Out of the Ashes

A hat tip to reader Ken from Ohio, who sent me this compilation concerning Anthony Esolen’s book, “Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.” It is comprised first of a book review by Brad Miner from The Catholic Thing, then followed by an excerpt from the book, itself. Here then, what Ken sent me:

“It’s not your imagination: civilized human society is collapsing. Communities no longer work towards a common good; children are no longer our first priority; businesses no longer value “hard work”; arts and skills have been lost; and gender is decided by the individual, not biology.

We cannot reverse national and global trends, says professor Anthony Esolen; but we can build communities that live up to humanity’s promise and responsibility. In Out of the Ashes, Esolen identifies the gaping problems in our society and lays out a blueprint for reconstruction that puts our future in the hands of individuals focused on the good of the local community.
A new book about recovery. Not, of course, about that fashionable process by which men and women overcome one or another kind of addiction, but about the more radical reclamation of what’s most important: our souls and our civics. Both are worth saving.
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Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture is a jeremiad in the best possible sense of the term. It is “a lamenting and denunciatory complaint” about the secular Left’s assault on reality, but a protest imbued with the spirit of the great “Weeping Prophet” himself.
Tears need to be shed, and not just for the manifest sins into which official America has fallen,but for the sin underlying it all: false witness. Pride is, in order, the first among the sins, but, according Scripture (Proverbs 6), it is followed by “a lying tongue.” Satan is the Father of Lies, and to read Out of the Ashes is to see clearly the devil’s influence in modern life.
I know of no other writer who can make his arguments with such fire and ice. Esolen burns with passion for the truth, even as he coolly presents his case against falsehood. (I fear that, had I been subjected to the things Tony has recently had to endure at Providence College, I’d be locked up in jail or the loony bin.)
As Professor Esolen writes: “The lie rushes in to fill up the void left by truth in retreat.” And the filler is an unholy trinity, a “three-poisoned god”: self, sex, and the state. There will be some people – well, there will likely be many – who’ll accuse Esolen of nostalgia in the first degree, of longing for a lost world of simplicity and goodness, that never will be again and probably never was.
Ah, but he knows this and anticipates it and refutes it, as in his recitation of questions many young men in the 19th century could, as a matter of course, answer:
What is that bright red star in the night sky that does not keep the same place among the constellations? If you wanted to find Jupiter in the sky, where would you generally look? . . .What makes the days so short in winter? If you want to make bricks, where would you be likely to find a good clay pit?
I interviewed historian David McCullough once, and after he spoke about the abilities of the Founders, men able to build a nation and a house with their own hands, he asked me: “Have you any of those skills?” I told him that when I asked my professor father to teach me about tools, he led me to the telephone and handed me the Yellow Pages.
That’s funny, no? No. We’re neither smart nor experienced simply because we know how to consult online references. We dabble; we sip. Esolen quotes Alexander Pope’s paradoxical couplet about a little learning being a dangerous thing: “For one short draught intoxicates the brain,/But drinking largely sobers us again.”
It takes a sober man to appreciate the importance of beauty, truly liberal education, manliness, chastity, play, and the hearth. The beguilements of a culture of lying are both cultural and personal, making it essential to recover a sense that we are a pilgrim people, and to never forget the great prophet’s warning: “But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” (JER 7:8)
An Excerpt:
Introduction:
Let’s get straight to the point. We no longer live in a culturally Christian state. We do not live in a robust pagan state, such as Rome was during the Pax Romana. We live in a sickly sub-pagan state, or metastate, a monstrous thing, all-meddlesome, all-ambitious. The natural virtues are scorned. Temperance is for prigs, prudence for sticks in the mud who worry about people who don’t yet exist. A man who fathers six children upon three women and now wants to turn himself into a “woman” attracted to other women—he is praised for his courage. Justice means that a handful of narrowly educated and egotistical judges get to overturn human culture and biology, at their caprice.

We are not in partibus infidelibus. We are in partibus insanibus.

What shall we do now? The answer is both daunting and liberating. We do everything. That doesn’t mean that I do everything, or that you do everything. Suppose you find yourself in a bombed out city. There are all kinds of things to do, and all of them have to be done. Some needs are more pressing than others, and some things can be done only after other things are in order. But everywhere you turn, there’s work to do. You have to find clean water. You have to find food. You have to tend to the wounded and bury the dead. You have to erect shelters. You have to see which of the few buildings left standing are actually safe. You have to demolish those that are ruined beyond repair. You have to organize work teams. Someone has to prepare the meals. Someone has to keep the children out of trouble. In such a situation, it’s almost absurd to ask whether it’s more important to build a latrine than to gather together some undamaged books. All of it has to be done. So you do what you can do—the work that is ready to your hand.

In no order, then, as I survey the ruins:

Build new schools, reform old schools, and abandon irreformable ones.
Are your children attending the sub-pagan schools? Get them the hell out of there. What are you waiting for? It’s not as if the sub-pagan schools actually teach children English grammar and give them facility with numbers and make them familiar with the lands and rivers and seas of our world, let alone introduce them to the great works of western civilization. If your children are in the sub-pagan schools, it will require almost a miracle of God to keep them from becoming sub-pagan themselves. They too will learn to worship the three-poisoned god of our times, self, sex, State. Take for granted that everything in their classes will be sexuality and politics; even in science classes. Shakespeare? Sexuality and politics and nothing else. Get them out. Begin, if necessary, with one room and one teacher and ten children. Begin.

Restore your parish church and bring reverence back to the liturgy.
Was your church denuded during the Decade that Taste Forgot? Bring art back in. Is there an ugly sculpture of Jesus the Helicopter, or a pseudo-primitive stained glass window of the Baptist dropping a rock on Jesus’ head? Replace them. Are you using hymnals filled with bad poetry expressing hippy-dippy theology to treacly or unsingable tunes? Why? If you know a little about sacred music, learn more. It’s never been easier to do that. Become more familiar with O Salutaris Hostia than with Table of Plenty. You don’t have to be allergic to the great Christian hymns arranged by Bach or written by the Wesleys. Accustom yourself to real poetry, to melodies that can be sung by a congregation, and to thoughtful meditation upon Scripture. Learn Gregorian chant. Will it take a while? It will take longer if you complain about how long it takes. Begin.

Acquaint yourself with the proper use of the zipper.
No pretending here. We’ve all been scorched by the sexual revolution. The ancient Christians knew they were living among hedonists, but plenty of the pagans, especially those who lived outside of the cities (Latin paganus = hayseed), were old-fashioned in their mores. The Christians could say that they honored the virtue of chastity, which the pagans recognized but often violated. We cannot say that now. We have to tell ourselves and our children the truth. There is no way to make it sound nice. “We are Christians, they are not. How God judges them is not ours to know. Our first task is to follow God’s law ourselves, before we can witness to them. We do not fornicate. We do not divorce. We do not engage in sodomy. We do not use porn. We do not flood women’s bodies with synthetic and carcinogenic hormones. We do not care for obscenities in film. We do believe in marriage according to the evident design of God, imprinted upon our bodies male and female. We encourage boys to be boys and girls to be girls.” And then—where are the chaperoned dances? Where are the concerts? Where are the matchmakers? Where are the healthy customs whereby the older generation made sure that the younger generation would, ahem, get on with the great and innocent business of new life? Establish them. Begin.

