Labor Day

Fr. Regis - Mother Teresa

Fr. Regis Scanlon with Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta. He worked for a while giving Eucharistic Formation to her Nuns in Africa.

 

 

Sorry, I have not been at the computer at all for two days. I hope to get a post up tonight. Hope you have a great Labor Day – and don’t forget to invoke the intercession of St. Teresa of Calcutta. I will give a presentation on Thursday evening in Covington, Louisiana just north of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain. Below is the information on it:

Covington, Louisiana (Free Event)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

6 pm:  Confessions

7 pm: Christ Episcopal School, 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington, LA 70433

Contact Beth at TNRSneworleans@yahoo.com

Flyer:  https://facebook.com/TNRSNOLA

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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173 Responses to Labor Day

  1. LisasMania7 says:

    For those of you who are not lucky enough to be a Southerner,
    when we say “LA,” we are usually referring to Louisiana!
    Just sayin’ 🙂
    xoxox

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  2. YongDuk says:

    Glad you are alright; looking forward to my first Mass this evening in honour of St. Teresa of Calcutta!

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  3. Carmen says:

    Hi Charlie I hope you and yours are well.

    Just an FYI… Ck out below info. on a benefit concert for our Victims in the La. Flooding that was hardly aired on national TV…

    ✨All for His Greater Glory! Carmen

    Watch La. Rising Concert Tonight! For Flood Victims.

    http://louisianarisingfloodrelief.

    > On Sep 5, 2016, at 12:40 PM

    > The Next Right Step wrote: > > >

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  4. Amy Gates says:

    Yeah!!!! Good news!  I hope to be there. Amy Gates

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  5. Sandon Broek says:

    Charlie, Can you encourage the various venues to record and post your talks? I know you leave it up to them but if you were to encourage this, I’m sure they would. Helpful for people like me that live remotely and can only see you over the Internet. It’s been many months since any new videos have been posted.

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  6. Beckita says:

    Claiming St. Teresa of Calcutta as a patron for the Storm. With every confidence that she will be and do just what she promised, praying for her presence with each of us and our families.

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  7. Kayla says:

    Glad you are coming to this area, Charlie! Hope to be there!

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  8. InHimITrust says:

    I have been reading all posts for awhile, but have never commented. I have a question (and have searched the search bar to no avail!) that is off-topic – has there ever been mention of the website “After the Warning,” put together by Jim Fifth (link below)? Some family has brought it up to me, and I’ve read some of it, but I am not sure of it’s authenticity. Just wondering if there has been anything said about it by Charlie…not that he is the final word in what’s legit or not, but I thought I’d check. Thanks! 🙂

    http://afterthewarning.com/the-warning/the-coming-illumination.aspx

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    • charliej373 says:

      I rarely comment about other prophetic sites. I have sampled the site you cite (heh heh). Some of it strikes me as insightful, some not as much.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      InHim, if Charlie told me to run, I’d be gone-Poof! Running till I dropped! He’s much more insightful then he let’s on here, ya know . 😊

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      • InHimITrust says:

        Snowy, haha! Yes, I agree. When I was looking it over I felt a lot of unease, but I wanted to get a trusted opinion besides my own, to be sure that I wasn’t simply uneasy about the site just because I didn’t like some of the messages. I’m sure you know how that goes. I’ve felt unease, of course, because of some of Charlie’s message but after bringing those things to prayer each time I always find peace and further instruction from Jesus on how to make the “next right step,” however small. At least it’s validation that I can trust my own discernment somewhat! 😉

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        • Kayla says:

          Afterthewarning site is a repost of messages from various seers. Some are worthy of belief and well known. Some I haven’t heard of. We should not despise prophetic utterances but always pray for discernment.

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          • Beckita says:

            True, Kayla, and once prophecy has been discerned to be authentic comes the greater, more critical work: meaning and layers of meaning. Charlie has 75 major posts categorized with the word, “prophecy.” Without a refined and deeply contemplative approach to discerning meaning within the broader context of discerning authenticity, it is as easy as can be to waste time in rabbit holes or close oneself off from God’s intent and surprises beyond the prophetic words.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          InHim, sorry I didn’t respond to your comment, so many issues with WP right now ..I have to go through each page in order to find any replies- I can’t see them anymore in my WP notifications….so annoying.
          Whenever I read something, I pray and wait. If I feel uneasy, I wait longer.. if that uneasy uncomfortable feeling increases, I let it go. Sometimes, if I don’t let it go, because I’m an idiot and my curiosity gets the better of me, I end up feeling really nauseated… then I really let it go and run! LTTW was like that..it made me feel sick whenever I read it though I kept reading because it seemed like many other locutions I had read and my mom and some of the ladies she went to Mass with, were very enthralled by this and very into it…after reading a few weeks worth of the locutions, I ended up very agitated, angry and sick feeling and told my mom to let it go (because she was asking me)! I stopped looking at them and finally had to tell my mom not to even bring it up around me, I seriously was ready to bounce on my head because she would not stop talking about it. Then finally- Finally(!) they closed the website down and one of her friends threatened to leave the Church because she was so upset they ended up being false (how that was the Church’s fault is a mystery to me) My mom finally knew then why it can be so dangerous. She won’t be doing that again. I just found out a few of them are Reading Charlie now. (Thank God!) Here they will find truth and peace…..and I’ll probably get yelled at for saying this when they see me at Mass 😉

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      • Linda says:

        SnowyOwl..i was rather suspecting that😊

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  9. Linda says:

    I agree with YD.. I’ve been fretting too..lol.. When I told Michael you were OK.. he said..”well even a prophet needs a day off Linda.” Lol

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  10. Sept. 5, 2016 3:55 pm.
    Following you with great interest and hope. Thank you. Jesus I trust in you.

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  11. nance says:

    Off topic, but action needed immediately: (I didn’t believe it, but it IS up on the NIH website.)

    The National Institute of Health is going to end its moratorium against funding for the creation and development of chimeras (part human, part animal beings).

    This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the destruction of human life to create a part human, part animal being that destroys the distinctions God created between humans and nonhumans.

    However, there is still a brief window of time to voice your opposition to this egregious offense against God.

    Your immediate action is needed to send the NIH your written opposition. Public comments are being accepted for two more days and comments will close Tuesday, September 6th.

    That means we only have one more day to ask the NIH to desist. Please don’t wait, it takes only a minute and we have only one day left.

    Use the form at the following link and copy and paste the message below. Then, forward this alert to as many people as you can. Finally, PRAY.

    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=57

    Message:

    I object strongly to the NIH’s proposal to rescind its moratorium on funding of research involving human-animal chimeras. I do not want my tax dollars being used for grossly unethical research involving the creation and manipulation of part-human, part-animal beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. This proposed research raises all the ethical problems of human embryonic stem cell research in general and serious additional problems related to the creation of human-animal beings with partly or substantially human brains.

    I strongly urge you to maintain the current moratorium on funding research involving the creation and manipulation of human-animal chimeras.

    http://dioceseofraleigh.org/news/unethical-research-alert

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    • YongDuk says:

      No worries:

      (Sorry for the awkward Douay-Rheims translation quoted below, but the gender neutral codswallop found on the USCCB site just is really horrendous in helping us understand how dangerous messing with the unholy and unnatural is to the point of bestiality. [Oh, but 勇德, where is bestiality in Gen 6? Oh, it’s there! Obscure, but definitely there. {Oh, You Bishop, whom I would like to take to task and over coals–read this and weep before God’s Judgment!} Ask Charlie to ask his Angel–which he likely never would, but it is there: Nephilim, being a very obscure term, but understood to be related to that which pulls down from the Covenantal Relationship {7th Day) to the Bestial {6th Day}. From this point on the genetics changed, as is indicated–forgive me for seeming fundamentalistic, but see this from a biochemist’s perspective–by the change in diet after Noah and from the purification of the species of Beasts. Remember that the Punishment of the Israelites was to have to eat and to sacrifice that which they had sinned with: the Golden Calf. So too did humanity / Mankind now have to eat animal after the flood {Gen 9:1-4}. The genetics changed… We suddenly had to get our full complement of vitamins also from beasts. Couldn’t have Vegans pre-modern times for the most part. There was a change in genetics so that they horrors Antediluvian could never occur again. Tragic… and what do we see now? This is not new. It is just being universalised!])

