The Sound of Distant Cannons

distant cannons

By Charlie Johnston

“Brothers and sisters,I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man?”

-I Corinthians 3:1-3

I know I have become notably less indulgent of some discernment questions. That is not because I am angry, but simply because the focus has shifted to action. I have submitted myself to examination – first with my Director Priests over the last 21 years, then writing publicly on these things, and then before my Archbishop. I remain under obedience to my Directors and my Archbishop. If you want to weigh my words, they are all right here, in the archives.

Some questions now are a restless effort to discredit me, motivated perhaps by disappointment or anger that those who hold actual authority over me did not restrict my content. Other questions are muddled because they misquote my actual words, quoting instead the interpretive overlay of someone’s selective perception of those words. Still other questions fixate on some ancillary issue that is only marginally related to the overall thrust. Finally, some few questions are legitimate. Even so, little of it matters. You have more than enough material to judge whether I tell you true, whether I am fundamentally authentic – or not.

We hear, like cannons in the distance, the sound of a completely unraveling social order. Sometimes now that sound is not distant at all. Without deleting anything of what I have said, I have moved from informing the troops to rallying those troops for action. You may, in good conscience, find I am not your cup of tea. You may, in malicious anger, seek to discredit me, either because you think I am wrong or you fear I am right. Regardless, that is no longer my primary concern. I call people to the ordinary way now, to choose to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around them as the means to weather this Storm and prepare the way for Rescue. If you do this, even though you dismiss me and have a different view of Rescue, you will do well and be a part of the only hope of Rescue we have. I am not everyone’s cup of tea. If you think nothing is fundamentally wrong at all, well, God will show you different soon enough if you will hear.

Regardless, it is not a fundamental focus for me anymore. Now I call to those who can see that we have boxed ourselves in as the social order caves in on itself and can hear that the way through is an ordinary one, to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. We do that by doing the little right in front of us and staying true to the Scripture and Magisterium…to hear Christ’s Apostles, the Pope and College of Bishops. As the Master said of His apostles, “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

We can all agree that I am not necessary to any. But I am helpful to some. Whoever chooses to follow and trust God, whatever the cost, whatever the odds, in these times is my ally, whether or not he is my friend. If my ordinary way helps you to do that, we are friends. If it does not, we need not be enemies. Either way, it is with no malice that I say I will rarely stop to explain myself as the battle looms large before us. It is time to live our faith consciously and resolutely. If there is no Rescue, we are doomed to a long and ugly new dark age. I was sent to proclaim the Rescue during these times. And so I do.

 

 

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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514 Responses to The Sound of Distant Cannons

  1. Linda says:

    Charlie…your words and spiritual direction you have given me for the past year has totally changed my life! You have been exceedingly helpful to me in these times that have been so devisive and confusing. You have taugt us all well & true how to acknowledge God, take the next right step, & be a sign of hope to all I meet throughout the day if nothing more than a simple smile. ..Im no saint. .not levitating yet with a squirrel on my shoulder but im truly a better person (some would differ i think) and I really WANT to help God save souls (and maybe my own someday..no presumption) and to be a part of your ministry in helping people through to the rescue…Im all in Charlie…,God bless you dear friend of God…whatever I can do to help you i will do. Thank you for rallying the troops.. girding over here😆

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  2. Deon says:

    Charlie, you are in our daily prayers, Masses, and Rosaries. God’s blessings to you to be our Sherpa as we enter this next phase. Thank you for the example you live of the Next Right Step. The Rescue is coming, and a new and purified world. Thanks be to God!

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  3. Tom from Georgia says:

    You’re job is getting tougher, Charlie, but you are well-trained and determined and evidently Heaven is with you. There are lots of people like me, I’ll bet, who are still trying to figure some things out (you’ve helped with many of these – for me in particular you have inspired me not to overreact to Pope Francis’ seeming imperfections), but who have given your advice a level of trust and respect. Why, because I’ve known for years where we are headed. The signs could not be clearer. I know that our God is a God of order and justice and truth. When none of these are present and they are becoming more remote, collapse is coming. I’ve also known for years that there is true hope because of the Gospel. The messages of Fatima, especially the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart have also given me hope.
    I found your site after you were mentioned on EWTN radio by Fr. Pacwa earlier this year. I have known and trusted him from years of listening to him on EWTN – what a Priest, right? Even though he didn’t endorse you he seemed to me to imply a respect for your messages so I looked you up. I’m glad I did. I appreciate the education and instruction, keep the Faith (I know you will)! Thank you for your work, God bless! Just like I worried about Pope Benedict XIV (did he really know how much so many people really loved him and supported him?) you should know you have more friends than you think.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Tom. You sound like you are living deliberate discipleship with careful discernment.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning Tom, Your story was my experience exactly. About 12 months ago, I was listening to the next caller on a Catholic radio talk show. He asked Fr. Pacwa, “What is your opinion of this person traveling around with a prophetic message named Charlie Johnston?” !! I needed to wait a few hours to hear the podcast so I could get his name and listen again very carefully to Fr. Mitch’s answer. I could tell from his live answer, Fr. Mitch took Charlie almost seriously as a possible true prophet. I wanted to know if Charlie was giving the same message as the Church approved prophets of old. Fr. Mitch answered the caller that day with the same advice he always gives in these cases. He said that the only way to tell if it is a message from God is to wait and see what happens… then we know. haha. When I watched the ‘Birmingham video” my blood ran cold. I suspected we were living in the days I had been anticipating after reading all the approved books I could find on the subject (and preaching the message within my own circles) for quite a few years. My ears would never have perked up in the same way, after the interview of Charlie by Patrick Madrid and then Johnnette Benkovic also answered a question regarding Charlie, but those two hosts seemed too self conscious to address the topic to my satisfaction. Fr. Mitch rocks, letting his yes mean yes and his no mean no. –ZJ 🙂

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      • notablogger2 says:

        (first time responder)
        Hi all ! — I have been reading TNRS for a few months and as I near “seasoned citizen” age I can see more clearly what dire straits we are in, nationally, globally, and spiritually. It is difficult for me to discern just what my role is; have prayed the daily rosary since Aug. 2002 and have been rewarded, and also challenged.
        I respect Fr Mitch also, having listened to his homilies, Open Line, and even sought his advice on a few things by calling in. He was in my area a few months ago; what a treat!
        ZJ: Do you have any idea of the exact date or even month of that radio show (probably Open Line)? I would v much like to track it down so I can listen and possibly share with others.
        Many blessings,
        Mimi (in WI)

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    • Linda says:

      Tom from Georgia..hahahahha..I too found out about Charlie the very same day you’re talking about when that caller.. Probably someone here..(Fess up secret caller😇)called into FR MITCH..HAHAHHAHAHA.. IT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE… FOR THE BETTER… funny we both heard it at the same time😊😊 I listen to Fr.Mitch everyday..

