Into the New Year

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By Charlie Johnston

Some significant improvements and simplifications have been made to the section above dedicated to helping people join existing or develop new groups dedicated to neighbors working the next right step together. The TNRS Local Connect link at the top now allows for quick, easy personal response. When you write to TNRSLocalConnect@gmail.com with a question on joining a group, you will hear from Jen or Lisa H who are coordinating it. Further, there is a list at the bottom – with connections to existing groups. So if you find one already in your area, you can cut out the middle man and contact them directly.

Back when I was in politics, I always had a certain disdain for candidates who wasted time in the early months by restlessly trying to garner press attention. Press attention comes and goes…it is so much flotsam, easily swept away in the tide of events – so it creates nothing that will last. I liked to spend the early time finding and encouraging people who were completely committed to a cause. When you find enough of them and spark their creative focus, you can always project a huge presence when it is needed. That is what those .02 percent buttons are all about…all you need is a small number of genuinely committed people and you can move the world when it is needed.

I am deeply heartened that we have a cadre of people who are absolutely committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to their neighbors – committed enough that they are meeting with each other to fortify each other and to prepare to be a sign of hope for those who are not ready. Neither I nor my team direct any of these groups or tell them what to do. Rather, we facilitate communication with the groups and give them an opportunity to share with all what is helping locally. In troubled times, these groups will become a great sign of hope to many – assuring all of Christ’s love and his presence. That gladdens me like you could not imagine.

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Sometime in 2015, at the end of one of my presentations, the first question came from a man who wanted to know whether the comet was going to hit us on Wednesday or Thursday. I was flabbergasted and asked, in obvious exasperation, “What are you talking about?!” as the rest of the audience laughed. After confirming that I had nothing to say about any comet or such, the man said it must have been someone else and I should never mind.

Our resident Bishop, who goes by the pseudonym, Yong Duk, was so amused that often when I get obviously exasperated, he pops up and asks me about the comet. It has become a running joke on this site. So imagine my surprise when I saw an article last week describing a rare comet that is visibly streaking across the sky this week to greet the New Year. So far, it is only visible through binoculars, but it might become visible to the naked eye before the week is out. I can only think God decided to get in on a little of the mirth, Himself.

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I am told that Kitty Cleveland’s album, “Hail, Holy Queen,” will formally hit the charts on Billboard Magazine this week. It takes a lot for that to happen. I am very excited that a CD Album devoted to the Blessed Mother is making the charts…and excited that we helped, in a little way, to get it there.

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Janet Klasson, better known as Pelianito, has been putting up some absolutely great work of late. Her short meditations have long struck me as brilliantly polished jewels. I particularly liked this one on going from “Self-esteem to Self Denial.” I have long thought we are busy esteeming ourselves to death without bothering to build anything that will last. Spend some time rummaging around Pelianito’s site. I guarantee you will find some gems that speak to your heart.

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I have long been a fan of Monsignor Charles Pope, a Pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. This piece, contemplating the New Year, will show why I am and why you should be, too.

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One of our readers requested that I relink to this piece, “The Election and Other Potential Triggers.” It was from late August. So now I have.

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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241 Responses to Into the New Year

  1. Lee says:

    Respectfully, this isn’t happening. I wish it was. But it’s not.

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  2. Patricia says:

    Happy New Year Charlie and all.
    Today was the second time in a few days I was unable to access Drudge. They must be practicing.

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  3. As the ocean floor collapses, the core of the Earth begins to fluctuate, the continents move without a sense of direction, wars begin, & the sun sets in for a long three month nap perhaps if it is truly of an urgency on the recommendation of one of my more famous late relations I will see to it the palace pantry is full of fine pastry to ride out Armageddon & greet the new day.

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  4. the phoenix says:

    Well, now I can’t resist. My first abstract painting, shown below, was partially inspired by Charlie, The Next Right Step blog, and ye olde infamous comet. 🙂

    Interestingly enough, the good friend that I visited this past weekend to celebrate the New Year with is one whom I met here on The Next Right Step blog, and we first decided to meet based on an astronomical phenomenon we simultaneously witnessed. It wasn’t a comet, but it was close. About a year ago, narnialion54 and myself both saw the same huge shooting star fall at the exact same time … even though we live in different states! If that wasn’t a sign we were meant to be friends, I don’t know what is. Thanks to her and her family for making me feel so welcome and accepted.

    As for a local group, I guess some of us are meant to be free agents given individual missions working on our own, and prayer warriors uniting from afar in the Mystical Body of Christ.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Oh yeah … and here’s a photo I took while visiting Narnia this past weekend. It’s called “Aslan Is on the Move.”

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      This is a pretty painting. Reminds me of Van Gough, Muench, El Greco, Gaugin, Cezanee, Thomas Hart Benton and Georgia O’Keefe. I would not call it abstract as it is warm, bright, happy and discernable. It is good (full disclaimer – I do not care for abstract art, but prefer Byzantine Cretan iconography) – makes me think of the moon reflecting in a lake, then “Moonlight Bay,” then Doris Day!

      We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay
      We could hear the voices ringing
      They seemed to say
      You have stolen her heart
      Now don’t go ‘way
      As we sang love’s old sweet song on Moonlight Bay!

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      • the phoenix says:

        Thank you, James Ignatius McAuley,

        I’m frankly amazed that you would compare me to all these other painters and am pretty well speechless about it. And it seems the word “abstract” is such a controversial one. I call this painting abstract because it’s made up of circles, swirls, meandering angles, and a slightly wavy horizon line. So I would say, given its effect on you, that abstract can be warm, bright, happy, and discernible. Finally, your interpretation is intriguing, thank you for sharing the mood it inspired you with. You sure picked up on my playful mood revolving around the TNRS comet. 🙂

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        • With great love and awe at your skills, I still think it looks like the Comet cleanser spot I create whilst cleaning a tough spot in my sink. (And thus why I think Biscuits said Ajax to Doug.)

          There was a Spanish impressionist painter whose works I saw in a SoHo gallery in my early days in America that built up the acrylic into textures that were most splendid! Farm lands and trees, waves and sea coats in quasi-3D. I always wished I had such talent, but my studies and work took me away from painting and such. Maybe one day I will try to pick up that skill set.

          Thank you for sharing with us, Phoenix!

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          • the phoenix says:

            Thank you for your kind compliments, YongDuk!

            Sure, why not Comet cleanser? You and Doug and Biscuits are welcome to interpret as you see fit. And the shade of green is conducive to such … 🙂

            Who knows, YongDuk? It could be that the Storm causing the world to go low-tech for awhile will bring back painting in a big way … and plenty of time to do it in, with the pace of life slowing down.

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        • James Ignatius McAuley says:

          Phoenix, perhaps it is the moon over Lake Erie, the way I saw it once saw it over the bay by Westfield , New York. Finally, there appears to be pixalations, unless this is the board that is painted upon, it reminds me of Suerat. A beautiful work one can look at and imagine with. God bless you. Good artists will be needed after the storm. Thank you for sharing this sub-creation with us.

