Stand Strong, Stand True, Be Not Afraid

(I have been having an amazingly productive tour through Louisiana and Texas. I can’t wait to write about it – but it has been a very busy tour. I am assured that I have two solid days off later this week where I can spend some serious time working online. To those whose emails I haven’t answered – and there are a lot of you – hang in there. I will spend both days working not so much to catch up as to get a little less buried. For now, I reprint this piece from a year ago.-CJ)

Be Not Afraid

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By Charlie Johnston

My goal since I began writing this has not been to tell you precisely what is going to happen and when (with the exception of the Rescue late in 2017), for those are the wrong questions, questions that can only give you a false sense of security.

If one is a captain charged with preparing his troops on the eve of a great battle, he does them a great disservice if he tries to choreograph the battle to come in precise detail for them. Once it commences in full, battle takes on a life of its own. It is filled with unexpected twists and turns. The soldier who thinks he knows every detail that will unfold will probably not survive the battle for he is basing his hope on his own expectations. Rather, the effective commander is honest with his troops, giving them a general overview of what to expect and, most importantly, how to act and react with honor whatever turns the battle takes…how to be effective in the moment as the battle unfolds. The soldier who seeks out sure knowledge rather than proper preparation deceives himself. His unease about the unknown ahead leads him to trade off hard knowledge of the habits of mind and heart to endure later for a false sense of security and superiority now. This foolish trade, however much it may soothe him, dramatically cuts his odds of enduring the battle.

I had thought – and still hope – that the striking failure of the Locutions to the World (LttW) a few weeks ago, would gently lead people to quit worrying so restlessly about precisely what and when various events will happen. I had hoped that it would lead them to examine their own expectations and shift their focus to how to behave whatever happens. But vanity dies hard – and many would rather convince themselves that they have the inside scoop rather than merely trust in God by living each moment with extraordinary love and faith. God is raising up a people who trust in Him by loving their fellows and taking the next right step. Please put yourself radically into God’s hands that you might live. Say with me my constant prayer: “Lord, do not show me a single thing I don’t need to complete my work. Give me the strength to bear those things You must show me to do the work You have for me. Jesus, I trust in You.”

Some outlets have taken to calling me the prophet of the Storm. That is not unfair, but largely misses the point. Since I first began writing for my priests nearly 21 years ago, I described the Storm that is now unfolding around and engulfing us in no little detail. But if that was all I was shown or had to say, I would never have publicly said anything. You have plenty of people, secular and religious, who can and are accurately describing the Storm that gathers force around us. Anyone who has eyes to see can see where we are headed. If I had just been called to do color commentary for Armageddon, I would have declined the invitation and stayed home. The main reason I was called to describe the Storm with such accuracy decades ago, when it scared me, was to lend credibility to what my central prophetic message is: “Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.” I was sent to proclaim the Rescue – and to teach you how to participate with God in reclaiming His children, just as I have been taught to participate with Him in the same. That is a calling worth sacrificing much and even dying for. Even more, it is a calling worth living for.

I promised the Lord from childhood that if these things, this Storm I saw in such detail, should indeed come upon the world, I would speak in His behalf to assure people that He was calling them back to Him, not crafting their destruction. As the Storm slowly took shape, painting the cultural sky first with an eerie, then ghastly shade of sickly yellow, I tried to find a way out of my calling. And then the dreadful, ominous darkness. While I was in the process of conversion, I first heard the magnificent song, “Here I Am, Lord.” It was – and is – a reminder to me of the promise I made and have renewed over and over since childhood…that if the darkness I was shown should come, I would speak – not to describe the darkness, but to assure people of God’s light…to bring it to them. Every time I hear or sing it, I choke back tears. To me, it is a renewal of a promise I made long ago, to assure you that God’s plans for you are for a future and a hope…for your rescue, not your destruction.

Many continue to think that the Storm is God’s punishment of us. IT IS NOT. Get that out of your head. The Storm is what we have brought on ourselves. It is an evil that is entirely wrought by our hands. God has nothing to do with it. If you don’t firmly get that right, you will get almost everything else wrong. The great evil is that we have convinced ourselves that we are sufficient to ourselves, that we are masters of our destiny with no need for God, whatsoever. This hubris has caused souls to be lost to eternity at an unprecedented rate for the last century. For a time, God restrained some of the consequences of that hubris, to give us a chance to come back to Him of our own

Reader Dawn Tehonica snapped this photo near Philadelphia shortly after the Pope was there.

accord. That would have been best. But we would not. So God has lifted the hand of His restraint for a time, that we may see what WE have wrought without Him. Once again, God is using the evil we have wrought to bring about good – to let us see some of the consequences of our rebellion, that we will lose our confidence in our mastery of events without reference to Him. When our confidence in our own supremacy is dashed, we must either despair or turn to Him. Already, the rate of the loss of souls to eternity has slowed as people see what we have wrought.

Some pray for mitigation  of the Storm. They think they do well, but what they are actually praying for is mitigation of the consequences of what we have wrought. Over the last century, that sort of mitigation has been given – and the result has been the continued loss of masses of souls to eternity because of our stubborn, stiff-necked rebellion. For the last century, every time God has shielded us from the consequences of our stupid vanity, we have simply doubled down, thinking the mitigation proof that we are in control and do not need God. Our preening arrogance has formed a deadly cancer on the Mystical Body of Christ. All we ever had to do to rid ourselves of the cancer was to embrace humility and our need for God. Every time the Lord has mitigated the symptoms, we have doubled down on our arrogance, making the cancer worse. God is not using the Storm we have wrought to destroy us, but as a form of Divine Chemotherapy guaranteed to rid us of the cancer and leave us healthier than ever. The Storm, used as God is now using it,  IS an act of Divine Mercy. It is an act of supreme folly to pray for delivery from the cure rather than from the cancer.

Begin to contemplate prophecy from the perspective of rescue and Divine Mercy. Downplay or drop entirely interpretations grounded in disaster scenarios. Authentic visions often come from the perspective of eternity, rather than a crabbed earthly perspective, so they can look very apocalyptic. Because of this, someone might see true, but interpret badly. Authentic visions, though they rarely result in the temporal disaster scenarios we usually imagine, nonetheless reflect the eternal reality. From heaven’s standpoint, a soul lost to eternity is a catastrophe. From an earthly standpoint, if such a soul nearly dies, then lives past their final state of grace, we think they have been rescued, when they have actually perished. Look at all private revelation through the filter of how it relates to Rescue. Let me give you two examples of what I think are likely authentic prophecies that have been misunderstood because of our childish insistence on temporal special effects.

First, when I was on the West Coast of the U.S., many asked me what I thought of the “prophecy” some had heard of a great tidal wave swallowing up most of the West Coast, bringing water all the way up to the Colorado border. I usually told people I thought it might be authentic, but not as they thought. Water represents Baptism. Baptism washes away sin. The West Coast is terribly disordered. If this prophecy is authentic, I interpret it from the standpoint of Rescue – that God is going to send a tidal wave of repentance and mercy over the west coast, washing away the hideously disordered sin that mutilates our culture from there.

Second, there is a prophecy that has gained some currency that the earth is going to shift on its axis. I started hearing about this a lot while I was in the  Northeastern U.S. I told everyone that I couldn’t say about the disaster scenario most envisioned, but whether that happened or not, that prophecy had already been fulfilled. I pointed out that 1,600 years ago the Emperor Constantine had made Christianity an officially favored religion…and that ever since, the cultural axis around which western beliefs revolved were fundamentally Christian. Oh, we have lived it poorly many times…but if asked what the good was, serious educated people would always point to the Judeo-Christian values that were our heritage and gave the world a slow-motion blossoming of freedom, prosperity and meaning. That axis has been besieged the last few decades. The vote in Ireland to legalize and impose same-sex “marriage” ensured that it would soon be imposed in much of the rest of the Western World. We do not just sin any more, we call sin “the good” and Christian values “the bad.” For the first time in 1,600 years, our foundational cultural assumptions are fundamentally pagan rather than Christian. The axis of our cultural assumptions has shifted dramatically. God is not giving you inside info on the end, but calling you to participate in shifting the culture back to the foundation that gives life, rather than one that has always given death.

Don’t interpret things in a way that makes you a pitiful spectator in the stands, but as a recipient of God’s mercy who is called to participate in His Rescue. Big disasters may come. Sometimes they do. But prophecy is far more often missed because its fulfillment is subtler than expected rather than more dramatic. If something big comes, you cannot stop it. Do not let worry over it distract you from the little you can do – for it is in the little, ordinary things that you find God…the little whisper rather than the great thunderclap.

Worry less about outrageous external events. I frequently get asked about the possibility of the imposition of Martial Law in the U.S., the imposition of One World Government by U.N. and European Statists, and the evil designs of shadowy groups. Here’s the deal: they lose. None of them are stronger than God. All of them put together do not amount to a clipping from the Master’s fingernail. They lose. The only reason to contemplate these things at all is when it helps you to discern what God calls YOU to do. None of us can do great things: all any of us can do is the little right in front of us. When we offer that little to God, He transforms it and feeds multitudes. When we worry about it to the point it distracts us from what we can do, we toss away God’s promise in pursuit of delusions of grandeur and intrigue. God wins. There is no suspense or doubt about the outcome. Those who are with God are those who DO His will, not those who only talk about it. Each soul is the battleground. If you get caught up in things bigger than you, the satan has seduced you to the losing side by distracting you from what you are called to. If you relentlessly stick to the little things right in front of you, always acknowledging God, you hold fast to Christ and will share in His victory.

Think of a few things. Two years ago, had you been told that by mid-2015, if you refused in conscience to actively participate in an homosexual “marriage” ceremony, you could (and some would) be stripped of your property, heavily fined, bankrupted, fired, and even jailed, would you have believed that? Yet that is the reality in this new world. If you had been told that the “reasonable accommodations” to the abortion provisions the president spoke of would turn out to be forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to participate in abortion coverage, would you have believed it? Yet that is the new reality in this world. But what has been the result of this arbitrary exercise of coercive power contrary to law and traditional American values? Even as their egos and malicious contempt for dissenters has inflated, actual power has collapsed around the offenders without them knowing it.

Twenty or 30 years ago, if a president had declared Martial Law in response to a grave crisis, I would have gone along with it, whether it was a Democrat or Republican and whether I objectively agreed or disagreed. At that time I had a base level of confidence in presidents that, particularly in crisis, they genuinely loved both their country and their countrymen – and would not do such a thing merely to cement their power. A year ago, many would probably have gone along with such a thing. What would happen now, though, if the federal government declared Martial Law? At a minimum, there would be large pockets of active resistance among groups and entire states. It would likely trigger actual revolution. By abusing their authority, officials have not enhanced their power, but have forfeited all but a pale shadow of its form.

