A Leading Shepherd


By Charlie Johnston

I have to apologize to many people. I am very hit and miss on getting through emails. I don’t mean to ignore anyone…but those come pretty much at the tail end of things. I often get behinder each day – and so emails end up at the tail end of things. Sorry about that.

My scheduled event in Memphis has been cancelled. Some things did not come off and I have scheduled some private meetings in another city. I’m sorry if any of you in that area were planning to come out to Memphis.

I will speak in Washington, D.C. this Friday. I am curious whether some of my old friends from the political days might show up out of curiosity. I have been tempted to put in a supply of “Groucho glasses” for any officials who show up to use. Then next Monday I will speak in Charlottesville, Virginia. Details are below:

Washington D.C. (Free Event)

Friday, October 28, 2016

6:45 pm:  Divine Mercy Chaplet,  7:00 pm:  Public Talk

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center,  3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783

Contact Jessica at trnsdcvisit@gmail.com


Charlottesville, Virginia (Free Event)

Monday, October 31, 2016

7:00 pm:  Holiday Inn, 1901 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Contact Roman at  tnrs.virginia@gmail.com


In the last month or so, Philadelphia’s magnificent Archbishop Charles Chaput has taken a leading role in speaking for the faith and the Culture of Life in America. He has always been tremendously insightful and candid, but at this critical point in our history, I have been taken by how powerful and important almost every statement he makes these days is. Here are a few you should be aware of.

First, he speaks on the matters of family, religious freedom and sex from an address at Notre Dame University, reprinted by the National Catholic Register.


Charles J. Chaput

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

At the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s Celebrate Life Banquet earlier this month, Archbishop Chaput gave a rousing speech noting that “evil cannot bear the counter-witness of truth.”


Perhaps amusingly, earlier these month, Chaput urged Catholics to be like Mary and punch the devil in the nose.

When the ugly anti-Catholic attitude of the Clinton campaign and their effort to actively subvert and destroy Catholicism from within was revealed by the WikiLeaks, it was Archbishop Chaput who minced no words in condemning the contemptuous bigotry of the Democratic nominee and her team against Catholics.

In these unprecedented times, Archbishop Charles Chaput is making himself a profound sign of hope for all faithful Catholics – and all Christians as our out-of-control government seeks to marginalize and outlaw any traditional, authentic expression of faith.

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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88 Responses to A Leading Shepherd

  1. Simone says:

    preparing to deliver up a solid one-two right in the kisser.

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  2. Tried to look at the article of Archbishop Chaput on the Clinton campaign, went to the web site but did not fine the article is there another link to the story?


  3. Sylvia says:

    Not to worry most in Washington are all freaking out with the elections. Plenty of family and friends there, that say the town is frantic. So, if you don’t get a big turnout, I suspect most are busy either praying or losing it. Go get ’em Charlie.

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    • leel004 says:

      Sounds like Charlie best take a pair of boxing gloves too…he might run into biden, and my money is biden AINT gonna Ike the truth Charlie will be proclaim’n. But Charlie, my money is on you…even tho that not worth a squat. You too busy being right with God!! !

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  4. Teri fuentes says:

    God bless his Eminence

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  5. Brocadelli says:

    Love Archbishop Chaput. Seems God gives us bishops like him to protect the Church.

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  6. Joe says:

    Charlie, with Archbishop Chaput being the former Archbishop of Denver, did he or his office ever contact you for questioning, or was it only your current diocese? I’m wondering if he knows well the stakes at hand and the simple NRS formula; he is most assuredly taking the Next Awesome Step 🙂

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  7. Matthew says:

