A Couple of Things…

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By Charlie Johnston

I have been hanging around the Napa Institute Conference up north of San Francisco this week – officially as an advisor to David Daleiden – since I don’t have the sort of cash needed to cover this sort of prestigious gathering. (Not to worry, I haven’t eaten any of the meals or taken anything that had a cost associated with it. Oops…there was an irresistible little pastry a few nights ago. I confess, I ate it…and would do it again. It was right tasty).

It has been a fruitful time, but very busy. The first two days I rode with one of my Priests – the one who keeps the archives. I will just call him Fr. Babyface. I finally turned over the boots I wore on my pilgrimage to him. He got a hoot out of those battered and bruised shoes – and even more of a hoot that when I gave them to him I was wearing a new pair that are nearly identical. It has been so nice to spend some extended time with him. Yesterday, we went up to visit my original Priest director, (Fr. Towering Intellect). It was the day after both his and my son’s birthday (his 85th, my son’s 30th). He is staying at the San Francisco residence for a month…so I will get to see him again in Los Angeles soon. It tickled me that they had a flyer up in the residence for my upcoming talk in Marin County next week – and he made sure, with great delight, that I saw it.

Fr. Towering Intellect has always been uncomfortable with my situation, but wants to stay well-informed. He seemed surprisingly comfortable now, introducing me to friends as “the prophet Charlie from Denver, my old friend”). When we chatted privately, I gave him one piece of inside info that I knew would make him wince. I thought about it first, knowing that it would make him wince: I love him and hate to trouble him. I realized, though, that if I didn’t tell him and it happened within, say, a month, he would angrily accuse me of keeping him out of the loop. So I made him wince. I’ve done it plenty of times before and he always got through it. What a delight to visit with him! He was  looking strong and hale, with a ready laugh. He told me he was surprised they hadn’t comped me at Napa as a prophet. I grinned and told him that, surprisingly, the “prophetic” discount is not near as big as many people think. He chuckled appreciatively.

I have spent a good amount of time with David Daleiden – and then yesterday with Lila Rose for a while, too. They are both 27 years old. When you have such genuinely heroic young people doing God’s work with such fortitude and courage, boy, does it make you proud and hopeful. Talking with Lila, I encouraged her not to get down when people of my generation tell her and David how they ought to do things. I noted that they have struck the most formidable blow against the Culture of Death in my lifetime…and the simple truth is that my generation failed. She immediately said that we had succeeded in other things. It was gracious and kind of her, but irrelevant. Both David and Lila have great instincts. David is a burgeoning strategic and public relations marvel, seasoned with incredible courage and fortitude. Lila has a real knack for bringing down emotional walls and getting people to listen and consider her arguments. Next week is the first anniversary of the release of the Planned Parenthood videos by Daleieden’s Center for Medical Progress, which are linked on the left side of this website. Rose runs the Live Action website – which offers many educational and informative videos and materials that are actually changing minds and hearts. Watch, particularly, her animated videos of abortion procedures, They are not graphic, but use animation to honestly show what the procedures are and how they work. They are powerful – and changing minds. Please, help both of these fine young people. For me, it is so heartening to be treated with such honor and regard by two people I consider heroes. Let us all be heroes to and for each other, living up to our noble call from God.

On another note, a few people have complained to me that Padraig Caughey, my friend from Ireland who runs the Mother of God Forum, which I link to at the right, has gone into some anti-Pope attacks, calling Pope Francis a heretic and even linking to things that call the Pope the False Prophet. My correspondents have quite reasonably suggested that I ought to pull the link, since I have enforced a ban on all such talk here on the website. I have given it some thought…and have decided to leave the link up.

I like Padraig. I think he is a decent man who seriously contemplates his faith. I also think he is a passionate man, with rivers of emotion sometimes running through him with torrential force. I have nothing but contempt for those pseudo-intellectuals and pseudo-pious scolds who think that they will somehow become heroes if they could just harpoon the Pope – and so seek to find anything or distort anything he says to make him out to be an heretic. That is vanity, pure and simple, and they will be held to account.  I don’t think it is any sort of vanity that animates Padraig, but genuine wounded anguish.

Some former associates of Padraig’s have disassociated themselves from his site because of this. It is just and proper that they have done so. If this is Padraig’s final answer rather than a primal cry of candid anguish, I will join them soon enough. But I think it is, indeed, a misconceived cry of deep anguish, kind of like when Job constantly complained about God. Unless my estimation of Padraig’s character and the depth of his faith is badly mistaken, I believe that he will soon come to see that attacking the Pope as heretic and such is not just to attack the Pope, but to attack Christ as having lied when He promised that Peter’s faith would not fail.  So I am just going to wait a bit. I think the angels of Padraig’s better nature will win out soon – and he is my friend.

On more than a few occasions, I have been shown or told something I don’t like at all – and have told the Lord that that is not how I would do it. On every occasion, He has grinned at me and simply said, “I know.” Soon enough, I think and pray that Padraig will candidly tell the Lord he does not understand and is shaken by some things, but will soldier on anyway.

 

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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248 Responses to A Couple of Things…

  1. SteveBC says:

    Charlie and Ed, that is a fabulous picture.

    Charlie, thank you for the word on Padraig. Let us hope you have read the situation correctly. I certainly admire your willingness to stick with good people who go off-track occasionally, a generosity I myself have reason to be grateful for! 😀

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    • charliej373 says:

      I always think of Winston Churchill in these situations. His advisors once proposed a man to head a major department to him, assuring Churchill that the candidate had no vices. Churchill rejected the candidate out of hand, growling that it had been his experience that a man with no vices had the same number of virtues.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Then perhaps I should focus my efforts on cultivating more vices, since doing so will bring more virtues without effort and be a lot more fun! 😀

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      • Anyone joining our family table when I was a youngster had better have known to hang on to their hat. “Boisterous” is one of the words that colors that picture.

        Once, we had the Bishop and two Priests over from our Parish. To borrow Charlie’s vehicle, they were Bishop Thundering Pulpit, Father Irish Wit, and Father Young Guy. Naturally, we had promised Ma (my Dad had to promise too) to be on our best behavior and we were… for about 2 minutes. You see, Father Irish Wit hit full stride the moment he walked in the door and kept delivering throughout. Father Young Guy wanted to go speedboat tubing with us so we had a rip-roaring, laugh-filled adventure trying to eject each other off the tube. I got thrown so forcefully at one point that I lost my trunks (then it was tit-for-tat once I was behind the wheel). We ALL laughed hysterically.

        Bishop TP had a keen wit too, but preferred to sit in the shade, light a good cigar, and take in the spectacle with a heartfelt grin and chuckle. I was briefly concerned that he might thump the lawn chair with his fist at some point, but he truly seemed to enjoy himself the most.

        As an altar server and student at the Parish School, I was fairly used to being serious and solemn around that trio, but I remember thinking that day, “oooooh, I really like these fellas.”

        I know too many folks who try to eliminate anything objectionable from their lives… and what a mistake that is! If my Ma would have imposed that standard, we’d have all been banished except her. She was our Ma, though, so the thought never crossed her mind.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Churchill is not one of my favourites not least because of his deployment of the ‘black and tans’ in Ireland but his quotes are good value. Like Churchill, I too was a bricklayer, a builder.
        He reckoned his greatest achievment was in persuading his wife to marry him. He also said that eating his words had never given him indigestion.
        Such quotes demonstrate two key qualities in leadership, humour and humility. Padraig has demonstrsted both in his invitation to me to rejoin his forum. He said I would be welcome back as I could not be any more cantankerous than everyone else was being on his forum. So slightly back handed but funny all the same.
        This invitation followed a comment from him about the great but little known stigmatist, St Frances of Rome. I had sent him an email about her beautiful statue in the Jesuit church of The Immaculate Conception in Farm Street, London. The toilets attached to this magnificent church were always left open and were frequently used by those who slept rough on the streets of London. Even Mother Theresa of Calcutta said she had not seen poverty like she encountered in London. Farm St is a magnificent church and occupies one of the prestigious and expensive sites in London’s West End. I would often see Catholic celebrities worshipping there quietly incognito.
        When I checked in to MOG the first thing I saw was a new thread that Padraig had started, a novena to The Holy Spirit. Like myself, other members have joined him in saying this novena. So the MOG forum is once again becoming a place of peace and prayer. I for one will give it another go. St Frances of Rome pray for us.

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  2. YongDuk says:

    Aww! Now I feel guilty: The bird feeder has been _emptied_ since yesterday evening and I didn’t fill it today. Where’s my love of neighbor when I have so much [seed]!

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  3. I love the names you have your Priests. Father Towering Intellect sounds intimidating. You know if I had to name mine I would probably call him Father Finally– as in I finally found a Priest that talks openly about wanting to be a Saint and talks about living the Gospel (I have actually since met many who do, but back when I first met my Spiritual Director he was a breath of fresh air because it had been a long time since I heard a Priest talk that way). I am actually blessed now to know several who walk the walk and talk the talk. I love that you’re working with David and Lila, they are heroes. I also wanted to share with you what was a little God wink the other day, I wrote about it here; https://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/out-lady-of-humility/
    God Bless You Charlie. I’m praying for you.

