Charlie Johnston: Threat or Menace?

dallas st. therese and me

Hanging with St. Therese as I passed through Dallas during my pilgrimage.

By Charlie Johnston

The National Catholic Register today published a piece on me by Patti Maguire Armstrong which pretended to be balanced while obscuring key facts and repeating silly rumors, but attributing them to others. That is the sort of pseudo-journalism I call the “Threat or Menace?” style…and today, that is what Armstrong does to me.

I started hearing from people about this piece over a month ago, that Armstrong was calling looking for information. Since she had already commissioned two pieces for her blog that badly garbled what I say in order to discredit me, I did not have high hopes about how the article would come out when she was actually writing it herself. One thing she carefully avoided was actually ever talking to me. I was disappointed that the National Catholic Register, an estimable publication, would carry it. But she is a columnist there.

The headline, itself, is deeply misleading. It says that I have continued my ministry despite being banned in Denver. (Since this article appeared, the Register has changed its headline to say “despite the Archbishop’s warning” rather than “despite being banned” One would think after over a month of work, they could have got it right the first time.) I am NOT banned in Denver; I am instructed that if I give a presentation there I must do it on non-Church property. Period. Ms. Armstrong wanted to make it appear as if I am disobedient to my Archbishop. Had she actually wanted clarity, a very simple question would have sufficed. She spoke to Denver Chancellor David Uebbing. She could have simply asked him whether I am living obedience to my Archbishop. The answer would have been an unambiguous and simple yes. Who knows? Maybe she did ask that question but did not like the answer – so she made things murkier, implying that I am defiant without actually stating and taking responsibility for it.

She also cites blogger Kevin O’Brien who, some time back, did an unhinged attack piece, in which he didn’t allow any comments. It was chock full of misinformation, including that I had never taken a pilgrimage at all and that I was raising MILLIONS (use your best Dr. Evil voice) for the Shrine through the donations button on my website. I corrected it in a comment here – (originally I wrote erroneously here that I corresponded with him for a few days) noting that I do not have and never have had a donations button on my website. Oops – he corrected it without noting any correction had been made. Old-time journalistic ethics allow for minor grammatical and spelling edits to be made without publicly acknowledging it, but require any substantive edits to be disclosed. The business on the pilgrimage was strange. There were literally thousands of contemporary witnesses who were virtually following me on my way. Over a few days, O”Brien edited and re-edited that portion of it, again without acknowledging he had made any errors in the first place. The last time I looked he concluded that I had “only” walked 1,700 miles, that it was not coast to coast, and that I accepted rides from people who offered.

It was a strange, breathless revelation on his part, for at almost every one of my presentations, I note that I always walked against traffic, never hitch-hiked, but if someone stopped and offered a lift, I figured that was God’s way of saying we ought to talk. I averaged about two rides a week, and the average distance was under 10 miles. I think of the 3,200 miles I traversed, I walked approximately 2,500 of them. As far as going coast to coast, this was not some athletic publicity stunt; the point was to throw myself on God’s providence and see what I could see, putting a premium on personal interaction. Actually, it was worse in some ways than O’Brien posited: I interrupted it three times. Twice, I gave a month to former colleagues who needed some help, as I had promised I would if needed before I left. Once, I came back home as my Mother was dying and stayed for her funeral. Of the 18 months encompassed from the beginning to the end, I only walked for 13 months, spending a total of five with family or helping those two colleagues.

My Facebook Page, Abraham’s Journey, was actually set up before I left so people could take a virtual pilgrimage along with me – and anyone who goes back to the beginning there can still chart my progress themselves. In the end, O’Brien seems reduced to arguing that if he were ever actually to mount a pilgrimage (which he has not nor announced any intentions to) it would be much holier and more impressive than the one I actually lived. Go for it.

It sometimes seems strange to me that some folks seem to obsess over discrediting me. I know that some think they have penetrated the mind of God, that they are the dungeon-masters as it were. For these, it infuriates them to think that God might act in a way they hadn’t thought of and given prior approval to. Others have been deceived by a purported mystic at some time in the past and are determined they won’t be fooled again. A few who know her have told me this is the case with Armstrong. That would explain why she does some very good work on so many things and only throws out standards of objectivity when it comes to me. But for any who come from this perspective, jettisoning reflexive credulity for reflexive cynicism does NOT make for honest discernment.  One friend once looked at me like I was stupid when I was wondering why I seem to stir up such vitriol. “Don’t you know,” he asked, “that nothing so enrages a fraud as to be confronted by the real thing?”

Look, I get legitimately cranky sometimes, but that is NOT the primary reason I kick back. For the occasional commenter who thinks an insult is an argument, if they show any vestigial signs of sincerity, I kick back mainly to force them to acknowledge my humanity. It is deadly dangerous to treat a person like a thing. I am not just a symbol of something. In some, it makes no difference; in others, it leads to a serious dialogue. For those who simply defame on websites, criticism is fine. But even if I were deluded, do you not know that when you make things up or intentionally garble your facts, you will be held to account? Judge righteous judgment, for the judgment with which any of us use is the judgment that God will hold us to account for. Strange but true: people worry more about the temporal consequences for intentional defamation than they do about eternal consequences.

There will be more “Threat or Menace” pieces about me that both mock and mimic balance before all is said and done. And yet, I have been prepared for these times and I am truly sent by God to give you heart through these times, to assure you that He is close to you and has a plan, a plan to prosper you, not to destroy you, and that you are called to help prepare the way for the Rescue God is preparing for us all. I am surprised at how many people want to reprise the role Vincent Price once played. An homage, I suppose.

 

 

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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624 Responses to Charlie Johnston: Threat or Menace?

  1. Kim Sevier says:

    I almost didn’t recognize you without your whiskers. This attack on you is so logical. The devil does not like your work. Day by day you reach more people and thereby thwart the devil’s agenda.

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  2. SanSan says:

    Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others…….how absolutely perfect……complete union with the Divine Will…….doesn’t sound at all menacing or threatening, does it? Looking forward to your visit to the Bay Area in June!

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  3. Blessed are the persecuted. ..

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  4. You are in my daily prayers Charlie

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  5. Hi Charlie – I’ve prayed for you regularly since you were kind enough to visit us in the San Francisco Archdiocese. Your talk at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco with permission of the rector, was inspiring, balanced, and offered solid theological teaching. Your own Archbishop has not condemned you, nor has his office issued a request to his brother bishops that you not speak publicly within other diocese or on Church property. Apart from the fact that you are a gifted and engaging speaker, I found you also to be a devout, lay Catholic man whose knowledge of doctrine and pastoral wisdom was refreshing. In addition, after I spent time asking you some more personal questions, I have every reason to believe that you in fact have had some very blessed and unique spiritual experiences that are of supernatural origin. Your humility and willingness to serve the People of God and indeed all people gives testimony to your authenticity. You asked for nothing other than a simple place to sleep and to cover the cost of a train ticket that brought you to us. You have not promoted your ministry since you were here, nor put out a network of emails to raise donations for your work. Your contact with us in California has been consistently focused on the spiritual well-being of all you met. I had the privilege of working with a Bishop in Rome (Bishop Paolo Hnilica) who was in weekly contact with Pope John Paul II. John Paul asked the good Bishop to investigate apparition sites and visionaries around the world. The Holy Father met regularly with visionaries that were brought to him by Bishop Hnilica because as the Holy Father indicated this is an era in salvation history when God is blessing the Church with visionaries, prophets and saints and it is the responsibility of the Church to guide this reality and properly discern the message given in light of the signs of the times. I have found under the direction of John Paul and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Church is not scandalized by the gifts which you demonstrate. I have no personal experience with Pope Francis’ thinking on the topic, so I refrain from commenting on his take. I conclude that your service to the Church in the manner in which you are called is a gift and itself a sign of the times. I know that Bishop Hnilica would not have been scandalized by your message as it coincides so well with literally hundreds of men and women who he personally brought to see St. John Paul II over the 24 years of the Pontificate of that holy and great saint. I am exceedingly grateful for your courage in revealing the words you have been asked to speak and the witness of the love of God you bring at this time. May the Lord grant you fullness of days, may He bring to completion that good work which he has begun in you. We look forward to another visit from you when you are able. Please keep us in California in your prayers. Rest assured that you have ours. God bless you – your sister in Jesus and Mary

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Christene. I plan to be on the West Coast from mid-June to about mid-July. I am working out details next week. I look forward to visiting with you again this year.

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    • tim says:

      More than any other comment I’ve read here, this one by Dr. Mugridge gives powerful affirmation of your mission, Charlie, and gives me great(er) peace about your messages, despite the piece by Patti Armstrong. Praying for you and all who come here to the site. Let’s be faithful to God every day as we move forward.

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    • Judy says:

      Dr. Mugridge has spoken many truths. God bless you, Charlie!

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  6. Felicity Rose says:

    Don’t worry about it… God knows everything that is happening. And the best part of it, you are not alone. You are a link in a chain, one of the voices in the wilderness. See you on the other side.

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  7. pattyami says:

    Off the subject here but the latest letter from Robert Moynihan editor of Inside The Vatican was in my email. He posts the translation of a letter by Father Franz Schmidberger a leading figure in the Society of St. Pius X. My understanding from reading the post is that with all the negative reaction to Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia the are anxious and hopeful that their society will become normalized with the Church under Pope Francis. http://insidethevatican.com/uncategorized/letter-40-rumblings-underbrush

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I have referenced that before.

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    • Joj says:

      This is so awesome, Patty! It makes me think about what Charlie said regarding Pope Francis being the Pope of the storm. He is gathering all the lost sheep into the Barque of St. Peter for the rough seas that are upon us. I think it is a prophetic statement of Fr. Shmidberger, “Let us not lose sight of the danger that the faithful and certain confreres may get used to the abnormal situation and regard it as normal….(We have always cited the emergency situation…). If the faithful or some confreres feel comfortable in this situation of freedom relating to independence from the hierarchy, then this indicates a creeping loss of the sensus Ecclesiae.” Father recognizes the need to be united to Rome. I hope the others will be persuaded to recognize that too by his letter. Let us pray for unity, that the Lord may soften the hearts of all those in the SSPX!

