The Dawn of Rescue

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By Charlie Johnston

Some of you have been disappointed that a radio show that promised to take a look at me last Friday ended up having all the depth and insight of a beauty queen discussing world peace, while getting both my name and my message wrong on multiple counts. I understand: once you get used to the public arena, it is more irritating to hear someone you care about sloppily disparaged than it is to suffer it yourself. But I do feel some sympathy for some of my critics.

I have been surprised at how often otherwise legitimate sites badly mangle or misunderstand my message – and then vigorously condemn the mangled result they hoist. I swear, if I said we were all going to get around by riding chestnut horses, some of them would solemnly condemn me for saying we were all going to survive by eating horse chestnuts – and a few would put up all manner of charts and graphs to prove there just weren’t enough horse chestnuts to go around – and how stupid I was to think anyone could ride a chestnut in the first place.

One critic wrote to tell me I should be very careful about criticizing critics because my website has a very large and wide audience. He is right about that, perhaps more than he knows. Among my regular audience are some serious Church authorities, and some lay theologians and eschatologists of national stature. When someone makes an analysis based on garbled facts or an obviously malicious piece, it does more damage to their reputation than to mine: and it does the damage amongst the very people the critic is most trying to impress.

When I first started writing publicly long ago, I resolved that, whenever I made a factual error or was unfair to someone, I would make the correction louder and more prominent than the original error. Sometimes, you have to get to press before you have all the facts you would like, so there are always going to be some errors. When it happens, confessing them loudly stings – but it also fills you with a deep motivation to get it as right as you can on the first try. I can’t say that ethos was something profoundly noble on my part. Rather, I have always been disgusted with the penchant of publications to make ugly smears on Page One – and then the correction in small type on page 37. It reveals a shabby smallness of spirit and has always seemed to me to be …unmanly. I could never imagine John Wayne scurrying about odiously trying to escape or shift blame for his error – and I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I did not act with such basic honor.

Every time you make a public judgment, you are not just judging; you are delivering yourself up to judgment as well. To cover what is honorable with mud as a tactic has always puzzled me. Yes, it can give short-term advantage, but time always erodes and washes away the mud of calumny, leaving only the rock of honor standing. Ultimately, we all stand revealed for what we are. I can stand to be wrong, but it would tear me up to just be dishonorable.

It is good to be skeptical of things like this. For every one that is real, there are 200 that are either frauds or delusions. But to be honestly skeptical, you must deal with the facts as they are, neither garbling nor making them up to justify your skepticism. The latter is not skepticism at all, merely clumsiness or defamation.

I have largely decided not to assume I know the motives of critics who garble the facts or mutilate my message. Sometimes fear, insecurity or hurt can manifest itself as hostility. While these look like malice, they aren’t actually malice. Some people, caught up in their own reputation, are just sloppy – or even fear that if anyone else rises it somehow diminishes them. The simple fact is, whatever their motives, I am sent to assure them of Rescue, too. So I must try to figure out how to act in a manner that makes that easy as events continue to unfold. If any act in actual malice, it ultimately will hurt them while merely discomfiting me for a time. Better I should find ways to tamp down the malice if possible.

Even the worst of critics end up promoting this site despite themselves. In the birthday wishes you saw several people talk about how they had feared or wanted to debunk me – until they read what I actually say instead of what hostile critics say I say. During my travels last year, on at least 70% of my stops, I had one or more people come up after the presentation to tell me they had come to challenge and debunk me – but that I was not at all what they had expected. If you have been led to expect some raving lunatic or slick hustler and you come here and just find me, it does damage to the ones who led you to expect a raving lunatic or a slick hustler.

Another unconscious – and somewhat comical – help is the incredible shrinking island of specific objections critics can use. A week or so ago a member of the Mother of God forum who goes by the screen name, FatimaPilgrim, touched on this. He is an occasional commenter here, too, but he may well want to preserve some privacy. He wrote:

“The thing is that people want Charlie to give a play by play and that’s not helpful to each of us to carry out God’s will. It would only serve to turn us into viewers as it unfolds. What he’s called to do is turn us into active participants in the Rescue.

“Besides, Charlie already gave us the general lay of the land that will unfold. Economic collapse, which we are seeing unfold daily. War against radical Islam, which we are seeing unfold daily. The New World being evangelized from the Old World and even Russia saving us which functionally reunifies the eastern and western Churches, which we saw begin yesterday with a first in 1000 year meeting. The US government falling, which we see unfolding daily as the citizens have lost all faith in the giver and are turning to likes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (come Lord Jesus, come!). Worldwide civil war breaking out which we see has begun with Muslim vs Europeans in European cities and liberal vs conservative and socialist vs religious here in the US, can you imagine what this devolves into when the ATMs and banks then stores close?

“Obama not finishing his term. China attacking and Russia coming to our aid to keep us afloat until The Rescue by Our Lady. Said Rescue then converts all who choose God to unite into the one True Church, Muslims, Jews, and Protestants included.”

 

Three years ago when I began to publicly speak of these things, or even two years ago when I moved things to this website, critics could (and did) argue that the economy was in recovery, both in the U.S. and globally. China was going gangbusters or so it seemed. The “Arab Spring” was opening up a new era of peace in the Middle East. The 2014 U.S. elections were a corrective which would put America on a steadied course and there would be no religious persecution here. No one touches those arguments any more and are  reduced primarily to the Obama not finishing his term as their objection. Some who were robust critics two years ago have taken to hedging their bets for the very reasons FatimaPilgrim cites. When that objection falls, they will be reduced to arguing that no Rescue is coming. Will they even want to make that argument – or will they find hope in my having been so right in the larger sweep of things that they find some credibility that I am right in this also? The time will come when all the objections except to the possibility of Rescue will have been stripped away, when no one will be able to wish away the reality of the Storm that is upon us. At that time, to argue that I am fundamentally wrong will be to argue that we are doomed. Right now, most objections are a futile hope that we do not have to go through the fullness of the Storm. It is kind of like the fellow whose favorite football team is down by two touchdowns and a field goal with two minutes to go in the game. He comes up with the most absurdly improbable scenarios by which his team will win, anyway. He  doesn’t do it out of malice. Right now, much of the objections are just a veiled expression of hope that the Storm will go away or is not really upon us at all. All but the most vain and malicious, when their last illusions are stripped away, will hope profoundly that I am right about the Rescue – and will give themselves over to working with their Priests and Bishops to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope, trusting that the merciful Lord of All who has rescued us so many times before will, indeed, do so once again.

When that time comes, I will welcome them joyfully as brothers-in-arms. So will you. For the whole point of my getting the big sweep right is NOT so you know precisely what will happen, but so you have confidence that I tell you true when I say the way to endure is a simple one: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. There is only one specific “prophecy” I make that it is important you have confidence in: that is that Our Lord will send Our Lady to Rescue us one more time – and that you are called to participate in that Rescue right now. Everything else is mainly to build your confidence during terrible times that that is solid. Even now, in the midst of a deepening darkness, the dawn of Rescue has begun.

 

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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582 Responses to The Dawn of Rescue

  1. Simone says:

    Ha!! Phyllis! His voice was so kind and gentle and no one was whiny. I never thought about it being about helping but you’re right. I need to follow the link to Saint Oswald.

    Simone

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  2. Joseph J says:

    I just saw the first two Terminator movies, and while I would not recommend them, they gave me food for thought. I was struck by the contrast between yourself (Charlie) and the character Sarah Connor. Both have been given a glimpse of apocalyptic events in the future, but you have also been given reasons for great hope and your message is one of hope and strength for all of us. Connor, in contrast, almost loses her mind with fear and terror and her only hope is to resort to frantic violence.