    First, I’m a graduate so I can be picky: it’s actually the University of Notre Dame.
    Second, I just got off the phone with my brother who is also a reader of this blog. He thought it would be a good idea if you would put together a piece identifying things you have predicted and how they have actually come about. In his view this would help people put more trust in your prediction of a Rescue. I know this would probably be cumbersome but it might help create more hope if people saw you had been right before so they could trust you to be right about the Rescue.
    Just a thought. Sorry to make more work for you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nah, you’re not making more work for me, for I am utterly uninterested in doing more work to prove I am solid. You can go to the top bar and click on the “Go Forth” link to check out the few specific predictions I have made. I have spoken openly and clearly for over three years now of the Storm that is engulfing us, of the large sweep and trajectory of events that have now overtaken us. People can choose to take up the mantle of what I say authentic prophecy is, which is a call to action to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope – or they can dismiss it. I don’t mean to be callous, but I am no longer interested in convincing people. The material is right here and they can take the time to read it themselves without me doubling back and saying it all over again. I speak primarily now to those who have chosen or will choose to answer that call to action and be participants in the Rescue.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Pope Leo XIII witnessed the incident where satan asked the Father for greater influence and time over those evil doers who would follow satan. God the Father, after looking at the disobedience of the people which is sin said (paraphrased) “Go for it but you only have a hundred years”. Silly me thought that the 100 years started right when Pope Leo passed out. But the trickster didn’t start the clock then, but started the 100 year egg timer (hey Snowy, scrambled eggs are on my brain ) at Fatima. The information is available. The problem is with us and our acceptance with the supernatural not Charlie. The quote “for those who believe, no explanation is required, for those who don’t believe, no explanation will suffice” sums up the perceived problem in a nut shell. Free will is always available. God will not force Himself on anyone. The prayer of the Centurion “I believe, Lord, help my unbelief” is the answer to so very much doubt. We are called to trust God and take the next right step.

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  8. Davey says:

    Speaking of leading shepherds… The prophetic words exhorted by Cardinal Wojtyla, as he was then, at the Eucharistic Congress in 1976, are now more relevant than ever before. “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously…” Charlie, is this visit to DC a reconnaissance mission for the Jericho march?

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  9. Kevin & Cindy DuBree says:

    Good Evening Charlie

    Archbishop Chaput has said some good things but I have been disappointed by his equivocation concerning the two Presidential candidates. In his Diocese publication he has indicated that he has “struggled” with the choice of candidates we have been given. This choice should be a no brainer for a Catholic or Christian. But…no, Chaput is just “undecided” on who to vote for. That is not rational.

    Additionally, I am appalled at his insulting, uncharitable characterization of Donald Trump as a “Buffoon” (defined as “a ridiculous person, a clown”) in his column and, I believe, at his recent appearance at nearby Notre Dame. One can disagree without resorting to such personal insults. That an Archbishop would do this is disappointing. I suppose there is some favor to be gained in some quarters (such as the politically corrupt city of Philadelphia and morally corrupt “Catholic” institutions as U. Notre Dame) with such commentary but to me it diminishes him and calls into question the real strength of his convictions.

    YES, I strongly support Trump and perhaps I may be sensitive to this. I don’t think that is the case but it is possible. Chaput should apologize. I know that will never happen. I suspect he is just just as aligned with the Democrat Party as he is with the Catholic Church. My personal experience with most clergy at Notre Dame is that they are Democrats first and Priests second in their their world view. Relative to them, Chaput is an improvement but is surely NOT heroic.

    In the grand scheme of things, it does not matter, but I am only human. Trust is not easily given. There is no doubt that there is deep corruption within the Bishops of our Church. The infestation has set in to the College of Cardinals as well. I will cling to the Sacraments, Scripture and to the many good and holy priests on the front lines who do the meaningful work. These are the “lifeboats” we can see and trust as seaworthy.

    Beyond the local level, too many “lifeboats” are not seaworthy.

    Yours in Christ

    Kevin DuBree

    Sent from my iPad


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    • charliej373 says:

      I largely share the Archbishop’s opinion of both candidates. But he has NOT equivocated that however much a boor Trump is, Clinton is a real danger. I am not a cheerleader for Trump, either – so I guess he and I would be in the same boat. And I do think Chaput is heroic.

