Return of the King – the Restoration

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By Charlie Johnston

“Hear the word of the LORD, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! What care I for the number of your sacrifices? says the LORD. I have had enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings; In the blood of calves, lambs and goats I find no pleasure. When you come in to visit me, who asks these things of you? Trample my courts no more! Bring no more worthless offerings; your incense is loathsome to me. New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies, octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear. Your new moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of the load. When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; Though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.”

-Isaiah 1:10-17

I incorporate today’s readings into this article, for they fit like a glove. Yesterday, some people feared that it was something bad that had made my original Priest, Fr. Towering Intellect, wince when I told him. It was not; it was good but highly improbable.

I have mentioned before that I spent almost 20 years (well, surely 15) largely misinterpreting many small things I was told. It was frustrating, but it helped show me how much we overlay what we are told with our own expectations – and so don’t fully hear or contemplate what was said. Often, in a very narrow way, we think if something is true, it can ONLY happen in a way we imagine. However good your imagination, God has dozens of ways you will never think of to accomplish a thing. Once we decide, internally, how it must happen, then we often miss key things that really are requisite to it all…because they did not fit in with our original errant imagination.

Today, I talk about a few things that will happen in the course of all this that, I think, most have missed, but will see must be true.

The first is that, before the Rescue, even before we in the West first confront Islam or China, there must be a Restoration of the civil order in the midst of the Storm. I have told you true of the collapse of the civil order, which we are watching unfold with frightening speed all around us. I have told you that it will get worse – and it will. I have also told you that God will reveal Himself to all who call on Him in the midst of the Storm. I have told you that many will find renewed joy and hope, some whose love had gone cold or even flickered out entirely, even in the midst of the Storm. But I have told you that “WE” must confront Islam and then China before Rescue comes. If “WE” are to do any such thing, there must be a working civil order that rises from the one that is collapsing around us.

In 2007 I was ordered by Our Lord to begin contemplating how to rebuild a civil order for emergency circumstances that was both just and decisive, that could meet the challenge. I was ordered to figure out how to act to bring a people who had been shattered back to their feet, to imbue them with the confidence and hope they need to confront the challenges we must face from Islam and China. It was astonishing and scary to me, but I took it on as an intellectual exercise – and I am right glad I did. The collapse of Western Civilization that we see all around us is not the final word. It is the first step in the Resurrection of a just order…and that order cannot just be decisive during the emergency period; it must lead seamlessly into a just order after Rescue, when we are given a chance again to get it right in how we treat each other and govern ourselves.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God. – Psalm 50

I have told you that, for a short period, we will be governed by a benign dictator, raised up

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by God to help us through this crisis – to endure until Rescue. For those who are historically well informed, that required no prophecy at all. Any time the rule of law has collapsed in any region of the world, degenerating into chaos, a dictator arises for at least a time. Usually, however he starts, he ends up almost as bad as the evil, ignorant leaders who called forth the collapse in the first place. But on rare occasions, he has been fundamentally benign, intent on restoring order and a shared commitment to the principles of justice that make order possible. We will see one of the rarest occasions in human history. You see, order is not made possible by a Constitution: it is made possible by a shared commitment to certain principles of justice and fairness. A good Constitution enshrines those principles, but it cannot enforce them except among “a moral and religious people,” as John Adams said.

When a venal, corrupt elite class begins deforming and mutilating those stated principles for personal advantage, they secure their own downfall in the process. Re-establishing it is a trickier business than it first looks. You cannot just forgive those who mutilated it with no consequences; that just shows there IS no consequence for a failed effort to subvert order – and so encourages the malign ambitious to simply do a better job of subversion in their next effort. Yet when the disorder affects a whole culture, you must have a way of re-integrating the malefactors back into society AFTER they have suffered serious consequences for their assaults. Otherwise, you just enter into an orgy of recriminations and vengeance that leads to a new collapse of order and justice – like the French Revolution. I am very fond of Abraham Lincoln’s method, expressed after he had completely trounced the Confederacy, obtaining their unconditional surrender – and just shortly before he was killed. Asked how to handle rebel leaders he said, “Let ‘em up easy.”

It is likely, but not necessary, that I will play a conciliar role in the re-establishment of this just order in the emergency circumstances going forward. Remember, though, that whatever you can think of, God has dozens of ways you cannot think of. Over the next week or so, I will publish a three-part piece on basic principles during the Restoration to sustain us in crisis and lead us back to a working Judeo-Christian order after the Rescue. It is less than the tip of the iceberg, but I pray it is sufficient to animate and guide whoever is called to lead us through this peril.

When Pope Francis declared the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, I was ecstatic. My greatest fear had been that once the Storm entered its fullness, hearts that had been hardened would only get more deeply hardened and so, many would be lost. In your own life, you have probably seen how that works. When people get into crisis mode, they often enter into an obsessive mania to press their own answer – and can’t surface to quietly think things through to a just and rational end. It is like a shark feeding frenzy: they just keep doubling down on their mania until the fever passes. The Year of Mercy makes it possible for even the most disordered to lift their heads up, even in the midst of the frenzy. The Year of Mercy is the greatest of graces in this unprecedented period of rising chaos and confusion. But woe to those whose hearts remain hardened when the Year of Mercy comes to a close!

That is why I pray that the fullness of collapse and the beginning of the Restoration be accomplished before the Year of Mercy comes to a close, that as many as possible might be recalled to life before we must face the challenges of Islam and China. But I know that God knows far better than I how it must be – and that He wants all His kids back, so will order things in the way that reclaims the most souls to Him.

When you are confused, hold fast to the Barque of Peter. When you are in despair, acknowledge God. When you don’t understand, take the next right step. When you think you can’t go on another minute, be a sign of hope to those around you. Call on the name of the Lord. Take refuge under Mary’s mantle. Many terrible and frightening things are happening. Know that it is not for our destruction, but for our reclamation. As the chaos deepens, lift up your head and know that your deliverance is at hand.

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

-Matthew 10

 

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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573 Responses to Return of the King – the Restoration

  1. I pray for you all every day. I am asking prayers for my family-addictions and divorce.i love this site.

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  2. BD says:

    Wow Charlie, I just landed in Reno and I am reading your post from earlier today. It is one of the meatiest so far and seems to point to a series of others to follow. Well my son and I are headed up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California and will have days on end with no access to phone or internet so you can imagine the angst you are creating. Why not post this article yesterday? You did that on purpose didn’t you? Lol. Ok, I know what you are going to say, Trust in God For All Things! Dear God, can you hear me now?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think God uses Verizon, anyway (at least He never has with me).

