Vox Populi

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(Many people have asked my opinion on the recent Cardinal appointments in the U.S. I choose not to talk about it, for I know that we have entered the sequence that will continue through Restoration to Rescue – and I will not be distracted from that. I say we each must hold to our posts, and I intend to live that. But OneMadMom, an anonymous blogger out of California, put up such an honest, candid and completely faithful post today I reprint it in its entirety here. It is a peculiarly elegant  primal cry of anguish.-CJ)


The Wolves are Cozy on the Couch

This has been an awful week for the Catholic Church, hands down.  Can’t say I didn’t see it coming, but the trifecta of bad cardinal appointments stings like hell (and I mean that literally).  I was hoping the devastation would be offset by a Cardinal Chaput appointment, but my hopes were dashed.  The liberals won this battle, pure and simple.  So what are we to do?  What is happening with the Pope?  Why is this happening?  Etc., etc., etc.  These are just some of the questions my poor readers are asking. Sorry this post is going to stray far from the sarcastic norm.

Those of you who read the blog regularly have probably noticed that I don’t criticize the Holy Father.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I have questions and thoughts in my head that I don’t convey.  Why don’t I relay them?  Because what good would it do? It would simply  give comfort to the enemy.  He certainly is the Pope.  Anyone who believes a less than stellar pope is not THE Pope doesn’t know history all that well.  We’ve had some pretty awful ones, and we’ve also had great ones who have made less-than-desirable moves.  I mean, who was it again that elevated Cardinal Mahoney?  If that wasn’t an epic mistake, I’m not sure what was. Yet that pope was the guy whose right hand man was Pope Benedict.  Heck, he’s canonized! Everyone has a bad day.  I hope that’s what’s going on here with Pope Francis.

So, what is the girl who sits on her hands and avoids all attempts to criticize the Pope going to say?  Well, first of all, I feel your pain and I’ll try to be a voice for you.  Yes, these were bad appointments that are going to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the Faith – namely Fr. James Martin, SJ, (I don’t know why the author refers to Fr. Martin as an enemy. I do not know him and have no gripe with him -CJ) and his cohorts in crime.  There’s no way to spin it.  However, it’s one battle.  It ain’t the war, and we already know the outcome of that.  It’s just a matter of how bad things will be until we get to that outcome.

So what about Pope Francis?  I’m hardly Rocco Palmo, but my GUESS is that this is what you get when you have a cardinal from Argentina elevated to the papacy.  He was so far removed from the politics of Rome that he doesn’t know who the enemy really is. He has, frankly, Argentinian notions about the rest of the world, and I think he’s actually seen that some of these notions weren’t quite what he thought.  He was insulated there and he’s insulated now. He has no clue and simply trusts those that appear to be friendly really are.  Heck, I’ve seen that happen to great bishops right here in America.  It’s amazing how well the dissidents can gain confidence when they adjust those halos.  However, the faithful bishops and cardinals had better figure out a way to clue him in that he is being handled, or the Church that my kids have to live in is going to tank for the foreseeable future.

One thing I notice here in the States is that we have this really weird view of collegiality.  Rarely do faithful bishops or cardinals take on a bishop who is undermining doctrine and morality. They’ll all get together on topics where they feel they can win in society, but not on the issues that affect all of us.  Or, at least, this is the view from the pew.  I mean, if the good guys really care about the laity, why don’t they something???  I mean, if my husband saw his brother abusing his family, he certainly wouldn’t sit there and say, “Not my problem!”  His brother’s family would also his family, even if he isn’t the head of their household.  My husband would also lend a brother a hand if they were in crisis and needed back up when they were in the right.  Unfortunately, I don’t really remember the bishops around the United States rallying around Archbishop Cordileone when he rightly wanted to hold his teachers to Catholic standards.  A rally cry instead should have gone up from all the faithful bishops that he was quite right to try to protect the students of the Catholic schools.

Heck, from my point of view, it seems as if the bishops living 20 minutes from each other don’t even consult together.  SOMEBODY, please call for a national summit of faithful bishops, because the laity is dying here!  I mean DYING!  Where the laity is concerned, giving Cupich a red hat doesn’t just affect the people of his diocese.  It affects us all!  The liberal priests, bishops, and cardinals are what they are.  We need the more-than-a -few good men to help us out here.  Why is it the liberals can band together but you guys cannot? It’s almost like watching the Republican party flail around these days.  Meanwhile, over in National catholic Reporter land, they have no qualms about forming an army to put down one faithful priest, bishop, or cardinal at a time.  Then there’s the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good.  Anyone catch Wikileaks this week?  Yes, our conspiracy theories have been validated.

In all seriousness, I would like to see the guys who love their flocks, the Church, the lost, AND my children all get on a plane and knock on Pope Francis’ door and give him the real score.  There is strength in numbers, and this isn’t just a saying.  You can’t let Cardinal Burke do all the talking and be relegated to Malta for the unforeseeable future. When one of you does something necessary to preserve the Faith in one area, you should all be publicizing it in your own dioceses.  Back each other up! More importantly, unite for the sake of MY children.

Sometimes I feel like we faithful are an afterthought to many of you. That might be unfair but I guarantee that’s how many of us feel. You need to stop worrying about your job, and I’m not saying that in the “That’s all you care about way!”  I know that you want to stay with your flock to affect the most positive of outcomes, but it’s not working. You are essentially being extorted because you’re trying to do it all by yourself.  Cupich and club are undermining you at every turn, and you guys are still plodding on and keeping your noses to the grindstones.  I get the intention, but I think you all need to start being as “sly as the serpent and as gentle as doves” in a little more proactive way.

Your eminences and excellencies, just stop for a moment and pretend you are a father with children (because you are). If another parent or your child’s teacher is telling your child that homosexuality is just another lifestyle choice or that sex outside of marriage was fine, or that it would be just fine for your child to get an abortion because “their circumstance” warranted it, what would you do???????  Would you simply say, “Well, what can I do?” or would you give them a stern talking to about influencing your child to commit spiritual suicide?  I know you don’t have biological children, but darn it, we are supposed to be your spiritual children, yet you are letting the wolves come in and gnaw on us.  You’re reaching out to the lambs already taken from the flock, and I wouldn’t want you to stop, but what about the rest of us? Think long and hard because that’s what’s happening to your flock.  Nobody wants to feel bad about their sin, so they will cling to anyone telling them that they are just peachy.  As a parent, I’m not going to let that happen.  We’re going to fight as a family to keep that from happening.

I get that the bishops are “leaving the ninety-nine to go after the one”, but in our present scenario, when you go after the one, a bunch more are lost.  We’re hemorrhaging the salvation of our young.  There’s no longer just one straying because the shepherds aren’t closing the gate when they go after the one and the wolves are getting in.  It’s a reality that those of us “real world” parents are experiencing.  We’re killing ourselves to make sure all the good you do isn’t undone, but we feel like we can’t get our spiritual fathers to support us because they’re busy with the other children.  You need to find balance like all parents.

Again, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go after those that are straying.  When kids stray in a family, mom and dad have to go after them relentlessly, but at the same time, they need to make sure that no more stray by presenting a mixed message.  The worst thing a parent can do is cave to emotional blackmail.  If I love my child, they are going to know it, but they are also going to know the truth and they will know that I have nothing but their immortal soul in mind.  You can be both firm and loving.  I’m not sure if this is a point lost on those with no biological children, but it needs to be understood.  Saying “No!” can often be the most loving thing you can say, and no, the wandering will not always like it.  So?  We just keep reaching out to them.

I once had a priest curtly ask me, “With all due respect, who are you?!” when I was expressing my concerns about the Pope’s in-flight interviews and the dissenting clergy exploiting them.  My answer?  “Who am I?  I’m a girl who’s concerned about the Pope’s in-flight interviews and the dissenting clergy expounding on them!”  Is that wrong??? Are we simply to keep smiling?  Can I not be concerned? Are we supposed to be in denial about how such things are being used?  I don’t claim to be anything special, but I’m betting I’m echoing the concerns of a good chunk of the laity.  I’m not going into schism and disobedience. I’m just terrified, and I want our fathers to know how terrified we are for our families. I’m not urging the bishops to go rogue.  I’m urging them to be strategic.  We really are in a war.

So, what is the laity to do?  Pray, fast, beg our bishops to fight for their children, and prepare for the next battle.  In other words, carry on.

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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822 Responses to Vox Populi

  1. Robert Cunningham says:

    Charlie

    Nice title of the post: Vox Populi. It calls to mind Dr Mark Miravalle and the Marian dimensions that he has championed for years http://www.fifthmariandogma.com.

    OneMadMom

    I share your frustration and your concern. Cupich was a shocking choice. Farrell is not a bad choice (I’m from north of Dallas). There is an old spiritual axiom that says, you grow where you are planted. It is tangibly related to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. You cannot affect the appointment of Cardinals but you can give a cup of water (spiritual) to those around you in need. That is what God is asking you to do and truthfully that is a far bigger thing in the spiritual life anyway. If you are concerned (as I am), offer a Rosary, form a prayer group at your parish, wake up at 3:00 am now and then and offer a Chaplet of Divine Mercy (yes, I have kids and a job too). Sacrifice, do not count the cost, do not expect praise or reward, be a servant to all – in fact be a nothing for the glory of God. What joy!

    A few years ago, a small group of friends and I started a Men’s Prayer conference at our parish. We work with the priest but it is entirely us. We organize, we meet, we plan, we choose speakers from the parish, we choose the themes. The priest supports us but we do it all. Tomorrow is our seventh conference and it will likely surpass 250 men. Please prayer that God’s will be done tomorrow. There are many thirsty souls out there . . .

    Robert

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    • charliej373 says:

      Praying for you, Robert. Sad we did not get a chance to get together while I was in Texas.

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    • Beckita says:

      Continuing to pray for the conference, Robert. May the Holy Spirit shower great blessings upon all of you.

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    • Thanks for all you do, Robert. I find one common assumption that people make is that you cannot pray and act in concert. I know many fine people who are hardworking, Catholic activists who are also very contemplative. We are all called to different things but those that work better also be praying and for some, prayer is their work. I will say that to think we cannot influence the Church with our work is incorrect. Even though I never planned on my blog being anything (seriously, I thought my husband might read it on occasion), I have been able to help and I’ve been lucky in my previous endeavors to be to influence some amazing appointments. God can even use a silly fool like me. We can’t get trapped into thinking we can do nothing. We can pray, we can pray and work and we can be sly as the serpent. My favorite St. Teresa quote is “Pray like everything depends on God and work like everything depends on you.”

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      • charliej373 says:

        I often say at presentations that we should not neglect formal prayer, but that the most neglected form of prayer in modern times is the prayer of doing. We are called to, “Go forth!”

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      • gospamir81 says:

        St. Francis de Sales was well known for preaching about gaining holiness in our daily lives. “Holiness is found in a path opened to us in our daily lives, the duties of our daily lives are offered to us with unequal attractiveness.”

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    • Barb421 says:

      prayers for your intentions Robert, I often say a divine mercy chaplet if I wake at or near 3 am

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Praying for you and all involved in the conference, Robert. May God bless all of you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Robert, great work! I will pray for you all. Bless you. ❤

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        Thank you all for your prayers. The conference was excellent! Our theme was prayer. I was the first speaker and spoke about prayer and the Holy Spirit. We ended with adoration. Praise God!

        Robert

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        • leel004 says:

          Robert, did you have a Fr. Alar at your conference? I was youtube serving and came across a men’s Catholic Conference thaat was DYN O MITE!!!! And one of the speakers was the priest i mentioned. JUST what is needed ….men talking to men about being Catholic men!!!!
          Pls give details on the next conference…thanks a bunch. Aloha and God bless

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Hi Leeloo4

            That was not us. We don’t tape the talks as some of the men offer very personal things. So, what it said there, stays there. That is always the case except for my talk as mine was meant to prime the pump for the others. If you want to see that I’ll send it.

            St Mark is in Argyle, TX, near Denton. There are a few other Catholic parishes in the area and many of us know each other after meeting at these conferences over the years. We also have our next men’s retreat coming up in November. These are retreats of about 80 men together for 4 days. . . There has been much good fruit from these.

            Robert

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          • charliej373 says:

            I heard Robert speak last year in Dallas. He is every bit as faithful and focused in person as he is here.

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          • leel004 says:

            Robert, that would be nice. I can think of a few men on the mainland who would benefit from men support. And who knows maybe God will send hubby over there the next time you’al have another one!

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Leeloo4

            Here’s my talk. I called it “The River and Prayer”

            In IC XC

            Robert

            My friends and I would like to speak with you this morning about prayer. What is prayer? That’s a big question. It’s so big in fact that the Catechism dedicates one of its four main sections to the subject. (Keep the number four in the back of your mind for a moment.) St. Nilus in the 5th century says that, “prayer is the ascent of the mind towards God” (On Prayer). St. John of Damascus in the 8th century says that, “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God” (Defide orth. 3,24:PG 94,1089C). St. Therese the Little Flower in the 19th century says that, “. . . prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven . . .” (The Story of a Soul p. 173). I chose those three saints from different times in the life of the Church to show that prayer is timeless, always fresh and in many ways it is mysterious.

            Today you will hear three men speak about prayer and what it means to them. You will then experience our Lord himself in prayer in adoration. So in essence, we will have four speakers. For my small part, I would like to offer a few thoughts on the Holy Spirit and prayer to prime the pump and start us off because as St. Paul says, “we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Rom. 8:26).

