At Sea Together

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By Charlie Johnston

It has been a very hectic week. Sorry posting has been light. I have a big piece coming up on David Daleiden and the status of his battle with Planned Parenthood and their fellow travelers in the media and among public officials. But I am not going to write it until I have time to do it justice.

Over the last week or so we have seen some candid discussion of where Mark Mallett’s and my perspectives differ. That is a good thing, but I would not want it to cause the appearance that there is a serious dispute between us. There simply is not. Yes, Mark sees the eschatology somewhat differently than I do – and he has a serious eschatologist, Fr. Joseph Ianuzzi who largely supports his view. On the other hand, I was contacted last year by a serious eschatologist specifically because he said I was the rare amateur who writes on such things that had the eschatology fundamentally right. I have been given latitude by authorities over me, in part, because my eschatological sense has been found to be sound.

I think Mark got a little irritated when a comment I made seemed to suggest he is a watchman for later. My bad. I did not mean to suggest he is not an important watchman now, but that his work becomes even more important after the Rescue. I got a little irritated when he (very nicely) suggested I was completely out of step with Church Fathers, particularly given that serious authorities have paid me serious attention because I am fully in step with Church Fathers. Our different perspectives have little to do with Church Fathers, which we both are in substantial agreement on, but on where we are in the sequence of events in salvation history.

I speak of Rescue in the short term. That is my call from of old and is absolutely vital in these perilous times. Mark speaks of imminent and long-term danger. That is important now and absolutely vital after the Rescue. I worry often about the danger of complacency or presumption after the Rescue. Even so, after the Rescue and mop-up, I have nothing more to say about future events. It is a comfort to me to know that Mark carries the warnings now and will remain on the wall after my work is over. If people were to get complacent or presumptuous, the Rescue could be squandered in a big hurry.

What I know is that Mark is authentically true to his call. He speaks what he works through truly. He takes his work completely seriously and has dedicated his life to it, bringing his family with him. We have defended Pope Francis against attacks together. We have defended the primacy of the Magisterium together. We have proclaimed the hope that is in God together. We are brothers-in-arms and I am sure we will long remain so.

Prophecy is hard. I wrote about the challenges most bluntly in “Through a Glass Darkly.” Two years ago, Mark wrote a marvelous article on the subject entitled, “Prophecy Properly Understood.” I reprint my article admiring it, with the full text, below. I have had a long, fruitful relationship with Mark Mallett – and expect to celebrate the Rescue (and my retirement) with him, as he continues his work.

Prophecy Properly Understood (Mark Mallett)

Before I put up the installment from my Pilgrim Journey, I have to share this link to Mark Mallett and his marvelous explanation of how properly to approach private revelation. It is, by far, the best short piece on the matter I have ever read.

I get terribly annoyed and upset by each of the abuses he describes. It is foolishly vain and self-absorbed to try to consign Christ to a little intellectual box. It is more foolishly vain to follow “prophets,” either true or false, as if they have been sent to turn Scripture and the Magisterium on its head and can supercede either. And Lord, is it annoying to listen to the prattling of those who maintain that the way to tell a true prophet is that he is never wrong. For crying out loud, there are abundant examples in the Old Testament of prophets erring substantially – particularly over the timing of things. When someone says that, it tells me they are unfamiliar with either Scripture or the lives of authentic sainted prophets.

How about trying to judge the matter and discern it the way Christ and the apostles direct us to? Mallett shows carefully how to do that. Following is Mallett’s piece.

Prophecy Properly Understood

By Mark Mallett

WE are living in a time when prophecy has perhaps never been so important, and yet, so misunderstood by the vast majority of Catholics. There are three harmful positions being taken today regarding prophetic or “private” revelations that, I believe, are doing at times great damage in many quarters of the Church. One is that “private revelations” never have to be heeded since all we are obligated to believe is the definitive Revelation of Christ in the “deposit of faith.” Another harm being done is by those who tend to not only put prophecy above the Magisterium, but give it the same authority as Sacred Scripture. And last, there is the position that most prophecy, unless uttered by saints or found without error, should be mostly shunned. Again, all these positions above carry unfortunate and even dangerous pitfalls.

PROPHECY: DO WE NEED IT?

I would have to agree with Archbishop Rino Fisichella who said,

Confronting the subject of prophecy today is rather like looking at wreckage after a shipwreck. —”Prophecy” in Dictionary of Fundamental Theology, p. 788

In the last century, in particular, Western theological “development” has not only downplayed the significance of mysticism in the Church, but even the supernatural regarding Christ’s own miracles and divinity. This has had a tremendous sterilizing affect upon the living Word of God, both the logos (generally referring to the inspired written Word) and rhema (generally spoken words or utterances). There is a common fallacy that, with the death of John the Baptist, prophecy ceased in the Church. It has not ceased, rather, it has taken on different dimensions.

Prophecy has changed immensely throughout history, especially with regard to its status within the institutional Church, but prophecy has never ceased. — Niels Christian Hvidt, theologian, Christian Prophecy, p. 36, Oxford University Press

Think of the Deposit of Faith as a car. Wherever the Car goes, we must follow, for Sacred Tradition and Scripture contain the revealed truth that sets us free. Prophecy, on the other hand, is the headlights of the Car. It has the dual function of both warning and illuminating the way. But the headlights go wherever the Car goes—that is:

It is not [so-called “private” revelations’] role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history… Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment.—Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67

Now, there are times when the Church passes through periods of great darkness, persecutions, and insidious attacks. It is at times like these that, despite the “interior lights” of the car that infallibly navigate, the headlights of prophecy are necessary to illuminate the way insofar as showing us how to live the hour. An example would be the remedies provided by Our Lady of Fatima: consecration of Russia, First Saturdays, and the Rosary as means to circumvent war, disasters, and the “errors” that led to Communism. It should become clear at this moment then that, while not adding to the definitive Revelation of the Church, these so-called “private” revelations have had the power to alter the future if heeded. How can they not be important? Furthermore, how can we call them “private” revelations? There is nothing private about a prophetic word intended for the whole Church.

Even controversial theologian, Karl Rahner, also asked…

…whether anything God reveals can be unimportant. —Karl Rahner, Visions and Prophecies, p. 25

Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar adds:

One can therefore simply ask why God provides [revelations] continuously [in the first place if] they hardly need to be heeded by the Church. —Mistica oggettiva, n. 35

So important was prophecy in St. Paul’s view, that after his beautiful discourse on love in which he says “if I have the gift of prophecy… but do not have love, I am nothing,”1 he goes on to instruct:

Pursue love, but strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts, above all that you may prophesy. (1 Cor 14:1)

In his list of the spiritual offices, St. Paul places “prophets” only second to that of the Apostles and before evangelists, pastors, and teachers.2 Indeed,

Christ… fulfills this prophetic office, not only by the hierarchy… but also by the laity. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 904

Popes, particularly of the past century, have not only been open to this charism, but encouraged the Church to listen to their prophets:

In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned. —Cardinal Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), Message of Fatima, Theological Commentary,www.vatican.va

He to whom that private revelation is proposed and announced, ought to believe and obey the command or message of God, if it be proposed to him on sufficient evidence… For God speaks to him, at least by means of another, and therefore requires him to believe; hence it is, that he is bound to believe God, Who requires him to do so. —BENEDICT XIV, Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p. 394

Those who have fallen into this worldliness look on from above and afar, they reject the prophecy of their brothers and sisters… —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 97

PROPHECY IS NOT INFALLIBLE

Perhaps because of the genuine crisis we’ve endured in a deficit in anointed preaching from the pulpit3, many souls have turned to prophetic revelations not only for edification, but direction. But a problem that sometimes arises is the weight to which these revelations are given and the lack of prudence and prayer that should accompany them. Even if the prophecies come from a saint.

Mystical theologian, Rev. Jospeh Iannuzzi, who is perhaps one of the foremost experts in the Church today on the interpretation of prophetic revelations, writes:

It may come as a shock to some that nearly all mystical literature contains grammatical errors (form) and, on occasion, doctrinal errors (substance). —Newsletter, Missionaries of the Holy Trinity, January-May 2014

Indeed, the spiritual director to Italian mystic Luisa Picarretta and Melanie Cavata, the La Salette seer, warns:

Conforming to prudence and sacred accuracy, people cannot deal with private revelations as if they were canonical books or decrees of the Holy See… For example, who could ratify in full all the visions of Catherine Emmerich and St. Brigitte, which show evident discrepancies? —St. Hannibal, in a letter to Fr. Peter Bergamaschi who had published all the unedited writings of Benedictine mystic, St. M. Cecilia; Ibid.

In this past year, terrible divisions have been created in many countries by those who follow the alleged seer, “Maria Divine Mercy,” whose archbishop recently declared that her revelations ‘have no ecclesiastical approval and many of the texts are in contradiction with Catholic theology.’4 The problem was not only did the seer herself equate her messages to Sacred Scripture, but many of her followers act as such as well—messages that at times were clearly in ‘contradiction with Catholic theology.’5

AUTHENTIC PROPHECY vs “PERFECTION”

On the other hand, there are those who take the position that, if there are inaccuracies, even grammatical or spelling errors, this implies, therefore, that the alleged seer is a “false prophet” for “God does not make mistakes.” Unfortunately, those who judge prophetic revelations in this injurious and narrow way are not few in number.

