Houston, We Have a Problem

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

By Charlie Johnston

In 2010, the Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell was raided by legal officials. For over 20 years, it had been run as what a Grand Jury would later call a “House of Horrors,” where live babies had their throats slit or heads twisted off. The severed feet of infants were routinely placed in specimen jars and saved as “trophies.” Conditions were so unsanitary and dangerous that even the National Abortion Federation (NAF), after inspection, did not approve the facility for membership. Even so, the NAF did not report the facility to law enforcement or public health officials.

In fact, the clinic was not raided over abortion issues at all, but because law enforcement suspected Gosnell was selling illegal prescriptions. That it was an effective charnel house was not discovered until after the illegal drug raid.  The facility had rarely been inspected, once going a full decade with no scrutiny at all. Under political pressure from pro-abortion forces, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health ceased inspecting abortion facilities entirely in 1993. Gosnell was eventually convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, among a host of lesser charges. The same abortion advocates who fought any meaningful regulation of abortion facilities, caught in a public relations nightmare, claimed the conviction was evidence of the need for even more “safe” facilities.

Just as the Gosnell trial was getting underway in Philadelphia in 2013, four former employees of Houston abortion doctor Douglas Karpen claimed that he routinely killed live infants who survived late-term abortions by twisting their heads off or slicing their throats. They provided graphic photographic evidence to bolster their claims. Residents of Harris County, where Houston is located, were shocked by the allegations.  Harris County District Attorney (DA) Devon Anderson called for a Grand Jury to investigate. Stunningly, the Grand Jury came up with a no-bill, meaning there was not sufficient evidence to indict. That was a feat akin to being unable to find any sand at Daytona Beach. .

Anderson had been appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry to replace her late husband as DA shortly before the investigation – and was reputed to be pro-life, so onlookers gave her the benefit of the doubt, given the confusion of transition and the understandable grief at the loss of her husband. In 2014, she ran to finish the unexpired term – and was elected with the support of Texas Right to Life. (Texas Right to Life, perhaps the most effective state pro-life organization in the country, has called the endorsement a mistake. Advocacy groups, when confronted with a first-time candidate, have to rely on their assertions rather than an objective record.

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Harris County D.A. Devon Anderson

Anderson asserted she was pro-life, but several high-profile cases since have suggested she is either disingenuous or incompetent.) Since then, it was found that Chip Lewis, abortion doctor Karpen’s attorney, contributed $25,000 to Anderson’s 2014 campaign after the no-bill was returned.

 

For over two years, David Daleiden and his partner, Sandra Merritt, conducted an undercover video operation to determine if Planned Parenthood (PP) was engaged in illegally trafficking body parts of aborted children. Abortionists can recover costs for providing tissue to interested entities, but are legally barred from profiting from it. Since Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood of Houston, the largest single PP facility in the country was cited in the series of videos, The Harris County DA’s Office convened a Grand Jury to investigate the allegations. In an utterly incoherent ruling, the Grand Jury chose to indict Daleiden and Merritt

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David Daleiden

for attempting to purchase fetal body parts. They also chose to indict the pair for procuring false documents to provide them cover – thus also indicting them for NOT trying to actually purchase fetal tissue. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood, which the videos show were in the business of selling fetal tissue, was not indicted, nor were actual customers such as StemExpress. So the only people indicted here are those who tried to stop the illegal activity that the Harris DA was sent to investigate. According to this AP report, a prosecutor told PP Attorney Josh Shaffer the Grand Jury never even voted on criminal charges against his client. They did not ever even seriously consider charges against the organization they were charged to investigate.

 

DA Anderson, following the fallout from the strange decision, said her office just followed where the evidence led. Clearly, if the Grand Jury never even voted on charges, they were led where the prosecutor wanted them to go.

Some have complained that ADA Lauren Reeder is also a member of the local Board of Directors for PP. (ADA stands for Assistant District Attorney, not Abortion Defense Advocate, though residents of Harris County might be excused for some confusion on the point.) Anderson said that Reeder was not involved in either Grand Jury. I am inclined to believe that. I am far more interested in the background of ADA Sunni Mitchell. Sources in Houston tell me she ran the Grand Jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt when it was supposed to investigate PP. Grand Jury proceedings are shrouded in official secrecy, but in the same AP article cited above, abortionist Karpen’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, says that the same ADA ran the investigation into his client two and a half years ago.

So let’s see here…according to credible reports, the ADA who could find no evidence against Karpen when four former employees were willing to testify that he twisted the heads off living infants and slit their throats to kill them and offered graphic photographic evidence to support it is once again assigned a high-profile abortion case. And in this one, she ignores the video evidence that PP was, indeed, illegally seeking to profit from the sale of fetal tissue and comes up with the absurd contention that Daleiden and Merritt were trying to buy what she also says PP was not selling, despite the evidence? And then she adds on an indictment for the cover ID’s, seeking to pound the pair for actually NOT doing what the first part of the indictment claims they were doing?! Utterly incoherent.

Twice, the same ADA leads Grand Jury investigations that seemed to ignore any actual evidence against PP. Anderson receives donations of $25,000 for her campaign from the lawyer from the first abortionist after the Grand Jury sees no evil. Despite the supposed secrecy of the Grand Jury, both the lawyer for the abortionist and for PP have no trouble publicly stating what prosecutors “told” them. I don’t think the Harris County DA’s office is broken. It looks more like it’s fixed.

WHY?

Why the furious scrambling to throw up so much smoke? The fact is that employees of PP were caught dead to rights on these videos informally negotiating how to handle sales of fetal tissue, sales that are illegal. PP and its media and government allies have been frantically trying to throw smoke up to keep people from actually watching the videos.

This is a serious legal matter, not just one of public relations. If it can be legally proven that PP actively sought to profit from such sales, there would be serious criminal penalties and perhaps even some jail time. Government funding could be reduced to a trickle instead of the current torrent.

Organizations that have both big media and big government providing ideological cover for them benefit because the general public rarely gets an honest picture of what they are doing. But there is a downside as well: such organizations get so confident that the media and government will cover for them that they often become sloppy.

PP may have made a big strategic mistake in its initial panic when it filed a federal civil suit against Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) right after these allegations hit. Such a civil suit opens PP up to discovery investigation of much of its internal documents and financial reports by defendants. Typically, PP lists its recovery of costs for fetal tissue as a “consent” fee. If the consent fees are consistent and low, that would tend to bolster PP’s claim that they are merely recovering costs. If there are tiered consent fees, the higher ones could be evidence of profit for useful tissue. If there are other mysterious fees that are not easily explainable, it could lead to the same conclusion. If PP has nothing to hide, discovery does them no damage. But if they have gotten sloppy because of their confidence in media and governmental support, they may not be able to survive a forensic audit into their books.

So why not just drop the civil suit against Daleiden and CMP? After all the screaming PP has done and the threats it has made, it would be hard to spin it as anything other than a tacit admission of Daleiden’s charges.

Morals

Daleiden has been criticized by some pro-lifers for falsifying documents to give him cover for this investigation. That fails on secular grounds because the tradition in our society has been NOT to prosecute journalists who do undercover work. You cannot prosecute those who expose things the left does not like while refusing to prosecute those the right does not like. If this indictment became precedent, it would destroy investigative journalism in this country. Kevin Drum, a columnist for Mother Jones, is a critic of Daleiden’s. But he is chilled by this indictment, writing that:

“As much as I dislike what Daleiden did … Texas law seems to make it almost inherently illegal for a reporter or anyone else to try to expose illicit activity. That’s often going to require a solicitation to commit a crime; it’s frequently going to require some kind of bogus ID; and it’s pretty much always done with an intent to harm. But if you put those together, you’ve automatically got a felony, even if the target of your investigation turns out to be a mafia front.”

There is also criticism that has come from some pro-lifers on the religious grounds that you can’t use deception to reveal such things. While meatier than the secular criticism, this is also not as simple as it sounds. In the Bible, Judith deceived Holofernes to protect the Jews.  The prostitute Rahab was a spy for the Jews – and rewarded for it. Joseph deceived his own brothers for a time, before providing relief for the Israelites. The Archangel Raphael deceived Tobit about his identity for most of the book in order to protect him. But most tellingly, Daleiden’s efforts were calculated to reveal the truth, while those of PP and their media and governmental allies are designed to conceal the truth. Support PP’s position and you support the suppression of truth; support Daleiden’s and you support its revelation.

ACTION

I cut my teeth in Illinois politics. Frankly, this whole scenario in the Harris County DA’s Office would make a machine hack blush where I come from. I don’t say a machine hack wouldn’t put the fix in, but he would do it with a lot more skill.

Unfortunately, Houston seems to be a center for anti-Christian activism. When I walked through there during my pilgrimage, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) refused to allow veterans to put up crosses or even read Bible passages at funeral services at Veteran’s Cemeteries. More recently, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker tried to subpoena the sermons of Christian Ministers who had the temerity to oppose her LesbiGay legislation. Now, the Harris County DA’s office acts as if running interference for PP and abortionists is one of its primary missions. Fortunately, the good people of Houston have a habit of fighting back against such over-reach. The VA was forced to back down from its persecution of Christian veterans. Voters overwhelmingly rejected Parker’s LesbiGay initiative – in part because of her high-handed and coercive tactics.

This whole thing looks to me like an effort to intimidate Daleiden and and CMP, in order to set up a graceful stand-down. Do not be surprised if back channels are used to suggest that both the indictment in Texas and the civil suit in California will be dropped if Daleiden and company will just shut up and go away.

I encourage you to do four things that can make a difference here – and turn the tables on the persecutors:

1)      Call or write Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton and ask them to open up an investigation into the Harris County DA’s office for prosecutorial misconduct in these cases.

–         Gov. Greg Abbott

–         PO Box 12428

–         Austin, Texas 78711

–         (512) 463-2000

 

Atty. Gen Ken Paxton

PO Box 12548

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-2100

 

2)     Call or write Texas Right to Life and ask them not to just endorse against Anderson, but to target her race.  If you can, send them a donation to help.

–         Texas Right to Life

–         9800 Centre Parkway, Suite 200

–         Houston, Texas 77036

–         (713) 782-5433

 

3)     Call or write your Congressman, Senators and State Legislators, asking them to open up an investigation of Planned Parenthood that will include a forensic audit of its financial records.