The European Union was supposed to both unite Europeans and subject them to the iron rule of an unelected bureaucracy. We are watching it burst its seams as it comes apart before our eyes. The statist dreams of narcissistic elites who would subject free peoples are ever doomed to ultimate failure, though the unraveling can be violent and ugly.

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Do not worry much over big things you cannot change. Rather, stick to the little things you can do for those right around you and God will take care of the big things. Know that when you take firm hold of Christ, no one on earth has any power over you whatsoever save that which God allows…and once you hold fast to Him nothing is allowed save that which will help bring more souls to Him. All the attacks and bile of the most powerful will fall harmlessly at your feet when you hold fast to Christ. If your trust in the Lord is deep enough, He may let you be taken for a bit by malefactors, not that they may destroy you, but that their power might be broken in the effort.

God has a plan to carry us to safety. Jesus Christ is, Himself, the safe harbor to which we are aimed. His Holy Church is the vessel which will carry us safely to Him through the violent ragings of the Storm. Our Lady, Holy Mary, is our Stella Maris – the Star of the Sea –  the sure navigational guide which will ever keep the ship of His Church pointed steadily towards the Harbor which is her Holy Son. Stay safely berthed in the Church with your eyes on Our Lady who will ever point you to her Son. Do not be distracted by the violence of the winds or the waves. The Lord is Master of the Storm.

Even in the midst of stormy tribulations, joy will rise. People will know that God has not abandoned them. They will know that life DOES have meaning – and that the Lord calls them to participate with Him by caring tenderly for their neighbors. People will watch as, even in the midst of the Storm, God knits together a people resolved to build each other up rather than tear each other down…and see a culture which was in tatters become strong, noble and true again. I saw the Storm truly from my earliest days. I saw the Rescue just as truly…and I have seen the sublime joy that rises even in the midst of the Storm. How I wish I could convey it to you now! But I guess it is better that God lets you see it later, when you need it, so you will know I have told you true. It will fill you with a joyful resolve to press on and endure for those you love. There is rejoicing in your future if you hold fast to God and just do the little things right in front of you.

Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.

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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264 Responses to Stand Strong, Stand True, Be Not Afraid

  1. Wow. Somehow I missed this before? This is excellent and a good reminder. I was feeling rather shaky as of the past few days but this piece helped me over those jitters. Prayers for everyone here.

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    • LisasMania7 says:

      One my all time fav Next Right Steps is keeping tons of inexpensive St Benedict medals on hand to give out freely. I buy mine from the monastery in NE, and they come with an exorcist blessing, which infuses gynormous powerful protection.
      They also give you a little pamphlet with each medal so people know what they are being given. Like the kid who helps you with your groceries, or anyone else you come in contact with.
      I told my kids that when worn faithfully, it can ward off an evil approach, like that scene in Star Wars when Obi Wan encouraged the Storm Troopers to believe that “these were not the droids you’re looking for.”
      One should be in every room of the house, every car, wallet, book bag, bicycle, and marking each corner of your property.

      I usually instruct the monks to only give me 1/2 of the pamphlets though as I mostly give people more than 1 medal and don’t want to waste their pamphlets.

      http://christthekingpriory.com/medals/medal-1-p-10

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      • Mick says:

        Thanks for the link, Lisas. 🙂

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      • sheralyn80 says:

        Thanks for posting! I placed an order this morning.💒

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      • I was thinking about making up little bags w/a rosary, Benedict, miraculous, small crux medals and pamphlets and more. . Knowing just the people in my family who know so little about the blessings sent from heaven…..I think we will be swamped w/ questions and requests.
        Not to forget about helping w/Catacism, and Bible teaching.
        Some where someone said to buy extra Bibles (half price store might have some)
        Anybody got more ideas?

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      • zsa says:

        Thank you LisasMania7. I gave my St. Benedict crucifix to a young woman who has cancer. I’ve missed it so much, and though I looked online for the Schuyler monks…I just couldn’t find the crucifix. You posted the link and JOY (!!!) there is my St. Benedict crucifix! I’m so happy. 🙂 God bless everyone here. Jesus I trust in You.

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      • notablogger2 says:

        I was thinking I should do this also, but with Miraculous Medals. The more, the better! Thank you for the link!

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      • Will says:

        I usually ask the good monks to keep the little pamphlets, when ordering these medals for my good friend, a spiritual warrior defender of the faith, and faithful distributor of these little sacramental gems, because she has so many already, and it saves the good monks time and money, when shipping.. The medal, with the powerful prayers that cling to it, makes the enemy flee… Lisa is right, stock up, place them every where..
        Keep up the good work my friend 🙂

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  2. the phoenix says:

    Interesting little note: So, this post is a reprint from a year ago. Well, I’d forgotten seeing that photo of the cross formed in the clouds last year when you first posted it … and I just saw nearly the same image of a cross in the sky like that several days ago at sunset. Too bad I didn’t have my camera with me.

    Here’s a song that I think resonates with feeling God’s love in the rain and storm. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks.

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  3. Snowy Owl says:

    Umm, hmm… “..a false sense of security knowing what is coming?” It would have the exact opposite effect on me! I would worry myself into insanity (hoping I’m still sane as I type this lol) I truly thank God everyday that I do not know exactly what is coming, I really, really don’t want to know! 😮 I know exactly what I need to know today, if I’m trusting Jesus, keeping my eyes on Him…and that is enough! Tomorrow is in Gods hands where it belongs.
    Jesus said. “Do not fret, then, over tomorrow; leave tomorrow to fret over its own needs; for today, today’s troubles are enough.” Matthew 6:34. If I am fearful or worried about tomorrow, I can not focus on what is now right in front of me, or keep my eyes on Jesus and take my next right step! I would miss so many graces and opportunities to grow and be way too worried to spend my time looking up hard words 😉 !

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Snowy, I concur. We do not need to conjure up problems, we have plenty of real problems right before us to deal with us first.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amen, Jen! It’s taken me a long, long time to get to the point where I can keep in my day and trust…An’ aam nae givin’ it up- nae fur fear ay hooligans, earthquakes or comets!

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        • Doug says:

          Snowy, is you tryen to sneakem more of dem dare souls outa purgatory?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            No Doug, no typos in that paragraph (well not according whoohoo Scottish translator). But yours, on the other hand, is simply a happy disaster, lol! Five prayers for 5 souls. 🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯 and an extra 🕯 for you because you didn’t say Bing! 🕭

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          • Doug says:

            Ha ha ha Snowy!

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          • Yay! Bing free ( hopefully )

            (That’s a new habit?)

            (Checking my door Doug and Lambzie.)

            (Just where does one get a taxidermied squirrel hard enough to be a door knocker?)

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          • Doug says:

            Bing free? Nah. Watch out. I may jump out from behind a tree and surprise you!

            Lambzie put a prayer in every stitch and it was a great honor for her to knit those hats. Please don’t tell anyone, but it is a great honor that you are here on this blog! I sincerely mean that.

            Oh. To get a taxidermied squirrel, you first have to kill it. Be careful though. Charlie might block you on this blog if he finds out a bishop supported, directly or indirectly, the exterpation of a squirrel.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It was made of brass. As they say in the movies, no actual squirrels were harmed in the making of this knocker.

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          • I went back to the new post and was saddened to see that you did indeed qualify it as being brass (you know Doug and I well-enough to not have left that opening!).

            Doug and Lambzie, looking forward to seeing it when it arrives; Thank you for the love and the prayers that went into each stitch!

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        • Theresa says:

          My mom sent me the Divine Mercy chaplet/novena pamphlet during my last deployment in Afghanistan during 2006. On the front, she put a sticky note saying, “Theresa, just say Jesus, I trust in You.” Well, trust was not an option when surrounded by people who were not particularly pleased I was there…. So, I said it (Jesus, I trust in You, and not the chaplet nor the novena) off and on not really meaning it. Why would I trust?….. Here we are 10 years later, I pray a perpetual novena (thanks to Janet Klassen and another (I cant’ remember) who mentioned the perpetual novena to Divine Mercy.
          Now, I can actually say, “Jesus, I trust in You.” Sometimes, I may be a bit snotty about it, but usually, I trust, and truly trust. It’s a pretty nice feeling after not trusting for so long.

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    • Another Karen says:

      Ha….I’m with you, Snowy. You do such a good saying what many of us think. I would give you a like and many emoji s (here) if I knew how.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Oh, thanks Karen 🙂 i’m glad we are all growing and learning and going through this together here. It’s so helpful to know we are not alone and we are all praying for each other! Such a blessing.

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    • Yeah, I’m kind of with you. I think uncertainty brings a certain amount of anxiety, but knowing what’s coming can do the same thing – it’s just a more precise and directed anxiety. For example, I just went to the dentist this morning. I cannot overstate how much I hate the dentist. Knowing what was coming was probably worse than the thing itself.

      Knowing the ultimate positive outcome is what keeps us persevering in whatever trials we face. Some of those positive outcomes are of this world, some are of the next. And with that comes a certain amount of security – the real kind. But to think the ultimate reward takes away the trials of the journey is silliness.

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    • Linda says:

      Snowy Owl you and U think so much alike😊😊ditto ditto kindred spirits😘

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  4. Nicky says:

    Beautiful Charlie. We can’t hear enough about God wanting our salvation and to be not afraid. It’s very easy with all the news headlines to get pulled away from trusting Him and get pulled into fear. This article gives us hope and strengthen s our faith. He loves us and won’t abandon us when we call out.

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  5. Padraig says:

    I renew my pledge to vote for you. Well done. In my opinion, your best yet.

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  6. Matthew McDonnell says:

    Amen Brother Charlie, AMEN!
    Great description of the increasingly drastic changes in the social fabric that are resulting in fear and oppression.
    So subtle can be the personal hubris of wanting to be a know-it-all. Thanks for the great advice to stay focused on each moment-to-moment experience with the love of souls for the sake of the love of God as the center of our intentions. The Saints and The Angels and The Queen of Heaven are so open to welcoming us into relationship and helping to reveal Our Blessed Saviour, The Holy Spirit, and Our Abba to us in ways we never would have dreamed of without them.
    Such A Great Time To Be Alive!!!
    Such A Great Time To Be Catholic!!!

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  7. jaykay says:

    That was both joyful to read (again), Charlie, and sobering. What struck/shook me was your reference to “… the rate of the loss of souls to eternity has slowed”. It’s truly horrifying to think of the loss of souls to Hell, and while we might generally acknowledge it on a sort of subliminal level we don’t really (want to?) engage with it. But we must, soberly, believe it’s happening, and every minute of every hour at that – and could even happen to us. I don’t want just to focus on this aspect of your post – there’s so much else there, as ever. But my Lord, we have to believe it. So, how to do our part in witnessing, to help bring our sisters and brothers along, and back, in a lot of cases, well, there’s the rub. When the push really comes to shove, I hope I can keep to my post in the TDL stakes, seeing as the Phoney War is almost over and the Blitz is at hand.