Rev. Iannuzzi points out that, in his extensive research in this field…

Although in some passages of their writings, the prophets may have written something doctrinally erroneous, a cross-reference of their writings reveals that such doctrinal errors were “unintentional.”

That is, the very errors that were initially discovered in many prophetic texts that were later approved, are elsewhere contradicted with sound doctrinal truths by the same prophets in the same prophetic texts. Such errors, then, were simply omitted prior to publishing.

Again, this may shock some readers who say, “Hey! You can’t edit God!” But that is to misunderstand completely the nature of what prophecy is, and how it is transmitted: through a human vessel. We already have infallible prophecies as such: they’re called “Sacred Scripture.” To put the seers of Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje, La Salette, etc. on this same plane of expectation is a false expectation if not doctrinal error. The appropriate approach is to refrain from interpreting the “pure letter” and seek the “intention” of the prophet by interpreting the word in light of the Deposit of Faith.

…everything God reveals is received through and according to the subject’s dispositions. In the history of prophetic revelation it is not uncommon that the prophet’s limited and imperfect human nature is impacted by a psychological, moral or spiritual event that may hinder the spiritual enlightenment of God’s revelation from shining perfectly in the prophet’s soul, whereby the prophet’s perception of the revelation is involuntarily altered. —Rev. Joseph Innanuzzi, Newsletter, Missionaries of the Holy Trinity, January-May 2014

Mariologist, Dr. Mark Miravalle notes:

Such occasional occurrences of flawed prophetic habit should not lead to the condemnation of the entire body of the supernatural knowledge communicated by the prophet, if it is properly discerned to constitute authentic prophecy. —Dr. Mark Miravalle, Private Revelation: Discerning With the Church, p. 21

MERCIFUL DISCERNMENT

This is all to say that the approach toward prophecy in the Church today by some is not only short-sighted, but at times merciless. The hastiness to label seers as “false prophets”, even while investigations into alleged apparitions are ongoing, is sometimes astonishing, particularly when there are obvious “good fruits.” An approach which looks for any little error, any slip in virtue or judgment as a justification to completely discredit a seer is not the approach of the Holy See when it comes to discerning prophecy. The Church is generally more patient, more deliberate, more discerning, more forgiving when taking into consideration the entire body of revelations of an alleged prophet. The words of St. Paul, one would think, should cause vocal critics to take a more cautious, humble, and like-minded-to-the-Magisterium approach to alleged phenomenon:

For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:38-39)

Whether we like it or not, prophecy is going to play a greater role in our times, both good and bad. For Jesus warned that “Many false prophets will arise and deceive many,”6 and St. Peter adds:

It will come to pass in the last days… Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions… (Acts 2:17)

It would be a mistake to “play it safe” and simply disregard all prophecy, or conversely, rush to cling to seers or visionaries with the misguided notion that they will infallibly lead us through these times. We have an infallible leader already, Jesus Christ. And He speaks and continues to speak in the harmonious voice of the Magisterium.

The key to prophecy then is to get in the “Car,” turn on the “lights”, and trust the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth, since the Car is driven by Christ Himself.

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FOOTNOTES:
1.cf. 1 Cor 13:2 [↩]
2.cf. Eph 4:11 [↩]
3.Pope Francis devoted several pages in his recent Apostolic Exhortation to facilitate a renewal in this crucial area of homiletics; cf. Evangelii Gaudium, n. 135-159 [↩]
4.cf. “Statement of the Archdiocese of Dublinon the Alleged Visionary “Maria Divine Mercy”; http://www.dublindiocese.ie [↩]
5.cf. “Maria Divine Mercy”: A Theological Evaluation [↩]
6.cf. Matt 24:11 [↩]

 

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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198 Responses to At Sea Together

  1. BD says:

    First to comment, I beat YD. Now I will read this most interesting Post.

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  2. Annie W. says:

    Charlie, I read both of you and know that you each have valuable gifts. It was Mark who led me to you at the right time, and there are no accidents with God! To me you each have very different styles which is a beautiful thing, so as to perhaps, appeal to different types of people, and as you say, for different times. Where I am now in my spiritual life, I need to hear what you say. At times I don’t have the patience for a long treatise that reminds me of my studies at a Catholic college (back when it was truly Catholic!) At my age, and with all the spiritual burdens, I’m getting tired. I enjoy and need the more basic approach that I see in you.

    You have been so very gracious in addressing this whole issue with Mark; it shows maturity and love. I hope Mark appreciates that. God bless you!

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  3. DJ says:

    I may be wrong but I don’t believe that Mark Mallett has apparitions of Jesus or the Angels and Saints in the way that Charlie does. I only read Mark’s blog a few times but it was my impression that what he predicts is based on his internal feelings not by actual interior locutions.

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    • Diane says:

      Precisely. That is what I sense in Mark’s writings also; it is writing from internal feelings, not locutions. So, it doesn’t stir me in the same way as when I read someone who has locutions or visitations. This intuition I feel I’ve been given usually is correct, and guides me in discerning such things. As for, inspirational profit from reading, St. Teresa, St. Therese, St. Catherine, St. Margaret Mary and many others guide me spiritually.

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  4. mspahni says:

    I have followed Mark for several years and recently began reading your blog, Charlie. I appreciate both of you and am so grateful to understand both of you. United, we are strong. Thank you both. Come, Holy Spirit, come! We are so ready for a new Pentecost!

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  5. Julia says:

    Charlie, thank you for this article.

    I don’t think it would be wrong to share with you here, that when I read Marks last article, I sent an email to him letting him know, I find no contradiction between his writings and yours.

    I find a different perspective generally between the two writers, both relating though not in every detail to the same series of events up to a point (the Rescue). And I shared that I see your main goal to ‘hearten the faithful until the eye of the Storm’, which I perceive to be what you call the Rescue.
    Or as you have also called it the Triumph of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    I believe when you finally complete your mission, (shortly after the Rescue), Marks insights while worth their weight in gold now, will become much more crucial; because I see a deep spiritual aspect to Marks writings. And if we have all been ‘enlightened’ as a result of the ‘Rescue,’ it would make sense that we would all be a great deal more looking at our spiritual state, and Mark is already volumes ahead on that score. No offense there Charlie. That is how I continue to read both of your articles and feel at peace at the same time.

    I cast no aspersions on your inspirations or visions; but view them as your reason for sacrificing your private life to be a service to your fellow man, even if it means on a global scale.

    In the final analysis you are both saying ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself, and all will be well’. Trust, do, love. Amen.

    And as they say here in the UK sometimes… Crack on Boys… You’re doing a great job.

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    • Centurion_Cornelius says:

      Marvellous post, Sister Julia! You took the words right out of my mouth. For us poor creatures stuck in the dimensions of time and space, Charlie and Mark combined provide the all important “horizon to horizon” view as our Creator paints the canvas for us.

      One needs two eyes to properly see and view perspective in height, width, and depth, no?

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    • Anne says:

      Julia you have expressed so well thoughts of my own.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      http://www.newdawn.org.uk/about.html
      I met Myles many years ago and went to one of the first New Dawn conferences. His story is remarkable – an Irish Grandfather, weight lifting champion – spiritual awakening -read and understood Aquinas with ease – gifts of tongues, prophesy and healing, – (sorry – my patient has turned up – have to stop)

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        “I am convinced that in the near future we are going to see the Lord acting in a much more remarkable way – that something new is coming. I relate this to a word I received in 1973 soon after I first came into Charismatic Renewal. I was marvelling at what I saw God doing and I felt him say ‘You will see the day when I will bring people tumbling in to my Church’ I think we are going through a time of cleansing and purification at the moment, like Gideon’s army. But this is so we will be able to receive a much more mighty grace. I feel we must get new wineskins ready for this – get the right structures in place.”
        This is a quote from Myles Dempsey who founded the New Dawn community. They have a conference every year at Walsingham. Once during a very dark depressing period in my life, while wandering through the streets of Soho in London, an area not renowned for much virtue, I wandered into St Patrick’s Church. Under the Church is an extensive system of catacombs and it was among the first the first Catholic churches allowed after the Reformation in 1792. It acted as the pro cathedral for some time. Above the front door is the Exhortation “Be ye Christians as those of the Roman Church.
        As you enter there is the small side chapel of St Rita of Cascia. She is the patron saint of absolutely hopless cases. I was in the right place and I knelt to say a prayer. AS I knelt I heard some beautiful singing from somewhere above me. I had never heard anything so beautiful in my life. I followed the sound to a staircase that led to an upper room that was filled with people praising God in what I later learned was tongues. I was overwhelmed and as I sat quietly enraptured with the heavenly sound the words of the psalm came to me “Your love oh Lord is eternal, discard not the work of your hands.” I was made to feel so welcome. Years later when I was at seminary I heard of a remarkable healing that had happened at the hands of a man called Myles Dempsey who had started a Charismatic prayer group in East London. At this time I had also become acquainted with Fr Peter Mary Rookey and Monsignor Michael Buckley. These were men of vision and prayer all with great charisms of healing and deliverance. I would travel across London to their new home and attended their prayer groups and yearly conferences at Walsingham. There I heard and met Fr Bob Faricy SJ. I only remember one quote from him “God does not make junk, but he does collect it.” One year I made many portable meditation stools to finance my attendance at such a conference.It turned our that Myles was the leader of the prayer group I had encountered in Soho: I had not been discarded. And now I have discovered people like Padraig Caughey, and Mark Mallet, and Charlie Johnson. God’s love is eternal and he provided many men and women of vision to help us at every step so the next step we take is the right one.

