Walking on Water – Musings

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By Charlie Johnston

I am spending a few days at Our Lady of Peace Parish and Shrine in Santa Clara, California. It is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, holds three Daily Masses each day, and is jam-packed. I went to the 8 a.m. Mass Friday, then stopped in to take a look at the noon Mass. At noon, there were 700 people there. Amazing.

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Our Lady of Peace Shrine, Santa Clara, California

 

I know the world will be Rescued next year from our terrible folly, but it gives me such joy to see so many islands of profound faith, largely hidden from the world, but right in the center of the world. I have mentioned before the Marianitas Nuns in Opa Locka, Florida, busily living poverty and, from their need, feeding 300 families per month. I think of the sisters of the Society of Our Mother of Peace near Springfield, Missouri…living in little cabins in the woods and going out door-to-door evangelizing. I think of our orthodox Anglican brothers and sisters – represented here by EllenChris, boldly holding out against the tide of modernization and an anti-gospel rampant in what used to be called “mainstream” Protestant Churches. I toured a warehouse with Fr. Michael Pintacura, USA Vice Postulator of the cause of Canonization for Blessed Anna Maria Taigi. In it was a collection he has amassed over 40 years – all manner of  materials of profound historical and religious significance. It was one of the most amazing collections I have ever seen – and I pray he soon gets the land to set up the Museum that has been a lifetime labor of love for him.

I put my hand over my mouth at all the profound things I have seen in the last year and a half, true labors of love of people – mostly working anonymously – to help the poor, to heal broken lives, to give praise to our Lord, to bring hope in a world whose love has gone cold. Sometime, I think I will write a multi-part series on all the profound acts of love for God and neighbor I have been privileged to witness. My Lord, the heart of the faith is great, noble and true, even in these benighted times! I will have some picture up of the Museum warehouse later.

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Links to the website, beforeitsnews, will be banned here henceforth. They actually come up with some good material, but they have no filter and put up some darkly speculative trash as well. If you see something there you think you should share, find another site that is more reliable to use as documentation to link to.

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Planned Parenthood is in real trouble, despite the best efforts of the establishment media and crooked politicians and officials to keep a lid on it. It was a year ago that David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress (CMP) began releasing the undercover videos showing that Planned Parenthood and other abortionists were systematically trafficking in the organs of the aborted babies for profit. Last week, CMP released a brief  anniversary summary video that recapped major moments in the controversy. Planned Parenthood argues that the fetus is not a person, just a blob of tissue – until there is money to be made selling the dismembered parts of that “blob of tissue.” Then they get clinically specific about the organs and their value.

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David Daleiden and me

 

A US House Select Investigative Panel, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) has investigated Planned Parenthood and concluded that it has been systematically trafficking in the organs of dismembered infants, going beyond even the evidence that Daleiden provided. Several members discussed their findings in a press conference last week, with House Speaker Paul Ryan adding his own comments. The Democrats on the committee have been as obtuse as the clerk in Monty Python’s old ‘Dead Parrot’ sketch, resolutely denying the reality that is right in front of them, sans the comic genius of John Cleese.

The evidence is in. Planned Parenthood is a modern ghoul, robbing the graves of babies for profit in hopes of gaining a Lamborghini. They are even worse than the grave robbers of old – who rarely actually first killed and dismembered the victims they later robbed. Most contemptible are the officials who, when presented evidence of this atrocity, sought to punish the whistle-blower and protect the grave-robbers. Leading this hall of shame are Harris County, Texas, District Attorney Devon Anderson, a Republican and her Assistant DA Sunni Mitchell who, charged with convening a grand jury to investigate Planned Parenthood, instead worked with Planned Parenthood to trump up charges against Daleiden. They both ought to be disbarred and sent to jail for prosecutorial misconduct and abuse of office. Also on deck is California Attorney General Kamala Harris who, seeking a US Senate seat, sought to signal to Planned Parenthood that she will defend their right to be ghouls by running a high-profile raid of Daleiden’s apartment in a fishing expedition. These people are contemptible enemies of liberty and equal justice. That they have sold out to defend ghouls sickens me.

National Review’s Alexandra Desanctis offers the best short summary of the matter at this point that I have seen. Make no mistake: exposing the leaders of the Culture of Death and bringing it down is a Godly work.

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In these times of daily atrocities and shocking stories, it is easy to get panicked and think all is lost. We are in a great Storm – and are being shown how well we actually can walk on water. When we worry about how to manage the waves crashing around us, we begin to sink. When we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and remain steady, though both the wind and waves put on a frightening show, we make ourselves useful tools in the Master’s hands. Right now, we are as uncertain and tottery as a toddler taking his first tentative steps.

I don’t worry overmuch now about all the carping about the Pope (this article by Fr. Peter Stravinskas in Life Site News covers that marvelously and insightfully) or the occasional panic attacks of good people contemplating the horrors that rise up daily throughout the world now. I think of it as an inoculation of sorts. In normal times, people seek to keep control. Normal times are like rowing a canoe across a placid lake: you choose where to go and how to get there. In perilous times, seeking control is more like trying to navigate a raging rapids as you would a placid lake. Seeking great control will only cause you to capsize. The key is to react quickly and keep your balance. In these times, seeking control will only cause you to sink. The only way to safety is to keep your eyes on Jesus and trust in Him while you move steadily forward, one step at a time (hence the emphasis on the next right step). Only He is in control. Now I begin to take consolation that God is teaching many of His children how to keep steady – by keeping their eyes on Him – through shaking them just a little, that they might know how wanting their trust actually is…and learn to live real surrender. Yes, we totter as we take those tentative first steps…but I think the Master is right there, catching us as we start to sink until we start to get the hang of this radical ‘trust.’

Nearly 20 years ago I told my Priests that, though I opposed it, I did not take the anti-God activism of the left seriously. It is so shallow, pretentious and ignorant, I had seen that once the Storm was well underway, such nonsense would be blown away like so much chaff in the wind. I feared more the pretensions of those who seem to be orthodox but who, actually, like Job’s “pious” friends, were entirely engaged with a creation of their own mind, having convinced themselves they know the mind of God and have divined all His ways. Certainly, I see some people out there now who, in fits of rage, would lecture Christ, Himself, on the rules if He dared come and contradict them. If they do not repent, it will go very badly for them. But most of those I see panicking and carping are just expressing honest anguish. The truth is that we all need to be much better than we are to weather this great Storm (including the Pope and the Bishops). The deeper truth is that, in the unfolding chaos and confusion, I see God forming most of us to actually be fit for His service in these glorious times when He will reclaim His people. We often authentically correct others even as we need correction – and are often authentically corrected by people who, themselves, need correction. Through it all, God is forming His people. We are all learning to walk in faith and trust together. It is a sign of hope to me to see that, once again, God knew a way to prepare His people well that I knew not.

What I concern myself mostly with now is that it is you, people of faith, who are going to govern through the bulk of the outer Storm. It will come like lightning after much greater confusion…and confusion that will make you think it not possible. We must govern justly, decisively and mercifully. I ask you to contemplate what that means. As I mentioned, I have the three part piece (which I expect to entitle “Rules of Regency”) that will outline some few basics of that. But prepare yourself to be magnanimous soldiers in God’s victorious army as events of one of the great periods of salvation history unfold.

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I am putting up several new permanent links on the site tonight. I will add Susan Skinner’s marvelous

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Lila Rose and me

Lila “Veil of Veronica” website, a link to Lila Rose’s Live Action site – which has an abundance of truly persuasive and solid information on pro-life issues. Also I will add a link to Auxilium Christianorum. This was sent to the TNRS Answers team by reader Rick Russell, who has put the devotions and prayers to good use. The Answers team strongly recommended it to me. I liked it when reading through it, but I would have put it up even without reading it – for the Answers Team has been an indispensable help to me in this work. Also, we got the video in from the Las Vegas presentation a week or so ago – and I should have added it to the Visit Videos link then. I am adding it now.

