Musings – The Comet Arrives

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By Charlie Johnston

At one of my presentations last year a man was taking copious notes. When I opened things up for questions he asked me when the comet was going to hit, on Wednesday or Thursday. I looked at him an astonishment and asked what in heaven’s name he was talking about. A little befuddled, he asked, “Aren’t you the guy who warns a comet is going to hit?” I replied, in obvious exasperation, that I had never said anything about a comet. “Oh, it must be somebody else,” he said. “Never mind.” The audience burst into loud laughter.

I recounted that incident here once before in explaining how baffling it is to frequently get weird questions about things I have never even contemplated, much less said. We have a Bishop who often comments here under the pseudonym of Yong Duk. He was so tickled by the story that every time I start to seem visibly flustered, he asks me when the comet is going to hit. (Yong Duk should have been a hockey player – he loves to agitate.) It has become a running joke here in the comments section, sometimes just for fun and others as a wry observation when it starts to get weird.

Imagine my amusement and surprise when I saw this story recounting that on this Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week we will have two comets pass as close to Earth as any have in several centuries. They are not scheduled to hit, but it is something of a near miss. So now you know – and to my questioner…all is forgiven.

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Despite my best efforts, a few people are still trying to turn this site into a mere political argument. One fellow in particular keeps assuring me that Trump rules and Cruz drools – and complains that I am suppressing him by not publishing his tendentious political opinions. A few others send me the occasional missive to advocate for or against someone or links to endorsements.

The political scene is useful as it mirrors the vast cultural dysfunction we have entered and so we may comment on it in that context. But to worry about advocating for or against anyone here is just silly. It is literally like the chicken running briefly after its head is cut off because it does not know it is dead yet. Traditional politics as a means of treating our ills is dead. There are plenty of sites that are still running through the barnyard. If you must pretend politics is still relevant in a significant way, go there with all the other headless chickens. I just don’t care about it, except to the extent it reveals clues on the state of our broken culture and its trajectory.

We talk about important things here. Let the dead bury their dead.

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Next month I will make a swing up to the Northeast, visiting Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts. There will be at least three presentations and perhaps a visit to a conference. I will make details available soon. In May I will make a swing through the Southeast, visiting friends in Birmingham and Atlanta after participating in a great family celebration.

I will not be making a long, endurance marathon like I did last year. But I will do some visits for conferences and to visit those little groups that have sprung up in the aftermath of my visits last year. I certainly expect to visit the West Coast again, Louisiana and up in Montana and Wyoming. If you have a request, make sure to send it to my volunteer assistant, Mary, at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com. I don’t set my schedule, but merely approve what Mary presents to me.

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Many of you were troubled last month when I was discussed on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio. You were troubled because the panelists badly garbled what I have said and got a multitude of facts wrong, including my name. Mariani, after hearing from some of you, was gracious enough to invite me to appear as a guest on his show. Unfortunately, his producer has revoked that invitation. He explained that their policy is to have no one on the show upon whom  any restrictions have been placed by his Bishop. My Archbishop has placed no restrictions on me as to content in either my writings or presentations. He has directed that any public presentations I make in the Denver Archdiocese be done off of Church property. That makes perfect sense to me as Archbishop Aquila, my Archbishop, has unique spiritual responsibility for me and authority over me. To allow me to hold my presentations from a Church there would be a tacit endorsement.

I find it odd and disappointing that while my Archbishop puts no restrictions on my content, Relevant Radio has decided I must be banned from their airwaves entirely. But that’s their policy. You may continue to hear about me there, but you will not be allowed to hear from me.

Despite this peculiarity, Relevant Radio has done solid work for many years. It has been a shining Catholic light in these troubled times. I am hopeful that though you won’t hear from me there, they will take care to be accurate when they speak about me in the future.

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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335 Responses to Musings – The Comet Arrives

  1. Joe Murphy says:

    Thank You

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  2. jnursester says:

    I love your brightness and sense of humor, Charlie. Keep up the good fight. Love, Judy

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  3. Daniel O'Connor says:

    We must be careful with attitudes that may smack of defeatism; attitudes implying that no good can now come of politics, for we are too far gone, or something of the sort.

    God has inspired the Vicar of Christ to issue multiple formal Magisterial documents in which he is literally begging for Godly politicians, and begging the faithful to work toward political solutions to problems we now face. An entire Encyclical (Laudato Si) — Pope Francis’ only Encyclical other than his joint work with Benedict — has as its primary focus the implementation of just political solutions to the current crisis.

    We sheep must not scoff at the directives of the Shepherd.

    Now this is not what Charlie is doing, for he says that “traditional politics” is dead. This I can agree with, because I do not see any of the mainstream politicians on the news today really getting it, or getting what needs to be done.

    But I write this comment just to warn against adopting an attitude that we cannot have without incurring some degree of sin by it. An attitude that flippantly dismisses as unimportant or inconsequential the very means which the Magisterium is urgently insisting upon. (I also write this comment because of what I myself have been doing; for years I have been pouring massive amounts of time and effort into crafting and promoting a truly Catholic-inspired American Political Platform. I know God has called me to this and I know in my heart that I am not merely wasting my time.)

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    • Fran says:

      A Catholic-inspired American Political Platform…that is just cool, Daniel.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Thank you, Daniel! I have thought about this for a while too, but now that I know you are well down the path, I shall not start down the same path, but will wait for your effort to see the light of day. I’ll pray for you….it may be that this will be important for rebuilding upon the ruins, if not now.

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    • jwjohn says:

      The US race for Prez might be Prez by default, it seems most have major scandals to deal with, I can not tell them here, at any rate there are major issues on the table with the ones remaining, I can actually see a scenario where there may be no one left and someone will be appointed or something or other, it looks like bad. The case for a someone taking other as a non-politician is becoming more and more likely by the day.

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  4. jnursester says:

    Charlie, I have an update on my patient who was found in a filthy house, near death and taken to the hospital about a month ago. She is happily residing in a good nursing home now, and one of her daughters who lived away, has moved here to be closer to her. I thank everyone for their prayers for her and for the situation. Keep praying for a culture of life not only for the unborn, but also for the elderly and handicapped, as they are at great risk in these troubled times. Thank you. Judy Johnson, Wolfforth, TX USA

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  5. Well, I had already planned to be up on Sunrise Peak this morning looking East/Northeast and thinking of you, and all here, and praying for your intentions. Just by coincidence, there’s also going to be a barnyard full of chickens down in Fountain Hills, AZ, at the base of the mountain at 11:00. I’ll pray for them too, especially the rooster wearing his signature red ball cap. Join me in spirit, if you can.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Unnecessary. 😦 It is clear that there are Trump supporters who read and post here, too.Prayers are always appreciated, but mocking is not,, unless I misinterpreted what you wrote, which with social media is always possible.

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      • YongDuk says:

        I liked it before when it was just comets and squirrels and no roosters and chickens and such even with Charlie’s background in Politics.

        It’s like fighting over a soap opera, the Super Bowl and World Series all wrapped up into one.

        If people were holy, they would not suffer and would never have suffered unholy politicians, the forerunners of the Antichrist!

        Jotham

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        • Doug says:

          It reminds me of when the Israelites asked for a king like all the other nations and God said it was not a good thing, but granted their request anyway and said they would have to pay taxes (sheep and crops and things like that) and live under arbitrary rule. That is where our politics is heading.

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      • Monica,

        That’s not the way it was intended, but I can understand why you might have taken it that way. Sorry if you were offended or lost some peace over my comment.

        I actually hit the peak at 11 on the nose and prayed most of the way, as well as prayers for intentions here, prayers for the folks at the rally (which I could see from that vantage), prayers for the protestors blocking the route in (which I could also see from there) and prayers for the main speaker. I think all the prayers are important, and certainly for conspicuous figures on a big stage who clearly affect so many one way or the other.

        I lose my peace sometimes (yep, I’m human), typically when I really need to burn off some energy which was the case this morning pre-hike. Maybe I was feeling a bit ornery when I borrowed off of Charlie’s metaphor without putting much thought into it. Maybe I should have just left it at “going on a prayer hike, praying for everyone’s intentions, trust in Jesus.” Certainly I should have avoided the topic of politics altogether, as has been the case for me virtually all the time.

        Honestly, I’m just a little marshmallow in many ways like others here, trying to gird up the loins for the serious confrontations I know are coming, but can’t yet imagine. In other ways, I’m the farthest thing from a marshmallow, but I’m trying hard to retool some of my old ways of thinking and doing so I can be a sign of hope to others. I definitely failed in this case.

        Be at peace, sister.

        MP

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

          MP, that was a gracious response. It is kind of you to have written and posted it. After I wrote my post, I later reread Charlie’s piece, saw the chicken allusion and then thought “Hmmm, maybe he was just making a word play off that,” which gives a different color to the whole chicken metaphor you used.

          I suppose this is all part of the turmoil Charlie has been talking about. I know he has said politics is going to be reset, but while the old system is here, the next right step to me seems to have to include our civic duty, because Charlie also recommends we do what we should be doing in case what he has seen doesn’t play out as he expects. That means working with this political process, because if we excuse ourselves from it now, how are we any different from those who gather on the mountain top awaiting the –was it Hale-Bopp? — comet to rescue us while we wait for the rest of the world to implode, which is definitely not Charlie’s counsel. Furthermore, if no “conservatives” support Trump, how would we expect to have any influence on him to address issues such as a stronger pro-life stand? People aren’t usually amenable to listening to those who merely mock in opposing them (speaking of conservatives in media here).

          Given all that, I am tired of the slurs aimed at Trump supporters in general on the world-wide web, in media, etc. I have substantive policy reasons for my support of an admittedly flawed man –but aren’t we all?–, as I give the courtesy of assuming his detractors and supporters of other candidates do.

          All that being said, I am thinking I should take a hiatus from following politics this Holy Week. 🙂 The primary here just passed, so there isn’t a need to keep up, and better for me to be focusing on the true Messiah.

          Again, it was “big” of you to respond kindly and please know it was appreciated.

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  6. Kim Sevier says:

    I hope they get their act together on you Charlie. God’s will be done.

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  7. Christine Deacutis says:

    Excited that someone (you) is finally coming to the smallest state in the country….Rhode Island.

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  8. Nan says:

    I have listened to Relevant Radio since it came to Chicago and Jeff Cavins had Morning Air (2001-02?). and it has changed my life entirely. The company remains faithful to the teachings of our faith. Also, I wrote to Drew about you Charlie, really to make sure he had heard about you and to begin his own discernment. Drew, other hosts, and their guests talk all around the issues like global economic collapse, tensions with North Korea and China, the destruction of the power grid in the US, Christian genocide, and the Islamic question. These topics are common on his shows, as well as consecration to the Divine Mercy and Mary as well as all things Catholic. I have taken him as a fair and discerning person. I was disappointed in the discussions a week apart about your message. I am not sure why except to error on the side of caution, and to keep the radio on the air. I am hoping that you and he at least are in conversation, and that maybe one day you will be on the show. I can understand the caution, but to distort your message was troubling to me. TNRS and Relevant Radio will remain in my prayers as i ask the Holy Spirit to guide all of us clearly. Fr. Hoffmann and your spiritual directors might have a fruitful conversation as well. Blessings.

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  9. phillip frank says:

    A coment can be a portent, but two comets? Hmmm, one good, one bad?
    A portent can be an omen or a good sign.
    If God, who sends us these signs, is God, than there is always good to be had in the long term effects of anything.
    I like to remember that, in the end, we get Heaven. Some of those who met the lions maw, fixed their eyes on Heaven and made it through with a smile on their faces. I have read of how those who suffer in Christ can experiance, deep within the pain, an inestimable joy. I hope within this our trial, we can be fixed on the goal and hold within ourselves a deep abiding joy.
    I feel it here Charlie, you offer us a nice solid platform to fixate from…..thanks.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am willing to undergo pain, but I do ask the Lord to not give me one iota more than is necessary to accomplish His purpose 😉

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      • He will give you the necessary grace to endure all things. May you continue to be open to His grace, Charlie.

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      • Doug says:

        Offering up my shoulder PT for Snowy and all TNRSrs. I did tell the therapist that I would never have survived in the Vietnamese prison and that getting PT was second only to going to the dentist and that was not personal against her ☺

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        • Is a “Thank you for your service.” in order here, Doug? 🇺🇸

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          • Doug says:

            No, no, no Patrick. I was never there and did not serve in the military. I was 7 years old when that war peaked in 68. It’s just that shoulder injuries always remind me of the vietcong pulling arms out of sockets in the Hanoi Hilton (sorry, don’t mean to be so graphic). Though I was a test engineer for componenys on the Patriot missile system. It was a sight to behold when they were shooting down scud missiles in the first Gulf war. I hold our military in high regard.

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          • Doug says:

            Componenys should be components. Another soul gets out!

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          • Military contractor then helping our troops kill bad guys — I’ll allow it: Thank you for your service!

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          • Doug says:

            Why thank you Patrick, but I feel like I contribute little. God bless you!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Thank you for that, Doug!

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          • Doug says:

            Lit a candle at Mass today too for you family Snowy. God bless you!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thank you, Doug 🙂 that was really kind of you to do that!!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, over on tempering our expectations…Jacki typed “Ugh” under your comment because she thought you were being sappy? I am still laughing at that…funniest thing I’ve seen tonight!!

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          • Doug says:

            It was my groaners jokes (best kind in my most humble opinion). I looked over at her and did a 😦 when I read it. She is wonderful though.

