We Don’t Need No Stinking Fig Leaves

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By Charlie Johnston

I find myself in an interesting position right now. I have heard from several people of substance who, last year, were profoundly skeptical of my discussion of the Storm. Now only the invincibly ignorant and the willfully blind do not see that it has arrived. The people I have heard from see the Storm unfolding in real time, now – and wanted to make sure I still mean it about the Rescue. I do.

In the next week, I have some meaty stuff. First off, I am going to have to differentiate between a Restoration of a just order and the Rescue. We must enter into Restoration as a prerequisite to Rescue…to get back to our feet and act as Godly men and women after crash is complete to confront the full consequences of our failure. First, the existing order crashes, then we restore a new, Godly order under emergency circumstances and confront both the smaller challenge from Jihad and the greater challenge from official China. But more on that in a few days.

Today, we saw that the elites in our society and culture aren’t bothering at all with fig leaves to cover their naked lust for power. The most hilarious part of FBI Director James Comey’s statement that it recommended no action against Hillary Clinton was his solemn warning that others should not assume that if they did similar things there would be no consequences. Ha! Can you imagine a statement better calculated to underscore that the rule of law is completely dead? That there is one set of rules for the elite and another set for us poor chumps in flyover territory?

Over at Townhall, columnist Kurt Schlichter argued (in furiously blunt terms) that the federal government has forfeited all legitimacy – and that our duty now is to resist. And this was written before the FBI announced that there will be no accountability for Hillary Clinton.

John Hawkins, on the same site, made the case for conscience and freedom, declaring that he will not be a “citizen of the world.”

The estimable Victor Davis Hanson, the great classicist from Stanford, sounds almost as if he is ready to take up a musket and march on Washington against the rot that has infected the mediocrities who seek to rule this great nation. (For the record, I think he significantly understates the case when he calls them mediocrities).

Finally, if you are not following the brilliant Andrew McCarthy, you should be. He is one of the most refined legal minds of this age, fully committed to a Constitutional order, fully outraged by the serial assaults on that order, fully contemptuous of the sophistry that passes for wisdom in these times, and always fully measured and steady.

Sadly, the elites think they are leaping from victory to victory, completely oblivious that they are revealing themselves as incompetent and sinister – and doing it in a way that dangerously strains the civil order, injecting it with revolutionary pressures. God has a plan – and you are part of it. The old order will soon collapse of the weight of its own contradictions and abuses. What is important now is to contemplate what sort of order you will raise to replace it – and restore faith, family and freedom as the central pillars of a just order.

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I will give a public presentation in Denver on August 20. Details will soon be made available. My volunteer assistant, Mary, asked if I would be agreeable to giving a presentation in Colorado Springs while I am home next month. If anyone from Colorado Springs would like to host a visit in late August, contact Mary at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com.

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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428 Responses to We Don’t Need No Stinking Fig Leaves

  1. Theresa Morris says:

    Is anyone else worried about when the fullness of the Storm hits and people start dying, those of us that survive won’t be able to find family members who may have been out of town when this started? Charlie, in my feeble mind I’m thinking we won’t have electricity and cell phones won’t work, etc. Thoughts, comments?

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    • charliej373 says:

      That may be for a little while. For most of history, people could not locate loved ones who were not in shouting distance. We may have to live without the convenience of instant, global communication for a bit. It is good for family and loved ones to talk now about where generally they might find each other if there is a serious interruption of such services. On the bright side, I don’t expect such outages to be of terribly long duration. On the tougher side, God is not impressed that we are terrified at the thought of having to live for a time with the same uncertainty that our ancestors of a hundred years ago and beyond had to take as a matter of course in everyday life.

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      • Marie says:

        The operative phrase, ” a little while” is tolerable in spring/fall, but it’s a relative term for severe summer/winter temperatures; thinking a diesel generator may be a good investment after all and dust off the ham radio, etc Just hope n pray that if we open our hearts/doors to cold n hungry strangers, it will not turn negative….
        http://tinyurl.com/zt5lhoh

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      • jereome says:

        Hi Charlie, eventually we would be speaking about days, months, …years? Referring to the period during which global communication will have abandoned us. I wonder if, after the Rescue, we would still live without our current technology (satellites, and so on). I work in that field, so I hope to take the right step in the upcoming months.

        Best wishes,

        Jereome

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        • charliej373 says:

          I expect nothing more than sporadic interruptions. It could be longer…but God is not going to change basic laws of physics.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Is the like the Princess Bride thing? “You mean except your two fastest Ships?”

            You mean except the whole B&W Mayberry thing, right?

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          • charliej373 says:

            The Turner colorized version.

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          • Doug says:

            Inconceivable!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Ugh. Completely foiled sans comeback

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          • joanne1950 says:

            As for the ensuing chaos that is feared by some — maybe because I grew up with stories of the Great Depression (parents and grandparents), the loss of cell phone communication seems such a minor inconvenience. To my mind, the question is whether I can measure up to the sacrifices of those generations. They were the ones who marched off to defend Western Civilization & Christianity from the onslaught of Nazism and Communism. One thing I know for certain that those two generations lived closely with their parishes and faith. Look at Poland. Utter devastation by two anti Christ ideologies and yet the Church survives. Now it is fighting another battle to maintain its Catholic identity within the secular EU and its doctrine of relativism. Look how JPII and Benedict suffered for Christ. Look what the people of Poland did when they stood up in Faith to the power of Communism. When denied The Mass, they were meeting in fields to hear it. I don’t know precisely what is coming but I know we won’t be the first to suffer for Truth. With Christ fortify yourself and have Courage.

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          • Mick says:

            Amen, Joanne1950.

