Storming the Gates of Hell

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(Massacre of the Innocents – Valerio Castello)

By Charlie Johnston

When I was a boy in the mid-60s, my best friend was a kid named Randy who lived just across the street from me. He was the middle child of the Ostermann family (not their real name) and born just two days before I was. Mr. and Mrs. Ostermann had a fascinating story of how they met. Karl was a German soldier during the invasion of the Netherlands. His wife, Willie, was a Dutch girl who he fell in love with. They came to America in the aftermath of the war to get away from the hideous European memories. My family became good friends with the entire Ostermann family. Karl was a professor at the University of Chicago. When my Mom got worried about my early enthusiasm for comic books, Karl reassured her – told her to buy me as many comics as I wanted, that the important thing was to foster a love of reading…and if she did that, she could be assured I would end up reading a lot more than comic books.

I became a peculiar sort of marriage counselor for the Ostermanns. I was a rather gifted mimic. When the Ostermann’s got into a particularly prolonged argument, one of them would eventually get me aside and tell me to tell the other one something – but they would give it to me in German. I had no clue what they were saying, but could repeat it back precisely. So I would dutifully go say it. Then that one would tell me something to say back, again in German. It rarely took more than the delivery of three such messages before they were reduced to gales of laughter and were in love again. They would never tell me what I had said meant, though.

Mrs. Ostermann gave me my first Advent Calendar for kids, one where you pulled the paper back each day and it showed some symbol of Christmas to come. I thought it the most charming thing I had ever seen. Randy’s younger sister, Karla, had a crush on me. She was two years younger than us – and when you are that age, two years is a big thing. Besides, she had bright red hair and freckles – could have played the role of Annie without make-up. She was pleasant and fun…and she often tagged along with us, but I was not interested. My parents sent me a picture of her as an adult – which made me think I really blew it. The adult Karla looked very much like Ingrid Bergman, elegantly beautiful.

During those innocent times, I had the scariest dream of my life. I did not think it a prophetic dream at the time, just a terrifying nightmare.

In the dream, Mrs. Ostermann had taken Randy and me down to the Museum of Science and Industry on Chicago’s south side. It was a great museum for kids, with all sorts of interactive displays. She let us wander off on our own to enjoy whatever we liked. Suddenly she came running up to us with urgent fear in her eyes. “Quick boys, I’ve got to hide you,” she said. I asked her why and she said they were “putting the children to the knife.” I asked her why she didn’t call the police. “The police are helping them,” she said. We found an alcove well hidden and screened under a table. Randy and I huddled up in there. And we listened to the screams and agonies of the dying children. I woke up trembling in fear and ran to my Mom and Dad’s bed. Over the next few weeks, Mom had to soothe me repeatedly that it was just a bad dream and that something like that could never happen.

I loathe the idea of abortion. It baffles me how the untrammeled right to execute children should become a rallying cry of the progressive left. I think to myself of the Nazis and their assertion of the untrammeled right to execute Jews. How could this happen in America? Oh what damage it has done on three levels. First, there is the obvious violence it visits on the child, leaving the surviving mother with a wound that will not heal. Second, there is the great damage it has done to civil discourse. Third, there is the devastation it has visited upon its advocates, who must coarsen and mutilate their own consciences to live with it.

When the indictments came down in Harris County, where Houston is, against those who had exposed some of Planned Parenthood’s atrocities rather than against the perpetrators of the atrocities, my dream of 50 years ago came flooding back vividly to me. They are putting children to the knife. And in Houston, the police are helping them.

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I was wonderfully proud of the way you all went into action last Thursday in response to my summary of what was happening in Houston on the indictments from Harris County against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

We often see these public battles as kind of engaging abstractions. We frequently forget that the people at the center of such controversies are real people, not just characters representing some sort of ideal in a play writ large. Over the course of my life, I have been at the center of a few such controversies (though on a MUCH smaller scale than what Daleiden is living through). However powerful and steadfast your convictions, you feel the hurt, the pain, the fear of what might happen if you stay the course of your conscience. I am grateful that, through the course of my life, I have occasionally been someone who very strong public figures have been able to turn to in private to vent those fears and hurt, and get some bucking up. I remember a powerful public man who everyone thought unshakeable coming unexpectedly to my office one day. He said firmly he needed to talk with me in private. When we got the door closed, I was astonished when he burst into tears and told me weepingly how the swirling controversy he was living was tearing his wife up – and he did not know if he could continue while watching his family in such agony. The guy was not a client of mine, just a friend who held high office. But he had been witness to my year-long public scourging and vindication – and so felt like I would understand and that he could trust me…and that maybe I could give him some advice on how to bear it. It might have been the first time I gave heartfelt thanks to God for that prolonged public scourging.

I know that when these things come, people at the center grab at any lifeline of those who actually do something in support of them and living solidarity with them. I have been forever grateful to those who held me up when I was under siege. You do find out who your friends are in those times – and you do discover the authentic character of those around you. But you can feel so isolated, so alone, that the little kindnesses of those you count on become incredibly magnified and soothing.

I was marvelously proud of Daleiden and how he handled his booking that day. The District Attorney’s office (DA) wanted to cut a deal with him for a much smaller, innocuous penalty. He refused and instead demanded an apology for this weaponizing of the justice system to crush political dissent while protecting malefactors. That was the call of a lion, a lion we need in these times.

Make no mistake, there is a silver lining in all of this. The silver lining is that even radical abortion proponents shrink from advocating trafficking in dead babies’ organs. Planned Parenthood (PP) is a modern grave-robber, but unlike those of days gone by, PP kills the people whose graves they rob. The videos Daleiden captured provide irrefutable evidence that this is what PP is doing. That is why PP and their media and governmental allies are so shrill and hysterical in trying to discredit the stark evidence in the videos. They want to make them so toxic that you don’t watch them. There are many among the “pro-choicers” who actually believe whatever PP says. Among those, if they watch the videos, they may have a Paul-at-Damascus moment. This is what most terrifies PP. I know when I was discussing Margaret Sanger when I was on the radio, I constantly quoted her own words and encouraged people to get a copy of her book, “The Pivot of Civilization,” to decide from her writing whether she was a monster or not. I heard from one woman who had worked at an abortion clinic who told me she did exactly that – and quit her job. She told me several of her friends did the same, for Sanger’s book showed her that I was telling the truth and the abortion advocates had been lying to her all along.

I tell you, every day there are “pro-choice” people who are watching these things and seeing what they have done – and leaving. That is why PP is so frantic to shut it down. They have both the legal liability if government officials were actually to do their jobs – and they are quietly hemorrhaging activists who are seeing what they are. The indictments were an effort to shut down those who would shine the light on this. The offered deal was to try to get Daleiden and company to admit to some sort of moral equivalence with the monsters at PP and their ennablers in the DA’s office. If Daleiden had accepted the easy plea instead of being willing to accept the legal scourging to stand for truth, it would have made it much more likely that the Harris County DA’s office could avoid being targeted for prosecutorial misconduct, that the federal suit that threatens to expose the financial inner workings of PP would go away, and that fewer people would watch the videos.

That is why the light must be shone relentlessly. This is a moment that can truly cripple the abortion industry and the culture of death. Of course they fight frantically. But both PP and their media and governmental ennablers must be held up to the light of day, whatever the cost, for here is the evidence of the ghouls they are – and that we will become if we do not stand against it.

I thank you for the support you have given to Daleiden in this battle. It is written that whosever shall give a prophet to drink shall receive a prophet’s reward. You have given a warrior to drink – and God is generous in His rewards.

In exorcisms, one of the prime goals is to get the demon to give its name, to identify itself for what it truly is. Once this is accomplished, it is all downhill for the demonic entity from then on. Daleiden’s videos reveal PP for what it truly is. We must not let it hide itself any longer. But we should not be surprised it reacts in frenzied, raging malice against the revelation.

For too long, we Christians have acted in a defensive manner, worried that satan might successfully storm the gates of heaven. We are to take the offense – take the battle to the satanic strongholds, call things by their proper names. Good is not evil: evil is. Evil is not good: good is. Call things by their proper names. Executing infants is not good, it is evil. Harvesting executed babies for their organs is not good, it is evil. Using the justice system to persecute whistle-blowers and protect evil-doers is not good, it is evil. The Lord said the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. That is a call to bring the fight to the satan, not merely to defend against his assaults against us. It is time to storm the gates of hell with confidence and vigor – for our Master has already told us they will not prevail against our assault. That is how the Rescue commences.

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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273 Responses to Storming the Gates of Hell

  1. Tom says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard that the pro abortion crowd is up in arms over this cute Doritos commercial shown during the Super Bowl last night. They are so diabolically blinded by evil that they raised an outcry that the commercial “humanized a fetus”. I think they doth protest too much and that commercial showed them what they really know to be truth and that is that the fetus is a human!

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    • victura98 says:

      I rejoiced at this commercial, because it proves the culture has taken a turn for the better. Frito-Lay spent $4.5 million dollars on this commercial, trusting that it would resonate with a diverse national audience and generate sales, not controversy. Comedy is a valuable societal bellwether, and this 30 second spot reveals that many people know the truth about unborn human life. We’ve come a long way…baby. 🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        You got it, Victura. Let’s get to storming the gates! People are ready.

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        • Centurion_Cornelius says:

          Yes, Charlie! The Troops are ready. Here’s our “Battle Plan,” formed by a retired lawyer, who not only saved millions of his unborn babies, but his nascent country as well! We are in the final stage–the Fight in on. We shall win! And after battle, we will exclaim: “God fought for us. Yes, my conscience, he did us great good.”

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        • janet333 says:

          Thank you for this wonderful article Charlie…We are truly ready! We have donned the armour of God in order to resist evil. ..”. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:” Eph 6.

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        • Jen O'Connor says:

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          https://secure.marianweb.net/marian.org/merciful/index.php?
          Then you can also order additional copies at full price.

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    • victura98 says:

      And yes, Tom, the abortion-loving crowd is furious about this.

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    • Linda says:

      Ha! Tom.. I was just about to post about that wonderful commercial😀😀😀

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      • Kati says:

        LoL! ….and tons of people are now buying Doritos like crazy….precisely because of that commercial. 🙂

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        • YongDuk says:

          I bought Doritos the Friday night before the commercial aired, didn’t even know who was in the Super Bowl until ten minutes in and that was more practical, still need to work off those Doritos that I finished off Saturday night.

          I did go for a Bike Ride Sunday. Saw one Road-killed Squirrel. Said, “Eww”, but stopped to take some water and a Red Tailed Hawk flew just right past me hooking a 90 degree and of course I thought I wish MP was here to see the Providence: huge for a Redtail.

          I don’t like fudge, Charlie; Sorry…

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        • Doug says:

          Love it!

