God’s Plan

What The Next Right Step Really Means

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“What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all shall be added to you.”

 

Before I ever began talking to my priests, before I was received into the Catholic Church, before I had children, before I was married I was told that a time was coming when I would not be able to see more than a step ahead of myself, a time when even that step would often be hazy, a time when I would have to completely rely upon God for every step. It was a mysterious thing to me. Like the dunce I often am, I wondered if it meant I was going to go blind. That is not what it meant (though who knows, I suppose I could still go blind). Today, I will tell you a little bit about what it means…and take you deeper into my interior understanding of these things than I ever have before. It is time you need to hear some of these things.

For a good 20 years my angel would use prophetic words to tell me innocuous things that were to come in the future. On almost every one, it would come to pass as he had prophesied, but not at all as I had expected. This served a twofold purpose (maybe more, but two things I have come to understand). First, it burnt much of the vanity right out of me. In this world, I’m a pretty smart fellow. But when dealing with the next, I’m as dumb as a box of rocks. All my smarts here are worth less there than a pocketful of Monopoly money is at the local mall here. It helped me to understand my true stature – which most surely is not heroic. Second, it – and the rest of my lifetime of ongoing experiences – have taught me to see a little from the perspective of how they see from that side of the veil. It is so profoundly different that my sight is little different than blindness – but that is what a lot of this has been about…to see a little as they see…and I needed every bit of the smarts God gave me here to rise to the level of blathering idiot there (a status I have not yet achieved, but I’m working on it).

We misunderstand almost everything, sometimes in small ways, usually in large ways. It is not just that the world is changing in large, unexpected ways: as the Storm rises to greater fury, our instincts become more useless. All of us have gotten to where we see a set of circumstances, then use our reason and logic to make a plan. All of us do that. As we separated our reason and experience from its root in God, things have gone downhill at a geometrically accelerating pace. Now people look to prophecy, even try to make a concordance of prophecy to see what will happen. Why? So they can make a plan. Your plans won’t work and are useless. Your instincts don’t apply to the Storm that is upon us. The more you plan, the deeper you will sink into the quagmire. It does not matter whether you are an active opponent of the faith or whether you spend five hours in Adoration and say 50 Rosaries a day. When you use the information you glean to formulate a plan, you trust to yourself and your own cleverness. God will let this Storm we have brought on ourselves rage until that confidence in our own capacity is burned out of everyone. That is why we all must lose hope before the rescue. Whatever we say, even if we think differently, it is ourselves we rely on – not God. That is why people restlessly seek more information on what is coming: so they can make a plan.

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It is why I pray that God give me no information more than what is necessary for me to carry out the work He has laid out for me. I am subject to the same temptations as anyone else on this matter. I KNOW that the more specifics I know the more likely my silly mind is to start formulating a plan of my own devising – rather than looking to God for each step, which is the only path to safety. Here is a paradox: If you look to God first and just take the next step in front of you, He will flourish it, even if it is the wrong step. If you make the perfect plan, perfectly informed by the best, fully approved prophecies, you will fall into a pit. All of your plans will blow up in your face. Yet every step you take after acknowledging God – WITH EACH STEP – will flourish. This is a subtlety that many, probably most, deceive themselves on. If you humbly ask God to help you be what He calls you to, He will bless your efforts. If you, instead, dedicate yourself to helping God rescue the world, you will founder. God does not need you to accomplish His will; you need Him to remain in His grace. If you keep that straight, He can use you as a profitable tool. If not, you are useless to Him, however scholarly, pious, or orthodox you think yourself to be. The sooner you get that, the closer we all are to rescue.

When you are sitting on a placid lake in a canoe with a paddle, you can use the paddle to steer, to choose where you want to go. When you are in that canoe in a fast-moving, frothy, rapid river, you do not choose where to go. In fact, if you try to steer, you capsize. Rather, the paddle can only be used to react to the current and the rapids…and every bit of skill you have must be used to keep from capsizing as the river takes you where it will. We are in the rapids. We are not in control. But if we are humble and skillful, we can dramatically reduce our odds of capsizing.

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You will see nation rise against nation, bishops fighting with other bishops, leaders trying to undermine the faith both from within and without. I have long known that. But what I also know is that the whole world has succumbed to a zeal for locating and diagnosing the splinter in everyone else’s eyes. If you have a baseball team in which all nine players are too busy critiquing the flaws of their teammates to bother playing their own position, the problem will not be solved by the third baseman’s ever more penetrating analysis of how the center fielder is messing up. The situation will not stabilize until each player understands his own limits – and resolves to quit worrying about his teammates, except to back them up well, and relentlessly devotes himself to playing his own position with every ounce of skill he has. This is why I am so slow to condemn anyone who purports to play for the Christian team. Even if your analysis of the center fielder’s deficiencies is spot on, it will avail you nothing if you have not devoted yourself to playing third base as you were assigned. It is painful for me to hear good people eager to detract others on matters they are only partially informed about. These people think they are cutting their targets, but they are actually cutting themselves and losing blood by the minute. God has not found those who disagree with us wanting: he has found us all wanting. We may deceive ourselves on the matter, but God is not deceived. You want to know who killed Christ? I killed Christ. Pound that into your head. Every one of us killed Christ. Internalize that and you are at the beginning of wisdom.

We understand nothing. We think God punishes us for sin. Religious folks think it is just; non-religious folks think God is a killjoy. Neither understands the nature of sin. God warns us away from sin because, by its very nature, it wounds us. He loves us and wants to protect us from harm and spiritual death. If a man atop a mountain aerie puts up a wired gate blocking access to a rickety bridge and posts warnings that the bridge is unsafe, that if you venture there you will likely fall to your serious injury or death – if you go ahead and mount the fence anyway, go charging across the bridge and fall, breaking your arm and ankle, do you think the man is punishing you for disobeying him? Of course not! He was trying to protect you from behavior he knew would wound you but you were too stupid to believe.

