Return to the Whirlwind

Whenever I get a big influx of new readers, I like to repeat this piece. It is actually based on a tour of creation I was given in the fall of 1997. At the time I wrote it, I was not publicly speaking of these things, so I couched it in a contemplative consideration of Job’s time in the whirlwind. It was one of the most consoling experiences I have ever had – though there was more to it than I describe here, where I stick to the consolation. It is also one of the most important pieces I have ever written for understanding the times we have entered – and to what we are called. Many have told me it has been a great consolation to them. I hope you will contemplate it, both for the consolation at the heart of it and the description of God’s majesty and tender, yearning love for us.

Into the Whirlwind

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Since God’s interaction with each person is so intimately personal, how do we encounter Him properly and help others to do so? However interesting it might be for a finger to explain its function to a foot, it won’t be terribly helpful in teaching the foot to walk. One of the best answers to this question is to be found in the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book of the Bible; the Old Testament Book of Job.

There is good reason why many skim over – or skip entirely – the Book of Job. It turns the nostrums of traditional piety upside down. As it opens we are introduced to Job, a just and pious man who is blessed in all his affairs. He is prosperous, healthy and has a big, joyful family. In fact, Job is so notable for his good-natured righteousness that God boasts of him before the heavenly host. Hearing this, the satan appears before the throne and tells God that the only reason Job is so faithful is because God has given him such abundant blessings. Satan proposes a wager: if God will let him afflict Job, the man will curse God to His face. Though the Anti-Gambling Coalition would surely disapprove, God takes the bet anyway.

Disaster after disaster befalls Job. His crops are ruined, his livestock perish, his children are killed, his health is afflicted and his life becomes an almost unbearable misery. It is idiomatic to speak of the patience of Job; even Jesus comments on it. But if patience is understood to mean meek acceptance of whatever comes, that most assuredly does not describe our Job. There are 42 chapters in the book. By Chapter Three Job is in full dudgeon. He complains of God, complains to God, insists he has done nothing to deserve this, and demands that God appear before him to explain.

In the course of his bitter complaints Job is visited by three traditionally pious friends (a fourth pops up briefly near the end) who come to defend God, urge Job to repent of his complaints and to confess to the sins that have caused these disasters to befall him. But Job is adamant. He insists that if God would agree to stand with him before an independent tribunal where both presented their case without intimidation, his own righteousness would be confirmed.

The two most commonly quoted verses of Job are at 13:15 and 19:25. The former is quoted as, “Slay me though he might, I will wait for him; I will defend my conduct before him,” (NAM) and, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him,” (KJV). The latter reads, “…I know that my Vindicator lives…” (NAM) or, “…I know that my redeemer liveth…” (KJV). Though both are beautiful expressions of faith, what is notable about them is the contrast they present to Job’s usual litany of complaints and demands. For those who would make Job into a meekly pious, long-suffering man, they are about the only useful quotes in the whole book.

Rarely is any of Chapter III quoted. In his opening complaint, Job goes into a lengthy curse of the day he was born. He comes perilously close to cursing creation, itself, in the process – which would be blasphemy. Even so, the two quotes cited earlier are consistent with Job’s main argument, even if not in the way that many would like them to be. Job does not argue that God is unjust, though he skirts close to that argument frequently; his argument is that his own treatment is unjust. Job demands, often quite stridently, that God appear to him and explain; yet he remains faithful that if he could obtain this he would ultimately receive justice from the Almighty.

His friends, on the other hand, insist that God’s justice is always immediate. So if Job suffers, he must have sinned grievously.

Astonishingly, God does exactly what Job demands. At the beginning of Chapter 38 God comes roaring out of the whirlwind to answer Job. For the next four chapters God takes Job through all of creation; the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sky, the animals, the darkness and the light. At each step, God asks Job what he knows of such things, what he can command. The Almighty is not gentle about his questioning of Job. Dripping with sarcasm, He taunts and mocks the man, showing him how small he is and how little he knows.

After four chapters of God roaring at and apparently browbeating him, Job submits. “I put my hand over my mouth…I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know,” (Job 40:4, 42:3 NAM). It is at this point that many commentators who are candid about Job’s impassioned dissent lose their way. Though God appears, He does not seem to answer Job’s questions, only to roar at and intimidate him. Observers who admire Job’s courage and passion in challenging God lament that, in the end, he buckles before God’s power rather than persisting in his demand for answers. Though trying to approach the book honestly these commentators are as limited as Job’s ‘pious’ friends.

God certainly roars at Job, but He does much more than that. He spends fully four chapters showing Job every aspect of creation. Think about that. God did not just come out of the whirlwind to Job; He took Job back into the whirlwind with Him.

I love contemplating what it was Job saw that caused him to put his hand over his mouth and dispute with God no more. Imagine that God showed Job our world, sparkling blue and green like some impossibly rare and precious gem, glittering with life and light. Then God shows Job the entire universe. Think of Job’s wonder at the billions of stars, comets, quarks and planets all pulsing and whirring, a symphony of light and rhythm. Then the stunning realization that our world amounts to less than a grain of sand in the ocean of this staggering abundance. Most stunning of all, God shows Job that this vast universe is merely the support system for our little speck. Every passing comet, every collapsing black hole, every bursting supernova, every moon, every planet in the most distant galaxy is designed to maintain the dynamic tension which keeps our world ticking. Utterly amazing that in the grand physical scheme of things we are less than a speck – and yet are the very reason for that grand scheme. We are God’s beloved.

Zooming back to Earth, Job is shown how all the animals and plants, the land and sea, winds and waters, fire and ice in striving with each other maintain the vitality of life. He sees more than this, though.

Standing with God outside of time, that remorseless captor from whom no man has robbed even a minute, every moment of Job’s life is present to him; his birth, his death, his sufferings and his restoration. Watch with Job as he considers this divine terrarium contained in time and space.

Though He constrains Himself against compelling our will, God manages the divine economy so that every event, every chance encounter calls us to Him. Here is a child of great purity born to parents given to licentiousness. There a child of great courage is given to parents who are rootless. An arrogant rake named Augustine is born to Monica, a woman of astonishing purity, persistence and fortitude. Bathed in the grace of decades of her prayers, Augustine ends by becoming one of God’s most fruitful servants. How often are parents sanctified through their children and children through their parents! There are saints with great sins on their consciences. In them, it merely opens up new channels of grace as their remorse gives them a larger spirit and a tender empathy for other sinners. There are great sinners who only have a small virtue, but grab hold of that lifeline and follow it back to God. Many people are inspired to find their path to salvation through an encounter with one who suffers with dignity. Ah, but many others are seduced by the transient glitter of vanity and power, fooled by the false luster of what is only paper and paste compared to what God intends for us.

