False Gods

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By Charlie Johnston

“There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” – David Foster Wallace

 

Some people on the right are completely dissatisfied with Congress. Others are completely dissatisfied with Donald Trump. Others are dissatisfied with various branches of the federal government. People on the left are dissatisfied with everything. Fair enough. What do you think God might be trying to tell us with this historically low approval of everything relating to government?

Founding Father and second U.S. President John Adams warned us bluntly when, after the adoption of the Constitution, he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” While red-state Americans are still largely religious (if not as moral as once we were), blue-state Americans are not irreligious: they have simply replaced God by making government their god. As with ours, their god is a jealous one: it will have no other god before it. So we do not have a battle between faithful people and dissolute slackers. Rather, we have an existential battle between adherents of two altogether incompatible Gods; the true God and a false god. For most of our history, our disputes were policy disagreements between moral and religious people. Sometimes, the disputes involved different interpretations of what God meant by what He said. As Abraham Lincoln said, in his Second Inaugural Address, about the North and South, “Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.” But whatever disputes there were about the nature of God or interpretations of His commands, almost all agreed that His commands were binding – and that He is author both of man and of the rights of man. All expected to give account to a just God for their actions in this life.

Because the Christian God emphasizes free will, rather than forced conversion, the nation was the most tolerant of religious minorities of any in history. Whatever problems there were in living this tolerance because of the cussedness of man (and there were many), it was a foundational principle of the new nation. It worked, so long as what religious – and irreligious – minorities wanted was tolerance. It was unprepared for the rise of a large, irreligious and immoral minority which was implacably hostile to religion, itself, declaring it the enemy.

In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s master work, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Ivan Karamazov’s central insight is often paraphrased as, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” Life is just a vicious grapple for power, wealth and influence – and all means, no matter how underhanded or dishonorable, are legitimate. Honor, itself, is a meaningless concept. Society degenerates into a primitive tribalism engaged in a constant struggle for power. Unless one faction becomes powerful enough to impose its will on all the others, it is just an unending battle between roving bands of rival warlords. The Marxist Dialectic demonstrates how such a philosophy destroys the very basis of language, itself, by how it redefines truth and lies. In the Marxist Dialectic, truth is whatever advances the cause of Marxism and a lie is anything that damages the cause: objective fact has no bearing whatsoever in the matter – except to confuse the useful idiots. All is the will to power. Religion and morality are the only constraints dangerous to this worldview.

That is why our politics is so impotent now. It was designed to arbitrate claims between different groups who subscribed to the same foundational principles – and to enforce the rights of those minorities who simply sought tolerance (real tolerance – not the redefined version that the anti-God left uses to try to impose its will on all). It was never designed to mediate a death struggle between people of faith and those trying to destroy faith. It is wholly incapable of this, for those of faith are constrained by concepts of honor, fair play and the traditional meanings of words like ‘truth’ and ‘tolerance.’ Their opponents are free to abuse power in any way that is effective in accomplishing their goals. The main difference between the modern iteration of tribalism and its ancient forebears is the modern tribalists’ pretension to enlightenment in justifying their grubby cause.

This battle has resulted in the erection of many false gods. There are the gods of sex, money, power and notoriety. But the granddaddy of them all is government. The anti-God left does not see government as a means of mediating competing claims from various groups of free, sovereign people, but as the means to impose its imperial will upon all. Gain control and it is self-will triumphant.  It has resulted in the perversion and near destruction of many ancient philosophical concepts. The one that bothers me the most is the new, hideously impoverished definition of “love,” which the left defines as “preferred form of genital stimulation.” Gone is the understanding of love as so willing the good of others that you will sacrifice your own wants and even needs to accomplish it, replaced by a banal determination to get whatever pleasure you want, whenever you want it. Whenever some chump leftist tries to justify that definition by asking, “What’s wrong with love,” I feel physically ill.

One might take some satisfaction in knowing that, if the anti-God left actually succeeded, it would not find peace and love – only endless violent struggle within its own factions. Self-will run amok is never satisfied. Fat lot of good that would do our children and grandchildren, though. I have no desire to consign them to the misery of such an ugly new world because I was too timid or lazy to man my post and, instead, betrayed my God and them.

The point is that this is an existential struggle. It cannot be mediated. A religious and moral people cannot co-exist with an anti-God left committed to its destruction. One or the other must prevail.

John Hawkins did a nice piece in Townhall that neatly summarized the problem. (Warning: while I admired the article, I found the picture accompanying somewhat offensive). Fr. Bill Bowling, Pastor of St. Augustine Church and Holy Name of Mary Church in Lebanon, Kentucky, recently wrote an incisive piece, quoting St. John Paul the Great, on his Facebook page:

“What is the “mark of the beast?”

(Rev. 13:16-18) “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or on the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

Gradually, we are seeing the unfolding of this beast system on earth, and technology seems to be the most proficient means of promulgating this beast system which overtakes the economy, culture, and sense of morality in order to captivate the whole people of the world. It sets itself inexorably against the Church in order to eliminate it from the earth. Only now is the technology available to make real what St. John described in the Book of Revelation. See the prophetic words of St. John Paul II regarding the unfolding of this end times mystery.

(John Paul II, Dom. et Viv., 56) “Further on this second beast is identified with the false prophet because his role consists in leading men astray and getting them to worship the first beast. Because he has real (but evil) power he is able to work prodigies similar to those performed by the prophets (for example, Elijah, who brought fire down from heaven: cf. Kings 18:38) and can even seem to vie with the power of the life-giving Spirit by breathing life into the images of the beast. He symbolizes those regimes and ideologies which reject God and put man on a pedestal. Materialism works in the same deceptive way as the beast does, for “though it sometimes also speaks of the ‘spirit’ and of ‘questions of the spirit’, as for example in the fields of culture or morality, it does so only insofar as it considers certain facts as derived from matter (epiphenomena), since according to this system matter is the one and only form of being. It follows, according to this interpretation, that religion can only be understood as a kind of ‘idealistic illusion’, to be fought with the most suitable means and methods according to circumstances of time and place, in order to eliminate it from society and from man’s very heart.”

Do not take the “mark of the beast.”

(Rev. 14:9-11) “If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also shall drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshippers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

This brings us to the real choice we have today: to bow down to the golden calves and Baals the anti-God left insists we worship with them, or to proclaim the one True God with relentless fidelity – and relentless charity in victory, not neglecting the battle that is necessary to secure the blessings of faith, liberty and freedom to our descendants. The True God will prevail, as He always has. He is not on our side: we must choose to be on His. Remember His words from Deuteronomy 9:4-6:

“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you…Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.”

Finally, get out of your mind childishly sentimental notions of Rescue. Remember that when Moses rescued the Israelites, shortly after they began their long pilgrimage, they stood at the shores of the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army in hot pursuit. Remember that when Jesus came and spent three and a half years explaining to His disciples that He had come to rescue all of mankind, that Rescue took the form of a brutal crucifixion. Jesus only let His disciples wander in confusion and panic for three days, not 40 years, before showing them the rest of the story and His transcendent power. The point is, Christian Rescue is not for the faint of heart nor the sunshine soldier. It will not be as you – or I expect – but it is certain. It is not a reward for your goodness, but the time to prove your steadfast fidelity.

