The Fullness of the Storm, the Springtime of the Gospel

The Fullness of the Storm

By Charlie Johnston

At the Easter Vigil in 2008 Our Lord appeared to me and said, “Now the hour of darkness comes upon the world. But be not afraid. The darkness shall not prevail.” When I reported this visitation to my Priests, I told them not to over-interpret it, for the feel I had was that it was like we had entered the Garden of Gethsemane – not the passion of the world, but the prelude to it. It is not just the words that are important to interpretation when I am visited. There is much more than words – which I cannot explain – that are vital. Sometimes the actual words are just like the headline of a very detailed story.

I spent this last Lent up in the mountain cabin I have access to. It was largely dry and mild the whole time. Then the night before I was to come back to Denver for Easter, two feet of snow fell. So I celebrated Easter via EWTN where Fr. Anthony Mary, who I visited and had lunch with last year, celebrated Mass. I always feel a little rush of joy when the celebrant at an EWTN Mass is one of the friends I made there and at Hanceville. Late in the day on Easter Sunday, after the sun had set, the Lord informed me that the  world has entered  the fullness of the Storm. (His actual words were, “Now the world enters the fullness of its passion.”)

I have spent the last three weeks contemplating how to convey the import of this message. It is tricky because many people have a little disaster-movie scenario in their heads – and that is the filter through which they see such things. It is not entirely wrong, but it badly misses the point.

The important thing as we enter this stage is not what happens without, but what happensour lady of tepeyac within us and how we respond to the Lord’s call. In my piece, “I Proclaim the Rescue,” I said I think there will be a lot less violence than many people think and a lot more confusion and chaos in the fullness of the Storm.

There are actually two things that come to the fore in this intense period. First, it is the passing away of the old temporal order. The damage we have done is now fully terminal. Every new outrage (and there will be plenty) is just the clatter of another section of the wall falling, regardless of how it looks. You will now see many striking convulsions in the temporal sphere as the death spasms of the old order play out. Second, and far more important, it is the Springtime of the Gospel that St. John Paul spoke of for the 21st Century. As showy and booming as the passing away of the old order is, the Springtime of the Gospel is what is in our hands – and is dependent on our response for the fullness of its fruit.

So we have the moment of the authoritarian secularists collapsing in on itself before our eyes. It is a very messy business as they frantically try to re-assert control even as the walls cave. They are like a frightened man who, going into a skid on a snowy road, loses all control by braking hard and over-steering in an effort to keep absolute control. The situation has gotten beyond him and can only be salvaged by loosing a little control, not tightening it. The outrages visited ancillary to that fruitless effort can only distract us.

Juxtaposed to that secular crumbling, those of us of faith are entering into our moment, the Springtime of the Gospel.  It is not a triumphal moment, not primarily a reward for trusting God. It is a call to action. I often say at presentations that “God wants all His kids back,” – and that we are called to behave so as to become a sign of hope to the very people who are tormenting us when they have lost all hope in human machinations. That will happen very quickly as the old order visibly passes away. It is a lot harder to do than to say, I well know. What we are called to is a stretching out of our hands, both to God and to our neighbors, to become more and better than what we are. Paradoxically, that is accomplished primarily through simplicity, through learning a childlike trust that, though not blind to frightening temporal events, sees beyond them to the spiritual reality God calls us to.

I was overjoyed at my visit to New England. I gave three public presentations and participated in 10 private gatherings. Last year, when I went around the country, there was a certain nervousness at the beginning of most presentations. Some was because of things folks had heard of me, but overwhelmingly it was due to the clearly deteriorating state of the culture and the world. Those presentations always ended with people reacting with great hope and joy. I was grateful for that, but prayed that it would spread, that my friends in the crowds would become carriers of that sure hope. In New England earlier this month, the crowds were joyful from the start, even though the world is already much darker than it was when I set out last year. It is because little groups have sprung up across the region, meeting regularly with each other and committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to each other and those around them. As people have reduced the scope of what they need to do and concentrate on the little they can right in front of them, hope and joy are blossoming like roses and tulips after a spring rain. They are giving it to Jesus – and this same Jesus, who once accepted two little fish from a boy and fed a multitude with them, is doing the same with the little joyful efforts of those who are giving their little fishes to Him.

It was a profound sign of hope to me, for I reasoned that if this is happening around the country then we are well-prepared with a cadre of people who, even as things get darker and more fearsome, will get more steady and deliberate, rooting their trust in the Lord of Hosts and spreading that calm and confidence to those around them.

How, then, do we prepare to spread hope and joy as temporal things visibly crumble before even the most willfully blind? Actually, the debate over Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation has been very helpful to me. Here at this site, we have had a wide array of opinions expressed, often in pointed contrast to each other, but respectful of the Pope and each other even when vigorously expressed. I have been, as usual, horrified to read through some of the toxic vitriol that passes for debate on some other sites. Meantime, I have seen three pieces on it that strike me as deeply insightful. One is by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, another by Cardinal Burke – both men who always have something to say that is worth hearing. The third, perhaps surprisingly, is a piece in the Wall Street Journal. I was less surprised when I saw it was written by Nicholas G. Hahn III, a young man who worked with me in a campaign a few years back and who I pegged as an up-and-coming intellect. My friend, the late Tom Roeser, had told me to keep an eye on the fellow as he had some real promise. Glad to see young talent blossoming. Though these pieces have significantly different points of view, they are all stated in a way that builds up the faith and the faithful rather than in bombastic tones of denunciation.

I always used to tell candidates to “never give counsel to your fears.” It is easy to say – and heaven knows that every pundit who has little at stake is always strikingly brave in theory. But it is brutally tough when you are under both the gun and the microscope – when a miscalculation can have devastating public consequences. Your mind starts making a frightening inventory of all the things that could go wrong, all the ways that you could be tripped up, all the ways in which your career could suddenly crash and burn. But that way lies paralysis, a state which makes you useless.. You can recover from error, particularly if you own up to it as soon as it’s clear – and do it without mealy-mouthing. You can’t recover from being perpetually frozen in place, trying to cover your hide.

I have said that confusion and chaos will rise like a tide…and so it already has. Though I often gripe about it, I well understand the motivations behind both the folks who are perpetually searching for the flaw in every statement for error – and the folks who are constantly trying to abandon principles out of charity. Many of those who search for the flaw in everything have seen the havoc wrought by such things as the “spirit of Vatican II” from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – and by indifferent formation by leaders who should have cared better for the souls entrusted to their care. They rightly fear more erosion of the faith – and so are hyper-vigilant. Some of those who are constantly wanting to loosen and change the rules were seared by a hyper-legalism that drove people away, that laid heavy burdens of despair on them without helping them to bear those sorrows. They rightly fear driving more people to despair and away, and so want to give what comfort they can. Now some who always search for the flaw just like to have something to condemn in order to feel righteous. Like the old song, they are only happy when it rains. Some who always try to loosen the rules just want to destroy the foundations of the Church – and like  it when “lesser” mortals are dependent on them that they may feel righteous. It is not to either of these that I speak to now.

Both those who sincerely want to protect the integrity of the Deposit of Faith, but express it through a hyper-vigilance and those who want to call the lost back but do so by an excessive permissiveness that deforms the foundational doctrines of the faith are giving counsel to their fears. Protecting the integrity of the Deposit of Faith and effectively calling the lost back in a time of massive disorder is not an ‘either-or’ proposition: it is a ‘both-and’ endeavor. We need the dynamic tension of both perspectives – and all of us need to be better, to make our cases with vigor yet without giving counsel to our fears, to listen to each other while assuming each other’s good will.

The last three Popes, St. John Paul, Benedict XVI and Francis are the three chapters of the Book of the Storm in my mind. St. John Paul was a modern-day St. Paul, boldly re-3_popes, faith hope and loveevangelizing a world that had gone functionally pagan and church leaders who had badly mangled doctrine under the false “spirit of Vatican II,” an effort to conform to a pagan world rather than evangelize and renew it. St. John Paul, an architect of Vatican II, defined the authentic spirit of the council against the many abuses that had risen in its wake – and raised an army of fervent new believers from the swamps of despair. Pope Emeritus Benedict is a modern-day St. John the Evangelist, supremely wise and steady, taking sound doctrine and expressing it with a high elegance, raising it to a profoundly poetic refinement. If you read nothing else by him, get his magnificent ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ and see if you don’t agree with me on this. And now comes Pope Francis, a modern-day St. Peter, often brash and impulsive, but ever driven by a profound love and restless eagerness to bring all into the safety of the Barque of Peter.

I see a divinely appointed mystical significance to the sequence of these three Popes. In his eagerness to bring all to the safety of the faith, Pope Francis often turns up with a few weeds in the bundles of wheat he gathers. Without the massive reform of widespread doctrinal abuse St. John Paul accomplished and the refinement of doctrinal expression Pope Emeritus Benedict brought to bear, there might be real danger in the sometimes scatter-shot approach of Pope Francis. But now is a time of gathering in. Pope Francis firmly grounds himself in the work of St. John Paul, Pope Emeritus Benedict and various Doctors of the Church. Better, I think, he should gather some things in that might better be left out than leave out anything that should be gathered in. And so, before God set Pope Francis out to gather in the lost, He set St. John Paul and Pope Emeritus Benedict to strengthen, fortify and renew the Church’s firm foundation.

Now comes the time to choose. As the convulsions that mark the falling of the old order move to center stage, you can do nothing to stop them – nor even much to influence them. Let them not distract you. As the tumult raises up great chaos and confusion, there will be many times you cannot see the way forward, when you do not understand the ways of the world or even the words of the Church. Let this not dismay you. Rather, choose to believe the words of Our Savior, His promise that the faith of Peter shall not fail – even when you do not understand. Amidst the tumult of economic, military, diplomatic, cultural, and global convulsions, choose to believe the promise of Our Lord that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church – and resolve to join the vanguard assaulting those gates by doing the little right in front of you, by spreading hope, by lighting the candle of those right next to you until the whole world glows in eager expectation of Rescue. Do this even when you cannot see the way forward because of the cloud of dust raised as the walls of temporal edifices fall. For those of you sent out to gather others in, give thanks for those, like Cardinal Burke, who man the desk of quality control that the integrity of the faith be maintained. For those protecting the integrity of the deposit of faith, give thanks for those who, like Pope Francis, go forth and get their hands dirty in the effort to pull every soul to safety they can. We need each other.