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  4. ticamom says:

    I’m not familiar with Padraig and his work, and perhaps calling the Pope a heretic is taking it too far, but what do you say about the Pope going against Catholic doctrine and teaching? He said that most sacramental marriages are null (ok, maybe his opinion), but then he goes on to say that some people who cohabitate may receive the same grace of real marriage. Since when is living together and having premarital relations accepted by the Church??? And how can he equate that to a sacramental marriage? Of course people are confused and disillusioned. Could you please offer some guidance, since it seems that you are wholeheartedly defending him. I’m not trying to go against the pope, but I’m just trying to figure out how what he said goes in line with Catholic teaching. Thank you

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    • charliej373 says:

      If that is what he actually said, it would be shocking, but that is not what he said. He did say that, if examined, many, maybe even most marriages could be found to be invalid. I wrote that here several years ago. If people go into a marriage with deficient intent, it is not valid. There are many causes for invalidation – and most have come about because we have lived in a culture for several generations where the proper disposition for a valid marriage have not been taught well in the Church and where cultural assumptions have been hostile to it.

      Now, you may go into a marriage that is validly and sacramentally celebrated, but if your intent is flawed…for example, you think marriage is a hope for the best sort of thing and if it doesn’t work out, you can get divorced. Your intent is flawed in a way that would invalidate the marriage if it was examined. People can marry with deficient intent, but over time, develop the proper intent. In that case, if it was sacramentally celebrated, it becomes valid with the rectitude of intention. But if the intent never changes, the marriage is not valid.

      You also must mean you will live fidelity. The Pope was recognizing that two people, living a committed, faithful relationship after a long period of time, lack only the Sacrament to make it valid…which is a whole lot better than two people who celebrated sacramentally and routinely cheat on each other or treat each other as things.

      To reduce the Church’s – or the Pope’s – comments to a set of rules when the commentator has only a sophomoric (or non-existent) understanding of the qualification for validity nor any concept at all of authentic pastoral guidelines does a disservice to the Pope, the Church, and the faithful. Complicating this, the media often misquote him or badly fracture what he said in a malicious way. Further complicating it is that some in the supposedly “orthodox” blogosphere do the same – and are more culpable for they should know better…but they have come to delight in Pope-bashing, the facts and actual transcripts be damned.

      I understand, it is hard for the folks in the pews to see clearly when supposed Catholic sophisticates are so gleeful in trying to defame the Pope. This Pope often does things in clumsy and klunky ways. I sympathize with people’s frustration on that. But I also recognize that he is trying very hard to get after problems that have been ignored for generations – and it ticks me off that so many, rather than listening and helping him refine his approaches to such things, just eagerly seek their “gotcha” moment so they can impress people that they are smarter than the Pope. It is despicable.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Ha! Now I understand how my post the other day to Barb421 got cleared 🙂

        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/gird-your-loins/comment-page-2/#comment-79695

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Your comment here on marriage brought me to thinking of the story Jesus told about the two sons. One said yes at first then changed his mind. The other said no at first then changed his mind. Jesus asked which was the better course of action. The answer was clear. I see those who say no to the sacrament of marriage at first but stay loving and faithful are in a better position to take the right next step towards salvation. These twin graces, love and fidelity, will fuel their passage. I speak with experience.

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        • charliej373 says:

          The rules of faith must be applied truly, but to build the faithful up rather than pull them down. I get more and more disgusted with how many people I see who seem to be in a contest to see who can banish the most of their brothers and sisters into outer darkness. Truth with mercy, mercy with justice, all lived in spirit and in truth.

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          • YongDuk says:

            And my comment in regards to Patti Armstrong was precisely on this…

            The New Pharisees hardening their hearts and being hardened by God like the Pharaoh during the Time of Moses.

            My comment to Alfred — brushing my teeth, I was marveling at the pith and not at myself — it’s God’s Wisdom infused. Recalling. Not me. (Sorry it is late, please don’t hear that wrongly. It is Matthew 10.) It is Matthew 10, like Friday’s Gospel reading.

            It is so simple.

            Again, the Pope’s Aeroplane Comments are meant to be Pastorally Practical Statements and they are — just as Amoris Latitiae was. The was no confusion for me over this. And that is not praising myself. And I am surprised at the confusion it caused and they cause!

            But believe you me, my Friends or those reading, as much as I can I try to remember to stand humbly before God at all times, and when I neglect Him in dissipations and distractions, I humble myself all the more.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Dear Your Grace, you stuck an æ where it doesn’t belong — shame on you!

            I like Chaput’s diocesan guidelines on Amoris Latitia and I don’t know if I totally agree with Tobin as quoted on LifeSiteNews and the intentional ambiguity or rather the goal of the intentional ambiguity (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-amoris-laetitias-intentional-ambiguity-means-people-will-do-whatever).

            “The good news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want. The bad news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want.”

            However, haven’t they been doing that already?

            I contend that the document does call to light the need for latitude in dealing with couples who want to do the right thing in a quasi-internal forum setting wherein struggles and the intent can be pastorally discerned and dealt with.

            It calls to light the need to deal with people doing whatever they want.

            Yet, as I have said before, it applies to very few couples, as very few couples in such situations are truly interested in an authentically lived Christianity.

            I have stated that I see with the Storm and the Rescue that there will be great application in dealing with them at such a point when they hopefully will live authentic Christianity and their struggles that would be dealt with individually in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and corporately in the the “Parlor” away from public scrutiny and scandal.

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          • Doug says:

            I was thinking that what would be good is spiritual direction for couples (not counceling). It would be for couples that take their Catholic faith seriously and want to bring their relationship to new levels in alignment with the church. Individuals have SD. Why not couples?

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          • janet333 says:

            LifeSiteNews drives me mad…they seem to take great delight in quoting from someone who disagrees with the Pope! How many graces they would have if they just continued with their excellent work in defending life. This all started because one of the journalists got involved with a false prophet! Grrrrr 😦

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          • Kim Sevier says:

            I know, Janet–it is so weird—I asked my spiritual advisor for a solid, reliable Catholic news source. He suggested CatholicCulture.org. They have even been pretty critical of the Pope, too. Watching the huge, excellerating divide among Catholics over the Pope reaffirms the fact that we are in such a huge storm.

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          • janet333 says:

            “Watching the huge, excellerating divide among Catholics over the Pope reaffirms the fact that we are in such a huge storm.”

            If we had no internet it wouldn’t be half as bad. Gossip travels mighty fast on here. 😦

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          • Doug says:

            Deep breath Janet, deep breath. Trust do love…..

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          • janet333 says:

            🙂 Wise words Doug.

            I just feel frustrated when I see yet another out of context post. I know that their words will spread like wild fire on the net. I’ve thought of not bothering anymore..and just leave them all to it..but then I think that maybe God wants me to do the research and post the truth in order to save some from the deception. So thank you Doug. I will take your advice..”take a deep breath” and pray to the Holy Spirit to lead the way. I do trust and love even those I growl at. They are my bothers and sisters and I love them. 🙂

            God Bless You

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            YD comment from July 5th,
            “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!”

            It goes back to credentials.
            Who ,on earth, has the position of a world leader? No one. Not ONE person on earth, except the Pope, is a WORLD leader and has power and authority in this regard.
            So, for those of you who are on the “fence” about who he is in regard to your presumtions of worthiness I now quote scripture from the first Pope to Our Lord Himself when He asked him if he would leave Him. Peter proclaimed, “where will we go?”
            I offer you the same question, my friends.
            Where will You go?

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I have spent hours on the internet defending Pope Francis from his detractors. His words have always been clear to me in content, context and meaning. To me they mirror the source of his authority and their sole purpose is to save souls. It is in this saving of souls that the pope builds up the Church. I do not boast in this comment but rather express my gratitude for this oasis of peace and sanity, for this safe place in which I can quietly express my support for Pope Francis. Now to get back to those less safe places.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Joe Crozier, the crusading osteopath…boldly going where angels fear to tread. I like it, Joe. I like it a lot!

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        • lauraleeinSD says:

          Joe, I love your reference to the two sons, as their very different course of action just opened my eyes to what has taken shape in my own life situation.
          When I married my now ex-husband in the beautiful sacrament of a Catholic marriage, inside a breathtaking Cathedral no less; I was “the 2nd son.” Bear in mind, we already had an actual little son together, who came into this world with many serious medical issues. The serious medical needs of our son, along with the many surgeries and complications that came along, demanded much of both parents working together; especially through those first very rough few years of our son’s life..

          Of course, being born and raised a “cradle Catholic”, my conscience made the ill-prepared and feeble attempt to try and do the “right” thing, only backwards. It truly seemed to me as the inevitable “next right step” based on fear and looming needs, and I saw no other way around it.
          My ex-husband was the 1st son, especially as we entered into the sacrament of marriage. Although he came into it a very broken man (inside) his heart and intention meant “yes”.

