A Decisive Conundrum

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By Charlie Johnston

I have been struggling for a while to figure out how to say something that is very important going forward. When I wrote the piece “All In,” I was pleased with the result. (If you have not read that piece, you need to for this to fully make sense). I was pleased because it pretty concisely described the process by which I came to understand my peculiar duty and to live it reasonably well. What it did not accomplish so well  was to help you understand that that process was not just for me, but is for you, too.

Everyone wants certainty, sure knowledge, so they may form a plan and know just what to do. Would it surprise you to know that in the early days, I rarely believed much of anything I was told by heavenly beings? My confidence in these things was not self-sustaining like that of St. Joan of Arc or some other bold mystics. It simply grew because the improbable things I was told usually came to pass. Though it was sometimes in ways I did not expect or at different times than I expected, the trajectory has always been deadly accurate. Even after I came to accept the evidence that this was probably authentic, every time I told my Priests something new and startling, I always simultaneously had both a knot in my stomach and a hope in my heart: the knot was the fear that this time the limb I was out on would break under me, the hope that I was finally going to be released from this obligation.

Most of my life, I have played a sort of game of chicken with God – kind of like my namesake, Abraham (my confirmation name). The things I have been shown have almost always been unbelievable. That would have been a good reason for me to dismiss them. On the other hand, if what I was shown was true, then people would really need someone who had accepted a lifetime of discipline and training to help them through those perilous times. So I always set a narrow set of unlikely circumstances which, if they came to pass, would oblige me to go forward – to take the next step, trusting it was the right one. It was a desperate conundrum for me – one that I finally resolved by focusing on the promise I made. This did not make things comfortable for me, but it certainly clarified what I should do at each step. Be true to my promise and leave the details to God.

Once I pretty much accepted that way of proceeding, things got both much easier and much harder. I describe a little of that in the piece, “Through a Glass Darkly.” Frankly, I get more than a little annoyed at people who constantly tout some simple, linear narrative as the only possible way God can act – and will viciously attack anyone who disagrees with that childish interpretation. God almost always acts by indirection. If He were a pool player, I think He would not be pleased with any shot that was not at least a triple bank shot. The first direction an event takes is almost always just the first bank – and can look wildly different than what the final result He intends will be, after several more unpredictable caroms. Given that, intellectual prowess and analytical acuity are not sufficient. It is entirely beyond our ken. Yet God is demanding. We must do all we can in these bewildering circumstances to get it right. It is humility and trust that perfect our approach. We must acknowledge we will often get at least pieces wrong – while knowing with certainty that if we do our dead level best, though we may get it wrong, God will get it right – and use our fidelity to do so. It takes a lot of work and discipline to get there, but once you do a sublime confidence rises. You can never be certain of being right, but you can always do what you must to be true – and if you do, even when you get it wrong, God will use that to accomplish His will.

In the afore-mentioned piece, “Through a Glass Darkly,” I omitted how the satan complicates things. I just don’t like talking about that malevolent betrayer. 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 down a blind alley 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 any prophecy. Since it is my job, for which I have been trained, to avoid such things, then I would declare myself unreliable and go. That is the responsibility I take – and it is consonant with the way I have interacted with God my whole life. It amazes me that so many people think I am worried about such a pedestrian matter as being right or not on a particular. I waste no time on such as that: I worry about being true to my promise, for if I am true to that, whatever confirmations or contradictions come, it will facilitate God’s sovereign will. If I am not true, it will be a hindrance for which I will be held to account even if I get the details right.

When my Archbishop, Denver’s Samuel Aquila, released his formal letter on me early last year, he kindly acknowledged that I did not put the focus of my primary message on the prophetic aspects and encouraged others to do the same. But he also noted that, in these cases, “the danger exists of people placing greater faith in a prediction than in Christ’s words and promises.” I have come to fully appreciate the wisdom of that caution. I hear people explaining that they have been burned by mystics in the past. Yet I say that if you can possibly be burned by a mystic, you have already fallen into the trap Archbishop Aquila warned against. The greatest prophet in Christian history is no substitute for Scripture and the Magisterium. If those are truly your guideposts, you cannot be burned by anyone. People want the inside track – and too often look to mystics to get it. You have the inside track already – with Scripture and the Magisterium. The best an authentic prophet can do is help you focus on what God wants of you in a particular period of salvation history and give you some comfort through it. I know…God seems far away to most people much of the time, but He is never far off. The focus of my message is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. If I am right on every particular, that will help you get through perilous times. If I am wrong on any particular, it will help you get through perilous times. You have to discern and live what God wants of you. I have given a way to help you do that.

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 have 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 everything 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. Each of us. We must do it to the best of our ability and take responsibility at every step for what we do – and leave the rest to God – giving counsel neither to our fears nor our vanity.

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 Master’s 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.

Here, then, is your conundrum: it does not please God that you know the details of His plan. If you knew them with certainty, you would reach more to your intellect and analytical acuity. He will force you to make a choice; to trust Him or to think you have this. If I am right and there is no transfer of power on January 20th, the tumult and convulsions in this year of fulfillment will still lead you to constantly doubt there will be a Rescue. If I am wrong on this particular and convulsions continue to mount, your celebration will be short-lived. You will come to fear more than ever that I have gotten the trajectory completely right – but will not believe in a Rescue. If I am wrong on this particular and everything smoothes out, but we do not become a Godly people, persisting in our rebellious insistence that we are the titans, you will spend the year nervously waiting for the other shoe to drop. If I am wrong on this particular and everything smoothes out AND we do re-embrace our Godly heritage, I will give thanks for the bullet I dodged and enjoy my family – but will remain on full alert until my time of service is up. I would only regret that the great Shrine I saw would probably not be built.

You will not have a comfortable year. You must try to get it right as much as you can, but must know that you have no guarantee of it. The only thing you can guarantee is that you will be true to your call – which is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. That means taking full responsibility for whatever you do. You must never fail to do what you think is right out of fear of embarrassment. You must never fail to abandon what is errant out of pride. You must become like young children, knowing your deficiencies yet doing the best you can, trusting in the love of your Father.

I know many will think this is some sort of justification on my part in case of error. That has clouded my ability to tell you something you desperately need to know. I have been astounded that only a handful of people – all who have known me a very long time – really understood my thinking on this. It has underlined to me how dramatically differently I think than most people. But you desperately need to learn to think in terms of duty and promise if you are going to navigate this year well. So I tell you – that you may choose to trust God while doing the best you can and taking full responsibility for it. It is the only way you will endure.

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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769 Responses to A Decisive Conundrum

  1. Helena says:

    So, this is what it feels like to be in a triple bank shot. Haha. God bless you Charlie.

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  2. Janet says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I like that you are in the “know” and at the same time there is much God keeps from you. Believe it or not your witness keeps me humble and that’s a wonderful gift to me. We are in the Storm. I like to think about how I can be like St. Joan of Arc and the other saints. Rising up in the ways God expects me to as he’s groomed for this day since I was born. If there are really scary days, I will probably pee my pants and cry , but my hope is that I’ll snap out of it reach out to others in whatever the situation calls for. Trusting, being faithful, and let hope abound. Appreciate you Charlie. Thanks. Janet

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  3. Lynne says:

    Charlie, I don’t post comments very much but I just want to say thank you. You do not realize how much you have helped me over the last year or so. God used you to bring a sense of calm and peace to me and to countless others. As 2016 progressed, I had little to no worries, but an interior peace and joy that can only come from God. You helped with that. Everything that was going on in the news was, for lack of a better word, noise to me. I know God wins in the end. How it will all play out is in God’s hands. I am sure He will act in a way to save the most souls He can. Times are definitely changing. We can feel that and see it. The Medjugorje visionary, Mirjana, in her recent book has stated that she now sees things in motion leading to the secrets. The title of her book is “The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.” The Rescue will come. From my own experience, I have learned to trust God in all things. Amazing things begin to happen when you turn your worries over to God and trust Him completely to take care of them. Your worries and anxieties begin to disappear and peace and joy reign in your heart. I know understand about this peace that can only come from God. I am so happy and content just doing my normal routine. This is where God wants me to be. So many people are unfulfilled and unhappy because God does not have the correct place in their lives. So, whether or not this prediction occurs, I will keep on doing what I have been doing- putting God first in my life and I hope to continue reading your posts! I consider you a friend and all the people who post comments here. We are all in this together-this amazing journey called life. Thank you for all you have done.

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  4. Julee says:

    You stated with confidence you were told eight years ago Obama would not finish his full term and the next national leader would not come from the political system. Your purpose in telling us was to give us confidence in your prophecy about the Rescue in late 2017, so we would not despair during the fullness of the storm. You decided to share this information and now we have a conundrum. Since you put it out there, of course I’m going to use it to discern. It will either come to pass, or not, but if the thing you put out there to inspire confidence ends up failing, then for me, it follows that I’ll question your other specific prophesy (the rescue) despite your being right about the “grand sweep of things.” I think that’s reasonable. I didn’t create the test and I have no desire to know the future, but since it’s out there, I now watch and wait. I want to fulfill my mission according to God’s will, just as you do, so don’t be discouraged if I’m still trying to figure out how it relates or what I’m supposed to glean from prophecy. My thoughts on it are ever changing and maybe I don’t see with confidence what God has put in my path to hearten me (and maybe I’m not supposed to at this point in time, who knows?). As for the storm, I know we’re in it, many have spoken of it, and I expect it to get worse. I put my trust in God and I don’t think the graces He will or will not bestow on me hinge on whether I believe in any private revelation, even if it’s true. If it is His will, I trust He will hearten me in difficult times as I do my best to live my faith. “Eternal Father, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and mercy itself.”

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    • charliej373 says:

      This is a marvelously mature and steady approach to the matter, Julee. You are a wise woman.

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    • kristinwith6 says:

      Those were exactly my thoughts, Julee. It was put out there, for a specific reason. I was not looking for it either, but if the Father offered it for a specific reason (confidence in the Rescue message) , than indeed there is a conundrum. I personally am still expecting something crazy to happen as Charlie seems to have been right on so much..but if Jan 20th does indeed result in a transfer of power, than I see myself as having to recognize that what it was supposed to instill confidence about( the Rescue) will likely neither take place. I still hold Charlie in high esteem in that case, just , inaccurate in receiving the message I can only imagine what goes into visions and their interpretations…I would NEVER want either!! Even though this message was supposedly given clearly…I have no doubt there could be lots of complexity to it regardless – The ultimate message is still a beautiful one ( TNRS) , that I plan to live regardless. Thx for articulating what I was trying to do in my own mind!

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      • jaykay says:

        “The ultimate message is still a beautiful one ( TNRS)”

        Yep, I think that’s it, in fact. One thing I personally have taken from here is: “Trust, do, and love”. Well, I do trust, I hope, but I know I fall down every day, all the time, in the other two. Maybe because of not enough trust in the first place? Yes, very probably. We’re all little kids, really, but the humility to accept the guiding hand is so often just shrugged off and we go our own way. Then… crash, bang. But – thank the very good God – if we can just turn around and recognise the helping hand always stretched out to us, well… go ye and do likewise. So easy to take graces unto oneself, and hoard them, but to go out and spread them among our brothers and sisters? Still working on that, personally.

        But, even if I never meet anyone here, in person, so what? I thank God for the opportunity to have met y’all in spirit. And continuing to do so, I sincerely hope.

        Very blessed 2017 (centenary) to all here. J.

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    • Mick says:

      Hi, Julee! How have you been? I think of you often, whenever I read a comment by a Julie or a Julia. And how is your dear Justin? 🙂

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      • Julee says:

        Hi Mick! I hope you and your family are well! Since it’s cold and flu season, we’ve been hibernating in our little house and so far so good, Justin has avoided all the yucky stuff out there. Still battling almost daily seizures, but essential oils (in addition to traditional interventions) seem to be helping! When we talk about radical trust in God, I think I’ve been in training for the past 18 years since he’s been born. Having a child who needs total care taught me early on to love, trust, and just do what is right in front of me. The reward has been a tangible connection to the love that abounds in heaven through the love Justin bestows on me. Worrying about his future, which I admit I sometimes do, just steals the joy from today. Take care, Mick! I love your presence on this blog.