So gird your loins and proclaim the one, True God, whatever the cost. Not only is it the side that will win; it is the only possibility that will give your children and grandchildren a chance at a happy, prosperous life. Do not worry if your primary motivation is love for your children: self-sacrificing love is always love of God, Himself.

 

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Our podcast has been delayed this week because a surge wiped out some critical programs on my son’s computer. We will get it up as soon as we can. Next week, we will have my daughter on with us, discussing the problems of substance abuse and family trials along with reminiscences of joyful times and the great joy of when recovery takes solid hold. The week after we will have a dear nun, Sr. Bear, who lives an almost wilderness spirituality.

 

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I will spend almost the whole month of November and some of early December in the Southwest and on the West Coast. If you would like me to come visit with your group, contact my assistant, Mary, at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com.

 

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This little article about pop singer, Selena Gomez, caught my eye. Several years ago one of my dearest friends told me that his niece, a doctor doing her internship residency at a children’s hospital in Dallas, told him that Gomez had skated a few rules to come and give special attention and hope to a young girl at the hospital who had been a huge fan. There was no fanfare or publicity – and the girl rallied quite nicely after the visit. I don’t know anything about Gomez’ politics, or who she’s dating, or her religion…but I have prayed for her occasionally ever since hearing that. And by this article, it touches me to see that this young woman has a great heart that goes well beyond her own interests and sorrows. May God bless her.

 

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Finally, some of what I think are the greatest cookies in the world are made by an order of Capuchin Poor Clares in Denver. I go to a Padre Pio prayer group on the first Saturday of the month when I am in town at the Church they are currently headquartered at. Now, to my surprise, “Clarissa’s Cookies” are not for everyone. They are subtly and delicately flavored, and they have an incredibly delicate texture. I love them, but some prefer their cookies bolder. Astonishingly, the nuns charge only $15 for a hefty box. If you want to give to a good cause AND get some truly great cookies, go here.

 

 

 

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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181 Responses to False Gods

  1. Joe Crozier says:

    So The Rescue is really a Reveille?

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      “A second Adam to the fight and to the rescue came” and as you say Charlie, it was a brutal rescue. Awake from your slumber. Sound the reveille. Rally the troops. Be at the ready.

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  2. StClare says:

    Charlie,
    I am curious about what you think about the following article, most importantly the second video in the article.

    High-Ranking CIA Agent Blows Whistle On The Deep State And Shadow Government

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-15/high-ranking-cia-agent-blows-whistle-deep-state-and-shadow-government

    John

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    • StClare says:

      Charlie,
      On another note, you may want to take a look at the following interview with Mark Taylor.

      He seems to be gaining in popularity and their might be confusion and/or questions by some of your readers.
      Just a suggestion.
      John

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      • StClare says:

        Charlie,
        And on still another note, I really enjoy the podcasts. Thank you Charlie Jr. for putting the download link on the podcast. I load it on my MP3 player, and I can keep working while I listen to it. I’m a visual learner, so I usually have to listen 3-4 times to really get it in my head.
        Thanks again,
        John

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      • Beckita says:

        John, I removed the link to Mark Taylor. There are so many prophetic words abounding within the Catholic Church alone so that we have a wealth of approved messages about these times, as well as, messages deemed by the Church to be in the neutral category which allow us the freedom to believe in them. I think it wise to refrain from adding to the confusion by including material here which has not been studied by the Church and, as in the case of Mark Taylor, brings in religious beliefs contrary to Catholicism which, undoubtedly, influence someone who feels s/he is a prophet of the Lord. Mark and so many alleged prophets have no authority over them, discerning the authenticity of their alleged prophetic words.

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    • Beckita says:

      It will be interesting, John, to see if and how much of the corruption and deception in our government, and in governments all over the world, God allows to be unmasked as we traverse this phase of the Storm. I don’t think we can begin to fathom the depth and breadth of the depravity in these institutions. That Shipp is a former CIA agent caused me take pause when this article was first released.

      I’ll also add that Charlie’s duties have him very busy; time is a premium for him so that viewing a more than hour long video may well be time-prohibitive for him. By duty, I should view it in its entirety before clearing it but I don’t have that chunk of time at the moment. I have viewed the first quarter of the talk and am clearing your comment with the link as it contains info and assertions I’ve read elsewhere and find to be believable and very possible. The greatest caution I can express at this point is that we *not* hyper-focus on the horror of what is all around us, rather, let us dwell on the hope in the reality that God has a Plan. In whatever, and whenever, God allows unmasking, let us not sink into paralysis at the sheer magnitude of how far we have fallen as a human race comes to full light. Each of us can do the little before us and, truly, make a difference, to please God, to love Him as we love one another in the smallest act of goodness. In this, God will make of us a sign of His Hope. In doing so, even as we become more fully aware of the pervasiveness of evil in every culture, we continue to reject the old, corrupt system that we may embrace God’s Plan as we co-create with Him in this Dawning of the New Beginning.

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        True true, Beckita! Every time something outlandish occurs, I think– nothing will surprise me after this….but something always does. Gotta stay at peace and somehow not focus on the insanity– only possible through prayer.

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      • Littlelight says:

        “The greatest caution I can express at this point is that we *not* hyper-focus on the horror of what is all around us, rather, let us dwell on the hope in the reality that God has a Plan. …”

        Amen, amen.

        Through the continual agony that is these times there is also so much joy and even more graces, just as Our Lord promised for those who seek Him. Let us all keep on keepin on and never give up, keep getting up again ad nauseam and forever turning to Our Awesome God. +Lord, through the intercession of The Blessed Mother, please give us strength and all the graces we need to accomplish Your will, so one day we may hear You say to us: “Well done good and faithful servant, now enter into the home of my Father.”+

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    • CrewDog says:

      I would suspect that there has always been some form of “Shadow Government” since the founding of The Republic. It’s called “Special Interests” usually with lots of $$$$$ influencing corrupt politicians/public “servants” … even judiciary. Government has always been a focal point for $$$, Power and Corruption ;-(
      It’s no different at the Vatican or state/local government. It’s Human Nature ,,, No! .. I don’t really have a “gold plated” explanation of why God made us this way but it be … “The Way It Is”.
      “There is Nothing New Under The Sun” as Ecclesiastes 1:9 points out but Jesus & Holy Scripture has pointed out that there will come a “Time”! A Time of SIGNs, Wonders, Wars & Rumors of Wars, Familial/Civil/International Strife, Perversion and Turning from God.
      Jesus told His Apostles to Preach to all Nations. They have done so and I doubt that there are many people who have not, at least, heard of some Holy Guy named Jesus. Islam considers Him a great prophet and refers to Him as Jesus, Son of Mary. The fact that they honor Mary is also very interesting as we approach the 100th anniversary of Fatima, A place named after the daughter of Mohammed. (As you may recall, Islam controlled the Iberia for around 700 years until Ol’ King Ferd & Queen Izzy gave then the boot in 1492 … and Ol’ Chris sailed the Ocean Blue…&…;-) Anyway!! I don’t need Charlie to tell me that “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark”. Besides the Prophecy Types there are plenty of un-churched USA/Global Political, Climate, Military, Financial, Demographic, Seismology “Experts” Out-There telling anyone who cares to listen that … Something’s Got To Give … and probaly sooner than later!!!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • randall says:

        Funny … I was thinking about Ecclesiastes as well while reading these comments, except more from the “vanity of vanities” perspective. Think about all of the time and energy invested in feeding Fedzilla and ensuring that the “right” people were in the “right” places (call it deep state, shadow government, whatever) … all to retain “power”. Power that is fleeting and not of God. “All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 2:17. Let’s continue to pray for the grace to remain steadfast in the days ahead, and not be seduced by the meaningless.

