The Lord’s Word is Not Without Effect

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By Charlie Johnston

Among the spots I will visit next month is West Palm Beach, Florida. My coordinator there, Peggy, needs a few people to help her make arrangements and plan for my visit. If you live near West Palm Beach and can help, please contact Peggy at rowelinn@gmail.com.

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I have been very restrained in adding to the commentary of my last piece, The Fullness of the Storm, The Springtime of the Gospel. A key paragraph in that piece is:

“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.”

It is not just that I think most serious commenters have serious points; but that I think we need it all right now, provided it is fully respectful. To give a few examples…

Daniel O’Connor is zealous for Magisterial teaching. Dan Lynch is zealous for doctrinal clarity and purity. I am zealous for Papal Authority in the formal teaching of faith and morals. We protect those things like mama bears watching over their cubs. That is understandable. If we can’t rely on the Magisterium, the foundation is shaken. If we can’t trust in doctrinal stability, we get into very murky, dangerous waters. If we can’t count on the legitimacy of papal authority in formal teaching on faith and morals, it is the promise of Christ, Himself, that is unreliable and the whole structure is threatened.

The thing about mama bears, though, is their judgment is not always sound. Yes, they protect their cubs against all threats, but they are also wont to maul people when no threat was ever intended or existed. They are driven by both their protective instinct and their fears.

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 would be 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, than we think – 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 even of 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 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 team 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 emphasize taking no offense at each other; 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.

 

 

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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542 Responses to The Lord’s Word is Not Without Effect

  1. AzCactus says:

    Twenty plus years ago I converted to the Catholic Church because as a Protestant I felt I was living in murky waters. Every one seemed to have their own interpretation of what we should believe to follow God. I converted because of the 2000 years of unchanged teaching of Christianity in the Catholic Church. I don’t see that the teaching has changed because of recent documents but what I see that has changed is the drive and desire for the salvation of souls, that seems to me to be lacking. I want to follow God, as I believe we all do, and that for me is to follow the teaching in the Catholic Church that has been taught since our Lord Jesus Christ walked on the face of this earth. For me that is taking The Next Right Step.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Interesting, Az. For all the hoopla and the occasional confusion, the thing that is most striking to me about Pope Francis is his tireless drive and desire for the salvation of souls. What stumbles he makes, he palpably makes out of the drive and desire.

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      • Azcactus says:

        Maybe I am just misunderstanding that aspect of him or see through different colored lenses. Please correct me if I am wrong but he seems to be big on mercy but without a correction on the direction of the persons life. I do hope that I am just misunderstanding his position.

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        • janet333 says:

          Hi Azcactus,

          Maybe this will help you..

          Pope Francis….”Walking in darkness means being overly pleased with ourselves, believing that we do not need salvation. That is darkness! When we continue on this road of darkness, it is not easy to turn back. Therefore, John continues, because this way of thinking made him reflect: “If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Look to your sins, to our sins, we are all sinners, all of us . . . . This is the starting point.”

          “In an address to his fellow Jesuits , on the Feast of St. Ignatius, Pope Francis summed up his Catholic vision of life: “To put Christ and the Church in the center; to allow ourselves to be conquered by Him in order to serve; to feel the shame of our limitations and our sins, in order to be humble before Him.”

          It’s instructive to contrast the Pope’s views with those of the secular world. Francis takes it for granted that sex outside of marriage (to cite only one sin) is gravely wrong; the world does not”and increasingly doesn’t even believe in the proper definition of marriage. The Pope maintains the urgency of confessing our sins; the world believes in celebrating and justifying them. The Pope believes it essential to acknowledge and promote a healthy Christian concept of shame, whereas the world mocks the very idea of shame. Perhaps that is why Francis, in his April address, reserved some of his strongest words for the “unashamed”:

          I do not know if there is a similar saying in Italian, but in our country [Argentina] those who are never ashamed are called “sin verguenza”: this means “the unashamed,” because they are people who do not have the ability to be ashamed and to be ashamed is a virtue of the humble, of the man and the woman who are humble.
          In a recent column , John Allen proposed that Francis become known as “the Pope of Mercy,” since “his signature idea is mercy. Over and over again, he emphasizes God’s endless capacity to forgive, insisting what the world needs to hear from the Church above all today is a message of compassion.”

          That is certainly true, but it is equally true that Francis’ understanding of mercy is not the kind dissenters and secularists believe in, much less the kind of false compassion Venerable Fulton Sheen powerfully exposed and answered . True Christian mercy presupposes a strong moral order with clearly defined teachings on good and evil: It is not an open-ended, amorphous, free-floating concept; nor is it a prelude to changing moral doctrines rooted in eternal truth.

          Francis’ teaching on mercy is beautiful and inspiring, but clearly takes place within his full theology of sin, from which it can never be isolated. It includes acknowledging the shame of our grievous sins, and abandoning them, with the help of the Lord Jesus. Only then can we experience the full joy and healing that awaits us from the merciful Son of Man.”

          William Doino Jr. is a contributor to Inside the Vatican magazine, among many other publications, and writes often about religion, history and politics. He contributed an extensive bibliography of works on Pius XII to The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII . His previous “On the Square”

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        • janet333 says:

          The problem lies with the media. We all know the ones that like to distort his every word and meaning….. the many quotes taken out of context etc etc. I had to change my reading matter. 😦

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        • Beckita says:

          Dear Azcactus, Pope Francis IS big on Mercy as was Jesus Christ. In addition, Pope Francis has and will always uphold doctrine and dogma. We can hold fast to Christ’s promise: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) God bless you Azcactus!

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  2. True words. I keep a picture of the Milky Way in my work cubicle. Our sun is a mere speck. God keeps it all swirling … He is really big … we do not trust a small god, but one who vast and mighty, yet tenderly knows and shares in each sorrow and joy we carry. He knows what He is about, and we only have a very limited view. The challenge is to trust in Him. He does not leave us a drift, but pours His Spirit into our hearts when we leave room for Him by humbling ourselves before Him. I find here the courage to believe I am not alone, and as others trust, I am emboldened to do the same.

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    • Maryann H says:

      From one Maryann to another, I love your post. That’s exactly how I see it. The phrase God had put on my heart is “radical trust”…trust when it doesn’t make sense, even when its downright frightening. My husband and I have been put through rigorous training over the past 3 years, and we still have a long way to go. However, when we look at ourselves now, we are trusting Him in ways we never could have imagined !I haven’t gotten involved in the conversation here very often, but find great comfort in the support and fellowship here. Blessings to all!

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  3. vkmir3 says:

    Charlie, I am so grateful for your writings that bring me so much peace in the midst of all of the confusion that has been appearing in our world. I don’t know what kind of mess I would be without these writings and all of the wonderful, thoughtful and prayerful sharings of this beautiful community, both spiritual and light-hearted, which is so needed! It makes sense that things are ramping up during the Year of Mercy proclaimed by our Holy Father Francis, because not only are we called to mercy, but to the words of Divine Mercy….Jesus, I trust in you. May we all continue to share our thoughts, encouragements and prayers, hang on to railings of the Barque of Peter and continue to trust in Our Lord! God bless all here! Vicki

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  4. Nancy says:

    Such Wisdom Charlie….Acknowlegde and trust in God, Take the next right step (even baby steps) and be a sign of hope to those around us! If we can all do those things ,then Praise God,we will Triumph with and thru the Immaculate Heart of Mother Mary…💓 Once again and always,I thank God for you😍 PS. I was able to see you when you came to Holliston,Ma. ,didn’t get a chance to speak with you,but it was a very special day for me! Have been following your blog for about 7 months,have met a dear TNRS friend in my area,we came together to hear you .She had met you before when you spoke in Scotia,,NY…..Mother Mary has always placed special people in my life at the right time!😅💙

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  5. The Book of Job is challenging, to say the least, but we have the benefit of hindsight here too –– in seeing the figure of Christ in Job. The three commenters gave their flawed advice, but at least they were identified as “friends” of Job and were later forgiven by God. Not so with the angry young man, Elihu, who shows up at the end with his rant. There’s a mystery there for serious contemplation as well, as you have already pointed out.

    I was also reminded of that dynamic that often happens in marriages, where one person is in some sort of distress/crisis while the other person is on calmer footing in seeming counter balance. It happens like that between my wife and I and can be very beneficial. Sometimes, though, it can also agitate me further if I’m in distress. On those occasions I’d rather she just zipped it, got down in the dust with me, and held my hand. Whatever the case, God never leaves us where we’re at if we just acknowledge Him.

    I’m fresh off of a reread of Job this morning, so I don’t dare say more beyond this: it seems like a challenge to be met with love alone; while we watch, pray and wait on the Lord. Hm. As soon as I say it I realize it falls short. Who am I? Honestly, even putting that much forward at this point makes me tremble.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • YongDuk says:

      I never noticed that about Elihu, MP… Hmmmm…

      Fr. Martin, I believe I remember one of his friends saying, once said that Moses never repented for hitting the Rock twice and that is why he didn’t enter the Promised Land.

      I know Elihu stood out and I sort of like the change of tone his speech brings in the Book… I am going to re-ponder that in context of what you said.

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      • YD, I didn’t mean to suggest that Elihu was not forgiven as well. There’s just no mention of it. I also notice that Elihu’s speeches were not addressed by Job as were the others. Were they addressed by God? I find myself having to read between the lines for the most part.

        What did Elihu’s speeches add? He seems to cover a lot of the same ground that the three pious friends already covered. Sometimes he contradicts himself. Clearly he’s impetuous. Do some of his thoughts anticipate God’s visitation in the whirlwind?

        I’ve been reading Job online, but went to my Bible late last night to find and study the character of Elihu. Is it mere chance that I managed to open precisely to that page?

        Further reading/contemplation will have to wait until later this evening, since my youngest is receiving her First Holy Communion and getting Confirmed at 2:00 (MT) today. I’m also looking forward to the rare occasion of actually seeing my Bishop (Thomas Olmsted).

        When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together,
        when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in where they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. Acts 2:1-3

        God Bless,
        MP

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      • OK, YD. I emptied my bag on Elihu, set aside all the commentaries I referenced, and started from scratch. I did keep your one comment in mind about you “like the change of tone his speech brings.” The fact is, he reminds of someone, and it’s given me some valuable insights. Funny, but the one thing in your musings that I glazed over turned out to be the key.

        Thanks,

        MP

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  6. caroltrueman says:

    It has occurred to me in the past year or so, that I, and we, all need to have TRUST in the Lord Jesus, to stay with His Church which He founded upon Peter, the Rock even in these times when things are so confusing. Trust, now , is more important than ever. I think that if we are troubled by the statements of the various leaders [Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, etc.], the best thing to do is to pray for them, and try very hard not to pass judgement on them, including , the Pope himself. I find that when one does that ,trusting that these things will work out for the better, that we will have peace and serenity that the Catholic Church will remain until the end. I really believe that.

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  7. Hilarious! There is humor on earth as in Heaven!

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  8. WearyPilgrim says:

    It’s been a long wild ride since I actively became involved with the Church – Back in 1974 through the Charismatic Renewal. I then made a Cursillo in 1975. I worked on the 41st International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia in 1976 and the Chancery Office afterwards. Throughout the years of my active involvement in the Church, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve discovered that there are too many people (including myself) who want so much to believe in God’s direct intervention (through the extraordinary) that we miss the very ordinary ways in which Divine Providence shows itself to us. Charlie, I have only come across you by accident a few weeks ago because I wanted to see what was being planned for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. Since then, I read many of your posts (about 400 of the thousands lol) and I’ve watched a few videos. I swore that I would not promote any person or message given to any person or group by “extraordinary” means – unless it had already been approved by the Church. I’ve been to Medjugorje ( 1987 ) and since then have come to be very wary of the visionaries and the priests that were involved intitially. The last person I thought was a true messenger of God, “Anne, the Lay Apostle”, I met in Clearwater, Florida (2006,2007) and bought all of her books. Then I learned some things that distanced me from her as well. What I’m getting at is that there are way too many people in the Church today that are claiming to be receiving messages directly from God, or through Our Blessed Mother and Saints in Heaven, that I don’t think a true messenger of God has the chance to be heard and trusted – even when one wants to be open and willing to listen to what God is saying to the Church today.

    What we can see is the moral decay of societies around the world – good being called evil and evil accepted as good. Young people (including my own children) who have fallen away from the Faith and families destroyed without any support to speak of coming from the majority of parishes. God’s will is often very difficult – my husband was promoted the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Family. He was taken at the young age of 42 – leaving me to care for our four children ages 12, 11, 9 and 6. That was in 1992. He gave a talk on the radio on the Feast of the Sacred Heart regarding the Family – how it was under attack, etc. He died shortly after this talk. However, prior to this, he was led to make a pilgrimage to Fatima and was asked to be one of the bearers to carry Our Lady of Fatima in procession. He came back from that pilgrimage and shared with me that Our Lady told him that he didn’t have much longer to live on this earth. He also saw Jesus in our home while he was keeping a holy hour at 3 AM in front of the area of our Entrhonement of the Sacred Hearts. Jesus only pointed to His Heart, no words. We never told anyone about this publicly – maybe a few priest friends but that was it.

    I think it is a very serious matter to go “public” with messages that are purported to come from God or His Angels. It demands extreme caution and careful discernment by those in Church Authority to help the Faithful to avoid what is evil and hold fast to that which is true. Unfortunately, I have seen many people who have been allowed to spread messages within Catholic Churches that later were found to be false and even at times dangerous to the Faith.

    I am not able to personally discern whether or not your messages are from God. I know you’ve said that the “prophetic” aspect is not the main point of your mission. But honestly, how do you think you have drawn the attention of so many? It concerns me that in one of your talks you said something to the effect that if these things come true – good, if not, you can write me off.

    When someone speaks as a messenger of God, emphatically stating that certain events will be happening at a specific time, this is a very serious matter that cannot be taken lightly. It is one thing to say “I believe …. I think… Perhaps…” but to state so emphatically that you are being commanded by an Angel of God to spread this message – I hope and pray that you and your spiritual directors are fully aware of the impact that this is having on those of us who hear such a message. It becomes a terrible burden of personal discernment unless one accepts that the Church has already spoken on this matter via the Bishop in your diocese.

    After all that’s been said, once one hears such a message, it cannot be ignored. So I will continue to pray and hope that God will shine His light on us: “Our Father, Who Art in Heaven…Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Amen

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    • charliej373 says:

      Weary, I HAVE been examined by my Archdiocese. While my Archbishop urged prudent caution, he also put NO restriction on my content. He made no judgment on the prophetic aspects of it, but they examined archival material going back 20 years. In my meeting with the Archdiocese before the letter was issued, they acknowledged I have been substantially consistent and theologically sound.

      I can understand your worry about me saying at a meeting that if the very few things I say must happen you can write me off. But I frankly get disgusted and offended at supposed mystics who warn or threaten people that they had better believe them or else. The heart of what I say is simple…and further I tell people if they are spending their time worrying over details of what is going to happen they are utterly missing the point. It is what God calls us to do whatever happens that is vital.

      One person who had access to the archives asked me what I would do if next January 20, President Obama left office normally. I chuckled and said I do not worry about that. I can’t. I reminded him that he had seen the archives, that I have been spoken truly up until now, and I must take the next right step trusting to that. That does not mean I could not fail. I very easily could – but I have found what I have been told over a lifetime to be trustworthy, most of those who have been given access to the archives have found it to be so, and so I continue.

      I am sure it is just an expression of worried hope, but do you really think that over two decades my director and I have not deeply considered this? Or that the Archdiocese took it lightly? I chuckled with my first director, who I visited last summer (and a Priest who has NEVER been comfortable with this type of thing – it is why I chose him to first speak to: I knew he would not be taken with such a spectacle, but that he had the integrity despite his discomfort that if it was worthy of consideration not to dismiss it) that only he would ever really know how desperately I was trying to get out of it.

      But what is the effect this is having on people? Events in the world, itself, are causing them much fear. What I say is inspiring them with hope. That I was describing the fearsome things happening now with verisimilitude 20 years ago gives credibility that it is a true hope I speak of.

      Nonetheless, your approach is prudent and wise. There are such a host of false prophets out there right now, desperately trying to pull people away from the safety of the faith and the Church. Next Right Step…I summarize all I have to say in the name of this site.

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    • Darknite says:

      Sorry to hear about your husband. Sounds like he was a good man. Take care in your journey, may Jesus also keep his eye on you and your children.
      God bless.

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    • Alana says:

      I don’t know if this helps, but I went to Medjugorje almost 3 years ago. There, myself, my mother and my Aunt all saw the blessed Mother in an apparition over Apparition Hill, after we had just returned from a 7.5 hour pilgrimage up and down Apparition Mountain. It was 4:20am. She appeared made all of light. The moon changed into her apparition, and she was all made of light. She appeared to us as she appears on the Miraculous Medal, with her hands outstretched. We saw her for what seemed about 2 minutes. She was a beautifully, perfectly formed woman, and she appeared in human form, but all made of great light. The apparition in the sky grew, and she became very large. Immediately afterward, we realized she had appeared to us over Apparition Hill. We were almost at our pension (hotel), just a 2 minute walk from our pension, when Our Lady appeared to us. She left and her image converted back to the moon. When we got back to our rooms, just 5 minutes later, I opened Words from Heaven (which is a book of Our Lady’s messages) to a random page, after saying a prayer, and I opened it to a message that described exactly what we just experienced. The message was the only one on the right page to which I had opened, and that is where my eyes first laid. It read something like, “Our lady appeared all in light, over apparition hill”. I didn’t know that the seers had seen her in this same manner, as well. I hadn’t known this prior to this night, as I thought she ALWAYS had appeared in just her glorified body, in her actual person.