Job sees great natural catastrophes – and a flood of divine grace pouring forth just before the catastrophe hits. For a time even enemies recollect their common humanity and pull together in solidarity with each other. Many are saved through this. But there are those who loot and exploit their fellows, unaware that they tear a piece of their humanity away from their soul in the process. God weeps over it. There are untimely deaths which seem tragic. But most are souls in their final state of grace. It is God’s mercy which plucks them before they can fall into perdition. In God’s economy every event is a potential new channel of grace opening up.

Job does not see God punishing anyone; He is far too busy trying to save them. A little temporal or physical suffering is often applied to help heal a soul. But souls can only be damaged by their owners’ free choice. Certainly, the satan busies himself trying to undo God’s grace, encouraging souls to maim themselves by chasing after sex, money and power at the expense of those around them. With every step away from God it becomes harder for a soul to hear and respond to His call. God not only calls each of us to salvation; He calls us a thousand times a day in little whispers. The Lord of Hosts suffers intensely over each of His children who so maim their souls that they begin to lose the capacity to respond to Him. Everything leads to eternity. In eternity, outside of God, there is only agony and isolation.

Job sees that, in temporal time and space, the greatest conquests and the greatest accomplishments are less than a puff of smoke on a windy day. The only thing that matters – the only thing – is the witness we live with those we encounter and, especially, with those given into our care. Everything in this bubble is always passing away. Those who anchor themselves in temporal things will perish with those temporal things. All that counts is to help others to choose life, the life that is when all this passes away.

Job sees great souls whose purity and love unite them with God. Even greater souls manifest their love of God through their love of and tender care for their neighbors. But the greatest souls are those who embrace what little sorrows and sufferings come their way in penance for themselves and as an offering for those who do no penance. Everyone wants the consolation of God, but these are the souls who console God. Their willing participation in His sorrows opens up profound channels of grace through which many otherwise unreachable souls are recalled to God, to life.

This is some of what I see when I enter into the whirlwind with Job. He does not put his hand over his mouth in servile fear, but in awe and with gratitude. Though he can’t understand all he sees, he discovers a bit of the magnitude of God’s love for us. And he takes new joy in knowing that his sufferings, too, make him a participant in God’s redeeming grace for us.

As Job’s tale comes to a close God does what may be the most astonishing thing of all. In what should (but somehow does not) send a chill of terror up the spine of every religious scold in history, God turns furiously on Job’s ‘pious’ friends. “You have not spoken rightly of me as has my servant Job,” He tells them. The Almighty is so angry He refuses to hear their prayers for forgiveness. Instead, He directs them to go to Job and ask him to pray for them, for He will hear and accept Job’s prayer on their behalf. These are the very people who have spent the entire book defending God while Job has been busy raging at and challenging Him. What are we to make of this?

Perhaps the friends were not defending God at all. Perhaps all they were defending was their preconceived notion of God or what they thought He should be. Even worse, if what they said had been true, it would have meant that God truly is unjust. They said God only afflicts those who have sinned grievously. But Job spoke truly in defending his righteousness. For all his histrionics, Job never accused God of being unjust. In fact, Job seemed quite confident that if God would only appear to him justice would follow. God did come to him and gave him even more than what he expected. Job had, indeed, been the one who spoke rightly of God. God always responds to the honest heart. Job was certainly noisy in complaining of his pain and discontent. His questions were less requests than demands. But he was candid and entirely sincere. And God came.

Whatever your beliefs, you would certainly like to know if God is. Go ahead. Acknowledge where the shoe of faith pinches – or even if it does not fit at all. Then ask whatever you can with sincerity. You shall receive.

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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191 Responses to Return to the Whirlwind

  1. Joan says:

    I have a request for everyone. Although it looks political it really isn’t. A few days or a week or so ago Charlie had a piece where he mentioned our slate of politicians being of our own doing for leaving God out of the mix. I would like to share that post but cannot find it. Now that being said, it may not have been on this blog as I have been known to make a mistake on rare occasions. ( Seriously!!!!) so can someone help me find it or at least let me know I’m on the wrong path?
    Thanks and blessings to all!
    Joan

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  2. Irish7 says:

    I think there are graces associated with this piece. I notice it the first time. Also…missing MMBev…anyone heard from her?

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    • charliej373 says:

      She has been absent for a long time now. We have tried before to see if she is around, but have not gotten anything.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Oh I am so sad to hear that. Thank you for the update Charlie.

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        • marieincopenhagen says:

          Hi Irish7, and all here who are commenters from earlier days, does anyone else remember MMBev working really hard to set up a kind of Refuge and then enigmatically posting that she would not, after all, be part of that Refuge? I simply do not have the time to try to find what I believe to be her final comment, but I remain with the certainty that, somehow, something changed in her life. I do miss her. She is such a beautiful, witty, perceptive and generous soul. She gave us all the breathtaking image of being melded together with golden threads 🙂
          God bless you, MMBev, wherever you are, and all here in this wonderful family that Charlie has brought together.

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          • charliej373 says:

            The last comment MMBev made was on November 27. In days before that, she said she was helping prepare a place for others, but did not think she would be able to take advantage of it. Without saying what she was going through, she said she was offering it up for us all.

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  3. Beckita says:

    YES! Thanks for the invitation to review this, Charlie. It is as valuable to revisit as it is for new readers to discover. May we ever embrace an additional spiritual activity which you encourage, again and again: “I hope you will contemplate it…”

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  4. Mike says:

    Charlie, I feel a little like Job these days (though my sufferings are nothing compared to his). Thanks for re-posting this essay. I needed it.

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    • marcyc48 says:

      As do l Mike. I dare not asked ” What else can go wrong or break?”
      I think God is testing me in hopes that l will learn to trust Him more.

