Politcs in These Divisive, Decisive Times

Pope and Our Lady of Tepeyac - from Beckita

The Path to Rescue

By Charlie Johnston

National Review’s Dennis Prager penned a column a few days ago that has caused me great contemplation…and some regrets. He notes that ancient Jews did not blame the Romans for the destruction of the Jewish State in 70 A.D., but the Jews, themselves, for engaging in gratuitous hatred of each other.

All my life, I have been involved in politics, either by running campaigns or by covering them for media outlets. I am like an old warhorse whose martial blood rises at the sound of cannons. I’m an idiot. I have been telling friends since 2007 that traditional politics is a dead man walking. Our problems are not political or technical, but spiritual and cultural – and we will find no solution in the realm of traditional politics. Those races I have helped in since then have been a matter of living solidarity with old friends I trust…and because it is what I know.

Yet comes the sound of the cannons of the political primaries and here I have been caught several times snorting and pawing the ground. Several times I have spoke disparagingly of Donald Trump, as if I was a partisan who has a horse in this race. I am the guy who has said consistently that our next stable national leader will not come from the political system – and I have been telling my Priests that since early 2008. So what in heaven’s name am I doing stirring up partisan rancor over something I am convinced will not happen or be proved irrelevant if it does?

It has had its effect. Several readers have written in with their own partisan comments – encouraged, no doubt, by the fact that I have indulged mine a few times. As of Monday, I put a stop to clearing partisan political comments while I cleared my head on this. I owe a particular apology to a reader who goes by the screen name of jwjohn. He had penned a couple of over the top comments attacking Ted Cruz weeks or maybe a month ago that I did not clear. But yesterday he penned a pointed comment that was perfectly acceptable, but just at the time I was having regrets.

I owe a profound debt of gratitude in my developing thought to my old friend, John McConnell, who posts here occasionally as John McFarm. I have known him for well over a decade – and his Mom for at least four decades. He is one of the most honorable men I have ever known and has often been an inspiration to me. I have always known him to do the most right thing he can think of. He is a Donald Trump supporter. It is all too easy for folks who think like me to be dismissive of Trump – and to be tempted to be dismissive of those who support him. But I can’t be dismissive of John. I know he loves his God with great passion and he loves this country with nearly the same passion. So I really got to thinking.

What if the system in America is  completely corrupted at the structural level? If that is so, you need to bust up the saloon, not just work within the system. Trump, more than any other candidate, seems likely to bust up the saloon. More than any other candidate, he seems likely not to cravenly go asking the United Nations for permission to defend ourselves. My fundamental problem with him is that I do not believe he has a Godly solution he would build on, that busting up the saloon is all he has. And I fear that even then, he may end up making a deal with the people he now denounces. But I understand the appeal – and I agree that this saloon needs an overhaul, not just new management.

Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio are more to my taste. They are more traditional officials who I believe are committed to the Constitutional System. But if the system is corrupted at the structural level, going in and working within that system would only lock in the cultural disorders its perversions have visited on us. If they are going to work within the bounds of traditional give-and-take politics, that means that the imposition of gay marriage by judicial fiat on the whole country and abortion on demand will remain. It means judicial and unelected bureaucratic lawlessness and imperiousness will remain unchecked, except around the edges. I hope, but I am not sure, that neither man would feel constrained to ask the United Nations for permission to defend ourselves.

We are in a trick box. Business as usual is not going to cut it to get us out of what has brought the Storm upon us. The truth is that none of the options seems strong enough to rescue us, though some seem likely to deepen an already severe crisis. People, frightened by what is upon us, naturally look to the means they have always used to try to steer out of the danger, even when those means are hopelessly corrupted. We should not take offense at each other for that.

I have failed here. I have been telling all my closest friends for nine years that traditional politics is a dead man walking and we will not find a solution to our cultural and spiritual problems in the political realm –  that a spiritual and cultural response is the only answer. Yet I have caught myself making shallow political comments, as if I don’t believe my own consistent description of how this Storm would progress.

I have said that God has a plan, akin to the one He mounted to save France at the end of the Hundred Years War, a plan that human imagination cannot now fathom.

I have often said, throughout my life, that the leaders we choose are usually not the cause of our problems, but a symptom of what we are as a people. More than at any other time in our past, I think this election cycle is not about the candidates, but about who we are. Will we let the “gratuitous hatred” Dennis Prager speaks of poison our regard for our neighbors, all of whom are struggling to make sense of how to right this damaged ship in dangerous and uncharted waters?

I will not ban comments on politics altogether, but I will clear no more comments simply advocating for or disparaging a particular candidate. God has a different plan. We don’t have to avert our eyes from what seems to be happening around us to acknowledge that. But we will act as the Family of God in recognizing the reality that, without a spiritual and cultural response, this ship cannot be righted. It begins with a renewed embrace of Our Lord and Our Lady, public witness of our faith through Eucharistic and Marian Processions throughout the country, and a steady commitment to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. That is from whence Rescue rises – and that is where our focus will stay.

Next week, I will work vigorously to put together support for all of you who are willing to work with your Priests and Bishops to make a public proclamation of your faith in these dark times through mounting public processions.

My apologies for sometimes acting as a political commentator instead of what I am called to be. I will do better.

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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329 Responses to Politcs in These Divisive, Decisive Times

  1. Chris Barberi says:

    There will be a civil war in this country if our election process is interfered with by the political class. The establishment politicians and the media pundits do not determine who runs our country. WE THE PEOPLE DO! The do-nothing congress and a radical president have caused this awareness and movement which is to take back our country by those who work and pay the taxes to support our American Way of life.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Meh…we have already entered into a cultural civil war.

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      • Mary Ann Parks says:

        And perhaps a religious one, with the latest remarks on Emma Bonino, leader of the Italian push for abortion and homosexual marriage and proud performer of 10,000 abortions.

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    • CrewDog says:

      “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny, When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

      There is some question as to who “owns” the above quote but there is no doubt in my mind that we are well past the first and last parts.

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Petra says:

      Chris Barberi: I live in Chicago and I’ve seen Chicago politics and how it’s worked over the last 40 years. The Democratic Party here perfected a technique of winning elections (they’ve retained power here for over 60 years) and I think the Democrats have elevated this ploy to national politics.

      The scam works like this. The Democrats not only have candidates running on the Democratic ticket, they also send shills to apply and run on the Republican ticket. The Democrats work tirelessly against any true Republican and if some Republican seems like a real threat, they get rid of him (her) early, by revealing some huge scandal so that the person doesn’t even get past the primaries. Nip it in the bud, so to speak.

      They get their own guy running on the opposing ticket, and then in the main campaign he will run a weak campaign, the media will start to really blast him in vile terms, and he’ll flub it on purpose, kind of like a fighter throwing a fight. And the Democrat wins by popular acclaim! The will of the people, they exclaim.

      I believe Trump is a shill put forth by the Democrats to help throw the election. He serves two purposes for the Democrats: He portrays Republicans as Democrats portray them: bombastic, prejudiced, hate-filled bigots, and Democrats get a two-for: they win the election, because he’s so obnoxious, and they further demonize Republicans in general.
      Being from Chicago, I can predict what will happen: Trump will win the Republican nomination, and lose the election to Clinton. It’s a slam dunk, a foregone conclusion, “move along folks, nothin’ to see here” kinda thing.

      What hurts me the most is that this evil cabal of politicians who will stop at nothing to retain power are foisting this horror on the entire country now, most of whom have never seen such a political con game in their neck of the woods, and have no idea about what is happening.

      I doubt it is the American people who are choosing their leaders anymore, although I expect this may have been true even before the last two presidential elections. I do accept what God is allowing to happen to us. It is painful, and sorrowful, but just. I am heartened to know there are many, many others who also find this all so appalling. All we can do is pray and leave the future in the hands of God. To some that may sound fatalistic, but it has gotten so bad, I fear it is our only hope.

      God bless.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I am familiar with the technique, Petra. But acquaintances among Chicago Democrats used to complain in private lunches and such that the problem with straw candidates is that if they get a little momentum, they suddenly become a problem…so they often blew up in the machine’s face.

        One can plausibly argue that Trump is a leftist or a Democrat, but I think it a real stretch to believe he would be a willing stooge for anyone.

        I wrote this to tamp down some of the political rancor starting to infect the comment boards. It seem only to have ramped it up. I asked people not to disparage candidates and keep focused on the spiritual nature of our focus here. Effective immediately, I am putting moratorium on mentioning any candidate at all until Monday. Then, no disparagement, no advocacy, period.

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        • Petra says:

          Thanks Charlie. I’m not trying to provoke rancor or express it myself, although I can see how what I wrote could cause others to jump up in to defend one candidate or another, and then the mud fights start. I appreciate you letting me express my, I guess, cynical view of what I think is really going on.

          God bless.