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        • Steve says:

          Frito Lay is a proud supporter of PP. Please DON’T buy their products.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I did not find Frito Lay listed as a financial supporter, either by Planned Parenthood or by conservative watchdog organizations. Could you please offer a reputable citation? Now they have supported the LesbiGay Alliance – and briefly produced a rainbow-colored corn chip last year, but I couldn’t find evidence of what you assert.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, I did research myself and found this article as one of many. http://www.naturalnews.com/050648_Planned_Parenthood_Pepsi_corporate_sponsors.html

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Steve, Pepsi-Co is no longer on the updated list from what I could find after searching several sites…so it looks like they have dropped their support of PP. I can’t imagine Frito Lay putting out a commercial like this, at this event- of all events, if they supported PP unless, of course, they are trying to deceive pro-life people into buying their products?
            Maybe someone else with better skills can get to the bottom of this?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I found this link from someone who personally wrote to all PP sponsors when it was made public last summer. It appears that many supporters did not reply back and those who did used smoke and mirrors by stating that they were not corporate sponsors, but…

            http://www.graphicdesignhero.com/blog/2015/08/regarding-your-support-of-planned-parenthood/

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            So they Do NOT support PP?? Oh my gosh I am totally confused now lol!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Snowy, I could not find any article that indicated that PepsiCo was not a PP sponsor. The reply they wrote in the one link was a talking point that implied they were not supporters but that they do match charitable contributions for employees. So yes they support PP. The other link I sited indicated that they did not pull their corporate sponsorship but they *cut ties* by dropping the use of aborted fetal cells in manufacturing their products. Appalling!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Well…to me that is like us using Microsoft. It gets too sticky…like I said..the Storm.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Here it is…in the link you sent me on a reply lower down..
            “Neither” the Tostitos brand, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo “nor” the PepsiCo Foundation is a corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood or its related agencies. Through its matching grant program, the PepsiCo Foundation matches contributions made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations and projects. – See more at: http://www.graphicdesignhero.com/blog/2015/08/regarding-your-support-of-planned-parenthood/#sthash.xoMZc4Vi.dpuf

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Snowy, in that response they do support PP in matching funds. This by the way was the standard response from most companies that offered I reply. So let’s say for instance, the company CEO contributes to PP and the company matches the funds. Would you call that sponsoring them?

            Like

          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yes. So..I did dingbat out again, nothing new there! 😛 It’s a good thing other people know these things and it’s a miracle I’ve survived this long lol…

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          • Doug says:

            Well, just more souls out of purgatory Snowy 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            I am dying here..this thread is completely mixed up… haha… the ping-ponging of replies got all discombobulated! Funniest part is I don’t even eat that stuff!

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          • Doug says:

            That’s right. I have never heard of owls eating Doretos. They usually eat squirrels. Uh oh. Now Snowy Owl will change her name again because of my comment…….

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug haha! I just might! 😉 … and I told you..lemmings, not squirrels! Lemmings are bite sized and don’t fight back.
            When “they” come to my door to arrest me, I can honestly say, I’m sorry I don’t know who I am, I might be Snowy or I could be Snow Flake but I might be an Owl or HNSE this way I won’t be lying…It was the plan all along! They will get so irritated they’ll just roll their eyes and leave me be… 😛 So, do you think it will work?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Snowy, you are one clever cookie!! 😀

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yep, so clever…. I just blew my cover lol
            Time for a name change! 😉

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          • Doug says:

            As are you Jen!

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          • prayingflower says:

            Snowy – there doesn’t seem to be a Reply button to reply to your reply (!) to Doug about your name changes. So I am using this method to say that that is one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever envisioned. Yes, I am still laughing. You are not a writer, right? Your life is not interesting, right? Riiight…I’ll bet it is for those around you! You are a piece of work and I for one cannot wait to meet you. Am I right? pf

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh praying flower I just love you 🙂 and no, I am not a writer…geeeze, look at my comments! Proof a la!

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          • Doug says:

            The art of writing is communication; not usually fancy words. If someone writes like a Harvard Lawyer, only another Harvard lawyer can read it. What point is that (unless you write IRS tax code)?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Good point Doug..and a funny one too! I prefer down to earth, salt of the earth people 🙂 I guess that’s why I enjoy how Charlie expresses himself, his ideas…everyone can relate! I especially like when you can read words and SEE the person so clearly through them. I see this happening with so many people here, it’s really fun, funny and wonderful!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Yes. We are all happy playful squirrels! Put another way in scripture, “unless you become like little squirrels, I mean children, you will not enter the kingdom of God”. 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen, Doug! Happy squirrels! Speaking of happy squirrely squirrels…
            I miss Yong Duk.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes, I have been wondering where he is lately. He may be busy with the beginning of lent. His first obligation would be to his flock.

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          • Doug says:

            PF, I agree about Snowy and you too. Hear, hear!

            Now, here is how I think the reply works:

            If you have an email and click reply, I think it will insert it. If on the Web site, I think it will tag it to the end. I am not 100 % sure about this.

            Also, it may depend when Charlie clears the post. You may be able to try these different ways and see if you see a correlation. God bless you!

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          • prayingflower says:

            Thanks for the tips, Doug. I will try what you suggest. God bless you and Lambzie during this Lenten season especially. pf

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          • Doug says:

            You too PF. If it works, let the team know through TRNSanswers and we will add some instructions to FAQs.

            Thanks!

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          • prayingflower says:

            Yes, Doug, the “Reply” feature seems to work the way you described above. pf

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          • Doug says:

            Good to hear. I have forwarded this to one of the guardians of the FAQS. Thanks!

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          • prayingflower says:

            Dang, (to quote Snowy) there is something I have been wanting to say to you, Doug. When you shared with us your life application of what you were covering in your Ignatian studies recently it really helped me. You humbly offered an apology to the TNRS commenters for asking them to define something for you that you could have easily googled. I find myself doing this also, so that was very helpful to me, but it was your humility that impacted me. I have seen this quite a few times now from people on this site and it touches me deeply. I am so happy to have found the home that Charlie and Jesus have built here. Thank you, Doug, for being an integral part of it. The commitment of this team is admirable. pf

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          • Doug says:

            Awwwe. You are too Kind PF.

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          • Doug says:

            I love it. True mental reservation 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Great call Steve! PepsiCo Frito Lays does support PP. The commercial was sent in by a contestant and was chosen as one of the top three and aired during the game. It is a small miracle that the entry made it that far! So thumbs up to the commercial producer, Peter Carstairs, and for the voters who enabled it to make it to the screen during a widely televised event.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Jlynn, thank you, I could not find any current list Sadly, I also found that Microsoft supports PP and most of us, I think, use Microsoft and so many other necessary things! All I can say to this is… thank God for the coming Storm! It will ALL END and we will be freed from this tyranny.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            No problem. The sources I found are the most current that I could find from last summer. Microsoft on the other hand has held a monopoly on the market for so long, and some of us (like myself) cannot afford the alternative. 😉

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            okay,Jen… arg! bear with me for a moment..the link you posted to me just a few mins ago said they do not support PP in any way but your reply to Steve was that they do…or did I dingbat out again?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Snowy, read the links again and between the lines too. I have found no current source that states that PepsiCo categorically does not support PP. I am not an authority however. 😉

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, Jen and SNowy, for doing all the searching. The links and your conversation reflect another layer of deviousness surrounding Planned Parenthood.

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        • RMD says:

          Kati, I was buying them like crazy even before this commercial!

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    • Petra says:

      What made me laugh in this commercial is the dad teasing the kid… INSIDE THE WOMB! Wow! I still am laughing just thinking about it! 😀

      And then all the PC gestapo can think about is that a human being inside the womb should NEVER, EVER be humanized! Man, if it wasn’t so pathetic, it would be funny.

      Oh well, God bless.

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  2. Fred says:

    Funny… eventually “Truth” just has a way of slipping out no matter how much Satan and his human accomplices try to hide it.

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  3. SteveBC says:

    Darn, my siblings and I could have used a Mr. Ostermann in our lives when we wanted to read comic books. My parents wouldn’t let us have any but a very, very few. 😀

    Charlie, please check your email for two emails from me about handling links. This post would work into that approach well. However, I do need your go-ahead to try it.

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  4. Kathy Falls says:

    Bravo Charlie, great article.

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  5. canada1nw says:

    Humorous truth.. I love it !

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  6. CrewDog says:

    I don’t have a clue of what’s going on in Houston but I’m guessing that the DA’s Office is being inundated with Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests and the public files are being scrutinized under a microscope. The DA’s Staff private lives … Facebook, Political Donations, Organization Memberships ….. likewise are being looked at! Liberals live in a MSNBC La-La Land where they simply can’t imagine that there is another viewpoint and other sources … FOX, Talk Radio -n-Blogosphere …. that is ready and evermore willing to “Take Them On” in the Public Arena and the Courts. I think there is a Silver Lining and the Silly Woman DA & Pals will live to regret the persecution of these people …… and Planned Parenthood will have more “Light” shined upon their misdeeds!!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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  7. Jeanna says:

    Another insightful post. That last paragraph really struck me and brought to mind 2 different quotes from Pope Francis:

    “There is something that regulates the conduct of others: justice. I believe that the one who worships God has, through that experience, a mandate of justice toward his brothers. It is an extremely creative justice because it invents things: education, social progress, care and attention, relief, etc. Therefore, the integral religious man is called to be a just man, to bring justice to others. In this aspect, the justice of religion, or religious justice, creates culture. The culture made by a woman or a man that worships the living God is not the same culture made by the idolater. John Paul II had a very bold phrase: a faith that does not produce culture is not a true faith. He emphasized this: creating culture.”
    -Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis), “On Heaven and Earth” p. 23

    and

    “Because if we are in a moment of historic and collective creation, our task as educators can no longer be limited to “keep doing what we’re doing”, nor even “to resist” in the face of a supremely adverse reality: it is a matter or creating, of beginning to put in place the bricks of a new edifice in the middle of history, that is to say, located in a present that has a past and – let us hope – also a future.”
    -Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis) “Education For Choosing Life” p. 10

    It also reminded me of something a friend explained to me a while back when I was wrestling with principles and making exceptions to the principles. He told me that some people spend too much time focusing on the exceptions at the expense of the underlying principle, resulting in such an abundant discussion on the allowed exceptions… that people often miss the main point in ordinary circumstances.

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  8. David says:

    After watching the debate on Saturday and learning that Jeb Bush, a Catholic, supported abortion in the case of rape, I wrote his campaign. I asked if Jeb supported aborting such a child in the first trimester only, or if he supported aborting such a child in the second and third trimesters as well. I am still waiting for his campaign to respond.

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    • Kati says:

      Apparently, Chris Christie also supports this. When he was first elected, I had good thoughts and hopes…only to see them dashed. He hasn’t changed….YET.

      Let’s keep praying for these men….

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  9. bflocatholic says:

    Amen, Charlie. Amen.

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  10. BD says:

    Great article, at this rate I see civil disobedience in my future. Allegedly of course.

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  11. Monica says:

    An acquaintance of mine was pro-choice and very pro Planned Parenthood. She had had an abortion early in her life, which she has since asked God’s forgiveness for, but she was still pro-choice–she believed abortion should be a woman’s choice, even thought she would no longer choose it for herself. After seeing some of the first videos by David D. she told me she was sick and wanted to throw up. It brought back all of the memories of her abortion. She had thought PP was good and was truly helping women, but she was appalled that they would profit from selling babies, profit from someone else’s pain. She has re-thought her pro-choice position and is now pro-life. Planned Parenthood is smart to be afraid of what the videos will do to the pro-choicers who are brave enough to watch them.

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  12. Judy says:

    I surely hope the videos touch the hardened hearts of those who previously could not or would not see truth. I have often been shocked by those around me who have supported the so called “choice”.

