The Turning of the Tide

(Early in March, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila led a Eucharistic Procession around the major Planned Parenthood facility in Stapleton, Colorado. Some 2,000 faithful pro-lifers marched in procession around the facility in prayer, as I wrote about then, copied below. Today, I have gotten credible word that the Stapleton facility has had mass resignations of its employees. I am going to fully vet the information tomorrow, but I want to remind you that prayer in action – expressed through Eucharistic and Marian processions, is a powerful witness in these dark times. As Jahaziel once prophetically told the Israelites when they were faced with a seemingly hopeless battle, “Fear not and be not dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Tomorrow, I will have a piece on how to trust with neither the hubris that the battle is in your hands nor the presumption that you need do nothing at all. Be not afraid! Trust in God, do the little right in front of you, giving bold witness to your reliance on the Lord God of Hosts. He will win the battle. On Wednesday, I will have a round-up post including more details on what is happening inside the Planned Parenthood facilities in Denver. Now, the piece on the great Eucharistic Procession that changed the paradigm in Denver:)

The Joshua Initiative

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By Charlie Johnston

It was prayerful, it was peaceful, it was profound.

On Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m., almost 2,000 Catholics gathered at the Planned Parenthood facility in Stapleton, Colorado. We were to be led by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila in a Eucharistic Procession that would march seven times around the facility in quiet – often silent – prayer. My prayers were for the babies, for the mothers who would walk out of the facility with a hole in their heart – a wound that does not heal except through Christ, for the deformed consciences of those who think executing infants a matter of moral indifference and a prime opportunity for commerce, and for the raging divisions that have visited and ravaged our society since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on our society in 1973.

The gathering was stunning. At the front, Archbishop Aquila carried the monstrance in which the Blessed Sacrament was displayed. Escorted by a contingent of the Knights of Columbus in full regalia; a whole array of Priests, Nuns, Seminarians and we, the Lay Faithful, followed him in silent witness to our faith and our hope in Christ.

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I was so proud to be publicly Catholic that morning. Archbishop Aquila had emphasized in his original announcement that there was to be no shouting, no arguing, no haranguing. Before the Procession began, Fr. Scott Bailey, assistant to the Archbishop, re-iterated those instructions. We were to walk together in prayer, knowing that the battle is in the Lord’s hands, and to give silent witness to His truth as we processed behind Our Lord’s True Presence, elevated in the Eucharist.

Seminarians readily worked with local police to keep traffic unimpeded – no small task with so many people. I have been to a few protests at abortion clinics where there was an abundance of shouting, haranguing and bitter recriminations. At times, the behavior of fellow pro-life activists has offended me. What a joy it was to be among nearly 2,000 people who were actively displaying the faith we proclaim. You cannot effectively proclaim the joy and peace that is in Christ while your face is contorted with rage. This gathering did not engage in the frothy waves of contention; rather it was the quiet, irresistible tide of authentic faith in action.

There was only one sour note. One man set up a position where he harangued us all at the top of his lungs, helpfully explaining to us that all Catholics are going to hell, that our Church is a “whore” and our Pope the anti-Christ. I was grateful even for this. He wore his anti-Catholic bigotry with such pride he made it clear to any who were watching that the sole soul present given to bitter hectoring was NOT Catholic. As we marched around, I was proud that not one Catholic I saw took the bait and returned his invective. I heard one man quietly invite him to a Bible study. But it also helped reveal to me that we, indeed, had some Protestants of very good will marching with us that morning. I met and spoke with several. One even took the opportunity to quietly apologize to me for the man’s ugly behavior. All but the one man knew that it was about the Lord and about the babies – and the souls in peril. (This man, too, eventually quit haranguing the marchers and instead thanked us for our witness.)

The Eucharistic Procession was designed to evoke Joshua’s march around the walls of Jericho.

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As described in the first six chapters of Joshua in the Bible, Joshua, the successor to Moses,  and his men set out to besiege the intimidatingly fortified city of Jericho. At first thinking in strictly human terms, they contemplated conventional plans of battle. But the Lord had a different plan. He commanded them to walk around the city once each day for six days. On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times, sounding the trumpets – and the Lord would deliver the city into their hands. This was not a plan that made a lot of sense to these battle-hardened warriors – and God did not explain to them the why, only the what. They obeyed, undoubtedly remembering the bad results from their days in the wilderness when they chose their own counsels over God’s often inexplicable commands. When they finished the march on the seventh day, the seemingly impregnable walls of Jericho collapsed and the city was delivered into their hands.

 

We are called to act, but to act in faith, understanding that God’s ways are not our ways – and sometimes He chooses to act in ways strange to us to demonstrate that it is by His power that good things are accomplished and restored. What is most necessary is people who will trust in Him as they act, relying on His power rather than their own strength.

For too long, many religious leaders have been timid in confronting the Culture of Death. And the Culture of Death has grown. Some who have confronted it have relied almost solely on purely political and temporal means. But the rot that threatens to overtake us is spiritual and cultural – and so we must confront it at the spiritual and cultural level.

