Gird Your Loins…

lonesome valley

By Charlie Johnston

When those who are appointed guardians of the law sacrifice the law to their own personal preferences, there is no law and justice is stricken. All that remains is the will to power. Persisted in long enough, society degenerates into factions that wage constant war on each other for transient advantage. Once such a descent begins, it rarely ends until a tyrant rises to rein in the roving bands of rival warlords who finally populate the cultural landscape.

The Supreme Court’s decision invalidating Texas’ efforts to regulate abortion clinics and demand minimal standards of surgical accountability that are demanded of ALL other medical facilities was entirely un-tethered either to existing law or the Constitution. The left-wing block of justices are not justices at all; merely clerks who decide first – going for the most progressive decision possible – and reason later; torturing the plain language of the Constitution and the law to justify their assault on its plain language. Meanwhile, Anthony Kennedy relishes playing the chief philosopher king, rewriting law at his pleasure and imposing his imperial will on the folksies, the Constitution be damned. They made a similar decision earlier this week continuing discrimination…er, affirmative action…on college campuses.

Last week Federal Judge Richard Posner wrote a brief piece revealing just how ignorant, practically illiterate, modern elites have become. He recommended law schools cease spending so much time on the Constitution, for it was over 200 years old and made largely irrelevant by technological advances. The Constitution is primarily a statement of principles of how a free people may govern themselves while maintaining sufficient stability to avoid sliding into chaos and protecting the rights of all against transiently hostile majorities. Statements of principle are ageless. It is the means of accomplishing those timeless ends that can change over time. A commitment to free speech remains unchanged whether the speech is actually accomplished with a wood printing press or over the Ethernet. The right to self-defense obtains whether it is accomplished with a knife, a musket, or a Glock. The right of the people to peacefully assemble obtains whether it is at a town square, a football stadium, or a virtual convention on the Internet. Contrary to the babblings of these “great” thinkers, the American founders did, indeed, give us a “living Constitution,” but not in the way the modern sophists think. The founders embedded the power of the people to amend the foundational document. But amendment is slow and arduous, requiring deep and careful thought, then persuasive argument. These are qualities that have largely atrophied in progressives intellectual arteries, so they simply choose to use what power they have now to change the law at their own whims and dare anyone to do something about it.

A man who is notably physically strong can use it to try to impose his will by force on others or to lend his strength to the good of his neighbors in community. Actual intellect can be similarly used or abused. An intelligent man can use his gifts to accurately assess problems, find solutions to those problems, and work with his fellows to institute those solutions. But an intelligent man can also indulge in fantatsies – including that he is wiser than his fellows and should dominate them – then use his intellect to convince himself through clever sophistical arguments that his fantasies are true, despite the objective evidence before him and the wreckage he leaves behind him.

Right now, federal officials all imagine themselves to be the great and powerful Oz. They issue decrees un-tethered to law, reality or the Constitution and have armed officers willing to enforce those edicts on an unwilling people. Universities act as an incubation chamber for such deluded and abusive personalities while the media acts as their cheerleading squad. Yet even as they thunder and rant, the eyes of the ordinary people they bully steal ever more frequently to that peculiar curtain.

In Europe, Germany and France announced this week that, in answer to Brexit, they intend to strip the countries that remain of their armies, any control at all over their economies and rule even more arbitrarily and capriciously than they have before. This was designed to persuade other countries from leaving. It was unintentionally high (or perhaps low) comedy – and we will surely see more of it as panicked elites see the folksies spurning them. Like I said the other day, the only tactics elites are familiar with are bully-boy moves or condescending sneers.

In my country – and in much of the western world – we no longer live under a Constitutional Republic. After a long, slow-motion, internal coup, we are ruled by an alien occupying force. Neither you nor I owe that force any loyalty. But we do owe a debt of loyalty to our fellow neighbors and our countrymen. I call on you to be very deliberate. Do not veer to the right, failing to act out of fear, neither veer to the left, acting out of anger, but seek to walk in a plain path. Civil dissent and disobedience is the order of the day, but know that the flailing elites will strike wildly in their frantic effort to maintain control. Let those who, like me, are alone and have no young children that elites can strike at, take the lead in boldly dissenting from our overseers and living disobedience. Take care to protect those who do have children they must protect.

I am working on a three-part series on the basic principles of restoring a semblance of a Godly and Constitutional order during the emergency circumstances of the Storm. It barely skims the surface, but it will give you a fundamental idea of justice in extremis. In the meantime, I call you to gird your loins. These are things to consider:

          Go to Mass regularly. Not just on Sundays, but two or three Daily Masses each week. Spend time in Adoration and Prayer. Spend more time praying that you will be just, steadfast and true, than you do for the downfall of your opponents. In fact, pray for their conversion, that they will learn to live and let live. If you are Protestant or Jewish, please set some extra prayer services or study meetings so you may stay recollected as to what the Lord calls us to. We are full and equal partners in the work before us. Let us live it.

          Choose a few devotions and live them well. I personally love the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Flame of Love Devotion and the Prayer of Miraculous Trust.

          Pray before meals – especially when in a public place. You do not have to do it ostentatiously. In fact, you should not. I am in Las Vegas as I write this. It has pleased me to make the sign of the cross, make a brief prayer, and then live hearty, laughing fellowship with my friends in the public places I have been. It is quiet witness to Whose servant I am. Act neither as a cowering victim nor with bitter anger, but with the cheery confidence  of the magnanimous victor Christ calls you to be – and that you will be so long as you stay connected through prayer and action with Him who is Lord of all.

          Mount public displays of faith; Eucharistic and Marian Processions foremost among them. Make common cause with your brothers in the faith of the One God of the Bible. This gives witness to your faith and your determination to stay true to God, to live fellowship with those who are different than you, but respect your conscience, without engaging in inflammatory and unnecessary confrontation. Use the Processions link at the top bar of this website to see where various Processions and Public Prayer events are being held – and to notify us of the ones that you mount.

          Live your ordinary life and work with extraordinary grace and sensitivity. Care first for those souls that God has already put in your care; your children, your family, your friends and fellow workers. Let people know we are Christians by our love for each other – and of all people of good will.

I know all too well the revolutionary pressures that the sustained depredations an out-of-touch elite bring to bear, even if the ignorant “google intellectuals” who seek to rule us do not. This old, sad story almost always erupts into violence. But it does not have to. Be deliberate and measured, even as you defy illegal orders from the occupying force that pretends to govern. Endure those things that don’t touch on conscience, reject with courage and grace those things that do. But do not submit to a satanic order.

I have told you that God, Himself, is going to intervene in the midst of this Storm to restore things. I have told you true. But when He intervenes, it will be, in part, to help prepare us all for an even greater challenge.

For now, let your love of your neighbor define you. Do not cooperate with evil, no matter how it screams and threatens. Remember, we are not to blow up the building in frustrated rage, but rather to pull back the curtain and reveal the little frauds who are pulling the levers, then oust them. Bonus points for every one of them we can lead to conversion.

We are called to restore, not to destroy. Even as we are under assault by those who are passing away, act with the magnanimity and justice of the Christian victors you are called – and guaranteed – to be. There are many outrages yet to come. Don’t let your frustration cause you to provoke them.

Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.

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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627 Responses to Gird Your Loins…

  1. richbru says:

    Charlie,

    I agreed with you when you said there would be many outrages yet to come.
    It didn’t take long…
    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/30/judge-grants-preliminary-injunction-indiana-abortion-law/86556662/

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    • We are living in extremely trying times. Our hope is in turning to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and entrusting her with our lives and our families. In the early 18th century St. Louis Marie de Montfort wrote “True Devotion to Mary”. De Montfort predicted that after his death, his manuscript would be lost, in fact it was lost for 126 years. He went on to say that his manuscript would be discovered and published and that its Marian spirituality would help form some of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. De Montfort described the times that would come “would be more than ever perilous”. He said “….towards the end of the world, ….Almighty God and His holy Mother are to raise up saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs. These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her spirit, supported by her arms, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other.”

      There is a wonderful new movement that is helping people to make the beautiful Marian Consecration as suggested by St. Louis de Montfort. This is a movement started by Fr. Michael Gaitley with his book called “33 Days to Morning Glory”. Fr. Gaitley says, “He wrote the book for one main reason: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is the ‘surest, easiest, shortest and the most perfect means to becoming a saint’, and there should be an easy and updated way to dive in to such a blessing.” This movement is spreading like fire. It seems as though our Mother is marching through America, mobilizing her troops. She is preparing us for battle and as the days grow darker, her light will shine brighter for those who belong to her.

