A Couple of First Things

By Charlie Johnston

The Difference Between a Threshold Issue and a Single Issue

When I was a teenager, a very nice old man, Mr. Valentin (pronounced like the saint) lived kitty-corner behind us on the next street up. He was a German ex-patriate who had some great stories to tell about the war and always had really good pastries. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors when it was needed. I and a few other kids used to like to visit him and chat about this, that and the other. He was a good neighbor.

One day, while chatting, the subject of Hitler came up. Mr. Valentin noted that he did not agree with Hitler about Jews, but proceeded to tell us all the good things Hitler did for Germany, concluding that, overall, he thought the Fuehrer had been good for the country. I was shocked. As I said, Mr. Valentin WAS a good neighbor. I wanted to treat him with the warmth I always had. I just could not get past the reality that this decent man considered the mass murder of innocents to be one issue among many. I did not visit him again. Oh, I would greet him civilly if I bumped into him – and I felt a little discomfort as it became obvious that he knew something had happened so that I was stiff and formal when I did have to speak with him. Truth be told, it troubled me even more that he never really understood what changed. He was so sure that the mass murder of innocents was just one issue to be considered among many that it did not seem to occur to him that anyone else could see it otherwise.

There are some issues that constitute such a bright, clear moral line that they are threshold issues. No matter how good a candidate may be otherwise, they don’t merit consideration at all if they are wrong on a threshold, moral issue. Mass slaughter of innocents is one of those issues. Abortion is the mass slaughter of innocents. The science is incontrovertible – which is why you rarely hear the anti-God left speak of science when talking about abortion. On those rare occasions when they do bring up science in this regard, they flat-out lie…and know they are lying. But mostly they insist that a woman has the right to slaughter her child – just as Hitler argued that Germans had the right to slaughter Jews and other “sub-humans.”

Sadly, we have a lot of Mr. Valentins in American society right now, people who are indifferent to the intentional murder of a particular class of innocents or justify it as a matter of personal interest or convenience. I pray for them, as I am convinced that, if we will be judged by the judgment that we judge, then if they do not repent, they will spend their eternity suffering the agony that they consented to consign babies to in those babies’ dying moments – and that that will be the least of their torments. The moral myopia that allows one to justify this abomination is so prevalent that one cannot help but be acquainted with some folks who support abortion. In the early 1800’s, it was near impossible not to be acquainted with some pro-slavery folks. Shockingly, many of both the modern pro-abortion advocates and the old pro-slavery advocates are otherwise nice people. I know that the cultural zeitgeist of any age makes some depravities so common that hordes of thoughtless people buy into it. But while I can be civil to people caught up in this generation’s hideous common moral depravity, I can’t be friends with them. Truth is, every time I meet someone I like who is wrong on this threshold issue, I am revulsed by this moral hole in their conscience. I cannot help but think them either morally maimed or lacking in the moral seriousness that would make them suitable for serious work. It is truly horrifying to me that some Bishops are incapable of understanding the difference between a threshold and a single issue. I can put up with their silly preening on issues they have no authority over like climate change, immigration policy, etc…but that they either abdicate (or worse, don’t even understand) their obligation on a core threshold issue tells me they should not be Bishops at all.

Abortion is not a single issue; it is a threshold issue.

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What is The Purpose of a Justice System?

Historically, the answer to the above question has been to protect the interests of the sovereign. While most historical justice systems paid some deference to morality – mostly defined by the Ten Commandments these last few millennia – at bottom the critical thing was to defend the existing ruling authority. When France’s King Louis XIV reportedly said, “La loi, c’est moi.” (the law, that’s me) he was not being cynical, just honest. The fact is, various states’ justice systems have been set up primarily to protect the throne, the sovereign.

This was a serendipitous concept with the founding of America – the first truly free, self-governing people in which officials served at the pleasure of and with the consent of the people. As founded, in America it is the people who are sovereign. It was a trickier business than met the eye. Crime had to be defined as that which actually harmed people or impeded them from exercising their lawful rights – and not as a matter of who might be offended. People who were accused needed to be protected from being railroaded, which meant constraining the power of ambitious state attorneys and being rigorous about process. But the purpose of justice is justice, not process – though rigor in process plays a large role in ensuring that it is justice, and not mere vengeance or power plays, that is achieved.

In the early days of the Republic, many areas of the country were plagued with vigilante and frontier justice. As agents of the law were often few and far between, it was common for towns and people to take the law into their own hands. But without prudent investigative protocols, miscarriages of justice were often committed and large numbers of innocent people were wrongly punished. This gave rise to serious thought about protecting the rights of defendants and establishing professional standards of conduct of investigation that protected both the people at large and those accused. This system probably reached its zenith in this country in the first half of the 20th Century (I do not include the lynchings of black people in this: that was never an exercise in law, but an exercise of terror and power outside of law on behalf of a progressive political ideology). Mid-century, emphasis started to shift towards reforming the criminal rather than immediate protection of the sovereign people. This gave rise to a prolific growth of byzantine rules protecting the accused that became increasingly indifferent to the protection of the general public. All of us have lived our entire lives in a system in which violent criminals we all know to be guilty are routinely released on technical procedural grounds. Most of us have come to think that is the proper way of doing things, even when we release violent criminals we know to be guilty who we can almost guarantee are going to commit violent aggressions again on innocent people. Several decades ago we reached the point where we were knowingly letting violent felons off the hook because a judge or police officer did not say “Simon says” at some point in the process.

The reality of this hit home hard for me in the Polly Klaas case. The 12-year-old girl from Petaluma, California was kidnapped from her home on October 1, 1993 by 39-year-old Richard Davis, who then murdered her. It was a horrific enough story on its own, but then I took a look at Davis’ rap sheet. Almost his whole life had been a “one-man crime wave.” Several of his convictions prior to this offense were for kidnapping and rape. So with at least two, possibly three, prior kidnappings that the state knew of, I had to ask myself why, at 39 years old, he was not in prison. The truth is that all those judges and officials who claimed they were against the death penalty were actually adamantly for it. They just favored executing the innocent rather than the guilty. Every time they released Davis back into society despite his consistent violent record, they were signing a blank death warrant for some innocent citizen.

Now we have reached the point that the anti-God left openly wants to release actual violent criminals from prison while filling the jails with political prisoners. Once respected law enforcement agencies are used openly as partisan tools in political warfare with little concern for objective justice. But we have been being prepared and conditioned for the collapse of the rule of law for a very long time. As soon as we lost sight of the fact that the object of a justice system is to obtain justice, and instead emphasized characteristics of the process out of all proportion to the fundamental end, we were on the road to this systemic collapse.

