How Long, O Lord?

By Charlie Johnston

Church Militant’s interview with Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Chairman, Trey Trainor, is not just good; it’s consequential. Those Bishops and other religious leaders who have relied on purported fears of losing their tax exempt status to justify turning a blind eye to depredations on the left and attacking the right with impunity just had one of their biggest excuses swept out from under them.

It has long troubled me that we had a Pope like St. John Paul II who literally risked summary execution to be a seminarian in Nazi-occupied Poland while much of the modern hierarchy would not risk their tax exempt status to defend children against mass massacre, much less defend the other teachings of Christ. Now that excuse is emphatically gone. If the reprobates in robes are going to continue to turn a blind eye to attacks on the faith, while punishing any in their ranks who defend the faith, it will become increasingly clear it is because they are faithless, not because of any “prudence.” I was particularly galled to see a Catholic healthcare worker was fired from a Catholic clinic in Oregon for refusing to perform procedures that are contrary to Catholic doctrine – including referring patients for abortion.

I have been wondering lately if I would have become Catholic if the time of decision was now rather than 30 years ago. My intense examination convinced me that the Catholic Church is the safe repository in which the fullness of Christ’s revelation is entrusted. The historian in me had already known that the Catholic Church is the only Church founded by Christ, Himself. Helping me along the way were the rich spiritual treasures of the Church Fathers, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and even the documents of Vatican II (which are NOT to be confused with the pernicious lies called the “spirit” of Vatican II. The truth of Vatican II is inspiring; what is usually termed the “spirit” of it is unclean.) None of that is changed. Yet, if I were starting from zero knowledge, the outward appearance is so feckless, corrupt, and contrary to the Gospels, that I have doubts I would ever have begun the examination of what the Church actually formally teaches that revealed these treasures. The truth is that the modern hierarchy, at the very least, matches the corruption of the pre-Reformation Church that cried out to heaven for reform, but probably actually exceeds its depredations. It sure makes the Reformation a lot more understandable as a cry of anguish against self-righteous and hypocritical corruption. And it shows those who stayed and ultimately achieved that reform to be all the more courageous, heroic and saintly. May they pray for us now.

How long, O Lord?

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A few months ago, a friend of mine who I have been involved in a long-term research project with, told me in astonishment, “Charlie, I’m beginning to think that when the history of this era is written, we will find we have been primarily governed for decades by satanic pedophiles.” My friend is not an alarmist, but a cool sober analyst and researcher. But on this project, every time we think we have hit bottom, we find an opening to a whole new chamber of horrors.

I have come to think that, if the left does not actually hate children (and that is no sure thing), it regards them only as objects to be exploited for their amusement, pleasure and political advantage. There is the holocaust of abortion, of course. But the exploitation doesn’t stop with the mass serial executions of unborn children. More and more producers and people from Hollywood are weighing in with horrific tales of how children are sexually exploited in the entertainment industry – and as quick as they get out, the social media titans and arbiters of modern “morality” shut them down. The left is now shamelessly physically and violently attacking even young children who have the temerity to be at a Republican rally or have a MAGA hat. Now, only the thinnest fig leaf of pretense of concern for the welfare of children is left with the Netflix release of the French film, “Cuties,” which features 11-year-old girls performing in horrifically sexually aggressive ways.

When I first read about it, I got a two-minute clip. The truth is that we do have a little bit of a puritan streak on our side. Sometimes things that have been described as horrific, when I turn them on, are edgy, but nowhere near horrific. Some were describing this as blatant child porn. Thirty seconds into the clip, I shut it off, genuinely horrified. I went back and watched the whole two minutes – and was more horrified. Four 11-year-old girls are part of a dance troupe in skimpy outfits that does routines best kept to the strip clubs. At about the thirty second mark, a couple of the girls lay back, spread their legs wide and start stroking their crotches. I am not making this up. The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes and most of the rest of the establishment media has defended this vigorously, calling criticism of it as only coming from right-wing rubes and conspiracy theorists. The film is designed to reveal the horrors of child sexual abuse, they say. Right. And “snuff” films are just made to show how terrible murder is.

This is what, in the 70’s, was properly called soft pornography. But this features 11-year-olds. And the establishment elites consider it visionary and enlightened. That tells you all you need to know about the establishment elites and the rest of what they tell you rubes.

I have not linked to a clip of the film. If you must see it to make sure I am not exaggerating, you can find it yourself. But don’t save it to your computer. You could be arrested for having that sort of garbage. The slugs who constitute our elite classes no longer feel confined to the space beneath the rocks in the garden. This is an effort to normalize pedophilia, period.

How long, O Lord?

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Many of those defending Netflix latest entry of commercial child porn are attacking defenders of children as being “QAnon conspiracists,” as that group has posited that there is substantial organized pedophilia and pederasty among our elite classes. Regular readers know that I am not a big fan of QAnon, but I find nothing at all disreputable of being a follower of the group. I am a little angered at many conservatives denouncing it to show they are not conspiracy-minded. Frankly, if you took a person who followed only QAnon and another who only followed CNN and MSNBC, the former would be better and more accurately informed. The latter outlets denounced any who thought that Obama’s White House spied on Donald Trump or that the FBI and other alphabet agencies conspired to depose him as “conspiracy theorists.” Yet these, and other such things inconvenient to the leftist narrative have been shown to be proven facts. When conspiracy theories keep turning out to be true – and even worse than originally thought, being called a conspiracy theorist is not an effective insult. The “arbiters of truth” in our elite classes are engaged in a conspiracy to shut down all Christian and conservative expression – and hiss like vampires in sunlight whenever they are exposed.

How long, O Lord?

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Youtube has censored a video of Dr. Scott Atlas at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University. His crime? He did not support the media’s preferred narrative on Covid and how best to deal with it. So now the grand, high, exalted mystic poohbahs of social media are censoring actual scientists discussing actual science at one of the most prestigious universities in the world…and doing it in the name of science?!?!

The scientific and philosophical illiterates at social media are deciding which prestigious scientists to censor – in the name of protecting public health! No, they are protecting their preferred narrative, science be damned.

How long, O Lord?

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I laughed out loud at this piece about how climate change stalks the globe but only makes landfall in places with disastrously incompetent forestry management policies. It is a subject near and dear to me because, in the early 90’s, when California went all in on these reckless policies, I frequently and loudly proclaimed that the result of them would be catastrophically large and destructive forest fires. We are here.

In my early 20’s, I was a committed environmentalist. I still am. I started drifting away from the formal movement as my studies increasingly showed they did not know what they were talking about. Further research revealed that most policies the professional environmentalists advocate for are objectively bad for the environment. They are ignorant, willful people who do not take the time to learn how the environment works, but just want a soothing pad from which to launch their noxious political enthusiasms.

How long, O Lord?

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Here is the final installment in the series of interviews on CORAC. In it we discuss squirrels, the vital importance of acknowledging God and the critical role of Mary.

Meantime, we now have a CORAC store up, chock full of shirts, flight jackets, hats and coffee mugs. WE should have it up publicly in about a week.

Coming soon, O Lord!

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324 thoughts on “How Long, O Lord?

  1. Holy Smokescherinos! ! The Trey Trainor interview strips our prelates of all deception. The truth stands. Wow. God have mercy on Your shepherds and, somehow – no wonder we’re living the Storm – bring them back… and bring us all back. Often, the old St. Louis Jesuit song, “Save US O Lord,” runs through my head when I’m praying for the Church, especially the refrain: Save us O Lord; carry us back; rouse Your power and come. Rescue Your people; show us Your face; bring us back.

    What a poignant image, Charlie. (Where is the setting? WWII?) SO SO much is crumbling and blowing apart. Love, Love, Love the video interview CJ and MP.

    Hauntingly, two passages from Scripture come to mind with this interview AND the agenda to normalize pedophilia: “And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:7-8) Too, the good thief who asked the other thief from his cross: “Have you no fear of God?”

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      1. with all due respect Charlie, I don’t think an executive order is much protection for bishops. the IRS is pretty clear that nonprofits cant engage in politics. https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-organizations/the-restriction-of-political-campaign-intervention-by-section-501c3-tax-exempt-organizations#:~:text=Under%20the%20Internal%20Revenue%20Code,candidate%20for%20elective%20public%20office.
        If the bishops themselves stuck to teaching the truths of the Catholic church instead of feel-good generic christian (or even spiritual but not religious) sermons then Catholics would know that abortion, euthanaisa, gay marriage and all the other maladies of our time were sin. God does not let you do whatever stupid thing you think you want to do because He “wants you to be happy.” And the bishops need to encourage their priests to do the same and back them up 100% when the inevitable push back comes from liberal Catholics, not to mention the internet trolls. If Catholics were really informed about their religion they wouldn’t need to be told who to vote for.

