Reconciliation in the Family of God

By Charlie Johnston

A brief note today. After several years of strife and divisions in families, I ask you to dedicate this Christian Holiday Season to reaching out to family members who you are alienated from. We have much to face in the next year or so, but I believe God would like to hearten you by binding up these wounds. If you are rejected, offer up prayers and penance. If your extended hand is met with consideration, even though it be tentative, insist only that your conscience be respected as you respect the conscience of the alienated family member. Share the old joys while letting the old wounds go. Let this be a true season of reconciliation, a season of miracles to hearten us all for the trials before us.

I will be in Wisconsin this week, with a talk in the Green Bay Area Thursday night and another in Racine on Sunday afternoon. Details are below.

Green Bay, Wisconsin (Free Event)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

6:30 pm:  The Marq – DePere,  3177 French Road,  DePere, WI 54115

For more information:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edc4htxve9029a27&llr=wti4dcgab

Contact Don at  tnrs@earthlink.net

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Racine, Wisconsin (Free Event)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1:00 pm:  Rosary;  1:30 pm:  Public Talk    

Caledonia/Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park Hall,  9614 Northwestern Avenue, Franksville, WI 

Contact Audrey at  tnrs.wisconsin@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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316 Responses to Reconciliation in the Family of God

  1. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  2. SanSan says:

    Yes, Charlie, I had been praying on what to do and then read your message! Prayers never go unanswered. Going to family members house for Thanksgiving–they’re all in mourning bc of the election. I will reach out to all there in peace and harmony. Also, I will call my two brothers who are estranged from me (again) in peace. God bless all here. And thank you Charlie for the nudge.🙂

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  3. Sue says:

    Charlie, you have no idea how much I needed to hear your message today. I have been wondering what to do or how to do it…extending the hand of forgiveness, when I’m the one who is slighted. My daughter pretty much accused me of forging her signature on a document. I would never do that. And her husband cursing at me in the back ground. It was just too much. I have spread the message of Divine Mercy since the 1990’s. Am I being tested. “By the cup that you measure so shall you be measured” This along with some other issues just are driving me crazy. Also, my son might go to jail today. Oh sometimes I wish my kids were squirrels. Thank you!!!!! I am trying to take the next right step today!

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for you and your family, Sue.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Praying for you and your son, Sue! 💕

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    • maryopl says:

      Prayers from your scurry of squirrels!

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in prayer for you and your family, Sue.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Blessings to you Sue. You and your family are in my prayers.

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    • tinabarry says:

      Sue I will pray for you. I very recently wounded a friend by giving her unsolicited advice. I didn’t pray about it first, I just reacted from something she had done that I believed could tarnish her reputation and image that she is trying so hard to repair. She took it very badly, and I found myself wounded because she didn’t welcome my advice. We recently moved last year and I am just now shelving the many books from boxes. A few hours before I reacted with the advice I gave her, I ran into a little pocket pamphlet. Of all the great spiritual books I was shelving, for some reason, I pulled this aside and kept it out to pouruse later. In the middle of the night I couldn’t sleep because the Holy Spirit had something to say to me. I finally got up and sitting there in the quiet was this little booklet put out by Abbey Press called “Acceptance (The way to serenity and peace of mind).” It is short, but so organic, and down to earth. I read it in about 15 min. I think it would help you and is very worth having. The part that helped me was:

      “Plan for tomorrow, but live only till bedtime tonight. Life can be cut down to it’s real size. Life is only this place, this time, and these people right here and now. This you can handle at least today. But my life is just one problem after another. Well of course it is, that’s life. I don’t know how it is with you, but it took me a long time to realize that at lest some of these problems were of my own making. For instance, I thought that it was my duty to try to solve other people’s problems, arbitrate their disputes and show them how to live their lives. I was hurt when they rejected my unsolicited advice. I finally learned you cannot help people unless they really want to be helped, want you to help them, and ask you to help them. Even then, you can only help them to help themselves.”

      How is that for the Holy Spirit hitting the mark? “Acceptance it says is the only real source of tranquility, serenity, and peace. It is also known as surrender.”

      It says so much more. I hope you will take the time to order it. The Holy Spirit was ahead of me, because I pulled it from all the books before the event even happened. God is so good. If we stay like clay in His hands, He can do so much. It’s when we get set in our ways and stuck in our ego and pride that we find it hard to find real peace and happiness. I reached out to her with my humble apology, so now the ball is in her court, but I have peace. I pray she can forgive, so she can have peace.

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      • Beckita says:

        Wow, Tina! Acceptance. Thank you.

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      • wpsahm says:

        tinaberry: “For instance, I thought that it was my duty to try to solve other people’s problems, arbitrate their disputes and show them how to live their lives. ” Wow, we must be twins from another mother. LOL That is ME! And I got the same reactions. I have 2 sisters with whom I no longer speak, and I have offered the apology as well to one, with no response. It’s just something I have to bear and keep praying for her and our relationship. This post nudged me to try again, and I will.

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      • Doug says:

        Now that is true wisdom Tinabarry. Thank you.

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    • Sarge says:

      Sue,

      Through St Monica’s intercession, may the Lord hear your prayer for family unity.

      Thank you for two decades of perseverance.

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    • Linda says:

      Praying for you Sue… hang in there kiddo😇😙💖

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  4. roses1sb says:

    Charlie this is so strange you put this…my Mother In Law was not talking to me because of Trump…..I voted for him and a friends also was mad…recently my daughter in prison tried to kill her self and I needed someone to talk to and she wasn’t there….after 25 years of marriage to her son, she wasn’t there…..my mom has passed a year ago so I do not have her….so yesterday I swallowed my pride and told her we should move on and forget this….she only said Okey Dokey but I was hurt because she never said sorry….I think I had to see this this morn to know I did right to move on…but this election not only caused division with riots…but within family’s…I will let go of my hurts now and move on….Thank You for this post

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  5. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Steve and I have different views on the interpretation of your answer with regards to my question as to why it would not be Trump and his people to pick up the pieces after the fall. They are working very hard to do the right thing and are thumbing their noses at the left. (love it btw). You said:

    “I pray for them and hope that God blesses them. Should it happen as I have seen, it will not be because of Trump”.
    So do you mean Trump and his team will not be the reason why he is not going to make it to Jan 20 or that he is part of the political process and and therefore can not be part of the Regency, etc. ?
    Thanks

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  6. Al V. says:

    Charlie,

    Thank you Charlie. Good timing for your post. The Year of Mercy is ending and Thanksgiving is around the corner. We should all be happy to love one another, especially family members who may not seem lovable to us. Nothing worthwhile is easy, but the right thing to do.

    Al V.

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  7. Barb421 says:

    wow! Charlie, it’s like you read my mind; yesterday I sent a card to an alienated family member and am glad I did, I am not expecting anything in return, but wanted to reach out…even if other people in my home cannot forgive. God bless!

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  8. jnursester says:

    Good advice Charlie.

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  9. Simone says:

    Thank you, Papa Charlie, My 10 year old thinks this will be the best Christmas ever, although I am skeptical, with all I “think” I know, I somehow think she is right. It will be a simpler one that will bring Christ, the newborn King front and center… which would indeed be the best Christmas ever.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Simone.

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    • Barb421 says:

      when my grandson was @ 7, his parents were still together and not very well off, he had a Christmas tree in his (rather crummy) apartment and he marveled at what little he had and I’ll never forget him saying “I’m the luckiest kid in the world”! It breaks my heart because his parents were too young when they had him, and they soon split up, he lives with us ,still, now -a teenager… but there it was, the joy in the midst of heartache and strife! Let us all be like little children and find the good as these days unfold before our rescue!

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  10. RMD says:

    Thanks, Charlie. Thanks be to God, I recently enjoyed a miracle in my estranged family, after many years of reaching out and am hoping to continue this reconciliation over these holidays. Please pray that my family forgets old wounds and rejoices that GOD can do the impossible of healing families, even after many years of strife and discouragement. .

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  11. Alfred says:

    Terrific advice, Charlie. Boundaries are sometimes necessary but they do not have to be accompanied by graciousness rather than animosity and hostility. Sometimes hard to do, but we just have to take Mr. Nike’s advice: Just do it. (I’m talking to myself here…or…or…listening to my angel? Both?)

