A Reprise of the First Light

(I regret that I am still feeling pretty miserable. Sunday was the worst and it is getting better, but it is still rough. Still working the Pepto Bismal.  Normally when I get sick, it is mainly a convulsion of my nerve damage – and if I am very quiet for a few days, I know that my system will reset and it will pass. This flu is unrelated to the neurological challenge – and I haven’t had one this rough in a long while.

I don’t trust myself to write a serious piece when I am real sick. I get crankier and more flambouyant in print even as I get sluggish and dull in actuality. I did have a wonderful chat with my daughter last night. She has had many troubles in her life, and it seems that she is really getting a handle on things and getting her world in joyful order. Those of you who have had adult children who have struggled know what a joy it is to see. I will get to see her and her family my next tour. She tells me my little three-year-old granddaughter Lily likes to use big words – and uses them appropriately. Lily told her Dad the other night, when he was delaying doing something he promised her, to “Quit procrastinating.” Christie laughed as she told me her husband quietly asked her what procrastinate means. Christie chuckled and said it is like having a small version of me around again all the time. They are going to Church again, which I am a big fan of – and young Lily loves it (again, like having me around again). I am very happy – and thank you for your many prayers on behalf of me and my family.

Though I am going back to bed, you really ought to have something to read here. So I reprint this little piece I wrote the day after Christmas last year.-CJ)

The First Light of Dawn

Transfiguration Tepeyac, Marietta

By Charlie Johnston

Public surveys of late have consistently shown that the number of people who believe in God in America is in  precipitous decline over the last decade, though it is still over 50%. In Europe, the Old World that first colonized the New, belief in God has utterly collapsed, hovering at barely over 20%. This is not an expression of confidence in the new world order that secular activists have made. Rather, it is a cry of despair. Seeing the wreckage secular activists have made of our culture, of our communities, of our very relations one with another, many people wonder how a loving God could allow a movement that believes in no light, no love, no warmth and no joy to rise with so little resistance.

I have long said that joy will rise even in the fullness of the Storm, as God reveals Himself to those who will receive Him. I have also said that if you scratch the surface of a cynic, nine times out of ten you will find a disillusioned idealist looking for a reason to believe again.

Regular readers know I am reticent in talking about signs and wonders – and slow to get enthused about images of Our Lord and Our Lady appearing in public places. That is for three main reasons.

1)      We sometimes impose our expectations on things, straining to force an interpretation that the evidence doesn’t justify. When we do, we can come off looking silly, and end up discrediting our faith to those who do not already share it.

2)      I think most genuine personal supernatural manifestations are, in fact, little graces from above – pats of encouragement and intimacy from the Master. Those things should routinely be treated with the same circumspection we would treat a compliment from a parent or colleague. If the person making the compliment wants all to know, He will reveal it. Otherwise, I generally prefer to take heart from it and keep to my work.

3)      An absorption into these things can cause one to focus on the trappings of faith rather than the heart of it, which is to go forth. Even worse, there can become a self-absorbed quality in it that smacks of boasts of being the Divine Teacher’s Pet. When this arises, we squander the grace embedded in such things.

These are not hard and fast rules. I do not hesitate to tell people of little such graces privately when it seems to me it might give them heart or hope. I have even said some of them in public forums for the same reason. But every time I discuss one, there is a rill of fear that runs through me that I may be giving in to vanity and squandering grace. I take deeply to heart the old dictum that what Our Lord sees in secret, He will reward openly. I guess you could say I am a miser: I hate to think I might squander any of my heavenly reward.

I was told long ago not to concern myself with systemizing miraculous bits of evidence…just let it be. Wisdom reveals itself  – and His children recognize their Master’s voice. In the fullness of the Storm, I was told, God would reveal Himself in ways that were undeniable to all but the invincibly ignorant and maliciously defiant.

In the last week, I have seen two things so striking – in both my personal life and in the world – that I cannot help but think they are the first strains of the overture heralding God’s visible entrance center stage. The first one, the personal one, was the note falling out of my Grandmother’s Bible on Christmas Eve – written by my Mother wishing me a Merry Christmas on this Christmas when we are apart. She died three and a half years ago. I was amazed that that note, which I had never seen before, should fall out of that Bible, which she and I both cherished in memory of her dear Mother, on that day. I wrote about it in the piece, “What is Truth?” I put the note back in the Bible for safekeeping, intending it to be a cherished memento. And now it is gone. I looked in the place where I put it, and it is gone. So I went through the whole Bible. It is gone. I think my Mother did, indeed, wish me a Merry Christmas and express her solidarity with me for the coming year. It was on ordinary paper, in ordinary ink, in her ordinary handwriting. It was here for Christmas – and now is gone. Plenty of room for skeptics to have reasonable doubt, but I believe my Mom dropped by to give me her love on Christmas, a day I have loved intensely from my earliest days. Your loved ones who have gone on are lovingly watching you, too. Thanks be to God.

The second thing is from Transfiguration Parish in Marietta, Georgia near Atlanta. The image, a picture of which is at the top of this article, emerged on a Parish window on December 12th of this year – the Feast Day of Our Lady of Tepeyac, or Guadalupe. This is no generic image of Our Lady. It is an image of Our Lady of Tepeyac. You don’t have to squint or turn your head to some peculiar angle to see her. She is there, compelling.

I have often called Our Lady of Tepeyac the Mother of Conversion – for that is what she did in Mexico. She converted the Aztecs of Mexico and crushed their brutal cult of human sacrifice almost overnight. I have said I was told she would convert all who would hear and receive her during the Storm…that she would ultimately convert Islam through its women…and that she would reclaim the hearts

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and souls of all those who have left the faith in Europe and the rest of the Old World. She is the Mother of Conversion and will transfigure the heart of the world even in the midst of the Storm, before she comes to Rescue us as the Immaculate Conception, late in 2017. As with the calendar, these two aspects of Our Lady overlap with each other in these times. This image appeared at Transfiguration Church. The world is about to be transfigured – and Our Lady of Tepeyac will both walk with us, keeping us safe under her mantle and revealing her loving heart to all who embrace it.

 

Now the curtain rise on a year that will be remembered as the Year of Paradox, a year when those who put their hope in secular things, in temporal might, see those hopes put to utter ruin. Yet even in the midst of the rubble of our poor, bleeding world, true joy and hope will burst forth, gushing like a sudden spring of clear, pure water in the barrens. I have said that I was told that Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje are manifestations of a single event. This is the hidden sign of Lourdes to be revealed this year. The fountain at Lourdes gushed forth in the midst of a garbage dump, bringing healing mercy to all who would accept it. Our world has become a garbage dump, but just as at Lourdes, Our Lord’s grace will burst forth with healing mercy for all who will come to His waters. Thanks be to God for Pope Francis’ declaration of this as the Year of Mercy…so that even as the terror, the strife, the passion of the world deepens, His Mercy bursts forth to refresh us and fortify us to endure the Storm.

