Seeds of Hope, A Call to Priests

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By Charlie Johnston

The coordinator for my San Francisco visit has asked for a call-out for volunteers to help. My presentation there will be on July 12. If you can help, send a note to tnrs.sanfrancisco@gmail.com.

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I am astonished that the president’s response to Orlando last week is to speed up the fast-tracking of immigrants from Syria. (Of course, Christians who are actually being persecuted in the Middle East remain at the back of the line and usually do not get approved by this administration at all.) I am astonished that the Dept. of Homeland Security continues to emphasize the danger of “right-wing” extremists while maintaining there is no serious threat from Jihadists. Mostly, I am astonished that the administration, the media, and the entire left thinks the way to handle this is to do nothing about the pool of murderers, but vigorously disarm their potential victims. Less than a generation ago, this would have been too ridiculous to even be part of the plot of a bad novel. On the plus side, some gays may look at this and think, whoa…we can bake our own cakes; our current allies are getting us killed and plan to do nothing to stop it.

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A few reminders of things going on at the site. If you look near the top right you will see links for “Procession News” and for “Praying for Priests.” If you send a note to the email address provided under Procession News, we will include information about your Marian or Eucharistic Procession. It also offers a calendar of upcoming processions we are aware of.

Also, we are calling on Priests to send a note to the address provided under Praying for Priests. We have had a strong response from laymen who are eager to pray for a particular Priest by name each day…to become a spiritual partner. We have only had a few Priests contact us to be paired with such a prayer partner. If you are a Priest, you may never physically meet the person paired with you in this life, but the two of you will enjoy the support of your mutual prayers. Email our own Beckita at beckita.maria@yahoo.com.

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A couple of weeks ago I got a wonderful email from John and Sarah, the owners of St. Clare Heirloom Seeds. The letter said,

“Dear Friends,

First, to introduce ourselves. 🙂 We are a Catholic homeschooling family of 9 and we are the owner/operators of St. Clare Heirloom Seeds. We first heard of Charlie last year when we would get orders in for garden seeds and they said they heard about us on “Charlies Blog”. At first we wondered “who’s Charlie?” and “Hmm, wonder why people are coming to us from Charlie’s Blog?”. Then we kind of forgot about it and went on with business as usual. In January 2016 one of our Catholic friends told us about Charlie and his message, this being a really busy time of year for us (selling garden seeds is very seasonal!), we still didn’t get a chance to look into it. Then in February 2016 our Lutheran (Yes, Lutheran)neighbor (who heard about Charlie from his Catholic friend while marching with him in front of Planned Parenthood in Green Bay, WI) told us about Charlie and the Storm. He didn’t have the internet and he asked us if we could look into it for him. I was pretty skeptical at first, you always hear of Prophets saying this, saying that, end of the world etc, etc, etc… But the more we read, the more it seemed like Charlie was the real deal, that what he said lined up with so much of what has/is happening in the world. One thing we agreed to right away was how there is more and more chaos in the world. To paraphrase Eustace in the movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” when he meets the Dufflepods the first time in Narnia, “Boy, things are just getting weirder and weirder around here”. In fact, we were already pretty sure that an economic collapse was coming, the one thing we hadn’t heard of in the news we read was the spiritual aspect that Charlie brings to light and the Rescue.

Now, on to why we are writing to you. We have a lot of heirloom garden seeds left over from the last couple of years that we can’t sell for one reason or another(but should still grow fine). We usually donate them to charities, but were unable to get them sent out this year. Now we are wondering if God had a reason for this, as we feel called to offer them to those preparing for the coming times. We would like to offer these “Free of Charge” to people who do not have the financial means to purchase seeds but have the land, ability and knowledge of gardening or desire to learn and would like to grow their own food to help themselves and/or others through the Storm. All we ask is that they pay for shipping, we have a $4.00 flat rate shipping charge(as, unfortunately we truly can’t afford to pay for shipping them right now). For those who would like to purchase seeds who do have the financial means, they can sign up for our newsletter and receive 20% Off their first order. We would like to be able to offer free seeds to everyone but this is our livelihood and there’s bills to pay(and things have gotten extremely tight in the last few years!). Those interested can email us at email@stclareseeds.com. As there is a great variety of what we have and no way to catalog it, folks will let us know that they would like some seeds, and we will pick out a well rounded package of seeds and send them. There is no easy way to allow choice of seeds, so we will choose them and send them

John and Sarah

I am going to put a permanent link to their site under the ‘Supply House’ category. Meantime, to reiterate, these seeds are available for shipping only while the supply lasts. They can only be shipped to the U.S. and its territories. Finally, you do not get to request what type of seeds on the free packages – St. Clare must put together a well-rounded package from what they have available. That only applies to the free seeds. If you are purchasing seeds you may, of course, specify what seeds you want to buy.

I am a big fan of heirloom seeds. Though I do not share common fears of GMO products, knowing that such technology vastly increased crop yields and has prevented malnutrition and starvation in many places through the world, I have always been disturbed that the seeds for such products must always be bought: seeds from the fruit they bear will not germinate. I don’t begrudge it much…there is a big investment involved and patents to protect. But it does disquiet me. The great thing about heirloom seeds is that you CAN use the seeds from the fruit they produce to plant again. I am a big fan.

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Finally, there was talk some time back that people would enjoy being able to get TNRS squirrel shirts. I am told that our own Michael Patrick has finished up with the design and that Lisa Fixler of the Full of Grace Supply House will carry them. They will soon be available. So if you’re just dying to show your squirrelly side, you will get your chance soon enough.

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Oops, like Columbo, let me just get one more thing in. Sometimes the Spam setting on this site has what must be an anxiety attack and starts putting big numbers of regular comments into Spam. I try to check all, but am sure I miss some. So if you made a comment that did not seem edgy or offensive but did not get cleared, try again. It may have disappeared into Internet purgatory. (And for those of you younger than 35, ask your parents who Columbo was).

 

 

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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233 Responses to Seeds of Hope, A Call to Priests

  1. YongDuk says:

    Is this a real squirrel shirt or one with green me memes?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know. As soon as I have pictures available, I will put one up – and of course Lisa will have a picture up in her product category at Full of Grace. So you wouldn’t be able to order one until you actually saw what you are getting.

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    • Charlie is referring to the Mt. Meeker Squirrel’s baseball t-shirt. I’ll put up an image for that shortly. I didn’t have a green kung fu squirrel shirt planned, but since you brought it up…

      Sorry. I just couldn’t resist. Maybe we’ll have to make that a limited edition, because I’m sure Mick wants one now.

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      • Beckita says:

        Ha! Love it, MP!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Hahaha! Ooh, you are soooo cruisin’ for a bruisin, MP! 😉

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        • Oh, YD knows how much I love and respect him. As for the little green squirrel, just think of him as my “Wilson.”

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            MP would this be the Wilson behind Tim the tool man Taylor’s next door neighbor fence or the Wilson volley ball as Tom Hanks Cast Away co-star? 😉

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Aww, I cried went he lost Wilson. 😩 bye Wilson…as he floats away into the sunset. lol

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, I love the green me meme! But the Baseball shirt is wonderful

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          • JLB, I was referencing the volleyball from the movie “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks. (Anne, that’s probably another American thing –– our penchant for making media references to illustrate a point. Oddly enough, I almost exclusively wear plain t-shirts, save for Johnny Cash and Lucky Charms t-shirts which I sometimes wear on wilderness treks.)

