Passing Through

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Green Bay team. The tall fellow at the back, Don, is the team leader.

By Charlie Johnston

I am working on a meaty piece. I rather think the cultural, spiritual and political divisions in the western world have metastasized into a true malignancy. If that is so, things cannot get better until a great crisis has been reached and passed. But oh, the reaching of it is agonizing, indeed.

I have a presentation in Lafayette, Indiana tonight and another in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday. I have started to get some requests for more Skype presentations in various countries. I am glad to schedule them provided there is a good translator.

Below are details for this week’s public events:

Lafayette, IN (Free Event)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6:30 pm:  Rosary   7:00 pm:  Public Talk

Outpost Catering-Sgt Preston’s, 2501 US-231, Lafayette, IN 47909

Contact:  trustdolove@yahoo.com

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Springfield, MO (Free Event)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:00pm:  Republic Community Center, 711 East Miller Rd., Republic, MO 65738

Contact Stephen at brassman737@gmail.com

Volunteers needed

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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220 Responses to Passing Through

  1. Anne says:

    Glad to hear from you…… Beginning to think you had done a bunk!
    Looking forward to some meat….some iron is needed.

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  2. Lilia Florentiae says:

    I also am glad to hear from you, Charlie.
    Have a fruitful presentation!
    Lilia

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  3. Bill says:

    What an agonizing time, waiting for the next fire as the embers smolder. God bless you Charlie.

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  4. moreen67 says:

    You are a busy squirrel!

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  5. nanannda2 says:

    Dear Charlie, we certainly will be praying for you as you embark on these missions for the Lord. I will include in my prayers a request that the best translators will be found for any Skype conferences you’re able to schedule overseas. I know Jesus walks before you always to prepare all the steps He has in mind for you to walk in, so thanks be to God, who also walks with you.
    Please pray that I will faithfully embrace and never let go of a particular cross the Lord has sent me. He knows I need this cross at this time!
    We have had a great miracle happen in our family this past year – an obvious, indisputable miracle – but I don’t yet see the fruit of conversion and faith we have prayed and hoped for, so for that reason I feel a little sad. However, I know I don’t see what only God can see, and that is the seeds that have been sown in hearts through the gift and grace of the healing He brought about before our very eyes! Blessed be God in his angels and his saints!

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your intentions, nanannda.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and yours, Nanannda2.

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    • SanSan says:

      Ditto nanannda2 — “We have had a great miracle happen in our family this past year – an obvious, indisputable miracle – but I don’t yet see the fruit of conversion and faith we have prayed and hoped for, so for that reason I feel a little sad. However, I know I don’t see what only God can see, and that is the seeds that have been sown in hearts through the gift and grace of the healing He brought about before our very eyes! Blessed be God in his angels and his saints!”

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      • nanannda2 says:

        Thank you SanSan. I am simply going to continue to give thanks to our good God for this miracle and all the others He has done and is doing (whether or not I can see them with my own eyes :-)! God is good – always. Always, God is good.

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  6. Connie says:

    So looking forward to another solid, inspirational column from you Charlie! God bless us all for our next right steps!

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  7. Anne says:

    Yes Charlie I enjoy language ….. Music and language are my passions. Glad to see you not done a bunk and thus cleared out …… Instead you are a dinky Di, true blue, hanging in there. God bless you Charlie.

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  8. First calm down; this comment is not against you; rather it is an attempt to push you in a direction that for what ever reason you do not what to travel .

    You do not have to post this comment on the site, if you do not want to address it fine.

    How do you figure you have the time left before the USA implodes to do all this traveling?
    That is A question and NOT an attack on you, some times you get so defensive to comments.
    I think your time would be better used to communicate to the larger audience on the world wide web your message of what to do; to get through the mess that is right in front of us.
    It is not as simple as you say, take the next right step and do the right thing, people have children to feed and they will have no food to do it with, big big problem. I am asking you with all the years you have been thinking of this upcoming event to communicate what you have “thought up” concerning how people can survive this on going event.
    I look at young people who are really trying to live a christian life in this world, [they are like a white spot on a black wall – they are so different from the masses of people], yet they are clueless of what is about too happen to them. If starvation and injury both physical and mental can be avoided or lessened then help (ideas suggestions) that will minimize the pain; that should be given to them.
    I remember the 2008 economic collapse, business failing closing doors, think of all the car dealerships that when under, the lost jobs, today’s economy is far more difficult. As you and others communicate this time around everything is going down, there will be no credit as the banking system will be broken and have to be rebuilt. Some how people have to get through this horror.
    So Charlie think of all those young people with children, that believe in God, that have thrown away the birth control pills and been open to life and have the many children to show for it, I ask that you communicate some detailed ideas of how, what they can possibly do to get through this horror.
    Not much time left before the USA we think of is history…. we will see what rises up from the ashes.
    Now you know why I asked, why are you traveling so much.
    Time is very short, you your self have said you will be laying low until the worst of the storm blows over, if internet is down how would you communicate to the people to help them; now is the time to do it.
    I think you could utilize the time left before the SHTF a little differently, my one cents worth, maybe it’s not worth anything, they say it costs the government two cents to produce the one cent penny.
    Any way don’t take any offence at this post
    What you are communicating is truth
    Would just like more meat more substance
    Don’t want people to experience needless suffering but mostly innocence children.
    Merry Christmas everyone

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    • charliej373 says:

      Robert, I understand. I get many people in emails telling me what I should do and how I could do it so much better if I would just take their advice. Some come up with good points, some not so much.

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      • moreen67 says:

        Be yourself and listen to your Angel (and the Lord)….Abba knows best.

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      • Beckita says:

        Robert, I’ve thought a lot about the closest disciples to the Lord when He walked the earth. I sometimes wonder if the Apostles felt like pushing Jesus to clearly lay out for them more the details, more meat and substance, of what was to come or advised Him to do things their better way. Perhaps they did just that yet, obviously, He remained true to His mission in the ways of the Father’s Plan. I find it comforting, in all the chaos and confusion around us, to have received from Charlie the news that God, again, has a Plan in our day and time.

        Hard as it is for us at times, may St. Andrew with all the Aposltes pray for us that we may each pass this test of waiting and growing in trust. MAy they also pray that we listen and hear God’s whispers for He IS with us and He has promised to be with us always.
        Isaiah 43:2 comes to mind:
        When you pass through the waters,
        I will be with you;
        and when you pass through the rivers,
        they will not sweep over you.
        When you walk through the fire,
        you will not be burned;
        the flames will not set you ablaze.

        I think, too, Charlie’s comment below bears repeating:
        “… I emphasize is that God is always close at hand to all who call on Him. He speaks in different ways. Many people long to hear Him in the thunder. Should He speak to you that way, you won’t miss it – and you won’t be as enthused about it as you think: it is both intimidating and He often tells you how wrong you are. But He speaks to all of us in little whispers – and those little whispers are deeply tied to our salvation. Pray not that He speak to you in the thunder, but that you hear Him better in the little whispers.”

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    • jj says:

      Robert,
      First calm down; this is not a comment against you; rather it is an attempt to push you in a direction that for what ever reason you do not what to travel. I believe that you have not understood properly what Charlie is anticipating. So I’ll ask you one simple question;

      How much preparation is enough for series of events that is guaranteed to bring ALL to their knees?

      If you are a true believer, you can have confidence that God’s will is going to be done regardless of how “prepared” you are or how “unprepared” for that matter. Charlie has been very specific about all of this preparedness tripe. It is meaningless. You cannot prepare enough.

      Personally, I suspect that the personal presentations that Charlie is doing are likely much more fruitful than becoming a doomsayer, worldly preparation will avail you not in the current circumstances. Relying on ourselves got us (this is an inclusive us) in this mess. Whom should we rely on to get us out?

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, JJ. Alleluia!

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      • gotoJoseph says:

        Couldn’t agree with you more JJ. I will assume that what happened in our area with Charlie’s visit is similar to many other areas. Most who attended his public talk were already familiar with him, so what was gained? 1) Those following him on the blog got to meet the real person which seems to have increased the “believability” factor. 2) Many multiples of the number actually attending the event heard about Charlie for the very first time through the publicity for the event. Many of those may have even looked him up to satisfy their curiosity – “who is this guy?”, almost as many likely dismissed him. If things don’t go seriously awry in the next two months, nothing much changes. If things do melt, many of those side-liners will quickly look for that “Charlie guy” to see what he says we’re supposed to do now that the “stuff has hit the fan” as Robert mentions. And if they can’t find Charlie (for whatever reason), they go looking for their neighbors who do know what Charlie says we are to do, which is ultimately the purpose of all of this. Multiply this scenario times all the places Charlie has visited and I think you will see that this has not been wasted time.

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    • mrscivicminded says:

      Hi Robert

      I’m not sure Charlie or anyone but God can tell you how to prepare for any one individual. I think it’s prudent to put away supplies as you would for any natural storm. Do the best you can and leave the rest in God’s hands. It always comes down to trusting God does it? LOL That can be a very unsatisfying answer I know. I’m forever asking God for “the plan” for me and mine, but He isn’t giving it up! LOL We look around and see good people suffering even now and wonder why God allows these things, which makes it harder to trust Him. I’ve come to the conclusion trusting God is the only way to go because what other choice is there?

      I think God will let you know one way or the other if He wants you to “do” anything. The rest is up to Him. We all have to work on “trusting God” because worrying isn’t going to get us anywhere. I tell myself that everyday!

