Times of Fulfillment

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By Charlie Johnston

Over the weekend, we suffered the worst Islamist attack on American soil since 9-11 when a Jihadist shot up a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tally was 49 dead and 53 wounded when I sat down to write this. All too predictably, the left exploded in rage against the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and demanded stricter gun control laws. They neglect to mention that the Paris attacks brought over twice as many casualties – in a country that has more stringent gun control laws than even the most unhinged leftist state in America. The president helpfully explained at the end of his remarks that we all need to look within ourselves and be more tolerant of gays. Some of the left trotted out their usual canard warning against “religious extremism” while worrying that this may cause a backlash against the “religion of peace.” Next to no one suggested any serious measures to protect Americans from being hunted and murdered by Jihadists. Hey guys…here’s a tip: when someone shouts ‘Hallelujah’ in a public place, people look around to see what’s up; when someone shouts ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ people duck.

In almost all recent Jihadist attacks on American soil, there were substantial indicators screaming “danger, danger” well before the attack. In this case, the Jihadist had been interviewed by the FBI three times for his ties to terrorist organizations. His co-workers had warned superiors multiple times of his unhinged anger, radical Islamism, and stated desires to kill people. But no one in authority did anything, undoubtedly for fear of being labeled an Islamophobe. Homeland Security uses the motto, “If you see something, say something.” If truth in advertising laws applied to their approach to threats, the slogan would be, “If you see something, keep your stupid mouth shut, you ignorant bigot.”

Yesterday was the 99th anniversary of the second Marian apparition at Fatima. Our Lady warned  that if Russia were not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, the errors of that benighted nation would spread throughout the world. And so they have. Not until 1984 was the world formally consecrated – and it was after the errors had already been spread far and wide. Yes, I know of all who complain that the ’84 consecration was not as Our Lady said it should be. I weary of the argument. It is like  listening to a petulant child who thinks, after the horses have gotten out, that if we just shut the barn-doors now, like Mom told us to do in the first place, the horses will magically reappear. Had we obeyed initially, we would not have gotten into such a dire situation. But having failed, the facts on the ground changed – and so, too, did the Church’s response. We must deal with both the consequences of our failure and adjust our approach.

Now we are in the penultimate days of fulfillment of the warnings of Our Lady of Fatima. We have a worldwide crisis of authority – and chaos is upon us. These last few years the legitimacy of public authority in the U.S. has collapsed. That was an historically common failing of democracies before the founding of the U.S. They always degenerate into a sort mobocracy and chaos, with leaders enabling the worst, most unstable elements of society while rigorously coercing the best in a desperate effort to retain some semblance of control. Soon enough, the collapse of public confidence in the legitimacy of authority leads to public unrest and violence. Usually, people end up turning to a strongman they never would have in healthy times, a dictator to restore order. And in short order, democracy is gone…just a memory.

The American founders were deeply, painfully aware of this. They wanted to establish the freedom inherent to democracy. But knowing how volatile and unstable democracies are, they installed some critical elements of aristocratic stability to prevent the degeneration into mob rule. Among these stabilizing elements were the division of powers, the selection of some officials directly by the people – and others by appointment of elected officials or by the states, themselves; the severe limitation of governmental power – leaving most activities to be performed by voluntary associations, the rigorous denial of centralization and, above all, the absolute accountability of all public officials to the public. We have spent the last century gleefully dismantling all the stabilizing elements the founders embedded in our democratic republic, proclaiming in our ignorance that we were making it even better – too stupid and uninformed to know we were actually making it like all the historical democracies that preceded us, and collapsed under the passions of the mob within 10 to 20 years. And so, having made ourselves in the image of all those that failed before us, we share their fate. Add to this the particularly toxic rejection of God and all religion that began with the French Revolution, then was perfected by the Russian Revolution, and we have a particularly deadly brew. Even as Russia went into recovery from many of its errors, the fever borne of them took hold  in the rest of the west and are now a raging conflagration.

As regular readers know, Donald Trump is not my cup of tea. Even so, if I thought there was going to be an election or that it would matter if we get that far, I would probably vote for him. Maybe not so much for him as against the mob: the brutes who violently disrupt his events with riots and the mob in the press and in public office who eagerly cheer the rioters on.

If I am angry at the “progressive” left who serially and unrelentingly assault our faith, our families and our freedom, I hold the establishment right in utter contempt. They speak disdainfully as if only rubes could possibly support Trump. At least they are consistent: in both 2010 and 2014 they boldly promised to defend Americans against the assaults against faith, family and freedom coming from the left. When the public rewarded them with their trust, the establishment acted as if only rubes would have taken those promises seriously. Whatever happens, they blame it all on those they hold to be rubes.

Here’s a few questions for those of you in the establishment who want to know, “Why Trump?” Before you dismiss it as the enthusiasm of rubes, answer this: Who from the IRS has been held to account for targeting people because of their beliefs? Who from the BATF has been held to account for the people murdered by guns that were distributed by that agency in a failed ‘sting’ operation. Who from the State Department has been held to account for getting Americans murdered in Benghazi? Who has protected Americans from being fined, jailed or bankrupted for living their faith? Who is actively defending Amercans against the assaults of Jihadists? For crying out loud, you couldn’t (or wouldn’t) even protect your own daughters from being forced to share their washrooms and showers with grown men. When one of your number actually tried to rein in a runaway president with the power of the purse – as the founders intended – you ferociously turned on him for not going along with your surrender caucus. You promised to protect Americans from the wolves. Yet when given the job, you never let the presence of wolves distract you from your vital cocktail parties. When wolves abound and attack, people will defend themselves. If those they sent to defend them abdicate their duty while partying all night long, the people will seek out other ways to defend themselves. Woe to those who betrayed their trust.

One of the most shameful episodes in French history was the period of the Nazi occupation of France. The Nazis did not have to work too hard, because many officials chose to collaborate with them in the oppression of their own people in exchange for continuing to hold office and privilege. This was called the Vichy Regime – official French collaborators with the occupying Nazis. They thought they were clever and shrewd. After the war, those Vichy officials who escaped execution (either formally or by vigilantes from the resistance) lived the rest of their lives in disgrace. I used to be a Republican, politically. That, of course, was before the rise of the Vichy Republicans.

Yes, Donald Trump sounds like the mouthy guy you meet at the Amvets Hall over a beer. There is no coherence or cohesion to his philosophical foundation…and tomorrow he may well blithely be venting against something he was venting in favor of today. We have lowered our expectations. Having been betrayed repeatedly by those who promised to defend us, it is reasonable to put some hope in a guy who, whatever his faults, does not seem likely to worry about what the New York Times says about him – or cowers at the thought he might not be invited to the best cocktail parties on Capitol Hill. After the last decade, people have come to the perfectly reasonable conclusion that that is as good as it gets in these times.

With the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman famously wished the United States could be “China for a day,” so that Obama could use dictatorial power to enforce his policy choices on all Americans. The never-ending stream of Hollywood sycophants have occasionally gushed about how they wish Obama could be dictator, most famously Gwyneth Paltrow.

Sadly, we will almost certainly get a dictator for a time, as the left has earnestly yearned for. That is not prophecy, just history. Whenever a democracy has taken the path we are on – oppressing the lawful, enabling the mob and destroying the very legitimacy of democratic authority, that is what happens. Every time. But God will intervene this time. That IS prophecy. The dictator we finally and briefly get will first occupy himself with the practical matter of clearing away the tangled brush of senseless rules and regulations untethered to any sense of justice we have allowed to grow around us. Then he will work to re-establish a foundation based on faith, family and freedom that he may return to us the reins of a healthy society, healed and renewed. Most of this will happen during the height of the Storm – in preparation for the Rescue. I will write this weekend about what a few of the practical contours of this will look like.

In the last week I have helped deal with a multitude of crises – not my own – but of people I care about. From the largest to the smallest, it is fearful and traumatic for those engulfed in them. This is a continuation of what has been accelerating for the last few years. The very best people are now often under sustained assault. I sometimes weary of saying these things must come, so I know you must weary of hearing it. It is why I have emphasized endurance as a primary virtue in these times. Things are not what they seem. We have been delivered up to judgment. God calls many to keep faith in simple things, to endure, and to give hope to all His people. So now we are tested by fire, that He may winnow out those who will collapse under pressure and those who, facing adversity, will join the Vichy forces.

What you are seeing is the fulfillment of the warnings of Fatima, warnings that have been echoed in many other approved Marian apparitions this last century. I am sent to tell you that this is not for our destruction, but for our reclamation and renewal. In the end, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. We will be given one more chance. Oh, how I pray that we will take our Rescue to heart and live faith well for a thousand more years! When we once again enter into mass apostasy after this Rescue, it will be the beginning of the end. God will clean up our messes for us no longer after that. May we get it right and teach our children well of what we did, how we squandered their birthright, that they may understand the consequences of turning away from God.

For now, these things must come – and you must choose whether you will be counted among the resistance or with the Vichy.

