Musings: Kitty Cleveland, Russians, and Christmas Fudge

 

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By Charlie Johnston

Our friend, Kitty Cleveland, has a new CD out, “Hail, Holy Queen,” devoted to Our Lady. I saw this message go up on her Facebook Page yesterday:

“I need your help! Billboard Magazine just called for an interview about the new “Hail, Holy Queen” CD–they think I’m going to chart, but only if CD sales keep coming through my website. Please spread the word. Thanks, friends! Keep it comin’! 😃

Kitty has been my favorite Christian singer for about four years. Actually, she is my favorite living singer, period. A couple of years ago, I discovered that she was a fan of this website, commenting occasionally as Christiaria. It is so delightful to find that someone you are a big fan of is also a fan of yours. She and her sisters, Beth and Carolyn, have

 

kitty and me

Kitty Cleveland and I leading a crowd in the Song of Thanksgiving.

 

become key contacts for me in the New Orleans area.

I went to Sunday Mass with them last year. Kitty is the singer at her Parish once a month. She asked me to come up to the balcony with her that Sunday and “help her out” by singing backup to her. I do okay harmonizing a little on the fly, so up I went. I was absolutely tickled – and was quietly boasting to people that I had sang backup to Kitty Cleveland. At a reception on that visit, I chuckled when I overheard Kitty telling someone enthusiastically that “Charlie Johnston sang backup to me!” Delightful when everyone comes out happy.

Would it not be absolutely fantastic if Billboard Magazine had a CD entirely devoted to Our Lady listed on its charts? I ordered mine this morning. If you’ve got a little extra in the Christmas fund, why not order one for yourself or a friend? They make great stocking stuffers! Let’s make Our Lady number one on the Billboard Charts! (And you will love Kitty’s clear, rich voice.)

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The first “fake news” appeared in America before the founding of the American Republic. Pamphleteers put out terribly polemical stuff to support their cause and harpoon their opponents. This is the way of the world. That is why learning to think critically, to ask questions, and to check facts is so important. When dealing with children, it is important to distinguish between fantasy and reality – to teach them how to question things for plausibility. When we are adults, we are expected to exercise that rational skepticism for ourselves.

No doubt many of the founders were frustrated by the fake news put out by their opponents in polemical pamphlets. They combatted this by arguing the point and showing evidence for their case. One thing that often helped was having a few stable sources of news that carefully guarded a reputation for reliability. Sadly, the worst cases of fake news in modern times come from the establishment media. It has chosen to be a reckless partisan in affairs, rather than a responsible chronicler of them

The founders, like all Americans since, have been bedeviled by fake news throughout our history. They fought it with better arguments and evidence. One thing that no American patriot on any side in our history ever would have approved of is letting government decide what is and is not “fake news.” If the establishment media really wants to make things better, it could improve its standards and quit trying to be both umpire and player at the same time. Meantime, the rest of us should act like the adults we are rather than naieve little snowflakes who need to be protected from ourselves by Big Brother.

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Potential Russian hacking of American secrets and Russian “hacking of the election” are two entirely different things. No serious person is suggesting the Russians hacked our election machinery. Rather, they are suggesting that Russia used information it had hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and various officials to influence how people would choose to vote.

Foreign governments try to influence the internal politics of both rival and allied nations all the time, using whatever means at their disposal. The first big blow-up in US history on the matter came with the XYZ Affair early in the administration of John Adams. The Obama administration tried heavily handed to influence England citizens to vote against Brexit earlier this year. The same administration sent political operatives to Israel a few years back in a concerted effort to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Such efforts usually trigger a nationalist backlash in the target country, but they are standard operating procedure in every nation on the globe.

For 18 months, Republicans have been warning that the nation’s secrets are at risk from cyber-warfare, particularly from China and Russia. That is largely what the concern over Hillary Clinton’s illegal homebrew server was about. The Obama administration was remarkably sanguine about the whole business – so long as it was just Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Syria, the South China Sea and legitimate American interests that were compromised. The establishment media agreed there was nothing much to see there. But as soon as progressive interests and Democrat fortunes are threatened, the left and the media are ready to go on war footing. No one is arguing that what either Russia or Julian Assange released constituted misinformation: it is conceded that the WikiLeaks materials gave an authentic glimpse into the ugly behind-the-scenes attitudes and actions of top progressive officials. National Review’s Deroy Murdock hilariously covers the substance of the purported Russian hack. But neither the anti-God progressives nor the establishment media have any principles at all any more except winning and imposing their will on lesser mortals.

National cybersecurity has always been important – even when it only involves the fate of nations and US national interests rather than the fortunes of the Democratic Party. As the public is not likely to be as aroused by the fact that it was the DNC and its officials actual emails that were released as they are by the idea of Russia interfering with America’s election machinery, the utterly corrupt media misleadingly spouts headlines that the “election” was hacked – when no such thing happened or is alleged. But this is the sort of fake news that props up the progressive media narrative, even as it will eat further away at its crumbling credibility.

Here’s an idea: let’s be serious about cyber-security, about protecting national secrets at all times – and leave the marketplace of ideas to sort out how people respond to attempts at meddling.

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And now, my mother’s recipe for Christmas Fudge. This is real fudge – no marshmallows to stabilize it – so it is much trickier and requires a certain precision in timing. Leave it on the stove a minute too little and it will come out sticky and gloppy; a minute too long and

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My Mom when she was 32 and I was 16

it will come out soupy and grainy. You don’t have to stir constantly, but almost. Use a wooden spoon only and always use a candy thermometer. I have rarely known anyone who routinely got this right the first few times…there is a certain feel to it. So don’t feel bad if your first batch does not come off right. Fortunately, kids always like the flavor, even when you mess the batch up. I think I have finally gotten the hang of it pretty well, as my last five consecutive batches have been perfect. It’s tricky enough that I would not be the least surprised to see my next batch botched, though. So here goes:

 

Tootie Johnston’s Christmas Fudge

You will need:

Wooden Stirring Spoon

Candy Thermometer

Large Saucepan

Medium Cookie Sheet or Cake Pan

Ingredients:

4 cups sugar

12-oz can of condensed milk

1/3 cup clear Karo Syrup

8-oz Baker’s unsweetened chocolate

heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt

Spray the saucepan and the cookie sheet with Pam No-stick spray (either plain or butter flavor). Put all the above ingredients in saucepan and put on medium heat, stirring constantly. Put the candy thermometer on the side of the pan, making sure the bulb is submerged in the heated liquid. As it melts down, it will become a bubbling dark brown liquid. Watch the candy thermometer. You may occasionally stop stirring and lightly increase the heat to get the temperature up a little. Don’t stop too long, though, or some of the mixture may scorch. As soon as the temperature reaches the soft-ball stage, take the pan off the heat. (I usually double-check this after I have got it off the heat by dripping a little from the spoon into a clear glass of cold water. If it is right, the drip will form a soft ball – like dropping candle wax into a glass of water. If not, it will start to dissolve.) Have the following ingredients ready to add to the pan immediately:

2 1/2 tsp vanilla flavor

1 stick (8 oz) butter

The vanilla will bubble up like it is boiling before it settles in. Stir at least 175 times. When you have finished, the butter will be completely dissolved into the mix. At this point, you may stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, then stir at least another 50 times. An addition I made is, after stirring in the pecans, to add a cup of raisins – and then stir another 50 times. Particularly after adding the nuts, and then the raisins, you will feel the mixture stiffening, getting harder to stir. For best results, stir a total of 300 times. This brings air into the mix and ultimately makes it very creamy. Finally pour it into the cookie sheet or cake pan and let it set fully.

Don’t worry about what is left in the pan. Both you and the kids will enjoy scraping and licking the pan. Also, what is in the pan will set much quicker than what you have poured into the cookie sheet – and by spooning out some of the pan you will know within about 15 minutes whether you have produced a solid batch or not.

 

 

 

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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510 Responses to Musings: Kitty Cleveland, Russians, and Christmas Fudge

  1. twohrts3 says:

    Hi Charlie-

    Kittie’s CD is sold out on that link you provided! Maybe it can be purchased through Amazon

    God Bless! Angela Rizzo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. RJW says:

    Kitty’s personal testimony on her Lighthouse CD, God Will Provide, is one of the most heart wrenching stories I have listened to. Her voice is beautiful. I will order this CD.

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  3. Tanya says:

    Thank you for the fudge recipe, iit cheered me up quite a bit…just what I needed.,🐈

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  4. Nance says:

    1. So fun to see your mother was called “Tootie.” The matriarch of my mother’s family was Aunt Tootie. She could never have children, so she adopted us all.

    2. So, never thought to add raisins to fudge.

    3. Thank you for the explanation about the “interfering with our election” fiasco. I heard the talking heads yesterday and could not figure out what they were talking about.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, another Tootie. When my Mom was a little girl, her grandmother called her a “Tootie Bug,” It stuck all her life. I doubt one person in 20 could ever have told you her given name. She was Tootie to all.

      On the fudge, I got the idea one year from the old Chunky candy bars and decided to try it. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years now – and everyone insists it be done that way. It adds a little…je ne sais quois. (A little nod to our French readers).

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      • moreen67 says:

        Glad my nickname from my mom didn’t stick with me (except maybe my sister still calls me it) I could never relax as a kid (or as an adult) and Ma would call me Maggie Scratch- ha. Tootie is a cool handle. Maureen

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      • Simone says:

        This French reader is aghast you would add raisins to anything. Yuk!!!! I may have to rethink my growing admiration for your gastronomical preferences. I think I’ll stick to your infallibility to rightly judge present events, your analysis of current news, your amazing working out your angel’s chats, but I may tip my hat more towards others in the field of good food. I vote Charlie is NOT allowed in the kitchen at Mt. Meeker. Let him tend the camp fire. 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah, but when I was young and a maître d’, my Steak Diane which I cooked tableside was our Monday night special – and we would get about 45 orders every Monday. It was…magnifique! (Or at least the customers who kept me hopping thought so).

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          • Simone says:

            Ahhhhh, just as I suspected. Keep to the meats. j/k. I’ll be the dish washer.

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          • Stephen Maresch says:

            love raisins and chocolate! you can cook for me Charlie!

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          • Mary Ann Parks says:

            Raise your hand how many here worked as waiters, waitresses, maitre’d’s, fry cooks, or busboys.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Me – and every one of those jobs (except waitress) I worked at a sit-down restaurant with a buffet at a mall when I was a teen. Maybe the busiest night of my life was when I showed up at work and everyone else called in sick. At first I wondered what to do…then I set my jaw. I put out the buffet, was the short order cook, waited the tables, bussed the tables, ran the register and washed the dishes. Fortunately, it was a fairly slow night…only about 35 customers. I was cheery as ever…and just before closing the customers who were still there gave me a big round of applause. (Most of them worked in the Mall and liked to be able to sit down on their lunch hour – so most knew me as a good kid).

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          • Simone says:

            I waitressed, bar-tended, scooped ice cream, and I presently feed the hungry masses at my high school (breakfast program). The other teachers always ask how I can make that many bagels in such a short amount of time. I smile and say I’m used to it, I feed an army at home. But my real secret is I pray the blessing over the food as I am making it. shhhh…. don’t tell anyone.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen. Amen. Amen, Simone! Keep praying those blessings. I used to place my hand on a student’s shoulder and made a wee sign of the cross on child after child all.day.long. At the start of the school year, the good Padre came to my room when no one was in the building and started by blessing my classroom, followed by a blessing for the whole building as we went through all the hallways and from room to room, sprinkling holy water and singing Marian hymns. You Go, Simone!

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          • Simone says:

            Beckita, we aren’t allowed the physically touch our students (on purpose) but I have a gallon jug of holy water in my classroom behind my desk that I frequently use, also blessed salt. I welcome my students’ guardian angels into my classroom and I always have a picture of Mother Mary and good Saint Francis on my board. I don’t need an LGTBQ safe space sticker on my door. All my students have always felt very welcome and safe in my room. Again, my little secret! Who wouldn’t feel peaceful and safe with an army of guardian angels at the ready? 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Totally awesome Simone. Your kids have a human angel teaching them who invokes all so many guardian angels to assist and intercede. This is dynamic teaching at its best!!!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh My, Mary Ann! My very first job involved serving up food at the steam table in the local Catholic hospital. I’m sure serving first graders snacks every morning fits food service as does fulfilling the maitre de role when I walked them to the lunch room each day while munching on a head of romaine lettuce, plain lettuce, fresh as could be. They called me their rabbit teacher… I’m sure I was also their rabbid teacher on more than a few occasions.

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          • i had only one such job waiting and bussing tables in college. About a week in I really started to wonder at the lively crowd that frequented that bistro. It was like a scene out of “Good Fellas,” or maybe “My Blue Heaven.” Probably appeared that way for a good reason –– they really were of that variety (gangsters). I also had to fill in for inventory on a couple of occasions and nothing added up… just loads of stuff moving in one door and out the other. The tips were big for a starving college kid, but I thought it was prudent to move on. Here’s the kicker: I actually got canned before I had a chance to quit and was replaced with the owner’s nephew. When I went back to get my final check, I walked into a ruckus in the kitchen with one of the food prep guys brandishing a butcher’s knife, chasing another guy and threatening to kill him. Crazy (I know), but true story.

            The only other time was when I volunteered to run the kitchen for a Confirmation Retreat up in alpine country. The kids were great I always had this secret yearning to be a short order cook, so whipping up breakfast for a couple hundred folks felt like Heaven. God is good.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Are you sure your full name isn’t Michael Patrick Corleone?

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          • Hee hee! Nah, Charlie, I’m all Irish American. I’m just thankful that I wasn’t around there long enough to get pegged with a nickname (unless you count “Heyyou”). I thought it was just a normal bistro when I took the job, and I’m not even sure why they hired me. Maybe they mistook me for that other fella –– “Grinnin’ Mickey” O’Banion.

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          • Mary Ann Parks says:

            Isn’t this fun? Personally, I think waiting tables, etc., is the absolute best work training in mind, body, and spirit. It’s unique in its demands, and if you are a self-centered grump you won’t hack it. And probably the best training to be sit down guests at the heavenly banquet.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I did a lot of tableside flambe cooking – I would always try to hit the ceiling with the flame. Got some pretty impressive whooshes, but never hit the ceiling. And boy, wearing a tuxedo cooking tableside was a GREAT way to get dates. I once had a woman slip me her number while her boyfriend had her out for their anniversary. (No, I didn’t call: a woman who did that to her beau was not a woman I wanted to date).

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          • Doug says:

            Nice Mary Anne!

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Yup, I did. Breakfast waitress, dishwasher, fondue, salads and desserts set up in Maine on days when I wasn’t working on the lobster boat during the summer.
            Then cocktail waitress, prep cook, line cook, chef at university refectory, faculty alumni center and independent dorm in Connecticut. I stopped when my sons came into the world. :0)

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      • pattyami says:

        I thought of Chunky bars as soon as I saw you raisins added to the fudge. Loved Chunky bars!

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        • dianebelvs says:

          I totally agree with you Patty! This would be splendid Chunky Fudge!

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        • justsayin392 says:

          So peculiar, I’m one of the few American kids who never ‘opened wide for Chunky’ – but LOVE raisins at all times, in everything! Food service – guess you could call it that – I ran the poolside concession stand at U of H one summer, just hamburgers, chili dogs, definitely a 1-man job – no room for a first mate! Changing the cash register tape was my biggest worry in those days. . .Another year I worked the steam table in the dorm cafeteria- first breakfast service I discovered ‘eggs to order’ was my job – never met a fried egg in my life! Yikes! Obliging patrons had no problem explaining ‘blindfolded’ and ‘over easy’ and really appreciated those unbroken golden yolks. . .God-willing may we all say Grace over many more meals shared in gratitude, whatever the fare.

