Quick Take

I am on a travel day again. Just had a great event in Michigan – where they gave me a Rosary in Cubs colors. Love it. I have two events in Iowa, one on Friday and another on Monday as listed below. Hope to see you there.

Also, I saw this marvelous piece by the ever estimable Victor Davis Hanson on National Review. It is a short, but great, read.

Epworth, Iowa (Free Event)

Friday, November 11, 2016

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

Timberline Golf Course,  19858 E Pleasant Grove Rd.,  Peosta Ia. 52068

Contact Charlie at tnrs.iowa@gmail.com

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Wadena, Iowa (Free Event)

Monday, November 14, 2016

6:10 pm:  Chaplet of Divine Mercy,  6:30 pm:  Public Talk

Upper Iowa University, 615 Washington St., Fayette, IA  (Student Center)

Contact Gary at  tnrs.wadena@gmail.com

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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185 Responses to Quick Take

  1. Linda says:

    Yay.. Charlie got a cubs rosary.. how cool is that😊 that was so awesome a gift you guys… Wish we could’ve been there… It’ll happen someday😇

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  2. Simone says:

    There is a Charlie’s gasbar in Wadena, Iowa. I hope Charlie doesn’t have too much gas.😉

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  3. Becky-TN says:

    Great article, Charlie – safe travels!

    And btw, you can’t retire early – I just won’t have it. I actually hope you stick around the Blog after the Rescue to tell and write stories about everyday stuff. You’re a great story teller. You write to my level. I understand you (well, most of the time). You make me smile.

    YD, I was so glad I put my coffee down just before reading your “Yay, Cubs win” comment from the last post. I would have spit out my coffee everywhere if I had taken a drink. You rock!

    Remembering you all in prayer! On a side note: asking for prayer. Oral surgery tomorrow to start the implant process on a tooth. Better to get the tooth out now and go through the 9months of healing than wait until the Storm is over and possibly go through infections, etc..during the Storm. God willing my Next Best Right Step.

    Love and prayers to all,

    Becky-TN

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for you, Becky.

      I wasn’t quick enough in my reply to YD’s “Yay Cubs, Win” comment: I should have said, “Roll Tide!”

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      • Tricia says:

        Charlie, I’m sure you know about Bruce Cyr’s book, “After the Warning, 2016”. Many of your posts are quoted in it. He states that the crash will be precipitated by a nuclear attack on New York City by the end of this year. Would you comment on that please?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I did not cooperate with that book. I was never asked. My material can be quoted for news and such so long as it is properly sourced, so I have no control over who quotes me. I don’t know Bruce Cyr, but several people have told me I am quoted in his book. I know nothing about a nuclear attack on New York and, honestly, I don’t expect one. God wants to draw us back to Him, not destroy us.

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            I was reading an old article by Robert J Fox, the great Fatima advocate.
            In it, he had a quote from Sister Lucy shortly after Pope JPII had consecrated the world to the immaculate Heart of Mary. A question was given to her about the possibility of a “Third World War”. Her reply was ” No, there will be smaller wars around the world, but not another World War”.

            Fits well with your analogy that God does not want to destroy us by a nuclear war but to convert us.
            Pretty hard to do if we’ve been obliterated!

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          • Simone says:

            Papa Charlie, that response seriously made me laugh loudly!! “He doesn’t want to destroy us” hehehehehe. It’s true!! I’m going to be chuckling over that all day today. My students will be wondering why I am smirking.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for a successful surgery, Becky, with a swift healing.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for a speedy recovery from your surgery, Becky.

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  4. jayman92 says:

    If you pass through Elkhart, Indiana on your way to Iowa, my wife just made some of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. If there are any left, you are welcome to them.

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  5. yooper mike says:

    Hi Charlie,, the evening of the election I went to the chaplel to talk to the Lord and ask for his help. Praying for some of my friends whose health isn’t so good these days. For some reason I have a lot of hope even though at times I can be depressed. We need to all go to the Blessed Sacrement and pray, more often. If I’m worried about something its because I am not praying or putting my Trust in God enough. I think everything regarding what you were shown or told will come true. The powers of darkness isn’t going to go away quietly. God’s will will be done
    We have to continue to think: “God is always in charge” and things aren’t always going to happen the way we think they will happen. Especially when we are together, one mind, one spirit.
    Psalm 133. We want to be a vision of a blessed community God Bless

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  6. SusanMI says:

    Charlie,
    It was good to welcome you back to Michigan. What a blessing it has been for our TNRS Michigan team to be able to work, pray, and laugh together as we were planning this event. And then see how God weaves together something truly amazing from all of the little gifts we give.

    Our prayers are with you for safe travels. Since it came up last night, out of curiosity I looked up how far Epworth, IA is from the Field of Dreams.. It’s only 10 miles. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth the visit. Maybe you could squeeze a couple hours into your schedule. Especially now, in these days and the days to come. And on the heels of an epic Cub’s win…
    The Terrence Mann monologue still gives me chills:

    Mann: The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.

    Many blessings to you, my friend. God willing, one day it will be to Mt. Meeker that people will journey to remind us of that is good.

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  7. DanSouthChicago says:

    A rosary in Cubs colors? Does this mean we can no longer say that the Cubs don’t have a prayer? 😀 God bless!

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  8. deereverywhere says:

    Oh wow!!!! What a great idea…rosaries in team colors. (Hey, Mick this is a great idea!!!) Okay, if I only had a group of teenagers to teach polymer clay techniques to we could make baseball/football shaped Our Father beads! painting and texturing could also be employed. I remember Father Mitch talking about how difficult it can be for men whose hands are large finding rosaries and he had one made from spent bullet shells. All these great ideas.

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    • Barb H says:

      Deer,
      I love the idea of spent shells! Might make my husband pick up a rosary! I wish I could see how it could be done. We shoot a lot at the range on weekends so getting the casings would be easy for me. 🤓

      I like a larger rosary myself and have a new one made from paracord at rugged rosary because I’m so hard on my rosaries. They are always breaking on me.

