The Gamaliel Option

Gamaliel

Gamaliel Giving Counsel

By Charlie Johnston

Two weeks ago, I was notified by the Archdiocese of Denver that Archbishop Samuel Aquila had reached a decision concerning my “writings and presentations” and would soon issue a formal letter on it. I was asked to come to the Chancery last Tuesday afternoon to get an advance copy of the letter, to have it explained to me and to discuss it. A copy of the formal text of the letter is at the bottom of this article.

I will confess, I was more nervous than I usually am on election day when I am working for a client in a big race. I especially thank the tnrs answers team. Originally formed to handle the volume of emails I receive, they have also become critical in developing FAQ’s and taking care of much of the technical angle of this website. Over the next few weeks, they will gear up to help coordinate resources for people around the country and the world who decide to hold public Eucharistic and Marian Processions. They were waiting at the ready to begin poring through this website to make it compliant with any restrictions the Archbishop might put on, for they were completely committed to help me live obedience – as I have always pledged to do – and will always live.

In the end, though, no restrictions were placed on my writings. The only restriction placed on my presentations is that I can’t use a Church or Church property in Denver for the venue for them. They explained that not being an “approved speaker” simply means I can’t use Church property in the Diocese as a venue. I remain free to give public presentations in Denver at other venues. In my original rush of relief, I told them I would stick to private meetings in Denver. They reiterated that I am free to give public presentations here with that restriction. If I ever do give a public presentation in my home Archdiocese, I will check in with them first.

The letter was cautionary. Archbishop Aquila strongly advised the faithful to exercise prudence and caution in considering my work. He noted that while I insist that the ‘prophetic’ aspects of my message are not essential and should not be the focus, nonetheless the ‘prophetic’ nature of them is what attracts many readers. Certainly, the sizzle of private revelation is what has brought many here for the first time, though I would argue that the steak of the solid, divine hope that is in Christ is what keeps them here.

Yet the Archbishop’s caution is, itself, a prudent exercise of his duty to protect his flock while not quenching the spirit. I think almost everyone here has seen cases where someone began with promise and degenerated into a cult of personality or a big commercial enterprise. The Archbishop may renew and expand the preliminary investigation at any time. If abuses became common, I have no doubt he would – and I know he should.

The officials I met with last week did voice one theological concern. There had been suggestions that I believed the satan could still convert. The thread on which that was based started when my son asked me if he could pray for the devil. After thinking about, I told him the devil will not convert, but it might throw some obstacles in his way, so go ahead. The Magisterial teaching of the Church is that the devil and the demons were irretrievably condemned from the moment of their rebellion. What I publicly wrote on the matter is consonant with that, at least what I remember writing and can find. But privately, I have speculated at times over when the rebellion became irretrievable. With over 53,000 comments on the site now, I may very well have let some bit of that private speculation out at some point.

But now I know when it became irretrievable: from the moment of the devil’s rebellion. If I have ever publicly said anything other than that, I renounce it entirely. For this and any other private speculations I may sometime err on, it is a good opportunity to reiterate that I KNOW that the formal Magisterial teaching of the Church is true – and binding on all the faithful. I do not just submit to the Magisterial teaching of the Church, I fully embrace it at all times – including those moments where my speculations may not be fully informed by it.

Now some critics will jump on the ‘not an approved speaker’ phrase to mischaracterize the letter as condemning me. Some who do that will honestly not know the specific meaning of the phrase. Some will know and will not care. That is something that will happen and which neither I nor you can do anything about. What I am concerned about is that some of you will be tempted to make the equal and opposite mischaracterization by saying I am ‘approved’ because no significant restrictions were placed on me. ‘Approved’ and ‘not restricted’ are very different things.

First off, as the Archbishop noted, the investigation did not encompass whether these things are of divine origin. They make no comment on that subject. Rather, their main (but not their only) concerns were whether my work was fundamentally sound theologically and whether it has been fundamentally consistent. In early December, I gave them over 200 documents from private archives sent to me by the Priest who has kept the archives. That Priest was clearly forward-looking, for he had not just saved my letters, but the post-marked envelopes in which he received them. Copies of those envelopes were included with each hand-written letter. The Archbishop noted in his letter that archival materials going back to 1998 were examined.

In essence, Archbishop Aquila has adopted the Gamaliel option here, neither endorsing nor condemning what I write and say, but allowing it and waiting to see what fruit it will bear. If it does not bear the fruit of greater devotion to Our Lord, greater love for Our Lady, and helping to build up the bonds of affection and love between the faithful and our proper spiritual leaders, the Bishops and Priests, then it is barren regardless of how well the mere ‘predictions’ play out.

I strongly caution you to use great restraint and prudence when dealing with critics who attack. Early on, most critics mounted frontal assaults that were clumsy and ham-handed. These sometimes resulted in damaging the professional reputations of some of those who depended on obviously garbled misrepresentations. Over the last month, the shrewdest of them have been much more clever, often pretending to be a fan while trying to goad me into saying something obviously improper. Last month there was one who pressed me to be more specific and certain about predictions. Had I done so, I would have gone beyond what I am allowed. One just last week who made some garbled, confused comments was trying to goad me into doing the same – and when he said he had checked and there was no investigation into me, so I am a liar, what he was actually doing was trying to goad me into saying that the Archbishop had already made a decision. You see, I was embargoed from speaking of this until tomorrow – and to break the embargo would have been to violate the agreement I made in honor. (The Chancellor sent me a note earlier today letting me know I could speak of it today). Don’t get bogged down in such arguments. The apparent angle of attack is often not the real angle of attack these days. You may properly note that I am not restricted from writing or speaking on these matters, that I am fully obedient to my Archbishop, then move on. To say more than this is to be tempted into error.

I want you to know that Archdiocesan officials have been very kind and courteous to me. The lines of communication are open and strong. This stuff has been scary to me all my life. I was grateful once I began getting direction from my wonderful Priests. It made me feel safe. I am grateful now to get specific comments from my Archbishop – confident that he is watching over me and will correct me when I need it. Frankly, this is scary stuff to have to figure out, and when you have serious men of spiritual authority watching over you, it is not so much intimidating as it makes you feel not so all alone. In all things I do I want to make the Lord proud. I have wanted these last 21 years to make the Priests who have guided me proud. Now, I want to make my Archbishop proud. We do it by building each other up.

Now it is time for me – and for you – to go forth and bear fruit that will last.

 

Text of Archbishop Samuel Aquila’s Formal Letter:

Statement on the alleged visionary Mr. Charlie Johnston

On March 1, 2016, officials from the Archdiocese of Denver met with Mr. Charlie Johnston to inform him of the findings of a preliminary investigation into his writings and speeches. A special commission composed of two theologians and a canonist reviewed material from his blog, videos of presentations from various parts of the country, and an archive of writings detailing Mr. Johnston’s alleged visions as far back as 1998.

Mr. Johnston claims to have received both visions and messages from the Blessed Mother, the Archangel Gabriel and other saints since he was young. According to Mr. Johnston, the purpose of these visits was to train him to serve as a messenger for God and strengthen the faithful, particularly during a time of economic and moral upheaval, which he refers to as “The Storm.”

In his writings and in person, Mr. Johnston also insists that the “prophetic” aspects of his message are not essential and should not be the focus of those who follow him. However, it appears that those same predictions are what attract new followers to his message and give them a sense of urgency and zeal.

After hearing concerns and inquiries from Catholics throughout the United States and within the Archdiocese of Denver itself, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila decided to launch a preliminary investigation to advise him on the content of Mr. Johnston’s writings and presentations. It should be noted that the commission’s mandate did not include determining whether Mr. Johnston’s messages are divine in origin.

After reviewing the commission’s findings and in keeping with his pastoral office, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has decided to strongly advise the faithful to exercise prudence and caution in regards to Mr. Charlie Johnston’s alleged divine visions and messages. As has been demonstrated with other alleged apparitions, the danger exists of people placing greater faith in a prediction than in Christ’s words and promises.

For these reasons, Mr. Johnston will also not be approved as a speaker in the Archdiocese of Denver.

For those who are disappointed by this finding, the archdiocese encourages them to seek their security in Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the Scriptures. The faithful should also remember Christ’s words: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mt. 24:36).

