Home Again, Praying for Wisdom and Fortitude

Family retreat in Danville

Group photo of some of the families at the Family Retreat in Danville, Illinois

By Charlie Johnston

In these first few days after my return home, I have just been decompressing. When I am on the road,

cabin cake with joan

My  friend, Joan, who made the ‘cabin cake’ for me in Florida.

things get pretty frantic…and I try to keep up with demands from all over. I will be back into a nice, productive rhythm next week (I hope) – and have a few weeks at home before heading out west. Maybe I’ll even get a week at the cabin to really pound away at some of the stuff I have gotten behind on.

 

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I meant to mention early last month that theologian Kevin Symonds and I have chatted privately. It was a candid discussion that covered a lot of ground. I think we have begun an occasional and respectful dialogue that will be useful to us both in the future. It came just a few days before my son’s wedding, which began three weeks of non-stop activity. What reminded me that I wanted to note it was this lovely piece Symonds did on the Third Secret of Fatima. As you know, there have been as many “conspiracy theories” concerning that as there have been about the Kennedy assassination. As readers here know, I am not an enthusiast for conspiracy theories. They are usually attempts to impose patterns on events that are random – or efforts to convince oneself that one has vast “secret” knowledge. They waver between paranoia and vanity – and I saw too many otherwise good people go down a rabbit hole when getting entangled with them.

One of my old clients was given to a mild political paranoia. Thankfully, he knew himself. Also, he trusted me, so when he got something going off, he would give it to me to check. If I gave him the all clear, he would drop it – though I am sure it continued to plague him at night, sometimes. He was one who I had promised I would give a month to during my pilgrimage if he needed it. He got concerned that there was a large conspiracy against him coming from the statehouse so he called in my promise. In this case, to my surprise, he was right. In fact, the conspiracy was even bigger than he thought (the trials a reformer in Illinois must go through!) We busted it up. So every once in a while they are real, but you should always use serious investigative rigor to dispose of them before going down that rabbit hole. When I was in radio, I would get conspiracists sending me “proofs” two or three times a month of all manner of conspiracies – the moon landing was a hoax, the holocaust was a hoax concocted by the Jews, Abraham Lincoln was actually black…or he was actually homosexual. It just never ended – and would always be accompanied by “documents” that were laughably incompetent to an experienced researcher, but could be quite persuasive to those who had no background in the subject or training in real research.

It is a great danger, for it distracts those caught in the snares away from what is really important – in order to tilt at windmills that exist only in their minds. As it goes on, vanity kicks in and there is an obsessive need to prove that the rabbit hole is real – and then the one infected gets more interested in proving themselves right than in finding truth. The devil wins.

It is why I so love the Scriptural command to “judge righteous judgment”  (John 7:24). Neither ignore what is plainly in front of you nor impute sinister patterns where there are none. Walk in a plain path, turning neither to the left out of anger nor to the right out of fear, but walk in a plain path.

The article on the plain truth of the Third Secret of Fatima shows how easily a single misquote, then augmented by obviously illogical leaps can take you quickly down a rabbit hole. Fatima is compelling enough in its unvarnished state. Stay solidly grounded so that you may be useful in all situations and unfazed by setbacks and mysteries.

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While speaking at the Family Retreat at the Ave Maria Retreat Center in Danville, Illinois, I had the

mary timmons and me

Mary Timmons runs the Ave Maria Retreat Center with her husband John and other family

 

pleasure of spending some time with Dr. Peter Howard, who was the keynote speaker there. He wrote the most insightful short piece on Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tepeyac) I have ever read. It was so good I printed it in its entirety last year. I reprint it below. He also wrote a book on “The Woman,” exploring Fulton Sheen’s teachings on the Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix. He gave me a copy of the book, which I was delighted to see got the Imprimatur from my Archbishop, Samuel Aquila (who is celebrating his 40th anniversary as a Priest this Sunday) and the Nihil Obstat from the Chancellor of my Archdiocese, David Uebbing. Howard and his family have embarked on a journey of evangelization, speaking at various gatherings around the country. Heh heh, I sympathize with that…it’s harder than it looks. But it is a labor of love for them.

 

peter howard and me

Dr. Peter Howard and me at Ave Maria Retreat Center

I especially loved the emphasis on family at the Danville Retreat and in the evangelization of Dr. Howard. Those of us who are older need the enervation that comes with the energy, enthusiasm and idealism of the young – and the young need the wisdom and experience of those of us who are older. I am often disturbed by the segregation of people into generational cohorts. The family is the building block of healthy cultures – and any attack on it, any retreat into generational cohorts, is a blow against civilization, itself.

 

Now, below is a reprint of Dr. Howard’s marvelous piece on Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

December 12, 2015 by

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

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“The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.”

These words of Venerable Fulton Sheen echoed across the radio waves back in 1947 when he spoke about the effects of communism on modern womanhood and the decision our age must make whether or not it will accept the gift of woman, which produces the strongest societies, or reject that gift and live with the catastrophic consequences that come with that. Who can better reveal to the world the unique gift of womanhood that will make or break modern civilization than “the Woman” herself, who in her usual style of beauty and mystery left the world a timeless revelation at Tepeyac Hill on 12 December 1531, forever memorialized under her title “Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

The global significance of Mary’s appearances in Guadalupe cannot be underscored enough. What took place in 1531, and the Marian revolution which followed for the next eight years, is a message for all the world! Let’s briefly look at the history of this event in order to appreciate its more important spiritual significance. It is a history contextualized between the seemingly endless conflict between Christianity and Islam and, more broadly, the culture of life versus a culture of death.

Our reflection takes us back to the 8th century when the Moslems swept through Spain and the Christians there hid a highly revered statue, given to them from Pope St. Gregory the Great, of Mary who held the Christ Child. It was a statue referred to as the Divine Motherhood and to protect it from the Moslems, it was buried in the ground in the Extremadura mountains. When the Moslems were driven out six centuries later, the statue was miraculously recovered by a humble RoyalMonasteryOfSantaMariaDeGuadalupeshepherd and later enshrined in a Franciscan monastery next to a river called “The Wolf River” (“Guada” = river, “lupe” = wolf) a name derived from Arabic during the Moslem occupation. So, the statue of the Divine Motherhood became known according to its Islamic name Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is an interesting fact considering Our Lady would do this again centuries later by becoming known as Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 – a name connected with Mohammed’s daughter.

What our secular history books do not include about Christopher Columbus were the predominantly Catholic roots of his inspiration to discover what was later called “the new world.” Even less known is that the Franciscan monastery now located where the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spain) is currently enshrined was where both Columbus and Hernán Cortés came to pray before setting off to the Americas.

Fast forward to 1531 . . . the Church of the “Old World” in Europe is being torn to pieces by the Protestant Revolution and the impact of the early Franciscan evangelization into the New World is sparse as they encounter a diabolically inspired Aztec religion which was characterized by human sacrifice. From a Catholic point of view, things are a disaster on both fronts. You also have the growing threat of Islam returning to western Europe. Is heaven just passively watching the beginning of the end of Christendom? 9 December 1531 gave us the answer.

Juan-DiegoMost are familiar with the story of St. Juan Diego and the visitations he experienced from a woman whom he learned was the Mother of Jesus Christ. I’d like to dial in on the deeper significance of the events and revelations.

First, let’s reflect on the significance of the date. The visitations to St. Juan Diego began on December 9. Some may say, “Oh! just one day off from the Immaculate Conception date!” Well, historically, the first feast celebrated in honor of Mary’s conception was in the East and goes back perhaps as far as the 5th century in Syria . . . and it was celebrated on December 9. It was called “the Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy and All Pure Mother of God.” A few centuries later the feast was celebrated in the West on December 8. Is there any connection here that Our Lady was trying to make? Do Mary’s visitations beginning on this date even have any connection with her being the Immaculate Conception? This is where it really gets interesting, but because we have such limited space in a blog post, I will attempt to be brief in summarizing it.

During Mary’s apparitions, she appeared to the uncle of St. Juan Diego, Juan Bernardino, and mediated a miraculous healing of a life-threatening illness. During her apparition to Juan Bernadino, Our Lady revealed that she wished to be known as “the ever-virgin Holy Mary of Guadalupe”. Catholic historians believe that Mary would have spoken this in the native Aztec language of Juan Bernardino, which would have communicated “Guadalupe” as coataxopeuh, which is pronounced “quatlasupe” (sounding very much like Guadalupe). This is indeed significant because the breakdown of the word coatlaxopeuh is the following: oa means “serpent”, tla means OurLadyofGuadalupeHolyCard“the”, xopeuh means “to crush or stamp out.” Putting this all together, you have the name “Quatlasupe” meaning “the one who crushes the serpent” (and the Aztecs worshiped a serpent-god Quetzalcoatl). This allusion to Mary as “the woman” of Genesis 3:15 is remarkable as it is also used by the Church as one of the Scripture references supporting the dogma and feast of the Immaculate Conception.

If that isn’t already awesome, we fast forward to the miracle celebrated today of St. Juan Diego’s tilma bearing the miraculous image of what one can say is Revelation 12 woven, literally, into the very fabric of civilization’s vestiture. There is the woman of Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 depicted [pregnant with Christ] in all her humility and glory at the same time: “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child . . .” [Revelation 12:1-2].

And this “woman” who revealed herself as Our Lady of Guadalupe amidst one of the most violent cultures of death came as the Advent of Christ, pregnant with her Divine Son, ready to bear Him as the Mediatrix of Divine Mercy, to a civilization lost in darkness and death with the tenderness and power portrayed in that miraculous image. Historians report that within eight years, Our Lady of Guadalupe achieved the impossible — that approximately nine million Aztecs (basically a Pentecost a day for eight years) were converted to the Christian faith. Some even say that the number of Aztec conversions equalled those souls lost to the Protestant revolution.

MiraculousMedalFront2What Our Lady of Guadalupe accomplished in the heart of the Americas reveals that she indeed is the bridge-builder par excellence as she connected and expanded a fractured Church in the Old World with the budding Church in the New World (since Mexico was known as the “New Spain”). Mary appeared at the geographic center of all the Americas as the Immaculate Conception (compare Mary’s appearance on the tilma with how she is described by St. Bernadette in Lourdes when she said “I am the Immaculate Conception” — they are basically identical). So, we have the Church of the East and West being united under Mary’s Immaculate Conception on 9 December, the Church of the Old World and the New World being united by the Blessed Mother bringing her Son to New Spain under the title “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, which also connects Mary with the Christian-Moslem problem. So, we’ve got North – South, East – West, Old World – New World, Christianity’s response to Paganism, Christianity’s response to Islam (In the battle of Lepanto, in 1571 Admiral Doria of the Holy League carried a small image of Our Lady of Guadalupe into the battle against the Moslems), Christianity’s response to the culture of death — all these represented in Our Lady of Guadalupe (aka Our Lady of the Divine Motherhood)! To what does Our Lady of Guadalupe not relate? Now we begin to see why in 1999, at the dawn of the new millennium St. John Paul II pointed to Our Lady as the Patroness not only of the unborn, but as the patroness of the new evangelization . . . because she is the Advent of Christ in every way. Or, to put it another way, as Venerable Fulton Sheen did, she is the spiritual Trojan horse who gets Christ, hidden within her (as we see in the Tilma), behind the most fortified walls (beginning with the walls of our own soul).