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  3. BD says:

    Great article Charlie. I believe the topics you discuss in the article are very timely. The push to ban cash and digitize all monetary transactions is a push for the mark of the beast. We live in interesting times for sure.

    You also mention in your article it’s time for us to “gird our loins”. I agree. Just a quick question on that subject. If I gird my loins as suggested is that something that needs to be confessed at a later date? 😉

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  4. Joe Crozier says:

    And now we also have a second Eve to the Rescue. She shed her blood and sweat and wept 101 times for us in Akita. The guardian angel of Sr Agnes told her the first 1 was for Eve, the 0 for the eternal love of God and the Second 1 was Mary. Truly the co- redemptrix. (Typing bewteen patients)

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    • One patient on your left, the other on your right, while typing in a blog? You are an incredible multitasker, Joe! I heard that Pope Saint John Paul II could listen to two people speaking to him simultaneously and in different languages while working on an encyclical. He’d pause writing and answer them both in turn. A genius of the first magnitude.

      BTW, school is going smoothly this semester. After two unsuccessful semesters (one withdrawal d/t back/neck pain), I’m serving more like an instructor now showing the other students basic assessment techniques. And I can honestly say that I can now visualize the entire fundus without having to pretend: “ooo, ahhh, look at that macula!”

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  5. Annie W. says:

    Sobering words, indeed, but always good to hear from you, Charlie. I love the way you analyze what we are facing in our country, and for that matter, the world. You make it clear, but it’s not for the faint of heart to hear.

    I hope we will know ahead of time where you will visit in California, down south I hope. May the Lord and Mama Mary cover us and bring us powerful strength from the Holy Spirit.

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  6. Mary W says:

    Just a picky detail I know, but to my knowledge Dostoevsky’s ” If there is no God then anything is allowed” quote is in his Crime and Punishment novel. Could it also be in his Brothers Karamazov? The anti-God left does indeed behave as if there is no God. Thank you Charlie forthe thought-provoking post.

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  7. So, there’s the “anti-God left” that is working to eliminate religious freedom, etc…clearly a battle at stake here. But lately especially I find the enemies within the church to be more concerning, those who tell *most* of the whole truth but refuse to embrace the entirety. Without naming names (but praying for them silently!), I see them as so influential, and sadly leading SO many astray. There’s obviously much more to say here, and I know it will all “come out in the wash” eventually, but I just thought I’d bring it until as a possible topic of discussion. In some ways, I see folks masquerading as representatives of Christ as doing more damage to the church than those who are obviously showing their true enemy colors lately. May we be given the grace of fidelity to the whole truth, especially when it gets much harder. So much to pray for. Thanks Charlie.

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    • Mary W says:

      Amen mommacarmella, amen. Love the way you expressed this very big concern.

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    • Beckita says:

      A good insight, mommacarmella, concerning this phenomenon that, often, the most destructive enemies of the Church are those who remain, rather than leave, and seemingly work overtime to “correct” their personally perceived errors of Mother Church. Sometimes, it’s done, as you say, by withholding all dimensions of the truth. Sometimes, there’s a direct attack by boldly, and without legitimate authority to do so, changing what is clear teaching. These realities have been struggles for the Church, in every age, since her inception by Christ. Perhaps, it seems more horrible now, for we are the ones living it now and it comes amidst great chaos, confusion and division at every level and layer of culture. Amen to prayers for faithfulness and courage.

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      • Judy says:

        HELP !! We need a rescue! There is no way to “right” anything these days. The devil is working hard to keep confusion going strong. Even the Church is leary to speak up because of fear of stirring up the pot of criticism. I see it in my church and others from other churches have said the same about their parishes. I have started THE FLAME OF LOVE devotion which blinds the devil over mankind. The suggest that more people follow this devotion which has approval from the Vatican. God bless America!!

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        • Beckita says:

          We *do* need a rescue, Judy. I wouldn’t generalize, though, and say there is “no way to ‘right’ anything these days.” Every little next right step we take ripples God’s Goodness throughout His Mystical Body. Every prayer and sacrifice being offered is an antidote to evil. I take great heart in Romans 5:20: “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.”

          Amen to the Flame of Love devotion, practiced by many here. God bless you.

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  8. James Williams says:

    Excellent article brings tears to my eyes. I await the rescue.

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  9. Mick says:

    Thank you, Charlie.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Mick,

      Thank you for all you write here. Very uplifting.

      I have to ask – are you raising chickens?

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      • Mick says:

        Thank you, James, for your kind words; and thank you for all of your insightful comments here.

        Yes, we raise chickens. We also have other types of farm birds as well as sheep and dairy goats.

        I can’t remember your profession; seems like teacher or attorney are stuck in my head. Are you one of those? I bet you’d be really good at both. 🙂

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  10. Joe Crozier says:

    Charlie – your piece on false Gods has set my mind a pondering.

    John 1
    “29 The next day, he saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” ( sin not sins)
    “41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ — which means the Christ- (we have to give it away to keep it)
    42 and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas — which means Rock.”

    First and foremost the sin of the world is not to believe in the One sent by God. Within that sin we find all false Gods. On the one hand we have the pagan rocks such as those of Stonehenge pictured above. On the other we have the Rock of Ages. By being with us his existence cannot be denied but his relationship with us still needs to be acknowledged.

    This relationship is love – first, love of God for Man. Then, love of Man for God. Only in this love can we be saved. Only in this God made man. There is no other God and all other pretenders to the throne are False Gods.

    The Rock who is Cephas serves the Rock who is Jesus. In like manner as “The Lord says to my Lord,sit at my right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet” so Jesus says “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church…and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
    This is why we are told that God’s work is to believe in the One whom He has sent and none other.

    In this is the meaning of life.

    Deuteronomy
    “Listen, Israel, you must love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength…..Him alone you must serve……..Do not follow other Gods, Gods of the peoples round you.”
    “You cannot serve God and money.”
    Yes this piece of yours, Charlie, got me pondering.

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    • Beckita says:

      Love this, Joe. Your words prompted me to consider how we humans readily turn many people, places and things into idols. Makes me think of the exhortation and conviction in Revelations 2:1-7.

      “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

      These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

      Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

      Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

      Even now, as hearts are being revealed and people are Choosing, God is calling us to that wonderful, life-giving demand made in your chosen quote from Deuteronomy, Joe. May it be. Amen.