 

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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391 Responses to The Gamaliel Option

  1. Devotee of Mary says:

    Charlie: Thank you for your faithfulness and respect for Church authority. I totally support the decision by Archbishop Aquila. He has done what is necessary and prudent while allowing you to continue to publicly speak and write. One leader of an international Catholic organization told me that, as with other visionaries, your veracity will depend in part on whether your prophecies come true or not. Since I heard about you 9 months ago, you have brought me great peace because I no longer pay attention to the criticisms of Pope Francis, and I ignore most of the infighting among the presidential candidates. Thank you, thank you for helping us in these very important areas.
    I would like to include the following quote, primarily for those who might wonder whether they should consider your writings or presentations.
    FROM FR. EDWARD D. O’CONNOR,C.S.C.: Some people refuse to give any consideration to a reported apparition whatsoever until it has been officially approved. This is not the attitude which the Church asks of us and it can deprive us of the graces brought by the apparition. The Church normally waits a long time before issuing a pronouncement about a particular apparition, and about most of them it says nothing. If we refuse to pay heed to one until it has been approved, the chances are we will never have the opportunity… Moreover, this would actually hinder the actions of the Church which looks especially at the fruits when evaluating such phenomenon. If everyone waited for the Church to make a pronouncement, there would be no fruits, and in fact, no occasions for the Church to make any judgments at all. If people had waited until the Church pronounced on Lourdes or Fatima, we would not have heard of either of them today. Respect for the pastoral authority of the bishop does not mean denying to lay people any judgment whatsoever, but giving to each due to the measure of respect. -Marian Apparitions Today: Why So Many? By Fr. O’Connor,C.S.C., p.106-107.

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  2. johnmcfarm says:

    Here is my quick take on the letter from your Holy Archbishop. He has done the best he can with the information at hand, however without some study into the visions and their authenticity any opinion other than a caution would be foolish. Indeed, the fact that they did not more specifically denounce your writings or videos says more than the decision to not speak on Church property.

    In this day and age The Catholic Church is very sensitive to a adversarial press and secular society attempting to damage the good name and good will of the Church. The Church has become cautious in all things in the public arena. So, instead of waiting for a study and analysis on your visions…which really would be necessary to determine validity in the meaning of what you say and write they came out with this letter. They obviously found no demonstrative variation of what you write and scripture other than to suggest, as they should, that we remember that the Bible says that no one will know the exact day and time of Jesus return, which directly refers to the Tribulation. I have never heard or read where Charlie attempts to do this, but I am sure that some interpret what Charlie says as that.

    Charlie, you are loyal to the Church and most importantly, you are loyal to God. I do not have a problem with the “specifics” of the letter the Archbishop wrote, but am also not overly impressed either with the legal/public maze in which he chose to tread. I know some will view this as too harsh but it is genuinely how I feel. And, I am not saying it to be disrespectful, just expressing disappointment in a statement that said really not much, but it is in this not saying much in which we can understand that they found nothing in their study of your writings to denounce you with. That is a good thing and most telling of all. Everything else was mostly legal/public relations maneuvering it seems.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, as a recent convert, John, you may not be aware that the Church is extremely slow to give validation to such things – specifically to protect from error. The first tests are always concerning theological soundness, consistency and obedience. Very few who make the sort of claims I do get a hearing in the first place. Those very few that do usually get significant restrictions early on. Those intimately familiar with how these things are handled know that this was the most favorable outcome that could have come at this juncture.

      I do much respect and appreciate the Church’s deliberation and carefulness with these things. You know me very well – and know from long experience that I am a steady, solid guy. The Church does not know that. So what if they gave flat out approval and I went off the rails? It happens…and you and I, both former Protestants, have seen how often it happens when the standards are not tight and deliberate like this. The upshot is that if such a thing were to happen (God forbid) the faithful are fully protected – and meantime I am not constrained in the least in what I write or say, at least so long as I don’t start writing and saying crazy things. I both deeply appreciate the Archbishop’s decision and the sophisticated way he handled it. It tells me I have nothing to fear from him so long as I stay true to the work I am called – and that I have another guide to protect both me and the faithful from going off the rails.

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      • johnmcfarm says:

        I do not disagree with anything you have said, indeed…I figured that there would be more investigation done as they called it a preliminary investigation. I just want people to understand (I understand) the legal/public relations focus made which doesn’t leave a clue one way or another, but like you said if they had found something directly in violation the preliminary investigation would have been a much stronger negative response. I recognize that also and wanted to make the point that that is really a big positive.

        Understanding the legal/public relation aspect is not derisive on my part, it is reality in the world the Church exists in that there are very real adversaries working to undermine her.

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        • EllenChris says:

          Dear John, “Not leaving a clue one way or the other” is the whole point. To make an official pronouncement one way or the other means that the Church is officially taking responsibility for the authenticity of the content of the person’s experience. This means that the Church’s magisterial authority is on the line. They never do this until a very long time has elapsed so that the implications and effects have plenty of time to work out and become apparent. Some saints have never had an official pronouncement from the Church even after hundreds of years. For example, the only saint with the stigmata who ever had an official authentication of it was St. Francis of Assisi. Many other saints have exhibited this phenomena, but it was never validated even when the saint was canonized. Now we have instant internet; but, until very recently, nobody ever actually expected any statements from the Vatican within the lifetime of the person involved. There is an old saying: “The mills of Rome grind exceedingly slow, and they grind exceedingly fine.”

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          • YongDuk says:

            For being a nonCatholic, Ellen Chris, you sure do tow the Catholic Magisterial Line 😉

            I am sorry that Ad Tuendam Fidem and Ratzinger’s Commentary may prove an obstacle, but I hope that you would consider this…

            🙂

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          • EllenChris says:

            This is for YongDuk just below here. Thanks for having kindly thoughts in my direction. I am not a “non-Catholic.” I am a joyful Christian in the Anglican Tradition. We all know that we do not have recognition of our orders, etc. from your hierarchy. That has not stopped our good Lord Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God from showing up and bestowing His Grace abundantly among us. 🙂

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  3. Ralph Bollilio says:

    I haven’t read all the comments, but reading your explanation, Mr. Johnston, and the comments I did read, is a bit like saying “my mind is made up. Don’t bother me with the facts”. Or like the wizard said “pay no attention to that guy behind the curtain”. Turn out the lights, folks, this party is over. God love you guys.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I must say I don’t have a clue what you mean, Ralph. All this piece dealt with was simple facts.

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      • Pete says:

        Hi Charlie and all here. I have not commented in a long while. I have been super busy working full time, school at night full time, trying to work my AA program and get to meetings and have family time yada, yada. I felt compelled however to comment on the above. Ralph’s comment has shaken me awake out of a complacency that I have allowed myself to fall into. I know that the storm is upon us. The “when” does not overly concern me. One of these days an event will happen that will radically change everything. All will not be as it was yesterday. I get it.
        What concerns me is the CONFUSION that it will usher in, like a tsunami coming out of nowhere.. You know how meteorologists give names to hurricanes and storms? Well, if they were to name the storm which is upon us I think they would name it CONFUSION. Charlie may have another name for it, perhaps even a few, but confusion works for me. I am not so scared of the physical suffering that the storm will inflict upon us, although to be honest I do fear that for my children, but mostly I fear the impact of “confusion”. Remember that movie back in the 70’s The Poseidon Adventure? Gene Hackman was the young minister leading a small band of survivors to the only place where they could be rescued. They passed a much larger group going in the complete opposite direction (led by a priest if I remember correctly…typical Hollywood!) who were firmly convinced that they were going the right way. They mocked the smaller group, convinced that they were being fools. The larger group all drowned! Well, that is what scares me. Good intentioned people get turned around in storms. They think north is south and south is north. I would rather be cold than confused, if that makes any sense. Anyway, it is my opinion that a real darkness is descending upon the Church and I am not doing what I need to be doing to prepare my soul. I have been so “busy” these past months that my priorities have gotten screwed up. I have not been praying near enough. I have allowed myself to think that just because I have been faithful to my “Sunday commitment” then I am good to go. No, I am definitely not good to go! It doesn’t even feel like Lent to me, and that is a huge flashing neon sign saying “wake up idiot”! The Church is going to be rocked very soon. How, I have no clue, but I sense it and I am not ready for it. The urgency I feel in my soul is saying “meditate as best you can on the prayer of the rosary”. I think the satan hates the rosary because he is confronted with the mysteries of salvation and he is powerless over that…he is destroyed/defeated by the mysteries of our salvation won by our brother Jesus and the active participation of the woman who crushes his head! I need to focus on praying the rosary, acknowledging God, taking the next right step in the present moment and to try my best to be a sign of hope to my family and those around me.
        May the strength of the Trinity and the peace of our Lady be our unfailing help during the storm.
        Pete

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Pete, it is so nice to see taking the time to share your thoughts on a serious topic. Trust that God knows your heart and you are where you need to be while you focus on increasing your prayer time. Taking the Next Right Step may be exactly what has had you preoccupied. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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        • George says:

          Pete – you’ve received a great grace. Go deep into silence. I’m with you, my brother!

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        • What an enjoyable piece you wrote for us, brother Pete!

          It’s certainly true that we ALL could do more, but God knows that you personally are doing what you can given your circumstances. Be assured that those of us like me without the blessings of a family or the challenges of a demanding job are praying for the others in the TNRS family like you. This is a collective effort, and now that we have an idea of your situation and needs, we’ve got your back.

          You get my Rosary tonight, starting in 1 minute.

          I like George’s suggestion below, too, to step into deep silence.

          God bless you!