    There were such common themes between those movies and this blog, but it only made me realize the hopelessness of a world without a benevolent, omnipotent, and immanent God. Despair and all its dark attendants are inevitable in the face of human incorrigibility, and violence is the only answer. Without your message Charlie, I think that I would be too burdened by the rapidly increasing darkness of this world to have much hope for a peaceful, happy future. So thank you! Because of you and Mark Mallett I can dream of a better future.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, God baptizes all and brings joy. I must tell you, though, that the first time I saw that movie when it was released in the theatres, I nearly choked at the last line, where Sarah Connor says, “There’s a storm coming.” It gave me chills – and I thought even the secular world senses, in some unfocused way, the trials before us. If only they knew the tenderness that is in God, they would know the way through. Over the decades, there have been several secular movies and novels that have given me the chills, as if some secular folks are unconsciously prophetic.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Yes, but we all have to admit, Charlie, seborrheic keratosis or nevus or not on your cheek a.k.a. beauty mark, Sarah Conn0r has you beat by a hair, even if an 80’s hair or hair-doo for that matter–and I say that, Doug, lest you scrutinise me once again as becoming unbecoming, that I saw that movie pre-Ordination! 😉

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      • Joseph J says:

        I’m glad you mentioned that final line of the movie, because it definitely struck a chord with me too. Its quite chilling. I’ve often noticed the ability of secular artists to ‘prophecy’, either by expressing the zeitgeist or accurately projecting the future based on current trends. Art has a way of drawing out truths from our subconscious, truths we would never admit openly. Its odd how the artistic messages of ‘secular prophets’ like those in Hollywood often contrast with their professed philosophy. Its especially noticeable in the ambivalence of the science fiction genre, where writers envision nightmarish futures even while they put their hope in technology and human ingenuity. We know we are going down the wrong road, but since we can’t imagine any other way we just press down harder on the gas petal, close our eyes and hope for the best!

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  3. dianebelv says:

    Thank you for your comments, Charlie. I would not have expected anything less from you. You are a true gentleman and yes, when the time comes, we will all work together to effect the rescue. You have once again reminded us of the truly important things. Lead on …….

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  4. Pops says:

    Amen, I’m with you Charlie. I want Jesus to sit on the thrown of my heart and for Our Mother to lead us through this Rescue, so I can be a sign of hope to others; they will need it.

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  5. Bob says:

    To believe a storm is coming is obvious but to believe in the rescue based on most historical events is improbably and miraculous as how often does history point to the breakdown but then to a slow gradual slog uphill to better things? The early Christians lived in Rome among persecution for about 3 centuries plus before real change was seen. In Spain after Muslims had occupied Christians lived in the mountains for several centuries, i believe, before they could mount a good defense. The Soviet system took over Russia, eastern Europe and Christians lived for 70 years under intense persecution before seeing major change. And China and Korea and still things are still not good anywhere really. So things turning bad is not improbable but a great rescue in a short period of time is. So if Charlie is right we will see the signs of the collapse occurring as he has seen and seeing these signs of collapse should serve as signs of hope that a rescue will also come as he has seen. We will see. And with private revelations “We will see” is not a sign for me of unreasonable skepticism but a waiting to see if the “prophet” as one of my Opus Dei Priests calls him is telling it true. But whatever happens I must say his supporting the faith and the faithful is telling it true in being a sign of a faithful Catholic.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Bob, that nickname started with a few of my director priests – kind of tongue-in-cheek to talk about me without revealing my identity. I always gave them permission to discuss these things with other priests, but asked them to use discretion on revealing my name. One of them told me that 15 years ago, most all he talked to about it would roll their eyes. But he laughed to tell me for the last few years, every time he is with someone he had discussed these things with then, they always come up to him wide-eyed and somber to ask, “So what does the ‘prophet’ say these days?”

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    • janet333 says:

      “but to believe in the rescue based on most historical events is improbably and miraculous as how often does history point to the breakdown but then to a slow gradual slog uphill to better things?”

      Hi Bob..I believe this time it is different in that we won’t be able to get ourselves out of this fix without Divine Intervention. Today we have nuclear weapons etc…they didn’t have such things in the past. Maybe the ‘mopping’ up process after the miracle will take some time but this is when we will all pull together.

      God Bless You

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  6. Joyce Brown says:

    I just can’t express how relieved and grateful I am for having found Charlie and all y’all. Had I never known what was coming, and most especially about the Rescue, I know I would have morphed into Chicken Little in short time, and would be of zero use to anyone. Sitting here in safety and comfort, I would say I’m not afraid. Each day I am trying to read and pray and learn and grow closer to God so that when it gets really bad, I will find that joy and I will step up and carry out my mission.

    It just feels so wonderful to have found my way here. God Bless you all:))

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    • Glad that you found your way here too,Joyce B., our family growing larger every day, it seems. You share the sentiments of many here as you have so accurately described, many of us would have morphed into Chicken Little by now, lol. I still picture myself running around like a chicken with my head cut-off, if not for Charlie’s “take the next right step” always before me now. And peace seems to be settling deeper into my heart as I too, try to “read and pray and learn” to grow closer to God, as you say is your way you are making to find your joy in the harder times to come. We will all be little points of light, helping Our Lady to light the way for the world to find Her Son again.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Joyce, God bless you and your family too. It is a joy to have you here. ❤

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  7. Jennifer says:

    Joseph J, I have often thought exactly what you express. That some where deep down our culture knows we are headed down the wrong path. For me, a wake up call happened with the TV mini series The Stand. This series opened my eyes to the spiritual battle and the final confrontation at the begining of my conversion. Its wasn’t very well done and the ending is a disappointment since they made changes from the novel by Stephen King . They thought it too Christian. Anyway, what fascinated me was the character development as each responded to the collapse around them.

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    • charliej373 says:

      King’s book, “The Stand,” was one of the primary examples of unconscious modern prophetic allegory.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        The Spirit blows where It will !

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      • Carmelite says:

        Ugh, I still get chills when crows are around :-/
        Totally awesome story, however, that is all too real, indeed.

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      • Another Karen says:

        This book was one of two (the other was On the Beach by Nevil Shute) that had a profound effect on me and stayed with me – somehow I think I knew they were both prophetic with aspects occurring in my lifetime. I always say that as much as I love Vegas, I’m going to Colorado! Interesting that both you and Mt. Meeker are there, and hopefully one day, all here as well! You’re calling us, the TNRS community, Charlie, and we are coming!

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        • Hopenjoy says:

          Oh my gosh, The Stand was my all-time favorite Stephen King book way back when….and because it boiled down to a battle between good and evil, there was a spiritual aspect to every situation, and God won! I always wondered about Mother Abigail, on the “good” side, who somehow knew people were coming to her tiny country home and was getting ready for them. How did she know? What did God say to her? And I loved how she talked to the Lord all day, and expressed gratitude for all the little things. And now, years later, in the fall of 2011, I heard similar words in MY heart “Put up food, water, lights. Be ready to receive those who are lost, scared or displaced. Receive them in My Name. You will be a light, a hope to them”. Also, the Frank Peretti novels like “This Present Darkness” were very enlightening in terms of getting a better picture of prayer, angels and demons, and spiritual warfare.

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          • Simone says:

            Interesting. The Stand was a book I read as a pretty young teenager. I remember it staying with me for a long long time but I can’t remember why. Perhaps I should check it out again.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I read it with amazement as an allegory for what was coming. It was ordinary people, acting with extraordinary love for each other, even when they were not sure what they believed, who got through the crisis and began the rebuilding. Actually, that book was when I first thought that God was using the talent of even very secular people to lead them to a sort of unconscious prophecy for our times.