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      • Linda says:

        I don’t listen to fr Mitch everyday..only every Wednesday when he’s on ewtn open line from 3-4..lol typo sentence above … that should be good for a few people out of purgatory😊

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      • charliej373 says:

        I am glad Fr. Mitch is back to his full sassy self. I had lunch with him when he was recovering from his heart attack – and was deeply touched when, down in the Protestant Bible Belt, we couldn’t sit down until everyone in the restaurant came up to him and told him they were praying for his complete recovery. But I fed him a couple of lines as we talked that he would normally have used to tease me with – and he refrained…so I figured he was still a little off his game.

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        • Linda says:

          Awwww Charlie bless you for visiting dear Fr Mitch .I still say afaily HM for him and I’m sure about another million people out there too…I love the commeradery you two share… Two living Saints😇😇 I’m glad he’s better now.. And yes.. he seemed quite sassy yesterday.. Definitely against poem of mangod..he got all riled up😤loved it,😊

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          • janet says:

            Wasn’t the ‘Poem of the Man God’ mentioned in a positive way in Medjugorje….or am I mistaken?

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi Janet, I believe this is a major stumbling block to be investigated..

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          • I strongly disagree with Fr. Mitch on this point.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Fr. Mitch has very a very strong opinion on “The Poem of the Man-God.” I sometimes suspect it is more an irritation at the frequent abuse of the poem as private revelation, an interpretive use of it which the Church has condemned, rather than as literature and a meditation, which the Church is okay with.

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          • Charlie, I struggle. I struggle with my faults and with the World. However, I have been given the Grace to read Maria Valtorta’s Writings outside the Poem of the Man-God.

            Anyone versed in the Spiritual Life will more or less immediately see several things in her Writings in accord with the Great Mystics, such that other Marian Scholars uphold her Writings as solid.

            I have always wondered why Fr. Mitch Pacwa chose to remain so narrow and fixated.

            I decided it was his reactionary-ism within the Jesuit Community at large: The Blind choosing to be blind. (Let me repeat that lest anyone think I deserve a Doug-Bing: The Blind who should know better knowing the Spiritual around them–A.K.A Mother Angelica–choosing in certain and definitively and undeniably parallel circumstances of one “prophetic” individual over other “prophetic” individuals and pronouncing them as being false without “prejudice”. If I had jurisdiction over Fr. Mitch, I tell you, Charlie, he would be sanctioned for his blindness in this and his vehemence in this. [Don’t doubt what I say here. And if you read this, anyone who knows him, I would go head to head if I could with him on several matters.] You, Charlie, make a caveat–I don’t see that caveat. I spoke out loudly as I could with all the references with Vissula Ryden in a post long ago that I could so that it could be known that there are discrepancies in her writings or statements and caution from the CDF/Vatican. You will not see that with Valtorta’s Writings outside the Poem of the Man-God. Ergo, with that Opus, in light of the others, there need be a understanding of the continuity. Ratzinger’s statement, permission with one’s Spiritual Director, need be understood within that Context. While perhaps not “unlisted”-explicitly, you should–unless given Angelic knowledge on the subject and which I will honour as basis for your caveat [but unless, Charlie, you have received Angelic information to give such caveat, given many people here rely on that possibility for you — and in the light of such possibility — I kindly ask you to state whether or not you may have received such from your Angel]–realise what the “Permission” means, you, Charlie, who have been put under the same “Index of Suspicion, but not condemned”.)

            I have always wanted to sit down with Fr. Pacwa and tell him how blind he is to the whole scenario. Now-St. Faustyna was condemned by the same — or relatively the same — Theologians who likewise condemned Valtorta in the historical context stemming from the Modernism Heresy. Sorry to say, you do have world famous and solid Theologians–one of which is NOT Fr. Pacwa, as gifted as he is–backing her Writings, just as you had Karol Wojtyła backing Sr. Maria Faustyna. (I dare say, and forgive me, the Jesuit formation had chosen long ago to be your Renaissance Men styled and all the trappings of ego that that includes: Adept in many, Masters of none. Ergo–and I really hate that word–they really don’t have the breadth of knowledge to plumb the depths of a single instance to truly make a valid statement regarding many things, unless they truly are “Masters” in their field and, sorry to say, Fr. Pacwa is not one of these, others perhaps, but not this one.)

            So I say. And so I uphold. And so I confirm, for those who say that our Lady of Međugorje is true (a position that I neither affirm or deny, but remain as a “Gamaliel”) did indeed recommend the Poem of the Man God. And I will add that I have and known several Mystics who have also received such confirmations, all of which I believe to be true Mystics.

            So, with al due deference to Fr. Mitch Pacwa and his charism(s), I think he is completely out of his league on this one.

            +Sorry-for-being-such-a-contentious-Squirrel,-ugh

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you for your deeply-informed take on this, YD. I will say that Fr. Mitch is one of the three or four most brilliant men I have ever met – and he bubbles over with joy and good will. His reaction to this is, for whatever reason, deeply visceral. I have never read it, so I don’t have a personal opinion on it. I think I would enjoy hearing a discussion of it between the tow of you.

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          • Linda says:

            Well that does it.. im going to order poem of the ManGod…Yong duc..I put a video up of two priests battling in a dance duel depicting you on the left n fr Mitch on the right…lol.. God bless you YD..I think of you so often… please keep me close to your heart and prayers

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            YD, thank you for saying this about Maria Valtorta. I cried for joy when Cardinal Ratzinger, as Defender of the Faith at that time took her off “the list”. I have read the Poem and some other of her writings. As with Medjugorje, I wait in hope that the Church approves both.

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          • Linda says:

            I haven’t read Poem.. but ur sure all making me curious George…lol

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          • janet says:

            I love the Poem .. I laughed and cried when reading it. 😊 😭 It also helps when meditating on the Rosary. 🙂

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        • JudyM says:

          I met Fr Mitch a few years ago. Does he still wear cowboy boots?

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          • charliej373 says:

            He gave me one of his cowboy hats. I keep it up at the cabin. When I came to dinner at an EWTN executive’s house with it, he asked me if Fr. Mitch gave it to me. When I said yes, the exec said he must really like me, because he doesn’t give anybody any of his hats. He is a cowboy Priest – and uses a 60-lb. draw when he is out bowhunting.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Perhaps you know this, Charlie, but Fr. Mitch grew up on the northwest side of Chicago — St. Priscilla’s, I believe — and bleeds Cub blue! Wadda guy! BTW, did he take you to Hamburger Heaven or one of the other eateries that he mentions on his show? God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do know. My friends who introduced us told him I was from Chicago. When we were sitting at lunch, he asked me what neighborhood…and I told him the far north Lake County suburb…and he grinned and teasingly said “You’re not from Chicago,” telling me only the city proper counts. So I mentioned the Church in the Bucktown Neighborhood that was my favorite, and it turned out Bucktown was his old neighborhood – but he went to a Church a few miles south of the one I frequented a lot.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Yes he does. His set for ‘Threshold of Hope’ has him sitting way up on a stool, so his boots are in the camera shot.

