Getting into Focus

By Charlie Johnston

A few weeks ago I taped an interview with FOCUS TV out of Covington, Louisiana. There was enough material that they are releasing it in two parts. It was a fun interview. Here is Part 1, which I will also add to the Visit Video links.

I am just a week away from home and looking forward to it. I have had a low-level cold since New Orleans. At home, I just go to bed for a couple of days and get rid of it. It’s trickier on the road. But events have been spaced out enough so I am in decent shape each day for the day’s event or two. This has been such a fruitful journey, such wonderful visits, that barring some crisis, when I get home, after I have conked out a few days, I am going to spend some time writing about the faith, hope and joy I am seeing in the midst or troubles all across this great land.

The people who did the Walls of Jericho Prayer Mission earlier this year are promoting a Walls of Jericho Fatima Prayer Project. If you want to work to participate in this great project, you can contact leaders and get more information on it here.

Finally, today I end with a famous poem written by Martin Niemoller, a former junior German Navy Officer, lamenting inaction in the face of the rising threat of the Nazis. They ran out of time. We haven’t quite yet, but the whiff of fascism is all around us these days.

First They Came For The Communists

By Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

 

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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167 Responses to Getting into Focus

  1. fran496 says:

    We have used that poem in the pro life movement for many years…thank you for being here with us Charlie….I am a widow, I help my 94 year old Mom who is a widow andI know I cannot rely on myself as everythinghappens….so it will have to be God…..Bless You Always,  Fran

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Fran. Tell your Mom I said hi!

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      • Dennis D. Klak says:

        Good evening, Charlie. I am sorry to be out of sync with the blog/I don’t reply much. Was blessed to meet you at AVE MARIA RETREAT CENTER in DANVILLE, ILLINOIS Memorial Day weekend. At the risk of being rude, may I ask if you are still planning on coming to Green Bay, Wisconsin late October/Early November? I have been busy promoting your message/the Storm, and was hoping that we are still on your map…

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Hi Fran9, My Dad, Dcn. Daniel, turns 92 in 2 weeks. But he lives 4 hours away. I moved him into a very assisted living situation 6 weeks ago. Tough passage. He’s a widower of 13 yrs. Even so, now, more than ever, I’m convinced that God is at work within the soul of every elderly person burnishing the patina and allowing us, the foolish young ones, to now and again glimpse His Glory in them. Mother Teresa, pray for us!

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  2. nance says:

    Found the perfect Scripture to describe these Stormy Days. John 16:20. In ONE verse!

    I [Jesus] tell you truly
    you will weep and mourn (another school shooting today)
    while the world rejoices (they DID like that debate, didn’t they)
    you will grieve for a time (little over a year more…)
    but your grief will be turned to joy.

    Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

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  3. sarah says:

    My husband and I were excited he the day off so we could see you speak in San Antonio. I especially liked the statement you made about all of us are unworthy, God knows we are unworthy, He wants us to be willing. God can use us if we are willing. That speaks to me. Thank you! I am sorry we had to leave early; enjoying every moment, but my husband works nights.

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  4. Hortensia Casas says:

    it reminded me: when I was a child in Cuba; the goverment with Castro as head, divided the farms and cattle owners, and the took over the big farms and the ones that had less did not speak up then again smaller and the same thing little by little taking ALL! it is a very old method od “divide and conquer”

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  5. Chris says:

    Great interview Charlie. So glad you could visit us and sorry we gave you a cold.😷

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  6. Cool Man Luke says:

    I always wondered where that came from…I am beginning to really feel the storm now…

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  7. Mack says:

    Charlie thank you for this great info about Walls of Jericho. Just to note, the second link didn’t work for me (404 error)

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  8. Linda says:

    Charlie..thank you for this part 1 video…im so sorry that you are not feeling well. .i hope you gave up those darn vipes…they only made me sick every 3 weeks like clockwork…but i wont nag you anymore..lol…SO GOOD TO SEE YOUR ADORABLE FACE ON VIDEO…HOW WE ALL LOVE “Our Charlie!”😆 (just ecxcept it..and Im praying for you to get well soon😇😙

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  9. Lance Redden says:

    Hey there yall….a big shout out from deep east texas . …how yall doing….just wanted to let everybody know that things are popping on the world scene….if you’s awake u can just feel it….yesterdeeday I had such anxiety then I got charlie’s post which helped….man things are moving fast….but I take great comfort in the rescue…..thank u Jesus and Mary . ….well any who charlie how is.your cold? Bless your heart…if u take vitamin c it will help boost your immune system…just a suggestion ….im not a doctor but I love to play one especially with my residents….lol…I’m fixing 2 start going every day 2 the church to sit in front of the blessed sacrament . …I feel the call & need….yall forgive my language I know it’s very country but I’m county….lol…so I send every TNRS family a big hug lots of love & plentyof laughter…I know we’s living in uncertain times but we still need to laugh especially with each other in joyful fellowship …I remain “all in”…with love & laughter….Lance….: )

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Hahahaha . . . sounds ‘down home’ to me. . .like old ‘broke in’ flannel shirt you can’t yet quite pass along to Goodwill . .useful to the heart.

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    • June1 says:

      Hi from Canada, Lance! My gosh, I LOVE your accent. I can practically hear it as I read your words. 😀 Thanks for the positivity!

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      • George says:

        Hey Lance – I’m down the road in Spring. I’m guessing you are in a more rural area yet east of me. I almost called you East Texas because It’s feeling like we are in Steven King’s The Stand! Welcome and good to have you with us. I hope to meet you one day, shake your hand under clear skies. I see how the Lord is calling men and women of good will to this battle and I am heartened by the recent arrival of many like you to our growing band. May God walk with you and all here.

        My wife is now going to daily mass and adoration, struggling to surrender to God’s will and to let go of all plans and expectations. Graces rain down. I am so thankful. Thankful. That God gave me this incredible mercy of preparing me for the Storm, calling little ole me to play some small part in His beautiful work of Love and Restoration, some small part in His cross and his marvelous Will and Design. I hope to do His Will one moment at a time, to be a light to His other children, my brothers and sisters, to set my face as flint, choosing to believe and trust and hope no matter the circumstances I find myself in. I think it was G.K. Chesterton who said that hope is only hope when things become hopeless. May God be glorified in the Storm, in Our Lady’s Rescue, in the millions of small acts of His children. May God’s Will be done and may we all Stand.