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  12. Mick says:

    Charlie, have a great time visiting your relatives in Wisconsin.🙂

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  13. toddkrafty says:

    Objective opinion on zeitgeist ? Interesting movie

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  14. Doug James says:

    Charlie, what is the message in terms of Trump and inauguration, will he be inaugurated or will something be done to declare MLaw? thanks

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    • Barb421 says:

      Doug, read his older columns

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    • Doug says:

      Doug, Charlie has stated Mr. Trump will not be inaugurated (nor Hillary). It is a possibility that Mr. Obama will declare martial law, but not necessarily play out this way. Now the point of understanding all this ahead of time is to show us that Charlie tells us true and that things will go from bad to worse this coming year. It will be so bad, it will seem like the end and we will want to give up. Knowing what Charlie said about the election to be true will give us hope about the rescue and God has a plan and has not abandoned us. It’s about hope and trust in God. Be faithful and do the right in front of you. God bless you!

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      • leel004 says:

        Did you here hillary speech where she tells her followers to “don’t stop the fight to move forward”? And obama making a world tour for what? There is no point in his travels at this stage. Wasting more money? And he speaks his ill of ameriKa, and tells his followers to “don’t stop the fight for equality”. Seems messages are being sent out strategically.
        He wants the streets on fire, and is stirring the roiters pot to stoke the fire.

        And with so many heart wretching stories here of family pain, the Lord is definitely allowing us to use our pain for His good. Like Charlie has said in The past, no family will not have crosses to carry.

        We pray for each other and offer whatever and whenever we can for each other. It is God’s Will — AND OUR space for recoop in the battles we face. Our angels will pester us unknowingly when we feel compelled to pray for all those here! It is so amazing that out of a busy day for unknown reasons a thought will come to utter a prayer or ejaculation for this website and all connected to it! God bless each of you while you stand watch at your battle stations.
        With much aloha, God’s protection be upon all

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  15. Joe Crozier says:

    Reconciliation in families is a great idea Charlie. One of my brothers has not spoken to me in over 10 years. I have tried to reconcile but failed. Similarly a couple of sisters in law cannot stand me. Perhaps there will be a couple of ‘small’ miracles when I am home this Christmas. A season of good will indeed. This may be the last time I will see my old mum. I pray it will be a good time for me and all families of TNRS.

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    • Barb421 says:

      similar for me, too, Joe…despised because of our goodness, because of our joy even in the midst of trials….I’ve made attempts, now I just pray for them and let it go

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your family, Joe.

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    • pattyami says:

      Joe, tell your Mum that Patty from New Hampshire sends her a hug again!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Will do Patti. I will show her your post. She will love it. Thanks.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Hi Patti
          I gave mum your hug from New Hampshire this morning and told her what Charlie says about Trump and the Rescue. I explained about Charlie’s angel and she spoke about an old lady in the retirement complex where she lives who talks to her angel and who she describes in great detail.

          We spoke about Padre Pio who also spoke to his angel. My granny, her mother, was often “visited” by Padre Pio whose presence was accompanied by the scent of flowers.

          She is forgetful but not about everything and thought seeing Mary in the Rescue will be marvellous.

          She has just fulfilled a desire to visit Barra, a very Catholic island off the west coast of Scotland. She said the scenery was stunning and loved the fact that the plane lands on the beach – its the only way for it to land. She walked over the sand to the cafe with my sister Dorothy and had a lovely. She visited the church and though she can’t remember the name of the church said it had a lovely statue of Our Lady.

          I told her about the forum consecration to The Immaculate Conception that was all new to her but she thought it marvellous. She laughed as she told me that when she goes to confession she has to write down her sins or she would forget them. The last time she forgot how to say the act of contrition but the priest told her not to worry and to say the one hanging on the wall beside her.

          She loves the changes in the Church and the move away from fear that has transformed it. She also fondly recalled the good priest who heard her confessions regularly as a child. After confession he would say “Toots, (that’s what he called her) tell your mum and dad I’ll be up for my tea tonight.) ‘Tea” is what we called dinner in Scotland. She wondered if the good priest was going to tell her mum and dad all about her sins!

          Anyway she was delighted to hear about you and New Hampshire even though she does not know where that is. She always remembers I am coming home at Christmas. Not bad for an 88 year old.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Mum must have been talking about the statue of Our Lady of the Sea in Barra. I googled it. Made me think of Our Lady of Shesan.

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          • Beckita says:

            Our Lady of the Sea, Barra

            Our Lady of Sheshan, China

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe and Beckita, my mom’s side of the family (MacNeil’s) owned a castle on Barra, (still do but only the upper floor now, the rest is a museum and rented out to the public) I always wanted to go there and see it and see this beautiful Church and statue of Our Lady of the Sea…but that probably won’t happen this side of life!

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, Snowy, maybe we can make a pilgrimage together! We could then jet over to Shanghai. Ah Shanghai! Such a rich history in Catholicism there, including a nathional shrine and basilica as well as an apparition of Our Lady under this title, Our Lady of Sheshan.

            Until I met Joe, I had taken for granted my own Scots-Irish heritage. It intrigues me now with a desire to discover more about my maternal grandfather’s line which is traced directly to Greenock, Scotland before immigration to this country. Then there’s the Irish on my paternal grandmother’s line. In the great melting pot and in the dysfunctions replete with family secrets, much had been lost via the lack of family history and stories. However, I have just enough clues to do some serious searching AFTER these days of the Strom have concluded in the Rescue.

            Love your cozy cabin-woodfire stories, Snowy. Growing up in northwest Iowa, my family made an annual trek north for summer vacations on Blanche Lake, MN, not far from Fargo, ND. This was the extent of my travel as a child. Actually went to Minneapolis for my honeymoon. Ha! Little did I know at that time, my world vista would open to include living in Africa for several years with travel, over the years, to every continent but Antarctica and Austalia.

            Hang on to that dream of visiting the home of these ancestors, Snowy. Who knows what the God of Surprises might do?!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Beckita, I would truly love that! What a very interesting life you’ve had…wow. Africa! another dream of mine. After Shanghai, we can just pop on over to Russia, too (Grandpa- Dad’s side) I would love to see the churches there!🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Great idea, Snowy. Maybe we can convince Doug to take the little red wagon all over the world before he departs for the universe!

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          • Doug says:

            I don’t know about that Beckita. I’d be muscling in on Santa’s territory. But I guess it would be OK in the off season🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Then off-season it shall be, Doug!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Beckita, I made a typo- I believe her title is Our Lady Star of the Sea!! Such a pretty name.

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          • Beckita says:

            Snowy, the church there is definitely named Our Lady Star of the Sea but I’ve noticed the statue is referred to as both: Our Lady of the Sea and Our Lady Star of the Sea. I prefer Our Lady Star of the Sea and it seems especially apropos with Her Child holding that one bright star in His wee hand. I like to think that little star could be any one of us, striving to acknowledge God, taking that next right step and being a sign of hope in our own locale wherever we may be in this very troubled world.

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          • Doug says:

            Bing! ☺

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            I’ve been missing those Bings! Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 Doug! and give Jacki and hug for me🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Happy Thanksgiving Snowy! Hugs on there way to Lambzie (and back to you too)!

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          • Simone says:

            Happy Thanksgiving to all you ‘muricans here. God bless all.

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          • Doug says:

            Happy Thanksgiving Simone! Eh!

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, Joe! Awesomeness. Surely this means you have a license and you’ll be our pilot? Thank you so much for offering. Love it. I’ll serve refreshments.😉 Our Lady of the Sea, come rescue us first and then we’ll be on our way to you… we’re nearly there!

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          • Doug says:

            Fascinating Joe

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      • Doug says:

        Ha! Patty, you are in NH? I live in Goffstown. You are welcome to join our storm dinner.

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      • Doug says:

        If interested, email Lambzie or me at: stormnewhampshire@gmail.com

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    • Beckita says:

      Of course, praying for you and your family, Joe, and a mighty Amen to this: “I pray it will be a good time for me and all families of TNRS.”

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    • I am thinking that maybe by Christmas things will be so upside down that people will want to reconcile. And I keep having the most unusual dreams about Saints, the visionaries in Medjugorje and Church. Obviously something is brewing ….
      Praying for all.

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    • Sarge says:

      May God bless you and your Mum Joe, and may this truly be a Merry Christmas for the two of you, regardless of what may come in the next few weeks.

      Thank you for your steadfast witness to the truth.

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  16. Barb421 says:

    God bless all of my dear friends here, I am blessed and so glad I found you all 1 1/2 ago, may we be able meet in real life one day if it be God’s will, or in Heaven some day- I have grown to “know” a little bit about many of you, and you make me smile and make my life richer -you are always in my prayers- Barbara

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  17. Judith Gaylord says:

    How does one reconcile when the people involved are engaged in deliberate evil and narcissism?  Would I want their further bad example and involvement in the family, or give it entirely to God and pray and wait to see if they accept the light?  Judith

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    • jj says:

      Judith,
      I’ll repeat what Charlie told me a few months ago; In addition to Praying ” Make reparations and do penances for them. You have no idea how fruitful this is – but it will come in God’s time not yours.”