This year, 2015, a year of trial and sorrow, despair and division, terror and strife is the year of Lourdes – when Mercy burst forth in the midst of the dump. Next year is the year of Fatima, when the scope of the battle is fully revealed. But all who press on through the battle have recourse to God’s mercy. And in the end, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will triumph…and the people of the kingdom, and the people of heaven, shall rise together, shall rise forever, and God shall rule.

We are called to be the Family of God. He lives – and He is revealing Himself. He calls you to proclaim Him by your lives, by your tenderness, by your mercy, by your fortitude, by your love, by your unflagging resolve. Those in despair, blinded by the things of this world, will hunger for the Lord this year. But to find their way back to Him, they need someone to gently lead them, to gently care for them…not to berate them, but to love them and so, wiping the scales from their eyes, prepare them to behold the wonder the living God is working in their midst through His most favored daughter – even as the darkness thought it had prevailed.

You be the light, the joy that illuminates the Face of God for all to behold. I tell you, the Christmas after next when we read that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, we will exclaim with joy that WE are the people who have seen that great light. Blessed are those who light the way home for their brothers and sisters. We are the Family of God.

 

 

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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352 Responses to A Reprise of the First Light

  1. Holy Mother Mary, Our Lady of Tepeyac, console your son, Charlie, more and more as he comforts us through this storm. As he is sifted like wheat, may his heart and will be strengthened to, in turn, strengthen his brothers and sisters.

    Charlie, I think you are correct when you say in your earlier post that sometimes these private consolations are just for the recipient. My spiritual director very wisely asked me not to share a specific consolation with anyone unless it was for the good of the soul of that other person. He called it a “Tabor moment,” like when the apostles saw Jesus tranfigured before them, speaking with Moses and Elijah. They would need that consolation/confirmation of His majesty to carry them through when they would later see Him humiliated and tortured, carrying His holy cross. For me, being quiet about it was certainly a great exercise in the practice of the virtue of humility. The only reason I had shared it with my director was because I was ordered to do so. It still shines in my heart as a moment I will never forget and hope to re-live with Jesus after I am finished carrying my cross(es).

    I have seen in the comments where a few are curious about these consolations and wonder why they do not have the benefit of receiving them. For those who have not yet experienced a Tabor moment, God is calling them along the path of dark faith. I believe they are the ones who emerge from this life directly into the beautiful splendor of the next, laying those consolations in store for their ultimate meeting with Jesus. They trust in the God of all consolation, rather than seeking the consolation of God, and this is more meritorious.

    You will be in my state this month and I am so disappointed that I won’t get to come to Philly but I teach the high schoolers on Mondays and believe that is more important. I will be praying for you and ask them to pray for you, too. I will offer the sacrifice of not being able to see you in person for the souls most in need. We press on, each along the path Our Lady leads us. For my part, I am learning to allow her to take me by the hand and lead me like a little child. Peace and blessings to all!

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  2. Nita Nankervis says:

    Holy Love in Ohio is evangelical–all are welcome. Heaven wanted it set up like that. Probably because there such rampant rash judgment and abuse of power and authority at this time. The Catholic Bishop has no jurisdiction over it. Wayne Weible just wrote a book detailing it all. Have any of you ever gotten the full story and not one of rash judgment and gossip?

    It is an absolutely incredible place and the things being said in the messages are orthodox Catholic unlike some of the other confusion in the Church.

    I encourage you since you are in reporting to investigate thoroughly before rashly condemning because you might just be speaking against one of the most important places heaven has given to our Beloved Country America to make it through these times.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nita, I am not condemning it. The Bishop who has legitimate authority over it has condemned it. I am an obedient son of the Church on Faith and Morals. If I ever seriously disagreed on something the Church had bluntly, but not irrevocably, decided on, I would take it up privately with Church authorities. The Church no longer has authority over it because it put itself outside the Church AFTER its Bishop condemned it. It could still have licitly had private meetings while maintaining dialogue with the Bishop: it could have sought and followed direction from the Bishop before a decision was made. It may be useful, it may provide some consolation to some, but it is NOT Catholic – and I am.

      You have no idea what a premium I put on obedience to legitimate authority. Before I knew what my Archbishop had decided, my team here at this site was standing ready to vet this site to make it fully compliant with any restrictions my Archbishop put on my content. Had he restricted me on speaking of private revelation entirely, I would have re-geared and spoken from a cultural and political perspective, as I did most of my life, but I would NOT have spoken of private revelation again unless and until such a restriction was lifted. There is a great temptation among people like me to choose what they think God wants rather than obeying “mere men.” I say that God put certain “mere men” in lawful authority over me and what God wants is for me to obey them in their lawful authority, whether I like it or not. Some very holy people have been condemned or restricted for a time. Every one of them obeyed until God saw fit to vindicate and restore them. Holy Love Ministries chose to leave the Catholic Church and call themselves Evangelical after being restricted rather than obey. Once that happened, however soothing or comforting their message is, I am not interested.

      Obedience to lawful authority is the first threshold. If you are Catholic and can’t live that, I am not interested any further.

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      • Bob says:

        Amen Charlie. Just last night I sent one of your posts to a friend,discussing prophecy and told him that I do not consider any so called “Catholic prophet” worth listening to unless I know he or she is obedient to the church and is under spiritual direction.

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      • Beckita says:

        This is a key point here: “Obedience to lawful authority is the first threshold.”

        That being said, I toss in this knowledge: I personally know the priest who was first asked to be spiritual director for the lay group at Holy Love *before* Bishop Lennon made his official pronouncement. Before this official decision was rendered, the priest left the group because he experienced the group moving into dangerous territory with obedience/disobedience. I have noticed, again and again, disobedience, knowing better than legitimate authority, is a breeding ground for cult of personality.

        Such a critical key: “Obedience to lawful authority is the first threshold.”

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    • Nita, I am not sure how you endeavor to say that the Local Ordinary, the Bishop of Cleveland, has no authority over Holy Love.

      He does indeed have authority and even the website itself confirms that (confer Frequently Asked Questions).

      I would be very careful to ensure that you check the Bishop’s statement carefully and not rely solely on the interpretation of that statement by Rev. Frank Kenney, S.M.

      Justification for disobedience or obfuscations in regards to whether one is being obedient is a trick of Satan and an extremely slippery slope to the detriment of one’s soul, being the Deadly Sin of Pride. Scripture shows that obedience is a far greater virtue and gain far greater graces than one could imagine, especially in justifying Kenney’s words if the Diocese (Bishop Lennon) has spoken contrary!

      Prefer obedience to sacrifice or any devotion! (cf 1 Sam 15:22).

      I speak as a Bishop, Nita, if you wonder by what authority I endeavor to caution and correct you–in case you do not know.