      Now, a friend of mine who had also been in heavy politics over several decades and I used to laugh uproariously at the line from the “Life of Brian” where the Eric Idle character said, “He’s the Messiah! And I should know: I’ve followed a dozen of them.” Spend a lifetime in heavy politics and you will learn the futility of choosing a “messiah” from the political crowd – even when they agree with you for a while. I can certainly see the urgency in opposing Clinton as perhaps the most dangerously authoritarian candidate ever, but to be deeply and profoundly supportive of Trump as brilliant or transformational, I can’t see at all. He is the only effective vessel we have to voice outrage against the elite establishment, so I fully support that decision. But I won’t pretend he is coherent or consistent or worthy of my undying devotion.

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      • Well put Charlie, ABP Chaput has always been a true strong defender of the faith. Spending summers in summit county Colorado, he was a great leader of the Denver archdiocese. When he left I was sad even though part timers…knew that Denvers loss was Phillys gain….but then God never disappoints as ABP Aquila was made archbishop. He too is a gift

        And some joy for you and many… your cubbies came through last night 🐻⚾️👍🏼

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      • Patricia says:

        I think you are too tough on Kevin. I do not see undying allegiance to the person of Trump, I see allegiance to the phenomena of Trump, the one that you outline above, the one who is destroying the elites.
        With regards to Chaput, I like him a lot. But I cringe when he, like other religious, try to be diplomatic about Trump. He does cross the line when he says Trump is a buffoon. And he is struggling with the decision as to who to vote for when Hillary defended her position and has for years on late term abortion? Too much political correctness in the upper reaches of the church, even with the good guys.
        Btw, today’s Globe, and I would not even see it but my parents can not start their day without the obits, (thank God they are voting Trump) have a front page, below the fold article “Catholic Bishops stay largely quiet”. It goes on to say “some observers” are disturbed by the Bishop’s reluctance to invoke their moral authority. The kicker? To invoke their moral authority against the lack of civility of Trump. The Rev. James, Bretzke, a theologian at the formerly Catholic BC, was quoted as saying the silence is deafening. Wow, can’t wait till these guys get their wake up call.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You have a point, Patricia. I certainly don’t begrudge anyone their enthusiasm for Trump – but I do get a bit touchy when anyone attacks someone for not sharing that enthusiasm.

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        • Mick says:

          Patricia, I haven’t read anything about what Archbishop Chaput has said about his struggle to decide for whom to vote. But, it seems to me, it is not likely that his struggle involves Hillary. Rather, I’m thinking it likely that he’s struggling over whether to vote for a third-party or write-in candidate (for example, the Constitution Party’s candidate, Darrell Castle, is pro-life). I just find it inconceivable that a bishop as solid as Archbishop Chaput would ever even contemplate the possibility of voting for Hillary.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Best concise thoughtful political comment. I agree 100% Nothing more to say.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        “Put not your trust in princes,” Psalm 146:3 King James Version. I did, and LOL, and I was betrayed. Should have listened to the Lord! I am voting Trump as an anti-Hillary, but I put no faith in Trump, Paul Ryan, or any other political stooge. We must trust God and take the next right step, come hell or high water.

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    • leel004 says:

      Kevin & Cindy,
      I think youare sensative if you are offended by the summary stated of Trump.
      He goes off topic easily, twitters galore when offended, smears anyone who contradicts him…and does not let water run off his back and move on.
      Stating that, his best quality is that HE IS NOT HILLARY
      Someone said that this election is a choice between a loaded gun pointed at your head…one has a bullet in every chamber, and the other gun is Russian Roulette. Hillary is a pathological liar consumed with power, Trump’s ego gets in the way of being a fairly good leader. Trump does have supporters because they believe in him, which is OK! I get that.
      A Trump vote is a vote against hillary, and at this stage, it is worth the action of voting, because we have a civic duty to do so, although we will see what God has planned to save our sorry okoles.
      God bless and aloha

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    • Tony says:

      The fact remains, Kevin that both candidates we have been presented with are deeply distressing and both make a mockery of the office of President. Neither one should have risen to this level, and it demeans our entire country to have to choose between two people, neither of whom should be anywhere near the Presidency. Chaput had harsh words for both candidates, and in this he is right.

