Stormy Transition

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(Some readers have spoken of my “proposed” rules of regency. It has sparked a vigorous – and somewhat useful – debate here. It is useful because after the Rescue is complete, people will have to decide how to govern themselves on a long-term basis. It is only somewhat, though, because it has obscured the main focus here. I am proposing nothing. Rather, I am informing you of how it will be during the period of Regency as we enter into Restoration after this broken culture finishes its collapse.

Periods of transition are tough. If you move from one house to another, you were comfortable in the first house, will be comfortable in the next, but the moving from one to the other can be chaotic and is always stressful. We are in a big period of transition right now.

I will write more on that this weekend, then put up the last piece on the Rules of Regency Sunday. Yesterday, our reader who goes by the screen name of ‘Storm Tracker Ed’ made a lengthy comment that brought the focus back to where it should be. It is a truly inspired piece. I reprint it here.

By Storm Tracker Ed

I am getting a bit distressed that the discussion here of late surrounding the Government, and its services and its workers is knocking us off the important thought process which drew me and I’m thinking a lot of people here in the first place.

I say this as a retired 35 year Federal Civil Servant.

I think a lot of people have made a lot of valid points and also have perpetuated a lot of stereotypical misperceptions about Government.

Let me just say it all seems fairly irrelevant to the situation at hand. Griping about how bad Government is when Government is about to fade away from our lives perhaps altogether in a new kind of Regency is like griping about the crew and the Captain of the Titanic as the band plays Nearer My God to Thee. A little late in the game.

I’d enjoy a spirited discussion of the relative efficiencies of large private enterprises vs a vis the efficiencies of large public bureaucracies and my own personal interactions and experiences with both but frankly it is just not worth the effort and folks are pretty hard to persuade or convince on much of anything these days.

Charlie is documenting The Storm which has been building for quite some time. It is raging all around us right now. For some the Storm has made a wreck of their lives already. Killed them. Injured them Ruined them. Flooded them out. Burned them out. Run them out. Turned them into refugees. Cost them their jobs. Cost them their homes. Cost them their neighborhoods. Riots. Massive unemployment. Nearly 100 million Americans out of the workforce. Hunger. Homelessness. Poverty. A loss of Hope in the future.

Coincident to all of that turmoil is the collapse of our most basic institutions. All of them. From the Family on down. The Church is in turmoil. Not just the Catholic Church. Academia. Our financial system is near collapse awaiting one stiff breeze or misstep by the Federal Reserve. Businesses are failing. We are failing to create new businesses. Our services and products are increasingly shoddy and defective.

We are experiencing systemic breakdown of major, major civilizational infrastructure needed to hold the whole thing together. It is eroding not just at the edges but at the core. It is obvious. It is alarming.

Add to all that our Government at virtually every level is failing in increasingly obvious ways. Government is too remote and too unaccountable and lacks any kind of transparency and now increasingly credibility or the trust of the people.

There are lots of reasons and many places to point the finger.

How to organize a collapse of society? Without specific orders from a Divine source that everyone recognizes as Divine?

Arguably the last time America faced anything close to our current predicament was the Great Depression. At that time FDR faced a lot of hungry bellies and did what he had to do to put food in those bellies and clothes on those backs and hope in those hearts. He entered into Office inheriting a miniscule Federal Government and a small budget. A Government TOO SMALL for the problem facing it. A Government inadequate to the problem. A Government too small to be effective or efficient. FDR’s task was to build it up to something capable of addressing the catastrophe he faced.

Today, the Storm presents a problem for a different kind for Government. Today our Governments are TOO BIG. Too big to be efficient. Too big and paralyzed by its own Leviathan ineptitudes as rather exhaustively discussed and lamented on this discussion board.

Who cares whose fault it is?

Charlie is pointing toward a very far reaching dismantling of the Federal apparatus which, take it from me, is a very dicey operation from a practical perspective. Some would like to use dynamite to implode it like the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Boom. Down in one heap. Won’t work. Not even in the short run. Especially in the short run. Here’s a fact: It costs more to shut down a Federal Government operation than to keep it going. Think of it as the comparative cost of the Death Penalty vs Life In Prison. Costs far more to end a criminal’s life than to keep him in a cell.

The Federal Government needs to be transformed into something closer to Herbert Hoover’s kind of Government. Focusing on the essentials. To tame it. To clean it up. To make it more transparent and more accountable. To make it more comprehensible to the elected officials sent to Washington to control it. As it stands those people are too unequipped for the job. As well, they are not interested in doing that job. Because for the most part it is a boring and tedious task. Reading through bills. Nobody reads through bills. Especially the 2,500 page variety. Nobody.

Stick by stick. The Federal Gargantua must be taken down stick by stick. Carefully. A little bit like it was put together. Pull off a piece and stand back and see if the whole thing collapses on the people causing more harm than good. Then go on to the next stick. Carefully.

Problem with that is that approach clearly takes time. If Charlie is right we are out of time. There is no more time.

An imploded Federal Government in a very short time is a huge problem for not just America but the whole world. It doesn’t work well now. Large parts of it fails to deliver anything useful. It has got to go. But HOW it goes does make a difference.

I believe we will be forced into doing something that perhaps not many of us reading and commenting on this site have ever done much of before in the aftermath of a total collapse of our society…..GET INVOLVED.

We will be called on to undertake a much more intensive type of Citizen Participation. We will have to show up. We will have to speak up. We will no longer BE ALLOWED the luxury of “I don’t want to get involved”. Our very lives will depend on more active participation in the communities that will be around us.

Another thing we will have to get used to. Hard work. Hard ,hot, heavy physical work. To grow our food and make our dwellings and put clothes on our backs. Without a lot of complaining.

We all ought to study Pope Francis’ Angelus Message on WORK a year ago this month.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150819_udienza-generale.html

“….St Paul would not fail to warn Christians: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess 3:10) — that’s a good recipe for losing weight, you don’t work, you don’t eat! The Apostle explicitly refers to the false spiritualism of some who indeed live off their brothers and sisters “not doing any work” (2 Thess 3:11). Commitment to work and the spiritual life, in the Christian conception, are not at all at odds with one another. It is important to understand this properly! Prayer and work can and must be in harmony, as St Benedict teaches. The absence of work damages the spirit, just as the absence of prayer damages practical activity.”

We are going to work in this new post-Storm world. All enterprises are going to have to WORK in the sense that they contribute something positive to the common good. We are going to work in community. Together. Helping each other to live and thrive.

Our present form of Government with its negative inducements and perverse incentives to getting work done. That kind of Government, the kind we have today, has a short shelf life remaining. If it doesn’t “work” it won’t prevail. It won’t be tolerated. It won’t be allowed to exist. Because there won’t be the resources to waste on such madness.

Going to work, stepping up to our newly required by necessity active Citizen Participation, is, IMO, going to be a defining characteristic of The Next Right Step. And the fallout from that will be a sign of Hope for all those around us.

And the inefficiencies of our present system or lack of system at the Federal level?

Yesterday’s news.

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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391 Responses to Stormy Transition

  1. julia says:

    It is all well and good talking about working hard for the new future. But what about people who are no longer able to work through age or infirmity.

    Sure, you will say they will be provided for. Well it would take the Illumination of conscience spoken about at Garabandal to change the ‘I am all right Jack’ mentality that allows families nowadays to put their elderly parents in nursing homes rather than take care of them at home.