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Funny story. In the mid 90s my wife and I were newlyweds and attending Mass at a small local Maronite Catholic Church. Fr. Andre, the Lebanese priest there was quite young and to me the holiest person I have ever met to this day. He invited us to a semester long class that met weekly at the Church, like RCIA, but only 5 of us attended, including my wife and I. Fr Andre taught some classes. Another priest who taught at UD visited from time to time and he taught a few classes. That was Fr Pacwa. The other periodic teacher was another professor from UD and member of the parish, Dr. Marcelino Ambrosio. I didn’t know at the time who they were. I was a new Catholic and didn’t have satellite or EWTN at the time. I kept thinking to myself, “man these guys really know their stuff”. Those are fond memories.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Good morning Robert,
            Fr. Mitch is a bi-ritual priest with faculties for the Maronite Church. If Fr. Andre was a Maronite and the holiest person you have ever met to this day, he mayhave been the influence or catalyst for young Fr. Mitch’s path to bi-ritual. I’m sure Fr. Pacwa would love to remenisce with you, if you ever had a chance to call him, on one of his phone-in shows.
            Charlie, Did Fr. Mitch give you the hat at your first meeting or second? It is a wonder to me that he was inspired in that way. Happy days. :o) –ZJ

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          • charliej373 says:

            First time we met. My host (who was a friend of Fr. Mitch) kept teasing him about the hat – and I kept remarking what a great hat it was. So when we got to his house after lunch, Fr. Mitch tossed me one of his hats as we were leaving and told me to keep it.

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  4. Vijaya says:

    Charlie, I don’t post much but I think you have taught us all a great deal about trusting God, praying, and taking the next right step. God bless you always, V.

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  5. “I am helpful to some.” You are helpful to me. Please don’t go away.

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  6. Joe Murphy says:

    Thank You, I’m praying…

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  7. GB says:

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters!

    WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
    But one ten thousand of those men in England
    That do no work to-day!

    KING. What’s he that wishes so?
    My cousin, Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
    If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words—
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester—
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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    • I love this play, and this speech. I make my 8 th graders memorize it.

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      • GB says:

        It’s a stirring speech for sure! Though surely we do can and should long for more to join the ranks, it’s sentiment is timeless for battles in all realms, spiritual and physical.

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    • Tom says:

      GB, I actually thought of this speech after reading this site this week. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Henry V was so amazing. It is the time of great heroes, as in the past. No songs or epic poems or stories are told of bureaucrats… but of bold men who answered the call to stand their post when the time of crisis came. We are called not by our choosing, like Frodo was called. Like Job was. We can’t turn away from this… we have to face it the best we can, trusting in God.

      Just read a few things that are shocking but align with Charlie’s election comments.
      Two articles show that the Democrats may be plotting to nationalize the election process, which could be a cover to keep Obama in office, or to tilt the election in Hillary’s favor. Doesn’t take much to connect to that from these articles.

      1. New York Times: Harry Reid demands an FBI investigation of “Russian tampering” of US elections.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/us/politics/harry-reid-russia-tampering-election-fbi.html?mtrref=undefined&_r=3&mtrref=go.redirectingat.com
      2. Washington Examiner: Jeb Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the election process be declared “critical infrastructure” as a cover for a federal takeover.
      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/homeland-eyes-special-declaration-to-take-charge-of-elections/article/2600592
      This would hand it to DC bureaucrats, inviting corruption in the last vestige of our sovereignty – elections. It is getting more real, reading these articles…

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      • charliej373 says:

        I don’t think one in a thousand understands what a breathtaking power grab federalizing the election machinery would be. It is blatantly unconstitutional – and the founders left it to local authorities specifically to prevent assaults from a centralized power.

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        • Sean Sullivan says:

          “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British, September 1776

          Nathan Hale was a young man caught in a bit of subterfuge by Roger (Rogers Rangers) while on a scouting mission in Brooklyn, NY. He was afforded no Minister, no trial and upon his request for a Bible it was denied. He was hung the following day.

          http://totallyhistory.com/nathan-hale/

          I offered a mass for him last year, actually Thanksgiving Day at St. Ann’s Church, Ft. Ann, NY (Adirondacks). Perhaps we may all join in and offer masses for our deceased Countries founders and ask their assistance in our fight for God, Country and Family.

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        • And the fact that these headlines ran last week, and not anyone has seemed to call out how preposterous this is and blatant as you say! It’s been this way for 8 years. How feeble our country’s attitude is towards rights our founders and the constitution gave us Has anyone who in our congress or senate stood up to call out the danger of this proposal, right, middle or otherwise? …more of the the anesthesia that we’ve been under or the frog sitting in the perverbial heating pot😔

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        • Bob says:

          But what when the locals are totally corrupt as are the election officials in St Louis and Chicago? Then the state needs to take over and of course oops. the feds can sweep in too!

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      • Thank you, I was looking for those links!

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    • Christiaria says:

      I was just going to post that video on here when I saw this, GB! My daughter is memorizing it for school, and we love acting it out (a la Kenneth Branagh).

      Charlie, it occurred to me yesterday that some expect you to be a pious, gentle, humble, long-suffering saint. While you may be some of those things some of the time, and while you are certainly working on becoming a saint, you seem to have more the temperament of a battle-weary army general (“Suck it up, cupcake!”). As well you should given the task at hand.

      If you are indeed telling us true (for what it’s worth, I think you are), then that means you have been staring into the jaws of death for the last couple of decades, hoping against hope that you were wrong, knowing that we would not win–but still rallying us to battle like Henry V. That’s a lot to take on, and I, for one, appreciate the head’s up and the solid advice. We were made for heaven, and God ordained for us to be alive–and a light to the nations–at this time in human history. May we be worthy of his trust!

      Jesus, I trust in You.

      St. Joan of Arc and St. Therese of Lisieux/Calcutta/Avila, pray for us!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thanks Kitty…you get me. What a wonderful day, though. I had a great interview with Focus TV – and then I deeply enjoyed the presentation in Covington tonight. I am grateful to the team (made up by a good chunk of the Cleveland girls) for putting it all together.

