Farewell to the NFL

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By Charlie Johnston

I love football. I fell in love with the game during the Chicago Bears 1985 Superbowl season and have been a fan ever since. Alas, no more.

I am not a purist on the matter of boycotts. I well know that in toxic times in a toxic culture, everything is affected – and even some of the best institutions are tainted for a time by the disorders of the age. But those institutions that take the lead into assaulting the culture deserve special attention. Ever since Target Stores decided it would take the lead in forcing women, even little girls, to share the washrooms with grown men, never mind how many perverts are in the mix, I have not set foot in a Target Store – and gave away two gift cards I had to the store. Since I preferred Target to Walmart, it meant something – at least to me. I doubt it meant anything to the store.

I grew agitated when Bob Costas and other NFL announcers, bearing lots of attitude and no data or knowledge, began using halftime shows to lecture about social issues they can’t be bothered to actually learn anything about. Then in the last year, Curt Schilling was fired from ESPN for noting on his private account that a few committed Jihadists can do a lot of damage and we need to take radical Islam seriously. Another employee was dropped for suggesting transgenderism isn’t the idyllic paradise progressive clowns make it out to be. A few years back, when some of the St. Louis Rams came onto the field in the “Hands up, don’t shoot” pose lie that arose from the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, I quit watching any game involving the Rams. (That’s what Black Lives Matter, BLM, made the narrative…but witnesses and forensics showed the reality was that Brown had just robbed a store – and had charged the cop who stopped him and tried to take his gun when he was shot.) The NFL has forbidden the Dallas Cowboys to do anything to honor the police officers slain by radicals from BLM in a massacre earlier this year. Meantime, San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the national anthem. He says it is in solidarity with BLM – and wears practice socks with pigs wearing police hats. Brandon Marshal of the Denver Broncos takes a knee for the national anthem and the entire Seattle Seahawks squad talks of boycotting the anthem. The NFL says that is their right of free expression (but God help them if they try to freely express disagreement with that attitude). Aside from the hilarity of modern sons of privilege telling me to check my privilege, I realize that the NFL and many of its players have become the spiritual heir of Bull Connor – the racist, thuggish Jim Crow enforcer of another generation.

If the NFL is determined to express solidarity with racist cop killers and people who enable the destruction of already vulnerable communities, I can’t stop it. But I sure won’t patronize it.

Bull Connor did not care if black people were around, provided they busied themselves getting his coffee or carrying his bags and kept to their “place.” The NFL doesn’t mind – actually prefers – cops to protect them and their venues…so long as those cops keep to their “place” – as children of a lesser god. Bull Connor, with a wink and a nod, would say HE was not actually killing black folks, even as he provided cover and encouragement for those who did. The NFL and some of its players, similarly, with a wink and a nod say they do not encourage the actual killing of cops or white people, even as they provide cover and encouragement to those who do – while shutting up or firing those who actively oppose it. It is the new Jim Crow.

I guess when you have completely lost sight of God or commitment to a principle of universal humanity, you don’t judge people by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin or uniform. All the progressive left seems to have learned from the terrible stain of racism, which we had largely overcome, is to shuffle the deck of who will be victim and who, victimizer. You flunked the test, guys, and in future generations will be viewed with as much contempt as Bull Connor and the racist thugs of his generation.

I will not patronize a league that hates me, disciplines anyone who dissents, and enables people who think killing cops is great sport. I won’t leave someone’s house if a pro football game is on, I don’t expect or care that others won’t choose to boycott the same way as I do. In this toxic culture, we all ingest some poisons – and it does not bother me that others choose different poisons than I do. But I won’t choose pro football anymore, nor will I buy anything that has an NFL logo on it or go to a pro football party. If I have to have a fix, I will watch a college game (yeah, I know they have their own problems). I know it won’t make any difference to the ugly men who operate the NFL. But I would not have gone to a football game with Bull Connor – and I will not patronize a league and players who have channeled his spirit.

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California is trying to pass a law that would send whistle-blowers to jail and significantly chill free speech – and it is particularly aimed at pro-lifers. I guess the good news is that David Daleiden’s undercover investigation, which has put Planned Parenthood in a ticklish spot, has rattled its fellow travelers in government. The bad news is that, like ideological supremacists throughout history, they seek to solve the problem by jailing their critics rather than reforming their behavior. America, America, God shed His grace on thee.

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Meanwhile, President Obama is determined to transfer control of the Internet away from America to some undetermined international body on September 30. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) are trying to stop this transfer. If they fail, some international body like the United Nations will end up deciding what you can and cannot say online – and hate speech will be defined as being Christian, conservative, and pro-life. The rush to get it done later this month is so that a new leader would have a hard time reversing it.

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One could be depressed at the daily evidence of our culture’s degeneration. W.B. Yeats ominous poem, “The Second Coming,” seems terribly prescient these days, especially the first stanza:

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”

But God does have a plan – and all these things I covered today are merely aspects of the death rattle of an exhausted old order.

A very hopeful note I got came from a police officer. He certainly is gentler than I am about these things, though his anguished frustration comes through. I confirmed both his identity and that he is a police officer. He asked that, if I published this, not to use his name – apparently fearful that his bosses, both departmental and political, might side with the thugs, even for this gentle piece. Sorrowful times. Here is his letter:

“Everyone on social media is buzzing about how Colin Kaepernick is either a hero of the black community or the shameful man who should be fired for not standing. I think he is trying to do something right, but he is certainly misguided in how to do so.

If you didn’t know, Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem in a preseason NFL game. He later cited his reason as, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

When I read his statement, it was pretty clear he was referring to his issues with police officers. Why did he decide to disrespect the flag and all who died for it to show his dismay for the wrong group? My guess is that this was his quick and easy way of making a statement.

I’m upset with this because I am a veteran, and also a white police officer working in a black neighborhood. Actually, my town has more black people than any other race. So technically, I’m the minority. I’ve never shot anyone, but I do hand out my personal cell phone number like it is going out of style. I talk to drug dealers, addicts, thieves, and every other type of criminal. I offer them assistance in finding a job and try to present an alternative to their current life style. This is not in my job description, but it is my chance to stand up for a change.

To date, I haven’t received a call for help. I have taken a couple people to job fairs on my time off, and I keep handing out my number. I try to chat with people as they are walking home and routinely get told to go away (though it is not as polite). Being cursed at or yelled at does not deter me. I try to see people as they are – and most want to speak about doing great good without actually trying to DO great good. Most talk about what they could do if they were given the chance while they sit on the sidelines.

Luckily, life is not like elite level athleticism. There is no specific level of talent required to make a change in someone’s life. All it takes is a bit of self-sacrifice for the good of another. If I had the resources that Kaepernick has, I’d quit my job and start an organization to give all impoverished people an education and a realistic way out. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing a successful person. If every criminal had a job the world would be a much different place. I don’t see how sitting through the national anthem would help that situation though.

Rather than letting our views on what Colin did polarize us, why don’t we go help someone today? Why don’t we look for the good in a fellow man instead of burning him for the little miscues? The goal is not to polarize and divide, that doesn’t help anyone. Help someone today instead of sitting on the sidelines.” – A Cop

 

 

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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525 Responses to Farewell to the NFL

  1. Julie Baker says:

    It is a shame that those with the most are helping the least and complain about how things are so bad. Worthless words and actions are coming from these athletes.

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  2. leslyek says:

    I tried to get a Diocese newspaper letter accomplished this week, but felt overcome with down feelings over what I was writing (just more of the same ole same ole subject matters ). It must be in the air.
    So even if the NRS is to take a breath of fresh air to untaint our steps, it’s as they say, ” all good”.

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  3. Anne says:

    God has a plan…… The kind cop…… The rest is just depressing.
    Did not need this with my last few weeks and behaviour around me.
    I thought more would be waking up by now…. But no!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Prayers for you continue, Anne.

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    • leel004 says:

      Anne, there are some waking up! Wanna share that my agnostic “everything is god”, ok with happy holidays brother now is telling me “God keep you safe! And pray for me”!!!! And DONT even get him started on CHRISTmas!!!!

      These are signs God is stirring souls!!!! We got to get ALL the social screws completely lost BEFORE our Intervention occurs so there will be NO DOUBT. Smile! We have not hit bottom yet!
      People are basing this WHOLE movement of anti-patriotism/injustice/BLM/anti-cop movement on a LIE. They equate how it makes them FEEL vs reality. That is why this HUGE attack on sexuality of a person is a HOT topic now too …. “Feeling like a boy/girl/male/female”, or mockery of homosexual “marriage”, transgender,…you name it and the adversary is in the center. .
      Just imagine Mama Mary doing a little of a ‘two step’ dance on the adversary’s head…although growing up with brothers and having sons, i like to imagine her giving a couple of karate chops instead-with a Bruce Lee screetch with it! 🤓😅
      Yes , all you family members here on this site , I know she is too much of a class act to do either, but it gives me humor in these times to just imagine it!
      So Anne join me in my temporary insanity and smile…things are just heating up…
      Aloha 🌴with hugs😎

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  4. Snowy Owl says:

    Oh, what a beautiful letter. God bless that police officer. God bless all the unsung heroes out there doing their jobs faithfully, giving it their best, putting their lives on the line and, like him, going above and beyond their jobs, while going unnoticed by almost all. God sees you and you will be greatly blessed for reaching out to people. You are a hero and I am praying for all of you wonderful hard working, self-sacrificing officers!
    Praying for the angry guy sitting on the bench too so that he can open his heart and truly help.
    Pope Francis just said that division is the enemy’s main weapon (he said this in context concerning it within the Church)… and yet it is very apparent everywhere now, that this is true in all areas of life. How devastating the effects of this. Lord have Mercy!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Amen! Our Pastor, Fr. David starting today is dedicating an hour of Adoration monthly for our first responders. It was a beautiful to see the loving response after this evenings mass as many processed from the church to the Adoration Chapel to pay their respects for our often unsung heroes.
      I prayed a special blessing this day for all who were adversely affected by the events 15 years ago, 9-11-01. May God bless America, now and forever. Amen.