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  2. Rob of the Rock says:

    Hi all, I am a first time contributor.
    I have been a silent part of this community of believers for a year or two and have been blessed by Charlie’s writings and the comments as well.
    A Web site run by Fr. Dave Pivonka ( called The Wild Goose) had a series of meditations on the Holy Spirit which were to lead up to a Pentecost vigil. I found it to be very good. I had an experience a few days before the vigil that I felt I had to relate:
    While thinking about these times we are living in & the confusion that exists, I found myself praying for the world & felt a great concern for all that is to come. So as I was thinking about this, a song came on the radio ( I listen on my computer), it was a secular song by Steely Dan “A beautiful world” and the refrain in the song, It was : ” What a beautiful world this will be, what a glorious time to be free”….As I heard those words, my soul was flooded with such a profound joy….(the rescue came to mind) that I wept tears of joy all day. In the evening I was still so profoundly touched, my wife thought something was wrong! I told her what happened. I know the Lord wants me to keep this truth in mind constantly, that it is indeed going to be a beautiful world & a glorious time to be free.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for this, Rob, and welcome to the comments section.

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    • Beckita says:

      So glad you’re commenting, Rob!

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    • the phoenix says:

      Very cool, Rob of the Rock, Welcome! 🙂

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    • Linda says:

      Oh dear silent Rob of the Rock who has now come up from under the rock..God bless you and welcome to our crazy zany ducky squirrelly world..😆

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Rob of the Rock, I love your name and the story you told us, really wonderful! What a blessing! 😊

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to commenting, Rob; and thanks for you insights.

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    • Doug says:

      Welcome to commenting Rob. Only have a year and a half to get there.

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    • ann says:

      Just lovely Rob of the Rock. Thanks for sharing!

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    • mbrandon8026 says:

      Well, Rob, I am guessing that you are a Canadian, or possibly a prisoner somehow left over at Alcatraz, because the only inhabited place that I know that is called “The Rock” is Newfoundland.

      I first came across Father Pivonka and his Pentecost Vigil from a commenter here, I believe, about 10 days before Pentecost this year. I passed it along to our pastor, who planned and executed a wonderful Vigil with the help of my deacon friend and I that was a wonderful experience. During the Vigil, Father Remark processed Jesus in the monstrance to each person in the congregation. That few seconds where Jesus was up close and personal was a profound experience for me and for others that night.

      We subsequently became aware of the 14 wonderful instructional videos on Life in the Holy Spirit, that he and his team have produced and which are available on the Wild Goose is Loose web site at the link below.

      http://thewildgooseisloose.com/series-segments/

      We are using them weekly in our prayer group meetings to educate us and to stimulate discussion among us, as we seek to be more attentive to the Holy Spirit.

      If you are from The Rock, Charlie has an affinity (or maybe tolerance) for Canadians, and treats us like normal human beings. If instead you are from some place like Rock Island, IL, then you already have full human status.

      Welcome aboard.

      Michael Brandon

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    • Welcome! Thank you for sharing. I’m so grateful God touched you so profoundly with His hope.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      God Bless you Rob and welcome!

      Like

    • leel004 says:

      It also corrolates to Our Lady of America who said…..
      Our Lady of America’s final message to Sr. Mary Ephrem….
      In the winter of 1984 Our Lady came to Sr.Mary Ephrem with this final message:
      “What happens to the world depends upon those who are living in it. There must be much more good than evil prevailing in order to prevent the holocaust that is so near approaching. Yet I tell you, My daughter, that even should such a destruction happen because there were not enough souls who took My warnings seriously, there will remain a remnant untouched by the chaos who, having been faithful in following Me and spreading My warnings, will gradually inhabit the earth again with their dedicated and holy lives. These souls will renew the earth in the power and light of the Holy Spirit, and these faithful children of Mine will be under My protection, and that of the Holy Angels, and they will partake of the life of the Divine Trinity in a most remarkable way. Let my dear children know this, precious daughter, so that the will have no excuse if they fail to heed my warnings.”

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  3. Theresa says:

    I can definitely feel the weight bearing down as though the birth pangs have grown much stronger over the past couple of weeks and of course will continue to grow so much stronger in the days/weeks/months to come. I contemplate the weight that our poor Jesus felt especially in the days leading up to his passion and death. Oh, how it makes me tremble at the very thought of it and I wonder if I will have the strength to endure? Have mercy and compassion on us all, oh Lord!

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  4. Joan Bunte says:

    Once again, great blog…and timely. Wish these messages could go out to all the religious and practicing Catholics who in spite of the filth and lawlessness of our politicians, will still vote for pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, pro-global government, pro-illegal immigration candidates. It boggles the mind…

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  5. Bob says:

    “I have told you that God, Himself, is going to intervene in the midst of this Storm to restore things. I have told you true. But when He intervenes, it will be, in part, to help prepare us all for an even greater challenge.” My experience in life is that this always holds true as we get older. And I understand the basics of your messages, I think, after listening to you and reading a lot of your blog. But was there a specific challenge at the end of your quote Charlie that you were referring to that I am missing on this slowpaced for me warm summer day in Dearborn? Also, I feel called to participate in the Rescue by praying for the Rescue. Don’t remember seeing that so simply put anywhere but my brain isn’t working on all cylinders 🙂 :(. Thanks again for all you do. Although I can’t always keep us with all your writings and all the blog comments the content is absolutely amazing!

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  6. This post is a good reminder to someone like me. I’m an idiot.

    I know I need to pray for the conversion of others, for their salvation. I need to look with compassion and pity on those who are opposing us at every turn. It’s easy to say that you’ll do this, it’s easy to say that you’ll trust in God and love your enemy and come what may. But I’m simply horrible at it. Praying for others is an act of will. Even when I do it, I am just doing it by force and in my heart I don’t mean it. I want to mean it, which probably sounds like it makes no sense at all. How can you want to mean something but actually then not really mean it? But that is me in a nutshell.

    I am angry. I am angry that I need to shield my young children from the news because I don’t want them even hearing about the concept of gender identity or gay marriage. I am angry that I am in constant need of making sure my teens and young adult children fully understand why the world is wrong, remind them that they are not bigots and haters, and that the world continually puts their souls (and of course, countless others) in peril. I try to remind myself that the war is among powers and principalities beyond this world, and most people of this world are being handled as puppets and don’t realize what they do. Some do, but certainly not all. I feel utterly unproductive in my prayers most of the time.

    This war requires ever-increasing artillery, How easy it is to forget that the weapons of choice are right in our midst and so easily accessible and are weapons of prayer, peace, and devotion. I need to remind myself of this, oh, every 10 minutes or so, lest I forget. So thank you.

    So, having said that, my humble contribution to the Year of Mercy is my own musical version of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I have placed it and all my music on a single page on my rarely utilized blog. If it pleases you to include this link here, here it is: https://catholicdiatribes.wordpress.com/links-to-my-music/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hang in there, Diatribe. Remember the prayer, “Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief.” If faith is an act of the will (and it is) then your will comes first before it comes naturally. Keep wanting to mean it every time, though you don’t (or at least not fully) and your heart will learn to follow your will. So you do well to try.

      As I often mention, during my pilgrimage, there were many scary episodes. I would defiantly say in most of them, “I will fear no evil!” Then I would quietly pray for the Lord to make it so, for the truth was I was often pretty nervous.

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      • lambzie37 says:

        I daresay Christ was nervous to the max at Gesthemene but he remained determined to do the will of the Father. Not my will but your will. There is where we differ from the never satiated determination of Satanic forces to dominate, subjugate and ultimately destroy those devoted to the Father.
        It is pure humility to don the mantle of dearest Mother Mary who gave her fiat to the Father trusting that he would deliver her from those bent on her destruction that she may deliver his son who would in turn deliver all of humanity. One small whispered fiat gave birth to the majestic saving grace that redounds through all creation for all time. Indeed, we need fear no evil for our deliverance is at hand,

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    • Linda says:

      Dear diatribe guy.. i sure know how you feel. .I’ve done some really bad stuff in my life and have had some really bad stuff happen to me… like all of us dumb schlubs..but i think what had helped me the most is just being “me” to God..and just begging Him to “please create a new heart in me” cuz i ain’t feelin da love. .And like Peter wanted to cut off everyone’s ear..hahahaha.. well. .Jesus says ask & you shall receive.. and He gave me a brand new heart thatlovesall..so my advise to you is.. just ask😆

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    • Theresa says:

      I understand the righteous anger, I do. So consecrate yourself, and have your family do it as well, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Boom, you’re done, you pray her intentions, and She takes care of all the nonsense, hatred, confusion, etc… in the world. Then, and only then, will you be a peace. We trust the Divine Mercy and the love of our Lord, but our Mother puts us under her Mantle, her precious covering of Pure Love. I’m reconsecrating myself now. Do know satan will interfere if you choose to to so. So what. You have the Pure Powers and Principalities that said an overwhelming and powerful YES to God. Just saying, it’s a thought………..albeit, a great one……..led by the Holy Spirit, of course!

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      • Thanks, Theresa. This is great advice. In fact, my family and I have already done this. I will say, that if i look back to prior to the consecration and now, there is a difference in my overall attitude. But it’s a slow process with me. Incremental. Sometimes my efforts wane and I can tell that I need to step it back up.

