Message From the Father

(I have been feeling under the weather for a few days, though I had a wonderful visit with friends in Houston. I will be going to the annual Texas Right-to-Life Dinner tonight, which I am very pleased about, for I have long thought Texas has the best, most effective right-to-life organization in the country. I thought it is time to reprint here a message from the Father I received on July 5, 2013. It was originally posted on my Abraham’s Journey Facebook Page – and I have reprinted it here a couple of times, when it seemed appropriate. Now is one of those times, I think.-CJ)

From the Father

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Right around the turn of the millennium, my heavenly visitors often began speaking to me without the use of language at all. It is breathtaking when they do, much quicker and purer and more complete – but it is very intense. Thick…I might say. Until today (July 5, 2013), they have continued to use language for the most important messages I am to convey. But now, I am instructed to give you a message from the Father, specifically for America but also for the whole world, that was given me without the use of language. In short, I am expected to translate.


When they speak to me in this way, I often ponder for days to understand in my way what was given in an instant to me. When I have tried to explain to someone – usually one of my priests – what was said, the translation invariably comes out impoverished. I can’t help that. Language, itself, is necessary to us in this world but is an impoverished form of communication – and I am just a little fellow, trying to get it right but not all that capable. There is always the temptation to add something I think important or to omit something that embarrasses or troubles me. When I avoid these temptations, it still comes out impoverished; a very poor, tarnished copy of the pure original message. But it pleases the Lord that I both convey as truly as I can what I am told and take full responsibility for the telling of it, including the warts that crop up in my little effort. So, I write this in obedience – and remind you that, despite the quotation marks, it is a feeble translation:

Thus says the Father:


“My children, I have not withdrawn the hand of My mercy from you, despite the depth and breadth of your rebellion against Me. I gave you a land, a nation formed in My image, to be a light to the nations. For all your foolishness, you began well. Like My Church, it was a nation to which anyone who accepted the principles it espoused could belong fully, not as a guest or a stranger, but as an heir. In your struggling way you lived the principles of fruitfulness, dignity, charity, fortitude and courage. You even lived a great civil war to extend those virtues to all My children, recognizing both your reliance on Me and that there are no children of a lesser god. And so I blessed you, that My light might shine through you with brilliant clarity as a sign of hope for all the nations for what I intend for My children.

“But with prosperity and pre-eminence, your love grew cold. You say, ‘Look what we have wrought,’ rather than ‘Look what God has wrought.’ So for the last few decades, I have restrained My hand of mercy that you might, indeed, see what you have wrought. Your hearts have only grown harder and more defiant. Now I stay My hand for a time that you may know the bitter fruit of the evil harvest you have sown. It is only for a short season, but the terror and despair will be like none you have ever known before.

“I send to you My most favored daughter, Mary, the woman cloaked with the sun, to guide and defend you during the terrible pains of birth of the new world I shall give you once more. She spends her entire heaven praying on your behalf, acting as true mother to all of you as she is to the Incarnation of My Divine and Holy Son, yet many of you who call on Me treat her with loathing and contempt. I will no longer hear you if you do not honor My most favored daughter in your heart. Ask her to pray to me for you and I will forgive you.

“Now, even the leaders of your rebellion against Me are shaken – not so much as to acknowledge Me, but enough to wonder if their plans are perhaps not as elegant and well-crafted as they thought. This is the beginning of wisdom for those who will accept it. You must know that I love each of you with a true Father’s heart. Which of you, having a rebellious, self-destructive child, wishes for your child’s destruction? You wish, with passionate sorrow, for their reclamation because you love your child. Your love for your child is merely a pale reflection of My love for you. Remember, then, the tale of the prodigal son and welcome those who return with fullness, gratitude and celebration rather than resentment. I rejoice when any of My children are restored to the life I intend for them. So shall you.

“Know that you will be held to account for every soul that you could have given effective witness to but did not because of anger, resentment or fear. Know also that you will be held to account for every servant of the evil one that you did not defend My people against out of a false sense of compassion or indulgence. I know this is impossible to you. You are well told to acknowledge Me in all things, then take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. If you do that, I will draw fruit even from your errors and you may walk in humble confidence of My mercy.

“Do not think that any of you can exempt yourself from the bitter fruit of the harvest you have sown. Do you pride yourself on your intellect? It is not even a grain of sand in the ocean of My universe. Your wealth? Mere paper and paste that is passing away. Your position? Not as substantial as a puff of smoke on a windy day. I am your only source of security and hope. Defend My honor with the resolve of My Holy and Divine Son at the temple and I will send My most favored daughter to begin the re-conversion of the world. Minister to your brothers and sisters even from the midst of your sorrow and want and, at the moment you think all is lost, I will send My most favored daughter to rescue you once more.

“Know this, though. I allow your disorder to strike with terrible, prolonged fury so that you will remember the consequences of relying on yourselves without acknowledging Me or seeking My blessing and guidance. After you are rescued this time, when you fall away again, the only respite you will have is the respite of the grave. I sent my Archangel Gabriel to My servant, Charlie, 13 years ago with instructions that he must ‘…tell you true and you must choose or perish.’ Though he, too, is a vain and foolish child, he has been faithful in this and has told you true. Now the time of harvest has arrived and you must choose or perish.”

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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316 Responses to Message From the Father

  1. Thank you for republishing this. Though I have read it several times, I always seem to garnish something new. May God bless you and restore you to full health and vitality. Most of all, may He refresh your soul through Mary, our Queen and our Beloved Mother.Blessings to all. May we all find refuge under her mantle.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Well this post was before I knew about Charlie’s blog site – so thank you Charlie for reposting it. How you described that Abba communicated without language isn’t surprising to me. This is how He let me know when I was around 5 years old that I would be taking care of both my parents until they die. I accepted that mission w/language (I think only a 5 year old innocent girl could get away w/this) by saying in plain English to Him – “You better help me I can’t do this by myself”. When I was little all this was so very normal to me. I got plenty jaded as I grew up – God bless you Charlie for being a faithful servant – we all must answer to God one day. Love, Maureen Dombrowski

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  2. al chandanais says:

    I Believe

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    • al chandanais says:

      So humbling are Fathers words, A great fear rises up in me for the world as we come to the greatest event in human history since the birth and resurrection of the Christ. What beholds us makes me to tremble for even the angels cry for what is coming. (as per Charlie). A terrible is coming, ready our hearts Beloved and humble ourselves before the Lord. Hallelujah, Father of all, The great test is nearly upon us, May we choose rightly, Your will be done. Amen

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  3. JudyM says:

    It’s good to read this again Charlie. Feel better.

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  4. PrayerPartner says:

    Agree fully…we must hear and understand the words of the Father. Time is being given to us, and we must use that time as the Father asks.
    Charlie, I join in wishing you renewed strength and vitality for the task ahead.
    I look forward to your account of the activities in Texas-a light of hope in the growing darkness.
    Prayers for strength and support to all here.

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  5. Sally says:

    Sobering reality of our own need of acceptance, harvesting what we have planted.
    Kim Clement has a saying;
    “Your decisions make descendants”.
    Most of the world has chosen to abort their children, either directly or indirectly through contraception And worse according to a faithful priest, unnecessarily sterilized their bodies to prevent life from even forming And we have gone full swing against the 4th Commandment, killing parents in their old age through euthanasia And marriages are descrecrated, most children are without their parents under the same roof, And now, Satan worshippers are building temples to worship the devil. (See article on Spiritdaily.com). Think of the consequences !
    I remember Joey Lomingino talking with our beloved Mother Angelica back in the 1990s. Joey said that most minor children were coming home from school to an empty house, raising themselves.
    Secular education and television has raised many children.
    In the 1990s, I was able to attend a talk by Admiral Jeremiah Denton, a former POW. If I recall correctly, Denton was sent to a concentration camp for 7 years, 6 were in solitary confinement. Denton was the POW who many may recall used his eyes blinking Morris Code, the word TORTURE , which was broadcasted on Television back during the War in Vietnam. Denton said the worst day of his life was when he came home from the War only to discover how the men in this Country failed us, by not standing up and by allowing evil to creep in to the Country, while he and other Soldiers were suffering in the War. As he was driving home from the airport, he noticed soft porn billboards along the highway and the increase of drug use in children.
    Denton ran for Government Office, doing his part to clean up the Country. May he rest in peace. And may all the men and women who read this understand well and prepare well for the sacrifices necessary that Our Lord will require. We ask now for God to give us His Merciful grace to do our part well for the glory of God. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, LOVE BEGINS IN THE HOME.
    We need to begin there. My Pastor reminded our group recently that any unforgivness is a mortal sin. Jesus Said, unless you forgive others, the Heavenly Father will not forgive you. If you are struggling to stay married, this is a great meditation. Let us remember to ask for God’s grace to always immediately and completely forgive ! And immediate humility, knowing we can not do this without God ! Amen.

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Thank you, Sally. I had forgotten that POW story.
      I had not read Charlie’s “Message From God the Father” before now.
      Yes, the war for souls wages at the threshold of each heart. May Our Blessed Mother strengthen us to accept the Father’s Love with fully open hearts.

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    • Jennifer Olenchuk says:

      Agree completely. Thanks for the reminder. If you all could pray for my family please. My husband and I have used NFP off and on throughout our marriage. I always seem to come up with some reason why we need to use NFP this month or that month. The Lord put it on my heart to surrender our Fertility completely to God. We are going to be completely open to HIS will for us. I’m both excited and nervous about the possibility but a beautiful friend told me this….instead of viewing children as a burden and saying no to them, we must instead ask ourselves “why not have children?” Right now my husband and I have the two most beautiful girls and three in heaven do to miscarriages. I’m a little nervous about being pregnant if it is the Lord’s will during the storm but I am learning how to trust…which is what this whole thing is about anyways. Thank you all for your prayers.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Praying for you and giving thanks for your generous welcome to the possibility of life, Jennifer.

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying for you, your husband, and your family Jennifer.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Jennifer, I will keep you and your beautiful family in my prayers.