 

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Finally, a little shout-out to the TSA. I have done a lot of flying in the last year. I had routinely heard all the bad stories about the TSA. On two occasions I have had to have supplemental inspections – once because I stupidly forgot and left a soda in a carry-on. The employees of TSA I have run into have been unfailingly pleasant and polite. Occasionally you run into a long line, but I am not given to howling over some inconvenience. The officers themselves have struck me as normal people trying to do an important job. If you are thinking about flying somewhere, I think you will find the TSA is NOT comprised of the big, bad bogeymen so many sites accuse them of being. My experiences have been good. Just wanted to say it. I hate to see people doing a decent job, trying to take care of their families, and getting nothing but grief for it.

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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522 Responses to Walking on Water – Musings

  1. andyb2016 says:

    Charlie I wanted to thank you , you have been a great sign of hope to my wife who is healing from a few things, also speaking of your schedule have you been encountering any negative followers of your schedule I know some Catholic healers and Priest who travel often are followed or chased by Free Masons or satanic followers. I know of a Catholic Priest who carry’s a gun Do you have any of these problems Charlie?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Occasionally, but those few who come to discredit usually don’t disrupt and rather try to use what they glean to make attacks afterward online. I occasionally read accounts of how surly, mean and ill-tempered I was by folks online. Funny thing, though, those who do that always stick to events where the locals didn’t tape the talk – so they don’t have to prove their perspective. Of course, for them to be right I would have to be completely different than I am whenever locals do tape things. The problem for these is that there are a lot which are taped…and I am the same wherever I go, at least in tone. Then there are a few guys who try to slyly twist what I say and restlessly try to keep a negative spin on them. Some try to do so in an “objective” spirit of inquiry. I chuckle at them. I spent much of my life dealing with sharks with real skills in politics. Most of the religious schemers are guppies who think they are sharks…they get tangled in their own deceptions or are as obvious as a little kid who puts his hand over his eyes and thinks that others can’t see him because he can’t see. But that’s about it. I have only had one real disrupter, and that was quickly handled. But who knows what the future will bring as chaos deepens?

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      • Beckita says:

        Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. (Matthew 10:41)

        I’ve pondered, in light of this scripture, how smearing a true prophet of God must invite a negative spiritual result. Doing so in a very public venue is nothing short of grave matter.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Scan back to my post on Patti Armstrong and her daughter.

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          • Beckita says:

            No need to scroll back, YD. It’s at my fingertips for it was written with truth and the holy boldness for which I pray for all of us, especially our shepherds. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd – not to fatten your head is that said (Heaven knows your heart as we have seen it revealed here), but for the affirmation each faithful one deserves as we continue on this Journey, homeward bound.

            Mercy, indeed!

            YongDuk says:

            July 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm

            Well… Patti…

            I hate posting this, and maybe Charlie won’t clear it.

            I have known several supposedly holy people who have persecuted several holy people unjustly and I have seen God’s Wrath on those people, usually in their children.

            You did not retract or repent.

            They did not either.

            You wanted to shine. Shine. Your children make the reparation quite often, just as parents often make reparation for their children.

            You chose. They chose.

            Oh, you Bishop. Oh, you Family who persecuted my Seminarian! You missed the line “From that day Herod and Cesar were friends” with a known Satanist fascinated with Demons, a Liberal pro-Women-Priest Catholic? You chose! And your child paid (confer: to redeem) the price.

            On that Day, Claymore in Hand… Given from that day you persecuted him, you will know that Truth.

            And Patti, perhaps consider these words.

            Be assured of my prayers for you and your family.

            Aric, if you know her, convey this to her.

            Mercy.

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        • Audrey S. says:

          This may be an odd “reply” but I wasn’t sure how to ask this question in a general comment section… I have been reading these blogs for months, and oftentimes, Lttw comes up… can someone explain what that is and what happened with it? I have looked it up, but there’s so much from different sources on it, that I’m not sure what it really is and what happened… Thanks so much!

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        • Doug says:

          And whoever receives a Chackita Beckita gets a banana reward

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      • Hello Charlie. I am a devout Roman Catholic. What more can i wish than to say; “From your mouth to God’s ears” good Charlie. I am curious to know where do we leave La Sallette, Fatima, Garabandal, , Akita and the rest…. I am prepping right now as we speak. Doing everything to protect my family. I trust in God’s Mercy. Prayer and more prayer…can mitigate all of those calamities prophesied. I am not sure how it will end. I am a little bit confused with all these currents pushing us from all sides. But this I now…At the end. Her Immaculate heart will Triumph. I know..that Our Queen and Blessed Mother of God is always in prayer, working constantly to save us and to crush the head of the serpent. Her prior prophecies and warnings might mitigate due to “HER PRAYERS” As she in ONE with The Holy Trinity. Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph. God never denies Her pleas. Before She couldn’t hold The Arm of The Father….maybe now She was able to soften His Sacred Heart and changed our dark and sad ending and destiny as humans. I pray for Her Triumph. Cristeros….Viva Cristo Rey!

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  2. BD says:

    The Good Samaritan/s. I have a new found appreciation for the aforementioned term. I was traveling down an exceptionally steep mountain pass road in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when my brakes started to fail, becoming spongy and dangerous. We decided the pickup was not safe and were going to hike the remaining 8-10 miles to a little town where we were headed for supplies, to now find a tow truck. Amazingly out of nowhere an suv with a husband and wife riding together appeared and agreed to take us to town. Not only did they take us to a place that had tow trucks, they refused any compensation, and in fact the wife used her AAA membership to pay for the tow. My point for posting this here is there really are many wonderful people in this chaotic world Charlie and many are taking TNRS. I will keep this couple in my prayers in gratitude for their generosity and kindness.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, BD!

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    • sean sullivan says:

      BD,
      On this note, I opened a newly beloved book “Words of Love” a compiliation of three Nuns (quoted often by Mother Angelica) to a quote:

      “Words of Love” TAN books 1985 ISBN: 978-0-89555-244-0

      Sister Mary of the Trinity (1901-1942) quote pg. 8

      “To act against charity is an incalculable misfortune, difficult to repair because the consequences live on- and it is depriving God, for all eternity, of a homage that should have been paid to Him— for every act of charity honors God and makes Him known, and makes Him loved.” (M.T., no. 357)
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      Charlie,
      I believe this sums up your message of the next right step. Btw, I opened to this passage yesterday after watching your video from a couple months ago.
      Cheers,
      Sean

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  3. Deborah Seiter says:

    Charlie, I just wanted to thank you and ALL the family members of our law enforcement officers for your bravery and willingness to share your family members with us. I pray everyday for our law enforcement, first responders and military to be protected by our Blessed Mother, St. Michael and their guardian angels. I pray the rosary everyday and these intentions are part of a looooong list of intentions. May the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary be SOON!

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  4. Bob says:

    support for the view that a dictator will take over in our crumbling republic. Let’s pray that Charlie is right and God hasn’t given up on us despite our stupidity:
    https://abyssum.org/2016/07/16/famous-last-words-it-cant-happen-here/

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    • joanne1950 says:

      So I read the link posted. Please do not stay home and not vote. There are many Senate and House seats up for reelection. And if you have paid attention and know your Senator and/or Congressman/woman are honorable persons, pro life persons, please vote for them. They may be the only shield against a government run amok.