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    • janet333 says:

      Those videos have uncovered the evil of what is actually going on. Those who still refuse to see abortion for what it is after seeing this evidence will one day have to face God.

      I pray for eyes to be opened.

      The sheep and the goats are being separated Judy.

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  13. Charlie, as always, relevant, well-written, and thought-provoking.

    On an entirely different note, I have put the final touches on a song I wrote, entirely inspired by you and the wisdom you have shared with us regarding The Storm.

    Hope you don’t mind that I post a link to it here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A wonderful song, Joe, that captures the central sense of it all. I am glad you sent it and I will add it to the musical links here.

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      • Thank you Charlie. I’m glad you liked it. Unfortunately I do not get near as much time as I’d like to work on music with my busy life. But after reading your blog, this came to me as I was working in the garden last summer and I just felt compelled to take the time to write it. I’m glad you’re OK with me sharing it.

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    • Dorothy says:

      Beautiful song!!!
      It speaks to the very depths of the soul !
      Amazing voice !
      Totally lined up with Charlie’s message !

      Thank you for writing it ….

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      • Anne says:

        A big thank you for the song Joe. I really enjoyed the piano lead in…… Love piano as an instrument.
        Yes….. Will we be ready? The chorus should really have people asking that question ……. I will be singing that to my self. Thank you ……. A great song and lyrics.

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    • The melody is beautiful. The piano does sound good. Thank you for sharing your gift, Joe.

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      • You are welcome. I am so thankful for music – it is a respite for me. It is merely a hobby, but I love writing and recording music. As a dad of 9 kids with a full time job, I find very little time to devote to it as I’d like (it takes a long time to put a song project together from start to finish). I have written two songs that are top on my wish list when I find time to record them – a Divine Mercy and a pro-life song that is close to my heart. I am really trying to find time to do both of those.

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    • SanSan says:

      Thank you Joe. Beautiful!

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    • Judith Curran. says:

      The melody is beautiful and just played on its own, (having already listened to the lyrics) would be a beautiful soft background accompaniment to meditation or the rosary… Please can you put it up without the singing?

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      • Thank you Judith. I wish it were that easy. It requires a studio remix, and then a re-do of the video and upload. I will let you know if I find the time to do that, but no promises. I am glad you think enough of the music to make such a request, though. I’m humbled.

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    • janet333 says:

      Wow..that is a wonderful song Joe. I loved it! 🙂

      “When the storm comes will we all be ready.. to put our trust in You”

      Praise God we will be ready..thanks to Charlie.

      God Bless you.

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      • Thank you Janet, and all with kind words for me. God is the primary inspiration and to Him be all glory for any good that we all can do to help each other using whatever gifts, efforts, and talents we have. Thanks, Charlie, for being His instrument that is here to help bring clarity in these troubled times. The post above is just one example of how upside-down our world is.

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  14. RJW says:

    I followed everyone of the steps you gave us. I wrote my congressmen and legislators. I haven’t received a response yet. I will keep putting pressure on the powers that be and say my rosary and fast as well. This will be a fruitful lent.

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  15. Anna Pohlgeers Stenken says:

    This is exactly what Fr. Nathan Cromly preached at a mother’s retreat I attended a few years ago. That the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church storming IT, when it appears to people that it is the other way around…that the gates of hell won’t come after us and succeed. What a gift to know that we are guaranteed victory if we stand up to evil. Be blessed, everyone, and take courage!

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  16. Fera Henri says:

    Charlie, speaking about children, books and exorcism, please I would like to ask your advice about the books of Harry Potter. I know it is an old argument and there are lots of debates on it but one of my children wants to read them and I am opposing it and these are the reasons given me:

    Harry Potter is entertaining. It is a good book. Harry Potter is well written not lots of books are well written nowadays. It is a fantasy fiction, like Lord of the Rings, Rick Riorden’s books, and hunger games.

    Q: Why do you believe that Harry Potter is not evil?
    A: Because literature cannot be intrinsically evil and because all literature contains truths.
    It is not like I am going to become a Sorcerer because I read Harry Potter.
    The Middle-Earth books by J. R. R Tolkien have the same amount if not more of the same type of magic. Specially in The Silmarilion.
    It is a work of fiction, not to be taken literally, if someone can’t tell fact from fiction he shouldn’t be reading any books, but if one can, then Harry Potter is perfectly fine.
    An argument can be made saying “if it’s not leading you towards God, it’s leading you away”
    A book cannot take someone away from God. That person decides to turn away from God, possibly being influenced by the book. This only happens however when a person believes non-truthes/fiction in the said book. For example, The Communist Manifesto does not intrinsically take a person away from God, but a person can be influenced by it.
    Harry Potter contains magic. Incantational magic does not do anything in the real world, someone picking up a stick and saying gibberish will not accomplish anything.
    It is a non-truth and should not be believed to work in the real world, separating fact from fiction is something most people can do.
    Harry Potter is just a book of fiction, something for entertainment, its not a handbook on how to become a Demonic Wizard or something.

    I checked the Vatican website, CNA, NCregister, and this is what I found:
    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/cultr/documents/rc_pc_cultr_20021612_doc_iv-2002-not_en.html
    and
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/harry_potter_wrong_model_of_a_hero_vatican_newspaper_says/
    and
    http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/3663/

    Thank you so much.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There re divisions among good people on the Harry Potter series, Fera, including in the Church. The former exorcist of Rome is opposed to it. Cardinal George Pell, a very orthodox Bishop who heads the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, is an enthusiast for it. Personally, I consider it one of the greatest epic tales of good vs. evil ever written – and suspect that a few generations hence the controversy it provoked contemporaneously will be regarded as an historical curiosity, similar to the controversies generated concerning the Narnia works and the Wizard of Oz at the time of their publication. That does not mean I don’t take some of the naysayers seriously.

      The biggest argument is that it glorifies witchcraft. But this is not witchcraft in the Biblical sense. In the Bible, it condemns calling forth spirits to do your bidding. In the Potter series, no one can actually do that. You are either born a witch or you are not. They are actually magical creatures, similar to those in approved fantasy literature. You are either born with magical powers or you are not in the Potter series. You don’t obtain them by summoning spirits.

      My biggest complaint with critics of the Potter series is that I have never read a critical review that shows any genuine familiarity with the actual texts. All criticisms I have read rather quickly reveal they don’t know what they are talking about, for they mangle the plot and make it into what they would like to condemn rather than what it actually says.

      Nonetheless, there is some reason for caution. The fact that it uses the term, witchcraft, to describe these magical creatures, could confuse young people who are not well-formed into thinking the summoning of spirits is the same thing – and that is terribly dangerous. If a child is well-formed, it is a powerful tale of good vs evil, of the power of self-sacrificial love, and of the nobility of standing for God. It is actually a sort of powerful Christian allegory – which becomes completely overt in the final book of the series.

      Now I say these things concerning the books, which used magic as a charming venue for what is a solid morality tale. I am less enthused about the movies, which I enjoyed nonetheless. In the books, it was made clear that it did not matter who was master of the supremely powerful elder wand: that the most powerful magic could not prevail against the deep magic of self-sacrificial love. I was deeply disappointed in the last movie, which reduced the whole thing to a competition for possession of the elder wand, justifying some of the critics complaints.

      So, proceed with caution. Consider the criticisms seriously, but also check out the solidly orthodox commenters who are fans of the book. Don’t let your children read it without a good discussion of the difference between fantasy and reality, and between the difference between actual witchcraft and the magical creatures that inhabit the Potter universe. And make sure to emphasize how dangerous actual witchcraft is.

      That is my take on it.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Charlie, working in the Deliverance and Exorcism ministry dealing with ex-“Wiccans” even involved in animal sacrifices, not having read the books, but having seen the movies (I see your comment that the movies differ from the books possibly considerably), one of the first things that popped out at me was the fact that these children went off (or were portrayed to go off) on their own individually to combat the evil and then to regroup.

        Whether or not that is true in the book series, perhaps you or someone could answer, there is the reality [in real every day life] of people conjuring demonic spirits and the spirit pretending to be subservient to their bidding, actually turns the tables to isolate and manipulate the one conjuring for some promise of power or control or clairvoyance. The movies seem to confirm this if watched with a discerning eye and therein is a great danger.

        In the Series–at least the film–is the disobedience/arrogance/imprudence of the characters in dealing with the spiritual realm seems to have been glorified. While he kids potentially nobly tried coming to the help of each other, that too can be dangerous as ego is involved. Only after a big mess happens, does it seem that the more wise and prudent amongst the teachers step.

        So in that light, I do have trouble with them.

        I think for an exorcist, the insights are different and troubling than for someone who does see them as a morality tale. In that light, there may be great means for catechetical education… But… there is always the problem of the Apple…

        Obviously, I must have watched the movies to be able to write this, so judge that for what it is worth… Like anything, a good parental discussion is wise.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, I know what you are talking about, YD. Demonic entities LOVE to persuade people that they can give those people power – or to pretend to cower before those people Flattering our fragile vanity is such a powerful means of ultimately isolating and crushing us that it is one of the satan’s primary tools.

          I occasionally have people brag to me about what great “spiritual warriors” they are. They see themselves as mighty warriors: I see them as children with plastic sword and cardboard shields eagerly preparing to storm the Wehrmacht. They’re going to get killed when the satan is done toying with them. The only safe form of spiritual warfare is to hold fast to Christ. In short, you can’t be an effective spiritual warrior until you know that you are not.

          For this reason, I keep a lot of info on the satan to myself that I only share with exorcist priests or others of sober and proven judgement. Otherwise, people would be tempted to go rushing out into battle.

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          • My mother is like that, the ‘spiritual warrior’ and it is *so hard* dealing with her. (she’s not Catholic). I don’t know, over confidence? Pride? She thinks she’s a prophet, too. And it’s all the time. It’s why I keep my space from her, but that’s sad, too.

            But, now that you’ve written that, I know how to pray for her.

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        • From the Web:

          “Pope Benedict XVI (when he was still a cardinal) wrote a letter to a German critic of Harry Potter (Ms. Kuby), ‘It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.’ ”

          Also, the chief exorcist of Rome, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, said that, “Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil.”

          Source: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vaticans-chief-exorcist-repeats-condemnation-of-harry-potter-novels

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        • Lynette says:

          Like I have told my children, I don’t have to experience everything to be able to say something is evil. I am a great admirer of Michael O’Brien and have taken his warnings to heart. I don’t like the fruit I’ve seen from the adherents of Harry Potter, both in communities of homeschoolers, for and against, and in families who “gave in” (to the whining) and watched young people have another reason to follow the cultural de-gression. I disagree with Charlie on this one. I think history will show this series to be a major deception and cause for family strife.
          Thank you, YD, for speaking up.

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          • Fera Henri says:

            Thank you Charlie, and all who replied and possibly prayed. After reading all your comments more than once and had a discussion with my child, we agreed that we are going to put the books ( received as a present) in a box and tape it. Mom will take the box and write on it: ” Not to be read before Easter ” then we are going to pray about it during Lent. If after Easter, the wish to read the books is still there, then OK, after praying to The Holy Spirit each time before reading and then we can have a conversation after each book is read.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think that is a marvelously prudent way to proceed, Fera.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Fera, that is a beautiful and holy life lesson for your child. Pray about it!