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  8. EllenChris says:

    Just read this, this morning. Even the stoutest heart can be wounded by malice. You know all the things that our good Lord Jesus said about persecution, and you know how to be faithful in spite of the malice. So just be reminded that you are not alone with this — there are many prayers and good thoughts with love. Allow yourself to be supported also by these. Some people can’t live without “controversy.” Fortunately they cannot really affect our hearts. Many blessings to all — and God save all here — and also “there”. 🙂

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  9. Joe Crozier says:

    Hi Charlie
    I am not sure if you understand what the Warning of Garabandal will be. May I have your permission to explain the understanding that has been given to me about the Warning. Sure there will be something like two stars crashing but that is not it. The Warning itself is something that will not only be seen but also felt. It is not even so much about a confrontation with our sins as an education about our sins. We don’t really know why sin is sin but in the education we receive about this we will feel really bad for a time. How does my sin really affect God? How does it really affect me and my relationship with God? What is its true consequence? How does it really impact on my neighbour. What should I have been thinking, saying, doing? This education will not only be horrifying it will break our hearts and show us how much God loves with all our wrongs. It will make us want to return this love ever more. The realisation that is drawn out of us (the real meaning of education) will make us “envy the dead”. We would rather be dead than go through it. Some people may die of shock so unbearable will the disclosure be. Our consciences will be corrected in those choices and decisions that we did not make, those we made wrongly and those that we did not think mattered. Our consciences are the voice of God within. That has always been there but has been buried under the hustle and bustle of life, of argument and counter argument, of justification and rationalization and the drive to have things our way as opposed to God’s. Our experience of the Warning will be unique and private as our sins are and as our relationships with God are: unique and private. There will be no doubt that Tge Warning is coming directly from God. God does not wish us harm but rather wishes to spare us harm. He wishes to take us out of harm’s way but we must go freely. If we are shown why it will make the right next step much easier to take. Being obedience under informed consent it will mean so much more. A good education always brings more meaning. This is just my take on the Warning. Thomas Merton wrote that “Divine strength is not usually given until we are fully aware of our weakness.” That is why the Warning will not happen until the Tribulation is at its worst. I have read some of your pieces that may indicate you would rather not post the likes of this and I will quite understand if you prefer not to post this. If you do I hope it helps someone. The Warning is for the conversion of the world and to prepare us for the Great Miracle. But that is another story.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks, Joe, for posting this. Charlie’s pieces on interpreting prophecy have opened my own eyes, in new ways, to important concepts and I believe the Illumination of Consciences is a reality that has been in process, I also hold the traditional interpretation concerning the Illumination of Consciences. It is a great gift from God, the Source of All Goodness, Who is most interested in saving His children and, in His time, bringing them Home to be with Him. While standing amidst The Pines fifteen years ago, I pondered much the inescapable Love of God. In union with all here, I pray that no soul be lost. I realize some will reject God’s inescapable Love; still let us pray that no soul be lost. Amen!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Joe is a tireless and deeply devoted promoter of the traditional interpretations of the Garabandal prophecies. Though we have a few different perspectives, I am mighty glad to call him my good friend. He has had several statues of Our Lady of Akita made – hand-carved from black walnut – one for each populated continent. He has entrusted the one for the North American continent to me to find a suitable home for.

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        • Beckita says:

          I remember Joe’s previous comments about Garbandal and your words conveying a good friendship, Charlie. Beautiful!

          In this house, we are longtime believers in Our Lady’s presence and words from Akita, Japan. Father went on pilgrimage to Akita during the days when I was teaching and raising children. I simply could not get away. He had the joy of meeting Sr. Agnes Sasagawa. Her mystical experiences have been fully approved by the Church via the local ordinary, Bishop John Shojiro Ito. He was a brave man, God rest his beautiful soul. He faced the fierce opposition from his brother bishops yet continued to only seek and uphold the Truth. Finally he took his decision to the Holy See where then Cardinal Ratzinger affirmed Bishop Ito in the responsibility the Bishop had fulfilled. This is how the Church works with private revelation.

          Now, if people are concerned with your words conveying fear (which we who are serious readers here all know as an example of contorting your message to the point of accusing you of the exact opposite of what you foster here), Akita’a messages are an example of how seriously Heaven views these times and, as throughout the ages, Abba is ready to soften the perennial stiff necks of His children. Warnings such as those Our Lady expressed at Akita are given NOT to scare but to say (paraphrase): Hey Kids! The loss of so many souls is the ultimate of serious spiritual stuff. Get your act together… or not, if you so choose, for you always have free will. God the Father is ready to save you from yourselves. For those ready to turn back and those already striving to be faithful, come and be part of my praying, sacrificing army. As an echo of Fatima Pray our Mother asked us for prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices as well as reaffirmation of a call to pray the Rosary.

          Our Lady of Akita, pray for us!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Biscuits and I are both intellectually eying the Statue of our Lady of Akita entrusted to Charlie… Maybe a Chapel rightly in Mt. Meeker would be better.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, when Beckita spoke of her and her Priest’s devotion, I thought what could be better than to entrust it to someone I already deeply trust from right here? I will put a picture of the nearly finished work in my next piece. So if either you or Beckita are serious…than OL of Akita has already found her home. But I suspect it will go to Beckita, for I will want to do a piece on where it was placed…and that would hold clues to who you really are that I suspect would be inconvenient to you YD.

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Charlie and YD! I had scooted away for noon Mass and lunch and am just catching up. Actually what I wrote about Our Lady of Akita this morning was simply from the heart. When walking away from the computer, I had the passing thought that I hoped you wouldn’t think I was fishing, Charlie.

            I keep most of my apparition studies and following out of my comments to honor what we do here. Besides, too quickly, it turns to speculation and the import of “Through a Glass Darkly” is readily lost. (For both new and old readers, it is worth a reread, especially now that we have walked through the threshold into what was once at the door: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/through-a-glass-darkly/)

            We have a wonderful man who’s a silent reader here and I met him through the answering service. He taught me of Bishop Ito’s courage. (Thank you, Silent Reader H, for your teaching and for your presence here.) We need to know that part of the story. It’s impossible to be bias-free but it’s not impossible to seek grace to overcome bias and sincerely seek the truth. (The lack of sincerely seeking truth is what pains me most about the recent article.) Praying that Bishop Ito and Cardinal Van Thuan intercede for each one of us to have courege as the days proceed.

            Charlie, I would gratefully, joyfully, stunningly receive the statue of Our Lady of Akita, if you wish to give it. YD, even with your longstanding and loving devotion to Our Lady of Częstochowa, if you would like OL Akita’s image and can think of a way to remain hidden, I bow to your reception of the statue. OK I’m crying and pretty much speechless. (Stop cheering on the speechless part, Guys. Now I’m giggle-crying at this thought: it sure would be a waste if we end up covered in ash from the Yellowstone supervolcano.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Then pending any further arrangements from YD, it shall be done. It went to the home where I am at and I won’t be back there until around the first of June, but when I get back I will get the statue right out. You will simply have to send pictures of its installation. The main thing I wanted was to have it in a place where it will be properly valued. I know it will properly be valued with what you said, Beckita!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beckita, you have me laughing and tearing up too. The selfless love shown between you, Charlie and YD is breathtaking!

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          • Beckita says:

            Ah, Jen! You’re right in it with us and every other member of this family. It’s what we all profess in faith, in so many ways, and strive to live here as well. All Glory to God!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Amen, Charlie…

            Our Lady of Częstochowa does have my gaze locked on hers and Biscuits can look back and see that as a sign… She lives with Priests in Love with Akita, as you said, it seems fitting, perhaps better a Missionary Statue for them when appropriate!

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          • Beckita says:

            I can only imagine the joy many here will experience in heaven, YD, when we discover the graces procured via your gaze locked on that of Our Lady of Częstochowa. Thank you.
            Our Lady of Częstochowa, pray for us.

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          • Spikenard says:

            Sister Agnes of Our Lady of Akita realized through her apparitions of Heavenly visitors that God desires the traditional practice of only consecrated hands holding the Holy Eucharist and the faithful receiving reverently, while kneeling, on the tongue. She had a mission to bring this to the attention of the Pope and bishops. Maybe this is where Pope Francis’ call on the SSPX is one of God’s crooked lines towards this end? The SSPX may not have all things right, but their hold on traditional ways is in many ways edifying. It always makes me think of St. Theresa of Avila and her mission of falling back on tradition as an answer to modern ills. It would be a beautiful thing for Holy Mother Church to return Her roots of Holy Communion on the tongue, offering more reverence for His Real Presence in this Gift to us.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Beckita
            I am so pleased with Charlie’s decision to offer the Statue of Our Lady of Akita to you. I knew he would find the best home for Her. I am so pleased that you are so enthusiastic about Her. Thank you. Couldn’t be happier. All She needs is love.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Joe, I want to get a picture of you as the donor and of the artist who carved it for the historical record at Beckita’s Church.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Would that home be on Mt. Meeker?😁

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      • Anne says:

        Beckita….. I hold same view. It is a process now….. And an event for all in the future.
        I have wondered if it is the rescue after reading words and warnings on Mallett.
        A rescue of the realisation of Truth to go into the second part of the Storm as Mallett speaks about.
        However I do not waste much time wondering …… The unfolding of things is not my responsibility. ….. Just a moment at a time.

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        • Beckita says:

          It’s a balancing act, isn’t it, Anne? To know and believe yet to remain open to how God will bring all to fruition. I still believe strongly the moment-in-time Illumination will be a final gift of Mercy, a final call to any stragglers, especially, the most hardened of heart. Of course, this domain belongs to God and God Alone.