            The Holy Spirit manifests himself in four main ways in the Bible: a dove, wind (or breath), fire and water. For now, I just want to focus on water because each of those is a whole subject on its own. In the opening words of the scriptures we read that the “Spirit of God hovered over the waters” (Gen 1:2). We also see in Genesis see that, “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden” (Gen 2:10) and branched into four rivers: the Pishon, the Gihon, the Tigris and the Euphrates. We don’t see these same rivers again until the 24th chapter of Sirach, but now the rivers have new associations with them that resemble gifts of the Holy Spirit: Pishon – wisdom, Gihon – vintage time, Tigris – new fruits, Euphrates – understanding. Then God said, “I will water my plants, my flower bed I will drench; and suddenly this rivulet of mine became a river, then this stream of mine, a sea” (Sir 24:28). You are the plants. You are the flower beds. The Holy Spirit is the water and he is praying in you.

            In the 47th chapter of Ezekiel we see the angel tell the prophet to look at the water flowing from the Eastern Gate of the Temple, also known as the Mercy Gate. At first, it is a trickle and he is asked to wade into the water. It then becomes deeper and he is now up to his ankles and then it is up to his knees. Then, “the water had risen so high it had become a river that could not be crossed except by swimming” (Ez 47:5). These four levels of water become deeper and deeper. Jesus says, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’ He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive” (Jn 7:37-39). These rivers now flow through the four Gospels giving life to all who believe. They flow through time to all of the children of God and in the end become one river again even as scripture says, “Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations” (Rev. 22:2). You and I are those trees and the Holy Spirit pouring through us (and praying in us) produces good fruit, 30, 60, 100 fold. Even the leaves have a healing effect on the world. This Divine Water at times gives peace flowing like a river in the soul and at other times it seems to rise so fast that it overflows the banks and even surfaces in tears. Some of you feel that even now as I am speaking to you.

            St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day we celebrate today, describes the following four levels of prayer and uses water (or tears) given by the Holy Spirit, as an analogy where the soul is the garden:

            1. The soul must go to the well and draw out the water with a bucket to water the garden. This takes work at first and can be arduous.

            2. The soul then is given a pulley and the water is drawn with less work and the garden is watered more easily.

            3. Next the soul is given irrigation. The soul opens the waterway and the entire garden is watered with less work still by the soul.

            4. In the final stage the rains come and the garden is watered. The soul simply receives the goodness of God.

            Jesus said, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me”. You know if you don’t drink water all day, you would be very thirsty. After three days of no water you might even be dead. Prayer in the spiritual life is like that. If you don’t pray every day, you will be very thirsty and if you don’t pray for a long time, your spirit begins to die. I’m sure that you all of you pray but I would say – pray more. God gives those who seek him a strong thirst for this water. You would not be here today if it that were not the case. Are you thirsty for this water? . . . Stay thirsty my friends . . .

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  2. moreen67 says:

    I thought this commentary is good too plus I love the video…..http://blog.adw.org/2016/10/eight-stages-rise-fall-civilizations/

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  3. Richard Weissflog says:

    Thanks for this article, Charlie. I’ve passed it on to many on my email list.

    If you watched EWTNs ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ documentary, the vision and tactics of Saul Alinsky are glaringly evident in what is going on today within the Clinton campaign as well as the strategy they have employed to infiltrate the Catholic Church and confuse/divide both her religious and laity!

    Re the American Bishops: I think Michael Voris is usually way over the top in his criticism of them; but found this segment very thought provoking.

    http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-election-update?mc_cid=98d53d7114&mc_eid=d7785fc452

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    • charliej373 says:

      I met Voris while I was in Texas. While I, too, generally do not care for his overly combative style, this piece was strikingly solid and measured.

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      • SanSan says:

        Michael Voris has worked for the glory of the Lord and His church. Michael battled back the demons of his destructive personal life beginning at the death bed of his devoted mother. Michael Voris loves our Lord, Our Blessed Mothers and everything that is Catholic. His work is to keep Christ’s church pure, as he tries to do same with himself and his crew. I believe that the Lord is using Michael and his Church Militant team to purge our Holy Mother Church of heretics and apostasy. His heart is “all in”. He has assembled some wonderful souls for Christ. Christine Niles, Brad Eli, and Simon Rafe among a host of other devout Catholics. I have been honored to spend time with this wonderful group of people.

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    • Doug says:

      Good watch. It really shows how contemptuous the progressive left is towards us.

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  4. Jay G says:

    Thank you for expressing my sentiments and I would hope those of millions of other Catholics! Two of your quotes hit a sweet spot that even major league hitters would envy! “If my husband saw his brother abusing his family…” it would be wrong for him to be silent to his brother’s sin! Thanks for calling all of us out! And it’s not just other bishops but also we, your fellow laity. And that comes around to your second observation, and I assume this was a conversation with your parish priest when he asked, “with all due respect,who are you?” Your answer was great! And it should be our collective answer. We are the laity who say those extra prayers either before or after mass, who love our children and our grandchildren, and who support the priesthood, the Holy Father—indeed the entire magisterium! So rather than question us for questioning, give our concerns voice in your meetings. Now let’s ‘gird our loins, take the next right step, and be that sign of hope’ that Charlie has called us to be in these times!

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  5. Littlelight says:

    Today I happened to read this, from my kid’s Kolbe Academy curriculum. What flashed in neon blinkies at me was this portion: ” …God promises that when she turns away from her sinfulness and idolatry and repents with a contrite heart: I will betroth you to me forever;…”

    Neon blinkies on the words: “God promises,” “contrite heart” and “betroth you to me forever”

    Also, the pitied part made me want to cry.

    It seemed relevant to this discussion because all the people of goodwill—- we the laity, as One Mad Mom wrote, together with our dear church leadership—-are deeply longing for this rescue. It seems as if all sides, all the people of goodwill, are paralyzed, and our best attempts are not only futile but also twisted in the worst possible way, while the satan’s work seems to unfold effortlessly. It’s as Charlie says: only God can do it.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us of goodwill could put on sackclothes and ashes in reference to the above? I have zero hope this could happen in any kind of widespread, organized, official effort. I have even less hope, that despite my own longing, me/mine would be part of it, cause I know how weak I am. Nonetheless, in the spirit of “loaves & fishes,” I’m throwing it out there for serious discussion. We all know God is one man who never, ever, ever breaks His promises.

    Here’s the whole excerpt from the copyrighted Kolbe source above. They are using the Ignatius Press 1966 standard revised bible:

    “How does the imagery in the book of the Prophet Osee (Hosea) portray Israel’s faithlessness to God?….Is the message of the Prophet Osee one of rejection and doom? Why or why not?”

    “….Israel was unfaithful to God, while God remained faithful to His promises. The imagery is fitting because Israel continually fell into idolatry and other grievous sins, despite God’s continuing protection and mercy on Israel whenever she turns away from her sinfulness and idolatry and repents with a contrite heart, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness and injustice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord…And I will have pity on ‘Not Pitied’, and I will say to ‘Not My People’, ‘You are my People’; and he shall say, ‘Thou art my God.'” Hosea 2:19-20, 23b

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    • Littlelight says:

      Duh-me, I forgot to type Kolbe’s analysis about God letting Israel stew in the desert as merciful, a cure for the cancer, so-to-speak. Also the answer to the question was, no God was showing His tender mercy. It loses it punch with those parts omitted.

      I can see a correlation here between Osee saying God’s leading them into the desert and in our present day with Charlie saying God is removing His protection to allow the storm that we all have wrought. Also a correlation with the Rescue and God’s merciful love.

      I know many of Charlie’s readers are very familiar with this, but maybe there are some out there who are not as familiar with all this like me, who can find some comfort here, like I did 🙂

      Here’s the whole bit with the missing parts again, sorry about that:

      Paper topic Question:
      “How does the imagery in the book of the Prophet Osee (Hosea) portray Israel’s faithlessness to God?….Is the message of the Prophet Osee one of rejection and doom? Why or why not?”

      “Historical examples will vary, but should demonstrate how Israel was unfaithful to God, while God remained faithful to His promises.”

      “The imagery is fitting because Israel continually fell into idolatry and other grievous sins, despite God’s continuing protection and mercy on Israel whenever she turns away from her sinfulness and idolatry and repents with a contrite heart.”

      “It is not a message of doom and destruction, but rather a message of God’s tender love and mercy.”

      “He says He will lead her to the desert in order to cleanse her of her sinful desires and attractions. God promises that when she turns away from her sinfulness and and repents with a contrite heart, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness and injustice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord…And I will have pity on ‘Not Pitied’, and I will say to ‘Not My People’, ‘You are my People’; and he shall say, ‘Thou art my God.’” Hosea 2:19-20, 23b

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  6. caroline bordas says:

    couldn’t agree with her more

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  7. kat3116 says:

    Praying for her Lance so she may find a caregiver who is as compassionate as you are in her new facility. Prayers for you for all you do to make each day special for your residents. You are a blessing to them!

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  8. I am trying to make sense out of what Pope Francis is doing. Like the author here, I have gone out of my way to not get involved with harsh criticism of the Pope with respect to his heart or implying some sort of heretical intent. I’m not about to start that now. I think he means well, and is simply wrong in some of the things he does.

    My view on it is that he sees the world through a lens of love of the poor and of unity and reconciliation. And who can argue that this is a bad thing? Clearly, that motivation is a good thing. The problem is, different places in the world need different kinds of spiritual care. There are places still requiring an initial evangelization of the Gospel. There are many, many places on earth where the first – and nearly only – consideration is to care for the poor and trumpet their cause. There are attempts to heal schism in the greater Church – a noble goal, but can also lead to some questionable compromises. In the West, we grew up in the faith, spread it to the world, and then gave it away. Re-evangelization of a culture that already knows what they gave up and has willingly traded it for the hopeless is far more difficult than the evangelization of a culture that is looking for hope.

    I believe Pope Francis has a great strength in being Pope for the materially poor and bankrupt, and has a great strength in bringing the joy of the Gospel to those who are hearing it for the first time. But I think he tosses that blanket over the globe, including the West. I think he has an inability to think that what one place needs might be entirely different than what another place needs. I don’t think he understands the mindset of the West. I think he is still looking for the Big Tent of Catholicism where people will feel welcomed and then once they’re in the tent they will grow in love and in time appreciate the doctrinal positions of the Church. And this may well be true of those seeking for that hope. But in the West, this is not the place where we are. This will be viewed in terms of not bringing people in to save them, but shutting up those who think there’s a place for speaking to Church teachings in order to save a culture, and as many people as possible, from the spiritual peril at hand. This will be viewed – rightly or wrongly – as the Pope accommodating not just the sinners, but the sins themselves. From what I see, I just simply don’t think the Pope thinks in these terms, and by extension, can’t hardly believe others would think in those terms.

    I could be wrong.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think this is a good analysis, Diatribe. I know the Pope’s heart is good.

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    • annieannie says:

      We have an intelligent, educated, professional friend who grew up in Mexico City and speaks English as a second language. He’s a wonderful person but every once in awhile, he says something that makes our jaws drop. After we wade through the confusion, we realize that it was mostly a communication/language translation issue. I am not worthy to defend the Pope, but just saying what is our experience with language.

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    • leel004 says:

      SanSan,
      Thanks for posting this one. I just listened to it. I am not convinced as he is on billary win, but agree about ameriKa changing to moral decay. The rapid decline never ceases to force me to catch my breath. Afterall, how many more words will be redefined? And it is ironically about a year ago today that i found this site….or …this site found me. I would get so worried at times about the rottenness of the blatant demise going on. Then in God’ s grace this sight was discovered while i was a bit layed up.
      The moral decay has not changed or slown down, but has accelerated, yet I have seen hope from the community here, and a few on island. The true meaning of faith, hope, and love truely exists here, and in those little steps of Charlie.’s are the bridge that will be the beginnings of rebuilding.
      Before coming here tonight, i came across this article about Blessed Sr. Elena Aiello.
      http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2011/09/blessed-elena-aiello-mystic-stigmatic.html

      When reading it, it had me thinking of Charlie’s ‘angels😇’….acknowlege God, do the next right thing, and be a sign of hope😇…cuz we gonna get chastised big time. There are so SO many similarities, but there was a point in there that ties in with Charlie stating he was praying for the storm to be in full BEFORE the end of Year of Mercy. The article makes the point of a thread being broken and instantly we feel His JUSTICE. It seems God’s Justice would be softened in the Year of Mercy, but we are so undeserving, that the wrath would be appropriate the following day of ending of this grace filled year..but i digress.
      Pope Benadict said the Church will become smaller in size, but holier due to martyrdom.
      May we be like St. Lawrence and have God’s grace to humorously say..flip me over , this side is roasted ” as he was burned at the stake. And may we have the love of God in our heart like the newest Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio, when he was tortured in Mexico because he would NOT renounce Christ…Viva Christo Rey!
      God bless to all, aloha

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  9. Pam says:

    My husband showed me a bumper sticker the other day. I think this person was just as weary as we all are of all that is happening. It said:

    GIANT METEOR
    2016
    Just end it all!

    God help us all!

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  10. George says:

    It’s strange but all of this mounting confusion has in a way really put me ease… because I know my deliverance is at hand. For my children! For my grandchildren! Do with me what You will. Fiat, Lord. Fiat.

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  11. moreen67 says:

    Breaking News flash in my e-mail: CIA is prepping for a possible cyber attack against Russia……why do we know? Isn’t it supposed to be a covert operation? Strange times.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I also found it bizarre that such a move would be announced. But this administration has a history of talking tough (red lines) and when it doesn’t work backing off. We are a long way from Teddy Roosevelt’s dictum to “walk softly but carry a big stick.”

