Through a Glass Darkly Redux

(Our resident archivist, Beckita, suggested that because of the influx of new readers, I ought to repeat this piece that originally ran last January. I agree…and will try to make it a habit to repeat foundational pieces on days when I do not have new material or a guest column. I have a couple of pieces by Dan Lynch I will get up shortly, too.

I had a good chat in Laguna Hills in Orange County on Wednesday evening. Tomorrow, I will be at the Pauline Bookstore in Culver City, part of the greater Los Angeles area, for a chat. I was there last year and took delight in meeting the dear nuns who run it. I look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. Last year, the actor Peter MacNicol, secured the venue for us. I hadn’t mentioned him publicly, for fear it would be a negative in Hollywood. He was with us at a dinner last Sunday and told me there is a solid core of seriously Catholic actors in Hollywood – and spoke proudly of how Catholic actors have played important roles in getting some Parishes started and off the ground. When I get pictures in from various coordinators, I will put some up from my visits to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The details on the Pauline Sisters Bookstore visit tomorrow are:

Los Angeles, CA (Free Event)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

1:30 pm:  Rosary

2:00 pm:  Public Talk

Pauline Books and Media  3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Contact Josephine at   tnrs.losangeles@gmail.com

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Through a Glass Darkly

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By Charlie Johnston

Authentic prophecy is always an invitation from God. It is an invitation to remember His goodness in times past, to see His mercies in times present, to come back to Him with our whole heart, and to call others to do the same. It is guidance on how to act in particular times and circumstances to accomplish this. It is assurance that He is there, that He loves us, that He wants us back, and that He will walk with us if we heed Him. It is an invitation first to the one called to prophesy, and then to all who will hear. It is an invitation to come to God and participate with Him in His gathering of His children. The most important part of prophecy is its call for what we should do.

It is a great achievement of the devil that he has seduced so many into reducing prophecy to fortune-telling, a sort of mystical mystery theatre in which most act as passive spectators, choosing the character on-stage who best appeals to their interests, beliefs and vanity – then sitting back and enjoying the show. God calls you to act, to act with Him, to act selflessly to rescue His children from despair and disorder. If the emphasis of any mystic is on what will happen rather than what you are called to, it is a diversion, not prophecy. Authentic prophecy is active, requiring you to stretch out your heart and your mind to God and to stretch out your hand in solidarity with your fellows. It is not passive.

Many seem to think interpretation of prophecy is simply getting the narrative right, then charting it two-dimensionally. The foolishness of this reminds me of the ancient fable of the six blind men and the elephant. The Book of Revelation is fascinating for many reasons, not least of which that it presents the closest thing to a raw telling of what the mystic actually is shown than anything I have ever seen. Oh, there is plenty of interpretation in it to make it somewhat comprehensible to us, but St. John gives us a good look at much of the raw material he was working with. Revelation has been seriously studied by thousands of great saints and theologians – and there are almost as many variations in interpretation as there are people who have studied it seriously. There is a general consensus on some larger themes in it (though even here some things are hotly disputed) but there are huge disputes on the meaning of many of the details.

Now, as then, a glimpse into eternity does not produce a neat, little, linear narrative. If it were so, I would not have spent a lifetime being instructed. I have told you I spent nearly two decades getting much wrong when I was instructed by my angel. I think you know that, in earthly terms, I am a pretty smart fellow. If it was as simple as studying a linear narrative, I would not have needed five decades of instruction and testing. So, with a caveat that I cannot describe it with precision unless I made up a whole new vocabulary, let me tell you a little about how it actually is.

I gave you a hint of it in my piece, “Into the Whirlwind.” I described the cosmos, in part, in these words:

Imagine that God showed Job our world, sparkling blue and green like some impossibly rare and precious gem, glittering with life and light. Then God shows Job the entire universe. Think of Job’s wonder at the billions of stars, comets, quarks and planets all pulsing and whirring, a symphony of light and rhythm…”

When you are shown, when you get a glimpse into eternity, it is like that. Trillions of parts all pulsing and whirling, traveling at different speeds and directions, often changing speeds and directions. It is like a three-year-old trying to make sense of the working of a nuclear reactor. At the most elementary level, you try to discern the convergence point of several different elements. It is a game that appeals to your vanity – kind of like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube writ large. Except it is impossible. Things change speeds and direction regularly. After a while, if you are wise, you largely drop that effort and focus on patterns that emerge. While you can’t discern all – or even many – of the details, you can see the larger trends they form.

There are several complications even in this. First, some things are symbolic and some are literal – and it can be difficult to recognize the difference. Some things can’t be changed; others are changed dramatically by our response. It is similar to a cruise liner sinking in the open ocean. Once it reaches a certain point in its distress it is certain to sink. It is almost certain that some people will die. How many will die, though, depends on the behavior of those caught in the catastrophe.  If everyone is in panic and acting in an “every man for himself” way, many will die. If many are steady and resolute, they can help others do the same and many lives will be saved.

Meantime, there is a huge disconnect between how things appear here and how they appear there. We come up with clever schemes we think will solve problems – and most don’t even make a dent in the heavens. The sincere and humble prayer of a single person can change multitudes. When you get a cohort of people praying – and living the prayer of doing, of denying their own appetites and caring for those around them tenderly, it can change the trajectories of entire realms of those moving parts. If you knew the power of sincere, humble prayer and doing the little right in front of you, you would eagerly live it well. The machinations of those in power are mere sparklers in comparison to the majestic, tidal power of a single sincere and humble prayer.

Obviously, I explain this allegorically to you. I do it to give you some sense of what it is like, not what it is. Applied to current times, the Storm is something that is set, it must be fulfilled. But the intensity and duration of it can change based on our response. Some things about it have already changed. The intensity was increased by our determination to persist in rebellion; the duration of its fullness has been decreased because of the rise, often quietly, of renewed faith and fidelity among many who have already despaired of hope in human devices. There are far more troops out there ready to  answer the call. Even in the midst of the Storm, we have entered into a great Christian revival. What God intends is that you live it and bring the hope that is in Him to those around you. If you do that well, it will spread like wildfire. It is not sufficient that you be right, but that you be effective, which means you must bury your ego. If you simply browbeat those around you, so they run away from the faith, you have utterly failed. If you never defend the faith when it is assaulted, you have utterly failed.

I am very careful in dealing with my critics. If they seem animated by a restless malice – or a vanity to prove themselves right – I largely ignore them. If they are serious, perhaps pointed, but showing no signs of malice or vanity, I try to answer them well – sometimes provocatively, sometimes gently. Many of my honorable critics have helped refine my thinking. But the key reason is that I am not sent primarily to say, but to do: to give heart to people, assurance that God is right at hand to them, in the midst of a great crisis in world and salvation history that they may endure until rescue. I am responsible for doing that for my critics, as well, insofar as it can be done, as for everyone else. So I largely refrain that their malice or vanity does not fossilize around them – and when they see God act, they may take firm hold of Him, whatever they think of me.

When I hear purported private revelations, there are certain things I watch for. Does it sound primarily like a running commentary on current events? While authentic prophecy does touch on some current events, its focus is always on the eternal and what our response to it should be. So if it sounds like a radio talk show, it may have value, but it is not prophecy. Does it have heavenly beings profusely condemning various people or peoples? In my entire life, I have never heard Our Lord or Our Lady speak in bitter condemnatory tones about anyone. I have only heard the angels speak with contempt for one person, one time. Often, they condemn sin, but there is a yearning sorrow, almost a lament at times, for their poor lost children The focus is always calling the children of the Kingdom back, not casting them into outer darkness.