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          • Simone says:

            I think I will take the time to read it again. I have read more books than I care to mention, but that one always comes to mind when people ask me about my favorite book. Odd that I couldn’t remember why except the feeling it left me with. Another is a wrinkle in time. 🙂

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  8. moomba1 says:

    Charlie, I’d like to ask you to provide a bit more substance regarding your comment that “the dawn of the Rescue” has already begun?
    Last week’s storms traveled from the South to Southern New England and truly packed a punch in the middle of the night! It was a time i won’t forget as aside from it being atypical weather for us in February, (or, anytime), it made me so aware of how vulnerable we are. Trees down, no electricity, etc., made me realize how unprepared I am for the fullness of The Storm. Psychologically, I am somewhat prepared for the unknown but I realized that physically, we have no control or way of knowing what is going on in the middle of darkness and lack of any type of communication. Perhaps that is part of the what you have been preparing us for, yet the reality of living it vs. imagining it are quite different.
    I guess there is nothing much I can do other than taking TNRS and trying to live this Year of Mercy to its fullest. But, reading your words certainly were soothing.
    Thank you, Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Every time someone embraces the Lord and takes refuge under Our Lady’s mantle, a light has risen toward rescue. It is in the midst of the darkness that the dawn of Rescue begins. Full Rescue comes with mass conversion – and everyone who resolves to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope ushers in Rescue. This year you will see the paradox of creeping darkness and the dawn of Rescue.

      If you have ever listened to Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, after the initial pathos of the strings, the first hint of rescue comes when French Horns almost timidly sound the chorus that will ultimately become the triumphant. jubilant chorus. After the French Horns sound, there is still a lot of pathos and chaos. If you listen closely, you can hear the distant sound of the French Horns already.

      Sorry for the musical explanation. “1812” is almost always performed badly even by talented orchestras. But if you get a rare, good performance, it is almost like living the agony and revival under the Napoleanic invasion.

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      • moomba1 says:

        A musical explanation actually is most appropriate, Charlie. One of our traditions is to listen to the Boston Pops at their 4th of July concert where each year the 1812 Overture is played & played well!

        The darkness certainly is creeping in… simply listening to the news is proof of that. I pray that the cannon fire heard each year in the Pops concert, is not part of the transition as we travel from the dawn!

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      • victura98 says:

        LOVE this image, Charlie, thank you. Music has power to speak a truth deeper than logic.

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      • I love the 1812 Overture and it’s a staple of the Fighting Irish’s Marching Band at games. Commentators like to refer to our amazing comebacks as “the luck of the Irish,” but fans know that luck has nothing to do with it. Another happy thought this morning.

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  9. Homehelper says:

    I cannot help but take advantage of such a sincere community of believers…would some of you please pray for my husband, who is suffering a humiliation at work. He has some chronic health problems that have gotten worse but is still working seventy hours a week. I had talked with my pastor about it three months ago and he mentioned that he follows Charlie’s blog so that is why I’m here. Oddly comforting to think that maybe it takes an economic collapse to unshackle him from this job that is killing him…anyway thanks for the prayers. A convert who is deeply comforted by the doctrine of the communion of saints.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for your dear husband. Take comfort in knowing how steadfast he is. He may well be a rock when it is really needed.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        Jubilant ‘Amen” to that Communion of Saints! This very early morning, I have experienced the grace to know and rely on God’s Goodness to obey Him by taking TNRS [severed tie to Planned Parenthood Supporter investment company]. My gratitude to all who prayed for me in my hour of personal darkness. May Our Good God use us each and all to His Glory during these coming months.

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      • Brad J says:

        “He may well be a rock when it is really needed.”

        Charlie, just before Christmas my mother was diagnosed with a return if cancer, which I mentioned on this forum and you asked for the intercession of St Francis Xavier. We live on a farm on the same piece of land as my parents and she was able to return home yesterday. Praise be to God! She is minus the cancer and plus a colostomy bag…something I never thought about including in any preparations for the storm😉.

        The incredible thing is that throughout the whole ordeal which was quite the cross, she demonstrated an incredible abandonment to the Will of God. What an encouragement and a sign of hope that was to those around her.

        We are seeing more and more that the crosses that we have been facing recently are actually turning into gifts that we wouldn’t have survived without. I could write a small book on these and how God is using them to guide our stubborn and selfish wills.

        Anyhow, thanks so much Charlie and all for the prayers and encouragement.

        Brad

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Homehelper, praying for him, for both of you. I hear you!! Hang in there, I don’t think we have very long to go before God puts things back into perspective and proper order!

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    • janet333 says:

      Praying for your husband, Home helper.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for your intention, Homehelper, and asking St. Maximilian Kolbe to intercede for your husband and family in every way.

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    • narnialion says:

      Prayer of Miraculous Trust for your husband, Homehelper, that he may be given the graces to live in the Divine Will through the intercession of St. Joseph.

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    • Prayers for your loved husband, Homehelper.

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    • Another Karen says:

      I will pray for your husband, Homehelper, and welcome!

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    • Welcome Home! And saying a ‘Hail Mary’ for your husband too.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Home, I will keep you and your dear husband in my prayers. It is a joy to have you here with us.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to the family, Homehelper. I will most certainly pray for your husband. (P.S. I’m a convert, too.) 🙂

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    • Barb129 says:

      Praying for your husband, Homehelper, through the intercession of dear St. Joseph.

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    • Homehelper, both your husband and you have my prayers.

      “I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” Jeremiah 29: 11

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    • deereverywhere says:

      St. Joseph, please help this family. We are in St. Joseph month. Do you know this prayer?Oh, St. Joseph,
      whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong,
      before the throne of God,
      I place in you all my interests and desires.
      Oh, St. Joseph,
      do assist me by your powerful intercession,
      and obtain for me from your Divine Son
      all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
      So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power,
      I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most Loving of Fathers.
      Oh, St. Joseph,
      I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms;
      I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
      Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me and
      Ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
      St. Joseph, Patron of departed souls – pray for me.
      Amen.

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  10. Susan says:

    Just a heads up in case anyone is interested. Get your hands on the book: “33 Days to Merciful Love, A Do-it-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy” by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC. Starting today, March 1 and ending on April 3, Divine Mercy Sunday with a
    St. Therese-style Consecration.

    Keeping you and your husband in prayer Homehelper. (Father told me I could find Jesus in my dish pan, I’m sure He’s waiting for me there now. The day has begun.)

    Much Peace!
    Susan

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  11. Charlene says:

    THANKYOU Charlie…for all the reminders. God bless your day.

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  12. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning!!
    May Our Lady of Tepeyac help us.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; we ask that otherwise legitimate sites that badly mangle or misunderstand Our Lord’s message may be corrected as well as those who make an analysis based on garbled facts or an obviously malicious piece. May corrections always be louder and more prominent than the original error, helping to erode and wash away the mud of calumny, leaving only the rock of honor standing. Sometimes fear, insecurity or hurt can manifest itself as hostility, so we ask that TNRS will assure them of Rescue, too, and welcome them joyfully as brothers-in-arms. We ask for the intercession of St. Archangel Gabriel. to teach us the meaning of His Peace, and to watch, listen and fast from worry, during these 40 days approaching the cross. Thy will be done. Amen.
    We give it over to God entirely with trust.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen. Love — ZJ
    PS First Friday and Saturday coming up this week 🙂 Our Lady of Fatima –pray for us

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  13. zeniazenia says:

    Inspiration from the saints !! :D)
    ‘We must be firm but not rough in our guidance and avoid an insipid kind of meekness, which is ineffective. We will learn from Our Lord how our meekness should always be accompanied by humility and grace so as to attract hearts to Him and not cause anyone to turn away from Him.’
    — St. Vincent DePaul ( To a Seminary Director )
    “Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”
    — St. John Bosco — pray for us

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  14. Robert Cunningham says:

    Homehelper

    I think the Lord allows some of us to undergo certain trials so that we can later truly empathize with others who go through the same thing and pray for them from the heart. I empathize with your husband and will pray for him.