      There is something wrong, deeply wrong, in a system that presents us with two bad candidates. This has never happened before. Those who present Trump as an upstanding, decent man are deluding themselves. Those that present Hillary in the same way are deluding themselves. Until we realize the system has failed us, nothing in this country will get better.

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    • Mick says:

      Kevin, I would first like to say how much I enjoyed meeting you and your wife on Saturday. The facility where we met is simply amazing, and it is such a blessing for you all to be able to have the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the chapel there.

      I must, however, take issue with some of the things that you said about Archbishop Chaput. Unlike you, I do not believe that he has said anything for which he needs to apologize to Trump; and I don’t believe that he is irrational or behaving irrationally for being undecided regarding for whom to vote. Please allow me to explain.

      You referred to two different pieces by the archbishop: a press release by Philly’s archdiocesan Office for Communications, and a speech that he gave at Notre Dame. Here are links to the two:



      In neither piece did Archbishop Chaput characterize Trump as a “buffoon.” At Notre Dame, his exact words were:

      “Only God knows the human heart, so I presume that both major candidates for the White House this year intend well and have a reasonable level of personal decency behind their public images. But I also believe that each candidate is very bad news for our country, though in different ways. One candidate, in the view of a lot of people, is a belligerent demagogue with an impulse control problem. And the other, also in the view of a lot of people, is a criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities.”

      In the press release, the Archbishop’s exact words were:

      “That’s a big ask. One candidate — in the view of a lot of people — is an eccentric businessman of defective ethics whose bombast and buffoonery make him inconceivable as president. And the other – in the view of a lot of people – should be under criminal indictment. The fact that she’s not – again, in the view of a lot of people — proves Orwell’s Animal Farm principle that ‘all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’”

      The Archbishop in neither text refers to Trump as a “buffoon”; rather, he describes him as a “belligerent demagogue” (which is hard to dispute) and as someone engaged in behavior described as “bombast and buffoonery.” If one looks up these two words, one sees that they define a person’s behavior rather than one’s essence; and when used to describe Trump’s behavior, they are deadly accurate. The Archbishop was not insulting Trump in his essence; he was accurately describing Trump’s behavior. That is a huge distinction.

      Essence and behavior are not one and the same: essence is what somebody is; behavior is what somebody does or how somebody acts. For example, there’s a difference between the meaning of “Harry is a drunk” and “Harry got drunk/Harry is acting drunk.” Or suppose Harry uses a firearm to dispatch an unjust aggressor who has broken into his house and has threatened his family. It would be accurate to say that he has engaged in the act of killing; but it would not (necessarily) be accurate to describe him as a killer in his essence. When my kids are arguing or disobeying, I tell them that they are behaving badly, but I never tell them that they are bad people. Likewise, the Archbishop did not say that Trump is a buffoon in his essence; he said that Trump’s behavior has been buffoonery. Given the record of Trump’s statements and behaviors during the campaign and previously in his public (and private) life, I fail to see how the Archbishop’s words were either uncharitable or insulting.

      You stated, “[The Archbishop] has indicated that he has ‘struggled’ with the choice of candidates we have been given. This choice should be a no brainer for a Catholic or Christian. But…no, Chaput is just ‘undecided’ on who to vote for. That is not rational.”
      Please correct me if I have misunderstood you, but it appears that you’ve assumed that the Archbishop struggles between voting for Hillary or for Trump. If this is the case, then I believe you are mistaken. Archbishop Chaput details his stuggle here:


      For our purposes, here is the relevant language:

      “This year, a lot of good people will skip voting for president but vote for the ‘down ticket’ names on their party’s ballot; or vote for a third party presidential candidate; or not vote at all; or find some mysterious calculus that will allow them to vote for one or the other of the major candidates. I don’t yet know which course I’ll personally choose. It’s a matter properly reserved for every citizen’s informed conscience.”