So, what does this all of this have to do with womanhood? Wherever Mary enters, she crushes the head of the serpent and recalibrates a disoriented society according to its worship, its womanhood and its “yes” to life! When womanhood rediscovers this is their genius, we will have a renaissance of culture the world has never seen! And we men better be the ones fighting for this!

As we enter the Jubilee of Mercy through the holy “door” of Mary let us take to heart the tender words that she spoke to her “Juanito” [her nickname for St. Juan Diego] during her visitations in 1531:

“Know and understand well . . . that I am the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live . . . I am your merciful mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants on this land and all the rest who love me, invoke and confide in me; [I listen] to their lamentations, and remedy all their miseries, afflictions and sorrows . . . Hear me and understand well . . . that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish?”

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mediatrix of Mercy and Patroness of the New Evangelization, pray for us!

Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Mercy, pray for us!

Beginning in 2016, my family will be traveling around the country bringing to other families this critical message and the mission of Heroic Families. I would love to speak at your parish, university or event! Reach out to me at ascend@heroicfamilies.com to see how we can make this happen and work together for the Renaissance and counter-revolution of the Catholic family!

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Read more: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2015/12/12/our-lady-of-guadalupe-and-the-renaissance-of-civilization#ixzz3wxgBlWmI

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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227 Responses to Home Again, Praying for Wisdom and Fortitude

  1. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, enervation is not the correct choice of word in that context. “enervation |ˌenərˈvāSH(ə)n|
    noun a feeling of being drained of energy or vitality; fatigue: a sense of enervation.” I’m not sure what to use instead, but you may want to rewrite that sentence.

    The young may wear us old guys out sometimes, but their enthusiasm can carry us along when we might otherwise flag. 🙂

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  2. Mack says:

    The connection with Islam is very interesting. Fatima, too, is the only town in Portugal with an Islamic name, according to Fr Apostoli’s book on Fatima. It must indicate Mary’s role in converting the Muslims.
    The miraculous medal image is so beautiful too. When she appeared to St Catherine Laboure, Mary’s hands had many gems, with rays of light streaming from them. They represented the graces she obtains for people who pray. But some of the gems were dark, with no light coming from them. Mary told St Catherine that indicated the graces people didn’t receive because they didn’t ask for them. So pray and intercede for others!

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    • Alfred says:

      RV 21:19 ff
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      The foundations of the city wall were decorated with every precious stone; the first course of stones was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,m
      20
      the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
      21
      The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made from a single pearl; and the street of the city was of pure gold, transparent as glass.
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      –It’s interesting, isn’t it, how things in The Book of Revelation often wind up relating to a real event (at least one we see through the eyes of faith)?

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  3. Diane says:

    I love all the Marian articles to read and absorb. “The Glories of Mary” by Alphonsus Ligouri (all 800+ pages) is a treasure trove of Mary. It can still be found, I highly suggest the unabridged version. Many Graces are within its covers! My family’s “storm” continues, grows…but Grace is keeping up with the challenges. Praise Jesus. The month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a blessing.

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  4. anniecorrinne says:

    So glad you are back in Denver for a bit. The retreat picture is great! And Joan and that cake…its big…bet it was yummy.
    For years I have loved the words of O.L. Of Guadelupe….’are you not happily within my fold( I had heard it a little different but never mind)….to me it’s just like the Anima Christi, ‘within your wounds hide me’. A friend taught me how to climb inside that wound by His heart when things get tough.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      High Annie
      Pleased to meet you. As soon as I read the words of Mary that you posted “are you not happily within my fold” I thought of the folds of her mantle. In Garabandal the girls questioned Mary as to how so many people could fit under Her mantle but were assured there was plenty room.

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      • anniecorrinne says:

        Howdy Joe,
        Some od the questions the children have asked at the apparition sites are so sweet. 😇
        It is so comforting to know there is plenty of room for all of us.☺️

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  5. Joe Crozier says:

    No sooner had I posted the comment below on MOG this morning than I read Peter Howards wonderful piece above. I feeling a bit strange quoting my own words but Peter’s words seem to affirm that mine were on the right track. Such a youngster – still needing reassurance! Even Peter Pan did not need that. He crowed in jubilation.My number plate is joecro. My last car was a “Storm.” Think I may be in the right place. If I am in the right place it seems more likely that I will take the next right step 🙂
    “If an army is going into battle the King wants his subjects to know who he has appointed to lead his troops. He wants both his troops and his subjects to recognize and respect His choice. I am no expert about Joan of Arc but I suppose this applied to her especially because she was a woman. At one time she may have simply been a devout and pious girl but then an important task was given her and the role that entailed was supported by a new status and authority. She was once simply Joan. Then she became known as Leader and Liberator. She applied Christian principles to all her campaigns, insisting on proper behaviour and language from her soldiers and encouraged them to attend mass. She drove prostitutes out of the camp at the point of her sword. Her co- commanders stood in awe at her leadership qualities and spoke highly of her ability to inspire courage and confidence. She lifted the doubt and darkness from the hearts of her soldiers. The value of her presence was incalculable as a moral booster. She was provided with a magnificent horse and suit of armour and banner to confirm her rank and status. All this in a 17 year old girl who was once a simple poor peasant named Joan. She once was Joan. Now she is Saint Joan and a powerful intercessor in all our battles. She was 17 when she gave birth to her fiat: to her mission. Our Lady probably gave birth to Jesus about the same age. Our Lady’s Heart was pierced by a sword. Our Lord’s side was pierced by a spear. St Joan’s thigh was pierced by an arrow. Her mission was accomplished in Her life, death and in her rising to heaven as a saint as was the mission of Jesus, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, in His Life, Death and Resurrection. The Mission of Mary has yet to be completed. Just as this simple 17 year old peasant girl once was Joan so The Lady of All Nations / Mother of All Peoples once was Mary. In these apocalyptic times she is much more. She is the commander of the heavenly hosts who will lead us into battle and into heaven to be with Her and Her Son forever as the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart comes into its own. And yet the Church skulks and turns in cowering circles rather than rising to the occasion by complying with the powerful wishes She expressed to Ida Peerdemain in 1945 . Whether we believe in all that Ida tells is not so important. What is important is that we Catholics have always known that Our Lady is our Co-redemptrix, our Mediatrix and our Advocate. We have always known in our hearts that She is The Mother of All Peoples. We have always known that among all ladies their is none so highly blessed, that She alone is THE Lady of All Nations. She is our Leader and our Liberator. Why on earth has The Church not proclaimed these titles from the roof tops of the world, as She requested, on every means of mass communication. Why have they not shown Her under Her new banner and in Her new suit of armour on Her Magnificent stallion reserved for one of the highest rank. Why has it not formally accorded Her the ranking She deserves and which She requested for good of all her holy church. What a difference this could make. How the terrorists would cower at the prospect of death at the hands of a Woman. In their faith they are lost at such an end with no hope of heaven. How Satan cowers at the thought of His own end under her heel and the sword of Michael. As we all well know Her Church is the Church of Her Son and by following Her lead She will lead us to victory and to Jesus.”

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      I should explain, I was replying to my friend Mac who does not go along with much of the revelations to Ida Peerdemain in Amsterdam in 1945. I was explaining why in the prayer She dictated to Ida, Our Lady described Herself as one who once was Mary. The CDF chopped and changed on this and eventually requested a modified version. Seemingly they knew better than Mary the Mother of God.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        But don’t forget Joe, Mary is ever obedient to her Son and His Church. So she will always remain so. If she were to go against the ruling of the Church, that apparition would be condemned immediately.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Snowy – you know that Ida is long dead? She can’t go against the church now.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe, sorry, I should have explained what I said better. I was referring to where you said she described herself as one who was once Mary and the CDF changed the wording.
            From what I recall reading, the Bishops changed the wording Mary used with Ida because they felt it could confuse the faithful. I think the Bishops knew perfectly well what Mary meant, but Mary is always obedient to the Church and so it was allowed… and I don’t see that it changed the message. It is statements, new concepts and teachings like this that take time to come to make sense to us. This is still going on with the use of the term Co-redemptrix, isn’t it? Every new thing takes a long time to be accepted.

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    • Beckita says:

      Love the poetic imagery in your reflection, Joe. Thank you. What a Mother! Even when rejected, She has never given up on Her children. She has come to us under so many approved titles. When meditating on Her words at Fatima, I have paused to consider just how different our world would be if the whole Church: clergy, religious and laity had initially responded just as She asked. Oh how stiff necked we are! Still, great HOPE is no longer merely on the Horizon. We are in the process of rescue even as the world seems to be spinning ever more out of control. What a Mother! Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

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    • jwjohn says:

      Although I loved the movie and the book, and I certainly hated Ty Cobb like the rest of the world and as Shoeless Joe Jackson said in the movie “Cobb wasn’t invited to the ghostly cornfield reunion of old-time ballplayers because “No one liked that son of a bitch”. I didn’t come to realize it until later that the great Ty Cobb was not a racist, was not hated by his piers, was not a murderer, was not a dirty player, and was without question one if not the greatest player of all time. Bad writing for publicity had made Ty Cobb into a hated entity, here is Charles Leerhsen a journalist, author, and adjunct professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism who did proper research and has corrected the hatred against Cobb, it is well worth the read to see how the media carries on inaccuracies to demonize whoever they want and we buy into it:
      https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/who-was-ty-cobb-the-history-we-know-thats-wrong/

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    • Anne says:

      Love that movie!
      If we pray, fast and call Him….. The Holy Spirit will come.

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      • DanSouthChicago says:

        That is one of my favorite movies. I tear up when the dad asks the Costner character if he wanted to play catch. Playing catch with your son is one of the greatest joys of fatherhood, imho. As an aside, Amy Madigan — the mother — is a Chicago south side girl. She was the cheerleader captain for our boys’ high school in 1968. (She attended the Catholic “sister” school.) In the big picture, it doesn’t much matter — just an aside. God bless.

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  6. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  7. Hello dear TNRSers, I have a question that’s not exactly pertinent to this post, but maybe to the idea of conspiracy theories in general…no matter, just posting here so it doesn’t get buried in posts that already have many comments 😉 I first heard Charlie on IH Radio right before I went in to work in the am, oh maybe in Oct or Nov 2015, which led me to this site. At first, I must say that his message alarmed me, and I took caution to discern its meaning and how it applied to my life as a mother with a rather large and still very young family. As time went on though, I began to find hope, sense and refuge here, and most importantly these messages and your thoughtful comments have been a source of God’s grace for me. My prayer life has strengthened, I returned to the Rosary and daily scripture, and I re-surrendered myself to God’s will for my life and my family’s too. All good fruits, I would say. I am no longer afraid, but hopeful. That being said, here’s my question that I hope some of you insightful readers may be able to help me with: When I have mentioned Charlie’s message to my husband and a couple close friends and relatives, most don’t want to hear it. They are faithful Catholics, but this private revelation stuff is new to them and hard to accept or even consider. I’m struggling with the sense of a lack of unity this has caused at times. I’ve realized too how poorly catechized many of us, myself included, have been. Anyway, I haven’t pressed the issue too persistently, just mentioned different topics here and there, and shared a few posts (usually either met without response or with minimal desire to discuss). For those of you who, perhaps are not on the same page as your spouse and/or loved ones with regards to private revelation, not necessarily just Charlie’s but others as well, how do you reconcile this with the priority of maintaining holy marital unity? There are very few things that my husband and I don’t share, and now this has sort of become one of them. It feels like it’s caused somewhat of a rift. Through prayer, I have been encouraged that the best way to forge ahead is to have faith like a child, and to be a strong and holy role model for my family, so that I can lead us in our “next right steps,” God willing. Any wise advice out there for how I can best proceed? I want more than anything to be on the same page as my spouse, who is a good and holy man, and live out our marriage vocation in God’s will. I suppose as things continue to unfold, maybe people’s hearts will soften and they will want to listen. My concern is…what is the best way to keep planting seeds? I know they are of hope, but so far it has felt more like discord and suspicion. I hope I’m articulating well enough and that this makes sense. I imagine I’m not the only one experiencing this type of response. Thank you for any support you can provide. Please pray for me, and know that I keep the intentions of this community in my prayers daily as well.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Others will have advice, I am sure. I suggest to people that they emphasize God’s goodness and the certainty that we can rely on Him. On the other hand, I just got a note this morning from someone who had hosted me last year – and had said one Priest she knew was uninterested because he thought I was a purveyor of doom and gloom. Still, she persisted in sending him some posts. She said that the other day, she and another Priest had lunch with him – and that he mainly wanted to talk about my messages and how I am being proved “right by the minute,” and how it has become quite hopeful in difficult times.

