Links from the Edge

distant-combat

By Charlie Johnston

I will speak in San Antonio tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.

San Antonio, Texas (Free Event)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

3:00 pm: Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry, San Antonio, TX  78202

Contact Bill at fr.ed2015@yahoo.com

RSVP, if possible, to Bill at fr.ed2015@yahoo.com

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Last Wednesday I spent the bulk of the day visiting with Bishop Rene Gracida in his Texas residence. At 93, he remains vigorous and hearty. It was the first time I met him face-to-face. I will write more of the visit tomorrow. For here, suffice it to say that when I came to his front door and discovered that the brass knocker on the door was in the form of a squirrel, I figured it was going to be a delightful visit. I was not disappointed.

I spent some time in Houston visiting with some influential figures connecting with the pro-life movement, thanks to Texas Right-to-Life President Jim Graham. I was his guest at the annual Texas Right-to-Life Dinner in Houston. It was incredible. They had about a thousand people there and raised over a million dollars. They do it right in Texas – and push hard on all fronts. One of the more impressive things is that they provide extensive training for young leaders on campuses through fellowships. They now have over 60 trained leaders organizing student for life issues on over 25 campuses throughout the state. This year the top two honorees at the dinner were David Daleiden, who gave the keynote address and his partner in producing the videos that have rocked Planned Parenthood, Sandra Merritt. Two years ago, Bishop Gracida was one of their top honorees. He proudly displays that award front and center in his dining room. Texas Right-to-Life gets things done and gets legislation passed. If you have a few bucks to spare, they will be well-used to save the lives of babies with this group.

I want to put some joyful things up I have run into throughout this amazing stretch of my journeys tomorrow, but today I have been struck by some articles from secular sites.

First, the House subcommittee investigating the alleged illegal trafficking in baby parts by Planned Parenthood and some of its corporate partners and customers, issued  a recommendation of contempt against StemExpress, the biggest purchaser of such organs from Planned Parenthood. Alexandra DeSanctis writes about it here. (Pay attention to DeSanctis – she is a rising young star on religious and life issues. Her writing is neither overblown nor understated, just always straightforward and insightful). Reading the referral, itself, I was struck by the inclusion of some new material. Typically, when a Contempt of Congress citation is issued, it is up to the Justice Department to enforce it With an astonishingly politically corrupted Justice Department – which thinks the law is whatever helps the left or punishes the right – I figured Contempt of Congress citations now are just pieces of show, as they were with Lois Lerner and Eric Holder. Interestingly, though, this referral spent a large section noting that such contempt citations can be enforced by the Attorney General OR by the House itself, citing extensive precedents when the House has done exactly that, dating back to 1795. Since the Justice Department now won’t prosecute progressives, no matter how compelling the evidence, because it is too busy harassing conservatives, no matter how flimsy the evidence, the House just fired a shot across the Justice Department’s bow: sit on this one, mopes, and we’ll do it ourselves.

Victor Davis Hanson, one of the foremost public intellectuals of our time, offers as stark an article on current geopolitical realities as I have seen in a secular publication. Davis is a noted classicist and military historian from Stanford University and a visiting professor at Hillsdale College. His blunt assessment is downright scary. He warns us to be prepared for a hard rain in the next months.

Writing in the National Review, David French asserts that the Black Lives Matter Riots are not just riots or protests, but a direct assault on the rule of law itself and against the very idea of dispassionate justice. It is a powerful piece that gets to the heart of what is at stake here.

Finally, Kurt Schlichter at Townhall Media, writes of what a laughing stock the establishment media has made itself into. It is a solid piece on its own, but it also subtly touches on why  none of the establishment can see what is coming its way. They are so narcissistically self-absorbed, so blindly certain of their own superiority and supremacy, that reality scarcely ever intrudes on them – and when it does, they just scream ever louder in mockery and insult rather than confront honestly the steaming mess their “supremacy” has wrought.

A gloomy survey, I know. But that is the reality on the ground today as the old order destroys itself. You know the important parts of the rest of the story: God wins and He calls you to be a participant in the Rescue He sends. We can’t stop the explosions and shocks of an old order collapsing on itself (though we can watch in some stunned wonder as the anti-God forces contort themselves to try to convince people this is the “success” they intended all along) but we can be signs of hope to those around us and to all those who daily start to figure out that the whole system is corrupt and collapsing.

I normally don’t do a repeat of an article so quickly, but we have had a huge influx of new readers this last month and the piece, All In, is important for all who would gird their loins to be signs of hope rather than of despair as things continue to unravel, so I repeat it below:

All In

man in underbrush

By Charlie Johnston

We have reached a striking pass. Many of my old critics, while not letting up on the criticism, are visibly nervous that I am right because of the sweep of events this last year. I dropped by a site that comments on me regularly a few weeks back – and was amused to see some of my critics essentially arguing that, “…just because Charlie is right doesn’t mean he is…right.” On the other hand, many of those who have found hope and inspiration here are, occasionally, showing visible signs of worry that, ultimately, I may turn out to be wrong. I have kind of been waiting for this. It makes sense because I have been stunningly accurate on the sweep of the social breakdown – and the acceleration of it over the last three years. But what I say beyond this is, plainly, unbelievable from any temporal standpoint.

One of my favorite phrases is that ‘faith is an act of the will.’ We choose faith, not simply fall into it. If we just fall into it, the roots don’t go deep. We must actively choose it at some point – or lose it. I actually have a lot of sympathy for the doubts on both sides, for I had my own moment of choosing – and it came about five years after my final commitment.

In early 2002 I was still struggling with my own belief in the phenomenon I had experienced my whole life. Though the evidence had piled up, both in large and small ways, that this was authentic, a significant part of me could not let go of the fear that this was just the way my peculiar mind processed a powerful intuition. These fears caused me to worry that if I had to go public, I would likely face humiliation, disgrace, and burn all bridges to any way of making a living – and might yet be wrong at a critical moment. Such fears were not conducive to speaking with confidence. Yet if I did not speak with confidence, how could I give heart to people when they really needed it? If I did speak with confidence, how could I be sure that I would not yet be wrong on something critical? The disclaimer from a financial commercial, “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results,” kept going through my mind. Since about 80% of what I did required interpretation of often cryptic information, what if I got a significant interpretation wrong? Despite the protocols I had put in place to prevent the devil from deceiving me, I well knew he had deceived many saints for a time and had no illusions that I was invulnerable to such assaults. What if I were deceived on a point and, for whatever reason, my angel did not correct me? The lament of Jeremiah was always on my mind: “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped…” (Jeremiah 20:7).  If I did not speak with confidence, I might well defy God and fail the mission He had entrusted to me. What a terrible accounting I would face for that! If I did speak with confidence, I might mislead people – and the despair would be all the greater for it. Yet I had structured my whole life around the possibility this might be true and I might be called to act…so what was the purpose of my life at all if I was going to chicken out at the moment public service began? I had wrestled with this conundrum for over a decade. I needed a way where I could go all in.

I finally realized that I had been wrestling with the wrong question. The question was not whether I would ultimately be right or wrong, but whether I would be true to the promise I had made to God that I would speak in His name to give people comfort and hope if the Storm, the global civil war fought on cultural lines, fully developed as I had been told it would. When I started thinking in terms of being true and of promise, a way forward opened up to me. I could never eliminate all doubt in my head and, heaven knew, the devil would spring up to inflame those doubts if I thought of it in that fashion. Nor could I deny what was likely an authentic call from God and live with myself if I shirked it. So I decided to behave “as if” it were all true in order to keep faith with my promise. Working from this premise, it made perfect sense to adopt some rules and safeguards that would make my work a bit harder, but would protect others from any unnecessary fallout while staying absolutely true to my promise. Here are some principles I adopted to facilitate this work:

1)      Obey legitimate authority. People who are crazy think they are authentic and right. If it is from God, submitting fully to the authority He commissioned His Church on earth with is the perfect safeguard. If it is from God, He can clear the way when it seems impossible. If it is blocked, it is for my good or that of others.

2)      Never abrogate my responsibility. This is the flip side of obedience. I am given a peculiar mix of spiritual and temporal responsibility. While living full obedience to the Church I must take full responsibility both for my spiritual discernment and my temporal actions. I must always take counsel on both, but take care not to allow anyone to share in that responsibility. It can be very tempting to try to spread the responsibility around, so that blame can be shifted for any errors. That would offend God. This is why I do not seek – or accept – any ‘endorsements’ of the prophetic elements of my message. That is my responsibility alone before God. I also am careful with my Priests and close counselors to warn them away if they suggest something that would inadvertently cause them to share in my responsibility. For example, a counselor once suggested I ask a specific question of my angel for discernment. I quickly warned him not to suggest that, as it would cause him a share in the responsibility for my discernment. Rather, he could ask me specifically how I discern and make suggestions to refine my discernment – but to propose an active test of an angel would give him responsibility that he should not take on. Any errors are my own, both before God and before men.