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      • Maryann H says:

        marcyc48, we are being called to radical trust. Its all in preparation…

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        • breadoflife55 says:

          Hello all, poping up again for some fresh air. Makes me think there may well be a time when I won’t be able to pop up at will and Charlie’s words- and really the words of you all- will have been my preparation to radically trust God as my only source of oxygen in the murky depths. I have been able to recall much which has held me steady as all seems to swirl into chaos. I too think of some of you guys out there like MMBev, wondering and just a little concerned for those I have come to consider as family, and it consoles me to think, well, maybe they have been substantially prepared by this amazing blogsite and now go to the deep with God, doing what He has prepared for them, warriors of hope, already in the thick of the battle.

          That’s what you made me think about, Maryann, with your words on preparation. Sorry for switching back and forth with my metaphors. Brain is ‘tarred’.(That’s ‘tired’ for anyone not close to East Texas :] ) Oh, btw, we are expecting grandbaby number 11 anyday now. And still praying daughter may make it an even dozen before too long!!

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  5. Doug says:

    I think if God dealt with our sins immediately, we would all be vaporized by now. Oh how merciful is our God!

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  6. delfhelp says:

    Thank you, Charlie!!!- Simone

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  7. YongDuk says:

    Since you are at Doug’s home in NH, did you get to try the anchovy, sprinkled with raw garlic and raw Thai chili pepper pizza, or was that a complete no go?

    Eating lunch, I was wondering what you all might be up to for the day or two before April 7th. The ocean? Mountains? Nothing?

    Must be a blessing to be amongst friends! Again, I am green with holy jealousy.

    Blessings to you all!
    +YD

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  8. The answer is cooperating with God’s perfect will, no questions,just a joyful AMEN

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  9. Deborah Seiter says:

    I have to say THANK YOU, Charlie, SO MUCH because you have helped me so many times now to learn to trust God and HIS plan for us in so far as I struggle when I think about several of my immediate family who seem far away from God and how I can help them and trust that God’s ways truly are not my ways and He loves them in a way I never will this side of heaven. Thank you for being so open to the Holy Spirit and for helping me to really grow in my faith, my love for God and being able to trust Him and look at my prayer life in a new way. Thank you. Thank you.

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  10. diane says:

    Charlie,
    I have a question regarding our beautiful planet, I understand our souls and the church need to purified, but does the very earth itself get a cleansing as well? I wonder because we certainly have made a mess of it with all the space junk, ocean debris and mountains of trash hills throughout the world. We have polluted soil, air and waters – does God help us get back to a cleaner environment as well as getting us back to a better self? Just wondering if you have anything on this.
    Love. I do. Diane

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    • charliej373 says:

      A renewed people will exercise stewardship much better than we have, while not making their love of the earth into a pagan idolatry. But it is our hands that will do it.

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      • Amy says:

        I can’t help but think of the Pixar movie Wall-E with all the machines packaging up our garbage and human being off in space having a meal in a cup.

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    • phillip frank says:

      Diane,
      Scripture says “all creation is awaiting its salvation.”
      When Adam and Eve fell, creation was thrown into a flux. Mankind was the ruler (tiller) of this world, but Satan, out of his own admission to Jesus in the desert during His 40 day fast, became its ruler and we and it fell into chaos. When man is reformed back to his original nature, creation will become ordered again because it’s master and ruler will be properly ordered once more.

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  11. Christine says:

    I wept reading this piece….it’s absolutely stellar.

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  12. Nance says:

    Just the thought of actually consoling God is so unbelievably consoling.

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  13. wpsahm says:

    Charlie this is one of your most stirring and moving pieces, and one of my favorites. I have not fully shared your message with my immediate family members yet, because I’m waiting for them to get a sense of the magnitude of the current state of things for themselves. Yesterday, however, I laid it out for my 26 year old son who lives in another state, and after sending him the transcript of the Birmingham talk, I sent him a link to this piece because I think it is so important to know that the Storm is not punishment from God, but the result of God removing His hand of protection from a people who reject Him in His desire to draw them back to Him.

    My son definitely sees what I see going on in the world and he is open to the possibility that what you say makes sense of what is happening. He said it ‘clicks’ with things he’s felt, experienced and heard the last 4 years. Within hours he’d read through half of your posts-but surely not the accompanying comments! I said, “Is this freaking you out?” and he replied, “Uh no. Reality freaks me out. The state of affairs and humanity freaks me out. It’s just a plausible explanation.”

    Whew! It’s a tremendous relief that the only ‘child’ that isn’t living with us is informed and ‘armed’. God be with us all!

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  14. Rose says:

    Thanks Charlie…just what I needed to hear today.

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  15. Julie from PA says:

    This is a bit off the subject, which by the way is so awesome just picturing it in my head, why should we worry about anything with such a loving Father looking out for us. On a practical matter of temporal preparation, I have this nifty little battery operated vacuum seal which I use to keep my small pantry of dried and freeze dried foods fresh in canning jars. I can open the jars when I want to use the food and reseal them. Keeping a pantry was something I wanted to do anyway. I also have this little solar powered lamp that I got just for fun. All it needs is sunshine to recharge it and it will burn for hours. I named it Sparky 🙂 and feed it sunshine as much as I can. I could never prepare to keep myself going for a few months or a year. It’s too overwhelming, but it’s enough for emergencies and to share with neighbors and family for a little while should things come to that. I apologize for going off the subject, but I thought this info might be helpful.

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  16. Meriadoc says:

    “There are untimely deaths which seem tragic. … In God’s economy every event is a potential new channel of grace opening up….Job does not see God punishing anyone; He is far too busy trying to save them. A little temporal or physical suffering is often applied to help heal a soul.”

    As Charlie said somewhere else, the Lord “heals us for heaven.” I ,for one, can’t hear that truth enough times. God’s mercy sometimes comes disguised as incomprehensible suffering. How hard it is to see through that disguise! Without God’s intervention (and that of His chosen instruments), we would never know the truth. Thanks for the reminder, Charlie!

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  17. Katherine says:

    I think that this is my favorite thing you have written.

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  18. djmoforegon says:

    Charlie, what an amazing reflection on good ol’ Job. I have never looked at his story this way. In fact, some characters in the Old Testament make me scratch my head with a perplexed look on my face and he has always been one of them. So, a big thank you because I think you are spot on!