When my Archbishop, Denver’s Samuel Aquila, issued his formal statement concerning my writings and presentations, I received notes of congratulations from several officials from other Dioceses whom I have become friends with. They understood the formal language of the Church and that this was about as positive a statement as I could get at this stage of things. My favorite was a sort of prose poem built around a Gospel passage, sent to me by an official from an Archdiocese on the Coast. It read:

“Just read your post. Your attitude about the Archbishop’s determination is perfect. 

Mt. 11:6 And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. 

You are not endorsed and not condemned. 

Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. 

Christ himself would have considered this a victory!  Still free to spread the Message he was sent to proclaim. 

Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. 

While the ruler of this world holds sway, a little freedom can go a long way. 

Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. 

Every grace and peace in Christ, Charlie.”

 

Above all, as we struggle to make our way through the wind and waves of this rising Storm, to gather our brothers into the safety of the Barque of Peter, let us reason together, let us work together, let us build each other up even in disputes – and let us take no offense at each other.

As the walls of the old order fall, revealing the barrenness of designs not built on the foundation of the Gospel, let us stand revealed as robust saplings grounded and growing in Christ – that as those who have vested their hopes in things that are passing away go into despair at what is lost, they see us and find new hope in what is vital and new, growing joyfully in the firm foundation of several millennia of truth.

The fullness of the Storm has begun. But it is a new Advent, the Springtime of the Gospel. You are not called to look back in fear at what is dying, but to participate actively in this Springtime, that you may help prepare the way for the Rescue. Put your hand to the wheel, your shoulder to the plow, and take no offense at each other as you, too, proclaim the Rescue.

What a joy to be alive in these times! May your children, your grandchildren, and their children speak with joy for many years of the work you did to usher in the Springtime of the Gospel. Let them rejoice that you had the vision and faith to understand that that is what the fullness of the Storm truly was. The Lord of Hosts is also Master of the Storm – and He calls you now to prepare the way.

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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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738 Responses to The Fullness of the Storm, the Springtime of the Gospel

  1. Linda says:

    Ha! I LOVE IT! Father Larry Richards (Official) just posted pic of Pope Francis with a big bright red banner saying… “I STAND WITH POPE FRANCIS! PERIOD!” My thoughts too btw! 😉 Viva le Papa

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  2. LindaMc says:

    Long time reader first time leaving a reply. Thank you Charlie for your words of hope and heart. I come to this site to get spiritual insight, and reassurance. I have learned so much and have a renewed interested in my faith. I was blessed to see you last August in Southern California and have taken that sense of calmness that I received from that night with me since and keep trying to take the next right step. I too feel this storm and am grateful for this TNRS family that can share these same feelings together.
    God bless you all.

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  3. naisy says:

    Oh, Charlie, thank you. I love that…”Above all, as we struggle to make our way through the wind and waves of this rising Storm, to gather our brothers into the safety of the Barque of Peter, let us reason together, let us work together, let us build each other up even in disputes – and let us take no offense at each other.”

    Amen, so be it, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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  4. narnialion says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Just read this essay to my 85 year old Mom, living in the mountains of Vermont. She can;t see very well, but has read many of your writings (I made large print books for her).

    She would stay up late reading your Alabama stories with great delight (she grew up in Tuscaloosa).

    When I read this latest essay to her, she said, “This is Charlie’s best.”

    My Mom is mensa, but wouldn’t join ’cause they wanted her to pay $65. She was also in the Benedictine novitiate for a year, but left and went on to have 6 children. (I’m the oldest). Anyway, she’s wise about church matters and thinks outside the box.

    She focused right in on this paragraph, esp. the last sentence which she made me read twice.

    “Both those who sincerely want to protect the integrity of the Deposit of Faith, but express it through a hyper-vigilance and those who want to call the lost back but do so by an excessive permissiveness that deforms the foundational doctrines of the faith are giving counsel to their fears. Protecting the integrity of the Deposit of Faith and effectively calling the lost back in a time of massive disorder is not an ‘either-or’ proposition: it is a ‘both-and’ endeavor. We need the dynamic tension of both perspectives – and all of us need to be better, to make our cases with vigor yet without giving counsel to our fears, to listen to each other while assuming each other’s good will.”

    Then she said, (she never asks for anything and doesn’t use the computer), could you please send me a copy…a hard copy…if it’s not too difficult.

    Home Run, Charlie!

    What joy you bring!

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  5. dianebelvs says:

    I just want to say Charlie, that if/when the time comes that we won’t be able to communicate here anymore like we do today, via electronic media, I will hold you and all here, in my heart, and pray for all of you each day. May God Bless Every One of You. And may we all meet at Mt. Meeker one day. NR Steppers Unite!

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  6. I am not a learned man but I know one when I read him. I am not as wise as I think I am at times, but know wisdom when I see it. I say these things because what I read here from my brothers and sisters brings me great joy. I am marveled at the teachings and the brilliance harbored by so many. I find it easy to fall in love with all of you in so many different ways and can see the magnitude of intellect in so many here. I find myself laughing and saddened by the things written here but the joy comes from the neighbors who live here and the sadness from visitors who don’t understand yet. The sorrows come from those are hit and runners who don’t get it at all. I am not a big fan of Broadway musicals but what comes to mind is this neighborhood, this family will stand together in the Fathers gaze in the full of the storm.”Just singing in the rain”. during the greatest change in mankind since the Birth of Lord Jesus Christ. I can’t dance well either but hopefully I’ll be belting out the same tune with gusto and kicking puddles with the best of them.
    HMM, now wheres that fedora I used to where…
    God bless you all, you are a joy to behold.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Al, that is so sweet and warmed my heart. I envision us all locking arms together in *chorus line* dancing the rescue shuffle and singing the Song of Thanksgiving. 🙂

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    • Beckita says:

      Honestly, Al, I believe each of us has his/her own kind of wisdom. Yours reflects a man with a beautiful heart and soul. Thank you, Al.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh Al, you may be unable to do all of the things you listed but you sure can share your gift of writing with us! I love your posts! They always make me smile and always give such peace and joy! God bless you! 💜💛💙

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    • janet333 says:

      ” this family will stand together in the Fathers gaze in the full of the storm.”Just singing in the rain”. during the greatest change in mankind since the Birth of Lord Jesus Christ”

      I love it Al! 🙂

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  7. Doug says:

    I read this article about Russia that I found on Spirit Daily. I thought it was quite interesting. It describes how Russia is embracing Christianity

    http://ministryvalues.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2292&Itemid=214

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Yes, very interesting and all of this as they threaten the USA with stealth fly-bys… Up is down and east is west, and we are in deep trouble- As we quickly slide down the slippery slope and becoming the new Union of American Socialist Republics. 💂

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      • Doug says:

        Snowy, its funny, but I’ve never been worried about the Russians. I’ve always felt they have been getting it right for the last ten years or so. I’m sure they have their issues, but they are headed in the right direction. Blessings!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Doug, I am not worried about them either- it’s America that worries me.

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          • I am not worried about the evil of nations anymore the time for them is past, I fear not for our country nor do I miss the so called “good old days”. Yesterday 7 people were killed in south Ohio, the killer or killers still loose, cops being ambushed and gang violence at an all time high. Soon and very soon God will deal with the evil in all the world when the storm hits fully, There is nothing but the Rescue for me now I will not fear death it has nothing to do with me other than send me home. I will go to confession again today to ask forgiveness of my sins which is my only fear now, that I have saddened the Lord Jesus this week. Amen?,

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yes, Al! Amen Amen Amen! 🙂 what worries me (and I just can’t help it- so I pray alot for this!) isn’t the country or the loss of the good old days-because there is no such thing imo… it’s all of the damaged people and the reaction they will have since they are so clueless what is happening even now-even now! I remember the Blessed Virgin saying (my words as I can’t recall exactly)to one of the children that God would move slowly with America as we have been so spoiled, we do not know how to suffer or sacrifice and if things happened too quickly people would blame and even hate God because of what they lost-materially speaking is what I understood that to mean.. So God keeps giving another day and another day..and yet another day! He is so merciful.

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  8. Beckita says:

    God’s Hope shines in the midst of difficulties: “The Archdiocese in Vienna is handling between five and 10 adult baptism requests per week…” http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/19/number-of-muslim-migrants-in-austria-converting-to-christianity-on-the-rise/
    Praying it continues!

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  9. Jennifer says:

    I will be praying for each of our beloved readers, may our Lady shelter us with her mantle and may THE JOY OF THE LORD BE OUR STRENGTH!

    Liked by 6 people

  10. Alfred Chavez says:

    I recently learned of Mr. Johnston’s predictions. As a newbie I’m puzzled by what I read. I follow the news, I know generally what’s happening and worry about disasters and situations–persecutions–that are under-reported. So, isn’t every age is the “evil age” that St. Paul talks about in his letter to the Galatians? History bears that out, does it not? The sexual revolution, Roe v Wade, immigration difficulties, economic hard times, and so on and so forth have been part of our lives for a long time–a storm that’s been ongoing for a very long time now. So what has changed?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, no, Alfred. Some are superficial, some are fundamental. Do you know why more Jews didn’t get out of Germany while they could when Hitler’s plans were perfectly clear? Because many deluded themselves that this was no different than other pogroms they had gone through in Russia and Europe…and that this too would pass soon enough. The French aristocracy thought until the moment doom caught up with them that these little upheavals were no different than the other uprisings in prior ages. The Tsar was with his army on a foreign front on the day Russia fell, so little did he think of the agitation in Moscow. Normalcy bias affects well over 90 percent of the population even when a catastrophic collapse is well advanced. You think that I am making a hurricane out of a summer breeze. I think you cannot tell the fundamentals that differentiate between a summer breeze and a hurricane. We shall see.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        soon the suffering will be so bad we all will have to choose a side. I hope I can show the Lord I am strong. The Devil knows my weakness is my family so I just pray there is no loss of them because I do not know if I could overcome that and I know my wife could not.

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        • AndyB2016, I feel the ache in your heart. I will pray the St Michael Prayer for you and your family right now!

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        • Noah603 says:

          Andy,

          As Charlie says, God wants ALL of his kids back. That’s the purpose of the storm. He aches with longing for you, your wife, and your entire family. His Divine Plan is not to destroy us in anger, but to give us a great fresh opportunity to turn to Him. Your humility is appropriate. We should all be so aware of our weakness. I would suggest doing what my wife says, “Stay close to the sacraments”, and also, pray like a small child to his Daddy, who is happy to have His child talking to Him.

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        • joj says:

          Andy, you’re desire to remain faithful is so apparent and so inspiring!

          Whenever I have said, “I hope I can show the Lord I am strong,” He always makes a huge point of showing me I am weak. Hahaha! I am learning to stop trying to be strong and just rely on His strength. His grace is sufficient for us. But He gives us the grace we need when we need it, and not a moment before! … just Trust and TNRS (Take the next right step.)