People think the increase in natural disasters and catastrophic events is a punishment from God. Again, we understand nothing. Has it never occurred to you that the dynamic tension of the natural forces that sustain life are normally more volatile and violent than we recognize? In normal times, God is constantly staying the brunt of these things. Now we dismiss Him from the classroom, dismiss Him from assemblies, dismiss Him from the public square – and so He obliges. That means His hand is not there to stay the rougher edges of natural events. It is not He who chooses to subject us to these things, but we who have sullenly demanded out from under His thumb – and now we dare to complain of what happens when we expose ourselves?

As you know, I have been an advocate for refuges, for people preparing to help others, to live simple solidarity, one with another. But I see religious people acting as if they think that these are going to be enclaves completely secluded from the Storm in which Jesus will be our maitre d’ and the angels and archangels will serve as our waiters and cocktail waitresses. The refuges are not places we will go to be treated like visiting satraps by the heavenly host. They are an opportunity for us to serve and live solidarity with each other as we weather the Storm. I have seen tales from visionaries who have probably seen true but can interpret nothing that further this nonsense. At one place of refuge, they told me how they had been told they will know who to let in because of a glowing Host that will appear in their foreheads and that the deer will walk right up to them and fall dead for food. I told them bluntly that while that is metaphorically true, in that they will perceive differently when they acknowledge God in all things and that it means there will be sufficient food, it is not literally true. I reminded them that God promised to deliver the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey – and He kept His promise. But when they got there, they still had to milk the cows and keep the bees – and if they had waited for the heavenly host to act as their stewards, they would have died in that very land flowing with milk and honey. In the refuges, you will work hard, have many trials, and will know hunger, though not starvation. Live it well and you will be startled at what joy you find in the midst of such hardship.

Some people have gotten queasy when I speak of my anticipation of being able, if I have kept faith, after the Storm, to devote myself to helping raise the money and materials for the building of the Shrine. They think we won’t need any of that, since Jesus will reign directly. No, He won’t. I am not a millenarianist who claims we are going to have an earthly Paradise. We don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. The world that we will have after the rescue is a fully natural world. We will have to get jobs, raise families, pay bills, organize societies and governments. God is giving us another chance to get the natural world right. He will give us the visible sign of our miraculous rescue by Our Lady to help fortify our resolve. It is VERY important that we take it to heart, because the next time there is a massive falling away like now, it will be the end. But we are getting another chance to get our hearts and heads right – and how well we keep faith will determine which of us ultimately gets heaven, but it will be a fully natural world that we go back to.

Some have complained that they cannot imagine such a thing because it has never happened that way. Really?! When God actively intervenes in human affairs, He usually acts in a way that is unprecedented in human history. When the flood came, there never had been, before or since, such a comprehensive disaster – and his fellows mocked Noah for his foolishness in preparing for such an event. When Israel left Egypt, never before had a captive people been spontaneously set free by their captors to go and found a great nation. When Christ came, Israel was used to prophets. Because, in part, Christ did not fit any of their previous categories, He was rejected by the very people He was sent to. When, after decades of existential war, France was on the very brink of permanent annihilation, it pleased God to send an unlettered teenage girl to rally the country and save the nation. God is always startling, fresh and new. It is we who constantly fail to have the wit to see what He is doing – particularly when it does not fit in with any of our previous experience of Him, which it usually doesn’t.

St. Therese playing St. Joan of Arc in a play she wrote at her convent.

Shortly after I was received into the Church I read St. Therese of Lisieux’s The Autobiography of a Soul – and fell in love with her and her little way. I recognized in it the only way forward in the chaotic times ahead – and know that the way of simplicity is the way to endure this Storm. There will be so much chaos that it will make your head spin. No one can possibly keep up with it. You cannot divine the mind of God. If you seek to be a heat-seeking missile aimed at heresy, you are just as likely to hit a St. Paul in the making as you are a betrayer. In fact, God allows some errors among His servants to draw out the deeper errors of those so caught up in their own vanity that they cannot help but restlessly pick at the splinter in others eyes to avoid contemplating their own splinters candidly. Try not to be one of them. This does not mean you should not authentically proclaim the faith. You should. But again, you will be held to account for EVERYONE you could have given effective witness to but did not because you wanted to show how clever and what a shrewd aide to God you are. AND you will be held to account for EVERY case where you could have defended the faithful from an assault but did not out of false tolerance. If you can wrap your mind around those two dictums, you know it is impossible. A man cannot be that discerning. That is why the ONLY hope is to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those right around you. Trust-Do-Love. Now you know where I got the phrase, “The Next Right Step” from as well. It is an iteration of what I was told from the beginning these times would be like. The way of simplicity is the only way to endure.

We are the sheep.

