Back to Work

By Charlie Johnston

After getting home late Tuesday, I took both Wednesday and Thursday completely off – reading, watching TV, and sleeping. Whew! I love my work, but after a six-week swing, I am completely exhausted.

My son pressed me on whether I am feeling the pressure as events draw ever closer to climax. I chuckled and told him I worry about details; I worry about how well I am prepared to effectively offer hope in each circumstance. When I wrote the piece, “Semper Fideles, Adeste Fideles” I had been up half the night before worrying that I had not sufficiently taken seriously the possibility of a massive disruption of communications – and that it was my duty to give a little glimpse of what I will do when things fall apart. Speaking of the Jericho March now seemed the only prudent thing to do, so that people would not be in the dark even if malevolent forces tried to, um, force the darkness on us.

I am working on a piece entitled, “I Killed Christ…And So Did You.” I hope to have it up tonight (someone insightfully suggested I take a cue from my angel and just say “soon”).

In the meantime, here are a few new videos:

First, Part 2 of the Focus TV Interview is here. When you get to the site, just click play on “Tracking the Storm, Part 2”.

My talk in Mill Valley, California, near San Francisco is here, with the Q & A part here.

Finally, I discovered that one of my favorite talks, from the Santa Maria Vineyard and Winery last fall had never been linked to here. That is now corrected. It is the one where I accidentally left my phone on – and it rang in the middle of my talk. Thinking quickly, I said, “I’m not going to take this unless it is from God,” looked at my phone and cut the call. I wasn’t thinking quickly enough: if I had, I would have opened my eyes wide after looking at the screen and said, “I’ve got to take this.”

 

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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216 Responses to Back to Work

  1. BD says:

    My goodness Charlie, you look so much younger in the Part 2 Focus TV video. 😉

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  2. Cindy Baca says:

    I just love it when Jesus tells me “Soon” Who’s timeline?

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  3. BD says:

    Haha how precious, Lisa Flood interviews Charlie Johnston about the “STORM”, how ironic.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I had to think a minute for the connection, then laughed out loud. Lisa is a lovely woman – and I have come to hold the whole Focus Team in great affection. So when you mention her, I think of the person, not the name. But, FLOOD, meet STORM is ironically amusing.

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  4. Marie B. says:

    So, I guess you’re not going to tell us who was on the phone? 🙂 God bless you!

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  5. DPH says:

    Charlie, it seems we are on the door-step of war with Russia. I know that you have said that we will be allies with Russia when China shows itself for the evil, power-grabbing government it has become. I was wondering, is this detail — about being aligned with Russia — part of divine knowledge, or, is it based on your own conclusions that you have drawn? I’m trying not to worry about all the details about the storm, but, this escalating situation with Russia is impossible to ignore right now. Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is divinely given. Back around the millennium, I told my Priests that our relations with Russia (then sour) were going to become very friendly again for a while, then get rockier than ever before. But in the end, the US and Russia would be the most steadfast of allies in the struggle with China. When George W. Bush had the very warm “barbecue summit” with Putin at his ranch, one of my Priests told me I had been right again. I rather dourly told him I was only a third right – that it still had to get terribly rocky and after that become a staunch alliance. Now I am 2/3 right. It will be 3/3 soon enough.

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      • timothy says:

        Hi Charlie,

        The U.S. has formally accused Russia of tampering with U.S. Elections systems:
        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-07/us-names-russia-actor-behind-hacking-democratic-party-and-state-election-systems

        It is my opinion that D.C. has squandered all trust with much of the U.S. population and frankly, as you can read at the linked comments, this looks like D.C. is laying the groundwork to interfere in our elections.

        Given this news, your ‘election predictions’ (whatever they were) are looking very plausible. I don’t know what they were, nor do I care; I know you recently took some flak over the matter and I wanted to give you a heads up.

        Blessings to you!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks, Timothy. I am aware of it. I think that whole business of Russian hacking was an effort to justify having Homeland Security take over the election machinery – in which case the announced outcome would be whatever the ruling anti-God progressives want and your vote would not count at all. It is a useful excuse, for failing to gain control of the election machinery, if Trump wins by any margin – particularly a large one – the anti-God progressives in transient control can use the accusation to justify overturning the election results and setting a new “election.”

          There is a simple, hack-proof way that does not facilitate any federal power grabs or emergency powers. Paper ballots. Any other suggestion is just a justification for a power grab. But…when they grab, it is they who will fall.

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          • timothy says:

            I think the same.

            But…when they grab, it is they who will fall.

            This, I pray is true. I do not know this as I have not been visited (ok, maybe once as a boy) by angels; yet, the Holy Spirit keeps me “rounded up” so to speak.

            FWIW, there is open talk of civil war here in Appalachia.

            I earnestly pray that God rescues us from having to do that.

            God willing, I hope to meet you at the shrine at Mount Meeker when all is said and done.

            God bless.

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          • StClare says:

            Charlie,
            I’ve been thinking the same thing lately. They keep pushing “the Russians hacking the election” idea, it’s always in the news. Kind of like there grooming the population to get used to the idea. Whether the Russians actually would or care is a whole separate matter.

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          • brownss123@verizon.net says:

            Paper ballets and purple ink to show you voted once. That doesn’t stop the illegal alien vote, the felon vote, but it is a start.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was talking about hacking, not vote fraud, both of which are problems. Paper ballots would completely avoid hacking. But you are right, the anti-God progressives have made vote fraud and serial assaults on our election machinery an art form.

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          • SanSan says:

            agreed about paper ballots…….this year we will go in to vote……I fear that absentee ballots will be tossed out.

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        • Tony says:

          I always felt there was something wrong with the 2012 election. All the polllsters that were routinely wrong, year after year, and could be considered biased where suddenly dead on. It was very strange. There was nothing I could put my finger on, but everything about that election looked out of kilter.

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          • StClare says:

            Same here, Tony. And, how is it they can say who won before all the ballots were counted? How is it it always takes about 2 weeks for the last few states to get their ballots counted?

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      • SanSan says:

        Glad they will be allies since they are moving nuclear launches around Poland and another country right now and have put up a “no fly zone” over Syria. What is Kerry doing?

        I love the Russian people and the Russian Patriarch–I unite my prayers with them for peace.

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    • Matthew says:

      DPH:
      FWIW I think some of these events leading into the Rescue are “Gideon moments”. God let’s us screw things up so terribly that when Rescue comes it will be unmistakably an Act of God.
      Matthew

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  6. DPH says:

    Thank you for the response. I definitely don’t foresee any BBQs with Putin at the moment. I’m also having a tough time not paying attention to the election (even though, it ultimately won’t matter), because I see so, so much evilness in Hillary. I feel she is even worse than the current occupier of the White House. I have to re-read some of your posts to remind myself that God has a plan for us. Thank you for keeping our sights on that & on the rescue. If you hadn’t shared Mary’s rescue with us, I would be feeling incredibly depressed right now.
    Thanks again, God Bless.

