Hurricane Harvey Aftermath and The Great Convergence ft. Ed Haren: TNRP Episode 6

Please welcome our first guest, Ed Haren! Ed is from Houston (Nassau Bay), Texas. He joins to give first hand experiences of the storm and the love in its aftermath. Pops (Charlie) talks about the signs of the times and relates them biblical signs.

Enjoy this episode of the podcast!

-Chaz

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145 Responses to Hurricane Harvey Aftermath and The Great Convergence ft. Ed Haren: TNRP Episode 6

  1. Ed Haren says:

    Thanks Charlie – and thanks to all our Houston friends – if you took water and need help -pls get in touch!

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  2. Beckita says:

    What a wonderful podcast! Thank you, Ed, for sharing. Having people, such as you, step forth and tell your story – with wisdom, insight and lessons learned – heartens us.

    Charlie and Chaz, I love hearing family members tell the same story from each one’s perspective. Giggled all the way through this one. Fr. Wang loves peanut brittle so much, he’d have eaten that batch no matter how overcooked it may have been. I’ll bet the Cajun Army (oops Cajun Navy) would enjoy blackened peanut brittle as much as any blackened dish. 🤗🙃😊

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  3. MarieUrsula says:

    Excellent podcast, Charlie and Chaz and guest, Ed.

    I want to share with you-all an editorial and a column that appeared this week in the weekly newspaper in Sisters, Oregon, the town nearest to where I live. Here we’re dealing with forest fires. Both of these pieces could have been written by TNRSers, although I don’t think that Jim C and Craig R know about this website. Anyway, I found them inspiring ~ cheering all of us on in taking the next right step. Jim’s ties together the forest fires here and the storm in Houston. Craig’s is about The Cajun Navy.

    http://www.nuggetnews.com

    The best of us
    By Jim Cornelius, News Editor
    The Nugget newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    It’s been a rough August in Sisters. Smoke from wildfires as far away as Canada was already impacting the area when the Milli Fire broke out and turned into a 26,000-acre conflagration. The smoke has been terrible. The effects of the fire have kicked people out their homes for days and disrupted business during the height of the busy season. The health impacts range from irritating to downright dangerous. People’s nerves have frayed.

    And yet we can all be grateful that we’re not in Houston, which is enduring biblical tribulations.

    What we’ve seen both here and in Houston in the midst of all these trials is the best of us. We are constantly surprised and amazed at the power of the human spirit to overcome and set aside petty differences and pull together in times of need.

    In Sisters, people have opened their homes to evacuees and stranded hikers, provided shelter for displaced pets, and fed firefighters, while in Houston ordinary citizens are taking extraordinary measures to help strangers, without question and without hesitation.

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the sturm and drang of the big, noisy world and forget who we really are. We’re sold false notions of identity, where whom we vote for for president defines who we are, where disdaining just the right people in just the right way, using just the right words becomes a litmus test for virtue.

    Ultimately, though, we are defined by what we do. And when push comes to shove, when we’re called upon to step up and act, what we do shows that what we are is pretty damn impressive.

    The smoke will dissipate in Sisters and the flood waters will recede in Houston. But maybe we can hold onto a little of the spirit we’ve all partaken of this August of 2017 and carry it as we return to the day-to-day.

    It’s the best of us.

    The Cajun Navy Handbook
    By Craig Rullman, Columnist
    The Nugget newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    I have a friend from the Marine Corps, John “Scoot” Davenport, who lives in Youngsville, Louisiana, and is an admiral in the Cajun Navy.

    That’s a joke – there is no such thing as an admiral in the Cajun Navy. But recently I had the opportunity to talk with Scoot about his experiences as a volunteer during the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

    Scoot, like all good sons of the bayou country, has a boat, an enormous affection for people, and a lot of neighbors who share his capacity for selflessness. That’s what the Cajun Navy is. There is no formal organization, except around a deeply held principle of neighborhood and community.

    “Most of us around here have boats for hunting and fishing,” Scoot told me, “so when we saw those people needed help, we just went. Didn’t even think about it. I have a friend who is a paramedic, and he jumped in with me.”