I am proud that my Archbishop, Samuel Aquila, has boldly taken a lead on this – and that he has done it precisely on that spiritual and cultural basis. Oh, that you would have been there to see that crowd of Priests, Nuns, Knights, Seminarians, and a multitude of the Faithful and their Families! I could not help but think it a foreshadowing of the Song of Rescue…the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven joyfully rising together, that God might rule all our hearts.

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This is the rising tide that will lift all the faithful – and carry many who had lost hope to new hope in its wake. For the balance of Lent I am working on how to provide resources so that the prayerful Eucharistic and Marian Processions rise as a great tide across America and the world, joining all the faithful in grateful collaboration with our spiritual leaders, our Bishops and Priests, in the renewal of the Culture of Life.

It will be prayerful. It will be peaceful. It will be profound.

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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144 Responses to The Turning of the Tide

  1. jlynnbyrd says:

    Praise be to God!!

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  2. BD says:

    I love the sign they painted on the white van in your post. It says “The Beginning is Near”. How appropriate and insightful…Thanks for the post…

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  3. BlessedIam says:

    One step at a time….
    God Bless.

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  4. Beckita says:

    Amen, Charlie. Bring on the Eucharistic and Marian processions!

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  5. mspahni says:

    “What is most necessary is that people will trust in Him as they act, relying on His power rather than their own strength.” This reminds me, Charlie, of the Jerico we did around the public high school where I worked in the 90s. There were 5 suicides of our students that year. I was led to “trust Him as I acted…” and i asked the gals in my prayer group to come do a Jerico with me. We filled three cars and drove around the block 6 times singing praises and reading praises/psalms of our God, sprinkling Blessed salt as we drove. The seventh time around we we were led to renounce evil spirits in Jesus’ Name and asked Jesus to take them away from our students and staff and families. We then asked Him to fill our school with His blessings. We were not in our own strength, but humbly prayerfully claimed our school back for Jesus and asked Him to take over. End of suicides. Thank You, Lord Jesus. We did not know what we were doing. We knew of no one who had done this before but we were led by the Spirit. We ask now for Courage, dear Lord. We need You so!

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    • canada1nw says:

      We had many suicides in a school in our city. Eucharist adoration started in a chapel near that school as a direct action to stop the suicides. It worked, but not before a next door neighbour boy, of 14 years old, committed suicide. My 9 year old son had a vision of that boy standing third in line from the gates of Heaven. Our son said the road was a long, curvy, dirt road where he could see people waiting in line. Where the boy stood the shrubs were burnt but closer to the gates there were green bushes. The boy smiled as he look at our son, in this vision. We prayed much of this boy and had consecrated him and his family to the Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart before his death, during our morning prayers.

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  6. mary Carzoli says:

    Wow…I want to thank the Archbishop and everyone for their participation In Colorado. I hope they will go to Boulder, Colorado and do the same thing in the huge Planned Parenthood Bdlg. which stands out like a sore thumb. I will come from Atlanta if they do. We need to encourage this in all of our Catholic Archdioceses’. I love that the Eucharistic Procession was designed to evoke Joshua’s march around the walls of Jericho. I am going to forward this e:mail to my ArchBishop of Atlanta, Ga.

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  7. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  8. timothy says:

    I hope and pray that the resignations where an act of conscience and repentance. Just a recoil from darkness and a small turn or glance toward the Light is an occasion of joy and hope.

    Thank you for your work, Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      From the initial piece I have read, they were, indeed.

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      • BlessedIam says:

        Forwarded to Respect Life Office of Archdiocese of New Orleans. A new PP clinic that hopes to be one of the largest abortion providers in the country opens this Saturday. Archbishop Gregory Aymond has been very supportive of the prolife community and pray that he will pick up this beautiful suggestion.

        God Bless

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        • charliej373 says:

          Archbishop Aymond is one who I have developed great affection for. When I was on my pilgrimage, I watched carefully to see which Diocese I was in and would pray for their Archbishop especially each day. Archbishop Aymond was one of those whose Diocese I walked through.

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  9. Pidge says:

    Yesterday, Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood director who now runs “And Then There Were None” which offers support to abortion workers who want to leave the industry) said she knew of two facilities that were drained of their employees. Her email even used the phrase “the tide is turning”, oddly enough. God is doing some big things! Let’s keep up with the prayer.

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  10. radiclaudio says:

    Yay!!!

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  11. Magdalene says:

    I look forward to the rest of the story and will share with more in the pro-life community in Colorado.

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  12. Julia says:

    Doesn’t it just make you want to say with joy once again. God bless America !

    And the people of the Kingdom,
    And the people of Heaven,
    Shall rise together. Shall serve forever.
    And God shall rule.