      The next morning, a lady to whom I had not spoken to prior, approached me and told me that she and a group of people went to the miraculous weeping statue of Jesus at 3am, so that they could pray and worship together in peace, without anyone around. She proceeded to tell me about a woman in her group who had seen Our Lady appear in an apparition of light, over Apparition Hill. This lady said there was a large group, and her friend was the only on who saw Our Blessed Mother in the sky. I inquired about the time that her friend saw Our Blessed Mother in the Apparition of Our Lady, and it was the exact same time myself, my mother and my aunt had seen her. I knew Our Blessed Mother sent this woman to give further confirmation of the apparition we saw of Our Mother. They were on their way back from the miraculous weeping statue of Jesus, that miraculously weeps at the knee. Her friend went down on her knees, and then proceeded to tell the group what she had seen: Our Lady appearing over apparition hill as an apparition of light at about 4:20am, the same time that my mother, aunt and I saw Our Blessed Mother.

      I am no one special. Just an ordinary person, who loves Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. I didn’t deserve to see the Mother of God. I am no one, but I’ve read quite a bit how God chooses “nobodys”. We already believed she was appearing there, before we went there, and I didn’t expect to see anything either supernatural or miraculous. It wasn’t because I didn’t believe I could experience the supernatural, as I had already done so a number of times in my life, but the reason was simply because I didn’t go there for a miraculous encounter, but I wanted to be close to Our Holy Mother, and to Jesus. I believe Our Most Blessed Mother revealed herself to us not so that we WOULD believe, but because we ALREADY believed, and already had a deep devotion to her and her Son, Our Lord Jesus, my Lord and God. It is an experience that has changed my life, for the better. I treasure what she has shown us, but it also gives us great responsibility, as those to whom much is shown, much is expected, as it says in the Bible.

      My mother, aunt and I are all cradle Catholics and were very devout before we ever went to Medjugorje. We have gone into far deeper waters with the Lord and the Blessed Mother since returning home from Medjugorje 3 years ago. Please understand, the devil is trying to destroy Medjugorje. Our Lady is there, and she is with you, and Medjugorje is in your heart and you can live the peace and love of it and experience the love of the Father and Our Mother everyday. Do not let satan take away the precious gift she gave to you while you were there. I have become even more devout these past 3 years, and love Our Lord and Our Mother more than I ever have before. I have also come to more intimately know my Father. Even if we had never seen her in the apparition, and experienced other phenomenons, I would have still believed in Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje.

      Her messages are those of love, conversion, peace, safety in her mantle and God’s Divine protection, and she speaks warnings for God’s people. We need her. I know this is a private revelation, and you don’t have to believe, but there is nothing else in the world right now more important than Our Lady coming everyday in Medjugorje. She is pointing the way to the Heart of her Son, Jesus, and nothing is more important than Him!

      Did you know that Mary first appeared to all 6 of the visionaries on June 25, 1981, which was the feast of John the Baptist? What does this mean? Why did she first appear to all 6 visionaries on this feast day? She had first appeared on June 24, but not to all 6 of the seers. It was the 25th of June on which she appeared to them all for the first time, all together. When Our Lady was asked what date would she like to say she first came in the apparitions, she said the 25th. This bears great significance to this feast day of John the Baptist, and requires discernment to fully comprehend is significance. I believe it is a sign that just as John the Baptist prepared the world for Jesus’ first coming, Mary is preparing us for His final coming.

      I don’t believe we are in the time of Jesus’ final coming right now. We are not coming to the end of the world, but the end of the age. The end of the world is later, at an unknown time, but I believe Mary is preparing us for the Illumination of Conscience, and the Era of Peace, which will be the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom on Earth, established through us Living in the Divine Will, as revealed to Luisa Piccarreta.

      Mary comes to this earth every day, to call her children to conversion, to the heart of her Son. She is coming each day in these days of severe confusion to lead and guide us, her apostles. The conversions of Medjugorje is in the millions, and the fruits are undeniable, Did you know that extensive scientific was completed on the visionaries and they were found to be without deceit, and it was verified that they were experiencing something supernatural, that was beyond the scope of explanation? A great site to go to is: http://www.mejugorje.com The facts there are authentic and there is more information on Medjugorje than any site I have ever come across. I will pray for you. We don’t HAVE to believe in the apparitions of Medjugorje, but I know we ignore them and treat them lightly, one day, soon, we will be very sad when we do find out that they are, indeed, proven authentic, as the secrets come to pass, and the permanent sign, foretold as the 3rd secret, is erected for all to see,.

      I will always respect the authority of the Church. Obedience to the teaching authority of the Church is always of utmost importance, but I am now at liberty to believe in the apparitions at this point in time, and I do believe, with all of my heart that they are authentic. My interior conversion is ongoing, and Medjugorje has brought my faith and commitment to a whole new level. May God bless and keep you, and may His light shine upon you. Fast, pray, read the messages everyday. Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment on Medjugorje, and ask God to protect your discernment, as satan does not want anyone to believe in Medjugorje. The fruits are just too good. The treasure is too priceless. At the very least, live the requests in the messages of Medjugorje (fast, pray, do penance, partake of the sacraments, daily rosary, frequent confession-at least once a month- and try to be peaceful and loving, and love Jesus with all your heart). If you heed her requests,, and consecrate your heart to her,you will be living the message of the Gospel. How sweet is our Most Holy Mother, my Mama…

      Sorry, I didn’t even try to edit this, so please forgive me if there are any errors. I have said much more than I had originally anticipated, but I felt the Holy Spirit, and our Blessed Mother, leading me to respond to your comments. My husband and I have 5 children, and the night is late, and fatigue has settled in, but I felt Our Mother leading me to write this to you. I hope it helps. God bless you.

      Warmest blessings,
      Alana

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      • anotherSue says:

        Alana, I have a concern about your link, which goes to an open domain. I then tried correcting the spelling of “Medjugorje”, adding the “d”, which took me to the Caritas of Birmingham site. I certainly hope you had not intended to direct folks there, as their reputation is questionable at best. Can you double check your link, and provide feedback? Thanks! Sue

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you, Sue. I am not a fan of Caritas in Birmingham and do not put up links to their organization. We get so much here now, though, that I miss a few things. But the good side of having so much volume is that my ever alert readers do a great job of catching what I miss. Thank for having my back.

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    • Dan Wheeler says:

      I, too, am a relative newcomer to Charlie’s site. Curiosity brought me here, his writing kept me.

      I have no ability to discern the authenticity of Charlie’s statements, either, but there are many things I like about his approach. I like that he is obedient to the Church and to her teaching – he is no prophet/reformer. I like that he defends Pope Francis and the office of the papacy. Most of all (and this is the big one that keeps me here) his advice and observations are sound regardless of the outcome of his prophecy. His message to trust God and take the next right step without fear or worry is a simple way to live the Gospel. I have tried to take it to heart. I believe trusting God and taking the next right step will help one in both good times and bad – even if it gets very, very, bad.

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  9. Snowy Owl says:

    A few days ago Beckita asked me to pray for Priests with her and so we are praying the Hours of the Passion daily and fasting. I am wondering if anyone would like to join us in this?
    http://www.passioiesus.org/en/horasdelapasion/distribucion.htm
    I was praying and thinking about Priests and what they will be going through after people have no hope left in our society and old way of life, and then finally turn to God. The Priests are going to be so overwhelmed with people everywhere needing the Sacrament of Confession. They will be spending hours upon hours in the confessionals, day in and day out for probably a very long, long time! Can we all please pray now that they will ALL will have the strength and fortitude to do this! It is going to be excruciating for them at times, I just know it. They will be pushed to exhaustion probably beyond what any of us could imagine. May our Blessed Mother protect them and comfort them now and during this time to come and may all the Saints and Angels come to their aid!

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    • Mary says:

      Thank you for this site. I pray I will have the conviction to stick with this hourly prayer daily. So hard to not be distracted by all my family. Hard for me to fast, too. Prayers please.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Mary, there are no rules here- we just wanted to pray for Priests! You can do whatever you wish 🙂 Beckita asked for the Hours and I love fasting and was already doing that anyway for this intention! We just need to pray for them and all prayers of every kind matter, so we can all simply do whatever we can! Offering up your suffering and crosses in your life is also really wonderful.

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        • ann says:

          Snowy and Beckita–I will unite my daily prayers for priests to your prayers! I haven’t prayed the hours of the Passion or fasted, but with God’s grace maybe I’ll get there. But in the mean time, I’ll start where I am and just unite what I’m already doing with your wonderful prayers.The Lord seems to keep impressing on my heart the need to hold our priests up in prayer continually so I’ve been trying. This gives me even more incentive.

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      • leel004 says:

        Mary, i am like you on fasting…a struggle for me. Fr. told me there are many ways to fast…if an all out fasting doesnt work, like plain coffee-no sugar or cream, bland food, dry bread, less talking, listen without giving opinion, etc…Good luck, and God bless

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        • wpsahm says:

          leeloo,

          “listen without giving opinion” fasting….Omygosh what a great idea! Something I really need to do and with wonderful benefits not just for me and the intentions, but for everyone in my immediate sphere:) My husband thanks you….my children thank you…and my friends and siblings thank you:)

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    • jcg17jcg says:

      Snowy Owl,
      Your concerns for our priests are truly warranted. They desperately need our prayers now, for what lies ahead. As a well renowned speaker used to say “No priests. No Eucharist!” What I dread most about what might lie ahead is that there would be no priest to give me the LIVING FLESH, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, (who gives us His own Heart and Divine Will with which to love Him and one another).

      For several years I prayed the Hours of the Passion by Luisa Picarretta. But then I felt called to do the sorrowful mysteries, as they contained the Passion in its entirety. (I felt frustrated only reviewing parts in the Hours of the Passion). God, in His goodness to me, gave me images and insight as to how I could pray them both at the same time, praying the sorrowful mysteries while using fodder from the Hours Of The Passion. With each Hail Mary, I could see how Jesus, during His entire Passion, created a Divine “do over” for every sin man has ever committed. For instance, during the scourging He was making amendment for our present day human trafficking, immodest dress, and addictions to pornography. The Hours Of The Passion graphically describes how Jesus lay in His Sacred Blood, with bits of His flesh, separated from Him during the scourging, and how He longed for union with these souls separated from Him by sins of the flesh. Each day I pray in the Divine Will, these Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. I have added the Flame of Love addition to each Hail Mary. What a rich and beautiful treasury we Catholics have to draw from during our times of prayer!

      PS. If anyone here would like a copy to pray, email me at caggreer@cableone.net and I will gladly send you one. Julie

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        jcg, yes, I do pray the Rosary (with the Flame of Love)and the Divine Mercy too… it’s what Beckita asked for and I love praying the Hours 🙂 The Divine Mercy is very powerful-especially for Priests and one my favorite prayers. I think what matters most is that we pray together for the intention she asked for…whatever a person wants to add is fine!

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        • Claire Reiss says:

          Yes, we should all pray for our Pope Francis, our cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priest, Nuns, all the religious and laity with our Rosary. Once, Jesus appeared to one of the Bishop (i forgot his name) of Nigeria with a sword. The bishop wondered why is Jesus carrying a sword? Then, Jesus turned and faced the bishop, gave the sword to the bishop, Jesus disappeared. After the bishop received the sword, it turned into a Rosary. Our Sword is the Holy Rosary, our shield is our faith that is the presence of God within our souls! Our souls came from that breath which He breathed into the nostrils of the clay form that He made in His image. That breath was part of Himself. Whatever is part of God is IMMORTAL. Therefore, our souls are immortal. We are heirs of His Immortality based on that One Breath. God never breathed an other breath into anything else, the human souls alone share in His Immortality. We received His Image by receiving the Holy Eucharist ~ The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus the Christ. Our Breath is the only thing in our life we do not have to pay in order to have. Nor could we go and get it for ourselves. it is a gift from our Heavenly Father. Our souls have the Image of Jesus. “He who sees me, sees the Father. I am in the Father and the Father is in me. We are one.” “he who eats of flesh and drinks of my blood will have life within him.” “Carry your cross and follow me. I am the Way, TheTruth and the Life.” With all that within our Beings, we cannot lose! We are the Children of God In Spirit and In Truth! the Victory of Christ paved the Road for us!

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          • don’t forget deacons!

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          • Beckita says:

            Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme’s vision of Jesus with a sword which transformed into a rosary as Bishop Dashe was praying in his chapel was in response to Bishop’s fervent prayer seeking God’s intervention to rid his country of Islamic terrorists for Nigeria has been terrorized by Boko Haram.

            I, too, was impressed by God’s answer to Bishop Dashe’s prayer, Claire. It hearkens back to Our Lady of Fatima’s exhortation: “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.” and “Do you want to learn a prayer?” the vision asked, “Yes we do!” the children responded. “When you recite the Rosary, say at the end of each decade: Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” Oh! The POWER of the Rosary!

            While I agree it’s important to pray for all clergy, deacons, religious and laity, I have specifically targeted, in the best of ways ;-), the priests. This is in response to a document first released in 2007 from the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/parents/upload/spiritual-maternity-congregation-fo-clergy.pdf

            This idea has been on my heart for several months and I think it’s time to move it forward in a more formal way.

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          • gotoJoseph says:

            Beckita – what’s really amazing is what Bishop Dashed Doeme told us at a dinner in March, that while he and his people pray for the protection from and the conversion of Boko Haram, their most ardent prayer is that the United States will not lose its faith so that it can once again assume its Christian leadership role!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oooo, gotojoseph! Love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing this news.

            Nigeria has very much been in my prayers. I lived in West Africa for two years and spent some time with PC volunteers in Nigeria while traveling there. The beautiful fishermen from the Fante tribe in Nigeria used to travel up the coast to fish. I would often see the fathers take their siestas with their toddlers cuddled next to them on the hard ground. Those fishermen hated the lobsters which got tangled in their nets and sold them in buckets for 50 cents. My husband and I were eager customers and enjoyed constant lobster yumminess: BBQed, boiled, sauteed, baked or steamed.

            How beautiful and humbling for us to be united in prayer with our Nigerian brothers and sisters.

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    • Julia says:

      Snowy Owl, I completely agree with you on the possibility of our poor Priests being overwhelmed with people desperate for confession should the Warning happen. And believe this is why Blessed Mother in Medjugorje is asking us to confess regularly. By complying with Blessed Mothers advice, we would be in a better spiritual state, and able to help those who are caught in a bad spiritual state. We could be helpers for our Priests in such a crisis, not in the confessional of course; but in every other way possible.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Julia, yes, encourage more people to go to confession and send a pre-cooked meal along with them for the Priest 🍗🍔🍡 🍜🍕and dessert, of course🍰 and maybe some 🍬 for energy in between lol 🙂

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Snowy, you are a genius. All the Cure of Ars took into the confessional was a boiled potato in each pocket.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Deer, wasn’t he just incredible? I so enjoyed learning about him and how he dealt with people and even put the devil to shame by embarrassing him lol, what a treasure he was! So many good stories to read about all of them. I truly love the Priests that spent hours upon hours a day in the Confessional! St. Philip Neri, St. John Vianney, St. Padre Pio, to mention a few. I especially love St. Philip Neri, he was a always pulling pranks and jokes and teasing people to lead them to Jesus and the Sacraments. Always joyful and funny and the best thing is all those who were the brunt of his jokes learned humility! I think our Bishop, YongDuk is very like him…lol 🙂 we are blessed!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            My mum named her angel after St. Phillip Neri because of his humor and dare I say at 92 she could still benefit from some humility.(as we all could) . St John Vianny(?) recommended St. Philomena who I asked if she would be my little sister in heaven because I am the baby of the family. She really helped me. As did Pauline Jericho(?) Who was cured by her. On Earth, since I tease the heaven out of him I will adopt Doug as a little brother since he lives close to my oldest brother. He is really a fine man and we are lucky he is here (especially to pick on)and even luckier that he is studying to be a deacon. But don’t tell him I said anything. Mum’s the word.🙊

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, remember that your Mom just gave her angel a nickname. God gives angels their names, not us. Not a big deal, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Yes, true, she also picked out my dad’s angels nick name because she didn’t think he would get it right. Noah. She is busy in the nursing home telling everyone what to do. So far she has one convert (a lovely 65 year-old lady who had 14 strokes in one day. She said Jesus came to her, touched her right shoulder and said “Do not be afraid” her left side is paralyzed) My mum is also working to ensure the nurse’s aid are all baptized. She has one under her belt so far. She can be a bit bossy. She really missed her calling as a drill sargent.💜😇

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have always had a kind of affection for bossy people.

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          • Beckita says:

            bossy people = teachers!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Red pen in hand!! 😀

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          • Simone says:

            HEY! you take that BACK! I am so NOT BOSSY!!!! ;-p

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          • Beckita says:

            Classic, Simone. Do you also have a trunk of jewelry you’d be peddling? 😉

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          • Simone says:

            I may or may not have jewelry I peddle. Ha-rumph!

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          • Beckita says:

            I’d be happy to lend you some of mine, Simone. You’d be amazed at how many variantions on this theme I was gifted during a 30 year career in education.

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          • Beckita says:

            Praying for your mum, Deer!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Deer, here is one of my favorite Angel stories with St. Francis and Br. Bernardo. I’ve gone off on yet another tangent but you understand about that..haha 😉
            ” After these words, the angel asked Brother Bernard why he did not cross the river. “Because,” answered Brother Bernard, “I fear to perish in the waters, which are very deep.” The angel said to him, “Let us cross together; fear naught.” And, taking him by the hand, in an instant they were both on the other side of the river. Then Brother Bernard knew him for the angel of God, and with great joy and great reverence he exclaimed: “Blessed angel of God, tell me thy name.” The angel answered: “Why dost thou ask my name, which is Wonderful?” Having said these words, he disappeared, leaving Brother Bernard greatly comforted..”
            I really love that story 🙂

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          • deereverywhere says:

            What a great story! Dare I say Wonderful? (You don’t think Laurence Welk’s was Wonderful Wonderful? Do you?)