 

4)     By this weekend I will have set up links for all the Planned Parenthood Videos at the top bar of this site. Use your facebook account or other social media to repost a different video each week. PP and its allies are mounting these ferocious attacks because they do not want people to know the extent of the ghoulish things they are doing. Let the sunshine in. Let people know – in their own words captured on video – what they are up to.

 

Now is the time to make a stand. You can act to show Planned Parenthood, the establishment media, and governmental bullies, that the more they try to hide the truth, the more people will make sure it comes out.

 

 

 

 

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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412 Responses to Houston, We Have a Problem

  1. Pawel says:

    Does PP stand for Planned Psychopaths?

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    • Cheryl says:

      We do have a problem… most of us are sleeping. Most of us have not been taught to think critically. Most of us do not have an attention span that lasts more than a 2-4 minute sound bite. All that most of the general public will take away from this is the 2 minute sound bite PP minions put out. Evil profits when good people do nothing. A great deal of time, effort and money has been spent teaching and conditioning good people to do nothing, and see nothing. I just read the reference to Ezekial and the dead bones…. it fits. We reject God and the life the Holy Spirit brings and we fall asleep. We have become those dead dry bones. The Church needs to awaken. We need to be the light and remember that we, the Church, are meant to enter into, but ,also, to exit the Church and meet and encounter the world. The gates of hell will not prevail when the Church militant remembers this.

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  2. Judy says:

    First time here, Charlie. Thanks for the steps you suggest in the battle against PP – and the links. Spent the a.m. writing letters.
    Your encouragement lifts my spirit! (Worried for the day that I can’t turn on my computer and read your posts and all the wonderful comments that follow).
    Prayers for all!

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  3. theresa323 says:

    Thanks Charlie, I will be making phone calls to Houston Tx. and to my local congressman and Senators. God Bless.

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  4. Bob says:

    I sent some money to Texas Right to Life today. It is easy to do on their website You may want to also write to their president Jim Graham to encourage him to oppose this evil in Harris County.
    His email is
    JimJGraham@aol.com

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  5. Steve says:

    Charlie, I searched for an e-mail address for the Governor, but could not find one. What I did find, however, was a link to a page in which people could submit their concerns electronically. I give this because so many people do not correspond via “snail-mail” anymore. If you click on the following link, you will be sent to a page in which you can submit your concerns electronically:
    https://gov.texas.gov/contact/
    Hope this helps more people be able to contact the Texas Governor with their concerns.

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  6. The Ackers says:

    Holy Spirit has given us great solace during these days through 2 Chronicles 20!
    Take heart!

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  7. RJW says:

    We have a battle plan now to fight the greatest evil in the world today
    . Thank you for laying this out Charlie.

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  8. Meriadoc says:

    In the good news department, the Holy Father is going to meet Patriarch Kiril of Moscow to discuss the worldwide persecution of Christians. The meeting will take place in…….CUBA! The two clerics will meet at the International Airport in Havana on Feb 12. Here’s a link to an article about it:

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=12714

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  9. Vanessa Joy says:

    Indeed, let the son shine of truth expose their unthinkable demonic and dastardly deeds. Words cannot express the audacity of PP deny the beyond obvious of profiting from the poorest of the poor . Womb less and Home less .

    As a pro life counselor for quite a few years , I prepared last week a flyer to encourage others to suit up and show up with a smile and rosary in hand beginning Ash Wednesday . Our parish pro life group almost directly across from the PP 😁😳 with church bells heard on the hour, is planning to participate in 40 days for life .

    I made the flyer , complete on one side the church ‘s teaching on abortion, birth control and all the other abortificants used to kill babies. The other lists the hours of operation and prayers including how to spiritually adopt an unborn child , the beautiful prayer by Bishop Sheen. In order to give accurate times of PP’s service hours , I called pretending to be a distressed mom of a too busy college student daughter who asked mom to make her initial call . We discussed the services , what was ” best ” given her first trimester pregnancy . It was surreal to say the least as I noticed it was substantially cheaper to have the abortion procedure than take the morning after pill. Of course the price went up 200 bucks a week . They kill the child up to 22 weeks now! Last time I called a few years ago, this particular planned murderhood , stopped their killing at 17 weeks and sent the women to Los Angeles. All to say , the innocent lives lost down the drain are not as profitable . Cheaper to do the abortion than pop the morning after pill?

    Meanwhile the guards and cameras keep an eye on us as we continue with our loving presence and holy boldness speak into the darkness. Last week , one of the guards told me he was hired by the 90 year old lady next door to protect her grass from evil pro lifers who have killed the new green growth . She is fed up, I was told. I thought , it is public property ,an implied easement exists as there is no sidewalk to cross over to the other side. I didn’t argue with his rightness . I just asked him a question. Joe , name changed , help me understand , you are paid by this neighbor to protect this growing grass by reminding us not to put our signs on the public grass area that she claims as her own?
    He replied , I am just doing my job .
    I stated matter of factly ,” what about the babies growing in the wombs ? Doesn’t it seem terribly upside down ? ” He shrugged his shoulders, I am doing my job. Indeed he is doing his job well . The other day there were official tiny red flags with string surrounding the innocent growing blades , marking the terrority with utmost precision. Indeed the grass was growing one blade at a time as innocent lives are being plucked and suctioned out one limb at a time .
    I will post the heavily guarded growing grass pic where our encouraging pro life signs used to be planted , on my blog for those who want to see it: sidewalkhelp.com. Better yet , BE A PART of 40 DAys FOR LIFE during lent!!! Stop by a abortion mill and pray a rosary or divine mercy chaplet and be a sign of hope!

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    • charliej373 says:

      For other readers, Vanessa coordinated my visit in Riverside, California. She is an incredibly driven, joyful and steadfast sidewalk counselor at abortion clinics. She measures her victories by “saves,” the numbers of women she persuades not to have an abortion and then helps connect with crisis pregnancy centers. Her best single day was three saves. She is a spiritual force of nature. How I admire her and the many prayer and action warriors I met throughout the last year.

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    • Dolly says:

      Maybe by the GRACE OF GOD this neighbor of Planned Parenthood who is so concerned about the tender new grass, enough to hire a guard, will take that passion for new life and redirect it to protect the tender new lives in the womb entering PP. Stranger things have happened by the GRACE OF GOD. (Thinking of St. Paul’s conversion).

      By the GRACE OF GOD Planned Parenthood is leaving our community! For over 7 1/2 years there were dedicated people praying outside PP EVERY hour they were open. 40 Days for Life played a big role too. God does hear! God does act!

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Vanessa…When I did the pavement counselling the neighbours used to always complain about our presence..they should have been more annoyed living living next to an abortion mill!

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      • Vanessa Joy says:

        I know…. very sad as the lady next door belongs our Parish. Go figure. She has been a complainer over the years and we have been sensitive to the noise factor but nevertheless, it is what it is. We smile and make the best of it.

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  10. RMD says:

    The creepy DA sure looks like Ted Cruz’s twin sister. Just saying.

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    • Mick says:

      Unlike the creepy DA, Cruz doesn’t pretend to be pro-life. On the contrary, he has spent his professional life fighting for pro-life causes.

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      • RMD says:

        I agree he is pro-life, but not 100% Catholic pro-life: he supports contraception and I have seen video of him joking about it on this past Thursday’s EWTN World Over in interview he had with Raymond Arroyo. May want to watch.

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        • Mick says:

          RMD, I know about Cruz’s stance on contraception; it’s a very common stance amongst our Protestant brethren who, not being Catholic, do not understand the Catholic teaching on contraception. I pray that Cruz, and all people of good will, come to fully embrace a 100% pro-life position; and in the meantime, I’ll take Cruz over the DA (and over the other candidates for president) any day of the week.

          P.S. I will grant that Cruz’s joking about contraception was rather tacky. But it’s small potatoes compared to, say, Trump’s dropping of the eff-bomb at a campaign event in New Hampshire recently. That man has no filter whatsoever, and I’m starting to wonder if he’s bipolar or perhaps mentally unstable.

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  11. RJW says:

    George Orwells final message seems appropriate today.

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  12. Charlie, This is totally unrelated to your post (but when has that stopped us before?).
    Well, on Drudge it looks like the global economy death spiral has begun and is stumping the chumps, and US markets slump despite President OBummer’s lame attempt to lie that everything is just fine. I get the feeling the Chinese govt is deliberately bottle-necking trading and making big stock purchases to make it appear their market is independent of the economic problems. I also heard that Japan is talking about offering negative interest rates. That sounds desperate. So what does that mean exactly? Lenders pay people to borrow money? Thanks for touching on this if you have time. It’s OK if you don’t too.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I ponder sometimes whether to comment on the specific details of the unfolding collapse I had told you about. I think to do so would just be a form of dancing in the end zone. Yes, it is happening all around us as I have speaking privately with my priests for 21 years and publicly for two and a half years. But what I remain focused on is what we are to do…how to participate in the Rescue that has already begun. Right now, I am very focused on the Planned Parenthood business, mainly because I see this not as the normal part of the debate – but as a chance to deal the culture of death a mortal blow.

      That really is where I am at…I will comment on and highlight various specifics as I see how understanding them and how to respond helps us recall people to life. I think of the 3rd Secret of Fatima, where the Pope is walking among a great city strewn with a mass of corpses. I regard those corpses not as the literally dead, but the spiritually dead – and that our work is to recall them to life. So that is ever my jumping-off point.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks for so respectfully commenting and asking, Patrick. Thanks for what you have answered, Charlie. It is this calm, reasoned acknowledgement of what is coupled with the attention on what we really can do which maintains serenity and proper focus. God bless us one and all.

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      • victura98 says:

        Thank you for mentioning this interpretation of the 3rd secret. I don’t remember you saying this before. I have always been inspired by Ezekiel preaching to the dead bones (Ez 37). The evil one wishes us to believe that all is lost and that there is no hope, but this is one of his greatest lies. At the preaching of Ezekiel, even dead bones came back to life, then reclaimed what had been lost–the promised land and the Kingship. Your take on the 3rd secret of Fatima echoes Ezekiel. I think I derive my greatest hope from the certain knowledge that these spiritual corpses will rise up again, and that together, we will reclaim what has been lost. Thank you for mentioning this detail, Charlie.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Funny you should mention this, Victura. When I first started trying to organize some prayer groups, I called them “Ezekiel 37” for that very reason. Seeing how not even one in a hundred serious Christians got the reference, that didn’t work out. For a time, I was tempted to just call the groups, “Dem Bones.”