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          • Hi There Patrick of SD, would you please also keep my big family of 11 (some out of the house) in your prayers too. Your comment of “We’ve got your back” brought tears to my eyes. After reading since August, this is my first post. I feel like Pete and can’t wait until summer hits to take a few obligations off my plate. I am not settled on how I should plan to minister to others. Should I study natural health and herbal healing more? Should I work up some curriculum that would aid in children and adults in remembering Bible stories etc so we could relate our faith to others if books are not accessible ? Should I just wrestle my mind down and be still and pray? The pantry is already deep. The “should I” list is long. The positive outcome of the storm is my deepest longing for all.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Welcome here, Stay. We are glad to have you and hope you will, um, stay. Be at peace and just do the little that is right in front of you.

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          • BD says:

            I choked a little on my coffee with your stay pun. Thanks, I needed the chuckle…

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Clever Charlie.

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          • Welcome Stay!

            I will happily offer my prayers for your big, beautiful family! I’m honored beyond words that you asked this of me. In fact, it is very good that you did because I now realize that I need to spend more time responding to others’ needs in the Prayer Request section of this blog. Thank you!

            My “should I” list is similarly long (I was reading about herbal remedies yesterday, in fact!), but I’m learning to let go and remember that the Lord will show me what to do next when the time comes. Charlie’s advice on this matter is perfect.

            God bless you and your family!

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          • Beckita says:

            So glad you’re posting, Staythepath. Praying for you and your family and I loved your closing line: “The positive outcome of the storm is my deepest longing for all.” Amen!

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      • janet333 says:

        “I was grateful once I began getting direction from my wonderful Priests. It made me feel safe. I am grateful now to get specific comments from my Archbishop – confident that he is watching over me and will correct me when I need it am quite relieved by this ”

        Absolutely Charlie!

        As these type of notifications go..this was not too bad at all 🙂 Now of course we will have those who will have a ‘need’ to warn the faithful that you have been condemned by the Church! Yes I’ve already had posts on my site saying this. I was polite and posted the document, including what ‘Mystics of the Church’ had to say,’ All is quiet now.

        God Bless You.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Thank God you are not the Archbishop!

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    • Drive home safely, Ralph! Call a cab if you need it.

      We’ll be right here when you finally decide to come back to the party.

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    • Beckita says:

      In perfect obedience to Mother Church, we each remain free to discern and make our choices based on that discernment, Ralph. As for me, I am blessed to remain here as this prophet speaks in full transparency, complete obedience to the Church and remains faithful to the call upon his life.

      If you choose to go, may the Love and Peace of Our Lord and Our Lady which permeate this site always accompany on your journey. You are always welcome to return.

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  4. Rick says:

    As always, God allows for things (seemingly good or bad) to transpire to serve a higher purpose, which we with our feeble human minds can never possibly fully grasp in this life. All fits the primary focus your message Charlie, to trust in Him to take the next right step amidst the often unpredictable torrents and storms of varying severity. Though not perfect, I think you do a wonderful job at striking a balance between personal revelation and keeping us on track in our faith, by focusing less on the details of the message and more on what we need to do to prepare for the next life, while trying to curb tendencies to any tangential focus on specifics.

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  5. vicardwm says:

    Pretty busy right now, Charlie, but just wanted to chime in that this is great news! I have much admiration for both you and Archbishop Aquila – you both carry out your responsibilities with prudence and wisdom. Hoping for a wonderful Bishop such as Abp. Aquila here in the Twin Cities.

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  6. madkatmomma says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. I’ve only been following the blog for a couple of weeks, so forgive me if I’m asking you to repeat something you’ve already covered. I really admire your careful discernment. I do not have the benefit of visions, so how does one really know they are hearing the word of God directing them?

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  7. Pat says:

    I must admit, I’m one of the folks that wanted more detail before I would totally embrace the notion of a coming Storm….to be fair; I wasn’t trying to trap you or anything nefarious. I was only trying to get more detail for my discernment. The letter from the Bishop, believe it or not, actually makes me feel a little more inclined to believe it [the Storm], is happening (and will become more intense).

    I hadn’t read a single thing in all of the posts which contradict Church teaching. Rather, over the last few months, I have come to believe you Charlie, are a good and decent man and a faithful Catholic. Your humble obedience to the Church serves to prove this to me. History has recorded loads of false prophets that when faced with investigations and ruling from Bishops, ignored them. That too me speaks volumes.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Pat, I don’t recall ever having any sense that you were anything other than what you portrayed yourself to be – honestly skeptical.

      I spent a lifetime in politics and media. I welcome honest skepticism and examination. They make me better and often help clarify my thought. I have a pretty good sniffer for when something is straightforward and when it is part of an oh-so-clever or malicious agenda – developed over the years in my profession. If it is at all questionable, I give the benefit of the doubt until it is proven to be agenda-driven. I have a fear of driving off honest inquiry. If I did, I would fail at my objective. But I also have a responsibility to keep this site a place of mutually respectful dialogue…and that requires recognizing malicious trolls when they appear and cutting them off. As with all things, it requires constant judgment and self-examination. But God forbid I should ever dismiss honest inquiry.

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  8. rmradiometry@rmi.net says:

    Hi Charlie,My only comment on the letter from the Archdiocese is that I am somewhat mystified by the scripture they quoted.  that quote refers to Jesus’ second coming.  I never got the impression that you were ever talking about the 2nd coming of Christ.  So why they threw that in there seems to be irrelevant to your mission.Mark Lapchak

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, you have a real point, Mark. I think it is a subtle warning to the faithful to beware of timelines in general – a point I have made repeatedly and with which I concur.

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      • janet333 says:

        Yes I was wondering about this too. Could it be because the Church doesn’t fully accept an intermediate Coming?

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      • Hi Charlie, Like many here I appreciate how consistently balanced, open and honest you are with this effort. In my opinion it’s obvious what detractors will pick up and try to run with – in a supreme waste of time and effort. Detractors will point out that the Archbishop included the word “strongly” when advising “caution” when he could have just advised the exercise of prudence. They will also likely focus on the stand-alone statement that you are not an approved speaker in the Archdiocese of Denver and make a point that the letter does not clarify what that means in relation to church property and public property, which you mention they clarified for you verbally. Without that clarification in writing from the Archdiocese your detractors will try to use this against you in other dioceses for both church property and even public venues.

        And along with Mark (and certainly others), I have to say I was mystified, no scratch that, I was more disappointed at the reference made to Scripture about not knowing the time or day, as this is a very typical response that people make when confronted with this overall topic, coming from any source – approved or not. I believe most of the time this is a knee-jerk Scriptural reference coming from an underlying fear and or ignorance. Of course I am not saying the Archbishop or his commission are either fearful or ignorant. In this case I say it’s just not in the right context nor complete.

        Nowhere on this site (at least nowhere I have read or heard) do you claim that Jesus Christ is about to return in Glory and that we are about to experience The End (capital E). The speculation of warning the faithful about timelines in general is certainly a valid point but it would have been much more helpful and pastoral for the purposes of guiding the faithful, to back up to or at least add verse 32 from the same chapter of St. Matthew: “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.”

        In other words, to only quote the Scripture telling us that no one knows the time or day of Christ’s Return in Glory is to miss an extremely important point: Jesus and His Church also make it clear that we are expected to discern the signs of the times and that although we won’t know the exact day and hour – His people will definitely know the season. And that does not come through the letter.

        I would also like to point out that the entire Divine Mercy Message and Devotion (Sister Faustina’s Diary, the Chaplet, The Image of Divine Mercy, The Feast) … all of it, was officially banned by the Vatican itself for twenty years (1958 – 1978)! And the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, the congregation responsible for spreading this message worldwide, obeyed the Church and shelved the whole revelation until the ban was lifted because of the work of a Polish Cardinal. Six months after the ban was lifted, that Polish Cardinal became the first Polish Pope, St. Pope John Paul II.

        Charlie Johnston is not being banned or even officially corrected. He is being obedient to proper Church authority and continuing to focus on the non-sensational and very practical things we all need to be doing in this season. Thinking about how our Lord made repeated reference to seasons and the weather in the context of reading signs of the times, I have a new picture in mind for Charlie Johnston and his work … that of a Spiritual Weatherman – which makes this blog a kind of Spiritual Weather Channel 🙂

        Gear UP

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks Divine, but I want to reiterate that my dealings with the Archdiocese have been warm and courteous. As far as my Archbishop goes, I had ever been prepared to obey him as a loyal subject. I have to tell you, though, when I first saw what he was planning with that Jericho March I wrote about today, he had my whole heart – and I prepared to obey him as a grateful son. I guarantee you the Archdiocese is catching flak – and not because they were too harsh on me, but because they did not shut me down.

          They know that I am an astute man. When they, in essence, told me they would not carry water for me, but would do nothing to stop or even interfere with me carrying it I became unaccustomedly choked up with emotion.