    I hope you are right Charlie that God will take care of it, but I can see the weak the sick and elderly dying of neglect in all this chaos if it should come.

    It is only fair to put another view out there for consideration.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Julia, that subject was covered at length and over and over again and was finally laid to rest about a year ago. Do you think I control whether the Storm continues to advance or not? Do you suggest all just despair? Do you think all will be transformed yet they will choose to just leave the elderly and infirm to die? If you mean none of these, what’s your point? To tell me that you are scared? Well, that is reasonable. I tell you that without God, we are doomed, but He has a plan. This sounds like you are voicing your fear that even with God, and even with direct intervention, the elderly and infirm are doomed. Okay…if you will not trust God unless He will answer details to your satisfaction and so you can grasp it, I just don’t have much I can do for you.

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      • Susan Ellison says:

        Charlie sometimes your words are harsh, this isn’t easy for people to hear maybe be a little gentle with remarks God knows how scared we are we are only human

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        • charliej373 says:

          Susan, you may be right. But we are almost literally on the eve of battle. I have patiently encouraged, exhorted, and explained to people for almost three years. Now, though, people MUST gird their loins if they are going to be helpful.

          Here is the reality. We have BADLY messed up. WE have. If there is no God, we are doomed to a long period of misery and want. If there is a God and we can’t depend on Him, we are doomed to a long period of misery and want. I have been right about the onset and progress of the Storm – in a way that can be verified at least 21 years ago. That offers a certain level of confidence that I am well-informed on the Restoration and Rescue. If I am not, we are doomed to a long period of misery and want. At this point, questions that, at bottom, come down to “I don’t think I really believe God is going to help us,” are useless. In the weeks before an anticipated battle, it is good to soothe, to exhort, and encourage. On the eve of battle, people need to step up regardless of their fears – because there are a whole lot of people who are going to depend on each of us to act with merciful, but sure, resolve. I understand that some people just don’t have the fortitude for that. But now we need to rally. Faith is an act of the will – and so is trust. It is time to step up and BE that sign of hope, regardless of any internal trembling.

          So yeah, I am getting more to the gruffly tell people to snap out of it, we have work to do stage. I’m not sure that is right, but I don’t think it is right to keep indulging fears that God isn’t going to help us. If He isn’t we’re doomed. Accept that, than act “as if,” for He has not abandoned those who call on Him and truly dedicate themselves to doing His will throughout salvation history. If you can accept that – walking out on faith without the net of having a human back-up plan, you can help rebuild and prepare the way for Rescue for all. If you can’t accept the starkness of that reality at this point, you probably are only going to interfere with and slow down those who can.

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          • mspahni says:

            Beautifully written, Charlie!
            Thank you for being honest with us. I could sense your frustration today by some of your comments. So, Charlie’s Family, let’s give our God and him our BIG vote of confidence by praying, from our heart… HAIL MARY, full of grace…

            God has a plan. May we fulfill our tiny part to His glory. Momma Mary, i’m ready to pull on my combat boots! Night all!

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          • Charlie, I know God is going to help us. Problem is, we want comfort, and that isn’t what He is about, at least not worldly comfort. But we can trust Him totally. We are in the palm of His hand and nothing can penetrate His grip. We have forgotten the goal is heaven and not our comfy couches and grocery store. He keeps telling me this. It can seem scary to look at what’s coming, but only if you don’t KNOW HIM. Everyday I pray, Lord, make my will one with yours, so that if hope becomes an act of the will, it is His will I hope with.

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          • Rock says:

            I see it two ways, we can either “Abandon our posts & flee” or “Prepare for battle”….

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, this is not “to be or not to be” time.

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          • Kati says:

            Here’s an article from Charisma that confirms much of what you have been saying, Charlie. It seems that our Evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ are also looking to a great transition. Our God is preparing us in all sorts of ways.

            http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/59337-what-cnn-and-fox-won-t-tell-you-about-the-move-of-god

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Kati, that is interesting. Here is todays devotional from the Christian based Presidential Prayer Team that is telling too:

            http://www.presidentialprayerteam.com/devo.

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          • Linda says:

            Charlie you so inspire me to feel happy and hopeful each day.. you are certainly heartening the faithful! What a great adventure and I really want to thank you again, dear friend of God, that you said “yes” to God for the sake of all of us. I’m so proud (in a good way, and if it’s not a good pride, God will burn it out of me rather quickly) lol to be a part of this team. How great is our God!!! Amen! And a big thank you God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and dearest Mother Mary for coming to our rescue yet again!!! God save all here! 😉

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          • SanSan says:

            This reply was very useful Charlie and bolstered the grace of fortitude in me…..I’ve been, so to speak, having to ‘crack the whip’ around those who continually run in circles with “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!!” They’re lack of faith and trust saddens me so much. They can continually believe the “lies” of the evil one, but refuse to believe in the Truth of the Gospels–even when it’s pointed out to them. Even with rosaries everyday, confession, receiving Jesus, listening to good and faithful teachers of the faith doesn’t seem to inspire them to great hope. I’m baffled by it all. I pray for poor souls who can’t even seem to produce faith the size of a “mustard seed”. I know and trust in Jesus and believe He will, when the time comes, help these individuals persevere. We need All Hands On Deck! Lord have Mercy!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh who started with this whole Lord of the Rings theme here? Joe C? Your fault?

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          • johnjwblog says:

            Not to worry – say the rosary, nations have been saved. Another example of saved at the last minute was Syria by Russia and then today the Syrian troops have been fighting so long they are demoralized and what happens today, the Chinese are sending troops to Syria to “train” the Syrian army and to work collaboratively by joining their forces.

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          • susan0409 says:

            ThAnk you amen

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          • Mark says:

            Sr. Faustina was given a phrase we all need to continuously repeat and in fact pray, “Jesus, I trust in you”. Nothing else really need be understood nor said as to these times. “Jesus, I trust in you!”

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        • tinabarry says:

          I like his response. We can no longer be wampsy pamsy. WE ARE AT THE DOOR OF FULLNESS OF THE STORM. I can say that sometimes when I have repeated something sweetly to my kids, they just don’t get it till Iay it out firmly, and undeniably. Then they buck up and “gird their loins” and take on a totally different mentality. We have to mature here and not be afraid to hear tough words.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Susan, imagine Charlie as Ezekiel with only a few pages of parchment to write everything on!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I will say that a laptop is a LOT more convenient than parchment.

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          • Doug says:

            Well Susan, think of it like you are in the middle of the road and a car is about to run over you. Do you want someone to gently tap you on the shoulder or would it be better for someone to harshly grab you and get you immediately away from the on coming car. If the storm is going to hit us like an oncoming car, it is a real grace what Charlie is telling us because the the storm will be coming whether Charlie tells us or not. It would be far more frightening to be caught in it without warning. You have a great opportunity to trust God like never before and get yourself ready spiritually and temperally. Thus, Charlie brings great hope and with the rescue, even greater hope. Hey Charlie, did anyone get you out of the mud pit yet from down in the cistern?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Working at it, still working at it, Doug.

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          • Aunt Martha says:

            Do you think God Has A Plan! Laughs at our jokes?

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        • yooper mike says:

          Oh brother, face it people, its reallity time!

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    • Judy says:

      Julia, fear grips us all from time to time. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you develop more fortitude. I know that I am doing so regularly.