      Gen 6:

      1And after that men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them. 2 The sons of God seeing the daughters of men, that they were fair, took themselves wives of all which they chose. 3 And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. 4 Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown.

      5 And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, 6 It repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, 7 He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        I have always found this fascinating..but very confusing. Why are the sons of God separated from the rest of mankind here? Showing interest in the daughters of men? The children born from this are the giants- great ones of old?
        If Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, then who are they? Sigh- I wish I was smarter… so I could understand this, it is so incredibly interesting.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Good morning Snowy, I listened once to Fr. Mitch as he repeated the thoughts of one Old Testament commentary that he studied. Not knowing for sure, there is some evidence that the ‘sons of God’ were called that because it was their role to work in and around the temple and for the purpose of facilitating the people’s relationship with God. They were expected to be chaste. I’m sure there were cogent points that I missed. Someone’s educated opinion. Sorry I can’t give you more or a link to the commentary.
          I do find it interesting that it was the childrem that were born of this unfortunate activity that became the ‘men of renown’. This seems to correspond to the ncbcenter request to ban the use of human reproductive cells in the future NIH animal experiments. :o) Love — ZJ

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          • zeniazenia says:

            …we believe God asks for us to live out His gift of chastity in all cases, according to our state in life — even within scientific experiments.
            ‘Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man’s belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrity of the gift. (CCC, 2337)
            Knowledge must then lead to education in self-control: hence the absolute necessity for the virtue of chastity and for permanent education in it. In the Christian view, chastity by no means signifies rejection of human sexuality or lack of esteem for it: rather it signifies spiritual energy capable of defending love from the perils of selfishness and aggressiveness, and able to advance it towards its full realization. (FC, #33)
            Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom.
            The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. (CCC, #2339)’ :o)

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        • HNSE, it’s actually easier than it looks, it just takes sorting out–which is probably harder for those Cultures that don’t put much emphasis on genealogies. (For those that do, the lineages are more obvious.)

          There are two lines of decent. That from Cain and that from Seth. The former, many scholars agree, give rise to the daughters of men and the latter the sons of God. The former tempt the latter and so it goes.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            This is what confuses me.. Were the sons of God supposed to be like Priests and sinned by marrying these daughters of men, like ZJ said above? If not, what would be sinful about them marrying? Were the two lines not supposed to be mixed- if so, was it then purified during the flood? And if this was sinful, why were their children considered the great ones of old? Isn’t that a blessing? I could go on and on forever, you know? I have so many unanswered questions! When I finally meet God, I will talk His ears off! He’ll have to lock me in a closet!
            Another thing I read that I do not remember seeing so clearly before, is that Genesis is very specific about the entire world being buried under water during the flood..even to the point of giving the measurements of how high the water was above the highest mountains! That amazed me because so many today teach otherwise. I loved reading all of this and pondering it!
            I feel like my 7 year old grandson..he asks me questions like this lol. 🙂 on and on, round and round we go! I Love it! “Grandma, so who made God?” ooh..here we go.. Hahaha.
            YD, you don’t have to get into all of this- don’t mean to be a pest, I just find it all so very, very interesting. Thanks! 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi Snowy, Here is a ‘Catholic Answers’ video on the topic by Jimmy Akin. 🙂 Love ZJ
            http://www.catholic.com/video/what-are-the-nephilim

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    • Mick says:

      Thank you for making all of us aware of this horror, Nance. Lord, have mercy!

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Visceral reptilian detection alarm just sounded…chills me to the core…Thanks for the info though.

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    • Mary T. says:

      Wow! Thank you nance! I submitted my comment to NIH tonight. Also sent this info. to all of my kids. I am not on Facebook but they are so hopefully some of the will post to Facebook.

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    • susan0409 says:

      Sent lord hear our prayer

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    • theresa323 says:

      Yes, I have sent this in… I do believe it was our President who had the moratorium Lifted. Of course it is being done to save lives so they say. This is the creature trying to be God.. The rescue cannot come soon enough….
      O Mary conceived without sin Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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    • JG says:

      Just signed and passed along. Thanks Nance

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Thanks Nance! I too have responded to this latest flurry of idiocy in our world. Lord Have Mercy.

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  12. Fr. Frank says:

    I’m looking forward to being there and seeing you again. Grace and peace to you!

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  13. Kim says:

    Thank you for Nance for sharing. Ironically, just today I thought to myself, “The next battle we are going to be facing is chimera research.” I have gone to the website posted and voiced my opposition.

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  14. Snowy Owl says:

    Okay, what in the world is going on with WordPress? Now almost everyone’s pictures are gone over on the right under Recent Comments.. at least on my screen. Charlie your picture is gone too! Weird.

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    • Beckita says:

      Stuff like that has happened to me on many an occasion, Snowy. WordPress is an interesting platform. Perhaps if you refresh the page all will be well. Very weird.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Beckita, this is getting very strange, just thought I would mention it.. I’m seeing things on this blog that should not be possible. It’s a public site and we should all be seeing the same things… Today, all replies to comments on the prayer pages are gone- just simply GONE- poof- vanished! But yet I can see them in my WP reader under my bell thingy…when I respond from there, it vanishes into cyber space.
        All older pages with older comments- gone- no arrow to click back to view older comments…and that’s on all posts here.
        All WP generated gravatars are changing every few hours…Mick has had 3 new gravatars today, all weird shaped and a weird brown color. How is it only I can see that? it’s a public site, if I see it- we should all be seeing it. The first one to mention this was YD- he’s patient zero. ;). Maybe SteveBC can figure this out… it will take a super computer geek nerd, that’s for sure! 🙂
        Oh, one other thing…when I click reply and send this comment it will post but then any comments I try to make after this.. will be this exact comment- repeat, repeat, like it was copied and pasted in the new box, which I will then have to delete in order to type a different one. Exasperating!
        I totally wiped all caches and cookies from my laptop, refreshed etc…still the same.
        So anyway, not complaining here, I just think it’s very odd and maybe it’s connected to Charlie’s weather issues and this is a Charlie-TNRS blog tsunami! 😉

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        • ykc says:

          I am also having strange tech things happening on here. I can’t view any of Charlie’s comments on older posts. They just aren’t there.

          Adam Blai, a peritus of religious demonology and exorcism for the diocese of Pittsburgh, spoke at a Catholic conference with which I work. I was having some major computer issues especially when I was trying to work on anything that had to do with Adam. He told me that the satan will often mess with electronics. I can attest that every year when we (the steering committee for the conference) are in the final planning stages, our computers will start doing crazy things. I don’t let it bother me anymore. It’s frustrating, but that’s it. I usually put a little holy water on my computer and keep plugging away!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            ykc, yes it could be that, could also be someone tampering/hacking the satellites (China has been known to do that often enough, and i imagine it’s one of their agendas anyway)..could be the storm- Hermine. All of the above? I don’t know. This techie stuff goes over my head, we can all just pray regardless! 🕆 🙏 🕈

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        • Beckita says:

          I noticed the missing comments yesterday as well, Snowy. They made it to my inbox but nowhere to be seen on the site.

          Amen, YKC. This has happened previously here. Let’s all invoke St. Michael the Archangel to protect our cyber home, CJs site.

          Finally, St. Barnabas, be present here always, protecting each one, our families and this blessed site. Amen

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        • Mick says:

          Snowy, even before reading Ykc’s comment, I was wondering whether the satan and his minions might be messing with your wordpress. I’ve been having some weird things go on with my wordpress, too (inability to pull up comments, etc). Maybe the satan is throwing a little tantrum over the good that is done on and through this site?