3)      Make whatever I do or say good in itself. Past performance, though suggestive, is no guarantee of future results. I can’t know with absolute certainty that the prophetic elements of my message will come to pass precisely as I have seen them. God is trustworthy and strong, while I am small and frail. Thus, keep people’s trust focused on the God who is trustworthy and strong, reminding them of His goodness in ages past and His abiding tenderness to those who put their trust in Him. Handle everything so that if I failed miserably on everything else, I would have written material that would be useful to help people reconcile themselves to God and His Holy Church, despite my own failures.

4)      Be rigorously honest. Much of what I have been shown over my lifetime is starkly unbelievable. That the world could so flip in its values in one short lifetime that it would bluntly treat good as evil and evil as good was unbelievable to me when I was yet a boy. But it has happened, as have almost all the unbelievable things I was shown. I do not have to tell all that I am shown. It is usually best that I only tell a little. But calculations over believability must play no role in my decisions about what to tell and what to retain. Whatever is told must be true to what I am shown. Whatever calculation is involved must be over what is useful in building people up, assuring them of the hope that is in God, preparing them for trials, and exhorting them act so as to build those around them up and so participate in the Rescue. Many people – some friends, some foes – have given me advice on what I should do to make my work “more believable.” At best, I listen politely and move on. If I were worried about believability I would never have gotten up the nerve to speak in the first place. If, in my contemplations, I find a refinement in the interpretation of what I am shown or told, I must make the refinement, regardless of how people react to it. If a core piece meets with heavy resistance, I must stick with it resolutely. I must tell people true and let the chips fall where they may. The moment I start trimming my sails to enhance believability is the moment I cease to be useful at all.

5)      Use my anger, but don’t let it use me. Anger is an incredibly useful, and often necessary, tool. It can bring focus and passion to bear, used to steady those in panic, repel  assaults, and fire up the timorous. But it is like fire: properly contained in and focused by a solid furnace, it brings warmth, light and life in the coldest times. Uncontained and unfocused, it consumes everything in its path. I am grateful here for my political training, for knowing when to respond to attacks and when to ignore them is an art form. Amateurs think that either you always respond or you never respond – a simple formula,  and one that, followed rigorously, always brings them to grief. You cannot ignore attacks that bring into question your integrity or the integrity of your message. To do so is to fail to defend the charge God has given you. But once you have responded effectively, move on. The cranks will keep raging, the malicious will mount new schemes, but you must not deeply engage with cranks and the malicious, which can only fuel the fires of anger. Once you have responded effectively, they will move on or their malicious rage will consume them. Do not notice at all the petty carping of small men of no stature or credibility, for to do so diminishes you and elevates them. Use your anger, but never let it use you.

6)      Know that your only effective audience is God. When an actor auditions for a role, there may be dozens of people watching in the studio, but the actor’s only effective audience is the casting director. If all the dozens of people think the actor is great but the casting director does not, the role will go to someone else. If all the dozens of people think the actor is horrible, but the casting director sees a compelling quality, he will get the role. I am auditioning for heaven and God is the casting director. I obey the Church in all its lawful authority, for that is what God calls me to do. I minister to, comfort, challenge, and exhort His people, for that is what God calls me to do. If I keep my promise to God, 10,000 theologians swearing I didn’t will change nothing in God’s sight. If I betray that promise, 10,000 theologians swearing I kept it will change nothing in God’s sight. I seek to please the Master, hoping not to offend the spectators, but never failing to do so if it is the only way forward that is consonant with the Master’s will for me.

7)      Don’t look back. Once you have set your course, don’t waste any time mewling with the Hamlet “to be or not to be” routine. Choose well and seriously, then go steadily and resolutely forward, regardless of the obstacles you encounter. Never calculate the odds. If it is right, go forward despite insurmountable odds. Never be seduced by mere temporal advantages into doing something unworthy. If your weakness betrays you and you do something unworthy, renounce it, get up, and continue on your way. If I am with God, I can be delayed, restrained or diverted, but I cannot be stopped. If God is not with me, I should be stopped. Know that no one on earth has any power over you that God has  not allowed. Therefore, any setbacks or resistance are for your or their good – for your purification or for their inspiration and recovery. As inspirational as it can be to others for you to live prosperity well, know that it is even more inspirational when you bear adversity well. Never squander the grace of adversity by pining away for what was safe and comfortable when you were not fully mature.

With the adoption of these guidelines, I could safely be “all in,” for I was keeping my promise to God, not restlessly trying to be right.

If I was mocked, scorned and humiliated, I was all in with my promise.

If I was honored and celebrated, I was all in with my promise.

If I was wounded and suffered, I was all in with my promise.

This is the key. I occasionally get people who tell me scornfully that if God spoke directly to them, they would act without hesitation or doubt. Besides speaking ignorantly of that which they know nothing, they badly deceive themselves. They have little faith. Everything I need for my salvation, I have from the Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Sacraments. God speaks to us all there. The extraordinary ways in which God speaks to me have to do with a particular mission I am given – to go forth and comfort His people, to help them endure until Rescue and to participate now in that Rescue. Because of people’s little faith, they actually want more convincing that God exists. I don’t need these extraordinary visits to do God’s will – and neither do they. If they really meant that they would do God’s will rigorously if He spoke to them directly, they would do it rigorously from the direction He gives them in the Scriptures, Magisterium and the comfort He offers with the Sacraments. They think to chide me for my lack of docility to an extraordinary grace but instead reveal the frailty of their faith in what we all are given freely. If you can’t even live the ordinary well and resolutely, what could possibly make you think you could easily bear the additional burden of the extraordinary? It is as absurd as a man who struggles to carry 50 pounds on his back boasting that all would be well if he were just loaded down with a thousand pounds.

Faith is not just a matter of emotional belief, of being convinced. No matter how convincing the arguments, you will encounter terrible trials and setbacks; times when you will ask, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Times when you will wonder whether there is God at all, times when you will doubt that He has any concern for you at all. If your faith is dependent on an emotional belief, on being convinced beyond all doubt, it is a feeble thing, likely to collapse with the rise of wind and waves.

A faith that is strong and sturdy is a faith that, properly formed, is fully and consciously chosen. You cannot just sit back and wait for God or His ministers to convince you – acting like a judge at a gymnastics event, holding up a scorecard for how well someone else has performed. You are called to be a participant. Authentic faith is your response to God’s grace. You choose to act in faith, whatever trials, whatever setbacks, whatever sorrows may come. It is a conscious act of your will. You choose it knowing that there will be times when you doubt, times when you faint from weariness or fear…and when those moments come, you act with faith anyway. “O Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). Authentic faith, fully chosen, makes you a participant in God’s grace, rather than merely a spectator.

Choose faith. Believe in God, not in me. Let us choose to believe in Him together. To get through this Storm, to be active participants in the Rescue we must each be “all in.” That way, if I should ever fall, you will stand – and if you should fall, I will stand. If each of us do that resolutely, our jaws set like flint, then the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven shall rise together, shall rise forever, and God shall rule.

 

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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219 Responses to Links from the Edge

  1. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Thank you, as always, Charlie! What a great way to end the workweek. HUA!

    Heard.
    Understood.
    Acknowledged.

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  2. Mack says:

    It would all be too depressing except for that part at the end: God wins! And we can be participants in the Rescue. That’s a great hope. Things will get worse before the Rescue but then God wins.

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  3. Charlie, on this feast of Padre Pio, I am struck with how similar your message is to his “Pray, hope and don’t worry” . I am glad you met Bishop Rene in person…he is a close friend and Father to me and my family, especially my son Mark, since he was our bishop here in Florida. He is a true and courageous warrior for the Lord..we would follow him anywhere!
    i am encouraged now , after re-reading your “All In” post to take the next right step, to be a sign of hope, as I was being tempted to doubt what the Lord had asked of me many years ago. I have obeyed the legitimate authority , my spiritual director, and I won’t look back.
    Thank you for being faithful to your mission. Looking forward to hearing about your visit to Bishop Gracida.

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    • SanSan says:

      Padre Pio documentaries and movies have been our viewing fare for the past month. I have also given him my daughter to take care of. Isn’t it amazing and wonderful that some of us have witnessed the canonization of so many Saints during our lifetime. I’m in awe of them all……I pray to obtain their holiness…..thank goodness all things are possible with God, because I wouldn’t have a chance. Mea culpa, my dear Lord. You know my wretchedness…….please continue to “prune” me and cut “that” character flaw at its root…..it’s killing me. Thank you Jesus.