Some think I have it easy, for I have been told I will live through the Storm if I keep faith. That is not a condescension to me, but necessary for my work. I am also reliably informed that several times, in the course of it, I will desperately long for the release of death to free me from these trials, but it will not be given. Pray that when that happens I will have wit enough to pray for more strength. I am also told that parts of me will be permanently broken for this life once we come out the other end. That makes sense. I came out of my little preparatory mini-Storm with permanent neurological damage and pain. Over the course of my life, I have been forced to see mankind at times through the rancid, accusing eyes of satan. I loathe him. He is the universe’s true bastard – for He had a glorious Father, THE glorious Father, and knew it, but rejected Him that he might accuse and savage mankind. But I also have been privileged to see mankind with God’s eyes; to see the feebleness, the deep longing, and the love that often transforms the most bitter foe at a crucial moment. If you have not read it, take a look at this piece. In the late summer and early fall of 1997, just after I finally agreed to live what God had laid out for me definitively and to the best of my ability, my angel was sent to take me into the whirlwind, like Job, to see all of creation, the whole universe, the beginning and the end. Like Job, I understood very little of it…it was far too great for me. But what animated it all was God’s staggering love for us. Every event, every chance acquaintance, is ordered by God that we may turn to Him and live eternity in heaven. The piece was the best I have ever been able to manage in describing it. It was then that I fell head over heels for God’s creation here and learned never to gainsay it.

Our plans mean nothing. It is best to know as little as possible in detail, in order that we are not tempted to formulate more useless plans. The only thing that will put flesh on the bones of our plans is to relentlessly acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. Do that and you will be an island of peace and strength throughout the Storm.

83 Responses to God’s Plan

  1. SteveBC says:

    Thank you for putting this post in such a prominent and easy-to-find place. Good title, too. I was wondering how you would get it to be short enough for a tab. 🙂

    I just reread it, too. A worthwhile way to remember that I may think I know what’s going on and why, but really I don’t know much at all about the Big Picture. Being a scholarly type and preferring to analyze and plan deliberately before starting a new project, I find this a hard lesson you are pointing out here. I have to remember that most of the major changes in direction in my life have not been deliberately planned but impulsive or demanded.

    However, I think that even I can understand and apply your simple advice to take the next right step each moment. May I be granted the flexibility and humility to actually take this advice! I also pray that the tough times you think are coming to you turn out to come in ways that leave nothing out but that are less painful than you expect. After all, you have been known to get this kind of thing wrong every now and then, so there is room for some redrafting, is there not? Let us hope so, for your sake.

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    • malachi99 says:

      Hi Steve,

      I know we had a bit of a discussion on another post relating to some preparatiions but I cant find it. Sorry Charlie for posting this under this great piece of yours. I came across the other day a fantastic little gadget that many of the copmmunity here might find beneficial, espeially those who love fire like me🙂
      It’s called the Flamestower. It is a thermal electric charger that will basically charge most devices, phones, kindles etc simply by harnessing the power of FIRE. You can stick this bad boy onto any open flame, campfires, stoves etc and it will charge. No batteries, no solar required. They’re not available in Ireland yet but I managed to get on on ebay for a good price. So many amazing innovations out there that also benefit so many in third world countries whose entire lives have been spent ‘off grid’.

      Hope this will be of benefit to some of you.

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      • Kati says:

        Malachi99,

        Is this it? And…is this a good price?

        http://www.amazon.com/FlameStower-Portable-Camping-Charger-Black/dp/B00K3CBQ8U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418484279&sr=8-1&keywords=Flamestower&pebp=1418484153064

        I have a solar-powered charger for my Kindle that works well. I have also loaded my Kindle with great spiritual treasures and a few survival guides. 🙂

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      • SteveBC says:

        Kati, that’s it. $90 at flamestower.com, $80 at Amazon.

        Malachi99, thank you so much for remembering me and our discussion. I need to decide whether to go solar or this or both. Time and events are pressing.

        Our electric rates here are going from 9 cents to 15 cents next week, so I’m trying to get an electrician out here to see how we can cut house demand and possibly set up a small independent PV system. The latter would be quite a bit more flexible than the FlameStower but will cost more.

        Charlie’s post today (Saturday, Dec 13) had a comment that may apply here, that the “things that once were useful have lost their potency.” I always have in the back of my mind that the object is for us to learn trust of God and then all will be well. But then my mind starts in with, “could I just get this one thing or that other thing to squeak by?” I haven’t worked this issue out yet.

        Nonetheless, I’ve put this on my Amazon Wish List. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Jan K says:

      I have no understanding why an Angel, who is giving a specific message, would make it so the person receiving the message would get it wrong. Makes no sense to me. Although I find your messages credible, especially in this day and age, I am wondering that if God wants his people to know something, just say it and get it over with. It seems to me that God has no reason to be cryptic. He told Noah, gonna be a flood worldwide, make this boat that I am going to give you directions on just how to make it. Collect animals, etc. Get on boat, flood comes end of message. Likewise the Virgin Mary was pretty specific at Fatima and those were uneducated children. If something big is happening, and I guess I should be grateful that we are getting a warning at all, then there is nothing we can do about it, except go to church, pray ask for guidance. Most people live paycheck to paycheck. Can’t store 3yrs of food and water. Our government as it stands now will be complicit in murdering millions of people. I believe that some in high places know that a financial meltdown is coming soon. I believe Obama is complicit in this. I think you are a good guy Charlie, but I can’t begin to know God’s purpose in all this except to punish the wicked like Sodom and Gomorrah. This country way worse than they were. I don’t know any other way to live. Maybe you should have built a community for all believers and called them to that place. That would have made more sense to me instead of letting all believers fend for themselves. You would think that God would call his believers to a place of safety. I can’t begin to know the essence of God. Maybe you should have made some suggestions of your own since you are on personal terms. I would think God is the kind to listen to his children. I can’t imagine a burden of knowing and seeing what’s to be. I would think God would want way more people to know than does on this website alone. Of course most would not believe so I get that. But 3 small children in Fatima changed the world and after all this time people still talk about it and those secrets are nothing compared to yours. Brief comment on Medjugore. Supposedly they have 10 secrets. I believe they are fakes. The bible says know them by their works. I don’t believe for 1 second that the Virgin Mary travels around the world with them and with the way things are going I would think starting to tell the secrets would be about now. I believe they don’t have anything and the world will go to pot without them ever saying a word. One good thing is their lucrative businesses will go broke in a world of chaos. People can have religious experiences anywhere. The Catholic church has forbidden catholics from worshipping that place. This is just my 2 cents but I do respect what you are doing.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, Jan, if it has to make sense to your – or any of our – little ways of thinking, it will never make sense. The whole point now is that we must trust God. You don’t have to understand, you don’t have to have your expectations met, none of this is needed to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. It is narrow to cite those who received straightforward messages to argue that anything cryptic can’t be how God acts. God acts in many ways, each suited to the particular situation. He is not a “cookie-cutter” God. Jesus said all manner of cryptic things, most of which even His disciples did not understand until after His resurrection. Fatima was not nearly as straightforward as you seem to think it was. Much of it did not make sense until a decade or two later – and people still argue vociferously about what it means. It did NOT have a widespread audience beyond the bounds of the Iberian Peninsula when it actually happened – or for years after that.