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    • Anne says:

      Just before reading this I wrote in my journal that we must love God with our whole heart, mind and soul….. And we can only enter into this through the grace connection of prayer.
      Prayer and sacraments are key. So thank you Jo for your comments.
      Also … Read today’s article by Mallett.

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  11. Susie D says:

    Thank you Charlie…. As always so well said!!! Please keep posting your words of wisdom… We need it so….

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  12. greehil says:

    As always, you are able to see the big picture and convey it to us. Thank you for lifting our eyes to the bigger drama. Keep writing. We need to hear it.  I too made a big blunder.  I moved with many of my family to a different state, uprooting everyone.  I was certain God wanted it. I spent months discerning it. After the move, it quickly fell apart. Eventually we all moved back to where we came from. Incredibly our home did not sell and was there to move back to. My credibility with the family is shot, and my own trust in what I hear from the Lord is in question.  These times are like no other.   I continue to pray for clearer and deeper discernment.  May God continue to bless you.  Gladys Reehil

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  13. Farm Girl says:

    Charlie — If one of the purposes of the Rescue to to reveal to ALL that God truly exists and honors the Blessed Mother, your comment here about the Rescue reminds me of the story you told of Emile Zola when he witnessed a miracle healing in Medjugorje and still refused to believe… he seemed to “double down” and was very cruel to the girl who had been healed.
    In regards to the Rescue, the thought that occurred to me — even though there will be those who still refuse to believe and fight “tooth and nail” for this non belief — there will be many who now will join our Army for God.

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  14. Charlene says:

    Tku Charlie. Btw my 87 year dad has really appreciated your articles. Just down loaded a hard copy of this latest. My folks still don’t have internet. Wonder sometimes if that isn’t such bad thing😀 Thank you also for your pod casts with Charlie

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  15. Phillip Frank says:

    Charlie, your Deuteronomy 9:4-6: quote brings to mind these others;

    Luke 17:10- I think not. So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.

    Luke 13 – Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

    Isaiah 64- All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;

    Isaiah 48- For my name’s sake I will remove my wrath far off: and for my praise I will bridle thee, lest thou shouldst perish.

    “-and I knew why, for the first time, I had done them or said them. Entirety does not describe the fullness of this review. It included knowledge about myself, that all the books in the world couldn’t contain. I understood every reason for everything I did in my life.”–Revelation of a near death experience, The Other Side, by Michael H. Brown, p. 8

    But at our end, there is still hope.

    “God’s mercy sometimes touches the sinner at the last moment in a wondrous and mysterious way. Outwardly, it seems as if everything were lost, but it is not so. The soul, illumined by a ray of God’s powerful final grace, turns to God in the last moment with such a power of love that, in an instant, it receives from God forgiveness of sin and punishment, while outwardly it shows no sign either of repentance or of contrition, because souls [at that stage] no longer react to external things. Oh, how beyond comprehension is God’s mercy! But—horror!—there are also souls who voluntarily and consciously reject and scorn this grace! Although a person is at the point of death, the merciful God gives the soul that interior vivid moment, so that if the soul is willing, it has the possibility of returning to God. But sometimes, the obduracy in souls is so great that consciously they choose hell; they [thus] make useless all the prayers that other souls offer to God for them and even the efforts of God Himself…” —Diary of St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 1698

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, Phillip. This excerpt from St. Faustina’s Diary is sobering. Continuing to pray for hearts to soften and receive the Mercy Jesus SO desires to grant each one of us, the greatest and the least.

      On another note, has your power been restored? How’s clean-up and rebuilding going for you and for those in your area? Praying for you, your family and all affected.

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Thanks for asking Beckita,
        The recovery process is incremental. I had power at my home 4 days after the storm.
        After power is restored a lot of things are discovered to have gone bad for some reason- compressors, motors, food, roofs, sideing, fences, wells, etc. I’ve been running around the county with a general contractor fixing an amazing variety of things and discovering the amazing variety of things we can fix! If my corner of the world is so, I’m sure everyone in the state has a similar corner to contend with!
        Services are still slow with garbage and mail/package companies behind and internet unavailable to many a PC.
        The cell phone service was sketchy in the first days after the storm but as generators or power was restored to the towers it has been getting better and better. Gas lines at the pumps have diminished and most residents have power back on now. I’ve had time to clean up tree debris in my own yard today and despite the new holes in the treeline around my home and the section of fence I took down (after a tree took it part way down) it’s starting to look normal again.
        Next, I have to find some work as most of my scheduled jobs have become unscheduled. Got the bank at my door demanding payment (euphemism) but once I tell them I’m in Florida they give me a reprieve (well, some did anyway).
        But I’m alive, my family is safe, I have food, a bed, AC and my vehicles are undamaged. So I’ll survive….one step at a time, for another day!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Phillip, thank you for the update and for your pleasant outlook. I will pray for you and all who are coping with the aftermath of the hurricanes. ❤

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        • Beckita says:

          Wow, Phil. Thanks for this update. It not only gives us a window into your own plight, but also reminds us to keep praying and acting to support those who are experiencing such difficulties.

          I have to say, I read this through misty eyes:”I’ve been running around the county with a general contractor fixing an amazing variety of things and discovering the amazing variety of things we can fix!”

          You really are a sign of God’s Hope in the midst of these Stormy times.

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    • Doug says:

      Philip, this is fantastic! Oh how merciful and how many opportunity does our Lord give us! What grace!

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  16. Teddy says:

    The “childishly sentimental notions of Rescue”, to remind you with charity in mind, was promoted by you initially. After all what could be more “childishly sentimental” than…”After the rescue it will be like Mayberry”…”or “1950’s without the racism”…So just check yourself before you rebuke us. We deserve it most of the time, for sure, but…well…you get the drift. Sigh, just want to get this damn thing over with. its a mess out there.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Teddy, on this I proclaim, “mea culpa, mea culpa.” I am sometimes naieve. It was unimaginable to me that all could see objectively that Jesus is, in fact, God of all the universe and still remain in rebellion. Watching the extended insane rants and hissy fits since the Inauguration, which have only grown worse, made me reconsider…and contemplate authentic past rescues. I am sad to consider that, even with Our Lady revealing the fullness of the truth of Christ’s Divinity and Dominion, many will, like the satan, bitterly persist in rebellion even though they know it means their own destruction. We will get Mayberry – but only through the cross first.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        We love you, Charlie! Here is a hug! Thank you! Keep up the good work, it is bearing good fruit!

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      • JMJ Girl says:

        Charlie, will there ever be an Era of Peace? This article/response does not give me hope. I am worn out and longing for it. This part of Psalm 69 is ringing in my ears today:

        Save me, God,
        for the waters have reached my neck.
        I have sunk into the mire of the deep,
        where there is no foothold.
        I have gone down to the watery depths;
        the flood overwhelms me.
        I am weary with crying out;
        my throat is parched.
        My eyes fail,
        from looking for my God.
        More numerous than the hairs of my head
        are those who hate me without cause.
        Those who would destroy me are mighty,
        my enemies without reason.

        Love you, my brother. And glad to know you are still around.