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  5. Jacqueline Dowling says:

    Charlie, I’m joining you in your NFL boycott. I have already boycotted Target. Any one who knows me can tell you how much of a Dallas Cowboys fan I am. I go back to the days of Troy Aikman and Emmett Smith. Through the years, I have purchased my share of items bearing the NFL logo. I’ve thrown many Super Bowl parties too. My boycott is an infinitesimal drop in the ocean. But I know I’ve committed and so does our Lord and Blessed Mother. I hope many others NRS’rs will do the same.

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  6. JG says:

    I hope it ( pro sports) does collapse. NFL has gotten way out of control! .Watch the movie “Concussion”. The same sick greedy men who were running the NFL during Dr. Omalu’s discovery on brain trauma are running it today. Pro sports God= the almighty dollar.
    Maybe if it does collapse we can start seeing a return to better family time? One can only pray.

    Sidebar: Went to an outlet today. Stopped by the Nike store. Was SHOCKED to see the prices of shoes. $120-89 average price for stupid tennis shoes. They were just for fashion not even quality shoes. Seeing the people in this store was scary. These people had on football jerseys( which are pretty expensive, wearing Nike shoes and almost ( no joking) all looked like low life thugs with expensive clothing. We picked the the pace and high tailed it out of there.
    God help us and spare us! After being at the outlets, I had to go to Costco. Was pleasantly relieved to see normal people. Who would have thought going to Costco would give me hope in humanity! The vibes at Costco were SO much more peaceful compared to the spiritual oppression at the outlets.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      JG, I hear you! I did not purchase any brand name items, and there were many, Abercrombie was big back then, for my children. I stated quite simply that I will not pay to advertise other people’s products for free. My sweet daughter fussed enough to get an older cousin to get his mom/her aunt to get her a brand named hoodie for Christmas. It was a win-win.

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    • Doug says:

      Did anyone see the transgender Nike commercial during the Olympics? They lost me as a customer.

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    • tinabarry says:

      I agree JG. That Concussion movie was enlightening to say the least. Like Charlie said, every institution is corrupt. There is so much money involved with professional sports. It’s shocking to see what people will pay to go see them play and not just football. Sometimes 10’s of thousands of dollars per ticket. Everything is just out of control.

      I really like Cosco also 🙂

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  7. Hopenjoy says:

    On a brighter note, today was the Central Oregon Right to Life Conference in fairly rural Redmond OR, with amazing speakers from Parents in Education, Human Life International, Family Research Council, and Protection of Conscience Project. Organizer and MC was local resident Richard M. Thorne MD who several times challenged the crowd of about 60+ to be strong warriors for the Lord, that this culture is a battlefield, and we remaining believers are the Remnant. When I arrived, I sat down at a table with my packet and quietly asked the Lord, “Why am I here, Lord?”…what quickly came to mind was “You are here to learn TRUTH.” And that phrase, to learn, speak and follow TRUTH, seemed to ring out from every speaker throughout the day. It was quite amazing to me, and almost surreal, to hear people talking about news items and headlines that I have only read about, such as David Daleiden, explicit sex ed in schools, gender theology, the whole transgender/bathroom/Title IX issue, and other topics related to faith and family under siege by the culture of death. Our Bishop Liam Carey was able to attend one of the sessions in the afternoon, and a local priest was coming over to celebrate Mass with any interested Catholics after the conference. Quotes abounded, such as that God doesn’t call us to be successful, He calls us to be faithful, He calls us to try.

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  8. Susan Werner says:

    I wish some cop would help my son.

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  9. Joe says:

    Charlie, I’ll invite you to become a Husker fan. This is how we do:
    http://www.si.com/college-football/2016/09/03/nebraska-punter-sam-foltz-honored-punt-snap

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  10. Greg says:

    Yes the pendulum has certainly swung completely the other way, leaving Faith and morals in time past, and evil disorder in time present. And as society continues to erode beyond the point of human amelioration, we can only say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come; we need your divine assistance.”

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  11. Diane says:

    A couple of years ago, I said to some people this is the beginning of the end of the NFL. They couldn’t grasp where I was coming from, even after I explained. Then it got worse. The absence of mentioning here the violence against women by NFL players, and the league turning a blind eye for decades has me aghast here. Blatant disregard for this the culture of battery against women, “we need absolute proof’….then videos would appear appalling of women’s abuse before they would do a thing. I’ve refused for some years now, to support the NFL in anyway. Ive encourage others for all the reasons stated and more, my children get it and loathe the NFL culture, my husband does not…yet.

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    • jwjohn says:

      Looking at all the comments on-line regarding the behaviour of some nfl players and the lack of league action, the nfl has hit its apex and is declining, in fact declining at a faster rate than even I would have imagined. It’s too bad because its a small amount of players, but the good will get taken down by the bad and as YD said its money and division – all because of one person’s ego – goodbye nfl – by the way the nfl is not football, its a business, the actual game of football can be quite fun, so don’t pick on the sport, but the business of the nfl – boycott the business.

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  12. paul doner says:

    good for you I quit football when the players started to hit there wifes in elevators good work Charlie keep it up they are a bunch of thugs most of them

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  13. goldensun says:

    Even though we’ve seen it coming, it’s very hard for honorable people to watch what’s happening in our country. September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

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  14. Sarge says:

    Charlie,

    If I were a Bears fan, I’d quit watching too…

    Seriously, I hope you are right. That this is merely the death rattle of the old order passing and that God has not abandoned us. The only thing scarier than the Storm is that there will be no Storm.

    Out of place here, (and I’m not sure what’s up with the avatar…wordpress issues?) but it is more convenient to post here than to go back through other posts.
    Many thanks are in order:

    1. My wife is still very ill, but her spirits are much better. She was well enough to make it to her brother’s wedding last weekend, which really boosted her spirits. She has been in bed more or less, ever since, recuperating, but she has been praising and thanking God all week for allowing her to make it that one day. A week ago, it seemed there was no way she would be well enough to attend the ceremony. It was in my mind, miraculous, that she was just good enough that one day to make it. I believe that to be the prayers of this community in action. Thank you.

    2. Oh yes, the wedding. Some of you may recall that I was asked to be the best man at a secular wedding ceremony. The bride and groom asked me to put something together to read at the ceremony. I was a little torn on how to strike the right tone (I did not feel right not wishing God’s blessing on the new couple despite their beliefs and the beliefs of many in attendance, however I was also concerned that if I said something too “preachy” I would only reinforce the negative stereotypes of many. Some family members specifically asked me not to mention “God” during my reading. Again, there was no way I was going to not mention God, but I wanted to do it in a way that would inspire.) I put the question out to this community asking for some guidance. I received a great response. I ultimately settled on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, capped off with a blessing/ invocation that Ellen provided from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. When I got to the rehearsal, the couple approached me. They apologized that they had asked me to put together something because they had decided upon what they wanted me to read. They sheepishly told me that they put so much thought into other details of their celebration, they had neglected the ceremony. They had since thought about it, and wanted me to recite some specific things at the ceremony. They handed me a paper with the reading on it. You can imagine my delight when I looked down and saw 1Cor 13:1-8. Once again, I believe that to be this community’s prayers in action.

    3. I apologize, I forget who mentioned this awhile back (God knows who you are though). I have made the Memorare “Express Novena” part of my daily routine. If it was good enough for Mother (excuse me, Saint) Teresa, it’s good enough for me. I encourage others to do the same. Thank you to whoever brought this to my attention.

    God bless you all. The intentions of all ‘Steppers’ are always in my prayers.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha! I must tell you, it has not been nearly as tough being a Bears fan as it is being a Cubs fan!

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful update, Sarge! Prayers continue for your wife and you.

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    • leslyek says:

      So glad for your news, Sarge; and also that I, too, can tell you something here without having to search back around ( help on that, Steve or Doug?)
      It is that I finally made it through our Holy Door, Saturday evening. Though I can likely go again, I made the intention: truthfully, ‘ for myself, Lord, and/or my husband here, or both of us, or Sarge’s wife ‘ 🙂 or some other first, as necessary’ 🙂
      That was the best I could do. So it’s in God’s hands! And I trust I’ll go again ….amen

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      • Beckita says:

        Leslyek, you can bring any and all you wish through those Holy Doors anytime. I am blessed to attend daily Mass in a chapel which is right next to some designated Holy Doors. In a spirit of humility as truth, I share it is an honor to joyfully offer the morning PMT for all TNRSteppers as well as nearly daily walk through the Holy Doors, I am so grateful for everyone here and continue to bring us all and our families to prayer in these beautiful ways. The Lord’s Redemption is Infinite. Just as He leaves no one out, let us all pray for all – which so many here already do.