      Be assured of my prayers for you at Mass at around 7:15 AM Cleveland time,
      +勇德

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      • ann says:

        Thank you Bishop (and Charlie) for clearly stating the case. There is a very active Holy Love group where I live and they are wonderful devout Catholics and basically the soul of the pro life cause here but they are adamantly attached to this movement. When invited to join I did some research and found the Bishop of Cleveland’s letter. I told them that I could not be disobedient to the ruling of the Church and they proceeded to “explain” that if a Bishop is bad you are not obliged to obey. I said “bad or good, authority of the Church stands. That is how Jesus arranged it.” And mentioned about saints saying first obedience before anything else. Padre Pio a good case in point. It rang on deaf ears. It reminds me of other friends who ended up sedevacantists by deciding for themselves what is valid and what is not. This is Protestantism as it was first conceived. And they don’t even see it. Again, dozens of fevered arguments to defend it. I just see this as one more sign of the terrible storm we are in–confusion, obfuscation, rebellion. If we do not have the judgement of the Church through our validly appointed Bishops, how then do we discern these mystical phenomena? It is a slippery slope indeed.

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      • SanSan says:

        Thank you Charlie and Bishop for this important teaching.

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      • jj says:

        I frequently find myself amazed at the level of authenticity and authority represented in this blog. Bishops, Priests, and Prophets chiming in right along with the laity and the rabble (me).

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    • ykc says:

      Dear Nita,
      I know your heart is full of love for Jesus! But there are a lot of red flags with Holy Love. With all due respect, please let me share my (limited) personal experience.

      We were friends with a wonderful, devout family for many years. The husband became extremely involved in Holy Love, and it created huge problems in their marriage. Over a period of years, the wife saw many things that made her question Holy Love’s authenticity. She wanted him to leave Holy Love. His HL spiritual advisor advised him to divorce his wife and leave his children and he did! The children suffered greatly from the divorce. It was very tragic. That advice clearly did not come from God.

      Before my friends divorced, I met the priests once when they were in town. They were going to have a healing “service” that evening. They started telling me stories of healing services they had done. They told a story about healing a man who was deaf. They laughed about it like it was a joke, describing how he screamed when he could hear. I have never forgotten how uncomfortable I was when they were laughing. Later, it occurred to me that they weren’t praising God for performing a miracle. It was all about them.

      Please listen to Charlie and YongDuk, who is a Catholic Bishop. God wants us to be obedient to Holy Mother Church. Holy Love has been anything but.

      God bless you, Nita.

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  3. Gary says:

    You will know him by his appointments..unfortunately

    A Red Hat goes to a homosexual apologist
    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=29626

    And another Red Hat goes to a rabid liberal who will not politicize the Communion rail and also
    was given the right to name and suggest future bishops in America

    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=28777&repos=4&subrepos=2&searchid=1661841

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  4. G. F. says:

    I want to make an unrelated comment; hope that is OK. Charlie talks about the defeat and subsequent conversion of the Muslim world as if it was one entity. But it is not; there are all sorts of muslim states and actors all busy fighting one another, as well as fighting various outsiders. Muslims range from tribesmen in the Philippines to nomads in Libya to businessman in Saudi Arabia. Who will get defeated? Do they all have to unite first? Or will only those currently fighting us be defeated? And when will they be converted; before or after the Rescue?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I said all of Islam. Period. There may be a few strays left, just as after the mass conversion of the Aztecs. But just as then, they will be the tattered remnants of a dead faith. And the conversion will begin before the Rescue, though it may not be completely fulfilled until afterwards.

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      • G. F. says:

        What about the military side of things though; who and what are going to be defeated? Are Muslims from India to the Sudan going to suddenly unite against us in arms just before they all convert? Or do you simply mean that we will defeat Isis, the Taliban, etc.? Who exactly will we be fighting?

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        • charliej373 says:

          GF, I think you mean well, but God often does not condescend to tell me all – or even most – of the details so I can understand it in my blind, little mole human way. And yet His will is accomplished. I have told you what you need to know: that once we in the west confront Islam intellectually and militarily, it will fall faster and more easily than anyone could expect, for it will be miraculously converted en masse by Our Lady. Neither you, nor I, am entitled to cross-examine God on the details of His plan of action after He has told us what is necessary.

          This probably comes across more terse than I intend, but your questions remind me of Naaman who, when Elisha told him to go bathe in the Jordan River to be healed of his leprosy, went away furious because he wanted something more grand and detailed. He finally repented and simply obeyed – and was healed. I have told you what is needful. Accept it, reject it, or take a wait-and-see attitude. But I have said what I have to say on the matter.

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          • G. F. says:

            Sorry about that Charlie; its just that as a man of military age, I may well have to decide if a war declared by our state in the future is a just one or not. I’m sure you are aware of the vastly contradictory opinions on Bush’s war in Iraq among Catholics; is/ was it a just war or not, that is a complicated question. I’ve come to the conclusion that it was unjust. So I was just wondering if you had any clarity on who exactly we would be fighting. I’m wondering if you are supporting our current wars as the first phase of what is coming, etc. But if you can’t clarify this I understand.

            I think I intend well! I’m still not sure if you are right, but I try to take the next right step, and I’m waiting for future events to discern the authenticity of you timeline. (Your message of the next right step and trust in God needs no discerning!) So, occasionally I have questions as I mull things over and try to fit your predictions/ message together.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Understand GF. It is getting more intense by the day. Forgive me if I come off as short, for I am VERY glad you are considering the possibilities with gravity and seriousness. For too long we in the west have been guilty of moral preening in making bold situations we were never likely to face in order to condemn others who actually did have to face them. One of the early things I wanted to accomplish here was to get people to quit with the moral preening and get to serious, grave contemplation. Clearly, with the detail you are considering, you are taking your personal responsibility and moral agency very seriously. God bless you for it.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Charlie, what do you mean by moral preening and how are we doing this (did you mean us on the blog)? It sounds awful, yikes!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Snowy, slow down. I very clearly said “we in the west” have long engaged in moral preening instead of serious deliberation. There was no reference to people on this website – and no reference was intended. I am actually pretty proud of the seriousness of the crew here.

            For example, in the last century, “peace” movements have probably been responsible for more deaths than most other factors – for they have advocated no war for any reason, even as dictators have gathered their forces and slaughtered tens of millions – dictators who could have been stopped if we had acted forcefully early. Sometimes war is the most effective way to minimize casualties. If the west had acted with dispatch even in the late 30’s, once Hitler’s grandiose schemes were clear to all but the willfully blind (which included most western leaders outside Germany), he could have been stopped at the cost of maybe 100,000 lives instead of 75-94 million.

            Cheap sloganeering is not moral seriousness.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Okay, sorry Charlie. I read this part: “One of the early things I wanted to accomplish here was to get people to quit with the moral preening and get to serious, grave contemplation.” and immediately worried if maybe I was doing that..I’m always guilty lol! 🙂 just making sure!