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        • vkmir3 says:

          I read your reference to Ezekiel, Victura98, directly after I read Mark Mallett’s post today announcing and inviting people to join him for his 40 day Lenten retreat beginning Ash Wednesday that he indicated will be with our Lady and her “little courier” (referencing himself). In his post he said, “And now, brothers and sisters, my weary companions, it is time to catch this Divine Breath of Jesus. It is time for us to inhale the life of Christ so that we too may rise from our flesh, rise from our apathy, rise from worldliness, rise from our slumber.” And he then quoted Ezekiel 37:1-10. Following the post he linked a song by John Michael Talbot, “The Battle Belongs to the Lord”, and indicated that it should be our battle cry! Very appropriate in these days! The post can be found here: http://www.markmallett.com/blog/a-lenten-retreat-with-mark/

          Thank you, Charlie, for posting all of this valuable information to assist Our Lord and Our Lady in this battle for life! I will use this information to do my part and encourage others as well. God bless all! Vicki

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        • Father Luis Andreu, S.J., the Fifth Visionary of Garabandal comes to mind reading Ezekiel 37. For those that don’t know, this young priest died in 1961 while going home after his visit to San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain. His body was exhumed in the mid 1970s and only his skeleton remained, yet the prophesy stated after the Miracle he will be found to be incorrupt. (And so he will).

          Here are his final, touching words:

          Father Luis showed overwhelming joy the entire trip, repeating, “I am so happy. What a favor the Blessed Virgin has bestowed on me. How fortunate we are to have a mother like her in heaven! There is no reason to fear the supernatural life. The girls have given us an example of how we must act with the Blessed Virgin. There is no doubt in my mind that the things involving the girls are true. Why should the Blessed Virgin have chosen us? This is the happiest day of my life.”

          Then he lowered his head to his chest, made a slight coughing sound—and died.

          Excerpt from http://www.garabandal.us/prph_luis

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      • [This might be a duplicate.]

        I guess I’ve allowed minutiae to distract me from the bigger picture. In your Smoke and Mirrors post, you exhibited remarkable financial knowledge well beyond “Investing 101” — a topic that is somewhat foreign to me. By following the markets in the news, I’m behaving a bit like an ambulance chaser, gawking at an accident unfolding in slow motion.

        I’ll return my focus to the far more important issue of life, both of the unborn and of the living…or should I say, rather, the “walking dead.” Thank you, again.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I’m a pretty good researcher, Patrick. I pick up the internal logic of most systems pretty quickly. From there it is not overly difficult to extrapolate out if you don’t get distracted by preconceptions or ancillary material. Most people (including about 99% in government) think in static, two-dimensional terms and are both uninterested and utterly incapable of contemplate how dynamic systems interact and follow that carefully, taking into account likely consequences – and then the consequences of those consequences. But the static two-dimensional models most use are always way off and banal.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, it sounds like you’re playing three-dimensional chess while most of the rest of us are playing tic-tac-toe. I thank God for the abilities that he has given you, and that you are using them in order to help all of us. Otherwise, we’d be in a world of hurt. So, thanks.

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    • Julie of WI says:

      Patrick, I read today also that a Chinese group is buying the Chicago Stock Exchange. Interesting!

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    • jayman92 says:

      Add a casualty-causing earthquake in Thailand and North Korea fueling up a missile (which the Obama administration comfortingly says “probably” doesn’t have a nuclear warhead on it) and you have many stormy signs on the horizon.

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    • Anne says:

      The pope has been telling us not to be afraid of China. I admit I am confused!!

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    • Anne says:

      The pope has told us not to be afraid of China. To be honest …too much for me. So much information ……. And even more misinformation these days.
      I just have to hold on to Jesus and Mary.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Patrick, after reading your post, I listened to an interview on the program On Being with Mystic Brother David Steindl-Rast that was so comforting for our times and the collapse in particular. Brother David was a religious pioneer along with Thomas Merton.
      He grew up in Austria and was 12 years old when Hitler occupied his homeland. He lived through horrors and reemerging graces. He speaks about how to trust God during these times in simple terms. He shared a quote of Father Raimundo Panikkar, “The future will not be a new big tower of power, our hope in the future is the hope into well-trodden paths from house to house, that is the image that holds a lot of promise for our future.”
      His insightful interview is linked below.

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      • prayingflower says:

        Thank you, jlynnbyrd, for bringing this to us. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The interview of wisdom, the background music of Austria, and the fireplace before which I listened to it 🙂 all made for a very relaxing, enlightening and edifying experience this evening. I do feel more shored up after listening to it, so I would say you made my day 😉 and for that I am grateful. pf

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  13. Beckita says:

    Standing tall… David Daleiden Refuses Plea Deal for Probation: “What We Want is an Apology”
    http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/04/david-daleiden-refuses-plea-deal-for-probation-what-we-want-is-an-apology/

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  14. milliac says:

    I’m not sure if anyone posted this. At the Matt Maher concert, he brought up this ministry http://www.savethestorks.com/

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  15. Teripie says:

    I don’t know if anyone has put this video up yet, I just came across it on one of the blogs I read – http://restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2016/02/latest-cmp-video-exposes-pp-affiliate.html

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  16. audiemarie2014 says:

    Charlie, I sent off two letters today as you suggested. One to Gov. Abbott and another to the Atty General. I have to thank you because I have become a fearful person after having been a rather “spunky” person most of my life. You are encouraging me, and I think most here, to be more courageous. The more we do, the easier it becomes. It seems that you were educated in politics as part of your special training for these times. Thank you.

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  17. Vivi says:

    This intetpretation is another eye opener😱

    Lets pray for Pope Francis he is visiting the most abused people in Mexico: Chiapas n violent place Cd Juarez. I love his not visiting the rich who took away the land of the indiginous. Oh Mother Mary, we are your children pray for us!!

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  18. Patricia says:

    On a lighter note, I just heard on NPR that Putin likes Trump because he thinks of himself like Trump as a good manager. He likes Cruz next because he thinks his moral and religious convictions makes him less susceptible to corruption. And for the funny part, he does not like Sanders because he thinks he is too far left.

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    • jaykay says:

      If so, Patricia, that’s probably with his, erm, background, he knows exactly what “useful idiots” really means. I say this in all seriousness, and not wishing to comment on US politics. He’s a chess-player among snakes ‘n ladders kiddies. Which is commenting on the generality of Western politicians.

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      • Patricia says:

        jakkay,
        I am not sure I understand exactly what you mean, but what I meant is that it is Russia that is usually the far left country, aka socialist and/or communist, and, therefore, it is pretty funny that Putin thinks Bernie is too “socialist/communist”.

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        • jaykay says:

          Apologies for misunderstanding, Patricia. I certainly got what you meant, and the lively irony of it! We’re on the same page, all right, but I was being a bit elliptic. Putin is, of course, ex-KGB, and as such would be well aware of the cynical use they used (still do?) make of bien-pensant lefties in the West, while actually despising them. The term “useful idiots” is imputed to Lenin himself, ruthless master of cynicism that he was. Anyway, Russia, nowadays, is certainly not “socialist”, and people like Pres. P, who know and appreciate how disastrous socialism was for Russia ( and as a political system in general) certainly despise those who still seek to adhere to it. Czar Vladimir would regard “far lefties” in the West as a joke, probably a dangerous one, but he’s well up to dealing with them.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think you speak with insight here, Jaykay. It seems to me that Putin is far more a resumption of the Czarist system rather than the socialist system.

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          • Patricia says:

            Yes, I agree with all you say. Putin is slick no doubt. But hopefully he will be our ally in the near future. I just read that Assad and the Russian Air Force
            took over in Syria at Leppo.

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          • Doug says:

            According to the Medjugorje seers. Russia would be the country to most glorify God in the coming chastisements. There is no certainty about whether Mr. Putin would lead the charge. True or not, I trust our God has a plan for dear Russia. Jesus be praised!

            As an aside, they have also stated that the west has advanced civilization, but thinks they have done it all themselves. What would reclaim the west (Europe, North and South America) would be confession.

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  19. jlynnbyrd says:

    Done! I wrote Texas Governor Greg Abbott on blue stationary and Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton on pink symbolically for our precious baby boys and girls lives lost. I contacted all others on their Facebook Pages and Websites. I will continue to pray for the culture of life and for justice to be restored.

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    • prayingflower says:

      jlynnbyrd: I just clicked on the picture next to your name. So beautiful the way the cross is illumined and the Heart, etc. so subtle. I suppose I do have an attachment to holy pictures as I am so enamored of them. I guess as long as I don’t get too carried away I could have a worse attachment. pf

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  20. Bob says:

    Re movies and bad TV several times I have caught my adult children watching things which were spiritually negative and rather than argue with them when they say it doesn’t bother them I have said something like “It is not good for me and I don’t want it on!” thereby overcoming the “I’m an adult now” and to that I will answer “Well I am too and it isn’t good for this adult!”

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    • Beckita says:

      What an excellent way, Bob!

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    • Patricia says:

      Bob, when my kids were younger I would say to them that I do not serve garbage at the table and I am not going to allow it in the living room (via a tv.) When they were older teenagers and could go to R rated movies, I asked them if it would be ok if I were to watch them “makeout” with their girlfriends. They would say in a disgusted manner “mom, your a pervert” or something like that. And my response would be “well, so are you because you are going to an R rated movie and you will be doing just that”.
      I do not know if it ever stopped them from going but at least they understood in a way they could why I was opposed. If I had used (which I did my best to speak to them about) the theology of body, and other Catholic reasons, I would and did hear in return “we are not Catholics, we don’t want to be Catholics”etc.
      The last best reason I gave them was that what one does in private with their spouse is not meant to be done in public for millions to view. They never really had a good response to that one but at least they heard it.

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  21. David says:

    I watched the Republican debate tonite and was saddened to hear that Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, both who I believe are Roman Catholic, support abortion in cases of rape. Rubio gave a strong pro-life statement with no apologies.

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    • Doug says:

      The debate was at St. Anselm college which is still actively run by the Benedictenes. My wife and I live less than 2 miles from there in the same town and will attend Mass there usually when we can’t make it to our normal church. The choir there, which consists of all college students, is absolutely beautiful. If I get accepted into the diaconate program, I will be have some of my formation classes there.

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    • Mick says:

      True, David. Christie’s description of abortion as “self-defense” in the case of rape or incest was especially loathsome.