Momma Bear and Cubs – just because I like it. (Hat tip to Bob Scheich)

When vigilante justice was the norm, innocents were being railroaded and wrongfully punished. When the process became so byzantine that obviously guilty men were being set free to kill again, innocents – like Polly Klaas – were badly hurt. When the law became a parody of itself, not focused on protecting society and isolating and punishing the guilty, it became much easier to politicize the law, making it a partisan weapon. All because we neglected the first thing of what the purpose of a justice system is.

To right things (and I am by no means sure we can until after a cataclysm), first the law must be depoliticized. Hillary Clinton, James Comey and John Brennan must be held to the same set of standards that Michael Flynn, Roger Stone and Michael Cohen are. Whether it is permissive or strict is a subject for another time. The point is that it must be equal. If we continue with one set of rules for conservatives and Christians and an entirely different set for progressives and atheists, the end result can only be violent strife and civil war.

Accomplishing that, the next step is to eliminate “Simon says” justice. Giving a violent criminal a get out of jail free card any time a rule has been violated is not the only way to protect a defendant’s rights. If there is a violation of those rights in the investigation of a criminal, other sanctions can be imposed against the officials and jurisdictions that violated those rights. I have not thought through, in detail, what specific steps to take…it can include fines, penalties, firing, and permanent barring from law enforcement or public office. What I do know is that every time we knowingly set a violent criminal free to maim, rape, rob or kill again we are serving a blank death warrant to be served on an innocent to be named later. That is a poisonous tree whose fruit we must quit consuming if we would be a just and moral people. Meantime, whether a person committed a crime out of “hate” is irrelevant to his guilt. His state of mind may be relevant to sentencing, either in mitigation or extenuation of his degree of guilt, but it is irrelevant to what he did, which is what is at question in a trial. Labeling some crimes “hate” crimes did not increase accountability, but laid the groundwork for the politicization of the justice system.

The principle of subsidiarity applies to law enforcement as well as governance and economics. The closer to home justice is administered, the more likely it is to be just and effective. In feudal times, there were usually two types of justice – that enforced by the King’s men and vigilante justice. Yes, there were often sheriffs – but they were appointed by the Crown to protect his interests. Some on the internet have said that when Herman Goering took over as minister of security in Nazi Germany, the first thing he did was defund local police. That’s not quite accurate in its detail, but it is accurate in its substance…and of course leftist media has fallen all over itself attacking the details as erroneous. What Goering did do was make all local police agencies subject to the authority of the central police, the SS, and destroyed any autonomy they had. Slightly different path, same result. I link to this Reuters article which declares the claim as false while also laying out how Goering destroyed the authority of any police agency except as a subdivision of the SS. It is kind of funny to me how these idiots in the press are determined to make distinctions that have no meaningful difference in order to protect their narrative – but then they neither know nor care about first things.

The purpose of a justice system is to provide justice. To do that it must protect both the people afflicted by crime and the rights of those accused of crime. When it regularly fails to do that in either case, it is a time to go back to the drawing board and get it right.

When God reigns, men seek justice for all, flawed as it may be by human fallibility – and they do not compromise a whit on Christ’s threshold issues.

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206 thoughts on “A Couple of First Things

  1. A most valuable distinction between a threshold issue and a single issue. You nailed it, Charlie, as to what’s at the heart of the divide in our country… and all over the world. I appreciate the way you have articulated this vital distinction and it beautifully refutes the charge so often raised when a Christian who backs the Democrat platform cries: “You’re a one issue voter!” Thank you.

    Oh to be a just and moral people again! And to that end, may this come to be… soon, Lord, soon : “When God reigns, men seek justice for all, flawed as it may be by human fallibility – and they do not compromise a whit on Christ’s threshold issues.”

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    1. This actually helps me understand a little better why the Catholic members of my family are so vehemently opposed and express nonsensical outrage at everything about DJT: they’re trying to justify their vote for candidates who support something so abhorrent. Even honing in on terms like “nationalist” and “dictator” to describe him, they are making a genuinely ProLife candidate sound like Hitler. I see this now more as a subconscious way to free-up their Christian consciences as they vote for abortion, even if indirectly. It’s always pained me how they choose to ignore this “single issue.”

      Is it worth sending the link to this post to, say, my aunt? Or can I expect the light from Charlie’s words to fall on blind eyes? I feel like I must try because, after all, we are talking about deadly sin.

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        1. In a way, exercising the integrity to be rejected or reject plants a seed.

          If we have a conscience and if they have a conscience, the change forces contemplation and working out the “why” of the matter. It us very clarufying, but hard, unpleasant work

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      1. Patrick Daniel,

        Thank you! You have put into words what I have been seeming to understand!! I couldn’t fathom it!

        My husband is so vehemently against trump too. I don’t understand it. He knows my position on abortion and how I even vigil at Planned Parenthood.

        I told him to not vote rather than vote for Biden.

        A big lie that very many people believe is that the world is over populated. God would not have created the World if it couldn’t sustain a vibrant population. Be fruitful and multiply. We are all so Selfish. I see it in myself more everyday. Please Lord change my heart!

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        1. There are 3 options this election, and Catholics have only two choices: vote for DJT or don’t vote at all.

          He even said it himself: “You have no choice but to vote for me.” Sounds bold, but it is in fact the truth.

          A vote for Harris/Biden is a vote for mortal sin.

          May RBG Rest In Peace and may God have mercy on her.

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      2. Patrick Daniel . . . My first inclination is to say the “light from Charlie’s words” will fall on blind eyes. You and i both know it is up to the Holy Spirit to move the heart and soul, and it is up to you and I to provide an avenue for that movement.

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  2. So far, there has not been one thing that Charlie has ever written that makes me want to say. “Whoa, there. That is a bit much.” There still isn’t, So true, Charlie, so true. Now, guess we start at home!

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      1. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
        Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
        Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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  3. I had to stop reading after the first section to weep and digest. I have been feeling this way for decades intentionally distancing myself from pro-killing baby believers. The island is getting smaller and smaller. I am aghast at how nonchalant they are. When questioned if they have ever seen a video on an abortion or even the movie Unplanned(?-i think that is the title of Abby Johnson’s movie). Nope. They refuse to watch it. They even refuse to watch the Passion of Christ. Good Grief! I nailed Christ to the cross! I should at least have the guts to see what I have done.
    When my husband is appalled at the latest awfulness, the usual comment is, they believe killing babies is okay. Why would it bother them to punch an old woman in the face, or fill in the latest atrocity, send Covid positive patients into a nursing home?