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  5. Irish7 says:

    Hmmm. Is the comet picture a sign? Not that it matters. I woke up last night after dreaming that I heard your audible voice saying “the suddenlies are upon you”. I love you and all Charlie, but that was super creepy. 😳 I sat straight up in terror. Then didn’t feel led to do anything particular about it so said a prayer, checked Drudge (ha. Couldn’t resist) and went peacefully back to sleep. That seemed like the next right step to this tired Mama. 🐿 😴

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Irish! Peacefully going back to sleep was a wise NRS. We’ve been teasing about the comet, with YD in the lead, for more than a year. As Charlie wrote in this piece: “It has become a running joke on this site.”

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, Irish! But have you yet awoken in terror after dreaming that you drove home from the grocery store before realizing that you’d accidentally left your baby in the shopping cart? 🙂

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Mick, When did you realize it was a dream: before or after you awoke and started the car?

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Sean! Before I started the car, thankfully. But seriously, that was one of the most terrifying dreams I ever had, and I was so relieved and overjoyed when I woke up.

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      • Beckita says:

        Great one, Mick! Or have any teachers dreamed that you walked into the classroom to teach and your students were literally hanging from the ceiling lights mocking you as you attempted to redirect them?!

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        • Julie says:

          Definitely similar! Retired from teaching over four years, and have had several teaching nightmares. Two the last two nights, one with the kids multiplying every time I turned around, like “herding cats” (or squirrels?!?); the other too bizarre to put into words! Dreaming dreams and trying to stay focused on the Lord to take he next right step! Thank you Charlie and everyone here for words of wisdom and insight.

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

          Or, two of my “stress dreams,” as I call them: 1. it’s somehow the end of a school semester, and I haven’t attended class or done the homework or prepared for the exam (in real life I never, ever skipped a class) 2. it’s Christmas eve, and I have no presents for my children to put under the tree!

          Even though I now I have grandkids, I sadly had that second stress dream just a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t fun!

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          • Simone says:

            My school/teacher dreams…

            I’m back in high school and I keep trying to say that I’ve obviously finished this course because I’m a teacher but no one is listening.

            I’m late or unprepared to teach my class.

            My most annoying recurring dream is my husband leaves for his parents’ place far away and I can’t reach him to ask why he is angry with me. Ugh!

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          • Mick says:

            Monica, I have your “Stress Dream #1” a few times a year. Or the other iteration is that in my dream, I wake up and realize that I have slept through a final exam.

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          • Oh, sleeping through a final exam is nothing. Mine is that I have two final exams scheduled at the same time, one differential calculus and the other some engineering calculus course with those complex XYZ 3D surface graphs course (with a 10 Kg textbook that I get handed to me by a classmate on the way into the exam) that I thought I had dropped earlier in the semester as I thought another course covered that requirement and on top of that I have two term papers for one English course that somehow I have an incomplete in from the previous semester.

            I will probably die stroking out in my sleep and people will probably start a rumour of how fortunate I was to die peacefully in that same sleep, not knowing half the truth as I tried to learn an entire semesters worth of material in ten minutes by flipping through the pages.

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          • Beckita says:

            What a dream!!! It seems your wonderful brain runs in overdrive even as you sleep, YD. This reminds me of my youngest brother (There were five brothers and four sisters my childhood family.) who was born when I was nine. He was my shadow and I watched over him like a mom. So often, in the primary grades he showed up at my bedside bemoaning that he needed help because he just couldn’t shut his brain off to go to sleep.

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, YD! 🙂

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        • Littlelight says:

          For years when my kiddos were babes, I dreamed a recurring nightmare more times than I liked.

          I was going into my shift as a staff RN in a critical care ward. I would try desperately to get report and give care and meds, but it was like moving through cement. Then, somehow, it was time to give report, the end of my shift. The utter terror of realizing I did not check in on even one patient. I think it was a dream of feeling overwhelmed and incompetent.

          A variation of this nightmare was me a freshman college student, moving into the dorms, having to go to my first classes. Only I did not prepare, and did not know where I was going, and missed all my classes. At the time I realized I did not know where to go I simultaneously realized I did not even know what classes I had signed up for. Why was I even there? I had babes at home? But wait, I was a college kid? Strangeness all around!

          Praise God, but I haven’t had either of these in a while.

          On a happier note, I just love the photos you posted. I am certain that is way forward. Even though many trials await us, we should be celebrating—the end is in sight.

          God bless you and all! Keep on keepin’ on everyone!

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          • Yikes Little! I had forgotten until I read your post but I used to have the identical dream as the first one you described. I also am an RN and worked in Critical Care. Must go with the territory but it was one of the worst recurring dreams I’ve ever had. I must be your oneiric doppelgänger.

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        • KMA says:

          Some days it’s not a dream.

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        • Audrey S. says:

          Oh my gosh… I’ll start teaching this fall and I imagine I’ll have that dream and many other dreams similar… mostly not looking forward to the late-for-work dreams…ughhhh 😛

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        This is no dream. Some years back I was in a huge store like Meijer, filling up my shopping cart. I was looking for something so l left my cart while I went on my search. I found what I was looking for and resumed my shopping, oblivious to everything except systematically pushing the cart up and down the aisles finding the items on my list. It wasn’t until quite a while later that I realized I had taken up someone else’s nearly full shopping cart! The ONLY thing I can say in my defense is that there were no babies or children involved. And for that I am most certainly grateful to my guardian angel.

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        • Simone says:

          I often grab other people’s carts at stores. I am frequently being chased down by irate shoppers. That’s my real life. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha, Simone! In my teaching days, I used to draw attention at the stores in a different way. Invariably I would be wearing one of my pieces of fine jewelry personally fashioned by one of my students.

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          • Simone says:

            Oh, Beckita, the joys of elementary teaching. If my high school students fashioned a necklace for me, it would end up looking mysteriously like a noose. 😉 Imagine the attention THAT would garner at the grocery store. 😉

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          • Beckita says:

            How dare they even think it, Simone! 😉 Seriously now, soon enough they will clearly know what a blessing you are to them.

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament OCDS says:

          Quiet person, your story made me smile. I have almost done that more than once! Did you get to return the cart to whomever had been filling it? And, on the bright side, at least you discovered it before you unloaded the groceries and paid! 😉

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        • Mick says:

          Yikes, Quiet! THAT had to have been disconcerting!

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    • I had an unusual dream also that night. It was like watching google-earth zooming in on an African town (just inside the major indent) I’ve tried to remember the name of the town without success. (I think it started with an A) However, as I got closer, I could see a road that passed just under the town – the road name on this map was written ‘Tom, go now!’
      Perhaps thats where the comet comes down? 🙂
      I suggested to my angel, that if he really wanted me to go to Africa, he’d have to inspire my wife instead. nothing yet. 🙂

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  6. Simone says:

    Thank you, Papa Charlie! I’m going to go read me some Janet Klasson. Happy New Year, everyone!

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  7. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Thanks for all of this, Charlie! The Monsignor Pope message was very well-said and for me, well-taken!

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  8. Mark Ziegler says:

    This was Headlined on Drudge. Thought the comment Assange made about Obama trying to say Trump is not a legitimate President is interesting in light of your comments about Obama being the last ‘legitimate’ President.

    HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?

    ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party… Obama is trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President…. Developing..

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  9. BD says:

    There’s that darn comet again. I knew it, we are all doomed…Lol 😉

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  10. George says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Thanks for your ministry, I used to walk around internet looking for future/prophecy and was proud that I knew it all, but never interested in living a good life. Then I found you couple of years ago, With your help I was able to understand what is important. Thanks again for the training you provide.