 

 

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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681 Responses to Times of Fulfillment

  1. john paver says:

    Hi Charlie, I love your blog, I have been following you a long time. You have had a big impact on my life. I even went to confession for the first time in 40 years!

    I saw one of your videos in which you said Obama would not finish his term. From reading your current post, it sounds like things have changed. Now we will have a dictator? I’m confused. Is Donald Trump that dictator? You mentioned if you said too much, revealed too much of what you have seen, then things can change for the worst.

    I was also confused after reading a post last week in which you said that “prepping” is not what we should be doing. I was a bit confused with those statements as you also have previously talked about surviving FEMA camps. And how to survive on the run, as well as stating one should have a defensible place to stay. Defensible in terms of combat??

    I guess I am getting conflicting direction (at least in my mind) from you and I hope you can clarify.

    I am not trying to criticize, I am just trying to get some clarity on what you are seeing. I understand we need to be taking the Next Right Step, and acknowledging Christ. But I also understand common sense, and it is always better to be prepared to help, than be helpless.

    Thank you and God bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      With respect, John, I encourage to read more to get a full context. How is there any conflict between saying that Obama will not finish his term and that we will have some time under a dictator? There is no conflict in those separate statements at all. I did not tell people to do no prep. I have always said people who make some prudent preparations as they are called to are fine. I said not to depend on your own efforts or think you can outwit God. I said in the very article you reference that if you were actually capable of having as if having not and having not as if having, you could do just about anything…but most people get addicted to acquisitiveness and relying on themselves. If you seek a guru who will give you specific direction for you, I am not your guy. If you are looking for someone who can give you some counsel on what things you need to consider whatever your specific situation is, my work can be helpful.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Pray to St Jospeh for an advice.

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        • Marie says:

          In my humble opinion,Trump is capable of being a benevolent dictator. After having gone through the same pruning as the rest of us, he may just be especially benevolent. Thoughts?

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          • charliej373 says:

            He comes through the political process. So that would be contrary to what I was told in mid-summer of 2008.

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          • Doug says:

            Honestly don’t know.

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          • From what I gleaned, Charlie is saying that the dictator is Obama —-as he is wont to issue executive orders right and left in gross disregard of the inutile congress, yes, with a lower case c.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am NOT saying that. Certainly Obama has been an authoritarian and near tyrant. But when I say we will get a benign dictator for a time who will set things to right, rebuild our country internally, and does not come from the political system, how could you possibly think that is Obama? You are wonderful, Joy, but I don’t see your reasoning here at all.

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          • Oppps, my bad, Charlie. I didn’t know about *that* benign dictator. First time I heard of it. You see I am not really into specifics —what drew me to your site was the “God calls every man to salvation”, and the “Acknowledge God, do the right thing, and be a sign of hope to others.” I should be more circumspect when commenting. I apologize.

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          • Carolyn says:

            I am thinking that here in the US, we can have almost the same result as if we had a dictator if we have a president, a supreme court and a congress of the same party.

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  2. Linda says:

    Thank you Charlie.my heart was beating a 100 miles per hour reading this…God bless you😇

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  3. Mary Gibson says:

    Boy, I tell you I needed this post! Does anyone else have family members who parrot the Left for every crisis, especially on social media? It’s driving me batty! What Charlie said in the comment above is so spot on! “The Left’s love for the Jihadist and for sexual disorder is colliding…”

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  4. Joan says:

    What a great post! We took our youth group from St. Catherine’s Church in Sebring, Florida, yesterday on a pilgrimage to the Holy doors of the Basilica of Mary Queen of the Universe . How fitting that it is situated in Orlando. Many of our teens did the whole deal for the plenary indulgence which was part of the package the Basilica offered. And then, to the profoundly affected catechists they offered them to the souls of the victims of the massacre. I don’t pretend to know the will of God but I do know that no prayer is ever wasted. And I had the overwhelming feeling of humility in the face of the generosity of these , our next generation of saints. There is hope for all and I have seen it on the faces of these kids.
    I am so blessed to be able to stand with them during the storm. God has pointed His finger at them and they gave their fiat. We still have blessings in abundance. ( And to think I nearly retired when I came to Florida 2 years ago! Look what I would have missed.)
    It’s all about the hope, isn’t it? God bless you, Charlie and all here!
    Joan

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  5. johnmcfarm says:

    Once again, your words are so right on the mark and inspirational. But, I still see you do not get Trump. Trump is a brilliant strategist and tactician. Each sentence he speaks he is appealing to a specific group in mind. He does have a core belief system, but he is working to get elected. He understands the media and how to use them to his advantage which he has done better than any other politician in history. Those who are still wrapped around “traditional” political strategy are lost at figuring him out…so you are not alone.

    A couple of members of our local school board recently complained that some Christian students were meeting at lunch and study hall to discuss Jesus Christ. They felt this kind of behavior was illegal and literally a “threat” to other students well being.

    I attended the next meeting to speak, I was disappointed that not one minister or priest showed up to defend these Christian youth. I spoke about their right to discuss religion and warned the attorney that it would indeed be an illegal act to try to stop them. I spoke for some time and mentioned how the society was in decline and that it was important to keep the sickness away from our children. I received enthusiastic applause from everyone in the audience and most of the board…except the two members who had brought up the issue. My point is, yes we are in decline but we can make a difference by standing with God as you have advised…without shame or fear. I believe many, if not most while being silent will rise to the occasion when necessary to support God.

    I intend next to send a letter to the area ministry organization which includes all the ministers and priests reminding them of their responsibility as shepherds to protect the flock, which is all people in the community, from the wolves. It is not all about being “civil” or politically correct. It is about standing up to the face of the evil that is upon us and daring to be the rallying points for Christians in our community to find solace and strength. I am inspired by you Charlie and intend to be fully active in the pursuit of protecting the faith, the faithful and bringing people to Christ. Thank you for what you do!

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  6. Rick says:

    Since we are talking about the “election,” for those interested here is a piece from 2012 by James Corbett on the Clintons. My daughter brought him to my attention a few months ago, and I’ve come to respect his integrity, depth of research, and balanced approach in his analysis of world events. He is (clearly) a Canadian who now lives in Japan. Not that this knowledge will matter one iota when it comes to weathering coming chastisements and trusting in God to take the next right step, but here is yet another eye-opening example of the potential depth of pathology of our leaders regardless of party, showing how far we’ve fallen. I think I’m making up for not paying enough attention in history and government classes, as a new hobby of mine is seeking out historical accuracy by looking for consistency among a number of unrelated sources. Charlie, feel free to not post this and simply keep it for your files if you feel this too conspiratorial and outside the scope of this discussion and your mission. Thanks again for your wisdom and guidance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I did edit out the link, Rick. It is an hour long and I do not have time to vet it. But people can google it if they want. As you know, I don’t care much for conspiracy stuff…think it is largely a distraction. But good solid edited fact is something I much value. I just don’t have time to check this.

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      • Rick says:

        Thanks. Only right after I commented did it occur to me that you would prefer to watch the entire link before posting it. Sorry for the length.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Nah, it happens, Rick. If a read and watched everything I am sent, I would not finish until I was about 150 (provided, of course, that no one sent me anything new from this point on). With trusted commenters like you, I usually put them up as is or with just a scan…but a lengthy one like that I can’t scan…and so it goes.

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  7. Donette says:

    Charlie, in your reply…”Jeff, that Obama will not finish his full term is not something that is a hunch. I was told before he even won the nomination that this was how it would be. I must interpret much…such as how it would come to pass. But that it will is not speculation on my part…and what I am told baldly does not change.”

    Is there a difference between Obama not finishing his term and your response “not finishing his full term”? No need for you to interpret, Charlie. Don’t want or need that. “Full term” suggests to me that we may still hear his evil attitudes even through December. Ugh! If we have to deal with just “he will not finish his term”, the question that would arise would be, “Are we there yet?” I need to get out my Jack Daniel bottle and celebrate.

    Shucks! You might consider that as a form of getting prepared and you would rather we not stay a jump ahead of the Lord.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Do not over-parse these things, Donette. I have been rebuked for doing that, myself. He will not finish his term. Saying he will not finish his full term is a distinction without a difference.