      As far as Charlie traveling…his visits to sometimes get recorded and put on the net to reach a wider audience. I imagine he will work until it’s time to not travel. Having said that…A few weeks back I got the feeling all day “it was time for him to come home:. I couldn’t shake it. Then he came home and went back out again. What do I know! LOL LOL

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, mrcivicminded. Just listening to the introduction to the latest video recorded by FOCUS is a good reminder that our trust MUST be in God. In Charlie’s own words: “Nobody needs me and yet I am useful to some to encourage them…”

        For me, trusting in God includes trusting that it is He Who is guiding Charlie in how to fulfill the mission entrusted to him.

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      • Mick says:

        Mrscivicminded, this is the first time that I’ve seen your screen name, so I’m assuming you’re new. Therefore, welcome! 🙂

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Robert, we need to detach from the secular/worldly and trust God as He will not leave us bereft. I believe this. With all of the global horrors that are becoming apparent recently, I have seen an uprising of faithful and people of good-will. We are uniting like a tightly knit woven fabric. I have seen several people saying that what is occurring here and abroad has led them back to God. Is this a part of our illumination and conversion? Acknowledging God, taking the next right step and allowing God’s Plan to unfold with the little bit we do is and will bring forth great graces, blessings and mercies.
      “We cannot do great things. Only small things with great love.” — St. Teresa of Calcutta

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    • I think that you may be over estimating the number of people that WANT to listen to a message that tells them that all they have known and counted on materially is going up in smoke. God knows His own, and it’s He who will take care of them, not Charlie.

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    • It is not for Charlie or his followers to save the civilisation from the fall of the present world order anymore than it was for Apostles to do so at the Fall of Rome. The Church & the human family are far greater than any one nation or group of nations. Those who are assigned the task to restore order will appear at the appointed time & as needed & coordinated to do so.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning Robert,
      Everyone in this world suffers and dies… always did and always will. :0) You are obsessing on earthly comforts, which God can certainly provide if it is for a person’s eternal good and the salvation of everyone who that person touches. Woe to the man who receives all his blessings in this life. God’s Providence is an amazing mysterious reality.
      No time for selfishness now. Happily, Jesus makes it easy for us by promising this is the best way for everyone in the world– young and old alike! God alone gives us life and He alone can call us back at the perfect time for the Glory of God. “In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.” ― Teresa of Ávila
      Jesus told them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain of wheat; but if it does, it brings a good harvest. The man who loves his own life will destroy it, and the man who hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. If a man wants to enter my service, he must follow my way; and where I am, my servant will also be. And my Father will honour every man who enters my service. John 12:24 Love –ZJ

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    • SanSan says:

      Trust in Our Lord. Trust, have hope and don’t worry…….
      God will put all of us exactly where He wants us to be, when He wants to.
      He will gather many up to Him, He will call on many to stay and persever — as a sign of Hope.
      Only God knows what is to come for each of us.
      Pray, hope and don’t worry– a message given to us by many Saints — and by Charlie.

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    • Padre says:

      Yes, we need the spiritual meat….ADVENT FIRST FRIDAY AND BLESSINGS ALL!

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  9. David says:

    Hello Charlie,
    I’m looking forward to your next (more meaty) piece. I’d be particularly interested in your thoughts as to how Donald Trump fits into the upcoming events. Trump’s recent appointments of pro-life members of his cabinet, not to mention our strongly pro-life VP-elect Mike Pence, coupled with the announcement today that Carrier is now staying in the US (thanks to Mr. Trump) gives me an optimism that things are about to turn around for the better. I am sensing this among friends and co-workers as well.

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    • gotoJoseph says:

      I hear you David. With the many good picks for leadership in Trump’s administration (after so many disappointments with past Republican President-elects) , there is a part of me that hopes Charlie is wrong so we can see how this could shakes things up. Then again, the very fact that this threatens to shake things up could make it the very trigger for the events that makes Charlie right! Once again, God seems to be the constant.

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      • SanSan says:

        I agree gotoJoseph. I love seeing Trump’s “picks” so far. Especially for Education and HHS. And, he’s already saved jobs for thousand’s of people working at Ford and that air conditioner company. After so many previous disappointments by past Rep Pres Elects, this has been so fun to witness. Seems “my team” is finally at bat…….

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    • I’ve been trying to figure out how the current events with Trump’s appointments and general optimistic sentiment and increasing stock market and so on lines up with complete collapse in the next 50 days. I’ve always been up-front here that I find Charlie’s message to be very hopeful and I sense a credibility that has helped keep me watchful, while also considering what kind of prudent preparations I might make for this scenario – both material and spiritual.

      Should Charlie be wrong – and I’m not saying he will be – I will welcome it but at the same time I will still be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Unless there is a true mass conversion of hearts in this country, even if we can stem the tide and even pull back from where we’ve been heading, we need to pull back VERY dramatically to get anywhere close to being right with God. Yes, it would be awesome if that can happen without collapse – I pray it does. But I am not sure it’s realistic. So even if it isn’t as immediate as we’ve believed it will be, I am not optimistic that these interim periods of hope are indicative of the future trendline. Of course, with God all things are possible, so there is always hope.

      If Charlie is right, though, then it almost makes sense that there is a time where all seems well. We are seeing a more general embrace and excitement around the prospects of a Trump Presidency. We are already seeing some positive fruits of it. The business community and stockholders are very positive. Surveys of hopefulness are soaring higher and higher.

      So, I think the unfortunate reality is that the only way at the moment it seems likely for a near immediate collapse to occur such that Trump is not handed the reins on inauguration day is something sudden, huge, and unexpected occurring that has little or nothing to do with all the political stuff. It will not be the recounts or the Electoral votes, in my opinion. I think the idea that either of these things steal the Presidency from Trump are fantasy and unrealistic. I do not hope for this, but if this is to happen, then something tragic this way comes that none of us can really predict. I have no predictions as to the nature of it, but it would need to be very disruptive, and would likely lead to some sort of emotional response that cannot be quelled.

      Will that happen? I have no idea. But Charlie has said that there would be lulls where everything seemed like we were going back to normal. Right now, are we being lulled? Will there be a day where suddenly, in a single moment, we all say “Jesus have mercy, this is it.” I don’t know. Rather than lose sleep over it, I just continue to follow the blog, mull it over, but go about my daily business. At the very least, if and when the time comes where the world has changed, I will know exactly what is happening and why. That’s a good thing to have and be able to share if needed.

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      • SMT says:

        Yes, it will be comforting to know what is happening and why. We will have hope, and we know, though it may be a painful process, that our society will come back together as children of God. How lucky for us to have this knowledge!!! And what a ministry we will be entrusted with when “all” hits the fan….hard…and fast!

        Now, I SURE would like Charlie to be wrong (because it sounds scary!) and think Trump and his cabinet will fix it all😅, but considering this time line of chaos is playing out as Charlie shared about two years ago, I am bracing myself knowing pieces of the “all” are going to be flying my way and hitting me hard as well. Thank God I have God!!!! I will put every ounce of trust in Him!

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      • ladycatcliffe says:

        From independent.co.uk: “There is a way for liberal people to stop Donald Trump, but it can’t be a grassroots movement,” by Mohamed Fairouz. The article encourages the mayors of New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago to band together to resist the Trump presidency. The author wishes that Hilary Clinton’s concession speech had started, “This is the end of my political career. Now, we fight.” If you can find the article, you can learn what liberals are thinking.

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    • louiseyvette says:

      I really think it’s tme for Americans to look around them a bit. There is more to the world than the US election. But I am glad Hillary wasn’t elected.

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  10. victura98 says:

    If the malignancy of our cultural divisions is left to run its course, the result will be a bald-faced attack against Christ, and against anyone who serves Him. All that remains now for progressive forces is to dispense with the pretense of having any other focus. As the ever-quoteworthy G.K. Chesterton once observed:

    “This is the last and most astounding fact about this faith…that men who begin to fight the Church for the sake of freedom and humanity end by flinging away freedom and humanity if only they may fight the Church.”

    Charlie, did it ever occur to you in years past that you might come to see days in which the full blast of the Storm would be seen as a relief from the sorrow of the world’s condition?

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  11. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Always joyful hearing from you, Charlie! Good to see you’ll be serving up some “meat ‘n potatoes” soon–it’s the standard bill-of-fare here in the Midwest. Really sticks to your ribs–but your words alway sticks to our hearts and minds!

    The “Green Bay Team,” eh? C’est formidable, n’est pas?

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  12. “I rather think the cultural, spiritual and political divisions in the western world have metastasized into a true malignancy. If that is so, things cannot get better until a great crisis has been reached and passed.”

    It definitely feels that way to me.

    Louise

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  13. Lee says:

    Are you still actively prophesying? I thought that you promised to go into seclusion once you were proved wrong? I realize that your deadline is not up yet, but clearly these things that you speak of are not going to happen.

    It’s too bad, I really wanted you to be right. This was entertaining to say the least ,though. An apology to all the folks you worked up would be proper, but I do not think that they will get one.

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  14. Lisa Vigliotta says:

    Glad to get your posts in my email, when you are away it reminds me once again to focus on the Lord and His will for the day, I have a tough time staying focused. Gods grace and mercy be at your side always! You know we have a group on eastern Long Island, N.Y. Just so you know. It’s for prayer and prepping to help others spiritually and physically. Thought you’d like to know, was out of Dovine Will, vHaf a speaker from Brittania . They have a place on Long Island too. You might know Fino and also Glady’s from here. Great mentors and leaders of a number of faith communities.

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    • Hi Lisa, Wonderful to hear you’re from LI. I’m from the same area. Are you the Lisa from Life Center of Long Island? I hope so… I just sent that Lisa a message through FaceBook messenger:) Would love to connect!