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Who? 🗿

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    • singingjuls says:

      Hi Snowy, That’s a beautiful devotion you and Beckita are doing. I have never seen this devotion before (Hours of the Passion). Do you do it as a 24 hour devotion or just pick one hour every day? Do you do the meditation as a full hour or just that hour for the meditation? I went to the site and maybe I’m not finding these answers, of course, unless this crazy Catholic missed the boat. I understand the Living clocks though! I would be willing to join you in prayer and fasting for our priests and religious.
      I usually pray for all priests, bishops, deacons, cardinals, and our pope when I see our priest consuming Jesus during communion at mass. It is during that time I lift them up to our Lord and pray for those thing that are placed on my heart for them. Strength, courage, holy boldness and endurance, and especially for those who have fallen or who are struggling with their commitment to their vocation. They need all the prayers we can help them with, especially during these trying times.
      Blessings in Christ ~juls

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Hi Juls 🙂 I pick the hour everyday that works for me and it doesn’t take long before you get through them all. When the Hour doesn’t actually take an hour, I usually go back to one of the other Hours I loved before or pray the Divine Mercy. Some days my life is filled with one disaster after another or I am sick and so I offer that up and try my best to say my prayers, some days I’m a disaster so I write long lamenting letters to Jesus and Mary or I come in here and annoy everyone 😉 If I had joined a religious order I would not have lasted the night 🐑🐑🐧🐑🐑 !

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Singingjuls, I wondered and checked the site for answers too. Each day I cross myself with holy water and sprinkle a drop for the souls in purgatory, another for the conversion of sinners, and the last drop for the sanctification of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and all ordained Catholic minsters and religious. Before I sleep I pray again for our top Church and political leaders by name, in a different sense, more out of love, thanksgiving and for ask for blessings for them in their service.

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    • lambzie37 says:

      Amen, and for goodness sake, let them know you love them, are praying for them and ask them what you can practically do to help them out!

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  10. Mack says:

    A line from the book of Amos recently jumped out at me: “The Lord does nothing without first informing his servants the prophets.” He still does that today, and I’m very grateful that you accepted this calling, Charlie. Your writing here has given me such hope; it’s helped me very much to cope with what’s going on in the Church and the world. I think that at least part of the confusion around some things Pope Francis has said is allowed by Our Lord in order to test our faith.

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  11. Chuck Leus says:

    Charlie,
    I look over your articles and it’s ALOT OF BABBLE. Someone who goes on and on can’t possibly be someone to trust that God is speaking with him. You say SO many things that are contradictory to the way prophet and saints in the past are to act.

    What I call you do to is ,come election time when it’s revealed in its fullness that these “predictions” you’ve made do not come to pass….that you tell everyone you’re a fraud and hereby take your site down.

    I know you’ve probably already thought ahead of what you plan on doing to explain yourself when the elections come to pass. You can see this approach in the constant, incessant, ramblings of your posts.

    So please, here in a couple months, stop compromising the faithful….just lay this scheme down youre doing. Your Bishop has already instructed your readers to not listen to you but Jesus.

    So let’s see Charlie how your pride kicks in here and solves this one? Are you honest enough to allow this post to be seen by all? Or does Charlie moderate what he wants his listeners to see so he can continue to brainwash people.

    Stop the games come November Chuck.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You’re a very silly man. But sometimes I like people to see silly men for what they are. I do moderate most contentless comments such as this. Fortunately they are rare. And if you had bothered to read carefully before spouting off, you would know it is inauguration day, not election day, that is the critical one. Whatever happens, I don’t slink. Never have, never will. And don’t call me Chuck, Chuck.

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    • Beckita says:

      It’s an absolute insult to say I’m brainwashed for being here, Chuck, and I forgive you. Time truly will reveal so much of how God has been doing something new in this prophet and that He is doing something new in each one of us if we but surrender to Him and carry on with acknowledging Him, taking the next right step and allowing Him to make of us a sign of hope to those around us.

      BTW, you’re always welcome back if you change your mind, Chuck, and wish to cut the insults and work together as well as join in building everyone up, step by blessed step…

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    • Frank says:

      Chuck,

      Charlie’s main advise to his audience is to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a beacon of hope to others. I don’t see how this can possibly be labeled “compromising the faithful”. If some or all of Charlie’s predictions don’t come to pass, do you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to acknowledge God, take the next right step in from of me and strive to be a source of hope to others. And if they do come true, I aim to do the exact same thing.

      Charlie is a good man. I’ve been to one of his public talks. He doesn’t have books or CDs for sale and he doesn’t take up a collection. He completely submits to Holy Mother Church and has said a number of times that he will stop writing and speaking about the Faith if directed to do so by the Church.

      God Bless!

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful, Frank!

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      • janet333 says:

        Exactly Frank…Having had a few dealings with false prophets I can honestly say that Charlie does not fit into that category at all! This is the reason I am here. 🙂

        Thank you Jesus, for giving us our Sherpa to lead us in these times..not with fear but with a joy and a hope that we who live in this valley of tears will experience a coming time of peace.

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    • janet333 says:

      “Your Bishop has already instructed your readers to not listen to you but Jesus.”

      No he hasn’t Chuck! 😛

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ahh, but the beauty is, Janet, that the know-it-alls reveal themselves in this sort of thing, proving that they do not understand the formal language of the Church – and are glad to mangle it to vent their spleens. Thus, in trying to discredit me, they discredit themselves. It helps separate the players from the pretenders.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Sooo… I just got back from Confession and what do my eyes behold? This!…Chuck, Chuck! Rrrrrolling here 🐡 I haven’t laughed this hard in at least 2 hours! Thanks, Chuck! God love you!
      PS.. the little emoji is a puffer fish, isn’t he cute? 🙂

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        I am with you Snowy. My first reaction to Chuck’s comment was laughter. It was just too funny and I always enjoy Charlie’s play on words in the reaction.

        The hour is late for pointless criticism or vain commentary. We will all be called to account for what we have said of one another and to one another. Venomous words can kill a soul and “You shall not kill”.

        Robert

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Nobody got my puffer fish joke? Sigh…puffer fish 🐡 blow up like a 🎈balloon when they are frightened and then they have a really hard time swimming so they just kinda bob around like a bobber until they calm down and deflate lol 😏😇 you guys have no sense of humor whatsoever 😉 !

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        • janet333 says:

          Haha Snowy…I think YD mentioned balloons somewhere. Was this in reply to your joke?

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          • janet333 says:

            Actually no it wasn’t…lol I just noticed the cat following the balloon up above. And for anyone that’s wondering I feel perfectly fine today..heehee. I just get lost in all this post!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            No, Janet, that was in reply to that really cute picture Beckita..oops, I mean Biscuits, put up lol! With the little kid carrying the 🎈followed by the kitten 🙂

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          • janet333 says:

            I realised too late Snowy…I’m getting all my post upside down lol 😉

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Janet hahaha well at least you have an excuse! Isn’t it late there? ⏰ I sometimes forget you live way across the pond! 🙂 I get everything turned upside down 🔙🔝🔜 no matter how much sleep I get so big deal 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh for petesakes- I meant NO big deal 🙂

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      • lambzie37 says:

        Hmmmm just s little emoji happy are we? Well then– wait for it…

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      • janet333 says:

        Hee hee 🙂

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      • justsayin392 says:

        Perfect! Just perfect!

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      • Mick says:

        Hahahaha! (Where do you even find this stuff, Patrick?)

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Yea!Patrick, I found you. Somewhere in this four or five hundred comments I read that you are currently unemployed. I know that you have a very good eye for photography (so does MP but he still is employed) I believe that you could make a bit of cash selling your photos on line. I have read of people and k ow some who has moved away that has done this. Here isa link to help you, but you can search betterthan me. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
        http://smallbusiness.chron.com/sell-photos-profit-4152.html

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        • Hi Deer! (I love saying that.) True, I’m not working at this very moment, mostly because I had to take a medical leave from school, which was a full-time job. A few weeks ago, pretending everything is gonna be normal, I re-enrolled to resume classes in August (snicker), God willing.

          I’m sooo glad to have this time: to prepare materially and especially spiritually for the Storm, to help others to prepare, to be able to spend hours in prayer, adoration, meditation, and at Mass, to offer my small physical discomforts for the Holy Souls, and to beg Our Lord for mercy and assistance for my friends and family for their upcoming hardships. Were I working in school, I would be far less prepared. For that — and especially for this time under Charlie’s instruction — I am eternally grateful. God has been so kind and generous toward me in giving me this extra time.

          Thank you for the compliment. Although not all pictures I post are mine, I do enjoy photography a lot. But, alas! There are so many things I want to do but only so many hours in the day!

          Here’s a bonus picture of my cats, Baby (left) and her huge daughter Mimi.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            They are beautiful. You are such a wonderful young man and I am glad it is voluntary. So you are kinda on a sabbatical. May it be peaceful and fruitful-🍓

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        • Another Karen says:

          Thanks for that link,dear Deer! My daughter was laid off last month and has not had much response to her resumes thus far. She takes great photos, so I sent her the link!
          Who knows what may come of it….

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          • deereverywhere says:

            May St. Joseph come to her aid. I really hope it works out for her. How wonderful if she could make a living doing what she loved.

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    • Alana says:

      Just to clarify, Charlie never said that it was Divine revelation that revealed the elections wouldn’t come to pass. He has emphatically stated, on many occasions, that it is firmly his opinion, and then he sites several reasons why they won’t come to pass. And if you are looking for an infallible prophet, look to the Scriptures, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I will be praying for you both. God bless you, and I pray your mind and heart be open to truth. What Charlie is saying is being said by MANY good, solid believers. God is speaking. Are you listening? Take care.

      PS. Charlie, you are awesome and loved. Thank you for all that you doing, and for being real and true. 🙂 God bless.

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      • charliej373 says:

        For what it’s worth, I did say and maintain that I have been told that Obama would not finish his full term, but would live to fully convert long after he had left office. That is by revelation and is a specific thing I must be judged on. So while Chuck was wrong on the details, he was right on the fundamental point he was making as to the accountability I have.

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        • Alana says:

          Sorry, Charlie…the manner in which it was given seemed to imply it was your opinion, and not a revelation that you were given. Thank you for your clarification. God bless. Much love and prayers! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            No problem at all. I am steadfast in noting when something is my interpretation; I want to be equally steadfast in noting what I was specifically told when I can. Those are things for which I must account.

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          • Mick says:

            Alana, I love your name! How do you pronounce it, “Alayna” or “Alonna”? I know two women (one of whom is my cousin-by-marriage) who is named Alana and who pronounce it with a long “a.” 🙂

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    • LukeMichael says:

      I got a chuckle out of this post!

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Sorry, I stole that from Doug!

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    • Frank, your comment had a familiar ring to it that I couldn’t immediately place, but your use of the word “brainwash” finally jogged my memory. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Maybe it would be helpful to read that, then read some of the prophets and saints you think you have pegged, then finally revisit the comment you posted here to compare notes. You might be surprised.

      God Bless,

      MP

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    • Say, Chuck, can you eat the same dish you serve? Are you honest enough to come back to this forum and apologise to us and to Charlie if what he has said DOES come to pass? Seems like a fair deal. Deal?

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  12. Daniel O'Connor says:

    Might just have to re-name my blog to “The Mama Bear” :-).If I let this bushy Irish beard of mine (forgive the outdated profile photo) go for too long, the resemblance would be truly undeniable. It could be my new shtick! And no more explaining why I sometimes have a shaving cut near my eye.

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  13. Dawn says:

    I don’t know, Charlie, but whether or not you want to see it, you are causing more consternation and fear than peace and hope. If the election does happen and sincere Catholics sit it out because of what you say and sincere Protestants also sit it out because of what their prophets of doom say, we are in deep, deep trouble. We will have either Trump or Hilary as president and I honestly don’t know what is worse. Again, since I raise the election issue, I know you have decided not to post those replies and again, I respect that. But please don’t say you are not instilling fear in people. Instilling fear and then saying, but I did not intend it, my first purpose was to inspire, well, that may be true but simultaneously you have beyond a doubt instilled fear too. Why not remind people what is in the Michael Brown article? That you thought President Bush would die in office? Why not emphasize you have made some predictions that are not true? Also, why not take your own advice and be more charitable to those that raise this issue? Why can you not take constructive critique? This is not a good sign, to me. Please take this as a private offer of advice in all honesty and charity, from one devout Catholic to another. I don’t need a response.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Are you just making it up as you go along? I NEVER said anything about Bush dying in office. EVER. See, this is what irritates me about folks like you. You reveal in the first few sentences that you actually are unfamiliar with my work, but are working from gossip that you have heard from others. Offer a constructive critique and I will take it…as everyone here has seen me on many occasions do so. Just repeat defamatory gossip that is unrelated to what I say or have said and it is you who have to account for it. Good luck with that. And if you misspoke and meant Obama instead of Bush, I have said consistently that he would not finish his term, but would live to convert long after he was gone from office. When you want to launch a tirade, you really ought to know a little about what you are talking about.

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      • Dawn says:

        Fine, Charlie. I knew you would respond that way and that is why I said just take it as advise and I don’t need a reply. If there was not a Michael Brown article about you on Spirit Daily that referred to a priest who said sometimes you were wrong and at one time, during the Bush (not Obama) administration, you thought the president would die in office, then I sincerely apologize. I was wrong. But that was not the point of my post at all and you know it. It was no tirade, but your response sure was one. That is the problem. We don’t see that kind of behavior from Conchita of Garabandal or any of the seers at Medjugorje, or any prophets for that matter. If I am wrong, so be it. Then you are like Jeremiah. But Jeremiah did not ever rant like you just did at those who did not believe him, and he had the screws put to him way more than my little email did any harm to you. He stayed on message. You know that there are people who have wasted time and money preparing, since two Christmases ago when you said it would be the last normal holiday season, for something that did not yet materialize as they interpreted it would. You have had prepper sites on this site that you promoted. Yes, you also have a positive message that is intended to inspire. All I am saying is that if there is an election AND an inauguration in January and you have persuaded others that there would not be, you would have persuaded sincere Catholics not to take part in the process. That is not a good thing. That is the point. I don’t expect a charitable response. I stand by the point of my first comment and this one. By the way, I actually do believe, mostly, you have been given messages from heaven. Your attitude when questioned, even a bit, is what is making me, and others, think twice, though. God bless you and everyone who has heard your message.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Again, Dawn, I have NEVER promoted survivalist prepper sites. I linked to a site put up by John McConnell at my request, which has given tips on home remedies and disaster strategies. John spent years when he was a Missionary Baptist leading volunteer teams to help at disaster sites around the country; Katrina, Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes. He knows by his experience what is really needed in such circumstances versus what people imagine is needed. That is helpful. I have also consistently condemned survivalist type prepping that hunkers down and keeps others out – noting that that is a sure formula for disaster for those who practice it.

          I don’t think you have actually read much at all of what I have to say, because so many of your facts are just plain wrong. But I indulge this because some who do it are sincere. In fact, one of our most astute commenters here started speaking much as you do. I spoke to the person as I have to you (and telling someone who is getting all manner of facts wrong to get their facts straight is not being uncharitable). In that case, the person started actually reading me to try to find evidence to back up the claims made. Being an honest person, that person sent me an email apologizing – and began commenting here based on what I actually say. I am awfully glad the person stayed, because the person’s wisdom and insight is often breathtaking.

          And you might note that, unlike, say, Padre Pio, I don’t actually physically slap people.

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          • Ha!…but I’d bet you sure’d like to at times!!

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          • erin483 says:

            I was scared about the direction our country was headed and then I read charlie’s posts. Now i feel that we have hope, Mary has given us the messages of Fatima and believe she will prevail. I have never once felt Charlie was trying to “scare” us. Just the opposite. Now I have had conversations with a very holy priest and he told me he believes that things are going to get much worse before they get better. That scared me because he is not one to fling around his opinion lightly. I believe we are all fearful because we can actually see these things happening in real time all around us. Thanks Charlie for your messages of hope.

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        • leel004 says:

          Dawn, hope you can learn to be objective instead of being a misinformed confrontational person.
          One would have to WANT to be fearful to draw such conclusions from this site. In ’08, i was fearful for my country, and the world. I prayed and offered up continuously to avoid what demise was coming our way. My fears have materialized beyond my imagination. And by God’s grace, last automn I was layed up and came upon this site. One does not have to be prophetic to see the demonic influence our country is under, and to see the logical conclusion we are heading. BUT the beauty of this site is that it instills a positive outlook. As for the issue of billary vs trump…well both promote the same outcome…its like choosing to look at the penny with Lincoln facing up or facing down. It is still a penny. If we have to go through the motions of what is really Catholic social justice and vote, then i imagine most, if not all, will do our civic duty and offer an alternative. So i will continue to pray for a better tomorrow, and strive to do what this site has inspired me to do…acknowledge God, do the best right thing, and be a sign of hope. Lord knows we all NEED hope these days. So why not practice being objective and offer hope. Who knows, maybe God’s plan for you is to be a swabby with me on this spiritual ship …🚣🚣🚣 Ship’s ahoy🚣🛳

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          🐡

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        • Mack says:

          Hi Dawn, As a long-time reader of this blog, I know that Charlie has often said to keep on doing the ordinary things we need to do even if we think the Storm might blow it all away. So I have already voted in the primary this year, and will vote in November should there be an election. Charlie never said not to vote, and I never took it that way. Even apart from Charlie, the way this election is going I wouldn’t want to vote anyway, at least not for the nominated candidates if they are Trump and Hillary. I would still do a write-in. That’s how we have to take it, to keep on doing our duties because it is not given us to know exactly how each of us will be affected by the Storm. Trust in God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to others.

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        • A few unbiased observations: Dawn sounds sincere albeit wrong on her info. Charlie, I’m sure you’re tired of unfounded criticism, but you did come across as terse with her, and your response did sound more like a tirade than hers. Her issue seems to be things you’ve said in the past that haven’t come to fruition. You’ve addressed that before – how about a short recap instead instead of saying “this is what irritates me about folks like you?” Ouchy. It almost sounds like she’s trying to help you out? Like she really wants to settle in here but doesn’t know about how you can be grumpy at times? Like when someone pushes one of those buttons like my Mom did… 😉 It seems to me like all of us need to be slower to respond with sarcasm and defensiveness and assume the good will of all here, even if they’re first arriving with bad information. We regular readers can come to your defense in haste and probably not realize how we sound to “outsiders.” I love this community but we can come across as the in-crowd and it can be off-putting to skeptical readers. I just want to remind us all to be gentle with our words, esp when those skeptical readers post comments. It’s a great opportunity to bring them in or completely turn them off. God bless us all!! -Caroline

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          • Beckita says:

            Your reminder, Caroline, is a good one: “I just want to remind us all to be gentle with our words, esp when those skeptical readers post comments. It’s a great opportunity to bring them in or completely turn them off.”