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks, Julee. We’re all doing fine here. Glad to hear that Justin hasn’t caught any of the nasty bugs going around. I can’t believe that he’s 18! When I “met” you, I think he was 16, or almost 16; so somehow I’ve been caught in a time warp and still had him at 16 (kind of like how I referred to my 17-year-old as being 14 recently). May God bless and keep you and your family. 🙂

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    • Julee, ending your comment with that particular prayer, composed by St. Faustina, the Lord’s Secretary of Divine Mercy, demonstrates that you are on the right path. No matter what happens, no matter what, death will eventually find all of us and no matter how well any of us have lived … even if compared to a Mother Teresa … when death comes there will be one and only one thing to rely upon: Divine Mercy!

      The ancient, foundational message of Divine Mercy that God gave anew through St. Faustina is not just “another devotion” to be adopted by some … it is the Heart of the Gospel … the reality to which ALL other devotions and Sacraments point. Divine Mercy is in fact the reason for the very existence of the Church itself, born from the side of Christ in Blood and Water as seen in the Image of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina.

      When it comes to this blog, by using the late Fr. George Kosicki’s “ABC’s of Mercy” this truth can be applied rather directly to the basic message from Charlie Johnston … that to “Acknowledge God” is to (A) “Ask for His Mercy” (especially through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy revealed to St. Faustina) … to “Take the Next Right Step” is to (B) “Be Merciful” to ourselves and others (7 corporal & spiritual works of mercy) and to “Be a Sign of Hope” is to (C) “Completely Trust in Jesus.”

      Now that’s a nice fit.

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  5. Judy says:

    God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit always surprise and, often, delight us with marvelous healing graces and signs that we are not alone. No matter what happens in the coming year, somehow we will be shown that we are not alone and we will be thankful for this healing grace that gives us strength and endurance. It is heartening that the incoming president’s inauguration is going to acknowledge God. This is a very good sign. In fact, it is the first step of Charlie’s advice. Let’s hope and pray that Donald, The Congress, the Supreme Court, and the rest of us take the “next right steps” as we earnestly search for them. In that way signs of hope will arise everywhere….. I certainly do not think the coming year will be easy. There are too many red flags and division everywhere…but let us pray for the good fruits that only Christ can give us as we hold fast to Him through any turmoil that may arise. May Our Lord and Savior bless you and your families in 2017, and may He guide the USA and peoples from all nations through this coming year. May our Blessed Mother be your Mediatrix of Graces in every circumstance! ..Thank you for a thoughtful article , Charlie.

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  6. Thankful4mercy says:

    Thank you, Charlie for your message of hope in the face of uncertainty and stormy times. From the time I started reading your posts on this site, the point has been made that you have been sent to proclaim the rescue, not the storm, which all of us have, without exception, wrought upon ourselves. That the storm may or may not play out exactly as written, makes no change to your mission. The stormy winds will blow as they will. But one thing we can trust in is that God will be there to reclaim us through his daughter, our blessed Mother. There is so much hope in that, and it is the truth of the Church and scriptures. These are scary times indeed as without hope, the scariest thing is fear and despair. It is easy, personally, to fall into that. Very thankful for your focus and the Hope you are sowing here and the beauty of so many people helping eachother to have hope for a time in the future of peace, true charity and living in Christ’s light.

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  7. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    We think that A comes then B then C. Well, THANK GOD, God knows that in order to save M, Z needs to see Q@, L will experience God’s Love by &&J, MU will be the piece of the puzzle that later helps PX and W4, ETC! It will swirl and move and grow and morph as God can save the most souls with it. We need to let go of expectations, especially those linear graphs in our minds.
    Last week at the Consecration at Mass, I was crying and thanking God that He brought me to the foot of the Cross today. I think I would have been hiding if I lived 2000 years ago. Would I have had the guts, faith, perseverance, fortitude to be there? standing and sharing in what He was doing for us in that moment, forever. But, I get to be THERE today as He Wills it. Praise God! OK, but guess what folks? Yep, it looks as though we do get to be present for a critical moment in history. Pray that ego, pride, the scales on our eyes fall and fall quickly. Pray that we are not overthinking, over calculating, and drowning in the confusion and details of this critical moment.

    You. You might be MU above. You might be the piece of the puzzle that PX is dying (really spiritually dying) to meet. You might be Z. Z has just seen Q@ perform the most quiet act of mercy. Q@ reached out her hand at Mass to M, a stranger (odd, disruptive at Mass). That act has changed the heart of Z. Just seeing it changed the judgement that Z had in her heart towards M. Z now feels inspired to go out on a limb to meet M instead of judging her as the stranger…. risking a little more. This changes, morphs, flows, sways and lives. Yes, this lives. This is God’s Body living and responding to each other today. Ask God to help you to understand a little of the uselessness of the cares, predictions and linear graphs of this world. God Wills that you live and breathe today, that God desires you for eternity IS what we should be praying to accept and have the strength guts, faith, perseverance, fortitude to be that sign of hope to PX and W4 and all souls that God lines up in our path.

    I am Z. I have been working every weekend for about 4 or 5 months. I am still going to Mass every Sunday, but many times it is rushed, a lunch break from work, going at the end of a long day and so tired. So, I started going to daily Mass most days that I am not at work. About two months in, this strange person, M, shows up. She is “off”. She talks out loud all during the Mass, talks over Father when he is giving the homily. Her responses are different. This week, I got to meet my husband for a Mass lunch date. He got there first, and when I found him, my heart sank…..he is sitting right behind her. Even before Mass starts, I get this “feeling”….tell her that her dress is pretty today and that she looks nice. Well, what if she reacts by saying, what do I usually look like? What if she gets louder? What a little limb this is……and I still hesitate to be a sign of hope and crawl out on it….. At the end of Mass, I placed my hand on her shoulder and asked her name. She is no longer stranger.

    The beautiful part is that God will ask us to be Him for others in so many different ways. Last week, I was Z. I have also (thank God) been Q@, so far, usually in places where I have some familiarity with the group (work, friends, extended family). Let’s again just pray. Pray for Charlie. Let’s pray for each other, that we may get out of comfort, and allow us to interact with as many letters/symbols/number combinations that He can throw at us! Let His LOVE live, and morph, and sway, and rescue all His wee ones. ALL His wee ones….that’s us! Oh, and Charlie… I pray that Jesus has His outstretched arms holding the limb you crawled out upon, strong and steady.

    Lord, I am Your little mess. Protect me, guide me, push me to grow in You. I ask for humility, gentleness and love to share. Help me to listen. Help me to push beyond my comfort. Help me to see in some small way the way You see this world and all the workings around it. Thank You for Your plan for me, and for allowing the gift of today.
    Lord, if it would please You and each member of this online family, please extend these requests for each of them, and for all Your children. Help us to share, and also to receive. Help us to soften more and more every day. Guardian Angels, pray for us. Momma, we are in your hands. Amen.

    Sandy

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    • charliej373 says:

      In this, you well describe in simple terms, the way God usually acts.

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    • Mick says:

      Amen, Lordprotectyourlittlemess.

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    • peacebwthyou says:

      Thank you Sandy. I can relate to your thoughts and feelings, needed to hear them. All here are in my prayers.

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    • jaykay says:

      Sandy, lovely. And that struck such a chord with me because I happen to have seen the same thing in action in a crowded Dublin city centre church at the evening vigil Mass for 4th Sunday of Advent just gone.

      The church was very full – it normally is, actually, despite what you hear about Ireland – the choir are superb and there was a carol service before Mass. So I’m in a good frame of mind. Then one of the poor street people, who are many in this prosperous area, comes in, an old man, shabby, not smelling good at all, and sits 2 rows ahead of me, where he proceeds to root around in his bag with noise etc. So I’m feeling a bit apprehensive, mixed with sorrow at my own poor reaction but, let’s face it, a bit of relief he didn’t sit beside me. Yeah, wonderful, J.

      A young man, early 30s, and his very pregnant young wife came in and sat in front of me, just behind our poor friend, who at this stage is sitting slumped over. They made no attempt to move, although they could have, being exposed to the full… well. I noticed they used the “orans” position a lot, possibly charismatics? Anyway, at the Sign of Peace, the young man reached over to the poor man, gently touched his shoulder, and offered his hand. Which was accepted! His young wife did likewise. I have rarely felt so moved, I almost teared-up. And I felt ashamed of my own reaction. I think I’ll remember that young couple’s genuine act of love all my life.

      So Sandy, what you say: “Let’s pray for each other, that we may get out of comfort, and allow us to interact with as many letters/symbols/number combinations that He can throw at us!” – yes, oh yes!

      God bless, J.

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      • tinabarry says:

        Jaykay, thank you for your honesty.

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      • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

        Thank you, J. I apologize for how long it has taken me to acknowledge you.
        Thank you for sharing your heart with me, and all of us. Oh, thank You GOD for Your LOVE. Thank you for showing us, halfway around the world from each other, similar movements and growth in our hearts. Yes, definitely tears. And much time spent in the Presence of Jesus asking for His help. There is much to unpack and declutter……

        I was blessed to be able to visit Ireland in 1989. I went to an all girls Catholic high school founded by Mother Catherine McAuley, and we were able to send a group over on a trip after graduation. (Visited the House of Mercy on Baggot Street) I hope that someday I will be able to visit again. I was 18 and clueless, but I still remember the respect and reverence that permeated the country. And, the beauty, and the history….and the cute boys with cool accents. Well, I was 18 and from the heart of the American midwest….completely accent-less. Rambling.

        God Bless you too J!
        God Bless all here!

        Sandy

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  8. Jesusitrustinyou says:

    Hello, I’m a long time follower of this page. Charlie’s words have helped me a lot on my spiritual journey. Took my breath away to see comments on the 11:11, I had it several years ago now it’s back. I feel like some thing is trying to get my attention…no way it’s a coincidence with so many people experiencing it. A very holy priest that I know recently mentioned the possible fulfillment of revelation 12 on setember 23 2017 with Virgo, the woman,Jupiter will be in her womb, the moon under her feet, clothed with the sun and 12 stars on her head. If this is the case, I wonder why more aren’t excited / talking about this. God bless everyone here.

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    • Regarding the astronomical phenomenon you mention, I have heard of it too. In fact, IIRC someone posted about it earlier on another thread on this blog.

      I checked it out with the planetarium program Stellarium, which is a Free-and-Open-Source program that runs on Windows, Linux, and – I think – Mac OSX. That is to say, you can google it and download it for free.

      It is fascinating to watch it actually happen: The Virgin giving birth to Jupiter, the crown of twelve “stars” (three are actually planets, nine are the constellation Leo), the Sun behind Virgo, and the Moon at her feet. Because the Moon moves so quickly through the sky, it is all perfect for just a brief amount of time (i.e. that one day).

      What is also interesting, is that the planet Jupiter entered the womb of the Virgin on the Feast of Christ the King, November 20, 2016 — the last Sunday of the previous Liturgical Year. Because of Jupiter’s “retrograde motion” — it goes forward, stops, goes backward a bit, stops, goes forward again — it “hangs around” in the womb of the Virgin for about the same length of time as a human long-term pregnancy before being “born” on the date you mentioned.

      — Albert

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to commenting, Jesusitrustinyou. 🙂

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  9. Littlelight says:

    Wonderful piece, thank you! (I have just finished reading it, and have not read any of the comments.)

    I planned on sharing this here before I read this most excellent piece, for the greater glory of God. Also, to thank you, Charlie, humbly, for sharing TNRS spirituality and patiently teaching it. This is meant for encouragement of All, especially you Charlie, and the TNRS staff. But it is also meant for those reading who feel drowning in sin/darkness, longing for a place in this community, not daring to hope for one. It is for you, too! I told Our Lord I would say so. To thank Him. I cannot be silent. So here goes.

