The Patter of the Rising Storm

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By Charlie Johnston

(I am trying to put the finish on an important piece today. While I am at it, several readers suggested I post what was originally a comment by me as a stand-alone piece. I think that will be useful. I want to note, too, that there has been a good response to your letters to officials in Texas and Texas Right to Life about the travesty  visited by the Harris County District Atty’s office, which charged with investigating Planned Parenthood and credible evidence it is engaged in profiting from selling the organs of dead babies, instead chose to indict the whistle-blowers while running interference for the most heartless and ghoulish of abortionists. One reader told me her State Representative, Tony Tinderholt, sent an aide out with the letter she wrote his office, to thank her and discuss the issues of life and prosecutorial misconduct with her. There will be much more to say about this going forward, But I am grateful for those who have the courage to stand up to the media-governmental complex that shields Planned Parenthood no matter how hideous its deeds.

But for now, the piece I promised:

I was still in high school when I developed my fascination with historical societies on the verge of catastrophic collapse. I suppose the reason is obvious to people here now, but it was not to those who knew me then, just a manifestation of my peculiar mania for how to build and keep a healthy, functioning culture. One of the things that astounded me was that in each of these societies, the overwhelming majority of people did not believe there was anything seriously wrong until doom was right on top of them. The most common reason voiced for why there was nothing to worry about was that “we have been through this before.”

Sophisticated, elite Romans laughed at the attacks on its borders by primitive Germanic tribes. Rome was the most powerful nation in the history of the earth and destroyed those who had dared attack it before. Such primitive, backwards tribes were a laughable annoyance, not a threat. And so the empire fell. Even after the storming of the Bastille, the French King thought he merely had a communications problem. And so France fell. Czar Nicholas thought the rumblings in the Russian provinces that had reached near Moscow were just the same old restiveness that was common to Russian politics. He was so unconcerned he was out of the country with the Army when Russia was seized by the revolutionaries. German Jews had a world-weariness. They had seen and survived pogroms in Russia and Europe repeatedly over the years, so most thought Hitler was just a virulent form of what they had already seen many times. And so began the Holocaust.

In hindsight, it is easy to see that the violence ripping these societies was structural and foundational – not business as usual at all. Yet the great majority of people, even the most sophisticated, cannot see the difference between transient and structural damage until all is in ashes. I am not sure if any in power in Rome understood the danger. In France, only finance minister Jacques Necker knew this was something foundational – and he was reticent to speak of it because he was ridiculed by everyone else in power for his alarmism when he did. There were a few in the Duma and in the Tsar’s court who sensed something different was afoot, but not so as to act with dispatch. Of prominent Europeans, the only two who consistently warned of the danger of Hitler’s toxic populism were Winston Churchill and Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. (Yes, contrary to the smears that erupted against the late Pope in the early 60’s, Pius was second only to Churchill in his public warnings against Hitlerism before it was too late – and tireless in his efforts to protect Jews targeted by that regime, housing many secretly in his Gandolfo retreat). Both German business  and social elites and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain believed Hitler was a man they could do business with and bend to their will.

The problems we face are not transient disruptions, but structural failures. The financial system is not having a downturn in the business cycle; all the structural safeguards and cushions have been gutted. The global collective security arrangements that have held since the end of WWII have often had adjustments, but now they lay in tatters, shredded by the Obama administration’s “smart diplomacy.” Both former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and current ruler Vladimir Putin stated this baldly a year and half ago, but the western media almost completely blacked that warning out. The rule of law in the west is dead. We do not have occasional abuses; rather the justice system, itself, has been weaponized as a tool in the raw will to power.

The general public may not be able to discern the difference between a social flesh wound and a wound to the heart. But I do – and so do many of the most historically and financially knowledgeable people – which is why you can dismiss me as alarmist, but you ought to be terrified when people like Victor Davis Hanson, Admiral Stansfield Turner (ret), and the bankers at Citibank and the Royal Bank of Scotland say things that make me look like a Pollyanna by comparison.

A flesh wound heals itself, given time. A heart wound bleeds out and you die. Our society is dying around us even as silly officials try to maintain it’s only a flesh wound. If God were not going to intervene with a Rescue, we would be at the edge of a new and brutally dark age of slavery and global misery. It has already begun. I do not come to warn of a Storm. It is already upon us and visible to all who are not willfully blind. I come to proclaim a Rescue, that the Lord of Hosts is not finished with us – and has work for each and every one of us if we will accept it.

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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260 Responses to The Patter of the Rising Storm

  1. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    …”Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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    • Beckita says:

      THE perfect focus, Centurion! Thank you.

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      • Jennifer Mary says:

        Centurion posted this image today. Mark Mallet posted image of Sacred Heart today. I read one message from my volumes ‘ Directionforourtimes’ today, it told me to place myself into the Immaculate Heart and Sacred Heart whenever I feel I am losing my Joy and it will be given back.

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    • Mick says:

      Oh, what a lovely picture, Centurion!

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    • Oh, to think of Jesus’ Sacred Heart forming in Blessed Mary’s womb, there issuing its very first beat of many, two perfect hearts sharing a common lifeblood…

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      • notablogger2 says:

        “sharing a common lifeblood…” Hope you don’t mean that literally. The baby and mother do not share blood except in the generic sense of shared genetic material. Their blood systems are kept separate via the umbilical cord. I have heard others say “Jesus and Mary shared blood”; think it was Fr. Corapi. Others repeated it. Perhaps you meant “sharing a common lifeblood…” as a metaphor. God bless!

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        • I’m sad you missed the spirit of my comment with a technical response. “Lifeblood” has more than one definition: “Mary is the lifeblood of the Church.”

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          • mary says:

            we now know that after the birth of a child especially a male child that its dna is left behind in the mother and actually gives her healing immunites. if in fact this true then Jesus is in Mary. For where there is a small piece of Jesus there is Jesus, body blood, soul and divinity.

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          • Mary says:

            it has been recently discovered that children
            born to woman leave behind their DNA after birth
            especially a male child which lives in the mothers body forever. Should this be true it would change
            forever how we view our Blessed Mother. It would mean the she carries forever Her Son Jesus in her. How wonderful this will be.

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          • That is fascinating! Thank you.

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          • Doug says:

            Well, since Jesus was conceived with no physical father, would his DNA be identical to that of the Blessed Mother?

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Doug, I read these incredible scientific findings on bleeding hosts and just found the articles to share that touch on this subject.
            http://indefenseofthecross.com/eucharistic-miracles/

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          • Doug says:

            These are neat. Thanks so much Jenn.

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          • Mary, I found a 2007 study through the NIH that examined the migration of fetal cells into the placenta, their integration into maternal tissue and organs, and the fact that they can remain and influence the mother’s physiology for decades:

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2633676/pdf/cam0101_0019.pdf

            You are so right — what a wonderful thought indeed! — that Mary, who carried Christ in her womb and therefore retained Christ in her body after his birth, and who was assumed bodily into Heaven, to this very day may literally carry the body of Christ inside her very being…forever! And this, of course, means the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ!

            This is something well worth meditation. Thank you, Mary!! (Both Mary’s 🙂 )

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          • YongDuk says:

            Ha! Funny Doug 🙂

            (Or were you not making a joke…? XY v. XX? See? Funny!)

            No, if you took two ova (N/23) of any woman and mushed them together due to the process of gametogenesis and crossing over and all that good biology stuff, the resulting DNA (2N/46) would not be the same as the DNA of that same woman.

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          • Doug – I’ve often wondered that. The mother determines the sex of the baby, but you need a father to contribute the other half of the genetic material. In Ven. Mary Agreda’s Mystical City of God, she described how 3 drops of Mary’s blood were distilled in the process, making a complete set of chromosomes for Jesus to come into being. Not to be flip, but I can’t imagine the Holy Spirit making a Divine Speratazoid to fertilize an egg. Of course, anything is possible. Very mysterious.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, it was a sincere question, but kinda fits in the category of “do worms yawn (thank you for answer MP)”. It is my inquisitive kid mind wondering and in awe of God’s creative beauty.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh ya. I forgot the XX and XY thing. Grass Hopper must go to the back of the class again. Now that makes it more of a mystery. Is half his DNA from the blessed Mother?

            Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich has an interesting meditation on this in that after Christ was crucified, angels went around and picked up every piece and every scrap of flesh and blood that was on the ground due to the scourge and all. This would make sense to me because he would not see decay.

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        • For the nerds out there (myself among them) who want to know to what notablogger is referring, here is a diagram of fetal and maternal circulation:

          I realize it’s beyond the scope of this blog.

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          • Doug says:

            This is so cool Patrick. I marvel in wonder on how God created all this. It is so perfect and eloquent.

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          • Doug says:

            By the way, I would say it is not beyond scope here.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Fetal microchimerism was recently discussed elsewhere on this blog. It’s very cool from the perspective of the two hearts and also for Moms and their children and spouses for each other. It’s the beauty of the Trinity in the design of the human family.

            For the record it’s the male who determines the gender of the child.

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          • Oh for Pete’s sake! 😡 I got to stop using my impaired recall to try to sound smart on this blog. (My father recently passed from dementia and I sometimes wonder what’s going on with me – although his was vascular — but still).

            You’re right LM. A simple Google search would have prevented me from sounding like an idiot. Well, maybe there is something to my Divine Spermatazoid theory after all.

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          • What started as a touching sentiment toward the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts has turned into a basic biology lesson. But I suppose we can see something miraculous in all of it! So to bring it full circle: “Thank you, Centurion, for that beautiful image of Jesus and Mary!”

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Patrick
            I think my post to you sounds a little snarky. I apologize for that. My inner teacher got the best of me. I am happy you brought the compelling and profound meditation of the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts to the conversation. It is hinged to the Incarnation, a mystery which dominates my heart and mind.

            Thanks to Ceturion for the beautiful icon.

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          • You were kind and not snarky at all Luke. I too am an educator and always want to be told immediately when I make a mistake. (OK – I was probably thinking about mitochondria, as a lame defense).

            What gives me great pause, however, is the fact that I’m in the middle of a doctoral degree for nurse practitioner. I’ve been very absentminded and forgetful these past two years, unable to retain new information. I chalk it up to severe neck and back pain, my age, the frequent use of opioids, the relative inactivity with physical exercise, a touch of dysthymia, and burn-out from being on my 10th consecutive year of school — all these will hinder memory. I’m even considering switching down to a Masters to avoid the time for doing research and reduce the physical demands of reading and sitting at a computer for hours a day – which I hate. My confidence has been shaken by these frequent and troubling mental aberrations. I feel like I’m in a pickle and part of me wants to give up on this particular goal of becoming an NP.

