Press on in Prayer

I don’t know about you, Friends, but I’ve been commenting to others that I feel a great sense of expectancy. It reminds me of the homilies I’ve heard during Advent which have acknowledged the atmosphere in times when Our Lady gave her FIAT and Jesus was conceived. The Jewish people were abuzz with vibrancy concerning the pending arrival of the Messiah. Then, as the Lord embarked on His public ministry, the Scriptures tell us, people were asking John the Baptist, “”Are *you* the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the people intuited, first, that the Messiah was near and, then, that he had come. Emmanuel.

Expectancy. In these days, I’m feeling as I did when the birth of each of my children approached. I know there will be great suffering when the Storm breaks in its fullness yet I also hold dear the promises of rebirth, renewal and rescue with the arrival of the baby of babies, the dream and fulfillment of the neverending intercession of our Blessed Mother as she has come under many titles, to many places in this Age of Mary: the return of so many brothers and sisters to God and His Ways. 

Our reader quietpathways described these times, yesterday, in an image which, I think, characterizes just how decayed and degenerate are societies and cultures, all over the world, when he commented:

It’s good to be reminded of what this current administration is up against, as well as ourselves. Lets not sit back and think, ah, Trump is working on it, the swamp will be drained. The recovery of a country does not survive on Trump alone, but by every next right step of it’s people 🙂
I do wonder how long before we understand that human action won’t be enough. Right now it feels like we’re in a very slow motion train-wreck. There are frantic attempts to put the wheels back on track, but many of the other wheels have already had their lug nuts removed, and are being held to their bare bolts, solely by the grace of God.

Still, we cling to hope for God DOES have a Plan which continues to unfold before us and, as quietpathways exhorts, each of us has next right steps to take in order to accomplish the little we each can do, wherever we are living and loving. We CAN do this. We *can*choose to carry on, filled with hope as we Trust.Do.Love. In God’s economy, that little we can do has great purpose and value. Placed on the Cross with Christ, HE magnifies its effect as it ripples to invigorate all people and places of the world. As hearts are being revealed, the effects of evil choices are being revealed as raw evidence of the breadth and depth of societal and cultural depravity is reported. Please take heart! We remember: “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more.” (Romans 5:20)

An action item to consider involves signing a petition that all charges against David Daleiden and Susan Merritt be dropped. There are many such initiatives. If you haven’t yet signed such a petition, here’s one promoted by the Manhattan Declaration.

Please continue to pray:

*For David and Susan

*For Charlie and God’s Plan for him as he remains in watchful retirement and we swirl in the ever choppier waters of chaos, confusion and division

* For our Syrian brother and sisters. Such evil and heartache for too long! As Cardinal DiNardo says, It “shocks the soul.”

*For the developing story surrounding the news of the latest use of chemical weapons in Syria. Here, I remind us of the “broad sweep” of events wherein the U.S. will ally with Russia to beat back Islam. Let us ask Our Lady to crush any efforts that attempt to obstruct the establishment of such an alliance.

*For our country and God’s Plan to be fulfilled as we observe the “slow motion train wreck” of its implosion.

*For every country as the world is on fire in many places, fraught with dangerous possibilities. For some solid enlightenment on this reality, I point you to this piece by Victor David Hanson. As you may know, Charlie has great respect for some of the writers featured at National Review. Hanson solidly captures the issues of the day surrounding “the U.S. effectively reasserting itself in world affairs”:

“Rightly or wrongly, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Middle East-based terrorists concluded after 2009 that the U.S. saw itself in decline and preferred a recession from world affairs.

In that void, rival states were emboldened, assuming that America thought it could not — or should not — any longer exercise the sort of political and military leadership it had demonstrated in the past.

Enemies thought the U.S. was more focused on climate change, United Nations initiatives, resets, goodwill gestures to enemies such as Iran and Cuba, and soft-power race, class, and gender agendas than on protecting and upholding longtime U.S. alliances and global rules.

In reaction, North Korea increased its missile launches and loudly promised nuclear destruction of the West and its allies. Russia violated its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and absorbed borderlands of former Soviet republics. Iran harassed American ships in the Persian Gulf and issued serial threats against the U.S. China built artificial island bases in the South China Sea to send a message about its imminent management of Asian commerce. In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State killed thousands in medieval fashion and sponsored terrorist attacks inside Western countries. Amid such growing chaos, a return to former (and normal) U.S. deterrence would inflame such aggressors and be considered provocative by provocateurs.”

Be sure to visit National Review and read Hanson’s suggested, “few old rules for these scary new crises on the horizon.”

*Please remember the prayer given by the Lady of All Nations. Her special prayer reveals she knew these times were coming and, in God’s Plan, she has provided a prayerful antidote to the current evil:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations that they may be preserved from degenration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our advocate. Amen.