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      • justsayin392 says:

        OK. It’s official now. We’ve adopted squirrels as mascots and their ‘cousins’ as ‘critters-in-law’ and mourned lost loved ones ‘in public’, but when we share Tootie’s photo and her fudge recipe at Christmastime, well, that’s what families do. Thank you for sharing ‘your best’ with us, Charlie.
        God bless and keep you and all here during these waning days of Advent.
        Maybe I’ll share my Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake recipe. . .

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      • Doug says:

        Heart warming.

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    • theresa323 says:

      Thanks Charlie for your Mothers picture, a true beauty. Your mother was probably a year or two older than me, we did grow up in the same Era. Big difference from growing up in the South and the North. I was in my early twenties when I was married. However my Grandmother was 15 years,and my Mother 18 years.
      The recipe for fudge, I do recall making it with my older sister, never had a candy thermometer, so we did the cold water and seeing if it hardened.. I have a feeling it never did turn out properly.
      On another note, I see where they are now saying Putin was directly involved, and that he personally chose which e-mails to expose… This comes directly from the spokesman from the Whitehouse….. Also the CIA will not turn it’s findings over to Congress.. In Syria, they have bombed cities with all civilians. women children, everyone.
      I pray for the Lord’s intervention for the sake of Humanity..

      Pax

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      • charliej373 says:

        NBC is saying that Putin had a direct role in it, saying they were told that by two unnamed sources in the CIA. Meantime, Julian Assange, who actually released the stuff, says it was not a hack at all – but was leaked to him by a disgruntled source from the Democratic National Committee. The director of National Intelligence agrees with the FBI that this was NOT from the Russians. Former British ambassador Craig Murray says he knows and has met with the Democrat insider who leaked the emails.

        Note that all the “sources” for the Russian business are shadowy and nebulous, mainly given credibility by an establishment media that wants it to be true. All the sources who say otherwise give their names and details on how they know. This is the establishment media’s favorite fake news story – and it is going to further erode their reputation.

        Finally, if all of the establishment media’s overheated allegations (for without evidence and credible sourcing that is all they are) turned out to be true, what is alleged is that the Russians released accurate emails showing that the Democrats actively fixed the primary to shut Bernie Sanders, collaborated with the media to smear Republicans and give Clinton questions ahead of time, and showed that the top Democrats private positions were dramatically different from many of their public ones and that they were contemptuous of the very minorities they claimed to be fighting for. Arguing that whoever released the facts cheated by truly exposing the lies and schemes by which progressives and the media hoped to dupe the country rings a bit hollow.

        But, that is the way it usually is. Want to upset a Christian or conservative? Tell a lie about him. Want to upset an anti-God progressive? Tell the truth about him.

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      • ladycatcliffe says:

        Beginning with the first news flash two weeks ago in which President Obama claimed Russian hacking of the DNC server, through the claims a couple of days ago that all intelligence agencies now concur that Russia was the culprit, I have thought that we are being set up for something.

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        • Doug says:

          Yup. Certainly appears that way. It looks like the press and Mr. Obama are greasing the skids for something. Time will tell. In the mean time, hold true to your faith. Merry Christmas Lady Cat!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Lady, isn’t this just disgusting? Shame on them. I do not believe Russia has done anything at all-period. It’s just one lie after another to cover over the last lie… on and on they go, sealing their own demise. It’s like quick-sand, the harder you fight to free yourself, the quicker you sink.

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  5. Kitty Cleveland says:

    Thanks a bunch, Charlie! They ran out of stock last night, but I’m over-nighting more. Even though it says “backordered,” they can still place an order, and the stats will still go to Billboard.

    God bless you, my friend! May God be glorified as we honor Our Lady!

    kitty_sig

    Kitty’s photo business card

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  6. Charlie, I disagree with your analysis of current events, but I’m still keeping an open mind regarding your spiritual messages. I feel very certain that Trump is a dangerous person. Russia’s meddling is unprecedented and troubling, and it extends well beyond email hacking. I think this election has set in motion a chain of events which may very well lead to the catastrophic situation you have been talking about. When I read posts like this, I find myself wishing that you would not speculate so much on politics. Haven’t you said yourself that our personal interpretations of prophecies can cause us to stumble?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry, David, but this is commonplace, not unprecedented at all. That our cyber-security is so vulnerable is new, but meddling in internal affairs is as old as history – and contrary to your assertion, even the most ardent Democrats are not arguing that any of the election machinery was hacked (or even that most of it, off-line, even could be.)

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      • I just wish you would consider the possibility that you are wrong about Trump. Didn’t you say yourself that you will be wrong about something? I’m not trying to pick a fight with you. I have been carefully considering the things you have been saying, and I haven’t yet made up my mind. I have to trust in my own reason and in the personal inspiration that I have received.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh gosh, David, I suspect you have not been here for too long. I am ambivalent about Trump. Just because I often criticized him does not mean I dismissed him – nor because I have praised some of his decisions does it mean I am convinced by him. I disagree when I disagree and note it when I agree. I don’t feel I am trapped in amber on some position taken at a single time and unable to react candidly to performance as it comes.

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        • David, you might consider taking some time to view the Birmingham Video and then Beckita can lead you to some other things Charlie has said about Jan 20th.

          With all due respect, we are not here to debate Charlie or anyone else here on this or that point (there are other blogs for that), especially not about our own personal inspirations.

          Certainly we are not here about being right or wrong, but here about God and our Lord Jesus Christ, His Mother, the Communion of Saints (for the Catholics amongst us, also the Holy Father and Bishops and Priests), and honouring each other.

          I too was turned off on Charlie for about one or two years for his Americo-centric blogging each time my mom would send me something he wrote. But, David, that is part of his mission here on this blog…

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        • BD says:

          David. I have found Charlie to be correct about most things he weighs in on and I have no doubt he will continue to be proven right on those subjects he addresses both spiritual and temporal, including Trump. I am convinced he will continue to help us navigate the Storm as the intensity increases. You of course will have to make up your own mind about Charlie if you haven’t already.

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    • Steve says:

      David, I spent 23 years in the US Navy, working in the Intelligence Community. I can tell you, without reservation and without revealing anything classified, that Russia’s meddling during this election season may be troubling, but is nowhere near unprecedented. I agree with you that this election has set in motion a chain of events that could well lead to the catastrophe Charlie has talked about, but, again, the Russian meddling is not the trigger, because they have been much more active in their meddling in the past. I can only speculate as to why our government officials have been much more open with the public about this incidence when there have been much bigger cases in the past that the average citizen was never made aware of.

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      • Lake Johnson says:

        My speculation is that it fits the agenda this time around. Usually admitting failure to protect the nation’s information assets is not something that the intelligence agencies are scrambling to admit. This time it serves some purpose to block Trump from office or otherwise undermine him, create some kind of distraction to cloak something shady happening elsewhere, drum up anti-Russian feelings for some nefarious purpose, etc. Not sure, but I can only speculate that it’s for some negative purpose. Call me a cynic;)

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    • Lake Johnson says:

      To me what is troubling is hypocrisy almost breathtaking in its audacity. Our country has interfered with countless elections across the world for many years, often through the working of the CIA. Our interference has gone far, far beyond leaking some emails. I’m talking arms sales, wars, coups, insurrections, tampering, etc. We have minimal credibility anywhere because of this, and the rest of the world has little sympathy for us in this comparatively minor taste of our own medicine. It used to be, maybe, that we could stand on some virtue when we lectured other countries, but we have lost most of that moral authority. This leaves only power, and that is also fading. None of this is surprising.

      Any curiosity why the CIA is doing all this talking and not the NSA? The NSA is the agency in charge of cybersecurity. If there was severe tampering they would know about it. Yet nothing from them. Either it’s nonsense, or perhaps they don’t want to have to explain why they have been unable to protect the country’s cyber resources. Not sure.

      Also, I appreciate Charlie’s political analysis. I don’t see it as personal prophetic interpretation, but just political analysis. Different things, because I don’t see Charlie connecting the politics directly to the prophecy.

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      • No comment on jurisdiction 😉

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      • Beckita says:

        Lake, I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance to read the three part series concerning the Rules of Regency. As Charlie introduced Part I he conveyed: “Back in 2007 I was ordered to contemplate what a world in tatters would look like, a world where all our institutions had collapsed catastrophically – and develop a plan to get a shattered people back on its feet, filled with enough confidence and trust to confront the great challenges of the latter part of the Storm. It was to be comprehensive, covering as many eventualities as I could think of, from the philosophical and theoretical to the intensely practical. It was one of the two or three most implausible and frightening directives I have ever been given. I took it on as an intellectual exercise – and have worked at it almost every day since then.”

        From reading the Regency material, I see a definite connection between politics and prophecy for Charlie. I think his internal guidance system, comprised of both natural and supernatural input, must experience continual intersect and overlap between the two. That said, I’m sure there are times when he speaks from a purely natural – not prophecy infused – stance concerning politics.

        Here’s the link to Part I. Parts II and III are in the archives as well. Apologies if you have already read these.
        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/rules-of-regency-part-i/

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        • joanne1950 says:

          Thanks for the collective links. I re read Charlie’s post frequently. I am often as much left with leaving it up to Jesus and Mary. If no one saw a backlash from the left regarding the election, then they missed Charlie’s posts about Satan and his mission. And even so with the rejuvenation of Christianity in the USA, cannot some of the intensity of the Storm be mitigated? And, yet, the one thing above all that has spurned on the Storm, abortion, was becoming deeply imbedded in the law and culture in this country. What else but a Storm could dislocate it? Hillary Clinton’s and the left’s mission is to sew abortion seamlessly into all parts of our culture but it was also their pride goeth before the fall moment. Their self pride in abortion led them to redefine sex, allow men in women’ lavatories and locker rooms, legally demand nuns pay for abortion and even unabashedly go after Christians even as they took a knee in prayer on a football field. Unrestricted and fortified by the lies they told themselves, they even in secret went after the Catholic Church. John Podesta’s email revealing the lefts’ faux Catholic web sites to push their abortion, anti Eucharist agenda and separate the American church from its papal base was a revelation. Boy, all of this is so out or my control (except by prayer)— just glad Christ and the BVM is in control.

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  7. Snowy Owl says:

    Kitty’s CD’s are sold out already and on back order! 🙂 woohoo!
    That fudge recipe- yum. Charlie you’re going to have to answer to God for tempting and making all of His kids get fat! 😉 so are Beckita and Joe. I smell a conspiracy- Clinton can’t hold a candle to you three! You’ll be known as the saint with round, bouncing roly-poly followers. By the way, has anyone ever told you your diet is really healthy and well rounded (i thought not..) Hahaha… chips, coke, pizza, and fudge. You should try my diet- if it looks good -WALK AWAY. Eat snow! ⛄
    This blog needs to be renamed- TNRS… is NOT the REFRIGERATOR!
    Okay, I’m done, did my duty for the day. 😇

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    • madkatmomma says:

      I’m praying the rescue will include a cure for diabetes so I can indulge in this fudge and perhaps some of Joe Crozier’s tablet…

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    • Beckita says:

      Too funny, Snowy!

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    • Snowy, since we’ve probably both watched the movie “Signs” numerous times…

      Do you remember when the dad (Rev. Graham played by Mel Gibson) just got home from confronting the alien in the pantry? When he found the rest of the family (Merrill, Morgan and Bo) sitting frozen on the sofa, wearing tinfoil hats? When he was standing there a bit freaked out himself by the aliens, thinking deeply about what to do next? When Merrill finally says he’ll make some sandwiches? When the Rev. thought it was a great idea to make some supper per everyone’s choice? Spaghetti? (“Spaghetti sounds great. What do you want, Morgan?”) French toast and mashed potatoes? (“Now we’re talking.”). Chicken teriyaki? (“Good choice.”) “I’m going to have a cheeseburger with bacon –– extra bacon.” Remember that scene?

      I kinda feel like we’re right about there.

      Yeah, I was supposed to be off to the mountains already but I’m waiting for the sun to come back out, staring at my pack, and blogging while I dally.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Oh, so funny MP, the tinfoil hat scene was hysterical. I love that movie just because it’s so odd! But I agree, we are there- right before the aliens attack! I posted something on the blog a while back about this movie but do you remember all the quirks Bo had with water and the amoebas in it, etc., and Morgan with his asthma and how it all worked together and saved them from the aliens? Just everyday stuff! Reminded me of the NRS 🙂 and how God uses everything to do His will!
        Speaking of movies- have you ever seen Bridge to Terabithia? I just watched it the other day… it’s really good. I have a feeling you would like it.

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        • Doug says:

          Oooo! I’ll have to rent those movies and watch them with Lambzie. Thanks!

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          • Definitely, DPC®. I think “Signs” is a great example of masterful storytelling without the usual Hollywood nonsense (e.g. – CGI, elaborate sets, etc.). In fact, I think they probably filmed 80+% of that movie at a farmhouse. I also recommend that you and Lambzie make little tinfoil hats to get in the spirit of the movie, and be sure to post the picture!

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. Watched Signs with Lambzie tonight. Sorry MP, but Meh! I hope bridge to taribithia is better Snowy.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, I agree with MP..and I think it takes a certain type of personality to enjoy it- to get into it. There’s just so many little lessons and catches in it. The less liked a movie is- the more I seem to like it.
            You may not like Bridge to Terabithia either… it’s about damage and love, healing and freedom, imagination… and kids. I loved it.

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Snowy, there were redeeming parts and I did like the tin foil hats.  It shows how often our understanding of situations can be mixed up and differ from reality.   I am not a big fan of movies that try to make the aliens out like it’s a real possibility unlike the far out sci-fi movies which I see as different.  It my be because of my new age mom who really believes in them and when they look like the ones people claim in real sightings, it bugs me.  That’s me though.  Merry Christmas!

            Sent from Doug Pounds mobile

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            I’ve always thought the so-called alien experiences people claim to have, that oddly enough go against their freewill, are really very demonic. Yuk. To me Signs wasn’t really about aliens, it was about the family handled it and how God works all things for good. If aliens had been the real focus… I would not have watched it. You could easily replace the aliens with just about any catastrophe.

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      • Dolly says:

        Oh my goodness. I’m sitting in my shop listening to the beautiful Midnight Mass from Chicago’s Historic St. John Cantius Church on CD. It is dark as night at 4:15 and snowing. The soft glow of lamps and Christmas lights in the shop give it a cozy feel and I am having a cup of tea and reading comments from all over the country and world that range from fudge to Russian hacking, to proper use of comas. I absolutely love it! I agree with you, MP, I think we are just about there too.

        Oh, I also never heard of Chunky Bars either, Mick. I also remember when a teacher told us it was ok to start a sentence with “And” but to do it sparingly. And I never liked to diagram sentences.

        I use an app on my iPad for credit card transactions in my shop and when a person writes their signature, they are then to tap the part that says “done signing”. I cringe because my dad made one thing very clear to us when we were growing up. Food is “done”. People are “finished”.

        Well, enough time spent delaying my encounter with the cold and snow. Oh good, the plow just went by, that will help.

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  8. Patricia says:

    Great picture of your mom. Thanks for the recipe. I remember making this when my parents would go out and, like you, it took a few tries to get it right. We never cared, we just at the batter anyway. Oooh, the joys of being 12.

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    • Patricia says:

      “ate”

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    • Beckita says:

      I remember a few batches of fudge soup from childhood, Patricia.

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      • mdasteel says:

        Charlie, my Daddy (he died when I was 13, so he’s still Daddy) used to make fudge that was ALWAYS soupy. It was his favorite treat besides Spanish peanuts. I’ll try to make some your way in his honor.

        One question: can I use an electric mixer instead of stirring (or beating) by hand? Also, aren’t the edges of cookie sheets a bit too low, or do you like the fudge thin?

        I wonder what Daddy would think of the Dems these days. He was WWI vet (White House guard) and a Democrat and a union man who was on the picket line for a year until his Hollywood union was broken when Ronald Reagan supported the mob-backed rival union. Spent the rest of his days painting houses instead of film sets but quit the drink and came into the Church before ALS took him.