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      • moreen67 says:

        I think to go and “get back” at Russia isn’t very smart….cyber attacks are more than just about embarrassing people or revealing e-mails. If it gets nasty it could mean attacking the computer systems that control our electrical grid (which is very vulnerable), nuclear reactors, etc. the list goes on and on. So I hope you are right it’s hot air from B.O. (and that stinks – sorry I couldn’t help myself – I need prayers for sure – I’m a mess!) Mo Ski

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        • Doug says:

          All these Internet black outs and conservative sites going down could be the practice run to black us out when left executes their plan if Trump gets too close to being elected (now I sound like a conspiracy theory cynic. I don’t usually go there.).

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          • charliej373 says:

            What was yesterday’s fever swamp stuff is today’s reality. The Clinton camp’s anti-Catholic emails and efforts to create subversive organizations was worse than what I thought it would be. Yesterday, I thought the same thing – that these are trial runs. If I am shut down, the Jericho March begins.

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          • Doug says:

            I’m with you!

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          • Justin says:

            Wow. Correct me if I am on the wrong track. You were instructed to do this, and you have been given the freedom to speak about this, therefore one of the triggers you spoke about has a high likelihood of happening before or after Obama is removed from office. Is this a sign to look for if it happens before he ends his term early?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I must interpret the activating sign. When I start walking, that will be a sign to you. Then watch what happens.

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          • I had to laugh: “Obama administration announces clandestine cyberattack on Russia.” Reminds me how he announced we’d be attacking oil trucks driven by ISIS in Iraq. Wonder what game the Dems are playing here…the goal isn’t to hurt Russia but to set things up to achieve some political advantage. Whatever!

            Charlie, if you’re walk begins from your home in Denver, would you like me to map out possible routes that hit as many churches and Marian shrines as possible? Or would that not be good use of time as there are too many variables?

            Second question: would you like me to come along? I had a distinct thought about a month before you mentioned this walk that there was a real possibility I might be “directed” to go in another direction…and the quirky thought of “heading East” came to my mind. Quirky because all my plans this past year have been hunkering down in the nearby Custer refuge and that I didn’t want to be wandering around during the chaos. But then came your message about the Jericho march a few weeks later….

            I know – only I can discern what to do…I sure do love hiking and going on adventures like Bilbo Baggins. Plus it might be useful to have an armed nurse tagging along…even though he might talk your ear off with his incessant chatter…..😲

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          • charliej373 says:

            We will all march alone, but in unison. We can join up with those we meet on our way – and then God will have deployed His troops as He sees fits. But we will all be connected.

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          • That’s beautiful.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Patrick, I love the promptings we are being given. I had a busy day Saturday and took a much needed rest before my DH came home from work. Twice he tried to let me know he was home by softly nudging me. I felt his touch both times which seems to come from a direction that was impossible due to another large piece of furniture occupying that space. I told him that I felt his touch both times and remember thinking how nice it was that he was home, but that I was not ready to be awake, both times. Yesterday he told me the second time he tried to wake me, I said something. I experienced his touch and seemed somewhat lucid at the time. I did not hear myself speak. He told me that I said the Mayflower is coming. In my curiosity I tried to make sense of the possible meaning behind something I was unaware of saying. I do not even recall dreaming at all. Ok, Mayflower, huh? A ship of immigrants? We are on the verge of the discovery of a New America? Today while contemplating it, I thought maybe it was The May Flower is coming, Our Lady? I still am unsure, and now that I have written it, it could very well be all three, or even none as far as I know!! 🙂

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          • If it goes down in the next week or two, I can’t join you on the Jericho March. I learned the hard way that a 48 year old man trying to outrun a teenager on a football field does not end well for the older man’s hamstring.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hey, I’m 60. You wanna know about aches and pains, I’ll show you aches and pains!

            Personally, I hope it holds off until after my next series of visits, because there is some family involved there.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Praying for you, Mo! 🕯💕

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            Charlie,
            How do we know if we are to join you on the Jericho March if there’s no communication? Also, I only live 15 minutes north of I 70 in eastern Missouri, plus have family and friends close to I 64 if you need resting stop. Is there a way we would know?

            And, I’m wondering if t his walk might have something to do with the account that gave you chills (correct word?) about walking into someplace that meant certain death? I don’t expect you to answer this. God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, Monica, I told you what I would be doing in that event so you would know – and not be in the dark. But I never intended to tell anyone what they should do under those circumstances. You have to discern for yourself what you are called to. For most, it will be to attend to family and friends.

            It is the event I was speaking obliquely of earlier – but I said it would be to, from all human calculations, to be walking to certain death. I do not expect that to happen. But I am willing if that is the way God intends to spark the Restoration. Intellectually, I consider that a remote possibility. Emotionally, it scared me when it was given to me.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I don’t know how many people will be praying for you when you start your Jericho March, but I know my mother and I will be two of them. Include your other friends in my village, everyone on the TNRS Answers team, and just about everyone here in this community you have built, and it gets to be quite a considerable number. Strange as I find it to say this, I know you will literally be walking with God for the entire way. Whatever the endpoint of your March turns out to be, it will be the right endpoint. God, and you, and all those who will be praying for you will “Make it so.”

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Steve. Well said!

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament OCDS says:

            Well, I’m generally pretty dense, but one scenario of certain earthly human death occurred to me when you mentioned the Jericho March’ s destination, coupled with a more expanded scope of your mission in regards to the Regency as well as recalling your son’s comment. :/ A Jericho March also makes “sense” ( not that any additional sense or reason was needed) out of your pilgrimage across the country, learning at a leisurely pace what would be needed in an urgent situation with no time for a learning curve. I was thinking of that while looking out the window on our 12 or so hour drive home from vacation tonight –what would it be like to cross fields at night and then recalling you must have crossed such terrain (probably not at night although the full moon tonight illuminated much), and how did you ever learn to do it?

            It is for certain that your assertion of a steep rise in chaos and confusion has come to pass in amazing ways. The division, too, amongst people of good will is serious and disturbing. And, with the Wikileaks, what has been hidden is literally being laid bare. Purely secular sites are filling with apocalyptic-type concern. So many pieces seem to fall in place.

            I will take your advice to discern, although I would not consider that of my, oh top one thousand, abilities. 😉

            Prayers for you, Charlie. If there is to be a “game time,” we are blessed God prepared you and raises you up. Thank you for accepting.

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          • charliej373 says:

            You’re right – I only walked at night when it was absolutely necessary for some reason – and it happened no more than three or four times the entire journey. I avoided that because I thought that a fellow walking in the middle of nowhere in daytime was strikingly peculiar, but the same at night could be scary – and I did not want to scare anyone.

            We are much more adjustable than we think we are. Within a month and a half, I was pretty adjusted to a dramatically different daily rhythm. I remember, though, one time when I had been walking in the wilderness for near a week, I said something to myself and nearly jumped out of my skin. I had not spoken aloud in days and the sound of my own voice startled me. We will be fine.

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          • Justin says:

            Charlie, from your “Semper Fidelis” post, it sounded like the Jerico March was of your own initiative. Was it really an instruction you received?

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          • Mick says:

            Amen, SteveBC!

            Charlie, you and everybody in the TNRS family are in my family’s prayers.

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      • leel004 says:

        Charlie,
        ‘poor o’le Teddy never had the likes of fearless pelosi telling everone to surrender and sing 🎤KUME BYA m lord🎤

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    • Rick says:

      It is deliberate. As war games with Russia in Syria escalate, we are being programmed collectively to make Russia and Putin the scapegoat for everything, including the elections.

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  12. CKelly says:

    Peter denied Christ publicly ~~ he and all but one ran off. Every priest and ESPECIALLY the pope are the visible representative of Christ. Trust the Holy Spirit.

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  13. Snowy Owl says:

    This is good..it’s funny when I read things lately, it’s like everyone reads what you write Charlie. Reading this sounds like what we talk about here.
    Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love
    October 02, 2016
    Unprecedented and challenging election ahead
    by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
    With the general election coming up in just a few weeks, people are pondering and praying over their choices. Although candidates are also running for state and local offices, the presidential election this year is unprecedented and most challenging. Both candidates for president are seen as having such serious flaws as to lead some people to wonder if they can vote for either candidate of the two major parties or if they should skip voting in this year’s election. In the end, people must follow their consciences, but they should also take care to form their consciences properly and make informed decisions.
    http://ct.dio.org/bishops-column/message/unprecedented-and-challenging-election-ahead/read.html

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    • JudyM says:

      This has caused quite a stir around here Snowy, since it was published in the State-Journal Register, and most are misinterpreting what he is saying. I was practically mobbed by my Protestant friends at the health club after this came out. They all interpreted it as Bp Paprocki commanding all Catholics not to vote this year. I explained to them what he was saying in my most gentle, persuasive manner. 🙂

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Judy, I am so clueless at times, it’s amazing I’ve lived as long as I have and it’s proof God exists…or that I’m an air-head.I happened across it and it never occurred to me to look at the date on the article nor did it ring any bells. By the time I realized- I had of course already posted it..put my head on the keyboard and laughed. In a week I’ll probably post it again…lol. 😉
        I think a few souls should be released for this one-no?
        BING!

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  14. aprolifer says:

    THANK YOU, OneMadMom. From another mad mom who feels the same way, and has for a long, long time. Your analysis is spot on, and I just wish there were a way to make all the bishops read it! Now if only there were a way to make all the people who say “Yay, Francis! Finally, gay marriage and living with my boyfriend after a civil divorce (that’s my son’s ex-wife) are OK!” and the people who say “Sede vacante!” read it too.

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  15. Linda says:

    Charlie this has got nothing to do with anything. ..but Mike & I are watching the Indians TRYING to win ALS and we were talking about you and Mike wants to know if you’re all better yet… me too.. we sure do love you and you are a household name around here..God bless our Charlie.. you are always near and dear to our hearts😙

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  16. Christene says:

    I’m sorry, I must be missing something. I read her lament and it just left me irritated. Maybe because it is version 12,463 of the SAME conversation that I have been listening to since I entered the Church in 1994.

    I get it. The Church doesn’t meet all of our lofty expectations or our strident specifications. She doesn’t scratch our endless list of itches. So what. Get over it. I can’t not find a single paragraph in the Catechism that says God needs our approval for how He runs HIS Church or that he requires the Pope to get the laity’s stamp of approval for every decision he makes.

    I have a family member, (mother) who is blessed beyond all earthly measure. And earthly measure only. Beautiful home, not a money worry in the world, beautiful family……..the world at her fingertips. And all she does is COMPLAIN!! Her house is never quite right…….”oh, I just HATE the countertops!” Her kids never quite live up to her expectations, “well, being a nurse is good……but a nurse anesthetist! Now THAT would be something!” Her neighbors are never quite high enough on the social ladder to hang around with. You get the picture. After about five minutes with her, I want to go running out of the house like my hair is on fire.

    I feel the same way about this conversation. We are supposedly the ones who “get it” . Oh, we will wax eloquently about the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist, the Communion of Saints, the power of the Mass, yada, yada, yada. But then we sit around and do THIS!! Where is the JOY and the GRATITUDE for what our Lord has poured into the Church……which is basically EVERYTHING he has to give!!!

    You want to know why the Church isn’t lighting the world in fire?? Maybe it’s because the world wants to run out of her house like ITS hair is in fire.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Christene, she was respectful rather than caustic – and made ample room for the possibility of error or that she didn’t see far enough. She has been a staunch supporter of Pope Francis and so she remains. I do not allow schismatic advocacy here…and readers know I have been death on it. But I also do not suppress honest, respectful criticism. Toxic attacks on the legitimacy of the Pope and hierarchy lead to schism, and I won’t have it. Suppressing honest and respectful criticism leads to things like the horrible scandals that hit hard as the millennium turned.

      If you want a place where the Pope and hierarchy are bitterly attacked, this site is not for you. If you want a place where candid, but respectful, discourse is suppressed and the laity are not entitled to have any opinion on these matters, then this also is not a place for you.

      You are very faithful and solid – and I appreciate that. But I will not make this site a haven for either extreme, regardless of how much it annoys people who wish it were.

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      • Christene says:

        Charlie, I am truly sorry, but it hit a nerve. I did not imply in any way, shape, or form that she in any way was attacking the Pope or anyone else. She wasn’t. But maybe that’s the problem. I just can not for the life of me this understand this constant drumbeat of worry, angst, and handwringing that comes from the those of us who should have the most confidence in the Church. I don’t understand how constantly second guessing the decisions of the Pope, or the Cardinals, or the Bishops, or your parish priest helps the Church. I find the constant nitpicking pointless. Like I said, I have been listening to this conversation since I entered the Church. I find it wearing because I don’t see it getting us anywhere productive. But that’s just me.
        I love you Charlie. I love this blog. I think you do a stellar job. I love the people here. And maybe because I am homebound and I do WAYYYY too much reading I have allowed myself to get completely overwhelmed. I don’t know. I’m sorry if I offended. It was not my intention. But I said what I said and it is what it is. I’m tired and I’m cranky. Peace to all here. You are all in my prayers. I’m going to take a break and have a little one on one with St. Jerome. He’s my go to guy when I get like this. I’m sure no one here wonders why. Again, I’m sorry. Please forgive me and PLEASE offer up a prayer for me. I’m in desperate need of them.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Sorry, Christene, that I came off harsher than I meant to. Some left here a while ago accusing me of being an apologist for the Pope and hierarchy because of my steadfast (and admittedly sometimes fierce) defense of the Pope and hierarchy’s lawful authority over faith and morals. Then when I voice any criticism on anything – or allow it – some attack me in notes as a disobedient heretic. I get weary of both, as I have laid down pretty clear lines of what is and is not acceptable.