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your son, BD, and it’s AOK you won’t know it until you come out of hiding. 😉

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      • BD says:

        Gee Beckita, I never thought of it that way. When you are far enough removed from civilization, I guess the collapse doesn’t matter until we show our faces again. Great point indeed. Now I only have to worry about “The Tommyknockers” 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          I love Stephen King…but I sometimes wonder how chemically altered he was when he wrote that – and if he even remembers writing it.

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        • Beckita says:

          Gosh, BD. I only meant you wouldn’t realize the prayers were ascending for you until you and your son had access to phone and internet and could read the comment. Still praying you are having a blessed time together. (Smiling)

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          • BD says:

            Oooops Beckita. Honest I wasn’t drinking, at least not yet. Beginning Thursday evening we will be out of cell phone and internet reach so keep them prayers ascending Lol. Tending to some last minute stuff and off we go. I love the mountains and can’t wait to leave all the flatlanders behind. Still keeping your Mom and the entire Beckita clan in our prayers…

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          • Beckita says:

            No worries, BD. It’s so great to pray for each other and all here. I appreciate yours!

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  3. Maryanne says:

    My head is spinning. I cannot keep up with it all. Maybe I missed some posts but can someone tell me if Pope Francis has been informed of all this? Surely other countries must be getting warned about the storm. Do we know what they are aware of? I thought we simply had to stay true to our faith but do we also need to step out and act in certain ways?

    Today’s post said: “But I have told you that “WE” must confront Islam and then China before Rescue comes. If “WE” are to do any such thing, there must be a working civil order that rises from the one that is collapsing around us.”

    It seems there is not much time. How are we going to do this? Please explain. It seems there must be a master plan. Who is going to lead us? Will it be the Pope or Charlie or both? I find this overwhelming. I am striving to lead a good and holy life and give a good example of my faith and willing to speak out against wrong doing but it seems we are expected to do more. What are people doing to prepare for the rescue? What should we do?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Once again, Maryanne, don’t get all frantic. All you need to do is take the next right step. That’s all any of us need to do. I am telling you things that will come and to contemplate. Don’t get frantic and chase around. Next right step…always…next right step.

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      • I had one of your recent prompts to “contemplate” resting in my thoughts when I awoke. Then, try as I might, I couldn’t seem to find one of your many references in the threads. I just kept running into Doug’s story about squirrels breaking into his bird seed bag.

        Of course a bunch of squirrels hit the seed bag. It’s easy. Also, Doug has apparently been feeding them (and admiring how pudgy and cute they look!). Still, I’ll bet there are some squirrels up in his trees, getting after acorns the old-fashioned way.

        I imagine one squirrel even braving the topmost branches for the best and tastiest nuts. “Oh, that’s too much work,” say the others. Those are content with the seed bag, or simply picking up acorns that fall from the heights. A couple of his buddies finally do manage to join him up top where they find him resting, a peaceful look of joy on his face. Initially eager to munch on acorns, they instead let out a whistle at the awe-inspiring panorama from that vantage. Naturally, they just sit there for a bit with the same peace and joy, enjoying the good company.

        After much contemplation, the brave squirrel points out a lake in the distance and says, “I’m going ahead to the other side of that lake. Go down and get the rest of the group meet me over there.”

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        • charliej373 says:

          I had to laugh out loud when my host in Marin County (near San Francisco) said this morning he had taken to feeding the squirrels at his house. With a twinkle, he said that if he gets to be a reliable food source for them, it might come in handy if things get rough and HE needs a reliable food source.

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          • Hahahahahaha! At first I thought you said “twinkie” but I see it was “twinkle.” Good grief, Doug will be feeding them Twinkies next, while YD will be fattening ’em up on BCP’s.

            It’s a hard and fast rule with me not to feed the critters in the yard, but it seems like even more come around nonetheless. What a great chuckle God must be having.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Then I discovered malted vinegar on French Fries and used to feed the gulls–well, I was too selfish to feed the gulls as they didn’t bring me any shellfish

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          • Doug says:

            I was depending on squirrels as a reliable food source, but now I think if I did anything to a squirrel and word got out, I would be banned here. I wonder if they make silencers for .22 rifles?😎

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Are those organic Twinkies? I heard that San Franciscans are big into organic.

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        • Doug says:

          Speaking of acorns MP, I just learned, from our farmer neighbor who attends our storm dinners, that pigs favorite food are acorns. Well, the area around my house is loaded with oak trees and I have a cornucopia of acorns on my driveway and around my yard every fall. There are so many, it becomes a nuisance. Now I will take all my left over white sheet rock buckets I have been saving (I don’t know why I save those buckets. I guess they just look like pretty cool buckets.), fill them up and bring them up to the farm to feed the pigs. I am sure the squirrels will not mind since they now have lots of food store of bird seed thanks to all my TNRS friends here who have talked me out of doing any harm to squirrels. Yes, it affected me so much, I even went to squirrel shooting anonymous which is the 12 step program to cure violence against squirrels. The squirrels seem quite grateful as of late. I don’t know if is because of the bird seed I feed them or they know I will not do harm to them. Every now and then, I am tempted to get my .22, but going to my weekly meetings have saved me numerous times from following through. The thing I am learning now from the meetings is effective driving techniques on how to evade squirrels crossing the road. The meetings are so effective, I am actually starting to like squirrels now. I never thought I would see that happen. I think that alone proves God exists. Also, it shows me how God is taking care of me by providing acorns to feed the pigs. So God really does provide in very mysterious and marvelous ways. Well, of all of the above, the acorn thing is true and the thing about God providing is true.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Doug, as this is a G-Rated site, I had to delete my post as I cannot even remote fathom fashioning it differently not to give scandal to your sciurine anonymous meetings.

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          • Doug says:

            😊

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          • deereverywhere says:

            I have already shared this tip with Mick, the only way to avoid hitting a squirrel with the car is to aim for them. If you aim to hit them they are guaranteed to make it to the side of the road. I live on rural roads so it is only my car on the road. Acorns can be ground into a flour if the are boiled and rinsed three times. Seems like feeding them to the pigs and eating bacon would be less of a hassle though. Regarding silencers, a potato is what they use in movies so it must be true. Seems like the waste of a perfectly good tater. One day a flock of turkeys flew into the trees which knocked a bunch of acorns off and cracked my windshield. My husband said don’t tell the insurance company a flock of turkeys flew into the trees and broke your windshield, so, of course, I told them. He was right, they didn’t believe me. Since then I have taken his advise.