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          • Beckita says:

            Agreed, Mick. I recall times when funky things were happening which were intermittent and, therefore, impossible to pin down even for our indomitable geeky one, SteveBC. We *can* do this: Pray and soldier on.

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          • moreen67 says:

            Also, maybe the satan knows that this site gives us hope and courage for the worst of the Storm and he knows time is short. Beckita, I just said the Archangel St. Michael prayer for this cyber home – great idea – I say that prayer also every night. Mo

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick, Beckita, ykc, AK, I have been praying the novena to defeat satan, daily. From today on, will apply it to the blog too. I love this novena, it’s beautiful and so powerful, calling on the help of all the Angels of God!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Snowy! Great work.

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          • Mick says:

            Good move, Snowy.

            By the way, how is your dad? And how are your son’s kids? Has psycho-granny flamed out yet?

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        • SteveBC says:

          Snowy, Beckita, YKC, Mick, Another Karen, and maybe YD:

          I have not seen anything unusual recently about Charlie’s site, so all I can say is the following:

          Loading a WP page is a pretty involved process, and there are many places in the process where information could get lost or sidetracked. The problem could be with WP servers which put the page together dynamically each time one of us requests a page. Or it could be problems in the internet routers, ISP servers, and so on that must work properly to get that page’s elements to you in the right order. Or it could be in your home network router or your browser.

          Most of those things you cannot influence. You can only click to force-reload the page.

          If you’re concerned about your connection, you can go to speedtest.net and perform a test of your connection speed and quality. A long “ping” amount or a speed measurement substantially below the service level your ISP is supposed to provide to you could mean (for example) water in the phone lines or cables between your ISP’s server and your home.

          You should also check to be sure your browser is the latest version. A very old browser is far more likely to have problems loading a complicated page (like the Prayer Requests page) than a new version. Some people are still using Internet Explorer (which at least used to be an execrable browser) and have not updated it for years. If you can get the latest version for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera, you may get fewer problems – although problems loading pages will still happen. And if your computer is running an old operating system, you may not be able to upgrade to the latest browser version until you upgrade your operating system or buy a new computer.

          I’m not saying you have to buy a new computer. However, I do know that many people visiting Charlie’s site are using computers and operating systems and browsers that are long out of date. Any glitches in Charlie’s site software or anywhere else will be more likely to cause troubles for older systems than up-to-date systems.

          My possibly incorrect but probably correct assumption here is that Charlie’s site is working properly but that anywhere else from WP servers to your (old?) computer and (obsolete?) browser could provide plenty of opportunities for demonic gremlins to cause trouble. 🙂

          If you can give me some specifics, that might prove helpful to me, but so far, I’ve seen nothing unusual happening with the material on Charlie’s site or the underlying WordPress engine. I *think* at this point it’s just background errors we simply have to live with. However, a constant long-running problem or a reproducible problem would cause me to rethink things. If either of these problems show up on your computer, please add a comment here with “SteveBC” included in it to let me know what’s happening.

          Thanks!

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, O Tech-y One. Gotta say, though, that I didn’t understand a thing you said. I’ll have my computer science-y kid read over your comment and then have him figure it out. What I can say, though, is that my laptop is new(ish), and it’s a Chromebook. So I assume it’s running the latest version of Chrome. If my kid can’t figure out anything based on your insightful comment, then I’ll just live with the WordPress nuttiness.

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          • Another Karen says:

            Thanks, Steve. The comments appear to be back this afternoon. I’m feeling like that woman who brings her car to the mechanic with strange noises and drive ability problems, only to have it sound/work perfectly when he checks it out. The comments really did disappear, really, really….or maybe not.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was a teenager I hated to tell my Dad about any car problems. I was convinced my car was scared of him. For whatever it was doing, whenever he came over it would stop immediately. He would usually make some comment about what a ditzy worrier I was and go. Usually the car would work right for at least a few days. So I got to where I only brought Dad over when I was so mad at the car I thought it deserved to be scared and was willing to undergo a little humiliation to get my revenge on the car.

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          • Beckita says:

            That’s exactly how it’s worked in the past, Another Karen: gone again, here again.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Another Karen, ha I love that. When I heard something strange in my car, I used to just turn up the radio and that is because my mechanics could always find something wrong, and then some!! Now I know that if I put my key in the ignition and turn it towards myself two times fast I will get a diagnoses code on the dashboard that I can look up to see for myself what the problem is, fix it ourselves and/or shop around for a fair fee for service.

            Free automobile diagnostics, brought to you compliments of my DH. 🙂

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          • ykc says:

            Steve BC, I can now see Charlie’s comments! As I said in my previous post…a little holy water and keep plugging away! (I am using Firefox, Windows 10 and a relatively new computer.)

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          • Frank says:

            Steve,

            I have a brand-new Mac with the latest operating system and I have been experiencing these same problems. The problem lies on the WordPress end.

            Regards,

            Frank

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, SteveBC. These types of things have happened before and I know for certain the issue is not my computer(s) or browser(s). The issues occurred with both computers in this house as well as a brand new device I’ve been using. That this has been a common experience, happening among different providers, makes me think the problem is not a provider issue.

            I thought this was a pretty specific example: “I noticed the missing comments yesterday as well, Snowy. They made it to my inbox but nowhere to be seen on the site.”

            All that being said, I have just checked around and every one of my missing comments from yesterday and this morning are now visible to me on this site. All is well. I clearly see, we just have to live with it.

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          • the phoenix says:

            Hi SteveBC,

            I also noticed the problem of missing comments as described by others here over the past two or three days up until around noon yesterday. The comments are now back. I use Firefox on a 4-year-old computer running Windows 7. I did, however, restart my computer today … maybe the cache needed to be cleared.

            Anyways, an extra prayer to St. Michael wouldn’t hurt … 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi SteveBC, When I moved to Windows 10, I was told that I should use Google Chrome for best results. I find operations have been faster since I did change. Do you agree it is the most compatible browser or does it depend on other factors? — 🙂 ZJ
            ** Happy Birthday to Our Lady and Blessed Mother ! **

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          • Another Karen says:

            Thanks for the car tips, Jen (and thank DH)…..there is no end to what I have learned here at TNRS! As much as I like the radio trick, I could never drown out the sound though because I would know it was there, waiting for the most inopportune time to cause a breakdown…Murphy’s Law and I are well acquainted!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Zeniazenia, Chrome is my main backup browser. I use a Mac and Safari (which I like but has terrible problems with Flash). I use Safari, Chrome and Firefox, in that order. Each has advantages. On Windows I would never use a Microsoft browser, so Chrome and Firefox would be the ones I’d use. I’ve heard of Opera but haven’t tried it.

            For everyone, it is a good idea to restart any computer once every day or two. Cellphones can last longer, but I shut off and restart my cell once a week, and at that time I also quit all background applications, just to get things to reset.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            SteveBC, all the problems I was having have cleared up but now I have a new one- my WP reader is not showing me any of the relies to my comments, when I click the bell I see a little circle loading and it just continues to go round and round. I contacted WP and told them about all of these issues but have not heard back yet… or maybe they responded and I can’t see the response. In order to find replies from Charlie’s site I need to go through each post and manually find them now. Sigh and Ugh 🙂 lol.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Snowy, have you tried logging out of your wordpress.com account and then logging back in? Sometimes that will reset things like what you are reporting with Reader. Also, when you log back in, go to your WP account page and check through all your preferences to make sure they are still set properly and that you’re following the site(s) you want to.

            Given all these odd problems everyone’s been having, I am considering the possibility that WP.com itself is having some server problems. If their service is anything like our lives, it’s gotten seriously busy recently. Maybe they’re just a bit overloaded. I say that because, although the lack of comments could be related to Charlie’s site server or database, what you’re reporting now with Reader should be associated only with WP.com servers, not Charlie’s site. However, it does make me wonder if Charlie’s database might need some maintenance. That should not be true, but it could be true. I think I’ll look into that possibility a bit.