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    • Mick says:

      Lance, I love the way you talk; I’m a Yankee, but my grandparents were Southerners. So I feel right at home when you say “yall” and “I’m fixing to.” Oh… and also, my older sister was born in Texas; so that state has always had a special place in my heart. 🙂

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      • Brocadelli says:

        Mick, when teaching Latin (or any language’s conjugations), I make the distinction between the singular and plural second person with “y’all.” To wit: Amo, amas, amat; amamus, amatis, amant. I love, you love, he/she/it loves; we love, y’all love, they love. When we work on German, the effect strikes me as even sillier.

        And if it’s a lot of y’alls, it’s “all y’all.” I never heard that when I lived in Chicago.

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        • moreen67 says:

          Brocadelli – “all y’all” is what my old boss from Tennessee taught me was plural – ha so now I see this again and he must be right.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Brocadelli! I don’t know Latin (except for a couple of prayers), but I have taught Spanish. And when I teach the you-plural verb forms, I have always taught it as “you all” (not sure I ever said “y’all,” but I might have). Kid #3 has just started taking Spanish 1. We’re going to start conjugating verbs the week after next. I’ll make sure I use “y’all” this year (it’s SO much easier to say than “you all”). 🙂

          Who’s taking Latin and German… your #1 or #2, or both?

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          • Brocadelli says:

            Everyone takes both Latin and German. I’m only marginally qualified to teach one of those. Thank God for DVDs.

            I used to say “you (plural),” but it’s just too cumbersome. Y’all it is.

            Auf Wiederhören!

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        • justsayin392 says:

          Hehehe -ooooh does that ever take me back…Omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est…Avoided German but from what I’ve heard, ‘all y’all’ is a Germanic approach, no?

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      • Barb421 says:

        I’m a yankee too, and my mom was a southerner, I never knew my Texas folk! good to hear from y’all!

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    • Judith says:

      and I always thought it was ‘yous guys’. 🙂

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  10. Let our prayers rise to Saint Paul. He was as bold as they come. Let us pray to him for courage, especially in these days in which we are living. Let us also remember that our good and gracious God assigned to each and every one of us a guardian angel.
    Psalm 91:11, For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways!
    We have the victory, but we also have the responsibility to Holy, for God is Holy, and He commands us to be Holy, too.
    No matter how big this evil is in the world, we must remember how God uses the small to conquer it. 1 Samuel 17:49, Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, David slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
    Like I said, this is nothing new what we are facing. Many of the saints that are in heaven faced what we are going through. Let us pray to them and they will help us overcome this current evil.

    Viva Christo Rey!
    Through Mary
    FJL

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  11. roses1sb says:

    Good video….hope to see the next one soon….it explains much and direct…Thank You Charlie pray for us, as we will you….God Bless us all

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  12. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Couldn’t get into the second link either. Still praying for you all and asking for your prayers
    as I am planning a celebration of 50th Anniversary of Marriage on November 12 but keep
    telling myself that it may not happen and to be prepared.
    Also, our priest is planning a rosary half hour before each weekend Mass with exposition of the
    Blessed Sacrament during October. So far I have heard two people comment on how they like
    to come to church early and just have quiet and meditate before Mass. Not interested in
    saying the Rosary. I answer back that I like it quiet also, but is only for a month for heaven’s sake, and what is their problem with honouring Our Lady with the Rosary? NO ANSWER! What gives
    with catholics today?

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    • charliej373 says:

      May you have a gloriously joyful 50th Anniversary, with joy that rises from within, whatever the situation without!

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    • moreen67 says:

      Congrats on your 50th Anniversary – God bless. Funny when I was on my (kind of local) vacation down the shore I went to the daily Mass one morning and got there 10 minutes early to find actually a lot of people reciting the Rosary – if I had known I would gotten there earlier to join them. I was so thrilled to witness this. Maureen

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    • Beckita says:

      Happy Anniversary, Theresa and Hubby. Joining in prayer for your intentions.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Happy anniversary to you and yours! ❤

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    • singingjuls says:

      Happy early anniversary Theresa! What a beautiful witness of the sacrament of marriage you and your husband are. My hubby and I celebrate ours on Nov. 12, also. God willing we will make it to 50. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I love getting to church early enough to say my rosary or chaplet. I just have to keep praying about the social people who like to talk in church after mass while others are still trying to pray. I trust and pray that the good Lord will open their hearts and help them see what a distraction it is when others are still praying. God Bless!

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Happiest 50th, to you both, Theresa ! What a beautiful witness (sign of hope) you are already, whatever day the calendar marks. Thank you for speaking up for Our Blessed Mother.

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    • Carmelite says:

      Blessed Golden Anniversary, Theresa!! Ours is on Nov.26th, and we are going into Pgh Sunday to the cathedral for the Bishop’s Mass where all the local old folk like us celebrate 50 yrs. 🙂

      We pray the rosary every day before Mass at our church, and few attend as well. They just don’t understand the power of that weapon, but prayerfully one day they will.

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  13. Could I just add a few random thoughts?
    A priest once taught us,” Hurting people hurt others. Healthy people don’t hurt others.” We must learn to pause a little before jumping into our heated conversations…
    Does anyone else feel the tension? I’m surrounded with this invisible, yet very real tension, as thick fog preceding the storm. It can be family, relatives, friends, parishioners, someone next to me in the grocery line…conversations escalate quickly as the election approaches and opinions are being formed a little more deeply this time as everyone knows the stakes of “the other” as president. My whole point is no one is going to accept ” the other” as president. A nation truly divided.
    I am actually joy filled knowing God has another plan. I’ve been saying, very quietly, I’m holding out for plan B. I tell others I feel anything is possible, and I think there’s going to be a plan B. I simply don’t like my election choices, and pray quietly for a way out of this mess.
    And a THANK YOU, CHARLIE! for your video. Easy to share. A simple way to prepare those who will listen. For me right now, it’s the “dismissive youth” I’m struggling with. So hard. This young generation is holding on to their strong ill informed visions and simply dismissing anyone who does not agree. It is very hurtful to be dismissed. That’s what Black Lives Matter seems to have accomplished. Keep fighting…there are a lot of ignorant people. We must inform them.

