The Heartbeat of America

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By Charlie Johnston

I rode a train from Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville, Virginia. I don’t care for buses, but I like Amtrak. Riding a train offers the cozy intimacy of coming in the back door of an old farmhouse you know well. It is kind of like seeing America from the back porch.

I am rarely charmed by a house when looking at it from the front. That is the formal, family portrait view – it is usually pleasant, but offers little insight to the character of the household. On a train, you see mostly backyards – backyards with their benches, garden tractors, toys here and there, maybe a pond. You get a sense of the life lived in those houses. Similarly, businesses always seek to put their best face forward. From the front, they show what they would like you to think they are. From a train, you simply see what they are – certainly the arches and signs, but the dumpsters and gritty alleys as well.

Most evocative for me, a train cuts through large swaths of woods, forests, fields and meadows; across brooks and rivers. It is how I saw much of the country when I walked my pilgrimage. On a train, you see clearly that the interior of the woods are rarely dense and overgrown. That is largely confined to the borders. It is something I discovered while walking. Duck into the densest woods and I rarely had to go more than 15 feet back before it got much easier and less overgrown. The train ride so hearkened me back to my fondest memories of my pilgrimage that I yearned for a backpack, bag and tent with which to duck into the woods and take a nap. If you want the closest visual equivalent of a pilgrimage you can get, take the train.

What you won’t get from a train ride, though, is the clear view of the great heart of Americans, which despite the polarization of our cynical politics and public debates, beats strong and true. I have always had a more optimistic vision of people’s hearts than most, but my pilgrimage confirmed that optimism in ways that astounded me. People’s hearts desperately want to reach out to each other. I often tell stories of

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Sr. Marie Ursula – our own Sr. Bear

 

these episodes in my presentations. The atheist in Alabama who plaintively expressed the hope that there is a God after we spent an hour and a half over coffee talking about everything except God…the homeless man in Ventura, California who gave me his spot for a night and offered to give me several days’ worth of cans he had collected to take to the recycling center if I was short of cash…the gangbangers in Baton Rouge who, taking pity on an old man walking, got a bag full of snacks and juices at a convenience store and gave them to me…the young homeless woman in San Antonio who burst into tears when I asked her to pray for me, telling me many had offered to pray for her but I was the only person who had ever asked her for prayers…the woman in the convenience/liquor store in Mississippi early in the morning who held my hand and prayed for my protection when she realized I was walking for God…the Mexican man and his little daughter who, seeing me resting in the shade of a tree in Colorado, fried me up two burritos and brought a can of orange soda across the street to refresh me. So many people invited me in to share a meal with them or stay the night. I found that people are not just willing to be generous, but hungry to be generous while wanting not to be played.

 

I have often said that if you scratch the surface of a cynic, nine times out of ten you will find a disillusioned idealist looking for a reason to believe again. We live in cynical times but, oh, how our hearts long to cast off that cynicism!

My missionary journeys of the last two years have confirmed the great heart I found on my pilgrimage. Far from the madding public debates, spread all throughout the country, unnoticed by the chattering classes, are people living the simple Gospel messages every day. When I am on the road, I meet two or three times a week with groups of Nuns or Priests who are joyfully working to bring the loving light of Christ to those around them.

I first fell in love with an order of nuns in Opa Locka, Florida, where I met the Marianitas. Living in a tiny monastery house, they gather food to provide 300 families a month with a month’s worth of food.

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From left, my friend John Bailey, the Miami area coordinator, Sr. Doris, me and Sr. Elsie at the Marianitas House in Opa Locka.

They do this from poverty, themselves, relying on their social security checks and food stamps to make up the shortfall of what they can collect. Yet they do it without even a hint of self-pity or worry, always joyfully confident that the Lord will provide. I spent an afternoon joking and laughing with these dear ladies, completely taken with their infectious enthusiasm and joy. It was by no means the last order of nuns I fell in love with.

There is the Society of Our Mother of Peace near Springfield, Missouri. Srs. Fidelis and Regina lead a small contingent of nuns who offer little trailers back in the woods for solemn retreats – and spend all year knocking on doors to evangelize people and gather support for the neediest in the community. I was tickled to learn on my last visit that the dear sisters have been practicing riding bicycles – in full habit – so they might get around more easily.

At Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Santa Clara, California, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley, they have

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Sr. Fidelis and me at their remote retreat center – or “solitude,” near Springfield, Missouri

Daily Noon Masses that routinely get 700 people during the lunch hour. The heart of Christian faith may be hidden from the bully babies who rule the Silicon Valley, but it beats strong, nonetheless, hidden from those who would fire a Christian for being a Christian.

 

The New York-based Sisters of Life, only founded in 1991, is a young, vibrant, joyful order of nuns completely committed to the culture of life. I visited with some of them over the course of a week while they were making a retreat in Colorado. Theirs are not strident voices in the culture wars, but prayerfully ministering to pregnant women and rescuing babies from the clutches of the abortuaries.

In Willey, Iowa an entire community of people – Nuns, Priests and laymen, is rising on the prairie under the leadership of Sr. Marie Hesed – a visionary and practical nun as part of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Mission (SOLT) where people can find “…peaceful solitude with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, fellowship in community life, and work in sustainable agriculture.” Sr. Marie is one tough, strong-willed woman (she has to be – she spent some time working in poverty and formal oppression in Communist Cuba). She has all the toughness of the Mother Superior from the classic Sidney Poitier movie, “Lilies of the Field,” though her heart and her gentle smile give immediate welcome to all.

I could write endlessly of the many nuns who are laboring with great love all throughout this country. I tell you, they are closer to you than you know, completely unheralded by the media. Find them and help them. In doing so, you will find joy.

I have met with so many Priests, Deacons, and Protestant Pastors, completely committed to their work, completely in love with the souls entrusted to them. They, too, are confused by the strange divisions and strife that engulf us today, yet they soldier on, determined to be a sign of hope to their little flocks. If you saw how tenderly so many of them care, how they agonize to find what is right and how to live it, how to

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A vibrant young group of the New York-based Sisters of Life, with New York’s Cardinal Dolan

spark gentle hope in their spiritual charges, it would fill you with confidence in the future of the faith. It has done so for me.

 

I find laymen actively searching out people and communities they can open their hearts to, helping with projects both little and big, all with an emphasis on the dignity of the human person, rather than just treating people like pets and engaging in social work as an exotic form of animal husbandry.  Almost always, it is fueled by regular prayer meetings, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

The only thing people want for itself is happiness. Alas, many have completely lost their way in how to find it! People have ended up chasing after things rather than ends – and like a drug addiction, the initial pleasurable sensation leads to obsession that becomes a nightmarish plunge into the abyss. They keep trying the things that got them there in the first place in a desperate attempt to get out of the abyss…and keep getting deeper. Physical addictions, if not checked, lead to early physical death. Spiritual addictions, if not checked, lead to despair, bitterness and a consuming malice that mutilates the heart and the soul. When lust replaces love, when greed replaces the work, when manipulation replaces ministry, darkness

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Sr. Marie Hesed of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Mission in Iowa

overwhelms. When the substitution of means for ends becomes culturally supreme, the world becomes a boneyard. No wonder there is such enthusiasm for zombie stories in modern life: our whole society has become filled with the walking – and mindlessly malicious – wounded. They lash out at the people who criticize their drug of choice: lust for power, money or casual sex – as if those people are the cause of their unrelenting misery. Just a few more shots of that drug will make everything okay, they think. So they attack the very people who are trying to rescue them from the misery they have created.