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          • Doug says:

            Acorn flower? Eewwwe!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes, I’ll stick to turning acorns into bacon😎

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    • Maryanne, whenever I find myself getting stuck in worry or anxiety I stop and try to strip my thoughts down to simplicity. I realized in the past whatever I was worried about usually didn’t come to fruition the way I would think so worry became useless. Things that got sent my way were almost always something I hadn’t thought of or worried about but when they came I weathered it by doing what Charlie says here, taking the next right step. So that said, when I find myself worried, I make it simple and ask myself one question, “what does love ask in this situation?” When I am worried and I ask this God whispers to me, “trust Me.” When I am out in the world, I ask– what does love ask in this situation? And God shows me the path. It may sound silly but it has truly helped me when I have felt overwhelmed, that plus prayer and some deep breathing 😀.

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    • Joy says:

      When I feel anxiety creeping in by watching the news of the world, or by living through a difficult situation with family or friends, it actually calms me to come to Charlie’s site. If we didn’t have the Lord’s promises through scripture, and through Charlie, and through Our Lady of Fatima, and others, then what would we have? No hope. But instead I feel tremendous hope!! The Lord is alive! He is real! And He is in control! There is a master plan! We don’t need to know it. We are the sheep and He is the Shepherd who will take care of us. I feel great relief and joy at the thought of Jesus taking the wheel. There is no hope without Him, and that is why the masses are feeling anxiety. You can sense it everywhere. We must trust, and then we can be a people of peace and bring this to others. Come Lord Jesus, come! You are most welcome.

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    • Beckita says:

      Maryanne, you might like to pray this peace-bringing novena: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena May Christ imbue each one of us with His Peace.

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    • Judy says:

      Maryanne, there are many of us who feel overwhelmed if we look at the big picture. I think you have to take things day by day. I have made very few preparations. A little more food, thinking of putting in a wood stove in the basement if my township allows it (because I might not be able to get oil for the oil burner and I do not want the pipes to freeze in an emergency) , and a distiller for water in case water supplies are contaminated somehow. I have advised my son to come here with his little family if the country or local region falls apart and he agrees. Just like you, I do not think this could possibly be enough, but I have done what I could. I take many medications and do not know what I will do without them for my chronic illnesses. Charlie says that God will not leave us bereft. I hold on to that statement.

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  4. Wyoming Gal says:

    Hey Charlie,
    Please HELP! Given our current situation as described in your post today, would you consider it wise or prudent to travel to Stuttgart, Germany for 3 weeks around October 2nd to attend a Baptism of a family friend? Given the fact that I would plan to be back home before the end of the Year of Mercy? Thanks in advance for your thoughtful advice! God Bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I address that in a later post today. I am amazed…my counsel has not changed since I began this site and suddenly I am being inundated with people wanting travel advisories. Use normal prudence and take the next right step – and know that if you use what you think is inside info to try to outwit God instead of trusting Him you increase danger, not decrease it.

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      • janet says:

        Hi Charlie..this might sound silly… but I don’t always know what the next right step is. I seem to be living 2 lives at the moment. I travel South to look after a friend, who is in a wheelchair, but after some time get homesick. He does rely on me and hates it when I go back up North for a visit. I say a visit but I usually stay longer because my family want me there, and its my home. I have placed this all in Jesus’ hands and have done the entrustment prayer and the surrender Novena. I still don’t know what steps I should be taking. I tell the Lord that He needs to let me know where He wants me…but I don’t hear His rely…or maybe I am not really listening. How do I know which is the next right step? I honestly don’t know. 😦

        God Bless You.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You never know, Janet. You make the best decision you can, acknowledging God the whole way through. If you do that, He will draw fruit from your error and gently bring you back to where He wants to be. But you must make a decision and take full responsibility for it.

          I will tell you objectively, though, that your first responsibility is to those who God has put in your care for a time – your family. Do not neglect them to do what you think is some other good.

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          • janet says:

            Charlie…I think you are right..and somehow feel God has answered me here.

            Thank you 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Janet, I am so happy for you. Bless you for your kindness and for loving your family so. There are times, I feel God is trying to get through to me and I am the figurative equivalent of covering my ears and singing la,la,la,la,la…especially when I am sure I will not necessarily like His answer. 😉

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          • janet says:

            “I feel God is trying to get through to me and I am the figurative equivalent of covering my ears and singing la,la,la,la,la…especially when I am sure I will not necessarily like His answer. ;)”

            Ooh I think that is me too. 😱 I need to start listening. 💖

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            His answers are always better after all is said and done, so I should turn down that background noise. 🙂

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        • Beckita says:

          Praying for you, Dear Janet, for wisdom and discernment.

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        • Doug says:

          Janet, what makes you think you are not already taking the right step? I sense a few scruples. maybe?

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      • Bob says:

        Charlie you have become more in favor of using ordinary prudence in making these decisions and that is good. You too have learned over time. Several years back I remember you saying, early in your postings, to recommend against major traveling due to the uncertainty and fortunately I wasn’t planning anything big then, or I could have delayed some things which could have been good. In my mind, due to the uncertainties, for myself, I don’t think I would plan major or expensive travel unless there was a clear reason for it, as in family or work obligations and then I would trust in God. But we each need to decide these things based on our understanding of ordinary prudence and trust our decisions to God.

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  5. Trust in God and in Divine Mercy is critical for us at this time. A few weeks ago I was inspired to go through St. Faustina’s Diary and select all the significant passages on trust–these I have organized into TRUST: A TREASURY OF ST. FAUSTINA. You can read it or listen to it here: https://soulfoodministries.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/trust-a-treasury-of-st-faustina/
    The audio is one and a half hours.

