Comfort Through the Storm

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By Charlie Johnston

I first became aware of Dr. Peter Howard earlier this year when I read a piece on “Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization” which he had published at spiritualdirection.com. It was the finest short piece on the subject I had ever read – and so howard-heroic-familiesI reprinted it here – and today reprint a piece he wrote on “Mary and the New Times of Noah” at the bottom of this piece. This spring I spoke at a retreat in Danville, Illinois with him and we got to know each other face to face.

Howard is a scholar both on Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as Our Lady of Tepeyac, and on the late Bishop Fulton Sheen. In the last year he, with the support and help of his family, have launched the project, Heroic Families, dedicated to consecrating families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He travels around the country offering presentations on these subjects and helping families to participate in Consecration to Mary at the Heart of the Triumph. I will put up a permanent link to Howard’s ministry here – and encourage you to hear him. While he charges for expenses – airfare and housing – his only fee for the presentation is a free-will offering. He is well-worth hearing. You can book him for your Parish or group here.

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Our own Beckita of Montana and Joe Crozier of New Zealand have suggested we participate in Fr. Michael Gaitley’s  33-day Consecration to Jesus through Mary as we come to the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8 this year. It would begin on Nov. 5. Materials to help you through podcasts can be found here. Fr. Gaitley is doing some of the finest work of evangelization and consecration in America today.

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Finally, one of my key coordinators in Sacramento, California has come up with a great idea and put it into practice. I will quote from her email on the subject:

“I want to share exciting news with you and our NRS family.
A year ago the Holy Spirit gave me a nudge and it was the next right step for me to take.
It is called the Summer Vocation Club.
It consists of inviting the religious orders in ones diocese to come and speak for 45 minutes to a gathering of young people.
Brian and I organized it with our Pastor’s permission and held the first gatherings this past August.
We learned a lot…..and were encouraged enough to make a website called
www.summervocationclub.com   so as to share the model of what we did and how easy it is for others to copy it.
We even  have our Pastor’s blessing to continue in 2017!
May others in dioceses abroad be encouraged to do this as well.

God Bless YOU, dearest Charlie!

Elisabeth says “HI!”

Jeanne in California”

Her daughter, Elisabeth, is the girl I have occasionally mentioned who was handling the grill during a volunteer dinner last year and was particularly enthused with the message I carried. She is contemplating a vocation as a Nun. Last time I was in Sacramento I told her I expect to dance at her wedding, whether she becomes a Bride of Christ or not.

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I have been praying that this Christmas seasons will be a time of much family reconciliation throughout the world. You have borne the brunt of chaos and confusion in these last few years since demonic forces have been especially aggressive. Having borne it with patience, I pray that all of you may have the consolation of seeing the merciful hand of God at work in your family as we enter into the full fury of the Storm.

Now for Dr. Peter Howard’s piece on “Mary and the New Times of Noah:”

By Dr. Peter Howard

Every October 13, the world is reminded of the great Marian revolution that has been taking place in the world since 1917. Now we are approaching the 100 year anniversary of Our Blessed Mother’s visitations to the three Fatima children. Actually, we are already celebrating the centenary in that the Angel of Peace, the guardian Angel of Portugal, appeared to the three children in 1916 to prepare them for the coming of Mary and the seriousness of her messages.

In all of her messages to the children she revealed the importance of saying the holy Rosary daily. She even revealed herself as Our Lady of the Rosary so that the world would not mistake how important the Rosary is to partialrestorationbernardvanorleyvirginandchild2wga16691rosaryher and the fate of the world:

Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war (June 13, 1917).

I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, [August] to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you (July 13, 1917).

I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end (October 13, 1917).

Our Blessed Mother makes it perfectly clear and simple that the Rosary is the remedy to every war that threatens us and, in my last blog post on the Feast of the Rosary, I provided some important reasons why that is the case. However, in her July 13 message (which has been referred to as the “secret of Fatima”) Mary spoke of the Holy Rosary in connection to something even greater, which she revealed as the very heart of her message at Fatima right after she showed the children a vision of hell and countless souls falling into it:

immaculateheartdetailbadleonfeldenmariabrundlfenster2herzmariensYou have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. . . .

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

Our Blessed Mother revealed that the real secret and underlying power that will change the world is devotion to her Immaculate Heart – a devotion most perfectly lived out by one’s consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The word “consecration” is significant because it speaks of a total setting apart of one’s entire life, possessions, death and eternity to Mary. This is exactly what the Father did when He entrusted His only begotten Son to Mary, from whose Immaculate Heart the Son of God received and formed His Sacred and Pierced Heart, through which we now have access to the Father. Do we see what this means? When we imitate the wisdom of the Father and the Son and entrust ourselves completely to Mary, placing ourselves, our families and futures within her loving, merciful and sinless heart, we are doing the greatest possible act as a Christian. St. Louis de Montfort summarized total consecration to Mary as the most perfect way to live one’s baptismal promises of rejecting Satan and all his works, and living for God alone. It reflects the perfect wisdom of God Who gave us everything in the order of Mercy, including His own Son, through Mary. It is, therefore, no mere coincidence that this Jubilee Year of Mercy leads into the centenary of Fatima as we are being prepared to enter the final confrontation with Mary by being renewed, strengthened and reoriented by this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

StMaximilianKolbeSmilingNo other saint, in my humble opinion, better illustrates this connection and mission than St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, who was inspired to form the Militia Immaculatae (Knights of the Immaculate — “MI” for short) on October 16, 1917 — just days after the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, of which he was unaware. The MI had as its purpose the conquering of the whole world for Mary by bringing consecration to her Immaculate Heart into the home and heart of every family. His beautiful prayer of consecration expresses this in a beautifully concise and theologically rich manner. I quote here the second part of his prayer:

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

That’s the power and purpose of consecration to Mary, both concerning one’s family and the mission that comes with it. And we need to work hard to increase Mary’s spiritual army on earth as the world continues its tailspin into the abyss.

THE NEW TIMES OF NOAH

For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, we are living in the times of Noah.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (Genesis 6:12-13)

The world has abandoned God and become morally bankrupt and Our Lady has made it clear at Fatima and Akita, Japan (1973), that God will not let this continue forever. As Scripture reminds us:

My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.
For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. (Hebrews 12:5-6)

KazimirowskiEugeniusz,DivineMercy,1934God offers mercy first in order that we repent and convert — the time we are in now. But, if mankind does not avail itself of this extraordinary time of mercy, it will have to face God’s justice — as Jesus told St. Faustina:

Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (Diary 965).

I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. (Diary 1160)

Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy. (Diary 1588)

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (Diary 1146).

If we are in times of Noah, what is the ark into which families must enter to be saved? Mary gave us the answer at Fatima:

To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion [i.e. consecration] to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. . . .

And she was more explicit when she appeared as Our Lady of the Rosary at the approved apparition place of San Nicolás, Argentina (click to see the National Catholic Register article here) when she said:

San Nicolas, Argentina

My daughter, in this time, I am the Ark for all our brethren! I am the Ark of peace, the Ark of Salvation, the Ark where my children must enter, if they wish to live in the Kingdom of God. (February 6, 1987)

And to drive home this truth even more, Our Blessed Lord said at San Nicolás on December 20, 1989:

I want a renovation of the spirit, a loosening from death and an attachment to life. The Heart of My Mother is the chosen one so that what I request becomes reality. The souls will find Me through Her Immaculate Heart.