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  8. Marie says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I have been listening to your message for about 6 months now. At first I found your talks and writings very consoling. They affirmed a few little things I believe the Lord spoke to me in prayer over the last 13 years. Today, my spirit cannot find rest. Maybe because I know everything could change with the snap of a finger. I use to look forward to “things getting better soon.” Soon is now sooner than soon, isn’t it? How much time do you think we have to get ready? Until August or September?
    I really want to fill my house with bottled water, toilet paper and all the food the kids need and enjoy. I want to be secure in those things that make life comfortable so when it all happens, we can just watch it all unfold on TV without any personal worry. Tonight, I dread the following tomorrows in a way I haven’t since the eve of 9/12. I pray fervently. I need the grace to attain the virtue of fasting. I am afraid I will let my kids down if we don’t have all we need physically to weather the storm. I worry about things like my middle school age sons not having shoes when they outgrow their current pair. Pray for me. Maybe, when you see your angle again, ask him to pray for me, too. 🙂
    May God bless you,

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are not sufficient to yourself, Marie. That is scary if we have always relied on our own cleverness. But when our preparations fail and we discover that God is reliable if we trust in Him, we find great peace. Things have gotten too serious for me to sugarcoat. If you trust in your preparations to keep you safe, you make yourself a target. I tell you this so that when all you have stored is gone, you turn – even if just tentatively – to call on God. Reasonable preparations, as if for an extended trip…fine if you don’t count on it. But from what you have written, you are, indeed, trying to outwit God. When you see you can’t, call on Him anyway. You will see you really can count on Him. Praying for you and your dear family.

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      • Marie says:

        Thank you so much for your reply, dear Charlie. Your wisdom is so helpful. I have depended on Divine Providence before and I know the freedom and joy it brings. The worries of the world have certainly gotten a hold of my heart, regrettably. I will pray to be set free. You are a blessing. Thank you for your prayers, I will remember you and those you love in mine, too.

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    • Beckita says:

      Marie, perhaps this Surrender Novena can assist you in gaining equilibrium rooted in trusting God: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena God bless you.

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      • Marie says:

        Thank you so much, Beckita for the Surrender Novena. I will be praying it! God will provide!

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen, Marie. Indeed He will provide and He expects our faithfulness in prayer so you remain in mine. So many here pray daily for all of us without writing about it. We are blessed! Sending Our Lady to deliver a hug for you across the shining sea!

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      • Carmelite says:

        Dear ones, that surrender novena is one of the best links ever posted on this site! I have shared it with many friends and I rely on it constantly!
        God’s blessings to all

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        • Mick says:

          Howdy, Carmelite! Are you coming to MI sometime this summer? If so, it’d be great to see you if you have the time. 🙂

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          • Carmelite says:

            Hello, Mick! Gosh, we get up there, figure on getting together with you and God rearranges our plans 🙂 Would be so good to see you and chat!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Carmelite, I love this novena with my whole heart and soul! Every time I’m in pain or miserable, all I have to do is think about it, and about how loving Jesus is, and I’m immediately filled with comfort and joy! no matter what is going on! Jesus is so kind.

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          • Carmelite says:

            Snowy, He truly is kindness and love! I cannot even count the many times I have turned over something either minor or not so minor, and if I truly surrender, He takes care of it. We truly need not fear anything.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Carmelite. I look at my chipmunks (getting fatter now) that Lambzie and I have been feeding bird seed on our porch. They eagerly take the seed and are cautious around us. It hurts that they are so afraid of us. Hey little guys, you don’t have to be afraid. We are not going to hurt you. I am reading St. Catherine of Siena’s Dialogue and recently read one thing that struck me. It really hurts Jesus is when we are continually afraid of him. Come to me my children. You do not have to be afraid. I desire to give you grace and mercy. I love you. Does anyone feel like the little chipmunk?

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Stop. 🚫 breathe. Listen. God loves you. He loves your children. You and your wee ones were made for this time. You have boys who would look at camping out and finding out how to make sandles from old tires would be an adventure. You must remain calm. Look into woods craft. There will probably be an interuption in electrical services and or the power grid. Get a few solar/hand crank power chargers. Think of things that your boys can learn ranger rick or boy scouts or that article that Charlie had the other day. Your cocus is on you. You are being you centered and not Christ centered. I don’t mean that in a bad way you are scared, that means you have a brain. Do your kids know the Angel of God prayer. Are they wearing sacrementals? Listen to what God wants you to do. You will make it, trust, Jesus, I believe, help my unbelief

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      • Marie says:

        Thank you deereverywhere. Yes, my kids do make use of sacramentals and they know their power. We have devotion to our angels and the Saint Michael prayer is said more than once a day. My older son does explore “survival” skills as a hobby anyway. You are right, they may find the challenges ahead the best time of their lives. I will read the article later. I worry about letting my family down, but I must remember they belong to God and He will not abandon them. I am looking forward to the amazing ways He will care for all of us. Thank you so much for your reply. The discussion has brought me much peace and confidence.I have a lot of reflecting to do. I need to put all I know and believe about God’s care and His perfect plan into every “next right step”. 🙂 I will remember all of you in my prayers today at Holy Mass. Once more, thank you.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          What an excellent mother you are supplying your little ones with what is needed most and that is a knowledge of God. There are so many little ones who have no clue, so, Marie, you are way ahead of the game by leaps and bounds. Trust God, it will be alright.

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    • Doug says:

      Marie, do you have a church family where you live? Any friends or folks who understand Charlie or the state of things? I suggest you reach out to some your folks in your area to try and connect with someone on this. What area of the country are you from? Maybe someone here in the same area can reach out. We have our monthly storm dinners in NH and it is a good time for folks to connect, reassure each other and build each other up to have faith, strength and courage for these times. God bless you and hang in there. God has not left you or abandoned you!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Marie is from Denmark. There is a contingent of readers there and I think some of them have already made contact with each other, but using the forum would undoubtedly be helpful, too.

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        • Marie says:

          What makes you think I am from Denmark?
          I do have a Church family, but few seem to want to talk about what could be coming. I think they all feel something is at hand. When you try to introduce the topic in a conversation one is often accused of being a “Glenn Beck” follower. So….I just pray and try to discern privately.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sorry, Marie. We have a long-time regular here from Denmark named Marie. Going through things, I did not look at the email and IP information noting that you are not her.

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          • Doug says:

            Marie, there may be folks who participate here that live close by you that you could connect with. The TNRS private forum is a good way to connect and share info.

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, I may be totally off-base; but I thought that Marie from Denmark had an icon that looked like purple crayons making a square frame around something or other. The Marie to whom Doug is responding has a green icon. Am I confused? (Also, I’m pretty sure that Marie from Denmark has been a TNRS reader for longer than 6 months; but I lose track of time pretty easily.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Could be, Mick. I go through so many comments here I sometimes lose track of who is who…particularly when the screen name is the same.

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          • marie late to the table says:

            Just caught this – late as usual 🙂 Charlie, I’m the ‘marie’ that you’re thinking of. Sorry about the confusion caused by my changing names. I used to be ‘marie’ but one day WordPress suddenly blocked me, as someone else was using that name! Now I know why 😉 Hello, Marie above, nice to ‘meet’ you.

            Thanks, Mick, and you are right, of course. Both you and I have been around for a lot longer than 6 months. We go back even further on Peli’s blog. How is your lovely Annemarie doing?
            God bless, everyone.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, since you were one of the first ones here, you can hardly be called “late to the table.” Perhaps “prodigal marie” would be better…back at the table she started from.

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          • marie late to the table says:

            Prodigal Marie here 🙂 Well, the truth is, I have never left. I named myself latetothetable because I am usually at least five posts and thousands of comments behind. I just can’t fathom how you find the time, Charlie, to clear comments, write posts and live your life – but I’m very glad you do 😉 Thank you and God bless

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          • Mick says:

            Hi, Marie! Thanks for asking about my little crumb-cruncher. She is going to be 3 years old next month. She is one busy little bee, and she is an absolute joy. How are you and yours faring across the pond? 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Crumb crusher. Mick, I love the little expressions you come up with. They are such a hoot.

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          • marie late to the table says:

            Doug, I agree 🙂 Mick cracks me up. She is just marvellous.
            Charlie, if you will allow, I have for some time thought of this family as you being the Father figure, Beckita as the Mother figure and Mick as everyone’s favourite sister 🙂
            Please, everyone else, I mean no offence. I also have other favourites………. You’re probably in there…. 😉
            As a child growing up in a family of 12, 14 with my mum and dad (yes, I do mean we were 12 brothers and sisters) I think I have some idea of how families work 🙂
            God bless everyone here in this family.
            Marie

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha…and YD is the Parish Priest. (Don’t mean to demote you, YD, but being Pastor of a “global” Parish is pretty good, I think!)

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          • Doug says:

            So is that why you are late to the table? You had to compete with 11 siblings? That’s awesome by the way.

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Marie. Twelve children is a mighty crew. We were comrised of 5 boys and 5 girls in my family of origin. God bless this family indeed and thanks for the heads up on your new moniker.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Not at all a Demotion, Charlie, not at all. I feel like the “good” Shepherd of Zechariah.

            My chapel is always open, day or night, for people to come for Confession or for the Eucharist if they cannot make it to Mass. Please, just don’t scare me if I am sleeping.

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          • Beckita says:

            I love the open door of your chapel, YD, and I have always thought a good bishop never stops being “Father.” His fatherly influence intensifies and deepens.