Be social.
Be human. I’ve heard all my life long that the Church, before Vatican II, had nothing at all for the laity. Really? What then were all those ecclesial fraternities and sororities? So laymen did not potter about the altar during Mass. They certainly pottered about everything else before and after Mass. They played basketball, they put on shows, they sang, they maintained the church grounds, they gathered for communal prayer, they fed the hungry, they taught the ignorant, they celebrated, they paraded down the main street. The official organs of public opinion hate us, and would like nothing better than to have us hang about empty churches like bats in a cave. Let them have more obvious opportunities for their hatred—or their embarrassment, perhaps their conversion. Saint Ignatius had for a long time only two or three followers. He persisted, and the Jesuits became the greatest force for education and human culture and the propagation of the faith that the world had ever known. Begin.

Read good books.
Our Lord has granted us one of the most precious blessings in war. Our enemies are ignorant. They are clever—they have brains, as all human beings do. But imagine a rickety fence against a cannon: that’s our contemporary journalist against Chesterton. Imagine a squirt gun against a battering ram: that’s our contemporary educator against Pope Benedict. Imagine a flea against an elephant: that’s our contemporary advertiser against the Catechism. Imagine a dented bugle against a cordon of trumpeters: that’s our contemporary artist against Dante. When Saint Paul said that he must be all things to all men, he did not mean that he would be stupid for the stupid. Put on the full panoply of God. Those arms may well include the weapons of natural law and natural wisdom that our sub-pagan neighbors have never mastered: Cicero, Aristotle, Plato, Confucius. Don’t know where to begin? It hardly matters where. Begin.

Recover the human things.
You remember them? The things that human beings used to do. They are not to be underestimated. Let’s not pretend here. We’ve all lost a great deal of what once made up whatever sweetness that human life had to offer. People used to dress becomingly, play cards, talk to others, take long walks, sing songs, play ball, grow peas and beans, strum on the guitar, drop in on friends, and have friends to drop in on. Boys used to ask girls to do innocent things with them, like go bowling, or attend a concert, or dance. There’s an idea—learn how to dance again. The world, besides being quite mad, is now an unspeakably drab, tawdry, and lonely place. Build outposts of normality. It will take time. Begin.

Pray like the pilgrim you are.
That goes without saying. If you pray for ten minutes a day, pray for fifteen. But pray with a clearer aim. Remember that you are going somewhere. Its name, in one sense, is the grave. The whole world is in mad denial of that plain fact. It turns to the garish and obscene, lest it have to consider the quiet grassy mound and the stone with a few words on it. Be different. You are on the way. Take heart, and don the hat of the pilgrim. Do not be like those who have no hope. Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place. Will you have to repent of having sometimes gotten on the carousel of the world? Repent of it then. Begin.

Whatever you do, do it as if everything depends on just that.
It does, after all. Let no one say to you, “What difference does it make if you sing beautiful hymns at Mass?” That’s the way the world thinks. For the world, despite all its pretense of love for every individual, considers men to be mere stuff, an accumulation or amalgamation. Do not believe it. The next person you greet may be on the verge of sainthood or damnation. Every moral choice we make repeats the drama of Eden. No one can do everything. Everyone can do something. Begin.”

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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281 Responses to Out of the Ashes

  1. Cheryl says:

    I was just speaking/facebooking, actually, 🙂 with Debra Esolen, Tony Esolen’s wife. I was sharing with them some of the positive comments/support that were shared here. They are deeply appreciative of all the support and the prayers as they are truly blessings in ashes. I asked how else people could help and she shared the following with me, giving permission for me to share it:

    Many people have been asking if there is ay way for them to help Dr. Anthony Esolen, who has been under attack at his Providence College for expressing his orthodoxy. One thing that would be of great help is for people who have read and who value his work to post brief positive reviews on Amazon. Those who despise Dr. Esolen have made their voices heard, publicly and in their classrooms. Amazon (and other) reviews give those who value his work a means to be heard. Please, however, if you write a review, keep it positive. We don’t want to follow the example of those who do ill, but of Him who taught us to speak the truth in love. ~ Debra Esolen
    https://www.amazon.com/Anthony-Esolen/e/B001ITX3JW

    God bless all of you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much for this, Cheryl. Dr. Esolen seems like a very courageous, good man.

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    • MuckityMuck says:

      Hi Charlie
      re message from old blue head
      I’ve been reading your website and comments for better than two years mainly to watch & gain some insight to people in your denomination. I have enjoyed the articles and particularly the comments from your readers. So I would like to thank you and your commenters in the website’s endeavor.
      On the eve of tomorrow’s inauguration I would like to encourage each to read again and consider the lesson of Jonah particularly as Jonah traveled back to Ninevah and events did not play out as Jonah had proclaimed. I am not sure what happened with Jonah afterwards but I think it important to remember God is merciful. His love endures forever. It is only by the Grace of God through his Son our Lord Jesus the Christ that any of us will enter into His presence.
      Grace and Peace
      MuckityMuck

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  2. May I also add, learn or teach something practical. Learn to sew, knit, whittle, play a piano, or cook.

    Professor Esolen remains in my prayers. I look forward to reading this book.

    http://lovedasif.com

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  3. Peter says:

    A nice God whisper story!

    I read this post yesterday morning. I especially liked the quote from pope I had never heard before ” a little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; there droughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.” This was important for me to read because I am realizing I need to curb my interests in many things, since I am a sort of curious jack of all trades and a master of none. It’s helping me detach from things of less importance so I can put my mind submerged in Catholcicism, to be available to drink it deeply, to wear the bible in like an old favorite pair of shoes. I notice I get so curious with everything it’s like I eat a little bit of everything from a buffet table of options and end up having a sick stomach. I should settle with eating one solid meal! But the attachments are a challenge to break. Anyways, that quote really spelled it out for me.

    Fast forward a few hours the same day and I crack open a copy of Farenhiet 451. I haven’t read fiction in a long time and a friend gave it to me encouraging me to do so. I was about halfway through when I came across the same exact quote from pope as the one in the article! I had never seen this quote in my life, and then it appears on THRS and in a book I was reading in the same day. Grace!

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  4. crystalctm says:

    I find Anthony Esollen’s words from above inspiring. Charlie, you once wrote (if memory is correct) your fondness for Martin Luther King. On his memorial day, I thought that reading his Letter from Birmingham Jail a fitting tribute to him and all who stand for truth and justice.

    https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2017/01/16/letter-from-birmingham-jail-2/

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Letter from the Birmingham Jail is one of the finest missives in the English Language. When I was in radio, I once read the entire thing as the intro to the day’s show – and we spent the next few hours discussing its contents and wisdom. It is one of the few pieces I can’t read without tearing up at the simple nobility and majesty of it. The other big one for me is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

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      • Peter says:

        I remember when you posted that. When I read it I was mind blown.

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      • Hear hear…if people would take the time to listen to these great leaders (MLK, Lincoln and many others) who were first , believers, men who understood the moral and natural law and why we need to adhere to a God who formed us for His purpose. They knew the wisdom of our forefathers in setting up this ….and took their lives and laid them down for their country.
        I’d love to listen to a recording of your broadcast Charlie… something like that is what we sure could use now to silence all the spin and purposeful ‘driving God out’ of any logical discourse in the MSM

        How Long Lord?🙏

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  5. Valiant Woman (@ValiantWoman45) says:

    I enjoy Dr. Esolen’s work and read this when it was first published, I think.