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      • pslmfortysix says:

        What a beautiful witness Jennifer! Children are such a blessing!

        My husband and I also used NFP. We believe we would not have had our son if we hadn’t learned it, because it allowed us to discover and address a simple problem I have that would have made it difficult to maintain a pregnancy.

        We had hoped to have more children after our son. But after a miscarriage, a year and a half later, I was devastated. I named that baby “Hope” as I had strongly felt from the start it was a girl.

        We truly recognized that our fertility is fully in God’s hands. I promised Him that I would gladly accept any additional children He sent. If they did not survive to see this earth, they would be another soul to praise Him in heaven.

        At a late age (46!) I discovered I was pregnant again. I decided to choose baby names right away. After a little research I choose “Eliana” for a girl, Hebrew for “My God has answered.” I choose “Matthew” for a boy, Hebrew for “Gift of the Lord.” I miscarried again, on September 21st, the feast of St. Matthew! I took that as God’s way of telling me we had another son. 🙂

        God is so good. He does so much with our little offerings. Often in ways we would never had imagined.

        Praying for you and your family!

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      • Sally says:

        You will be a great witness for love of life Jennifer. My girl friend was raised an atheist She told me to never compromise the Truth because atheists are always watching Christians to see if they walk the talk and talk the walk. Be blessed and Be a blessing in everything you do for the glory of The Heavenly Father God – as a Generous Faithful Bride of Jesus Christ !

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      • Jennifer, will say a prayer for you right now. My husband and I have recently made a similar choice, and I know it takes a lot of trust and courage to live open to and at the service of life. May you experience grace abundantly from our Lord who knows our every need. Please pray for me too 😉

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      • Sarge says:

        Jennifer,

        I will be keeping you and Pslm46 in my prayers. Thank you for your witness and touching stories.

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      • Doug says:

        Dear Jenn, I used to think that I chose your mother, but then God made it very clear to me that he brought her to me as a gift to behold and cherrish along with countering all the negativity she encountered growing up in her situation. It has humbled me and given me a great sense of appreciation. I feel I have won the lottery. It has brought your Mom and I to a new high in our relationship. Now, I have won the lottery again by the grace of God bestowing me such a wonderful daughter. I am in awe of how beautiful a woman you have become reflecting the heart of Mary in your love for your husband and your family. Know that you have been chosen by our God and he has entrusted you with a most precious and special mission to raise those children. I have all faith and confidence in you as you hold God to be in the first place in your heart. It is such a joy for your Mom and I to watch your marriage and family grow. As your Dad, I do not think I could be more proud of you! God bless you my daughter! Oh, and please tell Dan that the Dr. Pepper in the shed is for the storm and not for when he feels like having one 😊

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, he’ll be over the next time clouds roll in, Doug (I know I would if it was cherry coke 😉

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Doug, Jenn is your daughter?..wow! I had no idea 🙂 Hi Jennifer..you sure have good parents! 😊😎 <– Jacki & Doug.
          I think what you are doing is just beautiful! My daughter and her husband are doing the same.. 7 kids and counting! 🙂

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          • Wait, Doug really has a daughter?! I thought he was just being literative with his trip across America. Does this mean MP really sees horses out in the wilderness?!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Well..do you really have hair extensions and an imposing cape? ( I hope so..)
            Mick, YD will probably do the Sound of Silence thingy now..lol.. so for pity’s sake, when you meet him at least let us know this! 🙃

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          • Doug says:

            Oooh Snowy. You are going to get yourself in more trouble…….

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          • Doug says:

            Yup. That’s my daughter. Yup. We really went across country in a train. Yup. There really are wild horses. Although, I just read that the goverment wants to stop the wild horses. I imagine them is fighten words for MP.

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          • Mick says:

            To Snowy: I’d rather be a hammer than a nail…

            Remember, if I ever do get to meet him, I’ll probably be blindfolded. So I won’t know if our Caped Crusader is actually caped (and festooned with hair extensions).

            I bet he’s not even really green. Harrumph.

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          • Doug, I don’t doubt it; I even hear there’s a hat on the way! (Tell Jacki; thank you ahead of time!)

            Janet gave me a green face for my fish head and eyes comment. Janet is disinvited from our outing in Heaven, as deep fried WHOLE fish was one of my favourite things when I got back from the Bush in Africa (that and French fries). (Fish eyes are also good… but just pan fried.) I always loved to see how many of the bones I could ingest and how few I could leave on the plate, pretty much just the ribs would be left and the spine near the ribs… I think that’s why I eat most of the bones on those rotisserie chickens!

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          • Doug says:

            She says great and you are welcome. She is making me a gray one too. So we can wear them in solidarity. As for the rest of what you wrote, poor Janet and as for the food; bleh!

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          • Mick says:

            All this talk of fish heads reminds me of that ridiculous song that we used to sing as kids:

            Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads;
            Fish heads, fish heads, eat ’em up… yum!
            In the morning, laughing happy fish heads;
            In the evening, floating in the soup.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hmmm…you must have roots in a different part of the south than I do, Mick.

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          • Doug says:

            Well Mick, there may be a time soon where rolly polly fish heads would taste real good!

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          • Mick says:

            Nah, Charlie; I learned that nutty song from the kids at school, up here in Michigan.

            My maternal grandmother was from Alabama–Talladega, to be exact. My other grandparents’ roots were in Arkansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Okay, mine were Alabama – near Birmingham and a big contingent from Red Bay, on the Mississippi border. Also have family in Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee.

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        • Beckita says:

          God bless you, Doug, and your beautiful family.

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        • Jennifer Olenchuk says:

          Thanks Dad. I love you. See..I really do read your posts

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        • dianebelvs says:

          What a wonderful family you have Doug! God Bless You All.

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          • Doug says:

            Why thank you Diane. I wish I could say it is all roses, but we have two stray sheep out of three (as Jenn knows). One is her identical twin sister. We all pray that somehow God touches their hearts with grace, experience Gods love in a powerful way and brings them home to him. I have great hope for the rescue!

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      • ladyofquality says:

        I’m there with you, Jennifer!!! I fully expect to be expecting, if God wills it, and follows His usual schedule, by January, which would have me due in October. Yikes. We don’t use NFP anymore either, and letting go and letting God has been a great blessing and has brought much peace (internal, of course; 8 kids does not make for a quiet house!). Prayers to you!

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      • Mick says:

        Praying for you, Jennifer. 🙂

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  6. Meriadoc says:

    It was great seeing you again in Houston, Charlie. Did you get a chance to revisit the place where you saw the family of rabbits on your pilgrimage?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I will be going there. I am in downtown Houston tonight…but before I say adieu to this lovely city, I will walk back to the spot where the rabbits and I shared living space for a few nights.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        Neglected to mention that the comfy ‘living space’ you shared with the rabbits was probably no more than one and one-half miles NW from where you saw spied the rainbow in downtown Houston before the Texas Right to Life Celebration of Life Dinner.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Probably. I intend to go out and visit it sometime tomorrow.

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          • Simone says:

            I concur. Houston was an amazing place to get involved with the pro-life movement. I lived there a short time- 6 months. But God works wonders. I met Msgr Reilly and asked if he would begin a chapter of God’s Precious Infants in Bettendorf, Iowa. That was 19 years ago. They are still going strong in Bettendorf and doing great work too. I wish I could remember the name of the wonderful blond Texas mom who organized so many Saturday prayers in front of the abortion facilities. May God richly bless her.

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      • LukeMichael says:

        I have a picture of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in my mind!

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  7. DanSouthChicago says:

    Hoping you are revitalized soon, Charlie. The Father’s message strikes home, even upon multiple readings. Thank you for re-posting it. God bless.

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  8. maryopl says:

    Words both beautiful and terrible; fearful and hope-filled. Thank you for sharing God’s messages.

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  10. Joe Crozier says:

    “Now the time of harvest has arrived and you must choose or perish.”
    Yesterday, on reading Janet’s comments here, the thought came to me that the darnel has been allowed to grow long enough. It is now now, more than ever, easily identified for what it is and be separated, gathered and destroyed. Janet’s presence in MOG in her defence of The Faith and The Pope stands out as the golden wheat among the darnel. Is this the reason for letting the darnel grow so long – so that the contrast becomes even clearer – so that Truth shines ever brighter in the darkness. And Janet is not alone. Other stars sparkle here and elsewhere, illuminate the path and sign the way. I cannot see how darnel can change into wheat. It is what it is. The die has been cast. Rien ne va plus. We don’t even need to deal with the darnel. Now that we see it clearly we can leave it in the hands of the contractor – The Covenanter. We simply have to continue growing in the good soil of our Faith until we are harvested, transformed and become fully one with The Bread of Life. Like Janet all we can do is help others see that the darnel has no nutritional value and is not fit for consumption. We do this by Proclaiming the Rescue: Proclaiming the Truth. Know The Truth and The Truth shall set you free. It is not knowledge that sets us free but The Truth who is the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve chose the tree of knowledge rather then the tree of life and so let death – the darnel – become part of human nature. Nature fell and how great a fall it was. But human nature was raised again in the Incarnation by The Fiat of Mary who will be visible again as Rescuer in 2017. ” A second Adam to the fight and to The Rescue came” with Mary His Mother and our Co-Redemptrix, come down to earth, lifted up on the cross and raised from death to life eternal. We are given the choice once again – life or death. We are called to make the choice. “Many are called but few are chosen.” Those who are chosen are those who make the right choice – those who take the next right step.

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  11. William Hammer says:

    Wow!
    My wife began reading your blog a little less than 2 years ago. She would share snippets or paraphrases with me because I “was too busy” to read the information myself.

    Until recently.

    One day I came home from work and she firmly stated,”we are going to change”.
    I have been reading and going to earlier posted blogs, gathering hope to take the next right step.

    I find this repost extremely interesting and humbling because the Father sees Charlie as “a vain and foolish child” who does the work entrusted to him. How does the Father see me? Or you? Sinners that we are. May we all take the next right step relying on the love and mercy of God.