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  14. Diane Grose says:

    I try to remember always that God is in charge & that brings me great comfort! God bless you, Charlie, & pray you are well soon!

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  15. Doug says:

    Hope the rest of your trip is fruitful Charlie. God bless you and keep you!

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  16. John Mackenzie says:

    Dear Charlie,
    In this video – I believe I’m the priest whom you mentioned you spoke to in New England. It took place in New Hampshire. I believe it’s time for me to make – as you said – a passing mention of the storm at our Masses. This weekend might be good. It goes nicely with the first reading. I’m in a new parish where this will all be new to them. It was nice meeting you. Acknowledge a God – Take the next right step – Be a sign of hope. God bless you.
    Fr. John

    Sent from my iPad

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha Fr. John! You are, indeed, the Priest I spoke of. And yes, I think you are right that it is time to mention it. It is getting so intense and people need to know that God has not abandoned us, that He does have a plan. Now to mention it is simply to acknowledge reality – and to assure them of His goodness in that context can be very calming in these troubled times. God bless you!

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    • moreen67 says:

      Father John, I just said a prayer for you at your new parish and for you to be the sign of hope to your parishioners – may God bless you always. Maureen Dombrowski

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, Fr. John. Praying for you as you continue to minister in your new parish.

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    • GUNS1977 says:

      Thank you Fr. John, for your courage. There are many of us here in NH that support you, and hopefully many of our wonderful priests in our state who aren’t already doing so take your lead in these turbulent times. Your calling is so very much appreciated, and I hope you and your message are embraced by your new parish. I know that our state was listed as the least religious state earlier this year, but rest assured that those of us who are on fire are looking to add to our number and WILL succeed! We are here, and I for one am staying put!

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    • Doug says:

      You are a wonder priest Fr. John! I firmly believe you will give many great hope and consolation when the tough stuff occurs. I pray it goes well with you this weekend. You are an inspiration!

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    • Linda says:

      Hi Father John! I remember watching that video and I really liked you and thought you were very funny! Good for you that you will talk about the storm… If you’re ever in the hood………….;-)

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  17. roses1sb says:

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/09/26/venezuelan-children-fainting-in-school-because-are-hungry/ I wanted to share this on here so we could pray for them…..this could be us….Thank You God for the food we have and send some to these people…..they the Government will not let the church in with food…..I wander why??? Any way click the link to see the story…..Poor kids and people

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    • Mick says:

      Praying, Roses.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Roses. Having visited in Venezuela three times, these people have been in my prayers as their sorrows have increased. Maranatha!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      roses, I am praying for these children and families. God willing may they be fed and sustained. An article with graphic picture of children from Aleppo injured and reports of hospitals being bombed just made me cry and gasp uncontrollably. My heart is hurting especially for our babies trapped in the messes that adults have created. May God save and protect our precious ones all and when our TNRS saints go marching in, may it be sign to the world for discernment and conversions, I pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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    • johnjwblog says:

      I didn’t see anywhere in the article where it said the government would not allow the church in with food, perhaps there’s another link?

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      • roses1sb says:

        Sorry I had read that another place…but the church tried to go in and they would not let them….

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        • johnjwblog says:

          I googled it and didn’t find anything, in fact I did find where churches were providing food for children and schools requesting food – I think that either the report was not true or that a church like the 7th day Adventists tried to go in and had literature on conversion because a lot of the faiths won’t feed you until you say prayers or listen to a speech

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          • johnjwblog says:

            As a side note, according to Jim Sinclair and Bill Holter 2 ounces of silver will buy you 6 months of food in Venezuela, so for those people who said you can not eat gold ( silver ) if you had gold/silver you would certainly be benefitting from it in Venezuela.

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    • janet says:

      This will be us. Praying for Venezuela…. 😦

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  18. CrewDog says:

    As The Forces of Darkness seem to gather about us, especially this Election Year, and Bearers of Light seem hard to come by ….. Today’s verse seems appropriate:

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 29 September
    John 3:20-21
    Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Truth is seen in what it does and whom it seeks.
    Prayer:
    Father of every heavenly light, I ask you to correct me gently as I place myself, my imperfections, failures and sins in your presence. Forgive and cleanse me by the blood of Jesus so that I might be spotless, holy, and blameless in your sights. O Lord, I don’t want just to be forgiven, I want to be useful to you and your church. Please help me find my way to usefulness. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  19. tinabarry says:

    This Focus TV brought me a lot of hope Charlie. Thank you. They did a very good job interviewing you, and you were able to articulate a lot of useful information and clear up misconceptions that many are having. I met with a friend the other day who is not a fan of yours to say the least. She really borders on being bitter about the Storm/Rescue message. She is not however, a bitter person. She is always upbeat and cheerful.

    She said, “Why do we need a Charlie Johnston, when we have the Church, the Magisterium, the Eucharist.” I said, “We don’t need a Charlie, but God chooses to use prophetic messages and has all through out Church history and chooses very imperfect people to relay them (no offense Charlie). I asked her why we needed Fatima, St. Faustian, Marian apparitions? I don’t have the answer to why God chooses to relay messages through certain people. I told her to ask God, but don’t hold it against Charlie. I also told her to quit judging me for the decisions I have made. I am following what I believe to be God’s will, and I am seeing enormous fruit in my life and those who God has put around me. God is good.

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  20. Craig says:

    Charlie,

    I know you don’t like to give many details, but generally speaking do you think there will be an obvious undeniable moment which will dramatically change life for everyone? In other words, every day I look around and think how did we get to this point in such a short period of time, but my life is still pretty much the same: I go to work, spend time with family, go to church, and enjoy life. But do you foresee a quick and radical change that would totally alter all lives? Or do you think that things will just progressively get worse and worse and some will kind of have the “frog in the boiling pot” reaction? I am trusting God and am truly not experiencing anxiety (which is rare for me), but I read some comments that people are talking about things like building outhouses and planting certain crops and I think – am I underprepared – will this really be like the dark ages.