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  7. Paul B. Valdez says:

    Charlie,

    Thank you for your postings of your other visits. Regarding your comment “massive disruption of communications”, this is a very real possibility in several areas(internet, electrical, etc.). For those of you interested in some technical details about the internet, here is a link with some information http://www.zdnet.com/article/death-of-the-internet-gif-at-11/?ftag=TRE17cfd61&bhid=99970674 The date mentioned is only a guess by a human. Only our Lord knows what is His plan and as Charlie says, we are called to trust and take the Next Right Step.

    Take care,

    Paul from Katy

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    • StClare says:

      Paul,
      We found the article that you linked to to be interesting. My wife and I run three home-based businesses, on three different websites. We build and maintain all of our own websites and host on a VPS server. We have hundreds of thousands of hours invested in our websites over the years. Last year our VPS server was hit by a massive DDos attack that took it down for a day or two, while the web-host had to reload the operating system. This can be quite nerve racking for the website owner who relies on their website for their income. We used to do random backups, but, after that we started doing automatic backups weekly. Now, with the fullness of the storm getting really, really close, we do daily backups of our websites and databases to several different locations. If God wills that we do not have our websites after the Storm, so be it. But, we don’t want to lose all of our work just because of a lack of fore-sight and common sense. Backing everything up frequently seems like “The Next Right Step” right now.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Internet crashing is not entirely a bad thing – as long as TV and other mass media go with it. I know I get kind of addicted. It would do us all good to have some time to reflect on our life and purpose without the constant barrage of messages coming at us from all sides. Although, I would miss this site a lot!

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  8. June Martin says:

    Charlie, I have only been following you since September and so very thankful that my husband’s Aunt had sent me a link to this website. I am grateful to God and you for giving us the time to mentally and spiritually prepare for whats coming. For years, as all the world was getting infected with evil, I felt it only could be fixed by someone who was much bigger than us. I don’t think I can express all the feelings that the truth you have been telling congers up in me. Fear, that my faith will not be strong enough to endure. Grateful that God sees fit to give us another chance. Hopeful that me and my family get to see the world as it should have been from the start. Excited to get to the next right step and through all the darkness to see the light of the new world. With all that said. I cannot thank you enough for being that voice of hope, for preparing me and the people I always try to direct them to you. ( I’m sure they think I’m a crackpot, ) But I don’t care because I feel that if I can possibly prepare one more person, I’m doing some small thing. Could you personally thank the good Lord for sending you, Charlie for saving so many souls. I truly wonder how I would have fared without your warnings of whats to come. I believe if communication is severed we have your written words to keep falling back on, so not to worry and give yourself more white hairs over. With humble appreciation.

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  9. Simone says:

    “force the dark on us”. yup

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  10. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    I vote for using “soon” as in it will be up soon enough but not tonight!
    Also, DPH mentions how evil Hillary is. For a brief moment, I thought how sad that she is “evil”. But I am hoping that she is “evil” in the way one claws to the top because one is greedy and lusting after power and that she is not “evil” in the way of satanic worship. We may not know until it is over but somehow I feel badly for her. She is a person and she did have a mom and dad. Her 8th grade pic of her is quite cute.

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  11. roses1sb says:

    I really like the videos…much more informing Charlie…Thank You God Bless

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  12. SanSan says:

    Did you see that Susan Skinner’s child was expelled from Catholic school because she wanted her son to “opt out” of the erotic sex ed? This is horrifying.

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  13. StClare says:

    Charlie’s talk in Mill Valley, California is now converted to audio and uploaded to our website page of the audio versions of Charlie’s Talks. You can listen to the audio or download the Mp3 file here: https://www.stclareaudio.com/cart/shop/uncategorized/charlie-johnston-san-franciscomill-valley-california-july-12-2016

    John & Sarah
    St. Clare Audio

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  14. Snowy Owl says:

    “Thinking quickly, I said, “I’m not going to take this unless it is from God,” looked at my phone and cut the call. I wasn’t thinking quickly enough: if I had, I would have opened my eyes wide after looking at the screen and said, “I’ve got to take this.”

    Wait a minute… AND?…and that’s it then, is it? Just gonna leave us hangin’ here in suspense are ya? 😏

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  15. Lance Redden says:

    Hey yall a big shout out from deep east texas…..I’m kinda sad today….it just seems like no matter how much you try to do right live with integrity u get kicked down…..you take 1 step forward you get kicked back 3 steps…..I work with the elderly…I have my whole life…that vocation chose me….I gladly took it…I’ve been in service to people my whole life….I used to work 2 & 3 jobs just to make ends meet….now I’m down to 1 job working with 2007 wages….they don’t believe in giving raises in the nursing home….man the struggle is real…while we have government who gives themselves raises…they have the best health care…etc…etc …etc…yet my little residents have 1/2 a room with furniture falling apart….can’t get meds 4 them because they are 2 expensive . …but the company that owns this nursing home nets about 10 million….I’m not gripping just venting….lol….I’m love my wrk….want 2 do no other….but I’m no better off than my residents . …I’m 1 paycheck away from being homeless….& I serve God’s people….when do good people get a break . ….people are so tired mentally physically & spiritually….will we even be able 2 make.it through this storm…I’m not doubting charlie….lord knows I’m not…I’m just want to be able 2 take.care of my residents make a good living & be able 2 take care of my animals . …I’m just seems like honesty loyalty caring aren’t good things anymore….I’m don’t know something has 2 happen so good people can make it….I’m just sad…I. need everyones good prayers . ..thank u…

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    • You got my prayers! may God bless you and the work you do. You are Jesus’ shining light!!! It will get better. Happy feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Also to others I suggest reading the Old Testament. I read it to my Children via the children’s bible and it resurged my trust and faith. Just a simple little children’s bible made me see that there always has been a plan. Trials but with a plan. God is magnificent!!!

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    • johnjwblog says:

      Don’t feel bad it’s just as bad up in Canada, my friend told me that a lot of his friends are beginning to realize that it’s impossible to make ends meet, he thinks there is going to be a revolution or something up here – I was shocked when I heard this. Also, we have a city of 160,000 people and we are besieged by black bears, they are all over the city, people are afraid to go out at night and the government does nothing, so what happens, people are shooting them themselves – this is against the law but people are doing it anyway. I went through a bad stretch for about 5 years, I don’t know how I survived with a family of 5, but I did and things did get better.