        Here’s a teaching about Holy Doors. Of course it is written for another Holy Year but certainly still applicable. May it inspire us all to remember one another in continuous prayer.

        Since the year 1300 when Pope Boniface VIII declared the first Holy Year, the Catholic Church has regularly celebrated “Holy Years,” usually every twenty-five years (at least since 1470), except for special circumstances, like in 1983 when a Holy Year was declared to mark the 1950th anniversary of the death and resurrection of our Lord. A major aspect of the Holy Year has been that of pilgrimage to Rome to make reparation for sin and to renew the conversion of one’s life.

        A very important symbolic act performed by each pilgrim has been to pass through the Holy Door. Christ identified Himself as “the door.” In his bull Incarnationis Mysterium proclaiming this Holy Year, Pope John Paul II stated that the Holy Door “…evokes the passage from sin to grace which every Christian is called to accomplish. Jesus said, ‘I am the door’ (John 10:7) in order to make it clear that no one can come to the Father except through Him. This designation which Jesus applies to Himself testifies to the fact that He alone is the Savior sent by the Father. There is only one way that opens wide the entrance into this life of communion with God: This is Jesus, the one and absolute way to salvation. To Him alone can the words of the psalmist be applied in full truth: ‘This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter’ (Psalm 118:20).”

        Therefore to pass through the door from the outside of St. Peter’s into the basilica is to pass from this world into the presence of God, just as in the old Temple of Jerusalem, the High Priest on the Feast of Yom Kippur passed through the veil covering the doorway of the Holy of Holies to enter into the presence of God to offer the sacrifice of atonement. Moreover, to pass through the door is to confess with firm conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Lord, and the Savior who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. With great courage, a person freely decides to cross the threshold leaving behind the kingdom of this world so as to enter the new life of grace of the Kingdom of God.

        In opening the door, the Holy Father has traditionally struck the door three times with a silver hammer (although this year Pope John Paul II pushed three times on the door). The striking of the door also has symbolic meaning: Moses struck the rock so that water would pour out miraculously to quench the thirst of the people (Numbers 20:6ff); the Holy Year is a time when God pours forth abundant graces to quench the thirst of our souls. God struck the earth to free St. Paul and Silas from prison, which resulted in the jailer and his family asking for baptism (Acts 16:25ff); God has struck our hearts opening them to His graces, beginning with the saving grace of Baptism. As our Lord hung upon the cross, the soldier struck His most Sacred Heart, and out flowed blood and water, symbols of the Holy Eucharist and Baptism (John 19:31f) which nourish each of our souls. In all, the striking of the door symbolizes the release of graces, flowing abundantly to the faithful.

        Moreover, when the door opens, the obstacles of passage to our Lord are removed. During the Holy Year, we hope and pray that the obstacles of personal weakness, temptation, and sin will be removed so that we will have a holy union with our Lord.

        The construction of the door itself reminds us of the history of salvation. The door consists of sixteen panels, four panels grouped into four rows; the “door” itself is divided into two with two columns of panels for each door. The very top row has two panels showing the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden after the Fall with the sword wielding angel guarding the entrance with the fiery sword. The opposite two panels depict the Annunciation with the Archangel Gabriel asking Mary to be the Mother of Jesus. The inscription covering both panels reads, “What sad Eve took away [paradise], you [Mary] give back with life-giving child” (“Quod Heva tristis abstulit, Tu reddis almo germine”).

        The next row of four panels highlight gospel stories of the mercy and forgiveness of God: First, the baptism of our Lord by St. John at the Jordan with the inscription, “You come to me?” (“Tu venis ad me?”). The second, the good shepherd finding of the lost sheep: “To save what had been lost” (“Salvare quod perierat”). Third, the prodigal son asking forgiveness from his father: “Father I have sinned against Heaven and also you” (“Pater, peccavi in coelum et coram te”). Fourth, Jesus curing the paralytic, but first saying, “Your sins are forgiven”: “Take your mat and walk” (“Tolle grabatum tuum et ambula”).

        The third row continues the same theme: First, the penitent woman washing the feet of Jesus in the home of Simon the Pharisee: “Her many sins are forgiven her” (“Remittuntur ei peccata multa”). Second, St. Peter asking our Lord how many times must a person forgive and our Lord replying, “Seventy times seven” (“Septuagies septies”). Third, Peter weeping after he had just denied our Lord three times outside the home of Caiphas the High Priest on Holy Thursday evening: “The Lord turned and looked at Peter” (“Conversus Dominus respexit Petram”). Fourth, the crucifixion, with our Lord between the two thieves, and saying to the “good thief,” “Today you will be with me in paradise” (“Hodie mecum eris in paradiso”).

        The final row proclaims the Easter mystery and the birth of the Church: First, St. Thomas inspecting the wound marks of Jesus: “Happy are those who have believed” (“Beati qui crediderunt.”). Second, Jesus appearing to the apostles on Holy Thursday night, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (“Accipite Spirituum Sanctum”). Third, Jesus appearing to Saul (St. Paul) on the road to Damascus: “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (“Sum Jesus quem tu persequeris”). Finally, a picture of the Holy Father striking the Holy Door, “I stand at the door and knock” (“Sto ad ostium et pulso”). In all, these scenes remind us of our call as pilgrims to enter the mystery of salvation and to pass from sin to grace, from separation to union with God, and from death to eternal life.

        As we consider the holy door and particularly the recent Holy Year, our Lord stands at the door of our hearts knocking. We must open our hearts to Him and cross the threshold of hope, striving for holiness.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Beckita, your words are like a love story of a love story. ❤

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        • elizmeehan says:

          Thank you Beckita! How timely this year of mercy for such a time as this! A few weeks ago I ordered Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Merciful Love” for each member of my family with the hope of consecrating ourselves to merciful love before the year of mercy is over without a clue as to how I as going to convince them to do this. To my husband and two adult sons living with us and to our married daughter who lives out of state, all I said was, “We are doing this as a family. We are going to do a 33 day consecration to merciful love. Here’s the book and we’ll just do a few pages each night.” Much to my surprise, no one said a word and the only response were some blank stares. We begin tomorrow so I texted my daughter this evening and told her to just read the intro because day 1 begins tomorrow. Again, much to my surprise, all she said was ‘ok, thanks.’ This is a big testament to me on how badly God wants this. Mama Mary arranged everything and I mean everything!

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Eliz!!! Many blessings will surely pour forth as your family takes this journey together… Blessings for you and your dear ones! May I suggest something? Please forgive me if you’ve already thought along these lines. You’ll actually take nothing from your own family when you enfold all the families of the world in your prep and consecration. We will all benefit from your prayers and love.

            Many here, as did I, made the prep and consecration when the book launched. It’s a rich journey. Praying with Blessed Mother for you and your family, Eliz.

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        • sheralyn80 says:

          Thank you Beckita for keeping all of us in your prayers!

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        • Doug says:

          Beckita, you can fall out of bed and practically roll through the Holy Doors. Wow! How cool is that! No wonder you are so Holy! Like the angels are to us, how wistfully longing I am 😊

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      • Sarge says:

        🙂 Thank you!

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      • Doug says:

        Leslie, search mechanism here is so so. One way to search (if you use i.e.) is to click on the post and then older comments. After, you can select “search on page” for any key word. This will also work for Android by selecting “more” and then “find on page”. Steve is the mac expert. Outside of that, the special links Charlie has along with the FAQS are your best bet.

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      • Doug says:

        Oh. And I might add, Beckita has a keen sense of remembering where things are at.

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    • Diane says:

      Sarge,
      Happy to hear that prayers are working for this community – it is nice to hear confirmation. You wrote: The only thing scarier than the Storm is that there will be no Storm. That made me shudder because it is exactly my sentiment as well. God help us. Love. I do. Diane

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    • singingjuls says:

      So glad your wife is doing better, Sarge. Will continue prayers for her and you.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      I’m still praying everyday for Christina and you, Sarge!

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  15. CrewDog says:

    All part of the Democrats Ploy to Convince Catholics that it’s OK to Vote for the Party of Abortion & Perversion. As I’ve pointed out before, the Democrats/Media are using the term: Pope Francis Catholics! Another despicable ploy to “Bait” the Faithful.

    “Kaine {Billary’s VP} says Catholic Church might change on gay marriage”
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5475f7fe16f44f109b4f837ad54fc892/kaine-says-catholic-church-might-change-gay-marriage

    Remember Billary’s quote about Churches having to change their views (Or Else)?:

    “Hillary: “Deep-seated … religious beliefs” have to be changed for abortion”
    http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/24/hillary-deep-seated-religious-beliefs-have-to-be-changed-for-abortion/

    Anyone doubt that Christians are in the “Drive Underground Stage” of satan and his Lefty Useful Idiots Agenda!??

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • leel004 says:

      Boy, we are soooooooo lucky to have the likes of mr. caine telling God to get His act together to meet the politically correct platform!!!! What would we do without them?!?!

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    • Alfred says:

      Good catch, Crew Dog.

      Wow. Now that’s chilling. It’s one thing to say “I believe differently than you do.” It’s another thing completely to say “I not only believe differently than you do, but you must change the way *you* believe.”