Previously the world was saved with Noah’s Ark. Today the Ark is My Mother. By means of Her, the souls will be saved because it will bring them towards Me. Whoever rejects My Mother, rejects Me.

All the above being said, I ask you: Are you worried for your marriage? Your children? Your family? Does all seem lost in any or all of these relationships? Are you concerned about the economic, political and social collapse taking place in America? Are you concerned about the effects of the growing evil in the world which is attacking the family like never before? If so, do you really want to know the remedy? Are you willing to conform your whole life and that of your family to this remedy? Husbands and fathers, are you going to be the Noahs of our times and disregard the ridicule of the world and build that ark for your family — the ark of a true devotion to Mary lived by total consecration to Mary and reciting daily her prayer of choice, the Rosary? Are you ready to lead your family to embrace this way of life no matter the cost? Christians, do you want real power to change the world?

The secret is out. The secret is simple. Are we small enough and humble enough to receive it? The secret to the restoration of the family and civilization is this: a dynamically lived consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There is no message more important that we should be giving the world right now than returning to Jesus through consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is the Marian revolution. On October 13, 2013, Pope Francis reminded the Church of this revolution, and how we will triumph, when he consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart. He stated the truth plainly: “Mother, together we will fight . . . together we will win!” Will you fight with her for her triumph like St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II and Pope Francis?

EdwardHicksDetailOfNoahsArkGoogleArtProject for post on Mary and the New Times of NoahTime is short, get on board the new ark of salvation and do everything in your power to lead as many families as possible to do the same. This is when Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. Thank you, dearest Mother, for calling us! Thank you!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

This message of consecration of families to Mary’s Immaculate Heart is so important that I am offering parishes a special opportunity to bring this message to their communities. All they need to do is pay for my traveling costs (flight + lodging + transportation) and facilitate a free will offering to support my family apostolate Heroic Families. Parishes would need to agree to provide strong promotion for the event to increase attendance. The event would consist of one 60 minute presentation with Questions and Answers (Q&A). Contact me today at HeroicFamilies.com and let’s get this critical message to your parish!

***For those wanting a more intensive immersion on the special centenary of Fatima beginning in 2017, Dr. Howard is now offering a special speaking series titled: “Fatima: 100 Years Later — Family Consecration at the Heart of the Triumph”. Dr. Howard is an expert in this topic and is very passionate in sharing how important it is for families today. He is currently booking speaking events for 2017. Visit HeroicFamilies.com today to learn more on how to bring this soul-awakening event to your parish or conference.

 

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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324 Responses to Comfort Through the Storm

  1. Jeff in Minnesota says:

    Thanks for this Charlie. In my middle-aged head, I have the date of the next consecration window to be November 5th though, and you typed the 4th. Since this is my birthday, it is when I begin my reconsecration. I could be wrong, but I double-checked it with the Fisheater’s web site.

    And sorry to change the subject to the car crash from which I can’t tear my gaze…regarding your claim that HRC will not be our next president, is that your personal opinion, or do you have inside information this time out? I am not testing you, just trying to figure out everything at once while staying grounded with my Rosary and Masses and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Jeff, I think I have stated almost a hundred times that I know through revelation that our next stable national leader will not come through the political system. There really is no more to say about it than that. I know that people are edgy, so many ask me over and over again if I still mean it. I do.

      As for dates to begin a consecration…some people (me included) begin a Novena or multi-day devotion so it culminates on a Feast Day. Others make it so the entire thing culminates on the Eve of the Feast Day they target. My understanding is that either is acceptable, just a matter of preference. But that does allow for variation of a day in the start date.

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      • Beckita says:

        Charlie and Jeff, I checked the start date as well. For the 33 Day consecration prep, ending with consecration on December 8th, the start date is November 5th. My apology for that error.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Thanks Beckita, Joe, Charlie and Fr. Gaitley. Excellent leadership🙂.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Thanks Beckita and Charlie
          Just a random thought – New Zealand is 105,000 sq miles, Montana is 150,000 sq miles. Must be that big to accommodate Beckita’s big heart 😀

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Joe. We’ve all got days when God’s care extended through others is refreshing and encouraging. You’re a master at that. Most often here, we experience this from you via your gift of storyweaving which captivates our hearts, edifying, lifting, connecting, and inspiring – building us up in faith so we become better people because of you. Grateful for your own heart of gold, Joe.

            Grateful for all the hearts connected here in faith, hope and love as we move through the darkest part of the Storm, onward in to the Light of Rescue. A thousand thank yous, Charlie, for this family you’ve formed around Our Lord and Our Lady.

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          • Linda says:

            Joe..love it..beckita is amazing💖

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          • Beckita says:

            As are you, Dear Linda.

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        • Great idea! Thanks for the nudge guys😉 I need to renew my consecration…last did it in December 2012. The prayer of consecration is beautiful and Fr. Gaitleys imagery of offering to Mary everything so she can arrange, polish up and place on a golden plate to offer to her son…in other words to make even more radiant our petitions and supplications to her Son🙏💕

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen. Joe was listening to the Holy Spirit on this initiative. What a perfect, inspirational piece by Dr. Howard upon which to reflect as we plan to unite in this effort.

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        • El ingeniero de Tepeyac? says:

          Can we finish the 33 day consecration prep on December 12, the Feast day of Nuestra Señora de Tepeyác?

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          • Mick says:

            Ingeniero, any Marian feast day is great for making the consecration (although my understanding is that the 33-day prep is completed the day before the feast day so that the consecration is actually made on day 34). In fact, the prep and the consecration can be made anytime at all; it’s just customary to do them in connection with a Marian feast day.

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          • Beckita says:

            Gosh El ingeniero, I’m only one but I surely see no problem with someone who has a devotion to Our Lady of Tepeyac starting the preparation with our NRSteppers and then extending that preparation for a consecration on the Feast of Our Lady of Tepeyac.

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        • latetothevineyard says:

          Actually, you were right the first time Beckita. The consecration is not a novena. It is 33 days of preparation and then on the 34’th day you do your consecration to Jesus through Mary. So I believe Nov. 4’th is the correct date.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        mentioning the demonic forces unleashed a few years ago, in your travels have you met or communicated with a a fellow named Zachery King.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I spoke with him in passing once, but we have not had a deep conversation yet.

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          • andyb2016 says:

            What he says is shocking but it is hard to know if he is real? He does seem to follow all the teaching of the church now so that is were i find myself believing what he says.

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          • andyb2016 says:

            i guess it does not matter though, all my weak human doubts will be answered by the next 18 months . It is so hard to have faith and hope and not feel so weak because i still have doubts, and then I feel terrible and guilty for having my doubts.

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          • Beckita says:

            Perhaps, Andy, the doubts are just part of the process of attempting to mentally and emotionally integrate all that we await. I think feeling our weakness is also part of the process which can actually be a brave feeling. For me anyway, it is then that I’m reminded that in my weakness is God’s Glory as long as I continue to *choose* to have faith, trust and hope in Him, even when I don’t actually feel it so much. God bless you.

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          • Doug says:

            But God is so merciful Andy. Also, God may be giving you some insight to help you through the storm and give you hope. Take heart!

