I Killed Christ…And so did You

first-thanksgiving

By Charlie Johnston

 

I confess to Almighty God,

And to you, my brothers and sisters,

That I have greatly sinned,

In my thoughts and in my words,

In what I have done,

And in what I have failed to do…

(Public Penitential Act)

I am often publicly impatient with Catholics who promote the idea that angels will lead all the faithful to refuges, safe havens to weather the full fury of the Storm. While that may be figuratively true, it is not literally true. It is just a Catholic version of the Protestant doctrine of the Rapture that has sprung up over the last 200 years. (The idea of Rapture was first proposed by John Darby of the Brethren Movement in 1830). Both ideas posit that God is going to mystically take the good folks to a place of complete safety while all the rest on earth suffer through a terrible chastisement. Everybody who posits such things assumes that they are included in the cohort of good little boys and girls who are going to be taken to safety – and sometimes are at pains to hide an unseemly glee at the idea of all the rest of those poor slobs out there getting smacked down.

I am also unsettled when people speak of being part of “The Remnant,” once again all the good little boys and girls who have kept faith – and again with the unwarranted triumphal assumption that the speaker IS part of that anointed tribe, not like those dirty, unwashed heathens who so abound out there.

This troubles me for two major reasons. First, many otherwise decent people are liable to go into despair that they are not among the chosen when no angel comes to lead them to safety or that they are left behind with the rest of us when the final crash comes. Second, few who hold to such things are likely to consider that they have misread God’s call to action in troubled times for a promise of immunity – when it does not happen as they expect. We are each called to be refuge to our neighbors and to leave the old worldliness behind, so that we can act as God’s hands and feet during crisis.

Second, it presumes some facts that are very much not in evidence to quietly support a smug complacency. We are taught, Magisterially, that we cannot know with certainty that we are in a state of grace. How then can we be so certain that we are the elect, the remnant? Is it just because we have not violated the laws? If so, we are unprofitable servants, indeed. As Christians, we are called to go forth, not just to sit tight. I doubt that many people here have actively participated in the ongoing assault on faith and culture that is rapidly reaching its climax. But as the Penitential Act I quoted above so pointedly says, we are not just responsible for sin in what we have done, but in what we have failed to do. Could we really have reached this pass had there not been a massive failure in what we, as Christians, are called to?

A few examples of what we have failed to do…

Several decades ago, a black mayor of a majority black city in my area had a breakfast meeting with me. To my astonishment, he told me he was considering switching to the Republican Party. I told him we would be glad to have him – except that he would never get elected in his city again – so what had brought this on? He told me he was sick of Democrats treating him and his city as if they were all thugs and bums. He said the only legislation they would help with is things decriminalizing drugs, easing off on the punishment of crime, and expanding welfare: that that was all they thought “black legislation” consisted of. He added that when he wanted something to help the law-abiding majority in his town to strengthen their families, to help them with work or with real infrastructure improvements, he always had to go to the Republicans anyway. We talked for a while. He was deeply offended – and more than a bit bitter at the casual unconscious slur he consistently got from Democratic legislators. I told him we would continue to be his allies, but he and I both knew if he made the switch it would end his career. I suggested he stay where he was, we would continue to lead on the serious legislation his city needed – and ask that if we had a close one where he could quietly help, he do so. That worked for us all. But I never forgot that conversation – and I never forgot the vehemence with which he spat the line, “We are not all thugs and bums and I am sick of the Democrats treating us as if we are.”

The anti-God progressive left has succeeded where the Ku Klux Klan failed. It has atomized the black family, particularly in inner cities. In many of our cities there are hellholes of dysfunction and despair – and almost every city where this exists, the government has been led by anti-God progressives for at least two generations. While the dysfunction plays out on largely racial lines in America, that is not the root cause. In England, you have the same type of hellholes, mainly populated with impoverished whites. The result is the same. When you treat people like helpless animals, completely dependent on your largesse, many start to behave in animalistic faction. Both our government – and too many elements in our Churches – treat the poor with paternalistic disdain and preening self-regard. It is a form of animal husbandry, not brotherhood. The anti-God progressives have created a permanently dependent underclass in order to harvest their votes and use them as enforcers in mob actions to enhance the power of the progressives. This is racist to its core. The Black Lives Matter movement has led to increasing murder rates – and most of the newly murdered are black, killed by other blacks. Most of the businesses and homes destroyed in rioting are owned by blacks. So why does the progressive left not care about that? For the same reason they don’t care about the huge rate of black-on-black crime: because it is just black folks being killed and does not advance the narrative they prefer to seize more power. It is hideously racist. Yet we Christians and conservatives are busy defending ourselves against the charge of racism from the most successfully racist enterprise in American history: the progressive left – instead of holding them to account for their bigotry.