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        • Beckita says:

          Oops! Posted from my inbox before reading all you had to write, Joe. Beautifully written. I have discovered when the Charismatic prayer group is done well, with humility as the foundation and good order established, great works of the Holy Spirit unfold!

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Yes Beckita, I agree, there needs to be order and obedience to The Church for true freedom to exist. Myles was quite strict on this when the community met for prayer. I have not been involved in Charismatic renewal for over 30 years. Although the rosary is my prayer these days I will use my gift of tongues more often now.

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          • Beckita says:

            For me, praying in the Spirit is a great way to pray while I am driving, around town and on more extended road trips. I am ever amazed and inspired by the story of Fr. John Hampsch. He had such a stuttering problem. Was actually turned loose from (I believe) 5 seminaries due to his significant preaching limitations due to the speech impediment. He found himself at a Charismatic meeting, received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and began consistently praying in the Spirit. From this, he was healed of the stuttering problem, entered a new seminary, was ordained and spent years preaching at conferences all over this country. He has also been a great spiritual teacher via his prolific writing.

            Keep us in your prayers, Joe! Praying for you, your patients and your work as “Doc Joe” and your incredible ministry of honoring Our Lady of Akita. Waiting in joyful expectation to welcome Her statue.

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        • MAC says:

          Hello Joe, what a lovely story, thank you. As an English woman , now and American ,you have me wondering if us English natives have a particular chrism of songs of praise ? I am in a group in America where , as others are praising and worshiping , I am often moved to song in a way that I could never sing outside the group. It just wells up but often I suppress it because I am the only one and I hate to distract. I am a convert from the C of E but only came into the fullness here in America. Blessings

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks for the link, Joe. I LOVE the inspiration to integrate the various ways of spiritual expression. It sounds like a symphony of praise for the Lord!

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      • janet333 says:

        I will be at the New Dawn Conference in August, Joe.. 🙂

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        • Beckita says:

          Then please take us with you, Janet, in spirit and in prayer!

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          How inspiring. Myles must be very old now if indeed he is still around and it is many years since I attended the groups that he led. His mind was very sharp so if you have a chance give him my best wishes. He had a wonderful gift of discernment and once after I had done the best examination of conscience and pot scraping confession (my old dad used to call going to confession getting his pot scraped as in taking a scouring pad to a cooking pot) he discerned a black sticky substance still on my soul – the residue of anger and unforgiveness. He also once commented that never had he discerned such a deep seated feeling of rejection as he found in me. Once as a child, dad was having a heart to heart with me after a bath. Dad was a father beyond his time. It was one of his jobs to give us our weekly bath. I remember him saying “Son you think the whole world is against you. If you don’t change you will end up in court.” Dad was a lawyer. I never actually ended up in a court of law but ended up in many courts of life where I learned many painful lessons. When I look back on it my life was nowhere near as hard as that of many others I came to know. But I always used to stand in front of my dad and try to defend him when him and mum had a fight. One day mum forced me to see that dad was in the wrong and to say so to him. It is said that to some extent your dad becomes all men and your mum becomes all women in terms of the way we conduct our relationships in life. That is why, I suppose, good example and good guidance are so vital to a healthy development. That was why, I now see, I thought the whole world was against me. My mum and dad were my whole world and I felt I had lost their friendship. Having always taken dads side I never saw mum as a friend. After that confrontation I felt I had lost dads friendship too. I don’t think he ever understood that. You can imagine the insanity that ensued in my efforts to regain his approval. Always I was glad, however, to turn to God my perfect Father who I knew understood and knew everything but loved me still the same. In the end everything has worked out fine but I wish like so many others I had lived my parents better. They did their best and I did not aporeciate that. On his death bed dad asked me with great hurt but no bitterness in his voice “why did you chose to live so far away?” I left home as soon as I could drive and lived far away mist of my life ending up in New Zealand. If you go any further from Scotlanf than that you start coming back. I wonder how often our Eternal Father asks us that question “Why did you chose to live so far away?” How often have we blamed unanswered prayer for the pain in our lives when the real reason was the wrong direction we had chosen and the wrong things we had done? Once in confession to a holy old priest who heard confession in his slippers and dressing gown, the saintly old man suggested that when we meet Jesus in heaven the first thought that will come to us will be “Why didn’t I love him more?” But then hopefully, He will say, “Come Ye blessed of my Father, accept Ye the kingdom prepared for Ye” or perhaps He will just say “It’s good to see you Joe. Come on in. Make yourself at home. My father can’t wait to meet you.” I hope this is not to personal nor too far removed from the theme but in a way it us about prophesy and discernment and the universal need for mercy and support. The universal need to start over and to finish well.

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          • Beckita says:

            Joe, you have, with sincerity of heart, reflected some of the ways families in our times have been been under seige from dark spiritual forces. Thank you for your own brave heart. You ARE a sign of HOPE and have, indeed, been a witness to, “the universal need for mercy and support. The universal need to start over and to finish well.”

            Only God truly knows what each of us from his/her own past has carried or carries, including all the forces of inter-generational bondages – beginning with our original parents, Dearest Adam and Eve. I remember attending a local theatre’s musical production of “Children of Eden” years ago as I was in a process of deep healing, utilizing the exquisite gifts of prayer via the Sacrament of the Sick and, of course Penance and the Eucharist, with the many times I was “prayed over” by multiple people serving Christ and His people with His gift of healing imparted to them as His Own vessel. In addition, I was blessed by God’s wondrous natural gift of counseling (that is, a gift when the journey is facilitated by one with a solid Judeo-Christian life view). I was coming to the realization of how very wounded were my own parents who, like yours, really gave their very best and, well, as the piece “In the Beginning” was sung, I had the deepened awareness of all my brokeness with its myriad frailities and influences driving my own inadequcies as a person relating to others, as well as being a wife and mother. Let’s just say I could have used a bucket to catch the hurricane of tears and accompanying nasal secretions (reality) which ensued in that piercing and important depth of awareness.

            Joe, Charlie, and All, I look to a vital ministry to be taken up by NRSteppers during the Storm as people come to terms with their own sinfulness. How many will benefit from an ambassador of Christ’s Light and Love, reassuring each one of Jesus’ sure and certain Mercy with the Hope to “start over and to finish well.” And in the rebuilding after the Rescue, in the ordinary realm, we’ll need facilitators walking beside people as they rebuild the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of their interior being.

            Just as Adam and Eve had rebuilding to do, so too, did the suceeding generations of Noah. NOW it is our turn in another New Beginning with forgiveness in response to everyone and everything, with hearts anchored in total dependence on our Heavenly Father who d.e.s.e.r.v.e.s. all our trust, reliance, gratitude, glory and praise forevermore.

            Lyrics: “In the Beginning”

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          • BlessedIam says:

            Beckita,
            I feel like I am being called to be one of those facilitators at this moment. I do feel inadequate and am praying for discernment. I feel called to formal training to be able to direct others. I am seeking my own spiritual director and it has been difficult because I feel as though I need direction from a holy priest.
            Thank you and God bless you for all of your insightful advice.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Blessed. I’ll be praying for you to find a holy, priestly spiritual director. Among the vast wisdom YD has offered us on this site, there is one statement he made that fits your sense of calling. (YD correct me if need be please.) He said those deep desires within our hearts have been placed there by God – unless it’s merely our vanity rising. Thank you, YD. So grateful to be united in preparation and prayer with you, Blessed, and with all here.

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          • Beckita says:

            Charlie, making another try to post the video to accompany my comment… If it doesn’t work it can be found on You Tube.

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          • Beckita says:

            Piecemeal as it is, now the lyrics:
            Japheth & Yonah:
            This step is one again our first
            We set our feet upon a virgin land
            We hold the promise of the earth
            In our hands…

            Add Noah & Mama:
            No flood from heaven comes again
            No deluge will destroy and purify
            We hold the fate of man and men
            In our hands…

            Add Family:
            Now at this dawn so green and glad
            We pray that we may long remember
            How lovely was the wrold we had
            In the beginning…

            All except Father:
            Of all the gifts we have received
            One is most precious and most terrible
            The will of each of us is free
            It’s in our hands

            And if one day we hear a voice
            If he shouold speak again, our silent father
            All he will tell us is the choice
            Is in our hands

            Our hands can choose to drop the knife
            Our hearts can choose to stop the hating
            For ev’ry moment of our life
            Is the beginning…

            Father:
            There is no journey gone so far
            So far we cannot stop and change direction
            No doom is written in the stars

            All except Father:
            It’s in our hands…

            All:
            We cannot know what wil occur
            Just make the journey worth the taking
            And pray we’re wiser than we were
            In the beginning
            It’s the beginning
            Now we begin…

            Children of Eden
            Grant us your pardon
            All that we leave to you
            is the unknown

            Children of Eden
            Seek for your garden
            You and your children to come
            Some day to come home
            home…

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          • YongDuk says:

            No, Joe, it’s not too personal. I have been reading you silently these last few weeks.