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  5. Teresa says:

    Hi, Charlie! Can you please assure me you are confident in The Rescue? Please! Any assurance 😦 It’s so hard seeing the world be the way it is, and with raising my kids, it scares me for their future! There are days I am confident in the rescue and just push through the day, but when everyone around me thinks the idea of this storm and rescue is crazy and not true, it’s hard to not get discouraged and lose faith. I attempted to take my own life this year and the only thing that keeps me hanging on is the idea that things will get better. I completely feel like satan has been attacking me for the past 2 years, and can’t break free of him.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Trust God, not me. Go to Him. On the matter of the Rescue, I have said it consistently since at least 2001 (in private communications). There is not interpretation involved. I was told it bluntly and plainly – and told to tell everyone. Late in 2017.

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      • joanne1950 says:

        I have often read your reference to the Rescue’s timing as “late in 2017”. And, I have often wondered if this timing is related to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima which is October 13, 2017?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I have not been told that, but it seemed so likely it is almost certainly. That also is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s break from the Church.

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          • Beckita says:

            I have long noticed the connection as well, Joanne and Charlie. I also see an integral connection to December 12th. The evidence of Her Presence found in the Tilma tells us She is ALIVE in Mexico City and this says to me Her work for us continues. Our Heavenly Friends informing you, Charlie, that She is to be known as Our Lady of Tepeyac at this juncture speaks to me of Her new work in progress. We know so well, Our Mother of Conversion is intrinsically present in this mission. God knows what will be. These are the ponderings of a wee one, united in praying and loving with all here.

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        • Joe says:

          Those dates make sense, but since we are being saved through the Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Tepeyec, December 8th, 9th, or 10th seem fitting to me.
          #vainmusings 😀

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        • Joe says:

          Great minds Beckita… 🙂

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    • It’s best to keep this site and information privately and use great discernment in telling people about it. I’ve floated it here and there to my parents but not with much pressure. Trust God. You don’t need to be ridiculed or critizied for following Charlie’s prophecy and advice at this moment. Just keep the NRS family close to you and ask for their prayers and know in your heart to keep these things to those who understand until closer to the rescue. Meditate on how Mary our mother kept many things and revelations close to her heart and did not reveal them to the outside world. I often think of that when I am going through trials and persecution. I keep it to myself and close, close relatives and pray for those who have persecuted me. Hang in there. Right now I’m reading Ragamuffin gospel by Brennan Manning because I am seeking God’s unconditional love and need to stop beating myself up for my sinfulness and perfectionism. Daily rosary and adoration/monthly confession I highly highly recommended. Take action this way and limit reading the news if it’s too hard to handle right now. God bless. I rarely post only if I feel an urge from the holt spirit to help. Keep on keeping on!! 🙂

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      • BlessedIam says:

        When I first read your post I thought it was in response to something I had posted a couple of days ago. However, it wasn’t directed to me but WAS directed to me. That is exactly what I am going through. The ridicule and brushing off of my words is great.
        Your advice is solid and I thank you for the gentle reminder. Thanks, Holy Spirit.

        God Bless

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      • Linda says:

        Hahaha Highviewhopes.. I tell EVERYONE & they used to look @ me like I am cray cray… These days they are starting to reconsider..😊

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Teresa, The prayers of this novena when offered from the heart are true peace-bringers and trust-builders: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena God bless you

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Teresa, I’ll pray for you tonight. God bless you and your family.

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    • Anne says:

      Teresa…. We are all here. We are with you. Surrender…. Hand over all…. All… To God who is crazily in love with you. I mean it!!!

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    • Mack says:

      Teresa try praying the Hail Mary with the flame of love prayer. It blinds the devil (according to the person who received this prayer); temptations to suicide are from the devil because the devil wants us to die. After “pray for us sinners” add: “spread the effect of grace of your flame of love over all humanity.” There was a suicide in my family and it is devastating for those who are left behind.

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    • SanSan says:

      Teresa, Jesus loves you! When you get discouraged and lose faith, you are listening to Satan (you believe his lies over what the Lord is saying to you). Start saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Believe! Listen to Jesus and hold on to Our Mother! You have been chosen as a “sign of hope” to those around you, especially your children. Have faith and perservere!

      My husband is fighting the same battle. Don’t give up! Prayers and blessings for you and yours.

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      • joj says:

        Teresa, I am in the midst of suicidal feelings, too right now. I don’t think Sansan meant that when we are discouraged and lose faith, we are listening to Satan. (But I’m so tired of well-meaning people saying this!) I think she meant that Satan wishes to master us with these feelings, and we must give them to Jesus instead.

        I am convinced that rather than from the devil, the discouragement and feelings of despair are a great trial and opportunity sent for our sanctification. It is a privilege to join with Jesus in His desolation on the Cross: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?! What a beautiful prayer to cry from the heart at every pain-filled moment! God knows we don’t choose these horrendous feelings, but our circumstances thrust them upon us. The question for me is not where do these feelings come from, then, but what will I do with them? How strong the pull is to seek a “final” escape! And I must strain every nerve in my body to keep my eyes fixed on the Crucified Lord instead. The others can’t even imagine what it’s like to be hanging on the edge this way, feeling nothing but darkness.

        God has entrusted you with much, dear Teresa. It takes such strength of will to carry on when our psyche turns against us. It is so far beyond our power. But not beyond His. Jesus knows intimately what we suffer, and He is with us. Please don’t give up the struggle! Your children need you. Your struggles will bear much fruit.

        I love that comment about Mercy from St. Faustina. The more pathetic I become, the more Mercy He wishes to pour out upon Me. If only I will just let Him.

        United with you in your suffering.

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        • charliej373 says:

          There is lovely wisdom in this, Joj. Not all sorrows are from the satan, but some are for purification from the Lord. During my pilgrimage, one of my Priests developed growing pain in his legs. They thought he was going to have to have surgery. But the pain vanished when my pilgrimage ended. We both chuckle that he bore some of the discomfort I otherwise would have dealt with. He was glad of it, but recently told me to give him a little advance warning if I decide to launch off on another pilgrimage.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you for your wisdom and witness, Joj. Praying for you this evening.

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        • Doug says:

          Joj, I pray you find joy in your suffering. Hugs…..

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          • joj says:

            Oh, Doug, you just had to mention Joy! My favorite subject. Now I will have to deliver a discourse! Hahaha. (laughing gleefully!)

            There was a priest at our parish who gave a sermon annually on Joy (the same sermon each time, I believe… but don’t quote me on that.) I always found it so frustrating the way he would put over a guilt trip on us for not being joyful. I would go to our Lord and say, “How do you expect me to be joyful with this cross?” and wondered what indeed joy really is. I asked priests, but no response really satisfied. Then I read the Summa on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as I was preparing one of my children for Confirmation. Wow! Joy is a gift! Who would have guessed it?

            I think people often make the mistake of confusing Joy with cheerfulness. Cheerfulness is an act of the will. Go out and smile when you feel like garbage. Yes, I can manage that most of the time. (I mean outside the house, not necessarily at home.) I think the priest is right in exhorting us to be cheerful. It is a very little thing we can do to lighten the burden of others, and to express our gratitude for all we have been given by God.

            But Joy is a result of Love, the first gift of the Holy Spirit. When we are intimately aware of God’s love for us, and feel madly in love with Him in return, the Joy bubbles over as a natural consequence, followed by tremendous peace since nothing can take us away from His love, and then follow the rest of the gifts. But none of these gifts are actually within Our Own Power. They are gratuitous gifts from the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. What is within our power is to maintain our souls as a fitting dwelling place for HIm. So yes, Doug, I do have Joy, even Joy bubbling over into peace and long-suffering. Praise be God!

