A Good Day For America

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By Charlie Johnston

I was deeply heartened by the election results yesterday. I can now amend my promise  that I would retreat into silence if Barack Obama peacefully transferred power to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on January 20. Now it only applies if Obama peacefully transfers power to Trump on that day. Should that happen, it would be a very happy retreat on my part. I have not suddenly become a great enthusiast for Trump, though I did warm up to him in the waning weeks of this election. He came up with the most pro-life position statement of any Republican nominee in my lifetime. He may freely insult people while he is president, but he won’t attack their liberty or try to fine or jail them for dissent. He believes in American exceptionalism. He could represent a return to normalcy – a president who has flaws and virtues, but who is not given to pseudo-intellectual preening. When he preens, he just preens.

Hillary Clinton represented a unique threat to the U.S. – a fulfillment of the disorders brought on by Obama’s narcissistic self-regard, a fulfillment that would have ended any hope that the U.S. could right itself. She was an aggressive threat to the rule of law, the faith,  foundational freedoms and any hope of a Culture of Life. I am thankful that Americans rejected what would have been the decisive repudiation of the rule of law by electing her, though disturbed that so many Americans remain so cavalierly uninterested in the very principles that made us a light to the world.

Two years ago,  many people were deeply heartened by the Republicans’ landslide victory in the mid-term elections. A few suggested that this proved that my overheated concerns had been answered by that election and all would be sweetness and light. I wrote the column reprinted below, expressing my conviction that the election of a near veto-proof Congress would change nothing. We still were headed into a terrible Storm.

I remain convinced that this election will not stop the crash, but for different reasons than two years ago. As I mentioned, I have warmed up to Trump in the last few months. I played a very peripheral role in providing some briefing points at the request of  someone close to him on a particular issue last summer. To my pleasant surprise, once Trump came on board with the policy, he developed a very clear-eyed understanding and commitment to it. I think he has a good learning curve, is taking this very seriously, and wants to be a solid leader. I think he would govern largely as he has telegraphed – and that to change his mind you would need to convince him of the wisdom of your position, not some cheap effort to show how it is to his advantage. Sometimes I would agree with him, sometimes disagree – but I think he would govern as a traditional American, with respect for all.

My doubts lie with the anti-God progressives. In the last decade, they have done a miserable job of persuading people. In that time, though, they have become much more brazen in using riots, blunt force and raw power to get their way, anyway. Obama’s reflexive response to any setback is to ignore the law, stomp on it, then dare the Congress or the Courts to stop him. Usually, they just take it. So in the next few weeks, I will watch closely to see whether the anti-God progressives try to whip up violence and rioting to set our cities burning. I will be watching to see if President Obama starts making noises about “Russian hacking.” I wait to see whether they will accept defeat or resort to the violent, strong-arm tactics they have so relied upon. Certainly today, both Clinton and Obama have made gracious, unifying statements. We will see if it holds.

If the peaceful transfer of power takes place, I will happily retreat on January 21, 2017 and work on the book of stories connected to each decade of the Rosary I long to finish and learn to play the piano, confident that even if all is not well, the country is starting to move in the right direction. If not and we see two months of convulsions, I will retire on July 5, 2018 and do the same. All that will change is the date I will quit the scene.

And now, the piece I wrote two years ago:

Mammon is Fallen…And Great is the Fall

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At the homily at Daily Mass today, our priest delighted me. The Gospel reading was from Matthew 6:24, where it says you cannot serve two masters, that you cannot serve both God and mammon. Normally, I groan through the childishly oversimplified definition of mammon as money or wealth when this Scripture comes up, which mistakes a part for the whole of the matter. I wanted to stand up and cheer when our priest said that mammon is not merely money as many seem to think, but an attachment to worldly things, to a secular way of thinking.

This is at the heart of what is both good about the election results and why those results will make little difference in the progress of the Storm that is upon us. The systems we relied on to make both Western Civilization and America great bastions of freedom and opportunity are shot. They are tattered beyond repair. America was the final flowering of Western Christian thought before the Enlightenment divorced philosophy from theology, reason from faith. Barely a decade later came the firstfruits of the Enlightenment, the bloody and murderous French Revolution, which replaced one form of tyranny with another, far more brutal variety while pretending it was all for “the people.”

God, the Judeo-Christian God, is the firm foundation upon which Western Civilization was built and rests. I am uninterested in specious arguments from pseudo-intellectuals about the evils that Christian kings and rulers did through the ages. The Advent of Christianity did not usher in heaven on earth. As I have often said, we only get heaven when we actually get…heaven. From a social standpoint, what Christianity established was a framework to build upon, grounded in that which gives life. We were shown a way which, we would not fully attain to in this life, but which pursued with vigor and intellectual rigor, grounded in faith, would lead to a great advance in human dignity, in human freedom, in living together in harmony. We were given a system which, if followed, would allow each generation to get a little closer to the reality of Christ than the one before it. Each generation was able to build, brick by brick, upon the foundation and structure that was laid before it, getting ever closer to actually building a City of God.

In the first few centuries before Constantine, these were merely the claims of Christians, though the small Christian communities that dotted the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe bolstered that claim. Once Christianity took root, it proved those claims, slowly, generation by generation. It was a way of thinking, of believing and of living that built up rather than tore down.

Now, I am going to digress for a moment to preempt the fools with a little learning who would point to the Dark Ages as a repudiation of the Christian impulse towards dignity. Modern ignorance of basic history, philosophy and theology is utterly astounding. I know that most people think the Dark Ages were a Christian phenomenon – because they have been taught that by anti-Christian polemicists near as ignorant as themselves. The Dark Ages were brought on by secular princes who feared that knowledge dispersed among the people was a threat to their power – that it should be suppressed in order to secure their ambitions and dreams of glory. Even half-wit secularists could deduce this without a great deal of study by following the logical conclusions that rise from the facts that, during the Dark Ages, the monastic movement took deep root. In the Monasteries, the monks went beyond copying Sacred Texts by hand and began to also copy out classic secular writings, the great ancient philosophers, that they not be lost to humanity entirely. It was in the Monasteries, during the Dark Ages, that the progenitors of the modern library and the modern university took shape. It has always struck me as a fine irony that, when all mankind abandoned faith en masse, it was the very home of faith that actually kept reason alive. The Dark Ages were the first great progressive movement, a determination to treat the great mass of men as dependent dogs to be ruled and cared for by a few elite princes who would decide what was best for each.

So what is good about last week’s American elections? What it reveals about the heart of the people. For generations we have steadily been pulling away from any public acknowledgment of God. That burst forth in the last decade in one major, perhaps predominant ideology, commonly called the left or progressive movement, that is openly hostile to God, Christianity, American traditions and values, and Western Civilization. We have bought almost completely into the toxic spirit of antichrist, that good can only be done without reference to God. Having marched through the cultural institutions of our society, it has reigned politically triumphant for the last six years. People have seen what it has wrought. It is not an increase in dignity, in brotherhood or in prosperity. The mass has started to reject it.

The problem is that the right is not a Godly coalition. Oh, it is not openly or even – for the most part – covertly hostile to God as the progressives are. It just thinks that God and talk of faith is ancillary to solving real problems – that, at best, God is just a brick in the wall rather than the foundation supporting the entire cultural edifice. The right will merely tinker at the edges of the corrupt edifice the left has erected. Who really believes the new Congress will firmly put a stop to the legal assault on small business owners living their religious conscience? Will anyone at the IRS and other public agencies that have targeted conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers for their beliefs be held to account? Will a balance in powers be re-established, or will the new Congress just squeal impotently and hold show hearings if the President continues to unilaterally do whatever he feels like?

Even if the new Congress reacted with vigor on restoring a genuinely Constitutional order the nation is largely run by a bureaucratic class that has grown to beastly proportions and was removed from all accountability to the public – or elected officials – through Civil Service laws. Even if it tried to get the beast under control, the underlying financial structure is damaged beyond repair. It will crash because it has spun so out of control that government accounting measures are designed to hide the extent of the damage rather than reveal them. It will crash because there is no network of genuine collective international security institutions that are more than a facade. NATO exists on paper only. Throughout the globe, nations understand that they are on their own and must scramble, as best they can, to survive. What would happen if Russia invaded Poland? What if Iran invaded Israel? Who would stand effectively against Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea, Mongolia, even Japan? No one believes the United States would intervene effectively on behalf of any ally any more. Shoot, I’m not sure if the United States would do much more than send letters of protest if Alaska were invaded. The United States has been the prime guarantor of Western Civilization for a century now. When that guarantee loses credibility, it leaves foes looking to take advantage of the vacuum and it leaves old allies looking for new alliances that might secure their survival.