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          • That’s the funny thing about “groaners,” Snowy. Sometimes they’re just groaners, but sometimes they’re so bad that they actually become funny again. There have been many good comedians who knew how to hit that sweet spot and keep the audience laughing. I think Bob Hope is a good example. My dad and I got on an elevator one time in our jogging gear and some guy in the elevator said, “hey, you’re not going out in public looking like that, are you?!” My dad spun around to fire back at him but froze up instead. That other guy in the elevator with us was Bob Hope. Naturally, we bust out laughing. Doug, check out Bob Hope and keep practicing. I’m rooting for you!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            MP, that is so funny! Bob Hope was great, wow, wonderful story 🙂
            Doug, I’ll root for ya too! Lord, please help Doug master the art of being a groaner… Hmm. If not for his sake, for ours. Amen 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Patrick! Bob hope is one of the best.

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    • wpsahm says:

      Technically, it was a single comet split into two.

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  10. YongDuk says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun if I went on Drew’s show? It would likely be contingent with being on with Kevin S. to talk about the theo-political outlook for the Trump-Biden / Clinton-Sanders tickets compared to the coming landslide from the Comet… I would have to have one of those creepy electronic devices that conceal one’s voice though.

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  11. kent4jmj says:

    After following the headlines, reading the actual stories is unnecessary, for the past few months it is clear that an escalating crudeness, volatility, anger, etc in our politics and just generally continues to escalate. The violence coming should be easy to see.

    As for the election, unless there is a drastic change, I keep “getting” None Of The Above!!! Not one of the Candidates is worthy of my support.

    The Pledge of allegiance has a line with profound implications. …And to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one Nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

    A Republic
    Under God
    Equality under the Law

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  12. Mack says:

    I agree with Charlie that in terms of this election, politics is certainly dead.
    I would somewhat agree with Daniel’s comment above, in the sense that politics in some sense is necessary for the proper ordering of human society. But that doesn’t mean that the political system we have grown up with and known all our lives (for those of us who grew up in the US) is going to be with us forever.
    If I understand Charlie at all, we can’t pin our hopes on any particular version or political system, since that could easily change. And if the next leader is not coming through our normal political process, then God indeed is doing something new.
    While temporal leaders are necessary, they are not saints (with rare exceptions) and we can’t put our hope in them as we do in Jesus Christ. Sometimes God uses them to bring about his plans, as he used Cyrus when he freed the Jews and sent them back to their homeland.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Mack, politics is just the way we interact with each other and order society…so politics is always with us. Traditional politics are broken and God has a plan. We are the forerunners of the new politics that will heal, rather than rub salt in, our wounded disorders.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Here are some of the casualties already buried and forgotten.

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      • Beckita says:

        This makes so much sense, Charlie, when you write that traditional politics is broken, for we are a broken people. As weak as I am in political understandings, for years I have loved reading the work of the former Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput. He has helped me so much in political thinking. He also rose each morning to personally answer emails and I appreciated the opportunities to communicate with him.

        Here’s a response from Archbishop Chaput from an interview he had with Catholic News Agency just after he was appointed the new Archbishop in Philidelphia. His comments help me see why we will need a new way of being governed. From one perspective the system now is broken. From another, we will need a new system because WE will be made new as we weather the Storm and the old man/woman has impurities burned out of him/her. We will emerge from Rescue as a people who truly place God in the center of our hearts and lives.

        Archbishop Chaput: “There’s an obvious temptation, in political life, to compromise Christian virtues and values because of the pressures of the society around us. But I wouldn’t first point to governors, or congressional representatives, or Supreme Court justices. I’d point to ourselves. If our political leaders lack conviction about their faith, it’s because the members of the Church lack conviction about their faith. Political leaders are no different from the rest of us. So if we point fingers at them, we’re also pointing fingers at ourselves, and at the broader Church community.

        So the Gospel should be preached, first of all, in the Church. Naturally, we need to preach it to political leaders as well. But they’re not alone – not by a long shot — in their tepidity and compromises of the Gospel. If Catholics in their homes and parishes understand that, they’ll realize that a serious conversion needs to take place in all our lives, and not just in the lives of politicians.”
        http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/document/interview-with-archbishop-charles-chaput-on-his-philadelphia-appointment-1056/

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Archbishop Chaput is a rock star. His book “Render Unto Caesar” is the best book I’ve ever read on a catholic’s role and responsibility in citizenship and politics.

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        • djmoforegon says:

          Spot on, Beckita. Each of us have to examine our own conscience to begin the process of societal renewal. It starts with me. And I believe that we are so distanced from the grace of God that it will take some monumental events, both spiritual and cultural, to wake us from this stupor.

          Archbishop Chaput has a wonderful perspective and truthful approach to all that ails us.

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    • jwjohn says:

      There was a person by the name of Tommy Hansen “Trainwreck Tommy” who was a former trader on Wall Street who used to be on the Pete Santilli Show ( Pete is now in a federal jail for reporting at Burns, Oregon and will be there for 7 or 8 years) who left the US a couple of years ago with his family to an undisclosed location in central or south America because he said it was time to get out of the US ( he saw the riots and unrest coming), anyways he said that politics was becoming irrelevant because it was behind the times – he said for instance the government was buying drones to watch the people, he said by the time they bought enough drones the technology would be so outdated that people could pick up their cell phone and and go on the net and disable the drone, his point was that by the time governments do anything it was already irrelevant and because of this politics was becoming irrelevant

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    • Meriadoc says:

      Yes, all the forms of our political system (bicameral legislature, separation of powers, judicial review, et al.) are dry husks unless they are informed by a virtuous and Christian electorate. Twenty or thirty years ago you could believe that there was a “moral majority” that shaped our institutions. Now?….I think the best we can hope for is a “moral plurality.”

      Ah, for the days when you could hope that electing the right people could change the quality of public life……good times, good times….

      Since Obama’s first election, I’ve been haunted by an observation posted on one of the Soros forums (of all places) and reposted at a Czech website:

      Jan 27, 2010 10:51am EST “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

      Whatever its origin, the comment’s truth is indisputable. It’s haunted me for years now.

      If I hadn’t found discovered Charlie’s site, I’d be despairing. Maranatha, Lord Jesus! The events prophesied by Charlie and the seers of Garabandal can’t come soon enough.

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  13. Doug says:

    I tend to think the politicians we elect are generally indicative of our culture.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I agree. I someone write that maybe the reason our political leaders have become so unimpressive is because we have become unimpressive.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I suspect that I’ve pointed out before that Alex Jones/InfoWars is on the sensational/tabloid side but what he portrays below, in his usual over excitable way, is what’s “Happening-Now” and try as ABCNNBCBS-NPR-n-DNC try to cover-up-n-distract-n-attribute blame elsewhere the Word is leaking out and people are scared, confused, angry and watching their “Net-Worth” evaporating … along with the USA’s Religious/Civic Traditions they grew up with!! They don’t know what to do about it! 40 years of PC, dumbed down education and morality has brought the USA and Christendom to this point …. history demonstrates, time-n-again, that when the above occurs it will not end well or in ways that “Joe Average” never dreamed of ……. THE STORM!!??? ;-(

        “EMERGENCY ALERT: CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA”
        http://www.infowars.com/emergency-alert-civil-war-in-america/

        GOD SAVE CHRISTENDOM & ALL HERE!!

        PS: Have a Happy & Faith Filled Easter Week and remember who is in charge and Storm Heaven with what’s on your mind! 😉

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        • I bet Alex has got a pretty snazzy underground bunker somewhere! Funny how a guy can go from sounding like a tabloid/conspiracy alarmist a decade ago to being a plausible secular prophet of these times today.

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          • CrewDog says:

            There was plenty to “Be Alarmed” about a decade ago P/SD. What Alex and Guys like me were seeing most people were simply-n-ignorantly unaware of, didn’t care about or didn’t believe it was significant. Some are becoming aware thanks to Talk Radio and the Blogosphere but too little-too late! One must have Faith in The Almighty ’cause I don’t see ‘salvation’ coming from Human “Leadership”!! ………… Pray, Hope & Prepare!

            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Well, Doug and Charlie, I just posted a comment which shows great minds think alike: yours and that of Archbishop Chaput. Amen.

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  14. nicky says:

    Hi, I just noticed on drudge report that thousands are blocking the highway to Phoenix, Arizona. They are trying to block Trump. It’s definitely picking up speed. Praying for everyone’s safety. God bless.

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  15. BD says:

    Relevant Radios reluctance in no way impairs your relevance…

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  16. Debra says:

    I am learning to forget about things like comets and chastisements and focus more on God’s will for us; to pray intently for this country and our government; and to continue to have hope. This lent I have learned many things that surprised me. And to be honest, I have watched all the squirrels here laughing at their antics and for some reason….think of all here! Just kidding, but I wish all here peace and a wonderful Holy Week. Love and blessings…

    Debra

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    • Doug says:

      This means you are moving out of the spectator stage and into the do something stage. Nice Debra!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Debra, I have often wondered if all of the goofing around some of us do in here annoys people but at the moment, I am laughing myself silly because Deereverywhere is acting like a loon again over on another page…. it just can’t be helped! I’m so guilty! I’m sorry! Hahahaa.

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      • Debra says:

        I don’t think people really get annoyed. If they do, I would like to remind them that even Jesus must have had a good time at the wedding in Cana, and many times with his disciples. Sometimes we all forget that we should live our lives with joy and laughter. Laugh away!!!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Exactly! Kingdom of Heaven + children. I have always found good humor and being able to get silly very healthy, healing and just plain old fun! Though one of my Grandsons is in big trouble right now in school (lol) he keeps doing things to crack the class up and the teacher is completely exasperated! So hmm… 😉

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        • Jesus certainly had the joy of living with Mary and Joseph!

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Snowy, interesting that you mention this, and this comment is not directed at you at all; I am merely piggybacking off your comment.

        I actually am feeling it is getting a little too “inside baseball” here at times in the comment threads, which I usually found a great addition to Charlie’s posts. I think I am one of the “older” posters here, maybe in age (!), likely in longevity. I love humor and jocularity very much, but, honestly, I have trouble following it sometimes. Maybe it’s just me or a function of the medium or a combination thereof.

        I don’t have a “solution,” and am not sure one is needed, as it could really just be me, but I thought maybe, Charlie, you might like to know. Then again, it might just be the whole cultural atmosphere in the world driving me a bit batty.

        However, I can never thank all the prayer warriors here enough. I should add my husband who has cancer just got a “good” checkup in that his cancer is stable enough to be able to go a little longer than a year before another checkup. I think some of you have prayed for us, so I want to say “thanks” and give praise to God for this kindness. A blessed Holy Week to all.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Monica, a safe and blessed Holy week to you and yours as well.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Monica, I’m happy to hear about your husband! Thank God!
          When I first came here I couldn’t understand most of the humor and even going back on the pages/articles and trying to figure it out didn’t help (because it was so odd) so I asked about everything and either Charlie, Doug, YD or Beckita explained things to me. I think most of us who goof around in here are late 40’s on up! I’m 54 going on 12 😉
          None of it is insider stuff, I mean no one is talking secret decoder ring stuff in here, I promise! It’s all just silliness! The comet, Charlie explained, hair extensions and capes etc. are Yong Duk, squirrel stuff is just us being goofy and squirrely. On it goes. Doug almost always starts it (h, just kidding Doug 😉 ) so there’s that…. Anyway, hope that helps 🙂

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          • Half the time I just don’t get the jokes here, even if someone tried to help me understand it 😀 😀 But that’s okay, because I think it’s beautiful that people are free to laugh and joke and kid around even in the midst of serious discourse. It’s the Light shining in our lives!
            So, giggle on.

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          • Lilia Florentiae says:

            I thought I didn’t understand part of the jokes, because I’m not a native speaker! Comforted to learn that I am not alone ;)!
            But -Doug and YongDuk- I understood “baldacchino” very well! And I can also pronounce it correctly…
            Thanks, my friends, for making this place funny and welcoming.
            And have a happy Palm Sunday.
            Lilia from Italy

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen, Lilia 🙂

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          • janet333 says:

            It’s actually a relief to see people enjoying themselves, especially as how we are all in a blog that warns we are headed towards a storm of great proportions.

            We’re cheerful because we know a rescue is underway. Praise God! 🙂

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        • You hit on it, Monica. The “insider” humor can alienate people sometimes. I’m guilty of that — a lot of my posts are pure, meaningless folly. I think I write them just for the sake of hearing myself talk and getting people to respond to affirm my existence. (I post, therefore I am). I know that the Pink Panther movies, for example, have nothing to do with Jesus or His Divine Mercy, other than perhaps to illustrate what is wrong with our world and how badly we need him. My posts range from morbidly depressing to prayerful to hopeful to irrelevant to just plain goofy — all are aspects of my personality, but perhaps they should be honed in better to the situation at hand, namely our Pilgrimage to the Resue and our eternal salvation.

          Perhaps those silly posts of ours are just nervousness being expressed about the impending trials and tribulations. I know I’m hanging on to sanity in this surreal world through prayer, ministry, Scripture, the Mass, and, of all things, this TNRS blog.

          I do pray to maintain a good sense of humor throughout the Storm. I hope that laughter will be a useful way to be that sign of hope to others when things are frightening or depressing.