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  15. Peter says:

    Heard a great line on church militant: the host likens the founding fathers founding this nation on freedom of religion, but not dealing with what religion is true, as kicking a can far ahead to future generations to deal with. That sound outside? That’s the can settling into place….for everyone knows that this is not a problem between political ideas, but about morals, and morals is tied up with religion. It has always been about morals and politics are just a way to dress up the elephant in the room so as to avoid the final crisis, which is a crisis of moral objectivity.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, the American founders were not kicking the can to future generations. They did not think it was government’s business to decide what faith is true – and I agree with them.

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      • G. F. says:

        But, should not Catholic leaders favor the Catholic Church? I don’t think anyone on here wants to see the Spanish Inquisition come back. On the other hand, if Catholic rulers were to give special favor to the one true Church, I don’t see that this is a problem. After all, the Catholic faith is the only true and firm foundation for society. Spiritual heresies are mirrored by cultural heresies, which will warp or even destroy society.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, I do not think they should. Efforts to form Catholic theocracies – as with any other type of theocracy – has always ended in grief. I have made it very clear that I do NOT support a theocracy; but rather a good, solid government that respects freedom – as Our Lord respects it – run by people who are moral and religious.

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          • G. F. says:

            noun, plural theocracies.
            1.
            a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
            2.
            a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
            3.
            a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.

            No, I don’t want that either. One of the theocracies I know of tried to kill Christ when he came. Another poisoned American society with Calvinistic puritanism.

            But it is a far cry from that to favor the one true Church.

            Imagine that in your country there were two sets of men; each are selling water heaters. Imagine that one set has an impeccable track record. The other’s heaters routinely blow up. After many such accidents, the government (at the correct level, in respect for subsidiarity) might have to step in. At very least they might warn people that the second group was dangerous to life and limb.

            Spiritual health is far more important then life and limb.

            It all comes down to one’s opinion on the purpose of Government, I guess. Classically, Catholic teaching is that the government is to secure the common good of the community. We can all argue about the details; but that is its purpose. Reigning in a group who are selling explosive water heaters seems, on some level, to be appropriate. Reigning in, on some level, a group selling explosive spiritual truths seems also appropriate; or at least encouraging people to look into the correct alternative.

            What if the spiritual teaching involved was itself theocratic; what if it refused to give due allegiance to temporal powers? What if it was, in fact, producing a group of traitors? A man’s philosophy of life determines if he will be a blessing or a detriment to the common good.

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          • charliej373 says:

            We just went through this all a few months ago. You omit the sad end of formally Catholic States. The problem is that they are run by men and always end by exercising temporal oppression of others. leading to revolution. The problems you cite at the end can be handled by a system of law guaranteeing rights. The U.S. used to have true religious freedom, but you could not use religion to justify committing real crimes.

            Pope Leo XIII handled this question quite well in his Encyclical, Immortale Dei, where he acknowledges points similar to what you have made, but beginning in paragraph 13 makes a fine distinction in how it must be administered. If you are simply adopting Pope Leo’s direction, I have no disagreement. But if you are suggesting it should be theocratically administered without regard to rights of conscience, contrary to what Leo says, I part company with you.

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          • G. F. says:

            From Immortale Dei:
            34. Doctrines such as these, which cannot be approved by human reason, and most seriously affect the whole civil order, Our predecessors the Roman Pontiffs (well aware of what their apostolic office required of them) have never allowed to pass uncondemned. Thus, Gregory XVI in his encyclical letter “Mirari Vos,” dated August 15, 1832, INVEIGHED WITH WEIGHTY WORDS AGAINST THE SOPHISMS WHICH EVEN AT HIS TIME WERE BEING PUBLICLY INCULCATED-NAMELY, THAT NO PREFERENCE SHOULD BE SHOWN FOR ANY PARTICULAR FORM OF WORSHIP; that it is right for individuals to form their own personal judgments about religion; that each man’s conscience is his sole and allsufficing guide; AND THAT IT IS LAWFUL FOR EVERY MAN TO PUBLISH HIS OWN VIEWS, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, and even to conspire against the State. On the question of the separation of Church and State the same Pontiff writes as follows: “Nor can We hope for happier results either for religion or for the civil government from the wishes of those who desire that the Church be separated from the State, and the concord between the secular and ecclesiastical authority be dissolved. It is clear that these men, who yearn for a shameless liberty, live in dread of an agreement which has always been fraught with good, and advantageous alike to sacred and civil interests.” To the like effect, also, as occasion presented itself, did Pius IX brand publicly many false opinions which were gaining ground, and afterwards ordered them to be condensed in summary form in order that in this sea of error Catholics might have a light which they might safely follow.[22]

            35. From these pronouncements of the Popes it is evident that the origin of public power is to be sought for in God Himself. and not in the multitude, and that it is repugnant to reason to allow free scope for sedition. Again, that it is not lawful for the State, any more than for the individual, either to disregard all religious duties OR TO HOLD IN EQUAL FAVOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF RELIGION; that the UNRESTRAINED FREEDOM OF THINKING AND OF OPENLY MAKING KNOWN ONE’S THOUGHTS IS NOT INHERENT IN THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS, and is by no means to be reckoned worthy of favor and support. In like manner it is to be understood that the Church no less than the State itself is a society perfect in its own nature and its own right, and that those who exercise sovereignty ought not so to act as to compel the Church to become subservient or subject to them, or to hamper her liberty in the management of her own affairs, or to despoil her in any way of the other privileges conferred upon her by Jesus Christ. In matters, however, of mixed jurisdiction, it is in the highest degree consonant to nature, as also to the designs of God, that so far from one of the powers separating itself from the other, or still less coming into conflict with it, complete harmony, such as is suited to the end for which each power exists, should be preserved between them.

            36. This, then, is the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the constitution and government of the State.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, GF, you cite parts of the Encyclical – I linked to the whole thing. You set up your society that bans non-Catholics and I’ll set up mine that offers freedom of conscience and we’ll see which one lasts and which one degenerates into oppression and chaos.

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        • jj says:

          G.F.,
          If said leaders are truly Catholic (Capital C), they will treat all, regardless of faith or lack thereof, with equal mercy, charity and justice. It could even be argued, albeit by those more knowledgeable than me, that truly Catholic leaders should, perhaps, offer more favor to non-Catholics…maybe?

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          • G. F. says:

            I really don’t understand what is going on here.

            I never said non-Catholics should be chased out or persecuted; we should always tolerate persons.

            That does not mean that we should allow anyone to do or say whatever they want.

            That also does not mean that we can’t favor certain viewpoints over others.

            Pope Leo seems to say that it is an error to claim that the state should treat all religions equally. Did I miss something? If so, please point it out.

            If your society is based on the Catholic church, then it follows that you will favor the Catholic Church, and give it certain privileges that you would not give to others. For instance; I think that the Jehovah’s Witnesses do grave harm to both people’s souls and to the country. They are in a way a sort of cult. They also forbid their members to interact in certain ways with outsiders, refuse to salute the flag, they do not recognize any government as being approved by God. In a Catholic state, would such an organization, AS organization, be treated the same way as the Catholic Church? I believe some people on here got rather excited when some sports personalities wouldn’t stand for the national anthem. Well, here is a group teaching a theology of anti-patriotism. http://thejehovahswitnesses.org/flag.php

            Notice though, I don’t say that in a Catholic state Jehovah’s Witnesses would be persecuted; as Individuals, they should have the same rights as individual Catholics. I simply ask the question; should all religious groups be treated as equal?

            Has anyone on here read Dawn of All and Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson?

            And you did set up your proposed country; it is called the US of A. And it is not working out so well right now.

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          • Tony says:

            I think G.F has missed much of what the encyclical has to offer, And, he appears to not understand its historical setting. For the most part, the encyclical tries to delineate the proper spheres of church and state, in the era of the KulturKampf in Germany, and with the background of the founding of the Italian state and its subsequent making the Pope a “prisoner of the Vatican”. Remember at this time, states in Europe were kicking the church out of government altogether. They were forcibly removing the church from all schools, and insisting on a sort of exclusion of religion from all state functions. The church could not even discipliine its own priests – only the state could do that. The traditional regimen of clerical study was to be replaced by a modern education in a liberal German institution, thus ensuring that candidates to the priesthood were imbued with the spirit of secularism

            In all actuality, Bismarck even admitted that his Kulturkampf was an effort to remove the Catholic church and replace it with Protestantism. Something similar was going on in France, and Italy. Leo XIII tries to layout a reasonable plan for coexistence of the state with the civil powers. I have not heard anyone claim that his encyclicals were a plea for the church to be in absolute control of the state. Well, except for GF, that is.

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          • G. F. says:

            Well, what I got out of the encyclical and what you got out of it are different; I got out of it that the state can not treat all religions as equal, even though it should treat all people as equal.

            But the encyclical also says that all good men must work together and not accuse one another of wrong if they disagree on some political matters. So I will stop commenting on this thread, since we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.

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  16. Eve C says:

    Hi Charlie, I have been reading your prophecies with attention.
    Indeed we are going through a Storm and hopefully we are all at the end of it !
    I am anxious to read your Next Right Step… .
    Very curious to understand what will happen with these elections…also, the time
    before the Rescue.
    We Pray and We Wait …. with Full Faith in God the Father.
    Thank you for your advices and the time you take to reach out.
    May Jesus and Our Lady guide you and bless you

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  17. Jos Collin says:

    I’m interested in the Skype talks in Europe. I may also help with translation to Dutch, French and Spanish.

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  18. privs and rrivs says:

    There you are! We have missed hearing from you. Looks like you’re still as busy as ever and that’s great! Yeah, I would like some some meat with my mashed potatoes! You take care of yourself and God Bless you, Charlie.

