The New Barbarism is the Old Normal

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By Charlie Johnston

 

“How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” – Luke 13:34

 

To be a serious student of history does not engender optimism. The arc of history no more bends towards justice than the arc of botany bends toward elegantly intricate formal gardens. Both history and gardens are what men shape them to be. If the men of an age are brutish and crude, so will it be with the history and gardens they leave behind them.

All of recorded history is a monotonous repetition of various factions of men seeking to rule through the use of force and violence, taking command, ruling ruthlessly, then ultimately collapsing or being overthrown by other factions using the same tactics against them. It is the default setting for humanity. The founding of Christianity carved out what should have been an enclave for personal conscience and dissent. Certainly its founder, Jesus Christ, insisted that people were to come to Him by evangelization rather than coercion. People are supposed to know we are Christians by our love for each other and for all. It sometimes worked that way. The way for Christianity to be favored in ancient Rome was paved even in the midst of the persecutions as more than a few Roman tribunals turned a blind eye to Christians in their midst and encouraged the same in their superiors. The reason? Christians were noted for giving care and succor to all, regardless of religion – and the Romans were hard put to provide adequate relief, themselves, to the suffering. Alas, when prosperous and dominant, Christians, themselves, have often used the human tools of oppression, force and violence to enforce their will, quite in defiance of our Founder.

The Anglo-Saxons were notable in, over time, limiting the power even of kings. The Magna Carta of 1215 was an early formal document limiting that power, but it was not quite the bold statement on the rights of man many imagine it to be. It merely limited the king’s arbitrary power over feudal barons – barons who still retained arbitrary, brute power over the common people in their own lands. Still, this seed sprouted over centuries into a growing conviction that men had some rights that even a victorious king could not trespass against. In the century before the American Revolution, England had advanced quite remarkably in respecting the rights of minorities in the home country, even as raw force and brute power were the means to control the common rabble in most of the rest of Europe. Whatever refinement England had developed on the subject rarely applied to its colonial subjects.

Most (though not all) of the religious wars were only tangentially religious: they were wars for territory or dominance and used religion as a fig leaf over the real intentions or to whip troops into a fighting frenzy. Even so, religious authorities often did themselves no honor. Everyone knows about the Catholic executions of people for heresy. Fewer are aware that after the Reformation, the Protestants executed an order of magnitude more “witches” than the Catholics ever did heretics. England’s King Henry VIII embarked on a murderous, bloody repression of Catholics after he founded the Anglican Church. When, a century later, Catholics re-took power in England they embarked on the same murderous, bloody repression of Protestants. When the Protestants re-took power, more of the same. The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Catholic France was a sickening episode of treachery and slaughter. The Catholic King had lured Protestant Hueguenots to Paris for the marriage of his sister, Marguerite to the Protestant King Henry III of Navarre, pretending a reconciliation. Then was launched several weeks of targeted assassinations and mob violence against the Protestants who had come under the banner and promise of peace. With St. Joan of Arc, I was particularly struck when I first learned that the evil conspirators took a break in the midst of her trial to celebrate Holy Week. It was striking they did not see the stark parallels between the judicial murder of Jesus, which they were celebrating and the judicial murder of Joan, which they were committing. Even had Joan been a fraud, her accusers would have brought the wrath of God on themselves for their malice, lies and deceptions. They decided from the beginning there was no acceptable outcome but her death – and lied, cheated and deceived to get it. Most despicable, her tormentors constantly claimed that they did what they did out of “charity and love” for her. Nicholas Loyseleur, who spied on Joan in her cell while pretending to be her friend, recommended out of “charity” for her soul and “love” for her person that she be tortured until she confess. There ever has been a species of false piety that deceives itself by calling its malice charity and its vicious assaults love. But God gets His own in striking ironies: Nicholas Midi preached a two-hour homily preceding the burning of St. Joan, comparing her relentlessly to a leprosy on the Body of Christ. He insisted the only way to deal with leprosy was to burn it out entirely. Shortly after her death, Midi was consumed with leprosy and died miserably.

The Enlightenment rose among French intellectuals in the very late 17th Century, explicitly elevating the “rights of man” as a primary philosophical and political imperative. The American Revolution was the first flowering of the Enlightenment – and the only flowering before the divorce of faith and reason. If the Enlightenment did well in enshrining the “rights of man” as a priority, it disastrously redefined the nature of man as a consumer – a complicated animal – rather than a subordinate creator imbued with innate dignity from his Divine Creator. Faith without reason is mere superstition, but reason without faith quickly degenerates into unreasoning brutality and tyranny.

Soon, all revolutions and upheavals were done in the name of “the people” rather than national glory – and the new humanists seemed determined to show that when it came to murderous mayhem visited on innocents, religious folk were shabby second-raters compared to the new leftist utopians. The French Revolution overthrew the established order and God along with it, while terrorizing the people of France (in the name of “the people,” of course) until the terror consumed quite a few leaders of the revolution, as well. Order was finally re-established, if a bit rockily, with the rise of Napoleon. The atheist utopian movements of the 20th Century alone (Bolshevism, Nazism, Chinese Communism) butchered more people than were killed in all the religious wars of history combined. Nothing changed with the Enlightenment except that murder was always done in the name of “the people” and the ambitious hyper-charged their murderous rage, unconstrained by concern that they might ultimately face a just God. If some people did not bend to their utopian schemes, their response was to kill the dissenters – and then surely utopia would reign.

Strikingly, there has not been a genuine intellectual among the monstrous “idealistic” revolutionaries who have shed so much blood, except perhaps for Vladimir Lenin (who had some real abstract heft, but was seriously deficient in logic and in the practical matter of administration). Lenin was also the only one who, reaching the end of his life, was sincere enough and smart enough to see he had erred, perhaps tragically. He had unleashed brutal methods for a half-baked idealistic cause and came to suspect that, in his aftermath, it would be all brutality and no idealism. “I am, I believe, strongly guilty before the workers of Russia…” he wrote in his last year – and denounced Josef Stalin – but too late. The utopian ideologues imagine themselves to be enlightened, even though they wholly abandon intellectual rigor. They embrace an ideology which, they think, explains everything, so it relieves them of the obligation of actual study and learning. They mount childish, unexamined fantasies as the formula for utopia. Any failure has to be the result of sabotage or incorrect thinking. Rather than examine themselves critically, they attack critics, first denouncing them, then jailing them, then (with no Christianity to restrain them) executing them. Even massive executions do not make their crackpot schemes any more effective, so they almost always end by executing allies before the whole project collapses. The contrast between the dull-witted, but thuggish, stupidity of the atheist utopians and their fatuous self-regard as brilliant and enlightened is remarkable.