          I appreciate your frustration, too, though. Last year, when the Commission’s investigation of me was going on here, one question asked was if I would cease to speak publicly about the faith if I was so directed. I hesitated. Every baptized Catholic has the positive right to speak publicly about the faith, subject to his Bishop’s authority against error and his absolute authority on matters of private revelation. In the week or two after that, I saw much “anti-Pope” and really ugly criticism that I was utterly appalled. I decided that I would exceed my duty in the matter if so directed, and would not speak directly about the faith at all if that was my Archbishop’s pleasure. I contacted the commission and let them know that and why. If such an order came, I would offer it up as penance for the horrible, howling disobedience that was rising throughout the world.

          You are one of our most valued commenters. So perhaps we can agree to just be cranky together today – and move on tomorrow. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Hear, hear Charlie and Christine!

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          • Christene says:

            Oh, Charlie, I should know better than to fire off a comment when I am worked up like I was this morning. I’M so sorry!! I don’t even know how to explain how I am feeling……..the only thing that comes to mind is that scene from the Return of the King when Pippin and Gandalf standing on the balcony, staring at the smoke and fire from Mordor;
            Pippin: It’s so quiet
            Gandalf: it’s the deep breath before the plunge
            Pippin: I don’t want to be in a battle. But waiting on the edge of one I can’t escape is even worse.

            Charlie…….you, this blog, ALL of you here…….you are my spiritual family. I love you all. It’s the deep breath before the plunge…….let’s all hold hands and jump together.

            Peace my friend.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Love you too! ❤

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          • Christine, we all have those moments, I think. Pax. We’ll get through this.

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          • Linda says:

            Charlie i dreamt last night of Pope Francis.. he let me rest my head on his heart. .then he even danced with me a little…tender…pure & gentle like a good Father… It wad glorious. .probably just my imagination and sincere love for Hoky Father Francis. .but what a beautiful dream it was😊 Viva La Papa or is it Viva Le Papa..I always forget

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          • drea312 says:

            It’s a full moon today! It’s been said we tend to be crankier and a bit more “looney” around this time. Some with chronic illnesses may also feel worse than usual. They say it’s due to a slight change in the gravitational pull; others say it’s a time when parasites breed and lay more eggs in our body, and so we’re not quite ourselves….whatever the reason and whether it’s true or not, it’s so easy to get frustrated watching how this world keeps sinking deeper into the abyss. BUT we know how the story ends. 💪🏼 He won! He wins! He will always win! 🙏🏻 There is a Light in this darkness! We are a family in Christ shining through with our united flames. When you lose it and just wanna blow out your flame or someone unexpectedly blows it out for you, I will pass my candle to you and re-ignite your flame as I know you will do the same for me. In the darkness, His Light will shine evermore!

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          • leel004 says:

            Charlies and Christine….not to be a party crasher🤓…but I think there might be MORE of us who would like to ride the KRANKY bandwagon for a day wit’ you👺
            Plllllllllleeeeezzzzzze

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          • charliej373 says:

            All you trusted commenters are free to have an occasional hissy fit! 😉

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          • Mick says:

            Love ya, Christene! 🙂

            Charlie, my family used to have a cat named Hissy Fit; so when I saw what you said, it made me giggle.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Was Hot Mess his litter mate?

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Charlie! I think you’ve just named the next cat that we get! 🙂

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          • Sean Sullivan says:

            If a cat’s name is Hissy fit, then for a dog: “damm it”.

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        • Doug says:

          We love you Christine ((( HUGS ))) !

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        • Beckita says:

          {{{{{{{{United with you in prayer, Christene.}}}}}}}}

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          God bless you, Christene. I hear you loud and clear on many of your frustrations! I think you are wonderful and honest. I always love reading your posts! 💕

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        • Linda says:

          Christene you write so beautifully. . You are very smart with words and I admire that😙 Im nobody..but I know what you go through and want to tell you what worked for me…. I asked Jesus to change MY HEART because I couldn’t control my anger at certain people who dissapointed me and hurt me.. After I asked Him to change My heart..low and behold He did…lol…all the anger and frustration left me and when it starts to come back..I ask again..Dear Jesus..please create a new heart in me..besides..Ive been a pain for others as well. ..God bless you Christene..I love you as a sister in Christ..hang in there kiddo😇

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          • Christene says:

            You hit the nail on the head, dear Linda!! It is MY heart that needs changing! If only I had just paused a moment before hitting that “send” button and said that prayer instead……*sigh*……..hypocrisy……..so easy to see in others……..
            I had made a comment a few days ago about Satan knowing where each and every one of my buttons are and boy, his fingers have been busy pushing them today!! I’ll tell you where he gets me each and every day……….this freak show of a presidential campaign! Even though I KNOW the whole sad, sordid national soap opera is a moot point, even though I KNOW God has a plan that he is, at this very moment, putting into place through it, I am drawn to it like a person is drawn to look at the carnage of a horrific train wreck. Oh, I tell myself that I need to pray over the headlines, lift specific situations up in prayer, enter into spiritual battle for the people involved, but it’s all a ruse……..like a bon bon eating housewife from the 1960’s, I am hooked on every single lewd, salacious turn of events and it is taking a huge toll on my spiritual life at the moment.

            I need you all to pray for me, PLEASE!, to fast from this disgrace that is playing 24/7 like a bad remake of the Truman Show. Like I said, I am a homebound quadriplegic and the temptation to constantly check in on the latest developments has been too much for me to resist.
            There it is. My blazing hypocrisy on display for all to see. Believe it or not…..I just got done confessing it last week. Ugh!! Thank you all! Blessings and peace to each and every person here.
            And to OneMadMom……..please forgive me. I can be a first class jerk!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Nonsense, Christine. Don’t beat yourself up. It is in many ways worse than just having a cranky day. God knows we get caught up in the spectacle. Just compensate for it and be carefully deliberate. When you have a bad day, apologize if you need to, resolve to be more deliberate, then carry on. You know very well that if I pulled up stakes for having an unnecessarily cranky day, I would have pulled up stakes long ago.

            Here, we do get to know a little of each other’s hearts – and we bear with each other’s cranky moments, too. Shoot, do you think a part of me wasn’t a little amused when I read the comment, saw it was you, and thought, by gum, Christene’s having a hissy fit. So I had one back – and here we are. We were like a couple of cats arching our backs and hissing…then thinking better of it and lapping up a little water to cool down. It’s all good, as they say in Louisiana.

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          • Beckita says:

            Ditto what Charlie just said, Christene! I LOVE this family!!!

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          • Linda says:

            No..I had to vent here too..I did a lot because I felt safe to do so here and knew everyone would help me and not condemn me as world does.. I had so much stuff happen to me and I caused so much pain myself I thought I’d go crazy..but when I asked God to change me and I gave it to Him..it all dissapated like mist on a lake… I hope I helped you.. That’s all I want to do..BTW..I have also learned to limit my time with those who keep picking at me…I want to help. God bless you😘

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          • Doug says:

            Bzzzzzzzzz (sound of buzzer on game show because someone gave wrong answer). Christine, you bring much to the table here and we appreciate what you write!

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          • SanSan says:

            Christine your amazing. I love that I can come here and vent, share hope, give testimony, and be accepted. Only here, can I do that. It helps so much to know that “everyone” of us is in the same “boat”. God bless you. p.s. glad you will be tapering off the “junk” that swirls around us out there). 🙂

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          • moreen67 says:

            We all have grumpy cat moments (I wish there was a grumpy cat icon).

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mo, here’s your grumpy cat emoji 😾

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    • janet says:

      I’m with you Christene.

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  17. Linda says:

    Hahahaha Charlie… while you are recuperating I have a plan..bahahahaha..I saw on catholic prepper just now someone reposted your “God’s Plan” piece from Oct 2014.. I don’t remember reading it b4… but we’ve been busy making plans around here..firewood..extra beds..rice..water..etc.. and reading that piece make me wonder if we have it right….breathe…Acknowledge God..take next right step..be a sign of hope….

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    • Linda says:

      *makes. Released soul from purgatory😇 BTW.. just recently learned that if you say 3 Flame of love Hail Mary’s she releases 1 soul from purgatory.. Month of November she promises 10 souls released per 3 Hail Marys😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

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      • Doug says:

        I love it Linda! Ten for the price of one! A fall special! This is the way consumerism was meant to be 😊

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      • leel004 says:

        Linda, i think we should hire you as an accountaint.!..then you could be calculating for us, and using a whip when we start slack’n. T.the goal can be like Padre Pio who said ” we need to pray as if to empty Purgatory! 🎰 Soletsgettoitandgetitemptied…..haha LOTS of typos

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      • leel004 says:

        Pls clarify 3Flame Hail Mary’s….Thanks and God bless

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Yes, leeloo, and then we can crown Linda, 👑 Queen of the Emojis! She’s such a hoot! I’m praying Heaven will have emojis 😊

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          • leel004 says:

            I am sure Heaven will have interactive emojis. Like little white owls flying in and out of the typed words…or little menehunes doing the Haka dance around a palm tree🌴🌴😎

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Menehunes like 🍌 & 🐠. did they like spam? Maybe they had a haka dance because someone stole their secret recipe lol.
            Someone needs to make a little hula dancer emoji with a grass skirt! Meanwhile we’ll just have to settle for 🏝 and 🌴and secret Spam recipes 🥙🌮 stolen from the Menehunes.

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        • Linda says:

          Lee1004 from the diary Flame of Love by Mystic Elizabeth Kindleman. Mary told Elizabeth that any person who says 3 flame of love Hail Marys she will release 3 souls from purgatory who will then pray for you.. In November Blessed Mother will release 10 souls per 3 Flame of Love Hail Mary’s. From diary pg 46: then our lady spoke , “I grant your request. If at any moment someone prays three Hail Marys in my honor while referring to the flame of love they will free a soul from purgatory . During November 1 Hail Mary will free 10 Souls . The souls in purgatory should experience the effect of the flame of love.”😊💖

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          • leel004 says:

            Wow..i did not know this! It is such as a mother would do. Aand be granted by the Father for a way of souls to be released!
            There is akso another prayer where a 1000 od souls can be released! It was granted to St. Gertrude in the late 1200’s by Our Lord that when it was said a 1000 souls would be released!! It goes lime this:
            Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”
            So we must try to empty Purgatory like Padre Poi said to do! God bless

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          • Linda says:

            Wowowowowow thank you for that information 😇

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Leel, I love this prayer and pray it three times daily. ❤

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  18. Jennifer Olenchuk says:

    Today is the 100 year anniversary of planned parenthood. How interesting that Our Lady of Fatima chose to come less than one year after planned murderhood opened its doors. It’s truly been a century of attack on the family and it’s as if our blessed mother came at Fatima to rescue her children… looking forward to her coming to the rescue again

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  19. al chandanais says:

    Harkin the Hearts

    Desolate days of misery fading
    Gardens of hearts in line cascading
    To arms a call heard far and wide
    The prophet’s call and the Spirit’s guide

    Harkin the hearts of the young with your call
    Revive the elders of their stalls
    His bright light above summons our aid
    Gracious love compels the Handmaid

    Alone no more we dance in the Son
    In perfect harmony, he left no-one
    As we line the great land of milk and honey
    No need for payment, no need for money

    For the Joy of a lifetime has come to the well
    We lift up each bucket with a hoot and a yell
    For the Spirit among us beckons us forward
    For all in the Lord is of one Accord

    Yes, cry the tears of loved ones no more
    For we in the Lord are always ensured
    Of promises kept and prophecies known
    Our God is in Power and still on the Throne.
    Alfred Chandanais – 2008

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  20. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    You and all NRS are in our love and prayers each day as we are all trying to live the messages from Heaven to us through you acknowledge God take the next right step and bite a hope to those around us and be helpers to rebuild after the Rescue God bless and quickly send His Blessed Mother a n d our Mother too.

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  21. goldensun says:

    For the sake of my sanity, I’ve been trying to shift my thinking about those with whom I disagree on political and cultural lines. Practically all of my Facebook friends who post political stuff are liberal/progressive types who I like in “real life” even though their online personality irritates me. In fact, for most of my life, I’ve been a conservative surrounded by liberals and it was fine until the last 5 years or so. I’m hoping Charlie’s predictions are right and that when circumstances dramatically shift, we’ll remember how to reach out and be normal again. Media hype and the 24/7 blabbing punditry whips people into a frenzy. I’m ready for that facet of modern life to fade away.

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    • Alfred says:

      I will of course take very seriously any divine correction that comes my way. Hopefully any faithful Catholic will as well. But I look at the two sides in the Church–so-called liberals and conservatives and think, “well [one side or the other] has a point but they sometimes go too far [on this or that issue.]” To me for example both St. John Paul II and Pope Francis had or have exceptionally faithful views of Catholicism. Neither should be claimed by either side as “their” pope. Both of them are theologians whose education far exceeds anyone I know and differ only in what they choose to emphasize, or the praxis they recommend, much like the original apostles did. The sides in the Church err when they demonize the other side and fail to acknowledge the complementary views that are being espoused.

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      • goldensun says:

        I agree with you here. I was referring to American politics, but the same argument applies. I like Pope Francis. While I don’t know what he’s doing, he has a tender love of Our Lady and I’m willing to hang in there with him. My previous pastor was, I suppose, at least politically liberal, but he was an excellent priest, gave great homilies, was excellent in the confessional, etc.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Pope Francis wears his open heart on his sleeve. I love that.