        We have all we need to know what to do in the Scriptures and the Magisterium – yet even many of the most pious ignore it. Trust God and do. I have made it very clear what is necessary: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. But like Naaman in II Kings:5, many will not accept something simple – they insist on something complex and detailed. Contemplate II Kings:5 – and then humbly go do the simple things I have said and you will endure the Storm. But if you must have a complex, detailed answer, you really will have to look somewhere else.

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      • Andy says:

        Jan
        You must be brilliant to be so snarky, or at least brighter than those on this site. Please do not speak ill of Medjugore or it’s possibilities and speak about the Virgin Mary at the level of her being a fairy – HOW DARE YOU! Events from the past seem easy from the present as if they unfolded all at once and were so very clear to people of those times. If others following simple things and the TRUE Church’s authority and it’s teachings are beyond your level of faith because you are so smart and educated keep all your bright ideas to yourself.

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        • Yong Duk says:

          Andy, I don’t see the implication that the BVM is a fairy. Be fair too.

          It’s okay to not believe Medjugore. Respect that.

          Mary has a body. She can travel.

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      • janet333 says:

        “He told Noah, gonna be a flood worldwide, make this boat that I am going to give you directions on just how to make it. Collect animals, etc. Get on boat, flood comes end of message”

        Haha It might not have been that simple Jan. Noah might have grown annoyed and impatient… after all wasn’t it a hundred years he was building that boat? How many times he might have sat down, head in hands wondering if he was just going mad.

        The faithful are not banned from going to Medjugorje..they just cannot promote it as if it has been approved. It is in the Pope’s hands now and whatever happens I will abide by the Church’s decision.

        God Bless You

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  2. herewegokids7 says:

    Just left a comment about the Tribulation on a different post. I appreciate all you’ve written, not trying to formulate a plan, just trying to orient myself. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do understand, here. We spent some time in comments – and sometimes still do – on prudential pious preparation under God and going off depending on yourself. I like the word ‘orient’ as you used it – for either way we have to make plans: whether it is a submission to God or a defiance of him really depends on the orientation of your intentions. Thank you.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Thank you for repeating your simple and beautiful message. Sometimes my head does spin– I will take your words with me everywhere and thanks from the bottom of our hearts. I’m sorry your body hurts so much and I’m sorry you know you will be hurt again. -Jane

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  3. patrick says:

    Dear Jesus, Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!

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  4. Michael says:

    Charlie ,please pray for me that I my truly put my hope in God & not my own selfish flawed plans.

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  5. Gabrielle says:

    I just found your blog and information. It is really hitting me hard. God has been showing me that my perspective on life is wrong and that I don’t trust enough. I am trying to change the way I think about things but it has been a confusing time for me. It is like everything I have been taught is wrong but I keep praying for God’s help. Your blog has helped me understand more of what I am suppose to be doing. Thank you. Would you have any advice for someone who seems to be constantly under attack to leave the Catholic church? I am constantly suffering this and often feel I am at my breaking point. Thank you. God Bless. Your blog is very , very helpful.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Welcome to this site, Gabrielle. Do not hesitate to ask in Prayer Requests or under appropriate posts for help and advice from other readers. A real font of accumulated wisdom has grown up among the readers who comment here – and we treat each other like family. Sometimes brawling a little, but always with affection and respect. I have surely learned as much from readers as they have from me.

      As to your concerns, a wise priest once told me that “faith is an act of the will.” We cannot always feel it, but we can choose to live it. Once you accept that, these “dry” periods, or periods of temptation can be periods of great grace and spiritual growth, though you can’t feel it until after the dry period has passed. That is a period where, solely with your will, you stretch your hand out to God. He sees and draws you to Him. I have such dry periods myself…and during those times do, as well as I can, what I don’t then feel – simply because I know it to be fruitful. And sometimes, the dryness wins a round and I fail to do the things today that I know I should. When that happens, I just try harder to do it the next day. If I fail again that day, I form my resolve anew. It has gotten to where it is very rare that I go more than two days in a paralyzed mope…but there was a time when it could go on for a week or more.

      When you are not sure of things, that may well be a time when you are at the threshold of wisdom…for God may be first loosing you from your preconceptions, He does this when preparing a soul for encounter with Him. So pray that He guide you and show you the way…then don’t worry, but trust that He will bring you there, usually in little whispers rather than loud thunder, but He will help you.

      I have prayed that Our Lord send His holy foster father, St. Joseph, to guide you, comfort you, and show you a true father’s love as he draws you into the joy which is in Christ and then spread it to those around you. Thank you so much for joining us.