            But I will say that when I am in the “depths of despair” on account of the dark night of the soul, or this chemical balance that causes me to feel suicidal, or whatever – I’m not sure I understand it – the joy is eclipsed temporarily. It is still there and gets me through the worst of it. But I don’t feel it, no. And cheerfulness, well, I’m afraid that goes out the window entirely! as I disappear into my dark bedroom and curl up in my little ball.

            It has passed now, thanks be to God. Another victory for the Lord. Thank you for your powerful prayers, Doug. I don’t know where I’d be without you good people! 🙂 I love the Communion of Saints!

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          • Doug says:

            Beautiful Joj. I am reading St. Cathrine of Siena Dialog which is essentially a conversation of God with the soul. It all starts with the intelect which God gives us to use reason to discover the truth. Then comes the faith. She says love must be tested to prove true. Hence, the testing or dark nights. Love is a two way street. In those dark times, it is often only the intellect that reasons that God is our only hope. That is hard when in the moment of despair. From that reason comes the trust. I often think of the scripture in John from Peter during dark times: “Lord, you have the words of eternal life. Where else shall we go?”. Other times, the scripture speaks to me at just the right time like in Peter: “cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you” or in Philipians: “he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion”. God bless you and may you experience the gift of his peace.

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          • joj says:

            Love, love, love these Scripture quotes, Doug. They just speak volumes don’t they?!

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          • Doug says:

            They do Joj. Be at peace! God bless you!

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      • SanSan says:

        for seven months my husband has spiraled down into a deep depression because he retired from a job that he loved. he also turned 70 –and the world is going to hell in a hand basket, etc. 20 yrs before that, he lost a job that he loved and spiraled down into deep depression, almost unto death.

        after living through these dark times with him, I’ve noted that he believes the “lies” of the evil one……”your a failure……you made so many mistakes…..would of, could of, should of……and on and on and on”–all lies.

        not until he is able to “trust in Our Lord” and surrender his perverse pride, is he able to climb out of the darkness.

        such a battle……but this time, like last time, he will be better for it.

        I too, know the battle of depression well……

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        • Mark Franz says:

          Hello SanSan. My daughter suffered from deep depression on and off, with episodes of suicidal thoughts, as does my brother, so I too know how utterly harrowing and frightening it is to watch a loved one struggle with it. I’ll be praying for you and your husband.

          Mark

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        • Cheri F says:

          I will pray for you and he. Ask St. Dymphna to intercede. If he needs counseling, it can help. I needed that to get through a hard time. There are some good ones out there. Bless you.

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        • Ella Cammina says:

          SanSan, I hope your husband is able to win his battle of depression as soon as possible.

          A few things stand out to me: Firstly, you are right that it is a kind of pride that makes him beat himself up for being a “failure”, and the solution for that is to not care if we are a success or a failure – the only thing to be concerned about is if we are doing God’s Will. Success or failure in the world is nearly always in direct contrast to success or failure in God’s eyes. Most of the saints were laughed at and scorned by the mighty and the affluent. Most of the mighty and the successful detest or ignore God.

          Secondly, the antidote to trusting in worldly success is to place our trust in God, not in our own intelligence or power or competence. Like Charlie often says, we think we are sufficient unto ourselves but we find out, sooner or later, that God has all the power. He just lets us borrow a little once in a while.

          Thirdly, there is probably not much you can do or say that will change your husband’s mind but keep praying for him and for yourself that you stay hopeful and trusting in the Lord.

          My prayers for your husband and you and all your family +JMJ+

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          • Doug says:

            Love. Pure and simple. Someone else respected here said that and it sounds good. So I would go with it.

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          • joj says:

            I just want to mention the chemical aspect of depression, Ella. Because of our poor American diet and all the chronic illness that is rampant, depression resulting from imbalances of neurotransmitters is extremely common. We can’t solve this kind of depression by an act of the will. (For me it is connected to a chronic illness.)

            However, you are correct that negative thoughts are counterproductive. And there is a great power to change the brain with positive thoughts. This has been proven scientifically using functional imaging. But when we are working against a neurotransmitter deficiency it is an uphill battle to have positive thoughts. I must make a constant effort to engage in activities that I enjoy in order to keep the upper hand over my depression. I DO NOT recommend pharmaceutical antidepressants because they do not heal the body but instead cause more damage. But I have had marked success with Amino Acids, and Herbs for balancing hormones (consult a nutritionist). There are books written by physicians on healing depression through proper diet and nutrients.

            For me the only complete answer is a cure to my chronic illness, and I am praying and doing research to find it. God’s will be done. In the meantime, I am learning to rely more on God, and to unite my sufferings to His. God have Mercy on me, a pathetic sinner!

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          • Beckita says:

            God bless you joj in your knowledge and wisdom! With depression, anxiety, and alcoholism running through my family line, I have discovered the brain-gut connection is a big deal and BOY! thoughts surely lead feelings, powerfully so. Dr. Caroline Leaf has a plethora of You Tube talks on these topics. She is of evangelical faith and I don’t fully see eye to eye on some of her theological understandings but that is a minimal distraction. I find her work in neuroplasticity of the brain to be enlightening and hope-filled.

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          • joj says:

            Caroline Leaf has some great talks, Beckita, though I know what you mean about some of the theological stuff. I find neuroscience so fascinating! Sometimes I just wish the Spiritual Life could be reduced to a science. But relationships are never that simple. 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            joj, I too have been in the grip of the depth of despair. So for all here who have or do battle depression, please know you are in my prayers. People cope, grieve and heal differently and so I pray that you are surrounded by family, friends and heavenly beings that know best what you need at the time, rather than offer advice that may come off sounding insensitive. When my dear mother died, (I was 24 y/o) when people told me that they were sorry, it drove me crazy! I though WHY? you didn’t kill her! I knew in the back of my mind that they all meant well, it still made me mad. To this day, I do not utter those words to others. My DH’s bio dad took his life when he was 24 y/o. Thanks be to God, the man that raised him, Phil, became and was “Dad” in his childhood. Still almost three decades later the pain remains.
            Wendy Cukeriski’s Family Apostolate is the website that introduced me to Charlie. We go back quite some time. I’ve followed her Spiritual Guidance Series and have purchased her herbal products and sacramentals. Her website is listed on TNRS home page under Supply Houses in the right column. The proceeds from her products are used to help pay for the medical costs of un or underinsured children. She has this herbal product, if you are interested.
            http://www.cukierski.net/collections/natural-remedies-collection/products/sanity-rescue#.V5Ka54-cE5s

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          • Doug says:

            Joj, I used to have a lot of anxiety and found the cause to be aspertame, the artificial sweetener Nitra sweet, which was widely used in diet sodas. When I stopped, I had the worst moth ever, but then the anxiety was gone. Later I discovered many folks are affected by this and folks I know even had seizures from it. My Brother in law was going for his masters and thought he was losing his cognitive abilities, but from hearing from me, stopped diet soda and got his abilities back. So what we put into ourselves can have a big impact. I’m not ready to give up my coffee though 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          SanSan, a man tends to find his identity in his work. It is a big part of him where as woman tend to find their identity in relationships and family. Your sticking by him will help. God bless you!

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          • joj says:

            I’m with Doug on this, Sansan. Please try to support your man by validating how he is feeling. It may be that is all he needs to move on when he is feeling down in the dumps. Just to hear you say “Yeah, it must be rough not to be doing what you love. I imagine it makes a person feel useless, or unfulfilled. Is that how you feel?”

            Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt have some very insightful books on how spouses can support each other. The exercises are extremely practical, and their philosophy of relationships makes a lot of sense of what can be terribly confusing at times. (Beware of their earlier books, before their daughter became Catholic, which are rather Freudian.) For myself, just having someone say, “Yeah no wonder you feel that way,” in a caring manner, is between life and death!

            Then when he is cheerful and doing something he loves, make sure and validate that, too. “I love it when you are in such a good mood! Let’s do more activities like this!”

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          • joj says:

            Oh dear Jlynn. thanks for the correction. You are so right. And who am I to give advice anyway when I am such a mess! Sansan, please ignore my comment. You know the situation best and obviously have your husband’s spiritual interest at heart. God be with you! Prayers.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            joj, I really did not mean to correct. We are called to different gifts and sharing. I just gave my experience and reactions to it as a result. I love the wisdom and witness of others here immensely! ❤

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          • Joj says:

            No worries jlynn! You are always so kind.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      We are all struggling, some more than most. I try to offer up my suffering for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. In turn, they now pray for you. God desires prayers for the Holy Souls knowing they can not pray for themselves. He desires their purification so He and they be joined together as one.

      Turn to Jesus and ask for His mercy. He told St Faustina the souls most in need of mercy, get the most mercy. Use your suffering as a means to console the Heart of Jesus. Use the influence of evil to promote the most possible good. Through your suffering and struggles, vast amounts of souls may be released (purified).

      Walk through a Holy Door and ask for Jesus’ mercy. Gain A Jubilee Year Plenary Indulgence. Take the first entrance for yourself, return anew each day & offer it for a Holy Soul in Purgatory.

      https://catholicpilgrimagesites.wordpress.com/holy-doors-of-mercy/%20united-states-holy-doors/

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    • Ella Cammina says:

      Teresa, it is indeed the Evil One who is coaxing you to despair – even to the point of attempting to take your own life. If he, the evil one, is trying so hard to take you away from your loved ones it could very well be that you have a lot of beneficial work to do for God’s Kingdom and he wants to make sure you don’t do it. Maybe you are or will be pivotal for the conversion of family or friends or acquaintances.

      Trust in Our Lord – when you start going down a negative road of thinking stop as soon as possible and bring to mind one of the beautiful Bible verses such as “Consider it all a joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials…….” or “Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” or “In the world you will have many troubles, but I have overcome the world.”

      If you can’t think then just close your eyes, imagine you are a little child, very hurt and upset, very scared, and you are in Our Lady’s arms. Imagine it. Stay there until your courage returns.

      When someone commits suicide it seriously wounds not only one’s immediate family but one’s friends, one’s acquaintances, and THEIR families, friends, and acquaintances and so on, and onto the next generation of grandchildren and grandnephews and nieces.

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    • darknite says:

      Teresa,
      Others here have had much better answers, but I thought I’d add my 2 scents…

      Perhaps it would help to fill your days (and focus your thoughts) with music. Both singing yourself, humming, and with Catholic CD’s. I’ve really enjoyed ‘The Daughters of St Paul’, but there are lots of choices – perhaps invest in a headset… or just have Catholic radio on… just a thought.
      Protestants used to believe that Singing (even badly) was a kind of devotional, and was done to please God alone, not our own ears.
      God bless you, and stay the course.

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    • Mark Franz says:

      I’m keeping you in my prayers Teresa. Things will get better, I’m certain.

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    • Carla says:

      Teresa, I know how you feel. There are times I feel so anxious and hopeless. Especially because of my kids and their future. But we have to trust trust trust God in everything we do. Everyday I consecrate my kids and my whole family to Jesus and our Blessed Mother, and although things seem very dark out there. I also see things that give me a lot of hope and make me so joyous. I know it is God telling me He is in control. And I know it is the devil trying to make us lose hope. I will pray for you Teresa. Think of all the blessings God brings to your live everyday. Last night we all kiss goodnight and said I love you to each other, at that moment I thank God for the love of my family. Sometimes when I feel discouraged I go outside and look at the beauty of all his creation. And He created it all for us!!!!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Did you know, Teresa, that you are a daughter of a queen? That would make you a princess. In your official role as princess you must put on the armour of God. The darkness will never overcome the light. In the pit of despair, the darkness calls to you assuring you that in that pit, all your troubles will be over. In that pit, the peace you long for, the love that you need can only be found in that deep darkness that will hide you and keep you safe from all the overwhelming lies, inadequacy, iniquity and inability that is thrown in your face every second of everyday. All your failures and mistakes, all you indecision and wrong decisions can be buried in that pit and no one needs to know. After all, wouldn’t everyone be better off if you weren’t here? You would not make those mistakes that are so much bigger than everyone else’s. After all you are so insignificant no one will notice you are gone. To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune or by opposing end them. To die, to sleep, perchance to dream, ah, there is the rub…..except…

      You are the daughter of a Queen. You must go to her, who is arrayed in battle and ask her to come to you. She has already won the battle in that pit. She has crushed the head that wants you to go into that pit.. that pit is filled with nothing but selfish lies dressed to reassure you that it is filled with pillows when in truth it is filled with bunge sticks to impale you and never let you go. You are a princess, daughter of the One True God. How dare the pit of the evil one suck you into his embrace. You are a Princess. You have a mighty role to play in the kingdom. You must go to your Mother, the Queen, (Remember oh most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known, that anyone who sought thy help was left unaided) ask for her help in battle. You must strengthen your arms by loving your children more than the selfish evil one who seeks to overcome and destroy you with lies. You must draw your sword, reject the lies coming from that tar pit that wishes to immerse you in selfish darkness, and fight. You must swing your sword with allyour might, your children’s lives depend on it. Your fellow soldiers in this fight need you. I need you to fight. Ask the Queen to come to your aid, she will never fail you. If you can, go to confession. Just say “I despair” then, the King of Glory will win, and heaven will rejoice.

      Yes, I understand how inviting it is, just to go to the pit but you cannot do that to your children, they will never understand. You cannot do that to your kingdom, you cannot do that to your Queen. Fight for five minutes, then fight for five more. You can win, you are not alone. Take it five minutes at a time get out of your head and play, really play with your kids. It’s about them, not you. You can do it. I know cause I did it.

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  6. Bob says:

    From Crisis, a legitimate criticism of the Vatican’s reluctance to confront Islam:
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/blind-violence-blind-leaders

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    • YongDuk says:

      Bob, you have to forgive us–I mean us Clerics in Authority, as I am likely indeed very much guilty in influencing those in the Vatican [abbreviated].

      A lot of us Bishops and Priests, if you read through what I wrote in the Islam column(s), have spent significant amount of time with Muslims in “dual” Christian-Muslim countries where we all got on very well together and often time the Muslims were more charitable than the Christian sects. The حلال‎‎ meats were bought by one’s respective religion and/or sect and that was it. Catholics amongst Orthodox did not worry about حلال‎‎ due to the divisions, but bought economically relying on St. Paul’s Letters and Recommendations.

      We have that taint or bias, so we don’t see Islam the way perhaps it really should be, not realising that they too did not know their Islam and Sharia.

      So, it is our Fault. We don’t believe it. We lived amongst Muslims. We were safe amongst Muslims. We were protected by Muslims. We were persecuted by our fellow Christians… Do you see? Do you see how we then reported back to Rome?

      Be careful, please. I hold out that these, those my Brothers in God as I will still contest, will face God and His Truth and convert.

      A Good Heart tends towards Good, not towards strangling one’s sister for posting photos on Facebook.

      Please, be careful! Please…

      If I have influenced Pope Benedict and in turn Pope Francis, I am sorry… but I stand by what I am saying, even if not perfect.

      I am sorry, but I will gladly hang upon the Cross if it brings them to Salvation, even amidst this Storm and even if it deprives Doug of my Hands.