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  19. Fr. Peter says:

    Charlie keep up the good work. As a pastor I often get requests from people to tell them what God is saying. I remind them that it is important for them to have a relationship with God, and for them to listen for what God needs to tell them. Discernment is very personal and only useful if it is very personal. I have had people in my life who try to give me “messages from God”. My answer is almost always, “I talk to God regularly, if he needs to give me a message, tell him to tell me himself!” I don’t mean to diminish the role of the prophet. I would, however, encourage each person to their baptismal role of prophet and listen for the voice of God. Like Moses said, “would that all the people would prophesy.”

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Fr. Peter, for that wise counsel. I have, at times, discerned the voice of God in someone else speaking to me, but one of the things I emphasize is that God is always close at hand to all who call on Him. He speaks in different ways. Many people long to hear Him in the thunder. Should He speak to you that way, you won’t miss it – and you won’t be as enthused about it as you think: it is both intimidating and He often tells you how wrong you are. But He speaks to all of us in little whispers – and those little whispers are deeply tied to our salvation. Pray not that He speak to you in the thunder, but that you hear Him better in the little whispers.

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      • gotoJoseph says:

        My spiritual director is having me read “Discernment of Spirits” by Fr. Timothy Gallagher. A great Ignatian adventure in how to tune into more of those whispers!

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      • Linda says:

        Charlie.. My sister and I were just talking about how we both think we hear Jesus speaking to our souls as of late or we are just both schitsophrenic… Hahaha… it seems God is very close to us all these days as the fullness of the storm quickly approaches….Praised be Jesus & Mary.. Now and forever, Jesus & Mary

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    • moreen67 says:

      Father Peter – in my last Ladies bible study at my parish on Monday we were going over the story of the talking donkey and how the pagan answered and knew it was the Lord. One of my fellow students said if he was a pagan how did he know it was God talking to him? Good question. I piped in because God gave me a mission as a little girl but I went away from Him as I got older but still fulfilled the mission that was inside of me and during that mission – supernatural things occurred and I knew it was Him helping me (if God brings you to it – He will bring you thru it) but I still didn’t fully acknowledge Him and go back to Mass. My answer to the fellow student was God can communicate thru and to anyone at anytime and I believe He is everywhere and is as natural as the air we breath and that one can recognize Him without giving their free will consent to fully believe in Him. Sounds strange (hard for me to explain so sorry about that)…..Have a blessed day! Maureen

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    • Linda says:

      Fr. Peter, I have a message for you….hehehehe… just joshn.. xoxoxo 😉

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  20. Howard Kainz says:

    Charlie, if you have a chance, maybe clarify a couple things: 1) You seem to be saying that the defeat of Islam and the coordination of the U.S. and Russia against the Chinese threat will take place during the “Storm,” i.e. 2017. All this in one year?? 2) Everybody, both Republicans and Democrats, consider Trump someone who is “completely outside the system,” but you say that since he was elected he is not outside the system. It’s hard to imagine anyone who is more outside the system. By your wide definition, even an emergency appointee would come through the system.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      Think about this scenario Howard.
      How many times has a victorious country re-established a functioning government in the country it defeated? Is it possible our country may be defeated by another and we see a government put in place by that country?
      Our our country could be destroyed/wrecked and other countries have to rebuild it as a nation?
      Many possible scenarios out there.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Howard,
      Please pray to God, you {Howard} and Putin meet & pray together; for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [i believe it has been done- why not ask again?]. I ask this presuming you are an American who wishes Peace upon the World.

      Pray for OUR Countries to be United in FAITH and [through God] conquer those countries who subscribe to the killing (murder) of innocent children. In combining OUR desire for peace, shall HINDER Islam – {read Craig Winns ‘Prophet of Doom’}.

      We are a peace, loving people. We believe in individual rights: concerning Life, Liberty and property (pursuit of happiness).

      Neither a Trump, a democrat nor a republican will solve this. ONLY a Dedicated American who desires to live peacefully, under the rule of God,

      We American pilgrims came to this land to escape persecution . We found new friends and developed traditions lasting to this day (Thanksgiving Day). We celebrate an Indpendence day to recall the days of a government rule without representation. Something we all feel today.

      God is (Shall) bring us all, to a new enlightenment of ‘ourselves’. He will not help us without OUR support. Yes, He will act. It will not be pretty. But WE have the opportunity, now, to mitigate future actions.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Hi Sean,
        Benedict and Francis, the Pontiffs succeeding St. JPII, continued the Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They know that ‘Heaven accepted’ the Consecration of Russia in 1984. It was done– so when the Church Militant doubts what the Communion of Saints knows to be true, this does hurt the unity we pray for.
        Tomorrow is First Saturday. Our Lady has asked every Catholic who can receive Holy Communion, to make the 5 First Saturdays in reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart. If the Church would honor Our Lady’s request, we could possibly get to that ‘place and time’ where God will bless the world, through her, with Peace.
        Please ask your friends to make the 5 First Saturdays Devotion for Our Lady. Love — ZJ

        The First Saturday devotion is derived from the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917, to the children (Lucia, Bl. Francisco, and Bl. Jacinta) at Fatima, in Portugal.(See http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/FIRSTSAT.HTM The Revelation of the Immaculate Heart at Fatima in 1917.) “I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

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        • Sean Sullivan says:

          Zen,
          Thanks. I don’t agree regarding a re-consecration is a disunion of unity with the Saints. If anything, it would promote unity with the current church militant, east and west. I agree Russia has been consecrated. For me, I wish the Pope would consecrate America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It has already been done by our Bishops.

          Tomorrow is a First Saurday & Today (12/2) is a First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I have done both and continue to participate.

          A devotion to St Joseph has commenced with First Wednesday’s: upcoming 12/7/16.

          http://ourladyofamerica.com/whatsnew/FirstWednesdayinHonorofStJoseph.pdf

          Cheers,
          Sean

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Yes Sean, Sacred Heart of Jesus — Have Mercy on us. Our Lady of America — pray for us and St. Joseph — pray for us. Cheers and Happy Advent — Zen 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            I would add, (and to get back to commenting on the message of the Storm and the request of Our Lady of Fatima,) the important message is that Our Lord desires that we make reparation to — not Him directly — but through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. I believe St. Joseph is right there to help us with being faithful to this. Successful reparation to Our Lady would be the completion of the Fatima message and the point at which world peace will triumph through her as promised. Jesus will send Our Lady to personally announce the Rescue and the period of peace to the world. I’m sure it would not be a contradiction to remember this primary request of reparation when you discuss Our Lady of America with others. This Thursday, December 8th, will be an extremely special Feast Day for the United States indeed, as we honor The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) our Patron Saint. 🙂 –ZJ

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    • It doesn’t matter to me if any or none of that happens.

      My only disappointment would be if we don’t all come together,
      united under Christ, and our minds opened.

      If it turns out we don’t need a crisis to accomplish this, that’s fine.
      However, we should acknowledge to God that we look forward
      to any steps He sees fit to accomplish this goal.

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    • Donald Trump has been elected the next President from within the electoral process and he might not be inaugurated.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Hi Howard – I too keep pondering these things but I go back to how quickly the world can change in a moment — Pearl Harbor, Sept 11 etc. After hemming and hawing for nearly 3 years, in May of 1917 President Wilson appointed Pershing to head the AEF to join England and France in WW!. Troops didn’t arrive until June, and really didn’t do much until Oct 2017. (ironically the same time as Fatima) The war was over by November 11 2018 – slightly over a year. I don’t interpret Charlies prophesy to mean that by October of next year we will have gone through the collapse of Islam, and the joining of Russia and the US against China. In fact, I think he has stated that this will continue well past the rescue. (correct me if I’m wrong) But the way I see the rescue is that it will be the turning point, or the light finally appearing at the end of the tunnel as a sign of hope that things will improve. Until then, we will be heading into an ever-increasingly dark tunnel of despair, moral decline and terrorism. I also seem to recall that Charlie has not predicted a good outcome or any outcome for that matter regarding China.

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  21. Lance Redden says:

    A big shout out to yall from deep east texas . ..how yall doing….thought I’d say hello…since I haven’t commented in a while….man the world is in such a mess….it seems more so now than before the election….idk. but u can just feel the anxiety that’s in the world…trump may have won the battle but evil is gearing up 4 the war….the evil ones will not go quietly into the night…they’s. going kicking & screaming trying to take down as many as they can…well Ok den…i was talking 2 one of my residents the other day…& we got on the subject of doing what’s right ….I told her to always take the next right step…in front of u…in was sort of proud of myself….but my proud Ness didn’t last long…my resident said lance how can I take the next right step when I’m blind & I can’t walk….when u put me somewhere I have 2 stay put….I tanked big time…man I was loosing this battle . ..so I thought & said here let’s take the next right step together I’ll be your eyes & your legs together we can cross the finish line…so down the hall we went me pushing my beloved resident….with us both laughing with her waving her hands in the air….it warmed my heart & humbled me…u never know who or how we’s going to have help someone during this storm…it want to finish but I want to help everyone else finish too…leave no man behind…now this same resident when I put her 2 bed she stands up & hugs me we shuffle to the bed like we’s dancing….she replies am I taking the right next step….I always say sure nuff…..well I laughed at my story….if it didn’t tickle anybody else….it tickled me…..ok den I luv my TNRS family I’m proud to be 1 of yall….