            I had just watched that movie again last weekend and was guessing that a lot of folks can probably relate to Tom Hank’s character Of course, one doesn’t have to wash up alone on a deserted island to undergo that process of having the useless clutter stripped away. This time, I was particularly fascinated with “Wilson,” noting that the volleyball was the last thing to get stripped away before the rescue. I don’t want to spoil anything in case some folks haven’t watched it. I think it’s a movie worth watching, particularly considering the big theme and focus here.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            MP, I love that MP! I can envision a Where’s Wilson (the green +YD *me* meme) donned in striped kung fu attire, in the future collection of TNRS book series. 😛

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          • YongDuk says:

            I had no ide’ who Wilson was until you, HNSE. Thanks!

            One of the dumbest shots in that movie, I thought, was the Humpback Whale turning to look at the actor from “Philadephia” until I was kayaking in the San Juans and an Orca did exactly that…

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      • Doug says:

        This is great MP!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        They are both beautiful, MP, thank you!!

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      • Mick says:

        Ha, MP! True story: As soon as I saw the YD shirt, I thought, “I want one of those, too!” 🙂

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      • deereverywhere says:

        MP, I just wanted to share a tip for cooling that I read. In Louisiana they would put wet sheets up in the window and doors prior to air conditioning. The evaporation of the water cools the house. I remember also reading that in the Barcelona Olympics, that they used fountain walkways to keep the Olympics cool. Makes sense as the evaporation would cool the air around it. Living in the Southeast, it’s only hit 105 here (on my thermometer) I look for ways to cool if/when electric goes out.

        You are a wonderful artist, I love the t-shirts!

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        • Deer, while I’m fine with being outdoors in the heat, I admit to shamelessly running the air conditioning at about 68 indoors, all the while wondering how folks managed to endure in this part of the country prior to the introduction of air conditioning.

          I was out back working in the yard yesterday and pondering how human we all are as the temp hit 119 degrees. At some point, I heard the pool pump fry itself then quit. Without that motor humming away, I suddenly noticed the rest of the quiet, which meant the A/C unit wasn’t running either. That had fried itself too. I went in the house to let my wife know the situation, but she was already on the phone with a repairman, and let me know that it was a good time for me to go take a drive and find something else to do. Why? Because she knows how quickly the little stuff can sometimes derail me.

          Today, I was just getting ready to take a run for lunch so I can beat the heat. It’s 105, but on its way to 118. I was out the door, but turned around to fix something with my shoe. While I was digging a little pebble out, I noticed Charlie’s new post and read it through. Yeah, Charlie really has us pegged.

          What can we do but laugh at ourselves and keep trying. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve got my hands full battling little pebbles… but hey, maybe I’m starting to make some real progress!

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          • Doug says:

            It’s so true MP. My house could burn down and I will be ok, but if I miss an exit on the highway, I have a nasty habit of going ballistic. Or the pebble in my shoe….. I have lots to learn. Sigh….

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I, too, wonder how people live without a/c. It it entirely too hot yet previous generation lived it and in more clothing most of the time. In one of the Little House books, Laura speaks of making a dress out of ten yards of fabric. That would be broadcloth, a woven fabric, not knit which is t shirt material. The only part I remember reading from “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” is the authors description of heat and how everyone was sweating, except one old man who never knew the luxury of air conditioning. It was a great description. I think of how I, a no one, has air conditioning that the kings and queens of yore would give chests of gold for. How fortunate I am, regardless of my lack of all else. While I hope I am never lacking air conditioning, I have been looking for other ways to cool the house. I liked the sheet idea over the doors and windows. I also have invested in a solar double A battery charger and a neck fan. It’s keeping the carotid artery cool that helps.

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          • charliej373 says:

            As I launched my pilgrimage, I dreaded the heat – as I have never liked it when it is really hot. God, in His sense of humor, gave me over a hundred days that summer where the high was over 100 degrees. I have to concede that, after the early misery, it wasn’t so bad. We are far more adaptable than we think we are. I was on the phone with my daughter when I walked into the town of Iowa, Louisiana. I had just mentioned to her what a relief it was that the heat had finally broken, when I turned a corner and saw a time and temp sign on a bank that said it was 105 degrees. “Even better,” I thought, “my system has adjusted to it.”

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          • Doug says:

            This is a little off topic, but we used to have a 100% gas oven and cook top. These ovens have to vent and in the summer, the house got hotter than blazes. After we remodeled, we switched to an electric oven and gas cook top. The electric oven vents, but nothing like the heat a gas oven puts out. It was well worth the switch and I think electric ovens cook more consistently.

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          • Doug says:

            Deer, do you remember in Laura’s books where they cut all the ice, but it in a storage area and covered it with saw dust and we’re able to have cold ice in the summer? Gosh. I miss my kids being little. We went through all of Laura’s books reading a little every night on the couch. Mayberry…. sigh….

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I actually frequently think of that. I think what would work in up State New York wouldn’t cut it in South Carolina. At least I don’t think so. It was in “Farmer Boy” the second one about Almanzo and his family.

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          • Doug says:

            In a way, those books speak of how we should live our lives with God. Simple, joyful and grateful. I’d be happy to share some New Hampshire ice if you run short in SC. God bless you!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I agree, those books are the way a family should be. Thank you for the ice, I will need it.🙋

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          • Speaking of missing the exit, Doug, why is it that we always seem to be plodding along 2, 3, 4 or more posts behind. Seems like everyone already moved on to “Seek to be True…” Who’s pulling the wagon?

            I can’t tell if that “Seek to be True…” hiker picture is a photo or a painting. Reminds me of a Winslow Homer painting. Something along the lines of the Adirondacks Series (1889 – 1900). Yeah, I’m putting this reply back here because I’m pacing myself.

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          • Doug says:

            Isn’t YD pulling the wagon? That would explain why it’s so slow. But then, maybe he is stopped at crab nebula marveling at this wonder of the universe. I try to keep up with the posts, but there are so many, I easily fall behind. Also, I often save yours and Yongduk’s in my in box to ponder a bit and think through my reply some times. There is usually a lot of meat to digest.

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    • Here’s the actual order image of Mt. Meeker Squirrels t-shirt on the Champion Tagless T – Ash (sizes L, XL, 2XL). ETA for completed order is July 1, then Lisa will make it available on her Full of Grace site after that. Yeah, I might have to rush ship one to Mick before she shows up on my doorstep.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Yeah! I like that one a lot.

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      • Anne says:

        Truly….. You make me smile. So so American to put it on a t shirt…… It seems everything in America ends up on a tee shirt!! All is so out there and big in good old USA.

        The servings of food even shocked my hungry 22 year old……. But you must have houses full of draws with tee shirts ….. And baseball caps!!!
        From the land of true blue it really is so funny to watch!

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      • Linda says:

        That is so awesome Michael Patrick😇

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      • Doug says:

        I am going to order a bunch for our storm dinner folks. Speeking of which, our monthly storm dinner is tonight. We get together every 3rd Saturday of the month. We start by praying 5 decades of the Rosary, share a put luck supper, fellowship, talk about a particular theme of preparing for the storm (spiritual and temperal). It is a great opportunity for folks to open up and share their joys, fears or whatever so we can lift each other up. And….. We drink a little wine and have some fun.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          I will be hosting our second Illinois Storm Gathering next Saturday, June 25th. We meet every fourth Saturday of the month for prayer and fellowship. We begin with the Holy Rosary, break bread and share in communion how we are preparing ourselves to weather the storm. Additionally we discuss how we may be of service as we acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others as we usher in the Rescue, thanks be to God and the Triumph of The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Stella Maris!
          Thank you Doug and Jacki for being our inspiration.