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      • Alfred Chavez says:

        Thanks for the reply Charlie. I can only imagine how busy you must be.

        First let me say it’s clear to me you stay on the barque, please pray I do too. I’ll do the same for you.

        But help me out–I don’t think any of these things I mentioned above are normal in any way–nor have they been for a very long time. The ongoing holocaust of infants-in-the womb alone is enough to make any grown woman or man weep, and we would have been hiding our heads in the sand not to see it as well as other serious injustices and persecutions that go back through our lifetimes (I’m 71). I’ve always felt strongly that at some point something would have to give whether in a world-wide, startling way (God is perfectly capable of allowing that) or more organically (ditto). So, that a storm has begun only in recent years seems unbelievable to me. It’s been storming for as long as I can remember. What’s different right now? What the future holds is something else; the things you have predicted are perfectly possible and I certainly won’t “despise prophecies.”

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    • Beckita says:

      Alfred, welcome to the site. In order to get a better picture of where we are in salvation history, each person who comes here must take on the work of reading and listening to the major works, both written and spoken,which have been posted here. I highly recommend the Birmingham Dinner video as a foundational start to gaining more understanding. It can be accessed in the black nav bar at the top of this page: Visit Videos. There’s also a transcription available there if you prefer written intake. God bless you.

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  11. Christiaria says:

    HI, Charlie–Have been out of the loop and don’t know if anyone has posted a link to this Peggy Noonan article about the state of our political system, but it really resonated with me: http://www.wsj.com/articles/that-moment-when-2016-hits-you-1461281849

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, all are waking up to our dire – and bizarre – situation.

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    • victura98 says:

      Yes, I thought the very same thing about the Peggy Noonan, WSJ article. Peggy has discovered the storm, and is deeply saddened. The pity is that she does not know about the rescue. Let’s all be signs of hope to one another, because the more sadness we discover in others in these times, the more good we can do.

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    • victura98 says:

      By the way, I was listening to your music this morning, and it gave me hope and made me smile. I wanted you to know. 🙂

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    • Kris says:

      Wish we could read it without paying for it.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Kris, if you highlight the headline of the WSJ article and paste it in Google, you will be able to find the full article, without having to subscribe.

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      • victura98 says:

        You can read it without paying for it, but you must go through the Drudge Report to do so. The Wall Street Journal has a policy by which articles posted on Drudge can be read free of charge. The article is listed on Drudge in the far left column, and is entitled: NOONAN: That Moment 2016 Hits You…
        I hope that helps! http://www.drudgereport.com

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        • totustous says:

          Thank you for the link Fr, (Victura98) I’m not from USA but know from history that our country(Australia) follows, albeit a bit slowly, America. The article said what we have known for years and I now see Australia in a similar condition. We are supposed to have a plebiscate vote on “gay” marriage this year. We have an election also for Prime Minister after our former was ousted/ overthrown because he would not support “gay” marriage. It all makes sense looking through supernatural eyes and has to be endured.

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  12. Mary Ann says:

    God Bless you Charlie

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  13. Joe Crozier says:

    “You can’t recover from being perpetually frozen in place, trying to cover your hide.” So true.

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    • Jill Clark says:

      Hey Joe Cro! glad to see you didn’t disappear completely.
      Remember to offer up your paperwork for all the souls in purgatory–they’re counting on it.
      God Bless!
      pcj

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  14. totustous says:

    Thanks again Charlie for keeping me focused on TNRS and not on the storm swirling and twirling around me . It tries to suck me in and when I read your post and the comments from the family it’s like i have been drowning and my head has popped up out of the water and I breathe again. It goes without saying that daily Mass and my Rosary and Adoration are my main nourishment but here is where we share the journey .Love and prayers to all

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  15. Linda says:

    Charlie.. Many years ago.. My priest Fr. Bertrand Shenk (now deceased) helped my mother and father-in-law come back into the church. They couldn’t get an annulment and so they promised the bishop they would love as brother and sister for the rest of their lives.. It was so beautiful.. They both made this wonderful confession and received Jesus after like 30 or more years and cried like babies at the sheer joy of Jesus back in their souls😇

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  16. narnialion says:

    Dear Friends,
    I was over on MOG forum and saw this.
    Whatever you may think of Michael Voris, this is worth seeing.

    This IS the Springtime of the Gospel!

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    • anniecorrinne says:

      I’m so glad you brought attention to this. My friend and I both thought this is part of the storm. And he said evil is being exposed. Any way we need to pray, this guy is doing his best in this messed up world.

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    • andyb2016 says:

      that sure was brave of him

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    • I have a new Hero! A very brave man in Christ he is

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    • timothy says:

      Forthright. God bless him.

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    • CrewDog says:

      I’m on Voris’ e-list and think he is a man of Faith though a bit on the “Born Again Baptist” side … now I know why.
      The most disturbing, though not surprising, “bit of news” is the fact that this public admission was made to “head-off” a search-n-destroy collect dirt operation of the Archdiocese of New York …. who, of course denies any Black Ops! Not surprising ’cause there is a 50+ year history in the USA of corrupt prelates and diocese officialdom intimidating victims & protecting criminal perverts …………. with $$$ BILLION$ paid out!!
      $$ BILLION$ that didn’t go to maintain Churches, Missions, Schools or fund Clerical Old Age Pensions!! Oh!! … and countless Good People, Cleric/Laity, that have voted with their feet in disgust … and many clerics/laity left behind in confusion and low morale. The NEW YORK SCANDAL is about to erupt BIG. Just in time to discourage more Faithful at a time of ………. THE STORM!!………..lay siege to Heaven with PRAYERS!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • I don’t know who this man is, but I see a modern-day Augustine whose mother was a modern-day Monica.

      What inspirational courage.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Absolutely beautiful! What a champion! 🏆

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    • Linda says:

      God bless that dear man… What courage..what faith!!! Amen..I bet he’s a man after God’s own heart just like King David😇

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    • Joj says:

      While it’s wonderful that Mr. Voris left behind his life of habitual grave sin, and terrible that anyone should now dig up past sins against him, hasn’t he made a business out of public and personal judgment of others in the Church? Live by the sword, die by the sword.

      I trust that God will use this trial to bring great good to his soul. We are each sinners in need of Mercy at every moment. We can never say, “those sinners” or “before my conversion,” like the Pharisee did. We must ever be like the publican,”Lord have mercy on me, a sinner!” “Jesus, I trust in your grace to sustain me at each moment, since there, but for the grace of God, go I.” And help each other get up as we stumble.

      PS. Groups like the St. Joseph Society, canon lawyers, are a great example of a balanced approach to defense of the faithful.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Joj, people certainly don’t realise the import of their Baptism and becoming Priest, Prophet and King.

        The life of the Prophet… The onus…

        Woe to him who takes it upon himself, who having a glimpse of the Truth goes beyond the Limit, the Word spoken.

        It is so easy to do. To crush and to not build up.

        Ubiquitous Deer mentioned that a Priest said St. Francis merited by his humility the place that Satan would have held if he remained Lucifer. (For anyone who may think I mis-write, think about the nature of an Angel and that their name signifies their ministry/role/grace and Satan lost his when he choose not to serve God and God’s hierarchy.)

        I have been pondering that these past couple days, my own failings, my own struggle with my ego to want to speak and to crush. And it is hard, as we all know. And we miss the sin that is there, the failing of that aspect of our own ministry as Prophet.

        “A bruised reed, He did not break. A smoldering wick, He will not snuff out,
        He shall bring forth judgment unto Truth / He will faithfully bring forth justice /

        He will not grow dim or be bruised
        until he establishes justice on the earth…”

        Isaiah speaking of the Servant tells us why God endows us with His Spirit:

        “The Coastlands will wait for His Teaching.”

        We — or I am — are too eager for Judgment, not thirsting, but eager in the gluttonous sense of being eager.

        Many of us can grapple with Romans 12:19, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Lv 19:18; Dt 32:35) with our enemies as they are so clear. But with our neighbor, it is so easy to overstep our bounds as our egos abound and passions flare as we justify ourselves in our role as Prophet that we overstep.

        Sitting in the Hospital today before a friend’s mother, a past event came to mind that I had forgotten and it struck me that soon this woman will see and know my own contentiousness at times with a family member of hers out several years ago out of misguided zeal and for which I forgot to apologise and which still sadly flavours the relationship between him and me. My own ego wants to justify itself, “I was right to speak as I did, even if I did not do it perfectly: it indeed was a fair warning to have given.” Even during Mass for her, my ego thought that. Then I came to the Prayer for the Pope and I marveled at Divine Providence of the Reminder of this Saint in these End Times when our Egos and our overstepping our Prophetic roles in our Egos is rampant amongst Christians.

        “I was wrong.” That’s all I need to say. “I was wrong in how I said what I did or how I acted and I am sorry.” That would fix a lot, wouldn’t it, even if not received well due to grudges still felt in the other’s imperfect ego?

        At least, before God and before this woman’s Guardian Angel and her family member’s and me there would be greater peace… And isn’t that exactly what the verse directly preceding Romans 12:19 says? “On your part / for your part…” On my part…

        The Coastlands are waiting for this type of justice, this teaching of His, aren’t they?

        Isn’t that the type of Prophet that we all desire to be (or should desire if we are not)?

        God is Good that we can correct our “prophetic” pronouncements… then we become King of our ego and a true Priest dying to them and offering ourselves, again as Romans 12 states in verse 1. Then in verse 3…

        Sort of puts Romans 12 into perspective — or at least for me.

        So, Joj, and all here, pray for Mr. Voris, pray for me, for Charlie, for each other and yourselves the Coastlands are waiting!

        And forgive me for what needs forgiving if I have overzealously spoken to anyone or came across as such.

        I need to make a phone call…

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        • Beckita says:

          “I have been pondering that these past couple days, my own failings, my own struggle with my ego to want to speak and to crush. And it is hard, as we all know. And we miss the sin that is there, the failing of that aspect of our own ministry as Prophet.” So, so, so, so, so, so, so, so true, YD! Thank you for the context of Romans with this meditation and exhortation.

          Been digging deeply in my own interior as well, although from a different vent, in a metacognitive way: What ARE my thinking processes which precipitate such strength of emotion? What IS unhealed in this heart that fuels any furor? O Healer of our Every Ill, come into our hearts, minds and souls, and gently refine us that we may gently but surely speak Your Truth in affirmation and in fraternal correction.