    Thank you Charlie for being faithful and telling us true.

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    • Beckita says:

      Glad you’re commenting, William. It’s so worth reading the archives, isn’t it?

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    • Simone says:

      Your wife is the precious gem they speak of scripturally. I like her. 🙂

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    • Linda says:

      Hahaha William Hammer.. I was just talking to my guardian angel today ( in my head) because I can really see how far from good & from God that i am… and I begged him to help me to love God more… In my head.. the response was. .love God more through your neighbor..whomever that may be at the moment.. meh..I have much to learn as we all do…..i was having a particularly bad day though. .bp high..makes me super grouchy..lol 140/100 lol shouldn’t have eaten those clams last night….🐳🐋🐟🐠🐡🐙🐚🐬🐌🐛

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is exactly right…love God more by loving your neighbor more.

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        • Linda says:

          Charlie..I’ve been listening to fr Ripperger lately and he said to start praying to our Guardian Angel to develop relationship and empower him to help you…he said that if you ask guardian angel to reveal to you your faults he will…lol…sorry I asked dear Guardian Angel…bahahahahahhaha……thanks for confirming this thought from him Charlie…I do so pray you feel better today😇😘

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        • jaykay says:

          Yes, Charlie, and particularly now, I think, when our neighbour/family is either fallen away or never even in the Faith, that is what we MUST do. So I love that post of yours from 2013, because one thing really struck me in reading it again: “Like My Church, it was a nation to which anyone who accepted the principles it espoused could belong fully, not as a guest or a stranger, but as an heir”. And I thought: isn’t that the message of this Year of Mercy, now 2 months from its close? We have to get it across: this is your heritage, whether you be already Christian or not… maybe especially if not… because, as you (Charlie) said, “God wants all his kids back”.

          T.D.L. And the greatest of these is: “L”. Father, give us the strength to do that. All day, every day.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Linda, funny! I had clam and linguini 🍝 last night with lots of baby shitake 🍄🍄🍄s and it was sooo yummy and I ate my dinner at midnight lol, and then I was up all night wanting to cause trouble here.. clams do that to you ya know…but alas! You were all asleep! (the nerve! 😒 ) ~ so boring ya’ll are! 🍊🍋🍊

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        • Linda says:

          I think I might stay away from clams from now on Snowy Owl…my poor husband Michael felt the brunt of high bp grouch… felt like my head was going to blow..bahahahahaa. In the end I told Mike God was working on his virtue of patience…he did pass in my eyes..lol.but he wasn’t buying my reasoning… Haha! Hard to believe food can so affect our moods… Glad your better now Snowy😇😊😘

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      • Doug says:

        Oh yes Linda! I do my best to put God above my wife and she keeps reaping the benefit of that because he keeps telling me to take good care of her. There is a beautiful irony in all this.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh William, your wife~she’s feisty! I like her! 🙂

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  13. This is Father’s Love for His children. Dad, I love You too.

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  14. Joe Crozier says:

    The readings this Sunday morning hit me between the eyes. Amos is so Storm/Rescue. I read the bits before and after today’s reading “The time is ripe….I will not continue to overlook their offense.” and then I could not help think of Charlie and had a chuckle to be reminded that there is no differerence between prophets of old and prophets of today – Paul says “I am telling the truth and no lie” Charlie says “I tell you true.” And then in the gospel we have our Regency of shrewdenes and trust and survival. Those who can be trusted in small matters can be trusted in great. It struck me that the Obama prophesy is a small matter that will affirm we can trust the greater prophesy of the Rescue. We just need to be ready. God give us fortitude and wisdom and perseverance.

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    • Joe, you are so right and thank you for finding this gem! You hit the nail on the head!

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    • moreen67 says:

      Joe – I was just thinking this morning of the people who think because things (the fullness of the Storm) isn’t happening right now that it won’t happen because of the time constraint of the Rescue by late 2017. My thoughts were (just thinking out loud) God is so merciful that perhaps he is extending the time of preparation of His remnant and shortening the time of chastisements before the Rescue of His most beloved daughter, Our Lady. Just thoughts because who am I to know what the Almighty is doing or how. Blessings to all on this blog. Maureen. PS: who would have thought a bomb would go off in Manhattan or one in Seaside Heights this weekend? I was just down the shore last week – not near that location though.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Yes, Mo, I think God is delaying to save more souls and prepare us too. Jesus did say the time had to be shortened to save even the elect! I imagine we will have a much clearer understanding of these things after 2017.
        We had nine people stabbed in a mall not far from me this weekend. An off-duty officer shot and killed the kid- he would not stop or surrender. He was claimed as an ISIS terrorist by ISIS. Ugh. He walked up to each person and asked them if they were Muslim, when they said no, he stabbed them.
        I recall reading prophecy many years ago about how this was going to be how this time would play out.. one incident after another in rapid succession. One natural disaster after another in the same way… God can act in an instant and as Charlie keeps telling us, when He acts, it is done! We must be ready at all times and it is necessary to give our lives, either literally or for love of neighbor by doing what ever needs doing..in each second, minute, day. I pray for all of us here. Lord grant us each the grace to take the next right step every second we draw breath! Amen!

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        • dianebelvs says:

          Snowy, my husband and I met when we were both working in St. Cloud, we married while we were living there and had our first home there. We also shopped at that shopping center where the stabbings occurred. Meanwhile, our daughter lives in New Jersey and has to go into New York City this week for a buyers market. Half of her clients have cancelled out for this week because of last weekend’s terrorist attacks in New York/New Jersey. The terrorists may cause fear and trembling, but one thing we know…..they’re NOT going to win. :o)

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    • jtbrannigan says:

      Amen Joe. I had the exact same thought at mass this morning.

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    • Beckita says:

      Well, finally caught up with you Scwi Kiwi Guys and heard those reading with my own ears this morning! God bless Amos and Charlie and all authentic prophets. God bless each and every one here.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Today’s (Sunday, September 18th) gospel is always a hard one for me to understand. Our priest didn’t address the subject either. To me, the bad steward giving discounts to the landlord’s tenants amounts to stealing from his boss — like a clerk who works in a TV store, giving free TVs to his friends to curry favor with them. I would appreciate any insights on this one.

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      • DanSouthChicago says:

        As I understand it, the stewards usually added on to what was owed the master. For example, if the steward was told that Joe owed $5, he would charge Joe $8 or $10 and pocket the difference. I don’t know if a “commission” was a legitimate part of doing business, but, as I understand it, they were usually exorbitant. So, the steward was cutting down or eliminating his profit, not the debt owed the master. I’m sure someone has a clearer explanation. God bless.

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        • Doug says:

          Hmmm. Interesting. Do any of the Canon experts here confirm this?

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          • I am no Canon expert, I am still trying to figure out the Captain America: Civil War movie I saw, Doug.

            Nevertheless, I always saw the Steward in the Pericope more as a car salesman who could do what he wanted as long as he could justify it to his boss to collect a minimal profit on a bad deal.

            Joe’s comment about his indignation below has me mildly flummoxed. I like the commentary in the Poem of the Man God on that one: The ones that worked all day, didn’t work hard. The ones at the end of the day were surprised by the generosity of the (hold on I dropped my carrot with hummus on it somewhere)

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          • (Found it. Put it in the bleeding hummus dip…) landowner; therefore, they worked extra hard, not taking advantage of the situation.

            That makes sense, if you think about it and the accounts of the “Last Minute” Martyrs who burned with Zeal versus those who living a whole life of Christianity fizzled out and constantly made compromises.

            See? Their thought was, “If you work too hard too fast, you will do all the work too soon and not leave any more work for the vineyard.”

            Sloth. Pride. Laxity.

            So they slacked off, not slogged all the day long. I have been guilty of that. I am guilty of that. A lot of us are. And we trust in God’s Mercy that we shan’t have to spend millennia in Purgatory for our slacking off. So, why should we be indignant that those who came in the Last Hour get the same Wage? We should thank them for putting us to shame and spurning us on to rekindle our earlier Love as the Book of Revelations chides us!

            Okay, someone help me with the whole Marvel Comics thing, please!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Can’t help you, YD…I was more of a fan of DC Comics.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        There are so many facets to this scripture but I am no teacher : too much responsibility there. I will pass on what has been suggested to me in the past.
        1. The steward had power of attorney so was acting quite legally: he had the legal power to take that action.
        2. The debt he wrote off represented what he was owed in wages: his salary/commission.
        He was doing everything he could within the law to ensure his survival when everything was taken from him. Perhaps he was taking this risk for the sake of his family too.
        I also reminds us that we are in the world but not of the world. The children of the market place and the children of God each have their place and can even benefit from each other. As we know, it is not money but the love of money that is the problem. There are some who are more skilled in the ways of the world than others and they can be commended for this. Yet we have a higher calling and must never let the call for worldly success drown out the call of heaven. We do not serve money but we can let it serve us.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Thank you Dan and Joe, this helps. I have never really heard a good sermon on this particular reading and it has always troubled me. Your explanations make more sense.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I used to get mad at the scripture that said everything will be taken from those who have little and more will be given to those who have much. The other scripture that made me real indignant was the one where people who only worked one hour got paid the same as those who had slogged their guts out all day. I think I understand them better now. Funny enough the prodigals brother did not bother me. I didn’t take to him at all😠

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      • Annie says:

        Dear Mad at Momma,
        I trust thst some answers are presented here and that you are blessed through these words.
        http://aleteia.org/2016/09/17/making-an-idol-out-of-material-success/

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        My take (from the little i remember from my Pastors Homily)

        False loyalty. The Steward is giving more than is owed for a future loyalty. He knows he will not be in the job forever, so he is giving more money in the form of a bribe to gain favor in the future. His position is used as a form of influence and since it is not his own money he has nothing to lose.