            I stopped reading your post as I was distracted and wanted to see what you had to say, I paused it, did what I needed to do and came back to it, just to sit with it. Prompted to let’s say.

            I will offer my next Mass for you in Honour of Our Lady, Help of Christians, for you, your dad, your intentions, for Healing.

            Blessings…

            You will not believe the Joy in Heaven of one Lost Sheep found, so you will die of Ecstasy at that Moment, born to Eternal Life!

            +YD

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          • Doug says:

            Baaah!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe, I want you to know this is one of the most beautiful comments I have ever read here.You make my heart and soul sing for joy and for love and for the Mercy of Jesus! God bless you.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Thank you YD for your prayers and for your Mass. In a short time I have received so many graces from this site. Your words made me think of Fr Andreu who died of ecstasy in Garabandal.

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          • Joe, Thank you for your beautiful post — it spoke directly to my heart. My pot is covered in grime and resentment and still needs a bit (a lot) of scraping, but your thoughtful insight has given me hope.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Dear Moomba. SO good to have you commenting. Keep ’em coming. Praying for increased understanding, compassion, and clarity for us all.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          “I truly believe Our Lady has been coming to us all these years to help us to be emptied in these times so that we may be filled—filled with the Spirit of God that we may become living flames of love—living flames of hope in a world that has become so dark.​”
          This is Mark Mallets latest post on MOG. Just read it a minute ago. I may go to Walsingham too.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen and Alleluia!

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          • Beckita says:

            May we each cooperate with Our Lady in our own self-emptying. Sweet Kenosis.

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          • moomba1 says:

            Thank you Joe, Beckita & YD…your words combined are familiar, soothing & hopeful. I can identify with so much of what was written…three parts, connected by great understanding and compassion, perhaps inspired by The Holy Trinity. I can only pray that I gain such clarity. Thank you, Beckita for the beautiful piece of music as the grand finale!

            As I write, a riot is taking place in Albuquerque…

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe, I couldn’t post up by your comment about Fr. Andreu, but do you remember seeing the picture of his face when he saw the Miracle- when Mary showed him? I will never forget his face. If I could find that picture and post it here I would!! I think it’s in one of the books and/or movies I have here. It was so truly amazing. 😊

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          • Beckita says:

            Snowy and Joe, there are plenty of Google images of Fr. Luis Andreu, but none in a URL format that can be posted in a WordPress comment. Here, however, is a link to several photos of Father. In the one where he is near the little girls, his face is radiant, compared to his usually quite serious demeanor. In 2001, I had the great privilege of meeting and visiting with Conchita in her home in Garbandal. http://www.garabandal.ie/fr-luis-andreu/

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thanks Beckita, that’s him but the picture I saw and am talking about- his face is absolutely radiant and he has a huge smile..it’s like he is literally coming out of himself…it was most incredible! I’ll do a search later and see if I can find that one…if I do I will post a link for it.

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          • janet333 says:

            I asked Glenn, who runs the Garabandal group for Conchita about the photo. He posted the photo on the right too Beckita. He is obviously looking up at something.. not looking at the girls faces, as he usually did. Witnesses said tears were running down his face. Tears of joy!

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          • Beckita says:

            Nice work, Jen. Thanks!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Janet, can you find out about the picture i was speaking of? He is beaming, glowing and literally smiling from ear to ear! I could never forget that because I had never seen JOY like that before! I have looked and looked for it-cannot find it.

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  6. canada1nw says:

    I love both your writings Charlie and Mark’s, like your caption says : you are “At Sea Together” leading us to safe shores. I love that Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Ship will be there to Rescue us late in 2017…maybe Dec 8th ? I know we are not to speculate ! !

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    • nance says:

      “Un-speculating” I can see Oct 13 – 100 years after Fatima; All Saints or All Souls Day; Nov 20 – Christ the King; or the next day – Presentation of the BVM; Dec 8, as you suggested; Dec 12 – Our Lady of Tepeyac; Christmas would be awesome; Dec 28 – feast of the Holy Innocents would be appropriate; and last but not least, Dec 30 is Feast of the Holy Family. And wait, other countries have other favorite feast days.

      So leaving all speculating aside – Jesus, just come! We are waiting.

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  7. SanSan says:

    Mark and Charlie are different on how they post and what inspiration they get. I hope neither gets “testy” with the other……the devil would love that.

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  8. Another Karen says:

    I respect both you and Mark, and appreciate the scope of your two perspectives. It is refreshing that you both can discuss your differences amiably and respectfully- a rarity these days, I think.

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  9. deereverywhere says:

    have love, I am nothing,”1Cor13:2

    I have apparently gone off the deep end. When I saw these word, suddenly an image of Tom Jones entered my brain and all I could hear is that great Welshman singing “Without love, I have nothing, nothing at all, I have conquered the world…” now I can’t get it out of my head. I have blown a gasket….maybe I need a nap.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      But Deer, if not for this and comments like this, and your gaskets blowing out, who would make us laugh like you do? 😎 It’s part of your job here- now quit taking so many naps and get typing! 😊👏

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    • al chandanais says:

      could be worse deer, at least it wasn’t “why why why Delilah” LOL. Nap sounds good.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Oh no, Al, now it’s “I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more” what’s really funny is how many young people reading this have no idea what we are talking about. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about them posting their rap-hip hop lyrics because they’re all bad words.😱

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    • I had to laugh when I read this Deer. The last time I posted late at night when it was waaaaay past my bedtime, my mind started wandering in arid places and I mis-interpreted, to my great embarrassment, a lovely post that Centurion had made. A nap is a good thing! Wherever and whenever. Some of my most restful naps have been before the Blessed Sacrament. Even then I have to remind myself that little St.Therese used to fall asleep during the Divine Office. Said she, “God loves me as much when I am asleep as when I am awake.”
      I have ‘sticky notes’ that say ‘Veni, Vidi, Napi’. I came, I saw, I napped.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Oh, CG I agree. I listen to all four rosaries almost every day. I sometimes fall asleep at the middle of Agony in the Garden and wake up at the Ascension, or some such twenty minute gap. It ‘s why Mother Theresa put a rest period of thirty minutes in the Daughter’s of Charity’s schedule.I love your veni, vidi, napi. It’s the only way to live after fifty or sixty, or in my mum’s casr, ninety.

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      • Mick says:

        Oh my goodness, Contemplativegrandma: “Veni, Vidi, Napi” is hilarious! I’m going to have to tell that to my two oldest kids, who both took Latin when they were in high school. They’ll get a kick out of it (especially if I make it look like a quote from their toddler sister). 🙂

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  10. Joe says:

    More Venezuelian drama found here https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-president-declares-emergency-cites-u-domestic-threats-020753496–business.html)
    Charlie, in light of this post and the article using language and describing exactly what you have mentioned would go on here, is it possible that your “not going to complete his term” vision was in reference to this situation and not necessarily President Obama? Please don’t take offense to this; I just see Venezuela’s situation exactly how you have described what we are supposed to go through here…

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, that matter was specifically about Barack Obama and was given me before he was elected. That is one that either I am right on or I am not, for it was blunt and straightforward.

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    • Hatchetwoman says:

      I’m wondering if Obama’s threats to, as one meme puts it, “You will let boys into girls’ restrooms, or I will take away the school lunch programs for poor children” may lead to enough outrage to be the beginning of the great opening of eyes regarding Obama.

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    • canada1nw says:

      I read on this link about Maria Esperanza, a mystic who lived in Venezuela.She spoke along the same lines as Charlie and Mark. http://www.spiritdaily.net/Prophecy-seers/Esperanza/Esperanza_story.htm

      “The moment has arrived in which mankind must awaken, says Esperanza, in which it must awaken to the love of God. In the coming years a new light from heaven will illuminate hearts, she says, but before it does there will be hardship. She foresaw AIDS and now sees other problems, including another disease and a foreign threat to the U.S. (by two nations, one large, one smaller, who will conspire to provoke America). A “very serious moment” will arrive but humankind will survive and will be better for it and will live in the truth of God. She claims that this is “the hour of decision for humanity.” She sees war, societal problems, and natural disasters. But she also sees a cleansing that will restore humankind. “A great moment is approaching,” she Esperanza. “A great day of light!”

