For Our Good, Not Our Destruction

I once again have a vigorous schedule this week. I expect to have some quiet time when the weekend comes.

Strange weather patterns continue to follow me. On my way to West Palm Beach Tuesday, about 80 miles out I was hit with a torrential monsoon. Whoo…when it rains in Southern Florida, it doesn’t play around. It was the third scariest situation I ever drove through. At one point, three lightning bolts struck simultaneously less than a football field ahead of me on the left side of the road. Everybody hit their brakes, but one fellow ahead of me nearly spun out of control. I was told that a group of people were coming via a bus from Port St. Lucie to the presentation, but the bus could not come because of a tornado that roared through. Now I hear that some of them will be coming to Sebring Friday – the presentation for the Tampa area.

For now, I reprint this piece from last fall, that I think is even more critical now. Be not afraid!

Be Not Afraid. God Calls All Men to Salvation

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By Charlie Johnston

My goal since I began writing this has not been to tell you precisely what is going to happen and when (with the exception of the Rescue late in 2017), for those are the wrong questions, questions that can only give you a false sense of security.

If one is a captain charged with preparing his troops on the eve of a great battle, he does them a great disservice if he tries to choreograph the battle to come in precise detail for them. Once it commences in full, battle takes on a life of its own. It is filled with unexpected twists and turns. The soldier who thinks he knows every detail that will unfold will probably not survive the battle for he is basing his hope on his own expectations. Rather, the effective commander is honest with his troops, giving them a general overview of what to expect and, most importantly, how to act and react with honor whatever turns the battle takes…how to be effective in the moment as the battle unfolds. The soldier who seeks out sure knowledge rather than proper preparation deceives himself. His unease about the unknown ahead leads him to trade off hard knowledge of the habits of mind and heart to endure later for a false sense of security and superiority now. This foolish trade, however much it may soothe him, dramatically cuts his odds of enduring the battle.

I had thought – and still hope – that the striking failure of the Locutions to the World (LttW) a few weeks ago, would gently lead people to quit worrying so restlessly about precisely what and when various events will happen. I had hoped that it would lead them to examine their own expectations and shift their focus to how to behave whatever happens. But vanity dies hard – and many would rather convince themselves that they have the inside scoop rather than merely trust in God by living each moment with extraordinary love and faith. God is raising up a people who trust in Him by loving their fellows and taking the next right step. Please put yourself radically into God’s hands that you might live. Say with me my constant prayer: “Lord, do not show me a single thing I don’t need to complete my work. Give me the strength to bear those things You must show me to do the work You have for me. Jesus, I trust in You.”

Some outlets have taken to calling me the prophet of the Storm. That is not unfair, but largely misses the point. Since I first began writing for my priests nearly 21 years ago, I described the Storm that is now unfolding around and engulfing us in no little detail. But if that was all I was shown or had to say, I would never have publicly said anything. You have plenty of people, secular and religious, who can and are accurately describing the Storm that gathers force around us. Anyone who has eyes to see can see where we are headed. If I had just been called to do color commentary for Armageddon, I would have declined the invitation and stayed home. The main reason I was called to describe the Storm with such accuracy decades ago, when it scared me, was to lend credibility to what my central prophetic message is: “Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.” I was sent to proclaim the Rescue – and to teach you how to participate with God in reclaiming His children, just as I have been taught to participate with Him in the same. That is a calling worth sacrificing much and even dying for. Even more, it is a calling worth living for.

I promised the Lord from childhood that if these things, this Storm I saw in such detail, should indeed come upon the world, I would speak in His behalf to assure people that He was calling them back to Him, not crafting their destruction. As the Storm slowly took shape, painting the cultural sky first with an eerie, then ghastly shade of sickly yellow, I tried to find a way out of my calling. And then the dreadful, ominous darkness. While I was in the process of conversion, I first heard the magnificent song, “Here I Am, Lord.” It was – and is – a reminder to me of the promise I made and have renewed over and over since childhood…that if the darkness I was shown should come, I would speak – not to describe the darkness, but to assure people of God’s light…to bring it to them. Every time I hear or sing it, I choke back tears. To me, it is a renewal of a promise I made long ago, to assure you that God’s plans for you are for a future and a hope…for your rescue, not your destruction.

Many continue to think that the Storm is God’s punishment of us. IT IS NOT. Get that out of your head. The Storm is what we have brought on ourselves. It is an evil that is entirely wrought by our hands. God has nothing to do with it. If you don’t firmly get that right, you will get almost everything else wrong. The great evil is that we have convinced ourselves that we are sufficient to ourselves, that we are masters of our destiny with no need for God, whatsoever. This hubris has caused souls to be lost to eternity at an unprecedented rate for the last century. For a time, God restrained some of the consequences of that hubris, to give us a chance to come back to Him of our own

Reader Dawn Tehonica snapped this photo near Philadelphia shortly after the Pope was there.

accord. That would have been best. But we would not. So God has lifted the hand of His restraint for a time, that we may see what WE have wrought without Him. Once again, God is using the evil we have wrought to bring about good – to let us see some of the consequences of our rebellion, that we will lose our confidence in our mastery of events without reference to Him. When our confidence in our own supremacy is dashed, we must either despair or turn to Him. Already, the rate of the loss of souls to eternity has slowed as people see what we have wrought.

Some pray for mitigation  of the Storm. They think they do well, but what they are actually praying for is mitigation of the consequences of what we have wrought. Over the last century, that sort of mitigation has been given – and the result has been the continued loss of masses of souls to eternity because of our stubborn, stiff-necked rebellion. For the last century, every time God has shielded us from the consequences of our stupid vanity, we have simply doubled down, thinking the mitigation proof that we are in control and do not need God. Our preening arrogance has formed a deadly cancer on the Mystical Body of Christ. All we ever had to do to rid ourselves of the cancer was to embrace humility and our need for God. Every time the Lord has mitigated the symptoms, we have doubled down on our arrogance, making the cancer worse. God is not using the Storm we have wrought to destroy us, but as a form of Divine Chemotherapy guaranteed to rid us of the cancer and leave us healthier than ever. The Storm, used as God is now using it,  IS an act of Divine Mercy. It is an act of supreme folly to pray for delivery from the cure rather than from the cancer.

Begin to contemplate prophecy from the perspective of rescue and Divine Mercy. Downplay or drop entirely interpretations grounded in disaster scenarios. Authentic visions often come from the perspective of eternity, rather than a crabbed earthly perspective, so they can look very apocalyptic. Because of this, someone might see true, but interpret badly. Authentic visions, though they rarely result in the temporal disaster scenarios we usually imagine, nonetheless reflect the eternal reality. From heaven’s standpoint, a soul lost to eternity is a catastrophe. From an earthly standpoint, if such a soul nearly dies, then lives past their final state of grace, we think they have been rescued, when they have actually perished. Look at all private revelation through the filter of how it relates to Rescue. Let me give you two examples of what I think are likely authentic prophecies that have been misunderstood because of our childish insistence on temporal special effects.

First, when I was on the West Coast of the U.S., many asked me what I thought of the “prophecy” some had heard of a great tidal wave swallowing up most of the West Coast, bringing water all the way up to the Colorado border. I usually told people I thought it might be authentic, but not as they thought. Water represents Baptism. Baptism washes away sin. The West Coast is terribly disordered. If this prophecy is authentic, I interpret it from the standpoint of Rescue – that God is going to send a tidal wave of repentance and mercy over the west coast, washing away the hideously disordered sin that mutilates our culture from there.

Second, there is a prophecy that has gained some currency that the earth is going to shift on its axis. I started hearing about this a lot while I was in the  Northeastern U.S. I told everyone that I couldn’t say about the disaster scenario most envisioned, but whether that happened or not, that prophecy had already been fulfilled. I pointed out that 1,600 years ago the Emperor Constantine had made Christianity an officially favored religion…and that ever since, the cultural axis around which western beliefs revolved were fundamentally Christian. Oh, we have lived it poorly many times…but if asked what the good was, serious educated people would always point to the Judeo-Christian values that were our heritage and gave the world a slow-motion blossoming of freedom, prosperity and meaning. That axis has been besieged the last few decades. The vote in Ireland to legalize and impose same-sex “marriage” ensured that it would soon be imposed in much of the rest of the Western World. We do not just sin any more, we call sin “the good” and Christian values “the bad.” For the first time in 1,600 years, our foundational cultural assumptions are fundamentally pagan rather than Christian. The axis of our cultural assumptions has shifted dramatically. God is not giving you inside info on the end, but calling you to participate in shifting the culture back to the foundation that gives life, rather than one that has always given death.

Don’t interpret things in a way that makes you a pitiful spectator in the stands, but as a recipient of God’s mercy who is called to participate in His Rescue. Big disasters may come. Sometimes they do. But prophecy is far more often missed because its fulfillment is subtler than expected rather than more dramatic. If something big comes, you cannot stop it. Do not let worry over it distract you from the little you can do – for it is in the little, ordinary things that you find God…the little whisper rather than the great thunderclap.

Worry less about outrageous external events. I frequently get asked about the possibility of the imposition of Martial Law in the U.S., the imposition of One World Government by U.N. and European Statists, and the evil designs of shadowy groups. Here’s the deal: they lose. None of them are stronger than God. All of them put together do not amount to a clipping from the Master’s fingernail. They lose. The only reason to contemplate these things at all is when it helps you to discern what God calls YOU to do. None of us can do great things: all any of us can do is the little right in front of us. When we offer that little to God, He transforms it and feeds multitudes. When we worry about it to the point it distracts us from what we can do, we toss away God’s promise in pursuit of delusions of grandeur and intrigue. God wins. There is no suspense or doubt about the outcome. Those who are with God are those who DO His will, not those who only talk about it. Each soul is the battleground. If you get caught up in things bigger than you, the satan has seduced you to the losing side by distracting you from what you are called to. If you relentlessly stick to the little things right in front of you, always acknowledging God, you hold fast to Christ and will share in His victory.

Think of a few things. Two years ago, had you been told that by mid-2015, if you refused in conscience to actively participate in an homosexual “marriage” ceremony, you could (and some would) be stripped of your property, heavily fined, bankrupted, fired, and even jailed, would you have believed that? Yet that is the reality in this new world. If you had been told that the “reasonable accommodations” to the abortion provisions the president spoke of would turn out to be forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to participate in abortion coverage, would you have believed it? Yet that is the new reality in this world. But what has been the result of this arbitrary exercise of coercive power contrary to law and traditional American values? Even as their egos and malicious contempt for dissenters has inflated, actual power has collapsed around the offenders without them knowing it.

Twenty or 30 years ago, if a president had declared Martial Law in response to a grave crisis, I would have gone along with it, whether it was a Democrat or Republican and whether I objectively agreed or disagreed. At that time I had a base level of confidence in presidents that, particularly in crisis, they genuinely loved both their country and their countrymen – and would not do such a thing merely to cement their power. A year ago, many would probably have gone along with such a thing. What would happen now, though, if the federal government declared Martial Law? At a minimum, there would be large pockets of active resistance among groups and entire states. It would likely trigger actual revolution. By abusing their authority, officials have not enhanced their power, but have forfeited all but a pale shadow of its form.

The European Union was supposed to both unite Europeans and subject them to the iron rule of an unelected bureaucracy. We are watching it burst its seams as it comes apart before our eyes. The statist dreams of narcissistic elites who would subject free peoples are ever doomed to ultimate failure, though the unraveling can be violent and ugly.

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Do not worry much over big things you cannot change. Rather, stick to the little things you can do for those right around you and God will take care of the big things. Know that when you take firm hold of Christ, no one on earth has any power over you whatsoever save that which God allows…and once you hold fast to Him nothing is allowed save that which will help bring more souls to Him. All the attacks and bile of the most powerful will fall harmlessly at your feet when you hold fast to Christ. If your trust in the Lord is deep enough, He may let you be taken for a bit by malefactors, not that they may destroy you, but that their power might be broken in the effort.