    I suppose they are many deep theological reasons why our dear Lord had to take flesh and become a man. For my own little part, I have thought that he took flesh so that he could truly empathize with our fallen state and pray for us from his Sacred Heart even to the point of emptied:

    6
    Who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
    7
    Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    8
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
    9
    Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    that is above every name,
    10
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
    (Philippians 2)

    Robert

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  15. zeniazenia says:

    Meditation from Holy Father Francis’ homily yesterday, during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.
    “Jesus felt the “contempt of the doctors of the Law who sought salvation in moral casuistry,” and in a multitude of precepts. The people, though, did not have faith in them, “or in the Sadducees who sought salvation in compromises with the powers of the world, with the [Roman] Empire. Thus they sought after salvation: the one group, from clerical parties; the other from political parties. But the people did not have confidence in them, they didn’t believe them. Yes, they believed Jesus, He spoke ‘with authority.’ But why this contempt? Because in our imagination, salvation should come from something great, something majestic; only the powerful, those who have strength or money or power, can save us. These people can save us. And the plan of God is different! They felt contempt because they could not understand that salvation only comes from the small things, the simplicity of the things of God.”.
    His teaching turns my thoughts to recall the beast from the land (misguided clerics), and the beast from the sea (misguided politicians) in Rev. 13 🙂
    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/02/29/pope_we_are_not_saved_by_political_or_clerical_parties/1211882

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  16. Julia Meredith says:

    Can you all please pray for my sister and brother in law, Jenny and Graham. My sister was all set to give him a kidney today and went into hospital at 7am this morning. Graham went in yesterday and stayed overnight after his dialysis. They have waited a few years for this to happen due to other health problems and finally got the all clear. Well guess what – it was cancelled. No Intensive Care bed available. This is the NHS. Have just spoken to my sister and they are waiting at the hospital for a taxi home. I can tell in her voice she is devastated. All that hope and build up and all those prayers. This is going to be yet another big test for them, though their faith is strong. There son has also suffered a relapse with his bi polar condition and so it goes on…….They need a rescue right now from despair and for hope and trust to prevail. Thank you for your prayers in advance xxxx

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  17. jnursester says:

    Thank you Charlie, you gave me hope this morning. I have to go back to work after four days off for a beautiful retreat about Divine Mercy out at Mercy Retreat Center in Slaton with Father Joe James, and as I come down from that lofty mountain, it’s good to see your down to earth faith. Please pray for LaVerne, who was found neglected in filthy conditions, dying in her home on Thursday last (abandoned by her family) and was sent to ER on an APS emergency status. I do not have word of how she is doing. She is 74 years old, and mentally handicapped. I thought I had seen some bad things in my life as a nurse but what we found Thursday was the worst I have ever seen. She had no food in the house, had not changed clothes in what was probably months based on the state of her clothes, was covered in her own filth with bugs crawling on her. I prayed to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta as we got her off to the hospital, but your prayers would be appreciated, and the prayers of others on this site.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I join my prayers to yours for the intercession of Bl. Mother Teresa for LaVerne.

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    • narnialion says:

      Just said the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for LaVerne through the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for LaVerne, through the intercession of our soon-to-be-saint, Blessed Mother Teresa. Praying for you as well, Judy, and all those to whom you minister as a nurse.

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    • janet333 says:

      Oh dear Lord! Praying for this poor lady, jnurse.

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    • How sad and awful. Praying for Laverne. Thanking God for her rescuers, and prayer for those who stepped over her as she sat at the doorstep. May their hearts be turned.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Jnurse, Oh sad. Lord have Mercy. praying for LaVerne.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      jnurse, that is so tragic. I will pray for LaVerne and for her family’s conversions.

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    • Barb129 says:

      Praying for healing for LaVerne and in thanksgiving that some have come to her rescue.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Praying for Laverne j and that God may heal the stoney hearts of those who left her. Mother Teresa pray for us all!

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    • Mick says:

      Oh, Jnursester, I’m so sorry about LaVerne. How could anybody do that to their family? I am about to go pray my Chaplet, and I will include LaVerne in my intentions.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      LaVerne was sent an earthly angel in you. Thank you for being a paladin and coming to this poor woman’s aid. As for the family of this poor one, may they find the merciful love of their Lord and Savior soon. Father, they now not, Teach them.

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    • The thought of elder abuse plagues me often. It goes on everywhere, as we speak: the elderly left in soiled depends and linens for days, skin breakdown or infected ulcers (totally preventable), dehydration, malnutrition; subtle abuse like restraints (tightly wrapped blankets, locking a wheelchair to pin the patient at the table or facing a wall), inadequately trained aides who mishandle even the smallest tasks, burned-out nurses who don’t (can’t) care anymore, theft of possessions or medications, no continuity of care, or worse…no staff; and then more overt abuse like slapping or hitting. Oh the unheard suffering of these victims, today, right now, all across the U.S.

      Thank you for sharing this one horror among many thousands, J…something we all need to hear.

      St Joseph, Patron of the Dying, and Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for LaVerne.

      And Florence Nightingale (who might well be a Saint were she Catholic), please help LaVerne as well.

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  18. Katherine says:

    I nosed around and read some “anti Charlie” articles, just to see what they were saying. You’re right, the ones I looked at haven’t read through your site long enough to really understand. I read one where the author accused you of being a fear mongering sensationalist while somehow at the same time declaring that your predictions of doom ahead were things that any four year old could figure out just by looking around at the world. One fellow had problems with you not being a saint right now, and one commentator insinuated that he had some special spiritual gift where he could sense people’s faults and proceeded to try to identify yours. That guy must be a blast to be around. I’m not saying that all of your critics are idiots or anything, I just think that their reasons for dismissing you as some kind of fraud don’t really hold water when examined a little more closely. I do understand, in a way, though, why some people go on the attack rather than just watch patiently and notice that you aren’t manipulating people for profit or driving people from the Church with multiple repetitive gloomy visions about the papacy. We’ve been taught well in this world that if something is too good to be true, it probably is. “You’ve been selected to win a cruise to the Bahamas!!!!” is the latest message on my phone. I “win” one at least twice a year. Ha. Of course, now, if I was notified of a real win I’d probably just sigh and erase the message, thinking it was some kind of scam. People just hate to be fooled and tend to be cynical. Oh well. Must bug the heck out of you, though, to be misrepresented. One guy even had a problem with you occasionally defending yourself. As though you are not allowed to be human. You have a pretty good attitude about it all, I have to admit, I would not be so calm. I dislike being misrepresented and misunderstood intensely, so I really admire the attitude you have regarding your critics as you laid out in this article. Bravo.

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  19. ann says:

    I’ve been away from the website for awhile (Lenten offering to give up internet from time to time–very hard!!! 😉 Also dealing with some medical stuff–not pleasant but another Lenten offering.) So first, happy birthday Charlie and may you have many more wonderful years with your family and your dear granddaughter. Then I just want to thank whoever quoted Dan O’Connor on Divine Mercy and the value of our least acts having more power now than they would have in the past. That was so profound and it rang so true. So thank you to the one who cited the quote and thanks to Daniel O’Conner. This has been an extremely interesting post. I’m late to the party but I read it at 3 this morning. And every comment too– and the comments are as profound as the post. This is a unique forum. I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate you and this, Charlie on down. Much to ponder. John McFarm I was so moved by your post and your conversion to the Church. It is such a leap of faith when the Church is so besieged on every side. (didn’t Pope Benedict say “taking on water from all sides”) Holy Mother Church needs all stalwart souls. So glad you are on the barque of Peter. Truth is truth no matter how dense the clouds are around it. Wish my husband and sons could see that but oh well…prayers prayers prayers.