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          • Beckita says:

            YES, SteveBC. I have believed all along, since last fall when these funky things began to intermittently occur, it’s been an issue with WordPress. I cannot articulate these things as one so wonderfully geeky as you, but your words here nail it, I do believe. Thank you for using your knowledge to work so hard and selflessly for us all!!! Eternally grateful. Oops! That sounds like an epitaph. Let’s hold off on those for many years to come, please God!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yes, SteveBC, I have logged out of my account several times daily hoping this would put things back to normal. I’ve shut down my computer as well. 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            SteveBC..I figured it all out~ finally! It was an error in my settings- I sent you an email..and please ignore the other emails I forwarded to you from WordPress..what a nightmare that was..yikes 🙂

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    • Another Karen says:

      Snowy, I also have noticed the loss of comments on several posts as well since yesterday. I didn’t notice the gravatars, but that has more to do with my observational skills ( or rather lack thereof) than anything else. I wonder if it has anything to do with an overall maxing out of comments – not my area of expertise though, so I defer to SteveBC.
      I hope you are doing OK, and that prayers for your Dad are helping. He and you continue to be in my prayers.

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  15. Vanessa Joy says:

    Mother Teresa pray for us! Interesting note .
    Yesterday one of the young women I met at the mill decided for life . She has been living in a Catholic home for unwed mothers south of moi!
    This brace and courageous young woman gave birth yesterday to a very robust 10 lb little guy complete with a full head of hair! My heart leaped for joy to see this little guy bursting with screams as he took his first breath with the Catholic adoptive mom and dad in the delivery room! She gave birth at 1:10 am Sunday morning as the Mass for declaring Saint Mother Teresa as a “Bonafide Saint” was occurring live in Italy!

    With much heavenly happiness I am rejoicing with all of heaven over this new life ! Without a doubt in the words of Saint Mother Teresa, ” peace in the womb begets peace in the world. War in the womb begets war in the world.”
    Here Hear to peace as we all light our candles this Friday and pray for world peace !
    Lord Jesus , please Open our deaf ears and truly let us hear and be a witness of hope and peace and we beg us to teach us to breathe in deeper , faith , hope and love and exhale mercy and peace! We are willing. Help our unwillingness! Amen and Amen.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Vanessa! God bless you and your work.

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    • leslyek says:

      ALleluhia! ALso, I recently showed two women the Lila Rose videos of an abortion ( not too graphic) and they each had no idea it was like that, nor that there exists baby abortion – survivors. I think it’s a matter of false-compassion for the woman, that makes them not look into it.
      I connected the dots for them that abortion on demand worsens things; and to please factor that into political votes.
      It was fortuitous timing because one, as it turned out, is pregnant, and the other’s loved one just gave birth to a 11/2lb premie who is struggling to survive. They got it!

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  16. Monica says:

    This is in response to concerns about the NIH and lifting the ban on research involving humans and animals. My Catholic daughter is a research scientist and after I forwarded the info about chimeras, she responded with this:

    “As a new stem cell scientist myself, I have to chime in here. I’m not condoning lifting the ban, but there is some misinformation in the links you sent out and I think it should be pointed out to make an informed decision…

    First, they say that the research “relies on the killing of humans at the embryonic stage.” This is simply not true. In fact the opposite is true, “NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited” according to the NIH !! Stem cells come from many places besides embryos and stem cell research is in no way limited by a need to “kill humans”.

    Second, it says “it allows the introduction of stem cells into animal embryos early in their development so that it is difficult to know the extent to which human cells contribute to the final organism.” This statement is problematic… In these amendments, the NIH would actually extend prohibitions to prevent stem cells from getting injected too early, so that the scientists know more about to what extent the human cells would contribute. Also, any proposed research like this would require extra regulations.

    Third, it says that “it involves the production of animals that could have partly or substantially human brains.” This is actually not clear from the proposed amendments. Some argue that the NIH wouldn’t allow this, but it does seem like the new guidelines could potentially make it more permissible. (Idea would be to allow experiments to study mental illness.)

    Fourth, it says “tragically, the NIH has apparently given little, if any, consideration to these or any other ethical concerns with regard to this research.” This is completely untrue. Last September, the NIH abruptly announced it was suspending funding for studies that introduce human stem cells into animal embryos while the agency considered the ethical issues. This was in response to one particular proposal sent out by a lab at the Salk Institute. (The NIH already had a ban on this kind research.) Anyway, the pause put on a hold on future federal support for studies by researchers at Salk who wanted to create pig-human or sheep-human chimeras to generate human organs for transplantation. The NIH then held a workshop with scientists and bioethicists last November to gather input, where the general consensus was that these studies are scientifically valuable. But the NIH is deciding and gathering information – hence asking the public for input!!

    Lastly, of all the research that I personally know of that is being proposed to make “chimeras,” it does not involve embryonic stem cells, but induced pluripotent stem cells, which is a big difference in my mind. Induced pluripotent stem cells (like the kind we make at my company), are made from adult cells (we make them from a little skin punch). We can even make them from urine! 🙂

    Again, I’m not condoning lifting the ban (I am still researching all its implications), but I believe that many many scientists and good people are truly trying to understand their ethical responsibilities as researchers and weigh the potential pros and cons on human health and society.

    You can go to the NIH’s website and read the exact wording of what the guidelines currently say and what they would be changed to. There is also a link there to contact the NIH directly about this matter, as they are encouraging public input.

    A lot of people are writing trying to spin them one way or another – take a read for yourself, straight from the horse’s mouth.”

    So, of course, there is still cause for concern because it opens the door to future abuses, but the misinformation being sent out is unfortunate. There are many good people working in research looking for cures and developing medications to help us all. And I don’t want to criticize Nance or anyone else who protested. I sent in my petition to NIH, too, before I learned the facts from my daughter.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sadly, unethical research and actions have been paved by the NIH constantly saying it would never do anything actually unethical – getting the approvals it needs by giving soothing words that are then ignored for the “greater good.” I could be convinced that the NIH was not using embryonic stem cells for this…at least at the start. But why was it the NIH that fought so hard to get vast approvals for new lines of embryonic stem cells – first under President Bush who rejected the pleas and limited the research to certain already existing lines…and then to President Obama who basically said go for it.

      I have little doubt that your daughter is honorable and believes her colleagues are honorable, but I have watched too many years of honorable people who helped clear the way for such travesties later offering the plaintive plea that what ultimately happened was not what they thought would happen. And does even your daughter believe the sole purpose for allowing injection of human stem cells into animal brains is solely for the purpose of studying mental illness – or does she simply hope that will be the truth.

      I don’t doubt that some of the articles are overstated, but there are some things where a bold line needs to be drawn, places where we must not go. This is one of them.

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      • No doubt there are some honest people trying to do some good, but you’re absolutely right. This has to be a clear, bold line in the sand!

        Folks should try sitting down with a group of 5-year-olds to discuss God’s goodness, His creation, and where diseases and other ills come from. Then ask them if they have any ideas on how to cure those diseases based on that discussion. Honestly, I have no doubt they would put most adults to shame.

        “Get up, take your mat and go home.”

        Try explaining to them what modern science/research is pursuing on this front for ‘medicines’ and ‘cures’ –– you would have them all in tears in minutes.

        Zika! They create the horror with one hand, then bless some insane solution with the other… spraying a known neurotoxin that has been outlawed in Europe since 2012. Oh, wait… EPA approved it so it must be safe (where’s CrewDog when you need him?)

        Too much humanity is tearing petals from little buds that haven’t even opened, and even the earth trembles under our feet at the horrors we have wrought and the reckoning that is here.

        Yeah, that probably makes grumpy weekend cowboy seem like Howdy Doody by comparison, but if smoke could come out of my ears it would be coming out of my ears… and I’d draw that line in the sand with YD’s claymore.

        “Get up. Let us go. Here comes my betrayer.”