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        • Anne says:

          So …… IF…. Because I do not know for sure, only God does…. iF the rescue is the eye of the storm …… We then go into the tougher part of the storm for some time and so we do not rest for sometime yet…….. I struggle to reconcile Malletts view as expressed in Words and Warnings with the Rescue being the end of the storm.
          Again I say …… I am to prepare without really knowing because God is in charge of His Plan. However I do read both Charlie and Mallett and I am simply being honest with my thoughts. Yes…… Trust,do, be a sign of hope. Yes….. Rescue….. But exactly our understanding of the Rescue ….. I do not know.
          So pray, wait, see.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do often think that Mark’s work has more to do with later times. We have discussed it a few times. There will be another mass apostasy sometime after the Rescue. Mark thinks the period of quiet will be only a generation or so. I think it will be significantly longer than that. But all I know is that we will be rescued and my job is to give people heart to endure until then. I base my estimate of the time of peace partly because I was once told that in the century after it is completed, the Shrine at Mt. Meeker will be the most-visited Shrine in the world. Now, things could go south again after a generation or so and that still be true, but I like to think positively and think that, as ornery as we are, it will take significantly longer than a generation for our love to grow cold enough to go back into mass apostasy. But whatever happens, after the Rescue it is everyone else’s responsibility. My major public work is finished then, so I try to be restrained in commenting on it.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        You mean the Pines in Garabandal? Oh how terrific that must have been!

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        • Beckita says:

          Truly, Deer, it was terrific. Honestly, I appreciated the opportunity yet realize I receive the Finest Gift each day at Mass and, for those who cannot get out each day, the gift of spiritual communion.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Bingo! We travel to heaven each day on a wing and a prayer. Mercy is present regardless of where we are. God is good, all the time. He is always waiting at the other side of the door. He is the same God all over the world.

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          • jaykay says:

            Yes, Beckita, and even that those of us who can, and do, get out but can’t, for whatever reason, make it to daily Mass (or even a brief adoration)might try to make a spiritual communion. How much I wish this could be emphasised in homilies. We have a lovely tradition here in Ireland that one blesses oneself when passing a church, sadly falling into decline – as so much else. That in its way is a spiritual communion, I think. Ideally it should be combined with a brief mental prayer – the one the Angel taught the Fatima children is very appropriate. “O my Jesus, I believe, I hope, I trust and I adore thee…” Again, I wish this could be re-emphasised. Think of the attention we pay to flags and national anthems, and yet the Creator is in every tabernacle and we rush by…

            “It is deadly dangerous to treat a person like a thing”

            Yes indeed, Charlie, you’ve said it true. The temptation to demonise our opponents, and treat them as cyphers (projections of our own confused anxieties) and not our living, breathing brothers and sisters, is something we all are subject to, not seeing the writing in the dust before our eyes as we prepare to launch our stones. Correction in love – yes, but how hard it is to miss the “love” bit while falling over ourselves to get to the correction! Yep, mea maxima culpa there.

            Anyway, May is here tomorrow (now in my timezone). Our Mother’s month, and very special this year, I think, in the Fatima context.

            Bless all here, J.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            God bless you too JayKay in the beautiful month of May dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Many years ago while carpooling with an elder of the Church to a function he crossed and blessed himself while driving passed each Catholic Church and that is when I learned about this lovely tradition and have practiced this reverence ever since. ❤

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          • Beckita says:

            Always great to hear from you, J. Thanks for the prayers… praying for you as well.

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          • caroltrueman says:

            I, too was there under the pines at Garabandal, only it was 25 years ago. I saved some of the fallen pine needles, which I still have. It was a wonderful experience.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Carol.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Carol, what a blessing that is!!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Beckita
        As the man from the A Team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” None more so than God’s plan. I am blessed to have visited both Garabandal and Akita. Padraig published the full account of my first visit to Garabandal on his website Motheofgod. It is under the inspirational stories thread and entitled Joe’s Story, Another Pilgrims Story. I also have one about my pilgrimage to Akita but have not written it up yet. There I met pilgrims from Vietnam and Tsunami Disaster volunteers from France. From the French people and their priest who said a mass in English in Englush for my benefit I learned about Maximillian Kolbe who was captivated by the beauty of the Blessed Mother. This Beauty found reflection in the beautiful voices of the the girls who sang Gregorian chant and beautiful French hymns during mass and in Adorstion. It was like I had my very own choir of Angels. Although Our Lady’s warnings were dire it is was her Beauty that stays with me. Her utter holiness and Her Good will. Peace to people of good will. There is an old Irish love song that my dad used to sing “The Rose of Tralee” one of the verses goes “She was lovely and fair as the Rose in the summer but was not her beauty alone that won me. Oh no was the truth in her eyes ever dawning that made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.” And here I was in the presence of the Rose of Sharon. As I left the shrine in Alita I met one of the French volunteers who had made a card for me. As they drove away I read the translation of the Japanese characters she had written in the front of the carefully made card: ” I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28.20 ….. May you always show to the other the sign of God. God bless you. Stephanie ” My throat tightened and my tears fell but only now do I appreciate the full significance of these words. Only since reading Charlie’s words of wisdom: “Acknowledge God, take the right next step, BE A SIGN FOR OTHERS. .” I love it when a plan comes together.

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        • YongDuk says:

          I know St. Maximilian Kolbe was in Japan, as well as Sri Lanka and India. Was he ever in Akita or does he have a direct relation to that Convent? (My complete Polish tome of his is at my Parents’.)

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            He founded a seminary in Japan that is still going. As far as I know he was never in Akita and the convent there was not founded until after the war.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you so much, Joe. I’m actually amazed at how this just transpired. i made my way to the MOG forum and started reading your inspirational story. I’m enjoying it very much yet was interrupted and will return to it tomorrow. Stories of faith deepening are captivating.

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        • janet333 says:

          On our way to Lourdes and then Rome for the closing of the Holy Door, my companion and I stopped at Garabandal. It was midnight on 1st January 2001. We climbed the hill to say a Rosary but no sooner had we reached the top when a great wind came out of nowhere. It was tugging at my Scapula..the next moment I had been blown off my feet and was rolling down the hill. Anyone visiting Garabandal will know that the hillside is full of nettles and thorns.. and at that time had no lighting, so I couldn’t see a thing. My companion finally rescued me and helped pull out the thorns. I was a little shook up but was able to laugh about it later. Could it have been all down to old red legs I wonder?

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        • Beckita says:

          Re-reading this story, Joe. SO beautiful! Your “A Team” comment prompted me to check You Tube for some old footage. Oh yes! I’ve been a widow for nearly eleven years now and was never much of a TV watcher but I remember strains of The A Team wafting through our house. Still need to finish your story on MOG but I certainly will. Thank you!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      You have eloquently put into words exactly what I thought the warning would be. Our Lady kissed a bible at Garabandal, I have a piece of it in a miraculous medal. It looks like a ‘n’ and I would like to think it is from John but my luck it is from Cain. (Probably ‘and’) There was an alleged visionary in Conyers, GA named Nancy Fowler. I know she ran into some trouble (that is the price paid for being able to view the supernatural) with the bishop but I don’t think it was her fault. A priest said mass without her knowledge, or something like that. I took my mum (she could walk then). We said the rosary with a whole hillside of people. It was lovely to be included in so much prayer. Nancy passed away sometime ago. I am not sure if she is condemned or not. Regardless all that prayer was wonderful. I wonder who this Patti MaGuire Armstrong was burned by that she would toss Corinthians out the window. It is sad that her heart is hardened. Maybe a bucket of holy water may soften it up. May God’s light shine down upon her and may she be granted His peace.

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      • janet333 says:

        “It looks like a ‘n’ and I would like to think it is from John but my luck it is from Cain. ”

        Ah you do make me chuckle heehee 🙂

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      I agree with your traditional understanding of the Warning. It seems to me to be a huge act of mercy of God to give it to us and maybe even in the year of mercy. One doesn’t get a great treasure without an awareness of its greatness first lest it not be valued and missed.

      I had an experience a few months after my conversion in 1994 in which I suddenly had an acute and profound awareness of my sins and I groaned in grief throughout the day. If there is a deeper version of that to come (and I believe there is) I eagerly await it because it will open my heart to love God even more

      Robert

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  10. Jeanne Bremer says:

    I’m sorry I have never heard of you. But now that I have seen this notice, and read some comments, I will sure to be looking for your work in the future!

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  11. Mark says:

    I have always been a fan of “Dennis the Menace”, but I have to say, while still a fan, “Charlie the Menace” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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  12. Susan Werner says:

    Poor Charlie, God love YOU! Anyone can look around the world today and see the things you spoke about unfolding in their midst. May God in His mercy help us make ‘The Next Right Step’!

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  13. Gary says:

    Charlie, Congratulations for you are being persecuted as were the PROPHETS and JESUS. I see you are not better than the Master, for you too are being treated as He was. Rejoice as did Peter and John when they suffer for the sake of the Lord.

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  14. Kathleen says:

    God has Blessed Charlie and given him the strength to move forward with his messages. We see those who will through stones at him, he is helping the rest of us get ready for when the rest of us are maligned.

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  15. Kathleen says:

    Charlie, God has given you the strength to carry His messages to us. Thank you for getting us all ready for the persecutions to come.

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  16. Ann says:

    The author must have an ax to grind. Her malice seems to have overtaken her better judgment because she clearly abandoned journalistic standards. It’s perfectly understandable that NC Register and other reputable groups in the world of Catholic media avoid promoting or even addressing private revelation. NC Register would have been better served by saying nothing at all rather than publishing this article. The author, among other things, should have acknowledged what is drawing such a large following without casting aspersions. Spiritually speaking, of course we have everything we need in the Church. But frankly, we aren’t getting everything we need from Church leaders to fight back against the culture that is becoming crazier and darker by the minute. Most priests don’t want to touch controversy with a 10-foot pole and certainly aren’t going to delve far into politics, so like-minded Catholics will turn to laypeople for leadership, wisdom, and practical advice. Moreover, it’s ironic that Patti Armstrong recently wrote a great article about how the Left controls speech in order to control thought. Yet we see her gently admonish Patrick Madrid and Fr. Mitch Pacwa for ever giving Charlie a fair hearing.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I always tell my friends not to get caught up in controversies concerning me – and for well-known public figures, it is pretty obvious when an agenda-driven reporter calls that if you dare say something unambiguously positive, that reporter is going to attack you, too. I think very highly of Chancellor David Uebbing, Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Radio Host Patrick Madrid, though I probably shouldn’t say it lest it cause them more grief from things such as this. Though I have never met him, I also think highly of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. He is one of those Bishops I deeply admire for his profound fidelity to the faith and proclaiming it boldly.