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  4. Thank-you Charlie ~
    Our pastor, last Sunday, asked us, “Are you going to wait for a 3rd sign? Plague, fire& smoke…what will it take for us to repent?”
    We must continue to pray and make reparation.
    I will continue to make/preserve food for the homeless. It’s what I do here in my little town. We have a whole network of food preparers and deliverers to see that no one goes hungry. And of course, when I can, I walk in the neighborhood and pray with my rosary in my hand. Trying to give God the glory, hearten the faithful and take the next right step.
    Lord have mercy on us.
    God bless us and all our endeavors,
    Katey in OR

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    1. Hi Katey . . . I have wondered every time I read your comments my proximity to you (as I am driving through OR as a CDL driver), and don’t want to pry. However . . . I have a bit of time at the moment since I’m recovering from emergency surgery on 9/23 in SkyLakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.

      I feel a strong affinity to everyone here at ASOH, and I think it will be nice just to know if I am going through a town or county in which one of us lives. I love the idea that I could be passing through, see a lady with rosary in hand strolling in a neighborhood – – – “Katey in OR!!!!!!!”

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  5. I am one of the vigil leaders for the 40 Days for Life in Aurora, Illinois. The vigil begins tomorrow as I’m sure most of you know and runs through November 1st. That’s my plug to encourage all of you to sign up for an hour or two to pray at your local vigil 😉.

    I did have a thought I wanted to share with all of you. With the death of RBG and the upcoming Senate hearings to replace her, I can’t help being awed by God’s perfect timing. While these hearings are going on, millions of people around the world will be actively praying, through this vigil, for the end of abortion. There will be a tsunami of prayer for the unborn and for the end of the travesty of abortion during the exact time that our elected officals are picking our next Supreme Court Justice. Wow! God is so good. Life will prevail.

    I have never felt so hopeful nor so excited for what is to come.

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  6. First, part A:
    read Sydney Powell’s “License to Lie”. It is a long, legal read but enlightening. The criminals (US Prosecutors) are still thriving and their work product (citizens) are still Felons. Case in point: ENRON.

    Part B: Remove prosecutorial authority from Federal Prosecutors trying cases, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI has tremendous investigators, very thorough. Cease these Special Agents ability to arrest and allow these information gatherers to do just that… gather information and present to a sworn, local police jurisdiction.

    Second, Prosecute on a local County level.

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    1. My only objection Sean, is about your idea to prosecute on a local county level. An overwhelming amount of county d.a. s are driven to high success rates which creates inevitable dysfunction and corruption. Soros has funded the new wave of progressive, extremely corrupt d.a. s throughout the country.

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  7. I feel as you do, Charlie!!! It is very hard for me, a sinner as well, to understand how anyone can be for the killing of innocent life wether it be from the womb or at the other end! I just don’t understand it! This one nun I know (who doesn’t veil) argued with a few of us after Mass one day that we need to consider the seamless garment!!! Ha!!! I’ve been praying for her ever since but like your valentine deal…I just can’t get too friendly with anyone who is for Democrats!😩

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  8. Charlie, I am glad to see this issue addressed especially when it one relates it to the moral positions or teaching authority of the Catholic faith and all others. Many of my Catholic friends and relatives have given in to this liberal threshold issue belief and thought process . The hypocrisy is that the delicate child in a mother’ womb should then also be a threshold issue from the child’ perspective. Do they not have a right to live, a right to freedom, to defend and experience liberty to name a few. Instead the threshold issue believers roll all this up to a single overriding issue that a woman must have a right to choose. The consequences of their threshold issue is that a baby is slaughtered to death. In our single overriding threshold issue, that every life is a sacred gift from God, we save a baby from hands of death.

    Seems like they apply their threshold issue when it is convenient to their causes.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I am watching “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (from EWTN)! It was posted by one of you in the “Danger Lies Ahead” post, I believe. I’ve known about Alinsky, etc. for years but have never read all these details. The movie is excellent and so informative, and you will recognize many names in the Church! If you don’t have time to watch it all at once (over an hour), watch it in segments. Amazing how so many actions over the years are coming to fruition now. Come Lord Jesus and Mother Mary!

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    1. Dear Annie W,
      Thank-you for bringing this to my attention. Although I knew a lot of this by inference, actually WATCHING this has really opened my eyes to the magnitude of the evil.
      It would be so easy to despair… but the Blessed Mother has told us that her Immaculate Heart will prevail. We are not without hope. “Hear us: for your Son, who honors you, denies you nothing. Jesus, save us, for whom the Virgin Mother prays to you. Amen.” ~ from the Stella Caeli prayer

      Katey in Oregon 💙✝️

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  10. PS to my comment. You’ll find out in the movie who came up with Campaign for Human Development and will probably never want to donate again. Many of us have not done so for years! There are plenty of worthy causes as alternatives.

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    1. Annie– it is so disconcerting to me and many others in our diocese here that our bishop has been in charge of the CHD for the USCCB. I haven’t contributed to that for many years. ICK! When questioned about this fund, he just didn’t seem to get our objections to it. So exhausting.

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  11. Never heard this distinction before – but it is a good one that I may have to use in the next month in preaching on life and voting (along with what it means to be complicit). Thank you Charlie!

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    1. Boy, am I glad to hear that, Fr. Joel. Perhaps if Mr. Valentin had heard that sometime, it might have spared him the illusion that committing mass murder is just one issue among many. May our pulpits resound with the word of God – in the homilies as well as in the readings.

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  12. When you look back at history, Hitler would of been a hardcore promoter of abortion & euthanasia, he promoted the “mercy killing” of the disabled and sterilization of the insane which included young children. Hitler would of made a idea Liberal nowadays.

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  13. Charlie, I have been seeing some of the videos that show people who really believe that abortion is OK, and if their opinion gets countered they go off the deep end like no tomorrow. The rage is scary to watch, and very disturbing. I really am praying for a Trump win, but the thought of what comes with it scares me, although what comes with the Harris/Biden ticket scares me even more.

    Your insights and wisdom on the political and legal part of this war we are in really help me to understand what we are up against. I have and continue to learn so much from you. (Economics and history weren’t my strongest subjects in school), lol. It gives me hope knowing there are people like you who keep the truth front and center and keep us questioning when the truth becomes blurred.

    There is an evangelization group in our parish that works with the St. Paul Street Evangelization group in our city. They have started to offer drive-through prayer for anyone who wants it on the first Saturday of the month from 10am-noon. The first one they had last month brought in five people who they prayed with or for, and they handed out either prayer cards or info about our church, depending on the person. I have been thinking about joining them for this as they are always looking for volunteers. It’s a great sign of hope!

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    1. Singingjuls this is profound “ I really am praying for a Trump win, but the thought of what comes with it scares me, although what comes with the Harris/Biden ticket scares me even more!”