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  11. I just finished reading ….The Election and Other Potential Triggers……some of you know that I am not a good reader…..I can see why some would misread this piece, and this is my second time through….just missing a word or two or reading too fast can change the whole meaning.
    When different family members or friends come to me with untruths or ideas about God, I try to be as gentle as I can explaining and reexplaining…..sigh…..after all God has yet to blow me away with my horrid sins and faults and idiot thoughts.

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  12. rickie says:

    Yesterday, my husband and I visited a marian shrine here in our archdiocese. We just sat there in the car and contemplated Mary in the beautiful shrine. My husband is not a big church goer, but he also felt the pull of Our Lady on her feast day to contemplate her beauty and her role and what she has been telling us her children to do……….to .pray, pray, pray. Together we placed our hands in hers and asked her to be with us from the very beginning of this year, that we would entrust the next 365 days to her. It felt like a national day of peace. Mary, Mother of God, we trust in your intercession.

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  13. Theresa Tamborine says:

    May everyone at TNRS have a Blessed New Year if it turns out it is not too Happy.
    I was going to comment at the end of The Heartbeat of America but you snuck in another post
    Charlie.
    Thank you for both these posts. I enjoy reading all the comments afterwards and am amazed
    at Beckita’s comments and the pictures she finds.
    I just wish there were people here whom I have made aware of Charlie’s posts that would get engaged. I am one person who hopes computers, if they do go down, are not down for long.

    I would like to ask the clergy here on how to approach our new pastor. A few years back
    the pastor agreed to having Adoration from 3pm – 8pm every second Thursday (I had been part
    of an Adoration team at my last parish.) Two pastors later he felt it was too much for me to
    be there (I covered when no one showed for their shift) but didn’t ask me. Cut back to 1/2
    hour after morning Mass on First Fridays. I was able to do First Fridays for a short time until
    the food bank shifted their hours to be open the First Friday of the month (I’m Admin. Assist.and deal with clients.). We are now at 15 minutes after the First Friday Mass.
    I was so happy to read Msgr. Pope say that he was going to start First Saturdays. I approached one priest and he said that Saturday evening Mass would suffice but I beg to differ as that
    is a Sunday Mass.
    I would like to ask Fr. Stanley to consider First Saturday Mass in the morning. Does it have to be
    at a Bishop’s direction? I do know ours (I was seconded by a friend to do dishes at a spaghetti supper in his parish [he pitched in apron and all] in another Diocese, before he became Bishop) and I have made him aware of Charlie’s posts.
    Fr. Stanley has started incorporating traditional items, eg. chalice veil, burse. Help! I think it
    would be a good idea if he would explain some of his changes so that those born after
    Vatican II could learn a few things, like genuflecting with both knees when the blessed sacrament is exposed in the monstrance. I’m happy he is in the parish but we have lost enough
    parishioners.

    Also, in your re-post of “The Election….etc.” Charlie, I noticed the key word Faith several times. I would like to share a prayer I just came across between pages in my Bible last night.

    For all those in TNRS who have the FAITH!

    PRAYER OF GRATITUDE FOR FAITH

    We are grateful for the eyes of Faith,
    For believing in the Presence of God,
    Giving us Hope in our darkest days,
    Encouraging us to listen to our Spirit’s hunger,
    And reminding us to TRUST in the Blessings of
    God’s Presence in our most empty days.

    Always remembered in my Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. May Our Lady be
    our constant Companion in 2017 and thereafter.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for your prayers and for sharing this Prayer of Gratitude for Faith, Theresa. Certainly not a priest, I read your concerns about your parish and thought if it was me in your shoes I would pray much before approaching your new pastor and I would address one issue at a time. If the doors do not open as you wish at this time, just keep trusting the Lord and praying while supporting your pastor in any way you can. God bless you.

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    • Linda says:

      I don’t know what I’d do without my hour of adoration per week, We are lucky enough in our parish to have perpetual 24/7 except weekends, 365.. What would we do without it… I feel sorry for those that don’t.. Oh what a moment to walk in and see Our Lord so loved, so glorified, and so adored. I tremble each time I walk in and each time I leave. Oh the magnificence of Our Eucharistic Lord!!! whew

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  14. Anne says:

    Blessings to all…… And a special thanks to Beckita and others I do not know….. For all they do.

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  15. Katherine says:

    My family does this thing every new year where we are each randomly “assigned” to a saint for the coming year. The idea is that these saints, in some way, choose to be our special patrons, if you will, for the year. It’s a wonderful tradition that encourages the building of relationships with different members of our heavenly family. This year both myself and my mother in law got Our Lady under the titles “Our Lady of Peace” and “Our Lady of the Pines”. This makes me so happy and hopeful as we head into this year. My whole family has been consciously making more of an effort to reach out to Our Lady. However, I could not find much that explained the title “Our Lady of the Pines”. Does anyone here know the story behind this particular title?

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    • I have a prayer card with a picture of Mary on the front. On the back are two messages given by Mary at Garabandal, Spain.
      At the bottom it says:
      Reverse: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel of Garabandal (Pines)

      Don’t know if this helps, but this is the only reference I have heard of Our Lady of the Pines.

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    • It might be this one ‘Virgen del Pino”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgen_del_Pino
      The Virgen del Pino (or “Virgin of the Pine”) is the patron of the Gran Canaria (province of Las Palmas, Canary Islands). The Gran Canaria virgin was declared patroness of the Gran Canaria.

      The story of Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine) is as follows. At the site of the present-day Basilica, the image of the virgin herself is said to have appeared in a pine tree on 8 September 1492 to the first Bishop of Gran Canaria, Juan Frías. Said to possess healing qualities, Nuestra Señora del Pino has become the patron saint of the island. On the steps outside the Basilica it is possible to buy wax models of every part of the human body that can be offered for healing. The figure itself is extraordinary. It is said that one side of the face is smiling and the other side is sad. The figure is bedecked with jewels, although not as many as there were before the robbery in 1975.

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      • Beckita says:

        Interesting, Quiet. Thanks for this background! I remain curious though about your dream mentioned above. Where is the part of Africa that has a major indent?

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      • Katherine says:

        That’s very interesting, dad, thanks! And wow about the dream! Well, you are always welcome over at my house if you must “Go now!”. I doubt you’re meant to go to Africa. But, you know, it might just be a little pebble of a thought to help you in the future to make a good decision swiftly or something. I told you about my weird dream. I dreamed that a huge tsunami was coming, it was rushing towards my house . . . but it broke up a bit before it hit near where I live and instead of sweeping away my house as it should have, the waters only rushed across my floor a little and got all my rugs wet. As I was thinking about how to clean up the mess a HUGE earthquake or something struck suddenly and my house was flipped completely upside down. It was intact, more or less, but upside down. I found this switch or a wheel or something and with tremendous effort I managed to turn the house back over. I turned the house myself, but I got the sense that I was not alone, I was aware of other people doing things somewhere even though I could not see them. Many things were broken, but the basic structure was still sound. Reading things into dreams is such a tricky business and I feel sheepish mentioning a dream, but my normal dreams are always so bizarre that when I actually have that very rare dream where it’s both vivid and actually makes sense in some way, I wonder about it . . . I think my brain was organizing information and preparing me to do some very hard work in the future for my family, to help us come right side up again. Perhaps there’s also a message of hope in there, as the waters didn’t wash everything away as it should have, and after a massive upset, I should not despair but keep plugging away because with God there is always hope, and even if it seems like there’s no help and no hope, unseen things and unseen heroes will be hard at work . . . but nothing will come easily so I should be prepared to be active in a way that I never have been before. So whether that was an inspired dream or just something my brain synthesized for me to contemplate I don’t know, but it’s got me thinking in a bit of a new way lately and that’s a good thing.