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      • Chris says:

        hahahaha…I’m in Detroit, who you telling.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Your last paragraph is really what I think is happening. I didn’t vote in the primary. That is a horribly wrong thing to do to the 19th amendment. My dad is also turing over in his grave. I have to drive 17 miles to vote in a ramshackle shanty where the weeds haven’t been cut in sometime. Then I have to drive 17 miles home. There isn’t even a gas station if I wanted to buy a candy bar or gas. After the last presidential election I stopped believing votes counted. So don’t worry Crew Dog, i’ll vote for you but no one will count it.

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  2. jayman92 says:

    From 1Samuel 8:

    10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, “This will be the [d]procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to [e]do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and [f]use them for his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

    19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

    Doesn’t the American political climate today have the same feel as the Israelite’s back then? I think Samuel had it right. I laugh that he may have been lumped in with the Tea Party movement of today.

    Anyways, from one former political operative (at a lower level) to another, I love your warhorse similie, Charlie. Thank you for all you do.

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  3. Alicia says:

    I’m catching up reading on the last few posts. First, a very Happy and Belated Birthday Charlie! You have given me hope for what is to come and done what is most important – guided me to turn all things in my life over to Christ. This has given me so much Peace in my soul. I have turned all my fear, worries and daily issues over to God. Thank you for being such a great Sherpa.

    Because of your guidance, I am not really paying too much attention to the election. I am spending that time instead by praying….and praying….and praying. I do consider it my civic duty to vote, as best I can, with the laughable cast of characters on all sides. Do you know how badly I wanted to write in GOD under the “Other” designation. Maybe I will if we are still voting in November 🙂 And under VP, I’m writing in Mary!

    I truly respect all of your humbleness and humility and it is a good reminder for me, too. You are a great example for all of us to follow.

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  4. Christene says:

    Oh, Charlie, thank you for this post. I am one of those who is utterly dismayed as I watch the collapse of our country. I cast my first vote in 1980 for Reagan and never looked back. I sit today realizing that the political establishment I had believed in for so many years is nothing but a sham, rotted from the inside out by greed, corruption, and elitism. The entire Washington Establishment is a cesspool and I struggle with how to take the next right step and be a sign of hope in this societal hurricane we find ourselves in the midst of. I want to wash my hands of the whole filthy mess and tell God to come and get me when He has it all cleaned up, but I have a sneaky suspicion that is not His game plan.

    It gives me great relief and hope to know that you too, even with everything you know, struggle in these times!! I don’t feel like such a failure!!

    God bless and thank you!!

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  5. jan0125 says:

    May I start out saying I think you are a good man, Charlie. However I have some questions and comments. Let me say that I am a practicing Catholic and I know where you are coming from. I get it that we need forgiveness and saving by our Lord. However I am not getting why in all these years that you have misunderstood many times a prophecy. In Bible there are many men and women less educated that understood God. ex Noah, Abraham, Lot, Virgin Mary, Joseph and on and on. Also I don’t get why God would allow his faithful to face all this alone with just the message HOPE. You can hope and pray all you want, but when humans are faced with what you predict, extreme fear will take over. United we stand, Divided we fall. I would think God would lead you to gather as many of his followers together to face this as believers and not leave everyone to sit in there houses with extreme fear and there will be that. It’s human nature. Even in the fictional book, The Stand by Stephen King, he realized that the believers needed to band together to keep each other safe, on target and to face the enemy. I don’t believe God would let his believers hanging like this with such dire predictions over many yrs, without trying to band believers together as in some kind of community to withstand this together. Being only human the fear would be unimaginable and take over minds. I can see people in extreme fear, praying in corners before they are killed or die other ways. I see many, many lost souls because of this. According to you, you are in a unique position and have wasted your time. I do however believe that some people are strong enough to save themselves, but many are weak, sick unable and those will be lost. Seems against Christ’s teachings. And why would God give such important messages to someone who doesn’t get it, and has to be told again and again til it is understood. This important thing as millions of lives are at stake. His greatest prophets in the past have banded nations together and according to you, you have had your whole life to do this. Making speeches is good. Internet is good. But the actual of banding of people together would take an act of God. In this case, someone failed. To sit and hope alone will not work for majority of people in deep fear and despair. If God can lead people out of Egypt, you would think he would be of more help. And your belief in Medugorje is suspect also. I have read all messages and don’t believe that Mary would leave such boring and repetitive messages for over 30yrs. It has not been her way. I believe it is a fraud and in my research have discovered that absolutely no miracles have been attached to this place and the Vatican has advised that no one worship there. The original priest was excommunicated and had affair and a child while he was a priest. I don’t believe Mary would attach herself to people like this. I believe the devil is at work there. I don’t want any stories how someone’s relative was converted. That’s nice, but the devil is at work there. Anyone can see how the wolrd is going without God telling them anything. There are plenty of people saying we are going to have economic collapse and I have believed for some time that Satan is using Obama to further his goals and we are in dire trouble. Most people laugh at me for saying so, so I guess I know how you feel sometimes and God isn’t even talking to me, but he has given me eyes to see, ears to hear and a brain to think. Another thing, is this the second coming or what and why is Mary coming. Why not Jesus? The Bible says 7yrs not 2 or has God decided that 2 is enough. Or is this not the end times of the Bible only a preview of the horror to come? You are specific yet not. I would think that God or the Angel Gabriel would be way specific if they expect their followers to be safe or to get others to convert. It’s all a mystery to me. Am I the only one seeing all this. May I end it this way. I respect and admire you and realize that your way not easy. I wish you could be more specific, but I suspect you will say that’s all you understood. Many will be lost doing it your way with your limits. These people sound very brave on this website, but I am telling you that the fear will so great, our minds can’t comprehend and many souls that could have been saved had you banded people together, and not just on internet, will be lost. Seems like a huge waste of opportunity. Just my thoughts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Jan, first off, I don’t think you have read much here. I do not say I have had my whole life to gather people together; I say I have been trained my whole life to give people hope to do that under the guidance of the Church IN THESE TIMES. Several things you say I have to take strong issue with: first, you complain about what sort of people Mary would hang around with. If you were around in Jesus’ time you could complain about the hookers and other lowlifes He hung around with. After His death, you could cite as proof He was not divine that God wouldn’t hang around with a guy like Judas.

      You say some are strong enough to save themselves. I say that anyone who thinks that is in mortal peril. No one is strong enough to save himself – only turning to God gives salvation. You dismiss the abundant fruits of Medjugorje as somebody saying their relative was converted there. I literally met hundreds of people who deepened their conversion there and dozens of Priests who found their vocation there – just last year. You complain that prophets of old spoke with sure and certain knowledge all the time. You only look at their work in hindsight. It makes me wonder if you have ever read their stories in any real depth. They struggled, stumbled, puted, erred, got up and started again…and many were regarded as fools until their moment came – when they were still regarded as fools by many, but taken more seriously by some of deeper insight and less worldly cynicism. Noah was mocked and ridiculed as a silly fool for decades before the time of the flood came. Moses was rejected BY THE ISRAELITES as a leader a good four decades before they rethought things and he led them out of Egypt – and then they spent four more decades complaining and rebelling despite the many overt miracles that trailed in his wake.

      You say that Medjugorje has been condemned. It has neither been condemned nor approved so you are free to believe what you want, but you are NOT free to misrepresent its status just because that is what you want it to be. You complain that this is from God, it does not meet your expectations – and yet it is consistent with how God has worked through the ages. It is your expectations that are deeply flawed. You act as if I have some complicated message. It is simple: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. That is not the formula just for now; it has ever been the authentic formula.

      You sound like you want this all planned out like a political campaign – and a guru to follow absolutely. God is your only safe guru – and He guides His Church through the Pope and His Bishops. The simple way is the only and the right way. When you read the Bible, don’t just look at it from the certainty of hindsight. Try to enter in and live the controversy that roiled each era and each personage’s life. In the end, you must make a very personal decision whether you will empty yourself of your longing for grand schemes and live the simplicity of acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope under the guidance of Holy Mother Church, while truly trusting the God who took the boy’s two little fishes and fed a multitude with them. If you cannot embrace such seemingly senseless simplicity, you will only complain while watching the Rescue unfold around you that it is not what you expect.

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      • Joseph77 says:

        Thank you Charlie! Right down the middle for a bull’s eye! or You smacked it right out of the park!

        Sincerely,
        Joe “Mangles”

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      • Judith says:

        Charlie, Right on! I was going to reply to Jan0, but you captured it all.

        Jan, You’ve come to the right site. Fear not. Peace be with you.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Wow, Charlie..Amen!!!

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      • YongDuk says:

        Sorry, to say Jan, sounds a bit like the Devil is at work indeed in what you perceive and write, don’t give him a chance and a place and let it go.

        Be pure, be simple, be humble, be child-like.

        I am not defending Medjugore.

        I defend purity, simplicity and humility: childlikeness.