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      • Mick says:

        Nice!

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      • Joe says:

        This is amazing! Can we get our numbers on the back???

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      • Why limit it to shirts? I would like to have this on a coffee mug, a tote bag, and a baseball cap. The latter especially.

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  2. Becky-TN says:

    Hey Charlie,

    Love St. Claire Seeds. Another option: I found this summer at Dollar Tree Stores non-GMO veggie, herb and flower seeds 4/$1.00. I bought several packs to store away for the Storm along with last years heirlooms I haven’t used. While they are not heirloom, they are a great non-GMO alternative for those on a very tight budget.

    God Bless!

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  3. DanSouthChicago says:

    And I have heard little from non-Christian media about the harassment of Christian refugees in European refugee camps. As I recall, this is more common in Germany. Mano of the guards, themselves, are refugees and are mostly Muslim. Some of them are guilty of harassment, as well, either directly — by participation — or or indirectly — by “looking the other way.” Unless I have missed something, our administration is not making much of this. I am not surprised. God bless all the TNRS family.

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    • BD says:

      Dan. The hypocrites in DC are following their playbook. Christians are looked at as mere cannon fodder, ultimately to be discarded. The press is complicit with the satanic plans by the elites who are intent on world domination. Flooding western countries with these mooooslims is ignored and tolerated under the auspices of human rights. Meanwhile the western civilization fractures and crumbles from the continuous assaults by these elites, including the importation of radicalized islam. Well mr. obama, read my lips, no more mooooslims. At least until they have converted to Christianity that is…

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      • Rick says:

        BD, I’ve been preaching much of the same about the elites in person and on social media; the first few sentences of what you wrote uncannily sounded as if I wrote them myself. In fact I just read it to my daughter, and she said it sounds exactly like something I would say. Yes, these people have been salivating over ruling the world, but they have repeatedly failed at accomplishing their goal for hundreds of years. They think that the “miracles” of modern technology will be their ace in the hole, but in their sociopathic arrogance they are incapable of realizing that God is greater than man and will roundly put them in their place yet again. They lose, and God and the faithful win, and so on and so on. The upcoming events are largely out of our control, so trusting in God to take the next right step, and spiritually protecting ourselves and our family are what we must do.

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        • BD says:

          Rick. It is obvious to me you must be a brilliant person and intuitive as well. We share commonality and I wish you and your family well for the “Storm is here”. God Bless

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  4. Gail Cohee says:

    Charlie, I was hoping you would have a speaking engagement in Roseville,Ca again this year. Any hopes of you coming to the Sacramento area?

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  5. Another Karen says:

    John and Sarah,
    Welcome, and thank you for your kind gesture to those in need. My hunch is that your generosity here will come back to you a hundredfold (or more!). Hope you continue to join us here.

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  6. jayman92 says:

    Awesome! I just ordered some St. Claire Seeds! With the discount, came to 18 bucks for good healthy veggies. Next I hope Charlie gets a letter from Little Debbie or the people at Krispy Kreme.

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  7. Peggy Hawkinson says:

    I think those that can afford it should purchase these seeds to help this couple “grow” their business, especially given their generosity in sending them to those who cannot afford them. While I am the antithesis of a “green thumb” I think I can get help in planting and growing these successfully through the help of some if my neighbors who are.

    Thanks for the link, Charlie, and for your insightful commentaries. I forward them on every time.

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  8. Vijaya says:

    Charlie, thanks for the link to St. Clare Heirloom seeds. I was a postdoc briefly at Purdue many, many years ago before I had children and learned the value of having genetic diversity in our crops. I’m going to sign up for the newsletter and buy some seeds from them.

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  9. Beckita says:

    It’s so important, I think, to remember that even in the current darkness this song is being realized in our NRSs. New readers especially may not be aware of this gem. All of us can be gratefully heartened by remembering what we’re about here.

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  10. nance says:

    (And for those of you younger than 35, ask your parents who Columbo was). I did a double-take. What I thought you would say, “ask what PURGATORY is”!!!

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  11. Simone says:

    I like seeds. But I have a black thumb. 🙂

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  12. Lance Redden says:

    Where does the 3 days of darkness & the great monarch come into play during the storm or is this after the storm perhaps later on down the line just curious thanks…..

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    • charliej373 says:

      My apologies, Lance, but I focus on what I am called to do. I only talk of other private revelation when it relates to my specific work. I count on my Priest directors and some other authorities to watch over my work to make sure I am not contrary to serious matters. But I make no effort to collate private revelation (though, my stars, you would be astonished at how often I am asked to).

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    • Lance

      The 3 days of darkness prophecy cannot be outrightly dismissed as it has been spoken of by canonized Saints as far back as St Columba in the 6th century. There is even an alleged (but not verified) prophecy of St. Padre Pio on the same subject. EWTN gives a good brief balanced treatment on the subject here:

      http://www.ewtn.com/v/experts/showmessage.asp?number=326829

      From a scriptural standpoint we read of the 9th plague of Egypt:

      “Then the LORD said to Moses: Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that over the land of Egypt there may be such darkness that one can feel it. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was dense darkness throughout the land of Egypt for three days” (Ex 10:21-22)

      Having said that, was the world not in darkness when He who is the “Light of the world” (Jn 8:12) laid in a tomb until the 3rd day? The world has been in darkness for many decades now and the darkness is getting darker. I do not need to elaborate as all see it, however, when Christ is in your heart then your house is safe. If you are to light a blessed candle that is good but it is far better to sweep your house clean in confession and let the light of Christ shine brightly inside of you.

      If the Minor Tribulation that EWTN (and Fathers of the Church and Saints) speaks about before the Antichrist and the parousia is in fact the Storm that Charlie speaks of then I am consoled that we are close to the Rescue by Our Lady. The Apostles may have grieved for brief a time after the death of Jesus but they rejoiced when he rose again on the 3rd day.

      “The one who sat on the throne* said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

      In IC XC

      Robert

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  13. johnmcfarm says:

    I had never heard of St Claire Heirloom Seeds, how generous they are! And, what a great website https://www.stclareseeds.com/garden-help/ I am fascinated by the many unique varieties of vegetables they have and found their short history of the origins of many of the different varieties very interesting.

    I have been “squirreling” (pun intended) away my seeds for several years and occasionally I find a bucket or bag with seeds I put aside several years ago and had forgotten about. This year, to my great pleasure, I found a bucket with Anasazi dry bean seeds in it. I had forgotten about it in my main shed about three years ago. I had run out of them and had forgotten to order more, I wasn’t sure if they would germinate and sprout but with a short prayer planted seven rows of them. To my delight they have suffered through extreme cold and heat to grow! I think I had nearly 90% germination rate! Amazing given the conditions they were stored at.

    I will definitely be a customer of St Claire Heirloom Seeds, we need to support good folks like them and they have so many unique varieties…I am really going to enjoy some of these new vegetables!

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  14. Doug says:

    There is a family that comes to our storm dinners who fits the bill for the seeds. 10 acre non GMO farm, 4 kids (2 adopted), organic fed pigs and chickens. I will let them know. They have such a heart for helping others.

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  15. Tim Morris says:

    Thanks for all your posts Charlie! I always look forward to reading them!!