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        • Doug says:

          Jerome, why would we stop using technology after the rescue? Don’t you think that it can be put to greater good?

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          • jereome says:

            I didn’t say that we should stop using technology after the Rescue, I originally asked if after the Rescue we would live in a world without technology for a certain amount of time. Technology could be used for a greater good, that’s sure, and that’s what will happen after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is not the Rescue. During that time, science will greatly advance, because everything will be made according to the will of God.

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. Sorry Jerome. Guess I misunderstood.

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    • Everyone becomes family at that point.

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    • Joe Crozier says:


      We may lose electricity and phones but we always have a direct line to the Blessed Mother. I am a Catholic of today but I hope we never lose the hymns of yesterday.

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    • Doug says:

      Theresa, the main thing is to trust God and know that he is exponentially more concerned about your loved ones. I hope you can take heart in this. I think it is prudent if you can make some plans, but keep prayers coming and and do not fear. God will not leave you bereft. God bless you!

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    • al chandanais says:

      Here are two links from Abyssus Abyssum that pretty much tell the story as to how close we are Charlie, as if you didn’t already know but I wanted to give others a heads up. In the first link the writer writes of violence in the world becoming the norm.
      The second link refers to an email and discussion between leaders of a protest group and Loretta Lynch for the upcoming Political Conventions for both parties. Insight as to what is happening and who is doing it.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have little regard for Loretta Lynch, but I have serious doubts about the veracity and provenance of the quotes.

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        • al chandanais says:

          Thank’s Charlie, I guess I’m seeing boogy men in the closet again. I wondered where they got the email but thought it had merit. Thanks for the clarity

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          • charliej373 says:

            Nah, Al, in times of chaotic confusion, rumors rise that are false while some rumors that turn out to be true are ignored. It is the same as the fog of war. As the storm winds rise, it gets legitimately harder to distinguish between hard evidence and rank rumor. We all suffer from confirmation bias to some extent, picking up on things which tend to confirm what we already fear…and some very ugly folks use that to try to add to the confusion. What you sent could ultimately prove true…but the supporting evidence began as an expansion of a simple hack. That the sources phone was hacked was verifiable. The content later added to these tales listed no provenance or credible source…so is probably just made up.

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          • al chandanais says:

            Our beloved Blue, as everyone knows five Dallas police were killed by an angry confused man this past week. As we grieve the loss of these five men who swore to protect and serve us we also find that many are coming forward with the acts of bravery protecting citizens with commands and in some instances their own bodies. I refer to the police who instinctively covered the body a woman who had been shot in the leg and her son with his own body, others came along and surrounded them to protect this woman who just earlier had been in the march of BLM.
            All over Texas people are stopping police and thanking them, hugging them, or at least waving to them as they drive by. In Louisiana where another black man was killed a motorist stopped a cop in his squad car and asked if she could pray for him and he said yes. A picture was taken from inside the ladies car of the officer and this fine christian holding hands with heads bowed. All over the country this is happening and though there are outbreaks of violence the moral majority alive and well is paying homage to the fallen police and praying God’s mercy and protection on them. The satan has called for war against police and once again God answers the call with Love. Love for those slain, for those battling everyday to go home to their loved ones. We stand with our police, we try not to judge the people who are confused. God touches more and more with his Mercy. The Crash is imminent and more trouble is near but as long as we stand together guided by the Holy Spirit do as we are led to do we will Trust in God, be a sign of hope to others and do the next right step. We here, know these things must happen, that worse is coming but we must stand together with God in changing both our hearts and the rest of His children which can only happen through the most powerful weapon in Gods arsenal, LOVE

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  2. Theresa Morris says:

    Believe it or not, I’m a techie, but if I am actually able to submit a post, I have trouble finding it. WHY??? I’m frustrated.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, Theresa, and I am sure some who are savier will offer advice. Have you checked off to get notifications? Are you aware that the comments are moderated and so from the time you post until the time it appears can take a bit?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Theresa, Charlie’s point that comments are moderated may or may not apply to your situation. It’s possible. However, if after a day or two, you don’t see your comment located where you expected, you can do a search for it using your browser’s Find function. We have a seemingly insoluble problem where some people’s Reply to a previously posted comment by someone else does not end up indented and below that comment. Instead, it appears as a new top-level comment further down the page or even on another comment page. If your errant comments are replies to a previous comment and end up as a top-level comment elsewhere, you’ve been hit by this bug.

      I would love for someone to tell me why this bug strikes periodically. So far, I have been unable to solve it. Mostly, people just cope with it.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Theresa, assuming you use IE, you can use your “find on page ” to search for your name. Before you do that, click on Charlie’s post on his Web site (recent posts over on right). After, you may have to scroll down on the post and click “older comments” before you start the search. I hope this helps. God bless you!

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  3. vicardwm says:

    The recent debacles by the FBI and the Supreme Court only confirm what Charlie has been saying, and are a more obvious proof of the extent to which our country is going off the rails.

    All of this brings to mind some advice we all learned as kids: “If at first you don’t secede, try, try again!” 😉

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  4. deereverywhere says:

    Today’s readings are striking. Here are snippets:

    http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070616.cfm

    for it is time to seek the LORD,
    till he come and rain down justice upon you.”

    Seek always the face of the Lord.

    and Judas Iscariot
    who betrayed Jesus.

    Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
    “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
    Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

    Regarding the issue of time, and there not being enough to topple a government, I give you the example of Frodo and Samwise, Aragorn and the Rohan. I believe all that took place in a matter of months. (Yes, I realize it is fiction but as Sam tells Frodo, we are still in the tale)

    Regarding banking and silver and gold, one has to own mammon to worry about it. Why are you storing riches on earth instead of treasure in heaven? Thankfully, God saw fit to give me enough to squeak by and not an excess so that is one worry I don’t have to face. I kind of feel sorry for those that do. (Birds in the field; knocking the dust from the sandals, not taking an extra cloak ) I already know that God will provide. But if it okay with Him, I don’t want the flies and the other bugs, that come with the third world country experience. And, while I am wishing , God, can I please keep some toilet paper.