          As I’ve been basically down with a gastro virus the last couple of days, I suddenly feel very Kingly this morning. The dear Padre here has just offered to offer a Mass, privately, during a spell when I feel some respite from the bug. You all will be the focus of my prayers, in gratitude for you and in petition for all the many needs expressed as well as those very real yet unexpressed petitions of our silent readers. SO often, someone comments that s/he is praying for the intentions even though s/he may not acknowledge it every time. Thank you very much! Deo Gratias!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          YD, your words stirred my heart and emotions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me pause and much to contemplate interiorly.

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        • janet333 says:

          God Bless you YD and thank you. I will be praying for you.

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        • joj says:

          Your Grace YD, I reread Romans 12 so I could understand your comment in context. A lot to chew on!

          I recently discussed with my study group, St. Thomas on whether it is necessary to confess the Faith. He says yes in certain circumstances. “The end of faith, even as of the other virtues, must be referred to the end of charity, which is the love of God and our neighbor.… If there is hope of profit to the faith, or if there be urgency, a man should disregard the disturbance of unbelievers, and confess his faith in public.” It’s so hard to find the mean here. When to shut up for charity’s sake, and when to speak up. Perhaps that shows I am lacking in charity… or prudence? Please all, forgive me when I err on one side or the other. And please, please do not hesitate to provide your kind and wise correction, as I will be extremely grateful!

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  17. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie and YongDuk, my SD, Father Steve, just went to the jail to hear my son’s confession and give him Holy Communion and the jail refused to allow either…which is not what Father was told by them when he made the appointment to see him. He was told they would have a private room that would not be monitored. I have not heard of this happening before- is this a new thing? In order for my son to confess, he would have had to do so with every word being recorded to be able to be used against him in court… so they did not do so. Also, they were separated by glass and so could have no contact. Is this a new persecution? I thought prisoners were always allowed the Sacraments if they desired them!
    If a person fully intends to confess their sins and is blocked through no fault of their own where does this leave them? I have heard that if this is the case, it is as if they had confessed? I am heart broken by this.. he was so looking forward to confession and Holy Communion.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I will leave it to YD to answer that one…but it sounds like a new round of violating Christians’ civil rights. I think you have a legal complaint against them.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Charlie, I just called the jail..they did this on purpose- I asked why this happened and the woman was rude and was laughing at me. Father Steve went through all of their procedures and did everything they demanded for this to be legit and I am so upset right now… I don’t know what to do. I would love to drag them into court over this…if I remember correctly, a Supreme Court judge recently ruled in favor of the Church concerning Confession.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I suggest you call the Alliance Defending Freedom and seek some help at 800-835-5233. If they don’t step up, let me know and I will give you some more resources. What they did – and their response to you as you have described it – is both illegal and unconstitutional.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Okay, thank you, Charlie I will call them after Fr. Steve calls me back and see what he wants to do and how to proceed with this.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Charlie, this is standing operating procedure. This is and has been the way they do business now it is morally corrupt. All you can hope for is an honest officer every once in a while. It is really a terrible situation. Everyone who has or had someone they love incarcerated goes through it. Like that one Michael O’Brien book where they put the dad in prison, it is coming true. The U.S.has more people in jail than any other country. It is big business. I don’t know what Snowy s circumstances are but just talking on the phone costs an arm and a leg. I don’t know if we could aid her financially with one of those go fund me pages but it is truly a nightmare and call me paranoid but it’s one of the reasons I don’t like to go out. I live on a dirt road and was stopped for having a dirty license plate.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Deer, thank you, but no, I don’t need financial help with this..the Lord just keeps providing in ways I can’t even explain! He has been so good to us all through this! My son is where he needs to be for now. I don’t know what the Lord will allow but he is in His hands now.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Thanks be to God for His blessings and graces in your time of need Snowy!

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying for good results with your further actions in this matter, Snowy.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        It is a test, Snowy. Everyone goes through it. It is one giant nightmare after the other. I am so sorry.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Snowy, as long as the Priest did do everything correctly (Federal and State background checks, authorisation from the Diocese [Letter of support], the Prison and the Prison Chaplaincy), that is bizarre. But he would have had to do ALL of that… In the areas that I am familiar (more secure facilities and state hospitals), getting authorised isn’t a quick pop-in type of thing, that is, just popping by as a Priest friend of the family, but takes a number of steps and a number of weeks. My experience in working in such facilities is that the Priests are regular and authorised Prison chaplains and then can go in and walk around fairly freely in designated areas, talking privately with inmates. From what you say, he was simply given visitation rights.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Yong Duk, He did go through all of the hoops you mentioned above and was given permission- it took him about 2-3 weeks to do it all. He runs a huge Parish and this was really hard for him to go through all of this but he did it for my son because he’s known him his whole life. I feel terrible.
          So he arrives prepared to hear his confession and give him Holy Communion and was not allowed to do so. He called before hand to make sure everything was in order..but when he got there, he only had the visitation rights and they refused everything else. Both him and my son were very confused by this. I have not been able to speak with him (Father) yet, so I don’t know what he intends to do about this.
          My real concern is since my son tried to confess and wasn’t able, if he should die in jail now and he is truly sorry for his sins would he be okay with God? In the CCC it says that is so with perfect contrition and the intent to go to confession as soon as possible..which he does intend. I’m just confused by this.

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          • YongDuk says:

            HNSE, I always heard that prison guards could be quite capricious. I have been lucky. Going through security, I would pray the Angels and frankly was surprised that it was easier to get into prison than onto an airplane–huge metal cross around my neck and all. Nevertheless, I steered clear of the guards (paying them due respect of course) unless they were friendly towards me first.

            You might see if one of the regular (and therefore more trusted?) prison chaplains (Protestant or whatever) could meet Fr. Steve and go with him to clear the way. Or call your local Chancery to help including to get the regular Priest with ministry at that prison to go see your son.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Okay, thank you Yong Duk. I will talk with my son. He can request to see the regular Catholic Priest that must visit there. Being that he is in a jail and not a prison might have a lot to do with all of this..I don’t know. Our Lord allowed this for a reason and I trust him and am praying for a much deeper trust in Him. Everything brings to this over and over. Thank you.

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          • totustous says:

            Snowy my heart goes out to you !! Trust in Jesus. As my SD told me2 weeks ago when all hell broke loose in my family, “The Lord can not be pushed aside by the evil one. The Lord will triumph!”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thank you, totutous! I love that, thank you thank you.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yeah, I am not certain of the difference between a gaol (Am: jail) and a prison.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, dealt with a case like this ~ in which a confession in jail was actually surreptitiously recorded ~ nearly 20 years ago (when then-Archbishop Francis George was in Portland). Here are some links to relevant articles:

      https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/1997/nov/15/fourth-amendment-forbids-taping-of-jail-confession-to-clergy/

      http://articles.latimes.com/1997-02-25/news/mn-32251_1_lane-county-courthouse

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Thank you, Marie! 🙂

        Like

        • Snowy, i have two stories for you from very reliable sources, my sister, and my sister-in-law. The first story is from Long Island N.Y. A boy of 13 was accused of molesting his younger cousin. He denied it as did she yet he was arrested and put in juvy. He went to court denied all charges and was sentenced till he was 18. This is a good boy, his parents are pillars of the church community and all who knew this boy could not believe he did it. His cousin a girl of 7 said nothing happened but her mother pushed the issue saying she saw him touch her inappropriately. The mother was in a custody battle with her husband who’s brother was the father of the young boy, for the little girl when this happened. The boy languished in juvy doing two things, denying all charges and living his christian walk. The guards took a liking to him almost immediately as did the inmates. he would council inmates when asked and was respectful to all authorities. This went on for 6 months not accepting plea deals he waited in Juvy. I’m fuzzy on the details here but I think the little girls mom was arrested on drug charges and and all things came to light after the little girl asked if her cousin could be released now that her mother was in jail. After awhile all charges were dropped and the young boy freed of all charges. The boy brought many people to Jesus while he went through this ordeal, not only inmates but guards and the bond at home was unbreakable.

          My second story is similar in St. Louis Mo, One brother accused his brother of molesting his daughter. Jeremy denied the accusation as did his 5 year old niece but his brother pushed and Jeremy found himself in jail. He went to court and lost there and went to prison. While in prison he too took comfort in the Lord, he stayed away from trouble and stayed faithful to Christ throughout the ordeal. Jesus sent inmates to him for council and he started a bible study group. He counciled many prisoners there and no one touched him because he had a large group of believers who watched over him. 2 yrs had gone by when he got word his brother was arrested on drug charges and was found guilty and coming to this same prison within a day or two. After his brother arrived and settled in as it were at the prison, a group of inmates escorted him to a private area, upon entering the room he saw his brother sitting on a chair. His first words to his brother Jeremy were”Are you going to kill me?” Jeremy got up from his chair said “no, I forgive you, then hugged his brother. Soon after his brother recanted his story and Jeremy was released from prison after 3 yrs. These two men are both my nephews.
          My point is that God uses every situation for good. In what we conceive to be terrible God see’s an opportunity. Through both situations the innocent suffered greatly but the good that came out of it was remarkable. I don’t know about your son but I do know that God has been in this situation before and knows exactly what to do. Let us keep praying and know God is God, let us take great peace in that. Amen my darling friend?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Al, thank you for typing this out for me! Just beautiful 💞! So, yes! Amen!
            I have put him in God’s hands and my job right now is to keep him from despairing and he is taking this and now helping others there not to despair. My daughter took his two kids to see him on those video monitor things, and when she got home she called me to tell me he looks better and happier than she has ever seen him…so God is taking care of him, as I knew He would 🙂 While they were talking, a woman next to them was screaming and swearing at whomever she was talking to…my poor daughter had no idea what to do about this, it was so bad she couldn’t hear her brother..but he told her to ignore the woman and stay calm and they got through it just fine.The police officers were all sitting right there and not one of them intervened to stop this woman from screaming… finally, another older woman who was also there to visit her son for the first time, walked over the woman screaming and pointed to the kids. The screaming woman stopped, looked, apologized… and three seconds later started swearing at the top of her lungs again. Later, on the way home she asked the kids if they were ok..the kids never mentioned the screaming swearing woman!!! It was as though they didn’t hear her and my daughter was speechless 🙂 They only focused on seeing dad and they were happy! What a mess our system is.. But God is bigger than all of this and nothing is going to interfere with His will.

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Al! These stories remind me of our dear Joseph with the coat of many colors.

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          • Doug says:

            So nice Al. Good reminder.

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          • janet333 says:

            “In what we conceive to be terrible God see’s an opportunity. ”

            That is so true. Thank you for these two wonderful stories.Al!

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    • janet333 says:

      Oh I am so sorry to hear this Snowy. I do hope they will come to their senses. I will storm heaven with prayer for him.