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  6. Bonnie C says:

    I was listening to Glenn Beck this morning and he had a congressman on to talk about some new bill we should call our representatives about – it’s about, basically, freedom of conscience. I’m having this interior primal scream while listening to the conversation. Over and over and over again these “new” laws are introduced that are already our constitutional rights! Instead of being encouraging, it is deeply depressing. It’s nothing but a formal affirmation that the Constitution is shot. I guess they are attempting to let those who care see that they are trying to do SOMETHING, but it’s utterly moot. And, if you are a pharmacist and you HAVE to pass out abortion pills, you are a nurse and you have to assist in abortions, let alone the butcher, baker or candlestick maker! It is so satanic. Who ARE these people that are forcing these things down our throats? Our neighbor’s? Our relatives? Only God can accomplish a “reset” here. It is utter collapse and chaos. Everybody in Washington should do us a favor and just go home.

    Apologies for the rant. It has eaten me up all day.

    Virgin of Tepeyac, come to my aid!

    You are all in my prayers.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I fully agree, Bonnie. The moment you have to beg your Congressman to allow you to have what is your right, you have already lost that right. I will not plead with a stupid Congressman to do what the Constitution and Declaration say is the very test of his and any government’s legitimacy.

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      • Thomas Augustine says:

        I argue with people all the time that rights do not come from the government, or they are no rights at all. Subject to the whims of whoever holds power. We are born with our rights through our Creator. The Constitution is purposely set up to protect those rights by restricting the Federal Government to a few and enumerated rolls and responsibilities in governing the Republic. Going so far as to warn Congress to specifically stay away from enacting legislation that would infringe upon these God given rights. Sadly most Americans have little knowledge about history and government.

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    • Alphonsus says:

      Bonnie, in my opinion, the idea that rights are awarded by the government / rulers of power and not the Creator began way back during the animals rights movement. At least that is when I first began noticing it.

      I remember distinctly wondering, as a young biology student at the university, just where these animal rights were supposed to come from. They did not originate in nature as far as I could see nor from the Creator, either. I concluded they were entirely made up by the people who were promoting them but who, nonetheless, intended to capture the levers of power to enforce them, to enforce their will and thoughts on everybody. Peter Singer was the darling of it all.

      In almost every way we now are standing at nexus of many decades of tension between reality and enforced (un)reality. It is a collision between God’s will and the will of the devil, the liar. Unfortunately, even those who know reality are being forced to play the game afoot that the fictions have substance and merit. This is why we see congress attempting to pass laws that reaffirm our God given rights as though those rights come from the government and the powerful.

      I pity, but admire greatly, those noble, elected men and women who resist as best they can in a milieu where power determines reality and all they can do is work within the confines of those rules while still trying to do the best thing available. They are overwhelmed in ways that few of us can imagine, I suspect.

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  7. Joseph J says:

    I must admit that I am rather relieved to hear that there will be a relatively quick re-establishment of civil order. I was not looking forward to living for very long in a world without toilet paper or clean water. I know you always discourage post-apocalyptic-nightmare scenarios, but its nice to have a little more reassuring detail. Not that global war against the Scimitar and the Dragon is very reassuring. The Canadian army is very small and limited. I wonder if I will be called up to fight and handed a BB-Gun?

    My favorite line in this post is “… God will reveal Himself to all who call on Him in the midst of the Storm.” That’s what this is all about. If it weren’t for that then we would just be gearing up for another tragedy to add to the endless stream of tragedies that is the story of humanity (from our perspective). I look forward to seeing how God works his mysterious ways in people’s lives during the crisis, not least my own.

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  8. Joseph J says:

    On another note, it just came to me what massive growing pains must of us will experience in learning how to live ordinary sacrificial love day in and day out, as most humans have lived throughout history. My brother told me about his friend who was shocked to learn that he believed as a Christian that love was inherently sacrificial, rather than a form of self-gratification. To him this seemed wrong, almost crazy. No wonder this will be the greatest trial in human history. We are so, so soft.

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  9. Deborah Seiter says:

    I just checked this site and I must say that I am overwhelmed at the response to my post about my family. You all have humbled me and helped me to TRUST even more in God’s mercy! THANK YOU so much to all who responded with encouragement and prayers for us . I pray for all here that we live for and trust in our Lord, the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary and all the saints. Thank you again and God bless you ALL!

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  10. Wyoming Gal says:

    Charlie, Please HELP! Based on your last post and our current world situation, would you consider it wise or prudent (safe) to travel to Stuttgart, Germany for 3 weeks around October 2nd to attend a Baptism of a family friend…….traveling would be completed before the end of the Year of Mercy. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this!! God Bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I make no adjustments to my travel plans out of concern over “inside” information. God knows where I am and what I need. He knows the same about you. Trust Him and live normal prudence. I would go and trust God.

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      • My wife and I are celebrating 25 years of marital bliss this month. I secretly booked a trip to Maine which she promptly found out about. We are leaving our 9 kids behind to take a little time for ourselves. I have to admit that we muse about the fact that we really hope nothing major hits the fan during that time. But I am not going to worry about it. If we’re not supposed to go, I trust that God will find a way to make that happen. And if anything were to happen that creates issues while traveling, then we’ll figure it out. it’s a relatively short walk from Maine to Wisconsin compared to what you did, anyway, right? Can’t stop living.

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    • mspahni says:

      34 of us are headed on Pilgrimage to Poland and Prague in September. We prayed about going and planned it way before i learned about Charlie. Our Lady of Czestochowa, St. John Paul the Great, St Faustina, St. Max, St Edith Stein and others have things to teach and our Lady has many graces to pour out upon us. If we are to be in Poland longer, that’s where our God wants us. We will take our next right step there! You will too, Wyoming Gal. Have you memorized “Charlie’s 4 Points”? I talk about them all the time and majority of my friends/family don’t know Charlie.
      1. Acknowledge God.
      2. Take your next right step.
      3. Be a sign of hope for those around us.
      4. GOD HAS A PLAN!
      This last week, i have said them to myself over and over.
      Thanks, Charlie. God bless and protect us.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to the TNRS family, Wyoming Gal. 🙂

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  11. Monica says:

    What a timely piece Charlie. I can say personally difficulties are mounting in life and watching the news-well let’s just say there is no comfort there as we watch the storm intensifying. I did find the beautiful gifts of strengthening, comfort, clarity and peace during prayer which is where I know we all need to go for God is so good. He is love and will give us all these beautiful gifts if we seek Him in prayer. However, I just wanted to let you know that when I went to TNRS website and found your new post I was so consoled and strengthened. It puts into focus many things that are occurring. Also, by God’s grace, through your words I received clarity as to what will need to be accomplished as events on a larger scale unfold. In my prayer time God has been making me aware of the present and coming storm and how my family and I can weather it, but how wonderful our God is for giving us strength, comfort, clarification and peace through your words. Thank you. Wishing you all love, light and blessings always, Monica

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  12. narnialion54 says:

    Hi folks
    I have been without my laptop for weeks and so it is hard for me to write anything ( one finger on my cell phone😊) but I love this community which gives me so much hope. Three trips to Mt Meeker that I want to share… But right now I want to share that my son who some of you prayed for is flying to Madrid today as a pilgrim on El Camino for 2 weeks then on to World Youth Day in Poland. Could you cover him w prayer please?
    Thanks….it was this site , Charlie, that kept me trusting when I felt all was lost a year ago. Thanks be to God.