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    1. I thought that too, MP. But I also had a friend who’s mother was German say some things like the Holocaust never happened, it was all made up, Hitler wasnt as bad as they say, etc. In their ignorance of righteousness, they do not see justice as a universal truth but only life as a means to an end they consider acceptable.
      One time I asked my wayward son what his goals in life were. He said: get a good job, buy some property and get a nice house. I then said, but those are not goals of life but simply necessities of life and that a life goal is more transcendent than mere possessions.
      Mr. Valentine and company are those who see this life as the means to mere possessions and as nothing transcendent. Without that transcendent goal, life is selfish -all about me. The fact we all are equipped with a moral compass (the Ten Commandments written on our hearts) doesn’t always help us attain the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the Spirit on how to use them properly and judge righteous judgement and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The person who is trying to “build treasure as a good neighbor” so if I “scratch your back, you’ll scratch mine” type is really just in it for himself and acts on that impulse only.
      The First Things issues do not exist for them.

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      1. I think there are myriad reasons people choose to not look at a horror, see it for what it is and acknowledge it as such. Maybe chief among them, that they’re afraid that would force them to look upon, confront and overcome horrors within themselves. I also see folks who are highly vocal and straightforward about horrors, yet sometimes using that as little more than cover for the same.

        Whatever the case, the way to resolve it is both frighteningly simple (always), and yet somehow tremendously daunting (sometimes) for all of us.

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        1. Ah, you often get to the heart of why I often say, Christianity is not for wimps. When you think seriously about these things, it is hard to know whether you did as well as you reasonably could. Had I evangelized Mr. Valentin more persistently, would it have borne fruit or would it have just irritated him? Had it borne fruit, would the time invested have balanced out all the people I did not evangelize because of that focus? I don’t know the answers to these questions – but I do know that we all have very little to be smug or self-righteous about when we deeply contemplate what that next right step actually is – and that if we did not do the best we could think of, always acknowledging God, there would be nothing but cause for despair. It truly is a daunting task that can only be approached with confidence by acknowledging God, and recognizing our own feet of clay even in the midst of our best efforts.

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    2. MP, Charlie, All, here is some hope:

      Fr. Chris Alar, the Father Joseph of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, (who manage the National Shrine of Divine Mercy–a holy, sacred place that our beloved St. Great John Paul II visited) has written extensively about God being outside of time, therefore we can all pray now, in this very present moment, for the eternal salvation of anyone who died, even decades ago. These priests clarify the Divine Mercy message. Fr. Joseph says that God, in His Mercy, will apply every prayer/sacrifice offered “in time” to that critical moment of a soul’s decision. God, who is outside of time, can use the past, present and future, as it pleases Him.

      Now, more than ever, we CORAC Squirrels need to live this message. (I am relying on you all to smack me upside the head with this Hope when I struggle, which is often.)

      +My God I will praise You always and forever!+

      Fellow Squirrels, let us all pray hard in this present moment, for the salvation of Mr. Valentin, RBG, and any other person who The Lord brings to our heart. Let us not waste this moment, and let us leave the results to Our Good God.

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      1. I understand that concept Little light,
        I find myself scanning my memory for events and persons I feel I neglected from my past. I’m aware of the omnipresense of God and how He already knows what I will do (mostly by His promptings, of course) and applies what He wishes to whom and when it is most effective, not that He ever really needs me! I think these things are more important for my salvation and edification than those I pray for! God has got this, I’m just tagging along for the ride because He loves me and wants to share with me these things as a doting Father.

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    3. That’s a good point, MP. Of course, I was a kid in high school and he was a grown-up…and an older one at that. Truth be told, there were a lot of things grown-ups said in my presence that I thought were offensive or stupid that, after a calm statement of my view, I left alone.

      It also was one of the most shocking moments of my life at that point. I know how I handled it then; don’t know how I would handle it now. But I do know that now, when someone says something about a woman’s right to choose or other morally bankrupt stuff, I usually tell them what I think and why, then let it go. And don’t spend any unnecessary time with them. Which is, pretty much how I handled the episode with Mr. Valentin (though I am rarely shocked anymore).

      I have had people tell me (sometimes years later) that I changed their way of thinking. But the truth is, after stating my case unemotionally, I generally withdraw if there is no movement on such matters…shake the dust off my feet, as it were. I figure everyone has the obligation of properly forming their conscience before God after being spoken with clearly – and that it is a waste of time to contend with them when you could better spend that time with people who will hear and consider. I do know that on that day, I DID tell Mr. Valentin that I thought there was no justification for Hitler, period (undoubtedly in less elegant terms than I could today – though truth is, I was pretty clear and elegant on such things from pretty early on). It may be wrong, it may be right, but it is my way on just about everything. In political movements, I used to instruct people not to get bogged down arguing with people who are unwilling – that if you have a good message, it will resonate and grow and you adapt when you get a persuasive counter-argument…but arguing with someone once you know their mind is set against you and your values just puts the brakes on your potential growth. Go spread the word to as many as you can and embrace the willing. Like I say, there are deficiencies in that approach, but it is my consistent approach.

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      1. Even more frustrating when it’s millennial family members who are letting their disdain for T. cloud their voting decisions; but this post, Charlie should help. Will be our ‘choral’ reading and then leave it at that so I ‘don’t nag lest they lose heart’; but don’t want them to lose their soul. Delicate balance-
        guess that’s where prayer n penance can tip the scales.

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      2. I suppose that I found your prefacing encounter with Mr. Valentin to be the best part to contemplate. “Wisdom is vindicated in her deeds” or “wisdom is vindicated by all her children,” as an alternate translation, in consideration of how each handles such an encounter.

        Subsequently, the length you went to illuminate the points is appreciated, yet obviously shocking that it even has to be so thoroughly laid out there to cut through the clutter.

        Certainly it takes wisdom and consistency, as is seen in the deeds of John the Baptist and Jesus. And with Jesus, I’m thinking of His Crowning Deed!

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    1. I’m familiar with this song from long ago, Sorrowful. Our comment policy speaks to adding a line or two with links to articles and songs so we know what’s on the commenter’s mind when something is being shared. 😊

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      1. I’m sorry, When I replied, I thought it would follow MP’s original comment on the 22nd,
        meaning like sometimes you have to discern when to speak and when not to.