        God can defend Himself and His Mother.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Hi jan, When I was teaching my little boy to read, he had many kinds of books portraying the alphabet, some with pictures some with the letters in the shapes of animals some with photographs some with drawings. They all portrayed the alphabet. Before he could understand the words he had to repetiously learn the alphabet. Our Lady keeps repeating the same message because we are a bunch of dyslexic kids that are having a hard time learning the message. In fact, I think we haven’t paid attention to the Church approved message of Fatima. They were quite spicy, yet are there more parishioners on First Saturday than normal at mass? Are the lines in confession longer? If even one person hears Our Lady of Medjugoria’s message of pray, fast , and return to God each month then I will count it as a victory. Because even I need to be reminded to fast. Yes, I pray with all my heart, some days, other days I just give it lip service but Our Lady gives us a star for lip service days. That was in one of the Medjugoria messages. I have returned to God from being at the brink of hell. I am still not real good with the fasting part, it gives me something to work on.

      I hear how afraid you are. That makes you sane because lets face it, we have much to fear especiially when the fabric of our culture turning into the emperor s new cloths. As the author Frank Herbert wrote ‘fear is a mind killer, fear is the little death that brings total annihilation. I will face my fear, I will let it wash over me’ fear is really what you are afraid of. If I can be so bold, I would suggest you go to adoration, or stay after mass with Jesus. Please tell Him all your fears. Please rant and rave at Him. Only then, once you have screamed and cryed and shouted once you have gotten all your anger out can He fill you with this peace. He is your God and you are His people.

      My favorite Medjugoria message comes from April 25, 2015 “ask the Holy Spirit to transform you with his strength of faith and hope so you may stand firm in this battle against evil.”

      I don’t know anything about priests having babies. I know they are human and that the church has been infiltrated with people to try to bring it down. Read AA 1025 story of an anti apostle. I do know if I want to see a great sinner that I need go no further than the bathroom mirror and look at my reflection. I am trying to get the beam out of my eye before I can get the splinter from someone else s.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      God has given us the church to band together for safety.

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    • Diane says:

      There are actually over 500 documented medical miracles in Medjugorje, over 1,000 men from all walks of life and all ages, became priests as a fruit of visiting Medjugorje. It is the confessional of the world…”St. Pope John Paul ll said”
      I’ve been there. The whole 8 days, were about the Mass, Sacraments and the Rosaries. It was the holiest week of my 54 years. The world, will all one day see the Truth about why God sent Mary there. One priest fell away from the faith there early on. One. While over a thousand, answered the call to the priesthood. One of the priest I went with, did not believe in Medjugorje, he 100% believed by our second day there, his plan now is, when he retires spend 6 months a year in Medjugorje hearing confessions all day.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have a healthy respect for Medjugorje, Diane, but I can find no credible source that reports 500 “documented” medical miracles. Even the enthusiastic ones I look at do not claim nearly that many. Can you provide a link to a credible site that says this? I think you are fairly new here. Whether we like or dislike something, I do ask for supportive credible documentation for such claims. Otherwise we could easily become advocates who make it up as we go along.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Diane, that’s beautiful about the Priest going in for Confession all day!

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  6. Donette says:

    PS. Charlie. Did you notice how frequently Donald Trump claims he is not a politician. That this running for President is new to him and it is hard. That sounds to me like he is not one from the controlling system.

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you’re on a ballot, you’re a politician. I used to irritably tell that to any of my clients who claimed they were not. The only question is whether you will bring honor or dishonor to the profession.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Donette — nice to hear from you again. hope you have been well. Fiat! The Kingdom is coming.

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      • Donette says:

        Hi Ellen. I know the Kingdom is coming. That is why I am pleased to see the political chaos we are going through. It is good to have people awakened rather then to see them sleep in the material world of today.

        I don’t comment too often because Charlie gives me the impression that he isn’t happy with a lot of the things that I say. That’s O.K. It’s his blog.
        His definition of “if you are on the ballot then you are a politician” is one that I wish I had thought of during the years when I was asked by priests and religious to head up fund raising activities when I did not put my name up for the running but was added to the list.

        I am keeping a list of Charlie’s responses that I wish I had said one time or another in my lifetime.

        Ellen. Have you gotten the new book on Luisa that the Secretariat has finally sent out? It’s title is “The Sun of My Will”

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        • charliej373 says:

          Nah, Donette, I like you just fine. Sometimes we hit discordant notes, but you bring a lot of insight to bear – and that is well worth the occasional quibble.

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          • Patricia says:

            Charlie,
            A little off topic but ……….I got a chuckle out of your line “I like you just fine”. I learned only a few months ago that when a southern says “Bless your little heart” it is really an insult or something like that but not good. And I have been told that a few times in the past couple of years when visiting the south. So your comment to Donette, from knowing you, is a positive statement and probably a southern or mid-western phrase I am not familiar with. But it reminded me of a 2008 debate answer from the now President to the now front runner of the same party. (trying hard to not mention names). When asked what he thought about her, his response was “she is nice enough”. Now we all got what that meant despite where we come from.
            As a very sad Downton Abbey fan, ( last ever show Sunday night ), I think the funniest line I have heard in years is when Lord Grantham realized that his daughter Edith (somewhat of a spinster) may be marrying a Marquess he said ” golly gumdrops, what a turn up”.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Patricia, I do have some southern turns of phrase that have stuck because of my family heritage. Sometimes, northerners think they mean something different – but “I like you just fine,” does, indeed, mean we have no problems at all. On the other hand, “bless your little heart” could be translated into northern-ese as “you are stepping on my last nerve.”

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  7. Lucy says:

    Hi Charlie !

    Just wanted to add that during Eucharistic Adoration the this week, I asked the Lord about Our Lady’s Rescue…and the answer came quickly and clearly : Judith Chapter 13…. The First Joan of Arc? Ahhhhh. The element of a complete surprise coming in a form that was absolutely unexpected. AMEN. God is Great indeed !

    In His Infinite Mercy, Lucy

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  8. Kati says:

    Charlie,

    I just received a copy of the book, RETURN TO ORDER ( From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society) by John Horvat. I have not read it yet, since I have my hands full of other readings for Lent. I was just wondering if you had heard of this book or had any thoughts on it?

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I am not familiar with it.

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    • EllenChris says:

      I have read Horvat’s book, Kati. He is very intelligent and well informed. He knows what he is talking about. His advice would be excellent, except that he thinks that there is still time to fix things. It is my considered opinion that we are out of time. The beans are not going back into the bag.

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  9. Snowy Owl says:

    I have ignored this election cycle as much as possible because it’s all so agitating..but if we are forced to cast a vote because things have not collapsed yet, I felt lost- how can I vote between two candidates that support abortion rights, PP or will ignore the Constitution and continue on with the nightmare we are living in now? I decided to research what our obligations are as Catholics and citizens and voting the lesser of the evils etc. Is it a sin to not vote? Here’s what I found. I’m still obligated to vote…and I’m extremely unsettled about this. 😦

    https://www.ewtn.com/vote/voting_faq.htm

    And this…from Father Dwight Longnecker’s blog
    This is what our bishops say:
    We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We must exercise that power in ways that defend human life, especially those of God’s children who are unborn, disabled or otherwise vulnerable. We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue–or lack thereof–is a judgment not only on them, but on us. Because of this we urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2016/03/does-a-catholic-have-to-vote-for-hillary-or-donald.html?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=summa&ref_post=saved-from-sin-or-from-god

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    • charliej373 says:

      But Snowy, if both candidates are unacceptable, you can write in someone – and you have voted. I will ask those who are knowledgeable in canon law here to correct me if I am mistaken, but no sin attaches to not voting.

      You know, my Mother never voted. It was because of a religious sensibility peculiar to her. When I was 21 I was on the ballot in a hotly contested race for the local unit district school board. Dad and some of his buddies one night started pushing her hard to register so she could vote for me. I obviously didn’t share her religious sensibilities on the matter, but knew they were entirely sincere. I pulled her aside and told her she should not do it – and don’t worry about me. If I needed her one vote to win I didn’t deserve it, anyway – and if she did, she would always be sorry for violating her conscience and I would always feel guilty for being the instrument which caused her to do so. Mom and I were both happy – and she was as delighted as anyone could be when I won.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Charlie, I am hoping and praying that God allows the collapse before this. But as always, He knows best and His timing is perfect. That said, I was not raised to vote by write-ins, I was always taught this was pointless, a waste, stood for nothing and usually worked for the opposition, and in this case I believe Hillary is worse-much worse.
        I believe what you have told us.. that IF there is an election it won’t be of consequence. What I am looking at is staying true to my conscience, and doing my duty as a Catholic and an American, whether or not it matters. So does that make sense?

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Charlie, that is so sweet! Mothers love and praise the Lord for good sons! ❤

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    • I have always strongly felt that I will have to answer on judgement day for every vote I cast in life. Therefore I vote only when I am reasonably certain I have chosen the right person. If I don’t feel good about either one I don’t cast a vote in that race. If I lived in a country where elections are entirely rigged I wouldn’t vote at all.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        SF, I feel that way too! what is amazing to me is I can have my convictions and yet I can totally see what you are saying- even agree with you on your convictions, and I see what Charlie said concerning write-ins and will now consider this as an option (if it even comes to that) but what I really love so much is that we are all coming from different places and yet we can respect each other! If we all do what we feel we must do, and do it in good faith, I believe God will use it all for good. I guess I just believe the people here have really good hearts! ❤

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  10. djmoforegon says:

    Well said, Charlie.