    Charlie, I was very heartened by this news, which I consider to be rather surprising:

    “Card. Nichols to crown Our Lady of Fatima & consecrate England to her Immaculate Heart”

    https://www.ewtn.co.uk/news/gb/card-nichols-to-crown-our-lady-of-fatima-consecrate-england-to-her-immaculate-heart

    I have been praying specifically for the conversion of England, for several months at least, and only recently changed that to praying for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. So, this was extra special to read about. 🙂

    Also, today was like a little sign of things to come. In our area, we had a tornado warning before 8am, and then later I read this news about England. It was, to me, a little sign that we are in a storm, and there will be a rescue. 🙂

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  6. Tom from Georgia says:

    Out of the ashes…
    …grow the roses of success!

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    • Tom from Georgia says:

      What, no replies? I thought someone out there would remember the song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song.
      Caracticus Potts, hopelessly imprisoned by the Baron, gets a lesson in hope from his fellow prisoners with the song:
      Grow the roses, grow the roses, grow the roses of success!
      Grow the roses, those rosy roses!
      From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!
      Maybe I should learn all of the lines from the song very quickly so I can sing it with my family in our hour of hopelessness. I’ve already been singing it out loud this week.
      What a wonderful drama this has been – a real nail-biter. A day and a half from inauguration and everything seems “normal” to so many. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I am being reminded what it is like to lose hope. What if this goes on, and on, and on? It can’t, right?
      God bless us!

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  7. the phoenix says:

    Nobody’s attempted to answer these questions yet, so without cheating by going on Google to look anything up, here’s what I remember from way back when I was a child:

    1. What is that bright red star in the night sky that does not keep the same place among the constellations?

    As it appears from the description to be a “wandering star,” and “wandering star” is another term for “planet,” I would say it’s the planet Mars.

    2. If you wanted to find Jupiter in the sky, where would you generally look?

    Along the ecliptic.

    3. What makes the days so short in winter?

    As the Earth revolves in its annual orbit around the sun, the angle at which the planet is tilted on its axis in relation to the movement along its orbital path means that the affected hemisphere, Northern or Southern, becomes positioned to be on the receiving end of less light from the sun and therefore more shadow, causing the days to shorten in winter.

    4. If you want to make bricks, where would you be likely to find a good clay pit?

    Egypt in the time of Moses.

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  8. MarieUrsula says:

    Looking forward to after the Rescue . . . .

    This is gorgeous. My twin, Bird, posted this on Facebook today, Martin Luther King day: a Jewish choir and a black choir sing together, a cappella, at the Lincoln Memorial:

    Bird writes: “The Maccabeats are a Jewish American a cappella group based at Yeshiva University in New York City. Naturally 7 is an African American a capella group founded by two brothers in New York City. Together, at the Lincoln Memorial, they are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

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  9. Joan says:

    This post is so timely and so very,very useful. Take the next right step, you say. I reply,”How?” Dr. Esolen says,”Begin.” Simple. And so we begin here in Sebring next Sunday. Our first meeting and the first of many beginnings. Thank you for giving us hope with heart.

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  10. Bonnie C says:

    Dear Charlie, – Just a thought, something for your consideration… an observation. I was reading a Kurt Schlichter article on Townhall this evening and I think your prophecies about Obama and “someone not from the political arena” being president has actually happened.

    Unless I dreamt this, I remember a commentary where you stated that John McFarm (sp?) a friend whom you greatly respect was a Trump fan, but you thought of Trump as a demagogue… You also wrote that McFarm could be right (although you were dubious) as Trump did fit the bill as far as not being from the political arena, of holding political office. Ok. So, if that is true, or correct, then what do you think – and maybe this is a stretch – maybe.

    In Kurt’s article, titled, “Obama Fades Away as Trump Laughs at His Enemies”. But these words:

    “The last two months have been hysterically funny as President Faily McWorsethancarter desperately tried to remain relevant. He’s taken leading from behind to a whole new level – he’s actually now behind behind. No one is listening to him. No one cares. While Obama wanders the halls of power, looking for people to pat him on the back, Trump is out there leading. ”

    It just clicked, at least to me that Donald Trump has overshadowed Obama to the point of being President- before even taking office. This surely could be argued. I’m not trying to be a guardhouse lawyer here. You say that God could/would accomplish His Will in a million different ways than we who are trying to figure God out.

    Well, that’s all I have to say. Not begging ridicule. For your discernment first. Please discard if you want. You will always have my prayerful and loving regards. In my heart, you are “Larry” to me, because you are my brother. Your sister in Christ. Bonnie

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    • charliej373 says:

      Love it, Bonnie. But I will not evade accountability over a technicality. It is my job to discern and interpret well – in the midst of a host of subtleties and technicalities. If I have failed that, it is meet and proper that I should retire for at best temporarily a refresher course or at worst, dismissal. That is in God’s hands.

      I have really come to enjoy Kurt Schlichter’s columns. He cuts to the heart of things.

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      • Why all this confusion?
        Forget about Charlie, he’s only one of us humans, focus on what God has communicated through Charlie.
        As I recall reading Charlies comments, many months B/4 the 2008 Election day, Charlie was told Obama would be elected President but would not serve out his full term. This was communicated to Charlie I recall by his Angle. The Angle did not just make that up, it received that information from the Creator. God does not lie.
        Remember what Jesus told Charlie when Charlie got Jesus mad at him : “When I act, it is done”; Charlie I think those words are correct.
        So……. Obama does not compete his full term in office, something happens, no one knows what, between today and January 20 that causes Obama not to be President on January 20.
        Who knows the ways or mind of God? Answer is no one.
        God has communicated; that’s it, period.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Of course God is always true, Robert. But any of us, including me, can fail in our discernment or interpretation. So we shall see what we shall see – and still be called to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

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          • Kati says:

            OK…Charlie, I have tried to find what I thought I remembered you saying some time ago about your Angel telling you that you would make a blunder and be tempted to lose hope. My memory may not be as good as it once was since I am now in my 70’s so I am not sure if I am remembering correctly… IF I am remembering correctly about this, what did you actually share with us about that?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, that is true. If I turn out right tomorrow, I will certainly be wrong on some particulars later in this terrible year.

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  11. Bonnie C says:

    Okay, It’s me again. To me, it’s one of those quiet miracles He is so good at where you don’t realize it right away, it just kindof sneaks up on you.

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    • Littlelight says:

      I see that too, Bonnie and share your convictions and hope. Charlie, I know you won’t mind at all and won’t hold it against me!

      In addition to the point you made in your post above, there was also headlines about massive Muslim conversions to Christianity. Spiritdaily pointed to an article that discussed how these conversions are taking many by complete surprise, especially because the majority of the conversions are in Muslim nations. It would seem very hopeful that serious groundwork has already been laid for a massive overthrow of that bloody regime.

      Also, as I read this AP article, ( oh I wish I had a wysiwyg editor about now! Sorry for the clumsiness)

      http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_RUSSIA_US?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-01-17-14-22-33

      it seems clear to me that both Putin and Trump can see past the fake and salacious allegations of the outgoing administration. It sure seems they both can be pragmatic as the article quotes. It sure seems as if solid groundwork for a beneficial Russian/USA alliance is well underway, if not already completed.