    Simple as that.

    The trip to Houston, normally three hours, took nine, and where other vehicles were siphoned off the interstate by law enforcement, anyone towing a boat was allowed to keep heading into the storm.

    Funny enough, the Cajun Navy does have an app, which allowed them to bring some loose measure of organization to what was otherwise, according to Scoot, essentially chaos.

    After hours of mostly uncoordinated freelance rescues, Scoot and his squadron of volunteers discovered a series of assisted-living homes under the floodwaters. The homes were difficult to see at all, Scoot said, because of the high water and visibility problems caused by navigating through treetops and power lines during a still-active hurricane. But Scoot, and those oft-derided bayou boys, managed to evacuate nearly 180 elderly and desperate Americans, their wheelchairs, and their medical supplies, and haul them to dry ground and safety.

    They did it because that is what good people and good neighbors do. And there was something else, another welcome patch of high ground in all that flooding:

    “You know,” Scoot said of his experience, “I didn’t see the first Antifa, BLM, or Nazi protest the whole time I was there. Nobody cared about politics or race or religion or sex or anything of that. It just didn’t matter.”

    It just didn’t matter.

    The extraordinary human response to Hurricane Harvey might rightfully be seen as a powerful counter-punch to the noisy and angry narrative that submits every high-visibility moment of cultural and political friction as evidence of an America unraveling at the seams.

    We would do very well to consider long and hard who is behind those fringe narratives, how they benefit from pushing them, and what it is they actually want.

    Thankfully, I mark an alternative tone amongst the people I meet. While acknowledging that there seems to be an anxious struggle for the American soul underway, they are mostly perplexed and exhausted by the divisive vitriol. They are tired of the daily “panic broadcasts” and the big-money engines driving an endless loop of crisis journalism and fear peddling. This includes the “bigotry is big business” types who keep insisting that we are all, inescapably, racists and chauvinists and homophobes.

    The folks I talk to are perplexed because that narrative – aimed directly at them – doesn’t square with their own experiences, or beliefs, and they are exhausted because it is a relentless bombardment of media-driven opprobrium. Sadly, the average American gets steamrolled in the conversation, though it is the average American – in the interest of objectivity – whose voice should probably get the most airtime.

    Sadly, it has taken an Old Testament-style disaster to change the focus, however briefly. The truth is that the average American is a far more enlightened, affectionate, and responsive neighbor – even with our differences – than a total outsider might be led to believe.

    Maybe that’s Pollyanna, but optimism was long considered an essential American trait – before it was replaced by the dour, infectious, and ultimately destructive cynicism now so much in vogue.

    Instructively, and I think these things are related, it would be hard to find a more cynical bunch than our representatives in Congress – whose approval ratings have cratered in the 20 percent range – and who seem, as a body, perfectly incapable of supplying any leadership at all that doesn’t line their own pockets or guarantee their own health care for life.

    Congress, collectively, has done a sufficient job of supporting Wendell Berry’s notion that “The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth.”

    Back in the inner-city of Houston, where there is no wealth or political power, Scoot and his fellow sailors in the Cajun Navy drifted up on a young man, probably 13. He was pushing his bicycle through the floodwaters, a knapsack on the handlebars. The rain and the wind were relentless. Scoot asked if he lived nearby, if he needed help.

    “No,” the young man said, “I live two miles from here. I just told my parents I wanted to help carry medical supplies.”

    Catastrophe on the scale of Harvey has a way of cleansing the lens because it strips life down to its meaningful essentials – food, water, shelter – and erases the day-to-day luxuries of philosophical waltzing, meme-warfare, and virtue sniping. The hardest part, and there are plenty of hard parts coming for those unfortunate people who have lost everything to this storm, will be remembering what it was like when, for a little while at least, the only thing that people saw, and what they acted on in countless scenes of affection and selflessness, was another human being in need of help.

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    • Mick says:

      Oh my goodness, Sister Bear; those were two incredible pieces. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      Thank you for sharing this, Sister Bear–I think that is what Charlie calls you—these are so beautifully written—I wish I could express myself so clearly and eloquently! They have hit the nail on the head—what truth they write!