I caught a little flack a few weeks back when I noted that Russia has done nothing yet that does not make strategic sense to me. Some assumed I was praising Vladimir Putin, or that I endorsed Russian aggression and adventurism. It was neither. But I was irritated by shallow analyses that made Russian actions seem the dreams of a madman, a modern-day Hitler or Genghis Khan. To paraphrase a Chicago Alderman from the last century, “Geo-politics ain’t beanbag.” Some are horrified by Russian brutality. Well, so am I. But Russian rulers have been notably brutal going back into antiquity, whether they are Commissars, Czars, or roving bands of rival warlords. That the modern ruler acts as all Russian rulers have for almost a thousand years may be deplorable, but it is not a sign of national insanity. And frankly, it wasn’t all that surprising to me. Russia has long defined national greatness in Western terms while preferring medieval Eurasian methods of achieving its aims. It is part of what I describe as its thousand-year identity crisis.

Whether or not Russia has embarked on a mad quest of conquest must be judged on its actions within the framework of what it perceives to be its national interest. I have written before that, ever since the break-up of the Soviet Empire, there has been debate over whether Eastern Ukraine would be part of Russia or part of a Ukranian nation – both in Ukraine and Russia. It has been governed from Moscow for centuries and most Eastern Ukranians regard themselves as Russian, including religiously. While the technique used to justify the Russian invasion resembled the Nazi justification for the invasion of Poland, it is substantively different. If the American Union broke up and California became part of Mexico, an American invasion of California to take it back might be advisable or not, but it would not constitute irrational adventurism. That is roughly akin to the invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Once there was even a hint of danger that access to the warm water port in the Crimea might be at risk, invasion was inevitable. Whether good or bad, handled well or poorly, it was not irrational. It made geopolitical sense. Now if Russia were to invade Western Ukraine, that would be a different matter – more like the U.S. invading Mexico. It also would set up cultural problems, for Eastern Ukraine is Eastern Christian just like Russia. Western Ukraine is Western Christian, which would be an ongoing source of potential strife and disruption. It does not make geopolitical sense in any obvious context.

But let us take a look at the larger geopolitical framework. Vladimir Putin made a seminal speech at the Valdai Conference in Sochi last week, a speech that the western media has barely deigned to notice. I was particularly struck by the second fundamental point, that all systems of global collective security lie in ruins and that it is the United States which has destroyed them. It confirmed what I have thought about Putin going back for about a decade.

Russia, better than any other nation, understands the implacable supremacist ambitions of China – and its long-term, carefully patient strategy. For years, Putin longed to have an American Nixon to play off against, someone who understood geopolitical realities and was not put off by tough talk. The world was more dangerous and volatile than any one power could handle – and there were things, regardless of what was said, that were better off handled by others. Russia naturally wants influence in the Middle East. During the Bush years, Russia tried to advance its influence, but was largely content to let America handle it with only a few pro forma protests. Very simply, the Middle East is filled with a bunch of excitable Muslims – whose brothers are right at Russia’s door in Chechnya and other Republics. The potential for blowback was huge. While occasionally piling on, Putin was confident America would take the danger seriously and keep it contained. Russia would holler about defensive radars planned for Eastern Europe, but accept it. Why? It knew the United States was not going to invade Russia – and that, though those radars were justified as preventing Russian adventurism, they might come in right handy when China got to feeling its oats. Putin did not consider Bush a great geopolitical thinker, but he was a competent and responsible player on the world scene.

Fast forward to the Obama foreign policy as it unfolded. If you were watching for it, you could literally see Putin’s growing astonishment, dismay, and finally contempt for American fecklessness. When Obama cancelled the radars set to go into Poland within the first days of taking office, Putin was astonished. Gladdened perhaps, but shaken that the new American President did not even try to get a concession in return. In international relations, the only thing you give for nothing is nothing. It was an early warning of a new American incompetence on the very basics of international diplomacy. No one wants an incompetent dance partner.

When America allied with Qaddafi’s Libya as a useful partner in suppressing violent Jihad, then abandoned him at the first sign of trouble; when America abandoned the Egyptian ally most responsible for maintaining stability; when America ignored the rebels and sided with the Mullahs as serious potential revolt rose in Iran, Putin came to realize that America didn’t even know which team it was on anymore. When America began berating and undercutting Israel and siding with the very Jihadist warriors who were trying to destroy both Israel and America, Putin realized that while America might still have the toys, it was no longer a great – or even significantly consequential – power in world affairs.

It had to be a terrifying moment. Understanding clearly the meaning of China asserting its muscle in the South China Sea and the massive build-up of its conventional forces, Putin had to wonder to whom he was going to turn to balance growing Chinese power and adventurism. The United States might one day be a force again, but allying with it now was a good way to get toppled. A century ago, Europe was chock-full of great powers. Now it is composed of simpering eunuchs who would be useless in a real fight. (Apologies to my European readers, but your nations have castrated themselves). Japan, perhaps, but its relations with Russia have almost always been a troubled encounter – and it has enough worries with N. Korea and China acting up in its vicinity. Whatever they want to do, Africa and Latin America are not in a position to project useful power that far from home and are not likely to be any time soon. India can be a useful ally, but only if you can negotiate the knife edge between Indian and Pakistani mutual hostility. Australia is resolute and useful, but geography suggests it may want to hedge its bets with China.

The bottom line is that, at one point, Putin realized that China was rising, he was the only major world figure to take it seriously, and he stood almost alone. China needed to know that Russia had not gone soft – and Russia needed to shake up the world framework to defend its future.

It jumped into the Middle East with both feet when Obama fumbled the ball with Syria. Putin’s play might have seemed cynical, but he advanced two causes. First, he gained a foothold in real influence in the Middle East, demonstrating he was willing to be patron to other Islamic client states if they wanted it. This made sense because it was clear America was no longer effectively able to contain the volatility of that region – or even willing – and Putin always knew someone had to. Second, if the Jihadists on his borders created trouble, it would be useful to have some Muslim allies who might help dampen it down.

The invasion of Eastern Ukraine served a multitude of purposes. First, there was the ambiguity about which nation it rightly belongs with after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Historically, it is Russian. Second, the Crimea is vital to Russia’s ability to project naval power – and the lack of effective naval power is, incidentally, the only real weakness in China’s massive build-up the last few decades. Third, it demonstrated to China that it will project power if it perceives it to be in its interest – so that it is better for China to be a friend than an enemy for now. Fourth, it demonstrated to smaller countries wondering where to go given the vacuum of reliable American power, that it will exercise power to protect perceived interests and allies. You do not have to agree that this is HOW things should have been done to understand it is not just random madness. Even the Russian elder statesman most respected in the west, Mikhail Gorbachev, advised the west to take Putin’s speech last week to heart.

The real kicker is that Russia is exercising a brutal, medieval Eurasian temperament to uphold western Christian values that the west, itself,  has largely abandoned. So, American officials are counting on temporal political means to grapple with what are, at bottom, fundamental religious and cultural issues. It seems the Americans are using the right means for the wrong argument while the Russians are using the wrong means for the right argument. Meanwhile China lurks.

Mammon is falling as God rises actively in human history again. People act, advancing His purposes unknowingly. And the Storm draws force.

 

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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707 Responses to A Good Day For America

  1. vicardwm says:

    Please, folks, even though it is unlikely that Trump will be able to complete his ascension to the Presidency, it is time to pray that he will be protected, and that he will choose wise and God-fearing people to fill the various posts that will make up the transitional team and the future government!! He will be making a lot of those important decisions in the next couple weeks.

    If he fills most of these positions with east-coast RINO’s, the government won’t improve much.

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  2. MarieUrsula says:

    When I saw the election results and later the red and blue map of the US based not on states but on counties ~ making the country VERY red with little spots of blue in the big cities ~ I thought: Ah. Here we will find the Regents of Representative Democracy.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nice insight, Sister Bear!

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Cities? Todays morning reading for the Divine Office:

      Psalm 54 (55)

      The Lord will free us from the hand of our enemies and from those who wish us harm.

      For I can see nothing but violence
      and strife in the city.
      Night and day they patrol
      high on the city walls.

      It is full of wickedness and evil;
      it is full of sin.
      Its streets are never free
      from tyranny and deceit.

      If this had been done by an enemy
      I could bear his taunts.
      If a rival had risen against me,
      I could hide from him.

      But it is you, my own companion,
      my intimate friend!
      How close was the friendship between us.
      We walked together in harmony
      in the house of God.

      Glory to the Father and to the Son,
      and to the Holy Spirit:
      as it was in the beginning, is now,
      and will be for ever. Amen.

      The Lord will free us from the hand of our enemies and from those who wish us harm.

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  3. Justin says:

    I guess because I do not know the details of what is expected of you after the Crash, I have a hard time understanding your hope that nothing remarkable happens on January 20. But I tell you, Charlie, I really pray that the Crash, Storm, and Rescue play out like you’ve been saying.

