Reprise of Mammon is Fallen

I referenced this article today…then read it again. It is astonishing. If I had written it today, it would just be a matter-of-fact description of what is happening. But I wrote it a few days after the election in 2014, when people were jubilantly informing me that the Republican landslide in both Houses of Congress meant that everything was going to be put to rights.

I wrote that the landslide would not result in Republicans actually defending the assault on Christian business owners – which was merely episodic at the time. Now that assault has become the “law of the land” under Republican control of both Houses. I wrote that I doubted anyone at the IRS and other federal agencies would be held to account for targeting Christians and conservatives for their beliefs. Not one person from the IRS has been held to account – and this under the Republican dominated Congress that promised to set things right. I wrote that even with their huge new majorities, Republican would just squeal with impotent anger as the president continued to do whatever he felt like regardless of what the law said. I was partly wrong on this. Yes, the president has taken the power of a czar under this Republican-dominated Congress with nary a speed bump to stop him…but I missed noting that many of the courts would follow his lead in walking over the impotent Congress and completely untether themselves from the actual Constitution and law.

On foreign affairs, I was dead-on on Russia’s behavior, what it intended to accomplish in Syria (which it has now accomplished) China’s aggressive expansionism, which has moved to building artificial islands in the South China Sea and putting air bases on them, the complete collapse of European resolve – even to defend itself, much less to play a robust role in world affairs, the coming complete implosion of the Middle East.

Reading this piece (and perhaps going back to see it was, indeed, written a few days after the 2014 election, will tell you a little why even Democrats used to quietly get my take on what the consequences would be on various policy options. Frankly, I doubt there was a more concise, specific and accurate assessment written anywhere of what the next two years would bring.

The point is the infrastructure of freedom, government, and collective security is already collapsed. We are running on inertia – and it is not going to be fixed through politics. But as I was dead-on here, so am I dead-on that God has a plan, He is not done with us, and He is going to send His most favored daughter to Rescue us late in 2017. It is for us to begin to prepare the way for Rescue right now.

Here, then, my piece from a year and a half ago:

Mammon is Fallen…And Great is the Fall

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At the homily at Daily Mass today, our priest delighted me. The Gospel reading was from Matthew 6:24, where it says you cannot serve two masters, that you cannot serve both God and mammon. Normally, I groan through the childishly oversimplified definition of mammon as money or wealth when this Scripture comes up, which mistakes a part for the whole of the matter. I wanted to stand up and cheer when our priest said that mammon is not merely money as many seem to think, but an attachment to worldly things, to a secular way of thinking.

This is at the heart of what is both good about the election results and why those results will make little difference in the progress of the Storm that is upon us. The systems we relied on to make both Western Civilization and America great bastions of freedom and opportunity are shot. They are tattered beyond repair. America was the final flowering of Western Christian thought before the Enlightenment divorced philosophy from theology, reason from faith. Barely a decade later came the firstfruits of the Enlightenment, the bloody and murderous French Revolution, which replaced one form of tyranny with another, far more brutal variety while pretending it was all for “the people.”

God, the Judeo-Christian God, is the firm foundation upon which Western Civilization was built and rests. I am uninterested in specious arguments from pseudo-intellectuals about the evils that Christian kings and rulers did through the ages. The Advent of Christianity did not usher in heaven on earth. As I have often said, we only get heaven when we actually get…heaven. From a social standpoint, what Christianity established was a framework to build upon, grounded in that which gives life. We were shown a way which, we would not fully attain to in this life, but which pursued with vigor and intellectual rigor, grounded in faith, would lead to a great advance in human dignity, in human freedom, in living together in harmony. We were given a system which, if followed, would allow each generation to get a little closer to the reality of Christ than the one before it. Each generation was able to build, brick by brick, upon the foundation and structure that was laid before it, getting ever closer to actually building a City of God.

In the first few centuries before Constantine, these were merely the claims of Christians, though the small Christian communities that dotted the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe bolstered that claim. Once Christianity took root, it proved those claims, slowly, generation by generation. It was a way of thinking, of believing and of living that built up rather than tore down.

Now, I am going to digress for a moment to preempt the fools with a little learning who would point to the Dark Ages as a repudiation of the Christian impulse towards dignity. Modern ignorance of basic history, philosophy and theology is utterly astounding. I know that most people think the Dark Ages were a Christian phenomenon – because they have been taught that by anti-Christian polemicists near as ignorant as themselves. The Dark Ages were brought on by secular princes who feared that knowledge dispersed among the people was a threat to their power – that it should be suppressed in order to secure their ambitions and dreams of glory. Even half-wit secularists could deduce this without a great deal of study by following the logical conclusions that rise from the facts that, during the Dark Ages, the monastic movement took deep root. In the Monasteries, the monks went beyond copying Sacred Texts by hand and began to also copy out classic secular writings, the great ancient philosophers, that they not be lost to humanity entirely. It was in the Monasteries, during the Dark Ages, that the progenitors of the modern library and the modern university took shape. It has always struck me as a fine irony that, when all mankind abandoned faith en masse, it was the very home of faith that actually kept reason alive. The Dark Ages were the first great progressive movement, a determination to treat the great mass of men as dependent dogs to be ruled and cared for by a few elite princes who would decide what was best for each.

So what is good about last week’s American elections? What it reveals about the heart of the people. For generations we have steadily been pulling away from any public acknowledgment of God. That burst forth in the last decade in one major, perhaps predominant ideology, commonly called the left or progressive movement, that is openly hostile to God, Christianity, American traditions and values, and Western Civilization. We have bought almost completely into the toxic spirit of antichrist, that good can only be done without reference to God. Having marched through the cultural institutions of our society, it has reigned politically triumphant for the last six years. People have seen what it has wrought. It is not an increase in dignity, in brotherhood or in prosperity. The mass has started to reject it.

The problem is that the right is not a Godly coalition. Oh, it is not openly or even – for the most part – covertly hostile to God as the progressives are. It just thinks that God and talk of faith is ancillary to solving real problems – that, at best, God is just a brick in the wall rather than the foundation supporting the entire cultural edifice. The right will merely tinker at the edges of the corrupt edifice the left has erected. Who really believes the new Congress will firmly put a stop to the legal assault on small business owners living their religious conscience? Will anyone at the IRS and other public agencies that have targeted conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers for their beliefs be held to account? Will a balance in powers be re-established, or will the new Congress just squeal impotently and hold show hearings if the President continues to unilaterally do whatever he feels like?

Even if the new Congress reacted with vigor on restoring a genuinely Constitutional order the nation is largely run by a bureaucratic class that has grown to beastly proportions and was removed from all accountability to the public – or elected officials – through Civil Service laws. Even if it tried to get the beast under control, the underlying financial structure is damaged beyond repair. It will crash because it has spun so out of control that government accounting measures are designed to hide the extent of the damage rather than reveal them. It will crash because there is no network of genuine collective international security institutions that are more than a facade. NATO exists on paper only. Throughout the globe, nations understand that they are on their own and must scramble, as best they can, to survive. What would happen if Russia invaded Poland? What if Iran invaded Israel? Who would stand effectively against Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea, Mongolia, even Japan? No one believes the United States would intervene effectively on behalf of any ally any more. Shoot, I’m not sure if the United States would do much more than send letters of protest if Alaska were invaded. The United States has been the prime guarantor of Western Civilization for a century now. When that guarantee loses credibility, it leaves foes looking to take advantage of the vacuum and it leaves old allies looking for new alliances that might secure their survival.

I caught a little flack a few weeks back when I noted that Russia has done nothing yet that does not make strategic sense to me. Some assumed I was praising Vladimir Putin, or that I endorsed Russian aggression and adventurism. It was neither. But I was irritated by shallow analyses that made Russian actions seem the dreams of a madman, a modern-day Hitler or Genghis Khan. To paraphrase a Chicago Alderman from the last century, “Geo-politics ain’t beanbag.” Some are horrified by Russian brutality. Well, so am I. But Russian rulers have been notably brutal going back into antiquity, whether they are Commissars, Czars, or roving bands of rival warlords. That the modern ruler acts as all Russian rulers have for almost a thousand years may be deplorable, but it is not a sign of national insanity. And frankly, it wasn’t all that surprising to me. Russia has long defined national greatness in Western terms while preferring medieval Eurasian methods of achieving its aims. It is part of what I describe as its thousand-year identity crisis.

Whether or not Russia has embarked on a mad quest of conquest must be judged on its actions within the framework of what it perceives to be its national interest. I have written before that, ever since the break-up of the Soviet Empire, there has been debate over whether Eastern Ukraine would be part of Russia or part of a Ukranian nation – both in Ukraine and Russia. It has been governed from Moscow for centuries and most Eastern Ukranians regard themselves as Russian, including religiously. While the technique used to justify the Russian invasion resembled the Nazi justification for the invasion of Poland, it is substantively different. If the American Union broke up and California became part of Mexico, an American invasion of California to take it back might be advisable or not, but it would not constitute irrational adventurism. That is roughly akin to the invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Once there was even a hint of danger that access to the warm water port in the Crimea might be at risk, invasion was inevitable. Whether good or bad, handled well or poorly, it was not irrational. It made geopolitical sense. Now if Russia were to invade Western Ukraine, that would be a different matter – more like the U.S. invading Mexico. It also would set up cultural problems, for Eastern Ukraine is Eastern Christian just like Russia. Western Ukraine is Western Christian, which would be an ongoing source of potential strife and disruption. It does not make geopolitical sense in any obvious context.

But let us take a look at the larger geopolitical framework. Vladimir Putin made a seminal speech at the Valdai Conference in Sochi last week, a speech that the western media has barely deigned to notice. I was particularly struck by the second fundamental point, that all systems of global collective security lie in ruins and that it is the United States which has destroyed them. It confirmed what I have thought about Putin going back for about a decade.

Russia, better than any other nation, understands the implacable supremacist ambitions of China – and its long-term, carefully patient strategy. For years, Putin longed to have an American Nixon to play off against, someone who understood geopolitical realities and was not put off by tough talk. The world was more dangerous and volatile than any one power could handle – and there were things, regardless of what was said, that were better off handled by others. Russia naturally wants influence in the Middle East. During the Bush years, Russia tried to advance its influence, but was largely content to let America handle it with only a few pro forma protests. Very simply, the Middle East is filled with a bunch of excitable Muslims – whose brothers are right at Russia’s door in Chechnya and other Republics. The potential for blowback was huge. While occasionally piling on, Putin was confident America would take the danger seriously and keep it contained. Russia would holler about defensive radars planned for Eastern Europe, but accept it. Why? It knew the United States was not going to invade Russia – and that, though those radars were justified as preventing Russian adventurism, they might come in right handy when China got to feeling its oats. Putin did not consider Bush a great geopolitical thinker, but he was a competent and responsible player on the world scene.

Fast forward to the Obama foreign policy as it unfolded. If you were watching for it, you could literally see Putin’s growing astonishment, dismay, and finally contempt for American fecklessness. When Obama cancelled the radars set to go into Poland within the first days of taking office, Putin was astonished. Gladdened perhaps, but shaken that the new American President did not even try to get a concession in return. In international relations, the only thing you give for nothing is nothing. It was an early warning of a new American incompetence on the very basics of international diplomacy. No one wants an incompetent dance partner.

When America allied with Qaddafi’s Libya as a useful partner in suppressing violent Jihad, then abandoned him at the first sign of trouble; when America abandoned the Egyptian ally most responsible for maintaining stability; when America ignored the rebels and sided with the Mullahs as serious potential revolt rose in Iran, Putin came to realize that America didn’t even know which team it was on anymore. When America began berating and undercutting Israel and siding with the very Jihadist warriors who were trying to destroy both Israel and America, Putin realized that while America might still have the toys, it was no longer a great – or even significantly consequential – power in world affairs.

It had to be a terrifying moment. Understanding clearly the meaning of China asserting its muscle in the South China Sea and the massive build-up of its conventional forces, Putin had to wonder to whom he was going to turn to balance growing Chinese power and adventurism. The United States might one day be a force again, but allying with it now was a good way to get toppled. A century ago, Europe was chock-full of great powers. Now it is composed of simpering eunuchs who would be useless in a real fight. (Apologies to my European readers, but your nations have castrated themselves). Japan, perhaps, but its relations with Russia have almost always been a troubled encounter – and it has enough worries with N. Korea and China acting up in its vicinity. Whatever they want to do, Africa and Latin America are not in a position to project useful power that far from home and are not likely to be any time soon. India can be a useful ally, but only if you can negotiate the knife edge between Indian and Pakistani mutual hostility. Australia is resolute and useful, but geography suggests it may want to hedge its bets with China.

The bottom line is that, at one point, Putin realized that China was rising, he was the only major world figure to take it seriously, and he stood almost alone. China needed to know that Russia had not gone soft – and Russia needed to shake up the world framework to defend its future.