So where were we when the progressives were making pockets of inner cities into hellholes? Most of us considered it not our affair. The progressives, in true Animal Farm fashion, replaced the old white exploiters with new, black exploiters. Then they screamed, “Racist,” if anyone seriously tried to stop exploitation. What did most of us do? Figured it was none of our business and retreated to the safety of ignoring it rather than submit ourselves to the calumny and vitriol we would be hit with if we tried to defend our brothers. Where were we when the progressives made many city school districts into support systems for progressive activists, students be damned? Just in the last week, the NAACP, which once advocated for black people, issued a call for restricting Charter Schools, which have been one of the few ways out of the ghetto for many minorities. In Chicago, the City averted a teachers strike by cutting back on Charter Schools. Both hideously racist propositions, designed to enhance the stranglehold of progressive activists at the expense of children’s needs and best interests. We sat by and let neighborhoods and schools be destroyed in the name of empowering progressive activists – and did it so people wouldn’t talk ugly about us. And we think we are the faithful remnant? We are moral cowards and sinners, glad to opine against the dead carcass of institutional racism that largely expired by the 80’s, but unwilling to challenge the new, more virulent racism visited by the progressive left.

Let’s go back to first things. Man is made in God’s own image – all of us. As such, we hold a share in His divine dignity. If this is true (and the Bible says it is) we participate in a subordinate way in His fundamental nature. His fundamental nature is, through the procession of love between the Three Person of the Trinity, to create. He is the Creator. And since we are made in His image, we share most fully in His dignity when we love and act as subordinate creators. But that is what modern “philanthropists” will not hear of. They reserve to themselves the dignity of dispensing largesse and acting as creators, treating those they “help” as children of lesser gods, who must never be given the dignity or joy of creating anything by the work of their own hands. Though it plays out on largely racial lines because of the ghettoes of despair we allowed to be created, it is the classic master-subject relationship that has always been at the heart of tyrannical aspirations.

I love St. John Paul’s frequent discussion of the concept of solidarity. It is the foundation of my belief in the concept of the Family of God. We are not to treat each other as greater and lesser, but as fellow workers in the Lord’s vineyard, as brothers and sisters. We are not called to simply dispense largesse to the poor and congratulate ourselves on our nobility. We are to accompany our brothers so that all may find the joy and dignity of acting as creators. We are not merely called to be philanthropists, but to help all to become philanthropists. What kind of brother would you be if you let your brother’s neighborhood be destroyed by dysfunction without fighting for him? What kind of brother would you be if you allowed activists to take over your family’s schools for their benefit instead of the children’s? Yet that is what we have done. We deride affirmative action – and usually rightly so – but what did we do to see that our brothers were not robbed of their right to an education? Not robbed of their right to real opportunity based on building their character through family and faith? We did not want any trouble. Now we have reaped a bitter harvest because of what we failed to do. And we dare to think God should take us to a place of safety while everyone else gets it? We should be crying mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa instead of patting ourselves on the back for our fidelity.

Then there is the matter of abortion. Over 60 million killed in America since 1973. Thanks be to God, many have worked to stop it – and people of several faiths have come to respect each other’s faith for their mutual efforts. But we have certainly been ineffective against this ongoing holocaust. Thankfully, many clerics have found a newfound boldness in speaking and acting out against the Culture of Death St. John Paul spoke of. But how many times, particularly in the 70’s and 80’s, but even today, have you heard clerics say that poverty or unemployment is equally as bad as abortion? None of those clerics have solved poverty or unemployment with their pious pronouncements – and have often enabled those who made it worse – but they have given effective cover to the aggressors in this Culture of Death. And because of their assistance, we are now dealing with active euthanasia and the destruction of the health care system. How often have we, Catholics and Evangelicals, justified our vote for someone who was fundamentally an aggressor in the Culture of Death on the basis that some ancillary issue was equally important?

When I was a teenager, there was an old man, Mr. Valentin, who lived in a house in back of us. He was a wonderful old man, full of lively stories and always with some cookies or cake to offer. I liked to visit with him. He was a German expatriate who had come to America after the war. Once we were talking about the war and what it was like to live in Germany then. He said, in passing, that he did not agree with how Hitler treated the Jews, but that he had been very good for the German economy – and that he thought Hitler was largely given a bad rap. I was stunned and horrified. I was polite, but I never visited him again, though I was pleasant when I saw him in passing. It has always been a part of my pondering how otherwise decent people can tolerate great evil when it is the norm in their cultural milieu. It troubles me a lot that, since then, I have seen us become a nation full of Mr. Valentins.

Then there are the Churches. I hate the sterile, bloodless bureaucratic model that our whole culture has adopted in just about everything. I particularly loathe it in our Churches. Once, in private conversation with a Bishop, he surprised me when he mournfully said that when a Priest dies, he is quickly forgotten. I asked why he thought that. He said they have no families – and a Priest’s  flock just moves on to the next to fill their needs. It struck a deep chord in me.

I met a former Anglican Priest in Billings, Montana. A common theme I have is how poorly we treat Priests, and how terribly isolating it must be for them. We treat Priests like any other service person, consulting them when a problem arises, lining up to receive the Sacraments from them, but almost never acknowledging their humanity or treating them with the easy affection we would a friend or family member. This Priest has five children at home – and agreed it was a terrible problem. He said his family regularly has picnics and family events to which he invites Priests in the area, so they can participate in an active family life, to share in affection and joy as well as benediction – and it helps a lot.