            But Mother Teresa say, “Choose always the hardest.” (If memory serves)

            I need to seek council on this matter, I know. Thanks for listening. Any advice is certainly welcome.

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          • Beckita says:

            Keeping you in prayer, Patrick, as you discern and live with your current suffering and limitations. May our soon-to-be-saint Mother Teresa intercede in special ways for you.

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          • Thanks, B. There’s what I want (an easier course load, less pain, boo hoo hoo), there’s what I think is more logical… and then there’s what God wants. I will be praying for humility and insight into what it is He wants for me. I was given a little glimpse after Mass this evening with Proverbs 3: 5-7!

            Thank you for your prayers, B!
            Jesus, I trust in you! Help me with my lack of trust!

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          • Hi Patrick,
            Only because you said: “Any advice is certainly welcome”… ☺

            I’ve been through the program and sympathize with your pain. Add your physical pain on top of that and – Yikes! That’s tough! My first thought is, “Don’t be tempted to quit”. Continue to pray for guidance and believe. Believe that you’ll be redirected if you chose a detour from your straight and narrow path☺ I remember praying, “Thy Will Be Done” before I even started the program. Then, halfway through it, my prayer turned into… “Lord, what the heck did I get myself into?” I was tempted to quit but didn’t. That was 7 years ago and I’m still not exactly sure why I was led down that path. I work, hope and pray that I’m using it for Gods glory – not mine.

            I love what Charlie says about the need to “Man our Post”. Regardless of our degrees, our vocation, or which “post we man” – in health care – our purpose is to care for (and pray for too:) each and every patient we meet with compassion. This challenging path you’re on may be leading you to a post where your gifts are greatly needed.

            So, long story short, I’d vote for you to stay on course. Kick temptation to the curb and continue to pray, while you “man your post”. You will be guided.

            Praying for you, Patrick, and all here.

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    • Bonnie C says:

      This is my FAVORITE picture of them!

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    • Bob says:

      And I would add to the picture the holy and chaste heart of St Joseph. As a man I have lately developed a devotion to St Joseph and praying that he will give me a bit of a manly and holy heart like his. With the feast of St Joseph approaching this link has some good reflections on Joseph including some church approved apparitions of him. So I have lately been asking to be kept close to the three hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
      http://apostolatestjoseph.com/

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      • Petra says:

        Bob: I too recently developed a devotion to St. Joseph, and since my earthly dad has gone home to Our Lord, I have asked St. Joseph to be my guide and father from now on since the dad God gave me isn’t here to be that for me anymore – to be the same sort of father to me as he was to Jesus. In reality, I feel closer to my earthly dad too since I’ve been doing this.
        I’m glad to here others are also seeing St. Joseph as another great saint to turn to with devotion and in a desire to become closer to God.
        God bless.

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      • Mick says:

        Bob, you might also be interested in the Pious Union of St. Joseph, which is a fantastic organization and community of prayer:

        http://www.piousunionofstjoseph.org/membership/

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      • jaykay says:

        I’m with you there, Bob! The Three Hearts of the Holy Family: the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Pure and Chaste Heart of St. Joseph. It’s a most powerful invocation. And yes, for us men, St. Joseph is a great, but sadly slightly neglected, model. Like you, I’ve only come to appreciate him deeper relatively recently. And his Feast is not too far off, March 19th. It’s unfortunately rather overshadowed here in Ireland by St. Patrick’s day, only 2 days before. But, hey, there’s nothing stopping me from honouring him by going to Mass on his day (strong hint to self ☺). J.

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  2. Hilferty says:

    Only God can save us….but do we want Him to save us? I do!

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  3. Blessediam says:

    Praying that those closest open their eyes, ears and hearts….

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  4. Kim sevier says:

    I am glad you posted this as a stand alone Charlie. I had already forwarded it to a lot of my peeps!

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  5. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Great new book “Church of Spies” about the Pope’s help during WW2. Funny thing, the man who later became known as “the father of the Euro” was the one who became the go-to-guy in Germany for Pius Xll and his cabal of spies and spy they did. Wonderful read. Also, encouraging to see the horror that several of these spies endured but lived through to help set up a new Europe.

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  6. canada1nw says:

    I pray that more will have ears to hear your message Charlie, which is the call of God to His people.

    “I come to proclaim a Rescue, that the Lord of Hosts is not finished with us – and has work for each and every one of us if we will accept it.” CJ

    “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness And relenting of evil.…” Joel 2:12-13

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  7. Bernie Gutschewski says:

    Yes

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  8. Joe says:

    Sorry Charlie, but i just HAVE to put this here:

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    • charliej373 says:

      Love it, love it, love it, Joe!

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    • Thank you! Just what came to mind. 🙂

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    • YongDuk says:

      We all thought it…

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    • Petra says:

      This to me, (besides the dead parrot in the pet shop) is the single funniest bit Monty Python ever did. I laughed when I first saw it, and laugh every time I think of it.

      God bless.

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      • charliej373 says:

        The dead parrot sketch reminds me of politics these days. You have a bunch of clowns insisting the parrot is not dead when everyone can see it is gone.

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        • al chandanais says:

          I believe the politicians know exactly what’s going on and are putting themselves in a place of safety to rule the masses. Egregious actions by both sides allowing our constitution to be torn apart proves they have decided to allow the world’s people to suffer greatly by ruling them because the common man is too common and doesn’t know enough to take care of his family. Socialism is the call of the day, the president can do anything and no one confronts him. O they say how unhappy they are in the press then go to the white house for lunch. Our last great president Ronald Reagan was the last of the God Fearing men to hold the white house and our country to a higher standard. These are evil times, the parties tell us we’re ok and the people are either following like pigs to the slaughter or being sheep and following Gods voice, we are being separated. Those who understand somethings wrong are grateful when I tell them of the storm and the rescue. Others just think I’m a little loose upstairs. None of this really matters to those who are allowing God to prepare our hearts for the others it’s already to late.

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          • Simone says:

            Some politicians remind me of Shift the ape in the last book of Chronicles of Narnia.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Don’t they, though?

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          • Simone says:

            Indeed! There may be something to those books. 🙂 On an unrelated note, how does one get in touch with Yong Duk? I need to pick his brains.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t think you can get into private contact with him. He makes himself available on these comment boards, though.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Thanks, Charlie! I hear Confessions in my Private Chapel any time day or night, except during Mass… Just don’t scare me too badly if you suddenly appear or leave a question here. If I miss it, repeat it on a comment I left.

            Fr. Frank jumped out at me in the Autumn. So, an email from Charlie or through Charlie, if he consents would be nice. I have communicated with one other person one time through him per God’s intervention and have asked him for discernment about three others (if I remember), so I am not aloof, but I value Charlie’s prudence in more ways than he may understand.

            Forgive me, but each of you should have your own Father in your Bishop. 🙂 I am accessible, but he should be more of a Father for you than me, but I understand the hearts (please don’t judge me again roughly whoever you were a few days ago from some other Country, but I know what I say) of my fellow Bishops sadly too well too often more so than Politicians.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I will pass on whatever comes.

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    • jaykay says:

      “I’ll bite your arms off…”

      And since it’s (aaaahghh) nearly March, time to look after your shrubberies.

      Nih to all here. J.

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      • Beckita says:

        Oh Jaykay! You have me giggling this fine afternoon. I love your comments, your deep faith, your Irishness, your awareness of Liberia and now this?! Wow!

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        • jaykay says:

          Beckita, God bless you. “Strong faith”, umm, well, I know myself. Zacchaeus really… I hope I’ll climb down from my tree. Unless it’s cut down by a herring, of course ☺

          Seriously, as much as I can be, our election here is but 2 days away. The Herodians are in full cry, with their anti-life agenda, supported of course by their puppets/muppets in the MSM. Nothing you in the US don’t know about, of course. I don’t generally comment on US politics but, in line with the tenor of Charlie’s post, it so reminds me of the last days of – not the Roman Empire, but of the Roman Republic. The obscene sums of money committed to identical candidates, the buying-out of true choice… yeah, we have it here, on a much smaller scale. So also across the “democratic” West. Soft dictatorship, complete with “safe spaces” and all… i.e. panem et circences for the sheeple.

          Still, not despairing. God forbid. Wryly laughing would be more like it. But how to be a beacon of hope? It’s difficult, involving a lot of tongue-biting at some of the crassness one daily hears. And I hope that it won’t leave me looking like a sour-lemon loser. Taking the easy path… cowardice… is so attractive.

          Now, I better stock-up on oil for my beacon. The Bridegroom isn’t far away. But I love sleeping. And it’s almost midnight over here in my timezone… in more senses than one!

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          • Beckita says:

            You’re sleeping now JKZac. Rest with the angels. The Storm’s winds and waves are beyond gentle billowing, but Lo! I see Christ walking toward us on the water. I know you know this, yet the obvious reality is so encouraging: He lives in us. His Light *is* the beacon in you and me. Coninuing to pray for you and all the wonderful and lost Irish as well as the wonderful and lost lambs here. God bless you.

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      • al chandanais says:

        Beware the shrubberies of March, HMM, has a nice ring to it

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    • jaykay says:

      “I’ll bite your arms off”

      And since it’s (aaaaghhh) almost March, time to look after your shrubberies.

      Nih to all here. J.

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  9. vvtaranto@aol.com says:

    I love this picture! I recently put this exact picture across from where I do the dishes and can reflect on it daily. Confirmation as to where true love and peace can be found. Oh to remain faithful to the one who first loved us!

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    • Petra says:

      vvtaranto: Me too! About the picture I mean. I like the picture so much I put it in the window above the kitchen sink so I see it many times every day. Mine is the cover of one of those memorial cards they send in the mail to solicit donations for masses. I love contemplating the beautiful images of the Sacred Hearts as I stand at the sink or work in the kitchen. After a while I began to feel like they were my companions, smiling so sweetly at me as I go about my chores.

      God bless.

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  10. Paul says:

    One need go no further to support Charlie’s contentions than to look at the leading candidates our political process is serving up this cycle…the wheels have definitely come off

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    • vicardwm says:

      Definitely, Paul. Those candidates are a clear “writing on the wall” moment. God is giving us what we, as a nation, want, and it is not a pretty sight to behold.