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    • Barb421 says:

      I have the same problem (narcissism,evil) from one who refuses to see that they are in the wrong, and has done some widespread damage (slander, lies), if I weren’t a woman of Faith it would have driven me crazy!

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    • JG says:

      I would like to add to jj’s & barb’s comments: There are those who are definitely in the wrong and /or who are narcissist & even Machiavellian ( Nice to your face and ready to stab you in the back the moment you let your guard down). These types do not want authentic reconciliation they want have you under their control- manipulation. Pray for these types to convert yet also pray for yourself to be able to discern if & when they are truly being authentic. So much sorrow for those who desire reconciliation and they are deceived again & again. Too many of us were taught an inadequate version of ‘turning the other cheek” – we were taught to be doormats – not to bless them , shake the dust from our sandals and move on.These individuals suffer, for healing in families is in God’s time not ours. To forgive is human to reconcile is Divine, I think what really matters is ones own heart – pray for the grace to love these types of individuals as Christ loved His chosen people who condemed Him to die on the cross. Unite your sufferings with Christ as you hang next to Him on your cross – family discord. The satan has an incredible ability to torment our “emotions”. Emotions are real but they aren’t our freewill. we can’t give in to emotions or “feelings”. Pray for the grace to control or temper, your emotions, when one sees a family member who is contentious or living a life outside of God’s laws. Pray for the grace to love them in the present moment .Pray to look at them as Christ look down on His people as He was dying on the cross. Pray for the grace to speak the Truth – but with wisdom not from emotions. If we can do this I believe the Holy Spirit can work through us and achieve His goal – to be one family. We must remember it’s His time not ours. We can’t force situations, these often blow up in our faces and only puff up our pride.
      Currently I’m pondering the idea – Christ was dying – so too we must die of all our past offenses as we hang with Him. Just a thought…

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      • jj says:

        I was pondering something similar yesterday as I was on my way across town to help the person who causes me intense pain. Because it was the next right thing to do, it gave me a taste of how difficult TNRS will be during the height of the storm. It was extremely difficult, fortunately it was across town and I had time to do 20 mysteries.
        During the drive I was considering each mystery and during the Sorrowful Mysteries how infinitely worse the suffering of Christ must have been.
        Based on how I felt yesterday evening, TNRS is going to be very challenging over the next year, it has been pretty easy up until yesterday.

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    • Sarge says:

      Mt 9:11-12

      Like it or not, God called you to be a doctor Judith.

      God bless.

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  18. Linda says:

    Thank you for this Charlie..I feel heartened..I think the worst part of all this reign of the satan has been the tragic divisions in our families (guilty as well and really betrayed too) by those whome thought would have had our backs…father’s, mothers, brothers, sisters & children… What a wild ride..lol..but because of you.. And I really mean it…I’ve learned to girden my loins… Fess up for my own terrible failures… and fast & pray for everyone I’ve hurt and who is hurting me..I feel weepy a lot because of all of this but God in His infinite wisdom.. I feel.. is drawing tremendous good out of these terrible evils..Jesus I trust in you…and Oh Yes..BTW…ALL OF YOU.. THANK YOU FOR BEING FAMILY😇 and don’t forget to say a Flame of Love Hail Mary for 10 dear Holy Souls.. what a bargain Our Mother has given us for the month of November😊 Stay safe & well.. Thank you again, Charlie😇

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  19. Venny Villapando says:

    Thank you Charlie, it worked. I called my son I haven’t spoke to for a long long time, left a message and he called back. We have arranged to get together this Christmas.

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  20. Elena says:

    Thank You for confirming that Charlie! GOD BLESS YOU!

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  21. sodakrancher says:

    This really hits home . I believe of all your messages the one that always strikes me as so right on is your awareness of the attack on and the strife in families ,and that you were told that that would be the case . I have seen it in our family and in our immediate families ,and so many families around . When I began to become aware of the spiritual attacks on families ,and that that was what I was witnessing I instinctively could feel the hatred that the devil and his cohorts must feel towards the institution of the family ,and seeing your thoughts and that you were told it was going to happen helped me to see that that certainly was indeed what is going on .
    At times it feels as though it is unbearable what our family is going through and that it must be for others I see . Thank you for your message of hope and your faith Charlie

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  22. Snowy Owl says:

    I am filled with dread at what Cardinal Burke is doing and his threat. Lord have Mercy!

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    • charliej373 says:

      All will be well. The sometimes dynamic tension between holy men of good heart is tense, but fruitful.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Okay, thanks Charlie.That’s a relief. I guess I’m just not accustomed to people constantly questioning the Pope like this. From all I’ve read, it seems to me Pope Francis has made his teachings on this very clear.
        Wow, he sure gets a lot of this!

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          I am with you Snowy. I found Charlie’s response however to be on the money, to take heart because such such dynamic tension is fruitful. But if you and I can understand our Pope what is their problem? They may be cardinals but that does not make them clever, like us ha ha.

          Seriously though, are they questioning more for the good of others or more to deal with their own lack of faith, their own lack of ability to adapt. Who knows. In any case it sells newspapers.

          There is the danger. Bad publicity. Or rather, bad publication. Publication whose intention is bad. Like the devil the media prowls around the herd waiting for one stray word that seems vulnerable and pounces killing the truth. We are engaging in spiritual war and as we all know the first casualty of war is truth.

          Oops I forgot, I think Charlie was a reporter. Just proves not all of them are bad!

          I love reading your comments Snowy. They have a real feel good factor. Cheers.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Aww thanks Joe🙂 you KNOW I love reading yours!!

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          • Tony says:

            There was much in Amoris Laetitia that confused people. Things were worded in a way that makes people wonder what the Pope was saying. There are serious theological ramifications to what he said, and these cardinals, who understand all of the ramifications, have requested that the Pope clarify what was meant. Bishops in one area say that Divorced and remarried Catholics can receive the Eucharists. Bishops in other areas say No, they can’t. There are priests that are misusing AL in order to allow things that were not done in the church before. There are serious ramifications about the nature of the Eucharist, the nature of sin, etc. These Cardinals are not doing this for the fun of it. These are serious questions that need to be answered if the church is to stay on course. Of course, one would assume the Pope, would say “Sure, I will answer any question you have”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Tony, I am happy I posted my fears concerning this, because the responses are simple and comforting, yet profound! This is how I learn and grow and I’ve learned quite a lot through this.
            I’ve thought about why Pope Francis has decided not to address this and I think maybe he wants us all to seriously contemplate the mercy of Jesus and the seriousness of the times we are in. He is the Pope of Mercy calling us all to actually live Divine Mercy.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          it’s not easy being Pope

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        • HNSE, it is a necessary and prudent step. The Pope would want us to be at point B., but half the folks are just getting past point A. and can’t think outside the Box. Does it mean that either side is wrong? No. It means that the Folks closer to Point A aren’t sure of the path while the Folks at Point B are saying, “once you get here, you will understand.” It’s all good as it is in the interest of Communio and Growth. I am not sure if Burke would agree with my assessments I shared here at the very beginning, but his skill set is different than mine and we are friends.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thank you, YD. I respect Cardinal Burke very much, I was just afraid, reading what I read, this might escalate into a big mess. I’m an American- I’m so weary of fighting… and everyone is still fighting lol. I’m calm now!🙂 I do listen to you and Charlie, you know! I take everything you tell me straight to heart.

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW, YD! Love this SO much. So great a wisdom infused in you. Thank you for blessing us in this way. A people of process in motion are we. Praying…

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          • Doug says:

            Yes YD. That is how I see it too, but you articulate this so well.

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      • Marie says:

        Speaking of ‘tension between holy men of good heart…’- a New York judge ruled today that Bishop Sheen’s remains can be moved to Peoria, IL immediately! Hopefully, there won’t be any more wrangling over it.
        http://www.pjstar.com/news/20161117/judge-archbishop-fulton-sheens-remains-can-be-moved-to-peoria

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      • Jacquie says:

        I’m glad to hear you say that.
        I, too, am concerned with the direction Burke and his followers are heading.
        Thanks

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    • Deborah Seiter says:

      I am not concerned at all. In fact I am most grateful that there are cardinals who have the love of God, there fellow Catholics and the Truth to seek answers. I trust Cardinal Burke enough to know he is doing this with great charity and respect for our Holy Father. May the Holy Spirit guide them all!