    Thanks Charlie,
    Craig

    P.s. Happy feast of Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel – I’m sure you love this feast for obvious reasons

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    • charliej373 says:

      Of course there will be a time when all know, Craig, but that does not necessarily mean all will know in an instant. When Hitler invaded Poland, all but the most invincibly ignorant knew that war would consume Europe. Yet, when the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in what all consider the start of WWI, it was weeks, even months before all knew the nature of the conflagration that had come upon them. At the start of the American Civil War, many on both sides expected a brief contest of, at most, a few weeks.

      It still all comes down to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

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  21. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Thanks to all for your Anniversary wishes. I agree with you friendofangels, my son is 42 and he is always telling me that times are different now not like when you were young mom, therefore what he does (won’t go into detail) is perfectly acceptable. Also, kudos to you Fr. John. I have been forwarding Charlie’s emails to a priest who seems very interested in receiving them and I am hoping he is also checking on past TNRS postings. I am sure he will find some way to work “the storm” into his sermons. Have not visited his parish for awhile so have not had a chance to personally talk to him. Hoping to do that soon. I have sent them to friends for their discernment and have not received any acknowledgement of receipt or comments. Copies of Our Blessed Hope – Preferred print version: Overview of the Great Storm have also been sent out to newspapers and our Prime Minister, a ‘Catholic’. Trying to make people aware.
    Have been praying for Our Lady’s intervention in your Presidential election. Hoping they all
    vote for Truth.
    May Our Lady be a constant Companion to all.

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  22. DPH says:

    I am not a Trump fan. But, this NEEDS to be shared. HRC either wore communication equipment, or, had some kind of medical equipment on her, during the debate. The picture in the video is 100% real. It is not doctored. It was shown on the Kelly File last night. You can also see the same image on video. This is a still picture of it. The Hillary camp was asked about it, in which the replied, “It’s nothing. Her back.” If that is her back, then I am even more frightened, because, WHAT THE H IS WRONG WITH HER BACK?!?

    This is yet further proof how corrupt our politicians have become. Frankly, it’s almost unbelievable.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I saw it. My instinctive reaction when I first heard of it was to think, okay, more overheated stuff…but then I saw it and it was unmistakeable. Then I thought, man, they really don’t bother to try to hide their outrages at all, any more.

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      • DPH says:

        I could see that happening for sure — revolt, no matter who wins. I have seen stories about supposed Russian hackers trying to influence the election. In my opinion, I think this is just the dems planting a seed of doubt, in case Trump wins somehow. I might have missed other stories out there, but I try to follow the news pretty closely.
        And, in regards to the Hillary wire — or whatever the heck that is — it’s amazing how arrogant they are to play everyone for idiots. But, when you have the media in your back pocket, that makes it pretty easy to get away with.

        At any rate, thank you for your response.

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      • Doug says:

        Well, they don’t ascribe to the rules (Christianity). So they don’t have to play by the rules. Their bar is so low, it is touching the ground.

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      • mdasteel says:

        I think she was overcome with pride at beating Trump and just had to get out to shake hands, forgetting what the cameras might catch from the rear as she bent over. Megan Kelly was set to pooh-pooh the story, but the reported presenting it, sobered her up a bit.

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    • Doug says:

      Very interesting DPH!

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    • roses1sb says:

      This was some kind of device…..she really got help with her performance,,……..or something to do with her health? I do not know but it is something there…..

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  23. DPH says:

    Charlie, I have been following you since last November, when you spoke at a Marian conference in Elmhurst, IL (go Cubs :)) Since then, the world has certainly become increasingly chaotic, and in many ways, matches up to what you’ve been saying. The Storm is not to the degree (at least yet) to which you have been saying. But, I am not blind to what is going on, and I take your message very seriously. It has helped bring me closer to Jesus, which is a great thing, and I thank you for that.

    My question to you, though, is, we are now less than 40 days from the election. Are you concerned at all that the clock is ticking, and ticking quickly? While the two candidates running this year are awful, and it has been an insane political season, there is really no indication that the election will not go off as planned. And time has nearly run out on that. Yes, I know you have said that there are limited circumstances in which there could still be an election, but, it won’t matter because things will be in such disarray by then anyways. Trump or Hillary could win, and then, something happens before inauguration.

    But, one of the main things that has really kept me from sharing your message is precisely that…If the election does happen, then, the probability of this part of your prophecy has been greatly lessened. And if that part is wrong, then, most of what you believe will happen thereafter is also probably wrong.

    I know you have said that if the Presidency is just handed over peacefully, that you will go away quietly. However, there are many, many people who have ALSO put their reputations at stake by sharing your message — which, as you admit, is “out there”. Some people have also altered some financial plans I am sure, in one way or another. I guess my point is, there are many people who are making personal risks, in one form or another, regarding your message.

    Anyways, my intention isn’t at all to be critical in this message. But, personally, as each day goes by, and nothing really happens to suggest that we won’t be having an election, the more antsy I become about all of this. I hope you are right, though. As hard and difficult as it will be to go through the worst of the storm, the world is badly in need of a rescue.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It’s ironic that, as I hear something like this from time to time, I hear a lot these days from different political pros I worked with telling me, in astonishment, that they think I am right…that if we get to election at all, it will, itself, be the trigger that sets off serious revolt, regardless of who wins. Everybody has their own base of perception, but if you really think there is “no indication,” I think you have missed a few things.

      As for the points you speak of, I addressed that fully in my piece, “All In.” So no, I don’t worry about what you probably would worry about. I worry about being true until the time of my promise is complete.

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      • G. F. says:

        I know that you don’t doubt you are right, but about the going away quietly; I just hope that if you are wrong about the timeline, people will not forget your really important message of TNRS and trust in God no matter what happens.

        After all, Jonah was “wrong,” but I hope the people he spoke to didn’t stop praying to God when nothing happened (which they probably did, people being people!)