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        1. Well, you may be right, Madkat. Certainly the IRS thinks their administrative rules have more force than a presidential order and a determination by the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission charged with enforcing regulations. But a presidential executive order supersedes an IRS administrative interpretation – as president is the decider in how the law should be enforced administratively. Obviously, the administrative state thinks their rules supersede anything an elected official says – but I think the president is smoking them out. We will see. But yes, most Bishops will find any excuse to avoid their duty to vigorously defend children’s lives and authentic teaching.

          More to the point, everything IS being revealed now – and the folks who have relied on their cleverness and audacity are about to find, shockingly, that that cleverness and audacity is now going to be the death of them instead of their shield.

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  2. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – 😉 ……. but …. How Long O Lord … some of us are gettin’ Old..Ya Know ;-(

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/are-bishops-who-punish-priests-for-speaking-against-democratic-party-betraying-the-faith?

    https://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/michael-brown/2020/09/16/historic-peace-treaty-or-preparation-for-the-antichrist

    https://www.christianpost.com/voices/kingdoms-at-war-what-does-your-vote-say-about-your-soul.html

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/09/16/the-background-of-the-harris-biden-ticket/

    …. but if Ya question anything BLM or demand an investigation of whos-who of funding, you are a Trump Lovin’ Racist … See!??
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/16/study-up-to-95-percent-of-2020-u-s-riots-are-linked-to-black-lives-matter/

    https://www.city-journal.org/marxist-revolutionaries-black-lives-matter

    https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/victoria-taft/2020/09/15/poof-the-portland-riots-just-stopped-why-n933330

    … which means every producer class American has to pay for it ;-(
    https://nypost.com/2020/09/16/riots-following-george-floyds-death-could-cost-up-to-2b/

    http://www.redstate.com/stu-in-sd/2020/09/15/the-adverse-effects-of-obama’s-eo-13583-and-fogo-purge-are-now-obvious/

    https://townhall.com/

    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/a-tale-of-two-religious

    https://thenationalpulse.com/news/kassam-on-fox-trump-is-positively-churchillian/

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/16/tucker-carlson-from-its-very-first-days-this-pandemic-was-shrouded-in-lies/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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  3. Good evening fellow squirrel watchers! We are now off evacuation alert and free to unpack. The wind totally stopped, so we have smoke, but the fires are being contained – in Oregon, anyway.
    Thank-you for your prayers, I cannot express the sense of peace that came over me in the middle of all this. Your prayers helped so very, very much. THANK-YOU!
    School was postponed for one week because of potential evacuations, beginning next Monday. It will be online until November. Praying that in-person classes begin at that time.🙏🏼 Our positive SARS-cov-2 cases are decreasing and that is the criteria for the resumption of classes. Our governor has said so, I pray she is truthful.
    Thank-you to each of you for your prayers-I pray for you!
    And God bless us, every one ✝️
    Katey in Oregon 💕

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    1. Great update, Katey. Thanks be to God! We’ve had horrific air quality with red sunrises – not the sky hidden behind the thick haze – but the sun itself has been red and/or orangie/peachy in color.

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  4. I read on Father Z’s blog tonight, that the Newspaper of the Italian Bishops Conference – Avvenire – defends the movie “Cuties.” In the article, it says ” There’s no explaining the campaign against Netflix: there is no “scandalous sexualization of adolescents” as some among the 600,000 signers of a petition have written.”

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      1. I’m not able to watch the Church Militant video on iPad using Google Chrome (huh….funny thing, but the “Cuties” preview plays immediately). Fortunately I had no problem watching with the Safari browser. I’m getting tired of getting angry. Wonder if I should let it roll off me like water off a duck’s back and avoid relishing the strong indignation I feel hearing of these jerks leading our Church. It’s so far beyond my reach that I can’t do anything about them anyway. Just feel sorrow and pray I guess.

        The creator of that soft core “cheese pizza” is a black woman. In this climate, good luck criticizing her too strongly about anything.

        So it appears tons of people on YouTube have made videos reviewing Cuties. And they quantify it saying that they had an open mind going into it, and then add the caveat that the noble reason for producing this flick in the first place was to expose the exploitation of children (and ironically — but not accidentally — by exploiting children). The two reviews I saw were by liberals, and they proceeded to act shocked and say just us how terrible it was. Like lookee-loos driving by a horrific and bloody car accident and saying, “Oh, the gore, body parts everywhere! But please don’t look!! Don’t look right over there!!! It’s disgusting!” This will just promote the movie further with some people.

        So score two for satan: 1.) The imagery may have awakened a darkness or even generational demon in those men and women who may have otherwise never considered this evil “fetish”; and 2.) we can expect more of this heinous garbage now that the door has been opened wide by the mainstream media and spread across the globe using the internet. (please excuse the puns 😡)

        I wonder the same thing. How long, o Lord?

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      2. It is all so confusing, Charlie. I wish it would be condemned by the Magisterium and by every Bishop throughout the world, especially the Bishop of Rome. Why the silence? The more silence there is, the more assent there seems to be. Still we are to believe and think the best of everyone and never assume bad intentions. But, why is there silence on the part of Rome? What could be the reason for that? What a predicament when we are also supposed to call out the evil. 😦

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    1. Also disturbing -why, oh why would parents allow fame, money or whatever enticement to override better judgement and permit their tweens to be a part of a film rated TV-MA (mature audience). Since Our Lady of Fatima first warned in 1917 about sins of the flesh, seems as if every generation has an illicit behavior that ‘avante-garde’ film producers attempt to bring en vogue. Indeed, O Lord how long, and how many souls are perishing in the meantime. Time to ramp up our sacrifices.

      In other matters, Charlie, are you at liberty to update: was David D. able to meet his bond fundraising goals to stop seizure of assets?

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      1. Oh yes, Daleiden update….David did raise the money. He also begins discovery on the Civil Rights case shortly. Planned Parenthood tried to get it moved up to San Francisco and Judge Orrick, the man beholden to PP, but for now that is not flying. PP knows their case is so weak they don’t even want to risk another California judge who is not Orrick – their guy. Kamala Harris is MOST unhappy with the suit, as she is a key subject of it.

        There will also soon be (I think it is just filed today) a defamation suit in New York against PP. Their communications director wrote a piece accusing David of manufacturing a phony smear campaign against them (referencing the videos). But the Fifth Circuit had done a forensics examination of the videos and found them sound an solid, with no deceptive editing. And even in the Orrick venue, PP officials stipulated that the people taped were theirs and the words were theirs. I think they are getting sloppy.

        Can you feel it? All over, the tide is starting to turn.

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  5. “Further research revealed that most policies the professional environmentalists advocate for are objectively bad for the environment. They are ignorant, willful people who do not take the time to learn how the environment works, but just want a soothing pad from which to launch their noxious political enthusiasms.”
    (CJ).
    About 7 years ago the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) enacted a law to stop the collecting of turtles from the wild for commercial use. During the “stakeholder meetings” a ragtag group of turtle trappers showed up contending that the law would unfairly end their livelihood, one some of them had been pursuing for over 75 years. Their insights into turtle life history was amazing and the commissioners became fascinated by their stories. One interesting statement by them was that they were self-regulating in that they rotated trapping different lakes in order not to over trap them and that in 75 years of trapping they could still catch plenty of turtles because of this. They also made a good point that they only collected a few hundred bodies of water in the state while there where tens of thousands more no one trapped. During the discussions, one of the state biologists made the statement that there where no studies to determine if the collection of turtles was safe or not for their long term survival. I stuck him by reminding him that a case study WAS done by their own department and that it concluded that turtle trapping WAS sustainable and that the present state laws on trapping turtles was based on that study. His expression was of shock that someone in the room actually caught him on that but it didn’t initiate much of a response from the commissioners even though they mentioned allowing these trappers a quota system.
    Alas, the law passed with no quota thus destroying a near century old way of life for these families.
    After the meeting I went to lunch with the FWC biologists of whom one was a friend of mine. During the group conversation, the friend mentioned that there was no scientific evidence for the closing of the state to turtle collecting but that a contention of non-turtle “biologists” had sent an open letter to them stating that any collecting was unsustainable. By FWC rules the letter had to be addressed and the meeting and a new law drafted even before the stakeholder meetings. The rub was, even though the only study made showed it was sustainable, the commission caved into public pressure (the Sierra Club, etc) and passed a law against the only “scientific” proof ever made.
    As an aside to this, interestingly, the the FWC biologist that had made the study on turtle trapping 20+ years ago (another friend of mine) told me back then that I should start trapping turtles as it was a fairly lucrative market! I never did back then (I did more recently but not for the meat markets but for breeders for my turtle farm and not in Florida). The new law never did effect me as I was not farming turtles commercially back then but I was concerned that any time laws are enacted without proper vetting, they tend to become overly oppressive in every way.
    Just in the last few months they tried to enact a new regulation further restricting the keeping of some of these animals even by captive breeders (though no wild caught animals are involved). Fortunately a state watchdog group successfully defeated it in court as unconstitutional.
    Let’s see what they try next.