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        • mercy2meblog says:

          I’ve looked him up on YouTube and listened to an interview conducted by a priest on Radio Maria. Well worth listening to. Good to remember the scripture from Philippians 2 “….at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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        • kat3116 says:

          I’ve listened to a few of his interviews. Gus Lloyd from Catholic radio (Sirius XM) did an excellent interview with him as did Drew Mariani from Relevant radio. A lot of it is very disturbing, but I learned a lot. I pray when I wake in the night for Our Lady to use my prayers to combat the evil going on at 3 am in the satanists world. The spiritual warfare prayers we say take on a whole new dimension after you hear Zachary King speak!

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        • Linda says:

          Andy2016 I’ve been saying daily auxilium Christorium prayers daily (may not have spelled it correctly but if you Google it you’ll get it) recommended to say daily by Fr Chad Ripperger to combat evil forces for oneself.. Family..friends.. anyone associated with you (Charlie.. All TNRS) and the WONDERFUL thing about it is there are littetaly 1,000s of priests and lay people saying these prayers and as church militant we are ALL praying for each other… Awesomeness

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      • BD says:

        Charlie. You have been very clear regarding the next stable leader will not come through the political system. This may or may not be the result of the election being postponed or canceled. What exactly does all this mean, I don’t know, but Obama surely is not what I would deem a stable leader either. So we must be patient and allow for all of these revelations to play out. But what really, really had me scratching my head was the revelation that in the end God would grant Obama the Grace of Conversion. At first this troubled me but I can now say without hesitation this aforementioned revelation assures me that God’s Mercy really is Infinite…Amen

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      • Patricia says:

        Just causing trouble but we could argue about what the term “stable” means.

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      • Linda says:

        Hehehe Charlie. .have you been praying for patience??? Lol

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  2. jobrower says:

    Our pastor offered Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Day Consecration to our parish last year and more than 400 participated! This is, indeed, a most blessed time to be alive. Praise be Jesus Christ! Our parish just happens to be the cathedral and is named Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. How wonderful is that?

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  3. Diane says:

    Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Day Consecration is doable, moving and I’ve done it a few times. His books and work are so are target and speak to today’s world and church. I also was able to attend a Mercy Retreat by him that was life changing. He is at the forefront of spreading Jesus’s Mercy and devotion to Mother Mary. I’ve had quite a recent spell of darkness and discouragement, Lord Mercy! I’m weak. There are so many who depend on me, and I feel soon even more will. Maybe the Lord just wants me to be still for a time, I have pondered this and continue to pray for discernment always. I have been called to be a prayer warrior for the world I know, and as most of my family is away from the church, sometimes I don’t feel I measure up and fear I am failing. Jesus, Mary I love you, save souls!

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  4. I praise the Holy Spirit for this small consolation. I wished to make a presentation to my parish on November 5th but, when I asked my pastor, he did not give his permission. At least I know some others from here will be praying with me. I am renewing my consecration, originally made in 1988, and sore overdue for a re-dedication to Our Lady. The Holy Spirit’s call is unmistakable. Peace and blessings to all.

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  5. Pater0325 says:

    We are in the midst of our 3rd year in a row doing the 33 day Marian consecration as a parish, Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, CA. We have 4000 the last two years and another 2500 this year. We have talks every Saturday in our parish during this time on the spirituality of Marian consecration. My religious order is promoting it in a special way for the 9 months from October through Mary 2017. This year we are using a little book from myconsecration.org. We end on the Feast of Christ the King November 20th.

    She is one of the pillars through the storm that we must be anchored to, the other being Eucharist devotion as we follow the pope.

    May we all be consecrated in Jesus through Mary

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  6. JG says:

    Beautiful. Thank you Charlie for introducing us to Heroic Families.
    I had to chuckle today when I saw this headline on a Protestant website: “Is Obama getting ready to Flee the United States?” If anyone want to read it’s on Trunews.

    On a personal note( please edit)
    I’m in Jeanne’s area; if Elizabeth wants to visit some different convents to discern her vocation have her contact me. I can get her connected with 3 to 4 different solid orders in CA, 2 contemplative and 2 non monastic.

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  7. erica1064 says:

    Whether you do Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory, or St. Louis DeMontfort’s Consecration to Jesus through Mary, it will change your life. I’ve done both several times and encouraged many in our parish through the Legion of Mary to complete the consecration – and I have genuinely turned everything over to Our Blessed Mother. Many of the issues over which I had anxiety no longer give me a belly ache. If you seek that level of peace, do it.

    I have also done Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Merciful Love (the Legion of Mary sponsored that one too in our parish very recently and we made the consecration on St. Therese of Lesieux’s feast day, October 1st). That consecration is equally profound and I cannot recommend that enough.

    I have no anxiety over how the election will play out; I know how I am going to vote. I’m living my day to day and going about my business. I ask God daily for wisdom, to know what His will is for me and for the strength to carry it out. He placed me in this time and place for a reason. I just don’t want to let Him down.

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  8. bthanntrm says:

    Thank you Charlie for your prayer for our families it made me cry as that is my greatest hope for my time on earth. I pray, with you Charlie, that this Christmas seasons will be a time of much family reconciliation throughout the world.

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  9. Rockhound Ranch - Ben says:

    The Archdiocese of Kansas City Kansas is making the 33 days to Merciful Love retreat from the Feast of St Luke to the Solemnity of Christ the King (the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy)!

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  10. Charlie, I think this is my first comment here. I have read quite a few of your blog posts now and have found them to be very encouraging, helpful, and beautiful. Thank you.

    “You have borne the brunt of chaos and confusion in these last few years since demonic forces have been especially aggressive. Having borne it with patience, I pray that all of you may have the consolation of seeing the merciful hand of God at work in your family as we enter into the full fury of the Storm.”

    This really accounts for a lot in my own life. Not that I was always patient, but I learned to rely on God. “The wheels fell off” so to speak in 2010, although there was a lead up in 2009, and that accelerated badly until the worst happened on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2011. I knew, however, that things would get better, and only a few weeks later, I found some very helpful information that made a big difference. At times, I felt like I was “living on another plane” where I could sense that God does things – even turning our mistakes to His advantage. I learned not to simply see with my eyes, and in fact to trust my eyes less than my eyes of faith. (But I could only see dimly). Then, on the Vigil of Easter, the worst of it was over, with a major event. Things gradually improved after that, and are now almost back to normal. I thank God!

    Through it all, though it was my situation with loved ones, it was clear to me that the main source of the problem was demonic. Not only that, but I felt in part that this was an “assignment” which God was giving me. I learned a lot, and if I remain faithful through the Storm, this learning will help me, and others, I hope.

    I know Our Lady is going to sort it out. I have been taking comfort from the prophecy of Our Lady of Good Success. Your proclamation of The Rescue fits with things which I have been dimly intuiting for the last year and a half. I felt that it ties in with Our Lady of Fatima.

    God bless you and everyone here.