God has a plan to carry us to safety. Jesus Christ is, Himself, the safe harbor to which we are aimed. His Holy Church is the vessel which will carry us safely to Him through the violent ragings of the Storm. Our Lady, Holy Mary, is our Stella Maris – the Star of the Sea –  the sure navigational guide which will ever keep the ship of His Church pointed steadily towards the Harbor which is her Holy Son. Stay safely berthed in the Church with your eyes on Our Lady who will ever point you to her Son. Do not be distracted by the violence of the winds or the waves. The Lord is Master of the Storm.

Even in the midst of stormy tribulations, joy will rise. People will know that God has not abandoned them. They will know that life DOES have meaning – and that the Lord calls them to participate with Him by caring tenderly for their neighbors. People will watch as, even in the midst of the Storm, God knits together a people resolved to build each other up rather than tear each other down…and see a culture which was in tatters become strong, noble and true again. I saw the Storm truly from my earliest days. I saw the Rescue just as truly…and I have seen the sublime joy that rises even in the midst of the Storm. How I wish I could convey it to you now! But I guess it is better that God lets you see it later, when you need it, so you will know I have told you true. It will fill you with a joyful resolve to press on and endure for those you love. There is rejoicing in your future if you hold fast to God and just do the little things right in front of you.

Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.

 

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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296 Responses to For Our Good, Not Our Destruction

  1. SteveBC says:

    It’s always good to be reminded of the simple things and the proper focus. Thanks, Charlie.

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  2. Beckita says:

    Amen, Charlie, with prayers for you as you press on through the Storm as well as prayers for all here and our families as we make our way, as Steve BC wisely says: with “the proper focus.”
    Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally!

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  3. YongDuk says:

    Be safe; we’re praying for you!

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  4. madkatmomma says:

    I love this piece. Thank you Charlie. I pray for you every day. Regarding your coincidental influence on the weather, please please hurry to Southern California – El Nino missed us and we need the rain! i’d like to be able to bathe this summer 😉

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  5. darknite says:

    My Lord God,
    I have no idea where I am going
    I do not see the road ahead of me.
    I cannot know for certain where it will end.

    Nor do I really know myself,
    And the fact that I think I am following
    your will does not mean that I am
    actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please
    you does in fact please you.
    And I hope that I have that desire in all
    that I am doing.
    And I know that if I do this, you
    will lead me by the right road
    though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore will I trust you always
    though I may seem to be lost
    and in the shadow of death, I will
    not fear, for you are ever with me
    and you will never leave me
    to face my perils alone.

    thomas merton

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  6. DanSouthChicago says:

    Thank you for the reprise, Charlie. It’s very helpful. I have been praying for a mitigation of the storm, provided the mitigation did not result in the loss of souls. After rereading your piece, I think I may be spinning my wheels in the sense that any mitigation might result in the loss of even one soul. On the other hand, Our Lord can do all things, including this. I pray that we will all clearly “hear” the direction Our Lord gives us and then follow in the that next right step. As you point out, He’s in charge and, difficult as it often is, we should not worry. God bless.

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  7. Ann says:

    Thank you for this. I needed it.

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  8. This is already a joyful piece. I sense a lot of hope in it.
    But there is a grim reality: one soul lost is a catastrophe.
    Lord, You are the Master of the Storm. Give us the grace to know Your Will, and yet some more grace to do it. Amen.

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  9. Joe Crozier says:

    “As for you Littlechild you shall be called a prophet of God the most high,
    you shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare His Ways before him,
    to make known to His people their salvation through forgiveness of all their sins,
    the loving kindness of the heart of our God who visits us like the dawn from on high. ”
    The sun usually comes up gradually in the morning but the new dawn that approaches will suddenly be upon us like the sun suddenly appearing at its zenith out of the darkness. Just so the Tribulation which I feel is an intensification of the Storm brought on us by human attitudes and actions, will come upon us suddenly and unexpectedly. At its worst point the Warning or as some like to call it the Illumination will also come upon us like the dawn from on high and show us the loving kindness of the heart of our God even though the experience will be deeply distressing for some. As Charlie has said this may be part of a process of Rescue. Those of us who have prepared will be better equipped to help others by being a sign of hope through this difficult times although like a death, no matter how well prepared, the shock and the grief cannot be avoided.
    My 87 year old mum says she she will simply bow her head and make a good act of contrition. So in this storm the fog will be pierced by a beam from the light house of God and we will see clearly how much we are loved by God. This will be distressing because we will also see how much we have failed to love in return. This is just my opinion.
    It us said that in the night, the permanents visible sign left at Garabandal will be a beam of light. Thus we will be reminded for all time of God’s eternal love for us.

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  10. Laura Crane says:

    So glad you’re coming to the West Coast in June and July…looking forward to seeing you again. Thanks for the wonderful piece on keeping our focus on God alone. I pray that God will always remind me of His unfailing Mercy. Sincerely, Laura Crane

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  11. Vanessa Joy says:

    Wow!! I loved re-reading this hopeful post!
    Staying in the boat in the midst of these waves of storms is beyond critical if we are to survive and thrive as we march into the battle singing praises to God, encouraging others to sing along and keep in step and not to step out!

    My tendency during the stormy moments of my day is to be caught up in the spin! I am tempted to react instead of respond . React with quick judgements , assumptions and emotions instead of Being that sign of hope, the important pause before making that physical or verbal step in our day. Many of you might remember this acronym from 12 step recovery. The Big T. H.I.N.K.
    Is is Thoughtful?
    Is it Honest?
    Is it Intelligent?
    Is it Necessary? ( I blow it here a lot aka, sin of distraction)
    Is it Kind?

    Enough said. Gulp.
    Let’s keep marching and Praising Him while staying in the boat!

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  12. Sean says:

    Charlie, I keep wondering when these events of the storm are going to start happening. One of the events is that many in Islam are going to be converted. Do you really think this can happen in 18 months? Many of these Islamic leaders are very blind to truth and even if they where shown the truth, I don’t think they would believe it. It reminds me of the blindness of many Jewish leaders when Christ was on the earth. So, I am a little confused that all the events that you talked about could really happen in the time frame we have until October of 2017. Please enlighten me if this makes sense?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sean, I have discussed this subject so very many times I will allow someone else to quote old pieces. I mean no offense, and I know a lot has been written here, but I simply have not the time to rehash things I have already rehashed dozens of times.

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    • Jose says:

      I don’t think that even Charlie himself understands the details of how everything will happen in such a short time, but yes, it is one of the public prophecies that was given him and it will happen.

      Also, everything (the fullness of the Storm) has already started (Jesus told him this on Easter Day of this year), but it is more obvious in some parts of the world than in others (e.g. Venezuela). However, within a few months it should be felt here, and throughout the world.

      “When?” is a question that I have been asking myself often until recently. Now I think it is of no use. I’ve decided that I’ll just go with the flow and stop worrying.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Jose, does that mean if I want to know how many weeks it is until the end of 2017 I have to do the math? I don’t have enough fingers and toes. I must say that I am proud of you. It’s really what we are ment to do. Pray, hope and don’t worry. God really needs us, especially you because you are a honest charming man. You provide an example to those around you. Great job !

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      • sarah says:

        Mark Mallett pointed out that the end of the year of Mercy is sometime in Nov. of this year. St. Faustina had reported that the Lord said he would come first as the Lord of Mercy before the just judge. That thought keeps crossing my mind.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I agree, sarah. Finally the Diary is on kindle. I read that part last night. My mum was telling me she wrote it phonetically. It is wonderful to read. It’s easy and graceful just like the prayers in the small Divine Mercy booklet.

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      • Ah, Venezuela. We in the U.S. are annoyed by three-hour-long TSA lines at O’Hare, while the poor of Caracas, living in the murder Capitol of the planet, are queued for hours just to get a roll of toilet paper and some rice. Also, one ER physician there said he estimates the ACTUAL number of Zika infections in the city and surroundings to be closer to 400,000 — very much at odds with the government’s statistics on the disease. That number, though anecdotal, is staggering.

        What is happening to other parts of the world like Venezuela *IS* the warning to the U.S. It’s just a matter of time before we get to stand in line for some toilet paper.


        Mr. Carter shakes hands with Hugo Chavez (deceased, but whose legacy continues).

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I read where they wait in line and don’t even know what they are getting. Antibiotics are virtually unavailable. Sometimes they stand in line for hours and get nothing. God, please help them.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Sean, Google Muslims converting to Christianity. Youll see it has already started in significant numbers especilly among refugees in Europe. GOD is good!

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      • Alfred says:

        I know Charlie attributes Islamic conversions to Christianity to Our Lady of Tepeyac. I’ve always thought Our Lady of Fatima might be the more likely symbol of such conversions. “Fatima” as an Arabic name means “captivating.” As a Muslim name it means “one who weans” or “one who abstains” (per my Google search). Fatima was a daughter of Mohammed and one of four perfect women in the Koran. In the same way that O. L. of Tepeyac (Guadalupe) took on native characteristics, Our Lady of Fatima may speak to Muslim women in a way that leads them to the Truth. Under her many titles of course we’re speaking about the same Mother of us all.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Here’s a good story for you, Sean. One of many such stories.
      https://churchpop.com/2016/05/02/stunning-reports-1000s-muslims-converting-visions-jesus/

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      • Alfred says:

        There is still a very long, long way to go. Pew Research says there are 1.6 billion Muslims and it is the fastest growing religion in the world. Even if 100,000 Muslims convert to Christianity the percentage is so small as to be insignificant *statistically*. E.g., one million conversions would equal .00625% of all Muslims. (I know of course that a single conversion is precious in the Lord’s eyes.)

        To the extent there are a significant number who convert–especially in such a short time frame, it will be a miracle in itself.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are right…it will be a miracle, Alfred. People who think in exclusively linear terms cannot imagine a miracle. Some are so caught up in the vanity of their own intellect they will not even accept one when they see it – as with Emile Zola when Marie LeMarchand was cured at Lourdes. Even though there is already a trickle, God reserves the prerogative to make sure people understand the miracle behind it when it suddenly becomes a flood. You have hit on the center of it – it will be clearly miraculous to all but the most obtuse and vain.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Alfred, I understand that the length of time between initial experience (often a vision of Jesus or Mary) to actual conversion has been about 5 years (according to I think Tom Doyle). That’s for those who convert. What we see as the actual number of conversions can reasonably be expected to be only a small portion of those who are in the midst of their 5-year (ish) journeys.

          We have had only a few hundred active commenters on this site since January 2014, but each of those has affected to greater or lesser degree 10 or 20 or 30 more people we never see here. The same is almost certainly the case within the muslim world.

          Given the severe risk muslims take when they convert, the hundreds of thousands or millions who have actually converted are likely only the tip of a very large, hidden, iceberg of a group primed to convert under the right circumstances.

          I also think that the “received wisdom” that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world is just another media-hyped story with little or no backing. Muslim reproductive rates are falling precipitously all across the Mideast, generally a sign of hard times and/or cultural failure. Not a sign of vigorous group growth.

          If we stand up to Islam at some point, as Charlie says we may, all of those hidden people can come to the surface rapidly. A mass conversion has its own momentum once it starts.

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          • Alfred says:

            Steve, I agree with you. Besides the things you mention the things that convince me such a conversion is possible include: 1) the poor way women are treated in Islam; 2) the fact that Muslim women are educating themselves rapidly; and 3) the ubiquity of social media. How soon a mass conversion happens is difficult to say; we know that God’s “soon” can be a long time by our impatient expectations.

            Example on education: At Bethlehem University, a school run by the Christian Brothers, and which a group I belong to helps support, about 70% of the students are Muslim, most of those women. It was eye-opening to visit there a few years ago. These are the mustard seeds that will grow in God’s time.

