This is Not the End

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By Charlie Johnston

Many alleged mystics in these times posit that we have entered the sequence of the end. Not the “end times,” which, theologically, we entered into at the Resurrection of Christ. Rather, the actual end. Almost all Protestants who speak of such things see it that way – and quite a few of the Catholics, as well.

As regular readers know, I most emphatically reject that. I have to. From the time I was just a little kid, my angel emphatically told me that these times would feel like the end, but were NOT the end. Rather, he insisted, that God, in His permissive will, would let us see and live some of the consequences of our vanity and disorder (the Storm), in order to call us back to Him and give us one final chance. That means that, after the Rescue (the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart) we will be given a renewed world, still ordinary in every respect except that our hearts are entirely renewed. I was also warned that, once this renewal came, that the next time there was a mass falling away from the faith, it WOULD begin the actual end. But how long we kept faith after the Rescue was entirely up to us.

Many of those who insist this is the end do a lot of good work. I don’t particularly begrudge them – and am glad of the good work they do. But, as many of the saints themselves have done while on earth, I think they are mistaken in how they interpret some things. Thus, I emphatically reject pronouncements that this is the end. I emphatically reject that the definitive Antichrist is at hand, for he comes at the end, not this renewal (though I recognize that many antichrists, foreshadowing the eventual arrival of the definitive one, have been around since the Ascension – and are ever with us). Those who think this is the end, if they have any sympathy for me, think I am mistaken. Regardless, I must speak of what I have been shown.

I have been thinking a lot lately about the consequences of the two views, similar in the sort of events surrounding us, but vastly dissimilar in the conclusion. The consequences of belief in either scenario are dramatically different. If you think this is the actual end, there is a certain hopelessness to it. It becomes entirely self-referential in how you should proceed. If this is the end, than all you can do is seek to find sanctification for yourself – and pray for it for those you love. But if the whole world repented, it would make no difference in the sequence of things – this world would still be doomed, whatever you do.

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St. Joan of Arc and me at Mother Angelica’s Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama

You can only hope to save yourself. My message is the polar opposite of that. It is that you will find sanctification in these times BY being a sign of hope to those around you, that you are called to be participants in God’s plan of renewal and rescue for this poor, bleeding world, that God most emphatically is NOT done with us yet. Those who posit this is the end consider it vital that you get right with God. I say the same, but that getting right with God involves steadfastly being a sign of hope and witness to those around you more than anything else – to get out of your own head and live the Gospel witness to all. God is going to right the ship of salvation history, not destroy it.

 

I once had a very good fellow accuse me of trying to curry favor with Church authorities because my eschatology is practically identical to what the Church has taught for near 1,500 years now. To the contrary, this is what I have been SHOWN from the beginning. It is a blessing that it is consistent with what the Church has taught for a millennium and a half. But had it been different, I would have submitted obediently to what the Church teaches definitively, while remaining true to what I was shown that was not in conflict with Magisterial teaching. As I understand, the Church has definitively condemned millenarianism in any form (a rose by any other name…). Other than that, it is very permissive in interpretations of Revelation and end times eschatology. There are almost as many variations in interpretations as there are saints in the canon – with the variations often offered by the saints, themselves. I have the happy circumstance that what I have been shown since childhood matches quite well with both definitive and with general Church teaching. So I will toddle right along, insisting that this is the beginning of something glorious, the prelude to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. I will continue to tell you that after the birthing pains of this renewed world, my children and yours will live in a glorious Culture of Life, Love and Brotherhood. I will continue to insist that if you participate with God by acknowledging Him, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to those around you, a century from now your descendants will still call you blessed, honor your memory, and call for your intercession.

I have noted these last few weeks a certain frantic edge to people’s worry. Perhaps it is the election, perhaps just the general cultural angst that never seems to quiet. The answer is to go “all in” in God’s service. I repeat below my story on how I went all in, in hopes it will help you do the same.

All In

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By Charlie Johnston

We have reached a striking pass. Many of my old critics, while not letting up on the criticism, are visibly nervous that I am right because of the sweep of events this last year. I dropped by a site that comments on me regularly a few weeks back – and was amused to see some of my critics essentially arguing that, “…just because Charlie is right doesn’t mean he is…right.” On the other hand, many of those who have found hope and inspiration here are, occasionally, showing visible signs of worry that, ultimately, I may turn out to be wrong. I have kind of been waiting for this. It makes sense because I have been stunningly accurate on the sweep of the social breakdown – and the acceleration of it over the last three years. But what I say beyond this is, plainly, unbelievable from any temporal standpoint.

One of my favorite phrases is that ‘faith is an act of the will.’ We choose faith, not simply fall into it. If we just fall into it, the roots don’t go deep. We must actively choose it at some point – or lose it. I actually have a lot of sympathy for the doubts on both sides, for I had my own moment of choosing – and it came about five years after my final commitment.

In early 2002 I was still struggling with my own belief in the phenomenon I had experienced my whole life. Though the evidence had piled up, both in large and small ways, that this was authentic, a significant part of me could not let go of the fear that this was just the way my peculiar mind processed a powerful intuition. These fears caused me to worry that if I had to go public, I would likely face humiliation, disgrace, and burn all bridges to any way of making a living – and might yet be wrong at a critical moment. Such fears were not conducive to speaking with confidence. Yet if I did not speak with confidence, how could I give heart to people when they really needed it? If I did speak with confidence, how could I be sure that I would not yet be wrong on something critical? The disclaimer from a financial commercial, “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results,” kept going through my mind. Since about 80% of what I did required interpretation of often cryptic information, what if I got a significant interpretation wrong? Despite the protocols I had put in place to prevent the devil from deceiving me, I well knew he had deceived many saints for a time and had no illusions that I was invulnerable to such assaults. What if I were deceived on a point and, for whatever reason, my angel did not correct me? The lament of Jeremiah was always on my mind: “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped…” (Jeremiah 20:7).  If I did not speak with confidence, I might well defy God and fail the mission He had entrusted to me. What a terrible accounting I would face for that! If I did speak with confidence, I might mislead people – and the despair would be all the greater for it. Yet I had structured my whole life around the possibility this might be true and I might be called to act…so what was the purpose of my life at all if I was going to chicken out at the moment public service began? I had wrestled with this conundrum for over a decade. I needed a way where I could go all in.