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  22. marieincopenhagen says:

    Apologies if this is a repeat – I’m way behind (in fact, I’m thinking of changing my name to ‘marielatetotheparty’ 😉 ) – but I just wanted to make a quick mention about praying the ‘Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ during Lent (Divine Will, Luisa Piccarreta). I find them to be very powerful meditations, although I am sure all of you here have your own preferred Lenten preparations. Here’s a link:

    http://www.passioiesus.org/en/index.php
    A blessed Lent, everyone.

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks for the reminder, Marie. 🙂

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      • marieincopenhagen says:

        You’re welcome, Mick ☺. I do this alone, but it would be wonderful to know that some of you are praying ‘The Hours of the Passion’ also. They mention the ‘Living Clock’ on the website, where a group of 24 people commit to praying one hour every day. We all live in different time zones, so I don’t think it’s something we need to coordinate in detail. The important thing is to pray and God will take care of the rest. Perhaps anyone who is interested could just ‘like’ this comment (that would also save Charlie having to clear a lot of extra comments 😉 ) Here’s a brief explanation:
        A “Living Clock” is a group of 24 people who commit themselves to meditate each day, one of the Twenty-four Hours. of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. “Jesus’ joy is so immense when someone meditates on the Hours of the Passion, that He would like at least one copy of these meditations being used in every city and town. Because then it would be as if Jesus were hearing His own voice and His own prayers, which He raised to His Father during the 24 Hours of His Sorrowful Passion. And if this is done at least by a few souls in each town and city, He himself promises that the Divine Justice will be appeased in part, and punishments will be lessened during these sad times of torments and bloodshed.”

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    • prayingflower says:

      Hi Marie: I need a bit of help here. As I understand this, I would enter into these meditative readings consecutively, one on each day of Lent, and someone would assign me the hour during which I am to meditate on them, Is this correct? Thanks. pf

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        prayingflower, you can just pray when you can. As Marie said, we all live in different time zones. I’ll be doing the wee hours of the morning when most are sleeping because I’m an insomniac and I have to do wood stoves runs every few hours anyway. 🙂 ❤

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        • prayingflower says:

          thx, snowy. you sure lead an interesting life. pf

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            prayingflower…haha, that made me bust out laughing. Firewood is deeply interesting! and messy and stinky and dang! It keeps me up way past my bedtime! Not really, lol…I’m nocturnal- hence the owl 😉

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        • marieincopenhagen says:

          Hi Snowy Owl, thanks for answering praying flower for me when I was asleep over here in Europe (I’m definitely not nocturnal). We also have a wood stove and I love to pray beside the fire. I am off to Ash Wednesday Mass very soon and will bring you and everyone here with me. A blessed and fruitful Lent. God bless.

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      • marieincopenhagen says:

        Hi prayingflower, well, I’m certainly no expert on Luisa’s writings, but I would say yes, I think it would work the way you describe if you were part of a group of 24 people. As I mentioned, I do this alone and I simply pray one of the hours each day for the first 24 days of Lent, then I move on to other Lenten contemplations. For me, the main thing is to pray, especially meditating on Jesus’ Passion. It’s early in the morning here and Ash Wednesday has already begun. A blessed Lent to you and everyone here. God bless.

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        • prayingflower says:

          Thank you, Marie. I have decided to do it the way you are doing it. I couldn’t wrap my brain around me (or someone else) being assigned the 24th meditation (for example) on the first day when I had not yet done the other 23. It does occurr to me that since i am not always the most logical thinker I could have the process all wrong in my head. But I had gone to the official site and I still couldn’t figure it out to my satisfaction so I just decided it would be fine to do it this way since, as you say, we are not doing it as part of a team of 24. Thank you again for recommending it. Prayers for a good Lent to you as well, Marie. pf

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  23. GRRRRRR!! (again)

    Did you hear what Dr. David Samadi, MD, said on Sunday Housecall on Fox News this morning?

    The discussion was about Zika virus. He said women who travel to areas where this infection is prevalent must “use condoms” to prevent pregnancy. (Pardon me, Doctor, but condoms are known to fail and cannot guarantee contraception).

    Then the moderator followed up about amniocentesis, which is a test to help identify if the baby has the infection. She asked what is a mother to do if this test shows the disease or if other tests reveal microcephaly (small head development). Dr. Samadi replied, “Well, you have to have a serious discussion with your doctor and the family about whether or not to continue with the pregnancy.” He went on to discuss the lifelong problems and burden of caring for a Zika virus victim, obviously to support is insinuation about terminating the pregnancy.

    Steam is blasting out of my ears.

    I believe in my heart that Dr. Samadi loves people and that he genuinely cares about their well being. He is gentle and kind. He does not want anyone to suffer, particularly a newborn baby. Nonetheless, he just promoted contraception and abortion on national television.

    In class during nursing school at radical Xavier University, I raised absolute hell with one of my liberal teachers over this very issue – but concerning Down Syndrome. She said almost verbatim what Dr. Samadhi just said. God have mercy on us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is why it is so important not to just have a conscience, but to have a properly formed conscience. The devil uses sloppily formed consciences to promote evil under the guise of promoting compassion. And the satan chuckle with malevolent glee as we ignorantly do his work for him.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen to God have mercy on us. Truly troubling, Patrick.

      Interestingly, I discovered an article shared by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, a PhD Molecular Biologist and Microbiologist, who maintains a blog with the subtitle: “Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement” http://gerardnadal.com/about/

      Dr. Nadal was planning to write his own piece concerning the Zika virus when he discovered one already written by Pia del Solenni, a Catholic theologian and ethicist, who is an expert on life issues, issues relating to women’s health, the new feminism and culture. Dr. Nadal says he cannot add anything new to her article. Among additional points, Solenni presents current evidence that we really don’t know the number of fetuses that will be affected by Zika with microcephaly.

      From the article: “So only 17 of the cases have been linked to Zika? Out of 404? That’s 4%. Is there another cause? Or is this all hype? Taken with the fact that authorities are investigating another 3,670 suspected cases indicates that this could be hysteria rather than epidemic, admittedly understandable in the current media climate. But keep in mind that 96% of the cases of microcephaly in the numbers cited by the Brazil Ministry of Health were not attributed to Zika.” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/piadesolenni/6-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-zika-virus/

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      • I know Dr. Nadal and he is passionate about his faith and is such a spotlight of truth on these things. His whole website is a goldmine of information.

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      • Thank you for that link, Beckita. Say, are you that epidemiologist I was looking for?

        Here’s the big statement in that article: “It is not known if the Zika virus caused the fetal losses.” Yet the knee-jerk response is: ABORT. The implications are terrifying in an Orwellian-Huxley sort of way, except our attempts to control this unfolding situation could very well lead to the *unintentional* termination of perfectly viable human life.

        I slammed that pediatrics instructor in class at Xavier, respectfully. After she made this statement regarding amniocentesis to test for Trisomy 21 (Down): “…and the mother can decide if she wants to keep the pregnancy or not”, I asked her two questions to expose the fallacy of her statement:

        “Is the accuracy of the genetic amniocentesis test 100%?” Answer: no.

        “Do all persons with the Trisomy 21 genotype manifest Down syndrome?” Answer: no. Sometimes the phenotype is suppressed.

        So this self-identified pro-life, Christian professor suggested (without actually saying the words just like Dr. Samadi) that terminating a pregnancy should be considered based solely on probability. And then she added that it would be OUR JOB AS NURSES TO COUNSEL THE WOMAN ABOUT THAT CHOICE. I kept my response to my self but thought: Foxtrot Yankee, lady!

        Truly no one wants a child to be disabled, but to have a child with a disability can be a most beautiful thing — challenging, but rewarding beyond measure if the parents live up to that challenge. Is there anyone sweeter than a Down Syndrome “child”? They are often, in my opinion, the model of a perfect human being.

        (…as far as sinners go, of course)

        Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mother of the Unborn, pray for us.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen. Amen. Amen! Thank you for your witness to life, Dear Patrick!

          Hardly an epidemiologist, I am, as all of us, simply observing what is transpiring in our world. Perhaps the greatest challenge in doing so is the level of deceit and hidden agendas ever promoted. (Well rather in-your-face agendas these days as the evil one flagrantly spits and foams venom. Deliver us, O Lord.)

          With fervor and joy I echo: Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mother of the Unborn, pray for us.

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        • Doug says:

          We have close friends that have an adult child with down syndrome. He was diagnosed with cancer and one day said to his mom and dad he was healed of cancer. The Lady told me so. Apparently, he saw the blessed Mother. This young man has been accepted and has joined a Franciscan order in Indiana. The parents sold their house an moved to Indiana. They stayed at our in law apartment for 8 months before moving (I was sad to see them go). They came back for a visit with their son (Corrie who is now brother seraphim) and one of the brothers who escorted him. We shared a dinner together and afterwards fellowshipped. Now, br. Seraphim spoke in a typical down syndrome intonation. “Jesus, let me see him behind the veil. He lifted the veil from the Eucharist and let me see him. He is really there. I saw him”. I have always personally struggled with the Eucharist. It does not come natural with me. With the blessed mother, no problem. This has done more to bolster my faith than anything else to that point.

          I have known Corrie for years and he has such an inocense and intense love for our Lord that transcends the natural. It is palpable when you are near him.

          There is something extraordinarily special about this young man and in my heart, I belive he will be the first Saint with down syndrome. He was an unexpected pregnancy when in their late 40s. What a blessing this person with down syndrome has been!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Amen

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          • So beautiful, Doug. Brother Seraphim, who is as pure as a child and incapable of an untruth, has truly seen the Blessed Mother and Jesus. And he has just graced my life with his simple words. Thank you very much for sharing them with me.

            And I just read this a few hours ago in Adoration:

            (524). + O Jesus, hidden God,
            My heart perceives You
            Though veils hide You;
            You know that I love You.
            +. J.M.J. (Saint Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul)

            You have given my much to contemplate, Brother Doug.

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          • Doug says:

            Ha Patrick! That means you probably have been sneaking your smart phone into adoration to check TNRS posts. I guess this means you have brought us with you 🙂

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          • Anne says:

            Thank you so much for sharing this!!

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Thanks for sharing this Doug! Wonderful story and don’t Downes Syndrome brothers and sisters really show us what it means to become like a child so as to enter the kingdom of heaven? Brother Seraphim lives this reality and the great mystery of the Eucharist.
            With regard to the Eucharist just keep contemplating in your heart. It doesn’t come naturally because it is supernatural!