          There was a somewhat left-leaning nun I knew who I became good friends with. Her heart was so true, I could only admire it, even as we kritzed with each other about things sometimes. Amusingly, as I became more prominent, sometimes critics would talk with her, figuring surely here they would have an ally in taking shots at me. They were always startled to her respond tersely that, “Charlie is my friend and he is a good man.”

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          • Alfred says:

            Wise nun. Reconizes goodness wherever she sees it.

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          • leel004 says:

            OFF TOPIC….Charlie that phrase “wear your heart on your sleeve” reminds me so much of my deceased Grandpa. He used to sing a song called ‘ Dont Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve’….ever hear of it? If so anywhere on the net that might have it? I have not been able to find it. God bless…(and thanks Grandpa for all those wonderful memories.!)

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          • leel004 says:

            …oops did not mean to indicate Charlie as my Gramps…can delete that part. God bless

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    • ann says:

      Yup, goldensun. Pretty much describes my life. I am fasting from news secular and Church related. Best thing to do. I’ve decided to read God’s news instead. (scripture, saints and Fathers of the Church) And I’m trying to work in more Holy Hours.
      Hard not to get cranky in the midst of all the clatter clatter clatter. Love the hymn “Be Still My Soul” (to the melody of Finlandia) The lyrics are like “balm in Gilead”
      God bless!

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  22. I’m hoping this will add to the laughter above……the first line of the article is:
    ‘The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage.’
    ….I wonder if that is small, medium or large…..
    Or maybe this is Sacriligous??? Anyway I had a good giggle….did I tell you I follow Garfield the cat?…..so you know where he leads…..😀🙄🐱🎃

    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/anger-over-vatican-mcdonalds

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  23. Tricia says:

    I’m in need of some inspiration, reassurance and uplifting today, I’m afraid. I pray with all my soul that Charlie’s predictions are correct because if not, we are truly doomed with two totally despicable candidates for president. Any pain and deprivation we have to face in the fullness of the storm will be so much less painful than to see the enemy take over our country and our world. Most days I can be a sign of hope for those around me and maintain my deliberate choice of faith, but today I’m finding it extremely challenging. I guess it’s the eight women who’ve now come forward with similar stories across many decades that seem like the proverbial last straw. And so I humbly ask you, Charlie, this simple question, and I pray you’ll forgive my need to ask it…are you 100% positive that neither Hillary nor Trump will be our next president? I realize you’ve stated it numerous times, but if I’m not mistaken, it sometimes seems like you’ve left the door open a bit in terms of timing of certain things. Thank you for listening to this sorry rendition of neediness!

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    • charliej373 says:

      One or the other might be elected, but neither will serve.

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      • I’m preparing myself for a Hillary election. Emotionally. I’m trusting on what you’ve said ( I fully believe, just as I stand here, and breathe), but election night, and the next day (and perhaps the days after) are going to be emotionally devastating (even if we’re hanging onto God), and I’m trying to emotionally and mentally prepare myself for it.

        It’s the impending catalyst that’s coming–the election is not some lone action, it’s the whole of it that is so pressing upon us.

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        • Another Karen says:

          Briana, I feel as you do. Thinking about Hillary winning brings me such profound sadness and angst, mostly because I feel that it is epitome of fraud, corruption, collusion and injustice – proof positive of what lengths the elites will go to exert their power over the rest of us and getting away with it (at least in human terms). Regardless of knowing and believing that she will NEVER be president (thank you, Charlie!!!!), it is just that final, irrefutable blow that a piece of me does not want to accept, maybe because I find it so hard to believe that so few could control so many because we let them. I am as much to blame as anyone else, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I think I will be crawling into a small hole and hiding for awhile if she wins to lick my wounds(or maybe in the wine storage area!), then it will be back to work.

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        • caelids says:

          Especially if they steal it!

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        • leel004 says:

          Briana…this is our time to put to test the words of Divine Mercy…Jesus i trust in YOU. Maybe our human minds get bothered by the adversary and stirred with doubt, so we just chant those words until the heart is stilled. God bless you! With each others orayers and support we WILL be in HIM

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Refreshingly bold, crisp and clean; Obama will not complete, neither candidate will serve. Simple, straight forward, believable. My Catholic, non Catholic and non believing friends are impressed with your assurance that you will walk away if Obama completes and hands over. They say, “that’s big.”
        They like to hear that you don’t labour The Storm but proclaim The Rescue. The non Catholic ladies especially like to hear that a Woman will be in Charge. (Catholic ladies take this for granted – what’s new 🙂 More and more I see an envy in non Catholic Christian woman for the Marian devotion that we have.
        My Muslim patients hold Mary in high regard.
        If there is concern about Catholic Marian devotion being excessive I use the old chestnut that none of us could love Mary more than Jesus did. I then sometimes fit in a wee story about Maximillian Kolbe from whom that chestnut comes and sometimes Edith Stein who also died in a concentration camp.
        That sometimes leads into a discussion about Pius XII and gives the opportunity to put that record right. They are amazed to discover that the Jewish people wanted to plant a forest in honour of the pope of 860,000 trees, representing the number of Jewish lives saved from the Nazis by papal intervention etc etc. and that the chief rabbi of Rome converted and named his son Eugene, after the Christian name of Pope Pius XII.
        Where Edith Stein is concerned they are affirmed in their own gifts of feminine intuition to hear that this woman wrote with such authority on empathy which was the subject of her PhD thesis. They are amazed at her bravery in her loss of family due to her conversion and her loss of life due to her Catholic faith.
        My little addition that you long to get your mission complete, concentrate on being a grand father and have more time with your family is greeted with lots of head nodding and understanding empathetic smiles. (They may nod a bit too hard and put their necks out – give me more osteopathic business – that’s the Scot in me coming out.)
        They like to hear about the ‘real’ side of your life, the side they can identify with. They like to know it has not been all plain sailing. My listeners like to know you had a professional and responsible work life in the media and politics. They like to hear about your walk across America and sleeping with the bears. They like to know you are a man who does not put up with too much crap but who tolerates much physical pain bravely.
        These days talking with angels is much more palatable and less nutty to most of them than talking with God and it is a step in the right direction even though it may come from new age thinking. I make a wee joke that if you had been Kiwi you would have ended up in Henry Bennets (local mental asylum) but then quickly slip in that you have a full speaking schedule across the whole of America and are consulted by influential individuals.
        This is just a little of the good opportunities for evangelisation your work has given me. It is not a matter of putting your personality before principles but of using it to facilitate the message; that huge changes are coming in times for which we need some preparation but we will rescued. This fits well into the Kiwi mentality “She’ll be right, mate”
        There are lots of mmmmms and Aahhhs and more approving nods when I talk about your simple three step step program. They can all see the wisdom in that. They love the fact that your job is to deliver the message, not to convince people it is true but it registers with them that occasionally you say it is true and confirm it’s from your angel. They are reassured by the fact that you have three spiritual directors and have not been censured by the Church.
        I pick my audience and take care never to proselytize. I just story tell as I get on with my work. They often respond with their own stories.
        May God reward you mightily, Charlie, and restore to you what you have missed.
        “Thank you dear Jesus
        for all you have given me,
        for all you have taken away from me
        for for what you have left me.”
        St Thomas More.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Wow Joe. I think this may be the kindest thing anyone has ever said to me. Thank you.

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        • Beckita says:

          Holy Wow, Joe!!! Ditto to everything you have said so beautifully about Charlie. How lovely it would be to sit in your clinic listening to you weave your stories into the stories your patients tell as you tend to their aching, pain-filled bodies. We can say passage through the “holy doors” to your clinic have been and will continue to pour forth God’s Goodness as you share His Love and Mercy with all whom He sends. Blessed are they and blessed are we!

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        • Mick says:

          Another beautifully written comment, Joe.

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        • ann says:

          Gosh Joe. I just got done giving you a big wow on your post about the Farinas.And now I’ve read this and I’m thinking, who IS this guy? (smile. sort of like “who was that masked man” from the old Lone Ranger shows) I am just so touched by your comments–their sanity and their charity. Just lovely. Keep posting please. You’ve given me such a lift and oh do I love the quote from St. Thomas More. I think that goes right into the bag with the Surrender Novena. God bless.

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      • Tricia says:

        Thank you, Charlie. I pray for you every day, and thank you for all that you do.

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    • johnjwblog says:

      I look at St. Cecilia who when imprisoned and blood gushing from her injured head and dying was still trying to get up and not give up on life. You have to vote – I don’t know if the elections will be rigged or if they won’t matter but you can not give up – it is too important to not vote – these may be the most crucial elections in the history of mankind and it’s in your hands – if something happens that the elections are cancelled or your candidate is not elected or there is war or martial law or whatever that effects the election it’s out of your control. You need to pray for your country and ultimately the world. If you have a chance listen to the Trump speech on October 13, 2016 – Charlie won’t let me post it, you will have to google it yourself. I also have it on good authority that action is being taken to make sure the election is not rigged, there is growing support amongst people, plans are in place to deal with voter fraud, the people are not giving up, change is coming, don’t give up – pray for the intersession of the Virgin Mary, pray the rosary to help your country and do what you have to do. I’m praying in my corner of the world too.

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      • charliej373 says:

        This was fine, John. You are right I won’t put up a merely political speech. I don’t begrudge you looking for a political savior, but that is not the focus of this website. Mentioning it ancillary to the fundamental spiritual dimension is fine – and that is what you have done here.

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        • johnjwblog says:

          The reason why I originally posted his speech wasn’t to show him as a political saviour, this speech was different, he had pointed out how he was rich and famous and didn’t need to run ( he could retire and live comfortably ) and knew he would be exposed but did it for the people knowing that all the money, media, and politicians were against him,but he did it for the people, but he also said this is our last chance to change things and to fight against the new world order – this speech was from the heart and he knows what is coming (as we all do on this forum), he’s been humbled,but he is still fighting,he is showing the courage of a lion, the interests are against him, but he is fighting to the end, he has been blessed by many religious people and I think plenty of prayers are needed at this time not just for him but your country and mine to help us.

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        • jaykay says:

          I hope this is “ancillary” too, Charlie☺Just want to say that I’m sure every contributor here will vote with a well-formed conscience, no doubts there, but I don’t think it can be stressed enough how important the worldwide effect of the American people’s choice will be, and I mean in the moral dimension. Here in Ireland, the forces of death are out in full cry to destroy our protection for the unborn. The latest wheeze us a ridiculous “citizens’ convention”. Dear God! While they may not be stopped fully by the election of one candidate – great as US influence is over here, that would be overstating the case – let’s just say that the defeat of another candidate would be seen as a considerable setback to the kind of society they wish to impose. And I do mean impose, the masks are really slipping aside now.

          Beannachtaí oraibh go léir, J.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do very well understand the stakes, Jaykay. I’m glad you chimed in to give a European perspective. Though the winner of this election will not serve, the election, itself, will say much about who we are as a people.

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          • BD says:

            Well Charlie, once again that is a very profound statement hidden within a response to a post.

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          • Beckita says:

            God bless you, Jaykay!

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          • moreen67 says:

            Our 2 main candidates for President are deeply flawed – we know what Hillary is about and I’m sorry but Trump likes to tickle the ears – I’m sorry I still don’t believe a word he says – does he have a heart to speak from? He is a very vain man – he actually thinks he’s handsome – that’s scary. There is no political solution to the problems we have as a nation. Only God can clean up our mess. I’m at the point where I can’t listen or look to long at either candidate….I know I have to pray for them. I actually think it’s way more prudent to talk about what is actually happening in our world and our role in it to be a light to others as things get more dark before the Rescue. Challenges ahead – God speed to all here. Mo Ski

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          • leel004 says:

            In answering Charlie below about who we are as a country in the chosen president…..I wish an emoji of a jackAss 🦄with a long trunk🐘 nose🐘 existed,.
            Afterall…this was the best we ciukd could come up with?

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          • jaykay says:

            moreen67, God bless you and all here. I’m certainly not endorsing either one, not being in the US, but the effect of your election process will be felt worldwide. I really have to say though: in the case of the election of one person the evil effects – yes, I do dare to say that – will be immediately repercussive, because of said person’s well-known anti-life agenda. In my country, they’ll redouble their already naked campaign because we are so influenced by developments in your country. You wouldn’t believe the extent of the saturation of our “independent” media by yours. And it’s all in one direction. Thank God for the internet, in some of its aspects, because the visual and dead-tree media over here is fetid with “liberal” bias.

            Oh well, I do take heart from Charlie’s reply above. So… T.D.L. And a big mop (and the strength) to help clean up the mess after the “party” has ended in tears. As it inevitably will.

            I seem to remember we Irish played a big part in doing something similar in Europe, back about 1500 years ago. When we believed… ☺

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          • charliej373 says:

            The Irish will rise again…and many Irish eyes will be smiling.

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          • jaykay says:

            And the people of the Kingdom, and the people of Heaven, will rise together, will rise forever…

            Yep, He will reign. He does, irrespective. And all eyes will be smiling ☺

            Just back from a glorious walking holiday in Scotland, then a few days in London with family. I went to Mass in the Brompton Oratory, in London. Beautiful High Mass (tremendous choir, the Haydn St. Nicholas Mass setting) and the guest preacher was a Bishop from India, Lahore I think, who preached, briefly but concisely, on Mercy and the Holy Year thereof, and urged all to avail of it before its closing. I’ve often been there before but this just seemed so… how to say? Well, I don’t know, really, but perhaps a – foretaste? The glory of the Church itself, the intensely reverent liturgy, the multi-national congregation, loads of young families with children. It reminded me of what it was like in my own childhood. Yes, a reminder, and a foretaste. And it doesn’t have to be a glorious church, could be a Mass on a jeep like you see in battlefield pictures of soldiers in both the last wars, but the reverence and true fellowship is what I think we’ll have… again.