        By my very nature, I am naturally wired to figure things out and when something makes sense to me I often struggle with the idea that others can’t see it plainly. (My mom tells the story of her dad, who after trying to help her with her math for a while threw up his hands and said “Kid, how can you be so damn dumb?!” I have a lot of that in me, and I can bite my tongue better than he could, but I am still thinking it. Unfortunately can take that lack of charity and extend it to spiritual matters as well.)

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        • Theresa says:

          I’m not too much different, and I can hear me saying that comment to me…… After a life in the military, I am trying to be reduced to nothingness, to let our Blessed Mother remold me, and St Michael to make me his smallest warrior. It’s humbling while I’m grumbling….
          You and all families get lots of Holy Water and prayers everyday as long as that’s what our Blessed Mother wants……….

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    • Lynne says:

      I completely understand that it is difficult to pray for those that are causing the collapse of the society/world as we know it. Maybe this thought will help you as it has helped me. Jesus is “a lover of souls”. I think of how much it grieves heaven at the loss of even one soul. So when I pray for those souls, I try to see them through God’s eyes, as His children. Just as I would never give up on one of my children, God doesn’t give up on His. If that doesn’t work, I think about just how long eternity is….

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Beautiful sung DM Chaplet prayer Diatribe Guy. I have added it to my collection and shared it online! Thank you.

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      • I am very glad you enjoyed it. There is no time I feel more prayerful than when I am working on music, I think. It really doesn’t matter what style, either. I am just forever amazed that God gives us the ability to formulate music in our heads. I wish I could devote more time to it, but appreciate that I live in a time where I can relatively cheaply put my ideas down “on tape.” Thanks for the kind words.

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    • mbrandon8026 says:

      Dear DG et al

      When I read Charlie’s post some of it clung to me, but some has had to have some face palm episodes to help me come to my senses.

      Yeah. sure, we should pray for those who oppose what we believe in. Come on really!

      I might be a little more like James and John in Luke 9:54: “When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”” That’s an action plan I can get behind, or maybe could have at one time.

      But, Charlie tells us that we get bonus points for their conversion, and looking at my life and all of my own sins I am thinking some bonus points would come in handy. Maybe with enough bonus points, they can be redeemed for a “get out of purgatory” card.

      One of the priests of our area had some wisdom in his homily the other day. He said that the measure of your love for God, is the measure of your love for your least favourite person on the earth. Face palm!!

      So, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister and all who have set themselves up against God’s laws (including me) I am coming after you . . on my knees . . with one weapon, the rosary. Yes, you heard me. I have a Rosary in my hand, and I know how to shoot it.

      For the Canadians out there, Happy Canada Day, and for our beloved American Brothers and Sisters, Happy Independence Day on Monday.

      God Bless All who come here

      Michael Brandon

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  7. Kim Sevier says:

    Just saw this article on facebook. “Oathkeeper Sheriff Blocks Feds From Raiding Local Farmer”. Happened in Indiana. I think from a website, Don’t Comply, the frontline is everywhere. Wow!

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  8. Julia says:

    Thank you for another great article Charlie.

    I watched that linked CNN news interview on this thread, and was not certain who I was supposed to find elitist. So in my view, if that interview came up on our own UK TV channel, I would press the mute button; because the interviewer was so arrogant and rude and bawdy, it was hard to figure out what the interviewee had to say. CNN gave me the impression, they are backing the elite and are just plain bad losers. Brexit won, CNN, so get over it.

    In your article Charlie, you mentioned a small way to live in these times, is for example not to be ashamed of showing signs of our Faith in a nice way. Well funny you should say that. I have started making the sign of the cross before starting a meal when we go out these days, and saying a quiet grace before eating. Quite liberating to be honest. Another thing I have started doing is saying God Bless before ending a phone call, or after checking out at the grocery shop saying thank you, God Bless. Every little helps I hope. LOL

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  9. Spot on Charlie, and thank you (thank God!) as always for your faithfulness. All here are in my prayers. -C

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  10. Annie W. says:

    This post, Charlie, seems even more urgent than the last one. I feel I have crossed the line to a bit of fear, not so much for myself, but for husband, children, and grandchildren who know none of this. For years I have spoken a little of the things I have read, everything from Garabandal to Father Gobbi’s messages, but this is so different now. More often lately I remember a dream the Lord gave me, maybe close to 30 years ago. We had a large truck in our drivway, quickly loading it to leave. There was almost a panic to getting away from the house. It had a word written on the side that means something to me, symbolically referring to land my parents have. The problem is that the land, rather remote, is on the other side of the U.S., so how could we get there! I know, just keep praying, and I do, but it’s hard when no one else in the family is on the same page! May the Lord work miracles in strengthening us all!

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    • leel004 says:

      Annie, God has YOU on the same page! He has you where you need to be. HE WILL bring the others on board through your prayers and fasting, doing those little right things. And do ALL through HIS Mama. She JUST love showing us shortcuts. God bless

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  11. Peter Schneider says:

    Charlie,
    Have you ever heard of Maria Valtota? I was visiting a Catholic library and found a book. It contains revelations she received in the 1940s. It is eerie how many of her revelations parallel things you have said, even this most recent article

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  12. Vijaya says:

    Charlie, I really liked what Msgr. Pope said too, on his post about Amos: “I am not able to see the future in detail, but it is biblically and historically true that indulged evil and sin cannot last. They carry the seeds of destruction because they are rooted in selfishness. And selfishness does not build families, nations, or cultures. While evil has its day, it also has its end, which is destruction.”

    So we keep the faith and chug along doing what we do. God bless you.

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  13. Serena J says:

    Charlie, I was just wondering when you say that God will intervene in the midst of the storm, in what way do you think? Is his intervention Mother Mary’s Rescue that you speak of. Also you say that God’s intervention will prepare us for a greater challenge. Is that the continuation of the Storm, after the Rescue? It makes me think that it will be some kind of ‘warning/illumination of conscience’ that will build up the faithful similar to what other seers and inspired people say. I could be wrong, but what you say makes me think that.

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    • charliej373 says:

      When I speak of the Rescue I always call it the Rescue. I have said consistently that God will intervene in the midst of the Storm for all who call on Him and will see. If it were not so, none of us would make it to the Rescue. I want everyone to know God is right at hand right now. There are a whole host of things we must deal with. After the full crash of society, we must get to our feet again to confront both Islam an finally China. This is NOT just one big event. It is a series of events. One battle does not win a war. So press on with the work – and don’t waste too much time savoring the victories when they come, for they will be followed by even starker and greater challenges UNTIL the Rescue. The Resuce is our definitive last chance to get it right.

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      • Mack says:

        Thanks for clarifying that, Charlie, for I had the same question. Our Lady of Sorrows is a good devotion for this time. Even though she believed in Jesus’s promise he would rise, she still felt great sorrow and pain to see his sufferings on the Cross. Even though we have faith that the Rescue is coming, we will still feel sorrow and pain during the Storm’s upheavals. Mary will help us get through it.

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      • Charlie, down here in the South, the Muslim presence is everywhere. I am just amazed that every time I take a drive around the area, there’s a new mosque or a Muslim school being built. These structures are not even far apart from each other. Somehow this makes me think that they do have some agenda.

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      • Serena J says:

        Thanks Charlie, it helps me understand better what is coming, and in such a short space of time.

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      • Eric says:

        This is a daunting but helpful clarification. Thanks.

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  14. Jose says:

    Hello Charlie. I have a question. When you said that “God Himself will intervene”, are you speaking about the moment of the Rescue? Or are you taking about another moment? It sounded to me like you are saying above that we will have a much harder time and face greater challenges after the Rescue than during the actual Storm! Did I read that right?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have said repeatedly here, Jose, that God will intervene in the midst of the Storm for all who will see and all who call on Him. Were it not so, none of s would be able to make it to the Rescue. I want you to know, to internalize, that God is at hand right now. Call on Him. When I speak of the Rescue, I always call it the Rescue.

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      • Linda says:

        Hahaha charlie i think i just had a deja vous😁

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      • June1 says:

        Hi, Charlie! Just wanted to get some clarification on something… the part of the rescue that will be VISIBLE to ALL is when Mary acts, is that right? You’re telling Jose that God will come to all who call upon him but Mary will be coming to all, PERIOD. Am I understanding that correctly?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Nicely stated, June. Yes, you are correct. The Lord is close at hand for all who call on Him during the Storm – but Our Lady is sent to all, whether they believe or not, to end the Storm with the Rescue. How pitiable will be any who do not believe or do not live faith after they have seen!