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  16. homesteading heart says:

    Charlie, what do you do if your spouse and you disagree on what the next right step is during the height of the storm? My husband and I were discussing the things on your blog, and he flatly stated that he would never leave our home, no matter what happens. He is relying on our preps and our guns, and says he would rather die than leave our home. I feel like we should remain flexible and open to the possibility of having to leave our home at some point, and not rely on our own plans, as you have said. He is adamant. We have three small children, and I feel like staying in unity as a family will be of the utmost importance when things get really bad. But what if I feel like the next right step is to leave? I don’t want to put my children’s lives and well being in jeopardy because of my husband’s pig-headedness. Do I just leave this in God’s hands and trust that he will make good out of a possible wrong choice?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Live the present moment well. Don’t worry about contingencies over much until they actually come. You think your husband pig-headed, he probably thinks you pig-headed…but neither of you need worry overmuch over a potential disagreement over a trial that may or may not come. Nor can either of you know with absolute certainty what you will do if it does. If he is a good man, take confidence that he will act with fidelity and to protect your family.

      All sorts of needless strife is created by worrying about things that are contingent – that may or may not be required of us. Jesus, in His sermon on the mount, gave advice on the matter. He said, “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.” In short, don’t dwell on tomorrow’s evils lest they distract you from the good you can do today.

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      • homesteading heart says:

        You are so right Charlie. Thank you. I do tend to think to much about “what if?” I will pray that I may live the present moment well and learn to trust more (one of my major faults, along with impatience). And look for opportunities to be a sign of hope to those around me. Reading your blog has given this perfectionist control freak a tremendous amount of peace and hope. In my life, the Lord has guided me through countless severe trials, which seem to be intensifying over the last couple of years. I see our Father’s loving hand in this, gently showing me, “See, it’s alright, I am keeping you in the palm of My hand.” I must be a slow learner, because I continue to struggle with total abandonment to God’s will. My wretched nature so wants to control all. I am relatively new to your site, but I already feel a part of this community and have learned so much from all of you. My prayer life is deepening and I feel a strange calm about the things to come. Praying for you Charlie, all here, and our priests and bishops. Please pray for me.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Dear heart, my husband isn’t Catholic. When he really wants to irritate me he will start doing the harri Krishna stuff. We have been married for over 30 years. I came back to the Church eight years into our marriage. I am positive that he felt betrayed by me. For awhile there I thought we would have to get a divorce. Our son was three at the time. My husband came in one afternoon pushing all of my buttons. I stood up getting ready to return fire, toe to toe in a loud voice and with considerable anger, when the strangest thing happened. Someone pushed me back to a sitting position on the couch. It was not my husband who would never lay a hand on me. We were the only two people in the room. My attitude changed to one of pure delight. I was joyful. I realized that my Angel of God, my guardian dear, was the one who pushed me (rather forcefully) on my butt. I knew that is who it was and I knew why, too. Wives, be submissive to your husbands. To this very day, when I say that my husband is the boss people laugh hysterically, like it is the funniest joke in the world. But, God knows it to be true. When I give my own authority to my husband, I do it through God. While my husband’s mouth is moving I am telling God, “God, if this is what you want me to do then the responsibility is on You. I will take what ever (stupid) idea that he comes up with as Your authority and accept it but You are the One to who I am going to say, ‘ told You so.” Every time I have done this I have eaten my words and God has been right. Things have worked out. We had our marriage blessed in the church less than a year later which was a miracle in itself. So, I guess the question is, do you trust God enough to work through your husband to know what is right for you and your family. Marriage is a pyramid. The husband is the bottom, the foundation of the pyramid, then the wife the pinnacle is the children.

      So, Patrick of South Dakota, this is my angel story. One of them, anyway.

      Charlie, I have been wanting to ask a question. What is your position on naming your angel?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Your angel already has a name, given by God. I don’t get too worked up if someone has a nickname for their guardian angel that they keep to themselves. It can veer into dangerous territory if you start promiscuously “naming” angels that are not found in Scripture, though, as dark forces can take advantage of such enthusiasm to slip into the mix.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          That’s what I thought. I thank you for this tidbit because I did ask my angel in thought what I could call him and I used the name that came to my mind. I have heard that that is a way for demons to get you, ergo I have been leary about using it. It is my understanding that God has name us and I can’t wait to hear Him call me by my real name. ( I hope it isn’t Dame Chair Potato who sits cat hair and dog slobber😊😀) The older I get the more the Thrones become my favorite choir of Angels.

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      • Doug says:

        Deer, this is absolutely beautiful. Made my day. God bless you!

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      • What a great story, Deer, and I see a wonderful ending might be coming because of your love, faith, and obedience. So few women have your strength and humility.

        And so few people heed their angel’s “hints” or pushes. Why, just last month — on May 13th no less — my Angel had to punch me hard in the nose cuz I just wouldn’t listen! (True story, knocked me flat on my butt, broke the skin, and nearly broke my nose — and I really deserved it. He used the freezer door perfectly positioned)

        (If I may, Charlie), I believe it was a guest on Women of Grace that suggested asking your Angel for his name. After about five years and not receiving a reply, I decided to pick one for now just to reinforce in my mind that he was a very real individual. So I picked “Damiano” because I had a San Damiano Cross prayer card on my nightstand. I did this just two weeks before that storm destroyed my house. Someday I hope to learn his real name and give him a big hug of thanks.

        But Charlie’s warning is important, especially with the busy and clever activity of demonic spirits who can easily take advantage of us and subtly twist things. That’s why spiritual direction is vitally important and naming your angel is not.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Thank you Patrick of South Dakota. Wow it sounds like your Angel was taking lessons from Jacob’s with all that scrapping going on. I really like your Angel s name. I have a small Cross of Damiano over the bedroom door. My mother just gave everyone’s Angel a name. She gave my sister’s Martha, because my sister exemplifies Martha. As my bookshelves are in need of dusting, and I actually read the bible, you’ll never guess what she wanted to name mine……😇

          We are all going to have the opportunity to make our Angels proud. Blessed be God forever and ever.💙

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      • homesteading heart says:

        Wow, deer. This is a stunning example of humility, trust, and love. I have just learned a huge lesson from you – it takes my breath away. I will be re-reading and reflecting on this many times over. My husband and I will be married 18 years on Thursday, and hope to spend the next 12 years and beyond learning this wisdom that you have just taught me. Just, thank you.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Congratulations on your anniversary. It was my angel, not me and he thanks you for your kindness. Sometimes it is hard to remember marriage is a sacrament. There is all the hoopla going on now, with our wonderful Holy Father. I know that my marriage is a sacrament. It doesn’t matter that my beloved doesn’t know because I have enough faith in my God and His institution of a sacramental marriage for both of us and I am going to drag him into purgatory kicking and screaming, so help me (please ) God. Many blessings on you and if I could just inspire you to go to mass on your anniversary and make it a tradition I believe you will each receive great grace to get through the Storm. Blessing to your wee ones, too.

