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. diane says:

    Dear Charlie,
    I am at peace with the letter you received. Everything in this day and age has to be viewed with prudence. Faith is a gift. One that you have received and all who follow this blog. That gift is strengthened by all of us. Your words have encouraged us to be bold in our faith. To be allowed to see how many others are out there like us, who read the same books, do the same devotions, share the same heart as Christ and who want to share that faith with confidence and with knowledge of who God is to us but to each other. Discerning is a process that we all should do with every bit of prophecy, life, moment to moment reflections and whatever else comes our way. We depend on God. We depend on the Holy Spirit. We depend on our Creator. You just happen to be an excellent source of affirmation. God Bless you and yes, now we go forth and bear fruit.
    God Bless you, Charlie and Family. Love. I do. Diane

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  2. bflocatholic says:

    I like the good Bishop’s wise approach and I appreciate your faithful response, Charlie. Your humble obedience is a good example for all of us. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  3. Brad J says:

    Well Charlie😉, as you now breath a bit of a sigh of relief for having come out the other side of that ordeal I would like to thank you for being a great example of how we all must humbly submit ourselves to the whole of the Truth…even the bits we haven’t been informed of yet.

    God bless you

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  4. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Splendid Charlie – the good Archbishop is a true successor to the Apostles and to Christ. We rejoice in your obedience to him. A truly prudent decision by the good Archbishop.

    In regards to speculation concerning the Devil, you are in good company with the great Origen who speculated that the Devil will one day be saved. This teaching of Origen was condemned almost three hundred years after his death by an ecumenical Council – at least, God Willing, that will not happen to you! :>)

    Now, back to take the next right step!

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  5. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Well-put and well said by both sides, Charlie–you and Holy Mother Church.

    We are still here acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a source of hope and encouragement to others.

    VIVA CRISTO REY!
    Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

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  6. Another Karen says:

    Thanks for your candor, and thanks to Archbishop Aquila for his prudence in this matter. I’m glad that you and the TNRS answers will not have to redo the website – I’m sure that you will need all of the time you have to give to dealing with the fallout of the letter from your detractors. Charlie, I am glad that you can move on and forward, and I look forward to your continued words of wisdom and comfort in these dark times.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Karen, I appreciate it but will not waste much, if any, time arguing with detractors. I am not interested in tearing them down, but in building up the faithful. Time is short and we must devote ourselves to those things which help people find the joy that is in Christ. The advice I gave to all of you is advice I will live: detractors may say what they wish – and now there is no question when I say I am not restricted and I am obedient to the lawful authority God has placed over me.

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  7. Lee says:

    I guess I’m not really too surprised. If the archbishop would have approved you completely, people would have freaked out just by the very nature of your prophecies. God bless you, Charlie. I admire your obedience to Church authority. However, the letter by the archdiocese doesn’t say anything about being allowed to speak in Denver– even privately. I believe you when you say that they allowed you to do so, but the lay people of the Diocese werent privy to that conversation. If the Catholics of Denver are to follow the exact letter of the Archdiocese, it doesn’t sound like you are approved to talk there at all in any manner.

    I, however, don’t live in the Archdiocese of Denver. I will continue to listen to your words using the best discernment possible. Today’s news about North Korea and Russia have me really listening to you now. I understand that you have critics, & I have probably been accused of being one, but you seem like a really good guy who loves God.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Understand, Lee. The “not an approved speaker” has a specific, defined meaning, which is just that I am not allowed to speak at a Church in the Archdiocese as a venue. They explained this to me. After they explained it, I had said I just would not do any public meetings in Denver – and they reiterated that I am free to do so.

      There is always a certain subtlety involved in this. Obviously, if I gave a public talk in Denver and I was not allowed to do so, they would rebuke me. At this point, they know that whatever I do, they will hear some howls…so it is important to both them and me that they be able to confirm to complainants that I am in proper obedience to the Archbishop. They will have to deal with the howls with refinement, but I have to take responsibility for living obedience to actually what is demanded of me – rather than any mischaracterization critics may try to raise. You may rest assured that I will be meticulous, not only in my obedience, but in giving informal notice of anything that could be awkward. Even during the process, I let them know whenever I was going to a conference or other public talk – and I told them I would make no public talks in Denver until they had had time to review the materials. I did that before they had to ask me. Whatever others might charge, throughout this I did the things to show I fully intended to work with them with no “gotcha” moments – and they were kind enough not to restrict me while the process was ongoing. That is how we built a base of trust in this. God willing, I will never give them cause for regret over it.

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      • Lee says:

        Thank you for your response, Charlie. Makes sense to me now. God bless you.

        Do you have any thoughts about North Korea’s recent nuclear threats upon us and Russia’s chastisement against North Korea for making such threats? I understand if you don’t want to discuss it right now. Below is one of the links to the story. These events really seem to be setting the stage for your visions.

        https://www.rt.com/news/334844-russia-north-korea-nuclear-us/

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        • charliej373 says:

          Lee, I don’t think I will comment on this specifically right now. But I have watched many things over the last few decades snap into place and focus…it is like watching a blurry picture coming into focus. My Priests have remarked on having this sense, as well, as things have been playing out. There is a certain irresistible stateliness to it. Now you readers have enough of a base of information going back a few years that you can see it coming into focus, as well. It is striking. Just never forget what it is harbinger of – a great Rescue which we are called to participate with Our Lord and Our Lady in.