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        • Mick says:

          Hi, June1! I can’t tell you how glad I am to “see” you again! I’ve been wondering how you were doing. How are the kiddos? 🙂

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          • June1 says:

            Hi, Mick!!! The kids are doing okay but the rest of the family… well… let’s just say we are truly living the storm in every sense. I don’t know how I’m standing. Things I never imagined could happen are doing so at a sickening rate. But I continue to hold on. I need to make it to the end of 2017!
            How are YOU? 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            We’re doing alright, June1… just trying to hang in there until the Rescue! You hang in there, too, dear sister; and I hope to see you and your family at the “family reunion” on Mt. Meeker in 2018! Prayers for you and your loved ones. 🙂

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Jose, it will be okay, or it won’t. I have never attended an AA meeting, although when I was younger, maybe I should have, but I rarely drink anymore. They say one day at a time if you can’t make it one day then one hour, if not an hour, then ten minutes. The first time you put up how many weeks we have until the Rescue, that’s what I thought of. Eighty weeks and I still have electricity, thumbs up in my book. I go to the teen mass. I used to not be able to stand the music, now I have fallen in love with it. This is the song, I had never heard but we sang it last Sunday. The chorus is “Holy Spirit You are welcome here come flood this place and fill the atmosphere, Your glory God is what our hearts long for to be overcome by Your Presence Lord” It will be okay, you will make it because you desire.

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=holy+spirit+you+are+welcome+here+lyrics&view=detail&mid=4C39EBF32DD69EBAB5CB4C39EBF32DD69EBAB5CB&FORM=VIRE

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  15. al chandanais says:

    As some of you know I live in east Texas, my city has 13,000 people in it and is normally a very nice place to live. We are known as a great retirement city and have many older folks to show it true. I live in an apartment complex that is split into three sections. I have given much thought as to how things will develop as we get closer to the fall. The same answer comes up time and again, nothing, there’s nothing to do but pray for the world, even those I believe are evil. Like charlie says at the end of the storm obama will leave office in shame but will later become Christian and live through to the Rescue . I am reminded of friends who had cancer at one time and years later they got word they had cancer again, they told the Lord “NO’, I can’t do this again, Lord always said the same thing, “Yes you can, I will be with you. They survived and while going through this terror were very calm and loving. I believe this storm is the chemotherapy of the cancer that has filled the world (Communism) and the Rescue is the cure. I don’t want to go through this Lord Jesus but I know you will be with me and the rest of us who call on you.

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    • Doug says:

      Yes Al. My wife is testament to that 3 times and she has grown stronger in her faith each time. It has been a gift. We are both very grateful to God for his kindness and mercy. Also grateful for the chipmunks and squirrels eating the bird seed on my porch right now.

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  16. al chandanais says:

    Heavy duty stuff here charlie, Here’s one for you, Doug, and the kids.

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  17. Patricia says:

    Charlie, it would appear that people think as I did, that God is going to intervene in a way during the storm that is similar to the Rescue, meaning in a very public way. In rereading your comments, however, I changed my mind to think you mean He will intervene BUT it will be in a way that is individual to each of us who call on him.

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  18. Fran says:

    Thank you for keeping us steady, Charlie.

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  19. jtbrannigan says:

    The Spirit gave me a vey powerful teaching today. My dad is in a nursing home due to the onset of dementia. Most days he does not know the day, the time, where he is. He cannot remember where his room is or who came to visit an hour ago. The facility was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and many elderly nuns are in residence there. It is run in the Spirit of the Lord.
    I was wrapping up work today, getting ready to go on weekend holiday with our children and grandchildren. I felt the need to visit my mother, (still at home) even though I really had no time and she knew we were going away and did not expect me. I brought lunch to mom and discovered she was not feeling up to driving to the nursing home on her own. So I offered to take her.
    When we got there dad was in the main cafeteria with about fifteen other residents and the activities directors. They were making sandwiches to be given out to the homeless and hungry in a nearby town. We sat down and joined in. I watched in amazement as people with tremendous physical and mental disabilities joked and sang while performing a tremendous act of mercy. In twenty minutes they had assembled way over two hundred sandwiches and packages of graham crackers and peanut butter to feed over a hundred hungry people tonight. My mom and I had heard about this activity but never witnessed it until today. My dad’s job was to pack the finished sandwich packs into boxes for delivery. He pursued this with diligence while talking and joking with the other patients at his table.

    God hit me in the head with a hammer.

    I felt him saying to me: I can use the weakest of the weak to advance my kingdom. Do not doubt that I can do the same with you, if you let me.

    One small step. Attend to my mother. Listen to her needs. Do a small act to help her. Suddenly I am in the presence of God working out his kingdom here and now, using the weakest of the weak.

    The news and events of the last week had unnerved me. I worry, about my children, my grandchildren, my elderly parents. How can I take care of them in the Storm. I can’t. But God can and will. He will send his faithful weak and broken as they are (as we are) and it will be more than enough. We are those weak and faithful. He will use us if we let Him.

    One small step.

    I pray for Charlie and all of you here.
    In the few months since the Spirit led me to Charlie’s works and to all of you here I feel like I have come home to a family I never knew.

    Jesus is Lord. The Storm rages but He who quieted the waves will prevail.

    JT

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  20. Judy says:

    Most people do not know that the Wizard of Oz was originally written as a political satire. Your references to the man behind the curtain made me chuckle…..for though Wizard projects himself to be the knower of all things, he is just a pompous, self-absorbed man who knows little. Nonetheless, he pushes people around anyway just to prove he is in control and then threatens to maintain that control over an largely unhappy populace with all sort of proclamations and falsehoods. As Dorothy said, “There is no place like home.” Home in this earthly realm would be a return to Judeo-Christian values and living, all of which seem very far away as things speed up into madness. I never would have thought that in my lifetime home in the USA would one day no longer feel like home. It seems very much strange and almost unrecognizable as each day passes.

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  21. Alphonsus says:

    The only sure path in any circumstance is love. Not the soft, confused, counterfeit kind the leftists tout as goodness, but the kind of Love that was nailed to the Cross.

    The progressives’ weapon is language, of which they are the great destroyers. Words have no fixed meaning as they tumble from their mouths. Words for them are personal symbols with personal meaning, to be interpreted in any way they choose to upend objectively proper order and intelligence. The way to defeat their insanity is to reclaim the objective meaning and understanding of language. Without the manipulation of language to camouflage their intentions, and to confuse the hearers, leftists easily are seen for what they are and what they intend.

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    • Joj says:

      Thanks for saying that Alphonsus. I really think your right about that, but so few are taught critical thinking skills. Stuff everyone’s heads with facts in school, and forget about questioning and making distinctions and defining terms. That’s what I love about studying St. Thomas. It’s such a great way to order one’s mind. He’s so logical. But how do we form the minds of the masses?

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    • Doug says:

      They justify by redefining words. If we are to properly interpret the law and constitution, it should be done using the meaning of the language back then because that would tell us the true intent. Same applies with interpretation of our faith. Blessings!

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  22. YongDuk says:

    St. Pius X, pray for us

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  23. CrewDog says:

    A few articles that might be of interest to folks here?

    I know we hav a bunch of Blue State Catholics here and I’m wondering … Ah … have you noticed that the Gubermint, at all levels, in your States have problem with YOUR Faith & Traditions!? I’m guessing, as Charlie expects, that this Election 16 won’t matter much but ………………….???
    “Cafe told to remove ‘God Bless America’ banner”
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/06/30/cafe-told-to-remove-god-bless-america-banner.html

    We Catholics MUST work together with other Christians … and Jews … or as Ben Franklin said when speaking of Patriots c.1776: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
    “The American Church Needs to Get Serious about Religious Liberty, Now–David French”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437354/american-evangelicals-religious-liberty-fight

    The US (EU too) bends over backwards to cater to & cover-up for Islam but … Christianity?
    “DHS sec stonewalls on ‘purge’ of intel ‘offensive to Muslims”
    http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/dhs-sec-claims-ignorance-of-purge-of-intel-offensive-to-muslims

    Perhaps … More Hopeful articles:
    “Are near death experiences evidence of an afterlife?–Dr Jeffery long”
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5012141440001/are-near-death-experiences-evidence-of-an-afterlife/?#sp=show-clips

    “We’re Not Done’: Following SCOTUS Abortion Decision, Pro-Lifers Launch Campaign to Say Their Fight Is #NotOver”
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/30/were-not-done-following-scotus-abortion-decision-pro-lifers-launch-campaign-to-say-their-fight-is-notover/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  24. CrewDog says:

    Yesterday the Department of Defense announced that Transgender People will not just be allowed in the Military but “celebrated” and today I see this below. Is there doubt that we will need to be rescued by The Lord and The BVM in The Storm?
    China, North Korea, Russia and Iran don’t spend any of their limited Defense $$$$ on Left-Liberal Social Engineering!! A bunch of people, including me, have no doubt that our USA Military has been purged of ranking of Officers and NCOs that don’t Kowtow to the PC Agenda these past 7.6 years!

    “Senator: Navy Evaluates Commanders Based On Climate Change Views”
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/30/senator-navy-evaluates-commanders-based-on-climate-change-views/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      But Crew Dog, that means that the people who know what they’re doing are free agents and are going to act on the side of good, just like the Lone Ranger. Is the glass half empty, or full. If you were younger, what would you have done? We all have a job. Yes, you are right but it is going to get worse before it gets better. We are to be a light in the darkness. I think you are going to have to get your joints oiled cause you’re gonna be giving marching orders. Get the knee shots while we can.