I finally realized that I had been wrestling with the wrong question. The question was not whether I would ultimately be right or wrong, but whether I would be true to the promise I had made to God that I would speak in His name to give people comfort and hope if the Storm, the global civil war fought on cultural lines, fully developed as I had been told it would. When I started thinking in terms of being true and of promise, a way forward opened up to me. I could never eliminate all doubt in my head and, heaven knew, the devil would spring up to inflame those doubts if I thought of it in that fashion. Nor could I deny what was likely an authentic call from God and live with myself if I shirked it. So I decided to behave “as if” it were all true in order to keep faith with my promise. Working from this premise, it made perfect sense to adopt some rules and safeguards that would make my work a bit harder, but would protect others from any unnecessary fallout while staying absolutely true to my promise. Here are some principles I adopted to facilitate this work:

1)      Obey legitimate authority. People who are crazy think they are authentic and right. If it is from God, submitting fully to the authority He commissioned His Church on earth with is the perfect safeguard. If it is from God, He can clear the way when it seems impossible. If it is blocked, it is for my good or that of others.

2)      Never abrogate my responsibility. This is the flip side of obedience. I am given a peculiar mix of spiritual and temporal responsibility. While living full obedience to the Church I must take full responsibility both for my spiritual discernment and my temporal actions. I must always take counsel on both, but take care not to allow anyone to share in that responsibility. It can be very tempting to try to spread the responsibility around, so that blame can be shifted for any errors. That would offend God. This is why I do not seek – or accept – any ‘endorsements’ of the prophetic elements of my message. That is my responsibility alone before God. I also am careful with my Priests and close counselors to warn them away if they suggest something that would inadvertently cause them to share in my responsibility. For example, a counselor once suggested I ask a specific question of my angel for discernment. I quickly warned him not to suggest that, as it would cause him a share in the responsibility for my discernment. Rather, he could ask me specifically how I discern and make suggestions to refine my discernment – but to propose an active test of an angel would give him responsibility that he should not take on. Any errors are my own, both before God and before men.

3)      Make whatever I do or say good in itself. Past performance, though suggestive, is no guarantee of future results. I can’t know with absolute certainty that the prophetic elements of my message will come to pass precisely as I have seen them. God is trustworthy and strong, while I am small and frail. Thus, keep people’s trust focused on the God who is trustworthy and strong, reminding them of His goodness in ages past and His abiding tenderness to those who put their trust in Him. Handle everything so that if I failed miserably on everything else, I would have written material that would be useful to help people reconcile themselves to God and His Holy Church, despite my own failures.

4)      Be rigorously honest. Much of what I have been shown over my lifetime is starkly unbelievable. That the world could so flip in its values in one short lifetime that it would bluntly treat good as evil and evil as good was unbelievable to me when I was yet a boy. But it has happened, as have almost all the unbelievable things I was shown. I do not have to tell all that I am shown. It is usually best that I only tell a little. But calculations over believability must play no role in my decisions about what to tell and what to retain. Whatever is told must be true to what I am shown. Whatever calculation is involved must be over what is useful in building people up, assuring them of the hope that is in God, preparing them for trials, and exhorting them to act so as to build those around them up and so participate in the Rescue. Many people – some friends, some foes – have given me advice on what I should do to make my work “more believable.” At best, I listen politely and move on. If I were worried about believability I would never have gotten up the nerve to speak in the first place. If, in my contemplations, I find a refinement in the interpretation of what I am shown or told, I must make the refinement, regardless of how people react to it. If a core piece meets with heavy resistance, I must stick with it resolutely. I must tell people true and let the chips fall where they may. The moment I start trimming my sails to enhance believability is the moment I cease to be useful at all.

5)      Use my anger, but don’t let it use me. Anger is an incredibly useful, and often necessary, tool. It can bring focus and passion to bear, used to steady those in panic, repel  assaults, and fire up the timorous. But it is like fire: properly contained in and focused by a solid furnace, it brings warmth, light and life in the coldest times. Uncontained and unfocused, it consumes everything in its path. I am grateful here for my political training, for knowing when to respond to attacks and when to ignore them is an art form. Amateurs think that either you always respond or you never respond – a simple formula,  and one that, followed rigorously, always brings them to grief. You cannot ignore attacks that bring into question your integrity or the integrity of your message. To do so is to fail to defend the charge God has given you. But once you have responded effectively, move on. The cranks will keep raging, the malicious will mount new schemes, but you must not deeply engage with cranks and the malicious, which can only fuel the fires of anger. Once you have responded effectively, they will move on or their malicious rage will consume them. Do not notice at all the petty carping of small men of no stature or credibility, for to do so diminishes you and elevates them. Use your anger, but never let it use you.

6)      Know that your only effective audience is God. When an actor auditions for a role, there may be dozens of people watching in the studio, but the actor’s only effective audience is the casting director. If all the dozens of people think the actor is great but the casting director does not, the role will go to someone else. If all the dozens of people think the actor is horrible, but the casting director sees a compelling quality, he will get the role. I am auditioning for heaven and God is the casting director. I obey the Church in all its lawful authority, for that is what God calls me to do. I minister to, comfort, challenge, and exhort His people, for that is what God calls me to do. If I keep my promise to God, 10,000 theologians swearing I didn’t will change nothing in God’s sight. If I betray that promise, 10,000 theologians swearing I kept it will change nothing in God’s sight. I seek to please the Master, hoping not to offend the spectators, but never failing to do so if it is the only way forward that is consonant with the Master’s will for me.