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  11. Petra says:

    Over the years I have watched our world from the sidelines (because I am no mover and shaker!!!), the ebbs and flows of the changing cultural norms, considered various conspiracy theories, and tried to put together a projection of the future based on what I’ve heard and read. I cannot. I’m just not able. But I can say as I *watched* the secular/atheistic factions grow stronger and more influential, taking over institutions (schools and universities, hospitals, even business policies) and our government, including the judiciary, and I watched the taking away of protections in terms of finance and money (the gold standard, the Glass-Steagall Act, the refusal to prosecute those who broke the Securities and Exchange Commission laws that lead to the financial meltdown in 2008) and realized no corrective measures have been taken to date, I liken it to a wealthy family who was once frugal and disciplined, but now the heirs have taken over, and they, tired of the discipline of their fathers, have decided to run through the family fortune, to defy all the rules that restrict their pleasure or desires, and laugh at the consequences. It doesn’t take a seer to know the end will be a disaster.

    So it really doesn’t take a Charlie to see that we are living in those kinds of times. Can you imagine a tall building where the supports are being cut one by one at the foundation? Does it really take a seer to see that although the building continues to stand for a while, though the foundation is weakened, eventually, and maybe (seemingly) suddenly, it will topple and fall? I for one thought this would happen during Bill Clinton’s administration, but obviously I was off by many, many years. But then, maybe the society was stronger than I thought even back then.

    One of my brothers is a non-practicing lawyer, but completes courses every year to keep up to date in order to re-certify his license. He was telling me with shock that there is a kind of crises in the common everyday courts with regards to the behavior of lawyers toward each other, toward plaintiffs and defendants, and even toward the judge. It is becoming obvious strong sanctions and remedial training in ethics and expected behavior will have to be put in place because of serious ethics violations, outright lying, and name calling toward each other, the parties to the action, and even the judge. So chaos resulting from undercutting the foundational standards that informed the ethics of the law profession is becoming a crises. The disease is everywhere beneath the surface, and spreading.

    Given what Charlie said about how the fall seems sudden because of our tendency to (and I inject my own imagery here) only see the standing building and not see how seriously the foundation is damaged I think is true. Knowing that God is aware and already taking action is comfort indeed, and knowing that a restoration of the foundation is on the other side of any collapse also gives hope. None of us can ever know when or how it will happen. We can only know how we must act when it does happen. I find our community here helps me to see that way in my daily life now, that God is giving me situations that are helping to train me (if I respond to His grace) and people who comment here who often point in a very good direction to stay on course.

    God bless.

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    • leel9790 says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more. This past weekend I was sharing with someone the need for the coming fall of this nation needs to have the three stones laid out by each of us…1) acknowledge God in all, 2) do the next right thing, 3) and be a sign of hope. One has to CHOOSE to be blind if they can’t see the demise headed our way. Out of the conversation which turned politics, the other party said that trump is better than hillary, while i pointed out the facts that they are the same…and thank God, Charlie gave us a glimmer of hope by saying neither. One bridge at a time, and I feel God whispering…”trust in ME”. And in my small way i stammer ” aye’aye My Lord i am trying”. God bless

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    • Kim sevier says:

      Yes, Petra, gentility, courtesy and grace have almost disappeared. I always loved to read “Miss Manners” column. She must be appalled! Maybe this acceptance of boorish behavior explains trumps popularity.

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    • Paul says:

      Very nicely done, Petra

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    • Petra your building analogy reminds me of a dream I had a few years ago. (I am so grateful for all the men here who are living their faith and for all those I see in my church every week–I would love to see more! May the following encourage you good men in your work and prayer. You are a treasure to the Church!)

      I dreamed that I was in the basement of a house. One of the walls was open and I could see that the house next door had a basement wall missing. (Mine was open, but theirs was missing.) An elderly woman was working, trying to rebuild the wall with cinderblocks. Her husband sat nearby, too weak to assist. It was all up to her. I went over and looked at what she was doing. She had already completed three of the four walls. She was very tired, but she had to keep going. As I inspected the walls, I could see she had not staggered the blocks, but had stacked them straight up. The whole foundation was very unstable. I thought, “If there’s an earthquake, this place is going to crumble!” I thought of asking members of our youth group to help her.

      I was very puzzled by the dream. As I prayed in the chapel on my lunch break, the meaning was revealed to me.

      Much of the spiritual work in the world is being done by women, often older women. They are desperately trying to keep the foundation of faith from crumbling but they are becoming exhausted. Many of the men who should have been helping are too weak from spiritual inactivity at this stage to even lift a finger. While the women have done what they can, they could not fill in for the men. Man’s strength and expertise were his to give and he has squandered them. Now the foundation is unstable. Very soon it will crumble. The dream ends with the hope of the youth group whose faith is strong and whose strength is needed for the rebuilding of the church.

      I felt the dream and interpretation confirmed this message that I had recorded in my prayer journal the day before:

      2 Thessalonians 2:8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.

      “My beloved child, what a world it would be if men lifted up their hands in prayer each day! Too few men are praying—and here I am speaking about the men. They are too easily discouraged from prayer, too easily distracted from making time for it. Now you see that the result is argument, wars, skirmishes, and feuds, gang against gang. Those men who pray shine like polished diamonds in a coal bin. I am drawn to them and they quench my thirst to hear the voices of men at prayer. Let those men who will pray be a beacon in the darkness. I am calling the men today to take up the banner of prayer, to hold it high, to be an example in their families. I love you, my brothers, my sons. Live in me and you will be living soldiers of peace.”

      Jesus, beloved, thank you for this call to the men. You and St. Joseph are our most holy examples of men at prayer. Let the spirit of holiness come upon all men and grant them grace upon grace to be soldiers of peace through prayer. We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Janet, this is just beautiful!

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      • Sarah says:

        Janet: So profound.

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      • Dave says:

        Janet, I like your angle on this. I have thought for quite a while that Jesus chose men as his Apostles because the message of love and forgiving your enemy was radical coming from men. Women have always been the “civilizers” of us all, to paraphrase Reagan.

        In nearly every parish, it is women that keep the wheels turning. Not entirely alone, but carrying the lions share. I see many women with their children in church with no man accompanying.

        It’s time for more men to step up and hear Jesus’ call, and to do things like pray the rosary and fast. God made us complementary to each other and now is no time to have parts missing.

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      • Petra says:

        Wow, Janet, that really is a prophetic dream. And so insightful.
        The attack on men. Books could be written, and hopefully will be someday, about the all out onslaught against males in our world since the 1960’s, and their emasculation. The depiction in your dream of a man too weak to do the work really men should be doing, must be doing – the role of the male to build and lay strong foundations – and women trying to take up the task, but unable.

        Thanks for sharing that. Much food for thought.

        God bless.

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      • ann says:

        Oh Janet, how beautiful. And how true. May God answer your prayer and send those reinforcements. St. Joseph pray for us.

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      • Pater0325 says:

        As a priest I have seen this dynamic of weak men and women holding up the spiritual battle. I am at a beautiful Shrine Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I can’t tell you how many women pour themselves out here for hours praying for the world. Many of them are feeling the darkness now. It tends to be the older faithful women. They are holding up the Church now.

        While we have a few good men here, I think the majority of them are weak. Even the ones who pray are being knocked down because of addictions to pornography. It is a plague upon our culture now especially men. I see that men are called to be defenders of their family and promoters of truth, but they are too fixated on fighting their personal battles with pornography or worse be self-centered and narcissistic. Thus, they are not taking up the fight. A present darkness and disruption of technology may wake them to stand up for their families leading them closer to Christ. I pray that this may happen soon!

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    • ann says:

      So so true Petra. Well said. I’ve said more than once over the years, “what is wrong with people in this country? Sawing off the limb they are sitting on….why do they want to destroy what made this country work?” My husband who is an historian nods sagely but still defends the “progressive” way. (given up tearing my hair out…now I grab my Rosary beads) It’s like dry rot, hidden but destroying even while it hides. I always thought that what happened after Vatican II was allowed by God to bring to the surface the dry rot that had been afflicting the Church. To bring it to the light of day. “The judgement of God begins with the house of God.” Now it seems to be the nations who are seeing it, including our own beloved country.

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  12. YongDuk says:

    2906 is so much more a catchy title!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Okay, so I was going to put a headline up after I finished it…and then forgot. Maybe WordPress was being optimistically prophetic – and predicting that after the Rescue, we will have so embedded the mercy into our hearts that the next mass apostasy won’t come until 2906. Oh, that we would have so many years of joy ahead for us!

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      • crystalctm says:

        Can anyone recommend a book that gives an idea of what economic collapse looks like? I am not well read about the historical examples you gave in your article and I just can’t get my head around what economic collapse might mean in real life… I don’t mean specifically, just trying to understand conceptually. I’m an avid reader, so fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. Thanks in advance.
        Praying for all here, in thankfulness as well as asking for graces for love of God, courage, faithfulness and generosity!

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        • charliej373 says:

          The most recent big collapse was in the former Yugoslavia. You can read details of it here. Here’s a short piece on the Weimar Republic, perhaps the most commonly cited instance. Pancho Villa’s Mexico and the American Confederacy are other recent examples of catastrophic financial collapse.

          I am awfully glad you asked, because so many people either dismiss it as a sort of financial downturn, completely missing the stark difference between a depression and a cultural-shifting collapse. Others are so infected by modern disaster movies, they get caught up in overheated zombie apocalypse type scenarios. To make good decisions, you need good information – neither Pollyanna nor pure doom and gloom. If you read up on these things, you will get a realistic picture of the sorts of things to expect.

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          • Beckita says:

            Charlie, isn’t what is occurring in Venezuela an example of the initial chaos that may well happen? A friend shared this link. Please, if it’s not a good source, don’t clear it. If you think it’s too fear-provoking reject it. If it’s counterproductive to our preparation in any fashion, I trust your discernment and accept rejection. It just seems pertinent to what might happen to us: http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t know whether it is a solid site or not. It seems devoted to the breakdown in civil society in Venezuela – and there is almost a blackout (or at least a greyout) of news about civil unrest that stalks much of the western world these days. So I don’t know if it is exaggerated, but it certainly is worth a look – but I think this is from an extreme series of incidents almost two years ago. I have heard of this episode before.

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          • Anne says:

            In a history book a cartoon showed the situation well. A man bought a cup of coffee, sat and read the paper and went to pay for the coffee an hour after drinking it. The cost of it had nearly doubled in that hour!!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for the feedback, Charlie. It *is* from 2014. Geesh!