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  15. Linda says:

    Dearest Charlie..I so pray you feel better soon & have a respite from what ails you. ..I love you dear friend of God😇😙😊 Message from Our Father is amazing. ..no word to describe what I personally feel when I read your messages from Him…..Thank you for all you do…

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  16. Linda says:

    Ps.. tell your bunny friends “hello” from me..bahahahhahaha I already think of you when I see a squirrel. ..now I will too when I see bunnies… St Francis must particularly watch over you😊🐰🐇

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  17. Anne says:

    Thank you. Before reading this I sensed the Harvest is ready. Dear Holy Spirit come.

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  18. Wow! That message is profound! Thank you for sharing those messages with us….

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  19. The Father said: “I have restrained My hand of mercy that you might, indeed, see what you have wrought.” — See how David Daleiden’s work has helped the world to see the true horror of abortion during this calm. His work has fit beautifully into God’s merciful restraint. Amen, Brother David!

    Ever the analyst, I tried in vain to extrapolate the reality or even just a sense of your intense spiritual experience. Well, despite a very visual imagination, I come up completely empty. I just can’t imagine this at all.

    Somewhere I read that as some Saints reach deep levels of meditation, encountering a closer union with God, words begin to lose their meaning, or the wordless meanings behind the words begin to be revealed…or something (grasping at straws here). I imagine in heaven there won’t be a lot of chatter going on, but endless volumes communicated in an instant! (There again, I used “volumes”, but I’m stuck with these, er….words.)

    I’ll zip it now and silently contemplate this sentence: “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mk 10:21)

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    • charliej373 says:

      I spent most of the next three days in bed recovering from the intensity of the experience.

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      • Linda says:

        Charlie…I just can’t IMAGINE what happens to you when you get messages from above… I can barely handle an hour of adoration with Jesus Hidden…. That alone take me time to get back to earth and I get all nervous before I go (Thurs 3-4)… To spend an hour alone with God is indescribable…. I just can’t IMAGINE how it affects you to have your soul talked to by The Father…. Dear dear Charlie… thank you😇

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Something like Isaiah’s vision. That is one of those mind blowing things to read in scripture that when you delve into it, can prostrate you.

        I will pass this on to a priest I know as encouragement.

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Reminds me of the children of Fatima where Lucy describes the feeling of “annihilation” after the angel visited them.

        “And he disappeared. He left us in an atmosphere of the supernatural that was so intense we were for a long time unaware of our own existence. The presence of God was so powerful and intimate that even among ourselves we could not speak. On the next day, too, this same atmosphere held us bound, and it lessened and disappeared only gradually. “

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        • DanSouthChicago says:

          Thank heaven Our Lord manifests Himself to us in appearances of bread and wine. I think most of us couldn’t handle much more. My favorite psalm is no. 63, especially “I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life;” Of course, His manifestation in the OT Sanctuary was more dramatic than what we “see” at mass. God is merciful, giving us what He knows we can handle. God bless.

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    • Beckita says:

      Just don’t zip it for too long, Patrick. We’d miss you.

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  20. Sheri G says:

    Thank you once again Charlie! I read something you said quite awhile back and I would really like to find it again but don’t know where. I am wondering if you could repeat it. You said God speaks to all of us –?– times a day and the average person only hears about –?– times. I lead Bible studies and I pray that I can help people (along with myself) first believe that God really is speaking to them and then to try to be aware and listening all day long. Thank you so much! Totus tuus, Maria!! Sheri

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    • charliej373 says:

      I often say that God speaks to us all a thousand times a day in little whispers – and the best of us only hear seven or eight of them.

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      • I sometimes lose site of my autistic 10 year old son. It’s very stressful but I am calm in the knowledge God is by my side and all is okay. I place my trust in Him completely and then my angel whispers in my ear after my own insecurities die down- where my son is, or sometimes sends someone over to help me. I used to panic, but not anymore now that I listen. Thanks you Lord for this ability, opportunity. Xox.

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        • I can tell you so many stories of rescue and protection of the Guardian angels over my two boys who are autistic. God indeed has given us mothers a gift in our angels. My sons are 24 and 22 now and they know to speak to and thank their angels often. May God be glorified in His angels and in His saints.

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      • Linda says:

        I really believe that, Charlie… Isn’t God amazing!!! 😉 Aren’t we all dumb schlubs! lol

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  21. BD says:

    Thanks Charlie. More to post later.

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  22. This was given to you in 2013. Our illumination to choose right from evil is here. Its so clear to those who stay close to our Lord and our Lady. I hear clearly when the Father says, “Defend My honor with the resolve of My Holy and Divine Son at the temple and I will send My most favored daughter to begin the re-conversion of the world. Minister to your brothers and sisters even from the midst of your sorrow and want and, at the moment you think all is lost, I will send My most favored daughter to rescue you once more.” Jesus wasn’t angry for anger’s sake, he was defending his father’s house. We too MUST DEFEND THE POPE, THE CHURCH, AND HER TEACHINGS. If you don’t know them, learn them. If you can’t find a backbone to speak out, then write a letter. DO SOMETHING! Never quit praying.

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  23. Humbling that God called you a vain and foolish child–which makes me ask for mercy and want to turn my heart more toward Him.

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  24. roses1sb says:

    Thank You for the Fathers words……most powerful words……we all must do what is right and make a complete turn around for the sake of our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and his Holy Mother of God…..the Virgin Mary……….Time has approached us all now and we turn to our beautiful creator for his wisdom……….Charlie…..I pray for you and all on here and thank you form these post….I am new to this but deep in my heart my entire life…..I like most have known something must happen…..Jesus said ………”If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Roses1sb – I feel the same way that before I found this site – I felt that things had to happen. Welcome here – I am so thankful for this blog – it’s the one place I feel an understanding. I belong to a Ladies Bible Study at my parish and I don’t dare talk about things as they act like we shouldn’t go thru chastisements (to me no pain no gain) and I don’t think it’s because I’m not making sense to them it’s more that they do see the signs of the times but are afraid (want to be ostriches) – I find that I am more of a realist kind of a person. Others (my sister coined this term) call me Doomsday Dombrowski but one thing my bible teacher said to me recently (one on one) during summer break was she sees what I was saying but was astonished at my positive outlook for the future. I only answered that God has our backs and loves us. I would love to direct them to this blog and when I feel it’s right I will because I believe it will give them hope. Mo Dombrowski

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      • roses1sb says:

        I know how you feel….some people are not ready to hear it but it sounds like you look for an opening to respond to them and you will reach them also…..That is why you and I and all on here are part of Gods plan….I know I am not perfect in all ways but God in me and you can reach all our brothers and sisters…..I like this site and am grateful to Charlie for speaking the Fathers words to us…..I hope Charlie feels better and pushes on ward soldier…..he is a good man and we need this now a days….so hard to find people like this out there….I am so glad for all of you and I pray for all of you every day….please pray for me to….God Bless Moreen67…xoxo

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Good Morning Mo,
        Your experience reminds me that I similarly need this following ‘memo to self’ :).
        Charlie has often explained that one equally important part of the Storm prophecy is the Rescue prophecy. Part I and Part II. Yes we all know this well.
        If we find ourselves in a discussion about the minor chastisement, we should plan to finish the conversation with the hopeful message that our Queen Blessed Mother, God’s highly favored daughter, Mary Most Holy, is chosen yet again. This time she is God’s representative in our Rescue in late 2017. That is really ‘soon’!! The rescue date will explain our hopeful disposition and only then can we be a sign of hope to another in their search for Truth. In our attempt to be merciful, even if / when doubtful people are walking away from the conversation, they should hear about the rescue in late 2017, because they need to hear that part.
        Charlie has mentioned that we will come uncomfortably close to a point of dispair as we approach the rescue, – each one of us will be tempted in this way. Let’s put an emphasis on the merciful rescue after the storm, in order to be that sign of hope to others. Then we know we have indeed told them true. In His Mercy, God has given us a rescue date. People need to know this important part in order to hang in there and not dispair, especially when they are in proximity to safty but do not realize it. We will be rescued in order to live out our lives in the Lord’s Fatima promised, Period of Peace. Love ZJ

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    • randall says:

      I think of that passage every single time I read comment in which someone is questioning how this could all happen in such a short span. IMO it’s called Mercy.

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    • Linda says:

      What I would really like to know though…. is WHO are the ELECT???? Sure ain’t me…lol

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  25. Mike says:

    Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the timing in the republishing these words of the Father is timely. In the midst of the news cycle that the MSM chooses to highlight, the news of the US “mistakenly” bombing and killing close to 100 Syrian Army troops is being buried. While not commenting on who is “right vs wrong” here, this is extremely serious and dangerous. In fact, I believe if not handled well by both sides, this could lead to start of at least a regional war or worse. As The Father instructed Charlie, time to urgently turn to Our Lady asking her to intercede.

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    • johnjwblog says:

      There was a cease fire in place, why bomb them, Russia said the US is supporting ISIS. Russia has walked out of the Security Council meeting after Samantha Power refused to address the Russian rep. I have said before, ISIS is supported by the US to get rid of Assad. US has already admitted mistake and will pay damages – but 60 are dead – many injured. As I’ve said before if it wasn’t for the Russians WW3 would have already started.

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  26. Annie W. says:

    Wow, Charlie! I wasn’t here back then, so thank you for posting this. (I like to call Him my Abba Daddy.) Someone once told me I could relate to the Father’s love because my earthly father was so loving, more so than my mother. bless her heart. There’s a strong memory I have as a very young child of going with my mother to pick Daddy up after work. I saw him and ran with my arms upen to be picked up; this is how I see myself running to Abba Daddy. May He deign to hold me and forgive me always. These words are powerful, but so beautiful, Charlie. Once again I have tears in my eyes. I tremble to think what the Lord will ask of me.

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  27. Linda says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I open up to this reading in my Douay Rheims Version …. at least 100 x in this past year… Actually, ever since I found out about Charlie…It always makes me think of Mount Meeker and Our Lady’s request of what will be built there after the rescue! 😉

    Douay-Rheims Bible + Challoner Notes
    Books
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    Whole Bible Old Test. New Test.