We should always treat our Priests and Pastors with the respect due to them as spiritual fathers. But we should also treat them with the affection and intimacy we would a beloved Uncle. Yet most of us treat them like an appliance repairman: fix my problem and move on. And we think we are the faithful remnant?

Yet many Priests and Pastors have bought into the bureaucratic model, as well. Too often they see parishioners as cogs in the Sacramental assembly line. I see Dioceses where they talk of being open to life, but the tuition for a high school student at a Catholic School is $12,000. How is a normal family that is open to life supposed to cope with that? Are our deeds matching our words? When they don’t, our actions give the lie to our pious words.

We are called to be the Family of God. We have failed miserably. We are not the faithful remnant. If God was going to take the good little boys and girls to safety during this Storm, I don’t know anyone who would qualify. Oh, I don’t mix with many people who have actively assaulted our culture…but I don’t know many who have effectively defended it or acted as if they really mean to treat all their brothers and sisters as the Family of God.

The good news is that, while there is no blameless faithful remnant, God is giving us the chance to audition for the role in this Storm. You be the refuge. You do it by being a participant in the Rescue that has already begun, unseen by the world. You do it by recognizing all the things you have failed to do – then set your jaw like flint and resolve to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. There will be no passive spectators taken to safety because of how good they have been, only active participants who choose to become a place of safety to all they encounter.

If you do this, if you acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you, you will become a participant in the Rescue and truly earn a place among the faithful remnant. If we all do this, the Son of Man will find faith on earth when He comes again. But we should be thankful it is not now, for the best of us are not nearly as good as we think we are.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

 

 

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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551 Responses to I Killed Christ…And so did You

  1. Eeklipps says:

    This blog is a good reminder for me that God is in charge and will always be… I am learning slowly to let go of my fears and worries about going thru the storm with 2 young children and my husband whose faith in God needs to solidify preferably sooner than later.

    We have tried about 3x to move back to the Midwest where my parents, siblings and their families live, but for some reason, something always comes up that prevents us from doing so. I’m thinking God doesn’t want us going anywhere and we are right where He wants us to be. I was hoping we would be with the rest of my family when we are in the midst of the raging storm where I would feel more safe and comforted with having them near us since I feel alone religiously or spiritually (does that make sense?)… I can’t lean on my husband for support right now on matters of faith. He went through a difficult time in life which made him fall away. His faith is growing again but still fragile. He finally went to confession two years ago after being away from the sacraments for so long he couldn’t even recall the last time he went! I was so happy about that and I’m still praying for his continued conversion… for God to ignite a yearning or hunger in his heart. Slowly but surely, God knows when the time is right. So I will continue to soldier on, just like everyone else here.

    May God have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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    • Barb421 says:

      your husband is doing better than mine, I don’t think he’s been to confession for decades, maybe not in our married life of 39 years! I feel so down in the dumps today, so alone, my parents are deceased,, I have no one to feel close to spiritually

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      • dianebelvs says:

        I’m praying for you and your hubby, Barb. Don’t let things get you down. There is always a miracle right around the corner. Have faith and keep your light bright for all to see. You have many friends here Barb. Lean on us and keep on keepin’ on friend.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Barb, it seems quite a few of us here are in a similar situation, which is why I am so grateful for this community! We don’t have long to go now before this changes. Sharing with other people is so important.
        I just try to offer all my loneliness, isolation, etc., and the pain it causes me, for Priests and Bishops who also deal with loneliness and spiritual and emotional isolation- many in the midst of huge parishes and busy schedules!
        Anyway, I certainly can hear what you are saying! I’ve gotten to the point at times where talking to my cats and my dogs can be comforting…and..well they sure enjoy it, tho I don’t get much out of it except a good laugh because of the expressions on their faces🙂

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      • I’m so sorry you’re hurting for your husband, but what a faithful spouse he has in you. Pray, fast, and offer sacrifices for his soul. I will pray for him, and you, too!

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      • moreen67 says:

        Barb – as far as family I have my sister (3 years older than I) and a brother who is 16 1/2 years older than I (I’m not very close to him or his family – I pray for them though) now my sister who I love very much goes to Mass but I know she needs that conversion (one on one w/Jesus to happen) hasn’t been to confession and is on the liberal side of thinking these days. I’m not going to lose hope with her – I’m praying for her to get that ping on the head that I needed and got in 2004. It can happen. Also, I’m single with no children and my parents are gone too – I live alone and to tell you the truth it can be very lonely but I try to get myself out of that place because with Jesus you are really never alone (and our Guardian Angel!). Just said a prayer for you and your hubby – God bless you Barb – Maureen

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      • Littlelight says:

        God moved the planets to announce Jesus’ birth! (I like to think about that when I get discouraged with what seems to be impossible. The impossible is His specialty, LOL)

        Many prayers for you! Pie is needed. And ice cream🙂

        Keep on ‘keepin on, my friend! God bless you & All!

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        • jj says:

          Light, actually, it’s much more miraculous than moving the planets, God arranged the entire universe from the moment of creation such that the stars and planets would be in the correct location at the precisely correct moment. That same concept applies to each and every one of us as well, it is beyond Miraculous to my rather limited perspective.

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        • DanSouthChicago says:

          Yes, ice cream can be helpful. God bless.