          I wondered, as some here also have, why Denver for my public work and why the Archbishop of Denver to whom I owe my duty of obedience. I still can’t say why Denver, but to submit to an Archbishop who is among the boldest and most courageous in directly advocating for the Culture of Life and the traditional family? What a great gift. All I can say is thanks be to God.

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        • Doug says:

          I wonder if the seers in Medjugorje chose marriage (secular) vocations since there is more liberty in what they can say publicly. The officially religious are under greater obligation to obey their superiors in these matters. I am curious at what the general stance is from the church is on limiting private revelation when the party receiving revelation is not a religious and the person speaks at private gatherings. Also, what defines a private versus public gathering? I post this because I have been challenged recently about the obedience of the Medjugorje seers and the person that challenged me claims they are not being obedient to the to the local bishop. I owe it to ask the person what their sources are, but my recent travel schedule has prevented me from engaging.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            grasshopper, I found this web sitehttp://medjugorje.org/church.htm . It says more or less the church is neutral. I remember the initial bishop didn’t approve. The person may be referring to Jacov’ s recent visit to somewhere in Europe that the bishop didn’t want him speaking at a church . The person could also have heard that Pope Francis off the cuff remark about Our Lady appearing according to a watch (as in timex not tower) .

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          • Doug says:

            Thanks Deer. I am familiar with that. I am more interested in how far the church authority can stretch in these matters relative to private gatherings and what would define a private gathering. Not sure if anyone can point me in the right direction. God bless you!

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  9. I, too, was nervous when I began reading this post! Comments about the prudence and wisdom of the decision or the humility, obedience, and “fierce docility” of the investigatee are spot-on. I cannot imagine a more appropriate, diplomatic response. This decision illustrates what I love about the Church: how she will not and cannot be buffetted by the waves of whim or distraction, and continues sailing deliberately to her destination, ever forward.

    What I think *IS* kinda cool is the fact that high level officials of a major U.S. archdiocese have thoroughly read and viewed Charlie Johnston’s body of work regarding the Storm. Ha! If these people are anything like us, then it is very likely they see the truth in Charlie’s words, that no guy is smart enough to make this stuff up, that it parallels Scripture and other approved seers’ messages, and that it mirrors what they already know to be true in their hearts. That is the beauty of truth — it is often self-evident. While they are required, of course, to caution the faithful about remaining focused on Jesus and not the day or the hour, nonetheless, they have received Charlie’s message loud and clear. And I bet you that a few of them even lost a little bit of sleep over it! Praise God!

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    • tim says:

      Well said, Patrick. Charlie’s message “mirrors what they already know to be true in their hearts”. I’ll bet that is true for no small number of them and maybe others in other dioceses who are paying attention. Little by little.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Yes, Patrick! And as they read it, if they had seen anything slightest thing amiss at all, they would have been all over it. The lack of objections is a much bigger thing than most people seem to realize.

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    • Doug says:

      And when it comes to pass Patrick, I think there will be many priests and bishops right along side Charlie and us trusting and taking the next right step. I can only see good here. God bless!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Actually, I am glad to stand alongside the many Priests, Deacons and Bishops who, even in this darkness, are taking renewed joy in the fullness of their vocation. They will be heroes of the Storm.

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        • Yes, Charlie! I have mentioned this before: I gave my confessor a printout of the summary from Blessed Hope, for which he thanked me. He confided that the chatter among the priests is that the “turd is about to hit the fan” as he put it. I said that as a nurse I will have a serious role to play during the Storm, to be sure, but that he and the other priests would be *THE* “most important men on earth”, with the incredible job of saving souls! After a brief moment of thought and with a somber but hopeful look, he simply nodded.

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          • Doug says:

            Parick, one of our priests says he believes a storm is coming too and he does not read Charlie’s Web site. Although, he has looked at it once. He has been facilitating a Thursday night adoration hour since June on a regular basis to pray for our country.

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          • jayman92 says:

            Hmmm. Patrick, that is a good idea (giving a printout of the summary to my priest). Maybe I will do that, as well. What was his first reaction to that?

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          • Hey Jay. Well, at first I just mentioned about the Storm in a general way at the end of a confession and how important this Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday would be. He confided that he is a follower of Fatima and Akita. (Me too.) I told him the address to the website which he forgot (probably that darn “T” in Johnston : ), so during another confession I just handed a printout to him and he said thank you. As an aside, this was when I made my comment that priests will have the most important job during the Storm, and I offered him myself for physical protection if needed, and he assured me that several of the South Dakota priests already pack heat! That’s it.

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          • charliej373 says:

            A Priest packing heat…now that’s my kind of Priest – serious about protecting the flock from the predators who so abound in these times!

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          • jayman92 says:

            That’s awesome. Thanks for the reply. My wife told our priest that she would sew him some vestments. They’ve already picked out fabrics. Maybe I’ll ask him if he wants her to sew a discrete holster into one of them!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! I wonder if Crew dog’s poster packs.

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          • Doug says:

            Ugh! Pastor, not poster. Well, one more soul……

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        • Doug says:

          I guess it will work both ways. Thank you Charlie.

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  10. Ann says:

    I’m not getting how the fact that “Mr. Johnston will also not be approved as a speaker in the Archdiocese of Denver” is being received here as good news. The archdiocese encourages people to seek their security in Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the Scriptures. They clearly stated they are not comfortable with people following you, Charlie, based on your messages. A friend made me aware of this site and occasionally shares posts and comments with me. From what I’ve seen, people spend an inordinate amount of time here and often make snide and prideful comments. The archdiocese has spoken and not positively. It seems to me that people should move on.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Ann, you said: “They clearly stated they are not comfortable with people following you, Charlie, based on your messages.” Actually they did NOT say that at all — nothing like that appears anywhere in the letter. If they wanted to take that position, the Archdiocese would have done that with no ambiguity. They are not taking official responsibility for Charlie’s message, so he is not authorized to be an official speaker; that is all. Very few lay people are designated as official speakers, so this is no big deal. People are entirely free to read and discuss Charlie’s messages. If the Archdiocese wanted people to stop doing that, they would have directed Charlie to shut down this website. This isn’t happening. So you can visit here and read the articles — or not. No problem. 🙂

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    • SteveBC says:

      Ann, for the Archbishop to approve Charlie’s use of a church or a church-related facility would implicitly and perhaps explicitly approve Charlie and his material. The Church is always extremely careful *not* to do that kind of thing without far more research than they have done to date.

      Numerous people who were later proclaimed saints, such as St. Padre Pio, were shut down *completely* by the Church for many years. The Archbishop did a remarkable thing when he only prevented Charlie’s use of diocesan property when Church custom for hundreds of years has been to close down people like Charlie or place much more onerous restrictions on them.

      The Archbishop and his commission of investigators have stated that Charlie has been theologically sound and has delivered a consistent message privately and publicly since 1998 and that he is free to continue publishing and presenting his material as he has up until now, both inside and outside the Diocese, except for the restriction on use of diocesan property for presentations in the diocese.

      The news of the restriction on use of diocesan facilities is *not* the item being called a positive. It is that this restriction is the *only* restriction placed on Charlie that leads some people to this conclusion. Like a double-negative sentence, it’s a little complex to follow, I admit.

      However, the Archbishop does state that all people who read any of Charlie’s material or hear him speak should use discernment and be cautious. Nobody is required to follow private revelation. If you believe Charlie is not worth following, then you probably shouldn’t follow him. Keep in mind, though, that your discernment does not apply to others who have a right and duty to discern for themselves concerning Charlie and who may legitimately come to a different conclusion than you.

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    • Hi Ann. Maybe some people take this is good news, but most people probably see this as neutral non-news.

      I suppose what Charlie has received is the equivalent of an Imprimatur, where his work has been determined to be free of doctrinal error but that the Archdiocese cannot say outright that they agree with the contents of his messages (naturally) or whether they are of supernatural origin. Charlie has been meticulous in not contradicting Church teaching, which has surely impressed the Archdiocese. His obedience has certainly impressed me.

      I must disagree that the Archdoicese clearly expressed *discomfort* – directly or indirectly – about any good Catholic from following Charlie based on his messages, but they did say the faithful should exercise prudence and caution. Not being approved as a speaker is not a sentence that supports your statement about Archdiocese discomfort.

      Note also that nay-sayers and attackers are very free to comment here…and Charlie continues to permit these posts uncensored for all to see. The man is letting his entire reputation hang out there for all of us to see. Although this does not validate the claims, it does speak volumes about his character.

      This is what a real condemnation looks like:

      “Declared that the alleged apparitions and locutions to Maureen Sweeney Kyle are not supernatural in origin.

      Forbid members of the clergy of any ecclesiastical jurisdiction to celebrate the sacraments on the site of Holy Love Ministries.

      Admonish the faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland to cease gathering for any religious, liturgical, spiritual, or devotional purpose on the site of Holy Love Ministries.

      Declare that the Confraternity of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary is not an approved association of the Christian faithful in the Diocese of Cleveland and may not legitimately use the name ‘Catholic’ or represent itself as a Catholic group.”