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  8. victura98 says:

    I know Charlie would have been (and will continue to be) entirely obedient to the Church regardless of what was asked of him, and this obedience is the touchstone of every genuine apostolic soul. That’s a beautiful witness of faith, hope, and love. 🙂

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  9. YongDuk says:

    Amen!

    Just, FYI, Gamaliel is indeed St. Gamaliel and is buried in Pisa with Nicodemus and his son, if I remember.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good to know, YD. Thanks!

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      • YongDuk says:

        I am placing this here, but it is response to Lee and anyone else.

        If the Archdiocese of Denver allowed Charlie to speak in a church or parish building or as an officially approved speaker of the Archdiocese (e.g. at a Archdiocesan sponsored event), it would be directly contrary to the intent of the letter, videlicet, “to strongly advise the faithful to exercise prudence and caution in regards to Mr. Charlie Johnston’s alleged divine visions and messages,” so as to help the Faithful avoid the very real danger of “placing greater faith in a prediction than in Christ’s words and promises.”

        The Archdiocese, as precedents have shown with other Dioceses dealing with purported visionaries, would have outright forbidden Charlie to speak in her boundaries if the Archbishop had greater concern. (That is how the Church and Her Bishops work, both with questionable Visionaries and Groups of People inviting even questionable Priests to the point of forbidding such a priest to say Mass licitly in a territory.)

        Thus, it neither sanctions Charlie nor does it give approval to Charlie and it leaves other Dioceses free to chose how to approach Charlie.

        What this caution basically does, for those who want to know if there is or what is the truly negative aspect to the letter, is that it does not allow Charlie to approach other Dioceses with a letter from the Archbishop of Denver showing the Archbishop’s support (i.e. an official Letter of Support), as if to show that he is an approved speaker in that Archdiocese and thus all the more apt to be approved as a speaker in other Dioceses.

        The Archdiocese of Denver, as Charlie’s Domicile (Home Diocese), has the responsibility to the rest of the Church to act as She did. In neither condemning nor approving at this point, the Archdiocese sends, as Charlie says, the message: The Gamaliel Option.

        Fellow Bishops will see that there is no strong sanction and will only see the strong caution.

        What does this mean for the future, in my opinion: Some Bishops might be more quick to caution and maybe not allow Charlie to speak in that same caution in a church or parish building. Others, on the other hand, will allow things to be as they were before. It is my hope that they will see that the Archdiocese did not sanction him and therefore will be willing to allow Charlie to speak in their territories at least, if not in their churches and parish buildings.

        Honestly, if they don’t, you can see that Charlie’s circuit last year did what it was supposed to: alert the Faithful about Trusting God, Taking the Next Right Step and Helping Each Other come what may–and the Next Right “Public” Step in Charlie’s mind is organising Eucharistic and Marian Processions

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    • Doug says:

      Wow YD. That gives new meaning to that particular scripture in Acts. Thank you.

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  10. Thank you for the update Charlie. I know this is usually the procedure that is taken. I am glad that you are submitting to the Church authority and that they have found nothing opposed to Church teaching in your revelations. Just one thing…Archbishop said at the end of his letter to remember that Jesus reminds us “no one knows the date or the time” , but Jesus was referring to THE END..and you have specifically told us. THIS WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE THE END, BUT IT IS NOT. i am correct, am I not?

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are certainly correct, Judith. ON the other hand, it is a red flag when anyone discusses specific dates on any of these things. Though I have not mentioned a specific date, I have given a specific season. In many of my presentations, I have cautioned people about that and noted how astoundingly unusual it is. So I rather think the Archbishop, without specifically rebuking me, was mounting the same caution I have when discussing that aspect of the things I have been directed on. That, too, reflects a refined sense of prudence.

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      • Of course, you are correct and the Archbishop was very prudent in his caution.

        I am preparing spiritually and making some home preparation as well. I hope I am doing it right. I pray for so many during this time and for the conversion of Muslims to the one True God. God’s mercy towards us is so unfathomable and His love so great! How He has put up with us for this long is astounding, but I have experienced that love and mercy in my life and I know how wonderful and patient our loving Father is. Blessed be God!

        I pray He continues to bless you and watch over you. Stay faithful to His will, Charlie. We’re all in this together.

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  11. Kathleen says:

    Charlie, from my perspective you have always cautioned us not to clasp n to the visions that you receive. You have always asked us to not hold your visions as absolute. I do feel some people look for visionaries to follow and some really encourage them to believe everything as absolute. I have always valued your work and I am confident that I will continue to do so. God Bless You!!

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  12. Tom says:

    That is wise council from the Archbishop. Unfortunately too many in the past, and I would guess some here, put too much faith into prophets. We should only put our full faith into the promise of Christ. That is one reason I have discerned that you are someone to listen to, because I tested your spirit and found that you constantly preach that we should put our full faith into the promise of Christ and always acknowledge God.

    May God continue to bless Archbishop Aquila as well as Pope Francis and all our bishops and priests!