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    • Beckita says:

      Katherine, I kept discovering more than a few churches, located all over our country, named “Our Lady of the Pines” which seem to be named so due to the outdoor setting in which they have been built. In our western Montana Diocese of Helena, with an abundance of pine trees at seemingly every vista, there is a mission parish named Our Lady of the Pines at the west entrance to Yellowstone Park.

      Having made pilgrimage to Garabandal in 2001, I immediately thought of the “Nine Pines” location which overlooks the little village. While I see the Warning as a process that has been ongoing, I continue to believe there will also be a particular moment of major encounter with Christ. Time will tell. God knows how all will unfold and I bow to Him, His Ways, His Infinite Imagination and Surprises.

      Still, your comment surely struck an internal chord of connection with me. Should we experience the Warning in the traditionally held interpretation, I can but scratch the surface in contemplating the Profound PEACE which most surely would follow the intense pain of fully, in complete truth – without any denial or self-justification – encountering ourselves in the Light of Christ. Some are frightened by such a prospect. But I know the Good Shepherd, His Voice and His Ways, and in the spirit of St. Therese’s daring teaching on purgatory, I continue to confess and trust in Christ’s Words which proclaimed the rejoicing in Heaven over the return of even a single lost one. I look forward to such an encounter for it will bring to light the lost parts within me. So, while remembering that God’s Justice is the very fiber of His Mercy, I will fall on my face to kiss Jesus’ Sacred Feet Wounds and open my heart for correction to more completely receive and experience His Redemption. Such PEACE to come! And who truly can fathom the PEACE infused in the promised Miracle?

      Thinking of Medjugorje where Blessed Mother comes as Our Lady of PEACE, drew me to remember the Era of PEACE promised by Our Lady of Fatima as well as the words of the Lady of All Nations wherein She exhorts us that when we all *embrace* our crosses True PEACE will come. As we continue to live God’s Plan unfolding I will praise and thank Him as each of the many apparitions and messages of Our Lady in these times are either vindicated – even as prophesied events may be mitigated and/or altered in His Great Designs – or unmasked for their falsity. Then I think of the Rescue by Our Lady at the end of this year, THE END OF THIS YEAR. My contemplation brings to mind that She surely must come bearing untold graces. Again the word PEACE rises in my heart with gratitude. The authentic revelations are as ONE, they must harmonize in God’s Perfect Fashion for He cannot contradict Himself. And then the wisdom of Charlie and YD flood my thoughts… particularly those exhortations which encourage surrender, simplicity, humility, and love. I continue to pray this will be so for each and every one of us!

      Amidst the rising chaos and confusion, I have such joyful expectation of ALL that will unfold in God’s Perfect Plan. I continue to connect childbirth with the suffering we must live. I was one who approached delivery with an attitude that this was most likely the only Olympian event in which I would ever compete. Totally relying on God and ever breathing deeply the Breath of Holy Spirit, I chose the sans pain med route. Now, I think the greater Olympian event is this Storm in which we are living. By God’s Grace, freely given in always acknowledging Him, taking our NRSteps so that HE makes of us a sign of His Hope, we can do this. We CAN do this in Him Who strengthens each and every one of us.

      And the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven…

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      • When I grow up, Beckita, I want to be just like you 😊 Thank you for sharing your God given wisdom, grace and nimble wit with us here. I share your feelings of joyful expectation, even as sometimes feelings of doubt, anger and frustration rear their ugly heads. Thanks to this blog and many of you commenters, I have learned to pray through it, and the Lord continues to faithfully increased His fruits in me, via embracing my crosses. Also, love your attitude toward delivery; I shared your “Olympic event” approach with each of my 5 births, as it’s not often we have the opportunity to rely on God in such an acute period of suffering. A rare and beautiful privelage. May God bless and keep us all faithful, no matter how stormy it gets.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, momma. I love this: “…it’s not often we have the opportunity to rely on God in such an acute period of suffering. A rare and beautiful privelage. May God bless and keep us all faithful, no matter how stormy it gets.”

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      • I just saw Kitty on an episode of my favorite EWTN show, Women of Grace. What a wonderful interview and performance. She is a delightful and lovely woman, so comfortable in her faith. I’m so glad for the success she is enjoying with her new album!

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        • Beckita says:

          It’s a good one, Patrick, and it’s been rerunning for at least the last several years. I enjoy Johnnette’s program too. She has incredible guests who speak on a variety of timely topics.

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      • Jill Marie says:

        “Then I think of the Rescue by Our Lady at the end of this year, THE END OF THIS YEAR.”
        Many tears this New Years Eve as I thought about this, Beckita. (Heck, I’ve been leaky eyed since finding TNRS blog). Tears of sorrow for my sinfulness, tears of what’s to come & how far I still have to go w/r to detachment, but mostly tears of thanksgiving and joy for the Rescue by Our Blessed Mother. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and uplifting thoughts.

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      • Beckita – So appreciate your thoughts and all you do for this website. I have been watching and waiting since the early ’80’s…..As you say:THIS YEAR !! I am intensifying my prayers for all peoples, all countries. I am particularly touched by Mary’s message of 2 Jan given by Mirjana – “I am expressing my feelings to you: love, understanding and motherly benevolence”.

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      • Katherine says:

        Wow, thank you for such a lovely reply!

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      • bookmike says:

        BEAUTIFUL, Beckita! Your words are true and inspirational. God Bless you and all those here for carrying on this most important message.

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      • Linda says:

        she gives me goosies!!!!! (goosebumps)

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    • Jill Marie says:

      We did the same, Katherine. I got St. Claude de la Colombiere, spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Did some research since didn’t know much about him and found this beautiful prayer about hope. Will be praying this often.

      ACT OF HOPE AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD
      St. Claude de la Colombiere

      My God, I believe most firmly that You watch over all who hope in You,
      and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon You in all things.
      Therefore I am resolved for the future…to cast all my cares upon You…

      People may deprive me of worldly goods and status.
      Sickness may take from me my strength and the means of serving You.
      I may even jeopardize our relationship by sin, but my trust shall never leave me.
      I will preserve it to the last moment of my life, and the powers of hell shall seek in vain
      to grab it from me.

      Let others seek happiness in their wealth and in their talents. Let them trust in the purity of their lives, the severity of their mortifications, in the number of their good works, the enthusiasm of their prayers,
      as for me, my Rock and my Refuge, my confidence in you fills me with hope. For You, my Divine Protector, alone have settled me in hope.

      This confidence can never be vain. No one, who has hoped in God, has ever been confounded.

      I am assured, therefore, of my eternal happiness, for I firmly hope in it and all my hope is in You. In You, O loving God, have I hoped: let me never be confounded.

      I know too well that I am weak and changeable. I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue. I have seen stars fall and foundations of my world crack; these things do not alarm me. While I hope in You, I am sheltered from all misfortune, and I am sure that my trust shall endure, for I rely upon You to sustain this unfailing hope.