    Regarding loved ones who refuse to get out of the dark and see the light, Lord may your faithful remnant be your hands and feet and guide them to Your abiding Love, and let not one soul be lost, in Jesus Name. Hallelujah,,Amen

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  5. Noah603 says:

    Vince Foster and John Ashe were unavailable for comment.

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  6. marcoluigi says:

    As there is relevance, thought I’d share my post on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whose feast day we celebrated on the same day the USA celebrates freedom. While he is Italian, I don’t believe that’s a coincidence. https://frassatidetroit.org/2016/07/05/celebrating-freedom-the-pier-giorgio-way/

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  7. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    You have mentioned several times that the restoration has begun. Another concrete example of the restoration is Cardinal Sarah, at the Sacra Liturgia Conference, calling for the return to Ad orientem worship in the Roman Rite, commencing the First Sunday of Advent this year, November 27.

    Prayers and love to all!

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    • YongDuk says:

      Would be interesting… Of course, in Santa Maria Maggiore, the Place of Daily Mass is not towards the East, if I remember, but sciurinetheless towards the Tabernacle.

      I have Maronite Friends from my Friends in the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who wished to face East, but were forbidden.

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      • avaeadie says:

        I was so excited to share that I failed to read all the comments before my own post, Young Duk, don’t you think that by Cardinal Sarah’s remark, as I have read, he says, “…face East or at least toward the Apse…” and there is further mention of the Tabernacle in the articles I have read. So my point is that don’t you think what he is trying to intimate, in keeping with the reforms made in the past where the Tabernacle was supposed to be put back in the prominent place, ideally that would be the center of the Sanctuary, he is calling all of us with the Priests to face God toward his dwelling place on earth, the Tabernacle, where he resides, much like the Rabbis of old faced the Arc of the Covenant? Or is it something I am missing?

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        • avaeadie says:

          Oh and I meant center back of Sanctuary, not center of building

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        • YongDuk says:

          I am never optimistic with what would be or should be done for the best.

          Nor do I deny that the Liturgy versus Populum is not a novelty. In the Catacombs or Emergencies, the Liturgy was done in whatever was way practical.

          Look at the Priest who said Mass in Red Square in Moscow from what I remember behind a Newspaper. Walter Ciszek? Was that not pleasing to God?

          There are many examples.

          My Chapel, for those who might like to visit even by bilocation if my threat of long penances hasn’t scared you off, is set up that way. It is more practical.

          My Cathedral faces East. I face East, ad Orientem. Should everyone turn around at Consecration to face East away from the Altar?

          I like the Idea. I think it would be grand, but a certain practicality and flexibility and honouring of “traditions” in each Church sui iuris need be respected, including in the Latin Church!

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          • Mick says:

            YD, I love Fr. Ciszek. My soon-to-be-10th-grade son read Father’s book, “With God in Russia,” for school this past winter. I’m going to have him read “He Leadeth Me” this coming school year.

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          • Donette says:

            O.K. Here I am showing my total lack of documentation in what I am about to ask. ( I don’t feel like climbing a ladder to my tall library shelves to research the subject given age and the short amount of time to reply.)

            Isn’t the entire subject of the Mass for all to “Face East” based on the Jewish Tradition of the East Gate in Jerusalem; the location through which the expected Messiah was expected to enter the city?

            This is then followed by the New Testament describing the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem through the East Gate on the day that we now call Palm Sunday which used to be a separate celebration Mass Day then what is post Vatican II Mass Day incorporating Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday together.

            At least that is what I was taught. Of course then in the traditional way, all of the Jewish symbols that connected Christianity to Judaism was still present on our altars…now no more.

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          • My Church faces East. Anywhere else I can face any direction and there He is.

            God willing I’ll visit your Chapel, but expect that I’ll be traveling incognito since you set that precedent.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hey…when do I get to travel incognito?

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          • Doug says:

            Nope. Too late Charlie. That cat is out of the bag and it would be very difficult to put it back in. You will have to wait until the rescue. We love you Charlie!

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          • YongDuk says:

            The Scholarship reveals this to be a complex question.

            One can be very practical and say the following:

            The Benedictus refers to (infers) Christ as the Dawn — Dawn is in the East, so no matter where you are in the Church, facing the Eucharist is facing “East”.

            Once Liturgy begins, all focus is on the Altar: the bows crossing in front are not to the Tabernacle if located behind, but to the Altar.

            Soo…

            My elderly Msgr friend (who says the Latin Mass ’round here) and I were talking at dinner precisely on this post of yours. He thinks — no offense — Sarah is ridiculous to have put this forth. I thought he was being severe, yet I countered that if anyone were to have put this forward, knowing Pope Francis’ liturgical style, it would have been Pope Benedict.

            What do I think?

            Well… I explained to the Msgr about the Dynamic Flow of the Byzantine Liturgy with the Priest’s Changes in Direction.

            Will it add more reverence–which I would always hope for? Possibly and for that I have some hope.

            Is it historically accurate? Remember, not all things old are good! And in that, this may not be good, as the Msgr contests!!

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          • Sorry, Charlie, but I don’t think you can travel incognito in this circle. You can keep praying incognito, though.