    Louise

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  11. Snowy Owl says:

    Beckita and Joe, I am in, Amen, I love it! What a Heavenly plan! 🕊💕
    May God keep us all, and keep each one of us true,faithful, trusting, calm and joyful! 😊

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  12. A few weeks back, my next right step was to pray the rosary every day for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

    “Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

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  13. Brocadelli says:

    I just talked to Dr. Howard a couple of weekends ago when he came to the Ave Maria Retreat Center in Danville. To say he is inspiring would not be even a light sketch. One on one, you can see the light in his eyes. (If he read this, hi, Peter!) I also purchased and delved into his book _The Woman” … and if you like Bishop Sheen, you’ll LOVE this book. Beautifully done.

    I’m so sick of this election, I could scream. The news coverage is just nauseating, like I should be practicing custody of the eyes instead of looking at the goat rodeo that is on TV. Thank God it will be over soon. What a comfort to know that God’s going to intervene and save us from this derailment of profound stupidity.

    It is my custom to fast for 10 days before a presidential election. As the kickoff day of my fast looms in the horizon, my heart is heavy. The world is about to change. The Year of Mercy is wrapping up. The doors we’ve had available to us this year will be closed. People who have no idea who Charlie Johnston or Mark Mallett are, people who have never heard of Medjugorje or Garabandal, people who aren’t familiar with the storm – what will they make of the world crashing around them? I fast for them, too. I find it interesting that when I discuss my outlook on near-future events, many people who don’t have the luxury familiarity with this blog know intuitively that something is up. They might predict from their own inference a different course of events and ultimate outcome, but the theme is the same. They have a sense that they must get ready for … something. God is merciful. He is good. I’m not so cocksure as to say I’m ready (please — I don’t even have my weekend laundry done, and it’s Tuesday), but I am hopeful. May these last days of the Year of Mercy reign down grace unprecedented as we enter our next chapter of history. I just pray for the grace to be a good and faithful servant.

    (Though I’ll admit, life without a hair dryer sounds daunting.)

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    • I’m with you on the hair dryer! 😉

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    • Brocade 😊…So true and spot on in your assessment…, love your laundry and blow dryer thoughts! Have long hair but considered cutting it soon , so the time can be used for regrowth in all forms👍🏼
      Yes, the unpreparedness of so many are haunting but guess that’s where your fasting and prayers come in. I too trying hard to do enough to get us ready at home, but every soul I’ve come across lately, have just been offering an Our Father or Hail Mary for them. Today’s 40day vigil had some demonic tones as I took an afternoon slot that needed help. Intimidating Drive bys, insults, a car rear end right in front ….lots of hints lately that back up the palpable forces lurking….
      Love the election fast…. food fasts are particularly hard for me. I pray for help to offer up a fast worthy enough for this election thru food, sleep and speech

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Good morning embracing,
        My sister also has difficulty with food fasts… headaches. Last weekend, I hope I convinced her that fasting on tasteless food is what Our Lady is asking us to do. A boiled potato (think St. John Vianney), a cup of rice, a slice of bread — cold and no salt or yummy toppings. This is fasting. Sometimes putting the fork down feels like a blessing. For someone who has problems with eating carbs, how about celery sticks ? or — well you get it – tasteless.
        I started by fasting from activities but fasting from food is quite it’s own unique penitential activity. ( FYI- I recently read a scientific study showing health benefits for those who fast, 400 calories or less, on certain days and of course meditation is always at the top of the list for health benefits. My doctor agrees.). Our Lady knows what she is asking – prayer and fasting!. I was fasting on bread and water all day on Friday, then Wed and Friday but presently I do the ‘Flame of Love’, Monday to 6, Thursday to 6, Friday to 3. With this schedule, no lunch is needed at all (or make it tasteless if necessary). Tell your friends Our Lady has asked us to do this. There are very good reasons to fast from food. Love –ZJ🙂

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        • Brocadelli says:

          YMMV, but in my opinion, the trick to food fasts is to avoid carbs at least a day before you start. It takes away the pangs and cravings. Then, you’re just battling habits instead of low blood sugar.🙂

          Low carb / intermittent fasting is good for the brain, as well.

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        • Serena J says:

          The Flame of Love fasts, are they specifically mentioned by Elizabeth Kindlemann or Mother Mary? I did read somewhere (I think Flame of Love website promises) where the fasting on Monday is mentioned, but not on a Thursday til 6pm and Friday. I was just wondering is the Flame of Love fasting something that evolved from Elizabeth’s writings, as I can’t seem to find specific references to it (apart from the Monday)?

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        • Thanks ZJ,💕
          I hear ya! Yes, like your sis I get headaches too…but more hypoglycemic like. Ask my hubby… on backpacking trips he can always tell when I get the shakes, irritable, wobbly knees, … and asks if I’ve eaten 😉
          So being active I’ve always needed to nibble on something every two hours, especially last five years after teaching career, still arising at 4:30 every am to pray rosary (run/walking) daily readings after, then am mass ….where it’s gets me is on the whole day fasts.
          …like you and have gone meatless on Mondays and Wednesdays last several years. Also Read Flame of love over summer and saw Our Lady’s request for those days on Monday Thursday and Friday’s thatnyou observe. Also Have a devotion to St Joseph w/ first and Wednesday’s to be offered (I think by his request)
          . So….i will redouble efforts on the tasteless suggestions, thanks…usually during lent that is one I can offer pretty well. It’s the rest of the days and also how it impacts homelife, ,making meals for those in my house who don’t observe. ..All to be offered up

          Love your intentionality. I used to be much more rigid and scheduled but in light of not overdoing it in many areas (as a teacher, marathoner these traits can turn against you at times)… I’ve stepped back a little from the scope of it. I will focus on the simple yet austere food fasts as i strive to give up more before we are forced to by the storm😊

          May God Bless you and keep you😇
          ECO

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    • Brocadelli says:

      Typos. Ugh. You’re welcome, purgatory.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      Hot water is what I will miss!😪 But God’s Graces will be GREAT!🌈

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        bthanntrm, I used to jump into Lake Superior and almost freeze to death on the spot while camping…it’s soooo invigorating!☃❄❄ I don’t think the temp in that lake ever gets up much over 40° Haha..Brrrrrrrrrrr ❄
        If you’re sleepy in the morning, this works much better than ☕!

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      • Barb421 says:

        I will too miss hot water , but, I more concerned that we get any/enough water at all! we’re in drought here in the northeast as it is now

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    • avaeadie says:

      Brocadelli, I ponder what life without “iced tea” could possibly be…one of my true, few but daily pleasures…

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    • I don’t remember the last time I had a hair dryer in my hand. Circa 1988, I think…a ConAir in one hand and Aquanet in the other.

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    • Bill says:

      Cheer up Brocadelli, our Lord’s mercy continues. We have to keep asking for it and then pass it on to others as well as giving ourselves a dose of mercy periodically.

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    • Linda says:

      Forget the hair dryer..what about the color goo to cover grey hair😢

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  14. Deborah Seiter says:

    I will be renewing my consecration to our Blessed Mother with you all! I am praying that Charlie is correct about our families. My situation is a tad bit better than it was last Lent with family but I am just praying and BEGGING our Blessed Motger if Mercy for conversion and healing, as well as, humility for all in my family(myself included). God bless all here.

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  15. Christiaria says:

    I just attended the wonderful North American Congress on Mercy in Houston last weekend with Fr. Mike Gaitley, Fr. Kaz, Cardinal Dinardo, and a number of other priests and bishops. In the homily given on Friday by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, NY, (a truly joyful, humble shepherd), he referenced the closing of the Holy Doors of Mercy next month.