Somehow the leftist utopian movements almost always incorporate some form of genocide before they collapse. In Revolutionary France, it was against aristocrats – and some Jacobin partisans complained that not enough children of aristocrats were being regularly executed on the guillotine. In Russia, it was the kulaks (peasant landholders). Kulaks were always regarded by the Soviets as enemies of the state, for anyone who owned a cow, two chickens and a quarter acre of land was obviously an incipient capitalist. Some seven million kulaks were intentionally starved or executed (mostly in Ukraine) by Stalin’s forces. This did NOT increase Soviet grain production, as Stalin promised it would, but set it back 20 years. Only a Communist could believe murdering millions of your top farmers could increase crop yields. Nazi Germany’s genocide against Jews particularly, but Catholics, gypsies, the handicapped, and Christians generally is well known. Mao Zedong probably beats all in sheer numbers and comprehensive brutality. During the four years of the “Great Leap Forward” he killed about 45 million of his own people through forced starvation, and working or beating them to death. Prominent among his victims were the peasants who had helped bring him to power. Then in the later decade of the “Cultural Revolution” he murdered many of the very people he had used to enforce the Great Leap Forward. Put simply, socialism is the ideology of the death camp and atheism the theology of genocide.

The American Founders accomplished a myriad of astonishing things, not by adopting some ideology that relieved them of the obligation of studying evidence, facts, logic and history; but by considering all of these with starkly rigorous honesty, then working to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. They created a self-governing republic that defended liberty while maintaining stability. It was an unprecedented accomplishment. They set up a system that allowed for the most vigorous of disputes to be settled without routine resort to violence and bloodshed. Given the history of the world, it was as striking, rare and fragile as a rose growing in a dung heap. They accomplished this primarily in two ways: First, they adopted universal standards of justice that were to be objectively applied to all, great and small. Standards could be changed by the majority act of the governed, but judges and law enforcement were to be governed by those standards rather than personal opinions or affections. Second was the separation of powers between legislative, executive and judicial authority so that none was supreme over the others, and the division of powers between the federal and state governments, creating a form of subsidiarity to prevent power from centralizing and becoming unaccountable. In the United States, you gained power by the persuasiveness of your case, not the force of your fist. Should you try, instead, to brutalize your opponent or commit violence to take power, the whole society would pursue your arrest and imprisonment. To sustain this, a great deal of emphasis was placed on maintaining the integrity of processes. This was critical for the same reason that process is critical to a baseball game. If umpires are routinely able to say that some batters only get two strikes before they are out and others get four, it won’t be long until confidence in the game itself collapses. To maintain public consensus in a system which all sometimes – and many, often – lose, the standards must be seen to be rigorously fair, objective and equally applied to all.

After a pause of about 50 years, nations throughout the globe slowly began to adopt versions of the American system, desperate to escape the routine violence and brutality that rocked their own systems. To get an idea of the proportion of human history and global geography that has lived in a society where disputes were settled by peaceful means rather than by violence and brute force, imagine a postage stamp on a football field. Many of us have lived on that postage stamp for so long we have forgotten how terrible the normal way of settling disputes was. And, so, a new atheist utopian movement has risen in America and the west. The movement is as ignorant as its forebears, as airily certain of its own brilliance and rectitude, as unwilling to engage in real and rigorous scholarship, and as impatient to impose its own vision on its contemporaries by any means necessary. Incapable – and unwilling to put in the effort – to accomplish its aims through persuasion of contemporaries, it thinks it has stumbled onto something new by subverting legal processes, using brute force, and encouraging violence to achieve its aims rather than something depressingly tiresome and old.

Confronted with the depredations of the atheist left, the leadership of Christians and the right has been utterly ineffective in defending freedom or even basic standards of law and jurisprudence. I am not entirely unsympathetic to the right’s impotence: it suggests, at least, that it knows how horrible things will get if the atheist left does not return to objective and equally applied standards of law, does not stand down from the rebellion against legal norms. So leaders on the right and among Christian communities make shows of good will, which do not lead the left to live by objective standards of justice, but persuade it that its shrieking hysteria is winning. Historically, there are only three ways stability is restored when a culture has reached this level of division and volatility. Either the aggressors stand down their violent rhetoric and riots (very rare), society cracks down on the aggressors with sufficient vigor to put an end to the offenses and sufficient restraint to let them re-integrate into lawful behavior without triggering opposite abuses (rarely well-calibrated), or widespread violent strife or revolution comes, to be contained ultimately by some level of dictatorial power.

The aftermath of the attempted mass murder of Republican Congressmen on June 14 makes it almost certain we will go the way of widespread violent strife. It is not the shooting itself that clinches it, but the aftermath. Even the healthiest societies are subject to occasional atrocities and tragedies. When an atrocity comes, a healthy society quickly and forcefully unites to condemn the terror in unambiguous terms. We had a day of pro forma denunciations and then went back to business as usual. Worse, many on the left – and in the establishment media – suggested that seriously wounded Congressman Steve Scalise brought it on himself by being conservative. Joy Reid of MSNBC suggested it was his fault for being “racist.” She gave no examples of his racism, because there are none – but the left has re-defined racism to mean being conservative, regardless of one’s actual attitudes on race. CBS Anchorman Scott Pelley hideously suggested that Scalise’s wounds were “self-inflicted” because of the injection of violent rhetoric into the political system. The only example of violent rhetoric Pelley showed came from Bernie Sanders, not Scalise. The gunman was a far-left Democrat who had volunteered on Sander’s campaign for president. This was not just a smear, but an incoherent one. Leaders on the right did not steel themselves to demand that the left adopt a commitment to equal justice under law. Lois Lerner, who oversaw targeting of Christians and conservatives at the IRS is still free and collecting her pension. John Koskinen, who headed the IRS during this targeting – and publicly dared Congress to do anything about it – is still IRS Commissioner. I could go through a litany of leftist violence against Christians and conservatives, but suffice it to note that it has reached critical mass and has mainstream left-wing approval.