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      • Ann says:

        That makes sense and I’m glad you feel that way. I hope I didn’t give the impression that I don’t respect them as well. I have a wonderful pastor and I’m eternally grateful to EWTN, Catholic radio, and especially our priests and bishops.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Ann and Victura (call this a Don Scotus moment), if you look at the Cure d’Ars, his sacrifices changed his parish, the dances and the games and all. Today, it is the Laity that need to sacrifice to change the Clergy.

        I have been following the Junior Doctor controversies in Great Britain and looking at the trends amongst Doctors in Canada and the States. There is a sense that they don’t want to serve. They have their limits and are making their limits known for the sake of their lifestyles.

        It is hard for Young Priests. You have no idea. Even me with my Friday nights (to the assured consternation of the Three Kevins, Ms. Armstrong, and Troll Ann — but at least I am honest and I am certain that the more sensitive of you do remember me on Friday evening). And the same for Old Priests.

        Charlie hit it on the head with his comments in the Birmingham Video. I am sure he didn’t come up with that on his own. I am certain — and hear this Ms. Armstrong crawlers / spiders — that Charlie in his passing through Dioceses and Political Arenas and Vicariates asked, “What can I do to help the Clergy?” And he in his sincerity gave his answer…

        Let your clergy have their space and downtime, but include them in your families and not in a possessive way. Just to go out to dinner… or a walk… or fishing… [I abhor killing, sorry, Mitch]… etc. My friends used to let me borrow their family dog to take to the woods for a walk when I was a seminarian. You have no idea how I loved that!!

        Do you have a Priest you think is an alcoholic? Addicted to TV? To smoking?

        I was traveling through Quebec, incognito as I like to be… (Yes, Charlie, frequently!) and I stopped at a small Parish. The Priest was a chain smoker, but for a few minutes of that day, in that remote spot, my asking for his help in touring his historic church, gave him joy… No praise to me, as I knew that his parishioners didn’t care and forgot about him, but still…

        And Priests, encourage each other to do the Stations every day. Why? Because it is easy to be distracted praying and we pray distractedly the Rosary thinking about our Service and not the Mysteries. A few minutes of the Stations, even at walking speed, you remember why you chose to sacrifice your Life for God and His people: Blessed Be God for ever and ever!

        Be at peace: God loves you and I love you and Charlie loves you and it is nice to know you are loved, big or small, known or unknown…

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, YD, how I wish that all could really live the concept of church as the family of God. You know, on my journeys last year, I often had to try to sneak to Confession. I found so many Priests who knew of me – and there was a great need for them to speak their hearts to me, their sorrows and fears. I was glad to do it…and it helped me see the reality of what Priests are living today, the often isolation. It also helped me so how big so many of their hearts are…how they want so much to do right by their flocks and struggle to find the right way. But, it did not seem the time for me to ask them for confession.

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          • YongDuk says:

            My friend in the quasi-vast complex of the Chancery sometimes catches me off guard when he steps into the Chapel in the middle of a stroll down the hallway or out in the Parking Lot and says, “Do you need…?”

            He knows if I am pacing the area something is on my mind. And he knows the Grace that the Sacrament brings me. The Peace and Calm. No objective grave material or subjective. Just Grace. He doesn’t judge and he isn’t presumptuous. He is my Dziwisz, in a sense.

            Charlie, any [any good] Priest would love to give a Blessing or a Prayer or a Sacrament, day or night. It’s not an imposition. It is our Mission. Just a quick nod. A quick mention, “would you mind?” We get it. It’s really an honour. And it’s edifying to anyone who sees you in Confession.

            Think of your not asking perhaps as much as not having taken that $5 from that young man that first night out the next time you want to ask…

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh yikes, that last line puts it in a whole different perspective for me, YD. I will not fail in that regard again. You are absolutely right.

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          • Doug says:

            As such, you are a gift YD for which without you, we would not have the beautiful gifts of the sacraments.

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        • Beckita says:

          Totally Beautiful, YD. Inspired!
          Amen, Charlie. Amen.

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          • justsayin392 says:

            Indeed. A ‘pause in the day’s occupations’ to recognize that Someone holy has just passed among us. Charlie and YongD both trembled with the Holy Spirit and we were allowed to witness it. How Beautiful is the Body of Christ.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I have been called many things, but never YongD. (That’s probably a Chinese curse word…) 😉

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          • phillip frank says:

            Yes, charity is on the giving AND receiving end!
            We must also be open to receive charity and sometimes this is even harder than giving it!

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        • Ann says:

          Help me here, I’m confused. “Troll Ann” – I guess you mean me? I’m a first-time commenter and somewhat of a newcomer to the website, so I don’t know what you mean about your Friday nights.

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        • Simone says:

          This whole thread, YD, and Charlie, was a pleasure to read.

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        • dianebelvs says:

          Beautiful, Father. Thank You.

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        • YongDuk says:

          I was corrected by Tony below by my quick summation of the Junior Doctor controversies and my too easily lumping it together with physician trends in the States with residents wanting better quaility of life and trendings in Canada. My apologies. There was too much back-story and the subject too complex to have fairly brought it up succinctly. Rather, I see good Doctors like good Priests and want both to flourish just like good Nurses and Teachers, etc.

          Tony, sorry, you are correct.

          I didn’t completely explicate my thought and was unclear that I leaped across the Pond.

          The trend in the States has been that the younger generation of doctors are tending to look at lifestyle more in terms of hours worked. That has been driven by many factors. The very long shifts for residents and patient safety issues were a lot of the impetus a couple decades ago. Thus, out of doctors having gone into medicine for the most part to serve, concern for patient safety and the current situation in Britain with Junior Doctors was the connexion in my mind. With no slight on any doctor intended, the addressing the patient safety perspective also allowed the lifestyle quality perspective to enter more and more in the States. (Canada tends to flow American trends even if more socialised medicine is found.)

          In like manner — and this was another and perhaps the primary connexion why I even went into that thread, the question of Physician burn-out is prevalent (and growing ever higher in the States due to the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare?). There is similar concern with Priest burn-out in newly ordained Priests.

          I follow the parallels looking to see what can be learned and applied.

          That was my hidden, unflushed out musing and thought-process there.

          MP, can add that as of Friday night I have been typing fasting thinking, sorry for the confusion and possible slight and the too quick summation (even here)

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  17. Sarah says:

    Charlie:

    Maybe you should link at the end to your comments on the movie The Masque of the Red Death. Otherwise, people will not understand what Vincent Price role you refer to. I admit, it took me a minute to remember the reference (big Vincent Price fan).

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  18. A few years ago I went to Europe with a Catholic tour group. One of our stops was Auschwitz. We saw both campuses, touched our rosaries on the floor of St. Maximillian Kolbe’ s death cell, walked inside the gas chamber, saw the ovens, the whole thing. It was sobering and sad. One of the women on the tour was clearly upset by it all but said nothing. Later that evening she brightened up. “You know, I just realized something.” She said. “”All of that was fake.” I was stunned. “What part did you think was fake?” I asked. “All of it. The Germans just built that whole thing and made it all up. Like a movie set. They built the camp, the ovens, the whole thing. None of it ever happened.” After rounds of your-kidding-no-I’m-not-kidding I asked why on earth would the German Government make up a horrible story about themselves like that? For tourist dollars, she said. I pointed out that it would take a conspiracy of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to pull that off: witnesses, videos, soldiers, survivors, the Nuremberg Trials, confessions, all of the Allied governments and their million of documents, first person books written by perpetrators, witnesses, and survivors and their big publishing houses, even the Church would be involved with this conspiracy by the canonization of St. Maximillian Kolbe and Teresa Benedict’s of the Cross. Why do you reject all this evidence? She answered, ” Because it’s too horrible. It can’t be true. It can’t. It just can’t. I refuse to believe it. I won’t believe it.” End of discussion. That hard times are coming is obvious just using secular data. To those who are afraid of it, data doesn’t matter. It isn’t happening. And the more afraid of it someone is, the more they will shoot down anyone who suggests it. Charlie has not predicted anything anywhere close to as disturbing as what we saw that day. He has said things will be bad, that we will despair, that the world will change and that afterwards, the world will be better. But to some, even this is too much. The world can’t change. It can’t. It just can’t. They refuse to believe it. They won’t believe it. They refuse to look at the data. No, no, don’t show me the data. End of discussion. Fear is a powerful human emotion. And journalists and editors are human. The sad irony is that of all the seers, Charlie is the only one whose message is one of hope, that shows us the world beyond the hard times. It isn’t the dystopian world of Mad Max. It’s the reign of peace promised by God through Our Lady.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Oh how wonderful to be in the cell and to see the field of St. Maximillian Kolbe. I really love him. Maybe your friend should start writing movie scripts. Hollywood likes alternatives to the truth. Poor thing, may the scales fall from her eyes. Jesus, give her the heart to accept the truth.

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      • Deer, It was a great and humbling honor. Humbling because you can’t help but doubt if you will be as brave as he should God call you to such suffering when you are standing on the spot. As for my friend, that too was humbling. I was reminded that all of us have weaknesses in our mental armor that, when struck at that spot, will bring us down. That was her spot. I made me aware of mine.

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        • Correction: it made me aware.