The Rescue, late in 2017, is one of those things that is certain. I get nervous about it sometimes because I have frequently been wrong about times – but this is one of the incredibly rare occasion where I was told that, specifically, rather than the enigmatic “soon” or “now.” But I am constantly examining and re-examining those matters which are interpretation, for it pleases God to show me, too, how little I understand. Until my spinal event in 2003, I always assumed I would be in excellent, robust health throughout the Storm. It seemed a good interpretation because I could not see how anyone could do the things I was called to without such health. But it pleased God to show me that He writes straight with crooked lines – and that my robust health was not necessary to accomplish His purposes. I assumed too much. It is why I am grateful for my little disability, often calling it “God’s leash.” It reminded me that God is not at all dependent on me, but I on Him.

I constantly go back to what I call “first things,” what I was told specifically or the larger, immutable principles that have been embedded in me, to re-examine my interpretations. I have often said there will be no presidential election this year. Actually, there are some narrow circumstances in which there could be, but the results would be irrelevant. What I was told was that President Obama would not finish his term and that our next stable national leader will not come from the election process. You could have an explosion of events after an election and before an inauguration. You could have Obama declare a national emergency, cancel elections, extend his term and then depart before the extension was up. The most likely scenario is that everything will be up in the air before election, but there are narrow circumstances where that may not be.

I knew that the fullness of the Storm could have begun as early as the summer of 2012. I was grateful that it did not. But I thought, along with many of my critics, that with all that had to happen, we really did need to enter into the fullness by mid-2014. I somewhat nervously was telling the Lord that I knew He knew best, but didn’t we need to get a move on? After enough of this, He appeared to me and simply said, “When I act, it is done.” It was a reminder to me that, even with all the instruction, I was thinking of these things and time in the way men do, that He is not subject to such limitations. I have since come to see what a grace the delay is. If anti-Christian governments had wanted to assume emergency powers, the fall of 2014 was about the last time they had a reasonable chance of imposing it and making it stick for more than a few weeks. Since then, their real power has been ebbing away even as they act more arbitrarily and oppressively. Their very oppressive and harassing actions have sapped the fundamental consent of their citizens.

The key to everything in these times, after five decades of instruction, is not in the grandiose, but the simple. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That is wisdom that will last and will not fail. Live this well and you are already part of the Rescue.

I want to finish with a meditation which originally appeared as a comment here. It was written by YongDuk, the pseudonym an American Catholic Bishop uses to comment with. I often hear people explain to me the meaning of various Biblical prophecy and private revelations. They give me their complex explanations for the two-dimensional linear narrative they have come up with. I usually listen politely but know that, like early Job, they have not entered into the whirlwind and have no clue that the things they speak of are too big for us – and not subject to linear narratives. Whatever YongDuk’s intention was with this piece, I recognized it as one of the best meditations on prophecy I have read.

By Yong Duk

 

While quite possibly historical, the city and tower in Gen 11:3-4 are allegorical to all the false gods that we humans make for ourselves, to make a “name” for ourselves, to make ourselves–individually or collectively–a man-made habitation away from God and above other people or proper hierarchies and authorities out of ourselves: our creativity, intellect, bodies, spaces, etc.

«They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.”

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky,* and so make a name (Heb: shem) for ourselves.»

The tower in Genesis 11 comes out of the city and therefore the city might be seen as the essential component wherein mankind fosters the creation of false-god — again individually and collectively — as the Author is careful to note who first founds a city in Gen 4:17. (The clan is wherein God and the Family of God is protected.)

The theme of Cain and Abel are sown through Genesis and the Torah into the rest of Scripture. The structure of the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 echoes the list in Genesis 4 and 5.

There is a change in Genesis 11:

Initially, it is an individual and individuals acting. After the Flood, it is the collective.

Genesis 10 and 11 shows that while Shem, the firstborn son of Noah, is still alive and kicking, almost immediately (within a generation or so) the collective revolts against him and in him, as the Patriarch of the Family of God, against God by the theme of city being reintroduced. This introduction of the tower shows the degree of the pride and perhaps even intends to show the degree that the Flood failed to due its job.

Charlie many times speaks that he hopes that it is generations upon generations before the Great Apostasy happens after the Storm. While Grace (i.e. sanctifying grace wherein we become friends of God and temples of the Holy Spirit) had not yet been restored in the case of the Flood, St. Peter echoes the theme of Noah’s Ark in his epistle, so that we should see our Time of Grace (the fullness of time, Gal 4:4, when God sent for His Son, born of Mary) as parallel to the Time of the Flood and the restoration of humanity. Yet, how few of us ponder the connexions? How few of us truly sift through our egos and tear down our temples to false gods. How few of us stop aiding and abetting in other’s building bricks that lead to temples to false gods in them?

And then, with the Storm and after the Storm, who of us will to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” How much time, years or generations? (I mentioned weeks ago that it will be the challenging of hierarchies that will usher in the Great Apostasy. It is making for ourselves a “name” over and against the Patriarch and Patriarchs of the Family of God. This is reflected in Genesis 11 in the Schisms and Heresies throughout the Ages, the break up of families and the family.) How will we respond and will we endure and judge righteous judgment?

St. Peter says as much in 2 Peter 2:

For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned…
and if he did not spare the ancient world,
even though he preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness…
and if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah…

making them an example for the godless [people] of what is coming…

and if he rescued Lot…that righteous man…
then the Lord knows how to rescue the devout from trial…

Charlie mentions the role of the prophet in preparing in speaking of what is to come.

The object of prophecy in the Old Testament is to remind people, to cause people to remember what God has done for them.

The Prophet points to the past to prepare God’s People for the future trials and to live righteously:

“See what God has done for us? He has done it again and again and again in Christ and will do it yet again! But will you do it again?”

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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189 Responses to Through a Glass Darkly Redux

  1. LL says:

    Peter MacNicol has always been a personal favorite of mine. His characters are always interesting or just fun to watch!

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  2. nicky says:

    Praying for Munich. Another attack. It seems to be a daily occurrence now. The sad part is that people are getting used to it and no longer react. Make our hearts pliable again Lord.

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  3. Kris says:

    This is a question for Young Duk: Could you explain more of what you mean by the “challenging of hierarchies” that will bring about the great apostasy. This brings many things to mind. Mostly the challenging of the Church hierarchy, not the challenge of when individuals fail and need to be challenged, but the very structure itself . I think of the breakdown of law and order going on right now with the shooting of police, the increased anarchy. I look at the breaking down of the constitutional way of life we as Americans placed our foundation in, that ALL are subject to the same law, and we are seeing that is not the case anymore. I would love to hear more about what you mean by this and how is applies to our current situation in this apostasy. I have been coming to see that the best of us have in fact been “building bricks” and our “city” in ways we have no idea we are doing it. I have pondered the whole concept of Individualism that we idolize here in these UStates. There are so many applications to what you wrote of in your piece. Thanks

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    • YongDuk says:

      Luc Michel and Philippe François can address this better than I, but you are on the right track.