It jumped into the Middle East with both feet when Obama fumbled the ball with Syria. Putin’s play might have seemed cynical, but he advanced two causes. First, he gained a foothold in real influence in the Middle East, demonstrating he was willing to be patron to other Islamic client states if they wanted it. This made sense because it was clear America was no longer effectively able to contain the volatility of that region – or even willing – and Putin always knew someone had to. Second, if the Jihadists on his borders created trouble, it would be useful to have some Muslim allies who might help dampen it down.

The invasion of Eastern Ukraine served a multitude of purposes. First, there was the ambiguity about which nation it rightly belongs with after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Historically, it is Russian. Second, the Crimea is vital to Russia’s ability to project naval power – and the lack of effective naval power is, incidentally, the only real weakness in China’s massive build-up the last few decades. Third, it demonstrated to China that it will project power if it perceives it to be in its interest – so that it is better for China to be a friend than an enemy for now. Fourth, it demonstrated to smaller countries wondering where to go given the vacuum of reliable American power, that it will exercise power to protect perceived interests and allies. You do not have to agree that this is HOW things should have been done to understand it is not just random madness. Even the Russian elder statesman most respected in the west, Mikhail Gorbachev, advised the west to take Putin’s speech last week to heart.

The real kicker is that Russia is exercising a brutal, medieval Eurasian temperament to uphold western Christian values that the west, itself,  has largely abandoned. So, American officials are counting on temporal political means to grapple with what are, at bottom, fundamental religious and cultural issues. It seems the Americans are using the right means for the wrong argument while the Russians are using the wrong means for the right argument. Meanwhile China lurks.

Mammon is falling as God rises actively in human history again. People act, advancing His purposes unknowingly. And the Storm draws force.

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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323 Responses to Reprise of Mammon is Fallen

  1. Mick says:

    OK, Charlie. So when the stuff that you BABBLED about in 2014 doesn’t come to pass, are you prepared to publicly apologize for mislead… Oh, wait…. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Mick! The carpers are reduced to hanging their hopes on Obama finishing his full term. When that doesn’t happen, will they start rooting against the Rescue?

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      • ann says:

        Just so you know Charlie–I told my very secular cynical unbelieving husband that I didn’t think Obama would finish his term. (no pressure!!) I did not quote you–just said I “felt” so I’ve kind of signed your name to a blank (prophetic)check so to speak. Wonder if I should go all the way and tell him about this web site and your messages.(like King Arthur in “Camelot”–‘I have it on the best authority!’) then when it all comes to pass it might give him the right shove. Don’t know if I have the courage for that–yet. 😉 He already thinks I’m way too “fanatical.” (used to be called Catholic)

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        • charliej373 says:

          If he thinks you are way too fanatical, I think it would be best to serenely speak of your certainty of God’s goodness and help in crisis. That will be far more helpful than any effort to try to convince him of the reality of the Storm which surrounds us. Everyone will see that on their own at their own pace.

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          • ann says:

            Good advice Charlie and in fact that is what I have been doing so far with all my beloved but unbelieving family. ( By “fanatical” I mean anti abortion, hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament etc. Devotional practices we all did back in that far away Catholic world.) Ah well. I am operating from the “live it” before you “preach it.” And you’ve confirmed that. thanks.

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          • Richard Weissflog says:

            Like most of you who contribute to this thread, I can only shudder at the
            thought of Hillary Clinton becoming our next President.

            Unfortunately, when you remove the rose colored glasses and take a
            cold, hard, analytical look at what is actually going on politically, socially
            and economically – it’s hard to reach any other conclusion.

            There is only six months left to reverse that trajectory and it is going to
            require something very dramatic to provide the catalyst!

            Certainly, the moral collapse taking place in our country is self-evident;
            but that’s not enough, by itself, to bring the storm to its full furry.

            Fiscal irresponsibility and geo-political deterioration have been bubbling
            just below the surface for years. Will this be the year when the lid is
            blown off the volcano? I don’t know – all I do know is it will some day!

            I find Charley’s words both comforting and frightening, and would realistically
            place the odds against his angel at about one in a million; but, of course, it
            would have to be that way or his prophecy (being fulfilled) would have no impact.

            Here is what the “smart money” is currently predicting:

            Real Money Says Hillary Clinton Is Our Next President
            By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
            Tuesday, April 26, 2016
            Don’t shoot the messenger… but Hillary Clinton is all but guaranteed to be our next president…

            Importantly, this isn’t based on my opinion. This is based on real-money bets.

            As I’ll explain today, the real-money bets on the election outcomes tell us that Hillary will be our next president…
            When you turn on CNBC or open the Wall Street Journal, you only hear about the latest polls. But the reality is, real-money bets have proven to be better predictors of election outcomes.

            So… if you DON’T want Hillary as president, then you’d better do something quickly to change people’s minds. Otherwise it looks like smooth sailing for Hillary.

            The election outcome isn’t completely set in stone, of course… Anything can happen. But you have to realize the “real money” is betting heavily on a Clinton win.

            Let me explain…

            You might be surprised to hear it, but you are actually allowed to bet on the outcomes of the primaries and the elections. The longest-running way to do this is through the University of Iowa.

            Betting through the Iowa Electronic Markets (“IEM”) is pretty simple. The bets are the same as flipping a coin…

            Let’s pretend we’re betting on the outcome of flipping a silver dollar. I bet heads, you bet tails. If it’s heads, I get to keep the dollar. If it’s tails, you get to keep the dollar. It’s an “all or nothing” bet.

            It’s similar for IEM betting… If your candidate wins, you get a dollar. If your candidate loses, you get nothing.

            So the question is… how much money are you willing to bet on your candidate winning?

            Let’s take a look at what the real money is doing right now…

            As I write, the last “trade” on Bernie Sanders winning his party’s nomination was at 5 cents…

            That tells us that Bernie is an incredible long shot. If you take this bet, there are two outcomes here for you: Either you lose your 5 cents, or you make 20 times your money.

            The real-money traders think that Hillary is a shoo-in to win the Democratic nomination. The last trade on Hillary was 92 cents. If you put up 92 cents today, you will be paid out 100 cents if she wins her party’s nomination.

            On the Republican side, according to real-money bets, Ted Cruz is struggling a lot more than you might think. The last trade on Cruz winning the nomination was just 14 cents. Ouch.

            So it’s clear that the real money is betting on a Clinton/Trump battle for the White House.

            Then what happens in the general election? What outcome is the real money betting on there?

            The real money is betting on the Democrat to win the White House.

            A year ago in the race-for-the-White House bet, the real money sat at roughly 55 cents for the Democrat and 45 cents for the Republican.

            Since then, the gap has widened. (This is typical as you approach the final $1 payout.)

            As I write, the last trade was 72 cents for the Democrat to win the White House, and 32 cents for the Republican. (Sometimes the bets don’t add up to exactly 100, but those are the last trades.)

            In short, based on real-money betting, it really looks like Hillary is our next president…

            Like I said, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not expressing an opinion here… I’m just reporting the facts…

            And – on the economy:

            A BUSINESS TO OWN IN TOUGH TIMES

            Today’s chart suggests investors should take a cautious approach to the stock market…

            The S&P 500 is up a huge 14% from its February low, and investor sentiment suggests folks aren’t too worried about an economic slowdown. But if that’s the case, why is Cash America International (CSH) hitting new highs today?

            Pawn shops and payday loan companies are the perfect businesses to own in hard times. They make loans to people with bad (or no) credit. Cash America has around 900 locations in 20 states. The company also offers short-term cash advances and check-cashing services.

            As you can see in the chart below, Cash America shares have climbed steadily since the start of last year. The stock is now up more than 80% over the last 15 months… and it has jumped nearly 45% since mid-January alone. When Cash America shares are hitting new highs, it’s a potential warning sign for the U.S. economy.

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          • totustous says:

            Charlie, you have said Obama will repent much later , do you know about Hillary? I consecrate her, Bill and Chelsea to Mary’s Immaculate Heart each morning in my prayers and I’m not from America . i read so much horror in their beliefs and see them as loved by our Father. God .Jesus died for them and wants their salvation. Just wondering…..

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have no inside information to share on what will happen with any of the Clintons.

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          • Aric says:

            Charlie
            did this post get past the moderators or am I misreading it… it sounds like a veiled / not so veiled at times commercial for a betting site and suggested stock tip
            I refer to Richard Weissflog’s post..here are a couple of the more confusing / questionable sentences
            You might be surprised to hear it, but you are actually allowed to bet on the outcomes of the primaries and the elections. The longest-running way to do this is through the University of Iowa.
            And – on the economy:

            A BUSINESS TO OWN IN TOUGH TIMES
            As you can see in the chart below, Cash America shares have climbed steadily since the start of last year. The stock is now up more than 80% over the last 15 months…

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          • charliej373 says:

            Aric, I do most of the moderating. Mr. Weissflog used both these stories to illustrate his point, without giving any links to places to either bet or get into Payday loans. I thought it was fundamental to the point he was making without directing anyone to such a site. The headline you cite here near the bottom of your comment can be a bit misleading. It does sound like a promo, but it actually is the actual header in a bit about how Payday loan services are booming.

            I did go back to look at the comment to make sure I had not let something untoward slip through. After reflection, I have let it stand. I think it is okay. But I do appreciate you watching. Sometimes I am rushed and I HAVE accidentally let things through that should not have gone through. Thanks.

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        • Ann, you are so funny — every sentence made me giggle.😀

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          • ann says:

            Patrick–Glad you got a giggle. 😉 Gotta keep my sense of humor. If I looked around at all the sadness of my private world (unbelief of family) and public world (eclipse of every Catholic value) without a deep belief in God’s sovereignty and a sense of humor (thanking my Irish ancestors) I’d be a pathetic creature indeed. This website helps a lot I must say. Have you noticed how deadly serious these people who follow the Mammon path are? Oh my. Better not poke fun. You’re liable to get some version of –give or take a term or two–“you racist, bigoted, anti feminist, fascist, intolerant (that’s rich!!) dangerous (sputter sputter) medieval…CATHOLIC!!” 10 deep breaths. Then I remind myself “Jesus died for them too.” And then I pray “Blood of Jesus save them.” And try really hard not to go all Joan of Arc on them (to quote Katherine!)

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          • Rick says:

            Charlie,

            Hard to understand how anyone could misinterpret my comment as a
            sneaky way to shill for an investment firm!

            My real concern is this – while rationally I understand the low probability
            that there will be no election in November, emotionally I find myself putting
            more faith in it than I should – and believe I could be setting myself up for
            a very hard crash should the election take place (as is most likely).

            My faith in Christ is based on what I believe to be true but can not prove.
            My faith in Charlie’s angel is most likely irrational (sorry, but think you would
            agree that your prophesies should not be considered as a sure thing by those
            who only follow your words).

            Praying and taking the next right step is sound Catholic advise. Believing the
            world is heading in the wrong direction and will some day reap what it has
            sown is justified by what we observe going on. Believing in someone who
            claims to be sharing inside information could be dangerous – even to those
            who aren’t betting the house on him.

            Can you provide any advise on the proper way to balance this all out?

            Oh, and for those seeking investment advise….I recommend Cattle Futures.
            Just ask Hillary!

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          • charliej373 says:

            The fellow who wondered is a good guy; he was just being vigilant. Ha! I am amused by your actual investment advice. For the last decade I have laughingly told people that outhouses, hand water pumps and firewood are the big growth stocks!

            Before you put all your stock in the election, I suggest you read this piece. There actually could be an election and full disruption before inauguration day. But the thing is to not worry about what is going to happen, but what you are called to do whatever happens. There are a few things I say specifically, but neither you nor I can change them…or really prepare for them in any meaningful way. The sole purpose is to lend credibility to my telling you of the Rescue – for then you will need the reassurance.

            In the meantime, just work on keeping the balance every day – of concentrating on acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope. It is like learning to hit a baseball. There is no secret someone can tell you that turns you into a competent hitter the next day. Each day you must get into the box and take your swing. Over time, you get better and better at it. Next right step every day, and in time, it will become part of you.

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          • Doug says:

            Amen Charlie!

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      • Teddy says:

        good one, but I really think God gave Charlie this info soes people who were still on the fence, like Chuck, will finally believe in his message (God’s message). Aren’t we all slow of mind and dull of heart (or is that the other way around)? We have to see and hear something a million times before we believe. I still have to hear Charlie repeat there is going to be a rescue to believe it, even tho he’s said it a million times. No…I think guys like Chuck will be some of Charlie’s biggest supporters and contributors to the shrine once Obama does not finish his term.

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      • Stephen Maresch says:

        Charlie, I read your blog a few days ago where you said the Lord appeared to you and said that “we are now in the storm”. I know the chaos in the political seen is bad and that there are disasters happening else where in the world, but I just can’t help wonder if we are in the storm why does it not feel like a bad storm here, I would think if we are in the storm as a world it would be bad here as well as else where around the world. Am I missing something or am I trying to read to much into our Lords statement?