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  13. Archbishop Pascal Wintzer (Poitiers) recently lead a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament together with about 200 priests through the town of Charroux at the endof May . The predicted thunderstorms and rain did not materialize for the duration of the procession.
    Christus Vinci

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  14. Linda says:

    Thank you Jesus through Mary for opening up our hearts! Praised be Jesus and Mary… Now and forever! 😉

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  15. EllenChris says:

    Love that verse from I Chronicles. The translation that says, “the battle is God’s,” doesn’t really do justice to the meaning with just that little apostrophe on “God'” A stronger way to put it is: The battle *belongs* to the Lord” Take a listen and watch John Michael Talbot’s version — really uplifting. Many blessings to the whole family here — fear nothing.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen and Alleluia, Ellen!

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      • Beckita says:

        And I must say Amen, again and again and again, to repentance and seeking forgiveness. I have been blindsighted recently by my very own frailties through some of my weaknesses which have been triggered in ways that surely caught me totally off guard. Self-humiliation is a great humility builder. How the Lord works ALL things for His Good when we embrace repentance and forgiveness. The battles within the self are an ongoing frontier. Perhaps one of the greatest ones is SELF-forgiveness and even that battle belongs to the Lord. Blessed be His Holy Name! Thanks, Ellen. Luxuriating in Truth thanks to your post.

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        • leslyek says:

          Your personal timetable of being visited by the Storm perhaps, Beckita!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh, I’ve had plenty of ongoing personal Storm activity for some time. I rather think it’s a reminder that the devil prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, particualrly to wound as many as possible in these days. Ellen’s video hit the nail on the head: repentance and forgiveness. The most beautiful conclusion to this episode has been hearing the Voice of Mercy Himself. He does show up in human voices. He does.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          As an osteopath the title “The Turning of the Tide” grabbed my attention. In osteopathy we have two concepts that frequently surface “The Potency of the Tide” and “The Still Point.” Without launching into a full blown lecture in Osteoapthic Medicine I thought I would just comment briefly on these phenomena and how they relate to my faith. The ‘Tide’ is potentiated by the circulation of cerebro-spinal fluid. This sets up a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body and can be part of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The Still Point is a brief period when this rhythm ceases and deep relaxation occurs. In this state the body can release stress and re-balance itself. The Still Point therefore harnesses all the Power the Body needs to be restored. Have you ever stood on the beach and watched gentle waves roll up the sand until they come to a point when they seem to stand still before rolling out again with renewed energy. By working sensitively with The Still Point wondrous results can be achieved without the use of force. Little more is required by the osteopath than locating and observing this Still Point and sitting with it. By paying this attention to it, its potency can be accessed and enhanced. All human experiences are mediated through the senses. It seems, at least in Osteopathy, that these senses are most powerful when they are still. Just so, in Christian Contemplation we are most powerful when our input is nil. We surrender and let God take over. God looks at us and we let Him —-and all change takes place. Nothing else needs to be done because we have chosen the better part. In contemplation we have already acknowledged God, we have already taken the right next step and in this we have become a sign for others.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Wow, Joe…I did not know this. Deeply significant, I think. Thank you.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful analogy, Joe! Love this: “We surrender and let God take over. God looks at us and we let Him —-and all change takes place. Nothing else needs to be done because we have chosen the better part. In contemplation we have already acknowledged God, we have already taken the right next step and in this we have become a sign for others.”

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I am pleased you found my comment interesting. The first Osteopath, Andrew Taylor Still, (with whom I share a birthday) regarded abortion as the worst crime that a human being could commit. He was not Catholic but saw abortion as a blasphemous cutting short of the life of the Spirit in an innocent child which in his mind was simply murder of the worst kind. He actually advocated hanging for those involved in this crime. (I am not saying he was correct in this conviction.) To him Spirit was everything and was the common ground and unification of the whole human race. To him Spirit made us what we are; human. Andrew was a Southern gent (who looks a bit like Colonel Sanders in some of his latter photos) who very bravely fought against slavery and suffered for his beliefs.
            “Be still and know that I am God.”

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that!! ❤

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          • JudyM says:

            Joe, love your line “…we are most powerful when our input is nil.”

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            The Blessed Mother speaks of Abortion at Garabandal :

            Among the fulfilled prophecies of Garabandal was one that only came to light with the publication of a German book [Garabandal — Der Zeigefinger Gottes.] on Garabandal in 1992. The author, Albrecht Weber, was in Garabandal on the day after Conchita’s last apparition at Garabandal on November 13,1965, and had a long conversation with the visionary. The following excerpt from his book deals with some of what the visionary told him:

            She [Conchita] spoke quite openly about the developments by which men in the near future would rebel against God. On the day after Our Lady’s last appearance at Garabandal, Conchita asked the author, “Can you imagine how somebody could kill children in the womb without thereby killing the mother?” The author spontaneously answered, “No! What gave you that idea, Conchita?”
            “Well, the Blessed Mother spoke about this and she let me know that this will happen with the overflowing of the chalice.” [In her second Message of June 18,1965, the Virgin said, “Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over.”]