          Long story short, it was only after the next few years of brokenness, misery, dysfunction within the entire marriage relationship/counseling/marriage retreats, etc. even after having another child together, that my “no” came into ripe fruition. The actual sacrament of marriage was doomed, dying a slow and painful death as I ate, and continued to eat, the ripened and poisonous “fruit” of infidelity.

          The great divorce happened in 2010. The next 3 years were spent largely sowing my own seed of destruction, until I was on the brink of annihilation. That is where I encountered Christ, once again, in the care of a wise and humble priest who “took me on” as my Spiritual Director. The next two years were spent in deep repentance, toiling in dirt and grief and covered in “sackcloth and ashes”. I learned humility
          AND began to experience Christ on a whole new level. That has changed everything, including my intentions and desires, and my trust and relationship with HIM, first.
          Soon, I began to experience The Great Shift of God and entered into His Mercy, learning how much greater and more powerful than ‘The Great Divorce’ itself and any destructive acts of sin leading up to it.

          Being the “2nd son” that I am, my heart turned to the YES course of action- reconciliation with my ex-husband.
          This is where the story ends. After another 2 years of all-consuming pain and misery, I had to learn the hard way that my ex-husband IS the 1st son. There is nothing I can do to change that now-very obvious fact, as God gives to each of us free will. Unless God Himself converts his heart and steadfast lack of faith and resounding NO to “Yes” again, there is no human effort I or anyone else may exert to change that. Yes, I offer continual prayer, but that is my experience now, and I just want to Thank you Joe, for unknowingly opening my eyes to it.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I understand Lauralee. I have been through the marriage, divorce and annulment process. As you say, the pain is immense. Sometimes there is nothing for it but acceptance and as we used to be told to “offer it up.” But its hard going.

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          • JeanT says:

            Beautiful Laura Lee! Thank you for sharing your journey. May God continue to bless you and others through you. How glorious is His love!

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        The turmoil swirling around many of the pope’s comments is disconcerting, but your counsel has helped me and given me peace about this. Plus, he recently encouraged Eucharistic Adoration, and that is a no brainer, slam dunk, big plus for him.

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        • janet333 says:

          The Pope encourages many good things Kim..sadly only what can be distorted and misunderstood makes the headlines. I think the Pope smiles through it all though. 🙂

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      • SanSan says:

        A Monsignor who recently celebrated our daughters wedding commented that most couples who walk out of the Church doors after receiving the Sacrament of Marriage look like an “experiment” waiting for its end. He was so taken with the love, devotion and care that our daughter and our son-in-law took in preparing for their vows.

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      • maddotann5 says:

        Charlie, thank you for this explanation. I had the feeling of this, but you put in words so eloquently. Pope Francis is truly stretching our hearts and minds.

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      • Joseph77 says:

        Charlie,
        Pope Francis, too, too much! as usual, makes impulsive, off-the-cuff remarks which shock, anger and scandalize the faithful. That is a fact. “This Pope” you say, “often does things in clumsy and klunky ways” but I say, as the Vicar of Christ, in the Office of Peter and the Principal of Unity in the Church, he should teach the faithful with the theological sophistication of his predecessors. Charlie, further, I dare say, Pope Francis, rather than shoot from the hip should take your example of a brilliant, concise and simple theology of an invalid and a sacramental marriage. I think you should not only be the Pope’s advisor but his spokesman as well. Poor Father Lombardi deserves a break from working over and over and overtime!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well Joseph, the very first Pope, the granddaddy of them all, St. Peter, was often erratic and klunky. Why not the more sophisticated St. John…or the steadier, sober St. James? Yet it was Jesus who chose St. Peter. Jesus was right then…and he is right today.

          St. John Paul, in preparing this ship for the Storm, pulled away all the timber that had rotted from misinterpretations of Vatican II and replaced it with strong, freshly seasoned wood fit for the journey ahead. Pope Emeritus Benedict with his theological brilliance, examined the systems on board and made sure they were in working order. Pope Francis is neither of these. He is the captain standing on the deck crying out, “All aboard!” He does that right well.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Very soon after Pope Francis was elected it became clear to me that he had shouldered the massive burden of trying to change the entire psyche of the Catholic community and to help others see this change. In this crusade he does not try to change the eternal truths but makes them clearer, more accessible and less threatening than before. As others have said, this is a time of Mercy. Harsher times will follow. I do not see any of his comments as awkward or off the cuff and so elsewhere I have been called a rather mindless papal positivist and it has been suggested that my lens is rose coloured. To me his words are Spirit and they are life. As Conchita has reputedly recently said “You may have an opinion or even criticise the pope but salvation is in his hands.” These words were reported by Bastiano her friend and who is in regular contact with her. The crusade of Pope Francis is reformation but Catholic reformation. Truth cannot be changed but how we approach the truth can. In the old missal there is a prayer for those who live under the darkness of Islam. Islam is a religion of legalism. Pope Francis calls everyone out of the dark ages of legalism into an era of light and life in the Spirit under the mantle of Holy Mother the Church. He calls us to be free. As everyone knows Catholic means universal. It is all encompassing. As such there is no alternative route to salvation. There is no salvation out side of the church because nothing lives outside of the church. All are called to life – but few are chosen. Here endeth the lesson. (Thats me trying to take myself less seriously)

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          • I like that: “All aboard.” Very Francis. Very Christ.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh, I really love this, Charlie! 🌿

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          • jaykay says:

            I love that image. The ship has been structurally re-fitted, the systems have been checked and re-aligned and the new Captain, not a brilliant shipwright or a gifted systems-engineer himself, and maybe relatively unsophisticated, but a true “sea-dog” nevertheless, is at the helm. Full ahead and damn the torpedoes (especially those from one’s own side). Yes, I like that. And his brilliant systems-engineer is still available in a practical, if necessarily limited, sense. Like that even better 👍

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          • Anne says:

            Love that succinct explanation!!

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          • Sarge says:

            “All aboard”…that is exactly what I see this Pope trying to do.

            He is urgently and furiously trying to get as many passengers back into the Barque of Peter as he can. His attitude seems to be that if he fumbles up his speech a little and offends the ears of the “orthodox” crowd, but it brought another passenger on deck…oh well.

            I’m not theologian or church scholar, but I don’t think Francis has ever presented a “false” teaching. He had maybe phrased the timeless teachings of the true Church in ways that people don’t like, or in ways that may be confusing, but I don’t recall ever hearing anything “false”.

            He’s just not concerned with formalities. He has more important things to do, getting people in the door, perhaps even literally when you consider throwing open the holy doors for a jubilee year of mercy.

            In fact, when you step back, the Pope’s actions are very similar to the actions of a man who knows….that there’s not much time…

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          • janet333 says:

            “He’s just not concerned with formalities. He has more important things to do, getting people in the door, perhaps even literally when you consider throwing open the holy doors for a jubilee year of mercy.”

            I agree Sarge. 🙂 I think his critics forget that he also dedicated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, entrusted the world to Mary and consecrated Vatican city to St Michael the Archangel, asking him to drive out the evil one!

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      • janet333 says:

        Thank you Charlie…A great explanation! 🙂

        Re Padraig… I did reply to him on his blog… and I will be praying for him. I’m wondering if the schism..if there is to be one… will be because certain people will be totally against this Pope.

        I see madness all around me! 😦

        Maranatha!

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      • caroltrueman says:

        Thank you Charlie for so clearly explaining what our present Pope said and meant when he is talking about what are valid sacramental marriages and what are NOT valid and even once sacramental marriages. I think we have all seen many examples of these kind of marriages in our own lifetimes. Yes , I think he often does things in clumsy and klunky ways too, but I think his intent has always been good. Those so-called Catholic (Pharisees), as I call them, will have a lot to answer for. I keep thinking, this Pope may even be called “great” one day.

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        • janet333 says:

          Well said Carol 🙂

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        • wpsahm says:

          Caroltrueman, we should always give the benefit of the doubt to the Pope, as he is now our Papa. That should be extended as well to our fellow obedient, truth-loving Catholics who struggle with this clumsy, klunky model. I don’t find it beneficial when Papa calls them Pharisees and we shouldn’t call them that either. Unless you KNOW their hearts and neither we nor Papa do.

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          • janet333 says:

            No..not all of them are like that… but I have first hand experience with some of the “Pharisees” who send out a petitions in order to get rid of the Pope. I have waded through many posts that call him the most vilest names. Their objections have all been refuted but they are not giving up. I can say truthfully that a portion of them are enjoying attacking the Pope…”Pharisees” is too tame a description for them! 😦

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          • janet333 says:

            The Pharisees were actually more liberal than the Saducees. They liked to put on a show of religious piety “to be seen by others” Matthew 23-1-5

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. The Pharisees are not “fair-you-see” and the Saducees are so “sad-you-see”. I just wanna be a sheep; baah!

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          • janet333 says:

            🐑 🙂

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        • Barb421 says:

          many of these “pharisees” honestly believe that they are defending Christ and the churches teachings, they are not all arrogant, spiteful haters. They are coming from where they know in sincerity and devotion to God..let’s not condemn them all.