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          • Lynette says:

            Here is what Mark Mallett wrote a few years back. He states the argument against HP as I wish I could. http://www.markmallett.com/blog/harry-potter-and-the-great-divide/ . Of course prayer is always a good thing, and so is taking wise counsel.

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          • Barb129 says:

            I well remember trying to decide whether or not to let my children read the Harry Potter books. I read so many opinions on both sides and was so confused. I didn’t have time to read the books myself at the time because I was so busy homeschooling so I decided to be cautious and not let them read them. I figured there were so many good books to have them read that I didn’t need to have them read something I wasn’t sure about.

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          • Doug says:

            True wisdom Barb.

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      • Joseph J says:

        I’m a Lit. Major who has thought and written a lot about this issue. I just wrote up a rather lengthy reply, and just as I was finishing the last sentence I accidentally hit ‘Back’ and lost it all. It sounds silly but I find that very discouraging! Sigh.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Joseph, I long ago lost count of how often that has happened to me. I have since come to think of it as God telling me I need to do a re-write…nd to be VERY careful so as not to have to do a re-write.

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          • Joseph J says:

            That’s a good attitude. I just went for a walk and listened to some music, since I’m not inclined to re-write today.

            I am curious to know what you think about the Unbound method of deliverance, if you are familiar with it. It seems to me to be superior to the traditional method of exorcism in some ways, although I guess they are meant for different circumstances.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I leave those things to the qualified exorcists, Joseph. Forgive me, but I do not like to speak much in specifics on the business of dealing with demons. Far too many people already think they are great spiritual warriors – and any specifics I might add could only encourage them. In truth, there is only one exorcist – the Lord – and as soon as even an authentic exorcist forgets it, he has given the satan leverage into his soul.

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          • YongDuk says:

            You speak the Truth, Charlie! Too many Exorcists cultivate a hidden and subtle and dangerous pride by commanding God… [I shall be silent unlike with the Bishops I have mentioned, due to their generally good intent, but not insignificant flaw to truly examine themselves and their approach to this difficult ministry, especially those prone to Clericalism and/or ultra-Traditionalism.]

            And Joseph, your assertion is flawed in its theology and I am certain Neal would correct you post-haste charitably.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I often pray for exorcist priests for the simple reason that those who spend the most time on the battlefield are the most likely to be wounded.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Allow me to add:

            Liturgy is meant to serve… and rubrics serve the Priest and the rubrics aid the Liturgy to aid it to serve.

            Imagine one as a Laic can go to almost any Liturgy in the World of his or her own Rite (and even outside of his or her Rite) and due to the rubrics serving the Liturgy, the Laic can follow the Action at least.

            Apply that to Exorcism and the Church so that everything flows from the Eucharist as source and summit, especially the Priest’s learning to minister.

            Glory be to God

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          • Andy B says:

            Confession is the best form of exorcism for us all – it is a full sacrament and direct touch of Christ’s hand. I imagine it is the think the devil hates almost as much as the Eucharist. He has tricked most Catholics into thinking they do not need it.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Joseph, I’ve been there and done that and would compose myself and dive in to what I call my ~ Take II

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        • RJW says:

          I have done the same thing. I feel your pain Joseph.

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      • I was a school librarian in a public school when the books first came out. I took the book home to read it before I put it out for the kids. I really enjoyed the book and thought Quidditch was a brilliant concept.

        I was reading one evening after supper and dozed off. I had a brief dream that there was a drug deal going on in the hallway at school, but that the two parties spoke different languages. Since I knew both languages I stepped forward, acted as translator, and the deal went through. I woke with a start.

        It seemed a clear message that by making the books available I was acting as translator between the tempter and his prey. The books did go out in our library as it was a public school and Potter-mania was in full swing with staff, students, and parents alike. I too enjoyed the books and read the first few. I found them to be well-written fantasy works. The dream stayed with me, however. The Lord may indeed judge me for the part I may have played in any children going astray.

        May he have mercy on us all! May our Mother help the modern-day innocents! I have had a special calling this week to pray for the slaughter of the innocents and the slaughter of innocence.

        https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/not-only-are-the-innocent-being-slaughtered-but-innocence-itself-is-being-slaughtered/

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      • RJW says:

        Maybe if parents or grandparents developed the habit of saying a prayer with their children or grandchildren, to the Holy Spirit before they read books such as the Harry Potter series, that the children will be inspired by the good deeds of the characters in the book. It’s always helpful to have a conversation after the book is read to see how they were inspired by the story. Just a thought.

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      • JB says:

        I feel the need to point out that the Bible of course says to judge something by its fruits- and the fruits of Harry Potter are not there- in fact- there is much to suggest that it causes our weaker brothers and sisters to fall-I am not saying that all who read Harry Potter will become fascinated with witchcraft- or darkness- but if even some do- we should not support it- it really focuses on words like “spells”- I did see the first movie- took my kids to it- didn’t notice much and was frankly bored- my daughter read the series of books. It was only later that I saw that it was heading in the wrong direction. Are there not much better writings to fill our hearts and minds with?? I truly feel this is a big concern. Here are just a few bad fruits- and I would say- can a good fruit come from a bad tree? If JK Rowling is so supportive of gay rights and marriage- is her work in unity with catholic teachings?

        From CNN-Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter)-“I’m an atheist, but I am very relaxed about it. I don’t preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins, who do.”
        http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/25/living/gallery/atheists/

        During the worldwide event “Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of spells” to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s series, fans voted on their favorite incantations
        http://www.msn.com/

        Just released- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- will become the 8th Book-
        “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
        While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places”.
        http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2015/10/23/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-artwork-synopsis-tickets-jk-rowling/74448704/#

        The author herself has openly supported Gay “marriage” and revealed one of her main characters was gay- after getting all hooked on the series.

        Over the weekend, elated at the vote in favor of Irish marriage equality (gay marriage”), Rowling posted on Twitter: “Sitting here watching the Irish make history. Extraordinary and wonderful.”
        http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/27/don-t-mess-with-j-k-rowling-as-westboro-found-out-the-hard-way.html

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        • Mick says:

          Not trying to beat this horse to death, but I feel the need to jump into the Harry Potter debate. I have never read the books or seen the movies (I’ll explain why in a minute), and I have not allowed my children to read or watch Harry Potter things. A little background on my family is in order:

          My mother’s grandmother (her dad’s mom) was deeply involved in the occult. She was part Cherokee and was sort of a “medicine woman.” But she was also involved in standard occult practices. She was a very evil woman; and although she didn’t pass away until I was 14 and she lived in a town that we visited on holidays, I never met her. Through her influence, my grandfather became a Freemason and ended up as a 33rd-degree Freemason (“Shriner” level, if I’m not mistaken), and my mother’s two sisters became–and still are–members of the Eastern Star (the women’s branch of the Freemasons). A few years back, I learned from a very holy priest (one of the priests whom you met during your Michigan visit, Charlie) that when men advance through the degrees of Freemasonry, they invoke curses on themselves and on their descendants. This priest gave me a series of prayers to pray, so as to one-by-one break the specific curses and thus end the demonic attachments to my family line. After reading through the 7 pages of prayers, I was so shaken that it took me a month or two to work up the courage to pray them.

          I wish that I had known about all of this when I was a kid. I didn’t even learn that my grandfather was a Freemason until he died and was buried in his Shriner “uniform.” But the demonic forces that attached to my family line through my great-grandmother and my grandfather have influenced generations of my family in very obvious and undeniable ways, most of which are obviously negative. In my case, though, God caused this to work for good: ever since I was a young child, I have had, for lack of a better term, a spiritual sensitivity to the demonic. When I read certain books or see certain pictures or hear certain music or observe certain movies/TV shows, I can sense or “feel” when there are demonic influences in them. As a kid, I actually thought I might be crazy or something when this would happen; but as an adult, I figured out what was going on (a book by Fr. John Hampsch was very helpful in this regard). This sense (or perhaps, this gift of discernment of spirits?) has kept me away from many dangers over the years.

          This is all the long way around explaining why I do not allow my kids to do Harry Potter.
          Those books and movies, and even the advertisements for them, trigger the intense spiritual unsettling that I described above. I could be wrong, but I took it as God’s way of protecting my children from the demonic influences attached to those things; and I’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to my kids and their spiritual welfare.

          At the risk of trying everyone’s patience, I would like to tell another Harry Potter story. About a decade ago, I was teaching CCD at a small parish in rural Illinois. I had the First Communion class. One day, a little boy named “Zach” (not his real name) asked if it were OK to read the HP books and see the movies. I told him what the Catechism of the Catholic Chuch says about witchcraft and the occult, and told him that my take-away was that we should avoid all things HP. At that point, another little boy named “Tommy” said, “I read one of the books and saw one of the movies. Ever since then, the words of the spells keep going around and around in my head, and I can’t get rid of them. What should I do?” Oh, that poor little boy, only 7 years old!

          Well, predictably, I had parents mad at me and confronting both me and our Director of Religious Education (DRE). She was a retired teacher and was definitely in the pro-HP camp. But I asked her if she’d read over the materials that I had assembled, which materials had helped me come to understand the spiritual harm that HP can cause and was in fact causing. These materials included articles by Michael O’Brien, and also articles by some other Catholics who had at one time been involved in the occult. After reading the binder of material that I gave her, my DRE did a 180. She told me that she fully supported my stance on HP, and that she would back me up if any more parents complained about what I had said in class. And if I remember correctly, she also kept the binder for future reference.

          I realize that good Catholics come down on both sides of this issue, and that even bishops and cardinals (and a pope emeritus) have opposing views. I am not trying to cast aspersions at anyone or make any judgments about anyone. I just felt compelled to tell you my story in the hopes that it might be helpful to some.

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          • Kim sevier says:

            Mick-I have never read HP or seen one of the movies, but I have always had a strong sense that they are dangerous. Can’t explain it. I have no problem with the wizard of Oz or lord of the rings. Just get bad feelings about it. Also have been perplexed by the strong feelings of people on both sides of the issue.

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          • Doug says:

            Very compelling Mick. Thanks.

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          • Doug says:

            By the way. We have stayed away from HP and never seen the movies either because they appeared too occultish to us.

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          • ann says:

            Mick thank you very much for this post. I am so 100% with you on your courageous opposition to HP. Your experiences seem chillingly familiar to me. My grandfather was a Mason, my great aunt a psychic, my great grandmother practiced spiritualism. Not an inheritance I would have wanted but one that had subtle effects on me without my even knowing. Thank God for the Blessed Mother who protected me!!! Like you, I have a keen inner alarm bell that goes off when something is occult and HP sent off all the bells and whistles. Like you I have prayed the prayers Fr. Hampsch recommends and I know what you mean about feeling their awesome power. . We are no longer in a world where we can safely expect a Christian atmosphere to protect us the way it did in the “old” days. Without giving too much credence to the enemy we still have to “drive defensively” while proceeding with expectant faith that God works all things toward good for those who are called by Him. My children are grown but my granddaughter read the books after her mother initially didn’t want her to. My daughter in law is not Catholic and has some issues with the Catholic Church which has kept me out of the conversation but I was so uneasy and sad about it. I pray every day for spiritual protection for my children and grandchildren. I have Fr. Hampsch offer Masses for the intergenerational healing of our families and I trust in God to work it out but if anyone were to ask me I would very strongly say NO stay away from HP. Why enter the lion’s mouth to count his teeth! If there’s even a chance it could be a portal, then why risk it? Thanks for your witness!