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          • homesteading heart says:

            Amen, amen, AMEN!!
            Reflecting on your earlier post, I was reminded of a miracle in my life through my husband (I think now). About 10 years ago, my husband forbid me to have any contact with my father. My dad had strayed very far from the Church, was on his fourth marriage, and was living a life of sin big time. This is not what motivated my husband, however – he felt slighted by something that my dad had said to me in anger about him. Our son was only 3 at the time. I cried rivers of tears for years. I actually submitted to my husband on this because if I didn’t, there was so much tension in my marriage that I would have had a nervous breakdown. I remember at one point just prostrating myself on the ground, sobbing tears of sorrow and begging the Lord to fix this situation. I experienced severe internal suffering for years over this. I totally put my trust in the Lord and I offered every bit of my suffering up for my dad’s salvation, and for me to be able to be a part of his life again. Well, long story short, my dad is now back home in the Church and back in my life. He actually did the 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration with me on the feast of the Immaculate Conception last year, which was so special. He and my husband are not best buddies, but at least they can be in the same room together and hold a polite conversation. My dad still has a long way to go spiritually, but he is safely on his way. I know that this was made possible through the situation that my husband forced me into, because it made me pray for my dad in a way I would not have otherwise done. I never really made that connection back to my husband until now. Thanks again Deer. I feel like my eyes are opening more and more.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            God is so very good! Many times we just have to get out of our own way. But, I trip over my own self all the time. I am happy for you and I belive you are doing a great job. It isn’t easy. Sometimes I would rather hit my beloved over the head with the frying pan as opposed to making him an egg sandwich. So I compromise and hit the egg over the head.😂🐣💜 keep up the great work.

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          • Doug says:

            Wonderful Homesteading Heart!

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      • Beckita says:

        WOW, Deer! Thanks for sharing this story!!!

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  17. Dorothy says:

    Charlie why some people suffer such a mental/spiritual anguish were others are oblivious to the storm around us!
    I look at some ofmy friends just going on like everything is just fine ?

    Here I am suffering insides and going trough hardships with my family !

    The intensity is very high like never before …. Sometimes I sit and think and understand what you mean by .. We will loose hope …
    I would paint myself is a person crawling in the desert inside but on the outside I will smile and do my everyday jobs …

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    • homesteading heart says:

      I feel the same way Dorothy. The vast majority of people I know are clueless about what is taking place. It’s business as usual. I look around incredulously and think, how on earth is everyone not seeing what’s going on here?!!!

      We must offer our internal and external sufferings for the poor lost souls of this world who will be blindsided by events to come. Such a great mercy that the Lord allows us to cooperate with Him in bringing lost souls back to HIm! I remind myself every day what Charlie has taught me, that hope is an act of the will. With God’s grace I will continue to hope, even when all hope seems to be lost.

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    • One of the graces of being ‘awake’ in Christ is the sure knowledge that we have recourse to Him in all things including the Peace He gives (Himself). Then, share/spread Peace as a surefire way to be a sign of hope to those around you.

      Keep in mind that every soul on earth suffers to some degree in spite of appearances. Do we have the unerring sight to gauge its full breadth and depth in each individual? Sure, the good suffer, precisely because they’re good. The ‘blind’ suffer because they’re ‘blind.’ The truly wicked suffer in so many ways because they’re already suffering a foretaste of the torments of hell… to be obstinately opposed to Christ, what a suffering that is!

      Please consider that comparing can be a real distraction. Cling to Christ and He will get you through the roasting desert, along with other folks attracted by the Peace they see in you. Simply give Him your little “yes.” He is Good, and will surely see to everything.

      Speaking of the desert, it’s supposed to hit 120 degrees here today. Even so, I look at the desert as a great gift and I’m thankful that this is where He put me.

      God Bless,

      MP

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    • wpsahm says:

      Dorothy, reality is branching out though. I am a stay at home mom (or a slothful wife, take your pick) and a home schooling mom of our youngest who is finishing up high school. My sphere of influence, therefore, is rather small. When the kids were younger I was a big-time volunteer at the school, and was a girl scout leader for 8 years until the national organization started doing weird things and changing the program and aligning themselves with planned parenthood. But now my list of friends is short and my day-to-day interactions with those outside my immediate family are few.

      However….my daughter and I were at a showing of the movie about Medjugorje called Apparition Hill on Wednesday, and we ran into the mom of one of my former girl scouts who I have not seen or spoken to in YEARS. I know she is a Catholic, but she said she was there as a ‘favor’ to her Mom who’d bought the tickets but couldn’t make it. This lady is a good person, but she’s been in an arm-wrestling contest with God her whole life, if you get my drift. So while talking to her I said I was going to email a flyer to her, to pass on to her mom who might be very interested. It’s the flyer for Charlie’s upcoming talk here in Tempe, AZ.

      So I sent her the flyer and in Facebook Messenger we were talking about the movie, and in the course of the conversation she says, “she’s (her mom) really interested in this new mystic guy she’s following..” and I say, “Charlie Johnston?”, and she says, “Yeah, I think that’s his name. Just google ‘great storm’ and ‘ewtn’ and you can find out about him.”, and I say, “X (her name)! THAT is what the flyer is about I sent you!” And for the next hour we talked about everything! It was so wild to find out, completely out of the blue, there are people who travel nowhere near my spheres here already know about Charlie!

      Long story short (too late), they are both coming to the talk on Saturday! Woohoo!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thanks…though I will see that “slothful” is NOT an adjective that can be appropriately applied to a stay-at-home, home-schooling Mom.

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        • wpsahm says:

          Well…..I get the Seton Home Study magazine and compared to all these really amazing home school moms they feature, I feel like a horrific slacker. I just home school 1 kid and we didn’t start until she was in 10th grade. I do know all my working women friends are jealous;)

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Wpsahm! I totally hear you. We’ve been enrolled in Seton (K all the way through 12) since 2000. I used to get such in inferiority complex from reading the Seton magazine and also Dr. Mary Kay Clark’s book, “Catholic Homeschooling.” I solved that problem by giving away the book and ceasing to read the magazine. We don’t have the cleanest house (understatement), the most organized school day, or the ability to get to daily Mass; but I do what I can and don’t worry about the rest of it. I’m not sure if that makes me “relaxed and easy-going” or “lazy and a slacker,” but it works for me. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            But by gum, it sure is fun at your house!

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          • wpsahm says:

            Thank you for that, Mick. God Bless you!

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          • Doug says:

            Mick, or it just makes you plain joyful which is one of the best witnesses you can give to your kids about God.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie: Thank you, kind sir. You’re welcome at the “Funny Farm” anytime. 🙂

            Doug: Thanks, Double D. I guess I do try to (and tend to) be joyful in general; but you should see me when we finally manage to get the house really clean (well, pretty clean… OK, clean enough), which happens a few times a year when we have dinner guests or out-of-town company… Woo-hoo! 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Wonderful wpsahm!

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  18. Can anyone recommend some good books, websites, or videos on:

    * INDOOR GARDENING
    * MEDICINAL HERBS
    * EDIBLE PLANTS
    * BUILD A DIY GREENHOUSE

    Thanks!

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  19. Bellsouth Email says:

    I have just been told of “The Three Days of Darkness” prophesy. Is this in line with Your thinking? Locking your family in, burning blessed candles?