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      • marybeth75 says:

        I love this speech! My children acted in the play, Henry V a few years ago. A friend of ours has often requested them to sing Non Nobis Domine since then… Indeed, not to us the glory. but I think we hope that God gives us that spirit in His service!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amen Kitty, if Charlie was any different, acted differently than he does with us, I would have left long ago. probably would have ended up feeling too frustrated, helpless and hopeless. I love that he is so completely human. I love mistakes and weaknesses in that they give hope for all. If Charlie can get grumpy well then I don’t have to despair when I do too. Just get back up and take the next right step and keep on keepin’ on.
        One thing I’ve really learned is that the closer we come to God, the more truly human we become. I guess… I just really appreciate Charlie and all the people here. We can just be who we really are. I love that. :squirrel:
        (I think I just found a new squirrel emoji..I hope it works- it’s perfect!) lol

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      • CrewDog says:

        …… and where, since The Bard wrote his play, English speaking Men at Arms have referred to themselves as a “Band of Brothers”. I must admit that I thought of this scene during our deployment briefing before my outfit flew to Saudi Arabia in August 90 for Desert Shield … soon to be the Storm!…. Of course, I was an old warrior even then, history major and product of Catholic Schools …. I doubt few young people, these days, know of The Bard or his works ;-( ……….. Christian “Band of Brothers” .. soon, methinks, will have to “Answer the Call”!

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE ….. & St Michael & St George be with us!!!

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      • notablogger2 says:

        I have a son in the military; he’s okay with some of the demands, such as having to work and get along with ppl of same-sex attraction, but now the FedGov is demanding transgender (v lost sheep…) to be included. Not saying they could absolutely not be as courageous as Henry V & men, but I do think this is another ‘sign of the times’ and does not bode well for the USA.

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  8. Theresa says:

    Hi Charlie!

    My name is Theresa. I have been following your posts and some of the conversations since early this year. Such peace I have found through reading your words. Thank you for listening to the call and for encouraging us to take TNRS whatever that may be. It simplifies the the equation during these dark and confusing times.

    There is so much more I would like to say, but in the interest of time and needing to get some sleep before my 11 mos old wakes up, there are two songs that I have had on my heart to share with you. They have become a sort of anthem for me and I feel that many here will find them very encouraging as we take our NRS.

    Take another step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niw-qA1JWeQ
    Glorious Unfolding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id2u3osFcp8

    Both of these songs are written by Steven Curtis Chapman and they are found on his album The Glorious Unfolding. This album is a truly inspired album of songs that reach to the heart and can encourage so many of us who are struggling to understand, we’re holding on, we’re leaning on His Mercy, we’re listening for his voice, we’re casting ourselves at the feet of Jesus, and we’re waiting for Him to complete the work He’s begun. It’s all there…in that album.

    I wanted to see you when you were up here in Vermont, but the Lord had other plans for me. Someday, I do hope to meet you. May God bless you, Charlie!

    In Christ’s love,
    Theresa

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  9. BradJ says:

    God bless you Charlie.

    As I contemplate recent events, both private and public, I think that God’s ways are not man’s ways. Really it’s pretty awesome to contemplate. God can order ALL things towards His purpose. I pray that He will take the whole of all I am, all my flaws, all my sin all my best efforts, all my little ways and order it towards His great purpose that I really can’t begin to fathom.

    Jesus I trust in You…and funnily enough I have a great deal of peace in all this…Praise be to God.

    God bless all here,

    Brad

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  10. With God’s grace, I will man my post. And will try to do a little bit more. Aye, Sir! Yes, Sir!

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  11. Joe says:

    So here we were, trying to man our post (not very well, but we were trying to take the next right step. ) Then all of a sudden, we get a message from God that says: “With all that you know and believe to happen in the coming year; do you know what would be funny? How about another child! Haha #sorrynotsorry #it’sforyoursanctity #trustme”
    All we can do is respond with “LOL…ummmm what???”
    So, baby #5 is due on April Fools Days 2017…please pray for us!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for you and your baby!

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      • Joe says:

        Thanks, Charlie! It feels good to finally be able to tell people. I don’t like holding those things in for weeks at a time. This shows to me God has a hilarious sense of humor….I may not find it hilarious now, but I will one day when I get a little more selfless. 🙂

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        • Oh, Joe, ALL of my babies were like that and what an incredible way of sanctifying us. You’re in my prayers. All of my younger girlfriends are pregnant right now (it’s like a crop of Rescue babies!) so you’re in good company. Thank you for being open to life!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Briana, that is sweet. Perhaps they will be later known as “Generation Blessed!” 😉

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          • Joe says:

            Thanks Bri! What’s crazy is that the other 4 were planned and we were ecstatic when we found out. We weren’t really planning, but knew we could conceive….without going too much into detail about our lives, this child has already been an area of sanctity in our daily lives. I know it is for the better, but this storm is really hitting us (my wife and I) in our selfishness and comfort. Don’t get me wrong, I like it (being drawn out of myself and called to sanctity ), but the temptations are stronger and my failings are so very obvious and constant. My major problem is making that decision to fully trust in God and go “All In” with my life. I want to, but I frequently choose not to. It’s crazy; I go to daily mass and have a weekly holy hour (that has actually turned into about 25-30 mins), say my daily DMC and rosary with the kids, among others…but my habits of sin will not break. The additional habits of sin I gained the last year have been subsided (mostly) when we found out we were going to have another child, but the main, big habits continue. As I’ve mentioned before…I’m kinda frustrated and am hoping for Rescue SOON!!!!

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        • Nancy says:

          Joe, you are in good company. My son and daughter (in-law) are also expecting. I work in a hospital lab and am amazed at the number of new pregnancies we are seeing. God has a plan and it is sooo good.

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    • Beckita says:

      Congratulations and Prayers for you, your baby and your family, Joe.

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    • LisasMania7 says:

      St Gerrard!!!
      Homebirths are the rage! 🙂
      xoxoxox

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    • Littlelight says:

      Unfettered, illogical joy, in a time of darkness!!!! That’s what God has given you, praise God! People will be falling over themselves to have a taste of it—you’ll have to share, haha. But no worries, doing so will only increase the joy 🙂 I think you should name him/her something along the lines of God’s Sunshine. 🙂 Everytime I think of you and your Baby Sunshine, it makes me smile. Thank you!

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      • Linda says:

        Id name him Charlie…Larry…or Charlene😆

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      • Joe says:

        Thanks LL! This makes me smile too…I’ll run it by my wife, but idk if it will stick 😉 If it’s a girl, I’ve always wanted to name her Regina Chailey (yes I know it’s spelled ceoli), but have been shot down 2 other times. We’ll see what happens…

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Joe, such a beautiful name. I shot down baby names too! When pregnant the first time, we agreed that I’d name our sweet baby if it is a girl and he could name it if it was a boy. I always loved the name Veronica. When I asked what name he’d give our son, he said Clint, to which I immediately reneged and declared I will name the children and you can name the dogs!! Regina, by the way was his dear mother’s name.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Joe, you and your lovely and growing family are in my prayers.

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    • Looking forward to welcome another ‘squirrel’!

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    • Mick says:

      Congratulations, Joe; praying for your family. And thanks for the chuckle. 🙂

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    • Noah603 says:

      Thank you, Joe, for making the world a better place.