            At the same time, Dawn arrived with much more than bad information. She didn’t simply express doubt and ask for help in understanding. There was a bold accusation as an opening line: “I don’t know, Charlie, but whether or not you want to see it, you are causing more consternation and fear than peace and hope.” Followed by a rather bossy command to tell Charlie how to speak: “But please don’t say you are not instilling fear in people.” Followed by a series of commands posed as questions which included a statement which Charlie had never made. Closing with another accusation: “Why can you not take constructive critique?”

            I read Charlie setting a firm boundary of expecting people to criticize with accurate info and in a way that is respectful. Dawn countered by persisting in the accusative style of expression. And in the end it was Charlie who kept the bridge of communication in tact. He didn’t take offense in a resentful attitude. He humorously poked fun about the clubbing and complimented Dawn’s insight as well as affirmed her as worth hearing.

            As for me, I have a hard time saying nothing when any person, in these cases a commenter, blasts with accusatory, false charges about Charlie and then attempts to speak for the readers. I wouldn’t respond in silence if someone spoke to me in person in a gossiping or slanderous way. I do seek St. Michael’s help, as well as the assistance of the great communicator of Good News from Heaven, St. Gabriel, when coming to this site and then take a deep breath of prayer before responding to difficult comments. I wish all people responded to a gentle tone. For some personalities and situations, a stronger response is needed.

            I also have observed when people acknowledge they are new, there are anywhere from 2 and more folks who welcome the newbie. My take is that hearts are opened wide here.
            For sure, I see your good message and intent, Caroline, and tuck it into this heart for pondering. At the same time, I see we must agree to disagree about what transpired in these interactions. God bless you

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          • charliej373 says:

            I both know and think the world of Caroline. But I insist that I am entitled to the same civil courtesy everyone else here is. So when someone kicks me in the crotch and calls it a question, I will almost always kick back and call it an answer. Not only am I unapologetic for that, I think it is the way it should be. Everyone who is a regular here knows I listen to and consider criticism when delivered courteously. But there is a great abuse that people think they should be able to speak in ugly, abusive terms to a public figure and get a meek answer back. It is so common that many don’t even know they are doing it. But I do not accept it and have no intention of starting to.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Charlie.

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          • Mary N says:

            I think what concerns me when people leave negative comments like some of those I’ve read here recently is that they presuppose how a person “should” act in Charlie’s circumstances when they truly don’t know much about his circumstances nor do they know much about his heart. It’s as if some folks are attempting to wipe away every shred of humanity from him by nitpicking the evidence of this humanity. Since I started reading this blog there have been hundreds of comments of this sort, “Surely Charlie can’t be authentic – he gets grumpy, therefore he’s prideful.” Charlie’s first job is to follow God, not people or what they say, and I can certainly understand how people can get in the way of his mission. This is true for all of us because we all have a purpose here on earth. It would be far worse for Charlie to give credence to naysayers in the face of what he genuinely believes he is called to do. The truth is that if God decided that every person had to be perfect and “worthy” before He revealed anything to them we wouldn’t even have a Church today. What’s funny is that the very thing that some people are giving as a reason to support their decision to shoot down everything that Charlie says is the very same thing that inclines me to believe that Charlie is authentic. What I mean by this is that if this humanity had failed to show through I would have been less inclined to consider his words. God created people, not pious robots. Sanctification is a process and one that all people have to go through, including Charlie. Sanctification doesn’t take away your humanity, it builds upon it. If Charlie showed NO evidence of the same struggle with sin that we all face I would have run from this site as if the hounds of hell were nipping at my heels. Seriously. When I read Chuck’s words about saints and prophets I was surprised to find that he believes that they were all perfect. No, they had grow in holiness too and I’m sure every one of them had “issues”, to put it politely 😉

            Do I know for certain Charlie is right about the things that are to come? No, but one thing I know for sure is that we are in a storm of epic proportions and at this point we’d have to be blind not to see it. Whether certain aspects of this storm don’t come about exactly the way I, or others, believe they will in no way lessens my understanding that this storm still exists and we will have to walk through it. That I get some help along the way reading Charlie’s or Mark Mallett’s site is a blessing to me because the only thing worse than walking through a major storm is walking through one alone. So, I am not frightened by the storm – I have been walking through it for years, though perhaps not the full outward manifestation of it. I would like to say that Charlie is absolutely right that the fullness of the storm has arrived, even if its outward manifestation is not exactly as some have expected.

            Charlie, I apologize for speaking about you in the third person when I know you have to read the comments. I guess that could be considered just as rude as the folks who discount your words without even giving you a fair hearing. I just thought it might help some of those who have difficulty understanding why many of us who read your blog think that what you have to say has true worth. Personally, I find you very credible and your authenticity as a person speaks volumes. I’ve watched a few of your videos and you seem very warm and down-to-earth. If I’m being honest, the “grump factor” that people accuse you of cracks me up. I should have them stay at my house for a few days! They’d get their fill of “grump” here! I have the odd feeling that if God measured our “grumpiness” as a factor when it comes to the worth of a person we’d all be in trouble.

            Since I’m on a roll here, I may as well address Chuck’s comment about “brainwashing” which, since I’m feeling a bit grumpy, irritated me. Chuck, why would you think that a person isn’t in full possession of their faculties simply because we believe there may be worth in another person’s words and that we have given consideration to Charlie’s words? Why wouldn’t we give thoughtful consideration to what he writes? I would have given this same consideration to what you wrote if there had been a shred of charity in your own words. I know there are many people here who would have loved to share their reasons for finding Charlie’s site uplifting and helpful if you had given them half a chance. No doubt they still would if your comments were respectful.

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          • charliej373 says:

            What a beautiful, consoling comment, Mary. Thank you.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen and Alleluia, Mary N!!!

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          • Mick says:

            Bravo, Mary N! (P.S. I loved your “grumpy” comments. I tend to get grumpy myself sometimes, why Charlie’s curmudgeonliness appeals to me so much. 🙂 )

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          • Doug says:

            You grumpy Mick? I don’t believe it 🌞

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          • Simone says:

            I don’t think grumpy is a word anyone would use to describe me but lately I am finding my patience to be wearing thin for outright stupid.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yup, Simone. Agreed!

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Doug! I’m not often grumpy and I tend not to stay grumpy for very long, but it does happen. I mean, how will I ever merit the title of Patron Saint of Battle-Axes if I’m not cantankerous once in a while? 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            I am grumpy 🙂 Happily grumpy and then I apologise for being grumpy. 😀 My mom loves me despite…

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          • Doug says:

            I find you penetrating YD in a way that cuts to the soul. What a wonderful journey to share with others this path to our Lord.

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          • Beckita says:

            Well said, Doug.
            YD’s Mom: Thank you!

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Okay Dawn. How much power do you believe Charlie to have? He persuaded Trump and Clinton/Bernie to run. They seem to be gaining delegates. Surely he is not rigging the electoral system? He just one guy. This is the most bazaar election cycle that I have witnessed and I first voted for president in 1976. I love Michael Brown. In case you haven’t noticed, he has added a section of “prepper” stuff to his web site and has referred to Michael Snyder s co authored book “Getting Prepared”. Mr. Snyder runs the economic collapse blog as well as the end of the American dream blog and is featured on the SHTF blog. Mr. Snyder doesn’t really care for the Catholic faith, either. So if Charlie has enough power to rigg a national election, which is more power than anyone else currently has except God then maybe your premise is a bit flawed.

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          • I can’t reply to the thread above for some reason. Charlie, it’s hard to see your name dragged through the mud – even if it doesn’t bother you terribly – without wanting to fix it. One way I can try to fix it is to encourage you to turn the other cheek instead of kicking back in the crotch, love. It’ll probably help your public relation image – LOL. I know it’s not where your focus is.

            And I’ve heard that criticism of Charlie many times now that he’s instilling fear. I think the proper response to those people who accuse him of doing it deliberately is that if people react with fear, they’re stuck in transit. They haven’t gotten to the destination of hope in the Rescue. It doesn’t mean they’re necessarily bad-mouthing Charlie – they really just don’t get it yet. Some people *do* walk away from this site and Charlies talks with fear in their hearts – I know one of them
            well. They need to be gently grabbed by the hand and led a few more steps along safely to the other side of the road instead of staring into the oncoming traffic.

            I teach NFP and talk to all of my contraception students about the risks of hormonal contraception. I was once angrily accused of “Catholic fear mongering” after my talk… My goal wasn’t to instill fear but to educate the couples to make sure they were informed consumers and could weigh the costs and benefits. Fear was her reaction bc she had no idea what she had been doing to her body and her conscience seriously weighed in her when she found out the pill was an abortifacients. I could have been defensive or gently taken her hand and proposed alternatives to her that freed her conscience, decreased her anxiety, and helped her achieve her same goal which was to temporarily avoid pregnancy. Had I been defensive I would have lost her.

            Call me naive, I just want so much for those who come to this site to cling to hope, to not be put off by any defensiveness that may be expressed here (bc we’re tired of saying the same thing, or someone’s tone is acerbic or they have really bad info, or someone comes here w an obvious agenda) and to not lose hope in the midst of what is coming bc they were turned off by commenters here and didnt get to the part about the Rescue before leaving. Know what I mean? Even if this doesn’t make sense to y’all, I resolve to try to be patient with all the commenters, even the ones that may make me roll my eyes (at best) initially…

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah well, Carolyn, this has always been my way…and frankly, a lot of folks I kicked back became boon friends with me later. It just sets the terms of engagement. I am easy with all, but I don’t take kicking without giving back and I am not going to re-arrange my way at this stage of my life.

            Mark Mallett and I were talking once and he shared me some of the truly ugly hate mail he gets – a LOT more than I do. I chuckled and told him he’s too nice of a guy. Get a little more edgy like me and people will be a little more polite. Ha, he has his way, I have mine.

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        • wpsahm says:

          Dawn, once I realized that the political system in the U.S. was dead I decided not to participate in the kabuki theater of voting. Charlie has never urged anyone to sit out an election, but he does state the obvious: the solution to our problems will not come from the political world, a world which is broken and non-functioning. I am a sincere Catholic and see no rational reason to continue to participate in the current political system.

          http://www.wordaroundthe.net/2016/03/why-its-over.html

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    • Beckita says:

      Dawn, it’s unjust to generalize and say Charlie is instilling fear in people. In being part of this community for the last year, I have seen, again and again, comments (I do read them all) which reflect the thought that people who were very afraid of what IS happening all around us have found understanding and support to navigate these events as they are in ways that foster dependence on God. In fact, in this place of sharing, people have received understanding that God has a Plan greater than than the fear-provoking realities in life all around us.

      I invite you to read the comments from this time of celebration in which people, many of whom were formerly silent readers, wrote resoundingly of the newfound peace and trust in the Lord gained from reading Charlie’s posts and the comments of the community gathered here.
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/church-as-the-family-of-god/
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/in-gratitude-for-all-of-you/

      God bless you.

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      • AnneEstelle says:

        Beckita,
        I had long thought that I would live to see something tremendous. Now I know we are at a similar juncture as the Apostles at the Last Supper. And at a loss to know what is coming as they, even more so! But I do know these days are the beginning of the new time not the end of it.

        Having been formed as a DJM, a Discipline of Jesus and Mary under Fr. Santan Pinto, SOLT, + God rest his soul+, Our Lord called us to formation for this time. The Plan of Life program showed us how to discern. (During formation, we were not to read any unapproved “messages.”) Other DJM here will speak to the commitment to this intense time of training.

        The peace I find here is the peace Fr. Pinto showed us as a hallmark of God’s care. The peace I find here led me to sponsor Charlie’s trip to our area. I tell you I am not capable of doing such a thing because of three chronic health conditions and a full-time job. (I am so compromised that I must take early retirement in six weeks.) Only God made this possible. Not fear.

        Fr. Pinto taught how God has a plan for ever one of us and made us for this time. Thank you Charlie and everyone one here.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

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      Speaking for myself, Dawn (yet I think many regulars here agree with me), when I happened upon this website in August 2015, my immediate response was relief, not fear. The things I had already been observing for several years were what brought fear; rather, not exactly fear but a heavy weight on my heart.

      Unlike some sites, this is not an Armageddon, doomsday site. I believe that God can and does act in history, sometimes in extraordinary ways, to encourage mankind to get back on track. For me TNRS is a community of hope.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Dawn, the only people I ever see dealing with so much fear are the ones who put their trust in a failed and already dead corpse of a political system (RIP)… it’s a funny thing I’ve noticed- over and over.
      I have never experienced a single moment of fear here from Charlie or anyone else that comments. Trust, hope, growth in faith, knowledge and love, yes…but never fear.
      Spirit Daily has a few articles today that inspire fear, gloom, doom and hopelessness 🌋🌠🌀💥💣 😲😭😱
      – but never Charlie. 😇

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      • leel004 says:

        Snowy Owl, in the article Charlie made the comparison of different jobs on a ship, so maybe we should call him Cap’t. Got any cute econs for that????⛴. After all, we all want to be anchored⚓️ On God’s ship that Charlie is wheel’n!!!
        And for clarity in case one may read into thinking i am saying Charlie is the one to follow…NO. He is following the Church. That comes First and Last, and everything in the middle!

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        • One of Charlie’s recent posts made me feel that he was more like a fellow passenger than the ship’s Captain (who is Jesus) or a Commander (who is the Blessed Mother: “Do whatever he tells you.”), or even the navigator (who is Pope Francis). Charlie speaks of all of us inclusively, that we share a common mission: “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.” (-CJ) Although he is certainly one of the more special passengers on this ship endowed with unique gifts, his job might be better likened to a yeoman–which is quite labor-intensive and deals more directly with the other passengers. Considering the great size of the ship, the precious cargo it carries, and the importance of reaching its destination, that is indeed a very high honor with immense responsibility.

          (I’m sure my analogy is flawed somehow, but you get the idea. And NO, he’s not like Yeoman Purser Gopher Smith on the Love Boat!)

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Leel004, lol I looked everywhere- can’t find any Captains 😐😌. They need some new emojis!

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        • Beckita says:

          So cute, Lee! At the same time, our ship is the Barque of Peter. Pope Francis is all over his Captain duties. Ship Ahoy, Maties! Just watch out for this guy, especially if he zooms in on a comet!

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    • bj421 says:

      give it a rest , Dawn!

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    • Christene says:

      Dearest Chuck, Dawn, and anyone else who stumbles across Charlie’s site in these perilous times we find ourselves in;

      In the CCC it says this;
      2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:

      Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.280

      Chuck and Dawn, I invite you to grab a rosary and sit with us awhile before passing final judgment on what is said by Charlie (or what you imagine he has said). It may take some time to get your bearings because you will discover, if you spend some time here, that this is a very different place from other internet communities you may have happened upon that deal with serious subjects such as the ones Charlie addresses. This is a community filled with really, REALLY good people. This is a community that prays. This is a community that laughs. This is a community that mourns. This is a community that lifts up. This a community that prays for each other, the Church and the world. This is a community that loves their Lord, their Blessed Mother, their Faith, their Church, and each other.

      Matt. 7:17-20
      17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will [a]know them by their fruits.

      Sit for awhile, Chuck and Dawn, still your minds and just listen. You will feel an undercurrent that wends its way through Charlie’s writings and the comments here; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness…….

      Will Charlie’s “predictions” come to pass? I don’t know. Did Jonah’s?? I frankly don’t spend time worrying about it because, if they don’t, that means something truly miraculous is taking place; repentance!! This is the Jubilee Year of MERCY! GOD has the final say in all things. Remember……God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of 10 righteous men. Perhaps He will still spare us. Change IS coming, but it is OUR choice how that change comes about.

      So though you may have come for the sensational, please………stay for the fruit. There is more than enough for everyone and we do love to share!!

      Peace, dearest brothers and sisters in Christ! PEACE!!

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      • dianebelvs says:

        That was just excellent Christene. Thank you.

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      • JeanT says:

        Wow Christene! I think that is the most beautiful reply. I get it that people are nervous and distrustful. I also began reading these writings back in the summer of 2015. I had several sleepless nights. I had them because I recognized that I try to control things I have no control over. I recognized that I was one of those Charlie spoke of who thought “If I just know the details, I will be able to make a plan.”

        I have more peace now. I see where we are headed. Most of all, this site and the writings of my sisters and brothers in Christ, have caused me to pause and reflect.

        I agree with you that much is happening through our prayers and in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Your response was full of love, kindness and patience and taught me some lessons of how I should respond. Thank you!

        It is time to batten down the hatches through increased prayer and walking very closely with Our Lord. I pray I have the moral courage to always take the Next right step and Do Whatever He tells me.

        God bless!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Wonderful Christene, I think that there is still a Jewish sect that believes that the world is withholding God’s Hand with ten righteous souls. You are right in saying it is a place of good will, prayer and caring. Blessed be God forever. We are His people, He is our God.

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      • totustous says:

        Thank you Christene, you have spoken well and true. This sight does build, not tear down , and it seems to me we are of one mind and heart. love for Jesus in the Eucharist, love for our Holy mother the Church, for our Blessed Mother Mary and the Holy Souls in purgatory. We care for and pray fos souls who have yet to know God’s love for them and there is our sense of humour. Did I forget anything?

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  14. Dawn says:

    in case you do post, I don’t want my full name up. and, come on, Charlie, the man is a bit tart tongued, but to call a person a “silly man” because he raised an objection is just not right.

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    • wpsahm says:

      No one is interested in your real name, Dawn:) I found Charlie’s word use to be gentle and forgiving. No matter what rancor you try to sow here, you’re only going to meet with a gentle kiss and prayer in your honor. God Bless you and keep you safe and happy, Dawn!

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    • Dawn, I agree with you. Sometimes Charlie’s language gets out of hand. Just the other day, he said one of my posts was “voluminous.” The nerve! This site is for families, and to toss around insulting obscenities like “silly” really crosses the line and is not right.