    That’s my tuppence-worth, as we used to say over here in the pre-decimal currency days of my childhood! Bless yiz all. J.

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    • Sarge says:

      JayKay,

      That bit had had me shook up all day too. I’ve prayed for the poor souls a few times since reading it, but the ones that have “abandoned all hope”, I guess there’s nothing we can do? Is there anyone I know? Statistics would tell you there must be. What a horrible, horrible thought.

      We always have the hope when we lose a loved one that they are in Paradise, and that we will see them again. I often wonder at the pain God must feel. His pain and loss is eternal. How can He “be happy” if He has lost so many of his children? That’s a thought I’ll never get my stupid human brain around, but I wonder sometimes.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        jaykay and Sarge, we do have the Divine Mercy in which Jesus promised if we prayed this for a dying soul(S) He would intervene! We can pray this chaplet and offer it for those who will die each day.
        “Earlier, Our Lord said to her, “At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same” (Diary, 811).

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        • zsa says:

          Thank you Snowy, jaykay, Sarge, and Charlie of course. I need to really commit to praying for other souls–known and unknown–and for my own soul and the ones I’m responsible for (my sons). I have to force myself to stay awake, in every way, and PRAY the Chaplet of Divine Mercy! Jesus I trust in You.

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        • Jill Marie says:

          Amen, Snowy! And because God is outside of time, we can pray the Divine Mercy chaplet for those who have already passed as well! Pray it for your family (past, present, & future), your priests, Holy Souls in purgatory, those who have no one to pray for them, those who are dying or will be soon… We’ve got work to do! How awesome is our Lord to give us the privilege of participating in this incredible work of mercy! And like Fr Don Calloway likes to remind us, it’s the rosary on training wheels. It doesn’t take that much time, so no excuses 😉

          I belong to a group who prays along the bedside of the sick and dying – the Disciples of Divine Mercy of the Holy Face of Jesus, under the Marian Fathers @ Stockbridge. (Actually, I’m in their 2 year formation process before becoming a full member). Oh, the healings, conversions, mystical events that they have witnessed over the years by praying the DM chaplet. It is VERY powerful. The evil one knows this as well which is why the rest of the group prays the chaplet for the disciples going out on a call. Don’t be surprised if the satan does everything he can to try to keep you from praying it. St. Faustina, Blessed Father Sopocko, St. John Paul II, St. Stanislaus Papczynski pray for us and with us!

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    • Sarge says:

      I hope I didn’t say anything wrong there. I know I can’t contemplate the mind of God, although I guess that could have sounded like I was trying to. I’m also not suggesting that God needs my sympathy. I need His.

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      • Jennifer Mary says:

        I read a book 23 minutes in hell by Bill Wiese. Words cannot describe.
        Although Jesus said of hell to Maria Valtorta “the horror of hell horrifies me even though I created it”
        My chaplets are always for a soul dying today. I pray for souls more than anything else. It is the bottom line after all.
        But ultimately God’s mercy is his strongest attribute. He says even the slightest glimpse of remorse is enough to save a soul and often this will be after death when the soul sees Jesus and knows how much he is loved.

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      • Mick says:

        Nah, Sarge; I think you’re just turning over in your head some questions that people have been mulling over for centuries. Goodness knows we’ll never have it all figured out. But have you ever read Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, “Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat”? It’s the first book he wrote, if I remember correctly; and it is absolutely fantastic. In fact, it changed my life by helping me to get the tiniest sliver of understanding about God’s suffering and what we little squirrels can do about it.

        If case you’re interested, there are a couple of copies available used for under $7.00, including shipping (Amazon has a few copies for a bit over $7.00, too):

        http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=consoling+the+heart+of+Jesus

        Praying for you and Christina. 🙂

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        • Sarge says:

          Yeah, after I read what I wrote, I was concerned that I could have come across as trying to understand the mind of God (I think it says somewhere, something along the lines of “don’t attempt to understand that which is to sublime for you…”? I’m to lazy to look it up right now, but I’m going to go with Sirach. Whenever I hear a nugget of Old Testament wisdom, I usually just attribute it to Sirach as default), or worse, sounded like I was suggesting that God was somehow unjust.

          Great suggestion by Snowy and Jennifer about Divine Mercy. I’ll remember to say a chaplet today for Our Lady. She knows who needs it most at that instant and can “apply” it to them.

          Thanks for the prayers Mick. Always keeping all ‘Steppers in mine as well.

          God bless.

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        • Beckita says:

          Hear Hear, Mick! It’s another great Fr. Gaitley work.

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        • Fran says:

          I absolutely love this book, and also 33 Days to Merciful Love. Highly recommend them both!

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    • kate says:

      tuppence happeny 🙂

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  8. Mary Schott says:

    This paragraph makes me think of those of us who so very often contemplate suicide.  You say, “life DOES have meaning,” you speak of people “caring tenderly for their neighbors,” and that we should, “resolve to press on and endure for those you love.”   Is this whom this is meant for?  What does that say?  Does it mean that tons more folks are thinking in suicidal terms than ever before?  It is an epidemic, is it not?  Perhaps like Massada folks will consider ending things so as to not be forced to endure torture.  Were they right or were they wrong?  Is there salvation for those who choose their own deaths?  Does not a soldier do the same thing when he goes to war? Just wondering. Even in the midst of stormy tribulations, joy will rise. People will know that God has not abandoned them. They will know that life DOES have meaning – and that the Lord calls them to participate with Him by caring tenderly for their neighbors. People will watch as, even in the midst of the Storm, God knits together a people resolved to build each other up rather than tear each other down…and see a culture which was in tatters become strong, noble and true again. I saw the Storm truly from my earliest days. I saw the Rescue just as truly…and I have seen the sublime joy that rises even in the midst of the Storm. How I wish I could convey it to you now! But I guess it is better that God lets you see it later, when you need it, so you will know I have told you true. It will fill you with a joyful resolve to press on and endure for those you love. There is rejoicing in your future if you hold fast to God and just do the little things right in front of you.Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation. 

    “If a book is worth reading, it’s worth owning; If it’s worth owning, it’s worth loaning; If it’s worth loaning, it’s worth buying again.” Me

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    • jaykay says:

      “Is there salvation for those who choose their own deaths? Does not a soldier do the same thing when he goes to war?”

      I’d say, Mary: yes and no. Yes, there is salvation for those who choose their own deaths, I think, because so many who do so aren’t in full knowledge, they are so ill they just can’t judge properly. As to the soldier analogy, well, no soldier wants to die. Unless they’re kamikazis, or deluded fanatics – and we see so much of that now. Let the reader understand, as scripture says! Genuine soldiers want to do their best and come through. Hence, the Western citizen-soldier, volunteer or conscripted, has triumphed generally. Says this totally un-military 56-year-old, product of the triumph of the Western, Christian culture which our soldier-citizens preserved for us… to **** away! As it seems now. Maybe real soldiers ( CrewDog?) can comment better, but that’s as it seems to me.

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      • Sarge says:

        It’s perhaps interesting to note that one of the “standards” of courage in the American military (so much so that it has become cliche in the civilian world), and the action often attached to the highest honors, isn’t so much to kill a bunch of the enemy, it is to “jump on a grenade”.

        Man hath no greater love…

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      • Mick says:

        I don’t have a military background, but my understanding has always been that soldiers, even those facing certain death, are not committing suicide. Rather, they would fall under John 15:13: “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It’s like the first responders that died in the Twin Towers on 9-11: they weren’t trying to end their lives, although they knew they might (or probably would) die; they were trying to save the lives of others. That’s a big difference: suicide is self-focused; fighting for one’s country or being a first responder is others-focused.

        Like Jaykay, I firmly believe that Jesus’ Mercy can reach even those who take their own lives.

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    • Beckita says:

      Of course taking of one’s life is objectively wrong but here are words from the CCC which convey understanding of mitigating circumstances often at work when one does:
      2282: “…Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.
      2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.

      I especially love: “By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance.” Surely God is Mercy.

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    • For me, Mary, I think that — in addition to always remembering the 3 instructions to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope — I must immerse myself in the work of caring for those around me as my best hope for weathering this terrible Storm. Even as my anxiety has grown these past few weeks, I still hold fast to the idea that I must soon go about the Lord’s work of helping confused, distraught, and wounded people. I pray that God will provide me many opportunities to assist my neighbors and grant me the strength and will to do so…in His name.

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  9. Annie W. says:

    I hear trust, again, as the main message, Charlie. Don’t try to figure things out on our own. Well, just a few minutes ago my husband and I had a chance to do just that in our own small way. The scary financial thing I asked prayers for, is still a roller coaster, but I know God started the process. I told my husband that God is testing us, but we know He has a plan. Please bring it to a successful conclusion, Lord, we’re getting a little worn out.

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    • Denise Eagan says:

      Happy to pray for resolution to your scary financial thing Annie. My husband and I have been experiencing our own scary financial thing and I’m hoping God has tested us enough to feel we know He’s in charge and has His own plan for us and that we’ve learned to surrender control of all things to Him. I’ve definitely had to learn to let go and let God this past year. I’m still learning, but i’m getting better at it. God’s peace. Denise

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    • canada1nw says:

      Praying for you Annie ! I get worn out too sometimes Annie, then reading Charlie’s words reminds me to always keep on keeping on .
      This article is packed with words to help keep me focused: “once you hold fast to Him nothing is allowed save that which will help bring more souls to Him.” How I want to save souls from eternal damnation! Yet these later years I often forget the duty right in front of me when joined to Jesus, IS doing just that, saving souls. What an awesome thought, even though and especially if the action may be mundane. I thought I would get wiser as I got older..not forgetful, even of spiritual truths, like offering the duty of the moment up to the Lord for the salvation of souls. Renew my heart, my mind and my energy Lord, for the sake of souls!

      In a strange way I have felt calm for myself about what is to come, yet anxious that souls may be lost, making me zealous in wanting others to know. Most do not want to hear of what the prophets say..not even the Rescue ! Even this desire to tell about this and yet remain silent can be used by God to help souls, I pray. I say this as my own adult children do not want to hear about what “might” happen, they want the world to go on as it always has in their lives, while they rarely practice their faith. My speaking only brought frustration in them – so silence is my fasting and prayer and trusting God is what brings peace to my soul. I will soon go on pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje, while some of my children will be vacationing in Cuba. Maybe their vacation will be where God will speak to their hearts..He is a God of surprises!

      “Do not worry much over big things you cannot change. Rather, stick to the little things you can do for those right around you and God will take care of the big things. Know that when you take firm hold of Christ, no one on earth has any power over you whatsoever save that which God allows…and once you hold fast to Him nothing is allowed save that which will help bring more souls to Him. All the attacks and bile of the most powerful will fall harmlessly at your feet when you hold fast to Christ. If your trust in the Lord is deep enough, He may let you be taken for a bit by malefactors, not that they may destroy you, but that their power might be broken in the effort.”