      Barb H

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      • deereverywhere says:

        The set that Father Mitch uses was on an old Johnette Benkavitch (?) Settlement on praying the rosary. They were awesome. I dabble in jewelry making, but it is with a needle and Fireline® not pliers. I can’t physically do pliers anymore or much metal work. I have been pondering how to easily, for me, to drill out or punch through the bottom of the casings but I am stumped. I will leave it to younger, stronger handed people to figure out. Good luck Barbara!!!

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  9. Mary says:

    I admit Charlie that I could see the foundations crumbling like any person who sees a train wreck about to happen but I honestly didn’t see the actual power structure crumbling but as this article shows they all went down with one blow which is really quite astonishing. The bitter irony, they became a super pac for Trump instead of Hillary and also in the process totally obliterated the machine, the pollsters, the get out the vote, the pay for the vote etc., all that money they were forced to spend and today they are out of business and falling on their own sword. So much for the idiots in fly over country.

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  10. Deborah Seiter says:

    Interesting(and sad) that we are already witnessing riots in the street. I found and article that spoke about a university sending out an email to the students that if they, basically, needed to come and talk about and process their emotions over the result of the election they would be there for them(with cookies and a bunch of other crap) to help them deal with all this! I was laughing when I first read it but the more I thought about it the angrier I got! When my husband was these poor little babies age he was in Vietnam Nam and his job was to be the first to crawl down holes the Viet Cong had dug to see if it was booby trapped, bombs or soldiers down in there!! When my baby(who is now 25) was some of these punks age he was in Afghanistan as a Marine volunteering to go to the medical helicopter to carry off the wounded, maimed and dead(some of which were his buddies) and spent his last day there all of a sudden running for cover and praying not to die that day. They had no weapons because they were going to be leaving and had already paled them up. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! THIS would be one of the reasons our country is going to hell in a hand basket. And I haven’t ever seen Republicans/conservatives riot after we don’t win! God have mercy and forgive me my rant.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know, Deborah. One of the most offensive things about the snowflake progressive project of micro-aggressions is what a mockery they make of people who have genuinely suffered – and who have lived a greatness of spirit because of it rather than endless whining. It is hideous – but the Year of Mercy is almost complete…and those who whine and bully will learn what real suffering feels like as the consequences of what we have wrought catches up with us.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Yikes, the Image of me closing the Doors of Mercy… The Holy Father. The What if? What if all that we know comes to fruition, that these are indeed the Days, St. Faustina, Akita, etc. And as the last Glimmer of Light is reflected by the Closing Door all of us Bishops sensitive to Providence will cry out, “Mercy, Lord, Mercy still…”

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        • I will pray for you and all Shepherds on that day, YE. Like you, our wonderful bishop here is indeed sensitive to Providence.

          I’m just 2 blocks from the Doors of Mercy at OLPH Cathedral. I savor those moments each time I walk through them, knowing well that this extraordinary gift will soon come to a close…….and the Way of Sorrow will begin.

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        • leslyek says:

          This is the sense I actually get YD. — that of a merciful virtue of trust borne from the Year of Mercy that will lead us to that unseen near shore of the Rescue.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          ” and when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

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      • mellensequoia says:

        Yep. I said before on this forum that I believe God has been waiting for the Year of Mercy to be over before he lowers the boom.

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    • StClare says:

      Deborah
      I think “Operation Snowflakers” will find out soon enough that their emotions over the result of the election isn’t even suffering. My Uncle was in Vietnam and he is 68 now. He has never talked about what happened over there. Just recently he told us he was having health issues because of exposure to agent orange. I can only imagine the horrors he went thru. Snowflakers will toughen up soon enough, or, I believe “choose or perish” may be a better way of putting it.

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    • DanSouthChicago says:

      My gratitude to and prayers for your husband and son for their sacrifice for us (and thanks to you for being a soldier’s Mom — no easy thing, I’m sure). We need to lift up all our vets in prayer, especially on this day (Nov. 11). God bless.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      and to think that it only took 8 years for the country to get this messed up.

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  11. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Please tell me that when it all collapses, the moronic stupid idiots, (yes, I know that is redundant) will wake up and realize that the very system they support and which, in the end, caused a Trump win, which they are protesting, screaming, pouting, spouting about, is their undoing. Please.

    I have never, ever, seen anything so emotionally stunted. Even at the local level, the ignorance of my peers, with their statements on facebook about fear and horror, is the height of ignorance and a deficient education. It is easy to ignore the television showing the “protestors” across the cities but it is getting pretty difficult to avoid the shaken neighbor, the devastated cousin, the horrified relatives.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am a little surprised at how deeply bitter and vitriolic the “bitter enders” (as one of my close friends calls them) are – and how utterly unself-reflective. They lost in large measure because of their petty, vindictive, smug condescension. They are obviously slow learners – for they double down on more of the same. Only a collapse will shake their certainty, I fear.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Hi Charlie,

        You are describing Detroit, especially about being utterly unself -reflective. From my position here in the trenches almost everything is seen through the lens of racism. There is no other topic of discussion. Nothing else is even available for discussion. There is absolutely no reflection whatsoever. I was hit with a number of blatantly racist comments on Wednesday from people I get along with well and it did not even register with them as to how ugly it was.

        It strikes me deeply that the unexpected Trump victory, seemingly catching many people by surprise was a miraculous answer to prayer. Even if the victory is short-lived, for whatever reason, it still happened. Prayers were answered . Already, in this past day or so when I have found myself contemplating one dismal situation or another (or being in one- I crashed into a deer this morning and killed it), I am immediately reminded of this most unlikely Trump victory and am greatly heartened by it. I think it might be one of the final gifts of Mercy extended to us as the doors will be closing soon.

        Charlie, I am glad you came to Michigan again. The timing for me was good too, what with having spent that first day after the election in Detroit without a kindred spirit in sight for miles.