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    1. I was chairman of a group advocating a referendum on public policy several decades ago. I liked to pass things around, so I had members of my team lead different public meetings on particular subjects. One night, we had the county supervisor of assessments in to discuss the tax implications of our cause. The supervisor gave a completely incorrect answer that would have been damaging to us, based on the common tax code, but not the specific statute addressing this subject. My team member was shaken, but I arose to direct the supervisor to the proper statute governing the issue (noting that it was an understandable mistake on his part). He started to argue and I simply directed him to read the statute – and if he didn’t have his book, I had it. He read it…and after a little stammering, confirmed that my interpretation was correct.

      Always know a lot more about your subject than you ever say. It allows you to judge the reliability of those who make assertions to you (and don’t react to their erroneous assertions unless absolutely necessary – don’t want to tip them off when their cocky ignorance may be useful to you sometime). When you do have to publicly correct an “expert,” if they are smart, they won’t argue with you but will check. After they get over the shock of finding they lacked expertise in the area they spoke so authoritatively on, they will be a LOT more cautious when dealing with you later. And if you have the wit to let them up easy, they may even become an ally.

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  6. Charlie, you wondered out loud, “It has long troubled me that we had a Pope like St. John Paul II who literally risked summary execution to be a seminarian in Nazi-occupied Poland while much of the modern hierarchy would not risk their tax exempt status to defend children against mass massacre, much less defend the other teachings of Christ.” So I copied this question to offer an answer—but then you nailed it yourself, “ it will become increasingly clear it is because they are faithless, not because of any “prudence.” “

    One might hope that our clergy are dominated by those with deep faith in God, by those who are driven to share that faith. However, it may be true that religion has simply become a profession, a way to make a living. I guess that by their works may their hearts be known.

    Overall, your list of outrages reinforces my perspective in aging that this world is morally degenerating with no bottom in sight.

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    1. Oh, I think we’re there, Al. It’s why acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope has become the sweetest sound in our ears as we continue step by step, give our all and count on Divine Intervention amidst doing our bumbling best.

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  7. I have been thinking much of the same lately. I am repelled by the lies, filth and corruption on every level. I think the ties that bind the morally corrupt are vast and entangling every institution. And I think your friend who is doing the investigating is more right than wrong, but I have no proof, just a feeling. This has been a long range plan of liars and deceivers.

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  8. Last line is priceless, Charlie. Coming soon, O Lord! 😀

    And now, a little off topic but I wanted to follow up on something. A while back I posted a prayer request for a big decision I would be making (again, thanks to all who answered that call). The company I work for has offered early retirement for people meeting certain criteria. Age, years of service etc. I decided to take the offer and turned in the paperwork yesterday. My last day will be October 30. Last day of work, that is. 😉 Like I wrote in my prayer request, it’s a scary time to be basically quitting a good job two and a half years early but CoronaCold has shifted the ground beneath that company’s feet and impacted the business model. If I passed on the retirement deal there’s a possibility that my job there may not exist by early next year. At that point I would be just plain unemployed. There are provisions in the severance deal that made it safer than gambling on the future of my job.

    Anyhoo, that’s it! I know you’ve all been holding your breath waiting to hear about this. 😉 Just kidding of course but I agreed not to publicly talk about it until it was a done deal. It is now so there you go. Wish me luck and I love you all!

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    1. Thanks for letting us know the resolution, Christopher (and I actually WAS wondering what it was that we were praying for, and was looking forward to your cluing us in!). May God bless you as you begin this new chapter of your life.

      P.S. “CoronaCold”: Hahahaha!

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    2. It is very interesting that Father Altman, while attending an ordination of priests at a family member’s request, felt the warmth of the Holy Spirit come upon him in a strong way. Then he heard a voice that told him he was supposed to be there as well. He had previously no desire to become a priest. He had wanted a family life with about 13 children and lots of activity. But he accepted God’s invitation. I admire him greatly for that.

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      1. I was thinking the same, Linda. Our adoration chapel has a few oddball hours open and I thought about taking one (or more) if they’re still open in 6 weeks. Other than that I don’t have any plans. Besides, one time Charlie said “If you ever want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”. Lots of wisdom in that quip.

        Classic Charlie or what?

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    3. Good luck! And now you will hve much more time to help lead us all! (Even though, I hate to be the bearer of bad news – BUT,,,”Retired” means you go to bed re-tired every night!

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  9. I’m canceling our Netflix account TODAY!!! And I’m telling them WHY!!! Our poor bleeding world… these kids don’t stand a chance of growing up knowing, loving & serving God! Yes indeed, how long oh Lord?

    Ps. I dreamt of The Great Saint John Paul 2 upon waking this morning!!! I’m going to pray to him today to help our youth. God save us all!!!

    Ave Maria Stella Maris!!!

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    1. Linda, thank you for your stand and for telling us about it. Reading your comment encouraged me to follow through on a thought that I’ve had for a while: I just talked to my husband, and he has agreed to cancel our Netflix account before day’s end. Thanks, Linda. 🙂

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      1. Mick michael gave me a little “well we wouldn’t watch that filth speed,” lol. But I said, but Mike it’s a Netflix original and it’s spreading pedophilia satanic 💩 so we have to either stand with God or 😈!!! Hahahahaha that made him realize what we needed to do! Lol. I put it up on my fb account and someone told me about “PURFLIX!” So we’re checking into that one today but honestly Mick…lately we watch Martha, then Tucker then we shut tv 📺 off and talk talk talk! Lol. Netflix was a real waste of money and movies 🎥 we want to see we Order free from 📚 library…currently on the current war . It’s about Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla. Very interesting movie!

        https://www.pureflix.com/

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        1. Thank you Linda for taking that principled stand; May I suggest throwing away your television?

          Let me explain.

          The country life us very quiet; many people cannot handle the sillence at night.
          However, the country life is far more interestin. There is always something going on of consequence !

          In the city/subuebs it us cery difficult to see all the importabmnt stuff.

          Tv is like the city, a sugar high, .

          After you adapt you will find televisions incredibly annoying. I absolutely hate tv’s in public spaces where nobody talks to or even looks at each other while tgey stare at a screen and call it sociallizing.

          Anyyhoo, just a suggestion to consider.

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                1. Kim, I have a friend who constantly refers to John Senior’s writing. My friend enrolled his son this fall in an all boys boarding school with a headmaster who had been mentored by John Senior. The headmaster initiated the boarding school after reading John Senior’s The Restoration of Innocence. I say, bring it on. More, Lord!

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            1. Hi KimSevier

              It is in my amazon cart now, pricey, so it will have to wait a bit.

              This, from the first comment on the Amazon site, I agreed with:

              “Particularly interesting is his discussion of what should come first in a child’s education. (Hint: it’s not learning to read at age 4.) He has a heart for traditional pursuits which now seem almost impossibly sweet and unattainable — such as that instead of a television, every family should have a piano, and spend time singing around it. And that while formal education in the great books ought to be restored, nobody can start that education before they read the GOOD books.”

              2 thoughts on the comment..

              1. Linda and her hubby should buy a piano and post audio clips if their songs!
              2. I am curious what the GOOD books are.

              Thank you for the heads up on the book!