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      • CrewDog says:

        JohnJw sez: ….”Also, we have a city of 160,000 people and we are besieged by black bears, they are all over the city, people are afraid to go out at night and the government does nothing, so what happens, people are shooting them themselves – this is against the law but people are doing it anyway…….” I hope they are eating the Bears they shoot … Bears, like Waterfowl, are pretty greasy but ……. this reminds me of a story I read about from MA a couple of years ago. A neighborhood was having a problem with aggressive wild Turkeys …… and wanted de Gubermint to do something … really!! …. I’m sure the MA Patriots and Puritans of Old were spinning in the grave. I know! MA is a People’s Socialist Democrat Republic but I’m sure somebody in that neighborhood had a Nine Iron or a Baseball Bat … even if they never considered wild Turkey on the dining room table with the Mashed Taters and Collard Greens 😉 …… We better … All Here … start thinking out-side de 21st Century, Made in China, Box!!!??

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        John, wow, just an idea here, but I would ask people to bring you (or whomever) the bears, why waste them? You can skin them and tan the hides and freeze the meat (some people love bear meat).. dogs go nuts for it. The pelts are warm, make wonderful coats, mittens, boots, rugs..worth a fortune! My guess is thinking this way is going to come in very handy and SOON…hahaa, okay, probably a silly thing to say, I know, but who knows, maybe you’re a Daniel Boone kinda guy? 😊 I would do it..it would be easier than skinning a rabbit!

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      • peacebwthyou says:

        Lance, I’m praying for you, God has a plan, we don’t know what it is but He will prevail. Hope in the Lord and the Blessed Mother.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Lance, and all your intentions.

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    • ykc says:

      Lance, God bless you for taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. Thank you for giving them your love.

      My mom is in a memory care facility 3 hours away from me. Her “best friend” (we called her Chatty Cathy!) was recently taken out on a stretcher in the middle of the night. My mom, who can’t remember if she ate lunch 30 min. ago, remembers that her friend is gone. We remember love, above all else…

      “So faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

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    • Barb421 says:

      I’m sad too, Lance, feeling down, disgusted with or disappointed in people…I don’t understand how people can behave as they do, don’t they get sick of themselves when they sin ? How can they find peace in all the noise, the distractions?! I find as much time as I can to get outside and walk where it’s quiet, I love the birds, and am fortunate to be by the seaside often., I pray for others but some days I am just tired and want to withdraw from all but my close family. I have been betrayed by some with growing frequency, I cannot trust people the way I once did. I just want to get far away form the “maddening crowds” or is that “madding”??!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Either will work, but the classic phrase is “madding.”

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      • CDNStormWatcher says:

        Speaking of the madding crowd, I will share this poem. My friends and family think I am morbid but I really do like things that remind me of my mortality and nothingness apart from God.

        Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
        By Thomas Gray

        The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
        The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
        The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
        And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

        Now fades the glimm’ring landscape on the sight,
        And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
        Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
        And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds;

        Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r
        The moping owl does to the moon complain
        Of such, as wand’ring near her secret bow’r,
        Molest her ancient solitary reign.

        Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade,
        Where heaves the turf in many a mould’ring heap,
        Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
        The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

        The breezy call of incense-breathing Morn,
        The swallow twitt’ring from the straw-built shed,
        The cock’s shrill clarion, or the echoing horn,
        No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed.

        For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,
        Or busy housewife ply her evening care:
        No children run to lisp their sire’s return,
        Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.

        Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
        Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;
        How jocund did they drive their team afield!
        How bow’d the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!

        Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
        Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
        Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile
        The short and simple annals of the poor.

        The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r,
        And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
        Awaits alike th’ inevitable hour.
        The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

        Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,
        If Mem’ry o’er their tomb no trophies raise,
        Where thro’ the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault
        The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.

        Can storied urn or animated bust
        Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?
        Can Honour’s voice provoke the silent dust,
        Or Flatt’ry soothe the dull cold ear of Death?

        Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
        Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
        Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway’d,
        Or wak’d to ecstasy the living lyre.

        But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page
        Rich with the spoils of time did ne’er unroll;
        Chill Penury repress’d their noble rage,
        And froze the genial current of the soul.

        Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
        The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
        Full many a flow’r is born to blush unseen,
        And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

        Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast
        The little tyrant of his fields withstood;
        Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
        Some Cromwell guiltless of his country’s blood.

        Th’ applause of list’ning senates to command,
        The threats of pain and ruin to despise,
        To scatter plenty o’er a smiling land,
        And read their hist’ry in a nation’s eyes,

        Their lot forbade: nor circumscrib’d alone
        Their growing virtues, but their crimes confin’d;
        Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,
        And shut the gates of mercy on mankind,

        The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,
        To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame,
        Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride
        With incense kindled at the Muse’s flame.

        Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife,
        Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;
        Along the cool sequester’d vale of life
        They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

        Yet ev’n these bones from insult to protect,
        Some frail memorial still erected nigh,
        With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculpture deck’d,
        Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.

        Their name, their years, spelt by th’ unletter’d muse,
        The place of fame and elegy supply:
        And many a holy text around she strews,
        That teach the rustic moralist to die.

        For who to dumb Forgetfulness a prey,
        This pleasing anxious being e’er resign’d,
        Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,
        Nor cast one longing, ling’ring look behind?

        On some fond breast the parting soul relies,
        Some pious drops the closing eye requires;
        Ev’n from the tomb the voice of Nature cries,
        Ev’n in our ashes live their wonted fires.

        For thee, who mindful of th’ unhonour’d Dead
        Dost in these lines their artless tale relate;
        If chance, by lonely contemplation led,
        Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate,

        Haply some hoary-headed swain may say,
        “Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn
        Brushing with hasty steps the dews away
        To meet the sun upon the upland lawn.

        “There at the foot of yonder nodding beech
        That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high,
        His listless length at noontide would he stretch,
        And pore upon the brook that babbles by.

        “Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn,
        Mutt’ring his wayward fancies he would rove,
        Now drooping, woeful wan, like one forlorn,
        Or craz’d with care, or cross’d in hopeless love.

        “One morn I miss’d him on the custom’d hill,
        Along the heath and near his fav’rite tree;
        Another came; nor yet beside the rill,
        Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he;

        “The next with dirges due in sad array
        Slow thro’ the church-way path we saw him borne.
        Approach and read (for thou canst read) the lay,
        Grav’d on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.”

        THE EPITAPH
        Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
        A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
        Fair Science frown’d not on his humble birth,
        And Melancholy mark’d him for her own.

        Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
        Heav’n did a recompense as largely send:
        He gave to Mis’ry all he had, a tear,
        He gain’d from Heav’n (’twas all he wish’d) a friend.

        No farther seek his merits to disclose,
        Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
        (There they alike in trembling hope repose)
        The bosom of his Father and his God.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          CDN, beautiful! Real yes, morbid no, not at all. My friends..wait, I don’t have any anymore except the ones here lol, and my family thinks I’m insane and morbid.. because of my friends here. It’s all good!

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        • jaykay says:

          CDN, thanks for that, one of my favourites. As a kid, we had that in our poetry book, and indeed much more of the same classic ilk. Such poetry was then, circa 1972, considered appropriate for 12-year-olds to understand, as an essential part of their education, and actually to appreciate. We learned large chunks off by heart. So seeing it again, I was able to close my eyes and go “auto-pilot”.☺Thanks again. J.