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      • Barb129 says:

        Praying for you and your husband, Barb….

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  2. Christi Kortuem says:

    Yes!! Your post reminds me of that heartbreaking end of “Schindler’s List.” I feel that way for the unborn. Oh God, forgive me, I could have gotten one more.

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  3. Padre says:

    Something very serious, maybe even prophetic in Mirijana’s exoressions…

    http://apparitionhill.org/mirjana-soldo/

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      I agree Padre. Mirjana’s face was very troubled in part of the apparition and she seemed quite distraught immediately afterwards.

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    • anna819 says:

      I have watched several videos of Mirjana during an apparition but this one really got to me.

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      • kat3116 says:

        I thought so too. Like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She had a very difficult time standing up at the end. It’s usually hard for her, but this was different.

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    • Linda says:

      Padre..I just watched Mirjana Oct vision and she seemed horribly shaken.. then Our Lady said many are not caring about Jesus. This did not look good I have never seen her like this b4😢😢😢

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    • I highly recommend the book just written and released by Mirjana Soldo entitled “My Heart Will Triumph”. It reads like she is sitting in your living room and having a conversation with you. It also gives a great deal of detail and insight into her life and the tremendous responsibility she carries and the love with which she carries it. If you love Our Lady, you will love her even more after having read this. I believe the book is a gift and carries great grace with it. It can be found on Amazon

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      • Yes, it is a really good read. For those who have been to Medjugorje it is a reminder of our pilgrimages….for those who haven’t been it shows very human and humble ways of living out the messages. My son leaves Wednesday evening (26th). He is taking the book with him.

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      • moreen67 says:

        It’s a great book.

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      • JeanT says:

        I loved this book as well! My pilgrimages to Medjugorje were a turning point for me to a full love of our Catholic faith. My first one was in 2002 and then I was blessed to go in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Mirjana spoke very simply and straight from the heart. She gave me a new understanding of what it means to live those “who do not yet know the love of God.” Instead of calling them unbelievers, in essence our Lady is saying that to know the love of God we would have no choice but to believe in Him.

        I am eagerly awaiting my brothers and sisters of all walks of life to know and love our Father!

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        • OH Jean, I was trying to find the exact words that Our Lady said about ‘those who do not yet know the love of God’…..it made a big impression on me both with members of my family and others I know. Trust a woman to see through the lack of knowledge and love that her children have!!!

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    • canada1nw says:

      I just returned from Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje. I was present last Wednesday evening for Ivan’s private apparition, in his chapel, in Medjugorje. The translator said clearly that our Lady said we are in : ” a state of emergency.” These daily messages are not made public, as are the second and twenty-fifth of the month messages. Anyone who has eyes or ears should know these words are true.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks for sharing this, Canada.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Canada, what a wonderful pilgrimage! It is nice to have you back. ❤

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        • canada1nw says:

          I prayed for Charlie all of Charlie’s angels and their families, especially when I held a relic of St. Simeon, who was present when Jesus was presented in the Temple. I prayed that all those we love (and more) will be present in the Heavenly Temple when time turns into Eternity. We got to travel to Zagreb for time and prayers with Fr. Jozo, for one day of our pilgrimage. Our 85 year old organizer said it was her most blessed of 90 pilgrimages. I believe we need all the blessings we can gather during this time…we gathered them for all who have asked us to pray and for those who have no one to pray for them..for our shepherds too, as is asked by our Lady.

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  4. JeanT says:

    Charlie, I read this article the other night and pondered on it for awhile. It came right after speaking with a devout friend who told me about a “refuge” of sorts and the idea of being led there by your guardian angel. I explained to her that I was leery (not Leary) of that idea and shared with her your site. I understood that even priests have visited this site and had mass there. It well may be a place of refuge in the future, but not to expect to be led there by glowing lights and by your guardian angel.

    Your comment about people being in despair if they are left outside of the refuges and their possible despair made me think that this is could be another ploy of the satan. Nowhere in scripture are people led to a hidden place by angles (correct me someone if I am wrong). They may be told to flee by an angel, but still need to go on their own trusting in God, taking the next right step, etc. Imagine if St. Joseph waited to be teleported to Egypt after the angel spoke to him in a dream.

    So many commentators here have shared beautiful thoughts on this article….Joe Crozier, Linda (checking out immediate surroundings….thinking of your neighborhood), just to name a few.

    All I can say is WOW! This article really is a good eye-opener and something to reflect on personally! Yes, I killed Christ! How can I ever neglect to forgive someone else for their little sins against me when I have offended The Creator, God Himself, so much more! I must totally trust in His mercy……as much as I will show mercy to others.

    The AOD of Detroit had a mass of pardon on October 7 led by our Archbishop in which our diocese asked for pardon for past sins and failures (mea maxima culpa). Our bishops lay prostrate on the floor in front of the altar while all the petitions were read and the congregation responded asking God for mercy. One particular prayer for pardon was
    “For abandoning the widow and the orphan in dangerous neighborhoods, for refusing to share resources with those most in need, for creating zip codes where poor children have little access to quality education.”

    The prayers were beautiful, haunting and startling at times.

    Charlie – thank you for keeping to your post and for sharing your talents/charisms to build up the Body of Christ. God Bless!