    I have been going through a personal storm in my family for over two years now. Though there have been brief partings of clouds from time to time, there seems to be no end to it. It is the Rescue and the changing of hearts that gives me hope for relief from this turmoil. I selfishly do not relish the opportunity to loose souls from Purgatory for the foreseeable future.

    I also look at it from the long term perspective. There is no political solution to the social and economic problems in the world and in our country. Yes Trump, the political novice, won with great promises, but the betraying faces in Congress changed little. I am skeptical of their willingness to cooperate with him should he try to hold true to his promises. And the fickle electorate may eventually swing back to the progressive direction again.

    I desire for my wife, daughter, and neighbors to live in a world of peace centered on God. Right now the Rescue is my only hope for that. Come what may, I am ready to be a source of hope for them and endure suffering on their behalf to achieve that end, even temporal death if it is God’s will. I want to be counted among the heroes.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your family, Justin.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in prayer for you and your family, Justin.

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    • Praying for your strength and fortitude and placing the safety and peace of your family in Gods hands

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    • Linda says:

      Justin.. imagine this.. the month of November if you say JUST ONE Flame of Love Hail Mary with the intentions of loosing souls from purgatory. ..Our sweet Mother Mary will release 10 suffering souls….then..these 10 grateful souls will then pray for you…Jesus is squeezing you like He does us all. ..”You are my sunflower that produces oily seeds. The oil comes out only when the seeds are squeezed by sacrifices. This oil will fall on empty lamps and the Flame will be lit. It will even fall on souls that have no lamp. (those without the light of true faith) and they will find the road to salvation.” Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann The Flame of Love Diary – page 47… You are being squeezed, my fellow squirrel. ..hehehe..feel da burn😇 Jesus I trust in you😊

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  4. Lake Johnson says:

    Anyone know whether the electoral college can actually decide to elect Hillary, or even be deadlocked under 270 and send it to congress? If this happens it is possible that congress can’t decide by Inauguration Day and Obama stays there until (or if) they decide. I’m a bit deficient in constitutional law knowledge so am not sure on these things. Just throwing it out there, I know just trust God but I can’t help my mind churning about:/

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  5. roses1sb says:

    We need to pray for peace now…..riots are going on and people are getting beat for voting for Trump…I feel that many of these bused in protesters are being paid….destroying property….beating people, I am sad and we need to pray for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s world Peace Plan…….This I believe is the calm before the big storm…..it is obviously going to happen…..Charlie pray with us and for us…..scary

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    • SanSan says:

      Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations. That they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, who is the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.

      This has been apart of my morning prayers for a long time now……please join me.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      “Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ”
      2 Chronicles 7
      Let us fast and pray going into the last days of the Jubilee Year. Let us humble ourselves, prepare for God’s Grace and Mercy, which must flow through us, for the sake of mass conversions.
      St. Stephen and St. Paul–pray for us.
      St. Martin of Tours, patron of the poor, soldiers, conscientious objectors, tailors, and winemakers– pray for us

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Hillary voters, hispanics and muslims are also being attacked. It is lawlessness all the way around

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      • Littlelight says:

        Madkat, I read your prayer request and I am praying hard for your intentions. Did you get a chance to see the novena for Christ the King’s feast day? I’m certain it can be said any time, not just as a novena. It provides me with some real consolation for all the ills you speak of. I am grateful for that. We are praying this as a family.

        God bless you & yours & All! Keep on keepin’ on! God loves your babies more than you do, and He most certainly hears your every prayer!

        http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/the-prayers

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      • Khrushchev says:

        Madkatmomma,

        I am curious to see reports of that. Can you provide a link to a news source?

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        • Mick says:

          Kkrushchev, I’ve only heard one story about a Muslim’s being attacked; and it turned out the be a fabrication. The woman who filed the false police report is being charged:

          http://theresurgent.com/louisiana-student-cries-wolf/

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          • Khrushchev says:

            Just read about the Saudi student beaten to death at 2 a.m. off campus at University of Wisconsin -Stout. No evidence of hate crime, no evidence he was a refugee or even politically aligned with Hillary. No evidence perpetrator was a Trump supporter. Perhaps there are other better examples.

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          • charliej373 says:

            We are not going to play this game. We have had Obama and Clinton supporters over the last year committing mass murder and beating people senseless – and the media (rightly) has held them accountable, not the candidate they supported. We are not going to turn the tables now to support a progressive narrative and hold Trump accountable for what every deranged person does – unless you want to deal with the reality that it has been largely Obama supporters that have been ambushing and murdering cops – and a big Clinton supporter who murdered all those people in Orlando. Don’t even go there…just inflammatory hateful garbage designed not to enlighten, but to inflame hatred and division.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Apparently there was a muslim student killed in Wisconsin and some other incidents. My daughter thinks that LGBT, immigrants and others will be hurt or killed as a result of the election. She sent me some articles about random abuses. I’m well award that the anti-trump forces are attacking with far more frequency but my point is that neither side bears the mantle of righteousness.

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          • madkatmomma says:

            Update. My daughter was nearly run off the road by someone who didn’t like her Hillary bumper sticker. It was in the desert between Nevada and Ca a lonely trecherous stretch of highway

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  6. Joanne says:

    I haven’t stopped smiling since about 2:00 am on November 9th. I attribute Mr. Trump’s victory to God’s mercy, the intercession of our Immaculate Mother and all of you and our like-minded sisters and brothers. I am praying for all the protesters that Our Lord sends his Holy Spirit to them to heal their convoluted minds and hearts. Meanwhile, my beloved has covered the three Spruce trees in our front yard with a few thousand blue lights to show our support for our police. We have already received thank you comments from several of them. Pray for the protection of Mr. Trump, our police and first responders and our country and be at peace that God’s plan is unfolding. As Our Lord told St. Faustina, “All creatures are fulfilling my will, whether they know it or not and whether they want to or not.”

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  7. I’m all in. I understand what Charlie is saying. I’ve been tested brought the past two years, I have prayed to God asking and have received testing that has refined me. I love God with all my heart. I am a simpleton. Mom to 4 little ones and I’m so thankful God plunked me down where I am today. I’m seeing miracles everywhere with my friend and family.
    Let’s keep up our rosaries. Charlie’s messages just help me encourage to pray more. Prayer is the answer.
    “Come say yes and meet me at the hill.
    We’all ascend together and accept God’s will.
    When 2 or more gather to praise God’s name,
    The gifts of the spirit will shower down like rain.”
    (My own lyrics created 4-5 years ago and held deep in my heart-with no idea about Charlie’s message at the time or the shrine.)

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  8. I haven’t commented on anything here in months … but I have been regularly checking in to read the latest post. I was just listening to CNN (10am) and one of the guests actually said the words, Ron Brownstein (Senior Editor, The Atlantic), referring to the protestors and the election “This was a cultural civil war” And he also said “… I think you are going to see more of this … [violence] is going to be a big theme … I don’t think initial notes of unity are realistic.”

    Using today’s technology, these quickly turning violent protests are obviously “organized” regardless of any direct involvement of so-called “professional” protestors.) They are going in the direction of riots and could degenerate into open rebellion. If this now recognized “cultural civil war” keeps up and grows to more cities and more people, the whole nation could erupt, which could trigger financial collapse, could open us to attack from without and/or terrorist attacks within and could stop the inauguration of Donald Trump, which is exactly what these agitators want.

    After two nights of this and more planned for tonight, why isn’t President Obama and even Hillary Clinton publicly calling for calm peaceful protests and rejecting violence? Something tells me that after this massive shock election, these people in the current administration, like the mysterious and very dangerous Valerie Jarrett (must read article about Obama’s number one long term Advisor) and the expected (now derailed) corrupt Clinton administration are not going to just quietly walk away from this loss. If that is accurate the next two months are possibly the most dangerous period in American history.

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    • theresa323 says:

      To the Divine Mercy network, I agree the next two months can be the most dangerous period in American History…
      Today after morning mass, the congregation sang an impromptu version of God Bless America….
      Today is Veterans day…. Thank you to all who bravely served this nation in the Armed Forces.

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    • Beckita says:

      Nice to see you again,DMN. What you have expressed has been a common theme in the comments here since Tuesday’s election.

      United with all in prayer, watching and waiting on the Lord for both personal nudges to act as well as His Movements in the bigger picture.

      God bless you and all.

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    • Mick says:

      Good to hear from you again, DMN. I dearly hope that you’re wrong, but I strongly suspect that you’re right.

      God help us all.

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    • BlessedToLiveNow says:

      Yes, we are in very challenging times! I have been re-reading George Orwell’s 1984, and find many stunning parallels to our times. Here is an interesting link showing how the media is starting to turn around the narrative: https://youtu.be/cWsWZnEGqKYc
      I suspect that this is just the start to reprogram folks. Other thoughts are, they have been inciting some of this rioting, fear of lawsuits perhaps?