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    • Beckita says:

      Julia, I have every confidence as we traverse the greatest intensity of the Storm, people will cry out to God. One reader from whom we haven’t heard in a while commented a while ago that she plans to go to the assited living home down the block and take her next right steps among those in need there. From experience, I have come to know the power of the Surrender Novena. You can even say it all in one day, day after day, so that it reaches deep within, for it.is.truth.
      http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena

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      • Beckita says:

        I didn’t develop that first sentence well. In the crying out to God, people will seek His Mercy. It will be an awakening to what matters most: the two greatest commendments. I live on a pension as does the priest for whom I offer care. Soon we will have no money being deposited in the bank. Nothing. I don’t know *how* God will take care of us. I only know He WILL.

        “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)

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        • charliej373 says:

          God usually doesn’t tell me “how,” only “what.” Now admittedly I have had a longer experience of seeing this play out than almost all, but the fact is if I did not act until God satisfied me as to the “how,” I would never have acted at all. I trust that He knows what He is doing and will show me “how” when it is necessary for me as part of my work. In the meantime, I just go forward with the “what.” It is an ongoing act of the will.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen. Amen, Charlie. So it is for each of us and for all throughout salvation history. Did He tell the Apsotles exactly *how”? No. They had to choose to trust and take their next right steps, day by day, sometimes moment by moment. Often, our focus is blurred. I think the biggest “what” concerns “What do You want me to do, Lord?”

            I’m reading Raymond Arroyo’s third book about Mother Angelica: Her Grand Silence. We need to plaster the following words of Mother on our every wall and engrave it in our hearts.

            “We have to learn to live in the present moment. We have to ask God: What are you calling me to do now, in this present moment. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. But RIGHT NOW. God’s Will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences of the present moment. We have only to accept them and try to be like Jesus in them.”

            Amen. Amen.

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          • tinabarry says:

            This to me is the key and crux of it all. Everyday since we moved I don’t know HOW I will do the new things in front of me that I have had no idea how to do. I have never done what I am doing. Tomorrow comes, and the HOW is made evident either by information I come across from a neighbor or someHOW I figure it out. My kids have learned so much and have surprised me. Ahhh, there has been one miracle after another. So many little things that God has shown me. “Be faithful in the small things, and I will make you ruler of many things” The hardest things have been with my sons epilepsy. I can’t worry about it, I just pray and take it one day at a time. I am not capable of doing anything else. Thank God.

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          • leel004 says:

            Thanks Beckita…I can hear Mother Angelica say these words in my mind. And I bet she would follow up with a swift short”kick in the butt” if you did not see it or understand what she was mwaning. God in His Mercy is so…mysterious! God bless

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        • theresa323 says:

          Hello Beckita,
          I just downloaded your surrender prayer. I know in my heart that I am totally dependent on the Lord, but lately I am becoming more anxious as we are headed right into the eye of the storm. I too live on a pension, and of course Social Security, which will all disappear. Day 1 of the novena, why do you confuse yourself by worrying. Leave the cares of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful.
          O Jesus I surrender myself to you, take care of everything.

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          • Beckita says:

            Good for you, Theresa. The novena is so fitting for these times, and any time actually, when we’re tempted to lose trust in God. When considering how the intensity of the Storm will compel us to rely totally on Abba, I think: “Why wait to deepen this virtue?” We ask for the supernatural grace while making the ordinary choice to trust.

            Another favorite Mother Angelica quote: “I DO trust God; my stomach just doesn’t know it yet.” 😉

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        • Barb Watry says:

          Me too Beckita. I’m still working on completely trusting in God to take care of what I need (not what I want).

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          • Beckita says:

            Love this, Barb: “…take care of what I need (not what I want).” Thanks for the reminder of this important distinction: what I need, not just what I want.

            Although, I have discovered a great evangelista, Sonja Corbitt, who rightly advocates for trusting God as Abba Father to even ask for what we want. But then we must be willing to trust Him enough to know that if we are denied something we want, HE knows best how to answer our every prayer and this is yet another way He cares for us.

            Here’s a great taste of Sonja in a talk entitled: Stop Your Struggling and Just Yield, from her Managing the Moment, Trusting in God’s Provision series:
            http://www.biblestudyevangelista.com/managing-the-moment/

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          • Barb Watry says:

            Thank you. It was beautiful.

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      • Judy says:

        I like this Surrender Novena, Beckita. Thanks for sharing.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        That’s how Our Lord leads me to pray it too – all the way through, each time, like a healing balm on the self-inflicted heart wounds that worry leaves.

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      • jayman92 says:

        I love, love, love the Surrender Novena. I’m sure I learned of it from you, Beckita, on this board and prayed it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I’ve since passed it on to others. Thank you.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, Jayman. It is a mighty blessing to be here for one another and with each other, isn’t it? Prayers for you and your family. Are you still working the ministry to the men’s group?

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          • jayman92 says:

            Yes. Our group just assisted with the latest group of guys last weekend. My group didn’t put in the retreat, but we served them dinner, attended mass with them and spent time in adoration with them. So wonderful to be with a group of men who love the Lord and share a common Catholic faith. Thank you for asking.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for the update, Jayman. Praying for you all.

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    • Storm Tracker Ed says:

      Julia your comment about the fate of the elderly, sick and infirm in the Transition period and the Post-Rescue period brings to mind my own pondering about the future.

      My spidey sense is that our future will be a sort of rediscovery of eroded values and habits and ways of living. A rediscovery of how to LOVE.

      The word LOVE keeps popping up in my mind when I think of these things.

      Love is at the bottom of it all. God is love. The path to God is through living and acting and being love. Doing love. Walking with love. Walking in God’s friendship. Hand in hand. Doing love everyday. Work.

      Love, as most of us know, is an act of will. Often very hard. Love ain’t for sissies.

      The way we deal with the elderly, sick and infirm today….with the dying even….I would not categorize as particularly loving. More commercial. More like moving meat with factory efficiency. For profit.

      It was not always the case. In my living memory.

      Example: I grew up in a small New England town. My dad was a General Practitioner physician. Knew everybody in town. Made house calls. When he started his solo practice out of our home he charged $2 for an office visit and $4 for a house call. He was no kind of business man. I once asked him how much of his practice was pro bono. “Over 50%”, he replied. He never got rich practicing medicine.

      I recall he made visits all over town to what we used to call Rest Homes. These were private dwellings wherein the locals made a little money by taking in the elderly, sick and infirm. Maybe one or two or three of them. In a spare bedroom or two or three. Often these Rest Homes were operated by widows themselves. They formed a community in those Rest Homes. A family. Often for years at a time. They ate together, played together, lived together….yes loved together. The proprietor would make sure her residents got their meds and food and rest and the care they needed. Importantly, they remained part of the community at large. My dad used to take us on his rounds to show us. To show us what? To show us what love and service in love looks, feels, sounds and even smells like. In places like that.

      Thing is those old style Rest Homes in small communities WORKED. They were uniquely effective and efficient and affordable. Folks got the care they needed which was mostly to know that whatever afflicted them they were not alone and they were loved.

      I saw all that change in my own lifetime. Not so many Rest Homes anymore. None that I know of. Hospice comes closest to that model. What happened?

      Government happened. What we didn’t have so much in those days was NURSING HOMES. You know the kind. Kind of like a miniature hospital with nurses and machines and physical and occupational therapists and sun rooms and well…..staff. For profit. Lots of profit. Chains.