    I have decided to fast from politics–among other things this Lent. So discouraged by the tone of the Republican race. It just sinks further. And the alternatives on the other side are unthinkable. Like the psalmist says, “put not your trust in princes…” It’s sort of like riding a runaway horse. You’ve just got to hold on til he makes it to the barn. (any one had that experience? Seared in my memory from my childhood) Can’t stop it, can’t get off, can’t turn back, just gotta ride until it’s over. (sounds like a country western song doesn’t it?) Well, as I see it that’s the way it is now until the Rescue.
    I appreciate each and every one of you and Ellenchris glad to have you back! I went through dissertation writing with my son–editing for him–it was a true ordeal. God bless your “:defense” and then you get to change your ID to Ellenchris PHD. Hooray.

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    • Carmelite says:

      I have been reading so many posts of the trials of so many NRS-ers. Prayers going up for all. Most Christians I know who are trying to live God’s will are suffering one way or another. It is good to have the hope of Divine Mercy and rescue.

      Robert Cunningham said “I think the Lord allows some of us to undergo certain trials so that we can later truly empathize with others who go through the same thing and pray for them from the heart.” Wow, this just happened to me in a big way a couple weeks ago. He humbled me greatly and taught me a valuable lesson!

      ann, you said …”the Church is so besieged on every side. (didn’t Pope Benedict say “taking on water from all sides”) Holy Mother Church needs all stalwart souls.”
      Thought I’d share an article I just read on our Church: http://thefederalist.com/2016/03/01/why-anti-catholicism-will-rise/

      *sigh* Pray, hope, and don’t worry 🙂

      God bless all here!!

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      • LukeMichael says:

        Dear Carmelite
        Thank you for the link. I did make it through the article without vomiting though nausea was my companion. This writer conflates antiCatholicism with leftist Catholic social activity and Pope Francis. Very funny that her last name is “Mullarkey.” Me grandmother would chuckle.

        I think Einstein said “Never trust an intellectual in a moral crisis.”

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    • Kati says:

      Wonderful comment, Ann. It’s good to see a post from you again. I am asking our Glorious Lord to grant you physical healing each time you receive the Eucharist!

      🙂

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  20. Linda says:

    Homehelper… praying for your husband. How we know the feelings. Hang in there… as Charlie says.. “pray to endure.” God Bless you and welcome aboard! 😉

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  21. jayman92 says:

    I am heartened in the fact that the fullness of the storm has to happen in such a short period of time. I’d much rather have the “rip off the band-aid quickly” experience than a long, slow, disheartening correction.

    I do have a question that has come up in my mind, however, Charlie. If this falls under the category of selfish and prideful curiosity, then, by all means, do not post this comment. You wrote about a period of time in which people would seem to be taken early as an act of mercy by Our Lord. Have we reached that point yet, or is it still to come?

    YBIC
    -Jay

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  22. Doug says:

    Thanks Charlie.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Hi Doug, thought I’d join you back here in the back of the classroom (where all the fun is anyway-drawing creepy pictures of the teacher and passing them under the desk! Those were the days!). I can’t stand Grasshoppers! They bite and spit this brown stuff when you pick them up, we used to call it poison tobacco chew juice when we were kids and we would chase each other all over the neighborhood trying to smear it on each other lol. I like crickets, they sing pretty and I love hearing them on warm summer nights. Very peaceful bug. 😉 As far as misspells- and other mishaps, I laugh and laugh and now my husband asks is it Doug? What is Doug saying..and he laughs too! You can’t sit in the back of the class alone!
      ps. I’ve had no sleep so don’t think I’ve lost my marbles……yet.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        pss. Summary: Doug, what I’m trying to say is we love you the way you are, you can’t change! This blog is not the same when you are MIA.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Yeah, ditto, HSNE, but not in that sappy Patrick Swayze Ghost-way of the term. (Or is that too unbecoming too, Doug? :-P)

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          • Doug says:

            Spit-tuie. Picture one of my spit balls from the back of the class beanng YD on the back of his head. Uh oh! I think I may be in trouble. Snowy, help!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, lol…somehow I foresee sitting in the principal’s office and after school detention cleaning the chalk boards in your future! 😀

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          • Beckita says:

            Check it out please, Snowy; at the end of this thread the call has gone out!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            LOL! Beckita! I was wondering when the school marm in you would come forth!
            ……………poor Doug, always getting caught!

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          • Doug says:

            With new technology, I have to use my dry erase areas and write on the white board 1000 times “I have to be respectful to bishops”

            Speaking of white boards, in our office here in CA where I am presenting, the training rooms are painted with a special white board paint so that when we teach or illustrate something, we literally write on the walls. It seems strange, but kinda fun. I can write on the walls and not get sent to the principals office.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hmmm, Doug, as I recall from Boston, you DO kind of look like an adult Bart Simpson who has straightened out his act…

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          • Doug says:

            I was most definitely wrapped up in the culture of the 70s as a teenager and participated in much of the worldly things it offered back then. I did have a sense of confusion too which I think was the residual fallout from the 60s. I have never watched the Simpsons. So I don’t know what it means to be a reformed Bart Simpson. Coming from you, I trust it is a compliment. ☺

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        • Doug says:

          Well thank you Snowy. You are very kind. I am traveling now and working some long hours. So my time here this week has been limited. I love it hete with everyine hear too! God bless you!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Charlie..hahaha!! Doug, God bless you, you have such a great sense of humor! I’m laughing myself to tears here! And yes, this was all my fault! Not only that, but I did it intentionally so I guess now it’s no longer the back of the class it’s the Principal’s office. What should we do now? Did you bring the spit-balls? 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Shshhhhh. Snowy, I don’t want to get expelled. I think I am on thin ice with YD and I need to make it through my formation. Besides, I do not want to ruin his Friday nights with his new found love of being here and taking his shoes off. I wonder if he takes his hair extensions off at night too?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, formation? Did I miss something- again? Sheesh, I never know what’s going on around here! Are you in a Catholic formation program or just joking around? And if so, for what??

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          • Doug says:

            Snowy, YD often makes reference to Charlie’s formation and if I am not mistaken, sometimes uses the term in a general sense. I take that in a way God is forming all of us if I interpret correctly. So I am borrowing YDs term and using it loosely. Now, with that said, I am discerning the diaconate. I had intended to apply last year, but applications were held off last minute for one more year. YD knows this and in subtle ways (and not so subtle) he is mentoring me as is Charlie is mentoring all of us. This is why I am Grasshopper.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            That’s why I asked, I knew you had talked about becoming a deacon…just making sure I didn’t miss anything- and am way too tired to go searching! 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug check your @stormNH email 😀

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          • YongDuk says:

            :-/

            I don’t understand spit balls. Seem rude and inconsiderate and publicly humiliating and bullying.

            Other than that, don’t worry, Doug 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Keep it up, guys…and I’m going to have to come out and separate you 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! ☺

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          • Doug says:

            I was a bit of a rebellious chap as a teenager, but not in a bullying sense. I have had a fairly decent relationship with my mom as an adult, but one thing, when I was older I used to think my mom was too soft on me back in the day and held somewhat of a grudge until when I was in my 40s. It dawned on me that I was indirectly blaming her for my rebelliousness. Light dawns on marble. I needed to take responsibility for my own actions that I gave my mom grief as a teenager. Subsequently, I have apologized to her and I make a concerted effort to tell her I love her. I am doing my best to be a reformed squirrel.