      We can’t stop praying to Our Lady, she did intercede for us in a big way, but we can’t sigh in relief, but need to remain vigilant and keep our lamps full of oil.

      God Bless!

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    • Linda says:

      I have a bb gun in my nightstand drawer beneath my Flame of Love Diary by Elizabeth Kindellman..no bb’s yet though. .i need to get some bb’s

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  9. Nicky says:

    Zerohedge news has an interesting article on the possibility that the “Elite” wanted Trump to win on purpose( that it was part of the plan), to cause rioting and on top of that letting the economy crash. Blaming it on his election. Which in turn will cause more civil uprising and perhaps need for Martial Law.

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  10. Jorge Bizarro says:

    My two cents, from Brazil:
    1 – US people have now a HUGE motivation to celebrate this Thanks giving day:
    Te Deum in Notredame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-A4kueWL4g
    God granted a Reprieve to the US people, with Trump election.

    2 – On the other hand , I have no doubts that Mr. Soros is now funding his ‘pink-revolution’ to oust Trump in the US, by forcing Martial Law in (rioting).

    3 – At least three independent sources (US evangelical and Catholic American seers) have been foretelling a natural event that will strike America before Christmas and will cause a change in the peoples mood, like this one: https://wingsofprophecy.blogspot.com.br/2016/10/tragedy-is-coming.html ( see also the Green Scapular website and this).
    Here is another one, from James F. ‘After the warning’ , this one is about exactly what Charlie has been saying, so I quote it here:
    Source: http://afterthewarning.com/messages-from-heaven/john-martinez/2016/09/09-30-msgs-from-the-mailbag.aspx

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Jorge. I left the last link up, but did not leave the lengthy text you printed quoting it. Though there is some insight, perhaps, to this meditation, it has a dark, despairing hopelessness attached that I don’t care for – and think is both wrong and disheartening. At least some of it is directly contrary to the Scriptural promises of Jesus Christ, Himself. When someone wants to argue “prophetically” that Jesus was fundamentally wrong in His promise to the Church and that He WILL leave us bereft, I don’t cotton to that.

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      • Amber says:

        There’s too many comments to go through again, but in the comment notifications from this post, I saw a comment with a couple links to other sites that basically implied it would be the end of time soon (or maybe I interpreted it wrong?). I also know you have mentioned Mark Mallett and how he believes it will be the end of time. But I’m SO confused now!😦 Your prophecy is obviously what I prefer, but it seems more people are aligning with the end of time notion.

        I know I need to discern prophecies with prayer and reflection, and I have done that regularly since early 2015, but I guess I was wondering what your view was on the people who say it will be the end of time? I apologize if you addressed this in the past, but I can’t find your comments regarding this within your site.

        I am asking what your view is in kindness🙂 I know either way, both scenarios are out of my control. But your prophecy provides more comfort – and hope not necessarily for me, but for my children. I feel so sad I brought my 5 adorable little kids into this world at a time of such upheaval and great evil.😦 I don’t want them to suffer – and it breaks my heart when I think of all the possibilities of how the next year can play out.

        I hope you know how much I (and I am sure I can speak for tons of others) appreciate your persistence, patience, and dedication to spreading your message. God has entrusted you with a huge role, and you are truly blessed.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Since earliest childhood I have been told that this would feel like the end, but it is NOT the end. That has been made emphatically clear to me and re-emphasized since. This is NOT the end. I say that not to comfort you, but to tell you true what I have been told since the beginning.

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        • Littlelight says:

          “I feel so sad I brought my 5 adorable little kids into this world at a time of such upheaval and great evil.😦 I don’t want them to suffer – and it breaks my heart when I think of all the possibilities of how the next year can play out. ”

          Somewhere I remember reading a story about a ?jesuit saint (?St. Ignatius) who was sorely tempted as whether God existed or not. If memory serves me correctly, the saint found peace after thinking if God exists or not it really matters not. It is much better to live life as if He does exist. The happiness and joy associated with living a lifestyle as if He exists and according to His laws is sufficient in of itself. Immediately after the saint made this vow, the temptation left him.

          Charlie has always told us true. His message of TNRS is one of the most powerful efficacious ways of living life one could hope to find. The whys and hows of all the rest are ultimately irrelevant. The way I see it, we all have a choice to make. We can each choose to live with hope or despair. Period. I choose hope! I’m all in! No matter what happens, it’s a win-win, my friend!

          I’m saying this all badly, I apologize!

          God bless you & yours & All! Keep on keepin’ on!

          .

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        • Littlelight says:

          Ooh,ooh, I’m on a roll now, LOL! I knew all these bits of memory could be the ingredients of a great cake (or a terrible bomb, haha).

          So, Gandalf says all that I tried to say much better. His speech to Frodo by Philippa Boyens. This is one of my all time favorites, seered into my memory it is. The very first time I watched it, I made hubby rewind it several times. Perfect for these times.

          God bless you & All! Keep on keepin’ on!

          Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

          Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

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        • Doug says:

          Hi Amber, I have 3 adult kids with two who have walked away from the faith. My take prior to having kids in the 80s at which time, even back then, I heard people say they did not want to bring kids into such a horrible world. I took a very different approach. I reasoned that what better time to bring kids into the world? We parents have way more influence on our kids than we realize. Kids bring a certain innocence. I had a mission to raise Godly kids so they can go out and make a difference in this world. I have one already doing this and I am darn proud of her. The other two are taking their “around the worldly tour” so to speak. I am hopeful. St. Monica, St. Mary Magdalene. I have one son living an alternate life style. I asked God why out of all the odds did I have to be put in that position? His response to me was “why not?”. It became very clearly evident that God knew what choices he would make and picked me to be his father to help him when time is right. I am ever hopeful. God is so much bigger. He has a plan. My only regrets are I wish we had more kids. God knows what your kids are capable of and he may raise them up during this time and use them in a very powerful way. So trust all your children to him and love. Yes. Love, love, love, love. Death is not tragic. It is the second death that is tragic.

          Now, about the end times. Medjugorje has brought me into the church. Medjugorje speaks of chastisements also, but does not speak of the end. It is quite the opposite. Look at Fatima. In Fatima, the Blessed Mother talks about the triumph of her immaculate heart and then peace will reign for a while. I used to think that was the 90s, but no more. I think it is what Charlie speaks to of the rescue. We are at the door step of one of the greatest times in history. We were created for these times. You were created for these times (Oh. I wish I had more kids) Be not afraid. Trust God with everything in you. God bless you!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            That’s truly beautiful Doug, all of it! Maybe God has given you this desire because you may end up with more kids-🙂 In wars and disasters there are always children who need families because they have lost their own. I’m sure, depending on what comes, there will be so many in need of help, homes, security and love, especially children. 👶👦👱👧

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Funny Snowy. Yesterday, I brought a crib up from the cellar into our in law apartment. I have a sense there will be folks living at our house soon and possibly a young mother or family with a little one. Although I wish we had more kids, it is hard to imagine starting a new at 55. I love the grandpa role though. So now, I will live vicariously through my daughter 😊

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Ah yes, grandkids, perfect! They are such a joy..such little munchkins! Best thing is- Grandma and Grandpa get to spoil them too!

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          • Jennifer Olenchuk says:

            Melt.melt.melt…

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Speaking of daughter, I love you Jenn! What a blessing you are! Shmooch!

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          • madkatmomma says:

            Thank you Doug I so need to hear this! I love the”around the worldly tour” Aint that the truth? I did the same at their age, I think my fear comes from the knowledge of just how treacherous the trip can be. 😕

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          • Doug says:

            I had my around the worldly trip too as a young lady. God bless you Madkat!

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          • Doug says:

            Argh! That was supposed to be young lad; not young lady…..

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          • theresa323 says:

            Totally agree with Doug and Charlie and Fatima and Medjugorje. It is not the END….

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        • Littlelight says:

          Ooh, ooh, one more—Charlie feel free to smack me down at any time, LOL.
          Best chance yet. Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn. It doesn’t get any better than this, folks:

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        • Vickie Rogers says:

          Hi Amber, what is going on is that we are transitioning from an era of disobedience to an era of obedience – that’s one way that I’ve heard it be described. When ever this storm ends we are supposed to enter into an ‘Era of Peace.’ Not the end of the world, just an era of peace – And that is also what Mark Mallett has been talking about all along as well –
          Don’t fret – as St. John Paull ll used to say, “Be not afraid.”