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, Lance, your work and your residence.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      I am so proud of you Lance. You radiate love. ❤

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    • Mick says:

      Lance, you are absolutely wonderful. Your residents are so blessed to have you there to help them take the next right step. And thank you for saying “sure nuff.” My beloved grandfather, who passed almost 20 years ago, used to say that all the time. Thanks for bringing back a good memory. God bless you and your residents. 🙂

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      • Lance Redden says:

        Hey mick…”sure nuff” your grandfather was saying hello from heaven….actually I learned about “sure nuff” from this resident in my Comment…I would be on my med cart passing meds…gigi would be yelling out my name….so I would go in her room& see what she wanted…usually it was nothing more than me reassuring her that she was safe & that she could go to sleep….after I got done comforting gigi she would hug me & say sure nuff I’m safe…I would always reply back sure nuff….it’s simple minded stuff I know but that 1 phrase put gigi at peace…so I sort of took to using it….well mick merry christmas from me & gigi…: )

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Lance, Not that you had a difficulty with your resident, but your story indeed reminds me of the personal difficulty that St.Therese of Lisieux had with an elderly nun in her convent who rattled her rosaries and spoke her prayers in annoying whispers. Therese could not bring herself to love the other nun but she fought through her selfish negative irritated feelings by asking God to love the nun through her. Therese became an instrument of God’s love which brought joy and grace to everyone

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      • zeniazenia says:

        …and to complete this meditation… Therese anonymously became the elderly nun’s best caregiver. She danced her crippled,sister around from place to place, to the refectory, the chapel and back to her cell. How lovely is God’s sweet Mercy. It is available to us all for the asking. All Glory to God!!!

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      • Lance Redden says:

        Hey zeniazenia….I know all about unlovable residents….allow me to share a story with u….I had a resident come in his name was jack….jack was a cantankerous…honoree…have it my way or get cussed out…jack was not a happy camper but since he was on my wing…he would have 2 deal with me….the first day I took him his meds & asked him if I could help him…he cussed me out….I just laughed & said thank u jack 4 talking so sweet to me…it made him that much madder….well.as time went on jack would be sitting in the hallway way watching everything that went on…he kept noticing a little dog…hee would say boy meaning me who’s dog is that….it replied she’s my little dog her name is Bella . …well once we established that I would see jack putting hi s hand down so he could pet bella…but he didn’t want me 2 know that but being the brightest crayon in the box I was on 2 jack…well pretty soon he rolls up 2 my med cart actually he rolls into me….eledary people aren’t the best drivers…they love taking my legs out….good thing I have insurance lol….by this time jack is asking if he can ride Bella around in his wheel chair…I’m like of course ….a little background info…Bella grace pretty face is my Boston terrier that I got as a 5 wk old puppy…I got her at the nursing home….the residents saw her & took her….they actually raised her…she became the official nursing home dog….well jack is riding Bella around..I’m thinking good now jack is happy all I have 2 do is give him his meds & let him ride bella….jack only liked me cuz of bella…meaning jack didn’t really like me lol…but I was good with how I stood with jack….but God on the other hand has such a wicked sense of humor….God wasn’t done yet….no no no not by a long shot with me & jack….it was a holiday can’t remember which one but it was late in the evening way past Jacks bedtime….there he set in the middle of the hallway looking very tired…he was trying to get someone 2 put him 2 bed with no luck….so he rolls up 2 the med cart & I say jack u have already had your pills…I know that…I was just wondering if u would put me 2 bed…I said no jack I will not put u in bed….he starts cussing me the whole time I’m getting him ready 4 bed doing everything he wants just right even making him a ph&j. samwhich….after that 1 evening every night jack would come 2 my med cart…lance will u put me 2 bed…I would always reply no jack I’m not your cna but I am your doctor & as your doctor u have not been Taking your pretty pills cuz you’ve been acting mighty ugly…jack would just bust out laughing & I would wrap my arms around him & hug him & he would say u know I wouldn’t hurt u 4 the world . ..I know jack….so I became Jacks main caregiver….he even had bella sleeping with him…I loved jack…he’s gone now…but boy did I have a good time with him…it seems the residents that are the hardest they are the most attracted 2 me..as soon as I say God I couldn’t possibly like much less love this resident….bam God in some situation puts me with that resident….go figure …yall forgive me if I talk so much about my residents…I’ve done it 4 so long….it’s ts the only thing I know….caring about folks…my luv 2 all…Lance & Bella : )

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        • Love it, Lance. Looks like you’re on your way to becoming the patron saint of the cantankerous among other things. Question: Any of your charges ever try to make a break for it? I’m not in that situation yet, but I’ve got this niggling scenario that plays out in my head every so often…

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi Lance and Ciao Bella,
          You have an obvious charism, a profession you love, at which you can clearly dedicate yourself to provide for ‘the least of God children’, and you have the ability to hear your angel’s messages of ‘do no harm’. All this helps you visualize and act on the potential love which ‘God sheds abroad in our hearts’… where there was only ‘cussin’ when it started. What more could a person ask for?
          And yes, I worked in an elementary school where my student in a wheelchair would take my legs out. She would even straighten her leg to be sure she got my attention, without language, by tripping me as I went by 🙂 This taught me that every person wants a look of love and a smile as we pass them. We may need to force it in sometimes, here in New England, where people don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with too much familiarity, but there is always a smile returned. I believe our new St. Teresa of Calcutta insisted on smiles from her sisters and preached it to the world, and I seem to remember St. Francis of Assisi told the Friars that they should never wear the habit without the smile. Praise God –ZJ

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        • vkmir3 says:

          I love your stories of the nursing home residents, Lance. God bless you for the care you give these wonderful people…and Bella, too!

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    • dianebelvs says:

      You’re awesome Lance! Blessings to you and keep taking that next right step!

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    • your residents are so blessed to have you as a caregiver. God bless you and your residents.

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    • Linda says:

      Lance that is so beautiful😇

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  22. Mary Timmons from Danville says:

    Sorry I’ll miss you in Lafayette,Charlie. I teach a class on Wednesdays.

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  23. Joseph Antell says:

    HI Charlie & Mary You certainly have made some tracks since your visit to Maine earlier in your tour schedule So happy to hear you have had such great receptions to your message .God Bless …Do you remember us ? Merry Christmas . Joseph

    On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:21 AM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > charliej373 posted: ” By Charlie Johnston I am working on a meaty piece. I > rather think the cultural, spiritual and political divisions in the western > world have metastasized into a true malignancy. If that is so, things > cannot get better until a great crisis has been reach” >

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    • charliej373 says:

      I love the coast of Maine. I enjoyed visiting Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunk – I hope sometime to spend a Christmas on the rocky coast of Maine.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Hi Charlie, I recommend Damariscotta and Damariscove Island too. The ferry to the island may stop at the end of the season. Boothbay Harbor is a gem too. Go just a little further Down East each time you visit and you won’t regret it. :0

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        • zeniazenia says:

          It has been a long time since I have been to the islands. I meant Monhegan Island.. Damariscove Island is uninhabited except for a hermit who will cook you a lobster if you stop by his place. I just read online they were advertising for a caretaker,in 2015. 🙂

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  24. Carol Teves says:

    Will you be speaking in the Bay Area around the 18th – 1st of December? Also I am fromthe Philippines and am interested in the Skype idea. We speak English so no need of a translator.thank you. I’m looking forward to your meaty piece

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  25. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Sorry you feel the way you do Lee. If you were really looking at the world events you would
    see Charlie’s words make sense. Our Lady has always said that prayer changes things and
    if there are more people praying fervently, after following Charlie’s posts, ‘some’ events that
    were supposed to happen may have been mitigated by prayer. But, that does not mean that
    the Storm is over and the Rescue is not going to happen.

    As an aside, permit me to share that my 50th Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving
    was beautiful and the Priest’s sermon reminded me of Charlie. How so? He mentioned that
    two months after his ordination he was honoured to celebrate a 25th Anniversary Mass.
    As he knew very little about marriage, he approached the couple and asked what their
    secret to getting to 25 was. The answer was that “they put one foot in front of the other
    each day…etc.” My daughter and I looked at each other, smiled, and mouthed TNRS.
    Thank you, Charlie.

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  26. So good to hear from you, Charlie!
    I sure hope your Thanksgiving was well spent. (I was honestly dreading it, as my family is really devided over the past election… I just put on my big girl pants, and chalked it all up to children pouting…all in all, a good day with family)
    I just wanted to share with you, the unexplainable peace you’ve managed to pass on to me. I’ve followed you now a little over a year. And each post brings me more peace. I think I’m slowly learning to truly surrender. I love your prayer of miraculous trust, and I share the prayer card with customers in the catholic gift shop where I work. ( so many hurting people… so many…)
    I wish you could look into their eyes when I share the prayer card.
    And of course, it’s all by My Father’s Hand. Without prayer, I am nothing but scattered thoughts. Without God, I am lost. I thank God that I – correction- we, have a God who loves us. A GOD WHO LOVES US! Oh how BEAUTIFUL!
    I had a serious reflection once, that I just can’t forget. At the moment of death, what shall I be holding onto tightly?
    …that my ideas are right and true? …that my image of God is true? …that my loving God is all forgiving and I am a good person?
    No,Charlie…
    Out of love of the Father, I freely place my empty hand into Christ Jesus’ hand and all is as it should be.

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  27. Michael Fitzgerald says:

    This isn’t a criticism as much as it is an observation. I agree we are in some turbulent times. However, if you want to live through a Storm, you should have lived during the period from 1914 to 1945. In that 31 year period, you went through WW1, the Spanish Influenza Pandemic, the Great Depression and WW2. I would guess that these events killed close to 100 million people in that time frame. The Rescue is supposed to occur in approximately one year. How could this Storm you predict even come close to what occurred in the time frame I mentioned? God would have to visit the Earth with a huge cataclysm in the coming months to come close to what I just described. What objective facts can you point to right now that point to economic and currency collapse, war with China and an outbreak of Islamic terror that would be greater than what this country experienced on 9/11? I would agree that humanity is due for a come uppance from God, but I don’t think He’s going to deliver it in the time frame you’ve allotted for it and the Rescue. Just my two cents.