        The fudge will be a great reminder of his life for his grandchildren and I’ll tell them who taught us to make it the right way. BTW, my daughter knows David Daleiden, so she’s heard from him of you. We are gathering at my agnostic son’s house in Denver for Christmas.. Can you recommend a parish that might provide him with some inspiration (if I can get him there)? Merry Christmas, Charlie!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Alas, if you use an electric mixer make another type of fudge. This needs to be stirred, not whipped – and the wooden spoon avoids unwanted crystallization. You can get a flat medium cookie sheet – but you can pour it into any sort of pan you prefer.

          My Parish is St. Joan in Arvada, Colorado. The Priest there almost always gives good, solid homilies.

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      • 7kidsinTX says:

        I hope to try this recipe–I usually make “cheater” fudge that basically can’t fail. But I also have a recipe for a bar cookie that uses “failed fudge” on top– so there is no risk! Thanks Charlie and all of TNRS. For recipes, encouragement and everything you do.
        I’ve only commented once or twice, but I read faithfully and try to read most of the comments, as time allows. This is the most respectful commenting community on the internet, in my opinion. I’m becoming more bold in sharing this message–and always trying to take the next right step, with God’s help!

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  9. This is a link to the petition that Jill Stein filed in Wisconsin for a recount. I can’t copy the text because it is a PDF, but if you click on the link and go down to page 6, you can see where their cyber security expert talks about how voting machines may be hacked. In fact, it almost sounds like he is telling hackers how to do it! LOL http://elections.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news/wisconsin_recount_petition_of_jill_stein_00268242_12391.pdf
    It’s odd – they never allege that it was done in this election but that it is possible for Russia, or any sophisticated country, to do it…

    I have several News apps downloaded to my phone, from far right, to middle right, to middle left, the far left because I want to read what everyone is saying about the same topics. I am always shocked at how different news sources will phrase headlines about the same story to get their target audience to click on the article. I have yet to find anyone who just posts the facts. I would be interested to hear who these readers trust as a solid news source that really tries to be as free from bias as possible. In my mind, that does not include Fox News or Breitbart. And if I find if you go any further right that you end up getting into conspiracy theories…

    And yay for Kitty! That’s my sista!

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    • charliej373 says:

      My main go-to’s are National Review and the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page. But that is largely because I read a lot of source documents…and I have found them to honestly report raw data.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Several years ago, my pr firm handled outreach for the new voting machines in our county. The county is still using the same machines which are not electronic – they are more like appliances like a toaster. The data is stored and then downloaded at the Registrar of Voter’s on election night, so there is no way the machines the voters use could be hacked directly because there is no internet connection. If there was hacking it would have to be at the ROV. However, the ROV systems are not linked state wide so hackers would have to get into every single county’s operation, simultaneously. Theoretically I suppose this is possible. Or, hackers could just target certain swing counties, which is a more likely scenario but I’m still pretty skeptical.

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    • Alfred says:

      Here’s one meme on the subject of the way various media lean: http://imgur.com/7xHaUXf

      I’m sure the view varies by where a person stands on the left/right spectrum. I’ve always thought the WSJ editorial page writers leaned a bit right while the front page writers leaned a bit left. I wonder if they all get along at the Christmas party. 🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        I absolutely agree, Alfred. Sometimes when people say it’s a conservative paper, I tell them the editorial page is, but the news pages have a somewhat left slant. I do like that either way, they take some care to get their facts right.

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        • jaykay says:

          “I do like that either way, they take some care to get their facts right.”

          Lord, that one should even have to say this is an indication of how low they’ve fallen – by “they” I mean the MSM in general, of course, not the WSJ. Thank God it does at least preserve the much-vaunted original journalistic ethos. Nothing like it over on this side of the pond, I can reliably say, at least not in the dead-tree media, still less the broadcast ones. You really do have to rely on internet independents… and even then, discernment is essential. Thank God we share a common language and, broadly speaking, culture with you in the US, and the Anglosphere in general. Because that’s where you have to go to find much truth these days. And thank God we’re a small island well off the European landmass, because I think that that’ll save us eventually when “Europe” (or the idol they’ve erected as “Europe”) finally implodes and we regain our senses, and see their golden calf for what it is, and then come back to value our true Christian heritage.

          Veni, Emmanuel.

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  10. Simone says:

    Easily the sweetest post you’be done so far. Thank you, papa Charlie.

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  11. zeniazenia says:

    Thanks Charlie for the recipe and for the tip on Kitty’s CD. Time for a new candy thermometer.
    I do love the cover of this month’s National Review titled ‘Trumpocalypse’ :0).
    https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2016-12-19-0000/post-election-trump-progressives

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  12. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    Thank you for the recipe, Charlie. I didn’t know if you would ever really share it :>}
    My husband’s Grandmother always made homemade peanut brittle for Christmas. She passed, well, it’s been 14 years ago now. 2 years ago, I decided I would give it a whirl. Bought the candy thermometer, ate a lot of botched peanut brittle, kept trying. We enjoy getting to continue that memory. I still even use her recipe (super-almost, shhhhh don’t tell on me). My husband’s mom took a picture of Grandma’s handwritten recipe and shared with me. The whole family has expressed how great it has been to “continue” with this tradition. So, thank you again for sharing yours with us. I’m guessing we will be eating some botched fudge this year……but, I’ll keep trying!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I sometimes make peanut brittle. Once when my son was a teenager, I had to run out to the store quickly for something…only expected it to be for five minutes. I told him just to watch and stir it, that nothing could go wrong, for it was a good 20 minutes before it would be ready. When I got home, the stove was off…there was brittle goop on it and my son’s eyes were wide. He told me as soon as I left, it bubbled over no matter how he stirred it, so he turned it off. I never did figure out what happened. Needless to say, that batch didn’t come off.

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Charlie, that batch was hacked.

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      • Karen says:

        Charlie, I am waiting for my young granddaughters to return this Saturday from their holiday to enlist their help in making my first batch of Christmas Treats. I hope I have recovered by then from my queasy stomach after reading about all the above sugary ‘goods,’ ha!

        Although, my squirmishness most likely comes from post-USA-election follow-through! My goodness me, how could we go through all this again in another 4 years? Unbelievable!!! Through the Mercy of God only – we will not have to. We don’t know exactly how He will do this but we believe in the Rescue and that settles us down again.

        You spoke above of your main ‘go-to’s’ and although the following 2 websites are well-known they are not the first places many would turn to – I add them here because they highlight the Jan 20 2017 deadline.
        The first is the never-ending Birth Certificate Drama
        http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/final-showdown-sheriff-joe-slaps-obama-with-new-birth-certificate-bombshell/
        The second is about Russian involvement
        http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/14-signs-that-there-is-a-plot-to-use-russia-as-an-excuse-to-steal-the-presidency-from-trump-on-december-19th-or-january-6th

        These words sprang to mind just now ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord’ – the battle for me is also my joy – to focus on this Christmas. I hope you and all here have a wonderful final 10 days of preparation, preferably listening to Kitty’s new album along with lots of Christmas Carols!

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        • charliej373 says:

          I check WND out from time to time…but don’t much trust it because of its constantly deceptive headlines and lurid overstatement. As far as the economic collapse blog, I have seen some things there that may be useful – but it is too quick to believe whatever suits its existing slant while dismissing solid evidence to the contrary.

          For a site to be a go-to for me, it must be insightful, measured and its material must always match up with a fair reading of source documents. There are many sites that are useful in some ways to me…but only the WSJ and National Review are ones that I am confident enough to use even when I don’t have time to double-check their facts. I am not just interested in hearing what I already am inclined to believe. I want solid facts and sound interpretation.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, I was stunned when I saw your mom’s picture… your son looks just like her!

            Thanks for the fudge recipe. Yum! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, when I was in high school, I went to the grocery store with her. One of my classmates was bagging – and he asked me who was the hot babe I was with. “That’s no babe,” I huffed. “That’s my mother.”

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          • jaykay says:

            Y’know Mick, when I saw that pic I actually thought first-off “that is a fine-looking woman”. And then “mmm, I can see the facial resemblance with Charlie”. I can, actually. Anyone else think so? And of course I’ve only seen pics of CJ himself. But she has such a beautiful expression in that photo, it really is very fine. Charlie, that story you told of her little note to you that fell out of your Grandmother’s Bible… when I saw that photo I immediately thought of that and said: “yeah”. I think y’all know what I mean.

            God bless all. J.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I miss Mom. But you know, on the day of every presentation I made, I would ask her to pray for me and help me through. And when I have come under heavy attack, I often call out silently, “Mother, defend your son!” And when I get stuck trying to put together a complicated article, if it doesn’t come after a while, I mentally just change tacks and pretend I am writing a letter to Mom – even as I ask her to help me get it right. And I love starting sentences with “And” today.

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          • Beckita says:

            Love this, Charlie: the way our relationships change dramatically when someone dies, but they never ever end. Never ever!

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          • Beckita says:

            YES, J! I”m glad you wrote this. I thought of the story you have recalled from one of Charlie’s pieces about a year ago. It’s exactly what I thought of. AND I most certainly see the resemblance.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Yum! We found this easy-peasy microwave recipe that I love. We add a touch of our homemade hot sauce which gives it a tasty savory and sweet flavor.

        10 MINUTE NEVER FAIL MICROWAVE PEANUT
        BRITTLE
         
        1 c. sugar
        1/2 c. light corn syrup
        1 c. raw peanuts
        1/8 tsp. salt
        1 tbsp. butter
        1 tsp. vanilla
        1 tsp. baking soda

        Combine first 4 ingredients in 2-quart microwave mixing bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Add butter. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Brittle should not get too brown. Stir in vanilla and soda until light and foamy.
        Spread on buttered baking sheet as thinly as possible. Cool. Break into pieces.

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      • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

        That was a serious giggle. Well, more of a afternoon long series of guffaws. Thank you for the laugh, Lord knows it was just right for today. I can really still picture both of your faces…….
        Blessings,
        Sandy

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      • Katherine says:

        I love to make candy to give as gifts at Christmas. I always make candied orange peel and almond brittle. The orange peel is easy, it just takes a lot of time. The almond brittle that I make could not be simpler: 1 C blanched slivered almonds, 1 stick of butter, 1/2 C sugar, 1 TBS light corn syrup . . . bring all the ingredients to a boil over medium heat in a 10-inch skillet, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns a golden brown . . . about 5 minutes . . . then pour it into a cake pan which has been lined with buttered aluminum foil and let cool. It’s fantastic stuff.

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        • theresa323 says:

          Katherine,, I am interested in the candied orange peel… I have a vague memory of my Great Grandmother making this on an old Coal Stove.

          Pax

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          • Katherine says:

            Oh the orange peel is such a lovely old-world thing! I never even knew it existed until I got married and went Christmas Caroling with my in-laws. We visited this one elderly lady who would give us a few of these peels as a thank-you treat. They are amazing. Six big Naval oranges will give you something around 90 peels. I score through the skin all the way around horizontally and then vertically, the peels come right off if you slide your thumb under the cross sections. Pick off the little stringy things and slice the peels into 1/2 inch wide strips, I like to do mine lengthwise to get a nice long strip. The peels then need to be simmered in water to cover, with the lid on, for 20 minutes. Drain and repeat that process two more times. Set the peels aside and in the same pot you did all that boiling, bring 4 1/2 C sugar and 1 1/2 C water to a boil and reduce heat to low, clip on a candy thermometer and let it reach 230 F . .. takes about 20 minutes . . . then add the peel and cook, stirring occasionally, until somewhat translucent and the temperature on the candy thermometer reads 240 F . . . that’s about 20-30 minutes more. . . sometimes longer. Throw the peels onto cookie racks set over parchment paper and when they are cool enough to handle, toss them a few pieces at a time into a bowl of sugar and coat them well, then place them on sugar-dusted parchment paper and let dry overnight.

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          • charliej373 says:

            One of my friends in Birmingham makes the best pfefferneuse cookies ever. Her name is Rita and she is married to the good Deacon I told to hush up in the Birmingham Video. Only problem is that when I am with them and she has some made, I can’t stop eating them. I never cared much one way or the other for pfefferneuse until I tasted the ones she makes. Absolutely incredible!

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          • Katherine says:

            The peels are special enough on their own, but if you wanted you could also dip some of the peels half-way into melted semi-sweet chocolate for some variation.

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  13. Dawn Walker says:

    The best peanut butter fudge-you ever put in your mouth. (Warning! One friend of mine went home and made it. She said she couldn’t stop eating it, and ate it all in one evening! ) The very best. It truly is!

    Terry’s  Peanut  Butter  Fudge
    From Dawn:  Merry Christmas 2016!

    2   c.  Sugar (Pure Cane Sugar ONLY)
    ½  c.  Pet Milk OR Carnation Milk (both are condensed, not sweetened)
    2   Tablespoons  Water

    Stir constantly.  (Cook until soft ball-when dropped into glass of cold water) 235 f. with candy thermometer.
    Remove from heat.  Whip in 3 remaining ingredients, then place on double wax paper on platter.  Have these ready in advance:

    ½  c.  Peanut Butter (JIF)
    1   teaspoon   PureVanilla
    1   Tablespoon  Real Butter

    *My Directions (I have perfected this. Put away the cold water and thermometer):  Electric range-eye on 6 (plus a whisker, not 6 ½ tho, just a whisker-like barely on the high side).  Stir constantly!  When the first bubbles start to show-start timer-cook 7 minutes!  Remove from heat.  Continue to stir.  Whip in with large spoon- 3 remaining ingredients.  Starts to cool some, become dull-pour onto platter w/double wax paper.

    BTW:  I double this each time I make it.  More than that, you risk it not coming out properly.  -Dawn

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  14. canada1nw says:

    Your Mom was a young mother..sweet 16 when she had you. A friend of mine had a baby at 16 and her mother had her when she was 16. My parents kept saying, poor Joan….., a grandmother at 32! I was 17 and thought 32 was plenty old to be a grandmother ! My how my thinking changed when I was 32 ! Your Mom looks like she could be a country western singer 🙂
    Thank you for this fudge recipe. We don’t have Karo Syrup in Canada, I think corn syrup might replace it, I’m hoping it will.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Mom was actually 15 when I was born – and had been married fo0r a year and a half. They did those things in Alabama then. Mom got married about a week and a half after her 14th birthday. The picture I put up was taken in September of 1972; a month after Mom’s 32nd birthday and five months before my 17th birthday.

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      • Beckita says:

        WOW, Charlie! Your mother’s age of marriage was similar to that of our Blessed Mother. Your mother is surely blessed to have carried you and given you birth. Her photo reveals a beautiful woman. This prompts me to now pray for you through her intercession. Thank you.

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      • JudyM says:

        Charlie, your writing about your Mother brings back fond memories of my grandparents and parents. My Grandmother also had my Father when she was 15, and then had 16 more children.

        My Grandmother also was about the same age as our Blessed Mother when she was married (as per Beckita’s post), and her name was Mary Elizabeth, to boot. She was born in Streator, IL, to Slovak immigrants, and my grandfather was a Slovak immigrant to Streator.

        Both grandparents lived to be almost 100 years old and prayed the Rosary daily, in fact multiple Rosaries daily. My parents also prayed the Rosary daily, as do I. My Father asked my Mother to say the Rosary with him on their wedding night before going to bed (betcha there aren’t too many men who do that).

        The Rosary has always been a great protection for my Family. It’s my favorite prayer.

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    • stclareseeds says:

      Canada1nw,
      Clear Karo Syrup in Charlie’s recipe is the same as Light Corn Syrup. We always use a store brand instead of Karo for recipes, and it works fine. So corn Syrup should work for you. 🙂 HTH!
      Have blessed Christmas,
      Sarah

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  15. Mary W says:

    A pretty lady your mom! Even at 32 she looks like a lively teenager. Faces speak volumes, as hers does to me…..perhaps because I feel I know her son Charlie after the past few years of reading his blog. Gosh, the thought just came to me that if we know (and love) Jesus, it is easy to know and love His mom. Wonder why some still have trouble accepting the Mother of God, the Queen of all Hearts. Don’t know what I would do without her motherly protection. Sorry my thoughts shifted from your mom to our mom, but it seemed a logical progression.