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      • peacebwthyou says:

        Barb, i feel the same way. Your comments really hit a nerve with me. God bless you, praying for you.

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    • Lance, how beautiful you choose with such compassion and love to serve those who need help. God sees everything you do and I truly feel he will show you just how much your suffering here to help those with even less wiklbe meritorious in eternity.
      Praying for the ease of circumstances but I think from what Charlie was shown we are all on the brink of seeing a new day after some long suffering ones
      May God bless you and keep you💕

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    • JG says:

      Hang in there Lance.

      When my mom suffers I remind her to give it value. Her suffering, your suffering is more valuable than all of ours who are on the side line. Those little souls under your care are the suffering souls helping this pathetic civilization from tumbling farther at a faster rate (warp speed) towards the Abyss of Doom. You are saving souls: which Charlie reminded us, that’s why God the Father is allowing this Storm- to save souls for eternity. No matter how down in the dumps the Satan and his minions try to thrust you, continue to push back as you know best – to love and and serve from the heart.
      In your own way you are experiencing a tough purification. But remember it’s only a refiner’s fire and you will be purer to serve the Lord while and after you go through it.
      God always opens opportunities when it’s very dark – Someone will step up to the plate in Texas and help you out. Please keep us abreast of your situation – we don’t want you or your doggies homeless. Some good soul will give you a roof over your head so you can continue doing what you do best – care for the elderly.
      Sorry I’m in CA otherwise I’d take you & the doggies in and all of you could help me with my Mom. May God continue to be with you on your journey!

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    • the phoenix says:

      Happy to pray for you, Lance! May God bless you and provide you with all your needs.

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    • Littlelight says:

      Remember, you are closer to the shore than you realize! You can’t throw away all the sacrifice you have made when the victory is so close at hand! Keep on keepin on, my brother!

      I hear you about the financial misery, we are there, too, almost exactly as you describe. I’m certain many are. The lack of relief and oppression can grind you down. I read an article on Spirit Daily talking about different kinds of martyrdom. I believe this can qualify. God knows and He is using this to do so much good—I’m certain!! +Praise you Jesus!+

      In spite of this soft martyrdom, Christ is our King! He manages the finances. It is like Michael Brown’s story about how despite Hurricane Matthew taking a direct hit on his county, it seemed as if there was a “bubble of protection” around them all. In other words, God protected them even as He allowed the direct hit. It is the exact same with the financial scenario. In spite of overwhelming impossible odds, we will not be destroyed. Nay, we manage not only to avoid destruction, but in Mercy beyond comprehension, we thrive! +Praise, you, Jesus!+

      What a dramatic way to underline His Majesty!! This is exactly as it should be, how Wonderful both you and I and others are allowed the privilege to share in this particular show of God’s Majesty! +My God, I will praise you always and forever!+

      Keep on keepin’ on! God bless you! God bless us, Everyone!

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  16. Linda says:

    Is there any connection here with the 3 days of darkness given at Garabandel, Spain and from St. Padre Pio?

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    • Barb421 says:

      I am not sure that Padre Pio actually did say that

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    • Matthew says:

      Linda:
      Knowing what is going to happen is useless (spoken by one who likes to be “in the know”). What IS important is knowing how to follow God no matter what happens.
      Matthew

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      Hi Linda

      There was nothing ever said at Garanbandal about three days of darkness. There have been saints and blesseds in past centuries that have spoken on this topic, but not at Garabandal.

      As for St. Padre Pio, he never said anything three days of darkness either. I have read many books about him, including a book composed of the letters he wrote to his spiritual directors over the years that I bought at his monastery in 1998 when I went to pray there. I have read what you mentioned but that is only found on the internet and in one book by a Catholic author who went off the rails a bit. I asked for his source and he provided no response.

      Interpreting prophecy can be difficult. Three days of darkness may be symbolic. In the end, I would not focus on that.

      Robert

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  17. caelids says:

    Sigh…I’m glad you’re catching a break, Charlie. Just listened to a couple more videos, lots of nice stories and usually one I’d not heard before. I know there’s some questions you just can’t answer, and I don’t want to fish for details, but I would like to know just what you told the girl in Sacramento that got her so fired up about Jesus. You said she said, “No one ever talks about Jesus the way you do.” So can you tell us what you said? I think we could all use a little fire about now.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, Caelids. It was an informal dinner with the volunteers who had put organized the presentation for the following night. I usually have dinner with volunteers the night before so I can get to know them and they can get to know me informally. There is usually back and forth and general chat. It is never recorded. The young woman was so busy barbecuing the meat, I did not think she had been paying any attention at all – going in and out of the house regularly. I figured she was an ordinary teenager who saw me just as an old guy that her Mom thought was good. It was just the dinner conversation that she listened to. I was very surprised when she had that reaction as I walked through the kitchen to freshen up my Cherry Coke. It was just ordinary conversation. You never know when something is going to spark something powerful.

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  18. janetjoyvic says:

    Just watched the video from Marin, CA where you explain the connection between Our Lady and the conversions of the Muslims and then saw this today…have you seen this?
    http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/olislam.htm

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow, I had not seen this wonderful piece before. Thank you for sharing it, Janet.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibit on the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana, CA . The museum has done an elegant and respectful presentation of an amazing collection of paintings and artifacts related to the Virgin — many have never left Mexico before. If anyone is in the area I highly recommend a pilgrimage to the museum.

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  19. GB says:

    I watched this video – thirty minutes – but its a very integrative piece from the standpoint of the demonic deception we face today in the burgeoning of the social components of the internet — a hell beckoning our children. Alex Jones isn’t perfect, none of us are, but he seems a sincere man whose heart is in the right place and he speaks of humanity in a positive way that you don’t hear many places.

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    • Lee says:

      Alex Jones called Pope Francis evil.

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    • SanSan says:

      such evil abounds……..staying close to Our Mother and Our Dear Lord in TRUST.

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    • Rick says:

      Admittedly I’ve watched my share of his videos on Infowars. He has been on target and almost prophetic about a number of bizarre national and global situations and events. I prefer to listen to James Corbett of the Corbett Report for deeper and more objective analysis. Unfortunately Jones has let evil people in the Catholic Church and some of his experts sway his opinion about the one true Church and the Pope. Even Alex needs our prayers that in his relentless search of the truth he will find it in the Catholic Church. He could thus influence his large audience.