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          • moreen67 says:

            I understand what you are saying Barb. I guess (I’m pretty simple in my understanding-public school/CCD kid) the way I look at folks criticizing the Holy Father is this……but are you praying for him even though you think he may be saying certain things? I guess bottom line for me – God Almighty is in control of everything – He knows this Pope better than any of us – as a matter of fact when I was little (I’m not sure where it came from) I would say, “Only God knows what is in your heart of hearts”. He knows our souls better than we do. I guess I don’t like the nastiness of some of the things said about the Pope – we should be building each other up w/prayer and praying for all to convert to Jesus (I know the Pope doesn’t need a conversion- ha). Jesus said to love our enemies – one way I take that is pray for them. I know in one of my personal relationships praying for someone who has driven me batty my whole life worked better than being angry with them. My relationship with this person is still rocky and I don’t have to spend much time with this person but I still pray for this person. God bless everyone.

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      • Charlie, I tell you what, those comments really were confusing to me, and I looked to cannon lawyers to make sense of them, which now in the light of you comments here– might have not been the best thing for me to do. I thought less of Pope Francis and didn’t listen to my gut and for that I’m deeply sorry.

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      • Alfred says:

        Great, great explanation re marriage and annulments, Charlie. Bravo!

        I just finished reading *Amoris Laetitia* and it’s a wonderful building block in the reconstruction our society desperately needs.

        It is absolutely true that what God has put together no man can tear asunder. But the question is, what if the marriage was put together not by God but by our own selfish interests?

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      • bthanntrm says:

        Charlie I know that Catholics have to be blest by the Church for a valid marriage but wouldn’t a couple that has no church affiliation but ask blessings from God and consummates a life time relationship be considered married even if no civil or public ceremony was preformed. Because isn’t the sacrament formed between the couple and God then it is Blest by the Church?
        Also I really love your squirrel.

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  5. Simone says:

    Charity!! I love it.

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  6. nance says:

    I replay your “I KNOW” in my head often, as I also tell the good God that that is not the way I would do such and such. But always with a smile and an acknowledgement that Praise Him, I don’t have HIS job.

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  7. mdasteel says:

    Charlie , my daughter Johanna is there at Napa too. Wish she could meet you. She’s with Legatus

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    • charliej373 says:

      There were so many people there…I met a ton. Some marvelous folks from Steubenville. I did see one young woman whose name tag said she was with Legatus, but I don’t remember her name. I’ll tell you this: your daughter enjoyed a fruitful conference. It was excellent!

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      • donna says:

        your daughter? How WONDERFUL!

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      • mdasteel says:

        Wish I had read your post sooner. I would have alerted her. Yes she said it was wonderful and exhausting. She’s part of that millennial generation of brave Catholics. I told her growing up that my generation, including myself, had screwed up. I called my peers “unrepentant revolutionaries”. Her generation has proved to be our hope and this was a beautiful surprise to me.

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        • Nancy says:

          mdasteel, I, too, have told my children that my generation has messed things up. I also understand why it happened and wish with all my heart that it hadn’t. I know that reparation can be made and that we can still be a sign of hope to others. In his book 7 Secrets of Confession, Vinny Flynn discusses three things that can change everything: Repent, Revoke and Replace. Replace the choices to listen to the satan with blessings that come with the choice for God and for life.
          I don’t think our generation is lost, though. I think we’re preparing for redemption.

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  8. Vivi says:

    We all have emotional tantrums…

    Im still alive Charlie… I read the website all the time. I no longer have a computer at home, tablets only my smartphone.

    God bless us all here😊

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  9. Anniecorrinne says:

    Thank you for this post….I’m not familiar with Padraig’s site. It’s all I can do to keep up with you and the people here. But pray he will come around…we need lots of good Catholics giving hope not criticism.
    Your priests sound wonderful. Would love to know more about them one day.
    The squirrel is adorable, I found a red one that they have on the Isle of Wight….will post it one day.
    BTW…..I’m a Cleveland Indians fan….BOOM BOOM BOOM….that’s me hitting the big drum in Progressive field…..😉 Ive been watching and hoping for a long time.

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    • Barb421 says:

      yes, I would love to meet you all some day, too! not sure how that can happen though- I just get so discouraged sometimes with those in my path, oh not all of them, I have my family…yet.. I often wonder these days if the words from the song are true or not…”people, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world” ?!

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    • the phoenix says:

      Hi Anniecorrinne,
      Nice to see someone else here from the Cleveland area. 🙂
      I don’t post as much in the forum these days as I used to, but I do read the posts. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross one day?

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  10. cathyg2015 says:

    I have been following Mother of God forum for more than a year (having found it through your site, of course, Charlie) and have been privy to the latest goings on and the resulting rancor. I rarely comment but have always found Padraig to be one to wear his heart on his sleeve and I admire his bluntness, intelligence and Irish wit. He is usually the voice of calm and reason, although I think it is difficult for him to admit making an error. I don’t find him to be uncharitable in his replies to other commenters although, surprisingly, some of those defending the Pope have been. Padraig did lock the thread at the request of one of the regular commenters so things seem to be simmering down somewhat. Despite the sometimes acrid environment, I have learned much from the volleying points of view and the educated arguments on both sides. When I need some peace, I come back here!

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    • YongDuk says:

      Ha! “When I need some peace, I come back here!”

      And yet I only find Doug’s spit balls bouncing off my forelock extension disturbing mine

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    • Mike says:

      I guess we all have different takes on what has happened at MOG. I go there less often now because indeed when the leader of the site triples down on calling the Pope and now Bishop Cupich and other bishops heretics, it’s time to leave. I’ve found those siding with Padraig to be uncharitable and pharasitical in their postings. I’m surprise you would write that the majority of Pope Francis defenders have been uncharitable. Most ask for prayers and remind others it is better to stay in the Barque of Peter even if Francis confuses you.

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      • Tom says:

        Mike is completely right. Charlie, I pray you understand soon how dangerous MOG has become. If this was the first time Padraig did this it would be one thing, but he has railed against our Pope and called him many names several times. And there are a few who constantly attack the Pope yet Padraig bans the likes of Joe Crozier, who is simply defending Truth.

        Take the link down, Charlie. And I urge all to stay away. The schism has started and MOG is a one of the places it is happending.

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      • donna says:

        Miker, I agree wholeheartedly….

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  11. Joe Crozier says:

    I too hope that Padraig comes around to seeing the beautiful truth in the teaching and mercy of Pope Francis. What a power for good Padraig would be again to help others through the Storm. I believe that in all things God works for the good. If Padraig converts from being the pope’s accuser to beimg his accomplice that will be a greater witness than ever, just as St Paul’s conversion was fortified in turning from being a persecuter of Christ to being a prophet for Christ. The power of his witness was in proportion to the strength of his conversion.
    People were astonished at his new faith in a way that they would not have been had the change not been so dramatic. I am not surprised you and Padraig get on. I see you as kindred spirits. Perhaps, however, he too would benefit from a spiritual director. I believe Padraig’s story of his visitation in prison by the Blessed Mother. I understand his present aberration of faith having gone through much worse myself. I myself was graced by mystical experience in Garabandal but unlike St Paul I fell from grace. Thank God for the time given to recover and for those who have helped me up. These include Padraig.

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  12. tinabarry says:

    Charlie you got me laughing on the squirrel and Fr. Babyface and Towering Intellect. I needed a good laugh. I had a well intentioned friend who is very strong in her beliefs, send me and a few other women a video to watch via PM on FB. The video was done by a Protestant minister who uses OT scripture to tell what is coming soon. In his scenario Russia is the threat, the US is the whore of Babylon (surprisingly not the Catholic Church) but the Pope was portrayed more as an evil character planning plots with Obama and looking more like the anti-christ. She could not understand, though she knows I’m Catholic, why I was offended and I had to tell her a few truths. She said she was, “flabbergasted” at my response. Oh well, I told her that she asked me for my response, and I was kind enough to take an hour out of my day to watch it. I also told her I respect her and her right to her opinion. On another note, I am trying hard to keep my thoughts very charitable on the Holy Father and I will not speak ill of him. I want only to pray for him as God transforms him and helps him to evolve into Peter. I am amazed at how proud we all can be when we think we no better then God. God picked Francis for us, and He will bring about through him what we need. I like St. Josemarie’s saying that God can use the leg of a table to bring about His will (something to that effect). Keep on keeping on. You are in our prayers!

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  13. chrislyford says:

    Charlie, I am so glad you have been spending time at the Napa Institute! I had a thought you might be planning on going when I saw that your California tour had you ‘unavailable’ for presentations during those dates. It’s an answered prayer to know you have been there. You are just the right kind of leaven for that event! I pray it’s been very fruitful in every way, and I’ll see you this week in Marin! Blessings to you!

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  14. Becky-TN says:

    God Bless, Charlie

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  15. mbrandon8026 says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

    There is only one way to escape the human condition, and God willing we are all of us some time from our final exit of this mortal coil. Though we cannot escape this condition, we can be transformed daily to make it not only tolerable, but joyful.

    One of the things that makes it such a challenge is that we so often have a need to be right, and so the truth takes a back seat.