            I woke up in the wee hours and thought, “Oh look, Charlie is up too, updating his blog.” Maybe your prayers woke me up. Maybe it was YD bopping me on the head, or Mick laughing in her sleep… maybe it was my Guardian Angel saying, “Hey, get up and join your brethren.” More than likely it was because my son left the TV on all night tuned to the MLB channel (he’s fretting about the Cubs slump), but I’d like to think it was one of the other wake up calls because it gives me strength… and makes me smile.

            Your disguise would have to be clever. This led to me thinking about the recent KFC ad campaign where they’ve reprised the character of the Colonel by using famous personalities. I chuckled, because I thought you’d make a perfect Colonel Sanders. Still, that disguise wouldn’t be enough because your laugh would be a dead giveaway.

            Of course I had other silly thoughts (hey, it was early), but right about the time the first light was dawning, I saw a flock of geese flying overhead. That’s kind of odd for the season, but it did serve to get more fruitful contemplations back on track and help me ‘join my brethren.’

            Mostly, I find myself starting the day in this vein: now, we must go on tirelessly, work constantly… wear ourselves out for God’s harvest.

            Yeah, I might need a nap later, but I’d hate to squander a good start on the day. I’m counting on the prayers of other here. That, and I’ve learned to be more patient with myself.

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, MP! One of the weirdest cases of being recognized came when I was staying at a Chicago hotel for something. I was talking to someone – about a political matter, I think – at a little table in the lobby. I laughed at something…and a woman who had just walked by came back, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was Charlie Johnston. I was startled, because I thought this was an incognito venue, but I confirmed it. As soon as I did, she exclaimed, “I knew it. I would recognize that laugh anywhere.”

            It is a little unsatisfying to think that if I want to be incognito, the safest place would be as the star of a Colonel Sanders commercial (though I do love me some KFC – original recipe, just like the real Colonel). But what a grace it is to think that my most recognizable identifying feature is my laugh!

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          • avaeadie says:

            YD, “I am never optimistic with what would be or should be done for the best”. Several things here, my first reaction, was a feeling like that of a balloon fluttering about as the air is let out; but then, as I read further, I had that crisp reminder, thank you, Father Duk, of the fact as it has been through these up and down decades of pleasure and pain with Mass, that ultimately, “One sees clearly only through the heart, what is essential is invisible to the eye”, i.e., It is my worship of, my love for, my adoration, praise, and prayer as regards the Most Holy Trinity and Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the HOLY Mass that is all that will matter for my salvation and those for whom I pray when I go to any Mass in Good Faith. The differences from Church to Church and Priest to Priest, good or bad are not my problem in the end. Trust God, Trust Jesus…that is their realm. They will be Glorified. They will Have Justice…HOWEVER, I could not help feeling a sense of Deja Vu, somewhat in the, dare I say, Stoic Response, again referrencing, “I am never optimistic..” that seemed so similar to Jesus in how he replied to His and Our Own lovely Mother at the Wedding Feast in Cana to which she seemed somewhat to disregard his comment when telling them to “Do whatever he tells you.” Yes, I fully know the spiritual significance here, but where would we be without the joie de vi·vre of woman, Mothers, and Most Especially our Wondrous Mother Mary. Maybe we add to the event with the bit of wholesome excitement for the deeper beauty of wholesome goodness and perhaps in this example of a ritual which obviously has certain connotations and meanings which may have been lost in the centuries or decades but must surely have their purposes…but it is okay… so I say, Que Sera, Sera in God’s will as pertains to dear Sarah. NOW as to the bows crossing in front of the altar, I was given to understand after Vatican II that this was implemented in the places where the tabernacle had been removed as a kind of answer to being or showing respect when moving across the sanctuary…as some parishes were losing much in the way of the concept of the sacred. So in these churches where tabernacles were removed, a concept of the fact that the altar was where the words of the consecration would hover, and where the receptacles holding the body of our Lord would be set. Prior to Vatican II, the altar at the back of the Sanctuary had always held the Tabernacle, and the bows made toward these altars were not at the altar but at Christ in the Eucharist in the Tabernacle , or laying upon the patens resting in front of the tabernacle. And ultimately, it would be safe to say that all here hope that changes made or removed are always toward greater reverence. When we say Our Lord’s prayer, “Thy Will Be Done, On Earth as It Is in Heaven,” that has to be a tall order, and of course none of us having visited Heaven lately, I don’t think, can be sure as to what that is outside of the descriptions in the Bible. But it would be safe to surrender all these things to this Very Will, I am sure. And along with everything else about taking the The Next Right Step, simply pray and keep from worrying about it, or I suppose getting too excited and passionate in our interest of it…Thank you, Father YoungDuk.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Y’all are slow: My Chapel is open 24×7 for anyone who wishes to come here for Confession, but access is by bilocation 😉

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          • YongDuk says:

            Avaedie

            [James Ignatius, not sure the nationality of Father Duk, but also completely different and completely lucky.]

            Not all Altars used during the years of the Tridentine Mass had a Tabernacle behind them. The Rubrics were and remain clear on approaching such an Altar at the beginning of Mass — a bow versus a genuflect.

            Similar “Rubrics” are reflected in the Eastern Liturgies.