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  14. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – 😉

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/09/god-never-loses

    It’s where we are then ;-( ……. & The Usual Suspects (Church/Secular) will demonize this Pastor for having the temerity to take prudent steps to protect his flock.
    https://www.knightsrepublic.com/single-post/2020/09/21/Catholic-Priest-organizes-firearms-training-to-strengthen-Church-security

    https://reason.com/2020/09/22/gun-control-puts-your-life-at-risk/

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-schneider-catholics-must-be-militant-christians-unafraid-to-shine-like-bright-stars

    https://cnsnews.com/commentary/bill-donohue/these-5-senators-should-recuse-themselves-if-trump-taps-catholic-court

    Same day as Prayer March & The Return – Day of Prayer & Repentance both in DC….. coincidence? I wonder if Trump will make a surprise appearance of some sort at either of these events?? …. which would greatly annoy The Usual Suspects ….Media/Political …. & Church……. like DC Bishop Gregory ….. and all his Special Friends 😉
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/22/donald-trump-to-announce-supreme-court-pick-500-p-m-saturday/

    https://cnsnews.com/commentary/father-jerry-pokorsky/socialism-vs-free-market-take-preferential-option-common-sense

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/22/pompeo-at-values-voter-summit-communist-china-cracking-down-on-christians-seeking-to-rewrite-bible/

    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/occupy-harvard

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/sep/22/similarities-between-germanys-nazis-and-americas-p/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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  15. Thank you Charlie for the distinction between a “single issue” and a “threshold issue”. I can not accept the fact that those I conceived and those I love could ever believe that abortion is a “good thing”. I do not accept it and will continue to pray for their conversions and in the meantime warn them of their error.

    Besides the slaughter of innocents, we have millions of walking wounded who have believed the lies that this evil is a “good”. I worked with post abortion women for years, and the pain and torture they experience is horrific. Only by the grace of God, do post abortion women and men find peace. And amazing mercy and peace is there for all of them–they only need to ask.

    I watched a poor young woman on social media the other day screaming and insane with grief that RBG couldn’t of lasted another couple of months, until after the election of Biden– so that Roe v Wade would be secured, or so she reasoned(?) — I’ve seen woman like her up close, she is a tortured post abortive soul crying out for help.

    We must secure a pro life justice to the Supreme Court, so that the genocide of babies ends and that more souls don’t end up like the millions of walking wounded in today’s world.

    May it be so dear God.

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    1. San san,

      If you are able… pull out old ultrasound photos of your kids if you can. I made sure to include them in my sons scrapbook. I was fortunate enough to have ultrasound videos too of him jumping around in utero.

      Just a thought….

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    2. My daughter and college grad granddaughters just sent me RBG glowing accomplishments for women and support of women’s right to choose. My response (thanks for the help Charlie and Mother Theresa):
      Dear Family,

      The damage that people have done during their lives — unrepentant damage — especially by those called to “lead/protect” His children here on earth — can and should be called out, so that the rest of us will take heed and change our ways. Abortion is a foundational issue. Not one issue among many.

      RBG, was a Supreme Court Justice for 27 years, who supported the killing of millions of babies (among other godless issues). She was in a “seat of power” that could have turned the tide on that foundational issue. She did not. Many Germans felt that Hitler did a lot of good for Germany. We only know that six million Jews were systematically murdered. Any “good” that RBG or Hitler did, does not merit consideration at all if they are wrong on a threshold (foundational), moral issue (thou shall not kill). Mass slaughter of innocents is one of those foundational issues. Abortion is the mass slaughter of innocents (60 million since Roe). Just because something is “legal” does not mean it is right.

      The science is incontrovertible – which is why you rarely hear the anti-God left speak of science when talking about abortion. On those rare occasions when they do bring up science in this regard, they flat-out lie…and know they are lying. But mostly they insist that a woman has the right to slaughter her child – just as Hitler argued that Germans had the right to slaughter Jews and other “sub-humans.”

      We do know that “many” souls are lost and that “few” find the narrow way.

      I care about your immortal soul Susie and the souls of my granddaughters and son-in-law. I cared about you the day I found out I was pregnant and was pressured to abort you. By the grace of God, this lost 18 yr old found courage to have you even though it changed my life overnight. It’s the best decision of love and self sacrifice that I have ever made. And God has rewarded me over and over because of that decision. My greatest reward will be to be in heaven one day and to greet each and every one of you upon your arrival.

      Abortion is not a “single issue”, it is a “Threshold Issue”. As Mother Theresa of Calcutta said, ““…The greatest destroyer of peace today is the cry of the innocent unborn child. For if a mother can murder her own child in her womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other?” – look what’s happening in our world today. Saint Mother Theresa concludes her speech in Oslo, Norway where she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “God give us courage to protect the unborn child, for the child is the greatest gift of God to a family, to a nation and to the whole world.”

      Besides the loss of the baby, post-abortive women and men suffer greatly. I know first hand their pain and mental torture that they have after an abortion. I have worked with many of them. It is only by the Grace of God, that they find healing and peace – all they have to do is go to Our Merciful God and repent.

      I will not accept that decent people like you and my granddaughters consider the mass murder of innocents to be one issue among many. Please do not support a godless society and the continued slaughter of babies in the womb. Human life is sacred.

      I pray that you convert to the love & mercy of God before you vote again for death, and especially before you die.

      I pray that I am found worthy when I stand before the Lord that I have done everything I could of to warn you. When I think how we are all so interconnected while here on earth, I tremble. The next step is eternal life, either in heaven or in hell. I choose eternal life with Our Lord.

      Love Mom (Nana)

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  16. “Every sacrifice which your soul makes, every good it does is directed to God for the sanctification of all.” St. Pio of Pietrelcina ora pro nobis.

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. St. Padre Pio is one of my great loves, as he is for one of my daughters. That daughter lives in Louisville KY and asked the family to pray for them. The city is expecting problems today and in the days to come b/c of the grand jury findings on the death of Breonna Taylor, killed by police. As my daughter said, the media didn’t point out that her drug dealing boyfriend fired first at the police. May Breonna RIP, and please God keep Louisville and all our cities safe from evil!

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      1. Prayers for your daughter, Annie. I also have family in Louisville, and I’m concerned for them. They live in a really nice neighborhood not quite in the suburbs; but the BLM/Antifa goons have been targeting those neighborhoods, too.

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  17. We are in troubling times (in case nobody noticed). The smoke of Satan is stirring up confusion and blindness to the truth on every level. The words “truth” and “justice” are used by both political parties with totally opposite objectives. If we want truth and justice, we have to receive it from the original source it came from, and that is from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our country needs the guidance from the Holy Spirit through many, many prayers. Jesus asked Elizabeth Kindelman to write her diary with specific instructions to say the Rosary every day with THE FLAME OF LOVE DEVOTION to blind Satan who is spreading his influence to confuse many people as to what the truth really is. We need a rescue like never before. Pray, pray, pray that the era of peace promised at Fatima will be soon. May God bless America. Pray, pray, pray.

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    1. Judy, my dear sis taught me about the flame of love addition to the Hail Mary. Also the prayer added: “by these beads I bind my babies and my husband to your Immaculate Heart.” According to the devotion Our Lady replies: “And I will take care of them as my own”

      I want to tell you I took my sister’s advice to heart and taught this to my children, husband, myself. I am so grateful I did. Even though, 2 years later, my son died by suicide.