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    • darknite says:

      “A bunch of people, including me, have no doubt that our USA Military has been purged of ranking of Officers and NCOs that don’t Kowtow to the PC Agenda these past 7.6 years!”
      I’ve spoken to teachers that “had” to leave the school systems because they wouldn’t support the agenda. So who does that leave teaching our kids? – Homeschool.

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      • CrewDog says:

        DarkNite sez: “I’ve spoken to teachers that “had” to leave the school systems because they wouldn’t support the agenda. So who does that leave teaching our kids? – Homeschool.”
        Control of Education has always been part of Tyrannical Agendas ….. Our Republic is dissolving ;-( Homeschooling!?? Just the mention of that sends Liberals into Conniption Fits … as they say down here!
        Faith and/or Civic Patriots will have to “Form Up” real soon … I’m guessing they already are but keeping mum about it … as I would suggest all here do likewise.

        GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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  25. darknite says:

    This came across my desk today, from Padre Pio;
    Mark 4:37-39: “… waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was being swamped. But he (Jesus) was … asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘… do you not care that we are perishing?’”

    When troubles whip at our family, God sometimes seems to sleep, and I want to give up, abandon ship.

    Padre Pio’s assurance: “… stay in the boat in which our Lord has placed you, and let the storm come. You will not perish. It appears to you that Jesus is sleeping, but let it be so. Don’t you know that if he sleeps, his heart vigilantly watches over you? Let him sleep, but at the right time, he will awaken to restore your calm.”

    “Scripture tells us that dearest Saint Peter (when walking on the water) was frightened. Trembling, he exclaimed, ‘Oh, Lord, save me!’ And our Lord, taking him by the hand, replied, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ … You are walking on the sea, and you find the wind and waves, but isn’t it enough to be with Jesus? … But if fear takes you by surprise, cry, ‘Oh Lord, save me!’ He will stretch out his hand to you. Hold onto it tightly, and joyfully walk on the stormy sea of life.”

    I promise to stay in my “boat”, Lord, knowing that you will bouy me up. Thank you for my family. Always use me to love and help them. Amen.

    Padre Pio’s Words of Hope – Meditation 41

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  26. goldensun says:

    If something like SB-1146 in California was introduced in my state, I would look for an opportunity to protest. I live in a so-called progressive state so it’s probably just a matter of time.

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  27. Wow is Hillary Clinton toast?! Is this why communist Bernie Sanders has stuck around, is catholic Biden going to save the day and work Obama back into the mix? The walls are closing in on the sick Clintons, their reign is coming to an end. Russia and Iran both have the Clinton e-mails, so does Wikileaks, there’s a reason FBI Director Comey has 100s of agents working on this case, AG Lynch has agreed to abide by FBI and Prosecutors recommendation – is this why she meet with Bill on a private airplane ( no chance of it being tapped ) ? http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2016/07/lynch-to-accept-f-b-i-recommendations-in-clinton-email-inquiry-official-says-video-2482056.html

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  28. deereverywhere says:

    Today’s fact of the day: the only plutonium kabooms were made here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article86984572.html

    This is me, so if there is a kaboom, see everyone on the otherside. Not sure if I want to be like those religious who survived Hiroshima, but, hey God’s in charge, not me. What ever He wants is what I want. So I’ll wait a while longer before I dust the bookshelves as there could be more dust accumulating than usual. 😱

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  29. Rick says:

    It seems that almost hourly a new cacamamy story comes out regarding the actions of our government or a global group like the EU or UN. I could post link after link, but we all get the picture by now. It is beyond surreal. The arrogance and stupidity (and evil) of these people defies logic. We have to pray to be able to withstand the negative consequences of their actions while arming ourselves for a spiritual battle we could never have imagined.

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  30. Debbie says:

    Wondered where I find the consecrstion prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am trying to have faith and msy God forgive me as my path is wobbley. I pray the Rosary and many times fall asleep at night. I pray for strength to take the NRS and follow the right path, not my own.
    Thank you Theresa for posting your blog.
    I am always checking to see if You have posted any new
    Posts, Charlie. I read all the time but feel like I am so far behind. I need to get this right and hope God will find me worthy.

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    • Beckita says:

      Debbie, there are many versions of the Consecration prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you search, you can just select the one that captures your heart. Praying for you in a special way this evening.

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    • Linda says:

      Debbie don’t worry. .none of us are worthy and we have All been found wanting..well except maybe Charlie…Beckita…YonDuk..Victura & Bill Bowling. .hehehehe just kidding…anyhow my past has been real shakey too ..so welcome aboard😇

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      • Linda says:

        Hahaha never mind debbie..i thought I read your post as: my past was shakey..i jusr reread and see you ACTUALLY wrote: MY path is wobbly..lol.. total opposites..hahahhahaha

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    • Lisa Jenkins says:

      Hi Debbie, I used Fr. Gaitley’s 33 days to morning glory consecration. I try to renew it often… lately every week. Keep a copy in Magnificat and read it before mass especially on days such as Saturday’s devoted to Our Lady. One way I like to think about it is… if we give all our concerns, prayers and intercessions to Our Heavenly Mother, she will magnify them, polish them and present them on a plate of Gold to her Son on Our behalf. How much peace this brings! 😇
      God Bless 💕all here

      33 Days to Morning Glory CONSECRATION PRAYER

      I, ___________________________ , a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands,
      O, Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before.
      Mary, I give you my heart. Please set it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure Heart that I may love Jesus and the members of his Body with your own perfect love.
      Mary, I entrust myself totally to you: my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions. Please make of me, of all that I am and have, whatever most pleases you. Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus. Wash me in the blood and water that flow from his pierced side, and help me never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.
      With you, O Immaculate Mother – you who always do the will of God – I unite myself to the perfect consecration of Jesus as he offers himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of the world. Amen.

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    • Monica says:

      Dear Debbie,
      There are many beautiful versions of consecration prayers! Sweet Beckita has given good advice as usual… “select the one that captures your heart”. (love that!)
      EWTN has some beautiful prayers on their website as well. Here are the consecration prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that I say each day. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are our safe refuge especially during the times we live in. Blessings to you and your family.
      Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
      https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/heart/consecration.htm
      A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
      https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/heart/Im_consecr.htm

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  31. ykc says:

    I have been reading here for several months (after hearing Charlie on the Patrick Madrid Show on Immaculate Heart Radio). I’ve never posted but Crew Dog’s comment/article about the Navy really reached my heart.

    As I write, I am driving home with my husband and 11 year old daughter from Annapolis, MD after taking our 18 year old son to his Plebe Summer (boot camp) at the Naval Academy. It was bitter sweet to leave him. In the past going to the Naval Academy meant the chance of a lifetime, to become a military leader at the highest level, to make friendships that would open doors for the rest of one’s life. Indeed, probably every other parent there left thinking just that. Of course I worry about what will happen to all of those young men and women when the chaos erupts. And they are prime targets for terrorists on the 4th of July. I cannot begin to describe the picture of 1162 of the brightest young men and women in the nation, in white sailor uniforms, freshly shaven heads (looking like a deer in headlights!) as they were sworn in! I wanted so very much to be ecstatic like the other parents, but all I could think about was what is to come.

    I have another young son who is an active duty Marine at Cherry Point Naval Air Station, NC. He is currently on a ship headed back to base after training Panamanian soldiers. Again…prime targets.

    I trust in God and I pray that Our Lady will wrap her mantle around my sons. Their role in The Storm and The Rescue will surely be different than most of us. They will be given commands from their superiors that they must follow. My sons have been raised in The Church, they were taught their faith well, but unfortunately the local Catholic high school did a great job of secularizing them. I worry most of all about their souls. They laugh at me when I try to talk about The Storm. They call me a Doomsday Prepper (not that I have done much prepping! I did buy a huge bag of rice at Costco though!) I have tried to remain low key, laughing with them when they laugh at me, and always ending with, “I pray you are right and I am wrong!”

    I ask you to please keep my boys in your prayers, indeed all of our military personnel. They need our prayers more than ever! And I could use your prayers as well. I know I need to have more trust in God. My head says I trust, but I’m not sure my heart is there…or is it that my heart says I trust and my head says I don’t?! 😜 Jesus, I trust in you!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Your sons will be heroes. They will rise to the call. My godson and nephew is in the Navy, both a chaplain and corpsman. He feels he is not good enough…but he is, though neither he nor your sons are yet as good as they are going to be. They will be celebrated in song and story and called blessed by many generations yet to come. They will remember what you taught them. They will rise.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Praise be to God!

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      • Linda says:

        How beautiful… You both moved me to tears..,😭 GOD SAVE ALL HERE AND ALL OF OUR CHILDREN TOO❤

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      • ykc says:

        Charlie, your words trouble me, although I know I must trust in God’s plan. Our children are only ours for a very short time. They have always belonged to Him.