          I really enjoy your posts, Monica. Personally, I’d rather read your posts than write mine.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Patrick..hmph! I enjoy your posts immensly, so I can’t agree they are pointless and without reason. Personally my laughter and foolishness here is the real me, I’m exactly the same way in my normal daily life no matter how hard things get! I just went through one of the hardest things in my life and there was maybe 2-3 days I didn’t laugh much. When I came back to the Church is when my sense of humor really surfaced because I no longer had to live in fear all of the time. If I do now it’s my own fault or lack of trust in God’s love, mercy and care!
            SO about that novel, Patrick….tapping foot patiently:::: sigh LOL

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          • Doug says:

            Hear, hear Snowy.

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          • Beckita says:

            Patrick, I love your posts. This one is both beautiful and hialrious. Turning in with JOY in my heart.

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          • Doug says:

            The best families have silly humor.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            Ok, now I feel bad, Patrick. 🙂 I would not pick one of my posts over any others, including yours. 🙂 I was just being honest that, in general, at times I get lost, but like I said it could just be me, too.

            Singingflowers, your observation about the relief valve is interesting. And, it is definitely how I approach things in my life. A sense of humor really helps one get through the joys and sorrows of the world. After 32 years of marriage, my husband still cracks me up with his goofy but mostly corny humor. I have sometimes mused that humor is part of what made America great, like Chesty Puller’ s comment mentioned on a prior thread that (to paraphrase)” the enemy has us surrounded, so we have them just where we want them; there’s no way they can escape now.” Although, a steady diet of mind numbing Hollywood “comedies” of recent vintage likely have not strengthened society.

            Thanks, all, for your kind and tolerant comments (especially Snowy, whose comment I piggybacked off but was not personally directed to her.)

            And to finish, I wanted to post the quote from the great GK Chesterton on mirth, since the writing and sentiment of it blew me away and has stayed with me ever since I first read it. But, while finding it on goodreads, I read two others I have to share, just for fun, because, like Lay’ s potato chips, who can stop at just one Chesterton quote? 😉 (and, serendipitously, these quotes hopefully redeem my post by bringing its focus to the Lord 🙂 )

            Here’s the first on humor, mirth:

            “The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall. His pathos was natural, almost casual. The Stoics, ancient and modern, were proud of concealing their tears. He never concealed His tears; He showed them plainly on His open face at any daily sight, such as the far sight of His native city. Yet He concealed something. Solemn supermen and imperial diplomatists are proud of restraining their anger. He never restrained His anger. He flung furniture down the front steps of the Temple, and asked men how they expected to escape the damnation of Hell. Yet He restrained something. I say it with reverence; there was in that shattering personality a thread that must be called shyness. There was something that He hid from all men when He went up a mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.”
            ― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
            (Sigh…to be able to think and write like that!)

            Second quote that puts any “earth worship” and “earth day” in amazingly proper perspective (I think):
            “The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate. This gives to the typically Christian pleasure in this earth a strange touch of lightness that is almost frivolity. Nature was a solemn mother to the worshipers of Isis and Cybele. Nature was a solemn mother to Wordsworth or to Emerson. But Nature is not solemn to Francis of Assisi or to George Herbert. To St. Francis, Nature is a sister, and even a younger sister: a little, dancing sister, to be laughed at as well as loved.”
            ― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

            And, finally, one quote just for fun, because of how it is written and what it says:) :
            “But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun.; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic monotony that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
            ― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodox
            (I love that…maybe God has never tired of making daisies! I will be thinking of that as I watch the new spring growth here:))

            A blessed Monday of Holy Week!

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          • Monica, you have done nothing wrong; rather, you brought up something on other peoples’ minds and have inspired an excellent conversation. And even if you did do something wrong, you more than made up for it with those delightful Chesterton quotes! Bravo!!

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          • Mick says:

            Monica, thanks for being such a good sport in putting up with the goofballs (including moi) in the TNRS family. You are clearly the grown-up here, which brings to mind this variant of a ditty that was in Father of the Bride 2: “Every party has a grownup; that’s why we invited you…” hee hee.

            And you get tons of points for the use of “serendipitously” in a sentence. Impressively done! (I have loved the word “serendipity” ever since I heard Dick Vitale say it in a basketball-themed Taco Bell commercial many, many moons ago.)

            Oh, and prayers for your husband. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            I love the word serendipity too Mick. It sounds perfalogical to me 🙂

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        • Monica Joseph, there is a pattern to the silly humor. I noticed that it occurs after a buildup of serious and fearful comments. It’s functioning as a relief valve.

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          • justsayin392 says:

            Good to hear confirmation. As a relative newcomer, it’s been my ‘canary in the mine shaft’ – the alert to scan through the posts and comments beyond the ‘headlines’ – reach for my ‘spiritual gas mask’ so to speak. Sigh – feels like one of the ways God uses to tickle us under the chin ’til we look Him in the eye – in each other.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Monica…. See what you started? LOL 😉 one thing I love about the people here, give them an inch and they take miles and miles of thread to get the simplest point across! Got love it!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        That’s me, screwing up one car funerals, one car at a time🙋

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Hahahaa! 😀

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        • Mick says:

          Patrick, if I may echo Snowy… Hmmph! I do get Monica’s point; but we have to be able to laugh and be silly sometimes. As somebody else said (was it JLynn? Nope, I see that it was Singingflowers) it does help to maintain sanity by functioning as a pressure valve. And, like Snowy, the nuttiness that I show here is the real me. I can be serious and even dour; but, for good or ill, goofiness is my default setting.

          In the not-too-distant future, we’re going to have enough hard, depressing stuff going on that without the ability to smile and laugh (and pray and love), we might not make it through. And how many people in these coming days will be helped by our sense of humor?

          In short, please do not stop posting with your unique and particularly funny form of humor. I will take it as a personal affront if you “go dark.” (OK, not really, but please… Stay humorous, my friends!) 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          OK, Deer… I find this statement hilarious, and I don’t even know why. 🙂

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          • deereverywhere says:

            It’s because of the little yellow peep with its hand raised. They are so unsuspecting and innocent. They have no idea that their kind (yellow marshmallow peep) will be decimated and enjoyed in Easter baskets everywhere on Sunday…

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Deer. Vultures..poop? Where did you come from? Haha! My grandkids would absolutely love you. I couldn’t get my grandson to calm down, crying and crying. I gave up on everything to tell him about our dogs killing two huge rats in the yard. Deadstop…What Grandma???? Worked like a charm, he fell asleep happy- go figure.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Debra, I am wishing the very same for you and yours and know you are always in my prayers.

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  17. Ann says:

    The problem with Relevant Radio is the same problem you are going to have all over the country since Archbishop Aquila has banned you from speaking in the diocese. I’m guessing you are not going to get a warm reception anywhere so it seems his ruling on you was no small thing. If he has put no restrictions on what you say, then why won’t he allow you to actually say in in his diocese. Something doesn’t seem right here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ann, the Archbishop has NOT banned me from speaking in his Archdiocese. He has told me not to do it on Church property. And I am NOT having this problem all over the country. Invitations – including with media – are rolling in. And as I have told you and is fairly obvious with even a superficial look, to permit me to use Churches in his Archdiocese when he has unique responsibility for me would be a tacit endorsement. This is NOT tough stuff to figure out.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Is this the same Ann over whom we have spilled many bytes with our replies several days or weeks ago and who seems a troll?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Yes, it is. She only posts here, it seems, when she sees a chance to take a shot at me. She is restrained enough that I let it be.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Well, she is obviously holier than all of us, so thank you for not blocking her so she comes back and at least maybe says a prayer for us little simple folk.

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        • Actually, it’s not a “she.” His real name is Ralph Bugenhagen from Frankenstein, Missouri, population 30. Met his cousin, Duarte Farquaad, while on business in Truth or Consequences. He’s harmless, just a bit bored.

          (BTW, YD, it’s pronounced “Frankenstein”)

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        • Ann says:

          And she has my name, so hope no one mistakes her for me. I pray daily for everyone here, and on this great feast of St. Joseph I ask his special guidance and protection for fathers, mothers, and families everywhere. Dear St. Ann, pray for us, especially for all who bear your name.

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  18. djmoforegon says:

    Hi all, about those comets. There is a Spanish geologist/sacred astronomer named Antonio Yague who lives and teaches at the university level in Spain. He has studied the history of the planets, stars, and galaxies in relationship to the events that have unfolded in the history of the Holy Bible and all of Christianity, including approved apparitions of Our Blessed Mother.. He is a great lover and defender of the faith and a man of science and,I believe, has the Holy Spirit as his inspiration.

    Antonio Yague has a website that is entirely in Spanish but he kindly has recorded some of his lectures in English. Here is a link to one of his videos that is in English, so be patient as he sometimes struggles to find the correct word. It is his 6th video and it is about the Sixth Seal from the Book Of Revelations. It is really fascinating. I am not a science geek yet I understood and appreciated his careful explanations of how he came to determine each hypothesis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZmYtr1M7Nc

    P.S. I believe Crew Dog has mentioned that his interest in Sacred Astronomy was peaked when he watched a presentation on EWTN about the Bethlehem Star.

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    • Karen says:

      Djm, I am also fascinated by the Lord’s heavenly creations and the signs that He sometimely places within them for those with eyes to see – and yes, if it was Crewdog who mentioned the Star of Bethlehem documentary – that was a real eye-opener. If the Lord wills, I will be trying my hardest to catch sight of at least one of the comets this week. Our local astronomer has said that we may see them on the 25th and 26th as well as the predicted 21st and 22nd – I was very surprised to hear that considering the important Feasts . I don’t think anything can beat the beautiful Comet McNaught just a few years ago – it magnificently displayed over a large part of the night sky where I happened to be holidaying.

      In case I don’t post comments again this week may I wish everyone here a Holy Week that is very much caught up in the Lord for the consolation of dear Jesus and Blessed Mother and for the good of all souls. May this be followed by a joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Christ that in remembrance of it brings cheer as we go ahead together over the coming painful months. God bless.

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    • BD says:

      Thank you djmoforegon for the post and the link. Interesting for sure and I know a few people that believe we face a Planet X scenario. One thing mentioned in the video that stands out for me are the massive earthquakes that suddenly strike all over the world at once. It fits with what I was told by two special individuals. The earthquakes would follow an unprecedented worldwide economic collapse. Oh well, you get the idea. Thanks again…

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    • ann says:

      Djm. I listened to the link you gave. Thankyou! Fascinating and well documented. Yikes. Brown dwarf star. Scary. But oh so plausible.

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    • Judith says:

      DJM, Very fascinating this Sacred Astronomy and Antonio’s hypothesis. I was amazed at his idea about the cause of the earth’s magnetic field shift and its results. Got me thinking that a shift might have played a part in THE FLOOD. I have got to get my mind off this and just focus on living in God’s will. He does take care of all His creation.
      Peace to all.

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    • Interesting video to watch on a frigid Palm Sunday afternoon. Let’s hope there will be no 250m tidal wave as the death toll might be closer to a billion. Also, a change in the rotation of the earth to 90 degrees from where it is now seems a bit extreme. And wouldn’t a near pass of a massive body like a brown dwarf possibly pull the earth out of it’s solar orbit? Maybe a smaller body, like good old Planet X, passing by closer would also block the sun for a time.

      Where’s Lt Commander Data when you need him?

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      • djmoforegon says:

        I love Data! My husband made a Star Trek fan out of me soon after we were married.

        While this information is hard to imagine happening in the real world in our lifetime, there are many church approved saints and seers who have spoken about a meteor or comet or some heavenly body plummeting to the earth, and knocking the earth off of it’s present axis. A really good site that has many wonderful biographies of these Catholic mystics is:

        http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/

        I found this really difficult to imagine but my husband, who is a pilot and amateur astronomer, explained about the earth’s axis and how it has changed from 14.5 degrees in 1970 to almost 24 degrees in 2016. He knew this information because he worked for an airplane manufacturer and they had to calibrate on-board aircraft compasses for true north and magnetic north. And every year, the tilt of the earth (axis) increased. What Antonio Yague is anticipating is the possibility of a pole flip which has happened in the past. It is believed that this is what caused the Ice Age.

        Yague is our rendition of the Three Magi. He believes that the events of the Warning, the Miracle, and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will begin as soon as November 2016.

        So, what is my take away from all of this? God, in His goodness, gives us the prophets to stop us in our tracks, amend our ways, and return our gaze and hearts to Him. Sometimes we hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit and respond immediately with repentance and gratitude. And sometimes God has to shake us out of our complacency with a severe, abrupt reprimand that gets everyone’s attention immediately. Our world has quit loving and honoring our Creator. He loves us enough to be a severe Father when it means salvation for many.

        But all of this is just something else to be aware of as a sign of the times. Can’t lose sleep over it or lose our peace. We prepare our souls with all the gifts of our Catholic Church, take the next right step and be a sign of hope for all.

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        • Thanks DJM. I had a friend once say that I look like Data — at least when I had more hair on my head. Not sure if that’s a compliment or not, but I suppose there could be worse comparisons……like Worf.

          Great info from your husband about the earth’s tilt. I had heard that before, so I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. And that mysticsofthechurch.com site is among my very favorites. I go to it often. God bless!