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          • 1.2012 says:

            What?! No zombies?! There goes my world view…….

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          • crystalctm says:

            Thanks Charlie and all those who offered up suggestions. I will read them all. It will help me be as mentally prepared as possible. May God have mercy on us all!

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          • Doug says:

            I think Greece may be a good leading indicator as to how it can play out. I wondered about hyperinflation, but now I see negative interest rates dominating. The banks will not want hyperinflation. What would it mean if I pay off my mortgage with worthless hyper inflated dollars?

            Of course, with negative interest rates, folks would hold cash. The goverment could step in and create a law that limits the amount of cash one can have at any given time by limiting the amount one can withdrawal which gets us back to Greece. After the total collaps with severe shortages, cash will probably lose its value then. For this to ocur, there has to be a total collapse of the US as we know it today.

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          • Doug says:

            Also, negative interest rates is a way for the goverment to take our money without creating a new tax.

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          • Simone says:

            sooooo….. would now be an opportune time to take out a whopping huge mortgage in the hopes that the computer system crashes and everything is wiped out? 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Simone, I would not advise that. I think even with the storm, good prudence is in order. We really do not know how it will play out. My inclination is to become financially stable (pay off debt is always good) and tuck some extra food away. This would be good in case of an emergency situation anyway. Most importantly, acknowledge God in all you do, Take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others.

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          • Simone says:

            I was being cheeky. 🙂 I shouldn’t derail a beautiful discussion thread. Thank you for your kind response though. It is full of wisdom.

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. Sorry Simone. Can I get a soul out for being humble? Oops, I blew it. Not humble for saying I was humble…..

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          • The first link (Yugoslavia) is broken…

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        • little one in PA says:

          “Pierced by a Sword”

          A Free Catholic Novel by Bud Macfarlane

          Get ready for a journey of epic proportions–rather, cosmic proportions. This book is a little treasure, a marvel. This is an adventure, a comedy, a tragedy, a turbulent odyssey and a peaceful stroll. Most of all, this is a love story like no other I have ever read. A new kind of love story. I’ll see you inside…
          ~Michael O’Brien
          Author of Father Elijah

          I think this novel shows what a societal collapse may look like. Free at Catholicity see the side bar. Also, read about Hurricane Katrina and all that went on… It is a mini showing of how our society responds to a collapse of sorts. As with each of these examples you will also see God’s hand in the healing.

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        • Mick says:

          Crystal, a good work of fiction depicting economic and societal collapse is One Second After, by William Forstchen.

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        • Ed Allison says:

          crystalctm, I recommend James Rickards book; “The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System”.

          In the 2007-2008 financial crisis, all the powers that be did was kick the can down the road. Nothing was fixed. The big banks got bigger, and even more leveraged. The coming margin call is going to be epic. ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) is soon to give way to NIRP (negative interest rate policy). Will you keep your money in the bank when they TAKE 1% a year, or more? There are calls today to immediately go to a cashless society. I just read about the US Treasury doing away with the $100 bill. The reason given is because it is the most used denomination in illegal business (drugs, etc.). Most think…. no big deal. Most of what I do now is electronic anyway. The big deal, is that a cashless society will force people to keep their money in the bank. You couldn’t stash it in your mattress if you wanted to. Bank of Japan has already implemented negative interest rates, as have the Swiss and a couple other European banks.

          Have you ever heard of the Baltic Dry Index? It’s a measurement of global container shipping. In 2010, the BDI was almost 4,000. Today, it is about 300. Goods are not moving because people are not buying. Things are so bad, that Walmart is closing 154 U.S. stores. If there is a better bellwether of our economy, I don’t know what it is. But, the evening news, and the politicians all tell us we are in a strong recovery.

          Do you remember what happened in Cyprus a couple years ago? The largest bank in the country had a liquidity shortfall and was insolvent. Unlike the big banks in the U.S., they got no govt bailout. So, they bailed-in. In other words, they confiscated depositors money. I have read, and have posted links to before, U.S. Treasury documents that say the same thing will happen here the next time there is a crisis. The Fed’s balance sheet can’t take any more bail outs. They’re out of ammo. The documents I refer to talk about ‘shareholders being wiped out’, and ‘unsecured creditors absorbing the losses’. Do you know who a ‘unsecured creditor’ is to a bank? A depositor. When I tell people that, they laugh. “But there’s FDIC insurance up to $200,000.00, and I don’t have anywhere near that much!” Then I tell them that FDIC has something like $25 billion in reserves to pay claims. Deposits in U.S. banks that are covered by FDIC total many trillions of dollars. The last I read, FDIC cannot cover even 1% of deposits.

          Then there’s the petro-dollar. Never heard of it? Well…. in 1971, Nixon took us off the gold standard. Almost immediately, the economy suffered high inflation. Then in 1973, then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, brokered a deal with the oil producing nations of OPEC. That deal provided military protection for Saudi Arabia and their oil fields, on one condition……. that every barrel of oil sold by OPEC was priced in, and paid for in the U.S. dollar. That morphed into EVERY barrel of oil sold in the world, not just OPEC. This was great for us! We went from the gold standard, to the oil standard! The high demand for dollars bolstered the dollar and our economy. But today, the petro-dollar is in jeopardy. Russia has been selling oil/gas to China in rubles/yuan for years. It’s possibly a coincidence, but Sadam Hussein had recently started taking payment for Iraqi oil in euro when we invaded. When the sanctions on Iran were recently ended, one of the first things they did was to announce that they’ll take payment for their oil in ANYTHING but dollars. The King of Saudi Arabia was recently in Moscow. Gee, I wonder what was discussed. When the petro-dollar eventually falls, all those dollars will come home to roost. That’ll be the end of dollar and U.S. dominance in the world. The Empire will be dead. I doubt the powers that be will go quietly into the night. WW3 anyone?

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          • No doubt they want to get rid of cash. Considering the $60 trillion credit system that accounts for our imagined wealth (credit is not legal tender), and only about $250 billion in actual greenbacks circulating… What happened the last time they infused actual cash into the system? It immediately vanished (hoarded under the mattress) in frightening quantities. They know this.

            When confidence breaks down at some point in the complicated credit chain –– BOOM!

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          • Ed Allison says:

            MP, credit (debt) is not legal tender you say….. Hmmm. Pull out any denomination bill out of your wallet. Have a good look at it. It says, “Federal Reserve Note”. The Fed is a private entity, not directly part of the US govt. What you have in your hand is a promissory note, not money. It’s debt. We abandoned real money in 1971 when we left the gold standard and became a fiat currency. That is, a currency not backed by anything real, but only by the confidence in the US govt to pay. In the history of the world, the average duration of any fiat currency is 40 years. We’re at 45 at the moment. 45 Years of using debt as legal tender. It was doomed at the start.

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          • Mick says:

            Yep, Ed… to echo the words of our sherpa, the global economy is a dead man walking. We are in for one whale of a bumpy ride. God help us all when it all hits the fan.

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          • I finally learned what NIRP means: we pay the banks to keep our money. Who could possibly refuse a sweet deal like that? Apparently the Japanese are buying home safes like crazy since one would be a fool to leave money in a bank “offering” negative interest. I never imagined the mattress would become the perfect investment vehicle.

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Patrick, actually, the mattress nay only work for a very short time. Immediately post crash, cash will be king only because credit will be unavailable. ATMs and credit card processing will not work. But pretty quickly, as the dollar’s real worth is reduced to near zero, barter and real money (gold and silver) will be needed. As the dollar goes into crisis, the value of gold and silver in dollars will skyrocket. This will be because it is denominated in terms of the devalued dollar, not because a profit has been made on it. It will simply preserve the current purchasing power, instead of losing it like the dollar will. So, by all means, keep some cash. But I believe that keeping some gold and silver (while it can still be obtained), is a prudent strategy. Again, I emphasize, even if the value of those ounces of metal go up, it’s only because the dollar went down. It’s not a ‘get rich’ strategy. It’s a survival strategy.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for that instruction, Ed!

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          • naughtd0tty says:

            Wow Ed, you and I think alike. Hardly anyone I know is aware of any of these things. Thanks for putting it out there so eloquently!

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Naughtdotty, good to meet a fellow tinfoil hat wearer. I try to tell people what is coming and they laugh and tell me that I’m crazy. I just smile and tell them they’re absolutely right. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
            What’s coming should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention. But, therein lies the problem. So few are paying attention.

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          • Doug says:

            Ed, I read Jim Richards book. Good insights there.

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          • Doug says:

            Jim Rikards book. There goes my auto correct again. One more soul…….

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          • Ed,

            I enjoy your thoughts and appreciate your response, but drop the patronizing tone with me. I’m well aware of the history/current situation with currencies, markets and players.

            I simply pointed out the huge disparity between our $60 trillion dollar CREDIT system (of which the BDI reflects a significant link in the chain as you pointed out), contrasted with the approx. $250 billion in greenbacks circulating. We both know what our physical currency ultimately amounts to, but I always suggest folks have cash for any emergency. When confidence dumps in the credit chain at some point, cash will most definitely be king (though a wretched one) for a period.

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Mp, it looks like you read something into it that wan’t there., or at least was unintended. I apologize.

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          • YongDuk says:

            We all be a little grumpy. Doug yelled at me for my quoting a Humphrey Bogart flick.

            It’s good just to let go 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Play it again, YD…(that will be even more hilarious if we someday discover your name is actually Sam).

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! I get that one.

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          • Beckita says:

            It was actually Alfonso Bedoya. It made an impression since I had never heard of this fellow. Checked out his stinkin badges scene.

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          • Doug says:

            We love you YD and Ed!

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie and YD, Casablanca is my husband’s favorite movie. Maybe there’s something wrong with me, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to like it. It’s so dark and depressing. I think that Key Largo was worse, though.

            My favorite Bogie movie is We’re No Angels. It is hilarious, if darkly so. Have you guys seen it?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I love that one…also one of my favorites, Mick.

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          • Petra says:

            YD: Oh, I got it (we don’t need no stinkin’ commas…” but I think Doug thought you were serious because he didn’t get the reference to the line from the Treasure of the Sierra Madre (starring Humfrey Bogart) where the bad guy supposedly says, “Badges? Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.”