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Monica,
      When reading materials provided by the Children of God for Life, ProLife, world leaders of the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines, Medicines and Consumer Products, we can learn- for example- about the history of deceptive footwork on the part of the pharmaceutical companies in the case of the rubella vaccine. It is clear that we cannot trust organizations in this day and age, because we know they are pressured, and they know they can operate above ‘the law’ or force its hand. I was outraged to learn (and it should come as no surprise) that the FDA has known for decades about the dangers of what is called ‘insertional mutagenesis’ by using the human fetal cell lines in vaccines and yet, they chose to ignore the risk. Instead of conducting safety studies, they ‘regulated’ the amount of human DNA that could be present in a vaccine to no greater than 10ng. (www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/05/slides/5-4188S1_4draft.ppt). Discoveries by Theresa Deisher Ph.D., a genetic engineer and president of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, a cutting edge biomedical research organization, proved with her team that the fetal DNA levels in actual vaccines, ranged anywhere from 142ng – 2000ng per dose, way beyond the so-called “safe” level and the ‘regulated’ limits. Oops! Love –ZJ

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      • mdg2007 says:

        Two of my daughters (now 3 years and 21 mos. old) have had severe reactions to vaccines. I am forever grateful to God that He sent the Holy Spirit to guide me to the truth of what triggered my daughters regression into autism, and my other daughter’s very high fevers that led to several hospitalizations and a lifetime of serious allergies, eczema, and other difficult chronic conditions). Because of God’s impeccable timing, I held off on the next round of shots and started detoxing her. Today, she is doing much, much better. I will fight for these children and their parents who are in agony as they watch the neurological downfall of their babies. One of my greatest prayers is that courageous doctors, researchers, etc. are raised up in this field to give parents like me real help and children like mine, a chance to lead ‘normal’ lives. What is going on in the vax/pharma/govt. scene is among the greatest outrages ever.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      http://www.ncbcenter.org/files/2214/7285/2632/NIH_Chimera_Sept_2016.pdf
      This is the link to the Sept. 2, 2016 comment on the proposed changes to NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research and the proposed Scope of an NIH Steering Committee’s Consideration of Certain Human-Animal Chimera Research. In a nutshell it opposes use of animals being treated with human brain cells, human reproductive cells and use of human embryonic stem cells
      Marie T. Hilliard, JCL, PhD., RN represents a Consortium of health care providers, ethicists and advocates for persons with disabilities.
      The American College of Pediatricians
      American Association of Prolife Obstetricians& Gynecologists
      The Catholic Medical Association Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      The National Association of Catholic Nurses-U.S.A
      The National Catholic Bioethics Center
      The National Catholic Partnership on Disability

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    • JudyM says:

      I would like to present another view.

      I have been reading about chimera research for about a year now in the medical literature. There are teams in California and Minnesota that are already doing this research.

      The researchers are looking at such things as reversing congenital eye defects by injecting human cells into little pigs as well as the possibility of growing human hearts, kidneys, and other organs mostly in pigs in hopes of providing a perfectly matched organ to a child or adult who is desperately ill and in need of an organ.

      The stem cells used for this research are taken from the person who is in need of the organ, not embryonic stem cells, so that the organ will be a perfect match that the recipient would not reject.

      And before you object too much, we have been growing genetically altered little pigs for at least 20 years so that we can take their aortic valves from them and transplant them into humans. My mother had one in her. And one of my brothers can’t wait for the day someone can figure out how to grow some new knee cartilage for him he doesn’t have to have his knee replaced.

      All this to say, a lot of us have a knee jerk reaction when reading about chimeras similar to the zombie apocalypse some see when they read about the approaching break down of society Charlie is warning us about.

      I know a lot of very good, ethical doctors and scientists who work at the NIH. Of course there are some who aren’t, but I would bet the majority are honorable individuals.

      I also read the letters from the UCC Bishops, who are speaking out against this research, and yet those same men wholeheartedly embraced Obama Care, the biggest disaster to ever befall the medical world.

      Yes, I know the arguments against this research, and I agree with most of them. I agree that there are some things where a bold line needs to be drawn, and in this present day, this is one of them.

      But this present day thinking isn’t going to last much more than a few weeks, if Charlie is correct. So what about after the Rescue?

      If good Godly people, wanting to do good can figure out a way to grow an extra kidney in a little pig and remove it from the pig without hurting the pig and put it in a little girl who will die without it, wouldn’t we want that?

      Maybe I am looking too far into the future, but I think my time is better served doing that that getting hysterical about growing man-animal beasts in a lab–a lab that will not be researching anything shortly, if Charlie is correct.

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      • JG says:

        Judy,
        “If good Godly people, wanting to do good can figure out a way to grow an extra kidney in a little pig and remove it from the pig without hurting the pig and put it in a little girl who will die without it, wouldn’t we want that?”
        Not if it compromises another human life. It’s a very slippery slope when one starts justifying their actions based on this type of statement. There are people here WAY smarter then I am, I think they could rebuttal this statement more successfully. In my opinion, this argument you used doesn’t sit right. I have no problem with science playing around with adult stem cells to cure diseases or work on cartilage repair, but when we go to fetal cells – H double hockey sticks no.
        With this ban being lifted we’re talking about genetic splicing or mutating for a common good? How can splicing human cells with animals from another family or class be ethically good? Perhaps this a bad example but that’s like saying “Magic” is good as long as it’s used for the common good. Any magic is not from the Creator of Heaven and Earth, so how can it be good? Go listen to any convert from Wicca or Satanism they tell you all about “Magic”. It appears many in genetic research have good intentions but many are tempted and are playing”God”. These mutations are no longer from God’s creation but are from man. It all boils down to who’s your god?
        Mark Mallett, a few years back, wrote exactly about your line of thinking and the temptations which go along with it. He warned that this was following the florescent light and not the true light of God. Something like that. It might be in his post “The Smoldering Candle”

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        • JudyM says:

          I am only speaking of using adult stem cells. That was the example I used.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          JG, I tend to agree. Our pastor was recently sermonizing about cars and now I guess trucks too that are being produced to drive themselves. My DH has a keen mechanical savvy and it is his theory that if you cannot change your tire, change the oil and fill your gas tank you should not operate an automobile. I tend to disagree since I alone cannot two out of the three. 🙂 However I do believe that if you cannot park and now drive a car you should not be behind the wheel of that moving vehicle.
          The gist of Fr. David’s homily was about how science is replacing humans. When I was in a dark place in my life while on the cusp of a bitter separation, I decided with the help of prayer and God’s grace to put myself on the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 2007. My only dear childhood friend and Godmother both died early in life from leukemia. I was already a routine blood and platelet donor and this seems to be the next step. It gave me hope at a difficult time to be hope for others.
          I cannot imagine a world where we can manufacture care and compassion and thus not require it of ourselves. We will then being playing God with the image of Himself within each of us too. So now we are taking aim at the Father and His children. It is like attempting to exterminate love. Wow!! Suffering is redemptive. Jesus dying on the cross is the Greatest Love of all. Just my 2 and half cents on a Saturday morn.

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    • leslyek says:

      Am still reading your concerned daughter’s ideas, but the one about the NIH not considering seriously the ethical ramifications Is true, I believe – Why? BEcause they’ve had a year since last restrictions to think about it and have come up with nothing; also, I have only seen the worst results of these slippery slopes in my longish lifetime. And there’s usually no going back.

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    • mdasteel says:

      Watch out for those “bioethicists”. They pretty much make it up as they go along because most have no underlying firm objective principles to start from. Relieving suffering can’t be at the cost of violating the dignity of the person. NIH is going to form committees of people to decide on the ethics of experimental procedures based on – what? My former boss is a doc who went on to be a bioethicist at NIH. I asked her what her colleagues based their ethical decisions on. She said they are mostly unbelievers (she’s a Catholic) and they did pretty much what I had guessed. Made things up based on situational ethics. The NIH is a secular institution based on secular ethics. Of course their researchers and scientists and ethicists are good people and you can trust them to find secular justifications for their good intentioned work.