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Hi, Kim. Where I live, that’s what everyone calls me! “Bear” has been my nickname here since birth, so it was a small step to add “Sister” when I professed vows. LOL, in 2013, when I first ran for the school board of our fine little two-room school (which my twin and I attended as children), I asked the county clerk if I could add “Bear” to my official name on the ballot; otherwise, people would have wondered, “Who IS that person running for Position 5? Do we know her?” The county clerk agreed.

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    • Beckita says:

      Absolutely beautiful stories-reflections, Sr. Bear! Signs of Hope. How have you weathered the smoke and ash?

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Thanks for asking, Beckita. The town of Sisters has suffered greatly from the smoke, although ~ thank God ~ no houses or structures have been burned in the nearby forest fires, which are still burning but mostly contained. All evacuation orders have currently been lifted. At the last minute, Sisters decided to cancel the highly popular Sisters Folk Festival in early September because the smoke was heavy and hazardous to health. That decision had a great financial impact on the small businesses, etc., which make most of their money during the summer season, including the Folk Festival.

        Camp Sherman, where I live, is about fifteen miles from Sisters. Because of Green Ridge, Black Butte, and the Metolius River, our weather and smoke conditions are always a little different here. We had less smoke but were also affected by fewer tourists popping over from Sisters. Our charming little Camp Sherman Store had to start winter hours yesterday instead of in October because of so few out-of-town customers.

        Keeping up the prayers for the rest of our country and world!

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    • thankful4mercy says:

      Thank you Sister! Beautiful words of hope!

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    • singingjuls says:

      How beautiful and inspiring.

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  4. Kim Sevier says:

    Good podcast. Thanks for sharing, Ed. Great advice, Charlie, to spend time in Eucharistic adoration. It makes me so much better!

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  5. Jacqueline Dowling says:

    Wonderful podcast.Very well balanced. Ed was very informative. I weep for those who have been challenged by recent natural disasters. May we all learn to love one another, as folks in Texas showed us. In the spirit of being a sign of hope, we’re putting up a prayer tent at our home, in Adams Center, NY. Where the great revivalist Charles Finney, lived and ministered. Please pray with us that many will come to faith.

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  6. A plenary indulgence can be gained on any day by adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist for at least half an hour.

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    • Beckita says:

      Yes, Sapperdepitjes. There are many ways to gain a plenary indulgence, each day, and beaucoup ways to gain partial indugences all day long, including aspirational prayers offered as you acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. There are a fair amount of sites online which name the various ways to gain both plenary and partial indulgences. There is also available a complete listing in the Manual of Indulgences.

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  7. Nancy says:

    When ‘PERFECT STRANGERS’ from other regions come in and help, that’s CHRISTIANITY!!!! This being LARGER than ‘Katrina’, WOW!!!! My church and my family PRAY FOR ‘TEXAS’ EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, and I know we’re NOT THE ONLY ONES!!!! My husband and I have also helped monetarily, but with him being retired, our funds are somewhat limited.

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  8. Snowy Owl says:

    Oops lol.. waiting for my 2 Bings, 😎!

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  9. Seems to me that people around me are starting to wake up to this storm stuff…I’ve heard comments lately like “There’s so much going on!” or “Somethings I wonder if God mad is at us?” etc. Can you touch on what our best verbal response to people’s beginning to wonder and perhaps even being open to reconsidering God in a new way? How can we usher them in through their fear and concerns? How can we reassure them that this is part of God’s plan? I think you know what I’m getting at here. Thank you!!

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    • billbad42 says:

      mommacarmella,

      I agree with you on the chatter regarding all of these events… just the other night my teen daughter was sitting with us in the living room and said that she was mad someone just “tweeted” that Hurricane Irma was God’s punishment for their sins. We had a great moment as a family discussing how it wasn’t a punishment, but a result of how so many shut God out of their lives and feel they are in control – and when that happens, God backs away sometimes to give us the room we feel we need. It was also awesome to see how our prayers asking Our Lady, Star of the Sea, to pray for us seemingly helped to lessen the damage considerably. Not too often, unfortunately, that type of perfect opportunity comes up to discuss with your teen!