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    • bj421 says:

      praying for your son and his situation Snowy, courage!

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    • Beckita says:

      Snowy, I’m so sorry your son missed his opportunity this time. Like Kris, I have seen confusion over current policies occur at the local jail here. It sure would be worth a follow-up to see where the breakdown in communication has occurred, if indeed that is the issue. Praying this gets ironed out well.

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    • djmoforegon says:

      Snowy, I don’t know if this is possible to arrange but our parish priest came up with a great idea for us several years ago. Our daughter was in the hospital and was under a 24 hour surveillance medical test. She was having seizures and was hooked up to several machines with an audio/video component to record her every sound and movement. She was 14 years old and was so scared she felt the need for confession. After explaining the situation to our priest, he had a resolution that satisfied both the hospital and the seal of the confessional. Father Nick brought a notepad and a pen for each of them and Mary wrote her sins on her notepad and Father gave her short bits of counsel on his. He asked her for a shortened version of the act of contrition and he wrote out her absolution and spoke it, as well. He blessed her when they were done and he assured her that it was a valid form of the sacrament.

      If the jail won’t allow pens or pencils, how about a crayon? I hope this is possible for your son as the joy you will both experience will make all this complication worthwhile.

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      • Doug says:

        Now that is out of the box thinking (Pun intended)!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Thank you djm, I’ll bring this up when I talk with Father. The piece of glass that separates them is solid with no way to slip a piece of paper back and forth, so I’m not sure if this is possible…and that’s the whole problem, they were supposed be able to be in a private room with no monitoring. I do not understand or even know all of their rules. It’s so hard to comprehend all of this.
        And thank you Beckita, Janet, Marie and bj 💜

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Snowy, I am so sorry to hear this. In my dealings with the prison system, one person often contradicts another one. It is like you can’t be let in because you have on red shoes, you change shoes go back and are told you can’t be let in because you must wear red shoes. (Example, not literally, I hope anyway) It seems that when you call them up they will tell you what you want to hear. When you get there the rules are changed. I was surprised, actually when you said that you printed out the copy of the surrender novena and “stapled” it, the guards let it in because, here you are not allowed to send staples to inmates. The only books that can be sent are directly from the bookstore or publisher or they will throw them away. They wouldn’t let my niece have a Pieta prayer book due to the staples. If the inmates are allowed things, yarn, for instance, it can only be purchased and sent by approved procurement agencies. Please don’t be too upset. Do not allow your Son to be either. Think of the number of times one of the saints were rejected, like St. Rita, who when a lot of times before she was let into the convent. Or look at Solanus Casey who was always ashamed he could not hear confession. This to is a test. Don’t give up hope. It is all you have. You get to keep hope a n d faith. Everything else gets taken from you. The correction facility he is in probably has a web site. On that website they will have rules about what can be sent and what can’t, who can come and who can’t (by the way they play these games with the attorneys, too) and they will have how you can send them money via credit card for their commissary. It is going to cost you an arm and a leg to keep phone privileges with him. By the way, if you get to bail him out here you have to do it by ten a.m. or they will keep him until the next day. Seems they get paid by how many meals are provided and we have got to keep those numbers up. When a friend was in jail I would sprinkle holy water on the letters and seal the envelope with holy water. He said it gave him some comfort. You see, it is the innocent families of the inmates who really suffer and pay the price and jump through hoops. I don’t know the circumstances your son got himself involved with and I would not ask. I really hope that his time is short or he can make bail or parole. I will pray for you and him and his little ones. Jesus, Himself is the patron saint of prisoners. This jerking Father around is standard procedure from all that I have seen. And for heaven’s sake don’t get soda pop in your McDonald’s water cup or you will be right there with him.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Deer, I just typed you a long reply and WP ate it for dinner …🍔🍟! Anyway, I don’t know how you do it but you always make me laugh!! Thank you. I can’t re-type all of it…probably much to everyone’s relief 🙂 Oh and yes, it is a test..test # 86,588,346,565,688,939 😉 I hope I at least get a C+📏📚📉

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    • dianebelvs says:

      dear Snowy, hearing this makes me so sad. I hope that rule can be reversed and soon. Praying for your son and you and your SD too. And all those whom this rule will adversely affect.

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  18. wpsahm says:

    I have started this comment at least 3 times since Charlie posted this piece, so maybe I’ll be able to find the words well enough to finally hit ‘post comment’, I dunno, we’ll see.

    So many thoughts swirling in my mind and heart over this piece and the almost 500 comments that I honestly don’t know where to begin. I guess the first thing that cuts me and steals my peace, is the rancor oozing from some people in their comments to those of us who are deeply troubled by the Pope’s most recent document. One person claims their reluctance to respond in a state of high blood pressure, as though even questioning the clearly controversial document is an affront—to whom I’m not sure. The Pope? The Church? The sycophants? Or him personally? I don’t know. Ambiguity abounds. If that sounds sarcastic I apologize immediately, but it is a genuine question of mine.

    I have always loved the comments in here and I always read every single one, and they enrich my thoughts and lead to greater introspection to find where I need to shore up my Faith and understanding. They help me to make straight my crooked path. But after reading the comments on this piece, those who feel as I do are made out to be turds in the punch bowl, if you will forgive me the idiomatic slang. One person suggested, in sincerity I believe, that if you find yourself troubled by anything the Pope said in the document, then you should simply forget about it. Act as if you’d never read it and go on about your day. Others complain about the ‘negativity about this Pope”, and another characterized Catholics like me to be nit-pickers who live to tear apart, word-by-word, anything uttered by this Pope. Assigning such black motives to people you don’t really know is something we all should avoid. When I saw these kinds of comments coming forth, it really stopped me short.

    There is one ubiquitous description for the document and that is : ambiguous. Charlie has not run from that fact, but is not concerned that what this Pope says is ambiguous, with regard to his mission at TNRS I assume. In fact that seems to be the hallmark of this Pope: ambiguity. It is possible that God desires this ambiguity, which one must conclude for we know that nothing happens without God’s consent. I have to believe that all this roiling confusion around much of what this Pope does and says serves God and His plan.

    Here is the crux of my comment: how do I not lose my footing on my proper path, as an obedient and believing Catholic who also believes that we are in The Storm and who also believes completely in the Rescue that follows by Our Lady? How I feel about this Pope (confusion and, if I’m to be honest, bias against Catholics like me) in no way impacts my understanding of how I’m to conduct myself during these times, nor my resolve to do so to the best of my limited abilities. And yet I no longer feel the peace I’ve felt for many months of coming to TNRS. I feel out of sync, and it is causing me a great deal of anxiety. Am I to utterly ignore what my mind (through my eyes and ears) is informing me? Is this me still trying to ‘be in control’ of what I know and what I don’t know? Aren’t I as a Catholic, required to be aware of what my Pope does and says and what it means? I am stuck in place and would greatly appreciate the aid of this special online community. I have tremendous respect for all here, and I mean ALL, so any help would be welcomed.

    Whew. Just getting that typed out has been cathartic. I look forward to any and all responses.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, wps, for this deeply thoughtful, somewhat anguished, and completely honest comment.

      I have intentionally left this piece up alone for four days, wanting to let people fully vent, without going into goading each other. I am going to give away a little of the piece I have waiting to go up – because I think your comment warrants it.

      Long before I started speaking with my Priests, before I was Catholic – in fact, while I was still a boy after the training got much harder, I was told that the time would come when I was walking blind – and everyone else would be, too. At that time, confusion would reign and we would not be able to see the way, we would only be able to gingerly take the next step, trusting God absolutely to guide us. The main difference between me and everyone else in those times would be that I would be expected to take those little steps with complete confidence, to help give confidence to my friends who were walking with me.

      We have entered those times. I have always said it would not just be “those guys” who would be shaken, but each of us. Whether we know it or not, every one of us relies far more on our conception of God than on God, Himself – and all of us have to be broken. We think Jesus words were clear – with the benefit of 2,000 years worth of hindsight. In His time, His words were often ambiguous and enigmatic to His listeners, including those closest to Him. Pope Francis is sometimes breathtakingly refined – and sometimes breathtakingly confusing – and sometimes inexplicable. We have a situation similar to Christ’s first listeners. We hear, but often don’t get it, so we have to choose. Now don’t get me wrong: the Pope is a man, and one entirely capable of error in ordinary things and skirting the line on faith and morals. What we have to choose is whether we believe that Christ really will guide and protect His Church even when we don’t understand. I do believe that with every fiber of my being.

      At the same time, I think it is good to go back to the Book of Job. Job’s “pious” friends were constantly defending God against Job’s complaints – but they were only engaged with their preconceptions of God. Job spoke his anguish and confusion fully – in complete honesty and without understanding what God was up to.. In the end, God told Job’s pious friends that they “…had not spoken rightly of Me as has My servant Job.” It is an amazing line in Scripture – and one worth deep and frequent contemplation.

      I say we have entered terribly treacherous and dangerous waters. There are dangers and terrors on every side – and no one can see the full picture, except God. This is a time for the sort of rigorous honesty of Job. I think of us as the crew of a ship trying to get through this peril. The captain, the man who has the wheel, the navigator, and the sonar operator have dramatically different perspectives on the dangers that surround us. But this is NOT the time for cheap triumphalism. We all need each other, as a real time working to protect us all from foundering. Do I see it differently than the navigator? So be it…but I should surely not banish the navigator for that disagreement, when we need every bit of skill and wisdom each has to bring.

      This is why I so emphasized taking no offense at each other – and to state our case without insult to each other – and with respect to the Pope even when we firmly disagree with him. We need each other…and everyone, every single one of us, no matter how astute we think we are or how refined our understanding is, is going to see that we do not even begin to capture how big God is…that there is much we don’t understand.

      We must choose. Can the Church Christ founded definitively run aground? If not, we must stay with the ship, but we must also use all the talents God gave each of us to act as a team working to get through these treacherous waters. That means we sometimes must bicker a bit with each other, while resolutely listening, as well, and never getting caught up in bitterness.

      I spoke the other day about how much bigger all of this is than any of us can yet imagine. Think about that. In a very short period, the old order must pass away, a new order must visibly begin to rise, we will be visibly and miraculously rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, and the faithful will be joyfully re-united. This is so big it is beyond our ability to see how it can all be done, so we should not be surprised that things are happening that trouble and confuse us. There will be much more of that before we are all done. I go to what I call ‘First Things.’ God is always faithful and His promises are altogether true. So I press on when I understand, I press on when I don’t understand, and I thank God that there are people who see things differently than me, for they may be the instrument by which I am rescued from a danger I don’t see and don’t understand.