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  4. eightlambs says:

    Ok Charlie. …I can’t resist….did you get my email in regards to the squirrel wind chime? I sent you a picture of him.
    I’m squirrel sitting until you come and claim him for your own.
    There was also a statue of the Blessed Mother with Jesus in one arm and a squirrel on the other! But I couldn’t afford that one.
    Hugs and love from California.
    Jeanne

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  5. Joe Crozier says:

    Our priest recently said that faith is an entrustment of the will.

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  6. Annie says:

    Very wise Charlie. I have been readind about Blessed Alexandrina (who had a great devotion to the Eucharist) and how the evil one tried to confuse her. http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2009/11/blessed-alexandrina-da-costa-mystic-and.html?m=1

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  7. Lance Redden says:

    Hello…I’ve been following charlie for sometime now…I really believe we are headed for a terrible storm u can just feel it…it causes me anxiety sometimes but like charlie “I’m all in” I read what he writes & I relize how small I am…I can’t do anything but take the next right step do the little bit in front of me & hope I’m a sign of hope….the only thing I have planned during the storm yes I know charlie said don’t try to out plan God. But when the fulness of the storm hits I just plan on loading up my 2 gurls (dogs) & head 2 the nursing home I wrk at….I’m not high on the food chain…I’m a cna/cma….I’m m just want 2 help take care of my residents…I’ve been in the nursing home business my entire life it’s all I know…been at this home 17 yrs…it’s like home 2 me…it’s just ask the TN family to pray 4 me as I take the next right step….

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  8. Joe Crozier says:

    Prayers for Janet please in her ordeal by the inquisition on MOG. She defends and upholds The Faith wonderfully but such oppression and persecution takes its toll.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Praying for Janet …

      … from today’s Liturgy of the Hours:

      Almighty and eternal God,
      who, by a singular grace, allowed the priest Saint Pio to participate in the cross of your Son,
      and by means of his ministry renewed the wonders of your mercy,
      grant, through his intercession,
      that, constantly united to the passion of Christ,
      we may happily arrive at the glory of the resurrection.
      Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
      who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
      God for ever and ever.
      Amen.
      The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
      Amen.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Thanks Phoenix – I love that name – the bird that rises from the ashes.
        After my annulment the priest told me to pray that my ex and I would find new lives in the ashes of our marriage. Ash is often used to fertilise the ground. It is not wasted. I have learned from my mistake….I think!
        In my depression I travelled from New Zealand to Spain to the holy ground of Garabandal and placed my wedding ring in the donations box in the village church. Now indeed we are all about to head into a future when our past lives will be reduced to ashes that will give us a fresh start and the chance to grow as intended. …I hope.
        In the end Her Immaculate Heart will rise triumphant like The Phoenix and we will be swept up 0n the wings of Her Flame of Love… .I believe.

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        • the phoenix says:

          Wow, Joe Crozier … What a powerful witness you are! 🙂

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Phoenix
            Having turned the clocks forward I awoke today from a shortened sleep feeling nothing like a glorious regenerating Phoenix but was led groping in the darkness to the MOG forum from which I am banned. I can still see what is going on there but cannot contribute. I arrived at a link to Mark Mallet that I had not seen. It was all about The Flame of Love. When I responded to your prayer for Janet I remember briefly thinking that the words given to me at the end were a bit ‘out there!’ To talk of The Flame of Love having wings was not my choice. I was not sure of writing the response as given. But then I did think on the other scripture -“I will raise you up on eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand” and now yet again “Wait upon the Lord and He shall renew your strength, rise up with wings as eagles, walk and do not faint.” (Is) Words that are on a plaque on my clinic wall that I see every working day. And now to think of the Immaculata as a Phoenix the instrument of The One who makes all things new, rising up and drawing all mankind to Her Immaculate Heart that burns within Her Sacred Heart, the Heart of Jesus – Her Flame of Fire- is truly a miraculous inagining. The volcanic ring of fire that encircles the earth will be replaced by the fire of volition ignited by the Fiat of Mary; the eternal ring of God’s love as we cry out “Oh Lord your love is eternal, discard not the work of your hand’ and so the hand maid of the Lord comes into Her own as we await in the closing of 2017 Her visible rescue for the whole world. Thank you Phoenix for giving us this re-assurance through your well inspired name.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that! Our IL TNRS gathering was today. Our first two guests pulled into the driveway at the same time my DH was coming home for lunch. He spotted a bald eagle circling our home to our amazement and delight. It is the first time in all my life that I had can say without a doubt that I have seen a bald eagle in flight.

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          • Beckita says:

            Awesome, Jen. Just awesome.

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          • the phoenix says:

            Well, Joe Crozier … It seems I can repeat my earlier comment: “What a powerful witness you are.” You can still contribute to the MOG forum … by praying for them. Am not sure whether you’d still want to see what goes on there? I used to read the MOG forum, never joined, and after hearing more about the direction it was taking, I stopped reading it. Sometimes it’s best to keep a safe distance, love from afar, and pray. God bless you!

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          • Beckita says:

            In the great adventure of bringing the statue of Our Lady of Akita to Missoula, I’ve gained a dear friend and brother in Christ: Joe. I am inspired by the ways he ceaselessly prays for those at MOG. A true sign of hope in deepening darkness.

            At this moment the closing to the Jubilee Year of Mercy is now 1 month, 25 days, 16 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds away.

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          • Finally took my little family on a mini-pilgrimage to Mass and through the holy doors at our diocesan cathedral this morning. I remembered you TNRSers while passing 🙏🏼

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Momma.

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          • Doug says:

            Nice Momma!

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          • Mick says:

            Thank you, Mommacarmella. 🙂

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        • SanSan says:

          ok, dumb question….why are you moving your clock forward?

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          • charliej373 says:

            He lives in New Zealand. they change at a different day than we do in the States.

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          • SanSan says:

            Ohhhhhhhh, thanks Charlie!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Our TNRS family in the Southern hemisphere are celebrating the season of Spring. When my daughter traveled to Australia and New Zealand in August it was winter there. 🙂

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Glad Charlie answered for me – could have taken me half a page ha ha.

            Just been reading again the stories of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales. A very small plaque in the middle of a traffic island in Hyde Park London marks the spot where the notorious triangular scaffold of Tyburn stood. Pope Francis has told us to prepare to be martyrs. I wonder how many garments will be washed in the blood of the lamb in the course of The Storm. I hope I find the courage and conviction shown by the 40 martyrs.

            The Tyburn Nuns – Perpetual Adorers of The Sacred Heart – have their world HQ in London’s West End and now have houses all over the world. Until recently their Mother Superior was a New Zealander and they have two houses here. Their HQ chapel, like so many other ‘hidden’ chapels of London, is a veritable oasis of peace with perpetual adoration. I used to love dropping in and sitting quietly. Below the chapel on display is a large collection of relics of the martyrs.

            One of the things that really annoys me is how followers of Islam have corrupted and perverted and cheapened the meaning of martyrdom. Their deaths are not the deaths of martyrs but of murderers.

            Even the so called moderate Muslims justify killing by calling it martyrdom. As we Catholics know, true martyrs do not take life for love of their faith but only sacrifice their own. They will not hesitate to kill us.

            On the nun’s web site they have a section for prayer requests and they are still looking for another miracle for the canonisation of their foundress Ven Marie Adele Garnier/Mother Mary of St Peter. I have one friend to whom I gave a relic of Mother Mary and who was cured of widespread cancer. Sadly despite being Catholic she attributed her miracle to medical skill and would not witness.

            Ah well – got my half page in after all.

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          • Mick says:

            SanSan, I was wanting to ask the question, too; but I was afraid I’d look like a numbskull. Thanks for being more courageous than I, and for asking a question that turned out not to be dumb after all. 🙂

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          • pattyami says:

            Our new pastor Father Justin is very cheerful but will make comments that are very serious in a kind of light hearted way. On the feast of the pope martyrs Saints Cornelius and Cyprian he said to remember if we are martyred we will go straight to heaven. It is not the first time he has made a comment like this.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. San San. Some countries do it when fall begins. There are a few others.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying, Joe.

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  9. jlynnbyrd says:

    Joe, I will keep Janet and all here in my prayers.