      Trump is indeed from outside the political process, though he did engage in it to win the election. It wasn’t too long ago that pundits everywhere delighted in pointing out this very fact. There were endless articles about how inferior and clueless he was because he was an outsider.

      It is no stretch to see that Trump could possibly be a “benevolent dictator.” His transparency in his motivation to “make America great again” was solidified in my mind by his refusal to take either a taxpayer funded paycheck or long, luxurious taxpayer funded vacations. He is only taking $1 per year because he has to. I don’t know how anyone at all can refute his sincerity. You’d have to be either crazy or fully convicted to want to be president, with all the awesome responsibility and misery that that office entails, and not even get compensated for it.

      These are my own internal musings from what I see, hear and read around me. I am certainly no expert but a very ordinary wife, homeschooling Mom, etc. From my life’s experience, I know it to be true that God does indeed prefer the ordinary over the miraculous. Charlie, you have attested to this time and again. When I read what you wrote about a benevolent dictator from outside the political process, I asked myself who indeed could be qualified to take on this awesome responsibility on such short notice? Well, of course God can Do Anything, but knowing His love of the ordinary, I asked myself who exactly has the political machinery already in place to do this in real, ordinary time? In the last few weeks, it seems I need to continually pinch myself because it seems it is all coming to pass, just as you have said.

      Finally, I’ve always felt in my heart the repentance of Nineveh king and people is a biblical story that is very much relevant today. I read and believe what you said, Charlie, about how your angel got very intimidating and rather cross when you asked him if any mitigation was possible. Perhaps this was a necessary message to bring us all to our knees in the necessity of radically trying to live total surrender to God’s will. Perhaps the seriousness of it all helped us all give up trying to solve logistics; helped us give up crazy prepping schemes, and helped us to really live TNRS. Because, hey, at the end of the day it’s really all any of us can give. It does seem this opens up the floodgates of grace that God in His goodness multiplies. Oh, that we one and all could only do this well, and have this be our focus!

      God Bless you, Charlie. I certain there is much trial and pain in your and our collective future. I’m certain there is much joy there, too. As Dame Julian of Norwich said: “All will be well, and all will be well and all manner of things will be well.” You and all remain most heartily in my prayers. Keep on keepin’ on, Everyone!

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  12. Kris says:

    Years ago the University of Kansas , Lawrence had a program , I believe was called the , Great books of Western Civilization. It was imagined and put into existence by Dr. John Senior. He was a devout Catholic, like Dr. Esolen , who could teach the best of Western literature and philosophy and thus inspire the young students in his program. As it was a two year focused program , it took the students through a truth pursuit without teaching ‘Catholicism’. Yet in the end, they learned how the Catholic faith formed the West. As a result students were finding their way into the Catholic Church. Many actually went to Europe to visit the great Monastery of Fontgombault in France. Imagine inspiring young minds who wanted to go deeper and then wound up being monks at the Abbey. They came back to the US about 15 years ago to found the Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma. They have a community of believers moving in all around them so that they can recreate the benedictine experience and rebuild the civilization. It is amazing. Dr. John Senior was terminated after so long due to the success of his teaching, I guess too many people were finding the truth. He has two wonderful books he wrote that remind me so much of this new book that Dr. Esolen seems to have written: The Destruction of Christian Civilization and then, The Restoration of Christian Civilization. To scan these books sounds very much like what Dr. Esolen has written about in , Out of the Ashes. I cant wait to read them. And if those who know Dr. Esolen and his family personally, please let them know that Dr. Esolen is in good company. His courage far outpaces his confreres , but in times such as ours, this has to be foreseen. Dr. Esolen could not have such a clear understanding of the crisis we are in without also knowing he would be a prime target of attack.

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  13. CrewDog says:

    We are facing unprecedented unrest and violence not seen since here since 1968 … driven by Foreign/Domestic Big $$$$ from Global LeftWing elites ……. with covert/overt support of the Democrat Party at ALL levels! I’m afraid 1968 was a picnic compared to what is ahead! We are about to see with our Lying Eyes what 50 years of godless Political Correctness, the “Dumbing Down” of education, societal norms and 2000 years of Western Civilization has wrought!

    “Inaugural Rioters Urged to ‘Go Hard’ in ‘Only Chance’ to ‘Rove the City’ Under ‘Protocol of the Obama Era”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-govern…-go-hard-chance-rove-city-protocol-obama-era/

    RENT-a-MOBS!

    “Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/17/ads-two-dozen-cities-offer-protesters-2500-agitate/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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    • chantal says:

      Tucker recently did an interview from demanda protest, the group behind
      rent a mob for 2500$. It is a hoax. The interview is actually funny. Both sides of the press must return to fact checking their sources, not just defending their bias.

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  14. kent4jmj says:

    I had a “re-version” around 31 years old at UMass, Amherst. It was very intense. Our Lady got hold of me. I wanted to be a monk then a priest. It didn’t work out. Thought maybe some kind of lay apostolate or work for the church. Didn’t work out. Sokept on going. Five years ago ended up driving trucks in Nd oil field. Finally got back home and now I’m in maintenance at the hospital. Oh yeah I almost got a master’s in theology, Franciscan distance. I’ve been able to study and pray quite intensely at times. What a gift but now I’m resigned to where God has me. Well for the most part. Chuckle. What struck about the article was when the question was asked, can you do those things? Fix and build stuff. Well yes I can to some extent. Thank you Lord.
    Blue collar/white collar guy.

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  15. Susan says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. The professor is wise beyond his years. This is exactly what we must do. We rebuild in the midst of collapse and chaos. I have an unsettled feeling about this week and beyond — there is nothing that can be done to stop the storm. The clouds darken and the winds intensify. Pray the Rosary. Honor God. Do the Next Right Thing. Be Light to Others.

    I am a first time poster. Thank you for your blog and for your message. God Bless. Be Safe.

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  16. Bob says:

    With many battles likely ahead let us lay down more of the heavy artillery of our prayers and even fasting as we are able so that God may use them to soften the ground for whatever hand to hand conflicts will be necessary as we advance during these times!

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  17. Beckita says:

    The ways this Holy Father lives an ordinary life within his extraordinary calling is a sign of hope to me.

    Lord God, thank You for Pope Francis. Please protect him and bring to fruition every aspect of the mission You have entrusted to him. Come Holy Spirit! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of the Church and Your well beloved Spouse! Come and overshadow our dear Holy Father!

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  18. billbad42 says:

    How awesome would that be to allow the Holy Father to take cuts? LOL…. God bless him on this journey and his role in the Rescue!

    Also, happy to say I just placed my order for the Out of the Ashes book… so bummed it isn’t released until Jan. 30th though!

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  19. drfeesh says:

    I’ve been thinking about you Charlie and the rest of the TNRS family over the last several days. No matter what comes to pass over the next days, weeks, months, or years, the words you’ve shared on this here blog have served me well to redirect my my focus to Our Lord on a number of occasions. I’m doing my best to acknowledge Our Lord, take the next right step, and be a small sign of hope amongst all of the YUCK that’s out there now. Thank you for having the courage to share your story and these messages with us. My prayers are with you and the rest of the TNRS family. God bless you hermano!