      These are the times of Isaiah 55:10,11:

      “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
      and return not thither but water the earth,
      making it bring forth and sprout,
      giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
      so shall be my word that goes forth from my mouth;
      it shall not return to me empty,
      but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
      and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

      Speak with vigor, speak with charity, let us all use our talents to the very best of our ability, not growing bitter when we are contradicted, but trusting that though there is much we don’t understand now, if we trust in the Lord and bear with each other a little longer as brothers, we shall see that His design, which we could not fathom, was altogether right and true.

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      • Beckita says:

        WOW!!! Thank you, wpsahm and Charlie. EVERYTHING I have ever known which succeeds in God’s Will and with His Blessings does so moving forward from a bedrock of prayer. Not saying we’re not praying enough, but there is a certain kind of prayer which I hear calling for attention.

        It’s time for me to honestly look at any frivolous, non-essential tasks or activities I may be doing which need to be dropped so that I may more seriously enter into contemplation of all that is right now, where we are in the Storm and what you, Charlie, are conveying for us to consider. In other words, get out of the way of my usual processing style and, truly, walk out on the Stormy waves to Christ in renewed contemplation.

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      • Mary Ann Parks says:

        I think we are at the times of Malachi 2:14-17. To a T.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      Hi wpsahm-I understand your feelings. Comments that bother me the most are the ones that say that those who question the Pope’s words are judgemental towards those in irregular marriages, etc. We all sin so don’t throw stones at others, and so on. I struggle with people saying that because I am troubled by the Pope’s words, but I really am not judging others. I am a real black and white person (accounting background) and grey areas are not easy for me. I have a passion for protecting the Church’s teachings and wanting to set the bar high for all of us. Since finding this site I have been very consoled about the Pope. I read what he says, and think ugh sometimes, but firmly believe he is our true Pope and we are not seeing the big picture, and the Holy Spirit is guiding it all. I cling to the barque of Peter and await the final outcome. I am confused about the Pope, but I know in my heart all will be well. This is such a departure from my typical reaction to stuff like this. God bless you and a here!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Well since I don’t want to watch what ever my beloved has on tv and you said you would welcome any comments, I will comment. I have no idea what the Holy Father is saying. I figure I will wait for all the smarter people too break it down simply for me. I don’t have anyone who is getting married anytime soon. I had my own marriage blessed last century, so I am in good standing. My oldest brother doesn’t but I don’t know what he went through, I only remember him being exceedingly angry with the church and saying his shadow would never again darken the door of the Catholic church. Then our dad died. His shadow had to darken the door. (This, too happened last century) His wife had been previously married. They were married in the Presbyterian church. I don’t think they attend any church. I know that evil is everywhere as is confusion. I don’t see evil or confusion going away anytime soon. Time will come to my aid and tell me because the gates of hell will not prevail. Meanwhile I will practice patience and pray. A lovely story from one of Father O’Sullivan’s books that the chair that was vacated by the satan in heaven was won by St. Francis of Assisi. Pride was replaced by humility. I like that story.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Wpsahm and Charlie, how beautiful both of your comments are! Such charity and honesty. This is what I love so much about this place and all of the people here. Wpsahm,you are so open and honest about your heart, is it possible that what you are going through is a cross that Jesus has asked you to carry for the Pope? I’m sorry if this sounds silly, but I often wonder if this isn’t the case with much of what causes us confusion when we are charitable in our concerns and hopes for the Church. (I really hope this makes sense.)

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Wp,

      The rumblings about the Papacy had started just before the election of this Pope. False prophets were out in droves telling the faithful that the next pope would be the false prophet, the anti-pope. The anti-Catholics were also doing a thorough job of spreading this false information on their sites and on You tube. Sedevacantists had been (unknowingly?) ‘feeding’ them for years, with their distrust of the Popes, since Pius XII. Sadly now, the so called faithful were jumping on the bandwagon, claiming the next Pope after Benedict would be the deceiver, the ‘prophecies’ were all warning about. I really don’t think it would have mattered who had been elected! The time was right, according to the detractors, prophecy was about to be fulfilled! Of course with the speed of the internet this ‘poison’ soon spread.

      The Pope is big news and the media love it!

      Headlines……“Pope Francis officially recognized Palestine as a state”

      “Simply put, the associated press got the story wrong and caused a cascade of similarly sloppy coverage…
      Other outlets quickly picked up the story or hammered out their own version. Vox’s “Pope Francis just officially recognized Palestine as a state” offers a representative headline. Soon, the move was being alternatively celebrated and condemned by anti-Israel activists, the Anti-Defamation League, and even members of Congress.
      But there was just one small problem with the news driving the whole hullabaloo: the Vatican had recognized Palestine in 2012, after it declared statehood at the United Nations.
      As Ramallah-based journalist and former Al Jazeera producer Dalia Hatuqa put it: “For years, Vatican has referred to it as State of Palestine. Nothing new here.”
      Vatican recognition had already been conferred years prior.
      Years prior when… wait for it… the Pope was Benedict XVI.
      I shake my head at those, most of them conservative sadly, who jump on the I hate Pope Francis bandwagon.” (Brutally Honest)

      ——————-

      .Pope Francis….”We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods….”..

      “The Teaching of the Church is clear on these issues..Pope Francis says, “If one has the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ and truly follows Him, then all the moral absolutes will fall in place and follow.”

      “In this way We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.”

      . “.. when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the Church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time…. ”

      He said exactly the same as Benedict….

      “I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems. If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith – a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.”

      Pope Francis says….”There is no Catholic God.”

      “The Church was founded in 33 A.D., at the time that the spear was thrust into Christ’s side and blood and water gushed out. There was no Catholic Church prior to that time. God had been working through the Israelites, which is why He came to us as a Jew. Does that mean God was a Jew? Of course not. Jesus was a Jew in his human form, but was his Divine nature Jewish? Obviously not. God predated the Jews and the Israelite nation. He predated the Catholic Church. He existed before time itself!!!! God always was and always will be, no beginning and no end. We as human beings have a beginning and the Catholic Church also had a beginning, meaning there was a time when the Church did not exist. So no.. God is not Catholic. God is not subject to the rules and regulations of the Catholic Church. Unlike we sinful human beings, God does not need the church in order to exist. ”

      Pope Francis says “Jesus is not a Spirit”

      CAN WE SAY THAT JESUS IS NOT A SPIRIT AND SAY THAT HE IS GOD AT THE SAME TIME? Yes! Jesus is not a spirit but a person, a man, as Pope Francis preaches truthfully. Christ the Spirit is the Spirit, not Jesus the Man. If Pope Francis said, “Christ is not a spirit” then he would have been heretical, but the Pope is accurately explicit when he said, “Jesus is not a spirit! Jesus is a person, a man, with flesh like ours, but full of glory.”Though Jesus is not a spirit but a person, a man, He is God at the same time.

      Sometimes it just takes a little bit of research to come up with the truth. 🙂

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      • janet333 says:

        Charlie.. if the following isn’t appropriate I will understand if you don’t want it published.

        Jorge and the Dragon

        The Plan

        All the generals were careful to keep their heads lowered as they entered the chamber so as to avoid the eyes of the one who sat high above them on his throne. When all were seated Satan spoke.

        “Do you know why I have summoned you all here?”

        “You have a mission for us master?” One of the grotesque beasts ventured.

        “Yes” Satan answered leaning forward on his throne. “Now listen carefully” There was an instant quiet. “we cannot afford to make any mistakes this time. I know we have had some victories dividing the followers of,” He paused and pointed upwards, “Him! But now we have a chance of taking millions away from Him.”

        Amid the excited demons sat one named Dalil, an expert in deception and lies. He commanded one hundred legions.”I am ready Master just give me your orders”

        Satan threw his head back and laughed. “Hear what I have to tell you first.” He paused before continuing, ” The German Pope, who sits on the throne in Rome is going to resign.”

        The demons gasped then started murmuring among themselves. A giant beast resembling a bear with the head of a reptile called out “Why, what has happened? Is it because of the factions in the Vatican?” he laughed. “Is it all too much for him?”

        Before Satan could answer him a small twisted black creature with a rat like tail asked gleefully. “Are we going to bring down His Church at last?”

        “Fool!” Satan shouted with uncontrolled fury. “Don’t you know we can’t do that?” He leapt from his throne landing inches away from the now cowering demon who had spoken. The creature moved quickly out of Satan’s way fearing the worst. He knew only too well what it was like to feel his master’s wrath.

        Satan’s face contorted as if in pain. “He, the Christ, made sure that can never happen.” The chamber fell silent. Satan paced up and down before his audience. After some time a huge demon with a protruding jaw and gigantic teeth broke the silence. “We will do whatever you ask of us Master”

        Satan stopped pacing, his piercing black eyes sought the speaker out. “Ah Arael, my cunning friend. You have worked well in the past, leading men to falsehood.” The corners lifted on Satan’s ugly mouth. “Yes we’ve had many victories. Now,” he said, “it is time for another battle.”

        “We are ready Master” The demons all shouted excitedly, thrashing at the air with their weapons.

        “Quiet!” Satan roared.”Just make sure that you are ready because we cannot risk another saintly human running the Vatican. Now to answer the question. ” The German pope is resigning because he cannot cope any more.” Loud guffaws came from his audience. ” He says the Papacy needs new blood, a stronger Pope. You see,” he said, “how well we have done our job? But don’t be too jubilant my generals,” he added quickly, “because you and I know that many of Christ’s men also walk in the Vatican. Our enemies are many” He spat out his words venomously. “Of course,” he continued, “I knew this would happen. He tried to resign in the past but the Polish one wouldn’t accept his resignation. Now there is no one to stop him. He is not going to do what the other one did.” his face twisted in rage. He lingered to the bitter end to save souls. ” Foolish creature!” A violent passion began to build up inside him, and for what seemed like an age not one dared to utter a word. “We have time,” he told them finally. “I can see what lies ahead. Not that I am allowed to see everything clearly.” He added with a growl.

        “We have a few of our men in the Vatican working for us.” Arael told him with pride. “They will make sure our man is elected.”

        Satan’s eyes bulged out from his goat like head. “How many times have we tried that before and failed?”

        Dalil nodded in agreement. “In the past, when we did manage to secure the election of those few weak popes, not one of them attempted to change the teachings of the Church.”

        “Exactly,” Satan bellowed. “As corrupt as they were they never did dare do that” But, he added thoughtfully, “if we can make it look as if the next one is going to do that”

        “How?” Arael’s great eyes lit up.