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  16. lambzie37 says:

    Thanks Charlie for the recipe. I think I will give it a go next week when our Grandkids will be here. What an awesome name “Tootie!” I saw this article on how the song “Silent Night” was composed and thought I would share it with the TNRS community:
    http://www.returntoorder.org/2016/12/origin-song-silent-night/?utm_source=sm-rto&utm_medium=email&utm_content=RTOE0266&utm_campaign=rto_newsletter
    If the link isn’t “clickable” you’ll need to cut and paste it! Merry Christmas to all here. In all of our busyness I wish everyone “Silent Night.”

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  17. flora potter says:

    Thank you Charlie,I did order Kitty’sCD, very beautiful indeed. How lovely is your mother…you look like her. We’ll see if I try her famous fudge, it sounds like one that my mom used to make and the best part was licking and scraping the pan and the spoon! The spoon was the coveted tool to be awarded by mom, probably to the one who did the least begging and shuffling aside a sibling. Aren’t moms great…and sweet Mother Mary; I can’t wait to get my CD.
    I just received the following email from a friend and I thought to share it with you. It seems simplistic in the call to take the next right step.
    The 2016 Election, the US Civil War ‘Angel,’ and Civility as a Moral Imperative By Dr. Christopher Rollston

    So, times are contentious right now….true enough. But I have heard some say that tensions and divisions have never been higher in U.S. history…and that is patently false. After all, during the US Civil War (1861-1865) some 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers died (that’s a combined estimated total of the Union and Confederate soldiers), with so many civilians also caught in the cross-fire. Therefore, there have been much tougher times in the history of our country, with our own Civil War being the showcase example of that. But it is an act of great *civility* and *humanity* which is portrayed via a Bronze Statue in Fredericksburg, Virginia that models something important for us to remember…and to replicate…in the immediate wake of the 2016 Presidential election, and in the days, weeks, and months that shall follow. Depicted in that bronze is Sergeant Richard R. Kirkland and a fellow soldier, his enemy. The Battle of Fredericksburg (1862) was a terribly bloody battle, with the Confederates holding Marye’s Heights and the Union attempting to ascend the great hill and take it. It was a bloodbath. Confederate sharpshooters decimated the Union soldiers, with dead and wounded covering much of the ground around the hill. For two days following the battle, Union soldiers, caught between the lines, were calling out for water. But none could be brought to them, as it would have been suicide for a Union soldier to attempt to do this. And then something beautiful, kind, and almost miraculous happened…..Sergeant Richard Kirkland, a South Carolinian, filled up several canteens with water, stepped over the stone wall separating the Union and Confederate soldiers, and for two hours he brought water to his enemies, the wounded Union soldiers. It was an act of great civility, courage (for at first he was shot at by Union soldiers), and utter humanity. Sergeant Kirkland has since been known (even immediately, by soldiers on both sides) as ‘The Angel of Marye’s Heights.’ Rightfully so. An angel he was and shall ever be.

    This Michigander, now living in Virginia, is very grateful to the blessed Sergeant. As fate would have it, Sergeant Kirkland died in battle at Chickamauga, Georgia, in September 1863. Some might suggest that he was foolish for helping his enemies in Fredericksburg. I think not. Rather, I believe that because of his great humanity, he has established a high water mark for courage, kindness, civility, and humanity…during even the most difficult of times. I voted. You voted. Perhaps you and I voted for the same candidate. Perhaps we didn’t. Perhaps you think I’m wrong. Perhaps I think you’re wrong. That’s the nature of democracy. But in these difficult times, I believe the model of Sergeant Kirkland is instructive. I believe we can learn from him. Indeed, at the end of the day, I believe that the ‘Angel of Marye’s Heights,’ Richard Kirkland, is a model of grace, dignity, and humanity. May all of us strive to rise to follow that model in the coming days, months, and years. After all, the current division and divisiveness in our country is not useful, it is not productive. The course that we best follow is one of civility and humanity, following in the footsteps of Richard Kirkland. I believe we have a moral and religious imperative for kindness and generosity. It is the only way forward.

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  18. Wonderful music from Kitty, and I’m sure the fudge will be spectacular (if I don’t botch it).

    Speaking of moms, here’s a little something I wanted to pass along:

    A friend shared this picture that her brother took a couple of days ago. It’s the prayer grotto at University of Notre Dame. He had gone to Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica (upper right) and just finished saying a Rosary. The only other person was the hardy soul on the kneeler (reminded me of Patrick). Apparently his battery died after taking just this one picture, so he almost forgot about it until he recharged his phone later and noticed the white glow (maybe blowing/dropping snow).

    My friend asked me, “Do you see it?” Well, I did see it, but needed to put on my glasses… also shivered involuntarily just thinking about all that snow and cold. Here’s the original picture:

    I also noticed something else immediately, so took a minute to isolate the area of the glow, including some of the natural features like grotto rocks and snow. Then I turned the brightness and contrast down on the background so you can see it better. That’s it. I didn’t change anything else:

    That looks like Mother and Child to me. Well, make of it what you will, but I thought it was some nice imagery to keep in mind when you’re praying.

    Heading off to the mountains for a while, so here’s wishing you all a Blessed and Joyful Christmas!

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • charliej373 says:

      Pretty cool picture, MP.

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    • Beckita says:

      WOW, MP! Thanks for sharing it.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Wow, I saw it in the first picture, and there was no denying it in the second one. Thank you for sharing it. ❤

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      • You’re all very welcome.

        Charlie has spoken of a miraculous and visible rescue by Our Mother, but often speaks more about how close Jesus and Mary are to us, especially in prayer (i.e. – daily ongoing rescues). This image really brought that home for me in a special way.

        I’ll admit that I had a chill go up my spine when I did that quick highlight… and not because I was thinking of the cold and snow. That just reminds me how very far I have yet to go in my journey of Faith.

        And just to be clear (gosh, I shouldn’t start a sentence with “and”), that first one is the original image from my friend’s phone. None of us messed with it. I say that because most of you know I could have convincingly Photoshop’d a Heavenly Host into that shot if I wanted. In fact, I almost didn’t share it because of that (alas, green squirrel memes).

        There it is though. A wonderful photo. I want to call it “Mother and Child.” I could just as easily call it “Trust and Believe.”

        Let’s all keep up the prayers for one another.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for the clarification, MP. This English major had the message ingrained to *never* begin a sentence with a conjunction, yet, has succumbed to common practice. I hesitate every time and then just go with it if it fits. This is how language evolves.

          Love the titles you’ve presented! I vote for “Mother and Child: Trust and Believe”

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          • Patricia says:

            Hey, if we really want to start a fight how about the oxford comma? yea, nea?
            MP, what a great picture! I have had a very very bad day and it made me feel better immediately.

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          • Beckita says:

            I never use it, Patricia, but I know it’s optional so it doesn’t bother me a bit to see it used by others. That said, I have been asked to edit the work of other writers and, in an almost OCD way, I always remove it from whatever I’m editing. Silliness.

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          • Mick says:

            Patricia, long live the Oxford comma! My dad was an English teacher and my mom minored in English, so they were both kind of OCD about grammar and such. So they made language nazis out of all of us kids. (Well, at least they tried. I’m probably the only one who still takes it seriously, probably because I homeschool my kids.) It’s ridiculous, but it bugs me when I see a series without an Oxford comma.

            But I still love you, Beckita. 🙂 (Ack! And there I go, starting a sentence with a conjunction. My mom is probably frowning at me from up above!)

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          • Patricia says:

            This is to Charlie but I do not know where in the line up it will end (up). No ending a sentence here with a proposition!
            Forget all the other citations. “Everyone” knows that Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” is the final authority on the English language. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I agree on Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style.” It is the writer’s bible, in my mind.

            However, when Winston Churchill was told not to end a sentence with a preposition, he delivered the delicious retort, “That is the sort of errant pedantry up with which I shall not put.”

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, I’ve always loved that Churchill quip!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          MP, just wing it! I like starting sentences with “and” sometimes- if for no other reason than the emphasis.. it’s like saying I mean it! and didn’t even take a breath! The grammar rules and regulations are just too boring sometimes 🙃!

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        • JudyM says:

          It became acceptable to use And and But to begin a sentence several years ago; actually more than several years ago. I can remember when the big announcement was made. It was all over the news. But I can’t remember the “brain trust” behind the announcement, whether it was Vanity Fair, or the New York Times, or the Chicago Manual of Style, or something equivalent. We all started doing it almost immediately after the announcement was made, and editor’s red pencils were brought to a halt. 🙂

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          • lambzie37 says:

            AND don’t you just bet that the Russians were the perps? Tonight, Doug and I watched the current NCIS episode for this week which was their holiday program. The plot centered around someone selling USA secrets to…wait for it…the Ruskies. AND, of course, another recent episode was about an illegal immigrant about to be deported because Americans are so heartless.. It’s good to know that I don’t have to directly watch “Fake News” news programs to get my daily overdose of “Fake News.” COURSE I could always opt for a nice dose of racial, sexist and LGBT desensitizing on another station. I think the weather channel may be my last, best option were I to insist on blithely immersing myself in so called “reality” television. Of course Orwell gave us a fair amount of Communist propaganda hidden in the plot lines of his famous books “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

            I was taught not to place punctuation before the conjunction unless it is needed for clarity. For instance: “My favorite states are Utah, Florida and Alaska.” In this sentence a comma before the “and” is superfluous. BUT, in this case: “For breakfast I like to eat bacon, scrambled eggs and orange juice. Without the comma one could imagine you are eating the scrambled eggs and orange juice mixed together in a nice tall glass. Yuk! So commas are extremely important.

            Consider a sign I see all the time: “Go slow children.” We naturally assume it is warning drivers to slow down because children are usually in the area. But technically it could also be interpreted as “Go, slow children” (urging those slow children to get a move on) or “Go slow, children” (kids it’s time to slow down) or perhaps it really means only slow children may go? Guess we will never really know! I just LOVE the English language, don’t you?

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          • charliej373 says:

            NCIS used to be my favorite program. Somehow, when Ziva left, it suddenly and dramatically became mere left-wing propaganda. I quit watching. When Hollywood has a great show (usually, in part, because it is not political), it eventually decides to use that show to peddle its “teachable moments.” That is when the show begins to die.

            When I was a kid we had a road sign out front of our house that said, “Slow children.” My little brother, when he learned to read, was in a hot snit one morning. When I asked him what he was stewing about he angrily replied, “We’re not slow. I can run real fast.” I fell over laughing as I explained it to him – and he brightened right up that it was not a personal insult to us.

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          • BD says:

            There was a Slow Children sign on the street where I grew up as well. My friends and I took it down because we didn’t like the stigma it cast and thought by doing so our grades would go up. 😉

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          • Beckita says:

            Why yes I do, Lambzie. One of my favorite exercises in grade school was making sentence diagrams. Loved it!

            PS I wonder how your words became italicized, Lambzie. Hmmm… SteveBC, what do you think?

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          • Mick says:

            Lambzie,

            Regarding TV shows that shove an agenda down our throats… I only watch one TV show: Timeless on NBC on Monday nights. Until this past Monday, it had been a fantastic show which actually had a couple of episodes which cast the Catholic Church in a really good light. But on this week’s episode, it was revealed that one of the characters (not a main character but still an important one) is a lesbian with a “wife.” Argh!!! The show is on break until after Christmas. If that theme becomes a thing, then I guess I’ll be watching NO television shows.

            Regarding the importance of commas, I once saw the following on a T-shirt:

            Let’s eat Grandma.
            Let’s eat, Grandma.
            Commas save lives.

            It’s been years since we saw that shirt, but my kids and I still laugh about it whenever we get into a discussion about proper punctuation.

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          • Doug says:

            Funny Mick!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Mick, classic Hollywood bait and switch. My children and I enjoyed the program Joan of Arcadia. A Chicago priest on the Archdiocese Parish Council chatted with me about how much he liked it too. It was cancelled after three seasons. If a show is redeeming, it is barred.
            In the series, God came in many forms of other people to Joan in arcadia as she handled the coming of age as a high school teen in a small town. Some of the God characters were teen boys. My then teenage daughter referred to one of them as the *hot* God. It really helped us to see God in everyone. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Lambzie and Charlie, great laugh!

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          • lambzie37 says:

            Sorry about the italics everyone. Messed up my closing HTML TAG. Never mind what that is (Steve BC knows) but it suffice to say backwards and forward slashes are to HTML what commas are to Englush. Leave one out, put it in the wrong place, or use the wrong mark and the result is far different then what you intended 😎.

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          • charliej373 says:

            As my great-grandma always used to say, “Sonny, always be careful with your closing HTML TAG.”

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          • Doug says:

            Ya right…… Shuuure…….. On the typewriter of course.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hee hee…or as Abe Lincoln once said, “Beware of unsourced quotations cited on the Internet.”

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! That Abe Lincoln was a clever fella 😎

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          • So I came here to comment on Lambzie’s comment only to find that this thread went way too squirrelulous already to add on to what she said… Go slow children!

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          • Lambzie – is it me and my iPad, or have you just been italicized?

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          • Doug says:

            I see the italics on my android too.

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          • JudyM says:

            Lambzie, punctuation before a conjunction also depends on which style book you follow. The publication I write for follows the American Medical Association style manual which says: “In a simple series or enumeration, separate the elements by commas, including a comma before and, or, or nor. So, if I don’t put a comma before a conjunction, my editor does. 🙂

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          • I know Mick, we don’t watch much TV but we like survival shows (alone) and had finally found two dramas and one comedy we will watch. Last Man Standing because it’s funny, written cleverly, even though adult situations, they are current issues. Sort of like an Archie Bunker conservative dealing with a bunch of family craziness…but Tim Allen has tossed PC in most cases. Timeless too caught us as a good series …as we love history (watch history “hitler” channel lots) the. The ore requisite LGBT relationship. Ugh!
            We also have been watching Designated Survivor which had lots of twists and turns but politically some interesting dynamics for a “storm” of sorts….it’s one of those fall hiatus shows until spring

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            eco, sound like it’s one of those mini programs released in the half season (we have about eight TV seasons now) that runs reruns after the second or third episode of the series airs and then takes three weeks off for football and holiday specials!! ;P
            If you miss a week, surely we can jump through hoops with on demand and be inundated with commercial ads, which will mostly likely freeze in the middle of the video playback so we refresh and re-watch minutes of commercials while paying a small fortune for even the most basic service in order just to get access to the major networks that no longer serve us.
            Our neighborhood recently had notes staked in our front lawns that a fiber optic company is sending in their trucks to dig up the village owned portion of our lots to lie fiber cables for the next *best* option in telecommunications. In the 1980’s if I saw what was coming, I for one would have opted out of HBO/cable TV –> modern technology. We’ve become desensitized robots who are paying premiums to be annoyed and programmed in so many ways. Thank God for the flip side of technology that are able to connect with people from around the world in fellowship, and have access to sharing the truth.

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        • Patricia says:

          or a preposition!! :):):)

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        • naisy says:

          Michael, I just received this photo from my former priest, as well. May I share your story and ‘light isolated’ rendition of the picture with him?

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Beautiful! 🕊

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    • JudyM says:

      The Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes at Notre Dame is one of my favorite places. Your photo is amazing.

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    • Mick says:

      Wow, MP! What an incredible picture! And I’m so impressed by the young man (a student, I’m guessing) who’s kneeling in prayer in spite of the snow and the cold. May Our Lord shower him with His choicest blessings on account of his devotion. Something tells me that he will be a hero during the next year, and afterward.

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      • Mick (and ZZ), I wish I knew something more about the young man on the kneeler, but don’t. A picture is certainly worth a thousand words, as you’ve pointed out.