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        • Beckita says:

          I love your wisdom, SF.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I know, I keep hoping that I will be that brave. My mouth will move before my brain so I have no doubt trouble will find me. I just pray to pass the test. Your friend is an example of what we will be expecting when the world as we know it changes. But it is all ready changed. Many people will be unable to accept or deal with the change that is all ready here. Common sense has been outlawed and 2+2=5. Anthropology is the study of culture. We no longer have a culture to study. Yesterday Spiritdaily had an article about Loyola university calling the cops on a student who stated there are only two sexes, male and female. How does this happen? I will just find God, because He is good, all the time. May St Maximillan protect you and your misguided friend and guide you through the storm. God made us for these times and He knows what He is doing. The Good Shepard has a lot of lost little lambs to find.🐏🐑🐰

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      SF,
      It goes without saying that with the fallen nature of mankind and because we are ” filthy rags before him” we will always see things through “self colored glasses”.
      Charlie commented about spending decades training for angelic interpretive reasoning but still admits wonder and awe as to how things actually turn out at times.
      I am confident that Charlie, like most visionaries, is asked to withhold certain revelations which cause consternation in him and doubts in us. Heck, even Lucia’s mother violently doubted her story until the miracle of Fatima confirmed it. But Our Lady asked Lucia if she was willing to suffer and suffer she did, even at the hands of the one closest to her.
      Honestly, I don’t think Charlie has called me to do or beleive anything contrary to faith or morals.
      If I had a friend talk to me about economic chaos or potential societal collapse, that’s just business as usual in these trying times.
      Now, if he told me an angel told him of these things and more, I may go a little tongue-n- cheek on him as this creates a more personal response in me as one who respects Heavens views. But since he is my friend and not my mentor or advisor, I would respect his opinion as HIS opinion but ponder its significance in my life, like I should with all reasonable truth/revelations. After all, even though we effect one another in significant ways, I am responsible for me and me alone.
      Adam and Eve suffered the consequences of Satans deception even though he “tricked” them. He got what was comming to him and they got what was comming to them despite their interactions since God pre-warned them. If Charlie is a deciever or not, he will get what is comming to him. If we use his ideas as a way to escape our resposibilities in this life or grow in grace and love, we will get what is comming to us since God gave us the “prophets and the scriptures” for proper discernment.
      I kind of like the comments of naysayers.
      They offer me a different perspective to this adventure called life. They open up different aspects I may not have though of and so I ponder them and dispising not their utterances I keep what is good….for me.

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      • charliej373 says:

        A marvelous synopsis of it all, Phillip. One would have to think I hold God in contempt to just make these sorts of things up. The only thing I really fear is to fail what God has called me to and I promised Him I would do if things truly came to pass. It makes me wonder how much some of the cynics truly fear God, to be able to believe that someone could be so cavalier about their relationship with Him.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Ahh, yes, Filippo Francesco, so well said, especially those who see the storm as a certain escapism… much like St Paul warned in his Epistles (somehow I can’t pull the location out of this brain today, odd… 2 Thessalonians 3 is about those not working… Idleness is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5… Am I conflating several passages…? C’est tragique!)

        Anyway… Ahh, yes, Philippe Fançois, how important it is not to see the Storm and the Resue as something to wait out in quietism and things will resolve themselves… I expect it will be a pruning like no other, but a pruning that will be one like the Early Church wherein we fostered virtues in each other. (Again, forshame, Ms. Armstrong and the Three Kevin Posse! Isn’t this what Charlie’s mission is and what a brief glimpse at your works [I don’t know the third Kevin to be honest, just Kevins S. and O].

        I am hungry… lost my train of thought.

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      • P F, I agree but let me add a couple of words to your comment: “I like the comments of well-informed naysayers.” My story was directed at those who don’t investigate objectively because they have already decided they don’t really want to know. And it’s a compassionate take, by the way. I’m not criticizing such people but rather empathize-ing (spell-check) with their fear. I have blind spots, too, caused by fear. We all do. That is actually my point.

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        • Beckita says:

          Agree 100%, SF: We all have blind spots. Every last one of us, SF.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          No worries, SF.
          My comment on naysayers was about those who are hitting on Charlie.
          Your comment on people who hold out no matter what was what inspired the other part of my post about everyone being responsible for themselves in the end.
          Actually, I just let the Holy Spirit run free when I write here. I never know what I’m going to write until it’s in print and then I get to read it back and learn a little from it myself!

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    • Doug says:

      Well said SF. Yes. The doom and gloom will happen all by itself regardless of Charlie. I am thankful of the message of the rescue which is the core.

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      • janet333 says:

        So true Doug… It can’t be helped. How can governments topple without chaos ensuing? Also we do know that gloom and doom are all around us. In our schools colleges etc. We have Isis and other extremists beheading and slaughtering little children. We have abortion on demand..and so many other horrible things going on. Charlie gives us hope that all this will pass and God’s Kingdom will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Is that doom and gloom? Anyone who thinks so has their heads in a dark place!

        We await the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary….Cause of our Joy! 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          Oh yes Janet. The rescue is sinking in big time for me. It is giving me hope and courage. Barney Fife, here I come…. seriously, more importantly, I want to see the salvation of my children and extended family. Thus, the storm itself gives me great hope as well. God bless you!

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  19. Vanessa Joy says:

    I could not helping but think of that passage from Holy Scripture as I read about this Catholic journalist less than charitable review of Charlie
    . 2 Timothy 1- 1-3
    But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days.
    People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious,
    callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good,
    traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
    as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.

    Scripture sums it up perfectly to say the least. I also like this thought by Emerson .
    ” Foolish consistencies are hobgoblins of little minds. ”

    We continue with perseverance and joy to”fight the good fight” with the hope of heaven firmly rooted in our vision. Truly as Saint Paul states , the unseen is more real than the seen. amen !! 👍🙏👍

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Vanessa, you scored a bullseye! (Snowy, look, Vanessa found a thumbs up and praying hands! Isn’t she clever!)

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Deer, I was trying to be serious and mature tonight… now I see this. Yes, I noticed this and giggled. It’s hopeless isn’t it. I’m a diehard emoji junkie 🍓🍓🍓and I forgot to buy more 🍓’s for dessert after I eat grilled 🍗 🐔 and 🍞s. 😖

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        • Beckita says:

          Oh please, Snowy, never be totally mature and serious!

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        • deereverywhere says:

          They are so darn cute how can you not use them. Wasn’t there a game show on a while back that used these little pictures and you had to solve the puzzle? We must laugh! It is our assignment. Laughing leads to love!🍰🍰🍰🍰. My husband and dog ate all the cookies. I haven had a piece of cake all week. Tomorrow I must get some. Or go really bongos.

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  20. James Brady says:

    Charlie, It’s ironic the Register would do such a thing, considering Mother Angelica’s locutions and her mindset! The week following her death, Al Kresta had Ralph Martin as a guest and reminisced on his experiences with her. Martin recalled when he first visited her in the early days, she took him on a tour and showed him her “bunker” where she stored food, water and other essentials. Mother told Martin that she knew a Chastisement was imminent and wanted to be ready to help others after the :storm”. Martin acknowledged Mother was really concerned. So, you have great friends in high places.

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    • Beckita says:

      Absolutely so, James!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks James. So it is clear, the Register is owned by EWTN, but operates independently of them. Media publications are particularly prickly about maintaining their independence. I have many friends at EWTN and among Mother Angelica’s family. Ha, when I first heard a month ago that Ms. Armstrong was preparing what she candidly told many she talked to would be a “negative” piece, I made a few calls to friends at EWTN to make sure I had not offended anyone there, though I knew the Register was independently operated. Most of those I spoke with were concerned that I might think they had anything to do with such a thing. There is relief on both sides that none of us have taken offense at each other.

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  21. Rich says:

    I read the piece by Ms. Armstrong. It definitely was not a balanced piece. She only interviewed folks who had a neutral or negative impression of Charlie and the message he’s been asked to communicate to us. And, as Charlie wrote, she never even tried to interview him directly, which only relies on secondary and tertiary sources. With that being said, I have to say that I find Ms. Armstrong’s response normal, but not responsible. Unfortunately, it seems that journalism is not what it used to be.

    What Charlie talks about is severe and frightening to a lot of people, including myself. Of course, he also speaks of hope in our temporal and eternal salvation. Even with that, however, we have a natural reluctance to accept such things. We just expect life to go on as usual. We expect to have our coffee in the morning, go on our vacations, go to work during the week, and Church on Sundays. When someone tells us our routines and things that give us comfort will be pulled from under us we get nervous and lash out. It is human nature. Just look at the prophets of ancient Israel who were persecuted and killed because their message was unpopular and frightened people.

    When I first heard of Charlie’s messages from Spirit Daily, I have to admit that I was skeptical as well. But, after reading Charlie’s posts and watching his videos I’ve come to believe that Charlie is sincere. As a Third Order Marist, the beginning of my order was messy. It was not clear and people had doubts. It took time for God’s plan to be more fully understood, which led to the eventual approval of the order by the Holy Father. Charlie could be facing a similar situation. After all, prophecy is not clear cut and is messy stuff.

    I’m sure everyone that follows Charlie has some doubts. And, I’m also sure Charlies has had doubts from time to time and thought that he was losing his mind. I’ve heard him speak about this in some of his videos.

    I will continue to read Charlie’s articles to be inspired and continue to hope in God’s Plan for the salvation of each and everyone one of us. I believe that it is not wise to despise prophecy and also believe in discerning rightly and not throwing our the baby with the bathwater (1 Thessalonians 5:20). The world is seriously out of conformance with God’s Will, so I would not be surprised if God intervened to right the ship of a fallen humanity through a prophet named Charlie.

    May God bless you, Charlie! Keep the faith and keep following the humble example of the saints. I’ll continue to pray for you that the Lord will keep you strong in mind, body and spirit so you may continue your ministry not as you wish,and not as the world wishes, but as Jesus wishes!

    Your brother in Jesus and Mary,

    Rich

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Rich. This is a thoughtful, charitable comment. I know a few people who are critical of me because they desperately want the political system to still work. I respect that. Yet I also had one old occasional sparring partner in the political arena who was something of an agnostic tell me about a month ago that he finds himself in the odd position of hoping I am right, for if not we are doomed. Good people make do as best they can to try to deal with extraordinarily volatile situations and times.

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      • Rick says:

        “I also had one old occasional sparring partner in the political arena who was something of an agnostic tell me about a month ago that he finds himself in the odd position of hoping I am right, for if not we are doomed.”

        Charlie,

        That statement hits the nail on the head! What the storm will bring is the fruit of our
        own actions. The reason I have hope in your message is it would prove there is a
        God by providing a light in the darkness showing us the way out. Without that
        guiding light we will be left groping and lost forever in the “Brave New World”

        The second law of thermodynamics states: Energy, unless constrained, will always increase in disorder (chaos), entropy always increases.

        Human behavior is translated into human energy. The principles of Secular Humanism provide civilization with the road map to its chaotic destination, while the
        principles of Christianity show us the way to constrain it.

        The choice is ours to make!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        We who were once hard hearted, stiff necked Israelites, can be humbled, softened and brought to the feet of our Savior. Come Holy Spirit, transform us with Your strenght of faith and hope.