      Finally, I know that my confidence cannot exceed Your generosity, and that I shall never receive less than I have hoped for from You. Therefore I hope that You will sustain me against my evil inclinations, that You will protect me against the deceitful attacks of the evil one, and that You will cause my weakness to triumph over every hostile force. I hope that You will never cease to love me and that I shall love You unceasingly.

      In You, O loving God, have I hoped: let me never be confounded.”

      http://www.piercedhearts.org/treasures/devotions/to_saints/claude_colombiere.htm

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      • lauraleeinSD says:

        Jill Marie- perhaps we are “soul sisters”! 😉Early last week, after invoking the Holy Trinity to send me the Saint of Their choosing; and praying for the one best-suited for me, I also received St. Claude de la Colombiere!! 😊 I had not heard of him, either, but am very glad God did!
        I also love the fact that he was the spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque as well! ❤

        Oddly enough, I bought a devotional prayer book early last year while making a 3-day Ignatian spiritual retreat. It’s called ‘Hearts on Fire’ and contains hundreds of prayers written by various Jesuit Priests; including St. Claude de la Colombiere! Needless to say, not only do I need a ton of prayer, but I have been devouring his writings like never before. I love his humility in prayer and transparency before God. This short prayer is one of my *new* favorites:
        “Jesus, I feel within me
        A great desire to please you
        but, at the same time,
        I feel totally incapable of doing this
        without your special light and help,
        which I can only expect from you.
        Accomplish your will within me-
        even in spite of me.” -St. Claude de la Colombiere, SJ
        He speaks directly to my ❤! I hope this blesses you and all my TNRS family here!!! Praise be to Jesus Christ for also sending me this site/refuge for the soul. It’s so easy to get disheartened by ALL media sources at this point, even some of the most Orthodox Catholic ones that I follow. 😦 My heart truly goes out to our Pope.

        I love you all, thank you for your strengthening prayers, In Christ. ❤✝❤
        Laura from Sioux Falls, SD 🙂

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        • Laura, I met a very nice woman in your area at Charlie’s Aberdeen talk in 2015. Would you like me to ask her if she’d be interested in getting in contact with you? She and her husband apparently have some nice property east of Sioux Falls as I recall and she has been preparing for the Storm. You can reach me personally through the TNRS Local Connect Network link above.

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        • Jill Marie says:

          Hey lauralee! Thanks for sharing your new favorite prayer. Wow, that certainly does speak to my heart. It’s my constant hope that God sees my desire since, most times, I can’t get out of my own way! Like you, I love St. Claude’s “humility in prayer and transparency before God.” I often lamented over why God made me the way He did, i.e, with such a longing to live according to His will, yet so incapable of doing so. It wasn’t until very recently that I handed that futile rumination over to Him with this petition: You know how I think, what I struggle with… my quirks, my vices, my shortcomings … You know everything about me, and only You know how to use “all that” for Your glory. So here I am. I’m all Yours. Help me become what you created me to be and learn to love the “me” you created.

          Just ordered a used copy of Hearts on Fire! Can’t wait to get it 🙂 The Spiritual Direction of St. Claude book was pretty expensive, but I found this online. Not sure if it’s identical to the book, but plan to print out for future reading. Will be praying for you, soul sista!

          http://www.worldwisdom.com/public/viewpdf/default.aspx?article-title=The_Spiritual_Direction_of_Saint_Claude_de_la_Colombiere.pdf

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      • Thanks for that prayer, it seems to fit these times.

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    • Dhnt233 says:

      I do this too! I was given St Elmo (St Elmo’s fire) I got nervous when I read what he was patron saint of …some terrible intestinal issues etc. (always thinking the worst😂) then as I got to the end of the list I felt a little better…also Patron of “storms” 😏

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  16. Bob says:

    Msgr. Pope has another good reflection for the New Year. May we all put our hearts more and more on what will really last as things we have placed our passing hopes on begin to fade away:
    http://blog.adw.org/2017/01/resolution-remember-world-will-not-satisfy/

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  17. DanSouthChicago says:

    Charlie, I don’t remember the transition from Bush43 to Obama. Did Obama make comments about foreign affairs the way Trump has about Russia, the Middle East, etc., before his inauguration? In that sense — perhaps this is a stretch, but I’ll put it out there — Obama’s influence, and in a sense, his presidency, is ending before the inauguration of Trump. Trump’s influence, at least among foreign officials, is superseding that of Obama. As far as a stable leader, does the inauguration imply that the government is stable? Yes, the transition is complete, but a few are already looking for excuses to begin impeachment. Anyway, this is a stretch, but, hey, anything is possible. I mean, it’s even possible the Cubs could. . .oh, wait!😊

    God bless all in this new year!

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  18. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Who or What is Drudge? My daughter downloaded the Kitty Cleveland CD and gave it to me for
    Christmas. Love it. On This Day O Beautiful Mother has always been my favourite, played at
    my Wedding and Anniversary.

    Thanks Charlie for telling us about her.

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  19. jaykay says:

    “Neither I nor my team direct any of these groups or tell them what to do. Rather, we facilitate communication with the groups and give them an opportunity to share with all what is helping locally.”

    I love that, and I expected it to be the case anyway. The Catholic principle of subsidiarity in action. Would that our secular wannabe overlords would put it into practice. One can (and does) only pray.

    As regards The Comet… can we now expect… (Jaws-type threatening chords beginning to swell)… The Three Days of Darkness??? !!! OMG! Run, run for yer lives, I tells yiz… we’re DOOMED! Aaaahhhh!!!!

    *takes the next wrong step, falls flat and is led away sobbing incoherently*

    (have also done that after too much of the Blessed Black Brew)

    Happy New Year to all 😛 J.

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  20. Hi, everyone. I am SOOOOO excited to show you these pictures, especially to people from around the world who have never seen these creatures. I was driving through Custer State Park when I saw a big herd scattered all about. Suddenly, one was of these beasts started trotting directly toward me head on! He was making a beeline, and my heart raced wondering if he was gonna charge into my truck. Once he was upon me, I stopped. Suddenly I heard a scraping sound…..then I realized he was LICKING my truck! Huh?! It was covered with road salt, so I was essentially riding in a big salt lick on wheels. Then more buffalo lumbered my way and mauled my truck. I’m so glad I didn’t wash it – they did a pretty good job themselves, and it was free (and exciting). This happened on the first day of the year, so I considered it a positive sign.

    Fuzzy winter coat:

    Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear:

    This truck is delicious!

    Eye see you

    South Dakota traffic jam:

    Go ahead….make my day!

    I’ve never been this close to Buffalo before. Did they know I was from Buffalo? Well, hope you enjoyed seeing God’s little beasts! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    More pics: https://prayforthedying.wordpress.com

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    • Love the pictures, Patrick, and your comments made me laugh. Thank you …

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    • Patrick this is just hilarious. The photos are fab though. Incredible beasts aren’t they?! Thanks so much for sharing this and for giving me a good laugh.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Awwww, these buffalo are so cute! 🙂

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      • I rolled down the window at one point and was very tempted to pet his head because he looked so cute and fuzzy, but thought better of it. They’re probably used to being fed by tourists, but there are posted signs that say, “Stay in your vehicle. Buffalo are dangerous.” Aw, what’s the worst that could happen? He’d lick me to death?

        BTW, I love your painting, Phoenix. Love the colors you chose. What a gift you have!