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                  1. Hmmmm… Not sure what you mean, HttP. I didn’t use email. I just clicked on the link in my comment and it took me to Clear Creek Abbey and the book. Also, I ordered another copy from this source with no problems. Can you describe what you’re doing that’s not working?

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              1. GOOD books I recommend are those on the Newberry Award list – especially those written before 2000. They are uplifting. I love re-reading them. Also the Little House series (drives the left crazy, so you know they are good.) Once your kids or grandkids see how life was, 1. they want it, 2 they appreciate the conveniences you have today, 3 they know survival with love and grace is indeed possible. (Note for adults, if you read the older Readers Digest condensed books, you will have good stories, with all the bad parts edited out.)

                EVERY child should read The Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer, and really any book of the Illustrated Classics. These are also excellent read-aloud-to-the-whole-family at the dinner table books. I read to the whole family at the table. This was so good: 1. No fussing about hurrying up, or eat your peas, or but I gotta go. 2. We could discuss and had a common topic to discuss. 3. Sometimes the kids actually took the book and finished it on their own, so we started a new one. These stories, the children now read to their children.

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              2. Wow, Timothy– I just checked the price of the book on a used book site. It is outrageous. I can’t find my copy. I read it about 10 years ago and probably lent it to someone. I don’t remember the book costing much at all back then. Can’t imagine why it is so much now!

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              3. Hey Timothy! I’ve been contacted by a friend who wishes to send you a copy of the John Senior book. Please write me in the TNRS answering service so I can get your snail mail address to the person who is sending you the book. Wow! Christmas in September. 🙂

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                1. Hi Becks, thank ypu veery much.

                  I must decline as I have too much on my plate now to permit time for reading . Is there a church Library you can send it to?

                  Or, it would make a fine gift for the Basillica of St. Lawrence.

                  Please tell your friend thank you for me.

                  Grace and peace

                  T

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          1. Hehehehe Timothy you just made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!😂😂😂 that was really funny!!! 📺 But actually we hardly watch anymore (although Mike is even now watching Cleveland Browns) but most generally we watch Martha and Tucker then turn her off and then talk talk talk. Lots of frog 🐸 noises lately and they keep coming into our 🏊‍♀️ pool and they are fast little buggers and mike sweeps 🧹 them out and gives them a flying free fall to the outermost perimeters!!! I do love the country and the quiet of real life.🤗❤️🙏🐿. I wonder if someday tv will end though??? 🤔

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            1. Linda, you always make me laugh! I’m a visual person and always see things in my mind as pictures; that’s why jokes are so funny to me, b/c I “see” them. Therefore I could “see” Mike giving the frogs a free flight out of the pool and I totally cracked up! Love to laugh!!

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              1. Oh Annie W! One time a whole family of 🦆 ducks nested in our landscape!!! Then we found the eggs!!! Then we came home from work one day and there were like 8? Baby ducks happily swimming in our pool! We tried EVERYTHING! Like putting floats in to get them to walk out, etc…etc…etc! This went on for about 3 days and then finally Mike couldn’t take any more!!! Let me tell you true….if you think flying frogs 🐸 are fast under water, you should see 8 baby 🦆 ducks swim under water!!! They made Mark Spitz look like a 🐢 turtle on land! Hahahahaha!!!! It took many many dips and dives with Our pool skimmer that has this 12 foot handle attatched, but after awhile, flying ducks 🦆 were having the ride of their life!!! Ha! They all survived and found their way back to mamma Duck and thankfully found a different pond just down the road! The following year, we took out ALL our landscape that surrounded the pool and put in pavers! Ha!!! True story! I hope it gave you a giggle this morning! 😂🙏🤗❤️😩🦆🐢🐸🌹

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          2. Gosh timothy, I agree with you. Everywhere I go now, there is a tv on. I always try to sit as far away from it as possible, or sneak the remote and turn down the volume. How did we ever get along before without the constant noise? It makes me sad.

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        2. I hear ya, Linda. The only day I watch TV is on Sunday when we go to my dad’s house after Mass; and then it’s mostly Hallmark movies or some such. I might check out Pureflix; thanks for the link.

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    2. It’s great to see Netflix losing customers. We left a few years ago. The Obamas have or had a sweet deal with Netflix. Plus Susan Rice is on the board of directors. George Soros was a shareholder, but “luckily” sold his shares just before they dipped.

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      1. Just so much rubbish on there audiemarie2014!!! It was really hard to watch anything good and most of the times we’d end up turning it off because of the terrible scenes or language!!! Yuck! I’m checking on pureflix here’s a good snapshot:

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    1. The article from CD about Marxists infiltrating the Church caught my eye. (We all know Obama was a trained “community organizer”.) I believe these community organizers were the precursors to what we see now. I had a dear nun friend who was caught up in the San Diego Organizing Project; that’s what the groups were called all around the country. One person in Chicago said they ruined the churches there and the faith of the people. This was over 25 years ago that I first read about these groups in The Wanderer newspaper. They wormed their way into churches!

      I can hardly believe the world we now live in! Wow, it seems surreal. Every once in a while I remember the little paperback, AA-1025, that I read maybe 30 years ago. I believed it, and maybe that’s where these faithless leaders in the Church came from.

      I like your comment above, Charlie, that the tide is starting to turn. We have crossed a line that is beyond evil, but the awakening is more powerful now. Come Lord Jesus!!!

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      1. Annie W – I’ve just read Paul Kengor’s latest book: “The Devil and Karl Marx: Communism’s Long March of Death, Deception and Infiltration”. It’s not actually all about Mark being a satanist, despite the title! it’s a very lucid analysis of how Marxism has penetrated everywhere, as a well orchestrated and funded move by the Comintern from the very earliest days of the Russian “revolution”, even while the Civil War was still raging – which shows how strongly they valued it as a policy tool.

        He takes specific persons as case studies. Some of them later converted and gave invaluable witness, such as Whittaker Chambers and Bella Dodd, and in fact he does a very compelling analysis of Dodd’s claim of having placed 1,000 “sleepers” in the Priesthood back in the 30s. He says that this number is very likely credible, given her demonstrated success in doing the same in the teachers’ union. Penetration of the various Protestant denominations had been ongoing for a long time before that but the Catholic Church was always seen as the jewel in the crown, as it were. And behold – here we are.

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        1. Jaykay, yes! More people should read about Bella Dodd’s testimony before Congress, just to understand. It’s all water under the bridge, as they say, but sometimes it helps to know how or why something happened. My gosh, I had never heard about the teachers’ union, but it absolutely shows now. In CA those unions are always behind the controversial ballot propositions, as they are right now!! God bless us all!

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  10. “Men in authority are afraid to speak, for those who have reached power by human interest are the slaves of those to whom they owe their advancement.
    If the reprobates in robes are going to continue to turn a blind eye to attacks on the faith, while punishing any in their ranks who defend the faith, it will become increasingly clear it is because they are faithless, not because of any “prudence.” (CJ).
    “And now, the very vindication of orthodoxy is looked upon in some quarters as an opportunity for attack…While unbelievers laugh; men of weak faith are shaken; faith is uncertain; souls are drenched in ignorance, because adulterators of the Word imitate the truth”. (Saint Basil).

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  11. Charlie, please read Dr. Taylor Marshall’s book “Infiltrated” for a full understanding of how the church got to where it is now with liberal bishops, etc. I cannot urge you enough and I pray you will read it. If you can’t afford it I’ll send you a copy.

    I would also ask that you look into the life and work of Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre, the founder of SSPX which is considered schismatic but is not. His biography by Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, shows the life of who I have come to believe, may have saved the Church from the errors of Vatican II and who may be a future Doctor of the Church. Please note if you do dig into this, that Saint Athanasius was excommunicated for supposed heresies by three different Bishops and is now considered one of the fathers of our faith.

    In Christ and Mary Judy Johnson

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    1. Actually, jnursester, Archbishop LeFebvre was, indeed, schismatic. It is possible to be so far right that the fringes there think they know better than Mother Church in her Teaching Magisterium. We can recall how both Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI engaged in dialogue with leadership in the schismatic SSPX and earnestly sought to bring them back into the Barque of Peter. We simply cannot leave the safe refuge of Christ’s Church, established from the beginning with whatever Peter binds on earth is bound in Heaven. Battered as we have been, ugly as the corruption is, we must remain through, with and in Christ to set things right, trusting that He will find a way to get us through this just as He has throughout the ages.