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  13. LukeMichael says:

    Pray, hope and don’t worry!

    All is well, all manner of things shall be well!

    Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing frighten you,
    All things are passing away:
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things
    Whoever has God lacks nothing;
    God alone suffices.

    Jesu, ufam tobiae!

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  14. Doug says:

    Well Charlie, I would like to say you make Lambzie and me proud and I hope all here echo this.

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  15. El ingeniero de Tepeyac says:

    Estimado Carlitos,

    Que Dios te bendiga hoy y siempre.

    To me this is the key phrase from what you have written “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.”

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  16. Lauraelel says:

    How did the procession go this weekend? I’ve always dreamed that my local bishop would call his flock to pray in this matter.

    Liked by 2 people

    • charliej373 says:

      It was magnificent! I had planned to put the article up on it today, but when the Chancellor told me the formal letter had been released and I could now publicly take note of it, I decided to flip the pieces. The article on the Procession will run tomorrow.

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    • Maggie says:

      I was also at the March and was very impressed with the turnout. When our good Archbishop calls the faithful forward, they respond! I would guess there were several thousand but I don’t know if a formal number has been given or not. It was peaceful and prayerful and followed by a mass outdoors which was offered in the extraordinary form and several hundred people stayed for that as well.

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  17. Christiaria says:

    Charlie, I have great regard for Archbishop Aquila, and I’m grateful for his pastoral care of the flock in Denver. I also love your fierce docility to his guidance.

    The letter states: “…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.”

    Though this is perhaps painful to read for your friends, it is certainly understandable. I know that some will take this to mean that you are not trustworthy, but I read it as prudence due to the angst-filled reaction some have had to your writing. No matter how many times you hammer home that the Storm IS God’s mercy–and that our help is in Christ, Mary, the sacraments, and Scripture–there are some whose own predilections will screen that out as background noise. They will proceed with fear and anxiety rather trust and peace, and that reaction is what will give any good pastor pause. Be at peace, and keep on keepin’ on under the guidance of Holy Mother Church.

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Fierce docility.” A strikingly unusual and memorable phrase, Kitty, but just right in this context.

      I did have one friend who objected to that, but I noted that they could NOT have possibly given me approval to speak on Church property without it being interpreted as a tacit endorsement, which would have failed in the duty to protect the faithful against potential abuses.

      One of the officials was, I think, that I might misread the cautionary tone of the letter. The other knew I was pretty astute on such subtleties/ I told them in some astonishment that, in the days before our meeting, I had considered what I would have recommended if I were counsel to the Archbishop as I have been to many officials and candidates. This letter is almost precisely what I would have recommended.

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      • Christiaria says:

        Yeah–I think “fierce docility” fits you. You are passionate about being obedient to the legitimate authority God has assigned to you, and you recognize it for the gift it is, no matter how painful it may be at the time. It made me smile when I wrote it. 🙂

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  18. Joseph J says:

    The statement doesn’t exactly have a very encouraging tone, but it seems that the Church tends to default to skepticism and great caution about supernatural phenomenon. In general terms this approach seems wise considering how dangerous private revelation and miracles can be to peace, order, and obedience among many weak and uneducated members of the faithful. I really appreciate your emphasis on ordinary Catholic spirituality, since the extraordinary is only intended to support the ordinary. It is a great safeguard against many abuses.

    In the past I have gotten excessively obsessive and excited about certain private revelations, so I know firsthand how disorienting and distracting such phenomenon can be to an unstable mind. Many people have had awful, scarring experiences with such phenomenon, even if it was originally legitimate. The charismatic movement by its very nature has been especially susceptible to problems. Fortunately I am living in the second generation of the charismatic movement, and as far as I can tell many people have learned their lesson and are better integrating the charismatic gifts and supernatural phenomenon into ordinary spiritual life. What I’ve learned is that such phenomenon should be treated calmly, naturally, and with careful deference to proper church authority and guidance.

    To look at things from a Chestertonian point of view, it is no more extraordinary (in a sense) that the sun should rise every morning than that it should dance around the sky. It is certainly no more extraordinary that God should come to us the form of bread than that he should appear in a vision in his human form. But our faith is weak and miracles have their important place in our spiritual life.

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  19. Paul from Katy says:

    God’s will has been done with the Archbishops letter – Great news ! When I read you and the future Mt. Meeker cathedral, I think about the Future Glory of La Fraudais as foretold by Marie-Julie Jahenny, “The Breton Stigmatist”. She was given an incredible number of details concerning the massive construction project and was shown what the church would look like, an immense building on the order of the classic gothic pattern that will hold about 1,400 people, Christ Himself declared He would be its architect. Marie-Julie was told how many pillars there would be and described the altars. If you are interested, see more at: http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2015/07/marie-julie-jahenny-breton-stigmatist.html#sthash.dczOxeTV.dpuf Keep the faith with Our Lord and The Virgen of Guadalupe.