      So I just used the two events (Irma’s projected devastation and the lessening) to reinforce to my daughter how awesome God’s mercy truly is and that there isn’t such things as luck or fortune – it’s all faith!

      God bless mommacarmella!

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  10. MJC says:

    My son who actually met Charlie during one of his trips around the country is starting this 3rd phase of army basic training in MO. Now while he wasn’t the most ardent Catholic, come to find out, he has evangelized one fallen-away Catholic fellow soldier-in-training, so much so, that his girlfriend contacted my wife via Facebook today thanking her for raising such a great son and that her boyfriend has returned to Mass (on base), has become more devout and has strengthened their own relationship. All of this over only a few weeks. Sorry to be long-winded here, but like hurricanes and storms, basic training breaks these soldiers-in-training to the core, which is sometimes what we all need to re-energize our acknowledgement of God, taking the next right steps and being a sign of HOPE to others. Praise God!

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  11. Phillip Frank says:

    Right now experiencing the full force of Irma here in central Florida…the loud wind, rain, flooding, trees down, power out, (but I’m relatively calm- thank you Jesus.)
    With this natural storm I can’t help but think about how this experience is impacting almost EVERY Floridian as Irma moves right up the center of the state thus reflecting, in a similar way, the spiritual storm now impacting everyone someway in their lives.
    God save us.

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  12. Can you explain more about what is happening in the Church…I do not always understand what Pope Francis is doing or many of the Bishops for that matter.I do pray for all of them but I find myself clueless at times.Also, your thoughts on the deaths of 2 of the Dubia Cardinals? How do we explain all that is happening to non religious people?Also, does anyone notice a change in behavior, and not good, in people and, mostly in preteens? I have 3 12 year old grandchildren and the changes in behavior are pretty bad.I feel they are under attack and I pray constantly for them.Please address these types of questions.

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    • vkmir3 says:

      I would agree with the change in behavior in the preteens. I have a niece that will be 13 this month. I don’t see her often, but this once devout grade schooler has had a big change in behavior and not for the good. I know that it is also the age, but I was surprised the last time I was with her how different her attitude was. I think social media has a lot to do with it.

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  13. FLIGHT 93

    My brother, Robert, used to have a job that took him around the U.S. several times a year. He lived for decades in Southern California. In late August of 2001, he was on a business trip to New York City with a group of colleagues. He and I spoke once by phone while he was there, and he said he was enjoying the Big Apple and those East Coast specialties hard to find anywhere else in the U.S., like awesome deli’s and real NY pizza. For whatever reason, I marked on my calendar the day that Robert would fly out of NY — not sure why because his travels had no impact on my life. Nonetheless, written on my calendar under Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was: “Robert flies out of NYC.”

    I shared in a previous post a series of nightmares and waking visions that plagued me during the week leading up to the terrorist attacks. They were of two plane crashes. One was of a plane nosediving to the ground on a sunny day, the other of a plane slamming into a building that I was standing inside of. (I did not see an impact in either case, just the aircraft moments before). At the time, my wife was on vacation in Sacramento visiting family. From the moment she left Tucson, the visions started. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw either one of these two brief scenes, without any variation, over and over and over. I literally did not sleep for the entire time she was gone, and I believed with every fiber of my being that I’d never see her again. (I did not share this with her, though, when we spoke by phone).

    When she arrived back in Tucson around September 8th, I hugged her so tightly at the airport. Then shared with her the details of my horrifying visions. She said I looked haggard and exhausted. Fortunately, these waking nightmares immediately stopped….and I finally got some rest.

    Well, back in NY, my brother Robert was finishing up his work there. He made previous arrangements for his return flight to leave from Newark International Airport on September 11th. His seat was reserved for United Airlines Flight 93, scheduled to leave from Terminal A, gate 17, at 8:00 am.

    As we know, Flight 93 crashed into the ground in Pennsylvania, thanks to the heroism of the passengers on board.