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  11. Christene says:

    “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

    then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla
    1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia

    I read those words shortly after becoming Catholic in 1994 and they have reverberated in my heart and soul ever since. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we are in the thick of folks. THE BATTLE is raging all around us and the carnage spreads with every passing day.
    Forgive me if I sound a wee bit exasperated, Charlie, but we don’t have time for this nonsense. Mark has his calling and his mission as do his readers who are drawn to him. Charlie, you have your calling and mission as do the readers who are drawn to you. Unifying us all is the Holy Spirit who is leading the Church in this epic battle with Satan attempting to thwart Him at every step. NOBODY has a clue as to how all of this is playing out in the present moment nor how it will play out in the future but, boy, Satan would surely love to distract us with all of the imagined details he can get our fevered infantile minds to conjure up. He already has managed to embroil the Body of Christ in a million petty arguments, from spiritual and theological turf wars to what kind of music is most pleasing to God and if Latin is the preferred language of heaven. The Devil is ALWAYS in the details, now isn’t he.
    Let’s each of us simply remained focused on trying to hear those quiet whisperings and gentle prompting in our hearts. They are our marching orders from the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul says;

    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
    Ephesians 6:10-18

    Peace

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  12. Christene says:

    Charlie, I would like to share a link to this Novena to Defeat Satan with all here. I invite all to pray it daily if the Spirit moves you to and share it if it speaks to you.

    http://copiosa.org/novena/novena_defeat_satan.htm

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Christene, thank you for posting this, it is a beautiful Novena! There is wealth of information and hope in it and it just so beautifully describes God’s holy Angels! I especially love St. Raphael!

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      • Christene says:

        There is a heavenly army of incomprehensible size that is joined with us in our earthly battles, from the battles that rage in our individual little corners of our world to the cosmic one that is raging all around us. We need merely to cry out for their heavenly help.

        I can’t thank you enough for posting the Surrender Novena!! It has become a treasured addition to my daily prayer life!! In fact, right before I had read this posting by Charlie and commented (at 3 a.m. No less) I had read this meditation in the Novena;

        You are sleepless; you want to judge everything, direct everything and see to everything and you surrender to human strength, or worse- to men themselves, trusting in their intervention,- this is what hinders my words and my views. Oh how much I wish from you this surrender, to help you and how I suffer when I see you so agitated! Satan tries to do exactly this: to agitate you and to remove you from my protection and to throw you into the jaws of human initiative. So, trust only in me, rest in me, surrender to me in everything.

        O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

        Charlie, Mark, and all of the voices that the Holy Spirit is raising up in this, our darkest hour, are such precious gifts! Let us not allow Satan to agitate us and remove us from our Lord Jesus and our Mother Mary’s protective embrace!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Amen, Christene! The Surrender Novena is so powerful and gentle. I love it with my whole heart and soul! Someone here, earlier, asked if this Novena was the actual words of Jesus. I did some reading through Fr. Dolindo’s writings and found out that it was actually given to him by Jesus! So, it is no wonder that it is so efficacious!

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      • bthanntrm says:

        I especially love St. Raphael, ME TOO! He is the protector of Families. Between St Joseph and St Raphael my family will glorify the Father. Thanks to you Christene for the Novena.

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    • janet333 says:

      I will share this link. Thank you Christene.. 🙂

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  13. Kevin says:

    Charlie-you mentioned the rescue is coming late 2017. Is this rescue the same as the Warning that is prophecied at Garabandal?

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  14. Pidge says:

    I think the Lord has a reason for the different perspectives between Charlie and Mark. (I’ve been following Charlie a while, I’ve checked in occasionally with Mark over the years; to be honest, I have difficulties with the length of his writings sometimes along with my day to day duties.) One man is going to be effective for one purpose, and the other man for another. It’s not that they oppose each other, it’s that God wants both points to get across. We only see the ugly underside of the tapestry that doesn’t make sense and is painful to look at. We’ve got to trust Him that He is weaving a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art.

    I’m sure, of course, that a malevolent spirit is doing its best to spread the seeds of discord….

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  15. Mark says:

    There have been numerous studies where unexpected events are staged in a crowd and when interviewed the accounts of the bystanders differ wildly. They saw the same things but their accounts are not exactly the same. None may be wrong, but each person has a unique perspective and view and each finds particular details of the most interest.

    Ultimately I believe the eschatological details are really being made known to us as a comfort of sorts. I find many things with God only really make sense with 20/20 hindsight. As things get strange or ugly they will allow us the perspective to know God is in charge and offer the hope we will need to take the next right step.

    We are on a journey, and two (or more) of the guides/sherpas (also on the trip for the first time) have been shown or told about some at times sketchy details of the way points, and the information may be unique to each one. As guides looking for a waypoint (say a red rock), I doubt that unless clearly known, or vitally important worrying or arguing about the exact shade of it is of little value. The distance to the next way point may be a mile, a country mile, or an Irish Country mile, in the end it won’t matter. We just need to take our steps along that mile.

    Most people in the world do not know of this guidance. Other signs and guidance is available. The ultimate travel guide is and remains the Church. The Red rock will become apparent when we come to it, and the view of it a bit will be grand, multi-shaded red swirls maybe, or a particularly fiery look at sunset on what would otherwise be a dull grey rock. It probably will be somewhat unexpected, and the view all the better for it. We can then walk the next mile to the next waypoint and discuss with our sherpas and guides about the sights we have seen and the wonders to come.

    Might I add for this trip pack a jacket, we will probably get some rain on the way!

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  16. MAC says:

    Dear Charlie, First congratulations on the wedding in the family. May they be blessed. Second, I am so thankful that I have had time to read your blog again after a long hiatus. Timing is everything , and I appreciate this discussion very much today, since yesterday I was invited to a certain Divine Mercy center ( not the main one in the US) for prayer and a healing service. I did not go for healing or out of curiosity but simply because I felt I was called to go and Divine Mercy had much to do with my conversion so I have a fondness for St Faustina .Even before I had read her writings I received my 1st healing after having prayed the novena ending on the appointed day after Easter, all I did was follow the script and have faith. I wasn’t even Catholic at the time. I am reminded how St Faustina’s writings were at first suppressed for various reasons, this is not why I mention my visit yesterday however. The person I was invited by is greatly loved by the Lord I know, but had not explained fully the reason for the founding of this particular center and why we had to drive an hour to get there and why the ‘ healing services’ there were particularly important. Frankly all that was a fog to me, I just knew that I was supposed to go. I am still discerning exactly why but I have my hunch. When we arrived shortly before 3 pm the small congregation was already singing the chaplet. We joined in and I quickly took in the beautiful old church which made me think of the churches I recently saw in France which were also beautiful but like this one of the ‘former glory’ ilk, signifying the loss of the faith in the area (why? perhaps lack of evangelisation?). I quickly skimmed the intro to the small service program I had been given which hinted about the founder of the ‘center’ and there was something about a so called ‘miraculous’ image / painting which had been created because of certain people having seen it in a dream and shown it to others who had also seen it and realized that parts looked very much like the high alter in this old church. After exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, we were told that confessions would be heard during the healing service. An explanation was given about a recent Bishop’s visit and about how a famous exorcist and confessor to famous Church people had specifically said that the founder of the center and person who has apparently been gifted with the gift of healing , was ” an apostle of Christ”. Then we were told that if one wanted to come up to be prayed over that they would do a new system, that this time every one should come up and kneel in a row at the rail (like in the old days of receiving communion) and that the ‘healer’ would lay his hands on people’s heads to pray over them. There was also talk of how he had been told that today there would be a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I guess in the past people would come up in line and he would lay hands on their shoulders or whatever. I told my companion that I would not be going up because the Priest who is the spiritual director of a prayer group I am in, had told us that the ‘ hands on the head’ is the special right of the Priesthood through their special anointing. This ‘ healer’ from yesterday was not a priest . Our SD comes from India where the spiritual warfare is out in the open…I trust his judgement , aside from the fact that I know he is a priest in good standing and an outstanding on fire homilist. Then the ‘miraculous ‘ image was revealed for veneration in a side alcove next to the main alter . A 1st class relic of St Faustina was also brough out and placed infront of a kneeler 1/2 way up the aisle. The ‘ miraculous image’ is the original Divine Mercy Image plus some back and foreground additions. It looked lovely …..but…… in my mind I already could hear ‘we already have the church approved Divine Mercy image for veneration why would the Lord make additions to be revealed now ? is this detraction or enhancement of the message?’. The additions could be seen as enhancement or further explanation of the original message as it almost suggests that the Divine Mercy comes from the Arc (the mercy seat). There are 2 angels holding candles in front of the approved DM image and behind is the tabernacle center part of the high alter with a dome and a simple cross on top. I am still discerning. Could I dismiss it as a ‘ don’t need it’ sure, but what if it aligns with some of my own private revelations that have shown me that the ocean of mercy flows from the alter, that ALL prayers, protestant included , rise as incense from the very sacrifice of the mass on the alter ( On the day of my consecration to Jesus through Mary, I witnessed ‘smoke’ rising from the blessed sacrament, I moved my head around thinking it was from a candle but then the explanation hit me- Praise you & thank you Jesus), so what if that image that I saw yesterday is in fact a confirmation to me that I am on the right track and that somehow I am supposed to share this with others help others understand the central significance of the mass to well EVERYTHING. I am a slow learner and thank God for His merciful patience.
    I did go to confession there and it was there that the true priest laid his hands on my head and I received healing both physical and spiritual. When I came out of the confessional I was in adoration in front of the tabernacle and witnessed the ‘ healer’ laying his hands on the heads of people who were kneeling at the alter rail, I saw one ‘go down’ (slain in the spirit- no where do I read about this happening in the Bible or Church Fathers so I am suspicious about what spirit is doing the slaying) and watched as the ‘ healer’ made the sign of the cross over that person as if blessing him – just like a priest or bishop does. The healer was on the sanctuary side of the alter rail. I just wondered to myself ‘what was going on here. Is this from God or is this a diversionary tactic from the true healer that is Jesus , that we already have in the confessional and of course in the blessed sacrament. OR is this simply God’s infinite mercy at work , giving people every avenue they need to come to Him , to believe?’
    I say all of this to point to what I think is the most important paragraph in your post ……
    “Perhaps because of the genuine crisis we’ve endured in a deficit in anointed preaching from the pulpit3, many souls have turned to prophetic revelations not only for edification, but direction. But a problem that sometimes arises is the weight to which these revelations are given and the lack of prudence and prayer that should accompany them. ”