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Hi Patrick
          This reminded me of a sign I saw at the entry to the lion enclosure in a safari park in Australia. Like yours it said “These animals are dangerous. All visitors must stay in their vehicles.” Someone had jumped out of their vehicle and hastily added “except Pomms.”
          This will get Beckita googling for an explanation.

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha, Broseph! I actually looked up “Pomms” about 100 emails ago. But the lifelong learner in me finds joy in discovery and you push my limits as I used to encourage my students to do. Just looked it up again to share here. There were plenty of answers to the question of what exactly a “Pomm” is. Please correct any of this not to be true, Joe.

            “Few people know its origin, but no-one doubts its meaning. When Australians use the word “pom”, they are talking about the British, more specifically the English. Usually, they attach a derogatory appendage such as “whingeing”, “bloody” or “bastard”, as in “pommy bastard”. Australians have been using the word freely since its probable emergence in the late 19th century as a nickname for English immigrants, a short form of pomegranate, referring to their ruddy complexions. Until now. An English reader of a Brisbane newspaper recently took a case to Australia’s human-rights commission complaining that the use of the word “pom” in the paper’s letters article breached the country’s racial hatred act.”

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          • moreen67 says:

            Wow I come to this blog for encouragement and I get to learn a lot too – wow – Pomms – Beckita you are something – I think they would call me that because of my ruddy complexation.

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          • Beckita says:

            You’re something yourself, Mo! So happy we can share this family together in these important days.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament OCDS says:

      Patrick,
      Fascinating pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    • KMA says:

      These are great, Patrick. What an experience! Take care- we are headed into the deep freeze tonight. Perhaps you are already there. Praying for you with admiration of your courage. Not only because of your physical environment, but also of your spiritual fortitude. I think it can take great courage to be alone with yourself. Also can lead to profound peace and experiences of God with you. May it continue to be so for you.

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      • I’m staying nice and toasty amid pockets of cold. Wind chills might reached minus -30 next few days. Just gotta make it to Sunday. Me and Mimi are definitely gonna make it with plenty o’ firewood and propane.

        I’ve been reading Elizabeth Kindelmann lately and how she left her home for her family’s sake and so Jesus could give more and more graces to her. “I want to give you greater graces. Renounce yourself” he said to her. This gives me a huge spiritual boost. Detachment from worldly comforts.

        Well, this morning I went to adoration at the little local church (St John the Baptist) to warm up and met a woman at the parish. Through her, I was able to expand the Prayer Ministry for the Dying to this and two other churches. I may also get work as a church organist as theirs just recently passed away in November. Then this lady interrupted my prayer to offer to buy me a one month membership at the YMCA – so now I can take hot showers! Jesus continues to provide for my needs when I am faithful to him.

        This Y is in a 90-year-old building that is the largest log structure in the world. Amazing history with Mrs Grace Coolidge present for an opening ceremony in 1927. President Coolidge considered Custer State Park his “Summer White House”.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Patrick.
      Astonishing, simply astonishing and magnificent – a true symbol of the greatness that reawaits America. The salt has not lost its flavour. Here we see Gods greatness in creatures such as these. And so close. God saw it and thanks to Patrick, so did we, and it was good, so good. Cheers and thanks for sharing.
      Joe C

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      • Thanks Joe. I believe greatness once again awaits our country. I long for the day when, instead of corn-fed cattle and millions of hectares of ethanol corn occupying the “breadbasket of America”, we’ll have more buffalo and indigenous prairie grasses.

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    • Mick says:

      No way, Patrick! Those pictures are so incredible! And the captions that you put on them had me giggling. My favorites: “South Dakota traffic jam” and “Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.” Anyhow, thanks for “making my day.” 🙂

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    • Karen says:

      We must be getting pretty close to ‘the lamb lies down with the lion’ moment!

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    • You was licked by some Roman buffalo? Thats what I herd.

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    • Joseph77 says:

      Patrick, Absolutely wonderful! Thank you a million times over for beautiful and entertaining pics!

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    • janet says:

      Thanks Patrick..You really do have a lot of fun. 🙂

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    • Deacon Rick says:

      A number of years ago, we went on a camping trip to the Black Hills. One day we drove through this same park, and really enjoyed seeing the buffalo from the safety of our van. Some people, of questionable sanity, did get out of their vehicles and were getting as close as they could to photograph or take videos of the buffalo. Fortunately, none of them were injured. At one point, the whole herd ran across the road, which was an amazing sight to see. Thanks much for sharing the pictures, and they brought back many happy memories of that trip.

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      • Glad to bring back those memories, Deacon Rick.

        Yeah, American buffalo are very dangerous. They are quick and nimble, can accelerate to 40 mph (64 km/h) and if provoked will charge, gore and trample. In Yellowstone National Park, 3 times as many people are injured by bison than by bears.

        Pass auf, ya’ll!

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    • singingjuls says:

      Patrick, these are too funny. Thanks for the laugh!

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  21. Julia says:

    @ Bekita 12.20 pm post.

    What a breath taking beautiful post. It is everything I feel in many ways and more.

    God bless you and your family and may He bless all who find Charlie’s site.

    I have heard we are asked to make a fast on tea and bread for 9 days starting 9th January 2017. I intend to do this, it is so doable, dry bread and water is a big challenge for some of us elderly and infirm; and with the help of God our efforts will be useful in a peaceful transition of Government in USA.

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  23. Linda says:

    With only a few weeks left until the inauguration, I’m wondering if you can share with us how Obama is not going to finish out his term? Or, do you know what will happen, but your angel doesn’t want you to say? Thank you. May God bless us all.

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  24. Simone says:

    Beckita, you speak words of Wisdom! Thank you for sharing those precious pearls with us.

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  25. jaykay says:

    *cough* yes, well… yep… *cough*

    Seriously – I can be, y’know – given this year now upon us, and given we have Friday as the Epiphany, followed immediately by the First Saturday, why not make every First Saturday this year? What a lovely gift for our Mother in this of all years. This is more a “reminder to self”, actually, as many here will be doing it anyway. Very lazy, easily distracted, self. But, hey… well, as dear mother used to say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, for the next 12 months, here goes…

    And again, a very blessed 2017, centenary, to all here. J.

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  26. Rock says:

    I got word from a higher authority that the TNRS baseball team has been officially renamed to “The Comets”!! (Sorry squirrel fans 😉)

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  27. Padre says:

    Let us draw ever nearer to Triune Love…let us be intoxicated of the Beloved, dying wheat yielding a rich harvest, for such love never measures what it must do nor weighs what it suffers…that is His Rest n Refuge and ours 🙂

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  28. Denise Eagan says:

    Charlie, I saw a comment under Mgsr. Pope’s piece, by Douglas, who has started a public Rosary “crusade” in D.C. How awesome and powerful if this spreads across our country this year. Thank you for everything!

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  29. Davey says:

    Dear Charlie, Thank you very much for the explanatory post about the comet. Does this mean I can put my telescope back in the closet? As a side note, I once had a dream about a significant “celestial object” coming from behind the sun and heading towards earth, much to the surprise of everyone, including the scientific community! I am praying, hoping and trusting that God’s will be done in 2017.