    Lately, the storm has intensified greatly in my own personal life. So much so that I don’t really care what is happening in the great wide world. I don’t care much how this all unfolds. I trust in God and I know He will not forget you Charile, or any of you here. I recognize this as a merciful blessing from God. Thank you God!

    St Therese sent me many roses, answering my prayer that the Christmas season would be one of joy for us. It sure has. Joyful unexpected surprises. But, there has also been grief, and misery, and testing, too. Praise God those sufferings do not define the day, rather joy does. Meditating on the Joyous Mysteries of the Rosary, I see that if all that was what The Holy Family experienced, I should expect no different.

    Anyway, my beloved husband is going through a trying health crisis. It could be nothing or something very, very serious. It could be something so serious that could impact each and every one of our kids, with the same terrible diagnosis, stealing hope into perpetuity.

    There was a terrible spiritual/emotional crisis that presaged all of this, this past summer. God is so good, He called me to deep, constant prayer. I did not exactly know how to prayer or even exactly what to pray for or even exactly what it was all about. But I knew it was waaayy bigger than me. I knew only God could help. No matter, the call to prayer was compelling, and I prayed my heart out. In His goodness, He revealed small bits to me. That this was from God was confirmed in my mind when I had opportunity to share what I heard in prayer with my beloved husband, and my husband confirmed it hit the proverbial nail on the head. Also, the fruit of all this was peace and a measure of joy, stability and hope.

    Back to the present moment. I have been so exhausted, in every way (mentally, physically, spiritually) because of the storm. It is unrelenting. And then the health crisis. At this point, the point of hearing doctors say scary things and waiting for scary invasive tests and results and diagnosis, there is this paralyzing sense of terror I know well in my life. It is no stranger to me. I’ve experienced it, briefly, here and there, since my first memories. It is the kind of terror that you can’t move through, that affects you physically, you can feel it in your throat and stomach. No relief when you sleep, etc.

    I have come from such darkness and cried an ocean of tears in my life. Not until fairly recently, I’d say the past three years, have I come to see God as ever tender and so very patient and merciful. So how does this all relate to TNRS?

    I’m so tired of being fearful. Even if my worst fears come to pass, isn’t God bigger than all this? Haven’t I known, first hand, that God is near at hand in my personal life? So many tender miracles (children healed medically, financial assistance coming through at the 11th hour, loved ones’ hearts melting and minds turning toward God etc.,etc). How can I doubt God’s faithfulness? I thought about all you wrote Charlie. Your writings gave confidence to me (for which I am eternally grateful) cause it confirmed my experiences and conclusions.

    I saw in the present moment of paralysis I had choices. Even in the paralysis, calling out to God, knowing He hears, yet waiting, patiently for me to get it. What I saw was, even the smallest step away from old patterns of lacking trust in God and trying to solve it on my own, God rewards. It was exactly as you concisely said, Charlie. You said something like we must take the first step toward God and hope. That this opens the floodgates of His grace and mercy and gives Him an opportunity to act without usurping our free will. Our hoping **and acting*** on crazy hope does this. We must move first. Even if we are convinced all hope is lost, we must. We must surrender all results and fruit to Him. We must trust Him ever more. We must beg Him for strength, cause we are sure to fail again and again if we try to go solo without Him.

    Yesterday, I made different choices that I had in the past. I made choices not to burden those in real life with what we are going through, as I don’t want them to despair and I know with 100%certainty they would. I “faked” well-being. I begged St. Andrew to intercede for me, so I could just do all the mundane things that only I can do to give hope to those around me. I begged and cried and begged some more. Reading about his life, I saw he had such a heart for the struggles of families. How good God is!! Through the intercession of St. Andrew Bessette and St. Joseph, the Dear Lord removed the paralysis and gave me hope. I had a peaceful night sleep. I am seeing many small miracles all around me in the people I love. It seems from my perspective, than He magnified my small act of hope to crazy levels, to increase it all around me.

    I still don’t know what tomorrow will bring and the terror is ever there, around the corner, if I chose with my free will to go back there. +Dear Lord let it not be so+ I am very grateful to God for this reprieve. I know He is tender and loving and will bring so much goodness out of this that I will be bursting from the joy of it. My prayer has turned to one of Thanksgiving, for the great and mighty miracles He is and will work, in His perfect time. I see He hears every prayer, collects every tear. Only to give more than we can ever hope or imagine, praise Him!

    You are all ever in my prayers, TRNS’s. Please keep us in yours. Keep on keepin on, Everyone!

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    • charliej373 says:

      What a heartening story of fortitude, Little! About a decade ago, I went through a brief period of intense setbacks. Things simple to me were going wrong. I prayed for God to show me where I was failing and what He wanted of me. After a few weeks, my angel came and, a little disappointed, told me this wasn’t about me at all. He showed me a dear family member was in deep spiritual trouble and that he hoped I would embrace the setbacks as an offering for him. I was shamed that I was so self-centered in thinking it must be about me. Then I accepted whatever trials were sent on behalf of this dear one. Shortly thereafter, what was hidden began to emerge and we came to see what a problem was growing in this fellow. It is not resolved, but I am glad I accepted the sorrows before the problem was obvious – and trust that nothing is wasted in God’s economy…so if it is not well yet, it will be.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you Littlelight, and for your family, as I read through misty eyes your witness to God’s Infinite Goodness. Sometimes, I hear the Voice of Jesus and He has been saying to me since Christmas: This is a time for choosing with greater resolve: CHOOSE to have faith, CHOOSE to trust, etc. You have chosen very well, Little, and are a sign of Hope for all to see. Thank you.

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    • Doug says:

      God bless you LittleLight!

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    • Barb421 says:

      praying for you and the family, dear friend, you have been on my mind and heart all week
      God Bless ….and you / we are so close to the shore, hang on- love you all!!!

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    • pattyami says:

      Have just prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for your husband Little. Hugs to you!

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    • Lilia Florentiae says:

      Praying for you, Littlelight.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Dear Little…..my prayers are with you and your family. Please “keep on keepin’ on” too!

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your family, Littlelight.

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    • janet says:

      Praying for you and your family, Little.

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  10. thecrane123 says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Since I first learned of your prophetic visions, I have been hooked on your blog. It has been your heartfelt, level headed, and reasoned articles that have brought me back to the Catholic Church after a genreal falling away from the faith. Your emphasis on the next right step and being a sign of hope rather than on your prophecy is what has endeared me to your teachings. The fact that everything you have said is perfectly in line with magisterial teaching further solidified my faith not just in God, but in what yu have to say. I want to thank you for your work and your message, and no matter what happens January 20th, I will still constantly try to take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around me. Thank you sir.

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  11. The Rescue as you call it or the deliverance from the Evil One & exorcism of the Earth as I call it will not be merely a singular event with the instantaneous coming of the Kingdom & Era of Peace, rather it will be a series of events & circumstances beginning with Divine Intervention to bring forth on Earth as it is in Heaven that may or possibly may not be so easily realised by the masses much in the same manner as the birth of Christ in the days of Herod. As in any exorcism it sometimes takes a while with numerous confrontations with evil to remove the malignant spirit(s) & restore the faculties of the soul, so too shall this be true of the present situation we are in. Only afterwards will see the fruits of our labour in the Era of the Holy Spirit.

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  12. Patricia says:

    This comment is for all the idiots who are telling Charlie he is wrong, wrong, wrong. I have forgotten your names already so if the shoe fits wear it.
    I am about Charlie’s age. I have been in politics as long and probably longer than Charlie. I have held elective positions, appointed positions and sometimes was just an attorney and all the time a wife and mother.
    In discussions today with different people, it has become clear there are three types of people in the US today. Granted there are many subgroups but I am busy and want to get this out so it will be somewhat brief.
    1. These people are truly uninformed and read and hear that the Russians “did it” and are a great threat to the US. Furthermore, they are so uninformed they do not realize that never in their lifetime has a lame duck president acted, during this interim time, on so many grave matters that have so many consequences. Just uninformed people.
    2. These people, probably over the age of 55, and there are millions and millions of us (and had good, solid educations from K to 12) recognize that there is something weird going on but are not quite sure what to make of it. Informed but not connected.
    3. These people, might be over 55 but do not have to be, are politically connected and/or politically aware, and/or politically active. They recognize that something is weird, off kilter and dangerous. Moreover, they also recognize that any one of the things that the administration/establishment has done since Nov 8 is extremely unusual. They also know enough that they have their defenses up and are paying close attention. They suspect all is not well and will not be well.
    I might add that if one is practicing a faith, without being politically aware, they may know all that number three knows also.
    Now if you, Mr. “if the shoe fits”, have the background to speak to these matters, please feel free to engage. But otherwise be quiet and wait. I do not like having to wade through stupid stuff to get to the informative comments. Too much on my mind. To everyone else, thank you for putting up with this rather abrupt comment and if someone else already took them to the woodshed, good for you. I just did not get that far due to the stupid, dumb comments.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m a little abashed, Patricia. I have indulged some rather silly comments that don’t even begin to show understanding of the issues here – and some that take no effort to actually be informed. I wanted to let all have their say if they were not actually vulgar. It is useful that hearts be revealed.

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      • Patricia says:

        Not blaming you Charlie, I know you are doing your job. It is the others who are not doing theirs.
        Onward and upward!

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        • charliej373 says:

          What is a delight, Patricia, is how many people really have incorporated the triune dictum of acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope as the heart of the matter. And look for the recent comment by Julee, who expressed her doubts candidly, charitably and with mature insight. I am glad to have doubters like that.

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          • Patricia says:

            Yes, Julee did a nice job. I think most people probably think somewhere in her arc of thoughts. My take on it is that if you are wrong about the 20th, there is so much else you have been right about that it does not matter. For instance, long ago you said in this upcoming year (2016), hearts are going to be revealed. Well, hearts have been revealed along with minds, souls and 60,000 plus emails. But more than that, as a reader from the start, you pretty much predicted the turmoil of this election year. It is not only wild, it is unprecedented. And, if the 20th goes off without a hitch, the lead up to it has been quite the hurricane which almost, but not quite, fits the jan 20th bill. No one I am aware of made that prediction. Anyway, I know I was a little rough on “if the shoes fit”, but they were quite rude. So rude, I did not think normal discourse would be appropriate.

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      • Patricia says:

        Also, another Patricia posted who is new. Might we have different names so we can be distinguished?

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        • Another Karen says:

          Patricia, you are one of a kind (and distinguished!) and I think we will know it is you no matter how many Patricia’s are here, LOL! Don’t change! I appreciate and concur your well articulated, no nonsense thoughts about Charlie’s accurate take on events. He’s a winner!

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        • Mick says:

          Well, you could change your screen name to “PatriciaEsq.” Just a thought. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Or better yet, change it to Patricia esquir-rel…

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh My Goodness, Doug! Patricia, I hope your laughing as hard as I am. Only Doug could do this.

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          • Doug says:

            See YD! Beckita understood.

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          • I don’t get it, Doug, can you ‘splain that one to me? I mean, shouldn’t there be a comma in there somewhere? A capital E?

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          • Doug says:

            I was trying to make a pun by combining esquire with squirrel 🙂

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          • Patricia says:

            Ok, Doug’s response was funny and I did laugh. Mick, usually, I do not identify myself as having a license to practice. Normally it is not pertinent to my daily interactions. (semi-retired from politics). I have ID ed myself as such here, at least twice, in my comments but only in the last year or so because I think it helps, as a female, when answering a bully, etc. Otherwise, I believe it can give the wrong impression to do so. I would rather be known as a mom who loves her kids and hopes they are safe in the upcoming storm. On a good note, I have noticed less comments from other mothers who write worried about where their kids will be at the start of the storm and during it. (as I often was and is). I guess that means Charlie is doing his job keeping us all grounded and that “God knows where we are”, kids and all.