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        YD quote, “See what God has done for us? He has done it again and again and again in Christ and will do it yet again! But will you do it again?”
        The “challenging of hierarchies” or the “making a name for yourself” is the lack of obedience to authority or “hierarchies” in this life which is a form of God’s authority on earth.
        The Profits utterance of the past is to remind us of God’s mercy towards us who fail over and over. God knows we will NEVER get it right in this life as a whole. That is why He comes in every generation to save us….Himself. We are but bit players in this.
        In the book “City of God by Mary of Agreda, Our Lady tells her before the incarnation the whole world was in a deep darkness and the satan thought himself the master and keeper of mankind.
        But He who is our God, descended to us HIMSELF to save us, since no one else could do it. He formed Mary in the womb Himself to be His mother and Arc. He sanctified her through, but before, His death and resurrection and He tested her, while still in the womb, to proof her for the role she played in our salvation as His advocate.
        She was the main reason Lucifer and the fallen third fell from heaven. They “challenged the hierarchy” and rebelled against The Woman, Our mother, who was to become their Queen and the “Mother of all the living”. This poisonous rebellion, this lack of respect for authority, has permeated time immemorial. Adam and Eve, Cain, Shem, Judas and now many of us, challenge the hierarchy of God which today is Mother Church because somehow, we know better?
        We, who want to make a “name” for ourselves then harden into “bricks” our very hearts to wall out God from “this temple”.
        And thus the apostacy from God.

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        • LukeMichael says:

          All authority comes from God. Let our yes mean yes and our no mean no. Our fiat is to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Let us abide in Him!

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          • YongDuk says:

            The “Two Witnesses” indeed! 🙂

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          • Yes, and there you have it. From the eloquent waxings of PF to the simple summation of LM… something to thankfully muse about in the harsh summer environment of the desert. Wouldn’t it be nice to report that I retreated here blissfully to contemplate and rest in The Truth?! On the contrary, I’ve been batted about like some little hank of yarn by a wicked cat.

            On the return trip I was coming out during temps that were justing beginning to wane from the high of 112 degrees. There was a slight, but warm breeze drifting down the arroyo –– sorry, but I found it nearly impossible to be thankful for that much –– until I caught the faintest sound of mooing and neighing drifting my way.

            Well, I followed it of course, until I came upon this scene:

            An unexpected group consisting of a free range bull, a heifer, a wild mare and her foal. Remarkably, they were peacefully sharing this spot of shade on the edge of the wash, a little oasis where the warm breeze was suddenly, refreshingly cool.

            I was able to rest then… briefly… without the earlier, almost constant tumult of so many swirling thoughts and questions.

            It was nearly silent, except for that gentle breeze, swishing tails, my breath, and the occasional snap of the camera. Oh, to rest in Him alone, without Whom we can’t so much as draw a breath. Thank You, Lord, also for the silent witness.

            My NRS was eventually pointed in the direction of the truck. It was time to beat tracks towards home, also there actually was that big cat out there… somewhere… I could see as much from the occasional track in the desert sand. Would my semi-dull hunting knife be enough should the need arise? Oh, to have at least a claymore… another useless thought.

            Another day, and not a lick of French in me. How thankful I am that He calls us all (including the Irish… even a flawed, rascally American offshoot such as myself).

            Already I was healing on the way back to the truck with no more commotion than the sound of my boots softly crunching on the desert floor. Gentle thoughts of Mother and Child. Two Witnesses.

            God is Good.

            MP

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            MP, I’m glad to see you back with your wonderful stories and pictures! Isn’t it great how the animals don’t seem to mind the weather? They just go with the flow. I watched a doe and her two fawns, three turkeys with 11 poults, a pheasant and her two chicks, one rabbit and 3 squirrels happily eating corn and sunflower seeds together in a torrential down pour! They didn’t seem to notice. I was sitting on the step watching them as I was also getting soaked and loving every second of it! I love rain…and storms, cloudy days and snow… but 112°? Purgatory!!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            MP, that is beautiful. I have only read about arroyos. Maybe someday I will see one. Only 105 here in the swamp, oh, politically correct….wetlands.

            LM you have cut to the chase and are very true!!!

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          • …and a quail in a eucalyptus tree. Sounds like you had a critter fest, Snowy. That’s a couple of notches up from a critter moment.

            Actually, there were quail everywhere in the Sweetwater this morning. There was one cheeper in particular, no bigger than my thumb, scrambling furiously to catch up with mom and dad. As you can imagine, Cheeper was all over the place and falling frequently. Naturally, mom scurried between me and baby in a remarkable display of poise and efficiency. Dad stood calmly nearby at a small entry point into a a mess of prickly pear. “This way,” he said.

            I couldn’t help but grin because I recognized myself in Cheeper. Then I saw all of you in Cheeper. Finally, I remembered the assignment Biscuits gave me to pray for a particular Priest. I saw him –– maybe especially him –– in Cheeper too. Yep, I think Cheeper helped inspire a better prayer.

            —–

            Note to Deer: I’ll look for a good picture of an arroyo and share.
            Note to Patrick: Patience…. and the ability to get easily amused by anything.
            Note to anxious folks: Been there. Cut out the sugar and carbs and get outside for some form of exercise if possible. Then stick with it. You have my prayers.
            Note to Doug: I’ve taken the liberty of upgrading our little red Radio Flyer to a larger red wagon and hitched a team of Clydesdales. Prayers for Lambzie. Miss you at the watering hole.
            Note to YD: YD…

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you MP. Your prayers are appreciated for Lambzie. Yes. We may need a very large Radio Flyer or maybe a big long radio Flyer wagon train. Woopie-tie yi-yo get along little doggies, you know that heaven will be your new home. Anyone know that song (I substituted heaven for Wyoming).

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Thank yo Phillip, this is wisdom.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Wow, you must get great service at French restaurants. Call two guys in French and they appear.

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        • Linda says:

          michaelpatrick.. every now and then i run across a cute squirrel pic I’d like to put in my post but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it.. is there an easy way? I’m on an iMac.. thanks mp

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Hey Linda, I don’t know where MP is, but Steve BC wrote how to put pictures on this site. He can be reached at the TNRSanswers team, just put attention Steve BC. I have no idea. May Our Lady of Surprises visit you today!!!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Linda. I’ll try to help if I can. If I can do it, so can you. Go to the picture you want, then click on it so it is on its own page. Now look up at your search bar and you should see the address that ends in .jpg Copy that address..come to blog and open comment, type what you want to say about it and then paste the address into the comment but just make sure you put it on a separate line -like this:
            Here’s a picture of a squirrel: <–after typing that(or whatever you want to say click enter

            now on this line click paste http : // militant squirrel pic link goes here. jpg

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          • Linda says:

            You are an angel.. thank you snowy owl..I wrote this firm and will try it..xoxoxo

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  4. Charlie, I had a pretty profound experience yesterday. All I can say is, “God’s got this.” I did not go into great detail on my blog, but I did write about it here; https://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/the-living-god/
    I loved this article of yours, thanks for reposting and for being a sign of hope in this dark world.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Loved and shared this!

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    • Karen says:

      Very comforting post Veronica – for you and for others like me. I love your cousin’s painting too and I am developing an attachment to St Mary Magdalene thanks to Jesus’ words to Maria Valtorta (who will be declared a saint one da I am sure).

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    • Anniecorrinne says:

      Beautiful, Veronica. I did that consecration too. The 33 day consecration to Mary is wonderful too. I took Mary Magdeline as my Confirmation name….the painting is wonderful. Thank you for sharing….it helps to hear this.

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    • Joj says:

      I also made St. Therese’s Act of Oblation to Infinite Mercy, veronica. It profoundly changed my life. It’s one of those things that is so amazing you just want to shout it from the rooftops! Funny thing is that I wanted to renew it periodically. I thought that would be a good thing to do. But never could manage to get my act together to do it. It occurs to me that perhaps it’s like the Trustful Surrender prayer. The Lord wanted it from me just once, and now He’s doing the rest.