      Many when they hear what I talk about just assume I must be doom and gloom without actually reading me. They are pleasantly surprised if they actually do. Others want to keep in a state of denial – that if they don’t think about challenges, the challenges will go away. Some I don’t understand at all. I still get the occasional note bitterly denouncing me as a fraud as if I had personally affronted them somehow.

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      • Thanks Charlie. The morning after I finally posted my long-standing question, there’s an answer in today’s scripture as well, as it turns out 🙂 Have a blessed feast day (?) of the Immaculate Heart:

        Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
        Lectionary: 358/573
        Reading 1 2 TM 4:1-8
        Beloved:
        I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
        who will judge the living and the dead,
        and by his appearing and his kingly power:
        proclaim the word;
        be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
        convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
        For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
        but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
        will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
        and will be diverted to myths.
        But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
        put up with hardship;
        perform the work of an evangelist;
        fulfill your ministry.

        For I am already being poured out like a libation,
        and the time of my departure is at hand.
        I have competed well;
        I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
        From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
        which the Lord, the just judge,
        will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
        but to all who have longed for his appearance.

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      • Beckita says:

        Charlie, another twist I have observed occurs because you do not stick your head in the sand when you name the ills all around us while continually writing to proclaim a RESCUE and reiterating the main message to, “Acknowledge God, take the NRS…” Anyone who reads much here can surely see God DOES have a Plan and without Him and this knowledge we’d be majorly tempted to despair.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Momma Carmella. Welcome here. When I first started reading Charlie, what struck me was the soundness of his writings and not so much the prophesy. When I talked to my wife, I always talked about the writings; sound Catholic teaching, stay on Barque of Peter, take the next right step, trust, do, love, etc… These are the things that convinced me of the prophesy and storm. Not the other way around. Focus on the things of God and you can’t go wrong. Also, the doom and gloom will happen with or without Charlie. I think that when people get upset at this, it’s like they think Charlie is causing it. It’s like when some folks think they have cancer and won’t go to a doctor for fear they may actually have cancer. Whether they go to the doctor or not, it does not change the fact that they might have cancer. Would it not be better to go to the doctor and find out to either arrest fears or do battle to fix it? Think of this logic. How many people do we know who are like that who won’t see a doctor? I have met a few. I look at Charlies message as extremely hopeful. I look forward to the rescue which I think is the real message. When things get really dark (and again, this will happen with or without Charlie), it will be more obvious and the the rescue will carry a lot of weight. I hope this helps. God bless you!

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Hi Momma! I started following this blog sometime in February or March of this year, so we are both relatively new here. I understand some of the push back you are getting, but I think that’s normal for most people. Correct me if I’m wrong, but even the church does not require that we believe in any apparition we only are required to believe what is in the catechism. I think the best way to “keep planting seeds” is (as Charlie says) to Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others. This is a very powerful action just by itself. You don’t need to ever mention the blog, or the prophesies — it can be your little secret. If people see the change in you in terms of hope, serenity and positivity (and they will) they will eventually ask you more about the change in you. At that point you can tell them about Charlie and the blog — or not. Most of the time I don’t talk about Charlie or the website at first, I talk about the sense of foreboding I have for the future of our country,and the world. EVERYONE I discuss this with has similar feelings of fear and anxiety. At that point I talk about acknowledging God in all of this (or more precisely our cultural rejection of God) and that I have been doing a lot of reading and the message from a Catholic blog to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others, has given me great peace. It is a tool to navigate hard times – whether those struggles are within our own soul and family or a global crisis. Prophesy is tricky business and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea so you don’t need to serve it to them if they don’t like it. All of the very learned and wise priests in Jesus’ time, who knew the Old Testament prophesies backwards and forwards, couldn’t pick Jesus out as the messiah. So, I don’t read the prophesy like a horoscope – “today’s a good day to sign contracts” or whatever, I read it as the sign of the times, but I haven’t changed anything in my outward life, only my interior life. I haven’t gone all “prepper” and built a bunker or stored cases of peas and chili. I’m just trusting that God will direct me in the next right step if I first ask him what he wants and follow through with love and courage. So Mommacarmella, continue to love as you love everyone in your life, and don’t let this be a source of discord between you and your husband. He doesn’t have the same spiritual walk as you do,so just help him acknowledge God and take the next right step along side you. Together you will be a sign of hope to the world.

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      • Doug says:

        Very eloquently put Madkatmomma!

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      • Yes, I love that this formula always has and always will apply. God bless, thank you for your insights.

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      • Oh, and I haven’t gone all prepped either, lol…just a prudent bit, considering we have 3 young ones and another on the way to mind. DH is on board with this amount, and it is all we are capable of and comfortable with anyway. Just a few “loaves” to share if needed 😉

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        • Doug says:

          Congratulations Mommacarmella!

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        • Congratulations! A friend used to say, the universe is forever changed because of the advent of a new baby!

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        • goldensun says:

          You know, it’s interesting, when I look at images of the empty shelves at the grocery stores in Venezuela, I think, “boy, I should stock up on the basics.” Then I look at the images of the floods in Texas minutes later, and I think, “but then again, it could all get swept away.” It’s impossible to have the inside scoop on what to do without putting it all in the hands of God. Seeing your word “prudent” reminds me that I have the four cardinal virtues written on my fridge – Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, and Temperance. Aside from praying, bringing to bear all four virtues in a given situation should help us find the next right step.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Excellent, golden. I am working on a piece on trust without hubris or presumption. You are ahead of the game.

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          • leslyek says:

            I often recall Charlue’s response to someone’s questions on preparation: to (at least)’…not neglect anything’.
            That covers a lot as far as keeping ready for each next step physically and otherwise.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I have said to not neglect anything I have meant spiritually and legitimate duty to others. If I meant physical preparation, I would be violating my own advice for I do nothing to physically prepare. God knows where I am and what He wants of me.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Took the words right out of my mouth madkat. (Or is that off the fingers) Your wonderful husband isn’t ready to hear yet. Pray that God opens his ears. You are probably scaring him. I don’t talk about it. God will tell you when. You will be inspired. With a young family and his role as head of the house and protector, you are saying something which he cannot protect against. That would be his great fear, of not being able to keep you and the children safe. You have brought it up. He knows. Give him a chance to get used to the idea, ask St. Joseph’s help and go to church and confession as often as possible. Have faith that God knows what He is doing. My husband isn’t Catholic. If I were to tell him he would freak. But he watches the news, he sees the floods (when we lived in Houston, he would pull people out of the flood waters with chains and his van) he sees the insanity. That’s what will get him in the end. I say nothing. I must let God work.

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    • Daniel O'Connor says:

      There are many degrees of private revelation. The Rosary is private revelation; but one that is *extremely* important and worth really pursuing with a spouse who even is not at first very into it (albeit always in a gentle and inviting way) — likewise the Divine Mercy message of St. Faustina.

      When it comes to what certain private revelations have to say about what is coming the next couple years; that is *way* lower down on the hierarchy of truths. I don’t see any direly important reason for you to be on the same page as your spouse on it. I do, however, see a direly important reason for your marriage — your vocational calling — to be one of peace and harmony!

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    • Beckita says:

      You write with wisdom, Momma: “…I haven’t pressed the issue too persistently…” and “…I have been encouraged that the best way to forge ahead is to have faith like a child, and to be a strong and holy role model for my family, so that I can lead us in our “next right steps,” God willing.” It must be challenging to be so united in your marriage in all the ways you have expressed yet to have this current disunity concerning where we are in the Storm. I believe repeating it over and over again when there is resistance is not helpful. Be at peace. If I were you, I would continue not pressing too persistently. Rather, dwell on what unites you and rejoice! That is a tremendous marital gift.

      From reading Charlie’s work, one can see, again and again, the main message to Acknowledge God, take the NRS and be a sign of Hope is a way of living the Joy of the Gospel, in or out of any Storm. It is also very apparent, from all that Charlie has written, we are in the fullness of the Storm NOW. As it intensifies, your husband, and all who doubt at this time, will know that what you have said is true.

      Thank you for your prayers. You are in mine.

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    • goldensun says:

      I’m not sure how good my advice will be for you, but I can sort of relate to your situation. I don’t talk about prophecies with my husband (I have specific reasons for that), but we do share the same outlook on the state of the world and our government from more of a secular/political standpoint. There’s plenty of material from economists and political commentators and the like to support Charlie’s perspective on the Storm without delving into private revelation. I’ve been praying more to St. Joseph and the Holy Spirit for guidance for me and my husband, even to the point of asking St. Joseph’s intercession to help inspire my husband to do the right thing when the time comes rather than asking to give me the right words to tell him. Basically, I want heavenly help for him to be the leader and help where I can. I hope I’m on the right track. I will pray for you too! I know we’ll all need help.

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      • I like what you say about invoking St. J’s intercession to inspire him, even if it’s not through your words. I will do the same…my husband holds St. Joseph in high regard, and as his chosen Confirmation saint as well. St. Joseph, pray for us!

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      • jaykay says:

        goldensun: I think you’re exactly on the right track, in invoking the aid of the Holy Spirit and St. Joseph in the situation you describe. What powerful, and appropriate (if I could put it that way) intercessors, one the heavenly spouse and the other the earthly, chaste, spouse of our Mother. Yep, you’ve got it! God bless both of you. J.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        I do that as well, golden. Thank you St. Joseph.

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    • Sarge says:

      mommacarmella – –

      My wife and I are not on the same page on a lot of things. No matter; she’s a good woman and we love each other dearly, and we have just learned to respect that we have differing views on some things even if it tears at our hearts a little.

      As for your current situation, if I may be so bold so as to offer advice, I’d suggest not “brow-beating” your husband (not that I think you are) by forwarding posts, constantly bringing up the Storm, etc.

      Might I suggest that you just live the TNRS message – namely Acknowledge God, Take the Next Right Step, and be a Beacon of Hope to those around you.

      The worst case is that Charlie’s a crackpot, however you’ve produced good fruit by improving your spiritual life (I’ve returned to many forms of prayer and devotion since becoming a regular reader) and by treating your husband with charity. He’ll appreciate that at face value.

      The other option is that Charlie really is a prophet, in which case at some point, all but those who have their heads buried deepest in the sand are going to have to admit that there is something to all this storm stuff.