        I can tell you something about my friend’s brother who took the picture. I remember meeting him when he was a kid. He was a rascal, so I liked him instantly. More importantly, he’s been devoted to the Rosary from a very young age. He also had to battle cancer 3 times in his life so far and has suffered much. If that wasn’t enough, his sister had to battle cancer too. Fortunately they come from a big Faith-filled family (11 kids if I remember right.) My friend (his sister) is married with 9 kids of her own now and doing well. Her brother lives within walking distance of UND and visits the grotto almost every day. Talk about heroes!

        If I’m lucky, I get back there once a year in the fall and always visit the grotto and Basilica. My folks were married there, so were my older sisters. I love Arizona, but my hometown and Notre Dame will always be big in my heart.

        My friend says she forwarded the pictures to Spirit Daily. Knowing the way the internet works, maybe that young guy will run across the pictures and recognize himself. I have no doubt he’d be delighted with that picture.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          As the story unfolds, the Rosary may be the common denominator here. I can certainly project that by the time that kneeling prayer warrior was finished, (during the time the phone had lost it’s charge), he may have been covered with Our Lady’s mantle, a request heaven hears so often from us. 🙂 I will use this for meditation going forward, especially when I need a break at the office. Thank you again MP!! Sharing is lovely. Trust and Believe.

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        • Doug says:

          MP, reminds me when my daughter was studying abroad in Austria at Franciscan University, I drove up to visit her while I happend to be on a business trip in Italy. We were in the computer lab together and I went to spiritdaily.com and checked a recent link on Medjugorje. My daughter looked over my shoulder and said “Hey! That’s me and my friend in the picture”. She had just gone the week before. My daughter was doing some soul searching while visiting Medjugorje and prayed asking what she should do and heard “go see my Mother”. She went over to apparition hill and asked the Blessed Mother what she should do and heard “go see my son”. As a father, I don’t think my heart could have melted any more than it did. No such thing as chance meetings. I view perceived chance and luck as Gods way of remaining anonymous. It just shows the humility of God. He blows us love kisses in this manner. Merry Christmas!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi MP, I just love that the image is directly over the person on his knees. I have shared this with a friend who graduated from ND. She will love it.

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    • Ed Allison says:

      MP, in case you weren’t aware, your picture is now on the front page of Spirit Daily.

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  19. Laurie says:

    Dear Charlie,
    For sharing such good, real news and much more, I am so grateful to you and all TNRSteppers. Many times in the last days and weeks when I needed guidance, I heard your voice saying, “Turn right in three miles”… 💫
    Regarding FakeNews: Remember Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There”? People had no clue what was happening even when they were part of the actionyet they were able to learn so much from a simple man despite themselves. I am somehow reminded of that and the knowledge that trust can grow like a garden. That IS reassuring.
    The news about Kitty’s album is wonderful; I’ve been a fan of hers for some time too and am looking forward to hearing this album. Regret that I missed hearing you two perform together!
    and I was particularly touched that you shared your lovely mother’s Christmas fudge recipe. Her lovely face instantly brought me to tears; please pray for me as I must be very tired. Finally, fudge was an annual “wizard of Oz” tradition in my family–only mom’s was predictably grainy and my father’s never set!
    This year I will begin a new tradition and make yours!!!
    Warmest wishes,
    Laurie

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  20. moreen67 says:

    Just wanted to share a positive story I read online of healing and not losing faith……http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2016/12/arizona-woman-cured-of-blindness.html – Have a blessed day everyone! Maureen

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      What an incredibly beautiful miracle! Thank you Mo, for posting this!!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Saw this too this morning from Spirit Daily. Thanks, Mo. Love St. Charbel!
      Pray for us, St. Charbel. Especially remain with the people in the Mideast. Intercede that each of us may not lose faith.

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    • Maren says:

      Maureen, I have never commented, other than a prayer request for my daughter Kaylee a few weeks back, but in this awe-stricken moment I find myself in I have no choice but to answer the prompting of the Holy Spirit I am experiencing right now.

      The story for which you provided the link stopped me dead in my tracks. Kaylee, my 18 year old daughter, has been experiencing excruciating headaches and other worsening symptoms1 for some time now, years in fact. They have gotten increasingly worse over the last few months, and after testing done by our GP doctor, all signs point to a probable diagnosis of IIH, the same condition as the woman in the story. We are awaiting an appointment with a neurologist in late January, to confirm this diagnosis. While some days are better than others, Kaylee’s pain never goes below a level 6-7 and needless to say, her deteriorating health is wearing her down mentally as much as it is physically. Tonight I noticed despair and discouragement in her eyes, and despite my faith all along that God is working in this, and that my prayers for her salvation will be answered (she has not been attending Mass since she turned 18, and has veered off the path on a few other issues), for the first time I had a sinking feeling that Kaylee is going to begin a downward spiral. All the while, believing in Charlie’s message and knowing that it is a real possibility that she will not have the opportunity to see the specialist who may be able to help her if things collapse before then. My heart sunk, while at the same time I want to remain determined to keep faith. I talked to her for a few minutes while she lay in bed, and told her there are so many ways God has blessed her situation, even though it may not feel like He is listening to her (she has never felt comfortable praying or felt close to God despite going to a Catholic school, etc.).

      When I finally sat down to unwind I went to surf through Facebook, which is my normal routine, after which I always check the newest comments and posts here on TNRS. But tonight I felt a nudge to come here first. And as I scrolled down so many comments I couldn’t help but click on the link you posted, as the words healing and faith seemed to gently nudge me. And when I saw the words “intercranial hypertension,” I literally stopped breathing. I knew immediately that this was no coincidence. IH is very rare, and to be led to this specific story that is so closely related to our situation blows my mind.

      I’m sorry for the long story, but God is so good. His timing is amazing and His mercy is unfathomable and breathtaking. I will pray about the significance of this when I finish writing this, and I can’t help but think it may be the opportunity I’ve been waiting for to introduce my family to this site and to open the minds of many in my life, many of whom are not Catholic. In my highest of hopes, there is a hope that perhaps a miracle is in store for my daughter as well.

      Please, please pray for me and Kaylee. Pray for my discernment and for her healing, if that is God’s will. I don’t have access to any of St. Charbel’s relics, but we serve a God that can work miracles without the physical prescient of them. Please join me on asking for intercession from St. Charbel. I believe in miracles.

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      • Maren says:

        *presence, among other typos. Ugh!

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        • Beckita says:

          No worries, Maren. Now kicks in one of our best traditions here when typos occur: May all the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

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          • lambzie37 says:

            Amen to the peaceful rest of the souls of the faithful departed. Lord knows if our tradition here holds any Sway in the heavens, an army of souls have attained their final reward due to my unending stream of typos. Very frustrating to hunt and peck when I was once a touch typist who prided herself on her accuracy and speed on an old Royal, manual typewriter which was all we had. If you messed up, you ripped the page from the clenched jaws of the typewriter and started over. A twenty page essay, double spaced in pica or elite typeface (the only two choices) was never accepted with typos. I hope I earned at least a few “purgatory points” retyping those essays into the wee hours of the morn. Of course all of this took place only after hours of research at the library hand copying notes gleaned from at least seven references followed by composition again by hand of first, second, sometimes third and then final drafts. Okay, diatribe over (sorry diatribe guy to steal your thunder 🌺).

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          • Doug says:

            Ah, but you were good at it Lambzie and good at writing my English papers in college too 😎

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          • lambzie37 says:

            I thought that was our little secret!

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          • Barb129 says:

            Writing a paper in our day was definitely more difficult than it is today!

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have asked the Lord to send St. Charbel to watch over and guide Kaylee through this trial, Maren, and open her heart up to Him.

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      • moreen67 says:

        Maren – I have just prayed earnestly for you and your daughter!!! I cried reading this but also knowing how amazing our God is and how He uses us as tools. I asked God a long time ago – use me for Your purpose(s) and I don’t even have to know what it is but use me. God bless you and now I’m adding you and your daughter to my daily Rosary intentions. Love, Maureen

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      • Mick says:

        Maren, I have prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for all of your intentions in this regard; and I prayed it through the intercession of St. Charbel.

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      • narnialion54 says:

        Prayer of Miraculous Trust for you and Kaylee, Maren, through the intercession of St. Charbel.

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      • Beckita says:

        Joining in prayer for your dear Kaylee, Maren. Asking St. Charbel to intercede for you both. I’ll also email Joe Crozier as I believe he has a relic of St. Charbel. He’s an osteopath, with great faith and a big heart, who daily brings healing to aching bodies. God bless you and your family, Maren.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Dear Maren
          Yes I do indeed have a relic of St Charbel and will pray for your daughter Kaylee while holding it in union with Charlie and Beckita and all the prayers said here on TNRS and elsewhere for her well being and recovery. I have no specific experience of treating diagnosed IIH but often deal with idiopathic (unexplained) headache. I find that cranial osteopathy often brings at least some relief . It’s 4.45 am now here in New Zealand and I will say a rosary for Kaylee on St Benedict beads given to me by Beckita . I will say this rosary while holding St Charbel’s relic and bring her into his presence in my intention. Because of the problems with vision I will also pray to St Odelia whose relics are held by the Crozier Fathers in America.

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          • Simone says:

            Wow! Joe!! Let’s get this going! What powerful faith!

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          • Doug says:

            Maren, Somewhat in line with Joe, it may be worth while to check out NAPRO technology. It is used as part of NFP and addresses hormonal issues from a very Catholic perspective. The thought is your daughter may be dealing with hormonal issues as the cause. I believe NAPRO utilizes more natural remedies. Just a thought.

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          • Maren says:

            Oh my, your generous spirit moved me to tears. Thank you so, so much. What an awesome blessing to have his relics!! And to all others who have responded to my post, I’m not sure where to reply so you can all see this amidst all the other comments, but hopefully you all can, and know how very thankful and appreciative I am for your prayers and kind words.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        I just received my Christmas cards from the Maronite Monks at the Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Petersham, MA. Their patron is Saint Sharbel Makhluf, a Lebanese mystic who belonged to the Maronite Rite.

        I will put Kaylee’s name and all TNRS on their Holy Altar for their Christmas Novena. They will pray for you and you will share in their Masses, Communions, Divine Office, Hours of Adoration and Good Works. Love ZJ

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      • SanSan says:

        Praying for you and your sweet Kaylee. Asking St. Charbel to interceed on her behalf. I will also put Kaylee’s plight up for all the prayer warriors I know.

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      • Doug says:

        Maren, I will offer up prayers for you. Suffering is a mystery and there is a dignity in it that can only be understood in the context of the Catholic Church. God chose to suffer with us when he became man in Jesus. God does not cause our pain and He so understands our pain. I will pray for healing and a strengthening of faith for her and you too. Welcome here!

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Maren, I will continue to pray for you and your dear daughter. ❤

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      • There are Holy Cards touched to his relic, much like those that circulate around for Padre Pio. I am sure NAM (National Apostolate of Maronites) could maybe give you some guidance if not simply mail you one.

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      • Maren, I will offer my Rosary tonight for you and Kaylee and ask for St. Charbel’s help.

        Prayer to Obtain Graces

        “Lord, infinitely holy and glorified in Your saints, You have inspired Charbel, the saint monk, to lead the perfect life of a hermit. We thank You for granting him the blessing and the strength to detach himself from the world so that the heroism of the monastic virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience might triumph in his hermitage. We beseech You to grant us the grace of loving and serving You, following his example. Almighty God, who have manifested the power of Saint Charbel’s intercession through his countless miracles and favors, grant us this grace (here mention your intention) which we request from You through his intercession. Amen.”

        Saint Charbel, pray for us.

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        • Maren says:

          Thank you all again so much.

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        • Sarge says:

          Hope things have been looking up for you Patrick. Been keeping you in my prayers.

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          • I’m doing very well, Sarge, thanks to the oodles of prayers from the NRS family. Staying at our refuge during this cold snap (-14F!), chopping wood, shoveling snow, eating like a king, and sampling the first few batches of Christmas cookies (to ensure for quality, of course). Should warm up enough early next week for me to try the next phase of my readiness training: boondocking in my tent without electricity near Custer Mountain. I’ll only have propane for heat and cooking, a wood burner for those cold nights, and battery power. And if things get dicey, I just jump in my rig and drive 17 miles to the refuge. I got it covered, and my Guardian Angel’s got the rest.

            Thank you so much for your prayers, Sarge. Know that you are in mine as well.

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Maren

          I will ask St Charbel, like the others here, to pray for you and your daughter. I have had a devotion to him since my Maronite priest friend introduced me to him back in the early 90s. I believe he has a special mission from God to touch everyone but most especially those in the US and Mexico. I don’t know why, but it seems that way to me. You can’t turn a corner in Mexico without seeing his image. He is also becoming so well known in the US that it surprises me and brings me joy.

          Lastly, I always feel compelled to pray for those with head injuries or headaches. I think that the Lord allowed me to undergo my trial so that I could have more empathy for others going through similar trials. In my experience, it makes the prayer stronger from the heart.

          Robert

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          • Robert, I learned of St. Charbel in 2008 while caring for my dear Mexican friend, Graciella, who was living her last days at a hospice I worked at. Her husband was Lebanese. That night, I went home and randomly pulled out a book from a set called “Modern Saints: Their Lives and Faces” by Ann Ball. I wondered if he was in there. The book literally fell open right to the page with his picture! Then I learn just how extraordinary this incorruptible saint was. Miraculous.

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Funny how that works, isn’t it Patrick. God and the saints are close to us. There is a movie of Charbel in Arabic with English subtitles online. I enjoyed it very much. Simply look on YouTube.

            Robert

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      • Barb129 says:

        Maren, praying for Kaylee through the intercession of St. Charbel.

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      • Sarge says:

        I know I’m a little late commenting, but I know how much chronic illness can wear on both the afflicted and the caregiver, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

        I offered up my rosary this morning for your daughter Kaylee. May she find healing. God bless you both.

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  21. CrewDog says:

    I hate to be The Grinch 10 days before Christmas but THIS Christmastide all here need to spend some time Watching Current Events and BE PREPARED!! Evil likes nothing better than operating during Christmas/New Year’s when most decent people have their minds elsewhere. The below articles will tell you that evil, madness and danger are everywhere. YES!! Most of these came from Alternate News Sites ’cause the usual suspects @ ABCNNBCBS-PBS/NPR would never cover them as THEY are the major purveors of Fake News or, at least, only the news they care to cover and through their lens of godless Left mentality:

    ‘11th hour power grab’: Obama mandates state funding for Planned Parenthood

    Sharyl Attkisson: ‘Fake News’ Is a ‘Propaganda Campaign’ Started By the Left

    U Penn Removes Shakespeare Portrait Because He Does Not Represent ‘Diversity’

    OHIO STATE ATTACKER ADDED TO CAMPUS LIST OF THOSE WRONGLY KILLED BY POLICE

    CNN’S FAKE NEWS GETS TRUMP-HATING POLITICO REPORTER FIRED

    HATE HOAX: NYC MUSLIM ARRESTED AFTER CLAIMING ATTACK BY TRUMP FANS

    China’s state tabloid denounces U.S. ‘arrogance,’ calls for weapons buildup

    Hate Hoax: Man Faked ‘KKK’ Crimes, Abduction

    Report: Evidence of Detroit Voter Fraud in 37% of Precincts

    Whoopi: Celebrating Christmas same as ‘woman’s right to choose’

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! ………………… & MERRY CHRISTMAS 😉

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      “‘11th hour power grab’: Obama mandates state funding for Planned Parenthood.” 💔sigh…

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    • Barb421 says:

      sickening, I literally have stomach pain

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      CrewDog, it’s sick and sad. My metaphor to describe the fall of the elitists that your headlines highlight, is like crushing a cockroach and the legs are still kicking. This too shall pass, thanks be to God. I agree still that we should double down in being present to God in Church, Adoration and prayer and TNRS daily.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for telling the truth as it is, CrewDog. Praying…

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    • Mick says:

      CrewDog, thank you for being such a faithful watchman

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    • Barb421 says:

      I just read that China stole a US drone….the “bad actors” as Charlie has told us! 😦

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    • China *calls* for weapons build-up? Ha! That’s all they’ve been doing the past 10 years or so. Bet they are spending 3 or 4 times more money on their military than is reported, especially these last few years. Next to economic dominance, there’s probably nothing more important to the Communist Chinese than to have a military more powerful than the U.S….and that should worry everyone. (Maybe “worry” isn’t the best word to use among faithful Christians because we trust in the Lord, but you all know what I mean).