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  5. I want to wish all a blessed day on the 99th anniversary of the final and fully approved apparition of Fatima. October 13th, 1917.

    This might be a good time to link this latest (final?) video of historian Mike Maloney from his series the Hidden Secrets of Money. You might want to watch his previous video #6 as a warm up. He calls money what it really is…currency. He also discusses velocity which Charlie talked about, as well as inflation, hyperinflation and the Weimar Republic. He’s got funny animation of Janet Yellen in there too.

    Maybe it’ll pan out the way Mike envisions it, or it won’t. Nevertheless, we can all agree the ballgame will be over soon….bottom of the ninth, two outs….and strike 3!

    Oh, and thank you for your prayers for Grace. She seems in good spirits, has gone back to work, and people are starting fund raisers so she can maybe buy a new trailer.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Patrick, it is nice to see you again. 🙂

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    • moreen67 says:

      Patrick – I didn’t see your comment right away – it’s hard to keep up with all the comments on this blog and that’s great because it means a lot of participation from folks. Now I work w/people in the investment management and banking group at my accounting firm – just this morning I (I always try to find news that will be a heads up to the group) and already this morning are 2 articles about the collapse of the economy and a recession (actually I didn’t think we got out of the last one). Not far fetched crazy stuff but bankers admitted it (well how can you deny the obvious after a while). Nothing to be alarmed about as things have to happen. To think – that extra weight I put on I lost because I was trying to. Does this mean I can have key lime pie to make sure I ride out the storm? Ha. God bless all here and Jesus I Trust In You (and I love You)! Maureen

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for the update on Grace, Patrick. Praise for God for the support around her.

      Thanks for sharing the video as well. So true, “… we can all agree the ballgame will be over soon…” Praying for the economists who have sounded the bell, for they too will soon discover what God is accomplishing by allowing us to experience that to which each of us has contributed. In God’s Perfect “Soon,” we’ll all intimately know the true great opportunity in this crisis: total dependence on God with a deep, lasting veneration and love for His Mother.

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    • Happy 99th back at ya! I plan on watching the videos – I’m always interested in the take of others. One thing different about today than in the time of the Weimar Republic is the open trade. As we continue to print money, inflation hasn’t gone up largely because the US dollars are not contained within a closed system. As long as there is demand outside the US for those dollars, inflation can stay low. Economic crash in the US is going to be directly related, in my opinion, to the appetite for US dollars abroad. The day that slows or ceases, and dollars get dumped back into our country and nobody else wants them is the day all this printing leads to hyper-inflation.

      Anyway, I was contemplating the fact that we are entering the 100th year of the final Fatima apparitions last night. We humans do like our round numbers and it’s easy to imagine God does too. I would never presume there is higher meaning to this from my own wisdom, but in the context of all else going on, it sure seems like it feels different.

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  6. Continued prayers for your health, Charlie. It’s been going around (already).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow… a very solid piece.

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    • Littlelight says:

      Just to clarify my enthusiastic first reply. she does speak passionately about the frustration many feel, including myself when I go there. Upon further reflection, I’m guessing our wonderful church leaders also feel this same frustration. Extrapolating from that, I’m guessing God is allowing this kinda paralysis all people of good will are suffering, and only He can solve it.

      My job is to do laundry, clean toilets, facilitate home education, love those under my care & pray. Not in the correct order. By the grace of God, I will continue to do my part, and offer the longing for Mercy and right order to Him as my contribution in this fight.

      Beckita, love that breathtaking picture. Truly, only God can save us. It’s way to big. +Our Lady pray for us+

      God Bless us All!

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  7. Linda says:

    Has anyone heard about Putin calling all Russians back to Homeland😢

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  8. SanSan says:

    I don’t understand this……..

    “The greatest reformers of the church are the saints, those men and women who follow the word of God and practice it,” he told the pilgrims, most of whom came from Martin Luther’s home region of Saxony-Anhalt.

    In his formal talk to the group, Pope Francis said Christians must praise God that, in the past 50 years, Catholics and Lutherans have moved “from conflict to communion. We already have traveled an important part of the road together.”

    Noting that he would go to Lund, Sweden, at the end of the month to participate with Lutheran leaders in opening commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Francis said an important part of the commemoration would be a joint commitment to working together in a world “thirsting for God and his mercy.”~ Pope Francis

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    • charliej373 says:

      I personally don’t find that offensive SanSan. If he were compromising on some fundamental of faith, I would – but diplomatic outreach and trying to promote unity without betraying doctrine is something every Pope should do, I think.

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      • SanSan says:

        Well Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Schism is just a bit much for me to wrap my teeny brain around……

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        • charliej373 says:

          A very reasonable position, SanSan.

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          • I think the intentions are good. But this is kind of like getting together and having a celebratory dinner with an ex-wife in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of your divorce. It’s just weird.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I keep wondering if the British have ever formally come over to celebrate the Fourth of July with us. I know it is over a hundred years since they begrudged it of us, but I don’t know that they join us to celebrate it.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I don’t know either, however I was so emotionally moved by Buckingham Palace’s Response To 9/11. I will never forget their love and compassion!

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          • moreen67 says:

            Charlie a quick reply to the British coming here for 4th of July comment – I laughed because I work with a woman who has been here for decades (never got citizenship) and when 4th of July comes around she goes back to Britain for the holiday. Your comment made think of that – she does it every year. She’s retiring so I wonder if they (her hubby too) will wonder back across the Pond.

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  9. Joanne says:

    I readily admit to having a soft spot in my heart for Pope Francis. I was serving jury duty while the conclave was in progress and was overjoyed to be dismissed early and I rushed home to watch the televised coverage. After the white smoke appeared, I wondered to myself about what name the new Pope would pick. I distinctly heard the name “Francis”. Not being a scholar on the history of the Popes, I wondered if there had ever been a Pope Francis before. When he finally came out on the balcony and his name was announced, I nearly fell off the sofa. I think we should all pray very much for him. His burdens are many.

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  10. Billy Franz says:

    Don’t jump off! He’s on the boat! This is what I learned from you in Frisco! Billy Franz Sent from my iPhone

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  11. Nita Nankervis says:

    Thank you Charlie for considering my comment. And thank you Bishop for your prayers. I would refer you both to a little booklet from Holy Love off their website called Obedience.

    We must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29. The messages from heaven relating to this Truth are in that small booklet on-line to read on Holy Love’s website.. One in particular Our Lady of Rosa Mystica July 13, 2014. And a message that heaven explains that defines following Truth who is Jesus for me is –: Please realize that obedience is not always good and of Me. If you obey something which does not abide with righteousness nor lead to a righteousness outcome you are following error. Even the authority of the highest court cannot make good out of evil. All earthly authority answers to Me. That which is not good is evil. Do not invest in the abuse of authority by obeying it,but make all authority accountable to Truth.

    The Pharisees and Sadducees when Jesus came the last time had all the Truth also but they missed his coming and couldn’t recognize Him or interpret all the law they had to recognize the Spirit of Grace.