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        • Beckita says:

          JMJ Girl, I would imagine there are many who do not feel hope as their storms within the Storm surge on. As a reminder to us all…
          Our Lady of Fatima promised us a period of peace aka the Era of Peace aka Pope St. John Paul II’s oft prophesied New Springtime aka the floodgates of graces that will be opened by the Lady of All Nations when the Fifth Marian Dogma is proclaimed aka the “Coming of the Kingdom” for which we pray in the Our Father: “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…” and which is a cornerstone promise from Jesus to Luisa in the spirituality of Living in the Divine Will. All of these converge with Our Lady of Akita’s prophesies and great promise: “Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.”, with the prophecies and promises given in Garabandal, including the promise of a Great Miracle: “…that it will be visable to all those who are in the village and surrounding mountains; that the sick who are present will be cured and the incredulous will believe. It will be the greatest miracle that Jesus will have performed for the world. There won’t be the slightest doubt that it comes from God and that it is for the good of mankind. A sign of the Miracle—un señal del milagro—which it will be possible to film or televise, will remain forever—para siempre—at the pines.” Our Lady of Fatima promised: In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph.

          All of these precious visits and words from Heaven are converging and they are intertwined with “calls” to each one who will listen and heed. The calls include making reparation – via prayer and penance – for our own sins and those of others, especially praying the Rosary, focusing on the Eucharist – with Mass, adoration and spiritual communions, leading good lives – that is TNRS, infusing God’s Holy Words into our lives. All of this is to say, each one of us must choose to respond. We can choose to hope, even when we don’t feel it. In each next right step taken, we ARE the hope of God to those around us and in that prayer of doing – serving others who suffer along side us, albeit for different reasons – we, too, are infused with God’s hope. Fr. Robert Spitzer has a power-packed book filled with strategies and prayers which teach us how to reach for hope and consolation. He makes a solid case for the onus being on each of us to not simply wait for God to console us, but to seek Him and He *will* bring us consolation. This involves how we think and pray and the book can be found here.

          Praying for you, JMJ Girl, and for all who pass this way. Christus vincit, regnat, imperat: ab omni malo plemem suam defendat. (Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands; may He defend His people from all evil.)

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      • Patrick says:

        Still haven’t diminished have you……

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    • Thanks Teddy, because I didn’t have the guts to bring it up but did consider it. Those particular words rubbed me a bit, so I quickly reexamined my thinking and prayed Charlie wasn’t talking about me.

      Previously (and with good reason), I believed the Rescue would be a discreet, spectacular event and imagined (on my own) that afterward life would be like coasting downhill to happiness with some rebuilding along the way. But now the Rescue appears that it will be more of a process — a lengthy and painful one at that. Charlie’s comment about the aftermath of Harvey giving us a glimpse of the Rescue helped push my thinking in this direction: Houston has years of work ahead. And his new post has reinforced it further. Perhaps the Rescue will indeed start with a spectacular event, but much hard work, tears, teamwork, sacrifice, and prayer lie ahead. So much for my fantasy of coasting downhill with my feet on the handlebars on my way to a campfire at Mount Meeker. (I guess Charlie *was* talking about me).

      As these and other errors in my thinking come to light, I’m simply encouraged to stay the course, to expect the unexpected, and to keep my eyes on the Lord while holding Our Lady’s hand, saying, “I trust in You!”

      And Charlie, thank you again. Say, did you catch my Spam post? 🥚🥓😀 I was thinking of you.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Patrick, I too have imagined glimpses of what the Rescue might look like through rose-colored glasses. Charlie had repeatedly stated that Mayberry would assumedly be where people would build each other up with kindness. If the Houston response was a pre-cursor to what Mayberry would be like, we are truly blessed. ❤

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      • Doug says:

        I think Harvey and Irma maybe training us for when the real storm hits. Many will be ready because of them.

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        • jj says:

          Maybe it’s more like moving the chess pieces to the correct place to execute the strategy. I don’t know about Florida but in Houston many, many people have been moved from their “safe place” where they have lived for a long time. The people I have staying with us are older and have been having a hard time coping. The conversation last weekend revolved around the the “stuff” lost and how to get back to there own place and get their “stuff” replaced.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for this, jj. Please do continue giving us updates from your perspective, especially, with the widespread disruptions in the Houston area. Prayers for you as you open your home to those in need.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            jj, how wonderful that you have provided a refuge for others at a time when they are dealing with detachment, involuntarily. What a blessing to be under the roof of a great example of faith as they cope with this. ❤

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Pat,

        Let me point out, by our spiritual prepping and other training, we are beginning the rebuilding now, as well as the preservation of what is needed most. If the NFL disappears, what of it? People need nursing skills and you and I still will know how to makes chicken wings, lol! Thank you for your comments – it must be that WNY thing, because so often you have articulated what I want to say, but do not have time.

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  17. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Charlie,

    Well, you cannot blame us if at one time or another all of us, including you, have had childishly sentimental notions about the rescue. Everyone here has a cross and sees the rot around us. Who does not want to see it all end and then go merrily skipping down the bunny trail with Peter Cottontail, so to speak?

    In the Liturgy of the Hours for this morning, Week IV, Monday, Office of Readings, we have Psalm 72(73). This Psalm speaks for all of us, at one time or another. I invite everyone to read this today. It talks about how God blesses those who are upright of heart, but the narrator admits he almost fell because he became envious (note – not jealous, but envious!) of the wicked. The narrator tells us how the wicked prosper and seem to have no cares, while their wealth and power increase. I certainly have been jealous and envious of the wicked. Understanding this all too human reaction, we can see how people become embittered and lose faith, hope and love.

    The narrator asks, “[I]s it in vain that I have kept my heart clean? For I suffer affliction day after day and chastisement with each new dawn.” We have all had the self pity, “woe is me” at one time or another.

    That narrator then tells us how he pondered the fate of the unrepentant and that they will, in a nutshell, go to hell.

    The narrator looks back at regret and his envy and compares himself to a dumb beast, i.e., your reference to us being moles, Charlie.

    At the end, the narrator states, what does he have but God and that God is our refuge and that we must declare God’s works.

    So, Charlie, to win this spiritual war, when doing the little that is in front of us, we must:

    1.) pray – not merely prayers of petition, but prayers of praise, thanksgiving, and sacrifice. Pray not jut for ourselves and our friends and families, but for our enemies and our leaders.

    2.) Clean up our hearts – as Father Z says over and over, “[g]o to Confession.”

    3.) Receive, in a state of grace, the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as much as possible. and most important, partake of the Eucharist as often as we can.   
     
    4.) No unrighteous judgment nor self righteousness, that is judgmentalism. Loving prudence , discretion, righteous judgment are needed.

    5.) Love unconditionally, and ask the help of saints such as Francis, Catherine of Genoa, Maximilian Kolbe for help. Forgive. Love one another Jesus loved us. Love our neighbor as ourselves.

    6.) Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength. Avoid being negative, and be thankful.

    7.) Tell others about the glory of the Lord!

    By the way, if I am right, this Saturday September 23 is the day all of the stars line up as they are on our Lady’s Tilma (Our Lady of Guadelupe)

    Now, some good news:

    Back in 2015, in an ecumenical service, the old stone for the high altar was restored in the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in England. In this new age to come monasteries will be rebuilt as monastic vocations explode!