      I am going to print that paragraph..it speaks so very much to me. Thank you Charlie for your continued words of hope and help.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      I just said a prayer for you and your husband, Annie. God Bless You.

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    • Joanne says:

      Annie,
      My husband and I are also facing a big financial problem; the kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night. But by God’s grace I came across the Surrender Novena that Jesus gave to Father Dolindo Ruotolo. What a wonderful difference this has made in both my attitude and my peace of mind. And the problem is on its way to being resolved. Now, as soon as I realize I am worrying over something or someone, I say “Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!” I don’t have a link to the Novena, but if you Google Fr. Ruotolo you will find it easily. Hope this helps. God bless you both.

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    • Annie W. says:

      Thank you to those who have offered a prayer, and my prayers for you others who have this or any kind of challenge. I don’t always have time to comment or even read comments, but when I do I am deeply touched by the words all of you have for each other. It is certainly a unique place here and such a blessing.

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  10. Mack says:

    glad to read this again, it’s a great reminder to contemplate things from the viewpoint of Rescue. What you said about the EU falling apart is even more true today, with Brexit , the influx of Muslims and the violence and terrorism that has brought. But it’s a good thing for the EU government to fall apart since it is just a bunch of bureaucrats in Brussels trying to control everyone else’s lives. Better things will replace it, with God’s grace.

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  11. Betsy Weggesser says:

    Thank You Charlie…For The Reminder…Jesus Will Take Care Of The Bigger Thing We Can’t Do Anything About…But I Do Pray About Them…I will continue to do the little things around me and that Mary And Jesus will keep my heart and eyes open to do things I need to do…✨🕊✨🙏🏻💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👶🏻🇺🇸🌎🙏🏻…GOD’S BLESSINGS….

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  12. little one in PA says:

    Part of the reason I follow Charlie’s blog is because of his ability to speak plainly and in such a way to inspire me to take action and to not worry about the chaos that seems to engulf us. I have personally seen a great uptick in conflict and chaos and sadly death in these last few weeks. As if the Storm is raging stronger and reaching out and touching everyone. Though some still dare not acknowledge the crumbling going on around us. All we need is a stray spark for a fire to ensue. I have read many mystics and supposed prophets over the years, but none have given a call to action for what is needed to respond to this chastising Storm. My Trust in the Lord is increased in knowing how to better do His Will. Thank you Charlie.

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  13. Dawn Marie says:

    I am new to your blog and I just love it. Thank you for your wonderful words. This reminds me to be really open to God’s will each moment of the day and to place all my worries in his hands. This really frees me to love those around me. Love cast out fear, but it is true the other way around that fear casts out love. This also makes life so much more enjoyable and exciting. God bless you!

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  14. Linda says:

    Charlie..I read this a year ago but feel tonight as if I’m reading it again for the first time…my heart is racing….this piece is TIMELESS😇 I’m so happy to hear all is well and you are having a fruitful journey…I have been praying for you to be well as I’m sure many others of us have offered up prayers for you’re safety and health..you have a firm bedrock of prayers & sacrifices going up for you. .bedrock…,twist twist Beckita😊 Anyhow…keep keeping on & don’t worry about getting something new up…enjoy your time where you are for you are practicing what you preach…😇God bless Our Charlie😙

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  15. dianebelvs says:

    Thank you Charlie. Your words fill me with joy and new resolve. I had read this once before, but it was so good to read it again. I helped our new pastor find your blog on his phone one morning after Mass when a group of us went to breakfast. A couple of days later he told me he has been reading it and he thinks it is very good. So add another holy priest to our TNRS family here! God Bless You Charlie and all here.

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  16. Mary says:

    Charlie, did you ever mention that this would be a time of untimely deaths? I thought I read that somewhere. For such is the case within my circle of friends. Last month we lost a dear friend who was only 55, 2 years younger than me and now a young lady we have known for years has just lost her fiancé in a hit and run accident. That young man was only 25. This young couple was extraordinary in their devotion to the Catholic faith.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I warned my Priest over a decade ago that they should prepare to see some untimely deaths as things got more intense. This is an act of God’s mercy. Many people, who would not weather it well, when they enter their final state of grace, God is choosing to pluck them from earth rather than lose them in eternity.

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      • Charlie, Mary ….Good to hear about this again, as this circumstance has permeated in my prayer lately…we too have friends who experienced and are preparing for “untimely” deaths where they came quicker than imagined (death of dear Priest Fr John Mccormick rector of Orlando cathedral two days ago, a great Irish priest…surprisingly retired abruptly last week after diagnosed w/acute leukemia. Was having lots of priests and parishioners planning visits… He didn’t make it 5 days ) Also a 55 yr old good friend with mysterious blood disease last two months, likely in hospital for final time…. others too.
        Lots of attacks recently close to home and complete rejection by family members, practicing believers, fallen away friends …that anything is going on. So tired of hearing many say….”there’s always been evil in the world”. It breaks my heart that souls don’t see their possibility of eternal glory and instead just live for this world. Even if you hadn’t received these messages of the Storm and rescue why wouldn’t a person think about eternity especially believers! Oh my heart hurts at times lately😢

        If you can Charlie can you Pray for this priests soul and the sorrow of the diocese,his parish and brother priests…
        http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/religion/religion-world/os-cathedral-rector-father-john-mccormick-20160919-story.html

        Praying for you always… On my way to mass now.

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      • moreen67 says:

        I have often thought that either knowing people passing on to the next life or hearing about untimely deaths. They are in a safe place I pray.

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      • Linda says:

        Hahahaha. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m one of those… Was watching the riots in Charlotte NC and I just wanted to weep..bp skyrocketed again.. went back on the meds..meh…..so hard to watch Charlie.. You must be really really strong..u know so much more😂. OhWAIT….RESCUE…LATE 2017…MUST KEEP REMEMBERING THAT😊😀😃😄😇😆😅

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      • mdasteel says:

        Could be why 3 weeks ago, my sweet sidekick/guardian/saintly 12 year old collie-type happy mutt (Ciachi) died suddenly with only weakness in the morning as a warning. Was dead when I came home on lunch break at noon.

        And why my husband (45) died suddenly of heart attack 19 years ago a couple of months after we had healing in our marriage and his ISP business became profitable.
        My only brother (69) killed by a drunk driver 13 years ago after returning to the Church a couple of years before.
        My missionary priest & favorite cousin (67) ambushed and assassinated in Kenya 16 years ago after exposing major government corruption.
        An old friend fighting cancer (64) collapsed on the street and died this spring, after beating alcoholism and finding his life’s work (magazine stand where he could discuss to his heart’s content).
        All of them at the pinnacle of their lives. I pray no more. My 3 adult children are blossoming (but 1 is far from the church). Lord, please don’t take them but strengthen them and lead them through the coming chaos.

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  17. Craig says:

    Charlie,
    Are you saying that there is a potentially allegorical understanding to the coming storm (like the tidal wave or the tilted axis)? When you have mentioned North Korea, Russia, presidential elections, etc. it did not seem like those things were to be interpreted as metaphors. Is it possible to “miss” the storm if we are not paying attention, or will there be real events that actually cause undeniable crisis and change? I might just be confused by this post.

    Thanks,
    Craig

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    • charliej373 says:

      No not at all, Craig. I have been pretty clear about when things can be interpreted allegorically and when they cannot – and when anyone has innocently tried to interpret my hard things allegorically I have corrected them. As for your comment about “the coming Storm,” there is no coming Storm. WE are in the Storm, but not yet in the fullness of its fury.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Yes, we are in the storm, reporting from the Detroit Public Schools again. Sometimes I imagine all of the posts on this site being read by people in the future who will only have our accounts of how the storm unfolded in our lives. If someone is tempted to think that it couldn’t have been all that bad, they can look at what we have written and say, “Well, actually it was that bad.”

        If future historians organize these posts, here is one for the “you couldn’t make this stuff up” file.

        Recently I walked out of my classroom right under the nose of a particularly abusive administrator and ended up in the e.r. because of the stress with high blood pressure (216/100). I went back to the school after having put my foot down, and started to sing my song of victory. It was premature though because 2 days after my return I was written up for 6 serious violations of the conduct code related to my leaving the classroom. Here is the best one, “Loafing or other abuse of time will not be tolerated.” Yup, and that’s me alright just loafing around the e.r. for fun. Or how about this ? “Employees must not perform unauthorized personal work during assigned working hours.” I guess that would be those two e.k.g.s, chest X-ray. . . Yes siree, “This type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

        Really I am not making this up. And incredibly in this 2 page report there is no mention whatsoever as to where I spent the rest of the day or why. And then it looked like there was going to be a meeting about it?

        Seriously? By now I had climbed up the chain of command and am at the top. After the way I dealt with this (plus a lot of illegalities as well) I am afraid I am going to have to give up my screen name which has been my identity forever.

        I said I would not participate in this lunacy whatsoever. I refused to try to normalize this craziness by talking about it as if there were 2 sides to the story. I called them out an many thing, not just this. I don’t know how it will work out. I do know though that when I found out last night that my paycheck was not accurate (they docked me for my time in the e.r.) I was really not a quiet person and payroll emailed me at 8:18 this morning. That in itself is probably a singular event in that district.

        I was also very clear with them that the only reason I am there is because Jesus put me in Detroit to shed some light on this darkness and that is what I am doing. So yes, we are in the storm and it really is that bad. Which reminds me of a great bumper sticker I saw just last week, “Giant Meteor, 2016, Just end it already.”

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          QP, it is a sign of the times. Thanks be to God, He has a plan. I am holding you close to my heart in prayer as you endure through these clouds of darkness. The light will always prevail. ❤

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          • moreen67 says:

            jlynnbyrd – I love this picture – for some reason years ago when I would see the sun (Son) rays peeking down to Earth thru the clouds – I say thank you God (still do it). Don’t know exactly why – but I feel He is blessing the area. I’ve been told I have an overactive imagination – ha – true. God bless all! Maureen

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          • Doug says:

            Naaah moreen; not an over active imagination; just a child like innocence. You should come for a ride with us around the Universe in our red wagon when we get to heaven.

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          • Linda says:

            That is so beautiful jlynnbyrd

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        • Another Karen says:

          Quiet One, The students in your class are fortunate to have you there and will probably be among those who, as this period becomes history, will see your actions as heroic. God bless you for your courage, and have faith that He will keep you there as long as it serves His purposes. Meanwhile, as to the practical, I hope you have a great union rep who will be taking on this travesty if needed. I pray that God keeps you healthy and strong through this trial.