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  23. Edward Scherr says:

    You are going to Wisconsin during deer hunting?

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  24. Katey Utterback says:

    Hope your talk went well this evening. All things being…equal? the same? we intend to come to Denver in late February. Steve’s brother lives in Arvada & his son in the Berkley district but will be moving a bit west…I forget exactly where, which is the reason for the visit – new baby & new house. Anyway, we will be there & hope to say hi.

    A correspondent of mine sent me this prayer & it seemed appropriate so I thought I’d share it with you and others if you have not done so already.

    🙏🏼*Prayer for peace: to Mary, the Light of Hope~*

    *Immaculate heart of Mary, help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths toward the future. *

    *From famine and war deliver us. *

    *From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. *

    *From sins against human life from its very beginning, deliver us. *

    *From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. *

    *From every kind of injustice in the life of society both national and international, deliver us. *

    *From readiness to trample on the Commandments of God, deliver us. *

    *From attempts to stifle in the human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. *

    *From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. *

    *From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us. *

    *Accept, oh Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. *

    *Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin; individual sin and the “sin of the world,” sin in all its manifestations. *

    *Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: The power of merciful love. *

    *May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. *

    *Amen. *

    ~Pope John Paul

    God bless all you do, katey & steve, silverton, oregon

    On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 5:18 AM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > charliej373 posted: “By Charlie Johnston A brief note today. After several > years of strife and divisions in families, I ask you to dedicate this > Christian Holiday Season to reaching out to family members who you are > alienated from. We have much to face in the next year or so” >

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  25. SMT says:

    A few random comments:

    My 82 year old mother was spending quiet time in prayer. What came to her was, of course, Hillary Clinton did not “break that glass ceiling” for women. Breaking the glass ceiling for women is reserved for our Blessed Mother Mary during the time of the rescue!

    My wonderful coworker keeps saying the currently popular slogan of “Love will drive out hate.” Feeling an emptiness with this saying, I finally responded with a text: “There is love defined by man. Then there is a deeper, truer love defined by God. God’s love, and only His love working through man, will drive out hate.” Lol. She never responded back.

    There is a lot of tension building up in our society. As a teacher living in California, it is sad to see and hear the confusion and fear of not only people with polar opposite view points, but of young children. This is where I am so grateful for this site and the guidance of how I can “try” to be a beacon of hope, though I find it a little scary too.

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  26. Susan says:

    Morning Charlie, I’m sure you already know about it, but since you are going to be in Green Bay I hope you have an opportunity to pray at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.

    For anyone not familiar with Our Lady of Good Help, it is the first approved Marian apparition in the US. Approved Dec. 8, 2010. The shrine sits in the middle of farm land, corn to the right and left! My sister and I made a pilgrimage to the shrine before the Year of Faith closed.It was an amazing gift. I felt the site of the apparition was a very holy place. It was so easy to pray there. If anyone has an opportunity to get there, enjoy! May our Mama Mary cover all her children with her mantle of protection.

    Peace

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  27. Doug says:

    Wow Patrick. I’ll light a candle for you this weekend.

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  28. Father Aerts says:

    Charlie et al! Blessings in JMJ as the ExtraOrdinary Jubilee of Mercy comes to its twilight days….

    Charlie, they are starting in your neck of the wood…HLOL:

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/mystery-flight-circles-over-denver-officials-have-few-answers

    On the narrow Way…was struck with the some lines in the Flame of Love, on how Mary would be coming to rescue us from a coming storm, as I read through one of the booklets….and how do Fatima and Akita all fit into the Beloved’s Plan and The Victorious Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary…….Their Peace, Holiness and Victory to each, and eternally!!!

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  29. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    Charlie~ My husband (Mennonite-Harley guy) and I send our hello, our may God Bless and keep you, and our thank you. I am very overdue for a thank you to you, especially, when I could tell you were very tired to take the time to patiently talk to us about our 4 year old and her prayers. Thank you for living your exhortation to take the next right step. We were at the Omaha volunteer dinner/talk, see, overdue.

    Hi Patrick~ I have been around here for quite awhile, but don’t comment much. I think it’s been about a year since I have piped up about anything. You have touched by heart in similarity and I will share with you, I hope some little bit may help.
    I am 45 years old, my Dad died when I was 9, and that may have been one of the few times in my life I have felt joy. I thought the chaos would be over, and “normal” life could begin. Well, I was nine….
    For most of my teenage/adult years, my focus of healing was on how much my Dad wounded me. He was a undiagnosed bipolar (probably) with a propensity for self medicating with alcohol, valium, women and violence. To the point of my Mom and I running up the street for our lives one night while he chased us with a gun. Several years ago, my Mom told me that she thought that my Dad was a saint in Heaven for going to work every day, keeping a roof over our heads all of those years while he carried all of that burden of mental illness. I think my journey to healing with my Dad was almost healed with those words, it changed me, the way I looked at him.

    I didn’t give much thought to my Mom, never really liked her much, but just figured it was two strong willed people living alone trying to duke it out through the teenage/early adult years. (My brothers and sisters are 72, 59 and 57.) I am really now and in the last several years trying to come to terms with her, our relationship….I guess as I am making many of the same mistakes parenting our four girls, the oldest of which is 14….. My Mom is conditional, judgmental, always right, once she makes up her mind on anything, the rest of the family must comply, cold, never says I love you, well you get the basic picture.

    So, here is the little piece that I hope can change things for you. Somewhere (well, by somewhere I mean desperation from a VERY near divorce, praise GOD 6 years later, beautiful restored marriage..another story) I received the grace to ask God to give me the eyes of Jesus. To let me step back, away from myself, from behind myself almost, to see with HIS eyes and heart. It is a beautiful gift. He was able to set my reactions/self protections aside. You know what I found, two (three, four, five, six, …..) very broken hearts that have never received LOVE. Have never known the safety of God’s arms, much less any human arms on this planet. I saw little kids. My Mom later told me stories of my Dad’s Dad and how violent he was. There were 13 of them and my Mom said that he (my Grandpa) would get mad and all 13 kids would just go running out into the fields, fanning out and spreading to hide. Can you imagine what that felt like for a little boy? Running into the field, alone? Not protecting or standing up for your sisters or your Mom? Hiding alone? And my Mom, I can see the little girl in her, just wanting to know she is safe. She has never known safety, love. She lived through the depression, worked in a bomb factory during WWII, raised 4 kids mostly by herself, did not have a Mom that could show love, was not given a home with the gift of Faith. She has built a wall around her heart for protection. She has no idea how to give or receive love. She is 90 now, she has horrible knees, but I drug her (well shuffled 90 year old baby steps) through the Holy Doors last week while I carried my Dad. I pray that they are safe.

    There could be more to this, I will spare you all. :>} Patrick, I am praying for your family and I ask for your prayers as well. There is still much healing ahead.

    Sandy

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    • charliej373 says:

      I love Mennonite Harley guys!

      Seriously, when you are allowed to see a little through Christ’s eyes, it transforms everything. I am glad you got that privilege.

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for your family, Littleness.

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    • leel004 says:

      Wow….So many
      blessings given when you were open to God’s grace!
      And what a poetic gift you gave to them with the Holy Doors. In your words you described running out of doors for life saving reasons, and you took your parents through Doors for a shower of MERCY!!!!!
      Thank you for your inspiring story! Aloha and God bless

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    • Littlelight says:

      Littleness, God has blessed you! God bless you & All!

      I loved your testimony. Both my husband & I come from crazy brokenness. But God is greater than any of that, praise God!!! Anyhow, what you testified to, is generational sin (by spiritual eyes) and learned negative coping patterns (by psychological eyes). Both faith and science speak to this. I just wanted to put this out there for any gentle readers who may be interested. Fr. Hampsch and the late Fr. Joseph Whalen both had ministries in the Catholic church dealing with the healing of families and this kind of misery. Powerful, wonderful prayers.

      Also, Harriet Lerner, wrote: “A Dance of Anger” available on amazon. That book is absolutely life-changing. It is for anyone, though the title says “women” The first half of the book describes anger/guilt/manipulation and how those patterns are used to keep the status quo. Dr. Lerner talks about anger, how it is neither good or bad—but a warning sign. It is what is done with it that makes it good or bad. The second half of her book talks about doing genealogical research into one’s family. She has her patients in her clinical practice do this. This process takes years. But, even if one did not embark on this long journey, even thinking this way (as you did) is life-changing. It exposes patterns of abuse and bad coping mechanisms. It is life-giving, because it becomes easier to understand, and thus release and forgive. It is life-changing because you cannot change patterns unless you first see them and second understand them.