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          • avaeadie says:

            I have honestly never heard that the Tabernacles were not always on the High Altar at the back of a Roman Catholic Church prior to Vatican II…of course I would not be talking about the centuries just after Christ’s resurrection, which I have considered to be the infancy of the Church, and like St Paul said, we were” given milk because we were not yet ready for the meat”, and so with time and the Holy Spirit’s enlightening guidance, all things Purposeful and Sacred as regards the ritual undertaking of the Holy Mass was slowly made known to the Holy Fathers and Magisterium of the Church…but aside from the early centuries, I would sincerely be interested to understand where these churches were primarily, and how it was they had not been designed in the manner that seemed general prior VII. I also accept that at certain times of historic Catholic persecution, or extra large celebratory outdoor events, and other extenuating and primarily temporary circumstances, a High Altar and Tabernacle could not have been at the back of a church per se.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Minute ten:

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          • avaeadie says:

            Thank you for sharing the beautiful video about the Traditional Latin Mass rituals. I watched from 0 to 30.05. And I even went back and listened again from minute 10 on the differentiations for reverencing the Altar or the Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacle, thank you. Yet I do still have questions regarding the history of the Tabernacle’s placement in the Roman Catholic Churches prior to Vatican II. I won’t impose upon you any further for that, I’ll work on my own research for that…when there is time. Thank you Again.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I don’t have much insight into that.

            Many large and old churches in Europe had tabernacles at the side altars, but they seem to have been left empty, so it is really sort of odd. There was a movement earlier on than realised to consolidate the Eucharist in the main Tabernacle and on use the side Altars possibly for repose.

            I am not a Liturgist. I am barely a Squirrel, in fact.

            I would be interested in the History if you or anyone here knows.

            They may have have been decorative or for private devotion (like the Camaldolese laying down on the Altar steps after Mass).

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  8. avaeadie says:

    I am wanting to share what I think is extremely joyful news! It might not seem on topic, but I think maybe indirectly, towards the long term, anyway, I have just read about Cardinal Sarah’s request to the Priests to turn toward the East, or toward the Apse so that the Priests and the Congregation will all be facing toward God, to the LORD WHO COMES during the Mass. And he has asked all the faithful to kneel to receive communion where it is possible to restore the Sacred and refocus to the purpose of the worship of God, rather than man. I find this to be so wondrous at this time. To be a Great Beacon of Light toward that RESTORATION for the Individual, for the Church! He wants this to be instituted by November 27th! I am so elated and so excited! My Heart is lifting up to the Lord My God, who made heaven and earth and is truly deserving of Praise!https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-liturgy-chief-asks-all-priests-and-bishops-to-face-east-for-mass-fa

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    • Joj says:

      Thanks for sharing this James and Avae! I am absolutely dumbfounded to hear this. It is totally consistent with my understanding of Pope Francis that he is in favor of these things, but it must be a real shock for those who don’t get him and are always interpreting his statements in the worst way. But will the Bishops and priests take Card. Sarah’s words to heart? Will we see a return to kneeling for Communion and ad orientem this Advent? Such appropriate timing to be facing the East from whence comes our salvation. Hmm. In CO the mountains are to the West.

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  9. Place God first and your worry will recede. When I made a list of the five most important things to me in my life- I placed my family first and then God. I was being honest cause I realized I didn’t fully trust God. Now I do. My parents leave July 25th for Italy. My husband travels. I know God will take care of me and my four children. I could lose my children, they could loose me. But we all have Christ. I know where I’m going. Read the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Adjusting your relationship with Christ and accepting that He loves you personally will help with these fears. God bless! P.s It’s not silly at all to have this lack of trust. We are human and fragile. Pray for the strength to grow in trust. My strength came from trials this winter and I’m sure still more to come. But I got through it and just tonight was thanking the Lord for showing me what it means to Love others over myself.

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  10. As things with family and things at work have gotten “stressed” this last week I pulled out the Surrender Novena, Tomorrow will be day 8 and I think I will just keep repeating it. I am so thankful, Bekita, for your sharing this with us.

    I have been struggling with depression again, even though I am on an anti-depressant, so please pray for me. Have not had a problem with it for years.

    Next week our parish is going to have Adoration from 5-6 once a week. I am so excited that I will be able to go after work :).

    Prayers for all of us here and all our families.

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    • Beckita says:

      So sorry to hear about the depression, mtbutterfly. Prayers for your consolation and healing. I, too, have had seasons of keeping that novena an ongoing prayer. Sometimes, I have prayed the entire novena in a day. God bless you!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      MTbutterfly, please know that you are in my daily prayers. I do love butterflies and this year they seem to be more vivid in color and more numerous. One was flying around me and landed so very close to me the other day. It seemed for a while it was playing with me. Love, love, love nature!!