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  7. JG says:

    Umm.. It’s getting real ugly here guys.
    Is anyone watching Turkey? Their Prime Minster is grabbing up power and he’s pro Muslim Brotherhood. He’s creepy. Do American’s realize the significance this has on our military? I know people in the military and they are concerned. Obama supports Erdogan. Charlie if what Shoebat is stating is true he gives a visual to what you have been warning us regarding Islam. Quite frightening . Between this guy guy and the news about Iran and the Nuke deal could explain & trigger how Obama would “regret what he has done to the world”. Now back to the peace of prayer ….enough of all this craziness. Sorry for the momentary lapse of “YIKES” and grinding of the teeth.

    Here’s a snippet from Shoebat.com. I’ve only looked at this website for I heard him more than once on talk radio and he givens a different perspective. The guy is passionate, was in the Muslim Brotherhood , converted to Christianity, became a Baptist and is now Catholic. He said he converted converted to Catholicism because the Catholic’s have ” the bread of life”. He claims he believes in the True Presence. He is definitely a man on a journey but he explains current events from a Middle East mind set. For your discernment:

    Turkey, in less than 24 hours was occupied by Erdogan’s pro Muslim Brotherhood militia and is now holding U.S. tactical nukes at Incirlik. Period. Plain and Simple. Yet there are no headlines in any media that reveals this global catastrophe in this way. Why?

    Even the air base, which is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons, has been invaded by Erdogan’s militia. The militia entered the base in southern Turkey on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported, adding that the investigation is connected with the coup attempt. The electric power supply to the base has also been cut off, forcing the US military to switch to its own internal power supply in order to resume its anti-terrorist campaign in the region.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am being very careful about Turkey, JG. I suspect it is far worse than most think…and may give bad example to many schemers. An anemic coup attempt quickly fails, then Erdogan seizes near absolute power. This could be one of the rare true false flag events if Erdogan had people egging on hotheads to act, knowing he had it under control, then used the confusion to justify the seizure of absolute power. Even if that is not the case, I don’t like the ideas it could give other schemers in different parts of the world.

      Certainly, it is a chaotic hot mess out there.

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      • jwjohn says:

        Yes, I think so too. Nice, France was also similar – strikes, protests and general discontent with Hollande prior to the event and then it happened, guess what he now has an excuse to extend Marshall Law. VT editor Gordon Duff was asked about Turkey he said 2 F-15s from the coupe were trailing Erdogon when he flew out of the country and they didn’t take him out…. When asked about the nukes in Turkey he said they’re obsolete they have new smaller easy to build ones now, 3 were used in Syria already and 1 one used on Roztov, Russia, but it gets worse there are 3 in the US already, he said he can not tell the gov’t because he’ll become like reporter Michael Shrempton who said there was a nuke set to be used at the Olympics in England so he told the authorities and they jailed him for 6 months, the nuke was found 8 miles from the stadium. Without elaborating on the new nukes too much they can not be detected as they are fueled by new nuclear rods that haven’t been used so the radium is very low – anyways the really bad news is August does not look good for someplace USA – say your Hail Marys for your country – like he said things can change in a hurry, things do not look good – I’m very impressed with the a lot of the Catholic pronouncements of faith, in Canada it’s dead, but I sense the tide is turming, but I think we may have to go through some pain before it completely turns.

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  8. Spikenard says:

    I wonder if what Charlie says comes true, and about his caution not to outwit God in regards to stocking up. I don’t think that many God-fearing people hear Charlie’s words and stock up to try to outwit God, but maybe they see it in the way I do. I believe and pray “God Thou art with strength to shield me” and believe maybe we are given this insight from Charlie of what is to occur to do as Noah had done and Joseph, son of Isaac, when famine was to occur and stock up for times ahead. But yet the Bible also tells about how the Hebrew people through Moses and Aaron were delivered to the Promised Land without any stocking up ahead of time, being fed manna from Heaven and quails, and springs of water when it was asked of God. Maybe, too, we are in a scenario akin to the Tower of Babel, in a high tech way this time, and the “tower” has to be rid of, possibly including some of what we all have stocked? Would or should we have products in the time of Peace that we have today? Those products that harm the Earth or maybe our own bodies? In a recovered world, is there a better way, a more Godly way, to make/use things? To bring it back around, is it that God is taking many things away, asking that I rely on Him for daily bread in the interim, eventually rebuilding the Earth but with good designs actually His way of shielding me?

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    • darknite says:

      The Hebrew people left in haste, leaving lots of supplies, food, and comforts where they had been living. Don’t be the one who stayed behind because it was comfortable, with a sure supply of food.
      It’s not wrong to have prudent suppplies, it’s only wrong to think that God needs them to save our souls.

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  9. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie did you see this concerning Amoris Laetitia?
    “Dr Shaw, who is acting as spokesman for the group, said last week: “All we are asking is that Pope Francis make clear that putative heretical implications of the document are just that: heretical.”
    “The letter asks the cardinals and patriarchs to make a request to the Pope to issue a declaration. The declaration would address some false interpretations of the text, to clarify that Amoris Laetitia “does not require any of them to be believed or considered as possibly true”. It asks that the condemnation be made “in a definitive and final manner”.
    What does this mean? Are they actually, in a round-about way, accusing Pope Francis of heretical implications? Or are they doing this sincerely? Every time I read something like this I get all discombobbled.(spell check just hates me lol)
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/07/18/theologians-amoris-laetitia-needs-clarification/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t get discombobulated, Snowy. These are times of confusion. I think these people are sincere – and note that some of it could be disordered if not properly interpreted and not given direction. You remember the chaos that took hold after Vatican II – not because of Vatican II, but because of poorly and deliberately fractured interpretations of it? That raged until St. John Paul set things straight – and it took some time to get it done. We still have pockets of disorder because of that. These people do not seem to be accusing Pope Francis of heresy at all, but asking him to clarify some things, lest we get a similar explosion to that after Vatican II.

      If you studied Church History in great depth, you would find almost all serious issues have been the subject of much intensive debate as they are getting determined. In fact, the dynamic tension borne of that debate actually refines the understanding. It is rarely – if ever – a peaceful everybody agrees sort of thing. Even some of the greatest saints and some Church Fathers argued in favor of positions that were later determined to be heretical. That does not make any of them heretics, for at the time they made their arguments, the subject was up for debate – and their contributions to the debate helped form the dynamic tension that refined the final pronouncement.

      Do not be disturbed when you see serious debate. It just means that something important is being considered. The key is that the debaters hold fast to the Barque of Peter and the Church. The group you mentioned seems to disagree profoundly with Pope Francis on some things while simultaneously fully respecting his office. That is what legitimate serious actors do. It is the amateurs and the vainglorious who scream, “Heretic” and “False Pope,” not those who seriously dispute something while maintaining their respect for the Vicar of Christ.

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  10. Joseph J says:

    (Charlie, feel free to discard this post if you think it is unhelpful.)

    In the realm of conspiracy theories: Its been bothering me the whole election cycle how strange it is that the Democrats had put so much effort into crafting and presenting the perfect candidate, Obama, and greeting him as a national hero from the starting gate, but this time around they have nothing to offer but an old socialist and a woman who the polls show is disliked by most of the nation. I’ve heard enough about Obama’s past to readily believe that he is a mere cardboard candidate not just for liberal America, but maybe even an international cabal with totalitarian interests. Trump is not someone I can take seriously, sorry, so if HE is not their candidate, and neither is Hilary, then what are they up to? With Obama they managed to take a nobody and turn him into an international phenomenon. Yet this election is just pathetic. So what is their plan this time?