            So’s I looks it up (as usual) and the real line is::
            Dobbs: “If you’re the police, then where are your badges?”
            Gold Hat: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

            In my youth I hung out with a ski club, and the guys used to yuk it up saying, “Badges? Badges??? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges….”
            So, Doug, it becomes, commas? commas? We don’t need no stinkin’ commas…

            (But I think Doug originally typed “comas” which was even funnier, since none of us needs no stinkin’ comas…) 🙂

            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh. I wrote comas. Ugh! When I come out of my coma, I guess I better have Lambzie write my posts.

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          • Beckita says:

            Not to worry, Doug. Coma, comma, llama, mama, whatever… One of the most exciting parts of teaching first graders was taking many of them (Some were already reading on the first day.) through the stages of beginning reading and beyond. Early on, I discovered that WOW!!! God certainly *does* love diversity in the best sense of that word. Ever amazed at how intricately He wires individual brains, I delved into ongoing reading workshops, conferences, courses, etc. always searching for ways to assist kids, who struggled in certain areas, to unlock the code when it came to language arts skills.

            One area of fascinating discovery was how some people naturally spell well and some of the most brilliant people in the world have been/are challenged with spelling. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I’m concerned that you are putting yourself down by saying you’ll be sitting in the back of the class or having Lambzie write your comments. We’ve all got strengths and weaknesses. Every.human.person. Your affirming and kind ways, Doug, continue to shine on this site through any typos or misspellings ever left in a comment. Now IF you can find a Scriptural reference which connects the ability to spell well to loving well, I’ll be amazed. On the other hand, you’re living this: Matthew 25: 31-46.

            I don’t believe, for a moment, that anyone here would *ever* intend to make you feel badly. Not at all. The chuckling and teasing are done in such fun and good will so I hope I haven’t offended anyone with this observation. At the same time, I have had more parents come in for their child’s parent-teacher conference feeling terrified due to unresolved emotions surrounding their own childhood school struggles so I thought to say to you, Doug: I’m so grateful God created you to be just who you are.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When my daughter was little, she gamely tried to give a confident answer to whatever question was put to her. Walking out of Church after Mass one day, I pointed to a copy of daVinci’s painting of “The Last Supper” and asked her if she knew the name of that picture. “Yep,” she said with pride, “It’s ‘The First Feast.'” I started to correct her – and realized her answer was better than the actual title.

            Sometimes when we make a mistake, we stumble onto a profoundly deep insight. Thank God for our blessed errors.

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          • Beckita says:

            So true, Charlie. I have a memory of a little family friend of 6 years teaching my little 5 year old daughter how to finger knit. When the 5 year old sighed in frustration at the mess she was creating, the 6 year old counseled her: “That’s OK. Sometimes mistakes turn out to be something beautiful.”

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Charlie.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh thank you Beckita. I love all the folks here, you very much included and want to be sensitive to making folks welcomed and loved. More importantly, I want them to understand how deeply God loves every human soul here and how he so desires each of us to spend eternity with him. My heart yearns for this. God has shown me so much of his love and it humbles me. When I was much younger, I litteraly threw away my opportunity to learn good English and have regrets. So I have been playing catch up. My talents do lie in science and engineering.

            Anyway, I do take it all in stride. I was correcting YD with a phrase, he borrowed from a movie, that I thought was a little over the top and I was doing my best to correct with respect and dignity which I tried to be Asian in style. Part of this is to also recognizing I am no better and so there was a little self deprecating humor in my response, again, trying to be sensitive to YD. YD, I hope I came across ok. This is a beautiful place and I do not want to spoil it or drive anyone away by not being respectful, kind, gentle and loving.

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          • Beckita says:

            You’re achieving your expressed goals, Doug! God bless you.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you Beckita. You are very kind.

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          • Beckita says:

            Sometimes, Doug… sometimes. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Nah. Overwhelmingly most of the time. In fact, I have not seen you not kind yet.

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          • Doug says:

            Ok embarrassed and humbled grasshopper. Back to the back of the class….

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          • Petra says:

            I hope this ends up under my last comment.
            Just for context, I found the original exchange between Doug and YD:

            Doug says:
            February 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

            Syntax close enough YD. Just need a few comas. No big deal. At one time, my English was poorer than the people Mother Theresa served. When I said Lambzie wrote one of my English papers in college, I was not kidding. This was prior to my conversion. After my conversion, I started reading like crazy and playing catch up. In my conversion, experienced God’s love more in the way the church descibes perfect contrition, but was protestant. Anyway, I am still a grass hopper in the back of the class still learning from my wonderful shepards.

            YongDuk says:
            February 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm

            Commas? What commas? I don’t need no stinking commas!

            Is grasshopper one words or two? Helminths is one.

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            Doug says:
            February 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

            YD, respectfully, “I don’t need no stinking commas” actually sounds very snarky. I would not recommend that as proper English slang.

            As for grasshopper, I guess I better go further back in the class.

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            YongDuk says:
            February 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

            My apologies, Doug, was trying to play off a phrase from some obscure 1948 American film with Alfonso Bedoya.

            Safe travels… 🙂

            Never a dull moment….
            God bless. 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Doug said it was unbecoming of me, Mick, sorry. I will still to colour only, I think.

            😦

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          • Doug says:

            But YD, Back and Whites are some of the best. That’s only one movie.

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          • Mick says:

            YD, l’m not sure what you’re apologizing to me for; it’s OK if you don’t like Casablanca or Key Largo or We’re No Angels. 🙂

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          • Petra says:

            Hey Doug, I’m the LAST person who should point out the speck in my brother’s eye regarding spelling (and your error I think was a typo anyway) given the huge plank in my own eye regarding the same. In grade school I usually was out of the spelling bee in the first or second round. It never really got better. To this day I have to look up the word *congratulations* because I always spell it *congradulations* and I don’t even see it’s wrong!! (unless I’m typing online and get the red underline). I also can’t spell *maintenance* and *parallel* (spell check just helped me with these).

            I love what Beckita said about kids and spelling. It’s really true. My grandma couldn’t read or write, but I wouldn’t exchange the Easter dinner at her house when I was little for all the world! Your comments here a lighthearted and fun, and we so enjoy your insights and banter. I hope you’re only kidding when you say you’re going to sit at the back of the class and let Lambzie type for you. 🙂

            God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh Petra, I am kidding. Jacki is such a beautiful writer though. I am always amazed when she writes. I still have to think about “congratulations” too. I want to make the T into a D. God bless you!

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          • Simone says:

            I remember congratulations by saying congrats.

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          • YongDuk says:

            No, Mick, you misunderstood. …Sadly… Doug reprimanded me for my badly mangling the quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and basically implied that I stick with coloured movies, not black and white.

            I watched Leap Year to celebrate the Day with some friends, though.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oops, it should have said “stick” not “still”. Doug’s bad. Not my bad.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Man, YD, I think that Doug should be assigned as a Deacon assistant to you. The two of you take such delight in ribbing each other, there would never be a dull moment for either of you.

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          • Doug says:

            Bing! Another soul gets out ☺

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yes, Charlie, I am and was quite serious about finding Doug and then trekking cross-country to find MP and then heading to Mt. Meeker!

            I am driving though… or picking the route walking.

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          • Doug says:

            Charlie, I plan to travel the Universe with YD and MP when we get to heaven. You and anyone else are welcome to join us. I think we should start with a small trip; maybe a few galaxies and a million light years. I would be honored to assist YD as his deacon too. I keep up at night waiting for him to bilocate to NH, but sigh……. I have been losing good night sleeps. Now I have to wait for him to walk across the country to get here.

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          • Barb Watry says:

            Doug, I would certainly love to join you on that journey. I have often dreamed of what “Heaven” would be like for me, knowing of course, that our Lord would have far greater than anything I could dream of… 1) I’d live in a little cottage, surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens, where I would sit and talk with our Lord and all those I’ve loved. 2) I would hike the universe with our Lord, seeing all the beauty He created for us(stars and planets, super-novas, galaxies, black holes, dark matter (now visible) and all the glories of the “heavens”).
            God bless all here…

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Barb! Please come join us!

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          • On the Mt. Meeker trek, I’ll be perfectly content to serve as altar boy for YD and Doug. The happy thought hearkens me back to the 6:00 a.m. weekday Mass with the Bishop. He was a giant of a man with a robust spirit to match! Some mornings I winced a bit while holding up the Book for him (he regularly enjoyed his morning Romeo y Julietta before Mass… gee, I wonder where I got that habit from), the ringing of the Sanctus Bell, the half dozen neighborhood regulars in the front pew including the old gent in his best suit and fresh carnation on the lapel, the saintly women prayer warriors, the rising sun peeking through the stained glass and illuminating the statuary of Our Mother. If I served the 6:00 a.m. during Lent on certain days, there was also a 9:00 a.m. Mass for all the students, AND Stations of the Cross in the afternoon. Those were the days!

            I’m planning on heading east/northeast from my home in the Valley of the Sun, with stops at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and El Santuario de Chimayo so I can visit el pocito for some tierra bendita to bring with me to Mt. Meeker. From there I plan on picking up the Continental Divide trail north into Colorado. We’ll just trust in Providence that you’re able to find me somewhere along that route. When we get that far, I’ll be all to happy to let YD take us in.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, Doug, you missed your time of Visitation. I bopped you on the head and you didn’t wake up. Like them 5 Virgins…

            Not my bad 😀

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          • Doug says:

            Ha!

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        • Sr Lorraine says:

          Kevin Williamson has a book from a secular perspective called “The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome.” His idea is that whatever financial collapse we face will leave out society better off after the initial panic. Sort of like the Rescue, though he doesn’t know about that. He describes the situation but doesn’t have that many concrete solutions to offer. I enjoyed the book though.

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      • molchanie77 says:

        Maybe the joke is on us because 2+9+0+6 equals 17. LOL

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    • Becky-TN says:

      I too was wondering what “2906” meant, as well, YD.

      Thanks, Charlie!

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    • Jacquie says:

      YD
      I’m glad you mention the title. I was just getting ready to ask what “2906” meant? Cause I sure didn’t get it. 😉
      Jacquie

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  13. Sally says:

    Praying that God will keep us steady and make us in to His faithful servants through it all !

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  14. Lynne says:

    Seeing the picture of the ship in the storm with a light in the distance reminds me of a similar painting I purchased from the artist over 25 years ago. It is the centerpiece in my family room. I never knew why I was drawn to it, but now I know. I will look at it with “new eyes” now. Thanks Charlie!

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  15. ” I do not come to warn of a Storm. It is already upon us and visible to all who are not willfully blind. I come to proclaim a Rescue, that the Lord of Hosts is not finished with us – and has work for each and every one of us if we will accept it.”