7)      Don’t look back. Once you have set your course, don’t waste any time mewling with the Hamlet “to be or not to be” routine. Choose well and seriously, then go steadily and resolutely forward, regardless of the obstacles you encounter. Never calculate the odds. If it is right, go forward despite insurmountable odds. Never be seduced by mere temporal advantages into doing something unworthy. If your weakness betrays you and you do something unworthy, renounce it, get up, and continue on your way. If I am with God, I can be delayed, restrained or diverted, but I cannot be stopped. If God is not with me, I should be stopped. Know that no one on earth has any power over you that God has  not allowed. Therefore, any setbacks or resistance are for your or their good – for your purification or for their inspiration and recovery. As inspirational as it can be to others for you to live prosperity well, know that it is even more inspirational when you bear adversity well. Never squander the grace of adversity by pining away for what was safe and comfortable when you were not fully mature.

With the adoption of these guidelines, I could safely be “all in,” for I was keeping my promise to God, not restlessly trying to be right.

If I was mocked, scorned and humiliated, I was all in with my promise.

If I was honored and celebrated, I was all in with my promise.

If I was wounded and suffered, I was all in with my promise.

This is the key. I occasionally get people who tell me scornfully that if God spoke directly to them, they would act without hesitation or doubt. Besides speaking ignorantly of that which they know nothing, they badly deceive themselves. They have little faith. Everything I need for my salvation, I have from the Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Sacraments. God speaks to us all there. The extraordinary ways in which God speaks to me have to do with a particular mission I am given – to go forth and comfort His people, to help them endure until Rescue and to participate now in that Rescue. Because of people’s little faith, they actually want more convincing that God exists. I don’t need these extraordinary visits to do God’s will – and neither do they. If they really meant that they would do God’s will rigorously if He spoke to them directly, they would do it rigorously from the direction He gives them in the Scriptures, Magisterium and the comfort He offers with the Sacraments. They think to chide me for my lack of docility to an extraordinary grace but instead reveal the frailty of their faith in what we all are given freely. If you can’t even live the ordinary well and resolutely, what could possibly make you think you could easily bear the additional burden of the extraordinary? It is as absurd as a man who struggles to carry 50 pounds on his back boasting that all would be well if he were just loaded down with a thousand pounds.

Faith is not just a matter of emotional belief, of being convinced. No matter how convincing the arguments, you will encounter terrible trials and setbacks; times when you will ask, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Times when you will wonder whether there is God at all, times when you will doubt that He has any concern for you at all. If your faith is dependent on an emotional belief, on being convinced beyond all doubt, it is a feeble thing, likely to collapse with the rise of wind and waves.

A faith that is strong and sturdy is a faith that, properly formed, is fully and consciously chosen. You cannot just sit back and wait for God or His ministers to convince you – acting like a judge at a gymnastics event, holding up a scorecard for how well someone else has performed. You are called to be a participant. Authentic faith is your response to God’s grace. You choose to act in faith, whatever trials, whatever setbacks, whatever sorrows may come. It is a conscious act of your will. You choose it knowing that there will be times when you doubt, times when you faint from weariness or fear…and when those moments come, you act with faith anyway. “O Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). Authentic faith, fully chosen, makes you a participant in God’s grace, rather than merely a spectator.

Choose faith. Believe in God, not in me. Let us choose to believe in Him together. To get through this Storm, to be active participants in the Rescue we must each be “all in.” That way, if I should ever fall, you will stand – and if you should fall, I will stand. If each of us do that resolutely, our jaws set like flint, then the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven shall rise together, shall rise forever, and God shall rule.

 

 

 

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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428 Responses to This is Not the End

  1. Ella Cammina says:

    Through longing, [God] expands our soul, and by expanding our soul he increases its capacity.
    So brethren, let us long……Let us stretch ourselves out toward him, that when he comes he may fill us full.
    ~ Saint Augustine

    Longing and stretching here!

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  2. Lepanto says:

    For a Catholic, surely there can be no doubt that these are not the ‘end times’. Our Lady at Fatima promised us an ‘era of peace’ after the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. No such era has been experienced worldwide since she uttered those words and so it is to come and I sense that it is to come for the centenary of that promise.

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  3. Christene says:

    Greetings, dearest NRS family!!
    I was so overjoyed to see this post! Charlie, you, and your regular commenters, have done such a masterful job of keeping this blog a sign of hope in these dark days, of keeping us focused on God’s ever present, all-encompassing love and mercy, of keeping us in the present moment and focused on the next step before us when the world wants to sweep us up in fear and chaos.

    I don’t know what these unfolding days will bring but I know that Gods hand is moving all to the fulfillment of His will. I continue to pray for you Charlie and ALL here. I thought I would share a reflection from my Medjugorje Day by Day book on Oct. 30th;
    “Our Lady said: I see that you are tired. I want to support you in all your efforts, to take you in my arms so that you may be close to me. To all those who wish to ask me questions, I will answer: there is only one response-prayer, strong faith, intense prayer, and fasting (LJM 10-28-83). And in the gospel, Christ also promises rest: Come to me, all of you who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Mt 11:28-30).

    Reflection: One of the joys of Christianity is that Christ not only offers us his strength when we are weary, but also his rest and peace when we are tired. But our attitude plays an important part in this, as the following story illustrates. A company of pilgrims were on a road, all carrying a burden of some sort. Yet they bore them cheerfully, thinking more of the purpose of their journey than of its hardships, as they went along together singing. An angel joined the little band, and passing from one to another, threw into each of the burdens a couple of little white seeds. Soon the seeds began to sprout, until they became a pair of glorious wings which carried each traveller, burden and all, along the dusty road.
    Later on, a similar party was travelling on the same road, with downcast faces, and greatly complaining of the heavy burdens they carried. The angel passed again, but left them with no gift of wings. “Why did you not give them wings?” he was asked, “they look so down cast and gloomy, surely they need them more than the others.” “I have only the seeds,” replied the angel, “and the seeds will not grow unless they have the right soil. They will flourish only and cheerfulness and helpfulness, but will Perry’s at once in the atmosphere of grumbling.”

    May we all walk the roads before us in joy and gratitude, rejoicing in hardship, never counting the cost, with our entire beings, body, mind, heart, and spirit fixed firmly upon Jesus and our true home. Let us repeat continuously the words of St. Teresa of Avila until they become as natural as the beating of our hearts;

    “Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing frighten you,
    All things are passing away:
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things
    Whoever has God lacks nothing;
    God alone suffices.”