    01 02 03 04 05 06 07
    The glory of the church of Christ, by the conversion of the Gentiles. The Jews shall be carried captives to Babylon, and be delivered again.

    [1] And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared in the top of mountains, and high above the hills: and people shall flow to it. [2] And many nations shall come in haste, and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob: and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth out of Sion, and the word of the Lord out of Jerusalem. [3] And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into spades: nation shall not take sword against nation: neither shall they learn war any more. [4] And every man shall sit under his vine, and under his fig tree, and there shall be none to make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken. [5] For all people will walk every one in the name of his god: but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

    [3] Neither shall they learn: The law of Christ is a law of peace; and all his true subjects, as much as lies in them love and keep peace with all the world.

    [6] In that day, saith the Lord, I will gather up her that halteth: and her that I had cast out, I will gather up: and her whom I had afflicted. [7] And I will make her that halted, a remnant: and her that hath been afflicted, a mighty nation: and the Lord will reign over them in mount Sion, from this time now and for ever. [8] And thou, O cloudy tower of the flock, of the daughter of Sion, unto thee shall it come: yea the first power shall come, the kingdom to the daughter of Jerusalem. [9] Now, why art thou drawn together with grief? Hast thou no king in thee, or is thy counsellor perished, because sorrow hath taken thee as a woman in labour? [10] Be in pain and labour, O daughter of Sion, as a woman that bringeth forth: for now shalt thou go out of the city, and shalt dwell in the country, and shalt come even to Babylon, there thou shalt be delivered: there the Lord will redeem thee out of the hand of thy enemies.

    [11] And now many nations are gathered together against thee, and they say: Let her be stoned: and let our eye look upon Sion. [12] But they have not known the thoughts of the Lord, and have not understood his counsel: because he hath gathered them together as the hay of the floor. [13] Arise, and tread, O daughter of Sion: for I will make thy horn iron, and thy hoofs I will make brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many peoples, and shalt immolate the spoils of them to the Lord, and their strength to the Lord of the whole earth.

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  28. Linda says:

    MAYBERRY USA! 😉

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  29. The words that I’ve spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some among you who don’t believe…”—because Jesus knew from the beginning those who weren’t believing, as well as the one who would betray him. So he said, “That’s why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father.” As a result, many of his disciples turned back and no longer associated with him.

    So Jesus asked the Twelve, “You don’t want to leave, too, do you?”

    Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. Besides, we have believed and remain convinced that you are the Holy One of God.

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  30. zeniazenia says:

    Thank you Lord for loving each of us with a true Father’s heart. Do not tire of teaching us with your Spirit.
    Without you we can do nothing! Let us live our faith with obedience to your revealed Truth.. Amen

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  31. Snowy Owl says:

    I read this today and thought it might be great comfort for anyone who is dealing with fear.. it is an amazing story and so hopeful! Here’s a little bit of it 🙂 and the link.
    ” Then Our Lady spoke two words to me. “Fear nothing.”
    I felt immersed in the truth! Joy, love, fullness of life! But more so, when She spoke these two words, “fear nothing,” an accompanying understanding resounded in my whole being. I had heard Her messages before, instructing us not to fear. But this was completely different. My whole body, my whole soul, my whole mind received the power and weight of what She was saying. The only way I can explain it is like this. If I was tied to the railroad tracks and a freight train was speeding towards me, fear was the silliest reaction I should ever have. If an avalanche was smashing down a mountainside moments away from engulfing me, to respond with fear would be the most childish and ridiculous reaction.”
    http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/Article.php?ArticleSeq=46

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    • susan0409 says:

      Thank you thank you my middle name is fear all my life it ruled

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Susan
        My brother who was a sober member of AA for all his adult life had seceral acronyms for F.E.A.R.

        Face Everything And Recover.
        False Evidence Appearing Real.
        Forget Everything And Run! (Sanitised version)

        He believed it was better to be free from fear than want.

        Studies have shown that those who fear more are more sensitive and vulnerable to pain.

        I understand your middle name and am familiar with it but God is not not finished working on us. We just have to let him, so I am told 🙂

        Fear knocked at the door. Faith opened it. There was no one there.

        I know these are simplistic but they help me.

        PS I am not a member of AA but I love their 12 Steps. My brother did me the great honour of asking me to go through his steps with him. They are a prime example of the three principles:
        Acknowledge God
        Take the Right Next Step
        Be a sign of hope for others.

        George died peacefully at the age of 50, fortified by the last rites and certain that he was heading straight to heaven. So he told me.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Susan, you’re welcome 🙂
        This may really help you with your fears..it’s so comforting and has helped and is continuing to help so many of us here!
        http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena
        God bless you. 💕

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  32. Craig says:

    Charlie,

    With all due respect, please help me to understand how this was God the Father speaking to you. It paints such an unblemished picture of early America. Slavery was ingrained in the Constitution, American Indians were systematically oppressed, and many of the founders were deists who were guided more by the Enlightenment than the Gospel. Not to mention that the entire Revolution is born out of mostly Protestants who didn’t want to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. I believe historically America is one of the greatest countries in history, but we have our fair share of blood on our hands. Would the creator of heaven and earth really say that he created our nation “in His image”? And that we are somehow “like His Church”? America also has a long history of anti-Catholicism from its earliest days. If I am wrong, may God forgive me for questioning His words – but when I read this it seems like it’s written by a Southern Baptist TV preacher about how great America is – it seems very nationalistic and ethnocentric. Charlie, please take these comments as truly coming from a place of charity and confusion – I mean no disrespect. As you may remember me, I’m just trying to wrap my head around all this. I have been praying sincerely that God not allow me to be misled and I am still drawn to your posts – I’m cautiously taking that as an affirmation of sorts right now. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I simply communicated it as I was directed, Craig. But in terms of your question, America was perhaps the first nation that set up an integrated, organic way to grow out of its own faults. Each of us is made in God’s own image – and which of us is without fault? Yet we can grow from disorder to order. The American founding WAS unique in embedding its system with that organic capability.

      In fact, that is why Abraham Lincoln so vigorously prosecuted the Civil War – to preserve the Union. He had no illusions about the nation’s flaws and faults, but he deeply appreciated that America was the only nation then on earth that had a system for organic growth into fullness of liberty and expanding the social contract – and that if it were lost, the best hope of liberty throughout the world would die with it.

      If you do not accept it, that is fine, But I acted under obedience and could do nothing else, regardless of how it strikes anyone. I try to help people find hope, but the only audience I try to satisfy is the One to whom I pledged obedience. Now be assured, if you honestly don’t believe it after due consideration, no fault attaches to you. God demands perfect discernment from no one, only honest discernment…and even with what you have said, you certainly qualify for that.

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      • Alfred says:

        One of the things the writers of the Constitution did that was in the “image of God” was the brilliant idea of a tripartite government—the self-correcting combination of the executive, the two-part Congress, and the Judiciary branches of government. It was still a human construct subject to error (and how!) but capable of efficient and effective government.

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      • Craig, one thing to consider and perhaps is not always grasped clearly in one’s read of the Old Testament is the constant theme of God raising up and using one Nation or One Leader.

        I don’t have time to now to look them up, but the Prophetic Books often contain the theme of God raising up a Leader of a Nation until that Leader oversteps his boundaries and God has to raise up another Nation to take that Leader down or to correct that Nation.

        Given the Old Testament witness, it is completely plausible that God did indeed raise up America to be a beacon to the World for the time she was.

        One can conclude that this Old Testament theme is still true as there is the pious belief / tradition that Nations and Peoples are given Guardian Angels, especially as extrapolated from the Book of Daniel (Daniel 10).

        (It should give pause that God’s Goodness and Mercy is so great that He can take a Nation of People and form them despite their faults to serve His Will. At the same time, it should give pause about St. Paul’s comments about the Spiritual Battle raging above us given the evils the result from Leaders and Nations in terms of War and Atrocities. It behooves the People of any given Nation or Tribe to be holy! I always see much in the writings of St. Faustina precisely in this point and that she was writing just before the dawn of WWII!)

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    • jaykay says:

      Craig, if I might say, I think you take American history out of context. Look at the actual historical situation of the rest of the world when America was founded as a nation. Europe: wall-to-wall monarchy, in varying degrees of oppression that would be simply unacceptable nowadays, excepting perhaps Switzerland and the British Isles (yes, monarchy, but Parliamentary) maybe Holland as well. As for outside Europe: forget it! So the attempt of the American founders was genuinely mould-breaking for the time. For the time! It wasn’t perfect, nothing earthly can ever be, but it had the seeds, and more, to grow towards genuine liberty under God. That bit was essential, and intended, Deists or not. They weren’t atheists. And it worked, as long as God was acknowledged. Why did so many flock there, particularly my people (I’m Irish) unless they saw something genuinely different, where they could flourish, although they certainly knew there were still obstacles. But it was so much better than where they came from.
      So yes, faults and all, it was the last Great Hope. I mean, Irish emigrants weren’t exactly queueing up to get to Austria-Hungary, or Russia. And it wasn’t because of language, because a lot didn’t even speak English. But they knew they could make a future in the US. And even before the US, in colonial times. We can’t look at the past with current preconceptions, it really was different. Butthe fact so many trusted to God and came means that it was seen as something genuinely different and life-giving, faults and all.