 

Happiness does not come from relentlessly indulging one’s appetites. In fact, that is a sure formula for misery and despair. It comes from fully engaging with your family and fellows, living your commitments out of love, restraining your appetites in order to live full fellowship with them – to see in everyone the fullness of the dignity of their person – and to respect that dignity. It is the Lord, Himself, who gave us the way to happiness, the precepts which gave rise to western civilization – which gave rise to real human liberty, rights and prosperity. The rise of Christianity is the rise of Western Civilization is the rise of human liberty and innate dignity. A great irony of our times is that those who call themselves modernists would toss this all overboard to return to the very primitive brutish tribalism that brought only misery and suffering.

The good news is that people across the globe are reconsidering this brave new world. Millions, mostly laboring in quiet obscurity, are dedicating their lives to caring for their fellows. I know. These last few years I have spent a lot of time with them – and they never complain of microaggressions or how painful it is to have someone disagree with them. Millions more have checked their own spiritual addiction and begun to rediscover the happiness that comes from living the simple virtues – and denying their excessive appetites. I know. I have met many of them, too. Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN reports that eight million Muslims converted to Christianity last year – and that for the first time in a long time, Africa has become a majority Christian continent. The bad news is that the spiritual addicts are reacting like any unrepentant addict does when his supply is threatened: threatening violence in a screaming, bottomless rage.  When there is such a large cohort of addicts, the threat of petulant violence is very real – and gets more perilous the closer we get to the loss of the anti-God progressive authoritarian state they thought they had secured. Many of the Christian converts from Islam have had their conversion motivated, in part,  by the institutionalized doctrinal brutality of their former faith. Isis, in order to stop it, only knows how to double down on what drove the converts away in the first place. Kind of like the bully babies of the American left who, having driven ordinary Americans away by their toxic condescension and bullying, think the way to win them back is more of the same.

Throughout the world, we seem poised for the eruption of a series of irrepressible conflicts. I see little chance of avoiding all of them. But I want you to know that if this terrible conflict must come, it is not the collapse of civilization, but the death throes of those who have so long assaulted the very idea of civilization. When I tell you that the way forward in all things is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you; to live the ordinary way in the present moment at all times, I am not just giving you a motto to live by. I give you a summary of the Gospels, the way to find happiness, and the meaning of life.

Things are going to be scary for a while yet. I cannot tell you different. But the key to everything is the people’s hearts, their commitment to their family and friends. I can tell you these last few years (and during my first pilgrimage) I have seen the heartbeat of America. It beats strong and true. You don’t see it in the media, you rarely see it in official pronouncements. But it is there, strong and true – and the assault of those who would eliminate it are just the fireworks heralding the restoration of Western Civilization – and Christianity. Every assault will make that great heart grow stronger. Your job in this next year is to collect cynics – by becoming their reason to believe. Be not afraid: God truly does call all men to salvation.

 

 

 

 

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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519 Responses to The Heartbeat of America

  1. Pat Murphy says:

    Is Sister Bear from Davis, California? And why is she “our own Sister Bear”? If she is the one I know but haven’t seen in years, she is an identical twin. I would love to hear what she is doing these days.

    Thanks so much, and I love your blog, for it gives me hope,

    PAT

    Patricia Yoldi

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sr. Marie Ursula often comments her – and we affectionately often call her Sr. Bear. She lives in Oregon.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      (((((Pat))))) Yep, I’m Sister Marie Ursula, aka Sister Bear, the person you know from other areas of ministry. I’ve been back home in Central Oregon since 2012 ~ and many other places before that.

      Charlie, it’s amazing what one can find in cyberspace. I was surprised!

      I’ve been tending to a few unexpected things here in the forest, so I just now read your whole beautiful essay. It is true. There are so many good, salt-of-the-earth people that do undramatic kind things that never make the conflict-addicted news.

      For example, we’ve had about three feet of snow here during December. Our eldest elder, age 101, would have been snowed in ~ the snowplows were in triage mode and couldn’t get to her long driveway. So our associate Karen found two local Strong Free Men who gladly spent an hour carving out a path to the plowed part of our elder’s gravel road. It was a “community service” they felt good about.

      And there are so many other examples . . . .

      Grace and peace to all in this holy New Year.

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  2. Storm Tracker Ed says:

    Beautiful meditation Charlie, thanks.

    We see things, stubbornly mostly, from our singular perspective which we cling to until the bitter end. The backside of reality a whole lot of the time. The backyards and trash barrels as the train goes whizzing by.

    I have been thinking about Charlie’s often admonishing us that God writes straight with crooked lines. That we can’t see all the way around God and his plans. That He has a thousand ways to accomplish His will.

    As we approach Inauguration Day in just 3 weeks I have been thinking also about the Big One that Charlie was first told about in the Spring of 2008.

    “I constantly go back to what I call “first things,” what I was told specifically or the larger, immutable principles that have been embedded in me, to re-examine my interpretations. I have often said there will be no presidential election this year. Actually, there are some narrow circumstances in which there could be, but the results would be irrelevant. What I was told was that President Obama would not finish his term and that our next stable national leader will not come from the election process. You could have an explosion of events after an election and before an inauguration. You could have Obama declare a national emergency, cancel elections, extend his term and then depart before the extension was up. The most likely scenario is that everything will be up in the air before election, but there are narrow circumstances where that may not be.”

    https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/through-a-glass-darkly-redux/

    Now over the past year of so that I have been exposed to Charlie’s message one of the main mysteries has been this prophecy that:

    “What I was told was that President Obama would not finish his term and that our next stable national leader will not come from the election process. ”

    I have often pondered what this means. To me it the surface meaning is the plain one…. he will not serve his full term as President of the United States ending on January 20, 2017. An alternate interpretation is that he will continue as President past inauguration day for some period.

    I leaned heavily toward the latter for many months. I have changed my thinking. I now lean heavily toward the former interpretation.

    In fact, I now believe Charlie’s prophecy has come to complete fulfillment at this time. President Obama has stopped serving as President of the United States in any commonly understood meaning of the word. If he ever served at all as President of the United States.

    Any objective view of the incredible actions Obama is undertaking in his final days in the Oval Office leads to this astounding conclusion. We no longer have an official President in the Oval Office. Only a person who has temporary possession of the title of POTUS.

    Breitbart has a short summary today of Obama’s late term activities that can hardly be reconciled with actions of somebody who is trying to serve the country. In fact, these actions on the surface appear to constitute nothing short of an attack on the United States.

    The article lists seven acts of outgoing Obama that are confounding for an American President acting prudently in America’s best interests. There are a lot of such lists being compiled these days. They are like connecting dots. Stretching back a long way if we care to connect them. We could all probably add a few strange actions by Obama that when linked together over time show a pattern of harm to America that no real, serving, President of the United States fulfilling his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States would ever contemplate much less pursue with a relentless determination to harm the country.

    Breitbart describes it this way:

    “President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office seem dedicated to setting foreign and domestic policy on fire to make life as difficult as possible on his successor, Donald Trump. Here are some of the biggest mousetraps Obama scattered across the White House floor on his way out:

    1.Betraying Israel at the United Nations: Obama’s refusal to block a United Nations vote against Israel, his administration’s shadowy machinations to bring that ugly motion to the floor, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s long-winded broadside against Israel will leave President Trump with a massive political crisis in the Middle East, and quite possibly a security crisis, if terror groups and their “political wings” are emboldened by the rebuke of Israel.

    Obama’s Israel maneuver also damages American credibility, teaching would-be allies that the United States is not the best friend to have. America’s erstwhile battlefield allies in Syria can teach the same lesson, assuming any of them are left alive to take the podium. This comes at the very moment aspiring hegemons in China and Russia are showing their allies how Beijing and Moscow will go to the mat for them.

    2. A new Cold War with Russia: After eight years of relentlessly mocking anyone who said Russia was a major geopolitical threat to the United States (most famously including his 2012 presidential opponent, Mitt Romney) Barack Obama suddenly realized: “You know what? Russia is a major threat!”