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  30. CrewDog says:

    It appears that “Natural News” & Mike Adams are questionable for sure … but … like the “National Inquirer” and other tabloids, there is often Big Kernels of truth in what they “put out there”. Considering the slide of the $$$$ since The Fed was established in 1913, the slide of USA Manufacturing and Agriculture since 1965 along with the rise of The Welfare State and massive Public & Private Debt …. Oh!! .. I almost forgot!?! The rise of Socialism-n-Islam with the concurrent decline of Western Christianity!! ;-( …. and … in case Ya been napping and dreaming of Christmas Sugar Plum Fairies these past two months. The hysterical and/or violent antics of Obama-n-LeftStream-n-Anarchist Friends? Anyway!! The below sounds plausible to me and just follows historical “norms” for collapsing empires ;-(

    http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-03-prediction-global-debt-collapse-begins-president-trump-scapegoat-totalitarian-police-state.html

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!! …….. & Merry 10th Day of CHRISTmas!! 😉

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    • CrewDog, that is quite the article. Thanks for posting. I’d agree that Trump is being set-up from many angles. All I can say is there is a bit more hope with him in office than if Hill was in charge during the inevitable collapse. We’ll see how the inauguration goes. Looks like it won’t be a good year.

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  31. Tom says:

    For some reason last night, I read your last two articles, and thought of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America”. I think it was related to the Philadelphia Flyers, who brought her in during the 1974 playoffs, which ultimately led to their Stanley Cup title. I live in the Philly area, and my uncle was a member of that Flyers team back in ’74. They considered her a good luck charm. Every once in a while the Flyers play the song at games, and they’re something like 36-2 on nights when Kate sings it. I was singing it to my kids last night, and decided to pull it up on Youtube:

    Anyways, I cried when I listened to this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If America still exists as a concept, or even a dream, we have to have it in our hearts first. Sometimes a song can communicate in ways that words can’t. I believe this performance does that.

    I read that Irving Berlin wrote this song as a prayer, and in 1938 Kate performed it as things were building up for the War. Certainly puts the song in a different perspective. Hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.

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    • Barb421 says:

      very much as “Edelweiss” was for Austria in “The Sound of Music” (sniff)

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh Tom! What a gem! Thank you.

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    • Mick says:

      Ah, Tom… I’m crying like a baby. Started crying about 20 seconds into the singing. Man, I love this country! God help us to persevere and to help the world endure until the Rescue.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Tom I was 7 in 74 in South Jersey but remember Kate Smith and those Flyers. My cousin’s best friend was married (now divorced from) Bernie Parent. I can still see those toothless Flyer’s smiles in my head. Thanks for this. Maureen

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    • janet says:

      I loved it Tom and was teary all the way through it.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Hi Tom. It really moved me too when I first heard it many years ago. It still does. No country in the world has a bigger or better heart than America. If this is not a prayer what is and we are told that if two on earth agree to ask for something good it will be given to them. If a whole people asks God to bless their nation it will be blessed.

      Sitting here in Guangzhou on a 6 hour wait for my connection to Auckland. It leaves at 12.30am and I will sleep well on it. Been travelling all day. I have carried the message of Rescue to Chinese neighbours on two legs of my journey. They both seemed receptive and assured me they would keep our conversation in mind.

      I went from minus 5 to 26C today – things can change quickly. I may have already shared this but we had rare tremor in the North Sea last week. Perhaps a hint of what is to come.

      My wee sister is among the thousands that work at Faslane in Scotland the British nuclear submarine base. It used to be an American base and employed thousands more. The Yanks are sorely missed. If Russia hits Faslane it will simply evaporate. The present base is massive and sits amidst lovely scenery but is surrounded by miles of high security fencing topped by razor wire. What a nightmare. The thought was never far from me during my stay thst I may never see my family again. It was especially hard saying goodbye to my 88 year old mum, Mary Rose, but who knows who will be spared and who will be taken. Think of the Jesuit priests who survived Nagasaki.

      Fr Pell had a vision in which he saw Paris being destroyed by a Russian nuclear attack from the SE and NW. In his vision people had to walk 60 miles to see another human being. All of France was destroyed except the inland parts of Normandy. Devastating.

      If the Ruskies invade perhaps some brave wee haggis will take a bite out their ankles or maybe Nessie will just swallow them whole. Perhaps Putin will realise we are not as bad as the English and spare our beautiful country. Perhaps the haggi and the platypi will fly.

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    • I know I seem to cry at nothing these days, but that was beautiful. A gem is right, and thank you for sharing.

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  32. thankful4mercy says:

    Reflecting this new year on Pope Francis’ call for us to go out to the margins of society and carry on with Pope John Paul 2’s exhortation to “Be Not Afraid.” Given the wounds of our society today, it seems that what the Pope calls us to do now, is something that will become more and more apparent as the storm gets thicker. Pope Francis recommended “Lord of the World” which is about the reign of the antichrist. Tying that onto St. John Paul 2’s comment that we are in the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, and also Charlie’s message here it seems like we have a big mission ahead. Thankful very much for all here and am praying and thankful for everyone here!

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  33. Bob says:

    Reading a few articles in your link on Abyssum on the right including wikileaks of George Soros and liberal dems trying to influence the Vatican and the continued Papal silence regarding the Dubium and the moral confusion not being clarified. leads me to believe that this lack of clarity and the risk of heterodox moral teaching becoming more deeply established is almost certainly Pope Francis major blunder. I do believe that, in view of speaking the truth in love as Benedict used to say we should all pray for our Holy Father for God to intervene in clearing things up in God’s way. I am also concerned about the tendency to label those asking for clarity as “overly rigid, non compassionate and non merciful”, etc. It seems to me that this kind of reaction on the past of some churchman is right out of the liberal playbook of stigmatizing opponents of progressive views!

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  34. Justin says:

    I’ve tried multiple browsers on multiple computers, but there always seems to be a picture behind the title image of this page with the log cabin. What is it?

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  35. madkatmomma says:

    Well gang, I quit my job today and am no longer a government bureaucrat. I am going to join a local non-profit investigative online news organization doing fundraising and promotion. (something like Breitbart or Drudge) This is a really new challenge for me but I’m excited at the prospects. It is commission only so please say a prayer for me that I can drum up donors quickly! The prospects of financial meltdown during the storm gives me pause, but I move forward in faith and trust. The best part is the publisher is a strong catholic and has based the mission of the organization on catholic values to give voice to the voiceless. Please pray for us!

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  36. Padre says:

    Loving mother of the Redeemer,
    gate of heaven, star of the sea,
    assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
    To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
    yet remained a virgin after as before.
    You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
    have pity on us poor sinners.

    Or:

    Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
    porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
    surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,
    natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,
    Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
    sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

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  37. julieurs says:

    Hi Charlie, you told us that Obama will lead us into the fullness of the Storm before finishing his term, but, given that the fullness of the storm hasn’t started yet, would this necessarily mean that Obama will have to extend his term for the prophecy to fulfill? I had this idea because the alleged inauguration of Trump is rapidly approaching, so I suppose that for the prophecy to fulfill then the fullness of the storm will have to start before the 20th, too. Time wouldn’t be enough, otherwise. By doing so, Obama could lead us into the fullness of the storm by extending his term, only to end it before its planned deadline, leaving the world in figurative ashes and so on. So the prophecy would be perfectly fulfilled. Maybe I missed something, these are just some thoughts of mine.