    I never thought that I would be one of those old people screeching at the TV during the evening news. Not only have I joined their ranks, they have made me their Queen. And my Mom gets to whisper in my ear, “who’s fruit loops now, honey?”

    We have to choose our battles and the political one, while extremely important, is not the most pressing one. It is the battle that is going on within our own beloved Catholic Church. More and more, I am seeing us dividing into two camps. The rancor and the vehemence that is erupting amongst fellow Catholics is startling. Let us enter into that battle and fight with everything we have in us. Our Holy Father is our spiritual leader and he could use more warriors in the field. The members on this site are overwhelmingly loyal to the Magisterium. As for the undecided,we are being asked to choose a side and we all know how God feels about fence-sitters.

    God’s blessings to us all.

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  11. Julie from PA says:

    Charlie, I put hope in what you say and have faith that God has a plan for us, and that the political system isn’t what is going to save us. But, still, I’ve been down on my knees praying, “Please, Lord, don’t let Hillary get the Democratic nomination!” i’m so afraid she might be our next president. I like to listen to Trump talk. He makes me laugh and I like the way he tears up the ‘politically correct’ view on everything like a pit bull with a feather pillow. So, if I, who can probably qualify as a political moron, am getting caught up in this thing, please don’t apologize. It’s perfectly natural, I think, that you can get so emotionally involved in it. By the way, did anyone see that article about the man in Russia who was arrested for say that God doesn’t exist? He was arrested because he “…offended believers.” I think I’ll write in Putin’s name on the ballet.

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  12. The ongoing media frenzy regarding the 2016 Presidential race, the terrible division and potential collapse of the Republican Party, the glaring corruption of the Democratic Party and American problems in general – are still only one piece of a much, much larger picture; and I think it’s important to remember that fact. From all appearances, including but not limited to everything on this blog, the Church and world are on the brink of the “minor chastisement” prophesied for these times over many centuries, some of which are available for reading in chronological order at Mercy Radio.

    The one word that keeps coming to me about what is happening here in America and in many other places (including the Church) worldwide is “confusion.” And I am reminded of what this Jesuit Priest prophesied:

    Fr. Nectou, S.J. (18th century)
    “The confusion will be so general that men will not be able to think aright, as if God had withheld His Providence from mankind, and that, during the worst crisis, the best that can be done would be to remain where God has placed us, and persevere in fervent prayers….At that time there will be such a terrible crisis that people will believe that the end of the world has come. Blood will flow in many large cities. The very elements will be convulsed. It will be like a little General Judgement.”

    “A great multitude of people will lose their lives in those calamitous times, but the wicked will not prevail. They will indeed attempt to destroy the whole Church, but not enough time will be allowed them, because the frightful crisis will be of short duration. When all is considered lost, all will be found safe. This disaster will come to pass shortly after the power of England begins to wane. This will be the sign. As when the fig tree begins to sprout and produce leaves, it is a sure sign that summer is near. England in her turn will experience a more frightful revolution than that of France. It will continue long enough for France to recover her strength; then she will help England to restore peace and order.”

    “During this revolution, which will very likely be general and not confined to France, Paris will be destroyed so completely that twenty years afterwards fathers walking over its ruins with their children will be asked by them what kind of place that was; to whom they will answer: ‘My child, this was a great city which God has destroyed on account of her crimes.”

    If this is about to happen on a global level, thankfully our Lord has given us the very prayers we need to save our souls and those of the whole world:

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    • This may be the first and only time I “reply” to my own comment … but I wanted to add this thought: think about how truly tiny this community is right now. How many people in the U.S.A., let alone the world, have ever heard (or will ever hear) of Charlie Johnston and this message?! How many 0’s would follow the “point” in that calculation? This same thing could be said for even the most popular Catholic sites … and yet, our Lord has give us the Divine Mercy Mercy Message and Devotion, which includes as a center piece “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy” … prayed on the beads of the Rosary that is based on asking God the Father (for the sake of the sorrowful passion of His only Son) to “have mercy on us AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD.” … the WHOLE WORLD!

      So for all those who read this blog … never mind how small it is and never mind how small you and I are! By praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, every Christian is given the opportunity to practice their role of PRIEST … and the primary role for any PRIEST is to offer SACRIFICE. And the SACRIFICE we offer to God the Father, by means of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, is the SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED!

      “… and God alone suffices.”

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  13. Before the first debate Jesus asked me to pray for Donald Trump. My jaw dropped but obedience is my rule of life. When I heard he was not studying for the debate I was intrigued because God works very well with a voice from an un schooled mind. I was told that the world was dying from political correctness. Donald Trump is here to change that. So far so good. I have no idea who will
    Win but for sure it will be God I spired. We are now living in a dictatorship, that will change.

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  14. George says:

    All – one time commenter, but actively listening back bencher here (I think there are thousands of us). I’ve closely followed this website and you all for a year but am the quiet type. I’ve wondered if as Charlie says the next election may or may not happen but in any case a winner would never take office, why all the political rancor here? If as Charlie says after a period of time a real leader will rise up, again, why all the concern over this current sterile political process? If the very foundations of our government are about to be turned over to be replaced shortly by something else but based in part on many of our historical principles, again, why all of the concern with what would seem to be a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing – to borrow from Faulkner? What am I missing? Now changing subject. It seems to be me in closely reading the beautifully charitable back and forth here that a beautiful community indeed has formed, and I’ve discerned a largely unspoken collective sense among the TNRS squirrels that a time for heartfelt goodbyes is approaching when this site along with the rest of the western world goes dark if you will. It reminds me of the scene in the old Steve McQueen movie – The Great Escape – where the Allied prisoners are in line holding to their chests their few belongings waiting to traverse the escape tunnel, and head off to who knows where when they pop out the other side of the tunnel in the night darkness. Last cigarettes are shared, and nods and whispers of heartfelt good luck that seem to say “I hope to we meet up again with you dear friend in a free and better world – somewhere out there. My prayers go with you.” A picture keeps coming to my mind’s eye of people walking, a kind of TNRS exodus, gathering at Mount Meeker in 2018, 2019 and many years after. Introductions,recognitions, hugs, tears.

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  15. Dolly says:

    I should be working on some tax stuff since the storm hasn’t wiped out the IRS yet, but I wanted to publicly thank Ben Carson for showing us what a Godly candidate looks and sounds like. He reminds me of Jesus in the boat, sleeping, as the storm is scaring the heck out of everyone else on the boat. To so many, Ben Carson seemed to be sleepy, if not sleeping. He was and is imitating Christ more than anyone else in the public eye at this time. It will be good to remember this because I think God has plans for him. When Ben Carson said he sees no path to the presidency at this time, he is right. The path that everyone else is on is appearing more and more to be leading to a dead end. God has another path in mind for him.

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  16. Tom says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Although it’s honourable for you to humble yourself, I think you may be being a tad too hard on yourself (but an admirable trait of course), especially if this was your profession in media, this was a gift from God when he created you.
    In the UK we have the same issues when it comes to an election. I think men in grey suits really pull the strings, the hidden mandarins in Whitehall manipulate things to whip the electorate into a feeding frenzy that they will vote for anything rather than the party in power, which usually has an orchestrated demise just in time for the election.
    We then see the trademark slogans “vote for change” trotted out. The poor gullible electorate is not told what change is, this is a clever deception as they let you imagine what change means for you, and we always swallow the same old hook and envitably get the status quo. Someone once said if voting changed anything, they wouldn’t let you vote!
    Change has to come from the grassroots, I hope that’s a product of the STORM. That’s why I like the idea that Our Lord is about to shake the foundations of the temple we have erected to “Reason,” in order to let us rebuild on Christ who is our cornerstone.
    God Bless Tom

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  17. This came across my Facebook feed–a Procession in Morgantown, West Virginia. So beautiful!

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  18. Psalm#23 says:

    I am so glad to see your post today with these comments. Charlie, I have never felt discouraged or frightened reading your prophetic posts – but Hopeful! When I watch the chaos on the news about the presidential elections, I think to myself: “I don’t have to worry about this. Charlie says ……….” This gives me much peace.
    Acknowledge God, take the next right step (staying on track) and BE A LIGHT OF HOPE TO THOSE AROUND YOU. Jesus, I trust in You

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  19. Mary says:

    If child sacrifice doesn’t end in this country we are finished. Jesus and Mary are capable of rescuing us, but will they want to?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is at the heart of it all, Mary.

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      • Mary says:

        It is definitely becoming more and more dangerous on the sidewalk these days, billy clubs, guns, and whistles are now daily threats. The rosaries on the rear view mirrors going into the abortion mill outnumber the ones in the hands of the Christians on the sidewalk. I have not lost hope, and am not in a state of despair and will continue to attempt to save lives and souls with the help of Jesus and Mary but if you are a “favored” son, a rescue sooner than later would surely save lives and souls. All will happen in God’s good time I suppose.