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        • As a long-time reader of prophecy from various faith backgrounds, I’d like to pass on that the Catholic prophecies I am familiar with do not proclaim this as being the “End Of Time”, and I haven’t seen that Mark Mallett believes that, either. Most Catholic prophecy seems to tell pretty much the same thing in that regard as Charlie, that we are facing a life-changing — and often also describes an earth-changing — crisis on a scale never before experienced, whereby there will follow a “New Era”, not to be confused with the “New Age” that spiritually opposes true Christianity, even while it deceptively uses the name of “Christ”.

          One difference we do find between current prophecies — when the subject comes up — is that Mark Mallett expects us to have to deal with the Antichrist for this generation, as was also allegedly told to Maria Valtorta, the AC being for our age, and an actual Age of Satan coming for the End of Time. Since the Garden of Eden incident, throughout the ages of man, it seems that each fall becomes greater in scope, and the real Last Days will beat everything before it. Glad I don’t live then! But any time the End Times are described for our day, it only means the “end of this Age”, not the end of Time.

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          • And I can understand why all theses “Ends” can be confusing!

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          • John Johnson says:

            Maybe the “era” after the Rescue only lasts a few years. Then the actual end happens. Who knows?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I know little about what happens after the Rescue – but I have been told it will usher in a “prolonged” period of peace, prosperity and authentic brotherhood. I have also been told that in the century after its dedication, the Shrine at Mt. Meeker will be the most visited Shrine in the world. That, along with my angel’s emphasis all my life that this is NOT the end suggests that it will be much longer than a few years.

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  11. Bob says:

    A letter I wrote to our local paper the Post Dispatch today. The election is over but unless we better ourselves the storm will be far worse:
    “Dear Editor:
    If I was an employer and sexually abused my employees and then had my wife threaten to make the lives of those I had abused miserable, if they told, and your paper found out about this your paper would recommend that I never should be allowed to do business in this state again! And yet we have good evidence over time that Hillary Clinton had done just that to persons her husband had sexually abused and possibly even raped according to some allegations. And Hillary enabled her husband to continue these behaviors instead of demanding that he either get help or get out! And even though these things have been known for years your paper and most other media, apart from alternative sources sat quietly on this information, in effect helping to enable these behaviors to continue. This is just the tip of the iceberg in corruption allegations, not to mention financial corruption, the email scandals, etc. And Trump is no angel either but the evidence against Hillary was clearer.
    The fact that our once great nation has allowed a candidate of such low moral character to be even considered for national public office, much less almost elected says much about how far our national morality and ethical standards have declined over the years! For this I believe we need to take some time to seriously ponder and seek God’s help to make ourselves and our nation much better than we have become.”
    With that I plan to Trust God for a few days and take some time to pray and to deer hunt.
    Have a good weekend!

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  12. LJD says:

    You got another mention by Mihael Brown in his special report today Charlie. I think he is cautiously hopeful you are right, but with Trump winning he can live with you not being so and Trump getting some stuff done.
    I’m glad you are the guy on the high wire, I hate heights! Net, no net, whatever. Thank you again for coming to Philadelphia.

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  13. Charlie, I am grateful that you have remained true to your Mission from the Lord. Many years ago, before I found your posts, I read of a “legend” regarding a vision of Mary(?) to George Washington at Valley Forge (its in the Library of Congress?) of a dark storm that glowed with a red light that devastated our cities in the end, but that the Lady would send St Michael and the Heavenly Host, when it seemed all was lost … to restore our nation to unity and peace, driving out the darkness and the Red Cloud of Terror. Even as the riots are worsening across our nation in our large cities, there is great hope amid the rural Christians who put Trump into office, even surpassing the overwhelming shadow upon those cities. This is a great sign of Hope! No matter what comes, my family will hold onto that Blessed Hope, remembering you and our nation and its leaders in prayer, through the intercession of Our Lady of America, Our Lady of Tepeyac, and our Nation’s Founders, especially George Washington. Thank you for being such a sign of hope to us.

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    • leel004 says:

      I remember reading about that several years ago but could never get anything verifiable to saytrue ornot. It was supposedly the General’s secratary that was taken notes when G.W. Was in his older years. Hope somebody has more info on that. God bless

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      I read this also, many articles exist toward this story and some have redacted “a beautiful Lady” with a beautiful “being”. Snopes lists it as false so in my belief it must be true. In any event here is a link displaying the article beautiful Lady.

      http://americascomingjudgment.com/ProphecyNewsContent/Washington.html

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have examined that story at length, and it is almost certainly a work of pure fiction. There is NO provenance for the story until a fellow who had made a practice of writing fictional visions for historic figures popped up with it. It is a nice, somewhat comforting tale, but has less verisimilitude than some of Parson Weem’s wilder stories.

        We have to be very careful not to embrace stories just because we like what they say. To do so erodes our credibility. I would love to think This happened, but it does not even begin to pass even the most superficial of vettings. The only reason I let it through this time (because one of the bane’s of my existence is all the Catholic and Christian “urban legends” that sap our credibility) is because your insult of the often ideologically tilted Snopes site so tickled me.

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  14. YongDuk says:

    Brothers and Sisters, Squirrels, Ferrets, Cubs, Indians, Trolls, and All of Us Here Hoping to see the Felling of the Walls of Jericho:

    I was listening to one of those Lighthouse Media CDs that are conveniently located around the Diocese(s). It was Scott Hahn on Mary as the Ark of the Covenant. I had heard one of his tape’s titled the same before–back when it when tapes were still a thing, so I was expecting the same talk.

    This one was slightly different, though. In it, he brought up the point in a way that I had never put two and two together on, despite an innate understanding of it that most of us have.

    As usual, he went through the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament with Leading the Israelites in Battle. He mentioned Jericho and the Isrealites marching around the Walls of that Stronghold for Seven Days and on the Seventh Day, Seven Times and the Israelites blowing their Trumpets and the Walls coming down.

    He mentioned the Loss of the Ark of the Covenant in connexion with the Glory of the Lord leaving the Temple in Ezekiel and in connexion with Jeremiah hiding the Ark.

    Then, of course, we all know what he mentioned summing it all up: St. John’s seeing it and “finding” What had been lost for a couple Hundred Years due to Israel’s Infidelity:

    “Then the Seventh Angel blew his Trumpet… Then God’s Temple in Heaven was opened, and the Ark of His Covenant could be seen in the Temple. There were Flashes of Lightning, Rumblings, and Peals of Thunder, an Earthquake, and a Violent Hailstorm. A Great Sign appeared in the Sky, a Woman Clothed with the Sun, with the Moon under her Feet, and on her Head a Crown of Twelve Stars. – Rev 11:15a, 19; 12:1”

    What he did differently is that, after mentioning John’s Vision in Revelation of the Ark of the Covenant, he re-connected Mary with the Ark of the Covenant leading Israel into Battle and into Victory, just as with the Walls of Jericho falling. All of our conversations here flooded back and my eyes opened wide, and I said, “Wow! I knew, but I didn’t fully believe, but I knew it was true!: Mary’s Triumph is more than just eschatological!”

    Our Lady said at Fatima, “In the End, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”

    Charlie did not say it. And this is nothing new, whether or not you believe the Church on Fatima’s Veracity.

    It is Biblical.

    Honestly, I always saw Mary’s Role as the Ark of the Covenant — and still usually see it — eschatologically in connexion with the Salvation of Souls and with the Church Militant leading us into Victory over Sin and Death and thus into Heaven and not in a temporal way, a temporal transition. But that is not what Fatima Promises:

    “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and She will be converted, and a Period of Peace will be granted to the World.” – Third Apparition, July 13, 1917

    It sounds too good to be true, despite all the “Flashes of Lightning, Rumblings, and Peals of Thunder, an Earthquake, and a Violent Hailstorm” that is part of it. Yet, my re-Conversion back in 1992 centers around these facts, an inherent knowledge that I am here now where I am, unworthy as I am, for this very purpose of helping in this period of Temporal Transition.

    Whether Charlie is right does not matter to me. I am not anxious about it; although, I must admit that I am somewhat anxious about the fact that what I have known and expected and doubted and even forgotten for my / out of my lack of faith in it since 1992 is about to finally happen. Yet, it doesn’t matter: God is God and He has brought me deeper and deeper into Him despite myself.

    Yet I am excited.

    I am excited that what was written on my heart despite knowing all the bloodshed that might happen in the turmoil is about to come to pass and that God may pick me up to be His Instrument in a way that I have been waiting for. (See that? “He may.” He may not. It’s okay if He doesn’t. Things may have changed, either my own fault or sin, or the Acts of Reparation have mitigated much too lessen that period of transition. He is God. Not me. I merely want to serve Him. And if I should have sinned like Zechariah, I trust that He will still have mercy on me–even if my tongue is not unloosened. [I do not say that biographically, but just that I realise I am weak and am hardly as perfect as I desire that I could be, as holy as I wish I could be, but that, like St. John of the Cross wrote, may just keep me humble].)