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          • Doug says:

            Dear, wonderful, gracious, kind, charitable, beneficent Yongduk, you are truly an inspiration to me. Doing my best to be treacle sweet. No peck on the cheek for you though. I reserve that for my dear bride. 😎

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          • Mick says:

            Doug and Marie, thank you for your kind words. Marie, my dad was also one of 12 kids (he is #3), so I think it’s neat that you also have 11 siblings. 🙂

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  9. Clare D. says:

    Hi Charlie, I have a sister that follows your writings, this is the first Tin I read any of them. I agree with what you are saying as we await, “In the end . .. “

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  10. Chris says:

    Yes, Mary Gibson, I just got off of social media because I am steaming over posts from family members and friends parroting the left.One particular post compares how prospective gun owners should be scrutinized the way women needing abortions are. I have not felt this angry in a very long time. I will pray the rosary now for you, me, them and all here.

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    • Mary says:

      I saw a post like that too, comparing getting a gun to getting an abortion. It shocked me to the core. Arguments with siblings about more gun laws. I just feel spent.

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  11. Sylvia says:

    It’s all becoming more believable. Just wish we knew who the non politician that takes over is. Thank you Charlie for this post.

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  12. Meriadoc says:

    Charlie, you asked for some poetry on the last thread, so here you go!
    In a poem entitled, “Throughout Our Lands,” Czeslaw Milosz contrasts the orderliness and beauty of the ordinary world with the powers of dissolution that will soon call the shots:

    [7] With their chins high, girls come back from the tennis courts.
    The spray rainbows over the sloping lawns.
    With short jerks a robin runs up, stands motionless.
    The eucalyptus tree trunks glow in the light.
    The oaks perfect the shadow of May leaves.
    Only this is worthy of praise. Only this:the day.

    But beneath it elemental powers are turning somersaults;
    and devils, mocking the naive who believe in them,
    play catch with hunks of bloody meat,
    whistle songs about matter without beginning or end,
    and about the moment of our agony
    when everything we have cherished will appear
    an artifice of cunning self-love…”

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    • al chandanais says:

      Harmony

      Tired and frayed from this life’s journey.
      Seem worn, done, and ready for the gurney.
      But alas from the hope of peoples past,
      Comes light so bright to end morass.

      His strong right arm to hold us up.
      As we gather our strength, we drink from His cup,
      Our lives intermingled and strength soon unfolds.
      His body of life we feel in our souls.

      His life and His Spirit fill our hearts.
      Our minds and our spirits become one part.
      Sadness and misery fades to dust.
      Fear and pain in our lives no longer disgussed.

      His hand wipes the rust clean from our soul
      Life’s burdens are lightened because, they are told,
      “Let go of my people, I command it”, He scolds,
      “They have suffered for Me. They are not to be sold.”

      Grimaced faces turn to joy,
      As He stands alone and calms their voice.
      Stories believed but never seen.
      The time is upon us for heaven’s serene.

      “I come for My own”, calls the Great King of Kings.
      “I have heard their cries and suffered their stings.
      But the time for Me to take them away
      Will not be until another day.”

      “No, now I release them from these pangs of life.
      I fill them with hope and lessen their strife.
      My arms are not weary I hold them so close.
      There is never a cry I don’t hear at my post.”

      Your lives I call to do My Will.”
      “To love one another”, I command still.
      Together we stand for Gods own favor.
      Hearts filled with fire, the Spirit savors.

      In Me you depend and I answer you.
      To heal and bring you together it’s true.
      In harmony with Me my children will be.
      This Father wants and soon shall you see.

      That all that I want will be as I say,
      To lessen your loads, your miseries fade.
      You’re mine to the core these millions score
      In harmony now is what I plan for.

      Look all of you, see God in their eyes.
      From tired and worn to love’s reborn.
      Wrinkles fade as they turn to Me
      The older they are, the younger they be.

      You hold onto something few understand,
      How all of their lives I hold here in my hand.
      Come join my beloved do not be afraid
      I am not angry because you have strayed.

      I’ll hold no grudge and you’ll pay no price.
      Live free of yourself and taste the spice,
      Of the God in Heaven who shared you with Me
      For death has no sting; and alive you will be.

      For God so loved the world, He sent you Me
      I so love God, I did agree.
      I know you fear what you can’t see
      I love you my children; come, and be free.
      alfred chandanais 2003

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        AL, just beautiful, as always! I love it. 🌷🌾

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      • al chandanais says:

        Holy Spirit

        Holy Spirit prays down on me
        Plunges me deep in His serenity.
        Feeling His wings, the breath of fresh air
        Taking my fears, my troubles, my cares.

        Father’s, rush of love on me.
        Gifts I’ve wanted given totally,
        Sprouting buds, others full bloom
        Now to be used with this Bride’s Groom.

        Feeling the rush of power inside,
        My heart fills with love, God not denied;
        Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
        Piety, Fortitude, Mercy demanding.

        Fear of the Lord, to Love His creation,
        All His children, without temptation.
        Counsel from Jesus is so much needed.
        His love is filling, His Grace repeated.

        Hearts afire, life re-flamed.
        Roaring wings of Mercy gained.
        Spirit’s warmth envelopess me.
        Flooding passions Grace Sovereignty.

        My heart beats of Love and Joy
        Firestorm’s emotions here deploy
        Father frees me from attitude
        Leads me to a life of multitude.

        Not here alone by myself am I.
        No, alone with my Jesus, to Whom I fly.
        Windswept lands of barren fields,
        Watch Him plant the prayers that yield.

        An Intercessor’s life is now my calling.
        Praying in secret for evil’s falling.
        Life embraced radiates God’s Glory.
        Life’s renewal, no end this story.

        Alfred Chandanais

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    • Kati says:

      “….when everything we have cherished will appear
      an artifice of cunning self-love…”

      Wow! This is really good. I plan to look up the entire thing. Thank you so much.
      🙂

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  13. Meriadoc says:

    Hey, did anybody hear the good news about David Daleiden? The Houston charges were dismissed! Keep praying! We live in grim times, by there are victories to be had.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Awesome news about David Daleiden !!! 🙂
      Praying in Thanksgiving!

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    • Mick says:

      Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that only the misdemeanor charge was dropped. As far as I understand it, he is still facing a felony charge. Anyone?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Yes, one charge was dismissed. One remains. But this potato has gotten very hot for the Harris County DA’s office – opening it up to new scrutiny of the decision not to prosecute an abortion doctor who was accused – with substantial photographic and eyewitness testimony – of killing babies born alive, similar to Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

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      • Meriadoc says:

        Yes, that’s correct. I’m posting like crazy tonight with only one ear listening to the news. I’m confident, however, that David will be vindicated.This young man is quite a hero.

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  14. I always noticed the strange set of historical circumstances & coincidences in regard to Canada & the United States. Along with the area around the River of St. Lawrence, one whole Province that being Quebec & almost 45% of the lower 48 states once belonged to the Kingdom France. Also one other U.S state whose territory brought victory out from the jaws of death during the American Revolution was originally founded as a colony of Holland (which is also of French roots) is named after a Norman territory that was also once part of the Kingdom of France. The birth of the United States is the direct result of the Anglo-French wars & it would cost France its’ own very existence even to the point of having the King put to death. Satan was infuriated at France bathing the city of Paris in blood through the French Revolution & driving away the Ancien Régime for what the King had done. One hundred years earlier Louis XIV ignored the request of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in regard to consecrating France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to prevent the French Revolution. This would give us the Russian Revolution later. Along with the title King of the Franks, Prince of Europe, King of Navarre, etc the King of France is by Divine Privilege also known as the King of Jerusalem a title which was only used once before in history by a man known as Melchizedek. Melchizedek was King & Priest over the lands of Jerusalem in the time of Abraham. He is the one who imparted the Divine Blessing over our father in faith. As we know the priestly line of Jesus is known as the Order of Melchizedek in which his apostles & Church presently share. For this reason the United States shares directly the blessings & atonement of Israel through the unique French root. The Kingdom of France is the eldest daughter of the Church of which America is the favoured realm of France. In the not to distant future at a time of our Lord’s own choosing through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother with an intercession from St. Joseph & the Archangel Michael your forgotten French root will rescue you so as to do on Earth as it is in Heaven.

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  15. Meriadoc says:

    A couple more lines of poetry, this time from Jan Zahradnicek. Zahradnicek was a Czech Catholic who was imprisoned after the Stalinist takeover of then-Czechoslovakia. He was arrested in about 1952 (if memory serves), and died in 1960 shortly after his release from prison (Yes, there were prison camps in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary after the communist takeovers there in the late 40’s). The lines are loose translations from his poem, Znameni Moci (The Sign of Power). He is addressing God, and lamenting the apostasy of the Czech nation:

    “The shuffling of the nations can be heard as they gradually fill up and gradually empty out of the courtyard of History:
    They fear Your tender mercies more than Your eternal condemnation.”

    The Sign of Power is a long, long poem. I can only remember those two lines! Nevertheless, they are very evocative: how many nations have proceeded America in their abandonment of God! And now we have followed in their footsteps.