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  20. Ellen Lopez says:

    It’s a quandary, Charlie. I had taken your statements to heart last fall – that politics is a dead man’s game. I have been engaged by politics for 45 years; not like you, but involved, caring, watching, loving the founding of this country in the constittution. I ‘fasted’ from politics last fall but have have felt led to an expanded, changed view of the realities in which we live and, somewhere, I read of a prophetic idea of Trump as the trumpet to America. Who knows; I engage with some detachment and as our Mother Mary was told by Simeon – a sword would pierce her heart and would show the truth of the hearts of many – I have come to see Trump as this kind of instrument. We know God works with sinners, through th least among us. For good or ill, I have no doubt Trump is being used by God for His purpose. Let’s keep praying.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh I certainly think the spectacle of this election season has revealed many hearts…and the despair so many now feel will prepare them for even more joy as the unveiling of God’s plan begins.

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  21. darknite says:

    It doesn’t matter if Trump is capable, or wise.
    It doesn’t matter if he is clumsey, incapable, and stupid.
    It doesn’t matter if he is likable, or a bully.

    He is simply a divider. A Barbarian come – if you will.
    He only comes with two choices,
    you can only tolerate him or dispise all that he stands for.
    It doesn’t even matter what he actually represents,
    his meaning will be flung upon him by the hungry parties that see him.

    Trump needn’t do anything,
    he merely needs to be there.
    The crowds already ‘know’ what to do,
    and will likely tear each (and the rest of us) other apart.

    After all, the axe-head being placed on the chopping block is a very simple act,
    but the log splits asunder with such violence and abandon,
    not understanding that they both end up in the same fire.

    I saw this poem posted somewhere and thought it appropriate.

    Waiting for the Barbarians – C.P. Cavafy

    What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

    The barbarians are due here today.

    Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
    Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

    Because the barbarians are coming today.
    What laws can the senators make now?
    Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

    Why did our emperor get up so early,
    and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate
    on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?

    Because the barbarians are coming today
    and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.
    He has even prepared a scroll to give him,
    replete with titles, with imposing names.

    Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
    wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
    Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
    and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
    Why are they carrying elegant canes
    beautifully worked in silver and gold?

    Because the barbarians are coming today
    and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

    Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
    to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

    Because the barbarians are coming today
    and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

    Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?
    (How serious people’s faces have become.)
    Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
    everyone going home so lost in thought?

    Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
    And some who have just returned from the border say
    there are no barbarians any longer.

    And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
    They were, those people, a kind of solution.

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  22. I know it wasn’t your main goal with this article, but I really appreciate being able to better understand where some of the Trump supporters are coming from. I have been bewildered trying to figure out why in the world Christians have been supporting him considering all that he has said and all that he has done that seem to be very unChristian. So for the first time, I am able to see Trump supporters as something other than a group of fearful, angry, and bunch of other unkind thoughts I had that I do not want to repeat. It’s really been a burden!

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  23. Magdalene says:

    If Clinton and Trump are the possible candidates, they do indeed show what much of America has become…they and their current spouses…

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  24. Father Michael King says:

    That strikes me as a wise decision Charlie. Especially for those readers who, like me, do not live in the US and do not share the same presumptions and attitudes regarding economics and social safety nets that seem widespread among your American following. I have felt moved to make you my breviary intention every Wednesday from now on. Be sure to remember us here in Canada in your prayers. Especially as our government mulls over whether to implement the most extensive euthanasia package ever seen anywhere. Yes, worse than the Netherlands and Begium!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much, Fr. Michael. I do, indeed, pray for you folks in Canada.

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    • Beckita says:

      Continuing to pray for you, Fr. Michael. Our Candian friends have kept your country’s plight in our prayers. God bless you.

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    • caroltrueman says:

      Hi Father Michael, I too am from Canada and am appalled at what is happening here. It is almost hard to believe, that we here have descended to considering euthanasia as a “good” thing. We have abortion on demand and are succumbing to all the demands that those who support the LGBT insist on. We are accumulating huge government debts. We are beholden to those who think they are entitled to everything that their hearts desire. Where is the sense of accountability or responsibility ?

      I know I sound discouraged, but then I remember to turn to Our Lord for guidance and hope. So I will follow what everyone here is saying. Trust, love and do the next right thing. There is nothing else but that.

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  25. LukeMichael says:

    Charlie
    Thank you for this sincere and humble post.

    I no longer think it necessary to weigh in on political discussions, especially about the chief actors and this is a great relief. I pray for the conversion of all.

    I believe God gives us the leaders we deserve and would point to the already quoted passage in First(?) Samuel to explain our predicament. God will clean house and He will bring us home. I am focusing in prayer on the next right step.

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  26. Thank God, Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of Mercy. We all need a generous helping.

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  27. Joyce Brown says:

    This excerpt is kind of long, so I’ll understand if it doesn’t make it through. I post it with the hope that the people here who are wringing their hands should this candidate or that candidate get elected, will realize that even if everything went the way they want, it won’t make any difference, ultimately. Acceptance of where we are goes a long way towards finding the peace we must have to do what we must in these times, in light of what Charlie’s visions reveal.

    “Even if, by some chance or act of God, some leader is elected who differs from this pattern, they are powerless and shunned. The politician now who is constitutionally responsible, has integrity, honor, and seeks liberty and future benefit for the nation over immediate comfort and gain is the outcast who will not play by the rules. They are the trouble maker, the rebel, the crazy guy who won’t shut up.

    Imagine, if you will, some miraculous scenario where all three branches of government were somehow filled with your perfect ideal of a conservative servant of the people and the constitution. That sounds wonderful, right?

    Now imagine what happens once they are sworn into office. That very second, the news media, popular culture, academia, and out-of-power Democrats begin to bombard every conceivable outlet from social media to film, TV, radio, newspaper, books, personal conversation, and more with the same message.

    Monsters. Tyrants. Horrific. Racist. Sexist. Homophobic. Islamophobic. Theocrats. Extremist. Draconian. They hate the elderly, children, handicapped, transexuals, minorities, women, on and on. They support rape. They support slavery. They’re trying to put you back in chains. They burn crosses. They’ll drag you in chains behind their pickup truck.

    Every single policy position, every single vote, every single action would be met with carefully orchestrated, filmed, and broadcast rallies and protests. The pre-printed signs would be handed out, the paper-machet giant heads would be constructed, the streets closed off so that the “people” hired by groups like International A.N.S.W.E.R. can “spontaneously” take to the streets.

    Every news broadcast would be filled with sad little faces and woeful stories of how horrific this bill is that hasn’t even taken effect and how its causing their puppy to starve. Every hit song would be about how horrible things are on the streets filled with starvation, misery, and death. Simply returning to how things were ten years ago would be depicted as Jim Crow times ten, packed with uninsured people dying on the streets.

    And the people of the United States, bombarded with this in overwhelming fashion, would vote these people out in the next possible election, replacing them with radicals who would not only reverse what the Conservative Majority did, but go even further in the name of social justice and righting past wrongs. They’d use this chance and the momentum to go even further than ever before.

    Who wins what office makes no difference. Until the nation undergoes a tremendous shift at the basic, cultural level, elections will only pour more of the same on this country and every new election makes matters worse. And that cultural shift takes time, not elections.”
    http://www.wordaroundthe.net/

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  28. crystalctm says:

    Charlie said, “I have said that God has a plan, akin to the one He mounted to save France at the end of the Hundred Years War, a plan that human imagination cannot now fathom.”
    I just finished Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. She was an illiterate, 16 year old peasant girl, who, because she felt called directly by God to save France, did so purely on her amazing faith, hope and trust. It seemed inconceivable to all in power then, and it seems just as inconceivable (to most) now that something similar could take place. But God’s plan always wins. I can’t wait to find out who our “Joan” will be!

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  29. George says:

    I believe that focusing on the politics or the emmies or the price of oil or even how the Houston courts are misbehaving w/r to Planned Parenthood is all playing into the hands of Satan. Its all confusion and discord and misdirection to keep us from praying, and practicing. If we are not already, I think we must be practicing moment to moment acknowledging,taking, being. Are we good with some Real Talk? If I can’t do it now while things are nothing compared to how they will be then how do I think I’m going to do it the first day the lights go out let alone when I must confront my Poland Moment. I really respect the kind of formative experiences you’ve had Charlie – the period of sufferings – then the long walk alone. There is nothing that can replace that. My wife and four grown kids are going to be scared to death. They are going to look at me. I can’t be a light to them if they see fear or hesitation in my eyes. And so I pray. A lot. And God has given me a deep peace. But its like manna, given one day at a time. And I’m a guy who went 2 decades with severe anxiety disorder. I know that a lot christians betrayed their faith during the Roman persecution. I’m sure few if any thought beforehand that they were going to not be true. I don’t want to fool myself. I get the feeling that before this is all over I will know myself to be shockingly different and less than who I thought I was. I’m trying to go deep now and find that place inside me that I can return to whenever my hour comes. Real Squirrels burrow. Store nuts. Winter is Coming.