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        • zsa says:

          Praying for you, A Quite Person. My niece is a teacher in a calm, more-or-less country school. They gave her the most troubled and “difficult” students. On top of the hard time she had working with the students to pass state-mandated testing, other teachers began a campaign of nasty comments directed at her. She was super stressed. We need to respect those who teach children…not cause them to nearly break down from the pressure. What you’ve been subjected to is outrageous. May the Peace of Christ sustain you every moment. May Our Lady shield you in her mantle. Sometimes the quiet ones HAVE to speak out. Hugs for you, Quiet. Jesus I trust in You.

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        • Beckita says:

          Quiet One, joining in prayer for you and your situation, through the intercession of St. John Bosco and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

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        • dianebelvs says:

          Know that I’m praying for you QP. God Bless You.

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        • Mick says:

          Yes, the moniker “Quiet Person” is fitting you less and less these days. I’m sorry for the necessity of your taking up arms more vociferously, but I’m glad to see you defending yourself with more gusto.

          You’re bringing to mind the song “Eye of the Tiger,” which was the theme song to the movie “Rocky III.” It was performed by a group called Survivor. Maybe we should start calling you “Tiger” or “Survivor” rather than “Quiet”?

          Praying for you, my friend. You go, girl!

          (P.S. Because I just can’t help myself, I have to include a link to the Weird Al Yankovic parody of “Eye of the Tiger”; you might want to read the lyrics to of “Eye of the Tiger” first… it makes the parody that much more hilarious:)

          http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/survivor/eyeofthetiger.html

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Please excuse me for butting in here but for some time I have been trying to accomodate both Charlie’s and Conchita’s witness in my hermeneutic. (A big word for me). The main convincers for me in both Charlie’s and Conchita’s witness and are transparency (not trying to cover up anything), consistency, clarity, obedience, context and simply that ring of truth. I find the revelations of Garabandal a little more full. If you accept the witness of Garabandal it is very clear that Tribulation will be utterly terrifying and come upon us suddenly and unexpectedly from Communism and Russia. There will be no possibility of
      missing it and no need of allegorical understanding. It will be directly from the
      hands of man and will result from man’s actions and attitudes. As far as I can
      see the Tribulation will be Charlie’s intensification of The Storm. When things are at their worst it will be very hard to practise the Faith. There will be persecution and churches will be closed. I am in total agreement with Charlie that we are, and have been for some time, in The Storm. The Storm is the presentation of man’s attitudes and Actions. Tribulation is the result of The Storm. But we aint seen nuthin yet. The heavens will intervene with the great mercy of The Warning but only when things are at their worst. As Thomas Merton said “Divine strength is not usually given until we are fully aware of our weakness.” People tend to confuse pity with mercy. Mercy is God’s relentless pursuit of love for His people. Love can be hard to take. This will never be more true than when we are shown the true impact of our sins committed in the face of God’s perfect love. It will go hard with us but will be for our good and we will welcome it. Can you imagine the pain of being sat down and confronted by how exactlly we have hurt and disappointed the One who loves us perfectly. Most will find it very hard to face, to ingest and digest. It will change the course of human history. Some may not survive The Warning. The shock may be too much to take. There will be no need for allegory. There may be further intensification in the form of Chastisement if the Warning is not heeded. That will be a terrible punishment directly from the hand of God and huge numbers will die in unimaginably horrendous circumstances. Today I received an email from a friend who lives in Garabandal and who confirmed that time is very very short before Tribulation comes. I am still unable to fully reconcile and integrate The Rescue into this scenario but perhaps that is because The Rescue is a separate phenomenon from those prophesied at Garabandal. I don’t know. And yet I believe Charlie. Charlie tells us true: Charlie is an honest man. There is only one further sign remaining to confirm that Tribulation is about to take off in earnest: the visit of a pope to Moscow. When he returns to the Vatican hostilities will break out. We shall see. Indeed we shall see, more clearly and more fully than ever before. I am almost at the definite conclusion that The Warning and The Rescue are not the same and therefore will not happen at the same time. I used to consider this a possibility. I see the Warning as a singular event that will be experienced in a suspension of time but within a discreet frame of time. Prospective parents often wish for the gender of their child to remain a surprise until birth. I look forward to being surprised by joy in The Rescue of 2017. The Rescue may prepare us for the Warning which we know will prepare us for The Great Miracle which we know is for the conversion of the world. We live in singular times. It is probably a great mercy that we know only so much. But we know enough for now.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Joe,

        Just remember all prophecy is a little fuzzy, because it takes into account man’s free will. I, too believe Charlie. Respectfully, I really do not pay attention to Garabandal, in fact, I do not pay attention to the majority of apparitions. There are simply too many of them, though, some like Pontemain in 1871 are personal favorites. Paying attention to scriptural prophecy is daunting enough, such as reading Ezekial.

        Mark Mallet has a nice series on his recent trip to Mexico and he is breathing the fire of the Holy Spirit these days. I would suggest everyone go over and take a look at his most recent posts. However, Joe, just as you cannot perfectly dovetail Garabandal and Charlie, you cannot easily juxtapose Charlie and Mark. And, to be perfectly Frank, Joe, I do not even try. The only thing I can say is Charlie is easier to understand after reading the four Gospels or Jeremiah, while Mark is easier to understand after reading the beginning of Genesis or Ephesians, the Vision of Isaiah at the beginning of his book, or the Song of Songs. Just an observation.

        I would also remind folks to check out Janet Klasson’s site and the Veil of Veronica site. Very Good, uplifting reads!

        Specifically, in regard to Mark mallet’s work, I would recommend reading the creation and fall sections of St. Ephrem of Nisbis’ Commentary on Genesis and Origen’s first Homily on Isaiah.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Hi James
          Just your name brought several happy memories. As a child I spent many a happy weekend on the ‘beach’ on the side of the River Clyde with the McCauley family swimming and playing cricket and exploring the caves where William Wallace hid from the English. Mr McCauley was a teacher, strict by all accounts, but regarded as fair and much loved by his pupils.
          One of his sons Andrew lost an eye by standing too close to his brother Pat while he swung his golf club. Believe it or not this became a source of great hilarity as Andrew became a great character in his own right. Occasionally when too much beer was taken he would pop his glass eye out and drop it in the beer of some unsuspecting victim and pretend he had lost it. Of course you can imagine the horror when it was found and the apoplectic luaghter this produced in those who had spotted Andrew getting up to his old trick. Like his dad, Andrew became a teacher.
          Andrews brother Joe, after sacrificing a very succesful legal profession, became a good and holy priest. In 2015 he was appointed by Archbishop Cushley to lead the campaign for the beatification and canonisation of Maragaret Sinclair who lived in the slums of Edinburgh whose dad was a garbage collector. She worked for a while in a biscuit factory. She died of TB, a Poor Clare, at the age of 24. (Glagow Herald Jan 7 2015 for those who wish to google) I have prayed at her shrine in Edinburgh and mum has a relic of her.
          It was in Edinburgh that I first remember my Uncle, Canon John Crozier, talk about Duns Scotus and stimulating an interest in me in this great mind. I saw from a quick search on you that you too are a philisopher and theologian with a particular interest in Duns Scotus. Uncle Jack would have been made bishop if it was not for a speech impediment that got worse with the years. He was rarely seen without his note book and pencil…a bit like today’s kids with their phones… Always ready to record his observations and inspirations. He too was a character whose mind was always on the four last things but with good humour – his bedroom window looked directly on to the plot selected for his burial. He was chaplain to Oxford University and to the Airforce from whom he sourced aviation fuel for his beloved Ariel Square Four motor bike. Despite all his writing he only ever published one small CTS booklet on St John of Abingdon. His parishioners so loved him that they succesfully campaigned to have a local street named after him.
          This of course brought me to another Canon Crozier, Antoine, who had the stigmata but made visible by his prayers for the sake of humility. He too was a philosopher and writer and published a work on the love of God.
          So thank you James for these happy memories which will play their quiet part in my part of The Storm and hopefully sustain mine and others spirits. When the lights go down story telling may be our only entertainment and philosophy will come into its own as its true worth is revealed.
          It’s a pleasure to meet you and see your light in the gathering gloom. Long may it shine.

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        • jaykay says:

          Yes, Mark M’s recent series on his visit to Mexico is beautiful, especially how he describes the “chances” that led him there. Those Sisters he stayed with… wow!

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      • zsa says:

        Joe Crozier, I’d be the last one to figure out how the pieces of God’s puzzle fit together. Just want to tell you I love these words from you: “As Thomas Merton said ‘Divine strength is not usually given until we are fully aware of our weakness.’ People tend to confuse pity with mercy. Mercy is God’s relentless pursuit of love for His people. Love can be hard to take. This will never be more true than when we are shown the true impact of our sins committed in the face of God’s perfect love. It will go hard with us but will be for our good and we will welcome it. Can you imagine the pain of being sat down and confronted by how exactly we have hurt and disappointed the One who loves us perfectly. Most will find it very hard to face, to ingest and digest. It will change the course of human history.” God’s relentless pursuit of love for His people–wonderful and yes, frightening–but mostly wonderful! Thank you for the spiritual boost.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Thank you Zsa for your comment. I tend to write from the heart and wonder myself where some if it comes from. I am not an academic but appreciate the value that acadaemia can bring to the faith. Like you I find God’s plan – or puzzle as you so rightly call it – is beyond my figuring out. Thank God it’s not beyond our faith. God bless you.

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          • Doug says:

            I’m with you Joe.

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          • jaykay says:

            Yes, Joe, I agree. “Academia” can bring on such pride and it seems to me we’ve had the triumph of false academia in our western society for too long now, and in the Church as well. All those prideful little men scribbling away, Voltaire, Marx, Nietzsche… but darker, not so little, men in the background ready and willing, and enabled, to take their ideas further for hateful ends. And now we’ve come to the culmination, with God ejected (as they think) from His own creation. Yet, our Pope Emeritus is an academic, as was St. JPII, and what better examples of the true academic, married to utter faithfulness and humility, could we find in the last 40 years?

            By co-incidence, I was listening earlier today to a really good performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, with its wonderful evocation of the destruction of the priests of Baal and later (after tribulation) of the triumph of Elijah – “then did Elijah the prophet break forth like a fire…” – and I thought: yeah, no new thing under the sun. “Progress” – shmogress. Same old, same old, yet so many can’t see the soft viciousness of our current totalitarian wannabes. Then later, having the usual Saturday night pints with my mates, I was appalled at the uncritical acceptance of that lady who is your presidential candidate (we do follow your politics over here, you’re hugely influential) and I confess… I just shut up, chickened out, whatever. Back home now, I think I’ll put on Elijah again. God, give us strength to witness in charity!

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          • zsa says:

            Thanks, Joe. And God bless you too. 🙂

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      • Hi Joe. Good post. I like to analyze information like this too — looking for clues in seers’ words, trying to pin down dates to come up with the most likely sequence of events. I love Garabandal — you’ve got a friend there?! How cool is that!