            Deus vult. J.

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          • moreen67 says:

            Jaykay I hear what you are saying in response to my comment….I couldn’t reply to that actual comment but could to your original post. I was in Ireland on vacation before the same sex marriage vote. On a secular trip thru Ireland w/most of the Americans on the bus saying they support it – I felt like a fish out of water. However, I have to tell you I really loved Ireland (my Granny was from Killymard Parish in County Donegal – it was a farm so it wasn’t a town it was the Cassidy Farm) . I loved talking to people there met a Grandpa and grandson – the little boy said to the bartender…..a pint, a pint and the bartender (she winked at me) and said you’ll get your pint and she showed me that they mixed orange soda w/milk and he got his pint. Later as I moved to a table to eat lunch the grandpa (I had been talking to him up at the bar for a while – it was in Blarney so you know I don’t need that now so no kissing that stone) grandpa, grandma and grandson came over to me and had him kiss me goodbye and the little lad tried to take my bread – ha – loved it. You are good peeps there and I hope to return someday – after the Rescue. God bless you Jaykay and God bless Ireland. Maureen O’Dombrowski (ha – that’s a joke because when folks meet me they think I’m 100% but I’m not).

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      • Bob says:

        Thoughts I put on my facebook page on the election:
        With the madness of our coming election, I was thinking that God has allowed us to be brought to that glorious place where we are again forced to trust in God alone for our Nations future. If Hillary were to be elected I fear that the stench of her corruption would cry out to Heaven for Judgement and if Trump were to be elected, even if he is not totally corrupt as Hillary is I fear that the progressive left would go crazy and the left in federal agencies, the media, education, etc as well as democrats would prevent him from doing anything constructive. So we must trust in God alone for our hope! And why do I consider this glorious? Well it will force us as a nation to repent or be destroyed both from within and without and any reading of the Bible shows that God can act most powerfully when we humans have no hope apart from God. Remember the children of Israel when they were blocked before the Red Sea? But we will need to get serious about entreating God and repenting deeply first before God will likely act. And if history is any indicator things will need to get worse first before the large masses of people admit our helplessness and our need for God’s help and aid! And God would need to cause the Godless progressive left to lose power and those of us on the more conservative right would need to humbled of our pride and our self reliance too!
        And after writing it I said 10 minutes later:
        And 10 minutes after writing this I began shaking in my shoes, so to speak, as what God can do if we trust Him can indeed be glorious but as it is likely to be a scary ride for awhile, I will have as much trouble trusting God at some times as anyone else. “Oh God help my unbelief”.

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  24. Joe Crozier says:

    “Pray, fast, beg our bishops to fight for their children, and prepare for the next battle. In other words, carry on.”
    Yesterday I received news that my nephew is leaving barracks to attend pre-deployment training. Preparing for the next battle indeed. The exercise is called Wessex Storm, is ongoing, and photos of it can be seen online. Looks far too real for comfort. That ‘Storm’ caught my attention.
    He is an only son and he and his mother were remembered at Mass in Missoula and Morrinsville today, the feast of Teresa of Avila October 15 (it’s actually the 16th here already) – a veritable ring of prayer. What a power house this forum is. So much has come to me over the last two days that I feel compelled to share some of it and I have nowhere else to go.
    I found myself looking up a site all about a village in Ulster where many generations of Croziers were born and where I spent happy holidays as a youth fishing for eels and perch and salmon -trout on Lough Neigh. I was reminded of my cousin Richard Farina who sang with Mimi Farina (Baez) and Bob Dylon. I remember as a child being mesmerized by Richard’s skill on the steel guitar.
    Mimi was the sister of Joan Baez both folk singers and pacifists of the 60s who spent time in jail for their Quaker faith. One of Joans best loved songs, written and also sung by Bob Dylon, was ‘Blowing in the Wind’ and was all about young men going off to war.
    “How many roads must a man walk down
    Before you can call him a man?
    How many seas must a white dove sail
    Before she sleeps in the sand?
    Yes, how many times must the canon balls fly
    Before they’re forever banned?
    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
    The answer is blowing in the wind.”
    Then the words of the hymn came to me –
    “Blow, blow, blow til I be, but Breath of the Spirit Blowing in me.” And I thought – that’s the only wind where we will find where we will find the answer.
    Mimi’s grandfather was actually Catholic. He stopped practicing The Faith and became a Methodist minister. Her Scottish mother was the daughter of an Anglican priest. The whole family eventually became Quaker. Richard’s mother was Teresa Crozier and I spent some time with her after her son’s death. He died in a motor bike accident at the age of 29 shortly after he married Mimi. He died on her 21st birthday and is buried in Monterrey, California. Engraved on his tomb stone is a peace sign.
    Where am I going with this? I am just amazed at the way God works in all the ways of our lives. How He never gives up in fair weather or foul or as today’s scripture says in season or out of season . And today’s scripture reading is about how we have to do the same. They tell us we have to persist in the prayer of faith, no matter how we feel, if we are to win the battle and the Crown of Life. We have to keep going to the end of the road, to finish the race.
    Bob Dylon has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of his lyrics and the messages they carry. Mimi founded Bread and Roses, a charity that still provides 500 free concerts a year to prisons, juvenile facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. Talking and walking.
    One of the songs Mimi sang with Richard could almost have been a hymn,
    Pack Up Your Sorrows
    “Well if somehow
    You could pack up your sorrows
    And give them all to me
    You would lose them
    I know how to use them
    Give them all to me.”
    Makes me think of the Morning Offering we all say. God knows best how to use our sorrows. Padre Pio said that if we knew the true value of suffering we would never give it up. Padre Pio was a great believer in Garabandal. In Garabandal we are told our hand must be full when we present before God. All our morning offerings will ensure they are full. God will just hold onto them for us until we meet Him.
    The other was sung long after Richard died.
    2. Another Letter to Jesus – (both songs can be heard on utube)
    ‘I wanna go back
    Please take me back…
    Cause all I want to do is start anew
    Cause all I want to do is start over.’
    How many of us have wished for that at some time.
    There is sorrow and a firm purpose of amendment.
    Some time ago I walked Mimi through the Doors of Mercy but it was not until this week end that I walked Richard through those same doors. When I listened to them sing Pack Up Your Sorrows the holy shivers ran up and down my spine this morning. At long last Richard was able to hand over all his sorrows. After I had walked Richard through the doors I saw him clearly in my minds eye being raised by St Michael from his place in purgatory and gently prepared for release. His wounds were tended and he was made whole. He was allowed to compose himself and comprehend what was happening before being handed over to the care of Our Blessed Mother whose arm he took as he was led into the presence of Jesus, Our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. And there was Mimi smiling and waiting to greet him once again.
    I was asked to do the second reading today. The first reading was about the battle between Amalek and Israel; between hell and heaven. And the gates of hell did not prevail. Just as we need the saints “on whose constant intercession we rely for help” so did Moses need the help of his friends, Aaron and Hur, to keep his arms raised in prayer but more importantly he was firmly ensconced on the Rock which prefigures the Church, Christ and Peter. His arms were kept steady until the going down of the sun.
    It had occured to me earlier that for the rebellion and anarchy in our lives we deserve annihilation but are in fact offered eternal life in perfect love if we but do three simple things; surrender, follow and obey. In surrendering we raise our hands in prayer as a sign of hope for others, in following we take the right next step and and in obeying we acknowledge God. Then like Moses we will prevail.
    The Psalm followed beautifully “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?….The Lord will keep you from all evil, he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever more.”
    The second reading emphasizes the need for persistence and patience as we pray in faith, trust in the Lord and try to spread the Word by living its message in all seasons with patience and conviction in our teaching. We are reminded that all holy scripture is inspired by God Himself. That is the only authority of which we can boast – only that of God. Funny enough that is the phrase which Quakers use to denote the indwelling presence of the Spirit “That of God.” They believe there is that of God in every man.
    Richards mother was Catholic but fell away. Mimi’s grandfather was Catholic but fell away. They did not finish the race. A bye is defined as the transfer of play to the next round or level in the absence of opposition. In cricket a run awarded as a bye is not credited to the individual batsman. Both Richard and Mimi have been given a bye into heaven, credited to God in the Indulgence gained through the Doors of Mercy opened in the Pontificate of Pope Francis to assist as many souls as possible back into the Church and yes, even to heaven in the Church Triumphant. For Richard and Mimi Satan has been taken out of the equation and they have been restored to God. Mimi has her wish – “I wanna go back, please take me back.” Richard has lost all his sorrows. They are happy in heaven. For Richard and Mimi The Storm has blown over. I hope they can help my nephew as he plays his part in the Storm and the Tribulation.
    The Jubilee year of Mercy ends on November 20. How many more souls can we net for the Kingdom?

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      I find today’s Gospel more difficult to understand and nothing came to me about that except the exhortation to always pray and not to lose heart as we weather The Storm so I have left it to others. It does not sound at first reading that there will be many of us Catholics left by the time of The Second Coming. Otherwise why would Jesus ask “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

      How such a situation would come about is beyond me. Death, judgment, hell and heaven. The four last things. Three out of four don’t sound too good. But by then we may have gone through The Rescue, The Tribulation, The Warning, The Miracle, we will have the permanent sign to bolster our Faith, and then, if Humanity has not changed its ways, The Chastisement may have been visited on the earth. Surely people will not lose faith after all that? But who knows how long after the Chastisement will the end come. “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Chastisement sounds very like the Great Tribulation which means the end may not be that far away.

      Our priest today told the old story about God sending his angels to assess the bad behaviour on earth. The findings were that 95% were behaving badly. God wanted to encourage the well behaved 5%, to give them something to keep them going, so he sent them an email. The priest ended by asking if we wanted to know what the email said and after a resounding yes, replied “OK, just wondering, I didn’t get one either.” Just like those serials that keep you hanging out for more!

      Then it struck me Jesus did NOT TELL US there will be little faith on earth – he ASKED if there will be any faith on earth. Like us he is waiting for the response. It’s up to God but it’s down to us!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Joe, I will keep your nephew in my prayers. Thank you for your beautiful story.

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    • Another Karen says:

      Very profound, Joe. You are very much a part of why this site is such a powerhouse! Thank you. I will pray for your nephew and all of our soldiers everywhere, that they will be kept safe in mind, body and spirit. God bless you.

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    • Doug says:

      Beautiful Joe. Beautiful.

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    • janet says:

      Thank you so much Joe. I did enjoy reading your story.

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    • ann says:

      Joe–your post takes my breath away. I had Richard and Mimi Farina’s albums back in the 60’s. It was like a corridor in time opening up to read your memories of them. I am so touched that you walked through the Holy Doors for them,. What a charitable lovely thing to do. Richard’s song about packing up your sorrows is so marinated in Catholic sensibility. It is precisely what Jesus asks us every moment–let me use it, you won’t lose it. I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago who is struggling with multiple health issues, the worst being a very bad cancer. We talked about the value of suffering in God’s eyes. I said to her, “the thing is not to waste it. Don’t let it go to waste. Give it to Jesus.” And her eyes lit up and she said “I hadn’t thought of that. You’re right. I can’t waste it.” Wow. That was a holy moment for us. I just thanked God that he had me in that place at that time to say it to her. Anyway, thanks for sharing your memories of them. We all of us in those years went some bad places but God’s grace is always present, in the eternal Now He gathers the prayers of others for us and unites them to the Eternal and Holy Sacrifice and then pours those graces out at the moment they are most needed. At least that’s how I’ve always understood it to be.

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  25. Mary T. says:

    Hi Charlie and all here, I too am trusting all that you have said. What more can I think? It sure does seem to be traveling in the path that you have outlined, Charlie. However, you might be wrong in certain areas (?), you are conveying the general message you were given to the best of your human abilities. . When you say that “Obama will not finish his term” could it also mean that his term is never complete? Like, his term doesn’t really end as we know it should end? Something will happen so that it negates his term as we know it? I know, big questions here but it sure seems to me that the possibility exists that a term is not completed until the term (as we know it) is complete. In other words, Jan. 20 ushers in the completion of his term and if he’s still around because of chaos in the world, his term is NOT completed as we know it, and he will remain in office? And because you say whatever happens in the election, neither Trump nor Hillary will matter because it just won’t matter anyway God will intervene, right?
    Gee whiz, I am confusing myself here!
    Love all of your post/blogs and all that you do here Charlie, and all of your followers, I pray for all of us here.
    I am kind of a silent follower but sure reflect back on things you say and it has made a tremendous and good impact in my life! Thank you and all of you here!

    Mary

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  26. Fran says:

    I saw this post from OneMadMom earlier today, before I came here. She says so many things that I am thinking and feeling. One of the most wearying things right now is feeling like many of our Shepherds (not all) are not speaking out, not protecting us, especially the young people. They have a grave responsibility to our young, and right now they are being led astray. Bishops you are chosen to lead and teach and protect like a father. The faithful really are dying. So when will these dissenters be silenced?! Why do they just get to say and do what they please further dismantling the Church, and scattering the flock?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Silencing doesn’t end dissent; it just drives it underground where it often does more damage. The key is to win the contest by showing how recognizing people’s dignity as well as their needs. That can only come through the free and vigorous exchange of ideas backed up by fact, logic and evidence.