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      • Maybe the worst thing about it is they ripped off a bunch of our technology AND we helped fund the buildup (just think of all the cheap Chinese junk Americans gobbled up over the years). Whoa… I think I was just having a CrewDog moment there… better get a snickers.

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        • There’s a little red-blooded Crew Dog in all of us, MP…and that’s a good thing! Yeah, China’s been moving its chess pieces patiently while we are playing checkers (that were made in China). To Joe’s point, they are covertly amassing gold like crazy, which is wise for a country who’s trying hard to collapse the U.S. dollar and take over the store. They are now nearly ready for war.

          So, I drove thru Custer State Park today…minus -14 degrees after a bitter night of snowfall. Admittedly, that’s a bit chilly. But I came across a site more rare than Buffalo today: a herd of 5 or 6 elk. Didn’t get a good picture with my iPad facing the sun on zoom, but you get the idea. The other pic is of Stockade Lake about a mile away. Not much fishing going on. Say, let me know if you spot the Blessed Mother in any of them!

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        • Doug says:

          All those Barbi Dolls sold over the years are paying for their submarines.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, MP! I have an image in my head of you going all CrewDog and then taking a bite of a Snickers (at least I’ve heard of THAT candy bar) and turning back into yourself. 🙂

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        The Chinese Government has also allegedly concealed the real amount of gold they possess.

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      • ladycatcliffe says:

        Also, China is supposedly the model for fighting the dissemination of fake news on the internet, and Alex Jones of Infowars claimed (on 18 December) that China may be behind an overload of traffic affecting his website.

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  22. canada1nw says:

    Our Mother is showing her presence to so many these years. I have seen many of these white light photos of our Lady and believe then to be from Her. While I was travelling by bus from Fatima , through Spain , heading for Lourdes, this past October, I was taking lots of pictures of the country side in Spain. While reviewing my pictures just after taking them, I saw a white light image of a lady kneeling by the side of the road, her hands were folded in prayer and were flesh coloured. I did not see this while taking the pictures. I showed all 27 pilgrims, on the bus. One man said that he had just asked if our Lady was with us to show us a sign of her presence. This picture was for this man. I lost my camera after leaving Medjugorje while on route to Germany 😦 😦 My mother would have said, that I will have to remember it in my mind.
    MP I had seen this picture, it was on FB ! I didn’t notice the child in her arms before. It is always nice to know who took the picture…makes it more reliable and not photoshopped. BEAUTIFUL, MP!

    Charlie I have a cousin who was married at age 14, and had a child that year. I have told her that our Lady was about that age. That was comforting to her. She is now 65 , she and her husband of 51 years have raised two children well, have done well financially and are now a great grandparents. Her name is Linda, she is a cute little woman, under 5 ‘ tall. She is having major surgery this AM for an aorta aneurism. I know those who see this will say a prayer for her .

    Bless your Mama, Charlie, they say in Heaven we will look about 33 years old…hum..so this may be a picture of her eternal look 🙂 I know she will pray for Linda .

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  23. Beckita says:

    Let us pray anew for the Venezuelan people. It looks to me as though the grandpa in the accompanying photo is most likely foregoing food for the sake of the children. Lord have mercy. Come and rescue your people. Maranatha! http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/prayer-need-desperate-venezuelans-giving-away-children

    Neither can we forget the people of Aleppo: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/13/watching-aleppo-burn-real-time-just-like-bosnia-rwanda-did-nothing/
    Women are committing suicide so as to avoid becoming rape victims: https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/171843-Women-in-Aleppo-committing-suicide-to-avoid-rape

    And people have castigated Charlie for saying 2013 was our last normal Christmas. We MUST look beyond our comforts and our closed in egocentric world.

    Our Lady of Akita, pray for us.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Thanks for this Beckita, so heartbreaking. Praying.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Thanks for this reminder Beckita!

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks, Beckita, for the wake-up call. God help all of poor and suffering of the world.

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    • Simone says:

      Beckita, this kills me. Thank you for sharing. And Crewdog, you rock!!!

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    • So heartbreaking…this terrible suffering in so many places…. please God help them! Mother Mary please intercede for them. Praying for all TNRS intentions and spiritual peace and strength 🙏

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    • johnjwblog says:

      Though I have deleted this comment, as John uses sketchy sites to promote his view that the U.S. has been involved in helping terrorists in Aleppo and that Russia is being maligned, I put up this link to a credible site that makes some similar claims without making up details that are not yet in evidence.

      I agree with John that there is a lot of official disinformation being spread about this whole business, but I disagree that Russia is the soul of sweet reason and light and all it does is pure and true. So John, please use some measured judgment based on VERIFIABLE facts to make the points you make that should be noted. But combatting officially spewed poppycock with the equal and opposite poppycock illuminates no one: it just facilitates the division of society into roving bands of rival tribal warlords. -CJ

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you, Charlie.

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      • johnjwblog says:

        Charlie I made sure that my comments were posted on other sites to protect my integrity. You may have scrubbed them but others know what I posted. Nice try.
        The 2 articles that Beckita posted on Aleppo are fake news stories. The last fake story has been traced to Michael Weiss of CNN. The other story is from a person of the Human Security Council? Is that a credible source? I’ve never heard of them before.
        The 2 fake articles have been exposed by 21st Century Wire which has 24/7 coverage of the conflict in Syria. Patrick Henningsen runs the site and the 2 reporters he uses are the only 2 credentialed reporters allowed to report outside of Damascus. The closest main stream reporter is located in Beirut, Lebanon. Even under the comments section, people can see that these articles are propaganda. The comments from the fake news stories overwhelmingly can see the lies. Read them they tear the story to threads and right from the fake stories.
        By the way, I never brought up the Russians – you did – aren’t you glad I posted my original scrubbed posts on other sites to make sure I was not slighted.
        I noticed that you actual agree the 2 stories are fake by your statement : “but combatting officially spewed poppycock ( the 2 fake stories ) with the equal and opposite poppycock ( my rebuttal, not allowed to be posted ) illuminates no one”.

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        • johnjwblog says:

          I look at the bottom of the page and there is also a link to a story by VT on the liberation of Aleppo which 100% supports the 21st century wire position and proves the 2 Beckita stories are fake. Funny how you criticize me for “poppycock” but the “poppycock” is allowed at the bottom of the page cited by Brianna Elizabeth which supports my position that was not allowed to be cited.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Okay, John, you win. Your constant attacks on those you hate in the public sphere combined with your constant whining about how ill-treated you are have convinced me. You are now banned. I do not have the time to thoroughly vet all your stuff – which I have to when upwards of 70 percent of what you predict turns out to be…poppycock. I don’t remember what Brianna said nor am I going to check. She is pretty steady, but the steadiest people sometimes accidentally let an off-key item get through. You routinely spout overheated conspiracy theories and occasionally let a vetted fact get through. There are LOADS of sites out there. Post away to your heart’s content at them. But I have neither the time to vet your sketchy facts nor the patience to deal with your whining. You are banned.

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        • charliej373 says:

          John, this is MY site. I have stated my standards pretty clearly – and I am pretty permissive in the application of them. So post wherever you want. I keep most conspiracists completely off here, but you often have solid kernels – and sometimes a full solid comment – so I indulge you…perhaps more than I should. But should this self-righteous persecution complex continue to supplement your enthusiasm for conspiracy theories with sketchy evidence, by all means, post exclusively elsewhere. Let other sites benefit exclusively from your astonishing, counter-intuitive and evidence-deprived conspiracy theories. I will just muddle along without you, insisting on maintaining standards of evidence and reason.

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  24. jlynnbyrd says:

    Beckita, I am praying for all suffering and dying around the world under such horrific circumstances. Lord have mercy.

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  25. Barb421 says:

    Beckita, I am sick to hear of these things, prayers for all the suffering, the innocent, the hopeless

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  26. There are so many ironies involved in this whole Russian/Election thing it would be impossible to list them all. So, I’ve chosen to just point and laugh.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is entertaining, especially as it unravels before the media’s eyes. They used to just be malicious: now they are shown to be comically incompetent to boot.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Diatribe, just today I have found myself truly fascinated at how the Electoral College has suddenly become the Left’s New Best Friend. Oh, the irony.

      And when (if?) it actually votes properly for Trump, I suspect we will see a lot of “jilted lover” diatribes(!) by the Left against the Electoral College. Oh, the bathos.

      Please check my eyes. They’re rolling over and over and …! 😀

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        • zeniazenia says:

          I don’t know what this comment says about me, but — I could watch this all night!! haha thanks Beckita!! and Steve!!

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha, ZJ!!! Actually, I think it’s an obnoxious one, but I just couldn’t resist. My greatest concern is I’m quite sure this animated graphic has the potential to cause SteveBC’s eyes to, most likely, roll right off his head. And we NEED him! PS: ZJ, drawn to the graphic or not, you’re great!

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        • KMA says:

          Teacher eyes, Beckita.

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          • Simone says:

            nahhhhhh, they would have to be on the back of the head. ;-p

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha! Takes one to know one, KMA. 😉

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          • KMA says:

            You are right, Beckita! You too, Simone. The graphic is what I must look like to my students on any given day. Several years ago I bought an eyeball keychain from my optometrist. I just thought it was pretty cool. I set it on my desk and one of the kids asked me if it could see things. I said why, yes it can. How do you think I always know what’s going on in the back of the room? The little darlings believed me. Not sure if this is something I should bring to confession, but I didn’t disabuse them of that notion until the end of the year.

            A beautiful thing happened at school today. We had to cancel this evening’s Advent Concert because of the snowstorm on its way. We decided to send out calls and mass emails to all parents, letting them know we would have the program at 12:30 this afternoon. We couldn’t switch it to next week. There were no evenings where the Church was open to have it. We have no other space for our concerts. No room. (Father does reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the Sacristy during those times, and a backdrop is put up between the risers and the Altar and Tabernacle) Anyway, we had many very disappointed and sad children. They always dress up for this concert. Extended family always comes to see it. But something beautiful happen this morning at the dress rehearsal. There they were, in their school uniforms, some of the boy’s shirts half hanging out, everybody’s hair all mussed up after recess, singing their little hearts out. I have to say I had to wipe away a few years. They had no idea how beautiful they were. They were singing for Jesus and Mary. Not for an audience. Not because they were all dressed up and “performing.” We had no idea if anyone would even show up this afternoon for the program. About midway through the program, as part of it, two of the children led everyone in a Litany to Mary and her Angels. It ended with a Hail Mary. They all prayed it so reverently. Then back to the songs.I tried to get to as many of the classes as I could before the actual program to tell them how beautiful the rehearsal was, and how much Jesus and Mary must’ve loved it. It truly was for them.
            Many people did come- the Church was full. Not all parents could get there in time but many did. The rest will receive a DVD of the concert. What a sweet end to what began as a disappointing day for the students. God bless their loving hearts.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that! ❤

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          • Doug says:

            That’s special KMA!

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          • Beckita says:

            Absolutely beautiful sharing, KMA! God bless you in all your teaching ways. Blessed are your students!!!

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        • moreen67 says:

          Beckita – I would love to know how you did this!!! Maureen

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  27. Barb421 says:

    you look just like your mom! well, except that you’re a man..lol…would love to see a picture of your dad too, Charlie!

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  28. Loretta DVor says:

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  29. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    My special prayers for Patrick of SD. My heart goes out to him and I send him my love and prayers. His story touched me greatly, and I sympathize in that my wife’s beloved 14 year old cat, Hoppy, died last Saturday morning. Hoppy actually died last Friday Night, but everyone was crying around here and rubbed and touched her and then she started breathing again. She will be buried on Saturday. I used to believe that no animals went to heaven, but good old Father Conrad Harkins, OFM. Father Conrad told me God creates nothing in vain, all are part of his love and even ticks, chiggers, spiders and fleas go to heaven. Further that heaven has more plants and animals than you can imagine, including wooly mammoths and brontosaurs. So Patrick’s cat and Hoppy are there, along with all of the dogs of my childhood, that I miss, Snoopy, Peter, Buddy, and Mustard (yes, that was here name), as well as my pet rooster, Rocky. Good memories of hunting with dogs in the 1980s.

    Anyways, hold in there Pat, if there is anything I can do, let me know.

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    • And here began the Squirrels…

      No love is ever lost!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      James, that is so sweet. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of your beloved Hoppy.

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    • Hi James, and thank you so much for your prayers. Yours and everyone else’s prayers have definitely had a positive effect on me because I am quite at peace. Sure, I had a good cry or two, but I am doing well now. Actually, her daughter Mimi seems to be taking it harder than me, but she’ll be OK…animals are resilient creatures.

      My friend who’s backyard I was staying in allowed me to bury Baby by the shed behind my tent. I dug a hole in the hard, snow-covered ground about two feet down, brought out my fuzzy friend of 12 years (my math was off), and placed her in it. I just started to cover her up when I found this in the hole next to her:

      It’s a marble with a marking that sure reminds me of a cat eye. I looked up to Heaven and smiled, thanking Jesus for this perfect memento and placing it in my pocket. I finished covering her up with earth, patted the dirt with my shovel, and said one solemn Our Father, then whispered “Thank you, Jesus.”

      I am sorry to hear about your Hoppy, James. You know, animals always and at every moment do God’s will perfectly by accomplishing instinctively the tasks for which they were created. God also loves them infinitely. I tend to agree with you and with Father Conrad…God creates everything for a reason. And His creation is good.

      Again, I really cannot thank everyone here enough for all your prayers. You have helped sustain me in miraculous ways, materially and emotionally. Rest assured, I am doing very well. God bless you all.

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      • Doug says:

        Patrick, when we lost a kitty a long time ago, I randomly opened the Bible after and landed on this verse which I found great comfort in. God bless you!

        Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:17-22

        And I said in my heart: “God will judge the just and the impious, and then the time for each matter shall be.”

        18 I said in my heart, about the sons of men, that God would test them, and reveal them to be like wild animals.
        19 For this reason, the passing away of man and of beasts is one, and the condition of both is equal. For as a man dies, so also do they die. All things breathe similarly, and man has nothing more than beast; for all these are subject to vanity.
        20 And all things continue on to one place; for from the earth they were made, and unto the earth they shall return together.
        21 Who knows if the spirit of the sons of Adam ascend upward, and if the spirit of the beasts descend downward?
        22 And I have discovered nothing to be better than for a man to rejoice in his work: for this is his portion. And who shall add to him, so that he may know the things that will occur after him

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        • Barb421 says:

          beautiful, Doug
          when our first cat lay dying and we scooped her up and took her to the vet to try and save her, she tried to get out of the box and she was literally trying to walk off to die, and my grandson, age 9 (then) said solemnly, “she was looking right at me, but not seeing me” …coming into the light..?, we think so! I believe that every creature has an eternal resting place, thanks be to God 🙂

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      • ladycatcliffe says:

        So sorry about the loss of your cat. One of my four is curled up next to me purring now. When my first cat died, I stayed with her and lit a blessed candle and said the prayers for the dying but asked Our Lord to apply them to a dying human in need. She died on Ash Wednesday – what a way to start Lent. I composed a funeral service for her burial at the local pet cemetery; I used it when my second cat died some years later. When my husband was dying, he told a friend he trusted me to provide a good funeral. I wondered what he based his trust on as we dud not really discuss his funeral wishes. Then I remembered the cat funerals , , , he probably realized if they were buried with a little funeral, he would get a proper funeral.