    — St. Teresa of Avila

    Peace to all here!

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  4. Deborah Seiter says:

    Well, Charlie, Mrs. Clinton is STILL not in trouble. Would love to know your thoughts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Deborah, I don’t analyze moment by moment. Neither she nor Donald Trump will be the next national leader. I have never told you how, only what.

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      • jj says:

        It seems that more and more commenters here want details, and some, although it appears not many (but Charlie may be shielding us from a lot of it, like any good Sherpa would) get downright testy (not referring to Deborah at all here, just a general observation) if they don’t get what they want. Just my 2 cents, but don’t tell me any more than I need to get through the next right step. I don’t want or need the burden of knowledge. Charlie is bearing that burden for us, and I for one, really appreciate his sacrifices.

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      • Cheryl says:

        This is a stupid question. Would God be offended if I voted for Him? Isn’t our objective to hasten the social reign of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary? So shouldn’t it be our political objective also? I know temporally that most think it’s wasted vote, but I would rather have heaven rule than anyone else on the ballot and I can’t imagine He would be offended to have someone offer Him the job.

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    • roses1sb says:

      I know I felt the same thing….I wish their would be some justice….not the way we want it…Comey had me so upset yesterday and I thought, why did he even bother….I am just going to let God take care of this mess…but neither would be President so…who knows what will happen to Mrs. Clinton, I get so mad at her and her view on life that I forget….I have to pray for her….God is mercy and he loves her to but I understand how you feel…the system is broken our America has changed and is corrupt in our political choices we all have….only God can change this but I felt like you also yesterday…just wanted to let you know I felt your frustration…..

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  5. Tom says:

    Friends, I have posted here a couple of times before over the years. I have an interpretation of things. Call me a cynic if you wish, because most assuredly I am that!. When Charlie states that the next president will not come from the election process, I firmly believe it. Why? Because I believe there is no way in heck that Hillary is NOT going to “win” this election, and win by a decent margin, because I believe that the election process is already rigged in her favor. And it won’t be so close that Trump can gripe about “hanging chads” or some such matter to decide the fate of the election and contest it. Hillary will be “given” this election. She has it in the bag now IMO. Why do I say this? Two reasons: 1) just google the phony balogny voting out there in recent years, and 2) I usually vote early in the morning – always have – but the last election I voted late. It was about 6:50pm when I finally got to my voting station, and guess what? My name already had a signature by it ( nothing like mine ) and “I” had already voted. I do not have a typical name like John Smith. My name is somewhat unusual, and I am the only one on that voting register with that name. I raised alarm immediately with the volunteers there when they said I could not vote “again!” They did allow me to vote. I raised my concern with the Board of Elextions the next day, and demanded they investigate. I called, I emailed. Nothing! No response. Ever. And I firmly believe that because I got there very late, someone had “taken” the liberty of voting “for me.”
    So when Charlie says that the next president will not come from the election process, I do not doubt it a bit. And I know one guy who would back me entirely: Bernie Sanders. You could probably ask Pres Obama, as I am sure he remembers his old ACORN days.
    As far as the Rescue goes, I have been a principal in the financial for many years. I have never seen a time like this where the “economy” suddenly means the same thing as “the stock market.”
    Where companies constantly lower their earnings forecasts just so they can beat them time and again; where the Fed plays a major role in propping up the market, supporting debt, opening the Fed window for zero interest money to the “too big to fails;” where 70% of the market volume is generated by computer “ping” trading, churning the market ad infinitum; where we freely allow big banks to recapitalize by dilution to common share holders (multiple large regional banks did just this by issuing phony bologny convertible preferreds after 2009, then converting them back to common for huge gains at the little guy’s expense ) The list goes on and on. There is one solution for the “fix” and they know it. Ala Ron Paul, they have to let this thing totally fail, and start from scratch, wiping out everybody and all the debt. Mint one coin for $20 trillion ( the nat’l debt ) and give it to our lenders, and say “here you go, you’re paid in full.” Manufacture an impromptu war with Russia and China to “cover” the real culprits? Sure! Why not. It’s a quick, easy fix.
    How God “allows” this breakdown and Rescue, I know not. I do know this, though. We have swept Him out of schools, government, every day life – even churches! – so I have no doubt He lets us experience our chutzpah in the worst way.
    Good luck to all. But rest assured: Hillary is the next “non-elected” president of the United States in my most humble, cynical view. I believe nothing is going to change that.

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    • roses1sb says:

      Wow I have heard of this happening all around the United States….and Dead people have voted also….so this is true and we have no place else to turn but God….I said I will vote but my husband has stopped voting he said it was fixed….I am starting to believe this but it does not change the way we all feel….sadden and a little hopeless with the corrupt system…Thank you for sharing this with us I am going to tell my husband who has always said…our vote does not count…I hope that God will change this system and give us a new way of living..smaller Government and Holy People in office……..

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    • Littlelight says:

      What you say is true. However…the challenge right now is TNRS. It is so very easy to see the bad & ugly. The bright and beautiful is a bit harder to see and hold on to.

      The more I contemplate, I feel now, more than ever, each of us must cultivate radical hope and joy. How? Of course by going to The Queen and our awesome triune God. But more than that, whenever the temptation comes to focus on the ugly, treat it as just that—a terrible temptation that we will give no quarter to. Treat all that as a love-gift we can offer Our Dear Lord. Whatever we struggle with in the present moment, we can offer to Him. Then we can choose to live with radical hope and joy—doing those little things that make the people around us smile. Even if it is as simple as smiling ourselves at total strangers and wishing them God’s blessing.

      Me, myself and I, who am prone to melancholy, refuse to give into the terror of these days. It is a total act of my will. By the grace of my Saviour and The Queen (as my five year old affectionately calls Our Lady: “Mommy, look, it’s THE QUEEN!” said with wide-eyed wonder when she was three and saw a gold statute of Our Lady), I will persevere.