      As I’ve read somewhere in one of Charlie’s posts, “God wants his kids back.” including your husband. If there is something to this, God will work through you to help your husband see the light so to speak.

      To put it succinctly, “Preach the Gospel every day…use words only when you have to.”

      God Bless

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Momma, I will keep you and your beloved in my prayers. It is a joy to share hope and prayers with you here. ❤

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    • CrewDog says:

      MommaCarmella,
      YOU may be?? … the Rock in Your Family and You may be the One who must make the plans and preparations for Your Family!? Ya don’t need Charlie’s Private Revelations or anybody else’s to figure out that The World is Turned Upside Down … and in a most unpleasant/dangerous way!!
      Now! What to do!!?? That depends on your means, skills and local situation. It’s a scientific fact that no one here can survive more than five days without H20 and a few weeks without chow. It’s an historical fact that when a society flounders the Barbarians emerge from under their “rocks” to despoil and plunder the weak and unprepared. It’s also an historical fact that the Barbarians must be “put down” by a counterforce of people willing and able to do what’s right. Hopefully!? People of Faith in God, Courage and the Means to do so. People who have banded together to share their stuff and skills….. and Faith in God!! Oh!! You folks that think the Gubermint will be there for Ya ….. Well… Bless your Pea Pickin’ Heart! Oh!! …. along those lines … another unpleasant historical fact. The most dangerous entity to any given population is not natural causes but their own Gubermints … 20th Century History … Anyone!!?? Think of all those fat, dumb & happy Folks in Europe during the Summer of 39 chuckling about Gloom-n-Doomers like Churchill and those buffoonish guys in Germany, Soviet Union, Japan and Italy ;-(

      GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Doug says:

        Crewdog. I love your style.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        I agree Crew Dog but she may not be in a position to shoot the breeze or anything else for that matter. Especially if he beloved isn’t on the same page and there are kids. I would recommend other defensive moves. Maybe bear pepper spray or get a recipe for cayenne pepper mix that can be shot through supersoakers the kids have.

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        • Interesting…yea the whole physical self defense thing is a realm I’m pretty uncomfortable in, I’ll admit! Bet I’m not the only one here. I certainly pray it doesn’t come to that, but I also hope that if there were a time for defense that I’d be able to act rightly.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            You are already there! You already trust that the correct protection will cover you in Jesus Name. Be not afraid, God will provide.

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    • wpsahm says:

      Carmella, I relate. Like you, finding The Next Right Step has resulted in very positive results (appearance of a daily prayer life, daily rosary and chaplet, and overall spiritual growth) for ME. You are bolder than me however, as you actually talked to your husband about Charlie’s message. I’m still waiting for the best time to share this with my husband, and that’s mainly because I sense he still has too much faith in the human institutions-that are crumbling all around us-to consider that God has a plan for us in this, to get us out of the mess we’ve created. When I see him questioning those institutions as a solution, and more ‘evidence’ of the global morass we’re in, I will introduce what I understand to be God’s Plan and TNRS.

      But as you’ve already taken that step and met with denial, my advice would be to not LET that cause a crack in your relationship. Act as though you never had the discussion and do not obsess on his denial. Let the seed be, because we know it will germinate in the fullness of time. Just continue to work on the marital intimacy, like you did before the discussion, just not in this area.

      People talk about how there isn’t enough time left for a complete collapse to make the “late 2017” sign of our Rescue by Our Lady, but I just disagree. SO much destruction can happen in a very BRIEF period of time, for those who know what’s happening the time actually feels looooooong, but to those completely unaware it will seem short.

      I will keep you in my prayers.

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    • Patricia says:

      mommacarmella,
      I think when our spouses are not on the same page as us, it is another cross we carry. I have a sister and brother in law who now read Charlie’s posts. It is a great help to me to know that they do. However, most of my family and friends are way not on the same page but that is life I guess. I keep quiet these days figuring “God has a plan” and keep going. The fact that your husband is a practicing Catholic is a very big deal. Light will dawn on Marblehead soon enough. Oh, that might be too Boston a joke!

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    • LindaMc says:

      mommacarmella, I look at it this way you were lead to this site and this TNRS family for a reason. Your spiritual life has gotten stronger and you find comfort in what is talked about here. I too have experienced the same thing. Because of your finding Charlie’s messages you may be that person who comforts and gives hope to others when these times get even more strange and confusing. I too share occasionally what I have learned here with my husband, family and friends. And I know by their response or lack of that it may not be the way for them. I have found that this is MY way of finding comfort and strength in these very strange times. My husband is also a spiritual man but he finds his spiritual way differently than I do. It is like him liking the game of baseball and me not getting much out of that. (bad analogy because I do like baseball). Anyway my point is you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. And who says everyone needs to drink from the same trough?
      You are in my prayers as is the whole TNRS family.

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    • Alphonsus says:

      mommacarmella, it is a good question that deserves a thoughtful answer. My take on all of this is to maintain a healthy skepticism but studied neutrality. I’ve been aware of the private revelations prophesying chastisement, collapse, the victory of a remnant Church, etc. – you name it – for over 20 years now. I have learned by hard experience that if I personally take these private revelations too seriously, they become a distraction. I now simply file them in the category of “I don’t know”. I don’t dismiss them, but I don’t embrace them either. I try to understand them and file them away for future reference if the need ever arises. I don’t intend that as a judgement on any prophesy or prophet, for which I would have no competence anyway. It is just a simplified practical approach to the phenomenon.

      The bottom line for me is how our LORD commanded us to live and His instructions on what it means, and how, to love Him and our neighbor. This is the core of the Christian life which is valid and fruitful come no matter what. Additionally, the family is an incubator of love, a model of the Holy Trinity. Living this is far more important than any private revelation. Do not disturb it. If your husband is a holy man, he already knows what to do regardless of what may come. If you lovingly encourage and cultivate his holiness, and the holiness of your children, then in a very real sense you are living in the heart of God and drawing your family in there as well. What else is there and what task could be more important than that, regardless of what may come tomorrow?

      Yesterday I watched the film on Netflix about St. Teresa of Calcutta titled “The Letters”. It was wonderfully done and inspired me to look up her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. She gave an extraordinary speech, the image and words of a living saint. Could anybody do better than to follow the example of her heart formed by Jesus in any circumstance?

      God bless you and best wishes. Here is the link to her speech.

      Alphonsus

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      • Thanks Alphonsus! Definitely a thoughtful answer. I realized at one point early on that this site had become a distraction to me, which was actually one of my husband’s concerns as well. First things should still be first, for sure. Love the image of living in God’s heart in the family…beautiful. I just heard Netflix has The Letters on it now as well; I can’t wait to watch it!

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    • Joj says:

      Unity in diversity. Part of marriage is learning to have mutual respect where we differ. It may be God is challenging your marriage to a deeper level?

      Or perhaps you need to reevaluate the next right step for yourself? Find other ways to be a sign of hope without speaking about Charlie’s prophecies overtly? The three part message is one that transcends any particulars, and everyone can benefit from it.

      I understand how hard it is to want to share and no one will listen. What a wonderful gift you have been given, mamaC! Praise God!

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    • Katherine says:

      You are absolutely right! It’s not so important right this second that he be convinced if it causes more of a rift and more stress. My husband is not exactly on the same page with me on this either, but it’s not because he disbelieves Charlie, it’s just because it’s too much for him to think about. My dear husband is naturally kind of a worrier and delving into private revelation and talking a great deal about world-altering events too much is not good for him. He got the point of Charlie’s message and that’s enough for him and if that’s enough for him, then it’s enough for me too. Trust, Do, Love and Rescue. What else is there to say? So we don’t really discuss Charlie. My husband really likes him, though. The only reason my husband even knows about Charlie is because he quietly values my opinion. Last summer when I heard about Charlie, I asked my husband to watch the “Birmingham video”, just as a favor to me. I didn’t nag him or remind him either. I never ask him to do things like that, and he knew that I have a very severe screening process for people like Charlie, so he did what I asked while I was away visiting my family. When we talked about it later, all he said was “You think he’s for real?” and I said “Yes, what have we got to loose by listening to him?” . . . he said “Okay.” Then we quietly got to work on it. That was it. We don’t have many discussions about this because its not as important as living our lives in this moment in a holy and thoughtful manner. When we talk about the world, though, our vision has changed from one of bleak hopelessness to one of hope and almost excitement. We have an interesting style now of talking about the future. Anyway, as things unfold, your husband may eventually ask you “Hey, you still into that Charlie guy? What’s he saying these days?” The best way to plant seeds is to sow them on fertile ground. Be ready to sprinkle seeds when people are ready for them. Until then, you are absolutely right in your plan to just do your best to fulfill the role God gave you; wife and mom and be a source of hope for your family by rooting your trust in God.

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  8. Thank you for printing Dr Howard’s article. I would never have seen it otherwise.

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  9. Joe Crozier says:

    Wise response Snowy. And of course I agree. End of story. Well at least that part of the story.
    For those who are interested most of the more important parts of the the rest of the available story about the position of the Church are as follows:

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Joe, oh, I did not see this before I posted to you above. I guess I’m living on another planet again today 😊 as usual. lol. Don’t mind me.

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  10. Joe Crozier says:

    “Not only Bishop Huibers and his successors, but also the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith occupied themselves with the events in Amsterdam.

    The investigation and inquiry by the diocesan commissions were conducted over a period of years. In May of 1974, the Congregation sent a letter to the Bishop of Haarlem, the Most Reverend Zwartkruis, and published in the Osservatore Romano a notice of “non constat de supernaturalitate” which means that “the supernatural nature” is, at this point of time, “not determined”.

    Twenty-two years later, in 1996, moved by many requests from home and abroad, Bishop Henrik Bomers of Amsterdam and his Auxiliary Bishop, Jozef M. Punt, decided after consulting with the Congregation, to officially allow the public veneration of Mary under the biblical title Lady of All Nations.

    They did this through a decree which was published on May 31, 1996. Among other things is found the following therein:

    “Distinction must be made between the apparitions/messages on the one hand and the Marian title ‘The Lady of All Nations’, on the other hand.
    “At the moment the Church cannot make a pronouncement about the supernatural character of the apparitions and the content of the messages. One is free to make a personal judgement according to his or her own conscience.
    “The prayer ‘Lord Jesus Christ…’ which includes the title ‘The Lady of All Nations’, has since 1951 enjoyed Church approval by Msgr. Huibers, who was Bishop of Haarlem at the time. It is our judgement that there is no objection against the public veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary under this title.”

    The fact that we are able to speak so openly about the coming of Mary to Amsterdam and about her messages is also possible because the current bishop of Amsterdam, the Most Reverend Jozef Marianus Punt, ecclesiastically approved the apparitions of Amsterdam on May 31, 2002.

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    It says in his decree:

    “As it is known, my predecessor, Msgr. H. Bomers and myself had previously given permission for public veneration in 1996…

    “Over the period of six subsequent years, I observed that the devotion had taken its place in the spiritual life of millions all over the world, and that it possesses the support of many bishops… In full recognition of the responsibility of the Holy See, it is primarily the task of the local bishop to speak out in conscience regarding the authenticity of private revelations that take place or have taken place within his diocese.