    Where are all of you in this process? Do you see the Biblical Roots? The Promise of Fatima we are longing to be fulfilled? The Hope for an actual Temporal Transition, that honestly is so unimaginable that that in itself is a cause for anxiety as it doesn’t seem possible (I even doubt writing this)?

    Why should I doubt? We know that this is not the End. The End Times. But the Times leading into those End Times. Oh, that Final Convulsion, we will need this Rest before that Final End. The Church needs that Rest to be able to endure it.

    Do you see the Logic then? There is a Need. A Need greater than your ego, your needing, your wanting. The Need is for the Church, not for you alone, for the Sake of the Church. Do you see the Glorious Plan? The Church must go through what Christ went through. (Was this not part of the Third Secret of Fatima?)

    So why doubt more? (Maybe you don’t. I think I am talking to myself now, smiling. Smiling at the thought of being Marian…)

    What follows, I wrote a couple weeks ago on another matter regarding Charlie.

    The question was, just as it seems to be here to be, what if Charlie isn’t right and things don’t happen in the next couple months as he has been saying. My point is that whether Charlie is right or not — or whether the “Period of Peace” is as or not as many seem to interpret it and I implied above — doesn’t matter. (It especially doesn’t matter, since God’s Plan is greater than us, but includes us: for the Sake of His Body, the Church.)

    Several of us, a dear friend and I were having a conversation on the Weightiness of the Time on Uncertainty and of Anxiety we are in. My friend commented that depressing feelings were starting to sink in, but my friendship and his knowing my struggles somehow abated that, helping to lift those dark and depressing feelings.

    I wrote regarding Charlie and his particular prophecy and path:

    “My reaction to be honest has been one of detachment–more or less. I have spoken [on this website] in a more or less veiled, more or less prudent way, about being in a holding pattern it seems. [The] use of the word “hubris” is fitting when one is in a holding pattern and when things are ambiguous, albeit from a different place. One doesn’t want to be deceived, one doesn’t want to act falsely, one doesn’t want to be proven to be wrong. And when one petitions God for an answer one is shown how much of one’s own Ego is in play.

    “I am very skeptical about many things in my life and I have been on the verge of disobedience (obstinacy, quietism, inactivity, complaining, obduracy, reactionary anger at injustices, &tc.) due to that skepticism — if not having fallen into sin because of it, but in prayer I am almost always challenged by being reminded of how great God’s Protection and Providential Love has been in my life – especially when things seemed the worse they could be.

    “I am reminded of St. Faustina who planned out a whole Religious Congregation of Cloistered Nuns. That never came to fruition during her lifetime. She never left her Order as she expected. Did she feel deceived? Etc?

    “My friends in Christ Jesus, my whole life has been leading to this or some great Spiritual breaking point for the sake of the World and the Church against such an impossibility, against the reasoning that things will likely just go on as they always have. If this breaking point doesn’t happen, it really doesn’t affect me. It makes me question. But that questioning, including of myself and my own egoism [and my own sinfulness], makes me hunker down and ask God to increase my faith, to increase my trust, to increase my love.

    “And then I am reminded to hang on the cross, my cross that is, to love the Cross and find Peace there come what may–interiorly.

    “If the breaking point happens, God has prepared me, God has prepared you, God has prepared Charlie. If it doesn’t happen, we are left with the great formation of the Barrenness of Golgotha.

    “Divine Providence has shown me that no matter where I find myself, He will meet me and get me through and use me, as long as I am open to Him. And come what may or may have, I smile and thank the Lord God that I have again been able to be drawn closer to our Lord Jesus and I rejoice in Col 1:24.”

    And so should you…

    Rejoice in your Sufferings for the Sake of His Body, the Church,
    +Yong Duk

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    • YongDuk says:

      Col 1:24 “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church.”

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      • Thomas Augustine says:

        Recently I was reading The Bridge to Heaven for a second time. It is a book about Servant of God Maria Esperanza and the Marian apparitions at Betania in Venezuela. While in the middle of reading the book, Maria’s widower Geo and a number of their children and grandchildren came to our parish. I was able to attend Mass with them and listen to Geo give a one hour talk about his life and experiences with his wife. One of the main points of Maria Esperanza’s message is that this is not the end, but rather the start of a beautiful era of peace and love after a purification. She did not expect to live to see it, but felt it was very close. Much of what she said fits in with what Charlie has been proclaiming. Especially when you consider the promises of Our Lady of Fatima and Divine Mercy with St. Faustina. When Pope Francis made 2016 the Year of Mercy with the centennial of Fatima approaching you could have knocked me over with a feather.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I saw the Esperanza family in Philadelphia a few weeks back. Geo was an able raconteur.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I was blest to meet the group in NJ years back. Indeed a blessing!

            P.S. Lest anyone think I am throwing Charlie under the bus or preparing anyone to be thrown under the bus, I am not.

            I am advocating detachment. A health and humble detachment that has God as the Focus.

            If you read or listen to Charlie carefully, he has been trained precisely in this:

            Early events he was shown turned out the way he expected them; later ones had an O’Henry twist, but when he went back he saw that they did turn out the way he was told.

            He was taught detachment not to expect what he interpreted.

            So it is now. If he his wrong, he is not going to have a “very, very tough few days” like Hilary, I expect. He is not going to wake up and blame his Three Spiritual Directors, let alone Mr Comey of the FBI. He is going to wake up the same Charlie and he is going to get out of bed and take the Next Right Step. He is going to know the nakedness of the Cross, yet, but he is going to go forward in Trust and his Three Spiritual Directors are going to be there for him. He will not likely Despair nor become Despondent. He will not scream and curse. He will be resolute to continue in Faith, knowing the Truth of the Catholic and not turning his back on the Church.

            That is detachment that has been bred through training and garnished in the virtue of humility.

            Now, having said that, would any of us imagined events to have escalated and turned out like they have? The Confluences, Convergences?

            I wrote Charlie personally that in him do I see on a certain matter a great Convergence and I had no idea how that convergence would play out, but suddenly it made sense. This is why I have shared what I have. And yet, I too have had to develop detachment.

            I am not throwing Charlie under the bus, nor preparing anyone to. I am saying be like the Great Saints, St John of the Cross comes to mind just because he writes on this in the Mystical Life, and develop this quality of detachment. Do not be like the Trolls here whose comments and replies run on emotions and reveal their pride and arrogance, their attachment to ego! And if you based your life on Charlie’s message and are so attached to it that you will be devastated on January 20, 2017 Obama hands the reigns over to Trump and things go on peacefully, then you too need to re-examine your own Spirituality and Psychological Make and figure that out. That simply is not and has not and never will be–or I will denounce Charlie as a false prophet first and foremost–Charlie’s Message. Rather, his message is precisely detachment: Take the Next Right Step, if it is the wrong step, then it was only one step.

            See, you Trolls? See those who call him a false prophet? He has done more to form a generation attached to their ego more than most of you have, who seem like the little emotionally driven and spiritually confused children on the streets crying and protesting Trump’s victory.

            Oops, this was supposed to be a post script, not a monologue.

            pace bene and well done Charlie for training your small “flock” in detachment without their knowing it!🙂

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          • Doug says:

            YD, Thank you for that. I have to admit though, come January 20, if Mr. Trump us sworn in, I will be very melancholy that day. I put my hope in the storm and rescue whether this is wishful thinking or I am deluded or not. It would be tough for me. I have to be honest. I am human and it will hit home. I want to see my kids come back to the faith. I want to see an erra of peace ushered in. Alas, but I love my humanness as this is a great gift given us and is one reason why I love the Catholic Church so much. Our beautiful church brings all the human senses and the supernatural and preternatural in everything we do. I have been touched by God in so many ways. My whole life evolves around my faith. My whole life is Jesus, the Blessed Mother, my faith in our beautiful church. I love our church. We have the great gifts of the sacraments, the Eucharist. It is a mystery; a great mystery. More often, I care not to understand the mystery, but I like to ride in the wagon and eat my corn dog. How beautiful a mystery it is. If God wills I will understand some day, so be it. If not, so be it. God has brought me so far, he has healed me of many spiritual ailments. He has made my wife whole. He has made us whole. I am grateful. How can I not be grateful. Yes. I will be quite melancholy, but it will be a grateful melancholy. I will pray, “what next Lord?”, “what am I to learn from all this?”. For now, I put my hope in that Charlie tells us true. For now I trust. I trust God has a plan and Charlie is part of this plan. Again, thank you!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Thank you for sharing your thoughtful insight Doug!
            A bit from tonight’s homily at my parish – “As Christians, the election does not define us, Easter does…”
            May we never forget that. Amen!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            +YD, thank you for guiding our hearts, minds and souls to stay on the Barque of Peter.