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  16. SanSan says:

    The storm is at full intensity, even in our little space. Trust in God, Hang on, keep the faith, take the next right step and be a sign of HOPE! (as much for yourself as for others!)

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    • SanSan says:

      Just wanted to add a question: Has anyone else been experiencing “divine pruning” of your branches? (I’m under intense pruning right now…..painful…..but yes, I need it)…..Thank you Jesus for taking the time to help me get back up!

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      • nance says:

        YES!
        My garden was flooded. (Ok, God, your garden.) My chickens are disappearing from the flock, and a dear friend seems no longer to be. So, I have to say, OK, God, I’ll rely on you. And more, lots more.
        Meanwhile, nonetheless, I have to replant, fix the chicken fence, and be friendly. It’s what we MUST do. Keep taking the next right step, while definitely giving God the outcome. And accept the pruning.
        Jesus, I trust in you.

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      • mspahni says:

        Yes, SanSan. I was diagnosed with cancer last December and that was a shocker to me. I was healthy and happy in my retirement working as Jesus directs. For the last six months i have had 6 treatments and was cancer free in May. I need 3 month check ups for two years. Bottom line: I have come to believe our God wants me stronger in Him, and stronger physically. These six minutes nths have been a closer LISTEN with our Lord and our Mother. He is pruning many of us, for His greater glory and I think, for our increased help/encouragement for others. Interesting too that Fr Mitch is now stronger and healthier. God has a plan! Jesus I trust in You! Thank you, Charlie, for your A+ posts. We need them. Jesus is speaking to us through you. Continue pouring Your wisdom and discernment into him, dear Lord. And into us as we listen and take our next right step.

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      • Jen Shea says:

        Thank you for your perspective! I have been going through the Lord’s pruning for some time. It has been a lengthy period that has forced me to reconsider a multitude of things in my life from family relationships that seemed to disintegrate to a return to the basics of day to day life. I have had a choice to embrace where God has put me through increased reliance on him and a peaceful heart or to fight against the seemingly unending human perspective on loneliness. His love, through prayer, has brought me peace while following his path. But I never thought of this as being pruned and I thank you once again!

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      • Cheryl says:

        I pray the thirty day Novena to St. Joseph almost every night and have been for about 2 years. I started praying differently ~ this Novena I pray for Catholic men including my husband and sons ~ I started to pray that if they were doing something wrong do not let them get away with it. That what is hidden in the dark be brought into the light. In this way, whatever hold satan has on them, whatever lies are hissing around in their mind and forming actions that are ruining their relationship with God can be pruned away honestly in Confession. It is a hard prayer because no one wants to see a child suffer. Better to suffer this side of heaven than the other.

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      • Kati says:

        YES…big time! Our God is VERY merciful!

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Hi SanSan,

        Yes! God is pruning me a lot and I never saw it coming. This type of pruning, I mean. Charlie wrote much over the last year and a half about our vanities crumbling as we are tested. I assumed Charlie meant sins. My family has undergone many trials in the last year and a half, but since this past Lent, God has been focusing directly on me, personally. For me, the word “stories” could be used in place of the word “vanities”. I had asked for prayer back during Lent for me as I was battling extended family issues that started affecting my health and was in search of a good Catholic therapist. I found one – Praise be to God and I have learned much about myself in the last few months. I’ve read quite a few books validating who I am as an adult child of an alcoholic, co-dependency, etc. What’s been the hardest is learning that “my stories” are no working. As a child of an alcoholic, I created “stories” for myself (in my mind) in order to survive/cope with the neglect, disfunction. I have found that I have carried those stories with me all my life deep down, hidden inside me. God is now revealing them to me – bringing them completely forward in order for me to be truly who I need to be. It is painful. A quote I recently read: “the Glory of God is man fully alive”. He must prune all of that away. Though as painful as it has been, I thank Him!

        God Bless,

        Becky

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        • Beckita says:

          Prayers for you, Becky, on your journey. I began the recovery walk as an ACA thirty years ago and God has been constant in His Mercy and Healing. His Blessings be upon you as you make your way.

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        • Doug says:

          Becky, it is heartwarming to hear this. I hope your discovery has lead you to understand how much God cherishes and loves you. I know that children of alcoholics can experience a lot of criticism and never feel like they can measure up. Many become over achievers. God bless you!

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      • leel004 says:

        Yup! Have been pruned, getting shaved, and wonder how much more reshaping the Lord needs to do to me before i am worthy to be called His.
        God bless

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  17. kristin says:

    Hi Charlie. I’m a small business owner that runs primarily through the internet. When I get a disgruntled customer, it throws me off for days. Going through your comments, the tension of the world seems to have found it’s place here and yet you keep truckin’ along. God bless you as you deal with so many people and personalities. I know all you’re doing is what God called you to do. May you have strength and peace in your heart as the darkness grows. Thank you for continuing to be a sign of hope.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Kristin. Thank God I have gone through some intense and extended personal storms over the years. It has helped me know intimately the frustration and edginess that takes hold…unfocused anger or crabbiness directed at whoever is handy. As Thomas Paine once said, “these are the times that try men’s souls.” I try to let it burn itself out, trusting that we know we are all family here – and families sometimes have cross words. If anyone gets far enough afield or becomes permanently cranky, I would deal with it.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        “Becomes permanently cranky” wow Charlie, I didn’t know you met my husband.😇

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      • Linda says:

        It is so wonderful to be part of this family. God save us all😇☝🌹💖😊

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      • So very often I ask Our Lady of Tepeyac for the grace of a joyful disposition. As a child, my default setting was happy. As an adult, my default setting seems to be crabby. While I internalize my moodiness pretty well to fool others, I sometimes let it lash out at a bystander. But it’s that internal chatter that I hate because it pulls me away from prayerfulness — on the other hand, it is usually prayer that helps pull me out of that same negativity and judgement.

        Frequent breath prayers help. “My Jesus, Mercy!” was Saint Gemma Galgani’s favorite.

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        • charliej373 says:

          That actually surprises me, Patrick. You seem like a steady, upbeat fellow here…given to the occasional venting (like yours truly) but fundamentally and distinctively optimistic.

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          • Perhaps She has answered my prayers.

            It’s fair to say that you have personally given me tons of reasons to be more optimistic than ever by your telling of the Storm, the miraculous Rescue, and a beautiful world after. Seeing light at the end of this long, dark tunnel has given me renewed hope. Perhaps Our Lady has answered my prayer *through you*! (Now don’t let my praise go to your head — you know how Aric feels about unsolicited and heartfelt compliments).

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now, now…let’s not pile on Aric. He’s just back from the border.

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        • Beckita says:

          Like Charlie, I read you as an upbeat, joyful one. Then again, in a public forum, we all present but certain dimensions of who we are. Since you are praying for this particular grace, Patrick, I join you in praying for this intention.

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        • Linda says:

          Patrick of SD i think you are wonderful just the way you are..,God bless you😇

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  18. Meriadoc says:

    Goodness, hard to keep up. This thread is becoming a monster!!!

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  19. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  20. MAC says:

    Thank you, one of your best pieces that helps me understand the Trump factor. I always said that if Trump is the nominee then Clinton wins because he has offended so many women and scratched my head at the men I know who support him but in truth you have articulated what I suspected. He is a true American. All true Americans have the entrepreneurial ‘can do’ spirit that is so inspiring. As an immigrant from the UK I recognize his rebel spirit that enkindles that latent spirit which is in the blood of all true Americans. Being a true American is not about mob rule it is more about ‘ yes we can’ and it just needs to be woken up in many people – I can see that Trump gives people that real hope and faith- I am not fan of his unrefined way but where have the refined gotten us ….I concede.

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  21. Doug says:

    What happened in Orlando comes as no surprise to me. It’s in the Muslim play book. http://www.politicalislam.com is a good Web site that gives insight. Click on the bookstore link and then audio books for the 14 part series. It’s and eye opener. I no longer say why when things like this happen. It makes sense when you understand it. This type of thing is actually built into their religion.

    I know this is general, but when we stray from The heart of Christianity, we tend to do things that are not Christian. When we discover God through Christianity, we tend to strive to be more loving and peaceful.

    It is just the opposite for Islam. When a Muslim strays from the heart of his religion, he will tend to be more peaceful, but if he takes it seriously, he will tend more towards violence and Jihad.

    Now the million dollar question is how do we as Christians reach out to them? What do I do in response? It’s a difficult question with no simple answer. I think it will largely be an active miracle that will change them. I know Charlie has alluded to this at various times. Lord have mercy on us all!

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    • al chandanais says:

      Great points Doug, all we can do is pray Gods will be done and I’m sure your doing just that. After all, Trust God, be a sign of hope for those around us and do the next right step. We’re doing it buddy

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  22. Judy says:

    “fearful and traumatic” is a very good description. This is exactly what is happening in my life. In the midst of this, I believe that I have had some signal graces, but it has been very, very hard. I have little strength left. I cannot even think about the national or international storm. I have my very own storm.