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        • Interesting.g post, D J M. however I think we may be confusing the axis and the magnetic pole. The axis is the imaginary line through the earth around which the earth spins. The pole is the top and bottom of the magnetic field. A change in the latter has minimal consequences. A change in the former would be more dramatic and would shift the world’s weather and what we see in the sky at night. I understand that severe earthquakes have shifted the earth on its axis a tiny bit. A large, sudden shift would be catastrophic. A magnetic pole reversal would cause some problems but nothing catastrophic.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you for that, flowers. I know that the magnetic pole has been drifting for centuries – which has little to nothing to do with the axis. I remember in a freshman geology class my professor explaining that to us and noting that he would not be happy if we were to confuse the two.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Star Trek, my two favorites Spock and later, Data!

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      • Katherine says:

        I love Data. I accomplished my mission of turning my husband into a Star Trek fan this year. Go me! Anyway, there are just just so many ways to die right now aren’t there? There’s economic collapse, things falling out of the sky, things swerving close to the earth, massive earthquakes . . .North Korea and other terrorist groups . . . supervolcanoes and giant tsunamis . . . there’s a doomsday scenario for everything and a conspiracy theory for everything too. We’re seeing social disorder on every level and now we’re seeing disruptions of every kind on the natural side of things. I believe that as we get a sense of the hole we’ve dug ourselves in the social and geopolitical realm, we’re also getting a sense of just how little we really are in light of all of the scuttlebutt about the natural order fraying at the edges. We’re not in control, here. We’re just going to ride the rapids. So, as I joked with my dad once, with my bucket of dried beans in one hand and a rosary in the other, I feel as ready as I can be for anything. I am also blithely unaware of just what “hard times” means exactly, in a personal sense, since I’ve never faced anything more serious than having to wait an extra hour for dinner to arrive, but what can you do?

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  19. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, if you look closely at the comet in the picture you posted, you can just barely make out hair extensions and a cape. It’s a bird, no it’s a comet….Nope! It’s a Bishop! So whew… no worries! 😀

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  20. The first time I read the Amsterdam Apparitions, they seemed bizarre and I tossed them aside as gibberish. After reading Charlie’s writings, I revisited them and now they seem potentially authentic: Russia, China, Taiwan, Korea, the US, England, Germany, Islam, Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, and humanism, realism, socialism, and communism. The woman who had the visions was described as plain and unimaginative, yet her visions are remarkable.

    Anyway, the Lady allegedly said “Meteors — pay attention to them!” in the 23rd message when talking about Korea. (Yes, I know there is a difference between a comet and a meteor 😀)

    She said in the 27th message: “To America I say: do not push your politics too far; and seek the True Spirit. I am glad that America is better disposed to the faith at the moment.” (February 11, 1951)

    This is just a curiosity. Here’s a short 15-min vid narrated by Martin Sheen several years ago. A newer version would have even more current event occurrences to mention:

    Reference: http://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/23rd-message-august-15-1950-feast-of-the-assumption-of-mary/

    If this apparition is true, people will look back at it and see how it foretold of recent history and the Storm itself, if applicable, after the fact. Right now, it’s just an intriguing puzzle to check out.

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    • anna819 says:

      This is the 45th message and I selected to read this one only because the date was March 20th, just as today is. It is a very specific message in many ways and there is even a reference to Our Lady showing Ida a Eucharistic Procession. I thought many of you would enjoy that part of the vision.

      45th Message – March 20, 1953
      March 20, 1953 by Ida Peerdeman

      The time has come

      I see the Lady of All Nations standing before me. She says,
      “Say that the time has now come. The time is here, the time in which the world shall know that I have come here as the Lady of All Nations. I want this to be made known to the world now. Tell this to the Pope’s Sacrista. This is my message to him. You shall not fear anything. He shall read all the messages and pass them on to the Holy Father. Do not be afraid, child. You will get there. Have no fear. For I am the one bringing this message. The time has come.”

      Now the Lady pauses for a long time and then says,
      “53, that is the year of the Lady of All Nations.”

      The daily Miracle

      Now the Lady gazes before herself for a long time, and then she says,
      “Before the Lord Jesus Christ returned to the Father, before the Sacrifice of the Cross began, the Lord Jesus Christ gave a daily Miracle to the peoples of the whole world.”
      Now the Lady casts a searching glance over the globe and says very slowly and questioningly,
      “How many are there …”
      ––and she pauses for a moment––
      “who experience this great Miracle? They pass this great Miracle by. The daily Sacrifice must come again into the midst of this degenerate world.”

      Pope Pius XII

      Then it is as if the Lady is gazing into the distance, and she says,
      “And now I speak to the Holy Father.”

      Now I see Pope Pius XII before me in a room with a lot of papers around him. The Lady says,
      “You have done a lot. Now the Lady of All Nations asks you once again to carry out everything that still needs to be done. He knows what I mean. The Holy Father shall prepare the Marian dogma of the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. She will assist in this.”

      The predictions of the Lady

      The Lady waits again for a long time, gazing into the distance. Then she says,
      “In order to prove that I am the Lady of All Nations, I said: great powers will fall; politico-economic struggle will arise; watch out for the false prophets; pay attention to the meteors; there will be disasters; there will be natural disasters; we are facing great decisions; we are facing heavy pressure.”

      True peace

      Now the Lady gazes before herself as if into a depth. Then she says very slowly and clearly,
      “53.

      Nations of Europe, unite! It is the Lady of All Nations who is calling this out to you. Not to defeat your enemy, but to win over your enemy. Just as you should be united politically, so must you be united in the true Holy Spirit. Heavy pressure is hanging over the world. Your enemy is lying in wait. Church of Rome, seize your opportunity. It is modern humanism, realism, socialism and communism which have the world in their grip.”

      I then see the world with all those groups of people on it, and, so to speak, an enormous hand clasping it. The Lady says, “Listen to the Lady, who wants to be your Mother. Pray, nations, that your sacrifice may find favor with the Lord. Pray, nations, that the true Holy Spirit may come. Pray, nations, that the Lady of All Nations may be your Advocate.”

      Then the Lady says very slowly and clearly,
      “And now the Lady of All Nations promises to grant true peace. But the nations, together with the Church––understand well––together with the Church, will have to pray my prayer in this year. Tell this to the Sacrista. Say that the time has now come. Great world events are still to come.”

      The new church. The altars

      Now the Lady pauses and it is as if she is changing her place. Then she says,
      “Now follow me where I am going.”

      It is as if I am going along a road together with the Lady. We arrive at a meadow and a few trees. I see the Lady standing as in a haze above that meadow. She says,
      “You see me standing here in the meadow.”

      Suddenly I recognize the meadow as a familiar piece of land at the Wandelweg, near the place where we live.
      “This is where the new church is going to be.”

      It is as if I am entering that church with her. The Lady says,
      “On the high altar the Sacrifice with the Cross, the daily Miracle.”

      I now see the high altar. The Lady points at the tabernacle, which has a small crucifix on it. She says,
      “At the same level, to the left, the gospel side, will be the altar of the Lady of All Nations. On the epistle side, the altar of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Notice well, at the same level as the Sacrifice.”

      Now the Lady points again to the high altar, and I see the three altars adjoining on the same level, as if they were forming one large altar. Behind the side altars I see the images again, but vaguely and veiled.

      Amsterdam, the place of the Sacrament

      Then the Lady says,
      “I have chosen the Dominican fathers for this. The donor shall place the image there. The image has to come to Amsterdam soon. I have chosen Amsterdam as the place of the Lady of All Nations. It is also the place of the Sacrament. Understand all of this well.”

      Next I see a Eucharistic procession. Among the many people participating I also see priests. One of these priests is walking in front with the Blessed Sacrament. The procession is coming from the old downtown, from the Begijnhof, and going in the direction of the place the Lady showed me at the Wandelweg.

      She will save the world

      Then the Lady says,
      “The outspreading shall go through the monasteries to all priests, to all peoples. Dominicans, be well aware of what you have in your hands.”

      The Lady says the latter with emphasis.
      “Your spiritual director shall see to it. Do not be afraid. It is Mary, the Lady of All Nations, who is bringing this message.”

      The Lady pauses again for a moment. Then she says clearly and slowly,
      “Under this title she will save the world.”

      Then the Lady goes away very slowly.
      This entry was posted in The Messages – 1945-1959 by Ida Peerdeman. Bookmark the permalink.

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    • Despite the interesting stuff about the future and all the countries in this reported apparition, here is the part that grabbed my attention:

      ————————— MEN AND WOMEN ———————
      “Then it is as if the Lady forms two rows of people. Now I see men standing to her right and women to her left. Then she points at the row of women with a compassionate look on her face. She shakes her head in pity and says, as though addressing those women,
      “Do you still know your task? Listen carefully: as a woman is, so is the man. You women, set the example. Return to your womanliness.”

      Then she looks at the row of men and says,
      “I have one question for you, men: where are the soldiers for Christ? That is all I have to say to you.”

      The moment I read that last line, my heart groaned in sorrow and shame.

      http://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/25th-message-december-10-1950/

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    • Annie W. says:

      Patrick, I have followed these for years, getting Dr. Mark Miravalle’s newsletters (“e”letters), which I recommend. The devotion was approved by Ida’s bishop and the succeeding bishop, also, I believe. Much corresponds to Our Lady of Akita. Our Lady has been trying to get through to us all for a long time, and never gives up on us! As a matter of fact, Mother Angelica believed in all this because her program years ago was the first I heard of Our Lady of All Nations. The prayer Our Lady gave is one I say at the end of every decade of my rosary.

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      • Mother Angelica interviewed Joey Lomangino from Garabandal, another one of my favorites.

        So you say the Our Lady of All Nations prayer after each decade? You know, perhaps this is the *perfect* time for me to do the same, especially with the increasing troubles of our world. Thanks, Annie!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Patrick, I spent some time reading through these, they are very different compared Mary’s other messages! They also describe what is happening right now accurately. I have never read these before. Thanks for posting!

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      • She speaks in a very unique way, doesn’t she Snowy? Short sentences, wide range of emotions, even actions like wagging her finger or striking her fists together. It is a one-of-a-kind apparition.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          I know! I was amazed by that and also she refers to Jesus and the Son instead of her son, which is extremely interesting to me. It’s almost as if she is putting herself in our place, coming to meet us on our level… if you know what I mean.

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          • Beckita says:

            That’s an insightful comment, Snowy, because it is from these apparitions that efforts have emerged to gain signatures for a fifth Marian dogma to be declared. I have mentioned before that I was a guardian of an image of the Lady of All Nations, have had opportunities to speak about our Mother under this title and have read these often quaint messages. We’ve been praying the prayer daily for the last twenty-five years

            It is the only image in which she describes the details of how she is portrayed. The fifth dogma would declare her Co-Redemptrix and there has been support as well as opposition. Both positions have been strongly held. So important is the distinction that “co” comes from the Latin word, “cum,” which means, “with.” Of course, Jesus is the *only* Redeemer. When you write “…coming to meet us on our level,” I think of some of the teachings I received about this role of Co-Redemptrix. She is the preeminent co-redeemer and we follow in her footsteps as little co-redeemers. Think of all the times we suffer and place this on the Cross with Jesus as we embraces our crosses as redemptive suffering. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:” (Colossians 1:24) That’s from the Douay-Rheims because I think I remember you expressing it’s your preferred translation.

            One thing our Mother said in these apparitions is very clear, not at all obscure: When each of us embraces our cross(es) there will be true peace.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh, that is truly beautiful Beckita! Amen. It is, I pray, always my desire to *embrace* my cross and not to just accept and carry it. Our Blessed Mother is always my greatest help.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Snowy!

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    • Mick says:

      Patrick, my understanding is that the Our Lady of All Nations apparitions in Amsterdam were given full approval in 2000. Is my understanding correct?

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      • Hey Mick. My go to source for Marian apparitions is Miracle Hunter. Let’s see:
        Negative decision in 1972,
        worship authorized in 1996,
        determined to be supernatural in 2002,
        prayer modified to say “Blessed Virgin Mary” in 2006 after consulting with the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

        http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/amsterdam/

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      • Michael G says:

        My apology to Charlie for making this comment on his forum. I feel urged to ask those discussing the Ida Peerdeman’s apparitions to discern through academic research and prayer.
        The approval is not valid as the Bishop of Haarlem, Amsterdam declared that the visions were not of supernatural origin, only to have his auxilary bishop declare it otherwise. The Vatican then confirmed the Bishop’s original findings. The auxilary bishop was later appointed Bishop of Haarlem and overturned the Vatican’s findings. This is an impossibility. You can’t overrule the Vatican.
        As for the messages, if you can find the unmodified version, are problematic and even include a dubious request for the visionary to fondle the lady’s breasts. Does this sound like Our Lady, Mother of God? Also her title, once known as Mary, is theologically unsound. As is the image of our lady of all nations, with the end of her hair exposed and standing in front of the cross as if she supersedes it. These points alone should raise eyebrows.
        Ida Peerdeman’s was also connected to another false visionary and cult. Her messages emulate much of what he claimed, too. There is even a documented exorcism in Germany, where under the commandment of Jesus Christ, admission was made by the possessing demon that the apparitions in Amsterdam, were of diabolical origin.
        I wouldn’t pursue the apparent prophecies, no matter how well they dovetail with these times.
        Please be careful. Pray for discernment.
        Michael

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        • charliej373 says:

          Michael, I don’t know the details about this, so I contemplated a bit before putting it up. I trust there are people here who CAN comment with some expertise on it. As for overruling the Vatican…I think you are incorrect. Under normal circumstances, the local ordinary (Bishop) has full authority over such things. The Vatican can formally take authority, but there are certain criteria that must be present, I believe. An informal opinion on the matter – or even a formal one that does not take authority from the local ordinary would not bind any changes of mind the local Bishop might have or a future Bishop might have. I am sure YD can give us a better picture on that aspect. As for the others, I just don’t know. But you are right, this is not going to become a site that routinely vets such things.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I am not the Vatican… …wait that might be more obvious than not…

            A local Ordinary can present new findings or translations to the Vatican (yeah, let’s start that way…).