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          • Mick says:

            Wow, Ann… our backgrounds ARE chillingly similar. I didn’t mention it in my comment above, but my great-great aunt (my dad’s dad’s mom’s sister) was a professional psychic. I hadn’t thought about it, but I wonder if her influence is part of the reason that there’s almost universal dysfunction in my father’s very large family. How my dad escaped the madness, God only knows. Maybe it was the two years that he spent at high-school seminary with the Benedictines in the late 1950s.

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          • janet333 says:

            Yes Mick…This influence can be very strong. My uncle was a psychic. I used to frequent Spiritualist churches..and my ex was a professional psychic. I believe he’s stopped doing this since three of my daughters told him who exactly he is listening and talking to. 😦 I’m not sure he believes them but he doesn’t want to upset them so is leaving it alone. I received healing…also a healing of the blood line..in Garabandal of all places… by a wonderful priest.

            I would say there is a need to see a priest regarding cutting this off from the blood line.

            Blessings and Love

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          • Mick says:

            Janet, you’re right that a priest needs to be involved. In my case, the seven pages of prayers that I prayed were given to me by a diocesan priest who, with the permission of our bishop, has a healing ministry within our diocese.

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          • Beckita says:

            Mick and Janet, Stella Davis has been gifted by the Lord to deliver people from intergenrational bondages but it is not a role for just any lay person. Ann mentioned the Masonic influence in her family line. I have been taught those masonic vows are made in front of someone standing in for the evil one. The priest, in persona Christi, then witnesses the breaking of the vows via special prayers.

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          • janet333 says:

            I didn’t know who Stella Davis was so I looked her up and found the following. How incredible! But then again.. nothing is impossible with God. I’m posting the link for those who know nothing of her
            http://www.spiritdaily.net/davis1.htm

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          • Beckita says:

            Hi, Janet! That’s an interesting excerpt from Stella’s book. Stella Davis is a woman who lays down her life for the Lord and His people. In God’s Plan she has tremendous gifts of healing and deliverance. She is the first one to tell you to look to HIM and give HIM the glory, gratitude and praise. Now in her eighties, she continues to annually address an International Conference on Exorcism and Deliverance, is a personal friend of Fr. Gabriele Amorth, is consulted by exorcists from around the world, is the foundress of the apostolate: Christian Women in Action, has traveled and evangelized all over the world, hosts an annual Charismatic Conference in her city and is an example of promoting a holy and wholesome expression of Charismatic spirituality. I could write much more. Stella has deep faith, wisdom. and she is one of my spiritual mothers. I treasure this relationship.

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          • janet333 says:

            Thank you Beckita. I’m going to learn some more about this wonderful lady. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            She is an amazing servant of the Lord, Janet. I did goof on describing her annual speaking engagement. It’s an address to people involved in deliverance Ministry and is well attended by exorcists. Here’s a link to her book via AmazonUK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiritual-Warfare-Lessons-Deliverance-Bondage/dp/1450245544/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1455682013&sr=8-8&keywords=Stella+Davis

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          • janet333 says:

            Thank you Beckita. I’ll enjoy reading her writings. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Beckita, would you suggest that I pray the prayers again, but in the presence of a priest? It would take about half an hour to say them (and my husband would need to say them, also, because his grandmother was at one time the highest-ranking member of the Eastern Star in Washington State); but we could perhaps make an appointment with our associate pastor in order to get this taken care of. What say you?

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, Mick, that teaching was given by Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula in one of his seminars. I prayed the prayers (which stunned me with all the references to the depravity in which the various levels of Masons engaged) in a rather large group of people who remained after the seminar to break/negate the actions of intergenerational lineage and be free from that bondage.

            I suggest you consider consulting with Fr. John Hampsch, another leader in the area of intergenerational healing. The Padre here and I went to a Marian Eucharistic Conference in Jackson Hole, WY more than 20 yrs ago. I read his material which incorporated the foundational work of Dr. Kenneth McCall and we’ve had First Saturday Masses for Intergenerational Healing in this city ever since that conference. TNRSers and their families are always remembered at these Masses! You can go to his site: https://catholicbooks.net and use the contact form to send word that you have a question for Fr. John, another faithful servant of the Lord who is getting up there in years.

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          • Beckita says:

            Geesh, Mick! I don’t know what I need more: a nap or a walk to clear my head. I wanted to add: Please ask Fr. John Hampsch his opinion about praying the prayers in the presence of a priest. Perhaps that is the obvious question but I assure you, he is a faithful reposnder when asked questions. God bless!

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Mick,

            Hi Mick,

            Do you have a confessor or spiritual director? I would personally seek their advice or a priest you highly respect.

            As to intergenerational healing, I know not much about this. So I would not advise one way or the other. Seek wise counceling before doing anything is my advice. In Ezekial, it says you are responsibe for your own sins, but there could be an influential impact on your behaviour based on history. I have no comment as to spiritual attachment. I defer to the experts on this. God bless!

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks a bunch, Beckita. I didn’t know that Fr. Hampsch was still alive.

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          • Beckita says:

            Right, Mick? He had a bout with cancer a few years ago and I too am amazed he’s as active as he is. We are blessed.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Viewed differently:

            Given that each Baptised Person is Priest, Prophet and King and given that there is no Ontological Change in other religion’ ministers comparable to that of the Ordained Priesthood in those Churches with Valid Orders and Apostolic Succession, I do not see why any Witness would not be sufficient. Faith matters. Hope matters. Love matters.

            (There are those who know the possibility of self-deliverance and healing, but I don’t advise a discussion on that in this forum, but that that too can be held out as a justification for my answer. as well.)

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          • Bob says:

            Mick I don’t know where you live but in St Louis we have a good Archdiocesan supported healing and deliverance ministry and our team ministers do those kinds of prayers calling in priests when needed. If you can’t get help from Fr Hamsch I am attaching a link to ours in case they have referrals to give you.
            http://archstl.org/renewal/page/healing-deliverance-ministry

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          • Mick says:

            Doug, I do not have a spiritual director at this time; but it was my then-spiritual director/confessor who a few years ago gave me the aforementioned prayers for the breaking of the curses of Freemasonry. He did not tell me that I needed to say them in his presence, so that is why I’m a bit flummoxed.

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          • Beckita says:

            Mick, I just wrote him yesterday and he responded right away. I’ll get you his personal email. I do appreciate YD’s view.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Mick, unless I am mistaken do not see that you have any issues in this area. So I have little concern for you that there is something wrong. However, if there are issues in this area, I don’t think it should be taken lightly. In other words, we should not take matters into our own hands when there are serious demonic influences or attachments. It would be akin to calling your car mechanic to fix your computer when a computer specialist is what is needed. In spiritual matters, my opinion is it is far more serious than most people understand in this area. My response to you is really more generic. I was not trying to infer you have an issue. Sorry if I came across that way. If you think there is an issue, then I would not take it lightly as I know what it is like first hand. Does this make sense? Thanks.

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          • Mick says:

            Bob, thank you very much for the link. I live in Michigan, and we actually have a diocesan exorcist. Perhaps I could give him a call. Our pastor knows him quite well, so maybe I could “name drop” and get in contact with him more quickly. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Hi Mick! I have an update. I communicated again with Fr. Hampsch on this topic. He respectfully refrained from commenting on Fr. Joseph’s teaching so I’ll cycle back to writing Fr. Joseph. Fr. Hampsch did make a connection possible for me with a priest he considers to be perhaps the foremost expert in the country on Freemasonry. Stay tuned.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Mick, I have not been following this thread closely.

            I stepped in where I did as there are a few very clericalistic Exorcists that I know (I do not expect Hamsch to be one).

            I know some of the Charismatic folks from the Boston area (not in Boston) who had a large influence in the movement in the Catholic Church the States.

            One of them, as I alluded to, does believe in praying for discernment (a little bit perhaps against what Doug just said). We are not talking about major deliverances and the like, but small things.

            My experience has been that people who are in the State of Grace and who scour their Souls with regards to Attachments and Sin (esp. Pride) are easy Deliverances when needed. The footholds are gone. And praying to discern for yourself can help those foothold be gone too.

            One trick of the Devil is to hinder the Virtue of Hope by making you feel you are crazy / possessed / in need of a Deliverance, so a cautious and hopeful prudent approach is wise beyond telling and not even to try to focus.

            One prudent approach I would very much suggest for one like yourself to a person with a gift in this area of ministry is to say simply, “Hi, I have this past history and I am just asking you to discern and pray with me just in case.”

            That’s what I would do and do recommend and recommend doing.

            pace bene,
            +YD

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          • andyb2016 says:

            Of Course one of the greatest tricks of the devil among many is to have gotten us Catholics thinking we do not need CONFESSION. It of course being a full sacrament is more powerful than an exorcism. I would guess less than 5% of practicing Catholics regularly go.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Wonderful point, Andy! Confession is to the soul what a bath is to the body. Bathe often enough and you dramatically reduce the risk of infection.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, YD, for your presence, knowledge, wisdom and prudence. Deo Gratias!

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          • Bob says:

            Mick, I doubt that it is an exorcism needed but a deliverance maybe. That is why calling a priest or an exorcist is sometimes needed to pray a breaking of curses prayer, I would pray and be at peace. If that is needed God would provide. Also I do fear that some say we need to do X,, Y and Z which are often helpful but not always needed to deal with a problem and if we are faithful Catholics and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and penance and pray with devotion God will sometimes relieve things himself. i would say if there is a lack of peace or signs of some problem pursue it further and otherwise if a priest becomes available have the prayers said to cover the bases but be at peace.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yong Duk, you are a very good, humble and a very wise Bishop. Your response to Mick gave my heart so much peace and this is none of my business but I just had to say so. I’m very happy you are here with all of us! 🙂 we are blessed.

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          • Mick says:

            No worries, Doug. Your comment came across exactly as you intended it: as concern for the welfare of a friend. I appreciate that; in fact, I’d send you a rose emoji if I could remember how. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Thank you, YD, for your always sage advice. 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Wow… Talk about Souls out of Purgatory… I was running late for lunch and was trying to edit that down to be more indirect and over-edited it down. Not exactly a typo, but definitely unintentional as it read better in my head.

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    • KimS1111 says:

      This is my dilemma also. I’ve had the first book for a few years waiting until my son was old enough to read it….then I saw a video of a Catholic priest saying not to read it….and now everyone in my son’s class is reading it.

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      • Lily says:

        My thoughts are to read it almost together, in the book club sense, discussing it chapter by chapter. What is good/bad, how do the words/actions/events etc make you feel, how does it all line up with the Bible. Etc.

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    • torilen says:

      Fera, I know this reply is a bit late. I saw farther down in the thread that you & your child are going to pray throughout Lent about reading the Harry Potter books. I would like to offer just one word of caution. The intensity of the books increases as you move along in the series. In the first book, Harry is 11 & the intensity of the situations the characters face & of the evil itself, can be handled by many (maybe even most) 11 year old readers.