    With that question on my mind, it is interesting that Charlie tells us that the next election will not take place, or that the winner will not have a chance to assume the Presidency. Another commenter suggested that an attempt will be made to take advantage of a crisis (deliberately created?) to invoke martial law and keep Obama on indefinitely, or something of that nature, which makes sense to me. As Charlie has pointed out, however, such plans will ultimately come to nothing, which is nice to know.

    An even grander vein of speculation is to consider that American is being deliberately set up for downfall by a Satanic international cabal, who are perhaps the Illuminati. Using Communism as a vehicle for Satan’s plans, they managed to take control of Russia in 1917 and use it as a base of operations to infect much of the rest of the world, most notably China, with atheistic totalitarian communism. Their agents (if one KGB member’s account is accurate) proceed to undermine the strength of the Christian West by deliberately assaulting their moral foundation with decadence and perversion, and fostering ‘useful idiots’ – socialist sympathizers. The policies of the Obama administration are so bad that they seem to have been deliberately designed to bankrupt and destabilize America. Europe has grown weak and destabilized through irreplaceable birthrates and extremely heavy immigration. The frame of the west is now so rotten that it is ready to be pushed over. America, as a force for moral decay through its entertainment industry and ideologically tainted international aid, has reached the end of its usefulness. The end-game, to use China, the Red Dragon, as the force to conquer the world, is now ready to be played. Of course this too will fail, ultimately, as Charlie has stated but only through the intervention of Our Blessed Mother.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Just remember, Joseph, that the satan is the only dark mastermind. Humans in his service are always disposable tools to him. There are secret societies, but they are not run by masterminds. They are run by self-absorbed pathetic dweebs…most of whom couldn’t dump water out of a boot with directions printed on the heel. They are vacuous and banal…often useful to the satan for a short period, then spit out and mangled by him when their usefulness is up. We often get ourselves all worked up by these vast dragons of our imagination…but when you see them, you realize they are just little lizards. But there is a dragon that uses them opportunistically – the satan. Keep focused on Christ and all will be well.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Dragons, lizards, and dweebs, oh my!! (in keeping with the Oz theme.) 😛
        “Keep focused of Christ and all will be well.” ❤

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      • Bob says:

        Thanks for the reminder Charlie. One of our favorite commentators referred to Obama last time out as the puppet and George Soros as the “puppet master” and who is Soros the puppet of? The satan when he gives in to evil. So let us pray that we will be given the grace to resist the snares of the devil.
        https://abyssum.org/2016/07/16/famous-last-words-it-cant-happen-here/

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      • Joseph J says:

        Interesting. Yes I believe you are right. The ‘masterminds’ of the moments are just satanic dupes who never ultimately get what they want, and whose actions only ever really serve to further the enemy’s plans, which are, despite their diabolical sophistication, really just a colossal act of vandalism. I reminds me of an anecdote told by a former KGB agent. One day he was privileged enough to attend an intimate gathering of the highest-ranking Soviet leaders. One would think that he was given the chance to witness diabolical schemers at work, but instead he was disgusted to witness a bunch of miserable people getting very, very drunk.

        I guess you’re right. These grand plans are too big for any human, with our small brains, limited means, and short life-spans.

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      • Joseph J says:

        That also reminds me the book That Hideous Strength, which goes behind the scenes of a secret group of people whose leaders are possessed and controlled by demons. Instead of a bunch of Napoleans and Alexanders, the Inner Circle consists of a bunch of sad, delusional nutbars and shattered wrecks of humanity. I wonder how Lewis was able to figure out what dark conspiracy really looks like on the inside. I guess he just used his knowledge of human psychology and spirituality.

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        • ann says:

          Joe thank you for reminding me of that great novel. It was prescient in many ways. I think Lewis was a kind of prophet. I think I will retread it!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        I really like “the instructions for dumping water out of a boot with the directions on the heel.” That’s really funny! I have met and worked for some of those poor souls.

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      • Joj says:

        It gives me such pleasure, Charlie, to hear you put his vile schemes out into the daylight. You have such a way with words! He cares nothing for anyone. Just uses them and throws them away!

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    • Rick says:

      Indeed, there is much going on behind the scenes, with people puffed up with pride belonging to such societies as the Freemasons, Club of Rome, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, and on and on, planning for world domination and complete submission of humanity to their “rule.” I like Charlie’s response below. These people are buffoons thinking the evil one they serve is actually their friend. We have to pray for their souls.

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  11. zeniazenia says:

    Good Morning TNRS, This is a FUN summer program for high school students who like to read. The Academic Seminars are in Philosophy, Theology, American Political Tradition and Literature and are tutored by the college students who were part of the program as high school-ers. Taking admissions til Sunday when it begins and students may arrive at a later date pro rated- if necessary. –ZJ
    http://www.northeastcatholic.edu/#!collegiate-summer-program/vh0qn
    NORTHEAST CATHOLIC COLLEGE
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    The Collegiate Summer Program at Northeast Catholic College gives young people a two-week experience of living on a Catholic college campus for study, prayer, and recreation. Participants live in the college’s residence halls, study philosophy, theology, politics, and literature, attend daily Mass, and enjoy sports, drama, and socials. Several day-trips are planned for hiking in the White Mountains, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, canoeing the Merrimack River, and visting the Quechee Gorge in Vermont.

    The Northeast Catholic College Summer Program is designed for students who have completed at least one year of high school. Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and recent high school graduates are welcome to attend.

    Students should arrive between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on the first day for orientation, dinner, and a social. The Summer Program officially ends on Saturday, August 8th at noon.
    If you are not able to attend for the entire two-week session, please contact the admissions office for a pro-rated price.
    Academic Seminars
    Philosophy
    In our philosophy seminar we will be taking up philosophical questions and themes as we follow St. Augustine through his Confessions. Through this compelling philosophical and theological narrative, we will consider—through dialogue—what it means to be a creature whose heart and mind are restless until they rest in the author of all truth.
    Theology
    Beginning with a consideration of sacramental and liturgical theology as presented in the magisterial documents of the Church, the discussions in this seminar will be wide-ranging, covering topics both ancient and contemporary.
    Literature
    In this seminar, students will take up the study of the heroic. Readings include short stories of Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, and selections from medieval and modern poetry.
    American Political Tradition
    Students study the founding principles of the American republic, the political institutions that derive their forms from those principles, and the meaning of economy in such a tradition. Readings include the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and selected Federalist Papers.

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    Tutors
    Mr. John Klucinec, Philosophy
    Fr. John Ringley, Theology
    Dr. Mary Mumbach, Literature
    Dr. Peter Sampo, American Political Tradition

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  12. richbru says:

    Charlie,
    I have been wanting to ask this for some time and will understand if you decline. How often are you visited by Gabriel, our Lady, or our Lord?

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  13. Nora Batnick says:

    Hi I have been reading your posts for awhile Charlie. I have let the people I am close to know we are in a storm. I do know how much we are loved by God and that you are sent to help people see that love. Why do so many people who are close to me especially family not want to believe. I not excited about the tribulations but the rescue sounds wonderful. Will people have a chance to repent? I guess they can right now but they don’t seem to want to see its importance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Of course they will have a chance to repent. This is the great re-gathering…and largely the purpose why the Storm we have brought on ourselves is allowed to continue for a time. Try less to convince them of the Storm – and more to assure them of God’s goodness…and that He is close at hand for all who call on him with humble sincerity…whenever they finally do call on Him.