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful reflection, James. Amen. Amen.

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Beckita,

        Thank you for all that you do here. I visit this site regularly for a pick up. It is one of the tools is am using to get rid of the self righteousness, judgmentalism and negativity in my life. May the flowing light of grace from God shine on you and father! Praying for you and yours!

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        • Beckita says:

          God bless you, James. Thank you for your prayers and thank you for commenting when you visit. Appreciate your voice so much. As to getting rid of vices, one of my favorites hymns says it all: “We all have secret fears to face, our minds and motives to amend.” Hiking that Mountain of Holiness, we go, shoulder to shoulder, in solidarity. Praying, too, for you and your dear ones. Keep sharing here!

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Hi James
      I responded at length to your inspiring comment but it would not post. Now it is gone. Ah well. Of course it’s also Padre Pio’s feast on the 23rd. Maybe he was telling me to shut up 😇 Now I had better brush that tail before I hop off 🐇

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Joe,
        We have all had that happen. I wrote a comment for Bekita’s Seven Sorrows of Mary column. But, no matter how I phrased it, it came out negative. Since that would be counterproductive and could be construed as uncharitable, I deep sixed the comment.

        Also, remember in your prayers today our Scots ancestors who fought today in 1356 at Poitiers. All those stupid medieval battles over the silliest and pettiest things!

        Speaking of Padre Pio, the 17th was the anniversary of St. Francis receiving the Stigmata at Mount Alvernia.

        Thanks, for your comments too – always uplifting!

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        • James Ignatius McAuley says:

          Prayers for Joe and all the people of New Zealand Mexico affected by the earthquakes. Prayers for the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Maria.
          Prayers for all those afflicted with bedbugs – Pat, you may not have heard, but they are afflicting some of the government buildings in Erie County!

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      If i may add to James’ list:
      7a. Hurricane Jose (Joseph) and Hurricane Maria (Mary) are in the America’s just prior to the 2017 September 23-25 Astronomy dates displayed on St. Juan Diego’s Tilma, Our Lady of Guadalupe {Tepeyac}.

      Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 veering off the shores of NY/New England and Hurricane Maria is a Cat. 4 moving through the US Virgin Islands.

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  18. Kati says:

    Hmmmm….This has me thinking about the rescue in an entirely different way and that clears up some of the questions that used to come to mind. Now, I am considering how some of the “rough stuff” that we will have to go through as a nation may be the very thing that rescues us from a much worse fate. I still have no fear about this….simply considering it differently.

    Lord Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything. 😀

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    • Beckita says:

      Yes, Kati. Your comment reminds me of of a previous statement from Charlie that God would burn out of each of us everything that keeps us from placing God first and foremost, as well as, at the center of our lives.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Becks
        3.30 am – as ever. It is ‘fear of The Lord’ that places God first, foremost and centre of our lives. This indeed is the beginning of wisdom. This turning leads to the next right step and gives hope to others.
        Zzzzzzzzzz calls
        Strange, I woke twice with two things on my mind. The first time it was the prayer “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord etc” and I wondered who had died. The second time it was the hymn “Let us build the city of God.”

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          As my friend and sister Becks knows there is one aspect of my life in which I seem to have been unable to take the next right step even though I know what I must do. This paralysis causes fear of the wrong sort and has been going on for several years. While Becks has prayed for me in this it has just occured to me that I can ask for the rest of my family in TNRS to pray for me too. Sorry to be so self centered but I need help and I do ask for your prayers in this and thank God and you for your help.

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          • Beckita says:

            This request for intercession is not in the least self-centered, Broseph. Sometimes, it takes a very brave and humble heart to express a personal need for prayer. How blessed are we to have each other as we make our way, in solidarity, with so many personal storms within the Major Storm of our times. As ever, praying for you – especially that Holy Spirit will inspire you with discernment and wisdom for moving forward… that Our Lady will grant you every grace to act in just the ways God is calling you to do… and that every saint needed, especially, St. Joseph, St. Gregory and St. Aloysius will remain by your side with an honor guard of angels to intercede for the breakthrough needed. Asking Abba for all of this for you in the Name of His Son, Jesus.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Joe, I am praying for you and for all here for courage and fortitude. ❤

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          • Doug says:

            Well Joe, first step is to admit the struggle, which you have. It sounds like you try to fix issue yourself? Nope, maybe we can’t fix it ourselves. Aaah! Need help! That is ok! Not sign of weaknes, but sign of strength!

            I struggled with an issue on and off for years. I went to Medjugorje seaking healing. Before I was Catholic, I was told by a Baptist minister a long time ago that God does not work the way I wanted him to heal me. I was dejected! This went on for 30 years. Two years ago, I rejected that response and went to Medjugorje expectant that God would work a miracle. I was not disappointed! The struggle is no longer an issue! Praise be to Jesus and Mary! I am free! So maybe go on a pilgrimage to Garrabandal or Akita or Medjugorje!

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          • PrayerPartner says:

            Joe,

            Honored and blessed to join in prayers for your needs.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Joe, I have prayed a PMT for you and asked St. Paul to intercede on your behalf and watch over you in your struggle. May all soon be well for you in this matter.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Thank you all for your prayers – my problem is probably far more mundane than most of you imagine – it concerns my work and income and has become so big it is having a seriously adverse effect on my well being. Thank you everyone for your support. I am already feeling more hopeful.

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          • Mick says:

            There’s nothing self-centered about asking for prayer, JoeBro. Please be assured of mine.

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        • Beckita says:

          Gosh, Joe. That’s a golden oldie yet very apropos for what we’re about. How prophetic of you in the wee hours of the day.

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        • Sister?! Why am I always the last one to find these things out? Feel like I’m watching Empire Strikes Back or something.

          Those 3am local time wake-up calls are occurring a lot lately, wondering who those needful souls are.

          Today I will pray for your particular intention, Joe, and that you will find the strength to take that step.

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          • Beckita says:

            Well, Patrick, this knowledge is in the comment archives. 😉 It’s one of those things where you discover you have so many life similarities, you are as sister and brother. In fact, there is such an abundance of connections, I sometimes call Joe: Twin. Grateful to pray and ponder, aloud and in writing, examining life’s challenges and sharing the joys. Most of all, I appreciate the ability to still find humor as everything around us deteriorates and crumbles. In fact, some of my most favorite TNRS times involve those crazy, silly bantering episodes of yore. Happy Days of Learning, Patrick, as you carry on with the studies!

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          • Right now, I’m studying the human heart and associated pathologies.

            Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.❤️
            Holy Heart of Saint Joseph, pray for us.❤️
            Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.❣️

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen. Amen. Amen. I don’t know, Patrick, if you’ve ever read of the work of Dr. Ricardo Castanon Gomez. I came to know of him through some work in which I was involved concerning an alleged apparition of Our Lady. Dr. Ricardo is well respected by the Vatican and has investigated certain seers, conducting scientific testing on them. In addition, Dr. Ricardo has done testing on new and ancient Eucharistic miracles. Some of his most incredible testing results include:

            “Three years later, in 1999, Dr. Ricardo Castanon Gomez was contracted to perform some additional testing. Dr. Gomez sent a sample of the tissue to a lab in New York City. For the purposes of fair and unbiased testing, the lab was not told what the sample was or anything about its origin. The lab reported that the sample received was living muscle tissue from a human heart.