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        • Doug says:

          Pss. I got some straws an spit balls while we are in the back of the class. Watch out YD. ☺

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      • Mick says:

        Snowy, I almost burst out laughing when I read your first sentence! And it’s nice to see that Doug is promoting marital harmony and levity (Doug, I think that’s a great quality in a future deacon). 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Mick, it’s really interesting what’s happening..my husband loves how much I laugh here and is always asking who’s who and who said what and he’s laughing like a kid again! There’s 4-5 people here he’s always asks about and when I read things to him the laughter just bubbles out of him! The Lord heals in such gentle and beautiful ways!

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        • Doug says:

          Thank you Mick. You and Snowy have made my day. I have often heard and live by it that one of the greatest gifts a couple can give their children is the love between husband and wife. My priority has always been to ensure our relationship is strong more so than focusing directly on the kids. We have been married 31 years now and when we have coffee together in the morning (we go out to the same bagel shop almost every day now), we engage in active conversation. God bless you!

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      • Doug says:

        That’s nice Snowy. I like the crickets on the hot August nights in NH. I am glad your husband can get a good laugh in there.

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  23. Kati says:

    My husband and I are going to vote in a few minutes because it is our duty to do so. However, I believe that what Charlie has said is true and the First Reading from the Mass of today (from Daniel) seems to confirm that to me:

    Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud:

    “For your name’s sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,
    or make void your covenant.
    Do not take away your mercy from us,
    for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
    Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,
    To whom you promised to multiply their offspring
    like the stars of heaven,
    or the sand on the shore of the sea.
    For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
    brought low everywhere in the world this day
    because of our sins.
    We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
    no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
    no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.
    But with contrite heart and humble spirit
    let us be received;
    As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bullocks,
    or thousands of fat lambs,
    So let our sacrifice be in your presence today
    as we follow you unreservedly;
    for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.
    And now we follow you with our whole heart,
    we fear you and we pray to you.
    Do not let us be put to shame,
    but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
    Deliver us by your wonders,
    and bring glory to your name, O Lord.”

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    • Judith Contrino says:

      My oldest son has received your messages well, Charlie. He gets a little wrapped up in preparing for the events of the storm, but he is also coming back to practicing the faith and wanting to be helpful to his family and neighbors. He wants to be a sign of hope. I do have to slow him down every so often, and I know that is hard for him because of his two young children and the worries he has for them and his wife. I have given them the prayer of miraculous trust, and I keep reminding him that that their spiritual preparation is the most important. He has memorized your request: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to others. We will pray to endure to the end and rejoice in what the Father’s act of Mercy shall produce. Out of pain and suffering may the Glory of the Lord shine forth.

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  24. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Here is something for everyone from the beginning of Origen’ First Homily on the Book of Leviticus.

    “”As “in these Last Days,” the Word of God, which was clothed with the flesh of Mary, proceeded into this world. What was seen was one thing; what was understood was something else. For the sight of his flesh was open to all to see, but the knowledge of his divinity was given to the few, even the elect.”

    This sublime passage reminds us not to forget the majesty and wonder of the incarnation. Our rescue is a participation of sorts in the great rescue – when God became flesh, dwelt amongst us, died for our sins, rose on the third day and ascended into glory in Heaven.

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  25. El ingeniero de Tepeyac says:

    GOOD NEWS!!! Less than 22 months to the Rescue.

    One day at a time. 🙂

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  26. Jay, a faithful reader in downstate Illinois says:

    My family has been directly affected by the clergy sexual abuse crisis since 2006. But among us who has not seen family members, friends and parishioners alienated from Christ’s church by this grave scandal? Will the Storm sort this all out? Will alienated, lapsed Catholics find their way home? True victims and their families find peace? The latest indictments in PA brings this back, in all its ugliness. Lord have mercy!

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  27. Patricia says:

    Always praying and hoping. Jesus, I trust in you!

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  28. My meditation of late has been on the “acknowledge God” part. Charlie, I would love to see a post focusing on that. It seems to me that this might end up being the thing that will require the most courage in the coming months. It will also be the thing that will help re-reconvert world. But will I have the courage to do it when things get tough? That is the grace I pray for most now.

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  29. SanSan says:

    Well Our Lord has sent us another “rescue”. Please pray for Agace, age 34, who is 24 weeks pregnant and has called out for help prior to terminating a 3rd child out of 5. Her past of “ashes” runs deep and desfunctional. My husband and I do not feel at all qualified, but by God’s continued “grace”, we “hope” to be a sign of hope to this very confused young woman. She already has a daughter age 16 from one man, and another age 8 by a different father who was recently murdered. All live with Agace’s mother ans step father who have “issues” too.

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  30. Mack says:

    For a while now I’ve been suggesting to my friends there may not be a presidential election this year, based on what Charlie has said. Most of them thought I was crazy. But now after super Tuesday it’s more and more apparent how chaotic this race has become, and totally hopeless. I see all this as a confirmation, and a warning to prepare for what will be coming sooner than we think, probably. But this too is part of the Rescue, since people are seeing how bankrupt our political process has become. Truly they can’t believe it.

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  31. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    I know Snowy Owl, Ellen Chris, Yong Duk and Beckita, along with you will understand this, but I enjoy praying for everyone who askes for prayers. As the translation of Psalm 132:

    Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity
    Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment
    as the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.

    I always thought this psalm should end with a happy face or an exclamation point.

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  32. Some random thoughts I think about the Rescue and these upcoming months as I go through my day.

    When the lights go out, will we be able to see the stars better? I am such a Bilbo Baggins. How bad is bad? How will my dogs eat? Will we stay? Will we go? How many things will I wish I didn’t throw out because I needed them to McGuyver something? Is there such a thing as buying too much toilet paper? Will I be able to keep all of the squash bugs off of my plants this year, because that would help a lot, God. Will I end up letting my parrot go? Can I keep a few dogs with me so I can start breeding again after the rescue? Back to that toilet paper…

    I hope I’m not alone in the scattered wonderings as I go about my day. 😀

    Prayers for all the TNRSers out there, that we may be found faithful, and that God perfects His love in us.

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    • Mick says:

      Briana, I can relate to your serious questions about what’s coming. But I about lost it when I saw you use McGuyver as a verb. What a hoot! 🙂 (That was one of my mother’s favorite shows.)

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Briana, I have stopped worrying about everything. I am not able to buy bunches of extra food or store up and so I asked the Lord to help me let go of everything and trust Him. I don’t know if I will live through this or if God will allow me to die, that only means I get to be with Him forever and ever (!) and I have lost my fear of this. I am very happy and content (even excited) to wait and see how God is going to work this all out. I love trusting Him…and being His little trusting child.
      As far as animals, they can adapt very well to hunting on their own if need be…not even a wild sparrow falls without God knowing and caring. How much more do we matter to Him! That’s good enough for me 🙂

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    • Chris says:

      You made me laugh out loud Briana Elizabeth…there’s no such thing as buying too much toilet paper.

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  33. Bob says:

    And this was once what our senate proposed on March 2 1863 and our president signed into law on March 3 of that year!!
    http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

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  34. CrewDog says:

    Another winner for “These Days”:

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 4 March

    Joshua 1:9
    Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Never alone. What a promise. As Psalm 139 emphasizes later, Joshua hears first hand. God will go with him, and us, through all the seasons of life, through all our ups and downs, through temptations and triumphs, even through death. So we can take courage and feel his strength. We are not alone!