            Thus, a case can be “re-opened” and the Vatican can reverse its initial pronouncement.

            The most well-known example and proof of this, of course, is St. M. Faustina Kowalska and the action of the local Archbishop.

            Michael G. I don’t have any knowledge on the information you present. However, differences in visionaries’ intellects and culture very much do play a part of in the different styles of communication and interactions between Heavenly Visitors and them. So those aspects also need to be investigated. (The classic is the request for what books the supposed Visionary or Mystic has in his or her possession or has read.) I find it hard to fathom that the bizarre example you present the way you present it would not have been investigated thoroughly.

            As for listening to a demon under the “obedience” of a Priest during Exorcisms [under the commandment of Jesus Christ, as you wrote] that is highly imprudent of the Priest to have done and any such information should always be considered highly suspect. We–and any one else reading this–can agree to disagree on that point and other anecdotal stories of information given during Exorcisms as well as whether it is prudent or not, but Charlie’s own statement that he has learned to avoid asking questions of his supposed (said prudently, not judgmentally) Heavenly Visitors should be an example. I would further caution anyone from reading such anecdotal stories.

            Re-reading your comment raises my eyebrows, but I have already written what I have written and will post it for the good of the small flock here.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, YD. I think it is a good explanatory – and cautionary – note. I appreciate it.

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          • Beckita says:

            Excellentissimo, YD! Thank you.

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          • Doug says:

            Nice Beckita! You created a new word.

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          • Michael G says:

            Thank you Charlie for posting my original comment. It was indeed brief to get across the point. I recall much effort to identify original english transcripts of Peerdeman’s locutions and feel that much of this has been hidden. I understand there is a wave of promotion and support for these apparitions towards approval of the fifth Marian Dogma. I have prayed much on this and now choose to give it a wide birth. When I see others discussing it in this light, it’s like I am sitting on a beach and see a dark shape in the water. It gets my attention as the dorsal fin breaks the surface. Many swimmers are in the water and are oblivious to the present danger. What do I do? I yell at the top of my lungs, “Shark! Shark! Get out of the water!”. Do I then just ignore the situation? Of course not. I run to the water’s edge waving my arms frantically, jumping up and down, continuing to warn the swimmers until they exit the water. Some people may ignore me, thinking me a fool. It doesn’t matter what they think of me, though. As for the Amsterdam messages, they are problematic. I call “Shark!”. Thank you once more as your blog is not really about this sort of discussion, I just have alarm bells clanging.
            May God bless you.

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          • Michael G says:

            Article for further discernment:
            http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/unapprov/amsterda/amsterdam-problems.htm
            It shows a brief overview.
            God bless you,
            Michael G

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          • Beckita says:

            Michael, this link does not even reference who wrote the article and from where it has been extracted. The article uses many quotes from the writings of Dr. Courtenay Bartholomew, a personal friend of mine, The quotes are juxtaposed with personal commentary, from whoever the writer is, in such a way that one could believe Dr. Bartholomew is opposed to the apparitions when he has been a staunch defender. Lastly, even if we were given the name of the author who wrote this, no lay person, or clergy for that matter, can say these apparitions have not been approved OR posit they don’t deserve approval based on their personal ideas.

            The Church has definitively spoken on the Lady of All Nations. We are free as faithful sons and daughters of the Church to believe or not believe in them. We are not free to correct the proper ecclesiastical authorities that their power, appropriately and responsibly exerted, is not good enough for little old me.

            Who is the shark?

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          • Michael G says:

            The Amsterdam messages for discernment:
            http://www.messolans.org/admin/Downloads/13_5568.pdf

            Once more, God bless you
            Michael G

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          • Beckita says:

            This is a link to a book with false and ridiculous content, Charlie.

            First of all, YD just acknowledged last evening: “As for listening to a demon under the “obedience” of a Priest during Exorcisms [under the commandment of Jesus Christ, as you wrote] that is highly imprudent of the Priest to have done and any such information should always be considered highly suspect.” Michael, you totally ignored YD’s caution and have linked us to a book which was written with content from an exorcism: “This is an exorcism of a woman in Switzerland in 1976 by 8 Swiss priests in which several demons explain how they subverted Catholic Church by inducing bishops to make unfavorable changes to Church practices.”

            Secondly, I utilized the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon and I quote a few excerpts. An intro of sorts begins with: “According to the diviner revelations to Veronica Leuken, seer of Bayside, NY…” Her stuff was condemned a long time ago by the Church. The intro further states , “The papacy of Pope Paul VI was overthrown by apostates and traitorous ecclesiastics.” It goes on to describe all sorts of nonsense such as trapping Pope Blessed Paul VI via injections that weakened him so they could install an imposter Pope, a fine actor priest who underwent plastic surgery to look like Pope Paul VI… blah blah blah… Anyone can check out the link.

            This stuff is sick and, Michael, here you are casting aspersions on messages totally approved by the Church while sending readers to material connected to messages condemned by the Church and filled with conspiracy nonsense. This is not right.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, Beckita, I did not know regarding this. I have removed that comment and the link. Michael, given that you have used material that actually is condemned to condemn something is not, I won’t be able to accept any new comments from you regarding this apparition. You are free to comment on other matters – but guard your own credibility more carefully henceforth.

            All, please check your facts and don’t use condemned material to support your point. When you vent and, in the process, damage your credibility, it does not serve you well here.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Charlie. I cannot find your response here posted on the site. Neither can I find my comment to which this is directed. Also, when I tried to access your comment (which I’m thinking might be this one) at the top of the list of “Recent Comments” there is no movement.

            I appreciate everything you do for us, Charlie!

            God’s Holy Week Blessings,

            Beckita

            _____

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t know, Beckita…it might be because of the link someone else posted that I deleted which referenced a condemned book.

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          • Beckita says:

            OK not wanting to overdo this, sincerely wishing to be forthright, I did find your complete reply on the matter, Charlie:

            charliej373 commented on Musings – The Comet Arrives.

            in response to Beckita:

            This is a link to a book with false and ridiculous content, Charlie. First of all, YD just acknowledged last evening: “As for listening to a demon under the “obedience” of a Priest during Exorcisms [under the commandment of Jesus Christ, as you wrote] that is highly imprudent of the Priest to have done and […]

            Thank you, Beckita, I did not know regarding this. I have removed that comment and the link. Michael, given that you have used material that actually is condemned to condemn something is not, I won’t be able to accept any new comments from you regarding this apparition. You are free to comment on other matters – but guard your own credibility more carefully henceforth.

            All, please check your facts and don’t use condemned material to support your point. When you vent and, in the process, damage your credibility, it does not serve you well here.

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        • Beckita says:

          I would like to hear from YD as well, Charlie. I appreciate what you have clarified concerning the ability of a succeeding local ordinary’s right to change the former declaration concerning private revelation.

          The Vatican already addressed the discomfort with the phrase, “who once was Mary,” and after consulting with Bishop Punt in 2006, changed the phrasing to, “the Blessed Virgin Mary,” in the prayer. Perhaps the key point is that the Vatican *consulted* with Bishop Punt. The Holy See did not act independently. It was within Bishop Punt’s authority to declare authenticity and he most surely worked within the norms set forth by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith at the Holy See when he did so.

          Michael, there is precedence for declaring a private revelation supernatural after it was originally declared to not be of supernatural origin. The Divine Mercy private revelations are a prime example.

          All that being said, it is a series of apparitions which has seen avid supporters as well as faced fierce opposition. Having read both supportive and opposing views, I do believe in these apparitions. I have signed the petition and am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the sensus fidelium supporting the declaration of the fifth Marian dogma. If people have questions and/or difficulties, Dr. Mark Miravalle is a theologian who has throroughly studied these apparitions and has led the Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici movement: http://www.fifthmariandogma.com/
          Mark spearheads a blog, Mother of All Peoples as well: http://www.motherofallpeoples.com/

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  21. Doug says:

    Tonight is our storm dinner night. We have a delightful couple coming up from Massachusetts who will be spending the night. Tonight’s theme is spiritual preparation for the storm. We will be praying five decades of the Rosary, sharing a delicious pot luck supper, sharing and fellowshipping after and because we are good Catholics, we will be partaking of a little wine.

    We do this every 3rd Saturday of the month and it is a great opportunity for those of us anticipating the storm to all connect and know we are not alone. I encourage those here to either participate or gather together for your own storm dinner. As things intensify, it will be a good way to draw from each other’s strengths, encourage and lift each other up.

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    • Picket Fence says:

      Tonight is also the storm dinner night for our group in Northern California. We have the same format; delicious potluck dinner followed by the Rosary. We will pray for all here! May your gathering be as delightful as ours as we also lift each other up.

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      • Doug says:

        Wonderful Picket Fence! We will pray for you guys tonight. As an aside, I have a daughter in CA near Sacramento. She is up to speed on the storm. You close by?

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      • wpsahm says:

        Dang! Hope it’s not bad that I’m jealous of PicketFence and Doug. I don’t feel like there is enough STORM revealed to talk to my husband about it. First of all, he’s an engineer so he is very measured and conservative and still has confidence in most of the human systems that keep society spinning. I am waiting for him to realize that we aren’t going to right ourselves through the usual means.

        I just hope when the lightbulb goes off I don’t tsunami him with everything I’ve come to understand. I’m going to print up the most succinct documents and hand it all over to him, hoping he sees what I’m seeing. His faith is deep, but he is the opposite of what Charlie calls a “storm chaser”, and I imagine he’ll be resistant unless all hell has broken loose and the Storm simply can no longer be denied.

        The idea of having Storm Dinners with people in my immediate community is something I would love. I must be patient, be patient, be patient. Prayers for all here.

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        • Doug says:

          Hi wpsahm, if your husband has faith, as you suggest, you may be surprised at how he rises to the occasion. So take heart. As an aside, I am an engineer too. So I can relate to your husband’s mindset. I imagine his background will be very beneficial to you and others when the fury of the storm picks up. Hang tight and continue to trust God as you have been doing. God bless you!

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          • wpsahm says:

            Thank you for that reply Doug! And yes, my husband has an amazing skillset for what’s ahead. He’s not only an engineer but a deeply faithful Eagle Scout and Troopmaster. There is no end to what he can do, and do it with his eyes fixed on God. I’m not sure how I got so lucky, I just know God really loves me.

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          • Doug says:

            You are being looked after. What a joy to hear you loving God.

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    • the phoenix says:

      It sounds wonderful, Doug, and I hope many will follow your example of having storm dinners. I pretty much am alone here in Northeast Ohio when it comes to the kind of spiritual community the rest of you have been able to form in person based on this Next Right Step blog. And I have tried to reach out. That said, I attended another painting workshop today. Artists pretty much are on their own path I guess, seems like it’s the price society wants you to pay for being different. Maybe someday, somewhere I’ll have the opportunity to participate in a storm dinner and meet like minds and kindred spirits. As it is, the art instructor was encouraging. Recently I got up in the middle of the night and painted a little bit, because I feel that it’s God calling me to branch out from photography and paint in the first place, so I made it into a prayer.

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      • Doug says:

        Phoenix, my wife is saving paint supplies for the storm. We will be with you in spirit. We decided last night that when the storm intensifies, we will attempt to pray for each other at 3:00 PM every day. God bless you!

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        • the phoenix says:

          Now that’s cool about your wife saving paint supplies, Doug!

          You’ve touched on one of the main reasons I’ve recently taken up painting. Photography is my first love and preferred medium … But with the Storm in mind, I thought it wise to pursue an art form that doesn’t depend so much on electricity (camera batteries that soon need recharging, computer software, Internet, etc.)

          Thanks for the well wishes. You and all here at TNRS blog remain in my daily prayers.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          I just purchased a few books with hand-made watercolor paper and some water color pencils..they work well with very little water…just in case.

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    • Doug, what a BEAUTIFUL thing to do!

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  22. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    I believe the man who asked about the comet was in the Dallas meeting because I remember him asking it but I was in the back.

    I know that you have never mentioned a comet but Our Lady of Akita and Our Lady to Fathe Gobbi both spoke of fire falling from the sky. It may be a case of our wrong understanding of what that meant but we do know that that comets have sometimes been signs. Wasn’t the coming of Christ foretold by a star even as far back as Balaam?

    Robert

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  23. Brother Gilbert says:

    Thats funny about the comet. By the way St Hildegarde was one of those who wrote about a coming comet.

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  24. Phil says:

    An irrelevant fact but I once spent a summer in Newport Rhode Island on a J1 visa. I worked in a marine store called Jamestown distributors and could never figure out how the imperial sizes for screws worked. I sure have fond memories of that region. Good luck there Charlie. I am hoping to present some material from the site to a Franciscan Friar priest who comes from Florida, a beautifully spoken and patient man by the name of Fr. Laurence. The friars are based in Co. Limerick here in Ireland and have a great devotion to Our Lady of Tepeyac. I have been inspired particularly by the witness of the Jericho style procession and hope that we can publicly proclaim our faith in a peaceful manner on our streets here too. Hopefully the comet doesn’t hit before I meet him. 🙂

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  25. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, Beckita..anyone, have any of you seen Petra or prayingflower lately? I miss them both.