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  5. YongDuk says:

    Forgive the typos / omissions.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Not…. a chance! I love your typos. 😊 *connexions* that’s one of your best! You simply cannot ever change that.

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      • YongDuk says:

        That ain’t no typo none!
        :-/

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      • EllenChris says:

        British spelling, Snowy

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      • Thomas Augustine says:

        I just thought he had one of those classic manual typewriters with certain keys which would always stick. 😜

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          I think…well, (lol) neeeeeevermind. If I say what I think I’ll just get in more trouble! ☺🙂

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        • deereverywhere says:

          He has manual typewriters that change language in mid stream and back again. Now manuel typewriters have a bell notifying five more spaces to type. 66 lines to a page, Elite is 12 characters an inch, pic a 10 characters an inch. No not spelling numbers under ten. All numbers under ten must be words…..flunked shorthand. No one know what that is now anyway.

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          • jaykay says:

            Early on at work I learned to type on a manual – our typist jealously guarded her electric and only the Trusted Ones were let near it… one of which I eventually became. But the sound of the bell on that manual, and the “clunk-whirr” of the carriage return, yep, I can still hear them, over 30 years later. And my mother was a (bilingual) shorthand -typist before she got married, with both styles of Shorthand, Pitman and Gregg. Looked like Arabic, as I recall… although her ordinary handwriting wasn’t far off that either 😏

            Anyway, what a (lovely) coincidence to see this post again. Charlie had linked to it in a reply in his Rules of Regency post, so I followed it. Just last Thursday, as it happens. I was moved again, as I clearly remembered reading it and marvelled (as I increasingly find myself doing) at the seeming telescoping of time. Now, I’m blessed/cursed with a good memory and can clearly remember events/dates etc. 30/40➕ years ago, no problem, but it almost scares (?) me at how something I could have sworn was only about 2 months ago was actually over 7. Many similar things occur, not just this particular instance. Then again, I am getting on… as my younger colleagues are not slow to remind me!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Jay, I am having the same problem with time. I have no concept of when things happened, it was just before. It could have been two weeks or three months. I can no longer keep track. Since what matters is now, and our next right step I guess that it is okay so long as I am not questioned by Perry Mason or D.A. Burger because I would turn into a bowl of jello….before now would be what I would say.

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  6. elongo2015 says:

    I want to thank Charlie Johnston for his example of humble obedience to Christ Jesus. Thank you for giving up so much here on earth, for the love of Jesus Christ, and His Mother, and for your fellows, as you do His will, one step at a time.

    November 8th, Election day or not, is a day I would like to call out right now, for a beautiful Blessed known as “The Subtle Doctor”, Blessed John Duns Scotus (c.122-1308A.D.).

    At the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tepeyac), in La Crosse, Wisconsin, there is a consecrated statue/area dedicated to veneration of Blessed John Duns Scotus (http://www.guadalupeshrine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/TepeyacBlJohnDunsScotusWI_SP2013sm.pdf).

    Blessed John Duns, as a young boy/youth, was considered very dim-witted, and simply unable to learn to read or write.

    He had recourse to Mary, Seat of Wisdom, to heal his poor intellect, and he promised that if she did heal him, he would spend his life defending Her.

    Our Blessed Mother appeared to John Duns, and then healed him, and he went on throughout his life, dedicated to Her, and to defend her at a time when most universities did not believe in or promote Her Immaculate Conception. In 1854, Pope Pius IX solemnly declared that the Marian doctrine of Blessed John Duns Scotus, was a correct expression of the faith of the Apostles: “At the first moment of Her conception, Mary was preserved free from the stain of original sin, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ.”

    I humbly ask each of you to find out more about this Defender of the Faith, Defender of Our Lady, and consider joining me spiritually in praying the Triduum below, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tepeyac) and Blessed John Duns to give wisdom and guidance to all those voting on November 8th.

    To give credit where it is due, I found this Triduum prayer on the Jonas the Dunce blog. http://jonasthedunce.blogspot.com/2013/01/prayer-for-canonization.html

    My four children, my husband, and myself, will be personally praying this prayer in three days leading up to the United States General Election on 11/8/16:
    Triduum to Implore Graces from Blessed John Duns Scotus
    Day 1
    O Blessed John, who in the brief span of your life,
    gave us the most amazing example of angelic innocence and of seraphic love for the Immaculate, have pity on me as, in virtue of your merits and through your intercession, I implore from Heaven the grace of which I am so much in need…

    Day2
    O worthy defender of the exalted Mother of God, who wished always to ascribe to Her what seemed to you most excellent, and who edified the world with the constant practice of the most beautiful virtues, deign from heaven, where you enjoy the reward of your most holy life, to turn your merciful gaze toward me, who confides in you, and grant me the grace for which I humbly ask…

    Day3
    O my most loving protector, from heaven where you enjoy the fruits of your penitent and holy life, deign to make the divine favours rain down, wipe away our tears, console our hearts, lend your ear to my petitions, particularly for the intention which is so dear to my heart…

    Though my unworthiness is great and makes me miserable in the sight of God’s throne, your merits and the efficacy of your intercession will obtain for me the grace for which I long.

    Thanksgiving to Blessed John Duns Scotus for Graces Received
    Thank you, O my most benign protector; the love with which you assist those who have recourse to you is truly great. I am certain that the world will soon be filled with your wonders and that your name will be everywhere invoked and blessed by countless souls who experience the beneficent effects of your protection.

    To this chorus I, a poor sinner, wish to unite my voice to show you all my gratitude. Thank you, friend of the humble, thank you, true devotee of the Mother of God; impart a kiss for me on Her august mantle, so that, by your means, She will deign now and always to graciously guide me. Amen.
    Holy Mary, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all Graces and Advocate, Pray for us. Amen.

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  7. Snowy Owl says:

    Yong Duk and Charlie,
    Every post and every comment you share with us is a gift. Everyday we are reminded, encouraged to stay little, simple, meek and humble children trusting in our all-powerful God who created us for Himself and then gave His life for us. You not only teach this to us, but you actually live it and so give it to us freely.
    Every moment of every day I am given here, I ponder this and every moment I am astonished at His love for us. And I am so drawn and I can no longer keep anything back from a God who is so all consuming and so loving. I wish I could take what is in my heart and put it into word to express my gratitude, there are no words to say. Thank you and God bless you for what you do, for the sacrifices you make and offer for us. 💘

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    • moreen67 says:

      Very well said Snowy. I could say “ditto” to your comment. Now if only I could share this with my Ladies Bible study at my parish – great women and we are learning so much but I notice when I talked (we are off for the summer) about current events and the state of our country – I think I get some upset (while others are quite aware) and one of the women (lovely person) says we just need to pray to get a good president and I kept it to myself and thought we are beyond a political (as it stands today) solution to our problems. Maybe after all that has happened since my last meeting w/them in May (I’ll see them at a bible pool party in 2 weeks) and if they seem perplexed by what is happening than maybe I can share this blog of hope and Taking the Next Right Step. Thanks Charlie and YK – I’m learning so much – I hope thru this blog God puts me to work in the future. God bless everyone!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Moreen, what I’m seeing in many people is just plain old fear and denial. They know things are bad and in need of change but don’t want the inconvenience real change will cause them so they cling to what they know but it’s rotting in their hands. At some point soon, something is going to happen that will open every eye and this will no longer be an issue. What will they do, who will they turn to? You! because they will remember your words and your hope and joy!
        Patience is a virtue! my mom used to tell me that!
        Anyway, that’s my take on it and I’m stickin’ to it. 🙂

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    • YongDuk says:

      Oh, HNSE, I want to be small. I don’t want to be that person with the Claymore.