    “Therefore I have asked once again for the advice of theologians and psychologists concerning outcomes of previous investigations, and the questions and objections deriving from them… I have also requested the judgment of a number of brother bishops concerning the fruits and development of the devotion, who within their own dioceses have experienced a strong devotion of Mary as the Mother and Lady of All Nations.

    “In light and virtue of all these recommendations, testimonies, and developments, and in pondering all this in prayer and theological reflection, I have come to the conclusion that the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of a supernatural origin.”

    Source: Conference by Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
    God shows us through Mary, the Mother of All Nations, the way to true peace
    Cologne, Germany, May 31, 2009”

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  11. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    This was on Drudge this morning. I know it is happening and I see many articles about it but this is soooooo blatant. It is a “sanctioned” invasion. Ten years ago I would have tried to raise holy hell about it but today I think “these things must come”. It is extremely discouraging. Comment?

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/06/dhs-quietly-moving-releasing-vanloads-illegal-aliens-away-border/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Our governments are broken beyond repair. We will have to have a reset. Fortunately, God has a plan. Meantime, I respect those who try to correct some of the ills, so long as they do not neglect the spiritual awakening that is necessary.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Charlie, this made me smile- it reminded me so much of your message:

        We are filled in the morning with thy mercy:
        and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.

        We have rejoiced for the days in which thou hast humbled us:
        for the years in which we have seen evils.

        Look upon thy servants and upon their works:
        and direct their children.
        And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us:
        and direct thou the works of our hands over us;
        yea, the work of our hands do thou direct.
        Douay Rheims- Psalms 89: 14-17

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      • Mary Ann Parks says:

        What’s amazing to me about this and similar bits of news is that the event relies on great numbers of regular people being willing to disobey their oath of office and to obey an illegal order. THAT is a big change in America.

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        • charliej373 says:

          That is astonishing, Mary Ann. My first political job was as an aide to Congressman Robert McClory – the Republican who wrote the 3rd Article of Impeachment against Richard Nixon. Frankly, I was proud that he and so many of the GOP stood for principle – even against their own guy in extreme circumstances. He was charged with TRYING to influence the IRS to go after his enemies – but the IRS Commissioner refused and it never happened. Barack Obama has presided over an IRS that DID go after his enemies – and still is…and the left proclaims it is the right thing to do. What a strange world this has become. This administration commits more impeachable offenses before breakfast than Richard Nixon did his entire presidency…and both the left and the media support it. Sometimes it hurts my head…and I think, in retrospect, I owe Richard Nixon a huge apology.

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    • Doug says:

      Crazy

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    • Alfred says:

      This has to be responded to. First of all, this Drudge Report item is hearsay. Who are the Border Patrol agents on whose words the piece is based on? What is their political bent?

      What about the reports that indicate the numbers of undocumented immigrants are reversed–more are returning to Mexico than are staying in this country? How on earth does the word “invasion” come into this? Have too many of us been drinking Trump Kool-aid? Do we realize that most of the folks coming here are impoverished or beset by drug terrorists. Do we realize that most of these people are Catholics like us? Why are we so determined to fight against the Mystical Body of Christ? Is this an invasion or a persecution of the poor? Do we read what the O.T. Prophets say about how we should treat the stranger? What would Our Lady of Guadalupe say about how we are treating her people?

      Now I’m very much aware that civil laws have been broken, and there are issues of fairness and civil order that need to be addressed. But we have a human disaster, much of it of our own making, to fix. Is it not our Christian duty to find solutions that meet our beliefs as Catholic Christians?

      I have this personal belief that as Americans we have been aborting and birth controlling ourselves out of existence. God is sending us people to replace the ones we are preventing from being born. They are already spiritual assets and potentially economically talented assets, not liabilities, and we should treat them as such. The poor indeed shall inherit.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Alfred,
        Did you watch the videos of these “folks” giving the middle finger to scared people trapped in their cars in parking garages, getting their cars beat upon and being yelled at by “folks” acting like demons from hell; terrorizing and assaulting pedestrians by throwing eggs, punches, blunt objects and spitting; burning personal property while carrying Mexican flags and signs saying to get off “Mexican” land — in the state of California? Well, I did, and I am sickened and appalled. What would Our Lady of Guadalupe say about that behavior? Because I watched the videos from San Jose, and it was frightening. No one was persecuting these lawless people. One even flew in from Minnesota. We know this because he bragged about it on Twitter, admitting to chasing a scared young man who was running away from him and tackling him. If he could fly in from Minnesota, I am guessing he was not too poor. He was welcomed here from Somali, and this is how he showed his “gratitude”

        I will agree with you that we have been aborting and birth controlling ourselves out of existence, and I have been aware of and tried to fight the against this evil and spread the alarm.since at least the 1980s.

        My tolerance for criminal activity, however, which by definition includes entering another country illegally and gets worse from there, is zero.

        And, as it is not my practice to discriminate against people, I am not sure why I should accept blame for this “human disaster.” I have voted and participated in the political and cultural process for decades to preserve Western Civilization and a Christian society. Yes, I am a sinner, but I don’t appreciate being told I have fostered a “human disaster” when I have looked on in horror at what has happened to our country and our world, brought about by those in power who have never accepted their responsibility.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I agree Monica. I don’t think our votes are counted in federal elections anymore.. My husband and I were watching tv a few weeks ago. It was the news and an interview poll taker was talking to women about the candidates. One woman said “out of 350,000,000 people, is this the best we got” my husband has repeated that line quite a few times since.

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      • wpsahm says:

        Alfred, your post too, begs a response. It’s nice that you think God is sending us more people to offset losses from abortion, because I guess 300 million isn’t enough people in our country. We aren’t Germany, our economy isn’t suffering from a lack of replacement numbers because of our birth rate. Our economy suffers from greed, corruption and poor economic management.

        Since you’ve posted, I’ve done some reading, and most of the sources (all but 1) were from entities and organizations that are pro-immigration of ANY kind. An article in the L.A. times was about the massive influx of children immigrating to the U.S. from central America and little more than half of them claimed they were fleeing violence and insecurity. True refugees should always be given temporary safe haven, the trick is finding out which people are TRULY refugees. People lie and judging from all the ads placed by the current administration several years back in central American publications, encouraging people to immigrate to the U.S., they were well-coached on how best to gain residency here.

        I realize this isn’t the place to debate this, and I haven’t even begun to talk about the problems people in my city (Phoenix, AZ) are experiencing from illegal immigration, but someone had to counter your rose-colored glasses. IF we lived in a Catholic theocracy I’d be totally on board, but the notion that our own govt is acting in ways that are insane and even dangerous to the citizenry cannot be ignored.

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      • Diane says:

        I live in Miami and without the Latin influence I would not be where I am now in my faith walk. Love. I do. Diane

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      • Patricia says:

        Albert,
        I have got news for you: you are drinking the kool-aid. I suspect you think Republicans are mean spirited people who want to give tax breaks to the rich. I bet you vote D all the way regardless of the stand on abortion. Now if none of that is true, forgive me. But are you so drowning in kool-aid that you do not know that Drudge is the number one news gathering site in the country ( probably the world). No one but no one in DC leaves the house without first looking at it. So what does that mean? It means that Drudge is a respected news site and he is such because he does not post junk or news article that are untrue.
        I may or do sound harsh but really Alfred. It is ok if you do not know Drudge but some of us live in the real world and and work in it. Illegals are killing this country and it is done on purpose. Forty years ago this country would hunt down one who overstayed his visa. Today we are giving them housing, education, food, healthcare etc to the detriment of the almost destroyed middle class. . And on top of that Obama has doubled our national debt to 18 trillion.
        In 2011 and 2012, as a registered lobbyist for a non-profit that worked for marriage, family and life, I lobbyied to stop the transgendered bill from becoming law in MA. When I would speak about this issue to family and friends, they would think I was drinking the kool-aid, that this could not be happening. Well, we just lost that battle and the bill passed two days ago. To everyone else in the world, it looks like this issue just became hot in the last few months.
        Albert, there are some people in the country who actually know what is going on and you are not one of them.
        Charlie, feel free to calm it down.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          The will of the people continues to be ignored. When I wrote to my state congressman regarding same sex marriage, he told me that 87% of the people in this district did not want same sex marriage. I forgot what the state was as a whole but it was above 70%. No one cares. Our rights have eroded. We are being observed by who only knows who. Each key stroke is being recorded and it is not for posterity. The tech advisor to the movie “eagle eye” with Shai LaBouf pulled up a conversation that Shia had with a member of his family three years before the movie was made. It was made in 2008.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I’ve been back-n-forth with Alfred a couple of times and he has a right to express his opinions ………. but, sadly, we are living in a USA/EU where people with Alfred’s opinions are “more equal” than mine or many here ;-(

        “Author: The Left Is Aggressively ‘Breaking Down The Resistance’ To Transform America”

        http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/04/author-the-left-is-aggressively-breaking-down-the-resistance-to-transform-america/

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are right, CrewDog. The left has largely adopted the coercive authoritarian bent it is always prone to. It never can seem to figure out how to calibrate down so it does not ultimately spark widespread revolt against its conceits.

          On the other hand, Alfred seems to be one of those refreshing, courtly old time liberals with whom you can both disagree and have an occasional chuckle with. They were common in the ’70s – but have gotten exceedingly rare these days.

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          • CrewDog says:

            The below is a extreme … Ah!! ..No! ;-( Evermore common example of what Charlie & I are “talkin bout” in the way of Federal overreach, intimidation and dismantling of The Bill of Rights. Little Sisters of the Poor … IRS vs. Tea party Patriots …. DOJ vs. Local Police… Anyone!?? The Rutherford Institute is worthy of support!!

            “Brandon Raub Case”
            https://www.rutherford.org/issues/free_speech/brandon_raub

            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am constantly amazed at how the U.S. and the Russia have flipped into some sort of Bizarro World. When I was a lad, the U.S. was a clearly Judeo-Christian nation that was welcoming and tolerant of other faiths. Freedom of speech and thought was primary in our discourse. The Soviet Union brutally oppressed any expression of faith – and classified dissenters as “mentally ill” – locking them away in asylums when it was inconvenient just to jail them outright.

            Now, truly, as Russia has begun to recover from its atheist errors, the rest of the world has been badly infected by them – not least my beloved homeland.

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          • Doug says:

            Sad truth Charlie. I just hope you are right with the rescue.

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          • Patricia says:

            Well, I will not be on his dance card anymore.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, the increasingly aggressive Left is about thought control first and foremost. That makes it “totalitarian” rather than “authoritarian.” The Left is a totalitarian movement and has been since before the French Revolution. It’s always about “correct thinking” at its core.

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        • victura98 says:

          This is a great article, CrewDog. I agree with the author’s conclusion that these coercive policies sow among the people the seeds of rebellion. Honestly, why do we bother saying we are a “democracy” if all the important decisions are “dictated” by executive orders, and by judges? People can’t suppress severe discontent indefinitely. If you eat rotten food, eventually you will have a gag reflex and vomit. It’s not even an option–it happens every time. I wonder not if, but when the “societal vomit” will happen, and how messy it will be?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am glad you wrote, Victura. The piece you asked for on how to avoid presumption in contemplating the Rescue and living our daily lives is one of the next two pieces coming down the hopper.