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    • Ann says:

      Excellent and insightful comment. I have some doubts too but the more I think about it, it’s plausible that God might choose a sort of “renegade” who understands the world of politics and media. Prudence sometimes demands reticence on the part of clergy, media, and other figures of influence. I suppose I wish I heard more from the pulpit when it comes to navigating the culture, but I understand it’s not easy.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have often thought that God is always startling, fresh and new. He usually acts in a way He has not, previously. When Joan of Arc was called, He had never called a teenage girl to run a national army before. When Bernadette found the spring at Lourdes, He had never had a girl see Our Lady in a garbage dump before. It is striking enough that I sometimes think it is more suspect when someone mimics a way God actually has acted before. He is ever startling, fresh, and new – and fits those He calls for the specific times and circumstances He calls them to.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen! Evidence of God’s Infinite Imagination. All Glory to Him!

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        • YongDuk says:

          Some mornings (several in fact) when I am getting ready I have thought of the 2012 Elections in the States and Obama winning over Romney and mused, “Would it be funny if Charlie were a political tool, a Democrat plant, to keep the conservative Christians home like happened in Ohio so that Clinton could win?”

          But then I breathe a sigh of relief and think, “No, the Archdiocesan website of Denver would never cooperate in some political scheming and conspiracy by the Democrats such as this.”

          So, Ms. Armstrong too confirms that.

          Yes, Doug, MP, HNSE, and Biscuits, I do have many wondrous and weird thoughts before the coffee kicks in, all the more reason to keep my anonymity unanimous.

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    • Rich, what you just described in your second paragraph is known as normalcy bias. It’s a true psychological phenomenon.

      “The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

      The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.”

      Pretty fascinating stuff. Lord Jesus, come!

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      • Yes, I agree. And the richer the country, the longer it takes for the people to figure out that something abnormal is afoot. Long years of comfort have engraved deep neural pathways in our brains. The normalcy bias is amusingly illustrated in the first couple of chapters of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” . The Martians had just incinerated several people and buildings but the main character, who witnessed it, went home, had a nice, comfortable dinner and assured his wife that the good old British military would make short work of those short-sighted aliens. He thought she reacted to the news with excessive concern. That was just before the Martians nearly destroyed the world.

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  22. spidermike says:

    Saw what you did there with the little Spider-Man sign in the background of your picture with the statue of St. Therese, Charlie! The media-smeared hero would laugh off J.Jonah Jameson’s sensational “Threat or Menace” headlines with a souvenir of webbing on the publisher’s chair for him to later discover the hard way. Let’s instead spin a web of prayer around Ms. Maguire and all those who, as a result of her article, may miss out on your message of hope in the face of the Storm.

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  23. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning Charlie, Sorry to hear you are proceeding through a tough spot. Hopefully most folks reading your blog and comments are praying that the Holy Spirit will fill us all with His grace, so as to live in Unity with Him. St Thomas Aquinas tells us God gives us four levels of happiness to keep us moving onward and upward, toward unity with Him. It appears, unfortunately, your critics are stuck on levels one and two. (To paraphrase Aristotle–‘Happiness is the one thing we can choose for ourselves. Everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.’)
    I remember you wrote a few months ago, that when we enter into the world’s passion, (the Rescue) the chaos will make our heads spin. Mine was spinning last week too, I can assure you. Wow! The spirits of narcissism, domination, superiority and self worship are alive and well in academia. And to make matters worse, when I don’t get the results I want after being so ‘virtuous”, other-centered, generous, merciful, just and loving all week, I feel betrayed and I need to work so hard again to be empathetic and to not commit a sin with my reaction. HELP! Back to confession again this week!
    Hope we all have a beautiful peaceful weekend screwing our heads back on straight with Jesus! St. Thomas Aquinas –pray for transcendental happiness for all of us. 🙂
    Four levels of happiness.:
    1 level one, litus (satisfaction)- External-Pleasure-Material
    2 level two, phalanx (moving in close formation)- Ego-Comparative
    3 level three, beatus (happy) – Contributive-Empathetic
    4 level four, sublimitas – Transcendental Happiness

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  24. From the Archbishop Sheen group facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FultonJSheen/?fref=nf):

    “To live by the day and to watch each step is the true pilgrimage method for there is nothing little if God requires it.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (The Worlds First Love)

    A high quality endorsement of your message and mission, Charlie! 🙂

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  25. Bob says:

    I read the link you referenced Charlie and I don’t think it was as negative as I expected. The most serious issues were to more strongly emphasis the cautionary content of your bishop’s letter, and she picked negative commentators. She also minimized your walk. She should try it herself sometime! That said, caution is an appropriate response to the rapidity and extent of the storm you predict. No presidential election to choose our next leader, total collapse of our existing economic system, etc and a rescue by the end of 2017! We will see and time will tell. Certainly signs of decay are obvious but the rapidity both of the decay and the definitiveness of the rescue are, as you say Unprecedented!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      You may have seen the re-written version that they put up later yesterday.

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      • Harry Flynn says:

        Charlie, can you or someone who works with you put up the original version? It might be cached somewhere. Also, did you see O’Brien’s new post from earlier today?
        http://thwordinc.blogspot.com/2016/04/charlie-johnston-lies-about-me-and-i.html

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t know. I have said what I needed, so let them do what they will. As for O’Brien, no, but after he just kept making it up as he went along the first time, I dismissed him as even potentially a serious man. Let him rant.

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      • Mary N says:

        I happened to be on Facebook when the post first came out and saw the word “banned” before they changed it. I read it last night but didn’t have the chance to comment over there until today. I think they seriously misrepresented both your work and who you are as a person. Even though Patti Armstrong’s post doesn’t contain the out-and-out malice of Mr. Obrien’s the fact she linked to a post that doesn’t even pretend to offer the basic Christian courtesy that we are obliged to extend to others says a great deal about her intentions. I would have respected her more if she poured out her own vitriol rather than “borrowing” the poison from another. I’m sorry, I just can’t take posts like those seriously. They lose me the minute I sense a smear campaign coming on. I always take articles like Mr. Obrien’s with a grain of salt because if you can’t at least respect the dignity of another person there is nothing of worth there. A little snark in a post doesn’t bother me but when it crosses the line and continually skirts the border of maliciousness I say that the person has said more about who THEY are than the person they are writing about.

        I can understand why you get offended. It WAS offensive. And it was meant to be. Any credibility on Ms Armstrong’s part was lost the minute I read the post she linked to.

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    • Bob says:

      Maybe it was the later version as I just read it today, but it seemed a bit milder fortunately. I was thinking again about a comparison for what Charlie has heard. I suppose Noah and his family were noticing that things were going south and in their humanity were wondering how much worse things could get or how things could ever get better. But when God spoke to Noah and told him to build a large boat on dry ground because God was soon to act in a major way to purify things, probably most laughed, even many in Noah’s own family, but they obeyed, and some probably said “we will see” and they saw. So it will be today if God is to allow such a massive collapse and such a rapid rescue when all may seem lost!!

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  26. robbiegael says:

    Charlie – you are the least dangerous person I know of!!

    What planet are these people on?

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  27. Dear Charlie,
    I have had the same type of experiences from time to time. If I know that I am being true to my Lord and myself, I just put up with it for a while and then waste no more time on it. I’m sure there is something to be learned or some offering to be made because of it. May God’s peace be upon you.
    Continue on you appointed course. Judy

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  28. Beckita says:

    One dimension of a worldwide civil war fought via societal and cultural norms: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36176901

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  29. Sr Lorraine says:

    Charlie I prayed the rosary for you last night and prayed for you at Mass this morning. I often pray for you and all here. Jeremiah was rejected by many because the prophecy God gave him was dire, but it was true. So it is normal that you will get opposition even from good people in the Church. I know you will soldier on anyway, and for that I am very glad!

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  30. theresa323 says:

    Dear Charlie,

    I read the piece in National Catholic Register, and was happy to hear that NCR is owned by EWTN but is operated independently.
    I can well understand why you have been chosen to bring this important message of Hope to the World.
    Your background has prepared you for the persecution that is taking place In the Media.

    Charley as long as I have been following you, I do not believe you ever said, there will be an illumination of conscience. or as the NCR piece said, that there will be Martial law declared, and they will be rounding up the Christians… Of course I have seen it elsewhere.

    God bless you Charlie, I will remember you in my prayers.

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  31. Becky-TN says:

    Praying for ya, Charlie!

    Becky-TN

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  32. Magdalene P says:

    Our Lord promised His disciples that they could expect persecution. Mother Angelica noted that if a faithful person is not a thorn in someone’s side, they need to live their faith stronger. More and more now the faithful will be persecuted even from within the Church.

    I think of the story of St. John Marie Vianney who was mistakenly sent the petition–from other priests– to have him removed due to his ignorance, etc. He agreed, signed it, and sent it on!

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  33. jtbrannigan says:

    Charlie:
    As it has all been all of three weeks since I first heard of you and discovered your mission and website I thought I would share the “dangerous” things you and your followers have “infected” me with in that short time. I will make a list:

    God loves all his children and wants us all to be saved.

    Jesus has a plan to rescue us.

    Jesus’ plan shall be revealed through the intercession of his Blessed Mother the Immaculate.

    Avail yourself of The Eucharist and the Mass as they are central to our lives of faith as Jesus shares himself with us physically and spiritually.

    Be in unity with the Pope and strive to stay aboard the “Bark of Peter.”

    Obey your Bishop.

    Seek spiritual direction from a Priest.

    Befriend and support the Priests in your life. Share your life with them.

    We are in the midst of a great “Storm” (I knew this one but only from the secular side of life.)

    Do not fear.

    Do not worry.

    Trust God, Jesus and the intercession of His Mother.

    Ask the Saints to intercede for us.

    It does not matter if you can see the “grand plan” or not. Take the next small step. Do the small thing closest to you that you sense God calling you to do.

    Support others. Speak to them of God’s Love, of God’s plan. Speak to them of rescue. Show them your hope so they may also hope. Love those God has put in your life.

    Prepare in whatever manner God speaks to you; then let God be your safety and protection.