      Now that’s a decisive judgment!

      Ann, please continue the conversation. Follow up on your point and counter mine (I’ve got a few non sequiturs and fallacies in there). Many people agree with you, some are neutral, some disagree.

      Patrick

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    • janet333 says:

      ” From what I’ve seen, people spend an inordinate amount of time here and often make snide and prideful comments. The archdiocese has spoken and not positively. It seems to me that people should move on.”

      Snide and prideful comments? I wouldn’t be here if that was the case Ann. I see a community of faithful Christians here learning off one another. There are a lot of intelligent people on this forum who know the faith…these people have helped me enormously. Yes there is joking and playing around…but how wonderful is that? We are not doom and gloomers, despite the fact that we know we have entered a ‘storm’. Soon the time will come when we cannot gather like this because we have work to do. Before I was ‘introduced’ to Charlie i was like a headless chicken, running around in all directions. Now I am less fearful and know what needs doing.

      Thank you Jesus for the gift of Charlie, even if he does tell me off from time to time. 🙂

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  11. Bob says:

    Thanks for your obedience and your openness Charlie and for your comments YD. I have great respect for those who strive to live their faith and are obedient. May God give me the grace to always do the same. As Gamaliel says “We will see!” ,my paraphrase, but his words were more elegant.

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  12. joj says:

    I only heard of Charlie Johnston a week ago. But before that, for the last two or three years, my family members and I have been talking about a coming “crash” as well as the persecution that is upon us. We saw it in the signs of the times. Not only economic but spiritual. It was so obvious to us, we made life decisions with this prospect factored in.

    Last week when I first heard of CJ in a ‘survivalist’ vein, I was disturbed by the “fear” aspect and had no intention to look into it. However, I said to myself, hmm, these are friends I respect and this is local, so perhaps I should get informed.

    I came here to see and I stayed because the message I found resonated with me: Trust in God; He has a plan. I don’t see any fear-mongering here. Honestly I don’t put stock in the details because I know that’s not how God works. Trust requires not knowing exactly how things will pan out. Trying to plan too much is putting trust in ourselves not God. CJ puts it perfectly with his three-part advice.

    I was sad when I read the Archbishop’s statement because I knew it would turn people away. But then I realized that just as I was led here by the Holy Spirit, so would others be who could benefit from the message. If they are the sort to jump on vision bandwagons for the sensationalism of it, let them heed the Archbishop’s warning and stay away. But if they truly want to trust in God and be encouraged in these difficult times, since there’s no prohibition, there’s nothing to lose and much to gain in this online community.

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    • charliej373 says:

      With respect, joj, please don’t criticize the Archbishop on this. He simply urged caution and prudence. In the overwhelming majority of cases such as this, the Church authority puts a serious restriction on. That was not done here. My Archbishop was as permissive as he could possibly be without abdicating his duty to warn people against valuing private revelation above the Magisterium.

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      • joj says:

        Oh dear, please excuse my clumsy use of words. I did not mean to criticize the good Archbishop, who has such a great burden of caring for our souls. I meant that at first I, too, was discouraged and thought I had to walk away, but then realized that his warning was simply a warning, and that I already had such a warning in my heart out of wanting to put my trust in God rather than man. Does that make sense? I guess I think that it is our fallen nature to end up trusting in things or people rather than God and so we must always be on guard, so to speak, and testing the spirit, and watching the fruits. Which is exactly what the good Archbishop’s warning means to me. Does that seem right? I expect there are many however, who would not be of that spirit and so would not be a good fit for this community. Hence the inordinate fear. Though I do believe that God will provide for them in some other way.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome, Joj. 🙂

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  13. theresa323 says:

    I agree with Pete, that a real darkness is descending upon the Church. Just today at a doctors appointment, the nurse was taking my medical history, and for some reason asked me what church I belong to. I told her and asked what church do you belong to. It turned out that we belong to the same Catholic church… It consist of over 10,000 people so I said, it is such a large church, we cannot know everyone…. She said, I send my money to the church, but I no longer attend… She stated she saw the movie Spotlight, about the scandal in the church in Ma.
    From there she went on to say, we had 3 priest in the family, and a few nuns. One priest left and married and something happened with the nuns…..
    This women has definitely lost her faith in the Catholic church….I have noticed that the attendance at the masses are way down…….This is the storm and Charlie your message is a light in the darkness. O

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  14. Scott Woltze says:

    I don’t see how the Gamaliel episode bears out here. Gamaliel advised caution against persecuting the apostles because they wrought many miraculous cures, exorcisms and wonders. He had a holy deference based upon these supernatural signs. You haven’t provided such signs, nor has your excellent bishop shown any deference in the letter. He “strongly advised” caution–not in persecuting you (as Gamaliel advised regarding the apostles)–but in heeding your message. Archbishop Aquila could have ended his letter with a quote from Acts 5 where Gamaliel urges caution, but instead, he chose a verse that weighs against the kind of time-specific prophecies you have issued. Finally, it is no small thing to be barred from speaking in parishes, especially in your own diocese. Even one of your critics, Mark Shea, can attest to this, as Bishop Cupich barred him from parishes in Spokane a few years back.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now friends, don’t get too excited about defending me here. Many of those who snipe at me pretend they are “experts” on how the Church works. I am enjoying letting the sourpusses expose themselves for lacking the most basic knowledge of ‘Churchspeak.’ Yes, Bishop Gracida can publicly congratulate me on his website for such a positive outcome, our resident (but publicly anonymous) Bishop, Yong Duk, can congratulate me on this, serious theologians, eschatologists and canonists I work with across the country can tell me what a marvelous outcome this is, the officials at the Archdiocese can explain that I have next to no restrictions – but what do they know? Scott Woltze laughs at the counsel of such amateurs.

      Sorry guys, I bore the malice quietly for so long – and will again. But I am wondering when guys like Scott here figure out that such attacks no longer discredit me at all, but put the lie to how clever and informed they are. I have figured they will all stop the knee-jerk reactions by the weekend sometime and will try to find a new tack that does not discredit them. But before they have figured that out, I am glad to get them on public record here now.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Now you can release my response to “ann”. Edit it. As you like.

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      • Scott Woltze says:

        I’ve been reading your blog long before anyone ever heard of you. Since I came into the Church through supernatural experiences, I sought out other Catholics who have had similar experiences. I’ve read Mark Mallett for years, check in on SpiritDaily, listen to Roy Schoeman’s talks etc. In the last month I’ve been disappointed by your increasingly combative and arrogant defense of yourself. Your comment above is more of the same. You claim that you have had close direction by an angel etc for decades, but you have none of that peace or indifference to those who doubt you. Many saints (not just Dominic Savio) have been silent like Christ in the face of doubts and injustice, but you sound off like a barfly. Your pride betrays you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Scott, you are perfectly free to argue I am off target. But you showed you are not familiar with the formal language of the Church in these things – or worse, you do know and ignored it in order to vent your dislike of me. That’s okay, I get flogged on a daily basis on sites all over the world. I usually ignore it – as I largely ignored the political vitriol that often came my way from those such sites. I will concede that it is wearying to, every day, see people treating me like some abstract concept, like a thing rather than a man struggling to do what he can. I get wearied by silly people who treat me as a platform, a launching point to show off how clever they are – just a thing to use in their journey of self-actualization. When I was a reporter, one of the things I most cherished was that I never lost sight of the humanity of those I wrote about, never treated them as a mere thing. All, even those I criticized, were grateful for that.

          Most times I just let it be. If someone is working a scheme, after I discern it, I slap them for it. Maybe it will do them good, maybe not, but it is necessary to protect others who are open from petty schemers. In politics, it was pretty well known that I never initiated unnecessary fights – but if you insisted on fighting, you better be prepared to have a chunk taken out of you even if you win. That is how I am and I am content with it. Many former foes became great friends and allies.

          I will confess that one thing I indulge myself in is a certain pleasure when I see those who try to torch me miss and inadvertently set their own pants on fire. I knew some critics would be doing this for the next few days. Rancor is a terrible master. It leads you to over-pursue your prey and to stumble into traps of your own devising. I am not a saint, though I hope to live so as to become one. But for every saint you cite who suffered all in silence, I can cite another who kicked back. Sometimes I suffer in silence, sometimes I kick back…a mixed bag.

          People love to sit back and judge others. Yet every time you publicly judge someone, you deliver yourself up to God for judgment – and you will be judged with the same criteria you use, so you had best take care. Sometimes I am tart in hopes of reminding people of that. Sometimes I am tart because my patience has worn thin.

          I gave you a tart answer to your criticism that garbled the decision. You reacted like a scalded dog. Welcome to my world. Be glad you do not have to ignore dozens of such rebukes every day. And while you are nursing your own wounded sensibilities, I hope you will stop to consider that as you demand others acknowledge the fullness of your humanity, you should give them the same courtesy from time to time.