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  20. GB says:

    I think Jones is obviously deceived about Francis (but when Jones speaks of spirtual things he sounds like our friend, not an enemy) and also I think Francis is sometimes very much misunderstood and subject to the media echo chamber that defines him incorrectly. But I do think Francis sometimes plays the role of useful idiot on temporal political affairs, as we’ve seen on a few occasions…

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  21. Bob says:

    Fitness reminder:
    I joined a gym several weeks ago because I realized that when it was hot in St Louis I couldn’t motivate myself to stay in shape and the couch was feeling much too comfortable. We don’t know what any storm may bring but I do believe that for general preparation those of us who God has graced with good health should remain in good shape as we don’t know what we may be required to do, especially to help those who are not graced with good health. So I am reminded of what a fitness trainer once called the “Dog principle”, that being that your dog doesn’t say “I worked out yesterday so I am going to do nothing today” and squirrels don’t take a day off either. But yo doggie wants to get out and walk and play every day and your friendly squirrels will climb your tree every day. So count this a friendly reminder to myself and others that no matter what may come or not come we won’t regret staying in shape if we are able.

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  22. marcoluigi says:

    To share some hope with everyone… Archbishop Vigneron in Detroit held a Mass for Pardon, to atone for the sins of the Church last night. This was an incredibly bold and brave move by our Archbishop, and the ceremony was modeled after the one Pope St. John Paul II did in 2000 during the Jubilee year, and it was an incredibly beautiful and solemn mass. There are some incredibly hopeful things happening within the Catholic Church in Detroit. Blessings upon all of you!

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    • kat3116 says:

      I was at this mass too. It was beautiful and very moving! Cardinal Maida was also there as well as dozens of priests. The petitions for forgiveness were very heartfelt and beautifully written. It was such a joy to see the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament packed on a Friday evening with people of all ages. I pray the blessings will continue in our diocese with strong leadership in this time of need. Now if we could just get our Archbishop to ask all our parishes to say the St. Michael prayer at every mass, more blessings and protection would follow….😊

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    • madkatmomma says:

      What sins did the church commit last night?

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    • Mick says:

      Marcoluigi and Kat3116, thanks for sharing about the Mass for Pardon. I live a diocese over from you (Lansing diocese), but I have always had a lot of respect for Archbishop Vigneron. I have to think that someday he’ll be receiving the Red Hat.

      By the way, are either of you guys going to be able to make it when Charlie speaks in Jackson on November 9? Hope you can come; the more, the merrier! 🙂

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  23. Loved the interview Charlie. It actually made me teary eyed in parts. I try to do my part everyday to be willing even though I am not worthy.

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  24. Dawn Marie says:

    Thank you so much for your message of hope. I have shared this with some of my older children and they both sensed the authenticity of it and we appreciate your honesty. I just wanted you to know that you are in my prayers for a blessing from God on you and your witness. I am sharing this with my husband who works for a very large and substantial non for profit that helps so many.

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  25. Greg says:

    Here in South Carolina, we have experienced the full effect of the storm: i.e., Hurricane Matthew. I know these are natural disasters, but they seem to punctuate the craziness of this world in our time.

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  26. Amy says:

    Keep us in prayer. We’ve been hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. Its also hard to find things like ice or gas. It was a terrifying experience.

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  27. Christene says:

    I absolutely loved your interview with Focus T.V., Charlie! God Bless you for that rallying cry as we teeter on that precipice of battle. One thing you said truly pierced my heart, and I am paraphrasing, but it was when you talked about faith being an act of will, that we will all come to that moment when we will have to say to ourselves “no matter what comes, whether I live or die, whether I suffer or am persecuted, I will stand and proclaim my faith in Jesus, I will stand with our Blessed Mother, I will pray for my enemies, I will rejoice in my martyrdom and offer it up for the salvation of this world”.

    As I write this, the election is devolving into pure chaos. Leaked private conversations, leaked emails, vulgarity, corruption……… it is all being laid bare. And that’s all I can think is……..WE own this mess. We want to decry to state of the world, wash our hands of its vulgarity, condemn its moral debasement, sit on airs, pointing fingers at the great unwashed masses and delude ourselves that we are above it all……..but where have we “light of the world” Catholic Christians been while the country has been swirling into the sewer??

    I tell you what I have seen the past 22 years in the Church……I’ve seen a LOT of navel gazing. I’ve seen a lot of believers ripping each other apart in endless liturgical turf wars. I’ve seen believers shredding those who don’t hold the same theological views as themselves in campaigns of character assassination that makes this current presidential freak show look like child’s play. And I have seen a Church more interested in maintaining its spiritual “safe spaces” and protecting the pious religious bubbles we all want to float around in rather that demanding we get our hands dirty by reaching out to those being sucked into the darkness. And I include myself in every single one of those condemnations, because I have been and continue to be guilty of each and every one of them.

    I’m sorry for being so harsh, but boy……..we have a lot to answer for. This battle will be our defining moment. Will we stand or will we fall?? I tremble, because I know my pride and my vanity, I know that Satan knows where all my buttons are, and I know he is THE master of deluding us into believing we are fighting for TRUTH, when in reality we are only fighting for truth, and worse yet, it is only our sad, tiny version of it.

    All I am doing in this moment is clinging to our Eucharistic Lord, imploring our Blessed Mother to gather ALL her children into the shelter of her heart, begging St. Joseph and the angels and saints in heaven to pray for us and praying I will have the courage to step out into the darkness and chaos of the Storm to carry the Light, the Love, and the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to God’s children who are lost.

    Please pray for me, TNRS community. I keep ALL of you and your needs in mine. God bless all here.

    Peace.

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  28. Felicia says:

    Morning Charlie and all! I just read this brief article and found it interesting, so I thought I’d share. No coincidence here in my view.

    http://aleteia.org/2016/10/07/lightning-strikes-dome-of-peters-basilica-on-feast-of-our-lady-of-the-rosary/

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  29. Craig says:

    Charlie,
    I have been following your blog for a year now and finally explained everything to my wife last night. I waited this long because I didn’t want her to think I was a conspiracy nut, but as I watch everything unfolding in the world I am more and more convinced that these things were actually divinely revealed to you. When I told her about the Rescue – she had the same thought that I have had for a while now. When I described it to her, she said that it sounded a lot like Revelation 12:1. I have thought this for a while, but have not seen much else in the context of the chapter to support that it is a vision of the Rescuse. The striking similarity between the image in Rev. and Our Lady of Tepeyac, and the fact that this will be an even larger Rescue than the one in Mexico which converted millions, makes me wonder – could St. John have been seeing the Rescue? I’m sure others in the forum have brought this up before, but I was just curious if you have ever thought this.

    Thanks,
    Craig

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  30. Mary says:

    Charlie, been following you and praying that myself and family can make it through the storm.
    I have also read several times “the 3 days of darkness”.
    I have purchased candles, and will have them blessed. But wonder about other items, Hawthorn leaves, St Johns wort and violet oil. How much stock do you put in these extra items.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have no stock at all – though I have many friends who do. Perhaps we will have a literal three days of darkness. I think it more likely it describes the period when people are shaken out of their old way of thinking, leading to a deeper conversion – and the blessed candles symbolize a hope and faith with the purity of beeswax.