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  20. Joe Crozier says:

    “The ascent up the hill represents this pope’s particular mission. The city which lies half in ruins is Christianity, half of which no longer believes in God, but says Jesus was merely a good moral teacher. The corpses he meets and prays for on his way are those who, though they breathe, are spiritually dead. The cross at the top of the hill is the end of the pope’s mission on earth. It represents both his triumph and his death to this world. He kneels before it offering his work to Christ. It is after this triumph that the terror begins. It is the body of the pope’s work that the soldiers fire at. That they are in uniform shows that it is an organized effort. These are the legions who have given themselves over to Satan. But the pope has his legions, as well. They are the priests and bishops and religious who joined themselves to him and followed him on his way. They will be true champions for Christ as the battle is joined. Prominent among them will be some of the dead souls – the corpses – reborn to spiritual life through the pope’s prayers.”

    I was actually drawn to this from an article quoted on MoG by Charlie on the Third Secret of Fatima. I believe, as Charlie has been told, that his understanding of this revelation will form a treasured document of the Vatican. The mission of Pope Francis is, above all, a mission of mercy. For the sake name of this mission Pope Francis has been mercilessly pilloried by those who claim the only orthodox position in the Church, those who would displace and depose our Holy Father from his rightful pace.

    The following sentence is a great example of the type of mercy for which we can hope. It goes beyond forgiveness to restoration. “Prominent among them will be some of the dead souls – the corpses – reborn to spiritual life through the pope’s prayers.” Because of The Pope’s prayers for his persecutors they will number among his most fervent supporters and they will lay their lives down for for the Faith.

    Friday January 20 will be one small step for us but a giant leap of faith confirmed for the world. This will be the start of something big, How privileged we are to be present at the start of this stage in the Salvation Plan of The Trinity, this stage in the process of restoration of billions of human beings to a position and condition from which they can be saved: the final frontier of our Destiny.

    “Why did God make me.”
    “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world so that I may be happy with Him forever in heaven.”

    When my marriage failed and annulment was granted, the priest in confession told me to pray that we would find new life in the ashes of our relationship. In symbolic compliance with this instruction I place my wedding ring in the donations box at the back of the church in Garabandal and handed it all over. This did not take away the pain but gave new purpose to my life. It gave me grounds on which I could take the sure and right next step.

    I have come to see Fatima as a precursor to Garabandal. In Garabandal I discovered many little affirmations that I was in the right place. St Padre Pio, whose bust stands on the hill near Los Pinos was cured by Our Lady of Fatima on August 6. St Michael in whose parish I was baptized, kissed the scapular of a brother of John of God on August 6. No other object was kissed by St Michael. Blessed Pope Paul VI who strongly endorsed the veracity of Garabandal died on August 6 – The above article by Charlie, whose angel also appeared at Garabandal, was posted on August 6. My birthday is August 6. It may not mean anything to anyone else but it means the world to me.

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  21. Cheryl says:

    Dear Charlie:
    Over the last few months I have tried to open my heart and my mind to a broader sense of thinking. I am not fond of thinking I know what might happen. It makes everything feel important yet also makes you wonder if anything you do is important. Also, everyday I awake and God has granted another beautiful day I am overwhelmingly grateful yet, at the same time I see so many ills and wrongs, evil and corruption, that I am so pleased to believe that much would change and our lives would be more God centered. Change does not come easy by nature and I have to confess that my desire to rebuild or build has been somehow halted as if what to do for my next right step in the broad sense is hinged on how life unfolds this week. I did really enjoy the post. SO, anybody else feeling anxious? I cannot imagine how it must be to see things in advance then have to live through them, especially if they are bad! You must also have special graces. I can barely handle seeing and hearing what I am seeing in real time! Thanks for all you do.
    Peace,
    Cheryl

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  22. Beckita says:

    A good, strong voice, crying out in the wilderness of our times is that of Msgr. Charles Pope:
    Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year – A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

    Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in Bethlehem and a few magi from distant lands were witnesses to this event, one which began the undoing of the long reign of sin.

    St. Paul hints at this drama in today’s second reading: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman (Gal 4:4). Yes, all time meets here. The long reign of sin is ending; Our Savior stealthily emerges to begin His work of giving us a way out. The wall has been breached and will one day wholly crumble.

    Even Satan, to whom we often attribute exaggerated powers, seems unaware. The later visit of the Magi makes him suspicious, but even with that, his knowledge is lacking. Through his agent, Herod, he stabs wildly, searching for the interloper, but he misses the mark. Jesus eludes him for another thirty years, preparing for a final showdown that will seal Satan’s fate as the great loser.

    Something happened that quiet Christmas night, enormous in its implications but mostly hidden and unnoticed. A ray of light flashes in a darkened world, just long enough to be remembered by a few. It is like a seed that is sown; it remains hidden for a time, but later yields a harvest that will undermine the world of darkness.

    I offer all of this as a prelude to a year that I think will be significant for the Church and for the world. The Year of Our Lord 2017 may seem to many to be an insignificant one; we tend to favor years that end in 0s or 5s. The year 2000 seemed to carry great weight, but it passed quietly.

    Why should 2017 be significant? I offer several reasons for your consideration. I do this in all humility, reminding those who read this that official and public revelation ended with the death of the last Apostle. No Catholic is required to give any credence to the disclosures or private revelations of apparitions or to the writings and warnings of mystics and saints; you are free to accept or reject these prophecies. While the Church commends approved apparitions to our consideration, she does not command our acceptance of them.

    Yet Scripture does say, Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem had long been prophesied, as were most of the central truths of His ministry and Paschal mystery. And while much of this was seen most clearly in the rear-view mirror, God does signal His people of His plans, lest we be caught off guard or think that He acts whimsically.

    I would argue that we today are being called by God to special prayer. This summons is always at work, but certain prophecies indicate that 2017 will be significant. Consider, then, the following indications that 2017 will require special prayer of us.

    It is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. These apparitions are unique in that they have been affirmed by a miracle and by historical fulfillment.

    Three young children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, were visited by the Mother of Jesus six times in the region of Fatima, Portugal between May 13th and October 13th, 1917. At that time, the First World War was ending and the Western world was torn asunder by bloody violence.

    At the time, the appearances of Our Lady generated both controversy and fascination. Our Lady’s message was fundamentally one of peace, but she warned of serious consequences if people did not turn more wholeheartedly to her Son, repent of their sins, and pray for peace.

    She explained that war is a punishment for sin and warned that without our repentance, God would further castigate the world for its disobedience. She indicated that we would experience the wretched fruits of our sins through war, hunger, and the persecution of the Church, the Holy Father, and the Catholic faithful. The Blessed Mother prophesied that although the First World War was ending, without our repentance, a second and worse war would arise and that Russia would be God’s chosen instrument of chastisement, spreading the “errors” of atheism and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars, annihilating nations, and persecuting the faithful everywhere.

    She further prophesied that a final warning would be given before the outbreak of a new war: When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes. Indeed, a large display of the Northern Lights occurred in January 1938 throughout the Northern Hemisphere and reaching into the Southern Hemisphere, making headlines internationally. Shortly thereafter, the Second World War was underway. Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938 and invaded Poland in 1939.

    As a verification of her appearances, Our Lady promised a miracle at the final apparition. With as many as 70,000 people in attendance, the miracle of the sun took place on October 13, 1917. Those gathered both marveled and feared as the sun danced and moved about in the sky on what had been a rainy day.