    He also awoke to the dangers of cyber-warfare, after an entire presidency of treating electronic espionage as a purely political problem to be minimized and spun away, because taking it seriously made him look bad. Who can forget how Obama left victims of the OPM hack twisting in the wind for weeks, because the administration didn’t want to admit how serious the attack was?

    No, it was Hillary Clinton’s loss in the election, and the desperate push to damage President-elect Trump’s legitimacy, that made the president who politely ignored China hacking 25 million American citizens’ private data get tough on information security. Until now, states involved in cyber-espionage never got anything worse than a few carefully-chosen words of sour disapproval from the expiring administration, but the Russkies received a sprinkling of sanctions, and 35 diplomats were expelled.

    Presumably Obama thinks he’s maneuvered Trump into a position that will make whatever rapprochement he might have entertained with Moscow more difficult, or at least more politically costly for the new President.

    3.Ban on oil drilling: An overt act of sabotage directed at the American economy itself, leaving an especially heavy bootprint on Alaska. Smug administration flacks spent the past couple of weeks assuring media talking heads that Obama’s unprecedented abuse of an obscure law was impossible for his successor to reverse. It’s like they stayed up all night, looking for executive actions that can’t be undone by the new President four weeks later. (Amusingly, Obama dropped this bomb on our energy sector just a few weeks after publicly advising Trump not to abuse executive orders.)

    It’s likely that legions of lawyers will battle throughout 2017, and perhaps beyond, to determine if Obama’s “latest poke at Trump” (as Politico put it) really is irreversible. What a lovely parting gift from the departing President to the country that elected him twice: a pile of gigantic wealth-destroying lawsuits!

    4. National-monument land grab: The other theoretically irreversible presidential edict discovered by Obama’s munchkins is the ability to designate national monuments. Another 1.65 million acres in Utah and Nevada was yanked off the market in the last week of December, bring Obama’s Antiquities Act acreage up to an unprecedented 553 million acres.

    5. Eliminating the national immigration registry: Just in case Trump got any ideas about using it as the basis for the “enhanced vetting” he has promised for immigrants from terrorist-infested regions, the Obama administration killed a long-dormant program called NSEERS that once committed the unforgivable politically-incorrect sin of tracking military-age males from violently unstable Muslim-majority countries.

    It’s highly debatable whether the NSEERS program was of any practical use. When it pulled the plug, the Department of Homeland Security noted that the post-9/11 program called for collecting data that is now routinely collected for most foreign visitors, along with more sophisticated biometric information. Almost everyone saw the elimination of these roles as a purely symbolic act — i.e. political sabotage directed at the incoming President.

    6. The great Guantanamo jailbreak: After paying little more than lip service to his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for much of his presidency, Obama went into overdrive in his last years, transferring over 150 detainees. A shocking number of them ended up back on the battlefield.

    7. Depicting Trump’s election as a disaster: Let’s not forget Obama’s acts of rhetorical sabotage, such as describing Trump’s presidential campaign as a crime against American class and racial harmony, or his wife wailing that all hope was lost for America’s children. Trump himself has taken note of the “many inflammatory President Obama statements and roadblocks.”

    It’s hard to remember a previous instance of the outgoing president attacking the legitimacy of his successor this way, especially during the transition, before the new chief executive has actually done anything. And it’s probably not over yet. The time for big executive orders is growing short, but Obama is always just one day away from calling a press conference and saying something else that will make the transition more difficult.”

    Breitbart….Dec 31, 20016

    It is simply becoming far more apparent, transparent and alarming that Obama long ago stopped acting as President of the United States. He finished serving that function perhaps only minutes after taking an Oath he has clearly not upheld since January 20th of 2009. And perhaps never intended to uphold.

    It has taken almost 8 years for the fulfillment of the locution given to Charlie in the Spring of 2008 to become alarmingly apparent. In my view the conclusion is becoming more solid as each day passes that fulfillment happened in the blink of an eye shorty some time after noon on January 20, 2009.

    At that moment he ceased being our President. He vacated the Office. And assumed another role entirely.

    We may never know the true extent of the damage that a man claiming to be President of the United States has wreaked upon the nation and continues to inflict to his utmost until 12 noon three weeks from now.

    He did not finish his term as President of the United States. He ened it very, very, very early in his tenure on that Office. America has been operating without a true helmsman at the rudder for a long, long time.

    What remains is to be seen is what God means by….”our next stable national leader will not come from the election process.”

    We missed the first part even as it happened….at least I did. It is only becoming clear at the end. Will we have eyes to see how God writes straight with crooked lines with respect to the last part?

    We have not ridden through the Storm yet. The worst may lie ahead. Keep calm and TNRS.

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    • Beckita says:

      Interesting thinking here, STE. I had previously read the Breitbart piece and continue to be amazed at how asleep so many seem as they are steeped in normalcy bias.

      In honor of your right-focused closing sentence:

      At the same time, I appreciate the fervor in this adaptation:

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    • And who knows what role he has played in encouraging the upcoming 70 nation conference on Israel/Palestine on Jan. 15th, 2017?

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    • Joe says:

      Ed, this is an interesting take, but are we seriously going to start making these “connections” when Charlie has been so adamant in what he meant in that prophecy? Charlie himself has said his prophecy is wrong and will go away, if the peaceful transfer of power happens on the 20th. How about we look into these connections if the visable Rescue from Our Lady happens this year. THAT is the main event, that we can then look back on the others. Let’s not start making potential excuses because it currently looks like the inauguration will happen. I could be wrong, but “acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope” doesn’t mean “hedge your bets”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that is what it sounds like you are doing here.

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      • charliej373 says:

        You are mostly right, Joe. I have said that if that particular prophecy were to be wrong I will not want hedge on it – and that since I made it, I would go away.

        To be precise, I am under no illusion that the satan could never deceive me. He has tried frantically ever since the turn of the millennium to do so. I have had a lifetime of training to make good discernment – and that training has helped me to dismiss most such efforts. Even so, on a few occasions, I have started to go up the wrong track and have had to rely on my angel to correct me. If, for some reason, deception was involved and my angel chose not to correct me, there could be error on this prophecy. Since it is my job, for which I have been trained, to avoid such things, then I would declare myself unreliable and go.

        A few weeks ago, a few fellows who are not big on mystics asked me to lunch. To my surprise, their initial concern was whether my departure would be irrevocable if the inauguration came off. I laughed and said that, of course if there was a normal inauguration and a coup a few weeks later, I would be right back to work. They were both relieved, one noting that I am the only one who has gotten the unbelievable trajectory of these times right – and with real hope…and that I was already right even if I am wrong on a particular – and my voice would be needed before this is all finished.

        I do not make many specific pronouncements. I must be accountable for those I make. We are in a Storm and there will be a Rescue. If it please God that I should be rebuked and withdraw, I am good with that. If it should only be for a time, in order that I may be rebuked and purified, I am good with that. It wouldn’t be the first time in the course of my training. If I have failed in such a fundamental way that my work must pass to another, I am humbly good with that. At each step, I have had to do the best I can. Sometimes, it is not good enough. I could not have NOT said what I said on this, for it was clear and I am obliged to speak candidly on those things I am called to speak at all on. On every thing I have ever spoken on, there has always been the possibility of error on a particular, for I am just a little one. But I am also commanded to take full and manly responsibility for everything I say and do. I am not allowed to speak as an uncertain trumpet, nor am I allowed to mealy-mouth error. God will work as He works. Since He always works to reclaim us, He is surely working to do the same now. Each of us has a job to do. We each must do it to the best of our ability and to take responsibility at every step for what we do – and leave the rest to God.