          I see you work in prison ministries. I have some dear friends who do the same. It is a vital ministry – and a difficult one. Regardless of any bad feelings, I thank you for devoting yourself to such important work.

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          • Charlie,

            Sometimes I wonder how much crap we are expected to take. I know we are not supposed to be doormats, and Christ certainly was not one, but unlike Christ our ability to forgive and be merciful is finite. We have only so much patience. So we put up with, say, verbal abuse from a family member 99 times, but on the 100th attack finally let loose and say, “Hey! Enough!” Then think, oops, the ego just reasserted itself again. What a never ending struggle is this business of trying to become a saint. (Fall, get up, fall, get up, fall, get up…)

            The transparency of your emotions, your unabashed humanity, is what adds to your credence, I believe. You are given graces most of us could only dream about, yet you remain incredibly human – meaning flawed – just like all of us. Perhaps this is what helps us to believe we are part of a greater community, in this together, (not sheep following our Saintly Leader), and that there is hope for us after all. Just a thought.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks, Patrick. I still love and laugh at the memory of what the woman who owns the Full of Grace Supply House said to me after she had known me a few months. She said, “Charlie, I don’t want you to take this wrong. I completely believe God sent you for this. But I am so glad that when God decided to send someone, He sent a poor schlub just like the rest of us.” Oh, how that tickled me. I pray that I will love so as to someday become the patron saint of poor schlubs. We need grace the most!

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          • Beckita says:

            I’m not intending to defend you, Charlie, so much as speak to how I simply discern a completely different view of what you do here. I cannot keep silence in the face of unjust accusations and labels attributed to people, whether it be you or anyone else.

            Scott, I’ve read all the archives and do NOT AT ALL see that Charlie mounted an “increasingly combative arrogant defense.” I DO see he continues to tap into his life experiences including the spiritual training deigned by Heaven and accepted by his FIAT, in addition to his extensive knowledge of current events and issues as well as depth of knowledge concerning the Catholic faith in a way that vigorously speaks the truth and refrains from smearing or denigrating people in the process. Further, all who comment here are held to account, in the best of ways, to defend what they say with accurate, pertinent facts.

            I echo many of the comments already expressed in this thread which confirm that Charlie has the green light to continue his writing and presentations. I consider it a magnificent blessing we have received from the Lord in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Thanks be to God for Archbishop Aquila and the work of the Archdiocesan officials who devoted time to investigate and bring us to this place of safety, in complete obedience to Holy Mother Church.

            Your dislike is evident, Scott. You have every right to discern as does every person here. None of us has the right to proclaim false statements such as, “Your pride betrays you.” It.is.wrong. Totally wrong and totally forgivable.

            At the same time, it creates a moment for us all to examine our speech, here, in our hearts, in private conversation and in wider social circles: http://aleteia.org/2016/03/09/fatal-detraction-the-sin-no-one-talks-about/

            Peace of Christ be with you and with all who visit this blessed site.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks be to God for your life experiences, Charlie, which allow you to see what must be seen at times like this!

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        • Hats off for your response to Scott and previous reply to our buddy Ralph. While I employ a mocking cartoon and sarcasm, you speak firmly, directly, respectfully, and lovingly. You are a good model.

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          • Beckita says:

            Really? I could never land any modeling jobs back in the day although I used to play Wheel of Fortune with my first graders and one sweet little girl told her daddy, who watched the program nightly, that her teacher was way prettier than Vanna White. Was he surprised at PT conferences to meet his daughter’s plus-sized teacher! My husband (also a first grade teacher) and I had the best of times trading stories like that at the end of the day. Patrick, you are a great man and I’m so glad you’re in our family!

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          • Doug says:

            I bet you were Miss Peach Beckita. My SIL is an elementary school teacher. It’s neat to hear him wax on his teaching beliefs. He is SIL I am quite proud of.

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          • Beckita says:

            What a great blessing, Doug!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes it is. Thank you Miss Peach ☺

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          • I was soooooo in love with my first grade teacher, Sister Barbara Ann. What a sweetheart! Women of faith are quite beautiful to me. BTW, I’ve always wanted to say that I love that picture of you in your avatar — you remind me of….my Mother!

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          • Beckita says:

            Wouldn’t THAT be a wonderful life, Patrick, if we each, just by the way we live and speak, reminded people to think of Our Lord and Our Lady when they are in our presence?! Praying so for all NRSteppers this day for this intention at Mass and Adoration. Amen.

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    • It is standard procedure for the Church to be careful about any mystical experiences that involve predictions unless and until those predictions come true. Just another day at the office.

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  15. little one in PA says:

    Well done Charlie! You are a good example to all of us in obedience and love of the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Mid last year I was in spiritual turmoil as I could see all the chaos, havoc and turmoil around me but was frozen in how to respond to all of it. I prayed to the Lord to help me! What do I do? How do I respond? And then I came upon an article about you on Spirit Daily. I put it aside and said to the Lord if it is authentic and true then bring his words back to me, if not may you be banished from my mind. Well, obviously your words were brought back to me and they have been a great consolation for me and immensely helpful in redponding to the world around me.

    Believe it or not I understand the reticence in conveying such spiritual experiences. And the longing to shirk off the responsibility. I rarely speak of my own experiences because they are so intimately personal. It is hard to put yourself out there for ridicule and judgement. Especially when many people of today are in very great doubt of such experiences. I am learning not to care what people think but it still affexts us all the same everyone seeks belonging. Your humility and the profound truth in your words have kept me here. And following the principle of Love, Do, Trust… has shown me how very close The Lord is by our side. Thank you Charlie, well done!

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  16. Anniecorrinne says:

    I want to repeat a previous reply…. Most people don’t read well and I would add don’t have enough knowledge about the Magisterium to understand. … ALL! is well. In a way it all reminds me of the first lines of Father Scalia’s homily. “We are gathered here today to give honor to…….Jesus Christ.”
    Nothing more and nothing less says me. 😇
    Charlie I believe most of us know you are the messenger and not the Message. I thank you for so many things you have explained and videoed. It has been a great help to me. I hope you have not been too disturbed with some of the reactions. God is on His Throne and all this has a reason. I even wondered if it will bring more people who need the Hope you encourage. OXO
    PS I see the letter has made its rounds quickly…..sigh…..

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  17. Eileen Vacheresse says:

    We all love you Charlie. The pressure and stress from this must be so difficult. I have made a new wonderful friend- Beckita – through all of this! You are in our prayers. The Eileen Vacheresse & Family

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    • Beckita says:

      Hello, Eileen! Charlie, Eileen is Kathleen Vacheresse’s daughter-in-law, married to her son, David. What a family! Kathleen had writen in a comment some major posts ago that David had a new job. He’s now with Gudalupe Radio Network spreading the Gospel over the airwaves. You met him when you visited EWTN during the summer. Eileen is a replier of emails for EWTN. United with you and your family in prayers for Charlie, Eileen. Praying for you, your family and all here.

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  18. Bob says:

    I was thinking after communion tonight that our focus must be on loving God and staying faithful to His Church. If what Charlie says will happen, happens we must trust God and His church. If what Charlie says doesn’t happen but God allows a long slow decline and slog to help a blind and lost humanity open up to God’s grace more gradually and if our Church becomes smaller as Benedict predicted we must trust God and His church and continue to be a love and support to our brother Charlie besides. And I ask myself if it were to be a long slow decline and slow slog back to better things with God’s grace, as everything to bear fruit must rely on God’s grace, could I be faithful for a long time? And I think what the Archbishop was trying to say is that our focus must be on loving God and not worrying so much about what may happen and as our friend Charlie says TDL.

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  19. Laura Lowder says:

    I’m glad to see this, Charlie. Apart from the visionary bits, I like your common-sense and practical counsel (“Do the next right thing” has become something of my slogan). So many people do chase after ecstasies and euphorias without develop a deep and abiding commitment to discipleship, and mistake emotional impulses for spiritual leading. I agree that the Archbishop was most prudent in his statement, pointing out this recurring problem while not blaming you for it.

    God bless you.

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  20. Mark says:

    Congratulations Charlie, when everything was diligently looked at by the proper authority, it was all left for us to see. That is the point folks, it wasn’t clearly contrary and has substance that may be of value. The diocese did not say “Nothing to see here, move along”. Wait and see implies see while we wait!

    It is the next right step!

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  21. Judy says:

    I have quickly read the recommendations. It is just about what one would expect. Church leaders are always cautious. They do not say Charlie is false. Neither do they give him their endorsement. There is nothing in the statement to detract from Charlie or the people on this chatboard. We all place the Trinity and the Blessed Mother first, as does Charlie. As Mark Mallet has said: Imagine that you are riding in a car. The car represents the Faith. When a storm comes, the headlights are put on. The headlights represent prophecy. Prophecy does not alter The Word or The Faith. The headlights simply help us through the storm. There is a storm approaching. We all know it……..The prophets in the Bible had the same mission. So let’s not despise prophecy. There is nothing on the board that takes us away from The Faith, The Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We honor the Blessed Mother. And we seek to say on the path of Acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to all with love and humility. Love and prayers to all !