      Sorry, Dawn, I’m being sarcastic and tart-tongued (kinda comes naturally). To be honest, though, you’re one of the more exciting posters we’ve had here in a long time! Most challengers give up too quickly. Your taunts and teases are firing us up — you’re really getting a rise out of some of us. This is excellent practice for the Storm, so please keep up the good work. You make me smile and are very welcome here!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Her last post showed some real insight. I hope she stays. I think she is a serious woman worth hearing. Ha, now that we have gotten the preliminaries out of the way and clubbed each other appropriately, perhaps it is time for a little diplomatic rapprochement.

        By the way, I hope you are feeling well, Patrick…this post was not near as voluminous as is your normal wont.

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    • Mark says:

      Jesus once said to Peter “Get behind me Satan” when he raised an objection. How tart-tongued. Why that is even worse than “Silly Man”. Was it right for Jesus to label (and a horrible label at that) a future Saint just because he raised an objection? The entire argument is just sil… Rats can I say it?

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  15. Dawn says:

    and, fine, I replace ‘November’ with ‘January’ in my first message. What I wrote and what this guy “Chuck” wrote are still valid advisements.

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    • Patricia says:

      Dawn,
      I think you live with your head in the sand if you do not realize ordinary Americans are full of fear right now. Maybe you live in a bubble like some in my extended family who think everything is alright with the world. I have had to travel extensively in the last three years and people from Texas to Chicago to Boston to Florida know something is “out of control” as one 45 year old male from Long Island just said to me an hour ago.

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    • Mary N says:

      But are they valid, Dawn? I am a bit confused by your words here because when I read Chuck’s comment it came off as rude and inflammatory. He was clearly mocking Charlie and I didn’t find anything at all charitable about his comment – not toward Charlie nor the people who comment here. Chuck threw out any “validity” to his comment in the very first paragraph: “I look over your articles and it’s ALOT OF BABBLE. Someone who goes on and on can’t possibly be someone to trust that God is speaking with him. You say SO many things that are contradictory to the way prophet and saints in the past are to act.” And it only got worse from there. Yet you say it’s “valid” while at the same time condemning Charlie for calling Chuck a very silly man. You ask why Charlie can’t take “constructive criticism” and I ask you:
      What exactly was “constructive” about this “criticism”? It was not meant to help Charlie (nor anyone else), it was merely meant to hinder him and I think everyone could clearly see this, no brainwashing (Chuck’s word I believe) involved.

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    • Mary N says:

      Dawn, I also want to add that Charlie’s messages do not make me fearful. What makes me fearful is the thought of things getting worse here on earth. Specifically, the increase of sin everywhere. How far could this go before our world becomes a living mirror of hell? It’s already pretty bad everywhere – the deadly sins run rampant through our society and they are not only tolerated, they are embraced. Who would have ever thought they’d see such a thing? What crushes my heart with fear is the thought of so many people being led astray in this era. Everything else is nothing compared to this. Yet, even this fear is one I have to let go of because it’s an area of my heart not yet given over to the Lord. I have to believe that He has everything under control and trust in His mercy.

      As for the elections? Why, I am going to vote of course 🙂

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  16. When I finished reading this article this song came to my mind” How can I keep from singing ‘! If you know this song you can see how appropriate it is for our times. The ending says it well No Storm can shake my inmost calm as to the Rock I’m clinging If God be God of Heaven and Earth, How can I Keep from Singing. I think it’s called the Endless Song, We have sung it in my church and it strikes me each time as a song to sing during the Storm and Turmoils of our days.

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  17. Charlie, I long to read your upcoming piece on what the world will be like after the Storm. I believe that it will be invaluable for helping us weather and navigate through it by giving us a sense of what the period after the Rescue will be like. Frankly, I’m beside myself with anticipation (probably because I’m still hoping for more clues from you. Do pardon my persistent single-minded curiosity about future events). Such a strange period we are in right now, these “pregnant” days of waiting, hesitant or perhaps even immobilized from taking any step forward at all. We wait with bated breath for the storm to break upon us with fury, where we shall then see its form and begin taking the steps we must take. Ah, the suspense is terrible! (“…I hope it will last”)

    What’s on my mind about the period after the Rescue? Things like: Planned Parenthood and abortion? — crushed. Freemasonry? — destroyed. Corrupt political systems? — demolished. Pornography? — irradicated. Islamic terrorism? — defeated. Casino gambling? — ruined. Gay unions? — abolished. Churches? — filled to capacity!! These are just a few of the things on my wish list.

    But I’m probably thinking in the wrong direction, too temporally, so I beg your pardon. These thoughts came while speculating a possible future with my friend Joe. A Bud Light semi drove by us and we wondered if Budweiser might disappear altogether (truly a blessing, in my opinion) and that quality craft beers made the Old World way might spring up instead. Silly, I know, but I’ve got my priorities. Just thinking out loud, perhaps others are thinking along these lines too. I guess many of us need to have something beautiful to look forward too, even if it is just a nice cold beer.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, your thinking is pretty sound. Though I don’t care much for alcohol these days, I don’t think God has any gripe with it, provided it is in moderation. I know when God was physically here with us, He liked His wine enough that the cranks who harassed Him called Him a winebibber.

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      • Believe it or not, I’ve probably had only about 5 beers this year. Don’t get me wrong, I can and do put them away a shot and a pint at a time, but I’m so driven to divert my financial resources to prepping that I’ve got nothing left to drink with. (Actually, I’m also unemployed, which is the real reason for my sobriety — no extra scratch). I probably meet the criteria for alcoholic but can go for long stretches without a sip or even an inkling of desire.

        Although, I must say, one of life’s more wonderful pleasures is that very first sip of beer from a bottle after having finished mowing the lawn on a hot, humid July day! Can I get an Amen?!

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        • Carmelite says:

          Patrick, I agree that Budweiser can disappear, but a cold one after mowing .. that’s nice. Actually, tho’, that beer is way better in a pot of stew :-)) Now, just imagine that after the time of chaos and terror! Comfort food.

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        • Joe says:

          Amen brother! Amen!

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        • Josh in IN says:

          Amen

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        • Katherine says:

          Ha! Amen! I love to grill with a cold Corona in my hand. I actually used to make my own wine, but then I got too busy. I still have all of the equipment, though. I made strawberry mead once. Been dying to try making my own hard cider. There’s a growing trend right now of home breweries. People grow their own hops and craft their own beer from scratch, start to finish. I believe that in the future people will still be able to make these things, but I don’t think that people will making it like back during prohibition: making moonshine out of terrible and dangerous things like wood chips. That can lead to formaldehyde poisoning. I imagine that a world with a renewed sense of the Divine will also have a renewed reverence for these kinds of gifts. So, in other words, if we make things, we will care about the consumer and if we consume things we will respect ourselves and the pleasures we have been blessed with in this life. And that might apply not only to alcohol, but other things in a thriving economy as well. I am not assuming that everything will be perfectly peachy all of the time everywhere, but I am hoping that this will be the prevailing attitude.

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        • Patrick, I have a hunch that the after-storm period is going to be like what I told my First Communion class that heaven will be like . After all their questions such h as “Can I ride a lion?” And ” Will I be able to run faster than my brother?” And “Can I have a cat?” ,Etc. I told them: “Whatever you need to make you happy you will have. Just don’t assume that you will feel the same way about things there that you do here. The things that make you happy here may not be the things that make you happy there.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, flowers, as I occasionally say, we don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. God is not going to change the rules of nature, but give us another chance by transforming our hearts. So I will NOT be encouraging my grandkids to try riding a lion.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Singingflowers, that is sweet and age appropriate response. I taught 7th grade RE and explained to my class who sat in disbelieve and wide-eyed why I would not like to win the lottery. In my old age, I have come to realize that one person’s *happy* is another persons….
            I do desire that the hope that we have for our loved ones could be, “As long as they as holy” and not “happy” per se. I do pray that is what we have to look forward to in the Rescue.

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          • Charlie, I didn’t mean that after the storm the world would turn into something other-worldly like heaven. I meant that after the storm WE would be different and our priorities would change. You simply can’t go through great trials and not be changed by them. I know that children who want to ride lions in Heaven will have much bigger, more profound joys when they get there. But at age 7, these are joys they cannot comprehend. You can’t convince them that their view of heaven is too small. We cannot comprehend what is coming nor who we will be after it is over. Though I am sure there will still be beer (I certainly hope so, anyway!) I think it is also likely we may be saying with an amused wonder “To think I was worried about whether or not I would still have beer!”

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          • charliej373 says:

            Point taken, flowers. Thanks.

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          • Katherine says:

            I love it when kids talk about heaven! I tell my children the same thing when they ask me if Jesus will let them fly in Heaven or something. Just the other day my kids had a rather deep intellectual discussion on whether or not bees could be in heaven if someone wanted. I listened from the kitchen to this hysterical line of conversation . . . they finally concluded that as long as the bees were very large (I fail to see how this is an improvement, but whatever) and no longer carried stingers they would be allowed in heaven if someone wanted them there. So funny! And I agree with you, I think that after the rescue many will realize that they’ve been looking for happiness in the wrong way and in the wrong places. Sort of like how my kids can only imagine happiness within the scope of their experience of life thus far, people lost in this modern culture today can only imagine finding happiness within the scope of their limited experiences. For many the rescue will open the door to a whole different world-view and help to re-orient them as they begin to understand happiness in a new way.

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          • Exactly, Katherine, and you said it so much better than I did. Someone needs big bees in Heaven to complete their happiness? Hmm. I think I see a budding entomologist sitting at your dinner table.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Patrick 🙂 , in Minnesota the weather is crazy. Our winters among the coldest and our summers the hottest and most humid! July was the only time I truly loved having a cold beer- Amen! Alas, I gave up drinking years ago.. yes, I miss that ice cold beer in July!

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          • dianebelvs says:

            Are you in Minnesota? No wonder you’re a snowy owl! I was born and spent my first 30 years or so there! :o)

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Diane, yes! I’m up in more northern area of Mn. Where did you live? (it’s ok if you don’t want to answer that!) We actually do get Snowy Owls that come here when it gets too cold and food gets scarce way up north. 🐹

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          • dianebelvs says:

            Hi Snowy! I was born in Zumbrota, which is in the southern part of the state near Rochester. But when my husband I first got married and had two little girls, we lived up in Aitkin, near Brainerd. Where are you?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Just a little south of Duluth. Northern MN especially up by Superior and the Boundary Waters is just stunningly beautiful! We’re thinking about moving up there…but who knows.My husband is from Oregon- beautiful there too!

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          • dianebelvs says:

            Even though we live in southeastern Wisconsin, we have a business in Ashland, which is not too far from Duluth/Superior! We get up there a couple of times a year. There’s a little coffee house in Ashland that I like! All the best to you Snowy!

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        • janet333 says:

          Amen, Patrick!

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      • gotoJoseph says:

        So after the rescue, the majority of people will live a Christian life with renewed grace to avoid sin (even though concupiscence will still be a reality). If this is true, will the woundedness and scar tissue of so many resulting from life before the rescue still need to addressed and tended to?

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        • leel004 says:

          Joseph, it seems to me that once the period of our personal reflection of sin has been experienced, and Confession saught, there will a specific grace (besides the Sacramental) to help us FULLY understand the love God has for us, a love that will make each of us come to realize that God loves us as IF we were the ONLY one. To overwhelming to out in words!

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        • Beckita says:

          gotojoseph, God is ever-ready to heal our woundedness. I am one who was raised in a lot of turmoil with the commensurate wounds and went on to abuse myself before surrendering to God’s abundant resources of healing: the Sacrament of the Sick, counseling, deliverance, being soaked in prayer (both my own and those praying for and over me and most especially the nuclear powered rays streaming from adoration of our Eucharistic Jesus), and life-giving relationships. Oh how possible and beautiful are the Ways of God Who takes our wounds, our forgiven sins and transforms them into magnificence.

          And all of this will be part of our New Beginning with people who anchor their existence and all within their lives on a foundation of knowing, loving and serving the Center of the Lives: God. I see that this will bear sensitivity to the needs of those around us and people will readily intercede for one another in prayer and deeds.

          I readily envision deeper Godly connections in all our relationships: with self, between spouses, parent-child, among neighbors, co-workers, clerical-laity, etc. Imagine the level of selfishness and narcissism reduced by God’s order being restored and people being raised in homes with a mother and a father, where men are men and women are women. Holy Rescue! That alone will bear magnanimous proportions of proactive healing for life’s hurts. And all the while, we will have a renewed Church with a united flock and holy order restored within the Church where the fullness of truth is consistently preached. Holy Rescue! We will truly be living extraordinary lives because of God’s Goodness embraced and upheld by His people. He never changed – it is we who will change – in our ordinary thoughts, words and deeds.

          God bless you, gotojoseph and all here!

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    • Beckita says:

      Patrick, I love to dream about what is promised and we desire in the spirituality of Living in the Divine Will: Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…

      I also ponder God’s Plan to draw good from the Storm, to draw us back to radical dependence on Him and I think of Pope Blessed Paul VI’s writings on building a Civilization of Love. When we rebuild with that aim and God’s Law as the foundation for human law, AND having lived through a Storm of epic proportions born of a wretched level of sinfulness, I cannot fathom any response but widespread abundance of good will and unending prayers of gratitude with great effort exerted to be faithful to Abba, Our Father Who keeps His Promises. (One of my favorite Scott Hahn books is entitled: A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture)

      I believe this community is already running into Abba’s Arms and He, Who created us and sustains us from Pure Love, at the core of our relationship with Him wishes to Love and be loved cannot contain His Holy Tears.

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      • Thank you, Beckita. Your reply is the spiritual complement to my temporal musings. (I had the easier task). Joe, articulates exactly what’s been on my mind about one group of sins plaguing many men and women, and you answer that we will have such a love and gratitude toward God that to sin would be nearly inconceivable. Yes, a heaven on earth. Thanks.

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        • Beckita says:

          Well, Patrick, I’m praying so… Can you imagine what it will be like to be one flock under one shepherd?! Unity between husband and wife certainly create security, peace and harmony in a family, deeply affecting the children. The Family of Man united with God at the center of worship will surely bear all manner of good fruit. Thank you, Patrick!

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    • Joe says:

      This is one thing that I wonder about; we have pornographic videos, songs, etc. strewn all over the Internet, but if our technology stays, don’t we still have access to those? Or is it that the temptation to sin is not near as great as it is now?
      Charlie, i do understand these are merely musings, but as someone who struggles with sins of the flesh, i would be greatly relieved with the limited temptations. I realize the fruit of mastering those sins in the current situation, but I tend to fail at those opportunities to grow in Love. It would be nice to know that I may not fail as much 😀

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      • charliej373 says:

        I am going to write about that sometime, Joe. I have been surprised to find how serious a problem pornography is over the last year. Many people have talked to me about how they struggle with it – and I am talking about solid, notably good men. But I am thinking of how to speak of it in a way that helps people to get past it.

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        • gdallaire1 says:

          As someone who has struggled with pornography at times, I would like to see you write an article dealing with this issue Charlie. While the internet and information age has brought some great advantages, surely one of the greatest disadvantages for many people is the frequent temptations brought about through the ever so prevalent impure images and links which one finds on very many websites. For a person who struggles with impurity, the images on so many websites are a “juicy steak just dangling on the table”, and then from there the pornography websites are only one click away.

          As for myself, I have learned though that while one may fall at times in this area, the key is to get right back up again, call upon God’s mercy, and make a firm intention to try again anew in the battle against impurity and temptation.
          Glenn Dallaire

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was on my pilgrimage, at a Church in Mississippi. I went to confession with an Irish Priest (with a thick brogue – all the Priests I met in Mississippi were Irish immigrants. There must be some deal there!) Anyway, I confessed I had been guilty of impure thoughts. He called me up short…asked me had I gone looking for it. I said no, but it was difficult not to have them in this time. He told me it is sin, but there is a difference in the culpability involved when you go out looking for sin and when it comes banging into your door uninvited. He encouraged me to go a little easier on myself, and spend more time praying for a change in the culture that assaults us with sin and the near occasion of it any time. I am thinking about how to address it in a way that gives people tools to turn the tide.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, Dawn Hawkins and The National Center On Sexual Exploitation having been doing amazing work in this arena. They had a hand last week in Utah becoming the first state in the country to declare pornography a public health crisis.
            http://endsexualexploitation.org/people/dawnhawkins-2/

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          • Beckita says:

            Love this idea, Charlie. Praying for your writing.

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          • Thanks for your viewpoint, Glenn. It’s a tough and awkward subject for us guys (and a handful of women too). In that video below, the speaker said the accumulation of neurotransmitters in the binge/crave cycle actually makes men HYPERsensitive to even mild, suggestive images. I’ve noticed even a tiny image can trigger something immediate and deep, and then, like you say, the graphic and more stimulating sites are an easy click away. And so the binge/crave cycle continues. It’s insidious.

            If I fall after fighting it for days, I get back up ASAP. I push aside that urge to get angry with myself over my weakness. I dismiss that voice that says, “You’re no longer in a state of grace and confession is two days away, so why stop now?” (Is that “presumption”, YD?) This is truly a battle ground for many, and where so many good brethren fall. Of the 4,000 following this blog, if half are men, then an estimated 1,340 are in this struggle to some degree.
            (http://www.provenmen.org/2014pornsurvey/pornography-use-and-addiction/)
            (http://www.covenanteyes.com/2013/02/19/pornography-statistics/)

            I told my confessor how I hate having to cross my chest and skip receiving communion because it’s frankly embarrassing — how many mortal sins besides concupiscence are even likely? He said they did the same thing in seminary — if a young man had to skip communion, the others would snicker, “Hmmm. Guess what he did last night!”

            Ah, but I thank God for the sacrament of reconciliation and returning to the Lord’s table. A priest once asked me what was supposed to be an unanswerable question: “When does Jesus love you the most?” After pondering it intently for 15 minutes, the answer was suddenly handed to me from above: “When I come to Him in confession.”