      Beckita, you know what I am talking about.

      Yet, as small as I want to be. little, un-important in the eyes of the World, I have to hold and wield that Claymore for the Sake of Others.

      At least… … …

      May me joyful that it is worth it and be and live and abide in Love.

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      • EllenChris says:

        YD, the only Claymore I know of is a land mine. Are you deploying some kind of land mines, or is there another kind of Claymore you are talking about. Sometimes your allusions are rather obscure. 🙂

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        • YongDuk says:

          I am so forgetful at times, Ellen Chris, that were it a landmine I would long be scattered to the winds!

          (I am tall so I went from “Two Edged” Sword to Claymore as the picture is the tip resting on the ground, Beckita.)

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          • EllenChris says:

            Thanks for this, YD. I am not familiarly conversant with types of swords. I did not think you meant land mines, but did not know it was the name of a sword. But I’m glad I asked because this started a good conversation. How sharper than a two-edged sword is the Word of God. Wield it well and effectively against the enemies of God. I am with you wielding my sling-shot with a little bag of stones.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Ellen!

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        • deereverywhere says:

          A Claymore is one of the largest swords used in battle. William Wallace of “Braveheart” fame used a Claymore. As opposed to a eastward sword. I don’t know why they called it that but truely there was/is still a sword by that name.

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      • Another Karen says:

        In God’s wisdom, he seems to make small those who wish to big, and those who are big, a wish to be small. It’s all about humility, isn’t it? Thanks YD, for wielding that Claymore….with a kilt perhaps?

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      • You are still small, YD, if that’s any reassurance.

        While not asked to wield a Claymore for I am too weak, I do have to carry a big Sig, a simple Rosary, and a bag of beans.

        Ever a living contradiction, my heart wants to be a big and important leader…..no matter how much I pretend to possess pious poverty. Fortunately, though, God will soon help make me as small as I truly need to be — good, because I want to be big in Heaven.

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        • Mick says:

          Ah, Patrick… I’ve always wanted a Sig. I’m going to go sulk for a while.

          OK, not really (the sulking, I mean). But now I know what I’m going to ask my dear husband to get me when we have our silver anniversary in four years–because nothing says “I love you” like a sweet new Sig. 🙂

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          • Actually, Mick, I’ll sell you my Sig in 4 years! It’s a ridiculously big gun for military or LE purposes that I probably only need during the chaos (P227 Tac-ops Elite in .45, double stack 14+1, 5 mags (67 rounds total!), SA/DA, sweet trigger — a real beast but a pleasure to shoot cuz I got big mitts).

            Perhaps you’d prefer the Mama Bear, Springfield Armory XDS in .45, (a snazzed-up Glock) 5+1 or 7+1, my daily carry piece with grip and trigger safeties, and less than 1″ thick. Got a trigger job and now she’s smooth and crisp. Super easy to conceal, very accurate and packs a punch.

            The Baby Bear is a Ruger LCP in the whimpy .380 Auto. I could wear a Speedo and conceal this one (sorry about the imagery there). Below minimum caliber, you ladies out there would be wise to unload the 7 round clip should an assailant come on strong. (To the novices, don’t go less than a 9mm). I sold it because it was too small even with the Hogue grips to be of practical use in my piano hands. Besides, Jesus said that two would be enough!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            DH and I bit the bullet (pun intended) and purchased a 3rd generation Glock. Next we are off to the range for practice!! Today we are playing in the veggie garden and doing a little archery! 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Dude! I’m in awe of your P227 Tacops; 14+1… now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about. It’s probably too big for my hands, but my husband would dig it. Let’s talk in 4 years.

            You had me in stitches over your comment about the Ruger LCP in .380 Auto! My husband had one for a little bit, but neither one of us liked it. He sold it and bought another 9 mm.

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          • homesteading heart says:

            Totally agreed Mick! My hubby got me a Glock 42 for my birthday last year after I complained that my 9mm is too big to conceal well during the summer. Although I must say that I really enjoy shooting the M&P much more than the .380. It’s the one I always carry around the homestead 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Grumpy me wants to say to you all stop it!

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          • Mick says:

            Aww, Your Grumpiness… come on and smile and laugh with us! Some people unwind by munching on Holy Trinity Pizzas, some by drawing green kung-fu squirrels, some by drinking a Mai Tai, and some by talking guns. Don’t worry; I plan to never shoot anything but targets. But I pray that if I ever have to point my firearm at an unjust aggressor, that God will let my aim be true and the shot be effective in neutralizing the threat.

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          • I sometimes want to get grumpy with newcomers to the TNRS blog who don’t take the time to first familiarize themselves with Charlie’s core message and the tenor of the other valuable contributions here. It seems to be somewhat lazy, and an unnecessary distraction for the family to have those periodic, panicky inquiries about ‘event’ specifics, political issues, Pope worries, travel advice, conspiracies… comets.

            Ultimately, I have patience and peace about it, because I find myself a bit disoriented almost every morning when I first get out of bed. We’re all human.

            Since there’s a time for everything under the sun, I don’t have a problem with folks who take advantage of the 2nd Amendment. Just so long as they have faith and hope in Our Lord’s promise of reaching that time where we’ll beat all that metal into plowshares. You raise a valid point, though. What kind of message is it sending?

            Please, let’s not get distracted on any front. Patience, Faith, Hope, Peace, Love, and All Good resides on much loftier planes than the ones we sometimes choose to dwell on. Raise your sights to Heavenly realms. The Age of the Spirit must and will come. Don’t miss it because you’re overly bogged down in all-to-human thinking.

            YD, I wanted to insert a good grumpy cat meme here to cheer you up, but it didn’t seem like the proper time under the sun for it.

            You have my prayers.

            God Bless,

            MP

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, MP, you’re a better man than me – because I sometimes DO get grumpy with newcomers who don’t take the time to first familiarize themselves with the core message. I know it is usually innocent, but sometimes I irritably think that, “Oh, you want me to cover the same ground over and over again so you don’t have to be bothered actually finding it. Give me more work so you don’t have to do any.”

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          • Hey Your Grumpiness, I ain’t gonna be the one to tell these fine ladies (Mick, Jenn, and Homesteading) to be unprepared to defend or feed their families. So you just turn that frown upside down!

            Say cheese, ladies!!

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        • Mick says:

          Patrick, here’s the one thing that may be cooler than a Sig (pretty sure I’m not getting one for my 25th anniversary):

          http://www.boeing.com/defense/ah-64-apache/

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Ha! Good one Mick! I still prefer my Springfield XDS in .45 though.

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          • Bond, trying to help the poor damsel use a Sig P226
            after she said “I hate guns”:

            Here are the 4 universal
            — GUN SAFETY LAWS —

            1. Treat ALL firearms as if they are loaded.
            2. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
            3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
            4. Be sure of your target and what lies behind it.
            (Hollywood almost never follows even the most basic safety rules)

            We gun owners take the great responsibility of possessing, carrying, and handling firearms VERY SERIOUSLY (despite our light-hearted banter). We train and prepare mentally and physically to safely use our weapons. We pray to God that we never need to use them against another human being, however unlikely, as we realize the consequences may stay with us for the rest of our lives.