    Thank you for your post and your work. I pray for an outpouring of workers in the fields and especially I pray Lord Jesus send us your anointed priests. I pray that all who are called, hear and that St Joseph – terror of demons, St Micheal, St John Vianny and St Therese of the child Jesus , help them to have courage to obey that call despite the din and pull of the world. Holy Mother Mary protect our Holy Priests.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do share your conviction that the laying on of hands type of anointing is for Priests. I will pray privately WITH people, but I do not do public laying on of hands. On the other hand, I know many whose faith I respect who do, and I don’t avoid their services – but I do not participate in a lay anointing of that sort. I am also leary of “add-ons” to approved images and devotions. They can be legit, but some people think they make pure things better by constantly adding on – and it can quickly get abusive and even taint the original image. At this point, though, I am very inclined to give thanks for anyone who is firmly ensconced in the Barque of Peter and encourages others to stay there.

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  17. Doug says:

    I have heard it said once that prophesy is like drinking water through a garden hose. Have you ever noticed that no matter how clean and pure the water, there seems to always be this weird taste of the hose?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Never did like water from a garden hose…maybe it is related to your story. I’ll have to ponder on that.

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      • Mark says:

        You need to get special hoses made for portability. RV supply places carry them.

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      • Doug says:

        Hi Charlie, it is not meant as a disparage at all. I hope you did not take it that way. Its just that things from heaven are filtered through us imperfect humans and some of our imperfections come out. I dont see it as neither good nor bad, but could be a mistake to dismiss a message or prophesy based on someone’s imperfections. We are all a work in progress of which I am first to admit. I think what matters is we are headed in the right direction. Blessings!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Oh for petesakes, Doug. Calm down 💦 your penance is to go outside and take a drink from the hose and then completely soak yourself and Jacki and then get in a water balloon fight! 💧 🎈
          Okay, 👌 just kidding I needed an excuse to test out some different emojis.lol.. so this comment may end up making no sense! 😊😌 and well, do any of them anyway? 😊
          👍😶

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Doug, that taste always brings back childhood memories for me so even now, on a hot summer day, I will purposely drink from the hose so I can smile and remember being a kid! But if I let it go on too long, I remember the long hot summer days when we had to weed the garden for hours! 😒🍆🍅🍓🆘 ugh!

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      • Ah, and the coolness of wet grass while rolling around in it, lightning bugs at dusk, eating popsicles on the back steps quickly while they melted, playing tag until your side hurt from the running, laughing hysterically over incredibly stupid jokes, pretending the swing set was a pirate ship, watching the neighbors walk by from your silent perch up in a tree, and feeling like summer was so very long and the start of the next school year was so very far away. Childhood in the age when TV was new and only watched on special occasions, radios were big pieces of furniture filled with glowing vacuum tubes and there were no electronics. If you were bored you went outside and rounded up a few neighborhood kids. We played until the street lights came on and attracted the June Bugs. Then we went in and Mom treated the c h I g g e r bites, put us in our j a m m I e s, put us to bed and gave us flashlights to play Tinkerbelle on the wall so we wouldn’t be scared of the dark. We went to sleep hearing crickets through the open window, the breeze fluttering the curtains. Only cafes and department stores had that new, expensive invention called “refrigerated air.” That was my generation’s happy childhood. It may be the next generation’s happy childhood too.

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  18. leslyek says:

    My thought is to receive each “word” as our spirit discerns ( sort of internal forum!?:)

    And not to distract from our Sherpas nor our Pentecost Holy Spirit! but looking ahead: remember Jericho week ahead ( see Charlie’s post) and this quote from it:
    **Lastly, the 7 day/7 second prayer:

    Our Father, soften our hearts

    Jesus Christ, have pity on us

    Holy Spirit, convict us with compassion

    Holy Angels and Saints, pray for us

    Mother Mary, help

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  19. mbrandon8026 says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

    We all well know that this is not about Charlie or Mark, but about God’s plan for the Salvation of the World, a world that is sin sick.

    Regardless of what comes to pass, when, where, or how, we are called to Acknowlege God, Take the Next Right Step, and be a song of Hope to all. This is as simple as it gets, and yet is complex, and made more complex by our sinfulness.

    Both Mark and Charlie are faithful guides and are relaying the perspective they are given for our benefit and for those we encounter. But, the depth of our acknowledgement of God, which is critical sets us up to be faithful ourselves. Our faithfulness leads us to the sacraments, Reconciliation regularly to be cleansed of our sins, so that our vision of the road ahead is not distorted. We are also lead to the Eucharist, which gives us food for the journey, so that we do not grow weary while we are on the road.

    But, particularly today as we celebrate Pentecost, we are reminded that Our Saviour sent us the Holy Spirit to empower us.

    Last evening, our pastor led us in a Pentecost Vigil, where we praised and worshiped Our Lord, and invited the Holy Spirit to fill us up more and more.

    One of our permanent deacons led us in prayers of intercession, based on the wonderful Litany of Humility. We also received the following prophetic word:

    My Children, I have called each of you to be here this evening, as I am calling others around the world to celebrate this Vigil of Pentecost. I thank you for hearing my call and obeying it.

    I am pouring out upon you a new and fresh anointing of my Holy Spirit. This new anointing is for you, to draw you ever closer to Me, and so that you may witness to My Abundant Love to all you encounter in your daily lives.

    This manifestation of My Holy Spirit is a counter to the evil that is abounding in this world. I am reclaiming my people who I have called by My Name. So often, you have wandered in the darkness of the world as it has been succumbing to the wiles of the evil one.

    But I am Your God, the Holy One of Israel, and I am pouring My Mercy out upon you, before My Justice will come. When My Justice comes upon the earth, the people of the earth will have no choice but to choose to follow Me, or to follow the evil one. Their blindness will fall away, and they will see the Truth.

    But, in My Mercy, I am anointing you and many others in this world, to provide signs of hope to your brothers and sisters both now and when that time comes.

    You will perform signs and wonders in My Name, but your greatest sign from Me will be your love for each other and for all those who will be lost if they do not turn from their wickedness in the time of My Justice.

    Receive what I am giving you this evening. Open your hearts to receive from Me, and let My Power come upon you, and fill you with Love, a Love that is greater than you could ever have imagined, but a Love that is given to you to grow in you and to burst forth upon this sin sickened world.

    The Eucharist and Reconciliation prepare us and feed us on our journey, but it is the Holy Spirit who empowers our next right steps, and our abilities to be signs of hope.

    May God Bless all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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    • Anne says:

      Michael….. Just been to Mass….. Then read this!!
      Thank you so much for posting……. Confirmed much for me that I sensed after communion. I read fr Sam as well…… Just love Goin’ Fishin.
      Thank you!!

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  20. Greg says:

    I’ve been following Mark for a good long while, and respect his insights; he is a godly man doing excellent work. However, when it comes to prophecy, and time itself, my belief is that we can never fully comprehend God’s timetables. With God, “all time,” is present before Him. He looks to his left, and sees the beginning of time; He looks to his right and sees the end of time: all “time” is concurrent from the eternal perspective. That said, in my opinion, neither the Church Fathers, nor any prophet fully knows how to interpret time within the mystery of salvation. What did our Lord say about the end?, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matt 24:36). Now Charlie, you state that you were given a specific time frame, and a very short one at that, when the Rescue from this storm that is brewing will occur–and you have said very clearly that this upcoming event is not the end of time, but rather a renewal, so we need to keep that qualification in mind. So, your prophetic proclamation is a little more specific, and it will either happen, or it will not. So for now, I am willing to keep an eye out for the signs, and–by all means–it all seems to be lining up as you have proclaimed, so … you have my attention. Or better yet, I hope this Rescue does indeed occur, because anyone with even a whisker of intuitive foresight, can see where this current path we are on is heading, and it’s not good. A world divorced from God, is a world driven by the barbaric instincts of man, otherwise known as hell on earth. Thanks for the good work you do, Charlie.

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  21. radiclaudio says:

    🙂

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  22. SanSan says:

    The Holy Spirit at work during the storm:
    Our beautiful sermon today at the very Traditional Mass @ Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco, was all about the the JOY given to us by the Holy Spirit. We receive JOY, yes the tears of Holy JOY flowed during the beautiful Latin Mass and exceptional latin choir, that raise the soul to the highest degree– especially after the one hour ride getting to mass because of the numerous roadblocks set up for the Bay to Breakers “narcissistic” display of human degradation, that only SF inhabitants can display.