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  31. Bob says:

    My wife and I have a Bible study to get ready for tonight so I guess we won’t be watching them argue about the arrangement of the deck chairs in the Titanic, ups did I mean debate?

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, Bob! My husband (a political analyst/public opinion researcher by trade) and my three oldest kids (political junkies, all) watched the debate. I skipped it; I have better things to do, and I don’t need the aggravation.

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  32. Another Karen says:

    Charlie, I hope you took time off to watch the Cubs win in style last night. You may be able to see them win the series after all!

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  33. Linda says:

    Ok this is really interesting. …mike & i dvr’d “designated survivor” starring Kieffer Sutherland and finally got around to watching the 1st episode last night..,bottom line..bomb goes off in capital & wipes out president and entire cabinet leaving designated survivir secretary of housing as standing president… funny thing though. .Kieffer kept in dialogue with this important person in his life and career named Charlie and he referenced “Charlie” over & over in episode 1..in Charlies office was a pic if a boat in a severe storm….sure did make me sit up straight…hmmmmmmmmmm

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Haha, Linda, you crack me up!

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    • Mick says:

      We’ve been watching Designated Survivor at our house, too. It’s pretty interesting, if a little slow for my taste. (I’m having trouble buying Maggie Q as an FBI agent, though; every time she’s on-screen, all I can think about is that Die Hard movie in which she played a bad guy who at one point impersonated an FBI agent).

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  34. Amber says:

    I spent a chunk of this day, from what started researching the French Revolution, to reading about other interesting things. Now, I converted to Catholicism about 9 years, so some of you may already know about this. But I learned some pretty interesting things others of you might find interesting/useful.

    1. Did you know Spain was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart on May 13, 1931? Afterwards, the government, which had only recently openly displayed its hatred toward Christ and His Church by every means in its power, underwent a miraculous political and social renewal. What an amazing experience that would’ve been for us if Russia was properly consecrated.

    2. Now, many of you may already know a ton about the French Revolution, but to be frank, history was pretty boring to learn about when I was in school. Or maybe I simply wasn’t given all the details since I graduated high school in 2004 and the curriculum could’ve been tailored to fit a certain agenda. But prior to the French Revolution:
    – The Church was persecuted as never seen before in a country.
    – Satanic acts were everywhere.
    – Faithful suffered horribly.
    – The plight endured by priests and the religious was unspeakable.
    – More and more souls developed a resentment towards the hard, unyielding priests and bishops, who then turned away from the Church Herself.
    This sounds *identical* to today’s world.

    3. The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel is SO much longer than the prayer i’ve learned to recognize. Some of you may like to print out the longer version found here: The first sentence of the prayer reads:
    “Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in high places” (Ephes., VI, 12).”
    In addition, when Pope Leo XIII wrote the prayer, it was to be said after every low mass. What are the chances The Vatican nixed this prayer 80 years after Pope Leo’s vision? That is easily argued that that is the most important time the prayer should be recited.

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    • kat3116 says:

      Thank you for the longer version of the St. Michael prayer😊

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amber, my comment didn’t post correctly- part of it was deleted by me being a klutz and I noticed that after posting. What I meant to type is that Russia is changing their laws to coincide with the Gospels as we speak… and I had also written some other things as proof… What SanSan said is enough. Just because a promise takes TIME doesn’t mean it did not happen. God does not work according to our ideas of timing. Russia is going to lead the way in re-evangelizing the world according to the promises of the Blessed Virgin and is now already starting this. Russia is going to be our ally in a terrible battle, very soon. How would any of this be possible if the Consecration had not taken place? Go to the link I sent you and search this topic on EWTN…and also watch the movie/documentary, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing” at the end they describe many wonderful things happen in Russia… there are other documentaries out there as well. God bless!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Russia was consecrated! That is why Russia is
      “March 25, 1984 Pope John Paul II, “united with all the pastors of the Church in a particular bond whereby we constitute a body and a college,” consecrates “the whole world, especially the peoples for which by reason of their situation you have particular love and solicitude.” Both the Pope and Sr. Lucia initially seemed uncertain that the consecration has been fulfilled, but shortly thereafter Sr. Lucia tells the papal nuncio to Portugal that the Consecration is fulfilled.
      May 13, 1984 One of the largest crowds in Fatima history gathers at the shrine to pray the Rosary for peace.
      May 13, 1984 An explosion at the Soviets’ Severomorsk Naval Base destroys two-thirds of all the missiles stockpiled for the Soviets’ Northern Fleet. The blast also destroys workshops needed to maintain the missiles as well as hundreds of scientists and technicians. Western military experts called it the worst naval disaster the Soviet Navy has suffered since WWII.
      December 1984 Soviet Defense Minister, mastermind of the invasion plans for Western Europe, suddenly and mysteriously dies.
      March 10, 1985 Soviet Chairman Konstantin Chernenko dies
      March 11, 1985 Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev elected
      April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident
      May 12, 1988 An explosion wrecked the only factory that made the rocket motors for the Soviets’ deadly SS 24 long-range missiles, which carry ten nuclear bombs each.
      August 29, 1989 Sr. Lucia affirms in correspondence that the consecration “has been accomplished” and that “God will keep His word.”
      November 9, 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall
      Nov-Dec 1989 Peaceful revolutions in Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania
      1990 East and West Germany are unified
      December 25, 1991 Dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics”
      There’s more.. you can read it here.
      http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/FatimaConsecration.htm

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      • SanSan says:

        And…..Russia is building new Churches, one called The Church of Fatima. The Russians are pro family, anti abortion and gay marriage. They are becoming a nation of Catholics– me thinks. There are a lot of talks and visits going on with clergy in Rome and Russia.

        On a side note, I know for a fact that a large group of Russian clerics visited Rome and went to see the “face of Jesus” in Manoppello.

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      • Amber says:

        It was said Russia was concecrated, but “the whole world” was concecrated. Russia wasn’t specifically named and many believe it didn’t meet the terms laid out by Our Lady. There is also evidence that Lucia was silenced and the letter was written by someone else. A friend told me Russia was concecrated a few weeks ago and I did a lot of research after.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Amber, we have litigated that in detail before, but if you want to believe that a sainted Pope, our Pope Emeritus, and Sr. Lucia were all liars or cowards to foment that conspiracy theory, go ahead – but not here. We have covered it in detail.

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          • Amber says:

            Wow, very sorry to upset you and your readers, Charlie. Your response made me cry! Thank you. I have been struggling with depression for years now, which spiked significantly after having baby #5 last summer. And though I know you are a nice man from following your site for over a year now and that you have not been feeling well, responses like this can sure send someone who is struggling even deeper into a hole. And if I were a new visiter, would not visit your site again.

            Anyone who brings up a skeptical comment isn’t necessarily a troll and isn’t out against the Catholic Church. I converted to Catholism 9 years ago, and have been as faithful of a Catholic as I can be. Mass every Sunday, confession 2x per month, pray regularly, etc.