      Frankly it was a conspiracy between big business and government to drive the business into those for profit nursing homes. It was the corruption of Government to force legislation at the state level to impose “safety” standards on these local, small, mom and pop Rest Homes….might as well have been called Love Homes….and drive the business…requiring state subsidies and welfare benefits funneled to for profit nursing home operations…to concentrated “more efficient” elderly factories.

      First sign of it in our town: Fire escapes. The fire codes were revised to require “safe egress” from the upper floors of these old two and even three story homes. So next thing you know wooden fire escapes were popping up all over town. Then the law was changed to require a “nurse” on the premises. My dad just used to answer the call. Now, that was not enough for the state. Not safe enough. Not modern enough.

      The State squeezed a perfectly well functioning institution of our little community out of business. Killed the business model with regulatory overkill. Pushed the business to their friends and lobbyists who bought the legislation. Politicians and businessmen in complete understanding and cooperation.

      The State killed the Love. And replaced it with modern, sterile, elderly factory science.

      Julia, this is just one example. I think we are going to rediscover what Love is and how it looks and how it feels and how it smells. Because we will have to. Because it is what works. Because practicing love not just thinking about it is the path that God walks. If we wish to walk in God’s friendship it is the path we must walk. Hand in hand. Now. In this world. Yes, caring for and loving the elderly, infirm and dying among us is part of it.

      http://www.usccb.org/bible/1corinthians/13

      * So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

      Fear not.

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      • JudyM says:

        Storm Tracker Ed, another great response from you. I too grew up in a small town with physicians who made house calls and charged only what a family could pay.

        One of my fondest hopes as a nurse is that the Storm and Rescue will return healthcare to healthcare professionals so that the practice of medicine can once again be practiced with Love.

        When I was faced with leaving the life I had in Denver for 23 years to return to my small home town in Illinois to care for my Mother, I didn’t think twice about it. I was fortunate in that my job as a writer and editor for a nursing publication allows me to work from a home office.

        My Mother lived at home with me until her death at 97 years old, and I can humbly say that her last 12 years of life would not have happened without my being there to care for her.

        To this day, people still ask me how I could give up my life in Denver to take care of my Mother. My reply is always “Because she is my Mother and I Love her.” Unfortunately, most people look at me like I have two heads when I say this and walk away.

        All this to say, we have a lot of work to do to get Love back into the equation, and it can only come about with God’s Loving hand.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Amen JudyM and job well done! I have experienced both first and second hand adult children throwing in the towel on long term care for parents since they did not want to spend down all of their potential inheritance in order to do so or put in the effort. It boils downs to a what’s in in for me mentality. My ex FIL was starved to death in a *nursing home* in his last stage of Alzheimer’s Disease. Sadly I really never got to know him. I just witnessed him as a shell of himself while he battled his condition. This man, I was told, worked three jobs to put eight surviving children, out of sixteen births, through K-12 Catholic edications, many years as a widower. Lord help us to put selfless LOVE back in the equation!

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      • goldensun says:

        Ed – I love your posts. Keep ’em coming. 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Wow Storm Tracker! Wow! It would be nice to see those homes come back. Wow!

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      • Ella Cammina says:

        Great, Storm Tracker. So true. Related to this is the situation on the other end of the spectrum with orphans and children who can’t stay with their birth parents. The foster system is such a mess for the most part and the child who emerges intact is the exception, not the rule. When you had orphanages run by religious and lay volunteers the children had stability and grew up with the other children as a family and did, overall, pretty well. Stability and a sense of belonging are two of the most important things for children. Oh that we may soon live in a world where children are cared for out of love and not part of a government system.

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    • Zero says:

      Julia, pray this. It’s only a few days in. http://novenaforournation.com

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    • ykc says:

      Julia,
      It is not always possible to care for our aging parents at home. My 88 year old mother has moderate to severe dementia and is not able to live by herself, which is what she wants. My siblings and I all live between 6-8 hours away. Each of us tried to let her live with us and she absolutely refused. If you know anything about dementia or Alzheimer’s, you know that they can get quite mean. My mother turned into someone we didn’t recognize. I still have young children at home. Ultimately, we had to find her a memory care facility closer to us. Although I am still 3 hours away, other family members live in the same city. It wasn’t the outcome any of us wanted, but it is working out very well. She loves being with the other residents and the nurses! Whenever we visit, she is always smiling and happy. It is owned by the diocese. I have to trust that God will take care of her and the others, and I will help with the elderly that live close to me.

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  2. Joe Crozier says:

    One of the most frequent comments I hear in my clinic when we discuss the Storm and the Rescue is “Thank God we are tucked away far from all the trouble – we will not be affected down here in New Zealand. We have no enemies and we pose no threat to anyone. There is nothing here to attract conflict. The ills of the world will not visit us.” And they really believe their own press. I know of at least one multi millionaire who makes millions more every year and pays under minimum adult wage to under 16s who make his millions for him doing the job of adults. And they think nothing will touch them.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Joe, I don’t know what you are talking about having no enemies down there in the Land of Kiwi Fruits. Even the Great Gandalf remarks the veiling shadow that glowers in the East takes shape.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joe, there are a lot of people here who think the idea of a Storm is unthinkable as well – albeit for different reasons. Then there are pious people who think the Storm is for those guys who really need it. Little do they wish to entertain the idea that the Storm comes to each and every one of us. Blessed be God for loving us so much!

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    • donna says:

      Joe, I live in the North East of the US and I am surrounded by people in denial. It is glaringly apparent we are in the fullness of the storm and and yet, they are blind sheep….we can only pray for all of us…..and when I get judgemental (which is a character defect I work on daily) I was taught this simple prayer…..”Bless them, change me”

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      • zeniazenia says:

        That is a great prayer. Thanks for sharing it! –ZJ

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        I had a little chortle and a chuckle when I read this – just the type of prayer I need too! Cheers.

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        • Doug says:

          I’m in denial some times. Yup! Some times I deny I live in the Noth East😎

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          • Patricia says:

            Doug, were it only so!!!
            But we would miss our four seasons.
            Shortly there will be no denial. The good news is that we will be right. The bad news is we will be right.
            Since 1987 ,when I came back to God and the church via Medjugorje, I have been alone in my perception of where this was taking us. And that means in my family, my friends and pretty much everywhere. Without other Medjugorje parishoners, it would have been a lonely lonely walk these last 28 years. Now we have a pretty normal guy, albeit one who God talks to, telling us our perceptions are true. But the news is not all that great because it is not just a stock market crash we are getting, it is the entire everything crashing. God help us.

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          • Doug says:

            Patricia, 1987 was when I was introduced to Medjugorje too which brought me into the church. I share the same feelings as you. In the back of my mind, there is a belief or sense that there will be major changes in our life time. Of course, the years go on, we raise our families and do not give much thought, time rolls on, but you know it will come. God is merciful as he is giving us fair warning and wants everyone to get on the boat. I am very excited about what is about to take place as it will be a renewal like no other and WE GET TO PARTICIPATE! HOW COOL IS THAT! I agree with you too. I love the 4 seasons of NE. I look forward to the politics changing after the rescue! God bless you!

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      • Donna,

        I’m in the NE too and you would think everything going to just smoothly move right through this election. People keep moving right along and any possible hint of “world events” literally welcomes a blank stare. Most days I’ve come to think in rather crazy – but I have also recognized that a lot of them are slightly more in the will of God than I! They’ll take it as it comes 🙂

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    • Noah603 says:

      Joe, I assure you that the Storm will reach Kiwi land, if only because lots of very wealthy Americans have quietly bought land there and have created what they believe to be safe “bugout” locations. It’s funny, because I think that if/when something huge happens, I could
      see the New Zealand authorities closing their air space. Where to then, Mr. Billionaire? “Lovey! Kiwi is closed! Should we fly to Costa Rica or Toronto?”