    I love this essay about what to do when confused, hopeless, despairing. It’s just what I needed. But the picture at the top says it all for me.
    That’s how I feel now…and to see how much He loves me…ahhhhh

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  13. jfguinan says:

    I have been meaning to post this excerpt from the book “He Leadeth Me” by father Walter Ciszek, S.J. For me it has especially confirmed the theology of always acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to others. Thanks, Charlie, for all that you do.

    He Leadeth Me (Epilogue conclusion)

    Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next. That is the fact of the matter; you believe it or you don’t – and that is the end of it. Philosophers may argue about it, and they have; some have managed to convince themselves and others of its truth, while other have not. But it is the first truth of the faith, and those who have faith accept it; those who do not, do not. I cannot myself convince anyone of it, but I believe it. I do not apologize for my faith, nor am I ashamed of it.

    What I have tried to show in the pages of this book, however, is how that faith has affected my life and sustained me in all I experienced. This faith is the answer to the question most often asked of me (“How did you manage to survive?”) and I can only repeat it, simply and unashamedly. To me, that truth says more than that man has a duty and obligation toward his Creator, as many have tended to interpret it. To me, it says that God has a special purpose, a special love, a special providence for all those he has created. God cares for each of us individually, watches over us, provides for us. The circumstances of each day of our lives, of every moment of every day, are provided for us by him. Let the theologians argue about how this is so, let the philosophers and the sophisticates of this world question and doubt whether it can be so; the revealed truth we have received on God’s own word says simply that it is so. But maybe we are all just a little afraid to accept it in all its shattering simplicity, for its consequences in our lives are both terrible and wonderful.

    It means, for example, that every moment of our life has a purpose, that every action of ours, no matter how dull or routine or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and a worth beyond human understanding. No man’s life is insignificant in God’s sight, nor are his works insignificant – no matter what the world or his neighbors or family or friends may think of them. Yet what a terrible responsibility is here. For it means that no moment can be wasted, no opportunity missed, since each has a purpose in man’s life, each has a purpose in God’s plan. Think of your day, today or yesterday. Think of the work you did, the people you met, moment by moment. What did it mean to you – and what might it have meant for God? Is the question too simple to answer, or are we just afraid to ask it for fear of the answer we must give?

    The air is full these days with talk of peace, of commitment, of fulfillment. Yet no one can know greater peace, no one can be more committed, no one can achieve a greater sense of fulfillment in his life than the man who believes in this truth of the faith and strives daily to put it into practice. If it all seems too simple, you have only to try it to find out as well the joy and the peace and the happiness it can bring. For what can ultimately trouble the soul that accepts every moment of every day as a gift from the hands of God and strives always to do his will? “if God is for us, who can stand against us?” Nothing, not even death, can separate us from God. Nothing can touch us that does not come from his hand, nothing can trouble us because all things come from his hand. Is this too simple, or are we just afraid really to believe it, to accept it fully and in every detail of our lives, to yield ourselves up to it in total commitment? This is the ultimate question of faith, and each must answer it for himself in the quiet of his heart and the depths of his soul. But to answer it in the affirmative is to know a peace, to discover a meaning to life, that surpasses all understanding.

    That is the only secret I have come to know. It is not mine alone, Christ himself spoke of it, the saints have practiced it, others have written about it far better than I. I can only hope that what I have written will strike a responsive chord in some, will prove a help to others, however few. And I pray that you may be one of them

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  14. Robyn says:

    What’s that old saying, “if He brings you to it , He will bring you through it”. We were chosen by God to live in these times. He created us to live in these times. God always knows what He is about. God has been preparing Charlie, and us as well, for decades. We are not alone, we are never alone. If I hadn’t found this site (thank you Mark Mallett) I would be frightened and become reactionary to events instead of deliberate. But now I know: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others. With God’s Grace, I can do that and hopefully help others do that as well. We are the Church Militant- armor on (see Ephesians 6). Steady
    Jesus I place all my trust in you!

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    • avaeadie says:

      I think it was the Police Chief in Dallas at the memorial service, who spoke publicly the very sentiments that you have just stated and which I occasionally remind myself of only after more often wishing I had lived in a different time. It is for this time we were here now, for whatever purpose we each have, be it a grand purpose or a small one, or maybe we think we don’t have one, but we do, or we would not be, it might just be the tiny little purpose of doing that next right step, living our daily duty to the best of our ability with the purest humility, for some of us that may be the largest and most difficult step there could possibly be.

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      • mommaf8 says:

        Thank you, for the gentle reminder. I also used to wish I lived in the Little House time….I guess God figures I need to do it now, in these troubled times! Who am I to argue? ((Then again, I never wanted to marry & have kids. I am married w 7 children, and nearly 15 grandchildren! Couldn’t be happier! 😉 He knows best!

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  15. djmoforegon says:

    Blessings to everyone here!