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      • janet333 says:

        Thank you Alfred. 🙂

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    • Mack says:

      The state legislature in MA has just passed a bill saying that all public restrooms must be open to anyone who identifies as whatever sex they want to be, and the governor has said he will sign it. It’s frightening, the speed at which these things are happening. Yet most people seem indifferent or worse yet, swayed by the propaganda that this is just a matter of civil rights. I am going to call the governor’s office on Monday, even though I know it won’t change the outcome. But at least I will have tried to stop it. But I still feel helpless as the train of our society careens wildly off course. May the Rescue come quickly!

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    • Sarge says:

      Ex 23:9
      Mt 25:35

      I do not condone any criminal behavior, and people who are behaving in an uncivilized fashion need to be dealt with accordingly, regardless of country of origin.

      I fully understand that civil laws are being broken. Some of these laws are not necessarily just, however. The facts are that it takes cash to “legally” enter the US, and many of the people fleeing hopeless situations don’t have that. If you do have it, why emigrate? It’s a Catch-22 if there ever was one. I’ve come across many immigrants, many of whom I am sure are undocumented. 90% of them just want better lives. If I were in their shoes, living in a slum in Guatemala, dire poverty, extreme violence, you best believe I’d do whatever was necessary to get them out of it. If I didn’t fill out some papers…oh well. If you think you’d do differently to protect your family, I suggest you really think and pray about that.

      In fact, it makes my heart swell with pride to hear these people say, “If only I could get to America…” We are so fortunate here, and many of us take it for granted.

      Now if 90% of immigrants are just hard-working folk that want better lives, by simple arithmetic, 10% are trouble-makers. At least 10% of natural born Americans are trouble makers too, so place of origin is irrelevant. I can think of at least 10% of the population here (I’d start with our elected officials) that I’d love to send to another country in exchange for someone who is willing to work two jobs to support a family.

      We need immigration reform in this country so that people who just want a better life can get it, while at the same time borders are enforced and security is maintained. Until that time, however, all we can do is treat our fellow human being, a fellow son or daughter of God, who is standing in front of us with empathy, love, and respect.

      God bless.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Sorry Sarge,
        But the way you lightly regard our Immigration Laws and your attempt dismiss them with the “UN-justice of it all” disturbs me. We are a Nation of Laws and simply can’t bend or break them ’cause of the situation of those living in corrupt, miserable and diseased HellHoles. People who believe The Laws don’t apply to them … or The Democrat Party Left who just wants to exploit these ignorant souls for votes every two years. The USA is, quite simply, Bankrupt and many of our once great, prosperous and productive cities have become 3rd World HellHoles themselves. In a Nation of 325 Million, we, now, have 94.75 Million working age Americans NOT working and a V8 Economy sputtering along on 5 cylinders! Time to Wake-Up. The USA Golden Goose is dying and we have become a nation of interest groups, citizen or not, carving up the carcass. …. Perhaps in The Storm’s aftermath a remnant of the once Great USA will emerge?? … Please God!

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE

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        • Patricia says:

          Sarge,
          First thank you CD for responding.
          Sarge, I would like to add to Crew Dog’s post that the global elite took away our manufacturing,
          our jobs, and now they are taking away our borders. Millions of hard working illegals are doing the jobs of what was our once proud black and white blue collar and/or working class. Think house painters, landscapers, manicurists, counter help, floor sanders, health aides, and the like. Furthermore, they do not pay taxes since they are paid under the table, therefore, less wages than American workers. Also, they get free healthcare, free public schooling, often free housing and food stamps. Remember the president’s aunt was in public housing in Boston as an illegal. She is not now because she died.
          The drain on our economy is beyond counting. In today’s Globe, (have to read it so I know what the enemy is writing) is the following story. Just remember if the Globe is having to print this, this must be really bad.
          https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/04/criminal-immigrants-reoffend-higher-rates-than-ice-has-suggested/l0OpCWfTdCuTNLIAfxApAO/story.html

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          • Sarge says:

            Patricia and Crew Dog,

            I have no desire to engage in a debate on temporal matters. Our political system is broken beyond repair. Perhaps we can rebuild it together in a just way after the Rescue?

            You’ve missed my point. Some day, we will all need to face our Lord. I don’t claim to have the intimate relationship with Him that Charlie does, but I can all but assure you He will not give two hoots about your views on securing the Southern border. Rather, if the Evangelist is to be beleived, He will ask us what we did for the least of his brothers? Many undocumented fall into that category.

            I’m asking you to reflect on their situation and ask yourself what would you do if you were in their shoes? Truly, those who do no work will not eat, and they will get what is coming to them. But it is not our place to judge. Many undocumented immigrants are just trying to survive and secure a better life for their families.

            The fact of the matter is that they are here, and we need deal with the situation. I’ll leave you with Leviticus 19:33-34 “When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.”

            May God bless you both.

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          • YongDuk says:

            1. Hi, Y’all, I’m back… (Darned Aliens. [Yes, Joj, start the rumor that I am one of the G9 Cardinals])

            2. My parents were visiting these past few days. We spoke on the Millenials moving into one of the Dead Metropolitan Cities near where they are from.

            3. When I doing my doctoral studies back in the early nineties (before I entered the Seminary), I met a young lady from Baltimore who told me she was getting her masters in teaching Social Studies. I was doing my laundry. She was doing hers. I offer that as I don’t remember why I got into a conversation with her, except to say that she was hardly unattractive, but one of the questions was why Social Studies and her answer shocked me. She said that her hope was to form her students into progressive ideas, including sexual ones (LGBT). To my quasi-amount of disappointment, she had a boyfriend, so I was all the more surprised when she told me that she was not bisexual or in any way gay.
            This has simply been the agenda for years and years and years… I mean the agenda to create the civic-minded Millennials.

            4. The next generation that is being formed has been formed with gender identity-ness.

            5. I really don’t know what my point is — I think I waned eloquent as usually and got distracted by my tummy — except that so much pre-planning has been going on for years and centuries. That is not conspiracy theory of the Freemasons and all. There is simply One Intelligence behind it and he tries and tries and sets up and sets up knowing how prideful humanity will react.

            6. Lamentation.

            7. If you, Millennial and Post-Millennials and all the other Generation Labelled, only knew the Truth, the Truth of who one is and called to be, you would be set Free!

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          • janet333 says:

            Nice to see your words here again YD….We missed you! 🙂

            Yes it’s all been planned for these times. Someone told me that we, who are living today in these times, are very blessed. I pray I don’t ever let the Lord down when it comes to having to be brave in the face of persecution. Lord have mercy!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            It is truly a joy to have you back in the forum.

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          • Doug says:

            Welcome back YD. I missed you.

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          • Beckita says:

            You’re back, YD, and we’re blessed… well so are you! 😉

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          • Hm. YD, I never fret about getting your point. No matter what, it’s always a fresh and challenging workout… and that’s enough for me!

            On a practical note, I find that a good hunk of cheese (or any protein) keeps the head clear for writing. Avoid too much cheddar, though, and Pepper Jack is just downright scary. I know you don’t like cigars, but sometimes I have one because that always quells the stomach rumblings. It also tends to put me in a more philosophical mood, and sometimes I want to start humming.

            Probably none of that was helpful, but I’m invigorated again. Well done, and welcome back!

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          • Doug says:

            Speaking of humming, a beautiful humming bird flew on our porch and fed from our flowers while Lambzie and I were sitting and feeding the squirrels and chipmunks with bird seed. It was a joyous moment admiring the artwork of our creators hands.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that and call that a “Cinderella” moment. My DH and I were walking in the Mammoth Caves forests and he stepped up on a rock and was suddenly surrounded by a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Did you know that a group of hummingbirds is called a charm? 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Very charming. On my pilgrimage, in southern California as I was entering some mountains, a large hummingbird came and hovered for several minutes, staring right into my face. It was amazing. Somehow it reminded me of the old movie, “ET.”

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          • Doug says:

            That is really neat Jen. What wonder to share that with your very special person. I was going to say charming, but Charlie beat me to it 😊

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          • YongDuk says:

            I don’t have enough flowers for humming birds sadly, but I have put out so much bird seed that I figure I have fed and am feeding generations of squirrels and chipmunks.

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          • Doug says:

            One of the chipmunks has half a tail. I keep wondering if this is the one that the cat brought into the house and was rescued with the Prayer of Miraculous Trust.

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          • Oddly enough, the hummingbirds here are attracted by the cigar smoke. Sometimes they’ll even hover within an arms reach of my face if they’re curious enough. One was briefly dancing around a tree out back this morning while I was catching up on comments. He was simply content with a couple of sips of the sweet nectar from some blooms shaped like small golden trumpets, then zipped away.

            There’s no need for me to put down seed since there’s plenty of bird food provided naturally. I do seed a small patch of the backyard in the fall, but have to contend with certain birds that are prone to avariciously gobbling the seed. The best way I have found to eliminate that is to spread a healthy layer of manure on top of the seed. That may not seem very elegant, but it gets the job done, and the scent of manure is a sure sign of the changing of the hot summer season to fall. Color me odd, but I find the scent to be therapeutic.

            The desert ground squirrels around the house are scrawny but spirited, although a large Arizona Gray recently visited. I was so delighted that I ended up chasing him all the way over to the neighbor’s to get a better look. Yeah, he thought I was nuts at first, but it was a good opportunity to share some little known facts about squirrels. A pie might have been a better icebreaker, but the squirrel talk got the job done.

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • Beckita says:

            You and your squirrel talk are a sign of Hope, MP.

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          • Doug says:

            So that’s why you smoke cigars MP……

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            MP, I love that squirrel chat was the ice breaker for you and your neighbor. Job well done, pie or no pie.

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        • We’re a Nation of Laws? I see laws and lawlessness. Wheat and weeds. We have just laws and unjust laws (like legalized abortion to name the worst in my opinion). We’re made up of law keepers and law breakers. We’ve done truly great things, and truly horrid things. How about the petrodollar and lavish Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Contrast that with some of the “hellholes” we’ve clearly exploited and suppressed for the sake of cheap goods. I’m sure there’s plenty of folks willing to include both of those things on the ‘greatness’ side of our sheet. How about Rwanda? Certainly I can go on for a long time about stuff people are willing to overlook or ignore when we’re reminiscing about the good old days.

          I think we’re way beyond picking and choosing ‘issues’ to get angry and outraged about. Sure, sometimes it’s useful, but lately I think it’s too easy to get intoxicated on anger and outrage. Where to next from there? Often it’s just fear, and despair is not too far around the bend.

          What do you say we empty out the useless clutter and fill up on the Love of God. Let Him show us what He wants us to see. Do you think folks will start thinking of us as Kool-Aid drinkers? Aah, I never much cared what other people thought either. I also think it will make us that much more nimble when the walls fully come crashing down… and more useful in rebuilding the loving, just, God-fearing, hopeful society we long for.

          Alright, it’s a plan then. You and Deer talked me into it. Well done.

          God Bless,

          MP

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          • Patricia says:

            Sarge,
            It is certainly our place to judge when someone breaks our laws. As a juror, citizens do that every day of the week in this country. I find one of the problems of good old time liberals is that they will not even find fault with gay marriage. A lovely senior relative of mine said regarding a gay couple we know ” who am I to judge”. Well, I guess when we die, God will ask us what we did to help those who are in need. I do not think I will be find wanting. But I do think the elites who let our country borders stay open to not only those looking for a better life, albeit illegally, but to the gangs, the smugglers, the criminal, the rapists,and the terrorists will. I will call it a day with regards to this issue. Thank you.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, the quotation of “who am I to judge” stems from Matthew 7:1,2 – which reads, “Judge not, that you not be judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged.” This is widely misinterpreted as meaning one should make no assessments at all – but in the second verse of this very piece of Scripture, it assumes you will make judgments and warns that the criteria you use will be used in your own judgment. So if you judge from malice, from bearing false witness, from twisting things – you have a rough go ahead of you. This command is made fully explicit in John 7:24, which bluntly warns people not to judge according to appearance, but “judge righteous judgment.” I weary of people misusing these Scriptures in an effort to lend Christian support to the tyranny of relativism.