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Judy. Soldier on and your storm now will end giving you strength to help many.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Judy.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Judy, I am praying for you and all here to endure. ❤

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    • Sarge says:

      I know how you feel Judy.

      Don’t think about “The Storm”

      Deal only with “the storm” right in front of you; that is only think about the next right step.

      If and when “The Storm” fully hits you won’t be tired; rather, you’ll be battle hardened, and a sign of hope to those around you who are having their world rocked.

      God bless you. Hang tough

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      • BD says:

        Sarge. Very sound advice. With that being said I am praying right this moment that the “Storm” doesn’t disrupt the US Open golf tournament at Oakmont CC located in the Pittsburgh PA area. I loved/hated playing that course over the years. So to your point, I hope to not have to deal with the “Storm” for at least one more weekend and will deal with it accordingly, with God’s help of course.

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  23. George says:

    Charlie, great and timely article. I’ve learned that when you write an article, you have a purpose, and it is not to give us your latest take or thoughts. It seems to me the heart of your message here is where you write “Things are not what they seem. We have been delivered up to judgment. God calls many to keep faith in simple things, to endure, and to give hope to all His people. So now we are tested by fire, that He may winnow out those who will collapse under pressure and those who, facing adversity, will join the Vichy forces”.

    I think it is consistent with your direction to say that we cannot “prep” even in the sense of relying on how we might envision what the Storm is yet to look like – our anticipations (i.e. plans). Since you clearly warn us here to not join or cooperate with the “Vichy forces”, you have opened a door so I’d like to walk through it if you permit.

    I’ve envisioned chaos. I’ve envisioned formation of various groups, big and small – good, evil, and misguided. I have not envisioned interacting directly with large organized evil forces, discounting the “the government wants to put us all in FEMA camps” meme. Can you or will you tell more about what this cooperation and/or resistance to Vichy forces really might entail in practice? Resistance to what is clearly evil I get. The Nazis were clearly evil. If anyone shows up at the front door in jackboots, from the set of Mad Max, or from my HOA, I can discern that. But I’m guessing that’s not what will see (Okay, the HOA thing will happen). I think of Ronald Reagan’s warning when he said “ the most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. Is that what you are gesturing at (or just flat out say’n if I were listening)?

    Again, I’m not trying to satisfy any curiosity per se, but an important part of discernment is asking advice, and you thought enough to write an article during this critical time where the punch line may be paraphrased as “do not despair and deny Christ by joining the Vichy forces”.

    BTW – I think I can handle my HOA. A toupee-ed yard-of-the-month winner in a golf cart accompanied by a lawyer with a clip board is no threat……………. unless I laugh myself to death rolling around on the front lawn.

    God bless you all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      George, this is an insightfully refined question. I once had a political client who was awkward in public speeches and sometimes personal interactions. But he knew himself and wanted me to instruct him. For a time, he wanted everything at once, but I sternly told him after the third speech he gave that we deal with one thing at a time. Once he is competent at that, we move on to the next. The refining of a single new skill gives confidence to tackle the next one. You may never be elegant or strikingly gifted at what is naturally awkward for you, but you will become competent and confident in that competence. I AM informing you of the things you ask…but steps at a time and often not in the way you immediately want. But loook at what good results it has brought. A few years ago, almost everyone who came here was nervous about the state of things and often at their wits end. Now, in a dramatically declining culture, people who have been regulars here are notably calmer, steadier, and truly joyful at doing the little they really can. It is not just here: I see it dramatically when I get out on the road (which I will again in about a week and a half). I will not stop giving you bits and pieces for contemplation…and you will continue to ingest them well. A few years ago I rarely got such questions that were not asked in feverishly nightmarish tones, imagining some movie apocalypse scenario. The very refinement with which you ask the question speaks to how steadily people have moved forward, even as times get darker. Questions remain, but the fever has receded. Not to worry: neither I or you are done yet. Most importantly, neither is God.

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  24. Alfred says:

    Charlie, another question (maybe you’ve answered already?):

    In what way did your angel convince you that s/he was one of the good ones? What did s/he say that convinced you that the messages you got were from God?

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is something I only discuss with my Priest directors and legitimate authorities over me.

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      • Bob says:

        Charlie has answered the question of discerning spirits in general recently. Charlie or Beckita could you give our friend a link to his comments there. They were pretty good I think.

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        • Beckita says:

          Hi Bob! I’m thinking this may be the latest wisdom to which you refer:

          charliej373 says:
          June 3, 2016 at 5:08 pm
          I am sorry, Aaron. I do not discuss details of that with anyone, lest the devil pick up some clues. But I will tell you something that is common to everyone and has been published by others before. Offer praises to the Lord, Jesus Christ…to Mary and to Joseph while waiting for your visitors to do the same. Be very wary…for evil spirits may say something like “Blessed be…” but they will not say the names.

          Do NOT EVER invite spirits to speak to you. This is an open invitation to demonic forces. Even the best experiences are incredibly intense. Do not mess with this stuff. If it should come, pray for strength to bear it – and get under the direction of a solid Priest immediately.

          One of the satan’s favorite gambits is to send a demon to come to one who wants “spiritual” experiences, being entirely innocuous and friendly – until the person is hooked. Then it gets ugly quickly. You cannot judge these things by how good it makes you feel – for once the devil picks up on that he will make you feel great until you are safely ensnared.

          There are many people who have wanted a taste of what I have had, even though I warn all it is not what you think…and it is far more intense than you may be able to bear even under the best circumstances. Only two have had their prayers answered – and both begged for it to never happen again, with me joining them in their prayers. Please do not go seeking after this kind of thing. If God intends it for you in this life, you will come to know and must get under direction. If you go seeking after it, the devil will know, will oblige you, and you may be lost because of your curiosity.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Alfred, Satan and his minions ape God and His Saints and Servants, but the only thing they cannot ape is Peace. Only the one who wants to be deceived neglects the lack of peace.

      Therefore, even if one who is my Directee is confused, befuddled or flummoxed about a visitation, word, or whatnot (typically due to the World or the Evil One or the Directee’s own psyche or disbelief), my discernment is whether there is the deep Kernel of Peace that only God can instill. If you listen to the Birmingham video, there is a key line in there about Charlie hoping for an out and his Angel rebuking him for not playing fair. That, when Charlie went back to his SD, was the Signal Grace for the SD to recognise.

      Now, I offer this, not to answer where Charlie does not or to give those supposed mystics a way to deceive, rather for those who feel deceived to know God does not abandon His Own and for those who will encounter more and more spiritual things, Good or Evil, the surest way to know…

      pax,
      +YD

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      • Alfred says:

        I’m sure what you say is true, YD, but the best test it seems to me comes from 1John 2:22– “Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.” A person who firmly believes this truth exudes peace.

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        • Mick says:

          Alfred, I’m not trying to nitpick, but I don’t see how, as a general matter, “A person who firmly believes this truth exudes peace” is necessarily correct. The satan and his minions firmly believe the truth that Jesus is the Christ, yet they do not exude peace. Am I misunderstanding you point? If so, I’m open to correction (and my apologies for being a knucklehead).

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          • Alfred says:

            I was chiming in with YD’s thought above– “Satan and his minions ape God and His Saints and Servants, but the only thing they cannot ape is Peace. Only the one who wants to be deceived neglects the lack of peace.” Since Satan cannot admit that Jesus is the Son of God, he cannot exude peace even if he believes that Jesus is the Christ. Belief though is something Satan doesn’t need–he *knows* who the Christ is.

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    • Josh P. says:

      Eleven days late to this comment, but it occurred to me that I should put in my two cents regarding this topic.

      It actually does not matter what Charlie’s discernment process is, in my opinion. No matter what he and his directors come up with, if God has allowed a demon free range to deceive him, then he has been deceived. There’s just no way a human is going to outwit a creature that’s been around since the beginning of creation.

      But, why would God do such a thing? I can’t think of a reason, but maybe there is one. Even if there is, though, it would ultimately have to be for the benefit of Charlie and everyone here on this blog. So there really isn’t any reason to worry about it.

      I think the reason God has made it necessary for Charlie to go through whatever discernment process he has to go through, is because that discernment ultimately amounts to a prayer for God.

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  25. diane says:

    Charlie and family,
    My, my this is a busy sight the last few days, I am so impressed by the commenters and the gift we are getting from Charlie – so much, so much. I do have a questions regarding the benevolent dictator. We all know that the satan can disguise himself as an angel of light, now when we are given this dictator will we know for certain that he is from God or we will go through a few that the satan has specifically set us for us to be duped. And moreover, Charlie, will you know who he is so we can listen and not fear having our ears tickled as it says in 2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. I pray constantly for this group, my faith is strengthened by your prayers, I really pray that we get it right next time around. One thousand years of finally giving God the Glory sounds like a touch of heaven. Love. I do. Diane

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    • charliej373 says:

      We may well go through a few false lights early on. Soldier on. God is intervening almost directly and that will be taken care of. Forgive me, but I had to chuckle at some of your concerns…I rarely go back to God and ask if He is sure He has thought this through. But we often need to think it through to wrap our minds around it

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  26. Pam says:

    Anybody know of TNRS group in Houston I can get with like the NH group does? Are you coming to the Houston area? Thanks for what you do, Charlie.