      Jesus, Prince of Peace,
      you have asked us to love our enemies
      and pray for those who persecute us.
      We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us.
      With the help of the Holy Spirit,
      may all people learn to work together
      for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.
      To you be glory and honor for ever and ever. Amen.

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  16. i just finished reading a most beautifully written book by Peter Kreeft. I Burned For Your Peace; Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked. I would like to recommend it here, Charlie, if I could. I’ve always admired Augustine’s heart. Always from a far; he’s way above little me…
    Peter Kreeft has accomplished a great blessing for Christ Jesus’ little ones. Confessions is a prayer, and we enter into this book by reading it as a prayer. I just love, love, LOVE! LOVE! knowing we have the prayers of the church triumphant ever before us. Eternally before us. So many beautiful little meditations and graces from Augustine’s exposed heart… I trust our TNRS family would enjoy a pearl in their pocket for our journey to the rescue.
    And if you are a bishop or priest, may I highly recommend start your reading on page 197 until the end. I know your time is so stretched and pulled, but this perspective changes EVERYTHING!
    “(A) Mighty storm arose in me…”
    Have I gotten your attention yet?
    And a shameless plug, you should come to The Good Shepherd Co. on Colerain and see me if you live in Cincinnati.
    May God bless us all. Love you all and keeping you close in prayer.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am a fan of Peter Kreeft. You can cite him here any time.

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      • Thank you, Charlie. Peter and yourself have helped me this week to connect the dots. Peter commented in his book how Job’s friends and Solomon ( found in Ecclesiastes) are “stuck” and don’t really move away from their view…I’m paraphrasing… But Solomon begins and ends with, “vanity of vanities.” No willingness to ponder the possibility of being wrong…
        I can so relate to Augustine’s search for Truth. “Would that someone come along ‘who speaks my language!'” This was a sincere prayer.
        And look at my new friends along the way! I’ve met Augustine’s huge, vulnerable heart, Peter’s guidance of Scripture and dangers of error, and Charlie’s prayer of Miraculous Trust!
        I have a big question for Our King.
        Who do we fear?
        “I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.” Luke 12:5
        Let me be honest. I always thought it was the satan. And then a homily on Luke 12:5, “only God has the power to cast you into hell…” And if you know me…(hee, hee) a follow up argument in which I stated, ” free will honored, would mean, we ultimately decide” (scary ) in which my priest friend replied, “OK, so God gently places you in hell. Does that help?”
        I just want to know…too many perspectives again…

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  17. Tricia says:

    Charlie, I’m a huge football fan, and it’s heartbreaking that one of the ways our country comes together, albeit surfacely, has to be poisoned along with most of our cultural touch points. That said, I’ve been following you for about a year and a half and just reread most of your posts, which leads me to my question…it seems almost impossible to believe that everything you’ve been told will occur over the next 15-16 months could occur in such a relatively short timeframe. If there’s no change in that timeline, one would almost have to assume that the “trigger” for the collapse would have to happen very, very soon. Question #1, have you been told when it will happen? #2, am I correct that it will occur very soon?

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    • charliej373 says:

      God is not constrained by our timelines. If some of the TNRS team wants to jump in, go for it.

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      • Tricia says:

        Charlie,min wasn’t referring to our timeline. Rather I was referring to the fact that you’ve said repeatedly that the rescue will come in late 2017, and how much will have to occur in that timeframe. Sorry for the confusion!

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    • victura98 says:

      Tricia, you are certainly not alone in your thinking. It is entirely reasonable to wonder how all these events can possibly unfold. I wonder the very same things, but as I wonder, there are two thoughts I find reassuring:
      1. When God needs the human race to sit up and take notice of His action, He orchestrates events to be utterly inexplicable by any human instrumentality (Gideon v. the Midianites, David v. Goliath, Daniel v. Lion’s Den, etc). At this time in our history, the world needs to see, beyond doubt, that God Himself acted. That’s why I am at peace expecting something which seems humanly impossible.
      2. I recall that after thousands of years of anticipation, the Messiah redeemed the entire human race from the cross, in just three hours. Who could ever have imagined it?

      Hope this helps, somewhat. 🙂

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    • Sarge says:

      As I’ve said before, I’m only about 90% in on the whole Storm/ Rescue thing. The timeline is not the reason.

      We beleive Virgin Birth and Resurrection… Why is the collapse of society in a few weeks unfathomable? Is that too hard for God, the Father, the Almighty, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, of all things seen and unseen to do?

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    • Jose says:

      Hi Tricia. I believe that Charlie has said that he hasn’t been told directly/exactly when it will occur but that he once deduced/figured out one (or more) of the dates, but that as soon as he did so, his angel commanded him not to tell anyone. I interpret that command to mean that Heaven doesn’t want anyone else to know. So I don’t think that Charlie will give us any more about that.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Tricia, Charlie has said in the past that he has not been told when the Collapse will begin nor what it will exactly look like. Instead, he has milestone events to watch for. Recently, he has said he did not expect the Collapse to begin after Inauguration Day early next year, but that leaves quite a stretch of time from now until January 20 during which it could begin.

      For what it’s worth, I’ve come to think of this increasingly short storm period as involving the same events but more like a tornado than a hurricane. Hurricanes are spread out over long periods of time compared to tornado. They are both swirling vortices of high-intensity weather. Take a hurricane spread over 24 hours of impact and wind it up more and more tightly until it packs 24 hours of hurricane power into one hour of tornado-like conditions. Events would all still be accounted for but would happen in a much shorter, much more intense time.

      Another possibility is that although we must have the Storm, we humans have woken up enough and looked to God enough that the Storm, although needed still, may not need to be as intense or costly. Perhaps the current Old System is so rotten that only a tropical storm is needed rather than a Cat 5 hurricane.

      I find the former idea easier to sustain than this latter one, because I see so much corruption and have some idea as to how much pressure is required to reduce the Old System to rubble and then sweep it away. To me, a short but extremely intense Storm would still be enough to do the job. A mere tropical storm just seems too easy. 😀

      But, hey, this is all speculation on my part. I’m just giving some suggestions as to how to think about this. 🙂

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      • leel004 says:

        WOW???I LIKE that analogy!!!!
        Your soOO spot on with the clean up is so much quicker from a tropical VS CAT 5 .
        Were you a weatherman in your past ???
        God bless and aloha

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      • Noah603 says:

        Having a deep background in meteorology (I watched “Twister” five times), I would like to point out that an F5 tornado is sometimes referred to as a “Finger of God”.

        No way it’s going to be a tropical storm. It’s got to be cataclysmic.

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      • goldensun says:

        I like your take about how some people have woken up and looked to God. Maybe not everyone has looked to God, but enough people may be awakening to how precarious things have become. It seems to me that the rumblings we’ve been experiencing over the last year have loosened, and occasionally severed, the ties that we have to many of society’s institutions. Perhaps not in actual practice, but at least in terms of realizing that life could change quite drastically very quickly, and some of those institutions we’ve taken for granted or counted upon won’t really be missed. It’s like an abused girlfriend preparing herself to dump her crummy boyfriend.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Goldensun, it occurred to me the other day that most think of this election as a matter of choosing between Hillary and The Donald, but really the choice is between choosing to continue to participate in the Old System of the World or choosing to walk away from it for a world built on the Spirit, on God.

          Hillary is the epitome of the desire for worldly power. So you think, I should vote for The Donald. But when you really think about it, The Donald is just the other side of the same coin, in his case the side of worldly wealth, glitz, and fame.

          To choose either candidate as your political savior is to choose to continue to participate in the Old System of the World, which is corrupted by the demonic. Think about this for a minute, and you may realize that the satan has set out for us another Grand Deception, this one in the secular world. “Choose one of these and you will WIN!” but in fact with either choice, you will lose because you will continue to yearn to save the Old World.

          Despite the pain and suffering of the Storm and the immense amount of worldly losses everyone will experience, we really are being asked whether we want God to move in the world and sweep the demonic away. Distracted by the false choice of a political savior, we may miss the opportunity to sweep it all away in favor of a more Godly world.

          I believe that down deep inside many of us here, we have realized that we want the new Godly world more than we want our baubles, our cash, our stocks, and our seeming safety. So we find ourselves yearning for the Storm.

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          • Gary says:

            For most here who would vote, they would choose the lesser or two evils, but not to vote would choose to vote for the grater of two evils. And Clinton is far and above the evil of even Obama. I do believe that Trump might very well mitigate our problem.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            SteveBC, Amen! Reading this brought Lot’s wife, pillars of salt and wandering the desert for 40 years to my mind. If we pine away for what was, we may very well squander the rescue and get really hot and thirsty! 🏜
            People need to let go of this nightmare, it’s like hell on earth, and be open to a new way that God will give us if we just trust Him!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Although it may seem strange to say, I’m not counseling people not to vote. I’m saying that becoming caught up in the hope that Hillary or The Donald will be our savior is to fall for the secular deception. Hillary will take us down hard. The Donald may pick us up slightly. Even Reagan had only a temporary effect on our world. The Donald will have even less and could very well find a different path to Hillary’s endpoint.

            Charlie has said that we need to live our lives prudentially. If you think The Donald is better than Hillary, then that is the way you should vote. Or maybe you should vote for Gary Johnson in the hope that he’ll get enough votes to throw the whole thing into the House in January, hoping that our representatives can wake up and choose something better.