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        • Mick says:

          Quiet, it was nice to see you and G again.🙂

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Same here Mick. There were a few nice surprises too. As people were coming in I spotted someone across the room but couldn’t see real well. So, I nudged G asking, “Doesn’t he look familiar?” She said, “Yeah, he said Mass at school this morning!”
            Fr. Peter! And Fr. Peter, if you are reading this, please thank your dad who has taken G. under his wing and is a much needed father figure in her life. I am so grateful. She loves him dearly.

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          • Mick says:

            Quiet, Fr. Peter is our associate pastor. He is incredible. I have not met his father, but I’ve heard lots of good things about him. I met his mother and his youngest sister last week, and they are delightful.

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Oh my gosh Mick. It is getting to be a small world around here! If Fr. Peter does not notice my comment here, please pass it along to him when you see him, ok? Thanks!

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          • Mick says:

            Will do, Quiet.

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      • Katherine says:

        Liberals have been encouraged to draw this conclusion from the election: that America MUST be more racist, sexist, homophobic and bigoted than they had previously thought. It’s a terrible thing to confront. What do you say when someone calls you a racist because they figured out you voted for Trump? There’s nothing more to be said anymore, those who are raging right now have lost the ability to listen. I feel bad for them, how horrible it is when the noblest feelings humans can have are twisted and inflamed for evil purposes. They have been conditioned and are being used. You know, moral outrage was THE most useful tool in Mao’s cultural revolution. For them it was about history, about erasing all forms of the past. They invented all kinds of new sins and words for these sins and getting all worked up about people who perpetrate them. Also, there is nothing more unifying than fighting against an enemy, and if you want to control masses of people then you simply invent an enemy which you can control . . . and what better way than an enemy with a grain of truth but is mostly phantom? A propaganda enemy. Stalin did that with the “Kulaks” . . . Hitler did it with the Jews . . . thank goodness that God has a plan and history will not go around the Communist merry go round once again. I saw a kind of creepy thing on facebook recently, it was a well-done You Tube video explaining why the electoral college is a bad idea. I expected it to be the same old song and dance misunderstanding the system . . . but this was different, it actually took one of the benefits of the electoral college; where small or rural states are given a weightier vote, a real voice using the electoral college system . . . the video showed a graphic of California and a Midwestern red state . . . California was full of grinning happy faces wearing sunglasses . . . they actually demonstrated how unfair the electoral college is by showing graphic of a bunch of cowboy-hat wearing goofballs jumping OUT of their state and trampling all those Californian smiley faces. I am not kidding. It was creepy because you could SEE the clear lines be drawn between “Them” and “Us”.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Katherine, perhaps a little humor might help. This *breaking* story is all over social media to make a point, original author unknown:

          BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs are being forced to give up their World Series title:

          Cleveland Indians fans have rioted across the country in protest of the 2016 World Series. Despite knowing the rules of the game prior to playing, they were unhappy they lost and demanded the outcome to be changed. They could be heard chanting #NotOurWorldSeriesChampion all across America.

          Even though the Cubs won 4 games and the Indians only won 3, since both teams scored 27 total runs throughout all 7 games, they are being declared co-world champions.

          When questioned, Commissioner Manfred stated, “We felt as though it was the right thing to do for the nation. What kind of example would Major League Baseball be setting if we expected the adults who play this game, and their fans, to gracefully accept defeat? Instead of creating a bigger divide between the Cubs and Indians, MLB is confident that the Cubs will gladly share their victory with the Indians.”

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          • Yay! The Indians won!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I am at least one-eighth American Indian, so I guess, in that sense, the Indians won.

            (When I was in radio, when I referred to myself as part American Indian, a caller corrected me and said I meant “native American.” I shot back that, “I am native American because I was born here and American Indian by ethnicity – and I will thank you not to tell me what to call myself, paleface.”)

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          • Yes, I remember, Singing Bear, and I am praying that you indeed will “win” not only in your Mission described herein, but the Race unto Eternal Life, as with all here.

            Happy Solemnity of Christ the King!

            Don’t forget about the Special Plenary Indulgence attached to the following in celebration of this Day:

            Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer – Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ the King

            Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before You. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known You; many, too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

            Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

            Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of Truth and the unity of Faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

            Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honor forever. Amen.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful! And Amen!

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          • Simone says:

            Amen. Great prayer, Beckita.

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      • Katherine says:

        I also forgot to mention that I can see how God will make use of the crash to help people learn how to actually communicate again in preparation for the Rescue, how to begin to look at our neighbor and make our differences much less . . . rabid. We’ll have to learn to deal with actual people again and not just shout at each other through social media. We’re very disconnected, you know. It’s great to be able to use technology to talk with people from around the world, but right now it is also being used to foment revolution and work to inflame, excite and enrage. People today can live in their very own social media worlds, surrounded by their “own kind” and they don’t even have to know anything about the actual neighbors living right next door. We need something to get people out of their safe spaces and into reality. Choose or perish.

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    • MiniVanDriver says:

      Patricia, I agree with your assessment of the problem being a “deficient education”. For generations, our society has increasingly “dumbed down” the educational system, until we have almost no character formation, no instilling of private virtue, no knowledge of public virtue. What a task for us to rediscover what a truly great education is (since few of us received one), and then learn how to pass it on to our children.

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  12. Devotee of Mary says:

    Charlie: This thought came to me after your great presentation last night in Jackson, Michigan, with over 100 persons attending, including two priests for their discernment and prayers.

    Those who supported Hillary Clinton would not have been so shocked (Ftnt. 1) by her loss if they had known and believed what you have been saying for more than a couple of years. Most polls (Ftnt. 2) predicted Hillary would win, some by a landslide, and most people believed the manipulated polls (Ftnt. 3) which are often wrong, rather than you -Charlie Johnston- who is proving to be accurate.

    The first half of your prophecy has come true; The second half of your prophecy will come true soon. Those who support (or oppose) Donald Trump will not be shocked if they know and believe what you have been saying for more than a couple years that neither Hillary nor Trump will be the next president of the U.S.

    You reiterated your prophecy that Trump will not be sworn in on January 20, 2017 or any other time. Now that more people know this, they should not be shocked when it comes true.