        My prayer is always that my three sons will open their hearts to the Holy Spirit and fall in love with Jesus before it is too late. I know my older two (my oldest is 23) have mortal sins on their souls (girlfriends and deliberately missing mass). My heart aches for them as only a mother’s heart can.

        I have always felt like my oldest is running from a vocation to the priesthood…he was a track star in high school so he can run very fast! He’s like the nursery rhyme about the little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead. When he is good he is very, very good. But when he is bad…😱! He is currently living at home with us. I think he will rise to the occasion when the time comes. Father Frankie has a nice sound…

        I have consecrated my children to Our Lady. I know she loves them more than I do. St. Monica, pray for us!

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      • Beckita says:

        So beautiful, Charlie!

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      • al chandanais says:

        My dearest sister YKC, I pray everyday for our military, our peacekeepers and peacemakers. We know what is coming and the fact they didn’t agree with you means they heard you. You raised your sons to be good men, that they are. You raised them to give themselves to something greater than themselves and they are doing this also. I can’t imagine what worries the evil is putting you through so I ask St Michael the Archangel in all his Glory to watch over you sons and your family as well as St. Joan of Arc. I know this, as your son’s are generous with their lives and you with your raising them God’s Generosity will not be out done. Your friends here will pray for them and God’s will be done but all in all He will bring your heart to peace whatever occurs in the near future. God bless you, your husband and family we’re here for you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      ykc, it is a joy to have you in our NRS family! I will keep your children in my prayers for their safety. Bless them for their courage and service! May God Bless America and return her and her citizens back to living under the liberty, freedom, independence and Divine protection from which it was founded. May the twinkle of every individual spark ignited this weekend repeat this prayer. Amen!

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    • My parish specifically prays for our military every mass. I will keep you all in my prayers, too. Being a mom of military men is tough stuff.

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    • Mick says:

      Oh, Ykc! I don’t have any sons in the military; but as a mother, I can imagine what your mother’s heart is going through. Please be assured of my prayers for your boys, for you, and for all of our military personnel. (When we say the family rosary every night, one of the intentions which is always mentioned is “for all our military”; so we’ve got them covered). God bless them all, and God bless you.

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    • ann says:

      ykc…how proud you must be and you have every right to be proud. I know the anxiety you feel. Every parent who has a child in the military feels this way. these are truly the times that try mens’ souls. What I can tell you from my own experience of being the mother of a Marine pilot–God is faithful. God is good. God’s grace suffices no matter what happens. Keep trusting! Whatever lies ahead, God is with you and the Blessed Mother has her mantle around your children. I will surely lift up your sons at my Holy Hour this morning and add them to my prayer list. “be stouthearted and wait for the Lord…He will not fail to act.” (psalm 27)

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    • Doug says:

      Ykc, I echo your thoughts. You must have done a fine job to raise your tow boys to join the military. God bless you and may he keep your boys safe and may they be touched in a profound way as we progress through the storm!

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    • Beckita says:

      I’m praying for your sons and your family, ykc. It’s so great that your head says trust. Much has been written about how our “act of will” leads the way as our feelings catch up. Mother Angelica often said, “I DO trust the Lord; my stomach just doesn’t know it yet.”

      Here’s an inspiring and efficacious way to surrender in trust if you would like to give it a try. On some tough days, I have been known to sit before the Blessed Sacrament and pray the entire novena with an open heart. In my experience, Jesus never disappoints with this prayer, I just continue to enter trust more and more deeply. http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena

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      • ykc says:

        My deepest gratitude to all of you for your prayers! Thank you, Beckita, for the Surrender novena. I will definitely pray it!

        May God bless all of you for the courage and inspiration you give on this blog….even when you don’t realize it. So many of you have been such a blessing to me these past few months!

        On a lighter note, I have a very funny squirrel story to share as soon as I figure out how to post it! 😜

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        • Beckita says:

          Do tell, ykc!

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Hello yke! My “Navy” son, a Chief, just arrived back home tonight to Virginia from a 2 1/2 day visit here at “home” in Ohio. He and his wife brought their two daughters to visit Grandad and Grandma for a few weeks. I still marvel at the bond and love we share with these girls although our visits have really been few and far between over the years due to his career.

          But, what I wanted to pass along to you is that Our Lady is the Star of the Sea. Many Catholic Churches near the sea are named for her. (I didn’t realize this until my Priest who was a Navy “brat” told me) 😊

          Although there are different versions of the prayer to Our Lady, Star of the Sea, this is how it is presented in the Pieta Prayer Book. It has been a memorized favorite while our son was still home with no plans for a Navy or military career. I believe that I read in Ven. Mary of Agreda’s Mystical City of God, that Our Lady promised to come to the aide of any who are in trouble at sea as she had a terrifying experience while at sea. It has been so long since I read it, I’m not 100% on the source. 😊

          The prayer:

          Hail thou Star of Ocean,
          Portal of the Sky,
          Ever Virgin Mother,
          Of the Lord, Most High.
          Oh, by Gabriel’s Ave,
          Uttered long ago,
          Eva’s name reversing,
          Established peace below.
          Break the captive’s fetters,
          Light on blindness pour,
          All our ills expelling,
          Every bliss implore.
          Show thyself a mother,
          Offer Him our sighs,
          Who for us incarnate,
          Did not thee despise.
          Virgin of all Virgins,
          To thy shelter take us,
          Gentlest of the Gentle,
          Chaste and gentle make us.
          Still as on we journey,
          Help our weak endeavor,
          Til with thee and Jesus,
          We rejoice forever.
          Through the highest heaven,
          To the Almightly Three,
          Father, Son and Spirit,
          One same glory be! Amen.

          I, too, worry about my son and his “mission”. I ask myself, maybe I’m really asking the Father, “Where will he be?” I have no idea. Charlie reminded us recently by asking us if we thought we loved our children more than God does. There is much comfort in that query.

          God bless all here. J.M.J. C.H.S. (Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Come Holy Spirit!)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ave Maria, Stella Maris!

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          • ykc says:

            Bonnie, I will pray for your son and his family! Thank you for the prayer, I have the Pieta prayer booklet but didn’t remember this prayer. I will keep it close to me. You are right, there is a parish in Myrtle Beach, SC named Our Lady Star of the Sea!

            I have never worried about my boys joining the military because I’m afraid they will be killed in the line of duty. Somebody’s son or daughter put their life on the line for me so that I can live in freedom (until now). Why their child and not mine? I know that only God knows when He will call us home. They could just as easily die in a car wreck two blocks away from home.

            My heart aches for the state of their souls when He does call them. When God separates the sheep from the goats, where will my children be? Yes, they’re “good kids”, but they’re good kids that lived their teenage years going to a “Catholic” high school that IMHO stole their faith. It’s very hard to for devout parents to compete with the secular world, and especially hard to compete with an affluent Catholic school that isn’t teaching the whole truth. The school looks good on the surface, especially if one is a “Clueless Catholic”. But when you peel away the layers, there’s nothing inside. Our boys were taught the fullness of the faith at home, but that life isn’t nearly as attractive to teenagers as the easy way out. Most of their friends (I dare say most of the families at that school) don’t see anything wrong with missing mass on Sunday. Mortal sin? What’s that? Birth control? Why not? Living together? What’s the big deal? The Rosary? Nobody prays that anymore. It’s boring. You get the picture. We kept praying and hoping things would improve so we stayed. We stayed so long that we felt that if we didn’t let our youngest son finish there, it would be worse than staying. That sounds so CRAZY when I say it!! What were we thinking?! Father, forgive me. Maybe I really should confess this….

            St. Monica, pray for all those who have strayed to come to Jesus, as your son and husband did.

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    • LisasMania7 says:

      TWO Memorares!
      🙂
      xoxo

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  32. CrewDog says:

    This satanic dumbass may have just screwed-up … Big-Time! He has always got away with his antics bashing Christians and assuming he was safe to do so… but … burning the Koran… and, perhaps, he does not realize that Islam holds Mary in high regard too… I’m having very un-Christian thoughts at the moment!
    “Registered Sex Offender to Desecrate Virgin Mary, Burn Koran in Black Mass”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/01/registered-sex-offender-desecrate-virgin-mary-burn-koran-black-mass/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  33. Hello Charlie and all the gang….I’m just getting to this post as I find myself surrounded by thirteen rambunctious grandkids, and their sometimes more rambunctious parents and I’m only half way yet through the comments. But the striking thing that I am experiencing after having read the last two posts is a very strong sense of increasing intensity and focus. Like the Israelites stepping into the parted Red Sea behind Moses kind of intensity and focus.

    The other thing that has been happening lately is that the Lord has been continuously revealing to me the many patterns of His constant presence and help in my life over the years. Many of these instances I have been aware of and some I have not, but its like the whole thing is coming into focus like a big jigsaw puzzle. Time seems to be compressing.