        I’ve always though the book of Jonah had a lot of humor in it; Jonah’s reactions, and the vine, etc.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t worry much about being right, but simply about being true to my promise to God. Doing that, I am rarely wrong in a significant way. If you work to be true, then all things you do end up serving the Lord.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      DPH,
      I too have been worried but have been trying to live in a constant state of Grace. Yes, things are getting worse, the polarization of either candidate, the world in crisis and violence increasing. In the end (of our lives) all this hulla-ba-lou is just that, nonsence. I continue to pay the bills with an eye to ‘what if’ senarios, but generally try to live each day without looking down the road too far.

      God, Family, Country. Think about how you can affect it now. Realizing we can’t assist in most cases and only God can, i have been in constant regime of daily prayer, attending mass and numerous rosaries.

      Be a witness. For me it is standing in front of the abomination of desolation (abortion clinic) reciting my rosaries. This year i have stepped up the program holding a Poster of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tepeac) {3 ft by 1.5 ft} facing the clinic.

      Oh, also, walking through the Holy Door. Today, i walked 5-7 teenagers through. It was wonderful to see, them all walking through, saying “Jesus, I trust in you” and genuflecting in front of the Tabernacle.

      Here is an email solicitation i used to send to my area Parish’s.

      Would you promote the Holy Door at mass and in the Bulletin. The last day for the Holy Doors is November 20th.

      Here is a site i have used to find Holy Door locations.
      https://catholicpilgrimagesites.wordpress.com/holy-doors-of-mercy/

      Cheers,
      Sean

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    • wpsahm says:

      DPH, I can only speak for myself, but before I ever heard the name Charlie Johnston I felt in my gut that things in this world were spinning completely out of control and completely in the wrong direction. I could feel in my bones the dramatic tilt the world has experienced in the last 10 years, appearing to have accelerated dramatically in the last 4 or 5. I was already researching relocation to a more remote area and wondering if I should be storing up extra food and water. I was already following global financial trends to look for patterns or trends.

      I didn’t need Charlie’s message to know where this was all going, I needed Charlie’s message to remember what I already knew: God is in control and He will never abandon us. And now with the world in such a deep, antiChrist sentiment and intent, Charlie has helped me remember that I (underlined) have my own responsibility to act within my tiny little sphere of influence sharing the hope and joy of Christ our Savior, and to live each day in that joy-the only thing that actually matters. IF I’d made financial decisions it would have been from the source of my deep concern for the events taking place in the world, not from anything Charlie has said. IF I’ve shared Charlie’s message (and I have) it is because it makes sense of everything and I want others to know there IS a plan of the Father’s being worked out in realtime. This notion that others have gone out on a limb BECAUSE of Charlie is nonsensical to me. Charlie’s focus has NEVER been on anything other than Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. He never said “pull your money out of….” or “put your money into…” or even “tell anyone who will listen”. So I reject that premise. Just sayin’:)

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    • Doug says:

      DPH, as one who has to a degree have staked my reputation on the line, one way I have discovered to share Charlie’s message with folks outside the church is to detach myself from Charlie (in conversation only) and say “gee, I have been reading about this guy who says that Obama will not make it through his term” This intrigues them to understand more and does two things:

      1) it plants seeds and gets the message out for a potential follow up when the person sees it come true.

      2) It secondarily protects my reputation and puts the ownership on Charlie which he has stated on occasion that he himself owns this (sorry Charlie. Hope I don’t add to your burden).

      That said, I have been telling folks in our parish and have been facilitating a “storm dinner” every month. So within our parish, I have staked my reputation on Charlie being correct. Hopefully I have done this in a respectful way. With all of that said, the most important thing anyway is to live your faith true which is great advice regardless what happens. If we trust in God totally, then storm or no storm, we can’t go wrong because God so loves us and we are preparing ourselves for what ever we encounter in life. My wife is a 3 time cancer survivor. So we have had our share of storms. Oh, what would I ever do without my faith in God! Jesus is my whole life! God bless you!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Funny thing, Doug, usually when people ask me how I can keep talking and risking it, I think that, having seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living and knowing with confident certainty that I will see it even more, how can I keep from singing?

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        • Doug says:

          Yes. Yes. It’s all about discovering God for ourselves and how deeply he loves us. Many things fall into place when we experience this beauty. Oh what magnificence! How privileged we are! Also, how privileged we are to have this family here to share it!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Doug
        Thanks for sharing this. I think you have been listening at my door. Never a day goes by when I don’t blame Charlie for the global collapse – I try to make him look better by mentioning The Rescue but that does not wash so good.
        Seriously I was moved by your witness of courage in faith especially when you spoke of your wife. My rosary tonight is for you two. I still give in badly to distractions in prayer but I will do my best.God bless you. You carry a good message.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Hey Joe, thanks for your phone call. I was up in the mountains during my convalescence, and my cell does not get a signal there, so I don’t know who has called or texted me until I come down from the mountain. I was glad from my friend in New Zealand.

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        • Doug says:

          Joe, you are very kind and I am humbled by your words. You are a gracious man!

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        • Doug says:

          Joe, I too still give into distractions in prayer. We are all a work in progress. I wonder how many people really blame Charlie for the storm? This seems so ironic as if he could really cause it. He is just a messenger of which the storm will happen with or without Charlie. I am grateful between Charlie and others to understand ahead of time so I can prepare temporally and spiritually, but mostly spiritually. I fear more now that we do not have a storm. The rescue gives me great hope!

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    • Joanne duever says:

      The people in ancient Pompeii didn’t think much would happen either until it did, terribly and swiftly.

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    • johnjwblog says:

      DPH – I’m listening to an interview with Bill Holter and Jim Sinclair and Bill is saying there is a 65-75% chance that the election will not happen, and they are not the first to say this, if you listen to alternative media many have been saying it for a while, anything could trigger a non-election at this point. Others have also said no matter who wins it will be chaos. There seems to be 2 very divergent candidates. Even if there is an election and it happens there could be chaos at the ballot box ( report: 1,000s of pre filled in election results found in Ohio by a plumber – all for Hillary ). By the way Jim Sinclair called this the greatest “financial Storm ” in history happening right now and that mathematically there is no way out – there is no way to avoid it.
      Actually a lot is happening, it’s just not being reported by mainstream media: Congress is grilling and I mean grilling the FBI and others over Clinton’s Get Out of Jail Free Card; US bombed Syrian troops after a ceasefire, apparently Obama didn’t order the strike; Aleppo is now being re-taken by the SAA, Russia, Iran, Palestinians, Hezbollah, and Chinese troops? now US wants to fight the Russians; Clinton caught cheating at debate; Philippines President wants US to stay out of SE Asia, he says they will settle their own differences in the area by negotiation primarily with China; etc.
      Things can fall apart quickly, be thankful to God that it has not happened because when it does you will be appealing to God to help you.