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    • Lily says:

      Ha ha, these are my thoughts exactly, as we face the same sense of humor: specifically not planned (we are Protestant) baby #5 due in the spring, perhaps April 1st. My husband suggested it was because of all the Catholic stuff I’ve been reading. Wow, it has sure brought a lot of my issues to the top. Vanity, ‘large’ families, standing with God when everyone thinks I’m crazy and His plans aren’t even my plans. Trusting Him, and hoping that I can, because He’s all I’ve got. A huge distaste for the spotlight, being seen and commented on by everyone. But I love these kids, and I’m so glad for another (and oddly hoping for another set of twins…), and so glad I didn’t have to make that decision. They are sanctification for me. They are God’s love and goodness, grace, mercy, peace and thankfulness. This baby is trust. Ah, God, really, what are you thinking?? And so I let go, just a little here, and just a little there, and I try to relax and let go and trust.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Wow Joe, Congratulations…. God sends some beautiful surprises!!!

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  12. maryopl says:

    Thank you for coming to Portland last night! You were great! You have such joy in meeting with folks and sharing your message. We did see you express your urgency and slight impatience when folks get distracted with their own expectations or limitations. But you helped so many last night feel the call to action as we must participate in the Rescue and help others find that hope that will keep us all afloat on the rough seas ahead. I did get a chance to say hello to you with my twin sister and my younger sister (it helped that you were sitting in our seat for a minute – as I am rather shy). God bless you in your pilgrimage through the Storm and for throwing us the life preservers!

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  13. Julie Hutchinson says:

    You are my friend and I trust in you to spread the word share by GOD. I am so very grateful that I was turned on to your blog. I Love and Adore my Lord, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Mother Mary and ALL the Saints! I’m listening and I’m with you!

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  14. Theresa Morris says:

    Charlie! I believe in you!!! As a fellow human being and Christian, I love you!! I love our God and I do believe that he has sent you to tell us, to prepare us and I for one am as ready as I will ever be! Whatever happens during this fullness of the Storm I will not forget your words. Thank you for accepting this job that our Lord has given you. Thank you for everything that you have done to prepare yourself and to prepare us. You have been chosen by God almighty. I know it has been a huge burden for you but but yet you are so blessed for it. Surely God has a special place in Heaven for you. I don’t know that I’ll ever see you at Mount Meeker or not but I hope one day I’ll be fortunate enough to see you in heaven. May God continue to bless you Charlie Johnston!!

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  15. LisasMania7 says:

    Anyone who is wasting their time trying to discredit you, at this point, is simply wasting precious time! IF they are thoroughly prepared to help their family and neighbors, then they should be in front of the Blessed Sacrament praying for those who will see things as hopeless, instead of goofing off on the internet.
    I, for one, have sorta felt like Noah this past week, but have been given exceptionally fruitful opportunities to encourage others not to panic if society goes nuts. Obviously few are open for me to share much more, but sometimes I can.
    But, just like Charlie, almost everyone I speak with sees the approaching dark clouds clearly, just not enough to prepare in any kind of reasonable way sadly. Everyone truly does believe that the gov can fix anything, and/or don’t fully understand the level of cooperation that God expects of us.

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  16. zsa says:

    “Everything I need for my salvation, I have from the Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Sacraments. God speaks to us all there. The extraordinary ways in which God speaks to me have to do with a particular mission I am given – to go forth and comfort His people, to help them endure until Rescue and to participate now in that Rescue. Because of people’s little faith, they actually want more convincing that God exists. I don’t need these extraordinary visits to do God’s will – and neither do they. If they really meant that they would do God’s will rigorously if He spoke to them directly, they would do it rigorously from the direction He gives them in the Scriptures, Magisterium and the comfort He offers with the Sacraments. They think to chide me for my lack of docility to an extraordinary grace but instead reveal the frailty of their faith in what we all are given freely. If you can’t even live the ordinary well and resolutely, what could possibly make you think you could easily bear the additional burden of the extraordinary? It is as absurd as a man who struggles to carry 50 pounds on his back boasting that all would be well if he were just loaded down with a thousand pounds.” (Charlie Johnston~All In) To those who comment that you seem to be defending yourself…I just don’t see that, Charlie. I’m grateful that God woke me up through your words of truth, and your absolute faithfulness to His Church. You’re defending us, all of God’s children. You’re shouting at us, not in an abusive way. In a “wake up, God’s calling YOU” way. Lord Jesus, please give me the desire to carry even 5 pounds, and the strength to carry the 50, if that’s what You need me to do. Jesus I trust in You.

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  17. Todd says:

    Hope is a desire for Heaven as our happiness #1817. Trusting in the promises of Christ and relying not on our own strength but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Hope in surviving this mess that were in is not – really – our – business. All we need to do, is to decide what to do with the time we’ve been given, and whether we’re going to fight or not.

    2 Corinthians 4: 6* For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

    In the movie Platoon just before the airstrike gets called there is a conversation that takes place between the Lieutenant of the platoon and the company Captain. It goes like this:
    Lieutenant: Captain! Captain we’ve been overrun, we’re pulling back, over.
    Captain: …Lieutenant where you going to pull back too?!! They’re all over the perimeter! Now you be advised! You will hold in place and you will fight! That means you Lieutenant – Bravo Six out.

    Indeed, it seems the principalities and powers St. Paul spoke about in Ephesians chapter 6 appear to be all over the perimeter. In the great book The Spiritual Combat by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli in chapter 16 there is just an awesome line: “On awaking in the morning, the first thing to be observed by your inward sight is the listed field in which you are enclosed, the law of the combat being that he who fights not must there lie dead for ever.”

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  18. al chandanais says:

    Time is growing short, nerves are rattled for those who don’t believe whats happening before their eyes. Barbarians have taken over the city and Christians are now fending off attacks from all sides. You are rattled, concerned for those who have not heard your message and hopeful for those who have. One of our states has fallen, Louisiana, devastation looms for hundreds of thousands yet few in our country are interested in more than a tisk tisk. Money is really worthless as there is nothing to buy from flooded stores yet food can be brought in from authorities outside of Louisiana so find out who in our churches is trying to help. My suggestion is the Knights of Columbus and other agencies inside the faith. The storm begins it’s decent, pressure is great for you to do your part as you stand at the helm in the rage of the winds and torrential rain pushing your way through anger, fear and apathy. Push on my brother we understand that we don’t know that we don’t understand but God does and as you have taught us if the angels tremble what recourse have we but to hang on and do what the Gospels teach us.

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  19. Debra says:

    I read your commentary. I know the the living in the ordinary, doing right on all things – little and big in outlives – is good by God. I find it very difficult. I want to fight, feel as if I am free, but know that true freedom is only in obedience to God and His Word. I struggle with this all the time. Please pray for my soul. I am action, but without prayer and discernment, am nothing. Obedience is the hardest thing in the world. Thank you for your words!