      This past Friday, I accompanied my 21year old daughter to her annual nephrology appointment. The news was somber. “Clinically stable with some degeneration of kidney function that’s within the statistical error of this test. ” Gulp. Tears.

      Three years ago, during finals at university, she was rushed to the ER for what turned out to be emergency surgery. It was a harrowing experience for us all. She had a dermoid cyst on her ovary and it caused extremely excruciating pain iv push narcotics could not touch. When the good doctors where trying to find out what the heck was going on, they found out she had a couple cysts on one kidney—indicative of polycystic kidney disease. On top of the emergency surgery, in which they told us she would lose one ovary, my husband & I heard stuff like: “Early death by aneurysm, dialysis, genetic, each and every family member needs to be screened, each and every family member may have this, etc…” We have eight kids and are of very limited means—always relying on The Lord.

      How we publicly prayed there and how God answered🙂 Against all odds the surgeon was able to save her ovary (first prayer answered). I smelled roses that night as I stayed in the hospital next to my exhausted baby. I prayed rosary novenas, relying on The Queen’s promise. Our Lady healed one child from life threatening food allergies (much to the doctors astonishment. The appts randomly where scheduled on Sept 8th and Dec 8th—haha)

      During all of this, many, many signal graces. Then the absurdity of it all struck me, that Deutoronomy 30:19 quote I’m fond of using. See, against all odds, by the awesome grace of Our Dear Lord, with early childhood/young adult histories that read like Greek tragedies, my husband and I chose to live our faith authentically, and be open to life. Against all odds, we have this beautiful family. The absurdity of the doctors telling us certain death awaited us all, was not lost upon us. Then I realized, who wants that? Who wants to reclaim and drag to the pit those who barely escaped?

      Anyhow, we have zero family history of this dread disease, and the doctors are stumped but wary. My prayers for total healing for her and us all have been heard. Now it a time of faith and perseverance. I don’t pretend to know what the future may bring. Am I scared? You bet. But more than this, I KNOW God’s radical mercy, patience, provision and tender love. He has shown me all these long years. I feel His presence in our lives. We are so very blessed! I will wait upon His promise, I know we will yet rejoice and every tear will be wiped away! +My God I will praise You always and forever! How little I returned the love You give us!+

      Let’s all chose radical hope and joy in these serious times. Let’s all resolve here and now to live radical hope and joy. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain! It’s all on the line, my friends. Let’s All keep on keepin’ on! God Bless you & All!

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  6. Paul B. Valdez says:

    Thank you Charlie for another good and very appropriate article and reminder of how you became (All In). I am catching up after visiting a little bit of Heaven on earth visiting Family at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Lafayette, La. which is also a Pilgrim site in this Year of Mercy. I hope you were able to visit there in your travels. In my catch-up reading, I saw the article about “The Vatican’s illusions about Chinese communism” and I am concerned about our Catholic brethren in China. Is Cardinal Joseph Zen correct in his assessment of the Vatican’s plans there ? Here is the article http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-vaticans-illusions-about-chinese-communism-1478215875?emailToken=JRr8fvhzYnSRgtY2aMwg1FBtcKAUCuSAQEiSLXTOJ1PNs3rO5OurwLgpwtC3oGWiXks/7NcB6nM5RCbUxTM2A5/LwuMvzgo=

    Paul in Katy

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, Paul. Throughout history, the Vatican has made some horrible blunders on diplomatic matters…and a few real triumphs. Neither the Pope nor the assembled Bishops are infallible in matters of diplomacy. I do know that we are only about a year away from the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart – and that whatever temporal blunders are made will end up serving that Triumph in the end.

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  7. blippitydar says:

    “God is laughing at our pitifully impoverished logic right now. As the fullness of His plan unfolds, we will be as entranced and delighted as a child opening a much longed-for present on Christmas.”

    LOVED your response above, Charlie….it brings to mind a quote that I’ve kept with me for years and years…I feel like it’s in keeping with your writing and good to re-visit right now:

    “Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation… Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert… I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you…”

    – Pentecost of 1975, prophecy given by Catholic author/theologian Ralph Martin in the presence of Pope Paul VI, at St Peter’s Basilica.

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  8. Spikenard says:

    So I am just hoping God’s plan calls for a little stirring before the invasion of Poland moment, or that that moment still allows for the turning of hearts afterwards. For some fallen away Catholics I know i have informed them of Charlie’s message, the next president not coming from the political process, the word of Our Lady’s Triumph late Oct. 2017, the info of where the nearest Door of Mercy is located to them (before Nov. 20th), as well as instructions of how to receive a Plenary Indulgence once there.

    I know you’re not a man of details re: the Storm, but do you think that vast majority of fallen away Christians will experience the Epiphany of Christ before the Holy Doors close? Or maybe, in reality, God’s Doors of Mercy extend beyond the time of the ones here on Earth? I’m sure they do, but yet I am struck by the symbolical timing of the Year of Mercy and Charlie’s message coming to fruition.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do not know, but pray for mercy. I know that God arranges things to call the most people back to Him possible. Yet if He extends mercy beyond a certain point, it can end up enabling those who oppress and persecute the faith. God knows the perfect blend of mercy and justice. I do not.

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      • Audrey S. says:

        Oh, Charlie, I very much hope His mercy extends much further beyond the 20th… my husband, whom I’ve been diligently praying/fasting/offering up for over a decade is still atheist…. BUT, I can tell you, that just last week, he told me he was going to start coming to church with me on Sundays and may start doing little things here and there… this is a HUGE step for him and he has NEVER said anything like this… this was the day after crying to God and St. Monica about how I didn’t understand why nothing seemed to “work”…. Oh, how humbled I felt when my husband opened up to me… little did I know that God’s way is not my way – even when I think I know my husband well… I pray when we meet you in 2 weeks, the Holy Spirit will help guide him…I do not believe it to be a coincidence that the Lord has you speaking here on the 20th… God bless you!!