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  26. JG says:

    Praying for you guys on the East Coast. Looks like Moveon.org,,AFLCIO & the Democratic Socialist are planning a 10 march for their Democratic Spring starting on April 4th from Philly to DC. We all know what happened in the other “Spring” movements across the world. Let’s pray this goes no where but I think it won’t.
    Know you warned us Charlie but ugh…as Frodo said in “The Two Towers” just before the nazgul came,”They’re here”. May God help us..

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  27. I have to say I’m disappointed in Relevant Radio’s treatment of you, Charlie. I’ve been a fan of theirs for many years , but they’re not playing fair. If they don’t want to deal with unapproved apparitions, then just don’t talk about them. However, they chose to discuss you without getting their facts straight and then they don’t give you a chance to set the record straight. What about judging things by their fruit? You have done everything you’ve done without asking for money, selling books or survival kits or charging for speaking engagements. It makes no sense whatsoever that you would be a fake. God bless you for carrying the cross, Charlie

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate that, Mary. In fairness to them, I did not hear anything that smacked of malice, just sloppy preparation. They have done good work for a long time. I think their policy is errant – I mean it is odd for them to place restrictions on me on their station that go far beyond anything my Archbishop envisioned, but an excess of caution is not always a bad thing – and can be adjusted.

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  28. Joe says:

    I know this isn’t big on people’s radar, but Charlie, the drama going on between Adam LaRoche and the White Sox front office; not letting Adam’s kid in the clubhouse again shows the breakdown of our norms. It is, as other Sox players have said “we were bald faced lied to by a person we were supposed to be able to trust.” The Sox clubhouse is a wreck all due to Kenny Williams not liking a father being a father to his son. I knew the Sox weren’t going to compete for the penant this year, but this drama goes beyond the game. I know it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things, but this trust breakdown shows the havoc spills over to the MLB….
    On the College Football front, my Huskers have a bunch of recruiting momentum, especially for the 2017 class, but knowing what is to come, it makes me sad my boys won’t compete for a CFP title before the Rescue. I’m very interested to see how this aspect of entertainment plays out between now and late 2017, and most especially after the Rescue.
    Again, i know it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but this is still an enjoyable part of my life….

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    • Joe,

      For whatever reason, some folks might be put off by that. Maybe they just imagine a very limited God. I don’t.

      I think of our YD who frequently speaks of, and exhorts us to, holiness. I think of God who chose a bunch of unlikely men as friends, as Apostles, including some who were fishermen by trade from a little, nothing of a town.

      I think of the Saints. Pick any 100 and there’s no doubt a bunch of similarities there, but oh, how diverse they all were! I also like to read and reference quotes from the Saints. How about this one from St. Josemaria Escriva: “Blaze a trail.” Here’s one from Peter: “…all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic; loving toward one another, compassionate, humble.” I can just as easily imagine Peter along the shore of some lake in the latter days of his pontificate talking to a simple believer about… fishing. I’m an ND fan, so when Lou Holtz eventually makes it to Heaven, then I suppose that you could attribute this quote to a saint: “The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood.”

      I think of my old grandpa who lived to be 100. He had a deep devotion to Our Mother and by all measures simply lived a holy life. He loved football, and we spoke about it, among other things, the final time we talked in this life. He loved to say the Rosary. He also loved singing old tunes to anyone who would listen, he joked and laughed all the time, could fix anything, raised and trained horses into his 90’s, loved to walk, and enjoyed a good dog by his side. On occasion he talked about his faith, but mostly he just lived it… right where he was at.

      You know, Jesus is still calling to folks right now, befriending many diverse characters such as club managers, ball players, fishermen, electricians, secretaries, nut farmers (YD, I was going to say ‘chicken farmers’, but stopped myself)… I don’t think He is asking any of them to rip their affections out of their hearts. Did the apostles stop fishing after Holy Week?

      God wants us to become Holy, and He can obviously work with anything. I’m hopeful that we’ll eventually give our whole selves to Him, but along the way, don’t be put off if I occasionally bust out with the “ND Fight Song.”

      God Bless you and your Huskers,

      MP

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  29. aprolifer says:

    This doesn’t relate precisely to your post, but have you seen Our Lady’s message for the 18th thru Mirjana (of Medjugorje)? “Dear children, with a motherly heart filled with love for you, my children, I desire to teach you complete trust in God the Father. I desire for you to learn by an internal gaze and internal listening to follow God’s will. I desire for you to learn to boundlessly trust in His mercy and His love, as I always trusted. Therefore, my children, cleanse your hearts. Free yourselves from everything that binds you only to what is earthly and permit what is of God to form your life by your prayer and sacrifice; so that God´s Kingdom may be in your heart; that you may begin to live proceeding from God the Father; that you may always strive to walk with my Son. But for all of this, my children, you must be poor in spirit and filled with love and mercy. You must have pure and simple hearts and always be ready to serve. My children, listen to me, I speak for your salvation. Thank you.” Doesn’t that sound like that whatever’s coming is really almost upon us? What she wants to teach us is just what we’ll need in the Storm, at least as I see it.

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  30. justsayin392 says:

    May God bless all who’ve visited here with a never-deeper appreciation of His Merciful Love during this Holy Week and Octave. A special word of deepest gratitude to those walking a personal ‘Way of the Cross. ‘ Your faithful ‘yesses’ to self-giving ARE making a difference in the Body of Christ.

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  31. Katherine says:

    Hey! You’re coming back to Massachusetts! Well, I may just meet you there!

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  32. Ann says:

    I would like to address everyone in this post, not just Charlie. I find it very odd that when I considered (above), if the ramifications of the archbishop’s report is the reason why RR radio revoked an invitation to speak and if this same problem was going to happen all over, people lashed out at me, calling me a troll, saying many bytes had been wasted on me previously (news to me) and someone saying I’m actually a guy in some small town making trouble. I am not a follower, I am a curious observer, watching to see how things unfold. I watched the Vimeo interview at EWTN last night. I want to know if things are going to happen as Charlie says so I need to understand just what he is staying and what is happening. For instance, if indeed there are no elections this fall, I will know that what he is saying will happen. I don’t just follow anyone who says he Angels and even Jesus and Mary visit him. I find this a most unwelcoming place if I cannot pose a question based on information Charlie provided. And when I say that Charlie cannot speak in his diocese, of course I meant on Church property. The archbishop cannot control what you do outside of the Church’s domain.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ann, I looked up all your previous comments to make sure I had the right person. I do. You only comment here to take shots at me – or in one case – at the commenters here. You don’t pose questions, you take shots – and people see that. Plus, you routinely have your facts wrong. Now maybe you just are not very conversant with the formal language of the Church on these matters and can’t help it, but one would think after being called out several times you would take some pains to get those facts right. That’s what normal people do. Trolls, on the other hand, just skip to the next shot without acknowledging that the last one was errant.

      You got a fact wrong again here. The Archbishop does, indeed, have authority over what I say publicly anywhere on matters of faith and morals and private revelation. I made it very clear in my first meeting that I would be obedient to him on these things. Officials confirmed that there are NO restrictions on content at this time at my meeting on March 1.

      As for invitations, as of last night I had 21 pending and 7 confirmed. I am told we were inundated today, so I will wait a few days to go through all of them.

      I should also note that the email address you used to register to comment is invalid. Perhaps a genuine mistake, but that is also something trolls always do. So here’s the deal…from henceforth, get your basic facts straight and take some time to familiarize yourself with formal Church language in these situations. If you can’t or won’t do that, I will assume you are a troll – a clever one, but a troll nonetheless. So if all you have after this is shots to take at me and folks here, we are done.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Ann, your posts have a hardness and harshness to them (Im wondering if you’re my sister, Ann, she approaches things in much the same manner lol so your way doesn’t really phase me 🙂 . It’s as if you are fearful and possibly angry(?) and so take swings at Charlie. If this is the case, why not just say so and we can all go from there? You could find comfort here if you looked at and prayed about why you are approaching this and him in this manner. It’s not like you’re the only one who feels these things or is afraid of what might come. We are, after all, only human and we all have fears. None of us knows exactly what is going to happen…at least I don’t. If this is not the case, well… maybe you could word things a bit differently so we could talk together instead of everyone feeling that jolt and getting defensive. 🙂 Peace!
      If you are my sister…you’re in huge trouble! 😉

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  33. zeniazenia says:

    Good afternoon!! At Mass this morning, when I listened to the reading at the ‘Procession with palms’ today, it reminded me that comets are just big rocks and that ‘two’ is the biblical number for ‘witness’.
    “…saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ …He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:38,40
    So in my state of enthusiasm after Mass, I greeted my Pastor asking him if the parish might have an extra Eucharistic or Marian Procession during this political season. I told him I was sure it could be publicized in such a way so that people who might want to come from a distance could have the opportunity.
    He tried somewhat unsuccessfully to control his anger. ( Oops, my approach was clumsy, which, like Jesus’ friend Peter, really isn’t new for me. Thankfully, I know God can use me somehow, knowing my heart.) He said he would never use the Eucharist for political purposes and the advertising for our next Corpus Christi Procession should never be published beyond our parish bulletin. I tried to justify the idea by explaining my thought that disciples publicly adoring God can heal our broken culture, rather than fixing politics, but he said he wouldn’t ‘use’ the Eucharist for any of it.
    I told him I heard his answer and thanked him!! St. Luke — pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus –pray for us. Our Lady of Tepeyac — pray for us. :0)

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Remember this article from The Remnant last October?
      Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens Written by Patrick Archbold
      ‘On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months, culminating in startling concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12. There are indications that this astronomical event, in all its particulars, is unique in the history of man.
      On November 20, 2016, Jupiter (the King planet) enters into the body (womb) of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter, due its retrograde motion, will spend the next 9 ½ months within the womb of Virgo. This length of time corresponds with gestation period of a normal late-term baby.
      After 9 ½ months, Jupiter exits out of the womb of Virgo. Upon Jupiter’s exit (birth), on September 23, 2017, we see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). At the feet of Virgo, we find the moon. And upon her head we find a crown of twelve stars, formed by the usual nine stars of the constellation Leo with the addition of the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
      That is a truly remarkable and, as far as can be determine, unique series of event with a startling degree of concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12.
      So what does it mean, if anything? The obvious and truthful answer is that we simply do not know. That said, we are not entirely without possible context.
      It just so happens that these events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The culmination of these astronomical events occurs just 3 weeks before the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Fatima, in which the sun “danced” (another heavenly sign), an event that was witnessed by many thousands.’

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    • the phoenix says:

      Thank you for trying, zeniazenia,
      I’ve already brought up Charlie to my pastor more than once, and given him the website address for this blog. At this point, it feels like I’m better off just looking for processions anywhere I can find them and attending the ones I can, even if they’re held in different cities.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      I ticked off my pastor when I objected to girl scout cookie sales after Mass. The lady in charge said they only gave a small percentage of sales to Planned Parenthood for “sex education” classes….like that was ok.

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    • wpsahm says:

      Gosh zeniazenia, I guess your priest knows that Jesus (the Eucharist) was vehemently non-political (tongue firmly planted in cheek).

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    • YongDuk says:

      Just a general consideration for anyone here: after Sunday Mass isn’t always the best time to approach a Parish Priest for something in regards to or affecting a Parish.

      Saying, “Father, would you have time during the week for something?” may be a better and more fair approach.

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  34. Jennifer says:

    Comets, like the current political climate, are signs of the times. Where it can get a little unhealthy, is the doom and gloom, we’re all gonna die scenario. Actually, no such luck. This bandaid is coming off fairly slow, at least to my impatient mind. Incidentally, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, in a conference on the Divine Will he gave in the Philippines, warned about an increase innatural disasters as sin abounded causing the earth to respond. I’m paraphrasing. A week or so later typhoon Yolanda hit with devistating consequences. My point is that we really should not be too surprised by any of this and focus instead on His Will for us in the moment, knowing God wins in the end and He loves us beyond our understanding. For me, God’s will is that I be bed ridden since a few days before Ash Wednesday, when I crushed my ankle and broke my leg. This too has been like the slow, slow removal of a Bandaid. Praying for all here and for our Nation.

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  35. Mary says:

    The feast of the Annunciation falls on Good Friday this year. Is that significant?

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Mary, I am told that ‘capital T’ Tradition dates Our Lord’s Crucifixion on March 25th, noting this would be a date, filled with memorable occurrences, that was seared into the psyche of the Apostles, the local area, and thus passed on– never to be forgotten. So the significance of the 2016 calendar would be that our current memories correspond to the actual dates of occurrences in salvation history, though the Church Calendar can’t fit it all in. What I find amazing is that His Will shows us it is important and good for all of us to celebrate Jesus’ conception date, by making it the same as His day for offering His entire life, and saving death. back to His Father too. Jesus’ Mother must have pondered the contrasting joyful and dolorous memories on that ‘Good’ day every year too. Happy Holy Week. St. Peter — pray for us — 🙂 ZJ consecration day 21!
      PS The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 2016 is moved to Monday, April 4, the first open day after Easter Sunday.