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  20. deereverywhere says:

    Behold the beauty and the truth of our church. The older I get, the more wise the rules of church become.. I love ‘by their fruits you will know them” wait and see the goodness of the Lord! I know that I find companions here that let me share in there lives. My life is better for knowing everyone here. I have learned much and this site has provided fruit for thought. Even though we become sixth graders at times I feel no one here would intentionally hurt someone. Thank you Charlie for being brave. ( do you want a lolly pop or a sticker to go with your new tooth brush)

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    • Doug says:

      Sixth graders! You must be talking about Snowy. It couldn’t be me. No. Could not possibly be me…… 😆

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      • deereverywhere says:

        We will let the spit balls, dread locks and duct tape be the judge….I have an alibi……

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Doug, of course it’s not you! I’ve never in all my life met a more innocent and mature person. That leaves your evil twin, it’s gotta be him!
        Do you like my new owl?

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        • Doug says:

          Great new Owl Snowy. He looks like he is going to grab a squirrel. I don’t have a twin but, I have identical twin girls and my brother has identical twin boys. My brother is a twin, but his twin died as an infant. My other brother has two boys with the same birthday, but they are not twins.

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    • DEW (and that’s a fitting acronym),

      In lieu of a YD youtube video, I clung to this gem from you. Laughed! Contemplated. Laughed some more!! On a serious note, do you think “sixth graders” is giving some of us (some of them really) too much credit? Just kidding. Everyone has their moments.

      God Bless,

      MP

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Deer, when I saw that (lolly pop, sticker and tooth brush) I laid my head on my keyboard and laughed until my cats got suspicious of my odd behavior…couldn’t figure out what I was doing or why my shoulders were shaking… which made me laugh even harder!

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  21. Simone says:

    Rolling up my sleeves. Time to get to work! God bless the work.

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  22. Shirley Bachmeier says:

    Archbishop Aquila’s cautionary call but most of all his willingness to enter into the need for an investigation as his position gives him authority to do so is most necessary in protecting his flock and yet keeping room for the Spirit to use His Messengers as He sees fit. He so deftly accomplished both; your obedience to God has been given a strength and a grace that will be felt by the Body of Christ. I pray Archbishop Aquila will continue to be supportive and open to discerning the Spirit in this hour. God bless you Charlie and your humble, obedient heart as Mother Mary in all things.

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  23. Thank you for your obedience, Charlie, and thank you to Archbishop Aquila for his prudence and shepherding of the faithful.

    Liked by 8 people

  24. Oh, thank God for Our Holy Mother Church.

    Charlie, I cannot imagine what it is like/has been like personally for you, but you are a brother in Christ.

    As for the trolls who bombed my inbox today… well, I didn’t even have to break stride to check my cleats. I might need one of YD’s videos though. Sorry, but I’m just,

    MP

    Liked by 7 people

    • YongDuk says:

      Oh, I have videos? I want to see them! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • I was referring to one of your signature youtube video postings (e.g. – “Lights, please” with Linus). That one was a keeper and had me smiling for days. Alas, the moment has passed. I had just had to muddle through that patch.

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        • Doug,

          Technically, they were against Charlie. I’m surprised folks have the time, but it’s not difficult to root around for an email address.

          I know. It’s easy to have peace about things when we have peace. I read Charlie’s post and the letter and had peace. I could have just read one or the other and been at peace. Then some trolls attack, and it’s sometimes hard to keep the inner curmudgeon in check. Charlie knows. Go ahead and take a swipe at me, but don’t take an unjust swipe at a loved one. I know, time sparring with trolls is time wasted and better spent on building up the Family of God.

          Sadly, I most definitely did not take the next right step. I just pray that everyone here can keep a cool head and a warm heart when the digital bar chairs and fists (or worse) are flying.

          MP

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, the trolls will be frothing with rage for a few days, but it will pass.

            On the bright side, it will be easier to separate the serious skeptics from the mere cranks after the dust settles. Serious skeptics can make serious arguments about whether I am right or wrong, but only cranks can argue I have not submitted myself to my Bishop, that I am disobedient to him, or that I am an heretical fear-monger.

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          • Doug says:

            MP, I have come to realize that people will hate me just because I exist. Knowing this makes me sad, but also helps me not take attacks too seriously. Attacks seem like a waste of energy as you allude to. Although, I admit, they can sting some times or leave me a little shaken. This is when I am glad for my wife, church family and people like the folks here. I too think Charlie is doing a wonderful job building up this community here.

            Liked by 2 people

        • ……typos and all. [sigh.]

          Liked by 1 person

        • YongDuk says:

          Drats!

          I wanted to see myself going round in Procession like that vido from Denver.

          😉

          Liked by 2 people

          • charliej373 says:

            Why, YD, I expect we will see you doing it this year. We just won’t know it’s you (unless, of course, you throw on some Oriental hair extensions to tip us off!)

            Liked by 4 people

          • Doug says:

            I would love that. But then, he would not be the man of mystery anymore.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Yea, but I don’t get the “man of mystery” part.

            We met him outdoors. He was pedaling a bike along the path, smiling about something, when he suddenly stopped to look at a spot on the ground. It was a flattened squirrel and we thought for a moment that he might have run the poor thing over. “Hey, did you just run that squirrel over?” Once we worked that out, including the funny language quirks, we brought him home for dinner.