*For North Korea, in particular, at this time. We know its current alliance with China. We know the prophecy concerning the struggle we face with China and the promise that Our Lady will intervene when all seems lost. In my personal and group encounters with Maria Esperanza, one of my spiritual mothers, I heard her repeatedly warn concerning future struggles emerging with some of the Asian governments. Naming this reality is not meant to induce fear for it is the evil one’s tactic to induce fear. No. This is to evoke prayer while focusing, with great confidence, on God’s Plan.

*Not as a prayer taskmaster, but as a reminder of truth and a purveyor of God’s Hope and Concrete Assistance in this time of real need for us and all peoples, I encourage us to make use of the gifts given by Our Lord and Our Lady in the Flame of Love Prayers:

Prayer #1: Jesus told Elizabeth:

“A great battle awaits you, but you will conquer in the sign of the cross. When you make the cross, think of the three Divine Persons. Make the sign of the cross five times, while thinking of my Five Wounds. Always look at my eyes bathed in blood. Tell everyone all that I tell you.”

Prayer #2: The Unity Prayer about which Jesus said : “Through this prayer, Satan will be blind and souls will not be led into sin… The Lord explained, “Satan being blind signifies a worldwide triumph of my Sacred Heart, the freedom of souls and a full opening of the road of salvation.” 

May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.

Prayer #3:  Elizabeth Kindleman said, “For a long time, I did not dare to record Our Lady’s petition, “When you pray the Hail Mary, include the following petition, ‘Spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity.’” When the bishop asked why this should be done, Jesus explained, “Because of the Holy Virgin’s efficacious pleas, the Most Blessed Trinity granted the outpouring of the Flame of Love. For her sake, you must place this prayer in the Hail Mary.” Mary said, “I want to awaken humanity by this petition. This is not a new formula but a constant supplication.”

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,
blessed are Thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Let us also avail ourselves of the Surrender Novena and the Prayer of Miraculous Trust as potent interventions, for ourselves, our families and our world, in these days of turmoil.

How often Charlie reminded us that these things and these days must come. I have long pondered that without God’s Justice we humans are capable of totally destroying ourselves. It is fitting to remember: God’s Justice, wherein His Mercy is embedded, is NOT upon us because He is doing this to us. WE have provoked His Justice by concocting this stinky stew, suffused throughout the world. In the first reading proclaimed at Mass today, we heard Abba clearly convey to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”

God is ALWAYS faithful. It is we who have failed in keeping our part of the covenant. God is the same yesterday, today and forever: He is the Source of ALL Goodness. He ONLY acts from Pure Love. He EVER provides the ways back to Him. For these reasons and for all His Goodness and Glory, we praise and thank Him, even in the darkest nights.

Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally!

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
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97 Responses to Press on in Prayer

  1. Barque of Peter says:

    I have a lot to catch up on..but the above just popped into my mail box. A wonderful piece, Beckita. 🙂 I’ve posted the petition on FB asking for signatures. God bless David and Susan. Oh ignore my user name..I have a blog going and I see I have the user name still.

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  2. Paul says:

    The Archbishop of Denver condemned Charlie and his predictions. You should shut this site down immediately.

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    • Beckita says:

      No, Paul. NEVER condemned. The “c” word expressed by the Archdiocese was “caution.” And I quote from the March 1, 2016 Archdiocesan statement: “After reviewing the commission’s findings and in keeping with his pastoral office, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has decided to strongly advise the faithful to exercise prudence and caution in regards to Mr. Charlie Johnston’s alleged divine visions and messages. As has been demonstrated with other alleged apparitions, the danger exists of people placing greater faith in a prediction than in Christ’s words and promises.

      For these reasons, Mr. Johnston will also not be approved as a speaker in the Archdiocese. of Denver

      For those who are disappointed by this finding, the archdiocese encourages them to seek their security in Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the Scriptures. The faithful should also remember Christ’s words: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mt. 24:36).

      We, at TNRS, take very seriously the exhortation to exercise prudence and caution. Hence, our focus remains on the Lord as we seek our security in Jesus; we appeal to Our Mother’s intercession; and we continue to live the core message which Charlie generated and fostered here as we support each other in these days so filled with confusion, division and danger.

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    • DRG says:

      If you don’t like the site, simply unsubscribe. I happen to like the site. Charlie helped me grow in my faith. Say what you like (there’s always a critic) but lets face it. Many of the things Charlie did say…..um 20 years ago now…HAVE come true. Even if you don’t believe the details…..his basic message to acknowledge Christ and take the next right step are at the heart of it all……isn’t that enough????

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    • I did a quick scan (as of this moment) of the major theme(s) expressed in the short comments section of this particular thread.

      Prayer: 18
      Encouragement: 7
      Thanks/Gratitude: 7
      Witness: 3
      Exhortation: 2
      Discernment: 2
      Current Events: 3
      General Discussion: 2
      Uncategorized: 1
      Misinformed Demand: 1

      I continue to wonder. What is it exactly that makes certain folks want to come here to strain gnats? Are we authentic Catholics/Christians? Then we must embrace the Whole and become as one. And get rid of pretenses. There’s simply no room for pretenses, and God is never fooled anyway.