      I put links to all I referenced below. They are life-changing. +My God I will praise You always and forever!+ God bless you & All! Keep on keepin’ on, Everyone!

      https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Anger-Changing-Patterns-Relationships/dp/0062319043/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479469944&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dance+of+anger+by+lerner

      http://www.spiritdaily.net/hampsch.htm
      https://catholicbooks.net/

      http://www.straphaeloil.com/

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      • Beckita says:

        Great resources, Littlelight. So very many families have been afflicted in these ways. For this (and so much more) I wait in joyful hope for the depth of the Storm and its rescue opportunities for families. Praying the Precious Blood over all families as Christ’s Redemption is Infinite.

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    • Doug says:

      LordprotectYourlittlemess, God bless you and shed his love into your heart! My mom tells me her Dad was always strict and pushed the kids hard and never was affectionate. He never drank and was honest, but just austere; little emotion unless you did something wrong or did not measure up to his standard. My mom determined her Dad hated her by the time she was six and she did not resolve this until she was in her 40s. She determined to break the mold raising me and my siblings (older brother and sister and younger brother). I commend her for being determined to break the cycle in her family. I have fond memories growing up even though I never had a church background. Now, when I was in my 40s, I realized I gave my Mom too little credit and noticed I did not say I love her. I go out of my way to tell her now that I love her. There is always hope. God bless you!

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    • Thank you Littleness. This does help a lot. I’m learning to see her as a little girl, God’s beloved creature, one whom Jesus died for.

      (P.S. I had to laugh at the end because my immediate thought was “I’d love to drug my mother……with antidepressants…” until I read the rest of your sentence “….through the Holy Doors.” Oops, that’s what I meant!)

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      • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

        Thank you all. It is quite a journey that we are all on. I know we each have have been given a piece of the puzzle that our Lord will use to restore us all. So, thank you all. Sometimes, I can almost see the puzzle sitting out on the table, and Jesus hands gently at just the right time, fitting the next piece. In just the right time for EACH of us. His Mercy and Love are overwhelmingly, amazingly, beautiful and perfect for each of His kiddos.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        haha I thought that too🙂 say what? Thank you Littleness

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      • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

        Nancy- you are welcome. It is so great to be a part of this family, and to be able to help each other out in many ways.

        Patrick- I am STILL laughing about the antidepressant comment…..
        I find myself just cracking up driving down the road :>}

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you for this powerful witness to Mercy, Sandy. So great to hear from you again. The Jubilee Year of Mercy ends with the opportunity for a New Beginning: to deepen our resolve to BE Christ’s Mercy With similar family of origin challenges as yours, years ago I was deeply moved by a piece from a musical production, Children of Eden: “In the Beginning.” Every day, well, every moment can be a New Beginning. Praying for you and your family and all families in this community of Faith and throughout the world as we take our NRSteps for New Beginnings.

      (Japheth & Yonah):
      This step is one again our first
      We set our feet upon a virgin land
      We hold the promise of the earth
      In our hands…

      (Add Noah & Mama):
      No flood from heaven comes again
      No deluge will destroy and purify
      We hold the fate of man and men
      In our hands…

      (Add Family):
      Now at this dawn so green and glad
      We pray that we may long remember
      How lovely was the world we had
      In the beginning…

      (All except Father):
      Of all the gifts we have received
      One is most precious and most terrible
      The will of each of us is free
      It’s in our hands

      And if we hear a voice
      If he speaks again, our silent father
      All he will tell us is the choice
      Is in our hands

      Our hands can choose to drop the knife
      Our hearts can choose to stop the hating
      For ev’ry moment of our life
      Is the beginning…

      (Father):
      There is no journey gone so far
      So far we cannot stop and change direction
      No doom is written in the stars

      All except Father:
      It’s in our hands…

      (All):
      We cannot know what will occur
      Just make the journey worth the taking
      And pray we’re wiser than we were
      In the beginning
      It’s the beginning
      Now we begin…

      Children of Eden
      Grant us your pardon
      All that we leave to you
      is the unknown

      Children of Eden
      Seek for your garden
      You and your children to come
      Some day to come home home…

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      • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

        Oh Beckita! You are wonderful. I finally got a chance to listen to all of this today. I was going to copy and comment, but I would have to copy and paste the whole thing. I really do hope that I get to meet you some day. I was driving home from work a couple of days ago and just thought, I bet that Beckita gives the best hugs! Thank you for your prayers for our family and for all families. Right back at ya!

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    • Nancy says:

      Sandy, thank you for your post. I love the thought of the grace you asked for–to see with the eyes of Jesus. It has taken me a long time to understand the events of my life and, gradually, I have learned to forgive. I want to make my forgiveness complete and I think your grace is the answer.

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    • erin483 says:

      what a powerful story….God Bless You

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  30. Charlie, I hoped I was quick enough deleting my post because on second read it felt like “sour grapes” on my part. I didn’t think I should add pessimism to your optimistic post – alas, too late. Unfortunately by doing so I made unavailable the many thoughtful and lengthy replies from our friends here, posts that may have benefited others. My mistake. (Any way to make them stand-alone posts?)

    Thank you zeniazenia, moreen67, Chris, Mick, A Quiet Person, jlynn, and Marie B. I was able to read your very thoughtful posts. And thank you for your prayers, my friends!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think it was quite as rough as you think – and it clearly helped some others.

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    • Doug says:

      We lift each other up hear Patrick. It’s OK to be honest. Isaiah: Come let us reason together. Though your sins be red as scarlet, they will become white as snow.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Patrick,
      I always had a sense that God gives us enough time and Grace in this short life to do His Will – and undo and repair some of my ugly mistakes. Or we could go way above and beyond mercy, as the saints among us have shown us, as they pick up some momentum.
      This possibility keeps me pretty busy every day, after an examination of conscience, — investigating all those cracks where I might have been a negative influence. Bingo!! If I find one I can get going on it as soon as I spot it, to turn it around and love, love, love. (never never ‘a chump’ though) ha!
      Sometimes I sit alone, after a conversation — absorbing all the pain that just came from trying and failing – ouch!!
      The Church tells me that remembering to offer that pain to our Lord on His Cross makes all the difference. My pain begins to feel like His Blood covering me so I try again when the opportunity comes.
      The Church tells me suffering in the name of Jesus in this life would make it possible to forgo purgation after death. In addition to that, there are ‘a million’ ways for us to receive a plenary indulgence every day. The indulgence can be applied for someone of our Lady’s choosing in purgatory, or for ourselves if we need it. :0) It is still November so we are still concentrating on the Holy Souls.
      http://www.dolr.org/sites/default/files/documents/07-001BI.pdf
      ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul, Worship His Holy Name
      Sing like never before, O my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy Name’
      Redman

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      • Just beautiful Zenia. You sound like a Passionist. If I had to choose one mystery to meditate on during the Rosary, it would be the Sorrowful Mysteries — I love them. You are right how the Lord provides no shortage of opportunities to unite our suffering with His to gain indulgences and penances for Our Lady to distribute as she chooses.

        I too try and fail, try again and fail again. But I take heart because I know I will never stop trying, with Our Lady’s help. God knows how desperately I need her saving help!

        And, yes, concentrating on the Holy Soul can help me move away from my petty concerns and self-absorption. I think, “There are people suffering who need your help to get to Heaven. Get on with it, man! Your Mother asks this of you!”

        [I had a very strange series of dreams last night, and at one point I was most troubled: I look down at my arms and shoulders and could somehow see my back. At first I was covered with purple bruises, small cuts, and dried blood, then they became deep and crisscrossing lacerations that gaped open. I was mortified and sick to my stomach, desperately asking those around me, “What happened to me? Who did this?” Fortunately, absolutely no pain accompanied those vicious, overlapping wounds. I looked at myself this morning….not a scratch. Phew! What a very unsettling vision but certainly not without meaning.]

        Thank you very much, Z!

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        • SanSan says:

          Dear Z and Patrick–your comments have hit a cord within me:
          I love and care so deeply for those around me–especially their immortal souls……I feel that I really do……then why, at times am I sooooo reactive to their trespasses? My anger flares…..(quickly, then is extinguished quickly–these days). I hold no resentment. But I suffer so from my “flare ups”—sometimes they’re not even audible–but the offender “knows” that I am “pissed”. (Which upsets me because I don’t want them (or me) to see who I really am–hmmm–pride?) Then they’re mad……here we go again……

          “This possibility keeps me pretty busy every day, after an examination of conscience, — investigating all those cracks where I might have been a negative influence. Bingo!!(thank you Z)”

          I’ve prayed and prayed to rid myself of this character defect…..just when I think I’ve mastered my emotions……poof.😦

          “I too try and fail, try again and fail again. But I take heart because I know I will never stop trying, with Our Lady’s help. God knows how desperately I need her saving help!”
          And, yes, concentrating on the Holy Soul can help me move away from my petty concerns and self-absorption. I think, “There are people suffering who need your help to get to Heaven. Get on with it, man! Your Mother asks this of you!”-(thank you Patrick)

          I know in my heart that my pride and ego are again in the way. Mea culp……how many times must I confess this sin and then repeat it? Such wretched weakness…..watered down LOVE.