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    • Judith says:

      I like your equating God giving you [and us] peace to His giving of manna-one day at a time. And, they had to actively gather it each day.

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    • George, wise, wise, wise, wise wise. As someone who struggles with the same disorder ( a genetic family curse, alas) I know you are right. We will all be different people when this is over. We will be both less than and more than who we thought we were. That’s the point of the storm. God needs for us to deeply experience our hubris and our true status before Him, which is dust. But we will find that we are also more than we thought we were because we will see how much God values us, which is more than all the gold and diamonds in the universe. He is going to adjust our sense of our identity: our value comes from Him, not us. As for our fear of our fear, I believe that he can give us a miraculous grace of heroism at the moment when it is needed but He will do it in such a way that we will clearly know it came from Him and not us. He will not let you fail your family but you will clearly acknowledge God for it at that moment.

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      • Beckita says:

        Absolutely beautifully expressed, SF! The very grace we need to naviagte the Storm with absolutely radical dependence on God is not yet here. Morning offerings are very important and asking Our Mother for the grace needed for the day is another way of being wise.

        I was deeply moved when I first discovered Our Lady appeared to St Catherine Laboure with arms outstreched and rays representing graces were steaming from the jeweled rings on our Mother’s hands. As we enter the Storm I believe it’s worthy to think about how Our Lady answered St. Catherine’s querie concerning the dull stones on certain rings. I would imagine most here know those dull stones represented the grace for which no one asked.

        May we all be anchored in the ordinary while asking our Mother, each and every morning, for the graces needed for that day. Phew! Will we ever need tons of grace as the STorm continues to intensify. St. Catherine Laboure, pray for us. St. Therese, You who said, “All is grace.” pray for us.

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    • Nancy says:

      George, thank you for your thought provoking comments. When you mentioned your “Poland Moment,” I was reminded of the movie Nine Days That Changed the World. It depicts Pope Saint John Paul II’s first visit to Poland after his election, June, 1979. I think it shows how God intervened in human history through the response of the Poles to a messenger from God. When John Paul called down the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth and Poland, the people responded, “We want God”. Nothing was the same after that. Within a decade, changes were made that eventually caused the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
      I look forward to that kind of Poland Moment, though I think the effects will be much more immediate, when Mother Mary comes as the messenger to the world. That being said, I am planning, God willing, to be at Mt. Meeker on 8/22/18–the Feast day of the Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary. If for some reason I can’t make it, I will send a delegation. 🙂

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  30. Another great post, Charlie. That’s precisely why you are respected and loved here. Your gifts are extraordinary, but you share them in such an ordinary way☺

    I’m really looking forward to your post on helping those “who are willing to work with your Priests and Bishops to make a public proclamation of your faith.” I’ve been thinking about how to approach my wonderful parish Priest about this. It would be an honor to help coordinate a Eucharistic or Marian procession with those in our parish. Your guidance on this will be greatly appreciated – May processions multiply everywhere, as a result. Thank you!

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  31. Harry McCarthy says:

    Dear Charlie: I am a financial advisor, have been since 1992.  You can imagine the spiritual battle one encounters as a steward of another’s wealth (especially NOW) but since I began this journey God has led me through with blessings beyond my measure.  Not financially always, but in the deepening of my faith. We are too conditioned for the win in our culture, to our detriment.  This year politically we are too distracted, and not seeing what is actually happening.  I grow weary as I believe your prophecy to be true, or from trueness and I am wondering if I am just seeing what I want to see. The world where goodness prevails has been planted in my heart and I long for that day, so I am so very excited to move in that direction. What has to come before then, well, is great turmoil and every day I wake up and the sun shines and not too much has changed for the worse, I am grateful, but at the same time I am doubting really what the next right step is for me personally. I wonder if I just lack the courage to be the change myself that needs to be. Maybe things aren’t going to change as much as I think they are, but I cannot deny the need for a huge overhaul, nor can any thinking person ignore the math. I do however have a wild imagination so I have envisioned the worst. One of my clients came in today and she was deeply troubled by (something) the Pope had said. She is a devote Catholic and a great grandmother in her 80s. Last year she lost her husband of 60+ years and she had open heart surgery a few months back and she is just now trying to look to the future. She is very blessed to have her family around her. I told her I think the Pope says some of the things he does to “win” lost souls, as I have no other reasonable explanation. The current state of affairs and political landscape has stirred tremendous passion and ferver. Could you imagine how wonderful it would be if our conversations and energy and spare time was spent pursueing our Lord just as passionately. We are easily swayed and manipulated beings and I have actually been at peace with the political environment because of your writings Somehow, no matter how bizzare or crazy it is, I feel comforted that the corruption is not long lived. That is how much hope I have put into you and the idea that God is going to bring us to a better world, in a much different way that we could imagine, or am I dreaming. (I do not follow blog all of the time) Maybe wishful thinking, as many people say in every generation there is the idea that we are in the end times, we shall see, and most of us only have to deal with one day at a time anyway. Peace to you Charlie, happy Lenten journey and may we find better ways to deal with these troubling characters of our days. I thank you as my prayer life has increased and I try to reach for God’s will more each day. Shalom, Cheryl

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hang in there Cheryl. I have a lot of financial counselors visiting here – and I know these are brutally tough times for you. But we are entering a sort of Passion – one that WILL end in a cultural Resurrection.

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  32. Randy131 says:

    I sometime wonder what only GOD would truly know, who would be included in the list of the million most intelligent people, of the more than 7 billion people that exist on the Earth today. Through just my experience, I’ve noticed that only the extremely intelligent, and the most extremely ignorant, people do not believe in GOD, but the other at least 80% of the people do, even though some won’t openly admit to it for fear of someone denouncing them as being ignorant. This brings me to an article I read in ‘Readers Digest’ many years ago, about the 12 extremely intelligent people that Israel hired to restore and translate the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’. This being a task for religious as well as historical reasons, one would think that they would have hired religious people for these tasks, but they had to find the most intelligent and capable people to perform these daunting and practically impossible tasks, since the scrolls were crumbling, and some were written in a few dead languages. But of those 12, ten were admitted atheists, and the other two were admitted agnostics, but by the apparent will of GOD, they succeeded in their endeavor more than anyone could have hoped for. So after their success of what most thought would be impossible in the restoration and translations of those texts, they all curiously decided to compare their work with that of todays Torah and Holy Bible, which to their astonishment found them to comport exactly, word for word, with what their work had accomplished in their translations. To each of the 12, this seemed impossible, for all the rewrites and translations of those ancient texts down through history, to remain and be exactly the same as is written in the Torah and Holy Bibles of today, and they all came to the conclusion that the only way this could possibly have happened, is if their was some type of divine intervention to make it so. Because of this, all 12 converted to the religious belief in GOD, eight becoming devout Christians, and the other four affirming their devout belief in Judaism. This story has much to do about my belief in the true and verbatim texts of the Holy Bible, even though some like to claim that much of it is just parables, but parables are nothing but examples of the truth, and can be real stories as well as parables, and therefor would undoubtedly also be the truth. I also wonder if these 12 men would be on that list of the million most intelligent people on Earth, that only GOD could know. Now for how this rambling comports with your article.

    I also attend daily mass, and have for about 23 years now, and have learned through all the daily readings, as well as my own study of the Holy Bible, about the constancy of GOD, and whenever I have a decision where I have to choose a person or path to take, I always try to choose the one that I believe to be in GOD’s constancy of His teachings, precepts, mandates and laws, for which I apply to my choice in politics and people of leadership, as I believe the Bible teaches us through the example of what happened to Israelites when it had a good King, that worshipped and followed the true GOD, and then what happened to the Israelites when they had a bad King, that allowed other gods into Israel to be worshipped and followed, and this is the yard stick that I use for whom I should or should not vote for. It seems that the American people don’t understand that if they don’t demand of their chosen leaders the character traits of ‘Honesty, Integrity, and Honor’ and a truly great belief in GOD, then they won’t receive the benefits of those character traits on how their governments (local, state, & federal) and country will be run, and is the reason for these last terrible 7 years, with one more to come, and even if he doesn’t complete that last year, he has failed the American people terribly and probably helped bring on whatever GOD sends us, because of our choice that we made in electing him, and the deviancy that he brought that we allowed to become part of our culture and society, through the laws of our country.

    As far as how all this relates to your prophesy of GOD sending what you describe as a terrible ‘STORM’ on mankind and the Earth, it probably doesn’t have much to do with it, for whatever GOD chooses to do will be done, and I will have to do the best I can for me, my family, my friends, and all that come to me for help, and know that includes trying to bring people back to GOD, for which my family is already there. It seems that GOD gives us all a different task and the abilities to complete that task if we choose to do so. What you proclaim is your task, and I wish you well in it, but believe GOD has another for me, which when the time comes He will let me know, as He has always done in the past. I have a great Guardian Angel, and at least one other (Perseverance) if not more, and when I look back on what I had to go through, and what I was allowed to achieve, I can detect their hands in the mix, where if not for them, I would have failed, and no telling where I would have ended up, for I have been very fortunate to have many choices in the direction of my life, but believe my guardian angels have me right where GOD wants me to be. I believe that GOD will never again give a single person the great tasks, and power to complete them, as in the past He has given Elijah and Moses, but chooses smaller tasks for many different people, and gives them just what they’ll need to achieve the goals of those tasks, if they choose to take them on.