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  20. SanSan says:

    The child of God can fear no ill,
    His chosen dread no foe;
    We leave our fate with thee, and wait
    Thy bidding when to go.
    ‘Tis not from chance our comfort springs,
    Thou art our trust, O King of kings.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      I really needed this thought. It was a gift from God as I always ready to do what God wants but Waiting for the call is hard. Until I know his call I will stop trying to figure it out and wait with TRUST and HOPE. God Bless you

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  21. Homebody in NY says:

    Dear Charlie and NRS’ers,

    Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Love this board and this site. And thank you, Charlie. May God bless you.

    I have some thoughts to share about the Blessed Mother that might be helpful to us as we enter this coming storm. I’ll begin by saying that for years I struggled to understand her as really human, so perfect and holy she seemed to be. I secretly supposed her to have lived this charmed life, walking about in a constant cloud of light, with angels who kept her house spotlessly clean and maybe even baked her bread while she was in rapturous prayer. I even suspected that whistling bluebirds sewed her clothes….(thanks for nothing, Disney and ’60’s CCD)

    In recent years I’ve made a serious effort to invite the Lord to show me who she really is, to make her manifest more accurately in my imagination and prayer life so that I’d be less intimidated and trust her more deeply, as a woman, a mother, and a friend. He has been faithful to that request.

    I’d like to share the following observations about her life that do line up with where we’re at now in history – on the cusp of this coming Storm. Mary lived at a time when the old order (Judaism) was about to be fulfilled – and replaced – by the new order that her Son was about to set into motion in people’s hearts and minds – the very foundation of Christian civilization which was to forever change the world. Yet this was no smooth transition accompanied by frothy clouds of angelic light. For Mary, it was a time marked by darkness, pain, suffering and profound personal loss. She was not untouched by violence as this new era unfolded. Her own cousin’s son was beheaded for heralding this new order. Beheaded! Someone who I’m sure was a regular playmate of her own Son – one of her own family. In short order things went downhill from there, to the public condemnation and execution of her only child – our Lord.

    She continued to play her part in all that her Son was introducing, according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit within her. I don’t think she was given prior knowledge of all that lay before her, but instead her strength and sanctity came from her complete, radical openness to Almighty God and His lead. She acknowledged Him, took the next right step, and was (and remains) a sign of hope to us all.

    How similar was her time to ours: barbarism, paganism, corruption, political power grabs, violence – Everything old is new again!

    Anyway, for my own part I am placing my hope in her motherly care, asking her to show me how to pray, hope, and trust as she did, despite all the evil in our day. Just thought it might be good to consider how closely her time parallels our own.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you and welcome to the comment section, Homebody!

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    • Katherine says:

      Lovely musings, I’ve been meditating along these same lines too. Love your point about Mary living in a time of great upheaval and change, something we often forget. Also, I chuckled at the username you chose ;)! Charlie, meet my mother in law. I am fortunate to have, I must say, the best family ever. We’re all in.

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    • vicky says:

      That was so well said. It truly touched my heart. I am taking your lead and following suite.

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      • Yes, Homebody that was so good! Thank you for joining us on the blog! Coming from a Protestant background it was hard for me to relate too. And I thought the Blue Fairy in Pinoccio was a symbol of her…..😊

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    • Dave says:

      Very edifying. Thanks Homebody!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Homebody,
      I agree. I am placing my hope in her motherly care, asking her to show me how to pray, hope, and trust as she did. I might forget to do what I want to do. I might forget to breathe even. I know if I ask her for help with it all — she will not forget :o)!
      I would say that the difference between our Lady and any one of us, would be that she had all the Grace a person could possibly have, allowing her a brilliant mind, unimpeded by sin or concupiscence. In addition to living every day of her life filled with the Holy Spirit, and living a major portion of her life, 33+ years, with God incarnate, and being taught by her own flesh and blood, Jesus, God the Son, the Scriptures and His plan of salvation history.
      Speaking from my own experience, it was much easier to have trust in Jesus (not proud to say this, just a fact) after He introduced Himself to me in a supernatural healing sort of way. (I simply asked for another chance. Ask, seek, knock!). Before that infused Grace, it was like night and day for me in the trust department. The same is said to be true for those having had near death experiences… very little fear after those. So, I am sure our Lady trusted like no one ever did or ever will again. I am also sure her sorrows are like no one ever had or ever will have again. Love –ZJ

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    • Linda says:

      Homebody..did you read Our Mother’s message today (sept 2nd) from Medjugoria…???? If not you MUST.. for you just Nailed it.,l I’ve been really getting into Our Mother of sorrows as of late…time is short & Charlie says shes always so concerned about us all & busy busy busy… what a beautiful and wonderful mother we have. .Thank you dear Jesus for her😇How much she has suffered and still suffers today😢

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    • jaykay says:

      Profound meditation, Homebody. Thank you. I’d only add that She also lost – no, had to surrender – Her husband, Her and our beautiful St. Joseph, back to God before the fullness of Her sorrows came upon Her. And then She went out and followed Her Son, even unto Calvary. Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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    • janet says:

      Welcome to posting Homebody. 🙂

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  22. Jay says:

    Charlie,

    I am third order OCDS, in definitive promise. I have been in a “quiet” prayer ministry patroned to St. Michael and Our Lady for over 10 years. I don’t normally read your column or any columns proclaiming prophecy, mainly because I don’t need to hear or read what is quite obvious and the distraction can keep me from Gods requested task. My wife has been reading you and Mark Mallet for some time and I intermittently do as well. When I read yours, Marks, Rabbi Kahns, or any of the others I do my best to look thru the strict eye of St. Teresa’s lense of obedience and humility, and i look for the word of God the Father in written tone as His is quite specific and can be seen in his messages to others that I have read over the years back to and including Old Testament prophecy. God is nothing if not consistent.

    I read “All In” this week. I know you dont need or perhaps want my words, but I believe your discernment to be on Holy ground. In your own words, “Dont Look Back”. Those of us that have been called more directly to the spiritual battle see the battle in a different light and the many sufferings we and society in general experience physically, mentally and morally are the result of failed spiritual battles. Most are numb to this reality. Your words can lead to a personal decision to choose to do right one step at a time. Stay on task my friend, detractors will always be there, some are well intended some are not and trying to discern the two will take you from your appointed task. Defend what demands defending, no more. The “Battle” is on, stay the course.

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  23. Carla says:

    Charlie, Just wanted to let you know that you are my cup of tea, this blog has only brought me hope. I will trust in the rescue next year because I want to hold on to that Hope and believe that soon this darkness and evilness will be conquered by the Woman clothed with the Sun, Our Holy Mother. The evil one is tempting everyone now. I have had a very bad week. I let anger and frustration get ahold of me. I went to confession today and to the Blessed Sacrament and peace in my soul has come back. Thank you for all your posts from the bottom of my heart. I don’t find anything that would make me think you are a false prophet. I would like to ask for a prayer for everyone in this blog and the whole humanity to get satan away from us because I have noticed this angriness, and lost of temper in other people not just myself. I believe it is the evil one trying to get us before Our Mama saves us.