    As you said last night, when this prophecy comes true that neither Hillary nor Trump will be president, it will be a sure sign that the other prophecies will also come true, such as the fullness of the Storm is coming and the Rescue will happen near the end of 2017. You have told us this so that we will persevere and know for sure that Jesus will send the Immaculate Heart of Mary to Rescue everyone after the 100 year anniversary (Oct. 13, 2017) of the great miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal. Thank you for for your sharing your insights and encouragement with us!

    Ftnt. 1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/us/politics/donald-trump-election-reaction.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region&_r=0)

    Ftnt. 2. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-did-many-polls-seem-to-miss-a-trump-victory/

    Ftnt. 3. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/10/canceled-classes-cry-in-and-more-college-campuses-reel-from-trump-win.html AND http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-23/new-podesta-email-exposes-dem-playbook-rigging-polls-through-oversamples?page=5

    NOTE: A professional video of Charlie’s presentation was made last night using three cameras and it will be submitted in the coming weeks to Charlie to be posted on this website.

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  13. As a happy note amidst all this chaos, I have had 5 more adults come forward to join the RCIA in as many days. One is Orthodox, 3 lapsed Catholics and 1 unbaptized. Praise God, the Holy Spirit! God is preparing His people and pouring out His Mercy, His greatest attribute. Pray for us who work in the fields of the Lord. Peace and blessings to all!

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  14. Cheri F says:

    It must be getting close to time for us squirrels. I just saw a squirrel jump onto our patio, tease my cat, and jump away. We rarely have squirrels in our yard (not right kinds of trees?)

    Not sure how ready I am but putting my trust in God and to TNRStep.
    Love and prayers, Cheri F

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  15. Laurie says:

    Wonderful article by Victor Davis Hanson. Thank you for posting it, Charlie and for being steadfast and true. I have been seeking ways and words to comfort agitated youth and others, and this song came to mind in light of the Mass readings today: ‘Blowin In the Wind’.

    Amor vincit omnia!!! Godspeed to all.

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    • Hello friends – I rarely comment but always read……
      Feels like I have grown tooo old. Loved the above video, I was a Navy nurse at that time caring for VietNam vets. As young as I was at that time it appalled me how young the vets were and how terrible their injuries. Seems to me that we need to be over the “us and them” manner of thinking. We may disagree – respectfully – and certainly stand for our principles steadfastly…..but I think there must be a return to courtesy, to civility.
      Whatever the storm is, however it comes, we all need each other…..no man is an island.
      The kingdom of God is expressed in hearts and the Queen of Peace is calling for love and for conversion of hearts. Please God, may it begin immediately and in us all.
      Salute to all veterans.

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    • mdasteel says:

      Laurie, How about this one? It’s rock and roll done 30 years ago by the Jayhawks (Mark Olson is my nephew – he performs it these days with his wife and hand drums and may not be soothing but sends chills.
      “People get ready. Meet the King of Kings”:

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      • Laurie says:

        Thanks for sharing your song, mdasteel. Being part of a musical family is a great gift! I tend to look for the “silver lining ” in those dark clouds and am hopeful for all of us.
        As one of our TNRSer’s has said, once the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy closes, on the Feast of Christ the King, it will be up to each of us to act as those open Doors of Mercy.

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  16. Sarge says:

    I had the day off for Veteran’s Day (Semper Fi), so I took a hike. Once I was on top of the mountain, there was a very strong wind despite it being a clear and unseasonably warm day. I felt inspired to take out my Rosary and pray while over-looking the Hudson Valley.

    The most unusual thing happened. I am no bird expert, but I do spend a lot of time in the woods. I saw a type of bird I have never seen before, in the wild, in this part of the country. I thought it might have been a seagull at first (albeit one that was far from home), but the coloring wasn’t quite right, and the body shape was all wrong. As I stood praying the third decade, this bird, which can only be described as a white dove, flitted back and forth, then it caught a draft and rose high in the sky before spreading it’s wings and taking a nosedive into the craggy ravine below. The bird’s wings were so white, they practically reflected the bright sunlight. The image bore an uncanny resemblance to the familiar icon/ stained glass image we have all seen depicting the descent of the Holy Ghost. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

    A few minutes later, with the dove out of sight, three vultures suddenly appeared. They are not unusual to see in this part of the country. They caught an updraft, and quickly rose out of the valley below, spooking me a little because they were so close and I could not see their approach from below the cliff I was standing on. If you have ever seen them, they are black as midnight, ugly as can be, and have a wingspan of about 6 feet. I can’t help but think “Nazgul” every time I see one. Ominous and foreboding. Any way, the little dove was nowhere to be seen, but I knew he was down there, nestled in the branches on the cliff below somewhere.

    I’m not trying to read into anything, or try to divine something that is not there. But I did walk away with a profound feeling that as dark and scary as things may seem, even if you can’t see Him, God is there, watching out over you. I know it was a natural occurrence, but part of me likes to think that it was one of those “gentle breezes” that the Lord can sometimes use to speak to us.

    God bless everyone.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Sarge, I love that! It surely seems like a signal grace. The dove (Holy Spirit) the vultures (darkness) and the breezes (The Holy Spirit). It seems to say that God has got this covered, as we all know He does! 🙂 What a blessing for you on your respite.

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    • circuitrighter says:

      As a birdwatcher, methinks it may indeed have been a dove. Possibly a Eurasian Collared Dove — a species that only made it to the US in the 80s, but has spread over the whole country now. They like country better than cities. Well, we’ll let others see signs in all this. Glory to the Paraclete (not parakeet).

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    • Barb421 says:

      wow!! Sarge, I think, like you I would take it as a divine sign- I love birds and notice them, too, and that would have been awesome to see- the vultures would be frightening for sure; nice that you had the dove sighting to go along with it, almost as wonderful as seeing our Blessed Mother!
      and yes it was windy here today, too- we’re in the same part of the country

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    • YongDuk says:

      God Bless you, Sarge! Happy Veteran’s Day to you and all Those who Served

      Prayers for you your wife, and all Veterans and All in the World on Armistice Day!