        We are in a Storm, there will be a Rescue. That much I have been shown since the first dawn of consciousness in my head. I am willing to be whatever is useful – to suffer, to triumph, to be humiliated, to be honored…whatever advances the Masters plan, trusting always that His plan is altogether true, merciful and just. A big part of my training was being shown over and over again how little and fallible I am and how great and omnipotent He is. Whenever I have had a setback in anything, He has proved true and just. So I speak as I am called, always feeling out on a limb, but knowing that living the full measure will help in accomplishing His plan.

        I remain sadly unshaken in my belief that we will not get to a normal transfer of power. I hate that we have to have a Storm at all – but I have rejoiced in being called to be a sign of hope in the midst of it. In the unlikely event that is taken from me, I know that God’s ways are altogether true, merciful and just – and for our reclamation, not our destruction.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen. Amen. Amen, Charlie. The ultimate line for me continues to be my focus:
          “God will work as He works.”

          No matter the life each one lives and the post each one mans, I pray for this level of detachment for each of us: “In the unlikely event that is taken from me, I know that God’s ways are altogether true, merciful and just – and for our reclamation, not our destruction.”

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          • Oh, it’s going to be nasty alright. I’ve heard there’s going to be a bunch of protestors at the inauguration, and the only group that the National Parks Service allowed a permit for is “Bikers for Trump”. That doesn’t mean there can’t be a large sit-in on the National Mall set up ahead of time ala Occupy Wall Street. It’s not going to be peaceful AT ALL.

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        • I love your humble response, Charlie.
          “… I am just a little one. But I am also commanded to take full and manly responsibility for everything I say and do.”

          And your total TRUST.
          “…I am willing to be whatever is useful – to suffer, to triumph, to be humiliated, to be honored…whatever advances the Masters plan.”
          I’m going to add that line to my daily prayers and pray for total TRUST to really, really mean it.

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        • Doug says:

          Amen Charlie.

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        • Joe says:

          Charlie, I sincerely appreciate your response and hope you didn’t take my response as hostile toward you. I understand the stakes for you, but also for the rest of us who are trying to spread the message of TNRS. This is a good spiritual message; a spiritual direction site, if you will. But (you’re welcome Beckita 😉 😛 ) we were all drawn here due to the prophetic message. If you “go away” ,yeah that would stink, as this site has provided good spiritual direction for my every day life. However, I was leery of “visionaries” before and I would DEFINITELY be jaded after. My hope is in the Lord, but I’m seriously in need of a Rescue!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh no, Joe, I did not think you were hostile at all. I just don’t think the stakes for me are near as high as people think they are. I have done what I was called to do and will continue to do it.

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          • Joe says:

            Well that’s good. I hope this isn’t just one epic troll, then hahahaha 😀

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          • charliej373 says:

            It certainly isn’t that, Joe. But I suspect many people have not pondered what a conundrum they will have whatever happens. If I am right, you are still going to doubt the Rescue – especially given the frenetic spiral of impossible events we have ahead. If I am wrong, people will still ponder what it means that I could get the unpredictable trajectory of these times so right and miss this particular event. Serious people will be left uncomfortable regardless. And that is how it should be. I have emphasized from the start that what is important is to live what we are called: to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. Yet I know that despite that, many people still want to reduce it to a fancy form of fortune-telling. I know that however it all comes out, it will force more people to rely more on what is the heart of prophecy, what we are called to do – to truly rely on God. As they do that, they will develop a very deeply-ingrained confidence in God – and in the Rescue, despite the transient terrors that arise. When all can internalize, really internalize, what I wrote in All In and truly live it – then we will be fully prepared for all we must do.

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          • Alfred says:

            It seems to me that one of the things folks may forget is that we have free will, and trajectories can change based on choices people make. Once a prophecy is made based on what will surely happen if folks don’t change their ways, what happens then depends on the choices people make.

            Look at Jonah. Nineveh was surely going to be destroyed, but the Ninevites repented, and the inevitable was suddenly changed completely.

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          • James Williams says:

            We are all talking about TRNS here, everyone is excited about the rescue. My friend told me about a Mr. charlie and yes it was the prophetic message of hope of the rescue Thingss are at a deploration state and knowing that. My friend.s mother is so excited about that the Virgin Mary saving us she’s over 90. We will be keeping our eyes and ears tuned to the next few weeks as Obama’s term will not be completed and Trump is outed. But that’s no the importnt issue, TRNS and spread the gospel of the Lord, God bless the work you do, the message is spreading, we are very excited.

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  3. thankful4mercy says:

    Prayers for everyone on here! So many are going through some very heavy battles now.

    Please pray for our family – we have some chronic health conditions that do not seem to abate as well as a child with a life threatening health condition. And the storm clouds seem to be gathering with our extended family. Many are away from the faith and even those in the faith seem to be allowing worldly things to be taking the place of comforting those most in need in the family. It is a tough and painful time.

    God bless you all!

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  4. KMA says:

    A Blessed and Happy Vigil and Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. May we and this year be completely hers.

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  5. Linda says:

    Charlie.. first off.. I pray you are feeling 100% better, dear one.. second of all.. Mike and I went to 430 Mass tonight for the great Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, and the octave of the circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Our Monsignor Ken, sure sounded like a Next right stepper…hmmmm… He talked about China and the goings on in the sea there, Russia, lack of peace.. etc etc etc and then he went on to say that all we can do is begin with ourselves… to change ourselves to a peaceful nature and then spread that out wherever we are such as our families or where we work, wherever we happen to be at the time…. Boy.. he sure sounded like a Next right stepper… Happy New Year dear Charlie, Beckita, YD and all you holy people of God! Let us all BOLDLY proclaim the rescue late 2017!!!! 😉

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  6. Peter says:

    So excited to hear from artists on here! You are correct that a dark form of modern ugliness has taken over our art institutions. I myself just graduated from the Maryland Inistitute college of art with a bfa in painting in 2013. I feel blessed that before this, I was trained in traditional painting techniques that honor tradition. There’s many ways to relate modernism to Protestantism, though I am a fan of many things Protestants and modern artists excell at. The core reality however, is that modern artists and Protestants, though I love many aspects of their contributions, got off the boat. As in, they broke themselves off from history and because of this they are missing huge chunks of influence and wisdom that have been passed on to us. In the arena of visual art they are missing traditional painting techniques, compositions,geometrical design used to place things in an artisticly intelligent and pleasing way and get across a message, among other things like ideas of how best to capture objective beauty. On top of this, since they have no deep roots, they are especially victim of the spirit of our age. I think Jesus said something about deep roots in the gospel 😉. Which makes them easy victims for indoctrination in modern ideas of art making, especially when they get sent to art institutions like the one I went to. Thank God, in my case I think my time with my Catholic painting teacher before I attended the institute gave me a partial antidote to this. However during my time there I abandoned my faith and fell for this modern ideas because they are so “relevant” and “that’s where the art world glory and the money is to be made”. I started making work that was self referential and since I had fallen away from God, that self reference looked ugly. Tangled lines, aimless subjects, ego coddling ideas were among the mix. The path in making art this way goes nowhere, no matter how many contemporary hands are clapping. Eventually I found myself full of dark spirit and could not even pretend I was making art that was adding to society. A long time ago I got direction to draw the crucifixion as a form of contemplative prayer that would heal me. I ignored this for a long time, all during school. When I found myself in this darkness I started impulsively drawing the crucifixion. Since I was full negative and dark energy, and an artist uses their spirit to make art, this subject matter was the perfect form of catharsis. It was the subject matter of the crucifixion that created a bridge between the darkness and the light in my spirit and in my art. I recovered that tradition I had been taught before college and now it’s becoming more a part of my artistic and spiritual world. Thank God. I feel full heartedly that we are entering a profoundly artistic age. Everyone is creative. First the father came with thunder on stone and built a nation. Then the son came and said those same things from the poetic mouth of a man, and now we see Mary and the Holy Spirit coming to help complete the trinitarian act of redemption, and I have a feeling it’s very, very beautiful. What is the lady clothed in the sun battling the dragon but this? : beauty battling the beast.