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are being too self-referential. During World War II, England was “in” the Storm long before Hitler started the bombing raids. The U.S. was in the Storm even though most Americans never felt a direct problem.

          But you might keep in mind that when heaven announces something has begun, it starts from the causes. We little folks often remain in denial until we see the effects of those causes.

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        • It might help to read Mark Mallet’s piece on this. It comes like a thief in the night. http://www.markmallett.com/blog/on-the-eve-of-revolution/
          It talks about how everyone goes on business as usual, until we can’t anymore.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Hi Stephen
          Your comment reminds me of a famous quote by Ronald Reagan: “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” I think the same thing goes for the storm – We hear the rumblings when the news reports chaos (Paris, Brussels, Syria etc) We are in the center of the storm when it hits home with recent events such as the San Bernardino shootings, Ferguson Mo, Supreme Court tossing out traditional marriage, Planned Parenthood giving $80K to Kamala Haris to raid the Center for Medical Progress and something I just heard this weekend, Chelsea Clinton at a campaign rally announcing that she’s going to abort her baby because it’s her right to do so. It will get worse, and more personal. We’ll know we’re in recovery when Our Lady rescues us, and Satan loses his job.

          Recently I saw a video and a couple of blog posts that were “debunking” this website. I think the critiques were pretty thin, and no one says that Charlie is outside true Catholic teaching. Probability being a 100% inexact science, means that there is a chance that Charlie will be right or wrong or partially right and partially wrong on some or all of the predictions. Personally, I don’t care, I love the message as it is: acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. Words to live by with or without a storm and rescue. As I read his site, Charlie has said that he was told to warn the world about the coming storm and rescue. But, unless I missed it somewhere, he was never told he had to convince anyone. So, for the readers of the site, we can consider ourselves warned. The Archbishop of Denver did not tell us to stop listening but to use our own judgement and discernment. Personally, I’ve got my handful taking the next right step and I’ll leave the map to God.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            “Personally, I don’t care, I love the message as it is: acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. Words to live by with or without a storm and rescue.”

            Absolutely! I need to grow in this practice every day, but this — TNRS — is “well worth the price of admission” all by itself! God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hmmm…I don’t know whether that is a compliment or an insult, Dan, since the price is free.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Instead of “well worth the price of admission”, I guess I should have said “Priceless”! 🙂

            God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            That sounds so much better!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back! 🙂

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          • Remember how you used to say with eyes rolling in the most exaggerated way you could muster, just in case she didn’t catch the exasperation in your voice, ” Oh, Mom…!” When she was warning you about something? ” Don’t talk to strangers. If you get lost here’s what you do…” ” Oh, Mom..you told me already! A million times!” But when you were lost at the shopping mall that time, and you were scared because you couldn’t find Mom, and a creepy-looking stranger came up and said “Hello…are you lost?” You remembered everything she told you about strangers and you did exactly what she told you to do..and you were so glad that she told you a million times! When you are scared, that repetitive training kicks in automatically. So let the d e b u n k e r s roll their eyes and make their exasperated comments. When the Storm is raging and they are terrified these words will come back to them: “Acknowledge God; take the next right step; be a sign of hope; rescue is coming.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            That is right on, flowers, and a big part of the way I work these things. As long as they remember the basics when the need comes, I have done okay.

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          • Stephen Maresch says:

            Madkatmomma, I don’t doubt Charlie authenticity, there was a time when I was cautiously waiting to see what Charlie was about but that has been answered a while ago, and I see that Charlie is thru and thru Catholic. My question was not to disparage his vision but for me to better understand it. I don’t have the gift of being trained by angels to understand the intent behind the visions and I seek clarification when something seems odd, and I did not ask Charlie to convince me of anything just enlighten me. Please don’t read anything more than that into my question. Thanks!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, Stephen, you are a trusted commenter. Whether you are cautious or not, you are always solid and courteous. I always appreciate your thoughtful questions and your thoughtful comments.

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          • ‘Charlie has said that he was told to warn the world about the coming storm and rescue. But, unless I missed it somewhere, he was never told he had to convince anyone.’ Good point Madkat. And what an excellent job he has done and continues to do. It takes A LOT of humility, trust and love to simply do what you are asked, not to add to or take away anything from the message given to you. And so it has been with any of the prophets sent by God. One of the marks of authenticity that I see in my own discernment of Charlie is his incredible ‘down to earth’-ness and lack of ego invested in his message. He lives and witnesses along the lines of Mother Teresa’s statement, “I am not called to be successful. I am called to be faithful.” I think there are very few people, myself included, who understand the suffering and incredible cross it is to be given such a task as Charlie has been given. And the awesome, fearful responsibility. I’m not ready to canonize him just yet, lol, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him declared Patron Saint of Sherpa’s one day.

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        • Things sure seem fine here in the US, Stephen. I went on a hike a few days ago, singing:

          “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My, oh my, what a wonderful day!”

          Birds were singing, the sun was shining, green leaves budding on the trees, fragrant blossoms blowing in the breeze…it’s so easy to feel that everything’s just fine! That normalcy bias is very assertive.

          Now I know, modern Disney is an evil, powerful, anti-Christian, anti-family empire — but let’s enjoy this quaint piece. Notice right at the end, tho — the Storm hits and he stops smiling suddenly. Prophetic?

          (Charlie, for some reason I thought your twin Burl Ives sang this piece. 🙂 Guess not.)

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Hi Stephen, God is good. As Jose said last week in a post, we had 90 weeks until 2018. I think we are down to 88 now. Praise God for withholding His Hand. Thank you holy father for issuing a year of Mercy, which, I believe is unprecedented in history. Julibee years come only every 25years. I think Father Kirby said there hasn’t ever been one issued outside of 25 years. Maybe Pope Francis has an inkling of something. On Spiritdaily today this caught my eye. https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/1214. That is really scary especially if you have heard of the Carrington event which occurred in the 1800’s. That is a natural occurring coronal mass ejection of the sun. It is a burst of electrons which fry electricity. North Korea is launching missiles from submarines. All it takes is one strategically nuclear missile bursting in the air doesn’t even have to hit the earth to cause an electronic magnetic pulse. When the U.S. an Russia were testing nuclear missiles they accidentally stumbled upon this fact. They knock out all the electricity, even deep underground in one of t he Hawaiian islands. I think the Russians knock out one of the “stans” I read the official US government report a few years ago . I thank God that His hand is s till withholding His justice. Can you imagine the confusion if suddenly your cellphone, tv and computer doesn’t work. Then the water goes…..thank God for withholding deserved justice.

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          • Beckita says:

            Sure enough, Deer. This morning, I posted that link at the end of Charlie’s last piece. Without stirring panic or sticking our heads in the sand, I think it’s a real possibility to cause some difficulties as are all the other possible scenarios you mention. How blessed are we that God a Plan.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Hooray for God! He is so very marvelous. I hope everyone feels the love He has for us💙💜🙌

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          • dianebelvs says:

            Lord have mercy.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I love your gravitar Diane when I saw it last week I wanted to tell you. Don’t fret. Trust God. Remember that story about the religious order that was at eithe Nagasaki or Hiroshima, they were ground zero and nothing , nothing happened to them because they were iiving out the Fatima message. If God can protect them, You are a piece of cake (with icing) I am really going to have to go to Publix and get one of their cakes because it is driving me crazy. I wonder if they have a crazy woman cake?

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          • Vote4Pedro says:

            The magnetosphere site is a hoax.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am checking it out with a legit expert on the subject, who I have not been able to reach today. I thought it sounded fishy. The magnetosphere, itself, is real as discussed in this NASA article (hopefully not written by the director who said that NASA’s primary mission under this administration is to make Muslims feel good about themselves). After I have got solid, verifiable info, I will let people know.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, Charlie!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Why do you say that V4P?

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          • I’m leaning more toward a Chinese nuke (or 10 mounted on a hypersonic glider platform – latest news) to generate EMPs over our regions rather than a natural solar event. The EMP attack would be such a logical, preemptive move for China — it would keep most people alive, would not destroy the environment as badly, but would effectively reduce us, U.S., to the Dark Ages and give China the opportunity to leap to the top and dominate the world. Also, I recall hearing China has a heavily shielded power grid, an independent power system for military functions (which we lack), and an isolated, controllable, and incredibly fast internet system. (Cyber attack is obviously in the near future). Further, a major solar event would more likely nail all countries around the world equally — which would be counter to the prediction of the rising Chinese Dragon (unless China’s shielding is good enough to protect them from our hypothetical solar flare). Speculation is fun. Thoughts?

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          • deereverywhere says:

            My thoughts are China will use No. Korea. But, a CME would not necessarily affect the whole planet. The Carrington event in the nineteenth century only affect ed certain parts of the northern hemisphere. Where the sun was pointing at the time of the burst. It is God’s choice. Certainly the sun is His tool or he can work through evil with a dirty nuke. If this occurs at all. All speculation but I have a radio and a game boy and a kindle and a color charger in a faraday cage. Mine is a popcorn tin from Christmas I have protected the inside with that foam stuff the kids use that is sticky on the back. Why the game boy you ask? So when my beautiful 25 yr. Old son gets on a rant and I want quiet time I can whip it out and hush him up. I hope it works

            A faraday cage is a metal all the way around container which can protect electronic s from electron burst but they cannot be touching the actual sides of the container. There must be a barrier between the can a nd the stuff inside like plastic or card board or something.

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          • Wow, Deer. People here never cease to amaze me. I was thinking about buying a used vehicle computer as backup for my old Dodge Dakota and wrap it in a Farraday. But I keep thinking that I’d be getting too specific with my prepping. Fox example, what if no gas is available? It keeps entering my mind though.

            Not much data on EMPs. One rather weak study showed most vehicles tested would simply restart right away after stalling.

            Regarding NK, up on Drudge today is the fact they’ve got 2 satellites that pass over the US (one launched Super Bowl Sunday that flew directly over the stadium 90 minutes after the game had finished!) and that these satellites can be controlled to drop down on us or blow up and make an EMP. Not sure how they know if nukes are on board or not.

            Game Boy – a pacifier for young adults. Nice!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I think that cars would still work but there would be no gas as electricity runs the pumps. I remember people being worried that cars wouldn’t work, then it was reported they would, My husband has a 1982Ford f 250 beat up with a vice grip to open the passenger side(at least I don’t have to roll down the window.) Door to get it open. But I am still unable to get Charlie’s site up? Are you having problems?

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          • Beckita says:

            But, deer, your post is here. Hmmm…

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Again, have no clues.

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          • Beckita says:

            Deer, you asked: “Why do you say that V4P?” I noticed Michael Brown down-rated the story’s headline on Spirit Daily from there was definitively a collapse to the next day’s headline: Was there a collapse? to today’s: Blip! The article disappeared. I also noticed the story is posted on many, what seem to be, conspiracy-theory-addicted sites although there are a few, what seem to be sensible, science sites which comment they’re considering the news and trying to verify.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I can, once again get on the site. Hooray. Hopefully it will stay and, Snowy can get on, too. When I told my son he gave me all kind of reasons why the magnetosphere wouldn’t necessarily be horrible. While my son works manual labor he studies the sciences when he is off. Currently he is on an astronomy and animal science trend where he memorizing the classification of animal like order, phylum, species, etc. He is making bat houses and promoting the benefits of bats. Bat man returns.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yeah, Deer! You’re back!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Yes, Our Gracious Lord provided me with a glimpse of how it will be without Y’all and it was terrible. I missed eveybody and I still don’t know what happened. Snowy fixed it.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Deer, so glad you are back as usual. We have a tie that no outage can break. We may have to keep our guardian angels busy for our communications for a time though.
            You are all forever in my heart and prayers and we make up the Mystical Body and we are The Church and so we are always united in that sense.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Thank you Jlynn and you are as well. I think that we may have all the timezones covered with the people who are on this site. That is really exciting. What is even more exciting is that we are all the children of God. Thank you dear little sister.💙🌷 how is your foot and your father in law? Y’all have been in my prayers.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            My dear sis, Deer, my FIL is resting well and we await for the tissue test results. I had an doctors appointment today. My X-ray looks great. I was referred for PT, still non-weight bearing at least for 3 more weeks. I will concentrate on building and toning my muscles and then I will be off and running, or maybe at least standing on two feet. 🙂 Thank you for asking and for the prayers.

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          • Beckita says:

            “My X-ray looks great.” Thanks be to God! May He swiftly and completely heal you, Jen. Praying…

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Amen and thank you Beckita!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Glad to hear it. I kinda get the feeling your FIL will be benign. I am so proud of you accepting patience and giving some control up because they are so hard to learn and it is so aggregating. Keep up the good work.i can’t find a star so here is a moon.🌛(Snowy can you find a star?)