        So many questions: Did Father Andreu see the Rescue when he cried “Miracle! Miracle! Miracle! Miracle!” and said “How fortunate we are to have a Mother like that in Heaven…”? Is the Rescue the Miracle? Has Conchita returned home yet? Ooo…and what is it about the 13th day from Fatima? Is October 13th, 2017, the point when things really get terrifying and hopeless? Let’s not forget Our Lady of Akita on the same day in 1973: “As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one has never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful.”

        Actually, now I find myself trying to reconcile everything I’ve learned about Marian apparitions and seers’ messages to Charlie’s prophecies, instead of the other way around.

        I have in the past lost some sleep with speculation — OK…a lot of sleep. But I figure that whatever I might imagine things will be like, the reality will most likely unfold completely differently — perhaps not unlike trying to envision what Heaven will be like…and then actually arriving there.

        Interpreting messages and prophesy sure is a messy business (but a fun hobby for us scientists – if I may speak for you, Joe, and elevate myself). Even Charlie who is undoubtedly a highly trained expert in the field of discerning prophesy and communicating heavenly messages is sorely challenged by this task. Glad it’s not my job. (Thanks, Charlie!)

        Father Luis Andreu, pray for us.
        Our Lady of Akita, pray for us.
        Our Lady of Tepeyac, pray for us.
        Our Lady of Carmel, pray for us.
        Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus, bless us.
        Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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        • Let me add the last words of Our Lady of Akita:

          “Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.”

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Patrick, Joe and All here.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I love those last words of Our Lady of Akita. They mitigate the warning She gave that a time would come when forgiveness was no longer available.

            It is good and stimulating to have this forum where respect is shown to differing opinions, approaches and perspectives.

            Thank you for your thoughts Patrick expressed in the above comment all of which I have shared except, as you know, I give primacy to Garabandal. For me everything must reconcile to that. No question on that for me.

            For me, for some mysterious reason, Garabandal has never needed questioning or interpretation – just a little guesswork here and there like for dates etc. It has always given me more hope and faith – “ad majora natus sum” , my old school motto – I was born to greater things, – tempered by “not a proud heart and no concern for things too great for me.”

            It is truly wondrous to think that integration, accomodation, and incorporation of all true revelation will come to pass and come to be seen in one amazing turn of God’s hand when the time is right, the appointed time in the time appointed to the world. And the chances are that we will be around to see it all unfold. Mind blowing.

            Despite all my faith I still find it hard to fully face the fact that fulfillment is at hand. I wonder how those who have no idea what lies ahead will cope.

            Therein will be revealed the true power of The God of Surprises so beloved by Pope Francis – the Power to save souls in the way that only God can.

            Yesterday at mass on the feast of Padre Pio I met a retired doctor who has been dealing with cancer for eight years. He had a piece of cloth with the dried blood of Padre Pio which he let me hold and venerate. Padre Pio left the funeral cloth that covered his face to Conchita. She was also given his blood stained mittens. He wrote to her and assured her the time would come when people would believe in the conversations she had with Our Lady.

            Blessed Paul VI said the world must be told the story of Garabandal. Mother Teresa is God Mother to Conchita’s child and strongly supported her mission. Blessed Marthe Robin, mystic and victim soul also supported the truth of Garabandal.

            Like Charlie it is not my job to convince anyone of the truth – just to pass it on as it has been received by me.

            Just like the future of the world may rest on the ring of geothermal fire so I see another ring of fire that unites all the places on earth Our Lady has visited to reveal the plan of Her Divine Son.

            I see especially a line from South America to Europe to Asia and back again. A ring of love around the world – God’s wedding ring wonderfully displayed on the Hand of His Spouse The Immaculata.

            It has been my very small part over the last two years to ensure that an image of Our Lady of Akita is present on each of the populated continents. It does not seem much but it has exhausted me.

            As you know the carving of Our Lady of Akita was based on the Portrait of The Lady of All Nations/Mother of All Peoples in Amsterdam. Both were approved by the local ordinary.

            I have been battling with South African customs for clearance of the final carving. I actually believe the real battle has been with the powers of darkness who have tried to block Her creation, journey and placement on every continent at every step of the way. Yesterday on the feast of Padre Pio it was given clearance.

            As I have posted before it is going to the Institute for The Healing of Memories headed by A hero of the campaign against apartheid, Fr Michael Lapsley. He lost both hands and one eye when a parcel bomb blew up in his campaign office. Fr Michael is a New Zealander and an Anglican priest.

            As Our Lady said to Conchita about a Protestant visitor to Garabandal “He too is my son.” The Lady of All Nations, Mother of All Nations now wraps her loving arms of Akita around the entire globe going out to the whole world that they may be baptised in the Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit.

            We are told that The Great Miracle is for the Conversion of the World. Although televised around the world it will only be physically visible around the hills of Garabandal.

            In contrast we are told that The Warning and the Rescue will appear in the skies and will be visible by the whole world. We will just have to wait and see.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I got goosebumps reading this. I love it. Thank you Joe!

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes Joe, it will be mind blowing that we may be around to witness all this!

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          • Beckita says:

            Love your poetic style, Joe. This especially captured my attention:
            “Just like the future of the world may rest on the ring of geothermal fire so I see another ring of fire that unites all the places on earth Our Lady has visited to reveal the plan of Her Divine Son.”
            It will be confirming and no doubt surprising – where we may have had it wrong – to discover how the layers of authentic revelation have been woven together. Until then, Hut 2, 3, 4: NRS, NRS, NRS…

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        • charliej373 says:

          I love the candor in this reflection, Patrick! For all of us, confronted with the reality of God, there must be a sense of wonder…and the sense of joyful wonder comes through marvelously in this. How I love Job’s amazed semi-lament at the end: “I have dealt with things too great for me.” He is ashamed for once thinking his little mind could plumb the depths of God’s truth, but also amazed and grateful at having been shown a little of that reality – and now perfectly content in the sure knowledge that God loves him.

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          • Beckita says:

            So beautiful, Patrick, Joe and Charlie. Even in surrendering details to God, it IS impossible to suppress so much knowledge gained over time about these times. There is a flip side to surrendering via “Through a Glass Darkly.” (This piece, Charlie, may just be my all time favorite.) That flip side is comprised of following in the footsteps of Our Lady who pondered *everything* in Her Immaculate Heart. Not just some of it, but ALL of it.

            Joe’s commission of a magnificent replica of the statue of Our Lady of Akita, fashioned after the Lady of All Nations, arrived Monday evening. She is breathtaking! Like a mother examining her newborn from head to toe, I ran my fingers over every centimeter of this incredible carving of Her and have spent the week, in retreat, hanging out with Our Lady, whose sure and certain Presence with each of us is represented in such lovely fashion in Her statue… kissing Her Hands to venerate the Hands which held our Savior and Redeemer… kissing Her Feet in reparation and in petition to grow so as to have but a speck of Her humility… doing this in the name of each person in this family of faith gathered around the wisdom of TNRS while encompassing all families everywhere.

            I listened to a podcast the other day concerning how fitting it was for the Lord to provide the companionship of Mary and Elizabeth for one another during their pregnancies, these two who had concernived miraculously. Who could understand best in an ordinary way of supporting each other but they who were both living it? And I thought of how I’ve pulled away recently from much commenting here… with a deep, deep sorrow and the neverending tears of these days. (I’ve got a grip on my duties and NRSteps but PHEW!) Then as I was sitting with Our Lady I smiled at this sight of Akita and Beckita consoling each other. Surely, when I give all I have, it is but a wisp while She, full of grace, is our Holy Mother. But nevertheless, She receives with graciousness from each and every one of Her wee ones any little offering we can muster.

            I’d like to request prayers from everyone here for Joe Crozier, in gratitude that he answered such an internal call to commission and then send these rare and splendid statues all over the world. Please pray as well in petition for all Joe’s needs, hope, wishes and dreams to be fulfilled in God’s Will for him. God bless you, Joe!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beckita, I pray for Joe in his graciousness in providing the gifts of the magnificent statues of Our Lady of Akita throughout the world, and for your dear heart and prayers for us all.

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          • Doug says:

            Hear, hear Beckita and hear, hear Joe. You both are a bull work of faithfulness to the TNRS community. My heart and prayers go out to both of you!

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, I wouldn’t dare speak for Joe on this one, Doug, but in the spirit of full transparency, I have been told I’m full of bull on more than a few occasions. Giggling, Doug. Sincerely, thank you for your prayers.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Must be the Red Bull energy drink😊

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I must have been tapping my reply to Patrick into my phone as you were typing yours Charlie. I see we dove tail on the proud heart and the too great things. Deo Gratias.

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          • Beckita, your post gave me goose bumps and tears. You have a heart so full of love!

            And Joe, until Beckita’s post I had forgotten of your love of Our Lady of Akita. What a beautiful apostolate you have. (B – can you show us a picture of the statue?)

            How providential all this is!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Patrick. It takes one to know one and this place is brimming with all manner of expressions of beauty, love and truth.

            I waited to answer you on this question as we were on the road for ministry this weekend. You shared your mighty bison shots, MP continues to reveal the beauty of SW nature all around him, and others share about the yumminess of all sorts of vegetation. I drove through autumn splendor in western Montana and mountainous terrain around the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi: Flathead Lake. Strangely and gratefully, we were nearly the only ones traversing our usual route. Our destination was near the gateway to the western entrance of Glacier National Park – stunning beauty all around, about 100 south of the Canadian border. Great ministry. Great respite.

            Madame dys-techie cannot get you the pic I sent Joe of the statue on my table/home altar but we have one on site: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/walls-of-jericho-project/

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          • Mick says:

            Glad to pray for our Joe. 🙂

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            How true Patrick in your response to Beckita and howc true and empowering are your thoughts Beckita. I can easily imagine our Eternal Father commending you: “Well done good and Faithful daughter,” Jesus saying with holy pride, “Good job my Sister” and the Holy Spirit saying in appreciation “Ever since I came into your life you have washed my feet with your tears.” As for the Blessed Mother I can see her gazing on you with incredible love and drawing you to her herself in a rapture of pure joy. We are truly blessed to have you here with us. And I can see St Michael, Raphael and Gabriel leading the saints in your welcome home where every tear will be wiped away – they better have an endless supply of tissues up there 😂 There seems to a lot of wiping ahead!
            “She receives with graciousness from each and every one of her wee ones any little offering we can muster.”
            How true is that. This comment represents not only my imagination but also my prayer for you, my little offering.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks so much for your prayers, Joe, and the beautiful way you expressed them – another reflection of your big heart and tremendous faith.