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      • prdeming says:

        As far as I understand, one often repeated, traditional theory about why the Feast of the Annunciation is on March 25th is that in those times, among several cultures I think, there was an idea that great men would die on the day of their conception. So, March 25 is traditionally the date of Jesus’ crucifixion and death so the same date was chosen for the Annunciation, or perhaps they knew something we don’t have recorded. All the other dates of the year of Christs birth are then spaced appropriately. 3 months from now, near the Summer Solstice on June 24th is the Solemnity for the Birth of Saint John the Baptist. And 9 Months from now on Dec. 25, near the winter solstice, we have the Christmas.

        First time commenting here btw – thank you Charlie J.

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    • patriciaacmg says:

      The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord celebration has been moved to Monday, April 4th this year. So this coming Christmas, Jesus will be born a bit “premature”! ;o)

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  36. donna says:

    My husband and I drove into NYC for the day yesterday….we had to drive past Trump Towers to park by St Pat’s on the way in. They were setting up barricades for the Trump Tower rally….nobody was there yet…Just a few pro Trump guys screaming pro Trump things….we went
    to watch The Greg Gutfeld show tape as my parents neighbor is Executive Producer and got us tickets. So we sat through them “making fun” of all the candidates. I tell you I am sick of it already….can’t listen to any side anymore. We ran to St Pat’s Cathedral and prayed and lit some candles. I said a prayer to Ven Fulton Sheen at his crypt. I love to come here for the humor, the sanity, and the spirituality….I’d rather watch the Weather Channel than the news….looking forward to a blessed Holy Week and wishing all of you a blessed Holy Week….sorry about Relevant Radio…there loss entirely! Maybe I will run up and see you in MA or RI when you come up!

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  37. Annie W. says:

    It is interesting to me that my own attitude has changed about the election after reading all your material, Charlie. There is little that holds my interest and I am at peace that things may not happen as we expect them to. When I start to become fearful about my children being spread out around the country during whatever is coming, I turn again to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph who constantly stay in my thoughts..

    I do want to remark that the last piece you presented on “Sound and Fury” was an awesome analysis of our present world situation. I’ve never seen anything so specific and right on! Bless you!

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  38. Sarge says:

    Maybe I’m reading into things, but did anyone notice that in St. Luke’s version of the Passion which was read today, there was a discourse which I don’t beleive appears in the other synoptics. In my Bible (NAB of course), these verses (22:35-38) are given the subheading “Instructions for the Time of Crisis”. I found that interesting that these verses were read this year.

    Of course, it could also just be because this is Year C. 😉

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    • madkatmomma says:

      I noticed that too. Oddly, a lot of the passion reading today seemed like I was reading it for the first time.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Before he went back to Rome, Father Kirby said that the Holy Father wants (urges) all Catholics to read the Gospel of Luke in this jubilee year of Mercy. While it is a synoptic Gospel many stories are in Luke that are not in the other ones.

      Regarding comets, there was this series of teenage dystopian fiction books which I thought was an interesting take. The comets were not going to hit the Earth, but hit the Moon, which knocked the moon out of orbit causing a gazillion problems on the Earth. Of course the standby “Lucifer’s Hammer” is still good but that’s a grown up book. I decided to go through my second childhood now…why wait?

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      • Deer, I got a shock reading what you wrote about a fictional (?) comet that hits the moon. You see, last year, July 5th, I had a terrible dream. It was night and the moon, small and round and white, suddenly raced across the dark night sky and hit a mountain. The mountain spewed out something pitch black, like black lava. There was terror all around. People went mad hunting for a refuge. I managed to find a safe place for my kids and I. This safe place in the dream was there in full view of everyone, and yet, people skidded all over and just didn’t see where we stood in safety.

        I awoke from the dream shaking, and wanting to call loved ones to warn them.

        Since then, I’ve tried to read up on the possibility of the moon going out of orbit, but I don’t think I ever came across a comet hit as one contributing factor, so I am shocked.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, as I have often told people, usually dreams are just dreams – and when they are not, they are almost always highly symbolic. My constant message bears repeating: this is NOT the end – and the fundamental battle is spiritual. God is mounting a rescue, so I pray people do not caught up in fears of sudden destruction.

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          • Beckita says:

            “My constant message bears repeating: this is NOT the end – and the fundamental battle is spiritual. God is mounting a rescue, so I pray people do not caught up in fears of sudden destruction.”

            Amen. Amen.

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          • Diane says:

            Family,
            and the fundamental battle is spiritual. …this is the key to the whole storm and it is the hardest things to keep in our hearts because the world and the satan just keep tugging us away from the spiritual side of ourselves. And we are constantly getting pulled back and forth into the things that matter to the things that are useless and things we shouldn’t give a hoot about. Boy, this struggle of keeping our eyes on Christ constantly is difficult… I love my mornings, I awake with Him in my heart and go to mass, spend an hour in adoration and then I seem to lose track of where I last left Him and then by the middle of the afternoon I am searching for Him. I try to do evening devotionals but there is just so much distraction in my life and I just cannot shut off the days events easily. So I ask myself throughout the day if my breastplate of righteousness is on without any shifting, if my belt of Truth is tightened. If my Shield is solid and protecting me from the snares and tricks of the demons that are constantly bombarding me with tiny pricks. I must adjust my Helmet and be sure it is strapped and centered. And that sword of the Spirit, the Word of God must Flame with God’s love. For I know He loves me and I am so very small, but I also know that because of His love for me, I must reach out to others and be patient and kind. None of this is easy. By the end of the day, my armor is lose and be-shuffled and rust and needs a good polishing. I must remember tonight to ask my Guardian Angel to prepare my armor while I sleep, so in the morning i can step into it and be assured that it is just like new. This is a spiritual battle – none what we think will happen will happen, all of it will be great and terrible indeed, and God will guide us through this, we just have to remain in Him. That He chose us for this time is incredible to me, because we have all (Speaking metaphorically) have strayed so far from where the first Christians were after the pouring out of the Holy Spirit – I honestly don’t know what kind a stamina I have, I don’t know whether or not I will flinch easily. I don’t know how strong my untested faith is – once truly tested will I stand up for Christ, or will I shrivel. So keep that armor polished and pray that we all stay in the will of the Father in Heaven. I have no grandiose ideas of who I am other than a sinner, a sinner that has received God’s Mercy and Love. A sinner that has fallen again and again. Love. I do.

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          • Well, the dream, and another one that followed in October certainly pulled me more into prayer and intercession. It also marked the beginning of my tentative approaches to speak to people (family, friends) about faith etc. Worked with some, not with others 🙂

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Well that is why I am here, and thank God almighty my fears have abated and my prayer life has expanded because of this community. I may blow up in a chem experiment tomorrow or be crushed in a car accident the next day or die from a strange disease this weekend or even be destroyed by magnetic polar shifts or YD’s Comet with extremely aggressive squirrels but the Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. He leadeth me beside still waters, he restored my soul.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yeah, if I die suddenly I will intercede constantly for all here. If I don’t, I will press on in faith and count on those who pass before me to join the rising tide of intercessors for those of us who remain.

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          • Doug says:

            We won’t let you go before us 😦

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          • Doug says:

            I’m here because my shed combination is 373. Drats! Now someone will break in and steal my stash of squirrel food.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          The books, Beth Pfeffer author They are in the same genre as The Hunger Games and Divergent series the first one is Life as we knew it.

          Do not get yourself worked into a frenzy. That is the enemy. You and your precious ones will be fine. I am here in SC. God is always in charge and you will not be alone, ever. Your little ones are protected by mighty angels. You will be lead to safety if you are not already there. Pray that you pass every test that God, Praise His Holy Name, sends. That you already dreamt of a safe place that others couldn’t find when they were looking right at it, and you remember the dream already shows me you will be safe. Trust Jesus. Peter had to step out of the boat. That was his TNRS. Sing your Wee ones calm.

          Karen Hancock wrote some really nice fantasy (not very friendly to Catholicism, though) where the children were taught to always seek God and the little (five) year old boy said and I paraphrase ‘mommy, you were right I found the rabbit hole and came out and found uncle somebody’

          It will be okay Princess Caitlynn, you were chosen for this time, you were entrusted with your precious ones. Your armoured guard, like Elisha’s is not necessarily seen by the naked eye but is none the less there, guarding and guiding. Stand tall, fear not, you are armoured in God and have the army of God at your flanks. Just keep saying Hail Mary’s. Do you have the Pieta prayer book? I can send you one. In it Our Lady tells St. Bridget and companions not to fear when they were being attacked but to go forth singing the Stella Maris (probably spelt wrong)

          There is also the example of St. Clare. When the saresins were fixing to attack the monastery she took out the Monstrance and held it up. They fled. She is depicted in our perpetual adoration chapel in stained glass. I understand it is the picture in the RCIA books.

          It will be ok. Trust in God. My prayers are with you.

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          • One thing that troubled me a lot after the dream was that while I was safe with my family, the others weren’t, but I didn’t shout and call them into my ‘refuge’. For some reason, that hurt me – not to have reached out. Looking back, the dream was timely. I hope it got me out of myself.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Sometimes you must be silent to protect your family and sometimes you need to reach out. That is why you pray first, then discern. Listen to your feelings. If it isn’t right don’t do it.

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          • That is very true indeed.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I forgot, I wanted to tell you that the library let’s you download books and audio books. All you need is a library card and the number. Sometimes you have to make pin sometimes not. There you have access to the whole digital library. They have videos too that your kids can watch, if you have unlimited internet. If not…you get a giant bill. But you know this stuff better than me since you grew up in the digital age. God is with you.

          The only dream I can remember (since I used to worry what if God sends me a dream and I don’t remember? Then I figured if God sends me a dream He will ensure I remember it) was just a piece of dream and it was like the original “Red Dawn” movie but with the Chinese invading. My family was outside, my son was upset. I told him not to worry we would be fine. I was smiling I knew it would be ok. This dream happened in the 1990’s. I don’t remember dreams that much except some nightmares an they always involve bridges or high places….not a huge fan of heights

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          • Deer, thanks for the info about the library. I hope I can navigate my way through it – not as tech-savvy as you might think 😀

            I seldom have bad dreams, and even if I do, I straight off know it’s a nightmare and nothing more. This particular one was very different. My immediate reaction was to call loved ones and tell them to pray. The dream came at a time when I was so wrapped up in stuff. So, it quietened things a lot within me. But by the end of the year, I had had another dream, and with it, it became obvious that I needed to focus on ‘creating a refuge’ for others – family and community.
            I just hope the dream(s) made me a better Christian.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Mathew Kelly has some cds that are really good on lighthouse.com media. They are available in the vestibule of our church for a donation. He talks about being the best self you can be.

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  39. BlessedIam says:

    Random question but did anyone happen to watch The Passion produced by Tyler Perry this evening on Fox? I found it impressive in an odd way. Hoping the Holy Spirit spoke to many tonight to seek the truth.

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    • jayman92 says:

      Yes! I saw it and was moved to tears a couple of times. To me, it was such a beautiful contrast to the demonstrations, protests and strife that are filling the news these days. Seeing people of every color and different denominations gathered together sharing smiles and tears was a sight for sore eyes. I loved that Jesus was presented so openly and without hesitation in the mass media. I guess I am so used to Christianity being displayed as a caricature of its true nature and being mocked as such.

      Tyler Perry’s line at the end was great. To paraphrase: “There are some who want to see first before they believe in the risen Christ. But for me and those who share our faith, we believe first and that allows us to fully see.”

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      • BlessedIam says:

        I agree, Jayman regarding the tears response! Some profound scenes especially the confrontation with Judas and the agony in the garden.
        Although they referenced Katrina a lil too much IMO, the universal message was amazing.
        Hard work and preparation by Tyler and crew was impressive. And the Lord did not disappoint in clearing out the stormy weather!

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  40. jlynnbyrd says:

    I watched it and had a similar response to it as you did. 🙂

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  41. Anniecorrinne says:

    Has anyone been doing the 33 day/mercy novena? It is so good, I think. Fr. Gaitley explains things about Therese I did not understand. I am not the best reader and often even my very Catholic grandchildren have to explain doctrine etc. I read his other book 33 days/ Morning Glory, it too is excellent. I’m going to do it again after Easter.
    I didn’t see the Passion, BlessedIam, but did watch The Savior on EWTN…..it was very good I thought. And I too found the Luke readings yesterday different….effected me more than ever before. The Pope recommended Dante also.
    Going to spend extra time with prayer this week….have a Blessed Holy Week, Charlie and you all!

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  42. Peggy says:

    Wondering where and when you might be coming to Vermont? (The spiritual desert of the Northeast…) Or perhaps I’ll travel to Massachusetts?

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  43. BD says:

    Just a quick observation but I am willing to say the number of comments posted on this Blog have gone up dramatically over the past month or two. I can hardly keep up…God Bless…

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  44. johnmcfarm says:

    I am disappointed that Relevant Radio made their decision. They did talk about you on air after all, so it isn’t like you were not presented, and they should have wanted to be certain that upon being notified of the inconsistencies presented on their radio program to truth that they would eagerly desire the ability to get the information from “the horses mouth”.

    Having said that, your message is above that kind of reproach. We who read your words and actually know you understand your message and the sincerity in which it is offered. I believe you Charlie…it is easier for me because I knew you for years before learning of your visitations so know you as a very sane, intelligent, feisty man…whom I love conversing with.