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  10. BD says:

    Charlie. Great post again. More tomorrow. Thanks and God Bless…

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  11. Linda says:

    I’m ALL IN😆…I’m ALL IN😆

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  12. LisasMania7 says:

    So my new favortie Next Right Step is to start planting Purslane “weeds” all over my yard
    (and, as always, keep enough seeds on hand to share with the neighbors for when I can convince them to do the same).
    It grows easily, tastes great, and has a gynormous amount of nutrition!!
    “Purslane may be a common plant, but it is uncommonly good for you. It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus….”
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/power-packed-purslane-zmaz05amzsel

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    • BD says:

      Good info LisasMania7. May the weeds be with you.;-)

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Lisa, I grew up eating that little weed- used to chow on it when I was out all day in the fields playing! Loved it for its tartness, the flavor is wonderful. Another good thing about it is it grows really well in bad soil! we have a very old cactus that gets put out every summer and this year a purslane grew around the base of it..everyone kept trying to pull it and I’m saying, No! Leave it, I want it for my salads! I’ll see if it will winter over in the house this winter. Yum!

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      • BD says:

        Hey Snowy, My parents had a garden when a was a young kid and my job was to pick the weeds out. Now people are putting weeds in the garden. Times sure have changed. Geesh. 😉

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Bd,
          Come gather ’round people
          Wherever you roam
          And admit that the waters
          Around you have grown
          And accept it that soon
          You’ll be drenched to the bone
          If your time to you
          Is worth savin’
          Then you better start swimmin’
          Or you’ll sink like a stone
          For the times they are a-changin’.
          Bob Dylan. 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          It was your last sentence..the song just popped in my head and then I thought about your initials and simply couldn’t resist! 😉
          Oh and *weeding* was how I got punished..”You are grounded for a week and you can weed the garden!” Oh…. the torture 😰 ! Hahahaa. Too bad I didn’t know what was coming..I could have said, but Mom! We may need these weeds one day to survive!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Oops, posted before I answered your question. Yes, we do live in interesting times… we will spend the next 12 months watching for the comet and then the last 4 looking for Heaven to open and come rescue us……. how can you beat that?

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          • Doug says:

            I got my popcorn ready Snowy! No. Only kidding. I am anxious to get the show going, but I will probably retract that when things get rough. Lord, I trust in your mercy!

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Snowy, I love purslane too, but can’t get it to grow up here in the winter indoors. Let me know if you are successful! 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Audie, doubtful because it’s probably a typical MN plant that needs the winter months to rejuvenate. I’ve tried with several weeds, moss, trees, etc. and they all go dormant anyway. I’m guessing the only way it will grow in the winter is from seed that has been in the freezer at least 4 weeks and very bright sun bulbs- the sun here in the winter is too weak.

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    • Mick says:

      Isn’t purslane awesome, Lisa? It grows all over our garden, so we never have to plant it (we just allow it go to seed and then let it spread wherever it wants; then when it is growing someplace where we don’t want it, we just pull it and either use it ourselves or feed it to our livestock). I don’t know if you’re into making tinctures or salves, but purslane can be made into both because it has many medicinal attributes. It can also be made into a quick and simple poultice (I have an herbalist friend who uses it that way).

      One small note about the consumption of raw purslane: it is very high in oxalic acid; so those who need to watch their oxalic acid intake (I am such a one) need to do a little reading before eating much purslane. This article has the skinny on the venerable weed:

      http://www.eatthatweed.com/oxalic-acid/

      🙂

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    • SanSan says:

      Ok, this is something I can be sucessful at……planting weeds!

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    • Allie oop says:

      Oh my goodness this weed is all over my yard and in my pots. I didn’t pull it because I had a feeling it was useful. (God is good!) My children and I will harvest some today and get some seeds before it gets to cold. 🙂

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  13. Anne says:

    For me…. Getting focussed on gloom here….. Back to Mallett and pelianito right now!!

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  14. Noah603 says:

    I concur with VDH’s weather forecast.

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  15. Joe Crozier says:

    Having a late night and the clocks go forward. Not a good combination. I thought I would read a little scripture before sleep and opened at Isaiah 13. Wish it had been Isaiah 12. Might have slept better. Good night all.

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  16. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of “Links From de Edge” …. Now!! Normally I wouldn’t post something from Jim Bakker’s Show .. but that would be un-Christian as he seems to have turned his life around and is “Back on Track” … and from time to time I’ve watched his Show whilst Channel Surfing and have found nothing, now, objectionable. Lt Col Maginnis is The Real Deal and I have seen him many times on FOX News … which, of course, makes him an Enemy of the State in the Left’s Mind 😉 Anyway!! A few years ago most here would have written off the below as conspiracy BS … but “These-Days” I have no reasonable explanation for much of what I see other than demonic forces ;-(

    “Lt. Col. Maginnis: Obama Admin. ‘Is Aggressively Against Christians’ — ‘Demonic Forces’ In Washington, DC”

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/lt-col-maginnis-obama-admin-aggressively-against-christians-demonic-forces

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  17. CrewDog says:

    PS:
    Ya can’t, of course, find any reports of this in the Liberal LameStream Media but apparently the guy shot in NC had a very lengthy Rap Sheet which included Assault with deadly weapons:
    http://christiantimesnewspaper.com/report-keith-lamont-scott-shot-handgun-at-texas-officers-in-2005/
    We have found out mostly thru “Alternate Media” that the majority of the Perps killed by Cops are/were, in fact, CRIMINALS doing CRIMINAL ACTS. Also quite obvious is the fact that if you are a Criminal and member of any Democrat Party Victim Group, you can expect Kid Glove Treatment and a Get Out of Jail Free Card … especially if the Democrat Party/Media can find a way to turn you into a “Saint” and “Milk” your situation for Votes and political advantage. I just read a report of a murder spree of four in a Seattle Mall ;-( RIP Victims! The perp was described as Hispanic ….. that’s unusual ’cause Race is not reported unless well .. Ya Know? Anybody wanna bet that the guys first name is Mohammed?

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • milliac says:

      Crazy. That mall shooting is 30 miles from me. Goodness, too close! It’s a small town. The gunman is still loose. Prayers for the victims and their families.

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      • Mick says:

        Milliac, my husband grew up not too far from where the mall shooting was. Prayers for all of the victims and their families; and prayers for the safety of law enforcement and the public while the gunman is still at large.

        Odd thing: all the media outlets are reporting that the gunman is hispanic. But from seeing several surveillance photos from various perspectives, he looks Middle Eastern to me. After forming that opinion myself, I began skimming the comment sections on several websites (CNN, NBC, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times); and many commenters have formed the same opinion from looking at the photos. I’m not trying to jump the gun on the evidence; but given the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the recent stabbings in Minnesota, I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be another such event.

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      • BD says:

        Stay safe milliac, There is very little information on our local news regarding this shooting. This is all becoming surreal.

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  18. CrewDog says:

    Another prediction that just a few years ago would have been considered Lunatic Fringe Stuff …. none of this should come as a surprise to anyone here …. unless you think Scripture is Fairy Tales!?

    “Priest: “You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November”

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/priest-you-might-not-have-a-church-to-go-to-if-you-dont-vote-the-right-way

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Annie W. says:

      I just read that article, the talk, by an awesome priest,. Don’t we wish all priests would be so heroic and strong, speaking the truth! Maybe the coming events, as they get worse, will change many of our priests into the warriors we need. Yep, I know, we’ll all need to step up to the plate.

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    • …and I just had to sit through a turd of a sermon where the priest mentioned both candidates as brother and sister, and then proceeded to attack nationalism….and nothing else. No mention of abortion, sale of baby parts, men in girl’s bathrooms, politics of personal destruction, pay-for-play, infidelity, lying, negligence with national security….he not-so-subtly built up a straw man, suggesting nationalists (proud Americans) don’t want to help their neighbors. And he then called ISIS an extreme example of nationalism.

      I was so flippin furious that I could barely focus during the consecration. Good Lord, help my fuming, self-righteous anger toward this ignorant servant of yours speaking from your pulpit….

      Somebody, please tell me where I’m wrong!

      Afterward, I had to quickly excuse myself and walk out of the coffee and donuts fellowship because I was afraid I’d lose my cool and explode at him in front of the parishioners.

      O Lord, help us….

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      • Charlie, help!

        No sooner did I post the above comment then I stepped outside my apartment and there was that same priest walking home with some groceries. He is a very gentle and kind soul, very good with penitents and quite thoughtful during his weekday sermons. I paused, then called out to him and asked if I could speak with him. He crossed the street, but surprisingly hesitated at my request, looking at his two bags of groceries, one of which had ice cream. He said, “Well, I can talk for a bit.”

        “I was hoping to talk with you at some length about today’s sermon. Perhaps another time, then” I said, looking dejectedly at the ground with a tone that implied I did not want to have the conversation in the first place. I patted him on the shoulder. “Another time.”

        He walked off, then turned and said, “Perhaps you can send me a note…an email, and I can answer it.”