            Conchita said this tremblingly without being able to visualize what it really implied.
            She said further that it disturbed her very much but that she felt ridiculous because she hadn’t understood at all how this killing could be effected. The Blessed Virgin had not explained it to her and up until that moment, nobody had been able to make her understand it at all.
            Conchita would learn soon enough when abortion became legalized, even in her native country.

            The Blessed Virgin had spoken about this unfortunate practice to the visionary, in terms that had left her stunned. Indeed, at the time, Conchita did not understand “how it was possible to kill a child in his (or hers) mother’s womb without killing the mother at the same time . . .!”
            [Excerpted from ‘Garabandal’ Book, page 203]

            “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice.”
            Glenn, Thursday at 11:52 PM
            As you can see I have copied this from Glenn at MOG. Thought readers here may find it interesting as it deals with abortion.

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          • V. nice post, Joe.

            Do you have any thoughts on Craniosacral therapy? I think it is OKed by the Church, not sure if it’s support by research. In my former massage practice, I experienced that slow, gentle wave and could pinpoint client’s problems without their verbal input. It’s a mysterious modality that I barely understand, but I was able to provide noticable healing to several people — like one severely injured woman with fibromyalgia whose body couldn’t handle any type of pressure. The before and after was incredible. I also tried treatment on a friend who unfortunately described allowing spirits to travel through him (I believe he may have been possessed outright to some extent). That session was like a bizarre, slow wrestling match the went badly for both of us. He was fighting me and it seemed he was twisting like a snake under my hands, while I kept my mind focused on Jesus and my friend’s healing. I appreciate your thoughts on this, though it is quite outside of your initial discussion.

            I also like your post below on Garabandal

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        • Oh, bless you Beckita! I could have written the first half of your post myself and the second half is welcome encouragement. The little enemy is needling us and Our Father is so good to allow us the dignity of this battle, holding our hand all the while. And allowing us to be encouraged by the humble witness of others. Soldier on! Prayers coming your way.

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          • Beckita says:

            So true, CG. Thanks so very much for the prayers. All is well. I love the segment of the video above where JMT pauses and says, “… and everybody goes through it.” Soldier on indeed!

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        • Linda says:

          Hi beckita.. I keep getting blind sighted too..caught unawares n keep messing up.. Lately when I feel something’s not right..I pray to st Michael.. you know the prayer. And to my guardian angel…I feel terrible spiritual warfare going on..I bet I say 100 a day now and then the fear subsides for a time and I feel GREAT JOY until it comes back again. I learned this from Fr. Esper on a you tube program with Johnette Benkovich… he said to do other things to fight these powers that be right now but St. Michael has been really helping and if course guarding angel..Funny though… there is hardly anyone to catch me unawares anymore.. There is so much hatred and division… just as charlie has prophesized. My only hope is knowing this will all be over soon and we will all be of one mind and one heart in Jesus and Mary. Thank you again Charlie fur helping us all understand what is happening.. I tremble to think what I might have done if I hadn’t known why this is happening.. I think Charlie has saved many of us by his yes to God.. It’s actually sort of amusing watching and waiting for the next blow…lol.. for now I just feel joy at what Our Lady will be doing soon😇🌹☝

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    • ann says:

      Yes! Thanks for sharing the video Ellen. This whole article just gives me chills (Holy Spirit chills) We were traveling this past weekend and it was chaotic and exhausting trying to see family members etc. And then the long 9 hour trip home. Made me sympathize with Charlie’s continual travels. But while on this chaotic trip, one night I had a strange dream that seems to tie in with this wonderful news from Colorado. (“last night I had the strangest dream…” for old folkies who may remember that song from the 60’s) Anyway in the dream this strange figure was hovering in the air. It looked like a blackbird but it was something else and because it wasn’t quite a bird and it wasn’t quite a person it was disturbing…and as the dream continued I could see/feel it was demonic and I started to cry out “Christ rules, Christ conquers, Christ will come again!” over and over. Kind of odd because that isn’t the famous phrase “Christus vincit…etc” but I guess it was the phrase I needed in the dream. And this “thing” whatever it was morphed into a hideous troll like face…thus revealing itself….and I kept praying that phrase and eventually woke up. Strange but seemingly appropriate as I read this wonderful update about the abortion facility. Christ indeed conquers. May God be praised.

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  16. Doug says:

    Reaffirming Charlie. Thanks!

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  17. Doug says:

    YD, if you read this, I lit a candle after Mass and asked our Blessed Mother to intercede for you. Hope everything is ok. Blessings!