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          • Doug says:

            Brilliant insight oh wise and wonderful Steve.

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          • Estimates of people who practice Islam are probably inaccurate and based more on populations living in Muslim regions. An example: When you see pictures of Kim Jong Un, everyone around him is smiling and laughing, but that doesn’t mean they are happy. It just means if they are caught NOT smiling, they will be executed. Same goes for Islam, I imagine.

            I had a very, very dear friend named Graciella Guadalupe Kazan (my abbreviation of her Mexican name). Met her as a hospice patient in Colorado, and we quickly became soul-mates, praying the Rosary together every chance we could. I have several miraculous stories to share about my encounters with her, but will spare you.

            But, she was a Catholic, married to a Muslim man, living in Lebannon, which shares both religions more or less equally. She told me that her female friends who were Muslim encouraged her emphatically to retain her Christian Faith at all costs, despite the fact that it made life more difficult for her and her husband. (BTW, the ex-husband, whom I met just before her passing, converted to Catholicism.) This little story gives us a glimpse of the modest and strong-willed Muslim women who will be spearheading the conversion of the Muslim men in the upcoming years.

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          • jaykay says:

            So true, Steve and Alfred. And as regards the position of women in Muslim societies, there is a very large quotient of the “Muslim world” that has a large, if quiet, educated middle class, including women, who, I think, are unhappy with theocratic dictatorship that has been imposed on them for years and are a seedbed for a sort of velvet revolution, if one could express it so. I’m thinking of Iran, Syria and Egypt in particular. Morocco is a different case, and always was, being still the only stable society of the Maghreb, and when I travelled there 30 years ago I was impressed at how liberated, in relative terms, women were. I don’t think that’s changed, albeit the rest of North Africa is currently troubled. But that can change, for the better we hope. Turkey also has a very large educated female population. So yes, perhaps it’ll begin among the women. God will it does, soon, and that we may lovingly welcome them. It’s in His hands, in any event.

            T. D. L.

            J.

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      • djmoforegon says:

        Thank you so much, Snowy. It makes so much sense that Jesus would reach out to those who are so desperate and in need of a real Rescue. God is so very good and generous to all.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Time is in God’s Hands. To see an example of God’s time observe the example of St Joan of Arc. During the 100 year war France, first daughter of the church was being over taken by England. In a few months the tide turned in France’s favor by God ‘s chosen daughter, Joan. You can get Hillaire Belloc’s audio book on Amazon about Joan of Arc. It is amazing. I especially like the twist at the end regarding taxes.

      Things can go south pretty quickly. As Jose said thank you, Lord for one more week. Also go to Doug and Lamsie’s stormnewhampshire.com and look at the q and a video. The other one is really great too.

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      • jaykay says:

        Absolutely, Deere. And France despite, or owing to, St. Jeanne’s martyrdom, went from strength to strength for the next 200 years, becoming the dominant power in Europe – land-wise, anyway. And if Louis XIV had only consecrated Her to the Sacred Heart, as Our Lord asked… well, no revolution, for a start. And, from a personal basis, there would have been the liberation of my own country. Oh well…

        Still, the triumph of the two Hearts will come, despite our efforts to frustrate it, as it often seems. The children have set the house on fire, and still refuse to recognise it, despite their Mother’s pleading. Wasn’t it Churchill who said, at the explosion of the first atomic bomb: “the idiot child has the matches”? That may be apocryphal, but it shouldn’t be 😩

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I get angry with Louis XIV. Sunking should have been Sonking. Shame on him. And to think he is the name sake Louis IX. He totally ignored St. Margaret Mary whose mission was the Sacred Heart. I would say that it is similar to Fatima and the consecration of Russia, but Russia has been consecrated an as per Sister Lucia accepted by heaven. Maybe if Louis the XVI had known of it early in his reign he would have consecrated France to the Sacred Heart. Regardless of what is said of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, I think they were honestly religious people that were mislead. Kind of a forerunner to Czar Nicolas II and Alexandria

          I am confident that the First Daughter of the church being the prodigal daughter will come back to claim her position, just as Mary’s Dowry will be reinstated. God is good. It is we who are stupid. I like that ‘idiot child with matches’ sounds like Churchill, but I haven’t heard that quote before. How very true it is. God bless you

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          • jaykay says:

            Thanks, Deere. Churchill of course in no way meant it to refer to the U.S. I think he was presciently (as he was in so many things) referring to the fact that Pandora’s box had been opened and would not be closed, and the idiot children of atheistic totalitarianism would soon gain the lethal secrets, with their characteristic disdain for human life. As we saw, and see.

            Agree with you about the Fatima consecration. As. Sr. Lucia said, “it has been done” (“Sim, esta feita, tal como Nossa Senhora pediu” were her actual words). Now, we co-operate in the practicals, First Saturdays, Rosary etc., the basic slog. No magic bullets because, as CJ says: “we don’t get Heaven until we get… Heaven”. I love that, sort of thing my own mother would have said, with her lovely laconic sense of humour.

            God bless yiz all ☺

            J.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Wow, jay, what a great line “the idiot children of atheistic totalitarianism would soon gain the lethal secrets, with their characteristics disdain for human life” that sounds like a really good sci-fi fantasy book that I would like to read…..oh, wait, it’s real life. It reminds me of when Samwise turns to Frodo and tells Frodo we are in the same story. Great job, jay,may the Face of the Lord shine upon you and thank you

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    • Beckita says:

      Sean, if you haven’t had a chance to view the Birminham DInner Video, please do. It can be accessed via “Visit Videos” from the black nav bar at the top of the page. If you prefer intake via written word, there is also a transcript available there. In this talk, Fr. Mitch Pacwa makes reference to the Mideastern bishop(s) who have told him of Heaven’s direct intervention in the lives of the Muslim people. Blessed Mother is appearing to Muslim women as Our Lady of Guadalupe and advising them to seek Her Son. Additionaly, Jesus is appearing to Muslim men. The shift from Africa being predominently Muslim to predominantly Christian is amazing. (Additionally, you can search online for ways non-Catholic Christians are evangelizing in Muslim countries with remarkable success.) God’s Plan is unfolding before our eyes. It’s not just a prediction.


      In a brief post (10-27-15) which Charlie wrote after spending the summer and most of last fall on the road speaking he said: “Something for you to contemplate while I get resettled. Most of the time, I am given some information and expected to figure it out, work out an approach. On rare occasions, I am given a direct order by the Master. I have told you before that sometimes I am rather sulky during our interactions, as I am told to do or say things that do not make sense to me, that I don’t understand, or that I think will make things worse.

      On a couple of occasions, I have sullenly remarked to the Lord that “that is not how I would do it.” His response on each occasion was merely to say, “I know,” with a wry smile.

      Jesus, I trust in You.”

      Perhaps the definitive comment to answer your concern, Sean, is that Charlie has shared the Lord said when He speaks it is done.

      (Please correct me, Charlie, if need be.)

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      • Thanks for these hopeful videos, B. I can already imagine that one of my many tasks during this new era will be to help instruct people who are coming into the faith, from other Christian denominations, from Islam, or from atheism. I have an excellent role model in my young friend, Jen, who helped answer my questions when I journeyed back to the Catholic Church. I relish this idea of teaching my faith to others who have the desire to learn as much as they can — and I pray I will do it right.

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        • Beckita says:

          Praying right along with you, Patrick, and all of us here who will be in evangelization solidarity with you. THAT will surely be the joy of what’s to come! PS I’ve missed you lately. Glad you’re back.

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    • janet333 says:

      Think of the first Pentecost…”Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2 -41. That was in one day! 🙂

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  13. Sandy says:

    Welcome back to South Florida, Charlie. Sorry about our crazy weather patterns that greeted you;-) Yes, when it rains here, it pours!!! God bless you and all here.

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  14. Rich D says:

    Last night, on my way home I prayed the rosary and pulled into the parking lot of my parish, that has a big statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe / Tepeyac. There I prayed the 5th Glorious Mystery, the crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth. I had a profound experience there and began to weep uncontrollably because of the sin of the world. I begged the Lord for forgiveness for all of my sins and the sins of mankind. At that moment I stopped asking for the Lord to mitigate the storm and to just let it happen. I actually found myself saying out loud, “Bring it on, Lord.” I finally realized, from the eyes of faith, that we, as human beings, are so far removed from God’s Will and Love that nothing short of an earth shattering event will bring us back to the Father. We are truly a stiff-necked people and can’t see the forest through the trees.

    I love my two young daughters (5 and 8) and my family very much and don’t want anything to happen to them. But, I also know that without this storm coming to fulfillment and the subsequent rescue, my daughters won’t have a future at the rate our society, and the world, is devolving. Without God’s direct intervention we are doomed. As I read what I’ve written I am somewhat saddened. But, I also have hope in God’s plan that He is not here to destroy us but to save us. I have joy in the knowledge of God’s love for me, my family, my friends and indeed, the whole world. Praised be Jesus!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Thank you Rich, for being a great dad. At least you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. The first prayer I taught my son was the Angel of God prayer. We had to take him to the bus stop because the bus wouldn’t come down the dirt road. As soon as we got into the car we said the Angel of God prayer and a modified day consecration pray (Lord, every thing I do today I give to You) later we added the St. Michael prayer. He is 25 now and still says his Angel of God Prayer and St. Michael prayer when we get into the car. He also taught it to his ex girl friend. Since our government wants to erase God, there are generations of people who have no prayer to pray when they need it. Father O’Sullivan has a book about the Holy Name of Jesus, where he illustrates in words how to say the name of Jesus as a prayer. May God and Our Mother protect your family. I think you have the stuffing to be a hero, Rich, hold on to the Rock and you will be.

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    • Katherine says:

      I know what you mean. I have a son and a daughter, ages 4 1/2 and 8. I do admit to feeling a pin prick of fear when I read about what’s happening in Venezuela . . . nobody wants to see their kids suffer . . . but that fear is nothing compared to the kind of worry I would have for my children if life was to continue along this path. I ache for a society that supports us. I can protect my kids, for a time, keeping them in an ever shrinking bubble of protection, but it’s a poor way to live. I too have actually sat in the car and said aloud “bring it on!”. I trust in God, He knows what is best.

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    • canada1nw says:

      We pray, Maranatha..come Lord Jesus..He knows what it will take to change hearts..even a Storm.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Yes Rich,
      I find myself asking the Lord to get on with it too ……. I’ve always been impatient and now I’m old, cranky and impatient ;-( ….. but my feeling and message remains that just as we Trust in God to do right by us … He trusts in us to do right by Him! Besides being true to our Faith I believe that He expects us to use our wherewithal to … in your case provide, protect and lead your Family! be in in Life &/or The Storm. I get the feeling that too many here and over at MOG & elsewhere have this this feeling of helpless resignation…. on the road to Martyrdom. Why would He and Scripture tell us to Watch for Signs if martyrdom is supposed to be the outcome? I’m guessing He wants The Flock to emerge from the The Storm as whole and Holy as humanly possible ……….. with some losses to be expected along the way as is always the case in human endeavors. Perhaps this Storm well be a Manna from Heaven and Parting the Red Sea Event ….Charlie and others speak of Miraculous Rescue …. wouldn’t that be nice 😉 … or most likely it will be the usual … Faithful doing their imperfect best to do His Will with their minds, hearts and hands … that imperfect best being augmented by the Miraculous from Heaven 😉
      It’s gonna be a Wild Ride … Hang On and Check Six!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • charliej373 says:

        I am with you on this, CrewDog. It WILL be miraculous, but God’s call for all of us now is to ACT – to participate in the Rescue by preparing the way, by simply doing the little ordinary things they reasonably can.