      (Craig is my third name, b.t.w., from my father. Blessings, J)

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      • vkmir3 says:

        I have to say that I am learning more about the history of our Country in the writings of Charlie and all who comment here than I every remember learning while studying history in the 60s, as well as so much about my Catholic faith! The knowledge of all here is absolutely amazing! I am so grateful to have found you, Charlie and this community. You are all such an inspiration to me. When I find myself being overwhelmed as I was the last few days, I come to my refuge here and remind myself to trust that God has a plan, do the next thing I need to do and to be a sign of hope and joy to people.
        One of my co-workers was feeling overwhelmed by some things happening with people here at work and at home and I told her God has a plan…just believe! I told her what I had learned about the bombing in NJ … how the runners of that 5k should have been running past that point at the time the bomb exploded, but that there was a problem with the registration that delayed the start time…..divine intervention! She told her that hearing that gave her the chills and she just needed to remember this. She is a young Mom and wife who was raised Catholic and through various circumstances in the family, has not practiced in a very long time. I try to share with her my faith experiences and now, when she knows that I have gone to Daily Mass at noon or bible study or some other faith event, she will ask about it afterwards. I try to subtly invite her…..it will take time….the seed has been planted, I hope.
        I love this community!!!! Thank you, Charlie! Vicki

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    • Thomas Augustine says:

      Craig it isn’t necessarily fair to judge the Founding Father’s from a 21st Century point of view on history. Their lives were lived with out the future history that you base your assumptions. For instance, slavery had been the norm across the world since man could first subjugate their brothers. Even today it has crept it’s way back into every continent on Earth. I recommend reading Belloc’s Servile State.

      My WASP ancestors were enslaved in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631 and remained in bondage until after their master moved to Rhode Island. The Pilgrims and Puritans may not have been Catholic, but they had a strong faith in Jesus Christ that put many modern people to shame. Like us they were human and fell short of the Gory of God, but they gave it their best. Many were friendly to the Native Americans and sought to bring them the Gospel. Some even sought title to the land from the tribes and sachems before moving into the areas that they settled, but again there are always those who fell short. A great many all through America’s first centuries always looked to God and sought his blessing all the while giving thanks for the good and the bad. They also knew when to beg for God’s Mercy and often sought it as a community. The Bible was their go to book and the most quoted by our founders.

      When Charlie reminds us not to seek out a theocratic government in the future, all you have to do is read up on Massachusetts Bay to learn why.

      I hope I have not come off as too critical, but I think America has lost her way and has done so in part by not knowing about what the first settlers accomplished and tried to pass onto us. We turned our noses up on our inheritance and lost something that 99% of people through history would have sacrificed their lives for. Often times they did.

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      • charliej373 says:

        And I tell you that 100 years from now people will be more ashamed to find an employee of Planned Parenthood in their family tree than even a slave trader. It is good to denounce slavery – but it is morally incoherent to denounce slavery in one breath and support the execution of innocent infants in the next. Abortion may well become the greatest stain on our nation’s history.

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        • Thomas Augustine says:

          Amen. Without the Right to Life all other rights cease to exist and become arbitrary.

          I often worry that some day people will point at us and ask the same questions that the world asked Germans after WW2.

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        • Amen, and Amen….I truly pray that from the storm, these scales could fall off the eyes…and abortion advocates could see what we have exterminated and are still doing to our future😢
          If the pro abortion supporters just applied logic and some insight using critical thinking skills to extrapolate the terrible consequences of abortion, then true social justice would be set out for all, clear as day….right, left and otherwise to affirm, agree and begin to work together as brothers and sisters to care for their own children’s future . Then heaven on earth will seem real
          Now we have a 40 days for life starting up Sept 28th. Let’s get out and pray. Signed up and working with our Famly Life liaison in getting parish sideliners out for a first time to pray rosary at the mills here in central FL.
          So hopeful for the day when this is no longer needed, and can give 40 days of thanksgiving🙏

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          • Jennifer Olenchuk says:

            I’m agreeing with everything you say about the horrors of abortion. I’m thinking that as Christians we need to go further than this though and dive into the root problem of society which is the break down of the family. Abortion, euthanasia, divorce culture, LGBTQ, ….as soon as it became permissable to redefine the family into whatever we want is when we saw a Stormy mess of the culture of death breakthrough. If we want to end the culture of death we must work in the forefront of the problem… We must pray for families…they are the structure and glue of society. Healthy families provide a learning opportunity for children to learn how to interact, they provide love and nourishment to each other to help get through the tough stuff, they provide life giving love, they provide life itself. Godly families are not only a necessary part of God’s design but also the remedy to the pisoness culture of death

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          • Doug says:

            Boy Jenn. You are right on! I used to hear a long time ago, back in the 80s, people say “I do not want to bring kids into this bad culture”. I always took the opposite approach. I want to bring more kids into this world to make a difference. That was my plan. Even though we have a few stray sheep, I have zero regrets. God is faithful and wants his children back more than we do which gives me great hope!

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          • Doug says:

            I very briefly read another blog and there was a comment by one person who admitted that the unborn was human, but it still did not matter. It was still the mothers choice. So even the argument of life is accepted it is still irrelevant to the pro choice side. My, we have come a long way in our culture of death. Also, seeing the vituperation on other sites has given my a much greater appreciation of what we have here on Charlies site. Lord have mercy on us all!

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            “I very briefly read another blog and there was a comment by one person who admitted that the unborn was human, but it still did not matter. It was still the mothers choice.”

            So sad, but you are right:

            the words of radical feminist Camille Paglia who said,
            “I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman’s body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman’s entrance into society and citizenship.” —Salon, Sept. 10th, 2008

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      • Beckita says:

        Wow, Thomas. Thank you.

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      • Doug says:

        I fail to see where slavery was in the Constitution even though it was legal in many states. I see that the Constitution actually stated that every man was created equal and thus held the framework to end slavery.

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        • charliej373 says:

          A few quick corrections: it was the Declaration that explicitly stated that all men were created equal. In a draft prior to the final release, Jefferson wrote a strong jeremiad against the slave trade.

          The Constitution DID recognize slavery indirectly, counting each slave as 2/3 of a person for purposes of apportionment of Congressional Districts. Most of the Founders did, indeed, recognize the evil of the slave trade and sought to put it (as Lincoln often said later) on the course of ultimate extinction.

          Now a quick fact: if a European gets testy with you about our history of slavery, ask who abolished slavery first: the U.S. or France. The answer is the U.S. Although France did not continue slavery in the home country, it DID continue slavery in its Carribbean territorial islands about a decade after America had abolished the institution.

          Once an evil becomes culturally accepted, it is hard to weed out – as many find it is to their interest to perpetrate that evil…and so twist themselves in knots to justify it.

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          • madkatmomma says:

            I read a great book this past weekend: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The words that remade America by Garry Wills. It was written about 10 years ago. The author gets into the issue of slavery–Lincoln never mentions it in the address, and rarely mentioned it in speeches. But it gives a good overview of the politics of slavery. Long before the emancipation proclamation, there were many laws that criminalized aspects of the slave trade, for example, American Citizens could not be slave traders, even in the south, the traders were scorned. American ships could not carry slaves to the US. The best analogy I can think of is smoking — while it still remains legal, there are a plethora of laws that attempt to limit it. Dinesh D’Sousa’s documentary America:Imagine the world without her gives a great overview of how the left has deliberately re-written history to cast America in the worst possible light.

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          • Doug says:

            Good movie madkat

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Thank you Thomas. I rarely hear this argument, that it is not plausible to judge past and distant societies their historical actions or means of solving problems, by today’s point of view and standards. If only we could convince the new atheists in generation x and millennials of this logic. It would mitigate their wanting to follow popular atheist personalities and keep them from making their own common erroneous assertions. Many, especially young fallen away Catholics, try to argue that God was a moral monster in the Old Testament, (good read by the way – ‘Is God a moral monster?’ by Paul Copan) Really, in the Old Testament, God was leading the uncivilized groups in a way that did eventually prepare us for what Jesus has to tell us. –ZJ

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  33. Craig says:

    Charlie,

    Thanks so much for your quick reply – I am actually trying to live as if everything you have said is true. I pray all the time for wisdom and for the courage to be a sign of hope for anyone that crosses my path whatever may come. I am a news junkie and frankly what I see day to day makes me believe what you are saying more and more. I had these ups and downs, confidence and doubt when I was converting to Catholicism a few years ago so I’m use to the discernment process. I’m always impressed that even when I push a little bit your responses are tempered with humility but stand firm with a certain graceful confidence – you are never defensive or reactionary. Thank you again for helping me to see through my doubts. Pray for me that God will use me to be a light of hope to all my Protestant friends and family, especially if the rescue happens the way you say it will – there will be a lot of questions and head scratching since they do not acknowledge Our Lady in any way close to true devotion.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Not to worry, Craig. Most Protestants are completely sincere. When they see that Our Lord has sent His mother and how He honors her, most all of them will, too.

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      • ConnieB says:

        If Charlie allows me to say this Craing, please order the DVDS (documentaries) by Dinesh d’Souza, 1. 2016 Obama’s America 2. America: Imagine the world Without her and watch them immediately one after another. Then go to the show and watch Hillary’s America (also by him) or order it on DVD. I think it will be eye opening.

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      • notablogger2 says:

        Thank you for this comment, Charlie. As I was reading this msg + others, I have been praying whether or not to send this to a fundamentalist friend of mine who has moved from my city in the midwest to the east coast, so I will not likely see her. Any time in the past I have tried to witness to her in person about Mary (the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the New Eve, full-of-grace, Mother of God), she got v defensive, as you might expect. I think I will just continue to pray for her, and for Jesus to reveal to her through scripture His Mother – Our Mother! God bless! Mimi

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    • JJ says:

      Just so you know Craig, Charlie is not always so “graceful”, you should have seen him in Houston when someone anonymously accused him of disobedience to his Bishop, wow. It was wonderful to see, I would call it “rightful indignation”. These days most public figures would have danced around the accusations to avoid controversy, but not Charlie, he let’em have it both barrels, Texas style. As it was happening I was thinking along the lines of Jesus tossing the money lenders out of the temple, and I had a front row seat. It was awesome.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, I WAS in Texas 🙂

        Actually, I get sick of hearing that one. I am both grateful to be watched over by my Bishop and meticulously obedient to him. The question was “Why are you giving a presentation here when you are not allowed to give a presentation in your own Diocese.” Since I had given a well-publicized presentation in Denver less than a month ago, I let whoever it was have it. If you get your facts right and quote me accurately and in context, I am pretty easy. But I have little patience any more with clowns who do NOT have their facts right or maliciously twist things for an agenda. I sometimes wonder if these folks believe in God at all, for surely if they did, they would know they will be held to account for just making things up to slander someone.