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  19. little one in PA says:

    Charlie, please forgive me, is it time yet for practical advice on how to manage chaos in our neighborhoods when the last straw falls upon the heap? I’m so impetuous and i fear how i might react when presented with different scenarios. Or would it be best to pray the prayer of Divine Trust for the best reaction. Charity or defence? Im so edgy lately because i feel anger at the injustices that I see. Tinder box!

    Thank you Charlie

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  20. Nancy says:

    Hey Charlie,
    Thank-You for this BEAUTIFUL article! I have a couple of questions for you. First off, why do you refer to Satan as -“The Satan?” Also, a bit off-topic, I have been listening to a woman by the name of ‘KAT KERR.’ She supposedly visits Heaven on a “REGULAR BASIS.” She said that when we get to Heaven, that the animals will “TALK”!!!! I think the thing that got me the MOST was when she said-“Our dogs will eat at the table with us!” That REALLY GOT ME!!!! Aren’t we supposed to be HIGHER than the animals and the Angels? I would TRULY APPRECIATE your thoughts on this!!!! Thank-You in ADVANCE:)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Nancy. I call the satan that because I so loathe him. I just hate to assign him a proper name. And I believe the etymology of the word satan is “accuser.” He is always trying to deform mankind…the satan, the accuser. But there is no special reason other than that, an expression of my contempt for him.

      As for Kat Kerr, I am not familiar with her, but if she is saying what you say she is saying, that is nonsense.

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  21. dianebelvs says:

    Thank you for repeating this excellent article again Charlie. As usual, it helps a lot!
    I brought all of you with me up to Holy Communion this morning. God Bless all here.

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  22. Anne says:

    I find this ….. super fabulous! wow …. God is just so busy loving us all and preparing us for Eternal Life. How little I am …. How little we all are.

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  23. Anne says:

    All….. Please read mark Malletts latest. Let us be giving in any way we can. Prayer, money…. However we can.

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  24. Diane says:

    This time around, this Job post, hit me, moved me, spoke to me. I almost, skipped it knowing I read it before. The Lord stirred me otherwise and this time it had many things for me I didn’t “hear” last time. In the past few days, I’ve felt nudged to clear out even more, absolutely unnecessary, benign things in my life, and BE STILL, to hear all the quiet ways, the Lord is trying to speak to me. I’ve been humbled, several times in the last few days and upon reflection, The Lord showed me, where He was correcting me. I felt the many ways I need to work on purity of heart and my interior before the storm grows and whatever storms may come my way. Prayers and thanksgiving for all in this community!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m so glad, Diane. I just so often feel this is one of the most important things I have ever written…and that it has depths that I haven’t plumbed. There is a quiet, a jubilance, a realness to it that keeps drawing me back to it.

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    • homehelper says:

      Too, Diane, I feel a change…maybe it’s the grace of the Divine Mercy,whicn I so believe in but I have struggled all of Lent with penance, appetite, and time management that I was unable to do all the devotions I wanted to. So I just took a deep breath, decided to trust, ask God to give me the graces He could. And I did give up one extra thing that I decided had too much of a hold on me.

      Now there is this feeling of great freedom and detachment from former habits that I can see were blinding me to the will of God and sapping all my energy at the same time. Now I can actually feel grace and peace flowing!!! To tell the truth, it was all the little “me” things I was doing to treat myself, to give myself a little of this and a little of that. The “Me” time and the treats. I really didn’t think I had the power to deny myself those things. I knew it would take grace. I prayed for the grace. and I gave up that one thing for two weeks. Now it’s like the grace has spilled over and I don’t struggle anymore over it. That is quite a sea change for me, happening over the course of a couple of weeks!

      Praise God for His Mercy!!

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      • Diane says:

        Oh so much beauty and truth here. A little confirmation and good words that were very needed this week. Grace abounds, just when I am near confusion and angst. Bless you all! The Lord managed to get me to Feast of The Annunciation Mass yesterday, amidst car problems, being under the weather and more; I was so grateful, overwhelmed at Grace. I renewed my Consecration to Mary that I make each year on this Feast Day. He restoreth soul and lights my path.

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  25. gotoJoseph says:

    It is always good to revisit things like this as we are likely to find ourselves in a different place with a different perspective that can help us see things we didn’t the first time. You speak of being truly honest with God, and while it seems easy enough, how many times are we really hustling or bargaining with Him in our prayer conversations. This past lent I was reflecting on fasting and other things I “offer up”, often looking for a consolation in return. I recently listened to a TED talk on the benefits to the brain of intermittent fasting – a temporal blessing in addition to the spiritual ones that God promises when we do these things. Yet how often are we saying “God, if I do THIS for YOU, will you do THAT for ME”. Fasting and suffering for and with the one we love benefits us tremendously. Yet if we were honest about the benefits we already receive with these practices, we would understand that what we are really saying is “God, if you do THIS for ME, will you do THAT for ME”. I should then realize there seems to be an awful lot of focus on “ME” in that conversation, at which point I need to cover my mouth as Job did and focus on the abundance and mercy of God. As C.S. Lewis put it, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less”.

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  26. zeniazenia says:

    “Piety is not about being ‘holier than thou’,”Being pious is not squeezing one’s eyes shut to the world and putting on a sweet little angel face. Piety is opening up one’s heart to God and one’s arms to embrace everyone as brothers and sisters.”
    “The gift of piety that the Holy Spirit gives us makes us meek; it makes us peaceful, patient and at peace with God in gentle service to others. … because some people think that being pious is closing your eyes, putting on a sweet angel face, isn’t that right? To pretend to be a saint” and holier than thou. But piety is recognizing “our belonging to God, our deep bond with Him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with Him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments” in life,.
    This personal bond with the Lord is not created out of obligation or force, it is “a relationship lived from the heart,” a friendship that “changes our life and fills us with enthusiasm and joy,” gratitude, praise and “authentic worship of God.”
    “When the Holy Spirit helps us sense the presence of the Lord and all of His love for us, it warms our heart and drives us almost naturally to prayer and celebration. … Once people experience the loving relationship of God as father, “it helps us pour out this love onto others and recognize them as brothers and sisters,”
    Piety is about identity and belonging, that is why it renders people “truly capable of being joyful with those who are happy; to cry with those who weep; to be near those who are alone or in distress; to correct those in error; to console the afflicted; to welcome and come to the aid of those in need.”
    Citing a verse from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8:14-15), Holy Father said the spirit of God is about kinship — a spirit of adoption, not “a spirit of slavery to fall back on into fear.” “Let us ask the Lord that the gift of His Spirit overcome our fears and uncertainties, our restless and impatient spirit, too, and that it may make us joyous witnesses of God and His love.”
    The Pope asked that people pray they could adore God in a genuine, not forced or fake, way, and to be in service to others “with gentleness and also a smile.”
    Carol Glatz posted this for Catholic Herald on Wed., 4 Jun 2014 after the weekly general audience — Holy Father Francis was preaching on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