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    • Noah603 says:

      Rich,

      I have young kids, too. I don’t want them to grow up in a nation and world so confused, we’re not even sure whether it’s a good idea or not to let grown men into little girls’ bathrooms.

      Bring it.

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      • Mick says:

        Amen, Noah.

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      • Doug says:

        Noah, I’m with you. This past Thursday, my boss privately came into my office and told me of a coworker in the broader part of our group, which I have not really met nor had to deal with directly, is having a male to female sex change operation. He apparently was formally introduced at meetings so people would know him by his new name.

        Boy, did this get my blood boiling for a number of reasons. First, the “MAN” has six kids and now he is going to destroy his family. Second, it gets me that it is being crammed down my throat that I have to accept this as normal.

        I shocked my boss when I got visibly upset and expressed myself that this is what is wrong with our culture. I do not accept this and if I have to quit my job over this, I will. My next thought is boy, do we need the storm. Bring it on Lord. We need to change. Lord have mercy on us all!

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  15. Thought I would let you know I already travel with you………
    I don’t post often but have had training in staying the course. Was in Desert Storm – a total
    life changing event into unfamiliarity and chaos. I didn’t do it perfectly but I survived bombing
    and missiles. Biggest lesson: we can do more than we know. Prayer and acceptance of God’s
    will (as well as doing the next right thing) are sure foundations. Keep on keeping on……cj

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  16. Ray & Kathleen Sommers says:

    Thank you so much for this new post. I’m a brand new subscriber and really appreciate the common sense tone of your messages. I forward some of them to our 13 surviving (adult) children, and some of our older 37 grandchildren (oldest is 26). Kathleen (Mrs. Ray) Sommers

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  17. vkmir3 says:

    This piece has given me so much clarity and resolve. I am sure I read this the first time, but it is so clear to me now. Thank you for choosing to reprise this, Charlie. Praying for safe travels for you! God Bless. Vicki

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  18. Linda says:

    Charlie this was a WONDERFUL piece! Thank you! 😇 My sister was downtrodden the other day because there was a terrible brutality and crime at the CVS pharmacy she frequents. A man brutally attacked a woman for her purse and money she had just received by dragging her biting her and pulling her hair out. The man was caught and jailed but my poor sister Cindy was so upset as this was near her home. I tell her all the time about how God is going to change hearts and that late 2017 it will be like living in Mayberry USA.. and she said..”Linda..I sure hope “your Charlie” is right!” I have to tell you. .I sorta felt a tinge of pride..good pride..that she called you..my Charlie! 😉 Thank you for being “ours!” Thank you all TNRS😇

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    • anniecorrinne says:

      How awful for that poor woman and anxiety seems to be brewing every where…Please God that is the worst your sister will witness. We have had incidents around us similar to that one.
      I live 15 miles from Cleve. I can see downtown from the Walmart parking lot. I hope I can be of use to the Lord during these coming months.

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  19. canada1nw says:

    How I wish my adult children would read this , along with so many others, who have their heads in the sand. ” I surrender all, you take over , Jesus.” Is my constant prayer of surrender and trust .

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  20. Mack says:

    This piece is even more timely now. Even last year, could we have imagined that the federal government would mandate schools to allow boys into girls’ bathrooms and showers under the guide of transgenderism? Or that stores like Target would be boldly doing this too? Yet here we are.
    The Rescue gives me hope; in the meantime we must fight for what is right.

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  21. Joe Murphy says:

    Thank You Charlie.

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  22. deereverywhere says:

    Thank you Charlie, please get some rest. I hope you are not flying. If you are get one of those walkers that you can sit on. Jen has one and I am secretly jealous because now she can sit down while waiting in line, especially in Wal-Mart ( which my mum calls walnuts) you will be more patient when you can ease the pain.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh no, walking is good for me. Neurological problems are often counter-intuitive. I can walk and I can sit. Standing still for more than a few minutes really starts to agitate me. But I can walk just fine.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Yeah, very counter-intuitive, Charlie, indeed it is: I got a sore spot at the very top of my head when I tried to stand on my head on our wooden floor as a child of 5 or so when my older sisters could. So I stopped counter-intuitively judging it to be very much neurological based, lest sequelae develop. I too was — as you say in your Birmingham Video — precocious, but precociously moronic, not precociously savant. I have a limited Flock out of God’s Mercy towards them. (Yes, Doug, that was a pun, albeit quite true.)

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha, YD, I have thought on occasion that you are one of the more counter-intuitive Bishops I have ever encountered!

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        • Beckita says:

          Hmmm, YD… I’d wager the sore spot developed as you were spinning while standing on that precocious prodigical point of balance.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          WORD OF THE DAY

          se·que·la
          [sēˈkwelə]
          NOUN
          a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury:
          “the long-term sequelae of infection”

          I have known several precociously moronic people use that word in a sentence.

          “What sequela do you think your doing!.” and the ever favorite: “Who sequela do you think you are?” Though that one can lead to fisticuffs. I was told the only time my mum heard my grampap swear was whe he said, “That was a sequela of a job.”

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        • Doug says:

          Ha! YD, I can picture you being precocious and doing things different as an amazingly curious child and discovering God’s wonderment in the beauty of his creation. As an engineer, I marvel at what he has created and what can be done with his gift of creation. To me, when I look at nature and science, it screams of God. I see the possibilities as endless and we have only scratched the surface. Now, if I can just learn some more English words so I can understand you more easily…….

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        • jaykay says:

          Ummm, YD, just thinking it was a pity you didn’t have the hair-extensions at that stage (?) because you could have used them as a sort of cushion… y’know…

          Improper curiosity here: do you tuck them under your mitre? 😋

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          • Beckita says:

            You know, J., I suspect the position of those hair extensions are best expressed in a very old song we used to sing around my locale: “fFow, flow, flow where they will…” as the Breath of the Spirit moving in YD.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      That’s right Deer and my fire engine red “dragg’n wagon” (as my DH has dubbed it) has been my mode of transportation for over 3 months. It is pictured below, less the fuzzy dice. 😉

      Just this morning my great news is that under 8 weeks since the operation, I have my orthopedic surgeons go ahead to start putting weight on my foot starting at 10% and increasing from there as I am able to kinesthetically without pain. Another prayer answered. 😉

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  23. Doug says:

    Good reminder Charlie. Hits home right now. Thanks.

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  24. douglas hobe says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement

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  25. Picket Fence says:

    Words of encouragement and great reminders for us all.

    Our Storm dinner is this weekend. We seem to have more to discuss each time we meet. It is wonderful to encourage one another in this way, and as one of our members, Jeanne (Elisabeth’s mother) said recently: “We are being knit together”

    During our rosary we will pray for the intentions of all here. We all thank God for this community.
    Special prayers going up for Lambzie!

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  26. deereverywhere says:

    This article eloquently says what I have been trying to say. I would encourage the young to consider it.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/are-we-less-free-than-a-1950s-housewife-a-look-at-contraception-54448/

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    • Doug says:

      Yup Deer. That’s the lie that birth control gives woman more freedom and power. It really gives men more power and enslaves woman more. Now men do not have to be responsible like they used to and they can use woman more. It turns woan unto a commoditu. It satiates the male drive.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Too true. I am reading “Divine Mercy in My Soul” I am at ten percent I am going for eleven percent tonight it is finally on kindle where I can look up big words I don’t know like sequelae. Got to set those goals high.

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        • St. Faustina’s Diary is so miraculous and divinely inspired — one cannot say enough about it. It’s the kind of book that a person can read over and over and study for years and years…it’s such a rich treasure. Even when I reread sections of it, it seems new and speaks to me profoundly in different ways at different times in my life.

          Quick aside: when my mobile home was destroyed by a hail storm last year, most all of my books were damaged by water except for two: one was the Little Office of the BVM and the other was the Divine Mercy in My Soul! How bout them apples!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Patrick, that is a powerful affirmation of the resilience of love and faith! ❤

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Sorry your home was destroyed. But I find that to be amazing. I heard a story of some people who had a beach house and were called for mandatory evacuation. The wife put the Divine Mercy picture on the front door before they left and asked Jesus to protect their house. When they came back the house on both sides of them had severe damage. Their house remained untouched.

            More recently my son’s ex girlfriend was here when an all hell break loose thunderstorm looked like it was coming to our house. I got the holy water and started sprinkling. His ex girl friend was astonished as the dark clouds curled up and headed south. It was instantaneous. At a later time when it was going to storm she began to fret. I said ‘what are you worried about? Don’t you remember last time’ and proceeded with the holy water again.

            The Divine Mercy is such a gift. It is down to earth that even an unedumacated person like myself can find deep wisdom and profit from this book. My mum had it in paperback and it is about fifteen or so years old. I was afraid to open it because it looked as if it would fall apart. Besides, I really like my kindle. It has light that can be read in he dark and I can adjust the font. I remember I picked up a paperback and was looking how to adjust the font and remembered it was a paperback. Patrick, you are doing a great job! I am proud of you!

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          • Thanks for kind words, Deer. This storm happened almost exactly one year ago, and it was clear Our Lord’s fingerprints were all over it. It was so decisive and devastating that it was actually comical! I learned a lot in a very short period of time: 1.) This was one of the most apparent times my faithful Guardian Angel interacted with me – prompting, nay, pushing me out the door before it hit. 2.) That the Lord is truly with me in my efforts and struggles to become holy, and 3.) that I can trust in Him to take care of me and place me where he wanted me to be. I said “Jesus, I trust in you” thousands of times for weeks until the perfect situation opened up.

            As a direct result of that storm and my “nearly” unwavering trust, I moved to Rapid City and, through Providence, met a woman at the Cathedral….and it is at her home that we have together established a refuge to weather the *real* Storm. To this day, I praise and thank God for what he did for me last year!



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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Patrick, what a beautiful witness!! Thank you for sharing and I’m glad you were listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Wow, Patrick! What a witness of faith, hope and love! Thanks for sharing this amazing part of your story. I miss you when you take breaks from posting. God bless you and all our friends here.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Blessed be God forever. That’s what it is, to trust. I get the “nearly” unwavering that’s what it’s like to be human. Just like Charlie has been trained his whole life, when we trust in God, we, too are trained. You felt your angel push you out the door. I felt my angel push me as well, but that’s another story. God taught you to trust Him. He taught and continues to teach me, putting me to the test. God is training each one of us for the Storm. We have all have had circumstances or personal storms that test us, that it seems we all are being trained, at least those that have ears to hear and eyes to see. Charlie’s training was just extreme Navy Seal/Army Ranger training. If Charlie hadn’t been trained all his life, he wouldn’t be believable nor would he understand the message of taking the next right step.

            I guess we will all learn thatthe lesson you have already learned, Patrick, that stuff is just stuff, and the more stuff one gets the more stuff owns one, the more time it takes to tend to the stuff and the more stuff takes away from God. Being free of stuff means one has more time for God. Unless you don’t get the message and go about acquiring more stuff. I still think you are doing a marvelous job, Patrick. Thank you.

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          • Doug says:

            Deer, that comment was pretty cool “stuff”. 😎

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          • deereverywhere says:

            You have some funny “stuff” to say Doug👏

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          • Jersey Mo (Maureen Dombrowski) says:

            Patrick – my conversion back to the Faith started in the midst of reading Divine Mercy Diary – Jesus did a 360 in my soul to show me that I needed to turn to Him and away from my sins. I keep my Diary near my Bible. I love going back and referring to it. God bless.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen, Deer!!

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    • Alfred says:

      Great article. His Holiness of blessed memory, Pope Paul VI was a true prophet. Humanae Vitae was right on the money back then and still is now. I see that Archbishop Aquila has a regular column in this publication, which is based in Denver.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Soon we are going to have to have lessons on how to be civil.

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        • Alfred says:

          Explain, please?