      Um, there can be a great temptation to be angry and dismiss the promises attached to this devotion as sentimental and dumb after enduring such a loss. I am here today to give testimony to God and His promises through His Saints and Blesseds. The promises are real. The Hope is real. +Thank you God, that I can say that today and praise You even as me and mine patiently and not-so-patiently await the fulfillment of Your promises, that “every tear will be wiped away”+

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    1. Wow! Padre Pio’s Feast Day, and Pres. Trump signs an executive order protecting infants born alive! After the National prayer day had to be rescheduled to today due to covid! There are too many wonderful happenings there to digest in one bite.

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  18. I keep opening up the Bible to Jeremias chapter 32/33!!! Just a fascinating few chapters (as if they all weren’t! Lol) Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!!! His mercies endure forever!!!🤗

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  19. Along the lines of all the wonderful prayer signs CrewDog (Prayer Days, Pres Trump) Beth (40 days for life) posted above, did anyone see this on SD? It made me ridiculously happy. All the Prez and VP debates are on some awesome Feast Days:

    https://spiritdaily.org/blog/news/look-at-the-debates-and-feast-days

    Debates Between Pres. Trump & Biden:
    +
    September 29 – Feast Day of St. Michael and the Archangels
    +
    October 15 – Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila
    +
    October 22 – Feast Day of Pope St. John Paul II
    +
    Debate Between VP Pence & Harris:
    +
    October 7 – Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary

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    1. “When the Saints, come marchin’ in! When the Saints come marchin’ in, I want to be in their number, when The Saints come marchin’ in!” And The Queen, the bestest, biggest and baddest, is last, the Grand Finale Haha. +Thank you, Jesus+

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  20. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – Late Edition 😉

    DOJ alleges Vermont discriminates against students attending religious schools
    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=15710

    https://www.whitehousedossier.com/2020/09/23/pelosi-christ-would-not-want-trump-honored-at-national-catholic-prayer-breakfast/

    I think the below, long article, is interesting and probably essentially correct ….. but … there is no Devine/Religious component in his forecast. Most here are Hoping/Praying for serious Devine Intervention ’cause it’s hard to NOT believe that some, monumental, Die has been cast …… “It will be A Close Run Thing” …. Summer Soldiers need not apply!
    https://americanmind.org/essays/revolution-2020/

    Rudy Giuliani and Governor Mike Huckabee – Common Sense – Ep. 71

    Jon Voight – Do or Die:

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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  21. I finally had the time to read the whole article, beautifully explained Charlie.

    Threshold vs single issues, and a sabotaged legal system to promote political & moral evils. I love the detail & sound reasoning you’ve put into it!

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  22. Hello Charlie and everyone. I’m not sure if you have already discussed it, but is there anyone who has been concerned about possible conflict with China and their own country? God bless you all!

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    1. Good to hear from you again, Louise. Honestly, as I observe, we ARE in the conflict with China both on the secular world front and within the Church. Be sure to check out the recent archives of Charlie’s writing here and consider joining us in the development of CORAC. Gideon’s wee Army is gathering and strategizing as Aslan is on the move.

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        1. Fr. Wang has maintained from the days when SOG Maria Esperanza forewarned us about China that it is not in the Chinese mentality to invade foreign shores with men and weapons. But my goodness! In this world of technology and bio-weapons, and who knows what else our Mother’s adversary can devise through human tools, we can see the possibility of inflicting devastating damage. So grateful that God has a Plan.

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  23. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – 😉

    We need to flush out all the Perverts… Church & State …. The Party of Abortion , Perversion & Socialism …. their voters ….. want the Rest of US Flushed-Out.
    https://www.catholicleague.org/nyc-fails-to-vet-perverts/

    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/naive-corrupt-or-both

    https://www.ncregister.com/news/donald-trump-and-joe-biden-campaigns-intensify-faith-outreach-efforts-with-a-focus-on-catholics

    I’m guessing a very similar article could be written with the title: “Why these US/Vatican Bishops can’t lecture us about morality and truth”
    https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/09/23/why-these-four-star-generals-cant-lecture-us-about-morality-and-truth/

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/09/what_trumps_nominee_can_expect_from_a_media_cancerous_with_dishonor.html#ixzz6YwltMayQ

    There are very Dark Forces orchestrating & funding all these “impromptu peaceful protests” in Democrat Party controlled cities …. aided and abetted by The Usual Suspects.
    I’ll remind all that these cities are also transportation/commerce hubs where all your food, fuel and necessaries must pass through. Get Ready!
    Trump Derangement Syndrome and Hatred for him and his supporters is not close to “Boiling Point” yet. ;-(

    Bullets Over Louisville
    https://outline.com/33mKKY

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/09/the_lack_of_breonna_taylor_indictments_triggered_riots_all_over_the_place.html

    https://americanmind.org/features/ending-the-blm-revolution/blue-truth-matters/

    https://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2020/09/24/civilization-requires-collective-common-sense-n2576737

    https://saraacarter.com/
    https://stream.org/category/us/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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    1. Boy, the Crisis Magazine article is infuriating. And all of the hysteria about Orange Man Bad has done more for Catholics/Christians/Jews and the pre-born than the church leaders.
      Lord, help me that I don’t start hating the sinner TOO! Instead of the sin, cause I am close to the edge.

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    1. I’d say thanks for getting my dander up. I’d say that I’m glad that I live in the desert. I’d also say that wouldn’t fly here, but if it does, check out this new colt I dubbed “Shiner.” Maybe he grows up to ride in the Sheriff’s Posse. Imagine what nearly 2,000 lbs. of horse and flank muscle could do if some jackboot tried to approach him from the rear.

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      1. I watched it again on Tucker last night…I hope and pray to God that if I ever see something like that in person, I have the God given guts to go over and stand up for such a person and maybe get arrested along with him/her!!! Just horrible!!! But actually Mike thought it seemed quite suspicious in that all you hear about is white officers on black and this was a black officer harassing a white!!!! 🤔 on a lighter note….”Hi ho Shiner!!!” 🐎

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        1. I saw this vid making the rounds and could scarcely believe the comments from too many ‘well-meaning christians’ ignoring the obvious injustice in favor of rationalizing the bad behavior and cowardly passivity (i.e. – the stuff that virtually every jackboot, and the tyrants they serve, count on).

          The Holy Spirit does not make us wimps!

          Simple solution would have been for the bold majority to remove their masks and circle the scene in support… camera phones rolling. What needs to be said at that point? Gonna arrest us all?… or, smile, you’re on camera, nitwit.