    Well, as you are most aware of…you will be fighting many battles which will be brought to you. Stay strong, defend the faith and the faithful and Take The Next Right Step. 🙂

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  45. Bob in Minnesota says:

    Charlie this is what we have to contend with, who is communicating the truth???
    Mar 1, 2016 – Our Lady of LaSalette

    March 1, 2016

    Holy Family Church, Glendale, CA at 9:35am

    Our Lady of La Salette

    My dear son,

    Just as I appeared to the children of La Salette and as I appeared to you in the message from the mountain of La Salette, (November 1, 2005), I am with you today as your Lady of La Salette, for my warnings to you today are the same warnings as the original messages from the mountain of La Salette.

    My Son’s Church continues to be in great crisis; as it was then, it remains now, for my pleadings to the ministers of the Church of My Son fell on deaf ears, and now the warnings that I predicted have come true in so many damaging and hurtful ways to the children of God, who worship in the One, True, Church of My Son, the Redeemer of the world.

    As I warned the children of La Salette, woe to the princes of the Church who think only of piling riches upon riches to protect their authority and dominate with pride. The evil one has led many of my Son’s priests, including even many of the bishops and cardinals down a path that he has chosen to destroy my Son’s Church. The leadership of the Church appears now to be in disarray, because the followers of My Son recognize that the spirit of the Church of My Son has become cloudy now, and the messages that the faithful want to hear from the Church of My Son seem to be filled with confusion and misunderstanding.

    The evil one has achieved his goals in these times to give the appearance that My Son’s Church is in disarray. Even the direction that My Son’s Church seems to be taking in terms of social issues and other issues that are of a non-religious nature, makes it appear as if the Church of My Son has lost its direction and that the purpose of My Son’s Church – the salvation of all of God’s children – is now directionless and without guidance.

    Do not allow yourselves to be dismayed by the appearances that are taking place. The evil one only appears to be in charge to many of you, but I assure you that My Son, the Lord and Saviour, the Redeemer of the world, is working most powerfully now to guide His Church through these perilous times.

    Make no mistake that a great struggle is taking place in the spiritual world as the evil one makes his final challenge to destroy my Son’s Church. Michael the Archangel will eventually prevail over the prince of darkness and the Church will be renewed.

    You have my assurances as your Holy Mother of the Church of My Son that it is only through My Son’s Church that true salvation will be achieved. Do not fear and do not allow yourselves to be confused by events that are happening within the Church, and by messages from my Son’s Church that appear to be confusing, cloudy, and ambiguous, because you must recognize that truly it is the work of the evil one in his last gasps to destroy My Son’s Church that the confusion is happening.

    You are in perilous times now, both within My Son’s Church as well as in the whole world. The same minions of satan, who have been manipulating and controlling the world, have now intertwined their serpentine tentacles within My Son’s Church to do the evil one’s bidding.

    The plans of satan’s minions are disguised as being for the good of the people of the world, but do not allow yourselves to be deceived by these world leaders. They are operating, not only to destroy My Son’s Church and to create their version of a religion by forming a one world religion, they are also acting in other devious ways to subjugate all of you into a further form of slavery than they have already achieved over the people of the Earth.

    Woe to these minions of the evil one, who are exercising this power and control over you. They are hell-bent now on throwing the whole world into the third world war that they have already been waging against humanity, for it is through the chaos and confusion of this war that they hope to achieve their final goals of complete control and supervision over the people of the planet, according to their schedule to achieve their goals by the year 2030.

    You need to know the timing of their plan now, for it is during the preceding years that you, as the Powerful Prayerful Warriors of My Son’s Church, must rely on the power of your prayers to thwart the plans of the evil one and the works of his minions, in order for you to bring about a lasting peace in this world during the same time period and to thwart their schedule.

    I call upon you now as the Powerful Prayerful Warriors and as the Apostles of the Last Days to answer My Son’s call to you to enlist yourselves into My Son’s army to end the reign of the evil one over the world, and to end the evil one’s invasion into the Church of My Son through the works of His minions, many of whom are priests of My Son’s Church, who have lost their way, because the evil one has been so powerful in convincing them that the power that they exercise is from the true Lord and Saviour in their eyes, when in reality, it is the work of lucifer, the scourge of My Son’s Church.

    Hear me now, my Children of the Light, I call upon you now in these final days to unite with your brothers and sisters under the leadership of My Son and your Saviour, Jesus Christ, and under the mantle of your Blessed Mother to fight the good fight against the evil of the world.

    Know this now that you will prevail in the very near future. For now is the time of all times; the end of all ends.

    The greater glory of the Church of My Son will be your reward when the battle is over, for My Son and Your Lord and Saviour will prevail. Michael the Archangel will purge the devil and his minions from their lofty perch and cast them into the bowels of hell.

    Thanks be to God!

    A New Heaven and a New Earth shall be the reward of the true followers of My Son, Your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    Our Lady of La Salette

    Message ended 10:10am
    from Ned Dougherty

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    • charliej373 says:

      Bob, I appreciate your concern. The whole point is that Jesus is communicating the truth. He says that he will not allow the satan to prevail against His Church – but that the devil will wage war on Her. I am often puzzled that people are surprised that there are some people given to evil and disorder in clerical garb. Jesus had Judas among the original apostles: it has been thus from the start. But the Lord does not promise each leader will not fall, only that the Hierarchy of the Church will not fail: thus when they speak in unison with the Pope, the Vicar of Christ, they will not fail.

      It is why I stay away from timelines, insisting on only one, the Rescue. I have said that you will see much confusion and more of it rising. If you try to figure out the precise timelines or who to follow other than the Church, you will get lost in the waves of confusion. Rather, go to first things – the promise of Christ and to simply acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That is the sure and simple way.

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      • johnmcfarm says:

        I feel reluctant to do this, because I feel you should not get into these kinds of discussions where someone brings up some other person’s possible prophecy. But, I just cringed when I read those words by Ned Dougherty and looked him up. I never like to say whether someone really has had communication with God or not…God can and does whatever He wills. However, having read a few “prophetic” messages in my time and also understanding some of the criteria that the Catholic Church places on determining if a individual is probably fake in being prophetic I found right away that this man has asked for money to continue his messages from above. I know that the Church has found this to be a definitive sign that it is a false message, even if it does sound right. Here is the link: http://www.endtimesdaily.com/neds-blog/we-are-broke-dec-8-2015

        I want everyone here to know, that in the years I have known Charlie and especially since just before his pilgrimage and thereafter he has never asked, hinted, or otherwise in any way tried to get me to give him money or gifts. I am rather well to do and would have been an easy person for him to ask and he never has, not once. That is part of what gives Charlie so much credibility to me. That and the fact that I have never found anything he has said or wrote to be outside the reasonable bounds of the Bible.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks, John. I have noted a decided uptick in reputed messages, dreams, and recitation of various wonders in the comments section. As you know, those things make me uncomfortable (which is probably why I have no little sympathy for the many I make uncomfortable). I was just thinking this morning I need to re-iterate that this is not a “signs and wonders” site, but is focused on the simple way of acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope.

          I appreciate your testimony about me, but I should also let readers know that both you and your Mother have told me several times that if I were ever in a jam I could call on you. I have never needed to use it, but it has long been a comfort to me. The truth is, my needs are very small. My son was chuckling to his fiancé that if they ever needed me to watch the house for a few weeks after they get it, it would be simple. “Get Dad a block of cheese, some Ritz crackers, a few Home Run Inn Pizzas and some coffee and he’s good to go. $50 in groceries will cover several weeks and he’ll be completely content,” my son told her.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, Charlie… where are the Anchovies, garlic and Thai chilies so that I could come over and help you make a mess?!

            (My mom is always surprised when I watch their place and actually don’t make a mess. I think it is because when she is home, I do. I don’t mean too… but I do–according to her. Mind you, I do little different than when I am watching the place, I guess her expectations are for a much bigger mess than the “normal” mess, so just tell your son and his fiancee [corrected spelling] to expect a mess so that they will be surprised! I can pass through Chicago on the way out there… Wait. Where am I heading again?)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, fortunately, my son is messier than me…so no problem there. But after the wedding, when they move in together, she may not be so tolerant of our messy ways!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Charlie, blame it on the comet! 😉 but seriously, you don’t mind us talking about Church approved apparitions at times do you? From what I’ve seen and read, most go right along with what you’ve said on many levels, like the one Patrick was talking about.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, I don’t mind at all. I just don’t want this to get tugged too far into speculative ruts lest we lose sight of the sure and simple way.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Our simple squirrelly, whirly way 🙂

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          • Holy dairy products, Charlie, we suffer from the same bad dietary habits (Ritz crackers, cheese blocks and pizza)! We might actually be better off adapting YD’s diet of anchovies, garlic and Thai chilies. Could be the next trend.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It will be a trend that gets off the ground without me. My son may be a player, though – he eats some weird stuff. Once at the store I grabbed a bag of potato chips for me – and figured I ought to grab one for him, too. He later asked me how I knew that what I got was his favorite. I told him I didn’t – I just chose what I found the most repulsive and inedible and figured that would be right up his alley.

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          • Doug says:

            HA!!!

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          • YongDuk says:

            That’s just mean and hurtful what you just replied to MP, Charlie. Mean and hurtful! 😛

            My mom always said, “How do you know you won’t like it if you don’t try it?” And here, you literally just posted about honouring thy Fathers after so much hurt…

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          • Doug says:

            Wow! Charlie, you have just been reamed out by YD (words he used on me) ☺

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          • charliej373 says:

            Meh…not the first time a Bishop yelled at me, probably won’t be the last. Maybe I’ll get him a new set of hair extensions for Easter – but I’n still not eating that weird food he is trying to force on me.

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          • Doug says:

            Ha!

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          • YongDuk says:

            So, it’s a no-go on the bitter melon soup too, Charlie?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well…that may have possibilities.

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          • Doug says:

            I had a visitor from Singapore bring me some “moon cakes” and they were one of the worst things I have ever tasted. That said, another visitor form there brought me some “wife biscuits” and they were pretty good. They are called wife biscuits because you give them to your wife to butter her up. The two visitors are actually brothers and came at different times.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now in the old South, we have “moon pies,” and those are pretty good – so don’t confuse the two.

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          • Kim Sevier says:

            Yes! Moon pies rock!

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          • Doug says:

            Their moon cakes have a highly salted cooked egg yoke for the center. In effect, that is the moon. I would much rather eat the moon pies you talk about Charlie!

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          • Beckita says:

            oh Doug! When the moon cakes have lotus seed paste, Mmmmm…

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          • Doug says:

            So you like moon cakes Beckita? Oh I bet you have just been elevated two notches in YD’s eyes ☺

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          • Beckita says:

            I doubt it, Doug. I’d have to pass on a pizza covered with raw garlic and chili peppers. If not, just imagine the pungent air of after dinner conversation, all peppered with opinions and fragrant, stomach-roasted. garlic. 😉

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        • Mack says:

          I’ve read Ned Dougherty’s messages for a while too, but I don’t think they’re necessarily coming from heaven. I don’t know, but I do think he is not a charlatan. He seems to have had a serious conversion in his life from a near death experience. I look on his messages a little like I did on the locutions site–maybe not divine revelations but they often have some good spiritual thoughts.

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          • YongDuk says:

            We sort of discussed this a while ago, Mack and John… I think a few of us were quick to give our opinions and I can be opinionated and that hasn’t changed despite all Ann’s exhortations to me that I should be flogging myself instead of relaxing here. That being said, Beckita, I think it was,sort of flushed things out in the end–even if she may have been quick to give her opinion too in the beginning.

            I don’t know, Charlie… I think a link to a message is fine… but, and forgive me for asking this question, is posting messages the same as just a link?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think that is good advice, YD. I will largely adopt it.

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          • Beckita says:

            Actually, YD, that was the time I misrepresented Mr. Dougherty, like inadvertently smeared him and then researched more so I could correct my sloppy work done in haste.

            I tend to agree with John, Charlie. I think the private revelation from other sources can readily become a distraction for us. I have certainly discussed many a private revelation over the years and if people are interested in doing so, there are places on the internet where that can happen.

            Great idea, YD, to link people away from here to investigate further if interested.

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          • Doug says:

            Nothing wrong with an opinion as long as it is correct and spoken with charity and respect. That’s my opinion ☺

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      There is something not right about this. It’s just off somehow… I don’t believe that is Mary speaking.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Charlie, I’m sorry for typing this above… what I read overwhelmed me with a sick feeling. Instead I wish I had simply said nothing or said how much I appreciate what you teach. It is so clear and so simple. It’s a straight path. It never leaves me feeling confused like this did.

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  46. Gerardo says:

    I read where the producer of the Drew Mariani program would not let you on. I think I know the answer to that. A little over ten years ago, Drew was touting a mystic in Ireland. I believe her name was Christina Gallagher. If I remember correctly, he was urging his listeners to make a pilgrimage to Ireland to see her, because she would provide a safe haven during the trying times that lay ahead. Nothing came of her dire predictions. They don’t want to be put in that situation again.
    Gerardo

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    • charliej373 says:

      Once bitten, twice shy…that makes perfect sense, Gerardo. As I said in the piece, they have done marvelous work proclaiming the faith, so I can’t get too worked up about this. But I appreciate you offering that perspective.

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  47. Bob says:

    a Link on Spirit Daily about Hillary Clinton’s spiritual background:
    With proposed leaders with histories like these, may God soon come and set us all straight!
    http://blog.godreports.com/2016/03/hillary-clinton-has-her-methodism-been-influenced-by-seances-spiritism-and-new-age-spirituality/

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