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      • Gabrielle says:

        Thank you so much! Your words have greatly encouraged me. God Bless you!

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        • janet333 says:

          Hi Gabrielle..Now why would you ever want to leave your ‘home?’ 🙂 Its the only safe place to be, especially now as we are seeing the world fall apart. When you get those thoughts just rebuke and bind them in Jesus’ Holy Name and send them to the foot of the cross. We are here for you so don’t worry.

          Love and blessings

          Janet

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      • janet333 says:

        Charlie… just lately I’ve had moments of what I think might be depression. There really is no reason for me to feel like this and it is something I have never suffered from, an exception being just one time after a major operation. I have had quite a bit of turmoil in my life yet I am the one whose glass is always half full, not half empty. I was always filled with hope, no matter the crisis. I remember you saying something like.. towards the end we will feel so ‘low’ during the ‘storm’ that we will lose all hope. I’m scared now in case these feelings I’ve been having escalate during the storm. I think I better do the prayer of entrustment for this intention as I know I will need to be filled with love and hope for those around me. Could you please pray for me too Charlie?

        Thank you and God bless you for all you do.

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  6. I just went to confession and reentered into communion with Christ and found my way here. I know it can be dangerous to give praise to men, for fear they get arrogant and fall, but I say well done Charlie Johnston. Thank you for serving God with love and loyalty. You were a vessel for all the exact words I needed to hear in order to understand my flaws. Praise be to God! Is it strange that I feel more hopeful than ever the closer we get to the more chaotic portion of the storm? And please pray for my parish priest, Father Donnelly, who’s been fighting illness for quite some time.

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  7. Terry Nelson says:

    This is true. This is good advice and direction. Thank you.

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  8. Janet Lowden says:

    With all the talk of not planning, should we not get things together like some food in cans, or firewood to cook with?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Janet, you must be fairly new here. I encourage people to go ahead with some simple, prudent preparation if they are so inclined. The point is not to think you can come up with a complicated scenario that would exempt you from the consequences of the Storm. Getting canned food and firewood is perfectly reasonable.

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  9. janet333 says:

    I have a felling of real guilt. I moved into a new house recently and bought some new things…I probably didn’t need…. and they were expensive. A thought kept coming into my mind…”You cant eat these” yet I went ahead and bought them. 😦

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    • Julie says:

      Janet, I think a part of us still can’t believe how much our lives are going to change. My stomach has been upset since I read about the Storm. I have a list of things that I have bought and am planning to buy to help my family and neighbors survive. Is that wrong? The one thing I quit planning for is a nuclear attack. I will pray and show my family how to pray for safety if that happens. I also ordered the Prayer for Miraculous Trust cards for my family and neighbors. One other thing I have done is print many of Charlie’s writings to share as well and keep as inspiration. I wrote on my bathroom mirror with lipstick “Do not be afraid, I go before you always”. That way I see it a lot. I need a lot of reminders because my memory isn’t that great and my head is spinning. Peace in Christ to everyone

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      • charliej373 says:

        Hang in there, Julie. A spirit of fear is prelude to despair and defeat. A spirit of confidence in your heavenly Father…gratitude that you can always call upon the Mother of Our Lord as your Mother – even when you don’t know the way…that is the spirit that will carry you through and others around you.

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        • Julie says:

          Thank you, Charlie, for the reminder. I printed it out and put it in my journal that I started. I know in my heart they are true and good, but my head has to catch up to my heart. I lost my first husband in a car accident 5 years ago so I know intense grief and I think that is what I am doing now. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for you and will pray for you as I would my own earthly family. .

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      • Beckita says:

        Julie, if you wish, go to You Tube and search for Dr. Caroline Leaf. Caroline is a woman of evangelical faith with wonderful brain-researched, practical and Biblically-based teachings on how our thoughts impact every dimension of our being. We are the gatekeepers of our thoughts. With practice and God’s Grace, we can shift from worry and anxiety, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us from thought-spinning to living in His fruits of love, joy, peace, patience… “Come, Holy Spirit, Come by Means of the Powerful Intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your Well-Beloved Spouse.”

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      • CrewDog says:

        Julie sez:

        “…… still can’t believe how much our lives are going to change. My stomach has been upset since I read about the Storm. I have a list of things that I have bought and am planning to buy to help my family and neighbors survive. Is that wrong? …………I will pray and show my family how to pray for safety if that happens. I also ordered the Prayer for Miraculous Trust cards for my family and neighbors. One other thing I have done is print many of Charlie’s writings to share as well and keep as inspiration. I wrote on my bathroom mirror with lipstick “Do not be afraid, I go before you always”. ……. Peace in Christ to everyone”

        Stomach upset quite normal. Preparation is important!!! As I have come to believe, The Lord may be counting on Thee & Me to be of aid and inspiration to others who come our way. It may be hard but you must put on a Happy Face and keep all things as normal as you can … especially with children … enjoy this Christmas Season with your Family/’Friends while you “nudge” them along … gently😉

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  10. Aaron Pfoutz says:

    You stretch out Your hand and save me” Ps 137:7

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  11. jlynnbyrd says:

    Janet, you are in my prayers too. Today’s Joy of the Gospel excerpts is a reminder that we will all experience difficult moments spiritually, to our benefit. May God send His Holy Spirit to guide you and may your angel comfort you at this time. God bless.
    The Joy of the Gospel – 287
    Posted: 14 Oct 2015 12:00 AM PDT
    Star of the new Evangelization
    287. We ask the Mother of the living Gospel to intercede that this invitation to a new phase of evangelization will be accepted by the entire ecclesial community. Mary is the woman of faith, who lives and advances in faith,[214] and “her exceptional pilgrimage of faith represents a constant point of reference for the Church”.[215] Mary let herself be guided by the Holy Spirit on a journey of faith towards a destiny of service and fruitfulness. Today we look to her and ask her to help us proclaim the message of salvation to all and to enable new disciples to become evangelizers in turn.[216] Along this journey of evangelization we will have our moments of aridity, darkness and even fatigue. Mary herself experienced these things during the years of Jesus’ childhood in Nazareth: “This is the beginning of the Gospel, the joyful good news. However, it is not difficult to see in that beginning a particular heaviness of heart, linked with a sort of night of faith – to use the words of Saint John of the Cross – a kind of ‘veil’ through which one has to draw near to the Invisible One and to live in intimacy with the mystery. And this is the way that Mary, for many years, lived in intimacy with the mystery of her Son, and went forward in her pilgrimage of faith”.[217]
    [214] Cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 52-69.
    [215] John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Mater (25 March 1987), 6: AAS 79 (1987), 366-367.
    [216] Cf. Propositio 58.
    [217] John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Mater (25 March 1987), 17: AAS 79 (1987), 381.
    © LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA. http://www.ajoywhichisshared.org/

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  12. janet333 says:

    Thank you for all your prayers friends. I know I am being uplifted by them. God is good! 🙂

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  13. Cheri lynn says:

    Found your site through Immaculate heart radio and am so very grateful to have a place to learn and turn to for information and forth site. Thank you Charlie for listening. Thank you for sharing. Your story has helped me to understand the struggles and crazy life path and projects I have recently been blessed with enduring. The Lord is so very good to us.

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  14. caelids says:

    I know this sounds crazy, but I too feel like God has moved me and my family into place and taken steps to orient our hearts toward him. From being a God-denier to becoming (again) Christian, then Catholic, then a homeschooling family, then more children…with each step I move forward in suffering, and yet every time He has come to meet me on the way. With the recent manifestations of my husband’s health problems, I have had fear, anxiety, and depression that tempted me to despair.

    I prayed like never before and began to keep a journal. I now realize that this journal is for me alone, but there is a message in it that the world could benefit from, and it echoes Charlie’s writings. When we place ourselves in His hands, which always means giving up our plans, we place ourselves in a position of vulnerability and trust. These I have found to be irresistible to Him. Yes, our sin grieves Him greatly, but the Personality I have been given to know…well let me just say…there isn’t a love song or an exciting story that begins to compare to it. He has come to replace my earthly desires and fight the monster of sin that still lives inside me.

    He doesn’t want us to be afraid. He doesn’t want us to be anxious all the time, or paralyzed by guilt. He wants us to break down all the barriers that divide us from other people. How? Through little acts of kindness and mercy…like Charlie says…with love and hope. Then we will see Him acting in our lives…suspending them….we are literally “out on a limb”…the limb of grace. Our lives are already hanging on His miracles and His mercy. The whole world (and this is the main message!) — THE WHOLE WORLD IS FILLED WITH HIS MERCY. Even “sinners” and atheists and people who don’t acknowledge Him benefit from His Mercy. The earth would be one long nightmare were it not for His Mercy. And it’s a loving Mercy. He doesn’t hold us at arm’s length. He doesn’t hold us by two fingers as if we were a stinking piece of trash. There isn’t an earthly embrace close enough to describe it. And He wants us in Mary’s heart…why? Because her heart is inside His Heart. Moving into Mary’s heart just takes you further into the Heart of Jesus.

    At one point I thought of starting a blog to talk about all this, but as it turns out there isn’t time. Thank you, Charlie, for this forum, and thank you everyone, for keeping the faith!

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  15. Ellen says:

    I am so grateful for this site! I have come through a terrible journey and I am not quite through. I hang, cling to Jesus, practice walking in faith every day sometimes moment to moment. I am also more aware of recognizing the people who come into my life and why, and what I should do concerning them. I have had opportunities to evangelize and done so! I am not exactly sure how to acknowledge God as a step. Charlie I feel silly asking this question, but how exactly do I do that? Is it in the recognizing that a situation is sent by God? Is it a prayer or a salutation? I just want to be sure.

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  16. julie says:

    I want to be with my children and that would require me to leave my husband of a year. His daughter and grand daughter live with us and she is not stable. I just want to be with my children who live 2 hours away. Please pray that I make the right decision. To stay or go be with my children. Thank you Charlie for being there for God and his people. Many blessings.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Julie, as you discern God’s Will and asking St. Joseph to intercede for for you and all your family.

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      • Julie says:

        Thank you for your prayers. I sometimes wish I didn’t know about this coming, but I am at the same time grateful that I can start my conversion so I can be ready to help my family. I have never been good at giving up control and I pray constantly that I have God’s will in my heart and not my own. Thank you so much again!!

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  17. janet333 says:

    “I think a part of us still can’t believe how much our lives are going to change. ”
    I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like Julie. I just know I have to trust in God and help those around me. I am also praying for it to be held back so there is less time to endure before the ‘rescue’ I keep wondering about this ‘Year of Mercy’ the Pope has proclaimed.