    Sent from my iPad

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  20. Deborah Seiter says:

    Charlie, I am asking what I am about to ask in all sincerity. I mean no disrespect or arrogance. Maybe I am missing something or there is something about our Catholic faith that I don’t know or understand(actually I am sure there is ALOT I don’t know and understand) but why aren’t our bishops and priests calling us to pray for the conversion of all Muslims and ALL who don’t know our Savior and His Church? While it is a beautiful and holy request they make for us to pray for respect for human life and an end to violence, to look at our own hearts to see where we have not lived, it seems to me that the greatest act we as Roman Catholics can do is to pray for the conversion of ALL Muslims to the fullness of the truth. To pray for ALL atheists, agnostics, satan worshippers and ALL who would persecute and commit acts of violence. After all, as hard as it is, at times, to believe, God loves the “jihadists” as much as He loves the holiest person on this earth. He wants them to come to Him and leave and repent of the horrible violence and persecution as much as He wants you and I to turn from our sin. It seems to me that would be the most loving thing our bishops, priests and our Holy Father could ask us to do . What am I missing?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It’s a perfectly legitimate question, Deborah. But questions of why doesn’t somebody do something as a top priority that we consider a top priority is a game of despair. The solid question is, are the Bishops doing things that make a difference, that bring all of us closer to God? Some are, some aren’t.

      I used to deal with this sort of thing all the time. People would constantly ask me why didn’t my candidate make a certain item that was genuinely important his top priority. Most all were good…but I warned candidates that every time they added a new item as a “top” priority, they diluted the impact of what they were doing – and if they got much over three “top” priorities, it would be irrelevant, for they would be so diluted they would never get a chance to enact any of their priorities.

      That said, choosing priorities was absolutely critical. You wanted to cover several bases – and you wanted to arrange them so that it would signal how the candidate would handle almost all things he would be confronted with. If you are solidly pro-gun rights, pro-life, and anti-tax and regulation, it signals where you are on a multitude of issues without creating diffusion.

      So I never got upset with an official because his stated public priority differed from mine. If he had some well stated positions and lived them well, I felt confident I could work with him.

      There is good cause to make the case for what you suggest. I would just encourage you not to dismiss a Bishop because it is not among his top priorities. The pastoral reach and care of Bishop Baker of Birmingham, Alabama is an inspiration. My own Archbishop Aquila’s courage in tackling the toughest social issues head-on is one as well. San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone’s bold defense of Christian marriage…under withering assault…is an inspiration. To my knowledge, none of them puts your suggestion at the top of their list (I would welcome being corrected by any of their chanceries) but it would be a mistake not to recognize and acknowledge their virtuous and courageous leadership – even as you try to persuade them of the need to add this to their lists.

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      • Doug says:

        Yes Charlie. Better to do a few things and offer them well than to do to many things and be spread too thin and be ineffective.

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      • YongDuk says:

        This keeps coming up… I mean indirectly…

        I mentioned my dad wrote Dolan. When he told me that, I rolled my eyes, as he is a politique–perhaps, too harsh, but …I said it. I said to him that that will have as much success as writing Biden.

        Beh…

        Charlie said write a hand written letter.

        Biscuitsnita, wrote this thing for a prayer partner to pray for priests. (For those who haven’t gotten a response, pick one in your Diocese — Damn it! [Doug, I mean “Darn it, but my “r” is broken and types out “m”]: We look too often where the grass is green, since it is nice to lie on green grass.)

        So, I say to you, write your Bishops and write your Metropolitan Bishops and write the Bishops of the heads of different committees, CCCB or USCCB [or [UK]CCB or [A]CCB or [NZ]CCB ad nauseam].

        Meh.

        I think I forgot to correct Rock-a-Bilie in my last post to Rockabilly.

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        • Beckita says:

          Everyone has now received an initial response and we await more priests to write before matching everyone. The immense gratitude expressed for the gift of the priesthood was expansive and fervently heartfelt. The Holy Spirit is moving here, YD. I had decided that once I match people, my reply would include the suggestion that each one adopt their parish priest as well. PS I’ve written letters ad nauseam to the Bishops b-e-g-g-i-n-g for a National Rosary Crusade. Historically there’s an incredible track record of success for such an effort.

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          • Jill Marie says:

            After reading your prayer partner for priests project, I asked my husband and daughter if they would participate in a slightly different way. We each chose a priest (2 from current parish, and 1 from former) and say 3 “Flame of Love” Hail Mary’s each day for our particular guy. It’s a bit simple, but so far, easy to remember to do – plus I think having a connection to these priests certainly boosts the commitment of my family. They will also be the ones leading us (hopefully… and hope-fully) through the storm and after the Rescue, so I love your idea, Beckita for praying for our parish priests as well!

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Jill Marie! Totally beautiful!

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          • Carmel says:

            hi Beckita, quite a few days ago, I sent you an email to the email address you gave in the post on praying for priests. Just wondering if you got the email? 🤔

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for this reply, Carmel. I did just cruise through the emails received and I did answer an email to a Carmel. The trick is determining if it was actually you. Would you please send me another email and include the info that you are this Carmel who asked about a reply to your email. I can determine where we’re at from there. Thanks so much!

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    • During the prayers and petitions, our wonderful, young priest, Father Dillion, concludes with “…and we continue to pray for the defeat and conversion of ISIS, for the downfall of Planned Parenthood, and an end to the transgender bathroom policy, we pray to the Lord…”

      He says this every Mass.

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  21. Beckita says:

    Pretty amazing that that the topic of what comes next in the governing realm has recently risen again since I’m taking a trip through Charlie’s posts from 2015. From his post on 1-26-15 entitled, The Shape of Things to Come, Chalie said:

    “A CORRECTION TO A CORRECTION…some time back, some people thought that, when I talked about the government falling, I was merely speaking of the president being replaced. I rather intensely said that the WHOLE government is going to fall…the Congress and the Courts and all. I gave the impression that everyone who currently holds seats in the Congress or Courts will be toppled. They may or may not. If they continue to hold office, it will be merely ceremonial and for show. Well, they might actually do a few small things. What I really wanted to get across was that the whole SYSTEM is going to be toppled. After the period of initial chaos, in which we may have a different formal “leader” every few weeks or so, things will eventually settle out after a few months – at least three, maybe six or seven.

    What will emerge is the left’s fondest dream…a dictatorship. Alas, it will not be the dictatorship they wanted. I am led to believe the ultimate dictator, while exercising unreviewable executive, legislative and judicial power in America, will consider himself the “Regent of Democracy.” I expect he will clear out the brush of our overly intrusive laws and federal agencies. I think he will largely leave the states alone, so long as they don’t adopt anti-Christian legislation or attack basic freedoms – real freedoms. The most close parallel is probably Oliver Cromwell’s tenure as Lord High Protector of England, though that is not completely accurate.

    This is not by direct revelation, but by surmise based on what IS by direct revelation. There will be a leader who will rally us, restore our confidence, and rouse us to fight for the traditional Judeo-Christian culture and freedoms that made Western Civilization the great blessing to the world it has been. This leader will be able to direct diplomatic efforts with other nations, for he will lead a coalition finally to defeat radical Islam. He will ally with Russia when the threat from China becomes overt. But he will likely try to keep many of the old forms on life support until the Rescue, so that what is good can be restored.

    Once that Rescue comes, we will still have jobs, a monetary system (a new one, because the old one is dead), presidents, kings and prime ministers. We will have to organize society, raise families, produce goods and services, pay our bills…but we will do it under God, fully aware that he is in charge and joyfully caring for our neighbor instead of plotting how to get the better of him.”

    I love God-incidences. Charlie, actually, I’d love to see you as our benevolent dictator. MY! What a fine job you would do! I’d be happy to assist. Redux:

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    • YongDuk says:

      That girl in picture scares me… I hope MP doesn’t put that on the opposite side of the green me meme tee-shirt…

      (I think it is because of all the styles out there, I don’t understand the Rock-a-Billie one… but my GA would tell you I am really shallow and vain worrying about hair extensions and all, if it weren’t already outrageously obvious. I mean I am half-Beat and half-Hipster and whole-Nerd, ironically vain as they come and just as ironic in actually not being vain. [Doug, no, honestly, I am just Marian. Find the Bishop in the Marian vestments and you likely found me… just gotta remember, I stay out of camera shots 😉 .])