While the modern left shares all the intellectual deficiencies of its socialist antecedents, it lacks their low animal cunning. Oh sure, it has adopted Orwell’s Newspeak enthusiastically. Just as Lenin maintained that the truest form of democracy is the dictatorship of the proletariat, just as Stalin adopted a constitution that promised free speech, so long as it was “proper” speech – any other kind would get you a one-way ticket to Siberia if it did not get you shot, the modern left comically calls its fascist tactics “anti-fascism;” calls attacks on free speech, liberty; and calls the flouting of the law, justice. It has failed in a critical respect, though, that all its predecessors took great care in. Marat, Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao all took great pains to cultivate substantial support in their countries’ military and police communities. They took great pains to heavily arm themselves while disarming the ordinary population. The modern left treats both the military and the police with open contempt and hostility. They have tried, ineffectively, to disarm the populace while ostentatiously disarming themselves. I am reminded of Casey Stengel’s forlorn lament about the incompetence of the ’63 New York Mets: “Don’t nobody here know how to play this game?”

The left’s agitation is like Peewee Herman trying to pick a fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime: the suspense continues only so long as Arnold ignores Peewee. As soon as he engages the fight is over. I can only think the left believes ordinary people will turn out to be as flaccid in defending themselves as conservative and Christian leaders have been in defending them. The people’s restraint thus far does not mean they will submit to be ruled and bullied by progressive whim. The restraint has held in the forlorn hope that the leadership class would defend both them and American traditions. And so, a great battle will come. Though the left has been agitating for it, the right will prevail (though it will be bloodier than it ever had to be had leaders simply done the job of insisting that equal standards of justice apply to all). Under normal circumstances, a right-wing dictatorship would prevail, at least for a time. What I would fear under those circumstances is that bitterness and anger would so reign for a time that the right might mount similar or worse depredations to what the left has mounted. Yet for all the historical reality and imperatives, I remain an optimist. It is because I know and trust in God, the God who, for the sake of ten righteous people, would have saved Sodom.

At Fatima 100 years ago, Our Lady promised that, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph, despite the terrible offenses that man keeps inflicting on himself in defiance of God. I have said all along that a primary purpose of this Storm has been to reveal hearts, to show where people actually stand in contrast to what they say. How terrible it is to see so many hearts being revealed to hold such malice and venom! Since the inauguration I have re-visited some of my interpretations of what I have been shown (and have had much instruction, which I will not discuss). My optimism sometimes veered into naievete. I assumed that, if Our Lord revealed the Kingdom to all by sending Our Lady to appear to us all, people would stand down from their errant defiance. The furious, irrational and unrelenting rage of the atheist left since the inauguration has disabused me of that notion. I should have known. I wrote of the great atheist naturalist, Emile Zola, and how when he was presented with compelling evidence of God’s goodness and willingness to intervene through a miracle, just doubled down on his rage and hate. He would not accept something greater than himself under any circumstances, even if it were to destroy him. I knew that, with the raising of the siege of Orleans in 1429, St. Joan of Arc reversed in a few days the conviction of 85 years, both by the English and the French, that France could not survive as in independent nation. After that victory, neither the French nor the English thought France could ever be defeated – a complete reversal of the conventional wisdom of the past century. Even so, the fighting lingered on for another 24 years after all involved had concluded that subjugating France was a lost cause. Watching the furious malice of the atheist left the first half of this year, I no longer expect them to accept the embrace of Christ even after they know that defeat is certain and continued defiance will destroy them. It is the pointless nihilism of the satan’s original rebellion – and he rejoices in taking so many to share in his needless destruction.

In all of these events, God is not just reclaiming us, but instructing us in what we are called to do and to be. Most of those who read this site have not been involved in the assaults on the faith or on the faithful. Yet we were called to be guardians of the faith and defenders of the faithful. We have failed badly in that call. What are some of the lessons God would have us internalize?

First, we need to banish the myth of the milquetoast Christ. Jesus was not always gentle and sweet – and He most emphatically did NOT approve of everyone as they are. He was quite frequently harsh and condemning to those who, out of lust for power or self-congratulatory self-righteousness oppressed the faithful and the little ones. Read the Gospels. Many have abused the universality of Christianity – that no ethnic, racial, national or other external characteristics would be a bar to full Christianity to mean that even avowed enemies of the faith must be enabled in their assaults on the faith and the faithful. The blood of Christ has not gone anemic. He defended His own against such assaults – and we are to do the same.

Even so, victory is not in our hands. Victory is in the hands of God and not dependent on our calculations. We are all called to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. When we take that next right step, we become like one of Gideon’s 300 chosen men (Judges 7), invulnerable against even a multitude. But God’s primary intention is the rescue of the souls of as many of His children as can be rescued. We will all be held to account for every depredation against the faithful that we could have stopped, but did not out of timidity. We will also be held to account for every soul we could have effectively evangelized, but did not out of anger. It is an impossible task that we will often fail in – but God’s grace will justify us so long as we keep our eyes on and our hearts in Him. We are called to be just, to judge righteous judgment with both charity and resolve.

There are three great examples I like to contemplate when considering how to behave in extreme, tumultuous circumstances. First is St. Joan of Arc. Usually, for an hour or more before she commenced battle, she would plead with the English to retreat, to save themselves and to be just. On the occasion when they fled, she was content to let them go. But if they had not retreated after her pleas, it was all hammer and tongs until the victory was won. After it was won, she took great care to see that the wounded enemies were well cared for. She fought with vigorous resolve, but entirely without malice. Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address is one of the most beautiful and noble speeches ever given. Lincoln pressed on with unshakeable resolve to win the war, but did it with malice towards none and charity towards all. His main aspiration was to re-unite the country as brothers, not to destroy the rebels as enemies. Finally, there is the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail. I cannot read it without misting up. It is the best instruction on how to resist evil without becoming the evil you resist I have ever read.