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      • Yeah, I am a bioethicist. Better watch out for me. Even been to a few closed door meetings at the NIH. Not sure what your point is… I don’t deny the politics of some of the ethics, but come on… Just lynch everybody, if the cross ain’t good ‘nuf for us!

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        • There are times in the course of the world’s meteoric plummeting that decent folks just have to let out an agonizing moan. With all due respect and love, I’ve heard you let out a moan or two (though I know it’s for your suffering brethren… and what a suffering to not be united to the Cross). Hm. Maybe I’ve even seen you repeat a sort of Maccabean gesture once or twice (at least in words), so you’ll forgive me for wanting to borrow your claymore. Of course the Cross is enough, and thank you for reminding us where to cling.

          There are times when I don’t mince words, and will have to give account to God just like the next person. Had I been the one to say, “relieving suffering can’t be at the cost of violating the dignity of the person,”… well, I could stand by that a whole lot easier than I could stand by some of the other rationalizing put forth in other comments in the thread. Course I only have to stand with my words and give account, while a host of Angels and five-year-olds look on.

          Mostly I’m just wondering why you, Biscuits and Doug let me jump into this thread. Sorry. I thought I saw Charlie’s tired eyes briefly flash, so I jumped into the fray. Maybe I could have just said “amen” or “hear, hear,” but folks would have been wondering what had gotten into me.

          Doug and I are heading out in the red wagon and he promises to drop the “Bing!” in favor of a lively “Jimmy Crack Corn” duet (we can probably keep that going all the way across the plain states). Less Ned Ryerson, more Stumpy (old coot played by Walter Brennan).

          God Bless,

          MP

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        • LukeMichael says:

          YD
          I am surprised at your sarcasm here.

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          • Why, Luc Michel?

            People overreact. They don’t see that genetic manipulations have been occurring for years and years and years and they are shocked when they are experimenting on higher life-forms?

            Sorry. People just don’t know what has been going on. I don’t disagree with the problems. I don’t disagree with the problems with vaccines and all. But I will not play stupid and agree when we have been manipulating bacteria for decades and now have advanced to more “complex” lifeforms.

            People not be edumacated with what they be speaking. They should have been horrified with Dolly.

            But you know what, Luc Michel — and I don’t mean this in any pointed way against you personally, as I love you as W#2 (or are you W#1?) — God has given us the answer clearly in regards to genetic experiments with the already natural genetic “abnormalities” called Identical Twins and Identical Triplets, &tc.

            Are those Twins genetically identical? Does each Twin or Triplet have “Souled” life?

            So don’t — and this is not towards you, Luc Michel — contend with me over codswallop or other “Got my hair up on my neck in a fluster [edited out to more cervical reference for you, Doug]” when it has nothing to do with what has been going on for years!

            Don’t lie to me… and I know well Catholic Voices (Haas and Hillard and much of the Board!) This has been going on for Decades!

            They are good people… But JudyM has a point as old as she looks.

            We aren’t talking about the ultimate petri dish experiments that are already occurring with clones. I wrote what I wrote regarding the Nephilim. That should be enough.

            Don’t take me as sarcastic, but as one holding a Claymore who will resound with a Voice as Bright as an Archangel, “Enough!”, even if from the Cross upon which I sadly hang now badly.

            La paix soit avec toi, Luc Michel, et vous,
            +勇德

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          • Beckita says:

            Standing at the foot of the cross, YD… standing and praying…

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      • goldensun says:

        I can understand your concern about the moral framework of the bioethicists involved here. I worry about the influence from people who are radically utilitarian in their thinking when it comes to setting ethical standards. Peter Singer is a Professor of Bioethics, after all. I am completely out of my depth when it comes to analyzing difficult bioethical questions, but I can think of plenty of reasons for average people like me to be suspicious and cynical about what happens behind closed doors.

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        • Mick says:

          I agree wholeheartedly, Goldensun. Peter Singer is one of the most terrifying people alive, and he doesn’t know the first thing about ethics or believe in ethics. It’s like what the witches say in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth: “fair is foul and foul is fair.” In this cockeyed, co-opted English that we speak, “pro-murder of the unborn” morphs into “pro-choice”; “pro-life” morphs into “anti-choice”; “killing of the elderly and infirm” morphs into “dying with dignity”; “telling the truth” morphs into “hate speech”; “supporter of traditional marriage” morphs into “homophobe”; and “Michael Brown was shot by the white cop because he tried to grab the cop’s gun” morphs into “hands up, don’t shoot,” which further morphs into “Black lives matter,” which then results in uber-privileged professional athletes refusing to stand for the National Anthem. There are undoubtedly good and righteous bioethicists, including our own beloved YD. But in this brave new upside-down world, is it any wonder that many of us are suspicious of “bioethicists” as a group?

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  17. Joe Crozier says:

    I thought I could help Janet and David defend our Holy Father on MOG so signed up again and was accepted —–for a few minutes after someone accused me of trashing MOG on TRNS. (I don’t think I ever did that.) Anyway Janet is doing a great and humble job on MOG of helping others see the Truth and navigate the Storm. She has just had a wee stumble and needs our prayers. Janet is a real Joan of Arc.

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  18. Lily says:

    Hi everyone, I’m just wondering if after you’ve written to complain about funding chimera research, you might want to complain about this? If its really for real? I know Charlie says these ‘things must come’, but isn’t this all getting ridiculous??

    http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/alert-u-s-cdc-giving-unconstitutional-powers-round-detain-citizens-en-masse-anytime-anywhere-throw-away-key.html

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  19. Beckita says:

    Blessed Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to All!
    May our Mother ever intercede for us and our families.

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  20. justsayin392 says:

    No opportunity for ‘Comments on Proposed rule’ requested here – just ‘Notice’ that President Obama is continuing the Sept. 14, 2001 Declaration of National Emergency’ (the 15th time it’s been ‘extended’).The links are to Pres. Obama’s August 30, 2016 Notice, published in the Federal Register and to Pres. George Bush’s Sept. 14, 2001 Declaration of National Emergency, signed on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, the day he addressed the nation from the Episcopal National Cathedral:
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-01/pdf/2016-21284.pdf
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/WCPD-2001-09-17/pdf/WCPD-2001-09-17-Pg1310.pdf

    I couldn’t resist watching Pres. Bush’s address again, to hear the Truth – not in the emotional anecdotes he read, but in the timeless wisdom of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8, verses 38-39: “Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God’s love.”

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  21. Alfred says:

    For those of you in California your input is needed urgently on this issue. If this bill goes into effect the David Deleidens of this world who are uncovering wrongdoing will be unable to do their job. Say a prayer for our Governor while you’re at it.

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  22. I walked into Therapy this morning with my son. I was frazzled and torn apart having him only back to school for 3 days total and heard from the school about ten times already, written a dozen emails to the principle and his teachers. I have 4, he’s my oldest at 10 and I was spent. Literally got lost going over there and I’ve driven that way a hundred times. Anyhow, the first thing she said to me and she is a raised Catholic and I found her my a small miracle, she says it’s like you are “in the calm before the storm.” I said, say what? Say that again? She said I read this article and I will pass it on to you it’s called the Calm before the Storm. Written by Martha Beck, a sociologist and life coach- she wrote about the Storm before the Calm. The saying alone was a direct confirmation from Our Lord that got me to stop, take notice and begin the therapy session with all eyes on God not the ‘poor me’. I will add the link, (although she mentions and refers to God, she keeps the article wide open with the reference “God, or whatever” each time. I do not like this, but alas that article is so spot on to the storms we are all facing to receive abundant growth spiritually and grace as she writes this- that I had to share because maybe just maybe it will help those who are having a hard time reaching family and explaining how suffering purifies and strengthens. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c57068f5b1eb0f6ec956dd3b3&id=f11d27127f&e=beb30b461f

    On one more note, I love the grace filled gift that I have received this week. Truly being criticized and humiliated at times by strangers I finally discovered is a true kiss from Jesus. I have never felt more loved by Him as I did this week. I was sneered at, treated rudely for no reason and one for speaking too loudly in a store. Ha, Staples the same store all week as a matter of fact. But I just smiled, and carried on and said to myself, wow I am so blessed. Thank you God. Feeling like after this winter of extreme persecution, humiliation and suffering, I have grown leaps and bounds more than I ever could have imagined. Truly amazing and truly humbling. God knows what He’s doing folks. Trust and let go of everything. We have no reason to worry.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Thanks be to God for your loving grace received. ❤

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    • I do want to add that the kiss of Jesus reference comes from Saint Teresa of Calcutta. It over came me today the thought and I didn’t remember where I heard it from and I never truly understood or felt it. Today I did. What a grace and signal grace as I have prayed to her for her intercession for my friend’s cancer, had prayer cards made up with her image a year ago and my friends stage 4 lung and brain has shrunken to almost nothing. Praise God.