    Recall that this was prophesied in 1917, long before the Second World War and Russia’s rise to power. Most could not have imagined a more devastating war than World War I, nor that Russia, a poor and largely Christian nation, could or would do such a thing. Yet all these prophecies were fulfilled.

    The third prophecy of Fatima, kept secret until the year 2000, spoke of a great period of suffering for the Church, including the martyrdom of the Pope. A bishop dressed in white climbs a mountain near a ruined city toward a cross. He passes the corpses of many martyrs and many others who have suffered. At the top of the mountain, near the cross, he himself is killed by armies. In releasing this third part, the Vatican commented,

    The history of an entire century can be seen represented in this image. Just as the places of the earth are synthetically described in the two images of the mountain and the city, and are directed towards the cross, so too time is presented in a compressed way. In the vision we can recognize the last century as a century of martyrs, a century of suffering and persecution for the Church, a century of World Wars and the many local wars which filled the last fifty years and have inflicted unprecedented forms of cruelty. In the “mirror” of this vision we see passing before us the witnesses of the faith decade by decade. Here it would be appropriate to mention a phrase from the letter which Sister Lucia wrote to the Holy Father on 12 May 1982: “The third part of the ‘secret’ refers to Our Lady’s words: ‘If not, [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.’”

    Pope John Paul II saw his near-assassination in 1981 as the fulfillment of this prophecy and indicated that he only escaped death as a merciful intervention by Our Lady in response to prayer.

    One additional aspect of the Fatima apparitions was given in 1981. Sister Lucia, the lone surviving visionary, wrote to Monsignor (now Cardinal) Carlo Caffara at the Vatican of something she heard from Our Lady: The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid … anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. … however, Our Lady has already crushed its head. (This letter is now in the archives of the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family.)

    And here we are in modern times, desperately confused about the nature of marriage, sexuality, and the family. Many who stand up for what has always been taught and believed are called intolerant, backward, and/or bigoted.

    According to the Fatima apparitions and this later addition from 1981, we are in the endgame, the final showdown, of this modern attack on the Church by Satan.

    Another vision, less well-known, was said to have appeared to Pope Leo XIII on October 13, 1884 (33 years to the day before the final apparition at Fatima). It was revealed to him that a period of 100 years was coming during which the Church would be sorely tempted and tested, likely in order to purify us. Pope Leo was so troubled by this vision that he penned the well-known Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and asked the faithful to recite it; until about 1970 it was traditionally recited after Mass.

    When did that 100 years begin? It is not certain, but something tells me that it began in 1917 and thus will end in 2017. I do not think it likely that it will end suddenly, but Heaven knows. Clearly the Church has been sorely oppressed; we have lost large numbers. There has been a persecution, a pruning. There has been internal turmoil over doctrine and liturgy, a breakdown in discipline, and a great exodus of priests and religious. We have been reduced to be sure, but not destroyed. We have been prepared for something … but what?

    I cannot answer all these questions, but I do know this: we are called to profound prayer this year. Although this is our perennial call, this year’s call is special.

    In this parish, I will be scheduling special times of prayer and adoration. I will provide more details in the weeks ahead (prior to Lent), but this much is certain: Beginning in March, I want to observe the First Saturday devotions that were requested by our Lady at Fatima. This includes going to confession, attending Mass, and reciting the Holy Rosary on five consecutive Saturdays. We will pray for the conversion of sinners (starting with ourselves), for peace in this world, and for special graces for unity and growth of faith in the Church. Prior to that time, I intend to provide further catechesis in order to prepare us.

    What exactly will happen in 2017? Will it be like the first Christmas, a hidden event with later consequences? Or will it be a dramatic event that brings about widespread, sudden conversion and an end to the persecution? I do not know; I only know that we need to pray. 2017 will be no ordinary year.

    On this feast of Our Lady, we need, like Jesus, to stay close to her. We need to hear her call to pray and to obey all that her Son Jesus taught. Pray with me this year, one that will likely be very significant.

    Happy and Blessed Year of Our Lord, 2017.

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      The following is an important testimony, eye-witness report, and analysis regarding this strange, “unknown light” from Erich Christian of South Carolina.

      Sixty years ago, on 25 January 1938, I witnessed and vividly remember an unusual phenomenon: A mysterious light that covered the sky in the evening and, as I was told later, extended over a large part of the northern hemisphere. It was called an unusual northern light, an aurora borealis. But that could not be the cause for two reasons:

      (a) Northern lights are caused by sun spots and at that time there was only a minimum of them recorded.

      (b) The mysterious illumination of the sky – bright red color with no streaks or movement whatsoever – was entirely different from normal occurrences.

      Therefore science has no explanation to offer. But Sister Lucy does: “It was the predicted sign of the Lord that He is about to chastise the world by another war.” The predictions Sister Lucy made are part of what she passed on from what Our Lady told her in connection with the apparitions at Fatima.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Thanks Becks for the above article – looks like we are on the same page (as usual) about Fatima. My comment was posted quickly between patients and was in no way intended to criticize yours but rather to augment the mysticism of those prophesying lights. The witness suggests that the lights were of an order different to that of nature; “science has no explanation but Sister Lucy does.” She explains – we believe.

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        • Beckita says:

          Oh Broseph! I have been cramming for testing and have been behind in reviewing the site. I know well your constant good will and read this story you have shared with gratitude, knowing it surely has blessed others who have read it. In fact, it prompted a memory of my only uncle who loved to share his version of seeing the luminous sky from his home in northwest Iowa. Thank you so much, Joe. Love this: “She explains – we believe.”

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    • Barb H says:

      Thanks for posting this Beckita. 😘
      This has been such an encouragement to me today. I’ve been feeling a little discouraged and needed to remember how I need to go on!

      Barb H

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    • AL says:

      You hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t of brought up these things better myself. St. Malachy’s prophecy seems to also indicate that pope Francis will be the last pope of these times.

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  23. CrewDog says:

    Judicial Watch is an outfit worth supporting! They are one of the few entities that actually did “something” to expose the outrages & Perps of Obama and his merry band of Constitution/Bill of Rights shredders!!

    “Shootout at U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo Part of Cartel-Terrorist Attack Plan for Trump Inauguration”

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2017/01/shootout-u-s-consulate-nuevo-laredo-part-cartel-terrorist-attack-plan-trump-inauguration/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have found Judicial Watch to be a solid, sound organization. When it speaks, it has done its homework and I always take it seriously.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Wow. I lived in Laredo, Texas, for 18 months about 10 years ago and could walk across the bridge (with my passport) to Nuevo Laredo. It was practically a ghost-town business-wise, because the drug cartels had taken over and had vastly better weaponry than government agencies there or in Webb County, Texas (where Laredo is). The lucrative drug market, of course, was the USA. This plot would be doable.

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    • totustuusblessedmaria says:

      Probably why Obama is moving close by. He will still be there to take over. Praying the Memorare for the whole Trump family and cabinet. Many rosaries needed.

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      • Mick says:

        Yes, Totustuus; rosaries for sure. As Charlie has reminded us so often, it is time for all of us to man our posts with great trust in God and in His Providence.

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  24. erin483 says:

    As we get closer to Friday it is astonishing to see the amount of people truly becoming “unhinged” I have never seen anything like this!! These people are unstable….i didn’t do this when my candidate didn’t win.