    Oh no!! Job’s ‘pious friends’ were not pious, but nasty.. 🙂 St. Job — pray for us!! Angels of God — pray for us! Praise our Good God for the awesome gift of piety

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  27. Jennifer says:

    Understanding this “Job process” of testing, purification, and illumination of conscience is key to the Storm, I think. But we need to return to it because it’s so counter intuitive due to the fall, as well as counter cultural. Every saint suffers, goes thru a dark night of the soul. We say we want to be saints and yet when we are tested often our faith is shaken. Or we are scandalized by the suffering of others and in order to feel safe from such trials, we find fault with that person. This is why, I think we need to go thru and understand this process, so instead of being naysayers, we can encourage and be a sign of hope for others.

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    • Bob says:

      My wife and I are having a Bible study in our home and the presented by Video Jeff Cavins made the point that the root of every temptation from the satan is to make us doubt God’s love for us or to doubt the filial relationship that God ALWAYS has with us if we are in a state of grace and that God wants to have with us even if we have fallen. And I am sure the problem for most of us is that, as Job’s friends said, if things seem to be going well with us we can believe that God loves use but if things go bad seemingly for us we can begin to feel that God must not love us and when we doubt His love we can easily become discouraged and fall. And I am sure the storms in our own lives and in our world will tempt use to doubt His love many times. “Oh God help my unbelief”.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks for sharing the teaching from Jeff Cavins’ Bible Study, Bob. The lack of trust in God’s Goodness seems to be a repeated theme by additional spiritual teachers and its rooted in material from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

        How often Charlie, in his presentations, stresses to people that we have forgotten that GOD is the source of all goodness. CHARLIE, from the Birmingham Dinner Talk: “The great ill has been that we have convinced ourselves that we’re sufficient to ourselves, that we are the masters of the universe…But we’ve lost sight of the fact that our only reliable source of security is in God…”

        I cannot over-recommend Fr. Michael Gaitley’s newest book, 33 Days to Merciful Love. It’s filled with lessons which comprise a type of playbook for acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of Hope Himself to those around us.

        Here’s Lesson 1 from the book:
        DAY 1
        Eve of Darkness
        We begin in the beginning with Eve and the fall of humanity, the Eve who reveals the opposite of trust, the Eve who caused the time of darkness.

        Now, Eve’s first mistake was that she listened to a liar — the Father of Lies. And what did he tell her? Of course, he told her a lie:

        [The serpent] said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:1-5).5

        “You will not die.” The serpent boldly contradicts God’s Word. For God had told Adam and Eve that if they ate from the forbidden tree they would die (see Gen 2:17). So, Satan, the Father of Lies, makes God look like a liar. And he goes on to make God look jealous, selfish, and conniving: “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God … .” In short, Satan casts doubt on God’s goodness, making him look evil and untrustworthy.

        We know the rest of the story. Eve disobeys God and leads Adam along the same path. But the key here is to notice how it all began: It began with a lie, a lie about God’s Word, a lie that cast doubt on God’s goodness and trustworthiness.

        The Catechism of the Catholic Church, commenting on the first sin of Adam and Eve, gets to the heart of it all: Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.

        So, according to the Catechism, it’s all about trust. More precisely, it’s all about our lack of trust. To one degree or another, as sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, we all have a trust problem. We tend to distrust God. In other words, just as Adam and Eve hid from God when they heard him walking in the garden after their sin, so we, too, tend to hide from God, especially when our sins weigh heavily upon us. This is one of the effects of original sin, one of its “tragic consequences.”7 And so, what the Catechism says about Adam and Eve, to one degree or another, applies to us all: “They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image … .”

        And what has become distorted about our image of God? His goodness. We tend to doubt God’s goodness. And when we don’t fully believe that God is good, then we don’t fully trust in him — and that’s a problem. Why? Because, again, as the Catechism teaches, all sin involves a lack of trust in God’s goodness.

        To help heal our trust issues with God, on the initial day of this retreat, let’s turn our attention to one of the great apostles of mercy for our time, a kindred soul to St. Thérèse: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Let’s “visit” this humble nun and listen to her advice, as one of her own religious sisters once did:

        On the initial day of the retreat, I was visited by one of the sisters who had come to make her perpetual vows. She confided to me that she had no trust in God and became discouraged at every little thing. I answered her, “It is well that you have told me this, Sister; I will pray for you.” And I spoke a few words to her about how much distrust hurts the Lord Jesus, especially distrust on the part of a chosen soul. She told me that, beginning with her perpetual vows, she would practice trust. Now I know that even [some] souls that are chosen and well advanced in the religious life or the spiritual life do not have the courage to entrust themselves completely to God. And this is so because few souls know the unfathomable mercy of God and His great goodness.

        Today’s Prayer:
        Come, Holy Spirit, fire of mercy.
        Help me better to know the great and un-surpassable goodness of God.

        Love and Prayers always to/for every NRStepper and searcher visiting this site!

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        • anniecorrinne says:

          Thank you for mentioning Fr. Gaitley’s book. Both are so good. I want to do them again.
          Even opening them up randomly gives me lots to meditate on. And I did not know many of the teachings. He has another out too…..dare I start that ??? 😳🌺😇

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          • Beckita says:

            Sure, Annie. Go ahead and do it. I’ve followed Fr. Mike and purchased every one of his books. Never a disappointment. Like you, I love the random revisiting of the lessons. God bless you.

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        • Beckita, Father Gaitley’s book was amazing. It spoke to me so much. I need to read it again.

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      • Doug says:

        Yes. One of the greatest deceptions of the evil one is to convince us to blame God for all our problems. That is classic deflection for someone with extreme pride who cannot accept responsibility.