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  24. Barb421 says:

    I have a question, since my husband has been forced into retirement a little sooner than he’d like, and we will need to sell our too-big house, we are in a position to be able to head out of the country to see if living in more affordable areas would be something we could handle. I’d like to know if anyone has any suggestions for good solid Catholic places to live. I would feel safer on holier ground. We wouldn’t buy a home there, just rent for awhile. Thanks for any ideas!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Barb, I have lived in/near Chicago my whole live so I only have that as a reference. However, I remember a parable I was told decades ago about two shoe salesmen assigned to a jungle to sell shoes. The first salesman stated, this is horrible everyone is barefoot and no one will buy shoes. The other said I love this, no one wears shoes so everyone will be buying some.
      I think you are good wherever you end up and God is with you! 😉

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      • Doug says:

        Very wise advice Jen! Bloom where you are planted Barb. I mentioned this before, but usually when God wants me to grow, he transfers our priest.

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      • Barb421 says:

        haha..thanks jlynn, I guess I shouldn’t look for the “perfect” place, because there is none, and that I should instead trust wherever He leads us. We shall see then, if what Charlie says about our money not being worth anything is accurate we may just be staying put anyway!

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      I suppose one option would be to move to a community without many Catholics, where people will soon need great signs of hope. 🙂 Just a few local solid Catholics for your own support will suffice.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Barb421 sez: “….. we are in a position to be able to head out of the country to see if living in more affordable areas would be something we could handle……..”
      Barb I don’t really know “What’s What” in your situation … but… Yes! … sell the too big house …. unless!?? ….. I don’t think ya want to be an Oldster … Stranger in a Strange Land (Out of Country … USA? … Catholic or No) with The Storm upon us …. I’ve wanted to “unload” my too big house since the “Crash” of 07/08 Housing Market but I’m now thinking/preparing on the theory that my home/neighborhood might well be a place where The Lord might consider??!!?? …. it to be a good location for a Christian Refuge … not many Catholics but many Christian People of Faith where I live ….. and Good Ol’ Boys too 😉

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • charliej373 says:

        I like being embedded with Good Ol’ Boys: you can always count on them when the chips are down.

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        • janet says:

          Charlie I know that soon money will be useless… but what after the rescue?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Currency is an incredibly useful and ancient tool. Just as with regional collapses in the best, there will be a brief barter/trade economy and then a new currency will rise.

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          • janet says:

            So Monopoly money.. Thanks Charlie.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Actually, our money already is little more than Monopoly money…we just don’t know it yet.

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          • Noah603 says:

            Janet,

            To be a techno-nerd, I believe it’s our currency (dollars) that will be worthless. Real assets, such as land, businesses, precious metals, collectibles, firearms, and most of all, talents, will continue to be valuable, I believe. Governments and central banks have often gotten into trouble by trying to print more money in order to get out of their debt problems. While that may allow them to pay off debts, it also devalues the currency, so each dollar is worth less than the one before. When they do this to an extreme, the phenomenon of hyper-inflation can result. This happened in Zimbabwe in 2008. I have in front of my, as I type, a beautiful piece of actual currency from Zimbabwe. It has pictures of a waterfall, an elephant, intricate designs, colorful ink, and a denomination of Fifty Trillion Dollars. Yup, trillion. When this was printed, that was the cost of a common household item like bread or milk, I think. Imagine something like that happening here. I’m not saying it will but Venezuela is experiencing this to a lesser degree right now. It does happen and it happens in various degrees. It’s been happening our whole lives slowly, right? How much was a movie or a gallon of gas when you were a young adult? How about now? It’s not that the gallon of gas has changed. The dollar is just more worthless now than it was so we need more of them to buy the same stuff. For this reason, quite apart from anything that Charlie has said, many people explore parking their wealth, large or small, in assets other than dollars or other currencies.

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          • janet says:

            Thanks for explaining this for me Noah.

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      • Doug says:

        I am anticipating similar Crewdog. All my kids moved out and I built a large addition on my house with an inlaw apartment which is crazy, but 20 years ago, I was walking in my yard and it was impressed on me (Holy Spirit, angel, I’m not sure) I was going to build two additions on my house on both sides. My first thought was I laughed at God and said yah! I was barely scraping by with 3 young kids in Catholic school and my wife at home full time. Things happened in my career years later that allowed me to build the two additions and now here we are today with the storm coming. God has a plan!

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      • Barb421 says:

        good thinking crewdog…I was a little swept up by my husband’s idea of moving to somewhere like Guatemala…I don’t think it’s for me! and when all crashes around us, no one is going to be worrying about paying the taxes or heating bills! I definitely want to be right here where I feel most comfortable, assuming we’ll still have any comforts at all… and near my children. Right now our oldest grandson is still living with us and finishing up at his high school. So we’re doing the “little” we can for those right in front of us. I live in a suburb where we are a “minority” these days, not heavily Catholic but right around the corner from several protestant denominations, good people, I believe for the most part.

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      • SanSan says:

        We’d love to downsize…..but God has a plan and I think he wants us to stay right where we are.

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    • Doug says:

      We live in NH near Manchester with a vibrant parish and have an in law appartment available.

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  25. Joe Crozier says:

    When I was at school we had classes timetabled in our week that were for religious education. These included study of the bible and the catechism. We had to learn the answers and be able to demonstrate that we had done our homework. At the end of each term we had a written examination in religious knowledge. Perhaps after The Warning some of this this will be reintroduced. You can’t keep The Faith if you don’t have The Faith. Sure Adeste Fidelis, Semper Fidelis but come prepared and stay informed so you can live it and by living it come to understand it and share it.