    One other thing that I should bring up, there is a reason and lesson for everything that is written in the Holy Bible for us to learn and live by, and when reading the Holy Bible and coming across different teachings, I always wonder what it is that I’m supposed to learn from what I am reading. One example is what Jesus told His Disciples that, “The Slave is never greater than the Master, nor the Student ever greater than the Teacher,” which one would expect that those who escape from slavery would naturally want to achieve more than their previous master, as well as a student who learned well from his teacher and wants to accomplish more than the one who taught him, but it is the context for why Jesus told His Disciples this that we need to learn and obey through life. During the time Jesus taught His disciples this, the clergy of that time, the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees, were trying to be more pious and devout than GOD, by demanding application of the laws in a way that put great burden on the people, and didn’t advance their obedience to what GOD really wanted of them, therefor Jesus warned His Disciples of trying to be greater than the Master or Teacher (GOD), and not following the ways and actions of the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. There is even more context for this today by also accepting the teaching of Ecclesiastes: 1/9, (What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.) in the way some of the Christian clergy of today try to be more compassionate and empathetic than GOD by preaching against GOD’s own words given to Moses in most of Numbers: Ch.35, but more specifically 35/16-21, and in GOD’s teachings in Leviticus: 18/22 & 20/13, less one thinks he has become greater than the Master and Teacher, GOD, we should obey GOD’s words in the Holy Bible, which can be done compassionately and empathetically, but not more so than GOD.

    Enough of my ramblings, I’m sure you will delete this before anyone can see it, for which I certainly don’t mind, because I didn’t write it for others, but only for you to understand that all is not as saintly in the Catholic Church as you would want us to believe, but it is my Church through birth, and choice because it is Jesus’ Church through His rock Peter, and I know there are many holy priests and people in that Church, but also some that are not and are in ignorance of what they sometimes preach, as I also probably am in your eyes, but GOD gives us all the gift of discernment and a free will, and hopefully we will use them both wisely. If you read this, thank you, I’m sure you won’t accept this, because GOD has put you on a different path, not to correct, but to help, and time is short, but maybe GOD has put others on a different path than that of your own.

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  33. “Busting up the saloon” & replacing the infrastructure, this how Francis has chosen to govern the Church. A few weeks ago when Nimrod said that the Holy Father “is a very political person” he was correct, he is. The difference in our understanding is that the Holy Father seeks “Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” whereas Nimrod only seeks to build a new tower in Babylon along with all the frills. When it comes to the Holy Father & the Church interfering within the governance of the nations for the sake of the Kingdom, it is within his right to do so as well as the holy obligation of the Church.

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  34. Homehelper says:

    Sure, Randy, I don’t see Charlie taking exception to anything you are saying. For my part, and as a convert, it is really hard to explain to people the joy of having found the true faith and the true church and yet you can see the rot and they can see it too. I think we all have roles to play…obviously some are big with the movers and shakers in politics,, but others are so hidden as to practically be invisible, like the mom trying to rock her baby back to sleep at midnight and is just too wiped or unable to get to daily Mass the next morning. The fact is that we are scattered about like salt and wouldn’t do nearly as much for God if we were all clumped together in one place. We need grace and the Holy Spirit to show us what the nrs should be.

    And you are right, we should demand the kind of leaders with faith and character… and I think some of us do…but as described above there is almost always some well oiled political machine designed to subvert the will of the people. And the American people have undergone a cultural shift…they no longer want principles and honesty. They want transfer payments and new age sentimentality. This, as Charlie has described, is a cultural problem, not one to be confronted by the very ptb that foisted it upon us in the first place.

    In iits face one is constantly tempted to despair…it takes constant prayer for me just tovercome my fear and get through the day. You might not like what Charlie has to say. Lord knows I don’t want to be driven from my home and face all that might befall. But if the wound is festering, radical treatment is in order. I would certainly welcome divine intervention, I don’t think I can keep this up for much lomger. Wish I could say this over a beer…thanks, all, for the prayers for my husband and family. I pray that I will be constant and pray for you all!! Thank you, Charlie, and others, for hope! We are not condemned to darkness!

    Dawn

    (40, homemaker, coast guard veteran, former English major, homes schooling mother of five, wife to wonderful husband who has four or five chronic conditions, sometime knitter and writer, but mainly an officially unimportant person (except in the eyes of God) )

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah Dawn, you have already had a full life – and the best is yet to come!

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        As things get so confusing and out of whack, like the R rated debate last night, I daily wonder what I am doing. I ask the BVM every day “really”. I sometimes think “ok the rocking chair on the porch is next” , after the storm, of course. None of the things I envisioned 20 years ago that I would be doing today (grandmother to lots of grand kids who would live nearby, Sunday dinners like our parents, looking forward to retirement in a couple of years) am I doing. So your statement to Dawn “you already had a full life- and the best is yet to come!) gives me great hope. I have had a full life but my feeble imagination can not get me past the storm. So when you can, please encourage us with those types of lines more often. Thank you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          God bless you Patricia. For other readers, Patricia was coordinator of my visit to Boston last year. She had been a serious political operative working with the legislature – so she was direct, forceful, and bossy. I loved it…I get that, as I have worked with those types all my life and they get things done. She knew what I was going to do and, by gum, I did it. It is always nice to be in confident, competent hands when you are in a place you don’t know.

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          • Patricia says:

            I guess all that, from a southern, transplanted northern, was a compliment. Thank you kindly. And I love the new phrase. By gum, you sound like Andy of Mayberry or even Lord Grantham, of “golly gumdrops” fame. From one extreme to the other. Time for bed. Again, thanks for the hope.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha! My high school principal used to tease me about some of my phrases…he would always say he “reckoned” this or that around me and hoot with laughter. After graduation, he “confessed” to me he hadn’t been sure whether it had been proper for a Yankee High School’s valedictorian be originally from “Catfish Corners, Mississippi,” but in the end he figured it was time to let bygones be bygones. I told him I “reckoned” that made good sense.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Dawn. Thank you for this. I appreciate the acknowledgement of loving acts hidden from the limelight. I can’t wait to meet some of our saint friends well known in the Church, especially those who have been such a part of my lfie already. Equally, I will delight in meeting those who lived lives hidden in the bosom of the Church… faithful to duties, loving family, quietly offering prayers of petition and thanksgiving… I think their Heavnly glory will be astounding! God bless you.

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  35. Homehelper says:

    OK I broke down and am having one of my father in law’s beers. To the rescue!

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  36. Ann says:

    I’ve been curious about all the attention this site has been gathering, but as I’ve come and looked it over this several times, it seems to me that people are obsessing here. I am a big fan of Fatima, Lourdes and Guadalupe. I love reading about the saints, going to Mass and adoration, praying the rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy and all things Catholic. But I find it disturbing that people must be spending hours on this site and certainly, Charlie you are. Who has time to read all of these many and often long comments? And what is up with calling for Eucharistic processions all over? Some lay person throwing that out is not going to make anything happen. You would need a movement and work through bishops and priests; not just telling everyone we need them. In spite of mention of Catholic devotions and speaking highly of the Church, I do not see this as being spiritually productive. Can someone tell me the point of all this?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Stick around, Ann. We are working through many people across the country who are working with their Priests and Bishops. Watch and see what happens.

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      • Ann says:

        I did not write the above comment. I’ve noticed a few of us with the same name, but up until now they all seemed to be spelled differently–Anne, ann, etc. But now that we have another Ann the same as mine, I just want everyone to know that I love this site and definitely find it spiritually productive. I say my rosaries and chaplets and go to adoration and all the other things also, but I’ve also spent countless hours reading everything here (although I still haven’t caught up on everything from the first couple years before I discovered Charlie). All I can say is my prayer life has been immeasurably enriched, my perspective elevated, and my life in general positively enhanced with peace and a greater understanding and trust in God that Charlie and all the commenters here continue to evoke. I believe the fruits are immense. It is almost another form of spiritual reading, quite often providing rich subject for meditation, definitely not a waste of time! God bless you all.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to the site, Ann. To gain a better sense of what we’re about, I highly recommend you click on the options in the black nav bar at the top of the page. Please be sure not to miss the Birmingham Dinner Video in the “Visit Videos” links. There’s also a written transcript if you prefer written words for intake.

      I’m with you as a fan of the apparition sites you name as well as the prayerful way you live your life. It sounds like you’d be a wonderful intercessor for the pressing needs requested here, so please consider joining us in this ministry of God’s Love and Mercy to His ordinary people. You can link to that page from the top of this page as well: “Prayer Requests”

      As for Charlie’s work as moderator of this forum as he fulfills God’s call on his life to defend the faith and hearten the faithful… All Thanks and Glory to God! Praises to Our Mother who intercedes for him! Please join us in praying for Charlie, and for each of us, as we strive to live faithfulness and obedience in whatever God asks of each one. Thank you for reminding us to self-monitor our lives, seeking balance in prayer and action.