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Patrick, and all the men here who have come into the Light, bearing witness to God’s Mercy in these days so saturated in pornography. Even four years ago, reports were coming forth which noted that 30% of women are also caught in the snares of this addiction: http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=17268

            I have come to really appreciate the work of Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. She’s an evangelical Christian whose theology, which is intertwined in her work, is certainly not 100% Catholic, but the majority of it is right on target. I’m convinced God has blessed her work and thereby blessed us with concepts of how to tap into the neuroplasticity of the brain to make lasting behavioral changes.

            For the last ten years, I have bumped into this fact, again and again: according to research, each and every thought changes our DNA. Caroline proposes we are actually designed to be addicted… to God. It does take effort but it is possible with God’s Grace to rebuild our thinking patterns. Dr. Leaf has videos of talks in which she presents her ideas that are all over the internet.

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          • Speaking of Irish priests with a b r o g u e, one of my favorite such elderly priests was trying to get across what Charlie was told. He said a penitent in confession told the priest he had an episode of impure thoughts. Trying to gauge the level of culpability, the priest asked “Did you entertain these thoughts?” The man answered “No, Father, I didn’t. (Pause) But they entertained me!” Father went on to offer this wise guidance: When these thoughts enter our heads they often do so u n b I d d e n, gradually, and they roll around in the back of our minds for a bit. “This is a temptation” he said “And temptation is not a sin. But when it suddenly bursts into your consciousness that you are thinking something you are not supposed to be thinking, that is the moment of decision. After that, if you DECIDE to continue thinking about it, you are now committing a sin. If, on the other hand, you dismiss it and turn you mind to something else you have just won a victory over temptation.”

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      • Thanks for your candor, Joe. I’m with you on this as one of millions of Christian men trying desperately to do the right thing and live in purity. Wouldn’t it be easier not to be tempted at every turn? Ordinary websites with girls in bikinis, sexy billboard ads, suggestive TV commercials, raunchy hip hop vids — even the women provocatively dressed at the store — just to whet the appetite and get the primal wheels turning (again). It’s everywhere we look.

        Pornography is a scourge that leads to behehavior that causes a highly addictive dopamine dump in our brains. Here’s a brief and humorous TED talk on the subject:

        St. Francis of Assisi used to say: “As it is not possible for a person to walk barefooted over burning coals without being burnt, so it is impossible for a person to keep his heart pure if he does not guard his eyes with extreme vigilance. As the eye, so is the heart.”

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    • janet333 says:

      “Charlie, I long to read your upcoming piece on what the world will be like after the Storm. I believe that it will be invaluable for helping us weather and navigate through it by giving us a sense of what the period after the Rescue will be like. Frankly, I’m beside myself with anticipation (probably because I’m still hoping for more clues from you. ”

      I feel the same… but I’m glad it was you who asked this Patrick….haha. 🙂

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  18. zjfiori says:

    talk softly but carry a big stick.

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  19. Alana says:

    Hi Charlie, I have been reading your blog and listening to talks you have given, and greatly respect and admire your honesty, and humility. I do have one question, if you don’t mind answering. I have heard you continuously talk about the Rescue, which has filled me with even greater hope, during these tumultuous times, but I have never heard you say that you actually know either ewhat the Rescue entails or of what it actually comprised and entails. I know that you cannot tell us, as you have been instructed by your 3 priests to keep silent on this matter. I am not asking you to disclose what the Rescue is, but would like to know, do you know what Our Lady will actually do in the Rescue? Do you know what the Rescue is? Thank you, and God bless you for all that you do. You and Mark have confirmed what the Holy Spirit has shown me about our Pope, that he will not fail us by deliberately turning against our Holy Catholic Church. I continue to pray for our Pope, and our Shepards, and trusting in Jesus’s promise that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church. I do have to ask, although I don’t believe any of the non-sense about Pope Francis being the false prophet, can you tell me your opinion on the many accounts of Saints and Mystics in the Church who speak of a false Pope (not canonically elected, of course), and a Destroyer? Just wondering what your take is on these private revelations. Thank you, again.
    Warmest blessings,
    Alana

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have written that the Rescue will be the visible and miraculous rescue of all of us by Our Lady as the Immaculate Conception. That is all that is needful. I am working on a piece that includes something of the world after rescue, but it is sparse. It is my calling to help get people safely there; it is the work of others to deal with things in the aftermath.

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Alana..Many claim the prophecy is a forgery.. and some say this prophecy was fulfilled after the election of Urban VI, which sparked the Great schism..but even if it was meant for our times the “Destroyer,” as you say, will not be a canonically elected pope. So we know beyond any doubt that the so-called prophecy is not referring to Francis because he was canonically elected. However, It hasn’t convinced the anti-pope brigade, who insist that Pope Francis is not a true pastor, but a destroyer. They will know the truth soon enough!

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  20. Jose says:

    Charlie,
    Do you have a piece on the world after the Rescue that you are working on?
    I was thinking about this today and I ran into a blog that had a piece essentially saying that (I paraphrase and summarize the main idea in my own words):

    “A converted world does NOT mean that most people will become good or friends with God. It means that everyone will admit that God exists, that Jesus is God, that the Catholic faith is true. But even demons believe all these things and tremble, and yet they remain wicked and are not friends with God.”

    When I read this I became a bit sad because I was hoping (I am still hoping) that the Rescue meant that most people would not only believe in God but also become good and friends with God. Will you elaborate on the world after the Rescue on a future piece?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am working on it. I honestly think most people will become ‘friends of God,’ but the writer is absolutely correct that free will is not going to be revoked. Thus some, will be hideously resentful that they were wrong and remain defiant.

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      • Beckita says:

        Oh the mystery of human free will! No wonder Our Lady of Fatima sought prayer and sacrifice for sinners: “Many souls go to Hell because no one is willing to make sacrifices for them.”

        Our Lady of Fatima did promise a Period of Peace. I ponder what kind of Triumph there can be for Our Mother’s Immaculate Heart if the majority do not respond and convert. Her Heart is so expansive that she loves each of us AS MUCH AS she loves her Son.

        A fine scholarly work on the Era of Peace and Glory is written by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi and encompasses the writings of Church Fathers, Doctors, and 20th Century Mystics;
        http://www.amazon.com/Splendor-Creation-Rev-Joseph-Iannuzzi/dp/1891903330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461473834&sr=8-1&keywords=the+splendor+of+creation

        From an extensive scholarly study, Fr. Joe makes the case for a most beautiful world after the Rescue, albeit as Charlie has conveyed: We don’t actually get Heaven until we get Heaven.

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Nicely said Beckita and good reference to Fr. Iannuzzi. Heaven is Heaven but the kingdom of Heaven begins in your heart, today . . . At this moment. It increases in size the more one opens to God. It is like a Divine Sun glowing in my heart. At times I believe that our dear Lord shines so much that even others around you can feel this Divine Sun (Son) and you don’t even have to say a word. In fact, it is times like that that I am reduced to silence but the joy is immense.

          Jesus said, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17:21

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Robert, with plenty of Alleluias!

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          • Nancy D says:

            “I believe that our dear Lord shines so much that even others around you can feel this Divine Sun. . .and you don’t even have to say a word.” This truth came to me recently as a consolation, when I was feeling sad that I am such a failure as an “evangelist”. My idea of evangelization was actually limited to the idea that it involves “witnessing” (with words) or “giving testimony” (with words). I know that Jesus shines in me and through me, and I have seen the effects of His radiance on certain people in my life. So now I feel happy that He is reaching out and touching people with my heart, not my words. Yes, those times reduce me to joyful silence.

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            “Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” II Peter 1:19

            ” . . .just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.” Rev 2:28

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        • Alana says:

          Hi, Thank you for recommending Fr. Iannuzzi’s book. I have read his book entitled The Triumph of God’s Kingdom in the Millennium and End Times, which talks about an Era of peace, and he relies solely on Scripture and what the Fathers and Doctors have said. It is a very sound, and beautiful piece, and fills me with great hope on what is to come. Have you read this one? It sounds similar to the one that you recommended. Just wondering if I should also get the one that you recommended, as well. We are a one income, family of 7, so every nickel counts, so, if you have read the book about which I have spoken, could you please tell me if they are almost identical.

          It seems the only difference may be that he relies on the Mystics of the Church to further support his thesis in the Splendor of Creation, as well as the Scriptures, and Church Fathers and Doctors, but I am not certain if the reference to mystics is the only difference, so I am seeking guidance from you, if you have any to offer. If the Rescue is the Warning, or Illumination of Conscience, and the sign at Medjugorje and Garbandal, it beautifully ties in with the sequence of events portrayed in The Triumph of God’s Kingdom. There will be an amazing time for the Church! Then, according to the events foretold in Fr. Iannuzzi’s interpretation, supported by many Church Father’s and Doctors, and the Scriptures, after the revival in the Church, after the Warning, or Illumination, there will come more trials and tribulations.

          If Fr. Iannuzzi is correct in what he states, then I believe that the Warning will prepare us, as believers, for the difficult times ahead. This also follows the sequence of the Book of Revelation, by which this interpretation of Fr. Iannuzzi’s book, is highly supported. I believe that there will be a time of a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit after the Warning, a new Pentecost, and it will be an amazing time for the Church.

          Fr. Iannuzzi’s interpretation of the sequence of events is also supported by the secrets of Medjugorje. We don’t know what the secrets actually are, but we do know some information about the first three secrets.The first 2 secrets are admonitions, or warnings, and the 3rd is the visible sign in Medjugorje. I believe that the the Illumination of Conscience (the Warning) is one of the first 2 secrets of Medjugorje, and then the sign of the 3rd secret will be fulfilled afterwards. This also ties in with the revelations given during the apparitions of Our Lady of Garabandel, which also speaks of a Warning, and a permanent sign. I believe it is most likely possible that the Rescue about which Charlie speaks, is the Warning, or Illumination, and a part of the Rescue will also be the appearance of the permanent signs in Medjugorje and Garabandel, but this is purely speculation, on my part. Either way, we are to be hopeful that Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord will rescue us in dark times.

          After the Rescue, it will be both chaotic and amazing, but then we still have the fulfillment of much more of the Book of Revelations prior to the Era of Peace and the fulfillment of Living in the Divine Will during the Era of Peace. There will be people filling the Churches and hungry for answers, and in need of help to know who Jesus is. This is where the priests will be taxed, and we, the lay people, will have to step up to the plate. I believe we will witness, and partake in, incredible miracles of healing, conversion, etc. All will know Jesus exists, and is the one, True God, but many will know little about who He is, and will desire to get to know about Him, and get to personally know Him. This is also is in line with Fr. Iannuzzi’s sequence of events, as well as the progression of the secrets of Medjugorje. I will further explain.

          If, when the Rescue comes to pass, the first 3 secrets of Medjugorje are fulfilled, then we still, at some point, need to deal with the fulfillment of the rest of the secrets of Medjugorje (which include great chastisements) at some point, during our lifetime. Mirijana, who knows all of the dates of all of the secrets, said that they will be all fulfilled in her lifetime. All of them, and she is in her 50s, So, we have the first 2 secrets as Warnings, the third secret is the permanent sign, and then we have 7 other secrets, some good and some terrible chastisements (the seers have said that secrets 7-10 are terrible chastisements, progressively worsening). Then, there will be the Era of Peace with everyone living in the Divine Will. The progression of events, as explained by Fr. Iannuzzi, and supported by Scripture, the Church Father’s and Doctors, supports the sequence of the secrets of Medjugorje. I am not saying that Fr. Iannuzzi;s interpretation proves authenticity of Medjugorje, but simply, that the sequence of the secrets of Medjugorje similarly reflect the sequences of events Father tells us about, in his book The Triumph of the Kingdom…

          Mark Mallet also believes and supports the sequence of events in Fr. Iannuzzi’s book, as it perfectly aligns to the Scriptures, and are consistent with what many Church Father’s have stated.

          In the recent past, there were so many things the Lord was showing me. For some time, I laid the sequence of events aside, and just dug my heels into an even deeper prayer life, taking the focus off of the external events to come. Lately, the Lord has been showing me things that confirm what he has shown me in the past. I believe that things will happen very similarly as explained by Father Iannuzzi. I know nothing for certain. God does this to keep us humble. God is the only one who knows for certain, but it is up to us to keep our eyes focused on Him, and it is imperative we heed Charlie’s advice to take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. 🙂

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        • Mack says:

          I’m only speculating, but I think after the Rescue the power of the satan will be broken and the demons cast back into the abyss. It’s like now God has permitted the demons to wreak more evil, for mysterious reasons, but then that will be withdrawn. That by itself will go a LONG way toward righting what’s wrong with the world.

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  21. Anne says:

    It is worth reading Malletts The Smoldering Candle again… Both parts. People rush towards the artificial light in their blindness… Hmm… USA election.

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  22. Josh in IN says:

    Charlie,

    Regarding AL and divorced/remarried communion, something keeps coming to mind and the more I think about it, the more I see it. It may be way off, but I figure this is a good place to see if it’s possible or just wishful/crazy thinking.

    We know AL creates an opening for communion for the remarried without changing the teaching on either marriage or communion. Interpretative differences and fears of enabling sacramental abuse aside (some of which I find very reasonable), that nothing fundamental has changed seems clear. Certainly, this opening was made in a spirit of mercy towards the millions of Catholics living in these situations. But what if it is also intentionally part of his ecumenical efforts, especially with the Orthodox? The only significant difference I can think of in understandings of the moral life between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches (and “o”rthodox churches (please no one correct me with “ecclesial communities” 😉) is the teaching on marriage. Reunification (which you say is very, very near and man do I hope you’re right–I’d love to go to church with my parents and siblings again) would require some accommodation of practice on this. The idea that all Orthodox and orthodox remarriages undertaken in good faith would be declared null en masse upon reunification seems absurd. But it’s also absurd that the unified church will adopt the O/o-rthodox position and allow remarriages. AL’s opening to a priest-guided, prayerful, penitential way to communion seems like a perfect bridge…maybe too perfect to be a coincidence?

    I am not implying AL was written to woo the O/o-rthodox. It was obviously first and foremost about Catholics and for Catholics. Of course. But I bet history will mark this as an ecumenical turning point. Is this nuts? I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again, so saying, “Yes. Nuts.” won’t hurt my feelings.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think it’s quite right, Josh, but I think it is a useful line of contemplation. The things that are ahead, mostly good but some labor pains, are so big that it boggles the mind to think how they can be accomplished. Accomplished they will be – in full fidelity to the Deposit of Faith. But boy, don’t ask me to explain how, precisely, it will be accomplished.

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      • janet333 says:

        “Accomplished they will be – in full fidelity to the Deposit of Faith. ”

        So no worries there Josh. 🙂

        When the reunification comes..and come it must in the era of peace….. all differences will be straightened out by God. With God all things are possible!

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      • Josh in IN says:

        Fair enough. I appreciate the reply. Thanks.

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  23. Jennifer says:

    I appreciate that the critical posts were allowed. Seems healthy and honest to me. I must say thought it is super easy to distort Charlie’s words. I’ve misunderstood. I think in our hearts we know that things are beyond wierd. This causes us to have to process that wierdness and what it means, or not. Some choose to stick their head in the sand. In our hearts we are challenged about who God is. Is he “punishing” or “allowing?? Are we personally at peace with God? Do we have a relationship with Him? Are we at peace with others? It’s hard. Emotions are involved and maybe we misunderstand or unintentionally distort things. Listening to Charlie is like going to the doctor to get the results of really serious tests. You NEVER go alone because if its bad news you might not be able to get your head around it. You might hear the word cancer and shut down. Maybe you don’t hear anything about the recommended treatment or the prognosis. We all have our triggers, or scenarios that we can’t deal with. It’s our spiritual “rock bottom” where we are forced to admit that we don’t have the answers and we can’t save our own souls. To think that we could continue with the status quo economicly, spiritually, geo- politically etc is more dangerous than considering Charlie’s writings. We will know soon enough if Charlie’s work is prophetic because he has given us the material to test him on and educated us on how to apply the criteria the church sets out. Most false prophets would at this point cast doubt on the churches authority or appeal to some false sense of loyalty. Or they speak in abstract, flowery words so as not to be pinned down. In this case, the words are plain, even if we sometimes conjure up diffetent images, or scenarios. Either Obama will finish his term or not. As for me, regardless of what happens I intend to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to others.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is the right take, Jennifer. I have given far fewer specific events than many people think I have, but those few have been big ones. I constantly emphasize that the important thing is what we are called to do, rather than knowing details of what will happen. Yet on those specifics I have given, they are important not in themselves, but because of the timing of them. You see, it is not important that anyone knows that Obama will not complete his term. But it will come as things are getting very dark, so it is very important when it comes that it gives credibility to my assurance of Rescue, for then people will need bucking up to help them continue to soldier on. Even this piece is calculated to be a sign of hope at a time when people need it a lot.

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  24. Dan Lynch says:

    Yes, Charlie, I am, as you wrote, “zealous for doctrinal clarity and purity.” However, who is not?

    My particular concern at this time is that the pastoral approach of Pope Francis to open the door for Holy Communion for those living in a divorced and remarried situation without benefit of annulment is directly contrary to the approach of Saint John Paul II. This will increase sacrilegious Communions and further weaken the Church.

    Moreover, Pope Francis neither mentions nor reaffirms the doctrinal positions of his immediate predecessors, Cardinal Ratzinger and St. John Paul II, as your readers will see if you choose to publish my article.

    By the way, I don’t think that Chuck was trying to be a wise guy by calling you “Chuck.” He called you Charlie throughout his comment and I think that he signed his own name Chuck at the end of his article and did not refer to you as Chuck. And someone called me sensitive! (Smile).

    In Jesus,
    Dan

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    “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

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    • janet333 says:

      Hi Dan,

      The internal forum solution is not a new idea. “In 1973, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith admitted a reception of the sacraments through a decision “in the internal forum,” meaning a decision of conscience that was approved by one’s confessor.