      Let’s make the most of our time in service only to Our Lord (understanding of course that when we charitably serve others, we are in fact serving Him).

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    • Mack says:

      Paul, although Charlie made some predictions, that was never the focus of this site.
      The message is: trust in God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to others.

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  3. It is no coincidence, Beckita, that I just saw this post after reading another post on a Catholic website about all the saints’ visions of the Three Days of Darkness. How perfectly timed. Thank you for reiterating that these things are not to induce panic but to increase prayer. One day at a time, the next right step, do what’s right, stay in a state of Grace…Sweet Jesus save souls! Mother Mary guide us to your Son! St. Joseph be our Protector!

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  4. Tom says:

    So it does not escape that today’s event of the Repubs nuking the Senate rule re. Gorsuch is part of the over reaching plan. I mean Gorsuch is a moderate, he’s not Scalia’s replacement. Scalia’s replacement is in the wings, there’s a judge, I cannot remember his name right now, who is more conservative than Scalia (how that’s possible, I don’t know, but apparently is so). So now Gorsuch is in. The word is Kennedy wants to retire, but wanted his replacement in first. Gorsuch is his moderate replacement (except Gorsuch is pro life, bank it). Then Kennedy steps down this summer, and they can shove the ultra conservative justice through, and there goes Roe v. Wade.

    God always has a plan. Fear not.

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    • Mack says:

      We still have to pray because even if that should happen, overturning Roe would only send abortion back to the states, and surely many would continue to allow it. The real conversion has to happen in people’s hearts.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Yes, Mack, I agree. The real solution is to get everyone to choose freely to become a part of the Culture of Life. Then, no matter what the law may say and no matter how many abortion clinics there are, they will have no business.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          One step at a time. Tomorrow I am going to stand outside the local PP in commemoration of the 40 days for life. Im actually very nervous about it but i feel Gods call to be more active in the pro life movement. If David Daleiden, who isnt eve 30 yet, can suffer so much abuse for the unborn I guess I can put up with a few taunts and jeers while standing on a srteet corner with friends. Pray for the babies!

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      • moreen67 says:

        Amen Mack – I pray for the change of hearts on this matter. Maureen

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  5. Sylvia says:

    Sure needed to read this. Thx Beckita. May Trumps promise for a modest foreign policy and less intervention come true. What’s he saying? Is it a ploy? Or will he start another war? Regards to Charlie.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      Sylvia,
      At Fatima, Our Lady told the three children that if men do not stop offending God, there would be another war (WWII).
      Here is the reason behind all our problems, social, political and spiritual. We are still offending God!
      Trump has nothing to do with it….we do in our relationship with God. To hinge whether we will go to war or not on a single person hides the reality of God and His power over all human existence.
      God chose Our Lady not only to warn us of these things but to also be the remedy for them through devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, which WILL triumph because God has chosen His triumph to be through Her.
      Become part of His great work to stop offending God in your own life and make reparation for those who do offend Him by your supplication.
      This is the remedy for what ails us.

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      • SteveBC says:

        You make a lot of sense, Phillip. And if we remove the beam in our own eye, how much more helpful we will be for others in removing the splinter from theirs.

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  6. gerrymackrell says:

    The evil that pervades every corner of this earth will be with us till the end of time. The grace of God will bring us through this tumult. As we continue to pray, with the conviction of the centurion, a healing will take place. Contentment and peace will replace fear and hatred in our lives.
    God Bless.

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  7. Monica says:

    Thank you, Beckita! I feel like there isn’t much I can do to fix this mess, but pray. Thanks for calling all of us to more prayer. I have been saying the “The Lady of all Nations” prayer for a few years and added the Flame of Love prayers awhile ago—they are part of my daily prayer.
    At our parish we have been doing the Fr. Michael Gaitley retreat Consoling the Heart of Jesus. This past week he pointed out to us (thru video) this gem that I hadn’t known before. Jesus is speaking to Faustina and says: “Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: ‘O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you’”. How easy can praying for the conversion of our loved ones get?!! I need to pray more! The Lord and our Mother have given us so many powerful prayers. This isn’t difficult, we just need to do it!

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  8. Monica says:

    Of course, we don’t just pray for our loved ones, but for conversions everywhere. Our Lady of Medjugorje has been calling us for decades to “pray, pray, pray”.

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  9. Linda says:

    Beckita that was beautiful and I sure feel the great urgency and horrible tribulations you speak of. Its so dark, it is hard to see these days… Surrender, and begging Our Lady for help and to inflame our hearts with her flame of love seems to be Our Only Hope… Jesus, please save us all through your beautiful mother, and Ours…God bless all TNRS..may we all remember everything Charlie taught us and prepared us for… Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to all we encounter either by word, deed or prayer💖

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  10. jaykay says:

    Friends, what Beckita says about a feeling of expectancy was brought home to me when I recalled that earlier this week I received the email update from Ireland’s “Life Institute”, who are arranging a comprehensive (insofar as resources, and voluntary effort, permit) doorstep canvas on the threat to our Constitutional protection for the unborn – about which I’ve posted recently, albeit in somewhat foreboding terms. Anyway… anyway: the news is good! I quote:

    “Sometimes you can feel a shift in public opinion before you see it in the polls. When you’re at the coalface of campaigning you can gauge it in the conversations and reactions of the people who matter – the ordinary, decent people who will vote on the 8th amendment in a referendum.