    On another note, does anyone have any suggestions about what to do if you are at a church that is very wishy washy about preaching the truth of the faith and even softening teaching on sexual issues….ie transgenderism….all under the guise of “social justice”? I am very confused, I know we are not supposed to “church shop” but i don’t know how to combat it and what my role should be in doing that.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know about church shopping, but on several occasions I have checked out various Parishes to see which I would feel more comfortable with. Once, when a Priest went off the rails, I left that Parish and went to another.

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      • Bob says:

        There is a difference between a church or parish which is weak but in which Jesus is still made present by consecration and one in which false teachings are given. And if false teachings then I would tend to “Parish shop” but prepare and share the reasons why I was leaving before I did so. If we don’t speak the truth can we expect others to do it for us?

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      • Simone says:

        Been there. Done that.

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    • victura98 says:

      Erin,
      It’s true, under ideal circumstances, one should attend the parish in whose territorial boundaries he or she resides. This allows each parish to allocate its resources to best serve the needs of everyone. Understand though, there is no formal obligation to do this. The obligation is on the parish–to celebrate the sacraments with the mind of the Church, and to offer the Catholic faith, without compromise or apology. In your circumstance, I would leave my parish immediately. I would also write a letter to the pastor, explaining your reasons. He deserves to know your reasons. In your letter, please be VERY gentle and brief. The printed word can hit harder than a fist, and your intent should be to inform, not to attack. No parish will every be perfect, but I’m certain you can (at least) find one that is better. I hope that helps. 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      Erin, I don’t know if you have kids or, if so, how old they are. But if you do, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with looking for a parish at which the preaching would neither corrupt their young, impressionable minds nor endanger their souls. In our twenty years of raising children, my husband and I have lived all over the country; and we’ve had to leave a few parishes because our children could have been or were getting confused by the homilies. (The last straw at one parish in the Los Angeles area was when the pastor stated that Jesus didn’t realize that he was God until John baptized him and the Father’s voice spoke from heaven.)

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  25. justsayin392 says:

    A few weeks ago, a Religious Brother friend asked me to view a DVD he’d enjoyed, “Hidden Rebellion.” I’ve inserted the link to the trailer on YouTube below. Many here may have viewed this on EWTN during November – December 2016. I found the docu-drama ‘main feature’ predictably moving. More engaging, for me personally, were the ‘Special Feature’ interviews with various French Professors, including a former Maoist and a priest (not the same person). For those of us with only first grade French language fluency, the English subtitles tend to runaway too soon. Still, for the struggle, one comes away with a real sense that truly, ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ in the satan’s war for souls. Eternal Truth Triumphs. Neutrality is neither an option nor a possibility. God bless Dr. Esolen. May we all choose to follow God so well.

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  26. Mark says:

    Shouldn’t everybody here be preparing for the collapse? If I really believed Charlie, I would be spending my time stacking cans of food or organizing supplies. I wouldn’t be on a Blog. This is entertaining though.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I note what you do not say is that you would be trusting God and taking the next right step. These folks are being a sign of hope to each other, which is the third step of the ordinary way I actually emphasize. But if one did not actually believe in God and His providence, what you suggest is what they would do.

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  27. Re: Dr. E s o l e n ‘s essay. He uses the metaphor of a bombed out city to demonstrate the need to rebuild the culture. That would actually be easier. Continuing the metaphor, we don’t have a bombed out culture. We have a robust, fully built anti-culture that is being fiercely defended by well-trained anti-culture warriors. In a bombed out city you can begin because you have nothing standing in your way…indeed, you have nothing, period. How do you begin to sing lovely hymns in church when Father Nineteen-seventies demands that we must listen to the teen rock group at Mass? How do you restore the truth about gender when you are told you will be fired from your job if you object to Mr. Transitioning using the ladies room with you? How do you rebuild while the battle is still raging house to house and snipers are killing the workers in the street? I fear that a return to sanity may require something as dramatic as total destruction, either metaphorical or – God forbid – literal, so that these many self-delusions disintegrate. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that humbles a human being and restores clarity like profound suffering, particularly when one realizes that it was stupidly, selfishly, stubbornly self-inflicted. I hope we haven’t come to that. But when I read the news each day and find myself muttering, “You’ve got to be kidding me…” I am afraid that we have. The anti-culture city must be torn down before we can rebuild.

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    • billbad42 says:

      singingflowers,

      I understand and can see what you are saying, and thank God that His will and plan are not ours. Only way we are going to get through this is to acknowledge God, take TNRS, and be a sign of hope.

      God bless! Stay strong and faithful!
      Bill

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  28. AL says:

    Attempted poisoning of Roger Stone who helped get Trump elected, and death threats to independent media. Martial law, civil unrest, chaos, war with new world order and Chinese, economic collapse of money system, etc… you don’t need to look to prophecy for theses, these are all being announced in the alternative media like infowars, they just don’t see any signs of a rescue because it’s not part of the their research.

    It hit me today, what is the Book of Revelations? It’s God warning of evil’s battle plan against humanity, and if we don’t do anything to stop or oppose it there will be consequences of God’s judgement. Ever notice that Fatima and Medugory have secrets? God doesn’t reveal his battle plans lest the enemy finds a way to counter God’s plan or perhaps we grow overconfident of the moment and stop praying and opposing evil. We must all be vigilant and pray harder and do good works, because evil is starting to realise it’s loosing and is getting more desperate by the day to destroy us all.

    God bless yous all and God have mercy on us all, we don’t know what kind of crisis the new world order nut-jobs will thrust upon us tomorrow. Charlie has the right ideas, I’m not worried if he’s 100% dead-on on the predictions, you don’t need to be a prophet to see all hell is breaking loose out there and it’s getting worse by the day.

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  29. AL says:

    What shocks me is the profound blindness & deafness of the people around me. When I bring up issues of a world in crisis, people look at me as if I’ve gone crazy, they don’t want to think or hear about it. It’s like being surrounded by a bunch of mindless zombies, is the majority of society going to have to fall flat on their face before they wake up? I’m beginning to wonder if a economic & societal crash will wake people up…

    I plenty discouraged at times…

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  30. Sylvia says:

    Judicial Watch is an organization of men and women, who are true patriots.

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  31. For those of you who, like me, admire Anthony Esolen, and who also, like me, are acquainted with and yet shall we say, somewhat skeptical of modern ‘historical-critical biblical studies’ and the like, I think you will enjoy this article from thecatholicthing.org: “The Mystery of Esolen: Who Are They?”

    https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2013/05/09/the-mystery-of-esolen-who-are-they/

    And if you don’t consider yourselves in the above categories, read it anyway. You’ll learn, and it’s hilarious into the bargain. Don’t be fooled by “experts.”

    Albert

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  32. Cheri F says:

    Thoughts – plan for a future, a hope, and life. Even now as we wait. This book and this article indicate just that. The dreams we have, with God as our Lord, will help us to carry on. I can get a bit down – but I know God placed dreams in my heart – not to dash them down, but to give me and all of us a future. Amen and love and prayers to all.

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  33. mezza49 says:

    Charlie, if you do leave off posting because the Inauguration goes ahead I would like to express gratitude for all your posts, guidance and general encouragement to your readers. You have always been humble and clearly in service out of concern for your fellow man.. The ring of authenticity is loud and I really do not care whether you are right or wrong in this one prediction. Thank you and God Bless you.