    I was unable to reach Robert by phone that morning. When I finally did get through, I learned that his coworkers decided to stay in the City an extra day and do some sightseeing. Since Robert would never miss an opportunity to do a little partying with his buddies, he decided to find a travel agent. He switched his reservation to a UA flight on September 12th.

    Robert joined us in Tucson the following year for a family get-together. During an outing at the zoo, I exclaimed how incredible it was that he was here with the family to share a beautiful day. With the family standing in a circle eating ice cream cones, I said to him, “It’s a miracle that you’re here, Robert. I’d like to think that you’d have been one of the guys that said ‘Let’s roll!'” Annoyed, he muttered, “I don’t want to talk about it.” I pressed him and said, “Well, I’m sure you had plenty of time to *think* about it on your drive back home in a rental car. Well, it was more than a coincidence and I, for one, am very glad that you’re here with us now.”

    Robert has since gotten married to a fantastic woman, and they have two beautiful daughters and more recently a little boy. Praise God.

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    • Mick says:

      Thank you for sharing this story, Patrick. What a gift that there are three little people in the world today, who are here solely because of the “coincidence” of your brother’s change in plans.

      My family was living in California in 2001. My husband took United Flight 93 frequently, as he often had to travel to New York for work. We moved to Illinois in July 2001. In early September, Chris flew to NY on business. He arrived back at O’Hare Airport in Chicago at about 9:00 pm on September 10. The next day, as we watched the coverage of the horrific events of that morning, Chris said to me, “If we were still living in CA right now, I probably would’ve spent last night in NY; and I would’ve been on Flight 93 this morning.”

      Our 22nd anniversary is later this week. We’ve had three children since 9/11. I’m so thankful that we’ve had these additional years, and additional children, together. Prayers for all those who lost their lives that day, and for their loved ones who have been without them these 16 years.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Thanks be to God! That’s a great story Patrick. ❤

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    • Mary says:

      Patrick so interesting to read about your brother and Flight 93. Todd Beamer who was on Flight 93 worked at Oracle and his wife worked at Oracle in Education where I worked. We were one big family back then in Education. It was devastating for us to hear about Todd. But it is interesting to see how God works. We may never know why God wanted your brother to still be here until we get to Heaven. I like to think that Todd was on that plane because he was the one that could get people to take action by saying “Let’s roll”. Thank you for sharing.

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      • Mary, it’s interesting that you knew Todd personally. He and the heroic group that rallied to storm the cockpit gives us a remarkable example of taking the next right step, at whatever cost.

        My brother was spared, like Mick’s husband. There were probably a score of people who miraculously missed that flight. There were only 33 passengers and 7 crew on an aircraft with a capacity of 182. The average for a Tuesday morning flight was about 95 passengers.

        (No, I do not count the 4 hijackers as passengers)

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      • Beckita says:

        Wow, Mary. Condolences to you at this time of memory.

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  14. Carmel says:

    Happy anniversary Mick! 🎈🎈🎈 I will remember you, Chris and your children at Mass on Thursday a.m.

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  15. Paul Picchietti says:

    This Pope has changed my definition of “despair and despondent” in these times. Do you believe you have been wrong about what looks like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” pope?

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    • I am struggling too with this pope. As one trained in science and having read a lot on man made global warming, I think it is God who controls the weather and man is a little gnat. Those who push man-made global warming seem to be much more interested in power and money than truth and helping the poor. I think avoiding polluting the world and take care of God’s creation are good and moral actions. But the man-made global warming theories are not solid, and I agree with hundreds of scientists who do not believe the science “is settled”, ( a rather ridiculous statement from any scientist – since science is never settled.) And the Pope calls me stupid.

      I submit faithfully in areas of Faith and Morals, but it saddens me to see the pontiff diminish his leadership by venturing into partisan politics.

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  16. CrewDog says:

    Lot of Folks agree with Rev Graham but all too many think “Don’t Worry – Be Happy”.