    From despondency to JOY within one hour. Thank you, Holy Spirit!

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  23. Jean S says:

    In my view, God allows prophecy and visions in order to prepare us interiorly for our mission as imminent events unfold before us. It may seem that the purpose of Charlie or Mark’s writings is to tell us what is to come, to educate us about the Church’s historical writings or position on things, or inform us about its teaching on last things, and it is easy to get bogged down in those details. God allows this imperfection is us because it serves his purpose to move us interiorly to a disposition necessary to accomplish His Will when the time comes.

    But regardless of Charlie’s or Mark’s precision about events or the accurate analysis of eschatology, God is achieving His real purpose with it, which is to make us into who he wants us to be in the times in which we will soon live. I firmly believe God’s aim with Charlie is to give us an interior disposition that can react, and act in God’s will when things start to go south rather quickly. It is a short-term preparation for a pivotal and serious series of events which will require great courage, vision, and obedience to God’s voice. But moreover, and most importantly it will give us hope when there is no reasonable way to find hope in the events happening around us. Without hope, people give up or die, concede to evil, or make rash decisions that frustrate Gods designs in the moment, which will be to comfort, guide, and save the body and soul of as many as possible both physically and spiritually in the disasters to come.

    Mark’s writings, on the other hand change our entire paradigm about who we are, why we are here in this moment of history, and what we must do. In his writings, God has formed the instrument with which he can infuse us with knowledge and understanding (not facts and information), and with which He can move our wills toward fruition of His Plan for the world. We think we are learning, we think we are discovering or satisfying a curiosity, or becoming informed in our faith; but without even knowing, his writings are changing who we are into what God needs us to be. That is to say, Mark’s writings have allowed the Holy Spirit to infuse us with supernatural understanding and to prepare our wills to accept our crosses when the time comes.

    As I wrote in a personal letter to Mark Mallett, I believe the purpose for his calling is to give the Christian reader a full sense of his/her great dignity, purpose, meaning, and destiny. Without his realizing it, he is giving shape to our place in this world, forming us in our mission, and instilling within us a profound sense of our duty and calling. He is helping us with our “yes” by helping us to understand what it is we are saying yes to and to recognize Who is asking and why He is asking it.

    Prophecy is meant to change us interiorly and give us a heavenly vision of God’s plan so we can cooperate with God when the plan unfolds. That is why both Mark and Charlie are successful regardless of what they write or say…because it is God moving us interiorly as we read the words and shaping us to be His People with our whole hearts and with all our beings. It matters little what facts we are give or the accuracy with which they describe what is to come.

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  24. Barb421 says:

    you certainly needn’t apologize for not writing much this week, Charlie, or any time, we mustn’t take you for granted anyway!

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  25. Faith says:

    I have never participated on Charlie’s blog, until today. I do read it regularly though, and have also read some of Mark’s writings, too. One powerful thing about Mark is something far beyond his writings and inspirations… it is his personality, his soul and spirit, and how he shines with authenticity and love for Christ. What I do on a regular basis is log onto Charlie’s blog here, and then click into Videos and find the Birmingham event that Charlie and Mark did together, called Weathering The Storm, and then I skip right to minute 6:30 and listen straight through to about 11:15. It is often my prayer to the Holy Spirit, and sometimes just a moment I need to fill my heart and mind when the day had been tough. In this performance of Mark’s I have found the most magnificent live rendition of Come Holy Spirit I have ever heard. There is something incredibly special about what happened in those few minutes. Mark sings with his wife, and he beckons for John Paul II, and Padre Pio, and Mother Teresa, and others to be present. It is a powerful, holy, grace-filled performance. I listen to it sometimes 3 or 4 times over. If you can get one thing from Mark, and it’s the most important thing, it is how he shines in this beautiful performance, and how the Lord infused such Grace into that song, that experience, that gathering, and that video. It is incredibly powerful to listen to, it speaks volumes; and especially today (but any day as well), I would recommend everyone to click over to that video and skip ahead to about minute 6:15, and just listen to that incredible performance, and pray with a quiet open heart. Both Mark and Charlie have unique gifts and messages. Charlie’s is in his warmth and candor and humility, and his everyday guy persona. We relate to that in a visceral way, and we trust him. God chooses his messengers wisely, prepares them perfectly, so that we can relate and be touched by them in the ways He intends. Go now, if you have a few minutes, to the video section on this blog, find the one I am referencing, and listen to Mark sing!! No one will be disappointed.

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  26. Anne says:

    Faith….. Yes to all you say….. Especially Marks song…. Come Holy Spirit. Wow!

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  27. Judith says:

    Hummm. A Godincident! Charlies’ and Mark’s [Mallett] writings [clarifications] come to us at Pentecost. I choose both. Come Holy Spirit. Speak Lord, your servant is listening. Help me to keep my eyes and heart on You!

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  28. Does mark speak with the very Angel of the lord that he had appeared to his Mother. The only reason I see to argue with your message is if someone were to think you are lying or crazy and I do not. I believe the Lord has chosen you for this purpose. I do not know you, and my mind cannot get wrapped around it sometimes but I have willed myself to believe you.

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  29. goldensun says:

    Today’s first reading, which seems to affirm the charitable and substantive way Mark Mallett and Charlie have been explaining their perspectives:

    Who among you is wise and understanding?
    Let him show his works by a good life
    in the humility that comes from wisdom.
    But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
    do not boast and be false to the truth.
    Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above
    but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
    For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
    there is disorder and every foul practice.
    But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
    then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
    full of mercy and good fruits,
    without inconstancy or insincerity.
    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
    for those who cultivate peace.

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  30. Michael Fitzgerald says:

    What are you going to do if you’re wrong about the events leading up to the Rescue and the Rescue itself? What kind of responsibility are you going to take for misleading thousands of people who have believed you and follow you now? I don’t think I’m sorry is going to cut it. Maybe you’ll say something like “God changed His mind on this.” How do you know what you’re receiving is authentic? How come the Catholic Church, your own diocese, doesn’t give you the seal of approval? The Vatican has not declared Medjugorje “worthy of belief” and that has been going on for 30 years now. I want to believe in a Rescue. I do believe the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. The sooner the better. I commented on one of your other stories and you didn’t let it go through. I’m sure this one won’t make it either because I’m a skeptic.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Why was Lourdes not approved until years after it happened? Why was Fatima not approved until well after it happened? Because the Church almost never gives approval to such things until they are over. What the Church DOES do is make decisions on the theological soundness of the message and the consistency of the messenger. No restrictions were placed on the content of my messages by my Archdiocese (though, of course, it reserved the right to revisit it in case I should start failing in those categories). I weary of having to explain why the Church has acted as she has always acted throughout her history. Even the National Catholic Register originally wrote that I was “banned” in Denver – until my Archdiocese corrected them that I am NOT banned there, only that the Archbishop warned people to exercise prudence and caution.

      Read the website. I have been under direction for 21 years, I fully submitted to the authority of my Archbishop – who examined near 20 years of archival materials kept by a Priest director.

      I understand you worrying about being wrong. But I promised if the things I was being shown beginning back in the early 60’s came to pass, I would publicly speak. I am keeping my promise. You ask from your perspective: consider mine. Told that the sort of things we are seeing all over the world right now would happen, my mission was to tell people it was not the end, that God had a Rescue planned and the way to endure was to live ordinary things well, to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. If, after all those decades of training, when the things I had been shown started actually happening in a horrible and accelerating way, I would be the most miserable of cowards had I kept silence. And the blood of all those lost to despair because I refused to talk in these times to give them assurance of God’s Rescue would be on my hands.

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      • janet333 says:

        “Even the National Catholic Register originally wrote that I was “banned” in Denver until my Archdiocese corrected them that I am NOT banned there, only that the Archbishop warned people to exercise prudence and caution.”

        I didn’t know they had been corrected Charlie.

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, Charlie. Thanks be to God for choosing you and for your FIAT!

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      • Rick says:

        Charlie,

        I find myself in the middle here. I feel his concern and understand your response.

        For well over a decade I’ve been observing the accelerating decline of the Judeo-Christian World View and the equally accelerating rise of Secular Humanism. A long time ago I compared what was happening to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – where the principles of the former can only lead to chaos while those of the latter show us the way to constrain our energies to promote human flourishing. Like you, I am convinced we are reaching the end game and something has to give real soon. However, while my conclusion is based solely on observation, yours are based equally on mysticism as well as reason and logic.

        I’ve been following you long enough to conclude you are totally sincere about the things you say and agree with your comment above that you are compelled by conscience to speak publically about them. However, my concern is the same as Michael’s. What if your Angel is wrong? You must think about that and it must weigh heavily on you. I do not envy the position this puts you in, and give you credit for having the courage of your convictions; but, do you think about the damage that will be done if things don’t come to pass as you predict?

        I am unable to put myself in your shoes, but would bet you pray about this often. Do you care to share your anxieties’ in this regard?