            Five years later, in 2004, Dr. Gomez contacted a Dr. Frederick Zugibe and asked him to evaluate a test sample, again without telling him anything about the sample or its origin. Dr. Zugibe also reported that the sample was that of living muscle tissue from a human heart. The doctor further reported that the muscle tissue appeared to be taken from a person whose heart had been severely traumatized or beaten.”

            The excerpts are from this article.

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          • Doug says:

            Good hearts to study Patrick!

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Thanks Patrick

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Ha Patrick
            “Last one to know”. What a hoot 🤣
            Thanks for your prayers. You will be among the first to know when they are answered.
            God bless you too!

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Patrick – you tell us you are studying the human heart – a fascinating study with so much that finds reflection in our Life of Faith. Just as we have Three Persons in One God so we have three types of muscle in one heart – all cardiac but all distinct, united in the action of a functional syncitium and responsive on all levels, spiritual, mental and physical to psychosomatic phenomena that can have both detrimental and beneficial effects depending on our attitudes and actions and circumstance. Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you. Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
            (Aint I a clever clogs ha ha – if I really was I would have my problem solved – but I am getting there)

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, Joe. So interesting. Again and again, I read that every thought releases chemicals, internally, so that negative choices in thinking bring us physical harm while positive choices in thinking send healing, life-giving chemicals, circulating throughout the body – building a sense of well-being – to our temples of the Holy Spirit. One example I love is the research that shows serotonin levels are enhanced when we sing hymns of worship to the Lord. We truly are a people of choice.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Patrick,
            In addition to my cardiac comment I would say that the functional syncitium has an all or nothing response – let your yes be yes and your no be no. All in for God.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            You got me in a run here Patrick as I contemplate how we are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made.” The human heart has two to three billion cells. There are two to three billion Christians in the world. Each cell in the human heart fires the one next to it so instantly as to make it appear as one movement of the entire organ. This beat is not the simple two dimensional (linear) popularly perceived in and out motion that distributes life (blood) to the body but a multi dimensional (cosmic and universal) wringing out from the base to the apex of the heart that is self sustaining under local and cerebral control……just as the Head of The Church, Jesus, controls and gives life to the body of His Church, us. No wonder The Heart is the symbol of Divine love and that unity is so important – ” love one another as I have loved you” . “We though many throughout the world we are one body in the One Lord.”
            I am done.

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          • Amen, amen, amen to all your comments, Joe. There is something incredibly special, even miraculous about this organ. As you’ve shown so well, it truly is so much more than just a machine to pump blood and keep us alive.

            You may know about the astounding discovery by Francisco Torrent-Guasp of the heart being a single muscular band that can be unfurled. But it’s far more fascinating that analyses of the relics from Eucharistic miracles show consistently that the consecrated hosts are cardiac muscle…

            Tearfully, I contemplate that moment after Jesus died on the Cross when His Sacred Heart was pierced with a lance. Meditating on the sorrows of His Blessed Mother, I once cried out, “Why did she have to see that horrible act?!” Oh, the pain it must have caused her! Yet this moment was the pouring out of His Divine Mercy upon the whole world — the completion of His Passion and the beginning of the New Covenant.

            Oh blood and water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in you!

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          • Doug says:

            Very deep contemplation Joe. When I think of the complexities as such, I am also in awe of the beauty of Gods creation. It is why I like engineering so much. I see God in every part of creation and the physical world. Christ was fully human and fully divine. Embracing this elevates all of humanity as well as it is a wonderful gift to experience humanity in all its fullness including all the joys hand all the pains. Very nice.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Kati,

      You hit it right on the head! Thank you for bringing this point out to us.

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  19. Judy says:

    Charlie, don’t leave us! You speak the truth. The left cannot be convinced of the truth. They won’t listen and are not capable of anything but their own agenda to destroy President Trump and his followers. Jesus and Mary, please help us!

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  20. thankful4mercy says:

    Thank until you again, Charlie! The next right step makes sense and seems to certainly be the simple plain path he asks. I am thankful for your explanation of trust and abandonment to whatever God asks,even when it is that bitter cup. Only Jesus, Mary and the saints can help us, along with our fellow travelers . His hands of love are there to hold us and He suffers with us with so much love. Thank you for your guidance. These are things that make so much sense and I had never seen things that way before. It is freeing but involves great responsibility at the same time. So thankful for all of the TNRSteppers here!

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  21. Doug says:

    One of the most erudite pieces I have read from you Charlie! I just could not wait to use the word “eridite” because it is the first time ever I have used this word which I learned from reading your posts here 😎

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  22. Doug says:

    Argh! Another loose thumbs on the smart phone moment…….

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  23. Phillip Frank says:

    In Charlies defence of our “Mayberry” days he did say that “we don’t get heaven until we get…heaven”.
    I remember him telling us about some people telling him that deer would walk up to them and lay at their feet in sacrifice to feed them, etc. I imagined this was more his
    “Childish” point than the “aftermath” of the rescue as a Mayberry spirit. Remember, there were still criminals in and around Mayberry why else did they need a sheriff?
    And there is still the daily work and worries of life to be done as in any society with people of a fallen nature, no matter how enlightened they have become.
    Charlie has made the point that when Jesus came, no one recognized him, not even the devil. Everyone was just too sophisticated to be duped by His coming and not notice it, so it was obvious, He wasn’t it! I think this is why Pope Francis is telling his prelates not to be rigid- that God is a God of surprises.
    So Charlie got surprised, so what, and we didn’t? That has been part of his message all along too, wasn’t it? God is consistently inconsistent in regards to our expectations…always surprising and new…I think is what is said of Him.
    The storm here threw a lot of people on their backs. 13 years ago, a similar storm did similar things to us. I’m older and wiser now (but weaker too) and have become more aware of the weakness of society in these times, especially financially after so many years in debt as a nation. I saw a bit more panicking ahead of and after this storm as the normalcy of peoples lives were disrupted and they were thrust out of their comfort zones. What was interesting was that the older people seemed to handle it better than the younger ones. I guess the lesson of discomfort is steeled in them better while the younger generations work hard toward every comfort and become lost without it. I saw this on the faces of those, who working long hours, had to expose themselves to the uncomfortable masses looking to them to help retrieve some normalcy to their lives. Those in the parts stores, gas stations and restaurants, already worn down by their own lossess, trying to serve those who need things they just can’t give them because they are out of it, unable to look it up as the power is out, or are out of patients altogether.
    I did see people cheering the tanker trucks and lineman trucks as they traveled through the area. It reminded me of a parade atmosphere as the people waved and cheered. As a community, most everyone got along dispite their discomforts. I think we’ve become a society of complainers and its seems more appropriate to complain than capitulate.
    Seems, in truth, we just do both.

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    • Interesting, PF. Makes me ponder simplicity. No easy matter, but it should be.

      I think of the simplicity of the children who ran to Jesus, and the learning moment it became for the adults. Ah, kids have a way of getting to the heart of the matter… just being simple without overthinking it.