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          • In reading the “Refugee from Heaven”, mystic Cora Evan relates that Jesus told those who grieved for him at the foot of the cross at his crucifixion to imitate His Mother. It was shown that, Our Lady… as she bent over to kiss her sons wounded body while he was being raised on the cross, was performing the first veneration of the cross. He said anyone who imitates this action of kissing a crucifix in the future …would in effect be as if they were doing this with his mother at that moment! Receiving those graces of The Blessed Virgin Mary as if they were at the actual top of Calvary! …in light of this I am so thankful for these reflections of love for Our Lady posted right here in this exchange…so many of you that have spent time…. going on retreat with our lady, commissioning statues to be sent… or the many small hidden displays of love and veneration this incredible family offers to Our Lady for the glory and praise of her Son, Jesus Christ .
            Thank you for keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus and his mother Our Lady, to Charlie and all this awesome TNRS community !

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          • Doug says:

            Beautiful ECO!

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, ECO. I’ve read similar recountings from additional mystics. And for each one who has written in this conversation, who can count the readers – commenters and silent ones – who are “all in” via prayer and living this simple and profound call to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope… So grateful to be in this hope-filled place.

            “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20

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          • Oh, I like that image, Embracio…

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        • Annie says:

          October 13 2016 is a Thursday and the feastday of Blessed Alexandrina de Costa. The following Sunday is Mission Sunday – see the following http://www.presentationministries.com/pope/fst2016-09.asp?rss=1&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=presmin

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  18. AndreaBL says:

    Does anyone know if Charlie will be coming to Oklahoma?

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  19. Diane Grose says:

    Thank you, Charlie! This brought great comfort to my heart, soul & spirit❣ God continue to bless you❣

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  20. johnmcfarm says:

    I don’t remember reading this before…so glad you reposted it Charlie, I especially like the prayer you offer…I will add that to mine, thank you.

    As we get closer I have had patches of fear again, mostly for my family and other folks who have not recognized the storm that is here. But, admittedly some for myself as well. I think anyone who has no fear ever is not facing reality or is emotionally handicapped. But, I have long ago learned to use fear to motivate myself…to use it to better myself and to ready myself for tough things.

    God bless you and the wonderful work you do my friend. You are more than a light of wisdom, you are an inspiration in courage, tenacity and goodness (I can hear you chuckling at the last one).

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  21. Amy says:

    Well, since we’re on the subject of all things Stormy, has anyone read the new book by Fr. Joseph Esper, Preparing for the Coming Persecution: A Handbook for Faithful Catholics…?? Even though I have 6 little ones, I do still read. Call it an addiction. I just read Mirjana Soldo’s book and it was wonderful. The other book has left me a little bit shaken though. I consider myself to be on the prepared-ness side and not the head in the sand type, but I find myself hoping that the things in Fr. Esper’s book are not true. Anyone have thoughts? In fact, I had not read much about *refuges* before now.

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    • canada1nw says:

      Amy, Charlie’s simple yet profound advice has been so helpful to me to “Be Not Afraid”, as St John Paul the Great kept telling us. Charlie’s words of wisdom are “To acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others.”. The being a sign of HOPE to others was easy except to my own nine adult children, who do not practice their faith, I have been anxious, but I am being healed of that 🙂

      I have read many books on prophesy and heard lots about preparing. I have not read, “A Handbook for Faithful Catholics.” What I have learned is to keep it simple, especially what we THINK is knowledge of the storm, and to BE faithful, as a sign of hope. To” pray ,hope and don’t worry” , as St. padre Pio told us to do.

      Our Lady of Medjugorje says to read Matthew 6 verses 24 to 34 every Thursday (payday for many!) Matthew 6:24-34. She is telling us not to worry- that God will take care of us , more so than any of His creation.

      God bless you and your little family ..He will honour your prayers !

      24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

      Do Not Worry
      25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

      28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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    • I read some of Father Esper’s book…..scanned some of it…..it shook me too, Amy. I didn’t care for it either. 😳
      Mirjana Soldo’s book is wonderful. It helped me remember my pilgrimages and gave me much encouragement for my soul and others. 😇
      Father Esper has articles in the Magnificat……I like them much better…..🙂

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  22. CrewDog says:

    A good one for today —- Merry Fall Equinox 😉

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 21 September

    2 Corinthians 13:14
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    I have a friend in Jesus who has taught me the power of blessings. I can’t think of a better one! Grace, love and fellowship rooted in the eternal, sacrificial, and gracious nature of our God, and we share it with God’s children all around the world.
    Prayer:
    Father, I am thinking of several precious friends who need the richness of this blessing to fall upon them. Please bless them. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD BLESS & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  23. Laraine Schilling says:

    Thank you for your postings. I do not find it comfortable, nor should I. And yet…if we can settle our souls and minds down to see the deeper message, there is direction and hope. As St. Theresa of Calcutta said, “if you can not feed 100 people, then feed 1 at a time.” I am sharing, talking 1 person at a time. May God continue your work to help this poor mankind, we all need a trumpet blasts.
    Laraine S.

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  24. Frank says:

    Five hundred Catholic scholars take a stand defending the Church’s teaching on contraception.

    http://trs.cua.edu/humanae-vitae/

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    • Alfred says:

      I’m convinced that anyone who asks the Holy Spirit for enlightenment and then reads *Humanae Vitae* will fully understand why the Church teaches what it does on contraception. Pope Paul VI prophesied accurately what the impact of using artificial birth control would be. Proponents of using artificial means of preventing pregnancy say that abortions are caused by failing to use birth control, but the opposite is true. When B.C. doesn’t work, the temptation to abort is overwhelming. Never mind the temptations toward adultery and fornication. Lord have mercy!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Isn’t it amazing, Alfred? I never even read Humanae Vitae until the 90’s – and then was stunned by its prescience. It is the single most prophetic public document of my lifetime, right in every particular.

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        • wpsahm says:

          Charlie, have you read Casti Connubii from 1930 by Pope Pius XI? It’s prophetic accuracy will make your eyes pop out.

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        • Most disconcerting, though, is that when you point out the prescience of Humanae Vitae, most people simply shrug and take the attitude that whether he was right or not about what has happened, it’s not necessarily related to contraception, and in any case we’re getting along just fine anyway, so no big deal.

          It’s mind-boggling to me that (1) the connection cannot be seen even when you can point back the the original road map, and (2) when they do see it, they think the destination is a fine place to be.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh I know, Diatribe. For decades I argued with the Lord that if He would just show everyone what He was showing me, we would all step back from the precipice and there would be no need for the Storm. I have watched in horrified amazement over the last decade as He HAS been showing all of us in real time – and so many people just double down on disorder.

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          • Doug says:

            Yup. The Pharasies saw all of Jesus’s miracles and doubled down. Just doesn’t seem fair-you-see…..

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          • SanSan says:

            I’m listed on our Archdiocese website for couples wanting to learn NFP……since 2008, I’ve gotten to instruct one couple…..all the others are just ticking off “things to do” in order to get married in the Church (why bother?). They will listen to the one hour “overview” and then go on their merry contraceptive way. Our clergy are not instructing them to behave otherwise.

            On another note, I sent a post abortive grieving mother to confession, where she asked the priest if taking the Pill was a sin…..he assured her that it was between her and her husband to decide. This women wanted to avoid any future sin. Sigh.

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          • Don’t lose heart SanSan. Your efforts will save souls. Even on saved soul is worth a lifetime of effort.

            I have a testimonial, myself. When my wife and I got married, our marrying Priest told us that contraception was left up to us. Hearing that I never questioned whether it was problematic. After we decided to have kids, after our third child my wife wanted me to get a vasectomy. I didn’t primarily because I’m a wuss and couldn’t bring myself to even consider it, but also because there was something about it that seemed not quite right from a moral standpoint. But we still contracepted.

            God brought friends into our lives who brought the contraception issue to our attention. My wife decided she “wanted out.” I resisted, always hearkening back to the Priest. I just thought our friends were being overly dogmatic about things. It finally reached a point where it was causing stress in our marriage.

            I decided to finally prove my point by pulling out the catechism. So, I looked up the relevant articles, and was smacked in the face with the description of contraception as an intrinsic evil.

            I was dumbfounded. God has granted me the blessing of being able to accept things, whether I like them or not, once I am presented with the clear evidence of it. So, I put down the Catechism and told my wife we wouldn’t be contracepting anymore, and we both went to confession.

            It was the first time I realized that I could not necessarily trust the moral direction of just any priest. Which was a sad revelation. By all other accounts, I liked him and he seemed a wonderful fellow. But in this area, he misled us.

            But God finally found a way to reach us. We now have 9 wonderful kids. Some number of these newly married couples will persist in error, but some will not. Seeds have been planted. They need a bit of time to germinate. It took us 10 years into our marriage.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful witness, Diatribe.

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          • jaykay says:

            Yes, Diatribe Guy, I agree fully. And by coincidence, today’s Gospel was Lazarus and Dives, where we hear that they wouldn’t believe even if one came back from the dead to warn them.

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          • I had the same thought when I heard the Gospel yesterday!

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    • I’m so grateful for those faithful! May God bless their good work.

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    • Kati says:

      Catholic University is doing an excellent job these days under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Provost Dr. Andrew Abela and a terrific staff and faculty! I see hope for the future from them. God is always at work preparing just the right people. 😉

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    • Carmel says:

      Thanks for drawing attention to this, Frank. So good to see people standing up for truth. What is also good is that anyone can sign this. So let’s stand up and be counted people😊.

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  25. Annie says:

    This prayer which was presented to us last Sunday with the Mass readings seems apt :

    Lord Jesus, your teaching makes it clear that wealth and possessions are not to be used for selfish motives, but are to be shared with the poor, the weak and the deprived. Your word condemns the philosophy of profit before people which often prevails in the business world. It forbids dishonest dealing, shoddy work, and exploitation of the vunerable.

    We pray for those who are in positions of power and influence that they may strive to promote justice in all walks of life, and that they may have special concern for the rights and needs of the poor and the vunerable. We pray for Church leaders that they may proclaim the demands of social justice according to the spirit of the Gospel.

    May all of us realise that we serve God best not by acquiring possessions or power, but by respecting our neighbours and caring for them in their moments of need. Amen.

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  26. Nicky says:

    Prayers for Maritimes please. All P.E.I schools, along with some in Halifax and Cape Breton schools/universities evacuated today due to bomb threat. Apparently, someone called RCMP in Ottawa and all schools at risk in Maritimes. Everyone got out safely. Still waiting to hear more details.

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  27. Storm Tracker Ed says:

    I think I have found my new prayer and mantra, To be said as a reminder and a prayer through the tribulations of the day:

    The Lord is Master of the Storm. The Lord is Master of the Storm. The Lord is Master of the Storm.

    “God has a plan to carry us to safety. Jesus Christ is, Himself, the safe harbor to which we are aimed. His Holy Church is the vessel which will carry us safely to Him through the violent ragings of the Storm. Our Lady, Holy Mary, is our Stella Maris – the Star of the Sea – the sure navigational guide which will ever keep the ship of His Church pointed steadily towards the Harbor which is her Holy Son. Stay safely berthed in the Church with your eyes on Our Lady who will ever point you to her Son. Do not be distracted by the violence of the winds or the waves. The Lord is Master of the Storm.”