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      • Doug says:

        Noah, but will they even be able to fly when the guacamole hits the fan? I think their vanity will be broken.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Yes Noah – some of my friends here have said exactly the same. If China overruns us, however, those who have flown here will find they would have been better off staying at home. I remember reading a prophesy of Catholic origin that said “China will lash the West.”

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    • They might be right. I think New Zealand has some central structure where you can actually steer the island and make it disappear. The enemies can’t find you, but then again neither will the oil and gas tankers, so the disappearing thing might not work out either.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I thought it might be some Tolkien-style cloaking device.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        There is another prophesy that says entire nations will disappear just like my memory seems to be doing. I wish I could remember the source of my memories. Now where did I put my glasses? I wonder if goggle can help. Should that be google?

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        • Beckita says:

          Joe, it’s one of the prophecies of the Lady of All Nations.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Hahaha, Joe, too funny! That really got me giggling! 😊 the memory loss thing is so very humbling.. is it not? lol.

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        • Patricia says:

          Joe Crozier,
          Shortly after WW2, a German mystic, victim soul, Therese Neumann (d. 1962) told a group of American soldiers that because of America’s great heart we would never be conquered by a foreign army but due to our materialism we would be brought to our knees financially.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Fits in with the prophesy of Blessed Elena “Russia with its secret armies will overrun Europe and combat America.” Combat, not conquer. Who could conquer Anerica. Despite appearances God is on her side and always has been. Soon it will be known. We are called to be a sign of this hope. Peace on earth to people of good will. America has many many people of good will. God does not take his word back.

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          • Doug says:

            Joe. I only know one person from New Zealand and as such, I know that New Zealand has at least one person of good will. You represent your country well!

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          • Beckita says:

            I love Therese Neumann.

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          • YongDuk says:

            My friend, the Mystic, was once told by the Lord that America made it’s choice with the election of Bill Clinton.

            Now I don’t talk politics… I would be long-winded …but if you do a search of old comments, you will see my SD’s question to me on Bill Clinton.

            Since 1992, it has been a waiting game, Charlie or not… We are reading Ezekiel and we are reading Isaiah (in the Liturgical cycle and in the Office of Readings, respectively). One merely needs to look at Israel [Biblical Isreal] to see the reality of God’s intervention. It is something, holding the Eucharist that one sees… It is odd to see–odd in the sense of privilege. Politics fall away. Nationalism falls away. One hold the Eucharist and one senses interiorly all the other Eucharists being held concurrently and throughout time, including in our “Worst Enemies” and one sees and recognises God’s Plan and hopes. It is easy to place the Eucharist on the Paten and move on, but one doesn’t. One is stuck — pardon the vulgarity — one is stuck with still having to consecrate the Chalice, to lift the Chalice. Most of you might not realise the Drama of the Liturgy. The Separation. (W#2 mentions Scott Hahn. He does a good job in his earlier tapes [remember, I have a Walkman in my car {I said an AIWA weeks ago, but it is a Walkman. The AIWA didn’t work right.}] in describing John 6 and the Significance of the Separation, but I wane yet again and Earlier-Scott Hahn doesn’t… So one is left with the Chalice and the Words are different. Oh, those Words… And it seals everything. They. They seal everything. The Context is complete and completed unto the Ages. Can you imagine? Can you imagine? We hold the Body of Christ and we pray for unity… seeing the disunity. Then we get to hold the Precious Blood and we see the Solution. We are not deserving. Least of all me.

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          • charliej373 says:

            One of my early epiphanies when I was going through my period of catechumenate, YD, was the realization that every Catholic in the world was hearing the same readings on each liturgical day. It made me shiver with delight at the quiet unity of it all.

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          • Doug says:

            When Bill Clinton was elected, I could not sleep all night. I was depressed. No joy in that one (I was still a new Catholic too)

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          • Mick says:

            Bingo, Patricia; and the other part of her prophecy was that along with economic disaster, the United States would suffer natural disaster that would, along with the economic, bring the country to its knees. With the wildfires in California, the floods in Louisiana, the hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy, the drought that is crippling agricultural production in states like California, and the massive tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Missouri a few years ago, I think Therese Neumann was dead on.

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  3. deereverywhere says:

    Are there semblance of what would serve as organization found in things like electric co-op s, Grainger’s and savings and loans. These institutions in their set up could provide a blueprint? This kind of stuff is so far out of my knowledge. I think chief cooks and bottle washers is what I qualify for. Somehow I sense job security because there will be hungry people wanting to eat an dishes that need washed.

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  4. Susan Ellison says:

    Jesus King of all Nations please Reign in all Hearts

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  5. Linda says:

    Charlie.. michael wants you to know he calls you “uncle charlie” and do you remember my 3 sons..lol (he hears about you all day every day… i hope you get a kick out of this😆)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Tell Michael I said hey!

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      • Linda says:

        He will like that Charlie.. he will say… Did Uncle Charlie really say “Hey?” and just that you said “hey” is truly significant too because OUR thing IS Mayberry.. And it’s been Michael’s thing for all his life. We’ve visited there at Mount Aries where they have a Mayberry replica city and stayed overnight.. Michael got his haircut there by longtime friend of Andy at Floyds… Michael has the entire series of Mayberry.. We have a huge picture of Mayberry above our fireplace, and Our thing is: Tell Goober I said, “Hey!” and Mike always responds, “Hey to Goober!” God Bless you dear Charlie.. Uncle Charlie!!! 😉 Im sure when I tell Michael you said “hey” He will say… Hey to Charlie!!! xoxo

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        • charliej373 says:

          That is SO cool. I’m to Mt. Aries sometime to see the Mayberry replica. It’s just down the road 12 miles from Mt. Pilot, isn’t it? 😉

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          • MaryPro says:

            I was born and raised in “Mt. Pilot”, it’s actually called Pilot Mountain. I don’t live there anymore but I still make it back a couple of times a year to see my family, and always love it when y’all talk about the world going back to Mayberry. For the most part, it’s still a small community of people who genuinely care for their neighbor. I can’t wait until the rest of the world looks more like it (minus the secularism that has infected it the past decade or so).

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          • Linda says:

            Yes.. I believe so.. We had a ball and took lots of pics n if you go make sure u go to Floyd s for a haircut.. The gentleman there.. I pray he is still with us down here..used to actually cut Andy’s hair.. And they based Floyd on his character.. You can actually even stay overnight at the house Andy grew up in😇 Michael has always said he wished life were like Mayberry where everyone had each others back.. A simpler time😊honrstly..love…decency..endure for the springtime😊

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  6. Simone says:

    heck! they’re in great company… even the squirrels think he’s nuts!

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  7. Rose Stahl says:

    Louisiana is getting a kiss from God. Pray people pray!! 2 feet in my house and I consider my self blessed. I have been praying for detachment from things and He has answered my prayers. Half my stuff gone. Treasures in heaven is what I need. Not stuff. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Thy WILL be done Lord!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      My dear Rose, I hold you and all of the citizens of Louisiana close to my heart. It is my prayer that you are all surrounded by family, friends, and community that will lift you up safely and securely out of this disaster and into recovery. May refuges and safe havens be made available with shelter and boarding for all in need. My dear SIL lost her home and all belongings outside of the vehicles and pets and a few other items shoved in bags in the California wild fires in Cobb California, weeks before her wedding. It is with joy and gratitude that she and her newly wed hubby are doing well, by the grace of God. Love sustains.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Rose. Praying with you and for you.