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      • Beckita says:

        Hahaha! Your halves and whole comprise one dynamic YD! Too bad – well actually very glad you’re a bishop in Marian vestments but you’d make an incredible benevolent dictator as well. Oh Man!

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        • YongDuk says:

          Believe it or not, sometimes, knowing what I know about something JPII did in America secretly around the Turn of the Millennia, I do wonder on this point exactly, Biscuits. I am an INFP, so it would be very difficult… but if God wants me to stand next to this Witness I would or if this Witness and I are to be… it is very puzzling, but that puzzlement is a Cross to be offered up in Sacrifice. I would be honoured, as my dad taught me so much about Politics and the Revitalisation of Communities… and since a very young child, I have seen the tragedies and held them close to my heart.

          The Problem, Biscuitsnita, is that, I am told, Lightening Bolts shoot from my eyes too often, according to those who know me …and I run from that, as I enjoy it too much. I am not sure I have the Gentle Spirit required and I wonder too often how God has me where He does and I am pained (and need prayers to be Faithful and found Trustworthy, [{as I curse too often to let the moles, voles, and varmints do their job to the Establishment…} how did I get into a doubt parenthetical on such a silly point, Doug?], but being pained my focus is on Heaven and God consoles me telling me in my Darkest Hours that this is why He has me where He does, even if that only provides Hope unto Hope, Faith unto Faith, Courage unto Courage, until the Day that I shatter the Hearts of a certain few of my Fellow Bishops for their Cowardice for not caring for the Littlest and the Poorest and of those the Littlelest and Poorest. A Sword, as Charlie sent you, and which I don’t want, but have to have. Like St. Jadwiga before Faustina. And God will raise up New Shepherds. Mark Mallett, hear these words… and a Sword, a Claymore for you.

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          • Beckita says:

            I understand, YD… to the best of my ability to understand. Only you, and God beyond your understanding, truly know the cost. I thank Him for that sword and your prayers and where He has you and may the prayers of many sustain you in the Darkest Hours. Please pray for me and all of us in the potentcy of the Darkest Hours. Eternally grateful. Prayers aplenty continue for you. I’ve got your name and needs (you get to keep your amazing brain intact) tucked under a statue of the Sleeping St. Joseph, near the Divine Mercy image where I spend most of my time in adoration. May St. Joseph work overtime for you. Pope Francis taught me the devotion to the Sleeping St. Joseph…

            “You know,” Francis told one of his collaborators in the first months after his election, “you have to be patient with these carpenters: they tell you they’ll have a piece of furniture finished in a couple of weeks and it ends up taking a month even. But they get the job done and they do it well! You just need to be patient…”

            Tenderness, silence, concealment, avoiding the spotlight and his vocation to protect: these are some of the qualities Francis appreciates in the saint. This is why although the Pope’s statuette depicts the patron saint sleeping, Francis makes him work a lot, often asking him for a helping hand. (From LaStampa 4/30/14)

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh! And I get INFP. Blessed be God in those strengths in you, YD. My main issue (and it’s a worthy one) with you is that BOTH you and Charlie make my head hurt and my heart expand. Oh I get you at face value in more than a few nuances but there are these undulating layers of meaning that call to be discovered and unearthing that depth takes time and silence and rereads. It’s all beyond good. I am grateful.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Beckita. I hear you. And when your head figures it out, it will STICK! Best teacher I ever had was my toughest and made me think.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, Doug. I see what you’re saying. For me, it’s more than making info stick or figuring out what is meant or how something works. It’s all the contemplation, pondering possibilities which I especially appreciate.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Pace bene, Beckita! Yes, St. Joseph and I are close, thank you for that meditation!

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          • Doug says:

            YD, this gives me much to ponder and contemplate. I keep telling Lambzie we should have been alive 100 years ago, but then I am kept reminded that we have all been hand picked for these times. Every one of us which means you too. I am humbled by how much I have been given. Now I must venture deeper on how much I must give back. Woe is me as I am a sinful man. My intellect is there, but I am working on the other two pieces to cross the bridge and not go into the river. Beckita gives me much to chew on with the priest effort. This past year, I have caught a small glimpse at the gift of being a priest and it is marvelous to behold the beauty of what they have been given. I uphold them with great respect; even when they get grumpy.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, Galatians 6:9-11. Note especially verse 11. I think it explains it all 😎

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      • Doug says:

        I have seen priests in Marian vestments and that is marvelous. I have not seen a bishop in Marian vestments yet. That would be a sight to behold. I would love to see one pulling a little red wagon.

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    • Mick says:

      Beckita, I just showed the tatted-up up Rosie picture to my 20-year old. He thinks it’s hilarious.

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      • Beckita says:

        So do I, Mick. Ha! Give that 20 year old a high five for me as I offer some prayers for him that all his dreams come true in God’s Perfect WIll for him!

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks for the prayers, Beckita. He and I have been talking a great deal and praying together a great deal. My impression is that he knows (or at least suspects) the path that God wants him to follow, but he’s clinging to his own ideas and plans. But I also believe that he is slowly moving in the right direction: that of embracing God’s will and taking TNRS even when it’s scary. So please, dear Biscuits, keep them prayers a-comin’! 🙂

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  22. Susan says:

    Hi All, Jan. 2015 I asked for prayers for our grandson, Francis William Azize, born 4 months premature. You all responded with such generosity and encouragement in such a hard time. He is a thriving 1 yr old! I bring this up because there is a video about him on Facebook. It has brought so many people together, sharing their stories, and giving Honor and Glory to God! It is truly amazing and uplifting to read the comments! So many are commenting how important it is in the struggle to keep moving forward. We are a close knit community here of like minded individuals. You’ll enjoy knowing (and I’m sure you already do) there are a raft of people out there young and old on the same page! Praise God! He is so good to us! And He is bringing us all together!
    May well all have the heart of Christ to continue to reach out to one another.

    And thank you for the info on the seeds, count me a customer. St. Claire pray for us.
    Peace!
    Susan

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    • charliej373 says:

      Glad to hear your grandson is thriving.

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      • Susan says:

        Thank you Charlie. On a seed note, several years ago I had a dream that lots of people were coming to our home and my sister and I were handing out vegetables to them. I shared the dream with my sister, she stared at me in disbelief and shared that she had a dream that people were coming to us with empty jugs and we were filling them with water. Please keep us in prayer, or rather, our garden and our well in prayer! I don’t want to be distracted or confused and miss the next right step.

        Because of your writings, and a post from Dan Lynch ( I think) about confusion on the horizon, and telling us to hang on to the Truth and that the Truth will continue to be found in Scripture and the catechism, for Christmas this year, each of our children were given a wooden box and inside was a bible, the catechism, a new scapula with a miraculous medal, a rosary and an image of Divine Mercy, (holy water and crucifixes to be added). That has been the extent of our “prepping”, besides seeds for the garden. However I must confess, I did tell my sister she was in charge of toilet paper 😳. Our folks grew up in the Depression and my mom’s only story (besides oatmeal and stewed tomatoes for meals) was no toilet paper! and how her dad walked from one end of the city to the other, bought a roll on the black market, brought it home, and it was like sandpaper! Each of the 7 kids, on their exit from the bathroom, made a comment, and my grandfather ended up blowing his top and throwing it in the trash he was so upset by their lack of appreciation!)