      Our Lady, Queen of Peace, opn

      +

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    • Happy Veterans Day, Sarge!

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    • Sarge says:

      Thank you Jlynn (thanks for all the work you do for this site), Circuit (the Paraclete pun cracked me up), Barb (I didn’t know I had a neighbor on this site!), YD (I am so grateful for your continued prayers…it’s comforting to know you have a bishop in your corner!), and Patrick (fellow vet).

      Please know that I pray for your intentions, and the intentions of the TNRS family every day.

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    • Thanks for sharing, Sarge. Beautiful.

      Many folks (Catholics included) seem to think that God is remote… far off and above it all… unconcerned with the fine detail. Nonsense. (Matthew 10:29)

      Clearly, it’s very important to have faith that God is intimately with us through the Storm, even if He appears to be distant or even absent. Climbing mountains and spending a lot of time in the woods is very helpful to certain folks. As you mentioned, a Rosary in the hand or at least in the pack is essential. Folks could also find a decent field guide for the birds in their area. It’s fairly easy to pick out a dove or vulture, but nice to know a Mourning Dove from an Inca Dove or Rock Pigeon.

      What area do you trek in?

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      • Sarge says:

        MP,

        I am no ornithologist, but I know basic birds as you say (a dove from a vulture). I can even pick out a few specific varieties (mourning dove, red wing blackbird, etc.) I have an Audubon book, but I’m too lazy to bring it/ consult it most days.

        I’ve had the great fortune to travel around the world, but I can honestly say that in my opinion, my little corner of Upstate New York is among the most beautiful.

        Take care and God bless.

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        • Simone says:

          I concur. I live in what many consider to be God’s country (the highland heart of Nova Scotia), but upstate New York was impressively beautiful.

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        • Judith says:

          Up St. NY – love it. came back to it after 29 yrs of service in various places [USAF NC].
          Family and the beauty of the seasons, even winter, brought me back [though the bones are starting to protest the cold]. It fills me with great joy and gratitude as I watch the crowning of the tree tops with gold in the early morning sun rise, How great is our God.

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          • ann says:

            I love upstate New York to Judith. I spent several years there when young. Maine looks so much like it. I often say that upstate NY is really New England. Same gorgeous colors in the fall, same green mountains, rolling hills, fields, rivers, lakes….stunningly beautiful place.

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    • ann says:

      Beautiful Sarge!! We had a similar experience at our Marine Corps son’s funeral seven years ago. the cobras flew in formation over the field where the Marine Honor Guard was shooting off the salute and then folding the flag. A dove (it really wasn’t a sea gull! too blazing white–and as you say the shape was wrong) hovered in the sky with the sun glinting off its wings–pure white–holding on that air current until the cobras flew off, and the dove followed them. I tear up just telling about it. It was such a profoundly beautiful signal grace. Everyone was stunned to see it. Definitely one of “God’s gentle breezes” for all of us grieving that day.

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  17. starxedee says:

    Not sure if anyone has seen this article from Spirit Daily, but I think it speaks well to Catholics and to remind us that ultimately, the answer is not in politics…either side. https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2016/11/10/trumps-triumph-takes-catholics-uncertain-territory/
    God Bless this wonderful family!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, just to vent for a moment…I am sick to death of hearing how Republicans and conservatives don’t care for the poor and downtrodden. Every time I hear it, I think how ridiculously obtuse the speaker is – and how slow to learn. Almost everywhere conservatives actually control the levers of authority, the poor and downtrodden do much better and are more prosperous. Everywhere the progressives control, the poor get poorer and more desperate. Look at the top ten hellholes in the country and see who has been in charge there for two or more generations – Democrats all. Here’s the difference: the left thinks the government should be the primary caretaker of the poor. The right thinks voluntary associations should be the primary nurturer of the downtrodden. The left says anyone who does not support government control of just about everything hates the poor – yet never seems to worry that their own policies never alleviate suffering, but merely entrench and make it worse. They don’t much care so long as they get the extra power they wanted. The left’s prescription is a miserable failure – not even a placebo, more like a poison. The right’s program actually has much success attached to it. So if people want to keep talking about how much they care for the poor and don’t care about the results as long as they can feel virtuous, go left. If you actually want to make things better, go right. And all these oh-so-sensitive Catholic pundits ought to take a moment from their hand-wringing to actually study what actually works.

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Amen. Thank God.

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      • starxedee says:

        Sorry if it upset you Charlie. I just got the sense that our solution is beyond politics from this article which I’m dearly holding onto and hoping for. Like you’ve said before, politics is a dead man walking and this article helped me to get back to that rather than all the angst this election seems to have brought myself and I think some others. I guess I hope we can soon get back to focusing on your core message of the next right step rather than the political scene. Thank you for your comment!!!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, you didn’t upset me at all, Star. I just expect more from Catholic pundits than to wring their hands and then consistently recommend we do what makes things worse and always has. I think Catholic leaders and pundits often need to Joan up and spend a little time studying how theoretical policies actually play out in real life. I am sick of them constantly endorsing what sounds good but entrenches poverty and misery among the most vulnerable. There will be an accounting for those who substitute “virtue-signaling” for solid policy. They so want to feel good about themselves they will gladly endorse what brings misery for others by spouting such claptrap.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Amen and amen. I am at my breaking point with false compassion and “virtue signaling”. Will the Storm and Rescue automatically take care of this big fat smug LIE or do we have work to enlighten minds? I am hoping for the former because the ignorance seems truly impenetrable (and I’m admittedly feeling a little vindictive and tired).

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  18. Fr. Peter says:

    I was waiting for the Pope to declare 2017 the year of Mother Mary. I can’t wait anymore, so as the pastor of a very small parish I am declaring a “Year of Mother Mary” in my parish/town. I am not sure if I have the authority to do this, but someone just try to stop me:)

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  19. Let the mountains in North America be now made into a refuge.