    “Doesn’t that sound terrible?” he said. “We’re closing the doors of mercy? But what that really means is that now WE have to become the doors of mercy.”

    I thought that was beautiful.

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  16. marlonancy says:

    Dear TNRS Family,
    My family & I went on pilgrimage to visit basilica of Guadalupe (Our Lady Of Tepeyac) last weekend. We walked through the door of Mercy and stepped into the heart of Mary. It was incredible! There was mass every 40min. & the line to confession never stopped. They also have a special chapel for baptisms all day. I never imagined a place like this existed on earth. It is like a small Holy city. I have never been to a place where Mary appeared and I just don’t have words to describe the magnificence experienced there. I carried all of you in my heart & prayers.

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  17. Another Karen says:

    Charlie, I like the title of this post – it is comforting in itself, as are your prayers for us this Christmas season. Thanks, and back at you. As to having Dr. Howard come to our parish, I have copied some of the information to give to my priest along with an offer to help subsidize his trip if interested. May the offer bear fruit. As I just completed my 33 day re-consecration to Mary last month, I am now about to start the 33 Days to Merciful Love with a group from our parish. My timing is off with this group, but it is a great idea given the prayer warriors here. Anyway, prayers for all of you doing the 33 Day Consecration to Mary starting Nov. 5th (also my birthday, Jeff!).

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  18. In keeping with the election escape theme of over saturation… Our trip last weekend up to Destin Fl to visit old neighbors on beach and celebrate husbands birthday and our anniversary …God obliged with some awesome natural beauty in full show day and night! Thank you God for the diversion and the truth of the beauty of your creation!💕🙏 Even the Great Dane Bella took it all in🐶… JMJ

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  19. I just wanted to say “AMEN” to the posts above regarding the 33 Day Consecration. The enthusiasm is contagious!

    The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Rapid City are also participating in Father Gaitley’s program. On December 8th, Bishop Robert Gruss (The “Biker Bishop”) will formally consecrate us to Mary. So I’ll be joining all of you in prayer as we participate in this wonderful event together. It’s touching to know that so many of us from the NRS family will be sharing this experience…the world over!

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  20. Charlie…This beautiful shot was posted from last weeks full moon in Longmont…heavenly view of Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak. God sure knows how to stir hearts 💕

    JMJ

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  21. blippitydar says:

    Brocadelli, you’d be surprised at how the daunting prospect of no hair dryer can quickly be dispensed with by simply eliminating all mirrors within your immediate radius –🙂. Having lived through the devastation of Katrina and recent flooding (and I want to qualify this by saying that I don’t mean to downplay the true hardship and suffering and loss of life that occurred here), those of us who were blessed to escape the worst were faced with what you allude to: no hair dryer, no ice, no refrigeration, no food or water on the grocery shelves, no morning coffee, no heat/ac, no carpool, no work, no schools, no meetings, no little league or soccer practice, no telephone service, no internet, no commute, no traffic, no…anything…for weeks and weeks. With the quick succession of global and national disasters that preceded and followed — 9-11, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, Haitian earthquake, Japan tsunami, Sri Lanka, wild fires in CA, flooding in West Virginia, SC, and Baton Rouge…and on and on – I’ve become more and more convinced that these brief regional disasters that we’ve experienced were allowed as merciful gestures by our Lord. A preparation of sorts for the fullness of the storm ahead. Because along with hardships and the lack of conveniences and services came unexpected graces. Heroic, life-saving efforts. Unexpected community and fraternity between neighbors (folks actually stepped outside from there ‘dens’, checking on each other, gathering and consolidating resources at designated areas in the neighborhood, sharing meals). Unexpected outpourings of love and generosity from near and far. And, most surprising and unexpected, a sense of stillness and true peace. If you can, imagine all the hectic-ness of life just stopping. On a dime. No place to be but home with your family tending to basic needs. It felt, even at the time and amidst the destruction, like a gift. A throwback to simpler times. Looking back it I feel that even more strongly. And one final thought…in the midst of it, one thing was starkly clear. Folks either responded in light, or in darkness. In generosity and fraternity and goodwill — or in looting, scamming, and animosity. There were very few shades of gray in the mix…it was palpable, almost like a clear line was drawn in the sand between good and evil. Just something more to ponder…

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    • Yessiree blippitydar👍🏼….hurricane Charley in 2004 had the same effect in our community. The. Followed Katrina and all the natural/worldly disasters since. They can humble us yet galvanize us

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    • Mick says:

      Blippity, thank you for this.

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    • blippitydar
      Great post.
      I was reading along thru it, appreciating your contribution, and then I saw the words
      ‘no morning coffee’
      and had to stop a moment to take it in🙂

      If there’s anything to look forward to during the coming storm, it would have to be the peacefullness you describe. We experienced a bit of that after hurricane Gloria. It seemed the world just stood still in a single, peaceful slice of time. Not even vacation time can compare. Then when it was over, it was kind of depressing to crank up the old morning commute again.

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      • blippitydar says:

        Exactly QP – I wonder sometimes why it is that it takes something so extreme to make us realize how important it is to just be still? I do have to admit – I’ve got coffee and a french press stashed away now…that’s some optimism huh?! –🙂

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        • JudyM says:

          I have a campfire percolator.🙂

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        • Doug says:

          Coffee and French press for storm! Aaaah! Nothing else needed (except chilli peppers)

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          • Mick says:

            I hear you, Doug. I’m not a coffee drinker (I’m hyper enough already), but my husband drinks 2 pots a day. Pretty much the only thing he is stockpiling is coffee, and he has 2 French presses just in case.🙂

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          • Hey great ! Figure be good to share some things. Yep I know we may not get to use or it may not be Gods Plan, but perhaps someone may benefit from it👍🏼
            We too got our grinder, coffee press and pour vessel from amazon last few months ….stockpiling coffee beans ( mystic monk coffee out of Wyoming, brewed at monastery in Powell Wy is a awesome place to order some beans). I’m on their monthly kcups list They make amazing blends. They Have tea too. ☕️
            https://www.mysticmonkcoffee.com
            Did invest in a outdoor solar shower and washboard, tabletop water purifier, as we already had Life straws and backpack purifiers from camping
            Getting Cabernet 🍷 is my weekend plan ….have enought leftover chocolate I think from Halloween to add to stash

            I just ordered the liturgy of the hours set… and Daily Roman Missal. Had planned on this a long time, but the monthly Magnificat & all the spiritual books…they kept me busy reading
            Love to hear what good suggestions y’all have!

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        • Doug says:

          Kelly Kettle is good too for the storm.

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        • jtbrannigan says:

          There are new percolators for sale on the web. In the past couple of years I have purchased two of them, glass body with plastic handle, cover and basket. Perfect for a gas stovetop or the side burner on a gas grill. Not too expensive. It does take some practice learning how to make good coffee. You have to keep an eye on it as it can easily boil over and create a wonderful mess. The first few times I tried, the coffee came out terrible. I complained to my wife, “I only watched my grandmothers do this thousands of times, but I still can’t figure it out!” Finally with God’s grace and patience I got the knack of it. Handy skill for times when the electric power is out.
          JT

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      • Doug says:

        I hear you quiet!