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you, Mtbutterfly.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Beckita and mtbutterfly, I think you may enjoy this, I found the original letter while searching for more from Father Dolindo- it’s what he originally wrote before it was made into the Novena we pray now…it’s more descriptive in the wording and is a little different. I really love this one:
      A prayer of the Servant of God, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
      Jesus to the soul:
      Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine. I tell you
      honestly, every act of true and blind reliance on Me, results in what you desire and will resolve all your difficulties.
      Abandonment in Me does not mean being frustrated, becoming anxious and desperate,
      offering Me your anxious prayer, that I may follow you and have your anxiety be a prayer.
      Abandonment means to shut the eyes of your soul in peace, moving your thoughts away
      from your troubles, and instead of thinking about your worries and pain, let Me take over your troubles. Simply say: Jesus, You take over. To be worried, restless, and to think of the
      consequences of an event is the opposite of reliance, it is really contrary to it.
      It is like a child, who wants his mom to take care of his needs, but in the way he wants: and
      with his whims and childish ideas he hampers her work. Shut your eyes and go with the flow of My grace. Do not ponder over your present moment and put away thoughts of your future as a temptation; rest in Me, believe in My goodness and I swear on My Love, that if you think like this:
      Jesus, You take over, I indeed will do it for you, I will comfort you, free you, and guide you.
      If I have to take you in a different direction from the one you are looking at, I will train you,
      I pick you up in my arms, and you will find yourself, like a baby sleeping in his mother’s arms, on the other shore. What gives you immense stress and hurts you, is your reasoning over it, your thoughts and the pains it gives you; it is wanting at all costs to take care by yourself of what is afflicting you.
      How many things I can do, be it a material or a spiritual need, when the soul turns to Me,
      looks at Me and says to Me: Jesus, You take over, and close its eyes and rests in Me! You do
      not receive many graces because you insist on getting them by yourself; but instead you will
      receive numberless graces, when your prayer is in full reliance on Me. When you are in pain, and you pray that I may act, you want Me to act as you believe I should… you do not turn to Me; instead you want Me to submit to your ideas; you are like a sick person who does not ask the doctor for the cure, but tells him what the cure is to be. Don’t be like this, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: Hallowed be your name, which means, may You be glorified in this need of mine; Your kingdom come, which means, everything may work toward Your Kingdom in us and in the world; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, which means, You direct it as it seems best to You for the good of our eternal and temporal life.
      When you truly tell me: Your will be done, which is the same then to say: Jesus, You
      take over, then I do intervene with all My omnipotence, and I will resolve every situation, even if there is no way out. For example, do you see your sickness becoming worse instead of
      improving? Don’t become anxious, close your eyes and tell Me with trust: Your will be done,
      Jesus, You take over. I repeat it, I do take care, I intervene like a doctor, and even do a miracle if it is necessary. Does a patient become worse? Don’t be frightened, close your eyes and say: Jesus, You take over. I tell you again: I will indeed do it for you, and there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. I take over only when you close your eyes.
      You never sleep, you want to appraise everything, to think, to delve into everything; you
      choose to rely on human power, or, worse, on men, trusting their intervention. This is what
      hampers My words and My will. Oh how much I long for this reliance in order to assist you, and how much I grieve to see your anxiety. Satan does just this: he gives you anxiety to remove Me from you and throw you into human initiative.
      Trust only in Me instead, rest in Me, rely on Me in everything. I do miracles in proportion
      to your complete reliance on Me, with no thought of yourself. I spread treasures of graces when you are in the most squalid poverty. If you have your own resources, even a few, or if you seek them, you are at the natural level, thus you follow the natural way of things, which often are dominated by Satan. Never a thinker or a philosopher has done any miracle, not even among the Saints; only he who relies on God does divine work.
      When you see that things become complicated, say with your eyes closed: Jesus, I
      abandon myself to You; Jesus, You take over, and stop worrying about it, because your mind is sharp and for you it is difficult to distinguish evil; but trust in Me, and let your mind wander away from your thoughts. Do this for all your needs; all of you, do this, and you shall see great things, endless and silent miracles. I swear it on My Love. I shall indeed take over, you can be sure of it.
      Pray always with this loving confidence and you shall have great peace and great fruits, even
      when I choose for you the grace of immolating yourself for reparation and the love that entails suffering. Do you believe it is impossible? Shut your eyes and say with all your soul: Jesus, You take over. Don’t be afraid, I indeed will take care of you, and you shall bless My Name, in humility. A thousand prayers do not equal only one act of abandonment; don’t ever forget it.
      There is no better novena than this: Oh Jesus I abandon myself to You, Jesus, You take over.

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    • Barb129 says:

      Mtbutterfly…praying for you for the depression to be lifted.

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    • Linda says:

      Dearest mtbutterfly2626.. I too have struggled with family issues..tried antidepressants but they only made me worse.. what really helped me was an hour per week of adoration. .we have perpetual adoration in our parish & i signed up for ev thurs 3-4pm… oh my gosh….talk about a rush of peace, joy, love, peace..did i say peace???? I actually CANT WAIT for my hour ev. Week.. get off the meds and let God heal you. .He will so profoundly bless you and im so EXCITED for you😊😇💖

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    • Doug says:

      Mtbutterfly, even in the midst of your depression, may you find the joy of knowing God has created you with awe and wonder and that even in this trial, it is a grace because you share it with Jesus sufferings. It is only for a time and a season and for you to cry out to him and trust with your whole heart even though you don’t feel like it or it becomes arduous. It is a time of visitation and a time to prove your love for him. Jesus, I love you when things are good and I love you when things are not good. It is in this that your love is proven and you grow with each other. You grow and grow and grow until you realize you cannot live with out him. He becomes your whole life so that no matter what storm comes your way, you have someone you know will be there with you in the most deep and profound way. He will be in the depths of your soul. You are his beloved. God bless you!

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  11. CrewDog says:

    Is there any doubt that we are in a Spiritual Battle that is escalating? Signs …everywhere! Manifestations of Evil … everywhere! Confusion & Division …everywhere!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 9 July

    Psalms 18:30
    As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    A shield whose word can be trusted. But we must take refuge in him if his flawless word for us is to be a blessing and his presence a shield.
    Prayer:
    God of the Fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I trust my soul and future to you. You are my strength and shield and I pray that your name will be exalted in my life. Please protect and guard me and my family and my church from the Evil One and keep us physically safe and whole as we serve you this summer.
    In Jesus name. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  12. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Yong Due, I hope, by God’s grace, to have the opportunity to serve Holy Mass for you after the rescue. That would be wonderful!

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  13. CrewDog says:

    The below was posted over at MOG. Charlie is just one of many Christian, Catholic but mostly Protestant, Watchmen on the Walls that have been “trumpeting” that “The Hour is Nigh”. In “These Days” I, still, can’t help but think of the Summer of 39 when the majority of folks in the USA and Christendom were in denial of all the multitude of Signs! Even after the Nazi … and Soviet … attack on Poland and the eight months of the “Phony War” that followed most were still in denial.
    Ol’ George Santayana had it right!:
    “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    Get Prepared …… or regret Ya didn’t!