      “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”
      Mother Teresa

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    • moreen67 says:

      highviewhopes – I have to remember what you said about being humiliated at times by strangers and it’s a true kiss from Jesus. I was coming to work in Philly this morning up the subway and you have a few that come down to go to Jersey (it’s like they are salmon going in this case downstream) and 2 guys one going up and one going down trying to get thru the crowd both were in their 50’s backpacks – and the one coming down shoved the other one – pushed him out of his way. Now I know what some of you think of Philly but I’ve been working in the city for 25+ years and I have never seen people who are supposed to be white collar workers doing that to each other. Got to give the other guy credit he just walked away from it – no fight. I was thinking that if it were me I would fight – I’m almost 5’10” and played tennis a good part of my life and after reading what you posted you woke me up reminding me that I should listen to God not my own ego. Thank you. Mo Dombrowski

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    • justsayin392 says:

      BINGO, HVH, Soooo good to hear you and many others, ALL recently besieged in some way, thanking God, praising him for the opportunity to offer Him a tiny gift, a burden borne with a generous heart. Personally, the situations do seem less subtle, more outlandish, unexpected and startling. Good thing, otherwise I might miss my cue! Fr. Dolindo’s Surrender Novena, Day 9 says it best: “Pray always in readiness to surrender, and you will receive from it a great peace and great rewards, even when i confer on you the grace of immolation, of repentance and of love. Then what does suffering matter? it seems impossible to you? Close your eyes and say with all your soul, Jesus you take care of it. Do not be afraid, I will take care of things and you will bless my name by humbling yourself. A thousand prayers cannot equal one single act of surrender, remember this well.”

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    • janet says:

      “I love the grace filled gift that I have received this week. Truly being criticized and humiliated at times by strangers I finally discovered is a true kiss from Jesus. I have never felt more loved by Him as I did this week.”

      Thank you Highviewhopes…I’m going to remember what you wrote. 🙂

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  23. Beckita says:

    For Yong Duk:

    Now seriously, looking forward to God’s Plan now unfolding in real time.

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  24. I am reposting this here, because I feel piqued, my apologies, but requesting Charlie’s indulgence:

    This was in reply to this sincere post by Cecilia (immediately below), whom I do not begrudge in the least, but challenge all including Veil of Veronica, Ms. Susan Skinner.

    Please, please pray for Susan Skinner of Veronica’s veil, and also Bishop Choby of Nashville. Susan is fighting a battle with Father Ryan High School and the extremely graphic, pornographic I should say, sex education dibbed as Theology and therefore not Opt-Out-able. It would be helpful to Email Bidhop Choby in the Diocese of Nashville and ask him to pull this inappropriate curriculum which is being used in co-ed classrooms. Also there is more information and a petition you can sign here:

    http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/what-we-do/news-and-updates/fight-for-purity-father-ryan-high-school.html

    This is a terrible assault on those teens who are still fighting the battle for purity.
    Thank you.
    Cecilia

    And so it goes:

    Yong Duk (勇德) says:
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    September 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm
    Not sure how inappropriate the curriculum is. Cecilia, I would have to review it.

    However, parents should be honoured in being able to opt out.

    To be honest with you and Ms. Skinner — and as I have stated before, perhaps not explicitly, there has to be an integral understanding of human sexuality. If a piece is missing, that is not integral. Many parents lack the formation required to give an integral formation. They shall — not to sound negative — be held accountable to God for their laxity/sloth/permissiveness. Therefore, others, seeing the need to give an integral and healthy — not permissive — education of human sexuality, have stepped in to doing this.

    To explain the uterus, the ovaries, the menstrual cycle; to explain the testes, the prostate, semen, and even the corpus cavernosum [believe it or not, this is not a term I had to search on Google or elsewhere, but one that I could teach with alacrity and prudence such that it is understood in context of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as with the rest of human anatomy for the most part] is not to teach unchastity, but it is to educate — at the appropriate age level (and I will dare say to you, Cecilia and Ms. Skinner, that High School Students are at that age, post-pubescent, not merely peri-pubescent). To neglect this side of education in this day and age is SIMPLY DANGEROUS given the cultural milieu our teenagers find themselves in.

    Be unhappy with me. Unlike me all you want. Call me an NIH-bioethicist. I don’t care!

    I will defend. I will defend. I defend those whom I have taught and those whom I teach, such that they understand they physiological dangers of going to the edge [sorry, Doug, I am about to be explicit and this might need an R-rating] of climax/orgasm/whatnot.

    Don’t think that I live in an Ivory Tower.

    I have been dealing with abnormal human sexuality much longer than Ms. Skinner or most of the rest of you in dealing with Human Trafficking, of all ages, in dealing with Sex Offenders and Paedophiles and Ephibophiles, in dealing with the most tragic.

    I don’t care if you don’t like me after this, but to shut out your children from a sound understanding of their own physiology and the opposite sex’s physiology is …oh, what’s the word I am looking for? I already used “dangerous”… IRRESPONSIBLE!

    So, opt-out should be in, but let me tell you, those who want to opt-out should be sat down in front of sound and educated people to make sure you know and understand the import of teaching and that you have the aptitude to teach human sexuality and sexual education. (Again, I define the two terms differently, but at the High School level–again, Biscuitsnita [just cause I love you], we are talking post-pubescent individuals, not pre- and mostly likely not peri-pubescent, in which the two need be absolutely and unequivocally integrated.)

    Ms. Skinner, I do not doubt your integrity nor your competence, but we are not speaking of you alone. It behooves you, perhaps, to create a means for other parents to be properly formed and educated how to teach sexual education and human sexuality to their children. Something–and I say this again–that has not been focused on. YOU PARENTS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE YOURSELVES IN ORDER TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? RELEGATED IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION TO SCHOOLS? What have you done? What have you done to your children? God save you, to quote Crew Dog, for your failings in your God-given responsibilities!

    TAKE RESPONSIBILITY! BUT SHOW US, in authority, THAT YOU INDEED HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT AND TEACH rightly.