            “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…”

            “Man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God!”

            “My word goes forth and does not return to me empty!”

            “I am the Bread that has come down from heaven.”

            And at the end of the Bread of life teaching in John 6, he connects it to the Resurrection which the Apostles will soon experience:

            “What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?”

            I tried to teach my children that one can learn very much with the mind but some things can only be learned in the heart and that prayer and sacraments were the language of that domain.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you LukeMichael Michael. Interestingly, when I talk with many other Catholics, they say “Eucharist. No problem. Mary, I struggle with”. It has been just the reverse for me. Maybe it is my analytical engineering mind getting in the way. I guess we all have our struggles with faith in some form and we just need to make that last leap into trust and belief. I also just kinda like just knowing things are a mystery some times. It keeps life interesting. I fully accept the Catholic churches teaching on the Eucharist and there have been times that receiving has brought the greatest joy and tears. I can be content with that too. You are a blessing her. God bless you!

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          • janet333 says:

            Thank you for sharing this story Doug. How very blessed Brother Seraphim’s family are. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Very blessed. They do have struggles in other areas where they need prayer though. I offer all my 2nd sorrowful intentions for their family. God bless you Janet!

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          • janet333 says:

            They will remain on my prayer list Doug…God Bless You Too.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh wonderful Janet!

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        • Mick says:

          Amen, Patrick!

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    • Doug says:

      Yes. They are very sincere. Sincerely wrong.

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    • mdasteel says:

      Very very very few doctors are against abortion. I work with Prolife
      Docs and know how rare they are and what other “nice” dos like Dr Samadi think of them. Roe corrupted the medical profession. Especially OB/GYNs.

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  24. Julie of WI says:

    Thank you Beckita for posting the Zika websites. Shows once again we can’t believe everything we read. I didn’t even realize that it was the pro-choice people causing fear and why they are doing it. Doug, your comment about what would reclaim the west is confession, I couldn’t agree more. I have thought so much about this and wonder how in the world the few priests we have will be able to handle this during the height of the storm? I pray for my local priest as I see his aging body try to take care of two parishes alone as it is.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen to confession. From the first days of the apparitions, Our Lady Queen of Peace has spoken about confession in Medjugorje: “Monthly confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West. One must convey this message to the West.” (August 6, 1982)

      As for the priests in the Storm, I believe it will be their greatest joy to welcome home the unending penitents. I partake in some online weekly study concerning the spirituality of Living in the Divine Will. I chuckled to hear the exhortation of the priest/teacher as he said about confession: Remember the 3B’s… “Be blunt. Be brief. Be gone!” It made me laugh because confession has been a time for many in this area to receive spiritual advice with some friendly chatting to boot. Perhaps as people return during the intensity of the Storm, the laity will help prepare those penitents for confession as well as tend to their souls in ways a lay person may do after the penance is prayed.

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      • Joe says:

        Speaking of preparing people for confession, when talking to people with a smartphone, have them download the ConfessIt app (available on both the Apple App Store and the android Play Store on the phone), which goes through the 10 commandments as an examination of conscience and allows you to chose which sins you have committed. It then walked you through confession, how to say everything, including the act of contrition. Great for those who haven’t been back in a while. (For those of us who commit the same things over and over, it is also nice to re-examine every once in a while, too.)

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    • Anne says:

      A good sincere confession….. A cleaning of the slate …… Is the entry for the whole world into the Kingdom of God which is silently rising. The Kingdom of the human will is noisy, attention seeking, marketed to the hilt……. It is collapsing as the silent seed is starting to rise hiddenly…. But magnificently and yet in all humility.
      And the coming of the Kingdom………….. And God shall rule.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Julie, I think most priests would be delighted to be stuck in the confessional for hours. I hear of so many associated with Medjugorje that find it such a joy when there are so many conversions involved.

      My wife and I are traveling and we went to Mass in Florida today. A visiting priest who must have been around 80 and blind who is doing a lenten mission will be offering confession for 3 hrs on Monday and 3 hrs on Tuesday to prepare folks for lent. He jokingly said he would offer face to face confession or behund the veil. Makes no difference to him. What a joy to see this happy and joyful faith filled priest at this age and blind!

      Now if YD quad-locates, I think this can cover a lot to fill in the gaps!

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      • johnjwblog says:

        Father Pat Martin – very good priest

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        • Doug says:

          Ah! You know him. He was awesome. It was the icing on the cake for a fabulous week away with my amazing bride.

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          • johnjwblog says:

            I told him my kids were causing a ruckus in church all the time, he asked me where I sat,I said in the back so as not to disturb people, he paused for a moment and then said ironically or maybe in humour, sit your kids in the front so they can SEE what’s going on – it worked

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          • Doug says:

            That is so ironic and neat!

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          • Doug says:

            If i may add, when my wife was sick, we sat in the front row handicapped section for about 6 months or so. It was actually a joy to be right up front watching the Mass unfold. There was one moment in January I was sitting there watching our deacon (a beautiful gentle faith filled man) when it hit me. Deacon. Huh! This was the first inclination I received that I should pursue this avenue. John, you may be on to something about sitting in the front row. 🙂

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          • johnjwblog: When I was a child my parents used to sit 2/3rds back in the church, and being small I could only see adults’ boring backsides. I asked if we could sit up in the front pew, (usually empty) so I could see Mass, but they said disapprovingly the front pews was where those sat who “wanted everybody to think they were holy.” So I resolved to rebel: that when I was a grown-up I would sit in the front to see everything at the altar and not care if people thought I was holy or not.
            When I grew up (all of 5’1″ tall), I did, and still do.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that!!

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      • Julie of WI says:

        Charlie, Doug and Beckita, it is because of responses like yours that keep me coming to this site over and over. Your life stories and perceptions are beautiful! A joyful heart begets a joyful heart!

        One quick story of a good friend of mine with now an adult Down’s child, Eric. We danced at my son’s wedding and we danced again at my wedding a year ago. He is such a joy and what do people remember most about my wedding? The way Eric and the small children danced with everyone at my wedding.

        Beckita, there are two places I go to confession. My local priest wants to have a conversation about my sins. He truly wants to understand where my heart is before forgiving. The other place is at a shrine close to my home that has confessions 5 nights a week and they like it as you reiterated “Be blunt. Be brief. Be gone!” That made me LOL!

        Regarding confession and forgiveness, when Charlie posted Mother Ellen Neufeld’s writing, I printed and highlighted “Only forgiveness can stop the whirlwind of betrayal and vengeance; only forgiveness can extinguish the flaming tree of rage. Peter was able to trust the forgiveness of God after he denied Jesus at His trial, while Judas rejected the possibility of forgiveness and restoration due to his lack of trust. Only if we truly trust in God’s love and healing can we begin to forgive and let go of our hurt and anger”. This will always and forever stick with me.

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  25. Bob in Minnesota says:

    Well Charlie:
    Ned Dougherty a religious mystic who has been receiving messages for over 30 years has just posted his February monthly vision or message,
    this months message is from Jesus of Nazareth Himself.
    Jesus says
    “I am preparing to make the supreme sacrifice again, {for my Second Coming to mankind} and my second mission in fulfillment of the Father’s plan is at hand.”

    Elseware in the February message Jesus says “{I am returning to you now} in preparation for the Great Changes that are going to take place for humanity in the very near future.”

    Elseware in the February message Jesus says “The time of change will now happen very swiftly in the {coming years}, but the final transformation and changes will also happen so quickly now, because of the speeding up of time that you are all experiencing.”

    How can two religious mystics have different stories from the same Jesus?

    Ever Wonder why people question what mystics say?

    People you have to take (make) a jump of faith to believe in what mystics proclaim,
    Now understand I am not commenting on the existence of the Holy Trinity, I know the Holy Trinity exists have no doubt of it, but as far as mystics. one just does not know who is peddling snake oil, or who is speaking the truth and who is a con artist, of course a mentally challenged with reality con artist.

    What am I trying to state/communicate?
    To have you question everything, do not just blindly accept what some one ( a religious mystic) says, The Catholic Church Has Not Approved or Disapproved Any Of These Messages Or Stories. Period. Go talk to your Priest about what you are involved with, get an independent perspective, form a learned educated person, I mean a Priest.

    I added the { } brackets. There is more to the February message, I just high lighted some of it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t quite understand, Bob. I presume you mean that this is contradicting what I have said…but I don’t see it at all. Until I got to the fifth paragraph, I thought you were posting this to confirm what I have said.

      You are right that careful discernment should always be exercised. But I think you are trapped in a linear thinking of your own making. You think a mystic must tell you exactly what will happen…and when it emphasizes what God calls you to, you seem to impose a linear narrative on it yourself. I have told you what God wants of you: Acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. What is there about that that you find so objectionable that you must restlessly try to find the flaw? I don’t really get it, except I suspect you are a man who hopes for the best, but has a very difficult time accepting anything that is greater than what men can ordinarily accomplish on their own. That is not a criticism of mystics, but a struggling with faith at all.

      Now I make no comment on Ned Doherty. I have heard of him before but, again, I rarely read much of what others say, so I just don’t know emough to have an opinion on him. But for the life of me, I don’t see how what he is saying here is at all incompatible with what I say. So I leave it to readers: am I missing something and does this contradict me or is Bob making a bit of a reach? I really would like to know if others think this is in contradiction to what I say.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Here is what Pope Saint John Paul II had to say on the matter:

        “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

        And that was back in 1976, then reprinted in the Wall Street Journal two years later in 1978.

        Forty years ago, the Pope was talking about the “final confrontation.” I take it that the Pope qualifies as a learned, educated person. I think taking the Pope’s prophetic words together with Ned’s and yours, Charlie, people can more clearly discern.

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        • Beckita says:

          I love this Pope St. PJII quote, Phoenix, and I frequently reference it. I also appreciate St. PJII’s reference to what follow the “final confrontation”: The New Springtime of Christian Life. Amen!

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    • Beckita says:

      Just two areas on this comment:

      1.I read Ned’s Dougherty’s book, Fast Lane to Heaven, as well as reading, for about a year, his alleged messages. I put them aside. Why? In the period when I looked closely at his messages, he never claimed to have a spiritual director. As I discerned, that was a big problem for me. It also seemed to me Ned was repeating his play by play messages as well as milking his experiences to produce more details.

      2. I see BIG red flags as I visit Dougherty’s site this evening. (He may have more than the one I’m viewing.). It’s the book recommendations on the side which show evidence that Ned Dougherty has some very serious spiritual issues.