            So as the Storm approaches, do remember that we in the NRS family who are called to have firearms consider this means of preparation to be most….PRUDENT.

            Now, I’m going to go and enjoy my croissant!

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          • YongDuk says:

            I have taken down more Enemies with Holy Water, Exorcised Salt, Crucifix, and Blessed Sacrement than all the Apaches put together in the Whole World! 😛

            (That is said playfully, after being so grumpy, by the way, but it is true.)

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            +YD, indeed the better weapons for our arsenals!!

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, YD! In truth, the only reason that I think the Apache is so cool is because a dear family friend helped design it. Come to think of it, he could use some prayers. He has been deeply wounded by people who used to be close to him, and I think he may blame God for it. His name is John, and he’s been away from the Sacraments for decades. Could you please remember him in one of your Masses at some point? And could you please maybe also bop him on the head with a blessing? God will show you where he is, if He so wills. Thanks! 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Be assured, Mick, maybe Monday or Wednesday

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          • Mick says:

            Thank you so much, YD; I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

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      • Beckita says:

        Blessed be God in you and your gift of the Claymore, YD! May Holy Spirit continue to enlighten, heal, love, deliver, transform and accomplish, beyond even your full understanding, all He deems fit to do in this Holy Sword of Peace and Justice, Mercy and Challenge! And, this is but a glimmer of what I am privileged to know.

        The Sword which pierced our Mother’s Heart continues to be brought to my attention in these days of import. Some dear souls I know well have, explicitly, been given this Sword from Her Pierced Heart with the commission to go and slay evil. Love, humility, penance, prayer and sacrifice are the sheath while LOVE rooted in Truth can accomplish the deed of overcoming evil. Surely each one of us participates in this work as God’s Wills for each one.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the Claymore and the Sword which pierced our Mother’s Heart are intricately connected.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claymore

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      • LukeMichael says:

        YD

        I see you wielding the Claymore! In fact you own two!

        The double sides on the first are Holy Scripture and the Prophets!

        And on the second the Blessed Mother and the Eucharist!

        Rev 1:16: “He held in his right hand seven stars, and a sharp double edged sword came from his mouth.”

        Rev 19: ” And from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with an iron scepter.”

        Blessed be the Word of God!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        I for one am glad you are the one with the Claymore, YD!

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    • Doug says:

      Hear, hear Snowy

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  8. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  9. the phoenix says:

    A very timely re-publishing of this piece, Charlie. This part of your writing especially resonated with me today, “The sincere and humble prayer of a single person can change multitudes. When you get a cohort of people praying – and living the prayer of doing, of denying their own appetites and caring for those around them tenderly, it can change the trajectories of entire realms of those moving parts. If you knew the power of sincere, humble prayer and doing the little right in front of you, you would eagerly live it well.”

    And then, right after reading it, (within an hour!) I found this … The following is from an article where Pope Francis talks on the same wavelength about the importance and power of prayer to change the world:

    “For prayer, the Pope uses an evocative image of Moses raising his arms in prayer to God to implore help for his people.

    ” ‘It strikes me that this is a most eloquent image of the power and efficacy of your own prayer on behalf of all humanity and the Church, especially of the vulnerable and those in need,’ states the pontiff. ‘Now, as then, we can conclude that the fate of humanity is decided by the prayerful hearts and uplifted hands of contemplative women.’ ”

    http://www.lastampa.it/2016/07/22/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/francis-mandates-wide-changes-for-contemplative-women-religious-requests-revision-of-all-constitutions-Rkn1TZztrNm9uP6gYzsrvN/pagina.html

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  10. CrewDog says:

    Just what anti Christian &/or USA “Pie” does this, manifestly, Evil Man not have his filthy finger in!??

    “SOROS-FUNDED CATHOLIC LEFT IS DISHONEST”
    “http://www.catholicleague.org/soros-funded-catholic-left-is-dishonest/”

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      He is one super creep-a-zoid, huh?

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    • jaykay says:

      Isn’t it funny, CrewDog, how our lefties, everywhere, see no dichotomy in whoring themselves out to this… man, and his ilk, with his literally billions, none of it gained by honest work, in that Soros is nothing but a currency-huckster. Yet said lefties never cease with their bleatings against “The Man” (for which read genuine Catholic Authority) like the spoiled little middle class “radical” student brats they once were. While they are being funded by the biggest example of “The Man” one could come across in a month of bad dreams. Truly, irony is a stranger to them. And if you point that out, just watch the spoiled-brat paroxysms – before they run off to their safe space. Deus adjuva nos.

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      • Littlelight says:

        “Safe space” Ugh, the horror of this is repulsive. We have two college kids at a state university, who have explained to us what this means. Such insanity!

        Apparently, in class, if you agree with someone and would like to clap your hands, this is no longer allowed. The rationale is the clapping sound might trigger (what, I don’t know!) them. So instead of clapping, you must snap your fingers. I kid you not. I just looked at my son and gave him a big hug.

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    • ann says:

      Oh Crew Dog isn’t it just beyond dismal? One more horror to pack into the bag of horrors we all carry these days. Thank God what is spoken in the dark will be heard in the light. What is whispered in secret will be shouted from housetops. Are you listening, Ms. Wasserman-Schultz? Another scripture that resonates: Unless the Lord build the house, in vain do the builders labor.

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  11. jlynnbyrd says:

    It is encouraging that Hollywood has a solid Catholic representation. What a blessing to have Bishop Barron and his Word on Fire Productions there in L.A. too. catholicism.wordonfire.org Kudos to Pope Francis for that, although he is greatly missed in Illinois!

    I was thrilled to see that Dan Lynch is now on Twitter! @dlynchapostolat

    “…the devil is the infection that crawls into those wounds and infects them.” It seems as if though Catholicism is being renewed and is spreading like a disinfectant across the lands! Praise be to God. Let us be proud of our Catholic Faith, and let others know us by our love.

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    • Agreed. It’s always heartening to hear of the faithful in places where you would least expect them. I hope their light continue to burn brightly and steadily for all especially to those who most need them.

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      • Doug says:

        Hi CraftySquirrelGirl, I am wondering, are you new here? Welcome if that is the case. Your comments come across like you are familiar here. God bless!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Sounds familiar. Hmm, could swear I’ve heard those exact words before.
          Doug: Guardian Red Ryder Deacon and humble interrogator of the NRS.. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Hmm. Are you busted Snowy?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug..ehh… bangin’ head on keyboard… No! You actually interrogated me once with the same question when I dared to try and change my name. lol
            I don’t know who Crafty is, but her name is great.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes, good choice in name. It will be easy to remember on this forum; just like Snowy 😎.

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          • Hey Snowy,
            The words may sound familiar because I just finished saying rosary when I made this comment. “Those who most need them” definitely was influenced by “those in most need of thy mercy.” Regarding the brightly and steadily part, I was thinking how the light shines brightest in the darkness. We’re definitely heading into some dark times so I it quite appropriate.

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        • Hi Doug,
          Thank you for the warm welcome! Yes, I’m new here though I’ve been lurking for a very long time. I’ve been reading everyone’s comments over the years and I think you guys have rubbed off on me. Maybe that’s why I sound familiar. ; )

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  12. Johnnie Hernandez says:

    1Diego I am new to your blog. Your messages are truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. I have a two-edge sword given to me seven years ago. I now understand why the Lord wanted me to have it. As a Veteran, I pray I won’t have to use it. However, I still rely on the weapon of choice given to me by Our Lady of Tepeyac; Her Rosary.