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          • RJW says:

            And of course snopes reports it was just a computer glitch at NASA.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Good to know… I forget about snopes

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          • RJW says:

            NASA wasn’t denying that this could happen, in their reply to Snopes.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            It may happen, but what ever happens I am with God and the people He has put with me to care for. I just pray to pass the test. But since I came back to the church, I have always prayed to pass the test.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Deer, I had to scroll up about a 1/2 mile so who knows where this comment will land BUT here’s your star

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I know, we have to be star ship pilots to navigate sometimes (oh, no, a pun)

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yes 🌌🚀 these threads are quite crazy!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh- not again! Every time I try to post a star it disappears! Here’s a few just in case you need extra stars 🌟🌠✨🌟🌌❇⭐

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Hooray for Snowy, I make her captain of the star ship👸

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      • colleendrose says:

        The dwarfs are for the dwarfs, as Lewis says, so maybe so.

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      • BD says:

        Well, I trust Obama will leave office just as you indicated CJ, but can you imagine how infinite is God’s mercy to allow him the grace of conversion. I stand in awe. (Actually I am seated but you get the idea).

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        • George says:

          BD – very astute observation. Oh my. The more I think about it, it is so amazing that completely Modernist minds and hearts will be saved. Jesus is so amazing. So often in the Gospels, people were left astonished by Jesus. I think the Outpouring of Grace will be astonishing now as well. God Bless.

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      • richbru says:

        Charlie,

        Do you know the reason Obama does not finish his term?

        Thanks

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    • Well Mick I guess you don’t see the world on it’s last leg as we do, that’s ok, hopefully you will but if not just trust in God, that he’s in control. Be a sign of hope to those you come in contact with, share your money, food and clothing if needed. Protect those who can’t defend themselves cause 911 is very busy these days and will be far busier very soon, you may want to sharpen your arsenal a bit. Finally, do what is best for others and concern for yourself last. This won’t be zombie apocalypse nor the world ending stuff from Hollywood so be careful not to be too fast on the trigger.
      Charlie I was thinking how our government has sided with socialism these past 50 yrs or so and since now there’s such little difference between republicans and democrats except the false bravado from the republicans. In my most humble opinion, our country has certainly lost that shining city on the hill my beloved Pres. Reagan so aptly spoke of. It is a small wonder we are in the predicament we now face, bloated everything except jobs and justice for all. One other caveat has emerged in my mind, Mr Putin has himself a real issue with our President and his lack of judgement on the world stage with China, Putin has a dilemma where he is the only defense against China taking over the world. Europe is a fish in the net so to speak and has it’s hands full with home terrorists so when Obama backed down in putting missiles in Poland he was very surprised, with that being said I should think he was pleased at first but now seeing the reality that the missiles would have easily targeted China also he finds himself alone against china’s desire to rule the world. Our Obama doesn’t fear china because they are both like minded in many ways, What Putin understands that Obama doesn’t is that it’s good to be the king till another king takes you over. This is gonna get ugly quickly. What do you think?

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      • Mick says:

        Ha, Al! I can’t stop giggling… maybe I should have put “/sarc” after my post to Charlie, in order to indicate that I was only funning. Actually, my crack about babbling was an attempt to counter-troll a commenter (I think it was Chuck, who appears to have been a troll) who had accused Charlie of babbling. The truth is that I agree with what Charlie has said in his posts; and I agree with you about the state of the world. Like you, I think Reagan was an awesome president. Where I disagree with you is in your referring to “our Obama.” He’s not my Obama. I refuse to claim him or identify with him in any way. The very thought of him makes me shudder and then get irritation. But at least my irritation usually (OK, well, sometimes) prompts me to say a pray for him (as Charlie says, “through gritted teeth”). 🙂

        Anyhow, thanks for the smiles at the end of a long day. 🙂

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  2. SteveBC says:

    A powerful reminder, Charlie. Sometimes it’s hard to see how far things have gone off track, just because the deterioration is so omnipresent. Like a fog, it can lack features distinguishable from each other, that give depth and breadth to what we are looking at. Thank you.

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  3. jlynnbyrd says:

    “…God has a plan, He is not done with us, and He is going to send His most favored daughter to Rescue us late in 2017. It is for us to begin to prepare the way for Rescue right now.”

    Thanks be to God for His love and mercy!
    Ave Maris Stella

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  4. Joseph J says:

    In Canada the shelves of our grocery stores are full to overflowing, but the faces of the customers are sad and lonely. What is the end game of Mammon-worshippers? What does the world look like that they are trying to build? I don’t understand. Is there a clear vision?

    As technology advances exponentially, suicides and drug-addiction in America continue to rise inexorably like the tide. In East Asia people live purposeless lives of aimless and crass materialism, while abortion, childlessness and sex-slavery run rampant. In many third-world countries, millions upon millions live like dogs in slums. In the Middle East radical Islam burns like a forest fire, with spot fires in Europe and Asia. In Mexico and Latin America, Satan-worshipping drug lords set up de-facto nations. Is this too bleak a picture? In my own province of Ontario, an Indian reserve has declared a state of emergency because packs of youth are trying to commit suicide. Our government sent social workers to rescue them.

    Does anyone believe in the dreams of Mammon anymore, except the very ignorant and shallow youth? What do people believe in? As it says in the Sum 41 song, “I don’t believe in Hell, but I just might be there tonight.”

    People need a convincing alternative.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      I have wondered what the progressives think the fulfillment of their agenda is going to look like. I know my brother, that lives and has taught in LA for over 30 years, thinks the US is way to conservative and we need a more socialistic system. That we can get a government that can fix it all. But he, legally, is also suffering from this over the top political correctness, yet he can’t see that bad moral judgement is the root cause and the only answer is to turn back to God. He thinks bad morals are something we grow out of and since we can’t stop them all from happening we should just make them as safe and non consequential as possible. It is like these people are not thinking correctly. The rest just seem to be trying to get as much as they can before the system falls. At least the latter I can understand but I don’t know what they will do when the rug is pulled out.

      I’m sure we all have friends and family that ignore what is happening or try to protect themselves without God. I would worry but I have surrendered them to Jesus and He has to take care of it, because I would surely fail. Thank you Charlie for you site it keeps me sane and not running around like a nervous squirrel trying to fill my nest to full.

      I will keep you and yours in my prayers.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Progressivism is the ideology of death camps, sold with honeyed language. When their empty promises fail and their “experts” prove to be incompetent, overbearing idiots, they start interning and then executing dissidents – and then the same to fellow travelers – for they will NEVER accept that something could possibly be wrong with their ill-considered schemes. Rather, it must be “wreckers” (old Soviet Union) or “saboteurs” (Germany) and if they could just get rid of the dissidents, utopia would surely follow. Eventually, when they take power, they fall under the weight of their own internal contradictions, but not before creating a lot of misery and killing a lot of people.

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  5. malachi99 says:

    Great piece. It certainly has gotten better with age.

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  6. Anne says:

    In 1917 Our Lady was sent to call us into Her Heart…… But few have responded.
    So really the it could be argued that rescue started then…. Or even when she gave her fiat.
    So is 2017 Her culmination of the rescue?

    We do not really know how things will happen ….. It is the plan of God. We wait to see if the plan culminates in 2017…. Charlie maintains Yes. So we pray, watch and wait.

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  8. Kim Sevier says:

    Thanks for re-posting, Charlie. I quit identifying as Republican a long time ago. I only call myself Catholic now. Republican party went too left for me. And what is the deal with their decision to invert the stars on their elephant logo a few years ago? Weird, I think.

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  9. Beckita says:

    And here we are… How much more deeply mammon has fallen since you wrote: “Mammon is falling as God rises actively in human history again.” The naysayers surely must be frightened to death and/or angry they have no real control except in this: acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around them.

    Reading this again, cements a thought I have long held: one of the core pieces of the work before us will be that of reassuring those around us GOD DIDN”T DO IT. (Don’t mean to shout; wish I knew how to bolden text here) Further, God has protected us from SO SO SO SO much worse a fate than we have precipitated. HE’S the always loving Father, the ever-active Savior and forever renewing Holy Spirit. Then there’s our Mother’s intercession: speechless at the epitome of her humility, power and love.

    Through thick and thin, Charlie, you live what you have promised. Thank you. All Glory to God!

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    • B e k I t a, when I capitalize I’m not shouting, I’m emphasising. I don’t take your caps for shouting. And when I put spaces between letters it is to outsmart the auto spell. Very good point about “God didn’t do it.”

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Serously Beckita, maybe we should make a pamphlet saying that God has rules. Like the last page in the Angel book from Tan that has the “August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the Angels! Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to crush the head of satan; we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy Legions that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits; encounter them on every side; resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen.” When the nun received this message from our Lady, the nun said “Surely Holy Mother you are so kind that you would just send the angels to help us.(paraphrased)” Our Lady responded ” God requires you to ask” remember to pray means to ask. People do not know that their body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Nor do they know that He gives us what we want. You want to mess with his creation He will withdraw His protection. You don’t acknowledge Him He will just wait at the other side of the door waiting it to be opened. There really are ten commandments. They really need to be obeyed. The masses oonly say how can God let this happen when He isn’t the one at fault, they are. That’s what I was trying to tell Cheryl in the prayer section . The kids don’t have a chance because since prayer has been withdrawn from school, they would even know how to ask or that they can ask for help and prayer is not majic fairy dust that will make everything better. Passion is not about carriage rides in the park and kissing in romantic places. It is about dying to self and sucking it up without complaining and getting the job done. It is not about them it is about others. God answers every prayer, just most of the time the answer is no because He sees the big picture and knows that winning the lottery is bad for you and would cause increase of sin in your life. End of rant unless I wasn’t done but right now I have nothing……?…..

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      • Beckita says:

        Looking forward to the rebuilding phase to set things right with the Lord. You know, Deer, a few good therapists I know have told me narcissim is so prevalent in their clients. It will be a beautiful time for individuals, marraiges, families, and society when all discover the joy of dying to self as we traverse the Storm. Although I think balance in life can readily accomodate carriage rides and kissing in romantic places as well. 😉

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        • So true Beckita. I am not a therapist but have noted the same prevalence of narcissism particularly having its effect in ruining marriages. I have a great hope for healing of these folks, who are so terribly wounded and who inflict such anguish, often unknowingly on those around them. Hurt people hurt people.
          As for romance…when my husband dies to himself on my behalf, it is the most romantic thing in the whole world!

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      • Awesome comment, deer.

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  10. Charlie, thank you very much for reposting your amazingly accurate and insightful words from 2014. It seems the rate at which the United States and Western Civilization are unraveling is now approaching the exponential speed of technology, where change now happens so fast that it’s easy to forget the past, not to understand the present and to experience fear of the future. The stormy and terrible changes in our culture are happening fast enough to have the same result in many people, making your repost from 2014 and this site in general an invaluable source of knowledge and reasons to Hope.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know in my preface I had a little bit of a triumphal tone. It is not that I am so glad to have been right (I’m more unconsciously arrogant in that regard than most know – I am used to usually being proved right. Just another day at the office.) Rather, it is because, at this time, it can really be helpful to the general public to see that I am telling you true – and it really becomes a sign of hope that ALL I am telling you is true.

      I am “unconsciously arrogant” because I don’t much care about my rep here, though I am very concerned about my rep in heaven. My concern about matters here is almost solely related in a practical way to how they help or impede what my work is – which is to give people heart to endure to the Rescue – and to participate in preparing the way for it. That is the huge part of what I will be judged on, and that is almost my single-minded focus.

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      • Mark says:

        The late Fr. Kelly used to say “I was voted most humble in my class, and I’m damn proud of it!”. No apologies needed for being right.

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, Charlie!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        You are doing a great job Sherp-Doggy-Dog thanks for that and being right (and not using words that I have to look up in the dictionary😵) yesterdays was rap·proche·ment
        [ˌrapˌrōSHˈmän, ˌrapˌrôSHˈmän]
        NOUN
        (especially in international relations) an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations:
        “there were signs of a growing rapprochement between the two countries”
        synonyms: reconciliation · increased understanding · detente ·

        You must have secret spelling bee trophies in the depths of your closet.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha…maybe I should do like the old Reader’s Digest and put in a feature, “Increase Your Word Power.”

          When I first went into the newsroom as a fairly young fellow, they didn’t have spell check on the programs we used. We had a gigantic dictionary with access to all. Editors started routinely asking me how to spell various words to save time. I went along with it until it got to where I couldn’t get a story done myself without three or four interruptions. After I became Managing Editor, I always sent them to the dictionary – and they knew not to ask. Some of my old reporters would be amused to know that I am still sending people to the dictionary after all these years.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Actually I think it is great. When I find a new word and see the nuance of that word which fits so correctly, I think it is wonderful. I just wish I could remember them. I realy like that the dictionarys will tell you how to say the word. We had a two volume dictionary when I was a kid. It was amazing.

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          • RJW says:

            My 2 year old grandson uses our 30 pound dictionary as a booster seat…his vocabulary has grown exponentially 😆

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahahaha!!! Love it, RJW!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha!