    The three maxims of education come to mind.
    1. Tell me – I will forget.
    2. Show me – I will remember.
    3. Involve me – I will understand.

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  26. victura98 says:

    Charlie, I have been wondering the past few days:

    Will it become necessary that those of us who have been reading and commenting here (those who have read, pondered, and understood) will soon need to explain and clarify your writings to others? I’m imagining a very large march, for example, will give rise to inquiry from simply everyone I know. Many will wonder about you, and few will be genuinely competent to provide answers. And at this point, the prospect of reading this entire blog from the beginning is almost insurmountably difficult.

    Already, more and more people are asking me, “do you know about Charlie Johnston?” “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do,” I reply.

    I would love to know your opinion about whether we should expect many more such questions, or not.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Victura. As things get more stark, the questions will rise. But, perhaps to the surprise of some, it will rarely be hostile questioning or where you have to convince anyone. When people are frightened at a dramatic crisis and don’t know what to do, they will be relieved and supportive of something that has been long envisioned. You will find many people you tell saying with relief, “Thank heavens that God has a plan!” And, in fact, the bulk of those who end up walking on the Jericho March to Washington will come to it through that means.

      But yes, I have had a significant uptick in new visitors and a significant uptick in old secular colleagues taking serious interest in what “the plan” is and how to get involved.

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      • Yippee! … when true crisis visits your very way of life, many should surrender and be open to this message of God, trust and hope…they will truly welcome this plan .
        Praying that ears that once were closed, will open and accept, recognizing their need to know the God who loves us
        Especially with Charlie’s TNRS message many will mobilize who were previously on the fence or closed to placing their trust in Our Lord🙏

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    • SteveBC says:

      Victura98, when you get such inquiries, you may be able to satisfy your questioner. However, if they want more information, you might want to keep some options in mind:

      We have developed a “Start Here” page in Charlie’s Nav Bar. If they can get onto this site, you can tell them to go to that page first.

      We also have PDF documents that contain all of Charlie’s posts, which people can download and read on their computers (far too large to print out). For that material they can go to the “Books/PDFs/FAQs/Extras” page in the Nav Bar. That page also contains a number of answers to Frequently Asked Questions, vetted by the TNRS Answers team.

      Linda Summerfields has maintained a detailed summary overview of the future that Charlie has explained in various ways over the past couple years. I decided to print out one copy of that document (about 30 pages!) so that I could make it available to people near me who want that level of detail. Perhaps you might like to do the same. The URL to that summary is:
      http://blessedhope.yuku.com/topic/244/Preferred-Print-Version-Overview-Of-The-Great-Storm#.V_BpJDKNlES

      Oftentimes someone will ask me what I do. I will let them know that I help someone else on their website. Most are satisfied with that, but a few ask me about the website. At that point I figure God is saying they are ready to hear about Charlie. It will seem strange to me if or when people start seeking me out to ask about Charlie without my having said anything to them beforehand! 🙂

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    • Quotes from Charlie;
      “Stay safely berthed in the Church with your eyes on Our Lady who will ever point you to her Son. Do not be distracted by the violence of the winds or the waves. The Lord is Master of the Storm.”

      “There is rejoicing in your future if you hold fast to God and just do the little things right in front of you.”

      “Be not afraid. God calls all men to salvation.”

      “I saw the Storm truly from my earliest days. I saw the Rescue just as truly…and I have seen the sublime joy that rises even in the midst of the Storm. ”

      all the rest is detail.

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  27. Felicia says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I’m watching your interview with FOCUS TV…good stuff! Thank you for sharing and for reminding us to keep our focus on the Lord. Just when I think I’ve got things figured, Our Lord reminds me that I don’t. In fact, he used some of your words as a gentle reminder of my littleness. I’m so thankful for His mercy and love. My prayers are with you on this journey hermano! Que Dios te bendiga.

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  28. Tracy says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I have been following your blog for several months now. I was just watching the Focus TV interview, and I have a couple of questions. You mentioned that you wouldn’t get into why Barack Obama would be the one to take us into the storm. Can I ask what that reason was? I understand if this is something that you do not talk about. I was not sure if it was something that you have talked about before. I do not remember hearing or reading anything about it.

    Also, you mentioned that you heard an angel speak contemptuously about a human being once. Was that in reference to Menses?

    Thank you for all you do, Charlie. You are in my prayers.

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    • charliej373 says:

      For those who knew him well before he was president, Obama was well-known for being shallow, vain and petty. He was right out of central casting. But whether obvious or not, that was what God showed me…and I do NOT know all His reasons.

      I avoid some questions in TV or radio interviews because they lead down fruitless paths and can quickly degenerate into merely topical temporal discussion – and that squanders limited time.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to commenting, Tracy. 🙂

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  29. Joanne duever says:

    Today’s front page of our St. Louis Post-dispatch tells of roving gangs of children and teens, some as young as 9 to 11 years old attacking people violently, some victims hospitalized. They’re attacking young families with babies, men, women and teens; in short, anyone who crosses their path. Imagine what will happen when everything crashes. God have mercy.

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  30. Joe Crozier says:

    Just returned home from Sunday Mass – the 90th Anniversary of the death of Suzanne Aubert a day appointed by the New Zealand bishops as national day of prayer for her canonisation – and the first reading from the book of Habbakuk: “Then Yahweh answered me and said “Write the vision down, inscribe it on the tablets to be easily read.
    For the vision is for its appointed time, it hastens towards its end and it will not lie; (it tells us true) although it may take some time, wait for it, for come it will before too long.”
    October 18 1961 We must make many sacrifices …..but first we must lead good lives.”
    June 18 1965 Garabandal ….”Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is running over…..I, your Mother, through the intercession of St Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives….You should make more sacrifices….Think about the passion of Jesus.”
    I thought came to after reading a post elsewhere – just as the Transfiguration came before the Passion and Christ was shown in his glory to strengthen faith so perhaps in the Rescue Our Lady will come in Power and Splendour to assure us of life after The Warning which will be very hard to take.
    “You see, anyone whose heart is not upright will succumb, but the upright will live through faithfulness.” Habbakuk 2.
    And from today Psalm 94 ” If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
    At Garabandal Mary said,”You are now receiving the last warnings.”
    In the Rescue we will be shown the final Victor and be given heart for the pain of conversion.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Please do not think I am adding to or trying to improve Charlie’s witness – these are just thoughts that came to me, thoughts that I felt I should share. My angel remains invisible and silent in the ordinary sense of the words. Of course today is the feast of the Guardian Angels.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Today I experienced peace from an unexpected source. As some here will know I have been trying for sometime to figure out how Charlie’s witness fits in with Conchita’s. In an interview with Conchita in 1973 she said that the most important thing on the day of The Warning is that everyone “will find within themselves a sign, a grace or a punishment – in other words, A Warning. The will find themselves all alone in the world….alone with their conscience right before God.” (This sounds like the particular judgement to me) “They wil then see all their sins and what their sins have caused.”