        Thank you for all that you do, bringing us together, bringing us joy, and keeping us grounded!

        Peace,
        Susan

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Susan, I love, love, love your family’s story and sweet little Francis’ video that has over one million views. God is so very good, and people around the world are too!! What a joy to see how far reaching his story has become, Blessing to you and yours. (wiping the tears from my eyes.)

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    • Beckita says:

      WOW, Susan. Thanks be to God!

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      • Susan says:

        Yes Beckita! Thanks be to God! Francis was blessed to be born in a hospital that has a policy to save 23 weekers. Not all do, and sadly those babies in those hospitals are not given a chance at life. My prayer is that any NICU that sees Francis’ story, and doesn’t have a policy in place to save 23 weekers, will be encouraged to change their policy.

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    • Mick says:

      Susan, I’m so glad to here about your grandson. Thanks be o God!

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  23. Malcolm says:

    I have always been disturbed that the seeds for such products must always be bought: seeds from the fruit they bear will not germinate.

    This is not true; that is why Monsanto is always threatening lawsuits against those who illegally save seeds from their GMO plants.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Malcolm. But many of the seeds won’t germinate, will they? I worked with state farm bureaus and I know how protective the seed producers are…but my sister, who was assistant manager of a Farmer’s Co-Op in a big commercial farming company told me a lot of the seeds from adult plants will not germinate. I don’t have any direct experience in farming, so I have to rely on what others I trust tell me.

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    • StClare says:

      Malcolm
      Many GMO plants (Corn especially) will not germinate, they are called “Terminator seeds”. They give off pollen (which is where GMO cross-pollination occurs) but the seeds they produce themselves are dead. We have heard of Monsanto suing farmers for cross-pollination. There was a story in Canada that was all over the news a few years back. We’ve never heard of a case on Monsanto suing for saving seeds. Farmers would have a big problem with there corn cribs and grain bins if that was true.

      Hybrids will produce seeds that will germinate but they will not be “True to type”.

      Heirloom or Open Pollinated Seeds will produce seeds that are “true to type” (provided that necessary cross pollination prevention measures were taken.) which is why they are called “Heirloom” because they were handed down from generation to generation.

      John and Sarah
      St. Clare Heirloom Seeds

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      • What’s really cool about heirloom seeds is that, if you grow them year after year in your garden and save seed from the best performers each year,, they will select to become particularly adapted to your garden, eventually becoming a sort of special strain that will do especially well especially for you.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Malcolm, et al., like Charlie, there are others here that are far more knowledgeable. But from a Genetic[ist]’s point of view, I think the question is cross-pollination with non-GMO species and Monsanto’s breeds and vice-versa: Monsanto wanting to control for any such possibilities both to their breeds and to other’s purportedly natural species.

      On a completely different note, for those scandalised — and at times rightly so as the reservation of commodities shouldn’t be, Mankind has been manipulating genetics for millennia, even if they did not quite understand that they were. The tetraploidy and hexaploidy of wheats being prime example.

      Call me a Laudato Si’-ist. 😀

      “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore — Praise be to you, my Lord, — through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

      There is a reason why MP, Doug, and I shall be going with Towel and RadioFlyer in hand across the Universe …Douglas-Adams-style, perhaps… Honestly, would be kind of cool if we have our own cat-meme Squirrel shirts to wear. Jesus could wear His Own cat-meme-Squirrel tunic, if He comes. I like blurry me-meme better…

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      • Doug says:

        I respect others views on non GMO, but I personally am ok with GMO. GMO could be God’s way of providing for sustainability for large populations. God invented genetics (or should I say created). I think Sirach 38 indirectly explains this well.

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        • homesteading heart says:

          But some GMO is not good. Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, and sugar beet crops are sprayed with glyphosate, which gets internalized into the food we are eating. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be eating Roundup. Plus it contributes to the rise of superweeds, and then we are right back where we started. Big ag is poisoning God’s green earth 😦

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          • Doug says:

            Are not round up and GMO two different things? Isn’t GMO just genetically modified seeds? Are you saying round up is an ingredient of this? This does not make sense to me as my understanding of round up is it kills everything. I see these as two different things. Please clarify.

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          • Doug says:

            If I read this right homesteading heart, the issue here is not GMO, but folks using it with round up. I don’t think this is a logical argument against GMO. What does GMO mean if I do not use round up? I’m not trying to argue for or against one way or the other for GMO. I’m just saying the argument as presented does not hold up. Maybe you can shed a different light as to the harm of GMO crops if consumed. Thanks.

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          • homesteading heart says:

            Doug, Roundup Ready crops are genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide. So farmers can douse their crops with glyphosate (Roundup) in order to kill weeds without killing the crop. These are the most widely used and prevalent GMO crops, at least in the US. Superweeds resistant to Roundup are already being documented due to the widespread use of these GMO crops.

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          • Doug says:

            Thanks Homesteading Heart. So the issue is not really GMO, it’s that Roundup is sprayed on the crops. That sounds nasty. So GMO is the enabler, but not the cause. Do you have any credible links or documentation for this?

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        • I think the HIM knowledge has the potential to be either life-saving or disastrous, depending on who is wielding this power and for what reasons…like so many discoveries in science.

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      • YongDuk says:

        It makes me happy that Doug likes me (or this cat-meme comment) 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          YD, I think at the second judgement, after the ressurection of the dead that the cat will lie down with the squirrel. My take on Isaiah.😎

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        +YD, I love that!
        On Care For Our Common Home – 200
        200. Any technical solution which science claims to offer will be powerless to solve the serious problems of our world if humanity loses its compass, if we lose sight of the great motivations which make it possible for us to live in harmony, to make sacrifices and to treat others well. Believers themselves must constantly feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith and not to contradict it by their actions. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. If a mistaken understanding of our own principles has at times led us to justify mistreating nature, to exercise tyranny over creation, to engage in war, injustice and acts of violence, we believers should acknowledge that by so doing we were not faithful to the treasures of wisdom which we have been called to protect and preserve. Cultural limitations in different eras often affected the perception of these ethical and spiritual treasures, yet by constantly returning to their sources, religions will be better equipped to respond to today’s needs.
        © LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA.
        Posted by Diocese of Joliet http://www.ajoywhichisshared.org

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  24. Debbie says:

    Patrick my son & I have been gardening for awhile now. We are trying to do organic raised gardening but have had our trials with different insects then voles & now rabbits. We just got a book we found helpful called High-Yield Gardening by Colin McCrate & Brad Halm. We borrowed the book from our local library so you might want to see if your library has the book. We also follow a few gardeners on u tube.

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  25. Nah says:

    Dan lynchs opening statement is disturbing. He failed to cite his proof of jihad being an “internal struggle”. If Dan could honestly study Muslim history hed find violent jihad has been a constant theme with all of Oslma2. He’s treading a dangerous and costly line trying to foolishly lead his readers into that. The Muslim faith is wrong.dead wrong.

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  26. Linda says:

    Charlie…all tnrs..cavs..thank you..i know it’s a fizzle in heaven. .but wow wow wow tonight.what a tremendous win …prayers for RNC soon in cleveland. ..that one scares me..God save us all😙

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  27. Off topic here but some of you requested an update on my situation. I am moving in to my new place tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers. I know your prayers were the deciding factor. Not just being nice…believe me…they were.

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