      **Visiting the book titled Earthangels and Archangels by Petra Schneider and Gerhard Pieroth, here’s the content description: “The authors have worked with angels, archangels and earthangels for years. Based on their own experience, they describe the spiritual world of angels and their tasks, powers and possibilities. They explain how to make contact with these powerful and loving beings so that you can invite them to walk at your side and become part of your life.” This is not Catholic content, Bob.

      **In addition the same authors have written: Light Beings–Master Essences with this content description: “This book systematically introduces the Light Beings Master Essences, which contain the energetic vibration of the “Ascended Masters” and help dissolve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks. The powerful spiritual energies work on all the levels of the being and help to uplift and elevate the being. Published under the Arcana Publishing Imprint.” You’re right, Bob. Discernment is critical. This content is comprised of New Age Goo.

      **Another questionable title is Archangels and Ascended Masters by Doreen Virtue with this content description: “A thoroughly researched book in a lively encyclopedia format, listing 77 divinities from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Asian, Babylonian, Tibetan, Buddhist, Celtic, Theosophical, New Age, Catholic, Cabalistic, Jewish, and Christian roots.” Why would a Christian person spend time discovering how to conjure up false gods? Yikes!

      **Then there’s the recommended book, Michael, by Richard Webster (believes in reincarnation and works his past life experiences into his current writing) with the frightening description: “A thorough history of the greatest angel in the Christian, Judaic, and Islamic traditions. The archangel Michael appears as a protector, a messenger, a guide, a warrior, and a healer. Learn the simple techniques for contacting him.” In my experience on deliverance teams this type of literature and recommended activity for “contacting” angels gets people into some pretty nasty contact with demonic spirits.

      Then there are a few excerpts from the site such as : “[At this point, Dougherty meets an incredible-looking being he refers to as “The Magnificent Man” who fits the description of Jesus Christ wearing a white flowing robe, having long-flowing and slightly curling auburn hair and a closely trimmed beard, and is preoccupied with little children.]” It creeps me out that Dougherty cannot reverently recount that he met Jesus Christ, if that is, indeed, who Dougherty met in this encounter.

      The last excerpt from Dougherty’s site is, in my view, his invitation for others to submit their messages to him for posting. Really? : “Concerning messages from other people on his site, he writes, “There are many messengers, seers, and visionaries worldwide who claim to receive messages from spiritual entities or interior locutions. To submit your own message, the following is required: (1) Initially, the messenger must be clearly identified by first and last name; (2) maintain a website or have a recognized and visible presence on other website locations; (3) and have an identified spiritual director. It is the responsibility of the reader/viewer of these messages to initiate their own individual discernment process in choosing to receive these messages, taking into account that this website provides only minimal criteria for acceptance. Due to the fact that a reader/viewer’s discernment process will necessarily include knowledge of the messenger, any “anonymous” messages or sources will not be accepted.”

      Honestly, Bob, how can one even begin to compare this so-called “mystic” with an authentic mystic? For me it’s a no brainer: Run, Run, Run from Ned Dougherty’s material. Pray for him but don’t look back.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Beckita. Since I don’t – and should not – read many such messengers, lest it influence my own thinking, I depend on you folks on the TNRS team to guide me on some of these things. What you cited tells me all I need to know on this one. After this conversation, citations of Doherty are banned from this site.

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        • Mack says:

          I’ve read Ned Dougherty’s messages too. He had a real conversion in his life and I believe he is a sincere, committed Catholic. But that doesn’t mean his claims to visions are authentic.
          Perhaps he does have some authentic mystical experiences, but maybe misunderstands them. I feel skeptical of his claims. Some of his messages are in a general alignment with Charlie’s, in that we are entering serious times and big changes are happening (ie the Storm). However, in this last message he said he put together and “End Times Table” giving more specific dates for some things–only available to subscribers! So I’m more skeptical since he is using it as a way to gain some financial support for his site.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Josh in Indiana said he is pretty sure the page reviewed was NOT Dougherty’s, but rather one that links to him. So it is possible, perhaps very likely, that Dougherty himself is not infected with any New Age nonsense. I have asked Beckita to check it out in depth, that we not smear the man.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Amen

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        • Harry Flynn says:

          Hi Charlie (I hope you do not mind me using your first name)! I am still adjusting to using your web site and thought I posted something earlier about a dream I had about the beginning of the military takeover….It freaked me out and I finally decided to post on your site.

          I wanted to ask you about your assertion below about Mr. Symonds. Do you have some inside information about this guy? You have made some strong assertions about him. I’ve read what Symonds has both written and then commented to you and I am confused. I appreciate any clarification, and thank you in advance.

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          • charliej373 says:

            In the first article he wrote he sent me an email and asked me to drive down from Dallas to visit him in Waco. I responded that I did not have a car but would set aside a day if he wanted to drive up. He never responded to that email. When I noted this in a comment there where he was blasting me, he hilariously said I needed to be charitable with him. His first piece was a bit muddled, but I saw no signs of real malice in it. Then suddenly he was filled with zeal to genuinely attack. This happened coincidentally with him knowing the full name of my first spiritual director. Now that is confidential information that I have guarded closely. When I gave a file of archival documents to the Archdiocese, I knew there was one priest who has been relentlessly hostile to me since I first met him two years ago – and that he would have access to the confidential file. That priest has told friends of mine, as long as two years ago, to have nothing to do with me. He sometimes contacted people who had the temerity to speak well of me during my tour last summer and harangue them. I think his animus started because he loathes Medjugorje and was offended that I think it fundamentally authentic…but it became something personal. I know he mines any negative information or commentary on me he can find. He is a priest with some little authority. So when I saw that Mr. Symonds had confidential information all of a sudden and real relish for going after me, I guessed that this priest had recruited a new follower and shared some of that info. It is not certain by any means, but some circumstantial evidence is compelling. So no, I don’t have inside info on Mr. Symonds. What I know is that when I offered him a day, he did not decline, just didn’t respond at all.

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      • janet333 says:

        Wow! Ascended Masters..I’d stay away from Ned Dougherty Bob!

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      • Bob says:

        The only reason to read such new age garbage would be if a person was called to help people get out of that stuff and then only after much prayer so as not to get caught in the muck, but I would think that from what Beckita wrote that is all anyone would need to know!

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      • Bob says:

        Having been involved in Eastern Religions and early new age stuff, which God in his mercy freed me from, when I read of things like “beings of light and “ascended masters” I see hints of that old Gnostic pride as in to Eve, “you will be wise, like God knowing good and evil” and these Gnostic things seem to offer that “Special” or “Hidden knowledge”, to stroke that evil of pride, as opposed to the simple available “Knowledge” the Apostle Paul spoke of which is to worship and to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified!

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      • Josh in IN says:

        Beckita,

        I don’t know anything about Ned Dougherty or his “visions,” but in fairness to Mr. Dougherty, I think you were looking at a site that had a page about him, not his site. The one I looked at lines up with what you reported. The book recommendations are from whoever maintains that site (which is about all sorts of near death experiences, not prophecy, per se), not Dougherty, and the part about meeting Jesus was an insertion by the same site author, not Dougherty, so there’s no way of telling if Dougherty knew it was Jesus. The last part you cite seems to be to attributed to him, but in my reading, those seem like somewhat reasonable criteria.

        Again, I know nothing about his “visions” and am not defending him. I looked at the site he maintains, saw that he has an obsession with “chemtrails” and clicked out.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you so much for this, Josh. I have seen some of my work cited occasionally at some, ahem, dodgy sites. Beckita, would you check this out. I would be ashamed to dismiss Mr. Dougherty on unjust grounds borne of an error.

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          • Josh in IN says:

            FWIW, I was looking at http://www.n***-d****.com/e**********/notable/ned-dougherty.html (asterisks replace letters so it’s not a link–I do not disagree with Beckita’s conclusion regarding his reliability. This is for comparison’s sake.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks Josh. We will get it tracked down and treat Mr. Dougherty with fairness here.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Anyway, I do have caution with regards to Ned Dougherty and it would be good that the answers that Beckita brings up be answered for the sake of prudence and caution, as well as justice to Mr. Dougherty.

            Nevertheless, it is better to be cautious and avoid a certain person’s writings if there are enough questions raised. How other people handle one’s messages does a lot to skew them and the messenger should practice prudence in how they are used as far as it is in his power (e.g. making a public statement about certain online sites promoting him, etc.)

            Any messenger and any unfavourable action of the Church against him or her–even if to only say “We cannot at this point make a determination for or against and therefore recommend caution or ask that they do not speak until we do”– does not change the Faith and should not affect yours. The devil would love to discourage or make you stumble in not trusting God. Try to avoid this temptation as much as possible.

            I hope that Mr Dougherty is sincere and obedient, but his messages, as I said, do not speak to me and they have led me simply to not read them as I said.

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          • Harry Flynn says:

            Hi Charlie! You mention dodgy sites, have you seen the latest criticism of your writings at PMA’s web site?

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          • charliej373 says:

            No Harry. I don’t even know what PMA stands for. I am used to people talking ugly about me, and don’t pay much attention to it. Most of the sites that hit me badly fracture what I actually say – so they raise straw men to attack. Thing is, those who act in malice will get their reward. Honest criticism is often a help. These sites that attack me in a surplus of malice end up shooting themselves in the foot: a lot of people reading them come to my site to get a look at the monster they describe, then discover I am not a monster at all. So the attackers build traffic and, in an odd way, give people hope.

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          • Harry Flynn says:

            Hi Charlie (hopefully you do not mind being called by your first name)!
            For some reason I cannot reply to your specific comment so I have to reply separately.
            “PMA” stands for “Patti Maguire Armstrong.” It looks as though she posted something else from that guy who wrote about you last year. I don’t want to give the link because it might bring unnecessary traffic to her site (regardless of what you say about traffic).

            I had a strange dream last night. It was the first day of the military takeover you described in one of your posts. In my dream, soldiers were going around my neighborhood at night telling people to leave their homes. Essentially WWIII had broken out after America betrayed England or something like that. I woke up with my heart pounding, and wide awake after that!

            Scared me half to death!

            Perhaps a few words are in order since I’m a new poster. I have looked at your site off and on for about a year but don’t think I’ve posted much, if anything. It has been interesting to follow your development. I do not know about your extraordinary claims, but I know that something is coming down the pipeline. It has to as the current system cannot stand much longer.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks Harry, yes I did find the piece. I wrote briefly about it a few comments ago. Silly stuff, even trying to badger some commenters here and my priests.