      Finally, in a nutshell, we encourage one another in the Little Way of St. Therese, explicated in language for our special times in salvation history-in-the-making as: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.
      God bless you, Ann!

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    • crystalctm says:

      Hi Ann! Well, just as an example, because of Charlie’s call for Eucharistic processions, I told my spiritual director that I would be happy to help him coordinate one if he was willing to lead it. He had been considering it but was not sure if he had the time and interest. So sometimes, we laypeople can encourage our priests, deacons, bishops so that they can do what was already in their hearts and minds.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Yeah, I can tell you the point of all this, Ann!

      “Lights, please”

      Someone asked me what my worst day of the week was a long time ago (three months in Blog Time). I replied Friday night. I don’t know why. It is. It just is.

      So anyway… Here I am on a Friday night and I am reading the long comments or short ones, skipping over the body (middle sections) of many of them that I find trite, I even skipped over most of yours after “But I find it disturbing that people must be spending hours on this site” to the last sentence. And here I reply.

      As I see it, it is a holy site, with people desiring holiness, not obsessing, but happy to share. Not everything is good. And yes, if some are obsessing, then they need to learn detachment, but, Ann I like coming here and unwinding and seeing what folks are writing or whatnot and I am just a stupid nobody, whose Friday night, the worst night of the week before, suddenly is transformed into something more joyful.

      You’re right, I should probably be in my Chapel right now flagellating myself and praying the Stations of the Cross on my knees with Jesus Exposed on the Altar, but I am not. I am relaxing, feet up on my couch (yes, Mom, my shoes are off) and I am writing and I am smiling, not at you or what you are writing/saying or at Charlie or what I am writing or defending, but because I am tired and resting and feel God and His Mother smiling down on me; whereas, I used to dread Friday nights. And maybe I am weak, but I don’t care, Ann, because I am a good person and I desire to serve God and there are a lot of other good people here also desiring to serve God and it is nice, pure and simple, to be here and to sort of be here all together even if at different times.

      So…

      Try it. You might find it better than the news or or a movie or TV or a novel.

      pax tecum,
      + Yong Duk, some nobody of a Bishop located wherever needed

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        That one is the bestest of the best! 🙂

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      • Beckita says:

        Seriously, what a beautiful comment, YD! Thank you.

        Oh! Not so seriously, and, in advance, please pardon my curiosity. If I may politely ask: do you multi-task with those hair extensions and, if so, might flagellation be a function of them there strands?

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      • Patricia says:

        Gee, Yong Duk, don’t couch it, tell us how you really feel. 🙂

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      • Love it, YD! And Linus, too:)

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      • I know that I don’t need to point this out, YD, but that was heartwarming and masterful in it’s simplicity.

        There were four recommended youtube videos at the end of Linus’ speech including a “Honeymooners Christmas” which piqued my interest. By contrast, Ralph Kramden’s speech was mostly comprised of very earthly sentiments, not nearly as sublime as Linus’, but seemed like a good start nonetheless. Makes me hope that Jackie Gleason eventually found Peace in Christ!

        No matter where I turn today, I keep finding Hope!

        God Bless,

        MP

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        • YongDuk says:

          Yes, I prayed for him the day he died. I never did appreciate the slap-stick or the degradation of his wife in the Honeymooners.

          Sorry that it was linked to other less ideal cuts.

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      • One other point. I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised, but somewhat dismayed when Catholics/Christians seem to default to their own rationale first in instances of questions, confusions, or mere curiosities, rather than the solid go-to: Sacred Scripture and the teachings of The Church.

        …And hearing this Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

        and from Psalms…

        “The works of God are all of them good; in its own time every need is supplied.”

        “He had but to speak, and the reservoirs were made.”

        “He has but to command and His will is done; nothing can limit His achievement.”

        “The works of all mankind are present to him; not a thing escapes His eye.”

        “His gaze spans all the ages; nothing is unexpected to Him.”

        “No cause then to say: What is the purpose of this?”

        “Everything is chosen to satisfy a need.”

        “The works of God are all of them good; every need when it comes He fills.”

        “So now with full joy of heart, proclaim and bless the name of the Holy One.”

        If I really take all that to heart, then there simply is no cause to ask then: what is purpose of this?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Ann, I would wager that if you went to Google and asked it (if you even could ask it): “Google, give me a list of all the sites on the web which have more heart and soul in them than does Charlie’s,” for once Google would come up empty-handed.

      People come here for many reasons but stay for only a few. For reassurance, yes, but mainly for love and prayer, for enlightenment and a little entertainment.

      I used to read every comment every day, and I actively participated. Unfortunately, the volume of comments is so large nowadays that I no longer can do that, given other duties. However, I still contribute when I can, and I’m heartened to see so many people, like YongDuk, able and willing to continue to put their shoeless feet up on couches around the world and truly engage.

      Try it. You might like it more than you currently think you will. Who knows but that given some time here, you might even become a little bit obsessed yourself. 🙂

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  37. Gord says:

    Charlie, I have been a silent, appreciative observer of your posts and readers’ comments since last summer. This blog in particular goes to my heart. We are far worse off in Canada relative to our political “leadership”. I have felt the need to become involved in the only federal political party that would support Christian values and principles. In view of your comments that “we will find no solution in the realm of traditional politics”, I am wondering if this is a waste of my time. There is no chance that a Christian party would be elected in Canada. From my perspective, the point is that the election of even a single candidate would open avenues to get our message out in the public square, which has not been possible through the secular media, politicians, or universities. I would appreciate your comments on this. God bless you and all your readers for your helpful and encouraging discussions.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The solution will come from the spiritual realm, Gord. But when you do your campaigns, you get a chance to give profound witness. I still, if an old colleague calls, give advice or counsel – even occasionally analyzing a private poll. Some of my friends in the business, who have believed me, thought of not being on a ballot this year. I told them, instead, rejoice that they are free from having to strategize and calculate. Instead, speak boldly of who we are as a people…of the fact that it was faith, family and freedom that made us who we were – and are the only things that will bring us back to what we should be. You can work, having no concern with how to win, but only how to give effective witness and be a sign of hope. So you truly have a great opportunity, Gord. Take it.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome, Gord! SO glad you’re here.

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  38. BlessedIam says:

    YongDuk, your explanation of the reason you spend time here is exactly how I feel! No obsession just pure peace that is hard to find in other places when I just want to “chill”.
    God bless!

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  39. Julia says:

    Charlie, I am so concerned that we are following the path of a politician that seems to say whatever he thinks people want to hear and that people rush to rally behind him without even considering the implications of it. I tend to agree with others who believe that he is a Democrat and that we are being duped by him to vote for him but that he has no intention of doing anything that he promises. And as much as his supporters suggest that he is the anti-“establishment”, I see him as being propelled by the media who give him endless coverage. It strikes me that everyone who rushes to support him is really acting like the sheep that they suggest they are rebelling against. It saddens me to see decent conservative men shoved to the side in favor of someone who in my estimation would lead us down a secular, progressive path as much as any other Democrat. Do you still suggest that no election or at least no new president will come into office?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Julia, I have to wonder why people frequently ask me “do you still say…” on things I have said definitively. I have said the next stable national leader will NOT come through the political process. I have not changed it and will not change it. Period.

      But I understand, you get nervous because you see unsettling things. You will see much more unsettling things than this. The satan wants to distract you from your focus on God and on the little things you can do right in front of you. this is good training for keeping your eyes on Jesus regardless of how things look.

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  40. I have a slightly different take on continuing to observe and comment on politics during this time, even if the expectation is that this is a dead man walking, as you say.

    First of all, whether we like it or not, politics is front and center in the news and in a lot of peoples’ minds. And even if not front and center, most people are engaged and have an opinion. In my opinion, there may be no better bridge to more important topics, because as it stands today politics has latched on to just about every moral issue imaginable that we grapple with: whether it’s abortion, gay marriage, how we view the immigration issue, greed, how we deal with Islamic influence, and even the taxes and social programs – how you view the role of government, who you support and why you support them – these can be one way we show our Christian witness to those around us. I was not a Trump supporter in the primaries. At all. But I have made it clear that I am one now. I have had a number of occasions to explain why, which allows me to point out that I may be disappointed in a Trump Supreme Court nominee, but I am 100% certain that I would despise a Clinton nominee. This usually moves into a discussion on why that’s the important issue, which then moves us into a discussion on the morality of these things I’m concerned with.

    I see no inconsistency in thinking (or knowing) that the end of this game is not going to be what everyone expects, while still being engaged in what is happening around us and using it as an opportunity for witness.

    Having said that, I can really get short and cranky with those who are mouthpieces for progressive liberalism, so while the above all sounds good, I’m better off keeping my mouth shut half the time.

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