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      JeanT

      Just a thought. The angels did lead Lot and his family out of Sodom before the destruction (Gen 19). So, that may be God’s will for some. I have heard Charlie say something in the past to the effect of, the safest place for you to be is where God wants you to be. In essence, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

      Robert

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      • canada1nw says:

        This Scripture has been a comfort to me when I was concerned about my children being so far away, both physically from home and spiritually from practicing their faith. It does not speak of angels but of ships…Isaiah 60 verses 8-9

        What are these ships that skim along like clouds,
        Like doves returning home?
        9 They are ships coming from distant lands,
        Bringing God’s people home.

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    • kat3116 says:

      The prayers were beautiful that evening. I’ve kept the booklet and have shared the prayers with others who were not able to go. Very memorable mass.

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      • JeanT says:

        Yeah! Another TNRS from the Detroit area! I think QuietNoMore is also from here. I’ve been keeping her in my prayers. I’ve tried the private forum, but can’t seem to find the Detroit folks there.

        The mass for pardon was so humbling! I imagined that it was like the Israelites when they atoned for sin as a whole assembly.

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  5. goldensun says:

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I pray that I and the rest of us here are given the grace to make a full, penetrating confession before the end of the year of Mercy. I certainly don’t want to be a Mr. Valentin.

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  6. Linda says:

    Charlie… I stopped at our local farmers stand today to pick up some onions and I started telling her (Sue) about there not being an election this year. .or if there was..no inauguration and what she said to me made ME step back & pause…she then proceeded to tell me she was in contact with an X general who was retired that has a lot of scoop…he told her IT WOULD NEVER MAKE IT TO THE ELECTIONS…then I said, “Sue..did I already tell you about Charlie?” She said, “no, that was all from the general. ” Then, of course, I proceded to tell her the rest of the scenario and all about you. Lol.. Their family farms all our area.. I think we will all need each other very much very soon….on a different subject… please Charlie..please any tnrs…say a prayer for a special & complicated intention for us..and thank you ahead of time😇

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  7. Vivi says:

    Thank you Charlie for all you do! First, obedience then to fully commit in helping God. I know the ride is tough but sure you know n all of us should know He is in ultimate control.

    Determination is key!

    I dont post often but im active here. 🤓

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  8. JudyM says:

    Cubbies.

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  9. MarieUrsula says:

    This seems relevant: Tomorrow, Justice Clarence Thomas celebrates 25 years on the Supreme Court. Here is a worthwhile article about him. The caption below the title reads, “Despite the setback 25 years ago caused by Anita Hill’s accusations during his confirmation hearings, even left-wing scholars agree that Thomas has become one of the most esteemed justices on the high court.”

    Here is the link to the full article:
    https://stream.org/celebrating-25-years-of-clarence-thomas-on-the-supreme-court-his-close-friend-spills-the-beans/

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    • Patricia says:

      Woman know what is real and not. Woman with Yale Law degrees do not follow men who speak in “ungentlemanly” ways to them in public and private. I am so happy Thomas got his due and even the left “approved”. I hope the left gets its due. Yes, Charlie, I know, we are to be gracious and kind. I’m trying.

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      • charliej373 says:

        We all do our best, Patricia.

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      • Mick says:

        Patricia, I was a 2L when Thomas’ confirmation hearings took place. I remember watching TV as the vote was coming in… I had tears streaming down my face as I begged God to please let him be confirmed in spite of all the lies and spite directed at him.

        About 17 years ago, my family traveled to Virginia to visit some friends; and we happened to end up at Mass at what happened to be Justice Thomas’ parish. I saw him on the other side of the church; and once I recognized who he was, it was difficult to concentrate on the Mass (mea culpa, Lord). Of course, I had to approach him after Mass and tell him what a big fan I am. He was so humble and gracious. God bless him and all lawyers and judges who are trying to do His will.

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        • Patricia says:

          Mick,
          While reading your comment the thought just came to me that in all this Thomas will also be exonerated by virtue of the exposure of the left. Nice!

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        • ann says:

          Beautiful story Mick. Thank you for sharing. I have admired Justice Thomas for so long and hated the terrible attack he had to endure. I agree with you–God bless all lawyers and judges who are trying to do His Will.

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  10. JG says:

    Sorry I haven’t read all the recent comments but the Knights of Columbus have a Novena for the elections if anyone is interested:
    Here’s the Novena

    The Knights of Columbus are circulating a pre-election novena, as highlighted in this linked article: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/heres-a-pre-election-novena-to-mary-patroness-of-the-us-22880/

    Pre-election novena to Mary, patroness of the US
    Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

    Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

    Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners — on all who are in need.

    Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.
    ——————-
    Only one question – Do we praise her ? I thought we venerate her. I thought all praise goes to God. I’m substituting venerate here, unless YD give the thumbs up.
    May God bless all here!

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    • charliej373 says:

      We don’t worship her. Worship is reserved for God, alone. I think praise is fine. But I would defer to a Priest or Bishop chiming in to refine this.