            And I certainly wasn’t calling all the saints, the pope, Lucia, etc. all liars, and I sincerely apologize if that is how it came across. It was merely what was regularly brought up on several pages I visited. It just makes me wonder with the world going down a quick death spiral, what it would be like if Russia hadn’t been consecrated. I guess, for me, for some reason, it helped make me feel better about today’s world. My initial thought when I read this on several sites was if Russia was consecrated, the world wouldn’t be in the horrible, catastrophic place it is in now.

            I know your message is to be a sign of hope and take the next right step, and I assume you want to spread this message to as many people as you can (correct me if I am wrong). But as more people seek your site to find comfort as the world continues to get more and more unraveled, I personally think a more gentle approach should be taken to newcomers when “dumb” statements or responses are made, as they sometimes aren’t made to be malicious.

            I absolutely respect the current Pope, each and every previous pope, all saints and other religious figures. But I am guessing that doesn’t matter to you since you likely already wrote me off as just another “troll”.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, sorry, Amber. I presumed too much. The thing is, to accept the business that the Consecration has not been accepted DOES require one to regard Sr. Lucia, St. John Paul, and Pope Emeritus Benedict as being liars and cowards. Many who are pulled into this false controversy are not aware of that, have not read enough of their works to know that, (St. John Paul in particular), would get very agitated when such charges were made. Most who make that charge actually DO think these three were all liars and cowards (each who faced death at points in their life for their faith and didn’t blink). In my crankiness, I assumed you were one. You obviously are not. I could have answered forcefully without the dismissal. When you come here seeking info on a toxic charge like that, uncertain, you deserve better than what I gave.

            I apologize to you and am glad you are still here.

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          • Amber says:

            Also, I am sorry I missed previous conversations of Russia’s consecration. As much as I’d like to read every.single.comment on every.single.post, with 5 kids 8 down to 1 and my own business, even though I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I don’t have all day to sit at a computer and read (as much as I’d like to). I read almost every post you put up and the first few comments, but have little time to do much more.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Trust me, Amber, if I didn’t actually have to write the posts, I wouldn’t read them all, either. Not to worry, my friend. Just use the “search” feature to help you find what you seek.

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          • Yay!
            Such feistiness and zeal

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      • BD says:

        Great post Snowy, probably one of your best Lol. Seriously, that was outstanding and I want to add that I am also not at all convinced we need another Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, but I truly believe in the final midst of the Storm, one more will be performed. It is probably more appropriate at this point that the Consecration of America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary take place to truly flush out the evil in this world. Throw China in also. And Saudi Arabia. And North Korea. And Iran. And the World. Hmmm maybe that’s why St. John Paul 2 Consecrated the World and not just specifically Russia. Oh well, you get the picture.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Now that is wise contemplation, I think, BD.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          BD, what I wrote was wiped out by me accidentally..I said so yesterday but have no idea where the comment went. The rest of the post, after the word is, is from EWTN. You know I used to posts many post like this one before I came to Charlie’s site..arguing, making my point- posting proof…to defend the Consecration, defend the Pope, defend the Mass, defend the Church and in the end all it did was cause me to get depressed and want to toss my computer out the window (because people act terrible online and say things they would never say in person.) When I came to Charlie’s site..I felt like I had found a place to be free of all that. I’m not sure why I even responded to Amber and after I did I felt sick and had to pray about it. I’m still struggling and hanging by a thread because of so much persecution etc. and my whole goal now is do God’s will “only” in my crazy life. I detest arguing which is why I don’t comment like this anymore- not even here. And Amber was genuinely confused and things were set straight between her and Charlie, thank God! That is why I love his site and him! There is no harm or anger here. Charlie carries a very heavy cross to keep this place protected.
          I’m sorry if people here think I act like a 2 yr old, say things in a silly stupid immature way, goof around too much..I do actually work very hard to love Jesus with my whole soul, my whole being…and I guess that’s all I can say about it.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah Snowy…when he was a teenager, my son and I made a deal. I knew that everybody can’t be at their best every day – and sometimes we really are at our worst. So Chaz and I developed a code word for when we were really grumpy and out of sorts and being a jerk. As long as it was not frequently used and not abused, we indulged each other our bad days, left each other alone, and moved on to the next good day. It worked really well – and gave each other room to work through our out-of-sorts moments without lasting, complicating pressure.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Love that!! ❤

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          • BD says:

            Hey Snowy, I find your contributions and posts to be intelligent, insightful, witty, funny and painfully honest. That covers a lot of territory, keep up the good work.

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          • Beckita says:

            {{{{{{{{{{Snowy}}}}}}}}}}

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          • janet says:

            “I’m sorry if people here think I act like a 2 yr old, say things in a silly stupid immature way, goof around too much..I do actually work very hard to love Jesus with my whole soul, my whole being…and I guess that’s all I can say about it.”

            Hey Snowy…I for one wouldn’t have you any other way. You cheer me up no end! ☺ I think we all have to have a laugh every now and then, rather than just thinking continually about the dire situation the world is in. I love goofing around too.🙃

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          • Mick says:

            Snowy, you are so very cute! 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          BD, as far as I can tell, the US bishops have consecrated the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary twice–in 1846 and in 2006:

          https://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/LANDMARY.HTM

          http://www.motherofallpeoples.com/2006/11/consecration-prayer-of-the-united-states-to-the-sorrowful-and-immaculate-heart/

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          • BD says:

            Thanks Mick. I was aware of the Consecration in 1846 because Beckita was the guest speaker present that day Lol. But seriously I am just awaiting conversion to reach full throttle here in the US. Not seeing it yet…

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          • Beckita says:

            Ha, Willis, er BD! How do you know for certain that I haven’t been bilocating even before the 1800’s? A friend recently responded to me with this gem. This one’s for you, Willis, er BD:

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          • BD says:

            What you talkin bout Beckita, Lol. I sure enjoyed Different Strokes and Gary Coleman! Very thoughtful of you. By the way I wasn’t indicating bilocation as the basis for your being present in 1846. 😉

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          BD, I’m sorry.

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    • Littlelight says:

      Oh wow, I’ve always wanted to read that version of the St. Michael’s prayer. Thank you.

      Have you ever heard of The Holy Face devotion? The Little Flower was greatly devoted to The Holy Face of Jesus. Why I mention this is because one of the prayers associated with that Holy Face devotion use similar language. I love that language. It is so powerful and wonderful and comforting. Here’s an excerpt and a link:

      http://www.holyfacedevotion.com/extra_prayers.htm

      Chaplet of Reparation Prayers (for our old Chaplet with beads in groups of 11):

      On the Crucifix say: Eternal Father I offer You the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ and all the other instruments of His Holy Passion, that You may put division in the camp of Your enemies; for as Your Beloved Son has said, “A kingdom divided against itself shall fall.”