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      • Linda says:

        Quietpathways…hmmmmmmmmmm.?…

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    • Brocadelli says:

      This response meant a lot to me. Thank you!

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  22. dreamsk8 says:

    Hello all. I’m glad to connect with like minded individuals. I don’t find I can truly discuss such topics with many people. Family, friends, coworkers, etc all look at me in puzzlement when I mention the Year of Mercy. It can be lonely, this secular culture. So I am grateful to find these blogs. I was hoping some folks could weigh in on how the Year of Mercy has personally touched their lives. I had hoped for a long enduring prayer request to be answered during the Year, but quite the opposite happened and the situation I was praying to be resolved was just as messy as ever. I prayed my heart out to Jesus as I encountered immense suffering this year. The issue is still completrly unresolved. Could anybody weigh in their thoughts on a personally “devastating” Year of Mercy? Thank you.

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    • Dear Dreams
      Welcome and praying for you in this unsettled times. Well the intention and desire you have is what God is really looking for is what I’m hoping…(same boat here in some aspects of fully loving the year of mercynin and amongst close ones)
      I’ve prayed much lately about this and the message that seems to pervade and really take stock in … that we can not any more perfect our situations on our own… or by following a prescribed set of rubrics. Instead, we just really strive to make that act of surrender every hour and beg for humility so as to make that intentional act of The will… our act of faith!
      As St Teresa of Avila said…’Let nothing disturb you, all things are passing ….God alone will suffice’

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    • blippitydar says:

      dreamsk8 – Please don’t be discouraged. What comes to my heart when reading your post are images of purification, of our refinement by fire. I think we’ve all experienced this to some degree; sometimes it’s hard to recognize the importance of what is happening to our souls during such times of trial until we’ve stepped a toe or two out of the fire. I will be praying for you.

      “For you, O God, have tested us;
      you have tried us as silver is tried.
      You brought us into the net;
      you laid burdens on our backs;
      you let men ride over our heads;
      we went through fire and through water;
      yet you have brought us out into a place of abundance.”
      — Psalm 66:10-12

      “But now thus says the Lord,
      Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
      I have called you by name, you are mine.
      When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
      when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
      and the flame shall not consume you.
      For I am the Lord your God…”
      — Isaiah 43:2

      “It will come about in all the land,” Declares the LORD, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’ ”
      — Zechariah 13:8-9

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    • Bob says:

      Well Charlie says the storm IS an act of God’s mercy, but until the rescue I doubt it will feel like mercy. I will pray for you, dreams! And our personal storms don’t feel like mercy either but we must trust God anyway!

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    • Mick says:

      Dreamsk8, welcome to the TNRS family. I will keep you and your intentions in my prayers.

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    • Brocadelli says:

      The more I meditate on mercy, the more I hear the call to amend my life. Metanoia!

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    • Linda says:

      Dreamsk8… i don’t dare read any other replys to your quest because I want to be for realz with you and not be influenced by others responses. ..honestly..this year of Mercy has been nothing but pain…joy…misery…ecstasy. ..in one word…Growth..Ive been stripped of EVERYTHING… Ive been consoled. ..rebuked…comforted…made bare…Ive learned so much about myself and how little I am…and how much God loves me even in my nothingness…Ive learned that God does not wish my enemies to perish.nor does He wish their demise or revenge….no..Ive discovered that God wants me to pray for those that persecute me and fast for those I judge harshly and that I cant stand…Ive learned that there are too many “I’s” in my words but that still..I cant seem to get over myself in my vainness..lol..but most of all..Ive learned that when all I can see is the darkness of MY soul..I implement my nothingness into the brightness of God’s Love…and then there is light.. thus..meh….Jesus I trust in you 😊 God is Love💖

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      • dreamsk8 says:

        Linda, thank you for sharing your experiences during the Year of Mercy. I also feel God calling me to love those who are difficult to love, and to have mercy on those who cause the most pain. Harboring anger and resentment towards them is like poison. I feel the least peace on those angry days. The enemy tries to trick me into thinking I’m better off not loving these individuals. But always through daily contemplation of the rosary do I find myself compelled to love. Mother Mary heals my heart by placing her love in me. I’ve gone through most of the Year of Mercy begging God to Love me through answering my petition, but what I really think we were called to do is be “merciful like the father.” Come to think of it, Jesus whispered to my heart the other day that he was proud of me, his daughter. I was not perfect by any means this year, but I asked Jesus to teach me about Divine Mercy. We still have 3 weeks left of this beautiful year to pray and love and dance in the extraordinary graces of this year!

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        • Dreams , Linda etc all…so good to hear all here united in Christ seek and discover the true desire God had intended for us in this year of Mercy.
          So many similar experiences with the struggles of loving those who cause us ansgst, forgiving the little jabbing things instead of letting them get a hold of our hearts. Know the evil ones been trying very hard to let these infect my heart. Funny as the big hurts are easy for me to forgive but the small things…well…. That’s were a lot of pruning is happening and needs to continue.
          Small consolations are a gift….God has graciously given such large consolation in the past, I was frustrated not to have any thing but “crickets” for last few years , just a loving tug here and there. If course that’s my sinful needy, vain human desire. How much I see the good now (but how I wish a get a few more hugs from Jesus )… no that’s not it, how much more the “I’s” and petitions need to be replaced by silence and listening. I can be outwardly silent and still while at prayer, but sometimes that infernal inside chatter is deafening. But the main message I’ve been nudged by was Jesus simple two commands ..“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it:You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
          So Today I start again anew offering rosary, mass, DM, little acts of love …all to keep thanking him for putting up with me.
          May God bless everyone here, keep strong focused on Our Lord and Our Lady! Let’s Take that next right step even if we have to keep taking same one over and over 🙄preparing for the days ahead….and let’s all resolve to ‘Be that sign of Hope’ to everyone we meet…💕

          Sacred Heart of Jesus have Mercy in us🙏

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      • Linda you just put into words so eloquently the fruits of my prayer and pleading in front of our Lord. This year of mercy has truly been a gift from our church,inspired by the Holy Spirit. God love our Pope for this. ❤️Thank you for opening your heart and all,of us are better for reading it.

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    • Sandy says:

      Dreamsk8, don’t lose hope you are not alone. My family too has experienced deep suffering over the last year with one horrible thing after another. It is truly unbelievable the series of crises and trials we have endured. Perhaps it is preparation. Perhaps he is making diamonds out of us. Just continue to try to take the next right step. To be a blessing to someone each day. I understand the frustration with what seems like a prayer unanswered but have grown confident that God does hear and will not let us down. But His outcome in His time. You’ll find great support here. Maranatha.

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  23. Lily says:

    Well there’s a confirmation!!! Thank you !! I have been moved to do my re-consecration to Our Lady for months and things always got in the way!!!! Now I’m going to try to be super faithful and plow thru the obstacles that have gotten in my way!!!
    Read all these comments and all thanks for your thoughts and your fun conversations
    Charlie! Thank you for all you have shared with us and for helping us to keep moving on. Time is getting closer as we all feel for whatever this will all be like for us. I laugh on how some commented on getting our homes ready and ourselves looking better!!! Yet I guess all this doesn’t matter and being ready in the heart does. It’s a bit difficult when we are still operating in the worldliness of our lives… Work and the people around us that have no clue at all!!! I just keep putting all in the ocean of His Divine Mercy!!!
    Having said this…. I still bought extra hair color and more wine!!!!