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    • Mick says:

      Hi, Spikenard! Regarding the Rescue, Charlie has clarified that it will take place in “late 2017.” This is what he was told by his angel long ago; but a few years back, he told Michael Brown of Spirit Daily “October 2017.” His angel busted his chops pretty good because of it. He has since clarified repeatedly, but the October comment is still being cited in many quarters.🙂

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    • I think one of the hardest lessons to learn as a parent is when to let your kids fall.

      That true mercy is not coddling and hoping that one more talking to will do the trick.

      I don’t see the closing of the year of mercy as no mercy. I see it as the most merciful.

      If they won’t see now, and all of the Father’s soothing, and love won’t draw them, perhaps the letting them go to be buffeted for the salvation of their souls is the most merciful thing.

      It’s hard, I know. The pain of watching your loved ones suffer while you’ve tried everything to save them from themselves… perhaps we only enable more bad behavior and don’t know the cost of true love.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      This morning is a glorious day, filled with the Holy Spirit in quite a few little moments of time. All this prior to 10am:)

      “…little stirring before the invasion of Poland moment, or that that moment…”

      Todays headlines report no FBI charges for Hillary, Huma’s laptop had 650,000 emails containing Top Secret information (from Hillary) and even Hillary’s maid had contact with ’em. Huma’s Father is a founding member of the Muslim Brotherhood (bad news) and her Mother is the head of the Muslim Sisterhood.

      Somehow, i think ‘they’ are already here. Though a movie quote from the Band of Brothers movie at the Battle of Bastogne “…Lieutenant, we’re supposed to be surrounded”.

      As Charlie infers this time will be one of trial and moments of beautiful miracles of God providence. As demonstrated countless times in this blog, prayer is the key.

      May God continue to direct our hearts until the fulfillment of the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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      • Karen says:

        Sean, sometime this year I came across a quote which I really love – it might have been from this site – it sounds like a CrewDog or Patrick contribution!
        “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!” It is by Lewis ‘Chesty’ Puller, a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general.

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  9. little one in PA says:

    I believe that since neither Trump nor Clinton will make it into the White House, the comment Pope Francis made about walls is intended as a net to catch as many Catholic supporters of Hillary to haul them into the barque of Peter. Jesus I trust in you!

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  10. Deborah Seiter says:

    Charlie, I think my comment about Hillary not being in trouble, AGAIN, came across as questioning you and for that I am sorry. That was not my intention. I was just wondering from your vantage point of having been in politics. It just seemed to me a perfect example of how corrupt our whole system has become. I was very grateful for your post and am praying for my family to see what they need to see about themselves and our world. I find myself wondering how I am going to be a sign of hope and take the next right step when things totally fall apart when I don’t do a very good job of it now. Thank you to everyone here for the prayers.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh no, I didn’t take it that way, Deborah. Sorry if I came off like that. I just meant these things must come – and if I analyzed every twist and turn I could easily go down a rabbit hole and lose my focus. On the larger scale, I have been shocked by the graphic nature and depravity that the Wikileaks have revealed. I knew the progressive left was only interested in power, not people, but I have been stunned at how deep the decadence of this criminal enterprise is.

      But I have said this year was designed to reveal who we are – that we have delivered ourselves up to judgment. To vote for Clinton, knowing how she and her team speak privately about the law, minorities, Catholics and other faithful, and the Culture of Death is unthinkable. If a majority votes for her anyway, we deserve a lot more than the Storm that is engulfing us. Thanks God the Master is merciful – and will Rescue His people even if He can only find a handful of righteous people.

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      • Deborah Seiter says:

        AMEN!!! God bless you, Charlie . That is kind of what I have been thinking. If we vote for her, elect her we do deserve whatever is coming to us. On a beautiful note of hope, my very dear friend told me today that she asked her 13 yr. old son what are we going to do if tomorrow Clinton gets elected and without even taking a breath he immediately responded “pray! I will have my rosary in my pocket all day at school. We have to leave it to God! This from a very normal yet really good 13 yr. old! Deo gratias!!!

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  11. I’m reminded of Padre Pio’s assurance: “… stay in the boat in which our Lord has placed you, and let the storm come. You will not perish. It appears to you that Jesus is sleeping, but let it be so. Don’t you know that if he sleeps, his heart vigilantly watches over you? Let him sleep, but at the right time, he will awaken to restore your calm.”

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  12. jayman92 says:

    I started the 33 Days to Morning Glory dedication to Jesus through Mary on November 5th. I think I read Charlie and Beckita were doing it, as well. Who else is in?

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  13. Spikenard says:

    Gottchya….it’s why I sent out word to those I know. If what you say falls in line maybe the Epiphany will occur to them before communications are possibly down and before things turn hopeless (seemingly) and they fall in despair. I pray every day for mercy for me and this world….oh how far we have moved ourselves from God and His ways!

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  14. anetoflove says:

    Charlie, in your understanding, after the Rescue, will people have such a clear understanding of the sin of abortion, pornography, homosexual acts, and all the other violations of Church teaching that they will suddenly realize their error (in thinking they were being compassionate)? So we will no longer have to make so much effort in trying to battle false belief, but our role will be to help people who now have a sincere desire to grow in faith? Should we be accumulating prayer books and other tools to help?
    Also, to Charlie and to all the wonderful community here, please pray for my friend Karen who has just been diagnosed with metasticized breast cancer. I am praying for a miracle of return to good health through the intercession of JPII.
    God bless all here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Praying for Karen…and joining you in seeking the intercession of St. John Paul.

      As for the rest, I want you to contemplate how people will react after thinking we are completely lost, then seeing the Blessed Mother rescue us. Do you think that will change people’s hearts at all? Do you think going through the Storm of consequences for our disorders will change people at all? I have said repeatedly that the Rescue will usher in a prolonged period of peace, prosperity and authentic Christian brotherhood. Is that consistent with the disorders that you cite retaining widescale power? What kind of Rescue would that be?

      I know you just want to be reassured…just as St. John the Baptist wanted to be reassured when he sent to ask Christ if He was the one they sought or should they look for another. Jesus did not answer him directly, but described what was happening – so that John could contemplate and know from his own contemplations. I encourage you to do the same, for solid contemplation gives you the key to reassurance within you.