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  13. StClare says:

    Charlie,
    You have said that you don’t expect an election this year. Any chance you don’t expect that we would have to file taxes next year? This indeed would be a moment of joy during the crash!

    As the owners of several small businesses, I cringe every time I think about filing taxes. It takes about a week of my time to get it all prepared and then we hire a CPA to finish and file it for us. What a waste. I realize that taxes are necessary but I think there could be an easier process in getting it done.

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    • Joy over not paying taxes would probably be short lived should it indeed happen because our world would probably be in chaos if it were so. You know the saying about death and taxes being certain? Well, something major would have to happen for one of the certainties in life to disappear even if it was only one time.

      Hypothetically speaking, if the opportunity presents itself in the new world, I would definitely get involved in eliminating taxes. Taxes has become a burden and the misuse of it really bothers me. I would rather a system be set up that people can choose to fund what they deem important rather than have a few make that decision for the collective whole.

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      • Doug says:

        My Grandpa use to say he wanted to pay as much tax as he could because that meant he was making a lot of money (this does not mean increasing the tax rate). 😎

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  14. I might have asked before, but now I need a refresher course…

    Kaine ( Clinton’s VP pick ) is all over saying how he’s a traditional Catholic. Sigh. My friends are split. Those who are thrilled because you can support abortion and be Catholic it seems ( I can’t even) and those of us who are saying that if you are Catholic, and support abortion you need to go to confession.

    Or, as one priest on my feed said, you can’t be both pro abortion and Catholic.

    Another Catholic friend remarked that saying things like that doesn’t make people change their minds and was of the opinion that we shouldn’t say these things.

    Again I feel like the lines are being drawn and the writing is on the wall and we’ll be found wanting if we don’t tell the truth.

    How do you navigate hard truths with love with these subjects?

    On another note, I cannot tell you how grateful I am that I’ve started praying the daily rosary. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have to answer to god for what I say and do – and they have to answer to God for what they say and do. I do not need to talk all the time about it, but the fact is you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion. You will have to answer to God for it. If someone is comfortable with that, I’m glad it’s them and not me. It’s a simple fact.

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    • Julee says:

      Briana Elizabeth, I’m a cradle Catholic and while I always believed abortion to be evil, for the longest time I never understood it should be a deal breaker issue in deciding my vote. It was only when I started praying the rosary and actually started seeking to do God’s will that I came to this realization. I was a bit of a cafeteria Catholic for awhile, picking and choosing, but God mercifully set me on the right path. So many of my Catholic friends and close family are somewhat liberal in their thinking but like me, I don’t think they are entirely cognizant of it. I don’t say too much unless asked and trust God will set them on the right path when they are receptive to it.

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  15. Susan says:

    Hi Charlie
    I really enjoyed this article and it confirmed to me that we are called to action,we are also the church militant. Recently I heard that on Aug 15 a black mass is going to be performed in Oklahoma in which a hollow statue of Our Lady with a pigs heart will be crushed and the heart eaten as part of the ritual. The reason for this ritual is to open the portals of hell to this area. They are asking all catholics to send a letter to bishop Paul Coakley of
    Oklahoma to call catholics to march with the Blessed Sacrament against this
    abomination.
    http://www.medjugorje.com/radio-wave/past-shows/763-This-is-a-Call-to-Confrontation.html
    You can hear the entire program and all the information on the above website

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  16. anniecorrinne says:

    Thank you for all your work, Charlie. I wondered if this writing from Sister Emmaniel of Medjugorje would fit in with this. She speaks of The Virgin of Revelation and a converted atheist, Bruno. O.Lady carries a small book of Revelation. http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/broken-crosses

    Also I listened to Newt Gingrich’s talk at the convention. This line (in part) popped out at me:
    “…the heart of the matter, we are sleepwalking through history as though this is all about politics. It is not. ” (He was listing all the bombings, killings and violence.)
    There are sure many who are sleepwalking…..May God Have Mercy on all of us.

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  17. goldensun says:

    Thanks Charlie and YD! As a new-ish reader, I never saw this post. I’m going to take my time with these reflections. I can see that they are treasures. 🙂

    Now, if I may, I have a confession to make for you all. I’ve been with withholding a secret because I didn’t want to spoil the fun. I have always HATED squirrels!!!! They seem to have been tormenting me since I was a child. The first time I recall seeing one was when I was a young girl sitting on my stoop with a little cup of chocolate chips. I dropped my cup on the cement and a squirrel came and ate up a bunch of them. Later in life, squirrels used to run through the walls of my house growing up. At one point, I had to chase one out of the house with a broom while my mom and sisters screamed. In college in Philadelphia, I used to see big fat, angry ones jump out of trash cans.

    However, I must say, my friends here have helped me conquer my fear. Thank you, Doug, for your precious little picture. 🙂

    And now, YD, I’d like to climb into that little red wagon and see more of the universe.

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  18. goldensun says:

    One last thing before I get ready for Mass. Tomorrow is the feast day of St. James, the patron saint of my brother and grandfather. I’d like to ask everyone here to pray for them.

    I’d also like to share an article, with Charlie’s permission.

    http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2008/07/the-anniversary-of-humanae-vit

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  19. ticamom says:

    I know what we are now in and what is coming is not the end of the world. But, I’m a little confused as to a couple other prophecies and how they fall into place. The three days of darkness where one must stay inside and light a blessed candle and not look at the windows or one will die, is that part of the Storm or is that at the time of the end of the world. And the prophecies from Fatima that say 2/3 of the world and of humanity will be lost, is that part of this Storm? I’m just trying to understand accurately the little information that we do know. Thanks so much!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Forgive me, but I just don’t even try to do a concordance of such things. I think often, specific messages are misinterpreted with an emphasis on full literal understanding. The ancient Scriptural scholars and religious authorities could PROVE that Jesus was not the Messiah because Elijah did not appear in the sky, fiery chariot and all and point him out…as they expected…and Jesus was not a military man who utterly failed to re-establish the kingdom. These were both failures in their interpretation and expectations, not failures of Christ.

      There may be three literal days of darkness…I don’t know. What I do know is that I have had several dozen notes over the last few years from people whose whole worldview was suddenly changed by something. Every one of them said they were in massive confusion, knocked off their feet for three days before they started getting some sense of themselves. Not one said two or four; all said three. What if that is what the three days of darkness is? and what if the blessed candle is keeping your faith burning even in the midst of massive confusion and doubt? I don’t know that is the case…but given our consistent missing of prophecy when it is actually fulfilled because we had a very literal expectation, I think it probably more likely.

      In any case, my job is to proclaim the Rescue I have been told of my whole life – along with the rise of the Storm. So that is what I stick with.

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      • Jose says:

        I like this response. I had never considered that possible point of view/interpretation about the three days of darkness. I always thought that it was literal and never crossed my mind that it could be anything else other than literal, and I’m sure many here were on the same boat. But what you say makes sense… Who knows!

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Charlie,
        I agree with your assessment. My world was rocked (despair, disillusionment) last October for three days, culminating on my Birthday. I visited my Pastor three times during this day, of which he (smiling) said, “what are you worried about? The Holy Spirit is with you, it will get better. ” That it did.