      The congregation did not cease addressing the problem. In 1998, a paper signed by Cardinal Ratzinger was released. The document by the future Pope Benedict XVI was little known until Nov. 30, 2011, when L’Osservatore Romano republished it, supplemented with a footnote presenting Benedict XVI’s remarks on the issue to the clergy of the Diocese of Aosta on July 25, 2005.

      The footnote is important, since it concerns one of the points on which Benedict XVI maintained that an exception might be opened to the general ban on Communion.

      The innovations Benedict XVI considered were two: the possible expansion of the canonical recognition of the nullity of marriages celebrated “without faith” by at least one of the spouses, although baptized; and the possible recourse to a decision “in the internal forum” to receive Communion by a divorced and remarried Catholic if the lack of recognition of the nullity of his previous marriage (because of a verdict believed to be erroneous or because of the procedural impossibility of proving its nullity) were to contrast with the individual’s firm conviction of conscience that that marriage was objectively null.

      This emphasis on the primacy of conscience is part of a long and continuous Catholic tradition. Almost 800 years ago Saint Thomas Aquinas taught that if one has carefully considered all options and believes in good conscience that one must do a certain act or refrain from doing a certain act then it is a sin not to follow the command of one’s conscience..” (The Tablet) (Pope Benedict XVI [then Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger], Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II, ed. Vorgrimler, 1968, on Gaudium et spes, part 1,chapter 1.).

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      • YongDuk says:

        Ha! Good for Pope BenedictXVI! I have been saying this all along, but no one ever listens to me… or was I being a Prairie Dog and merely sharing this behind the scenes?

        Biscuits, that was my Msgr friend who said what you quoted me as saying, but that was in regards to Artificial Contraception.

        Back to what was being said, it all has to do with the internal forum and not that many couples are honestly interested in entering that level of spirituality or interaction with the Church or the Parish life; therefore, the issue is fairly moot for most couples. However, for the couples that are interested, there is great hope. It is not an automatic procedure, but nor is it inflexible. That is why it is put in context of the CCC sections that it is. Again, for those reading this or interested, look at those section and ponder why… It should jump out at you, as it did me without having to pick up the CCC and I hardly have the CCC memorised, but having taught and formed people I recognised the contexts immediately (and that is not to praise myself, but to give pause to those quick to have reacted [that is not pointed at anyone here, I mean that in general]). I see it as the Good Will intent in addition to the above with Pope Benedict.

        “Squirrel!”

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    • Beckita says:

      “My particular concern at this time is that the pastoral approach of Pope Francis to open the door for Holy Communion for those living in a divorced and remarried situation without benefit of annulment is directly contrary to the approach of Saint John Paul II. This will increase sacrilegious Communions and further weaken the Church.”

      As I’ve continued to read and ponder, Dan, I believe the pastoral approach being fostered by Pope Francis is to encourage clergy to take time with couples to discuss and discover exactly what people in “irregular” unions sincerely know about Church teachings, determine the individual circumstances leading to their current status, and explore possible Church-sanctioned ways, fully respecting dogma and doctrine, to correct what is awry.

      We know from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1857 there are clear conditions for mortal sin. We also know the Church has been through, and continues to suffer, a confusing time where, for years, priests and bishops have taught heresy from the pulpits and have advised couples to use their own conscience in such matters as deciding about contraception in addition to watering down or attempting to bend the teaching on additional moral matters. The existing confusion crested in the very midst of the tireless affirmation of doctrine and dogma via the clear teaching of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict.

      Now, God is doing something new in Pope Francis: I see that Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is moving His brother priests to pastoral practices which must be accomplished as the foundational teachings of doctrine and dogma are upheld. Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has called on the clergy to cast off clericalism, get out of the office and go, go, go to the sinners, in persona Christi.

      It’s difficult for us to imagine there are people who do not know what the Church teaches but there truly are. YD captured this reality perfectly: “They are oblivious to the issues and oblivious to their obliviousness.” It may well be that in most cases the only solution to come back to the sacraments would be to live as brother and sister. What I see Pope Francis conveying is don’t go by the same ways of simply proclaiming the truth without taking the time to truly and duly discern which complexities can be worked through in a way upheld by the Teaching Magisterium.

      Now, can this document be abused? Most surely it can. Sadly, this has been the case since Vatican II: Misinterpretation and outright heresies have abounded. I believe even if Pope Francis had not included those sections which urge pastors to become missionaries to the couples in trouble, those who have issues with obedience would have kept right on doing what they’ve been doing for years.

      God is also doing something new in you and me. He is asking each of us who have worked tirelessly defending Him, His Church and His Teachings, to trust Him in what His Vicar is doing by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever and it was Jesus, Himself, Who told us in the Gospel:
      “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ” (Matthew 16:18) Francis has been validly elected to be Peter.

      Now that Charlie conveys we are in the fullness of the Storm, we can expect to see more and more intensity of chaos, confusion and division as we make our way through these treacherous waters on the Barque of Peter, with rosaries in hand and hearts focused on our Eucharistic Jesus.

      God bless you, Dan.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Thank you Beckita. I understand this in a better light. I thought that’s what was happening a better understanding of and it seems a mature understanding of marriage.

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      • janet333 says:

        Well said Beckita…I’m at a loss to understand why some can’t see what we see! I haven’t the learning of many in here. I just about manage to string my words together, but even I can understand AL. 😦

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        • Beckita says:

          “…I’m at a loss to understand why some can’t see what we see!” Janet, I observe at the root of it some misinterpretation and misinformation as well as a LOT of fear that the process could be abused, thus people do not wish to accept Pope Francis’ pastoral style.

          I’m also monitoring how the writings of those who challenge the Holy Father’s approach will contribute to folks jumping ship at a time when it’s critical to remain on board. Praying much in these days right along with this family here.

          You write very well, Janet, as evidenced all over this blog. Thank you.

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  25. Simone says:

    Thank you, Charlie. 🙂

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  26. Joanne N says:

    Several years ago while being pretty much a news junky, I stopped at my front door, looked up to Heaven and thought – Lord, do you see what is happening here? Do you see what has happened to Truth? You need to come. This was before I had any knowledge of the Storm. I mean you couldn’t miss it but I didn’t have a name for it until I read CJ. I was torn by the worry for this country and my church. So when Francis was elected, I stood back and watched and read with apprehension and contemplation. I was trying to gel it with the church of my upbringing and some of the nonsense within it that I was quite aware of i.e. Obama at Notre Dame and even most recently Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood at Georgetown. Most of this is out of my control. I’m only one – a letter here and there in protest – not much power. So somewhere along the way, I decided I wasn’t much of a Catholic, and so, worked my way back through the Sacraments and the Rosary. I needed to change me first. I decided that there were little corners of the world I could help, my immediate family, long lost cousins and friends, small charities that I know positively effect the right step. So, my first right step was to trust in the Lord and His love of us all.

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  27. SanSan says:

    Just something different to ponder……………….after returning from Holy Week and Easter in Italy, learning more about St. Francis, St. Rita, St. Benedict, St. Anthony, the miracles in Lanciano and Manopello, we decided to read and watch DVDs on each of these saints to learn more.

    Talk about “storms”–each of our saints lived through storms of one type or another and found amazing peace. They all survived because of their utter dependence, obedience, surrender and love of our Lord. As for the awesome miracles…..that’s just the highest form of love God has for His creatures.

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  28. victura98 says:

    I’ve noticed so many commenters want to dismiss Charlie and the entire Next Right Step message by juxtaposing it against the impossible standard of utter and complete inerrancy. Such people should recognize that Catholics do not approach (any!) private revelation as they approach the Scriptures and the Tradition. Only the Deposit of Faith will be the flawless gemstone, the perfect revelation of the Father. Thus it is perfectly fine–and in fact should be expected–that private revelations could contain some errors. Would anyone here trust God any less if Obama finishes his term? Or if this Christmas was merrier than last year’s? If so, then they have mistaken Charlie for God. (And that is quite a problem! :)) We should trust this message the same as the Catholic Church trusts any private revelation: based on its adherence to the truth already found in the Deposit of Faith. Here’s the truth I had forgotten (despite the fact that it is all over the Scriptures) and re-discovered here in these pages: God will rescue his people. Never lose hope in Him. Share this hope with others. These things stand true whether Obama is in the White House, or not.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Father. As I explained in this piece, some things can change, others are set. It is tough, but I have been trained all my lifetime and am expected to have a fair hand at telling the difference. The business about Obama not finishing his full term is one of the things that I submit as absolute…and one that I stake credibility on.

      One of the officials examining me asked how I would respond if this failed. I responded that he had the archives and knows I have been fundamentally right, including on the overall timing and consistent on the business of late 2017 for almost 20 years. I have to presume the rest is right, but I, too, can’t be sure of that. But a guy like me can never know with certainty (I think that might even constitute a certain presumption), yet to give solid hope, I have to state things boldly, the way I have been trained – and the way that has been accurate up until now. But I also have been careful, knowing that God is infallible but I am all too fallible, so I worked when I knew I would ultimately have to go public with these things, to put real safeguards in place (the spiritual directors, complete obedience on faith and morals to my proper superiors, including my Archbishop) while speaking in a manner that would accomplish some good and be sound even if I ultimately was wrong about a fundamental point after getting it right most all my life.

      Unfortunately, all manner of people set absurd – and sometimes arbitrary – standards for judging these things that are neither Biblically nor Scripturally grounded. Strange thing is, the people who are most bombastic in setting these false standards of discernment often go chasing off after some nut. A paradox there of some sort. I am grateful that when the Church examines, it uses sound standards, even if occasionally misapplying those standards, as was the case for a while with the view of St. Padre Pio and of St. Faustina’s Diary.

      But by gum, I will soldier on, proclaiming acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope – while insisting that we participate now in preparing the way for the Rescue that will come late in 2017.

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      • Thanks! We had Obama at ND, a profuse defense of Sandra Flute from the President of G’town and now Ms. Roberts speaking there. Nothing like the furor I have seen in trying to stop what you have to say seems to shut those voices down.
        Look forward to meeting you.

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      • Louis Cote of Belleville, ON says:

        I have heard you say that Obama will not finish his term of office… What I just thought of, is that I should pray for him — surely, this will be his own personal storm. And the USA will follow.
        Well, that’s sobering! Let us remember that Jesus also experienced a storm. As the Head goes, so the Mystical Body of Christ must follow.
        Holding you, Charlie, and each other in prayer.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you so much for your FIAT and foresight and for soldiering on, Charlie. God needed someone to fulfill this prophetic role of His Perfect Plan. HE could have chosen someone else but HE didn’t. You could have said, “No thank you.” but you didn’t.

        Even with all you’ve been shown and all your training, I see how critical is the discernment piece ever at work in what you think, say and do, for your role is one of prophet at God’s service and bidding. Really, castigating the prophet is a smack at God.

        We humans can be famous for projecting fear and anger onto someone or something else to a degree that we end up attempting to control people, things, events and even God Himself. Oh there is an incredible amount of fear, anger and wrestling to control in our world right now! By God’s Grace, we’re with you in the soldiering on, Charlie.

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      • Mark says:

        Actually Obama not finishing his term isn’t nearly as shockingly miraculous as his future full conversion. Now that speaks to the future rescue!

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  29. Julia says:

    Another beautiful Christ centred piece by Charlie.

    I think, if I were to call the Three Popes of the end times, the Three Wise Men; I can’t help but wonder of Charlie is a type of Saint John. Faithful and beloved of our Saviour.

    Mind you, there is a bit of saint Paul in you too. He he he. At times sharp and to the point.

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  30. Cindy Baca says:

    I don’t understand, must be me. I have no feelings for Pope Francis, one way or another, he is there as Pope. I just look at the Tabernancle or Exposed Blessed Sacrament for my guidance. Thank you Priests for giving boring homily’s then for 15 20 minutes I gaze and speak with Jesus, in the Tabernacle. The other night being so sick and not being able to sleep, I realized how rich and wealthy we really are. Yes, I would like more money to buy I dunno 5 more pair of shoes, or finish paying off that extra bill. WE as a Catholic people are wealthy. God, gives us the money we need to pay our bills, have a roof over our head, gas to put in the car and those who really want to spend an extra few minutes with Jesus during the week in Church. This coming this storm I cannot express to my husband, as he does not understand, oh the blinders of satan. My 1 son who is a non dominational Christian, I tell him he will be the first one back into the Catholic Church, and we sorta disagree, but he literally takes the Bible for what it says, but he was raised different, he will find out. I got one that does not belive in God anymore, well I have warned him and they don’t believe. They will be believing. I’m never one to say told you so. All I know I will be blind but, as long as I will be able to walk 1 mile to my Catholic Church and spend time I will be okay. We have so many prayers to pull from, when times get tough. Remember we are rich and wealthy and we are gonna pull thru okay

    Well, I’m gonna be late for 10 am mass
    Thank you Charlie

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  31. I’m posting like a madman — guess I’m in one of those moods. This came up on Drudge, that Michele Obama’s favorite role model, Beyoncé, spoke the following introductory words in her latest turd of a video (Warning – graphic language):

    “I fasted for sixty days, wore white, abstained from mirrors, abstained from sex, slowly did not speak another word….

    “Confessed my sins and was baptized in a river, got on my knees and said, “Amen” and said “I mean.” I whipped my own back and asked for dominion at your feet. I threw myself in a volcano. I drank the blood and drank the wine…I crossed myself and thought I saw the devil.

    —> “I bathed in bleach and plugged my menses with pages from the holy book (video shows the Holy Bible floating in water at that moment), but still inside me coiled deep was the need to know
    Are you cheating on me?” Then she walks around in slo-mo with her cleavage and gets violent.

    This is the pinnacle of American role models today. Uncensored, explicit, anti-Christian trash designed to poison children and adults, to confuse and confound, to blur truth with lies, and to keep our churches empty. “Her” lyrics are largely gibberish, but only the satan — the common author of all such twisted messages in videos, music, and movies — would go to the trouble to steal elements from our sacred Catholic Church which are utterly irrelevant to the video itself — and mix them with filth for mass consumption.

    Nothing new here; I know you already know of the prevalence of the devil’s handiwork in our world, although I was a bit shocked by that last graphic part — heck, it’s not even remotely subtle. I am also deeply concerned that this woman may well be possessed outright, as some have speculated, although such occurrences are relatively rare. Not my call, but it doesn’t look good for her. Right now, she is working as a preacher for the evil one, and her enamored congregation is listening closely to her every word, consciously or otherwise.

    So this is why we pray so fervently and so often, because our world is saturated with evil.

    Come Lord Jesus, soon! Save us and save our children! Shield us through life, Blessed Mary!
    Lord, have mercy on those who commit these sacrileges against you and your Blessed Mother!

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    • Jose says:

      This is an informative summary. I certainly saw it in Drudge but I had no interest of clicking on it, as I do not get a good vibe at all about Beyoncé lately (last 2-3 years). Sometimes seeing some of my friends (or former friends) and family members thoroughly enjoy this kind of darkness (or worse) causes me anxiety and distress, sometimes even what can be considered a mild degree of depression. But I have to continue reminding myself that God will soon put an end to it all. The waiting on the Lord to intervene sometimes feels like a burden as well, but soon enough. Just soon enough…

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for posting this, Patrick. It brings a focus for prayer. It will also be a perfect “before” comment to compare with our upcoming “after” comments.

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    • janet333 says:

      Prayers for these people, Patrick. That’s all we can do. 😦

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  32. Dawn says:

    For the record, and this is my last post because I don’t seem to be getting the message across at all, I am not at all commenting on whether or not Charlie’s messages are valid. I am making no argument on the discernment of private revelations in relation to Charlie at all. I assume he is getting messages from heaven; he says he has several priests working with him as spiritual directors helping him in the discernment process and I believe that. I am not under the impression that private revelations must be 100% true. I assume the ones accepted by the Church as well as Charlie’s and a few others are at times misinterpreted and that is most often the reason some people believe them to be untrue. I do believe Charlie’s revelations are true, keeping that in mind. I certainly don’t put my faith in the government, any political figure or any private revelation, for that matter; I put my faith in Jesus and I love and follow Him and His Church to the best of my ability. I’ve said absolutely nothing about Obama’s presidency or any prediction about it. Lots of paper tigers being brought down here on this site. I am simply saying there are people who have taken Charlie’s messages about the election very literally and that it is causing them to withdraw from public engagement just when we need to make our voices heard as Christians in what is still a democracy, despite Charlie’s opinions on that. I am saying Charlie should talk more often about the fact that some things in the most trustworthy of private revelations do not seem to come true in the way everyone expected. I also have said he should give more examples of that happening to him. I know he has given some. I just don’t think it is enough, that is all.

    If the election and inauguration of a new president do happen and we did not participate, we will be gravely irresponsible. That’s it. That is the one and only argument I have made. I understand Charlie has done much to help understand the difficulty with us as finite beings trying to wrap our minds around a message from beings with pure and flawless intellect. I get all that and I have benefited from reading his messages over the years. I’ve read all the books on discernment by Fr. Thomas Dubay and a few others and I did so before I started reading Charlie’s site on a regular basis. I’m sure Charlie will say I am in error, or unintelligent, or a silly person, or that there are “so many things wrong with my comment” it is completely discredited, or “get these crazies commenting on my writings without reading them”. I’ve read every one now and with great seriousness since the spring of 2014. My one and only point about the election stands. It is disturbing that such a simple admonition should be taken with such insult. I’m sure Charlie’s yes persons will attack me for many things I did not say. But that one message about the election needs to be heard right now, whether or not it fits into your present scheme of how God and the universe work.

    While it was not my first intention to bring up the obvious fact that Charlie has difficulty with criticism of any kind, I have to say it does give me pause. So I will try to spend less time time reading this site as a rule going forward. Many blessings and peace to all here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually Dawn, this is a pretty solid comment. I suspect you may not have read much of comments. I almost always give a civilly courteous answer if I am given the same civil courtesy by the commenter, regardless of how tough the question is.

      The problem is in the last few decades, a lot of people have decided they can open a discussion with a public figure by going at them with a pole axe and demanding a servile answer. That never cut any ice with me, when I was in politics, writing for political and cultural journals, or now. If someone comes snarling at me, kicks me in the crotch, and calls it a “question,” I will gladly kick right back and call it an “answer.” Every time. I am not about to change that.