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    • Praying for all of you. Some beautiful, amazing people you’ve all got as helpers down there. I just read a great article about the Cajun Navy.

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    • SanSan says:

      thank you Rose…..the voice of reality……may God bless and keep you and yours safe.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and the others in Louisiana, Rose.

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  8. A word of caution certainly Charlie’s comments about the failings of our government are correct. But there is a deeper and more profound issue underlying the failure of our elected representatives. The USA is in a moral decline that began after WWII and the root of that decline begins with us – American citizens, no-one else. We have allowed and tolerated ourselves, and our politicians merely reflect the corruption that starts and ends with us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is absolutely correct. But I am not diagnosing causes; rather I am prescribing the temporal way forward. And if we are not animated by a Godly faith, there is no temporal way forward.

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    • Noah603 says:

      I completely agree. If we change the hearts and minds of our countrymen, the election cycle might be much less heated and divisive than it is today. Can you imagine a time when, instead of being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, we feel our job is to choose between the better of two candidates, BOTH of whom are very good, godly people?

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    • Patricia says:

      doctordave77,
      I agree with you but I would like to hear why we went into moral decline after the war. My parents were teenagers during the war and it seems as if they were raised in a religious culture but by the I was a teenager, early to mid seventies, it no longer seemed to be a religious culture.

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      • In my opinion Pat, your parents grew up in a society that was predominantly Christian, where almost everyone agreed about what was right and what was wrong, a society where there was overwhelmingly accord about the principles on which we should base our lives, ie. those found in the Bible.

        But that very general agreement led to a situation where there was seemingly no critical need to teach the basis behind those principles to the children. Yes, almost everyone knew that the Bible was the document on which our laws and sense of right and wrong were based, but it’s easy now to see how casual most folks became on it when there’s no opposition to it. We can’t just blame our parents, there are examples after example in the Bible of how the children of Israel fell away from the truth in the good times, only to come back to God when everything fell into the toilet and the enemy was knocking on the door.

        God usually sent a prophet to prompt folks to correct the moral decline, people like Charlie, but often the people didn’t act on or even listen to the message.

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      • Doug says:

        Patricia, I have ways bee curious about how we went into this slide as well.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Patricia, I think there were two major issues that opened the door to this- aside from Satan asking for his 100 years. Both aimed at the destruction of family.One was that the war sent women out into the workforce- to act like men. Many liked this supposed new found freedom and greed grew. This started the downfall of the solid family structure and that stability which was so important as the backbone of society. Wars change things and open door that might otherwise never be opened. Second, following this was the sexual/drug hippie so-called freedom- counter-culture revolution- which bred the creatures running our government today. This allowed for the destruction of marriage and the further and complete destabilization of family. Fast forward- Now here we are at the end..the culture of death and destruction…if not for God’s intervention not even His Elect would survive. Sigh.
        (yea.. the ‘kid version’ of disaster 101) 😐

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        • Noah603 says:

          I think those contributed, Snowy. But to be honest, I think the biggest factor was the unprecedented rise in the standard of living shortly after WWII. We quickly became so prosperous that it became easy to begin to forget God.

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          • leslyek says:

            For the sake of rebuilding’s helpful reflection, I’d like to put Noah’s and Snowy’s analysis together and add ( plus Charlie did an analysis of factors somewhere, too, which started with the earlier errors of the Enlightenment): add in Wartimes’ fascist fascination with eugenics, and enter Margaret Sanger with rabid contraception and abortion; then Kinsey and Playboy not balanced by a non-scrupulous response; and no-fault divorce — to the mix.

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        • leel004 says:

          There was a talk given by Fr. Groeshel years ago how we as a nation were slipping into decay slowly in the 50’s. Then there was a cloisered nun from Ohio who had apparations of Our Lady, which started also in the 50’s, said that God’s plan for America was to show the world chastity and purity. In the early 60’s America chose open defiance to authority, which was demonstrated in the VietNam time frame of drug, sex and rocknroll, pitting families and establishments in constant conflict. Our Mother also told this nun that IF we reject God and fall…which we see so OBVIOUS now…then He will allow the chosen ‘failure’ before we will accomplish the original plan. And as she said at Fatima, Akita, amd other locations, that in the end, her Immaculate Heart will reign.
          Gee Charlies, must feel good to be in such good company!!!, you are ALL saying the same thing!
          Aloha and God bless

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Interesting, thanks Leel, Leslyek and Noah…makes for one long line of misery, which, thank God, is almost over, done, fin, finire, terminare, esaurire and juu, mwisho, kumaliza!

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          • Mick says:

            Leel004, you are speaking of the Our Lady of America apparitions to Sister Mary Ephrem (also known as Sister Mildred). Here is a website for those interested in more information:

            http://www.ourladyofamerica.org (do not use “.com” in place of “.org,” or it will take you take a “shadow” website run by a lady who has some serious issues, both personal and legal, and who claims–in spite of a court ruling to the contrary–to own the legal rights to the Our Lady of America devotion).

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  9. RBrown says:

    Talking about trust that is something that the Blessed Mother has asked us to pray for. We need to trust in our Merciful God that he will take care of us. As the saying goes “Keep our eyes on Jesus” for when we take our eyes off of him we will stray.

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  10. Susan says:

    Thank you Charlie for sharing Ed with us. Thank you Ed. Very calming to me.

    “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. There’s just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain.
    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Let all heaven and earth proclaim, ‘Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that Name!’ ”

    Jesus I Trust in You!

    Peace, joy, and my prayers, to all here, and to your families,
    Susan

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  11. radiclaudio says:

    Very good post and discussion.

    Love to all my family here.

    Pax,

    Rich

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  12. Phillip Frank says:

    Remember this,
    when God lead the Isrealites into the desert , there was no “plan” established yet. But God fed and watered the mutitude and they slowly assembled into a nation.
    We may be facing a very similar circumstance now.

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    • I always admittedly struggle with this. We must trust, and trust unconditionally. And we must realize that the best laid plans may not work out because it’s not God’s plan. But God still gives us a brain, and the history of the Church is a balance of trust in God, trust that they are led by the Holy Spirit, along with Councils and debates and arguments and struggles in our human condition to find a temporal framework for carrying out God’s work.

      Groups that don’t plan and don’t work and just “let the Spirit work” are often using that seemingly trusting phrase to instead simply be lazy.

      To me, I think we NEED to think, to plan, and to try to figure out the best way to move forward with a lot of work and effort, understanding at all time that we need to keep God as our focus and that be may redirect us – and we need to be open and flexible and respond accordingly.

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      • charliej373 says:

        We do need to think and plan. We walk the narrow path between presumption (assuming God will do it all for us and so doing nothing) and hubris (thinking that we are sufficient to ourselves and do not need to rely on God.)

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  13. goldensun says:

    Bravo! As Dr. Ray Guarendi would say, “less talk, more action.”

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  14. donna says:

    Many years back, the Blessed Mother asked that on Thursday evening at the dinner table, families read this :Matthew 6: 24 – 34
    24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
    26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
    27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
    28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
    29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
    31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’
    32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
    34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

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  15. Doug says:

    Thanks Storm Tracker Ed.