    Best wishes tnrs family. God bless all of you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Are you the young artist from Baltimore I met who drew such a lovely picture for me on an index card while I was speaking? If so, I can vouch that you are quite talented.

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      • Peter says:

        Yeah that was me haha! Thanks for the compliment! You gave me some good advice there about making work from a Christian spirit that doesn’t necessarily have to be straightforwardly Christian subjects like Madonna and child etc. Me and my friend still crack up about the joke you told us. Happy new year!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh gosh, if you get a work you could share with us sometime, I would love to put it up, Peter.

          I had a wonderful visit with my daughter and her husband. They have had many trials and not handled many of them well. But I found them really humbly committed and doing very well. We dramatically strengthened and renewed our family bonds. My daughter was quite taken with the little picture you drew for me – so I got a frame for it and gave it to her. I hope you don’t mind. But she knew how it delighted me – and it cemented our joy that that delight be shared.

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          • Peter says:

            Wow! As you would say, I am “tickled” . That is the way I love art impacting people. Back in high school me and my family would go out to dinner and I would draw people I saw from the table. At the end of our meal I would get up and give them the drawing. I loved seeing their surprised faces. Also, mom used to force me to go to adoration. Out of boredom, since I had little faith then, I would draw the monsterance and alter in my sketchbook to pass the time. Lo and behold, those sketches became very important to me as I came back to the faith. It’s amazing how God can work through things like little sketches. So heartened to hear about your daughter and her husband and that your bond has been renewed, and honored my sketch played a little tune in the song of reconciliation. I frequent this site pretty regularly, and am moving back home from Baltimore to near Emmitsburg,MD. there with the quiet and contemplative atmosphere of the valley, I plan to really buckle down and make some finished works. If I come up with something I think would hearten this crowd, I’ll send it your way. Thanks again!

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  7. Anne says:

    I am seeing a pattern……. First I read pope Francis’ homily in Ecuador July 6 2015. 3 days later Charlie’s Heart of America. Then Malletts Jesus……. And then Recieved an email from Kitty Cleveland about her new CD.
    This was after a series of conversations in the same few days with people whereby I realized how much technology and way of life is leading people into isolation more and more. I have watched the effect of growing use of technology in elementary and even earlier over the last few years. In the space of 2 hours I had separate conversations with a speech pathologist who works with 0-7 and then met a behavioural therapist who just happens to work with 0-7…. 3 days after I spoke to some kindergarten teachers……. All confirming each other.
    There were other” coincidental conversations” in this time.
    All points to what Mallett has written…. Jesus.

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  8. Anne says:

    Out of darkness….. Out of isolation…..out of survival mode……….
    And the people of the kingdom, and the people of heaven, shall rise together,shall rise forever and God shall rule!

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  9. Well written, Charlie. Some excellent, evocative descriptions of travel by train and foot through the USA. It reminded me of the period immediately after I became a Christian at the age of 30. I was blessed with a long commute from Long Island into Manhattan (and back) every day, about 1 1/2 hours each way.

    I say blessed deliberately, because it was as a passenger on the Long Island Railroad that I had the opportunity to read the Bible for the first time. I’d tried before, but without the Holy Spirit within me, I’d never made it more than a few chapters into Genesis. On those earlier attempts, the words seemed dull and lifeless, meaningless to my modern day circumstances.. But now, after God had given me new eyes with His Holy Spirit inside my heart, the same previously dead words were life to my soul. I just couldn’t read enough of it, all the stories spoke directly to me and my daily walk with Jesus, my new found Lord.

    I’m glad that you also mentioned the amazing revival and move of the Holy Spirit now occurring amongst the Muslim community throughout the world. It’s a wonder to hear how God is reaching them through dreams and visions whilst other efforts at evangelism have been closed off through violence and intimidation. Here’s the remarkable testimony of a Shia Muslim terrorist who had a vision of our Lord that changed his life forever;

    Dave

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Dave. I sure am glad you comment here. I don’t always completely agree with your take, but I sure am glad to hold you as a brother in Christ.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Drdave that is am amazing video thanks for sharing

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    • Karen says:

      Dave, it would be marvellous if all Christians had ‘the fire’ that came from this man’s conversion. However, I note one sad comment , but an extremely important one, that was made at the end of this video. He said words to this effect: “Can man become God?” and “Can the great God who made everything and who can do everything become man?” To both questions the answer was “No!” So it has been 18 years since his conversion but he still retains the Muslim belief that it is blasphemy to think that God could be Father. He believes that God simply manifested himself in the man “Jesus”. I pray that this man is still on the path to Truth – Jesus.

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      • I know the part you are referring to Karen. I had the same concern about it. But I went back and replayed that bit on the video. What he actually says is this – can man become God? No, of course, he can’t. But then he continues on and says, can Almighty God come in the body of a man? Yes, He can!

        Try clicking on about the 17.00 minute mark, and he covers the above in the next minute.

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        • Karen says:

          Thanks Dave, it is more than likely I am being overly pedantic – my apologies! I have replayed it a few times and although he says at 18.05 “As Christians, we do not say Jesus Christ is the son of a god because God had a child, no, no, no…..” there could still be room for doubt – I would have to hear him explain a bit more. Too quickly maybe I took the above line in isolation, but on face value it is incorrect. Our Creed expresses right at the beginning ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty…….and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary…..” It doesn’t say that Almighty God manifests himself in a child born of the Virgin Mary. Happy to let it go and include him in my Territory of Souls, and pray that he may continue his good work – didn’t Jesus say “Whoever is not against Me, is for Me”.

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  10. Charlie I have a job for you.
    I would like you to reprint the article you published on Sunday August 28, 2016 Titled The Election…and Other Potential Triggers.
    When you review this article you should see the logic behind my request.
    I would say Happy New Year but I don’t think it is appropriate for this year 2017.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think I may include it at the bottom of a group of brief thoughts and notes a little later, Robert.

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    • Alfred says:

      Robert, au contraire my friend. My view is that if/when Charlie’s predictions take place, it will be the happiest of years. The attacks on our faith have been extreme and the attackers blind to the effects of their actions. How could the result of a societal metanoia not be cause for great rejoicing (whether here or in the afterlife)?

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  11. Danna says:

    Charlie and so many of you have been a sign of hope to me and my family the past year.
    I am so grateful for the faith, hope, and love shown here. We have just signed on to be a storm group leader for the Louisville KY area. Praying for you all
    and especially for Charlie as he continues his mission. Thank you for your courage and fortitude Charlie.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and your newly forming group, Danna.

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    • Theresa Morris says:

      I too live in Louisville. Weber are you??

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    • Annie W. says:

      Danna, my daughter goes to St. Martin of Tours in Louisville. Are you near there? I wish she could meet some TNRSers. I have visited and met some wonderful people from that parish, and what a magnificent church it is!

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      • Theresa Morris says:

        I know your priest. Fr. David. Wonderful priest!! Tell him hello for me, please. He baptized my mother -in law on her death bed. Such a blessing!!

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      • Doug says:

        Annie, email TNRSanswers and maybe we can link you up with someone local to your area.

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        • Annie W. says:

          Thank you, Doug. It’s my daughter who is in KY and I’m way out west. I have to find a way to explain TNRS to this holy daughter of mine, and see if she can find Danna’s group. I may take you up on the suggestion you give to find someone near me. The West Coast forum covers so much area; even San Diego is huge. As a matter of fact, I often wonder if we will have gas for our cars to get around at the worst of the storm, in order to meet with each other. Seems as though we would not, but then we’ll just take the next right step! God bless you!