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          • deereverywhere says:

            civ·il
            [ˈsiv(ə)l]
            ADJECTIVE
            This is the second definition:
            courteous and polite:
            “we tried to be civil to him”
            synonyms: polite · courteous · well mannered · well bred · [more]

            Civilization the root word is civil. “How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization” by Thomas Woods is one of the books our pastor recommended for Lenten reading. I have also heard sermons where the Benedict Option has been the topic. It even has its own WIKI page.

            When I stop at a red light must I be subject to degrading words I don’t wish to hear?

            I have washed enough underwear in my life, must I see it as a fashion statement?

            When I go into the ladies room to powder my nose, must I find a man in there?

            Judges 21:25. Paraphrased everyone did what they wanted because there was no king.

            We have a King now. He even gave us a Queen who sits on the throne of mercy.

            I don’t think that even Albert Camus could have envisioned this existential nightmare. I wonder what he would have done if a woman barged into the bathroom.

            The people who began tearing down the constructs of civilization still had civilization as defined in the second definition above. I wonder what they would have done if they had to live with what they wrought?

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          • Alfred says:

            Ah. I was talking about Humanae Vitae; wasn’t sure what your subject was. Carry on.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Indeed, deer.

      The author is describing the reality today of what Pope Paul VI predicted nearly forty years ago:

      Consequences of Artificial Methods

      17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

      Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.

      (Humanae Vitae 17)
      http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Men forgetting their responsibility: reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

        Bingo, nail on the head hurray for Pope Paul VI six not fourth. Last time I was having Roman numeral problems but in my defense I was hurrying to go to mass😇

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  27. Annie W. says:

    Great food for thought, Charlie, and encouragement we always need. It is interesting to me that you call the “restrainer” God’s hand protecting us, the hand that is being removed. It’s probably obvious to others, but I always wondered if it was a certain person, such as a Pope, St. Michael, or ???? holidng back chastisement.
    I also find hopeful your interpretation of CA “disappearing”, since most of the family is here. May it be waves of repentance rather than the ocean! God knows we desperately need it, and I suppose that’s why some of us are here to be light in the darkness. How far south will you be on your CA trip?

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  28. CrewDog says:

    I’m sure that Papa really didn’t mean his words to come out this way but this is just the latest of his “Off Teleprompter” comments that has/are causing confusion, consternation and division in the Christian World! It might not make a difference to you folks in Catholic majority regions but I’m here to tell you that all the goodwill that St JPII and Pope Benedict XVI garnered within the Protestant/Conservative Community is being rapidly undone … and will, No Doubt, make lives more difficult for us Bible Belt/Red State Catholics in The Storm ;-(

    “Unbelievable! Pope Francis Compares Jesus’ Disciples to ISIS Killers”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/05/good-lord-pope-francis-compares-jesus-disciples-isis/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE…. and find a “handler” for Pope Francis!!

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    • Diane says:

      Dear Family,
      I read that comment and I was a bit unraveled. But then I was praying for some kind of understanding. I started thinking about this massive migration into European Countries and I know the power of God if its people have faith is beyond anything we can possibly comprehend, and they are migrating into areas where the Light of Christ will Shine Brightly and no matter who they are they will be effected by that Light – and i understand that many of these European Countries are very, very secular and have lost that Light – but with all that is going on with the migrants that are infiltrating these places, more and more lighthearted Christians will become empowered by the Holy Spirit and then the out pouring of Christ’s Love will be overwhelming. They are coming to places where faith has not yet been tried to its fullest. Just a thought that came to me in prayer. It sounds hopeful and very possible, as all things that seem hopeless to us are possible with God.
      Love. I do.
      Diane

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    • janet333 says:

      We really have to learn to live together..that is what our faith calls us to do. The Pope is not calling us to embrace ISIS..obviously… but our fellow man. He never mentioned “breeding” as some news sites report. He spoke of “Gregory the Great, who negotiated with the so-called barbarians, who are then integrated”. So that they became one society. Ghettos just breed violence.

      St Pope John Paul II “Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.”

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  29. Alfred says:

    Charlie, help me out again. You say “I was sent to proclaim the Rescue – and to teach you how to participate with God in reclaiming His children, ….That is a calling worth sacrificing much and even dying for. Even more, it is a calling worth living for.” But elsewhere I read that we would all–without exception–be stressed to the point of losing hope, but should hang on. How can we participate with God in reclaiming his children if we are pushed by the Storm toward hopelessness? (This subject is very near and dear to my heart. I have 3 grown boys and other relatives who have drifted far from the Church and want to see them come back.)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Faith is an act of the will, Alfred. I have chosen God – and when things are daunting, I do not back away from what I have chosen with my full mind and heart.

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    • phillip frank says:

      Remember Alfred, after Jesus told the Apostles what was required for salvation they then lamented “then how can anyone be saved?”
      Jesus told them ” for man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
      So to be pushed towards dispair is a human trait brought about by our inherent weakness and sins. But to have supernatural courage and fortitude in spite of the storm is our hope in God with whom all things are possible. And it is within this possibility that we shall weather the storm, keep the faith and save ourselves and our loved ones. How? By simply acknowledging God as He who is master of the storm, by taking the next right step and recognizing His sovereignty and control over all things to be done for our GOOD, and being a sign of hope to those He sends your way in TRUE humility, resignation and trust.
      Jesus, I trust in You!

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      • Alfred says:

        Good answer, Phillip. I just had the impression from something I read that we would be pushed to utter hopelessness and only the Rescue would pull us back. What you say seems more plausible–that to the extent we remain faithful, we will not lose hope. Hope can be sorely tried, but the truly faithful should never lose hope. I rather expect that the more faithful we are the more hope we will be given.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      I think I can answer this for you. I was a bad sinner and Jesus saved me and I loved him for it. Then I went through a long dark night. I knew in my mind that there was a God, Jesus was my Savior, He loved me and the Church was the only way to go. But when my husband left, my dad, my brother my grandma died, I lost my home, my friends, my health(I even had sores all over me), my job, and finally a grandson I had raised from birth till he was six I lost all hope, all joy and all my feelings were gone but I still KNEW God was still the same. In fact the only time I felt was when I was talking about God. When you have doubts you just keep telling yourself that you KNOW the truth and The Lord will keep you going till you are HOME with Him. And PLEASE no sympathy I want my reward from Him who I Love. I here He gives a lot better than sympathy!!!!

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      • Doug says:

        Beautiful bthanntrm. Our love has to be tested to be proven genuine as St. Catherine of Siena says. Why some go through trials more than others is a mystery to me, but I do know that there is beauty and dignity in suffering and it is a gift which generally is only understood within the Catholic church and as witnessed by the saints.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for this, Doug. It’s particularly profound coming from a man who’s living it right now. Walking the talk is so holy and inspiring. Prayers continue for you and Jacki.

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          • Doug says:

            Beckita, you are so kind and gracious as is our Lord is kind to us. My beloved Lambzie is sitting across from me now as we enjoy a beautiful and glorious day and a fine cup of coffee. I am humbled as I hear the stories of others struggles and maintain their love and fever towards God realizing like Job that God does not cause troubles, but consoles us as we journey through them. What beautiful people there are here in this forum.

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      • Beckita says:

        No sympathy, as requested, bthann, just gratitude for the way you’ve witnessed to the HOPE and TRUST in GOD. Amen. Alleluia! Thank you.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Thank you for your example. You are a Storm trooper in the real sense. You held on through personal storms and knew there is a God, Our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I hope to be as brave as you.

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  30. Kris R. says:

    No need to pray for God to bring on the Storm, it is here. So I say, to the rescue! How do we get there? By doing a Charlie. What is “doing a Charlie”? It is acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to others.
    To the Rescue!

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  31. JudyM says:

    Charlie, I also love the song, “Here I am Lord.” There has been many a night I couldn’t sleep when I would sing this song to the ceiling at the top of my lungs. Either the good Lord didn’t like my singing or he took pity on me, but I would always relax and fall asleep after singing “Here I am Lord.”

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Charlie, and Judy, that song “Here I am, Lord” means so much to me too. In 2006 I was a member of a mission team to Uganda and one of our last nights there, we sat out under the milky way and sang that song, with tears running down our faces, thinking of all the wonderful people we had met, the bit of help we had given, and the trust we had in God. As we completed that song, a Ugandan priest came out of the house where we were staying and said he was listening to us sing that song as he was eating some dinner inside. He said he just had to come out to thank us for singing that song, as it was his favorite song and it had been sung at his ordination some years before. That song just keeps on giving.

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  32. colleendrose says:

    The reminder I needed to chill and just do what I can do…quit trying to figure it all out. I think someone here posted the surrender novena. Priceless! It has been a concrete help to me and several others with whom I have shared it. Highly recommend.

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  33. Paul Burdett says:

    Appropriate song for these times!!

    Ryan Stevenson | Eye of the Storm

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  34. Kris R. says:

    I occurred to me that if so many Muslims are willing to die for Mohammad who gives them nothing, it is not much of a leap for them, when they discover Truth, to be willing to die a martyr for Jesus Who gives them everything. They already have a mindset of sacrifice. What fearless witnesses for Christ they could be!

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  35. Sarge says:

    Charlie,

    I know you eschew timetables, and for good reason.

    The question I have for you is will everyone be on the same schedule?

    I am not, so much, speaking about the “public” aspects of The Storm.

    Like many of your readers, I have been going through my own “personal” storm for the past 6 years. I have rationalized this to myself by saying it is my “training” so that I can be of service during the upcoming events. Platitudes such as “God gives his toughest soldiers the hardest missions.” have gotten me through a lot of dark times.

    I have taken the TTNRS message to heart, and it has greatly helped things. However, things came to a head last weekend. I acknowledged God, took the next right step, and acted as a sign of hope to those around me. I devoutly said the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. Trust me that I did not ask Our Lady for the winning Powerball numbers. The exact opposite of the intention happened. Then, a few hours later, we had a fire in the house. The second freak fire in 8 days. To me, the second fire was either:

    a) An indication that there is no God and this is all folly
    b) An indication that if there is a God, he is not at all loving and he despises me for some reason
    c) satan openly mocking my puny faith

    Suffice to say, I am not half the man that Job was, and had I been the subject of the book, the devil would have won his bet.

    In general terms, I understand the chain of events to be everyone has their world turned upside down (check), everyone loses all hope (check), everyone needs to acknowledge that they cannot solve their problems, rather they need to trust in God (trying my hardest), there will be a miraculous Rescue.

    Will there be a “personal rescue” for those of us going through our personal storms ahead of The Rescue? The barbarians are at the spiritual gates, and I’m not sure I can man the walls for another year and a half. The only thing I can hope for at this point is that God is trying to toughen me up for what lies ahead. I might eat these words, but I feel like global unrest, the collapse of society, natural disasters, and general catastrophes would be child’s play compared to the emotional and spirtual things going on in my own family. I think God could make use of me in the upcoming times. However, I’m nearly broken, and unless I get some help, I’m going to be of no use to Him or anyone else, and probably even lost myself.

    I’m going to try to get myself to Confession today for falling last week in hope that the answer to my question above is ‘c’ and in the hope that God hasn’t totally abandoned me. Thanks for you time and any thoughts you might have on the subject.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, there are different personal timetables. I went through my toughest times from 1998 to 2003. I often prayed for relief, then caught myself and prayed rather for more strength. I laughed with one of my Priests and my best friend afterwards that it was not that I eventually prevailed over the wolf – but that we both collapsed from sheer exhaustion. Take the Sacraments regularly, pray for more strength, and live Holy Hours. (I tried to find a few Churches that were regularly open – and did my Holy Hours at odd times…because I like best praying alone for that. Endure.

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      • Sarge says:

        Thanks for taking the time to reply Charlie.

        God didn’t take my burden away, but He showed me in a pretty profound way this morning that it’s a mere feather and that I should quit my belly-aching. I should step back and put my hand over my mouth.

        Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a certain cross I need to put my shoulder to…

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        • Beckita says:

          What a profound witness to faith, hope and love are you, Sarge. Joining my prayers with those here for you. Here’s a potent novena, given by Jesus to a holy priest, which echoes Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena God bless you, Sarge and all here.

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        • Doug says:

          Hey Sarge, it’s ok to complain. I recon this to the two sons in the gospel. The father asked them to both get to work. One son said no problem (I’m paraphrasing a lot) and then did not do the work. The other son said no way daddy-o and at the end of the day did the work. Jesus then asks rhetorically “who did the fathers will?”. It’s ok to let it out as long as we get back in the ring and keep fighting. So you keep fighting and trusting in the beautiful graces of our heavenly father. God bless you!

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Sarge, I empathize with you to some degree. For decades, I have moved from one personal storm to another, often saying to God (at the conclusion of the most recent turmoil), “Ok, what’s next?” The relative calm of my life currently is a stark contrast to most of my adult life.

      I think you should consider an option ‘D’. It’s a tough question. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow it? The only way I can answer those questions to my own satisfaction, is to contemplate Rom 8:28 – “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
      Then there’s Heb 12:6 – “for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.”

      So, option ‘D’ it seems, would be: There is a God. He loves you and has claimed you as one of His adopted sons. Welcome to the family!

      I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you.

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    • Anne says:

      Jesus,I trust in You.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Praying for you and your family Sarge! Hang in there!

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    • Chris says:

      Oh, Sarge how I can relate . I’m praying for you and your family . My family has also had extreme turmoil in the last 2 weeks. Thank you for your comments and Charlie thank you for your reply .

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    • ColleenW says:

      I feel your pain Sarge! Myself and my family have been going through various hardships for years as well. It can be very hard to hold onto hope and there comes a time when “hope” is not enough.

      At the beginning of the year, I was praying once again for our financial situation which had become dire. Our backs were against the wall with now where to go but down. I check in with Elijah List sometimes. They print “Words of Knowledge” the Lord gives different people…(I have no idea if God is speaking to these people or not. I don’t follow any one person, but sometimes an article comes up about something I had been thinking about and need to hear.) Well, that night in the article, was a word to hold on for one more day. I said, “Listen Lord, please let this word be for me. I don’t think I could take it if you put this article in my path and it wasn’t for me.” I shed my tears and went to bed.

      The next day, my husband went to pick up our car that we had borrowed the money to get fixed. On the way home he broke down in the middle of a highway and had to be towed. Something else was wrong with it. He got a ride home. When he came in the door and told me I just burst into tears AGAIN! I was so upset. He brought the mail in with him. In the mail was a nice size check I had inherited from a person I worked with. (I had been notified when he died I (and the rest of the staff) were in his will. I assumed it was an item he wanted me to have) It turn out to be money and enough money to get us out of our pickle and some left over.

      I still have health issue, nieces and nephews with addictions…so the money was one less thing right now I had to deal with.

      One thing I do know is God is listening. I’ve always wondered why when I am at my most desperate and upset I don’t hear a peep from HIM. LOL Then I came across an article that spoke to that. It said God doesn’t want you to come to Him as beggars and if He responded then we would get the impression that’s the only way He will help us, instead of coming to Him as loving trusting children so He can give us the gifts He has for us.

      Another time I was talking to God and telling Him how betrayed I felt by Him. Not more that a half and hour later I came across an article that spoke to that. I don’t remember now what the article said, but the timing was perfect (as usual). I was in search of that article for you tonight when I came across the article below and I thought of you:

      http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=15626

      Your weary sister in Christ

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    • leslyek says:

      Sarge — God soon console you. I also learned to pray for more strength rather than relief, as and if I have the presence of mind to do so.
      Otherwise I make sure I never act directly on my black times ; but pray for, yes, strength to yes, endure.
      Part of our d___ed if ya do, d___ed if ya don’t moments.
      For me, it’s not the concern that God is mad at me but that I might be mad at God — no more than a Job moment, I hope!

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    • bthanntrm says:

      My dark night finally ended after 14 years not that the sacrificing was done but the Peace to endure and the joy of hope came back. God is making you a saint and the Graces you have released with your despair are saving so many. It is hard I know I wish no one would have to go through these horrible pains. But you KNOW as I do that the evil one cannot win what yours and those you love. God will give you the Grace so you will WIN your fight.
      GOD BLESS YOU for your pain

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    • theresa323 says:

      Praying for you Sarge and your family… Very good advice from Charlie.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Sarge, I lit a candle for you today after mass. I prayed that the Blessed Mother intercede for you and that the Holy Spirit give you peace of mind, strength and wisdom. God bless you and welcome here!

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    • jayman92 says:

      Prayers to you Sarge. Lately, I’ve been wondering some of the same things. I guess we just walk by trust and not by sight. I pray someday we’ll know the answers and it will all make sense.

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    • Eric says:

      Hang in there Sarge and don’t lose hope. Keep your eyes on God and not the attacks. He will sustain you. Psalm 35 might be good to pray. God be with you.

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    • Joe says:

      Sarge, I feel like I could have signed my name to your post. We will both hang in there together! Remember, you’re fighting for the King. I’m with you in prayer.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Sarge, it is ‘C’ . It is truly amazing how stupid we all are when we should just trust God. Logically, look at Pascal’s Pences, where this mathematician said in calculating odds, it is wiser to believe in God and all His promises because if you are right you go to your great reward and if you are wrong, at least, by following the ten commandments, you lived a righteous and just life. Ergo, win-win. Please take the advise of the Centurion in the Gospel “I believe God, help my unbelief. You are not alone but you think you are. You really must trust with all your heart and all your soul. Do you have a St. Benedict medal? Blessed by the Benedictines, they put a three fold blessing on them one is an exorcism blessing. I will keep you in my prayers. Lord please hide Sarge in your wounds. Send him your Spirit that he may have a light in this current darkness.🗽

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    • Julia says:

      @Sarge, my heart goes out to you. Just hang on in there. God is surely permitting trials in your life just now.

      I notice Charlie let you know of his own time of testing. And I can let you know our family went through a nightmare phase of things going wrong some years ago. It did not feel like a time of testing at the time. It felt like we were under a curse. But it will pass, and you will look back and wonder why you worried. Charlie’s advise to take the next right step, Trust in God and be that sign of hope to those around you, is the best advice anyone could give you to come out the other side of this series of trials intact and strengthened for the future.

      I’ve survived our time of trial, and life is amazingly better, even more than I could ever have imagined. Praise God. You will too. Keep Faith dear friend.

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    • Prayers for you, Sarge. May God in His mercy reach down and comfort you. I pray strength for all of us.

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    • Linda says:

      Dear Sarge.. Hang in there.. I know a lot of what you are talking about.. I think we all do. These are terrible and yet wonderful times in which I believe, God is making us tougher, wiser, more dependent on Him rather than ourselves. I know the emotional hardship you are going through. I personally am down to God, My husband, and the TNRS team. Everyone else has abandoned me because of the culture, or because I keep messing up myself, and deserve very harsh treatment. At any rate, I finally found peace with that: after the rescue, I believe as Charlie has stated, God will pierce all mens’ hearts, and we will all be good to one another again. After the Mexico mishap when my only human soul of comfort was taken ill and we ended up in a Mexican hospital, I thought.. wow.. how much more can I take. It was crazy surreal trying to walk around Cancuun all by myself trying to find my husband a shirt (which was bloodied) in the fall, and medicine with no one around to help or even understand what I was trying to say in English. But I did it… I put my trust in God, and kept saying.. Jesus, I trust in you.. Jesus I trust in you. Jesus I trust in you. It became my mantra. Even today, I keep crying, Jesus I trust in you as my husband is still not well and is having a brain scan today. Trust in the Lord, Sarge, even when you don’t understand. He is the star maker, the galaxy breather.. he’s got you under His wings and He loves you with an undying passion of love. I will pray for you today, Sarge. Please pray for me too. God Bless you my friend in Christ! 😉

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    • Eric says:

      Sarge — I tried to post a reply yesterday but it did not go thru. I wanted to encourage you to not give up hope. When one reaches that point where you feel broken and you can’t go on, it may be that has to be your prayer. Lord, it is too much, help me. I have hit that point many times during the storms over the last 20 years when they hit hurricane force. But God is faithful. Hang in there. People are praying for you!

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    • goldensun says:

      Prayers for you, Sarge. Maybe praying and reflecting on the seven sorrows and joys of St. Joseph might help you? No doubt the Lord is calling and forming courageous, battle-tested men. God bless you and your family!

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  36. Alfred says:

    The last verse of the Canticle of Zechariah, which we say each morning in Morning Prayer, fits well with Charlie’s prophetic statements:

    In the tender compassion of our God
    The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
    To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
    And to lead our feet into the way of peace.

    Skeptic that I am, this verse reflects my hope.

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  37. KNOW THY ENEMY. (Sun Tzu): I’ve been keeping my eye on China a long time — and even more so now since learning from Charlie that they will soon rise like an evil dragon. I’ve always regarded them as our enemy because they are communist, and because of policies of forced abortions and religious persecution. NYT has an article about China’s attacks on churches:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/world/asia/china-christians-zhejiang.html

    Here are two videos from a well-produced YouTube channel called China Uncensored. Chris Chappel hosts it and presents facts about China in a humorous way. He is a master of the art of sarcasm. The first is about the tearing down of crosses:

    The second is about the one-child policy and forced abortions:

    Let me know if you like his videos. He has other vids on their military buildup and some light-hearted stuff too.

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    • janet333 says:

      “KNOW THY ENEMY. (Sun Tzu): I’ve been keeping my eye on China a long time — and even more so now since learning from Charlie that they will soon rise like an evil dragon. I’ve always regarded them as our enemy because they are communist, and because of policies of forced abortions and religious persecution”

      Hi Patrick,

      Do you think it is a case of looking at the errors Russia has spread..(China)…rather than looking at the country Russia, who seem to be showing a more Christian example nowadays?

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      • Good question, Janet. China’s brand of communism is like Russian communism but on steroids — they have such a death-grip on ever aspect of the life of their people (and even much of the world) and show no signs of letting up. It is total totalitarianism. Our Lady of Fatima certainly saw this when she talked of Russia spreading her errors. Actually, I look at Russia with a degree of fondness and admiration. Today, the effects of aetheistic communism pervade our corrupt culture and those of Europe and England.

        I am frightened by China’s military capability, to be honest, particularly concerning what is inevitably going to happen in the South China Sea. The media keeps downplaying China, saying they are still behind the West and are playing “catch-up.” Boy, are we in for a surprise! I have a cousin in the U.S. Navy stationed in Japan who last year took command of a high-tech destroyer. I fear for his welfare and that of his crew.

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      • Doug says:

        And now BO wants to give Vietnam weapons to help defend against China. Hmmmm….

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for these videos, Patrick. China’s people and plight are near and dear to our hearts in this house. The content of these reports are, indeed, serious matters. At the same time, what goes underreported are the gains being made, such as the 22.000 baptisms in Chinese dioceses at the Easter Vigil this year. Some of our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sisters initiated what began as a small gathering six years ago in northeast China and has now evolved into praying 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, involving hundreds of churches across China for the conversion of all the Chinese. http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/September/Non-Stop-Prayer-Movement-Grips-Atheist-China

      I would also note, in the Chinese society, there are many levels of spiritual activity in processes which do not, and probably should not for safety purposes, catch the attention of the press. If you’ve ever found yourself in an oppressive situation and found a way around unreasonable demands being made in order to meet an authentic need or a call from God, you can understand the plight of the Chinese and the Muslims who are converting and maintaining secrecy for the purpose of personal and family safety. Even at the highest levels in the party, this is being accomplished by individuals overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, despite the dictums from on high by those currently holding earthly authority.