    These are the people who have been reached at the doors, week in, week out, for the past 18 months on the Life Canvass. Last Tuesday, on National Life Canvass Day, we reached almost 15,000 of them in one day.

    It was an incredible display of people power right across the country, a key moment in the kind of quiet revolution that almost goes unnoticed, but that brings real change, and makes the most powerful impact.”

    They go on to comment on the awareness that is actually there, although ignored, of the “establishment” game plan, and how people are sick of it, and the arrogant mindset it encapsulates. I’ll post a link to it when circs permit, if that’s ok (on a mobile at present). It’s so encouraging! The heart is still strong. They also have a post on support for David D – as I’ve said, your cultural influence is huge here, good and bad. In this case, all good of course☺

    Praised and blessed be the Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family. And God bless all here. J.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for this heartening update, J. Praying for you and all in your beloved country.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Amen and thanks be to God! ❤

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    • jaykay says:

      Just to come back on this, briefly, this is the link to the “Life Institute” site I referred to, with the good news about the true state of public opinion on the proposal by our “elites” to abolish the Constitutional protection for the unborn. it’s the article entitled “A quiet pro-life revolution is changing everything…”

      http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bcad6b694a9f8e1784c874d01&id=d92bf7c00b&e=dc4d832998

      The reason I feel so buoyant is that it’s much better news than I had expected, frankly – perhaps I also have been too taken in by the relentless barrage of propaganda (although I buy none of them and watch very sparingly and am pretty cynical). Essentially, as you in the US have found, our soi-disant movers and shakers are a small minority sealed in their bubble-world, unaware of the real state of public opinion, and uncaring until it hits them solidly where it hurts – in their self-esteem as Masters of the Universe! Then the claws come out.

      And the best news is that the young are well capable of seeing through this deception, as witness the article on the huge victory in the student debate in University College Cork (UCC):

      “The pro-abortion motion was defeated handily by a 70:30 margin. Marie Lynch said that the vote “is a great sign of hope for this beautiful country”, pointing out that the media were incorrect to assume students are pro-abortion.”

      This is massive news: Irish universities are by and large every bit as left-swinging as elsewhere, albeit the safe-space idiocy doesn’t seen to have caught on yet. A victory like this is so heartening, won by reasoned, informed, compassionate and well-presented argument. When I read about the pro-aborts (God have mercy on them) referring to the baby as a “parasite” then I saw how badly out of touch they really are. And such results are obviously a reflection of REAL public opinion as gauged by the national pro-life canvas.

      So I feel really good about this. As Beckita posted above: “I feel a great sense of expectancy.” Just needed to share with all, as you won’t of course hear about this in the MSM any time soon!

      Blessed Holy Week and Easter to all. J.

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      • madkatmomma says:

        Im so happy to hear this. As a person of Irish decent I have been so saddened by reports that Ireland is losing its Catholic identity because of the abuse scandal and the overwhelming vote to accept same sex marriage. I pray for the reevangelization of Ireland all the time.

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    • Mick says:

      God bless Ireland and you, Jaykay.

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  11. theresa129 says:

    Beautiful Beckita! So much to pray for. We must not cease begging for Mercy for the whole world. XOXO

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  12. Ed says:

    Beckita,
    I am trying to reconcile a statement in this post with our duty to be obedient to the Archdiocese of Denver. You say:
    “I know there will be great suffering when the Storm breaks in its fullness”
    Should we still be referencing a Storm breaking in its fullness? That was Charlie’s prediction. The Archbishop said:
    “The events of 2016/17 have shown that Mr. Johnston’s alleged visions were not accurate and the Archdiocese urges the faithful not to condone or support further attempts to reinterpret them as valid.”
    Isn’t the continued preaching about an upcoming Storm an attempt to cast Charlie’s alleged visions as valid?
    God Bless,
    A former follower of Charlie and this blog

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    • Beckita says:

      Ed, we know the inaugural prophecy failed in the way Charlie believed it would occur. I repeat for you that Charlie shared with us at TNRS: throughout his life, he sometimes miscalculated when applying his prophetic input (visions and so much more). Often, his angel would correct him. Shortly after the election, in his piece, “A Reality Check,” he said:
      Sometime in the next year, I will be significantly wrong about something. It won’t be the Rescue, but it will be something. When it comes, it will not be a test of me, for I already know that God is good and seeks our reclamation. It will be a test for some of you, to see whether you have put your faith in me or your faith in God. If it is in me, your faith was always ill-placed. God is good, all the time, whatever the circumstances – and works to call us all back to Him. When I am wrong, I will accept the correction with gratitude and more wisdom. I will not leave the scene unless it is one of the fundamentals, and then, in full obedience to Holy Church, I will wait on the Lord, knowing that He will strengthen my heart and that it serves His purpose to call all His children back to Him.