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          • Mick says:

            Patricia, I know exactly what you mean. I haven’t practiced in 20 years (since our oldest was born), but I almost never indicate that I have a license. But every once in a while, I’ve had to “play the lawyer card” when, say, confronted by an aggressive doctor who has tried to pressure me into an unwanted (and unwarranted) medical intervention. But other than those few instances, the lawyer thing doesn’t affect my day-to-day at all. The vast majority of the time, I’m content to be known as the farming, homeschooling mommy with a passel of crazy kiddos. 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            I am very confused, Doug: you were trying to make a pun by combining Esquire with Squirrel?

            Why would you do that?

            Are you calling lawyers squirrelly?

            Some might call that uncharitable…

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          • Doug says:

            Well, some might consider lawyers quite squirrelly, but not Patricia. I was just being silly. Never mind….

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          • YongDuk says:

            Doug, when we meet I am going to tell you the medical joke on how you can test for diabetes by tasting urine.

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          • Doug says:

            All I can say to that is yuk! Duk😎

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          • Beckita says:

            Doug and Duk = Entertainment

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          • Doug says:

            😊

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          • Do you think Doug knows that I am pulling his leg if that is the proper idiom, though, Biscuits?

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          • Beckita says:

            I don’t know, YD, but there’s such a lot of playfulness amongst the squirrels that we all fall prey to a leg pulling or two. I fell right into a berm tease yesterday. Nevertheless, squirrels must play on… we simply must!

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. Proper idom…. 😐

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          • Patricia says:

            Mick,
            In agreement. If nothing else, it is always good to use for “authority”. 🙂

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      • roses1sb says:

        Charlie…thank you for allowing all to be heard…this is why I said the prayer to St. Gabriel your Angel…for peace and respect instead of hurt and injury to a person for having a question…it just seems hurtful and humiliates a person to do so but thank you for allowing some people to say how they feel with out insults. God Bless

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    • roses1sb says:

      Hi Patricia I just would like to say one thing to you please….the word idiots is hurtful and harsh…people are only asking questions because they want some answers, this will only take and push people a way from the site that is doing good…if they are called idiots…it is rather humiliating and I feel you could use better words so not to push people a way…God Bless You

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      • charliej373 says:

        You certainly have a point, Rose. But in Patricia’s defense, our Lord’s frequent harsh public criticism of people as “vipers” and “hypocrites” was harsh, too. I do not get terribly upset when people who make ugly, intemperate attacks, get rebuked harshly.

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        • roses1sb says:

          Remove all my post I am no longer following this site….

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        • roses1sb says:

          One more thing Charlie…this is starting to feel like an accult ….this is not good Charlie….you have allowed this and they follow you like you are the God….please be careful…you get mad sometimes when people ask questions and scold people a little…well it looks to me like you need to talk to your priest about this and see if it is alright for her and others to use such strong language…read her entire post where she start with the word…idiots and then goes on to the bottom…take them to the wood shed…tell the priest all of this and see what he says please.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Rose, one of my priests reads everything I write each day – and calls me when He has a concern. I think you are getting a bit squeamish about people defending themselves against trolls. Do you really think someone should be allowed to attack, rather than dispassionately comment, without being rebuked? That is a sort of milquetoast Christianity that I have never subscribed to. You are a good woman, but I would have been more impressed if you had been equally condemning of intemperate accusations as you are of defenses against them. I say candidly that I firmly believe the misguided milquetoast Christianity has played a significant role in current disorders. And you never touched on how harshly Jesus spoke to those who restlessly accused and attacked Him. If you just read His words without knowing they were from Him, would you have corrected Him, too? I am not being sarcastic – I am suggesting you genuinely reflect on this, for I think your expectations are based on modern cultural practices, not the Gospels.

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          • I am surprised I didn’t get corrected yet; oh, wait, I did by Gods [sic] Will… 🙃

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sometimes people say things that make me think they have never even read Scripture. One person made a comment to me that Jesus would always only give a gentle answer to His attackers. I suppose if calling them “vipers” or “hypocrites” or “whited sepulchers, filled with dead things” were considered gentle rejoinders, that would be true. We don’t have to guess what Jesus would have done in most circumstances: Scripture tells us what He actually did. One of the things that most disturbs me is people who seem pious making statements about Jesus that bear no resemblance to the Jesus of the Gospels. It just seems strange.

            Ah well, YD, seems a few think they should be our resident Bishop’s Bishop. Heaven knows plenty of folks think they should be mine. Let us just soldier on.

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          • tinabarry says:

            Roses I can appreciate your concern. This is not a cult, but a family of God who can get in some hairy discussions. You should see my family with all our strong opinions and passions, but our love is deep and I would never change it.

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        • Lucy wheel says:

          Idiot is one of my favorite words. I call myself that whenever I do something stupid. Another favorite word. N

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        • Linda says:

          I just got in trouble too.. i put up pic of Obamma as a clown.. that opened up a sure can of whoop… oops

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      • Patricia says:

        roses1sb,
        The rebuke was not to anyone asking a real question. It would have helped I suppose if I could have named the guys who wrote the offending comments. It has been a busy day and I did not go back and look them up. The posts were just statements to Charlie saying, in essence, that Charlie was a fool and he needs to apologize to us and to his priests, and yada, yada, yada. (my new favorite word). These people are trolls or close to them and Charlie lets them through for a number of reasons. Also, I do not think these people can be humiliated. There job is to discredit Charlie.
        Anyway, I am not always this mean, sometimes I am worse. 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      Patricia, this great! I love how you get right to the point and I am on board with what you say.

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    • SanSan says:

      Amen Patricia!

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    • I don’t typically think about it from this angle, Patricia, but you put it out there quite acutely. I might have stopped just short of labeling the “idiots” as such, but certainly “lazy” comes to mind. The work is hard enough without the great mass of idle pitching in, to say nothing of the burdensome getting in the way, or even those hellbent on sabotaging the work in the fields. Gosh, it’s pretty clear to me at this point that an inexhaustible amount of patience is needed, but it can be difficult balancing that with the imperative to get the work done in these monumental times.

      I’ve got a story percolating from yesterday that involved the frustrating (but also hilarious) task of making a solid trail dog out of a chihuahua. Long story, but I think I’m going to throw it up on my blog later tonight. Maybe it will be of help to the frustrated.

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      • Patricia says:

        MP,
        I can be an idiot myself so I guess it is not a foreign word to me. And I am lazy. I say this because Steve and Bekita and others have given me instructions on how to like a post and I have still not taken the time to learn to do it. Oh, well, maybe before the storm is over.
        So……….for all who I should say thank you to…………thank you.

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  13. Hi everyone! Happy belated Christmas and New Year to all my NRS family. I have been lurking a lot recently but it always makes me smile to read everyone’s comments. Anyways, I normally keep these to myself but I have a strong feeling to share three dreams I’ve had recently with all of you:

    1) The night after Christmas, two successive blows from the heavens exploded and created shock waves with each strike (think of lightning striking reaaaally close to your house).
    2) The night after the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, the world began to spin wildly.
    3) On Epiphany, a portion of the US was marked with half of an X from around Ohio outwards to the East Coast. To be more specific, if each point of the X was a compass direction, only the NE and SE part of the letter X was on the map. The half-X did not reach the ocean nor did it go up to Canada.

    Please don’the ask me for what they mean. I generally wait on the Lord for an explanation. All in all, I would just recommend that everyone just get their spiritual armor ready not just for yourself but for those around you. The spiritually bereft will need us soon.

    For those new to the faith, now is the time to prepare and remember key prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary, St. Michael, Prayer for the Dead, and the Rosary. If you’re really bad at memorization, don’t worry, there is always “Jesus, I trust in you!”

    Not sure when I’ll post again but, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night!”

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  14. Heidi Krol says:

    Dear Charlie,
    I have never written to you but I have visited your web site over the last year. As the days tick away and the 20 th comes closer and closer I have felt the call to pray for you, that no matter what happens you will keep your faith. Today at supper our youngest son Gregory (13) told everyone that soon we would know if your prophesy would come true. God Bless your in our prayers.
    H. Krol

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  15. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie, I think this is one of the best pieces I have read from you. I do not envy the responsibility or weight that you carry.

    First, the weight challenged female has not yet sung. So I will continue to hold out until the 20th 🙂

    Second, through personal experience with the prophetic, I have been down that rabbit hole thinking I have arrived with the Holy Spirit. There is a feeling of power and like you are in control which is where the trap is. I learned my lesson the hard way and have been quite guarded when it comes to prophesy. I heard some advice one time and that is when you hear prophesy, aside from testing it, put it up on a shelf and let it incubate and move on living your life the way you normally would as called by God. I thought this was very sound advice. Of course I can’t say I have not been tempted out of curiousity.

    Anyway, my Christian duty, or next right step if you will, has always been to live my faith to the best of my ability and that has been mainly to love my wife and be a good father. I have not done that perfectly, of course, and wish I could have done some things differently. But that has been my calling. That said, we have been through thick and thin with dealing with a traumatic issue with one child, with another child choosing an alternate life style and Lambzie going through three bouts of cancer and operations that went horribly wrong where now a day does not go by where she is pain free. I freely chose this and I vow to be true to my wife and family regardless of the cost and the struggles. That is my next right step. Through all this, never have Lambzie and I ever been closer and never have I loved my faith more than I do now. Two days ago, Lambzie and I celebrated 32 wonderful years together of which we would do all over given the chance.

    Now unrelated to TNRS, the assistant priest in our parish, back in June of 2015, started a weekly adoration to pray for our great country until we get through what he viewed as a cultural downward slide. This was just before I heard your talk in Massachusetts in July. We already could see an ever sliding cultural decline.

    After your talk, Lambzie and I decided to start our monthly storm meetings. What we discovered was there were many folks in our parish prepping already for years since they felt something would have to give with the sad state of our economic practices and the cultural slide. They were prepping and thinking about themselves. What the storm group did was bring us all together to be able to talk with like minded people, but also bring a spiritual and faith element along with thinking more about others if and when a collapse comes. We have also made it a priority to pray 5 decades of the Rosary at the begunning if every storm dinner meeting. So what you have done has brought us all together for this and for that, I am thankful. Oh, and since we are all Catholic, we do enjoy a little wine at our storm dinners.

    Now, our team has been discussing what if the inauguration takes place? We have pretty much decided that we will continue to meet because the cultural slide down hill is still continuing and the financial irresponsibility of our government will most likely continue and we need to still ban together and lift each other up. More than ever we will need to pray and encourage each other to be true and faithful to our faith and calling, to live our daily lives and do the right that is in front of us. So we will move on, continue to live our lives and take the next right step regardless of what occurs on January 20th.

    That said, I am still hoping what you have been shown will come to pass as I will gain renewed confidence in the rescue. I have said before, that when the chaos comes, it will most likely be our steadfastness and our daily living of love and of helping people that will lead many souls back to Christ. I do not think necessarily it will be telling folks about you that will win souls (no offense mind you), but it will be a subtle move of the Holy Spirit. Folks will be looking for something to latch onto when there is panic in the streets. It will be that confidence in our faith and knowing God is true to us that will hopefully shine through. So we will continue to press on.

    God bless you and all here!

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  16. Lake Johnson says:

    What is amazing is the magnitude of confusion and ignorance infecting the general populace when it comes to matters of politics, economy, religion, culture. I’m not saying that i’m not ignorant because I don’t know what’s going to happen any more than the next person, but I can at least recognize that some seriously unusual things are going on. Some of the angrier posters on here that are becoming hysterical as Inauguration Day gets closer are missing the point. I’ve never heard of these lengths that people are going to de-legitimize a President-elect. People at high levels are literally risking war with a country that has 7000 nuclear weapons in order to hijack an oncoming President. No particular man (Trump) can destroy democracy, but casting out democracy to stop a particular man from destroying it has the ironic effect of preemptively destroying it. Lies and anger and an attitude of pure contempt for those on the opposite political side are reaching a level i haven’t heard of in the US, possibly ever. People in this country have been mentally disconnected from the idea that we are not invulnerable as a nation. We are literally living in a fantasy world created by seeing horror on TV but at the same time thinking none of it can come here, like we have a magic bubble around the US and are watching atrocities in a movie. People are losing all perspective of scale by actually believing that Trump is the same as Hitler. This nation is a powder keg. Logic has left the building. The economy is hanging on by a thread and the people in power either know it or they are self-deluded into blindness. We have a fragile system held together by fraud and deception that is more complex than anyone can understand and things happen at the speed of data. These are the death-throes of a culture that can’t survive like it is. It doesn’t really take a prophet to see all of this.