        Anyway JJ, glad you enjoyed the moment!

        (By the way, I told my son I knew I was in Texas when I ordered a cheeseburger – and got one with a great slab of cheese on top AND a big slab of roast beef on it, too. He is now eager to visit Texas!)

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  34. kate says:

    Courageous Priests website is calling on us to start “sanctuary cities” in these dark times. Our very Catholic town of Emmitsburg, home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Grotto of Lourdes, Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, and St. Anthony’s Shrine, is holding local elections this month. Never before have I taken local elections so seriously……

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    • Amy says:

      I absolutely love Emmitsburg. If I could move there tomorrow I would. It is so beautiful and I had such a feeling of peace there.

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    • Agree Kate, 5 years ago we visited St. Mary’s. University in Emmitsburg as a potential college for our son. After seeing the beautiful grounds, the Seminary, the Grotto and the magnificent statue of Our Lady on top of the mountain, keeping watch over it all… we were sold. He graduated in May. God Bless all of you in that lovely town – Emmitsburg, Maryland😊

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  35. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  36. Noah603 says:

    I belong to a group that meets monthly to pray the Rosary, have dinner, and discuss various aspects of the Storm and the Rescue. Last month, the topic of conversation was a show-and-tell of physical preparation ideas. A number of pious, clever, and imaginative men and women showed off a wondrous array of water purification tools, solar powered lights, silver coins, dried foods, etc. There is one older woman, whom I’ll refer to here as Chatterbox, who brought nothing to the show-and-tell. Chatterbox just did what she always does, interjecting stories about what she thinks God is telling her and telling us with a look of mild wonder about how somebody arranged to driver her to this appointment or that store just when she needed help.

    On my way home, as I was considering all the shared information I received that night and weighing whether I might want to purchase this or that, it occurred to me that Chatterbox was the most prepared person at that meeting for what’s coming. She’s already used to recognizing her weakness and being completely dependent on God and His servants to take care of her needs. She knows who her Daddy is and she’s very comfortable depending on Him.

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  37. Annie says:

    The commentary on our Mass leaflets for our Gospel readings for yesterday was
    “Justice, peace and brotherhood are at the very heart of the message proclaimed by Jesus. Striving to build a just society is an integral dimension of the proclamation of the Gospel. Our world is divided into rich and poor and the rich have too much control over the lives of the poor. Our prayers and offerings are not truly pleasing to God of our hearts are clouded by hatred and injustice. When we work for justice and peace, we work for the Kingdom of God.”
    About Amos 8:4-7 our first reading the commentary was
    “Amos is known as the prophet of social justice. Justice is at the heart of religion. His detests every form of injustice. Those who exploit the needy and oppress the poor truly sin against God. Honouring Yahweh and seeking justice go together. No one who oppresses the poor can be just in the sight of God.”
    On the second reading, (1 Timothy 2:1-8) the commentary read
    “God is the father of all mankind. God wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must pray especially for those in authority so that they may practice justice in their lives and provide equal opportunity for everyone. Such conduct is pleasing in the sight of God.”
    Then on the Gospel for the day, Luke 16:1-13, the commentary was
    “A believer cannot thrive in his faith of his loyalties are divided. It is impossible to serve His and money at the same time. However important money may be in this life, it cannot take the place of God. Money is a means, not an end. When we make money the end in life, there is little place for God in our lives.”

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Jesus to St. Faustina~
      “Give away everything at the first sign of a demand, even if they were the most necessary things. Do not ask for anything without consulting Me. Allow them to take away even what is due you — respect, your good name — let your spirit rise above all that. And so, set free from everything, rest close to My Heart, not allowing your peace to be disturbed by anything. My pupil, consider the words which I have spoken to you.” (Diary, 1685).

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you for this, Snowy. I definitely needed this reminder today. God bless you.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Beckita, I receive these little gems from St Faustina’s Diary by email each morning and they never fail to be exactly what I need for that day! Such a treasure to begin the day. If you or anyone is interested, you can sign up here: thedivinemercy.org/dmdsignup

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Yes, thank you Snowy. My brothers and I are going through my mom’s estate and it’s not bringing out the best in us. I’m the worst of the lot. I need to realize it’s all just stuff.

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          • Beckita says:

            Praying for you and your siblings through the process, momma.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh madkat, it can be so hard! I will pray for all of you.
            I was supposed to be the one to take care of my parent’s will, home and things and I asked the Lord to free me from that and told my mom I did not wish to do it.. then they asked my younger sister who took it on. I trust her, and am so thankful to God she said yes. I’m here to care for and help my parents as needed now.. and that will cause no fighting for anyone. I want nothing, and nothing to do with the battles these things cause in families.
            You know, people will fight and destroy relationship over *things*..and then eventually their time to go comes and they can’t take those things with them anyway… yet they still then must answer for the sins. ugh. Best to store up the riches that cause no sin, do good for others and are safe with Jesus forever.
            psst..(lol) if the Lord wants you to have something….you’ll get it 😊! 💖

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          • Doug says:

            Psst… that was cool….. pssst…..

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          • madkatmomma says:

            Snowy, you are indeed a wise owl. Xoxo

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  38. Doug says:

    Comforting and challenging. I think I will be like the 3 year old who hides behind mom, grabs hold of her leg and holds on. I love mom. Thanks Charlie.

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  39. CrewDog says:

    Something strange, inexplicable and on-going for at least 7.7 years has been going on here and EU too!
    As of 0850 CDT, Lord Obammy the Omniscient and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has not made a statement about the Terrorist Islamic Attacks in the USA (MN/NY). This is SOP for him and his administration AND his Political Party AND their Lick-spittle Media!! Let me refresh your memories. An Islamic Terrorist gunned down two Army Soldiers at an Arkansas Recruiting Office and it takes Obama three days to acknowledge attack .. only after outrage in “Alternate Media” … and the attack was classified as “Just your ordinary Drive-By Shooting” that occur weekly if not daily in Democrat Party Controlled Urban Areas! ;-( During that same time it took Obama only four HOURS to acknowledge & Lament the murder of an infamous Late Term Abortionist, Tiller the Baby Killer!
    For years the Ft Hood massacre of 14 soldiers and one unborn child was labeled as “Work Place Violence” and only recently have the victims been recognized as Combat Casualties … and their families have, finally, been given the benefits due them as survivors! In EVERY, obviously, Islamic Terrorist Attack since then the Political Left and their MEDIA is slow to report, attempt to Deflect the Horror … It’s The Guns/NRA &/or poverty, racism or lack of jobs .. it’s just a Lone Wolf — Not Islam! …. or simply lie about what ever they can get away with! When caught in lies they apologize/retract on the Friday PM News/Document Dump or on page B-13 of the Saturday Newspaper. They are, still, madly searching for those potential Right-Wing Tea Party/Christian “Terrorists” that THEY KNOW are “OUT-THERE”.
    As near as I can tell it’s the same deal in Europe? It must go beyond ME Campaign Cash and Muslim Votes ……. Manifest Evil & Satan is the only plausible explanation … and Pope Francis and other Catholic “Leadership” unfortunately …. As I write this I’m listening to Billary doing all of the above with the addition that it’s Trump’s Big-Mouth that ……. Well … Ya Know!!??
    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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  40. Marie says:

    Charlie – do you have any insight as to what will happen to homosexuality in the period after the Rescue? Do you foresee homosexuals repenting and living chastely? Or perhaps working to properly order their attractions? I am heavily involved in theater so I have been surrounded by homosexuals most of my life. I love them dearly, but their lifestyle causes me grief. I actually lost my best childhood friend because I told him I did not support his decision to participate in a “pride” parade and stood up for the church’s teachings. He disowned me right before he was supposed to stand up in my wedding. It gives me great hope to think of a different future for those I love with this inclination.

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    • charliej373 says:

      People will be transformed by seeing visibly that God IS. Contemplate that and see it through to its consequences. All of us who will accept it will have our hearts transformed – and all will see Our Lady sent to Rescue us. That will have an incredible impact.

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      • Beckita says:

        Maranatha! Already we say: Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, we welcome you! Continue to prepare our hearts and lives for “…seeing visibly that God IS.” and for miraculously seeing you, Blessed Mother of us all. Keeping vigil here while NRStepping.

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      • BD says:

        Incredible insight Charlie. I am pleasantly surprised with your answer and explanation but left to wonder if this were perhaps meant to be revealed at some future time. I am still trying to grasp the magnitude of what you just revealed. Believe me, I get it…

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      • Maria says:

        After Mary saves us will some people interpret her as a Goddess, mother earth spirit, like Gaia? Or…how will she definitively be understood as Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazereth? Thanks!

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        • charliej373 says:

          All will KNOW that she is the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, who is Lord of the Universe, God Himself. It pleases God that all know this. How He will do it is not for us to know until He does it.

          God often does not explain the “how” even to His servants until it is time. The Israelites undoubtedly asked many such “how” questions as they came to the Red Sea with Egyptians in pursuit – and Moses leading them there where, by all human reckoning, they would be trapped and captured. I sometimes imagine a somewhat nervous Moses telling the people asking why they were heading into a dead end, “Because God said.”

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    • JJ says:

      I frequently ask the same question to myself, glad you asked it out loud. Frankly, I have been afraid to say it out loud because I don’t like the end result of a negative answer. I lost my wife of 25 years recently when she decided to leave us, husband and 2 kids still at home, one in college and one out on her own. She decided that she was “in love” with a woman she met at a bar a couple of weeks before, moved out 2 weeks later, that was 6 weeks ago. it’s a very difficult reality, but we were on a very destructive path, coincidentally, since February of 2015. I see this circumstance as a chastisement for us, my course correction happened very quickly by necessity since I has 2 children to think about. Her’s, well let’s just say, I have put it in the Hands I should have in the first place and leave it at that. Following Charlie’s advice from a previous comment and being patient, another HUGE lesson for me, is all I can do. Charlie’s advice was, pray, penance, reparations, and remember that it is in God’s time, not mine. Sound advice which I am trying to follow.