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    • Bob says:

      I would hope you could continue to give some political commentary but without the prophetic element if you feel you are able, but we will soon see what happens. I suppose the only possible way of fulfillment now would be for things in DC to go to Hades tomorrow and Obama to attempt to declare martial law and take over to continue his term. I am not praying for that to happen just so Charlie could be proved right but am continuing to pray anyway and at that we all should be because I don’t see how our land can be healed with our divisions and hatreds apart from Divine Intervention.

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  34. CrewDog says:

    The below is essentially true, methinks! I Pray/Hope that the USA can, in fact, reverse it’s decent into “Pottersville”! Without serious Divine Intervention I don’t see that happening. 50 years of godless PC Liberalism has done it’s dirty work! The amount of Anti-Trump Hysteria, convergence of domestic/foreign Anarchists of ALL Stripes converging on DC … Right-Now!! The divide in the USA not seen since 1860 … and EU since the 30s argues that it is Humanly impossible to reverse without Global Catastrophes …… even if the next 72 Hours passes without the HORROR that might well happen?
    Am I the only one who has noticed an eerie “quiet” on Internet Blogs and elsewhere the past week? It seems the world is “Holding it’s breath”

    “18 things that’d be better if Obama were never born”

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/18-things-thatd-be-better-if-obama-were-never-born/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  35. billbad42 says:

    I have been thinking of how, while following the prescribed steps given to Charlie, do we mentally know when and when not to take action? What action will we take? I marvel and am very happy for so many on here (and elsewhere) that can even recognize some of the Divine messages you receive in forms of dreams, visions, visitations, etc. I don’t know if I get them that way, or if my conversations in my own head might be me conversing with the divine somehow, but I do know that you have all helped me tremendously here, THANK YOU to you, and to those who introduced me to who Charlie (and really the whole TNRS community)! I do know Angels come in all shapes and forms, and absolutely can look back on life and identify moments where one or more had to be involved, but only hope to grow more in my faith to identify those moments better!

    I am not throwing in the towel here, but am getting this down so most of you can read it now… THANK YOU! If tomorrow, or next week, or whenever, we are not able to “log on” and “blog”, I want you all to know that you have provided me a renewed gusto for my faith, and more importantly, a renewed HOPE! I am sad to say that my regular mass attendance and prayer may have kept me going, but sadly they were not enough for me previously… I was more than torn between the anti-culture and knowing in my heart what TNRS really was. I attend mass and hear the daily readings now and think, wow, Charlie’s message he received isn’t all that different than what the Apostles gave us, or the Saints, or what our priests and deacons (at least mine in St. Mary’s parish) are telling us every day, is it now?

    Thank you everyone, I enjoy this blog and the various resources you all share! I am going to start meeting with what I’d consider a group TNRS’ers in my area (though we have nothing formal set up yet) and should we not be able to communicate for whatever reason in the near or distant future, I know you all, and we, will be ok as we support each other with our three charges provided to us through Charlie. How can we not be OK, we have GOD on our side!

    God bless!

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  36. DanSouthChicago says:

    This is off-topic, but the storm has hit our family squarely. Please keep us and those involved in this situation in your prayers. I very much appreciate it. God bless.

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  37. Diane says:

    TNS Family,
    We all feel it, we all see it spiritually and we all know that our prayers are being heard. For about 2 weeks I have been praying the Stations of the Cross, nothing but the Stations can bring a soul to who we are and who God is and what He wants from us. Love. Not confusion. Not anxiousness. Love. The way to love those that hate is to recognize that those who hate are indeed looking for that which is the deepest part of them, for God has His imprint on their soul, He put it there when they were created them, we all have His imprint on our soul and somehow it got lost in the shuffle of the world and false teachings and lies of the satan. We are the ones who by our Love for those who hate can help them find that imprint. This is why Mary our Mother has asked us again and again to pray for the conversion of sinners, yes we are all sinners, so we pray for our conversion along with the souls closest to us and for the souls we don’t even know. Banish the demons from them, cast the lies and confusion from them. Continually put on your armor so you are protected, Truth, Righteousness, Spreading God’s Words by our footsteps of Love and Kindness, Shielded with Faith that the evil one cannot penetrate your peace, that peace that comes from Christ and Christ alone. Wear that Helmut of Salvation squarely on your head, listen to the whispers of Christ, listen to the heartbreak of your brother or sister. Everyone has a struggle, everyone has a loss of some sort or other, everyone has that Big White Elephant in the room that is the blame for their dysfunction, but most important of all is that everyone has the imprint of God on their soul. And that sword, the Word of God, I use it daily to sever and cut the strongholds held against me and my family. This battle is Spiritual and this battle is going to be in the Flesh. We fight it with prayer and we fight to be rebuild and restructure that which has been dismantled, whether it be buildings or our precious constitution and our governments, we rebuild. This sight has prepared us for the Storm, some have gathered provisions, some have made their homes to be a shelter when needed and some have gathered rosaries. God is in our midst, be not afraid, pray the Stations of the Cross, see what He did for you to get through your life so you could be with Him for all eternity. My family is as dysfunctional as yours, my children are a mess and I am constantly placing them at the altar for God to take care of them, my prayers has always been, You gave them to me to love, now I give them back to you to take care of, for they are truly yours. My heart is pressed against the heart of Christ, it is no longer I who live, but He who lives in me. God Bless you all and may God be your guide. Love. I do. Diane

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  38. Susan says:

    Tomorrow — I don’t want you to be “right” Charlie, and I don’t want you to be “wrong”. Today — I had the thought, “Is this the calm before the storm?” As in, will absolute chaos unfold tomorrow? Frankly, if the inauguration happens without incident, I will be shocked. It seems the media, both mainstream and alternative news, is preparing us all for something “huge and ugly” to happen.

    Anymore, it is hard to know what is true/ reality and what is propaganda. I can’t imagine it would be a good thing to have nearly 1 million very angry people in an urban area with 30,000 National Guard and all sundry of law enforcement and alphabet soup agencies. 5000 Bikers for Trump, Rabble and Trouble (my term), Disrupt J20, Anarchists, etc. It sounds like a recipe for disaster.

    You couldn’t pay me to be in Washington DC; no amount of money would be worth it. What strikes me as interesting (in a bad way) is the absolute silence by Obama, Clinton and other high ranking political figures — they have not asked for civility and calm, reinforced our history as a country, the importance of our political process and peaceful transition of power. Not a word!

    If something like 9/11 were to happen, I would expect a domino of consequences/ fallout — from a stock market crash and automatic stops/ shut down being triggered to martial law. Everything is in God’s hands, and truly there is nothing any of us can do at this point except pray. I am praying simply for God’s will to be done and for His guidance and direction and for souls to be saved.

    I do not plan to watch TV or pay attention to the media tomorrow — that is my goal. During the time of the actual swearing in, I think I will go to adoration and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament. Pray a rosary. Walk the stations of the cross. I imagine I will have friends call if something truly awful happens; it would be impossible not to know.

    We live in interesting times. I am glad my parents are not alive to see what has happened to the country they dearly loved and respected. Lord have mercy, in your justice, please have mercy.

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  39. Connie Brickner says:

    We love you, Charlie! You are enough. Joe & Connie, KC

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  40. Joseph Antell says:

    Charlie thanks for all the beautiful HOPFUL essays I have read over the last year and thanks for sharing this the latest .

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