      This sign grace and punishment was explained to me as Heaven, Purgatory or Hell. Some may not survive revelation of hell. My friend suggested that millions may die. They may then believe in Garabandal but by then then it will be too late as Padre Pio said.

      At least I know now that The Rescue is not The Warning.

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      • Joe, with all love and respect, as you are one of the ones I slow down to read–especially since you don’t make teeth grinding puns (joking 🙂 )–I replied to Losing Hope the Words of the Book of Wisdom.

        I remember being castigated by one of the most uptight Priest-Scholars at CUA when I suggested that within the Gospel of Matthew there is a key to understanding the Book of Wisdom when St. Matthew (cough, yes, St. Matthew) writes: There is something greater than Solomon here…

        What does this have to do with your reply?

        There is no need to reconcile. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t it doesn’t.

        It doesn’t matter. Look at the Quote from the Book of Wisdom. Look at the Whole of the Book of Wisdom. GOD HAS US!! HE has us securely where we need to be and we can rejoice.

        It’s like St. Faustina writes that Jesus said to her (whose Feast is celebrated today): STOP searching for everyone’s opinions / stop listening to everyone’s opinions. Only one thing matters: DRAWING Grace from the Wellspring of Grace, Mercy and Wisdom

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Thanks YD…..exactly what I needed to hear. Yes indeed, only one thing matters. Made me think of Martha and Mary. Only one thing matters and Mary chose the better part. Freedom. William Wallace spoke true. No freedom without peace. No peace without freedom. There is something greater than Wallace here.
          Our priest spoke today of a female theologian who describes the Eucharist as the dangerous memory because in doing it in memory of Jesus we are called to copy his example – to be blessed broken and given up for all. Eucharist, the Wellspring of Grace, Mercy and Wisdom.
          At vigil mass the priest talked about Eckhart (I think that was his name) another theologian, who said that prayers of thanksgiving are the best. And today we were reminded that Eucharist is thanksgiving.
          Apropo your plan of restiration and simplification for my half crazed mind I had recently written to Beckita saying that I was going to stick to what I knew worked for me. I actually said in my letter “whatever happens, happens.” Now it does’nt take a genius to work that one out. I know cause I worked it out.
          The youngsters had a sausage sizzle after mass to raise funds for their Catholic teen group. As I got tucked in to my sausage, onion and ketchup I felt truly grateful. I had chosen the better part after all.

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          • Beckita says:

            Joe, your words and humor are more refreshing than any sausage, with or without the ketchup and onion! 🌭😁 PS Should you have the opportunity to host YD for a sausage sizzle please be sure to advise the powers that be: garlic and hot chili peppers are a must for condiments. Then again, what happens, happens and God always provides the perfect mix for both famine and feast. PMT for all NRSteppers.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I must say, I like the sound of a “sausage sizzle.”

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          • Beckita says:

            Ha Charlie! 😉 I love the standout simplicity in the idea of a sausage sizzle. Yum.

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  31. Tracy says:

    I saw this on Drudge tonight, and I thought it was interesting. Apparently Spain has been without an elected leader for 288 days. They do not have a leader that came from the election process because they have had two elections and no candidate got enough votes to win. If the third party candidate actually took some states and Clinton and Trump split the rest, this could happen here. Of course, I would think that there would be an extension of Obama’s term. I thought it was interesting because I thought that Obama not finishing his term would necessarily mean that the collapse had already happened. As Charlie says, we won’t know how things will happen. There are more possible scenarios than any of us can imagine.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/world/europe/spain-socialists-sanchez-rajoy.html?_r=0

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    • Noah603 says:

      I’m no apologist for Jesse Ventura but I remember that when he was elected Governor of Minnesota, his first official act was to take a vacation! He said, “I want Minnesotans to forget they have a governor.”

      Ah, I can’t resist another Jesse story: The Minnesota legislature was struggling for a long time to come up with a budget that was satisfactory to both sides of the aisle. Finally, Governor Ventura had enough. One evening, he walked into the Legislature hall, where the debate about the budget was ongoing. Behind him, state trooper carried in stacks of pizza. “Nobody is leaving this room until you pass a budget.”, said the Governor. “The people of Minnesota deserve it.” Then the former wrestler took up his place at the door with his arms folded. The state troopers did the same, behind him. A few hours later, a budget was passed.

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  32. Theresa Tamborine says:

    After my husband retired we moved to a farm about 11 kms from a small town. My husband has a fair size garden. No animals but we had 4 large rabbits running around this year. After 18 years and arthritis setting in we recently put our name in for an apartment, in an old high school being renovated in that town, across from our church. Have been wanting to live close to a church for a long time! For various reasons I have a key for this church and can slip in anytime with the pastor’s permission. I recently mentioned to my husband that we may need to change our plans and he better keep some of his seeds to be planting it the move does not happen. (The renovations had been postponed for two years because the owner had a brain anneuryism.) Maybe we will be a refuge for those in need of food during the storm. Only in God’s plans, eh!

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  33. Moe Galarneau says:

    So where is part two?

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  34. Debbie Portzline says:

    Hey there Charlie- I enjoyed the Focus Video, Tracking the Storm, Part 1 very much. Will part 2 be posted somewhere soon? Thanks – Debbie

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