    One of my darling daughters, the middle of 3 (go figure) has in many ways been a challenge to me, as I was to my parents. Doesn’t God have a marvelous sense of humor? At the most challenging of times, I have asked her whether she needs to be right, or if she is interested in the truth. As she matures (she is only 28) she calms more quickly, and climbs down off her high, but noble steed.

    Our Holy Father is much like one who is trying to remove a nest of hornets. Though he is clothed in protective gear, he strikes the nest with a stick, and chaos ensues. Those of us who are not clothed in the same protective gear as he is may get stung if we are nearby.

    Some who observe him run about proclaiming that we will all be stung. As word spreads, it spreads like wild fire, and even makes the international media. Pretty soon, we read that he tried to take out several nests of African killer bees, all of whom were armed with machine gun stingers, and people nearby were stung repeatedly and very painfully. Next comes an international call for disarming the Holy Father of his stick, and possibly a call for martial law in Rome.

    But, we are all able to be clothed in the same protective gear as Our Holy Father, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, the intercession of the saints, particularly Our Holy Mother, and have no need of worrying about pesky little hornets.

    The truth is that God has called Pope Francis to remove the pests from the Church, and those they have infected. Charlie says he is somewhat klunky in how he says things. For me, it more appears that he is boiling the ocean and trying to make us tea in a paper cup. Knowing we cannot drink the whole ocean at one time, he tries to give us small sips. But we are stubborn. He gives us a sip of green tea, and we wanted chai, and so we complain.

    If Jesus told us the truth, and we have His Word that he did, then Our Holy Father cannot lead us away from Him.

    Band wagons are easy things to jump onto. But, they are going where the band is going. If the band on your band wagon is playing disharmony get the hell (literally) off it.

    We have too much work to do to waste time and energy on people sowing revolt over Our Holy Father. He was God’s choice for this particular time and place. And that is truth.

    God Bless all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marvelously written, Michael.

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    • janet333 says:

      Ha ha Michael… I could actually visualise Our lovely Pope Francis with a stick stirring the hornets nest, whilst all the people run in different directions. 💤💤🐝 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Nice Michael. Also, I actually did boil tea once in a paper cup as a boy scout 😊

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Thank you Michael. That was beautiful.

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    • Lisa Jenkins says:

      Michael…so beautifully put. Thank you for putting into words hat many of us feel but can’t express so eloquently. It’s a delicate but beautiful balance that we have in Our Church militant….but am confident that all who have come to see the ” Truth” of our faith … as Charlie points out with our very first Pope,the impetuous Peter…that this is how Christ has intended his Church to be.
      I am reading “The Refugee from Heaven” from mystic Cora Evans visions. I heartily encourage any of us wanting to stockpile good spiritual reading for the months ahead…it is such a breath of love and humanity from Christ…and I’m only 1/3rd through it. Savor Christs humanity! Thanks and God Bless you all😊

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  16. Chris Mac says:

    Charlie,

    With all respect, you tell us you have inside information that you told to one of your priests that made him wince. Then you don’t tell us what it is, but that it could happen in a month or so. I don’t see any reason to reveal something you are not willing to tell your readers! It’s an unnecessary stirring of the pot. I would think you’d keep your private conversations with a spiritual director private. What is your point?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I didn’t say it would happen within a month, but that if it did. And surely everyone here knows I tell my Priests things I do not share with everyone. This was not to tease you that there are more things to come – I have actually made that pretty clear all along. Rather, it was simply a wry comment on the nature of my relation with a Priest who has been a vital spiritual Father to me.

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      • Theresa Morris says:

        Well, I was going to be a smart alec sad say, “no fair! I want the inside scoop too!” But, I’m trusting that you know what you’re doing.

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      • JeanT says:

        Charlie, If you review my previous posts, you would know how sincere I am in this comment and how much I’ve come to care for you and all on this forum. I must admit that I thought along the same lines as Chris. Reading the comments, I was surprised that no one else even questioned you on this. Then I thought that maybe I don’t have enough trust yet. With all that is going on, my stomach already clinches….and then to read that your priest winced….well, it got my heart rate up.

        To be honest, I don’t think that you ever carelessly make comments here though. So surely that comment must have had a purpose. (I didn’t read it as a wry comment, so thank you for that explanation.)

        I continue to pray for moral courage and to try to imagine a world as God designed it…these things get me through the toughest spots. My heart breaks over what has happened to our country. I started a program to read the bible and the catechism in one year and I am in the third month now. It is so obvious that We are the ones who have turned away from God…We are the ones who failed to keep his commandments! History repeats over and over again. What blockheads we are not to “teach our children” His ways.

        God bless us all.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It did not make him wince in fear…but in skepticism. It was something good, for whatever it is worth. I hope it comes within a month, but I doubt it.

          I understand people’s racing hearts, but it is hard to have to measure everything I say. I have always told little stories and anecdotes…and now I must internally examine them first for anything that might get people going. I understand that comes with the territory, but it is difficult. What is sometimes frustrating is that people can get all worked up over some silly offhand thing I say and yet at other times nearly ignore something vitally important I say. Not everything I say is calculated for impact, but in fairness, some things are.

          The thing is, once you truly internalize the philosophy of acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope, these things don’t worry you nearly so much. I pray often that God show me everything I need to know to do my work – and not a whit more than that. Knowledge is not power, it is responsibility – at least for those who love God.

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          • JeanT says:

            Thank you Charlie for your reply and patience with us! I can see Jesus winking at you saying, “See what I have to deal with?” (inclining his head toward me). And I do love your anecdotes, so please don’t stop them on account of silly people like me! God bless!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh no, I can’t stop the anecdotes. I’m an old goat and my course is set. It can be frustrating, but it is good for me. I try to seek the patience my angel always exhibited with me. Trust me, I did the same thing with him…and so some of the stuff has made me come to appreciate his patience with me in a more refined way. And I sure would be a lout to be miserly to others with the same sort of patience I was given. But you have to be patient with me: try as I might, I do not have the patience of an angel 😉

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          • Simone says:

            Old goat? I thought you were an old fart. (Wind) 😉

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          • bthanntrm says:

            Charlie when I read your story about your priest it made me smile. I have learned that worrying about when things will happen is worthless. I’ve always told God that he cannot tell time because he always saves me after the worst has happened. The future never looks like we think the prophecy says but looking back you can see it clearly. And I know I’m going to sit in purgatory until I learn to be able to tell time. God’s time which is perfect time.

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        • YongDuk says:

          JeanT et alia:

          Many of us have know for a while and have been waiting for a while… Time doesn’t matter. That is why I hearken back to St Peter’s Epistles. God’s Patience is directed towards the Salvation of Souls!

          No need to get upset one way or the other, but just to pray for the Grace and Gift of Fortitude!

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  17. Ann says:

    Charlie, did you see Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s document on the connection between Our Lady of Fatima and the the Muslims? From the article: “Evidence to support these views is found in the historical fact that the Moslems occupied Portugal for centuries. At the time when they were finally driven out, the last Moslem chief had a beautiful daughter by the name of Fatima. A Catholic boy fell in love with her, and for him she not only stayed behind when the Moslems left, but even embraced the faith. The young husband was so much in love with her that he changed the name of the town where he lived to Fatima. Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.” Wow! By the way, I am from the Fargo Diocese; we used to have Bishop Aquila with us. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Ann, I am familiar with that. It is striking – and striking that that is where Our Lady chose to appear for the vital apparitions for these times. Glad to hear my Archbishop used to be yours.

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    • Lisa Jenkins says:

      We visited Fatima, Santiago de compostela and Lourdes last fall. Fatima had always been the Marian site I was drawn too likely because it was approved and in our birth century. Plus the uncanny predictions….just wish I’d been more of a faithful catholic in my youth than now. Other thing that struck my husband and I was how St. James in depictions in Santiago rnicknames and statues had been altered due to PC. Matamoros (or killer of Moslem ) was depicted with st James on a horse and his slain Moslem invaders trampled underfoot with sword brandishing . Can’t remember at what point they stopped referring to his moniker and the lower half of statues were covered in flowers to hide the vanquished and just show a victorious st, James . Political correctness changing art and history

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  18. jtbrannigan says:

    Having been raised a Catholic, by very conservative Catholic parents, I went through a crisis of faith in my early teens. One of the things that precipitated the crisis was my realization that I had already sinned, I had broken almost all the rules, and I could see no way past that. Nor could I see from my state of confusion and despair any way I could ever keep the “rules” so why try? I knew it was impossible. Satan used these thoughts as a strong rope to tie me in place.
    It was only through the work of some good people who approached me with the offer of God’s love and mercy, and forgiveness of sins through Jesus, that I could come to believe all was not lost. It was only after the grace of the Spirit began to work in me again that I was able to see God would give me the grace to live by the rules.
    I see Pope Francis as trying to hold out God’s promise of mercy and grace to people who no longer believe it is possible for them to share in the same. When you are in that position the rules look like mile high, endless walls, that you can never scale. I implore my good Catholic brothers and sisters, not to give up the rules (Jesus said not one dot of the law will disappear.), but to approach lost and broken souls by holding out God’s love and mercy first. Once a person comes to know Jesus’s love and mercy, and to sense the working of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, then all things become possible, then the “rules” become doable with Grace.
    My own thoughts, from my own experience. I felt God asking me to share the same with you for your consideration.
    God bless us all.
    JT

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  19. Doug says:

    I have always believed God will send the right saint at the right time to protect and lead “his” church. This includes much more than the pope. He has done this all throigh out history and I dont see why he would stop now. It is marvelous to behold!