      On the next five beads say:
      1) May God arise and let His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Face!
      2) May the thrice Holy Name of God overthrow all their plans!
      3) May the Holy Name of the Living God split them up by disagreements!
      4) May the terrible Name of the God of Eternity stamp out all their godlessness!
      5) Lord, I do not desire the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

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    • Amber, you might or might not realise that the link you linked is to a schismatic so-called, self-named Traditional Catholic group NOT in Union with Rome.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you so much for catching that and telling us, YD. I try hard to weed out the schismatics and spoofs, but some get by.

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      • Amber says:

        Again, I apologize for all the wrong doings I did with my first two posts. I would have delete them by now if I could. Is there anyway you can delete them Charley?
        I guess I just have no way of knowing what’s true about the Church and what’s not, and what sites are credible or not. So with me linking to a bad site, I am guessing the longer version of the Saint Michael prayer is wrong? And that Pope Leo had asked for it to be said after every low mass?
        It’s moments like these that make me think I’m never going to be a good and true Catholic 😢 I screw up all the time.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Amber, please don’t get over-upset. The longer prayer you cited IS accurate. That is how schismatic sites gain trust, by surrounding their errors with a lot of true and authentic things. Don’t beat yourself up. You are doing exactly what a good and true Catholic SHOULD be doing, seeking for truth. If you don’t go up a few blind alleys, you aren’t working hard enough. I always close my presentations with the St. Michael prayer – and note that I think every public assembly should close with it, for it is a key prayer for our times.

          You know, Amber, back when I was running political campaigns, if a regional coordinator I appointed told me they had made no mistakes, I invariably tartly told them that meant they were not doing enough, to work harder.

          Keep doing what you’re doing. Be grateful for what you learn – and be grateful too for what you learn in the occasional blind alley you go up.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amber, ditto to what Charlie said. Last fall, I smeared a gentleman’s name in a comment I wrote on this site due to an error made in haste. Of course, I felt sheepish, wishing it had never happened but we’re human. Mistakes happen. I corrected it and we merrily chug along. So glad you’re here! God bless you.

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        • Bob says:

          Amber as there are so many so called Catholic Websites some good and some in error I would suggest you read some of the sites Charlie has links to on the right side of his blog. All of those sites are good ones and will help you have some good ones to search first. There are other good ones as well but these would be a good beginning and as my spiritual director says read the Bible and do the basic prayers every day as well as read websites, that is when you are not praying by taking care of your kids.

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        • I would guess that there are many, including me, who learned from the stream of responses that you began. 🙂

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        • BD says:

          Hi Amber. Lot of crazy sites out there disseminating disinformation. It is not easy to find the truth these days in all aspects both temporal and spiritual. I find Charlie’s site to be true and I must admit I learned an awful lot by visiting this site. Hang in there and you will see what I mean. God Bless…

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        • janet says:

          Amber when I came back home to the Church…after being away from it for too many years…. I had 2 friends who were both ultra Traditionalist. They had me believing all kinds of things. One time I even worried about going to the Novus Ordo Mass, and would go in search of a Latin Mass. It was only after I bought a computer and started learning more about my faith that I realised how wrong I had been about so many things. 🤔

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Amber, it is a life-long process, this note coming from a cradle Catholic. Making mistakes is a great teacher when you are receptive to making the correction. God knows our hearts and my sister-in-Christ, you are loved! ❤

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        • Amber, it is a common newbie mistake that many of my own Spiritual Children have made many, many, many times. (Oh, not to mention my mom, who is not so much a newbie.)

          Don’t fret. I meant that as a friendly remark.

          I forget to put in emoji 🙂

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  35. I was looking through the posts, but didn’t see anyone who commented on the movie on EWTN last night; A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing. It’s about Sol Alinsky (sp) and it has to be showing what the devil was given permission to do for these 100 years.
    WoW. I believe everyone should watch this. Especially those who don’t understand how the USA got to where it is today. The movie can be purchased from EWTN catalog…..but I will bet it will be shown a few more times on EWTN.
    A lot of what was shown I was not familiar with. I am more quiet and a home-body….a diploma RN.
    (Although I have forgotten more than I learned….giggle) anyway…I got some education last night.
    Gosh, what one person can do to mess up nation!!!!!!!

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  36. Pawel says:

    That Focus Interview is amazing, of good technical quality and of great sense of humor. Thank you! Greetings from Poland!

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    • charliej373 says:

      And greetings to you in the beloved homeland of our dear patron during this Storm, St. John Paul.

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      • Pawel says:

        Thank you Charlie. Even though I settled in Krakow, the home city of both St. Faustina and St. John Paul II, my heart longs for my second homeland – the country I spent 10 years in, yes the country most of the readers here live in. Well, I will be back I think in a few years because I miss my second homeland a lot, God willing it of course in the first place.

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  37. Joe Crozier says:

    Today a pastor of the local baptist church was one of my patients. He is quite a biblical scholar and used terminology with which I was not familiar but I got his gist. Were talking about the commandments: love God and love your neighbour and how these were common to our faith in their primacy. Then he began to talk of a feature in scripture study when something first appears then reappears and there is a clear relationship between the two.

    He used the example of God writing the commandments with his finger on the tablets. As soon as he said that, I knew, as you probably know right now, he would next refer to Jesus writing with his finger in the sand and we both exclaimed it was probably those first two commandments that He wrote. We both got the holy shivers as we shared this moment of faith.

    Later on in the day in a seemingly unrelated moment the parable of the talents came to mind. The thought arose that the talents with which we are blessed are all opportunities to love God better and to grow in His love. This growth is the interest that can be gained by witnessing to the gospel by the way we live, becoming like Christ when his light shone high on Calvary and drew all men to Himself. How many chances to grow in this way have I squandered?

    In Garabandal we are told that when we appear before God our hands must be full.This is the return He expects on the investment entrusted to our care: the very Life of His Son.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Very nice insight on the writing on the tablets and the writing in the sand.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Cheers Charlie
        I will pass your comment on to Alan my Baptist friend. I try never to run late in my clinic but I did today due to our conversation. Alan said it was an insight not gained by any other writing or witness but one that had been given to him directly. He is a very humble man, a good pastor.

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    • janet says:

      .”….refer to Jesus writing with his finger in the sand and we both exclaimed it was probably those first two commandments that He wrote. We both got the holy shivers as we shared this moment of faith.”

      Wow! Thank you for ponting out this connection, Joe. Accordng to the Poem of the Man God Jesus was writing in the sand the sins of the stone throwers ….Thou shalt not steal etc etc. This is why they dropped the stones and turned away. And yes, as you have just reminded us God wrote the Commandments with His finger. Holy shivers indeed!

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Joe!

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  38. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie, Saturday and stuck in Munich and just catching up. Great interview with focus

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