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      • anetoflove says:

        Thank you Charlie, for your prayers AND for your gentle reminder of all that you have been saying over the last years. Your answer is exactly what I needed to hear and absorb. I so appreciate that you gave it with such love and yes, the reassurance I was looking for.
        God Bless you.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        This is was an excellent comment Charlie ! Also for me, Just hearing about your experiences with The ARCH ANGEL GABRIEL is what gives me hope although I am ignorantly jealous of that kind of reassurance. If you see him again let him know how much my son Sam age 8 loves the Arch Angles.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      anet, I will keep Karen in my prayers. ❤

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in prayer for Karen.

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    • Marie B. says:

      I’m praying for Karen, anet! St. JPII is one of my favorite saints also.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for Karen, Anetoflove.

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  15. Faithful says:

    Hello. I have been following the blog for about four months. I have read a lot of the archives as well. I am a housewife with four young children and a cradle Catholic. I live in a conservative Catholic community in Minnesota.

    I began to feel the need to prepare for “something” about 6 years ago. I cannot say what caused this feeling but it was quite strong. I just have the urge to protect my children and make sure that I can care for them. I came across Charlie’s blog on Catholic Answers and began following with interest. I felt like it confirmed some of the discontent I have been feeling. I was particularly drawn to the prediction that most of Islam will fall and many will convert as I am horrified my many of the things I seem happening in modern times in the name of Islam. I love the idea of an era of peace and that there will be more normalcy. I have been appalled by recent developments in our country regarding views on gender and marriage. I do not like how liberals are calling for limits on the free practice of our religion, especially regarding the confessional seal.

    My oldest child is preparing to make her First Communion this spring so I have become much more active in the faith. I am trying hard to set a good example for my children and raise them as faithful Catholics. I go to weekly confession and mass, say daily rosary and St Bridget’s 12 year prayer, have begun attending the First Friday and First Saturday masses, I also participate in other Catholic devotions as time permits. I have been praying for discernment regarding Charlie’s predictions for a few months. An answer randomly popped into my head the other morning that it is false.

    I apologize for bringing this to your blog. I am not trying to be disrespectful. I am wondering if this is how discernment works? I have never tried to discern anything before. I am just a regular person with no special gifts so I do not have a spiritual director.

    I do want to thank you for this blog and everyone here. I very much enjoy reading your comments. I did not know about the Holy Doors and I made a special trip to ones near me. I now am feeling very disappointed, I was really hoping that something would help correct our country, which I see as careening terribly off course. Whatever happens, I will remain faithful to the Church and Take the Next Right Step going forward as best I can in these secular times. Any advise anyone here could give me would be appreciated.

    I would also appreciate prayers for the conversion of my husband, especially to St. Benedit, to whom I have been praying to for the cause or St. Joseph, who holds a special place in my heart as the faithful foster father of Jesus.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
    Your faithful sister in Christ.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Rarely does discernment involve a random thought popping into your head (though it does occasionally). It almost always involves you considering and making a choice – and taking responsibility for that choice.

      Bless you for your dedication to passing the faith on to your children well.

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      • Faithful says:

        Thank you Charlie for taking the time to answer my question. I should try to learn more about the charisms. I am severely lacking in that area. Wishing you safe travels.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to the TNRS family, Faithful.🙂

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    • jj says:

      Faithful, you are not alone in the discernment dilemma, the question of discerning discernment plaques me as well. It is a constant concern, but I just make the best decision I can and apologize if (in my case, this if should probably be a when) I screwed it up. The good news is that in Charlie’s case, he has graciously provided a litmus test, no discernment necessary. Since he is teaching that we should live our lives normally until all heck breaks loose, there is no reason to worry about if it doesn’t happen the way Charlie says. If there is a peaceful transfer of power, Charlie has said that this means he is wrong. Thankfully, that means that people like me with no Spiritual Gifts can proceed with confidence because, quite frankly, there is no risk.

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      • leslyek says:

        jj, Faithful, and others:), as I was thankfully taught: ‘ if you were baptized and/or confirmed, you most assuredly have spiritual gifts or charisms’!
        Just check the Catechism ( even online).
        More so, you demonstrate virtue – which gets us even further than any gifts. Godspeed.

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    • Katherine says:

      God does speak to us, but the usual and most obvious way for most people is through the Church. First thing I did when I ran into Charlie’s blog last year was run it through the filter of what the Church teaches. After finding no conflict, I checked his overall manner and method, intentions and the kind of effect he was having on people, I watched a few videos and decided that Charlie had abundant common sense, a strong faith and a keen observational ability . . . so I decided that there was a good chance that this was for real. I rarely trust things that pop into my head, even if later they turn out to be right. It’s not that I don’t believe that God can whisper to us in that way at times, its just that things pop into my head all of the time . . . I would never be satisfied by simply listening to my own head. I also never worry about missing something important God is trying to tell me. God will absolutely hit me over the head if He needs to. The rest of the time I use my good judgement and common sense as it is informed by the Church. Also, you are not required to give your fiat to Charlie or any private prophecy, so you can hold this prophecy of a Rescue lightly if you like, turning it over in your mind as something that would be surprisingly wonderful to have happen and have some hope that it is true. The advice offered here about acknowledging God and taking the next right step really is good and sound and it is essentially all that is necessary to take with you into the heart of the storm. You are lucky to be in a strong Catholic community, what a blessing that will be!

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    • blippitydar says:

      One thing I’ve learned over the years, Faithful – when you immerse and align yourself with the truth (Christ, and His Church), truth wins every time. I don’t mean my truth or your truth or Charlie’s truth or the world’s truth, I mean THE Truth. Confusion, misconceptions, lies, falsehoods, manipulations – they all lose every last ounce of power in the presence of The One who IS Truth. They just fall away. Continue to take refuge in Christ – there’s no place better to be when you are feeling uncertain than in His presence, either before the tabernacle or in eucharistic adoration – you will most certainly find clarity and protection there. That’s how you’ll know. What Katherine gave you is excellent, excellent advice. I’m happy you are here with us, and will be praying for you AND your husband!