Do not fret about those good things you can’t do, lest you neglect the good you can. Don’t let either passion or apathy cause you to neglect the little good you can do, for such are the building blocks of God’s kingdom on earth. In short, play your position well, man your post, be it humanly little or grand. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

A couple of years ago, I casually wrote a phrase I have come to cherish deeply. I wrote, As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built-though if you do those things they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled- for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom of God. All else is detail.” If we live this fully, God will seize the victory, for we will be a Godly people – and we will fully participate now as the heralds of the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

 

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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213 Responses to The New Barbarism is the Old Normal

  1. Bill says:

    It is good to see the comments growing in numbers again. There is real wisdom in many things said here and they augment the writing of Charlie and Beckita. I guess it was wishful thinking on my part when Trump won that we would have peace, how wrong I was. We are still at war just the tactics have changed. I close out my evening prayer with these words: May the love, peace, and joy of the Lord rain down on mankind, may mankind accept them, and share the same with others.” Accepting and sharing God’s love, peace, and joy seems to be the biggest problem facing mankind as has been addressed in Charlie’s writing and many of your comments. God loves all.

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  2. Elina says:

    To Suzanne …I have and will continue to pray for Marcy.Having been on that path a long while,my thoughts tonight are to Teri her how Jesus made each of us individuality ,loving us just the way we are and with all of our potential.He has made a place for each of us in heaven already where we belong. Really belong. She doesn’t know the future which can bring sudden surprises and turns.Depression is hard every day you have it but it can get much better. When your at the end of your rope…tie a knot and hold on! Spiritual direction along with therapy with a good priest can make a big difference! I don’t mean to be preaching,these realizations were just helpful for me. May our God Bless you all abundantly.

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  3. Storm Tracker Ed says:

    A sobering but ultimately Hope filled analysis by Charlie.

    “Watching the furious malice of the atheist left the first half of this year, I no longer expect them to accept the embrace of Christ even after they know that defeat is certain and continued defiance will destroy them. It is the pointless nihilism of the satan’s original rebellion – and he rejoices in taking so many to share in his needless destruction.

    I can only think the left believes ordinary people will turn out to be as flaccid in defending themselves as conservative and Christian leaders have been in defending them. The people’s restraint thus far does not mean they will submit to be ruled and bullied by progressive whim. The restraint has held in the forlorn hope that the leadership class would defend both them and American traditions. And so, a great battle will come.

    The blood of Christ has not gone anemic. He defended His own against such assaults – and we are to do the same.

    We will all be held to account for every depredation against the faithful that we could have stopped, but did not out of timidity. We will also be held to account for every soul we could have effectively evangelized, but did not out of anger. It is an impossible task that we will often fail in – but God’s grace will justify us so long as we keep our eyes on and our hearts in Him. We are called to be just, to judge righteous judgment with both charity and resolve.

    Even so, victory is not in our hands. Victory is in the hands of God and not dependent on our calculations. We are all called to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. ”

    The Lord is Master of the Storm.

    A House Divided Cannot Stand

    “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

    ….Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented…..

    In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

    I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

    Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction;

    or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.

    This shows exactly where we now are; and partially, also, whither we are tending.

    Welcome, or unwelcome, such decision is probably coming, and will soon be upon us, unless the power of the present political dynasty shall be met and overthrown.

    We shall lie down pleasantly dreaming that the people of Missouri are on the verge of making their State free; and we shall awake to the reality, instead, that the Supreme Court has made Illinois a slave State.

    To meet and overthrow the power of that dynasty, is the work now before all those who would prevent that consummation.

    This is what we have to do.

    But how can we best do it?”

    Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided Speech…..1858

    Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

    ” On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.”

    Charlie Johnston

    “Do not fret about those good things you can’t do, lest you neglect the good you can. Don’t let either passion or apathy cause you to neglect the little good you can do, for such are the building blocks of God’s kingdom on earth. In short, play your position well, man your post, be it humanly little or grand. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.”

    And so the war came……

    The Lord is Master of The Storm

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  4. CrewDog says:

    I don’t see much to argue with in this Pastor’s piece. Sadly, I don’t see many Catholic Preachers “Telling it like it is” … instead we get the same Kumbaya Hogwash that is spewed out by US/EU Leftists ’cause … Well!!… Let’s face IT!! Most of the “Leadership” in THE US/EU Catholic Church is indistinguishable from your average Leftist!
    All Here MUST be On-Watch & Ready! Especially those leaving in or near large concentrations of “The Usual Suspects” ;-( The fuse to the powder keg has been lit.

    “Treacherous Dealers ,dealing Treacherously…the West in Prophecy pt 9”
    https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/treacherous-dealers-dealing-treacherously-the-west-in-prophecy-pt-9/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      CrewDog—thanks for sharing articles with us. We are blessed to go to a wonderful church here in Memphis–very reverent Mass, very wonderful homilies. I read that Antonin Scalia made it a point to find truly authentic Catholic parishes in which to attend–it’s worth the drive!! These are the parishes that will survive!

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      • Doug says:

        I second that on Crewdog Kim!

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      • jaykay says:

        Absolutely, Kim. Preach the Truth, in season or out, as St. Paul said. At the moment, it seems to be out of season for the Truth, in the World… but we’re not supposed to have regard to the World anyway. Very hard not to do so, of course, and I personally am not martyr-material. Still, it’s being forced upon us whether we will or not. I think we’re at about early 1940 stage right now, the Phoney War is still on but soon the real thing will come… and the Maginot Line of our false illusions of security will fall faster than the original. Sed Veritas Domini manet in aeternum. .