            Amusingly, I was once at an event with a dear friend of mine, when someone said we should not judge. Mischievously, I pointed to my friend and said, “But that’s his job. He’s a judge.” The person who made the statement was not amused, but my buddy and I had to step away so we could give vent to our laughter.

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          • Doug says:

            MP, I think what you write os exactly why we need the Eucharistic processions Charlie describes. I think it is in the solemness and beauty of it along with the Holy Spirit and Christ’s physical presence that will in some sense magically (per se) transform lives. But it’s not real magic. It’s the good seed planted in fertile soil that will yield the harvest. We plant in good soil when we provide the right climate for people to receive. It is in our solemnity that Christ’s love is so peacefully expressed and will open that calloused hearts. I can see great things taking place with the Processions. God bless you!

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          • Yes, Doug… all good points shared with that particular “Dougness” of yours that I’m fond of. Of course you know I’m not in the habit of pausing to note/discuss the world’s ugliness. That said, I’m not blind… nor am I hardwired to ignore. Just the opposite. Still, I prefer to look at good and beautiful things… ponder them… share them.

            Look hard enough anywhere and you’ll find what you’re looking for. Granted, I find that heading out to picturesque outdoor settings makes it considerably easier to find good and beautiful things. Certainly a Eucharistic Procession offers Goodness and Beauty Himself in a Holy, Powerful, Unfathomable way.

            Charlie sometimes notes something that wearies him. I suppose I sometimes get weary of the latest Drudge fare being bandied about. Often it seems like a distraction at best, and a cause of perturbation as it gets worse.

            You know, I probably shared here about my love of the outdoors from an early age, but like many I admit to getting derailed at some point in my early 20’s. Do you know what helped pull me out of that nosedive? God, of course, but I sought out a good SD in those days and remember distinctly that first meeting with that holy Priest. First, he insisted that we meet outdoors, simply plopping on one of the steps at the Church, with the shade of trees all around, and twittering birds. To start, he simply asked me why I wanted a Spiritual Director, and I proceeded to rattle on for a while until eventually sputtering out.

            After that, we sat there in silence for a bit while he peacefully pondered and watched some birds. I was just sitting there on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting what were surely going to be some holy, deeply inspired words and direction. After what seemed like one of the longest waits I’ve ever endured, he finally turns to me and says, “Sounds to me like you just need to get your head out of your posterior (although he used a more colorful term beginning with the first letter of the alphabet).

            Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with that, so I went home, put on my running shoes and went for long run and hike. One of the first in a long time. And that was that.

            I love the patient, loving, merciful hand of God and I’m so thankful for all the other faithful influences in my life… but that good ‘swift kick’ from that Priest is in a class all by itself. I still get choked up just thinking about it… then I grin of course.

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was once told by a Bishop who had become a pretty good friend that I was a dumb-butt (actually, the same word you mentioned) because of a particular public matter I could have defused. When I tried to defend myself he repeated the charge. We went on to pleasantly discuss other things…but it was a bracing experience.

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          • Beckita says:

            So moving, MP! ALL of it. Thank you.

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          • Doug says:

            Michael, this is so cool. I find a certain joy in looking back and recognizing God’s visitation and in ways I never expected. As I reflect on Lambzie’s and my journies, I see critical decision points were it could have gone either way for me/us. Sometimes when I ponder this, it scares me to death that I could have chosen otherwise with respect to her/God. But now I see a very cleverly crafted puzzle with pieces that all fit so perfectly and put in place at absolutely the right time. It awes me and humbles me in a great way how God’s timing is so perfect. How wonderful this journey is! Good, bad or otherwise, every day is a gift. God bless you!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Many times, when crisis comes or a fork in a road, God is not testing you to see what you are made of. He already knows. He does it so that YOU come to know what you are made of, and that your faith can become rock.

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          • Doug says:

            Now that is encouraging Charlie. Thanks!

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          • Doug says:

            By the way, I’m looking forward to God giving us the big kick in the posterior. I’m leaving that part to him which I think is what the storm is that we brought upon ourselves 😎

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          • deereverywhere says:

            “They” have a two ball lottery number picker. The first ball in the number shutes are 4, 5, 6. They are the only number available to be chosen for the first number. The second ball number is loaded with the numbers 1 thru 9. This is how “they ” arrive at the percentages any canidate has won or lost by. How can we call it a democracy when the winner of the California primary is announced the day before one of the most populace states in the Union even votes. The more equal advises that 2 + 2=5. “The King of the Bingo Game “Eurdora Welty’s story of a depression era contestant who, if he can just keep the wheel spinning, becomes a winner, saves his wife and family. Gentlemen, getting ones head of of one’s behind is good advise for everyone. Seems to me we have only one place to go. To the foot of the Cross. I got to fill up my holy water bottle that used to contain Bushmills, to which, I affixed a holy card of Mary Magdalene which was touched to her relic, which is apparently somewhere in South Carolina, which shows her holding on to the foot of the Cross for dear life (or is that deer) Where did the Kool-Aid go?

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  12. Julia says:

    Responding to the first article and the link to the Fatima third secret.

    I had understood a long time ago that the Second Vatican Council itself had not veered away from the traditions we all hold and cherish. Yes, I believe there was a plan to make Holy Mass available in the native languages, along with Latin Mass being kept available for those who wished to attend.

    However there being a vey large machinery at the Vatican, operating the publication of all that took place; in the publications some information was produced which took the now famous view ‘ IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL’ and interpretations were sent out in this way that had gone way off course. The second tier is where the conspiracy theories get involved.

    How in God’s name could the Pope or even the most senior Cardinals keep a handle on every thing that was printed. Surely they had a right to expect those who were working on the published works to be true to the Council. And I believe, this is where confusion entered at Diocese and Parish level, as a result.

    I believe some Bishops were able to keep a handle on things to some extent; but judging from the internet there are Masses out there that are quite awful with clowns and balloons and women dancing around like some sort of cheap show. Thank God these are not common; but the Bishops have their work cut out restoring a more respectful, prayerful commemoration for offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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    • Patricia says:

      Julia,
      In our area it was pretty common. In the early nineties, when my daughter was making her First Communion, the classes were spread out over three Saturdays in May. When attending Sunday mass after the first class made their First Communion, we noticed balloons on the altar. Our priest said the CCD director was in charge and there was nothing he could do about the next two Saturdays. We had already been treated to girls on the altar dancing during the Our Father and calling it liturgical dance. Today, though, our parish is a little more conservative. No more balloons, no more liturgical dance. We even say a Hail Mary during Mass now and then.
      So, all in all, from observing over a few decades in the greater Boston area, that it ebbs and flows. Even if the Cardinal wishes to keep a lid on things, they do not always do. We have some wacky parishes and some conservative parishes and some in the middle parishes.
      The BVM was looking out for us though, there were no balloons on the altar for my daughter’s First Communion. I thanked our priest after the Mass and he said he had nothing to do with it, that the florist got his dates mixed up! 🙂

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  13. Doug says:

    Welcome back home Charlie. Hope you get some good rest and can catch up on things.

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  14. JudyM says:

    Charlie, so sorry I wasn’t able to make it to your Danville talk. “Best laid plans…..”

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  15. Beckita says:

    And the chaotic swirl continues: “The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 116-36 Wednesday to legally demolish the notion of biological sex in favor of ‘gender identity.'” REALLY? How does one demolish a fact of creation? Shall we say, spit in the Father’s Face? https://avemariaradio.net/massachusetts-house-passes-bill-legally-abolishing-biological-sex/
    Maranatha!

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    • leslyek says:

      What do you think of this compromise: have two bathrooms; one females, the other males and anyone.
      Not sure where to fit in the family-bathroom need.
      Please tell me so I get wise confirmation on whether or not to bother bringing it up where pertinent. Thanks!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Lesley, you are assuming they are sincere. If they were, a private bathroom for anyone would solve the issue. No, they want to destroy Christianity altogether and bring it to heel to the state. They are not interested in a solution that does not involve the crushing of Christianity.

        In the fall of 2000, I wrote to one of my Priests to beware of anti-discrimination, hate crime, and tolerance legislation – for it was not what it seemed. Rather, it was the gathering of the artillery which would eventually be used in a full-scale assault on Christian practice and belief.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          So, Charlie, we should not invest in Crapper stock?
          (Sorry, how often does one get to be so obnoxiously punny)

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          • CrewDog says:

            A bit of a joke arrived in my e-box just now about the latest, no joke, Crapper Brouhaha ….
            Deer Season

            With of deer hunting season only six months away …..a good question!
            Looking forward to hunting season in the Fall but I do have a question. If I shoot a buck, but I only have a doe tag, can I claim that the buck wasn’t really a Buck?
            I mean.…maybe he’d always wanted to be a Doe, but with no choice of his own he was born with the physical attributes of a male. And yet.…on the inside he’d always known he was truly a Doe.
            I’m just wondering if the game warden will buy it……because Liberals and “The Five” of the Supreme Court do!……………………. ;-(

            GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I love this joke!

            Like

        • Thomas Augustine says:

          Indeed this is about ramming it down our throats since any man that looked and dressed like a woman could stroll into a ladies room, do his business and stroll out with none being the wiser. Same for a masculine female.

          My family was tossed out of Massachusetts in the 17th Century, so they have a long history of confusion. 😉

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          • deereverywhere says:

            In the late ’70’s I was at a ballet in the newly opened Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. Intermission time I headed to the ladies room. someonee came into the stall beside me. Their feet never turned around. They never sat down, yet I could hear the tinkling and it did not sound like bells. I exited first followed by the person in the stall beside me. As I made my way to the sink to wash, this person didn’t. They did, however, pull out their lipstick to smear it more solidly on. The person could have benefited from cosmetic class 101. They had hair which had obviously been curled with sponge rollers and clip on earings so heavy, they obviously hurt. As horrified as I was at this incursion. I felt pity more than anything else. Sort of like the flasher a friend and I encountered near the mall. When he opened his raincoat (yes, it really was a doublebreasted London Fog rain coat) to show my girlfriend and I his business, we burst into hysterical laughter so loudly that he hurried to close his coat and run away. I don’t think that was the reaction he expected.

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        • MarieUrsula says:

          Right, Charlie. Many given reasons for things these days are a pretext.

          I looked that word up a couple of weeks ago because I had been thinking about it. Here’s the definition from Old Blue, my 1970 Webster’s dictionary: “Pretext . . . a purpose or motive alleged or an appearance assumed in order to cloak the real intention or state of affairs.”

          Pretexts can never adequately fulfill the intuitive requirements of truth. If something seems a little off, even though you can’t alway explain why, pay attention.

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          • Doug says:

            As I have heard many of times “a pretext without a context is a pretext.

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          • Doug says:

            When I was a protestant, I would often see a single scripture verse used as a pretext to justify certain doctrine. My spiritual mentor mentor would often use the phrase in my other comment. It is a very powerful rationalization technique.