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          • Doug says:

            Annie, is your daughter already on board with Charlie? Does she have an active faith life already? Is she concerned about the cultural slide we are in? If the answer is no to all of these, then you may consider backing up a bit on whether she is ready for a storm group. I don’t know where she is at. I assume you know. If you think she is ready, you can use the TNRS local connect network (see link on Charlie’s home page) to see if there is anything close to her. Also, please remember that God knows right where you are and knows right where your daughter is. So prayers are something you can always offer. God bless you!

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  12. Sarge says:

    Happy New Year to all my TNRS friends – too many to mention all by name.

    Praying for all of you in 2017…

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  13. Beckita says:

    Many Blessings to All on this great Solemnity of the Mother of God!

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    • donna says:

      yes, a beautiful Feast Day for the start of our new year…..Blessings to all here…..

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    • Tarja says:

      Thank you, Beckita! It’s really nice to see this very beautiful “Tenderness” Icon of the Mother of God here!
      We had her feast day December 26th – a day for her and also for the holy family’s flight to Egypt. Martyr Stefanos has his day 27th December. These little differences…

      It is a little hard to begin this year 2017 here in my “circles”. I talk about the dangers of the future only to my husband and daughter because my son-in-law is an Orthodox priest who does not want to speculate with the future (they usually don’t do it here in Finland). My son is not a believer although he has softened a bit after years of prayer. I can’t talk about these developments to any other person either, outside my family. And I know from many indicators that it’s going to begin very “soon”….

      I was myself amazed at what (who?) recently led me to write to MoG Forum for a few weeks. I didn’t plan it at all but comment after comment was written and then, at the last time, I wrote “perhaps last time I write about these prophecies”… Next day Padraig issued a notification about the Pope… and I realized I cannot take an active part in that forum discussion anymore. Of course I had noticed many strange features in it’s mode(?) of operation but tried to cope with it. Now it is impossible. I am so sad about those developments… and as an Orthodox Christian I trust Pope Franciscus more than many Catholics – which seems strange. And I’m happy now that this Charlie’s blog is my “international internet community” (in my dream) because if it had been MoG I would be terribly disappointed at the moment.

      Thank you Charlie, Beckita and everybody and remember sometimes us European readers, too!
      God bless you in the coming year!

      Tarja

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ah, how I long for us all – in the old world and the new and in the developing world to join together to joyfully celebrate a full-throated Christmas. Hark the herald angels…I think they are warming up.

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      • Beckita says:

        We are happy, Tarja, that you remain here with us. Our European readers are as important and welcome here as is every reader from every country. 😉 I read your beautiful witness at MoG about Charlie and this site along with your additional valuable contributions there. I was an intermittent reader with a different screen name who was instantly banned for challenging a difficult situation. And so it goes in these days. So much and so many for whom to pray. Now here we are in 2017: a year of great fulfillment!

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        • donna says:

          Beckita,
          I just voluntarily left MOG after being a member for many years….I had several different screen names over the years….Many members have gone off the rails over our Pope….I didn’t want to be a part of a forum that was doing such things. My grandma used to say if you lie down with dogs you are going to get fleas…..So I left…I pray for all of them there because in essence they are all really good people….just misguided.

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          • Beckita says:

            Hi Donna! I thought that was you speaking as a voice of reason. You have again spoken well by noting the goodness of the people.

            Certainly we each have a right to see what we see, think what we think and feel what we feel. I, too, noticed misguided elements. I have to say I also observed pride, arrogance and egocentric behaviors at play. Humility, I think, can often be the hardest virtue to maintain.

            I continue to pray for all of them too, Donna, and I’m sure to add my own conversion in the mix as well!

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      • dianebelvs says:

        God Bless You Tarja! So glad you’re one of us here!!!

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        • Danny Lee says:

          What is MoG? I read the stuff from Donna about being against our Papa Francis. I bet it is anti-Charlie too! I tried to type it in to the web but I get stuff on video games?

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    • thankful4mercy says:

      What a beautiful icon!!

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    • tinabarry says:

      Wow, that is strikingly beautiful and I don’t usually find this art very beautiful.

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  14. victura98 says:

    Msgr Charles Pope, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington whose blog is well worth reading, posted his New Year homily. It sounds almost as if Msgr. Pope has been reading Next Right Step. 🙂
    http://blog.adw.org/2016/12/2017-will-important-year-homily-solemnity-mary-mother-god/

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have long been a fan of Msgr. Pope. This is a particularly good piece.

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    • Beckita says:

      I appreciate the work of Msgr Pope as well, Fr. V. but I missed this one. Thanks for sharing it. Continued prayers for you and all our priests as I imagine you’ll be busy, busy, busy as God’s Plan continues to unfold in the coming year.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      Wow. Thanks Victura

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Thank you Father. This was an important column that I read earlier today. Now everybody can read it here!

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    • Alfred says:

      Msgr. Pope’s sermon is a great one. I was especially encouraged by his response in the comments to a scientist named David. In it he defends Cardinal Weurl despite disagreeing with him on a particular issue. I think too often division occurs because minds are closed to the workings of the Holy Spirit who comes to the Church in diverse ways. Bishops are either liberal or conservative as though those labels somehow defined the whole person. We are being brought to the whole truth; none of us knows it all yet.

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  15. Thomas Augustine says:

    Happy New Year everyone!! 🎊 🐿

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  16. antoine727 says:

    1st of January, 2017. At last, here it is. We’ve still no more than 20 days before the prophecy will unfold and Obama will keep the power, leaving the world in chaos as prophesied. I hope everyone is ready and has taken the right steps/measures! I’m personally starting to move my money. This long-waited prophecy, which will fulfill in a few weeks, will be a definite sign to help us to remember that Rescue and Triumph won’t be far away, as we will have to wait only until toward the end of this very same year! These are the reasons for which I personally can’t wait for this, it will be a great sign for those of us who awaited, even if I’m conscious that we will have to suffer much. But as Charlie said, is unfortunately too late for the main things to change. But after endurance, comes the Rescue! So, Just 20 days of patience, for the first sign to occur, and we will know that Rescue is near!

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Lord of Hosts is full of surprises. Let us wait on Him.

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    • Theresa Morris says:

      Didn’t Charlie say that Obama staying an extended period in office was only a possibility as to how things could unfold and not definitive? Or did I miss something?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Yes I did, Therese…and I appreciate you not mistaking my exploration between the ways things COULD happen with the things that MUST happen.

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        • antoine727 says:

          Thanks Charlie, my fault, what I wanted to point out is that one of the clear and fundamental prophecies which the Angels foretold you so long time ago is Obama not finishing his term, and not necessarily Obama extending it. Again, my fault. By doing so, the Angels of God gave us plenty of time to prepare and secure our assets, before chaos will shortly unfold. I’m pointing out this because I’ve always been confident that you received words of Truth! Others readers around the web are criticizing you instead because they don’t believe you, but they will be proven wrong, because the “real stuff” will start shortly. There is no doubt about that. The non-election of Trump will be a clear and much-anticipated sign indeed, I would be really curious to know what they will tell when the prophecy will fulfill! I hope they will offer you some form of excuses, at least. So, just a couple of weeks of patience for the storm to start unleashing its full power! I hope everyone is prepared and confident that there won’t be anything to fear.

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      • Doug says:

        Yes. Possibility, but not definitive.

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  17. Another Karen says:

    A Happy and Blessed New Year to all. May this be the year that we all rise to fulfill the plan that God has for each of us throughout the storm and Rescue, and that He will, to quote Crew Dog, save us all here! You and your intentions are all in my prayers!

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  18. John in B-N says:

    Love the ikon of Our Lady and sweet-kissing Jesus, Beckita!