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  34. Linda says:

    Charlie you’re getting too big..i can’t keep up…meh😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇xmillion😇

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  35. Julie from PA says:

    Las Vegas…Charlie did it again.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Fortunately, the storms seem to have set in about an hour after my plane departed. Interestingly, though, the epicenter seems to have been in Henderson, where I was staying. In fact, Boulder Ave. is mentioned as the site of a washout – and my hotel was the Best Western on…Boulder Ave….in Henderson. Ah yes, continuing to bring peace, joy, and strange weather patterns wherever I go.

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      • Julie from PA says:

        When I saw the devastation on tv I thought it was WV and was stunned when they said Las Vegas. We had a storm run through last night. Since our county was under a tornado watch, I was a little nervous. The thunder and lightning was right over the house. I have recently started singing the Psalms. So, I just started singing compline. It was ironic because one of the Psalms was 77, part II – about the waters and the earth trembling and the thunders and flashes. Before I even finished, the storm calmed right down and all that I heard outside was just the rain.

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        • Linda says:

          Julia from PA.. you probably already know this so excuse me if you do . I always pray chaplet of Mercy during storms as Jesus told Faustina the angels of destruction are powerless to do damage when she prayed that during the storm.. How it hold true for us ordinary folk too😊☔🌂☁🔥💧

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      • Beckita says:

        As only you can do, Charlie! 😉 😉 😉 = the Trinitarian Grin

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      • al chandanais says:

        Come to Texas Charlie, we need the rain. 🙂

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  36. Debbie says:

    Linda I should have re read my post. What I was trying to say is I am praying, doing different spiritual things and saying the rosary. I do Eucharistic adoration every week and
    I attend mass but still don’t feel worthy. Maybe as time goes on I will be more sure I am taking the NRS.

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    • Doug says:

      None of us are worthy Debbie, but God graciously gives us his gifts. Treasure it, be grateful and live joy. He desires to give us the kingdom. This is the best way to return his love and pleases him much more.

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    • Linda says:

      That was MY bad Debbie..I apologize… I totally read it too fast and got what you were saying totally wrong…In trying to encourage you ..i think i made it worse..lol… Oh well.. maybe we’ll get a few souls out of purgatory… this was way worse ‘on my part’ than just a typo😆

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  37. Mary Thompson says:

    Charlie, you have spoken of a blunder that Pope Francis will make….is it perhaps his latest as far as marriage, cohabitating etc? To me it seems a blunder…………..
    Love your writings and can’t wait for the next one. Each one has made a great and good difference in my life. I have been so drawn, because of your writings, to our God and all of his angelic beings, more so now than ever in my life. Thank you Charlie! I include you in my prayers always!

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    • Lisa Jenkins says:

      Yes I wondered too Charlie, about what is it that we need to “take away” from Pope Francis airplane catechesis . After ‘coming home again’ to our faith, by the grace of God, I have for years miraculously cold turkey had a renewed aversion to the very sins that stole me away ….this makes me want to shake those sometimes who haven’t had the grace of conversion yet. Show them in love how beautiful a life is loving in faith, tradition & Truth. Seems like , yes ….we all need to remember that we once sinners (& still sinning) must like PF welcome the sinners back because someone did that for us…but isn’t wrong also that it may pushing away or into schism those who have toiled hard but want sinners to repent and “sin no more”? Many of my close and very catholic friends are going thru this turmoil right now. I keep assuring them that Pope Francis is the pope that will guide us through the storm and is the pope of mercy, but I think I’m still trying to convince myself….Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us, Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us!

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      • Barb421 says:

        I pretty much agree with you Lisa, I am still trying to convince myself that he is a legitimate pope…we truly are in the most confusing of times with satan at the helm…also, I personally have undergone some very recent attacks for defending truth and purity..shunned by some in laws…but I recognize it for what it is and accept it as God’s will and unite my suffering from the betrayals and rejections, with Christ’s suffering… it’s the only way to go, no turning back, God bless you and all here

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        • Doug says:

          I don’t see it as the pope being the issue. It is the progressive press, every chance they get, twisting his words to suite their agenda. The focus should be on the press, not the pope.

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        • Lisa Jenkins says:

          Bravo Barb! That is the way we should accept this angst, confusion as many saints have….suffering for the love of Jesus and consoling him. I forget this sometimes (ok lots) and then in prayer afterwards ask Our Lord if could retroactively take my complaints and convert them into an offering of suffering of reparation to His Sacred Heart and his mothers Immaculate Heart . Figured that is what St. Therese would do…maybe it’ll be good for us too 💕😇🙏

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        • YongDuk says:

          Forgive me for this:

          A lot of you (in general, here and everywhere) have to get your heads out of yours arses!

          Read the Pope’s Aeroplane Catacheses as Pastorally Practical Statements and stop the Stupidity! Especially as if you’re pastorally smarter than he is. . .

          Ugh,
          +Yong Duk

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am curious, YD. Is “arses” a technical term from canon law? 😉

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          • YongDuk says:

            Timmy Dolan taught me that one… when I called him it 😛

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          • YongDuk says:

            N.B. That was before he was named a Cardinal, lest anyone think me impertinent, which I indeed am nonetheless, nevertheless, sciurinetheless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Years ago a Bishop I deeply respected called me a dumb-arse because of a blunder (though he dropped the ‘r’ in the last syllable). He was quite insistent about it…so I have sometimes wondered if that was a specific canonical rebuke. 😉

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          • YongDuk says:

            Yes, it is polite common canonical parlance amongst the Brethren, again typically said as one stands up, says something catalytic, and walks out of the room on a so-called bathroom break stunned at the stupidity of the Politiques unwilling to weigh the Salvation of Souls against Mammon or Popularity–and that is why, my Friends, to be biographical, the Miracle with John Paul II: to be a catalyst to die to self or not, to love to the Point of the Cross or not.

            And I reprimand any and everyone here and anywhere to the Point of the Salvation of their Souls for their arrogance in judging the Supreme Pontiff or their Arrogance in dealing with the Eucharist!

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          • Barb421 says:

            now just a garsh darn minute YD, I am NOT being arrogant and judging the pontiff, I simply am honestly wondering as to the truth about the Pope and many other matters related to our faith!! I am respectful and hopeful…I find your verbal assault to be arrogant! we’re not robots! we all mull things over and wonder, even Mother Theresa had her doubts in the Lord God at times! these are the times we are living in…unprecedented confusion

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t want to speak for YD, Barb, but I don’t think you were anything other than a catalyst for his frustration. Sadly, some of what were once the most notably orthodox sites have taken to trashing the Pope in the ugliest ways. It is terrible. It kind of gets some of those of us who are fully loyal to the faith and the Holy Father on a hair trigger of frustration. People here typically don’t go on a rant against the Pope…but I find if I have just looked through one of the ugly, vicious articles somewhere else, my throat tightens up here when I see a critical comment that is perfectly within the range of acceptable comment.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Barb, if you are Catholic, then I would recommend for one of your garsh[sic]-darned minutes to ponder what the phrases “assent of faith” and “religious submission of intellect and will” mean.

            Assent of Faith in regards to the Person of the Supreme Pontiff Elected.

            In regards to what he says +/- that assent of faith and/or a religious submission of intellect and will depending upon the type or degree of the pronouncement. But I am not speaking of that, but your comment about his Legitimacy.

            So therefore, yes, Barb, sorry to say with regards to the Legitimacy of the Current Holy Father you are indeed found wanting, but this comment was not directed towards you alone!

            Contend me or with me if you wish with your statement and judge me arrogant all you wish, but again this was not direct merely towards you!

            pax,
            +YD

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          • Mick says:

            Forgive me for laughing, Your Bishopness; but that was really funny! Your point, however, is well (and seriously) taken.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            This made me think of a Cardinal who was a frequent visitor to our home. He did not like pomp and ceremony and was a man of the people. He once told my dad “When people ask if they can kiss my ring I sometimes feel like saying ‘yes, sure, it’s in my back pocket.'”

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Barb, please don’t be upset at me for budding in here, but Pope Francis is Mary’s Pope. He is the Pope of Mercy. She herself has said this. If you have doubts go to Mary, ask her to show you with a true heart, and she will because Jesus said to ask and it will be given. 💔

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Lisa, what the Pope is doing is what Jesus taught- is referring to Matthew 20: 1-16 and having extreme mercy on sinners in this year of Mercy, because we are in very serious times. Choose Heaven or Hell for each soul- this is what is at stake.
        Matt:20:16
        So it is that they shall be first who were last, and they shall be last who were first. Many are called, but few are chosen.

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        • lambzie37 says:

          So true Snowy. I was listening to midnight Mass reflecting on the Priest’s homily. He was reminding us that God has a purpose for each of us that is unique and only for us. I was then lead to pray for forgiveness for the times I have not answered God’s call for me to do His will. Right now I am so keenly aware that when I fail to answer the call to do my assigned task for which God has gifted me, I have forever missed that particular opportunity to draw closer to Him. God’s will shall be accomplished regardless of my response. Instead I see that the task(s) to which I am called are truly God’s gift to me, allowing me to show Him in a tangible manner just how deeply I love and trust Him. I, like a child, can trust that the Father knows what is best for me and will teach me all I need to know.. He will never ask me to do anything He has not equipped me to complete. Our God truly is amazing!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen, Lambzie, and I think if we don’t intentionally ignore God’s will when He calls us, if we are confused or fearful, He gives more chances because He is very patient and merciful, at least that’s been my experience. When we intentionally say no with knowledge and full awareness..that’s a different thing. Then we reap what we sow.