    Without a vision my people perish.

    Amen.

    Interestingly I was watching the news last night and it was remarked that in 1978 70% of mothers were still in the home. The last battalion left the front and we’re sitting amidst the rubble. Wether mothers leaving the home was a cause or effect I’m not sure, but the end result is what it is.

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  16. Vivi says:

    I dont know what it is but this lent feels so different. like standby before the hit. i have shared this to workers, no one wants to hear it. then i just dont want to say anything. Gift of evangelism that is tough!

    i keep climbing through stones. these little notes every day helps, and you hear the news, well there is no real news….

    God saves us Here as Centurion says!

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  17. Maureen says:

    Hi Charlie and readers,

    Cardinal Burke and others have asked all serious prayer warriors to unite and pray the Rosary on the 1st day of each month during the year of mercy. He began this movement of prayer last Dec. 8th. If you go to the website, Catholicaction.org it describes it all in more detail. The good Cardinal refers to the Battle of Lepanto for our time. Peace & prayers – Maureen

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  18. Mary Ann Parks says:

    I always thought of the rise of evil this way: the nice polite “civilized” bourgeois people ignore the rowdy low class bullies, thinking they will never amount to anything.

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    • Mary Ann, one of the most memorable scenes in all of movie-Dom is in Dr. Zhivago. Komarovski is entertaining the young Lara at dinner in an upscale restaurant before the revolution. Gradually the room falls into a terrified silence as the sound of rebels can be heard in outside, a mob of demonstrators singing in the street. Komarovski looks around the room with disdain at their fear and quips drily, “No doubt they’ll sing in tune after the revolution.” This breaks the spell, everyone laughs at their own silliness for being afraid and the music, chatter, dining and dancing resumes. That, metaphorically, is what happens to me every time I try to bring up this topic. I’m the voice floating in from the street which is quickly converted up by business as usual.

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  19. Lynn says:

    I have found it almost impossible to speak to people about what this could look like. It is like a cloud of invincible pride has surrounded most people. That nothing could happen to this nation. While many agree the world is upside down few recognize the reality that this cannot continue. And concerning the Pope….I pray for him as he is my brother an imperfect human that too errors as we all do. He is under much more attack than I could ever imagine. So it does not bother me what he says. Its all par for what we ar going through. We all have to trust in His Promises. Jesus I trust in you.

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  20. janemarieanne says:

    Yes Lord! I accept! Thy Will be done!

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  21. SteveBC says:

    Today I was watching a video of Trump talking about punching a protester. All the people behind him laughed without reservation. He also put out a reading of the poem called something like The Snake, and someone (perhaps his campaign) put his words to a collage of images from Europe showing deterioration there due to immigration. Both instances demonstrate that Trump is now willing to appeal directly to the unrestrained id of his supporters. This would never have been countenanced even in 2008.

    I’ve been watching Trump and the Trump Phenomenon for a while now. He has not been my cup of tea, but I have thought that he has until now provided cover for people to speak the truth, un-PC though it may be, without being a negative influence to outweigh that benefit.

    Today, though, I saw the truly negative side of demagoguery and have concluded that Trump’s influence on the people has become decidedly negative. I have wondered for a while if The Donald could skirt the edge of the worst of demagoguery without falling into that particular hole. Today I received my answer, and the answer is “no.” It appears to me that the Trump Phenomenon has not only run away with a large part of the electorate but now also with The Donald himself.

    Just as the rest of society is increasingly falling into error ever more severe, The Donald has now joined that trend and should now accelerate the process. Watch for more words of violence and exclusion from him and his supporters. And watch his supporters become morally corrupted by his fall.

    I wonder if there will be time for Trump Brownshirts to form before the Collapse. I hope not.

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    • Steve B C, I recall reading somewhere that at certain predictable points in the course of societal breakdowns the people become fascinated and exhilarated by totalitarian personalities because they have felt helpless for so long and they get a vicarious feeling of power listening to the demagogue and imagining that he is empowering them. He ( or she) isn’t doing any such thing…the opposite, in fact. But by the time they realize it, it is too late.

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      • Kim sevier says:

        Yes, singingflowers, for some reason the trump phenomenon has come to stand out for me as a major illustration of our downward spiral.

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      • Beckita says:

        SF, that makes good psychological sense.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Yes, SF, I think you’re onto something. What I hadn’t really expected to see here but am now seeing is that the *demagogue* also gets swept up in the phenomenon. The people and the demagogue feed each others’ tendencies, and the whole thing spirals into places none of them expect.

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        • Beckita says:

          As well, Steve, Kim and SF, it doesn’t look so different to me from the rise of Obama in some aspects. Going with your point, SF, concerning societal breakdown, people knew, at some level, eight years years ago that the downward spiral, Kim noted, had begun. Along came Mr. Hope and Change with no real description of what that actually meant… just grandiose and empty promises. In addition, people were so caught up in the media campaign waged, they turned a blind eye to the history of Obama and seemed to care less about how he came from nowhere and folks failed to further question what kind of money and agenda was backing O’s rise to stardom.

          A while back, Steve, I believe you assessed that Trump was a kind of reflection of Obama. I agree, especially when it comes to making grandiose promises which have not been backed by how they will be achieved and what it will realistically look like.

          These things must come… And the people of the Kingdom…

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          • SteveBC says:

            Beckita, I’ve had to backtrack a bit about my opinion of Obama as a narcissist because, although he has many narcissistic tendencies, he did not spin up as he got more adulation. He has actually managed to function as president and has not continually sought adulation.

            Trump shows signs of becoming addicted to the adulation, even as he disparages his supporters (classic feature of narcissism). He plays to adorers and when they respond, he plays harder to them. He shows signs of spinning up, like an addict on a growing high.

            I’m not saying the projections in my final two paragraphs below *will* happen or that he *is* this kind of person. I’m describing what to look for in his behavior under certain circumstances *if* he is this kind of person. With that proviso, here are a few comments I’ve been turning over in my head:

            If he can pull back and calm down now, we can worry a lot less. If he cannot disengage from the adulation, he will just spin up and up. If that happens, violence will eventually arrive, in my opinion, and he will be OK with it and even begin to encourage it directly.

            This would be particularly true if somehow the republican elite manages to deny him the nomination. I believe he would be unable to let go of his supply of adorers and would go out on a third-party candidacy to remain the focus of that adulation. However, having the nomination denied him would probably sour him and could turn him malignant. A malignant narcissist can cause an amazing amount of trouble. So I’m going to watch his trajectory over the next few months, to the convention, and see if my hypothesis about him holds water. I actually hope my hypothesis will turn out to be wrong, because being right would mean real trouble.

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        • MarieUrsula says:

          The tendencies have become voracious partly because the press hashes and rehashes every little thing the demagogue says ~ hence the feeding frenzy. Personally, I’d rather hear or have heard thoughtful positions of other candidates. But we get the constant barrage of the latest reality-TV soundbites.

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    • Trump lost me at: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” He’s the Howard Stern of politicians.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Patrick of SD, I agree that is a quote that should disturb people and can certainly support your statement that at that time Trump was the Howard Stern of politics.

        What I was noting in my comment above is that the incidents I cite are taking Trump’s influence out of the realm of catchy braggadocio and into the realm of malignancy. That takes him out of HowardStern-ness and into something that could get very dark unless he dials it back soon.

        Since the times are of final choices and of spirals into extremes, I suspect he will not dial it back, even as I hope he does. Look for some of his followers to become violent and see what his response is to that. It seems only a matter of time now until violent actions occur. Then we will see.

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        • Beckita says:

          St. Michael the Archangel… Well said, Steve. No doubt to me there are evil spirits working overtime at every level, in every way. These things must come in God’s Greater and Glorious Plan, yet it can never be said enough, He’s not doing this to us; we concocted the stew in which we’re simmering and which is now coming to full boil.

          The darkness deepens and I choose to embrace Pope St. Paul II’s constant Biblical exhortation; Be not afraid. While I totally missed the two year old dating in the link about which I asked Charlie yesterday, I’m thinking of it again in light of your recent comments. Perhaps it’s more timely than I first thought as it seems to me a tipping point is at hand and we continue to Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of His Hope to those around us.

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        • I agree with your initial post, Steve. My first reaction was it was over the top, but on second read I don’t feel you were excessive: Trump is a negative, bitter, mean, ruthless man who demonstrates great influence over people, and his followers are devout and unmovable in their allegiance. The prospect of a legion of Brown Shirts (aka Assault Division or Storm Troopers) is a terrifying prospect and unfortunately seems to be within the realm of possibility, especially given the unfolding of the Storm. At this point, he’s still a joke and an empty suit, but with increasing power, a desperate population, and an army of supporters willing to stop at nothing for him……malignancy is an excellent choice of words.

          There are eerie parallels to Nazi Germany. Perhaps you understated the threat.

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    • prayingflower says:

      SteveBC, I cannot for the life of me fathom why a Christian (Sarah Palin included) would – or even could in good conscience – encourage a vote for Donald Trump. What am I missing in my understanding of this? I have stated here that I am not a political person (I guess that makes me, according to Aristotle, less than human), but it seems to me it doesn’t take much discernment to see that this is not the kind of star to hitch a Christian wagon to! Steve, (or anyone else) this is perhaps a naive question, but nevertheless a sincere one. I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this. Personally, I think it makes Jesus sad. pf

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      • Lily says:

        I think it is just as Steve mentioned – Trump was willing to be un-PC about things that Christians are seeing but no other politician is addressing. The courage to do that is inspiring. However, seeing his meanness come out more and more, is disturbing to say the least. He has lost whatever support he had from me too. As Bekita said with Obama, people got caught up in the campaign of hope and change (as did I; I didnt look into his background, just believed what he said.) that someone was going to try to fix what everyone knows is broken. As a Christian, I don’t think I could even vote in this election. Do you think that would be a good thing, if Christians were united in not voting at all this election?

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        • prayingflower says:

          Thank you, Lily. I certainly don’t have an opinion on your last question. But I would love to know what Charlie thinks about it. When I search the scriptures and contemplate the Holy Trinity and Our Lady, I see us being called to align ourselves with what is true and honorable and beautiful, not brash or rude or violent. I suppose, sadly that is not the face of politics these days. The one thing I hear people saying of late that does make sense to me is that God is giving us the “king” we’ve asked for. My opinion is nothing, but my prayer is that as Christians of this great country we will, all of us, deeply search our souls about these matters while there is still time, and I include myself, of course. I am sure I have some surprises awaiting me in the dark places of my soul. I appreciate your replying to me, Lily. God bless you. I look forward to being with you some day, my sister. pf

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          • charliej373 says:

            The only thing that I watch the election stuff at all for this time is to see people who may be useful in helping usher in the Rescue. Otherwise, it is an irrelevancy to me. But it does, indeed, show how deeply our disorder has embedded itself in the public square.