            Like

          • I always have to look up AT LEAST one word in each of your major pieces, Charlie. That speaks to the level of your writing: while the text is accessible and easy to understand for most everyone, there come those deep sentences containing ideas that require time to ponder and digest (or table altogether to revisit later), and then sprinkled here and there are those tough but perfectly descriptive words…just to keep the scholars and big-shots on their toes.

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          • charliej373 says:

            You know, from the time I wrote for my high school paper, people were always telling me I wrote over people’s heads. I always stubbornly said they underestimated people – that I spoke plainly enough that people could usually pick up from the context what a word meant. At every publication I ever wrote for, I was the most popular columnist.

            In radio, I used to tape three-minute commentaries that would run three times a day. A friend, who was the news director, would do cross-talk with me when she was doing the news sets. We had a ball always trying to jab each other. One day, I had called the government a “capricious behemoth.” After her set, she just said, “Capricious behemoth, Charlie? Really?” And I had to admit maybe that was a bit obscure. At the time, my kids were little. The next day, as her set was ending I said, “Jan, you know, I talked to my kids last night – and THEY know what a capricious behemoth is.” In what may be the quickest, wittiest comeback anyone has ever gotten on me, she said, “Of course they do. They live with one.” Oh, we howled over that one for weeks.

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  11. George says:

    Bravo, Charlie. In my mind, I ask, Is it possible, the things you say will happen will not? Of course, it is possible. My reason, my heart, my discernment tell me what you have said is true. As for any difficulties and confusion in the Church in the very short term, I believe in the Sacraments, and a loving God who wants Union with me moment by moment. All I really need is a piece of shade to sit under, a cup of water, the sound of the birds. Any sufferings are the birth pangs to a life Eternal and Jesus’s head is always resting on my shoulder, whispering songs of Love. I’m a Prepper only because my wife has medical needs and to serve my children, who would not subscribe to the shade, water, pray plan. I prep as I can to help as I can, also to anyone the Lord might send our way. Hunger, exhaustion, cold, heat, sickness – all of these will be gifts from a loving God if we embrace them with Jesus. But fear, worry, anxiety are an affront and very hurtful to God. Any outside voice – TV, radio, Internet, people – and anything internal voice – thoughts, memories – that are negative or cause us to lose a pebble’s worth of peace must be cut off and rejected and are from the Evil One. All of this is just Catholicism. A great help to me has been the meditations on the Passion Jesus dictated to Luisa Piccaretta that Beckita and others here have pointed to. I cannot recommend them highly enough to attune one’s heart and mind to embracing some suffering in close union with Jesus. I’m in peril of starting to babble and we don’t want to BABBLE now, do we Charlie? My love and prayer for all here, a beautiful group of people. We will all meet some day, here or There. Blessings to All.

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  12. Brad J says:

    It’s very interesting (and uplifting) that as our family has been attempting to actually put into practice Charlie’s three simply steps of acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to those around us, things seem so much simpler and the whole ridiculous situation we find our world in seems much less oppressive.

    Also, putting it all in the perspective of Gods plan for our rescue takes the doom and gloom out of it. Obviously we are still very aware on a daily basis of the seemingly ever increasing magnitude of the goings on around us and we are constantly amazed at how many (thankfully not all) seem oblivious to it all.

    We are thankful to Charlie for “telling it true” and helping us to see events from this perspective.

    God bless you all!

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  13. LukeMichael says:

    It’s always darkest just before the dawn. My heart leaps up!

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  14. RJW says:

    Listen to the truth, learn it well and then share the message with those you know with love and compassion.

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  15. Carol says:

    Does this mean that Jesus will not be coming…I have been waiting for Him all of my life. I thought we were so close to the 1000 years of peace. Now I really am confused.

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    • charliej373 says:

      This is NOT the final coming of Our Lord. It is a final chance for us. He sends Our Lady that all may know how He honors her and because if He came, it would be the end. This is NOT the end. There may be other reasons, but these are the two I know.

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    • Beckita says:

      Carol, I think you would be greatly helped by this article which utilizes quotes from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and makes a distinction between what we are now experiencing and the Final Coming of the Lord: http://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.com/2015/09/pope-benedict-xvi-on-chronology-of.html

      Take great heart and be filled with joy! Christ will truly reign in hearts! We are in the fullness of the Storm during this Jubilee Year of Mercy with all manner of rescue in process and the promise that Our Mother will come at the end of next year, miraculously and visible to all, to Rescue us. Please take note that 1000 Years of Peace is not a literal time frame, for the Church has rejected such a literal interpretation and its often accompanying notion of millenarianism. Here’s more to consider for understanding;
      http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-coming-era-of-peace/

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      • Barb421 says:

        ohhh, the end of next year seems so far off…we just found out that our youngest son plans to travel to Hong Kong to see his girlfriend in several months time…I am so afraid, prayers please for David’s safety!

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      • Kristen1984 says:

        Beckita, you posted a few days ago in Charlie’s previous blog that you will be praying a daily rosary and you invited others to join (I believe this is what I read?).
        I was really thrilled to see this! A week or two ago, before each rosary, I started asking the Lord to unite my prayers with all of God’s children who are also praying. It seems like a simple act, but I truly believe in the power of prayer. I picture my daily rosary going before God as a ray of light with all others who are saying prayers at that time. Let us flood heaven with prayers and rosaries during this year of mercy.

        The Rosary is the weapon for these times. ~ St. Padre Pio

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        • Beckita says:

          Oh how beautiful expressed, Kristen! Seems like this may be your first time commenting? Welcome! Forgive my welcome if I’ve erred. (Gosh that sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? I just love this fam so much and don’t wish to take anyone for granted. Maternal hearts are like that, right? 😉 ) I think many readers here have commented on the power and beauty of the rosary. United with you and all here as we pray our daily rosaries. God bless you, Kristen!

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          • Kristen1984 says:

            Thanks, Beckita! That’s correct, although I’ve been following Charlie’s blog for over 6 months, I’m new to the comments section. I can’t begin to tell you the comfort and hope I receive from reading the comments and learning from the TNRS community.
            I’m 31 years old and I had a strong conversion experience last year which has brought me back to the Catholic Church. I feel the fire of a renewed faith and I want to share this with those who are close to me, however, I’m learning that most are reluctant to listen. It can be lonely at times but when I feel alone in this world, I feel the intense closeness of the Lord and our Heavenly Mother.

            P.S. – I always enjoy your perspective and cheerfulness! The world needs people who bring joy – thank you!

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          • Beckita says:

            Love that you’ve returned to the Church, Kristen. Thanks for sharing that. Very soon you will have plenty of people wanting to share the faith with you! SO glad you’re here and commenting.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Kristen, how awesome you are and humble. You are truly a greenthumb in Our Lady’s rose garden. Thank you so much for uniting your prayers. I think I either read or my mum told me that when you say rosaries with other people you ain the benefit of their rosary, so if you were to say it with two other people it would be like saying three rosaries. Just imagine how we are all benefiting from your one rosary. Thank you for helping me to remember that. I think I will do the same. Since God is so good, I don’t see why we cannot do the same for the Divine Mercy chaplet. Great job!

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          • Kristen1984 says:

            deere – I have a lot to learn when it comes to humility, but thank you anyway for the very kind compliment;)
            I will join you in doing the Divine Mercy chaplet, thank you for this wonderful reminder.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Baby girl, we all have a lot to learn about humility.

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          • ‘Green thumb in Our Lady’s rose garden’. Nice image Deer. 😍🌹

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Thanks. I remember reading somewhere that each Hail Mary is like sending a rose to Our Lady in heaven. I like that.🌷🌷🌷

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          • Annie W. says:

            Deere, some years ago I signed up with the Living Rosary, and each person is assigned a decade with a certain mystery of the Rosary. So each day my first decade is in union with those all over the world who are enrolled in the Living Rosary. I make that first decade my assigned mystery of the Rosary, which for me is the Resurrection. There are faithful people even in third world countries saying these decades; it’s beautiful.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Me too! I have Jesus carrys the Cross. My mum has The Finding in the temple. That is Pauline Jericho, St. Philamena and St. John Vinnay’ work still continuing.

            The Universal Living Rosary Association, P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, TX 77539
            Fax;281-337-3722/281-309-9821
            Email filomena@philomena.org
            Web-philomena.org

            In England P.O. 9964, Colchester, Essex Co1 9 FN, England
            Email;UlrEngland@Hotmail.com

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          • Mick says:

            Deer, like your mother, I also have the Finding in the Temple. It’s neat to “know” somebody else who has the same decade. 🙂

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Hooray, I wanted prese tation at the temple but I guess the Lord knows knows how much I fall down carrying the Cross😳

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        • singingjuls says:

          Kristen, Welcome home! It is so true that most are reluctant to listen, but I found that if you, “Preach the Gospel (by your example of living it), and when necessary use words,” it helps me so much. Be Jesus to them and you will convert them by your actions. If anything you will totally confuse them by having them wondering at how you’ve changed, as they see how much more peace and joy you have in your life. When they start asking questions, that’s when you ask the Holy Spirit to help you with the right words to say. Trust God, take the next right step, (this one for me is praying for their conversion and understanding), and be a sign of the hope He’s given you, He will do the rest. God Bless! 🙂 ~juls

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      • wpsahm says:

        Mark Mallet had a piece that REALLY helped me to see the two storms, the current one and the final one. He talked about a hurricane, and as we all know, with a hurricane we get the wild winds and destruction, then the calm and peace of the eye, and then the final wild winds and destruction.

        I follow and read MANY varied sources to kind of track the storm, but also to understand how this all fits with regard to the various Church mystics who’ve described what’s coming. Some include the return of Jesus and some don’t, so this was frustrating to me. Lots of people all over the globe are seeing the storm and are understanding why it’s here but they seem convinced that what we’re going through currently is Book of Revelation stuff: The End. And I believe it’s not The End.

        So the imagery of a hurricane helped me make sense of what’s going on and what ultimately is to come.

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      • Thanks Beckita, I sent it to my Priest and friends I have spoken too in the past about the storm, great read and alot of help thanks.

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    • DoItYourself says:

      @narnialion I happen to be rereading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Reading about Mr. Beaver saying that the word in Narnia is that Aslan is on the move brings me great hope. The creatures of Narnia were looking toward to their own rescue.

      There is the old Narnian rhyme that begins “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight….”. Seems Lewis was dead on about this.

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  16. Mack says:

    Yes, this has all happened just as you said. I think of it when people talk about how their favorite candidates will fix things. Nope.
    After Hitler invaded Poland in Sept. 1939, the rest of Europe was pretty apathetic, just like now. The French didn’t care, they went on with their daily lives, but 9 months later he marched into France and it fell without a fight. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, England was galvanized. That was the event that led it to turn to Churchill, in preparation for a battle they knew must come. France was not so much apathetic, I don’t think, as frozen in panic, like the proverbial deer in the headlights. But in France there were, indeed, officials saying in frantic denial that there was nothing to worry about – and so France fell with no real fight when the Wehrmacht turned its hungry eyes towards her. Churchill was the only European statesman that Hitler feared – or respected.

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  17. jtbranniganj says:

    Charlie: I only became aware of your existence a week ago.
    My wife and I are Catholics. After straying in my middle teens Jesus caught me and made me aware of his love and mercy for me. He brought me back to the church with a special sense of the miracle of the Eucharist and His Presence. (That was forty-two years ago.)
    During the financial chaos of 2007-2008 I felt called to learn about economics in order to protect my family, employees and clients. I came to see the fragility of our systems and realized how close we had come to a complete breakdown. I also saw how no one was doing anything to correct the true weaknesses in the system.
    Since then I have been trying to prepare my family for what I believed was destined to come. I searched for God’s plan in all this but could see little more than the small steps I could take in an attempt to prepare. I knew that only God could fully protect us, but I also felt called to do my share, to be ready. This was a lonely struggle at times as most of my Christian circle could not see why I was so concerned with “the world” and the many good people I met who were also preparing did not know Jesus well enough to trust in His protection. No one in the Church seemed to be addressing any of this.
    I have spent the last week reviewing your videos and trying to read your postings on the web. It is as if God has turned on a light and pulled off the blanket that was covering my eyes. I feel encouraged and have a new sense of hope (and even fearlessness) that this is His doing. My role is to do the “one next step” he calls me to everyday. My wife, far holier than I, long warned me that no one who came hungry to our door would be denied a share of the food I have put aside. This used to make me nervous, but now I realize it is what God has intended all along. Our ultimate goal is not to survive, it is to love others and show God’s love to them in what will seem to be hopeless and horrific times.
    Four eight years I have prayed, “Not today, God. Please no collapse today, and if collapse must come let it be gradual and gentle.” Understanding that this is all in God’s plan has made me change my prayer the last few days. Now it is “Your will be done, even in the face of the storm and bring on the rescue.”
    Thank you, Charlie, for your faithfulness. Thanks to all who have supported you so the word could reach folks like me. I will pray for you and will continue to follow what God is telling you. I will await the rescue from our Lord, through the intercession of his Immaculate Mother.
    JT
    PS. Jtbrannigan is a pen name under which I post. It was already my WordPress moniker before I discovered this site. Brannigan is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. As she was one of my greatest teachers in the faith I use it to honor her faithfulness to God and to me and my siblings.
    I hope this post wasn’t too long. I will try to be more concise in the future.