    In the East, today is the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord. Here is a link to an image:

    ‘When the Savior condescended for the sake of mankind, He was willing to be wrapped in swaddling clothes, and He Who was eight days old on the side of His Mother, and eternal on the side of His Father did not disdain the circumcision of the flesh. Wherefore, let us cry to Him, O believers, Thou art our God; have mercy upon us.’

    +Doxasticon of the Feast, Tone 8
    …….

    ‘Mother of God, Joy-of-all-who-sorrow’ … pray for us!

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful! Thank you, John, for this instruction on the Feast of the Circumcision which you celebrate today. I love this, new to me, invocation: ‘Mother of God, Joy-of-all-who-sorrow’… and it gives me hope this day. Thank you so much, John. Blessed be the Precious Blood of our Infant Jesus shed at His circumcision!

      Another meditation at Christmas time which captures my heart is based on the Wood of the Cradle become the Wood of the Cross become the Wood of the Altar.

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  19. Just wanted to reprint this excerpt from Charlie’s post titled “The Election…and Other Potential Triggers.”

    “It has been an eventful roller coaster of a year throughout the world. But this next year is going to make it look, by comparison, like a drive through the flat prairies of the American Midwest. I have never told you the things I have in order that you would know how what must happen will happen, but in an effort to exhort you to choose to trust and follow God. You do that by the ordinary way of acknowledging Him, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to those around you – by doing the little that you can that is right in front of you. I did not tell you about the disrupted transfer of power ahead so you would know the mind of God, but as a sign to exhort and encourage you to choose trust in Him and the ordinary way, to fortify you for the fearful year leading up to Rescue.. When it happens, if you take it as evidence that you have figured things out, you will faint in terror early on – for whatever your expectations, much of them will be dramatically wrong. You must choose to trust your heavenly Father like a child through this horrible year. Nothing less will suffice.”

    Happy New Year everyone.

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    • I am glad you reprinted this. Our expectations are often very wrong. We end up convolutin events just to make them fit a nicely imagined scenario. Next right steps happen one day, one hour at a time. I think we betray a subtle mistrust in God when we try to plan our next right steps in advance. Day by day. Step by step. The year will be very happy, even while carrying our daily crosses. One step at a time, even as those steps approach Calgary. Mary, our Mother, accompanies us. Peace, blessings and love to all.

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    • Beckita says:

      So much to ponder, Patrick. Most salient to me in this passage is the closing: “When it happens, if you take it as evidence that you have figured things out, you will faint in terror early on – for whatever your expectations, much of them will be dramatically wrong. You must choose to trust your heavenly Father like a child through this horrible year. Nothing less will suffice.

      Pondering and praying…

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  20. Melisa says:

    Hello Charlie and Co.,
    Praised be Jesus Christ on this Feast of the Solemnity of Mary!
    I just wanted to say that I enjoy reading the articles you write, Charlie, and also the comments by other readers. I sense there are many kindred spirits here…
    Thanks for posting about the beautiful tri-fold Surrender Novena Holy cards. I ordered a whole bunch of them to send with Christmas cards and to hand out to fellow Catholics. I first heard of this novena at an Advent retreat at our parish that I attended in 2015 as I was awaiting the birth of our 8th baby. I was overcome with anxiety (in spite of having a deep desire to trust Our Lord) and the novena couldn’t have come at a better time!
    I’m not sure what’s ‘in store’ this coming year, but I know, deep down inside, that God’s hand is on everything, and I’ll continue sending up lots of prayers. “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Alfred Lord Tennyson.
    I’m so, so grateful for all of our faithful priests. I am a convert to the faith, and have an especially deep appreciation for the healing and grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I was able to make it to Confession on Christmas Eve this Christmas season, and there were 6 priests hearing confessions at our beautiful Cathedral. Our priests are awesome!
    Hoping I’ll have the opportunity to post more. Joy and blessings to all here!
    Melisa

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome, Melisa!

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to the TNRS family, Melisa! Like you, I am a convert; and like you, I think that Confession is awesome. What they do in our corner of the diocese (our vicariate, deanery, or whatever it’s called) is that during the two weeks before Christmas, each of the 6 parishes has a penance service; and all the active priests in the vicariate are at each penance service (and also one 83-year-old retired priest who is in residence at one of the parishes). Anyway, there were either 9 or 10 priests hearing confessions at the penance service that I attended; and it still took 2 hours for them to hear all the confessions. 🙂

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  21. .Happy New Year to the family here! Especially as we start the year of the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima…it’s certainly a special way to celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of God as we begin the year of the Rescue by God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Thank you Charlie for the great reflection…it’s a good comtemplation of the simpler things we all can find in our lives Over thanksgiving and Christmas we have been more present to our families. It’s really a joy to see people around where we live…now, in the more relaxed post Christmas rush, trulyenjpyijg family time, playing outside, enjoying simple pastimes, etc. Our one day of winter thus far in Fl fell on New Year’s Eve. After we had a chilly run (40 degrees) came home to the little frost on our backyard. The beauty of that simplicity of beholding nature … then later that day, my husband taking the time to plant a few tomatoes rosemary & parsley plants. He’s taking our small little NRS as we prayerfully prepare like the group here to Let Go and Let God.

    From our mass readings today to all TNRS:💕

    The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

    JMJ

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  22. All, long time lurker …..I have enjoyed reading all the comments from the TNRS group. Look forward to posting soon…..Thanks,

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  23. Shadowlands says:

    I am terrified at what may come this year, but am trying to remain close to Our Lady and to her precious son, our savior Jesus. I have special needs children and our family is in the process of moving across the US this month and the beginning of February. I am praying our family won’t ne split up and that my children will make it through. In the end, I just want the world to come back to Christ. I am thankful for the rescue, but fear the suffering ahead. We have had so much suffering already. I pray that we remain faithful and take the right steps no matter the costs.

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    • theresa129 says:

      Praying for you and your family, Shadow! Jesus we Trust in You!

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome, Shadowlands. I think the fear is quite a normal feeling. Most likely, we’ve all felt it to some degree and it may well cycle round as events unfold. This may sound silly but I’ve learned not to be afraid of fear. The way out of it is through it and I have appreciate this graced antidote to any fear: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena God bless you, Shadowlands.

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    • Karen says:

      Shadow, you have voiced what I am sure many here feel, grandmothers and great-grandmothers alike (and many others of course). You are saying really that there are two fears – fear of the unknown and fear of giving-up at some point during the onslaught. On the face of it, two realistic fears. It might help us to visualize what we actually have in our defence pack. You already mentioned your location, or dugout, under Our Lady’s Mantle – we could stop there because our faith tells us that She won’t fail us but being as we are, we seek reassurance. You mentioned prayer – constant prayer. Prayer of the heart is the channel that opens up our life to the loving intervention of Heaven. For many years we have been prepared for these times particularly in the school of St Faustina in the area of ‘trust’. We have been brought up as it were in the Blessed Mother’s household, through her many, and in some cases ongoing, apparitions, messages and movements. We trust that even without realizing it She has equipped us to be good Children of God. We have been led to communities such as the one built here at charlie373.wordpress.com – to be guided by our Sherpa, for respite and to be bolstered by fellow battlers to keep calm and keep going. But the one word that has given me extra courage this last week is that, because of our faith and trust (played out through prayers, sacraments, sufferings and consecration) we should expect surprising rescues in the moments of our greatest need!! This help is only limited by the level of trust we have in our defence pack. Let’s make sure we are fully stocked – so that all around us may benefit! Thanks be to God in His holy and divine Will.

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      • Beckita says:

        Profound wisdom, Karen. Thank you!

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      • Shadowlands says:

        Yes! I am grateful gor your wisdom! Thank you very much! Please know that I will be holding us all in prayer.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, Shadow.