    It’s annoying to see people pile on Charlie because of their own fears of looking foolish. Personally, I have told people about Charlie’s words but I only tell about acknowledge God, next right step and be a sign of hope. I haven’t mentioned to anyone about the inauguration prediction because I don’t fine it necessary to tell that part to casual readers. There’s too big a danger of clinging to a specific prediction for people that have not been following the gist of the site for a long time. This talk about being “burned” by mystics is mostly about pride. People “fall for” false prophets and feel stupid later. I too wish that prophecy was a magic decoder ring, but it seems to be tremendously hard to do. It’s not like God is sending a written description if what is going to happen in the mail. Maybe Charlie gets this wrong. If that causes people to lose faith in the Church or in God or in God’s plan then it’s a weak and flimsy faith and is going to be lost anyway. I find it harder to maintain faith in God’s working in my own life than in his working in the wider world. That’s my own challenge. I’m not saying my faith is bulletproof, but let’s stop using Charlie or whoever as a scapegoat for our own struggles to come to grips with what is happening here. If some people feel like Charlie is a fraud and that people are sheep for following his words then fine, but stop coming back over and over to accuse. We get it.

    The fact of the matter is we are ALL called to be Prophets (as well as kings and priests). Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. These words can never be bad advice. Maybe anyone can give that advice, but not everyone does. When Our Lady appears to people she repeats the same message over and over and over. It’s not a different message than has been given by saints and prophets over the millennia. It is given over and over by many different people because it is not followed or listened to. Jesus could pop down in front of our faces and tell us the exact same message and half the time we still would not listen. I’ve heard the same things a billion times and still can’t manage to follow them most of the time because my own stubborn will is not easily overcome. I’m quite sure that most readers of this website have massively hard struggles in their own lives during this storm and don’t have the time to spend days worrying about whether or not the Inauguration prediction comes true. It’s not very relevant in the grand scheme of our own work or salvation. Charlie chose to stake a lot on this prediction and he is standing by it but also acknowledging that he could possibly be deceived. Let’s acknowledge that and stop wasting time either preparing for disappointment or getting ready to gloat. There are more important things for all of us to be doing than marshaling accusations disguised as questions. It won’t do a whole lot of good obsessing over Charlie’s possible error due to deception when Satan has a whole bunch of deceptions prepared for each of us. We need all of our faculties to pay attention to where we are being attacked, we can’t use half of them watching for weakness in Charlie. Take heart and do what is asked of us. This is sound advice and has zero to do with what happens at the Inauguration or after.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Brilliant stuff, Lake. I have been fascinated watching how quickly people adjust to massive disorder and adopt it as normal. At the time I started this website, describing the collapse of our institutional safeguards and the rising persecution of Christians, many mocked me as deluded. Now that massive disorder IS our normal, some seem to have amnesia about what normal actually is.

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    • Anne says:

      Wow…… Thank you Lake…. Spot on! Just hanging in each day in my own life is enough. I too tell basic message to others. That is the Essence of it all. My favourite mallett article……Jesus. The essence!

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    • I’d give you a standing ovation for that response if I could, Lake.

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    • jobrower says:

      Amen! Powerful! Thank you Lake!

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    • Tricia says:

      In all the months and years I’ve been following this site, I’ve never been as grateful for you, Charlie, and for all of the rest of you who are here regularly as I am at this moment. Your faith, strength and wisdom during these tumultuous and sometimes frightening times are a huge source of support. Like all of you, I’ve had many challenges in my life, and through them have attained some semblance of wisdom, though the more I learn, the more I know there is to learn. One of my favorite quotes is “I’m smart only because I know what I don’t know.” Another that I love…”People change when the pain of not changing becomes greater than the change itself.”

      That second one is relevant to the times we live in now, I believe. Too many have simply not experienced sufficient pain in their hedonistic and/or nearsighted and self-absorbed lives to look inward for the answers. Plus, through insufficient and harmful education, through “helicopter parenting” and a misguided lack of common sense, too many are conditioned to always blame others, to have no tools for dealing with set-backs and stress.

      I’d like to share something that happened to me personally about 16 years ago that put me on the correct path, one which ultimately led me to this site, to understanding the power of focusing on God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to those around me. I completely lost my way spiritually in my 20’s and 30’s, took a six month course in astrology and numerology, stopped attending Mass, went to various psychics…ultimately looked in all the wrong places for “truths”. I even went through a hypnosis past life regression. When I began to return to Mass, I was tormented…how could I be a Catholic and believe in reincarnation? And so I prayed fervently, not for days or weeks or even months. For almost five years I prayed the same prayer, “Please Lord, what am I to believe? How can I reconcile this?” Somehow, even with no answer, I knew if I persisted, He would answer in His time, not mine. Then one Sunday morning it happened, but certainly not in the way I would ever anticipate. I was kneeling in my pre-Mass prayers, and looking directly at the crucifix over the altar, asked my questions for the umpteenth time. This time, as clear as day and in a clear male voice I heard these words…”What more proof do you need?” I gasped audibly and was totally shaken, to my core. At first I was totally confused, and wanted to cry out, “But Lord, that isn’t an answer!” In time, however, I’ve come to know it was the perfect answer. Remember, it occurred as I was looking at the crucifix. God has spoken to my heart and helped me to understand that as long as I know that He is the resurrection, the truth, the life and the way, that is all that matters. There is no proof needed beyond that.

      I trust that you all see the relevance to the conversation here now. It is human nature to want control, to be prepared, to latch on to things outside of ourselves that we perceive as providing security and safety. Of course those “things” are ephemeral and sometimes even demonic. Only focusing on God, taking the next right step and being a source of hope to those around us will give us any real sense of security and peace, and that is why, regardless of what occurs between now and the 20th, I will still focus on those three things, and still cherish you, Charlie, and all of the rest of you here.

      Blessings to you all!

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    • tinabarry says:

      Thank you Lake Johnson.

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    • Mick says:

      You nailed it, Lake.

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  17. Charlie, I’m waffling somewhere between relying on your prophesies to direct my actions — versus — living with abandon, faith, and total reliance on God. Is it possible to do both? I guess so because I seem to be doing just that. I’m banking 🎱 that your prophesies will indeed come to pass by allowing this foreknowledge to guide some decisions regarding school, work, and how I spend my money. This foreknowledge, more importantly, is increasing my faith, inspiring me to pray the Lord will have mercy on us and on the whole world during our passion. I also ask that he show his Will for me particularly as the Storm progresses, that I will fulfill that Will to the best of my ability through my prayers and actions, and that he continue to watch over me as he has these past few months of change, uncertainty, and challenge. I’ve been relying on him heavily for material help (that’s where the abandon comes in) and he has been meeting ALL of those needs beautifully (though I do not deserve it). He really does care for us personally, like a dear friend!

    So I am ALL IN. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be and desperately want to see the Storm through to its painful completion because of the joy, renewed faith, and loving world that awaits us. All the long, long months of waiting for the chaos to begin has been the hardest thing to deal with — not as a challenge to my faith — but to my patience. I admit it, I’m anxious.

    So when I say I’m “banking” on what you’ve told us, it’s not like I’m gambling or playing the odds in any way. Simply put, not only has the Lord placed it on my heart that you are speaking true, but my mind has told me so as well. It is not logical that your Angel would get spectacularly angry at you for asking this cup to pass over humanity if we were not meant to drink it. It is unlikely (though possible) that you would foresee Obama become president yet not see how his presidency would end. It is not logical that we are not in the Storm you’ve talked about for decades for we all can now see that it is so. It is astronomically improbable that you could be so precise on the sweep of world events by using your strong mind or having good luck. Etc., etc. In other words, you’ve made nothing but perfect sense to me from the first time I heard you speak right up to this Conundrum post.

    Well, Charlie, I have complete and unequivocal faith that you have told us true and that we will be visibly and divinely rescued this year. Amen! If this does not occur (perish the thought!), my greatest disappointment would be not seeing the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart in her miraculous Rescue late in 2017!

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Patrick. It is, indeed, possible to do both. I have for most of my life…part of why I reduced it to the next right step. I was talking to my son today about some of his future plans. When the time first came to talk to him of these things in the late 90’s, he was furious with me for a week. Wouldn’t talk to me. He just did not have a mystical bone in his body. Still doesn’t have much of one (and when he sought it, I firmly discouraged it). In spite of this, he came to understand it better than anyone else, including even my Priests. He is always ready, but does the sort of long-term things he should, truly trusting that if all is disrupted suddenly, God does know where he is at and what God wants of him – and will show him soon enough.

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    • Doug says:

      I’m with you Patrick. What you are doing by living in your tent has heartened me to a Great degree. There is something about what you are doing that is reaching my core and inspiring me. You are inspiring many other share too!. It means a lot what you are doing Patrick!

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    • Doug says:

      By the way Patrick. Please keep updates coming!

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        I agree with Doug on this update thing.
        I’ve been inspired to ask you to post your experiences somewhere online in detail.
        Your feelings, difficulties, joys, etc.
        Some people may end up living like you during the storm. It may be helpful for them to get a feeling what it will be like before this happens. As Charlie has said, fear is a big part of our trial so some insight from you “living” out a self-made crisis type scenario with your boots on the ground perspective will hearten many if they end up living like this during the storm.

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  18. mariehemming says:

    As I read your blog Charlie, I am often reminded of Marian apparitions such as Kibeho & many others (St. Faustian comes to mind also) where Mary asked for prayer & conversion of hearts to mitigate God’s justice. . We know that prayer works, God hears our prayers. In this stiuation don’t our prayers work also to mitigate God’s justice on our nation & for his blessing to be upon us, particularly as congress moves to defund the evil that is Planned Parenthood & our President elect Trump moves our nation in a more righteous direction?

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  19. theresa129 says:

    Charlie, you have helped us in so many ways. Only God knows how much! I am grateful that you have told us true! I will offer my Eucharistic Holy hour tonight for you and all here.

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    • Karen says:

      Thank you Theresa. We have Adoration on Wednesdays in my Parish and I will do the same from now on. There are a couple of other campaigns that people might like to take on board also – I will decide today. Both of them can be internet searched for further information. Allegedly Jesus has asked one seer to promote a nine day fast from January 9-18. This would take Americans up to the eleventh hour that was previously mentioned. The other is in relation to the Fatima Centenary. It is a crusade of prayer and penance called Nineveh 90, put together to fortify us by Fr Richard Heilman.

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      • I do not know if this is the right place to put it in, but the Lord Jesus told one mystic in the late 90s that He, Himself, is praying to the Father that the upcoming tribulation be shortened. I do not doubt Charlie’s prophecy but the Lord knows how easily I would deny Him, and so I am thankful for each ‘normal’ passing day. When I read in Charlie’s post that ‘God calls everyone to salvation’, I knew he’s legit. Compound that with Pope Francis’ ‘all in’ style and I knew Charlie’s saying true. God created each soul out of pure love —the Scriptures says so — He delights in the human race; He would not have willed anything into existence had He not loved it first — and so He wants to gather as many souls as possible without usurping anyone’s free will. And so I conclude that it’s all Love. All this waiting. All this anticipation. Trust. Do. Love.

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  20. Catharos says:

    Charlie I read this post last night and wanted to comment but I did not know exactly what I wanted, or am supposed to say. I’m going to give it a shot and pray my deficiencies will be forgiven.

    I’ve long believed there can be great significance in one’s Confirmation name. When I saw your name is Abraham, I could barely absorb the rest of the post. You may have mentioned it before but I missed it. No matter what takes place, your faith has been tested in sacrificing yourself, by way of reputation and credibility. Both simply things of this world and not really important. But your “yes” to the task is all that will matter.