            In any case, when I wrote about the possibility of martial law, I was careful to note it was only one possible scenario. I only wrote about it at all because, in mid-2014, I was hearing too many overheated speculation on it and people were largely talking of reacting to such a possibility in all the wrong ways, ways that would make things more difficult for them. Since then, I have said everywhere I have gone and any time I am asked that that is no longer a serious concern. The fall of 2014 was the last time the federal government had a realistic chance of declaring a national emergency, taking emergency powers, and making it stick. Since then they have forfeited the base level of confidence needed to get such a thing off the ground. If they declared such a thing now, there would immediately be widespread pockets of active resistance which would likely lead to full-scale revolution. So I do not even consider that scenario seriously any more. At best they could muddle things up for a few weeks.

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          • Doug says:

            Welcome Harry!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Charlie, in regards to what Henry and Mack brought up, I ran across those posts as well. He made some rather distasteful comments regarding you, your team and even linked to them via their names.. ugh. Kevin is also very rabidly anti-Medjugorje and I’ve butt heads with him before. He really went after Wayne Weible and I watched the whole exchange on a blog. It was very very unprofessional…and I know Wayne was very unhappy with the exchange.. and left, so did I and never went back. I wonder what will happen if both are approved one day? Will he come back and apologize or take the ” we do not have to listen to or abide by private mystical revelation… my guess is the latter. If that same amount of time was spent focusing on God and encouraging people vs attacking you and Medjugorje…he’d be a saint by now. 🙂 I just keep praying for him and those like him.

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          • charliej373 says:

            God bless you, Snowy. I honestly don’t know why some people get obsessed with discrediting something that does much good. One of my spiritual directors is a skeptic of Medjugorje. Though a towering intellectual, he has the humility to acknowledge the case is undecided – and respects those who disagrees with him. He is too busy trying to win souls to God to worry about such crusades. Would that all would respect disagreements on matters that don’t go to the heart of the faith. We would have a lot fewer people shooting at others they should consider as allies.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Charlie, I want to say something here about Wayne Weible..and you do not have to post this if you think it will cause an issue..but he is a true heart, I love that man for his defense of Mary and I did defend him on that blog..by telling my story concerning Medjugorje. Whether the Church approves it or not makes no difference to me, I will go with the Church and so will he..anyway, Wayne gave up everything because of his love for the Blessed Virgin. Defending her became and still is his whole life! Kevin is acting against Heaven and good in more ways than one by doing what he is doing, Lord have mercy on him. I hated seeing what he did to Wayne and now I hate seeing what he is doing to you! Both of you are good and true men!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think highly of Weible. Interestingly, I have many professional friends who re Medjugorje skeptics. But all my most intense critics are anti-Medjugorje zealots. I have come to think there is an exotic variety of theologian who thinks that God is their greatest creation and react in rage at the very idea that God might act in a way that does not fit their Hypotheses without getting their permission first. Thank God most theologians are engaged with knowing and serving God rather than playing a game of dungeons and dragons writ large which they think they are masters and gatekeepers of.

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          • Doug says:

            Hear, hear Snowy!

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          • Doug says:

            Amen Charlie!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Was that a rhetorical question on why certain Priests [and some Bishops] go after some people obsessively when you say: I honestly don’t know why some people get obsessed with discrediting something that does much good.?

            I could write a lengthy piece on it, but already have here–as you have as well 🙂

            I always wondered if you had the gift of reading hears, but you consistently say that God works in the Ordinary with you, despite the Extraordinary surrounding you. While a useful gift at times in discerning or giving advice, it is one of the most difficult to see granite or diamond rocks and immovability–especially when (unlike you in the Political Arena) the Lord makes it known that you cannot do anything / take any action. All you can do is pray for Mercy and say, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”

            And thus I abbreviate…

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          • Doug says:

            YD, I would most certainly say Charlie is quite perceptive given his life experiences.

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        • Beckita says:

          Charlie, I’m back home now and have checked several things. First of all, I made a BIG FAT BLUINDER when I posted the excerpts from the site which Josh correctly referenced. Thank you, Josh.

          I apologize for my oversight. I was trained as an educator to go to primary sources for information. I taught this style of researching and I have had to do this in many settings, including fact checking material which has come my way via my own distribution list. Geesh! Nevertheless, I missed it last night when I found Mr. Dougherty’s page on an, as you say Charlie, sketchy site. This is a big self-humiliation for me and I completely own the mistake, asking forgiveness from our readers, Ned Dougherty and you, Charlie. I note especially you, Charlie, because you’ve got enough to deal with and I’m part of the team with the intent of assisting you.

          I did go to Mr. Dougherty’s actual website and discovered he does now have a spiritual director, Fr. Paul J Lehman, a priest for 62 years, retired from parish duties since 1999 yet he continues to minister via retreats and faith seminars: http://bergenfieldalumni.com/faculty/lehman/lehman.shtml

          While I mucked up the report with incorrectly attributing those posted excerpts to Ned Dougherty, I maintain my discernment that Ned’s purported messages while urging people to pray and respond to God’s call, seem to me to be meditations from Ned. I also note as I visited his site, End Times Daily, there are *no* New Age references or writings. He appeals constantly for money, in many ways. Of coursem we each may visit his site for personal discernment.

          So there you have it. Again I apologize for any confusion this may have caused and I am especially gut-wrenching sorrowful to have added this burden to Charlie. I close calling upon the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita whose memorial we celebrate today. Oh St. Bakhita, pray for this Beckita and all here.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, but Beckita, think of how many souls have been released from purgatory!

            Seriously, it is a good training ground. When I worked in newspapers and radio, I utterly loathed getting my facts wrong – as most people do. But I set a standard for myself that, when I made a factual error on the front page, I was not going to do one of those mealy-mouthed corrections on Page 26. If I made a factual error, I wanted my readers or listeners to hear the correction from me first and for the correction to be made more prominent than the original error. It created in me a rigorous discipline for getting my facts right. I still made some mistakes when I was in a hurry, but I always paid the price on the correction in full.

            Thank you for living that same ethic, Beckita.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh Beckita. Honest mistake. We still love you.

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          • Beckita says:

            You mean I’m not fired after all? 🙂 Thank you, Charlie. I’m grateful for your humor as well as the way you shared your own error and remedy, thereby normalizing human nature without playing games concerning the seriousness of such a mistake. Then you close with a true statement of confidence. Why, you’re better than baking soda.

            I’ll bet many here have experienced a penetrating sting from a wasp or bee which was immediately defused and soothed with baking soda paste. Yah! Your’e better than baking soda; you’re the epitome of a class act.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When a noble soul makes a mistake, they get better. When a lesser soul makes a mistake, they get defensive.

            In politics, when I had a talented regional coordinator who was a bit rough around the edges, I eagerly awaited the moment when they would make a critical mistake – for it would refine them and make them great. As Tony the Tiger would say, Beckita, “You’re great!”

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beckita, you are so sweet and humble. Before I finished reading your post I thought that you were suggesting that Charlie is better than baking soda in helping us to rise up. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Beckita, you are on to something. The new TNRS official compliment can be “better than baking soda”

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          • Julie of WI says:

            Doug, How about “better than baking powder” since baking soda needs an acid in it to work and baking powder already has everything in it to work. Beckita has everything it takes to be easily loved!!

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          • Doug says:

            I hope you are blushing Beckita 🙂

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          • anna819 says:

            Beckita, you are are humble and beautiful soul and we love you!

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          • prayingflower says:

            Beckita: you, too, are a class act. pf

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          • Mack says:

            In reference to Harry’s comment above, PMA is Patti Maguire Armstrong. She has posted some articles by a Kevin Symonds, who is critical of Charlie. I did not find his arguments convincing. The funny thing is that in the footnotes Mr Symonds even comments on some of the commenters here! That strikes me as very odd indeed, as if the commenters on a site are responsible for the main content! Oh well, if it spreads the TNRS message, it’s all to the good.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh yes, Mr. Symonds started off as a rather befuddled, but not particularly malicious, researcher. Something happened to set fire to him, making him think, I suspect, that he can get into the big leagues of theology by discrediting me. Someone has fed him some inside information, for he demanded to have my first spiritual director call him so he could set him straight. He said the priest’s name. I knew there is someone who is giving him info because I have been VERY protective of that priest’s name. It is also when I knew with certainty that Symonds is not a serious man. He got that priest’s title wrong and he clearly did not know who he is. He is one of the most respected Canon Lawyers in the country – by Rome as well. Rather arrogant to think such a man could set a towering and respected intellectual who has known and talked with me for 21 years straight based on superficial readings. Now he is taunting me to publicly release the names of my priests. I have given them to the Archdiocese, which is the only place they are required. He wants to attack some of my readers and commenters, in hopes that they will get defensive and contact him so he can twist their words, as well.

            When I was in politics I frequently was confronted with junior operatives who thought they could earn their stripes by taking me down. They were an annoyance and some of them were rather clever, but almost all found the effort ultimately took their career to the boneyards. Top do such a thing at all is to focus on a thing rather than real work – and so is ultimately self-destructive.

            This whole project of trying to discredit me is silly and vain. Time is short – and time, itself, will either confirm or discredit me. If I am wrong, 10,000 people shouting in my favor from the rooftops will not change that. If I am right, 10,000 theologians denouncing me will not hurt me, but only discredit them. The better way is to consider whether I am leading people away from Christ and the Church or helping them to get closer – and let the prophetic elements take care of themselves. So far, world events have conspired to support me. It is a risky bet to stake your whole reputation on definitively pronouncing on me at this point. But all shall surely reap what they sow.

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          • Harry Flynn says:

            @Mack, I read your comment about this Symonds guy commenting about commenters on this site. I also read his article. He was not just commenting on commenters. He specified Charlie’s Answers Team. They enjoy a position of authority and, as such, are not just the average commenters.