      In each book, Harry is a year older, & as he matures, the level of the violence & the emotional intensity (I’m sorry I keep using that word, but I can’t seem to come up with a better one!) of the world around him also increases. The things that happen when Harry is 15, 16, & 17 can be pretty rough emotionally on an 11 or 12 year old reader.

      We are a home schooling family &, admittedly, I am overprotective in the eyes of secular folks, but I really wish I had not allowed my oldest son to read the whole series at the age of 12. I have not allowed my other children to do so.

      Maybe you could read them together & you can better form an opinion yourself. I did read the first few with my son & I thought it would be okay for him to complete the series on his own. Only after I saw his reaction to them did I realize my mistake.

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  17. Kim sevier says:

    And it is amazing that David is so young! 20 something!

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  18. Jane Healy says:

    Okay, I’m convicted and convinced I ought to help. What’s the best way to support Daleidan?

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  19. Charlie

    First a wake up call last week. Now a rallying cry.

    A number of things come to mind. First, a little child shall lead them. David and Lila Rose are young folks doing the heavy lifting for those of us who have slept through over 40 years of deception and lies about abortion and the sexual revolution.

    In fact we have participated in the sexual revolution either by blindness, ignorance or evil sinful actions, and have passed on the legacy of its lies to our loved ones and theirs.

    Some are so asleep still that they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while it sinks, instead of manning the life boats. By this I refer to the head scratching over the methods undertaken to unmask the deceptions of the abortion industry.

    PP and its minions have finally kicked the sleeping bear and wakened it up, or so we hope.

    The Gospel reading from yesterday is a prophetic one for us, as Deep calls unto deep. Jesus has Peter go out to deep water and there the fishermen take in a catch beyond their normal means. By trusting in Jesus they left the shore where they were comfortable, and plumbed the depths with Him. Then they put down their nets and followed Him.

    So, let us go out away from the comfort of our shallow waters, to the deep waters teeming with life, and risk, where we are being called. It is not comfortable in deep water, where we cannot touch the sand below. Going there we must trust in more than our own understanding. We must place our trust in Him alone.

    We are entering Lent, a time to give up our comforts, and take on His sufferings to prepare for His soon return.

    My dear wife is telling me we must do more for Lent. We must make sacrifices, pray with more diligence. She is a prophet, though she does not know it yet.

    God Bless all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, I hope you write more and more, Michael. It so heartens me to see young people like David living the sort of passion and fortitude, zeroing in on what counts, in a way I and all of my generation should have 40 years ago.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Michael, I love your reflection of the tie in with yesterday’s Gospel reading. We are to be the fishers of men. I have doubled up on social networking to reach like minded people in conscience to join in as hopefully active defenders of truth and the culture of life. As you said sacrifice, prayer and diligence!

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    • Karen says:

      Thank you Michael. Yes, a little child leading us – and the Blessed Mother! I truly believe She has set the ball in motion somehow and we must, must, take up the momentum. The Lord is extremely merciful to us, who have struggled with both defeatist and lukewarm attitudes – as well as sin – knowing that our inaction has devastated the human race of our time! The ball is in our court now – can we not see the hand of God now? – this is it folks, the storm is on our side now and maybe not tomorrow! Maybe it will suddenly turn on us; will we regret that we did not make the MOST of THIS opportunity?

      First, David’s group’s videos – exposing plenty to force us into action. Then his and Sandra’s bizarre indictment. The 26 year old mother who happily gave birth to all five of her babies against doctors advice and with three older children already – the naturally-conceived quintuplets making it newsworthy around the world. Then the unintentional pro-life advert – at the Super Bowl no less – you just can’t organise these events worldwide in a timely fashion – headline-grabbing so that there is no excuse for either side not to SEE that the line is drawn in the sand.

      I went to Charlie’s link re David’s demand for an apology. On the side of that article two things caught my eye: first, an advert for a pro-life badge with a panda holding a sign saying ‘protect human babies’ and secondly a petition to overturn Roe v Wade – two things so easy to do where numbers might simply win the day. And as you say Michael, the timeliness of this battle could not be more opportune! Right at the beginning of Lent. The strategist, St Joan of Arc couldn’t have planned it better.

      Yesterday, Monday, before Mass I felt a strong impulse to look at Our Lady as our Shepherdess. After Mass I looked up the Marian Movement Book to see if Our Lady referred to herself in this way. There were three mentions in the book and #317 bears the heading “Your Motherly Shepherdess” given on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Perth Australia where the quin’s mother and family live! The last few words are: “I am inviting you all to gather together in the cohort, and at the orders of your heavenly Leader, who is leading you in the battle against the Evil One and sin, so that the most pure light of divine grace and of holiness may shine forth resplendently in you.” By the way this particular reading I later discovered was the only one out of more than 500 that was marked (by me?) in the back index! When I read your words Charlie “That is why the light must be shone relentlessly” it triggered the words of Our Shepherdess above.

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    • Bob,

      Maybe I’m misreading your thoughts in paragraph four. Some lies and deceit were employed as part of the method. That’s a fact, even though we’re all clearly outraged by the whole situation, and not surprisingly it’s something the enemy seized on.

      If I’m reading you right, I don’t think it’s a fair characterization to suggest that some given pause by that fact (“head scratching over the methods”) are “so asleep” and simply “rearranging the deck chairs.”

      The horror that is PP calls its evil “good,” while we rightly call it what it is: “evil.” What’s true in big matters, is also true in small as well, so I’m not going to call a small lie “good,” however much I want the horror of abortion defeated and ended. I suppose that could be construed as a lack of focus, but I tend to give people the benefit of a doubt. A great many are capable of taking in the broad scope as well as the finer details.

      Charlie has exhorted us on numerous occasions to “cling to Jesus.” Again, I think he just repeated it above: “hold fast to Christ.” I think we all take that to heart and are trying to the best of our ability to do just that. Personally, I never head scratched on this issue. If anything, Christ firmed up His grip on me a bit.

      That possible misunderstanding aside, I really liked all your thoughts, especially that “we must place our trust in Him alone.” I also have to remind myself often that His ways are not man’s ways.

      Sorry if I irritate anyone with this, because it’s not my intent. Let’s face it though, we’ve become a bit factional over the issue. God unites. His ways are perfect. Evil divides.

      God Bless and keep writing,

      MP

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  20. victura98 says:

    Charlie, how much do you anticipate “storming the gates” will be human activity, and how much will be spiritual? By “human activity” I mean speaking, writing, counseling, witnessing, calling to account, etc. By “spiritual” I mean prayer and penance. Of course it is not an either/or but rather a both/and. When I was in the monastery (I am a failed Carthusian) our fight was entirely spiritual, and spiritual combat is still my first inclination. I’m sure I am not alone. Any thoughts on the balance between the two?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Excellent question, Victura. It is why I so emphasize living what God calls each of us to. It is both that is necessary, but not all are called to both. Some are called to spiritual warfare, some to ordinary warfare, some to care for the wounded. Not all can be soldiers, nor can all be priests, nor can all be farmers or medics or cooks. It is why God gave us such marvelous, genuine diversity. If we each discern and live our calling well, God’s will is more easily accomplished. Think of King David, a man after God’s own heart. The very fact of his living his kingly and warrior calling well disqualified him from building a house for the Lord. This did not diminish his dignity at all…it is just that the good of building a house unto the Lord was not compatible with his authentic calling.

      The problem comes in when a certain tribalism sets it. Sometimes people who live formal prayer well look down on those who live the prayer of doing. Sometimes active people look down on those who “merely” pray about it. I say that if you are a soldier, give thanks that God has called some to be priests, cooks, builders and farmers; for all of these are necessary for each of us to do our job well.

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      • Barb Watry says:

        Charlie, your response about the particular gifts and the tendency for those with one type of gift to look down upon those with another, really resonated with me. I had this same conversation with my brother, Peter, several months ago. He is a doer and I, let’s just say, am not. It finally dawned on me that I was critical of him not praying as much as I think he should, even though he is a deacon. After our conversation I finally realized it…ånd let him know that I was being a reverse Martha… I was attempting to force him to be Mary, when he is more called to be a Martha. Now if I could only figure out which I am supposed to be, one or the other or a bit of both. Thank you for understanding so much more clearly than I. I always learn a little bit more when I read here.
        God bless all here.

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        • charliej373 says:

          God bless you, Barb. It is why I emphasize the next right step…just what is right in front of us. If you are not accustomed to action and are nervous there, you are likely to just get in the way. So do what you can see in front of you, give thanks to God that there are those He has called who are very good at what you are not. And joy arises. I am so glad that you and your brother are at a little more peace and mutual regard.

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          • Joseph J says:

            After following your blog for a while I have grown to better appreciate my Opus Dei spiritual formation. In this blog you bring news from the other side of the veil of the great spiritual struggle that is going on between great forces, and yet on the strength of that experience you advocate the very things that St. Josemaria taught – namely, the sanctity and importance of ordinary life. I have seen how some Catholics get caught up in the drama of religious things (devotions, apparitions, catechism formation) but lack the firm foundation of appreciation for ordinary things. Books like Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence and Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade have also helped me in this regard.

            Religion can make people crazy sometimes. It can be very grounding to realize that washing dishes might be just as important as praying the Rosary if it is the duty of the moment and you do it with love. It is humbling and one is less inclined to have delusions of grandeur. Actually speaking of Unbound, that is one reason why I love it so much. It is a very humble approach to deliverance that emphasises ordinary Christian spirituality over wrestling with demons.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I discovered Opus Dei and their authentic charisms – sanctifying your ordinary work and living a true apostolate of the laity – I knew that was where I wanted to get spiritual direction from.

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  21. Eileen says:

    Thanks for encouraging post, Charlie. What you said reminded me of something I heard biblical scholar Scott Hahn say many years ago. The “gates of hell” are a defensive measure. Hell is afraid of an assault by the church, not the other way around. This quite changed my view of the supernatural world!

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  22. Laurie says:

    I heard Dietrich Bonhoffer said, not to oppose evil is in itself, evil. I am only now responding to the last two articles and have been literally sickened by the facts and my own inability to do more. This situation seems to me somehow beyond ghoulish–someone recently said the closest we come to seeing the Face of God is in seeing the faces of pre-born or newborn children. How did we get to this horrid place in our history?
    If someone here at TNRS hasn’t already posted a link to LIFErunners.org I learned about this good site yesterday on Sacred Heart radio in Washington State. The message is simple, powerful, and beautiful. A pro-life marathon runner started a group. The back of their t-shirt reads “REMEMBER the unborn Jer 1:5”. I only heard a little of the program, but apparently the gentleman who began the organization, was inspired by
    St. Padré Pio.
    This may already have been covered in previous comments, but to me the DA looks tormented in the photo that was posted. Who knows what her own personal situation is? That poor woman needs a lot of prayers too. I once studied ‘Mulieribus Dignitatum’ an encyclical filled with beautiful teachings on the dignity of mothers. As I recall, the essence is that regardless of each woman’s biology or history, we women are all mothers at our spiritual core. Is it true that on a biological level every woman carries the DNA of each child she conceives for the remainder of her life on earth?
    With God’s signature also in our genes, it is no wonder humanity is on such a destructive course. I believe Mother Teresa told a graduating class at Harvard that the fruit of abortion is nuclear war. She did say, at some time, the material poverty elsewhere is less than the spiritual poverty here in the USA.
    Anyway yes, it IS time to take action–loving action–and that is what I understand Mercy to be. Thanks be to God for the Year of Mercy! Outstretching our “withered hands” together will help everyone. As Charlie has said, “we are all the less fortunate”, and we are all so blessed to be alive now.