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  5. George D says:

    My friends – I’m trying to process the shift thinking here and I could use some help. I think what I’m hearing now is something like this: the Rescue “event” is still to come by year end; it will be visible; many will reject it and their evil will continue for some time; each person must decide; the Storm will continue such that there will be a greater overlap with the process of Rescue than we were envisioning a year ago. Over a period of time and after much tribulation, the era of peace will come. As a long time follower I understand this really is all about embracing in complete trust the will of God and to live fidelity and love with courage and hope….come what may. Where am I off here? Have I misunderstood something? Love to all. George

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    • Beckita says:

      What you have described, George, could well be the general sweep of how everything unfolds but, I believe, we would be foolish to attach strongly to any contemplated sequence. You said it best: “I understand this really is all about embracing in complete trust the will of God and to live fidelity and love with courage and hope….come what may.” This is the idea of what Charlie’s wisdom and instruction in his piece, Through a Glass Darkly, conveys.

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      • Mark B. says:

        Beckita,
        Are you saying that the rescue might not come by the end of the year? If it doesn’t come this year are Charlie’s predictions still true in the grand sweep of things? I thought that Charlie has told us true?

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        • Beckita says:

          Yes, Mark. Charlie has told us true. I see you’re newly commenting so welcome. Please do read the entire thread here with comments on this topic. As well, you’ll want to read this post and this one. Our focus remains on God, as He unfolds His Plan, and on the core message of acknowledging God, taking next right steps and being a sign of hope.

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  6. CrewDog says:

    Still think we have a lot of time to ….. “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30, Matt 24:37-39).
    New Barbarism …. Indeed!

    “Feminist Mag Calls on White Women to Fight Supremacy by Aborting All of Their White Babies”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/06/feminist-mag-calls-white-women-fight-supremacy-aborting-white-babies/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Beckita says:

      I guess it’s kinda’ sick to like this post, CD, but thanks for keeping us informed. So warped. Maranatha!

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      • jaykay says:

        What a diseased mentality that mag/rag exhibits, not to mention a seriously warped view of history. But then, those people live within their own distorted “reality” anyway, completely ignoring the very real fact that PP and its satanic ilk have deliberately targeted the black population, in faithful pursuance of Adolf…ooops…Margaret Sanger’s original purpose to eliminate “undesirables”. One would like to think that the people who publish, and read, drivel like Medusa Magazine would be treated in the same category as those who stand on the side of the road shouting at traffic, but as we’ve seen in recent times their sort of madness is increasingly becoming a part of the body politic.

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    • Mick says:

      But we knew it would have to come to this eventually, CrewDog. Since Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood, one goal has been to get black women (and other minorities) to abort all their babies. So now for these sick and twisted people to call upon white women to do likewise is simply to come full circle.

      Mercy on us all, Lord.

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      • CrewDog says:

        YUP!, Mick ;-(
        and the same people who have embraced Racist Sanger and Abortion are the same people who have trapped millions of Black Folks in Urban Cesspool Welfare “States” without decent schools, infrastructure, jobs or Hope. Not much different in many Rural Areas. This awful system will implode as it simply can’t sustain itself in a Nation that has turned itself from the Faith and Traditions of our forbears. People of Faith banding together to fight The Good Fight is what it has always taken and …………………………

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Annie W. says:

      Just when you think you’ve heard everything! Reading just the link caused me to gasp! Mother Mary and Holy Spirit, rescue us!

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  7. Happiness is breaking in a new pair of boots.

    “Now, where’s my boots?” I had earlier asked. Well, I found them. Turns out they’re a bit worse for the wear, so I headed down south yesterday to Bass Pro Shop for yet another pair. Along the way, I passed through Pima reservation, taking in a stretch of their latest developments… all manner of entertainment/diversions including a mega casino, golf course, Top Golf range, Odysea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, theaters, golf cart racing, indoor skydiving, etc. That all used to be farmland… mostly cotton fields. Hm. They’ve got the land and apparently the resources to make it all work, but that led me to contemplating the resources I’ve got at hand, then a long quiet stretch of mulling over the latest post and comments here.

    Even the Bass Pro Shop serves as entertainment/diversion, as evidenced by all the folks and families there who looked like they were enjoying it as such. I made a beeline for the boots and cracked a grin when I walked past some Merrill’s, since I seem to recall those are Charlie’s favorite brand (I think I even saw the exact model he likes). Me? I’m partial to the Redhead tactical boots… desert sand color.

    Heading back north, my thoughts drifted to my dad. He’s up in years, but still quite the fella. I was recalling a birthday party we threw for him some time ago (maybe his 75th). We had a big crowd of family over including most of my siblings and plenty of nieces and nephews. My old dad was right in the mix for a bit, enjoying all the banter until it really hit full stride. About that time I watched him ease off to the side and settle quietly into a chair. Time was he would have stayed right in the mix. He’s got a sharp wit, smart as all get out, keenly observant… he’s lived a robust life. Mostly he likes to observe and ponder now, so he was sitting there doing just that.

    I was observing him quietly from another room. My youngest daughter (just a tot then), was quietly observing him from upstairs. I watched her make her way downstairs, cutting through the boisterous crowd with single minded purpose. The others really didn’t notice her as she made her way to her destination. Moments later she simply crawled up into her granddaddy’s lap, presumably so they could do some observing together. Just the two of them. Talk about the picture of love and contentment!

    So I headed into the desert yesterday to break in those boots. It was hovering right around 115 degrees, but I was headed for the river. To get there, I had to slog down a couple of miles of dry wash. Good thing for the boots, since the sand is burning hot these days. Once at the river, I situated my gear for the crossing. While I was fiddling around with a pack, a bald eagle flew right past me, upriver, about 10 feet above the running river. Note to outdoorsy folks: always have your camera at the ready. I didn’t, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it that that’s exactly what I saw.

    I think my favorite way to break in boots is to pass through the river with them, so I did just that. I felt like I was getting late to the fishing hole, but shrugged that off as I pondered my favorite fisherman –– St. Peter. About that time I started noticing how much the river terrain has changed since this time last year. Oh… heavy rains, flash flooding and whatnot certainly can transform the terrain. In fact, it was unrecognizable in many parts, including the fishing hole I was bound for, which now looked to be a muddy stretch. The flow of water was different. New areas of river rock were exposed, and other familiar areas were now submerged. There was even a little island that was new. Even all the surrounding vegetation had changed things up.