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  16. Mack says:

    A new story today at National Review about traveling the country by bus and the people you meet. I think this has relevance for the Storm since it speaks about how some people get by despite the “system” (like “Pentacle” the “independent hobo”).
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439167/greyhound-bus-travel-cultural-observation-post

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    • Thomas Augustine says:

      That’s so cool as my father drove for Greyhound from 64 through 77. We used to ride on the bus while I was young and those are some of my foundest memories. The smell of diesel always brings my mind back to those years. He met some amazing people. Even met some famous folks while doing charters. My prayers for all professional drivers out there. They are often taken for granted.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        That is so sweet. I used to hang out with my Dad and his work, Byczek Equipment Company, Friday Night league at the Gabby Harnett Bowling Alley in Lincolnwood, which also had a gun range in the basement, in the sixties and seventies! In the summertime his fellow orphans, now graduated and adults, formed a softball team named The Chiagos, (pronounced shy ā goes) and we’d go out for pizza at Marie’s Pizza on Pulaski Avenue after each game with each others families and hang out together until dusk. These times gave me some of my fondest memories too.

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  17. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Do ” the inefficiencies of our present system or lack of system at the Federal level” also include participating in, or looking away from, murders of whistle blowers and the like? Do you consider these “conspiracy theories”?
    I look to the alternate media for the news but one needs to be careful to distinguish between real and sensational which might be exaggeration or just not true. Consequently, I have not, as a rule, paid attention to the more outrageous topics.
    However, some things are getting too numerous or too coincidental to ignore. In the news last month was the death of 27 year old Democratic staffer, Seth Rich who allegedly was the source of the DNC email leaks via Julien Assange’s Wiki leaks. A couple of more suspicious deaths have taken place since and four days ago, Julian’s London lawyer died as a suicide by train. By all accounts he had a lot to look forward to in his life: happily married with children and great career.
    Yes, things are pretty rotten. Without commenting directly on these particular situations, are we to believe that includes outright assassinations?

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  18. CrewDog says:

    Voris, in the below, paints a grim picture but can anyone here come up with a Rose Colored version that’s better? Charlie believes in a Divine Rescue after, soon, the Darkest of Times! I hope he is correct as multi-generational New Dark Age is not a pleasant prospect …. especially for those of us who have not experienced the worst … YET!!

    “THE END OF THE WORLD” –
    Dying for the Faith translates into eternal life.

    http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-the-end-of-the-world?mc_cid=584246f2a0&mc_eid=2a0b6c7ef6

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  19. GRB says:

    Arguing about how to fix the government is futile. There is no fix. Our way of life is coming to an end.

    St. Lucia noted, “On June 17, 1689 the Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque His command to the King of France that the King was to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart. For 100 years to the day the Kings of France delayed, and did not obey.
    So on June 17, 1789 the King of France was stripped of his legislative authority by the upstart Third Estate, and four years later the soldiers of the French Revolution executed the King of France as if he were a criminal. In 1793 France sent its King, Louis XVI, to the guillotine. He and his predecessors had failed to obey Our Lordss request that France be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and thus misfortune had befallen both the King and his country.
    Now, after more than seventy-five years, another consecration requested by God Himself, the solemn public Consecration of Russia, has still not been performed. In the meantime, we see that the prophecies predicted by Our Lady of Fatima are being fulfilled, and the Pope and bishops will be punished if they continue delaying the execution of Gods requests.”
    Our 100 years is up. The punishment is to begin. There is not stormy “transition” there will be a MASSIVE PURIFICATION (environmental cataclysm, war then the 3 days of darkness)- This has been addressed by numerous saints over several centuries.
    For example, St. Robert Pel (Father) JUST For France alone – 2/3 of all people will die.

    http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2016/08/prophecy-of-father-pel.html

    “Fr. Pel was the founder of a convent for women and a seminary for men, and it was one of his spiritual sons, a seminarian, who wrote down the following prophecy that Fr. Pel related in 1945.
    Since the sins of the world are increasing in horror, very great punishments from God will befall the world and no continent will be spared from the wrath of God.
    France, being guilty of apostasy and renouncing its vocation, will be severely chastised. It (France) will be divided as by a line stretching from Bordeaux (in the southwest) to Lille (in the Northeast). East of this line, everything will be laid waste and set ablaze by peoples invading from the east, and also by great flaming meteorites falling as a rain of fire upon the entire earth and upon these regions in particular. There will be devastation everywhere: revolution, war, epidemics, plagues, poisonous chemical gases, and violent earthquakes. France’s extinct volcanoes will reawaken and destroy everything: Auvergne, the Alps, the Pyrenees and other areas.
    France to the west of that line will be less affected – – the Vendée (the area evangelized by St. Louis de Montfort and then also as a result was the primary area that rose up to defend the Catholic Church in France against the demonic French “Revolution”) and Brittany – – because of the deeply rooted faith in these regions. Nevertheless, it will be necessary to stay far from the coasts, sometimes even 50 km (c. 30 miles) away, to escape the sea’s swallowing (of the land) as will take place in Marseille and the Riviera because of the sins and scandals committed at the beaches of these regions in particular. “

    Padre Pio echos similar language.

    I like your blog a lot Charlie, but I think you are mistaken about the Rescue in 2017. That is when the 100 years is up. If there is a rescue, it may be a spiritual restoration of the church and not a temporal “fixing” of our problems. Kind of like how people expected the Messiah to come save Israel physically, when in reality the mission was to save their souls.

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    • Mick says:

      Isn’t Fatima.org a website associated with the late Fr. Nicholas Gruner, who was severely disciplined by the Vatican and who tended to take the harshest possible view of pretty much everything done by Pope St. John Paul II? I recall reading the headline in his Catholic Family News many years back: “We Resist You to Your Face” (a statement directed at JPII; this headline was the reason my husband and I allowed our Catholic Family News subscription to lapse all those years ago). No offense, GRB, but I have trouble taking seriously a website which is so reverential to a priest who seemed (forgive me) hell-bent on promoting anger, confusion, and division (and who had his priestly faculties suspended, and yet continued to publicly administer the sacraments even after his appeal was rejected):

      http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/fr_gruner.htm

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  20. Susie Watson says:

    Praying for you Charlie. Observing all of this gives a little insight into what it must have been like for the prophets of old.

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  21. I enjoyed the piece written by Ed, and agree in large part with much of it. But I will respectfully disagree with some of it. I do not think the analogy of discussing the faults of the current system is really analogous to complaining about the captain of the Titanic, unless the comparison is about a valid review of the incident in order to learn from it in order to not repeat it.

    The time of turmoil and the Rescue and the dismantling of the current system all being something we can count on still doesn’t mean it’s over – as Charlie has pointed out often. In order to rebuild a system that works in a way that is pleasing to God, it is utterly important to understand what about the current system has gone wrong, why it has gone wrong so that we do not repeat it. It is also worth noting what was good and right about it so that we can once again emulate those things. Yes, people are opinionated and human and stray from that ideal to blame games and finger pointing. This can be counterproductive, but not entirely. If blame is deserved and is pointed out as an example of faulty thinking so as to learn from it then even that can have merit.

    It’s a balance and a fine line, but I am not a fan of the Hillary Clintonesque response of “At this point, what does it matter?” These things all matter. It doesn’t mean it should be our first and primary focus, I agree. But it also is not appropriate to shrug and say “well, it’s all crashing down anyway, so why worry about what actually happened?”