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  18. Lilia Florentiae says:

    Hi Charlie, I’m very happy to learn that the march around Planned Parenthood obtained such prompt results. I thank God for such an answer and all of you for your courage and initiative.
    Charlie, I hope you were able to rest after your journey around the country and that you are in good health and spirit.
    There’s a question recurring in my thoughts these days.
    After reading the news about the two armies, that seem to gain success in the battle against Daesh (ISIS), one supported by the US and the other supported by Russia, I was wondering whether this episode already represents what you had told us in advance about USA and Russia allied and victorious against the rise of Islamic terrorism or this is merely prodromic to a real cooperation between USA and Russia and a real defeat of ISIS.
    I shall be grateful, if you can answer; but I shall be at peace also otherwise ;)!
    God bless you,
    ciao Charlie!
    Lilia

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    • charliej373 says:

      Lilia, I have been watching for over several decades seeing pieces I was shown subtly snap into place. There is something majestic about it. Just watch and wonder at what God is doing, and how He does it so the blind can convince themselves to remain blind.

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Charlie,
        I was pondering a time line this morning: 18 months until the rescue (give or take, plus or minus a few moments of time). I re-read “start here” of our blessed hope website. Contained within and declared this battle is to be that of armageddon. This morning’s read through Spirit daily of Clinton cinching the nomination, a switzerland tunnel opening ceremony (truly bizarre) and a daytime meteor shower in St Louis on june 6, 2016.
        If i didn’t know any better, i’d say somethings up 🙂
        Cheers,
        Sean
        PS ‘Go Kuro San’ translation Korean ” thank you for your hard work”

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      • richbru says:

        And let’s not forget what Putin said in April.
        Russia Warns It Will Restore Istanbul Back To Christianity.
        http://mirrorspectrum.com/spectrum/putins-last-warning-to-turkey-if-you-do-not-leave-syria-alone-ill-bring-back-christianity-to-istanbul#

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      • Lilia Florentiae says:

        Thanks for your answer.
        As a matter of fact, my feeling is of marvel and surprise.
        When God acts swiftly and unespectedly, as it seems in the case of your Joshua initiative or hopefully in Isis’ case, I feel great wonder.
        I hope I shall really be able to see the Rescue, Charlie.
        Again, have a good day.
        Lilia

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      • madkatmomma says:

        What do you mean “so the blind can convince themselves to remIn blind”? I thought this storm was about conversion…..

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        • charliej373 says:

          It is, madkat…but the Lord is NOT revoking free will. You may recall that when He walked the earth He said that some are so blind they would not believe even if one came back from the dead. That has not – and will not – change. It will be a small number, but some people are so caught up in self-will and vanity they will not repent though Jesus came and told them directly.

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        • SteveBC says:

          MadKatMomma, I felt chills when I read that line of Charlie’s. One of the trends that I have been watching is how events are helping some people wake up while at the same time strengthening others in their current opinions and attitudes. The process has taken much longer than I expected, but this year’s arguments (public and private) have taken on a more certain and definitive tone compared to last year’s. People are ever so slowly separating into two camps as their underlying leanings become more defined and clear. Moreover, the level at which people differ has been rising, from the more mundane into the more rarified and spiritual.

          I find it a fascinating and not a little unnerving process to watch, since part of the process seems to involve greater willingness on one side to engage in verbal and physical violence against those in disagreement with them. As this occurs, social bonds fray and disorder rises.

          For me, this process has increasingly brought home to me how sincere God’s respect of our free will truly is. We must choose. God will not under any circumstances choose for us, although He obviously endeavors to order events for each of us to give us the best opportunity to choose correctly that He can. It’s an interesting and fine line He walks on this.

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          • Barb421 says:

            wow, Steve, I couldn’t have said it better! Thanks for articulating what I have been noticing too!

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          • Joe says:

            Problem is, I choose wrongly about 99% of the time. (And with more frequency this year) I don’t want to choose, because i always choose selfishly. He gives me opportunities for grace, and I fail….I want him to choose for me.

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          • Joe says:

            P.S. and as Dr. Ray would say, 82.849% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Joe! One of my favorite Facebook quotes of all time began with a picture of Abraham Lincoln and then said:

            “Beware of unsourced quotations attributed to famous people on the Internet.” – Abraham Lincoln

            I literally laughed out loud.

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        • canada1nw says:

          Jesus I trust in You for my family and those for whom I pray…I believe they will receive a great grace to convert through our prayers…. Not because we are great but because we are faithful to prayer and God is GREAT and multiplies the little we give Him! Our Lady of Fatima said that more souls go to Hell BECAUSE they have no one to pray and sacrifice for them.

          These scriptures came to mind for those who CHOOSE to remain blind an who have no one to pray for them.

          Isaiah 6:10
          “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”

          The Purpose of the Parables
          Matthew 13
          10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

          “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
          and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
          15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
          and with their ears they can barely hear,
          and their eyes they have closed,
          lest they should see with their eyes
          and hear with their ears
          and understand with their heart
          and turn, and I would heal them.’

          16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

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  19. Pam says:

    Ah, now if we can only get the American Bishops to process the statue of Our Lady of America into her Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and give it a place of honor, she said that miracles would happen here, even greater than those permitted at Lourdes and Fatima. She said it would be late, but it would happen. Let’s hope and pray that it will not be too late.