        I said, “OK.”

        How do you think I should best proceed?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Write him a firm, candid letter once the heat of anger has passed. Wait up to a week after you think he will have received it, then go to confession with him (NOT to confess to any sin in the letter – which is why I say to wait until the heat has passed – but to demonstrate you submit to his lawful authority even while rejecting his clunky attempt to seize temporal authority).

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      • Beckita says:

        Prayers to the Holy Spirit rising for you, Patrick, as you hopefully proceed with Charlie’s wise advice. May Holy Spirit anoint you and the words you choose for the letter.

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        • Thank you, B. If I proceed at all, I will follow Charlie’s advice to the letter. But you know how it is with people set in their ways…what’s the point? When someone exposes a hard leftist bias, it just demonstrates to me that they are incapable of thinking rationally.

          Funny how my motivation to talk about it was greatest when I was angry. But I do pray that he’ll soon see the errors of his thinking, just as I, too, will see the errors of my thinking once God makes his presence felt in the Storm.

          At least that other younger priest that I’ve talked about glowingly here thinks more rationally….like me!!😀 Ha!

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          • justsayin392 says:

            Patrick, I chuckled heartily at your ‘chance’ encounter with Father carrying groceries.
            I attended a daily Mass in a tiny basement chapel in CBD. The congregants (max 40) represented a true Catholic cross-section (elderly Asian & African-American women pausing during a day trip on the Metro, attorneys, CPAs and executives from nearby skyscrapers and random office workers and the occasional homeless soul. The visiting celebrant on this day delivered a homily sharply critical of the U.S. for its supposed lack of charity in pretty uncharitable terms. At the Sign of Peace, Father stepped away from the altar to extend his hand to those closest to him but encountered a woman who withdrew her hand in response to his “Peace to you” and declaring her protest to his homily “I am a Naturalized Citizen from Germany. America is the most generous country in the world. I do not agree with your criticism.” What happened next remains mercifully veiled in forgetfulness except that Father and she raised their voices in argument for the longest imaginable 60 seconds, while Our Lord beheld all from the altar.
            The following weekend, I stopped hard in my tracks when I spotted the Same Visiting Priest greeting parishioners before Mass at my suburban parish 30 miles away! More arresting – he noticed me notice him. A month later my parish hosted a Communal Penance Service with many visiting priests available to hear confessions. At that point, I finally realized where the Shepherd’s staff was nudging me. I took a deep breath and remembered that this was God’s gift – an opportunity for reconciliation in my heart. The experience proved liberating. Over the years since then (now almost a decade), I’ve confessed to this Same Visiting Priest at our parish Communal Penance Services and have found a special moment of grace each time.
            You may never change Father’s mind but God will heal your heart, Patrick. God bless you.

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  19. Then said he unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip; and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword.

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    • Noah603 says:

      “He that lives by the sword dies by the sword.” True. But there are times when owning a sword (we would say “sidearm”) is a wise thing to do.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Living by the sword is best interpreted as imposing your will by the sword. Defending your lives and freedom against assault is not living by the sword. Otherwise, Our Lord’s command to His disciples (Luke 22) to get swords for themselves in preparation for His departure would be incoherent.

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        • I’m not convinced this is so cut and dry. Yes, we have a responsibility and duty to defend our loved ones, but what does Jesus mean in Luke 22:36? Literally a sword? A gun (by extension in our times)?

          There are numerous passages in Sacred Scripture referencing a sword, starting in Genesis. A Bible word search brings up many interesting results. Here’s some from the NT we all know:

          “…so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:25

          Luke 22:36 is followed by: The disciples said, “see, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied. Luke 22:38 (I don’t read that as, o.k., two swords should get the job done, but… THAT’S ENOUGH! with that line of thought.)

          “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

          Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or sword? Romans 13:4

          In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of this mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. Rev 1:16.

          These are just a handful, but I think we could only definitively say that two of those passages are referencing a sword in the literal sense. OK, maybe just one (Luke 22:38).

          Just so there’s full disclosure, I have a solid piece of hickory stick by my bed, various hunting knives, axes, and an elegant long bow that can all be used effectively as weapons. Too bulky and impractical to haul around, so I just carry a Rosary and St. Michael medal in my pocket… and I’m not being glib here.

          I’d really like to get a better understanding of Luke 22, but can’t seem to get there in the context of those couple passages. Would appreciate any further thoughts.

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          • I accidentally replied under Charlie’s comment, where it was meant to reply under Noah’s comment. Honestly, I didn’t even read Charlie’s reply in full first. Hey, Charlie, that was pretty darn good as usual! This topic comes up from time to time here, and it rarely sits well with me. I don’t have the answers, but I do know that God assures us that we will eventually beat all these weapons into plowshares. I’d like to keep the hickory stick though, because it works great as a baseball bat.

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          • Doug says:

            Well MP, it says in Hebrews 4:12

            For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

            So based on that, I will live by the sword😎

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          • MP, I simply have always read that passage as meaning to be prudent and act with prudence.

            I remember, when I was a young Cleric, going to the North Capitol area of DC with clerics on (priest clothes: black shirt and pants and collar) in the middle of the day, just stopping to get some provisions for a road trip, not knowing anything about that town, except that I could see the Capitol and figured it must be ok to stop. I was flummoxed as everyone in the store had their eyes on me and in an uncomfortable way as all the talking ceased. Upon my return, I was talking to a Priest friend about the experience and he basically said that I was lucky that I was wearing clerics or I might not have faired so well. I would have never guessed…

            So, while not exactly the best anecdote, I think it flushes out the meaning of Luke 22:38–at least to me.

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          • (Just to be clear: there are times and places that carrying a side arm or a sword is prudent. There are times that it is not. It is not condoning the use of either in all circumstances, but grants the understanding that there may be times when one may, even for a Cleric, as the Apostles were.)

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          • Hey MP, here’s my take on that mysterious part of scripture which puzzles me too: Jesus told the disciples explicitly that one without a sword should sell a cloak and buy one – so trading one necessary item for another. I don’t know if swords were used for hunting, but they certainly are used for fighting or defending against other men. When they responded with “Look, we got two right here,” Jesus answered in Aramaic or other common language “It is enough.” — depending on your translation. “Enough” is an amount and I feel Jesus meant that two swords would be plenty for their need, whatever that was. Whereas in English, the expression “That’s enough!” generally means to stop an activity or chatter and may not quite fit in this situation.

            So what did this acquisition of swords precede? A conflict with armed men in the garden who had evil and unjustified intentions. Now, Jesus did have to be arrested for it marked the start of His Passion, but in our lives we would not necessarily be expected to allow an innocent person to be arrested and tortured. Perhaps that was what he was communicating in Luke 22:36 — be prepared. Jesus did stop the violence from continuing, but not until after the servant’s ear was cut of which provided him an opportunity to miraculously heal the man. This act probably saved that man’s soul and converted others. Who can guess? I think of the cop who shoots a suspect out of necessity, but then calls an ambulance and starts CPR to save his life. Just part of living on earth.

            The bible does talk plenty about swords and armed conflict, but it talks far more about morality, behavior, good and evil, and right and wrong. Not to sound too cliche: Sitting on my table, I’ve got a ball point pen and a pistol. In my tool bag I’ve got a box cutter and a hammer. You’ve got an axe and a longbow. They’re inert until we decide what were going to do with them, and the bible gives us the wisdom to use them for God’s purposes.

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          • Doug, your puns are like every time a sword piercing my heart!

            (Although, I must admit this was a very good one and definitely made all the more so by the shades on the yellow dot guy.)

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          • Doug says:

            Well, think of it as I am offering you an opportunity to sacrifice by tolerating my corny puns and jokes. Just think, as a bishop, coupled with this, many, many souls will be positively affected and you will be greatly rewarded in heaven. So you get to laugh (really a sort of groan laugh) and save souls. It’s a win, win situation. Now, time for a yellow dot guy with really cool sun glasses 😎

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          • One could say the same of printed or digital words on a page. They’re inert, until read and pondered and possibly responded to or acted upon. It’s human to apply our human thinking, but we’re obviously more –– we’re spirit too. What does our soul have to say about it? I think of the Angel guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden with flaming sword. I think of the Maccabees. I think of David in 1 Samuel 17:39. I think of Peter lopping that ear off. I think of the many Martyrs. I think of Jesus. There were those who didn’t want so much as a pebble getting between them and their Love: Jesus. Yes, prudence is good counsel, and I don’t take that word lightly. Be prudent. That’s all I’m saying.

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          • Doug says:

            I just finished reading Macabees for my devotion. Boy, pretty nasty fighting back then.