        Rick

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        • charliej373 says:

          Rick, I had anxieties for decades. This may sound unbelievable, but I have none about it now – though I sympathize with others who do. I am keeping the promise I first made nearly five decades ago. That is sufficient for me. Nearly four decades of my whining that this can’t be true – and then seeing things (both little and large) was quite enough for me. God will dispose of things as He sees fit…and it would be a sickening offense if, after a lifetime of Him telling me true, I should worry about the waves surrounding me rather than keeping my eyes on Jesus. Could He pull a Jonah on me at this late stage? Sure, He can do what He wills…but that is His prerogative, not mine. And it has not escaped my notice that when God pulls a “Jonah” it always involves giving greater mercy, rather than acting more harshly. As for me, all I need do is keep my promise.

          I sympathize with you and your worries. I had about four decades to work through mine – and you don’t have that time. But my anxieties are exclusively geared towards keeping faith and being true, not a whit is wasted on those things beyond my control. I must simply tell you true. If I do that, whatever else happens, I trust in the Lord’s goodness.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen and Alleluia, Charlie! This is exactly where each of our hearts must be: “But my anxieties are exclusively geared towards keeping faith and being true, not a whit is wasted on those things beyond my control. I must simply tell you true. If I do that, whatever else happens, I trust in the Lord’s goodness.”

            This has been God’s exhortation to us throughout the ages. A mere few reference to His Powerful Words, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow:
            Matthew 6:25-34
            Proverbs 3:5-6
            Philippians 4:6-7
            Luke 12:24-34
            Matthew 11:28-30
            John 14:27
            Psalm 55:22

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        • YongDuk says:

          Rick, believe it or not, Pope St. John Paul II positioned several of us in the Church exactly for this time.

          It’s not just Charlie.

          And I will say, without knowing for certain, that then Cardinal Ratzinger was one of those people.

          Earlier today, I quoted one of the most unknown, yet influential Ascetics, St. Isaac of Nineveh: God’s Providential Care swaddling Innocency.

          It’s like Ecclesiastes: There ain’t nothing you can do to make the Sun change it’s course, but God sure as chicken-heads-on-a-poultry-processing-centre-house floor can.

          Oh… It’s easy. The onus of the work is overwhelming. But then God gives you the Simple Saints and they remind you that the overwhelmingness is part of the Daily Suffering and therefore Daily Offering.

          It’s easy to forget as it is so mundane. But Sanctify the Day in the Littlest Things

          So, yes, Anxiety is huge and overwhelming, but it is like a Thorn in the Flesh that keeps one humble and reliant on God.

          Leave the chicken heads to rest where they fall…

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            YD, your first three sentences are remarkable statements. What you say makes sense, though, based on other things Saint John Paul II said even before he was elected Pope.

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          • Rick says:

            Thank you YongDuk, that is comforting to hear. I only wish we were living in a time when you didn’t feel compelled to hide your identity and could tell all of us who you are.
            Understand though, that can’t happen right now.

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      • Mack says:

        If the Rescue didn’t happen, I would be disappointed but I would have no grounds for blaming Charlie. After all, each of us is free to give credence to his message or not, with due discernment. My discernment is that Charlie’s message is sound and authentic, and I do believe it. It’s not the same as faith in Catholic teachings that come by divine revelation and are entrusted to the Church. It’s a private revelation, but one that should be shared prudently, I believe.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      I don’t get it…and I wonder, Michael, what are you going to do when you find out you’re wrong? See how much precious time was wasted worrying about Charlie? He’s busy doing God’s work. What can it possibly hurt you to trust God, take the next right step and do God’s will when it presents an opportunity right in front of you? So why worry? Why get upset with one who is helping you?
      We should all be doing this anyway! regardless of prophecy or visionaries or our own opinions…this is exactly what Jesus taught us to do. Seriously, when you really think this through sincerely, pray and really truly trust in God- the only thing you lose is your fears, worries and doubts. Charlie is doing this exact thing to help us, to encourage us. He is doing God’s will. He trusted and stepped out and dared to take that next right step to help people. So,soldier on Michael..pick up your cross, pray to your name sake- St Michael! 🏥

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Okay Michael, lets review:
      Pope LeoXIII Had a vision where the devil asked God the Father (praise and glorify Him) gave the evil one 100 years of increased power and devotion of those twisted enough to listen. I thought it would begin then but that is a ploy of the devil.

      Our Beautiful,Blessed Lady of Fatima, appeared with an immaculate heart for all. Russia spread errors . Russia is now more Orthodox than the US..

      Fatima, Garabendal in the 60’s Akita in the 70s Medjugoria in the 80’s on going each day. What does Heaven need to do to get your attention.

      Charlie was trained his whole life. Do you not see why that is important? I think k you need to ruminate on why it would take that long for training to go on. I would think it would be to know the difference between a hay foot and a straw foot

      May the Holy Spirit guide us to Jesus through Mary

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    • We are all personally responsible for our own choices, beliefs and thoughts, Michael. The readers of this forum are reasonably intelligent and understand that prophecy is not a mathematical science. Reading a blog does not imply mindless brainwashing. It’s simply reading a blog. Discussion is just discussion: exploring, supposing, wondering, thinking, researching, and poking a little fun at each other. What I decide to think about Charlie is my responsibility, not Charlie’s. I’m a big girl; I can handle it.

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  31. anniecorrinne says:

    OK….my thoughts….If the world was a golf ball…a must see video of our world and beyond and our world within us. By Louie Giglio.
    To me, God is multifaceted. Kind of like a diamond with an infinite number of cuts. Each one of us is unique in His creation. So how could any two of us be assured we are seeing the exact same vision (we might be having). None of us can even hold an intelligent thought for long…at least not without God’s permission. How can we understand between two of us what He reveals of Himself and His plans for us unless He permits some kind of unity.
    We are finite and He is totally OTHER. (You thought I was going to say infinate). HA…He is beyond that….I believe. There are no words to wrap around our God. Jesus gives us a glimpse of the Father. And we live with a God who is beyond dynamic. He does what He wants to do as He sees fit. Loving us with a love we can’t understand.
    I enjoyed all of your comments! You all gave me something to meditate on.

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  32. anniecorrinne says:

    One more thing off the subject … I found a squirrel picture that is me. She has a red scarf and a red purse. But I don’t know how to post it. And since my Baptized name is Dorothy I suppose she has red shoes. Giggle…..
    BTW I am 71 years today. I’m a bit worn around the edges, but surviving. 😳

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  33. caroltrueman says:

    I know this subject may be unrelated to the current discussion. However, in order to clear up my own confusion, I have a question to ask. Since there are so many much better informed people contributing to this site, I have great confidence that my question will be answered in clear and simple terms. The question is: What is the difference between a Vatican Council and a Vatican Synod? There is so much confusion about this even among Catholics and the population in general , that I feel that we need to have a clear and concise answer to those who question us. I thank all of you for reading this and responding . Thanks.

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  34. CrewDog says:

    We have Monsters in our midst who awake every morn with the “Mission” to promote ABORTION by any-n-all means. They call it a Woman’s “Health” Issue or Human “Right” and they viciously attack anyone who objects …………. and are lauded by Left Political Parties and Left Media.

    “Drones Target Unborn Babies in Poland Dropping Off Abortion Pills”
    http://www.christianpost.com/news/abortion-drones-to-target-unborn-babies-in-poland-163916

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Yes, Crew Dog, but the tide is turning. Oklahoma just passed a law making it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion with a penalty of jail time and loss of license. Like Charlie said, it will soon be thought by all of society of as an atrocity. I know this is true because I meet with a bunch of women twice a month for a social gathering. These women have been radical leftists for years. The are now beginning to discuss the possibility that they might have been wrong about abortion all these years. They are now saying “Abortion is a terrible solution to a tough dilemma. We should come up with better solutions” and “Maybe Planned Parenthood should get out of the abortion business.” You would have to know these women to understand what an astounding, surreal, mind-boggling turn about this is in their thinking. I sit there with my mouth hanging open going “Huh?!” It’s happening. Hearts are softening. Love is germinating in the dark soil. The little green sprouts will soon be breaking through.

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  35. zeniazenia says:

    Very nice Mark–Thank you! St. Paul — pray for us! 🙂

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  36. My take on the Mark vs Charlie Storm interpretations: tempest in a tea cup. I’m following the Venezuela melt-down stories. The economic collapse has started. The worldwide financial “tsunami” is rising up out of the sea. The future is here.

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  37. Mark Ferris says:

    The picture above reminds me of the S.S Minnow leaving the harbor on a clear, sunny day–a 3 hour tour—only to get caught in a fierce storm and land on Gilligan’s Island. 7 completely different people forced to somehow survive and get along with each other–though not always– in a very difficult situation. (Only, there is no rescue from the island) The last episode aired April 17, 1967, an important year for Israel and 50 years later would be 2017….So, come what may, like Gilligan’s Island, no need to worry or fear, be happy and thank God.

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    • Mick says:

      Mark, I never thought I’d see the day when Gilligan’s Island could be used to make a good philosophical point; but you made it work… and quite effectively. Kudos. 🙂

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  38. CrewDog says:

    More Good News on the Planned MassMurder Front!?

    “Explosive New Evidence: DA That Indicted David Daleiden Colluded With Planned Parenthood”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2016/05/24/explosive-new-evidence-da-that-indicted-david-daleiden-colluded-with-planned-parenthood/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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