      We respect the Archdiocesan statement which acknowledged the prophetic error and we are not here to reinterpret it. Keep in mind that the latest statement from the Archdiocese also referred to their original March 1, 2016 statement in which prudence and caution were advised. Embracing the caution to place our security in Jesus, we move forward in these days of the intensifying Storm. Please remember of what the Storm consists: A worldwide civil war fought on cultural and societal norms. We’re living it, Ed. Have you had the opportunity to read this piece written in January?

      We remain to support one another in living the core message fostered here. How often Charlie remarked we can dismiss his prophetic utterances and simply focus on the core message. At the same time, respectfully, can you not see the increasing chaos, confusion and division in our country and around the world? If the word, “Storm,” is a bother, please take a look at the fully Church approved messages of Our Lady of Fatima, The Lady of All Nations, the Diary of St. Faustina and Our Lady of Akita. You will see these Church approved messages are consonant with the idea that we are living in, what Charlie called, the Storm. God bless you.

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    • sodakrancher says:

      Ed I would suggest that no one here is preaching about an upcoming storm . We are in a storm . And maybe in some ways Charlies predictions were not accurate ,but his message of trusting God and taking the next right step can never be wrong.
      And above included in Denvers archdiocese letter concerning Charlie , they make the comment about “concerning the day and hour ,no one knows except the father “. Jesus was speaking of the end of the world when he said that . Charlie was always very specific that the storm he was predicting would not be the end of the world ,but a chastisement and then a rescue following . Understandably The arch diocese was being cautious , but they never said Charlie was wrong.

      Sorry Beckita I read your post below now and you said this much better ,but hoping to support you a little here.

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      • Beckita says:

        Well said, sodakrancher. We surely have been in a Storm.

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        • Alfred says:

          Beckita, it’s been a while. Re the storm: Something I said early on when I came here–haven’t we been in a storm all along? I can’t think of a time since I’ve been on earth, frankly (the first A-bomb was tested about 39 miles from where I was asleep as a baby) when we haven’t been in a storm. As bad as things have gotten in many places, including the culture wars in this country which have been raging since the 60s, they’re no worse today than they were then.

          As it says in Ecclesiastes: “What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun!”

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          • Beckita says:

            Hi Alfred. Yes, we have always had personal storms or trials since Adam and Eve were sent from the Garden. In addition, we do have a pattern which has cycled throughout salvation history and which is rooted in God the Father’s initial covenant made with Abraham. We humans have continually failed to keep our part of the pact. God has, then, allowed us to experience the consequences of turning our backs on Him as great suffering ensued and we awakened from our self-induced darkness to walk in His Light again.

            Still, these times *are* different. There has never been such prolific Marian activity, which many say comprise this Age of Mary that was initiated at Rue du Bac with the apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré in 1830. Recall the CCC 67 teaching: Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.

            Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations”

            Alfred, when you have time, read the Church approved messages given by Our Lady of Fatima, Jesus to St. Faustina – recorded in her diary, Jesus to the Servant of God Luisa Picarreta, The Lady of All Nations, and Our Lady of Akita. These messages from Heaven have been given for *these unique times* and convey the truth that this Storm IS unique, that devotion to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart has been given specifically for these times, that – if we do not convert – God is prepared to allow us to experience the consequences of widespread sin, that Our Lady will eventually launch an Era of Peace for, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph, that God the Father is y-e-a-r-n-i-n-g to bring to fulfillment the invocation within the Our Father prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” that when the Time of Mercy closes – a Time of Justice begins, that when the Fifth Marian Dogma is declared – floodgates of grace will be opened by Our Lady that they may pour forth upon the earth. All of these are very special processes and events, unique and most special for these times in which we live.

            Charlie called the trials and challenges of this special time “the Storm.” But we can recall, Charlie came to proclaim a Rescue as we had already been in the beginning stages of the Storm. Consider how Pope St. John Paul II described the Storm. He did so when he visited the US as Cardinal Wojtyla, back in 1976:
            “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it is a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

            Pope St. John Paul II called the Storm, “…the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced.”

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          • Alfred says:

            Well, a couple of things, if I may. Pope John Paul II’s comments were made before the fall of Communism in Russia; that struggle was a priority to him in the 70s and that occurrence was what he was referring to. And it came to pass. Since then, as always, new opposition to the Church has grown up.

            And yes, these times, this storm, are different, but aren’t they all? The Church, back to the days of the Apostles, has always lived with the expectation of end times, as well as the reality that every age was an evil age in some way.

            Again, I’m not trying to diminish how difficult our times are. Treachery is everywhere—left, right, and in the middle. But the only position that we need to assume is that of the wise virgins. IMHO, tying ourselves to dates and times is foolish and unnecessary.