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          • JJ says:

            The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states the it is our ” Grave Duty” to protect the innocent and those unable to protect themselves, up to and including deadly force if necessary. CCC 2264, 2265

            I recall that some of the stuff that was revealed to Charlie included being held responsible for not defending the innocent, as well. While I never want to be put in the situation where it is required, I am prepared to defend the innocent as rigorously as I am able.

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          • Mick says:

            I hear you, JJ. My husband travels a fair bit, we have 5 children (the youngest is 3), and we live in an area which is almost entirely without police protection. I pray that I never have to defend my children by using a firearm. But I practice regularly, just in case; and I pray for good aim.

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      • Doug says:

        Noah, how about he who lives by the political process, dies by the political process?

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  20. Pater0325 says:

    A word of Hope, we had about 200, maybe 250 people this morning (September 24th) at 3AM (Satanic hour) for a Mass praying for mercy, peace and against demonic warfare at the shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California. This was the culmination of a prayer vigil for peace and mercy, praying for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after purification of the world. We prayed for each nation of the world by name with a special intention and called for the intercession of the angels. I researched for these intentions, many, many nations are already in war, facing terrorism, and chaos. They just don’t get the headlines.

    Some souls are stepping in the gap to intercede for the world, so that we may pass through this time as best as we can. I am urging those going through illnesses, in hospitals and dying to offer their prayers for souls now, especially those most in need of Gods mercy. We need such souls!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wonderful, Father. Our Lady of Peace Shrine is one of the most inspiring and hopeful places I have visited.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Beautiful and Amen!

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    • pattyami says:

      Wow Father, God bless you for this Mass!

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    • Beckita says:

      “Some souls are stepping in the gap to intercede for the world, so that we may pass through this time as best as we can.” Beautiful reminder, Father, to continue interceding for souls and for mitigation in a way that reclaims souls. I love to ponder the few people in places all over the world with their prayers rising as nearly innumerable little lights rising and piercing the darkness.

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      • Thank you Father,
        In a world where so much evil abounds knowing the prayer, sacrifices, intercessions, rosaries of clergy, faithful that Our God listens!… so many fail to see the supernatural graces gifted to those who just ask Our Lord. He’s waiting to flood any of his children with his Love and mercy if they ask or someone asks for them.
        Beckita, it is awesome😇 … it too keeps me focused on each little chance to pray, recitation of the rosary, even a small exhortation…so many chances every day, even on a run or bike ride. The prince of the world keeps peppering me with thoughts that I should be more productive with my time. Aha, but he is blinded at times daily when the Eucharist come into my soul!

        Love St Gertrude’s prayer to free 1000 souls from purgatory each recitation…

        ” Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.”

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    • Doug says:

      Beautiful Pater!

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  21. Mary Ann Parks says:

    Dang. It’s 3:30 and I just found out about your 3 o’clock presentation.

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  22. Hey, Charlie, great links above. Whilst I’ve nearly completely stopped political comment on this blog, I still privately keep my eye on the garbage unfolding. Today, I go to Infowars to supplement my Drudge diet because I feel I’m getting more honest news from Alex’s channel. I’m tired and done with allegedly “conservative” Fox News for not hammering Clinton’s flaws when they should be and for quoting bogus, unscientific polls suggesting the election is close, or Fox Business for parroting the optimistic unemployment numbers or how a good day on the stock market is a good sign about the economy overall. Deceptive, agenda-driven puppets, the whole lot of them.

    Sadly, Hillary is showing obvious signs of progressive neurological degeneration, and Parkinson’s or some other brain disorder is likely the cause. For the first time ever, she looks human to me. Fortunately, her candidacy ended on 9/11 (ironically) with that fall, unable to stand upright or even lift her leg. It’s over. I actually feel bad seeing someone disintegrate like this, particularly in public, however karmic it might be, for much personal suffering lies ahead for her.

    Ah, but like a gory car accident with bodies strewn about, I just can’t help myself from continuing to watch bits of the “news”. After putting up with the double-talk, lies, and BS for decades from both leftist and conservative sides, part of me really WANTS to watch it all implode and get flushed away so I can say, “Ha, Good riddance! What goes around comes around, you greedy fargin bastages!” or some other such eloquent verbal slam. I need to witness the close of this chapter, to see that justice has been served — though it is We the People who may pay the heaviest price for their selfish arrogance.

    Well, thank you for indulging my disorganized political gibberish here. Feels good to get a little bit of it off my chest, for old time’s sake. OK…back to studying about ulcerative colitis.

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    • SanSan says:

      R U going to watch the debates? It almost feels like watching Jerry Springer…..everything seems so unreal and like a circus. It’s not nice to gawk and stare.

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      • I don’t have a TV but should be able to find someone streaming it. Since I already know what Hillary’s going to say, I’m watching only to see how well her many meds were titrated. With balance issues, dysphagia, and seizures, plus the likelihood that she’s incontinent, 90 minutes with only a podium for support is a long time to be standing in front of a national camera. (No, I’m not joking). Besides, it’s always nice to hear Donald masterfully speak to that red-blooded American in me, even though it’s a pipe dream and won’t amount to a hill of pinto beans!

        Yea, it’ll be like watching the bumping and shoving at Talladega, waiting for someone to hit the wall.

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        • Doug says:

          Patrick, I think you are pretty close to it. I’ll be sleeping; only cause I will be in Europe.

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          • I couldn’t do it…I just couldn’t watch the debate! First, I say my Rosary at 7pm MT (priority), so that took out the first half hour beautifully. Prayed Proverbs 2:1-11. Ah, I was at such peace! Then, reluctantly, I tried a little bit, but just couldn’t bear listening to Hillary Rotten Clinton, her Thighness. Maybe she IS evil. I turned it off, then tried again later. Same response…not interested but actually repulsed. Even Donald didn’t help. The nonsensical circus act was painful to see and only made me long for the Rescue even more.

            It did look like they dialed her meds in nicely, though…

            Any one else skip it too?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I didn’t watch a minute of it. Spent my evening at dinner with volunteers in Dallas.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            I turned it off after 10 minutes. Hillary did have a new look in her eyes. You may be right about meds. sheesh

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        • JudyM says:

          Incontinent. 🙂

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    • JJ says:

      Moronie is my favorite character, murdering the English language…😀

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Patrick, studying ulcerative colitis? Wow…heavy! I get my news from this blog, EWTN and sometimes Spirit Daily… much more peaceful!
      Anyway, sounds like Hillary is being given last chance Mercy in this year of Mercy. If she turns to God in her suffering and repents, maybe she can find peace. We should pray for her. We should pray for all those involved in this horror of a government. I wonder, do they ever wonder about what will become of them when they die and face God? Even for one second? Hopefully most will repent during the storm. God doesn’t want to lose anyone! We could also pray for these lone murderer/terrorists, most of them are young, lost and completely deceived. An’ dinna yell at me for saying this- my dad already did! Haha… picture snorting bull pawing dirt… eyeballing target 🙃 I considered getting the red dish towel out to do the matador thing..but wisely decided against it 😏

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    • Patricia says:

      Patrick,
      Feeling the same way. I am eagerly awaiting the great drama Monday night. Even though I know it will come to naught, anything can happen. It is the media’s reaction to the “anything can happen” that I am most looking forward to. I have to admit I am a street fighter at heart. Trump’s response to Hillary’s invitation to Cuban warmed the cockles of my heart.

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      • madkatmomma says:

        I am watching the debate with friends who are avid Trump supporters. I am not, but the only reason I will vote for him is he claims to be pro life and I loathe Hillary. My only hope is that the election falls apart before I have to vote for either one of them.

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  23. Mary T. says:

    Thank you Charlie and thank you all! I love and look forward to Charlie’s posts and all of the comments here. Well, Monday is the Biggie. What will happen? We don’t know, that’s for sure.
    I thought I’d insert an appropriate song for these few/or more days and I hope all of you enjoy it. It’s titled In The Eye Of The Storm. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sx8wTnnfSc

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    • johnjwblog says:

      What Biggie on Monday?

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    • caelids says:

      OK, I don’t follow Drudge, and this may sound idiotic, but I’ve been getting my news headlines here. What happens on Monday??

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      • charliej373 says:

        Monday is the first scheduled debate between Clinton and Trump.