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    • Joanne says:

      LOL….you’re mirroring my thoughts, Lily. I admit to hoping to make it to my November 3rd appointment with my hairdresser to cover the gray on my 59 year old head! And I had my teeth cleaned and a small cavity filled last week–whatever comes our way, at least I’ll face it with clean teeth.
      I am also starting the “Novena to the Mother of God for our Nation” on Sunday, October 30th and ending on election eve.
      On today’s To Do list I’m picking up extra AA batteries and some sterno to use in my decades old chafing dish I received as a wedding present. That old silver chafing dish is handy for cooking and warming up food. Do today’s brides even ask for chafing dishes any more? Sometimes its good to be “old school”.

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  24. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  25. Linda says:

    Beautiful.. Already read but am going to reread again again and again…😆

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  26. Doug says:

    Just read this very powerful and inspiring article from Bishop Chaput: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/time-christians-unplug-secular-culture

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    • Barb H says:

      I really admire and respect our Archbishop Chaput. I am so glad we have such a man in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia!!

      He is up against so much! Whenever he is mentioned on FB by our local stations, people are outright hateful to him and his views. The vitriol is unreal!

      However, in the midst of it ( all the nastiness and hateful comments) I sense his calm holinesss and it’s such a comfort and hope for me. It still must sting him sometimes and it’s a reminder to keep him and all of our clergy in prayer.

      Barb H

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  27. Steve says:

    Most of us on this site have been aware of Charlie’s message for some time now, especially the part about the election and presidency. I became aware of it well before most here, as Charlie shared it with me some time before he went public with it. Like many, I asked many questions (both of Charlie and of myself), but I came to terms with it when I realized that the how or when of it is inconsequential. To me, even the “if” is inconsequential. If power transitions peacefully on January 20th, the failure of Charlie’s message to come to pass will not sway me from serving God one iota, and if the chaos does occur, again, I will not be swayed from serving God one iota. I am a sinner and find myself asking for His forgiveness and mercy constantly. That will not change. So, I asked myself what would change if I knew for sure that it was going to happen, or if I knew how and/or when. The answer is what really opened my eyes. Knowing these answers with certainty would almost absolutely lead me astray from God’s will. First of all, I would (maybe not willingly or even knowingly) consider myself to be “above” others, since God had shared something with me that he had not with others. Second, I would probably feel, because of my being, supposedly, above others, that I would be “exempt” from the rages of the Storm. There’s also the possibility that I would believe that I know the mind of God, therefore making me “special”. Considering these, in either situation, either chaos hits or not, I would have removed myself from the grace of God and would be just another Pharisee. By not knowing for sure, and not having revelations from spiritual sources, I have to make decisions to believe or not based on faith, and if my faith is in God, no matter what decision I make, God will bless me. I do believe Charlie, and the signs of secular collapse that we see every day now only confirm within me that Charlie is right. Of interesting note, I have noticed that even some in the secular community are seeing, as demonstrated in this article:
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/25/laura-ingraham-how-elites-blew-up-world.html

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  28. jtbrannigan says:

    New Beginnings

    I have never done a consecration but the excitement I sense from all of you is making me curious and willing to try. (Although 33 days seems like a long time to a novice.) Since I discovered you all in April, your comments, thoughts and prayers have been steadily upholding my spirit and moving me to strive to be closer to Jesus, to explore new ways to encounter him, to pray to our lady for intercession and to be a truer Catholic.
    The uncertainty of the present is like a fog casting a shadow on everything. Prior to my encounter with “the Storm” and The Next Right Step, I would have been highly anxious at this point. Now, I am peaceful and thankful, knowing that God has a plan, knowing that God is raising a people to answer his call and work His plan in their lives. I have gone from being Martha to Mary. I have realized that to listen is more important than mindless doing. (Doing can be important, too, but only when you are doing the Master’s bidding, not the bidding of your fears.)
    In the midst of the storm. With chaos swirling around us. God gave our family a gift this weekend. Our oldest daughter had a son (third) child. Benjamin Andre. The older I get the more miraculous the whole process becomes. A living sign to say the future is God’s. Not to worry or fret. Do the necessary things. Take the next right step. Walk in hope.
    JT

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  29. Diane says:

    Charlie,
    Were you aware of how much of a nemeses Trump would be to the elite/globalists/rhinos and democrats? He is blowing up the system and no one knows how to “handle” him other then discredit him. I think praying for his conversion is important because he’s off the wall most times and he really needs our prayers. I like the idea of fasting for 10 days before the election that someone suggested above, I am in for that.
    Anyway,renewed my consecration to Mary on Divine Mercy Sunday and am still reeling from the peaceful effects of that renewal. There is so much goodness from this site and I benefit so much from all the responses and comments. What a gift this is to the Catholic community. Doug, I just read the article above and it was very powerful indeed. My what a job we have ahead of us. May God give us the Grace and be who He created us to be. What joy it is to be in this time frame of life God put us in. Love. I do. Diane

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  30. Tom says:

    Charlie, thank you for the post. If you will permit me, wanted to share a few things with you and your TNRS readers. First, thank you for coming to the Philly area this week. I am sorry I couldn’t attend because my 10-year old daughter had basketball tryouts Monday night, and I support her full development, both academic and physical. We all need to be fit to survive! Plus my wife and I watched your recent 2-part video FOCUS TV interview which was wonderful. Feel like I know you at this point. Hope to one day shake your hand and thank you.

    Second, your prayer for families being reunited… thank you very much for that. It means a lot and I must say it is timely for me personally. To make a very long story very short, my mom was adopted and she asked me to find her Irish birth mother, after being so moved by the movie “Philomena”, and just a few days ago I found out that she is alive and living in Gortahork, Donegal in a nursing home, age 93. I had contacted a priest, Fr. Sean, the pastor of the local parish there to locate her baptism record – it turns out Fr. Sean KNOWS her! God be praised. Please please pray for my grandmother and my mother, that we may reunite and heal her wound before Mary goes to see God. Fr. Sean says she is “frail” but “strong-willed” and is resisting any reconciliation, but Fr. Sean – a good priest – is trying to help us. It is truly amazing what a good priest can do…

    Third, Fr. Gaitley’s 33 days to Morning Glory are an excellent source of comfort. I had never really understood the Immaculate Conception, but this retreat was educational, particularly the St. Maximillian Kolbe section. At Lourdes, Mary said “I am the Immaculate Conception” which he explains is a massively big deal. Fr. Gaitley also explains so well what de Montfort’s consecration actually means. I completed it a few weeks back on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (or as I like to refer to it, Our Lady of Victory – in honor of Lepanto).

    Fourth, I’m reading Tolkien’s LOTR books to my 8-year old son at bedtime. We are nearing the final battle in “The Return of the King.” There is an iconic scene in the film, before the Battle of Pellenor Fields, which is really sticking with me as similar somehow to the moment we are now in. Apologies for the Youtube link (there may be an ad to skip) but here is the scene:

    “This will be the end of Gondor as we know it… The board is set… the pieces are moving.”