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  20. Eric says:

    Nice to see you in DC Charlie.

    I just attended a legal conference in Chicago this week. There were over 1,600 lawyers there. I must have missed the memo, because many of the speakers acted like we were all in agreement that the end of the world had taken place. I was appalled to hear professionals say things like “when they undo everything we have worked for like equal rights.”

    I now have a little better understanding in what “doubling down” on their error means. No one on the progressive’s legal team seem ready to reconsider what they are supporting, advocating for, and have been advancing for years now. The concepts of government included in Charlie’s rules for regency would be so foreign to these lawyers, I have little hope that large swaths of the legal profession will be helpful if it comes to that.

    Listening to this the past two days has led me to believe that nothing has fundamentally changed about this group. Double down indeed.

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  21. Joe says:

    Charlie, I was fortunate enough to attend your Iowa talk. Having followed your blog for a couple years now I like the consistency of your message. Some of the stories were repeats from what I’ve heard you say before. But I was happy to have the opportunity to hear you speak in person. Kind of an interesting side note. I never quite understood the whole squirrel thing. But earlier in the day when I was visiting my aunts house I saw a black squirrel running around. I can’t remember seeing a black squirrel before. At least not that I can remember. Anyway it made me pause and take notice. Didn’t think about any significance to it until after your talk and I remembered there is often squirrel talk on the blog. I really think God does indeed have a sense of humor.

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  22. Hershel Lock says:

    I am in Michigan and missed you. Do you keep a schedule online, other than this most recent update?

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  23. CrewDog says:

    The below is interesting for those, lie me, who have forgotten about the handling of Absentee Ballots or for those that have forgotten the reason for the Electoral College.
    and it’s…. a Bigeeee …. he didn’t even mention the countless Dead People & Illegal Aliens voting in ChiTown, Philly and every other Democrat controlled Urban Paradise &/or “Sanctuary City”. WE KNOW that there is massive voter fraud and WE KNOW it is 99% Democrat for the simple reason of the dead silence from the LeftStream Media on the subject. This election DemLibs “Pulled Out the Stops” and why they are so angry at their failure …….. and why the Rent-a-Mob Anarchists. The Media Obama Administration will ignore and give overt and covert support to the Anarchists …. just as they have done for the past EIGHT YEARS!! I’m afraid that Trump may well be one of the false dawns that Charlie spoke of and/or just another aspect of The Storm that must come to pass. It’s Preparation, Vigilance and Prayer Time!!

    “Hillary wins the popular vote – not”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/hillary_wins_the_popular_vote__not_.html

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • David says:

      Hi Crew Dog,
      I enjoy your posts. And speaking of dead people voting, and more specifically voter ID laws, I just watched an excellent video in which the interviewer first asks college students at Berkley whether voter ID laws are racist. He then goes to Harlem and asks people on the streets whether they have IDs. This is really an eye opener. The URL is:

      Unfortunately I don’t know how to create a hyperlink in this Leave a Reply comment box so you’ll need to paste the above link into a browser.
      David

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      • SanSan says:

        This video is so sad. I work at St. Vincent de Paul in San Mateo, Ca and even the homeless can come in and get I.D. vouchers for the DMV. No problem with them.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen, CrewDog, agree completely!

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  24. Fr. Peter says:

    YongDuk I will take your advice and petition the bishop. Would you petition the Pope?

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  25. Barb421 says:

    with Thanksgiving right around the corner, and with a Hope for simpler, gentler times I’d like to share this favorite of mine, Im hope you can view it;

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    • omarie says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Beautiful Barb! I reeeally love Yo-Yo Ma!

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    • Carmelite says:

      Oh, Barb, it brought tears to my eyes.
      Thank you for sharing🙂

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    • Littlelight says:

      Beautiful! Thank you! I haven’t emailed you, things are crazy but wonderful, praise God!

      My dear hubby is recovering from bad cold and traveling a lot for work, last week and this week and maybe more. kids are sick, pukey-headache-chills bug. Luckily, it seems to be fast moving. Maybe that’s why my runs are agony lately? (I’m probably fighting the bug, too).

      It was his 50th! b–day yesterday, and The Lord really did “work out all the details” to make it a joyful celebration. It wasn’t looking good prior to his day for the day to have a good outcome, as there were so many real challenges and obstacles. But God is good! They all melted away under His care! +My God I will praise You always and forever!+

      God bless you Barb, yours and all!

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      • Barb421 says:

        Dear Littlelight-Happy 50th to DH! I am sorry about the sickness, and hope that it passes through quickly ! My eldest son had strep last week, he has a family of his own and does not live with us, guess who laid awake saying prayers for him….! heehee, we never stop worrying about our kids! I love the Prayer of miraculous trust, thanks and praise to our Blessed Mother and Jesus!
        God bless all of you, too! thanks Charlie too, for teaching us and bringing us all together!

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  26. ASTRONOMY ALERT:

    We will have a “Super Moon” on Sunday and Monday. This event occurs only once or twice a century.

    Will someone please review this article and give feedback:

    “On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months, culminating in startling concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12. While I am not an astronomer, all my research indicates that this astronomical event, in all its particulars, is unique in the history of man.

    “On November 20, 2016, Jupiter (the King planet) enters into the body (womb) of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter, due its retrograde motion, will spend the next 9 ½ months within the womb of Virgo. This length of time corresponds with gestation period of a normal late-term baby.

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

    ” I must also note that the date the astronomical event begins, November 20, 2016, is the very day that Pope Francis’ declared “Year of Mercy” comes to an end. The very same day is the Feast of Christ the King.”

    Source:http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2127-apocalypse-now-another-great-sign-rises-in-the-heavens

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    • ladyofquality says:

      I read that article by Patrick Archbold last year; I think it’s excellent and meaningful. Makes perfect sense that the Lord would speak in that way, and it fits Revelations so well. My question is where is the constellation Draco (the dragon ready to devour the child), during all of this??!!