    Prayer:
    O God who is and was and is to come, thank you for being there and staying there when all others forsake and leave. You are the one constant in my life, which is so full of change. Help me become more steadfast and faithful in my commitments and relationships to honor you and to learn more about you. Through Jesus I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  35. Jorge Bizarro says:

    Hi Charlie and all
    I can understand some people criticism and views towards private revelation (aka, Catholic Prophecy), especially because we live in a era where the average citizen has but no ‘historical memory’, people live by the day, hanging from the i-phone while eating, going to the toilet, shopping… even driving. This affects (should I say hamper?) mostly the younger generation. So, the result is an amazing loosing of the ability to grasp -abstract- the larger picture. What past History might teach us is gone, a bird’s-eye view of reality is hampered as never before and people prone to manipulation as never before because they are just like ’empty egg shells’,
    I find it so odd the way and reasons why you’re criticised because if anyone picks, for instance, Father Stefano Gobbi’s writings from the 70’s, it is all written on the wall there, albeit with less details. He founded the Marian Movement of Priests and passed away recently with a sad fame of being a False Prophet because most, if not the entire length, of the prophetic writings in his book (title similar to ‘To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons’) still hasn’t happen. But alas, I don’t know what kind of Covenant the truly amazing unique man that Saint John Paul II is managed to get from God that the entire issue seems to have been postponed for approximately one human generation (around 25 years) period. Want a glimpse of the smearing of Father Gobbi’s prophetic reputation? – See here: http://www.catholicdoors.com/isit/isit01.htm
    God’s Infinite Mercy and His tenderness to listen to our heartfelt prayers really left many honest seers on the hall of fame of False Prophets and deceivers, just like Jonah that was sent to Ninive and saw his prophetic preaching aborted and sort of got angry about it.
    I don’t think this will happen to Charlie because the 100th anniversary of Fatima is at hand and God already granted many years for the world to come to terms by virtue of good will. Now it will happen by trial and the ripeness of centuries of casting God away from public and private life.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think the most important thing you said is that people today lack an “historical memory.” The lack of an cultural institutional memory is a horrific handicap.

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      • Doug says:

        So true Charlie.

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      • janet333 says:

        Charlie ..your Angel told you that Medjugorje was true. Did he ever tell you that Garabandal was true?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Let’s be specific, what he said, in March of 1993 was that “Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje are all manifestations of a single event.” I did not understand that at all then and don’t think I fully do yet. When I pressed him on Medjugorje, he chuckled and said it bears all the “barnacles” of the times, but is authentic at its core. He has never spoken to me of Garabandal…but it is NOT his habit to just tell me details like that so I don’t have to ponder it…he expects me to contemplate these things deeply in my heart and come up with good insights. He said what he said about Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje to set me on a specific course of inquiry and contemplation. If you takes what he said as merely meaning Medjugorje is authentic, you risk both missing the point and overstating the case.

          He is often visibly pleased when I have gotten it right in contemplation, silent when I am struggling, and usually only corrects me if I have gotten something wrong in a way that would get me to make significantly bad decisions based on a mistake.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Forgive me for stepping in, Janet, but if Charlie’s Gaudete Angel said that Garabandal was true, given the Bishop of Santander’s decree and the Church not yet correcting that decree, that would be extremely imprudent–unless it was told to Charlie in secret and that Charlie would be held to that secrecy regarding it and Charlie’s own status, but even that would be complicating for Charlie given his obedience to his Spiritual Directors, etc.

            Thus, if I were Charlie’s Gaudete Angel, which I will assure you from any remote speculation that I am not, I would in no way tell him for the sake of prudence.

            Likewise, with Medjugorje, akin to Padre Pio and Garabandal, should a decree come out regarding Medjugorje after Charlie has made this statement and then for Charlie’s GA to come and still speak as Charlie reports his GA has before would be just as imprudent. And the Holy Angels are not imprudent…

            …And the Holy Angels are not imprudent…

            …nor should we be even in the questions we ask!

            Pax,
            +YD

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, though you are not my angel, YD, the way you describe your hair extensions, I suspect you sometimes go to the same stylist as my angel!

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          • Doug says:

            YD, this all makes sense to me. It is wonderful how Charlie was led to contemplate this. God is not mechanical. He is our father and we are his children and like our earthly father they teach us by relational experience; through the wonder, excitement and exploring as a child. It’s beautiful.

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          • janet333 says:

            Thank you for explaining that Charlie…. I understand what you are saying. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Sounds a lot like an Ignatius study to me Charlie.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            I have buddies who say ‘I wish God would visibly sit down beside me and tell me exactly what He wants me to do.’ Then we would be slaves, not friends, I think. We get to know those whom we love gradually and deeply, not quickly. Then we have understanding and wisdom, not just surface knowledge. (Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.) So, it sounds like the angel is teaching you, not just telling you. I’m just thinking out loud — am I somewhere in the ballpark on this one?

            God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            You are getting it almost precisely right. He does not act as a “Shell Answer Man” to me, but leads me in contemplation and expects me to stretch out my heart and my mind and my soul to see. We are not just to receive, but to act…and to do so well, we must learn how to act. I love it when someone really gets it, Dan…and you are not just in the ballpark on this, you are standing smack dab on home plate!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that , Dan!

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          • Doug says:

            Dan, that sounds like true wisdom.

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          • YongDuk says:

            My Angel reprimands me by keeping his hair short and curly blonde. I think to indicate that I should dye mine.

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          • Doug says:

            My wife commented that I look old. So I said I would dye my hair. She said that would not work, but you would look younger if you shaved your head. So I am contemplating shaving my head.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Get some Oriental hair extensions and be done with it, grasshopper!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! I will get blond hair extensions to match YD’s angel.

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! Janet, I’m glad you took the risk to ask because without your question we would not have been given the opportunity for Charlie’s reply, YD’s instruction, Dan’s input, and Doug’s pondering. Just WOW! I love this home!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yeah, but Charlie, you have to have the right eye brows… Doug might pull off the Tibetan monk look better than the Shaolin Monk post-monastery look.

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          • Doug says:

            Lambzie won’t let me shave my mustache. Have you ever seen a bald monk with a mustache?

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          • YongDuk says:

            Charlie on my MP-esque hike today I was laughing that Gabriel and your GA probably have outlandish hair-styles to playfully make fun off your vanity with your hair (brill cream?) in high school or beyond (the way you talked about being how you were back then, as I believe I remember.) I can just imagine their playfulness trying to one up you with their coiffures. My conclusion was that you are lucky you didn’t grow up in the eighties and dress like a punk!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Alas, YD, I never gave two hoots about my hair. Shower, comb it back, be done with it.

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          • YongDuk says:

            You and me alike then. I just prefer no alfalfas.

            (My apologies I imagined you as a white t-shirt blue jeans comb in back pocket kind of guy from something you said or just American stereotypes.)

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          • There’s also nothing like a good ball cap. For me, Saturdays were made for hiking and ball caps. No shower, no comb, no Brill Cream… just pop a ball cap on and go.

            I was wondering earlier, YD, if you and I were out on the trail today at the same time. I timed my one man procession up to Sunrise Peak to coincide with the procession Charlie participated in today. Was with everyone in spirit.

            What’s all this business with TP and spitballs below? Also, I just noticed the “Squirrels?” link in the header. And who knows what comical bent Snowy and Mick are on right now. How am I missing all this stuff?! I’d turn on my email notifications, but might just regret it.

            Well, it’s Saturday night for me, so I guess I might as well just put my feet up, light a cigar, and smile at the wealth of sharing here as I catch up.