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      • Fran says:

        Charlie, I do see your point that silencing may just drive dissent underground. Right now hearts are being laid bare. And what may have been hidden before, is now in the forefront. Evil out in the open is better than evil hidden isn’t it? But I don’t understand what you mean by “free and vigorous exchange of ideas backed up by fact, logic, and evidence” when it comes to Bishops saying things contrary to Church teaching. Why should their be an exchange of ideas about a Catholic truth? Why should the Bishop’s needs be recognized when it comes to that? Am i misunderstanding something you are saying?

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        • charliej373 says:

          The Pope and assembled Bishops are the arbiters appointed by Christ for what is authentic, not you or me. Most laymen I know who are vigorous about Catholic truth are often knowledgable about parts of the Catechism, sometimes a little about Canon Law, but usually clueless about actual pastoral guidelines…and worse, rarely seem to care. They are like first year law students who think with their little learning they are now Perry Mason. They know a lot less about “truth” than they think they do.

          That said, many Clerics who should guard the faith have magnified pastoral care so dramatically out of proportion that they have tossed aside Magisterial teaching altogether in significant ways. Or they have adopted an ideological agenda and substituted it for the Gospel – or they have simply succumbed to the vain desire for promotion in preference to fidelity.

          So there should be vigorous speech and discussion. I will not suppress a thoughtful layman or cleric, nor will I be the mindless robot worshiping whatever a cleric says as some critics claim all we Catholics are. The teaching authority lies with the Pope and the collective Bishops – and not in any particular Bishop save the Bishop of Rome. But I do keep in mind when speaking with or of a Bishop, that he has a share in legitimate authority that I do not.

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          • MaterDie says:

            So, in the end you did comment. Do you see the inconsistencies in your statement of what you will do vs what you actually do?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Do you just sit around and wait for gotcha moments? I did not comment on any of those chosen. Check the Bible, check the biographies of the saints. You can find plenty of gotcha moments there, too, if you work at it. I hope you feel better about what hope you are inspiring.

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          • privs says:

            God Bless Ya, Charlie a trillion times!!
            Now….I hope you are feeling well enough to post something, very soon! Hint, hint!

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          • Mick says:

            MaterDie, my Latin is a little rusty (well, pretty nonexistent actually); but I think I see some inconsistencies in yours: did you mean to type “Mater Dei”? If so, then kudos to you for releasing another soul from Purgatory. 😉

            (Charlie, if you think that this is mean of me, then please delete my comment and give me 50 lashes with a wet noodle. I’m going to say a “mea culpa” on account of pride just in case. It’s just that this commenter made me remember something about glass houses and stone-throwing.)

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          • Doug says:

            50 lashes with a wet noodle? You are too funny Mick!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen Mick! I suspect the name Mater Die was made quickly for the sole purpose to come in here and do a drive-by…and then run away. I give her one 🦀 and 3! yes 3 🐡🐡🐡 😏

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  27. Elizabeth O'Malley says:

    You have said it all and said it beautifully. As a Catholic mother and grandmother, I am in complete agreement with you. God bless all of us.

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  28. Linda says:

    Just got back from Mass.. It’s a beautiful fall day here in Ohio.. and I just want to say how grateful I am for you Charlie and for ALL of you here.. By George it’s a good time to be alive😊 As Crew Dog says.. GOD SAVE ALL HERE😇

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  29. Beckita says:

    Not much of a conspiracy theorist kind of person but this smells like preparation for something intentional on the part of nefarious entities. It just does.
    http://blog.spiritdaily.com/news-links/obama-signs-order-to-prepare-nation-for-solar-storms

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    • JudyM says:

      I read this today and thought the same thing Beckita, and I am not a conspiracy theorist either.

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    • BD says:

      You are so conspiratorial Beckita. Not sure if that is even a word. But I agree with you anyways. 😉

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    • jeanO says:

      Agree Beckita.

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    • Barb421 says:

      that’s what I thought Beckita! chilling!

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    • ColleenW says:

      I found that odd as well! Why be concerned about that now? The universe has been doing it’s thing since God created it. Is there something coming they know about; major solar storm, asteroid…or are they using it as an excuse to prepare for a possible EMP attack if we go to war.

      It’s been a weird week for news. With the election stuff de-evolving yet again with all the crazy sexual stuff coming out, the internet is going nuts tonight trying to find out what (if anything) happen to the Wikileaks founder.

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      • jeanO says:

        He is still creating the universe! I used to think He created it and left us to our own devices. I am looking forward to a world where we regularly acknowledge His works…like children at a magnificent fireworks show, pointing our fingers at the sky in astonishment and joy

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        • jeanO says:

          So, we hold on and pray. When the Internet is cut people will have no news. Remember when Abraham sat at the entrance to his tent? He waited for news. He loved people, he was a reflection of God’s love for His people. He longed for connection. God chose him to be a father to God’s people. God wanted us to be connected with love and joy and Abraham had that first fatherly heart. For ages we have been learning To carry the news in our hearts. Government people could come and say we lost connectivity because of the sun. God won’t be OK with that. Lies never prevail. We connected for a while here, a privelege, a tiny window of time to cherish when people were able to gather from all over the earth to share our hope and faith. We have been so blessed.
          When the Internet is cut it will be a false disconnection in every way. We already have everything we need in our memories, in the strength we found in one another, and in the common homecoming Jesus has assured. People will be unbalanced. We can, and will help. Hope. Trust. My last right next step is heaven. And I will invite the person next to me to grip my hand as we step off.
          I am deeply emotional these days, and remembering that Jesus wept, too lets me just be one of His bewildered….

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, I have been talking with true experts about this. The range of thought is that it will take between a day and a week to set up a new bypass to the Internet, though it will take longer for people to figure out how to get on it. But the hackers who will put it back up are much more talented than the government bureaucrats who might take it down.

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          • Doug says:

            JeanO, that was touching. Thank you!

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          • moreen67 says:

            I agree with what Charlie said especially “hackers who will put it back up are much more talented than the government bureaucrats who might take it down”. So true. It reminded me hanging out w/my sister after work (she’s works for the federal government) and we were playing Quizzo with her co-workers – their name for their team……Your tax dollars at Rest. That made me feel good…..not – ha.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautifully said, jeanO.

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        • Doug says:

          JeanO, you should join us in our little red wagon for a trip around the Universe.

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          • jeanO says:

            Have been in it since it started rolling…more of a listener than a talker. Have always tried to post only when I am ready to bust because of a loathing to add to Charlie’s workload. It is so reassuring to have been told these last three weeks pre Election Day will be the worst. It is no accident we have been given a person with Charlie’s background to help us keep it together through these worldly cares, allowing us to discuss them with our common spiritual orientation in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It relieves my tension and brings consolation. Looking back over the years since “the little red wagon” began it’s roll I realize I have been in training here. I am much more calm than family members up north who are ripping each other apart. I say my piece, and go in peace, and pray with confidence, knowing in the end it is God’s plan that prevails. We are blessed.

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          • leel004 says:

            Will the squirrels be in the wagon too with all their get-up?????😂

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! They will be up front leading the way. 😊

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          • lambzie37 says:

            Oh no please! Then I will have to make even more hats!

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          • Doug says:

            JeanO, yes, I think we are all in training here. I am very thankful to be here and am thankful you find solace here as well. Numbers 6:24.

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    • leel004 says:

      Had a bit of a chuckle….i sent an article out over the weekend to several people stating basicly the same thing…..
      Afterall…controlling water, electricity, and fuel…..what harm would the ‘savior of the world in his polluted eys” want with those powers???? NEFARIOUS?????? Nothing to see here , move along

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  30. Murt. says:

    Just looking at this pic Charlie which made me think. It reminds me of some old Russian tosher who painted such a pic. That painting I had as a screensaver one time which would depict some serfs hauling a boat into port. This pic of course would remind me of a time I would haul timber from a wood. I never thought of doing it that way though as I liked a long length of timber on my shoulder. Something comforting in that now Charlie as we carry our cross.

    I do like the new Eve though as she would traipse along in the background. Much like my dear wife and children as they carry their load…………

    Getting near the election Charlie…………Watching you.

    Good wishes, Kind regards to you and yours………….Murt.

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  31. MaterDie says:

    The right thing to do is not to endorse or reprint pieces that disconnect the faithful from being prayer warriors. I used to go down this road for years but it breeds worse things in the long run. Do you not know that the Holy Spirit leads the Catholic Church? Do you think God does not see what is going on. Do you not have faith the the gates of hell will not prevail? I understand her frustration and have written pieces like this in the past. But we must stop and DO faithful humble work instead of blasting those we know are unfaithful. When we go down this easy road of lambasting, we are not choosing the narrow path of service. We are sitting on a throne judging. Again, I understand the frustration….but find a better to change things; work within God’s plan of prayer, sacrifice, and good works. Be vigilant for your family and neighbor and be ready every minute to sacrifice for those causing confusion within our Church…. and do it without words if possible.

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    • charliej373 says:

      And never saying a discouraging word did so much to prevent the scandals that led to the original reformation…and the more recent abuse scandals. Do you not know that the voice of the faithful IS a critical component of the guidance of the Holy Spirit? As much as some want me to, I will NOT silence respectful criticism that fully acknowledges the teaching authority of the Church and Hierarchy. Nor will I permit toxic comments that seek to replace the Church or the hierarchy as the teaching authority. Those have always been the rules here and so they will continue to be.

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      • Littlelight says:

        Absolutely!! Thank you!!

        It seems God’s way is always the “razor’s edge” way. It usually requires angst and personal struggle and Divine assistance to continually overcome either the alpha or beta error (as in bell curves). In the past I’ve found that it’s a good indicator I’m on the right path.

        God Bless you & All!

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    • Hi… No sure why you chose your screen name as you did. I name you Lo-Emeh-d’Aloho!

      But the piece ends with what it does challenging your conclusions to what you wrote.

      While I understand your good-willed sentiment, you miss the role of the Laity and Clergy alike in calling for correction when necessary.

      Do you perhaps think that God doesn’t raise up many a Mystic from humble and “nobody” existences precisely to correct the Proud and the Knowing?

      Have you considered this Action of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church throughout History?

      If you spoke with Priests–really spoke with Priests heart-to-heart–you would hear them speak of being humbled by their Confessees in hearing their sins and how they confess their sins and their sorrow and humility.

      How sadly misunderstanding of the Family of God you are, Lo-Emeh-d’Aloho, and perhaps God’s ways!

      + also lo-emeh-d’Aloho

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    • Hollyhocks says:

      I’m just going to say this. Your kind of thinking is so rampant in Christian communities but what you are doing is actually what allows evil to grow. It’s hard work just to figure out what the truth is and then to stand there and speak it is even harder because you will be persecuted. You call those who are willing to stand up for the truth Lambasters and Judgers while you stand there silently and watch them get persecuted. Then you pray to God to take care of the evildoers but you won’t do your own part which is to stand with those who are willing to speak the truth. In the end it is very self serving and comes from a place of fear.

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  32. SanSan says:

    Good news alert!
    My younger brother’s family has been estranged from me for many years because I am Catholic and all that means. But, but, but……one of his three girls I know was in the process of conversion by what she posted on FB, starting a few years back. Now, she shares with me, out of the blue, that her older sister has come to the Lord. Pro life and traditional marriage now. Wow. Especially because their younger sister is an active lesbian and their parents upon hearing she was “coming out”, removed the American flag and put up a rainbow flag. Total mis-compassion on a grand scale…….their vitrol toward me has been painful, but I’ve tried over the years to keep communicating to them. This one niece has asked for my continued prayers that she and her older sister could stay strong and have the courage to stand up against their parents admonishments, etc.

    All I can say, is thank you Jesus!. God is great, all the time!

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  33. I love coming here and seeing lots of little Charlie heads on top of each other under ‘recent comments’.

    It’s one of those things that I know is transient but I enjoy them whenever they’re there.

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  34. Theresa Morris says:

    Charlie,
    What happened to my link i posted on October 13 about Putin ordering all Russian citizens around the world to come back to Russia because if Clinton is elected he will launch nuclear bombs and start WWIII? It was posted and you commented on it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry Theresa, I don’t know the vagaries of the WordPress platform. I do know that sometimes people lose track of their own comments because when there are a lot of them, they end up on several pages – and people sometimes look on the wrong page.

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    • Beckita says:

      Theresa, I’ve had unusual things like that happen to me and I find when I just give it a day or two, it reappears.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Beckita, amen and THAT WordPress! 😏 I posted a comment on the prayer page and as soon as I hit post my screen started blinking and then it jumped all over the place…I actually started laughing! Anyway, the comment vanished..and so I very carefully tried to re-type it, thinking my computer may explode haha! Now there’s 2 comments 🙄 ..so odd lol.

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        • Beckita says:

          Yes odd, Snowy. I could make a list of infrequent oddities which would include a time a year ago when I was posting a comment and saw someone else’s video pop into my comment. It truly always works out within a few days.

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  35. Doris Mc Donald says:

    I am writing from Canada .Having great difficulty getting on your site the past two days .It keeps saying this web page is not available ,try again .Then I persevere and get on only to be kicked off again after reading so many posts .Just wondering if anyone is having the same trouble …Wonderful Newsbulletin just arrived from Sister Emmanuel in Medj. .She is speaking so clearly about the end times .a message of Hope for sure …God Bless ..

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  36. Suggesting that Pope Francis is making very bad appointments to senior command and control positions in the Church is the most devasting ctique of the Holy Father I have read..