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  23. Anne says:

    To think David is only 27…….just wow! Truly the David and Goliath story. Dear Lord I keep asking you to fill him with your strength and Sandra too.
    After reading Malletts words and his Lenten retreat……. Then Charlie’s last few…… Seeing the pope and Patriarch article on their meeting….. Convergence of the Storm.
    It seems the fullness is microseconds away and I am in awe of God’s Mercy ….. Mid 2012 is almost 4 years ago. May our dear Mother shine The Light for us all in this darkness. May all here be filled with the power of Her Spouse.

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  24. Picket Fence says:

    I attended a talk by Fr. Donald Calloway where he spoke of a study done in England that at first appeared to show that women who had an illness or cancer had unidentifiable cells which seemed to be associated with the illness/disease. The study eventually showed that instead of these cells attacking the body, they were there to fight the illness/disease, and these cells did not originate from the woman’s body, but from the children she had carried. It puzzled the researchers at first, because a number of the women in the study were childless. When they went back to these women for more information, each of them had either miscarried or had an abortion. Yet the cells that originated from the pregnancy, however brief it was, remained in the woman’s body, and were found to help her with cancer and like diseases. I thought that the name given this situation was fetal mitochondria, but I am still searching for it.

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  25. Aye! Captain, aye!
    Now you do sound like Johnston of Arc!

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  26. loveconquers says:

    I had been kind of flirting with my faith, for the last few years. If that makes sense? Sort of almost thinking about jumping in and then just not doing it. Spiritual Warfare maybe. This summer after those videos came out I was furious, and also just I felt like I had no where else to go. How can I go on without God? This world has gone mad. How can anybody be happy while we are killing our own young. It’s mind-blowing. I hope and pray that others like me, woman in there 30’s who had been LIED too about what feminism really was, choice and all that B.S, are coming around to God and praying. For the lives of our own children. Overwhelming.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining you in prayer, Loveconquers, ” that others like me, woman in there 30’s who had been LIED too about what feminism really was, choice and all that B.S, are coming around to God and praying.” Amen. God bless you.

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  27. SanSan says:

    Friends, 40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday. Go out to your local Planned Parenthood and join others in prayer, fasting and witnessing for the unborn. We’re out there everyday, rain or shine from 7AM to 7PM. You can locate your Pro Life reps at your parish and they can help you to participate. Thank you.

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  28. Beckita says:

    Perhaps many have seen this story. If not…

    Pro-Lifers Will File Ethics Complaint Against D.A. if She Doesn’t Drop Charges Against David Daleiden: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/pro-lifers-will-file-ethics-complaint-against-d-a-if-she-doesnt-drop-charges-against-david-daleiden/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Press on, press on. I say file the ethics charges whatever she does now. The abortion crowd and their media and government ennablers have bullied ordinary people long enough – and it sickens me to see them weaponize the justice system to punish dissent. Don’t give them a do-over: press on with ethics charges. Let us expose what Planned Parenthood is and what the thugs who rin interference for them are. Press on.

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Is “do-over” a metaphore?
        Seems like there is a lot of “do over” this whole mess…and it stinks!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes, it’s a metaphor. We can’t let this moment go to waste. The governmental entities that have weaponized the justice system as a cudgel against Christians and conservatives routinely mount outrages like this. If they win, they successfully muzzle and punish people who are mere political opponents. If they lose, they end up saying “Never mind,” and no one is held accountable. Those who abuse the public trust and prosecutorial power to criminalize opposition need to start being fired and spend time in jail for that abuse. The abuse here is so brazenly obvious, it is time the hunters of the innocent pay a price for their perversion of the system.

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      • janet333 says:

        Yes Charlie ….enough is enough! Now we’ve got to walk the walk..not just talk the talk. Onward Christian Soldiers!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Beckita, I had not seen this yet and the article has links to 11 of the PP videos. Good eye & great find.

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  29. Phillip Frank says:

    To “bloom where your planted” is the equivalent of becoming a spiritual nuclear bomb. Our Lady lead a quiet life of obediance par excellence and earned the title Mother of God through her little fiat.
    But God “raised up the lowly” and placed her as the highest created thing (Jesus is not a created thing or “creature”).
    By her being in perfect union with God’s will and blooming where she was planted, God made her a great weapon He will use to defeat the enemies of man.
    In this is much wisdom for us.
    To do PERFECTLY what we are called to do in the mundane ways of our lives no matter how small or “lowly” it may be, we are steeled into an undefeatable weapon.
    Our Lady was impenetrable by the Satan because she focused on the will of God and nothing else, this gave the Satan no point of entry as she cared for nothing for herself but “kept her eyes on the hands of her master”.
    So in big or little ways, we are an effective opponent to the enemy if we but accept with humility whatever it is we are to do in our little “spot” we are planted in.
    I tell my children that if they are living a good life and they prayed to God to do His will that they would find themselves standing in the same spot they are now because God HAS willed them to be doing exactly what they are doing right now.
    But then, of course, to keep taking that next right step…..

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  30. Beckita says:

    If you’d like a delightful chuckle or at least a smile, type the words” Father Frank Pavone Facebook” in your search engine. When you get to his page, scroll down to his fourth post and enjoy! (That would be the 4th post down on Monday night. 2/8/16) His caption for the photo is: “Hey NARAL Pro-Choice America, you don’t “humanize” a fetus. Fetuses are already human beings.” But you’ve gotta see the pic.

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  31. Lorena Lalor says:

    Dear Charlie, I am new to posting a comment but have been following your posts and all the comments for some months now. I have been struggling and suffering , some days more than others, for the last 30 years. I am 57 and a Catholic all my life, but reborn by the Spirit 26 years ago through The Queen of Peace without having gone to Medjugorie. I want to join the NRS family “officially” and want to let you and the family know you are in my prayers all the way from Australia. I am daily encouraged as never before with your posts and the comments from family members, with love from Mary’s daughter

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  32. Doug says:

    Charlie, as I read this, it hit home that the progressive lefts view on abortion is in concert with Nazi ideology when I think of selective abortions and creating a superior race. I think I may start referring to the progressive left as Nazis. Ironically, the left views the religious right as Nazis (racist and intolerant) which is a prime example of making good look evil and evil look good. Let’s call a spade a spade.

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    • Tom from Georgia says:

      Yes, Doug, how clever the progressives have been to label Naziism as “rightist”. Nazi is short (in German) for National Socialism, It is an extreme leftist ideology, different from communism in that business is co-opted but no owned by the state (I’m no expert, but believe I have the idea correct). The Nazi Germans and the Russian Communists were indeed enemies, but their ideologies were not far apart – atheistic, central control of everything, the state is superior to the individual. Similar to what has been done many times by the re-writers of history, the left has planted and cultivated the lie of naziism as the extreme right so that conservative thinkers can conveniently be lumped together with them – persisting in the lie with so much energy that in many circles today the lie is not even questioned. To the poor uninformed, conservatives can be easily demonized just by painting a swastika on their arms, so to speak.

      Some day when all the Truth is visible, and all these insane lies are torn down…

      I will look back (I hope soon) on this era as the age of the lie. How can so many be so easily misled by such utter nonsense? I have been trouble by this since childhood.

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    • Josh in IN says:

      Eugenics is definitely part of the pro-abortion playbook. Sanger was explicit about that. It’s just not very PC these days for them to be honest about it.

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  33. Robert Bourgeois Jr says:

    Beautifully done piece.

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  34. Another Karen says:

    Charlie, I really hope that David and Sandra take comfort in knowing how many support and pray for them, just as you did during your trials. Please let David know when you speak to him how much we appreciate his stand, and that we are with him to the extent we can be given the circumstances. It is heartening to think the tides are turning!

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  35. Boots on says:

    I will be joining my penances this lent with those of TNRS family . Together we will out flank PP and the “justice system.” Eyes open in anticipation of the battle ahead and the victory of the Queen.

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  36. mvislander says:

    Hello everyone, great post and the call to action should be ringing in every ear! For some of us the normalcy bias and mass confusion of our times can be overwhelming. The pressures of work, everyday life and the deluge of negativity and bad news was wearing me down. Also, trying to find a community of like minded people outside of the internet was difficult. My loving wife had been quietly urging me to live Cursillo but I had put it off because I didn’t think I had the time. One week ago I lived the Cursillo with 32 other men and afterwards felt like John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace. I was blind but now I see. Living in the moment and taking the next right step has become so much more attainable. I didn’t realize how fearful I was of the storm because of my pride. I didn’t think that I was able to get my family through it. We need to truly cast aside our pride and reliance on earthly things and to fully place our trust in Jesus. Having patience, loving those around us and doing what is right while trusting in our Lord is all the guidance we need. After living the Cursillo I have found the community of faith I was looking for. The large number of Christians associated with the retreat house and its neighbor My Brother’s Keeper, an organization dedicated to helping the less fortunate, is a tremendous force by the power of the Holy Spirit.I felt the Holy Spirit move in me in a very real and powerful way during Cursillo and I can’t recommend this retreat strongly enough for those that have become cynical and weary of this earthbound existence. We are called now to lead others to the Light in these spiritually dark times. VINCE IN BONO MALLUM!

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  37. jlynnbyrd says:

    Thanks be to God!

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  38. RJW says:

    The armies of Almighty God are being assembled across the world.
    I found this wonderful group in my feed line earlier this week and wanted to share it with everyone. This is their mission statement.

    “We were inspired to give the name “The Holy League” to this movement, because it is akin to the raising of remnant armies from various nations that came together in 1571 for the Battle of Lepanto, under the spiritual leadership of St. Pope Pius V. The need is great today to raise an army of saints to battle against the forces contrary to God’s will in our times … especially those forces rejecting the supernatural.
    http://www.romancatholicman.com/our-lady-of-fatima-1917-2017-why-100-years-matters/#.Vq_QafjftRR.facebook

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  39. mbrandon8026 says:

    Charlie:

    I have written a post on the oxymoron that is called political correctness, in support of your call to action. While we have stood by pretty quietly for so many years, political correctness has invaded our homes, workplaces and daily lives.

    As we enter Lent, we are in a wonderful place to meditate on the love of Jesus for us, and the call that that puts on our lives to respond.

    This is the Year of Mercy, and Mercy is not politically correct. Mercy relies on Truth in Love all the time. We are all called to live Mercy in our daily lives. This is not conventional warfare, with gun battles and cavalry charges as the primary focii. This is a war for the souls of ourselves, our families, our loved ones, and all our brothers and sisters throughout the world. All inhabitants of planet earth are our siblings, and are infinitely loved by Our Father in Heaven. This is a very different war, and we have been in preparation for this since our baptism.

    http://freethroughtruth.blogspot.ca/2016/02/political-correctness-is-oxymoron.html

    May God Bless us all as the Storm intensifies.