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  28. Beckita says:

    We must continue to pray for David Daleiden as he continues to be persecuted. His residence was raided in order to seize video footage from his home. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/04/05/abortion-activist-claims-planned-parenthood-videos-caused-raid-at-his-home/

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  29. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    I would like to hear more about your Job experience with God from a personal perspective. If this is limited currently to you spiritual director I understand but thought I would ask. I know it may be beyond words to be in the presence of God but I would love to hear about it.

    Also, you wrote:

    “Job sees great natural catastrophes – and a flood of divine grace pouring forth just before the catastrophe hits. For a time even enemies recollect their common humanity and pull together in solidarity with each other. Many are saved through this. But there are those who loot and exploit their fellows, unaware that they tear a piece of their humanity away from their soul in the process. God weeps over it. There are untimely deaths which seem tragic. But most are souls in their final state of grace. It is God’s mercy which plucks them before they can fall into perdition. In God’s economy every event is a potential new channel of grace opening up.”

    I have often thought over the years that God is so merciful that he would allow the person to die at the best time for the state of their soul in eternity. I could be wrong there. I am grateful that I didn’t die of a brain tumor at 21. I had so much more growing to do in His garden and fruit to give.

    Robert

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  30. nicky says:

    Hi all,
    According to a link on Spirit Daily the young gentleman that had the under cover videos on planned Parenthood had his home raided by a government agency. Much prayers needed

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I am doing some work on it now for a piece. There were 11 agents out yesterday…on a really trumped up search warrant, which is really odd because he had been cooperating with California authorities on the various legal matters out there. Planned Parenthood and their thug allies in government are getting very nervous and trying to force a panic. David Daleiden is not a man who panics. I spoke with him this afternoon for a while.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Charlie, if David is not already aware, please left him know that he is in our prayers and that we are grateful for his courage and stance on the culture of life in God’s Holy name.

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      • Beckita says:

        Happy you could speak with David, Charlie. Reading between the report lines, it had be trumped up junk. It is so clear that our Mother’s adversary is the panicked one. Praised be Jesus Christ and His Mother! May she wrap her Mantle securely around David.

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      • breadoflife55 says:

        forgive me if someone else has mentioned this, but every time i think of David or read his name David Daleiden, my toungue and mind want to roll off “David and Goliath”. The two just almost sound phonetically alike. Like Our Lady of Guadalupe with Guadalupe sounding like Quetzalcoatl.

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  31. Julie from PA says:

    Reading over that article on Kat Kerr, as soon as I saw “financial” success I would have ditched her. But, I just read a book by Sarah Menet, “There Is No Death”. It’s about her NDE after she tried to commit suicide. The only two reasons I read it was because some of the things she saw in the near future were so much like what you have been saying, Charlie. The other had to do with pets. All she said was, while in heaven she saw a dog in the distance and asked about it. She was told that it was someone’s pet and that our pets will be with us if they (our pets) want to be. Though I don’t know of any place in Scripture that would back that up, she did make some other statements that were scriptural. Then, there are a couple of things she said that I just don’t believe, but I found it compelling. I think she’s sincere anyway.

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  32. This is one of my favorites. I think it’s interesting, Charlie, that after God showed Job the immense wonders of the universe (putting our little speck of dust into perspective), He brings the tour back down to earth to highlight the smaller details and relationships that we’re easily distracted from.

    I was tempted to anger and more this morning, after a brief ‘tour’ of the headlines and some immersion in certain stories (e.g. – DOJ raids the home of David Daleiden, Notre Dame hosts Wendy Davis, ‘Demonic’ arches rising in New York and London… oh, stop, MP). I’d have probably lost it at some point, but had to run my daughter down to the bus stop for school.

    I was distracted as we pulled under a mesquite tree at her bus stop (which is surrounded by desert). I absent-mindedly rolled down the windows and shut off the engine like I always do.

    Yeah, I was brooding a bit, so we sat there in silence for a few until my daughter asked me, “what kind of a bird is that.” Since I was distracted, I had to sit there quietly for a moment and listen until I caught the beautiful song. “A shrike,” I said. “There it is on that Palo Verde.” Thankfully, her sweet smile got me out of my own head again.

    That was followed by some high-pitched twittering. “That’s a hummingbird, up there on top of that Mesquite tree. Hee-hawwww. “A momma quail……. a mourning dove……… Cooper’s hawk….. etc.” Well, thank God for daughters… and birds.

    Right about the time her bus was pulling up the street she asked, “what are they saying?”

    “Oh, they’re sort of talking to one another… singing about the beautiful morning…” I got cut off because she had to jump out and head for the bus. I meant to finish that with, “they’re all singing ‘God Is’ in their own little way,” but she was walking up the steps of the bus at that point.

    After the bus pulled away, I sat there quietly for a bit until I could pick out the humming chorus of a million bees dancing among the desert flowers that stretched into the foothills. Just beyond that were the sawtooth silhouettes of the mountains I hiked yesterday… but, I was really thinking about my daughter and how much I want to finish that conversation when I pick her up later.

    Really, she could have identified all those birds on her own because she’s my trail buddy and a chip off the old block. Reflecting on this morning, I think I need to give her more credit than that.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • Beckita says:

      Such power there is in a Godly father for a growing girl. How blessed is your daughter, MP. May your love and care for her ripple to all daughters not quite so blessed. God bless you, your family and all families.

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      • Well, thanks, B… but maybe you missed my point. I started the day complaining in my head (spurred on by Drudge), then it was my daughter who took me up into a mini whirlwind of birds. There’s nothing like finding yourself speechless after your kid humbles you with their God-given wisdom.

        I was trying to give advice to my wife last night and she finally said in exasperation, “I don’t know what you’re saying!” [sigh.] There’s plenty of erudite folks here who can cut to the chase and get their point across, especially CJ, but I guess I’m always taking the circuitous, scenic route (even now). Maybe I should ask my wife if she would edit my comments.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah shoot, MP, that penchant for the circuitous, scenic route is what we love about you – and I bet it’s a big part of what your wife loves about you, too.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          MP, Beckita, myself and I am sure others may have glazed over and saw beyond your point. Woman have a knack for that sort of talent. 😉
          I used to say there is nothing more attractive than a man who knows his way around the kitchen and now I can confidently say that a man who openly loves and serves God is the most lovely quality to behold. Your family is blessed by you and all of your honorable qualities.