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      • Matthew says:

        How about a seminarian?
        The theological tradition distinguishes between “latria”, “hyperdulia”, and “dulia”.
        “Latria” is precisely that worship or adoration that is proper to God alone.
        “Dulia” is the reverence and respect we owe the saints.
        “Hyperdulia” is that reverence, respect and, yes, praise, that we owe to Our Lady.
        Hope that helps.
        PAX,
        Matthew

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      • Katherine says:

        The true hallmarks of worship are fundamentally sacrifice and adoration, always has been. We sacrifice to God and acknowledge Him as the One who Is (which is adoration). We don’t do that same kind of thing when we speak highly of the angels and saints. Praise is fine for Mary and the saints, for it is not in its nature adoration or sacrifice, it is an acknowledgement of goodness . . . which goes back to reflect on God anyway because we recognize all goodness as belonging to Him and coming from Him in our act of adoration. It is a just thing to do, to praise and honor Mary in a way that is greater in degree than what we give to the saints, for her special goodness and unique vocation demand it.

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    • Beckita says:

      I await a clerical reponse as well, JG and Charlie, but immediately I think of the oft repeated greeting in Medjugorje: Praised be Jesus and Mary! Also, A Prayer of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Ephrem https://www.catholiccompany.com/content/prayer-of-praise-to-blessed-virgin-mary.cfm

      As you note, Charlie, we never worship our Mother but in venerating we praise (acclaim, approve, admire) her every time we address her as did Archangel Gabriel: Hail Mary full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

      Thanks for sharing the novena, JG.

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        JG

        Kabed in Hebrew means praise but it also means honor, as in honor your mother and father in the Decalogue. So, praise does not mean worship. Latria in Latin means worship and reserved for God alone. Dulia means honor like we honor the Saints. For the Holy Mother of God the Church uses the term Hyper-Dulia, meaning a great and unique honor for her. The difference between Latria and Hyper-Dulia is infinite. Having said that, God does will that we honor (kabed) our dear Mother that he himself gave to us from the Cross.

        Robert

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    • victura98 says:

      The confusion here is that “praise” is an ambiguous term. Although “praise” can imply “worship,” the words are certainly not synonyms. So let’s get more specific to clear up any misunderstanding. There are two Greek terms and one Latin term which differentiate our honor (or praise) of the Saints, Mary, and God alone: those terms are “dulia,” “hyperdulia,” and “latria.” Dulia means veneration, or honor, and describes our praise we give to the saints, for their Christlike witness. Hyperdulia means a special veneration or honor, and is used exclusively to describe our praise we give to the Blessed Mother, whose holiness and Christlike witness is so pre-eminent that it is in a class entirely by itself. Latria means adoration, or worship. This “praise” is reserved to God alone. The difference between the honor we give to saints and the honor we give to the Blessed Mother is different by degree. It’s the same “honor,” but Mary deserves much more of it! The difference between the “honor” we give to Mary and the Saints, and the “honor” we give to God alone is not different by degree, it is different by nature. It’s not just “more” honor, but rather, an entirely different disposition of honor. It is worship. And God alone is adored and worshipped. I hope that helps!🙂

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      I am not a scholar in any sort (thank God) but my two cents:

      Sure we praise her. She lived her entire life without sin and tempted by the devil. Whom among us may say that? I succumb to temptation frequently (daily basis) and thank God for His mercy and forgiveness.

      Praying and invoking the one, holy Mother Mary who is before God the Most High to intercede for us…how can this be bad? She alone spent 33yrs with Jesus.

      Btw, how many others living now do we ‘praise’: Trump? Clinton? PP? NFL star athletes, yet people get troubled over a ‘word’ in dealing with the Mother of God, Mother Mary.

      Re-reading the above seems harsh, but it how i see it.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning JG, It seems to me, if anyone has ever participated in or experienced the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, s/he would know immediately, the Catholic difference. Our liturgical worship prayers are offered to God alone, to Whom we participate in the required sacrifice, by means of our great Resurected High Priest and WorthyVictim Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God. Our praise, love and respect for Jesus’ Holy Mother, the Blessed Woman, Full of Grace is our natural response to her who said ‘yes’ to our redemption and so for all the world’s humanity. ‘All generations will call me blessed’.Luke 1:48 :0) —Love, ZJ

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      • JG says:

        Thank you very much to all who answered, esp. Mathew & Victura . ( Mathew, assuming you’re a seminarian – will add you to the litany of priest I pray for. Fr. Vic and all other priests on this site – Thank you for your vocation!!!! 😇 )As one who didn’t learn Latin, I now understand “praise ” is another one of those words like “love” which has multiple meanings. Just shows how inadequate the English language can be. I’m glad I asked. Always knew the B.V.M was above the saints in our devotion, just never knew the word – Hyper Dulia. I think I remember hearing Liturgical Latin evolved to clarify, to refine what the vernacular couldn’t. I now “get it” on a deeper level.
        I’m also glad I posted. Reading all the responses will definitely help many who are at varying levels in their faith or who are not Catholic. So sad when I hear people who leave the faith for some other denomination for they think the Catholic faith is antiquated, boring or they know it all. There is so much to learn! It’s so beautiful & consoling. It will take a life time learn and or to apply.
        May God bless all here
        and May Our Lady – Queen of Heaven keep us under her mantle and close to her Immaculate Heart.