    Others suggest for one reason or another good or bad that he does knwo know what he is doing.I have never before heard of suggesting he is Lost in Space.

    God help us all.

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    • janet says:

      I just worry that it feeds the anti-pope brigade, Padraig. I see already people only to eager to jump on the bandwagon. The following was posted on MadMom’s site…I also noticed that she ‘liked’ it.

      “We just have a Juda Pope is all there is to it. Pope Francis has consistently and systematically alienated the good Cardinals to elevate the bad ones because he wants his successor to be an even more liberal Pope than he is and to finish what he has started with Amoris Laeticiae. His latest victim: Cardinal Sarah. I pray for the Pope whenever I got too mad at him for what he does and what he says. I see a man in whom the battle between good and evil rages. Sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks through him but I believe IMHO that he suffers from the sin of arrogance and thinks he knows best”

      Also on your FB page, Charlie (Abraham’s Journey,) someone commented on Mad Mom’s post… “Why I have doubts about Pope Francis. ” Thankfully you wrote in there….”I choose not to talk about it…..”

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  37. DPH says:

    This was posted on Wikileaks page today: “Julian Assange’s (Wikeleaks editor) internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated our contingency plans.” So, it seems the US government is now trying to silence Wikileaks.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, we don’t know that it was the U.S. government – but I suspect we soon will. As far as technology goes, ham-handed bureaucrats are not near as clever and talented as hackers.

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      • DPH says:

        Hey Charlie, You are right, we do not know for sure yet. But, Wikileaks did comment today that it was Ecuador that cut off the internet, but, the assumption is that Ecuador was pressured with sanctions from Kerry to do so. I am sure we will get that confirmation soon. What is pretty clear, right now though, is that our 1st amendment is increasingly under attack.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        I just love hackers! lol when the chips are wiped- they will be ready and I pray do good!

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      • Richard Weissflog says:

        Speaking of Wiki-Leaks. I sent this post out only a few days ago.
        I don’t know what to think about it and would appreciate any thoughts
        you might have!

        To All,

        “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”!

        So, by exposing the dark secrets and conspiratorial plotting at the highest levels of government,
        is ‘Wiki-leaks’ a force for good in our world? Or, is it a threat to world stability by exposing secrets
        that should legitimately be kept hidden?

        Want to know Julian Assange’s endgame? He told you a decade ago

        Want to know Julian Assange’s endgame? He told you a decade ago
        Ten years ago, the WikiLeaks founder argued it’s not the leaks that kill political parties, but the fear of …

        Since the Watergate Tapes brought down Richard Nixon, powerful politicians have refined the art of CYA by
        eliminating incriminating documentation as much as possible. Do you all remember Sandy Berger?

        RealClearPolitics – Articles – Sandy Berger: What Did He Take and Why Did He Take It?

        RealClearPolitics – Articles – Sandy Berger: What Did He Take and Why Did H…

        Then again, most of us have done things we are ashamed of and hope are never exposed to the light of day.

        The secret life of Julian Assange

        The secret life of Julian Assange
        He grew up constantly on the move, the son of parents who were in the theater business in Australia.

        As our technology advances, our ability to keep secrets gets increasingly more difficult.
        Overall, is that good or bad? Certainly the world would be better off knowing about the
        nefarious things done by the powerful who have control over our lives; but, some things that
        are exposed serve either no public purpose, or put in jeopardy plans that would work toward the
        good of all.

        Something to think about!

        Pray for America!
        God Bless,
        Rick

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  38. joanne1950 says:

    I urge all to read AB Chaput’s letter at https:www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/about-those-unthinking-backwards-catholics I have always been very proud of my church when it came to education of women. I mean I am a product of Catholic grade school, Catholic high school and two Catholic universities. Through grade school and high school my teachers were all highly educated Catholic women. Recently I called my parish pastor about the Year of Mercy, The Sacrament of Reconciliation and how both related to abortion. I was confused as to the exception for priests to forgive abortion in the confessional booth without going to his bishop. We discussed the particulars. While I had him on the phone I asked my pastor about Pope Francis’s committee on global warming. As I see it, the committee was ridged with population control atheists. This conclusion was reached after reading extensively on the individuals on the committee. In truth, I am also aware of a myriad of scientists, thousands of them, calling global warming faux science. In any case, I was quickly called a Pharisee for doubting the Pope. I pointed out that I thought the Pope was being falsely led and that he was naive. I was also told that I “didn’t respect the Pope”. I was flabbergasted. I thought that the Church wanted me to be educated. I thought they want me to think. Guess not. One final thought.
    I concluded a while back that Pope Francis is lean on European history, lean on Islamic-European history. His comparison of a baptized Catholic murdering his girlfriend to an Islamic follower following the Koran and the killing of Christians was stunning. To be stinging in my comment – this comparison is total and complete non sequitur. Pope Francis certainly didn’t use the famous Jesuit logic here. The New Testament does not condone murder, the Koran certainly does. One person is devoid of his baptized faith, the other is full of it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t be discouraged, Joanne. Pastors are people, too, and all have an outlook. Some really think we should never disagree with the mere political opinions of clerics. They are wrong, but it is a reflection of the vast confusion out there right now. A Pastor is entitled to his political opinion: he is not entitled to pretend it is authoritative.

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      • joanne1950 says:

        I don’t know why it took me so long to see and read your kind words. But I especially needed to read them today. I am at last at peace with Msgn. Picard. He is serving way past retirement and had the courage to stand up to the silence in the diocese about the priest sexual scandal. He’s a good priest who made a mistake with me. It’s ok. I actually handled it with a Yes, Father and bit my tongue. I’m not a 1950’s Catholic for nothing. Janet’s reply to me helped so much re: Francis’s global warming encyclical and its underlying message against abortion.

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    • janet says:

      Hi Joanne ..don’t worry whether climate change is true or not

      Father Dwight Longnecker explains the strategy behind the encyclical: “The Pope successfully integrates a theology of creation into the ecology debate. He affirms, as so many environmentalists affirm, that ‘all things are connected.’ In doing so he then connects the rights of the unborn, the needs of the poor, the rights of immigrants, the needs of the elderly and disabled, and the rightful demands of the workers.” Many non-Catholics who are interested in reading the Papal encyclical will learn about Catholic teaching on a host of moral issues that they have probably have never been willing to listen to before. There is a lot in this encyclical that the global warming establishment will not like. For example, warmists will be challenged by Pope Francis when he states that it is “incoherent” to be concerned with climate change while at the same time supporting abortion.”

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  39. avaeadie says:

    OMM is expressing the pain and anguish I and probably a great many Mother’s have felt over the last several decades while rearing our children within our Faith in America…I am wondering if I should consider mailing her blog to my own Bishop as I doubt he would otherwise have a chance.

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  40. DPH says:

    And now, news outlet RT, which has been reporting on Wikileaks, has its site shut down in the UK. The Ecuadorian Embassy isn’t commenting on whether Julian Assange is still there, or, even alive at this point. But Wikileaks has been, in essence, shut down. At least for now. They have contingency plans in place. Freedom of Speech is now fully under attack, spear-headed by our government.
    https://sputniknews.com/world/201610171046407472-rt-uk-accounts-blocked/

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  41. DanSouthChicago says:

    Charlie, your articles — and the guest articles, as well — are almost universally spot-on. The comments from the family are also usually very helpful. These comments, however, are really making me work! There are so many things that the family has advanced that are truly “home runs!” There is so much here to cogitate and pray over. Thank you, one and all, and God bless. (Things sure are getting “interesting.”)

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  42. Snowy Owl says:

    Charlie, did you see this article by Michael Brown concerning the Tilma?
    “Is anyone out there good with Photo-shop, Paint.net, or other graphic editing devices?
    Here’s the challenge: devising a portrait of Guadalupe — just the original, miraculous image of Mary –without the man-made additions.
    For you see, while the great majority of the depiction is acheiropoietos —“not done with human hands”; as Pope XII said, “painted with brushes not of this earth” (in fact, there are no brush marks!) — there are peripheral images and accents that it’s claimed were added shortly after the irrefragable image itself appeared in 1531 on Saint Juan Diego’s tilma.
    The project would be to erase the cherub; the bottom fold in the image’s robe; the black outline on her clothes; the stars; the rays of gold around her (that aura); the black lines at her eyes; the fleur-de-lis; and the brooch at her neck.
    Believe it or not, what’s left would be — miraculous.
    Any takers?” It goes on and then Dan Lynch writes in with what he has learned and he disagrees with Michael on this- he believes the images were authentic but enhanced.This is really very interesting!
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/what-would-she-look-like

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    • the phoenix says:

      I’m working on it, Snowy … just a quick rendering though … Of course, to make the changes, I’ll have to do a few Photoshop enhancements of my own to the image of Our Lady of Tepeyac, basically, to see if I can achieve the look requested, or at least come reasonably close. As for the stars, I thought they were supposed to be there? (Well, many of the stars, anyways …) So for now, I’m leaving the stars. And am not sure if I’m seeing the fleur-de-lis … This definitely won’t be perfect, just a basic idea. Well, we’ll see what happens, anyways. You’ve got me curious. 🙂

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Phoenix, this is so wonderful, do you know when I typed this I added your name into it but then decided I better just post it as is so edited it- I should have left it!!! I asked if you would consider doing this! How funny that you already are!!! O God is just so amazing!

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        • the phoenix says:

          Here it is:

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Phoenix!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Wow, Phoenix! That is so simple and so beautiful.
            Did you read what Dan Lynch had to say? I don’t know what to think! What is your take on this and what do you think, seeing her now this way?
            Charlie what do you think.. I was so hoping you had something to say!? Not important?

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          • Barb H says:

            Phoenix,

            You know, I never noticed before how different the pose of her arms is. One arm under her mantle and then the other arm enfolding into her mantle. Knowing Our Lady has a purpose in everything she does I am curious about the difference.

            Thank you! This has made me see Our Lady of Guadalupe with fresh eyes.

            Pondering,
            Barb H

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        • The left arm is deliberately lifting her mantle so the Indians could see that large image of that arrow-shaped flower…it represents something like a community sprouting between heaven and earth. Her robe represents the earth and her mantle with the stars represents the heavens, and that arrow codex with the flowers represents “community”, I think.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            That’s beautiful Patrick, but I’m kind of bothered by this now, maybe because of no input from the *boss*. I had never before heard that this image was painted on by people… don’t know what to think.

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          • I think someone painted over the moon, which was originally silver and has now turned it into the color we see. But have no doubts, Snowy, this is a purely Divine image that is inexplicable even after extensive analysis by modern scientific methods. Kodak of Mexico says the image is *impossible* to photograph accurately and reproduce, yet it is as smooth to the touch as a modern photo. It appears to be repairing itself — like that damage from the acid spill in the top right corner. Also, Science cannot identify the materials it is made of — they don’t exist on earth. There is also no undersketch but yet we see a perfectly proportioned woman in her early to mid teens. There are no brush strokes. And the Vatican itself failed to replicate it.

            It also survived an explosive blast at point blank range in the 1920s.

            Do you ever notice how her face changes expression? Sometimes sad, sometimes pleased, always praying. She sometimes even seems to breathe.

            I am consecrated to Our Lady of Tepeyac. Sometimes when I stare at her beautiful image, I lose myself in marvel and wonder…

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Patrick, I firmly believe the Tilma is miraculous! I spent some time earlier today researching this and I read the results of several scientific studies and not one mentioned this..that there were parts of the Tilma that had been altered by artists. Spirit Daily is the first I’ve ever heard of this. Silver paint, if an artists used real silver to make it, will tarnish in the air over time. I just love it the way I’ve always known it to look. Maybe it really doesn’t matter because God knows. Yes I have seen expresions changebut on my Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart pictures. I just acquired this picture of Our Lady of Tepeyac and hung it in my livingroom so I’ll watch 🙂

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          • The image is sooo fully alive to me. Of course my print isn’t the original, but I know that the Blessed Mother herself is truly there…in the flesh (so to speak). Her ears hear my prayers. Her heart feels my heart. What a sublime and heavenly gift she has given to us.

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  43. Josh says:

    I would like to share the following website, with info about a Novena for the United States:

    http://catholictruth.net/

    “Pray the Novena to the Mother of God for the United States” (Courtesy EWTN)
    http://catholictruth.net/assets/PDFs/novena_mother_of_God_nation.pdf

    Also, from the news that I have been reading (and videos that I have been viewing), I get the impression that the main trigger for cancelling the USA elections, will be the health problems of Hillary Clinton, which she is trying to conceal (maybe other readers can comment on that).

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  44. Snowy Owl says:

    A beautiful song for Our Blessed Mother and for all of you 💕

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  45. Snowy Owl says:

    I REALLY miss MP and Deer being here. Where O where are you, my two friends? 💔

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  46. deereverywhere says:

    Snowy keeps poking me….so, here I am a deer in the headlights. Thank you everyone for the prayers. Y’all have, of course, been in my prayers and in my weekly candle lighting in front of St. Joseph, I always light one for everyone here. My brain has been sucked out by zombies so I don’t have anything to say. I have just been pulling my little red wagon through the sand box wondering why the wheels aren’t spinning. Enough about me, let’s get to the truly awesome God…three cheers for God….hooray God. Going back in the menagerie now. Hooray God, thanks C doggy dog

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  47. GREAT ARTICLES AND SO WELL PUT AND TO FOLLOW ALWAYS. GOD BLESS YOU, AND ALL YOUR FOLLOWERS..KEEP IT UP..YOU GIVE US GRACE WE SOOOO NEED.
    BLESSING’S TO YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVE ONES.

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