            “Hey, Ma…”, but Mother already had another place setting ready. “This is…”, but Mother was already smiling at YD, and YD was smiling at Mother, and the rest of us were running for the table. All the brothers and sisters smiled, especially the ones at the kids’ table, so we were delighted when he chose the empty stool there and led us in Grace.

            Then Ma set out the pizzas. The one for the kids’ table was a large, half mushroom/half garlic anchovy with peppers for the kids. Perfect! We made short work of it while we kept up with the sometimes joking, ribbing, prattling, that was often pulled off with the kind of childlike seriousness that only kids can get away with.

            The rest, as they say, is history.

            I know that’s not the same as a video, but it plays like that in my mind nonetheless. Nope, no mystery here.

            God Bless the whole Family,

            MP

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          • Doug says:

            MP, you are amazing.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Beckita says:

            Written with charm and an invitation for all to come to the table, MP!

            Liked by 2 people

          • YongDuk says:

            Amen

            Liked by 1 person

    • Doug says:

      MP, trolls against you? I can’t imagine that.

      Like

    • LukeMichael says:

      Pray for the trolls! Many will change their minds.

      Liked by 3 people

  25. Beckita says:

    As consistently as ever, Charlie, you have told us true. All is well and couldn’t be better as, obviously, God is in charge. He always has been and He always will be. He has brought you, and we who have been heartened and nurtured by you in your mission. to this juncture of His Plan ever-unfolding before us.

    Honestly, I want to make you proud as well and I am confident those who hang out at this site, people from all over the world also want to make you proud. The ways we magnify the Lord by what is fostered here: praying for one another, growing in knowledge and depth of faith, coming to terms with a troubled, chaotic, divisive world through the lens of God’s infinite goodness, steadfast faithfulness and pure love – all of this and more – cannot be contained here. We are compelled to be better disciples right in the homes, churches and communities where we live, love and serve.

    May God continue to bless Archbishop Aquila in addition to all bishops and priests in our personal surroundings who deserve every bit of love, prayer and tangible support we can possibly offer them. We pray too for all clergy throughout the world both in petition and in thanksgiving.

    And the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven shall rise together, shall rise forever and God shall rule!

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  26. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    I believe the reponse is actually a good sign. It did not say your message was not of supernatural origen. It was not a formal Notification (like St Faustina’s diary received until JP2 overturned it). The Bishop simply called for prudence. You can’t speak in the Chuches as an approved speaker but that is expected as that would have implied full approval. You are free to share your message and we are free to act prudently – all of us acting in love and obedience to Holy Mother Church and her proper authorities.

    At the end of the day, good outcome. The diocese of Denver shows their love by brining you under their wing while they continue to watch and see. No one can say that you are condemned by your bishop or untrue or any other nonsense. Trolls can now be referred to the Bishop’s statement.

    A little bit of the Cross, especially in Lent, never hurt anyone.

    Robert

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    • Lee says:

      Well put, Robert.

      Liked by 4 people

    • deereverywhere says:

      I really like you last line Robert! I went to the nursing home to see my mum yesterday. She wanted little bags of potato chips. The grocery store moved everything and I could not find the little bags of just plain potato chips so I had to get the combo pack with eight plain three salt and vinegar, three sour cream, and three bbq. Her friend in the room next door was visiting. They watch tv shows together at night. My mum was offering her friend every kind but the plain because I knew she wanted the plain for herself. I said mum, it’s lent let her have the plain ones!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Thank you, Robert, I was wondering about a few little things that were swimming around in my head, and you answered them for me! 🙂

      Liked by 4 people

      • deereverywhere says:

        I like your new owl, Snowy, she is beautiful!

        Liked by 4 people

        • Snowy Owl says:

          ah but it’s a barn owl. One of my favorites… but I’m not sure I’d want people calling me barny 😉

          Liked by 3 people

          • Oh, Snowy. That’s a surefire way to make Barny stick. Rule #42 from my oldest sister’s Big Book of Monikers: “Never tell the family that you don’t want to be called something.” At least in my family, that was a hard and fast rule to live by.

            Because it’s Lent, and because of Charlie’s “Family of God” meditations, we’re going to let it slide. Besides, without my glasses, that barn owl could pass for a dove.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Whew! I skimmed by on that one lol.. honestly, MP, growing up in such a large family, I should know that rule! 🙂

            Liked by 2 people

          • Phillip Frank says:

            A local moniker for them is “monkey faced owl!”
            So we could call you “Cheetah” after Tarzan’s chimpanzee best friend , but that would be even more confusing than calling you snowy while you use a barn owl avatar.
            (Of course, a chimpanzee is actually a true ape, not a monkey, but now we’re just getting silly about this!)

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    • Very well put Robert. “The Diocese of Denver shows their love by bringing you under their wing while continuing to watch and see.” This actually protects Charlie as well and reminds me of how the Church is handling Medjugorje.

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  27. BD says:

    Charlie, I am happy for the mostly positive response from the Archdiocese of Denver. You truly deserve accolades. In case you were wondering that is a compliment.