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  27. Matthew says:

    Forgive me for waxing poetic but this jumped to mind (i.e. I wrote it, which is probably obvious! 🙂 )-

    Will we have the courage
    To cross the Rubicon
    Trustless but for faith
    Now that this age is gone?

    A generation’s tepidity
    And fake mercy brought neglect
    While an angel whispers “Mercy.
    They know not the horror yet.

    It’s a privilege for the few
    To taste Our Lady’s sorrow
    Just pray the Virgin to remove
    reality upon the morrow.”

    At night from dreams awoken
    By images askew
    At times I take the offer
    And sleep in peace anew

    Others find me bracing
    As in a storm at sea
    To keep my eyes on innocence
    And not the waves before me

    Then violence creeps within
    A power tinged with light
    To rip apart the hollow men
    Emboldened by the night

    “Patience” again the whisper
    “Vengeance is not yours
    Wait in hope with faith in He
    Who makes your weakness more”

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  28. andyb2016 says:

    Charlie you mentioned in your writings you are helping some close to fight thought their own personal battles and this is part of it – the storm. My wife and I are fighting through ours and all I do is try to stay calm and give and give and give. Her depression and fighting with loved ones seems to be from another place. What can we do? Please pray for our family, I have faith but my endurance at times is running thin. You nailed it, I am battling my own endurance in helping my wives physical and emotional trouble. I love her but she at times cannot see that anyone loves her.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Praying for you and your wife, Andy. Tough times often make an already insecure person even more insecure…but often, they end up reaching a point where they find astonishing stores of strength they never dreamed they had. May God bless and console you both.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your wife, Andy.

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    • Doug says:

      Andy, I’ve been there and almost left my wife. It was a long time ago. I prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed and the God did a miracle. He changed me. It was through signing myself with Medjugorje Holy water that God imparted or infused a supernatural grace that everything was going to be ok. She did not change, but I was given grace to sustain the trial I was going through. Over the course of time, she received a supernatural healing and when it occurred, I thought “yes. I got my wife back”. The main thing is I could not change her. I could only trust God and be filled with his sustaining grace and only then could I love her unconditionally. See. It was God. It was not me. This occurred 28 years ago. My wife was abandoned and institutionalized at one and did not move into a foster home until she was 4 and a half. She had a lot of intrrnal struggles as a result of this and it all came out after having our kids. I have now been married for 31 years and we are closer now than ever and this also after she has been through 3 bouts of cancer later in life. Put all 100%, everything you have, your whole heart and trust in God’s hands. Look beyond the depression. Also, if you have not already, get into a faith filled support group with other men that will encourage you to keep fighting the battle that rages within you and love your wife in sickness and in health. Also, DO NOT GET SUPPPRT FROM A CLOSE WOMAN FRIEND. Lastly, thwre may be some chemical imbalance. So maybe antidepression meds are in order. We also went that route. Reach Sirach 38 in the Bible. God is amazing and you will not be disappointed. God bless you my friend!

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    • Matthew says:

      My mother is bipolar and my dad is also the giving type, which unfortunately results in him thinking that there shouldn’t be anything wrong with her if he is providing. This leads to the mentality that the problem is in the person who’s upset and that they need help to correct themselves when they’re being ‘bad’ by feeling their own emotions.

      One of the worst things you can do is act like there’s something fundamentally wrong with her, telling her that what she’s feeling is valid and being supportive of her working through it can work wonders (as well as prayer of course). The fighting could stem from her being angry with loved ones who treat her as though she were the same as when she was younger. She probably doesn’t see it this way and is upset that they don’t notice the difference; it might seem to her as though they never really knew her and that she doesn’t exist as a consequence.

      I don’t know if that’s what you’re going through (I hope it isn’t) but at best I’ve said something helpful and at worst I’ve embarrassed myself.

      Sending prayers.

      Matt

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    • Sarge says:

      Andy,

      I can commiserate with you.

      When I feel my own endurance failing, i have to remind myself that even Christ fell under the weight of the Cross.

      May I suggest reading up on the life of St. Monica. I’ve been strengthened by her example. “The child of so many tears will not perish.”

      God bless. I will add you to my prayers

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for your family, Andy.

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    • kate says:

      In case you see this, I went through a terrible time for about 2 years and my husband stuck by me. I’ll never forget the sacrifices he made. I am in awe of his love.

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    • Doug says:

      Andy, I lit a candle for you after Mass today and asked the Blessed Mother to intercede for you. God bless you!

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  29. Mellen says:

    My family doesn’t believe that tomorrow will be any different than the last 30 years of our lives; just another day. I have stored food & water, I am gardening (hidden gardens too…bushes that are really food, that you would have to be a gardener to recognize.) I have stored heirloom seeds so that someone (ANYone!) can start a garden & feed the masses if I am gone after everything settles down. I have some for “during” and some for “after”. My family knows where they are hidden. There is a “Bug-out Bag” that has a flashlight, a bottle of water, a LifeStraw, a pair of tennis shoes, some granola bars, a Bible, a Daily Missal (so if I find a priest we can have mass), 3 Rosaries, and a prayer book. It goes everywhere with me. I’m set.

    I also have printed out instructions on how to make communion wavers, how to build an outhouse and other “off grid” essentials that we will (probably) need. I envision our cul-de-sac pulling together….making a pot of Stone Soup. But…who knows. We just keep praying….that 1st, 2nd, and last.

    Charlie: I’m looking forward to seeing you in Sacramento.

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  30. joanne1950 says:

    A few years back I remember looking up to Heaven and asking Jesus if He knew what was happening to my country. I asked Him if he knew that Truth was being crucified here. Of course, I knew He knew and my immediate thought was that the left had become so addicted to their power that no ordinary intervention would cut through the pride. At the time I didn’t realize that Republicans were also betraying us. Somewhere along the line and through friends I discovered Charlie Johnston. Since then I have worried about my ability to not cave in the Storm. My impatience is my worse trait. Really, I mean it. The practice of my Catholicism was also inconsistent. So I have been on a personal crusade to toughen up, to supplant reliance on self to reliance on Christ. About 6 weeks ago I blew out my T4 ant T5 discs. The diagnosis was a severely herniated disc which caused severe 12 on a 10 scale of pain. With pain creeping through even the pain medication and a 3 week wait between the first and second epidural, I was bed ridden. Completely dependent on help from my husband, all normal everyday worries were impossible to approach and became inconsequential. It was then I realized that this is what it must be to completely trust in Christ, depend on Him, let Him take on the worries. The next right step was for me to learn patients in adversity. There is an old rosary novena to Our Lady, in the little blue book, first copyright 1926. At each mystery you add a prayer for a particular virtue and offer it to Our Lady with a rose. At the mystery of the Carrying of the Cross you pray for Patience in Adversity (trust in Christ). I have prayed it many times, but it took being thrown flat on my back to really learn it. I think Christ with some urgency was teaching me a lesson that I will need to refer back to in the Storm.

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    • joanne1950 says:

      patience not patients, please forgive the grammar mistake…

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    • Doug says:

      God bless you Joanne!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Amen! Joanne, I pray for your healing, mind, body and soul!

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in the prayers for you, Joanne. Thank you for witnessing to trusting the Lord.

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    • Fran2 says:

      I’ll say a rosary for you and ‘bind with blood-red roses ‘with a petition for a speedy recovery and patience in adversity..I do have the little blue book!

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    • Fran1947 says:

      I just offered a rosary with readings from the little blue rosary novena book for you.