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      • Joyce Brown says:

        Initially, prayingflower, I was loving Trump’s entry into the race. He was talking about things that did resonate with me. He was REALLY upsetting the media and the GOP Establishment and I thought that this could only be a good thing. When he cut people off at the knees who were interviewing him, I was delighted. I am not someone who deludes themself in thinking that politics has ever been a polite endeavour. I don’t think anyone needs to be rude, but the media IS rude and much of what they promote is B.S. so I was glad Trump was putting them in their place.

        Yeah, he was loud and brash. He was funny. And he was mainly spouting slogans but with nothing really behind them. He WAS misquoted, to be honest, right out of the gate. He did NOT say that “all” illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists and murderers, he said some were and he talked about those who were. But mainly he promised things that a lot of Americans long for: The U.S. will be great again. I’m 56, and this country really doesn’t seem very much at all like the country I was born in. So I thought it was fine for him to re-ignite that seemingly dead notion. However, I assumed that while he would stir up the campaign, people would realize he really isn’t qualified and they would throw their support to one of the other candidates. He was never my choice and I would never vote for him.

        Now……OY VEY! If I didn’t believe Charlie’s statement that there wasn’t going to be a 2016, I would we a bit nervous.

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        • Joyce Brown says:

          I meant to say a 2016 Presidential Election.

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        • prayingflower says:

          Hi Joyce. From the very beginning I thought Trump was just playing with us. I never thought he was serious about this so some of your thoughts and reactions did resonate with me and took me back to that time. In that respect, he really had me fooled. I still wonder if he was really serious about this in the beginning. Thank you, Joyce. Reading about your experience of this has helped me. God bless you, my sister. pf

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      • Barb129 says:

        I can’t get over the number of Evangelical Christians who are supporting Trump. What are these people thinking? I can’t help but think that he’s a braggart and a bully. Every time I think about there being only Trump and Clinton on the ballot next November, I pray to the dear Lord that Charlie is right. Knowing about the Rescue is what keeps me calm through all of this mess.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Barb129, Clinton is to me the epitome in a person of the tottering, falling-apart nature of the Old System of the World. She has all sorts of problems and could fall over at any moment, never to be heard from again.

          Trump seems to be catching fire in the wrong kind of way. If he continues to spin up in his words and encourages his supporters to violence, who is he actually serving?

          So a Clinton-Trump race would seem to fit the bill for what the USA deserves these days. And that’s a sobering thought, at least to me.

          Actually, I could see the following occurring: Rubio benefits from a change of rules and is awarded the GOP nomination even though Trump should have gotten the nomination. Trump is so incensed and unable to let go of the adulation he has been receiving, so he goes out as a third-party candidate. Clinton gets the democratic nomination, but Sanders can’t let it go and goes out as a fourth-party candidate, because he thinks that’s the right thing to do. Hillary dies or is arrested, so the democrats nominate Biden in her place. So it becomes a four-way race. We actually do have an election (low probability, according to Charlie) but nobody gets more than 40%, so the election goes to the House of Representatives to be resolved in January. What a circus that would be, and the volatility and upset in the country and the rest of the world would be intense. So the election might happen but be meaningless, if the Collapse happens in late 2016 or early 2017 before the House can resolve the election. I think the damage to our constitutional way of life would be fatal.

          So I’m more and more seeing the wisdom in Charlie saying that he pays no attention to this noise except to identify people who could help later on. My prescription for you is to take two aspirins and avoid the news for at least a year! 🙂

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      • SteveBC says:

        PF, my initial reaction to Trump getting support was that this was the right-wing equivalent of the 2008 Obama campaign phenomenon. People are desperate for change. People who in 2008 told their friends “how can you possibly vote for such an empty suit just because he says he’ll change things?” are now embracing Trump because, lo and behold, he says he’ll change things.

        It’s a deeply seductive message. Everyone wants to see change. Someone who shows signs of actually shaking things up will get the attention of a lot of people. At that point the candidate must either show people what exactly he means and define it for them so they know what he will do in office, or the candidate will begin to manipulate his supporters and tell more outrageous stories.

        Trump has taken the latter path recently. Perhaps people currently supporting him will wake up, but this form of manipulation goes deep inside the brains of his supporters, and it can become very hard for those supporters to wake up, partly because they want the message of change to be true, and partly because it becomes personally difficult or even impossible to admit they were mistaken.

        Some things you just really aren’t constitutionally capable of understanding. 🙂 In a case like this, you are safer than most. However, if this phenomenon continues to build, like an enormous bull market it could still suck you in toward the peak, so be careful and continue to discern.

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        • Steve B C and Charlie, my focus is not on Trump but on the popularity of Trump. As Charlie says, and I believe, there will likely be no election. That makes Trump irrelevant. But the mood of the crowd IS still relevant. In the vacuum of power that will occur at that time, an ugly crowd can bring about a variety of ugly scenarios, from martial law to a dictatorship or a period of no leadership at all. I’m not warily watching Trump; I’m warily watching the crowd.

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          • charliej373 says:

            There is much wisdom here…and that is why it is such a dangerous time.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            I recently watched an old Jimmy Fallon/Donald Trump interview. Many of Trumps answers on TV and on the trail have been: “I just will”, “I just am”…no explanation behind the answers of the “hows” to it. Sadly, crowds just yell and scream with excitement at the “just will”; “just am” – scary!

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          • Bob says:

            And what of those on the “left” when they don’t get their way or the leader they want? As those on the left have often more radically given up trust in God and put their hope more radically in a worldly system I fear them more and need to get busy trusting God more.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ah, SingingFlowers, you are missing a vital point. Trump and the Crowd are becoming one and the same. Trump does something that energizes the Crowd. The Crowd does something that feeds Trump. Trump gets “higher” and responds with something new, something designed to excite the Crowd and get it to adore him even more. The Crowd responds with greater excitement and adulation.

            And the cycle repeats as Trump-locked-to-Crowd-locked-to-Trump spiral up and out together. Each turn in the spiral ratchets up the craziness on *both* sides. Eventually, these cycles can turn violent just because to go higher requires violence.

            My advice is to watch *both* parts of this Mob because the Mob includes both parts. Neither acting alone would do this. Both are *required*. The Mob and its Mob-Driver are so closely linked as to be the left side and right side of one animal.

            Don’t watch only one side. Watch for what links them.

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        • prayingflower says:

          Thank you so much, SteveBC, for taking the time (and patience!) to explain all of this. Your analysis of these matters and your predictions are very interesting and eye-opening. Truly a circus atmosphere, as you say, and such drama! What bothers me, however, is that as Christians, even if we don’t understand all of this politically, constitutionally, etc. the Spirit of God has equipped us with gifts of Understanding, Discernment and so forth and we are expected to use these Gifts in all aspects of our lives including and particularly in our decision making. (However, it really doesn’t take much of a gift to see the bizarre behavior if nothing else; I mean, who wants a President who behaves like Donald Trump?!). I just believe we are responsible for utilizing what God has given us. No worries, neither Trump nor Clinton nor Obama, for that matter, has ever been my candidate. Again, Steve, thank you for your great patience. After spending some hours with the Lord this morning I have come to the conclusion that I need to be quiet now and spend the remainder of Lent listening and praying. So I shall fold the wings of my intellect as well as my laptop. God bless you, my brother. pf

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        • Well, Steve, it has occurred to me that in the no-election vacuum of power Trump might try to take power without an election. So yes, both Trump and the crowd bear watching. But somehow I think Charlie knows more about this than is prudent to mention. I suspect the outcome will be something none of us (except possibly Charlie) expects.

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  22. Elena says:

    I accept- Thy WILL be done, Lord!

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  23. Margaret says:

    New reader. What article can I read to help me understand what the rescue is.
    Thanks for the info.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There’s a lot here. Go up to the links on the black bar at the top of the page and read through those to get up to snuff. Start on the “Start Here,” link.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome Margaret! As you investigate the information to which Charlie directed you, I recommend you view the Birmingham Dinner video. There’s also a link to a transcript of it. After these two tasks, you’ll find a group of blue tag words at the right side of this page. Click on “The Storm” and you’ll be taken to an entire collection of Storm references. I also highly recommend reading the comments which follow each of Charlie’s major posts.

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  24. When you have time, please read Cardinal John Henry Newman’s sermon #10 “SECRECY AND SUDDENNESS OF DIVINE VISITATIONS”. It is for all of us with TNRS. Here are some excerpts:

    “…Such has ever been the manner of [God’s] visitations, in the destruction of His enemies as well as in the deliverance of His own people;—silent, sudden, unforeseen, as regards the world, though predicted in the face of all men, and in their measure comprehended and waited for by His true Church. Such a visitation was the flood; Noah a preacher of righteousness, but the multitude of sinners judicially blinded. “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Such was the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Likewise as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    “And it is impossible that it should be otherwise, in spite of warnings ever so clear, considering how the world goes on in every age. Men, who are plunged in the pursuits of active life…

    “…To the business of state affairs, the movements of society, the course of nature, proceed as ever, till the moment of Christ’s coming. “The sun was risen upon the earth,” bright as usual, on that very day of wrath in which Sodom was destroyed. Men cannot believe their own time is an especially wicked time….

    “… They take warning from no troubles or perplexities, which rather carry them away to search out the earthly causes of them, and the possible remedies. They consider them as conditions of this world…

    “And in the midst of this their revel, whether of sensual pleasure, or of ambition, or of covetousness, or of pride and self-esteem, the decree goes forth to destroy. The decree goes forth in secret; Angels hear it, and the favoured few on earth; but no public event takes place to give the world warning. The earth was doomed to the flood one hundred and twenty years before the “decree brought forth,” or men heard of it.