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    2. Dear jnurse, Dr. Marshall has done some very good work over the years, but he has gone a little off the rails these last few years in some areas. His book, “Infiltrated,” is a prime example. There is a lot of very bad and tendentious history and undocumented assertions in it. It can be very comforting, as it posits a grand conspiracy over the centuries that completely relieves us good folks of any culpability or responsibility for the state we have reached. We are just poor victims of evil conspiracies. This book, actually, confirmed to me that the disturbing trends I had detected in Marshall’s thought had metastasized into something very dark and deluded. When I read the normally calm Dr. Jeff Mirus’ review of the book, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. It was biting and contemptuous, but it was spot on. Be very wary of any book that relieves you of all responsibility and makes you entirely a victim of circumstance. The Marshall book absolutely appalled the historian in me, precisely because the unwary would believe it to be fact rather than large-scale fabulism.

      Marcel Lefebvre was a schismatic. That does not mean he may not have been right on some points (though I think he was right on very little), but the hierarchy was set up by Christ, Himself and given genuine authority. How to respect that genuine authority while simultaneously pressing for needed reform is a duty each of us are called to live well and fully. The temptation can be brutally strong to emphasize one side to the detriment of the other, while the devil is attempting to knock us off our balance. But if we fail in either our duty of fidelity to Scripture and the Magisterium or our duty of obedience to legitimate authority, it is Christ that we fail. It is a lot trickier than it looks.

      I come back to the most basic point: who killed Christ? I killed Christ – and any explanation that does not include that is deeply deficient. How do we respond? Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope – taking full responsibility for all our actions, both for good and for ill.

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      1. My sister was lamenting the corruption and evil in the church — struggling with why the hierarchy does not stop it. She wondered if we should leave the Church because there is so much corruption. I said of course–no!—these evil ones have already left the Church. Those who stay the course of fidelity to the Magisterium are the faithful remnant.

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      2. Jim Caviezel acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope.
        Start at 45 for the whole interview or at 52 min for his “asoping”

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  12. For those who wonder, like Charlie, how anyone would seek to become Catholic these days, I would like to add this thought: that faith is LOCAL. Despite all the posturing about “concern for health and safety” coming from Diocesan lawyers, it’s people with faith and love for the Holy Eucharist who keep the faithful heartened.
    It’s your example, perhaps unbeknownst to you, that have people calling me to “become Catholic.” During their catechism, I may get a question or two about the governance of the Church but most are just concerned about living out the TRUTH of discipleship that they have only found in the Catholic Church.
    Keep loving Jesus. Celebrate Mass like you’re in love with Jesus. That’s what brings people to the doors of the Church. Good people like Charlie will go deep into the faith, put out into the deep waters, but it’s lovers of Christ on the local level that encourage people to dip in their toes.
    That’s why I believe CORAC will succeed, too.

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    1. Marisa that was soooooooo beautiful!!! Actually in my neck of the woods daily Mass attendance is on the upswing!!! Used to be 5 or 6 now up to 18 and that’s just one of our two parishes! People who are there are in LOVE with Our Lord! I can hardly contain myself…adoration starts back up in 3 weeks per newly ordained Fr Michael’s direction!!!

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    2. Hi Marisa,
      Agree with you; I am one of the ‘most’ you mention.

      Lex Orendi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi

      To my mind these are the roots of the institution, the closest thing I have to Christ and the Apostles/ Early Church.

      Christ is our source; full stop. However He did create an Institution and since He did that, I want to ovey Him and publically worship Him via that institution.

      The three Lex thingys allow me to see back before the present day drama abd sins of the leaders and commune with the Root.

      Notice that the Orendi precedes the Credendi and the Vivendi; There is a deep truth there, it sorta models Love, Knowkedge Wisdom as the order of our Walk.

      I do not know if my interpretation is correct, but it is the most logical rationale I have found.

      God bless

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  13. Mr. C,

    Your observation about the tax exempt status is very true. I have been advocating for your years that our American Apostles should throw that deal with the Devil to Hell! And we Catholic Faithful would gladly make up the difference in revenue lost so that our Apostles could speak as St. John the Baptist did to the rich and powerful of his time.. Oh that they would toss this tax exempt Golden Calf off a cliff! But they won’t, and this tax exempt status is part of the prophecy that I Beloved Lord Jesus foretold when He said, “In the end black will become white and white will become black.”

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  14. Sending out an “evite” to everyone I know that says “Re Elect Trump and keep God in America and End Abortion”. There is a flag that waves/with colors red, white and blue. Date of Event is Nov. 3rd. People can reply: Yes = Eternal Life, Maybe = God or Nothing, and No = choosing evil. In the details is a message from Jesus, given to “Anne” the lay apostle, Volume 4.

    I’ll let you know how it goes over. 😉

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  15. Mr. C.

    And I meant to add to that the simple lesson that our Beloved Lord Jesus gave us about taxes in the episode where a Pharisee tried to trick him with a coin. Our Lord simply replied, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesars’s and unto God what is God’s.” With this tax exempt status deal with the Devil, Caesar has shackled our Lord’s American Apostles. Yes, the love of money is indeed the root of all evil.

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  16. And to that it our Lord was giving a lesson for ages that His Church should pay taxes to Caesar, because the taxes go for the common good of the community. But, moreover, Our Beloved Jesus was also giving the more paramount lesson for his Apostles to NEVER EVER compromise what they are to render unto God, which is their total, complete and fierce loyalty to proclaiming God’s Truth to the World! And that’s the Truth of this matter about the scandal of protecting the tax exempt status at all cost!

    Yes, I too ask what our blessed Charlie ask and prays as well. How Long, O Lord?

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  17. It feels like we are in the Times of Genesis 18:24-32…

    If there are 50 just men in the city will they perish with all?

    Please pray for us.

    I would like to become a member of CORAC.

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    1. Or, perhaps, we’re Gideon’s wee army. 🙂 Welcome to commenting, Katrina! To join CORAC, simply email Charlie at chrljhnstn@gmail.com and tell him about your skill sets that you would like to bring to the work. Have you been able to view the videos on You Tube which give a lot of information about what’s developing?

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  18. BREAKING: President Trump says he will sign an executive order to promote “patriotic education.” It will be called the 1776 commission.

    This is so HUGE! This is why we need this President. We need to save our children from the ongoing harm of public education.

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        1. Thanks for your kindness, Thankful. We have a Cloud of Witnesses who have gone before us living under the pressure of very difficult trials. So grateful that these Saints are waiting to “be there” if we but say the word and call on their assistance.

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  19. What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox church (Greek orthodox and Russian orthodox churches, I think) and the Roman Catholic Church? Does anyone know?

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      1. I’m not sure y’all can get this homily I put up from our Monsignor Ken this morning but I must tell you, if you can get it, try to listen very carefully because it is a very powerful homilitic meditation! Pease try your hardest to listen to it at the bottom!!!

        I awoke this morning with a dream that I was with St John Paul 2! In my dream he told me a date. July 22? So upon waking I googled St. John Paul 2 – July 22??? The only name that came up was St Mary Magdalena who I pray to soooo often! The dream didn’t really make too much sense to me until I got to Mass and heard today’s gospel and Monsignor’s homily!!! It touched me sooo much and I pray it touches you too! Monsignor Ken NAILED the gospel reflection today!!! Just wow!!! Please God bring all your people to this realization of how much you’ve done for us all!!!🙏🙏🙏

        Today’s gospel:

        Gospel, Luke 7:36-50
        36 One of the Pharisees invited him to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table,

        37 suddenly a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment.

        38 She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment.

        39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is and what sort of person it is who is touching him and what a bad name she has.’

        40 Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ He replied, ‘Say on, Master.’

        41 ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty.

        42 They were unable to pay, so he let them both off. Which of them will love him more?’

        43 Simon answered, ‘The one who was let off more, I suppose.’ Jesus said, ‘You are right.’

        44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘You see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair.

        45 You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in.

        46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

        47 For this reason I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love. It is someone who is forgiven little who shows little love.’

        48 Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’

        49 Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that even forgives sins?’

        50 But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

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  20. The following is an op-ed by Archbishop Joseph Cordileone of San Francisco that appeared in the September 16, 2020, edition of the Washington Post. Let us all pray for Archbishop Cordileone and the good people of the Archdiocese of San Francisco during this struggle.

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    Americans’ right to worship is being denied by governments. I won’t be silent anymore.