    A priest from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity posted a timely message that he received in prayer today. He recalled the words that God wrote on the wall recorded in the Book of Daniel:

    Fr. Scott W. Brossart, SOLT

    I received this in prayer at the Mass today… the words “MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN” and the writing of the hand of God on the wall… By the way, this where the phrase “Sometimes you need to recognize the writing on the wall” comes from and I wish our leaders wound literally recognize the writing on the wall!
    It is from the Book of Daniel where the Prophet Daniel is speaking to King Baltasar about the ending of his kingdom…
    [20] But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit hardened unto pride, he was put down from the throne of his kingdom, and his glory was taken away. [21] And he was driven out from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses, and he did eat grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven: till he knew that the most High ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he will set over it whomsoever it shall please him. [22] Thou also his son, O Baltasar, hast not humbled thy heart, whereas thou knewest all these things: [23] But hast lifted thyself up against the Lord of heaven: and the vessels of his house have been brought before thee: and thou, and thy nobles, and thy wives, and thy concubines have drunk wine in them: and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and of gold, and of brass, of iron, and of wood, and of stone, that neither see, nor hear, nor feel: but the God who hath thy breath in his hand, and all thy ways, thou hast not glorified. [24] Wherefore he hath sent the part of the hand which hath written this that is set down. [25] And this is the writing that is written: MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN. [26] And this is the interpretation of the word. MANE: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and hath finished it. [27] TEKEL: thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting. [28] PARSIN: thy kingdom is divided, and is given to the Medes and Persians. [29] Then by the king’ s command Daniel was clothed with purple, and a chain of gold was put about his neck: and it was proclaimed of him that he had power as the third man in the kingdom. [30] The same night Baltasar the Chaldean king was slain. (Daniel 5:20-30)
    It is quite fitting for today as the readings of today’s Mass speaks about cities and kingdoms that were destroyed by God through their destruction at the hands of their enemies. Our Lord warned them before: “Unless you faith is firm you shall not be firm!” (Isaiah 7:9) God upholds cities and places and kingdoms that hold firm to Him, but those who disregard Him have all fallen… from the Roman Empire, to the Greek citadels, to towns such as Chorazin who failed to recognize the time of Our Lord’s visitation and did not repent. Oh America and kingdoms of this world and those placed in positions of authority… if only you would repent and recognize the blessings you once received from God. Your time is quickly coming to an end.

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    • avaeadie says:

      Even though the city of Dallas has shown that the people are trying to heal together and “love one and another” which of course is very good and noble and what should be, while I can see some of the people, turning to God and Giving God the praise and the glory for their personal delivery, there is too much in these services and ceremonies that speak to the people, rather than to GOD. I love the way the Priest son, of the late Supreme Justice, gave the homily at his Father’s funeral, it is about 15 minutes long, and I think it is awesome…if you did not see it, or would like to see it again,

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  16. nanannda2 says:

    Thought I’d share the prayer for World Youth Day (taking place in Krakow, Poland, July 25-31).
    “God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.. We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
    We entrust to you in a special way young people of every language, people and nation:
    guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the trace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
    Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy. Teach us how to convey the FAITH to those in doubt, HOPE to those who are discouraged, LOVE to those who feel indifferent, FORGIVENESS to those who have done wrong and JOY to those who are unhappy.
    Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.
    Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
    Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
    Saint Faustina, pray for us.
    Amen.

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    • canada1nw says:

      I was in Kracow at the Divine Mercy Shrine in 2013–this will be a wonderful WYD experience ! The World Youth Day Prayer for Poland , I see was taken from Pope JP iII’s : I say this prayer daily.

      The Act of Entrustment of the destiny of the world.

      The Holy Father John Paul II entrusted the destiny of the world
      to the Divine Mercy on the 17th of August 2002
      in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Kraków Łagiewniki.

      O God, merciful Father,
      Who has revealed your love
      in your Son, Jesus Christ,
      and has poured it out upon us
      in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
      We entrust to You today
      the destiny of the world
      and of every man and woman.

      Bend down to us sinners,
      heal our weaknesses,
      conquer all evil,
      and grant that all the inhabitants
      of the earth may experience
      Your mercy. May they always find
      the source of hope
      In You, the Triune God.

      Eternal Father,
      for the sake of the sorrowful Passion,
      and the Resurrection of Your Son,
      have mercy on us
      and on the whole world. Amen.

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  17. Julia Meredith says:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/29/proposed-law-russia-would-ban-proselytizing/
    Please see link above. I heard about Putin today and his new anti evangelisation law at a prayer group where we pray for the persecuted church and was rather shocked and surprised. Can we please pray for the evangelical church in Russia. Also for China where persecution has increased tremendously. They are not only being forced to take down crosses but are bulldozing churches as well. The pastor and his wife of one cburch who protested were bulldozed along with the church. Someone rescued the pastor but his poor wife was buried alive and did not survive. Ghod have mercy on the suffering and persecuted church. Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of China (Our Lady of China has been painted in a most beautiful way) plase pray for your suffering children.

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    • charliej373 says:

      So you know, as offensive as the Russia proposal is, it is to give the Orthodox Church privileged status. The Chinese work is flatly anti-Christian.

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      • BD says:

        Russia has expressed concern over the increasing influx of illegal Chinese immigrants flowing into the far eastern Russian territories. Quite telling given the other in your face activities by the Chinese. Chinese arrogance and defiance to the world grows by the day.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying along with you, Julia.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Julia,

      By all means pray for the evangelical Christians, it is always good to pray for our fellow Christians. However, Putin’s action needs to be understood in context. What I say may be offensive to some, but we must be broadminded and understand the Russian Orthodox position.
      First, the Orthodox Church considers itself to be the true Church, that is, the Catholic Church.
      Second, The Roman Church is a Church in schism with them.
      Third, some of them consider the Roman Church to be heretical and therefore no longer a true Church.
      Fourth, their ecclesiology (concept of Church) is different than that of Rome.
      Fifth, many still live and act as if Pope Francis, as a Jesuit is all up to the mythical alleged sneaky tricks of 17th Century Jesuits (that is, they are working with a false/negative stereotype, such as saying “all blacks like watermelons”) according to some of its members.
      Sixth, for the most part, Russian Orthodox consider evangelical churches the spawn of Rome’s erroneous teachings stemming from Augustine and therefore, it is Rome’s problem to deal with these errant ecclesial groups.
      Seventh, we are dealing with the Patriarchate of Moscow, not Constantinople. Rome is, since the lifting of the excommunications/anathemas of 1054 in a state of impaired communion with Constantinople, not schism.
      Eight, heresy is treated/addressed much more strictly in the East than in the West. Rome has always tolerated various ideals/conceptual heresies to preserve communion. For the East, schism is preferable than to be in communion with heresy. Evangelical churches are seen by the Russian Orthodox as an evil western infiltration, bringing heresy at every turn and putting souls in peril of eternal damnation by taking them away from the true faith of Russian Orthodoxy.
      Nine, the concept of being Russian is identified with being “Russian Orthodox.” Being Evangelical is seen as being un-Russian.
      The only thing I find offensive is the concept that the Russian Orthodox may go into traditionally Roman Catholic lands and filch sheep, but Rome is not allowed to reciprocate. Rome understands this and diplomatically ignores Russian Orthodox complaints as hypocritical in that regard.