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        • Karen says:

          Many times I choose not to reply when I really want to just because everyone has moved on. (Also, I haven’t yet mastered the ‘like’ function because I hesitate to set up a WordPress Account which, I believe, enables me to do so). However since I have noticed in the comments today following Charlie’s next writing that someone has included a prayer of thanks for the gift of faith, I did want to linger here a moment longer and – at least once – bring my own ‘plateful of grateful’! Thankyou Shadow,and everyone, for the inclusive prayers – who knows how these offerings are helping me, others, and everything, along – I am truly grateful. Thank you also Beckita, Jlynn, YD and the many others who reply, comment, ‘like’, inspire, laugh, read and make me, us, all feel this true camaraderie. Wishing a safe, peace-filled and blessed 2017 to all here and your Territory of Souls.

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    • Doug says:

      Keep trusting Shadow! God knows exactly where you are. May Mary’s mantle overshadow you too!

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    • janet says:

      When we are faithful to God He never gives us more than we can handle. Somewhere in here is a post from Charlie which reads something like…we will have suffering but there will also be joy in our sufferings. Please correct me Charlie if I am wrong here.

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  24. sodakrancher says:

    Hi everyone God Bless everyone this year . I am so thankful for all the ways God has helped me and guided me and my family . and having him shown me this site and this information has been such a source of hope and understanding as to what is happening for me personally. Thank all of you for being here. My wife and I have been married for 32 years this June . We have 10 children and I can vouch for the spiritual attack on family. it has been so relentless . and some of it happened because of my sinfulness I know admittedly .. I do not know what is coming but I ask for prayers from you for our family .. Charlie thank you for teaching that believing in God is not enough ,but that we must ” trust” God. Something I never really comprehended I know until I heard you say it .

    Thank you

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  25. Carmelite says:

    ‘You must choose to trust your heavenly Father like a child through this horrible year. Nothing less will suffice.”

    Ah, how difficult that is sometimes, eh? So many things going terribly wrong already, and the fun has not yet begun.

    Actually, I am here to beg prayers from my TNRS family for a dear young priest who must go before the bishop on Tuesday at 4 PM. His transgression is wearing a cassock and being traditional minded. Already we in this diocese have a young man who left the priesthood because of the liberal pressures, another who has been assigned to a hospital as chaplain so as not to offend the local priests and parishioners and now Fr. Gruber is in line. These are 3 holy men trying their best to be Truth to the Catholics of the area instead of placating them with sunshine and lollipops. Please forgive the snarly tone, but I have spoken with these men; one of them gave a day of recollection to our Carmelite Community. They are all awesome and celebrate Mass with the greatest dignity and reverence. But the people have spoken 😦

    God bless all and may He be with all through the coming year.

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  26. Robert Cunningham says:

    There is a lot going on in the world and much reason for anxiety and confusion. So, I decided to take a virtual pilgrimage this morning and found this wonderful documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IxpBTrxq-4. “How lovely is your dwelling place oh Lord” (Ps 84).

    Robert

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    • Marie B. says:

      Robert, I am instantly reminded of another excellent documentary, Into Great Silence (also on Youtube). “Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks’ quarters for six months—filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one—it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, INTO GREAT SILENCE dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it’s a rare, transformative theatrical experience for all.” Enjoy!

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      • nanannda2 says:

        I wholeheartedly agree, Marie. This film is an experience unlike any other. It truly is like “total immersion in to the hush of monastic life”. So beautiful.

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    • Beckita says:

      So refreshing and beautiful, Robert!

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  27. Bob Diorio says:

    This a a beautiful song that gave me chills when I first heard it a few days ago. It is primarily based on our Lady’s Magnificat, but its focus that the “world is about to turn” combined with a very driving melody seem to make it a marching song for our time:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ9KwDqUHgU (Canticle of the Turning – Buddy Greene)

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  28. Joe says:

    I just wanted to throw this out there. This year, while Christmas shopping, I heard an overwhelming number of the store clerks wish me a “Merry Christmas”. Unabashedly. Almost too loudly. Like they had just had this pent up urge to say it, and they finally could. I even saw, in one women’s clothing store, that the mannequins – the very large and obvious ones right at the front of the store – were wearing cross necklaces. Just thrilled me.

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  29. moreen67 says:

    The latest beautiful message from Our Lady….
    January 2, 2017 Message to Mirjana

    “Dear children, My Son was the source of love and light when he spoke on earth to the people of all peoples. My apostles, follow His light. This is not easy. You must be little. You must make yourselves smaller than others; with the help of faith to be filled with His love. Not a single person on earth can experience a miraculous experience without faith. I am with you. I am making myself known to you by these comings, by these words; I desire to witness to you my love and motherly care. My children, do not waste time posing questions to which you never receive an answer. At the end of your journey on earth, the Heavenly Father will give them to you. Always know that God knows everything; God sees, God loves. My most beloved Son illuminates lives, dispels darkness; and my motherly love which carries me to you is inexpressible, mysterious but real. I am expressing my feelings to you: love, understanding and motherly benevolence. Of you, my apostles, I am asking for your roses of prayer which need to be acts of love. To my motherly heart these are the dearest prayers. I offer these to my Son who was born for your sake. He looks at you and hears you. We are always close to you. This is the love which calls, unites, converts, encourages and fulfills. Therefore, my apostles, always love one another and above all, love my Son. This is the only way to salvation, to eternal life. This is my dearest prayer which fills my heart with the most beautiful scent of roses. Pray, always pray for your shepherds that they may have the strength to be the light of my Son. Thank you.”

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  30. Gil says:

    Charlie, I know you have said many times that Pope Francis is the Pope of the storm, but what are we to make of claims such as those in this article: http://www.onepeterfive.com/pope-orders-cardinal-muller-to-dismiss-three-cdf-priests/
    Confusing times indeed! Would appreciate your take on this article.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Are we to be reeds shaken by the wind? What are we to make of King David seducing Bathsheba and sending her husband to be killed? What are we to make of Abraham pimping his wife out? What are we to make of so many of even the saints who erred and stumbled and struggled to the fullness of sanctity?

      Did I not say these times would be chaotic for all, including the Church? If you count each battle as the totality of the war, anything troubling or any setback is a disaster. If you see the war as containing troubling things, failures, triumphs and losses before the final resolution you do not get shaken by the many twists and turns things must take before that resolution comes. I have told you well of the nature of the Storm. I have told you of the chaos that must rise. I have told you that some who are now considered rogues will be heroes before all is finished and some who are now considered heroes will be rogues and cowards before all is finished.

      Do not be like a reed shaken by the wind, but with the sure knowledge that the waves will rise and the winds will howl – and sometimes we will see things that make no sense to us – but certain that Christ is Master of the Storm and everything will contribute to His ultimate victory.

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    • madkatmomma says:

      I don’t follow Vatican politics closely but for years I have heard that the Curia needed a good housecleaning. It is a horrific bureaucracy. Some good people may leave in the process but I am sure that in the end it will be the best thing for all involved. God is good and he loves his church.

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  31. THE TRAIN: At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
    The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
    I wish you all a joyful journey.

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  33. margaretannmary says:

    When I know that there is nothing in my feeble power (for which I have none … except what my Lord grants me in His mercy) I pray “Jesus, I surrender myself to You.. You take care of it”. It seems they just rather melt away!

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  34. Wendy says:

    Spiritual Addictions – Please enlighten Charlie. I googled but did not find much. Please shed light on spiritual addictions, if unchecked, lead to malice, etc

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is not a technical term, but a description. I explained it in the next two sentences after I used that construct: “When lust replaces love, when greed replaces the work, when manipulation replaces ministry, darknessoverwhelms. When the substitution of means for ends becomes culturally supreme, the world becomes a boneyard.”

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