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    • omarie says:

      Well, I guess it comes down to whether you believe that with God, anything is possible.
      So, let’s see….dirty bombs, emp strikes (man made or solar flares) neither of which our country is prepared for, even though our gov’t has been aware of the possibility for years. Recovery from something like that could take from weeks to years depending on how bad it is. We are so dependent on tech, how will we live? Seriously? An EMP strike/Solar flare: No electricity, cars don’t work, no heating (unless you have a working fireplace in your home). No plumbing, water from the faucet ( our dependency on electricity is all consuming) Since the cars don’t work, can’t get to work, no banking/money to buy food…..but no food as there are no trucks/trains to get the food to the stores. See where I am going with this?
      As for fighting 2 wars……Remember the 6-day war Israel fought back in the late 60’s?

      My point is that ALL of what Charlie predicts IS possible and could happen within a year. God doesn’t need that much time to make his point/teach us a lesson…. It can all happen in a blink of an eye. As for me, I just keep praying to the Blessed Mother asking her to please ask her son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, to protect our Country, give us strength and courage to face what we must and to help me take care of my family, friends, neighbors as best I can. I just have to continue to trust that God has a plan, leave the details to him and just do what he asks: trust HIM, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to others.
      Just Trust, Michael Fitzgerald😊

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    • Katherine says:

      Well, I figure there’s no rule that says that disaster must come slowly. While these things Charlie mentioned must pass, in that order, it doesn’t mean that there has to be a year separating each disaster. I could easily imagine scenarios where within the space of a few months we find ourselves crashed, fighting political Islam and then suddenly wind up at war with China as they seek to press their advantage over our weakened state. These bullet points Charlie mentioned might also overlap a bit.
      The indicators that I see in the economy that a crash is still coming is simply that we haven’t fixed anything really. The headlines are all sunny and cheerful, but nothing has really changed. The economy is still a sluggish elephant being propped up by toothpicks. It will collapse.
      We managed to elect Trump, the republicans are projected to have control over most of the levers of power in our government . . . yay, this is good, but coming back from the cultural rift would be just about impossible through Trump and associates alone. We won the day, but not the war. I do think, though, that it is a very good thing that as a nation we did not elect Hillary, I think that perhaps somehow this victory will have something to do with how quickly we are able to rise from the ashes with a new leader, like some kind of ripple effect. I think it mattered that we did not elect Hillary, and somehow we’ll probably be better off for it even if everything is going to crash and burn and Trump will not be our next leader.
      I don’t believe in vast conspiracies with all-seeing eyes, but I do believe in selfish evil people who THINK they know everything and think that they are the puppet masters of the world. I think that what is coming will be such a great cataclysm not because of sheer numbers of deaths, I think it’s because it will involve a fundamental shake-up of everything, chaos and terror covering the globe. Some of that has already come to parts of the world; the Middle East, Venezuela . . . the forces that made those messes have not gone floating away like blown dandelion fluff . . . if anything, I am getting the impression that certain powers may be getting recklessly impatient.
      Anyway, I just wanted to say that the length of a timeline is not important, an awful lot can happen in a short time, and though there are no megaphones announcing imminent major issues, that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming. Like earthquakes. The pressure can build and build for years and years, and ultimately, scientists have no idea what eventually triggers the actual cataclysm. They can make good guesses, fully expect one, but in the end, when it happens, it happens seemingly out of the blue on a day when nothing like that was expected. I guess all I’m trying to say is that we’re all living in earthquake-land, and we do not really understand the workings deep deep down, so everything seems fine because the birds are chirping and our buildings are standing . . . or, ha, like very small children at a playground whose parents keep saying things like “five minutes and it’s time to go back home!” . .. the kids never really seem to believe they are actually going to have to leave the playground soon, no matter how many ‘minute’ warnings they get, they always act shocked and betrayed when you have to end their playtime, because they are fundamentally alternatively focused and aware only of their own wants and needs. Speaking of children . . . I have to go! Hope this wasn’t too random and rambling

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      • charliej373 says:

        Nicely elaborated, Katherine.

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      • Beckita says:

        Not at all rambling or random, Katherine, your reflection is spot on! I’ll be copying and posting your words. Well done, Katherine. Thanks so much!

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      • Mick says:

        Excellent, Katherine. Thank you.

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      • “Hope this wasn’t too random and rambling”. You say that like it would be a bad thing. I enjoy your ramblings, they go so many wonderful places. 🙂
        This one reminded me of a quote;
        “Trust in God and keep your powder dry” Oliver Cromwell

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Katherine, this made me smile, it was put together so very well- and funny too.. especially the kids! I’m sure this is exactly how the Lord sees us! haha! 🙂

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      • Patricia says:

        Katherine,
        Great line about the elephants. Never heard that before.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Katherine, yes, all good thoughts. I think of it like a hurricane wound tighter and tighter into the form of a very powerful, short, devastating tornado. 2012 to 2017 is five years. Drop the less important events but wind all the rest up into a derecho tornadopocalypse, and you get serious change in a very short period of time.

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      • Mack says:

        Final collapses tend to come quickly. Even though the warning signs are there for all to see, people don’t see it. For example, we know we should eat healthy, etc. Yet when a person may ignore health warnings and fail to take steps, a heart attack can come by surprise. If it’s a fatal attack, it’s too late.
        Societies tend to collapse quickly once the foundations are eroded. I think that God has been allowing us extra time of mercy to convert before the time of justice arrives.

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    • Andy14 says:

      “What objective facts can you point to right now that point to economic and currency collapse, war with China and an outbreak of Islamic terror that would be greater than what this country experienced on 9/11?”

      The US is $20 trillion in debt. $20 trillion in debt. This is unprecedented. Add on what`s going on with Europe`s biggest banks right now (see Italy`s banks, Deutsche Bank). The world is already in the economic collapse, people just haven`t caught on yet.
      Research what China has been doing militarily in the last 10 years, it`s in the news and it`s only what western media see. They are now starting to surpass the west in many technologies (example; quantum satellites that are unhackable). The PLA has the world’s largest ground force, currently totaling some 1.6 million personnel. (Why is that? They don’t have any Iraqs or Syrias going on.)

      I could go on but the point I actually wanted to make was that if the Immaculate Heart of Mary is going to triumph at the end of 2017, meaning that God is going to intervene in our world in a way that is without precedence, you can be pretty sure that we’re going to see things probably that even Charlie hasn’t imagined and in timelines no human could ever imagine.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Hi Andy,
        The entire Pascal Mystery happened in 3 days. Sure, things seemed ominous, but everyone was feeling pretty good. They had 12 newly ordained Bishops at a Feast Day Meal in the Essenes quarter of Jerusalem, as everyone was arriving in the city for Passover. The next thing they know, almost everyone is hiding in fear.and Jesus is in the tomb. But God always has a plan. Love — ZJ

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  28. Jerry Bonagofski says:

    The time allotted for the Anti-Christ is 3 1/2 years which is stated many times in different places in scripture but it also says, “If the time were not shortened, no one would survive.”

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  29. StClare says:

    A while ago I left a comment explaining how I printed off all of Charlie’s articles in PDF.

    Tonight is the third night in a row with kid’s throwing up from a stomach bug. After our 2 year old (Emma a.k.a. Pudgie) unloaded all over my wife tonight I decided to give Emma a bath. I figured I would let her play in the tub for awhile while I sat there next to her reading some more of Charlie’s writings. The article I read tonight was “A Joyful Noise”. As I was reading I came to the following paragraph:

    “You may wonder why I titled this column, “A Joyful Noise.” Go to a schoolyard, to the home of a big family – anywhere that many children are at play, wrestling, laughing and fussing with each other. You’ll figure it out. And as for those generous parents who give of themselves with fortitude and love to keep raising up that joyful noise on behalf of the whole world, thank you. Every time you change a diaper, wipe a nose, sit up all night with a sick child soothing and comforting him, it is a sweet incense rising up to the Lord. You lay up treasure for us all in heaven. ”

    How appropriate. I called for my wife to show her, she agreed, how appropriate. Encouraging words to remind us the graces behind what we do as parents. Thank you Charlie.

    Emma dressed up as “Our Lady of Guadalupe” for the All Saints party at our church this Fall.

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  30. StClare says:

    I found the following article as a sign that times are changing. That people are returning to God.

    Statue of Jesus only thing left standing in house burned by Tennessee wildfire
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/us/tennessee-wildfires-statute-trnd/

    Now, yes, having a statue of Jesus surviving a fire could or would be seen as miraculous, I thought the fact that it was reported by CNN to also be miraculous!

    Direct quote from CNN Article:
    “It provides hope and faith,” McCord said. “That’s why I shared it.”

    Yes, this was on CNN.

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  31. zeniazenia says:

    ‘Three Ways to Obtain an Indulgence During 100th Anniversary of Fatima. Pope Francis has granted the opportunity throughout the entire jubilee year. ‘
    VATICAN | DEC. 1, 2016 Maria Ximena Rondon/CNA FATIMA, Portugal
    — For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.
    The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire jubilee year. There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence, detailed in a statement on the shrine’s website.
    To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: Go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
    1. Pilgrimage to the shrine
    The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.

    2. Prayer before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima
    The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.”Regarding this second way, the rector of the Fatima Shrine told CNA that the visit to the statue of the Virgin “does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal,” but can be done anywhere in the world. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

    3. Application for the elderly and infirm
    The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around well. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”
    I am so happy to know about this. 🙂 I find it interesting that the Vatican is calling the 100th Anniversary Year a jubilee year — lower case j . That November 26, 2017 date sure looks good to me too. Our Lady of Fatima — pray for us.