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Thank you YD, Doug et al, ‘God as Focus” This is also how my confessor advised me this weekend. ‘Focus on the Lord. This world is passing away” he told me. Christ is our King. all day and every day, and we live our lives as Christ Crucified. Jesus does not provide a rapture. He offers His Barque. Here I am Lord– I come to do Your Will. Let’s use the next 67 days to re-wrap our minds around these heavenly realities, and of course, always taking TNRS. :0)

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          • Doug says:

            Good words of wisdom Jen!

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        • moreen67 says:

          Thomas another good read is Maria Esperanza and the Grace of Betania – Fr. Tim Byerley – he is at a parish close to me – St. Peter’s Merchantville, NJ – he also has a short bio on Maria on their website. Fr. Tim is such a humble and good man. God bless all priests and religious. Maureen

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      • Littlelight says:

        I love what you testified to here, you had me smiling, nodding, and my heart overflowing with joy at God’s goodness. The Queen is so wonderful! Our awesome triune God can not be outdone in generosity! +I will praise you always and forever, my God!+

        When things go badly in my life in an unexpected way, I’ve learned (how patient God is with me!) to ask myself, how God can use this unexpected devastation to tenderly bring a greater good? Because that’s His m.o., to give larger portions of joy and life, not smaller. I’ve learned not to trust any suffering or consolation really means what I think it should–it may mean that—-or something better! Much better! Always better, never worse! God of surprises and all. As long as I turn to Him and not away from Him. With all the good, bad and especially ugly. Haha, ugly is His specialty.

        God bless you, Your Excellency! God bless us, everyone! Keep on keepin’ on!

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      • Linda says:

        By George, YD..it’s good to read your thoughts once again. ..God bless you dear man of God 😇 you’re thought of and prayed for daily & often by..me..why??? I dunno..I think it pleases the Lord & Our Lady..As it comes to my mind..so I do. ..PAX😇

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Dear YongDuk, I am guessing God has been sending you consolations!! :0) And to answer your questions, Yes I’m in.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      YD, you have so many, many gifts. Thank you for this, for sharing it with us and saying YES to God. I wonder, do you even see this? Humility is beautiful. it is beautiful beyond words…and so filled with hope and joy. With pure love there is no fear and where there is no fear even suffering is joy! 🙃

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    • the right phoenix says:

      What a profoundly rich commentary, YongDuk! 🙂

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Amen!

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    • leel004 says:

      Thank you Yong Duk, we are smiling with you as these words are , i bet , reflective of many on this blog. Aloha and God bless you

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    • Thanks, YD. I’m still slowly unpacking your comment, but have a question. What is the significance of the precise specifications/measurements for the Ark? I’ve pondered Genesis 6:15, then more of the same in Exodus 25:10. Maybe I’m just getting sidetracked, so feel free to say as much if that’s the case. Still, more measuring/measurements elsewhere such as Ezekiel and Revelation.

      Smiling with you.

      MP

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      • Doug says:

        Maybe our red wagon train will be as big as the arc 😎

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        • Well, Doug, thank you for your take. Perhaps it looked like a rhetorical question to YD, but I’m sure he really has a lot of demands on his time. Usually, I’m perfectly content to ponder Scripture quietly, so all is well. You bring up an interesting point though, because I was wondering how those particular measurements might equate (in spiritual terms) to other ‘measurements.’ Seems like the theme has been present in Charlie’s writing as well (e.g. – God really taking the measure of all of us right now). Much to contemplate, but the key is to raise our sights to Empyrean realms, lest we get bogged down in too much human calculation. Let us ready the red wagon, be it one or three hundred cubits long!

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          • Doug says:

            Well MP, I like to measure it in terms of souls and in terms of how we amend our lives here. As it says In 1 Corinthians Chapter 3:

            11 For no one is able to lay any other foundation, in place of that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus.
            12 But if anyone builds upon this foundation, whether gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble,
            13 each ones work shall be made manifest. For the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it will be revealed by fire. And this fire will test each ones work, as to what kind it is.
            14 If anyones work, which he has built upon it, remains, then he will receive a reward.
            15 If anyones work is burned up, he will suffer its loss, but he himself will still be saved, but only as through fire.

            I imagine that the more we live lives of love here, the more essence of ourselves will be in heaven and part of our reward is to experience the fullness of God or experience the fullness of heaven. Another way to look at it if you have pets or animals is they are happy with the same old food every day since they do not know any better. For someone who barely makes it to heaven, it could be like this (I can’t say with certainty). The person could be quite content, but not necessarily see the fullness. Now being human, we can experience the joys of having a steak dinner and maybe a good apple cobbler dessert or a glass of wine. This is something to experience. Now, if I go to heaven, I would want to be keenly aware of and experience all that is offered to us. So what is the best way to do this? Love. Yes, love pure and simple. This involves the trust of a little kid and little kids like red wagons. So I contemplate the size of our red wagon train being of the same magnitude of how much we love and trust here. I love when YD says he will be in the kids section because this is how I view it too. Hence, a red wagon train trip around the universe where all are welcome. So this is how I contemplate the size of our red wagon train. God bless you!

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Doug!

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          • Doug says:

            Why thank you dear beckita. Plenty of space for you🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Doug, always the kind one… well, when you’re not shooting spitballs! Speaking of… I had no idea one could order these gems in quantity. (Hey Lambzie! Looks like stocking stuffer material.)

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          • The Lone Lamb says:

            Just want to say to everyone, have a very Blessed Thanksgiving! God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. Thank you Beckita and Doug for your prayers. I will be praying this Thanksgiving for all of you…..The Lone Lamb😌

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you Lone Lamb. With all those prayers now, you are not a Lone Lamb anymore, but a Lamb in good company ☺ You have a blessed Thanksgiving too!

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          • Doug says:

            Ok Beckita. This is great! I just ordered the glow in the dark spitballs (seriously). Watch out YD!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Beckita, you might need to go to confession for conspiring with Doug on the spitballs. Funny, when I was out east, it occurred to me that Doug looked kind of like an all grown up Bart Simpson.

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha on all accounts, Charlie! Doug DOES kinda’ look like a matured Bart Simpson. [And he ordered spitballs to prove it’s more than just looks😉 ! Glow in the dark no less. I’ll be giggling for days on remembrance of this. (Take cover, Lambzie! Or do you banish the spitballs from inside your home?)] And as you know so well, Charlie, no prob on the confession tip… I can, and have been known to go any time of the day or night.😉 Love my home and love this home.

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          • Doug says:

            Bart Simpson? Maybe some spitballs coming your way Charlie. I just got a notice they just shipped. I ordered the glow in the dark spitballs. I’ll use them with my night vision goggles for a stealth attack……

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, but you have to find me first, Doug. I may take to wearing black more often.

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          • Oh, thanks, Doug! I was circling around this Scriptural meditation on ‘measurements’ looking for a good approach, and viola! You have illuminated the key. I considered many things but somehow missed the obvious: a measure of love, always love. Something must have gotten in the way when I was endeavoring to look towards Empyrean realms. Maybe just my other thoughts.

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          • Doug says:

            Well MP, you do raise interesting questions to ponder. I have always wondered about the very precise measure of things that are often mentioned in the scriptures and why God would go to great lengths (pun intended) to give such details ☺

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Viola!!🤓🤓

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          • Yes, Biscuits does have a wee bit of rascal in her too (but sorta in the same way that Darla did). Gosh, might seem like I’m slacking on memes with all the material from the comments section lately (e.g. – green squirrel attacks alderman, Charlie bobble head, Doug “Bart Simpson”…) Where does a guy even start?! Sadly I see that YD is prudently laying low. I thought for sure I’d get a rise out of him with green squirrel upside down smiley emoji………… nope. Praying for all and trying to catch up on contemplating the wealth of main posts here.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, YD is kind of stealthy: he lays low for a while then, BAM, full blitz!

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          • Doug says:

            As a bishop, I imagine YD can get very engaged and not find time he would like here sometimes. I find it a joy when he does participate. I appreciate that you are here YD as I think this feeling is mutual among all here! As for Beckita being a rascal, Well, being that she does not have nary an evil bone in her body, the only rascally thing she could do is be a little fairy with a wand who goes around sneaking up on folks and bopping them on the head and magically turning sad and glum folks into joy filled loving folks. I think that’s as rascally as it gets for her. That’s my vision of the Holy Spirit working in her.

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug, you evoke wonder at the impact of the oh so many prayers rising to Heaven from the hearts and souls of people from all over the world who read this blog. What an awesome God we serve!

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          • Doug says:

            Beckita, you are a very kind soul!

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          • BD says:

            Beckita is a kind soul Doug. The question is kind of what ? lol 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Rascally kind maybe? Naaah….

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          • Beckita says:

            I think I qualify, Doug… My favorite rascally self would be Pollyanna. Love her as much as Mayberry!