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  20. CrewDog says:

    These came on my PM MILINET Posting today. Worth reading for you or your Family/Friends who insist on Voting Democrat or “Over-There” Equivalent ;-(

    “Archbishop warns of ‘bloodless’ persecution as US faces ‘severest threats’ to religious liberty”
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archbishop-warns-of-bloodless-persecution-as-us-faces-severest-threats-to-r

    “The Catholic Church on the Seven Deadly Sins of Socialism”
    https://stream.org/catholic-church-seven-deadly-sins-socialism/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      You have to be over 18 to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, marry, vote and get a tattoo. Why on earth is transgenderism an elementary school issue at all?!?! Let these children’s bodies and brains develop into adulthood as God, their Creator, intended before this illness can be acted upon.

      These confused children need professional care not parental and bureaucratic enablers and our US society needs a constitutional government who serves and protects *We The People” especially the most vulnerable.

      Note – ***ICD – 10 Codes are used in Health Care for diagnoses – The below F64.X codes are considered MENTAL ILLINESSES and the descriptions are graphic.

      Psychology of Gender Identity Disorder & Transgenderism

      The ICD is an international version of the DSM. According to the HBSOC: The purpose of the DSM-IV and ICD-10 is to organize and guide treatment and research. These nomenclatures were created at different times and driven by different professional groups through a consensus process. There is an expectation that the differences between the systems will be eliminated by the year 2000. At this point, the specific diagnoses are based to a larger extent on clinical reasoning than on scientific investigation. It has not been sufficiently studied, for instance, whether sexual attraction patterns predict whether or not a patient will be a mentally healthier person in five years with or without the triadic sequence. The ICD-10 now provides five diagnoses for the gender identity disorders.

      Transsexualism (F64.0) has three criteria:

      1.The desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by the wish to make his or her body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery and hormone treatment
      2.The transsexual identity has been present persistently for at least two years
      3.The disorder is not a symptom of another mental disorder or a chromosomal abnormality

      Dual-role Transvestism (F64.1) has three criteria:

      1.The individual wears clothes of the opposite sex in order to experience temporary membership in the opposite sex
      2.There is no sexual motivation for the cross-dressing
      3.The individual has no desire for a permanent change to the opposite sex

      Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (64.2) has separate criteria for girls and for boys.

      •For girls:
      1.The individual shows persistent and intense distress about being a girl, and has a stated desire to be a boy (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages to being a boy) or insists that she is a boy.
      2.Either of the following must be present:
      1.persistent marked aversion to normative feminine clothing and insistence on wearing stereotypical masculine clothing
      2.persistent repudiation of female anatomical structures, as evidenced by at least one of the following:
      1.an assertion that she has, or will grow, a penis
      2.rejection of urination in a sitting position
      3.assertion that she does not want to grow breasts or menstruate
      3.3. The girl has not yet reached puberty
      4.4. The disorder must have been present for at least 6 months

      •For boys:
      1.1. The individual shows persistent and intense distress about being a boy, and has a desire to be a girl, or, more rarely, insists that he is a girl
      2.2. Either of the following must be present:
      1. preoccupation with stereotypic female activities, as shown by a preference for either cross-dressing or simulating female attire, or by an intense desire to participate in the games and pastimes of girls and rejection of stereotypical male toys, games, and activities
      2. persistent repudiation of male anatomical structures, as evidenced by at least one of the following repeated assertions:
      1. that he will grow up to become a woman (not merely in the role)
      2. that his penis or testes are disgusting or will disappear
      3. that it would be better not to have a penis or testes
      3.3. The boy has not yet reached puberty
      4.4. The disorder must have been present for at least 6 months

      Other Gender Identity Disorders (F64.8) has no specific criteria

      Gender Identity Disorder, Unspecified has no specific criteria.

      Either of the previous two diagnoses could be used for those with an intersexed condition.

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      • BD says:

        jlynnbyrd. You summed it up with your first sentence, everything else needs to wait till your 18 years old. Great observation.

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      • Doug says:

        They are trying to change the law in NH to make it illegal for professionals to councel under age folks with any of these disorders. Thus, normal is being redefined. Good will become evil and evil will become good. Like Crewdog says: God save all here!

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      • Beckita says:

        Lord have mercy.

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      • Yes, J. How grossly irresponsible and damaging it is to tell individuals with obvious and well defined mental disorders that they are OK. Instead, their sickness — and that’s exactly what it is — is encouraged by many healthcare professionals. It has today become the responsibility of our society to embrace this aberrant behavior.

        And to those Christian practitioners who have the courage to say, “These people need treatment” and attempt to help them…beware – states like California have made laws to stop you.

        Weird, isn’t all this nonsense? A person who is terrified of clowns or jet travel, or who binge eats then purges, or who hears many interior voices, or who hoards newspapers in their home, or who suffers from incapacitating sadness or anxiety are correctly described as having psychological disorders. These persons can be effectively treated.