      At a glance, Mayberry was pretty idyllic, especially if someone happens to catch a bit of an old rerun these days. On the other hand, many of us grew up with every episode –– repeatedly –– so didn’t fail to notice the messy part. I took in every character and detail via a small black’n white screen at the foot of my bed… and it seems to me that the characters who populated Mayberry were as flawed as any of us. Funny, but I caught most of an old episode some weeks back. Seems all the moonshiners in town were getting snitched on, then rounded up by Andy and Barney. In the end, we find out a couple of innocent old ladies were the culprits –– trying to corner Mayberry’s moonshine market with their own brew. And don’t even get me started on that pickle contest kerfuffle between Bea and Clara. Yep, probably tame if you go by the Drudge headlines these days. At any rate, I’d like to think all the townsfolk got their act together in the end… ‘course those later reunion episodes did little to put that to rest.

      I think of those children again –– the ones who ran to Jesus in spite of the adults –– and I wonder how the rest of their lives went. Not sure, but there was certainly suffering after, and maybe even a martyr or two in the bunch. ‘Course they didn’t have to run to Jesus then, since they were already There in His Embrace.

      Obviously I let my thoughts wander quite a bit on a regular basis. As long as they wind up in the Right Place though, I figure I’m o.k.

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  24. Maribel says:

    Please, pray for us in Mexico City,. We felt this earthquake even harder than the 8.2 we had 2 weeks ago. There´s still a lot of people, especially little children whose school collapsed, as well as many other buildings: Coincidence or not, today, 32 years ago, exactly on Sept 19th, we had a terrible earthquake in which thousands of people died. It is a great tragedy, though nothing compared with the one in 1985, but still a tragedy. Although I´m a person of faith and I know about the next right step, I´m afraid. Please, pray for all the people trapped in collapsed buildings and for all the rest who are afraid, because many things are happening.

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  25. CrewDog says:

    YUP!! As the Grunt Padre said to the wounded Marine, “God is with us all today”!

    http://catholicexchange.com/worried-state-world-5-bible-verses-know

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  26. David Hennen says:

    Unfortunately, we Christians are giving the “Godless Left” too much ammunition, by equating our own comfort zone with “God’s Will.” …[edited out by SteveBC]

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    • SteveBC says:

      David, I’m sorry, but neither Beckita nor I can figure out what you’re trying to say. Ideas you claim are linked, we do not see as linked, and items you claim are not linked, we see as linked. Also, the use of a doctored video is not up to this site’s standards.

      If you have a specific point to make, please try again but keep it short and focused. Thank you.

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  27. CrewDog says:

    Ol’ CrewDog Watchman here. I always try to watch for good news but none to find here today .. Except for The Good News of Jesus Christ .. Of Course!! 😉
    The Silver Lining of these US Hurricanes are the stories of Americans helping Americans and demonstrating that most people here/elsewhere are decent people. It’s a matter of history, sadly, that a small % of activist/violent indecent people can intimidate, influence, impose upon and misdirect the rest. ;-(
    Ya don’t need to read the below articles as just the HeadLines are probably enough to convince you that ……. World Turned Upside-Down!!

    “The End of the First Amendment”
    https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2017/09/20/the-end-of-the-first-amendment-n2383681

    “ANNOUNCING THE POPE LEO XIII AWARD GALA” (Cdl Dolan/Fr Martin Luv Fest?)
    https://leohousenyc.com/2017/08/03/pope-leo-xiii-award-gala-save-date/

    “Anti-Trump Witch Compares Casting Hexes To Singing The National Anthem, Saluting The Flag”
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/19/anti-trump-witch-compares-casting-hexes-to-singing-the-national-anthem-saluting-the-flag/

    “Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32M People Seized in Single NYC Bust: Prosecutors”
    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fentanyl-Bust-Heroin-NYC-Biggest-Ever-445568863.html

    “IN-TERROR-NET – Jihadis used social media giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread 27,000 extremist posts”
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4502919/jihadis-extremist-posts-social-media-facebook-twitter-youtube/

    “Fury fuels the modern political climate in US”
    http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/351432-fury-fuels-the-modern-political-climate-in-us

    “WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics”
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/who-warns-the-world-is-running-out-of-antibiotics-2017-09-19

    “San Diego Hepatitis Outbreak Spreads To Los Angeles”
    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/09/20/hepatitis-a-outbreak-that-claimed-18-lives-in-san-diego-spreads-to-los-angeles/

    “Journo: Anti-Looting Laws ‘Inseparable from White Supremacy”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/20/journo-anti-looting-laws-inseparable-from-white-supremacy/

    “This fireman’s racist comment about black people and dogs cost him his job”
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/19/this-firemans-racist-comment-about-black-people-and-dogs-cost-him-his-job/

    “Professor offers students extra credit for examples of ‘white privilege”
    http://nypost.com/2017/09/19/professor-offers-students-extra-credit-for-examples-of-white-privilege/

    “Hospital staff’s mistreatment of babies ended up on Snapchat”
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/19/hospital-staffs-mistreatment-of-babies-ended-up-on-snapchat/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  28. Bill says:

    A great article Charlie. Thanks for the history lesson. Seems like the rescue has begun. Thinking in baseball terms, our Lord has been drafting players throughout the world, we are now in spring training, the regular season is about to begin. Guess who wins the World Series! Yes I know it’s football season but I’m disgusted with the disrespect to our flag.

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  29. Bob says:

    Do we really need storms like hurricanes in St Louis and elsewhere to get our attention. I fear we do!!

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  30. Joanne says:

    This has been a year of trials and our own personal storms, which I believe is just a preparation for what’s coming. In January, my husband nearly died of an infection. The doctor treating him was treating two other men with the same affliction–they both died. I put my husband into the care of St. Therese the Little Flower. She always comes through. We’ve had severe financial problems throughout this year and are still ongoing. One of our five sons got married, but the new wife treats us with disdain–which makes me just pray a little harder for her. She comes from a non-church going family and apparently was raised without benefit of any faith whatsoever. Youngest son moves to Denver for first job. Miss him terribly, but thankful for “Face Time” on the phone. And concerned that when the storm breaks with all its fury I can do nothing physically for him–just pray and trust in God. Number three son was severely injured in an accident three weeks ago and had to undergo four surgeries in a week. He is recovering now, thank God. And, the latest…I took our little dachshund in for a routine check up and the vet found she has cancer that is not curable–we have perhaps two more months with her. They say God tests those he loves. I am feeling like his favorite right now!

    The hurricanes and earthquakes are beginning to open people’s eyes. Just today, one of our employees mentioned that “God is getting our attention”. Amen to that.

    Also, I saw the movie “The Sign” on cable over the weekend. Even though I was familiar with most of what’s discussed in it, it still scared the sugar out of me. Has anyone else seen it and what did you think?

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  31. Amen

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  32. Linda says:

    Sounds like we all need grace of perserverence… Girding😆

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  33. Kim Sevier says:

    Charlie–I saw that Bishop Gracida added his name to the correction letter to the Pope. I think Bishop Gracida is a friend of yours. Just wondered about your thoughts on all of this, Thanks!

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