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        • johnjwblog says:

          Yes the Presidential Reality Show – people will be glued to their sets to see if Hillary can stand for 1.5 hours and to see if Trump tears her to shreds – it will be good entertainment, and if you don’t like this you can tune to Monday Night NFL Football to see who’s standing, kneeling, sitting, laying down or whatever for the anthem, and if that isn’t entertaining enough you can watch a football game that is guaranteed to be close so you’ll be glued to your TV, oh and they might even fly some jets over the stadium for more entertainment and patriotism while the NFL collects money from the DOJ for the pre-game patriotism oh but I forgot the DOJ ended those million dollar payments in 2014, so the players aren’t paid to be patriotic anymore and if that can’t get you to watch TV surely the riots in Charlotte or the next city they choose will and if that doesn’t get you to watch surely Obama evading the families of 911 after he vetoes JASTA to protect Saudi interests and if that doesn’t get you to watch TV surely the major offensive in Aleppo where 70,000 troops of the SAA are squared off against 50,000 jihadis sponsored by you guessed it – Saudi Arabia, who do not sponsor terrorism – oh but I forgot the offensive is a secret – the main stream media is not in on the secret, yet they know who did 9-11 20 minutes after it happened all the names and where most were from – Saudi Arabia – that is some great journalism – isn’t it entertaining to live in the west

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      • Thomas Augustine says:

        Drudge doesn’t really write things. He provides links to other major news sources around the world and posts top headlines that might be of interest to people who don’t have time to sift through all the MSM sites. I especially like the access to overseas news sources. It’s nice to avoid the narrative that the powers to be would prefer you to follow.

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  24. Noreen Quinn Aukst says:

    Do you know if there will be any special threat to all our Chinese children who have been adopted and are American citizens.We have a beautiful 19 year old niece who is so special to her family.I have some concerns because of the war from China.Thank you and, as always, prayers.

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  25. SanSan says:


    Call to Action with Fr. Michael Orsi on Youtube.
    A lot riding on who is elected in November.

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    • Carmelite says:

      SanSan, I just now printed this out from Life Site News for my pastor. Powerful. God bless you for sharing!

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    • Mary T. says:

      Thank you SanSan! I sure needed to hear this! I only wish my local Priest would say such things! Why not?! He has a captive audience where it’d make an impact, shock all back into reality and yet he doesn’t do it. I long for some good old pulpit thundering like it was when I was growing up. Now it seems the issues pertinent to society are skirted around. Perhaps he/they are afraid, the coffers may become low, he/they might fear for their life etc. Am I wrong to think this way?

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    • Barb421 says:

      God bless and protect Fr Orsi

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  26. CrewDog says:

    The WND Site is “HighLighting” a couple of books from the Evangelical Christian Side and they might give one the idea that God is moving people … Christians of all denominations (& Others) to Get Ready!!? … for The Storm or whatever you care to call …. What’s Coming!!! ;-( :

    http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/divine-appointments-on-gods-day-timer-looming/

    http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/warning-issued-that-the-lion-of-prophecy-is-roaring/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  27. Vanessa Joy says:

    All in as the days become darker and darker and the joy within becomes brighter despite the reality of living in the shadowlands.
    My heart grieves over the recent murders of our “all in” priests in Mexico as the government is stepping up the persecution of the Church over their strong stance not to support gay marriage. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico and for the protection of their priests. Saint Michael pray for us ! Are the Christero wars back? It sure seems to be ramping up once again. Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us!!
    http://googleweblight.com/?lite_url=http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_PRIESTS_KILLED%3FSITE%3DAP%26SECTION%3DHOME%26TEMPLATE%3DDEFAULT%26CTIME%3D2016-09-24-13-25-01&s=1&f=1&ts=1474766402&sig=AKOVD65dJS0VYHMI3m1n3vAqEppeNxqvEw

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  28. Storm Tracker Ed says:

    “Faith is not just a matter of emotional belief, of being convinced. No matter how convincing the arguments, you will encounter terrible trials and setbacks; times when you will ask, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Times when you will wonder whether there is God at all, times when you will doubt that He has any concern for you at all. If your faith is dependent on an emotional belief, on being convinced beyond all doubt, it is a feeble thing, likely to collapse with the rise of wind and waves.”

    I am just wrapping up Shusaku Endo’s (1923-1996) novel of Christian persecution in the middle 17th Century Japan The novel “Silence” focuses on the subject of Apostasy in missionary Japan as a result of feudal persecution. The Catholic Church, which encompassed about 400,000 Japanese Catholics was essentially annihilated under the persecution. Many Apostatized. Many endured unbelievably cruel torture and painful death rather than Apostatize,

    Torture and death could be avoided. All it required was to perform publicly the fumi-e (stepping on the picture). A formality. The fumi-e was a plaque with a picture of Christ or the Blessed Virgin on it. To live all you had to do was place your foot on it. No biggie. Then you got to live a normal peaceful life. Refuse? You got hung over head down over a “pit” filled with excrement bound hand and foot until you died….often requiring days of agony to fulfill.

    The crisis of faith leading to Apostasy involved Silence. The Silence of God. The Silence of God in the face of unbelievable suffering. How could God stand by in mute silence as Christians were slaughtered day and night in the most cruel ways?

    A question for Charlie: Have you any insight on Apostasy in the Storm? And God’s response to Apostasy in America?

    In thinking on it my own view is that we in Modern America have a very different kind of fumi-e. The Silence is reversed. We have a different set of temptations. We are lured to a kind of “Soft Apostasy” where our own Silence buys us the easy life. The accepted life. The acceptance in the “in crowd”. All we have to do to not suffer is keep Silence. Say nothing. Do nothing.

    The Japanese Christians of the 1640s had to speak up to Apostatize. They had to step on the fumi-e. The American Christians of 2016 have a much less public path to Apostatize. We only have to stay Silent to avoid “torture and cruel death”. Torture and cruel death? What would that be?

    Exclusion from the cool kids table. This we cannot endure.

    In Endo’s novel the Apostates had a Hope. That Hope was in a loving and merciful God. Who would forgive their Apostasy. Would God not forgive the Apostasy of weak humans dangling in the pit?

    Will God feel the same degree of mercy and love for Americans dangling in the pit of ease, luxury and the satisfaction of earthly desires and temptations?

    Do you feel Apostasy is going to be an increasing fallout of the Storm?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, I see it more as a dividing line. People who are determined to have their own will will be bitter enders, determined not to believe there is anything that could possibly be greater than themselves (the logical end of a culture of self-regard and actualization above all). But many more will turn back to God as they see that their hope in human institutions has failed. Pity the poor people, who living in luxury, still think they are exempt from the consequences of the disastrous policies they foist on the “little people.” Unless they repent, it will go very hard for them. As I have said as the Storm has gathered force, it is not quite what it seems. We are all unknowingly delivering ourselves up to judgment.

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    • Mack says:

      Today’s reading from. Amos chilled me, especially the last line about those who live in luxury are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph. Sounds a lot like today.

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  29. Gloom notwithstanding, a good repost and thank you for the articles. I had already read the piece by Kurt Schlichter, but took the time to read the other two on the patio this morning –– accompanied by stiff seasonal winds and the scent of a forest fire somewhere. No worries, it’s good to watch and pray, then call a thing by its proper name.

    I have a name for peddlers of fantasies and lies: false prophet (2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1, Rev 16:13, Rev 19:20). Oh, how many on the scene today, concealed in the figure that Sts. Peter and John warned us about.

    I also look forward to you sharing about about the ‘two witnesses’ (Rev 11:2-4) apparent in the various inspirational personages of Bishop Rene Gracida and others that you encountered on your Texas and Louisiana tour.

    Obviously it’s the contrast between those who choose the dismal, stormy night; and the Children of God who are grateful for the promise of the clearest, sunniest Day. Ah, but there’s still time to help reclaim some of those lost brethren… gusty winds and soot-filled air notwithstanding. Even then, beyond my limited perceptions, the sun remains there and is above it all. Heck, Sister Alice taught me as much in the 1st grade… and time hasn’t undone that truth shared with me by that faithful witness so long ago.

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • One other detail from this morning that I forgot to mention… an early ring on the doorbell. It was someone from the cable company peddling an upgrade. I was tempted to rip his cable company for not showing up for a maintenance call last week, but that really paled in comparison to the idiocy of sales call on a Sunday morning. I wasn’t fully awake, so I simply shooed him away. What I should have done is pour us each a cup of coffee and share the details of Our Lady’s visitation at La Salette. Sad to say I don’t always take advantage of every opportunity, but it spurs me on to do better.

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      • Doug says:

        Patrick, God is teaching me as such too. Fits right in with today’s Gospel. Ouch!