    “…for in every age the world is profane and blind, and God hides His providence, yet carries it forward…

    “Whether Christ is at our doors or not, but a few men may have grace enough safely to conjecture; but that He is calling upon us all to prepare as for His coming, is most evident to those who have religious eyes and ears…

    “May the good Lord save His Church in this her hour of peril; when Satan seeks to sap and corrupt where he dare not openly assault! May He raise up instruments of His grace, “not ignorant of the devices” of the Evil One, with seeing eyes, and strong hearts, and vigorous arms to defend the treasure of the faith once committed to the Saints, and to arouse and alarm their slumbering brethren!”

    http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume2/sermon10.html

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  25. lin says:

    Charlie, thanks for the encouragement in this article!
    Wondering if anyone can help me—I am looking for info to share with a friend–I want to direct her to the teaching that says, essentially, this: “When bad things happen, God is able to not only bring forth good, but He can bring forth an even *greater* good than if the evil had not happened.”
    Can anyone help me locate documentation/further explanation on this concept to share with my friend? Thanks so much, with prayers for the community here. Candle flames in the darkness you are.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, perhaps the place to start is the Crucifixion. Out of the great evil of executing the Lord, God Himself in the Second Person of the Trinity, God brought forth the Resurrection and the means of our redemption, opening up the gates of heaven anew to us.

      But perhaps this little article will give you some other ideas.

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    • Beckita says:

      Lin, some of my favorite authors/speakers with a prominent internet presence are Fr. Jacques Philippe, Bishop Robert Barron, Peter Kreeft, Scott Hahn, Yong Duk (oops! but he would be another exceptional teacher), Fr. Michael Gaitley, and Ralph Martin. There are more but if you search both for texts and videos, you’ll find some rich material from these gifted teachers. God bless you.

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  26. jayman92 says:

    We’ve seen the rise of the angry mobs on the left with the Black Lives Matter crowd, the militant LGBTQ-ers and the Occupy movement. It seems we are now seeing their counter point on the right(ish) rising. Reports from the NV Caucuses last night were pretty concerning with all the blatant voter intimidation and illegal voting. I see the beginning of a push-back against the lawlessness of the current administration with more lawlessness. I think it is manifesting itself within the Trump movement, though The Donald is more of an unwitting beneficiary than the cause.

    Conservatives have two ideological dream candidates in Cruz and Rubio, yet the overwhelming numbers are voting for a man who doesn’t share their expressed political views in Trump. They’re not voting their values. They’re seeking retribution by empowering a shrewd, brash, unapologetic populist who has a history of using any means necessary to get his objectives done. History has shown that to be a disastrous road.

    Thank the Lord, we know who ultimately wins. I see the importance of being a sign of hope for others.

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  27. Beckita says:

    Dear Robert Cunningham, I notice you are making a Lenten sacrifice of not commenting much. I apologize if that’s an incorrect assessment but I do miss your comments and I thought of you this morning when I discovered this wonder in Washington DC: https://churchpop.com/2016/02/23/the-hidden-wonder-of-the-u-s-capital-st-nicholas-orthodox-cathedral/ God bless you, Robert, and all here!

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  28. Beckita says:

    Another link this morning concerns the banning of a post on You Tube. The reason? Well, the interview is with a noted opponent of euthanasia and assisted suicide, Alex Schadenberg. With this link you can access the audio version of the interview: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/23/youtube-bans-interview-with-noted-opponent-of-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/
    Within two hours of posting came this message:
    Hi TWR RADIO,

    The YouTube community flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. After reviewing the content, we’ve determined that the videos violate our Community Guidelines. As a result, we removed the following videos from YouTube:

    Schadenberg 1 VickieTravis

    Please note that this removal has not resulted in a strike.

    – The YouTube Team

    “These things must come,” has become a common assessment in our home these days. Thanks for that, Charlie.

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  29. Zoey Michelle says:

    Oh my God (and I do mean this as a prayer) Charlie, I pray you are correct and we will soon be rescued from this madness! When I first started reading your posts, hi became quite anxious. Blessedly this has changed to peace and trust (most days). A pilgrimage to Medjugorje helped also. Blessed be our Lord.

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  30. jlynnbyrd says:

    Charlie when I had the privilege to meet you at your last stop in 2015 tour at The Marian Conference in Elmhurst, I visited a booth a few tables away from TNRS booth, Mary Mother of God Mission Society. The lovely young gal at this booth spoke about Vladimir Putin and his governing much like we’ve spoken of Ronald Reagan in terms of his Love for God and country. For a moment I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. Unfortunately we are in a new reality where our POTUS is not leading Constitutionally or reverently.
    In their emailed newsletter received today is a segment with a touching video that illustrates the rebuilding of the faith in Russia which is powerful, as is God’s love. “Reviving The Roman Catholic Church In Eastern Russia” ~ http://www.vladmission.org It is a joy to know that Russia will be an ally and there is so much hope in the Rescue, Praise Be to God.

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    • Mick says:

      Jen, I was pleasantly surprised to see you mention Mary Mother of God Mission Society. I have been a volunteer for them for years and have manned their booth at several conferences (including our diocesan women’s conference three out of the last 4 years). I’m not a Putin fan, but I love the Mission Society. (I’m guessing that the volunteer was expressing her own opinion because the organization is not at all political.)

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  31. mbrandon8026 says:

    Charlie

    I have just been sitting here going through the comments from top to bottom, or would be top to bottom, except for some cognitive issues I have. So, I will go back and finish when the spinning stops.

    But. As much as I admire truly what you communicate to us regularly, I am also very impressed by the wonderful, gentle faith and wisdom of those who comment here. There are so many thoughtful and insightful comments presented.

    You give us food for thought and prayer, and as the food is digested it then multiplies. Usually food turns into fertilizer. But here, we have a version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

    This is marvellous.

    God Bless You and all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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  32. The same is true regarding historical periods. I’m sure the people living in Europe in 1751 didn’t say to each other, “Hey, did you notice that our Baroque Period just became the Classical Period?” Only with a distant perspective can such changes be noticed, because the changes are gradual.

    I think we are presently at the very end of a historical period. Western religion and philosophy have degenerated into the syncretistic New Age and variations on nihilism. Something immense has clearly died, and in this case we CAN recognize it because it amounts to more than a historical shift; it amounts to a total change in worldview and how we regard God, man, and the universe.

    I would call this dramatic change perhaps the rise of a new paganism. It’s like the old paganism, but worse for being more powerful. It’s at least as grossly hedonistic, but more self-absorbed. It’s just as occultic, and yet there is a technology at its disposal that allows it to go where previous occultists could not. Such things as the Internet and other global resources allow this neo-paganism to evangelize and penetrate every nook of God’s green earth. I see an omnipresent monster rising, and without the faith of past generations, we cannot repel it.

    Yes, all things are in God’s hands. Divine Providence is absolute and universal. But God permits His people to endure chastisements for the sake of their purification, and I believe this is what we are witnessing. How far it will go, only He knows. But divine revelation speaks of the saints being overcome by the forces of evil. Mystery of mysteries, it is part of God’s permissive will. The question is, WHICH chastisement are we presently facing?

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  33. Doug says:

    Good post Charlie.

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  34. Becky-TN says:

    Got this in my email today, Charlie……IN the words of CrewDog
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

    Steven Mosher Warns Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
    of the Growing Threat from China

    Jonathan Abbamonte

    Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute and expert on China, spoke yesterday at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Mosher, invited as part of NAVSEA’s Distinguished Speaker Series, told the command leadership and staff that Beijing is not only making absurd territorial claims, building artificial islands and creating administrative units to bolster them, but is now militarizing these features as fast as it is able, with military-grade runways, radar facilities, surface-to-air missiles, and now military aircraft.

    “China does not seek to peacefully integrate into the existing world order,” Mosher said, “but to supplant it. Its goal is to replace the U.S. as the reigning hegemon. And it will only be forestalled, and peace maintained, through the countervailing strength of America and its Asian allies.”

    Mosher, a former U.S. Navy officer who served with the Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War, went on to say that China is using diplomatic and economic coercion, propaganda, cyber intrusions, proxies, and other indirect applications of military power to engage in hostile acts against America. “China is engaging in a Cold War against the U.S.,” Mosher insisted, “and is past time that we recognized and responded in kind.”

    The Naval Systems Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is the largest command in the U.S. Navy and is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining the ships, submarines and combat systems that defend America. NAVSEA accounts for about a quarter of the Navy’s annual budget and plays a crucial role in maintaining America’s fleet.

    In 1979, Steven became the first American social scientist to visit mainland China. His book, Hegemon: China’s Plan to Dominate Asia and the World, clearly lays out China’s grand scheme to become the world’s dominant power, a scheme that is coming ever closer to completion.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Steven Mosher is also the American who first discovered China’s one-child policy back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. His book, A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy, is utterly harrowing. It’s the true story of a woman he knew and interviewed at length.

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  35. Pater0325 says:

    Recently, because of the presidential circus debates I was reminded of the Marxist dialectic and how they used this to form their rhetorical strategies. A few days ago I took some time to listen to the Marxist student society speeches. Many of them are citing the same kind of points as Charlie about a coming “possibility” to start a revolution. Some of the British youth are pinning their hopes on Bernie Sanders. While on the Right one can see Trump in the United States, radical anti-Immigrant forces rising toward Facist politics in Europe. It is a perfect storm!

    Beware though the Enemy wants us to go to the extreme to live in the passion that blinds are reason! The Marxist dialectic plays off of this intentionally opposing one extreme group against another causing chaos and confusion so they can assert their revolution. In the U.S. the local Militias who have stock piled guns could easily rise up in response to Leftist attempts at takeover. As the Angel said to Joshua when asked whose side he was on “neither.” (Joshua 5:14). For he was on the side of God. This is whom we need to trust, God and no human thinking. Stay close to Mother Mary and be calm under her motherly intercession. She will show us the way!

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  36. Barb Watry says:

    Dear TNRSers,
    A friend heard this song at mass and sent me a you tube link. I have not been able to stop playing it over and over today. As the Storm keeps blowing, may it give you all you need.

    The song is based on a prayer of St. Ignatius:

    Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
    my memory, my understanding,
    and my entire will,
    All I have and call my own.
    You have given all to me.
    To you, Lord, I return it.
    Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
    Give me only your love and your grace,
    that is enough for me.

    God bless all here.

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  37. CrewDog says:

    This lady is voicing a fear that I have lived with since Pope Francis’ first Off the Cuff remarks surfaced. I’ve spent most of my life in Catholic Minority regions and I know first hand what anti-Catholic bigotry looks and feels like. In times of upheaval people will always look for scapegoats. Jews have always lived with this and …………… ????

    “Why Anti-Catholicism Will Rise”
    http://thefederalist.com/2016/03/01/why-anti-catholicism-will-rise/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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