    Was watching a new show on TV last night: Deadliest Catch Dungeon Cove.

    It’s about crab fishing for Dungeoness crabs off the coast of Oregon. Dangerous fishery. Huge storms.

    Well, last night the story was about the big Storm coming in and the attempt to get into safe harbor through the Bar which is a very narrow storm tossed opening from the open sea to the peaceful harbor though two rock jetties with a very narrow safe channel. The mouth of the jetty has huge waves difficult to transit even on calm days. During a storm the Coast Guard can shut the port down by closing the Bar to both incoming and outgoing traffic. The decision to stay out to sea or come in to the safety of the peaceful harbor before the full brunt of the Storm catches you can be a matter of life or death. Literally.

    Brought home that all of us experience some sort of Storm. Eventually.

    I lost my brother quite suddenly last March. Caught us all by surprise including him I am sure.
    Today, I have a cousin who just entered hospice care. He and his family are in a Storm today. We all have a Stormy day coming. Maybe all at the same time. On the same day.

    When that day comes for me personally or for all of us on this planet together I will be thinking of Charlie and this prayer:

    The Lord is Master of the Storm. The Lord is Master of the Storm. The Lord is Master of the Storm.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ed, you always come up with the most sublime contemplations.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Ed, I will keep your deceased and terminally ill family members and all who love them in my prayers.

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    • Mick says:

      Ed, are you a professional writer? If not, perhaps you should be.

      Thank you for this. I’m going to make this my personal prayer, too.

      I will pray for the repose of your brother’s soul, for your cousin, and for your entire family.

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      • I agree with Mick. As I read your post, Ed, I could see everything. Not everyone has the gift to use descriptions so well……if you are not writing….WRITE…..says this Old Lady…..every day write something for memories of the storm.
        The Lord is the master of the storm…….
        Praying for you and yours too.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in prayer, Ed, for the repose of the soul of your brother and for your cousin as he enters hospice care… for all your family.

      Love the prayer and mantra! Thank you.

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    • Barb129 says:

      Love your prayer and mantra, Ed. Prayers for your family…

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    • SanSan says:

      “The Lord is Master of the Storm”….yes, thank you Ed. Praying for your family’s recent loss of your brother and your cousin in hospice. Yes, we all have personal storms and yes, we are all in a “cultural” storm here on earth together. Trusting in Jesus and the protection of Our Blessed Mother, for myself, but even more for my family and friends, many who are lost in the raging winds around them. Lord come, illuminate their souls, Lord come, save souls.

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  28. Jann says:

    There are people who when they have trials will turn to God for help, and even say “Well, God has a plan.” Yet at the same time they reject the Church and its teachings, advocate contraception and abortion if a baby would be inconvenient, and see nothing wrong with same-sex “marriage”. They feel they are “good with God” because he is always there and they feel comfortable praying to Him. Some of these say they are Christian and “love” God , and even Mary, and yet they do not know anything about Christ – the life of Christ or his commandments. They are not familiar with the Bible.

    So if these people already pray to God to help them with difficulties, already trust that “God has a plan”, and are happy and confident and at peace in their own opinions, how will the Storm bring their minds and hearts to Truth.

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  29. theresa323 says:

    EWTN has a wonderful documentary called ” A wolf in sheep’s clothing. It was on tonight but will be rebroadcast on Saturday at 6pm… It is about Saul Alinsky and how the Catholic church was involved with this movement. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, tells how he became involved as a Community organizer when he was in the novitiate, and so much more…

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    • Hey Theresa 😊Good show…was just going to post the same…it’s being re-aired sat 6pm EWTN I just walked in from driving my mom home to south Florida after a visit… and was listening to Fr. Mitch today on “take 2” EWTN Sirius 130. He had hands on time with Saul Alinsky porganizers founding Chicago communities….scary evolution of what he said back then Fr Mitch (20 yrs old ) and friends innocently wanted to help the poor of the city and subsidiarity was a normal (& Catholic) response to locally helping out.
      But Alinsky, they discovered used the theory where the end justified the means (often immoral means) to achieve a positive end goal .
      He said after 11 months of work he and two friends were wanted out and did so …thus b they were persona non grata b/c their means weren’t in line with the founder (he said this was well before Alinsky book came out dedicated to Lucifer.
      Scary annecdote was that while on the street, they were attacked by the Alinsky followers “mob”. One friend ran away unhurt, Fr. Mitch was beat up and they made his other friend kneel down and shot him dead! So he’s talking first hand in the insidious means this percolated through to much of today’s politics. But I’m sure Charlie can more astutely comment on all of this as its his wheelhouse, ‘hood and he’s got Fr. Mitch’s attention 😊

      Take a listen. EWTN is also reairing several times
      https://www.ewtn.com/series/shows/a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing/index.asp
      https://take2show.com/2016/09/21/the-long-reach-of-saul-alinsky/

      Peace
      JMJ

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  30. Doug says:

    Thanks for the repost Charlie! Big amen!

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  31. florinehotai says:

    Thanks so much for staying true to His Grace!! So encouraging that He prepares us to be Light in the darkness. The parallel of this is in Exodus 10 where the land of Goshen where God’s people lived there was light in each home while the darkness that could be felt was over all of Egypt and yet, Pharaoh continued in his hardness of heart. How sad that Pharaoh missed his last chance before the final plague!! As for joy, Jesus said that, even though His disciples were dismayed at the tribulations He told them about, that their joy would be complete – full, total – when they realize the truth of what HE had told them, even as the tribulations unfolded. So thanks for saying true and encouraging us to “Be not afraid.” and take the next right step.

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  32. On a bright note, here’s a little grace from this morning I’d like to share.

    It was cloudy and dismal on this morning’s run, and the Sweetwater is also drab because it’s getting reseeded. There’s a certain tree there where I place prayer intentions, with a little stone I carry on the run as a marker. Really, there should be thousands of stones piled up there from the many years, but the small pile always seems to maintain around 100. Today was a different pace, since I spent the whole run trying listen to my Guardian Angel, also praying for many souls and entrusting them to The Flame of Love. When I got to the tree at the end of the trail, I was surprised and delighted to see this interesting stone sitting on the pile. Not sure who put it there or why, but it’s little things like this that make a big difference. Yeah, it was just me and the usual critters out there, but I think this was meant for all of us. Hope it brightens your day too.

    God Bless,

    MP

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  33. CrewDog says:

    As we watch the horror and unpleasantness unfold in places Far & Near, as we retreat into our own “worlds” with plenty of worry, preparation and planning for ourselves/family, it is good to remember that we have a duty to others that come our way and strength will be in numbers … numbers of Faithful with their skills, gifts and “Stuff” …. and those with little to offer as well.

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 23 -September

    Romans 5:3-4
    We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    I remember the old Corrie ten Boom line, “Thank God for the fleas.” The fleas kept the German soldiers out of the barracks in the concentration camp where she was imprisoned. This allowed her to minister and visit with those who were being persecuted. There she could show and share Jesus.

    Prayer:
    Mighty God, I confess that I get impatient and frustrated with difficulty, pain, and suffering. Please give me more compassion and a better listening ear, so that I may bless those who need love and grace. Through Jesus I ask it. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  34. Susan says:

    Thank you Charlie for this piece! As I was reading it, I became aware that I was also singing, “Oh God Beyond All Praising”. I heard myself singing the words, “and whether our tomorrow’s be filled with good or ill, we’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless You still….” It’s like there is a part of me that truly “gets it” and if I could just take a back seat and let this “part” take over, imagine, just imagine……

    Posted on “Courageous Priest”, Fr. Boquet – ” You were born into this place. God knows well where you are, and is asking you today to use your gifts for His glory. Have courage and strength my friends. Be awake, and don’t be afraid. God wins, and those who remain faithful, who love and support one another for love of Him, will as well. It’s a great time to be a Christian!”

    Thank you Charlie, Fr. Boquet, and everyone else out there who is being the glue that binds us all together!! Praying for all here.

    Peace!

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  35. CrewDog says:

    I’m sure that nobody here thinks that the Democrat Party USA is PRO-Abortion and will support Planned Parenthood and all their Evil Operations No Matter What!!

    “Dems Walk Out of House Hearing Intended to Hold Fetal Tissue Procurement Company in Contempt of Congress”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/dems-walk-out-house-hearing-intended-hold-fetal-tissue-procurement

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  36. Linda says:

    Hmmmmmmmm……

    Maybe?????

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  37. Tom Brown says:

    Charlie I’ve been following your posts for about 6 months now. I see your humble following of God’s Will for you as a great example for us. I truly appreciate your continual exhortation to ”Trust God and do the next right thing ”. How do I share you with my wife who, while a wonderful wife and person, does not practice any faith and is mostly in disagreement with my Catholic Faith. When Jesus said ”feed My lambs, feed My sheep” He distinguished between adults and children in our faith. What I just read here is obviously wonderful solid fodder for sheep but lambs would reject it because they are so young. I need some milk to share with babies, children, in their faith. I have 7 children aged 17 to 36. The oldest maintains her faith but her husband has none that I know of. Our youngest is very active in his faith. The other 5 don’t practice any. They all know God and have some appreciation of Him, but I don’t know how they or my wonderful wife will make it through the Storm. I pray continually for their salvation because I think Heaven will be hell if any of them are lost. Where can I point them to find some ”milk”? Thank you for your work. I’ve taken to praying for you and your work each day.

    Tom Brown

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for your prayers, Tom. For those not ready to commit themselves to acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope, I alwaqys recommend people simply live their own faith with joy. Make your home a welcoming place, where people need not agree with you to be your friend – but must respect your conscience as you respect theirs. Don’t try to convince them of the Storm. Just mention, from time to time, your unshakeable faith in God, His goodness in times past, and that He is always there for those who call on Him with a sincere and humble heart.

      The great thing about the Storm is that it will shake people from their confidence in mere secular things. When they have lost their hope in human supremacy, they must either go into despair or find hope in something else. If you have lived your faith with real joy and confidence, never browbeating anyone, they will look to the example of joy and confidence in you…and then seriously look to the Source where you draw your hope from.

      This will happen in God’s time, not yours, so you must not anxiously always be looking for results, but instead be resolute in joyfully living your faith.

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    • Doug says:

      Tom Ditto what Charlie said and I add, be a rock for your family. Your love and faithfulness will do more than anything you say. There is an expression I heard a while back that resonated with me “no matter how much you raise your kids to do the right thing, they will turn out just like you”. You are a good Husband and Dad.

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  38. dianne10e@gmail.com says:

    Just finished reading the whole Blog. Including reading “All In” And “Be Not Afraid”. Thanks, All In, Fiat, Dianne

    Sent from my iPhone

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