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        • Beckita says:

          Ha, MP! Giggling at the prospect of allowing one’s spouse to edit comments. I think that pretty much happens without invitation all the time, doesn’t it? God rest my Ted’s beautiful soul!

          You know, MP, I think you were very clear. Nevertheless, as an educator, I taught so many little ones who were in fatherless homes or were aching for a father’s love. I grew up in such a home. My Ted was not quite sure about what I’ve believed for so long now, albeit sometimes spoken in different language than what we use here. He would come home from teaching carrying some of the angst from his students’ lives and remark with a heavy heart that he hoped SO MUCH that God had a Plan to rescue today’s children. The man s-u-f-f-e-r-e-d during his illness, my converted-to-Catholicism Lutheran guy, offering it all so people would come back to God. Eye to eye, he promised to intercede for all of us in these times.

          The research is resounding. Little girls, as they develop, need dads like you on so many levels, both spiritually and psychologically. I also note your daughter has the freedom to be who she is. Don’t mean to overdo this but you had the humility to BE HUMBLED by your child. These are amazing graces in your home life.

          PS I was incensed when I first discovered David’s new plight. The Padre in this house was as well with the remark: “Who do they think they are trespassing in that man’s home?!”
          PPS You, and all here, are wonderfully made by the Lord – circuitous, scenic, direct, brief, lengthy, serious, insightful, thought-provoking and a myriad of unique ways of responding!

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        • Mick says:

          MP, I quit reading Drudge about 6 weeks ago. I’m a much calmer, much saner (well, maybe that’s a stretch) person for it.

          I’m seriously impressed that you can recognize birds by their songs. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that, but the only one I can recognize is the mourning dove.

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    • Doug says:

      Thank you for refocusing me MP.

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    • Your daughter was singing “God IS” in her own little way, too.

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    • breadoflife55 says:

      I really love that, MP,” they are all singing “God Is” in their own little way”. Makes me think of the little points of light that each of us is when we are being signs of hope.Thank you for the contented sigh you gave me right before bed. G’nite All.

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  33. Rick says:

    We have to keep remembering to always surrender ourselves to Jesus’ protection as we continue along the ever narrowing path through the thorny brush. The level of disorder and corruption of our leaders and their minions, the manifestation of powers and principalities, is being exposed like never before, as their boldness progresses (or regresses) to reach new levels of sickness. Prayers for this woman who is being harassed and intimidated for courageously investigating the recent mysterious deaths of a number of holistic doctors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBYdgqjoNiY

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  34. dianebelvs says:

    I just read on New Advent, the story about California authorities raiding the home of David Daleiden yesterday and confiscating a laptop of his along with multiple hard drives. The National Abortion Federation lauded news of the raid! The world is continuing its downward slide. Lord have Mercy. Is this the same world that I was born into many years ago? I don’t see a resemblance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      They took ALL of his laptops. It was outrageous. I will have a piece on it in the next few days.

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      • dianebelvs says:

        Thanks Charlie. So sad … the imitation justice that is running rampant.

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      • Doug says:

        I hope they have copies in unknown locations with unknown friends.

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      • Hmm. Just a suggestion but perhaps a Rosary of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart would be helpful for David. The mysteries highlight those times when Our Lady triumphed over Satan by her humility, love and obedience. Which times are those? Oh, you choose your favorite 5 from Scripture to meditate on. I like to meditate on these: when she said Yes to God (and I always include St. Joseph’s yes to Gabriel’s message), when she (and Joseph) accepted the poverty of the stable as the model for their lives, when they obeyed the warning of Gabriel to flee to Egypt and foiled Satan’s plan to kill the baby Messiah, when Mary accepted the prophecy of Simeon to suffer, when she gave her motherly permission to her son to begin His mission at Cana, when she accepted her role of universal motherhood at the foot of the cross, when she accepted her role as Mother of the Church at Pentecost, when she became the first of the human race (after Christ) to fulfill the conquest of death at her assumption, when she accepted her role in Heaven to unceasing intercession for us. All of these things were defeats for Satan. These meditations increase our hope in the ultimate victory and teach us how to be victorious over Satan in our own lives. Humility, obedience, suffering, love, trust. They also, in some mysterious way that I don’t understand, invoke the power of Mary’s conquest over Satan, which draws its power from her total union to Christ Who effected the principal conquest over Satan by His life, suffering and death. I think David could use a bit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart right about now.

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    • Doug says:

      Good is evil and evil is good….

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  35. This was the first of your blog posts that I read, a ways back, and the one that reeled me in.

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  36. Doug says:

    Charlie, you might want to know if you don’t already that David Daleidens house was raided.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-agents-raid-david-daleidens-home-seize-undercover-planned-parent

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  37. wpsahm says:

    So did anyone catch the story that two reconstructed arches from the Temple of Baal are being installed on April 19th? One in New York City and one in London will be installed on that date, with more to come in about 100 cities. The swirling of the Storm is getting stronger.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, it wasn’t all it seemed. That temple was later made into a mosque and a Church…so it was more of an historical effort than an actual affront. Still kind of creepy, but not near as bad as the headline of the first article on it I saw made it seem.

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      • Beckita says:

        I think it IS creepy. I’ve heard too many real life stories from priests and laity in the deliverance ministry who have prayed to free others who had “played around” with occult practices. The New York Post reports there are plans to erect about a THOUSAND arches in cities around the world. To me, this seems to be more than an historical effort. It doesn’t sound good. http://nypost.com/2015/12/29/3-d-printing-to-bring-syrian-arch-destroyed-by-isis-back-to-life/

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      • wpsahm says:

        Good to know, Charlie. I saw it described as a thumb in the eye of ISIS, since ISIS blew up the original.

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      • Maybe you’re right. Let’s face it though, whether temple of baal, mosque or Church, they only tolerate this stuff for its cultural significance. I wish they showed the same enthusiasm for erecting Crosses in Times Square and around the world, or better yet, embracing The Cross in their hearts. I know it will eventually blow away with the rest of the chaff.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You captured it perfectly, MP! When they start embracing the erection of historic cross statues, I will believe it is merely cultural. Perfect insight!

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        • Beckita says:

          This is the critical piece: “…they only tolerate this stuff for its cultural significance.” As you say, Charlie, merely cultural is the question and it is tough to discern in a world teeming with so much deception.