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  22. Robert Cunningham says:

    Just some food for thought. What authentic prophet did not suffer? I do not know if Charlie suffers. I do know that he has been given an opportunity to be tested. Isaiah was sawed in half with a wooden saw (Heb 11:37), Jeremiah was killed in Egpyt after multiple attempts on his life. In his case, the false prophet (Hananiah) was accepted and cheered by the people. Zachariah was killed in the Temple (II Chron 24:21), Steven was stoned, John the Baptist was beheaded. All of the Apostles except John (and Judas) were martyred.

    My point is that it is not easy to follow Jesus Christ and persecution seems to often be associated with it. Doing one’s own will or following a motivational speaker is easy. There are many level paths in the world but you will know the path of the Master as it will be narrow and the one soaked in blood.

    I do not consider the Bishop’s note to be a persecution. He is just performing his duty to watch for his flock. However, if we believe that the Storm is coming or is already here then surely most of us will be tested. Charlie has talked about all being tested. For my part, I can say that this has been the toughest Lent that I can remember. We are called to Podvig (spiritual struggle) but this has been something much different and I doubt that I am alone.

    Robert

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  23. Kim in Ohio says:

    Charlie, God bless you and yours. It is a heavy cross you carry, but we all carry the cross of our Christian Faith to the secular world and non-Christians. Sometimes, it is harder to convert baptized Christians that are too worldly or the ones who think they are going to be raptures out of this world before things get truly ugly. You are never alone Charlie. We’re all in this together.

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  24. Jennifer says:

    This is an amazing group. I am greatful to learn, not only from Charlie’s example but so many of you all too. I’ve gotten more out of Charlie’s balanced approach to things than the messages. I am also greatful for Bishop Aquila’s balanced, neutral approach as well. This is all a lesson for us.

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  25. Jose says:

    Charlie, I have a question. It may be impertinent and I’ll be just as glad if you answer it as if you don’t: I’d take that as a sign that my question is either stupid or just vain curiosity. But will there still be porn available all throughout the Storm and also after the Rescue? I truly wish that porn would disappear from the world.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It will probably be around during the Storm, but after the Rescue, we will once again acknowledge the fullness of the dignity of the Human person. I understand, Jose. I have had many very good men speak to me of their struggles with addiction to it and have come to think it a great portal for despair.

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      • Doug says:

        Jose, more importantly, I think the influence of the evil one will be greatly diminished. Thus, things like porn and other vices will also be greatly diminished as well. I see it as living human life as we do now, but without the evil one in our face tempting us. In other words, evil will be bound or chained for a while. We will still have free will and concupisance and thus still need the sacraments the church offers (baptism, confession, etc.). I look forward to the rescue. God bless you!

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      • Linda says:

        oh thank heavens… and I also submit that if there is tv… they quit putting up all those commercials of wonderful food, such as pizza, subway, fish sandwiches, red lobster, etc… my husband and I turn our heads and call it “porn” .. How can one possibly loose a few pounds in America with all that temptation at every turn! Meh…. lol

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      • Rich B says:

        Charlie,
        I also have a question. What else can you share about after the rescue? Will there still be sickness and suffering? Will it still be possible for one to turn to alcohol and drugs? Will there be natural disasters that take the lives of the innocent? My wife and I are trying to educate our married children so this is only asked to help them. Obviously if we make through the storm we’ll be thrilled to see the new earth. Blessings to you Charlie, God bless you for all you do.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Rich, I figure you are fairly new. There was a time when people were imagining this completely perfect world…a kind of paradise right here. I took to telling people that we don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. The world will be almost the same; it will be our hearts which are transformed. I have likened it to the difference between living in a blighted ghetto where you always have to wonder whether your kids will make it back home alive at night and living in Mayberry, where it is assumed that all love God and that it is natural to help and care for each other.

          So yes, disorders will still be there…but we will be much less disposed to indulge them, knowing where they lead. But God is not going to revoke our free will all of a sudden. Natural disasters will still happen. God’s purpose is not to give us a transient temporal paradise, but to use the events that happen on this earth to lead us to full life with Him in eternity.

          But I don’t talk much beyond that about the time after the Rescue, for within a few months after it, my work is done except for raising support for building the Shrine in thanksgiving.

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          • Jose says:

            Okay. This is the best explanation yet (for me). Whenever I heard you talking about a world radically transformed, I always thought it meant both in a spiritual sense but also in a material sense. I was thinking that we would be thrown 50-100 years back (or more) in terms of modern technology. That iPhones would be gone, for example. But if you say that the world will stay almost the same but radically spiritually transformed, I think that clarifies many things for me. Thanks for your previous response to me, and for this explanation too.

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  26. Louis Cote, Belleville says:

    Sometimes, when I try to discern God’s hand in a situation, I look at what is not being said. Bishop Aquila episcopal motto is “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:5). I think these words that Mary speaks through the bishop are important.
    1) To you Charlie, this statement confirms the prophetic character of your massage and of your life. Regarding the ‘concerns and inquiries from Catholics’ that precipitated the investigation, the bishop has judged that your voice is worth hearing. Indeed, the prophet is often called to stir up the People of God to greater faithfulness and love. Moreover, the work of the prophet is to direct our gaze to Jesus so that we may hear Him – this is what the motto stipulates.
    2) To us, this statement urges us to proceed with prudence and caution. Nourished by the sacraments and the Scriptures, we will hear ‘Christ’s words and promises’ and obey. In the final analysis, Mary’s instruction to ‘Do whatever he tells you’ is a call to action.

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  27. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning!! St. Anthony– pray for us, St. Joseph — pray for us!
    “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! Joel 2
    consecration day 9 ! : D)

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  28. justsayin392 says:

    Just a brief note for the ‘common good’ – for years I’ve declined the little tapers at the Easter Vigil Mass after I discovered the worship aid was also combustible…So I enjoyed the heartiest chortle when Charlie’s comment mentioned igniting your own pants. Ha – there is a lesson there I must pick up – the ‘L’ in TLD is really, literally pivotal – without it – I can only navigate a self-absorbed downward spiral where busy static deafens me to God’s Voice. For every Soul I’ve ever inwardly ‘excluded”, I’m accepting the taper early this Lent – God Love you, Charlie! May we all learn to TLD following TNRS.

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  29. Simone says:

    Sooooo… I guess Imma gonna be looking for a french teaching job pretty soon near Mt. Meeker. Anyone know of any openings? That will accept a Canuck? 😉

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    • charliej373 says:

      Canucks welcome here!

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    • janet333 says:

      What is a Canuck, Simone?

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, Simone! Canucks have always been welcome here in Michigan. In fact, from 2003 – 2011, our governor was a Canuck (well, until she was 21). And since it was originally settled by the French and was part of New France way back in the day, there is still tons of French influence here (for example, in the surnames of many residents, in the names of many of our cities and towns, and even in the way we say certain words or phrases). So if for some reason you need to take a detour on your way to Mt. Meeker, we’d love to have you. 🙂

      Funny story: We have a children’s DVD which has seven Catholic prayers in seven different languages. It is my 2 1/2-year-old’s favorite DVD. When she hears the prayers in English, she’ll follow along by, say, folding her hands or making the Sign of the Cross. But when she hears the French prayers, she looks at me and growls… I’m pretty sure that she’s mimicking the French “r.”

      P.S. Like you, I am a teacher; I’ve never taught French, though.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Oh, Mick what a great story about your little one. How precious. I thank you, Simone and Beckita (former techer) for your work with the young. I remember being a chaperone on a trip to the zoo for my son’s kindergarten class and the teacher said to line up. She was at the back and I was toward the front. A little boy looked at me and said’ I don’t have to listen to her’. It was then I knew teachers were truly wonderful, because I really wanted to pinch his head off. I would have left a trail of pinched off heads if I were a teachers aid. (Not enough college to be teacher)

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        • Simone says:

          And I give all credit to elementary teachers. I subbed one day… ONE DAY in elementary and this was in April when the regular teacher already did all the hard work. WHEW!!!! What a labor of love. I got nothing done after I got little tommy’s pencils out, and little susie’s nose blown, and the boots off, the hats off, the mitts off… it was time to put the boots on, the hats on, the mitts on, you get the idea. I got one story read and one math sheet done in 6 hours.

          I get them in Grade 9. They’ve already learned all the hard stuff like reading and writing and playing nicely with each other. I give much thanks and my hats off to you folks in Elementary.

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          • Beckita says:

            But, Simone, I would have frozen in fear had I stood before the Grade 9ers! Doesn’t God just wire us to be suited for certain developmental ages when kids are in groups? One on one, any age is a great age. In groups, interesting things happen with each year of development to shape the encounter. God bless you in your teaching ventures, Simone. Thanks, Deer, for your kind affirmation and for being a volunteer with the kids. People like you are absolute jewels to teachers!