        “Deceit” Satan answered quickly. “And you are the master of deceit Arael. We are going to create one big lie, deceiving many into believing that the next pope is going to change the age old teachings of the Church! This is the way we will destroy the papacy. Those poor deceived souls will believe it all by the time we’re finished” He feigned a look of sadness, before bursting out into hysterical laughter.

        All the demons joined in the laughter. “They will believe him to be the Beast” Shrieked one. “We will make sure of that.” said another. The laughter continued until Satan silenced them all with a roar and a motion of his great paw.

        “What we need for this to work” he said stroking his long hairy chin, “Is to find some human creature, preferably a female, to do our bidding. A Catholic who doesn’t know her faith. One who will not question what we tell her. How does that saying go? “Satan gives 90% truth and 10% untruth.” Satan let out a deep guttural laugh. The demons jumped up and down with delight, screeching in high pitched tones. The whole chamber seemed to shake with the hideous sounds.

        Satan waited until the laughter died down before continuing “I’ve thought this over long and hard,” He told them. “She will be skilled in public relations and marketing strategies. We will have need of these skills in order to sell the books, and,” he paused, “she will have a good knowledge of our favourite toy, the computer”

        There was a hearty fresh burst of laughter from the demons. “Yes it was our toy,” Arael shouted above the din, “and still is, but,” he spat out, “the Christians also use it for evangelising.

        “Yes that’s true” Dalil interrupted quickly. “Yet still,” He smiled, ” haven’t we managed to cause many to be addicted to so many vices.” He winked at his brother general on his left. “That job has been yours Typho.”

        Typho stood up and bowed as his fellow demons burst into a rapturous applause. “It has been my pleasure” He grinned showing sharp yellow teeth.

        Dalil looked at Satan “So what will this woman do for us that will cause many to think the next pope will change the teachings of the Church?”

        “She will speak as a prophet, our prophet”

        “There are many of our prophets on earth, so why is this one going to make a difference?”

        “She will have the means to send our messages to the four corners of the earth.” He paused and looked ahead into the future. “Yes I will send them messages like never before. I will offer them a paradise on earth if only they will help me convert souls,” He grinned slyly ” And millions will believe every word.

        “Millions will believe that the next Pope is an anti-pope? That is a great plan Master” Ariel spun himself round and looked at all the generals “You all hear that? He gave a raised fist salute. We will win this battle,” He told them proudly.

        ” Arael” Satan asked suddenly, “remember who came in second when the German was elected?”

        Arael turned and looked at him “It was Jorge Bergoglio, the Argentinian Cardinal.”

        “Bergoglio!” Satan snarled. The one who lives in a simple apartment and takes public transportation. That man sickens me with his love for the poor. We can never allow him to become Pope. You hear me Arael?” Satan bellowed. “I won’t have it.”

        “Well there were a couple of others who came close, but if he is elected we can use this love he has for the poor to bring him down. What I mean is”…Arael said quickly. “We could cause all to believe that he is not interested in spreading the gospel so long as the poor are fed and clothed.”

        “Yes that could work.” Satan trembled with excitement.” We will arrange for the media to distort and twist his words so as to cause all to question his meanings.” He sat upright on his throne and addressed all present. “You now know the plan…”

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        • joj says:

          Janet, I know your story is not about this, but since it brings up Pope Benedict’s resignation, I wanted to address that. The Church has always allowed priests to “leave their post” as it were, for the higher calling of contemplation, i.e. to join a contemplative religious community. Because it is a higher calling. That is hard for us to accept, because we don’t value prayer and contemplation as we should. We may think it is preferable to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, than to be cloistered. But the Church has always taught otherwise.

          People sometimes say that P. Benedict’s resignation was an act of cowardice, but I think that is a huge misunderstanding and an injustice to him. (Again, Janet, your story does not make this claim, but imputes such ideas to an evil spirit.) I have always believed that Pope Benedict pursued this higher calling precisely because he saw that it was the best thing he could give the Church, especially in his frail condition. Going out to preach the Gospel has in this day become a very physically demanding job, not that he would shirk away from those demands out of any kind of self-centeredness or false humility. But because he saw that his prayer and contemplation would do far more good for the Church. And at the same time set an example to a frenzied world of what is truly most important.

          Charlie, what you’ve said about these Popes confirms this, in my mind. Does that seem right?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes it does, joj.

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          • janet333 says:

            “People sometimes say that P. Benedict’s resignation was an act of cowardice, but I think that is a huge misunderstanding and an injustice to him”

            I agree with you Joj. I also think the vatileaks scandal hurt Pope Benedict immensely. I have to say also that after seeing Pope Francis flying around all over the place I don’t think our dear Benedict would ever have coped. He was too frail and knew the Papacy needed a strong man. He himself said before he left office that he would live out his days “hidden from the world” in prayer and isolation.

            We have Our Peter and Paul Joj! 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            joj, Amen! This is what I always believed about Pope Benedict too. I love him and when I heard this, I was so happy for him. I really believe all of this happened exactly as God willed for our time, and the 3 Popes all did or are doing exactly what Charlie says.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            This is for you joj 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Well said Janet.

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      • marie says:

        Janet, I woke up this morning thinking ‘I must thank Janet for that comment’ 🙂 I’m referring to the reply you made to wp concerning the ‘rumblings about the Papacy’.
        Thank you for this very clear explanation. It is evident that you have dedicated a good deal of time and effort to defending our Holy Father.
        Hope all is well with you and your family in England.
        God bless you.

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        • janet333 says:

          Thank you Maria…There were a few of us who put time and effort into trying to uncover the false prophet, Maria Divine Mercy. (I think my little story above opened a few eyes at the time) But anyway friends…she needs our prayers. We also need to pray for Kelly Bowring, who needs our urgent prayers at this time too.

          God Bless You

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        • janet333 says:

          Yes we are all well here in England…just waiting for summer to begin…haha 🙂

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          • janet333 says:

            Audie… the ones who prayed in silence and offered up all their suffering were the real helpers. Without these nothing would have been achieved. God Bless them all.

            Sending blessings to you. 🙂

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          • marie says:

            Summer? We’re still waiting for spring – it snowed here today, no kidding 🙂 By the way, it’s funny you called me Maria. You may have been thinking of theawfulmariadivinemercy, since she was in your previous post, but, actually, Maria is my real name. Long story 😉
            I wondered if you have a blog where I can read more of your writings? I clicked on your gravatar, but it didn’t bring forth any further information.
            Finally, I do pray for mariadivinemercy and all those who aided and abetted her. Also Kelly Bowring and all those who seem intent on this craziness of attacking our Holy Father.
            Thanks again, Janet, for all you do to defend the faith.
            God bless

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi Marie, 🙂 I have a daughter named Marie too.

            Its been sunny here, but still chilly. Thank goodness, no snow.
            I do have site on Word press and Wix. The latter is a place I keep any information I might need. To be honest I am hopeless with these blogs…if I get something right it’s usually a fluke..lol.

            Yes lots of prayers for these people to have their eyes open to the deception they’re all involved in.
            I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. 🙂

            God Bless You.

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  19. Kris says:

    Just want to comment about both Michael Voris and the situation with a prisoner being denied the sacraments. Here in Alaska several years ago a priest who regularly visited one of the Facilities in the Mat-Su area arrived at the facility and was denied admittance because he carried an ounce of sacramental wine in order to say Mass. He had been doing this week after week and everyone knew this was part of the need for saying mass. That week, arbitrarily, he was turned away . Ironically, this priest was also a canon lawyer and was a fighter. He immediately took up arms and the Superintendent corrected the matter with a proper re-education of the staff member who turned he priest away. Unless things have become so windswept that outright systemic persecution is happening in this local you speak of, the priest needs to immediately take this up with legal aide. The only other issue may be that unless proper background checks are done by the priest he may have to turn this sacramental role over to a priest who has been approved for prison ministry already and does have all the clearances necessary for going into the jail system.
    Regarding Michael Voris, there is no other word than disgraceful for what he is describing coming at him from the Archdioces of NY. I have witnessed lowly underhanded behavior from prelates before who seek to remove someone so they cannot continue to point out errors going on but this certainly goes beyond the pale. A man who has changed his life from sin to being a faithful son , sought forgiveness in the sacramental life, has no need to publicly pronounce his past sins to avoid being exposed by men of God. This,if true , would be on the order of the sin of detraction and I can only say that these men would be better to avoid eternity with this sin on their souls. God forgive them for their worldliness. I will pray that God shows his face to Michael Voris and lets the Glory of his greatness shine through in this situation. The prelates that are ” hirelings” rather than shepherds stand in need of many prayers for their scandals are shredding the body of Christ. And forgive me , for this subject makes my blood boil.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen, Kris! I was boiling as well. How ironic that an institution set up to uphold the law- breaks the law and laughs about it. Reminds me of the movie,”Transformers” when one of the Decepticons, disguised as a police car, has on the side of the car “To Punish and Enslave” instead of “To Protect and Serve.” 😲

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  20. Joseph J says:

    It seems to me that the confusion surrounding this papacy are God’s way of testing on our humility and faith. When religion is purely an intellectual exercise, a logical syllogism, our faith rests ultimately in our own intellect rather than the transcendent God. By the 20th century the development of doctrine had reached such a point of refinement that it was easy to fall into the trap of over-intellectualization. Vatican II helped shake things up, but we still retain many vestiges of that erroneous attitude. Since Pope Benedict is possibly the crowning jewel of Catholic theologians (thus far), Pope Francis was needed to shake things up again for those who were resting on Benedict’s laurels.

    It is gratifying to see the way that many Catholic faithful, especially those with education and intelligence, are wrestling with the apparent contradictions and seeming errors of this papacy. We are being forced to recognize the limits of our own abilities, and put our faith in the guidance of the Holy Spirit rather than our theological understanding. Many Catholic commentators, even while expressing firm opinions and taking sides against one another, are nevertheless displaying charity in their quest to grasp the truth, and prioritizing faithful obedience over the satisfaction of being right. Jesus was often inscrutable and sometimes seemed to contradict Himself, which always kept His followers on their toes and reminded them that they are merely creatures. It seems once again we are being challenged to place faith over understanding.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Here is much wisdom, I think, Joseph.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen, Joseph! I was praying for Pope Francis because of the extreme persecution and judgements set against him and later, reading the Bible, I read this- it really struck me!
      1 Corinthinas 13: 1-13

      If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. [2] And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. [3] And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. [4] Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; [5] Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;

      [6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; [7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. [8] Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. [9] For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. [10] But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
      [11] When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. [12] We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. [13] And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

      I read and pondered each line (especially that love bears all things) and Oh! if people would only use this to gauge their hearts when it comes to how they treat him!
      He is the Vicar of Christ! 💔

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautifully said, Joseph!