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  31. januarylily says:

    I tied to post this comment to Blippitydar: After following this site for almost a year this comment is one of the things that continue to make me cautious. The whole electricity thing. First it is that it will be huge, long and etc… Then it will be brief and intermittent. Then from the Mill Valley, Ca. video.. back to long. The story keeps changing.

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you are talking about me, when did I say electricity outages will be huge and long? Please don’t just say it. Quote me from somewhere. I get weary of constantly hearing things I have never said or thought being used as “evidence” against me. I have always maintained that outages will be spotty – for we must communicate to rise together for the final challenges of the Storm – and I have constantly discouraged people from thinking it is some kind of zombie apocalypse. So please, don’t just assert it – give me a traceable quote.

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      • jayman92 says:

        Charlie, are you now claiming that you never said apes will rule the earth with an iron fist, holding humans in cages with Charlton Heston?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha ha…I never said that…and if I did, I regret it😉

          Actually, I think some who come here in drive-by fashion (people who have NEVER commented before) and make a ridiculous statement like that have never actually read me…but maybe heard others talk or write about me – and so are too lazy to do any actual research, but just hope to discredit. It really is dull-witted. This site has grown very large and endured for several years. You have got to be dull to think it would have that staying power with such an obvious contradiction at its center. It was the same when I was writing for political journals. I just occasionally ponder how empty a person’s life must be to obsessively focus on trying to discredit another.

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  32. Harriet Turner says:

    You have a lot of “chatter” in your newsletter. I am reminded of “Drag Net”… ’50’s TV Detective show… with Jack Webb… Joe Friday … “Just the facts, mamn, just the facts.” Life is very busy, lots to pray about. Please, the facts. Thank you.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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  33. I need to wipe the tears from my eyes…I just finished a video call with my grandmother, Josephine, who lives in Western New York. She never wanted to be called grandma, so we’ve always called her “Honey.” She is 98 and has dementia, and I haven’t seen her since her 90th birthday (where she was dancing). As I expected, she didn’t recognize me and couldn’t really understand what she was seeing on that little device my aunt was holding for her. She’s confused and distracted, looking around aimlessly, unable to make sentences beyond 3 words, and had a flat affect with an expressionless face.

    My aunts wanted us all to say the Rosary together…so here’s the miraculous part:

    Honey started saying the Our Father, absolutely perfectly, with her eyes focusing directly at me all of a sudden. Then she went into a Hail Mary, again looking right at me through the phone as she spoke. The prayer was second nature to her yet was spoken so meaningfully and full of love. The inflections in her voice and expressions with her eyes were so appropriate that it seemed she had no trace of dementia at all — it was as if she came back to life.

    It was a small Rosary: one Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s, 1 Glory Be, and 1 O my Jesus….but it was the most beautiful Rosary I think I’ve ever prayed.

    Well, I was doing pretty well until Aunt Judy showed me that she and Aunt Carol were crying…then I blubbered up too!

    I’d appreciate any prayers for my grandmother. She’s been praying the Divine Mercy since the 1990s and the Rosary all her life. I know she’s prayed for me and all her grandchildren countless times. Her name is Josephine Ball, but you can call her Honey.

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  34. Lance Redden says:

    He y a big shout out from deep east texas….how yall doing….well here we are again…it seems like things be popping on the world scene….then it quitens down…I think the reason is cuz our prayers… (rosaries chaplets etc…)…I know my daily prayer 2 God is make me faithful 2 jesus & mary thru the rosary….like charlie said I’m not working on being great imma just working on being good but Imma on level 1 lol….but the rosary is such a simple prayer even I can pray it with faith….I was at the $ store yesterdeeday guess what I found a picture of our lady of tepeyac black & gold it was beautiful yes I bought it….it was like confirmation….I’ve never known the $ store to have those kinds of pics…haven’t found any more & I’ve been looking lol….i just adopted a baby kitten 5 wks.old stray….she needed a daddy….so now my Bella grace thinks the kitten is her baby…it events pretty kewl 2 watch them together…the nursing home is fine…it events had a resident that left cuz she couldn’t pay any longer but she still needed therapy….so he just cried….it just not fair…people need help but we don’t help them….the nursing home business is just that a business…we’ve lost our humanity towards each other…JMO….i know people get tired of hearing about the nursing home but the elderly and animals are my passion…please pray 4 my resident that had 2 leave…..so we are in the holiday season I surely thought we would be in the full fury by now….imma so ready to go thru the bad 2 get to the good…maybe after rescue I’ll enter religious life….I feel the call…I may be 2 old (53)….ok den TRNS family…love & laughter to everyone…I’m proud 2 be 1 of u….: )

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  35. Linda says:

    Ok now Charlie…I don’t mean to start anything here. .But could you please be preoccupied with something else so you quit praying for the Cubs tonight😆

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  36. Bob says:

    I was thinking again of the post I put up yesterday from Benedict
    http://www.loamagazine.org/pg/en/worthy_to_read/pope_benedict_xvis_address.html

    Exita Domine. the first several paragraphs stuck me. First Benedict reminded us that we are calling on God to awake and to arise and to save us. He reminded us that our plans to maintain stability seem doomed to fail. And finally he commented that as we are waiting for God to rise up and to save us God is also wanting to call us from our slumber and to startle us to wakefulness. Too many of us and our society has been sleeping while evils have grown around us. It reminds me of the scene of LOTR where Gondalf goes to wake King Theoden from his trance which Wormtongue had put him in. And that prayer Exita Domine is prayed during Advent. While we are waiting for God to act God is also calling us to arise and to wake up and to be ready for battle. May God also send his dear Mother Mary to gently call us to arise from our sleep.

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    • Bob says:

      I just noticed a typo. The word is Excita from which we get exciting, not Exita. And I just mangled Latin the official language of the church! That should be worth several escapes from purgatory and perhaps some extra time for myself if I don’t do sufficient penance!!!

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  37. Bob says:

    May God soon come and free us from our sleep and our trance and grant us true freedom:

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    • Littlelight says:

      The LOTR movies have been an almost constant source of inspiration for me & my family ever since they were released. So many scenes from the films are burned into my memory, and they all are relevant. We all kinda knew in our hearts that something big must be on the horizon, even before we knew exactly “what” that was, when the films were released.

      I don’t know if Peter Jackson and his associates are Christian or not, or what their faith persuasion is. I do know that they all have done a mighty service for Our Awesome God. A priest once told me: “God cannot be outdone in generosity!” I sure hope all involved in the making of these wonderful films experience God’s life-changing mercy!

      God bless you & All!

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      • charliej373 says:

        One of my Priest Directors and I both marveled after the first movie was made that it was actually faithful to the spirit of the book. It answered the question, “Can anything good come out of Hollywood?”

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      • Bob says:

        Well as we were watching as the movies came out, we were, those of us who had some awareness, all watching the culture crumbling around us and the movies in some way gave us hope. Tolkien, I believe was speaking prophetically to our times, and he was certainly being true as a Catholic writer, even though his message was not shouted out. If Charlie speaks true we will again see the light shine brightly, but we will first have to endure some dark times, but the times of Sauren will soon end!! And on even better testimony than Charlie we have Mary, who cannot lie, saying “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. May that happy time soon arrive and let us all pray fervently to help bring it about.

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  38. Bob says:

    “And the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven will rise together, will rise forever and God will rule!”

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