        But if a man believes that he’s got the wrong body and wants to undergo radical cosmetic surgery to remove his reproductive organs and desires to act like a woman, he’s labeled normal and is encouraged to “explore” his disorder further. Truth be known, most people who suffer from gender identity disorders typically suffer from numerous other psychoses. Depression and suicide are rampant in the trans-gender community.

        Saint Dymphna, pray for us.

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        • Doug says:

          I know a gay person (friend) who came to Christianity and is now straight largely due to his conversion. He is married with kids. I have heard via multiple sources that 90 plus percent of this life style was the result of some form of childhood sexual abuse and/or from an absent (either physically or emotionally) or over bearing father. My friend confirms this in his particular instance. I wonder now that transgenderism is defined as normal, we will not be allowed to find root cause of the issue from a psychological standpoint and I also wonder if the same causes for gay lifestyle are similar to or apply to the transgender life style.

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          • I equate the two, homosexuality and transgenderism — they carry many similarities. But this non-heterosexual realm is a spectrum with gradations, unique to each individual (Of course).

            Hats off to your friend. Nothing infuriates liberals more than when homosexuals get their lives “straightened out” through treatment with a Christian approach. They are aggressively opposed to it. Yet evidence supports this type of treatment to be quite effective if the person is receptive to it.

            Three of my very best friends in the military happened to be homosexual – and I was serving right when “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was implemented. One friend was a “butch” male that I used to periodically give rides to a gay bar in Germany (I met more women at that place!…). Another was a Tomboy female who was more comfortable in men’s clothing and experimentally showed interest in other females (but I believe she was hetero) — went to a Lesbian bar with her on a few occasions and almost got into a fight over pool with a “lady”. And one friend was a cross dresser who went to great and daring lengths to try out that lifestyle — on base!! Haven’t seen them in years and I do miss them.

            Ah…God loves them all. I don’t know what to say about homosexuality: some choose the lifestyle, while others seem hardwired for same-sex attraction. I love Fr Corapi’s comment to a gay man: “You and I have a lot in common.” The man asked what he could possibly have in common with a priest. Corapi’s reply: “You and I are both called to a life of celibacy.”

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        • Recent case in point: According to family and friends, Richard’s behavior has been troubling and isolationist these past several years. During a time where he seems to be losing his mind, he has apparently decided to “transition”. Does Richard realize that he will never be a woman and that his problems will only get worse? Now he and Bruce Jenner make magazine covers in a way that objectifies women, ironically. They used to be heroes…but now they’re just mutilated, old men. They get our pity, not praise.

          http://i2.wp.com/radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/richard-simmons-woman-sex-change-national-enquirer.jpg?zoom=2&resize=526%2C295

          What bothers me about this most? That kids from a very early age are exposed to it every day. Alas! Soon, this stuff will be put back into the closet! (There, I said it!)

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    • Doug says:

      Crewdog, this is good stuff. Thanks.

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  21. Joj says:

    Can’t wait for the whole story! My teens participated in this march (l was too sick). They will be so psyched to hear this! We know our prayers are always heard, but it sure helps when we can see the effects. Praised be Jesus Christ both now and forever!

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  22. Joseph Antell says:

    Hi Charlie . You have certainly been traveling and spreading the word since I saw you up here in Maine . Things are changing for sure .I want to draw you atteentio to arecient post I found very distrubing and I sure you will as well: raygano.com/trans-it-makes-sense-now -the -road-to-dihimmitude on aweb site call PHROP

    On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 9:18 PM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > charliej373 posted: “(Early in March, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila led > a Eucharistic Procession around the major Planned Parenthood facility in > Stapleton, Colorado. Some 2,000 faithful pro-lifers marched in procession > around the facility in prayer, as I wrote about then, c” >

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  23. Rapsynrev says:

    Has anyone attempted one of these “Jericho” marches around the White House? I wonder if that might have a similar effect…

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  24. CrewDog says:

    Perhaps some of our liberal Democrat Party voting friends here can explain to us why all the Big Shot Democrats have thrown Christians … and in the past decade, Jews …. “Under de Bus” ..Eh!! … C’mon we know you’re out-there!

    “Hoyer On Helping Christians Escape Genocide in Syria: “I Don’t Think The Criteria Ought to be on Religion”
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/hoyer-helping-christians-escape-genocide-syria-i-dont-think-criteria-ought

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Alfred says:

      So Pope Francis was wrong to rescue those 12 Muslims? Jesus should not have told about the good Samaritan who did not ask what the religion of the injured man was? We should be rescuing all who are being persecuted.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, Alfred, I think you are making a caricature of CrewDog’s argument here. A government DOES have a responsibility to differentiate between the persecuted and the persecutors – and if it does not out of misguided “charity,” it ends up with blood on its hands when the persecutors sneak in because of its irresponsibility and murder innocents that that government was charged with defending.

        I am glad we get a variety of worldviews and opinions here…and most of yours are worthy contributions. But please stay away from “bumper sticker” discourse.

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        • Alfred says:

          What did I say that disagrees with anything you are saying here? I fully agree a government has the responsibility of which you speak. Certainly set up a straw man is not anyone’s purpose right?