    Why would good oppose prayer for the world’s hearts to come back to Holy Love and Holy Truth. The two great commandments..

    And I would recommend Wayne Weible’s book that details the history of Holy Love.

    God bless you and your work for the coming of His kingdom.

    Regards, Nita

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you disagree with your ordinary’s decision on such a thing, you may appeal to the Vatican, but you must abide by your ordinary’s decision until then. If the Vatican refuses to hear the appeal or rejects it, the matter remains in the ordinary’s hands and you must obey.

      I will tell you frankly Nita, that I am sick to death of hearing people justify their disobedience by saying they must obey God rather than men. In Luke, 10:16 Jesus tells His apostles, “He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me.” If you are Catholic, when you reject the legitimate authority of the hierarchy on faith and morals, it is not your Bishop you disobey, but Jesus Christ Himself. So spare me any convoluted explanations about how you obey God by disobeying His clear Scriptural command.

      I wish you well, But this discussion is done. Whatever negotiation or pleas are to be made are properly to be made to the Bishop, not to me, who has no authority except for this website. This website is – and will remain – orthodox Catholic, in full submission to the legitimate authority of the hierarchy Jesus Christ set up to make these decisions.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Nita, here some quotes for you from many of our beloved Saints. Remember, Satan can appear as an angel of light and he is deceiving many now- his time is very short and he is in a panic.
      “My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications.” (894)
      St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
      We must put aside all judgment of our own, and keep the mind ever ready and prompt to obey in all things the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, our holy Mother, the hierarchical Church.
      Saint Ignatius of Loyola
      “The Devil doesn’t fear austerity but holy obedience.”
      St. Francis de Sales.
      “Obedience unites us so closely to God that in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.”
      St. Thomas Aquinas.
      “He who is his own master is a scholar under a fool.”
      St. Bernard
      No man commands safely unless he has learned well how to obey.
      Imitation of Christ.
      “Learn to obey, you who are but dust! Learn to humble yourself, you who are but earth and clay, and bow down under the foot of every man! Learn to break your own will, to submit to all subjection! Be zealous against yourself! Allow no pride to dwell in you, but prove yourself so humble and lowly that all may walk over you and trample upon you as dust in the streets!”
      Imitation of Christ.
      And finally,
      Saint Paul commands us to obey all superiors, even those who are bad. Our Blessed Saviour, His Virgin Mother, and Saint Joseph have taught us this kind of obedience in the journey they took from Nazareth to Bethlehem, when Caesar published an edict that his subjects should repair to the place of their nativity to be enrolled. They complied with this order with the most affectionate obedience, though the Emperor was a pagan and an idolator, so desirous was Our Lord of showing us that we should never regard the persons of those who command, provided they be invested with sufficient authority.”
      Saint Francis of Sales, Doctor of the Church.

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  12. Beckita says:

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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  13. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie, prayers for a holy, healthy, happy recovery. My God bless you and yours. Yes, please delay putting up a new piece until you are no longer a growly grumplestilskin! :>)

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  14. Littlelight says:

    Wow. I love her. Obediently keep on keepin’ on here…

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  15. Charlie, as I sit back and watch the race to the bottom of the outhouse that has become our Presidential campaign, I reflect on many things you have alluded to in your writings.
    Of course, the overarching thing that comes to mind is your statement that the next stable leader will not actually come out of this election. But beyond that, I note that you have mentioned a few times that the progressive elites who thought they had everything figured out are watching all of their best laid plans unravel. In that context, the rise of a man like Trump who, as unlikeable as he is, is at the very least a symbol of everything the globalists hate and fear, is really amazing. But beyond Trump, the Brexit vote, the rise of other similar populists elsewhere have the globalists in full panic mode. You can see the sheer desperation in their comments in story after story, day after day, as they warn all of us how the world order is being threatened.
    I keep your observations on these things in mind as the left is left bare and naked after all the Wikileaks e-mail dumps. We see open admission to attempted subversion of the Catholic Church itself. It would seem that the comparison of the left to the Communists is more than just a comparison. Two peas in a pod. We see outright collusion in print between the left and the media – something we always knew, but seldom with direct written evidence. We see “public” versus “private” positions. It is all fascinating. Sad, but fascinating.
    I also keep in mind your statements about how, at some point, we all will lose hope. I know that has been controversial, and I have no intention of putting words in your mouth. I have read that not to mean a falling away from belief, or of hope in the ultimate victory of God. I have read that to mean that we will all, on a personal level, lose hope that we will make it through – either literally, or with our wits intact – to see the good to come. And I think it’s really easy to see how this will happen, despite anything we believe we might know about the ultimate result. On a day to day basis, we focus on the immediate things around us disproportionately. At least I know I do. Even when I try not to, we are inundated with stuff that is just downright depressing. Take the Presidential election… On the one hand, we see the progressives presented for what they are, and on the other hand our alternative is someone who is morally bankrupt. I’ll take that alternative for I think obvious reasons, but the sad reality is that I will be voting for a man I don’t really trust, that is not of high moral character, can be outright repugnant, and so on. I have no good choice. This election seems hopeless. In fact, despite your assurances that the election doesn’t really matter I can’t help but feel very strongly about it (I don’t think it’s a bad thing to continue to fight to do the right thing – or at least the least wrong thing, in any case, to the bitter end). Because I feel strongly, I find myself still thinking in terms of what the world will look like after a Clinton Presidency appoints multiple Supreme Court justices, and it is really easy to lose sight of the unfolding plan and just feel that we are losing our grip on everything, even as the progressives are feeling the same way.
    In my more rational moments, I sit back and observe all that is happening with a different view. Much more relaxed. It’s like watching a movie that you’ve never seen, but someone told you the ending. I know how it ends, but I have no idea how we’ll get from where we are now in the movie to that ending, and I may even start to question whether or not the person who told me the ending was messing with me. But I watch with that context, trying to see how what I’m watching now gets me there.
    Over the last couple months, I have gone from having no idea how we’ll get there to seeing how we will. At this point, it doesn’t take a genius to see any number of potential scenarios where all comes falling apart.
    Rather than worry about it, I suppose I should watch, pray, and eat some popcorn. With extra butter.

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  16. Bob says:

    And Charlie says in his post here:
    “Now the curtain rise on a year that will be remembered as the Year of Paradox, a year when those who put their hope in secular things, in temporal might, see those hopes put to utter ruin.”
    And with the disorder in our presidential candidates I am hearing from more of my family and friends more understanding when I tell them that I can no longer put my hope in politics to solve our problems but that we need an intervention of God to right things! Yes will need to do our part but as the psalmist says: “Unless the Lord builds the house the Laborers work in vain” Psalm 127 Vs. 1.
    May God prepare us to trust only in Him and may God act quickly!