    If I wanted to start another argument, I don’t agree with the idea that FDR did what he had to do. I think his policies perpetuated the problems in many ways. But that’s opinion and neither here nor there with the broader point. But I… can’t… help… myself…

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  22. joncraft84 says:

    Reblogged this on Handicap and commented:
    It is going to be necessary to work in the new society or we are not going to survive, it will be survival of the fittest. I don’t mean just physical, I mean mental too. So don’t worry if you aren’t physically capable of not doing anything, you just have to be able to direct people on what to do and be able to be a prayer warrior. Because after all this is a world made for Christ by Christ. It is finally getting to the point where he wants nothing to do with how it is turning out. There are only a few thousand people that are doing what he wants them to do in this society, that is worshipping and praying to him.

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  23. I think the reality of this is beginning to be apparent to us. May I suggest that the responses we see are reflective of the various types of responses that will surface when events proceed. Not only will we contend with circumstances themselves but with frightened people and with overbearing selfish people as well. No wonder Charlie is edgy with us – deep breath everyone. We can do this. It won’t be pretty, but with God’s help and guidance we can do this. It is why we are here.

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    • mspahni says:

      Yes. We were created for this time in history.
      All that has happened to us until now will help
      us handle the Storm. God has given us brains and
      talents and gifts to be creative and use as He directs.
      We trust. We adore. We thank. We love. We use what
      resources we have, personal, spiritual and material.
      God will proved the rest. Peace. Trust. Love. And yes,
      Laughter. That’s important too! I’m counting on my
      heavenly sisters/brothers to inspire and pray for us.
      I cling to Jesus’ hand, and Mary’s, and imagine
      my Angel has my back. All is well.

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  24. Mary Ann Borges says:

    I’ve noticed listening to Catholic Radio Peter Herbeck and also on a retreat this weekend with Fr. Jim Blount, and there have been others calling this very dark period “The Storm” or we are in the middle of a storm. The word is getting out. People that I talk to feel it too. I pray we choose to do God’s will always. Pray continually and be prepared. Thank you Charlie for your posts.

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  25. Momma of Flowers says:

    two things: first I want to thank you so much Charlie. If I may the original Regency post was, to put it mildly, a wake up call for me both temporally and spiritually. On a temporal level I had to “face the facts” that I could loose my livelihood, life etc. in the fullness of the storm. It was a “slap to the face” if you will, but one that was very needed. (charlie looks like your angel really knows his stuff when it comes to starkness. =) ) Spiritually I had to remember to take a message that really “hurt” and ponder it. I prayed to the Holy spirit to help me understand it cause I sure as shoot didn’t “like” it. In prayer I came to realize that the “harshness” of the message for me was a trust “pop quiz” if you will. Would I dismiss the message out of hand, which I’m ashamed to admit I dearly wanted to do, or would I take the next right spiritual step…ask for discernment…I may not have gotten !00% on the quiz but I do think I passed. =) (sounds a little like my law school career!)

    Second when I get really afraid, and I’m one who struggles with anxiety, I look back to keep going forward. The last 10 years have been a mighty struggle in my life, and yet when I look back I see the Holy Family walking in parallel with my little very broken but loving imperfectly family. God and all the heavenly hosts have always lifted me up when I really needed it. I just have to keep reminding myself of this. I am certain in the days to come, that God et. al. will continue to direct me if I continue to …ya’ll know….be a sign of hope and take the next right step.
    Momma of Flowers

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    • charliej373 says:

      I hope today’s post helps, Flowers. Funny, I have had some Church officials tell me the same thing over the last year, including the head of a Midwestern Catholic seminary. I don’t worry much about whether I am harsh or whether I am gentle – but whether I am effective, for that is what I will be called to account for. Thank you for letting me know that a harsh one was effective in your case.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful reminder, Momma of Flowers, to look back at the ways God has always gotten us through everything in life. Perhaps you might like to pray this novena which is a powerful one for building trust in the Lord: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      That was just beautiful, Momma of Flowers! 🌹🌷🌺💐🌼 I love your name too!

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      • Momma of Flowers says:

        Thanks snowy owl. I’ve got two young girls who both have “flower names.” we didn’t even realize until my mother in-law pointed it out. I guess for me, my “handle” best reflects what I believe to be me primary vocation…mom to 2 girls in this world. =) I love your snowy owl! For some reason it reminds me of the Holy Spirit. =)

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  26. Sheryl says:

    Charlie…I’m not to savy on rules of the Internet….is it okay foe me to pass along some of your thoughts with out identifying?

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  27. CrewDog says:

    If Reichsführer Merkel’s Islam Friendly Gubermint is telling citizens to store 10 Days of Grub-n-H2O it really means at least 30 Days worth … if Ya can afford it …. even more to help friends/neighbors that refuse to heed common sense! Even in “normal” times a family should have a 10 day store.
    “German Government Urges Citizens To Stockpile Food, Water “In Case Of Attack Or Catastrophe”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-21/german-government-urges-citizens-stockpile-food-water-first-time-cold-war-ended
    The Merkel Opposition is putting in their Two Cents worth:
    “German right-wing leader backs citizens’ right to arm themselves”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-germany-afd-idUSKCN10V0A5

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  28. Patricia says:

    In rereading this great post, my final cryptic comment for it is “ya, no rest for the weary”.

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  29. Margaret Planchard says:

    August 26, 2016
    Dear Team,
    Thank you for all you do giving your time to answer these emails.
    I would like to comment on the post by Storm Tracker Ed. This resonated with me because he got right to the heart of the matter…..helping each other.
    My daughter was called a few years ago to help foster children to break the cycle of the lifestyles they are trapped in because of the failure of the adults in their lives. This is purely a call upon the heart to help children have better lives. I later moved into her home to be her backup.
    This entailed much prayer as to how we were to proceed given that we had no idea of how long we would have the children in our care. What we have settled upon is the following general plan of action.
    We begin with choices. Everyone makes them. We emphasize that they are in no way responsible for the situation in which they find themselves. It is what it is but it will become what they make of it.
    These children seldom know Who Jesus is. Many have never heard of Him. We begin by teaching them about the life of Jesus by telling the stories of His life through the mysteries of the rosary. We begin with the Annunciation relating these stories while we eat our evening meal. We explain that we have the choice of spending our eternity with Jesus or the devil depending upon our choice of who we choose to be and following that path throughout our lives. We take them to Mass on Sunday and have bought Mass books by Rev Jude Winkler, OFM called “The Mass for Children” readily available on the web. We also enroll them in Religious Ed depending on the time of year they are with us.
    They are also enrolled in USA-Martial Arts owned by Master John Nottingham. He is a high level black belt whose calling is to teach children to defend themselves while being respectful to the USA flag and parents. Children do not advance to a higher belt level without having recommendations from school and home showing that they have discipline to help around the home along with doing what is required in class at school.
    When the children leave us to be reunited with family they are different people. They now know they have to be grateful and forgiving of others. God has blessed us with many beautiful wounded children. We try our best to teach as much as we can because we never know when a judge will rule and things will change.
    It is not all about the government. It is about ourselves taking the initiative to use our individual talents to help others. The government reflects who we are as a people. We can change this country by what we do one person at a time to help others. I suggest we all examine our talents and gifts and determine the best use to help the common good. We are all the Body of Christ.
    Peace to all, Gamma (name given to me by the children since some had trouble pronouncing grandma.)

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