          If this vid is characteristic of the situation, I think too many Americans sadly lack the will, and obviously lack the courage.

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      2. Where do they get their water?

        Do they get sweets to eat? Up here in Appalachia there is water everywhere and the horses, donkeys and ponies (and deer abd bears, and pissums, and racoons) love their apples!

        Prickly pears taste good, do desert horses eat those?

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        1. Fortunately a river runs through it (the lower Rio Verde, one of about 20 such riparian habitats remaining in the world). They munch on practically anything green, particularly the stuff growing in the river, plus the occasional apple or whatnot from me. I like the prickly pear fruit, but they’re not fond of them unless I remove the thorns Javelina munch on prickly pear indiscriminately, but they’re sorta prickly to begin with. There’s all sorts of other critters out there. Mountain lions and bobs, whitetail and mule deer, free range cattle, wild mules, raccoons aplenty, otters, beavers, etc., and all manner of flying, swimming, creeping and crawling things. Kit Carson used to trap along the stretch I prefer, and I’ve come across my fair share of old Apache camps and Cavalry trails, and even older trails marked with petroglyphs going back 500-800 years or more. Found an odd boulder once where someone had chiseled the date “1862,” and also found some pieces from a very old nativity set made in Ireland, stuffed up in a hollow of nearby rocks. Added a little trail graffiti of my own by chiseling a cross somewhere up in a hidden canyon years ago. One of these days I might add “MP was here”… ala “Shawshank Redemption.”

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  24. This from Thomas More society. It is long but this org has been well vetted. About a vice presidential candidate and her evil attacks, for those who have time and interest:

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  25. Charlie, when you wrote the following, it took my mind back to the late 1970’s: “If we continue with one set of rules for conservatives and Christians and an entirely different set for progressives and atheists, the end result can only be violent strife and civil war.”

    I had been working fulltime in politics for ten years then, with few brief part-time breaks. I had previously thought that political education [Constitution Law, History of America, etc.] could save a country which had legalized the murder of ‘innocents’. It finally dawned upon me that only a moral virtual revolution could save my beloved adopted country, the USA, from the same horrendous fate of many previous nations and cultures, EVENTUAL TOTAL DESTRUCTION..

    I.e., I realized that unless the USA gave up the idea and policy that the murder of innocents was acceptable – and only a private matter of the murder’s – my country was doomed to eventual civil war. I then often stated that in print and in public addresses throughout the country.

    Political resistance to the destruction of ‘the rule of law’ in this country is absolutely necessary. But I long ago concluded it’s major benefit, is in buying time for a moral conversion here or throughout ‘The West’ whose citizens wish to avoid a totalitarian government which habitually butchers all opposition..

    Great article, Charlie

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    1. Please forgive me if this is a stupid question, but have you ever read Yuri Besmenov? You have come to the same conclusion. Yuri said in his Love Letter to America, that only a return to morality could save us. He is so crystal clear and a straight shooter. Here are some links. My apologies and thanks for your consideration if this is redundant 🙂

      Yuri on religion:

      and his “Love Letter to America”:

      https://archive.org/stream/BezmenovLoveLetterToAmerica/YuriBezmenov-LoveLetterToAmerica_djvu.txt

      “Politicizing religion is the most efficient method of demoralizing a
      target nation. Once a nation starts giving to Caesar what belongs to
      God, and getting God involved in such things as ‘social justice’ and
      partisan political squabbles, it predictably loses what religion calls
      mercy and the grace of God. To put it in ‘atheistic’ terms, a target
      country allows the subverter to use the area of moral values for dis-
      semination and enforcement of amoral ideas and policies. The most
      powerful instrument of this process is an organization called World
      Council of Churches, infiltrated by the KGB to such extent, that it is
      hard to distinguish, these days, a priest from a spy.”

      and this is a synopsis of the process ending with these telling quotes:

      https://patch.com/florida/dunedin/bp–the-four-steps-for-american-subversion-5985fc5a

      “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
      – Joseph Stalin

      “The press is our chief ideological weapon.”
      – Nikita Khrushchev

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      1. You’re welcome, Littlelight. I hadn’t seen it; but my husband e-mailed me the link with the message, “I really hope she’s the pick for the Supreme Court.”

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        1. The more I read about her, the more amazing she sounds. Wish they’d get the ‘show on the road’ ; thought it very gracious of POTUS not to announce her replacement until Saturday, but can only imagine the shenanigans the other side is commiserating. Wish T. and his wife had waited to pay their respects when RBG is to lie in state in the US Capitol today, so the demonstrators could not dishonor the decorum and boo them as they did yesterday.

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          1. I hear you, Maggie; but it seems to me that the President and his wife wanted to pay their respects as soon as possible, rather than waiting until today. That, to me, is laudable. The fact that the protesters are disrespectful imbeciles acting like spoiled 5-year-olds is on them, not on the Trumps.

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  26. I’ve loved seeing your photos in your texts, Patrick. Such an amazing journey you’re on! Problem is… with the way they’re being posted in this comment, we can’t access them. To be posted in your comment, you must use the format described in this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hvuq-x_gLZSoYu1TxIutk1RqYg3Sg1yLX0rNEQMDsmU/edit

    I think I have a solution that will get your gorgeous pics up here. I’ve got my one room schoolhouse running again tomorrow so I’ll write to you this weekend about an idea for help.

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          1. Beckita, I reposted twice with all the pictures, but WordPress is not showing it. I suspect WordPress believes it’s a duplicate so it’s ignoring it. Will you delete my pilgrimage post above and let me try again?

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        1. God’s humor: losing hair from the head and instead growing wild hairs out the nose, dark ones on the ears, and kinked ones all over the back. 😔 Sigh.

          In heaven I’m gonna have a spectacular mane of flowing blond hair just like Fabio, me and Saint Ignatius of Loyola both!

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  27. Charlie I just want you to know one thing!!! I get you!!! Lol. What a fine video this is between you & Mp!!! Chock full of nuts on growth in the spiritual life!!! My favorite part is when you say, This is NOT the end, but the beginning of the GREAT REVIVAL!!! Wow!!! What a sign of hope this was for me today!!!

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    1. There are so many squirrels on Our Lady of Snows grounds. So cute. This morning one was lying on his tummy on the pavement. I thought Oh No! Then his little head popped up and I yelled, “Watcha doing?!” and he darted across the grass and up a tree. A half dozen were playing around the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes too. It’s a little paradise for them with all the nut trees.