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  32. moreen67 says:

    Latest message from Our Lady to Mirjana today (powerful): December 2, 2016 Message to Mirjana

    “Dear children, my motherly heart is crying as I am looking at what my children are doing. Sins are multiplying, the purity of soul is all the less important; my Son is being forgotten – honored all the less; and my children are being persecuted. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son. He will have the words of light for you. He manifests Himself to you, He breaks the bread with you and gives you the words of love so that you may transform them into merciful acts and, thus, be witnesses of truth. That is why, my children, do not be afraid. Permit my Son to be in you. He will make use of you to care for the wounded and to convert lost souls. Therefore, my children, return to the prayer of the Rosary. Pray it with feelings of goodness, sacrifice and mercy. Pray, not only with words, but with merciful acts. Pray with love for all people. My Son, by His sacrifice, exalted love. Therefore, live with Him so that you may have strength and hope; that you may have the love which is life and which leads to eternal life. Through God’s love, I am also with you, and will lead you with motherly love. Thank you.” Mirjana said that Our Lady was very sad.

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  33. tim says:

    A little off-topic, but…I’ve had trouble with blood pressure and anxiety for a while now. I find that when I spend much time on secular sites looking at news and observing the signs of the times, I feel more tension and increased blood pressure. But when I spend time reading on this website, I don’t feel that stress; I feel noticeably calmer. There is real hope and wisdom here and a whole lot of fine, spiritual people adding to what Charlie teaches us.

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    • Beckita says:

      So agree with you, Tim. Praying for you and that all anxiety is diffused and then extinguished in the Immaculate Conception. May She intercede for BP healing as well. God bless you.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Blessings to you Tim. Thanks for being a part of this great group!

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    • Valiant Woman (@ValiantWoman45) says:

      I agree, Tim. Here is a praise report. I had good cause to be very worried on Monday last week, and was feeling very anxious. So after telling God, I prayed the Prayer of Miraculous trust, and I felt immediately better. Early that morning, I had acted on a prompting to do what I could to take reasonable precautions and I believe it had been God’s nudge.

      I thank God for Charlie and this website, and for the encouraging souls here.

      Louise

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  34. Hopenjoy says:

    I’ve always chuckled at the questions to Charlie about “oh, should I travel” etc in the future because of the coming Storm, and how he always calmly says go about the natural course of your life. Now I’m the one with this situation…me the country bumpkin…who rarely travels or flies. My 77 y/o mom with memory & balance problems wanted to visit my brother and his family in Arkansas after our Oregon Christmas celebration, and my stubborn dad refused to accompany her. Acknowledging God, I took the next right step, and offered to go along, as a sign of hope to her. So now we’re booked for a 6 day visit the end of December. I will literally be clear across from country from my safe, well-stocked rural refuge…in a metropolitan area…without even my “Get Out of Dodge” bag (it would never pass an airline inspection!) so I’ve totally and completely offered it to God and His will to be done. Any Next Right Steppers in the Little Rock area???

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  35. Barb421 says:

    HAHAHA!! we need a laugh!

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  36. dianebelvs says:

    This is off topic…but a really interesting story from EWTN UK:

    “Astonishing discovery at Christ’s tomb supports Turin Shroud”

    “On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016 a group of scientists and religious authorities oversaw the removal of the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ. Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, reports that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances when they were placed directly on the stone in which Christ’s body rested. The scientists reports that their measuring devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work at all.

    Aleteia reports:

    The phenomenon was confirmed by one of the scientists authorized to access the tomb. Later, one of the heads of the building and construction team, Antonia Moropoulou, indicated that it is really hard to imagine that someone would be willing to put in danger his or her reputation just because of a “publicity stunt.” Moreover, the journalist testifies to the scientists’ surprise during the opening of the slab: they hoped that the grave would be much lower than it was. Their conclusion: previously performed analyses with the instruments seemed to have been distorted by an electromagnetic disturbance.

    The observation of unusual electromagnetic disturbances at the tomb of Our Lord may support a scientific hypothesis proposed to explain the creation of the mysterious image on the Holy Shroud of Turin.” …

    It goes on to talk about the amount of energy that would have to be emitted by a special kind of laser to produce a man-sized image on a linen cloth like the Shroud:

    2000 MW/cm2 17000 cm2 = 34 thousand billion watts wow.
    What an amazing God we have.

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  37. Father Aerts says:

    Advent blessings of Our Lady’s Heart on First Saturday!

    Robert, you are right in the Spirit, that we need spiritual meat now and all times ‘singing to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, …we should in simplicity remember and live these Advent days in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, in Their Peace, Love, Refuge, Promises…do not be troubled, but with tender love continue to seek light and love and trust in Jesus and Mary for yourself, family, friends and all the children of the Beloved…

    so let us do so in the mysterious love of the Beloved’s Providence, here in Advent on the First Friday and Saturday – Therefore let us encourage and console one another with these words (1 Thess 4:18): – especially here in advent, speak and share them from the rooftop, each of us, without growing weary, impatient or discouraged, for this is the meat and Father’s Will, that all men hear and come to believe….

    Luke 21:28 When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

    Galatians 6 – 9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the household of Faith”

    Especially good for Advent – The Day of the Lord
    (Zephaniah 1:7-18; 2 Peter 3:8-13)

    1Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. 2For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

    4But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. 5For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.

    9For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. 11Therefore encourage and build one another up, just as you are already doing.

    Christian Living
    12But we ask you, brothers, to acknowledge those who work diligently among you, who preside over you in the Lord and give you instruction. 13In love, hold them in highest regard because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

    14And we urge you, brothers, to encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.

    15Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people.

    16Rejoice at all times. 17Pray without ceasing. 18Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    19Do not extinguish the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt, 21but test all things. Hold fast to what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

    Final Blessings
    23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

    25Brothers, pray for us as well.

    26Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

    27I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.

    28May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.a

    some other Sacred Scriptures…:
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-to-comfort-you/

    😇

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  38. Littlelight says:

    God bless you, Lance! You are an Amazing nurse! If only all could be like yourself…even just a little bit more…the world would be a different place, indeed.

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  39. Patricia says:

    More off topic. With regards to the news coming out of Venezuela in the past 48 hours, did not Maria Esperanza say that the problems which would layway the world would start in her country?

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      • Beckita says:

        Heard it from Maria with my own ears several times. MAy this Servant of God continue to pray for us.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi Beckita, Please tell us a story. :0) How did you know Servant of God Maria Esperanza? Love ZJ

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          • Beckita says:

            LOL, ZJ! I love sharing stories about Maria. So heartwarming to me was reading about her amazing ability to LOVE, such as her response when Blessed Mother first appeared to her in Betania, holding Baby Jesus. Of course, Maria joyfully received the Christ Child from the arms of Our Lady. When Maria gave Jesus back to His Mother, Maria then extended her arm toward the little crowd gathered and appealed to Blessed Mother for all present: “What can you do for your other children here?” That’s so Maria. She gave all she possibly could, living Trust Do Love. Our Lady then began to be seen by many in Betania, known as Land of Grace.

            Blessed to make three pilgrimages to Betania, I experienced that each visit imparted lovely and powerful surprises, gifts and graces. So grateful to Our Lord and Our Lady for those times yet also aware that graces and gifts are available to each and every one of us in our lives dedicated in striving to love God the more as we immerse in prayer and little deeds offered as prayer while serving those around us in the seemingly ordinary moments of our lives, the little things that mean everything to God.

            I often contemplate the events of each of those three visits in Betania for each one has altered my life… but then again, so does every reception of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, every prayer offered and every act accomplished with Love. Each one of us is very blessed. We are. And we are climbing that mountain of holiness together, step by blessed step, together. It was on the retreat in Betania to which Maria invited me that she became my spiritual mother. St. Pio was there in a special way. I think most know that Maria was very connected to him. Like St. Pio, who promised to accept us as spiritual children even when he is in Heaven, I know Maria is praying for us all. She had much to say about these times and I believe is ready to receive any one who approaches her in prayer, as a spiritual son or daughter. There are no elitists in this Mystical Body. None.

            My last private visit with Maria was an extended encounter in which we held hands while also holding one another’s gaze as mothers and daughters do when conversing about the intimate details so precious in our lives. I immediately noticed that she had left pressed to my hands that blessed fragrance, the odor of sanctity which often emanated from Maria. Its sweetness remained with me throughout the evening and all through the night.

            It was a sign to me that each and every saint and angel is ready to heed the call for help from any one of us. In these days, I feel I have one foot in this old order with another foot in the New Way. Many here have expressed how disconcerting that can seem. In my contemplation, I sense our heavenly friends are waiting with bated breath with us for the most intense days of the Storm to break. They are with us. They are ready to help if we say but the word. Each of us is truly blessed. Blessed be God! Ave Maria!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beckita, I cannot seem to find adequate words to express the joy and wonder of your powerful witness and love. God is good, all of the time. All of the time, God is good. ❤

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Jen. He IS Good, all of the time! 😉

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Okay , yes Beckita, I think I understand. I will call upon them and learn from them too, and you. Thank you so much for sharing your important memories about your special times and moments with Maria and St. Pio in Betania. Love –ZJ

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        • Thomas Augustine says:

          Indeed, Amen. 🙏

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        • jaykay says:

          So lovely that you knew her, Beckita. I first heard about her via Michael Browne as, I have to say, so much else, having been quite lukewarm, and was impressed. I read “Bridge to Heaven” and was convinced! I found it in Dublin’s Central Catholic Library, a wonderful resource. Which reminds me, I’ve let my membership lapse, and must… no, will… renew it. Bless y’all. J.

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          • Beckita says:

            She was an amazing woman of Love, J, a person who used her many spiritual gifts to pour out her life for family, friends and visitors. Through a series of encounters on her family ranch in Betania, she became one of my spiritual mothers. She was very aware of what we are now living and I know she’s with us, interceding with all the saints and angels as we make our way. God bless you, too, J.