    Personally, I know we need a rescue and fast. The other night I was watching a movie (a rare event as I would rather read) and a commercial came on for a pill sold over the counter. I think it is called plan b or something like that. Well from the tone and presentation you would have thought they were selling breath mints. My heart broke. We have fallen so far yet God calls His children back.

    As a recovering worldly prepper, I now know the only prep truly needed for whatever comes is to stay close to the Church and Sacrements. Confession (there today), Communion and Mass are essential, much like water, food and shelter. As a footnote from someone who lives in Hurricane land, have a few provisions on hand so you can help others and be part of the rebuilding.

    All the various “what ifs” cause despair but that is a tool “s” uses. he also loves to divide so we need to be there for each other. Hope and love are from God. And we all know Jesus is standing there with His merciful arms wide open along with the Blessed Virgin Mary pointing the way home. I can’t think of anything else I need to say other than to ask for prayers and offer mine.

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  21. Linda Picchioni says:

    Charlie and friends – I made my first 50+ year general confession today. Any perceived delay is God’s mercy to me. I had a small “r” rescue today and I thank this blog for bringing me great strides in my relationship with God and teaching me responsibility for taking TNRS before me. Praise God!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wonderful Linda! It is like taking a good, hot shower for the soul.

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    • Doug says:

      I celebrate with you Linda!

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    • So awesome Linda! Ive been there too…2003 at age 43…after a 29 year absence (since a teen). I was told to entrust myself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
      I do,and as easy as a miracle… began on that day praying the rosary, desiring all that is good and from God & not what the secular world offers … also not really understanding then what all this meant.
      Fast forward now, as a daily communicant and consecrated to Mary, she has protected me from all the assails the world tries…Our Lady truly does take us right to Jesus as directly as anyone or anything ever could!
      So happy for you 💕This is a blessing for you regardless of how the future events plays out…your fiat or the small “r” rescue as you said😊 ….is really the Big “R” for you, because nothing else the storm can dish out will equal your remaining in the state of grace and taking refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary 😇🙏
      Happy new year as you reside in the peace, joy and mercy of God!

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    • radiclaudio says:

      🙂

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    • dianebelvs says:

      God Bless You Linda….what great news! I made about a 20 year confession many years ago in Medjugorje that got me back on track! I’m so happy for you!

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  22. AnnMarie says:

    Charlie, today is my baptismal day! It’s something to celebrate and I’m hoping next year at this time, God wiling, I can say the same. Over the last several weeks I see tensions rising even higher among anti-Trump liberals as well as many acts of rioting throughout the U.S. As the inauguration comes closer into view, the evil one is stirring up a lot of anger, fear, and disobedience among whole groups of people- from the media, disinchantanted actors, college campuses, to newly formed ‘sanctuary’ restaurants in places like Minneapolis and Chicago. Indeed, our Pope along with numerous bishops and cardinals are causing great confusion among the faithful, and those who profess the truth are called out as trouble makers. Matthew 5: 11 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” I honestly can say I look forward to January 20th; it’s a sign of hope. On this eve of the Ephiphany we recall not only the faith of the Magi, but also the ephiphany of the baptism of Jesus, and the wedding at Cana. John 1:4-5 “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Isn’t that so hopeful. We are in such darkness. It indeed covers us all. Therein lies my hope. In our darkest moment, the light shines. God has a plan. Charlie, you are right. We must take the next right step, trust in God, and above all, remain in a state of grace and as close to our Mother and the sacraments which are live giving. Above all, let us pray and trust in God’s mercy giving our fiat daily to his will in our lives and in those of our loved ones. Surely our prayers for our family and friends, offered with our daily sufferings, will help them in their hour of darkness.

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  23. AnnMarie says:

    God willing. Oy! A few typos. I am sorry…

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  24. Brenda Cavallaro says:

    Hey Diane I hope my prayers for you today did in fact restore your confidence and your peace. May God be abundantly praised, blessed and glorified!

    In Charlie’s post below I get the feeling what he is saying is that Trump will not receive the transfer of power and become President. I bet this is all the evil that has been spoken about in messages recently that will come to pass and the persecution and rounding up of Christians will begin. Charlie could be saying that he may have gotten it wrong but not exactly ~ that Trump may become President but the chaos continues and things don’t go well as the damage is too extensive and we may not recover. In any event he, Charlie, believes whatever happens will affect our belief in the possibility of a Rescue in October. That I think is a given. Help me out with your take on this “which road leads us right” reading. It is difficult for me to really understand what we should think so I will just simply Trust God, take the next right step (discern and try my best to do God’s will) and be a sign of hope to those I meet on the road.

    What a journey eigh? But after all, it’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey right????

    Love, b

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  25. I didn’t come to live here until I was in my early twenties, in the mid-1970’s. Consequently that has given me an outsider’s perspective on many aspects of our American life and society..As a result, I’ve always thought it quite conceivable that our country could undergo a rapid change, that everything that we take for granted in the USA could collapse in a moment’s notice, just like it did in other world dominating societies.

    The Bible gives an example, the collapse of the Babylonian empire, described earlier in Daniel 2 as “the head of the statue… made of fine gold”. Later on in the prophet Daniel’s book, he gives us a dramatic description of that empire’s fall, known also as “The Writing On The Wall”. Here is the story;

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    “Many years later King Belshazzar gave a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles, and he drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. While they drank from them they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

    Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king’s palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote, and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him.

    The king shouted for the enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers to be brought before him. He said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever can read this writing and tell me what it means will be dressed in purple robes of royal honor and will have a gold chain placed around his neck. He will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom!”

    But when all the king’s wise men had come in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant. So the king grew even more alarmed, and his face turned pale. His nobles, too, were shaken. But when the queen mother heard what was happening, she hurried to the banquet hall. She said to Belshazzar, “Long live the king! Don’t be so pale and frightened. There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar—made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon. This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

    So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles brought from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar? I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom. My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it. I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

    Daniel answered the king, “Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means. Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare. He honored those he wanted to honor and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace. But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.

    “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! So God has sent this hand to write this message.

    “This is the message that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is what these words mean: Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end. Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up. Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

    Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed. And Darius the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.”
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    • charliej373 says:

      This passage has always given me chills, Dave. The writing on the wall is so implacably dread. I got a similar feeling in July of 2000 when I was still begging for the Storm to pass over us and my angel rose up to his full glory and told me, “You must tell them true – and they must choose or perish.”

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      • SteveBC says:

        In some ways, Charlie, I had similar feelings when I read this in your “Prelude to the Top” post today:

        “…but the substance of what you need to know to be spiritually prepared for that period is now complete.”

        It is a glory to see you finish the preparations you set out to accomplish in these matters three years ago when you started this site. It also partakes of that sense of dread that perhaps the whirlwind is soon upon us.

        We may not be as ready as we could be or would like to be, but I believe a very great many here are as ready as they *need* to be. That is a very considerable grace you have provided us. For my sake, at least, I thank you.

        And now I need to go shovel a foot of snow! 🙂

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        • Simone says:

          Hi Steve,
          When you finish there, could you come here? 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ha! I shoveled my own car out, and then had to walk several blocks to shovel out the home of a family friend whom I take care of (she is away for the winter). Then I use that as an excuse to walk back to my home via the homes of two sets of my friends here so I can have tea and relax and enjoy their good company. Now I’m back home and have six zillion tasks I’m behind on, but it was so worth it! 🙂

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        • Another Karen says:

          Well put, Steve. Here’s to being as ready as we ‘need;to be! Enjoy the snow (after you shovel!)

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        • moreen67 says:

          Amen SteveBC! Also, I just shoveled about 5 inches of snow – I consider that my exercise for the day – ha. Maureen

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        • SanSan says:

          Amen Steve…….not as ready as I’d like to be, but as ready as I “need” to be, thanks to Charlie’s great writings. I’ve learned a lot–a whole lot in the past 3 years. And I learn more each day. Thank you Jesus!

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    • tinabarry says:

      It is good to re-read this. It does give me chills as well, and so does the thought of seeing Charlie’s angel in full fiery glory. Yikes! There by the grace of God go I. I am glad I don’t live at the white house and relieved that I am just a little one struggling every day to hear God and to obey. Thank you Jesus!

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    • dianebelvs says:

      I have given this reading a few times at Mass as a lector, and I never cease to be moved by it. Thanks Dave.

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  26. Lawrence M Lewis says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters: I will be the first to tell you that i am not the sharpest pencil in the box. I am a simple man with a deep and simple love for God our Father, Jesus his son and our savior, and the Holy Spirit. I also have the greatest love and faith in our Mama Mary. I know that the Holy Trinity can never tell her no. Why you ask? Because she didn’t tell them no. This is her time and she will triumph. I for one believe that Charlies prophecies will come to pass. As i said i am not a smart man, but i can do the math, today is the 7th the inauguration is the 20th that’s 13 days. All things are possible with God. Our Lady will not be denied her victory. Keep the faith Charlie as i keep my faith in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Mama Mary and you Charlie, yes you Charlie. It isn’t over till God says it’s over. God Bless you and yours Charlie. Your Brother Lawrence Michael.

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  27. sodakrancher says:

    So many comments and thoughts .As I read all of this I cant help but think : Who uses confusion as one of his greatest weapons? God Bless you Charlie ,Beckita and all of the steady level heads who are so helpful to so many here . thank you all ! God knows how to pick his helpers 🙂 Way to much info for me to try to respond to . The one response that keeps popping into my head here as I have read all of this is one of my favorite prayers that I say so often every day .

    Angels of God , our guardians dear

    To whom God love commits thee here

    Ever this day be at our side

    To light and to guard

    To rule and to guide ….. Amen

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  28. Christene says:

    Hello Charlie and dearest NRS community!

    I just want to thank you, Charlie, for being faithful to the mission that God entrusted to you and to you alone. I can not even begin to fathom how alone you must feel for so much of the time. Please know I hold you in my heart and prayers each day.

    As far as I am concerned, you owe no one here an explanation of anything that you have shared with us over these past years nor do you need our approval for the messages that have been entrusted to you (not that I think you are seeking it!). That is solely between you and God. Nor, frankly, are you responsible for any of us correctly understanding your messages. That is our responsibility as we seek to carry out the unique mission that God has entrusted each and every one of us.

    To that end, I would like to share some advice in carrying out that endeavor, for that “Next Right Step” we seek to take, the peace, hope, Love, and Light we seek to find in this time of darkness, disorder, and chaos can be found in only one place; Jesus. And Jesus can only be found in ONE place; the gift of the Present Moment. Because folks, that is ALL we have. This moment right now. This breath. This heartbeat. This thought. This is where God dwells. This is where gratitude is offered. This is where He provides our answers. He is not found in the past because that no longer exists. And He is not found in our fevered imaginations of the future. The only things you will find in those places are worry, anxiety, bitterness, resentment, discord, dissension, and darkness. They are the playground of the devil. Flee from those places when you find yourself wandering there. Seek the Light of the Holy Spirit in the Present Moment.

    From Mother Angelica;
    “Every moment of life is new to you, and God gives you Actual Grace in that moment. It is different from Sanctifying Grace…God grants us the Actual Grace of this moment, not the grace of tonight or tomorrow, just the grace for this moment….God does not give me the grace today to endure the pain of tomorrow. But if I am living in the imagined pain of tomorrow with the grace I have now, I will always feel at a loss.”

    “We have to learn to live in the Present Moment. We have to ask God: What are You calling me to do now, in this Present Moment? Not yesterday or tomorrow; but right now. God’s will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences of the Present Moment. We have only to accept them and try to be like Jesus in them.”

    “My ‘Do/Drop System’ is to do it and drop it. When you live in the Present Moment you do whatever must be done, then you drop it and move on. You don’t dwell on the past, or on your past accomplishments. That’s all over. Do it and drop it.”

    “Set aside some time for prayer. Meditate on something and you will find courage there. But then you will return to the activity of the day: that pile of dishes, the unruly children, the nagging wife, the nasty neighbor….Even after the ‘prayer time’ has concluded, the meditation continues on because I must never lose sight of Jesus. If I recognize Him within my soul, I will see Him more easily in you. What I do to you, I do to Jesus.”