      I’m not sure how one could read this article, along with the Archbishop’s scathing critiques of Hillary in other places, and conclude that he is struggling over whether or not to pull the lever for Hillary. Rather, it seems clear to me that he’s struggling over whether or not to vote down-ticket but skip the presidential race, to vote third-party, to not vote at all, or to plug his nose and vote for Trump. This is a struggle in which myriad Catholics and other Christians in the country are engaged. I don’t believe that it is either accurate or fair to characterize the proper resolution or conclusion of this struggle as a “no-brainer,” or to intimate that a decision to not vote for Trump is “not rational.” As Archbishop Chaput stated, “It’s a matter properly reserved for every citizen’s informed conscience.”

      You’re a good man, Kevin; and I’m not trying to bust your chops. I just don’t want to see a holy and courageous bishop criticized on account of a faulty, albeit good-faith, characterization of his words.

      God bless you, your family, and the wonderful work that you do in your corner of the world. Please pray for me and for my loved ones (we could use it!) 🙂

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  10. Rose Stahl says:

    My first rosary of the day will be for you Charlie. You have helped me get over the fear of what’s coming. I live in Louisiana and was flooded in March and then again in Aug. living in a borrowed 5th for now and hoping to be in my little home soon. My friend gave me a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Christmas. When I started following your blog. I was so glad to learn the prayer. I asked that we would not flood anymore. My husband and I have been saying the rosary together. I just keep telling everyone to pray. I have bought the book for the total consecration to Mary. I started it but didn’t finish. Going to do it again and complete it. Thanks again Charlie Ann may God bless you!

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  11. MarieUrsula says:

    I have long appreciated Archbishop Chaput. He is faithful; strong; and a very good, clear writer. He is also a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe. God bless this faithful shepherd.

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  12. Donald Darville says:

    This closing statement he made really resonated with me;

    The present times may be difficult for Christians, the archbishop admitted. “It’s a moment for courage and candor,” he said, “but it’s hardly the first moment of its kind.”

    Thank you for posting this Charlie.

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  13. Doug says:

    I am content to be with the marginalized. I understand what you mean about getting “behinder” in your emails. I think you can add that one to the English Lexicon. As an aside, Lambzie and I are on the same page. I’m always “behinder” in what she does 😎

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  14. Linda says:

    I’ve always loved Archbishop Chaput and I remember how Mother Angelica would praise him often😇

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  15. Eva Cieslak says:

    Hello Charlie,

    Thank you for visiting Philadelphia area this week. If you would like to see more of Archbishop Chaput’s speeches, here is a link to his weekly homilies at the Cathedral of Saints’ Peter and Paul in Philadelphia: http://livestream.com/archphila/homilies


    Archbishop Chaput Homilies by Archdiocese of Philadelphia livestream.com Watch Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput Homilies on Livestream.com. Archbishop Chaput regularly celebrates Mass on Sunday evenings at the Cathedral …

    Thank you for caring about us and may God bless you always!



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  16. Al V. says:

    I am wondering if anything bad will actually happen during the Year of Mercy which ends November 20th. Would it not make more sense for the STORM to peak afterwards? I know I am using too much logic here, and maybe not enough faith, but I still have to ask.

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  17. Deacon Joe Murphy says:

    Thank you Carlie, I agree with you that
    Archbishop Chaput has been a light
    In the darkness

    Deacon Murf
    Sea Isle City m, NJ

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  18. This has probably been brought up before, but my searches didn’t find it. Given that the year of Mercy ends Nov 20, I find it interesting, and actually encouraging, that God manages every single detail of the universe. Even more so that he would use our own depictions of the constellations to highlight an event. Not that these timings match up with Charlies revelations, but it is cool.

    The below is from the Remnant Newspaper, discussing some astronomical events. (Please don’t post if I’m just muddying the waters)


    On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months, culminating in startling concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12.

    On November 20, 2016, Jupiter (the King planet) enters into the body (womb) of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter, due its retrograde motion, will spend the next 9 ½ months within the womb of Virgo.

    After 9 ½ months, Jupiter exits out of the womb of Virgo. Upon Jupiter’s exit (birth), on September 23, 2017, we see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). At the feet of Virgo, we find the moon. And upon her head we find a crown of twelve stars, formed by the usual nine stars of the constellation Leo with the addition of the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, you’re not muddying the waters. I don’t know if the piece is precisely accurate, but I have had it sent to me about 20 times now. I would like to see it from an actual astronomer – but these guys shrink like Dracula from a crucifix at the idea of anything confirming the religious conscience. So I think it is pretty cool coming from an amateur – and I suspect some legitimate astronomers had a hand in discerning it – for if it wasn’t substantially accurate, I know their tribe would have debunked it by now.