            Whatever you do, however, I *do* recommend that you don’t get inwardly identified with your choice, don’t get consumed by it, don’t fall in with those who think it’s time to fight The Other to save the Old System. Whatever I choose on Nov 8, I will do it with eyes wide open, no real hope that it will make a difference, and one foot out the door.

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          • Doug says:

            Well said Steve!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            SteveBC, I understood you. it’s the focus, the hanging on, I am seeing. People are doubting. they are afraid. Some speak about this as if nothing is going to change until or unless we get the right president elected..WHAT president? what election? and he has said if there is an election, it will NOT matter. I believe this.
            Charlie.. and Heaven has made it clear (to me) we are going to have a new way. I’m ALL IN with that.
            And unlike some, I do not believe it will be irresponsible or even sinful if people can not, in good conscience, vote for either nutcase. For me, when I made up my mind that I believe what Charlie has said, I will act accordingly. If I believe him..why cast a vote for evil in any way or degree? I’m not going to do that. That’s just me…and I AM saying this.:) If I am wrong…it won’t bother me because I am acting in good faith on what I truly believe and will gladly stand in front of God with my choice.

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          • Gary says:

            It would be more prudent as I am sure Charlie would state as well, to always cover the bases. We can not live our lives purely on predictions but what is in front of us at the moment. And at the moment we have the whore of Babylon running for president and that is intolerable.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Gary, what I have said is my choice for me. I am not voting for either. You are free to do as you wish. 🙂

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          • goldensun says:

            Very well said.

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      • Josh says:

        Hi Steve,

        What do you think of the “Illumination of consciences”? This weekend I have come to think that maybe we are looking too much for signs in the temporal realm (it is what I was doing last fall – looking for a collapse of the stock market, etc), when the decisive trigger would happen in the supernatural realm, when God decides it.

        For example, God deciding to give a clear sign of his existence to all mankind (it is really dramatic that many people no longer pray to God, in life circumstances and for loved persons they really should), could become the real trigger that provokes the collapse of an old order.

        God Bless You.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Josh, I don’t really have anything definitive on this. Charlie has said it’s happening to people individually as we proceed toward the Storm. He has speculated that part of the Rescue is an individual illumination for all souls on the planet at the time. I must say I kind of cotton to that idea.

          One idea I don’t really buy is that someone who has his secular life turned upside down is having an illumination of conscience. That seems more like a challenge to learn to rely on God. For an illumination, I would think that would be a lot like the reports of a life review in some near death experiences.

          In this case it seems to include that component of seeing yourself, via the way you have lived your life, from the point of view of God. That’s something quite different from having one’s life turned upside down.

          Other than that, I don’t have much of a clue, I’m afraid, and I’ve put the matter into the back of my mind while I wait for the truth to be revealed, or not. Meanwhile, I think it very valuable to hold in my head that I had better live as if it *will* be true sometime soon! 😀

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          • Josh says:

            SteveBC, Thanks for your answer. I wonder if the main cause for the elections going wrong in the United States, will be a conflict starting with North Korea. That could be the “trigger” for the Storm in temporal terms, but maybe the trigger in spiritual terms will be somewhere else. In our vision of human history, we tend to give excessive emphasis only on violent episodes as the most important “historical events” (which is then exploited by the terrorists, to attract attention on themselves and their causes). More or less, this is what I have tried to share with you (when I asked you the question about the “Illumination of consciences”).

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          • SteveBC says:

            Josh, I realize I missed what you were driving at. My apologies. I absolutely do agree that a global illumination could be so shocking that the Collapse would be triggered. If it were to happen, say, tomorrow, and everyone were to see what they do from God’s perspective, a *lot* of people would be changing what they do and how they do it. The resulting spiritual and psychological shock, as well as the ensuing decisions by billions of people to alter their behavior starting “right now”, would cause such widespread and substantial disruptions that the current system would probably fail almost immediately.

            As just one example, all the shareholders, officers and employees of the major cigarette companies would see how their conduct kills people. The same would occur for many pharmaceutical companies, Monsanto, the big banks, and so many more linchpin companies. What happens when only a few people in all these companies show up for work while massive numbers simply decide they absolutely cannot continue to work on projects that kill people and destroy nature for no good reason?

            So, yes, you are absolutely correct. My problem is that I see this possibility and dozens of other possibilities available to be triggers of the Collapse. I have far too many candidates, so I have no idea which of them, alone or together, will actually cause the structure to fall to pieces. So I’m just watching at this point. 🙂

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          • Gary says:

            “major cigarette companies would see how their conduct kills people”

            Charlie and me would have to grow our own.

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Tricia,
      There IS a lot to be accomplished in such a short time.

      I like to think back to Genesis and how creation began: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”

      Now, WE are responsible for the Storm which is already in process and which will intensify. God will allow us to cook in the stew we have concoted and there will come a tipping point when the complete collapse will ensue. In His Great Mercy, God has a Plan to give us another opportunity to return fully to Him, the Source of All Goodness. Charlie has fulfilled his instruction to tell us definitively: at the end of 2017, Our Lady, miraculously and visible to all, WILL come to rescue us.

      Even now, we are called to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us. Immersing in these three steps, with hearts surrendered in trust to the Lord, will prepare us for the days that are darkest. We can CHOOSE trust and hope when we don’t strongly feel trusting and hopeful.

      Surrendering details to God is foundational and the Surrender Novena is a powerful means of growing in trust: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena

      This piece also fosters the ability to surrender details to God Who encompasses all the details of His Plan which springs from Pure Love: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/through-a-glass-darkly/

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    • Andy14 says:

      Tricia, if your question#1 was answered, would it change what you are doing in your life right now?
      As for question #2, whether soon equals hours, weeks, days, months or longer, would it change how you are living your life right now? If yes, what if God calls you home before any collapse occurs.
      The whole point is to start doing the next right step now and not wait.
      Charlie’s not there to give us details about the collapse, his job is to proclaim the rescue and hearten and encourage us along the way.

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    • johnjwblog says:

      Collapse can happen at any time with little or no warning. We do have warning and things have been getting worse. with that said, most people don’t realize that in 2008, Sept 11, the whole world almost collapsed, we were 2 hours away – Rep. Paul Kanjorski, here’s a short clip that will explain how serious the situation was: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODBPlD0FXOU

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    • JJ says:

      I read an interesting book about God’s timeline a few years ago, “The Science of God” by Dr Gerald Schroeder. In it he proves mathematically that God did create everything in 6 days. The key is Einstein’s law of relativity, from the perspective of the big bang, it was 6 days and the fossil record matches the calculations.

      God’s viewpoint, as Charlie has frequently pointed out, is so dramatically beyond our feeble understanding that I feel like I’m wasting my time dwelling on it. The great part is that the writers of Genesis got it correct without the benefit of the law of relativity or computers to work out the atrociously complex math.

      Not having any of the Spiritual Gifts that many people are blessed with I tend toward the more concrete type of inspiration. I appreciate Charlie’s writing and insight all the more because I have very little understanding and comprehension beyond what is explained to me in plain language.

      That is not to say that I have no gifts, just that mine tend to be of a much more temporal nature.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I worry about such attempts at ‘scientific’ calculation. It presumes to be able to capture the mind of God, I think. A beginning of wisdom is to know that God transcends our very best and most inspired efforts.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Tricia, Charlie has stated over time that details over rated and it is too easy to get caught up in this (although it is intriguing). A couple of things:

      God is letting us know about the Mr. Obama not making it through his term not to have secret information, but to hearten us for what comes next which will be far more intense than the initial crash. Things will get so bad that we will want to despair and give up. He says it is like a ship in a storm that goes down 100 feet from shore and the survivors give up thinking they are doomed because they can’t see the shore because if the raging storm. Thus, they give up and drown. This is what the storm will be like. So when Mr. Obama does not make it through his term, then you know Charlie tells you true and when the more intense fury of the storm hits, you will have hope and confidence about the rescue.

      The second thing is that what is most important is to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others. So it is good to trust God and put him in the first place in your life. If we do this, it won’t matter whether there is a storm or not because we will be doing what we are called to do knowing that our true home is in heaven. Do this and you should not fear whatever happens. I hope this helps.

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  18. Here here, Charlie! (Like they yell in parliament.) i love to have sports on in the background ….listening as my dh watches from his bed or wheelchair. But last year I became very upset over the violence that goes on during play. Players getting severely injured from other players using their skills to ‘take-out’ an opposing player. Grrrrrrr…..too much! And now,that I have a grandchild(softball) and a great grandchild with severe concussions, I’m taking a second look at sports. (Although my Gt grandtr came in severe contact with a dresser it still gave me a look at concussions.) Both girls had to take days and days for recovery. We have hope, but worry about their futures.
    To Cop, when my dh was in the air force he had the opportunity to take courses for free….some would have cost a lot of $ in civilian life…….anyway he too would encourage ‘people’ to take advantage of courses……he couldn’t get them to budge! That was back in 1960’s ….Vietnam war.
    Now it is worse than ever!!!!
    God be with all of us in the days to come.
    Thank you both for these writings.

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    • I study Scrooge every year at Christmas…so many good lessons.
      The one I’m thinking of here is the children in the Ghost of Christmas Present’s robes. One called poverty and one called ignorance. …..And on the forehead of ignorance is written DOOM.