    Liked by 4 people

  28. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, I’m so glad! and thank you for being faithful to your Archbishop, Bishop, Priests and the Church. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  29. Beth M. says:

    Charlie,
    I know I’m not alone when I say that I have personally reaped much fruit directly from you. I’ve moved peacefully out of the holy cr@p phase to the calm sturdy resolved phase, trusting (knowing) that God has chosen each of us for this time. Your writings and your example more importantly have deeply affected me and all of TNRS family. Shoot, I’ve got enough “fruit” to make a fruit salad! (I was getting too serious.) I can’t thank you enough.

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  30. luvmercy5775 says:

    Ah Charlie, All this must have been a very trying experience for you. At least you haven’t been silenced. There are many voices out there and church leaders must be cautious.

    Years ago when I was coordinating interfaith gatherings, finding a church or synagogue to host the event was always the biggest hurtle to overcome. However, once trust was established doors opened easily. I was fortunate in that I had a retired Catholic priest who stood with me and participated in the programs — but in an unofficial capacity.

    Now considering the topic at hand,I’d like to share a link to an Orthodox rabbi’s take on the end of days. The approach is a bit different than what we’re accustomed to, but makes perfect sense and pretty much arrives at the same conclusion — without date setting.

    I do believe readers will enjoy watching the video and benefit from learning about Jewish teaching methods — of which I am personally in awe. They literally study and draw from every jot and tittle that’s written.

    Rabbi Pesach Wolicki presents: A Jewish View of the End of Days

    Type CJCUC into your browser and it will take you to the home page or you may go to Facebook. I’m telling you this because I still haven’t figured out how to get links to copy correctly into the comment section of this blog. The video is found on you tube and is about an hour and a half long. Well worth watching.

    Peace and blessings to all…

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  31. cathyg2015 says:

    By your fruits you shall know them…I, for one, have become a better, more knowledgeable and more faithful Catholic because of you, Charlie. The community you have built here has kept me to the true path and clinging to the barque of Peter. I could easily have been led astray and into despair otherwise. Thank you!

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  32. Sr Lorraine says:

    I’m very happy over this statement, for while cautionary it is also affirming. I think it is the best outcome. It is only natural and prudent for the bishop to urge caution; it is the approach of Gamaliel. And Charlie’s response of living this in obedience is very edifying too. That is the mark of an authentic mission; when people reject Church authority they get into all kinds of trouble. I will keep on praying for you, Charlie, and all here.

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  33. BlessedIam says:

    This is great news. Charlie, your humility and prudence shine forth once again.

    As I reflected on my experience yesterday with Meeker wine (thanks Guardian Angel)
    I spent some time reflecting on your plans for Mt. Meeker. All I could think about was “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land”, Matthew 5:5 (NAB).

    Thank you for being here to send us on our next right step.

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  34. Regina says:

    I think for me, Mr Charlie did not take away from Jesus or scriptures. You provided me with a vehicle to move along safely. I did not see any threat… thank you for so many good words, encouraging, always loving, uplifting and reassuring.

    God bless you always!
    friend in Christ
    Regina

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  35. Anne says:

    Very wise and balanced approach. It gives a solid feeling ……. And so we continue as the winds blow hard.

    Liked by 6 people

  36. docallanw says:

    Great news, Charlie! May we always rest in the bosom of Our Mother Church! Truly, in His Will is our peace.

    Liked by 5 people

  37. SanSan says:

    Still “hanging out” here with the TNRS family. Blessings Charlie.

    Liked by 5 people

  38. GB says:

    I’m thinking that same caution IN FACT applies to just about anything the faithful may set out to do, (short of receiving the sacraments and attending Mass). In the absence of that very caution you have, well, the Protestant reformation and the continued splitting and splitting of congregations, and every person being a magisterium until himself, wrongly capable of making scriptural interpretation all on his own – I mean, read the Old Testament with caution too, lest you start practicing bigamy, or setting out to sacrifice your first born (and no, this is not scripture – not saying it is). So dang right, and always dang right, exercise caution in things outside of magisterial pronouncements (tongue in cheek, we need to take Pope Francis with caution too… heh heh) … but hope still for rescue–we need it, it looks awfully dark without it.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Forgive me, GB, but I don’t think I follow.

      The OT sets out the Truth and in the first Three Chapter shows how the Truth gets mucked up. (Doug, that word is not a bad word, I would tell you what it means, but I know you like big books to look through.)

      Nowhere in the Old Testament did God say be polygamous. In fact, just the opposite.

      People miss — or simple don’t stop and consider — Genesis.

      Take Genesis 6:2. There is your answer. And the context confirms my point.

      “the sons of God saw how טֹבֹ֖ת/καλαί the daughters of human beings were , and so they took for their wives whomever they pleased.”

      The sons of God mistook beauty for goodness…

      Never did the Old Testament say be polygamous.

      So, why didn’t God intervene?

      God did. I think Charlie posted a comment on the Flood a few weeks ago. We wanted what we wanted. We mistake attractiveness and temptation as beauty, thinking “God has not stopped me, so it must be okay.” It’s hard to believe that we do that all the time. Even mystics. And all the more mystics, who may become self-complacent.

      Anyway. MP called me a troll for waxing too eloquent again, so I better wane.

      pax

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        FYI people,
        ” the sons of God” are the children of Seth, Adams third male child after Abel.

        The daughters of human beings or “men” where Cains offspring.