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          • Beckita says:

            Sure, I understand you’re discerning differently, Alfred. However, Pope St. John Paul II died only 12 years ago and he never rescinded the words I quote nor did he clarify them in the ways you’ve interpreted. And I must say, in all the articles I’ve read which have used the quote as a springboard of discussion, I’ve seen no one tie it to the fall of communism.

            In addition, it was during his pontificate that he highlighted the importance of Marian devotion and apparitions. I’m just finishing Mirijana from Medjugorje’s book. She recounts the times the Holy Father personally remarked to her that he was watching, with great enthusiasm, the developments there. Throughout his papacy, he highlighted the messages of Our Lady of Fatima while the Amsterdam, Akita and Betania apparitions were approved.

            We can agree to disagree. Yes, all times are the same and different, but the difference about these times is like no other in human history. As for your last comment, with respect for you and your opinion, I can’t even fathom the magnitude of responsibility Charlie received when he agreed to serve the Lord in the ways he was asked to do. He did so humbly, honorably and with honesty and great dedication, at a cost I don’t think anyone will fully understand until we have hindsight.

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  13. Joe Crozier says:

    Hi Steppers,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. Thankfully the floods did not affect my town but I cannot help but feel they mark the beginning of the end of times. In 1987 Edgecumbe, the town that has just been totally flooded, suffered an earthquake that damaged 50% of homes, twisted rail lines like soft past, opened a rift in the plains that was over 4 miles long and dropped some areas by nearly 7 feet,

    We are told from Akita that the Chastisement of the world will be worse than the flood of Noah. Here in New Zealand we are run through and surrounded by fault lines and ever day we have many sizable quakes. We are told that the flooding of Edgecumbe is a one in 500 year event so I also think of the healing Our Holy Father wants to bring to the 500 hundred year rift of Lutheran heresy and schism.

    In the political scene here, euthanasia is again raising its murderous head. If that becomes a legal right then we may become one of those nations destined to disappear. (Akita) The cup of God’s anger is overflowing. Euthanasia may be the fault hat crosses the line.

    This is happy Harry, the prophet of doom and gloom, signing off.

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  14. Rose says:

    Beckita,
    Thank you for posting and sharing your feelings of expectation. I too have had this sense of “be prepared” – in the spiritual and emotional sense.
    Let’s stay closely united to Our Lord and open to the Holy Spirit and his promptings as we enter into Holy Week. Holy Mary our Hope, Handmaid of the Lord, pray for us!!

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  15. Simone says:

    Blessed be God forever!

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  16. billbad42 says:

    Prayer to Mary, Lady of All Nations, given tonight’s news…

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    Son of the Father
    Send now Your Spirit
    over the earth.
    Let the Holy Spirit live
    in the hearts of all nations,
    that they may be preserved
    from degeneration, disaster, and war.
    May the Lady of All Nations,
    the Blessed Virgin Mary,
    be our advocate.
    Amen

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  17. audiemarie2014 says:

    Beckita, when you posted this, did you know that President Trump just bombed Syria because of the chemical attack? I just read this. I know these things must come. The train wreck appears to be picking up speed. Glad you stated we are to make use of our gifts and to keep praying. Thank you for this post!!

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  18. PrayerPartner says:

    Praying for the people in Syria as President Trump orders air strikes on Syria in response to gas attacks. God, help us to stand strong and drive out evil. We know you have a plan

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  19. Barbara Kleaveland says:

    Thank you Beckita. This message must have taken hours to compose.
    It has been very good for me as I am leaving for Medjugorje the day
    after Easter and I can’t help but wonder if war will start while I am there.
    Always trying to put all my trust in Him. God bless all of you. Barbara

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  20. for the sake of ... sorrowful passion says:

    another way to “Press on in Prayer”
    Excerpt from Letter #19 written on May 7, 1935 to Mrs. Antonietta Savorani, a widow from Faenza, by the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will

    My good daughter in the Divine Volition,

    Your letter brought me great contentment, especially in hearing that you want to strip yourself of the mourning clothes of the human will; and I briefly answer to your difficulties. To live in the Divine Will is not so difficult as you and others believe, nor does sweet Jesus want impossible things, nor can He teach difficult things; rather, in all He teaches, His love is so great that not only does He facilitate His Teachings, but in order to make all that He wants and teaches easier, He puts Himself at our disposition, doing together with us all that He wants and teaches. My daughter, everything is in a strong, firm, constant resolution to deliver our will into the hands of Jesus, so that His Will may underlie each one of our acts. Therefore, in all our being, in the most natural acts of life – in food, in sleep, in sufferings, in prayer, and also in legitimate pleasures, the Divine Will must have Its royal place, Its field of action, and our will must be the ground in which to receive these divine acts, and the footstool on which the Divine Will must place these acts; and these acts, united together, will form Its Life. Life cannot be formed with one single act, but with many acts, repeated and incessant.