      God save us from ignorance…..grant us the knowledge we need for the future.

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  19. Becky-TN says:

    These things must come, 😦 God Help us!

    Becky-TN

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  20. Sally says:

    I wish I could recall the source, but years ago, I read someone remarked about a conversation someone had with a Communist (agent ?) back before the Sports Stadiums were everywhere. This Communist remarked on one plan, how they would destroy America. This man said that “they” would build stadiums and get the men of the Nation so distracted by Sports, so they would not attend Churches on Sunday’s. ( They would spend their time chasing Sports )
    Regardless of the source, it is what has happened. I think it’s time for parents and grandparents to pray more and play with their children. Just a thought.

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    • Father Gobbi listed the commandments and how evil ‘changed’ them. Read 405 and on from there. It tells so much that has come to fruition today. 😟 This is listed in the book: To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons. Marian Movement of Priests online.
      And I have been praying for sports to slow down. Some of our grandchildren are pushed and pushed to participate and some of them complain they have no time to themselves.
      …..Not to mention injuries …..SIGH……😡🙏🏻😇

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Sally, the pastor at my old church was a die-hard Cub fan and when they were in the playoffs and playing a Sunday game, his homily was a one liner that went something like, Go with God and be good. I kid you not!
      He would vacation in Arizona to watch them every year in spring training. We all knew what this team meant to him and we loved him all the same even after this astonishing event. I could just imagine our Almighty Father thinking, Oh Danny boy! Well, this is once in a life time, and perhaps grinning.

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      • Gary says:

        Yes it is very sad about the die hard Cub fans. Unless they invite a bill goat into the park they will never get a World Series, because the bill goat curse lives on. They have always been able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory… “Gary a Sox Fan”

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    • Greg says:

      Yes, the devil keeps us distracted with just about everything these days: kids sports, college sports, pro-sports, cell phones, internet, computer games–seven days a week. And sadly, God has been pushed to the side. Obviously none of those things should be a problem, if our lives are God-centered. But people tend to follow the crowd, rather than their own consciences. Sadly, many will only see their truth of their failures when standing in Judgment. Ah! We all need to wake up.

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  21. KMA says:

    For you, Yong Duk. For those you shepherd. Faithful and unfaithful. For J.D. For you, Charlie, for your hopeful and sorrowful heart. For the faithful and unfaithful. The sighted and blind. The repentant and unrepentant. The hopeful and despondent. The forgiving and unforgiving. The friends and enemies of our Lord. The humble and haughty. The gentle and vicious. The kind and unkind. The giving and selfish. For the lambs and the wolves in sheep’s clothing. For the pray-ers and the proud. From the Relevant Radio Program “Encounter.”

    Litany of Pentecost

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your love.

    Holy Spirit, Procession of the Father and Son……Cleanse us by Your mercy
    Holy Spirit, Creator and Artisan of Beauty…..
    Holy Spirit, Divine Gift…..
    Holy Spirit, Breath of Life…..
    Holy Spirit, Dew from Above…..
    Holy Spirit, Dove of Innocence…..
    Holy Spirit, Convicter of Sin…
    Holy Spirit, Instrument of Baptism…..
    Holy Spirit, Guide and Intercessor…..
    Holy Spirit, Eternal Advocate….

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful enkindle in us the fire of Your love.

    Holy Spirit, Promise of the Father…..fill us by Your love
    Holy Spirit of Adoption…..
    Holy Spirit, Living Water…..
    Holy Spirit, Indwelling Presence…..
    Holy Spirit, Ardent Charity…..
    Holy Spirit, Uncontainable Joy…..
    Holy Spirit, Stream of Stillness…..
    Holy Spirit, Source of Communion…..
    Holy Spirit, Inheritance of the Elect…..
    Holy Spirit, Spirit of Glory…..

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, enkindle in us the fire Your love.

    Holy Spirit of Truth……..teach us by Your wisdom
    Holy Spirit, Instructor of All…..
    Holy Spirit, Witness to Jesus…..
    Holy Spirit, Illuminator of the Word…..
    Holy Spirit, Revealer of Mysteries…..
    Holy Spirit, Searcher of the Depths…..
    Holy Spirit, Memory of the Catechized…..
    Holy Spirit, Light of Conscience…..
    Holy Spirit of Understanding and Counsel…..
    Holy Spirit, Fructifier…..

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your love.

    Holy Spirit, Fount of Grace…..transform us by Your power
    Holy Spirit, Oil of Gladness…..
    Holy Spirit, Sanctifier…..
    Holy Spirit, Well-Spring of Virtue…..
    Holy Spirit, Seal of Righteousness…..
    Holy Spirit, Dispenser of Charisms…..
    Holy Spirit, Tongues of Fire…..
    Holy Spirit, Prophetic Voice…..
    Holy Spirit, Worker of Miracles…..
    Holy Spirit, Marvelous Healer…..

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your love.

    Holy Spirit, Rush of Wind…..consume us by Your fire
    Holy Spirit, Driver of the tested…..
    Holy Spirit, Punisher of Adversaries…..
    Holy Spirit, Clothing of Power…..
    Holy Spirit, Finger of God…..
    Holy Spirit, Ray of Heavenly Light…..
    Holy Spirit, Comforter of the Afflicted…..
    Holy Spirit, Catalyst of Zeal…..
    Holy Spirit, Soul of our Soul…..
    Holy Spirit, Courage of the Martyrs…..

    Heavenly Father, as on the day of Pentecost, so in our time pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us with the infinitude of your generosity. Equip your Church with every grace and gift needed to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Grant new signs and wonders to accompany and confirm the word, for the salvation of souls and the peace of mankind. Holy Spirit, transform us from one degree of glory to another, so that free of sin, guilt, and shame, we may enter the sanctuary of Trinitarian life, forever intrigued by Your creativity, awed by Your omnipotence, admiring of Your Holiness, enchanted by Your loveliness, and at rest in the beatitude of Your everlasting friendship.
    Amen.

    With love.

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  22. Joe Crozier says:

    Its a stunning warm spring day here in New Zealand. Not a cloud in the sky. Today is the 9th anniversary of my dad’s death.

    Although my local church is just across the road – we are a three church, one priest, parish- for Sunday mass I drove over to St Joseph’s nestled under Mount Te Aroha which means ‘mountain of love.’ I am so pleased I did even though I spent most of mass fighting back tears. I am glad no one could see my face.

    We had a visiting choir from Tonga. The strong deep male voices in harmony with those of the pure and powerful women of the islands all dressed in native attire were out of this world.

    The priest began with talking of the Father’s mercy and how He shows us the Way home when we are lost. A few days before he died my dad asked me why I had chosen to live so far from home which was/is Scotland. He was hurt.

    I wonder how often my Heavenly Father has asked me the same question. I wonder how badly I have hurt him. I only have to look at the cross for my answer. But do I really see?

    So often in reconciliation I have been more concerned with confessing rather than contrition. In The Warning Glenn tells us we will be given an education about our offenses. It will break our hearts to see how we have broken the hearts of those who love us most: God and Our Blessed Mother.

    We know from what we are taught by the church that certain thoughts, words, deeds and omissions are sins. I venture to say however that the vast majority, including myself, do not really understand in our hearts and minds how each and every sin we commit affects God – how God sees and experiences our sins.

    The Tongan choir sang of the journey we all take away from and back to Our Father, how for The Father it is us always time for us to come home. They raised the roof with the gospel alleluia and the great Amen.

    As they sang of the tears shed by our Eternal Father and His returning children my shoulders shook with emotion. And then as the children gathered around Fr Jelo my Philippine parish priest, for their liturgy, one wee boy threw his arms around his big brother and hugged him with his his head on his chest and the most joyful loving expression you could imagine on his wee face and delighted the whole congregation.

    And there it was – the love of the Father in the purity and innocence of childhood. Proud to be his brother and not afraid to show his love to the world.

    I am no intellectual/academic and am poorly informed about Church affairs but I love my Faith and I love my Pope. I write much more from the heart than the head but both suffer in what I read when he is mal-treated.

    Social Justice Week begins today and this year’s theme is “We all have a migration story: fostering a culture of encounter.”

    Pope Francis says

    “At the heart of the Gospel of Mercy the encounter and acceptance by others are intertwined with the encounter and acceptance of God Himself. Welcoming others means welcoming God in person. Do not let yourself be robbed of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s mercy, as manifested in the people you meet on your journey.”

    This weekend I was given the chance and the way , without compromising my faith, to assure a lesbian couple of my prayers and the hope they offer. I have already seen a good effect with potential for more. This was a worthwhile encounter.

    On the way back from Mass I stopped at a small country market and there met the daughter of an elderly patient at one of the stalls. She told me that last night her father had had a heart attack which he has survived. This was his second attack in a couple of months. Her mother was with him as we spoke.

    She needed to talk. I needed to listen. Another good encounter.

    As ever as I approached the altar for Communion today I named in my head those who make my life more challenging and handed them over to God’s care. Yet another good encounter.

    Now I obviously needed to share so thank you for giving me the opportunity.

    God bless and keep you and may all of your encounters be close and of the third kind, not meaning YD 🙂 , but 1st Father, 2nd Son and 3rd Holy Spirit.