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        • Julee says:

          In all the hoopla about bathrooms, there’s a group of people with disabilities whose needs have been shamefully forgotten for years. Disabled stalls don’t come close to meeting the needs of parents who have to lay their child down to change him/her, especially as they grow into adulthood. When my son was little, we always carried a mat on his wheelchair so one of us could take him into the bathroom and lay him on the floor of the disabled stall, but there was barely enough room and it goes without saying—it was heartbreaking and disgusting. At eighteen, he’s way too heavy for one person to safely lift him in a cramped stall. It’s better if there’s a family bathroom, but it still a floor unless they have a bench. We generally hike back to the parking lot and change him in the van and hope no one wonders what the heck we’re doing. There are a lot of families in our situation who are either forced to stay home or cut short an outing and go home because the only option is a dirty floor. This is the bathroom issue I would like to see people discussing!There’s a group trying to raise awareness, but I don’t have much hope, not now anyway. I think more people would rather see our kids euthanized than provide for their basic human needs. My hope is that it will all change after the storm.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/laura-rutherford/baby-changing-rooms_b_10167290.html

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        • leslyek says:

          Ok, thank you!
          I might half assume some among them are sincere. Probably the best point is we get on record as offering yet another alternative, increasing a press for accountability.
          So assuming my idea is sensible, I think I’ll press it when given an opportunity ( which land in my lap pretty frequently:)

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      • Patricia says:

        Leslyek,
        When we were lobbying against the bathroom bill in 2011 and 2012, some would suggest the third bathroom and giving it what ever name needed. No doing. We were told it was discriminatory. The opposition said transgendered people needed to use the bathroom of their choice and that would be however they identify, regardless of how they looked. So Charlie is correct. They do not want a solution. They want what they want and it is a genderless society. I have in my files somewhere a piece from the LGBT national group written back about 2009 with the how to’s of getting this accomplished. The title is “the right to pee”.

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  16. Beckita says:

    A simple Saturday Musing connected to taking TNRS…

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    • Doug says:

      Ha! Great Beckita. I love it!

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    • jaykay says:

      Indeed. In my area, we don’t have too many squirrels (none, in fact) but we do have a lot of cats. And many of our roads are paved with the flat ones. Given I cycle a lot, I think it’s fair to say I know cats inside out… or with the insides out, more usually. Not great with 25mm tyres, skidding, all that… oh sorry, have I said something?? 😝 Apologies if you’re eating. Gives a whole new perspective on “catsup”. Ooops, sorry again. No, really…

      But seriously (and it may take guts to say this… O God, sorry again…) so many of them are killed not so much because they couldn’t make a decision but because they were blinded by the lights. And then it was too late. With us, it’s worse, because we seem to want to be blinded by the lights, and even run towards them. The end result is the same, all too tragically often.

      “Blinded by the light”. Manfred Mann Earth Band, no? Crazy lyrics, great tune though.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Hahaha! that was sillyfunny, jaykay

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      • Doug says:

        I love it Jaykay!

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      • Beckita says:

        Love it, J! Ya’ got me giggling for the evening.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Yes, but written by Springsteen

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        • jaykay says:

          Really? I never knew that, Deer, I was just familiar with the MMEB version, from around ’76 if I recall. Must look up the Brucie version.

          Actually, I might just take the opportunity to mention that the Pro-Life rally in Dublin yesterday was a great success. Thousands there, in beautiful sunshine, and great speakers including one from the US who actually survived a saline abortion. She was terrific. Unfortunately I can’t recall her name but many of you may know her: from Iowa, I think. There were so many young people too, which was really heartening. Needless to remark, the MSM reported on “hundreds of people…” Well yeah, in the sense that thousands are comprised of hundreds. But it’s only what everyone expects of their Pravda mindset anyway; they’re below contempt, why waste time even thinking of them. Well, praying for them, of course. So, God bless y’all. J.

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          • MarieUrsula says:

            The young woman who survived a saline abortion was probably Gianna Jessen.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            What a wonderful response my distant cousins (my mum is convinced that St. Columba was her great, etc. Uncle.) gave to the unborn! Hoorah

            Bruce Springsteen was on tv during some concert saying that he could not understand how deuce meaning car, as in little coupe deuce. Turned into douche. It was really funny.

            You go Jay!!!

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          • jaykay says:

            MarieUrsula, yes, I’m sure that was the name. Wonderful speaker.

            deer: my education continueth apace. Finally the meaning of “revved up like a deuce…” is revealed unto me! 😎

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          • jaykay says:

            Just checked the organisers’ website: the speaker was Melissa Ohden, in fact. Her grandmother, a nurse, was instrumental in forcing her mother into the abortion. And she had no bitterness towards her. That raised a huge cheer, which was entirely in keeping with the joyous spirit of the occasion – same with every pro-life event I’ve ever attended, whatever the weather! A lot of trusting, doing and loving is always in evidence. A strong presentiment of what will come to pass after… well, y’know ☺

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      • janet333 says:

        Ha ha. Love your sense of humour JayKay

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    • chuckle..chuckle chuckle 🙂 🙂

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    • I have been that flattened squirrel, on many occasions. Better to be a live squirrel on the wrong side of the road than a flat squirrel who pondered too long about which side was better. I am trying to make such a decision now. May I ask the N R S gang for prayers that I will have the guts to make a good enough choice promptly…before I get flattened again? Thanks, guys.

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    • YongDuk says:

      That hurts me, Beckita, that hurts…

      Like

  17. bandgmac says:

    Charlie. When the rescue happens will there be chaos? There are so many civil marriages of supposed Catholics .will they have to leave their partners to convert? I have a son in this position.Then there are those just living together.How will this unfold?l l am praying daily for you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      When the Rescue happens, all will know what God intends. If they choose to rebel even knowing with certainty of God’s intention, they will retain the free will to do that. They could also choose to live chastely as friends. But frankly, the Storm will burn most of the hubris and rebelliousness out of most people. The Rescue will be the end of a desperate struggle. I hope that people do not choose to go back to the very things that led to that struggle, for then it truly would only be a short time until the end.

      At bottom, though, that is for others to deal with. My job is to get people to endure to Rescue. How they choose to sort things out after that is not mine to deal with.

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      • Mary Ann Parks says:

        WW1 and WW11 didn’t burn the hubris out of people, so this storm is going to be a really really big deal.

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      • leslyek says:

        The largest population out there, the Baby Boomers, will finally be shaken into reexamining the anti- Mayberry(wholesome) lies they (we) bought growing up; and the present new generation they passed the lies down to will be freed up, by the Rescue. After that at least their right or wrong choices will be out of a free-er will; especially our young people who never even saw the dynamics of a sane society to imitate!

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      • Barb says:

        Thank you Charlie for such prompt replies.i will continue to pray and Adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament –praying for all here also.

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    • Mack says:

      I don’t know how things will unfold. But the Rescue is the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which she foretold at Fatima, and added, “and a period of peace will be given to the world.” That suggests that most people will indeed return to God and obey the commandments.
      Marriages can get healed; either people living without marriage can get properly married, or those Catholics in “irregular unions” (which really means they are not married) can be converted and either separate if they have to, or be lawfully admitted to the sacrament.
      God will help people sort through this if they have good will.

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  18. Vivi says:

    Beckita just what i needed to read for some courage!!!😊🙏🏼

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  19. CrewDog says:

    HAPPY SIGN 😉

    “The Reason This 5-Year-Old Girl Joins Hands With Police Officers at a Restaurant Table Just Might Make Your Whole Week”
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/03/why-this-5-year-old-girl-joins-hands-with-police-officers-at-a-restaurant-table-just-might-make-your-whole-week/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  20. mbrandon8026 says:

    Charlie et al

    First, the article reprint was beautiful, instructive, informative and faith building.

    Second, the comments, though wandering from time to time are also inspirational, even the ones about squirrels.

    I have been a table facilitator at a Life in the Spirit seminar we are having in our parish, and have noted as participants give their thoughts on various matters of faith we discuss, that there is very little: “That is what I was thinking too,” and mostly a different facet of that diamond we would call Life in the Spirit. And so it is here.

    A number of years ago, I felt the catchphrase: “S??? Happens” was a little rude and modified it to : “Manure occurs.” On the gentility scale that might only be a small move. To that I have added: “Wear a helmet and goggles.” I also reference regularly that manure and fan blades converge with increasing frequency, in which case the helmet and goggles are compulsory.

    For me, this is a metaphor of life on planet Earth in this time of rampant disobedience. The occurrence of excrement is a given. Our preparedness for it, the donning of helmet and goggles is our prayer life, fasting, and Acknowledging God in all things. Properly prepared, we can take the next right step, and be a sign of hope for others. And so we offer others goggles and helmets, which are the weapons against this dark and evil age.

    God Bless you all.

    Michael Brandon

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  21. Rick says:

    Despite some of the disagreement above, I suspect most of us would agree that the world continues to progress into new levels of previously unimaginable chaos. The situation is well beyond our control, which is why we have to continue to urgently strengthen our faith, arming ourselves for spiritual warfare as the storm gathers strength. Admittedly I have done some research into so called “conspiracies” and have found a lot of truth amidst deceptions. But other than an interest that answers some questions for me, what I now know will do little to help me through the coming crises. I do sometimes use some of the information and references to try to plant seeds and wake up some of my friends and colleagues who have little or no faith and sometimes seem beyond hopeless in their disordered beliefs. Yet as Charlie has suggested I am confident that the evil powers that be will pass away like straw houses in a hurricane, regardless of how well insulated through their silly societies they perceive themselves to be.

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  22. BD says:

    CJ. We had a visiting Priest at mass yesterday from St. Mary’s Church in Pahokee FL. He spoke of the miraculous 16th century Icon donated to the church and their Mission outreach to migrant workers as well. Very moving. Quite a coincidence I think…

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  23. Katherine says:

    I wanted to take some time and type out the following prayer which our parish has been having us recite after each Liturgy. We’re Ukrainian Catholic, (we follow the Pope). This prayer is from the Eparchy of Stamford. Every time we say it I think of the trials ahead and the age to come, and I thought that it might be a nice prayer to share with you guys.

    Prayer for the New Evangelization

    Gracious and merciful God, we pray that through the action of the Holy Spirit we all may hear the call of the New Evangelization and seek a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus Christ.

    We pray that the New Evangelization will renew our Church, inspiring all of us to “go forth and make disciples of all nations” and transform society through the power of the Gospel.

    We pray for all members of the Church, that we heed the words of Christ — “do not be afraid” — and strengthened by the Holy Spirit’s gift of courage, give witness to the Gospel and share our faith with others.

    We pray that we may become like the father of the prodigal son — filled with compassion for our missing brothers and sisters — and run to embrace them upon their return. We pray that all people yearning to know Christ and the Church may encounter Him through the faithful who witness to His love in their lives.

    Loving God, our Father, strengthen us to become witnesses of your saving grace. Grant this through the mercies and love for mankind of your only-begotten Son with whom You are blessed, together with your all-holy, good and life-giving spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen

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  24. Beckita says:

    Charlie, missed it at first, but the title of this piece is striking prayer chords rising for you. Always do but it seems more important than ever in these days. May you be saturated anew in wisdom and fortitude.

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  25. BlessedIam says:

    Thank you again for giving me the peace and courage I need to carry on…… So grateful for the support I get here.
    God Bless.

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  26. Judy says:

    I love this piece on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Thanks for posting.

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