    Moreover, the love of Jesus, His sighs and also His tears for desire that His Will reign in us as life, are such that He never leaves us alone; He Himself descends into the depth of our will; He molds it, strengthens it, purifies it, prepares it, and does all that we do together with us. So, if we want it, everything is done; however, it is not that we must no longer feel our will: to operate on a dead will would be neither ours nor Jesus’ victory. The dead are buried. Therefore Jesus wants our will alive, so that it may feel all the good, as His operating Will lays Its acts in it. The human will becomes the residence of the Divine, and gives It all the freedom to dominate and to do whatever It wants.

    Do you see, then, how easy it is? Nor does one have to be a religious to do this. The Sanctity of living in the Divine Will is for all; or rather, to tell the truth, It is for all those who want It. Therefore, get down to work; tell Jesus from the heart: “I firmly want it, I continuously want it; I want it!”, and Jesus will make wonders, and will use everything you do and suffer as raw material so that you may ask for His Will and let It operate with Its creative virtue.

    http://luisapiccarreta.co/

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  21. Sue Werner says:

    Thank you Beckita! In the “stinky stew” we are all swimming….it is really scary stuff….sometimes our only alternative is to turn to God and cry and pray for help. Sue

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  22. Linda says:

    I will never turn my back on Charlie..by their fruits you will know them.. Charlie saved my life by his message and has made me a better person (not perfect) and I am eternally grateful.😇 I believe everything he said/says too..😊

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  23. Joe Crozier says:

    According to Mari Loli the Warning will happen when the world will most need it: “when Russia will suddenly and unexpectedly overrun and overwhelm a great part of the free world. ” Right now we actually do expect Russia to take some sort of action. It is not unexpected. So perhaps we are not quite at the start of things. In any case the pope must first visit Moscow and only after his return to the Vatican will hostilities break out. Russia has the most powerful nuclear warhead in the world which goes under the name of Satan 2. Watch this space – and pray – watch and pray for peace. As Beckita says “Press on in prayer” Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, Joe: Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Joe, what is unexpected is either that (1) Russia will actually hold the line in the sand – many think the Russians will back down if faced with a direction confrontation, and (2) That Russia could actually take the USA out.

      Addressing #1, I do not think Putin will back down, unless it is for the purpose of engaging in delaying tactics to put Russia in a better position. Russian relied on Trump’s public proclamations and withdrew much of their strength from Syria/Mediterranean in January- February. You can bet that they will not trust Trump’s word again.

      Addressing #2, the USA is stronger than Russia, Putin has admitted it. That being said, the USA is much like France in 1940. The US military is hollowed out and thus it is strong and bigger, but it is not necessarily going to be used better. Once Russia commits to a fight, they will have to utilize all of their resources effectively to defeat (win), but not destroy the US (remember, Putin needs us as a counter to China).

      The USA has not directly tangled with a first class power since 1945. All too many Americans believe we can easily beat Russia and China.

      Regarding China – clearly the demonstration at Mar-a-Lago was to impress/intimidate the Chinese leader. China is in the situation of Germany in 1939. They have an ambitious naval program that is unrealistic and financially unsustainable. They cannot hope to match the US fleet. So, look for them to creatively use their resources and mobilize their workers in foreign countries. To anyone who is panicked by this, understand that the logistical tail is too long for these foreign troops to survive long, so they will be used quickly with set missions.

      So, that is the brutal realistic assessment. Instead of worrying about this, trust in God, be a sign of hope and take the next right step.

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      • SteveBC says:

        JIM, I think you’ve made some good points. I would like to ask you to evaluate asymmetric threats, of which China has at least one, its vertical-path, suborbital ship-killing missile. I think that is a real threat to our navy’s aircraft carriers. China’s main naval objective is to make the central and western Pacific a no-go area for our carriers and their protective fleets. Their shore-based suborbital missile, if accurate or plentiful enough, could almost immediately kill any carrier west of Hawaii if we get into a hot war. Worse, a preemptive strike against our carriers in that area would devastate our navy within the first hour and prevent us from projecting force into the western Pacific using carriers thereafter. Have you examined this particular technology in any depth, and if so, what can you tell us about its actual current efficacy?

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        • James Ignatius McAuley says:

          Steve, good to hear from you. You recall I stated Chine would have to “creatively use their resources . . .” The missile you spoke of is one such resource. The missiles are to China what the U-Boat was to Germany in 1939. A deadly weapon whose technology had a limited shelf life. Those Chinese who want to match us ship to ship are delusional, like Admiral Raeder of Germany. Those who rely on the missile technology and other similar weaponry are like Admiral Doenitz.

          The real question is whether China would engage in a proactive preemptive strike, in essence replay of Pearl harbor in 1941. Unless they had some other weapon to keep us down, even a nuclear generated electromagnetic pulse, it would only be a matter of time before we unleashed the remaining carriers in dry dock and mothballs.

          Regarding the missile’s effectiveness, to some degree it is only conjecture (for now). If it is as effective as portrayed, the next problem we have is one of numbers (the amount of missiles). But if it is built like a Chinese car, well, not to much to worry about.