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  18. Julie says:

    Wow…I had a spiritual awakening tonight, Charlie! I haven’t quit crying for days. Grieving because Thanksgiving with my family was the best ever. My children are finally doing well and I have found peace since my first husband died. My current sweet husband and I were talking tonight and he was telling me about the pain of his divorce. I see the pain that trickled down to his children too and it hit me…there is so much pain in this world. Everywhere I look I see unresolved pain that translates into very dark times. I understand now that I am a part of that as well, being a sinner and all. All of our pain needs to get worse before it gets better. I want to be a part of getting better. I no longer feel sick and the tears have stopped. I thanked God and our Mother Mary (I love the way you told me, Charlie, to see her as my Mother.) I will continue to pray for all of us. For reasons only God knows at this point all of us on this site are few. Our loved ones and neighbors are going to be so frightened and I am so thankful I have had time to work through the fear and have a deeper understanding of why this has to happen. I am praying for all of us to receive God’s graces but especially for the conversion of our children as they will be the ones to forge on when Mary comes to rescue us. Keeping the faith, Charlie! Thank you!!

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  19. Julie says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words! Yes, I truly hope God saves us all too. I still want to live to be with my children and grand children. I will continue to prepare physically and spiritually the best I can. I am on a med that I need to survive and will have to trust God’s will.

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  20. Julie says:

    Thank you. I will look into that. I hope there will be time enough for me to work on this.

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    • Beckita says:

      I think there’s time in each and every moment to do just what Our Lord and Our Lady are leading us to do, Julie. We desire to follow Them, give our best effort via living Charlie’s foundational message (Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope…) and breathe freely the Holy Spirits fruits in our lives. God bless you!

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  21. Julie says:

    Allright! Gosh I just forget this. I am so new at constantly giving in to God’s will. It still surprises me how often I have to be reminded. Thank you once again!! You are a true blessing to me.

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  22. Julie says:

    I will have to read and contemplate The Year of Mercy. Sure does seem fitting!

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  23. Julie says:

    I will look into that. I have never had much discipline when it comes to that. I seem to let my anxieties take over. Thank you so much for the suggestion. You are a blessing!!

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  24. Julie says:

    To Charlie, CrewDog, Janet, Charlie and Beckita: Thank you, Thank you and God Bless all of you to the nth degree!! Your words and prayers have and continue to inspire me on this journey. I find myself getting frustrated as all the holiday and family issues and distractions take so much time and energy away from spiritual preparation. However, I have had at least enough time to calm my body and think a little more clearly. I understand why the Storm has to happen. It does remind me of when my mother put out our manger scene at Christmas, she didn’t include the baby Jesus until Christmas day. It frightened me because I though Jesus wasn’t with me through the Advent season. Yes, it is childish, but that is the way I am feeling about the “Storm”. God’s protective hand will be lifted and we will have to necessarily suffer for all of our sins for the greater glory of God and Mother Mary. If anyone can shed some light to clarify for me how we should pray to God or if I am misunderstanding. I understand praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Tepeyac. Is this what Charlie speaks about in the book of Job that we need only to pray for Mary’s intercession to ask God to forgive our sins? Also, I absolutely loved the explanation of the BooK of Job, but now I can’t find it. Can someone direct me again so I can print it? My heart is so grateful to have know ahead of time about the “Storm”. I am pretty sure I will still be shaken, but will have some direction for me, my family, loved ones and neighbors. God Bless you all on this Feast of Our Lady of Tepeyac!!

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    • Petra says:

      Julie: One prayer that seems to be really helpful when we are anxious and afraid is praying the Surrender Novena. You can see it here: http://motheofgod.com/threads/novena-of-surrender-to-the-will-of-god.4356/
      Many people on this site have recommended it over time, and it is very effective.
      And please don’t be afraid of God. He loves you. That’s why He’s calling you now. That is why you know about all this now. Repent sincerely, and look into His kind eyes of forgiveness. It’s already okay for you and yours.
      God bless.

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      • Julie says:

        Alright, Petra!! I printed it and started it today. It took a tragedy five years ago before I started seeing God in a different light and then another desperate time when I prayed for Mary’s intercession like I have never done before for one of my children. My prayers were answered. It brings tears to my eyes that I am almost 55 and just beginning to understand the love Mary and God have for each of us. I can’t tell you how much your response means to me. It is so comforting to know there are such good people out there that truly care for another of God’s children. Thank you from my heart!!

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  25. Julie says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for your usual diligence! I hope you responded late because you are a night owl and not because you are not feeling well. Take good care of yourself!!

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  26. Charlie; you make no mention of Garabandal. Why?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have mentioned and discussed Garabandal many times on this site. I don’t understand your question. If the premise is that I haven’t mentioned Garabandal, it is incorrect. If it is merely that I did not mention it on the Page you are currently reading, while I respect Garabandal, I do not mention any particular such prophecy every time I discuss what my work is.

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Larry, Please use the search functions on the side of the page to check into particular topics of interest. Here’s a link for posts related to Garabandal: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/?s=Garabandal

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  27. Lance Redden says:

    Wha about the 3 days of darkness & the great monarch also.i say my daily rosary but I also chant buddahist mantras do you think that’s ok just curious thanks…

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    • charliej373 says:

      Lance, I think I explained a healthy approach to prophecy here. Also, I don’t think it is appropriate for a Christian to chant any sort of formal non-Christian mantra, excepting of course, those Jewish expressions of faith that are our roots.