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          • Doug says:

            Well Beckita, we all have our unique talents and God uses us all differently. Its part of God’s diversity. Thank God for God.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Thank you for taking of the kids (when they can get a bit of a smart mouth!)

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          • Doug says:

            Simone, I bet you were Miss Peach too ☺

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        • Beckita says:

          Oh Deer! You evoke laughter once again! The rewards far exceeded the challenges and, yet, there were days filled with temptations to pinch all manner of heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Eyes, and ears, and mouth and nose…

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          • Simone says:

            I still sing those silly songs to my high schoolers. I like to remind them of more innocent times. I usually get a big goofy smile.

            On a side note, I can’t present or publicly speak for beans. But when I teach, I am on fire. Something fires up inside me and it burns. It is definitely a gift. Or Doug is lighting matches under my seat. ;-p

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Simone, I love that you do that! I refused a $20.00 cash bribe from my seventh grade CCD class one year asking me not to play my whimsical religious music and instead begging me to play pop favorites during our class party. 🙂 We all had a terrific time and the music was most likely lost in the laughter and joy we had with each other playing my home-made trivial pursuit game, 7th Grade CCD version. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            No matches. I only do spit balls. Although, int the cafeteria, I did once see if mashed potatoes stick to the wall when launched as a projectile. It was a great science experiment from my perspective ☺

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          • Beckita says:

            Truly a gift you are, Simone, obviously in more ways than one!

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        • Doug says:

          My parish is in Manchester, NH and in the late 1800s many Canucks settled and worked in the textile Mills here during the industrial revolution. The very first credit union ever was founded by the first paster (founder) of our church (Ste Maries). There is a whole section of Manchester called the west side surrounding my parish. Most of the streets have French names. Up until a little over 10 years ago, my parish still celebrated one of the masses in French. So there is lots of French culture here.

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        • Doug says:

          Oops. I posted my Canuck reply in the wrong spot. Well, maybe another soul will get out of purgatory.

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      • Simone says:

        LOL Mick! I would love to detour to Michigan. We lived in Chicago burbs for a few years and I saw Michigan from the Sears Tower. 😉

        I am exiled from what I feel is my true home here on Earth… The USA. I lived there for 6 years but with the downturn of the economy and my husband unemployed, we came back to Eastern Canada in 2003 so I could work as a teacher again. I have been pining for my homeland (USA) for many years. But I do joyfully resign myself to this exile as it seems to be where Our Lord has plunked me.

        I love the story of your little one. We had that same DVD I think. Or maybe she’s just growling because the prayers aren’t in English. tee hee.

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  30. narnialion says:

    Standing with the Church and you, Charlie and all of you wonderful NRSPers. Thank you Holy Spirit for the wisdom of your Church.

    Hey! I just saw a huge squirrel sitting on the stump outside my front door. He had his little paw (?) over his heart (If squirrel’s hearts are in the same place ours are). And last night, as I was lying out on the deck watching the beautiful night sky…there was no moon and the stars were shining brightly…I was praying and a huge fireball skidded across the sky. Not a meteor…but huge…like fireworks!

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  31. anaverena1 says:

    Scott’s arrogance, self-righteousness and judgmental stance are absolutely staggering – he has much to learn.

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  32. Very glad of the outcome. I was intrigued by two comments you made and they have been questions weighing on my mind, but since I don’t have final clarity, I won’t post it. God bless you for your encouragement and your faithfulness

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  33. Homehelper says:

    Much chastened. Yes it’s been a tough Lent. Sorry Charlie, I don t want to make trouble. I just wish I knew if I am “doing this right” (after ten years).

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    • Beckita says:

      Not sure to what this refers, Homehelper, but the Lord does and I’m holding you in prayer today for Him to answer the desires of your heart. Since it is difficult to go into details on a public forum, I’ll also pray that God provides you a wise person to pray with you and help you discern. God bless you.

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  34. singingjuls says:

    Hi Charlie and Everyone! Haven’t been here for a while but see that TNRS family is still going strong. Just want to say thanks Charlie for your obedience to the church and for being a great example of how we all should be obeying our church leaders and teachings, even if we might not agree with it or understand it (which you do). I went through that not obeying for a long time and looking back I chose to not like some things because I didn’t think I needed them. God, of course, has this certain way of whipping us into shape, comical sometimes, serious sometimes, but He always gets His point across when He knows we need it. I will continue looking up to you and all here who are great defenders of our faith, love the sacraments, and are empowered with the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. Mother Mary, continue to pray for us! There is always so much more to learn about our 2000+ years of faith grounded rich in tradition and the Word.

    Brothers and sisters:
    Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
    In all circumstances give thanks,
    for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
    Do not quench the Spirit.
    Do not despise prophetic utterances.
    Test everything; retain what is good.
    Refrain from every kind of evil.

    May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
    and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
    be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    The one who calls you is faithful,
    and he will also accomplish it.
    1 THES 5:16-24

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen. Great to hear from you again, Singingjuls!

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      • singingjuls says:

        Thanks Beckita! I love coming back here when I can. Reading through some of the conversations here gets me through the tough days. I think God guides me here when I need good ‘counseling’ and wise words…and to remind me to pray for others. Many blessings to you and all here. TDL 🙂

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  35. Laurie says:

    So happy to hear the good news, Charlie.

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  36. Julie of WI says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for the link http://aleteia.org/2016/03/09/fatal-detraction-the-sin-no-one-talks-about/. I have been doing much discerning this Lenten season and this gives the right words to how we need to treat each other at this blog as well as in our daily lives. It’s so easy to be absorbed in our own world and give power to those things that we should pray for or about instead of spewing degradations. God Bless you!!

    And, Charlie, your comment: “I pray that I will love so as to someday become the patron saint of poor schlubs. We need grace the most!” it has been said on this blog a few times how wonderful it is that you are so human. Makes me think how ordinary your name is too, but not such an ordinary human. I bet if your name, Charlie Johnston, was googled, there would be more than a million hits. LOL! However, there isn’t a St. Charlie Johnston yet. Something to look for in the future!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Julie! When we were in Louisiana together, Mark Mallett told me the thing he loved most about me was that I am just Charlie – not “Abraham of the Divine Will” or anything like that, just plain Charlie. That’s how I was born, that’s how I was trained, that’s how I hope to pass to heaven someday – and it will please me to no end if, from there, I hear people talk sometimes about good old Charlie!

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      • Julie of WI says:

        Beckita, I haven’t responded lately because it is like the joke (I’ll give you the short version): A mother was cooking breakfast for her child that never spoke until the day she burnt the toast. The child said “mother, you burnt the toast!”. The mother asks the child why he has decided to speak now and the child responds “because everything has been fine up until now.” Thus, you challenged me with your post! Love, one of good ol’ Charlie’s good ol’ Next Right Stepper!

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    • YongDuk says:

      Yes, Thank you, Beckita, for posting this.

      The evil and innjustice I have seen spread by liberals and conservatives in this regard in trying to destroy Vocations is unimaginable–and we are talking in this Century, not the last one.

      I pity those people who have destroyed a Vocation through their own sinfulness, imprudence or overzealousness or misunderstanding of a person in formation. And then there are those who see themselves as self-justified.

      Already I see the footsteps of those who buried your kin at the door!

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      • Beckita says:

        YD, I’m chewing on your cryptic closing.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Oh, Beckita, it is in reference to the times that a parishioner (parent) calls the Chancery worried about this new priest or that new priest, this seminarian or that seminarian they misunderstood in their parish, be they liberals or conservative, or, worse yet, who honestly talked to their daughter who is scared to tell her family she is interested in a vocation to the Trappistines or the Visitation or Carmel, etc. And then they stir up misinformation and trouble. And then when the daughter colludes out of fear.

          The evil is unimaginable in this day and age with all the scandals. And God’s Punishment real. The allusion to Acts 5:9.

          And then there are the Bishops who don’t protect their new priests and seminarians against the wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Formation Process…

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    • Beckita says:

      Great to hear from you again, Julie! Lent IS such a fine time for reflecting and I appreciate the forty days and forty nights to focus on resolving to do better, whatever that may be for each one.

      Just Plain, Good Old Charlie, may you have lots of us Just Plain, Good Old Next Right Steppers with you in Heaven when we gather round the Eternal Campfire and, again and again, tell the stories of the Infinite Goodness of God as we made our way through the Storm together.

      YD, in your years of hearing confesssions, I’d wager the evil perpetrated with the tongue is among the most common of sins confessed. No one is immune. I read an incredible book a long while ago which challenged the penitent to basically go into metacognition mode to truly get to the root of any sin and I find subtle sins the peskiest to self-identify. Oh to be pure of body, mind heart and soul!

      Our Lady of Tepetac, we ALL need your maternal correction. If we each increased in virtue by even a dewdrop of your perfection how blessed we would be!

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