      I’ll be paying extra attention on November 20th! 🙂

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    • Karen says:

      I remember reading the article a couple of months ago Patrick and I was fascinated because I was already familiar with the DVD ‘Star of Bethlehem’ and the Lord’s revelation of His Plan to the people of this little planet in the timed movement of the heavenly bodies. And yes, significantly set in motion this time by the final day of the JUBILEE Year of Mercy, the Feast of Jesus Christ, UNIVERSAL KING! This feast day has always been important to me – and to those learning about Luisa Piccarreta and the Gift of the Divine Will.

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    • jj says:

      Similar events happened during Jesus birth. The below is a summary of what the Keppler Equations say happened at the time of Jesus birth. The dates match what Charlie said was the true date of Jesus birth (December 25, 1997 was the 2000th anniversary).
      This is a link to the excerpts from the article (I can’t find the full article):
      https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Nc0JCmHBNnaUpVY1lPUEd1YUU

      JUPITER. The name of the greatest god of Roman mythology. And the name of the largest planet of our solar system. Jupiter has been known from ages-old to the pr
      esent as the King Planet. This greatest of planets is a “gas giant,” approximately eleven times the size of Earth and over 300 times more massive. It circles th
      e Sun far beyond Earth, in an orbit of about twelve years duration. In ancient times, planets like Jupiter were considered “wandering stars.” Since humans have
      assigned kingly qualities to this giant wanderer for dozens of centuries, might it have something to do with our Star announcing the birth of a king? That will be our working theory.
      The gas giant Jupiter, many times larger than Earth, is visible to the naked eye
      It’s not enough to have a kingly name and reputation, of course. To be Matthew’s Star, Jupiter as viewed from Earth would have to do peculiar things. More precisely, as considered by a magus viewing from the Middle East during the years 3 and 2 BC, Jupiter’s movements would have to satisfy all nine identifying characteristics of the Star. In September of 3 BC at the time of the Jewish New Year, Rosh haShanah, Jupiter began to do just that.
      A magus watching Jupiter that September saw two objects moving so close that they appeared to touch. This close approach of celestial bodies is sometimes called
      a ‘conjunction.’ Our Middle Eastern viewer saw Jupiter coming into a close conjunction with the star, Regulus. Regulus takes its name from the word root which
      yields our word ‘regal.’ The Babylonians called Regulus Sharu, which means ‘king.’ The Romans called Regulus Rex, which means ‘king.’ So to start things, at the beginning of the new Jewish year, the Planet of Kings met the Star of Kings.
      This conjunction may have indicated kingship in a forceful way to a Babylonian magus (satisfying one qualification for the Star), but would it have startled him? Probably not.
      Jupiter’s royal dance Jupiter glides slowly past Regulus about every 12 years. Let’s assume our magus enjoyed a 50-year career, say from age 20 to age 70. We don’t know how old the M agi were, but if our man was in the second half of his career, he might have seen such a pass two or three times before. Jupiter’s orbit wobbles relative to Regulus, so not every conjunction is as close as the one he saw in 3 BC. Perhaps our magus recorded this event with some interest, but it is hard to imagine great excitement. Not from this alone. But, of course, there is more.
      The planets move against the field of fixed stars. From Earth, they appear to be “active.” For example, were you to watch Jupiter each night for several weeks,
      you would see that it moves eastward through the starry field. Each night Jupiter rises in the east (satisfying a second Star qualification). Each night it appears to be slightly farther east in the field of fixed stars. All of the planets move like this.
      But the wandering stars exhibit another, stranger motion. Periodically, they appear to reverse course and move backward through the other stars. This may seem o
      dd, but the reason is simple enough: we watch the planets from a moving platform—Earth—hurtling around the Sun in its own orbit. When you pass a car on the free
      way, it appears to go backward as it drops behind. For similar reasons, when the Earth in its orbit swings past another planet, that planet appears to move backward against the starry field.
      Astronomers call this optical effect retrograde motion. In 3/2 BC, Jupiter’s retrograde wandering would have called for our magus’ full attention. After Jupiter and Regulus had their kingly encounter, Jupiter continued on its path through the star field. But then it entered retrograde. It “changed its mind” and headed back to Regulus for a second conjunction. After this second pass it reversed course again for yet a third rendezvous with Regulus, a triple conjunction. A triple pass like this is more rare. Over a period of months, our watching magus would have seen the Planet of Kings dance out a halo above the Star of Kings.
      A coronation.
      All but one of the nine Biblical qualifications for the Star have now been plausibly satisfied:
      The first conjunction signified birth by its association to the day with Virgo “birthing” the new moon. Some might argue that the unusual triple conjunction by itself could be taken to indicate a new king.
      The Planet of King’s coronation of the Star of Kings signified kingship.
      The triple conjunction began with the Jewish New Year and took place within Leo, showing a connection with the Jewish tribe of Judah (and prophecies of the Jewish Messiah).
      Jupiter rises in the east.
      The conjunctions appeared at precise, identifiable times.
      The events took place over a span of time sufficient for the Magi to see them both from the East and upon their arrival in Jerusalem.
      Jupiter was ahead of the Magi as they traveled south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
      But the ninth qualification would require that Jupiter stop over Bethlehem.
      On December 25 of 2 BC as it entered retrograde, Jupiter reached full stop in its travel through the fixed stars. Magi viewing from Jerusalem would have seen it stopped in the sky above the little town of Bethlehem.

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  27. Beckita says:

    Please join in prayer for Joe Crozier and all our New Zealand friends as a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the South Island just after midnight.

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  28. KMA says:

    Praying,Beckita. Praying for his safety and protection, and for all there. It seems our Joe may be in the position to be a sign of hope and a next right stepper in a new way.

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  29. Joe Crozier says:

    What a hoot – just been to the docs for some ABs and everyone there felt the shake – swimming pools overflowing, things falling over – then I remembered being wakened up last night with rattling and shaking and in my deep sleep thinking “some big possums on the roof tonight.” I never thought it was an earthquake. Could have been worse – might have been giant squirrels – was it a coincidence that the earthquake struck within minutes of the end of the last day of the Doors of the Mercy.