    God has let you, Charlie, know there will be some political and economic upheavals coming soon.
    Our response is to be: Trust in God and in His rescue.

    It is also shocking how the contributors to your web site share their walks with God, support each other, pray for each other and seem to even be having a good time with much light heartedness mixed with the seriousness of what we face.

    Your detractors are right, people may be powerfully tempted to respond to what God is telling you. I know I have fallen; hook, line and sinker again, for the God you serve, his Son, His Mother and His Church. I have been dangerously re-energized in faith and “feel” the Holy Spirit pouring out his grace on me in a way I have not felt in a number of years. This is truly dangerous stuff.

    May God Bless you Charlie. He has already blessed me though you and your message.

    JT Brannigan

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  34. Father Michael King says:

    Well Charlie, take it as a good sign. The Lord said we would be persecuted. Still, it’s a shame when it comes from people in the Church. St. Josemaria Escriva said that among the worst forms of suffering is to that which comes at the hands of good people.

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  35. mimi says:

    In my parish in Honesdale, Pennsylvania… we have a Eucharistic Chapel that has been open 24/7… 7 days a week for the last 26 years. Because I go there often, I have met many holy people.One thing we all have in common, is that we are under great spiritual attack, constantly… whether it be in our families, in our work places, or even in parish activities. It seems that all those who are trying to do God’s work and evangelization are just constantly under attack spiritually. I would expect that you would be dealing with the same… and so it is… that you are. So persevere, have courage, and keep being the excellent person that you are. Don’t let the nay-sayers hold you back…. Carry on!!! We are all right beside you, all trying to keep our head above water. God Bless you Charlie.
    Mimi

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  36. vkmir3 says:

    When I read the article, my reaction was indignation at the one-sidedness of the article and then that this was just more of the confusion in the midst of the storm we are in. Perhaps as things escalate, those many that may have read the article unfamiliar with Charlie’s message will be reminded and will seek out this community. They will find a beautiful faith-filled community doing the best they can to trust completely in God, taking the next right right step, bringing joy and hope in the midst of chaos and doing their best to dispel fear and despair. As many people have said, that is how prophets and Our Lord were treated in past times. Praying for you, Charlie and all here to be encouraged and to stay the course, as I am trying to do.

    As an encouragement, my Diocese of Peoria in Illinois had their annual Catholic Men’s March on April 23 and they just posted a video of it. They processed with a statue of Blessed Mother, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Joseph. Bishop Jenky is seen in the cart with the crowd as he has some health issues preventing the walking, I believe. The young priest from the parish close to mine (and who was formerly at our parish) is seen in the second split screen image. He spoke at last year’s march along with the beautiful priest, Fr. Logan who went to Heaven two months ago. Fr. Logan loved this March and participated even when his health wasn’t the best. Fr. Chase (first priest mentioned) leads a weekly men’s group at his parish open to men of the area, is one of the chaplains at the local Catholic high school and he is a truly gifted homilist and loved by many, young and old. This event fills me with much hope! I hope the link comes through.

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  37. djmoforegon says:

    Charlie!!!!! Look what’s happening LIVE on Russian TV!!
    https://www.rt.com/on-air/ortodox-easter-celebration-moscow/

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  38. Tony says:

    Hello. first post although long time reader. I have no idea of the nationality of YD and I know nothing of Canadian or American doctors, but the Junior Doctors dispute here in the UK is a little more complex than YD seemed to suggest in his comment.
    Whilst understanding he was using it as an example, I don’t believe it was a great one as NHS doctors in the UK are driven by serving their patients rather than financial considerations.
    I hope this does not seem too belligerent for a first post

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    • YongDuk says:

      Tony, sorry, you are correct.

      I didn’t completely explicate my thought and was unclear that I leaped across the Pond.

      The trend in the States has been that the younger generation of doctors are tending to look at lifestyle more in terms of hours worked. That has been driven by many factors. The very long shifts for residents and patient safety issues were a lot of the impetus a couple decades ago. Thus, out of doctors having gone into medicine for the most part to serve, concern for patient safety and the current situation in Britain with Junion Doctors was the connexion in my mind. With no slight on any doctor intended, the addressing the patient safety perspective also allowed the lifestyle quality perspective to enter more and more in the States. (Canada tends to flow American trends even if more socialised medicine is found.)

      In like manner — and this was another and perhaps the primary connexion why I even went into that thread, the question of Physician burn-out is prevalent (and growing ever higher in the States due to the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare?). There is similar concern with Priest burn-out in newly ordained Priests.

      I follow the parallels looking at to see what can be learned and applied.

      That was my hidden, unflushed out musing and thought-process there.

      MP, can add that as of Friday night I have been typing fasting thinking, sorry for the confusion and possible slight and the too quick summation (even here).

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  39. Dhnt233 says:

    Charlie,

    Did you save or do you have a copy of the emails you send to Mr O’Brien?
    If he is being untruthful it should be addressed .

    “Posted by Kevin O’Brien on Friday, Apr 29, 2016 4:14 PM (EDT):
    Charlie Johnston has never written to me asking me to correct errors in my article that demonstrated the inconsistencies in his claim to have walked across the country. I have never heard from him, and if he sent an email that I never got, he is welcome to resend it. I will be happy to correct any errors in the article to which Charlie is referring – http://thwordinc.blogspot.com/2015/09/is-sasquatch-antichrist-or-temptation.html .
    But there are no errors, and Charlie never contacted me.”

    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/alleged-visionary-charlie-johnston-continues-ministry-despite-denver-archdi/#ixzz47MOqtsJ7

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, I responded on this comment board with this comment. Oddly enough, it was in response to you questioning me about it on September 3, 2015. I did not send O’Brien a direct email. But mysteriously, right after this comment, he edited the bit about me raising millions of dollars out altogether without noting he had corrected it. He also started raising his estimate of how many miles I walked, without noting the absurdly small number he started with. He just makes it up as he goes along with no sense of responsibility, so I do not respond to him, though he has now emailed me a couple of times to tell me I am a liar and called me once. I just am not interested in interacting with people who are determined to beclown themselves, jumping from accusation to accusation as each one proves to be false.

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      • Joj says:

        Absolutely, Mr. Charlie! I should think that going head to head with such nonsense would be a distraction from your Mission. Keep your eyes fixed on Christ! I for one get saddened when I read unsubstantiated and uncharitable attacks no matter who or what side they support. It is quite a disservice to the truth, and unfortunately, makes everything they say suspect. I should hope that any honest person would dismiss these sorts of remarks.

        God be with you, Mr. Charlie. Don’t let the evil one distract you with his taunts. Conserve your energies for “fighting the good fight! ” With God on our side who can be against us?

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  40. Robert Cunningham says:

    This is not your grandfather’s Russia https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RmoL9oevD6I.

    As it gets darker in the West, the Light of Christ is growing brighter in the East

    “Who has roused salvation from the east . . . .” (Is 42:2)

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  41. Mary says:

    That piece by Patti Armstrong seemed to come out of nowhere. Does she have an agenda? What motivated her to pick on Charlie?

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  42. Beckita says:

    SO absolutely beautiful, Robert!!!

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  43. wpsahm says:

    I just went back to the Mark Shea article at Patheos, I think it was, and read through the comments. I used to read Shea hundreds of years ago when he had the blog “Catholic and Enjoying It”, and I read him daily. Until I couldn’t take his arrogance and rudeness anymore.

    I just had to post, because at some point Charlie comes along to clarify some things (*sigh*), inevitably, and it’s just so nice to see how Charlie-being-Charlie turns some of the naysayers around with his qualities of honesty, forthrightness, humor and unpretentiousness. My Mom used to always use the phrase “the patience of Job”, but in my mind now I think in terms of “the patience of Charlie Johnston”. Critics that seem to be grasping for straws in which to condemn Charlie, and it cracks me up when I have see them, criticize that Charlie lacks humility when he takes someone to task for misrepresenting his words or who tries to just buzz past doing a drive-by. I guess for some people they have a very specific idea of the characteristics of what a genuine prophet looks like and sounds like and Charlie just doesn’t fit inside their box. Well I always thought I am kind of a pompous ass, but it’s edifying to know that I have room to grow in that category because almost from the beginning I never had any concern that Charlie didn’t look like or talk like what I would expect from a genuine prophet. I’ve never seen one on video or read their writing so….I guess my standards are pretty low;)

    I FINALLY got around to showing my best friend the Birmingham video (I sent her the links months ago but she never got around to watching it), and we were sitting side-by-side on her couch watching it on her iphone and we got about 2 minutes in and she turned to me and said, “This guy’s the real deal. I know about these things.” And I agreed. We didn’t watch the entire video-she was kind of under the weather that day and needed to go lay down-but it was pretty interesting watching her wheels turn while hearing what Charlie was saying. Initially, there is some fear and consternation as your brain tries to absorb the magnitude of the message, and the inclination is for your mind to quickly refresh the plans you had in the short term, and try to weave Charlie’s message into that. It takes a number of days to really absorb it before the real reaction surfaces. Someone made an honest admission in the comments on Shea’s post that never occurred to me, but someone else here brought up: some people refuse to believe it because they DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN. THEY DON’T WANT IT TO BE REAL. So I guess if they don’t accept Charlie’s message, it won’t happen.

    Am I 100% convinced that all of this is going to happen in the next 20 months? No, but that is only because I do not reside in Charlie’s brain and I myself have not heard or seen what he is talking about, MYSELF. Does it make sense: YES! Do I want the Cross (the awful part of the Storm) before the Resurrection (Rescue)? No but I will endure it to get to the Resurrection (God willing I get through it) because I am so desperate for the Rescue!! Above all I want God, and while I’ve always had Him, before Charlie’s message, I was unserious about cultivating closeness to Him and trying to become a Saint. I am very serious about all that now. Very serious.

    So Charlie, just keep being Charlie (as IF you wouldn’t) and I’m sure you knew all this was heading your way once you went public. You still get the first bead of every decade of a daily rosary. That’s never going to change.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I really appreciate your Rosary, wpsahm. I am a fighter – because that is what we need in these times. But I prefer not to if I don’t have to. Judging the difference is an art form – and I sometimes get it wrong.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Charlie, I am so sooo thankful to God that you are a fighter! I’ve noticed many of us here are quite feisty with a strong fighting spirit! We are in Charlie’s boot-camp👢! You are teaching us (eh, me especially- whether or not you know it) how to hone the skill of being strong and true and standing up for the truth, yet remaining charitable, kind, funny, light 💔ed and even allowing some spicy words 😇 ! KAPOOW!🎇 BOOM! 💥 You win the🏆in my 📕.