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      • GB says:

        Let me just preface by saying I’m not advocating any positions along the lines of those I set forth as examples of erroneous conclusions that can be drawn from a slapdash reading of the Old Testament. Anyway, more to my point, I believe some polygamists point to Abraham and David as examples why they think its OK to be polygamists. And well many point to passages showing violence or inhumane treatment in the Old Testament to discredit the Bible. There are difficult passages in the OldTestament [God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul – 1 Samuel 16:14], which without caution could lead to erroneous interpretations. Read the Old Testament without caution, you may start practicing the literal letter of the levitical law, maybe you might even include to cut books out of the Old Testament… etc…

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        • YongDuk says:

          Sorry to misrepresent what you were saying, GB.

          Philip Frank is spot on, by the way.

          Some have said that the whole moral compass for the Bible and the resulting problems of sin are set up in Genesis.

          Re: your example, I think Job gives a better answer–not that you were not throwing that out rhetorically–as does the Theology of the Permissive Will of God.

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      • luvmercy5775 says:

        YD, Excellent comment. As you pointed out, the OT reveals TRUTH — just as the NT shows forth His great MERCY. Striking a balance between the two is the task at hand.

        As it is written, ‘ Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.” Ps. 85:10

        Wax away as much as you like. I, for one, prefer it to the waning phase. God bless and keep you in all His ways…

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      • Doug says:

        YD, mucked up is fine. If God intervened immediately when we sinned, we would probably all be vaporized by now. In his mercy, he is patient, not wanting anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.”

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  39. dianebelv says:

    The news is good Charlie! You have been solid-as-a-rock for us and continue to be. My day takes me in all kinds of directions, but as night falls, I always come here, to my tnrs family to read what’s new and to bask in the always helpful, loving commentary that abounds. What an awesome group of people make up this family! God Bless You…Everyone!

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  40. Pamela M says:

    I am very thankful that you are able to continue to provide both guidance and a space of encouragement as we live these days. God is generous. One question. Why do you call the devil ” the Satan?”.
    Pam M.

    Liked by 3 people

    • charliej373 says:

      I call him the satan because of my contempt for him, that’s all. there is no theology behind it. He just had the greatest Father possible and, with full knowledge, chose to rebel. And he takes delight in tormenting and deceiving God’s children. It is merely a reflection of my utter contempt for him.

      Liked by 5 people

      • EllenChris says:

        Always have to go and stick in my own “two cents.” 😉 the word, “satan” or “shaitan” is not a proper name in Hebrew or Aramaic, Pamela. It is properly translated as “enemy.” So, to use the term “the satan” just means, “the enemy” which is closer to the original meaning than using it as as proper name.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        when i have a bad thought appear in my head, whether its a hateful thought about myself, a lustful sexual thought, or a hateful thought about someone else. I tell him out loud some times to shut the blank up. i know it is your not my inner voice i am hearing.

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  41. Phyllis says:

    Charlie, I for one, have learned how to Trust in God and take the next right step thanks to you and TNRS family here. If that isn’t a fruit coming from a usually worried mother of 3, I don’t know what is! I feel at peace knowing that Our Blessed Mother is ready and waiting to take care of the children she loves.
    I’m praying for you and all here, and look forward to walking step by step through the Storm together. God Bless!

    Liked by 7 people

    • deereverywhere says:

      You are doing a great job, Phyllis!. It isn’t easy but remember that God knows what He is doing your little ones and you will be fine. Pray hope and don’t worry! Keep up the great work you are doing as a mom.

      Liked by 5 people

  42. MarieUrsula says:

    I appreciate this decision and Archbishop Aquila’s relative promptness in reaching it. Gratitude all around.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Doug says:

      Hey Marie, this just triggered in me a song. You know the song “and the green grass grows all around and around and the green grass grows all around”. Well, put that tune to “gratitude all around and around, oh, gratitude all around and around”.

      Liked by 1 person

      • MarieUrsula says:

        I’ll have to g**gle that song ~ don’t know it yet! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • Jill Marie says:

          Immediately thought of this version, Marie (sorry Snowy!) A decade has passed since his songs were the soundtrack to my mornings… and afternoons… and evenings. Apparently, I haven’t buried these treasures deep enough in my memory. Well, At least I’ll have a repertoire of campfire tunes that the younger generation will know 😉

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  43. Ed Allison says:

    Charlie, I am very glad (and not surprised), that Archbishop Aquila ruled the way he did. I do have a question about something that I see as an omission in the good Archbishop’s letter. The letter states: “Mr. Johnston claims to have received both visions and messages from the Blessed Mother, the Archangel Gabriel and other saints since he was young.” Please correct me if I am wrong, but you have also been visited by Our Lord, and have written about it. I distinctly remember you stating that a painting of Our Lord that you saw during your visit (and video) at EWTN studios, is the closest in appearance to how you have seen Him. Surely, those conducting the investigation knew this. I do not understand why it would have been omitted.

    Can you comment? If you want to answer by private email, that is fine. You do not have to publish this comment. You have my email address. Thank you.

