so far: I have in the past worked for candidates, etc and despite their good intentions and some of them had integrity such as Jim Talent who i supported, their efforts to make changes were always or usually undermined by the corruption in the system and by the obstruction of the “progressives”.

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  31. BlessedIam says:

    Sometimes I feel as though I’m living in a foreign land. Praying always.

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    • Beckita says:

      Well, Blessed, sometimes I feel like I’m living in a Salvador Dali painting. Joining you in prayer!

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      • al chandanais says:

        Certainly is abstract My Beckita, as it should be this time in history. You know the more people i talk to about the storm i find them either agreeing something is coming or they smile and tell me that my words bring them peace. It may be my words but it’s the Lords hand that brings them to peace. It always amazes me how God gives us a love for one another that brings beautiful peace even to the point of terror and death. Many martyrs have understood this and truly desired the most gruesome death for God’s glory what a wonderful God we have, He helps us to die for him and gives us the grace to strive for it. If I go as they I want to go like my wonderful St, Lawrence who when put on grates of a burning fire told his executioner to turn him over that he was done on this side.

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        • Doug says:

          Al. Yes. We are all called to martyrdom and I think in most cases, that means dying to self and living to serve Christ. So martyrdom does not necessarily mean receiving an untimely death at the hands of persecuters. Either way, I pray in alignment with you Al that God gives us the grace to be suatained no matter where we may be led. God bless you!

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        • Beckita says:

          Ah, Al! So true concerning God’s Grace which allows martyrs to be at peace no matter the circumstances of torture and death. Many accounts convey that the martyrs sang and praised God at their deaths. So it was with St. Paul Miki and Companions, whose feast we celebrated yesterday.

          My particular reference to surrealism was realted to the juxtaposition of such contrasting experiences now being lived.We are so very blessed in this community to continue encouraging one another, to be called to action in support of David and Sandra and many such deeds right before us and to be focused on Jesus and Mary in prayer for our families, one another and the world while all around us so many are immersed in the chaos and confusion of societies crumbling before our eyes.

          It is also surreal for me to know what we know and be able to wait in joyful hope, immersed in radical dependence on our Abba, for the fullness of a New Day dawning. So many are seriously s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g while embracing the ever ancient ever new spiritual reality that God has great purpose in all aspects of our lives, that He ever draws great good from evil. We are interiorly marching on even as we wait. God bless you, Dear Al!

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          • al chandanais says:

            Thank you Beckita, I’m coming to the conclusion that whatever you write comes out with such eloquence that it reminds me of listening to the kings english, melodious in rhythm and I can listen for hours.

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, Al, we must take turns listening. You haven’t forgotten you are a Poet Laureate here, have you?😉

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    • That is incredibly poignant, BIA! I think I know exactly what you mean. Life has taken on an almost dreamlike quality since learning of the Storm, where the familiar somehow seems foreign, where things that used to hold value and meaning now have none. We see something so profound and serious approaching — while most others do not — making some of us feel alone, separated, or alienated. Am I close?

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      • Doug says:

        Yes. This is one reason why we have our once a month storm dinners. I am fortunate that there are many like minded on this within our parish. I encourage those who feel isolated to try and get involved with some sort of prayer group or start a storm dinner or something. I think we will all need local network support when the fury of the storm kicks in.

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        • al chandanais says:

          storm group sounds wonderful Doug, I’m still praying my Priest will check out This blog. He was at retreat this week in Dallas and I’m hoping he got to hear it from another priest. Please pray for me with your group that i can get my parish to prepare or at least listen

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Al, after my wife and I learned about Charlie and decided to start a monthly gathering, we were surprised to learn how many people were concerned and how many were doing temperal prepping. This motivated us even more to bring the spiritual element to our gatherings. Anyway, it was not hard to start a group. We just asked folks we felt compelled to ask by the Holy Spirits prompting. We average between 6 to 14 people at our meetings and we do not obligated folks to come. We give them freedom and let them know they are welcome at any time. So folks come or not as they please. We always start with 5 decades of the Rosary and allow everyone to offer intentions. After, we have a potluck supper so everyone brings something to the table. After we eat, we usually share on a certain theme or discuss a prepping topic. And….. because we are Catholic, we partake of a little wine. It is an environment where folks can feel comfortable talking about the storm and open up with their fears where we can encourage them to trust God and know they are not alone. We always meet at the same time every month (every 3rd Saturday for us) to maintain consistency so that if/when the guacamole hits the fan and communication is ever lost, folks can count on us having a meeting. I also have a spiritual director who knows all about what we are doing and has read Charlie’s site and is on board with what we are doing. Lastly, my wife who is a lady with many amazing talents, has created a Web site called If you would like to get more insight on what we are doing.