      Persecution has traditionally been a local dilemma across the nation. While laws are laws, in my visits there I have observed how even more important than laws are human relationships, or lack thereof, which determine how and whether laws are kept, particularly when you toss in the oppression factor.

      I know we will soon face this country in a battle over which we will not prevail, as Charlie has conveyed. I can only imagine the utter joy of the Chinese people when Our Lady, miraculously and visible to all, comes to rescue them as She will resuce us all!!! (Tears streaming, gratitude swelling as I know that thousands of little, sturdy holy cards I distributed with the words: “Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?” have been set up as small shrines of prayer in the simple homes of some beautiful Chinese people all over a certain province.) It has been reported that China will become the largest Christian nation in the world (some say in 15 years, other estimates say by 2030, and by what Charlie has conveyed it is much more imminent than the current estimates predicted by anyone not yet aware of what we as NRSteppers are privileged to know). While I embrace the need for our hearts, minds and souls to be anchored in manning our posts as the Storm intensifies, I continue to pray daily for China as well as continue in my little acts for our ongoing evangelization project there and this draws my heart to ponder – God is waking a sleeping giant of Christianity in China via His Great Plan for these times. All Glory to Him!

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      • Beckita says:

        Thought I should clarify this: “…by what Charlie has conveyed it is much more imminent than the current estimates predicted by anyone not yet aware of what we as NRSteppers are privileged to know.” I am referring to the Rescue by Our Lady of which Charlie has told. In my view, I would expect even more conversions at that time.

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      • Beckita – Thank you for your blessed work over in China and for your personal sacrifice. I met a Protestant girl whose family has gone on missions to China for decades, and I tell you what I told her: What courage you have to plant seeds in communist China!

        Christianity is indeed spreading through China like wildfire, as in central Africa, despite the oppression and persecution in both regions. We look forward to the time when China will be a Christian nation and the authority of the Pope honored, which will come about quicker because of Our Lady’s Rescue. And then it will spread to North Korea and Pakistan…!

        You are so amazing, B — what grace!

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, Patrick. “Amazing,” right back at ya’! Your work with the dying, your on fire desire to evangelize = amazing! Let’s pray for each other, and all here, to man our posts knowing that each and every NRS accomplished with True Love has God’s Power, in a great mystery, to ripple through all humanity and impel the spread of the Gospel throughout the entire world.

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  38. Charlie, I love this. You said, “Authentic visions often come from the perspective of eternity, rather than a crabbed earthly perspective, so they can look very apocalyptic. Because of this, someone might see true, but interpret badly. Authentic visions, though they rarely result in the temporal disaster scenarios we usually imagine, nonetheless reflect the eternal reality. From heaven’s standpoint, a soul lost to eternity is a catastrophe. From an earthly standpoint, if such a soul nearly dies, then lives past their final state of grace, we think they have been rescued, when they have actually perished.”
    As you know, I sometime experience “blurry eyes” when I am praying, and I felt God was revealing that the real world is not here, that’s why he blurs it for me. I went to see my Spiritual Director on Friday. While he was saying Mass my eyes got very blurry during the consecration. He was not clear, but his chasuble was. It became clear to me (as we already know) that in that moment there was no difference between him and Christ… He definitively was in persona Christi. It was very beautiful to me. When Priests clothe in those garments it means something. My hope is that all Priests realize this. That they truly do bring heaven to earth and we are lucky enough to be there for it. Be not afraid and trust, because God is with us.

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    • leslyek says:

      This matter of dying while in that final state of grace can be tricky for those of us with seriously ill loved ones ( or just even committed to by duty…).
      To let them freely go with no undue pressure to hang on no matter what ( all within Church guidelines for ordinary vs extraordinary means , as discerned) can be agonizing when the chance of losing final repentance is factored in… To see second chances at life seemingly squandered or take a puzzling turn calls for real trust to overcome doubts and discouragement. We’re growing our Trust muscles:).

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  39. Lillian Teresa says:

    Wonderful! Thank you, Charlie.

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  40. Dorothy says:

    Dear Mr. Charlie,

    I am so happy I got to attend Sebring talk !!!
    It was wonderful !
    Warm, heartfelt, loving, caring message with so much hope !!!!

    I am very greatful that despite your obvious neurological suffering you stay with us late and answered all the questions specially I thank you again for spending time
    explaining things to my daughter who did not know you but was absolutely mesmerized by your talk !!!!
    She kept asking me how were you able to answer complicated questions so quickly and with so much depth ….

    It looks like your words were poured straight into her heart and she recognized the Truth to your message !
    Again and again I am very greatful you took your time answering so patiently and lovingly all her questions…. It means to me more then you will ever know !

    Your talk and just meeting you filled me with so much hope and joy that I am still pinching myself …. ( I almost did not make to the meeting)

    I long for this simple word after Rescue were everybody will be truly kind and caring
    and all the craziness ” evaporates” .

    Hope my family makes it trough the storm ( families are under huge attack ) ! !!
    The thought that my kids could live in simpler but so much more normal
    Godly world is very comforting !

    I listened to your talks on you tube, but feel the one in Sebring was one of the best !!!

    Somehow my heart jumped over all the scary upcoming collapses and went into post Rescue world …
    I am filled with peace and joy after this talk, not more fear …

    So thank you very much to Joan and other volunteers who orginized the meeting and found lovely venue for the event !
    Charlie thank you very much for visiting Florida ( yes, we did get stuck in terrible rain on the way to Tampa so it does seem like you bring storms with you 😄
    but it was so worth it .

    To all who read my comment and are new to Charlie’s website or unsure about his message :

    Charlie is a real !!!
    Truth and Love pours out of him !
    He acts like your friend or next door neighbor but is so much more then that …
    He truly is gift from God to us !

    I hope this feeling of deep joy and peace since the meeting in Sebring stays with me trough the worst of the storm so I can be helpful to others.
    Please Charlie keep my family in your heart !

    Praying for pain relief for you ……

    Ps we will watch “song of Bernadette” movie

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much, Dorothy. Your daughter was a delight. She had good questions and really wanted to understand. When I was a boy, we had Christmas pageants in public schools. (Ha! I was chosen as the narrator in 1st grade – so I’ve been doing this a VERY long time). The faith was such a comfort to us – and a restrainer on our mischievous instincts. It really bothers me that young people do not get this from the culture – in fact, get encouraged to do things that will bring them grief…so I very much like to give them extra time to reinforce the hope they get from home. Thank you for coming and bringing your family.

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  41. Alfred says:

    “Don’t Get Upset Over What Might Go Wrong, Get Excited About What Could Go Right.”

    –A meme from the web

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  42. deereverywhere says:

    Wow, who knew that Queen would turn into Ueen? Autocorrect is wrong.

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  43. Beckita says:

    God’s Blessing upon All on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity!

    (Wouldn’t it be aweseome to be a footstool?)

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    • YongDuk says:

      Ummm… ummm… ummm…

      Ummm… ummm… ummm…

      Ummm, no.

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      • Beckita says:

        Hahaha! But YD! It’d be so worth it. You of all people here know the last shall be first.

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      • YongDuk says:

        (I should explain… and Biscuitsnita in no way meant her statement in the Biblical sense which I said “Ummm, no”

        Psalm 110, the Great Psalm that contains the beautiful line, “the Lord has sworn, and he will not repent: ‘You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’”

        also says:

        The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
        till I make your enemies your footstool.”

        I don’t want to be an enemy of God, pray God…)

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for your gracious and gentle covering of any confusion I may have caused in my own reply, YD. In this season of ordinations, I would love to know your anniversary date yet surrender that desire to your desire: that of anonymity. So simply praying Psalm 110 in the Eternal Now, in gratitude that you are a priest forever. It brings great joy to see you reach out to various commenters, encompassing us in your prayers and to know you bring us all to the altar with you.

          Back to the image, perhaps better expressed for me is that same desire you have expressed, YD, to be in the children’s choir. Although, why? pray tell, did cherubim ever begin to be portrayed as baby angels? It is their intimate service in ministering to the Lord that I desire. In fact, when I first saw this image I was struck with the idea that I’m confident I have enough tears to shed for Eternity that I may ever kiss the wounds of the feet of Christ and, of course, the mystical feet of Abba and Holy Spirit. (And I am no elitist. I claim solidarity with those here in that desire.) So being under Their feet in our Heavenly abode never evoked any sense of being an enemy footstool – no enemy could step a foot in our True Home… entering the image as an angel footstool simply evokes the burning desire to evermore be in the company of Cherubim and Seraphim and sing with abandon, “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!” Please correct my theology if need be.

          Finally, YD, your taste for music has been clearly expressed with such sublime examples which have lifted our hearts and souls in an ethereal fashion. I’m a wee musician with eclectic sensibilities. Whether this season matches your own time of ordination or not, may I be so bold as to express, on behalf of TNRS Family, great gratitude: again for your FIAT to live in persona Christi, for your own intense suffering and sacrifices which have brought you to where Our Lord has you, for your presence with us as shepherd and friend, and for all the ways you teach and teach us to be open, to learn, to contemplate and discern, to remain little and simple, and to love. Truly, how beautiful are you who serve.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I will give you 3890 guesses, Biscuitsnita 🙂

            [There you go, MP…]

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          • Beckita says:

            LOL! It’s official: YD and MP = rascal twins! MP, better start shopping for look alike hair extensions. They could be affixed with 3,890 beads.
            [There you go, Everybody else 😉 ]

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          • djmoforegon says:

            Beckita, I have often asked our priests if they ever just look at their hands and think, “these anointed hands call down the Second Person in the Holy Trinity from His abode in heaven….and He obeys”!! Those hands have the power to change mere bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Lord! Do priests ever just gaze at their hands and ponder how set apart they are from all of the rest of us? This always fills me with such a holy respect and awe for the priesthood!

            And yet they are one of us. This has always made a personal relationship with priests difficult for me. When we have a priest over for dinner or just chatting at a social event, I can’t get over the fact that he is Jesus on earth. (Even the ones who are former sailors, longshoremen, quick-tempered, or have extremely quirky personalities.) Yes, you know they’re out there.

            But they are all extraordinary men with extraordinary vocations. Thank you, all of you priests.

            Thanks, Beckita, for letting me say this. I wonder if there are other priest-struck Catholics out there?

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes DJ. It is a wonderful mystery and I think one the emphasizes that Jesus is fully human and fully divine.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, djm. We are so blessed!

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    • Doug says:

      Hmmm. Looks like the cloud carpet wore out so Jesus is using Angel heads.

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  44. Hey, Patrick, I thought you and others might enjoy this photo gallery from the weekend, since you had mentioned the other photos recently. God bless everyone, and if anyone ever makes it down this way and is up for a prayerful wilderness adventure, let me know. Thanks. — MP

    http://sweetwaterhaven.com/spiritual_adventures_photo_gallery_14.html

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    • Bob says:

      Thanks for sharing Michael. Reminds me of my recent trip to the Jacks Fork in MO with my wife. i do love God’s country and when we were camping on the gravel bar together I was telling my wife that our being there away from our usual lives was a sign of faith that God can still manage for a few days without our needing to be involved! She did bring her camera and even a new memory card but forgot the batteries so I guess we will need to go back later to get the pictures. I told her forgetting the batteries is kind of like forgetting the ammo during hunting season. I have only done it once!!

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      • I’ve been there, Bob. There’s nothing like whipping out your camera only to realize that the battery is still plugged into the charger back at the house. That’s right about the time you see some unbelievably rare bird, bighorn sheep tussling at sunset, a cloud that looks like an angel, or some such. That’s why I’ve long since gotten in the habit of bringing many backups devices. Just the simple memories are good too.

        I really like the whole return to Mayberry theme, right along with Charlie, but I have to admit that I’m hoping for something a bit more like the Ponderosa and the big outdoors of the Cartwright’s. Can I still get an Aunt Bea with that, or am I just getting ridiculous now?