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  44. Bill says:

    Charlie, this is so reassuring. Honesty and humility leads to credibility. God bless

    Liked by 4 people

  45. Let us, the commenters who are faithful Catholics, also affirm our obedience to the Church and to the Archbishop’s letter. In the end Charlie will be judged by his fruits. That’s us, the fruits ( and a few nuts and squirrels, too).

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  46. Julia says:

    Charlie thank you and God bless you for your honesty and openness about the Archbishop interest and investigation into your ministry.

    All concerned have given me great hope for our Church and the future whatever comes.

    I admit your mentioning messages from Angel Gabriel caught my attention. But your natural God given talent as a writer has an even greater pull for me popping in to have a read on a regular basis. Sorry if that is not a holy enough reason to learn about Trust, Do, Love.

    Liked by 3 people

    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think God cares whether you find peace and hope in Him through a shady, tree-lined lane or a dusty, rutted dirt road. Truth is, if people were just looking for private revelation, I reckon they wouldn’t hang around here very long, for I tend to be skimpy about doling that out. The hope that is in Christ, the love and maternal care Our Lady constantly has for us, knitting together the bonds of affection of the Family of God…that is what drives me. I am grateful so many have found that proclaimed here and proclaim it themselves.

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      • Beckita says:

        And that’s the purpose of private revelation…so it’s been throughout salvation history… if our focus on Our Lord and Our Lady had been steady, we wouldn’t NEED private revelataion… but God is so merciful!… the stiffneckedness for which we humans are famous has landed us right where we are… and it can never be said enough: God is NOT sending us the chaos, confusion, and all the other misery of the Storm… He’s our Abba ever yearning for our return and in Sublime Humility with Pure Love and Perfect Papa Pose, His Holy Arms are outstretched as his prophets, seers and sages call us back to the Safe Refuge of His Covenant with us. Through our Catholic Church, He’s crowned these days with a Jubilee Year of Mercy. May our prayers be fervent and strong as we acknowledge God, take the next right step, bringing His Hope to those around us as we join in the Rescue of welcoming Home and welcoming anew all who return to Our Father. Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally!

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      • leslyek says:

        …Our Lady Untier of Knots’ second task, that “knitting together the bonds of affection of the Family of God”. So we can rule together!

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      • janet333 says:

        I remember in the 90’s being able to go and hear any alleged seer speak at our local churches. Many of those so-called seers have since been proven to be false. No wonder then the Church had to stop this from happening. Sadly I know that some who followed these false prophets now no longer follow Church teachings. 😦

        satan is having a field day with his own ‘prophets’…but praise God some of us are aware of his tactics now.

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  47. 1okedoke says:

    Great news Charlie! !God bless you on your journey.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Tarja says:

      Hello!
      I think we all have our own reason to be here…. My very big reason is that dream I saw over ten years ago. I had recently got my Internet and about 2002-2003 I saw a very intensive and even a bit frightening dream about some odd creature who was carrying a false ark of the covenant. It was decorated with nature symbols and symbols of many different faiths. That creature was VERY evil and I was so scared that I ran downstairs to keep my door shut – even if that “man” in pagan monk’s green robe was clearly very far away. But he came nearer all the time. Then suddenly I noticed that my vestibule was absolutely full of people, crammed. And in the front row stood a man with gray hair, with glasses – he was Charlie. About this I’m absolutely sure but I did not know this until 2014 when I saw his photo. Interestingly, beside him stood a young woman with long brown hair. About her I have been given a hint who she may be… And then perhaps there was one older (black) gentleman … others were just a big crowd, I don’t remember them now.

      I’m no dreamer and my Ortohodox faith doesn’t at all encourage to believe one’s dreams. But in my opinion this dream was of supernatural origin. And it has been realized: this is the community I saw. And of course there are other Internet communities I visit. Unfortunately none of them is Orthodox. That’s my sorrow…their forums and blogs are usually not looking for solutions to riddles of our future. Sometimes it is wise, sometimes it’s like to put blinders on…sigh. I’m worried but I know that they teach: live your every day life with God and keep death in mind. That’s enough to keep your safe. It’s a simple, good teaching but sometimes I wonder: why then all these visions and warnings?

      My deepest gratitude to Charlie of his faithfulness and thanks to everyone that you have been so friendly and open to me!

      P.S. One more thing: In February 2014 I asked Mother of God: What is this time we are living in? How much we all have time? (I asked because my sister had got sick with cancer shortly before and I was very serious). After I had prayed I went to my computer, then searched LttW (locutions) BUT I saw THIS: LOCUTIONS, LOCUTIONS in capitals a little lower. I noticed it at once and opened it (did not notice and open before this day) and there it was: the story of Charlie. And the day was 26.2.2014. I suppose it is his birthday which I got to know only recently. This is enough for me – although as an Ortohodox Christian I very well know how great authorities Bishops are.

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  48. Kayla says:

    Thank you for being obedient to your bishop, Charlie. It was good to read the letter and your explanation. I will continue to pray for the mission God has entrusted to you.

    Liked by 2 people

  49. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning!! Dear Charlie, We are happy for your peace of mind. Does the Church usually make things so simple? 🙂 Thy Will be done! St. John of God– pray for us
    consecration day 8…

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  50. Bearing fruit is an understatement… More like fruit orchards.

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