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  11. CrewDog says:

    YUP!!! ;-(

    “Hillary Clinton’s Insidious Threat to Traditional Christianity”
    https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/10/22/hillary-clintons-insidious-threat-to-traditional-christianity/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!~

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  12. Cynthia Pacheco says:

    O my God, I am so convicted! Thank you for opening my eyes.

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  13. Self Righteousness and Pride; two things that poison our souls!

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  14. InHimITrust says:

    I’d like to share my most recent blog post with you all if it’s ok – in particular for young parents. I hope to inspire young parents like me to courageously raise their children for Jesus and with eyes set on eternity.
    “Raising a Christian Family in a Post-Christian Culture”
    http://tkeskrofamily.blogspot.com/2016/10/raising-christian-family-in-post.html?m=1

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  15. Barb421 says:

    does anyone else get emotional with some of the hymns at mass or am I just an old sap?, I could be positively weeping over some of the songs they do, so beautifully….., yesterday there was “Eye Has Not Seen” and “You Are Mine” and I had to struggle to keep the tears from pouring out…when I got home I played the songs off of youtube so I could sing along and my 6 year old grandson joined me in singing, he was so reverent and that made me weep more!

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  16. Joseph says:

    Charlie – I sure hope you are right in predicting that HRC will not be our president. If you are proven wrong then it would mean you are a False prophet (according to Deuteronomy). Please address this issue again, it seems that the female vote is going to her. – Recall it was Eve (not Adam) that was deceived by the devil – we are getting a repeat in this nation.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have said what I have to say on it. Nothing has changed.

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    • Noah603 says:

      Yeah, and it was Adam who stood there, stupidly and cowardly silent, while his wife engaged with the serpent. Plenty of sin to go around.

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    • Mick says:

      Yes, Joseph… and it was men who fled in terror when the soldiers arrested Jesus in the Garden; it was men who betrayed, denied, and condemned Him; yet it was women (save Saint John) who remained with Him at the foot of the Cross. Like Noah said (thanks, bro!), there’s plenty of sin to go around.

      It would be helpful, it seems to me, if we all dispensed with “identity politics” of whatever sort; and if we all kept in mind the words of Saint Paul in Colossians 3:11: “…where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free [and if I might be forgiven for editorializing a little, male nor female]. But Christ is all, and in all.”

      Oh, and just so’s you know, Hillary is not getting this woman’s vote; nor the votes of my sister, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, my dad’s wife, nor any of my close female friends.🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Mick. I just hate identity politics. It is always a tool of division, never of unity or peace. How I love to share in other people’s cultural heritage – that is such a blessing in its variety. But identity politic s is just a terrible acid that saps us of joy and unity.

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  17. Simone says:

    Ok, all you midwestern NRsteppers… pray us back to Midwest. There is a seemingly excellent position with the midwestern Augustinians that my husband may fit into.🙂 We should be fleeing from the battle zone, but somehow, I am drawn to it.

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  18. Simone says:

    I loved the Midwest-Chicago and Quad Cities. Thank you, sweet Beckita.

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    • Beckita says:

      One of my brothers lives in Davenport and directs the liturgical music ministry at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Here’s hoping while praying…

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      • leslyek says:

        Really!? Beckita, I occasionally attend Sacred Heart in Davenport.
        Former Pastor and diocese exscorcist Msgr Mottet just died recently. Ah, is that a rich scenario of stories I was sharing here subtly; and have their place in this Storm…

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      • Simone says:

        Beckita, does Andy know about TNRS?

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        • Beckita says:

          Simone, my whole family knows about TNRS. They have heard about my various pilgrimages, among many places, to Medjugorje and Betania and they listen and smile.

          Most recently, at my mothers funeral in July, I invited them to come and see about TNRS. There were no takers. That being said, anyone who greets Andy and mentions me in connection to our TNRS family will discover our high regard and love for each other. I’m so at peace knowing I have spoken as I have with my family. No push. No grind. No common believers right now. It just brings me great peace to know when the guacamole hits the fan, they’ll have a scaffold of understanding on which to interpret… despite how we’ve been unfaithful to God and His covenant with us, HE is always faithful. I expect to hear wonderful stories about my family members who became heros for God’s cause of rescuing His people and bringing us all back to our senses. I’m confident this will be repeated in all TNRS families. How blessed are we to embrace God’s Cause:

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          • Another Karen says:

            Beckita, no doubt your family will know exactly where to come as the storm hits full force.
            You are such a warm, caring person that in itself is the embodiment of God’s love for us and the next right step. I was thinking as I read this comment that it seems each one of us has been placed in a family/community where for now, we are met with skepticism (to put it mildly in some cases). God knew what He was doing in placing us with the loved ones we have…..probably much more useful for His work than if we were surrounded by everyone of like mind. Where would be the evangelization in that? God bless, and since I have not said it lately, thank you for being such a strong, loving presence here!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Karen, and thanks for your own presence and kindness. So true that we all seem to be strategically placed. Continued prayers for you and for each of us and our families as we continue to move forward.

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          • Simone says:

            Beckita, your family is sooooooooo blessed to have you.