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    • Beckita says:

      As ever, MP, beautiful and inspirational!

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    • BlessedIam says:

      These photos are spectacular! Where is this place where the wild horses roam?

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      • Blessed, they’re at home in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, Yavapai and Pima lands from the Four Peaks area to the lower Salt River and Verde River areas. I like to find them along the Verde River on the east side. They’re one of only four major remaining herds of wild horses left on the planet, descended from the great horses brought over with the Spanish missionaries (e.g. – Father Kino).

        For every 2-3 of these adventures that I take (just so I have my bearings), I guide the 104th Street Hiking Club (which consists of my youngest daughter and her various friends), as well as the Don Bosco Adventure Club (which includes my boys and their many buddies). Yep, they’re some rascals, but Biscuits knows I can handle it. Hm. Now I see Charlie talking about “Fraternus,” and I have to admit that that is giving me some ideas.

        I enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness, but there’s simply nothing like getting kids out there too. The look on their faces when they encounter something really cool is worth every bead of sweat. By comparison, that look they have when they’re staring at a smartphone or computer… oh, it’s often the difference between living and dying!

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    • Doug says:

      Nice journey MP. Beautiful.

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      • Well, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll come to a Storm Dinner, if you join the Don Bosco Adventure Club on one of our outings. Or, at least stop somewhere on your route to California so we can at least have some pie at a roadside diner.

        The boys have enjoyed the horses and wildlife so far, but they’re always wanting more. So, I promised them I’d take them out to a remote spot to see if we could find the elusive YongDuk (wasn’t that an Andy Griffith episode? Barny’s snipe hunt?) Should be interesting.

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  45. BlessedIam says:

    I am starting to see tiny glimmers of light and hope in the spiritual lives of some of my children. Granted one is seeking it in Episcopal church, but I will take that and pray that it brings him all the way back home!
    As far as Muslim women, I have often told others I felt that the Muslim women were the key to changing the tide of the Islamic faith. I spent time with a women from Pakistan a number of years ago, encouraging her to think and pray to God for answers she was searching for. She was very strongly influenced by an overbearing (mentally unstable, actually) husband. I continue to pray for her safety and spiritual journey today.
    God Bless you all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      When I was on my pilgrimage, I was glad to go to any church where Christ is truly proclaimed. Catholic Churches were in short supply in the south. I am still delighted to make common cause with our Protestant brethren – and look forward to ever growing unity in faith.

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      • BlessedIam says:

        Thanks, Charlie. Don’t know why he is ok w Episcopal and not our Catholic faith. Would be very difficult conversation for me to have with him. Gets me all upset just thinking about that discussion. And we have tons of Catholic Churches to choose from in our area!

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  46. Bob says:

    When we have time to get around to having this discussion about how to address the increasing evil and craziness in our culture, and the response we should make to it, I think this is one approach I like:
    https://abyssum.org/2016/05/21/if-you-do-not-fight-you-will-surely-lose-everything/
    It is an attitude of resistance to an increasingly occupying culture which is alien to most of us. Not open attacks but resistance so we can still create islands of sanity in the midst of the craziness and disorder.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Bishop Gracida, at nearly 93, remains a champion of faith and freedom.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bob says:

        The Bishop is a good man. I keep thinking that if we yell and scream in this toxic culture we will only be shouted down but if we quietly propose and try to live a grander and more truthful alternative that some who still seek truth may hear and that even those who now oppose us may be ready to later listen and to understand.

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        • diane says:

          We were created to live our lives with dignity. We are created to be orderly and fashioned after our Creator. I know that if I could pause just a mere second in my responses to things, I could probably be a saint, but lo and behold, I constantly shoot at the hip and fail to think before I speak or act. What a miserable wretch I am. I pray, Lord calm my spirits, help me to be who you created me to be, that’s all I want. St. Augustine said, “God created you without your help, but He will not save you without your help.” Something I ponder every now and then. Another I love to think about whenever I get puffed up in the spirit — Dare to Love Him as much as you can, you will never love Him enough. Yikes!
          There is so much muck out there, I wonder what a dignified person looks like anymore. Does anyone have an idea? God help us. Just Acknowledge God, Take the Next small step and Be a Sign of Hope to all around. Smile folks, this is just a drop in the bucket of time – before we know it we will be in Mayberry – Ahhh, I can truly smell the roses and I can see that all will be well…. I just have a bit a impatience every now and then. Love. I do. Diane

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  47. anniecorrinne says:

    I see that the Catholic Register has published Patti Armstrong’s article on Charlie. It still is evident that she didn’t interview Charlie. The disconnection between points and the fact that Bishop Aquila’s letter is not properly explained as an ordinary Church letter makes me wonder if
    there are any Catholics doing the editing.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That was several weeks ago, Annie, just as I began my visits to the southeast. They had to make numerous corrections after publishing it. I don’t think it did them much honor. Still, they are usually a notably solid, orthodox Catholic newspaper. I hope this article, chock full of errors and malice, is the exception to their usual fine work as opposed to becoming the rule.

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      • anniecorrinne says:

        Ummm….I know all the talk was weeks ago or so….but this CR I just received in the mail dated May 29, 2016…..so not sure what they are trying to prove ???
        Any way…I’m not worried about you….but I want people to know the truth and it seems more and more of the truth is getting twisted……🙁

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  48. why are all the doors of the churches that face the altar that are make of wood that you can”t see the altar at night. why can’t they cut out the middle of the doors and put in glass that you see the altar at night. and put a bright lantern on the altar. like a light in the dark. the candle in the red thing is not modern in our world , who opens a closed door. times have changed and we need too. so father john fitzgerald do your work. stupid irish gray-haired grammie is not a negative it means prove me wrong

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    • charliej373 says:

      You crack me up, Mary…but what a great screen name! I trust you are invoking the intercession of the late Fr. John Fitzgerald – the marvelous Carmelite Priest and poet, not insulting a living namesake.

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  49. Christene says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for your steadfast, faithful, and Spirit-filled guidance and care you give to us all in this wonderful little online community. You, and everyone here are in my prayers. As we go forth into the great unknown of these days, may we look for the signposts the Holy Spirit will leave in the paths we are each called to follow. His fruits are what will lead us and sustain us in battle and fill the world with Light. There is one place that is filled with His Light, our Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart. May we take refuge in her. And may Satan and his demons soon to be forced to flee into the outer edges of the outer darkness as it advances. Peace everyone.

    1. Love.  This word for love doesn’t refer to warm feelings but to a deliberate attitude of good will and devotion to others. Love gives freely without looking at whether the other person deserves it, and it gives without expecting anything back.
    Question: Am I motivated to do for others as Christ has done for me, or am I giving in order to receive something in return? 
    2. Joy.  Unlike happiness, joy is gladness that is completely independent of the good or bad things that happen in the course of the day. In fact, joy denotes a supernatural gladness given by God’s Spirit that actually seems to show up best during hard times. This is a product of fixing your focus on God’s purposes for the events in your life rather than on the circumstances.
    Question: Am I experiencing a joy of life on a regular basis, or is my happiness dependent on things going smoothly in my day?
    3. Peace.  It’s not the absence of turmoil, but the presence of tranquility even while in a place of chaos. It is a sense of wholeness and completeness that is content knowing that God controls the events of the day.
    Question: Do I find myself frazzled by the crashing waves of turmoil in my life, or am I experiencing “the peace that passes all comprehension” (Philippians 4:6-7)?
    4. Patience. Other words that describe this fruit are lenience, long-suffering, forbearance, perseverance, and steadfastness. It is the ability to endure ill treatment from life or at the hands of others without lashing out or paying back.
    Question: Am I easily set off when things go wrong or people irritate me, or am I able to keep a godly perspective in the face of life’s irritations?
    5. Kindness. When kindness is at work in a person’s life, he or she looks for ways to adapt to meet the needs of others. It is moral goodness that overflows. It’s also the absence of malice.
    Question: Is it my goal to serve others with kindness, or am I too focused on my own needs, desires, or problems to let the goodness of God overflow to others?
    6. Goodness. While kindness is the soft side of good, goodness reflects the character of God. Goodness in you desires to see goodness in others and is not beyond confronting or even rebuking (as Jesus did with the money changers in the temple) for that to happen.
    Question: Does my life reflect the holiness of God, and do I desire to see others experience God at a deep level in their own lives?
    7. Faithfulness. A faithful person is one with real integrity. He or she is someone others can look to as an example, and someone who is truly devoted to others and to Christ. Our natural self always wants to be in charge, but Spirit-controlled faithfulness is evident in the life of a person who seeks good for others and glory for God.
    Question: Are there areas of hypocrisy and indifference toward others in my life, or is my life characterized by faith in Christ and faithfulness to those around me?
    8. Gentleness. Meekness is not weakness. Gentleness is not without power, it just chooses to defer to others. It forgives others, corrects with kindness, and lives in tranquility.
    Question: Do I come across to others as brash and headstrong, or am I allowing the grace of God to flow through me to others?
    9. Self-control. Our fleshly desires, Scripture tells us, are continually at odds with God’s Spirit and always want to be in charge. Self-control is literally releasing our grip on the fleshly desires, choosing instead to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is power focused in the right place.
    Question: Are my fleshly desires controlling my life, or am I allowing the Spirit to direct me to the things that please God and serve others?
    10. Walk by the Spirit. While not a fruit of the Spirit, the final item on the checkup produces all nine qualities listed above. When we follow the Spirit’s lead instead of being led by our self-focused desires, He produces the fruit.

    http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/faith/essentials/growing-in-your-faith/10-ideas-reflecting-the-fruit-of-the-spirit

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  50. Sean Sullivan says:

    Charlie,
    I came upon the following quote from St Faustina’s diary this early am hours. I found it fitting for your prophesy advice and placed it here within an article, hopefully for the greater discernment for all.
    [Brackets]- contain the words of Jesus to St Faustina in her Diary
    Cheers. (And) Happy New Year 2017!
    Sean

    “…God is not using the Storm we have wrought to destroy us, but as a form of Divine Chemotherapy guaranteed to rid us of the cancer and leave us healthier than ever. The Storm, used as God is now using it, IS an act of Divine Mercy. It is an act of supreme folly to pray for delivery from the cure rather than from the cancer.”

    *****

    St Faustina Diary 378 {I have added paragraph spaces for easier readability}

    Once, as I was talking with my spiritual director, I had an interior vision – quicker than lightning – of his soul in great suffering, in such agony that God touches very few souls with such fire. The suffering arises from this work.

    There will come a time when this work, which God is demanding so very much, will be as though utterly undone. And then God will act with great power, which will give evidence of its authenticity.

    It will be a new splendor for the Church, although it has been dormant in it from long ago. That God is infinitely merciful, no one can deny. He desires everyone to know this before He comes again as Judge. He wants souls to come to know Him first as King of mercy.

    When this triumph comes, we shall already have entered the new life in which there is no suffering. But before this, your soul [of the spiritual director] will be surfeited with bitterness at the sight of the destruction of your efforts. However, this will only appear to be so, because what God has once decided upon, He does not change. But although this destruction [(161)] will be such only in outward appearance, the suffering will be real. When will this happen? I do not know. How long will it last? I do not know.89 But God has promised a great grace especially to you and to all those … [who will proclaim My great mercy. I shall protect them Myself at the hour of death, as My own glory. And even if the sins of souls were as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy, he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion. When a soul extols My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell. ]

    []- Jesus speaking

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for that, Sean. I was taken aback by the first quote – as it sounded just like me…until I realized it actually was me, as a prelude to what St. Faustina wrote.

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    • Beckita says:

      Nice connection, Sean! Thanks for sharing this.

      Like

    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Diary of St Faustina

      83 Write this: [before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. ]

      []- Words spoken by Jesus

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