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    • Doug says:

      Take heart Faitjful. Stay faithful to the faith, trust God in everything, love your husband, do the little in front of you and God will take care of you whether Charlie is right or wrong.

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  16. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    Have a safe trip, and may St. Raphael and St. Christopher protect you.

    Looking at some of the trolls, I have to say they start off wrong, assuming prophecy is an exact science. It is neither a science nor a art. It may or may not involve mystical experience(s).

    Prophecy is confusing. Even prophets get it wrong, as Jonah is the best example, or get derided as did Jeremiah. You said there would be no election originally, but what was understood by election? Ah, the headaches of prophecy and trying to elucidate what God tells you. By saying there would be no election, many of us thought there would be no voting on election day. Like the Jews misreading the messianic prophecies, we heard what we wanted to hear. However, the idea of there being no election in the sense as the consequences/fulfillment of election day, that is, the inauguration is what the prophecy says.

    It must give you a headache at times, the prophecies/visions/ seeing God and trying to explain/relate them when ordered to do so. I do believe you are more like St. Hildegard of Bingen. May she help you with your headaches!

    Mystical experience vary, they depend on how God comes to us some through visions eyes/mind, some through locutions (ear), some through fire (heart) or light (eyes and mind). We are given what we need and/or can bear.

    . Anyone who holds your prophecy to election day itself and then blames you fails to understand the nature of prophecy. You never said there would not be an election on election day, but that there would not be an election. An essentially, if there is no inauguration, there is no election.

    That does not change the message of trusting in God and taking the next right step. More important than election day to your message is Sunday, November 20, 2016, when the year of Mercy ends. I believe Pope Francis exercised the power of the keys and gave the world a year of respite. Thanks be to God my family and I made it through the Holy Doors. I am presently reading Kathleen Beckmann’s superb book God’s Healing Mercy. Highly recommended to all.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen. Well said, James. I do love Kathleen Beckman’s work.

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    • Beckita says:

      All right, JIM! I had been prompted earlier to order Kathleen’s book but have found myself in the midst of so many little tasks and jobs. Then when I initially read your comment, I thought I’d love to read this gem… but no… there are many things demanding my attention and already a stack of books I wish to get to. Now Lo and Behold! Kathleen is on EWTN this week with Johnnette Benkovic discussing guess what? I’ve ordered the book. Thank you for being used as the second holy nudge.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Beckita,,

        This book is incredible, or in 80’s slang, “It’s totally awesome, dude!” Since I read patristics and scripture, most works do not come up to the level I am used to. This book is superb and will actually last (people will still use it after the rescue) as it is so spiritually useful. Beckman works with specialized ministries as you do, and I think you will find this book a blessing. I put aside Chrysostom’s ineffable Homilies on Genesis for this book. It can easily be used as a teaching aid, as their are questions, prayers, letters, and profiles of saintly people. It is truly all that and a bag of chips.

        I bought my at the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY… The priest who heard my confession there highly recommend it. I remember when it came out thinking, “I should get this book.” I am glad I finally did. You will not regret it.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks, James, for this added info. I have read several of Kathleen’s books and actually communicated with her when I began a Praying for Priests project for our diocese in China and in preparation to start something in my own diocese. I’m aware of her various ministries and have seen several interviews with her over the years. I appreciate her work as she joyfully builds up the Mystical Body. God bless you, James.

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  17. Anne Reedy says:

    Hello Mr. Johnston, Here I am the day before the election and I am being hit from liberals and conservatives with their ideas and opinions and so forth. I get anxious. Then, I read the Next Right Step and always I feel better and more calm. So I would like to thank you for being a sign of hope to me. God bless you Anne Reedy

    ________________________________

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  18. THERESA MORRIS says:

    Charlie, soooo….i tried posting a question yesterday. No need to pack a “Bug Out Bag”? Just put our trust in God? I’m just a little confused because i saw a few months ago where we could buy seeds.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I cleared that comment and responded to it.

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      • THERESA MORRIS says:

        I wonder why I’m not seeing it. I’m a tech person for a living. Lol. maybe I should put away the smartphone and pull up my laptop

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well here, I went back and looked so I could copy and paste it again:

          I am constantly asked to clarify. It is very simple: if your trust is firmly founded in God, if all you have is a loaf of bread, you will be fine. If your hope is founded in the preparations you have made, even though you have all the wealth of Ft. Knox, it will not be enough. It is your intention that is the key. The danger in stockpiling is that the more you have, the more you are tempted to put your hope in your preparations rather than God.

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  19. SundaeGirl says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for this post. I found it to be just what I needed to hear. I’d like to ask everyone for their prayers and hopefully encourage people and inspire hope at the same time. Just in the past few days I have had my bike stolen (my only means of transportation), had my mother tell me she was disappointed in me for not voting for Trump, and found out a friend of mine has had a sort of mental break/depressive episode. God is so merciful and loving, though. A coworker has offered the use of her bike to me. When my roommate gets home, I’m going to ask her for a ride to the polls tomorrow. (My mother thinks it is a waste of time to take me with her to vote, since I will be voting for a third party candidate.) Today, I was able to visit with my friend, hopefully bringing some joy to her day. I’m so thankful for all of these people in my life. I may not be completely hopeful all the time, but God has put people into my life to encourage me, so that I can do the same for others. Praise God for giving me the time to say the Rosary today, something I have not done in months. I’m thankful that He continues to guide me and give me the confidence to be the woman he created me to be.

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  20. erin483 says:

    Whatever happens tomorrow and in the days to come after…..I have found much consolation in following Charlie and his blog. I have been fearing tomorrow, but it will come and go and we have to deal with what we get. It will not shake my faith. I believe we deserve worse than what we probably will get. I want to thank all the regulars here and please don’t stop blogging. WE need this blog to keep us propped up in the coming months ahead. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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  21. dianebelvs says:

    God Bless everyone here. And in the words of dear Padre Pio …. lets “pray, hope and don’t worry!”

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