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  20. CrewDog says:

    So much confusion, angst and Fear of … The Unknowns?? … If you are a person of Faith your Fear may well stem from the fact that you are afraid that God is not here … with us. As I look back on my 6+ decades I truly feel that I’ve been watched after …. why I don’t know? I do wish The Lord would put me on His e-mail list 😉
    I’ll say again that I don’t understand what’s The Deal in Vatican City and I have come to accept the notion that the Pope is playing his “part” as directed by The Father …. St Peter or Judas??? There is also no doubt that the Church has been infiltrated, in a major way, by satan’s agents as PPVI warned and as St JP warned in his 76 “Final Confrtontation” speech. My primary concern, near term, is: If you live, like me, in Bible Belt Country, he has, in fact, stirred up lots of the virulent anti-Catholic Crowd and confused many Protestants. Another “Problem” I will have to deal with in the near future? The Storm “Hour-Glass” is gettin’i Top-Side Empty!
    It’s Time to worry less about “Over-There” and spend more time Preppin’ here!!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 10 July

    Philippians 1:6
    He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    God made the world in 6 days. Now he sustains it with his powerful word. But in each of us, he is still at work and will continue to work to his glory (see Philippians 2:12-13) until Christ comes to take us home!
    Prayer:
    Thank you Father, for being at work in my life. I confess that at times you seem distant, but looking back over the crucial moments where things were held in the balance, I can see your fingerprints and your grace leading me to where I am today. Please make your presence more powerfully known in my life as I seek your will and live to your glory. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

    PS: That Red Squirrel in the Pic reminds me of my Louisiana furry friend Porky who would come when I called and sit on a nearby patio chair with me. He/she loved Cheerios and would stuff an unbelievable amount away! 😉 One day Porky brought The Family/Friends and I had a good dozen of the critters there … big-n-small. Wish I had a video!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Isn’t it cool when groups of animals gather around you, CrewDog? Although it was not near the most striking incidence of animal encounters, one I hold most fondly is the family of rabbits that bunked down with me for a couple of nights near Houston.

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      • moreen67 says:

        Sounds like everyone runs into nice squirrels – in my hood I call them SWA’s (squirrels with attitude). I remember one nice day (not humid like today) I was sitting in my backyard enjoying the butterflies, breeze, even the bees until a critter raced under my chair and than I was starring down a SWA for what seemed an eternity. Maybe being Jersey squirrels they are more jaded. Ha.

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    • Porky and friends… that’s special, CD. Jesus said we must become like little children again. I think gentle animal encounters (I call them “critter moments”) are one of the ways He helps get us there.

      If I may repay the favor: Hiking yesterday, I came across a stallion, mare and her foal was on the ground –– motionless. It didn’t look good at first, but the foal was just napping. The mare gently nudged her and she got up on wobbly legs. By the time they were in the river, that foal looked remarkably spry. They joined the rest of their band upriver, so I snuck up on a nearby ridge and snapped a pic right when some Bitterns took flight from the deadwood.

      I came across a bunch of other critters, but when I saw a Vermillion Flycatcher –– the first I’ve ever seen firsthand –– I considered it the critter moment of the month. The pic of the Flycatcher is grainy, but it took me about an hour just to get that close. Thank you, Jesus!

      Really, I learn more from the outdoors than I do from the news.

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    • CD and all… two more pics that I thought I should share (sorry for the glut of pics, Charlie). This top shot is the scene I came upon and misread at first. Oh, and the little foal had a big brother too. He looks like a herd stallion in training, already taking up a protective position aft.

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  21. BJ says:

    Charlie, some time ago you said, sometimes things which don´t make much
    impression on earth are massive in the spiritual realm and vice versa…
    is it possible that the rescue you refer to as happening in late 2017
    will be like that? i.e. that life on earth will not necessarily reflect the
    magnitude of the spiritual rescue…. many may not even notice the occurrence?

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, that is not the case, BJ. I have been told from the beginning that we will be “visibly and miraculously rescued.” Everyone will see it, everyone will know it. It is one of the rarest types of events in Salvation History and an incredible grace and act of tender mercy by our Divine Father.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Thanks and Praise be to God!

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      • This gives me so much joy.

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      • docallanw says:

        I love hearing about the Rescue, Charlie. It strengthens my hope and fills me with holy joy.

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      • BJ says:

        Charlie, is it then fair to say that your whole ministry could be
        negatively affected if the Resuce date comes and goes with
        no major change in the world´s circumstances?
        i know you genuinely wanted for the world to be spared the
        chaos but what if your dates are simply off? would your whole
        message be lost in the damage to your ministry that could cause?
        what would you do if that happened?

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        • charliej373 says:

          BJ, I spend no time worrying about that. I made a promise when I was a kid, a promise renewed many times as I understood better what it all entailed, a promise definitively and finally renewed in the late summer and early fall of 1997. My promise was that if these things of the Storm should come (something I was deeply skeptical about until the early 90’s) I would speak publicly to God’s people of what He was doing. I would defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. The things came and I am keeping my promise. What I have been saying before, The archives my Archdiocese studied, has largely come to pass in startling ways. That gives credence that, having been right and consistent before, I am right and consistent now. But that is not my department; it is God’s. My department is to faithfully keep my promise to Him now that it is upon us.

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  22. Patricia says:

    Can you, Charlie, or one of your good theologians, who are commenters here, answer this for me:
    How do we respond to good friends, who now have children who are “married” to another of the same sex, when they make the announcement or mention it in conversation.
    When dealing with gay cousins and/or friends it has been simple: treat everyone with the God given dignity they were born with. But I am not quite sure how I will respond when I am told or it is brought up to me in a direct way that one’s son or daughter is to be “married” or was “married” to one of the same sex.
    People who know me know I am a practicing Catholic so no surprises there. When friends or family are around who are living a gay lifestyle, the dignity rule applies. But I have yet to be confronted with the direct situation as I will be shortly when good friends will have to introduce their child’s same sex “partner” or mention it ahead of time. Yes, I know “hello, it is nice to meet you” applies here as well. But what is the response when the friend announces it to me? Thank you ahead of time.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think it varies. My habit on all such situations has generally been a gentle smile and silence on the subject.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie, that does not help. If I am on the phone and I am told such and such I can not very well be silent. Or ,if I am in a conversation and something is said and I do not then say something, it could get quite uncomfortable.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, contrary to all my presentations, I have a reputation for often being quiet among my friends. I don’t know what is right for you, Patricia. People among family rarely press me on the matter, for my views are pretty well known and all know that they don’t have to agree with me to be my friend – but don’t invite me to any homosexual celebration. I won’t go and if someone wants to make an issue of it, that is their problem. If they press hard enough, they will get my full attention – and if they can’t live with that without trying to convert me, we are no longer friends. If they can live with visiting and not going into that stuff, we can be. I don’t much care about anyone getting into a huff and deciding I’m a mean guy because I don’t agree with them and won’t pretend I do. You probably need to get someone else to give you advice on this one.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I had a conversation tonight with a young Baptist on human sexuality.

            We chatted and I spoke everything sociologically and I defined mortal sin and what actions and thoughts were mortal, but I rooted it in sociology–so that it was understood that it wasn’t a theological debate, but a conversation on what good for one’s self in terms of preparing one’s self for Marriage or Celibate Ministry.

            I was silent on theology, except to say God wants for our good and in that sense lays out laws so that we would be good.

            Not exactly an answer to the original question, except to say not everything need be cast in “Catholic” terms and there are many ways to share the truth that are theological sound and serve the common good.

            It is always best to remember that a Prophet is not welcomed in his own hometown and might even find one’s self about to be thrown off a cliff. Remaining silent, when close friends and relatives know your beliefs is no complacence and having a non-“religious” answer, albeit based on one’s religion and religious conviction, is wise so that they cannot contest that the moral and ethical aspects of a given matter lay outside the strictly religious and spiritual.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now I know why I stay clear of cliffs.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I had a conversation tonight with a young Baptist on human sexuality.

            We chatted and I spoke everything sociologically and I defined mortal sin and what actions and thoughts were mortal, but I rooted it in sociology–so that it was understood that it wasn’t a theological debate, but a conversation on what is good for one’s self and for other / another in terms of preparing one’s self for Marriage or Celibate Ministry.

            I was silent on theology, except to say God wants for our good and in that sense lays out laws so that we would be good.

            Not exactly an answer to the original question, except to say not everything need be cast in “Catholic” terms and there are many ways to share the truth that are theologically sound and serve the common good without needing to beat the Catholic drum.

            It is always best to remember that a Prophet is not welcomed in his own hometown and might even find one’s self about to be thrown off a cliff.