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    • lambzie37 says:

      BTW James, I am so sorry about Hoppy. These furry friends become like family. It is so painful to owe them. We had to put one of our cats, Pippy (who was diabetic), down on Christmas Eve. That was one of our most painful partings from our pets.

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  30. Mary Ann Parks says:

    URGENT!!!! Charlie, you forgot to put any temperatures in! What are we looking at whilst looking at the candy thermometer!?

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  31. evergreen10 says:

    Wanted to share this Bethlehemian Rhapsody, especially with all the Next Right Step Baby Boomers. “This is how God’s love shows!”

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  32. jane manarik says:

    Your mom was beautiful, Charlie. Merry Christmas.

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  33. jeanO says:

    The thing about a false dawn …. It is hard to deal with the tension. Watching TV is like being assaulted. How are you all dealing with “news”?

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    • Beckita says:

      I watch just enough for me, Jean. The main message here is seriously my detox method. The ever ancient ever new focus to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope is a life saver in so many ways.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Rarely! 🙂

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Jean, I can only watch the news until I feel my blood pressure raising. I do mean that literally and I absolutely can feel it when it goes high. I find that reading the news isn’t as bad for my health as watching. First I offer it up and when I need the help, meditating on the Rosary lowers my BP. Thank you Mother. 🙂 St. Andrew — pray for us

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  34. canada1nw says:

    PERHAPS this is why Obama will not finish his term ? .These folks, on this video, are saying they are proving Obama’s Birth Certificate is a forgery. I hope this is an acceptable news broadcast, if not do not post it 🙂

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    • Patricia says:

      It may be canada that because Trump is the president-elect, Arpalo feels he can do this now without repercussions; a sad state of affairs in this country. It always bothered me that O would not release his birth certificate. Many I know thought it was due to the identity of his father. Who knows but it is extremely odd that his school records are sealed. Until Bush released his school records, the media berated him and labeled him dumb. When they were released, it turns out he had better grades than his Democrat opponent, Kerry. Charlie said hearts will be revealed in this time period. Hillary’s emails revealed her and the upper level Democrats’ thoughts, words and actions. No oxford comma 🙂 It would be nice to have the current president’s revealed also.

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      • Doug says:

        Ok. I just watched the whole video and it hit me for the first time what the implications are with this. I recently thought this did not matter since Mr. Oama is about to leave office, but then realized that is not true. If it is proven that Mr. Obama is not a natural born US citizen, then that means he has never been a legitimate president and it would call into question every single law he ever signed which could automatically nullify Obama Care. So this can be applied even after he leaves office. So this would still be a big concern to the Democrats if this is true.

        Now this could lead to why the left will go to extreme and desperate measures to steal the presidency away from Trump to protect this cover up. The fear is that the right may expose this. Oh how the plot thickens.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Sadly ;-( This is nothing new really except that five years on more experts in their field confirmed what other experts told us back in 2011 and the Left Media ignored and pulled out the Race Card portraying those who presented it as racists-n-bigots … and the usual suspect RINOs hid under their desks. I’ll say again! There is an Evil Power behind Obama, Billary & ilk …. and the dealing ain’t done on Election 16 and beyond. St Michael be with us!
      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! … and MERRY CHRISTmas ;-)!!!

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    • Nice post Canada. It looks like his birth certificate is a fake. Just to pile on here, some believe the reason Obama’s college records are in a vault at Fort Knox is:

      A.) They would indicate he claimed to be born in a country outside of the US, and
      B.) He was a C student

      So instead of genius professor from Hawaii we’d quickly have dumb schlub from Kenya. Ah, heck, his days as king are numbered anyway. And when he leaves, he can take his phone and his pen with.

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    • janet says:

      This is the first time I’ve heard about this. Why isn’t it big news?

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  35. Doug says:

    Just ordered my CD. Hay-diddle-ick-di-do. Can’t wait.

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  36. Steve says:

    And here is another one. Funny how this administration miraculously gets a backbone to stand up to foreign nations (instead of bowing to them!) when they feel that said nation helped remove them from power!
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/15/obama-says-us-needs-to-respond-to-russian-cyberattacks-and-will.html

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  37. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of “The Fake”! Get a load of this ****!! Can anyone here convince me that we are NOT ling in the times of Isaiah 5:20:

    “White House chief of staff claims Obama is the ‘most Catholic’ of American presidents”

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/12/15/white-house-chief-of-staff-claims-obama-is-the-most-catholic-of-american-presidents/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! …. & MERRY CHRISTmas!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      The current White House Chief of Staff wouldn’t know a Catholic from a Wiccan. Perhaps he ought to meet the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Signs keep coming …….More “Fake News”!!!??? I’m guessing not but you will not see this reported on ABCNNBCBS-NYT ’cause it simply does not meet the LeftLiberal Litany of “Religion of Peace” … and those who do report it will be libeled as Islamophobic, racist and VastRightWing Haters!

        “France: 10,000 troops on streets as Islamic State threatens Christmas jihad massacre”

        https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/12/…mic-state-threatens-christmas-jihad-massacres

        & the manifestly Evil Geo. Soros and his Pals/$$$$ will see to it that you will no longer have to endure all that awful “Fake” News:

        “Fix Is In: Soros Finances Group Helping Facebook Flag ‘Disputed’ Stories”
        http://www.breitbart.com/big-journa…group-helping-facebook-flag-disputed-stories/

        Meanwhile ….. BoobLand USA is @ The Mall … and ignorant of what’s coming!…. and happy to be in that state ;-(

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! …. & MERRY CHRISTmas! 🙂

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  38. MarieUrsula says:

    Charlie, thank you for making the clear distinctions between true hacking and ordinary efforts of other countries to influence elections.

    This Associated Press story today feels ominous to me:

    https://stream.org/obama-vows-retaliation-for-suspected-russian-hacking/

    President Obama himself is now going on friendly talk shows to make the emotional case (without hard facts) for whatever the administration plans to do “at a time and place of our own choosing.”

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  39. Judith says:

    And now let me direct your attention to http://www.spiritdaily.com and the article “Did angels stop bombing from killing hostages?” Breathtaking story. I’m wondering why I never heard of it before now. One would think it would have been all over the news [1986]. Perhaps it is a story for our time, to bolster our faith and trust in God’s ever present love and mercy. We are not alone and He has it all in hand.

    Holding you all in my prayers. Merry Christmas

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  40. wpsahm says:

    Asking for prayers. My brother (56) is in the hospital with massive memory loss from what appears to be a series of seizures brought on by his alcoholism. He considers himself an atheist but claims to be open-minded to the reality of God. I pray that this is a positive turning point for him, a “come to Jesus” moment for him so that he can embrace Christ and change his life for the better. Thank you for your prayers.

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  41. Charlene M. Miller says:

    Maren, My daughter also has increased intercranial pressure…..also called sudo tumor ceribri. She was diagnosed almost 20 yrs ago. She had 2 shunts placed, both cerebral and lumbar. The headaches continue ,sometimes less sometimes more, but they have helped,and God be praised she has been spared papilledema. She continues to work as a nurse practioner . There is a research foundation now studying this condition,I believe it’s in Oregon. With medication and much prayer she perserveres. God does take care of us even if we all don’t receive miraculous cures….but life is a miracle. I will pray for your daughter. God bless all here.

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  42. Pascalou says:

    And after my request for prayers, thanks for each answer;
    . Tomorrow (Sunday) I leave for 48 hours to the sanctuary of Ars with St Jean Marie Vianney, I shall entrust him quite all your intentions and particularly all the priests, the bishops of TNRS’s family , all the priests of our parishes. and all the priests who need prayers.
    Pascalou (France)

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  43. CrewDog says:

    This is imported ammo! How much much Made in USA ammo I wonder. Not a good Sign that all is well in the USA 😦 …. and you can bet that most of this ammo is being bought by the producer/taxpayer class ……. thank you Lord Obammy the “Uniter” … Gun & Ammo Salesman of the Year … every year ….. since 2008!!

    “Americans Bought ‘17,850 Tons’ of Imported Ammo in Last 12 Months”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/16/americans-bought-17850-tons-of-ammo-in-last-12-months/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE …….. & MERRY CHRISTmas!!!! 😉

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  44. Michael says:

    Charlie: I am new to your web page. I enjoy your material. It’s insightful, both in terms of spirituality and politics, and makes fascinating reading. Moreover, you appear to be sincere and hold yourself accountable.

    I also share your belief that God is preparing to intervene in human affairs in an unprecedented way; it’s impossible to imagine that our slip into a post-Christian world is going to reach its full logical extension as if Christ had never become a man. But I am uncertain how to assess your prophecies. If you are willing or permitted, I would like to explore your interpretation of them in a little more detail below.

    My concern is that I was badly burned when I fell for the Locutions to the World (LTTW). I have come to believe LTTW was a demonic hoax. They were far too accurate in predicting a very wide range of worldly events to have come from any single human source but could also be periodically inaccurate, and in hindsight, far too condemnatory of various living people. They succeeded in at least one likely goal; I have lost credibility with my entire family and friends over the subject of private revelation. To be frank, I need to be more discerning, and that includes a healthy skepticism of your ideas and others (including Medjugorje, Garabandal, the messages to Anne a Lay Apostle, and the revelations to Luisa Piccarreta all of which I currently lean toward accepting as authentic).

    As you have alluded to in some of your writings, there are obvious distinctions between your prophecies and LTTW. Still, I assess as one of my failures with regard to LTTW was a willingness to accept some rather improbable predictions. There are some improbabilities in your predictions as well. It’s not that I doubt God can do anything, but to the extent mankind will play a direct role in God’s plan, God tends to use the existing state of human affairs rather than manufacture capabilities that do not exist. Please forgive me if I misstate something (I too am limited in my own ability to interpret), but my questions revolve around some things you say that seem rather improbable. So to the extent you can clarify anything, I appreciate it:

    1. Inauguration.

    A. As I understand, you have been told that the next stable U.S. President will not come via the normal political process. Given that it takes at least six to eight months to successfully establish stable leadership as President, would it be inconsistent with what you have been told to wonder whether you have misinterpreted the precise timing?

    B. I cannot tell whether you know the cause of the upcoming instability but commenters on your website seem concerned that it will be internal to U.S. politics, something I don’t see as likely. Would it be inconsistent with what you have been told to think it would come from a natural disaster, significant act of terrorism or substantial cyber attack?

    C. Assume for a moment that some terrorist act kills Trump, would it be inconsistent with your prophecy if Pence were to be sworn in as President, or if Trump and Pence were both killed, what about the next in line – Paul Ryan?

    2. China. It’s almost impossible to see China invading Europe or the U.S. because they simply lack the logistical capability (air and sea) to power-project beyond their immediate sphere of influence. Would it be inconsistent with your prophecies if the U.S. ended up in a major war with China somewhere in Asia, for example over Taiwan, Vietnam, or elsewhere in the South China Sea? Or what about China using cyber warfare to shut down the U.S. electrical grid, something that would cause unimaginable chaos?

    I have more questions, but do not have time right now. Thank you for anything you can do to clarify.

    God bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Michael, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I never bought Locutions to the World (LttW) as being of divine origin – as I stated here repeatedly. Yet I thought, as I noted in this piece after it crashed, that the episode served a good purpose – to refine our efforts at discernment. Prophecy is not fortune-telling. That is why I rarely go into much detail. The critical part of it is what we are called to do – which of course, is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

      With respect, I said a week or so ago that I will do no more clarifying. I have said what I have said. The purpose of all of this is NOT so you can figure out every detail and then come up with a plan of your devising to deal with it. The point is so that, when you see these things unfold you will live each moment well whatever comes, not because you have figured it all out, but because you trust God and know He intends our reclamation, not our destruction. I do not do this out of any disrespect for anyone, but simply because the endless parsing of details only begets more parsing. It is to constantly re-arrange the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. The ship of the old way is going down – and the arrangement of the furniture is not going to change that.

      Now, as I have said, if the inauguration goes on without incident, I will go away. In the last month, some people of substance have asked me if I would stay in the woods if, after a short time, things blew up anyway. One pointedly demanded of me how that would differ from pouting if I did. If I got that very major detail wrong, I would hope this is going to pass by and will retreat from the scene (while leaving the record up). If, however, things later blew up entirely, I would make my way back to work. And I will always be obedient to the legitimate authority over me. That is as much as I can say or really do. The key thing in all of this is not figuring out all the possible details, but to live with real fortitude under God your duty honorably throughout. If you do that, you will do well whether you pay any attention to me or not. You cannot know all that comes, but you can resolve that you will live your duty to God and those around you the best you can at each moment along the way. That is all any of us can ultimately do.

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      • Michael says:

        Charlie: Thank you very much. I am so new I was unaware you have committed to avoid any more specifics. I ask your apology.

        As an aside, I did not mean to parse to know how to survive but to aid in discernment. My real concern involves the souls of my children scattered around the world who have varying degrees of fidelity to the Church. My ultimate objective is to help them “live each moment well whatever comes, not because [any of us] have figured it all out, but because [we] trust God and know He intends our reclamation, not our destruction.” There is an opportunity here to regain some lost trust and so influence their salvation. In the end, however, I have to place my trust in God for all things, their souls included.

        Of course your reply and reasoning make perfect sense. Your intent to withdraw if the inauguration takes place without incident is impressive and speaks for itself. By chance, our entire family will be skiing inauguration week to welcome home one of our children from a lengthy deployment. How potentially ironic is that?

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        • Michael says:

          I meant to say “regain some lost credibility on this general but vital subject” rather than “regain some lost trust”. I retain a very good personal relationship with all of my children though they are not all living fully Catholic lives. Michael.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It’s a funny thing, Michael…if you work to be true, while trying to get it right, even when you err all will be well. I described what it means to focus on being true in the piece, All In. If you focus on being true at all times, the trust you gain will transcend the ups and downs of judgment and misjudgment. But I also think you are right on an important point: the devil knew of these times and sent a lot of frauds to discredit prophecy and even twist what is the true definition of it – and to cause people who can proclaim hope to quiet themselves after an error. Proclaim hope, always knowing that God works in strange ways, but always seeks our reclamation, never our destruction…and you will become a profound sign of hope in the midst of all life’s storms.

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          • Barb421 says:

            wait..the devil knows the future? I thought he did not have that advantage , also I remember reading somewhere a long time ago, that he cannot read our thoughts, but he does understand our countenances…?

            Like

          • charliej373 says:

            Barb, the devil is not stupid. He is incredibly intelligent. He needed no supernatural knowledge of the future to see by perfectly natural means what consequences our increasingly disordered actions would bring. He knew a century ago.

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          • Michael says:

            Charlie: your advice is of great comfort to me. Thank you.

            Barb, I concur with Charlie, but with LTTW it was more than that. In hindsight, it was as if the messenger was in the room when decisions were being made around the globe. The messenger would report it to the locutionist who would then post the information on the website shortly before the news went public (or sometimes simultaneously). I offer several examples: 1) hinting that Pope Benedict would step down a month before it was announced; 2) stating that the conclave was “considering a non-European” a week before the announcement was made; 3) emphasizing that if the nation of Jordan fell then Israel would fall, a week before that very subject was discussed on NPR; 4) highlighting the approach Russia would take to gain a foothold in Eastern Ukraine after the fall of Crimea and shortly before the fighting broke out; and 5) declaring that Israel was considering attacking Iran a couple of days before the Jerusalem Post had an article on the same subject. This provided an aura of credibility. One of my children, who remained skeptical about LTTW even as it racked up one accurate prediction after another, told me they thought LTTW was an incredibly smart hacker. I don’t believe the latter.