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-graham-hurricanes-wildfires-reminders-all-us-be-ready

    War on Catholics & Christians. Our Pro-Life/Family Positions makes us “Haters” and unfit for Public Office? Yep! We are 70% into Stage Three Persecution! Stage Four is extermination.

    http://www.catholicleague.org/open-letters-to-durbin-and-feinstein/

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/rep-franks-senate-democrats-are-arrogantly-abrogating-their-oath

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  17. Mick says:

    Thank you so much, Carmel! It’s been an awesome 22 years.

    And hey, isn’t the plebiscite coming up pretty soon?

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  18. Linda says:

    Hi Charlie, Beckita or SteveBC…I listened to infowar today… Alex Jones. He had this fella on that said that these hurricanes are being manipulated by the powers that be??? It sounded so far fetched, but does anyone know if this is true??? If so… I see why Charlie said that this is much more complicated than he originally thought… thank you for anyone who can answer my question! God save us all! xoxo TNRS Linda

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    • SteveBC says:

      Honestly, Linda, I have no way of knowing, although my tendency is to say, no, these were not manipulated to intensify them. I think God is lifting His restraining hand, and Nature is doing the rest. I would say that the Powers That Be are focused in quite a different way, trying to get the formula right for a civil war, something they have much practice with. Antifa may now fade but something else will come forward to replace it, the purpose being to divide us. *That* is much more likely and much closer to the normal modus operandi for these people. The hurricanes and similar natural disasters tend to unify people, and you have only to look at the results of Harvey to see this. That outcome is very much *not* desired by the Powers, since their goal is civil war. Overall, although we think of the hurricanes as terrible things, their effects are to unify us, so God seems to be both chastising us and helping us move away from division.

      I would say that a good rule of thumb is to watch for things that divide us and ascribe *those* things to the Powers. Those things that unite us, disastrous though they may be in external terms, may be God’s way of helping us unify and thus resist the efforts of the Powers. In the long run the only way for us to be free and holy is if God breaks the Old System of the World. That requires disasters that disturb the means by which the Powers divide us and remove the levers of power that they currently use to enslave us. If the government falls, or if the financial world collapses, we will be in very very tough times, but the Powers will be out of work and out of power. Only if the current oh-so-corrupt Old System of the World is smashed to bits can the meek inherit the earth.

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    • Kim Sevier says:

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki

      This is info about HAARP. I have seen some articles which claim that these experiments have impacted weather. That may be what that fella was referring to. I don’t worry about it either way!

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  19. Linda says:

    It was yesterdays episode Alex Jones infowars 9/12/17 in case you want to check out stevebc

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    • SteveBC says:

      I could not find the story you are referring to, Linda. Trump kept his own security pretty much intact so I doubt this is true, but I really have no way to decide either way. I keep stories of all kinds in my head but pay attention only when I get objective or obviously reliable evidence. I think your time would be better spent looking into the House IT scandal. There is definitely something there.

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  20. Thank you Steve…I agree with Prayer Partner that this is a very well thought out theory which has the ability to put things in proper perspective. Please continue to share your wisdom with us.
    On another note, I am ashamed to say, there was a time many years ago when I thought that for a lay person, I was quite knowledgable about the Church. Come to find out I did not know a thing! I could study about Holy Mother the Church for my entire life and what I know , as my mother used to say,” you could put in your eye” I love learning more and I thank all of you, the 2 Charlies, Bekita, Steve, Mick and all the contributors to this site. God’s Blessings on all of you.

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    • Beckita says:

      Smiling, Noreen, as I think of St. Thomas Aquinas who, with brilliant mind while ever before the Blessed Sacrament as he wrote, authored the Summa Theologica. It is said, he had a mystical encounter with the Lord one day and, then, proclaimed that all he had ever written was as straw. I’ll bet you were and are very knowledgeable about the Church, yet, there is beauty in knowing we may plumb its depths, some mystics say, even into eternity.