            Remaining silent, when close friends and relatives know your beliefs, is not complacence and having a non-“religious” answer, albeit based on one’s religion and religious conviction, is wise so that they cannot contest that the moral and ethical aspects of a given matter lay outside the strictly religious and spiritual and perhaps a seed be laid.

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          • janet333 says:

            Your answer reminds me of when I was counselling women who were looking to have an abortion. Many times I knew I couldn’t mention God or religion, if I did they just would have gone ahead and aborted! Instead I brought in the humanity of the child. If she had other children would tell her this baby would have their eyes hair colouring etc. I would say that 75% chose life..and I never mentioned religion unless they gave me a hint that they had a belief in God.

            Regarding the same sex problem. I would do as Charlie does, if the homosexual person was present with others. That wouldn’t be the time to tell a person he/she is wrong. But everyone knows my views anyway.

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      • SteveBC says:

        And what if you get invited to the wedding by a very good friend of yours who has a son marrying another guy? Do you accept, decline, decline with explanation, jump around and foam at the mouth, what?

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        • docallanw says:

          I would respectfully decline and leave it at that. No explanation is necessary.

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        • Barb421 says:

          Steve-I would decline…if pressed, work up the courage to explain why..you might lose your friend, but we are all having to be put in these positions now, the lines are less blurred-btw, 20 years ago my mother declined an invitation to a cousin’s wedding , as he was divorced and re-marrying. She didn’t believe it was right to attend. She did not explain , and my aunt asked me several times why not, I simply said I did not know. I did not want to deal with it.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          Remember Steve,
          The tradition of the “witnesses” of a marriage was to formally witness the troth, then if there is a dispute over its validity, to be a guarantor of its reality and also to encourage the fidelity of the two who are married.
          If, in your opinion, a marriage is impossible, you purjure yourself as a witness to such an event.
          The question than is, “can I in good concious be a witness (and thus an advocate) to such a union?”

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        • SteveBC says:

          Docallanw and Barb421, than you for your advice. My question may have been lightly formed but was a serious question nonetheless. Thank you both.

          I want to thank Phillip Frank particularly, though, for his explanation of the “witnessing” idea. I think that was intuitively where I was uncomfortable but had not understood consciously that particular function associated with my possible attendance. Phillip, you’ve clarified this very nicely, and I appreciate that. Thank you.

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        • Doug says:

          Hmm. I think I would decline since it makes a public statement.

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        • janet333 says:

          I’d decline and tell them why.

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    • Doug says:

      Must feel like being Lot….

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  23. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, I really like your decision concerning Padraig, it’s speaks volumes about who you are.
    I love Pope Francis and I’m glad I didn’t see what he said, it would have upset me. I like Padraig, he’s quite spunky and explosive, … he’s a corker! But I think, from what I’ve read, he has a true, loyal heart in the end.😊

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    • janet333 says:

      Snowy we will pray for him. ‘The Biblical False Prophet’ site he has been going on about is run by a person, who claims to be a bishop in the Little Pebble’s false church in Australia. This is where Padraig’s information has come from. By the way the convicted paedophile William Kamm, aka Little Pebble, says he is to be the next pope. I can’t post to the forum with this information because he’s closed the thread now.

      Something to cheer us up….
      https://cnstopstories.com/2016/06/28/retired-pope-benedict-xvi-says-he-feels-protected-by-pope-francis/

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Janet, wonderful article!
        I think fear is the driving force behind many of these people who go against the Pope and claim he is the anti-Pope. Pope Little Pebble? Delusion of grandeur 😲 but wow, I can’t stop laughing. How pathetic. Seriously, how can anyone actually believe this guy?

        Not sure what happened to my other comment back to you, earlier..I probably forgot to hit send lol.

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  24. Christine says:

    David Deleiden’s work is astounding. In 40 yrs of my pro life stand I have finally seen someone expose, with pictues/video the truth the rest of us just talked about. The movement to save babies needed visuals and he provided them at great risk to his own life and his wife’s life. God stay with them and have mercy on the abortion industry. What a courageous couple.

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  25. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    I stopped worrying about Pope Francis’s comments a few years ago. We are in communion with the Pope, I do not understand everything he says, nor do I try – I do not have the time or inclination. People who make that mistake will then find fault and nitpick away, souring their souls as their nitpicking becomes increasingly causticly judgmental (not righteous judgment). I was taught not to hang on every word of a Pope but to pray for the Pope. There are things he does right, there are things he blunders, but God brings good our of his blunders, as he does of ours. Mistakes have been made, mistakes will be made, but who am I to judge the pope, I am not a competent authority to do so.

    Focus on the negative can divert our intention from the positive. He has done a lot of good and has picked up the baton from Pope Benedict. Overall, the liberals are mad at him, because he has not delivered anything to them they imagined he would.

    But I love Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome. God bless him successor of Peter vicar of Christ and champion of the Virgin.

    Now, Charlie, your comments about Dave and Lila made me think – I look at my area, and see the corruption in local government, the breakdown in the justice system, the lost of jobs to NAFTA, the wrecking of our animal/plant and health inspection system as a result of choices the Clinton and Bush administration made (Citrus greening, emerald ash borer, etc.). I think of the Founding fathers like Jefferson, the Regulators of 1767, the siege of Fort Loudon in 1765, my Tory ancestors who fought at Kings Mountian and the Siege of 96 and what the Revolution meant to them and what it means today. Having young children, I can do little except pray.

    I pray for everybody here. I remember all of you when I go to daily mass and say my rosary. A hug to Snowy, Deer, Beckita.

    By the way, Charlie, squirrels taste good. Best Brunswick stew I had was made with squirrel!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Grrr…I like squirrels – and not in stew.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      James-my husband’s great, great, great, great grandfather was John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee. He fought with your Tory ancestors at King’s Mountain.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Kim, I have often wondered if there was a relationship. My ancestors were on the other side, in the Little River Militia of the 96 District under the great and noble Patrick Ferguson. John Sevier is one of those down home patriots like Daniel Morgan, forgotten by the elites today, but appreciated by truly great men such as George Washington and Nathaniel Greene.

        I hope you have had the opportunity to see the battlefield, Ferguson fell on that Hill, like James IV at Flodden and Custer at the Little Big Horn. But Kings Mountain played the role in destroying Cornwallis’s left flank. And so, Tarleton had to fill the void which would culminate in America’s greatest tactical victory at Cowpens under Dan Morgan and then this would lead to the road to Yorktown. And your ancestor played a pivotal role at Kings Mountain. Thank you.

        My ancestors were not forced to leave as those in Sumter’s territory because Andrew Pickens gave them the choice – vote for me and contribute to the new America or leave to Charleston and go into exile (to Nova Scotia). Displacement and eviction played roles in the Revolution and Civil War. My ancestors were forced to leave Mississippi after the Civil war as the economy and infrastructure was devastated, especially by Grierson’s raid. Like many Southerners of the post Civil War era, they went west. I look forward to what Charlie says about this.

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        • Simone says:

          Nova Scotia is populated with amazing people. What part of Nova Scotia did they settle in?

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          • James Ignatius McAuley says:

            Simon, most of the Loyalists initially settled around Halifax and what is today the province of New Brunswick. The weather was a shock for many people. Many later moved west to found what is now the province of Ontario. All of this was part of the massive displacement/upheaval of the American Revolution.

            Even Canada’s 1867 Constitution is heavily affected by our 1789 document, the Confederate Constitution of 1861 and the effect of the American Civil War.

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        • Kim Sevier says:

          Wow James, you are so knowledgeable about Revolutionary era history. Glad your ancestors were not exiled! I tease my husband that his ancestor may have killed my ancestor, as John Sevier was quite an Indian fighter and I have American Indian ancestors. (he was a widower with 10 children when he saved a lady from being scalped–later married her and had 8 more children with her!) Amazing times, those. Wonder if we are about to enter amazing times like that?

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Thanks James, and hahaha on the Brunswick squirrel stew! It’s a torture• Charlie• with• squirrel• recipes• day, obviously! Must be something in the air- hmm. I just posted a bunch of them! Sorry Charlie 😇

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      • charliej373 says:

        I am tempted to ask YD if we can get a canon passed that anyone who intentionally harms a squirrel, except to save a life, is automatically excommunicated. But that may be a little harsh. With the fatigue, I seem to be on edge a little 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Charlie, you’re just fun to razz with squirrels! My grankids are raising an entire litter of baby bunnies right now- so cute! So don’t worry, no one would ever think to hurt a squirrel around here!( I used to rescue and raise them when I was a kid!) They sure pee a lot- hahaha-.Skunky little critters, they be!

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        • James Ignatius McAuley says:

          Squirrels are cute and then they attacked my garden. Then the spruce cones ripened and they have left it alone. I have had to protect the pesky little fellows as feral cats have killed off almost all wildlife. And feral cats attract skunks. Arrgh!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            That’s good that rescue them…otherwise, it’s excommunication for those of us who cross that forbidden line of :::Squirrel bashing:::! 😎 LOL. Poor Charlie!