            But the LTTW messages could also be cruel. Several times the locutions would publish a message of great hope about the United States shortly before a big Supreme Court decision. (E.g., Obamacare and Gay marriage.) There was always a strong implication that the hopeful prophecy was linked directly to the Supreme Court decision. When the decision would be announced a couple of days later, it was like the air went out of the balloon. That was something I always considered extremely odd – didn’t Our Lady know a couple of days before the decision was announced what the Supreme Court had decided?
            If so, why offer all this hope linked to the decision if she knew the decision went the other way?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have never known heavenly beings to act like a news anchor or pundit offering daily commentary on transient events. They are focused on the larger context, first things, as it were. That is ONE of the reasons I was dubious about LttW, even though it made some thoughtful meditations.

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          • Michael says:

            I recognize we have moved on to a new post, but after examining my conscience, I believe LttW appealed to the Gnostic in me – I craved information others didn’t have. Reading LttW became more important than reading scripture. Thank God they crashed in such a spectacular way. Many of their prophecies, including perhaps the one about the great economic collapse, seem more what the demonic world intended for our world. But God is in charge and so much of what was intended by evil did not come to pass.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh, that is marvelous, Michael. Your response suggests you got exactly the sort of refinement in discernment God intended with this situation. It will serve you well in the future.

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          • Hear, Hear, Charlie! And thus why I simply skimmed your Americo-centric blogs, oops, Website postings, before I heard the Birmingham Video. But when I did, after my mom saw you, I thought, “Wait, he is not Americo-centric, but loves America and the Ideals, the Freedom that got Us, us in the Rest of the World with Hope through the Years of Oppression since WWII.”

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        • Mick says:

          Welcome to the TNRS family, Michael. 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Well stated Charlie. Thanks for keeping the ship straight.

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    • Doug says:

      Michael, welcome here!

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  45. Evie says:

    Your information helps to dispel incorrect information. Thanks.

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  46. Are we having. TNRS Squirrel Fudge Throwdown?

    I’m in, if we are!!

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  47. Joe Crozier says:

    Well Padraig of MoG, in his own words, has given himself the Chrismas present of banning me for good. Once again he has vilified and condemned me and for that I am grateful – after initially wanting to do some of my own ass kicking – and I have been given the grace of being able to offer it all up to God. In the greater scheme of things this matters little but I was glad of the chance to defend Pope Francis on his site. That had already been removed so there was less point in me being there.

    It is, of course, the Pope’s 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Holy Father.

    And a Merry Merry Christmas to all here when it comes. I am off to join a friend and his family today for an early Christmas lunch. I will be the only non family member there. How kind of them to make me feel like one of the family just like you guys make me feel at home here.

    Heart felt thanks.

    God bless America, land of the free,
    Stand beside her and guide her. Amen

    I believe she will be great again and it will not be long until the journey begins in earnest . As with every journey it begins with one step. May this step be the right one – perhaps one in the direction of Jericho.

    As Crew Dog says so well

    “God bless all here.”

    Love, Joe.

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    • charliej373 says:

      And God bless all our friends and faithful in New Zealand!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Joe, I’m glad you can be done with all the distress, arguing, judgement and anger on MOG. Who needs that!? You are such a kind soul and always seem so happy and peaceful here 🙂 Plus I love your prayers, stories and comments. We can defend the Holy Father best, I think, by living the love, happiness and joy he is always spreading all around the world..and I haven’t seen any other place on the net that does this as well as TNRS!! God bless you, Joe! Merry Christmas 🕯🎄🕯

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      • Ha! (That’s a polite Ha, IHNSE…) This is the only social media-blog-website I have ever checked out, so from what I hear, people should be happy to have been banned from there! I create enough agita, so says Doug: 괴롭히는 사람

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      • Doug says:

        Amen Snowy!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Aw Snowy, you are so right, good example =good life. No one does it better than TNRS. I have been on the defense all night and am feeling wasted but I had a beautiful warm sunny ‘Christmas’ day with my friends – ham, chicken, lamb, salad home made mayo and pickled onions, potato salad, curried eggs, pavlova, cream, ice cream and strawberries, wine and beer. I forgot all about the trouble until I got home and went online. Beckita has also been a great support. God bless you all.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Yeah I am laughing at myself again. I offered it all up then took it all back now I have let go again. With a little help from my friends!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Wow, Joe, sounds wonderful..and yummy!
          I’m glad you found some peace. 🕊

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Snowy
            Last night after a final confession (in which I held the Rite II queue up badly – been less than a week since my last one but it’s amazing how much you can find to mull over – the priest actually cut my act of contrition short but he had been very patient with me up til then, poor man) I went to a real ethnic Chinese eatery where the menu is written in Chinese and English.

            I am flying with China Southern airlines tomorrow night – just getting a taste for the great food. Those real Chinese places are probably quite common in the USA but not here except in Auckland. I had eaten there before and it all tastes quite different to what you usually get. I had pan fried pork and cabbage dumplings and spicy chilli and garlic fish soup which had loads of things I did not recognize. Yummy – would have fed an army – even I could not finish it. I was going to try the fried pigs intestines but no room. Beckita says I missed the best bit. Looking forward to my traditional Christmas lunch. There was a strike planned by British Airways but that was called off. D.G.

            I have been trying to put together a wee true Christmas story or two for TRNS but I have been too tired and busy. So forgive me if these feel rushed and unpolished

            Their theme is light and life.

            My second last patient of the year came in looking much better than the last time I a saw her. There was healthy glow to her face and a new light in her eyes. She had presented with headaches that had been dismissed as inconsequential by allopathic (normal) medical practice. She has lost a huge amount of weight and her hair had fallen out. Medical opinion had diagnosed alopecia and ‘normal’ headaches.

            I suspected something else and wrote to her G.P. suggesting that a scan was urgent. And there it was – a huge tumour in her cerebellum. This was removed cleanly without complication and because it was encapsulated in a cyst sac, no radiation or chemo was necessary. This very sac that allowed for safe and complete removal had also made diagnosis difficult. It would have killed her had its pressure on her brain stem increased. She was very happy when she came to see me yesterday and so were her husband and her children and her step dad, and so was I. Her hair is growing again and , as the farmers say around here, she has put on some condition. What a wonderful Christmas gift.

            Another very interesting patient has been coming to see me recently – by the way they are happy for me to share all this – patient confidentiality is of course paramount. He has always been very adventurous and sporty. Him and a friend sailed around the world in a tiny yacht when he was very young. He steered by the stars. Just the first of many adventures. He also raced in the America’s cup. On one of his adventures he was sailing from Auckland to Panama. That was in 1974. There was a crew of 7 on that yacht. It was tightly run with beer rationed to one a day.

            One night when they were many many miles from land a mysterious light settled high above them and bathed their boat in its glow. It stayed still and was so bright the crew could not look at it directly. They had a meeting the next day and everyone agreed that it was inexplicable and not to talk about it after the trip as they would be thought to be nuts. The onboard rules were relaxed, they all got drunk and talked it out never to be mentioned again.

            Let me divert a little – I had previously told this man during his treatments about the Storm and the Rescue and also about how on the 23 September 2017, the feast of Padre Pio, a constellation reflecting that seen on the Tilma has been predicted to be visible in the sky. (I do not say this is The Rescue) I had talked to my patient about The Tribulation and the Rescue and we had wondered what His role could be in it all. He has had 7 heart attacks and his heart had spontaneously grown collateral vessels because he had kept so fit. But recently he needed surgery. He does not have a Faith but he does have faith. How could he not! He feels his role will somehow relate to his rare and exceptional ability to navigate by the stars. He feels he will have a great understanding of the heavens when they reveal their secrets, an understanding that goes beyond science and in this he will be a sign for others. He will see the constellation of the Tilma and witness to it in a way that will give hope to others.

            To get back to the story –
            They continued on their journey but I am not sure how the light that had settled above the boat related to their onward course up the West Coast of South America. Anyway they eventually came across two elderly ladies stranded for many days on their yacht, stuck in the doldrums, so dehydrated they were near death. They rescued them and took them home and were hailed as heros in the local press.

            They continued on their their journey through Panama and were then attacked by communist forces near Cuba. Once again they escaped.

            How many unexplained lights have come to waken us in our lives and give us food for thought. How many lights have, like with the Magi, set us on a different course. They went back by a different way. How many have brought us to new life and a second, third or umpteenth chance to try again and set us on a different better way. . Just like confession does.

            How often when we hit the doldrums of life and are at the point of no progress and no return are we rescued and restored to health of mind, body and spirit or at lease be given new hope. How blessed we are to have our Catholic examination of conscience that sheds new light on our lives and sets us on a better course, rescued form the despair of the doldrums and the threat of disaster.

            The sea, danger, darkness, Communism, isolation, dependence, the stars, new hope, rescue – how could I not see a broader and deeper meaning in all this. My vision has not come into focus but it is coming, like Christmas

            O come, O Come Emmanuel
            And ransom captive Israel
            That mourns in lonely exile here
            Until the Son of God appear
            Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel
            Shall come to thee o Israel.

            Merry Christmas one and all.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh that was beautiful Joe. Both stories were moving. Thank you and Merry Christmas from under down under (yes that’s double down under)!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe, wow. You have such an amazing life and so filled with amazing experiences and people! Thank you, thank you so much for sharing all of this! Just beautiful and the light out at sea- incredible! I believe it 🙂 This- my favorite: “My vision has not come into focus but it is coming, like Christmas (love this)
            O come, O Come Emmanuel.” (one of my favorite songs- along with What Child Is This and O Holy Night)
            Such simple, beautiful poetic words. Thank you, Joe, for all of this. I enjoyed reading every word! God bless you and have a very Blessed Merry Christmas!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Joe, wait.. you held up the confessional line? Isn’t that the unforgivable sin? 😇 Ooooh heehee! Just kidding. You know what’s even funnier? Being in line waiting and seeing people who are also waiting getting mad at other people for holding up the line… thus adding more sins to confess.. hmm. lol a lot of snickering while waiting in line 😏

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          • Beckita says:

            Love this ending, Joe. You pull the strands together again, weaving them with God’s Beauty. Thanks for your witness to faith, hope and love.

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          • Joe Crozier says:


            The first line made me think of you Snowy

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thanks Joe 🙂 🌨❄☃

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh My Goodness, Joe! Te Harinui has sprung a waterfall of tears. SO beautiful. God bless the Maori People and all New Zealanders! Here’s a view of two gorgeous New Zealand Christmas trees.

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          • HNSE, that is one of my pet peeves, though. With such few opportunities for Confession in so many parishes, when you do have a longer line and only a fixed amount of time and the Priest needs to get ready for Mass, I always recommended to those who like to take longer try to call for a Confession outside of the regular hours amongst other solutions, such as if I know that there is a long line, I ask them just to keep to the grave matter or that which is most on their hearts.

            Imagine depriving someone who was coming to Confession for a grave sin and they not being able to get to the Confessional in time and the distress that that might cause them.

            Joe, I always see the role of helping each other includes the Confessional line and, while good to have the habit of confessing venial sins, in those circumstances of a long line/short amount of time, trusting that the Sacrament automatically forgives and heals those and only grave sins need to be confessed is practicing an Act of Trust for the sake of Charity for your brothers and sisters!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            YD, okay-sorry. I was just being silly. I agree, you’re right about this. When I go and someone takes up all of the time, I offer it up and try again later or asap or if not possible, do as you said above 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          And you are a good support her a Joe! Merry Christmas!

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi Joe, Very few warm sunny days in this country. Enjoy yours for those of us who are freezing. :0)
          https://t.e2ma.net/message/j66du/v7bw4c

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen to this, Joe: No one does it better than TNRS. And mmmm to your yummy lunch. Was that the blow off the roof party? No. Shoot off the fireworks because the roof is on party? Or how DO you New Zealanders characterize such a an event?

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    • Mick says:

      God bless you, Joe. 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Merry Christmas Joe!

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    • janet says:

      You’ve been banned for good? 😦

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      • Sound like others should ban for life themselves after Padraig’s purported recent statement.

        Perhaps this is something that one of his local readers should take to Padraig’s Ordinary for clarification and guidance for those on that Forum.

        Joe Crozier, you lucked out, it seems just in the knick of time!
        +🙃

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        • Mike says:

          I was actually think of doing that as I think the site is heretical. But, since its run by a layman with limited theological background I woukd doubt the diocese would be able to do anything. I’m praying for him and others who are also taking the heretical pathway. It’s sad as I still believe these are good souls but unfortunately they have jumped off the Barque into the raging storm. Let’s all pray for them and for all of us. I’ve decided to not delete my membership but I’m not engaging in the back and forth.

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          • Mike, all the Christian Faithful within his territory (I am not going into the exceptions of shared territories, etc) fall under Ordinary’s care and the Ordinary has responsibility for them. Were Padraig under my care, I am sure he would get a phone call from somebody. (Nothing too menacing like in horror movies, but wouldn’t that be fun to make the point about Heaven and Hell! 🙂 ) (Of course, I have no idea where he lives, just maybe. . .)

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        • Beckita says:

          LOL, YD! You should be with Joe Crozier now who’s feasting on haggis and other savory morsels, such as blood pudding – and it ain’t pudding as we Americans know it. Charlie, he’s also munching away on tablet in these days of visiting his family.

          I had been posting incognito, not frequently but occasionally, writing under a sweet screen name – yah! sometimes, I try to fool people into thinking I’m sweet 😉 – to defend Joe and defend Charlie. (Lord have mercy on them for the ways they have smeared, misquoted and judged Charlie.) Joe had remained for the express purpose of defending Pope Francis. And that Joe did with truth and wisdom, with courage and fortitude, with clarity and charity to all. The controlling gang just couldn’t take it. After Joe’s final ban which involved trashing his good name, I posted a a strong correction for this injustice and was promptly banned. So be it.

          However, I do feel a responsibility to pray for them even while being repulsed at their naughtiness – to put it nicely. Robert Cunningham has named the problem: “Vanity clouds the reasoning of otherwise good intentioned people.”

          One of the most sobering aspects of these times, to me, is knowing I am capable of such as this. I am. Each of us is. YD, please continue to exhort us to humility, simplicity and love. Thank you. Amen.

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          • Doug says:

            I stayed out all last night trying to hunt for haggis with no luck. I’ll try again tonight.

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          • You might try using a pig, Doug, much like in truffle hunting. As Charlie says, “It’s all about having the right equipment.”

            (Yes, you can twist this and tell me that pork haggis is an unsound novelty.)

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          • Doug says:

            Funny you mention that YD.  My friend who runs the organic pig farm close by, who comes to our storm dinners, plans to use the woods behind my house to graze his pigs in the spring time.  That sounds like it will be the perfect time to hunt for haggis and maybe get some truffles at the same time.

            Sent from Doug Pounds mobile

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        • Beckita says:

          You’re right, YD: “Perhaps this is something that one of his local readers should take to Padraig’s Ordinary for clarification and guidance for those on that Forum.”

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  48. Diane says:

    Charlie,
    I had printed about 50 cards with the following:
    Acknowledge God
    Take the Next Right Step
    Be a sign of Hope to those around you
    Immaculate Mother of God come to our rescue.
    On the front of the card are different images of Mary.
    Do I have your permission to pass them around?
    Love. I do. Diane

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  49. I’ve heard Aleppo has been freed and that the people are thrilled. There’s an order of Carmelite nuns that have also stated that it’s been freed. (I have a friend in England who is contact with them regularly)

    Now, granted, this administration doesn’t want Russia and Syria to come out looking like the good guys, especially Assad.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/12/13/aleppo-freed-biggest-us-defeat-since-vietnam/

    I know nothing. I’m just praying, knitting, making Christmas for my family (Charlie’s mom’s fudge!!) and not watching the news and seeing what God does each day. I’m *really* looking forward to Charlie’s end of year wrap up.

    Merry Christmas, friends. Praying for all of us every day.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There is supposed to have been a cease-fire going into place, but it is uncertain what is happening with civilians in some sectors. This has been brutal…whatever happens, Assad and Putin will not be the good guys here, though they might end up the “not as bad” guys.

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