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  17. Nita Nankervis says:

    I would very much like to have a discussion on obedience and what that actually means. I hope you print my former e-mail so that is possible. I think at this moment in time it is important for everyone, don’t you?

    I love the Catholic Church. One of the saints you love is St. Joan of Arc. What do you love about her? That she told the Truth within the church, didn’t she? I have no intention of leaving the Catholic Church. But I do intend to tell the Truth within it. Does it help anyone to enable them in a lie? Whether that is the laity or a priest or a Bishop or yes even the Holy Father.

    Instead of being honest with him about how he is making decisions that are causing confusion. Whether that be global warming and the influence he has had on the recent signing of the Paris climate change documents or taking in refugees at the expense of wisdom. Having a secure border has nothing to do with charity. That has to do with common sense. Same with many other issues. It is charity to tell him. But when people point things like that out even in your blog they are instantly accused of betrayal of the church or coming against the Holy Father. True charity tells the truth..

    I actually think those who are not being honest with all this are enabling lies and calling it obedience. Jesus Truth itself. He when asked What is Truth? by Pilate. said I AM.

    It doesn’t do His church any favors to choose obedience to a lie over the Truth.

    Did St. Joan of Arc do that? No, she said the voices were of God. She did what Jesus did. She stayed and told the Truth. And they did to her what they did to Jesus. So be it. There that is something I can say Amen to. The Truth and the Church. I don’t say amen to a lie within the Church.

    I only write this because obedience to a lie gets us nowhere. Accusing people of being against the church if you defend a truth. Whether it is about some of the things the Holy Father is saying and doing that are causing confusion and even leaning the world towards a One World controlling System or what really is the truth at Holy Love and how it needs to be discerned.

    I say all this in charity. I wish everyone well who is seeking Him and all those too that still do not know how wonderful and good God is. That’s why the message of Holy Love is so important. It is not just Love it is Truth. Love always tells the Truth.

    Regards, Nita

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nita, after this we are done here. St. Joan of Arc was fully obedient to the Church in all things. Before she began her mission, she was examined by Church authorities and allowed. When set before the execrable Bishop Cauchon during her trial, she exercised her right to appeal to the Pope – and Cauchon ignored it, because he was intent on convicting her. At every stage of the trial, she answered every question touching on faith and morals openly and honestly – and with astonishing wisdom. She only refrained on those things that related to her temporal work, which the Church did not have direct authority over. She was fully obedient in that which she was obliged to be. Even that evil Bishop did not charge her with disobedience during the trial – and if he had found an opening, he would have rammed it through. Because of her work AND her obedience, Joan is a saint. Because of his malice and abuse, Cauchon is anathema.

      Now you reference many purely political, economic and scientific matters, which the Pope may have something of worth to say on, but does not have formal authority over. If he is wrong on those things (and I often think he is) it has no more relevance to his legitimate authority than his golf scores would. This site has been critical of some political comments by the Pope, while still fully respecting his legitimate Magisterial authority on faith and morals and both his – and the Bishop’s disciplinary authority on those matters.

      Now, if you have a comment that does not muddle the difference between authority on matters of faith and morals and mere temporal authority. If you honestly don’t know the difference, perhaps a reading if Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical, Immortale Dei, will help. If you do know the difference and are just trying to muddy the waters to confuse people on what their legitimate duty of obedience is, you should reconsider. In any case, unless you come up with something that is coherent and grounded in the Magisterium, we are done.

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  18. Dawn Marie says:

    I am so glad you are able to eat. I will keep you in my prayers.
    What a blessing your blog is to me.

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  19. Theresa Morris says:

    Charlie have you seen this? I don’t know if anyone else has posted because I haven’t had much time to look at stuff on here the last few days
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3823232/amp/Russia-warns-schizophrenics-America-sharpening-atomic-weapons-Moscow-nuclear-war-imminent-evacuates-40-MILLION-people-drill.html

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  20. Bob says:

    This piece by Mark Mallet is worth sharing:
    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-marian-dimension-of-the-storm/
    I have several friends who have been listening to protestant “Prophets” or are considering how bad things are getting and are suggesting that it must mean that Jesus will be returning soon. I tell them that Jesus will return but that when he does the show will be over and the world will end. But that God has another plan up his sleeve and He will send His mother to clean things up one more time and there will be a time of peace before things fall apart for the last time. I tell them this is a Catholic view of the end times we should consider.

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  21. texasooz57 says:

    Charlie,
    It’s been awhile since I commented on your site, but please be assured that I am an avid reader of your posts. As always, I look for the ordinary miracles in my life…the little whispers from God to let me know that I’m on the right track. I am the author of the article that you published here…
    https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/in-the-masters-embrace/

    I had been wanting to tell our priest about you and your mission for some time now. It has been weighing heavily on my mind and my heart. However, I soon discovered last Tuesday that this was not necessary.

    Prior to reading this last post, I went to Adoration, Confession and Holy Mass last Tuesday. After the absolution, our priest discreetly handed me a prayer card through the confessional screen. I couldn’t believe my eyes…it was Our Lady of Tepeyac’s Prayer of Miraculous Trust! The prayer your angel has given you and the prayer card from the Full of Grace Supply House. (He had a pile of these cards both in English and in Spanish that he was giving to people in the confessional.)

    I couldn’t help but ask the priest if he followed “Charlie”…and yes, he did…with also giving me the usual cautionary statements about private revelation, etc. (I think that I surprised him with this question, not realizing that one of his flock…from a very small town parish…would recognize this prayer card!) We agreed that our world was in trouble and in need of a Rescue from Our Lady.

    And so I wanted to share this with you and your readers that whether we know it or not, our dear priests know about The Next Right Step. And this was a little whisper from God to keep me on the right track, to take the next right step, and to tell me He’s listening! Then when I came home and read your post about Our Lady of Tepeyac, I am amazed and thankful of these ordinary miracles and graces that I’ve been given.

    P.S. Hope you are feeling better and you are on the mend. Prayers for you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for this, Texas. I have met, spoken and corresponded with a multitude of Priests this year. I am heartened that so many of them are finding hope here. I tell any who are worried to not worry about defending me, but simply keep on defending the faith and heartening the faithful. I am heartened about how very many Priests are taking very seriously their pastoral duty to their flocks in terribly difficult times. If people could see what I see, they would know we are in much better shape in the Church than most imagine.