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  18. Ginny K.Allen says:

    Charlie,
    What candidates did you work for when you were in Illinois? Did you work in politics in Alabama and Colorado as well or are you on disability? I really appreciated the thank you note you sent to me saying, “I love the bold, direct way you express yourself.” Most find this off putting. I find it fits with my zeal and my desire to out the full truth in any conversation.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do no work in politics in Colorado, period. I moved from Alabama when I was three and a half. Though precocious, I was not quite that precocious. Much of my family lives there, but it hasn’t been my home since I started school.

      As for candidates and officials I worked for, I will mention names privately, but I don’t discuss it publicly now as many of them are still in office and I am a bit of a…controversial…person these days. The only exception I make is for a judge in a district – Judge Stephen McGlynn, the former co-chairman of the Illinois Republican Party – and I make that one because he chose to introduce me at my presentation in the St. Louis area last year. Otherwise, like the Bishops I speak with, unless they mention publicly that we are friends, I maintain discretion.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        Charlie – on a side note. do your kids or closest friends you talk to on a daily basis hound you for – what is it like? or constant questions. if you were my father I would probably be a constant nag for more information. or do some family members not believe you?

        As Obama stepping down will be a sign of hope for us – to destroy any of our doubts. I thank you for making that point concrete.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, they do not. They learned long ago that I do not speak to resolve anyone’s curiosity – and that I will tell them needful things whether they ask or not…but will not tell them things to satisfy their curiosity. And most of them concluded a while back that they don’t want to know anything they don’t actually need to know. I have a friend who asks sometimes if there is anything new, but he accepts when I tell him, “Not anything I am prepared to talk about.”

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  19. Here’s a recent NYT article about the Russian submarine fleet which helps illustrate the logic behind Putin’s recent military actions. Scroll down to the map. Putin has now added/secured the ports of Sevastopol in the Black Sea and Tartus in Syria.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/europe/russia-bolsters-submarine-fleet-and-tensions-with-us-rise.html?_r=1

    There is still the issue with Turkey and it’s waterways, the Bosporus and Dardenelles, which would allow Russia to link it’s Black Sea fleet and Mediterranean fleet:

    Our Lady of All Nations said on December 10, 1950 (Message 25):

    “Turkey, are you on your guard?”

    Then I see the Bosporus and the Dardanelles. I have to do something strange. I have to make my hands into claws and place them firmly on the map. My arms I have to hold like the paws of a beast.

    The Lady says, “You only represent that. You are as a beast standing with two paws upon Europe, ready to pounce.”

    Then I actually see a beast, ready to pounce on Europe. It looks to the left and to the right, but then very slowly it draws back its paws.

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  20. BlessedIam says:

    I have to ask. Has any secular media released any of your writings? Doubtful that they would for the obvious media bias and unbelief in the ways of the Lord. They are truly astounding.
    Thank you and God Bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, there have been several secular sites that have linked to me. And last summer, I actually did an internet radio interview with a financial advisor. Once, an old editor of mine published a piece I wrote about Pope Francis in a secular journal – and she knew very well my situation.

      It is interesting. Many secular sites that are not hostile to God find me interesting. I get almost as many invitations to speak from Protestants as I do from Catholics. I don’t know whether that means I am doing it wrong or doing it right. But I don’t fret over it, just soldier on.

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      • EllenChris says:

        From where I stand, Charlie, being invited to a lot of Protestant venues means that you are doing something very right indeed. 🙂 We are all in this together. On Tuesdays, we meet with a group of faithful Christian pastors in our township, and once a month we meet with pastors from all around the “Capital District.” I opened up a lot about your prophetic ministry this past Tuesday, and they took it very seriously. Although — one or two were quite concerned and hoping that you are genuinely saved, you being a Roman Catholic and all that. 😉 They see that the Storm is all around us, and they believe that God can be trusted to take car of His people. They believe in miracles, so they look forward to a real Divine Intervention. It didn’t hurt that Pastor R. T. Kendall, of Kentucky and London, UK, has also seen a great Vision of the Rescue that is extremely similar to yours. Corroboration is helpful to discernment.

        But most of all, these good pastors see that the Lord Jesus Christ is gathering His Bride. All of us in this group are deeply invested in seeing the Unity of the Body of Christ restored. We know full well that we cannot cobble this together by our own efforts. We look to God to do in-with-for us what we cannot do for ourselves. I like very much your analogy that this will be like, “A family reunion where everyone brings a dish.” We are all looking forward to being part of Jesus’ Bride, without spot or wrinkle” together in love for one another.

        I stick with Luke 21 in these days: “And you, when you see all these things come to pass, lift up your heads and look up, for your vindication is near.”

        (Personal note: last Thursday I passed the defense of my doctoral thesis, so I am being awarded the degree of D.Min. Thank you so very much, all of you who so very kindly prayed for me.)

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yay…congratulations on your doctorate! Now when some random Protestant minister worries about whether I am truly saved, I can have Dr. Ellen vouch for me! (Hee hee…I have seen that sort of triumphalism from both sides over the course of my life. Thank God that God is going to set all things to rights.)

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          • EllenChris says:

            Glad to vouch for you, Charlie — any time. It took some of these folks in our pastors’ group a little while to wrap their minds around Episcopalians being saved, either. Anglicans stand in the middle, so we get hit with rocks from both sides of the field. 🙂 We are open to accepting anyone who truly loves Jesus as only begotten Son of God, Savior and Lord, The Way, The Truth, The Life. At our worst, we fall off the “too-much-indulgence” cliff; at our best we can be a bridge between the more catholic and protestant sides of Christianity. We certainly do have our faults and failings, but at the end of the day, Anglicans in Africa and the Middle East have been giving their lives as martyrs to witness to the Faith of Jesus Christ. Read up some time about the Martyrs of Uganda where Anglicans and Roman Catholic died together as brothers in Christ, and now share the same feast day.

            God is bringing us together by His own Grace as only He, Himself can do it. Blessings to All.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Thanks be to God! ❤

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        • Anne says:

          Ellen Chris….. Congratulations.
          Thank you also for sharing about your Tuesday group of pastors. Gives a broader picture of things……. We are in it together.
          So few here can see it,.

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        • LukeMichael says:

          EllenChris my heartfelt Congratulations to you! One of my favorite friends who has since passed on was an Anglican priest and prestigious academic at a famous divinity school who played a roll in my return to the Church. He was a good friend, an expert on the Early Church and very fond of single malt Scotch. He had a number of dogs over the years and named them after his favorites. That is how we became friends! You know, the dogs not the Scotch!

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          • EllenChris says:

            Thanks to everyone for their very kind wishes. Thank you, LukeMichael. My dog, Pickles, is a Jack Russell Terrier whom we took as a rescue. After we got her, we found out that Jack Russells were originally bred by a Church of England Vicar named John Russell. He developed the breed for hunting — to go into the foxes’ dens to flush (or drag) them out. They are very fierce little critters and not for owners who are faint of heart. But, we love her. While at Fordham University many years ago working on a PhD in theology, I was occasionally invited by a Jesuit professor over to the Jesuit Residence for dinner — something they did for their students. This was the only time in my life that I drank any really good Scotch — and I mean REALLY Good! 😉 🙂 None since.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Congratulations, Ellen Chris!

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        • Mary W. says:

          Congratulations Ellen Chris ! Knowing you these past years through Charlie’s blog leaves no doubt in my mind that you passed with flying colors. Your intellect is impressive as is your humility and obvious desire to be a unifying factor in these times we are entering. Thank you for your wealth of contributions. I do look forward to meeting you one fine day.
          In His precious love we are one.

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        • Judith says:

          congratulations Ellen Chris. I always appreciate your comments. Deepens my understanding

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        • Another Karen says:

          Congratulations Ellen…..I mean Doctor…..Hopefully you now have some time to relax a bit (relatively speaking!).

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  21. Rosie says:

    Charlie, in your last paragraph, what do you mean “So, American officials are counting on temporal political means to grapple with what are, at bottom, fundamental religious and cultural issues. It seems the Americans are using the right means for the wrong argument while the Russians are using the wrong means for the right argument. ” Please be more specific. Thank you for your response.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is something to be contemplated, Rosie. It was written almost two years ago, things have changed a little. At the time, many in America were using the democratic means of freedom, but were only devoted to political problems, while dismissing the spiritual and cultural vacuousness that has brought these problems on. Russia has been using coercive means, but yet has been doing it frequently on behalf of elevating the spiritual and cultural dysfunction.

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  22. ColleenW says:

    It is hard to find other Catholic that want to talk about this stuff. No body thinks these things (end of an era/era of peace) will happen in their lifetime. It’s not reality for them. Most people are busy just trying to get through the day.

    The signs are all there…How many times in the last few years have the headlines read: “Historic/Record Breaking” rains/flooding/tornadoes/earthquakes. The Middle East/Russia/China/North Korea, yes they have always been a thorn in our side but all of them “more so” now. How many animal die off’s have we read about. Fish washing up on shores, birds falling out of the skies, the bees dying off…

    Then there are the odd stories you read about. The pale/green horse rider seen in the news video during the spring riots in Egypt, the lighting striking the Vatican when the Pope resigned, and fire falling from the sky and turning the sky red in El Salvador. I’m sure there are many more stories out there.

    This isn’t the first time the economy is bad, but according to the experts, it’s a LOT worse than we know.

    The Supreme Court allowing gay marriage, government forcing business to go against their morals and participate in making wedding cakes, providing abortions or support for abortions, this whole transgender bathroom issue, teaching children in school from a young age that this stuff is normal. People losing their jobs for making simple statement against anything the politically correct crowd dictates. Even within political parties it’s conform or else. (I remember a time when pro life democrats were allowed to run for office.) You may have read about the woman who posted she was against the transgender bathroom issue on her Facebook page. Facebook suspended HER account for 7 days and the person who threaten to choke the life out of her still has his account up and running. Our right to speak has been taken away from us. It you don’t want to be sued, called a hateful bigot, lose your job/friends; then you better be on board with the PC crowd or you’ll pay one way or another for having different views.

    The whole political mess. I’ve never seen anything like it.

    I think some people expect things to come crashing down in a day in a spectacular way; otherwise they can’t see it for what it is. I often think of the Jews still awaiting their Savior. They totally missed it because God didn’t handle that in the way they expected.

    Taken individually/regionally it doesn’t appear were are at the promised end of an era. But take a step back and look at the whole picture. We ARE in the storm. It’s easy to see.

    Colleen

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    • Barb421 says:

      excellently stated,Colleen

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    • It IS hard to find Catholics who want to talk about this stuff. I’ve largely given up trying. But yesterday after Mass during coffee and donuts, a new lady joined our table. I did my usual shtick and summarized the world, the Storm, refuges, and the Rescue in under 10 minutes. I even told her about Gabriel getting as big as a house! Gauging her positive reaction, I said confidently, “Nothing I have said to you comes as a surprise, does it.”

      She smiled and said, “Nope. It explains a lot. I was wondering why I moved to South Dakota and recently felt prompted to buy a 28-acre ranch with a storage barn and well. Yesterday, I even thought I should go buy an axe and some more seeds. This has all been on my heart for a long time. Looks like I’ve got some work to do.” I then wrote down the blog and key links.

      BTW, Colleen, nice summary about the phenomena and problems of our sick world.

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      • Jose says:

        It is hard, indeed. I was talking to some colleagues today about these things. One of them said: “those things that you say are NOT going to happen. We don’t believe! It’s okay, soon enough you will have to admit that you were wrong. You will apologize to us and we will let you know that we still love you.” I said: “Okay, but what if you are wrong? Will you apologize?” She said: “We will NOT be wrong!”

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Jose, I like that, especially since a lot of it is playing out now before our eyes. You can bring a horse to an ophthalmologist, but you can make it remove his blinders, or something like that. 😉

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Colleen
      You have this nailed down precisely. I have seen this coming for years but felt so isolated by my perspective. I couldn’t say this stuff to my large Catholic family but I know that most of them see this coming yet struggle to verbalize it. I think I will use your own words to talk with them, just to keep my name out of contention, assuming you are OK with that.

      I think without my TNRS family I might get depressed. I have to say I used to love mowing the lawn, trimming the shrubs etc. Now it’s hard, I see the darkness all about!

      I do love the people here and so admire the gentle, kind and merciful responses to critics from people like Beckita Biscuits, Charlie, Snowy, Bob, Mick, YD, Doug, jenn, Phillip et al.
      I am so proud to share the love of God and his Holy Catholc Church with you all. May we continue to work and pray together and bring our friends and neighbors home!

      Charlie, be patient with us all. I understand your direct and sometimes sharp response to critics, but dad gum, when they say you predicted the death of Bush in office or whatever silly idea comes along, one has to wonder!