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        • Working very hard too with my nephew who has just moved in with us in August …. living with us for 3.5 months to finish undergrad work. He’s only had 1st communion (my brother and his wife have fallen away 😢) and now at 22 it’s my job to figure out to lead this horse to the water.
          I’ve managed to get him back to mass 3x so far …but he’s far from having the foundational tenets… I can only offer In bits and pieces when he’s home and not studying. Fortunate enough he’s a good boy, despises Clinton and all the PC and is very interested when I talk about Charlies messages. It’s just the formality of faith they don’t understand …this generation has hardened their hearts because of the apostasy of many of my generation. One step at a time and pray it truly is the next right step!
          Also in the department of sudden deaths, we just lost my brother in law yesterday to a heart attack. We will leave to drive to St. Louis on Wed for Funeral on Friday. Carl was a gentle, caring, fit, man…almost retired at 63 and a good Catholic father. We all will miss him dearly. He and his wife raised four Catholic children , three whom have married and given them 5 grandchildren. So please pray for the repose of his soul if you can add to all our multitude of other intentions. Thank you and I’m sure God will keep on giving us chances MP to help another soul find the truth. I make a promise to Our Lord that foe every missed opportunity, I redouble my efforts on another one🙏

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  30. Snowy Owl says:

    Why are people here still focused on the election and who’s going to win? I keep seeing comments about this here. Why are people worried about Russia? I don’t understand..is it because those of you talking about this believe Charlie is wrong?

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      I should clarify what I’m saying here in case anyone thinks I am judging- I am not.
      “Obey legitimate authority. People who are crazy think they are authentic and right. If it is from God, submitting fully to the authority He commissioned His Church on earth with is the perfect safeguard. If it is from God, He can clear the way when it seems impossible. If it is blocked, it is for my good or that of others.”
      Charlie did this and is still doing it…
      It is getting late, very late.. and if you wait to believe (to be all in) how many graces you will have lost.
      “…Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:26-29

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  31. Mary says:

    Charlie, thank you so much for coming down to speak in San Antonio. The time flew by and I was surprised it was almost 6pm at the end! And thanks for taking a photo with us. My husband said you’re like rockstar for us, haha!

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  32. Fera says:

    This is the message of Our Blessed Mother in Medjugorje today, September 25, 16
    “Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer. May prayer be life to you. Only in this way will your heart be filled with peace and joy. God will be near you and you will feel Him in your heart as a friend. You will speak with Him as with someone whom you know and, little children, you will have a need to witness, because Jesus will be in your heart and you, united in Him. I am with you and love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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  33. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    I know that you are in Dallas this Tuesday. Unfortunately, I can’t make it but thanks for coming back to Texas. I may see you in Denver (Mt Meeker) one day.

    Robert

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  34. Linda says:

    Michael Patrick I tell almost EVERY person I meet about Charlie and the what we are in, and about the rescue.. Most of them get this sideways far offed look in their widened eyes, and make a bit of a joke. But I can tell something sort of lights up in their brain. Like a light bulb.. I feel it terrifies them, because it’s like …they know… but really don’t want to know. Either that, or they think I’m totally bat poo crazy and wonder why I haven’t been committed yet! Bahahahahahahahahah 😉

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  35. Charlie says:

    Starting to sound political

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    • charliej373 says:

      It IS political – but in the common sense. Every religious movement and proclamation in history has been political – a challenge to the existing order. When society around us declares everything political, we can either shut up and take our chains or stand up and speak for faith and truth. I see no one in traditional politics making a case in the American system for a Godly order. I am and will continue to do so.

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  36. ykc says:

    My 5th grade daughter came home yesterday saying a classmate told her that the Illuminati was God. I was always under the impression that the Illuminati was tied to Satanism and Freemasonry. Can someone here please enlighten me? I’m quite concerned. Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Illuminati is most assuredly not God – just another secret society that is anti-God. I think them mostly pathetic losers while some others take them very seriously. Either way, they are NOT God and want to impose their will, not His.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        ykc, there are several testimonies given by former members of these occults that are available and give first-hand witness to the secret societies available on YouTube.

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      • ykc says:

        I did some research on the Illuminati yesterday. It appears that this “secret society” consists of 13 of the richest families in the world (Rothschild, etc.) whose goal is to have one world order. For generations, with their billions of dollars, they have basically controlled most world events, and especially US presidential elections. (This is chilling, especially after just reading Charlie’s newest post.)

        For many years I have been involved in the planning of a large Catholic conference. People often send me names of speakers they would like to hear. I was sent a talk done by a former High Wizard Satanist, now a devout Catholic, named Zachary King. I remembered that he had said that politicians would frequently come to them for spells, as well as actors, musicians, etc. Selling their soul to the devil of course. I emailed Mr. King to ask about the Illuminati yesterday and he kindly emailed me back promptly. He said that the Illuminati is a highly satanic organization, and that the people he knew that had escaped from the organization, needed exorcisms. I would assume those people must have been very high up in the organization.

        That said, obviously I not going to make a big deal about this to my daughter. Most likely there is nothing for me to be concerned about. But I will keep a close watch and there will not be any after school opportunities for her to be around the boys involved. I am so sad that she has had to be exposed to things like this. I wish I could homeschool her as I did our older boys. Unfortunately, with her learning disabilities it is not an option at this time. I have consecrated her to Our Lady. I know she will watch over her when I cannot.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Remember, when you hold fast to God, nothing has any power over you that He does not allow – and He only allows things that are good for you or for others, even when you suffer. I maintain that the secret societies control NOTHING, though they think they do and take credit for things they had no control over. They are a bunch of pathetic loser dweebs who have chosen to follow salvation history’s ultimate loser, the satan. I pity them rather than fear them.

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          • ykc says:

            I hear you, Charlie and MP! And I get the big picture. I know that God is in control, not the satan. I’m not afraid, but I am prudent. I need to be informed in order to protect my child from the possibly of innocently getting sucked into something that is harmful.

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        • Secret societies, arcane rituals, occult practices, puny plans… these things are ultra mundane… like little children waving cheap plastic ‘magic wands’ that their parents bought them at Walmart.

          God Is Powerful Beyond Reckoning while little men try to rearrange and make a mess of the dust. In the end, they won’t even have the dust. And they most certainly can’t have our hearts!

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  37. notablogger2 says:

    Hi all! A lovely protestant lady & I were able to talk yesterday; I’m just getting to know her. I mentioned Charlie & a few of his points (Obama won’t finish his term; we are in the Storm but there will be a Rescue) – and she mentioned Dave Wilkerson. The name was still in my memory from reading The Cross & the Switchblade yrs ago. It seems to me his prophecies are much like CJ’s, but in the vein of End Times stuff. Has anyone else read his stuff?
    Charlie, do you have an opinion on this?
    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/a-40-year-old-david-wilkerson-prophecy-is-being-fulfilled-right-in-front-of-our-eyes
    Many thanks – blessings to all,
    Mimi

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    • charliej373 says:

      Certainly I know that God is speaking to people of good heart and will among all faiths. Of course, most Protestant – and some Catholics- interpret such things as THE END. That does not mean they have not seen true, but that they have misinterpreted some of it. From the beginning, in early childhood, my angel has been consistent – and insistent – that this would feel like the end but it is NOT the end. After the Rescue, it is entirely up to us how long we have before the end. When the next mass apostasy begins after this, it will signal the beginning of the end sequence. This IS our last chance. It is why I focus so hard on all of us getting it right in the ordinary way: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you.

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      • Another Karen says:

        For the sake of all who come after us, I pray that it will be a loooooong time before we humans mess things up again! It would be wonderful to see many generations of descendants live in a God centered world, making all of this storm so worth it!

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      • notablogger2 says:

        Thank you! I was able to tell her about the Rescue and that Jesus Mother Mary will have a lot to do with it. I am happy that I was able to witness to her about that bc I know most Protestants ignore her or dismiss her role as the greatest heroine of humanity and Jesus’ most faithful (and 1st) disciple. I hope she thinks about that. If you would plz say a prayer for Muriel, I’d appreciate it.

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    • Doug says:

      Mimi, I am familiar with David Wilkerson. He has done some great things helping drug addicts (teen challenge). He wrote a good book “The Cross and the Switchbkade” which is a good read. The only thing I can say is be careful of his prophesies. There may be some valid things, but there is also a lot of his interpretation that can cloud things. I am not aware of him subjecting himself to higher authorities as Charlie has been doing. Reading the link you posted, I get the impression that the Pope is being viewed somewhat as an anti christ. So this sends up a lot of red flags. God bless you!

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      • BD says:

        I enjoy reading David Wilkerson but he adamantly claims there will be a rapture and the Pope will be the bad guy. That part doesn’t sit right with me. We shall see says the blind man…

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      • notablogger2 says:

        Yes – I realize that most, if not all, of these End Times prophets think the Catholic Church is some kind of evil instigator of “one world religion”, religion is bad, you only need to know Jesus, etc. These are distractions and obfuscations of the evil 1. Many in the Church are not fully orthodox, but they are being found out.

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