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  24. Tom says:

    Dear Charlie et al,
    I’m going to Medjugorje next week for the first time. When I place my hand on the cross after climbing the mountain, I will pray for you all to Our Blessed Mamma. I will ask her to tie a rope around us all and help us to move forward steadfastly until she comes and collects us all late next year.
    God Bless Tom

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  25. Darknite says:

    A Hymn, unknown author, from the hours, seems appropriate today.

    Alone with none but thee, my God,
    I journey on my way.
    What need I fear, when thou art near,
    O King of night and day?
    More safe am I within thy hand,
    Than if a host did round me stand.
    My destined time is fixed by thee,
    And death doth know his hour.
    Did warriors strong around me throng,
    They could not stay his power;
    No walls of stone can man defend
    When thou thy messenger dost send.
    My life I yield to thy decree,
    And bow to thy control
    In peaceful calm, for from thine arm
    No power can wrest my soul.
    Could earthly omens e’er appal
    A man that heeds the heavenly call!
    The child of God can fear no ill,
    His chosen dread no foe;
    We leave our fate with thee, and wait
    Thy bidding when to go.
    ‘Tis not from chance our comfort springs,
    Thou art our trust, O King of kings.

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  26. Mick says:

    Thank you for this, Charlie.

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  27. pslmfortysix says:

    Hello Charlie.
    I am new to the comments, but have been following your blog for quite some time. I appreciate how thoroughly and patiently you have shared your story and explained so many things repeatedly along the way. I have gone back and reread posts as needed for my own understanding. I love the input of your regular commenters and feel “at home” with these people I have never met. I feel that I have found a community of people who see the same chaos in our world that has troubled me for a long time. And they haven’t given up hope!
    To me, your posts are so transparent that I don’t question your honesty or intent. I wonder at those who choose to pick at every word you use to the Nth degree while missing the entire message you convey! I see no point in trying to decide beyond a shadow of a doubt if you are “the real deal” or in wishing that you could somehow save us all from suffering if only you would be more specific about things. If I try to simply “Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to others” I can’t go wrong! I find much comfort in the possibility of the Rescue. It resonates with my deepest understanding of a merciful and loving Father Who has promised not to abandon His people. May we all remain ever faithful.
    I pray for you and for all here, and trust that God has a plan that is well beyond our wildest imaginings. Let us praise him in the midst of this storm!

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  28. My hubby loves the TCM channel….as he sits confined to his recliner, wheelchair or bed…..so it plays almost all day long except for sports and sometimes into the night……sigh…..
    Peter O’Toole was interviewed (a video of it) and he was telling about a suit or tuxedo he had cleaned. It had food, vomit, blood and mud all over it. Well when he got it back from the cleaners there was this note attached :
    ‘ IT DISTRESSES US TO RETURN WORK THAT ISNT PERFECT.’
    So he said that was going to be his tombstone epitaph.
    I wonder in the days ahead if I will ‘beam’ up to heaven….anyway I want that epitaph too!
    One thing I want with me is my humor!!!!

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  29. Christene says:

    Oh, dear Charlie…..I can not express what you, your message, and this wonderful community have meant to me over these past 2 1/2 years! Thank you……for your courage, your steadiness, and your calm, steely resolve in the midst of the darkness and chaos that has enveloped this world. You are in my prayers each and every day.

    I ran across this extended scene from Return of the King when Aragorn, Gandolf, Legolas, Pippin, Meri, and Gimli are about to storm the gates of Mordor. It gave me chills. The good kind.

    “For thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it…….”

    It has been awhile since my family and I have binge watched all three Lord of the Ring movies. I think I will put it on my list for this extended holiday weekend. In this present hour, its message seems more relevant than ever.

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  30. / says:

    Charlie, continue to be what God has meant you to be. Don’t give up because you are doing Gods’ work. What you are doing, God has prepared you since you’re a child. It’s a big responsibility He has put on your shoulder because He knew that you wore the one to help Him realise His plan not because He couldn’t do it Himself , but because in His wisdom, He wanted you to be the one to tell us, acknowledge God, take the next right steps and be a sign of hope for others. Well, Charlie, I’m trying to do what is right in my everyday life by doing, today, the right thing. And I have to tell you that it’s not always easy to do but, I have decided to do the right thing NOW for Jesus because I want to prepare myself for the rescue when Jesus and his Mother will come and rescue us. You see Charlie because you have taken your responsibility seriously, we are many to follow in the right path. Don’t let the devil discourage you by putting things in your way and make you think that we are not listening to you. You are doing Gods’ will. The devil hates you because you are helping putting soul on the right path for Jesus. Continue to do what God wants you to do so that we can prepare for the rescue. My prayers are with you, Charlie. God bless you. Maggie

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  31. CrewDog says:

    I got the below article from the MILINET Blog today and replied to same and thought I’d pass it along. We are in a Spiritual Mode here but for our well being, we must also be aware of titanic forces that are “Out-There” so that we can prepare. I have no doubt that Demonic Forces are at work and exacerbating all the domestic and foreign ills that abound EVERYWHERE”. When people lose jobs, can’t get work, can’t pay bills and get “Hungry” bad things happen … when we are talking about millions of people …. really bad things happen. Were you awake in History Class!? I don’t need Charlie or anyone else to convince me that Planet Earth is on the brink of … Really Bad Things Happening!
    “A Tough but Sensible Immigration Policy–NR Editorial”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439624/donald-trump-immigration-reform-2016-speech-phoenix-arizona
    We have been talking about “Tough & Sensible Immigration Policy” for 30+ years … and nothing!! ……….. for a least a decade Liberals have been putting out the phony 11 million Illegals number … but we can’t call them Illegals ..’cause .. Ya Know? Undocumented Democrats is not PC either. The below is an article from last December. Eight months of Obama’s not-Border Control Policies have probably “produced” another 1/2 million … not to mention all those nice Religion of Peace Folks that are being infiltrated all over the >*&%$^$ Place.
    “You Only Think You Know How Many Illegal Immigrants Live in the US”
    http://dailysignal.com/2015/12/27/you-only-think-you-know-how-many-illegal-immigrants-live-in-the-us/
    You couple the above with another miserable article:
    “94,391,000 Americans Out of the Labor Force in August”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/09/02/94391000-americans-labor-force-august/
    I’m not much for higher math but it appears that almost 10 million more people are NOT working in the USA than when Lord Obama ascended The Throne in 09.
    I have heard NOTHING for years about the Underground Economy in our USA … have you? Historically, when taxes & regulations are out of control … like when Democrats & RINOs Rule …. the Underground Economy explodes! Why are we NOT hearing about it …. Eh!?? My guess is that the Elites of both parties don’t want to talk about it ’cause they would have to admit to the Illegal Aliens in that Underground Economy … and might have to talk about real numbers … 25 million illegal aliens and all those jobs that USA Citizens don’t have and can’t get ’cause of The Above. This, I speculate, is one Big reason why The Elites are afraid of Trump … Trump The China Shop Bull and their political Rice Bowls and Apple Carts gettin’ “upset”

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!!!