          Pray for me, dear brothers and sisters, that I can keep this ugly short fuse in check, while around extended family next week–and actually exude authentic LOVE. Lord have Mercy–I’m sorry that my actions continue to persecute you! My All, Will I ever get to see Your Beautiful Face?

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          • Actually SanSan, it sounds like you’re making good progress. Being aware of weaknesses and wanting to change them like you do is half the battle, the rest must come incrementally. I hate those prideful, reflexive responses too, but I also can’t imagine being completely devoid of them — else I’d be a Saint! They’re like the knee-jerk reflex: if it’s not present, there’s something wrong. You have just described a common feature within every one of us quite nicely!

            So, we strive to shorten the duration between the prideful hair-trigger response (HEY! 😡) and humbly letting it go (Ahhhh 😇). As quickly as possible we turn angrrr into merciful love. I think that striving for sainthood means learning to catch that involuntary reflex early on and squashing it like a bug as soon as possible. (See my bug comment below 🐞).

            Saint Faustina intensely strove for perfection. Still, she wrestled with the same pride and other issues we all do, despite possessing a high degree of sanctity and union with Jesus. Check out what Jesus said to this saintly woman:

            “After Holy Communion, I heard these words: ‘YOU see what you are of yourself, but do not be frightened at this. If I were to reveal to you the whole misery that you are, you would die of terror. However, be aware of what you are. Because you are such great misery, I have revealed to you the whole ocean of My mercy.'”

            And Jesus continues: “I seek and desire souls like yours, but they are few. Your great trust in Me forces Me to continuously grant you graces. You have great and incomprehensible rights over My Heart, for you are a daughter of complete trust. You would not have been able to bear the magnitude of the love which I have for you if I had revealed it to you fully here on earth. I often give you a glimpse of it, but know that this is only an exceptional grace from Me. My love and mercy knows no bounds.”
            (Saint Faustina’s Diary 718)

            Thank you for your post, San San. It’s somehow comforting to hear that you share the same struggles I do. So take heart for as Jesus pointed out, we’re all pretty wretched, miserable, and terrifying, but he loves us more than we could handle here on earth! 😀

            I’ll pray that you have a nice, calm family visit this Thanksgiving!

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          • Doug says:

            Very nice Patrick. Thank you!

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          • Beckita says:

            Praying for your intention, SanSan. It makes me think of a verse from one of my favortie hymns from the Divine Office:

            We all have secret fears to face,
            Our minds and motives to amend.
            We seek Your truth,
            We need your grace,
            Our living Lord and present friend.

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        • Doug says:

          Maybe those were the wounds from the scourge of your upbringing Patrick and you are being shown that this is an opportunity to unite them with Christ’s scourging? Just sayen….

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful, ZJ. Amen!

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    • Praying for you, Patrick. Many share the same kind of struggles and can relate.

      Not sure if you have kids, but I found having kids to be the big equalizer. Funny how quickly I recognized my folks (at least significant parts) often staring back at me from the mirror. That sure makes forgiving easier.

      One day I was contemplating four generations of men back from me and realized something. We’re all flawed, but I was able to recognize (probably God highlighted for me) one real area of improvement with each generation. Now I tell my boys, “hey, if you don’t like something about me, just make sure you don’t do the same… be better than me.” Then I just smile quietly at all the progress we’ve been making on our little branch of the tree.

      It doesn’t matter if you have kids or not. Hey, this is a big tree and we’re all connected.

      I’m really getting exciting about the healing on the way… and the healing already available. Oh, The Healer! There’s a contemplation we could get lost in.

      Come, Lord Jesus!

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      • charliej373 says:

        I once told my kids, after they had said they heard I got into the same mischief they were in, to be original: make their own mistakes and don’t copy mine.

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        • Doug says:

          More good words of wisdom Charlie. I just wish my kids were young again to be able to exercise them. Sigh…. Oh well, God has placed us in this time and place for a reason. Thus, I trudge on taking the next right step and being a sign of hope today.

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug, when I am tempted to regret any time in which I wish I had done something differently, I remind myself of how Infinite is God’s Mercy, that He exists in the Eternal Now, that He makes all things new and that He heals beyond our wildest imaginings. This prayer is a great consolation in all its truth.

            A Prayer to Redeem Lost Time, by St. Teresa of Avila

            O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen.

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          • Simone says:

            Oh! I love this prayer. So very hopeful. Thank you for sharing, Beckita.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you for the encouragement dear Beckita. The reality that time has slipped by and I only get one shot sinks in every now and then. But as you point out, with God, all things are new. How beautiful and eloquent that we have a God of second chances, of third chances, of fourth chances, etc. I must think the thief on the cross; the parable of the workers in the vinyard where the last worker got paid that of the first. Alas, though I am human and we all here have human weakness and human frailty and as such I want to have a lamentation party every now and then. I’ll be fine. Thank you.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen to the God of many chances, Doug! He, all glorious and unfathomable, can do still more than provide additional chances. I receive from St. Theresa of Avila’s prayer the encouragement to honor and allow God, in His Eternal Now, to go back in time (for us) and transform my former missteps, missed opportunities, and sins into something beautiful. He can. And He has certainly done so in my own life, in ways both surprising and profound. All Glory to Him!

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          • Doug says:

            And to my surprise, today’s gospel was about the thief on the cross. In the tone of a mentor friend when I was protestant, “I confirm that sister Beckita”

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          • Littlelight says:

            Thank you so much for sharing this Beckita—it is beautiful! God bless you & All!

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      • Thank you so much for your prayers and fatherly wisdom, MP, helping me in my personal struggle. In my litany of judgement of my poor mother, more than half of those descriptors could apply to me too. In a way, I’m pointing at myself.

        I too yearn for that healing. I have so much faith that after the Rescue my siblings, my mother, and me will be a happy, loving family, thankful for all that we have, especially each other. Come, Lord Jesus!


        The Ironman Salesman, The Musical Nurse, The Pharmacist Professor, and The Comedian Writer. (Thanksgiving 2013).

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        • charliej373 says:

          There is delight in finding some of our parents best qualities in ourselves – but there is irritability to find some of their worst qualities there, too.

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          • When I was a young lad, I visited our relatives in a far away distant country whence we hail. To my surprise, I found the genes of behaviour very similar, very dominant… Our crosses to bear like St. Jérôme and reparation to make for the sins of our fathers and mothers–it certainly isn’t easy and your post is most apropos.

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        • Beckita says:

          Y’all look and sound like a fiery and talented group of siblings, Patrick. God bless you and your family!

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        • Covered a lot of ground yesterday, wore myself out (body and mind), then sat here for about an hour thinking of everyone and contemplating this scene:

          I could entitle it “last shot of the day,” or maybe simply “family of cattle”… either way it spoke volumes. That little patch of grass they’re nibbling on was under water last week. Yesterday it was a feast. Certainly it’s a scene that ‘speaks’ of His loving care for all His creatures.

          Not sure how these cattle are related (siblings maybe?), but they struck me as ‘family’ nonetheless.

          I was sitting there patiently waiting for just the right light. When it hit, I furiously snapped about 3 dozen shots until I killed my battery. Right on cue, a bald eagle performed a low fly-by between me and the cattle on his way upriver. Yeah, I was probably a bit hasty and missed the perfect shot. I couldn’t help but think (God will forgive me), “oh, now You’re just showing off!” That might have been the biggest eagle I have ever witnessed.

          I had to cross the river towards the cattle on the way back to the truck. Managed to get to the far side (within about 20 yards of the group) without spooking them. They must have caught a whiff of my cigar, because they all turned their startled faces my way, stopped chewing and froze in place. Made me chuckle, because I was reminded of a Far Side cartoon and what the caption might be. “Look, Bob…” Of course they scattered with no more than a moo or two, but I can assure you that I smiled all the way to the end of the trail.

          If you (or any of you other characters) ever make it out/down this way, look me up. I’ve been wanting to launch an adult chapter of the Don Bosco Adventure Club for some time and can’t think of any better reason than to get some of the TNRS Family out on the trail.