    Michael Brandon

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  40. When I ruptured my disk, God taught me that sometimes He breaks things wide open in order to heal them, and that is happening on so many different levels around me (and us) now. It’s painful and it’s messy.

    This past weekend I posted something on Facebook about how awful abortion was, and a young woman lit into me. She deleted her comment, but I talked to her in private messenger where it did become heated. (I had a grandchild who was aborted. My son cried and begged his then girlfriend to please have the baby but she refused. It was a turning point in our fight for life. I was much less outspoken about this fight before it became more personal, God forgive me.)

    She was ardently pro abortion, and eventually though our conversation it came out that as a young girl she was forced by her parents to have an abortion. She is so broken. The amount of drugs she takes to make it through a day is staggering. I cannot *fathom* the parent who breaks their child like that. I try and think that perhaps they thought they were doing their best, but still, I find it hard to excuse.

    So David isn’t only the point of the spear for these unborn babies, but he’s also fighting for the broken women everywhere who have suffered. They may think that they are empowering themselves after their own abortions, but it’s just a lie. They are the walking wounded.

    So pray for them, also, because these videos and these discussions are ripping open raw wounds and we need to be a source of hope and show them Christ, who heals all wounds.

    She is not Catholic, but she is wanting to come to confession because her heart is so broken. She knows she couldn’t have done anything about it–she was in 8th grade–but she still is in pieces. So pray for her, please? I hope this is a first step on a road to healing for her.

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  41. docallanw says:

    Welcome, Lorena!

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  42. Carmel says:

    Lorena, welcome! I’m so glad to see another among the Australians who visit here. We are a small group – at least in terms of commenting – maybe a larger group reading. So much spiritual nourishment to be found here, not to mention the lighter side, – the good cheer provided by the ‘squirrel squad’ 😄 On the Next Right Steppers forum (see link in right hand margin) there is a category called “Aussie Steppers” where we can ‘meet’ and chat if you feel like it.

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  43. Boots on says:

    Often In team building exercises the last activity is a “Trust Walk.” Individuals are blindfolded and take the arm of a team member, trusting they will lead them safely to the destination. I believe that in this Year of Mercy, it will be as if we are each taking a trust walk, in the dark, holding onto Jesus, trusting He will help us take the nest right step in this storm. Jesus I Trust in You.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha Boots! I have been doing it a very long time. You get more accustomed to it over time, but you still sometimes say, “Hey Lord, it’s getting pretty stormy out here. I’m sure you know, but just in case…”

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, Boots on!

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for the link, Jorge. It’s a beatiful statue with an incredible story and Peter LaFave did a great work with his version. Have visited this massive statue at the top of the mountain a few times and drvien by her on many occasions. She is a sight to behold, especially when lit up at night! The mother of the author of this piece is dear.

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  44. Jorge Bizarro says:

    Hi Charlie
    I think everybody in this blog will love this article about Our Lady of the Rocky Mountains in Butte, Montana. I have chosen this post on ‘storming the Gates of Hell’ to let you know about it… guess why?
    http://www.religionenlibertad.com/la-gran-virgen-de-las-rocosas-una-imagen-que-nacio-de-47471.htm
    Note: find it in English at: http://www.thechristianreview.com/our-ladys-miracle-on-the-mountain/

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  45. kate says:

    Fr Robert Baron has an excellent lenten inbox meditation too.

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  46. Did anyone read this?

    ” Due to dwindling capacity for existing aborted fetal cell lines to self-replicate, scientists in China have developed a new aborted fetal cell line, WALVAX 2 that will be used for viral vaccine production. The existing cell lines, MRC-5 and WI-38 are currently used in MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis-A, Shingles, some rabies and some polio vaccines.

    WALVAX 2 is taken from the lung tissue of a 3 month gestation female who was ultimately selected from among 9 aborted babies. The scientists noted how they followed specific guidelines to mimic WI-38 and MRC-5 in selecting the aborted babies, ranging from 2-4 months gestation. They further noted how they induced labor using a “water bag” abortion to shorten the delivery time and prevent the death of the fetus to ensure live intact organs which were immediately sent to the labs for cell preparation.”

    – See more at: http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/new-fetal-cell-line-from-live-abortion-emerges-for-vaccine-production/#sthash.Z9Tktnbq.uYY4NnUr.dpufhttp://vaccineimpact.com/2015/new-fetal-cell-line-from-live-abortion-emerges-for-vaccine-production/#sthash.Z9Tktnbq.pPCPPaBS.dpuf

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  47. lambzie37 says:

    Doug and I have been continuing on with our Ignatian exercises. This is a bit of a diversion from the trend of these posts. I leave it to Charlie to decide if it is too long or too off topic. Below I share a bit of insight I never really put together before. Anyhow I share it to remind us that as Cathilics we draw so much of our strength from the sacraments. In this period of storminess, I expect that I will cling them as never before. I love our family here. I am encouraged to hear all the insights each of you bring to many of the battles we are engaged in, I hope this can encourage some here. Squirrel Squad – En guarde!

    The wedding feast at Cana
    In today’s contemplation on the wedding feast at Cana God showed me something most awesome! In my contemplation God brought me through the wedding feast, to the Lord’s supper on Holy Thursday and finally to the wedding feast of the lamb.

    Reflection on the water, wine and the blood:

    In the narrative we are told that at the Cana wedding feast Jesus tells the servants to fill the empty jugs with water. The water brings to mind Jesus’ recent baptism and thus our own where we are first washed clean from the stain of original sin and join Jesus in his ministry as we are anointed priest, prophet and King.

    At the feast Jesus turned the water into wine. They had run out of wine and so he replaces their wine with the finest wine–wine that only he can supply. At the last supper the setting is yet another meal where Jesus changes the wine into his blood. He refers to it as the “blood of the new and everlasting covenant”. This covenant shortly afterwards is achieved through the spilling of his own blood–the finest and only sufficient blood–and his resurrection from the dead. Like the finest wine, his blood has no equal on earth, it is rare and precious in what it acquires and accomplishes.

    During the wedding feast there was surprise that the finest wine is served after the lesser wines which was not the usual custom. But Jesus freely gives the finest wine to the wedding guests. At the last supper he speaks of his blood that he also freely offers as the final (ultimate) sacrifice. All previous sacrifices from the blood of animals could not satisfy the requirement put forth in the Mosaic law. And so the power from those sacrifices had run dry; they were now as empty as the water jugs. A far better sacrifice was made; one that could never fail to satisfy or run out.

    The last supper holds yet a far deeper symbolism than that found in the wedding feast at Cana. It is richly symbolic of the glorious supper of the lamb which will be celebrated at the end of earthly time. There the final battle with Satan has taken place and Jesus has put his enemies under his feet. His ministry began with a wedding and will triumph at the wedding supper of the lamb. Our bridegroom will receive his bride (his church) without spot or wrinkle because we all will have been washed from all our sins in the blood of the lamb, much as we were first washed from original sin at our baptism with water.

    The wine as Jesus changes it into his blood at the last supper (and at every Mass thereafter) is the crucial nexus between the beginning and end of his ministry. His blood signifies the nexus point of our individual journeys. In our lives we move from conception to our center point or decision to choose his sacrifice for us which will illuminate the path for us to take to thereby be resurrected through him into eternal life with him in heaven. On a larger scale the wine and blood in the last supper, are the very link between the alpha and omega (the beginning and the end) of mankind’s earthly existence; everything that occurs between Genesis and Revelation.

    Further reflection on the water, wine and blood in the sacraments:

    The water, wine and blood comprise a key elemental trinity, given to us by the most Holy Trinity, and inexorably linked to our salvation as we receive the sacraments. In baptism we receive an initial rite of salvation as we are washed with water from original sin. For all, whether it comes before or after our baptism, there comes a moment when we must accept the sacrificial blood of Jesus as the only propitiation for our sins and welcome Jesus Into our lives as both Savior and Lord. However the mere utterance of a simple prayer or oath, however heartfelt it may be, will never be enough. Rather I believe our salvation unfolds in an ongoing manner. It is not that we are saved again and again. No, we must strive to make our lives mirror our Savior and the sacrifice he made for us.

    And so each time in our lives as we sorrowfully acknowledge our sin in the sacrament of confession, making atonement through penance and amending our lives, we live acceptance of God’s great mercy. The water becomes present in our tears that flow in the healing grace of absolution. Copious tears may also flow, ours and other’s, as we experience healing that comes in “the Anointing of the Sick” or “Extreme Unction” (the last rite) sacraments. Healing sacraments impart great grace as we are further infused with the Holy Spirit and washed clean from the stain and effects of our sin. Though we must bear the consequences of our sin we hopefully learn how to avoid such sins as we move forward.

    Finally, as we live prayerful lives daily surrendered to the will of Our Father we become conferrers of his living gospel. The Holy Spirit is the author of such a sacrificial and sanctified life. Receiving the Eucharist often and under both species, gives us vital food for our journey. In Holy communion, where we receive the very body and blood of Jesus in the appearance of bread and wine, we literally become one with Jesus. Vocational sacraments ideally will also be conferred in the context of the Mass once again incorporating Holy Communion thereby imparting the grace needed to live as shepherds to those our calling has imparted to our care. In married life our calling is in fact to bring our spouse to heaven. In the case of religious vocations however, we are given a flock and are called to shepherd them to the gates of heaven. For such callings, only lives lived exercising the full mercy and grace received from the sacraments can accomplish so great an undertaking. To him much is given, much is required. Amen?

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  48. Joseph Antell says:

    I love it Charlie….. A call to battle……. we are ready.

    On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > charliej373 posted: ” By Charlie Johnston When I was a boy in the mid-60s, > my best friend was a kid named Randy who lived just across the street from > me. He was the middle child of the Ostermann family (not their real name) > and born just two days before I was. Mr. and Mrs. ” >

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  49. MarieUrsula says:

    I am grateful that long-time US Representative Greg Walden of Oregon’s Second District (the wide open spaces east of the Cascades, which include some small cities and towns) is on our side regarding PP’s misdeeds. Here’s the text of an email sent to his constituents, of which I am one:

    “Dear [me],

    “I wanted to take a moment to update you on the House’s investigation into the disturbing allegations that Planned Parenthood has been selling and pricing fetal tissue. These grizzly practices were depicted in a series of undercover videos that were released last year, and Republicans in the House responded by launching a full investigation into this potential misuse of taxpayer dollars.

    “At a recent hearing, a number of exhibits were used to demonstrate the exchange of money for baby body parts. One particular exhibit even appeared to tout a company’s services to abortion clinics as “financially profitable” and “providing a financial benefit to [an abortion] clinic.” This would indicate that federal funds were being used to subsidize a profit-driven practice of selling fetal tissue by organizations like Planned Parenthood. That would be a disturbing development, and, more importantly, it is against the law.

    “You can watch the entirety of the panel’s hearing here.

    “Please know that I will be following the investigation closely, and will continue to fight against the misuse of taxpayer dollars for abortions. In fact, I proudly supported the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7) when it passed the House last year. I hope the Senate will pass this bill and get it to the President’s desk.

    “I will be sure to keep you updated as we continue work on this issue. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

    “Best regards,

    Greg Walden
    U.S. Representative
    Oregon’s Second District”

    Back to MarieUrsula:
    I sent Congressman Walden a handwritten letter of encouragement a couple of months ago.

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