      Pray also for Patriarch Cyril – he has had the courage to meet Pope Francis over the objections of many in his Church and replace his communications officer with one more amenable/open to discussions with Rome. Putin supported this meeting. Cyril has also lead a direct attack on abortion, with Putin’s support.

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  18. little one in PA says:

    Jesus I Trust in You! Though I’m scared because I don’t trust myself. I do not want to fail the Lord. II haven’t felt so overwhelmingly depressed for years! Now I understand why daily Mass, the Sacraments, the Rosary are so important. I can barely move forward each day. Please pray for me as I will do for all of you! Thank you!

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  19. Judy says:

    MIRACLE yesterday. My friend, Linda, who suffers from trigeminal neuralgia and severe stomach problems, is in the middle of many things. She was praying about her situation and asked God to 1) help get approval Medicaid and food stamps 2) help get approval of Disability from SSI or 3) help get her a flexible part time job toward evening when her symptoms are less likely to be a problem. She had just uttered the words about the job when the phone rang. She was offered exactly the type of job she requested with Little Sisters of the Poor. Now we will have to see if she can do that job. But this had to involve the hand of God because of how the prayer was answered. Finally, finally some good news for her after so many heavy crosses and disappointments !! All Praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, Jesus, and thank you dear Blessed Mother.

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  20. martha dailey says:

    I love this image of Jesus. Thank you….and for the HOPE you give.

    ________________________________

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  21. Ann G. says:

    I was at a praise and prayer gathering at my parish last night and a beautiful couple who are converts to the Catholic faith shared this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq5ptVojRKU

    It is written and sung by a friend from their former Protestant church. I love the refrain and think it fits beautifully with how we need to trust God. “I’m going to believe that You are up to something good.”

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  22. Pater0325 says:

    I fully agree that all signs point toward an imminent collapse of the Unites States and much of the developed world so that there will be no election this fall. One no longer needs mystical insight to see this. It is the path of thinking we have chosen that sets on this path…

    However, I recently wrote to my local congressman in a respectful way objecting to the laws in California forcing churches to pay for abortion. I warned him that I believe we are the verge of civil war that he can choose to bring people together or further divide. I believe we must remember that even politicians are persons. They also can convert. History has shown that during times of turmoil, chaos and revolution some figures who were fermenting the revolution when confronted with the horror they unleash are brought to repentance. I was hoping to plant a seed of doubt in the ear of my local congressman who is on the board of Planned Parenthood, champions transgender rights and other such cause, for he and his staff our persons to in need of hearing the word to convert and take the next right step.

    I would advise that as much as we rage against the “system”. We consider that individual persons, who may even be supporting the culture of death right now, may be open to conversion if confronted with their evil. So we stand for justice, defend our rights, but also be open to the unexpected graces of our Lord that may bring conversions to the ones we least expected. As priest who hears several thousand confessions a year I experience this on occasion.

    I need only mention Abbey Johnson, Dr. Bernard Nathansan, John Newton (Amazing Grace).

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  23. loveconquers says:

    I know how far down this comment is. It is more of a post request. My husband is not a Catholic. He is not an anything. I have been quietly praying, attending mass, and reading your site as well as many other books and sites. We NEVER talk about it. I feel like at this point, I am obligated too. We are very happy and have a wonderful family life, but we don’t share a faith. I want to explain you to him Charlie. I want to attempt to explain all of this too him but I do not know where to start. He has no faith, he is probably agnostic. How do we reach out to our loved ones in this increasingly precarious time?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Live your faith well and with joy – and don’t be surprised when they reach out to you as the Storm gets more furious. That is one of the reasons why it is so important not to let your joyful confidence fade.

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      • Beckita says:

        Loveconquers, indeed, Love Conquers and it sounds like you are and have been reaching out in Love. This alone bespeaks God’s very Presence in your home: “We are very happy and have a wonderful family life… ” What a gift! Praying for you and your family.

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    • Kim in Ohio says:

      You’ll be in my prayers. I think I put this same request to Charlie and these good folks months ago. I pray Charlie is right and our spouses will listen to us and do whatever needs to be done for our family, our faith, and neighbor’s. Hang in there and know you aren’t alone. There are so many of us out here that know people and Catholics that don’t want to believe God will do such things to us and/our nation.
      Blessings to everyone here.

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  24. radiclaudio says:

    Well, that post is not something you read everyday, even here, by Charlie.

    Thank you Charlie for your simple, frank, straight forward and calm leadership.

    Meanwhile, I remembered all here intently during Adoration early today.

    TJtM,

    Rich

    PS- High Deacon Terry! Hellos and love to Ms Rita and your big wonderful family.

    +++

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  25. Barb421 says:

    well friends, more storminess for me and my family, my husband has suspected for several months that this would happen, at the age of 58 he is being let go at work, to make room for younger professionals, so this is not a total shock but he was hoping to work a little longer before retiring. We haven’t told the family yet. At his age it’ll be hard to find a good paying job. I keep telling him it won’t matter though, if Charlie is right about things!
    we’ve been supporting our daughter and grandson for 10 years since her divorce, she lost her job this year too, but found another temp job for the summer, and we just bought and renovated a condo for my brother who went bankrupt this year, and now this… we will have to sell our home of 30 years and get something smaller.
    I have been praying that whatever happens, we’ll be ok, that if he loses his job, he’ll get something less stressful so he can lose weight and get healthier, so I am hopeful that this will be a good thing, that it’ll work out- I have been feeling very melancholy lately also, missing my deceased mother and father, thinking of the old days, the innocent times ….when life was so much more “Mayberry” – Thank you all for being here for me, God bless, whatever is to come, I keep you in my prayers always

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  26. acseibert says:

    Charlie wrote not to long ago that each of us will have a visitation moment. I was contemplating this and made a connection to a surreal event that happened to me about 6 weeks ago. I was traveling home with my son after his horse riding therapy around 8 pm and stopped in rural PA to get gas, near a major interstate. As a started to fill up he car, a petite, white young woman in her late teens or early twenties walked toward me and asked if I would buy her gas. She had run out and needed to get home to see her father in NJ.