      On a related note, my daughter is in theatre, planning to move to NY next month, which terrifies me, given what I believe is coming, because I can’t imagine a more dangerous place for her to be. 90 % of that profession are sexually disordered, not necessarily just homosexual either. I pray that they will have an illumination of conscious as well. But again, following Charlie’s advice, don’t make plans to beat the fall, trust God and TNRS. God knows where my daughter is, He’ll be better able to care for her even if she was here with us. But, frankly, I hope everything collapses after she gets home and before she leaves for NY…. Just saying…

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  41. George says:

    “O Lord, you will ordain peace for us,
    you have wrought for us all of our works”. Isaiah 26:12

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  42. Danny Lee Green says:

    Please God, I hope that someone was taking video at that Texas meeting! I would love to see Charlie teach us how to deal with scoffers and nay-sayers! Please, let us know if the video is going to be put up, anyone who was there!!

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  43. susan0409 says:

    just finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Bloom. Someone on here recommended the book WOW it was truly doing and trusting in God Will in everything from their watch shop to concentration camp amen It has prepared me in some way for what’s to come to TRUST In HIM Totally

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  44. I started but didn’t finish a bunch of posts. Instead, here’s a bit of God’s creation. I was driving through Custer State Park on Saturday when I saw this fellow trying to hitch a ride. I felt like a tourist but was too close to resist — he’s a beaut! (Pop quiz: Is it a buffalo or a bison?)

    I remember chanting “Let’s Go, Buffalo!” during Bills games…

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    • caelids says:

      Incredible creatures.

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    • Patrick, that fella is impressive and a picture is worth a thousand words. I also couldn’t help but notice that Rosary on your dashboard with the woven loop. Where can I get one like that? Hey, there’s also a squirrel up in that third tree from the right on the hill. Well done!

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    • Doug says:

      I don’t know Patrick, but it looks like your hood needs a paint job😊

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    • BD says:

      Awesome pics of the buffalo. Very impressive. Buffalo Bills, nah. 😉

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Great Pictures, Patrick!! 🙂
      It’s a Bison, which is a species of Buffalo..and there are different species of Bison too, the European Bison… though some think they are the same species. Then there are many other species of Buffalo in Africa & India,(Water Buffalo) China, Vietnam, Egypt, Himalayas, etc. A new rare species was just discovered, I think in Vietnam.

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    • Yes cudos Patrick…my kind of reflection, Gods creation in your midst with the prayer of Our Lady as solace🙏💕
      MP I love looking at the details too …your comment about the squirrel (nice eye) made me remember about the old “highlights” kids magazines used to be in our doctors offices…that had the “find the hidden objects” picture. We use to whip the page open to that as soon as we got into waiting room. Sure my mom loved them too😉 …Aw the good ol days….
      Never made it to SD in all our western adventures…We were supposed to run the Black hills crazy horse marathon in 2013 until Blizzard atlas cancelled it. Providentially my dad succumbed to mesothelioma that same weekend so we wouldn’t have made it. Ran instead the next month 11/13, the Pensacola marathon. We trained all summer in Fl as part of Liferunners prolife team … and ran for my dads suffering too. I hadn’t done near the mileage I needed, but made it happily to finish line for Life and Dad… Gods plans are amazing

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      • I will pray for your father tonight.

        Yes, Atlas was unreal — and this coming from someone who, as a child, survived Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77 with its 60 mph winds and 40-foot snowdrifts!

        I was up in Deadwood at the time Atlas hit, had just moved there 5 days prior — honestly because I wasn’t getting enough snow in Sturgis! Ah, the irony. Anyway, the trees were still green and a day of soaking rain turned to ice and then snow. Trees were snapping which sounded like gunfire. Entire buildings collapsed. We got a staggering 48″ of snow, which wasn’t as bad as the neighboring mining town of Lead (“leed”) which got pummeled with nearly 6 feet!

        Thousands upon thousands of horses and cattle died. It was devastating and heart-breaking.

        Well, Embracing, South Dakota will still be here after the really big Storm is over.

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      • Doug says:

        ECO, I loved those in the doctors waiting room too! My grand daughter does them on iPad now.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Just beautiful Buffalo photos, Patrick of SD! 🙂

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  45. Greg says:

    When you say that you received a message without the use of language, are you basically saying that this message was impressed upon your soul, rather than communicated sentence by sentence? If so, is that the same thing as a locution?

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, that is not quite it, Greg. The Father was speaking to me, but using a way that has been used more and more frequently since the turn of the Millennium, but also a way in which I had not been previously required to faithfully translate for anyone. I once wrote a description of various types of communication, visits and visitations for one of my Priest directors. It was not impressed upon my soul so much as downloaded to me in a few moments, in His presence.

      Trying to explain something like this to a person who has not had the experience is like trying to explain the color, orange, to one who is congenitally blind. I can go around the edges of it, maybe bring up a pumpkin or an orange, but if you don’t have a frame of reference for color in your experience, I can’t fully or adequately explain it.

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    • Maria says:

      I’ve often wondered if telepathy or some form of it was one of the preternatural gifts. Prrhaps Adam and Eve communicated in this superior way and I also wonder if at some point God may allow us to communicate our thoughts to eachother again. At this point it is too powerful of a gift for us. We would abuse it me thinks. I wondered if Mary had some of this ability with her son. Then she truly could have felt the many sufferings her son endured through his passion. For an every day person who is subjected to this form of instantaneous, completely sensory experience it would have to be extremely overwhelming. I cant imagine! However, I can imagine pretty amazing results if spouses could communicate telepathically!!😅

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Maria, ha, the other day I reminded by DH that I do not have telepathic abilities and further stated if I was gifted with this ability, I would use it for far greater things then reading his mind, suggesting that verbal communication is a better option for our corresponding. 🙂

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        • As a sci-fi dork, I found telepathy the least appealing, perhaps more so than the Vulcan mind meld. [I admit I struggled with Captain America: Civil War and it took me hours to finish the movie. So trite to mention here, but can anyone explain how some guy with a metal suit that shoots off rockets or missals or whatever / and also has a laser that can cut through cement or steel in milliseconds / or a metal arm could not have taken out Captain America in a matter of instants dumb shield or not? I mean I realise that Captain America was the quintessential post-WWII optimistic superhero hero, but come on! He’s not like Wolverine whose mutant status allows him quick healing and he has some adamantium metal core fused to his bones. Oh, codswallop, am I ranting on the wrong blog????]

          As far as gifts from God. There are books on those things. God’s ability to communicate things for his Children confirming them through other people from kilometres and miles and miles and kilometres aways is consoling and never to be underestimated. Bilocation the most obvious, but even the “I sensed you praying for me” from a loved one is just as great.

          No need to label these things, my Children! Just rejoice that God has your back! (Including Doug for all my trying to sanction him.)

          Sorry for my rant, but really can someone appease my cynicism over recent Superhero movies? And that dumb Arrow guy? How did he survive in that fight for so long? All he has is a dumb bow and arrow. UGH!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Recent superhero movies have been getting dumber and dumber. When my son was a teenager, we went on a binge of watching old movies…from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. After we had watched about a dozen, my son noted that the old guys didn’t know anything about special effects…but boy, could they tell a good story!

            Now it’s all effects and no stories.

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          • Doug says:

            So true Charlie.

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          • Agreed, but if you couldn’t tell, I like to shut my mind off from time to time. Just didn’t think all logic would totally need be suspended… Not sure really how I fell into that one. Oh, I watched the Weiner Documentary.

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          • Another Karen says:

            I still think bilocation would be pretty cool, but I’d settle for a transporter machine in lieu of that.

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          • Doug says:

            I think the resurrection of the body will be like that Karen. St. Cathrine of Siena describes how we will be able to walk through walls.

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          • There are so many painful flaws in Captain America Civil War despite the high entertainment value. But I do like Steve’s character in both senses of the word. Batman/Superman was too dark and devoid of humor but I did feel Wonder Woman was a visually awesome addition. I think humor and patient character development were the key to The Avengers’ initial success. Saw the new Star Trek movie too and wasn’t impressed – spoiler alert: Sulu’s supposedly gay (gimme a break).

            I’m also getting tired of seeing Armageddon movies with entire cities getting destroyed in endlessly different ways — although the new Godzilla was pretty nifty.

            All this coming from a guy who hates movies and most of Hollywood.

            Have you seen “Eye in the Sky.”? Very worthwhile!

            Here is my favorite mind meld scene — Spock really violates poor Romulan Kim Cattrell in “The Undiscovered Country.” Enjoy!

            Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, rest in peace.

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            “Eye in the Sky” was the last movie I saw and I agree, “very worthwhile.” God bless.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh, it’s really simple YD. It’s a movie. What do you expect? I suppose it’s really simple with God too. We just like to make it complex and/or keep ourselves too distracted like watching movies and such 😊

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      • Doug says:

        Hmmmm. Interesting thought Maria. I think but for the grace of God we don’t communicate that way. It would be ok if we are all perfect and maybe in heaven, but to have every bad thought instantly exposed and not leave room for the grace of repentance and conversion over time. Naaa. Not me. I’m happy as I am.

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  46. Beckita says:

    Another gem from Fr. Longenecker:
    http://aleteia.org/2015/05/14/francis-fatima-and-the-end-of-the-world/
    The article’s conclusion:
    “As he welcomed the image from Fatima to the Vatican this week, and as he consecrated the world to her two years ago, and as he plans to visit Fatima in 2017, does the Holy Father know something we don’t know? Is a crisis looming that will bring us to a turning point in some way? Has he called on the Blessed Mother to pray and intercede for our poor, troubled insane and suicidal race with special urgency?

    We are not expected to speculate about the future, but instead to put ourselves into God’s hands with complete trust. The message of Fatima is to watch, wait, pray and make reparation for sin, and to always look with expectant hope to the good future God has in store.”

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