      By the way when was that comet supposed to hit us?

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  23. JudyM says:

    Dear Charlie:
    I just found out about you in March, when Spirit Daily reported on Archbishop Aquila’s ruling on you. Having lived in Denver for 23 years, the Spirit Daily headline about a Denver seer caught my eye.
    I now live in central Illinois in my home town. I moved back in 1995 to care for my Mother.

    Once back in Illinois, I started following Tom Roeser, and was deeply saddened when he passed away. It was the only spot where I could find out the real scoop on American politics and the Catholic Church hierarchy. I was thrilled when I read that you considered him a friend.

    Like some of your followers have noted, when I found your site, I felt relieved. I had finally found some kindred souls who saw the same things I had been seeing since probably 2004.

    When I read about the Rescue, I started thinking about something that happened to me around 2007. I had a dream in which I was in my back yard, looking up the hill south of my house. Suddenly there was a very bright pulsating round light in the sky, and as it came closer to me, I could see our Blessed Mother in the middle of the light. She didn’t say anything. She just smiled at me and pointed to her Immaculate Heart. Then I woke up. I couldn’t believe it was a dream; it seemed more real than real life.

    The next night I had another dream. This time I was in my back yard looking up the same hill, when I noticed a bald eagle standing off to the right of me. The eagle was also looking up the hill. This time, instead of a light, there was an old barn with the bottom boards missing so you could see inside. There were people waiting inside to talk to some other people who were seated at a table. There was a dirt path going up to the barn and another coming out of the left side of the barn. I saw one man come out with a big smile on his face and buoyancy in his step. Everyone was dressed in shabby clothes. I started walking up the path to the barn with a wonderful feeling that I was going to be okay. Then I woke up, and again, I couldn’t believe it was a dream.

    I told a priest friend about these dreams, and he told me I could well have had a vision and a prophetic dream, and only time would tell the outcomes of them. BTW: I just found out that my priest friend also follows you.

    When I read about the Rescue, the first thing I thought of was my dream and if our Blessed Mother will come to us like she did in my dream, in a bright light with a beautiful smile and pointing to her Immaculate Heart. I guess time will tell.

    I would appreciate any thoughts you or others might have about my dreams. I also want you to know what a gifted writer you are Charlie. I am a nurse turned writer, and I find the pieces you write at times breathtaking.
    Nurse Judy

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Judy. I am so glad you followed Tom. He was a wonderful man…and it is a real comfort to his widow, Lillian, that so many people so enjoyed his work.

      As for your dreams, I largely stay away from that for it is not my area of expertise – or inspiration. But I find them very consoling, and I think you are right to do so, too. On the other hand, the Lady appeared in a form of Rescue and you found everyone with joy in a very ordinary, plain situation. That gives me consolation.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Judy, I too listened to and loved to listen to Tom Roeser on WLS in Chicago. I am now in the SW suburbs. It is so nice to have you here. Welcome!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ha, Jen…if you were listening to him on Sunday evenings back in 2008, you would have heard me talking to. A fellow by the name of Jeff Berkowitz and I were his permanent panelists on an election discussion show. We would usually have one to three other guests on each week, but Jeff and I were the regulars.

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        • Beckita says:

          Some of those Sunday programs have been preserved on You Tube, Charlie!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, this was radio, not TV. So I am not sure. There probably is an archive somewhere at WLS. I don’t know that I would want all of it to surface. One night, we were handicapping some state legislative races. There was a left-leaning Republican incumbent, Sid Matthias, in a tight race and I predicted him to win more easily than expected. When asked why I was so sure, one guy had to have his mike silenced he was laughing so hard when I said, “He fits his district perfectly. That district is mostly CEO’s with trophy wives named Muffy who are playing around with the tennis pro. They want two things: to keep taxes low and abortion legal. Sid’s a perfect fit.” As it turned out, Matthias was listening that night. He called later to tell me he nearly drove off the road laughing when he heard me peg his district so accurately. And he did, indeed, win comfortably enough.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, this is the sort of stuff that made politics fun!! The truth, you’ve got to love it!

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          • charliej373 says:

            In ’96, my U.S. Senate candidate had lost the general election. They had a bunch of us operatives from statewide campaigns in afterword to give a recap. One of the questions that came up was, “Win or lose, what is the best thing about it being over now.” Everybody doubled over with laughter when I growled that, “I don’t have to say nice things about Bob Dole any more.”

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Charlie! And I bet that Bob Dole’s reply would’ve been, “Bob Dole is offended that Charlie doesn’t want to say nice things about Bob Dole, because Bob Dole is Bob Dole!”

            By the way, when we lived in Illinois, my husband and I were regular listeners of WLS. The funniest thing I ever heard on that station was a “commercial” or “interlude” or whatever it is called when one of the show-host says a little something as a promo for his show. This particular host was trying, tongue-in-cheek, to come up with a holiday greeting that would please everyone and offend no one. So he said “Merry Christma-Kwanzaa-‘dan” in a super-chipper voice (the “‘dan” was short for Ramadan and was pronounced accordingly). My husband and I laughed ourselves silly every time we heard that promo.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hee hee…Charlie Johnston growled much like Bob Dole growled when Charlie Johnston said it.

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          • Aric says:

            Beckita is correct– I found two programs on You Tube

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          • Beckita says:

            I’m giggling as I’m thinking: Well, did you guys think I’d just make it up? LOL!!! Even Charlie hedged when I first posted, I guess because we always think of visual taping instead of radio. They were very entertaining, Charlie. 😉 I love this family.

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          • Judy says:

            Here are a couple of broadcasts with Tom and Charlie.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzKIBSHUEBQ (broadcast 8-10-08)
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUGFZVIdYfA (broadcast 8-31-08)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha! I listened to a little of one of these. It was great to hear Tom Roeser’s distinctive voice again. At all these radio shows, his wife, Lil, always came into the studio with us, but never spoke on air. One of the things I loved best about them was how much and how obviously Tom and Lil were in love all their lives.

            For other readers, take a little care. This is when I was doing secular work and I am sometimes bluntly political and partisan here.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          I was an avid Monday through Friday drive to and from work and lunch break listener. WLS, Rush Don & Roma, Ty & *Fast Eddy* made me fall in love with politics and history late in life. 🙂
          Here and there I caught the weekend programs; Kim Komando, Dr. Dean Edell, and Tom’s shows. I had to have listened to you and Jeff as panelists too for sure. It brings back fond memories. It was a joy to be able to spend time with and relate to individuals that were brave enough to take and stay the course of the road less traveled.

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          • Judy says:

            I actually followed his daily blog, where I suspect he wrote things he couldn’t say on the air. He cracked me up daily. I also remember him not commenting on his blog for a few days, and then finding out he had died. I felt like I had lost a dear friend, and the only friend I could depend on to tell it to me straight.

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          • charliej373 says:

            We talked on the phone frequently and would get together for lunch at his club (the high-falutin’ Chicago Athletic Club downtown) once or twice a month. Up until the end he had a lively, curious mind. Did you know he was Undersecretary of Commerce during the Nixon Administration? He actually was the genesis of a major program that degenerated to a center of leftist entitlement and fraud. I won’t tell which program it was because he constantly said it was the thing he most regretted in his entire career. It actually was conceived as a solid free-market program, but many have discovered that when your elegantly conceived idea falls into the hands of government careerists, it gets mauled beyond recognition.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I wonder if you knew that Eddie Vrdolyak and the late Mayor Harold Washington were actually friends, Jen. I had dinner with Vrdolyak one night. The media always portrayed them as fanatical opponents who loathed each other. They were, indeed, political opponents, but Vrdolyak said they would often have breakfast together and chuckle at the clueless media’s latest depiction of Vrdolyak as Darth Vader to Washington’s Luke Skywalker.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Charlie, I remember him and Burke bickering a lot but was not aware of his relationship with the late Mayor Harold Washington.
            I certainly got to appreciate the softer side of Ed on the show he did with Ty Wansley, God rest his soul. I love the way they complimented each other and their humor made me smile. 🙂

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        • Beckita says:

          Charlie, would you consider hosting a radio show after the Rescue? I can think of all manner of guests who would love to be on your show!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I love the logo, but what I look forward to is being able to truly retire and relax. I have been busy and in the fray one way or another all my life. Hoping to just be an “elder statesman” after the Rescue is a big part of what keeps me going. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I will embrace it eagerly.

            Seriously, Beckita, I deeply look forward to watching as young people rebuild the world as it should be, rising from the ashes mine and previous generations bequeathed them. I will take great joy and satisfaction in having a little time to be witness to that, while cackling that the active work is better left to the youngsters!

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          • Beckita says:

            Totally ribbing you, Charlie. I share your same sentiments (minus the elder statesman). You are my little brother, you know. 😉

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          • Charlie, while you hope to retire into the contemplative life, there are a couple reasons relaxation might not be that easy. For one, you love people too much to ever be isolated from them for very long; and second, thousands of people and their children from around the world may really want to meet “that prophet of Jesus who foretold of Our Lady’s Rescue.” I’m not sure if there are other prophets on earth right now accomplishing a mission like yours, but you’ll probably need a secretary to book all the appointments for those who would be deeply honored to meet you…

            …unless the Lord has promised to grant you this peace after a job well done. (Luke 2:29)

            Well, if I survive and am not too busy with the rebuilding, I hope to have an opportunity to visit you for a few hours at your cabin in the mountains. I’ll visit in July and bring a couple of my homemade craft beers.

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          • charliej373 says:

            If I keep faith to the end and leave the final rebuilding to others, I think that is what “raising support for the Shrine” really is. An extended tour to celebrate our Rescue with people who helped prepare the way. Because let’s face it, when all comes to pass, raising support for the Shrine of thanksgiving will be the easiest job ever!

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          • Kim Sevier says:

            I begged our pastor to start perpetual adoration at our parish. He worried about money to build a chapel. I knew if we started it, the money would appear. It did, praise God. We have a glorious perpetual Eucharistic Adoration chapel.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful witness, Kim! I advocated strongly for Perpetual Adoration in this area two years ago with but minimal support and, for now, we have a weekly 40 Hours Devotion in place, hoping to procure the graces for others in the area to discover the life-changing benefits of becoming an adorer. We pray…

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Thanks be to God, and your nudge too Kim. 😉

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      • Judy says:

        Thanks jlynnbyrd.

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      • Judy says:

        Yes, Tom had a deep and beautiful love for his wife and children.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to commenting, Judy.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      I also am living in south central Illinois taking care of my mom. Nice to meet another NRS around this area. God is sooooooooo everything.

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  24. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    You may put this on the list of ” another one of her nutty questions”:
    so if you did not exist to do this or God did not in his Divine Providence have someone do the job of sherpa, how different would it be? I ask because you have said, if my memory serves me correctly, that even you will lose hope. So if things are going to be that bad, and I believe they will, we will all lose hope as you have said. So if you were not around what more would happen? Just wondering. And, yes, I am aware that curiosity killed the cat. 🙂

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  25. Fred says:

    Charlie- Thanks for your continued help and guidance in these difficult times. I know I would be a lot more nervous and upset about the “storm” around us right now if I had not been led by the Spirit to your website. You have helped me learn to trust better and to worry less, both of which have been a spiritual blessing.

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  26. tmbrune says:

    Dumb question…You said no collection until after the rescue….I thought the economy was going to collapse and our money would not be worth anything ? Did i misinterpret ? We were suppose to prepare by having “stuff” to barter ? How are we going to collect after the rescue to build a Shrine?
    I am thinking in terms of money but will there be another way ? Sorry if I misunderstood.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Currency (or money) is just a tool to make value easily convertible. There have been more than a few regional economic collapses throughout history – and in every one, a new currency rose again after the old collapsed – often with the same or a similar name as the old. It is a useful tool.

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  27. Oh my goodness Charlie, I remember reading this and thinking how intensely brilliant you are. I am a great fan of Pat Buchanan, Ron Unz, Paul Craig Roberts, Peggy Noonan, all great writers with such wise geopolitical beliefs. And you top them all. I know it’s coming, it has to. Our policies have been for the birds. I am a Trump supporter and still hoping for some sense of order. I know it’s unlikely even a Trump will help, but I’m still praying. It has been the most unbelievable primary that I have ever witnessed. A lot has been unveiled on how corrupt our party system is. So comforting to know you are with us on this process.

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  28. Bob says:

    This will not make one bit of difference on Judgment day but our Blues finally were able to play a full 60 minutes and beat your former Blackhawks Charlie. The lesson is Keep on plugging and good things can happen.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I never cared for hockey – and my friends when I lived in the St. Louis area loved it. Usually I root for the Chicago teams first and St. Louis second, but this was one of the rare times when I was rooting for my friends in St. Louis. Go Blues!