      Now, as to the substance of your comment, I have encouraged people to continue to meet their ordinary responsibilities. A fellow here who was considering running for election to a town council commented that maybe he wouldn’t because of things. I encouraged him to do so, and proclaim the fundamental values of traditional Americanism. I still get at least a couple of calls a week from old colleagues seeking advice. I always give it to them.

      But you do have a point. The rule of law has collapsed. Neither the president nor the courts feel bound by anything other than what they want to do. The Congress is utterly impotent, afraid of its own shadow. When you are already far advanced in cultural and political collapse, historically it is not solved by political means. We have suffered massive structural damage – and must rebuild the faith and the culture. So you are right that I think spending much time on politics is an utter waste of time now. You still believe that normal political means can reverse our steep decline. That is a legitimate point of view, but not one I share. Right after the 2014 election, quite a people told me triumphantly that this showed I was completely wrong. There was a political solution to this and we had begun. I wrote this piece in response to those hope.

      I hope you do stick around. I think you offer some views that are worth hearing. Your faulty assumptions on what sort of response you would get were based, I suspect, on not having much real familiarity with the comments and how I generally handle them. We talk about a lot of difficult things here with a variety of views. I just insist that people treat each other with courtesy, even in the toughest disagreements. If that suits you, I think you might enjoy it here and find it a good fit. But if someone begins their conversation with me with a snarl, they will usually get a snarl back. I am as entitled to receive common courtesy as my readers are.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      Hi Dawn-thanks for your comments! I just wanted to mention that nothing Charlie has said would influence me not to vote. Way before I found this site I was disgusted with our political system. I voted in ’08 and ’12, but had to hold my nose when I did-I didn’t like McCain or Romney at all-but I voted for them. I voted for Cruz in this primary. If there is an election this time and Trump is the nominee I will not vote, or I will write in a name. To me, Trump and hillary are two sides of the same icky coin. But for many years I have believed that politics is irreparably broken and the elections are a big joke. It just doesn’t matter and it wasn’t Charlie who made me believe that. God bless, and I hope you hang around!

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      I hope you stick around Dawn. If we were all the same it would be boring. If you have been reading the comments I’m sure that you have noted that this is a large group of very faithful Catholics and some very good Christians from other communities. Some are theologically trained (or even ordained), others are well educated in the faith and erudite while others epitomize the sensus fidelium with lived experiences.

      Charlie may be a prophet, but I like him just because he is a good Christian man who loves the Church and speaks with wisdom. As for me, I’m happy being the water boy on the team.

      Robert

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    • Beckita says:

      Many blessings and peace to you as well, Dawn.

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    • Thanks for the post, Dawn. Your perspective and input is quite valued here.

      It’s hard to tell how people might react to the words of another. Curious how people may put that responsibility on the speaker, particularly when human responses to words are so inconsistent and fallible (and excluding the crying “wolf” or “fire” examples). Ugh, how frequently I’m misunderstood when people tell me what they heard me say, which varies subtly or grossly from what I actually said. And myself: sometimes I overreact to what others say, sometimes under-react, and sometimes I simply hear what I want to hear or don’t listen at all. Who gets the blame? The messenger, the message, or the recipient? I dunno. Depends.

      As melancholic as I can sometimes get (and only for a few moments every couple of days) about the impending suffering of family and friends and even unwitting strangers, there is a deep, underlying joy that accompanies Charlie’s message – that evil will be crushed and a beautiful, new world will sprout into existence. (He also encourages us to remain engaged in the world — such as political activism against abortion). This truth has brought me so much hope, joy, determination, focus, and strength, and has guided me in the right direction, namely toward God with love of neighbor.

      Again, thanks Dawn. I like your spunk!

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  33. xasecretx says:

    I don’t know where to post this, but I thought it was interesting. The 1st thing I thought about was the church having to go through a renewal and be “bare bones”.

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/22/a-third-of-catholic-churches-across-north-wales-are-to-close/

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    • janet333 says:

      I was in the Cathedral when the Bishop announced this sad news. Please God we will have plenty of young men in the era of peace who will want to serve the Lord.

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying with you, Janet, with great hope. In a renewed world men will hear the call of God to the priestly life. Surely churches will be reclaimed, restored and renewed while new churches must be built to accommodate the burgeoning flock!

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        • janet333 says:

          “Surely churches will be reclaimed, restored and renewed while new churches must be built to accommodate the burgeoning flock!”

          Oh what joy! 🙂

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  34. Kris R. says:

    I am a mother. When my children were age two and running for the street, I shouted “no!” in a commanding tone. There was no time to explain why I wanted them to stop, I needed them to stop NOW. When they were young teens wanting a tattoo or some such thing, while my interior was saying, “over my dead body”, on the outside I said, “now let’s talk about this”. Can you imagine being a parent to the likes of all of us at the same time with all our different stages and ages and personalities !? No way, no how would I want that job! Whether it’s Charlie trying to get us to grasp the simple task of taking the right next step, or the Pope trying to teach us compassion or our Triune God trying to guide our eternal souls to heaven…it’s surely a daunting task. Individually we can strive to learn the truth in all sincerity – with an open mind and an open heart. Let us begin…

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  35. Seeking your opinions here about what the “abomination of desolation” is and could it be what we are seeing happen at this time with our church hierarchy? I will never abandon the church but I am seriously contemplating becoming inactive until I can trust that I am truly receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It seems to me our priests are in a time of decision where they either chose Christ’s teachings or they chose an abomination of untruth and their consecrations will not be valid. How am I to know what they have chosen unless I confront them? It just seems early in the game to do that so I want to step back to see what happens next. Is this what is going on or am I making this up because this is what I see.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t worry about such things, Search. The validity of the Sacraments is NOT dependent on the worthiness of the Priest. Each man who has been so consecrated will have to account to God for his ministry. But God does not impute his worthiness or lack thereof to the people he is supposed to minister to. And take care, for when you decide to make those decisions yourself, you risk becoming guilty of presumption, among other things.

      Think of it like this: a man appointed as a judge may be a worthless lout. That does not make his judicial decisions invalid.

      God hold a faithless Priest accountable for his errors, not those who receive the Sacraments at his faithless hands.

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      • Katherine says:

        That’s one of the beauties of our faith. 🙂 Jesus is actually the principal celebrant, He is the real Cause behind it all. The power of orders isn’t to be understood as a kind of internal magic power; it is fundamentally the power to be an instrument. So it is not the kind of power that is dependent on the state of souls or correct thinking in the first place anyway.

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      • Beckita says:

        St. Augustine spoke resoundingly about the worthiness or lack thereof in the priest and its effect on the Sacraments. Just scroll down to the Donatist controversy in this link: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02084a.htm

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  36. Beckita says:

    I share not to provoke fear, but to note so many things are possible in our world gone awry. This news is yet another opportunity to either stick our heads in the sand or clearly see that we have all the more reason to trust God and His Plan to rescue and restore.

    When God created us, He gave us dominion over the living things of the earth which surely includes care of habitats and the environment. I see a real connection between the level of sinfulness and its effect on all creation. I had been aware it was reported in 2008 that scientists discovered a breach in the earth’s magnetosphere ten times greater than previously thought to exist. An actual collapse in the magnetosphere occurred for two hours on Saturday. https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/1214

    Now what does this really mean for us and God’s Plan? We are truly in His Hands and I never tire of rereading myself and referring people to: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/through-a-glass-darkly/

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh wow Beckita, Thanks for the link- first I’ve heard of this. I am not at all surprised no one is talking about this or taking it seriously in msm! At least not that I heard today, but this is huge! It’s amazing all of our satellite stuff still works… for now.

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  37. Bob says:

    Another story of God’s mercy. May God continue His mercy in the lives of us miserable sinners.
    http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/limiting-god

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  38. Teresito says:

    Blessings to you Charlie and to all the readers of the NRS. This is my first time to comment here. I’m a 25yo guy from the Philippines, a registered nurse by profession. If it’s okay I’ll just plug my blog “Just Decide. Now.” It’s actually my first blog entry and I intend it for people who have not yet chosen to be on the “good side”, hence the title of the blog, although I hope it can edify your readers as well. This is the blog’s link: https://justdecidenow.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/gods-eternal-now/
    May all of us become co-participants in the Rescue by our Lady.

    Teresito

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    • charliej373 says:

      Welcome, Teresito. Glad to have you here.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Teresito, welcome and I thought your blog was great! Keep up the good work, young solider.

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      • Teresito says:

        Thanks Charlie and jlynnbyrd. As a Filipino, it makes me wonder how so much of what God is doing and what the devil is doing is related to America. I always have a fondness for what’s happening in America, inspired by the maxim “if America sneezes, the whole world gets a cold.” I even follow the events in America more closely than the ones in my own country. The evil that America peddles to the world just boggles my mind, but I am more amazed at the magnitude of good that God does through her. I would have to say that America is leading the world in the decline of the current order of things, and she will also lead the world in the revival God is mounting, even now. Never have I come across a culture (at least, in my very limited knowledge of the world) more polarized than America, yet never have I seen a greater capacity for positive collective action when you put your shoulder to the plow. So what happened? Quo vadis, America? In my un-American mind, I can say that one of your biggest challenges is your holding on to the “American way of life”, whatever that means for you, and I can’t presume to tell you what it is to be American. My only advice for you is to “make do” – to make good with the grace that God gives you TODAY – and isn’t that what we all need to do all the time, collapse or no collapse, Storm or no Storm? I say, don’t fret, after all you have in your blood that “fabled American ingenuity”, which I believe is a great grace from God to help you and us all get on and stick to the straight and narrow – didn’t Jesus say that we ought to be shrewd as serpents, simple as doves? Maybe it’s time to practice more the “simple as doves” part? Maybe you’re watching too much news? Maybe it’s time to stop reading Charlie for one week so you can fully commit to prayer and your own duties? I remember one of the counsels I read from the Imitation of Christ, which I will do well to follow: “Do now what you would do then”. Maybe you will not even live to the fullness of the Storm, so there’s no need for you to suffer in advance about it. If you want something practical, maybe you can consider moving to Southeast Asia, and particularly (enter shameless plug) the Philippines – dominantly Catholic, 93.5% English literacy, no winter, USD can buy 5 to 20 times more, depending on what you’re buying. Not to mention the striking easiness of learning the language – even Russians are learning Filipino (there are only 5 vowels, and once you learn the basic syntax, almost every English word can be “Filipinized”, so you don’t have to translate it into its “truer Filipino” form, which most Filipinos won’t use anyway). Gosh, just stay in America. If you live in the Storm–great!–blessed be God; if you die–better!–blessed be God all the more. Forgive the verbosity of my “hello”.

        Your brother in Christ,
        Teresito

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        • Kim Sevier says:

          You are a great salesman!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Thank you for sharing your insights Teresito! I would love to learn a second language and maybe Filipino it is! 🙂 We will see what God has in store.

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          • Teresito says:

            I do hope that you get to it so we can talk with each other in Filipino. I’m sure there are Filipinos there in the US who will gladly teach you the language. For starters: “Mahal kita” = I love you; “Salamat” = Thank you; “Patawad” = I’m sorry; “Pagpalain ka ng Diyos” = God bless you. The vowels are read as follows a – father, farm, much, bun; e – egg, pet; i – kit, keen, sin, seen; o – awe, paw, on; u – Uzbekistan, two, moon. As you can see, both the short and long vowels of the English use the same vowel in Filipino so it’s fairly simple. And the locals will still understand you even if you speak in an American accent as our English is closest to how Americans speak (thanks to American colonization and pop culture).

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Teresito, I love that! At first glance it looks similar to Hawaiian. I am excited. Thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful language with me. ❤

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    • Beckita says:

      Happy you’re here, Teresito. God’s blessings on you, your family, your work and your blog!

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      • Teresito says:

        I’m happy to be here too, Beckita. And you’re also my favorite commenter. I always learn from you. You never sound offensive to anyone nor do you sound defensive in proclaiming the timeless truths of the Faith. It just goes to say that people actually pick up not just what you say but more so, how you say it. That tone of peaceableness can only come from a life of prayer, God’s pure grace. I actually print out the novenas that you post and they’re so helpful to me. It’s been more than a year since I’ve been lurking here, I think. I felt inspired to write my blog, and after 1 year of procrastinating, I decided to promote it here on the NRS, which is my own NRS. God bless you more!

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    • janet333 says:

      Welcome Teresito…I liked your blog too 🙂

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  39. You wrote:

    “I have always said it would not just be “those guys” who would be shaken, but each of us.”

    My hand is in the air.

    I am imperfect and reactionary. Regardless of how much I know in my head and heart that God wins no matter what happens around us, I still find myself in utter dismay at whatever the new invention of the immoral progressive left hoists upon us. I think part of it is the complete lack of logic that is starting to accompany it. When something is entirely illogical, it is impossible to even effectively debate against it. The entire idea that it is bigoted to base bathroom use on physical anatomy rather than to accept that whatever someone thinks they are on a given day still has my head spinning.

    When the switch was flipped on to a general acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle even among otherwise good and well-meaning people, I recognized that something important had happened. If reading Romans, it was obvious that these things did not lead to a fire and brimstone chastisement as much as the fact that these things were, in fact, our chastisement. Or at the very least, the beginning of it. Romans 1:24 – 1:32 is like reading a book on the current state of just about everywhere, but in particular the Western world, including the U.S.

    It was shortly after I came to this conclusion that I saw this site. I kind of had already moved from thinking of the wrath of God, at least in its entirety, as a remarkable external act of judgment and instead to the opposite – a removal of intrusion, allowing us to govern ourselves as we desire. Kind of a “OK, you want to throw me to the curb, consider me thrown and let’s see how that works out for you.” Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting He doesn’t care or isn’t involved personally with many, but as a nation I think there’s no turning back. In discovering your site, I really did gel the idea of the Storm as a spiritual one much more than a temporal one, though ultimately I think it’s inevitable that the two must meet to finally get people to understand their total dependence on God.

    And yet, despite all this “understanding” on my part (I use that term knowing I know almost nothing) I still have occasions where my heart sinks and I wonder how we can ever climb out of this abyss. It does seem hopeless. In these times, I’m thinking like a man and hoping and looking for a human solution. At times I get hope that maybe there is one. And yet I know that, really, we crossed the moral rubicon years ago. We can’t get back what we once had on our own.

    But I still get shaken. I still go back and forth between hope and hopelessness. Not as a permanent state, but as an emotional reaction to the latest charade until I come to my senses. But even when I come to my senses, I will still get angry.

    It is a strange thing, being a man. But, I guess I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus had to clobber the apostles over the head often, and they were directly with him all day every day.

    I think one can trust in God but still have unease and a little fear. We all know that bad things can happen. I have a large family. What will happen to them? To my wife and me? It sounds all well and good to say God has a plan and trust in Him. I believe that – I really do. I believe – help my unbelief… His plan may be what the world needs – it may be what I need – and it may cause heartache and pain. We are mere infants who don’t understand, so it’s tough to think I’ve worked for years, done the “right” things financially – been responsible – and in a year all of that may have been pointless. I trust… help my lack of trust. I could go on.

    The thing is, I see exactly why God would upend things. I recognize it, and I have often said that God is clearly merciful because I would have wiped us all out long ago. Frankly, it’s common sense. I don’t really doubt that major things are on the horizon, that there’s a good reason for it, that there is a Plan, and that it leads to better things. And none of that makes me feel one iota easier about it, if I’m just being honest.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I heartily concur on most all of this, Diatribe. You can know that a trip to the surgeon is going to lead to the repair of your broken leg without enjoying the ordeal, even as you give thanks for the healing you know will come.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Oh, DG, the Wrath of God is not as you describe it, even if a cursory read of Romans 1reflects it.

        When I was a Seminarian, I said to some Liberal Call-to-Actionite that God allows us to perfect ourselves (Be perfect as you Heavenly Father is Perfect?) for Good or for Evil and that no one goes to Hell unless perfectly Evil (Remember Mortal Sin being a _radical_ choice against Love?).

        Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

        There follows several lines stating that “God handed them over”

        Oh, she was mad at me…

        Ha! God handed her over…

        Do you see?

        It’s not that God’s Wrath isn’t and doesn’t need to be removed from it’s entirety. It means that God needs us to perfect ourselves.

        We little think–and I always like to quote St Faustina on this one (even though I constantly loose the Reference)–about our Souls and what it means to have a Soul and what the Soul is in Relation to God.

        We miss the Soul and its Glory–its Magnetism.

        And the Soul cries out for God, as a natural Response, as natural Longing, as a natural Returning.

        On one occasion, I saw Jesus thirsting and fainting, and He said to me, I thirst. When I gave Him water, He took it, but did not drink and immediately disappeared. He was clothed as He was during His Passion.
        When you reflect upon what I tell you in the depths of your heart, you profit more than if you had read many books. Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My Voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time. (583)

        Do you see?

        The Person who chooses Hell, chooses to suffocate, to silence, to martyr his or her own Soul.

        Therein is God’s Wrath. That Soul is from God, created by God to honour His Relationship with Creation: Let us make Man in Our Image, in Our Likeness (Gen 1:26–happily substitute “Humankind,” the Call-to-Actionites out there)

        God’s Wrath is towards the Person, the Individual who chose to kill and martyr and silence whilst the Soul cried out for God. Imagine the Pain of the Soul being martyred… imagine.

        And the other Sins? Yes, God allows that Perfecting.

        We who suffer those who martyr… …what a Blessing we have… …a Blessing to cry out Mercy, a Blessing to Pray for Mercy, a Blessing to be Mercy … such that One Soul might be heard and a Conversion: Oh, the Glory of a Martyred Soul, even if martyred by the Person whose Soul she is!

        Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! A Sheep is found… even if at the Depths of Purgatory until the Final Resurrection to be and to be found perfected in Love!

        Glory be to God! Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit! Glory!

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    • Joe says:

      This totally resonates with me!!. You are not alone, my friend!! We will hang in there together.

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    • mdasteel says:

      Diatribe, let’s pray that our children have the courage and wisdom to hold fast to the truth!

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