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          • Doug, this “Darla,” the sweetest little rascal:

            Maybe I rely to heavily on stories, cartoons, metaphors, irony, a dry sense of humor, etc. Perhaps I should just try saying precisely what I mean in brief, so it can always be taken at face value. “Awwww, nuts!” — Spanky McFarland

            Is everyone enjoying Charlie’s latest post on Pope Francis? I’m really getting a great mental and spiritual workout contemplating that particular piece.

            Wishing you and Lambzie and all the rest of “Our Gang” here a blessed Thanksgiving!

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          • Doug says:

            Well MP, I am an engineer and by nature, we are always looking for better ways to do things.  I tend to be a cut to the chase kind if guy.  When I did the St.  Ignatius spiritual exercises last year, this really went against my nature.  In fact, when I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be an engineer (just like my Dad).  My Dad believed we should have the freedom to do what we wanted for a career and never pushed me in that direction.  So this is really what I wanted to be.  I have great conversations with my Dad who is now 81.  He is agnostic and feels comfortable around me about opening up.  I listen.  He is a man of sound logic.  I am grateful I have the Dad that I have.  OK. I am off track.  Anyway, I blew off English class and could not write my way out of a paper bag in college.  I did, however, take all the high level math and science that my high-school had to offer.  So I was off the charts in math and a baby when it came to articulating my thoughts.  Fast forward to the real world (see, I just cut to the chase there) and I learned how important it is to communicate.  It was a hard lesson.  So I spent years training myself with English mostly through the readers digest word power and reading; lots of reading which came mainly through reading the Bible by way of my new found faith as an adult.  I no longer feel compelled to cheat on my English papaers.  Fast forward again to TNRS blog and I read some amazing stories like yours and YD’S and Beckita’s and Joe Crozier and many others and I ponder the beauty of every persons conversion.  So where am I going?  When you write and YD writes, it forces me to slow down in this too fast pace world.  What you say is rich with a true spiritual wealth.  So often, I will sit on a piece from you and YD for a few days because if I write a trite or laconic response, I do injustice to you.  So as they say, it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.  I am always learning.  I can’t wait till we take our trip around the Universe!  May all here who may have never experienced the deep an abiding love of Christ discover a new treasure by finding him in your heart.  God bless you and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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          • homesteading heart says:

            Beautiful!
            Could you guys make some room in the red wagon for me? It sounds like an experience not to be missed🙂.

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          • Doug says:

            Homesteading heart, you are in! Wagon train just got bigger!

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          • homesteading heart says:

            Yippppeeeeee!!!!!!!

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    • homesteading heart says:

      Marvelous meditation. Thank you.

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  15. Patricia says:

    Last Monday, early early in the morning, I had a dream. I do not normally remember my dreams and when I do they tend to be filled with action. This was not and was rather simple. So I would like to post it and see if you agree. Also, I remembered it without an introduction or a reason why this happened. So “just the facts”:
    Water was lapping at the foundation of the house I was in. It appeared to be a cottage or a farmhouse type house, rather rough on the inside, not the home I raised my family in. It also appeared to be a house built on a foundation that would handle water coming up to the house. The foundation was normal but the framing of the house started a few inches off the foundation allowed by iron posts coming from the foundation and then into the framing of the house. So it looked like the house was built to absorb the water coming up to the frame as if a little canal was built into the mix around the house and inside a trough at the top of the cement foundation. Tough to describe. Anyway, within moments, the water started to get a bit rough in the little canal and then started to come in the house and in a funny way it hit the inside walls. (strange I know). My only thoughts in the dream were that the water would ruin my personal items and furniture but then thought that is ok, it will not be personally dangerous. Then it ended and I awoke. I remembered it and thought the obvious, that the foundation of the country was designed to handle tempests but what is coming is going to be worse than anything we have seen and there will be damage all around but that we will survive.
    On the other hand, it could be just a weird dream.

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  16. Linda says:

    Just a quick reminder…1 Flame of Love Hail Mary = 10 souls freed from Purgatory month of November only.. what a deal Our Lady is giving us this month😇💖

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  17. Cassandra says:

    I am fairly new here, so forgive me if I missed the post. What happens is July 2018? I read over all the basic posts listed in the header of the blog and didn’t recall seeing anything about July 2018. Just wondering why you will be retreating at that time.
    Thank you and God bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nothing. I originally said I would leave the scene (except to raise support for the Shrine of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart) immediately after the Rescue. My angel rebuked me for that, telling me there would be mop-up work to be done. I pondered and decided on July 5, 2018. He didn’t rebuke me – so that is my retirement date.

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      • andyb2016 says:

        Charlie

        I probably speak for a lot of people but i love when you speak of your Angel and give definite dates and put your neck out on the line. it gives me a lot of comfort because i am tired and anxious and in need of the rescue. There are so many people out here suffering and i try to offer it up constantly but it is still hard. It must give you a shot in the arm when you get a supernatural visit? I remember the feelings and the graces I had when i was reborn in an adoration chapel many years ago and i long for that fire. I still have the faith but not the energy and the warm feelings. It is hard to fight through and stay on the path of The Truth once those feelings are gone but your website and your writings have lit the fire under my wife, the Holy Spirit through your writings has brought her faith to a new level. Thank You Charlie you have made a difference in her life and ours.

        Andy

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome, Cassandra.🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Welcome Cassandra

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  18. CrewDog says:

    A little humor on the MILINET site today:

    News Update from Canada
    [COURTESY: Capt Will xxxxxx, USMC (Ret)]
    The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals snaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution. Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, global-warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
    “I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said, I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
    In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming.
    Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies. “A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Alberta border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips. When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
    Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that contribute to the economy.
    In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. “If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.
    Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD’s, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones. “I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said. “After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?”

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  19. pattyami says:

    Just heard about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake with a tsunami in New Zealand. Hope Joe Crozier is ok.

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  20. SanSan says:

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck central New Zealand just after midnight, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing widespread damage and generating a tsunami.

    Praying for our New Zealand brothers and sisters……

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  21. SusanMarie says:

    Charlie, thank you for everything– for your wonderful articles, for telling us true, for being faithful to your mission, no matter the cost. I have been so uplifted and helped by your blog, and by the many many comments posted here. I keep all of you in my prayers. I have a burning question. If you have addressed this, please just link to your response and don’t post my comment.
    Do you have any word on the “chip” implanted in the body? I have read that in the future with the financial collapse, people will be forced to get the chip implanted in order to buy basic food and supplies, but this is the ” mark of the Beast” and we must refuse at all costs. Also, that people will be told during the Illumination of Conscience not to take the chip — otherwise everyone would so so, since the chip is already such a normal part of our lives. What do you think, Charlie? Again, please forgive me if this is going over old ground. God bless you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t worry about it. Even if such a thing came to pass (and I very much do NOT believe it will) you cannot slip on a banana peel and fall into hell. Nothing imposed from without can mark your soul for perdition, only what comes from within. It takes an affirmative act of your will to separate yourself from God. This business about a chip being the mark of the beast is overheated nonsense that is directly and frequently repudiated by Scripture, itself:

      “There is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” – Mark 7:15

      I will take Jesus’ words over those of overheated alarmists.

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  22. Patricia says:

    Charlie( and Mick),
    Mick asked for my sources for Chaput, Trump, and immigration and there was nowhere to post properly. I put it before the actual comment and here at the end. Please feel free to post where it works. thanks.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pope/20150902_Chaput_backs__birthright_citizenship___jabs_Donald_Trump.html
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/trumps-immigration-plan-undermines-american-identity-archbishop-chaput-says-41314/

    Like

    • Mick says:

      Thanks, Patricia; I hadn’t seen those articles.

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    • prtx says:

      Most people are over-reacting to Trump. I don’t believe that he will actually do everything he said. Plus the media likes to over drama everything and thus scare everyone into a panic.
      My opinion: Birthright citizenship has made ILLEGAL immigration more inviting. Remove the birthright citizenship and streamline the legal immigration to make it more efficient and more effective. A much more streamlined immigration procedure will make it easier for those escaping wars and harm in other countries. I like Trump’s plan of protecting the border first (plugging the hole) and then figuring out what to do with the people currently here. I have no problems letting those with good intentions stay here but we must stop control the door first. I don’t think anyone currently here in the US with honest intentions has anything to worry about except maybe a financial penalty and some community service to make up for their illegal behaviors.

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  23. The Lone Lamb says:

    I have been reading Charlie for quite some time. He has helped me big time. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a hope for others. My family has been devided and broken for a very long time. I pray everyday at Mass for all and for the entire world. Please, I will pray for all of you, would you all pray for us? Thank you Charlie for being an inspiration to me. I also want to thank this wonderful group of people who also have helped me, and you didn’t even know it…💒 The Lone Lamb….

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