    Opinion by Salvatore Joseph Cordileone

    September 16, 2020 at 4:17 p.m. PDT

    Salvatore Joseph Cordileone is the archbishop of San Francisco.

    I never expected that the most basic religious freedom, the right to worship — protected so robustly in our Constitution’s First Amendment — would be unjustly repressed by an American government.

    But that is exactly what is happening in San Francisco. For months now, the city has limited worship services to just 12 people outdoors. Worship inside our own churches is banned. The city recently announced it will now allow 50 for outdoor worship, with a goal of permitting indoor services up to a maximum of 25 people by Oct. 1 — less than 1 percent of the capacity of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.

    This is not nearly enough to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of Catholics in San Francisco. In imposing these restrictions, the city is turning a great many faithful away from their houses of prayer.

    People can freely go to parks here, as long as they stay six feet apart. If they follow proper social distancing and wear masks, people can eat on an outdoor patio with no hard numerical limit. Indoor shopping malls are already open at 25 percent capacity. Catholics in San Francisco are increasingly noticing the simple unfairness. As one of my parishioners asked recently, “Why can I spend three hours indoors shopping for shoes at Nordstrom’s but can’t go to Mass?”

    And it is not just San Francisco. According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, six states with a combined population of 67 million Americans single out religious worship for unfavorable treatment compared to similar secular activities: California, New Jersey, Maine, Virginia, Connecticut and Nevada.

    We Catholics are not indifferent to the very real dangers posed by covid-19. This is one of the reasons Catholic churches have developed rigorous protocols to protect public health in our facilities. We submitted our safety plans to the city in May along with other faith communities, and while indoor retailers had their plans approved and went into operation, we are still waiting to hear back.

    Meanwhile, the scientific evidence from other jurisdictions is clear: These safeguards are working. As three infectious-disease specialists who reviewed the evidence on more than 1 million public Masses over the past few months concluded, there have been no documented outbreaks of covid-19 linked to church attendance in churches that follow the protocols. We have demonstrated that we know how to hold Mass safely. There is no reason not to allow us to put that knowledge into practice.

    Nor do our concerns stem from hostility toward government. We Catholics respect legitimate authority, and we recognize that the government has a right to impose reasonable public health rules, just as we recognize its right to issue safety codes for our church buildings. But when government asserts authority over the church’s very right to worship, it crosses a line. Our fundamental rights do not come from the state. As the authors of our Declaration of Independence put it, they are “self-evident,” that is, they come from God.

    Even this injustice, though, is not as hurtful as the simple lack of compassion. I sometimes wonder whether the increasingly secular elites imposing these restrictions understand the pain they are unnecessarily inflicting. The sacraments as we Catholics understand them cannot be live-streamed. People are being denied the religious worship that connects them with God and one another. For hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans facing the simultaneous challenges of a pandemic and economic downturn, the church is their key source of spiritual, emotional and practical help. I worry about the poor, the jobless and especially the addicted whose major access to community help is the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings formerly held in churches all over the city and the country.

    As one of my parishioners, Kathryn Reese, wrote recently in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Even more than food for my body, this is food for my soul. I need it. My faith is what got me through all these years, raising my kids, going through a divorce, working as a correctional officer and correctional counselor in San Quentin, and volunteering for my community.” And the Rev. Moises Agudo, who pastors the overwhelmingly Latino churches in the Mission District, echoes the sentiment, saying that his people have lost many things because of the pandemic but “the consolations of the Mass should not be one of those things.”

    We want to be partners in protecting the public health, but we cannot accept profoundly harmful and unequal treatment without resisting. This is why I and other Catholics from across San Francisco will join in a public demonstration this Sunday calling on the city’s mayor, London Breed, to treat religious believers fairly.

    At our demonstration, we will not be asking for special treatment. We just don’t want religious worshipers singled out for unfavorable treatment relative to people participating in activities with comparable risk profiles. All we are seeking is access to worship in our own churches, following reasonable safety protocols — the same freedoms now extended to customers of nail salons, massage services and gyms. It’s only fair, it’s only compassionate, and, unlike with these other activities, it’s what the First Amendment demands.

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    1. I received an email describing the Archbishop’s plans to have 3 Eucharistic processions on Sunday, September 20, that will walk from local parishes to UN Plaza, and then process to St. Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate multiple outdoor Masses with masks and proper social distancing. These words came from a memorandum to priests of the Archdiocese, and it contains the words above, with the Archbishop stating “I can’t be silent anymore” There is also a petition online for Catholics and others in the Archdiocese to sign asking Mayor London Breed to end the unfair restrictions on the Mass.

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    2. In a memo to the priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone says “We cannot be silent anymore”. On Sunday, September 20, there will be 3 Eucharistic processions starting from local parishes and meeting up in UN Plaza. From there they will process to St. Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate multiple outdoor Masses, with participants wearing masks and observing proper social distancing.
      I will be praying for the success of this peaceful demonstration, and for San Francisco Mayor London Breed to be lifting the restrictions on outdoor and indoor Masses in San Francisco.

      (Moderator – if this is a duplicate of an earlier post I tried to make please disregard the first if possible)

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    3. He is a true hero of our times, SanSan. God bless and protect him and all those FAITHFUL priests, bishops, cardinals! I so admire this holy man and hated to lose him from our diocese when he went north; but he is probably needed more there. (Maybe not since our diocese is not so great either!) Charlie knows about the one who is down here is San Diego and has mentioned his name.

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    1. She and Scalia were ‘best buddies’, and shared a love for opera among other things.
      “The respect that Ginsburg’s statement shows for Scalia’s intellect — that she could trust him to point out the flaws in her arguments — also reveals a respect for her own, to know the difference between a genuine agreement of principle and an error that needed to be corrected. But more importantly, the statement shows that it’s okay for people in politics to spend time cultivating other interests — like opera — and that those can be a genuine basis for friendship in their own right.”
      https://www.vox.com/2016/2/14/10990156/scalia-ginsburg-friends

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    2. Mick ~ my husband read the story to me from the BBC. Now to pray for her and her replacement. Lord, hear our prayer.
      We don’t watch TV, have not watched it much over the years and a year ago we put it into the closet and never took it out…
      And, an update from Oregon – rain! Oh, my, goodness! Lots is sweet-smelling rain!
      I can never thank you all enough for the prayers so I will say thank-you and pray for you all.
      God bless all here,
      Katey in Oregon ⛈🐿

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      1. Katey, I’ve been thinking about you. ❤

        As you know, many in our beloved state are not necessarily praying types; they might not be familiar with formal prayer, and they might not quite believe in God.

        Some of us posted on Facebook this song, "No Place Under the Sun Like Oregon," with the caption: "I love Lindy Gravelle's song about our beloved Oregon. A song, and even tears, can be a powerful prayer. ❤ 🙏"

        People’s response has been significant ~ and we also have a kindly rain today on some of our fires. Thank you, God.

        Every state could have a song-prayer . . . .

        God bless and keep you, friends ~
        Sister Bear

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        1. Sr. Bear,
          Indeed, it is so lovely. Thank-you so much! My parents were raised here so naturally, after traveling with the Air Force, they came back home…and eventually, so did I.
          God bless us all, wherever we call home. 🏡 🌲🐿🌦 ~ Colorado ~ Montana ~ Washington
          🌲 ⛰
          Katey, in beautiful Oregon🙏🏽💟

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  21. I just watched the CORAC Part III video (finally). Just wondering something, Charlie. At the 13:00 mark you were talking about your Protestant friend who went to the Marian shrine to make reparations. You stopped for a couple of seconds. Was that am emotionally choked up moment or the calzone you had for lunch. Serious question, btw.

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    1. Right, Linda? But do you remember Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber? Well, while he was awaiting execution, a priest repeatedly offered to visit him. From what I understand, not only was McVeigh unwilling to see the priest (although he was raised Catholic), he was quite nasty about it. People all over the country, and maybe all over the world, were praying for him. Well, a couple of hours before his execution, McVeigh reportedly asked to see the priest. There is the hope that he made a good Confession before he died. Our prayers are never wasted.

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    2. Hell is a terrible place Linda and we are all saved by Grace. Grace is extended to all–even the most horrible. The ‘horrible’ here is but a shadow of the horrible there and I do not wish that on anyone.

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      1. Me neither!!! I’m gonna keep praying for her and Democrats!!! Hahahahaha oh I mean, Anti-God left!!! Lol.