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  21. CrewDog says:

    Looks like PP is equal opportunity ;-(
    HullyGee …. Where is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on this … Oh! … Right! …. They are too busy promoting the Global Left’s “Climate Change” and Alien Invasion Agendas. ;-(

    “Cecile Richards Tells “Catholic” Georgetown University Abortion “is a Basic Human Right”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/21/cecile-richards-tells-catholic-georgetown-university-abortion-is-a-basic-human-right/

    “Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/planned-parenthood-teams-up-with-satanists-to-promote-abortion-in-missouri/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  22. CrewDog says:

    The below is a disgusting article but just another SIGN of the disintegration of, especially Urban, Society. Doing your “business” in public is a “Civil Right”. Years ago the deadly disease AIDS was given “Civil Rights” status ’cause it was primarily a problem of Democrat Party “Victim Groups” … LGBT &/or Druggies … and the general public be damned. In times to come, Clean Water & Personal Hygiene will become critical. Clorox & Soap is cheap … Stock-Up! If all the Charlie haters are right (I pray they are), we won’t have to buy any more for awhile 😉
    Fecal contamination/borne disease is an historical Mass Killer. I can assure you that authorities are worried about this in the Harvey/Irma Aftermath. A basement full of beans-n-bullets won’t be of much use if you/yours are dying from Cholera. ;-(

    http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/fecally-contaminated-san-diego-hepatitis-hose-down/2017/09/12/id/813009/

    https://www.zocdoc.com/answers/20474/what-types-of-risks-do-human-feces-pose

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  23. thankful4mercy says:

    ❤️This! Thank you and may hope, mercy and faith through the works that God places on our hearts prevail.

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  24. 🔥 WILDFIRES 🔥

    A surprise thunderstorm whipped up and hit our area yesterday. Looks like a small fire has started by Wind Cave near Custer. Monitoring…

    I found an excellent website to track fires nationwide. It shows areas burned and lists the location, history, % containment, and acreage burned. You can zoom in for excellent detail. Last week, fires in the U.S. were limited mostly to the northwest. Today, every western state including Colorado and New Mexico has wildfire activity, some much worse than others.

    https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=df8bcc10430f48878b01c96e907a1fc3

    Beckita, I met some nice folks from Montana who were trying to be optimistic but said we may have to wait for the snows to come before this ends.

    ❄️ Our Lady of Snows, pray for us. ❄️

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  25. Beckita says:

    A most heartening revelation about the now released priest: “Just one day after being released from 18 months of captivity, Indian priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil shared an emotional meeting with Pope Francis, saying that throughout his time as a prisoner, he offered his suffering for the Pope and the Church.”

    Full report:http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/fr-tom-to-pope-francis-i-offered-my-suffering-for-you-and-the-church-74095/

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  26. Mick says:

    Hey, y’all… check out this nun TNRS’ing after Hurricane Irma:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nun-with-chainsaw-hurricane-irma-aftermath-cleanup/

    What an example she’s setting for the youth in her charge.

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  27. Stephen Maresch says:

    Can I get prayers for my eldest daughter, her husband, and his family? They are newly married and are on the Island of St. Thomas, where he lives. she says it looks like a war zone and the government there are not very good at helping the people, they have no power, all the vegetation is gone and the heat is unbearable. Many buildings are damaged and some are just gone. There Church is badly damaged the Basilica is damaged and the Deacon lost his house completely. The airport was destroyed and there are no flight off the island. Lots of prayer please!

    Steve,

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying, Stephen, for your daughter and son-in-law, as well as, his family and all those affected. Lord have mercy and move the hearts of your people to come to their assistance.

      Liked by 2 people

    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Steve, my heart aches for what your daughter and son-in-law and their community is going through. I have offered a Prayer of Miraculous Trust for them. May they find the comfort and support in each other and their neighbors to endure and rebuild. ❤

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Stephen, I will pray for your daughter, her husband and his family. Also for all those affected by the hurricane. I lived on St. Croix for years, so am familiar with St. Thomas and other islands. Have been watching what is going on there. I see there are those from STX helping their sister islands. God bless all of them. Please keep us informed.

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    • Mick says:

      Stephen, I will pray for your daughter and her family.

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    • SteveBC says:

      From one Stephen to another: A PMT for you, for those on the island as they work to recover, and for your family members, that when it is time for them to come home, their travels will be easy and safe.