          Praying for all.

          God Bless,
          MP

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      • Doug says:

        Good words of wisdom MP; very good words.

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    • Beckita says:

      Patrick, I’m a late bug to the Garden Party of Prayers for you but, having similar family of origin challenges, I include you in my prayers with heartfelt fervor. Your contributions here are ever valuable, Patrick.

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      • Oh thank you, Sweetheart! You know, these responses have helped me see that my mother’s behavior and my reaction to her is not that uncommon (sadly). Knowing I’m not alone and that others have similar struggles is helping me move toward forgiving her — from my heart. I often regard my poor mother as the “key” to my sainthood: If I can forgive and love her genuinely, I can forgive and love anyone and everyone.

        I bet I can guess what kind of bug you are: 🐞A Lady Bug!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Praying for you, Patrick🙂 ! I missed your comment… it doesn’t matter because we all love you and care and we all have to go through these hard things to grow and be perfected, so prayers for you, 💕prayers for all of us!

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  31. Joe Crozier says:

    I counted 14 Beckita heads balanced on Charlie’s. is that a record?

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  32. SanSan says:

    ‪#‎WelcomeToMyCouch‬ https://www.facebook.com/TheHoldernessfamily/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
    on FB……sent to me from family members
    we’ll accept the challenge……”nay nay” – no politics at Thanksgiving Dinner
    We’re the only “Trump” voters in the pack – so we’ll see how the other side can function w/o bringing up politics.😉

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  33. SanSan says:

    ok, Thanksgiving cards mailed out today to all those in my life who have fallen away from me due to my beliefs. Wished them all well and sent them good tidyings.

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  34. Cheryl says:

    I am pleased that Trump won. I am hopeful and glad so many americans voted for the party of a culture of life verses death. I am not elated because our leaders have too often said one thing and have done another but this time I truly believe many people actually HEARD what Hillary said about late term abortions, and the manner in which she believes choice should be considered as an advanced culture. Many people who were not especially aware became aware, and to know we beat the progressives gives me more confidence in our ability to endure the storm. About a year ago I prayed for wisdom and guidance and some mentors because I could not navigate through with endurance and peace with my work. I am grateful for your work Charlie and the many people who are often referenced or share stories or make meaningful comments on this page. The night of the election I stayed up until after Trump was announced the winner. I live in Florida so that was agonizing but what still baffles me, is the 800 point swing up and down and the selling of 8000 tons of gold not a soul has mentioned. I work with our financial world and I know our problems are much bigger than just our politics in this country with this election. The last three years especially has been like paddling a kayak against the current in the ocean. I am not sure where or what the next right step is many days because I don’t see the free market and haven’t for a long time. I know God is with me and either he is preparing me for more responsibility or asking me to move in a different direction. Everything has its season I suppose and I am no different than many others that may find our work will be done in one area and required in another area. Please forgive my ramblings but I care deeply about the people I serve and I know no captain of a ship can be expected to be able to navigate away from this storm without pause, and life jackets are no guarantees! Also, I must confess the rantings of how I am not inclusive and judgmental as a Catholic because I believe marriage is between a man and a woman has been the set up for Thanksgiving dinner. I have been married 30 years and I have three children. Many years ago I sought counsel on how to love my sister-in-law and how to approach her homosexuality with our time together when my children were small. Our priest told me to love the sinner hate the sin. Who could know one’s heart. I always thought we had lived our lives with love and understanding and respect and I never felt uncomfortable around her myself or with my children. She was the fun loving person we all enjoyed and my prayers for her were not to change her but for God to be with her and for us to be a light . She was crazy when Trump won and attacking us, and we aren’t even particularly fond of him either! Well, just when I thought I knew how to Love and Live, I am challenged. May wisdom find us all and Mary’s immaculate heart guide our every thought and deed.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Cheryl that is a hard one. I’m sorry she’s attacking you. I know this is going to be a hard sell but love her anyway. When I was around 12 I found out my Uncle Charlie (God rest his soul) came out and let us know he was gay. At the age I was then I didn’t understand it – I thought he would take my boyfriends (I didn’t have any – ha) I was angry because he was my favorite Uncle – my mom had 7 brothers. He loved me and my sister and it was like he didn’t want us to grow up (I guess to face the realities of life). Well shortly after that (it was 1979) my uncle would drink and go to bars probably trying to deal with things and he made a pass at a straight man – that man beat him to a pulp and dumped him in a ditch. I remember coming home from my friends house and I knew something happened because my street had tons of cars meaning it had to be mom’s family (she was one of 10 children). They wouldn’t allow me to see him at the hospital because he didn’t look like Uncle Charlie anymore and he passed away. I felt guilty at the time because I think wasn’t myself with him after I found out, however, I swear it wasn’t my imagination but I saw Uncle Charlie at a bus stop near my house and he waved to me w/a smile and was gone (disappeared). My uncle was gay and it was a struggle for him but he didn’t have a mean bone in his body – I remember him always helping people who were down and out. He had a good job and he helped people. Sorry I went on and on. I guess what I’m saying is even if it’s not healthy to be around her pray for her – that’s some of the best love you can give. Maureen

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      • Cheryl says:

        Thanks Maureen for sharing. You have put things in perspective and I am sorry that people can be so hateful.

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      • Doug says:

        And Christ did not come to heal the healthy, but the sick.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Doug, I’ve often thought about that verse. Wondered about it; still do. Who is healthy without Jesus? Who doesn’t need Him, or healing and saving?
          I wanted to put this up for you, earlier.. for a comment you made somewhere here 😊

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Snowy! In reality, we all need Christ’s healing. Thanks for the clip. One of the best wholsome movies ever and I think sums up the storm as an amazing adventure we are all about to go through. Like in the movie, all hope appears lost at one point and then a series of miracles takes place.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Snowy and Doug.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Snowy and Doug.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, yes, loved that movie! Another movie I loved was Mel Gibson’s ‘Signs’ (everyone groans when I put it on.. 😏 ) but all the strange, annoying, weird things the kids and his brother (Joachim Phoenix) do in this movie, (like the little girl leaving full water glasses all over the house because it has amoebas in it, and the boy’s asthma and the brother’s failed big league baseball career) work together and end up being what saves them in the end. I love the message and weird movies.

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          • Doug says:

            I’ll have to check that one out with Lambzie.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh! almost forgot… and the tinfoil hats so the aliens couldn’t read their minds…best part ever. Hahaha! I’m easily entertained- obviously!

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    • Beckita says:

      “May wisdom find us all and Mary’s immaculate heart guide our every thought and deed.” Amen, Cheryl. Praying for you, your family and all families here.

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  35. Laurie says:

    One way we can all show our love for the Family of God is to publicly join with LIFE Runners– Jer 1:5 “Remember the unborn.”

    http://liferunners.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=19a487070589b7c1bd179b810&id=9bddeeae6d&e=9fa62974aa

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  36. Diane says:

    Charlie’s talk last night was good – the two things I an savoring from his talk is 1. To get outside yourself and think of others -2. Contemplate, especially the rescue – how it will indeed change the hardened hearts including our own. I flew all the way from Miami to see Charlie – actually my mom – but I did make sure I coordinated the trip. Mom is doing good – we are going to Pulaski today to see the farm she grew up on ~ a trip we take every time I am here – she has good childhood memories . Love. I do. Diane

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  37. circuitrighter says:

    My kids and their spouses (and 12.5 grandkids) will be joining us for Thanksgiving. We are not in any alienation, but I can see the election bringing latent differences out in the open when we gather. As the patriarch, I’ve been imagining what I might say to those who are distraught over our current American plight. One little parable would be that when a lid won’t screw onto the jar, you sometimes have to turn it the “wrong” way first. Another would be that in the theory of evolution new, adaptive species only come along as a result of mutations, which look like mistakes. Or, after taking two steps forward you find you’re forced to take one step back, it doesn’t mean you’re not making progress; it means that this is a dance that you’re not in charge of, and that you should follow the partner who brought you to the dance. And lastly, since we often ask everyone to say what they are thankful for, I thought that on my turn I’d say, “I’m thankful that God knows what he’s doing.”

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  38. Emily says:

    What about when your extended family is basically polite to you but are at heart atheists who despise everything you believe, or social Catholics who go to Church but try to shut you up if you want to mention God or prayer in front of the atheist family members for fear of “offending” them?