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  30. Joe Crozier says:

    It’s getting funnier – I always wanted to say I had felt a small earthquake that did no harm – and I SLEPT THROUGH IT – my first patient said his house was swaying all over the place – he was still up and awake when it happened – his wife slept through it too – so I did not feel so bad.

    What interesting people I meet. The second patient sailed with his mate back in the 70s from New Zealand to Britain with very basic navigation aids when he was 21. He is now 67. Looking for a chance to witness I asked if he ever thought he would die and what did he do. he said he faced death often. I thought he was going to say he started to pray but no – he reached for the bottle of rum! Typical Kiwi mentality – “She’ll be right mate.”

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  31. sodakrancher says:

    Ok I think I got this liking comments thing figured out . This is Allan K signed up under the word press acct as this name so I think ill be using this name from now on . Thank you for the help

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  32. bogart says:

    Here’s something interesting, go to Spiritdaily.org and search for their recent article on the discovery of pools of Blood in Gethsemane. I cant figure out how to patch the link onto this comment so if you’re interested go check it out. For those who follow Mark Malletts blog, you’ll know of his focus on the Catechism’s quote on the Church following her Lord in His passion, death and resurrection. Naturally, seeing this article made me reel a bit.

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  33. Hopenjoy says:

    Fascinating to literally watch The Storm unfolding in real time. Just saw a post on Facebook about massive disruptive protests are being planned for Inauguration Day January 20, using social media to recruit using Facebook and twitter, using the hashtag #DisruptJ20.

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  34. susan0409 says:

    Got this report from spirit daily
    The Election and Coming Turmoil
    No matter who won the presidency, we were in for roiling times (I said in a previous “report”), and this I maintain, although the roiling, the tumult, the denouement will come in different ways and in different frames of time than if Hillary Clinton had won.

    The election of Clinton, I’ve felt, would have brought to bear major events in nature (how’s that for wild, “fringe” speculation?), while the election of Trump will speak more of major societal events (punctuated, though, by natural events, breaking a sense of calm).

    Obviously, this is just intuition. Due to abortion, and a strange spiritual feeling around her that I have discussed in detail in a previous report, Clinton was, in my view, the bigger immediate danger.

    But do such things really rely on politics?

    If they do, the key word now: turmoil…

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    • charliej373 says:

      I replaced all the text you had with a link, Susan. This is material that Michael Brown makes available to paid subscribers (a dollar a month), so it would not have been proper to make it all available here.

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  35. Dtoo says:

    Charlie, have you read “the coming second Reformation ” by Shane Schaetzel. His Fully Christian Blog…http://catholicozarks.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-coming-second-reformation.html

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    • charliej373 says:

      Many fear this sort of thing, Dtoo. I once did, but no longer do. We are in the swirl of confusion leading up to Rescue. The confusion will get worse, but all things ultimately serve God, even when they are not so intended. Don’t worry. God is in control – and somewhere in about a year, we will all be one and we will all be orthodox.

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  36. Nancy says:

    While the jubilee year of Mercy ends this Sunday with the Solemnity of Christ the King, Mercy remains. If we are to be signs of hope, then we must be merciful–full of mercy. St. Faustina wrote in her diary:
    I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord.
    May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my
    heart and soul to my neighbor…(163).
    In the same entry, she mentions the three degrees of mercy: act of mercy, word of mercy and, if words or acts are not possible, prayer of mercy. She ends with, “My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically. O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for you can do all things”.
    In 2012, I found this prayer and have modified it over time to turn it into intercession and reparation for and in behalf of all of my family to my country to all of humanity:

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    Who revealed the infinite mercy of Your Sacred Heart
    in saying: “Love your enemies
    and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44)
    and again, “Bless those who curse you,
    pray for those who abuse you” (Lk 6:28),
    give me, I beseech You,
    grace to obey these commandments of yours,
    and to persevere in praying daily
    for those who, in any way,
    have abused, cursed, hurt, or rejected me.

    I pray for those who hate me,
    for those who resent me
    and for those who have spoken ill of me.
    I beg you to bless them abundantly
    and to pour into their hearts
    such a profusion of healing mercies
    that in them and around them
    love will triumph over hatred,
    friendship over resentment,
    sweetness over bitterness,
    meekness over anger,
    and peace over enmity.

    I further ask you to extend these graces
    to their families and to all whom they hold dear.
    In particular, I pray today for N. (and N.).
    I present him/her/them
    to Your Eucharistic Face,
    asking You to envelop him/her/them in Its healing radiance,
    dispelling whatever shadows of sin
    may have darkened his/her/their mind(s)
    or hardened his/her their heart(s)
    in anger, hatred, or the refusal to forgive.

    For my part,
    with deep sorrow I confess
    that I have sinned grievously against others,
    causing them pain and even endangering their souls.
    I pray you, O Merciful Jesus, to repair the evil I have done to others
    and to heal the hurt I have inflicted on them.
    In particular, I acknowledge my sins against N. (and N.)
    imploring You to heal and repair the harm I have done him/her/them.
    I ask you so to penetrate my heart
    with the charity of Your Pierced Heart
    that I will be able to forgive
    those who have offended me,
    to love them sincerely,
    and to desire for them all that will contribute to their true happiness
    in this life and in the next.

    By means of a permanent intention,
    I desire to renew this prayer
    in every offering of Your Holy Sacrifice.
    Let the light of Your Eucharistic Face
    shine in the hearts of all who harbour
    hatred or resentment toward me,
    to bring them healing and peace.
    Let Your Precious Blood
    triumph over evil
    in those against whom I have sinned
    and in those who have sinned against me,
    so that, delivered from the shadows
    of this valley of tears,
    we may one day praise Your Mercy together
    in the sweetness of a boundless charity.
    Amen.
    The priest who composed it has a beautiful introduction to it here: http://vultuschristi.org/index.php/2015/02/reparation-and-forgiveness/
    Advent is upon us again and we are called to watch and pray. The watchmen say,
    “Behold! He comes!”

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