    And from Archbishop Fulton Sheen;
    “We are to leave the past to divine mercy and to trust the future, whatever its trials, to God’s loving providence. Each minute of life has its peculiar duty — regardless of the appearance that minute may take. The Now-moment is the moment of salvation. Each complaint against it is a defeat; each act of resignation to it is a victory.”

    So, when you find yourself fretting about a future that is nothing but a figment of your imagination and, quite frankly, you should not presume you will live to see, or dwelling in a past that can never be revisited, stop yourself and offer up this prayer of St. Faustian;
    O My God,
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
    It is no longer in my power to change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.
    O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.
    And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

    Peace to all here! I lift you all and your intentions and needs up in my prayers each day!

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  29. sodakrancher says:

    I am sure there are some here who are experiencing marital difficulties or know someone else who is . I would like to share a program I know of : ” Retrouvaille” in case there is someone looking for help for their marriage and has not heard of this program . It is a Catholic program . and this is the website with a lot of info on it . I recommend it for any marriage . It would be beneficial to any marriage

    Here is the website : http://www.helpourmarriage.org/dates.php?community=2021

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    • A great program and one that I can highly recommend. My wife and I went on what was then called a Marriage Encounter weekend in 1979. At that time, we’d been married for 4 years, and we were doing fine. But Marriage Encounter or Retrouvaille teaches you a better way to communicate with your spouse. I recently recommended it to a couple who were six weeks off their honeymoon, and it’s just as appropriate for a couple who have been married for 20 years.

      There’s no “circle time”, no “sharing” and no “greet and meet”. Here’s a link that explains more about it;

      https://agme.org/details/

      Dave
      ps. I’m still married, it’s 41 yrs now, to the same wonderful woman, largely as a result of what we learnt on that weekend.

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    • SanSan says:

      Amen to the great work from Retrouvaille and Marriage Encounter…….married 49 years and looking forward to another “encounter” weekend for a “tune up” 🙂

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    • Lucy wheel says:

      My niece and her husband were Retrouvaille leaders for many years. It is a wonderful program. My husband and I made a marriage encounter about 40 years ago. Also a great experience.

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    • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

      There is one coming up in Nebraska in February. My husband and I attended as a marriage in crisis in February of 2012. We have been helping out with the last several, and in fact are working towards writing our story to be a presenting couple. Highly recommended. In fact, my husband, whom in 2012 wanted nothing to do with me or or marriage could still see the value of this program, and said that all engaged couples should have to go through this or something similar before getting married.

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  30. acseibert says:

    Charlie’s next right step message has resonated with me, yet I just didn’t seem to fully grasp it. For years I have been wondering how I will be used by God, in the Storm, to be a hope to others. Would I recognize the next right step? Over this weekend, it finally clicked. As it turns out, it was a natural progression of acknowledging God. To many, this might have been obvious from the very beginning, but it was something that eluded me. I have been going to a weekly holy hour at our local perpetual adoration chapel for the last 4 years. I use to share an hour until I got a call from the woman that did the holy hour scheduling. She was a dear friend and spiritual mentor to me 25 years ago. She asked if I would substitute in an open hour. This was inconvenient, but I agreed. After doing this for 4 months, one evening in late November while leaving the chapel, I felt a strong prompt telling me to call Judy and commit to the new hour, and to tell her I would take over scheduling. The thought was I needed to campaign on His behalf. Campaign? Goodness, I didn’t know the first thing about this. Surely, I misunderstood what I was being called to do.

    Judy was thrilled on both accounts, and immediately sent me an email with the schedule. With that, I became the official scheduler. Our chapel is attached to a minor Basilica in rural PA. I have always thought that the posted schedule should be worthy of the Basilica, so quickly I redesigned it and had it professionally printed. Campaign? I still don’t know what to do.

    I felt I needed to write a bulletin announcement and have it also posted on the my parish app. But how do I get my parish to post this as well as the surrounding churches to do the same? As it turns out I didn’t. In a chance discussion with one of the other Life Teen core members, I found out that she is the secretary at a neighboring parish. She said send the announcement to me, and I’ll distribute it to the other churches in the northern deanery. Within a day, the announcement was sent and was published. I was disappointed when no one called to sign up for an hour. Campaign? I still don’t know what to do.

    This past Monday, a man that had been maintaining a webpage for the chapel stopped me after mass to tell me that he was shutting it down. It was costly to him and he didn’t have the time to update it. He felt called to tell me to take on more responsibility with the chapel. I pondered after mass what to do. I had never designed a webpage, nor maintained one, yet felt I was needed. While checking Charlie’s blog, I got inspired to open a blog on wordpress for the chapel. Within hours I had designed it, and published it. It was simple, but effective. I felt inspired during the design. Those with whom I shared it liked it also. When I saw the man on Fri. evening, he told me he was shutting down his page immediately. I felt a bit of panic. I had envisioned a transition period, where his page pointed to my page. I thought we needed to post the new web address at the chapel and get adorers to follow this new blog, and then shut down his page. This isn’t how it was going to happen. Judy recommend a posted notice at the chapel near the schedule and then recommend I make up cards or slips of paper with the new address for the adorers to take home with them. I agreed to this interim measure. Campaign? I still don’t know what to do.

    The long term thought of slips of paper with the web address just wasn’t befitting the Adoration Chapel. It would work in the short term. So began thinking of having a business card made. Again, I didn’t know where to start. By accident I bumped a stack a holy cards I had on my coffee table and Lisa Fixler’s Full of Grace business card fell to the floor. Immediately, the thought came to contact her. Why did I save this business card? I saved it because the image of Our Lady on the back was so beautiful. I understood I needed to do this for the chapel. I needed to have well designed cards made with a beautiful image. These were not just business cards, but an invitation. I was to put them at the chapel and at all of the local Catholic churches.

    I realize this also may not bring other to adoration immediately, but the thought is that people will take the card and keep it. It may well become a bookmark, or end up in someone’s wallet, but in God’s time, they will rediscover it. Perhaps it will be their sign of hope, when they have nothing else.

    I am awaiting Lisa’s reply to my request for more information. I am hoping that that having the cards designed and printed is feasible and affordable. I do know if this is God’s will, it will be accomplished in the end. If you would remember this endeavor in your prayers, it would be appreciated.

    Can you believe this all started 6 weeks ago? As for campaigning for Him, I still don’t know what to do, but I am sure glad our God does. I just have to take the next right step.

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  32. bj says:

    what i always like about your mission Charlie is the
    no nonsense hands up honesty of a man in the street straight talker
    ….. i would be disappointed if your 20th particular
    did not occur simply because you have been so
    unequivocal and insistent on it …. it does not
    however change ´my faith in your faith´ and honesty..
    whatever happens will be the Will of the Lord so that is
    all that matters…. i wonder do you get the opportunity
    to communicate with your angel when you would like?
    can you never ask for further guidance or re-clarification?
    i know you resisited giving specific dates precisely because
    Heaven´s ´soon´ is not the same as ours and you were
    instructed specifically to mention a date for the Rescue…

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I can’t, BJ. They come when they will. And even then they are often mysterious. I once had my angel greatly excited telling me we were on the verge of a triumph. Within a few weeks what was, to my expectation, a great disaster came instead. I went to one of my private places to pray in solitude and was astonished when both my angel and Our Lady appeared, absolutely jubilant at the great triumph that I thought disaster. I see now a little of why it was a triumph, but still would not be able to see it ahead of time.

      Long ago I asked clarifying questions, but I have long since abandoned that practice except in the most minor of things. I trust.

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      • Andy14 says:

        Do you think the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will initially look like a disaster to most of us?
        When I look back at the greatest blessings in my life, the majority were (from a worldly perspective at least and certainly from my limited view at the time) what most would consider disasters. Really we’re mostly dumb as sheep it seems, until we have the benefit of hindsight.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, I have seen it in a figurative way. We will think the disaster is so great that we there is no hope…and will recognize Rescue immediately, yet will be astonished by it, for we will have given up hope of it. Hope IS an act of the will. And you will hear this song joyfully rising both in heaven and on earth.

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          • Doug says:

            Not sure why, but this reminds me of a Homily our priest once gave on judgement. Often, I hear a dim view of judgement. He mentioned that when you are in a contest, like a horse show, and you have a good showing, you look forward to being judged and getting the prized first place blue ribbon. That is a celebration. Just say’n.

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          • tinabarry says:

            I woke to that a song in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago.

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  33. Lake Johnson says:

    On Charlie’s note about accepting disorder: I’ve noticed the increased progressive use of the word “normalize” in their writings, as in “don’t participate in or acknowledge Trump’s election win because it normalizes racism/sexism/homophobia take your pick.” Sane people don’t have a clue what that plea means because he won the election in the normal way, so how isn’t it normal to acknowledge that he won?

    You have to go back to the fundamental truth that progressives always talk in code and project their strategies and pathologies on others. Their entire conscious strategy has been to normalize disorders of all sorts slowly over time, slowly saturate people with them so that they seem like an inevitable and logical progression of humanity instead of a choice. Now they think that people are using that strategy on them. Umm no, normal people don’t have to normalize sane behavior because it’s …well…already normal. But they are terrified that their work is being undone.

    Another funny thing I’m thinking about is the hysteria over Russia helping Trump win by “spreading misinformation.” Wait, wasn’t most of what they spread via Wikileaks true information? And wasn’t the godless progressive atheist ideology a huge wave of misinformation that the soviets spread to the US over 50 years? Wasn’t that the “error” that Our Lady of Fatima was referring to? Is this God’s irony? Using true information from Russia to reverse the wave of misinformation they spread over these years ? Wow. The prediction of Russia being a means of fulfilling Gods plan, even if it’s by accident, may be happening now…

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    • Doug says:

      Love it Lake!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Speaking of Trump, he just said on Twitter.. and I quote: ‘RUSSIA WILL RESPECT US’
      Trump tweets those opposed to better relations are ‘fools,’ ‘stupid people’. (FoxNews) he certainly has no issues saying it as he sees it… and tweets it so there’s no mistaking it.

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  34. Patricia says:

    Roses1sb,
    Hopefully you will still be reading these comments so you may read my response to you.
    Padre Pio, now St. Pio, used very strong language when calling out a penitent who did not confess all his sins. He actually resorted to name calling when he spotted (with divine intervention) people who had come to expose him as a charlatan. He took no prisoners unless they had good intentions. My post was to the two men who did not have good intentions. People with good intentions will thoughtfully disagree. People with bad intentions will not thoughtfully disagree as we have seen scores of comments back. I hope you stick around and contribute.
    From cold New England,
    Patricia

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  35. Sandi says:

    Dear Charlie, I Lord has called many in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to speak out with His prophetic words. I believe your mission is currently to aid those who have also experienced Paul’s words that we only prophecy in part, and you are giving us all beautiful testimony on how to do the next right thing when God’s ways and the prophecies we were called to profess in faith, especially those carefully discerned…turn out to be way different than we expected. It is the human limitation to never fully understand the mystery of God, but faith fills us with grace where understanding leaves off. You have written a very hope-filled piece on how to deal with the prophetic conundrum when it occurs. I particularly loved the analogy of bank shots. When seeking to only do God’s will and things don’t add up, it leaves us in the place of dependence on the promise that God works all things for good. I heard you speak at St. Mark’s in South Florida and I just want you to know how grateful I am for your fiat and the gift of your faith…way more than the prophetic content. Have a blessed and peace filled month dearest brother in Christ.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, I loved my time visiting St. Mark’s. My best friend from high school was the coordinator and it was while there that I met the Marianitas Nuns and several wonderful and committed charitable groups doing great work, largely in obscurity. As I recall, we had some problems with the sound system, but that did not put much of a damper on things. Thank you.