    Julieurs

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  38. I watched the sun come up and wondered how many times I’ve witnessed that. Not sure (maybe thousands of times)… but there’s certainly something special about watching that heavenly body noiselessly rise over the mountains and dispel the night’s darkness. I was also pondering NRS’n (it being the start of a new day and all). I suppose I wouldn’t be human if I also wasn’t briefly tempted with some niggling concerns and irritations. To dispel that, I simply contemplated the Heavenly Bodies, ‘placing’ my hand in the Lord’s and imploring wisdom for that NRS. Wait… what was I thinking… if I had placed my hand in the Lord’s Hand, why was I concerned?

    I was tempted to ask, “Lord, where are we stepping?”, but thought of Our Mother instead. Our Mother. Seems She had/has NRS’n down pat, Her only provision being the Love of God (if I’m expressing that right). So we stepped, and I had to ponder that movement for a bit.

    Try as I might, I won’t be able to adequately express what that step was all about. I could say it was a change in mindset. Certainly it was a leap of Faith like any other NRS. I could tell you that I wanted to talk to Jesus about it. Analyze it.

    Instead, I considered the rising sun again. You know, it’s movement is almost imperceptible in the moment, and it’s audibly silent to be sure. Oh, but how much its light has to ‘say.’

    I’m sure in the course of all that, I missed the point on occasion. Did Jesus tell me that? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe He just said, “shhh,” then grinned.

    Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to that NRS.

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  39. JG says:

    May all here have a blessed New Year.

    For anyone interested, here’s the final report from the Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood. It’s very long. I read the letter to Loretta Lynch – pg 95. All Universities who participate are also listed in the report. It’s one or after the chart which talks about how much $ was given for what services. I’m thinking an awareness of who’s involved in this nightmare should be exposed more. For those who don’t have time to read the 471 pages, skim through the table of contents to start.
    May God have mercy on us!!!

    https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Select_Investigative_Panel_Final_Report.pdf
    This link comes from Life Site if anyone interested.

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  40. Hopenjoy says:

    Prayerfully pondering Micah 6:8 yesterday morning, then last night it dawned on me how much this resonates with Charlie’s message:

    What does the LORD require of you but:
    to act justly (“take the next right step”)
    to love mercy (“be a sign of hope to others”)
    to walk humbly with your God (“acknowledge God”)

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  41. CrewDog says:

    As I recall? I believe that Charlie warned us a couple of years ago about this ….. so I don’t think we need the below to convince us that demons have been loosed upon the World but at least somebody is trying to get The Word out to others.

    “URGENT WARNING: ‘ARMY OF DEMONS’ ON LOOSE” – Longtime expert on spiritual warfare says real danger lurks

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/urgent-warning-army-of-demons-on-loose/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  42. Vickie says:

    Hi Charlie – I had a question- in your humble opinion- when the rescue happens – do you think it will be like Fatima times 100 with miracles- the way there were physical healings during the miracle of the sun? I keep wondering and hoping there will be healings on a mass scale. So I was just wondering if you had any thoughts on that. Thank you and God Bless.

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  43. Is anyone else having weeks of great creativity? I know things are marching forward., but I want to things like build a business. Which seems bizarre, and not keeping with what might be coming. I just seem to have hit a really productive spot.

    I guess I’m asking if doing something like owning up an online store/ starting a small business is utterly ridiculous at this time?

    Maybe it’s just my news/ information fast and I’ve found a very happy place!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Of course it’s not ridiculous. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy – and the good you can do now is not to be wasted.

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    • Lily says:

      Thank you for saying this! This is in my plans, to do list, and seemingly next right step as well. It seems an odd one, especially with a new baby to be born soon, but I can’t shake this feeling/desire. I don’t expect it to be big, but small, and the extreme smallness makes it seem ridiculous with everything else that needs doing. And yet, all of the things are coming together in a way I’ve never quite experienced before. I am feeling so productive regarding my to-do list, and yet I have free time when nothing is required of me. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed at the prospect of just keeping the basics happening with a new baby, and then the other half of me wants to make things and sell them online!

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  44. Padre says:

    From a Sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, bishop
    (Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20: PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359)

    The baptism of Christ

    Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.

    John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.

    The Baptist protests; Jesus insists. Then John says: I ought to be baptized by you. He is the lamp in the presence of the sun, the voice in the presence of the Word, the friend in the presence of the Bridegroom, the greatest of all born of woman in the presence of the firstborn of all creation, the one who leapt in his mother’s womb in the presence of him who was adored in the womb, the forerunner and future forerunner in the presence of him who has already come and is to come again. I ought to be baptized by you: we should also add, “and for you,” for John is to be baptized in blood, washed clean like Peter, not only by the washing of his feet.

    Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him. The heavens like Paradise with its flaming sword, closed by Adam for himself and his descendants, are rent open. The Spirit comes to him as to an equal, bearing witness to his Godhead. A voice bears witness to him from heaven, his place of origin. The Spirit descends in bodily form like the dove that so long ago announced the ending of the flood and so gives honor to the body that is one with God.

    Today let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received—though not in its fullness—a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

    RESPONSORY
    See Psalm 114:5

    Today the heavens opened and the waters of the sea became sweet and fragrant;
    the earth rejoiced, the mountains and hills exulted,
    – because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan.

    What has happened that the sea has been put to flight,
    and the Jordan has turned back upon itself?
    – Because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan.

    A most blessed Epiphany ChristMass Day!

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  45. BillBad42 says:

    Truly enjoy everyone commenting and offering insight! Enriching! I feel blessed to even know about Charlie’s efforts (and everyone here) ahead of the chaos that lies ahead…

    I used to pray the Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Trinity years back, and with everything you all share, wanted to share it now. It comes to us from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception…. hopefully you all find it useful? I love it…

    ACT OF CONCSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY

    With all my heart I praise You, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, Daughter of the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to You my soul with all its faculties.

    Pray the Hail Mary (Hail Mary, full….)

    With all my heart I praise You, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Mother of the Son of God. I consecrate to You my body with all its senses.

    Pray the Hail Mary (Hail Mary, full….)

    With all my heart I praise You, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Spouse of the Holy Spirit, I consecrate to You my heart with all its affections, and beseech You to obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity all the graces necessary for salvation.

    Pray the Hail Mary (Hail Mary, full….)

    God Bless you all here, and the whole world! Bill

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  46. Bob says:

    The comet cometh and if the first one doesn’t get us watch out:
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/nasa-says-mysterious-object-hurtling-9560987

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  47. Nicky says:

    Praying for victims and family of Florida Airport shooting. Also, U.S intelligence just put out that they have evidence for Russia tampering election. I am thinking Charlie’s right on. Things are getting more intense as it gets closer to inauguration day.

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    • charliej373 says:

      US intelligence has said nothing about Russia or anyone else tampering with vote results. They say that Russia probably hacked DNC email and then released true transcripts of them. So they say they tried to influence the election – as countries do to each other constantly. There was no “hacking of the election” – a construction the media and partisans use to try to imply that vote totals were hacked without actually saying so – because there is no evidence for it, whatsoever.

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  48. Theresa says:

    Charlie-Thank you so much for the link to Monsignor Pope’s homily. Such a wonderful reminder of what I have believed for nearly 30 years, that God’s ways are hidden and he makes use of the holy hidden souls among us to bring about the fulfillment of His glorious plan. I am subscribing to Monsignor’s blog and look forward to more inspiring words.

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