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  28. Beckita says:

    A Blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Friends! I once heard an entire homily on an invocation from the Anima Christi: “Passion of Christ, strengthen me.” It is has steadying power and, I’m thinking, this five word prayer will serve us well in the fullness of the Storm.

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me
    Body of Christ, save me
    Blood of Christ, inebriate me
    Water from Christ’s side, wash me
    Passion of Christ, strengthen me
    O good Jesus, hear me
    Within Thy wounds hide me
    Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
    From the malicious enemy defend me
    In the hour of my death call me
    And bid me come unto Thee
    That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
    and with Thy angels
    Forever and ever
    Amen

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  29. Sharon says:

    Thamk all of you who responded to my original post…it is comforting g to feel the love and concern for my present trials.

    I have started praying the St Michaels Chaplet and the miraculous Prayer daily…am trying to stay afloat without a spouse, children if my own, death of my adoring g parents, loss of my beautiful home and lucrative 30 year career…abandonment by my two older Catholic sibling has added to my despair.
    Really have nothing here on earth to hang onto…counsels has not helped. Like Job I have lost everything I cherished…perhaps the Lord has a better place for me in Heaven as I no longer have a reason to be here on earth.
    Thank you for this blog.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Just remember, Sharon, that all you have before you is to choose and take your next right step. And then the step after that. All to the best of your ability to choose and step. Not even God asks more of you than that. Just that next right step.

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Susan,

      Know that Our Lord and His Blessed Mother see and know all that you are struggling with. Know as well that every life here on Earth is precious to both of them, including yours. Put yourself in their loving arms and ask them to guide you to the next step in their plan for you. There is a role for you, I am sure of it. Sometimes in my own moments of despair, I selfishly think that Our Lord doesn’t care. But as time passes I come to learn that He does, and shows me in ways far greater than I could have ever imagined. Even Our Lord cried out in despair-and what He did for us is a gift beyond all measure.
      Know the strength of collective prayer rising that includes you. God bless you.

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  30. CrewDog says:

    Yeah … Right Mr. Lefty PC Cardinal Shepherd!!! Just advertise to the Bad Guys that your sheep are … well … helpless sheep in one of the most violent Democrat Party controlled cities of the USA. That will keep the sheep coming and putting their filthy lucre in the collection plate….. Right!!??
    Just how many Church/School/Theatre Shootings do we have to witness before these SnowFlakes figure out that: Only a Good Guy with a gun can stop a Bad Guy with a gun! & When seconds count the Cops are only minutes away ;-(
    “Cupich bans guns in all Chicago Archdiocese parishes and schools”
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-guns-banned-in-parishes-met-20170912-story.html

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  31. audiemarie2014 says:

    Maybe you are all aware of this, but Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma martyr, (the first recognized martyr to have been born in the U.S.) will be beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23. I’ve been reading about him, as he has relatives in our area, yet I hadn’t heard of him before. The author of his biography, “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run”, Maria Scaperlanda, said this of Father Stanley, “His life is also a great example of ordinary people being called to do extraordinary things for God. What impacted me the most about Father Stanley’s life was how ordinary it was!”. He ministered to the Tz’utujil Mayan Indians in Guatemala and knew his life was in danger and would probably not return to Oklahoma again. He ended a letter to Oklahoma Catholics, which is where he was from, before he died with what would become his signature quote: “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger. Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom.” More can be found about Father Stanley in our Archdiocese newsletter in the Catholic Spirit. http://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/killed-man-created-saint/ I pray that Father Stanley intercedes for us all, ordinary as most of us are, to do extraordinary things for God.

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  32. singingjuls says:

    BTW – You should use the Song of Thanksgiving as you close your podcasts! 🎶 🎶

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Have the podcasts been permanently moved to Saturday? I keep checking for this week’s and I wonder if there will be one this week?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beckita says:

      Hi Noreen. There may be a shift to Saturdays, yet, as in getting the current podcast produced, there are, inevitably, technical and/or scheduling difficulties which bring delays. For sure, we can’t miss it when one is posted.

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