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    • Diane says:

      That is cool, what a neat story and glad to hear that things like this happen.
      Love. I do. Diane

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Texas! Thank you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      texas, I love that. Thank you for sharing. Our Lady’s Flame of Love seems to spreading right before our eyes!! ❤

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  22. DPH says:

    More censoring going on. This time its conservative commentator Dennis Prager. YouTube is taking down his videos. Here’s an article: https://www.prageru.com/stop-youtube-blocking-prageru-videos

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, they are not taking down his videos, just putting them in a restricted category, requiring a few extra hoops to be jumped through. But the restrictions are solely ideological in nature, targeting conservative and traditional thought. Deeply offensive, but not quite censorship.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      DPH, a YT blogger that I watch is now using Vimeo bilaterally. He too was censored and lost his ability to get paid for his content. 😦

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  23. Barb421 says:

    maybe someone has said this here already, but it occurs to me, that perhaps the “warning”, collapse, height of the storm…will come at the end of this year of mercy; Nov 20..is that in line with your thinking? that gives us about 5 weeks…and it means that the election might just happen, but of course things will fall apart so no inauguration takes place

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Barb, Details like this are totally in God’s Hands. When I catch myself veering from pondering the big picture to getting wrapped up in details, I latch onto a Mother Angelica lesson I have posted around our home:

      “We have to learn to live in the present moment. We have to ask God: What are you calling me to do now, in the present moment. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. But RIGHT NOW. God’s Will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences of the present moment. We have only to accept them and try to be like Jesus in them.”

      That said, it will be interesting to see details unfold.

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      • SanSan says:

        this is my mantra too……

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      • charliej373 says:

        I don’t spend much time trying to divine how God will carry out what He tells me He will do. He seems to delight in surprising me – so much so that even when it happens in a way I anticipated, it surprises me. I just keep my hiking boots and under armour at the ready.

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      • Barb421 says:

        oh, I love Mother Angelica! and haha, thanks for the reminder to not get carried away with the details!, human nature…

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      • jj says:

        Beckita, I love that and I’m gonna try to live it…it will make the worry and anxiety much more manageable day to day. I know I’m not supposed to be worried or anxious but it’s frequently difficult to control. Just concentrating on the present moment is much less intimidating.

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        • Beckita says:

          It’s synonymous with acknowledge God, take the NRS and be a sign of hope, isn’t it, JJ? Hey JJ, not to overload you ideas but have you tried the Surrender Novena? When I discovered it many years ago, it became a mighty vehicle to extinguish my worry tendencies concerning a major trial at the time. God bless all our present moments.

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      • jj says:

        Beckita, OK, When I read your quote from Mother Angelica I said to myself “Awesome, That is just the ticket, and easy, too”. So, here I am the next day and the response to myself is categorically “NOT!!!”. Wow, I hope others don’t have as much trouble with this as I do, or if so, they can take solace in the fact that I find this simple principal almost overwhelming. Thank Heavens (literally) for Perpetual Adoration at my Church. Just a couple of miles from my workplace. So my mantra has become, “I know I surrendered to You, I’m doing it again, apparently I wasn’t listening the first several times”.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for sharing this, JJ. I love that our brains have neuroplasticity. When we set out to change we’re actually disrupting some patterned brain circuitry. When we’re practicing something new, I think it’s a normal function of the process to get distracted from the new way and fall back into the old established way. It makes sense to me we must be as gentle with ourselves as we would with any child of God learning new skills. So we ask for the grace to change and do our best to take TNRS and when we slip into the old pattern, we gently refocus on the new way, step by step by step. I also like the saying: whatever you focus on you get more of. It seems important then to notice what we do without much ado and carry on with the effort to create new circuitry. An evangelical Christian who’s done a lot in the filed of neuroplasticity, especially the power of what we choose to think is Dr. Caroline Leaf. Her theology can be a bit in Catholic thinking but God has blessed the ways she is helping people change via the power of what we choose to think. We surely are wonderfully made by God!

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    • jj says:

      I surely hope the wheels come off before the end of the year of Mercy to give those who need to correct their lives time to do so with relative ease.

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  24. Nita Nankervis says:

    To clarify. The Bishop of Cleveland’s letter and decree on Holy Love did not condemn or forbid going to Holy Love. If I am reading it correctly it ADMONISHED the people to consider what they are doing in going. In other words to seriously think about it. There is a great difference between that and forbid and condemn. It is not condemned.

    I would once again urge you to read the facts in Wayne Weibel’s book. So information does not go out on the internet distorted. I am not trying to cause confusion or be difficult. I am requesting the truth be told. Holy Love is not condemned.

    What makes you think Maureen is not obedient? I never said St. Joan of Arc wasn’t obedient. did I? I didn’t mean to. I said she told the truth. I think that is what Holy Love is doing. I encourage you to get the facts. Why would calling it evangelical be a problem and why would that be considered disobedient?

    I just wanted to state what I believe to be the truth in all this.

    I wish you all the best. But I have to state the truth as I see it to defend Holy Love when there are such great distortions and there is much at stake. If the other person that wrote about Holy Love hadn’t mentioned it and you hadn’t said to not be involved I wouldn’t have brought this up in your blog.

    I sincerely wish you all the best. I am not trying to cause confusion or be difficult. I am writing this to you because I think it is the truth.

    Regards, Nita

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  25. Nita Nankervis says:

    Just one note before I catch the early daily Mass. If you need to censor this because it is your website I understand. But I want to write to you this. Thousands of your readers now because you said Holy Love is condemned think that it is. And I have been taken to task severely for telling you true as you say.

    Don’t you think you have an obligation to your readers to say something with your own words to your readers after researching if what i have said or not is true That it is not condemned and yes indeed people can go there to pray .They already think I am greatly deceived. I don’t think my last e-mail after those others changed many minds, do you. And I do think it is important. If Holy Love is like Medjugorje in America as Wayne Weibel says don’t you think the Holy Spirit would like the truth told about it Immacculee of Rawanda also talks there. And yes I know they are not church authorities. As I said it is not condemned to go there.

    I don’t know why you let the first e-mail talk about Holy Love if you want to restrict those discussions.. I had to defend it in truth. And I think it does get confusing to mix visionaries. But so many of us are just trying to follow Jesus and figure out what is true. But to undue the damage done to Holy Love now that you said to your thousands of readers it is condemned I think would be fair. Your saying my e-mail made it fair didn’t I think people think I am a deceived Catholic in disobedience to the Church and talking against the Pope. Pope Francis is indeed our Pope. And I am Catholic and care very much that he teaches and preaches the truth of our faith. I believe if you care about someone you tell them the truth in love. it’s not love to enable a lie. That is what Holy Love is talking about. Love and Truth

    And once again I wish you well and think you are doing awesome things for the kingdom. However saying Holy Love is condemned is not one of them and not personally retracting it after research into whether what I have said is true or not.

    All the best, Nita

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nita, I can see this causes you much pain. Here is a link to Bishop Lennon’s actual decree. It is not ambiguous. It forbids Catholics to participate in any religious, liturgical, spiritual or devotional purposes at their site. His accompanying letter says he tried to open dialogue with leaders at Holy Love and was unsuccessful. This is a condemnation.

      I understand your sensitivity. Because I am neither approved nor restricted, some critics tried to spin that into a condemnation. This decree from Bishop Lennon is a clear, unambiguous condemnation.