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    • Bob says:

      Reminds me of what a priest once said to me in confession when I was trying too hard to overcome a certain addictive sin: “The harder you try to overcome that sin the more you will fail” and he let me sit with that for a week. Later he explained that if I was trusting in myself and my own “ego” to succeed I would continue to fail and I have since learned to trust more fully in God for grace for some things. What he said reminded me of some type of Zen Buddhist Koan, in that, it didn’t make immediate sense and I needed to stew over it for awhile. perhaps God will throw us all a few zingers periodically.

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    • Irish7 says:

      Great comment Joseph. We grow stunted spiritually when we depend too much on our doctrine. There is a safety in it that we crave, but relationships aren’t safe and God calls us to relationship with Him. We fear the grey (or ambiguous circumstances or Popes) when we lack trust in the relationship with our Creator. Trust that he is a benevolent Father that knows our hearts and motives and wishes us to follow the spirit of the law when the letter seems to fail (though we hate and fear the “spirit of the law” because we have been bludgeoned by it by those who seek to destroy the letter). But the relationship is spirit which transcends letter because it is infinite. And when we get over our fear and begin to trust in God’s goodness, then aren’t we glad we have staked our lives on something more than a color by number manual. Martin Luther’s apostasy was fueled by his scrupulosity not the other way around. Just as the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.

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    • Anne says:

      Thank you Joseph….. Faith over understanding.
      We are in a world of much tertiary training…. Trained to understand, work thing out.

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  21. Bobby says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I’ve been following you for a long time and decided to jump in with a question regarding your visions vs. the seers of Medjugorje. I’ve also followed their monthly messages very closely and as far as we all know that the secrets given to the seers will be released to the world through their local priest and advanced warning will proceed each secrets release. If we are actually entering the “Fullness of the Storm” would you think or has your angel mentioned anything to you about the release of these secrets? I read once that by the time the 3rd secret is released it will be to late for most people to convert. If your timeframe is correct it would seem that the release of the secrets should start very soon.
    Would love your thoughts on this.

    Viva Christo Rey,
    Bobby

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    • charliej373 says:

      We seldom chat about anything that does not directly affect my work. He does not give me tips on what is going on in other areas unless it is important for me to know to carry out my work. So, no, I have no knowledge of that.

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  22. leslyek says:

    Today began the Mary, Untier of Knots novena. The first intention is against violence, and I found myself praying for untying the knot of violence in the form of my taking bitter offense…
    Amen.

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  24. radiclaudio says:

    Hi all, much love and many prayers for my TRNS family. This piece was so impactful for me, and timly too.

    Thank you God for giving Charlie the wisdom to write it for all to read. This week in my own heart I lamented, ‘Set a watch, oh Lord, over my mouth, that I may not speak in ways offensive to thee, and over my heart that I may not abandoned thee in my confusion.’ ugh. I got it wrong more than right this past week, but Jesus I trust in You.

    I rely on Your infinite Mercy – to receive AND to give in equal measure to the fullness of my limited capibilities. Hopefully next week I will do better.

    Grateful in the knowledge that through Christ, all things are possible.

    To Jesus, through Mary,

    Rich

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  25. aaronpfoutz says:

    “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!
    There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?v No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
    Signs of the Times
    He also said to the crowds, “When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”Luke 12:49-56
    Interesting that this should be my scripture reading for today. Folks this passage rings true more now than any time except when Jesus himself was here living on the earth. I ask the spouse of the Holy Spirit to intercede for us that we may see as far as we need to during this storm.

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  26. Susan says:

    Thank you Charlie. And all praise, honor and glory be to God!

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  27. Eric says:

    “Because the signs of our times point to a struggle between absolutes we may expect the future to be a time of trials and catastrophes for two reasons: firstly, to stop disintegration. Godlessness would go on and on if there were no catastrophes. What death is to a sinful person, that catastrophe is to an evil civilization: the interruption of its godlessness. Why did God station an angel with a flaming sword at the Garden of Paradise after the Fall, if it were not to prevent our first parents from entering the garden and eating of the tree of life, which, if they ate, would have immortalized their evil? God will not allow unrighteousness to become eternal. Revolution, disintegration, chaos must be reminders that out thinking has been wrong, our dreams have been unholy. Mortal truth is vindicated by the ruin that follows when it has been repudiated. The chaos of our times is the strongest negative argument that could ever be advanced for Christianity. Catastrophe becomes a testimony to God’s power in a meaningless world, for by it God brings a meaningless existence to nought. The disintegration following an abandonment of God thus becomes a triumph of meaning, a reaffirmation of purpose. Adversity is the expression of God’s condemnation of evil, the registering of Divine Judgment. As hell is not sin, but the effect of sin, so these disordered times are not sin, but the wages of sin. Catastrophe reveals that evil is self-defeating; we cannot turn from God without hurting ourselves.
    . . . .
    The value of the trial will be to set us apart.”
    Communism and the Conscience of the West, at 38-39, 40 (Fulton J. Sheen) (1st Ed. 1948).

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    • Beckita says:

      Received this news yesterday in my inbox, Janet. There are many who are yet wrestling with AL. I trust it’s a process in which some MUST engage in order to finally accept the true intent of the document. Praying we can walk along side one another as the process ensues and people grapple with the difficult parts. His Holiness certainly was open to doing so via the two part Synod on the Family.

      Of course I do not understand every nuance of what is conveyed in AL, but I’m praying with you and all here in great Hope, Janet. I’m pondering how the graces flowing via the Storm will help each one of us in those areas which need conversion. I continue to return to one of my oft’ considered lines from the Divine Office: We all have seceret fears to face and minds and motives to amend.

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      • janet333 says:

        “I trust it’s a process in which some MUST engage in order to finally accept the true intent of the document.”

        I pray for this Beckita, as I know you do…

        Pope Emeritus Benedict had these people close to his heart when he spoke to the clergy of the Diocese of Aosta.

        “We all know that this is a particularly painful problem for people who live in situations in which they are excluded from Eucharistic Communion, and naturally for the priests who desire to help these people love the Church and love Christ. This is a problem.

        None of us has a ready-made formula, also because situations always differ. I would say that those who were married in the Church for the sake of tradition but were not truly believers, and who later find themselves in a new and invalid marriage and subsequently convert, discover faith and feel excluded from the Sacrament, are in a particularly painful situation. This really is a cause of great suffering and when I was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I invited various Bishops’ Conferences and experts to study this problem: a sacrament celebrated without faith. Whether, in fact, a moment of invalidity could be discovered here because the Sacrament was found to be lacking a fundamental dimension, I do not dare to say. I personally thought so, but from the discussions we had I realized that it is a highly-complex problem and ought to be studied further. But given these people’s painful plight, it must be studied further.”

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        • janet333 says:

          I would love to hear Benedict’s views on Al

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        • Doug says:

          “A sacrament celebrated without faith”. I must ponder that.

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        • MarieUrsula says:

          Suppose Pope Francis has some inkling of the Storm and Rescue (he has intimated an awareness; e.g., his references to “World War III being fought piecemeal,” and his calling for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this year).

          If, as Charlie has been told, everyone in the world will be given the opportunity for conversion especially at the time of the Rescue; and if, as Charlie has been told, the vast majority will embrace the Catholic faith; then surely the Church must find some licit way to welcome them home and not barricade the door.

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          • janet333 says:

            Hi MarieUrsula,

            “Suppose Pope Francis has some inkling of the Storm and Rescue”

            I think he might be aware that some pretty bad things are happening in the world. Maybe this is why he encouraged us to read ‘Lord of the World’ by Robert Hugh Benson. A book on the end times. I have the book but haven’t read it yet.

            “then surely the Church must find some licit way to welcome them home and not barricade the door.”

            Well one thing we know for certain…the truths of the gospel can’t be changed. Also people will want to do the right thing after the storm. What this will mean for them.. I don’t know. The ones who are in need of pastoral care are those who feel deep down that their first marriage was not valid. This guidance from a spiritual director is to help them come to the correct conclusion, in accordance with the teachings of the Church, as to whether they were never lawfully married in the eyes of God, or whether the first marriage is indeed valid. The person who seeks out this guidance is obviously someone who really wants to make it right with God. So should they find they are excluded from Holy Communion they can… and certainly should… still be a part of the Church.

            I read somewhere that when the ‘Great Warning’ happens couples now living together in sin will immediately separate and make arrangements to get married. What a different world it will be 🙂

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            Hi, janet333 ~

            I fully agree with you and have had experience, serving on an RCIA team for about 10 years (tho not recently), of people wanting to enter the Church and willingly embarking on the annulment process and all that that entails.

            And then there are all the people I know and care about presently . . . .

            Right now, defending or criticizing AL doesn’t feel like my personal battle. I do have a personal bias toward supporting Pope Francis during these extraordinary times.

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          • Beckita says:

            This thought has crossed my mind as well, MarieUrsula.

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        • Joj says:

          Wow, Janet, I don’t know how you came across this article! A+ for you! This really syncs it all together for me. Now I see there’s a precedent for “conscience” with regard to sacramental discipline for certain D&R Catholics who are returning to the Faith. Thank you!

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  28. cathryn7 says:

    Thank you so very much, Charlie, for warning us what is coming, and giving up hope for a better future. I always like to be warned of danger, so I know what to expect and can brace for it. If I knew nothing, I’d be scared to death, with no hope. I would be in despair. I try to warn all my friends to be aware also. Thank you

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  30. djmoforegon says:

    Janet, I believe that Pope Francis has a very good idea of what is happening now and what is to come. I believe he feels the weight on his shoulders of saving as many souls as possible. I also believe that if God will reveal Himself to Charlie, than how much more likely is the probability that He will reveal far more to our Vicar on earth.

    I have read “Lord Of The World” and was astounded by the accuracy of this fictional work that was written in 1907 by a priest. If our Holy Father has recommended this book on more than one occasion, he wants us to know also what is to come. Many Catholics have been asleep for decades and our last few popes have worked tirelessly to shake us up out of our stupor.

    It is comforting to meet so many fellow Catholics who are pursuing God at light speed as we don’t appear to have much time before everything changes. Through your work on Glenn’s Garabandal site, the MOG, Charlie’s TNRS, Mark Mallett’s beautiful writings and all of the other ways that God has given us to find one another. Praise God for His goodness. We are not alone.

    Bless you, Janet!

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    • janet333 says:

      “If our Holy Father has recommended this book on more than one occasion, he wants us to know also what is to come.”

      Then I must start reading it 🙂

      God Bless you too djm..we are certainly not alone!

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