      I regard it as a profound and subtle sign from the heavens.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        you wrote of such signs when you spoke of the blood moons and its relations to such writings in Genesis and Revelation. I pray in the morning sometimes on the 15 minute drive along the Minnesota river. This morning the sunrise illuminated some storm clouds to form large blood red clouds right over the river and rain fell from them as I drove and prayed. I try to not look for superstitious signs but I had a hard time not thinking of the Storm this morning.

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        • Doug says:

          I’m reading 2 Esdras in the Apocrypha now on my phone Bible app. I don’t recall this as part of my printed copy. So now I need to understand this. Anyway, it paints a picture of wonder as there is a back and forth dialog between God and the prophet Ezra. It is like a cross between Job and St. Cathrine of Siena Dialog. Any comment from our resident theological experts (that really means you YD) on the authenticity of this as scripture?

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      • leel004 says:

        \( •_•)_†….
        The vampire fearing the Cross!
        Good describtion imagery Charlie!!!!
        God bless

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    • moreen67 says:

      Quietpathways – not sure if you ever saw the documentary of the Star of Bethlehem – not by an astronomer but (if I remember correctly) by a lawyer trying to get more information for his kids asking about it and what he found out about the constellation alignment during that time in history is quite remarkable. God communicates the way He wants to. It’s on YouTube – I have the DVD and I told my bible study teacher that I’m bringing it in for her. Mo

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      I have posted this in another article as Charlie states, it is fittingly i re-post here again.

      Since reading the book “A Handbook on…Guadalupe” (ISBN: 1-60114-006-1) I was amazed at the Image (Tilma) being an astonomy codex for the Aztecs. Scientists held a sky map corrected for ‘reverse’ anamorphosis with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe interposed therein. I refer to page 69, PP 3: Chapter: The Tilma of Juan Diego

      “As we study the identifications, we must remember the Nahuatl artists always represented the east at the top of their pictures, the south at their right, the west at the bottom, and the north to the left. We must also remember that the Divine Tlacuilo showed the stars ‘backward’, thus reversing north and south. The constellations wheel from east to west, from the top of her Image to the bottom. Those at the top are rising. Leo is directly overhead and if shown on the tunic, it would be over her womb. (We recall that Revelation 5:5 gives the Lion of Judah as a type of Christ, and that Regulus, the most prominent star in the constellation of Leo, means ‘Little King’!) The stars at the bottom are about to disappear over the western horizon…” (Barber, Janet, I.H.M.)


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      • charliej373 says:

        And yet, Sean, if it pleased God to present it now in the way most modern western eyes see it, would that not, too, constitute something amazing? I often tell people that heavenly beings, when they do appear to us, appear in a form designed to comfort us. That says much about the personality of God.

        As you know, I am not an enthusiast for looking at everything with a predisposition to see a wonder. It creates a lot of abuse and saps credibility. But I am not enthused at looking at everything with the eyes of a forensic accountant, either. Then we may well miss wonders that were intended for us.

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        • Sean Sullivan says:

          “I often tell people that heavenly beings, when they do appear to us, appear in a form designed to comfort us. That says much about the personality of God.”

          Amen Charlie. Thank you.

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  19. Stephen Maresch says:


    My wife Michelle and her friend Marty will be coming to your event in Maryland, I cant be there but would have loved to been able to make it, I have to be in Pennsylvania. Hope every thing goes well.

    Stephen Maresch,

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  20. I LOVE Bishop Chaput, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for his evenhanded leadership. I read everything he puts out, because it’s hard enough to form your conscience (or to keep it true) in days like this, but when some in the church are looking to undermine the very work the Holy Spirit is doing, Bishop Chaput’s work is even more important.

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  21. Pat says:

    He’s a great Bishop for certain!