          China’s major weakness is still its young and limited infrastructure, which still can be easily taken out. China’s overall infrastructure is much like Soviet Russia in 1941, but unlike Soviet Russia, the loss of this infrastructure will cripple China’ ability to sustain any modern technological war.

          Russia also has similar missile to what you spoke of, Steve. If we got into a hot war with Russia that crippled both the USA and Russia, I could see China attacking us AND Russia, in order to seize Siberia and its resources.

          Well, Steve, we had better get back to praying!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Indeed we should, JIM. I do appreciate your comments here, though, as it gives me a better picture of the nature of our current situation. 🙂

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  24. Here’s a little something that may give some encouragement to the weary (or at least a chuckle).

    http://sweetwaterhaven.com/spiritual_adventures_video_18.html

    I was at it again with the most unlikely of trail dogs in the making. Oh, I’ve had a long line of trail dogs over the years. What this one obviously lacks in physical presence and maybe a certain temperament (stuff that would seem to disqualify her), she more than makes up for in a willingness to try and an unrivaled enthusiasm.

    Look at her. Though I’m heading up certain washes, bound for a place where I suspect I can introduce her to wild horses, she’s all over the place. Running around in circles. Hopping. Dancing. Chasing crickets. If one could speak of a joy in dogs though, she has it in abundance.

    We eventually came upon a remnant herd where I figured we’d find them. In fact, she caught their scent first and looked up river briefly.

    I wasn’t surprised when she growled at them. That’s her growling the whole time and ripping off a little bark at the end. Naturally I had her under my arm the entire time the horses were near.

    It’s interesting to watch the horses take note of her too. You can see the herd stallion (the black one in the rear) give us a look before putting himself between my chihuahua and the herd. There’s a bunch of bay colored mares with the lead mare in the middle giving the subtlest of cues to the other horses.

    After the final bark on the video, my dog actually let out a little whimper. Aside from putting on a show of toughness because it was a new, scary encounter for her, I think she was really excited and delighted to make contact. There was obviously some miscommunication, but I’ll make a trail (even a herd) dog out of her yet. Probably I’ll set her on the ground next time and let the chips fall where they may.

    On the way out, I spent a good deal of time contemplating preparation, patience and love.

    Yes, these times sure do make us feel weary, but I think that a little more of those three things are being asked from us. Seems Our Lord is not done mustering the troops yet, and I think that more are going to join ranks –– however unlikely they appear and however late the hour seems.

    I like the way God operates.

    God Bless,
    MP

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    • Beckita says:

      Stunning beauty, MP. The colors. The sights. The sounds. Poetry in motion. Therapy. Love the focus: preparation, patience and love. God bless you, MP, and thanks so much for sharing this wee gem.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      MP, throughout your entire video, I smiled and laughed. Can I share it? What a cute trail pup! So uplifting! Thank you. God bless you.

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      • Sure you can share it, Audie Marie. I laughed and smiled quite a bit myself, mostly because I see something of myself in that chihuahua.

        I had read that the breed is notoriously difficult to train and discovered that first hand. Fortunately, I also discovered a trick –– pack an extra bologna sandwich, plain on white bread.

        She was getting into some trouble at the house, right about the time I came downstairs to put my boots on, strap on some gear and pop my Stetson on. Instantly she was at my feet –– ready to go.

        Sometimes folks talk about sherpa training here. Me? I’m content to think in terms of trail dogs. I think of Our Mother as sort of the Sherpa’s Sherpa. Other favorites of mine, who I like to think of as Expedition Guides, are St. Joseph, St. Raphael, St. Francis, St. Therese, St. Benedict and St. Catherine of Siena. Yesterday, it was St. Jude.

        I came back upstairs to grab my shumag and instead found a St. Jude medal sitting on my dresser. I hadn’t seen that medal in years and couldn’t imagine how it got there. Well, there was nothing for it but to put it on.

        I covered about 5 miles yesterday. Based on the way she darts around, I figure she covered about 7 (and I’m factoring in carrying her about a mile through some dicey patches).

        Sometimes I see folks pushing around their little dogs in strollers and it’s all I can do not to roll my eyes. One gal even asked me, “What’s your baby’s name?”

        C’mon. “My baby? Oh… I have three kids and there names are… This here’s my dog. Mostly she’s a stinker… but she probably fancies herself Trailblazer. Terror of Crickets. Cattle Herder. Horse Whisperer. That, and she likes a good bologna sandwich.

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    • Mick says:

      Oh, MP; how beautiful!

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  25. Daphne says:

    I’d also like to add the people in Venezuela to the list of prayers. They are still having major food shortages and the part of this that breaks my heart the most is that they do not have enough wine and flour for communion – which means that not only are they lacking physical food, but spiritual food as well. May the angels provide the Eucharist to the Venezuelans as they did to the children at Garabandal.

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  26. Mark says:

    I miss Charlie

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Doug says:

    I would like to add the St. Bridget 12 year prayer. Just started it.

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