    Her appearance was unkempt. She had tattoos and piercings and long blond dreadlocks that were at one time dyed pink. She also had a large silver necklace with 4” horned animal head in the center. It wasn’t just her appearance that unnerved me, neither her voice nor her eyes had any emotion. She seemed to be able to sense my hesitancy, and said again, she only wanted gas, not money. The closer she came to me, the more unnerved I became.

    By the time she was 10 ft from me it had become fear. I had to pray over and over, continuously, “Daddy God, help me to do your will.” I asked, where is your vehicle? She pointed to an older model white pick up truck that was parked along side the building. The tailgate was down, and a large black man in his 30’s, also with dreadlocks, was sitting on it, holding a snake. I asked why didn’t they move it over if they needed gas. She said that they get kicked out of gas stations if they see them begging. She told me she had a container to fill. Everything instinct told me to get out of this situation as soon as possible, but I continued with my prayer to help me do God’s will. Finally, I reasoned that it was only $12 worth of gas, so I told her I would fill her container.

    She disappeared and immediately returned with old sun faded 5 gallon plastic gas container. On the side was printed in faded letters “OUT OF GAS”. It didn’t have a cap nor nozzle. When I questioned her she told me that they put plastic over the opening and had a funnel. She set the can down between us. By this time, I was convinced this was some kind of scam. She was within 5 feet of me, and my fears and thoughts were wild. I couldn’t seem to think straight anymore. I didn’t understand my irrational response to her presence.

    When I was done with my car, I started filling the container. When I looked up, the man had joined her. I was wrong, he wasn’t large, he was enormous. I’m 5’1” and he was easily somewhere between 6’6” and 7’. He was physically intimidating. The girl had an uncanny ability to read my mind, or perhaps my surprised face. She volunteered that he was here to carry the can. It was too heavy for her. I realized just how vulnerable I was at that moment. They were standing next to the front passenger door. On the seat was my wallet and keys. My autistic son was in the back seat. If they were going to rob me or carjack me, I was helpless to stop them. My prayers shifted to our safety.

    I was so frightened, and wanted this over. The can was nearly full, and I tried to stop filling it, but in my haste, I couldn’t get it to stop. My mind didn’t seem to work, and the man had to remind me that the tab was stuck down. Finally, it was filled and I said here you go. As soon as I offered it to they, the atmosphere changed. My irrational fears vanished, the man smiled at me and said in the kindest, soft spoken, soothing voice “God bless you. Travel safely” and he picked up the can. The women, turned and started to walk away, and said over her shoulder “ya, thanks”, in an almost ungrateful tone.

    The last I saw them, he was putting the gas into the into the truck with a funnel and she had wondered off to the flowerbed, and was picking up things out of the dirt.

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  27. Anne says:

    Beckita and Teresa……… May the angels wrap their wings around you both. May your families be filled with blessings.
    Thank you Beckita for all you do here. Welcome Teresa.

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  28. goldensun says:

    Charlie, I think your lessons are finally starting to sink in for me. The first important lesson you and many others on here have learned is to restrain your impulses, and those include various physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual impulses. (We Americans seem to lack control over ourselves.) The second lesson is that taking the next right step is about making room for God and others in the present moment because that’s where the REAL work is done. For some, obsessive planning and prepping prevents them from seeing what needs to be done now. For me, as an analytical introvert whose head is constantly in the clouds mulling things over, I am frequently detached from the present. I also take on more than I can handle and get frustrated by my failures and that’s when I commit my worst sins. It’s why, I think, the learned men missed what the simple-hearted saw in Jesus, why some people today who are obsessed with the injustice of the world miss the needy in front of their faces, and so on. The third lesson is that God wants us to be willing to embarrass ourselves for his sake and have a laugh so we aren’t taking ourselves so seriously. Please someone correct if I’m wrong here.

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  29. Simone says:

    I think to prepare for the pilgrimage to Mt. Meeker, we should practice with a poutine pilgrimage. Who’s in? 😉

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  30. janet says:

    Just getting news of another terror attack in France. Around 60 dead! Please pray.

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    • Beckita says:

      Surely praying for everyone in Nice, Janet. Especially praying for the repose of the souls who died as well as for all who will lose their lives as events unfold. May those who have forgotten or rejected God be given special graces via Our Lady’s intercession that each and every one, at the final moment, repents and chooses God for eternity. Maranatha Divine Mercy!

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    • janet says:

      Actually the death toll was much more! Why are they picking on France?

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  31. Mary Ann says:

    Janet: I think the Lord wants to get their attention & the country has lost His protection. God save France & all here.

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    • janet says:

      God help us all then, Mary Ann! 😦

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      • Hi Janet. For what it’s worth, I just wanted to say congrats on the Brexit vote in the UK. Boy, the people have spoken resoundingly despite that relentless push to “stay” by the media and the big wigs! And we conservatives here gleefully saw it as a slap in the face of our arrogant President Obama.

        Brexit may not amount to much because of the timing of the Storm, but it shows how divided the country is there just as it is here — the patriotic people versus the crony globalist establishment.

        Oh, and I followed the news about the new PM. Exciting times! Funny, I know May’s a conservative, but her acceptance speech sure sounded alot like something a liberal here might say. Is the terminology for political parties in the UK the opposite from the US, like the way you good folks drive on the left? (Just kidding)

        God bless you and your country,
        Patrick

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        • janet says:

          Thank you Patrick..It seems to have all calmed down here. Boris Johnson was made Foreign Secretary..and yes we have a New Prime Minister. …just waiting for God to take over and put it all right! Yesss.

          Oh I thought we drove on the correct side…Hahaha. 🚗 😵

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. You do drive on the correct side. I heard it was the French who changed it for us. They have a knack for doing things like that.

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          • janet says:

            Hiya Doug.. Joking apart,, your reply made me curious so I checked it out.

            “Most countries which were British colonies still drive on the left hand side of the road including huge land masses such as India, Australia and Southern Africa as well as the Caribbean. Europe generally drives on the right hand side apart from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus.”

            So now I know. 😉

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  32. Kim Sevier says:

    Don’t know how to link to this article on Lifesite News, but it is really a great piece in support of Pope Francis. I think it was in the July 14 group. “12 thoughts on the papacy and life in the Church today”.

    Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

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  33. MarieUrsula says:

    Well, it looks like Mr. Trump is the official Republican nominee. The plot thickens.

    And God has a plan.

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