    About that muddy patch… the first thing I noticed were all the game tracks including bobcat, deer, javelina, raccoon, various birds…. even a little set of mouse tracks. I’m not sure why I was so riveted by the mouse tracks, but there it is. Somehow those mouse tracks made everything right, so I got down to the business of fishing. One cast. Two cast. Third cast did the trick as I hooked into a monster large mouth bass. Good thing too, because a fella needs to hook one every now if he wants to think himself a fisherman.

    These were just some of the ponderings/goings-on yesterday… of course that’s all yesterday’s news. Right now… right now, I’m getting ready to head out for some serious prayer and contemplation on another wilderness stretch. Then again, who knows how that’s going to go. At least I know a good set of boots are sitting by the door… precisely where I left them.

    As JoeCrow would say, to be continued…

    God Bless,
    MP

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    • SteveBC says:

      Hey, MP, what’s a javelina? Got a picture of one of those you’ve met?

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      • I crossed paths with this one last year in the Tonto National Forest. Quite the beauty.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Wow, thanks, MP! That is not anything like what the name evokes in my mind’s eye. I figured something slim and ferret-like. Not like a cross between a pig and an anteater. 😀

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          • Ah, that’s a curious thing. Had my story included finding the Lost Dutchman’s gold mine, an alien encounter, or something equally sensational –– that just happened to mention javelinas –– I’m sure the one comment/question I would get from non locals would be, “What’s a javelina?” Hee, hee!

            What’s all this about ‘boots,’ MP?

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        • Beckita says:

          Whoa! What a unique critter, MP!

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        • Patrick of SD says:

          Is that a javelina? Had some fresh javelina/jalapeño sausage in Tucson. Mmmm-mmm tasty!

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          • jaykay says:

            Sort of a wild boar? Haven’t done a Google to better inform myself, but I once had wild boar sausage, with garlic-laden lentils, in northern Spain on my Camino de Santiago walking. Beautiful. Gamey taste, as one would expect, but verrrrry satisfying! Not to be gobbled, certainly, quite chewy. The half-pint jug of local vino helped. (not to mention the local aniseed-flavoured firewater… the Camino was not easy the following day).

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          • Gosh, I never got around to eating one……. please tell me it tasted like spicy pork (just in case I’m ever that hungry). Now, rattlesnake… I have enjoyed that before and probably will again.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, MP! My in-laws live in Tuscon, and they see javelinas pretty often. When I see one, pretty much all I can think of is bacon. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            That sounds yummy Mick!

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          • You know, Mick, I see more javelina around the neighborhood than in the wild. Kinda ironic. Like seeing all that entertainment complex going up where the Pima cultivated cotton fields just seasons past. [Sigh.] I took some long walks in those fields. Stopped to pick a little cotton with the kids on the way to Church. Yet here we are. Designer shoes, sandals and Nike click-clack-swooshity-swoosh on the new tile and plush carpets at the casino.

            Boots. Crunch, crunch, crunch on the raw earth. The path seems overly long and tiresome, but the cadence sings joy, joy, joy. I went in the river with boots on and the water seeped in and drenched my tired feet. I probably imagined it, but it looked like steam bubbled up from the water where I stood.

            Day two out there (Sunday) and I was hoping to see that bald eagle again. The camera was ready. I did see a bald eagle, but it was an immature one lacking the full black, the white hood and tail feathers. For whatever reason, I found that perfectly amusing.

            I’d rather hike 20 miles to see a mother javelina in the wild protecting her young, than see a mob of them nibbling out of the neighbor’s trash. Javelina, Steve BC. And here I thought it was about boots.

            Praise God for His handiwork… javelina, immature bald eagles… feet, boots… and the will power He sustains in each of us. Maybe it’s just me, but dwelling too much on the horrors of the day seems to smack of giving the devil his due. Horrors to be seen everywhere, but I’m not gonna do it. Plenty of walking ahead, and it’s all I can do to manage just the next right…

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        • jaykay says:

          MP, it actually did taste of “pig”, for want of a better word, but the sausage was very firm in texture, not like the hot dog type sausages one gets with regular pork, quite like chorizo. And it was certainly garliced-up but not excessively so, with sage and rosemary as well. A LOT of eating, but well worth it. That area of Northern Spain (around Burgos/Leon heading into Galicia) specialises in sausages of many varieties, which suits me! Except for French-style Andouillette. Once eaten, twice shy. Revolting, in fact. But, de gustibus non est disputandum and all that.

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          • audiemarie2014 says:

            Michael Patrick, are javelina different from the wild boar that roam in Texas and other states, or a cousin, etc.? I’ve tasted wild boar when we lived in TX, sausage style, and didn’t like it, but I’m used to venison sausage, steaks, etc.. And, what IS this all about your boots? 😉

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          • Wow, plenty of adventurous palates around here, Jaykay.

            Yes, AudieMarie, they are different. The razorbacks (wild boars) described by Phillip below are not to be confused with javelina (Peccary) which are native to the Americas.

            Boots? I was just happy to find the most comfortable pair ever. They fit me perfectly. 😉

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          • Doug says:

            Given that AS temps are hovering above 100, I figure you just wanted to go in the water for refreshment and the new boots were a good excuse. 😊

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          • Doug says:

            AZ……..

            Like

    • Barb421 says:

      nice story MP, God bless your dad, and you, nice yous till have him, I miss mine 🙂

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        audiemarie2014,
        Wild boar are a European wild pig introduced into our country. Some people call them “razorbacks” because the hair on their back is a high “Mohawk” running down the center! They can “prickle” this, making themselves look bigger when excited.
        There are also feral domesticated pigs which have escaped or been released by hunters. These pigs are not native to the americas but were brought here by the settlers along with cattle, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, chickens and certain ducks and geese.
        The European wild boar will interbreed with the domestic pig breeds producing a plethora of different sized, acting, looking and tasting porcine. If one has a talent for preparing wild pork, it is all palatable. For the strongest, smelliest wild boars we smoke them for hours and hours until the meat is reduced to what is known as “pulled pork”.
        At this stage it is mixed with one’s favorite barbeque sauce and has no discernable “gaminess” left to the meat and becomes a favorite among homo sapiens.