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  32. CrewDog says:

    Sad but true and, as usual ;-(, The Democrat/Billary will get near 50% of the “Catholic” vote:

    “Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will be Canonized as Hillary Clinton Pushes More Abortion”
    http://www.lifenews.com/2016/09/02/pro-life-heroine-mother-teresa-will-be-canonized-as-hillary-clinton-pushes-more-abortion/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  33. Randy Blum says:

    While reading Cardinal Sarah’s book ‘God or Nothing’, I read and saved a profound quote about faith and hope that made me think of Charlie’s exhortation to be a sign of hope to others, and wanted to share it:

    “Do we still believe when the night remains desperately dark? Do we keep hoping even beyond the easy times? Faith is trust or else it does not exist. ”

    I highly, highly recommend this book. Cardinal Sarah has so many rich insights that give the reader much to chew on.

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  34. Despite all the conjecture on whether we are teetering on the brink, being given a little more time to realize the enormity of these times …or God wants us to really step up and without reserve to Trust Him, focusing on his Law and His desire to save us…yes! we need to be All in, All the time.
    Charlie has to tell us true, he is being obedient. We all have to follow lead and search our hearts to know Truth will prevail and God wins in the end😇

    How will we, who call ourselves believers, be a sign of hope if we don’t have firm faith in God that whatever happens to us, our loved ones… or those in our lives, that there is something greater here….
    Satan would love for us to cave to mistrust in Gods promise.
    God intends for us to live with him forever. Whether ww arrive at judgement day for eternal life, tomorrow, next month or in years from now… the good news is we will not be lost if we but trust in his mercy and believe in Him. Run into the open arms of Jesus at your own particular day of judgement. Tell him you love Him and to have mercy on your soul! That’s what I pray I will do🙏

    Charlie was chosen to convey these particular messages of “trust, do, love” for a time such as this…how Good our God is to give us these warnings. So many of the past approved and recent ongoing apparitions of Our Lady, Our Lord and the Angels throughout the world have pointed to these conclusions. Yes, It’s our choice to believe in God and his supernatural ways of communication. But his word is eternal…so if we are always rooted in the the Gospel and scripture…we already know what God has been asking of us. His grace has softened our hearts to listen, some sooner than others, 😉…but if we are here on this blog, I’d say that Grace has been afforded us.
    What we do as Christians is tell others that may haven’t understood or hearts have been hardened or life has really beat down….lets keep telling them this good news….that God created us, He loves us all….and because we have sinned from the beginning of time…. He sent His son Jesus to redeem us!
    What else could we ask but thanksgiving for a restart chance in the morally corrupt world we have all been born into. Just think that in Gods plan for each of us….we have been born for this time and place. Stand firm and let your “yes”mean yes!

    Love all here and praying for everyone’s trials as they prepare in their own way to spiritually and physically prepare to stand for Christ.

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  35. CrewDog says:

    I have this feeling that in the not too distant future that many, if not most, here will be called upon to answer the call to “conform to the character and ministry of Jesus” without all the “infrastructure” … Spiritual & Physical … that we have become accustomed to. It will be up to us, with the guidance of The Holy Spirit, to do our best to help and lead others with just The simple Faith that has already been instilled in us…….. That could be a big part of what The Storm is all about??

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 7 September

    Colossians 1:28
    We proclaim him [Jesus], admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we present everyone perfect in Christ.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Our goal as Christians is not to obey some law, to adhere to some set of rules, or even be followers of some discipline. Our goal as Christians is to be conformed to the character and ministry of Jesus. This is the Spirit’s work in us (2 Cor. 3:18) and as Paul makes clear here and in other places (Galatians 4:19) that this is his goal in working with others.
    Prayer:
    Holy Lord, conform my heart, my words, my life, my ministry, and my actions to those of Jesus. I want him to be my Lord, not just in my words but also in my life. Through him I pray. Amen.

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Mick says:

      Beautiful, CrewDog. Thank you.

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    • SanSan says:

      I believe you are correct CD. It’s becoming very apparent in my little “world”. I continue to watch those I care about make “wrong” choices…..I say my piece, receive their angst, and give them to Our Mama and Papa. My heart hurts so much these days, but I will persever and do what I can.

      Lately, I’m really getting a HUGE dose of how much I come up short…..I wait with fear and trembling. Dear Jesus, have mercy on me a poor sinner. Mother Mary guide me.

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  36. Earle Rugg says:

    Excellent Charlie, Did you see this by David Stockman?

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/it-wont-be-long-now-the-end-game-of-central-banking-is-nigh/

    “…We will have more to say about this tomorrow, but the key point is this. Fischer’s declaration of “mission accomplished” in the face of a self-evidently failed main street recovery is a purely CYA maneuver.
    The impending global deflation and recession will prove that 93 months of ZIRP and $3.5 trillion of QE have been a complete failure. But this insufferable Keynesian snake oil peddler has the gall to claim a roaring success moments before the greatest monetary catastrophe in recorded history begins its inexorable implosion.
    The end game of Keynesian central banking is indeed nigh. The outright lunacy of Draghi, Kuroda and Fischer are more than ample warning.”

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  37. SanSan says:

    Woke up to news stories concerning bank fraud at Wells Fargo (my bank) and nuclear test in N. Korea that caused 5.2 quake……..Good Morning America!

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    • SanSan says:

      Lord have Mercy! Distant cannons……………

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      • narnialion54 says:

        SanSan,

        I just took a look at your gravatar.
        Extremely powerful. Wow.
        Jesus’ hands and the Priest’s hands at the Consecration.
        Reminded me of the little hands of aborted babies.

        Lord have Mercy
        Christ have Mercy
        Lord have Mercy.

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    • vkmir3 says:

      These occurrences are accelerating it seems. Whenever I read these new stories, I keep repeating to myself….Jesus, I trust in you. Also, SanSan, your gravatar is so striking. I would love to find the original photo/image and send it to a favorite priest of mine who is so in love with Jesus and the Eucharist. Would you mind sharing when you found this? Thank you in advance! Vicki

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  38. zeniazenia says:

    Hi SanSan, 12 years ago, the archives department at my library was offering us some 24×29 matted art prints and I have had the two that I chose as the focal point in my office for all these years. More and more I see it was not a coincidence that I chose Rembrandt’s ‘Head of Christ’ and Turner’s ‘Steamer in a Snow Storm’. I always cherished the Rembrandt but more and more I look at that ‘Storm’ on my wall and know it has been there with Christ all these years to ease me into these present days. :0) –ZJ

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