            I do not mean the above to be disrespectful but I do believe it is important to keep straight a record.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I just skimmed over the piece, Harry. Once I see someone is tendentious – or ignoring my central points in order to focus on something ancillary and reducing it to the ridiculous – I move on. I have wearied of bothering to read the critiques that just mutilate what I say. I imagine what you say is correct, but it was also clear that Mr. Symonds was sending a clear message to my priests and anyone associated with me that he was not just coming after me, but would be coming after them, as well. Let him keep at it…some of my priests are genuine lions and if he wants to goad them, I imagine he may get his wish but will find he is not as ready to face angry lions as he thought. And yes, I do find the veiled threats to anyone associated with me to be contemptible.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie,

            I can’t imagine what he could do to attack your helpers. I personally will refuse to get into a contest or unhealthy debate. I have learned my lesson in the past and generally steer clear of contentious arguments. If criticisms draw more readers here to see for themselves, maybe it will have the opposite effect when the readers find out what a nice place this is and how we are doing our best to remain faithful to the Magisterium.

            Doug

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        • Mick says:

          Welcome aboard, Harry Flynn! 🙂

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          • Harry Flynn says:

            Thank you, Mick! I have been doing some thinking lately. What does everyone think about the expression “the devil gives 99% of the truth, but it is that 1% wherein he feeds the lie”?
            I would especially like to hear Charlie’s take on this question.
            Thank you again!

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Harry..and welcome!

            Many false seers encourage their followers to frequent the sacraments, use holy water etc. If satan didn’t then no one would follow the seer. This is the reason why the followers refuse to accept that the seer can be false. The following was written by a false seer..

            “I have told you to make your homes holy, to pray each day together in your homes.
            · I have asked you to obtain images of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus for each room.
            · I have asked you to put crucifixes and Saint Benedict medals on all windows and doors.
            · I have asked you to obtain and keep blessed candles for light and warmth.
            · I have asked you to obtain images of the Saints, Angels and maintain your homes free of evil by the frequent use of Holy water sprinkled throughout your homes.
            · I have asked you to keep extra Rosaries and prayer books on hand.”

            So we see that satan does ‘allow’ pious devotions if in the end he can achieve his goal. We can never take this as proof that a message is genuine. We need the Church – and why every genuine seer has submitted themselves and their writings to the Church that Christ founded.

            The poison satan adds to the mix…….” Do not allow yourselves to be deceived for the deceiver is among you. (Pope Benedict) Rise up, My children, and hold on to the Truth of My Ways; do not forget My servant, John Paul II. Do not forget the words that he has given to you for they are My Words given to bring you through these times.”

            Later we are told….Pope Francis is the “Deceiver,” the “Anti-Pope”….”How My Heart breaks because of the sorrow, which is being felt by souls who are in disarray because of the flight of My last pope, My beloved Benedict. You, My cherished souls, feel so confused and, somewhat, alone. I feel your pain and you must pray hard for My Hand of Mercy, so that I can reach out to comfort your sorrowful hearts. ”

            “I have told you that Saint Joseph with the Apostles and Disciples of My Most Holy Mother shall begin and maintain the True Catholic Faith within the Remnant Church because of the schism the Anti-Pope shall foster, due to his heresies. Saint Joseph has gathered people together to pray. He will continue to assist all of you who wish to be faithful to the Dogma and Traditions of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and Faith to join together, to have the Sacraments, and Priestly counsel from Holy, Marian, Priests. That is why I have asked and asked you to seek out Holy Priests who would serve the True Church in the days before and after the Warning, and on to the three days of darkness.”

            Jeremiah warns 23:21-22 “I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.” Jer 23-21

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes. It’s just like Decon bug spray. 99% inert. It is the 1% that kills you. Of course, the evil one cannot do anything without God’s (or ours) permission, but it is a huge strategy of his to lead people astray. More than anything, he wants to infiltrate the church and take what is evil and put God’s Stamp on it so God is blamed for all the evil. This is also one of the great deceptions of New Age.

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          • prayingflower says:

            I like the Decon analogy, Doug. I believe the 1% is referred to as “the tail of the devil.” He’s so clever at concealing himself in the 99%, but he can’t seem to manage to pull his tail out of sight. Good discernment of the Spirit will detect the tail for what it is. pf

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Harry, I do not recall ever seeing or hearing that *expression*. The Gospel of John 8:43-47 states:
            43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

            “…there is no truth in him.” I believe the dark one may use his deception to manipulate wayward souls to do 99% of his dark work for him.

            A CNA article that I read this morning, is yet another example of the power of darkness disguised and promulgated as good intent.

            http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-tale-of-satanists-and-political-maneuvering-in-arizona-55099/

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          • Mick says:

            Harry, I’m sure that others will jump in with their thoughts; but here are mine: I’ve also heard the expression that you mentioned. I think that in some cases, there is a lot of truth in that statement. For instance, there are many people who oppose abortion except in cases of rape and incest. They get 99% of it right (abortion is wrong) but buy the 1% lie (abortion is OK if caused by rape or incest). In other cases, though, I don’t think that the expression that you mentioned applies at all; sometimes the lie that Satan pushes is so egregious that there’s hardly any truth admixed with the falsehood. For instance, the Planned Parenthood ghouls who find it acceptable and even desirable to butcher unborn babies, chop them up, and sell off their body parts in order to enrich themselves while clearly breaking federal law in the process–to me, that’s 100% unadulterated lie that they’ve swallowed hook, line, and sinker. Just my $0.02.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Harry, I have never heard that before. Satan can speak some truth but I doubt it is as high as 99%, …that, I have never seen. He always mixes in a bit of truth to deceive but if stay on the Barque of Peter and you trust Jesus, that the gates of hell will not prevail, remain faithful to the Church and “the Pope,” you won’t be deceived. This is our safety and Jesus is always faithful to His promises.

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      • anna819 says:

        Beckita, could you post the website where you found the book recommendations by Ned Dougherty? I can’t seem to find what you are referring to. Anna

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    • Beckita says:

      Bob, I would respectfully like to expressing a few more observations. I’ve seen you previosuly write cautioning people to discern and I actually replied to you sharing some of what went into my personal discernment concerning Charlie. I can’t speak for everyone here but I’m willing to bet that those who have remained in this community have done just that: discerned. Further, Charlie has reiterated, again and again over time, as well as refocusing us, again and again over time, to dwell on acknowledging God, taking the next right step and becoming a sign of hope to those around us. That’s our real meat-and-potaotes around here, Bob.

      Now, please, I don’t expect you to answer to me. I’m just another kid who belongs to this family here. But I do ask you to consider for yourself, interiorly, could it be that you’re projecting your own fear, frustration and concerns onto the whole group here?

      God bless you, Bob.

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        Bob

        Becky has provided good insight and research. I read Ned’s book (Fast Lane to Heaven) back in the early 90s. I don’t doubt that he had a near death experience that changed his life in a positive way leaving behind drugs and alcohol but he went off into the New Age a long time ago.

        Robert

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      • YongDuk says:

        Beckita, my own interior warning system long has agreed with you, but I did not have the concrete answers as to why.

        Agreed

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Bob, I couldn’t see anything you had posted that contradicts Charlie’s message.

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  26. the phoenix says:

    I have written my letters to Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton. It’s good that there are concrete things we can do to help.

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  27. Laif W. says:

    Hello Charlie,
    I love your site. I have been following it weekly for the last year and 1/2. I don’t comment much but I come here for solace and inspiration on my journey as a father of 10 children. I am from the Pacific Northwest and I wrote you last year about my involvement in a new order of Monks; Maronite Monks of Jesus Mary and Joseph, that has been formed and are building a much needed monastery in Castle Rock Washington. Here is a article that just came out today about them in the National Catholic Register.
    http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/maronite-monks-offer-pacific-interior-silence/
    Pray for them, as the enemy surely does not want this most sacred project to move forward in the Pacific Northwest. God be with you

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  28. janet333 says:

    Praying for everything to move forward…. and for the community to be a light shining in the darkness.

    God Bless you.

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  29. CrewDog says:

    It is extremely difficult for us here to imagine that there are evil people that wake every morn with nothing on their minds other than the furtherance of UNLIMITED ABORTION and the smearing of, litigating against and/or persecution of PRO-LIFE CITIZENS …… or even Doritos’ Super Bowl ad that humanizes babies in the womb! These Evil People exist! They exist in Planned Parenthood, Houston, the Democrat Party USA ….. and probably in your neighborhood! ;-(

    “NARAL Tweets Objection to Doritos Super Bowl Ad Featuring Ultrasound Baby”
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/naral-assailed-tweeting-super-bowl-ad-was-humanizing-fetuses

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Imagine how cramped and miserable your life must be to act as such joyless scolds. Even as I fight them, a big part of me feels pity for the radical pro-abortion people. They are so narrow and joyless they make their lives a prison – a prison in which they want to trap everyone else, too. They kind of remind me of the Gollum – both repulsive and pitiable.

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      • BlessedIam says:

        The imagery of the Golum is a great example, Charlie. He always creeped me out!

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      • Bob says:

        Showing the pro aborts pictures of unborn babies reminds me of what happens when a cross is presented to a demon or to a vampire. As Charlie says we should pray for the reclamation of as many as possible but we must oppose the “dead enders” as much as we can and try to have them removed from positions of influence.

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  30. donna says:

    I was at a retreat this weekend with Immaculee and Kitty Cleveland….what a JOY! It was my birthday and I treated myself to this wonderful retreat….I JUST read through this article in entirety as well as halfway through the one after….heading to rosary then work but will definitely write ALL PARTIES as requested family. God Bless….I purchased Kitty’s Sacred Arias at the retreat and I listen when I am in my car and it brings such peace to me….Immaculee gave away a beautiful Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silver rosary to anyone whose birthday it was that day….well that was ME!!!! I am blessed. God is good….When I listen to the Rwanda atrocities of people being mamed with machetes by the thousands, what is really different about that and our abortion plight in this country? The message is clear…as Crew Dog would say…. GOD SAVE ALL HERE…..God bless my TNRS family.

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  31. Bill Hick says:

    you have 9 months to see your prophecy fulfilled. Will it really happen? Obama will not see the end of his term.. You can’t just leave us hanging

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  32. CrewDog says:

    Make no mistake! This PP/Houston Business is much more that Abortion it is all part of the 50+ year mission of The Left to take religion out of schools, courthouses, government and Christmas-n-Easter!! ….. and that leads us to NOW! The PERSECUTION of People of Faith … I should say of Christian/Jewish Faith as Islam is … well! … Ya Know ;-(
    Thus THE STORM!!

    “IRONY: BANNING ‘RELIGION’ FROM PUBLIC SQUARE”
    http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/irony-banning-religion-from-public-square/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  33. little one in PA says:

    Texas Right to Life called me to thank you for my note! 😀

    Working on PA state reps and senators….

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