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks for pointing this out, Patricia; I had forgotten that Maria Esperanza had said that.

      Looks like it’s getting awfully close to game time. God have mercy on us all.

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    • Joe says:

      Pardon my ignorance of this, but what news has been coming out of Venezuela the last 48 hrs?

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  40. Daniel Fedele says:

    Charlie, I’ve always been a messy person, so no one can use me as an example as a bad fruit that you produced. That’s something I say in your defense against trolls, because I just gotta be real in this comment. I never know when or if i should tell people your message. I figure God isn’t gonna leave people clueless and deserted if i refrain from saying anything to them, but certain Bible passages scare the heck out of me. Like “woe to those who watch at the city walls yet sound not their trumpets when they see an invading army” and other passages like “those who accept a prophet shall receive a prophets reward”. I imagine it can only be demanded of us if you were completely proven to be genuine, but by then things would have collapsed. So Charlie, if you haven’t guessed my foolish plans, I figure to tell people about all this and then for the collapse to actually occur would undeniably cause them to remember the warning and turn to God faster. Is that an example of petty scheming that God is not pleased with? My intentions are pure, but I just don’t know if there is a problem with it. Staying quiet is easier. That’s why staying quiet seems like the wrong thing to do. I’ve never heard of an in-between prophet and too much of what you mentioned has already been playing out, but not as I expected, which is, yet again, how you said it would be. From what I’ve seen, personally, I’d feel kind of dumb if I didn’t believe your message.The fluctuating economic stuff, ISIS, The clear Cultural Civil War, The Pope meeting the Patriarch, China’s stuff in the south China sea and so forth. It all fits in too perfectly. Trumps victory surprised me, but I’m NOT seeing any national or global repentance and healing. A bunch of conservatives voted for Trump while putting moral issues in the least importance category. From what I’ve seen, conservatives need a big re-conversion as well. This seems more like a test for Christians to not make Trump into a Messiah. I’m disturbed with myself because I hate the condition of the world so much that I actually want a collapse. I see no sign of conversion in my family, where my parents and siblings are all apart from God and two of my nieces are not even baptized, and my coworkers don’t seem to be looking towards God either. I know God can do anything and all that, but He always seems to work in a way that blends in slightly with nature and requires faith in order for people to see. I just can’t imagine a massive conversion of hearts without some serious shock therapy from some kind of collapse of the natural order. Like one of those “there are no atheists in foxholes” effects. Life is lonely when avoiding sin even though I’m actually alive and feel more full. My relationships were held together by sin alone and now without getting intoxicated in some way with old friends and without having any interest in the entertainment industry anymore I have no one to hang out with. I just feel imprisoned, lonely and worthless where I am. I don’t know what God wants. I can’t bear having no impact on others. I need to see some fruit. I’m still vain and presumptuous and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had some goofy daydreams of adventure in the storm and being all heroic for want of dumb man-glory. One time I daydreamed about being a great boxer and then got myself beat up pretty good in a charity boxing event. Didn’t land a single punch, like the loony tunes guy who always got beat up by the kangaroo >:D… Did I learn anything? Hard to say. How do I not get enraged when people talk blasphemously and mock God? It’s hard enough not to smack em across the face, and the chance of something loving coming out of my mouth instead is pretty weak. You’re all peaceful people, but I was a savage from my early days. Walking away seems like cowardice and a lack of conviction but being all flowery in my case is asking a fireball to spit water. I feel like I’d fail even if Jesus was visible before me telling me exactly what to do every step of my life. I had some nasty debates recently with my eldest sister and now she pretty much hates me. This whole year has been filled with conflict. I was far from right before I discovered you and even though I have hope now, I’m just not making very good progress in killing the old Adam. But I say sincerely that many times I was gonna throw in the towel and then you would post something so insanely precise in its focus of what I was going through that I just had to get back up and take that next right step. Which was usually a step into a confessional… Now the most recent message of Medjugorje just smacked me in the face. When I can barely keep myself up, I don’t know how I’m ever gonna be any good for anyone else. Prayer is hard to rely on when I see no fruit with those I pray for (tho I’ve had a superabundance of very obvious responses from God directed at me rather than those I prayed for. Usually rebukes for speaking, acting or praying with bitter complaint more than love.) and the reality of surrender has proven very very difficult for me. I’ve despised myself regularly and literally said “for crying out loud!” in my prayers probably a hundred times this year lol. This is a lot but I got no friends so I gotta resort to cyber friends. The world is not right and without people like you I would have given up, because believing things would just go on like this would very simply make living in grace in these continued conditions an impossibility for me. It’s too easy to hate and be sarcastic. Didn’t Jesus say something about a time so sinful and filled with deception that even the loyal ones would fall if those days weren’t shortened? This has to be one of those times. People like me can’t take this solitary isolation much longer. That isn’t me putting more faith in your message than God. It’s just me revealing my own reality very honestly. Something has to give or I will break. God knows how weak I am. I know I’m a dolt so you can all be merciful before responding. I’m sure I could recite things I’ve read and answer my own comment, but I just need something else that I can’t quite figure out. Trust? A new brain? Who knows? Why do I want things to fall apart? Envy towards sinners having fun or just because I’m a realist and know this societal condition is awful and needs to die?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Do the best you can, Daniel. Casting off the old Adam is not as easy as turning off a light switch. He always lurks, ready to re-assert himself. Keep relentlessly turning back – going to Confession, going to Mass, praying your Rosary – and you will find there is less room for the old Adam to strike back. Conversion is a process, a sort of pilgrim journey. You sound like you are making way on it.

      As for telling people, I constantly encourage people not to worry about convincing people of the Storm. The Storm does that on its own. Rather, tell them about God’s goodness in ages past – and that He is always close at hand for those who call on Him humbly and sincerely. Do this with good cheer and jaunty confidence and people will remember when things in their own world collapse – and will give it a try.

      Don’t worry about being overly rigorous. I abandoned the politicized National Football League this year. But a little over a week ago, visiting with my former son-in-law, who I love, I watched the game with him. I may watch one with my Dad next week. If I am with someone I love who loved football with me and they want to watch a game, I will watch with them and enjoy it. On my own, I will not. Never collaborate in sin with another, but don’t let scruples prevent you from enjoying something that is licit with your friends and family.

      A pilgrim journey is hard. It is not for the weak or those who don’t want to venture out of their comfort zone. But like training for a great sport, it is ultimately ecstatically rewarding. You have done some training. Keep it up. Don’t spurn the prize that only comes after much training and fatigue. May God bless and keep you.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Daniel, I’m glad you have written what you did. I can relate to much of what you are saying. Hang in there! God bless you. God bless us all.

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    • SanSan says:

      Boy Daniel, I can relate to so much of what you’ve written. Charlie’s comment is right on–do the best you can. Your last lines, show that you already know what the next right step is. Don’t succumb to discouragement–oh boy, that’s a hard one eh? Keep getting back up, stay close to the Sacraments. Real close. And, for the next 2 weeks, pray that your sister, or anyone you love and are estranged from, will receive from God all that “they” desire……..just keep praying that they receive all the good that you would like for yourself. It’s hard at first, but keep the prayers sincere and earnest. I did this for my two brothers a few years back and boy, what a difference……they actually share and speak to me now……not a lot……but it’s more than before. One of them even received Ashes last year and had a funeral Mass for our Dad when he passed. That was my Gift from Him for all my efforts–“fruit”. Special prayers Daniel for your journey……it’s a narrow path, but keep going–cyber friend! 🙂

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    • theresa129 says:

      Think of Jesus hanging on his cross. All of his ‘friends’ abandoned him except a few. Unite yourself to our crucified Christ and offer all to our Blessed Mother. If what Charlie says is true (and I believe it is!), we only have a while longer before Rescue! Hang in there…there is a GREAT Victory coming! All of your moral suffering, whether you realize it or not, is not going to waste. Nothing is lost in God’s economy! Pax Christi!

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    • LukeMichael says:

      Daniel, my brother, I am older than you.
      I have been exactly where you are now.
      The solution is truly simple: “Jesus, I trust in you!”

      And I think you’ll love the Surrender Novena. http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you for sharing, Daniel, and, especially, thanks for your honesty. Praying with you and praying for you as we move forward in this Storm. I agree with Luke Michael. There’s great strength and consolation to be gained from the Surrender Novena. God bless you.

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    • faith967 says:

      thanks everyone. you people are awesome.

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  41. Linda says:

    This could be the theme song for late 2017 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgGG5Ai5ZDc
    The song is called Daybreak. Play it. Listen to the words. Tap your feet. Turn up the volume.

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  42. Bob says:

    Hope your visit to Springfield MO went well Charlie. I considered driving down but my wife was getting over a cold or flue and we needed to do some work but I thought and prayed for you. Hope you have some time for a bit of rest and more dedicated prayer between posts and answering mail and the like.

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  43. Joe Crozier says:

    our P.M. has suddenly resigned – no notice no warning no political reason. The NZ dollar drops

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    • charliej373 says:

      I saw that, Joe. From all I got, he was a very popular PM and was a heavy favorite to win re-election. It was the old “spend more time with family” reason, which is a good reason not to run again, but not a good reason to resign from an obligation you freely took. My prayers go out for all in your great nation.

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      • Beckita says:

        I noticed that as well, Charlie and Joe. It must have been more like a family crisis of sorts. Praying for Mr. Key and his family, for you: Joe, and all the Kiwis, Sciwis and good people of New Zealand.

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  44. Valiant Woman (@ValiantWoman45) says:

    Charlie and others, you might be interested to know that I view a lot of things rather differently than before I came to this website. I have a different set of priorities, although along the same lines as before. Has anyone else experienced that?

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