          Love this, MP:”…embracing The Cross in their hearts.” And so true this: “I know it will eventually blow away with the rest of the chaff.” Praying…

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    • jwjohn says:

      Breaking news – The arches of Baal for New York and London have been cancelled. Instead they are going ahead with some other type that is not offensive – public pressure may have paid off.

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    • jwjohn says:

      Breaking news – China to introduce new currency to world, the Yuan will be Gold backed and will NOT be convertible to US Dollars, April 19, 2016 is the date.

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      • charliej373 says:

        With news like this, you should always include a link, John, as I have here. Note that this is an effort to give China more say in the pricing of gold – and the object is to ultimately become convertible, which would help mover their object of becoming dominant in gold pricing more, rather than less, heft.

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  38. Lynn Garrison says:

    Really good. Thank you.

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  39. Victor Taylor says:

    I would like to request prayers on behalf of two women and their children who lost their place to live due to a fire. Thanks to God for sparing them from harm. The house is supported by our parish to allow these homeless women to have a new chance. Parishioners work as prayer partners and as mentors to them.
    I pray that through this experience we all come to trust deeply in God and His ability to use us to overcome the ‘Storm’ of this moment and rely on his grace through each other for other tribulations.
    These women have only had negative experiences and reactions to the storms of life until now.
    Thank you for remembering this before Our Lord and Our Lady.
    Vic

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked the Lord to send St. Joseph to watch over and comfort these women, Victor. And thank you and your parish for your work on behalf of many who are in dire straits.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in the prayers for the two women and their children, Vic. Praying as well for those in your parish involved in this vital ministry. God bless you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Victor, I keep these woman close to my heart in prayer during their struggle. Mat they experience the love of God and His Mystical Body at this time. May we aware of Our Almighty Father in His Divine Plan and trust it especially in moments of difficulty for ourselves and when we are called to be His hands in service to others.

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    • Praying. I’ve always felt that the biggest sorrows in life are ( in order) death of a loved one, separation, divorce or betrayal from a loved one, and loss of one’s home. My heart and my prayers go out to them.

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    • narnialion says:

      Prayer of Miraculous Trust for these women, their children and your whole community, Vic. What a beautiful thing you are doing with God!

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    • Mick says:

      Vic, I will pray for these women and their children. God bless all the members of your parish.

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  40. Tricia Smith says:

    Mr. Johnston, my husband and I will be attending your visit to Maine this coming Sunday, and we’re very excited to meet you and hear you in person. If you pick up this message and have a few spare moments before Sunday, please google “Natan, boy who was clinically dead and revived who has shared prophecy upon his return to life”. As you will see, there are similarities to the messages you’ve received, but some differences as well. We’d love your perspective, if possible.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I look forward to seeing you, Tricia. I am familiar with the situation with Natan – as many people sent things to me about him last fall. I think what he said bears consideration, but is considerably more enigmatic than many think. Some have dismissed him already because certain things he said have not come to pass. This may be because in eternity, causes are the root of when something has happened. On earth we are blind as moles to it until we see the effects. It can be difficult to convey that.

      Now, I have been taught, often with great frustration, over a lifetime on interpreting these things I see…which I still sometimes get wrong. I want to make sure that people understand when I say Rescue comes in late 2017, I do NOT mean some enigmatic thing that we will only understand years later. I mean we will be visibly and miraculously Rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception and the whole world will know it. Though I am leery about giving specific times for most things, on the occasions when I do, that is what I mean.

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      • Beckita says:

        In advance, Welcome Dear Blessed Mother! Welcome into our lives with the mess we’ve made, more foul than any dirty diaper a mother has ever had to change. Thank you so much for ever entering our lives, loving us through our messes and interceding for our return to your Son’s Mercy. Intercede for us that we be filled with grace upon grace upon grace to hang tough during the Storm, holding in our hearts this precious treasure, the knowledge that you are coming as Our Lady the Immaculate Conception in late 2017. Thanks be to God that all the world will see you ARE the Mother of our Redeemer and your Twin Hearts are inseparable! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

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        • Doug says:

          You know Beckita, Charlie mentioned what the blessed Mother’s disposition was like at his talk on Tuesday and my first thought was “that’s Beckita!”.

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          • Beckita says:

            Speechless, Doug. I just can’t wait to see her, even as I know with the grace of utmost surety and certainty, she is right beside me, right beside you, right beside each and every one of us at EVERY MOMENT, praying, loving, guiding, cheering us on, gently correcting and redirecting, waiting for our prayers to present before the Throne of Abba for all her millions of children and the conversion and salvation of their priceless souls. Let’s do all we can to be a balm to her sorrowful heart by interceding with her for all her children. You’re a kind man, Doug. Thank you.

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  41. Rhonda says:

    Charlie, it would seem that when God took you “into the Whirlwind,” you were shown what Heaven is like, or maybe what we will experience when we die, before we go to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. It seems very difficult for our minds to comprehend, but I like the idea of seeing all “time” happening at once, because there are a two things in my life I wish I could go back and undo. I’ve often said to myself God can forgive us for the things we’ve done, but he can’t “undo them.” What’s done is done. But when you relate this experience, it does indeed seem like things can be undone, because God is infinite. This is all very fascinating stuff – thank you so much for sharing and attempting to put into words what you see and experience. You are making me think of things in ways I never have before.

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  42. Kim Sevier says:

    Charlie–just want to mention how much I have enjoyed watching Bishop Gracida on the vortex this week–he is sharp as a tack at age 92 and he looks 40 years younger than that! Amazing man!

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  43. lin says:

    Wanted to share this video link to complement this wonderful article!
    “God of Wonders: Scientists Prove God’s Existence Thru Science”. Includes fascinating info about the wonders of the created world.

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  44. CrewDog says:

    A GoodOne for those madly seeking the latest Seer or Prophecy!

    HeartLight Daily Verse -12 April

    Luke 9:23-24
    Jesus said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    “I’ve just got to find myself.” Won’t ever happen. We do not “find ourselves, our life” by pursuing it. We find it by losing it to something or someone greater than ourselves. We find our life be losing it to Jesus and the work of his Kingdom.
    Prayer:
    Master and Maker of all that lives and breathes, take my life and every breath and use it for your glory. May my words and actions this day be pleasing to you. Through Jesus I offer you this prayer and praise. Amen.
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    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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