    “That rumbling you feel is Judeo-Christian civilization collapsing beneath your feet”
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/that-rumbling-you-feel-is-judeo-christian-civilization-collapsing-beneath-y

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  14. donna says:

    I have been watching an Eaglet for near 12 weeks….on explore.org at the Decorah North Nest in Iowa….I absolutely love it. Watching nature keeps me in the moment and present minded. Matt 6:24-34. Anyway, this little nest has had its casualties. Starting with 3 eaglets…one was lost to hypothermia one night (Little Bit) and several weeks later second eaglet died of poisoning from a food item that mom brought to the nest…Mom also was severely poisoned but survived. The last Eaglet is ready to fledge……the lessons of watching this nest has been invaluable….but mostly has taught me patience when things happen that are completely out of my control. I cannot by the puppet master of everything in the world….

    God has been teaching me to TRUST in His mercy…..live in the moment. Things often don’t happen as I would like, but accept them anyway…..I have been going through incredible personal trials with my family and this little eagle’s nest has taught me patience, acceptance and the wisdom to understand God is in charge and never me….I hope this makes sense to all of you. Thanks TNRS family for always being here and sharing your wisdom and patience with me.

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  15. GB says:

    Well, just a speaking of causes of gov’t collapse, this is interesting and plausible but obviously its also an anonymous conversation. Supposed explanation of the actual, in fact crazy corruption that has been uncovered and is a giant hot potato sitting in the files of the FBI, and will bring down the US. And the fact that it all stems from the investigation into Hillary’s server.

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  16. Mack says:

    I just read the news about Archbishop Cupich being appointed by the Pope to the commission that recommends new bishops for the USA. Gulp! If I didn’t believe the Rescue was coming soon, this news would have me greatly troubled.

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    • SanSan says:

      Mack I think the “Vatican Curia” nominated AB Cupich and The Pope–confirmed their nomination……I don’t believe The Pope handpicked him.

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  17. Linda says:

    Crewdog.. i hope that wonderful fellow who wrote that wonderful piece knows about Charlie.
    God save all here😆

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  18. Sylvia says:

    Prayers for Dallas.

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  19. Kayla says:

    Adoration on the Bayou
    This Sunday, July 10, 2016
    A Solemn Procession beginning at the High Rise Bridge,
    Hwy. 315, Bayou duLarge at 1 pm
    Transferring to a boat near St. Eloi Church
    Going by boat to the end of Bayou duLarge.
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    A rosary will be prayed by loudspeaker while traveling.
    Please be respectful of the Blessed Sacrament and
    kneel if you can as the vehicle or boat passes by.

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  20. CrewDog says:

    YUP!! Political Correctness, fear of losing “funding”, fear of hurt feelings has produced, as Mike Voris sez, The Church of Nice and not The Church of Jesus. It has also produced the Society of Nice … NOT!!
    “Onward Christian Pansies”
    http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2016/07/08/onward-christian-pansies-n2189346
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      This was a marvelous article that I have saved for possible use later in a primary column.

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    • goldensun says:

      I’m looking forward to that post, Charlie. This issue is such a big deal for my husband. He’s been so disenchanted with the Church for a while. If I hung up a picture of Angry Jesus overturning the tables, he’d like it. But unfortunately, he sees a weak Church with mousy priests selling him on a mousy Jesus. I frequently disagree with his perceptions and try to talk about it, but I see where he’s coming from.

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Yes, excellent article CrewDog! I am happy to live in a Diocese where my Bishop stands up and declares the Catholic faith with courage. I live in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Chaput has recently boldly declared that gay, single and divorced people need to refrain from sexual activity to receive communion. Bravo! He has been attacked from all sides in the aftermath. The mayor of Philly, Mayor Kenney, who was raised Catholic, has called Chaput’s comments ‘not Christian’. This is the same mayor, who after a muslim man, in muslim garb, tried to assassinate a police officer in the name of allah as he sat in his patrol car, said at a press conference that “Nobody in this room believes this had anything to do with Islam”. What a moron.

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  21. Maryj says:

    Help me, the conversations are all starting with…What in the world is going on? What can our reply be, in a perfect scenario we would all come up with the correct words, we are not in a perfect scenario..or are we?? Anyone have any profound thoughts? On FB I just keep responding with a link to the Divine Mercy.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      Maryj,
      “We wrestle not against flesh and blood”.
      Once the collective faith of humanity fell below a certain threshold, God lifted the “restrainer”, His hand of protection from….ourselves!
      Scripture says “through Him all good things come”. Therefore, without Him, no good can come and we fall under our own demise who, without Him, no good will come.
      Your recourse to Divine Mercy is the perfect quest for within it’s novena readings is the statement that the few who pray it “carry the weight of the whole world on their shoulders”. Carry on.
      Jesus, I trust in you.

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    • Rick says:

      Hi Maryj,

      What in the world is going on? I asked myself that question many years ago and the long answer I came up with begins in the Garden and is carried through the Old Testament and then the Gospels. In short – the creature resents being subject to the authority of his Creator.

      In the modern era, I think you can begin with the (so called) “Enlightenment”, it’s first born – the French Revolution and onward to the philosophies of Thomas Malthus, Carl Marx and the theories of Charles Darwin.

      Today we are approaching the climax of it all. If you read the links below, I believe you will gain a good understanding of the “how did this happen?” question!

      1. John Dewey and the subversion of American Education
      http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/john-dewey-redefines-god-for-humanists-and-atheist.html

      2. The Humanist agenda and timetable
      http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_II

      3. The Frankfurt School
      http://www.angelusonline.org/index.php?section=articles&subsection=print_article&article_id=2514

      Hope this helps
      Rick

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    • sweetwaterhaven says:

      Maryj, a few thoughts…

      The world says enjoy yourselves, hoard, be proud, arrogant, heartless, hate in order to win, lie to triumph, inflict cruelties to rule. Thus, the current consequences.