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      • Bob says:

        Thanks for your support, but save the prayers for the truly important things. My son in law named our grandson Elliott, in part due to the Blues Goalie, so after they won last night I put a note on the front door when my daughter brought our grandson over this Am. It said “Good Job Elliott!!”. I haven’t been a big hockey fan either but with my son in law I should show a bit more respect. I had been too long disappointed by the Blues as they had the habit of taking a mid game unscheduled “rest” and their play in tough games suffered. Maybe they have learned a thing or two?

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        Remember Mike Liut? My cousin’s husband.

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      • DanSouthChicago says:

        Charlie, this is a serious flaw in your otherwise sterling character! (My wife usually says this to White Sox fans.😀) However, I know that you root for the team wearing blue in that “other” Chicago-St. Louis rivalry.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I’m glad, though, that the Cards are my #2 baseball team. Otherwise, I would be celebrating no World Series victories in my lifetime. The Cubs are looking pretty good this year. I spent much of the spring and summer of ’77 as a bleacher bum.

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  29. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    I fear the rockstar. I can count the fallen Catholic stars of the past fifteen years or so. I have great respect for you. The balance you have manifested in your writing and in your personal presentations has been persuasive. And yet I wonder about those who have gathered around you, sometimes including myself. Is my/their reliance on you or on God? You speak of all of us being in the dark and groping for the next right step fairly soon. Even the pope, in the mess that is AL, seems to be less of the clear reliable sound of the trumpet than many of his predecessors in the Chair of Peter. Does this mean that perhaps you, yourself, will really, or at least in appearance, become unreliable? The Psalmist says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in men.” Unfortunately this, “trusting in men”, has been all to common on the side of those who are otherwise solid and orthodox. I guess I get a little nervous, particularly with the crash and burn of LttW, that there is more of an appetite for the latest “message from above” than there is for reading the Gospel and the Catechism. I know that you try to keep it balanced (thank you) but there seems more an appetite here for Piccaretta (sp?), Valtorta, Medj, the Flame of Love, etc, etc, etc, than there is for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
    None of this is intended to offend and it is probably as much of call for personal introspection as it is a question to others. Let us trust in God alone and pray for personal, interior peace amid the collapse.
    PAX,
    Matthew

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Matthew. It was a deep concern I had even before going public – and discussed with my Priests many times. So many things start well and degenerate into cults of personality – and then they lose their usefulness altogether. I have multiple practical safeguards in place to protect against that. Two others are that I had a lot of experience as a writer and political operative with regional prominence, so this sort of attention is not new to me. I worked out most of my “big head” issues back then. I used to emphasize to young operatives, who were prone to thinking themselves masters of the universe, to keep their attention on the work. When things are going swimmingly, you’re not as good as you think you are and when things seem disastrous, you’re not as bad as you think you are. If you just stay focused on the work, things will work out.

      The biggest thing, I think, is that I stay focused on the work practically. Worldly honors are nice, but don’t last. Same with worldly attacks – irritating, but they don’t last either. I stay focused on the work and who is boss. But I think (to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson) that eternal vigilance is the price of effective authenticity.

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    • Matthew, I have the same concerns and still feel uncertain at times. Why was I suddenly following so closely a complete stranger? In my case, it was because Charlie’s words reflected a decade-long calling in my heart; so, I very quickly and thoroughly reoriented my life. That was an extremely radical thing for me to do. I interrupted a doctoral degree, sold all non-essential possessions, and bought food and supplies for others I have yet to meet. Weird–some might even say “illogical”. But, his warnings encouraged me to take prudent steps based on a bit of reason and a lot of faith, so I lightened the load I was carrying and got prepared, none too late.

      But Charlie himself has given us very few tangibles to rely on. He *personally* provides no supports to lean against and humbly dissuades us from looking to him for guidance on exactly which steps we should take (not that he even knows). True, while we look to him anxiously for any glimpse of future events, his core message has unswervingly pointed toward relying entirely on God. Because of that message, with the help of Our Lady, my love of God and neighbor has deepened dramatically. Charlie was simply the catalyst, pointing the way.

      Not sure where this is from, but: “Only a fool looks at the finger pointing toward the sky.”

      I assume some of us might lose contact with Charlie before very long (although I’d rather not). Hopefully, his “training” was not in vain, when we must step out into the Storm alone, testing our faith in daunting new ways, without having our hands held by anyone but God and Our Blessed Mother.

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      • ann says:

        Yup. Mathew and Patrick–all of this “training” is helpful but in a riff on “don’t kill the messenger because you don’t like the message’ I think we could say “don’t idolize the messenger because you like the message” It is Jesus who calls us, Jesus who prepares us, Jesus who sustains us, Jesus who rescues us. A healthy distrust of “rock stars” is definitely in order. Back in the glory days of the Charismatic Reunion we had several and many of them (priests particularly) were–sadly–revealed to be not what they seemed. It shook the faith of many. To quote St. Teresa “All things are passing….God alone sufficeth.”

        I think it is just human nature to chase after “messages” and “seers” because it seems way more exciting than the scriptures and it seems to provide a guide for the “here and now”. But always what we really have–what we only have– is the Word of God and the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Beyond that, a dose of skepticism is always a good thing.

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Matthew, It’s always wise to personally asses one’s life activities. The cautions you mention are important ones on which to reflect. At the same time and in all candor, each of us shares but a few dimensions of our individual lives here.

      Even while I’m committed to being a part of this community as well as pondering Charlie’s posts and supporting his work via prayer and participation in the TNRS Answer Service, I surely haven’t ditched my Rule of Life which is rich with prayer, such as daily Mass, the Divine Office, Rosaries, Chaplets of Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, a few additional devotions, spiritual reading and studies in addition to meditation and contemplation times. I love enfolding the people here in my prayer life and I continue with parish ministries and tasks which support our evangelization efforts among the hungry-for-God people of a particular region in China. Please, not intending to brag at all. Just reflecting, in turn, on your own musing.

      The spiritual journeys I’ve taken as I’ve been open to private revelation have never deterred me from focusing on Christ, the sacraments and the Scriptures with continuing education via retreats, personal studies, and spiritual direction. In fact, all these spiritual activities have overlapped and integrated resulting, by God’s Grace, in a deeper conversion and prayer life. I did totally miss the mark with LttW. No problem taking up the work of processing and moving on. Lessons were learned and, best of all to me, I didn’t shun all prophecy because of the mistaken belief that LttW could have been authentic. That said, I have known people who seem to be apparition junkies and seemingly become hyper-focused on details.

      Matthew, I also see so much more than private revelation going on here and I hope this doesn’t read as defensive because it’s not intended to be. Our familiar NRS formula is a true way of life. Again and again, I’ve heard people express how living it NOW has changed their lives. What a gift to practice now as it enriches living. What a gift so that we’re well rehearsed when the guacamole hits the fan. What a gift to live this way ’til the end of our days here.

      I’m grateful for all the many discussions which have clarified and newly taught people about various aspects of our Faith. I appreciate all the Eastern rite charisms to which we’ve been exposed here. I have a great affection for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters who comment and share. I think there are a ton of committed intercessors here; some comment right away on prayer requests while many have expressed that they pray but do not comment each time.

      Another idea to keep in mind concerning authentic private revelation are the fruits God has drawn from it. I’m thinking of the establishment of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Fr. Hardon writes that St. Juliana, a Belgian nun in Retinne, who lived at the time of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Louis, received the inspiration from Our Lord as to the purpose of focusing on such a celebration. From this, sprang forth Eucharistic Processions. The Feast of Divine Mercy and accompanying Chaplet come from private revelation. Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, such as First Friday, are rooted in His private revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are rooted in her private revelations in Fatima. Today, God is bringing something new via private revelation, fully approved by Mother Church and developing under the safety of her arms. Not a devotion but a spirituality which Jesus promised would bring about the fulfillment of the Our Father: “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…” Pretty bold, I know. Yet it’s all happening in complete obedience to the Church. I just received the Vatican’s official biography of the life of Luisa Piccarreta: The Sun of My Will. It’s incredible Matthew. Not replacing any of the important foci which you mention but enriching one’s spiritual life so that the Holy Spirit’s fire is burning more brightly within my life.

      As for Charlie Johnston… If he were to be called home today, I would weep copiously, pray for his soul all the days of my life and keep my eyes on the Holy Trinity through the intercession of our Mother. Since he hasn’t yet been called home and is soldiering on in the work he agreed to do for Our Lord, and I presume Our Lady, I will continue to listen and participate here with my eyes on the Holy Trinity through the intercession of our Mother. I have the greatest affection for you, Charlie, but the last thing I would ever want to put you through is placing you on a putrid pedestal or granting you some idiotic guru status or following you in hysterical zombie mode without engaging my brain and discernment. Although, I have done some downright stupid things in my lifetime. Oh well.

      Matthew, thank you so much for writing what you did. You write very thoughtful comments and I’m so glad you’re here. This post today was a great springboard for reassessing why I’m here.

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      • Bob says:

        And as i said in a recent post more briefly, Charlie’s emphasis in both seeing the reality that our world is crumbling as it must if it does not rely on God as well as to build up hope that “God is not finished with us yet” and that we must work to build up the faith and the faithful is good no matter the exact time table of the fall of man’s pride and self reliance and the rebuilding of greater hope, trust in and surrender to God. As my wife uses the acronym FROG,( fully rely on God!) Now back to work for this man!

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    • Thank you for your concern, Matthew. In my case, Medj, 2 xeroxed pages of Valtorta, a booklet on Flame of Love, and now pdf of Piccaretta draw me close to the Eucharist and the Gospels. I am very thankful to Dan Lynch, Daniel O’Connor, Anthony Mullen et al for enriching my faith.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Welcome Mathew.
      I love Fatima. I also love Pope Leo XIII. I could not figure out Pope Leo’s St. Michael vision. The hundred years were up a while ago. I couldn’t figure it out. It never dawned on me that the counting didn’t start at the time of the vision. Then Michael Brown had an article referencing that perhaps the hundred years didn’t start after Pope Leo’s vision. Well, I had not considered that. It certainly sounds like something the devil would do. Fatima happened in 1917. One hundred years from then is 2017. So then I read about Charlie. He was born for a mission. He wasn’t born Catholic. That makes sense because he knows the out side of not being a Catholic and the inside of becoming Catholic . He has been with priests as spiritual directors for 20 years. They have documented him. He would have to do what they tell him under obedience. He has obeyed. He is not forbidden. Father Mitch Pacwa, who is a super smart person has no problem with Charlie. More importantly, whe I add every thing up it comes out to common sense. Charlie is human and can make mistakes. I am human and I make gazillion s of mistakes. Can he be wrong? Sure, especially where prophecy is concerned because the conduit is human, hense flawed. Then there is the fact that we are living in Superman’s bizzaro world where right is wrong and wrong is right. At this point in time I think that even the rocks are crying out to God for justice. The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord. How much further, how much longer will Superman’s bizzaro world be aloud to continue. Charlie is human. But I believe him. What does he say, honor God and take the next right step. He doesn’t ask for money. The only dog he has in the fight is doing what his take on what God wants him to do. The stuff that God wants him to do is to call people back to God. Then there is this website where people, really good, knowledgeable people congregate and pray for other people and bounce ideas off of each other and kid around kindly and discuss things. Almost everyone who finds this site feels comfort. By your fruits you will know them. Welcome I think you will learn some good thing and sort out how you feel. It is a great place to communicate with like minded people

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Matthew, I think this is why Charlie was given the gift of crankiness that we all so cherish, appreciate and love.👀💣💥 He reminds me of St. Jerome who was known for his temper and his use of the pen ✏ to express it! He defended the faith often to the running terror of those who dared speak any untruths about the Faith or the teachings of Christ. He was immediately filled with remorse for this, his 💥 explosive temper and was said to have often used a rock to beat his chest in sorrow. One Pope, seeing a picture of this said, it’s a good thing he used that rock or the Church would never have canonized him! So it’s all good 😠+ 😇+ ✏ = Charlie! God always knows exactly how to deal with these things! 👍✌

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  30. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    My friend, Pat, is reading you apparently. 🙂
    http://buchanan.org/blog/if-god-is-dead-125152

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  31. Sylvia says:

    Love you Charlie! God bless you and God bless America!

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  32. DanSouthChicago says:

    I bought my wife an iPad when she retired and I love it. I use it daily — she uses the laptop. When you highlight a word on the iPad, you can cut, copy or define. I usually use “define” on at least one word in each of your posts — even though the meaning is clear because of context — and I appreciate that. Keep it up, pr’fesser. English — ain’t it great?

    God bless.

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  33. DanSouthChicago says:

    My wife was enthusiastic when I gave her the iPad, but decided she liked the keyboard, mouse and 17″ screen better. Even though she occasionally uses the iPad, she returns it to me whenever the laptop is available. And I can bring the iPad downstairs when doing laundry. That works out well for her. And no, I don’t usually use the gifts I give her — not the same taste in clothing. 😊 (But I do occasionally sneak a piece of her chocolate.)

    God bless!

    Sent from my, uh, her iPad

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  34. LisasMania7 says:

    Putin receives communion

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