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  36. Christiaria says:

    Hello, Charlie and friends! I’ve been inspired by Charlie’s “holy audacity” in a new way, i.e. putting it all on the line in obedience to what you believe to be God’s call on your life, even if you invoke the judgment of others and fall flat on your face. I awoke after a dream last week with the conviction that I was supposed to audition for America’s Got Talent by singing “Climb Every Mountain.” Crazy, right?

    I’m not in the least bit deluded into thinking that I could win, and I REALLY don’t like the idea of putting a target on my back in the midst of the chaos that is 2017. But the idea would not leave me alone, especially after reading Bishop Barron’s post about a former atheist-turned-RCIA-candidate, who thanked him for leaving the comfort of his church walls to engage the culture. Had the Bishop not done this, the man said he would “still be in his despair.” This brought me to tears as it convicted me to face my fear out of love for God and souls.

    If I were to make the live auditions, what an opportunity this could be to be a sign of hope to those in despair! I feel quite foolish and vulnerable, but I ended up submitting the following audition tape to AGT. If they give me a call back, I’ll be auditioning for the producers in Memphis on the First Saturday of February. Bottom line: PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. I’m praying for all of you, too. 🙂

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  37. Judith says:

    Come the 20th I suspect we’ll be saying; wow, God, I didn’t see that one coming.

    Trust! Trust! Trust! it’s not about Charlie, though I think he has told us true, it’s about our mighty awesome God saving His people.

    Increase my trust ,Lord.

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  38. ckelly says:

    In 2008 Donald Trump was not part of the political system ~ his taking office may not mean you are wrong .

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  39. BillBad42 says:

    All, thank you so much for your faith filled words, profound insight (as a 40-something life long Catholic, I am at awe with the examples of wisdom and faith I find here), path-straightening and adjusting I receive, and support! I recently was provided by another TNRS follower, the “33 Days to Morning Glory” retreat book by Fr. Gaitley. I started it today so that I can hopefully be Consecrated to Christ through Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Feb. 11).

    You have all helped me move closer in my faith journey to God with your stories and rock solid faith examples. I find myself expanding daily prayers to include praying for you all, every day and multiple times a day!

    I would like to ask for your prayers as I really start to try to surrender deeper to God’s will and listen every more so closely to the whispers He says each day to us… I have chosen to give up some silly and wordly vices that though seemed harmless, served no purpose in helping with the Rescue if I get to be one of His tools for such a task… The prayer I ask for is for my heart to open to God’s message more, so that I am prepared to be the right method of hope and example for my wife, family, and friends (and those I don’t know yet) who continue to hold on to wordly interests while keeping a distance from this TNRS message I have tried to share. They are not bad people, mind you, and I am far from better in any way… however, it feels often that when I share some of the great information I hear here, I absolutely get the “Church freak” look or the “there goes Bill obsessing over it again….”. I can feel in my heart this is the right thing to do, and it is God’s calling. We need rescue, we all do. I ask for prayers for the Holy Spirit to guide my tongue and heart to see the right moments to do the sharing with the right words and actions….

    God Bless!
    Bill

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  40. Bob Franks says:

    I suppose this has been addressed. It seems to me that Trump did not come from the political system. While true that he ran as a Republican, he was opposed (to put it mildly) by the Republican establishment even more so than by the Democrats. I am 60 and have never seen one’s own party attack their nominee both before AND AFTER the primary, what with many establishment Republicans coming out publicly saying they would not vote for Trump after he won the nomination. Never. And Trump has never held political office of any kind. He is not a politician.

    So in that sense, doesn’t it mean that that part of the prophecy has been fulfilled?

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  41. Diane says:

    There are so many thoughts, too many to get to. Many thoughtful comments here, help me in my ruminations and contemplation. Ah, but alas, some comments here, hmmmmm. While I was for NEITHER candidate, in good conscience, I could not believe in either. Yes, people there was a recent time when a Presidential candidacy was for years delegitimized. Wow, unimaginable? The questioning of Obama’s birth place, by many and especially Trump was questioned for years. It is all mind boggling, how soon we forget. I’ve never seen more duplicitousness, he flip flops daily. If the shoe was on the other foot, and a Democrat had won…You can be sure, Trump’s camp would deligitimize the results without stopping, from Russia, to the rigged voting they claimed the whole campaign, to a plethora of tirades and it would never stop, ever. My desire, for a Godly, ethical, intergrel candidate, never happened as I vehemently prayed for, so I could not support this election in any way. Our extremely Orthodox priest, stated this over and over and prayed for the nation. And now, he prays for where we were headed after the election; as this vitriolic election cycle showed how truly divided we are. I’m currently, riding the fence, being prudent here. I’ve had friends, who didn’t seem to always have discernment and followed some “questionables” over the years and been wrong. I’ve yet to fall prey, ever, to anything or anyone dubious…God has always steered me in the right direction, always shown me true. He has given me an inner compass on such things (and people to even have in my life)…I have tons of stories! My faith and Trust in him, shall never waiver, regardless of this outcome. I (and many family members) have been in various storms for several years, it would take forever to rigale them here…But many strained relationships have been repaired in the tragedies, but still praying for the return to the faith of family members. The Lord, has healed many wounds in me, (almost all at this point) Jesus has been my balm and continuously shown me, to rely on Him come what may. He has opened His arms, when I’ve been been “struck down” by ailment, or someone. Trial upon trial, I’ve been given and He has worked them all for my eternal good and earthly good, looking back I now see how far he has brought me. Still miles to go before I sleep, but I now know he’ll keep proving me in the fire and rescuing me. Much of the time, I feel as St. Therese of Lisieux, my patron, alone in a dingy, floating adrift; as there aren’t many in my immediate life who see what’s going on or understand contemplation. I have been drawn into a quiet life of prayer and contemplation while raising a family, volunteering, being a friend. They don’t see my “real vocation” to pray for the world, to not live of the world and to accept the sufferings for souls, that I receive (physical, emotional, slights, misunderstood, judged and many others). My life, is the little ways as Therese, my family just sees a meek, mild, a little naive, homemaker. Laundry, meals, dishes, errands, cooking for sick friends, counseling some struggling people. I offer up the dusting, the ironing, the incessant being called to jump and serve (when sometimes my devotional time, contemplation is sacrificed…). They don’t know, what I’ve suffered in my marriage for 35 years, but have made it work, stayed committed to my vows and GOD has brought us through. We’ve grown! Sticking it out can do that. While, many just divorce, divorce “to be happy”. God has used our marriage to help others too. So, very recently, I have found a very deep abiding PEACE (even while violently ill on Christmas once again). Some things, that normally throw my day or people that upset me, bring peace, now it’s serene, ease. I’ve again, simplified my days even more, feeling called to. The peace is so steadying, it has my radar up, that He is preparing me for something, something I can’t imagine. The great sinner that I am, I am joyfully grateful for His Mercy. I am fervently grateful for my Catholic faith and the Sacraments and can’t imagine those who haven’t been called to the supper of the Lamb, and have these graces in their life. Many are called few are chosen. I am burden how they don’t know such Joy, Peace, Mercy. Thanks Be To God for Holy Mary Mother of God. For Pope Francis and all our Priests, Bless them dear Lord and make them holy to serve us. Please pray for my dear husband’s conversion, been waiting 35 years…In God’s time, Waiting on the Lord as I don’t know His will in this.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A nice statement of faith, Diane. In fairness, though, one can only suppose what Trump would have done had he lost – and whatever, it would not have involved using the full force of the federal bureaucracy to enforce whatever snit he might have thrown or the credulous support of the establishment media.. What we know is that Obama has behaved in a manner unlike ANY President during the period of transition. What we also know is that ever since Robert Bork, when the left does not get its way, it pitches an extended intemperate hissy fit to try to get it anyway. Bork, Clarence Thomas, George W. Bush, to name just a few. When the right loses a battle, it grumbles and complains for a bit, then moves on – even when it should have fought. When Al Franken lost the Senate election in Minnesota, they turned up mysterious boxes of missing votes weeks after the election in which near everyone voted for Franken. Republicans did nothing, even though it was obvious fraud. This sort of hissy is what the left does to get its way. Donald Trump may have tried, but this is right from the left’s playbook of the last few decades.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Diane, I will pray for your husbands conversion. ❤

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  42. Mary Ann says:

    Charlie – any thoughts on site “mysticpost.com”? They posted your picture on Facebook today & attached one of your talks.

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  43. Simone says:

    Bill, your wife and children are blessed to have a man like you in their lives!!

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  44. Bob says:

    Since Charlie’s prediction of the non inauguration has come up on Spirit Daily and my dear wife reads it I am sure that the ?? will come up on what I think about Charlies prediction tonight. So I plan to tell her that I have remained silent as I know she wouldn’t believe this could happen and that Humanly I would hope that God could come up with a softer more gradual way to better things. But with the polarization in our nation the possibility of a major disruption is not totally implausible. And while most in England really wanted to avoid thinking of a possible invasion of Poland leading to another bad war, if it was reality someone needed to consider and to prepare for it. And we will soon see if some of these things predicted happen but whatever happens we know that our Nation and our world has badly turned away from God and things will always go badly when we reject God as a people, but God has not given up on us and we know how the Bible ends and Mary has promised that her Heart will Triumph so we all need to pray much and not to give up hope, however things turn out in the short term!

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  45. Sr Lorraine says:

    Thank you for all the wisdom shared here!
    Last week this line from Colossians struck me as a perfect spiritual plan of life, for it fits whatever situation we are in. It gave me hope as we face the ongoing fury of the storm:
    “Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (3:17)
    January is the month of the Holy Name of Jesus. If we can’t do something in the name of Jesus, then we shouldn’t do it. eg I can’t speak ill of others in the name of Jesus, etc.

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  46. Dawn Walker says:

    Mark Mallett wrote today in “Coming Through the Storm” (in part):

    “…I was disturbed to hear in a radio interview former FBI Agent, John Guandolo, speak about a plan among Islamic jihadists for a “ground zero” event. On a certain day, he claimed, there will be co-ordinated terrorist attacks in which Islamic militants are planning to attack schools, restaurants, parks, and other public areas. Is this the warning that Our Lady was referring to for the world back in Rwanda?…”

    Peace Be With You.
    -Dawn

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    • BD says:

      Dawn, I expect an Islamic terrorist Tet style offensive in this country, perhaps around the world. Islam has invaded Europe and other countries with millions of migrants with the full complicity of their respective governments and they are not their to work on the farms. Finally people will realize we have been at war with radical Islam all along.

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  47. Simone says:

    I’m stymied over serial. Yes, I know, it is old comments now, but serially, what is serial in YD speak? Snowy’s explanation makes even less sense. help! 😉

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  48. denise says:

    Hi Charlie. Gods will would not be for you to Go away but to continue to grow as his mystic. I’ve studied prophecy many years I’m still learning. Prediction is just as it is unpredictable. And yes God always tries to send a rescue. He is a great pool player but one of sharpness not one of unsure aiming. There are things you have to see and know. It’s developed as a decerning seer of truth. A New level of understanding could come grounded in the right prophetic insight. There is no guessing, if you don’t know the shot then withold. God bless

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    • charliej373 says:

      And if God chose to send me into the desert, as He has many of His servants over the millennia, wouldn’t I grow by it? And I have to disagree with you about God trying to send a Rescue: as He told me, “When I act, it is done.” I think you meant that He always seeks our Rescue but we often do not respond.

      As for the “no guessing” comment, God demands that we make decisions based on the incomplete information we have – and that He often gives us – and take full responsibility for it. The simple linear image most people have in their minds bears no relation to the reality. Perhaps you should check out my article, “Through a Glass Darkly” to get a better idea of it from my perspective.

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    • jj says:

      Denise, no offense but lecturing Charlie on prophecy and God’s Will when you don’t even appear to have done a cursory study of his published writings is like a college freshmen lecturing Einstein on the laws of relativity.

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  49. Lyle Metsker says:

    I believe that Charlie is going to hit a homerun on January 20th.
    1. The transfer of power will occur but will not be peaceful.
    2. Trump is not a politician, he’s a businessman.
    3. Obama will not finish his term, he will set up a shadow government.

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