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        • audiemarie2014 says:

          Thank you Phillip and MP for your replies. Interesting information. Phillip, the way you describe smoking the wild boars sounds rather tasty. I’d try it! 🙂

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        • jaykay says:

          “producing a plethora of different sized, acting, looking and tasting porcine. ”

          Ohh, joy! Bless the Lord in the variety of His edible, particularly porcine, creation. Black, and white, pudding, staple of the Irish and British “fry-up”. Mmmm …

          Andouillete… not so much 🙄.

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            We have lost the old school way of utilizing every possible part of an animal.
            I was told once that they used every part of a pig but its squeel!

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          • Doug says:

            Well Philip, I can’t say that I miss the old school here, but maybe if the storm progresses, I will need the old school 😎

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  8. Joe Crozier says:

    “Don’t let either passion or apathy cause you to neglect the little good you can do, for such are the building blocks of God’s kingdom on earth. In short, play your position well, man your post, be it humanly little or grand.” (CJ)
    Today across New Zealand confessions will be available before masses said for the Feast of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Central to his apostolate was the belief that our lives are sanctified by doing our ordinary daily duties well. St Josemaria pray for us.

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    • My favorite quote from St. Josemaria Escriva: “Blaze a trail!”

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    • Patrick of SD says:

      Check out: stjosemaria.org/quotable-st-josemaria/

      This movie depicts the early life of this great Saint:

      “There be Dragons”

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    • jaykay says:

      “In short, play your position well, man your post, be it humanly little or grand.”

      Are you following the Lions’ tour, Joe C? That advice could well have been applied to the Lions at last Saturday’s game (sob). We (Lions) were well beaten. For those of you in the US, this is the British and Irish “Lions” tour of New Zealand, home of the All-Blacks, most formidable rugby team in the world. Well, they don’t really play anything else down there anyway. Apart from a bit of cricket (crawls away very quietly… 😝).

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Yes Jaykay I am following the tour and the watched the Americas cup. Not bad for a wee country. Our church hall was turned into a makeshift grandstand for the Chiefs and The All Blacks matches -we brought our own beer and had a bbq and threw peanuts at the people in the comfortable front row. It was good fun. The PP joined us – cut short his homily at a neighbouring church so he could see the start. We all stood and sang our Anthem – God Defend New Zealand. The girls did well at the rugby too and I believe that we had some success at golf – came third.

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  9. How interesting how all it begins to unfold.

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  10. Doug says:

    Hi all, back from a 4 day healing retreat. Nice article Charlie.

    Good to see the Holy Spirit work so powerfully in others. I never know what I walk away from until usually days or weeks later when I finally see a contrast. Oh! “This does not bother me anymore” or wow! “I see this person in a different light” or coo! “I don’t struggle with this sin anymore”. Inner healing with Christ brings a tremendous sense of freedom.

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  11. CrewDog says:

    Is anyone else here got the feeling that these Sheriffs know something we don’t? Like the True Crime Stats and the True Extent of the Dangers that are being covered-up by Politicians and the Global LeftStream Media that owns them.

    “Florida sheriff encourages constituents: ‘If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one!”
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/26/florida-sheriff-encourages-constituents-if-youre-not-afraid-of-a-gun-get-one/

    Some unpleasant stories for my GB Friends “Over-There”. The Muslim &/or Gang Radicalization going on in prisons and urban neighborhoods …. just like it’s been going on in the USA for decades … and largely unreported …. ’cause ….. ;-(
    One day, sooner than later I expect, they will come busting-out to your neighborhoods! Do you think the Police will be there for you? I’m guessing that “between the lines” these Sheriffs are giving us the sad answer…. NO! ;-(

    “Terrorist Who Murdered Lee Rigby Radicalizes Dozens of Prison Inmates Who Vow Jihad on Release”
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/25/lee-rigby-terrorist-adebolajo-radicalises-inmates-prison/

    “VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Riots in London, Police Attacked, Fires Lit”
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/26/video-black-lives-matter-riots-london-police-attacked-fires-lit/

    GOD GUIDE & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  12. jtbrannigan says:

    Saturday night my wife and I attended a concert performed by Stephen Curtis Chapman, a Christian singer, whose music I would describe as sort of country rock. Not really my thing, but for the past several years my wife, a musician with very divergent tastes, has really been following and studying contemporary Christian music outside our traditional Catholic circles. This was the fourth or fifth time she has taken me to a Christian music event. Each has been held in an Evangelical Church. Each one has been sold out, or nearly so, with audiences made up of hundreds of people from their early teens to later life (We are in our mid-sixties and have never been the oldest folks present.). Each time I have been thoroughly convicted at finding myself in the presence of hundreds of singing, joyful people, worshiping Jesus, the Father, and seeking the direction of the Spirit.

    Through these gatherings I have come to see how Jesus is opening His kingdom in places I would never know from my quiet and staid Roman Catholic life. I will not for a moment detract from the supreme importance of the Eucharist and other Sacraments, the Magisterium, the Chair of Peter. However, I am convicted to my core, by the spirit of evangelization, the gentle welcoming of others and the sense of joyful acknowledgement of the Greatness of God, demonstrated by the people attending these events. I am coming to see the different branches of Christians as a family of children, separated from each other when very young. Each was brought up alone without realization of the life of the others. Some day in Christ there will be an incredible family reunion.

    I am especially surprised at all this as we live in the heart of the liberal, over educated, cynical, atheistic, narcissistic, amoral, north east. Apart from the beautiful old churches, a person arriving here from another culture would be hard pressed to find evidence that this area is, or ever was, occupied by a Christian people. Political correctness is a widely practiced art form and social norm. Even before the election, one took great risk with their social standing to oppose the liberal mindset. Since the election, the majority of people are reacting as if the worse disaster they can imagine has overtaken the country. To speak in favor of the President, or even to attempt to be neutral, can produce a shower of ranting insults and sometimes will result in being ostracized by family, friends and co-workers.