        I also admit, I have blessed candles (& matches), have given blessed candles to family & friends. This was before I chose to start letting go and trust God knowing He knows where I am.
        Cheers,
        Sean

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      • ColleenW says:

        I have a terrible memory, but one other time you gave similar analogy about being literal. I think it may have been something about a tsunami?? and you suggested it could be a spiritual tsunami??? I really can’t remember exactly, but it was a real eye opener for me. Being a literal person myself, I had never considered any other interpretation. A wall of water wiping people out or a spiritual tsunami of revival. I know which I’d prefer! LOL

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    • Doug says:

      Hi ticamom, I don’t recall Fatima prophesy mentioning 2/3 of the world will be lost. Do you have a reference to this? Also, if so, it is conceivable that 2/3 is representative of a spiritual death meaning the state of souls before or after physical death (this could actually be even a worse tragedy). I also understand that prophesy is not fatalistic meaning that our response can mitigate or eliminate chastisement. I think the story of Jonah is a good example. Often it is not cut and dry as we think it is or would like it to be. God bless you!

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      • Joj says:

        Our Lady of San Nicholas, Argentina, who was approved by the Bishop there, says 2/3 are hanging by a thread. These are modern apparitions, so I would take them to be referring to now. The other 1/3 must pray that they will not be lost, she says.

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  20. Linda says:

    Beckita.. how again do you post an image to these posts??? you explained it to me but I can’t find it…lol.. the one above is adorable… it’s a squirrel militant! lol

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Linda. I’m not the “geek speak gal” so I’ll tell you in squirrel speak: For surefire results (quaa quaa) I always chosse a link (kuk kuk) that begin with “https:” and ends with “.jpg” (moan). Works every time for me.

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  21. Greg says:

    I would say that right now, from the perspective of heaven, about 2/3 of the world has lost its primary focus, that is, God (and is effectively lost). And the three days could simply mean, “complete.” “Three”: the number of Persons in the Trinity, the number of hours Jesus hung on the cross, the number of days Jesus spent in the tomb, the number of times Peter denied Jesus, the number of years Jesus taught his ministry, and the list goes on. I think this fits with the Charlie’s article. So, let me just say “holy, holy, holy” is the Lord God Almighty (Ah! there’s that three again).

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  22. Charlie – here’s a musing. We just had a workshop on discerning our Gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of my lowest scores was the Gift of Prophesy (splat!), second only to Hospitality (double splat!!). With talk about changes coming to our country and being that sign of hope to others, I was actually hoping the Gift of Leadership was stronger because that is something I want, but other gifts of hands-on service seem to take precedence, consistent with the yearnings in my heart. I’ll continue to contemplate the results, but take them with a grain of salt.

    In the spirit of St Ignatius of Loyola: Lord, lead me by desire.

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  23. goldensun says:

    Charlie, I was going to give this another read, but I’m too tired. Please pray that God will give me rest. I’m exhausted.

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  24. KMA says:

    Patrick, on one of my retreats with Father Sudac, he recommended we pray and ask God for the gift of discernment of spirits. He said everyone should ask for it. That was years ago. Now I know why. As for hospitality…one of my dearest friends is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. I believe the whole order has the charism of hospitality, and when my husband and I go out to NYC to see them, it’s the best week of the year. In addition to their hospitality, the are embodiments of The Next Right Step. You have wonderful gifts! Thanks be to God!

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  25. linda says:

    thanks snowy owl.. Ill try it !!!! xoxo

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  26. This stuff is probably old hat to you long time Catholics, but it was interesting to me.

    Yesterday my rosary broke, and I was so upset. I loved it so much, and it meant so much because learning to love Mary and the rosary as an ex protestant has been very hard for me. It was a mountain to climb, but she truly is a loving mother and was patient with me (I had asked her to help me love her more this past year). Secondly, it was given to me by my next door neighbor, who bought it for me when she went on pilgrimage to Medjugorje (her daughter was so profoundly touched there that she entered the religious life and it’s a favorite pilgrimage of her family). I really feel that Our Lady used the special graces on that rosary (she had had it blessed there) to draw me closer to her and to the rosary.

    Well, I was mulish about it all this morning (If I could have worn it, I would have, I loved it so much), and trying to use it anyway (which didn’t work) and then I remembered that in my rosary box, I had others. When Dh and I go to estate sales and auctions, we buy up all the Catholic stuff because we hate that such sacramentals are tossed about like rubbish. So I went poking through my box, and brought out a larger pearl rosary, and prayed that this morning, and as I came to the end, I realized that it had an inscription on the back, where there was a relic looking enclosure.

    I had to take a picture of it and blow it up because my eyes apparently THAT bad, but it says that it was kissed by the Virgin at Garabandal.

    Is this something good? I’m hoping so, because I feel like Our Lady brought it to my attention as a consolation, but if it’s not, I’ll put it aside.

    What says all of you pros?

    Prayers for all you TNRSers.

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    • Beckita says:

      I have such a rosary, Briana. On my rosary, the relic is a piece of a page from a missal kissed by Our Lady of Garabandal. Perhaps yours is too. Joe Crozier would have something to say about this as well.

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      • Thank you for the information, Beckita. I could not figure out what that was!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Briana, I have a cherished Garabandal one decade rosary. I had a medal that I was honored to have purchased from Joey’s website during his lifetime, which I accidentally washed in my clothing. The missal once encased was washed away. I was so distraught. I could not find the medals being offered in America any longer at the time and so I agreed to save the funds and purchase one from Australia’s Garabandal Apostolate Center. I was flat broke and in the midst of many personal storms. The shipping and handling alone was over $30.00 and I was selling personal belongings just to make ends meet. I finally ordered a pink one decade rosary. Over 30 days had passed, and I had not yet received it. Meticulously checking credit card account line items was on the back burner and so I did not know if I had already been billed.
          I emailed them that I had not received the rosary and was not sure if I had already paid for it. Overnight, a rosary was sent to me, to my delight!! At the time I was leading a church ministry program and had several people/couples assigned to my table. Several weeks later, and the last week of this parish program, I received another International Priority Overnight Package which contained several Garabandal items. Prayer cards, a single decade rosary, a full rosary, holy water, and a medal, if I remember correctly. I prayed and discerned that these items were to be given to my church group members. I spoke with my husband and took a leap of faith, with his blessing and understanding that I would contact the Center and let them know what happened and pay for the items that could well total $250.00 myself if requested. There were exactly enough sacred items received in that second shipment from the Apostolate for each person present that final day in our group. Lastly, I did contact them two separate times and I was never billed for the goods, including the rosary I had purchased for myself.
          I have been so blessed to see the work of the Hand of God in my life, and I am not worthy! I have included a short and sweet pdf about the promises of the relic. God bless you!

          http://garabandal.us/pdfs/a-kiss-and-a-promise.pdf

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    • Doug says:

      That sounds so neat BD. I know little of Garabandal, but Medjugorje brought me into the Catholic fold from being protestant. (I like my protestant brothers and sisters).

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    • Linda says:

      Briana Elizabeth make a rosary bracelet out of it and it will be with you always😇

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  27. linda says:

    i don’t think it worked..lol Snowy what did I do wrong???

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Linda, where was the picture from? When I put my cursor over the broken image I did not see a link to a website…the picture has to be on a website in order to work- it can’t come from your own files. Also some picture are © and not allowed to be posted…and I have no clue how to tell the difference. So I always search for free or public images..

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  28. paulaokeefe says:

    Was Gara Band
    al where our Lady promised a warning? I used to follow closer, but cannot remember now.
    http://www.paulaokeefe.net/2016/07/24/challenge/

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  29. paulaokeefe says:

    Oh dear…Garabandal.

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