        We can never presume our own soul either of course! I’ve been “off course” more than “on course!!”

        Mea culpa mea culpa mea Maxima culpa!!!

        How often I say, “Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me…a sinner!!!

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  22. Insightful from Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti:
    https://www.catholicexorcism.org/post/exorcist-diary-98-satan-s-rage-is-spreading

    The look of Satan’s rage is unmistakeable. There are several traditional signs that a person is possessed: understanding/speaking unknown languages, aversion to the sacred, occult knowledge, and superhuman strength. I would add another: a look of inhuman rage. When you see it on a possessed person’s face for the first time, it takes your breath away.

    Today, as I look out across this country, I see the same fire of Satan’s rage. And it is spreading. Hatred, bitterness, violence and rancor are everywhere. People cannot civilly dialogue. Backbiting and constant criticism are the norm. Everywhere there is anger and hatred. Satan’s rage is spreading.

    We can try to throw the water of our own righteousness on it and put out the fire. But there is only one antidote. Rev. Martin Luther King told us, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Only love, only God, can drive out Satan and his hatred.

    Love your enemies. Love democrats and republicans. Love Trump and Biden; Pence and Pelosi. Love the rich and love the poor. Love blacks and love whites. Love those in Antifa and love the police. Love people who are terrorists and criminals. Where there is love, there is God.

    Time is short. The fire is raging. We need the emergency vaccine of love and we need it now.

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        1. Given how desperate the Dems are right now and given how they went on the vicious rampage against Brett Kavanaugh, I don’t think they’d blink an eye at doing the same or worse with Judge Barrett. Three years ago, Senator Feinstein pitched a fit about Barret’s faith: “Barrett’s Catholic faith came under scrutiny in 2017, when she was nominated for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. During a confirmation hearing, she was asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) if she was an “orthodox Catholic” who believed in the Church’s teachings. Feinstein also said that “the dogma lives loudly” in Barrett – that phrase has become which a rallying cry of sorts among many Catholics. #DogmaLivesLoudly has even become a popular hashtag.” This excerpt is from the article here and I think that’s pretty much code for “How DARE you be pro-life and expect to be seated as a Judge?”

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          1. After Feinstein’s insult of Judge Barrett, my husband bought me a “Dogma Lives Loudly” T-shirt. It was pretty cool.

            I hope Trump nominates Barrett. But I hope that she and her family are ready for attempts to destroy them, because that’s what the Left will bring to the table.

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              1. I was also in her corner till I read excerpt below. From the quote it seems she’s resigned to the ruling, no fighter attitude of ‘this should be re examined”, just acquiesce, ‘oh well…’

                “A former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett opposes abortion, but she said in a 2013 speech at Notre Dame that it was “very unlikely” the Supreme Court would ever overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a legal right to an abortion in the U.S.

                The fundamental element, that the woman has a right to choose abortion, will probably stand,” she said, according to an account of her remarks in the student newspaper. “The controversy right now is about funding. It’s a question of whether abortions will be publicly or privately funded.”

                Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/amy-coney-barrett-emerges-as-frontrunner-for-trump-court-pick

                Furthermore, a quick search from duckduckgo I found a few reasons on the American Fam.Assoc website why it was flawed. Barrett chose not to allude to any of the following…

                “It has no real constitutional basis.

                Even many pro-abortion scholars admit that “Roe” was a badly decided case. Megan McArdle wrote a commentary the Washington Post (7/4/18) on how she’s “Pro-choice and against Roe,” and states: “The decision itself is a poorly reasoned mess.”

                Justice Harry Blackmun wrote “Roe v. Wade.” A retired judge, Randall Hekman, once told me: “Some of the clerks that worked for the justices referred to the draft of Justice Blackmun’s opinion as ‘Harry’s abortion.’ It was that bad.”

                The whole thing was based on the “right to privacy,” which is not spelled out in the Constitution. Instead, it comes from “Griswold vs. Connecticut” (1965), which stated: “…specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance…Various guarantees create zones of privacy.”

                What is a “penumbra” – the lynchpin of the “Constitutional basis” ultimately for “Roe”? I once asked that of constitutional attorney Mike Farris, who today is the head of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
                Farris told me: “I had to take a course in astronomy to have any idea of what they were talking about. A penumbra is a shadow cast by a partial eclipse of the moon. The Bill of Rights doesn’t have umbras and penumbras. It has words. It has meaning. It has context. And these made-up phrases, like the emanations coming from the penumbras of the Bill of Rights is just so much hooey that allows a judge to do whatever he wants to do. And it substitutes the rule of law for the rule of a judge’s personal proclivities.”
                https://afa.net/the-stand/culture/2018/07/five-reasons-roe-v-wade-should-be-overturned/

                Beckita, Mick, anyone pipe in please with your thoughts? Of course, perhaps she just gave a short answer to sidestep any further discussion? May the Holy Spirit guide the President for God’s choice,
                and the Lord send angels to keep the nominee and family safe.

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                1. Maggie, my take–for what it may or may not be worth–is that what she didn’t say is just as important as what she did say. What she said is that she didn’t think Roe v. Wade would ever be overturned. What she did not say is, “I don’t think Roe v. Wade should be overturned” or “I support the Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade.” To my knowledge, she didn’t say anything that could be viewed as supporting the reasoning underlying the legal decision. For instance, she did not assert that a woman has a right to choose abortion, but that Roe’s fundamental element is that a woman has a right to choose abortion… huge difference.

                  My guess is that she was attempting to be “as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove,” as our Lord admonished. I’m guessing that she figured or hoped that she’d end up a judge someday, and she knows that the paper trails and speeches of judicial nominees get combed through ad nauseum (especially if they are pro-life and devout Christians). I’m guessing that she was trying to make her own views known and to be true to the Faith without giving the Left any “noose” with which to try to hang her in the future. That’s just my guess.

                  Personally, I think her statement at Notre Dame (at least, the little bit which you quoted; I haven’t read the rest of it) was strategically clever and kind of brilliant. I’d be overjoyed if she ended up taking Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s place on the Supreme Court. Just my $0.02. 🙂

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                  1. Thank you so much Mick for taking time to reply with your eagle legal mind. You opined salient points I hadn’t thought of and for that am appreciative 🙂 Godspeed to her or whoever is chosen.

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                    1. Right on cue,Mick, just as expected. She’s white; she’s Catholic; she lives her faith as a woman who does not embody the modern day feminist agenda. She’s in my ongoing prayers.

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                  2. I’ve been trying to “like” this comment for several days now.

                    I realized my “like” button isn’t always enabled–and I couldn’t coherently figure out the technical problem. So I went to the techie guide here and found the problem: Brave browser and wordpress banner do not like each other. Using another browser, now, and I have no issues. Just thought everyone would like to know. It must be Brave’s privacy settings (guess).

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          2. Yikes Beckita I didn’t know all that?😩 well it’s pretty sad today if ya can’t be dogma friendly and still be accepted by your countrymen! I’ve been reading up on our lady of La Salette today since it’s her feast day! I can’t really make heads or tails of it! Can you???

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            1. For all the Marian messages, including La Salette, Linda, the main focus is ever: repent and return to God via a sacramental life lived in loving Him and His people. Our Lady wept because she knows how fickle and stiff-necked her children can be. The consequences of choosing against God are all around us now in flaming, living color. Here’s a brief summary you might like.

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              1. Thanks for sharing that Beckita!!! Can’t wait to delve into it! I liked today’s second reading!!!

                Second Reading
                PHILIPPIANS 1:20-24, 27
                20as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 27Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

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  23. A dear friend of mine recently retired to Foley AL, about 6 miles north of Gulf Shores. Up until this week she was a “hurricane virgin”. She is now living without electricity, ice or toilets. For a girl who grew up in Beverly Hills in the 50’s this is not something she is even remotely prepared for. But you gotta love the south. She tells me all the churches are giving away free ice and water, kids are helping people clear up their yards. Someone is smoking pork but and told everyone to leave their cans out for a portion – I don’t even know what that means! And this sign is popping up everywhere – the best campaign sign of the season! I’m sure if I posted this in my yard in California they would put me in a 71 hour mental health lockdown…https://thechristianwell.org/product/uncategorized/jesus-2020-yard-sign/. I can’t seem to copy and paste the photo but you can see it on the link.