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    • Beckita says:

      SO beautiful, Joe! Thank you for sharing these stories which inspire and edify. Thank you for allowing us all to encounter you, through them, in faith, hope and love.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Joe, I will pray for your dear departed father. I believe that we are were we are meant to be. All the good that you have done/and do has a ripple effect on so many lives.
      Bless you for your witness and blessing to others. I was heartened by your descriptive accounts of the Mass. It took me away for a moment. Thank you.

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    • Doug says:

      Beautiful meditation Joe.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      So much to admire in you Joe! Prayers for your Dad!

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    • ann says:

      Joe–what a beautiful post. thank you. I was especially moved by your saying you don’t know great things, or great theology but you know the love of the Father for his children. It touched a chord of memory for me. Years ago when I was in Medjugorje I was sitting atop one of the mountains–not Kriezvac–but the other one where there is a carved crucifix and the stones are very smooth and there are a lot of thorn bushes and there were many people around and I was just sitting by the life size shrine of the Lord on the cross and this little boy came by, very black hair and a sweet face and he was wearing slippery looking shoes and he was infact slipping on the rocks in his effort to get to the Cross. I reached out my hand and grabbed his to steady him on his climb. At that moment the strangest thing happened. Electricity went right through my arm. He said to me what sounded like “mi papa” and he went on toward the Cross and literally disappeared. I mean he was nowhere to be found. gone. I was startled but the thought came to me– as if in the voice of the Father. “you see, it really is that simple.” And I thought, yes we are all children and God is our father. And it really is that simple. I’ve often reflected on that experience over the years but haven’t thought of it in a long time til you posted about your understanding of the Father’s love and your own encounters and how God blessed them. Thank you.
      Also, you mentioned that your father was sad that you lived so far from Scotland. I have a son in Asia on the other side of the world and it is so very far, but sometimes we have to go away to be where God can reach us. that’s what I tell myself. that’s what happened to me when I moved miles from my parents and I know it was hard on them but it was in that faraway country (like the prodigal) that I could hear finally God’s voice. Just know that your father knows everything now and understands and blesses you for where you are–right where God meant you to be.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        “You see- it really is that simple.” The summa had no better theology. Thank you Ann for sharing the heart of a mother and a daughter. I heard it say that true wealth is mot found in what you have but in what you have to give. Thank you for sharing your expeience and the insight it gave you. It means so much when it comes from the heart.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Oh ann, that is so beautiful! It set my heart on fire!

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    • Sarge says:

      Joe,

      I love the way you soldier on and always do the little bit of good you see right in front of you.

      I will keep you and your intentions in my prayers.

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  23. dianebelvs says:

    Thanks Charlie! Excellent article. And thanks to “A Cop” also! God Bless You.

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  24. al chandanais says:

    Sept, 11, 2001.
    I stood in disbelief at the 2nd plane hitting the south tower and immediately knew we were at war. I watched the carnage as everyone else but my mind went to my dad, retired now but a firefighter in New York City for 19 yrs. His home as a city fireman was sweet 14 fire house in Manhattan, one block over from the Empire State Building and only a couple miles from the World Trade Center. I called dad asking him if he knew anything about his old company, “No, he said matter of softly then said they’re all gone Al, they were probably first to respond, he trailed off with that and said he had to go and hung up.
    Dad and I had gone to a funeral for one of his best friends in the Village around the corner from the firehouse. Before the funeral we stopped to see “Old Sweet 14” Dad had not been in the firehouse for 25 years, as we walked in a young fireman asked if he could help us and dad immediately said he used to work here and wanted to take a look at it once more. Another fireman came up behind the young fireman and immediately put his hand out to dad, “This is Chandy he exclaimed with a broad grin, he’s the one we’ve been telling you about. I was very impressed and very proud of dad but for someone to still be talking about a fireman 45 yrs after he left, Wow, I was really impressed. Dad was a remarkable firefighter but that’s another story and I just wanted to set the scene.
    Dad prayed the Rosary every morning for as long as I can remember stopping only when I came over to take him to breakfast then finishing later, He prayed for his family and for his beloved Sweet 14, his country and all civil servants. Now sorrow so deep gripped him he could barely speak. 1 week later I received a phone call from dad, his friend had just heard from his son now Chief of Sweet 14, He told dad the engine company all rolled on the Twin Towers but were averted to another emergency at the last minute. He and the other fire fighters of Sweet 14 were digging the rubble and couldn’t get a call to him till today. This is what I remember, that God is good in all things, that he answers prayers and takes care of his own at all times, but sometimes he holds some very special gifts for those who dedicate themselves to his Mothers Rosary.
    Hallelujah Hallelujah, thank you Jesus, thank you Mother.

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  25. Littlelight says:

    “Rather than letting our views on what Colin did polarize us, why don’t we go help someone today? Why don’t we look for the good in a fellow man instead of burning him for the little miscues? The goal is not to polarize and divide, that doesn’t help anyone. Help someone today instead of sitting on the sidelines.” —A Cop

    I join my prayers with everyone’s for our Dear YD and All Priests and All.

    Yesterday, I received this blog article by Gary Thomas in my email. It reminded me of what The Police Officer challenged us all to do, the above quote. It really is part of TNRS.

    The article is directed to married couples, but the core message can be adaptable to any vocation. It gave me a lot of hope and maybe others here may find it useful, too. Be sure to read through to the end. +God Bless us, everyone!+

    http://www.garythomas.com/what-your-spouse-needs-most/

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  26. Dave Helotes says:

    I appreciate all your work Charlie. I feel you are right about the election. I wondered what the totalitarians excuse would be to effect the election and when. I don’t think they want the will of the people to be made manifest by letting the election happen. So they will be cancelled but what will be the excuse? War between Iran and Isreal? ISIS attack on our soil? Now I know. Ms Clinton’s health will prevent her from continuing. It won’t be fair to hold the election. Over half of the electorate will agree to that. The Democrats and many “fair minded” Republicans. The President and Rino leadership will together make the announcement at a big confab.

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  27. Theresa says:

    Charlie has said that The Rescue will happen in late 2017 (has he not?) and so whatever happens, it will happen between now and then. Bring it, Lord! Bring it! I’ll probably regret those words, but, “Thy will be done. “

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  28. Doug says:

    Well, I just saw what Kirk Cousins is doing to help folks. So I will watch a Redskins games. On a broader note, I do salute those who work within the system to change the system in spite of the issues.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh yes, I don’t demand that anyone share my particular boycotts – and if you have someone truly admirable you follow, imagine how tough it must be for them to see their beloved game so perverted. Living solidarity with them is an option, as well.

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      • Hmm, would love your thoughts TNRSers…my husband was out of work for almost a year, and ended up landing a job at Target several years ago as an assistant manager type. It’s provided for our family, and has been a career that he has felt has taught him a lot and has given him the opportunity to work with many different types of people, trying to be a sign of hope if you will, despite many of the inherent difficulties and frustrations of working in retail 😉 We have not been happy with the company’s response to different issues, but have re-evaluated and chosen to have him stay for now, as it provides for our family’s needs and, as in any sphere, it’s still important to have faithful Catholics present. He seems to be in a position that allows him the opportunity to provide positive influence and justice, even within a flawed and unfair system. Does this seem like sound judgement? It’s a hard thing sometimes, but I don’t necessarily see working for a company like this as an “objective evil,”…but help me out here ☺️

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        • charliej373 says:

          I think you are living sound judgment, Momma. Your first responsibility is to your family – those little souls God has put in your care for a time. Nothing wrong with looking for something else, but unless he got something he should stay where he is. Nothing wrong with having a faithful Christian behind the lines. But no, I do not think working for Target is an objective evil.

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          • Thanks for your thoughts, CJ–that’s pretty much where we’re at with it right now, too…staying the course, to care for the fam, unless of course it becomes more clear that it’s time to mooooove on. God bless you always 🙏🏼

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        • al chandanais says:

          Why leave? it’s not a cult. I suppose a man of God working for a place where humanism and political correctness is their way of doing business i should think a man like your husband would be an island of peace in an ocean of commotion. He is a grace to his employees.
          The satan is whispering in your ear, tell him buzz off.

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        • Beckita says:

          “i…t’s still important to have faithful Catholics present.”
          Momma, this is why my husband and I each taught in the public schools.

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        • Sarge says:

          Momma,

          Your husband needs to provide. I certainly would never think anyone who was working at one of these companies was doing something objectively evil. They are just trying to get by, they are not setting policy.

          The only way we could not participate in a flawed system right now, in my mind, would be to go live in the woods. We need to be part of society, and we need to provide for our families.

          God has put your husband right where He wants him. Maybe, just by quietly living his faith, your husband can have great influence on those around him. Sometimes, it’s the troops behind enemy lines so to speak, that can have the greatest influence.

          God bless

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  29. BradJ says:

    Very interesting. Shopping and sports…neither intrinsically evil and both are actually necessary on some level to life. Both have the capacity to become replacements for God and in fact it seems that in some cases as Charlie points out with Target and the NFL they are actually arrogantly thumbing their nose at God.

    “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”

    Anyone involved in sports or many other activities, will testify to the fact that it is pretty hard to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy” in a way that doesn’t involve some placating of ones conscience if one is going to be serious about the sport.

    It seems as though we are being given our choice and it is a great grace that this choice is being made more clear through the blatant actions of these wannabe gods.