    Concerning the election and the storm…..given the late hour of the year and predictions given related to the president and the election (i.e., Obama will not serve out his term and that neither candidate will be the next president) I’m left with a feeling that perhaps the next president, if Charlie is correct, could come to us via a vote in the House if neither candidate reaches the majority of the electorical votes. Would this meet the prediction or will the next president come about through some other means?

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  22. Anonymous says:

    “In these unprecedented times, Archbishop Charles Chaput is making himself a profound sign of hope for all faithful Catholics – and all Christians as our out-of-control government seeks to marginalize and outlaw any traditional, authentic expression of faith.”

    …unless it’s the authentic expression of the violent radical sect of Islam, which they go out of their way to justify.

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  23. marlonancy says:

    I think our two presidential candidates are a mirror of our culture.
    It is our fault we have them & up to us to change the future.
    I can respect anyone who is having a hard time deciding how to vote or to even vote. I really don’t understand how it could be an easy decision for anyone.
    I have nothing in common with either of them. I couldn’t even imagine having a civil conversation with either of them.
    I’m voting for Trump because he says he is pro life, the judges he will appoint, Mike Pence and he has never said he is a religious man. The fact he has never said he is a religious man actually adds a redeeming quality to his character in my view. In contrast to Tim Kaine for example who is supposedly Catholic & pro abortion.

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  24. Mona says:

    Hey Charley
    In Copenhagen, Denmark this bus is diving around. What do you think? https://www.facebook.com/tv2nyhederne/videos/1632115063470794/
    I read this site every day and I love you all. Pray for me and my family as I pray for you.
    Mona from Denmark

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  25. jmst says:

    The head of the FBI said today that the agency would investigate additional emails that have surfaced related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to determine whether they contain classified information. Maybe the WikiLeaks is the game changer for this election. I know that neither Trump or Clinton will become President but I still hope that one day the Criminal Justice System will put Clinton away.

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  26. I really didn’ care what Pope Francis did up until today, when I read he reappointed Cardinal Sarah.

    I love Cardinal Sarah, his work, his example, and his leadership. He has been a shining light in the darkness, showing us Americans what it means to be Catholic!

    To say that I’m failing in trying to put a good spin on this, or a good face on it is an understatement.

    Almost everyone I know is at a point of ignoring the Pope, angry with him, or flat out disrespectful. I’m starting to see why. I am one frizzy-tailed squirrel.


    • Snowy Owl says:

      Briana, God knows what he is doing with Cardinal Sarah and the many other good bishops, cardinals etc., who have been moved around and repositioned by Pope Francis. Sometimes, what looks or seems disastrous to us is exactly what is needed for them (and others) to grow in holiness- how will they grow and be purified if they are not tested? In the end, obedience trumps all.
      This has happened to every single saint. Just one example, Padre Pio, who was forbidden to hear confessions or say Mass publicly for many years. He was obedient and look at the results.

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  27. Mary Ann says:

    I came into this site to get some information about the THE STORM and all I see lately is another political chat room about who is the best candidate which leaves me cold inside. I cannot even go to a place on the internet where people are being kind to each other. Who are we to judge who gets in and which one is worse then the other. Why do we not just let God be the judge who will be our next president, if their is a next president..As for myself I try to be a good person and not get caught up in this political arena that even Charlie has, what we should be concerned about is what is the next right step and how we can best help other threw this storm, but all of you seem to be caught in the politics. All I see again is hate by some, It is so sad, I came in for guidance and I am leaving this room with sadness…God bless you all through the storm.


    • charliej373 says:

      Mary Ann, you are very unjust to people here. I have always said we discuss things of topical interest even as we don’t focus on those things. That is what we are doing. And if you think it is being done with the vitriol and hate here that is common around the internet, I think you do a great injustice to the commenters here. The political arena is part of what people deal with daily – and so is part of what they reasonably should talk about in discussing their fears and discerning what their next right step should be. This is no cloistered ivory tower. I have never sought nor demanded that. I have merely insisted we must speak in a way that builds each other up even as we disagree – and not let worldly things become our prime focus.

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