            God bless you Al and I hope others are inspired to start a group in their respective areas.

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      • BlessedIam says:

        Pretty close and even on my own home front.

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      • I read the front page of Drudge and feel like I’m in an awful dystopian novel. And you think it can’t get worse, and the next day it does.

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  32. CrewDog says:

    SanFran Nanny, “Good Catholic”, Grandmother and promoter of Abortion, Sexual Perversion and BigBro Gubermint in action below:

    “Nancy Pelosi Quotes Mohammad at National Prayer Breakfast”

    I’ll say again! There is something more to this adoration of Islam amongst US-n-EU Liberals besides Gulf Oil $$$ ……….. I’m guessing Manifest Evil!


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  33. CrewDog says:

    I’ll guarantee that you wont see this reported on ABCNNBCBS-PBS. Most of The West is still asleep when it comes to the Danger of Islam …….. it’s almost unbelievable considering all the “SIGNS” of the past 40 years …. certainly since 9/11. I think I’ve mentioned before that it seems that Islam has been given a Klingon Cloaking Device! Africa is a Rising Star in Traditional Christianity and also a focus of great evil:

    “Catholic Bishops of Ghana: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Are ‘Time-Bombs’–‘Send These Men Back”


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  34. Donette says:

    Charlie, It was the reading about Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch meeting in Cuba that reminded me of the stigmatic Myrna Nazoul of Damascus, Syria and Our Lady of Soufanieh who requested the Unity of Christians for what was to come. I reached out to my Divine Will family to call their attention to the news. My spiritual director sent back this site for the latest information on what was happening in Syria in regard to the meeting and also in regard to what was happening in the conversion of Muslims.


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  35. CrewDog says:

    Another Story that you won’t see covered on ABCNNBCBS-PBS:

    “Michigan Man Accused of Supporting Islamic State Planned to Attack Church: ‘It’s My Dream to Behead Someone”

    Terrorism does not really need all that many horrific acts to do substantial damage to a society … especially one that’s Economy, Mores, Patriotism and Spirituality are in the toilet ;-(
    How many folks don’t go to Malls, Airports, Theatres, Restaurants, Concerts, Ball Games … and even Church ’cause of Terror. The ripple effect to an Economy is terrifying in itself!


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    • Doug says:

      Yes Crew Dog. As you say about all that stuff in the toilet and Mr. Obama is pulling the handle.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      My mom heard a speaker not long after 9/11 say that, while bin Laden certainly didn’t mind the bloody carnage, an even bigger goal was our economic destruction, as you so rightly point out here, Crew Dog.

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  36. CrewDog says:

    I have been reading over the past few years about this quiet invasion of Islam through immigration and, most alarming, Islamic infiltration in the prison population. The Invasion is not quiet anymore! Couple the above with the impending demographic disaster of low native birth rates plus decline of Christian Faith, Civic Responsibility & Morals …… ;-( YUP!! We need a RESCUE!!
    The below came today in one of my military blogs:


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    • Doug says:

      Yup. Wakeup call Crew Dog.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Heartbreaking video. I remember the late Father Paul Marx sounding the alarm back in the 1980s about the coming demographic nightmare, and obviously his warnings went unheeded.I taught my children and anyone else I could get to listen that the world’s problem was going to be under, not over, population. Of course, with that are other imbalances, such as unnatural male to female ratios in China to the annihilation of European nations by Muslim birthrates. Population Research Institute always has great information on these topics.
      Crew Dog, that video is enough to make me want to weep.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      CrewDog, we should pray for the conversion of the immigrants and offer all we can for this. If they decide to stay put after this Storm, this Grace from God, the population problem will be quickly resolved and civilization will flourish like the flowers in spring!

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Snowy, I was thinking about that as I was walking the dog. In times past, the Church rolled up her sleeves and began the arduous work of converting those who opposed or persecuted the Church. That is always the battle plan, come to think of it. Sadly, though, many are suffering because legitimate warnings were not heeded when they should have been. People chose to believe the anti-natal propaganda.😦

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