            God Bless NSR’ers everywhere,

            MP

            BTW – Been letting my usually conservative, military-like hair go a bit wild lately, so very well may be able to help Doug out with some hair extensions. I need a haircut.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha Doug…I hate getting haircuts and I hate it when my hair gets too long.

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          • Doug says:

            I think you meant that one for MP Charlie. Guess two souls get out for that one. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Then fair warning to all if you ever visit this locale in the Northern Rockies: Hair clippers come out of the closet every two weeks as I buzz away at the extra head of hair in this house, NOT my own. I have expertise in the messy mohawk cut, snipping ears which draws but a bit of blood and getting the clippers all tangled up in dangling nasal hairs. As the work is in progress you can be thankful for yet another opportunity to offer some suffering or you can be a wimp and just say, “Pass.”

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          • Doug says:

            Yikes Beckita! If I ever come to visit you, I will light get a haircut first and visit for precisely 13 days. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            LOL! Perfect timing, Doug!

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          • Simone says:

            I’m not so hot with the clippers myself, Beckita. Who knew those things drew blood? 🙂 I guess that is why I only have one son. The rest are daughters.

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          • Beckita says:

            OK Simone. I’m fessing up: I like to exaggerate sometimes. You know, your cheeky tendency. 😉 I actually have a sister who is an incredible hair designer as she calls herself. She gave me great tips for using clippers and I have a very satisfied customer in the house. God bless you and your family!

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          • Simone says:

            🙂 I completely understood your joke. However, I have drawn blood with mine. I have retired them and bring him to a qualified barber. I want him to live to become a priest… or take over the world.

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          • Beckita says:

            🙂 Praying for your son’s vocation, Simone, and all in your dear family.

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          • Doug says:

            Amen on the Ball cap MP. I am wearing my NH Kancamagus hat with a moose embroidered on it. This makes me grandpa moose to my grand daughter. I will where it most when I don’t shower.

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          • Doug, based on the copious amount of typos here, we might have already sprung all the souls from Purgatory. Maybe we can start applying them to indulgences. You and I can split the indulgence from Charlie’s gaffe. Check with YD though. That’s probably not a sound application for indulgences, but it’s worth a try.

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          • Doug says:

            Hey-diddle-ick-dye-doo! Think of all the souls praying for us now! Oh. That would be selfish. Ok. I give my indulgance away to a soul who really needs it.

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    • Doug says:

      Jorge, ironically, I’m reading this on my smart phone while sitting on the toilet. No visuals please anyone else.

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      • Beckita says:

        What’s happenin’ with your spitwads in there, Doug?

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Doug, you know…you know, YD is going to tell you how unbecoming this is! Tsk tsk. You always play right into it!

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        • Beckita says:

          Well, Snowy, I don’t know. If YD does say, “Tsk. Tsk.” it would be the pot calling the tea kettle black yet again. IMHO Doug’s comment pales in comparison to YD’s Prayer Request comment providing a visual of safe walking in a field. 😉

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Beckita, I can’t find YD’s ‘visual’ in the Prayer requests comments- searched ( I can only imagine lol) but maybe that’s a good thing. Anyway, I cracked up when I saw what Doug had typed..what a nut! He simply begs for scoldings lol!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Well, Beckita, the image I have in my head is a very imposing figure with a lavish bat-man style cape who knocks Catholics over when he spreads his arms in prayer, right after he flips his hair extension pieces over his shoulder and starts reciting prayers in a deep Korean baritone booming voice…. ( honestly I should try and paint this image) when I actually see him either here or in Heaven, I’ll probably think to myself..well you’re not so frightening now are you- and bop him a good one on the head or yank one his extensions off and whack him with it! 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Wow. You’re tough Snowy.

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          • Beckita says:

            Snowy, you’ve got me nearly falling off my chair in laughter! Make sure it’s Heaven where you bop and yank ‘cuz I haven’t checked Canon Law recently but at one time you could actually get excommunicated for dusting up a bishop in that style. I know. I know. You’re teasing. LOL! I can hardly wait to hear his reply to you.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Excommunication for whomping a Bishop with his imaginary hair extensions LOL! Oh dear! 😉 Sounds like something we could read on the Onion, Church Pop or Minority Report!

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        • Doug says:

          But Snowy, you instigated it. Oops.
          There goes the sin of Adam in me again……

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Haha, and I admitted to it! I saw that people were picking on you but I couldn’t get a comment in edgewise so I found one of your other comments at the end of the thread- in the back of the class! That’s my version and I’m sticking to it!

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  36. janet333 says:

    Sorry… I couldn’t find the reply button under your reply to me.

    “but if Charlie’s Gaudete Angel said that Garabandal was true, given the Bishop of Santander’s decree and the Church not yet correcting that decree, that would be extremely imprudent”

    Thank you for your guidance YD. I think you mean we have to be prudent because it hasn’t been approved by the Church, though not condemned. The verdict was Non constat de supernaturalitate. “This judgment means it is not clear that the alleged apparition is false but neither is it manifestly true. ” EWTN

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    God Bless You

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  37. Simone says:

    Taking a break from the funnies for a moment… My 8 year old daughter will be making her First Confession this Wednesday. Can my family here pray for her love of this sacrament and her desire to return again and again to feel its cool refreshing waters? I am so thrilled to guide another soul to love His mercy.
    God bless all here. Ok. Back to the funnies. ;-P

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  38. janet333 says:

    ” WOW! Janet, I’m glad you took the risk to ask because without your question we would not have been given the opportunity for Charlie’s reply, YD’s instruction, Dan’s input, and Doug’s pondering. Just WOW! I love this home!”

    Ha ha Beckita…I was scolded and put at the back of the class with Doug and Snowy. Them for spit balling and me for opening my big mouth. 😦

    YD was perfectly correct though, as we knew he would be 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Well Janet, we will all be together in the back of the class eating our low carb humble pie for now. We’ll have to scheme up a plan. I’m out of spit balls and I am not allowed up from my chair.

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  39. George says:

    Prayer going up……

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  40. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of RESCUE! Has it ever occurred to you that YOU might well be somebody’s “Guardian Angel” one day?
    Today’s verse echoes a message that I have been broadcasting here and everywhere I can. That message is: God works with Human Hands! Oh! We have the occasional instance of Manna from Heaven, Water to Wine and Loaves/Fish and angelic intervention but these events seem to be rare. God expects that His People will do His Work. That is why I’m, and countless others, are stressing the need to GET PREPARED! Spiritually and Physically to the best of your ability and means. God expects YOU to help others along the way in Good-Times and BAD!! Does anyone really doubt that BAD is here …..NOW!?? … and just who/what brought you to this site and other “Gatherings of Faithful”? I know, I KNOW!! We have folks here that believe that: Don’t Worry! Be Happy!! God will be there for me. As throughout History, God will be there for His People and His Faithful People will see to the needs of others by sharing what little they have in skills and goods.
    Sooooo …. if you believe that your Guardian Angel will stock your fridge, guard your front door and serve you Chardonnay and hors d’oeuvres every evening whilst watching “It” all unfold …. Well … Bless Your Heart!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 8 March
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    We are comforted to comfort others. God doesn’t bless us because we are somehow uniquely better than everyone else, but specifically to equip, empower, and encourage us to comfort others. God has human hands only when I use mine to his glory and for his purposes!
    Prayer:
    Tender Shepherd, there have been times when I was so broken I could not go on. I know the strength to continue came from your rich grace and mercy. Please use me this week to offer your comfort and love to others so they may feel your warm embrace and come to yearn more for the day we see you face to face in heaven. Through my brother Jesus, I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  41. Fred says:

    I belive Fred Corrigan

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