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  25. wpsahm says:

    Charlie et al, and specifically the NRSteppers with prepping questions….Mark Mallett just put up a piece that makes a very cogent argument against prepping that resonated deeply with me. He did not come out and say “don’t prep” but after reading the piece, it was plain as day to me that I’ve bought my last can of tuna ‘just in case’. I feel completely free of any concerns about ‘what will we eat? what will we drink?’ when the systems go down. In fact, I’m quite confident my puny little cache of canned goods could feed multitudes in the days to come:)

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    • Doug says:

      I think being prepared spiritually is by far most important, but it’s ok to physically prep with the right perspective. Don’t be rash or crazy. When shopping, maybe buy a little extra. There could always be some sort of emergency situation or situation where a family is in trouble and you have some extra to give. I think nature teaches us it’s ok to gather. The squirrels save nuts for the harsh winter when they can’t gather. We are still human and God gave us talents to use our humanness with prudence. We all like to save for retirement or save for a house or to buy a special item or save for a gift for someone. We all still live in a physical economy. I think some form of prepping fits the same gategory. Blessings!

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    • Noah603 says:

      I have a different perspective.

      If we feel that God has asked us to prepare materially as best we can in order to help as many as we can in the coming days, I think we’d better do just that, with generosity, creativity, and vigor. Before reading Charlie’s blog, my “preps” were, in my mind, intended for my family. I saw myself as being a good and responsible Dad and Husband. I hope I still am but after reading Charlie for a while, I now have a different attitude as I stock up. As I put away another box of Reese’s Puffs, I say, “Lord, I hope this brings joy to SOME child who is sick of eating oatmeal and rice.” I love my family, of course, but I’m prepping for my Big Family now.

      I do like what Mark Mallett said when asked, “How much should I store up?” His answer, “Just give Jesus enough to multiply!”

      Ayup, as we say here in New Hampshah….

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      • Doug says:

        Well Noah, this may sound corny, but I followed Quiets lead (wonder how she is doing) and bought two cartons of cigarettes for the storm. I don’t smoke, but imagine if things are scarce (God knows), then I can offer someone a good smoke. I also bought two bottles of Jack Daniel’s whisky (I don’t drink whiskey either) in hopes that I can share a little spirits with someone who is feeling pretty down when things look bleak. These are just a couple of humanly ways I hope to help a few folks. Blessings!

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        • janet333 says:

          Aw God Bless you Doug. 🙂

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        • Noah603 says:

          Yes, Quiet’s story really struck me, too. I’ve urged my better half to buy cigs for the same reason but we have a teenager whom we’re trying to get to stop smoking so that’s probably counterproductive.

          Talking to her about buying a stack of paperback New Testaments, cheap, for neighbors who may be shell-shocked and who have never actually read any of it.

          I’m thinking about the whiskey. I’m all stocked up on IPAs. For the guests. No, really.

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    • ann says:

      This is for Janet 333(couldn’t find reply button) You might want to read Pat Buchanan’s article about Brexit. He presented an analogy. How would Americans feel if they were tied to South and Central America with open borders and the center of authority was in Panama? That really focused the issue for me. I know there are economic reasons to stay but I think I’m leaning toward “go.”(not that my opinion means a thing to the UK 😉 We had some friends here from the UK a few weeks ago, visiting US and the husband is for getting out, the wife is for staying. Both were impassioned and very reasoned in their arguments. I sympathize with your quandary. My sense is, get away while you can.

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  26. Lil Wild Rose says:

    What wonderful news!
    My family and I were privileged to attend this march. As we prepared for the march, my dear husband explained the meaning and story of Jericho and the seven times around. My beautiful children were ready with horns to blow, but then opted for the less fun sacrifice of obiedience to the Archbishop and Marched (mostly) silently. We prayed and when they got really bored picked up trash as a prayer of service. At one point my 6 year old little princess began asking, “So when are the walls going to fall down?”, “How is that going to happen?” And we had a lovely discussion of all the different ways the “walls could fall down” including a the change of hearts for the staff!!!!!! And the doctors, change of heart for the mothers, and even a tornado. We both agreed that a big tornado would be the most enjoyable to watch,……but God’s way with the conversion of hearts IS WAY BETTER!

    We’ll blow our horns now for God’s Victory!
    Praise be God, now and forever!

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  27. DoItYourself says:

    Totally unrelated but I can’t resist. This is too funny!

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  28. Mary Ann says:

    God Bless all here

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  29. Bob says:

    with the increasing insanity in our country with the sexual confusion, transgender stuff etc.
    https://abyssum.org/2016/06/04/insanity-spreads-across-the-nation-with-boston-leading-the-way-the-silence-of-the-church-in-boston-is-deafening/
    I was remembering that Mel Gibson had his artistic rendering of the satan as being an androgynous, non sexual being. Makes me think that God deeply values His creation of us as male and female and that is why the satan is working so hard to create such confusion!

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