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    • Doug says:

      Very nice WP. I would add that when things prove out that we openly accept the naysayers on the team when they come around. This is what I have heard Charlie say if I understand correctly.

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  44. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of Menace & Threats!! …….Anybody here, STILL, think that Christian persecution just happens “Over-There”? ..Eh!!?? It’s gonna be a Long-Hot Summer past Christmas this year … I’ll wager the “Farm” on it!! ………… Got Prepared … Yet!!!??
    “Department of Education Publishes ‘Shame List’ of Faith-Based Colleges Seeking Title IX Exemption From Transgender Anti-Discrimination Rules”
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/05/01/u-s-department-of-education-publishes-shame-list-of-faith-based-colleges-seeking-title-ix-exemption-from-transgender-anti-discrimination-rules/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  45. Mary Ellen says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I believe that many people do understand that your were assigned by God to help direct us to take the Next Right Step now and be prepared for future events. You are not directing us away from the Church rather you are bring us in the light of how serious we need to take our faith. We have become to complacent by being to much in the world. Our focus needs to be redirected back to practicing our faith living the Gospel etc.
    Hang in there Charlie. Your in my prayers.

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  46. YongDuk says:

    Re: MP and ordering thoughts and Doug and Biscuits.

    I am in the woods just having a huge bald eagle lumber past me and thought how much I can’t wait to tell MP.

    Then I was thinking of all the animals in the past 24 hours that made me think of him and I didn’t want to seem to be one up-in his wild colt.

    There was the bald eagle, two hawks, a kite, two pileated woodpeckers, the hind quarters of an old grey mare, the front of a sorrel, a baby moo cow (a.k.a. heffer), a big black dog that I kindly begged not to kill me as he charged me whilst I peddled past his domain, innumerable sparrows, morning dove pairs, a gaggle of Canada geese with their gooslings…

    And to top it off:

    Two of the cutest memes you ever saw starring at me across the room

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are ridiculous, YD. Hmmm…what breed of cat is a meme?

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    • Doug says:

      Wow YD! Your TV must have brilliant colors! 😎

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      • Beckita says:

        So does his brain, Doug… very brilliant colors which brighten this site!

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      • YongDuk says:

        I don’t own a TV, but do have a relatively new MacBook Pro that hurts my eyes if too bright… You can appreciate this, I used to program Fortran as an Engineer. Somehow I switched to MacBooks from Dells coming back from Africa…

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        • Doug says:

          Oh yes. Fortran. I learned that in college. Now my Dad programmed in Fortran for a living as an engineer. Now don’t take this the wrong way YD. I’m not trying to date you 😎

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          • YongDuk says:

            Now put that together with Battle of the Planets and we have a conundrum, don’t we?

            (It took me a second when you said “date”. I mean a real long second especially with the glasses on the smiley face and I am not that way even remotely…!)

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! I thought how that might come across. No worries. Never crossed my mind that you would be anything but a true and faithful son of the church. In fact, one reason I am discerning the diaconate is to counter the progressive bent taking place within the church. I am more in the spirit of Benedict XVI as my guy which I have to balance with Francis pastoral qualities.

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          • Beckita says:

            YD needs a lullaby, Doug.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh Beckita, you are going to be in more trouble than me and Snowy. Snowy, quick, let’s run and hide.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, hide from trouble? Never. We are armed and ready for battle a 🍳 ➕ Rosary 💞! 😊😎😇😏 and don’t forget the penguin!🐧 he’ll come in handy… and the rest of the army ⛄🐎🐗🐘🐫. We’re all set. ( don’t say it…I already know.) 🍑🍓🍒🍏🍇 fruit 🍎 loops unite!
            I hope this comment goes in the right place…if not ….lol.

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          • Doug says:

            So Snowy, looks like you will be well protected in the storm with your emoji army.

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    • Beckita says:

      So wonderfully ridiculous, YD! I had six young dudes just like you one fine first grade school year. They began unraveling an entire area of the carpet during story time and additional discussion periods. I stuffed these rather large balloons with cornstarch ‘cuz it kept their little hands busy as they listened because they HAD to move.

      Suddenly, the balloons had reached their elasticity capacity and POOF! POOF! POOF! POOF! Almost at once, cornstarch was flying EVERYWHERE on EVERYONE! Imagine that: a snow day on a lovely spring afternoon! Final solution? Just get up and take the whole passel of beautiful children on a run around the playground about every hour or so. It worked wonders for regulating neurotransmitters, bringing laughter, and making all the other classes jealous ‘cuz Biscuits’ kids get way more recess than any other class. It was the recipe for Focus Supreme.

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    • Hm. Maybe it looked like I was using my dry sense of humor previously.

      Yes, I gave a great deal of thought to the pileated woodpecker and it’s another great mystery for me to chew on. I was also back at it today and snapped this one of the same colt with the mare and sire to his right. The old one on the left is probably another relative, maybe grandpa. I was delighted to see the family, even laying there in the hot sand and dry manure so I could work a few wildflowers into the frame for Snowy.

      Small potatoes, I know, but how many gifts from God that too many take for granted, ignore and squander.

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      • Beckita says:

        Nothing God has created is a small potato to take for granted, MP. Thanks for sharing one peek at His Beauty teeming all around us.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Can you get a few photos of some memes, MP? Your photographs are so wonderful!

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        • Sure thing, YD… but no stupid cat memes. I dug up this classic black and white Mayberry meme especially for you. Enjoy:

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            MP, that just made my whole evening!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Now you’re showing my age, MP!

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          • Doug says:

            Good laugh MP. It’s great!

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          • Mick says:

            Laughing myself silly, MP!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh Mick! I can hear your laughter wafting over the plains and mountains, settling into this convergence of five valleys and it’s infectious!

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          • Mick says:

            Beckita: 🙂

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          • Mick,

            Biscuits is right. Just the mention of you laughing makes me laugh too.

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          • YongDuk says:

            P.S. MP, I seriously don’t know what a cat meme is, stupid or not 🙂

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          • YD, I’m thankful that you don’t know what a cat meme is.

            All joking aside, I sincerely appreciate your pastoral care, knowledge, thoughts… but it’s your singular, often quirky, sense of humor that often cements it for me. Without that, I might have skipped over some (maybe most) of your lengthier comments.

            I loved your comment that started with: “AL is quite simple.” Believe it or not, I’m fairly well-read when it comes to our Faith. Yet here I am after countless books, having whittled it down to my little worn Bible and this faith-filled journey with other NRS’ers. What a joy! It really IS simple.

            BTW – Your age is a mystery. I’d guess anywhere from 20 – 67. I’m no spring chicken, but still climb a tree every once in a while and sometimes act like I’m 20. I think that all flared up again with the whole “roadkill” thing.

            God Bless,
            MP

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          • Mick says:

            MP, I just looked back at the Barney/Andy/Green-Squirrel-YD picture, and it has me laughing all over again. But I’ll try to laugh a bit more quietly so as not to wake you up, given that it’s only 4:00 am in your neck of the woods–um, desert. 🙂

            Thanks for providing me, and all of us, so many opportunities to laugh. You’re helping a great many of us to keep things in perspective, and to keep our sanity. 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Thank, MP, it’s you and Doug that keep me coming back for more fun! 🙂 And that I find Charlie to be a brother in the thick of it with me and who doesn’t want to sit with a brother who understands and doesn’t stick his finger in your wound, but doesn’t not rib you too?!

            Love you all (not to be schmarmy) and looking forward to our Star Trek!

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          • Doug says:

            YD, I think you meant smarmy. Uh oh. Did I just stick a finger in a wound? Although, a schmarmy sounds like the way a Jewish person from Brooklyn would say it. Are you Jewish? Hee, hee….

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Heifer
      Goslings

      Two souls!

      Oh oh I corrected a bishop! How many more souls Doug?

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  47. Cindy says:

    Yep. We all are hit with some level of absurdity at this juncture. No matter. Let us all just keep our eye on the ball and continue the good fight. I, for one, need to focus my energy on forward movement giving little heed to the shananigans surrounding me. Love and peace to you Charlie and your comrades~

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  48. CrewDog says:

    We’ve got lots of threats & menace “Out-There” but Charlie ain’t one of them …. even if New Year’s 2018 comes and goes as The Message at TNRS is .. Well!!… TNRS 😉
    Threats & Menace abound …. and … BoobLand USA is at The Mall!! ;-(
    Most of the incidents below received scant if any coverage from the “usual suspects” at ABCNNBCBS-PBS and what little coverage they did give was of the White-Washed & Religion of Peace Mantra variety. You would have to be tuned into Talk-Radio or the Internet to find the Truth! Same “Deal” with “News” coverage of the latest Muslim Atrocities in the EU! Pam Geller is a conservative Jewish firebrand and gives “No Quarter” when it comes to the “Religion of Peace”. She staged the “Draw Mohammed Contest” in order to demonstrate the hypocrisy and double standard of the Liberal Media and Democrat Party … and demonstrate “What Happens” if you annoy Muslims. In the USA, Ya can Smear, Trash, Belittle and Target Christians/Jews all day long ….. even stage a terrorist attack …. and get a “pass” from Liberal Media/Democrats! Ya expose the horrors of Islam and you are a dangerous radical and enemy of The State … a great example of The Storm that engulfs us!!
    “Pamela Geller: In the Year Since the First Islamic State Attack on American Soil, These Muslims Confirmed “the War Has Just Begun”
    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/05/03/anniversary-first-islamic-state-attack-american-soil-war-just-begun/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  49. Stephen Maresch says:

    Charlie went to the start button and looked and looked still no answer to my question???

    Like

  50. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, you’ve probably seen this by now- but I just linked to this page via Spirit Daily “Seer strikes back at article that pretended to be objective.” 😊 I was hoping Michael Brown would level the field!

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