    Saturday’s concert was the first I attended since the election. God used the occasion to remind me that even in the face of leftist rage and vitriol, His people are here. They exist quietly in numbers greater than I understand. Doing his work. Living out their lives. Praying for everyone and everything around them. Seeking deeper relationship with Jesus. Even in these barren rocks of twenty-first century New England the seed has taken root and will not be swept away by the storm.

    May his people flourish in the face of adversity. Jesus is Lord and the Father is Great.

    P.S. Great post Charlie. You have been missed.
    JT

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  13. Kim Sevier says:

    Here is another interesting article about our times—a history lesson about Rome—this priest is my friend’s sister’s pastor. God bless!
    https://olmctempe.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/et-tu-brute/

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  14. Christene says:

    I would like to examine history. Not human history…..Salvation history.

    One of the first Bible studies I engaged in when I entered the Church in 1995 was the Scott Hahn/Jeff Cavins scripture study called Our Father’s Plan. It literally took my breath away, it was so sweeping in its epic presentation of the whole of Bible history from Adam to present day. The one over arching Truth that has stayed with me all these many years is that God has a plan. Let me repeat that: GOD. HAS. A. PLAN. and nothing…..I repeat: NOTHING is going to keep that plan from unfolding until it reaches its ultimate fulfillment. So just relax a little bit. Believe me…..this isn’t a matter of us not seeing the forest for the trees. We can’t see the vein that runs through the leaf that is attached to the twig that juts out from the branch that hangs from the bough that stretches from the tree that stands in the midst of a forest that reaches beyond eternity.
    But you know what else stuck with me from that Bible study? From Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to Jacob (Israel) to David to Jesus himself and millions upon millions of nameless people caught up this great and grand adventure for these past thousands over years, no one….I will repeat again NO ONE throughout Bible history was allowed to sit down, get comfortable, and wallow in security because they figured they had reached the Promised Land. Every single time that has happened, God has turned HIS children’s world inside out and upside down and said, in no uncertain terms, “if you want to follow me, LET GO AND GET MOVING.” At that point, his children has two choices; TRUST and know that God will lead them through the wilderness or squat down with all of their earthly, creature comforts and refuse to budge. I believe we are at such a moment right now.
    In Luke’s account of the Transfiguration (9:28-36) Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus as He is transformed into all of His glory and it is the only account which gives us a hint of what that conversation was. In one of the translations I ran across it was; “they spoke of the EXODUS He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.”
    Open up your Bibles and read about Moses and the Exodus and the desert and the wandering and the People of God. That is us. Today. Right now.
    Two thousand years ago, God became man and dwelt among us. He gave His children a choice; TRUST and follow me or don’t and face the consequences of that choice. Some very good, knowledgeable, pious, religious, faith-filled people opted to sit down, cling to the earthly, creature comforts of their “religiosity” and 40 years later their world was turned inside out and upside down as they watched their entire world and faith burn to the ground. Since the destruction of the Temple, they have wandered in exile as they await for the fulfillment of God’s promises. And He will.
    From Adam to Seth to Enosh to Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah God gathered His broken family after the Fall in the Garden and prepared them to know the Father. From Abraham, Moses, Jacob (Israel), Joseph, and David God gathered His children after the Flood and they came to know the Father and prepared for the Son. Since the destruction of the Temple, God the Son has been gathering His fractured family and as we entered the spiritual desert and have come to know the Son and He has prepared us to know the Holy Spirit.

    Let go and TRUST. God has given us the Church. No matter how fierce the Storm gets, the Barque of Peter WILL NOT SINK!!! And the promises that Jesus gave to Peter and his successors WILL NOT FAIL!!! Pope Francis is the Pope for these times. Listen to him.

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  15. CrewDog says:

    Why do people detest The Ten Commandments. Most of the commandments are just simple rules for a safe, well ordered and polite society. Capitol cities are usually Big cities. BIG cities are all focus points of crime and all lunatic-n-radical fringe groups be they socialists, anarchists, LGBTQ or atheists. Those here who live in or near BIG cities better be making Plans!!
    “Arrest made after Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol toppled, shattered”
    http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/28/ten-commandments-monument-arkansas-capitol-toppled/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      CrewDog, I was filled with joy to see that this monument was just erected, and now it’s destruction is heartbreaking. Churches and the Eucharist are being desecrated. Clergy and religious are being kidnapped and/or killed. I am led to more pray and reparation for our sinfulness. Lord have mercy on us, and on the whole world.

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  16. CrewDog says:

    I hate to be The Guy who is always the Bearer of Ill News …. but I figure that’s my duty here as one of The Watchmen on the Wall! Below are two articles demonstrating the Times We Are In!! The Perps are not what many expect The Usual Suspects to be but dangerous killers/ would be killers nonetheless. The sad truth is ;-( … we have an entire Generation of young unschooled, unchurched, self indulged and undisciplined savages. All thanks to values free education, PC Politics and gutless parents, politicians, churchmen and …….. We are reaping the whirlwind!!
    If you are an oldster in particular, you are a target!!! My former Marine and now Lt of Police son has convinced me to answer the door armed and off to the side when unexpected callers show.
    “I didn’t want to have to kill ’em”: Veteran talks about shooting suspected burglars”
    http://www.fox10tv.com/story/35740133/i-didnt-want-to-have-to-kill-em-veteran-talks-about-shooting-suspected-burglars
    “Teen’s guilty plea sends her to prison in killing of Arkansas couple”
    http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/28/teen-s-guilty-plea-sends-her-to-prison-/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  17. Well, I must admit that it’s been interesting watching some flesh come off the MSM zombie with the latest Project Veritas videos, but I suppose this is just something of a false dawn and rather than getting smug or wrapped up in it, we should recall our mission more than ever and pray, pray, pray, as Mr. O’Connor reminds us on his blog:

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  18. leslyek says:

    Facebook has a good group going called STS ( stop the scalpings:(

    They keep track of the sponsors of the news sites, and offer contact info.
    Especially after the Scalise shootings, contacting sponsors of inciteful news shows appears to be helping; Rachel Maddow’s show, which tends toward inciting, was surpassed by conservative competitors, etc.
    I prefer to compliment and support sponsors of shows I like ( like Brett Beaer)
    but this way helps the cause too, and saves me the time of looking them up!

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