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      • Bob says:

        Charlie is right. The storm part should be more and more obvious over time but until God intervenes believing that God still cares and will act in mercy for us again is hard to believe so the encouragement to faith is the most important thing needed!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Nora, I had a young man come to take a poll for one of my State Senators today. He asked, “Mrs. Byrd what is the one thing…” and I asked, “One thing?” with a heavy sigh. I told him that I’ve got so much I could say and one thing would not begin to tell the tale. He said he had a prepared one paged poll and asked if I would take the time to complete it. I invited him to sit at the patio table while I answered questions about, redistricting, state budgets and taxes, school spending, gun control, and the such. I asked if he was interested in politics or a family member of the Senator. He said that he is in college and studying political science. A few moments later I look at him squarely and explained that I have it under good authority that our next national leader will not come from the electoral process. Divine Intervention will end the grave abuses of power and the nation will return to the morals and principals upon which it was founded. His eyes grew rather large and he wore a sheepish grin. I smiled back and said when/if it happens as stated, I welcome him to please come back and sit with me on my porch to chat again. I told him that his generation will play a key role in the rebuilding of the country and wished him the very best as he, (Will was his name), went on his way.
      So please let us say a prayer for Will and his peers for hope, endurance, strength and trust. When I told my DH later in the day about this, he thought that was great! Surprised at that response, I asked, “Why?” to which he said, “Now we will most likely be put on their do not disturb list.”
      I too pray for all who are not ready to accept the message. Lord have mercy for all us in our shortcomings!

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  14. Oops didn’t mean to like my own comment!

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    • YongDuk says:

      Yeah, I struggle to like myself too. I use positive affirmation tapes and when done Side A, positive re-affirmation tapes (Side B).

      Lest anyone think I am lying, I have a walkman in my car with a cord to the auxiliary jack and a rechargeable battery recharger for my lighter.

      My favourite tape as of late is one against both road rage and animals in the middle of the road. “I am a good person. Other people are good people. Wave, don’t blow your horn. Slow down and smile. I am a good person. Other people are good people. Don’t hit the moose!”

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      • charliej373 says:

        Seriously, YD, don’t hit the moose! That never ends well.

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        • LukeMichael says:

          Don’t hit the moose and watch out for the squirrel!

          I travelled to another family wedding this past weekend and noticed that a few hardcore political types are starting to have some softening of the heart. One who is agnostic actually said to me ” I believe that evil actually exists.” I said, “Absolutely! And it will get worse before it gets better but God will intervene to save us. I pray now more than I ever have before.”

          She was silent then but thoughtful and not offended. I think… If she was offended, I will hear from her husband, my brother!

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        • Doug says:

          I wonder if moose eat bird seed? Will they come to my front porch if I feed them bird seed? Maybe we can get one to row our red wagon around the universe? That would be perfect.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, if you want to attract Moose you go to feed store and ask for the feed with molasses in it. Moose, deer (bears lol) squirrels etc. all go nuts for it! Oh, and a salt lick too!

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          • Doug says:

            I saw a bear cross our road before one of our storm meetings this past fall. First time ever I have seen a bear in our neighborhood. I will remember about the molasses to attract them if we need some food 😎

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          • CrewDog says:

            As YD sez Doug Ya don’t want to mess with Moose or any wild creatures for that matter! I had a couple of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” whilst out in the North Woods of Maine back in my BUF days 40 years ago. They had not been hunted in ME for 50 years then and had little fear of Humans. One time a big cow chased me … in my Land Cruiser, fortunately… for 100 yards down an old logging road. Another time, on a beautiful Fall day, I was Grouse hunting with my trusty 20ga double barrel loaded with bird shot. Maine has lots-n-lots of marshland…We call it swamp down here ;-)… Anyway, I was following a narrow trail with a steep bluff on my right and a big swamp on my left. As I was coming round the bend I came up on a young Bull coming the opposite direction .. 20 yards maybe. I stopped and he stopped. He had obviously been in a losing fight ’cause one of his antlers had been broken off. I don’t know what the Moose was thinking but I was thinking #@^* ^%$! No place to go, a 20 with birdshot ain’t gonna stop this thing if he decides he doesn’t like my face ……. so I slowly backed-up … and he slowly backed-up … until we got outta sight of each other. I don’t know what he did but I beat-feet for the Tall Timbers.
            The Aerodrome Officer at the base was always having to go out and chase them off the runway-n-taxiways. Beautiful creatures but I don’t think they are the brightest bulbs in the Deer family …. during mating season or with youngsters …. beware!!
            I’m thinking our bigest “wildlife” problem coming up will be Wolves in Sheep’s clothing … followed by Sheep in Sheep’s clothing ;-(

            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • Doug says:

            Crewdog, I love your last line in regard to we will be sheep in sheeps clothing of which my wife would greatly appreciate. Moose are beautiful and magnificent animals. They do like the marshy watery areas. Probably explains why there are many in Maine.

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        • Doug says:

          Yes. It never ends well for the moose 😎

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          • YongDuk says:

            Doug, totally seriously, from the Realms of Canad’r and Alaska (adjectively forms resist rarefication) Moose kills people.

            Their legs be so long that they be going up right over the hood / bonnet into the windshield and affecting those ordinarily protected by it.

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          • Doug says:

            I can visualize that without an Ignatius contemplation YD. That makes total sense. Ouch!

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      • I love mooses YongDuk and all Gods creatures! 😉☺️

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      • Beckita says:

        There is no better way to begin a day after Morning Prayer than to check in here. These days would be sorely lacking without your endorphins-bearing self, YD. Thanks be to God for creating the wonder of you!

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      • Bob says:

        YD if you lived near me I would tell you to hit the moose and call me and I and some friends could prepare some moose steaks, But you don’t live close. Darn!!

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      • Doug says:

        Another YDiculous moment brought to you by Charlie Johnston’s blog.

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    • Beckita says:

      No worries, morningglory. In TNRS tradition, you’ve released another soul from purgatory! May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in Peace. Amen.

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    • Linda says:

      Hehe I do it accidentally ask the time morning glory

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      • Doug says:

        Every now and then, I press the like button on my comment to see who else liked it. Afterwards, I unlike my own comment by pressing it again. Oh no. I unliked myself. I guess I hate myself. Sigh…..

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  15. Faithful in OK says:

    Hi Charlie, I have been following your site for a few months, along with Medjugorje, and the thought of the Rescue brings comfort to me, my husband (I think) and our 12 year old son who is kind of excited. Unfortunately my husband’s siblings left the Church for evangelical faiths and while they are very faith filled and devout, they are starting to panic and I’m seeing signs of depression. I’d like to help them but don’t want to seem like a um, weirdo Catholic and turn them off. (Although they’re probably ready to grasp at anything hopeful). We are all very close, no hostility. Are you going to address this issue? I’m praying about this. Thank you for all you do.

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  16. Jack says:

    Hi Charlie, I have 4 young kids here at home. With work n’that it’s difficult to get time to actually sit down and read, never mind reflect. It’s much easier for me to utilise you tube as I wash dishes and carry out everyday chores etc. Good videos aren’t always easy to come by tho and I often find myself wondering if what I’m listening to is authentic.
    I thought it might be an idea, as you come across much more material, for your team to perhaps include links to good Christian videos, here on your site.
    Do you think this possible…

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sometimes people put something up in the comments, Jack. The thing is, I get a lot of suggestions about links to very good things…but if I put even half of them up, there would be no Next Right Step site anymore, just a link directory. I have to keep my focus on what my job is. So that puts limits on what things can be put up.

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  17. Barb421 says:

    ugh, today I saw a city bus with a huge PP ad stating a large number , something like 500,000..of breast exams they do for women and then below: “this IS planned parenthood”….so disgusting and obviously trying to distract everyone from the horrors and reality of their evil empire!! shameful! Lord have mercy!

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