      Jesus says to be moderate, self-controlled, without craving for the flesh or gold or power, be frank, honest, humble, loving, patient, meek (I’ll get back to “meek”), merciful… forgive those who offend you, love those who hate you, help those less happy than you. Love, love, love. Thus, He blesses us in our family, children, an honest well-being, a thriving and peaceful homeland, and genuine harmony with brothers, sisters, nations…

      “What is going on?”, they ask. Well, some folks obviously don’t understand the difference.

      Getting back to “meek”… nor do they understand that “turn the other cheek” is not a sign of meekness (weakness). In fact, I think it is a great show of strength. Maybe meditate on that kind of strength versus relying on mere words that often don’t find footing.

      The last time I took a ‘slap’, I merely locked eyes with the other person. Their face said confusion and misery. Hopefully, mine said peace and resolve. I was tempted to say, “how’s your way working out for you?”, but left it at the eye contact.

      Trust in Jesus. I’m confident (and patient) that a bunch of the confused folk at present will be reclaimed for Christ. As for those closed to The Word, none of our little words will suffice. Just pray.

      One final thought: taking that ‘slap’ might not be sufficient to convert the cold-hearted, but maybe it would be sufficient to get through to a handful of folks nearby who are simply confused at present. Remember, nothing is lost in God’s economy.

      God Bless,

      MP

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      • joanne1950 says:

        I just read your post today 8/14/2016 and was particularly interested in your comments regarding “meek”, “weakness” and “turning the other cheek”. Father Geogre William Rutler has just written a piece called A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror” http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/christian-duty-in-face-of-murder/ and his response to the essay’s reading exploding on the internet at http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/tolerating-terror in his essay Tolerating Terror. He quotes Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life and the common good…” He also addresses when “turning the other cheek” is legitimate and when it is not. It was that elderly French priest recently martyred by the follower of Islam while saying Mass that rebuked the attacker by shouting at him – “Begone Satan”. Father Rutler mentions this in the article he wrote in Crisis Magazine. BTW both articles can be googled. You might want to google Islamic teachings, Taqiyya, Tawriya, Kitma and Muruua all supported in the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira.

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        • joanne1950 says:

          Muruua is misspelled. It should be Muruna – the violating of Sharia in order to deceive the West.

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        • J1950, I’m not sure why you’re connecting my comments to tolerating terror. Where did I address anything about terrorism (or Islam) in my response to MaryJ? Where did MaryJ mention it? What is it exactly that was objectionable in my comments? I think you’re reacting to something that is simply not there. I appreciate your thoughts and passionate post, but please don’t confuse me for some babe in the woods. I’m well aware of what goes on in the world and what a rough place it is, but I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and follow His lead. Maybe you could revisit my comment and at least come up with a question… or ask yourself some better questions.

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          • “Michael Patrick, The Babe in the Woods”

            Doesn’t seem quite right.

            “Michael Patrick, The Babe in the Woods with a Camera”

            Oh! Much better! Much better indeed!

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          • Yeah, I get cranky sometimes too… particularly with panicky stuff. Cameras are charging as we speak, and I’m getting ready to head out shortly for some quiet. Pray for me, YD. You know the wilderness is powerfully necessary, but can sometimes tempt with loneliness. What can I say… I miss my pals (but giving it to Jesus)!

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          • Yes, “it’s the loneliness that’s the killer.”

            I never felt so lonely as in the middle of crowds, MP, especially in Boston along the Charles. The Wilderness, well, it was walking with God even if at times the Heart did want a Companion. That’s when just stop and sit for a few minutes and I turn to the my Guardian Angel.

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          • I meant in the Lord of the Rings sense of companion. (Sorry 🙂 )

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    • Linda says:

      Maryj.. i tell them to check out charliejohnston.org and abrahams journey attatches itself to the feed and boldly proclaim Our Ladys rescue late 2017.. i don’t care if they think I’m crazy..im a fool for Christ and proud of it😆

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  22. Kristin says:

    I am so glad I was introduced to you earlier Charlie. I’ve had time to process and shift my thinking. I’ve already come to realize I have no control, and the fact that I am aware that this is God’s plan, helps the worry less. Clinging to God. Loving Mary. Full-force towards the Rescue.

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  23. CrewDog says:

    Well, well! At least we can give Obama credit for being persistent in his quest to dismantle The Republic. Since his candidate days he has been pushing The Lefty-Wing Agenda… all that includes! Our School Systems have already been “Federalized” by Federal Funding, Federal “Guidelines” .. Ya want to keep your funding? … the latest is the Transgender Bathrooms or else “Deal”! Teachers Unions (like most unions) have become nothing but Front Groups for the Left (Democrats). So the Federalization of Domestic Police is next. After 7.6 years of Local Police demonizing and demoralizing by Obama, his DOJ and Democrat Party the time seems “Right”…but…Dallas… Obama and Democrats are not sorry for the Police who have been gunned down by Terrorists and Criminals but are upset that Dallas “sets-back” their plans by News stories humanizing Cops and their Families … and casting a favored Democrat Party “Victim Group” in a bad light ..so “Keep your powder dry”!!
    “Obama Pushes More Federal Oversight of Cops After Dallas Attack on Cops”
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/09/dallas-obama-federal-shootings/
    The below was written 14 months ago.. think about all the Terrorist Attacks and Police vs. Criminal incidents since:
    “Remember that ‘civilian national security force’ Obama fantasized about?”
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/dave/weinbaum050815.php3
    the above referring to this Obama – canidate/08 speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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