    +勇德

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  25. KMA says:

    Young Duk, I am thankful for your bluntness. I teach 5-12 year old students. I do not teach human sexuality. However, at this age I do teach on purity. This happens within the context of the 10 Commandments. The 6th and 9th in particular. I am saddened but not surprised by the misconceptions or lack of knowledge my students have. At the same time, I am thankful for the questions they ask. They are thinking, and have the courage to ask. A 10 year old asked me with great surprise ” So we aren’t supposed to have a baby if we aren’t married?” An eight year old tells me his favorite movies to watch on family movie night are James Bond movies. Enjoyed by the whole family together. What does that teach about the dignity of the woman and the man, and the beauty of human sexuality? Many of my students ages 8-12 do not realize that watching anything where men and women live together and have a sexual relationship outside of marriage is not appropriate for them to watch and is not an accurate portrayal of God’s plan for His people. With the older students, the 11 and 12 year olds, they question why they can’t have boyfriends and girlfriends. The relationship they envision is not a completely innocent one that may have held true years and years ago, where that was simply a name given to someone you liked. They know what it means. I have 9 and 10 year old girls crying in the bathroom because they think they are too fat. Someone on the playground or classroom has told them that. They sneak make-up into school and wear it until someone notices and has them wash it off. Now, of course, some think it’s fine for men to “marry” men, and women to “marry” women, and why does the Church say it’s wrong? A 12 year old saw some pornography on an older student’s phone on the bus. He came to school and shared the news, and who to sit next to on that bus if anyone wanted to know. Thankfully, not many takers. These are just a few of the things that have come up in class. Physically, they are developing and maturing much sooner than we did. Emotionally and intellectually, they are far behind. Many, many students are surprised to hear contacting dead relatives or trying to find out who you should date or marry through a psychic is dangerous and seriously wrong. I know these students are innocent. They are immersed in a culture that has distorted and disfigured the value and dignity of the human person and of human sexuality. No one has taught them any different.

    I love my students. I am sad for their parents. They are good people who don’t see and don’t know. I love my job, and I love to teach about the exquisite plan God has for us, but I would be so happy to see parents teach their children about these things first. The tools and the graces are there. If we think that their focus on looks and clothes, weight and appearances, and what they watch and listen to now, at this young age, has little bearing on their future decisions, we are the ones who are ignorant. We have our heads in the sand. What they haven’t been exposed to yet, they will be when they go onto the junior high or middle school. I absolutely agree that these things must be taught appropriately at an appropriate age. I absolutely agree that parents should have an opt-out, and if there isn’t one, fight to get it. God bless those parents who are equipped to teach this. I thank Him for it. From what I see, most are not.

    I heard Matthew Kelly say “We are the generation who will go down in history as the one who abdicated responsibility.” I see the bitter fruit of that every day in my teaching, in many areas. It can be discouraging. Again, I love these children and these families. If I didn’t, I would be content with not answering tough questions or not delicately discussing God’s Will without making them feel like they or their family are bad people. I pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in my words and actions. I depend on the guidance and support of my pastor. I am so very thankful the children ask. The truth resonates in their souls. They want it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      What a lovely, deeply thoughtful meditation, KMA!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Beckita says:

      How blessed are your students to be in your care, KMA. Praying for all of you.

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      • KMA says:

        Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement, Beckita. I hope to be to them what God wants me to be to them. I hope that they hear Him. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come close to throwing in the towel. It’s never about what I teach. I love it. As I’m sure you know, teaching now is often more classroom management, discipline, and crowd control than actual teaching. For many years, I’ve noticed how little priority is placed on the value of work. It’s a struggle to get the students to do their work, and even harder to get them to do it well. I insist on it, and after a few months each year, they see the difference in their own work. It motivates most of them to keep it up. But resistance from them and their parents is a regular occurrence. They can do so much more than what they think they can do. As an example, I expect them to answer their workbook questions in complete sentences. I can’t believe the anger that provokes in parents, and the disdain the students show. I feel strongly that if I don’t do that, I’m actually hurting them educationally. Writing things out develops and refines the process of thinking. It also helps them learn. I probably sound like a whiny teacher, but I believe this is all part of the abdication of responsibility. It’s a whole mindset of “Things should come easy. If they don’t, you expect too much of me/my child.” I think we actually handicap our children when we do everything for them. There are so many contributing factors to this mindset that are, at heart, a step away from the plan God has for us. I stay, though, because I know that for many of my students, this is the only place they will learn the fundamentals of our Faith, and I can’t walk away from that. If I am a blessing to them, it’s God’s goodness they are seeing. There has been great spiritual warfare here, as there is everywhere now. I am blessed to be in a place where we have had pastors who teach the truth without compromise, and teach it with love. It wasn’t always that way. I do believe that the day will come when the little ones will lead their parents back to the Church. They will teach their parents. Thanks be to God and Praised be Jesus and Mary!

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        • Beckita says:

          God bless you, KMA. I felt all manner of the pain of what you describe as I watched the breakdown in families in more intensified ways while my teaching years proceeded. So hard. Especially heartwrenching was the resistance from so many struggling homes to hold children accountable as well as the scapegoating anger which was continually flung my way. So penitential.

          At the same time, there are such wonderful memories of lives changed. I loved the opportunity to be an agent of change in little lives – especially in the area of nurturing those pumpkins in self-discovery of all they really could do while they began to discover who they were created to be… and in networking kids and families to good services which had positive impact.

          I wore my Crucifix and Miraculous Medal daily with both kids and parents connecting in faith because of this. Words spoken in casual conversations and serious consultation resulted in fallen away Catholics surprisingly showing up at my parish. (I taught in a public school.) The priest with whom I am now in residence, providing care in his old age, used to come to my classroom at the beginning of the school year to bless the room and the entire building, then douse everything in holy water as we went about the hallways singing hymns to Our Lady.

          My greatest ache the public system was not being able to continually reference the truths in academics to the Source of All Goodness. Looking forward to a renewed system in the Rengency Period and beyond the Rescue. Again, KMA, have a blessed year! It will surely be an exciting one in which to teach.

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          • moomba1 says:

            How wonderful, Beckita! And, now my daughter hesitates to wear her Crucifix & other medals on her chain to teach as one could be accused of discrimination for wearing such things in a public school. Very sad…

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          • Beckita says:

            Dear Moomba,
            What your daughter experiences, I saw coming. The great news is that society at all levels is soon going to be an even better environment than it was when I was teaching. I can hardly wait to see Our Lady at the Rescue – from earth or heaven, either perspective suits me well. God bless you.

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          • KMA says:

            Thank you, Beckita. I don’t know if you have ever participated in the Called and Gifted program. If you ever did or do, surely one of your many charisms is “encourager” After watching this time in history brewing for about thirty years, sometimes the folly of our decisions and choices hits anew like a ton of bricks. Seeing first-hand how it affects the children makes it harder. Public school teachers have always been some of my heroes. Like the pro life democrats who have stayed with the party for forty years, to try to work for a change of heart and platform ever since Roe vs Wade. God bless you all. In His goodness and mercy, God doesn’t leave me bereft for long. Our Pastor and Associate Pastor brought Jesus Himself into every room in the school, praying for protection from evil, and God’s blessing upon us and our year. They Blessed our rooms and us with Holy Water as well. When the battle against relativism, secularism, and helicopter parenting in school makes me weary, I can walk right down the hall and sit with Jesus. I find myself thanking Him for my frustration s and failures. I learn again that I can do nothing. I have had my eyes on what I can or should do instead of what He can and will do. When I truly open my heart, I find that my reaction to the anger and disrespect that come my way teaches me much about myself. Lord, have mercy. Make my heart like unto Yours.

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          • Beckita says:

            Another beautiful reflection, KMA. Prayers continue for you and your students as well as all teachers during a school year which will be filled with the intensity of the Storm. God bless you.

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        • moomba1 says:

          KMA, thank you for your persistence and dedication to our children. My daughter, a special ed teacher, expresses similar things as you have written but is intent on persevering. She worries, if not she, who, will try to reach the student’s inner spirit ? Bless you.

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  26. jlynnbyrd says:

    KMA, Bless you for your dedication and love! It is difficult, but we as catechists do not go it alone. 🙂

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  27. janet says:

    KMA you are the kind of teacher they need…though sadly they don’t know it now. God Bless you.

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  28. KMA says:

    Thank you all for your words of encouragement. Sometimes, in all the struggles over the years, I’ve wondered if I was actually off my rocker. I thought maybe I was just not a very good teacher. Or I was missing something obvious to everyone else. I know I have made mistakes in my career. I know there are many, many teachers far more skilled, patient, creative, and flexible than I am. And I am sometimes very drained by swimming against the tide. What I really see in my more objective moments is that He must increase and I must decrease. That has been one of my main prayers this year. Now if I’d just get out of the way and let Him!

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