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    • al chandanais says:

      My dearest Joanne, o how I feel your pain. 14 yrs ago I too blew out my T4 and T5 disks, bulging and slipped the pain was incredible as you know. I sat on the edge of a queen anne chair for three weeks taking 27 pills for pain and muscle relaxers. My left shoulder felt crushed to my elbow, my forearm had a constant stabbing pain and I had what felt like 2-3rd degree burns from my elbow to three fingers on my left hand. This all began with a TIA, mini stroke. I couldn’t sleep but for a few minutes or till I moved to my left, right or back because the pain would wake me with a vengeance. I started praying to God to take the pain from me when one night a peculiar thing happened after my wife kissed me goodnight and went to bed, I felt the need to kneel before my God, which I thought impossible but did it anyway. I felt His presence immediately and he just held me at first, then he began to calm me till I could sit with him in contemplation through the night. During the day I couldn’t move but after my wife went to bed it was a different story I knelt in the beginning praising him and loving him and the next thing I knew I was laying prostrate on the floor in total contemplation without pain. In the morning He would have me stand, look out the window and said “Alfred do you see my sheep?” I said yes and he said “Feed my sheep”. this went on for 21 days or so. The sheep started in my driveway but by the end of the 21 days they were everywhere, up the street in my neighbors yards and His question and my answer was always the same, “Yes Lord”. This lasted as I said 21 days or so till the knife stabbing in my arm left me. (Which I missed terribly, still don’t know why) then my fingers felt better and finally my shoulder was back to normal. I worked as a wine and liquor salesman when this happened and quit the job because I felt I needed to do something else. I had a fishing boat I took out every weekend but I sold that because I lost total interest in that. Everything about me changed, or so I thought, I expected great things from God and I found myself with an indescribable thirst for writing, first a journal and then poetry and stories. I would sit at the computer and ask for something and my fingers would start typing faster and faster my 4 fingers would fly over the keys and when done I would read what I was given. Poems, short stories, prayers I wrote down everything. I hope I am feeding His sheep in this way but always think I should do more. After being introduced to charlies website I believe feeding His sheep may have a lot of different definitions by the rescue, but we shall see. My point is though we go through immeasurable agony we always end up saying “Thank you Lord, this is the greatest experience in my life, I hope I never have to go through it again.

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  31. Jorge Bizarro says:

    Charlie
    Are you sure this Orlando thing was not a false flag to put the culprit in Islam and convince Americans they would be better giving up guns…Russia proved that ISIS is Western funded!
    See here (this is the MOST censored website in the US, so I don’t know if you’ll see it)
    82.221.129.208

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Jorge, if it was a plan to get Americans to give up guns, it was a spectacular fail. Gun sales, already high, have shot through the roof this week – and among gays in West Hollywood a new pro-gun group has started putting up posters. As for western funding of ISIS, that is more a measure of incompetence than conspiracy. The clowns that run the government now do evil things, but they are NOT masterminds.

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  32. Sylvia says:

    It is true Charlie this administration is funding ISIS. They want Assad out of Syria. It’s a destabilization of the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. that they are after. A sad case for the New World Order. Christians have been slaughtered in the Middle East for the control of that region and its oil.

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    • charliej373 says:

      They have given money to ISIS units, ostensibly for that purpose, but when you baldly say they are “funding” ISIS, it sounds as if they are the sole funding source and that they are backing terrorist activities. You know I have no love for much of any current US officials, but when we are commanded not to bear false witness, that means even against those we hold in contempt. Beyond that, saying something that is literally true but intentionally gives a pejorative spin on it falls under that category. I fully support being blunt, candid and even harsh in combating a government that has become deeply oppressive. But it is important that we be fair and just in all we say and do.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        That’s easier said than done, Charlie. Thanks for making me think before I speak. It can be very confusing trying to decipher the words coming out of officials’ mouths or various news sites. So much is gobbledygoop. Reminds me of a rock band years ago called “The Wonders of Confusion.” 😉

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  33. sylvia says:

    Both the DIA and DOD warned Obama and Clinton that their “rebels” were a majority of radical Islamists, documentation from both is on Judicial Watch’s website for you to read Charlie. The U.S.Policy goal in the Middle East region is to block the Iran and Shi’ite allies including Syria’s Assad, from expanding their influence in the wake of the failed Iraq war. Also, Israel is set on regime change in Syria. We have been and are backing Saudi Sunni radicals, the same radicals who blew up our 9-11 Towers. And now they are terrorizing Europe and here at home. Our State Department and CIA are following a ludicrous foreign policy. Trump is one of the few who get it.

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    • BD says:

      sylvia, obama’s foreign policy is a JOKE, speaking of jokes, { A muslim walks into a gay bar and yells “Free shots for everyone!”}

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    • al chandanais says:

      I believe the situation in washington politics concerning Islamist terrorists is that islamist terrorist is not politically correct. Since it is not politically correct our law enforcement officers are not permitted to use the phrase or, believe it or not, use it in investigating an offender. This last thug in orlando was investigated by the FBI but since they couldn’t write him up as an islamist terrorist they had to stop the investigation. This was said today by 2 higher ups on fox news today but I can’t remember their names. AS crazy as this sounds it makes more sense than our president thinking they can be beat if we just get them better jobs. sic. Instead of sending enough of our forces to wipe them out. There was a couple captured in the Philippines some years ago for 2 years, in the documentary she asked the leader if the moslem religion was such a peaceful religion how he could possibly kill other moslems, rape and decapitate captives . Her captor said that since they were warriors for allah they could do anything they wanted and it would not be sinful because they were fighting for allah. I hope people begin to understand our leaders don’t care about islam terrorists because they care more for there jobs and careers to go against political correctness, they are what charlie calls vichey. A past chief of the CIA told the truth after our leader lied but most just shrugged their shoulders. I live in Texas, we carry weapons, my heart goes out to you who live in liberal politically correct cities, 911 takes to long to get to your house.

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  34. Sylvia says:

    BD …. Such black humor, you must be British? 😜

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  35. Teddy says:

    “After a succession of hot, sultry days in the summer, we sense there must be a storm before the cool days come back again. Similarly, in these days of confusion, there is an intuition of impending catastrophe, a feeling that some immense preternatural disturbance must bring the evil of the world to ruins before we can be set free again. As DeGoncourt told Berthelot, who had boasted of the future destructiveness of war through physics: ‘When that day comes, God as a night-watchman will come down from Heaven, rattling His keys, saying, Gentleman! It is closing time!” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Peace of Soul)

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    • Simone says:

      I have an east-west- commute to work. I was wondering this morning if people would even notice if the sun rose and set in the opposite place? How can we not see what is all around us?

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  36. yooper mike says:

    Hi Charlie, I have’nt looked or read any of your articles in a while. Until this one popped out and said check it out. This is the same feeling I’ve had about the people in Washington who are supposed to be on our side. They’ve sold their souls to the devil, plain & simple. Cowards they are and they took an oath to uphold the constitution. Sad! This is why God is always in charge and will take charge when the time is right. Thank you for telling us to have hope in Our Lady,have love for neighbor and do the next best thing. God Bless you Charlie

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  37. CrewDog says:

    “Vatican Hits Back at Turkey for Calling Pope “Crusader”
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pope-francis-called-crusader/2016/06/26/id/735681/

    I think that the time is HERE/NOW for a Crusader Mindset!
    Crusaders like Wild West Vigilantes started getting a “Bad Rep” when Light-n-de-loafers Socialists starting taking over Hollywood, Democrat Party, Education Establishment …. and YES! .. the Catholic Church in the West after WWII. Crusaders when faced with Radical Islam or Vigilantes faced with corrupt-n-dithering government rose up to address the “Problem”. Socialists abhor the notion of independent minded citizens taking matters in their own hands … especially with weapons …. & Why the Globalists are having a “Fit” over Brexit and why Democrats shift the Focus to Guns and NOT Radical Islam. Just what Is It with US/EU Liberals with Islam .. Eh!?? It must be something more than Votes … satanic influence is the only other cause that make sense to me!?
    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” George Orwell
    Ya “Prayer Only Warriors” Out-There better start looking for some Crusaders to hook-up with! …. NOW!!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      I just love the way you turn a phrase, CrewDog!

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    • Nancy says:

      CrewDog, your post reminded me of this (from the Magnificat):

      Look at them, the heroes of Christendom. You won’t find many prudent ones among them. Their story is a long succession of martyrdoms and deaths, undergone by a phalanx following their God’s example. They are soldiers, displaying their scars and wounds to the world as decorations
      And who enlists with them? People of all nations, the scum of the earth, even criminals, but always those who have taken the cross. Anyone can join: the ignorant, the sinful–provided he is ready to throw himself into the battle. It is the religion of maximum hope born of despair.
      Nowhere do you find such close contact with death as in Christianity. Fear is not absent. But it is transformed into a force able to pierce a breach in the tomb and spurt out the other side. Not the contemplation of eternity, but the possession of eternity, in battle, with one sole weapon: the readiness to die. (Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky)

      “Maximum hope born of despair” and “fear transformed into a force” : that is the result of the grace that I hope to see when the time comes to be the Crusaders. Somewhere, I thought I read that even Charlie said he might despair. But despair can’t be the end. When Our Lady comes to rescue us, she would want her children to follow her as the people of the kingdom. As I get older, I figure I have nothing to lose except my soul and I fear that most of all.
      Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

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  38. Michael10 says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for your insight and understanding during these turbulent times. Your courage to spread God’s word and to stay the course has helped me to focus more on my own relationship with God. As well as to see the foolishness of thinking I was in control in prepping my family for the Storm.
    I will continue to read your posts, go to Adoration & pray that God’s will be done. I ask you, and all on this site, to pray for the strength I will need to make the next right step and be a beacon to those around me. Being a father of 3 young boys w/one being autistic, the relative seclusion of living in Alaska (our reliance of a weekly barge to keep our goods & services flowing); coupled with our strategic location within the upcoming world conflicts sometimes weighs me down.
    Thank you again, peace be with you.

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