      Now a condemnation is not excommunication (though it can be prelude sometimes). Some who have been condemned have later have the ban lifted and even a few have ultimately been canonized as saints. Yet I know of none who were so canonized who did not obey the authority set over them once a decree was issued.

      I cannot retract what the Bishop said – and the links I have provided show copies of the original condemnation on the Diocese’s letterhead. I DID research it. Citing other people, even good people, who have another opinion does not change the fact that the responsible Bishop condemned it.

      You seem to be of good heart. I know several people from the old Intercessors of the Lamb, an organization which was condemned. It was painful for them, but those who were obedient have gone on in their faith life and constitute some very holy friends. A condemnation does not mean everything about a group is bad, but that some abuses are serious enough that it must be condemned.

      I cannot revoke the plain words of the responsible Bishop – and neither can you.

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  26. Barb Watry says:

    May God bless all here. I haven’t commented in a very long time, but I read this column by Msgr. Pope (Washington DC diocese) today and felt it reflects Charlie’s admonitions, so I wanted to share it with you.
    I will repeat here, his last paragraph:

    “These are hard days, but perspective can help. It is hard to deny that we are living at the end of an era. It is painful because something we love is dying. But from death comes forth new life. Only the Lord knows the next stage and long this interregnum will be. Look to Him. Go ahead and vote, but put not your trust in princes (Ps 146:3). God will preserve His people, as He did in the Old Covenant. He will preserve those of us who are now joined to Him in the New Covenant. Find your place in the ark, ever ancient and yet new.”

    The end of the column also includes a beautiful video of Ps 121, chanted in Hebrew (I assume). It was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

    http://blog.adw.org/2016/10/eight-stages-rise-fall-civilizations/

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Barb, I loved the video of Hebrew magnificently sung prayer and was moved by their faith, although I did not understand one word. I also loved the bothers together at the feast table with bread. ❤

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  27. Nita Nankervis says:

    Charlie, I am sorry I still need this explained. But it is the point of the discussion. That is the decree I was looking at also when I wrote to you. We both came away with it saying different things. It forbids the clergy to celebrate the sacraments that’s one thing. And the sacraments aren’t celebrated there.. It ADMONISHES (to consider carefully before going) as I said before which is different–the laity. Two separate things that you seem to have combined in your answer that distorts the meaning of the decree.

    Once again Wayne Weible writes the entire chronology in his book.

    Once again I am not trying to be difficult. It just is not what the decree says.

    And thank you for even your time to discuss. I know you are just getting better and I am so glad also like so many that you are. You are so needed. And I know you are so busy with so much. I just don’t understand what you said. Until someone explains to me that makes sense to me I will just believe what I think it says.

    There is alot of disagreement in all this between people. Maybe the more important thing is that the times are getting very very serious for prayer. And voting for someone who is for life. And fighting for our Constitution. Regardless of how big the globalists are that want to control us and take our freedoms. Soon I think we won’t be arguing about where we should pray we will just be praying and not so worried about whether it is a legal spot.

    Regards, Nita

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, I will indulge you on this one last time. Admonish does not mean “to consider carefully.” It is a firm, but not harsh warning. Thus what comes after the word is critically important. If Bishop Lennon had admonished the faithful to “consider carefully before going,” that is what he would have said. But he didn’t. He admonished the faithful “to cease” to attend any religious ceremonies there entirely. I once again link to the raw text Bishop Lennon used. Wayne Weible has done some good work. Your reliance on him suggests to me that he disagrees with the Bishop’s decision. Fair enough. But Weible is not the responsible Bishop. Richard Lennon is. Now if Weible goes beyond disagreeing with the decision and is suggesting it does not say what it says, he has ventured into abusive territory.

      You can’t change this by re-defining common words or omitting the plain language of the decision, or quoting people who disagree with the decision. The only way to potentially get it changed is for the principles to enter quietly into dialogue with the Bishop if he is still willing, make their case, then obey his decision.

      I wish you well, but we won’t discuss this further when I have linked twice to the Bishop’s actual letter. I am sorry it is so painful for you, but sometimes obedience is.

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  28. Nita Nankervis says:

    Charlie I tried too to find the e-mail of the other person who wrote on Holy Love first and your reply that even prompted me to defend Holy Love at all on your blog just to reread what that said but I just couldn’t find it again. Do you remember ? This is so difficult because I am so poor in defending Holy Love. And it deserves much more than my poor attempts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Emails are not published here. Only I see them. But I don’t remember who first brought it up. I spend two to four hours a day clearing comments, so it is difficult to go back to a specific one.

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  29. Nita Nankervis says:

    And since you say you are ending the discussion I would like to say a prayer given at Holy Love for both you and the Bishop of Cleveland. Just as you were given the Miraculous Trust Prayer from heaven Holy Love has received prayers also for these times.

    So I pray the Anointing of St. Michael prayer in the Shield of Truth Devotion:

    I extend to Charlie Johnston the anointing of St. Michael. Mary, Protectress of the Faith, come to my aid.

    I extend to the Bishop of Cleveland Ohio the anointing of St. Michael. Mary Protectress of the Faith come to my aid.

    I give it to heaven for help and the Divine Will of God.

    The caveat for the prayer in the booklet is that This prayer holds sway over many powers of evil, but not over free will.

    Holy Spirit of Truth lead me also into the Truth.

    Love in Truth the best I can discern at the moment, Nita

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  30. Anthony says:

    Hi Charlie,
    You said above that belief in God in Europe is hovering at around 20%. Which part of Europe is this then? I live in England about 65% of people living here believe in God. Also across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal Germany, Poland, Croatia and I could go on and on. Belief in God is over 50%. Please Charlie don’t exaggerate things. Yes I would agree with you that things are bad all across our world. Church attendance has been falling alarmingly for example in Spain church attendance is at 17%. In England Catholic church attendance has fallen to 18%. But the belief in God is still high. There is hope and like many Catholics I am waiting for the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart which I believe will come very soon.

    God bless all here.

    Anthony

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    • charliej373 says:

      Anthony, I did not make anything up. I quoted a credible survey showing belief collapsing in Europe. I don’t remember which one right now, but serious polls have been fairly consistent. This one from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago shows Great Britain at 37%. Here is a fuller chart on the extremes. I would not give you either falsely negative nor optimistic news on that front. Which credible surveys are you basing your more optimistic estimates on?

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    • janet says:

      65%? Wow that does surprise me Anthony.

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      • marie late to the table says:

        It surprises me too, Janet.
        Anthony, have you ever been to Scandinavia? I live in Denmark, where over 90% of the (ethnic Danish) population are baptised Christians (Lutheran Protestants), yet I would estimate that less than 10% actually believe in God 😦 I concede that this is not based on any credible survey, just my experience of having lived here for 20 years. I would be happy to be corrected on this.

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  31. SanSan says:

    Great sermon. Clear and concise.
    http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/2828-sunday-sermon-a-threat-to-the-catholic-church

    Please listen and share with souls you care about (which should be everyone).

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