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          • Beckita says:

            Sweet Simone:😉 I’ll bet every person in TNRS Family is a great blessing to their families.

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    • vkmir3 says:

      I live in the Quad Cities! Lots of good things happening in this community and in the Midwest! Lived in Chicago for a period of time as well, but glad to be back in my hometown! Praying you can join us here! Beckita, I believe Our Lady of Fatima’s statute is going to be at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday. Hoping to make it there. God bless!

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      • Simone says:

        vkmir3… no kidding!!!!!! small world. Leslyek lives n QC too. You two should get in touch.

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      • Beckita says:

        Well, I live in Missoula, Montana so I usually meet up with my brother when I make the trek back to our hometown, Sioux City. God bless you all and your rich spiritual environment.

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        • moreen67 says:

          I bet it’s beautiful where you live Beckita.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, Maureen, and so grateful for God’s Beauty in His creation everywhere in the world. While Missoula is comprised of the convergence of five valleys, there’s all manner of rugged and pristine territory to be experienced no matter in which direction one drives out of this small city.

            I’m blessed to live in residence with an aged priest who continues to sub for his brother priests in parishes all over this diocese. Many of my weekends are spent with the holy man of God snoring away while I delight in praising God as I drive the roads with the many, varied and sometimes usual sights: a vast array of vegetation – love the exquisite beauty of wildflowers and sheets of pine trees sometimes lining the highways as surely as the parted waters of the Red Sea were walls to the fleeing Egyptians, animals – deer, mountain goats, and birds of every kind – with my favs being hawks, eagles and osprey…

            A peek at Missoula:

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          • That’s a bird in that one photo.

            (I almost wiped my computer monitor: Good ol’ CGA!)

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        • jj says:

          I love Montana in the summer, we spent a couple of weeks last summer in Big Fork, our daughter performed at the Big Fork Summer Playhouse for the last 2 summers. We stayed in a house overlooking Flathead lake, it was awesome. I’m just not sure I want to trade a 2 week “winter” in south Texas for a 9 month WINTER in Montana. All of the folks we met in Big Fork were wonderful.

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          • Beckita says:

            Bigfork and Flathead Lake have their own stunning beauty for sure, JJ. Montana is a vast state with diverse territory. The length and severity of winters varies. My Iowa family was surprised to learn our winters are always milder in Missoula for we enjoy a certain buffer from winter elements due to the protection of the surrounding mountains. That said, there are some winter days when I wish for more warmth.

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  19. Mr. Charlie, long time ago I sent you an email with a dream I had had. If you don’t remember that’s perfectly fine. I just wanted to tell you that today I was given to know what were the two gigantic trees that fell as a consequence of the storm. I had previously rationalize they were religious liberty and matrimony, but for some time now I knew that was not it and wondered about it. Today I suddenly knew. The two trees that have been growing side by side for millennia is, male and female. Gender as binary will fall and change the landscape of all backyards while front yards remain as if nothing has happened.
    I know that when a tree falls it dies, but I also know shoots can come up from the roots.
    There is Hope. There is always Hope.🙂
    Is the Rescue going to be the shoot coming up from the roots?
    Im concerned about people having very literal expectations of both the Storm and Rescue. They forget the enemy is The Master of Deception.
    Most people seem to be focus on preparing or trusting through a materially and concrete devastation. Some areas may get that and they have already. But many areas will continue as if nothing is really happening and that’s were some people may fall into confusion, I’m afraid.
    Just my two cents. The Storm I see coming is so lethal (eternally) and deceptive, it makes the option of wwIII and the likes seem like that would be the rescue. A rescue that would take temporal lives but save souls. The Storm I see coming spare temporal lives and takes by that same venue, souls for eternity.
    You decide if you want to post this comment, I just wanted to tell you. Not that you’ll have the time or remember that dream. Anyways.
    Oh, and something nice that came to my mind:

    Sam: It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.

    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

    Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.

    Hope! There is always Hope!!!🙂 I’m considering tattooing those last two statements in my 44 girly girl forearm. I may need reminders in the coming year hehe🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Mate, the Rescue is something literal. My angel has insisted on it and so do I. The Storm, of course, is literally swirling all around us. I think you touch on part of the cause of it…or perhaps a symptom of our disobedience. Either way, my description of both the Storm and the Rescue are quite literal.

      I do very much like the citation from the Rings stories.

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  20. I commented on this post a few days ago, and it wasn’t published. I am sorry if I offended.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t assume that, Briana. Very few comments get intentionally not published. Mainly if someone gets truly crude, if they try to attack the legitimacy of the Pope and hierarchy (as opposed to disagreement on something), or if they just constantly beat a dead horse that has been covered. (Some people cannot be content with being heard – unless you suddenly agree with them they think you don’t understand – for no one could possibly reasonably come to a conclusion other than theirs. I like to give all their say, but have little patience with those who get more frantic and antic when people still don’t agree with them after they have had their say). I can’t recall anything you have ever said that comes close to offensive here. BUT, the WordPress gremlins sometimes eat comments, I think, and every once in a while I find a real comment in the Spam folder. I am sure some get tossed before I know what has happened. But no, I am unaware of anything you have ever said that was offensive. So try to send it again.

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