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          • Doug says:

            Dear Lambzie, how blessed I am that God has formed you into a beautiful pearl and placed you in my life.

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    • Louis Cote, Belleville, ON says:

      Hi Mary
      Initially, I also thought that the Pope’s comment on the invalidity of most marriages was an overstatement and a mistake…
      Be that as it may, further reflection and research has led me to explore his position more fully. Trying to put the pope’s position in the best light, I came up with this question…

      Could the prevalence of the contraceptive culture (even among Catholics), give rise to serious questions about the minimum requirements for the validity of marriage consent?

      This article gives some points to ponder
      http://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2013/11/21/contraception-and-marriage-validity/

      The scope of the problem is difficult to quantify.
      When I think of the Pope, I picture a bird dog pointing to ‘something’ in the bush. There is ‘something’ there — later, what is concealed (our heart and the Truth) will be revealed.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I agree, Louis. Last week, a very publicly prominent man, in a private phone conversation, asked me why the Catholic blogosphere was in such an uproar on the Pope’s comments on the subject. “Hasn’t the rise and acceptance of the culture of contraception made it exactly the case that many marriages are not fully valid?” He didn’t ask it challengingly, but puzzled. He thought it obvious on its face – and wondered if I had a different take. I didn’t.

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        • Lisa Jenkins says:

          Yes, that is the take I had on the remarks…I agree many of the fence sitters or lukewarm Catholics are “not in a state of grace” or one could say are in invalid unions for lack of a better translation (especially many of us born of the contraception generation who had weak foundations ) The problem it seems with today’s many of these don’t have the will , intellect or attention span to reason what the church’s teaching is and why. Thus the conversion experience will elude if they are so distracted by the shiny objects the world is offering them
          For those who have taken the time and used logical intellect truly can see to extrapolate the horror that the culture of death rooted in the bc pill and abortion agenda has wrought . I worry though about some the good doctrinally sound folks who are being swayed to anger in some cases to in reaction to the perception of the Popes comments. They have fight the good fight but hopefully aren’t getting swayed at the last minute, instead of relying on the very magisterium that got them there and remember ‘the gates of hell will not prevail…’

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          • Karen says:

            I wonder if I could draw on the wisdom and counsel of readers on this matter, especially from our dear shepherds. It is my understanding that one can still be validly married even while in a sinful situation providing the requirements are met or dispensation obtained if needed. Sacramental grace can be applied to the marriage if and when repentance takes place and absolution given in Confession. It is probably the case that many marriages fall into this category – conversion often happens as children come along. Of course this is not the ideal but it is a lot better than having a multitude of null marriages.

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          • Barb421 says:

            very well said, Lisa

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        • Beckita says:

          I just consulted the canon lawyer in this house and the use of contraceptives does not result in an invalid marriage. The grace of the sacrament is bound when one or both spouses are in a state with serious un-confessed sin but the marriage is valid. Once the serious sins are confessed, the grace of the sacrament is unleashed.

          The invalidity may come from so many sources related to unity and indissolubility. Father believes many are invalid due to a spouse not being able to qualify for married life, such as someone with an undiagnosed mental illness or a hidden addiction. I asked about emotional immaturity resulting from being raised in a seriously struggling family. Father said of course that could be a real factor prohibiting someone from being able to fully enter into married life – thereby affecting validity. After 30 years of teaching, which included networking families with resources to address issues related to life wounds, I see this as a HUGE impact on marriage. Many would pooh pooh such a statement and say something like “Buck up and make it work.” The challenge is, it takes two people who are willing to strive to make a marriage work.

          Another observation which I think most readily perceive is the Holy Father’s tacit encouragement for tribunals to be broadminded, giving the benefit of the doubt – without changing doctrine and dogma – in order to gather more souls back into the Church.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckita, your aged Priest–if I discern correctly–is speaking from a point when ABC (artificial birth control) was used to temporarily avoid Pregnancy.

            If the Couple enters into Union with the thought that they will use ABC to avoid Pregnancy whatsoever and the qualification of a remote “maybe someday, but not for sure, so we plan on using ABC,” then that does indeed equate to the invalidity of that Marriage unfortunately.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you for that clarification, YD. Absolutely yes to the qualifier: ‘temporary” use! As ever, you’ve covered the bases, Zort!

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      • Klank says:

        But what about the second part of his statement about marriage, that he has come across many cohabitations that have the grace of true marriage because of their fidelity? Does fidelity alone confer the grace of the sacrament? Surely that statement is highly problematic.

        I tend to agree about the invalidity of many marriages because of contraception use, but the Pope didn’t mention anything about contraception in what he said. He only said it was because they didn’t have the sense of commitment and fidelity required for the sacrament. Perhaps that indirectly includes the problem of contraception, but the Pope’s position on that was not clear. As far as I’m aware there is no mention whatsoever of contraception, arguably THE biggest threat to the family in modern times, in Amoris Laetitia and Pope Francis has implied that preaching about contraception is not high on his list of priorities.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Look, a cottage industry has arisen to deconstruct every non-Magisterial statement the Pope makes and put the most negative construction on it possible. It bugs me. I am glad to entertain people thinking Pope Francis is often clumsy in his formulations, opaque when one would hope for clarity…whatever. But I will not entertain notions that he is an heretic, which grows ever stronger, most especially in orthodox publications. In the Acts of the Apostles, you can literally sense St. Paul rolling his eyes at St. Peter sometimes and you can almost hear him saying, “There he goes again.” I am appalled at how often people take some off-the-cuff comment the Pope makes, say it does not square with Article 7, section 38, subsection 5a of some Papal code of conduct and conclude he must be a witch. I don’t suggest you are saying that, but we have a rising tide of it.

          Pope Francis is trying to get everyone into the boat. In his enthusiasm for that, he sometimes (maybe even often) says things that are clunky or, perhaps, even just plain wrong. So what? Judges often say dumb things off the bench…so long as they take care what they say when they are on the bench, it is seldom held against them. If Pope Francis started teaching clear error Magisterially, then I would get worked up. But he hasn’t.

          We all have work to do…and very serious work, at that. Micro-analysis of every off-the-cuff statement by a Pope who is given to making a lot of them is not going to help us get OUR work done. I sometimes find myself rolling my eyes, too. But I am firmly ensconced in the Barque of Peter and that is where I will remain until my death, God willing. I have way too much on my platter to live my duty to God to get over-excited every time my captain says something peculiar. As an old American admiral once memorably said during a crisis, “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead.”

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          • mbrandon8026 says:

            Bravo Charlie

            David Farrugut was the Admiral at the battle of Mobile Bay.

            It sure beats the more common motto of today: “Ready, Fire, Aim.”

            We have too much work to do to waste our time fulminating over every imagined offense that enters into our brain pans.

            This is a war/storm, and our Holy Father is one of the good guys. He is as likely to be wounded by friendly fire as he is to ever be injured by the enemy.

            Treat him with the respect you would wish to be afforded yourself for your own imperfections. Remove the plank before you go looking for his splinter.

            God Bless All who come here.

            Michael Brandon

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          • Jill Clark says:

            Thank you Charlie!
            Most of the time I understand what our Pope means even if it’s worded badly. It’s basically all about love.
            People cannot change unless they are loved where they are. When you try to make them change, all their energy is spent defending who they are instead of becoming who they are supposed to be.
            I know I’m safe in the barque.
            That’s all I need to know.
            God bless you Charlie
            pcj

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen x a million, Charlie! The rising tide deserves our prayers.

            I found this lens for viewing Pope Francis very helpful:
            https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2016/07/02/pope-francis-goes-off-cuff-think-latin-america/

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            mbrandon…. ““Ready, Fire, Aim.” That is really really funny…(don’t mind me, I’m soooo easily amused.) Hahaha.😂

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  38. Ned Jacobs says:

    Charlie, thank you for this post. Richard Posner was one of my professors at the University of Chicago Law School in the early 1970s. I am now 15% of the way through an amazing book, The Challenge of Liberty, by Robert V. Jones, copyrighted in 1956 and published by The Heritage Foundation. The book is available for free as a download from the internet, although i am reading a discarded library hardback of the first edition. Attorney Jones understood the US Constitution and our federal system of government, and, more importantly, the proper role of government, far more profoundly than Judge Posner

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have always had a high regard for the University of Chicago…it was one of my two finalists out of high school – and I came to wish I had gone there rather than to Northwestern. So it is particularly annoying to me to hear an alum of the U of C say such a mindless thing.

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