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  28. Just like Charlie said in his last CoRaC video!!! Our Lady is going to SAVE OUR WORLD!!! (This time)

    Dear children! I am with you for so long because God is great in His love and in my presence. I am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer. May the measure of your [way of] living be love and do not forget, little children, that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you. May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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    1. The political hack in me is enjoying the Democrats impossible predicament. Their base execs them to ruthlessly attack Amy. Yet they do so at the risk of alienating all moderate Catholic/Christians voters. Hahaha. It’s a no win. 🍿🍿🍿

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      1. Irish7: I know, right? And I’m sure that Judge Barrett can weather the attacks. But I worry about her kids, whom the left are already attacking. I also worry that some nut might decide to target them with violence. Prayers all around.

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      2. P.S. “Political hack”: Hahaha! Yeah, my husband is also enjoying that the Dems are caught in a Catch-22 of their own making. It IS rather delicious, isn’t it?

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      1. Thanks for the link, Irish7. The author does great analysis of the “Catholic scholar[‘s]” pathetic article. I also found his play on words to be awfully funny: he describe’s Faggioli’s article as “flatulent” (hilarious because “faggioli” in Italian means “beans”). That was quite a good dig, and a well deserved one.

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  29. Another attempt to get the pictures to you.

    HELLO to all. I began my Marian pilgrimage this past Sunday, with my first stop in Yankton SD. I camped on the Lewis and Clark Recreation area on the Missouri River. Here are a few photos of the Shrine and area.

    As it turns out, every time I stopped or took an exit randomly or had engine troubles, I ended up at nearby cemeteries. I’d say a mini Chaplet of Divine Mercy (3 decades) and 3 St Gertrude’s prayers. To date I’ve been to 5 or 6, including a very old one in Portland, MO and a Civil War cemetery ion the way to Yankton.

    Day two was a stop at Trinity Heights in Sioux City, IA . The steel statue of Mary is 33 feet tall. It is a breathtaking work of art. And the grounds are fantastic. Worth a trip. I offered a Rosary before the statue.

    Then I stayed overnight in St Joseph Missouri. During morning mass, just before I was going to leave for the Ozarks, the priest announced that the “world-famous” International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima would be arriving that day at St Joseph. Needless to say, I cancelled my plans to leave and stayed one more night.

    St Patrick’s in St Joseph, MO, where the pilgrim statue was brought.

    The historic statue (below) was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim. The image reflects the description of Sr. Lucia, the oldest of the three Fatima seers. On October 13,1947, more than 150,000 Fatima pilgrims witnessed the blessing of this image of Our Lady by the Bishop of Leiria at Fatima, Portugal as he commissioned it to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin who would carry the blessings of Fatima and Our Lady’s message throughout the world to the many millions of her children who would never have an opportunity to visit Fatima.

    The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue has traveled the world many times visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and Red China, bringing the great message of salvation and of hope, “the peace plan from heaven,” to countless millions of people.

    So many miracles and signal graces have been reported wherever the statue has traveled that, in 1951, Pope Pius XII remarked: “In 1946, we crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World and the next year, through Her Pilgrim Statue, She set forth as though to claim Her dominion, and the favors She performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our eyes.”

    It has been 10 years since I’ve seen her, and it was when I was in Cincinnati working on the “Holy Hour Devotion for the Dying” prayer booklet with Fernanda Moreira.

    The presentation of Our Lady of Fatima was beautiful. Mass was offered in English and Spanish and a little Latin. I stayed for 5 hours, meditating and praying. I want everyone here to know that I have offered many prayers on your behalf, and asked Our Blessed Mother to grant the intentions of every single person affiliated with A Sign of Hope.

    Today I was at the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church in Laurie, MO.
    I stopped by the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg, MO…..amazing. Here’s a small sample. This is just one of many plaques in the chapel dedicated to our lady:

    And I’ve just checked in to the guesthouse on the grounds of National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois

    More to come….

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    1. Yay!

      So I’m well past the 1,200 mile mark. Leaving Snows now and heading to Owensboro, KY to meet a cousin for lunch. I haven’t seen Cousin Joe in over 30 years….and fortunately he’s a staunch conservative — with a New York accent!

      Afterward I travel to Louisville, …yes, *THE* Louisville… to attend Vigil mass and adoration. Joe and I were going to meet in the city and go to the Louisville Slugger Museum but that’s right near where the Democrats are burning and destroying stuff, so we decided to skip that. Too bad, cuz I bought a nifty TRUMP 2020 face mask I was hoping to sport.

      I’ll be praying for our country and any intentions you may have.

      Tomorrow is the Covington Basilica (with camera in hand) and then to friends in Cincinnati. Pray for my truck: My left rear is the least of my worries now. Got a weird electrical short and she jerks hard randomly when at speed, or stalls at idle – rarely, but enough to be very concerning as I could lose steering and braking assist if she doesn’t recover immediately. Engine’s running good, but maybe it’s time for that new truck.

      St Christopher and my guardian Angel are on it.

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      1. Spark plug wires .

        At night, ooen the hood, if you see sparks flying, that is the problem.

        If you decide to replace yourself, have firing order diagram handy.
        Label each existing wire with tape abd number it before removing. Label at both ends, noting the oclock position at the distributor end.

        Replace one at a time if possible.

        Tedious 1 to 2 hour job for neophytes.

        best

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      2. Beautiful pictures, Patrick! I hope Louisville turns out well and that you get to St. Martin of Tours. Maybe you were able to meet our daughter. She’s worried about the city and the police, takes it so hard when they are shot. Please pray for her.

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        1. St Martin is amazing. At first I decided not to bring my cameras and just go in and rest in adoration. But as soon as I walked in I said oh my and went back to my truck to get my cameras. Yes I did meet your daughter and after adoration had a really nice time in Indiana. I drove through downtown Louisiana around 5, 6 PM, but there was hardly anybody around and almost no traffic. Some helicopters.

          Very nice city by the look of it. But because Louisville was on curfew, it was crazy busy in Indiana.

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          1. I’m so glad it all worked out Patrick. Yes, St. Martin, as you know now, has 2 incorrupt saints displayed; how amazing is that?! As well as being so gorgeous and historic. Blessings for your continued trip.

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        1. She hanging in there. The electrical short anomaly hasn’t been an issue today. Cruise control’s acting up very subtly. Funny how there are a dozen little tiny problems but nothing that is stopping me from driving forward. She’s running out of character, but running nonetheless.

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          1. The electrical short was not an issue today until I quite literally reached Fernanda’s little street, not 100 feet from her house. She and Jack couldn’t believe I made it at all. I’ll be looking for a new truck while here or in Fort Wayne. (2017 Ford F-150 Super Crew 4WD if anyone knows of one)

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  30. All the things you’re seeing sound so wonderful, Patrick….even if we can’t see your beautiful pictures as of yet. Thank you for your prayers for all of us. We pray for you as you continue your amazing pilgrimage.

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