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    1. Love it, Mandkatt! We go to Gulf Shores all the time. It’s very popular with people in the Memphis area– easy drive from here. Surprised to hear even Foley is affected. Wow!

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      1. Yes, it’s a hot mess although Patty is really enjoying the way people are pulling together. She is a devout Christian, and fallen away Catholic. She loves living in a place where you can love Jesus openly and not face ridicule.

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  24. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – Noon 😉

    YUP! …. CHINA!!
    Big Tech, Democrat Party & US Chamber of Commerce are all “In Bed With” China!
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/09/ted_cruz_vs_big_tech.html

    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/09/18/lee-smith-the-establishments-fear-of-trump-is-all-about-china/

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/americas-china-class-fights-trump

    FBI’s Wray another “Sterling” example of the entrenched & corrupt DC DeepState!
    https://kyrnews.com/general-news/26031/trump-bothered-by-fbi-directors-testimony-on-antifa-and-china/

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/09/18/for-the-sake-of-the-constitution-and-the-country-fill-ginsburgs-seat-quickly/

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2020/09/18/ted-cruz-explains-perfectly-why-rbgs-seat-must-be-filled-before-the-election-n944445

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/just-like-chuck-schumers-words-come-back-haunt-appointing-rbgs-replacement/

    Ginsberg death may well trigger another round of Democrat Thug Riots, Looting & Arson …… and attacks on Cops, Conservatives and White People.
    The Usual Suspects & Mobs are looking for ANY excuse to foment chaos, distraction and fear in the next month ;-( Let US Pary that they are “over playing their hand” and have misjudged the Faith & Determination of the Good-Guys!
    There is that Big Christian Prayer Parade-n-gathering in DC next Saturday …….. I’ve still getting Bad Fibes about it …. DeepState, City of DC run by COP/GOP Haters & Democrat Mobsters makes for an Evil Mix! ;-(

    https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/09/18/blue-checks-vow-violence-if-mcconnell-tries-to-replace-ruth-bader-ginsburg-burn-the-entire-fking-thing-down/

    https://newsbusters.org/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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  25. It must be done! Imagine if the election had to go to the Supreme Court and we had a 4-4 split! What a convergence of events this is to stir the hatred up even more. We need prayer big time!

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  26. Hi family,

    Praise God I received approval for a rosary Rally coinciding with Rosary Coast to Coast in my local parish, St. Peter’s Elizabethtown, PA!

    God is good! Take that next right step friends!

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  27. Please pray for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and for the entire People of Praise community, of which I am a member. Last time she was on Trump’s Supreme Court “short list” Amy, her family and the whole People of Praise came under intense invasive “journalistic” scrutiny. Pray for the other Judges and their families being considered.

    Also, I am vacationing in North Dakota without a mask. There are signs everywhere to wear a mask, but most folks don’t wear one, and I have not been instructed to put one on. I was alarmed to hear folks talking about the “Harris-Biden ticket”. Ouch!

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    1. Katicos, ND is my home state. My husband is from the western part. Most are conservative and strong willed. The in-laws and friends had a Trump boat parade on Lake Sakakawea with about 100 boats a couple weeks ago (that’s a lot!). Most don’t and haven’t worn masks in that area. It’s a beautiful, rugged area near the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

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        1. And I love Montana, HTTP! Dickinson is close to where my in-laws live, so we drive through there several times a year. That’s quite a few Catholic elementary schools for that size of town back then! The towns and cities have changed so much with the Bakken oil field boom in recent years. Medora and the Teddy Roosevelt National Park are favorite destinations for us too during the warmer months. Lots of skiing in Big Sky and Red Lodge, MT when we were younger…well, a lot younger. 😉

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  28. I haven’t been keeping up to date; I have been across the street from the church with my signs and now I have a new one; it has been interesting to see people’s responses. My new sign says exactly what BLM Inc. is, their destroying and dividing along with them wanting total control and one world government. I can’t wait to let people see it. One person says she has had some upset with her face book postings so she is ready to find another place where there are more conservatives; she feels other preachers are better than the local Catholic priest in saying the truth and there are too many Democrats among her Catholic friends.

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  29. Hi, Beckita. I depart on my Marian pilgrimage today. And it’s 3am here and I can’t sleep.

    As you are so eloquent with words and are at the heart of our great work here, I was wondering if you would articulate the specific petitions for A Sign of Hope and CORAC?

    I’m so glad that you suggested this extra task for me. I have over a dozen prayer requests and counting, including a pastor working hard on evangelization programs. And so many are just as important and even critical, such as the need for healing from painful illness or spiritual crisis, or the conversion of loved ones who have fallen far away from the faith. Thank you.

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    1. Praying you were able to get some sleep before hitting the road, Patrick. First of all, may your pilgrimage fill you with grace upon grace upon grace and that all your dreams come true in God’s Will for you.

      For all of us and our families:
      1. That each one is anchored in his/her true identity as a child of God, loved beyond all telling, for each one of us is good and created to do good things. We mess up at times so may we have the courage to forgive ourselves, as does Christ, and may we forgive all others
      2. That the Holy Spirit overshadows each of us to extinguish any blocks that diminish our ability to live the core messages in TDL, TNRS, ASOH and CORAC
      3. That each loved one who is far from the Lord makes a return to Him in full repentance, embracing Christ’s Mercy and becoming all God created each one to be
      4. That holy order is restored in families everywhere
      5. That holy order is restored in the Church
      6. That each one in this community – as well as each individual in our families – receives deep inner healing to live the life in abundance promised by Christ and that physical healing, too, will be experienced in God’s Will
      7. That each member of our community takes to heart the ongoing invitation to contemplate so that we connect with God, deep within, thus, calming down worries and anxieties in addition to opening ourselves to His Infinite Imagination filling us with His strategies for resolving problems and engaging in co-creating a New Beginning with Him
      8. For all who are bearing heavy trials at this time
      9. For all the dying… especially claiming Christ’s Divine Mercy so that souls choose Him in their final hours… for the repose of the souls of all from our community who have died and for all our family members who have passed

      Godspeed, Dear Patrick!

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      1. Thanks, B. I’m at Al’s Oasis in Chamberlain awaiting a double Buffalo burger with bacon. “Good food, good meat, Good God, let’s eat!”

        This first stretch I’ll be skirting along the Missouri River from here to Yankton all the way down to Kansas City, then highways into the Ozark.

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        1. Ha! Al’s Oasis was a regular stop in the summers when we drove to Sioux City for visits. Enjoy your drives! I always think of the song, Shenandoah, when diving near the Missouri. Godspeed as you follow Our Lady’s lead, Patrick.

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      2. That was beautiful Beckita.
        I little update on two of my sons and the green Immaculate Heart scapular. We went to my oldest’s sons wedding this weekend in Utah. While there I was able to hide one of the scapulars in his camper(which they use a lot, and sprinkle blessed salt in it.) The other one I was going to hide in my second son’s suitcase but thought no, I want to be open with him so I asked. Yeah-he was open it receiving it and put it in his wallet. This is the son who wanted nothing to do with Jesus a couple of years ago. Blessed salt was sprinkled around their belongs without their knowledge however.

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  30. A Judge Barrett confirmation to the Supreme Court may or may not get us closer to restoration, but surely each Catholic becoming intent on truly being authentically Catholic would. That is, to know the a Truth, live the Truth, and suffer for the Truth. When is each going to stop hiding the light under a basket? When are we going to stop placing the bulk of the weight on the shoulders of someone else? When, O Lord?

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    1. Quoting Wendy Cukierski
      “The words that Jesus spoke to St. Francis came to mind: “Francis, go rebuild my Church, which you see is falling into ruins.”

      Then it hit me…WE the LAITY need to help rebuild the Church which is falling into ruins!

      Not in the literal way as Francis originally thought…but..in the spiritual realm!

      We NEED strong Shepherds to lead us as we rebuild!

      Shepherds who are not afraid to speak the TRUTH!

      And as families we need to nurture future vocations in our domestic churches!

      THIS will be how we will ultimately “rebuild”.

      Strong Godly families, strong Godly Shepherds ♡

      We can no longer be lukewarm…we must be ON FIRE for our faith…ON FIRE for Jesus!

      CHOOSE because the “rebuild” has begun!”

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        1. MP, wrong thread I suppose, but just wanted to tell you that I am just getting into watching the youtube videos you and Charlie put together. They are wonderful! Thank you for all you are doing and have done. God bless you and your family.

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