    Jesus I trust in You…help me to let go of all and trust you with all.

    God bless all here and thanks again Charlie

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  30. MarieUrsula says:

    Today at Mass, our youngish Poland-born pastor, who is also a canon lawyer, gave a beautiful and balanced homily on divine mercy. He didn’t pull punches with the cultural sins to which we have all been subject (abortion, other things I can’t remember, and the transgender agenda), but it was all for the purpose of calling us to the powerful Sacrament of Confession during the Year of Mercy.

    He told of the standing ovation Pope Francis received at World Youth Day in Poland when speaking similarly.

    After Mass, I shook his hand and said, “Father, you are a bold servant of God. Thank you. You will likely get some flak for this.” To which he replied with his engaging smile, “Well, our Lord was crucified, too.”

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  31. Rick says:

    For the past few years my family has had an annual get together to watch a Packer game at Lambeau, since we all originally hail from Wisconsin. I already paid for my flight and tickets for a game a few weeks from now, but I think this might be my last NFL game for awhile. I don’t think I’ll be watching the next Superbowl or any other game on television for the foreseeable future. The policies and beliefs of the NFL have taken a dramatic turn and have a George Soros filthy feel to them.

    Hoping that we will have time to visit the Shrine of Good Help in Green Bay this year. It has Vatican recognition of a Marian apparition. Five family members and I visited there a few years ago, and after praying the rosary along the rosary walk we all smelled roses as we were driving away.

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  32. CrewDog says:

    The Far-Left Crowd in Hollywood, Media and Democrat Party just can’t help themselves! Their hatred of Christians and People of Faith is made abundantly clear every day … Oh! … except for Muslims ….. “These-Days”!!?? ……. as this NFL/BLM Business shows …… it’s a blind hatred of all things that made The USA Great …. Yes!! … Great!! … despite the warts & all.

    “HBO Prepares Another Corrupt-Pope Series”

    http://cnsnews.com/commentary/l-brent-bozell-iii/hbo-prepares-another-corrupt-pope-series

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  33. Brent says:

    Our job is to bless. I love how Eugene Peterson paraphrased Paul:

    1 Peter 3:9 (Message) Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

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  34. Brent says:

    Sorry… Peter (duh!)

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  35. Beckita says:

    It’s the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary. MAy our Mother intercede for each of us. Amen.

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  36. theresa323 says:

    I agree with Dave H. comment on the excuse to cancel the election…. I really do not think Hillary is ill. I believe this is all being orchestrated, so that we the people believe this, and yes Obama will cancel the election and declare that he must stay in office for another term… It was so convenient to have this occur on Sept. 11, in New York… at Ground Zero.. Chaos will then ensue.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t get much caught up in guessing the ‘how.’ I know I don’t. Keep focused on what God asks you to do – to acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. I did not tell you before of the chaos that now is engulfing us so you would know details, but so you would know I tell you true when I tell you what God calls each of us to do. (But I know most folks can’t help a little speculation. No problem as long as you don’t get caught up in it. Whatever you think, at least some of it will be wrong – and it is best to take care not to defame anyone in our anger).

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  37. darknite says:

    Do our ‘Next Right Steps’ trigger the tipping point?
    Are we the catalyst and tipping point of the Storm?

    When more of us stand against injustices as they come before us,
    and petition that God, and his commands, be respected,
    what would the intolerant ones do?

    They cannot not bend.
    They cannot rescind their Absolute ‘enlightenment’, ‘evolution’ and ‘Progress’.
    I believe, and we have seen, that they would rage violence and total intolerance.
    They would Tear the place asunder, rather than submit to the notion of a God.

    Will the wildcat be loosed by our own NRS?

    Alternatively, would the Storm ever come if we Christians just
    rolled over and waited for the Rescue?

    Just wondering.

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    • Hmmmm……but Darknite…..we are so small and God is so so so big how could we ever know until we reach heaven? One thing for sure we are placed where we are all needed.
      More I think for other souls rather than for a tipping point…….I’m so glad you are pondering and wondering though……that is always fun.

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  38. deereverywhere says:

    Mike Ditka was born down the street from my brother-in-law. The county I live in now birthed the Refrigerator William Perry as well as his brother, Michael Dean. My grandparents are buried a few plots away from Art Rooney, owner of the Steelers. Mr. Rooney never allowed Pittsburgh to have cheerleaders because of sexual innuendo, yet, his great granddaughter takes off her clothes in movies. That last sentence states the cultural fall, as does Cyril Wecht’s line in the “Concussion” movie where he indicates that the day that used to belong to God, now belongs to football. To my eyes, football resembles in microcosm the dysfunction of our culture. As you quote Yeats, Charlie, things fall apart. Regardless of the falling apart of the culture, I don’t have any influence over what my husband watches on TV, until death do us part. (I think he could have submitted that in the wedding vows since we were married both civilly and also in the Church.) He has been known to carry the remote control to bed, even though there is no tv in the bedroom. I have also found it in the car.(…..?….). I have no choice but to watch football. Good thing I came of age during the Steeler dynasty, because at least I understand the game.

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  39. Bob says:

    Let’s see if I decide to boycott something on my work time I go to the HR dept to get escorted out in about 10 minutes, with “Your fired”. So where is the spine in the gutless NFL which was once supposed to support and validate strong manhood even if in an imperfect way?

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  40. Gary says:

    Charlie you may want to redirect comments to a list server.. it would be easier to follow and rather than getting email bombed one can choose to get a summary rather than each comment in an email. here is a link for general info: http://www.mailenable.com/features/list-server.asp

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  41. Tricia says:

    I just want to thank everyone who responded to my post on Saturday regarding how much needs to transpire before the end of 2017. It helped enormously. I believe my faith is unshakable, and it’s humbling to realize I still look for definitely. I’ll keep praying for humility!

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  42. Wonderful article. articulate, informational, and powerful. Please take the time to read my most recent blog on the Green Bay packers and a much ignored but significantly serious reference to Jesus. https://theoxymoronmom.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/packers-davante-adams-the-new-messiah/

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    • charliej373 says:

      I was stunned when I saw that Sports Illustrated honored the late Arnold Palmer by calling him the “King of Kings” last week. Secular society has completely lost any sense of the sacred – or of the blasphemous.

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      • It is devastating to see the country, and world, consumed with false idols. Perhaps the Lord will see fit to deliver our country much like he delivered the Israelites, perhaps he will let us destruct due to our embracing the serpents ways instead of the gospel.

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  43. Alana says:

    If Colin Kapernick’s protest is more devastating to you than the actual murders of black and brown people by police officers, you and I worship different Gods. The God I worship would decry the brutal and uncalled for murders at the hands of those thugs in blue. I stopped reading your Facebook posts some time ago because I felt you were one post short of standing on a street corner with a sign proclaiming the end is near. However, I found an old email that I sent to someone suggesting they read it and decided to check your page out again. Not only are your rants maniacal, but racist. Worst yet, you hide your racism behind faux spirituality.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is utterly pathetic, Alana. My granddaughter once asked me what racism means (I was playing with my two biracial grandkids on a monkeybar) when some silly twit of a white woman walking by accused me of being racist for playing monkey with them. I told my grand-daughter it is what stupid people say when they don’t have an argument. Nine hundred more black people have been murdered this year than last year – because of this hobbling and attacks on the police. But I reckon their lives don’t matter because they were almost all killed by other black folks. Ply your toxic compassion somewhere else.

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      • BD says:

        Wow, what a crazy experience at of all places, the monkeybars. Too bad such a fun experience was ruined by sheer ignorance. Oh how I miss those days playing on the monkeybars and swings as a young boy. Brings back some good memories for me.

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Charlie, sounds like we need a trunk Monkey for this board.

        Check out this video on YouTube:

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    • andyb2016 says:

      Alana
      God loves you, but your brain is void of statistics, logic and the facts and you do not have a clue about what Charlie proclaims or teaches. You should read his articles and then apologize to him. Charlie is not a racist and to insist race just because your thoughts are void of facts is lazy, unthoughtful, and void of love since the truth is love.

      Please apologize to and read!

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    • Bob says:

      Alana if you haven’t done so please read this one from Charlie. He makes some good points about these issues:
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/i-killed-christ-and-so-did-you/

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    • Mick says:

      Wow, Alana. Judgmental much?

      As a black chick, I strongly believe that black lives matter. So do white lives. And blue lives. And unborn lives. And people-who-have-wildly-divergent-views’ lives. In short, all lives matter. I pray that the collapse and the Rescue will lead to an end of vitriol and name-calling, and to an explosion of love of neighbor.

      The God I worship gave us Matthew 7:1-5. I would benefit from meditating on that passage more often and more deeply. Perhaps you would, also.

      God bless. 🙂

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  44. Spencer Lee says:

    Thanks for sharing. Good read.

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  45. dutchess62 says:

    In no WAY have the Seahawks ,my team of 40 years , ever boycotted anything . Much less that song and that flag that the MILITARY PAYS for them to have at the start of each game . The military buys special seats they buy time for special ceremonies . It’s an advertisement for the US govt. I have a problem with Kaep , but that’s not one of them. I supported him until very recently . My problem with him has a name and it is Nessa. Look her up . She is promoting alot of hate and has ruined what career he had left. In time he will come to regret her .

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