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    • janet333 says:

      Lance why would you want to chant those mantras when we have our own beautiful ejaculations that save souls? An exorcist priest explained that we are calling on satan when we use those mantras. 😦

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  28. Gods Will says:

    Interesting, God led me to the end of this blog just to read Lance’s post. Recently had a discussion in regards to the martial arts. It’s tenets are self centered, and rooted in the ancient art of war, given to the world by Buddhist monks.. Jesus never said, trust in me until physically attacked, for when physically attacked, follow the method of hand to hand combat, passed down from the Buddhist monks of ancient Asia… What He said was: Put on the whole armor of God.. Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.. (& many more things) So yes I definitely agree, disregard the Buddhist chants, you’re confusing your Angel🙂
    In regards to the “Do not fear”, comment above.. Did you know those words “Do not fear” are written in our Holy Bible, 365 times? That’s 1 “Do not fear” for every day of the year🙂
    Also, I agree with Charlie, have a little provisions stored for the rough times ahead, as God can multiply. He’s shown us many examples of this in our Holy Bibles🙂
    Jesus I trust in you, x’s 3, ever day
    Pax🙂

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  29. Quick question Charlie. The traditional Catholic formula of “One flock, one Shepherd” has over the centuries been construed as an ecumenical reunification of Christendom and conversion of the Jews and potentially Islam.under the Pastor Aeternus, the Pope of Rome. You mention the One Shepherd is the Risen Christ which would necessitate the Parousia and the Resurrection of the dead and the glorification of those faithful who are alive at his glorious appearing. We will become like him when we see him as he really is soo…aren’t we really talking about an almost unimaginable order of new creation where Heaven has come done to earth and the idea that we will have shrines and temples and Churches and all the accoutrements of the last 2000 years really anachronistic?

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    • charliej373 says:

      No. I say we will be given back a perfectly ordinary normal world after the Rescue. We will have to work, to choose leaders, to do all the things we now do…but we will do it after having been literally put through the wringer, clean and renewed. God is giving US another chance, not taking over so we don’t mess up again. But when we DO mess up again en masse, that will be the beginning of the actual end.

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  30. janet says:

    Many people get confused between this time…the Minor Apostasy …which is now, and the Great Apostasy at the Second Coming.

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  31. No confusion here just clarity. How do you construe that there will be one flock and one shepherd under the Risen Christ if not his Second Coming? Maybe a Great Monarch and an Angelic Pastor which is the traditional Roman Catholic mystical and prophetic vision for the Millennium.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Why would you think the only thing you can imagine is the only way God could accomplish this? God can think of 100 ways in an instant that the whole human race could never come up with. I tell you that we will all be one again and that this is NOT Christ’s second coming. If the hearts of the people of the world are changed by a visible Rescue, many things are possible. Don’t limit your trust in God merely to what each of us are capable of imagining. Just last Sunday we had a reading from the Book of Wisdom, chiding us for thinking we can definitively figure out heavenly things when we can scarcely grasp humble earthly things:

      “Who can know God’s counsel,
      or who can conceive what the LORD intends?
      For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
      and unsure are our plans.
      For the corruptible body burdens the soul
      and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
      And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
      and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
      but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?” – (Wisdom 9:13-16)

      Contemplate this deeply before ever saying that the “only” way something can happen is one which is easily grasped by feeble human reasoning.

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  33. zxaphodbeeblebrox says:

    am simply Caroline. I have been brought in the faith and never judging, If you met my Mum you would know why I never questioned being a catholic. I have wonderful god blessed nuns and Fathers inn my path. I am 52 now and now realise I new nothing. I followed along. My belief is ,after all the really killer knocks and blows over my life with no help from the church to say I am still a catholic. Keep it simple I. Agree…you are tested I agree…..excuse but in the big planet and a simple catholic that knows nothing and is learning day by day….how am I or any catholic going to defend ..help…go foward do bloody anything when school was out years ago. I have no answers for myself so I can’t defend my faith. I have read how bad the curch has become in every way…so be it..it was for told…..but surley someone out. There can answer our simple littel feeble minded weak souls. …..NoT one space . Our Father was right in that in this day and age know one cares. At least you all have a paddle ,I don’t even have a duckie

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    • charliej373 says:

      Please don’t get caught up in nurturing grievances. This is a place where we focus on acknowledging God, taking the nest right step, and being a sign of hope. We are not controlled by what other people say unless we allow it. And no one is to blame for what we know or don’t about our faith. We are called and held responsible for informing ourselves and maintaining our peace. Slow down, concentrate on what you are called to do and all will be well.

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  34. zaphodbeeblebox says:

    I am tiried of being attacked as a catholic…I cant and have never had the resources to study my faith. Then I get angry.every catholic should have been taught ALL of this. Apparently I am a Satanist as I am catholthic and it goes on and on and on. Where are our Answers??? We follow in faith…believe me we all not stupid or uneducated. I realise as do so many the bad guy has taken over. Can some one please STOP…THINK…..be simple. So many souls and all they get is politics and religion. Some one here mentioned why leave home. THEY don’t have a home physically or spiritually. Tell you what next person says I am. A satintist because I am a catholic ???….welll I won’t be proud later

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    • charliej373 says:

      I presume you had some event that triggered this frustration. I know no one who calls a Catholic a Satanist. Don’t worry…just live your faith and be at peace. If your peace is destroyed, the object of the person who attacked you is obtained.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      zaph, take a look at this, it may help you as it has help so many of us here. It is very simple and very comforting.
      http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena
      Praying for you! God bless you🙂

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dear zaphod,
      Love them back. This is living our faith. It is what Jesus does. It is the mark of His Disciples. Confess your anger and receive the gift of God’s Sanctifying Grace. After your confession, receive the Holy Eucharist and if the abuse happens again, inform them and decide that you will no longer react in anger- only love.
      When Jesus asks us why we should enter heaven, our answer is not that we are worthy because we were educated in the faith. No! We will never be worthy but God has given us His Divine Life, Sanctifying Grace. I will pray for your persecutors and all the needs of TNRS as well.
      “Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above” Ask the Queen of Angels to speak to your good angels and pray a rosary together for your persecutors with trust. This is our weapon. No words of argument directed to them are necessary.
      And finally, if you are being abused, get help from church and secular authorities. Love ZJ

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