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          • Doug says:

            In my haste, I left my bag of bird seed on the porch yesterday. Yup. Big squirrel hole in the side and lots of sun flower seed shells on the porch. Oh well. Glad to fulfil Matthew 6:34 for the squirrels too… sigh…

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        • YongDuk says:

          I am still in the process of forming an NGO to save the Platypus, Charlie… It’s tougher going than you think, as every thinks it’s a Goose!

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        By the way, Snowy, the biscuits were great! This past Saturday I saw a snowy owl at a raptor recovery in New Jersey. So, I said a little prayer for you.

        You know snowy owls eat squirrels? LOL!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Thank you, James! The prayers are very appreciated.
          Sigh….. Snowy Owls eat 🐁 lemmings!!! Not squirrels- lemmings! 😩
          Do you remember that movie called ‘Never Cry Wolf,’ about the guy who went to Alaska to study the Tundra wolves and conducted an experiment to see if he could live off of what the wolves did? It was lemmings! He ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a few months and got fat…lol. Eww. ☺

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          • James Ignatius McAuley says:

            Snowy Owls come down into New York State and New jersey where there are no lemmings in the winter . . . I remember that movie, wow, I had forgotten it! I would get sick of lemming, too.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Thank you James. I have taken to lighting a candle at our new St. Joseph statue in church for eveyone here. It is a bronze and I would post a picture but Steve BC’ explanation made me realize I will never understand all that ever.. Your history knowledge is super impressive. I hope you inspire people to see the true history and not the sillly stuff they teach these days, or try too. Keep up the great job you are doing, especially being a dad!!!👏👏👏

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Deer (No offense, but I find them mighty tasty!), St. Joseph is a father to us, just like Mary is a mother to us. He will help you – years ago he helped me overcome a serious spiritual issue and to him credit must go.

        God has given my father and I the grace of the gift of history and the ability to see the big picture (and like my dear Dad, I can miss what is in front of me!, LOL). I can tell it in any narrative form and put together the picture. I never became a teacher (honestly getting teaching credentials would have meant less time for historical research) but I did get my MA and BA in History before I went to law school. I do know that being a history teacher is one of the roles I will play in the future after the rescue.

        I love reading what you, Snowy and Beckita write. You are in my prayers (I ti s wonderful to pray for each other).

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I like deer wrapped in bacon. Unlike my name sake I may have a bit of fat that come with age. History is wonderful

          When I grow up I maybe a history teacher, or an anthropoligist, but I think I will still have the job of chief cook and bottle washer, along with laundry.

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    • janet333 says:

      A great piece James..but squirrel stew ugh!

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  26. Jann says:

    I also habitually just smile or at least try to keep a friendly face and keep silence when confronted with friends telling me things I cannot condone. But what does one do if the law or friends of a transgender person insist on referring to that person by the pronoun of their preferred gender identity?

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    • charliej373 says:

      In my case, they can send me to jail. I will NOT bend the knee to a lie, even if the government says I must or go to jail. And I will not pay a fine for it, so they would have to send me to jail, too. I will not pay tribute to the devil and his minions here on earth.

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      • Bob says:

        This thread is good I think in that we are wise to think ahead on how we may respond to opposition but needing to remember also that, as Jesus said “the Holy Spirit will give use what to say” so we should be even more importantly prayed up these days.

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  27. Mary Huber says:

    I saw to post in comments about our Eucharistic Procession.

    Aug.8-11
    7pm
    Conf. 6-6:45pm

    To Jesus Through Mary: A Fatima Parish Mission to Prepare for the 100th Anniversary

    In preparation for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Transfiguration parish will be hosting a four night event. Each evening will begin at 7pm with Mass.. The Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a procession to an outdoor altar. The parish will provide golf cart rides for those who need assistance. At the altar we will pray the rosary and consecration to the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The evening will conclude with Benediction.

    Confession will be 6-6:45 each night.

    Transfiguration Parish
    972 S. Miami St.
    West Milton, Ohio 45383

    ph. 937-698-4520
    pastor@tchurch.org

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  28. GB says:

    Charlie and all- It seems the final horrendous phase of the civil war of humanity is breaking. Most maybe even few in society can or will respond to an explicitly Christian message right now, and though understanding the Storm must come to pass, surely we still have a role in being God’s vessel (in our own unique ways) to prepare His way and prepare others for Him and to mitigate the effects of the Storm, which, absent our cooperation with His will and aim for us to be mini lights in this growing darkness, would surely be worse without our cooperation. So for dealing with those who can’t/won’t respond or are in ignorance of the Christian message how should swe approach such folks? Such as, there’s certainly a political component to this: is there a way in these early stages to speak a political message that is part of the process that can soften the hearts of the masses? In my mind it’s the emperor (like the emperor in Star Wars who was all to happy to pit son against father and watch blood relations battle it out, until fortunately Luke recognized he was being consumed with hate and becoming a slave to the Emperor and stopped) we need to speak against, against the broken political system that has given us this Storm. So in times when people, like on social media just ignore Christian messages, how can we reach such folks and start them on the path? [Another example is Paul who used the existing millieu to evangelize with the Newness of the Gospel. We too need to mimic this to people that see the Gospel as stale and out of touch].

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  29. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    This is not a trick question but if we are going to get Mayberry in the near future, what is your cultural equivalent of what we are living in now? Meaning the current toilet bowl of a culture not the coming events. You may have mentioned it but I do not remember. As things go really south, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to give this idea to people when they will need cheering up. Thanks.

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  30. Patricia says:

    In Boston, the destruction is complete:
    http://www.bettnet.com/mass-bishops-abdicate-transgender-bill/?utm_content=buffer10daa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    I worked on this issue as a registered lobbyist in 2011 and 2012 for a non-profit. We were able to keep it at bay even with a Democrat gov. Now we have a in name only Republican gov and a non-existence Catholic Church. The Evangelicals were out in full force but the legislators are mostly culturally Catholic. Oh well, these things must come.

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    • charliej373 says:

      So sad, Patricia. I expected better from Boston.

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    • I’m from Boston Patricia. We have lots of work to do. God take care of us .

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      • Patricia says:

        Highviewhopes,
        I do not think we can do anything except pray at this point. The church is not a voice anymore at the state house. They do pay a lobbyist a six figure salary but to do what I am not sure. Several years ago, before the priest scandal hit Boston, ground zero, it did matter what the church had to say about certain matters. Today, not at all.
        In fact, it is fair to say that the gay lobby rules in Boston. For those that wish to debate it, I do not. A church in downtown is so gay oriented, they openly celebrate gay lifestyles. Another, not too far away from that one, makes a point of wearing rainbows on their vestments and carrying the rainbow banner down the aisle. I was there. I saw it.
        With the Church declining to take a stand on the transexual bill, the co-opting is complete.

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        • janet333 says:

          “A church in downtown is so gay oriented, they openly celebrate gay lifestyles. Another, not too far away from that one, makes a point of wearing rainbows on their vestments and carrying the rainbow banner down the aisle. I was there. I saw it.”

          Oh my goodness! 😦

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        • Doug says:

          Very sad Patricia 😦

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        • JudyM says:

          I am so sorry to hear that about Boston. I lived in Boston for a few years after graduating from nursing school and loved it. Worked at the Mass General. Loved being able to go to Mass whenever I felt like it and whenever I could. A chapel in the Prudential Center had Mass every half hour, day and night. I am sure that is no longer the case.

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  31. It comforts me that you have these priests, and people around you to help you, Charlie, I’ll say a prayer for them, too.

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  32. Pat Elsenpeter says:

    Charlie or whoever. I am confused is this the three days of darkness time? Just want to be prepared. God bless all of you. Thanks.

    Sent from my iPad

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry, Pat, I don’t collate private revelation. I say what I am called to say. Be always prepared and you never have to worry about when the three days of darkness comes or whether it will come in the way you think.

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  33. Jorge Bizarro says:

    Hi Charlie
    After listening to a Alex Jones Infowars piece on Europe being on the verge of civil war (because of the immigrant flood of rapers) here is a sign of hope…sending it to you today because it was performed by the youngest of generations. I’m not surprised because I’m Portuguese and this is exactly what I would expect from a fellow country citizen, even that age. Not everything is lost!

    PS – however a look on the comments bellow will show you how ruined we are as a whole.

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  34. Mike says:

    Hey Charlie- I may be going off in a tangent here but I think it’s connected to what you are telling us to trust no matter what happens. I do back to this post where you talk about Padraig and MOG. Unfortunately he has tripled down on his position – now saying the See of Peter is vacant. I’m sorry he has come to this point as so do was hoping he would check himself. But this is not the point of my post. I’m wondering if what had gaornbed at MOG is a sign of even greater chaos and even schism. Is this what we will face in 2017? Is this where we will be called to trust and be signs of hope? While I find myself a bit sad as what happened at MOG believe I will see this in my own family and town. I trust that the Lord will guide me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Chaos And confusion will reign – for a time. The history of Christianity has been to bring order and peace out of the chaos secularism in all its forms has wrought. So it will be again. But we all will be shaken, at times, by the violence of the Storm.

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