    If you’ve reached out before only to be shut down, do you continue to reach out now, or do you wash your hands, keep your mouth shut and just pray for them?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I simply asked people to reach out now – and they might get a surprise. Not all will, but some already have. You can always find reasons not to or nurse old wounds. So do or do not. If you do, you might get a surprise, but the worst that will happen is you will get the rejection you expect. So what? There is not always reconciliation, but there can be none unless someone reaches out. You are no worse off if it fails, but much better off if it doesn’t.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Emily,
      “Then Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and power to CURE diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to HEAL the sick. “Take nothing for the journey,” He told them, “no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no second tunic.…” Luke ch. 9
      We are on this site with Charlie, preparing ourselves for this scenario. This is likely our future too.🙂. Instead of keeping our mouths shut and just praying, maybe the prophets are asking us to pray first and then prepare for the moment when God gives us the opportunity. We must keep “alert”. Trust.
      So on one hand we need to be alert and on the other hand we need Patient Endurance. This is mentioned seven times in Revelation. (there is our Covenantal number 7 again),
      When God gives us the clear shot, we take that shot at healing, usually with honey not vinegar though.
      We may be feeling hurt while we are in the midst of our socializing/reaching out, but we could ask Jesus and His Mother for His Divine Healing Grace for all parties involved. Many TNRS are sending cards. IMHO I think this is a very safe and sweet way for almost 100% of the population. It might be a good idea to send someone a card that helps them to laugh. Laughing is very healing. We know someone really loves us when they try to “lift our spirits”. Love -ZJ

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    • Doug says:

      That’s why you have a family here Emily.

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  39. zeniazenia says:

    This is the full text translation of the homily Holy Father Francis gave to the 17 new Cardinals elevated today– the last day of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

    Pope Francis to New Cardinals: Love Your Enemies
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-francis-to-new-cardinals-love-your-enemies1

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  40. All pains and prayers being shared this post is truly coming from everyone’s hearts. Gives us the edification that we are in this together even though in a cyber way . I was blessed to make it to Denver in August for Charlie’s talk, as many others have been able to attend in their areas as well. But this forum with the loving family we all are a part of… gives us all real hope so that we can be that to others.
    Thank you Charlie ❤️we will take this advice!
    .Monthly Mass today at our assisted living/memory care unit really drives home the fact that we all can use our crosses, sufferings and joys in this life to unite with Christ’s…these wonderful “little Christs” never fail to remind us just who our neighbor is.
    I’m planning to buy for Christmas ….blessed rosaries for all our family members. (With booklet in how to pray) Sure there’s only probably one or two that have prayed it before, 😉but the investment in this spiritual weapon for the times ahead I hope (know) it will be well worth it
    If Our Lady has her way, I believe we will have many turn to her through this prayer . Also Have a 100 bulk that we ordered too for handing out here if we may find ourselves in small enclaves.

    Christ the King of the Universe Have mercy on us!

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  41. Barb421 says:

    there is wisdom in the very young; the wisdom of innocence… may we ALL know and emulate the sweet purity of the infant Jesus this advent season

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  42. Doug says:

    Ok. Lit that candle for you today Patrick. May you find reconciliation with your family. Jesus, I trust in thee!

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  43. Nancy says:

    My mom used to tell us, “When someone does something wrong, everybody suffers.” That being the case, it should be that when someone does good, then everyone benefits. It seems that we see all the bad results and don’t see the good ones. Or is it that we don’t look for the good ones?
    Why do the bad ones affect us more? Make reparation for the bad ones and focus on the joy of the good ones? Easier said than done.

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    • Beckita says:

      Sometimes easier said than done, Nancy, yet a very important reminder. I continue to cling to Romans 5: 20 “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” That said, this is such a safe place to bring concerns about living in these times and, I think, expressing those concerns is part of the process of coming to terms with all that is. We are blessed.

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      • Nancy says:

        Beckita, thank you. I just had a bad day at work and was feeling sorry for myself🙂 . On a more serious note, health care workers need a lot of prayers these days. Before going to the doctor or getting any kind of health care, pray for all those who will have any part of the care.

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  44. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    I was just thinking about ways to strengthen bonds in our families, and maybe have a “activity” before us as we invite those in that, well, shall we say give us an opportunity to love. I am told I am pure (pureish I’m sure) czech. My parents and grandparents would switch languages mid sentence if I walked into the room and they didn’t want me to catch on…….man, I wish I could do that from time to time with my kiddos! Anyway, I got this article below from the Fraternal Herald. It could be cool to make some ornaments or decorations if time allows…..but check out at least what the squirrel is the symbol of historically for these decorations!

    May the Blessings of the Lord be upon each of you!
    Sandy

    Vizovické Pečivo: Dough Ornaments
    Nov 02, 2016

    Since the 16th century, Czechs have practiced the art of dough ornaments, called vizovické pečivo in the native language.

    These ornaments serve as a reminder of life’s beauty. Historically, they were made and given as gifts to children or used to decorate. Each generation passed the tradition on to the next, and it still thrives today. Although the ornaments can be made in any shape, some have special meanings that are listed below.

    Dove: Family peace and love
    Fish: Silence
    Frog: Protecting clear waters
    Hedgehog: Chase away sickness
    Rooster: Manliness
    Sun: Life
    Baby: Happiness
    Swan: Love
    Hare: Strength
    Squirrel: Good homemaker
    Crawfish: Protect against misfortune

    Dough Ornaments
    2 C all-purpose flour
    ½ C water
    ½ C vinegar
    1 egg yolk
    whole spices or liquid color food dye (optional)

    littlebitofczech.jpg
    Photo courtesy of Marketa McCall at http://www.littlebitofczech.com.

    Place flour, water, and vinegar in a bowl and stir with a spoon. The dough will be dry. Place dough on the counter and add a tablespoon of water as you knead it to make it more flexible. Once this is complete, form a ball and place it in a plastic bag for an hour to increase its elasticity. To make dough of different colors, mix some of the dough with whole spices or liquid color food dyes.

    Afterward, creation can begin. Pinch a small piece of dough off the ball and work on one ornament at a time. Keep the remaining dough in the bag so that it remains moist as you work. You may use wax paper to roll or sculpt the ornament on.

    Useful tools include: craft knife, manicure scissors, pen, cookie cutters, small screw driver, small brush, drinking straw, toothpick, and rolling pin. There are various techniques to try as you make ornaments.

    Thanks to http://www.littlebitofczech.com for this recipe. See the website for this and more information.

    Cookie Cutter Shape
    Roll the dough on wax paper using a rolling pin to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes you desire. With the cookie cutter still pressed in, use various tools to press designs around the edges or experiment with your own patterns. You may also add small pieces of additional dough by wetting the area between pieces. When complete, cut a hole through the ornament at the top using a straw.

    Make Your Own Shape
    You can create your own shapes on card stock and cut them out. Use a craft knife to trace along the edge of the card stock when it is placed on the dough.

    Sculpt
    Similar to working with clay as a child, you can build a small ornament in three dimensions or combine shapes to create something new. A wreath, for example, can be made by weaving two or three small strings of dough together and forming a circle or heart. Be sure to keep these items wet so they can form a secure seal in the final piece.

    Final Step
    When your creations are complete, place them on a baking sheet to air dry until they are hard. Remove the wax paper.

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  45. LL says:

    I am having a particularly hard time with this. My family is being torn apart by my transgender sister. My children do not know anything about it. I know that this would be traumatic for them. They are very young. I feel exposing them to this sexual dysfunction is no different than having them watch pornography and then saying, “That’s life”. I see no way to reach out to my family without endangering my children’s innocence. I do love my family, but my children are my God given priority. What can I do?

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  46. Chris says:

    Thank you for this post. When I first read it my heart ached knowing your request for reconciliation with an alienated family member, was coming from God and believing as you said that God would like to hearten us by binding up these wounds. But Charlie, the fear of rejection after so many rejections, has been extremely painful and left me beaten down so badly. I begged Our Lady and Jesus to soften the hearts of my sister, mom and me to try once more. I sent my mom flowers for her birthday and my sister called her. Mom called me and at first, we argued, struggled and and rehashed the old wounds. My husband was praying in the next room while I held on tightly to the rosary. When it seemed like the insults and attacks at the jugular were getting worse, I told her i couldn’t listen any more but that I loved her and was there if she needed me and hung up.Then surprisingly and most out of character for Mom, she called me back and agreed to disagree but to move on and forget the past. I was blown away. Now maybe this is only tentative but it is certainly heartening. I thank God and Mary for carrying me through these past 3 years and have grown so much closer to them through this terrible trial. Thank you Charlie for accepting God’s call to you. God bless you and all here whose comments and prayers have held me together and helped me to grow. What a wonderful family we all are!

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